Piano Lessons: What to Know Before You Go

Piano-keysStarting something new can be intimidating, but knowing a few basics can make it seem a bit less so.

You’ll need to practice

Practicing is vital. You won’t get better without playing the piano regularly. So, of course, you’ll need a piano of some sort, whether that’s an upright piano, a keyboard (a full keyboard – 88 keys), or a grand piano (if you’re really really lucky!). It’s best if you have one at home, but if nothing else, daily access to one will work.

There’s more to learning the piano then learning to play

There’s a lot more to playing the piano then just putting your fingers in the right place. Understanding how music is put together and how it works can help you not only play better but also understand it better.

This is called Music Theory. Your teacher will be teaching you bass clef, treble clef, the different types of notes, chords, scales, arpeggios and far more! It’s incredibly fun understanding why and how music is written.

You’ll need to buy some music books

and bring them every week! Music books cost between $7 and $20 usually, although adult learning books, which are more comprehensive and longer, can cost as much as $30. You’ll need a new book every couple of months, depending on how fast you progress.

Your piano teacher will help you buy the right piano book for you, so wait until after your first meeting to go to the music store. Depending on your teacher, you might need to buy a few other helpful books including a specific music theory book (if theory isn’t included in your lesson book) or a sight-reading book, or a “performance” book, or even a small book to keep track of your practice time.