Music soothes the soul. Life without music is a sad thought. Learning an instrument can help you in many aspects of life. There is countless research on the benefits of learning to play an instrument. There are educational benefits and physical benefits to picking up an instrument and learning to play music.
Piano is the hardest instrument to learn to play but the most rewarding. When making the decision to take piano the first thing you need to understand is that you will need a piano or keyboard to practice on. It is better to have a piano but a keyboard will work just fine for a time. When purchasing a keyboard the things you need to look for are weighted keys, as close to 88 keys as possible and if possible a pedal.
Piano lessons for beginners are usually 30 minutes in length. You could start with one hour but in truth there is not much to teach a beginning student in an hour. Beginning students do not have enough skills under their belts to comfortably fill an hour. Your first lesson will consist of the basics. This will be when you learn about the different types of notes, their duration, the name of the clefs, a few other symbols, the musical alphabet and where the notes land on the grand staff.
In the beginning, depending on the piano lessons teacher, you will learn hand drills, musical theory and how to read music. The first few months will be spent warming your hands up. Hand drills are meant to help build the muscles in your fingers for playing. Reading music will be something you work on all the time. Reading music is one of the most important things you will learn. If you can read your music, and read it quickly, you can play anything set in front of you. Take music reading seriously. This one skill can make or break your journey as a pianist.
When learning to read music and playing the piano, you have to connect two things together: what your eyes see and what your fingers feel. The art of playing the piano is understanding what the music symbols stand for, and translating that into what key on the piano represents those symbols. Hand-eye coordination is key here. This is what you will be building in your quest to become the next Mozart.
Once your hands get warm, and strong enough to tackle simple combinations of notes together, you will start to learn to play piano chords. When playing piano chords, you will be playing three to four notes at the same time on one hand. In the beginning, you will play three notes at once. As your hands get stronger, you will play chords that consist of four notes at one time. Piano chords represent the harmony of music.
Learning to play the piano is a worth wild experience. It is not an easy instrument to learn and you will definitely have to put in a lot of work to master the instrument. However, once you master the art of the piano, playing any other instrument will be a breeze. The piano is an instrument that is made up of wood, nylon strings and ivory keys. What comes out of it is this beautiful music that can fill a person soul and change a persons future.