Having the opportunity to play keyboard is exciting, rewarding and challenging.
You may have different ideas about how you want to start learning because there are a wide variety of different ways you can learn.
It may be that you are the sort of person who is very dedicated to study and can buy books and learn from books only.
You could be the type of person who prefers a private one to one teacher, or alternatively an interactive online course might suit you if you have a busy lifestyle.
Whatever way you choose to learn piano or keyboard, make sure it is the right choice for you, and if you don't get on with one learning method try another, but don't give up. You will find your way eventually.
If you have chosen the route of using a private piano or keyboard teacher then make sure you don't rush into recruiting any old tutor.
Try to get a teacher that has been recommended or has good reviews and testimonials either by word of mouth or on their website.
Have a look at some keyboard and piano forums and find out from other people how they went about employing their keyboard tutor.
It is really important to build a good relationship with your teacher so after an introductory lesson, if you feel you are not clicking with your teacher then before booking too many lessons with them try out a couple of other teachers.
This will then give you a feel for which one you are going to get on best with.
After all, you want your experience of playing piano or keyboard to be an enjoyable and happy one, so make sure you get the correct tutor in place from the start.
Below is an example of how your first lesson may run:
- Your teacher will introduce themselves to you, and give you an introduction to the keyboard.
- After a short chat they will then get you used to the keys and get you familiar with the note patterns.
- After around 10 minutes they will get you used to the feel of the keys by randomly picking notes and asking you to find them on the keyboard and maybe get you to play a short rhythm on each note.
- They will introduce you to a scale. This will be chosen depending on your initial reaction to finding the notes on the keyboard. Usually a contrary motion scale is a good place to start as the pattern.
- Your teacher will explain the treble clef in the lesson, and teach you how to find these notes on the piano from musical score.
- This will then be put into practice by playing a short piece of music with your right hand only.
It can take many years of practice to reach the standard to be able play piano or keyboard to a good level, so stick at it.