A few people are gifted with ears for music. This means that they can just simply listen to a tune and then play it back with their fingers on the instruments until they discover the corresponding chords that sound the tune they listened to. This technique is common to people who play the guitar and the piano. But, if you are not one of them, it is not too late to learn because you can still rely on the conventional ways to learn how to play an instrument.
The focus of this article is piano playing. Learning how to play the piano does not require formal schooling. If you are truly musically inclined and determined to learn, you can learn on your own, and so this teach yourself piano guide is the best way to start.
Before you begin, let me tell you that self-education needs full determination, passion, discipline, and patience to succeed. You can’t master all the concepts in one day, so take one step at a time.
As a beginner, you must become familiar with the instrument first. In piano, there are the melody keys, which are played using the right hand and there are the chords or commonly called accompaniment keys, which are played using the left hand. Memorize the basic 5 notes on each hand in a written piano scale and then familiarize yourself with these notes on an actual piano. You can do this simultaneously. Read aloud the chords and notes as you play them on the piano.
If you are confident that you have memorized the basic notes and chords, you can take your learning one level higher by memorizing and playing the actual flat and sharp notes pertaining to the black keys you see in the piano.
What I have observed is that most independent piano learners do not study the conventional piano sheets. They immediately skip this part of the course and go on to mastering the chords on an actual piano. Of course this is possible, if you want to learn fast, but a real pianist must know how to read notes on piano sheets because all classical songs and the best songs played on piano are the ones written on piano sheets.
Although it is tedious and hard work, learning how to read and compose songs on a piano sheet is rewarding. Since you are your own teacher, try to find techniques to make learning fun, especially in studying the piano sheet. Choose simple songs with basic notes to practice your mastery before you try more challenging songs. The Internet is a helpful medium with lots of tutorials in actual piano playing while bookstores have many worksheets that may assist you in studying piano sheets too.