5 Most Common Ways to Ruin Your Piano Lessons
No matter what method of learning the piano you choose, be sure NOT to make these common mistakes!
1. You never practice or put in the DVD course. If
you are learning piano through DVD lessons at home, it is important
that you have the self-discipline to make time every week for the
lessons. If you are excited and determined to learn piano, then
finding the time to do a lesson or two every week should not be a
problem. However, if you have a very busy schedule, or are just
not sure about learning the piano, then making time in your schedule to
learn piano might be difficult.
2. You pay too much for lessons. If you are taking
private lessons, you are wasting over $1,400 a year. The average
piano lesson costs $30. For one lesson once a week, that's $120 a
month, or $1,440 a year. DVD piano courses cost anywhere from
less than $100 to $150, as a one-time payment. That is like
paying for just one month of private lessons! Also, online piano
lessons cost even less than DVD courses, but DVD courses are
3. You spend most of your lesson asking questions.
If you are taking private piano lessons, the lessons are usually
limited to 30-minute sessions. If you are just starting to learn
the piano, you probably have a ton of questions. These questions
can really limit the time you have on actually learning songs and
making sure you are playing the songs correctly. For basic piano
questions, it is better to look those up in a book or online.
Your lesson should be spent mostly on learning songs, technique, and
how to read the music.
4. There are a lot of distractions during your
lesson. If you have the DVD courses, it is best to do your
lessons in a private room where there aren't a lot of
distractions. Trying to learn piano in the main room of your
house or somewhere with a lot of noise can really lessen the quality of
your lesson. Find a quiet, private place where you can really
give your full attention. You will get a lot more out of your
5. You only practice the song, not the techniques.
It will be very hard to learn any song without first learning the
proper piano techniques. Working on the correct hand positions
and maintaining the "good posture" will help you to play songs quicker
and smoother. Learning how to read music will help you when you
don't have a teacher right next to you telling you all the notes.
You will be able to practice more efficiently on your own and will be
able to double check the music. It is very important to learn,
practice, and maintain proper technique so that you can play more
advanced songs, and have them sound really good!