3 common mistakes when learning piano

It is typical of those who begin their learning of a musical instrument to have a good dose of enthusiasm.

And is not for less!

So, when we finally take that big step to learn what we always wanted, we feel an extra charge of energy, complete willingness to work for our goal…

But we also often want big results and big breakthroughs, right away.

This is where you should be aware that, at the beginning, the most important thing is to correctly learn the basics of your instrument.

And this will obviously require patience on your part and also discipline.

Keep in mind that by learning the fundamentals from your very first lesson, you’ll be able to avoid those common mistakes when starting piano lessons.

What are these errors?

Let’s see.

1) Bad posture

Poor posture can sabotage your piano practice and make it a different experience than you expect.


Because sitting incorrectly in front of your instrument can cause pain in your back and unnecessary strain on your shoulders, arms and wrists.

It is very important, then, to pay attention to the way you position yourself in front of the piano.

What is the correct posture to play the piano?

1) Shoulders should be relaxed.

2) The back, straight.

3) Your arms and legs, parallel to the floor.

4) You must place your rounded fingers on the piano keys.

At first you may be surprised several times and have to correct some of these points.

But over time, rest assured that good posture will become second nature and something you won’t have to worry about.

Let’s see, now, what other aspect must be corrected, when starting to learn piano.

2) Hours and hours of practice

As I mentioned at the beginning, that enthusiasm of starting your musical learning may push you to want to practice a lot of time on the piano.

You want to cover everything and move quickly, looking for results as soon as possible.

You should know that this is another common mistake when learning piano.

This is because too much practice will eventually wear you out, and you’re bound to run into frustration along the way.

Contrary to thinking that by practicing for a long time you will get better results, it is best to keep sessions short, but effective, on your instrument.

You can start with a practice of about 15 minutes and later you can extend it a little, depending on your needs, always avoiding that the sessions become very long, so as not to overwhelm you.

By having this good habit, of a short practice on the piano, you will begin to see the results you expect and you will enjoy your classes even more.


Would it be okay to practice once or twice a week, or a month?

Precisely, this is what the following mistake is about that you should avoid making, when you start your piano lessons.

3) Not practicing daily

This is another of the common mistakes and it consists of practicing only from time to time, instead of organizing your agenda to separate a moment, every day, and rehearse what you have learned.

See what time of day you can assign to your practice (it could be very early in the morning, before going to work; or in the evening, after putting the children to bed) and thus, little by little, you will be able to acquire the good habit of regular practice.

With an exclusive time to practice, you will be able to concentrate better and you will enjoy your piano session from start to finish.

Remember that the combination of study + regular practice is essential to make progress on your instrument.

Something that will also help you practice daily on your piano is to have a “musical corner”.

That is, a place in your home where you have your instrument available to simply sit down and start playing.

And of course, it should be free of distractions, so you can focus on the exercises.

This way you will enjoy your practice and you will be able to obtain true musical progress, by rehearsing everything studied daily.

What is the next step?

Now that you know the most common mistakes when learning piano and how to avoid them, it’s time to take the next step:

Have a learning method that fits your needs and above all, that guarantees the results you expect in your favorite musical instrument.

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