As you begin your piano lessons, follow these suggestions for a positive experience
The first thing you need to do to is find a teacher that is competent .
The teacher can guide you through the process of learning piano and be a life-long mentor and friend. They can start you off right, set lesson plans and monitor your progress weekly if not daily.
You will also find that online training has come a very long way and is an exceptional way for many people to begin learning piano.
While it is true that one can learn a great deal by ear, you will make much faster progress with exceptional instruction and you will learn the right way.
There are certainly stories of famous performers who do not read music, mostly in jazz and rock, but these are the exception rather than the rule these days.
The use of instruction will allow you to become a qualified pianist in a much shorter time.
It is probably not the best idea to use a friend who plays piano to instruct your child; they may or may not be a accomplished teacher and it may strain your relationship.
If you child has a proficiency and decides to stick with it, they will have a hard time unlearning bad habits they acquire from an unqualified teacher.
If you have a friend or relative instruct your child you may be less inclined to push the teacher to push your child. You will also most likely not criticize their teaching methods, even when it may be perfectly reasonable to do so.
The need to practice piano or singing or any other instrument on a regular basis cannot be over-emphasized.
If you do not practice you will not progress, need I say more?
Practice your piano as much as you can of course, but at least 20 minutes at a time.
You will get more from your practice if you are not fatigued so start early in the day or take a rest beforehand if you can.
If you do not warm up properly you will not be happy with your progress and you may even injure yourself.
When starting any new instrument, and when you learn piano, it is important to set goals for yourself, but make those goals realistic.
Your teacher or online course will help you set these goals.
Work on sight-reading and understanding written music. Also practice playing songs you have never seen before so you can improve your sight-reading skills
If you read about the composer you are playing, you will better understand their personality and their life and be able to interpret their music more authentically.
The skills a new pianist needs to learn piano will not come over night , so keep at it and do not give up. You can do it.