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Common myths about learning the piano


Every time we begin learning something, we are given several tips, guidelines and experiences. However, it is not always necessary that these are true. Many of them are simply myths that have been passed on from one to the other due to which it becomes accepted as being true.
When learning piano, or any musical instrument, there are such common myths that have infiltrated the procedure. In this article, we are going to bust these myths. Hold on and let the glass break; it is now time to enjoy your piano lesson in Singapore.

Myth 1 – “Start with learning to read music.”
This is a common myth that many face. You cannot begin playing the piano without learning to read music. This myth has so many disadvantages. First and foremost, imagine you are a beginner at learning piano and you are doing it on your own using a book that teaches you to read music.
The book asks a lot from you – curve your fingers, let your wrist loose, remember the dots and lines in the book all while remembering the position of Cs and Ds in the keyboard. Remembering all these rules takes away the pleasure of playing music.
Many great pianists played first and read later; they did not need to memorize music sheets to become great in what they loved. They played with their ears. Yes, ears! When you hear a tune or a song, you can usually sing it back, as much as you remember. However, when learning piano, teachers emphasize on the need to learn the notes as they are, without using the ears. You are shown a symbol and told to put your finger on D, and that is all you do; you only play the note as is taught to you. Reading has become a shortcut to listening with ears.
Instead of reading and rote-learning, you can follow other methods. Listen, play, and improvise. Listen to somebody playing a simple rhythm and copy it. There are so many ways to create music and enjoy doing it that reading that relax in the corner.

Myth 2 – “It’s all about the fingers”
Your fingers are important as a pianist, true, but that in no way means that is the only way to play the piano. But your finger can strike just one note at a time and all you can think about is press and play. Whereas when you use your entire upper body to play the piano, you start playing with a different mindset; you start playing a group of notes.

Myth 3 – “Playing a piece over and over again is practicing”
It is a fact universally acknowledged that practice makes a man perfect, but have you ever thought if that might actually be such a good idea when sitting down for a piano practice session?
Willing yourself you sit for hours playing the piano until you have perfected the note or piece is very, very tiring for the brain. Firstly, you will be bored of playing the same piece over and over again for hours. Secondly, there will be no fun left and if you are not having fun, repetition of the same notes will not give you the same satisfaction as playing with a relaxed and happy mind would. Contrary to popular belief that having longer practice sessions are beneficial, shorter lengths of practice is proved to be much more beneficial. Let your mind concentrate for a while and enjoy while you are playing the piano; take a break and start again. This way you will enjoy playing and you will also get your needed practice sessions.