1. Everything starts with a great song
A great song is the best motivation you can have when learning piano. Of course, you’ve got to know a few fundamentals before you start playing. For example, how to find the keys and to hold your hand. But don’t spend more than a few days on your preparations! Choose a song and get started.
Choosing the right song is actually more difficult than it seems. It makes all the difference. If it is too easy, you’ll get bored, and if it’s too hard you’ll get frustrated. Focus on finding an easy transcription of a song or classical pieces of music that you love. On flowkey, all songs that are suitable for beginners are marked with a green corner. Complete beginners should check out the First Steps section. There you’ll find songs to introduce you to piano playing step-by-step. This way, you’ll always find the song that matches your skills.
2. Slice it up!
Once you’ve found a song, start breaking it down into small sections of about 4-10 seconds. Why? While practicing the piano, your brain is running at full speed. It has to memorize new and complex hand movements, and there’s a limit of how much it can store. Studies show that periods of 4-10 seconds are just the right length for your brain to focus on.
So instead of trying to learn the entire song at once, focus on learning one section a day. You can practice short sections with our loop function. Just mark the section you want to practice and then hit Play to work through it on repeat.
3. Take a detour
Before you try to play with both hands, make sure you can play each hand separately. This is important because, as we just learned, our brains can only learn so much in one go. When we’re trying to learn a new piece, playing both hands at once is overwhelming for our brains. Chances are that you’ll struggle to keep things coordinated!
4. Get a daily dose of practice
You’ll get better results when you practice 20 minutes a day instead of two hours once a week. It’s not how long you practice, but how often. So, two 20-minute sessions a week are actually a lot better than a single 40-minute session. And let’s face it – it’s much easier to sit down at the piano for just 20 minutes a day! Make piano practice a daily habit that you can look forward to. Practicing will get easier, and so will those pieces!