By Mitch Rice
So you want to learn the keyboard? Well, you might think that it is a very intimidating instrument, but don’t worry, once you commit to the idea of learning and are willing to give time and effort into it, nothing can stop you.
A keyboard is a perfect instrument to learn because it teaches the fundamentals of music theory that help you adapt to other instruments much more easily in the future. Here are 6 tips to learn for the keyboard!
1. Make A Good Schedule
The most important thing when learning an instrument is regularity; you might think this tip is redundant, but trust us, this might be the most important tip.
By setting clear time parameters and fitting in a specific amount of time into your everyday routine, you can be much more proficient at the keyboard because you have committed to it and are giving regular time to the art of learning.
2. Position And Posture
You should focus on the absolute basics first, and by mastering these basics, you give yourself the platform to improve at an exponential rate as the core of your learning will be right. You should position yourself around middle C and sit at a distance that is not too far away and not too close.
Your hands, wrists, and fingers should be absolutely comfortable; they shouldn’t be too limp or too tense that they start to cramp up. You should also sit in a position that doesn’t hurt your back.
3. Speed Is Not The Solution
Many beginners think that if they master playing the keyboards fast, they can get better over a shorter period of time. That is simply not true with keyboards or any other instruments, as accuracy is the ultimate goal for the beginner.
If you focus on accurate note playing and learning melodies properly while maintaining the perfect metronome, that is ultimately much better for your development than playing at a rapid pace. So remember, take it easy and concentrate!
4. Study The Notes
Sometimes playing the keyboard is secondary, and studying it becomes more important. All the notes ranging from A to G should be identified by you very easily.
You should be comfortable identifying the notes and playing a specific set of notes instantly. By being studious with notes, you will be much more proficient at playing chords.
5. Play Something You Like
Remember, you want to learn the keyboard because you’re excited to learn. So don’t choose your first musical piece on the basis of it being “good” or “right”; choose a piece that interest you and excites you. That way, you’ll be more engaged and eager to learn.
6. Divide Sections
It can be extremely tough being a beginner and playing the chords and the melody side by side. Your right and left hand aren’t in sync; hence you should play both sections individually so you have the foundation to slowly learn and build up to the time when you can play chords and the melodies side by side.
Learning the keyboard can be a fascinating and exciting experience, and at the same time, it can be challenging. Alas, never give up and continue to thrive even when being challenged. Learn something worthwhile is never extremely easy, so just give it your all and practice smartly!