Teach Yourself Piano

If you approach things the right way, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Most piano teachers will tell you that you need to study with a teacher for years if you want to make significant progress. Let's put that aside for a minute and take a look at what you can do on your own. If you view music as a task of personal development, you may find that you can be your own best teacher.

Your success in teaching yourself to play the piano will depend on 3 important factors:


You need to be in this for the right reasons. Learning a musical instrument is not easy, and it will take time.

The Right Exercises

You must train yourself in the correct way. It is always better to be working on the right thing than to be working hard on the wrong thing.

Sustained Effort

If you put in the right kind of effort, over time you will succeed. Don't make the mistake of quitting too early.

Take Yourself Seriously

A handbook for amateur pianists who need some encouragement and who enjoy rethinking conventional wisdom.

It is rare to see something written for serious adult amateurs, and by someone who went that route. I had it on as an audiobook while doing chores – the first chapter on various aspects regarding teachers, I was saying “right” and “certainly” out loud a few times. 😀 A lot of the things, I wished I’d heard this when I first started my first ever lessons some time ago; it took me years to at least partly find my way out of holes due to some of those things.


Amateur Pianist

Here are some blog posts on teaching yourself piano which you may find useful:

Inspiration for Piano Learners

Here is some challenging advice. Use it to inspire you to make sure your reasons for learning are good ones.

13 Misunderstood Benefits of Playing Piano

How Long Does It Take to Learn Piano?

Why Should I Practice the Piano?

The one thing every beginning student should expect

Wobbly Walking

How to Learn

Once you are committed to learning, you need to make sure that you are going about it the right way.

Playing Piano Without Mistakes

How to Play the Piano for Your Voice Students

How to Practice the Piano

How to Use a Metronome

How to Learn Anything

Are you ready to take your piano learning to the next level?

I am developing an online video course for adults who want to teach themselves piano. This course is based on mindfulness, and is a new, unconventional approach. If you are interested in joining the beta program, click on the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Piano

Can anyone learn to play the piano?

Am I too old to learn piano?

Is it hard to play the piano?

How long will it take to learn the piano?

How should I start learning the piano?

That doesn't seem very specific. Can't you offer something more concrete?

How should I learn to read music?

What do I need to learn in order to be able to play the piano?

Do I need a piano teacher?

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