For many people, learning how to play the piano usually involves hiring an experienced instructor who can physically guide them through the keys, scales and chords. There is a human connection to someone who can quickly respond when you make a mistake or do not understand something. But instructors cost money—sometimes a lot of money. Another option to learning how to play the piano is by taking an online course or using an online tutorial. But where should you start?
By conducting a search for learning the piano, you will be bombarded with literally hundreds of sites with various books, videos, products and services that they are trying to sell to you. And don’t forget that under the heading of piano there are also other different types of keyboards as well so weed out the sites that are not specific to just pianos. Do not get overwhelmed by your search results either. It’s nice to have many options. Just focus on what you specifically want out of the online instruction and go from there.
Many sites will have reviews by people have used their services. Read those and see if people were satisfied with what they learned or if it was a waste of time and money. It’s always best to read posted comments as they come from actual users of the program. You don’t want to take a chance on one that doesn’t do a good job. Look for sites that seem to be the most popular—chances are that they are popular for a good reason.
One thing to consider when choosing an online piano learning program is how you learn new skills. Are you quick to learn new things or does it take a while of study and practice? Some programs may move quickly through the steps and if you are not a quick learner, this program probably will not help you much.
As always, buy a product or service that you can afford and don’t believe any program or tutoring service that promises overnight success—even if the price is right. Read the fine print too since some sites may throw in some little extras along the way or only give you instruction up to a certain point and then you need to pay for more once you’ve mastered the first steps.
Even with online instruction, piano playing requires practice beyond the lessons. Don’t walk away from the piano until the next lesson. Keep practicing until you’ve got it right.