As is the case with almost everything in life, learning to play the piano requires a certain amount of resilience. Without it, you may give in to the temptation of quitting and trying something else for a change. The fact that it takes a lot of time, effort, and commitment to the cause to learn to play a piano means giving up will always be a possibility.

What should you do to prevent giving up?

Mental Preparation

First, it is good to prepare yourself properly. The most important preparation is mental. Be in the right frame of mind. Have the right mindset. Know what to expect and prepare a plan on what you will do in case things do not go according to plan. The thought of giving up may arise when you try learning to play some difficult songs too.

The solution to this is to learn to play using easier songs first.

Also, have a realistic expectation of the progress you intend to make with time.

Avoid Shortcuts and Wrong/Bad Advice

Two, be ready to take the long route. Again, you will have to prepare yourself mentally for the tough job that awaits you. Shortcuts and bad advice will not help you long-term. It is better to take a longer route, learn all the lessons you need, and build the kind of fortitude that prepares you for all the challenges that lie in wait.

Set Time Aside for the Lessons and Practice

Three, spare time out of your busy schedule to learn and practice. In fact, put into practice every piano lesson you learn. Learning to play the piano involves creating the perfect balance between theoretical lessons and being practical. Here, there is nothing like too much practice. However, this tip can only help if you determine to set time aside for learning and practicing.

Aim for 7 days each week for learning and practicing.

Try 3-5 days a week if the 7 days seem a lot.

Overcome Frustration

Four, frustration may also set in and make you consider leaving the class and doing something different. The lessons may require you spending a month on one song. That might lead to frustration if you’re unable to master the song well. For this, you can try a different song for a few practice sessions before returning to the one proving a bit difficult to master.

Find ways of creating the perfect balance between commitment and enjoyment.

Commit yourself to the lessons and practice sessions, but have fun while at it.

Now that you know what can hinder you, give it your best shot.

Go into the lessons determined to be a better piano student and player afterward.

For more information please call Maggie Pollio – Houston Piano Consultant at 832.594.7267.