Learning how to play an instrument may seem like a difficult thing to do. Many people are wary about taking up the piano because it seems complicated. However, with the right motivation and a little basic knowledge, it is not hard to learn how to teach yourself piano at home.

Anyone learning to play an instrument should have lots of patience. Learning to make music can be easy, but perfection rarely happens overnight. It takes a lot of practice to improve any skill. Having patience and practicing often will make the experience of learning to play much more enjoyable.

The first step is to find a suitable piano on which to learn. Having one in your home will make practicing more convenient and private. If you do not have one at home, perhaps you know someone who has one and will allow you to practice on it. Either way, it is important that the instrument be properly tuned so that the notes will sound their best and you will know you are learning to play correctly.

Not being able to find a piano does not mean the journey to learning to play one is over. A keyboard will make a suitable substitute. Keyboards actually have a few advantages over learning on a piano.

Keyboards are actually more affordable. They have the added advantage of always being in tune so that is one less issue to deal with. They usually have several sound features that can add a bit of flair to any piece of music. Perhaps the most convenient advantage a keyboard has is that they are portable and much easier to store because they are more compact.

After an acquiring an instrument to play on, the next step is to make sure to learn some music basic. A piano has a total of eighty-eight keys. The white keys are known as naturals because the sounds they create are very natural sounding. The black keys create sounds that are either sharp or flat so they are known as accidentals.

A set of eight naturals and five accidentals is called an octave. Every octave starts with a C key and ends with the following C key. There are seven octaves on a full sized piano and on the average sized keyboard.

There are seven music notes. The notes begin with C. In order, the notes are C, D, E, F, G and then A and B.

These seven notes played in order from C to C are known as a scale. Scales are the very basics of piano playing and should be practiced often. Practicing them boosts familiarity with the notes as well as increases finger flexibility.

Once the scales have been mastered, it is time to learn about chords. Chords are made by pressing a specific combination of keys to create one cohesive sound. They can be comprised of both natural and accidental keys.

There are many different chords used when playing piano music. Combining the chords in different ways is how a musical piece is composed. Of all the chords available, the four main ones are major, minor diminished and augmented chords.

In the very basics of learning how to play this instrument, being very familiar with the scales and chords is a great foundation. Practice them as often as possible so that they become almost second nature. The more practice that is applied to the basics, the easier it will be to learn the more complicated movements and the better they will sound.

The next step will be learning the basics of how to read music. Unless one possesses a natural talent for being able to learn how to play music simply by repeating sounds as they are heard, knowing how to read music is a must. There are different ways to learn how to read sheet music.

For those who comfortable with the computer, there are many websites for instructions. Find a site that is comfortable and starts with teaching how to read the music. The benefit of learning this from a website is that it works for those who absorb information through reading it as well as those who prefer to learn by visual means.

Websites combine the clarity of the written word with the reinforcement of videos. This allows anyone who is new to the world of playing music to learn the basics in two ways at once. Websites can also provide the student with visual lessons when they are ready to move on to actually playing songs.

Another good method for visual learning is using video tapes or DVDs. These videos will allow the student to see how the music is played. Many will have illustrated instructions to make figuring out how to read music much easier to remember. For visual learners, this method could be most beneficial.

For many people, the tried and true methods are always best. Instructional books on how to play the instrument and read music have been used successfully throughout the years. They are readily available in music specialty stores and standard book stores alike.

Books can be purchased for any level of understanding. They are available in the very simplest of forms for the very young who want to teach themselves how to read music and play the piano. They are also available in a more sophisticated style for the adult who is also new to sheet music and piano playing.

Using books truly allows the student to proceed at a comfortable pace. Books will provide easy lessons in reading music one step at a time. They will explain what each note is and how long it should be held for. Instructional books will explain all basics of how to read the notes and cues as they appear on a staff.

Through the use of books the scales will be more clearly explained as will the chords. Chord progression will be made easily understandable and simple songs will soon be flowing from the piano keys. There are a large variety of learning techniques available in printed format.

Learning how to teach yourself piano is as simple as gaining a very basic knowledge of how to read music and understanding your instrument. Practicing the scales and lessons will allow your skills to improve over time. Many people are self-taught through the use of websites, videos or books.