Whatever your preference, you may simply just want to play and learn the most common piano pieces, which is great! The most difficult form of piano music, especially when getting into the more advances stages of learning this wonderful instrument is classical piano. If you want to improve so you can master the piano of any particular style, you really should consider finding out how to play classical piano. There are many pieces written by the great classical composers that range from easy to extremely hard and these may take many years to fully “learn”. Getting started the right way is most important. First of all, you need to study the basic principles and dedicate yourself to this so you can improve by practicing in the right way.
There are many newcomers learning the piano that don’t start off with patience in mind, many don’t study the basics that actually make sure they can develop into a fantastic pianist in the long term. There are those who go out to teach themselves piano and they don’t work with the aim of improving their technique. This type of “shortcut” tactic is of no benefit in the end. If you are ever going to be found lacking with technique, it’s destined to be while trying to play classical piano music that you won’t be able to do justice to because you lack the correct technique to play it well.
How To Play Classical Piano – Step By Step
As with so many things that we do, the best methods are usually done step by step. Learning how to play classical piano is no exception. The first step is actually learning how to place your hands and use your fingers the correct way. If you learn this incorrectly your overall technique will suffer and you may get frustrated because you will find the compositions you want to be able to play much too difficult. One of the basic reasons for doing scales and arpeggios, along with proven exercises that a lot of us feel are boring, is that it creates the correct technique for your fingering and makes the difficult a little easier to overcome.
Another good thing about the exercises is that they are great to develop your “little” finger. A piano player’s “little” finger is often the finger that brings out the melody and the best pianists have strong fingers, but exceptional “little” fingers to pick out the melody from the music.
Take each exercise from basic to more advanced and work on them. You will be amazed at how quickly you will be able to play the more difficult pieces when you dedicate yourself to getting the techniques right and move from easy to less easy and so on STEP BY STEP all the way up to the most difficult piano pieces.
How To Play Classical Piano – The Goal
The goal any classical pianist has depends on their dedication and practice regime. It’s not a good thing to believe that you will be able to play the most difficult piano pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt or any other of the great piano composers from centuries past if you only practice for an hour a day!
I remember in my younger days practicing for hours! I would enter local competitions and very often win them. I recall one where I was called upon to play a Debussy composition (I don’t recall which one) and I was pulled apart by the adjudicator for having a very weak “little” finger. This was in my own age range competition and I was feeling pretty bad. It was my piano teacher’s idea to play this piece, but I wasn’t too keen on it and it showed! In the open competition against older and more experienced pianists, I played the Beethoven “Moonlight” sonata (the famous slow movement) and the same adjudicator praised me for having a great “little” finger, apologized for giving me a hard time earlier and gave me the first prize! The major difference was this was my own interpretation and I LOVED playing the piece.
The lesson I learned was that it’s important to LOVE what you play because you will perform it much better. As a testament to the statement of the lack of practice, I didn’t make my own goal of becoming a concert pianist because I didn’t have the right attitude ultimately to be good enough and work hard enough to “make it”. If you have a goal, WORK at it.
I became a very good pianist and keyboard player eventually, but not the pianist I truly wanted to be due to a lack of dedication and the willingness to practice the hours needed to be able to play the most difficult pieces.
You need to have a goal in mind when you want to know how to learn classical piano the correct way. Without the dedication, desire and will to reach a goal you won’t be able to complete your ambition to play classical piano exceptionally well, but you will more than likely be a great pianist in another genre of music.