Have you ever found yourself stuck in a piano practice rut, wondering why your progress seems slower than a snail on a marathon? 🐌 🎹

I’ve been there, and trust me, I get it! That’s why I’ve crafted something special just for you: a brand-new video shedding light on the 5 WORST mistakes that self-taught piano learners often stumble upon.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll learn:

  • The Consequences of Skipping Basics: Hint: it’s the ultimate roadblock to your progress.
  • Unlocking Professional Sound with Good Technique: Learn how to ditch those flat fingers for good.
  • Fingerings: The Secret to Fluid Playing: Discover how incorrect fingerings might be holding you back.
  • Synthesia Trap: Why relying solely on it might be hindering your true piano potential.
  • The Power of a Clear Learning Path: Say goodbye to confusion and hello to efficient progress!

Ready to level up your piano game? Watch the video now and uncover these game-changing insights:

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Happy practicing! 🎹

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION:

If you clicked on this video, you’re probably teaching yourself the piano. But let’s face it, learning solo, it’s like playing a musical game of Minesweeper. Fun, but you need to watch out for those bombs. Today, we’re going to go over five huge mistakes that I see self-taught piano learners making all the time. I’m going to share with you the consequences of those mistakes and, also, provide you with some solutions. And if you’d like to get more videos on how to go from zero to playing your favorite songs on the piano in months, not years, I highly recommend hitting the subscribe button and the bell, because I post new videos every week. And if you are teaching yourself the piano, I highly recommend watching my free training, because in this free training, I’m going to show you the exact steps that I take my students through, that helped them learn their favorite songs on the piano fast. The link is in description below.

All right, mistake number one is skipping the foundational basics. I see students, all the time, even wanting to skip learning the piano keys. You cannot skip the basics. You must learn the basics. If you don’t know the piano keys or even some simple chords or anything like that, you’re really seriously not going to be able to play. You cannot skip the basics. Some people comment on my YouTube videos and say, “It would really help if you put the letter names of the keys on the screen.”

I’m never going to do that, because I want you to actually learn the piano. So just watch this video and get those foundations down, please. It really won’t even take that long. The consequence of doing this is you’re never going to learn well, period. It’s impossible. Everyone has to start with the basics. So you really need to be patient with it. And again, my solution is to learn the basics. And one way to do that again is to watch this YouTube video. In that video, I’m going to show you some very easy ways to learn your piano keys and some simple chords to start off with and, also, some important techniques to keep in mind.

All right, mistake number two is sloppy technique. For example, when you’re playing the piano, a lot of self-taught pianists will have very flat fingers. They will not use their wrist, they will not use their arm weight, they will be very tense. There’s all kinds of technique issues happening, and if you don’t get your technique down, similar to the basics, you are never going to sound good.

Seriously, you’re never going to sound good. So a solution to that is to at least warm up with some scales and warm up with some chord exercises. But this is an example of why it can be really helpful to have a teacher, because a teacher’s going to be able to watch you and correct those mistakes. It’s kind of like having a personal trainer in the gym, where they can watch you do the moves, and sometimes, if you do certain moves in the gym incorrectly, you actually won’t grow that muscle. It’s kind of the same with piano. If you don’t learn the technique very well, you’re not really going to sound very good, period. So learning good technique is a really great reason to find a teacher and stop self-teaching.

Mistake number three is not using the right fingerings. This is so huge, so huge. It seems really simple, and a lot of students like to push back on me on this sometimes. But it really matters, seriously. So here’s an example of what I mean. Here’s one way to play Yesterday by the Beatles, or here’s another way to do it. Which one was correct? Let’s take a look at the first one. Now, let’s take a look at the second one. Which one looked more crazy and wrong? It’s the first one. The first one was wrong. All my fingers were curving around all kind of crazy. This is actually harder. But the second way I played Yesterday was inspired by learning scales. So I knew which fingers to use, because at the end of the day, I was really just playing a scale here. And when I play the A major scale, like this part, I’m going to always curve my finger under after a C sharp.

Things like that, using good fingerings and good finger placements, so that way you can play a lot more smoothly, you can play a lot more quickly, and everything’s just going to sound a lot better. And it’s actually going to be easier in the end. So the consequence of not using good finger placements and fingerings would be it slows down your progress and you’re just going to sound really choppy and messy. And you’re not going to be able to really develop good technique either. The solution to this would be to learn your scales and all of your keys, that way you know you can look at a song and think, “Okay, this is actually just the A major scale right here.” And you kind of know already which fingers are the best ones to use, because you knew the scale. Another solution to this is looking at the fingerings that some of your music provides for you.

So sometimes, in your sheet music, it will say which fingerings are the best ones to use. It’s not always going to be there, but sometimes, it is there. And if it is there, definitely use it and pay attention to it. And if you don’t even know what I’m talking about, what the finger numbers are or anything, again, watch this video. Before I get to the next two mistakes, let me know in the comments, what is the biggest struggle you face right now, as you’re self-teaching the piano? Let me know.

Mistake number four. All of these are huge. This is another huge one. Mistake number four is overreliance on synthesia. I think that’s how you pronounce it. You probably know what this is. It kind of looks like this. You probably know, if you use something like that, you’re not really learning the piano. It’s just showing you what keys are being played, but you’re missing all kinds of information.

You’re not actually learning. You’re just learning what buttons to press. And piano isn’t buttons to press. It is so much more than that. So please, just don’t even look at those videos. You’re not learning the piano. And honestly, even if you learn from that and that’s the only way you learned, you’re probably not going to sound very good. It’s going to sound really sloppy and messy, because everything about piano is being ignored. Please don’t use it. So the consequence with that is you’re not going to learn any theory, any technique, anything. But the solution here is to actually learn how to play the piano and stop using this.

Mistake number five is just having no clear learning path at all. You just scroll around on YouTube and think of different songs. You spend two seconds learning a song, then you go to another song, you learn someone else’s warmups, you learn this, you learn the circle of fifths, you learn all kinds of random stuff. Stop doing this. Pick a path and stick to it. You could pick all kinds of different paths. You could find a teacher.

And that teacher will have their own method and might use method books. You could buy a course, anything. You could do all kinds of different things, but pick a path and stop scrolling around on YouTube and doing random stuff. Because that’s just going to lead to frustration. You really need to have a certain order and sequence of what you learn. That’s a lot more productive. So the consequence is it’s going to take so long to make progress doing this. And the solution is pick somewhere to go, a teacher, a program, whatever, pick a path and stick to that path and trust their process and follow their roadmap. And if you are looking for a certain roadmap to learn the piano, I highly recommend watching my free training, because in that training, I show you the exact steps that I take my students through, that helps them go from zero to playing their favorite songs in months, not years. The link is in the description below. And before you go, be sure to hit the subscribe button and the bell, because I post new videos every week. And I will see you next time.