Hopefully you’ve read through the Beginner’s Guide and know a little more about piano!
If you’re interested in finding out how I can help you here at A Little Off Beat, then please read on.
The Teaching Methods Here at A Little Off Beat
Think about a child learning something. How do they go about it? Do they sit down and read and study it all day, or do they just simply immerse themselves in it, learning along the way?
It is, of course, the latter. Children learn best when doing and getting real-time feedback. They try to put the blocks into the puzzle, and when they don’t fit they just keep trying.
I will teach you to learn more like a child.
How Adults Usually Try to Learn Things
The same method works just as well for adults, but we just forget that.
We get so wrapped up in our ability to think critically, be creative, and logically work our way through things that we don’t realize these are the exact things that prevent us from learning something new.
What I am creating is something that takes you out of that world and back into the world of learning like a child.
The Problem With Information Overload
You see, we are really, really good at getting ourselves into a state of information overload. We think that by learning everything there is to know about something that it will serve us in the future.
Be honest with yourself…how often has that worked? How often have you successfully applied everything you just learned from a book into your everyday life?
The truth is, we can only handle a limited amount of information at once. We can certainly process through information fairly easily, but when trying to apply it to our lives, we forget that we still live with a primitive brain.
One that gets tired and exhausted after trying to do too much. One that gets frustrated when it can’t physically make the body do what the mind is thinking. One that gets stressed, tired, and affected by the outside world.
And so we overload ourselves day after day with all this information, not realizing we’ve gotten ourselves stuck in a constant state of paralysis.
The Solution: Think Less, Do More
The solution is simple, but it’s not easy. We need to think less and do more. We need to stop reading so much, ignore all of the news and resources out there that constantly distract us.
Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and really engage back into your life.
Carve out 10 minutes a day where you just sit and practice. That’s hardly any time at all in the big picture, but think about how often you’ve had trouble finding yourself 10 minutes.
Online Beginner Piano Lessons
If the above speaks to you, the the lessons we have here at ALOB will be great for you. They are broken down into small, manageable chunks that you can do for just a short time every day, or as frequently as you have time for.
The lessons go from teaching you how to play a few basic notes, to playing basic songs, all the way through learning some basic theory.
Overall, the lessons cover 12 months of practice, if done at the recommended pace. You can go more quickly, but we don’t recommend that if you don’t want to get yourself into information overload.
After you finish the beginner’s lessons, you can move on to more advanced lessons, which we will have available in the future.
The Resources Available
In the Beginner’s Guide to Piano Part 2, we discuss the following method for learning piano:
- Research and purchase a piano or digital keyboard
- Learn the basics by taking piano lessons
- Team up and get feedback
- Begin learning the theory behind the basics
- Determine a style you would like to play
- Begin studying your chosen style
- Move on to advanced piano lessons
Part 1 of the Beginner’s Guide describes the history of the instrument.
Also available are various resources to help you learn more:
Thanks for checking it out! Hope to see you over in the Beginner’s Lessons area.