How To Become a Better Piano Player

Written by: MT Team

Updated: Aug 4, 2022

Becoming a better piano player requires 2P’s, which are Patience and Practice. The major reason why piano players don’t progress is that they just keep practicing the basics over and over.

If you want to progress faster, you have to switch things and try to practice the advanced level as soon as your basics are good.

1. Learn Music in Theory

Sounds odd? Hear me out! When you aim at achieving something, you always gather everything about it first and then learn it thoroughly.

When you understand music, in theory, the piano will seem easier to you.

A new type of confidence will be induced because you know what you are doing and how impactful it is going to be.

You sit there with the confidence that you know music structures closely and the rules are your friends. There is nothing in the piano notes that you have not learned about.

You will start recognizing the phrases and patterns and the whole process will become incredibly blissful.

Read about triads, arpeggios, scales, and other topics. Reading music theory will also improve your musical sense. You will become intuitive which will help you recognize which notes to play notes. The sound of every key will play in your head before it plays on the stage.

2. Play Classical Pieces

Classical music may be boring but every piece will require a great deal of hand-mind coordination. Once you are comfortable with simple classical pieces and shift to the much more complex ones, you will see a great improvement in your speed and grasping power. Your basics will not only become strong but will EXPAND.

You can start by learning Bach (preludes and fugues) and Chopin. Choose pieces that challenge you.

3. Take Piano Lessons

Piano lessons are a great way to learn. Getting a mentor or joining piano classes is well worth your investment. Mentors will teach you their styles, and techniques which will significantly boost your confidence.

If you are on a budget, Youtube is your friend. There are plenty of channels like Instant Piano Genius and Creative Piano Academy which create super-simple content on improving your piano skills. 

4. Slow Down

No matter what the actual speed of the piece is, first practice it VERY SLOWLY. The beauty of the piece does not depend on how fast you play it. The faster the better is a very wrong idea that young learners have.

When you are just learning a new lesson and you focus more on the speed, you start missing out on minor notes or do not play them wholly. Speed and accuracy are products of repetition.

5. Get Better Equipment

If you’re playing on an old digital piano, you might be missing out on some good features that the latest models have.

The new Alesis Recital Pro comes with plenty of learning features that will help you to sharpen your skills.

Piano Nadu is a great website with plenty of digital piano reviews which will help you to pick the best one!

6. Practice

Any skill can be improved or developed only through practice. With every practice think about how good a player you are going to become.

How the audience is going to feel every note and every emotion while you are playing. The best players give at least a good and focused 2-4 hours a day. Consistent practice will show you marvelous results. It might be hard to sit even for a 15-minute practice but push yourself and go for it.

Practice the hand shape. Do exercises like squeezing the smiley ball. This helps with flexibility and speed.

7. Plan your practice session

While practicing, do not constitute the whole 30 minutes of playing and practicing one piece.

Give 15 minutes wholly for improving and working on your scales, accuracy, and grasping power. These technical skills are very necessary.

Recording your pieces and then listening to them later will also introduce you to mistakes that you might not even think of. It will drive you to improve it no matter how fabulous it might sound.


Play piano out of bliss. Take breaks whenever you need them. Breathe…and go back. Play something you love and keep your confidence up.

Enjoy playing it. don’t get frustrated if you are taking too much time to learn.

Know what you play and have confidence in learning the other ones soon. Music is a place where you can get lost in. Go and see your emotions flowing with every string of piano you hit.

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