25 Tips for How to Stay Focused When Practicing the Piano

25 Tips for How to Stay Focused When Practicing the Piano

Do you start your piano practice sessions with intentional focus but quickly find yourself wondering what you’ll have for dinner?

If so, you’re not alone!

In fact, this blog post was inspired by my own struggles with keeping my mind focused during practice time.

Losing focus during your piano practice sessions can be frustrating! 

It can make you feel as if you’ll never make any progress and that practicing is a waste of time.

But there are easy ways to take back your focus and make any piano practice session epic!

This post has all the details, including 25 quick tips for staying focused during your next practice session. 

Let’s get to it!

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My Struggles with Effective Practice

I emphasized quantity over quality in the practice room for a long time.

Endless repetitions were a staple of my practice routine.

This was even the case when I studied piano in college.

However, I could never achieve the performance stability I was searching for by mindlessly practicing endless repetitions.

Even after playing specific pieces for months, I still experienced constant memory slips.

It was incredibly frustrating!

But recently, I had an epiphany.

I realized that all the “mindless” repetitions were a waste of time. 

The only way to truly learn something on a deeper, more secure level was to use my brain as much as possible while practicing the piece.

And I know that sounds like a really “duh” statement, but knowing something to be true and applying it in real life are two very separate tasks.

Since then, I have fully embraced being 100% focused during practice.

I’ve taken time to understand why I lose focus and developed simple tricks to achieve more focused sessions at the piano.

If you, too, are ready to uplevel your practice quality, keep reading because I’ve got all the secrets!

Why does the quality of your practice matter?

Woman practicing piano

Quality practice means better results, often in less time.

Staying mentally engaged with the music is the best way to improve the quality of your music practice.

In many cases, 5 minutes of intensely focused deliberate practice is better than an hour of mindlessly plunking away at the keys.

Better focus means you can intentionally work on problem areas by setting a specific goal and working towards achieving it.

Staying focused gives your brain a chance to stabilize all that hard work, resulting in more secure performances and higher overall satisfaction with your progress.

What causes a lack of concentration in the practice room?

The better question might be, “What doesn’t cause a lack of concentration in the practice room?”

As you probably already know, SO MANY factors can interfere with your ability to stay focused during practice sessions!

Lack of Progress

Sometimes, the feeling that you’re not getting better interferes with your ability to improve.

When it comes to playing the piano, it’s incredibly easy to focus on what needs to be fixed.

And it’s easy to lose sight of all the progress you’ve made in the past.

This can make it feel like you’re stalled and will never get better.

Focusing on your goal of playing the piano can be tricky when negative self-talk is constantly running through your head.


As a busy mom of 3 kids and 1 very spoiled Goldendoodle, I have extensive experience with how distracting interruptions can be!

Being a mom is one of the best things of my life, but it doesn’t always jive well with my other goals.

As an introvert and a pianist, I long for those practice sessions where I lose track of an extended period of time.

I love the sessions when I get into “flow” because of how focused and efficient it makes me feel.

But those types of sessions don’t happen with constant interruptions.

As a general rule, your brain wants to coast.

It doesn’t want to work hard.

But quality practice requires focus and effort from your brain. 

And every time you get interrupted, your brain must work even harder to hone back in on a task. 

Several interruptions in one piano practice session can result in a complete lack of focus, making progress impossible.


Whether it’s about playing in front of a group of people or an upcoming work deadline, anxiety can completely derail any practice session!

Obsessive and intrusive thoughts can make focusing on that Beethoven sonata feel hopeless.

When your brain is focused on fear over the past or the present, your brain can’t retain any new information about what you’re trying to practice.

Considered from a different angle, your brain’s main job is to keep you safe.

And when it comes to a threat, your brain can’t tell the difference between a real or imagined threat.

The same stress hormones flood your system, whether you’re being chased by a lion or imagining your upcoming piano recital.

Thanks to those stress hormones, your brain is placing emphasis on fight or flight rather than remembering the notes of that Beethoven sonata you’ve been working at learning for months.

Thought patterns of excessive worry can completely derail your practice sessions and your life.

If you’re struggling with unrelenting anxiety, it’s always best to consult a qualified health professional.

There are ways to reduce anxiety and negative thought patterns without medication. Still, in certain instances, medication may be the foundation for recovery.

No Practice Plan

Nothing encourages distraction more than not having a plan.

Even if you’re taking piano lessons, you may have only a vague sense of what you need to accomplish but no real plan for how to get there.

Getting off track happens quickly when you have no idea where you’re going. 

It can be so easy to spend considerable time but not feel like you’ve accomplished anything of substance.

Not having a plan is an easy way to put in a lot of work without a lot of pay-off.


Black and white picture of piano: perfectionism halts progress.

Although striving for perfection can be considered a positive trait, it can also be incredibly distracting.

It can be easy to become way too critical of your playing.

This, in turn, can set up a pattern of negative thinking that makes focusing very difficult.

You can become so focused on the areas that need improvement that you forget all the aspects of playing in which you excel.

After a while, the negative chatter in your head takes over.

Soon, your practice sessions are filled with unhelpful mental feedback from your inner critic, making focusing on learning new techniques impossible.

Brain Fog

It’s a real thing.

Sometimes, it’s caused by physical or mental health issues (more on that in the next section), medications, or even a lack of sleep.

For me, too much TV binging results in less creativity and more brain fog.

Hormone imbalances can also interfere with your ability to think clearly.

A lack of physical exercise, too much sugar, and a consistent lack of challenging mental tasks can all reduce your ability to concentrate.

Brain fog is trickier to work through because it can be caused by many different things or even a combination of factors.

Physical or Mental Health Diagnoses

If you have had a sudden change in your ability to focus, go see your primary care provider. 

Even if the change has not been sudden, but your lack of focus is frustrating or interferes with your life in other ways, it’s always best to rule out a physical or mental health issue by seeing your primary.

Pain-related issues, including arthritis, can impair your ability to stay focused, as can diagnoses of ADD or even depression.

To make matters worse, medications that treat these and other diagnoses can have side effects that impair your ability to stay engaged during practice sessions.

If you’ve exhausted the ideas in the post and are still struggling, schedule a medical appointment with a qualified health professional. 

Even if you haven’t exhausted the ideas in this post but feel that your symptoms impact your daily life, it’s time to see a qualified professional.

A qualified medical professional can help you figure out what’s causing the issue and help you figure out ways to reduce those impacts. 

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    How can you stay focused when practicing the piano?

    Although there are many reasons why you may be losing focus in the practice room, let’s take a look at some solutions so you can become even more epic at the keyboard!

    Shorter Practice Sessions

    Woman practicing piano: Shorter practice sessions mean better focus.

    It sounds weird, but focusing on only one thing at a time takes practice.

    In a world where it’s all too easy to find a distraction, the type of focus where EVERYTHING else is blocked out has become exceedingly rare.

    And practice, in and of itself, requires a great deal of mental effort.

    If you struggle to stick with it to the end of your session, you may need to shorten your practice sessions.

    Taking a short break during your practice session is another way to help your brain refocus during a more extended session.

    Multiple research studies suggest shorter, more frequent practice sessions are the most efficient way to practice.

    And you may find that there are days when you can stay focused for longer periods than others.

    Setting time limits on your practice sessions might be the easiest way to stay focused and build excitement to come back to the keyboard the next day.


    The art of mindfulness involves staying in the moment.

    It means experiencing the moment happening to you RIGHT NOW instead of fixating on things that happened either in the past or worrying about things that could happen in the future.

    Excessive worry and rumination frequently interrupt my practice sessions. I suspect I’m not the only one impacted by negative thought patterns.

    After introspection, I realized that much of my time was spent thinking about a past I couldn’t change or feeling distressed about something that had a vague chance of occurring in the future.

    I realized that it wasn’t a healthy way to live.

    I discovered meditation while searching for ways to stay grounded in the moment instead of letting my brain run down a path of negativity.

    Meditation has helped me cope with roaming thoughts and stay grounded in the present.

    It’s given me the ability to control my thoughts and choose my focus.

    Meditation is also a great place to start if you’re experiencing insomnia because the main goal is to clear your mind of distractions.

    If you’re interested in trying meditation, I highly recommend any podcasts dedicated to the topic.

    I especially love the ones dedicated to sleep, as they’ve given me the ability to naturally drift off and stay asleep after a long day.


    It’s no surprise that regular exercise helps your body. Still, abundant research also supports its effectiveness in mental health. 

    Moving your body is one of the best ways to shake off distractions and gain clarity.

    Exercise releases “feel good” hormones that make the world seem brighter and sunnier.

    Practicing after exercise significantly boosts your concentration, which is otherwise difficult to attain.

    A 30-minute walk around your neighborhood is a great way to naturally relax, reset, and refocus.

    If exercise isn’t already part of your daily routine, I recommend finding a physical activity you love and incorporating it into your schedule.


    Your diet can significantly impact your ability to stay focused during practice sessions.

    Too much sugar can cause dips in your energy, making it nearly impossible to stick to any mental task.

    But a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can help you stay focused even when practice gets tedious.

    Hunger can also be very distracting, so make sure to time your practice after a snack or protein-focused meal for optimal brain function.

    And while you’re paying attention to your nutrition, remember water.

    Water is crucial to brain and total body health.

    Making a few simple changes to your diet is a straightforward way to become just a little bit more awesome at the keyboard!

    Limit Distractions

    The best, most effective practice sessions involve getting into a flow state.

    This is where you shut out everything around you and simply enjoy being in the moment with the music.

    However, getting into a flow state during a practice session takes time and happens gradually.

    It starts with an effective warm-up, gradually leading you toward deeper, more deliberate practice.

    Although you won’t achieve this flow state with every practice session, limiting distractions is one of the best ways to improve your focus.

    Try to schedule your practice sessions for times of the day when you are less likely to be disturbed.

    And although there are many great practice apps out there, having your cell phone active might be way too distracting.

    If so, try turning it to airplane mode during your next several work sessions.

    It’s also helpful to consider your practice space.

    Is it organized in a way that helps you stay focused on the music?

    Or are you constantly distracted by thoughts about your space’s lack of organization, temperature, or even the paint color?

    Taking time to arrange your space in a way that helps you stay focused is always time well spent.

    Being able to stay in the moment improves your practice efficiency, focus, and it makes the experience so much more rewarding!

    Identify Patterns

    Have you noticed that you feel most energetic in the morning?

    Or maybe you feel more focused around 2 p.m. but crash between 4 and 5 p.m.

    If possible, time your practice sessions for times of the day when you’re feeling most awake and alert.

    Paying attention to when you’re most and least alert can help you make positive changes on a larger scale.

    For example, if you’re crashing every day around 2 p.m., consider what you’re eating for lunch.

    Reducing carbohydrates and increasing protein and fluid intake at your noon meal might help you avoid that mid-afternoon slump.

    If you wake up every morning feeling like you were hit by a truck, it might be time to examine your sleeping patterns.

    Paying attention to how you’re feeling daily and making positive changes can dramatically improve your piano practice and overall quality of life.

    Pay Attention to Your Thoughts

    Whether you’ve been a piano player for 5 or 25 years, negative thought patterns can take over your brain and make practicing feel pointless.

    Negative thoughts about not being good enough can derail even the most well-planned practice session.

    And sometimes, the negativity is on an automatic loop in your brain.

    After a while, you become completely unaware of the negativity permeating your thinking and ultimately holding you back from your full potential.

    But by paying attention to your thoughts, you can recognize what you believe about yourself deep down.

    And recognition is the first step towards transformation.

    Once you understand the roots of the negativity, you can take steps to counteract it and start to feel more optimistic about your playing experiences.

    And who knows? Becoming a more positive thinker can transform your entire life in ways you never imagined!


    Most people want to learn to play the piano because music brings them joy.

    Unfortunately, the experience of learning can introduce negativity into the equation, reducing or even eliminating the joy aspect.

    This is especially true for people who have perfectionist tendencies.

    But when it comes to playing a musical instrument, there is no such thing as perfection.

    There will always be something that can be improved upon.

    Sometimes, it can feel as if you’ll never “arrive” at a final destination because the goal keeps moving.

    For me, constant feelings of not being good enough have plagued me throughout my playing career.

    These thoughts make it very difficult to focus on practicing, the very thing that would elevate my playing. 

    Although this continues to be a lifelong struggle for me, the one thing that has helped me is to focus on joy.

    Make time in every practice session to work on something that brings you love.

    Maybe you love pop music, playing by ear, or even singing.

    Incorporate those aspects into your actual practice sessions and watch your playing elevate further than you ever imagined!

    25 Quick Tips for Staying Focused During Piano Practice Sessions

    1. Plan out your practice session in advance. (Tip: This app is the best for keeping you on track!)
    2. Look for new piano practice tips to incorporate into your routine. (Tip: Check out this YouTube page for the best tips on playing classical piano!)
    3. Devote your next practice session to ONLY playing music that you love.
    4. Shorten your practice sessions to naturally improve your focus.
    5. If you don’t usually include a warm-up in your session, try incorporating a simple exercise to help your brain transition from daily life to piano practice.
    6. Meditate before your next practice session.
    7. Keep your phone on airplane mode or entirely out of your practice space if you find yourself watching random cat videos when you should be practicing.
    8. Schedule practice sessions for times of day when you naturally feel most productive.
    9. Rearrange your practice space in a way that promotes comfort, relaxation, and focus.
    10. Make the entire focus of your next practice session about enjoying the act of playing the piano rather than playing the correct notes.
    11. Take time at the beginning of your next session to list 5 aspects of playing at which you excel. 
    12. Stop and take a 30-minute walk around your neighborhood if you lose focus during a practice session. Resume practice and enjoy the added focus that comes from spending time in nature.
    13. Have a protein-based snack before your next practice session.
    14. Record yourself playing a few measures of something you’re actively trying to improve. Immediately play it back to see whether you improved. If not, what can you try to improve it next time? (Tip: This app helps you practice this in a very deliberate and focused way!)
    15. End your session by playing something you love to encourage yourself to come back and practice tomorrow.
    16. Read this book if you struggle with perfectionist tendencies.
    17. Identify 3 goals before your next piano practice session and focus ONLY on accomplishing those goals when you practice. Make the goals small enough that you can attain them in one session so you can feel a sense of true accomplishment. (Example: Identify the best fingering for the left hand in measure 3.)
    18. Incorporate an activity into your daily routine that you find fun and relaxing. The activity doesn’t have to have anything to do with music but has to give you a sense of relaxation and stress relief.
    19. If you don’t currently study with a piano teacher, take a few lessons to get objective feedback on your playing and to give your practice sessions a sense of direction. 
    20. Record yourself playing a piece and then list 3 aspects of playing that you did well and 3 that could use improvement. Be specific. (For example, the notes in measure 3 were correct, but I played it soft when it’s marked at forte.) Focus on improving the areas you identified.
    21. Start identifying the thoughts you have about yourself away from the keyboard. (Tip: Writing down your thoughts is one of the best ways to start recognizing subconscious thought patterns.)
    22. End your practice session as soon as your mind starts to wander. With consistent “focus practice,” your brain will gradually be able to focus more intensely for more extended periods.
    23. Focus on getting better sleep at night. (Tip: Read this post for tips on how to sleep better tonight!)
    24. Drink a small caffeinated beverage before your next practice session. (Tip: Too much caffeine can affect your ability to sleep at night, so avoid this one in the late afternoon.)
    25. Incorporate gratitude into your next session. (Tip: Start your next session by listing 5 piano-related things you are grateful for.)

    Final Thoughts

    The ability to focus during practice and performance is a crucial aspect of being a musician.

    It’s a skill that takes time to master.

    And thanks to our busy “always on” world, staying focused has become more challenging than ever.

    ​Despite a distracting world, you can find ways to channel your focus. This skill applies to life even beyond the practice room.

    Hopefully, this post has inspired you to regain your focus and become even more awesome at playing piano!

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    As always, thanks for reading, and happy practicing!

    Best Keyboard Piano for Adult Beginners in 2023

    Best Keyboard Piano for Adult Beginners in 2023

    If you’ve been thinking about learning to play the piano but feel intimidated by buying an instrument, you’re not alone!

    The world of pianos can feel scary, especially when you’re not 100% certain about whether you will stick with it past a few months.

    Acoustic pianos are enormous, nearly impossible to move on your own, and expensive.

    It’s a lot to consider, and even more so when you’re thinking about teaching yourself rather than enrolling in formal piano lessons with a teacher, who can guide you in finding the perfect instrument for your needs.

    If you’ve been putting off learning how to play the piano because you have no idea how to find a musical instrument, you’re in the right place!

    Today’s post covers the differences between an acoustic piano and an electronic keyboard, why you might consider one over the other, and my top recommendations for adult beginners in 2023.

    And if you want to jump right to the reviews, click the links below:

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    What Makes Me Qualified to Give You Advice About Electric Pianos?

    There are millions of websites out there, many of them offering terrible advice.

    So you may be asking yourself what gives me the authority to advise you on your piano needs.

    I began playing piano at the age of 7 and continued playing through high school.

    After graduation, I entered a baccalaureate music program. I continued my piano studies at the college level until graduation several years ago. 

    Although my career has led me down a different path, my musical journey continues through church playing, accompanying, teaching, and a passion for the instrument.

    I love pianos and helping others discover the joy of learning to play a musical instrument!

    Although I earn a tiny percentage from certain purchases facilitated through my blog, my main goal is to empower you with the information you need to make the best decision.

    I always strive to offer the most honest and relevant information to enable you to make the best possible decision.

    And for extra proof of my authority on the topic, check out this recent video recording of me playing a couple pieces off the ABRSM exam.

    La Huerfana and The Storm

    In the spirit of transparency, I give you my thoughts on your options for acoustic versus electric and the different models available in 2023.

    What Kind of Instrument Do You Need?

    As you may have already discovered, pianos come in all shapes and sizes. And similar to guitars, pianos come in either the acoustic or electric variety.

    Acoustic Pianos

    An acoustic piano is a traditional piano. Sound is generated from tiny hammers striking the string after a series of mechanical maneuvers.

    Acoustic pianos require routine tuning and maintenance. And these full-size pianos come as either an upright or grand piano model. 

    In terms of sound quality, an acoustic grand piano is unmatched. This is the sound upon which electric pianos are based.

    And in general, the longer the strings, the better the sound quality. 

    Upright pianos have strings that run vertically to the floor. The shortest pianos are known as spinets and have the poorest sound quality.

    In contrast, the larger uprights can have decent sound quality if they are a reputable brand and have been well-maintained.

    Grand pianos have strings that run horizontally to the floor, so they are longer than they are tall. The shortest grand pianos are known as baby grand pianos, and the longest are known as concert grands.

    Depending on their length, baby grand pianos have a sound quality comparable to the larger uprights but less pure than a concert grand piano.

    If you have the space and are serious about learning specific genres, such as classical music, an acoustic is your best option.

    Electric Pianos

    Whereas an acoustic piano produces sound based on tiny mechanical parts working together to produce sound, an electric piano makes sound based on replications of a real piano. 

    And because they don’t contain the same complex internal components, they don’t require regular tuning and maintenance.

    A digital keyboard is also much lighter and easier to move around your living room than an acoustic piano. 

    Keyboards can have various advanced features, including demo songs, Bluetooth connectivity, and different sounds. 

    And some keyboards have a different number of keys than others. The 61-key keyboard and the full-size 88-key model are the two standard versions.

    If you plan to travel and play gigs with your keyboard, the shorter version may be the best choice.

    Smaller keyboards may also be a great choice if you want to learn chord playing or simply wish to play your favorite songs by ear.

    But if you have plans to pursue piano more seriously in the future and are looking for a starter instrument at a reasonable price, stick with features that most closely resemble an acoustic piano. 

    Such features to consider include:

    • Full-sized keys
    • Realistic sounds that closely mimic the real thing
    • Touch-sensitive keys
    • Sustain pedal
    • 88 keys
    • Weighted keys

    Your technique is crucial for preventing injury if you plan to learn technically demanding music, such as classical pieces.

    This is one of the primary reasons you want to ensure that if you opt for a good beginner keyboard, it should closely mimic an acoustic, as you will need to switch at some point.

    And if you get used to unweighted keys, you will have to re-adjust once you start playing on an acoustic.

    Everyone has different goals when it comes to learning to play an instrument. Thinking about those goals before you begin your search is essential to ensure your goals match the instrument.

    Digital Pianos

    The digital piano is somewhat of a cross between an electric and acoustic piano. 

    They are designed to be an exact digital replica of an acoustic and are, therefore, not portable like electric pianos.

    One could, however, make the argument that they are more portable than an acoustic grand.

    Some of the best digital pianos in the world so closely mimic a real acoustic grand piano that it’s tough to distinguish a difference in sound between the two. 

    Although digital pianos are an excellent choice for some aspiring pianists, they tend to be more expensive and less portable than keyboards.

    They also don’t offer the range of sounds or backing tracks offered by keyboards.

    Still, digital pianos can be the right choice for certain students.

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      Electric Keyboard Options in 2023

      Now that we’ve covered the fundamental differences between acoustic and digital pianos and keyboards let’s get to specifics.

      Keyboards are a great option for people who aspire to be part of a band. They’re also great if you’re on a budget and want to avoid having the recurring maintenance costs you would with an acoustic.

      Keyboards don’t occupy the same amount of space as an acoustic or digital piano. They are, therefore, great for people with space limitations.

      And if you want to change the sound of your instrument to mimic an organ, other instruments, or even sound effects, a keyboard is your best bet.

      Here are my top picks for keyboards for people brand new to the instrument.

      Alesis Recital Pro – Best for Complete Piano Beginners

      The Alesis Recital Pro has a full 88-keys and a premium 3-month subscription to Skoove, one of the more popular online learning options.

      If you’re completely brand new to the instrument, this may be your best bet when it comes to instruments, thanks to the features which closely resemble an acoustic.

      The keys are hammer action and can be adjusted to achieve your perfect level of touch.

      And if you plan to advance your piano studies, opt for the sustain pedal add-on. This will help you master the art of playing smoothly without excess tension.

      You can also opt for headphones, which make your practice sessions 100% private, a nice feature if you have performance anxiety or simply have neighbors living above or below you.

      This keyboard has 12 sounds, including bass and synth, so you can produce various sounds.

      And at just over $400 for the keyboard, pedal, and headphones, this model won’t completely break the bank.

      You can knock off about $75 off the final price if you get the keyboard on its own however, trust me when I say that, eventually, you will want a sustain pedal.

      The Alesis Recital Pro is an excellent starter keyboard for people interested in serious piano playing but uncertain about which instrument to buy.

      Yamaha P-45 – Best for Beginners Interested in Classical Music

      When it comes to musical instruments, Yamaha is a legend. In fact, my current piano is a Yamaha, and I adore it!

      The brand also makes a quality electric keyboard, as evident in the P-45.

      With 88 weighted keys, this model closely simulates the sound and feel you would get from playing an acoustic grand piano. 

      The above price includes a sustain pedal, a headphone jack, and USB connectivity. 

      And the keys have a matte finish, which makes them less slippery and more closely resembling those on an acoustic.

      Yamaha also prides itself on its Graded Hammer Standard (GHS), which translates to heavier touch in the bass and lighter in the treble, a feature more closely resembling an acoustic than an electric instrument.

      This model features 10 voices, including some lovely string settings that enhance whatever you play.

      All-in-all, the P-45 is a solid option for beginners considering studying piano seriously now and in the future.

      Casio CT-X700 – Best for Band Playing

      If you’re searching for portability on a budget, check out the Casio CT-X700. 

      Although this model features fewer keys than the Yamaha or Alesis Recital Pro, it packs a punch when it comes to sound variety.

      This model has a whopping 600 tones and hundreds of built-in rhythms to enhance all your creative endeavors.

      It also comes complete with a library of 100 pre-recorded songs.

      This specific model is equipped with 6 weeks of lessons from Simply, a nice feature if you’re completely new to the instrument.

      And if you don’t need the extra lessons, skip them and save approximately $60 on the total price of the instrument.

      It’s a more budget-friendly option even if the keyboard features only 61 instead of 88 keys.

      And if portability is your thing, it’s lighter than the Yamaha. It will also travel more easily than the Alesis Recital Pro.

      This keyboard also features USB-MIDI port connects for seamless integration with other technology.

      The Casio is a great option for people who need portability and are interested in joining a band or learning pop music.

      Alesis Melody – Most Budget-Friendly Model

      The Alesis Melody is another great option if you’re on a budget. This keyboard comes under $150 and features 61 full-size keys and 300 voices.

      Similar to the Alesis Recital Pro, the Melody also comes with a 3-month premium membership to Skoove, so you can launch your piano learning off on the right foot.

      This keyboard also features a headphone jack, so your practice sessions can remain private. You can also record yourself to easily track your progress. 

      Although this keyboard has many fantastic features, it does not have a sustain pedal. It does feature a sustain button; however, this would be functionally different than a pedal.

      If you want to take your piano studies beyond beginner, you will need to learn how to incorporate a sustain pedal into your playing.

      But this one might be an excellent option if you don’t care about classical music or just want to play around with the keyboard.

      Yamaha YPT270 – Most Beginner-Friendly Model

      If you want the Yamaha reputation at a slightly more budget-friendly price, check out the YPT270.

      It features a 61-key keyboard and can add accompaniment instruments to your playing.

      Complete with a headphone jack, the Yamaha YPT270 also comes with a 3-month subscription to Flowkey, one of today’s most popular music-learning platforms.

      This model also features a quiz mode, which plays a random note and allows you to determine which note was played.

      It also has a smart chord feature that assists in playing larger, more complex chord structures.

      Like the other models featured on this list, it includes a record function to playback and enjoy your musical creations.

      And at 12.5 pounds, it’s tough to beat the portability of this quality, beginner-friendly keyboard.

      Given the nice keyboard features and price, it also has relatively high Amazon ratings, a reassuring sign regardless of what you’re purchasing.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is a digital piano?

      A digital piano differs slightly from an electric keyboard in that although the sound is digital, it is less portable than a keyboard.

      Digital pianos are not designed to be moved around your house frequently or packed in your car for band practice.

      A digital piano is an instrument that produces a sound similar to an acoustic without all the tiny internal components found in an acoustic.

      They don’t require the routine maintenance of an acoustic and are less susceptible to the wear and tear placed on acoustic instruments.

      Although more expensive than keyboards, digital pianos can be an excellent option for people interested in learning to play piano but not in paying for routine maintenance on their instrument.

      What’s the difference between a keyboard and a digital piano?

      Although digital pianos and keyboards have electronic representations of acoustic grand pianos, keyboards are more portable than digital ones.

      Keyboards also offer more sound variety than a digital piano, designed to be an acoustic piano’s digital representation.

      Digital pianos often don’t have backing tracks or other recorded sounds because those features are not inherent to acoustic pianos.

      But digital pianos and keyboards often both have headphone jacks and recording features.

      Aside from those basic features, extra features vary considerably among keyboard and digital piano models.

      Can you teach yourself to play the piano?

      Yes! There are many fantastic resources, including in-person and online, for learning to play the piano.

      Scroll to the bottom of this post for a series of helpful posts I’ve assembled for aspiring pianists.

      Whether you’re interested in classical, jazz, band, or pop playing, you can find resources to teach yourself to play the piano.

      What are the best resources for learning to play the piano?

      One of the first steps in learning to play the piano is identifying your goals.

      Do you want to learn to play for fun? Or do you want to eventually play in a band? Do you love jazz and improv? Or would you rather play lyrical songs for an audience of one?

      Once you’ve identified your goals, you can search for resources to start your journey.

      Scroll to the bottom of this post for helpful content on launching your piano journey!

      Do most keyboards come with a bench?

      No. But most benches designed for use with keyboards come at a fairly reasonable price.

      An adjustable bench is nice because you can incorporate better body mechanics and reduce unnecessary tension while playing.


      Do you need a real piano to learn to play?

      No. You can learn to play piano on a keyboard.

      But if you want to learn to play technically demanding music, you will eventually want to transition to an acoustic piano. 

      And although you can start out on a keyboard, you will want to find one with features that closely mimic an acoustic.

      Such features include weighted, touch-sensitive keys, a full-size 88-key instrument, and a sustain pedal.

      But if you’re interested in chord playing or learning your favorite songs by ear, a keyboard will likely be all you need to learn and have fun with the instrument.

      Final Thoughts

      Regardless of your goals for learning to play the piano, I hope this post has been a helpful guide in determining the best instrument for your needs.

      Buying a keyboard can be confusing, but once you understand the features you’ll need, it’s so much easier!

      Trying the instrument out for yourself before purchasing it is also helpful. Still, it can be challenging to find a store selling keyboards.

      If you cannot “try before you buy,” check the return policy before purchasing to ensure you can return it if it’s not your ideal instrument.

      It’s crucial that you’re delighted with the piano; otherwise, practice will be a drag, and you might as well not have purchased the keyboard in the first place.

      And if you’re wondering about the next steps in your quest to learn the piano, check out these helpful resources. If you love and find them helpful, share them with a friend!

      And if you have questions, please reach out! Playing the piano has given me so much that I love giving back to others interested in learning the instrument!

      Ultimate Review of the Yamaha G2 Baby Grand Piano

      Ultimate Review of the Yamaha G2 Baby Grand Piano

      Are you thinking about upgrading your home or teaching studio piano? You may have only ever had upright pianos and want to look closer at a higher-quality instrument.

      Regardless of the reason behind your curiosity, Yamaha pianos, and more specifically, the G2 is a great place to start.

      Today’s post reviews the versatile acoustic piano that is a trendy choice for both piano teachers and home use. And without further ado, let’s get to it!

      This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

      My History with the Yamaha G2

      Before studying piano in college, I had never played a grand piano.

      And once I started practicing on a grand, I never wanted to return to an upright. Ever again.

      College introduced me to the world of grand pianos, and I soon began forming opinions about all the various options.

      While taking classes with a local piano tuner, I fell in love with a 1920s Baldwin grand piano he had recently restored. I had never played a piano with such sensitivity and massive sound. It was incredible!

      I also visited piano gallery stores in my spare time to check out the differences in touch, sensitivity, and sound between the different pianos.

      Aside from the Baldwin of my dreams, Steinway was by far my favorite name in the piano world. 

      Although I had played several models at that time, Yamaha was one of my least favorite, closely followed by Kawai. Most of the Yamaha grands I played had stiff actions and an overly bright sound.

      Not an ideal combination for the melancholy music of the Romantic period for which I am most passionate!

      Several years ago, I was finally in a financial position to upgrade from my grandmother’s spinet and began trying out options.

      And I was shocked to fall in love with a Yamaha. This particular piano was not like any of the other Yamaha pianos I had tried in the past. 

      Its wonderful tone and dynamic range quickly won me over. 

      Four years later, I’m still thrilled with this sensitive yet responsive piano with a powerful sound that fits nicely in my home. I’ve found it to be a fantastic starter grand piano and love it more and more over time!

      And if you’re looking at an upgrade, here’s why you might find it an excellent choice for you as well.


      Although a brand new piano model has benefits, an older model brings sound certainty.

      Pianos can settle as they age, leading to subtle changes in sound over time.

      But a used piano features a relatively stable sound. When properly tuned and maintained over time, a used piano in good condition will sound the same today as in 20 years.

      And for me, there’s a certain peace that comes with knowing that if I love how my piano sounds today, I’ll still love it in 10 years.

      Since Yamaha hasn’t manufactured this model since approximately 1990, you can be reassured that the sound will be stable as it ages.


      Although the G2 requires ample space compared to a spinet, the extra space is a small price for its pure tone.

      This model is 5’7″ long, and the longer strings give you the type of piano sound typical of much larger models.

      This model gives you the best bang for your buck regarding size and sound.


      The Yamaha G2 features some of the finest craftsmanship of the brand.

      Although the company no longer manufactures this model, it remains prevalent among serious pianists because of its craftsmanship.

      Depending on whether the piano needs work done or has recently been refinished, you can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000. It is an investment; however, if you’re serious about learning to play the piano, you need a quality instrument.

      The G2 is built to last; if you decide to invest in it, this piano will surpass your greatest expectations for years to come. 

      Buying Tips

      Although the Yamaha G2 is a perfect piano for me and my playing needs, it may not be well-suited to everyone.

      Acoustic grand pianos need regular tuning and maintenance, which means recurring costs. 

      They require a fair amount of floor space and are not easily maneuvered once situated.

      Despite the drawbacks, a reputable and well-maintained baby grand piano is the ultimate in performance and sound for the average home setting.

      If you’re uncertain whether a baby grand piano or upright is the best instrument for your needs, check out this previous post.

      Regardless of the model, here are a few things to remember when shopping for a piano.

      • Buying a piano from a reputable piano dealer is the best way to ensure you get a quality instrument.
      • Piano dealers also often offer free or reduced-price delivery within the surrounding area.
      • Always consult a qualified piano tuner if you question the piano’s condition.
      • If the piano you’re interested in buying doesn’t already have one, installing a humidification system helps your piano stay in tune longer and minimizes the harsh effects weather can have on the wooden components inside.
      • Buying a piano from Craigslist can be risky. Although buying from a private party rather than a store can give you better prices, you never know what you’re getting. 
      • Always try out the piano for yourself before purchasing it. All pianos have a slightly different feel, sensitivity, and sound. You will want to make sure you absolutely love all characteristics of your prospective instrument!

      Final Thoughts

      Whether you’re looking for a baby grand piano for home or studio use, the Yamaha G2 is a fantastic option!

      Its quality craftsmanship, responsive touch sensitivity, and subtle tone make it the ideal piano for enthusiasts.

      But don’t take my word for it. Get out there and try one for yourself!

      And if you’re interested in more piano-inspired content, check out my other previous posts:

      8 Most Beautiful Classical Piano Songs Ever Composed

      8 Most Beautiful Classical Piano Songs Ever Composed

      Piano music has an unparalleled ability to move and inspire. 

      Its intricate melodies and rich harmonies have captivated audiences for centuries and continue to do so today. 

      From the melancholic to the romantic, from the dreamy to the virtuosic, classical piano music offers a wide range of emotions and moods that have stood the test of time. 

      This post will present the 8 most beautiful classical piano songs ever composed. These pieces are timeless and have been cherished by audiences for generations.

      Whether you’re a seasoned pianist or simply an admirer of the beauty of music, this list will inspire you with some of the most remarkable and enchanting pieces in the classical piano repertoire. 

      So sit back, relax, and enjoy this musical journey through some of the most beautiful piano pieces ever written!

      This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

      1. Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

      The first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, also known as Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2, is a uniquely beautiful piece that has captivated audiences for centuries. 

      There are several reasons why this movement stands out as an exceptional example of exquisite classical piano music.

      Firstly, the piece has a distinct and recognizable melody that is hauntingly beautiful. 

      The melody is melancholic and introspective, with an ebb and flow of emotion that evokes a sense of longing and reflection. 

      Beethoven intended for the piece to be played with great emotional depth and intensity, and he uses dynamic phrasing, including crescendos and diminuendos, to create a sense of tension and release. 

      The use of expression marks such as dolce (sweetly) and espressivo (with expression) also add to the emotional depth and beauty of the piece.

      If you’re looking for an easily recognizable piece to help you develop expressive playing, this is the piece to try. And although there are tricky passages, this piece can be tackled by late beginner and early intermediate players.

      The second movement of the Sonata is also attainable for late beginners or early intermediate pianists; however, the third movement is technically demanding and should be reserved for advanced pianists.

      2. Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy

      Clair de Lune is known for its dreamy and ethereal sound, creating a serene and otherworldly atmosphere. 

      Several musical elements contribute to the tonal texture uniquely characteristic of this piece.

      Firstly, the tempo and dynamics give the piece a sense of tranquility and relaxation. The use of rubato, where the performer takes some liberties with the tempo, also adds to the dreamy quality of the piece.

      Secondly, the use of harmony and tonality in Clair de Lune creates a sense of suspension and fluidity. 

      Thirdly, the piece has a delicate and intricate texture, where the interplay between the two hands creates a sense of depth and complexity, adding to the dream-like quality of the piece.

      Overall, the dreamy and ethereal sound of Clair de Lune is created through tempo, non-traditional harmony and tonality, delicate and intricate texture, and dynamics and articulation. 

      The piece creates a sense of tranquility and transports the listener to a magical and mysterious moonlit world.

      Clair de Lune has much to offer the intermediate pianist and is a fun piece to master!

      3. Nocturne in C-Minor by Frédéric Chopin 

      The Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1, by Frederic Chopin, is a stunningly beautiful piece that exemplifies the composer’s mastery of the piano and his ability to evoke a range of emotions through his music. 

      Several elements contribute to the beauty of this piece.

      Firstly, the melody of the Nocturne in C Minor is hauntingly beautiful and emotionally charged. 

      The opening bars feature a mournful and expressive melody developed throughout the piece. The melody is characterized by long, sweeping phrases and expressive ornamentation, which add to its beauty and emotional impact.

      Secondly, the harmonic structure of the Nocturne in C Minor is complex and richly expressive. The harmonic structure contributes to the piece’s fluidity and seamless transitions between sections.

      Thirdly, the texture of the Nocturne in C Minor is delicate, intricate and changes slightly as the piece progresses. The left-hand accompaniment starts out relatively simple at the beginning of the piece. It transitions to an almost hymn-like texture by page two. 

      The hymn-like serenity is contrasted by chromatic octaves followed by a return of the original melodic line in the right hand, this time accompanied by triplet rhythms in the left hand.

      Finally, the expressive use of dynamics and articulation in the Nocturne in C Minor is another element that contributes to its stunning beauty. Chopin’s markings for dynamics create a sense of depth and contrast that adds to the piece’s emotional impact.

      The Nocturne in C-Minor is a particular favorite of mine and is currently on my practice list! Given the technical and rhythmic challenges, this stunning piece of classical music is best suited for the late intermediate to early advanced piano player.

      4. Nocturne in E-Flat Major by Frédéric Chopin

      The Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2, by Frédéric Chopin, is a beautiful and accessible piece that holds a special place in the repertoire for intermediate pianists. 

      There are several reasons why this Nocturne is considered both stunningly beautiful and approachable for pianists at an intermediate level.

      Firstly, the melody of the Nocturne in E-flat Major is undeniably enchanting and captivating. Its lyrical and expressive nature characterizes it, evoking a sense of tenderness and elegance. 

      The melody flows gracefully and is supported by a delicate accompaniment, creating a sense of richness and depth.

      Secondly, the technical demands of the piece are well-suited for intermediate pianists. While there are moments that require skillful finger coordination and control, the Nocturne does not push the boundaries of virtuosic technique as some of Chopin’s more challenging works do. 

      This accessibility allows intermediate pianists to focus on expressive interpretation and musicality rather than struggling with extreme technical difficulties.

      Additionally, the Nocturne in E-flat Major provides an excellent opportunity for pianists to develop their sense of phrasing and musical expression. 

      Chopin’s use of dynamics, rubato, and subtle tempo fluctuations allows personal interpretation and expression. Intermediate pianists can explore these nuances and develop their own artistic voice while capturing the inherent beauty of the piece.

      Lastly, the Nocturne in E-flat Major is a beloved and frequently performed piece, which means ample resources are available for intermediate pianists to study and learn from. Sheet music, tutorials, and recordings are readily accessible, providing helpful guidance and inspiration along the learning journey.

      Overall, the Nocturne in E-flat Major by Frédéric Chopin is beautiful and accessible for intermediate pianists. 

      Its enchanting melody, moderate technical demands, opportunities for expressive interpretation, clear structure, and abundance of available resources make it an ideal choice for those looking to explore and perform a captivating piece while continuing to develop their musical skills.

      5. Elegie in E-flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff

      The Elegie in E-flat Minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff is a gorgeous piece that could easily top this list as the most beautiful composition of all time. 

      And I love this piano solo so much that I performed it for my senior recital and continue to pick it up every so often.

      Although it’s not one of Rachmaninoff’s best-known piano pieces, it possesses several qualities contributing to its enduring appeal.

      First and foremost, the Elegie showcases Rachmaninoff’s remarkable gift for melody. The piece unfolds with a hauntingly beautiful and emotionally charged melody that immediately captivates the listener. 

      The melody is richly expressive, brimming with poignant and introspective qualities that evoke a profound sense of longing and melancholy.

      In addition to its enchanting melody, the Elegie demonstrates Rachmaninoff’s command of harmonic language. Rachmaninoff’s use of rich and complex harmonies creates a sense of depth and emotional intensity. 

      The harmonies move seamlessly, often taking unexpected turns that heighten the piece’s emotional impact. This harmonic richness contributes to the captivating beauty of the composition.

      Furthermore, the Elegie showcases Rachmaninoff’s exceptional pianistic writing. The piece encompasses various pianistic techniques, including intricate passages, cascading arpeggios, and lush chords. 

      Rachmaninoff’s mastery of the instrument is evident as he explores the piano’s expressive capabilities, allowing for an expansive and nuanced interpretation. The pianist can delve into the depths of dynamics, touch, and phrasing to fully convey the beauty and emotion embedded within the piece.

      Lastly, the Elegie possesses a timeless quality that continues to resonate with audiences today. Its profound and evocative nature transcends the boundaries of time and cultural contexts, touching the hearts of listeners across generations. 

      The ability of the piece to elicit a deep emotional response and transport the listener to a world of introspection and beauty is a testament to its enduring power and status as one of the most beautiful piano pieces ever composed.

      Its ability to evoke a profound and lasting impact on listeners solidifies its place among the most revered and cherished compositions in the piano repertoire.

      In terms of difficulty, the Elegie is best suited to intermediate and early advanced players. 

      6. Waltz in A Minor by Frédéric Chopin

      The Waltz in A minor, Op. Posth. by Frédéric Chopin is a beautiful and accessible piece appealing to beginner pianists. 

      There are several reasons why this waltz is considered both exquisitely beautiful and approachable for those starting their piano journey.

      Firstly, the Waltz in A minor features a melodic, instantly captivating line. The haunting and melancholic melody evokes a sense of elegance and introspection. 

      The simplicity and expressiveness of the melody make it easy for the beginner pianist to grasp and convey the emotional depth of the piece.

      Secondly, the technical demands of the Waltz in A minor are well-suited for beginner pianists. The piece generally utilizes straightforward hand positions and limited hand stretches, making it comfortable for smaller hands. 

      Furthermore, the piece provides an excellent opportunity for beginner pianists to develop their sense of phrasing and musical expression. 

      While the technical challenges are relatively modest, the Waltz in A Minor offers room for personal interpretation and dynamics. 

      Beginner pianists can experiment with playing softer or louder sections, adding subtle rubato, and exploring different nuances to infuse their performance with their own musicality. The piece also provides an opportunity to practice the art of rubato.

      The Waltz in A Minor introduces the charm and elegance of Chopin’s compositions. 

      As one of Chopin’s earlier works, it is an accessible entry point into his distinct style and romantic sensibilities. Playing this piece can cultivate an appreciation for Chopin’s music and spark the desire to explore more of his compositions in the future.

      Lastly, the Waltz in A minor is relatively short and has a straightforward structure. It provides a sense of accomplishment as the piece is learned and performed. The transparent and predictable form helps build confidence.

      Overall, the Waltz in A Minor by Frédéric Chopin is beautiful and accessible for beginner pianists. Its captivating melody, manageable technical demands, opportunities for expressive interpretation, introduction to Chopin’s style, and clear structure make it an ideal choice for those starting their piano journey. 

      Learning and performing this piece can inspire and motivate beginners as they explore the enchanting world of classical piano pieces.

      7. Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie

      Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie is part of a series of three piano compositions, the first being the most famous. This piece possesses distinct qualities that make it an ideal choice for those beginning their musical journey.

      First and foremost, Gymnopédie exhibits a serene and ethereal beauty. The simplicity of the melody creates a peaceful and introspective atmosphere, inviting the listener into a world of tranquility. 

      Another reason the first Gymnopédie is accessible for beginners is the relatively modest technical demands. Satie’s compositions often emphasize simplicity and clarity, allowing novice pianists to focus on developing fundamental skills. 

      Additionally, the repetitive nature of the entire piece provides an excellent opportunity for beginner pianists to develop their sense of musicality and expressiveness. 

      As the themes are repeated throughout the piece, beginner pianists can experiment with dynamics, articulation, and phrasing to add their personal touch. 

      This allows beginners to explore the nuances of interpretation and develop their own musical voice.

      The first Gymnopédie also has a relatively slow tempo, which aids beginner pianists’ learning process. The leisurely pace allows more time to think and coordinate finger movements, enhancing accuracy and control. 

      It also provides a comfortable space for beginners to focus on expression and musicality without feeling rushed.

      The first Gymnopédie by Erik Satie possesses a unique beauty and is a widely recognized piece, making it an enjoyable work for beginner pianists to learn. 

      8. Liebestraum No. 3 by Franz Liszt

      Liebestraum, meaning “Dream of Love” in German, is a piano composition by Franz Liszt that is regarded as a uniquely beautiful piece in the classical piano repertoire. 

      Several elements contribute to its distinctive beauty and make it stand out among other compositions.

      One of the defining characteristics of Liebestraum is its lyrical and expressive melody. The piece opens with a mesmerizing and delicate melody that unfolds with elegance and grace. 

      The melody flows effortlessly, evoking a sense of longing and tenderness, solidifying its status as a true love song. Its simplicity and profound emotional depth make it instantly captivating and memorable.

      Another aspect that sets Liebestraum apart is its rich and intricate harmonic structure. Liszt masterfully weaves complex harmonies, lush chord progressions, and subtle chromaticism to create a tapestry of emotional richness. 

      The harmonic choices add depth and sophistication to the composition, further enhancing its beauty and evoking a wide range of emotions in the listener.

      The interplay of delicate and virtuosic passages adds to the piece’s allure, providing a thrilling experience for the performer and the audience.

      The composition features a wide range of dynamics, from soft and delicate passages to powerful and passionate sections. These contrasts create a sense of tension and release, adding to the piece’s emotional impact. 

      Lastly, Liebestraum is renowned for its captivating and evocative storytelling quality. The composition takes the listener on a journey of love and passion, weaving a narrative through its melodic development and harmonic progression. 

      It creates an immersive and dream-like atmosphere, transporting the listener to a world of heightened emotions and romantic reverie.

      In conclusion, Liebestraum by Franz Liszt is a uniquely beautiful piano composition due to its lyrical and expressive melody, rich harmonic structure, virtuosic pianistic writing, dynamic contrasts, and captivating storytelling quality. Its enduring popularity and status as a beloved piece in the piano repertoire are a testament to its timeless beauty and Liszt’s remarkable ability to create music that touches the heart and soul.

      This piece is suitable for the intermediate pianist.

      Final Thoughts

      I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey through the 8 most beautiful classical piano pieces ever composed! The classical piano repertoire has so many wonderful pieces that it was tough to limit the list to only a few of the most famous pieces.

      And whether you’re an avid listener or an aspiring pianist, I hope you find inspiration somewhere in this list. After all, one of the most exciting things about playing the piano is picking out new pieces to add to your repertoire!

      If you’re looking for more piano-inspired content, check out a few of my other posts:

      8 Best Books for Adult Beginners to Learn Piano

      8 Best Books for Adult Beginners to Learn Piano

      Learning to play the piano can be an incredibly rewarding experience for people of all ages, but especially for adults. 

      Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some prior musical knowledge, playing the piano can help reduce stress, improve memory, and boost cognitive function.

      However, as an adult learner, it can be challenging to know where to start and what resources to use. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the top 8 books for adult beginners interested in playing the piano.

      As a lifelong pianist, I am passionate about helping others discover this incredible instrument! And I’ve created various resources to help people learn in a way that fits their goals, learning style, and interests.

      Teaching yourself by using books is one way to learn, but it’s definitely not the only way. Stick with me to the end of this post for even more resources on how you can start your unique piano journey!

      This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

      Adult Piano Adventures All-In-One Lesson Book 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber 

      The first book on my list is designed specifically for adult beginners. It includes an introduction to music notation, basic rhythms, and the layout of the piano keyboard.

      Lessons in this book are organized progressively, so you can build on your skills as you go. The book also includes access to online audio tracks that you can use to practice. Audio resources include instructional videos and backing tracks.

      One of the standout features of this book is its use of familiar tunes and popular songs. Many of the pieces in the book are arrangements of well-known songs, such as “The Entertainer” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” 

      Playing easily recognizable music makes learning more enjoyable and less intimidating. Additionally, the book includes helpful tips and practice techniques to help you improve your playing.

      Yet another valuable feature of this book is that it’s spiral bound, meaning it will easily stay open while you play. You will definitely thank me for that feature!

      And if you’re interested in supplemental books, the Fabers also have level one books of Christmas, Classical, and Popular music to enhance your learning experience.

      Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level 1 by Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, and Amanda Vick Lethco 

      The next book on my list has a special place in my heart because this was the series I learned from when I was younger. 

      Alfred’s course has a whole series of books for children taking piano lessons from a piano teacher; however, their adult edition is an excellent book for people who want to learn at their own pace.

      This book is designed to teach adult beginners the fundamentals of playing the piano, including basic music theory, hand positions, and fingerings. The book also emphasizes chord playing early in the learning process.

      One of the strengths of this book is its emphasis on music theory. The lessons in the book include explanations of key signatures, scales, and chords, which can be helpful for adult learners who want to understand the underlying principles of music. 

      The book also includes a variety of musical styles, from classical to popular, so you can explore different genres of music.

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        Piano Scales, Chords & Arpeggios Lessons with Elements of Basic Music Theory by Damon Ferrante 

        While this book is not a traditional piano method book, it is an excellent resource for adult learners who want to improve their technique and understanding of music theory. 

        The book is written by a piano professor and includes online lessons. As one of the newer books on this list, you can expect quality instruction from an expert who has been on staff at multiple universities.

        The book does a great job explaining the basics and then encourages self-learning based on previous lessons. In other words, this book would be a great choice if you had a solid foundation of playing previously and are now looking for a refresher.

        There may be better options than this book if you’re a complete beginner. And the songs in the book are somewhat dated but familiar.

        If you enjoy this learning method, the author does have a second book in the series that would be worth checking out.

        John Thompson’s Modern Course for the Piano: First Grade Book by John Thompson 

        The fourth book on my list is a classic piano method book that has been used by generations of piano students. This book was initially published in the 1930s and continues to teach students the basics of reading music, hand position, and playing simple songs almost 100 years later.

        Although the book is designed for young learners, adult beginners may also find it approachable. And many students love the simple melodies in each piece and the fact that each song teaches you a specific lesson about playing.

        One drawback of the book is that it doesn’t come with any extra video or audio resources; however, if you need help with a specific lesson, there’s a good chance you can find a YouTube video that addresses your question.

        The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Piano Exercises by Karen Berger 

        This book is a comprehensive collection of exercises designed to improve your technique and dexterity on the piano. The exercises cover a wide range of topics, from hand positions to chord progressions, and are suitable for players of all levels.

        Although the book isn’t necessarily designed to teach beginners how to play, it’s an excellent supplemental book on exercises to improve dexterity and reinforce note reading, key signature recognition, and other necessary keyboard skills.

        One of the benefits of this book is its organization. The exercises are arranged in a progressive order, so you can build on your skills as you go. Additionally, the book explains each exercise and how to practice it effectively. This can be especially helpful for adult learners who may not have a teacher to guide them through the learning process.

        Again, this is an excellent supplemental resource, regardless of which method you use for your foundation learning.

        Beginner Classical Piano Music: Teach Yourself How to Play Famous Piano Pieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven & the Great Composers by Damon Ferrante

        If your goal in learning to play the piano is to play classical music, then you should check out this next one. This book is written by the same author as the 3rd pick on this list.

        And as a university faculty member, you can be reassured that Ferrante knows classical piano. 

        One of the great aspects of this book is that it includes streaming videos and MP3 audio, valuable features when teaching yourself an instrument. 

        And many familiar classics are included in this book ranging from Fur Elise to Pachelbel’s Canon and even Gymnopedie. It’s a treasure trove of familiar classical favorites.

        Although not ideal for someone interested in learning chord playing or how to improvise, this book is an excellent option for beginners focused on classical repertoire!

        What You Need to Know Before You Learn Music Theory – Eric Fine

        Although the next book on this list doesn’t necessarily teach you the art of playing the piano, it does help you understand the fundamentals of music theory.

        This book promises a revolutionary way to look at the basics of music theory, which is a notoriously challenging topic. 

        And understanding music theory helps you become a better pianist by enabling you to understand how music is put together. This, in turn, helps you become a better sight reader, improviser, player by ear, and overall musician. 

        There are many ways to improve your understanding of music theory, but this brand-new book should be your first resource.

        The Best Modern Piano Book for Beginners – Dan Spencer

        If you want a more laid-back approach to learning, check out the next book on my list. This book promises a coaching-based system that helps you progress on your musical journey more quickly than other learning styles.

        The book comes with online video lessons to enhance your learning. And it also has a 30-day practice journal to keep you on track.

        Spencer also has a podcast called “The Best Music Podcast,” so you can get a sneak peek of his teaching style and approach.

        If you want to learn your favorite rock and pop hits, this might be one of the best piano books to accomplish that goal!

        Can you really learn to play the piano by reading a book?

        This question comes up so often for adults who want to learn to play the piano. After all, most adults I know already have hectic lives. Many have young children, and fitting one more thing into their day doesn’t seem possible.

        Learning on your own time and at your own pace feels like a great option when it comes to embracing a new hobby. 

        And it can work for the piano, too. 

        ​Learning to play the piano independently can work if you combine other learning elements. As an example, there are many helpful resources on YouTube. 

        There are also online courses and apps for learning to play the piano, but books can provide another learning resource for your toolkit. 

        ​If you’re interested in learning to play the piano on your own, check out the resources I’ve put together to help you accomplish your goals.

        I understand that traditional piano lessons don’t always fit into your life, but that shouldn’t stop you from picking up a new hobby.

        ​And it’s never too late to start! Read through the following and get started today!

        Final Thoughts

        Learning to play the piano can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, no matter your age or skill level. 

        If you’re an adult beginner looking to start your piano journey, there are many excellent resources available to help you along the way. The eight books I’ve highlighted in this post are great options for adult beginners, and each offers a unique approach to learning the piano.

        Remember, learning the piano takes time and dedication. Still, with the right resources and a willingness to practice, anyone can learn to play. 

        Whether you follow a traditional method book or a more contemporary approach, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the learning process. 

        Happy playing!

        9 Most Famous Piano Pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff

        9 Most Famous Piano Pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff

        Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who lived from 1873 to 1943. He is considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century and a master composer of the late Romantic period. 

        Thanks to his role as a touring conductor and pianist, his own music composition was limited. Although his total compositional output may be lower than other composers, his music is characterized by a poignancy not attained by most other composers.

        His music has captivated me from the moment I first heard it performed, thanks to its soaring melodies and lush harmonies. 

        Many of his solo and orchestral piano works require an almost virtuosic mastery of the instrument. In contrast, others are attainable by amateur pianists.

        His music conveys the most profound emotional experiences of a life characterized by intense joy and sorrow. This post explores 9 of his most famous pieces written for the piano.

        This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

        Prelude in C-Sharp Minor

        Evgeny Kissin – Prelude in C-sharp Minor

        This prelude is part of a more extensive work for piano solo called Morceaux de Fantaisie. It’s arguably one of his best-known works and was written in his early years of composing after graduation from the Moscow Conservatory. 

        The entire work is dedicated to Anton Arensky, Rachmaninoff’s harmony teacher, at the Conservatory.

        This piece is also known as The Bells of Moscow, as it replicates the sound of church bells.

        Although the piece was wildly considered a huge success, it was never considered by Rachmaninoff to be particularly noteworthy. In fact, there are reports that he came to despise the piece as it was consistently requested by audiences during his performances.

        Despite the controversy, it’s a beautiful piece attainable by many amateur pianists. 

        Elegie in E-Flat Minor

        This next piece is my favorite solo piano piece by the Russian composer. Also part of the Morceaux de Fantaisie, the Elegie is less well known as the more famous prelude but showcases Rachmaninoff’s superior ability to compose a hauntingly beautiful melody. 

        The Elegie is a slow and lyrical piece that, although it could be used as background music in a movie, is so much more. Its emotive melody conveys a deep sense of sorrow, making it one of Rachmaninoff’s most powerful compositions for solo piano.

        The piece is written in a challenging key signature. Still, it has the type of emotional intensity unmatched by any other major works in the Romantic period of classical music. 

        Click the video to watch my interpretation of this extraordinary piece!

        Prelude in G Minor

        My favorite recording of the Prelude in G minor as performed by Olga Scheps

        The Prelude in G minor is a short but powerful piece that Rachmaninoff composed in 1901. The piece is known for its intense emotional content, and it is a favorite among pianists and audiences alike.

        The Prelude No. 5 is part of a more extensive set under Opus 23. Although the first and last sections of the piano work have a strong rhythmic drive, this contrasts with the middle section, which has a gorgeous melody in the right hand. 

        The piece has a minor key signature and is written in the Romantic style. It’s the type of music Rachmaninoff was known for – passionate, romantic, and full of emotion.

        This work is highly regarded by concert pianists as it showcases the composer’s ability to weave a haunting melodic line amid unique harmonies. It’s a beautiful piece of music that will leave you with chills! 

        Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Minor

        The Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor is a three-movement sonata that Rachmaninoff composed in 1913. Rachmaninoff revised the sonata in 1931, and the piece was recorded as a combination of both versions by Vladimir Horowitz in 1940.

        The sonata is known for its complex harmonies and technical demands on the pianist. The first movement is somber and reflective, while the second movement is more lyrical and expressive. The final movement is fast and energetic, with a sense of triumph and resolution.

        There is no denying that this piece is a challenge to perform. It requires a strong technique and the ability to navigate complex rhythms, dissonance, and dynamic changes. But with practice, dedicated pianists can really bring out its beauty and emotion. 

        The Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor is one of Rachmaninoff’s most unique and powerful works, showcasing his incredible skill as a composer. 


        Op. 39, No. 6 as performed by Valentina Lisitsa

        The Etudes-Tableaux comprises two sets of etudes known as Op. 33 and Op. 39. Each piece is a “picture piece” depicting slightly different visual scenes, and each has its own distinct mood and character. 

        The pieces are known for their virtuosic piano writing and their rich harmonies.

        Recordings of the Etudes-Tableaux have been recorded by many renowned pianists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy and the composer himself.


        Vocalise is a song without words that Rachmaninoff composed in 1912. It was originally written for voice and piano but has since been arranged by other composers for many different instruments, including the cello and violin. 

        There have also been arrangements for a variety of chamber groups and orchestras. And this piece has even been arranged for solo theremin.

        The piece is known for its simple yet beautiful melody and lush harmonies.

        Variations on a Theme of Chopin

        After the relatively poor reception of his first symphony, Rachmaninoff fell into a deep depression, and his compositional output was low. Depression and self-doubt plagued him throughout his life.

        Fortunately, and with the help of therapy, he was able to resume composing once again in the early 1900s, completing the Variations on a Theme of Chopin in 1903. This popular work is based on Frederic Chopin’s Prelude in C minor.

        The piece itself includes 22 variations on the prelude and was his most extensive composition for the instrument at the time.

        The variations are a stunning display of his mastery of the instrument. It begins with a romantic, lyrical theme that moves through many different moods and styles, from dramatic to whimsical.

        The piece ends on an exuberant note and is a testament to Rachmaninoff’s skill as a composer and pianist.

        Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

        The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is a set of 24 variations for solo piano and orchestra. Written for orchestra and piano in 1934 and based on the theme from Paganini’s Caprice No. 24, composed for solo violin, this piece showcases Rachmaninoff’s compositional genius. 

        The Rhapsody is a fun dialogue between piano and orchestra, highlighting the virtuosity of the concert pianist.

        Although all variations are beautiful, the 18th variation is often performed on its own and is the most well-known variation.

        Despite the playfulness, there are moments characteristic of Rachmaninoff that feature melancholy and drama. The piece captures listeners from the beginning and is exciting for performers and audiences alike. 

        The Rhapsody is known for its grandeur and sweeping melodies, and it is a favorite among pianists and audiences alike. It has also been arranged for solo piano and has been recorded by many renowned pianists, including Arthur Rubinstein, Yuja Wang, and Rachmaninoff himself.

        Piano Concerto No. 3

        The third piano concerto in D minor is often considered one of the most challenging concertos in the classical repertoire. 

        Rachmaninoff composed it in 1909, and he performed as the soloist in the piece’s premiere in New York City later that same year. 

        The concerto is in three movements, and it is known for its virtuosic piano writing and its soaring melodies. The first movement starts with a captivating melodic theme in the first movement that bounces gently between the orchestra and the piano. In contrast, the second movement is more lyrical and reflective. 

        The final movement is fast and energetic, with a triumphant finish.

        The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor has been recorded by many renowned pianists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy.

        As is true of so many of Rachmaninoff’s compositions, this one also requires a high degree of virtuosity from the pianist and is my favorite of his orchestral works.

        Final Thoughts

        Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of the most accomplished and celebrated composers of the 20th century, and his piano music remains among the most beloved in the classical repertoire. 

        From the grandeur of the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to the haunting beauty of the Prelude in G minor, Rachmaninoff’s piano pieces continue to captivate audiences with their emotional power and technical demands.

        Whether you are a seasoned pianist or a casual listener, Rachmaninoff’s music offers a rich and rewarding experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. 

        I hope this list of the 9 most famous piano pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff has inspired you to explore more of his music and to appreciate the incredible talent and artistry that he brought to the world of classical music.

        And if you enjoyed this post, feel free to check out my other piano-inspired content!

        13 Piano Tips for Adult Beginners: 2023 Beginner’s Guide

        13 Piano Tips for Adult Beginners: 2023 Beginner’s Guide

        Learning to play the piano can be a truly rewarding experience.

        But as an adult beginner, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information out there on how to learn this instrument.

        To help simplify your journey, I’ve put together 13 essential tips for adult beginners looking to start playing the piano. 

        These practical suggestions will help take some of the guesswork out of learning and allow you to focus more on having fun while developing your skills as a musician.

        From understanding basic music theory and posture techniques to exploring different genres and finding ways to stay motivated – these tips will give you all the tools needed for success as a beginning pianist!

        1. Write down your goals for learning the piano
        2. Figure out your ideal learning situation
        3. Find a learning method that fits your learning style and goals
        4. Buy an instrument
        5. Establish a consistent practice routine
        6. Join a piano community
        7. Learn music theory
        8. Practice sight reading skills
        9. Start learning to play by ear
        10. Incorporate memorizing into your practice routine
        11. Master hands separate before putting it all together
        12. Play what you love
        13. Get some sleep

        This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

        My Piano Background

        Transparency and authenticity are two of my core values, so it is important to tell you why I am qualified to advise beginner pianists on the instrument.

        I started piano lessons at age 7 and continued playing until graduation. Although I initially enrolled in college as a pre-veterinary medicine major, I switched majors to music 3 days into my freshman year. 

        The college I attended gave me many incredible musical opportunities, including the chance to take organ lessons. And to this day, I continue to perform regularly as a church organist.

        After graduating with a baccalaureate degree in music, I remained fascinated with the instrument and dove deeper into the topics of practice, memorization, and performance anxiety.

        I’ve taught piano beginners of all ages and continued to hone my performance skills by accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists in various settings. 

        And I’ve continued pushing myself to expand my playing repertoire by learning new pieces. I’ve also recently started exploring the various testing options available for pianists.

        I love the piano, and my goal in starting this blog is to share my love with others and hopefully inspire others to pursue their musical passion!

        1. Write down your goals for learning the piano

        If you’re thinking about learning the piano but have yet to start, one of the first things you can do is take some time to figure out your goals in learning the instrument. 

        For example, do you want to:

        • Learn to play by ear?
        • Play your favorite pop songs?
        • Impress your friends?
        • Play for a church service?

        People want to learn piano for many reasons, but it’s a good idea to get clear on your exact goals to find the best way to accomplish them.

        If you’re not clear on your goals, you definitely won’t achieve them. And clarity at this stage helps you avoid disappointment down the road.

        2. Figure out your ideal learning situation

        Everyone learns differently, so what works for one person may or may not work for you. That’s why it’s essential to figure out how you learn the best. 

        Do you prefer online courses? Or do you like having a teacher who can guide and motivate you? 

        Do you need structure to stay motivated? Are you an independent learner?

        What is the best way for you to retain information? In other words, do you learn best by reading, hearing, seeing, or doing?

        Taking time to reflect on your personality, learning style, preferences, and what has worked in the past will help you move toward your goals faster by giving you a solid foundation.

        Be honest with yourself. If you’d like to be an independent learner but have needed help following through in the past, take time to figure out why you struggled.

        Answering these questions will help you pick the best learning tool. And having the right tool for the job makes all the difference in whether or not you’ll succeed in the long run.

        3. Find a learning method that fits your learning style and goals

        When it comes to learning the piano, there are many great options, including:

        • Self-paced online courses
        • Apps
        • In-person group lessons
        • Private lessons

        Maybe a combination of several different tools would help you succeed in achieving your goals. 

        And speaking of goals, now is the time to bring them back into focus. Combine the goals you brainstormed with your ideal learning situation, and you will be able to identify how to make your piano dreams a reality.

        For example, I am a very independent learner interested in classical piano. After some research, I discovered Dr. Josh Wright’s ProPractice program.

        It’s an excellent fit for my goals, interests, and learning style.

        Playground Sessions might be the right place to start if you want to learn to play pop songs in a video game-like format that simulates being part of a band.

        And if you’re interested in a more traditional approach to learning the instrument, Piano Marvel might be a perfect fit.

        If you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, use promo code OGBB22 for $3 off the monthly fee. And at $12.99 a month, you really can’t go wrong! Click here to go to the Piano Marvel website.

        Formal lessons with a piano teacher can be a fantastic option for many people who are entirely new to the instrument. It’s also helpful if you find a teacher who can help you advance in your areas of interest. 

        4. Buy an instrument

        Once you’ve figured out your goals and explored your learning style, it’s time to find yourself a piano. 

        Fortunately, there are so many great options when it comes to pianos! Acoustic, digital, upright, or grand, your perfect piano is out there.

        If you’re starting out and are unsure whether you will stick with the musical instrument, consider a digital model. But if you’re passionate about classical music, consider sticking with an acoustic.

        The topic of finding the perfect piano for your budget and goals is a huge one, so make sure to check out the following guides for more information:

        5. Establish a consistent practice routine

        One of the most critical factors in determining whether or not you’ll make progress toward your piano goals is the quality of your regular practice sessions.

        It’s easier to get better at anything, whether it’s sports, photography, writing, or music, with consistent practice time.

        Make sure you carve out dedicated time each day to work on your piano technique and repertoire. Even if it’s just 15 minutes daily, that consistency will pay off in the long run.

        Set up a practice area that’s comfortable, distraction-free, and inspiring. Put sticky notes with reminders about upcoming concerts or goals around your workspace.

        These small things will help keep you motivated and excited about learning the piano and achieving your goals.

        And if you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to practicing, make sure to check out the following resources:

        Find ways to make practice fun, and you’ll always look forward to the time you spend on the keyboard daily.

        6. Join a piano community

        Whether online or in your community, meeting others who share your passion for the instrument helps you grow as a musician.

        Being part of a community allows you to get feedback, which is especially valuable if you are learning independently. 

        There are a few piano learning options that come with an associated community. Playground Sessions offers a community option, as does Dr. Josh Wright’s ProPractice course.

        The ProPractice community is on Facebook, and I’ve found it incredibly motivating and supportive. Dr. Wright is active in the community, posting motivational quotes and responding to questions.

        If you’re interested in classical piano, I would wholeheartedly recommend his course and the positive community he has built on Facebook.

        There are a few other piano communities on Facebook, including one for people with performance anxiety. The group is geared toward people who love the piano but are hesitant about performing, so it’s a very positive and supportive environment. 

        If you take lessons from someone in person or online, sometimes there are recitals or other social events for piano students. I recommend partaking in those events. 

        Although I am a complete introvert, connecting with others over a shared passion is easy and, dare I say, fun!?!

        7. Learn music theory

        Music theory is the foundation of all music; studying it will help you become a better player. It will also help you to enjoy music on a deeper level. 

        Theory will help you understand key signatures, the difference between a minor and major scale, and the different types of chords; all crucial information that will help you be able to play music by ear. It will also help with improv and sight reading.

        Most piano teachers incorporate at least a bit of music theory in piano lessons. And if you’re studying independently, there are websites and videos that can help deepen your understanding of the topic.

        If you’re looking for a more formal course on theory, check out Skillshare. There are a series of videos on the platform that are done by a college theory professor.

        The videos are helpful, engaging, and well worth your time.

        8. Practice sight reading skills

        Sight reading is a skill that requires dedicated practice, but it’s also gratifying. Being able to look at a piece of music and start playing it without hesitation is an incredible feeling.

        The best way to practice sight reading is to select pieces several levels below your current level. Don’t worry about perfecting it; the goal is to become comfortable reading unfamiliar music.

        If you have access to a piano teacher, they can assign you sight-reading sheet music and offer feedback to help you improve in this area.

        However, if you’re learning independently, some great apps can help.

        Examples include Sight Reading Factory and Piano Marvel. Both programs have exercises designed to help you become a more proficient sight reader.

        Sight reading is a fun and valuable addition to your daily practice routine. 

        9. Start learning to play by ear

        If there’s one skill I wish I would’ve emphasized more in my younger days, it’s learning to play by ear. 

        Developing your ear helps you sight-read and memorize more effectively. It also makes learning pieces more enjoyable. 

        There are a few different ways to learn how to play by ear. The most obvious is to listen to your favorite songs and try to replicate them on the piano. But if that feels overwhelming, there are some more structured approaches as well.

        There are a few websites and apps designed to develop this skill.

        One of my favorite apps is called Chet. It guides you through various listening exercises that range in difficulty, from the basic differentiation between a half step and a third to determine the correct pitch of a series of notes.

        You can even work on figuring out the melodies of famous rock and pop songs or determine the correct notes in a series of minor chords. One of my other favorite games is trying to pick up the correct chord progression.

        Chet takes a game approach, making it addicting and a fun boredom buster.

        Although I’ve never used this next one, the Theta Music Trainer is another resource for developing a more musical ear. 

        Playing by ear is a great way to expand your musical abilities, and I recommend trying it out! 

        10. Incorporate memorizing into your practice routine

        Playing a piece of music without looking at the score is an invaluable skill. 

        Not only does it allow you to perform more freely, but it also allows you to internalize the music and express yourself more authentically. 

        Memorizing can be intimidating and confusing, but it can become much easier with practice. 

        One of the best places to start memorizing is with a piece you’ve mastered and enjoy playing. This will make the process less daunting, and you’ll be able to focus more on committing the music to memory.

        Start with one measure and gradually add measures to your memory until you’ve memorized the whole piece.

        Having a foundation in music theory and playing by ear can help you memorize more completely and effectively because when you understand the structure, you can more easily commit the music to memory. 

        ​Work on incorporating some memorization into your daily practice session; it will become easier with time.

        Learning to memorize music is a skill that can translate to many other areas of life and is incredibly satisfying!

        11. Master hands separate before putting it all together

        Playing the piano requires an incredible amount of coordination. And to learn a piece well, you have to understand what each hand is doing separately before you can put them together.

        When working through a new piece, it’s essential to scope it out first by figuring out the time signature, dynamics, and whether there are parts that will be tricky. 

        After getting the initial basics of the piece down, focus on playing with each hand separately at a slow tempo before putting them together.

        You might even need to break the piece down, measure by measure, to figure out the tricky parts.

        There may be measures that will be easy to play hands together but others where the right and left hand have completely opposite parts.

        Playground Sessions does a great job of teaching you how to break a piece down to each hand separately before putting them together.

        If you’re taking an independent approach to learning to play the piano but are struggling with learning how to learn, check out Playground Sessions.

        12. Play what you love

        You are drawn to the piano because you want to play the music that moves and motivates you.

        Regardless of what genre you love, the most important thing is to find a way to regularly incorporate the piano music you love into your learning.

        If you’re taking private lessons, share your goals with your teacher so they can help you find level-appropriate music you enjoy playing.

        Although you won’t find all the music you play motivating, it’s essential to always have a few pieces you love in your practice routine.

        Even if it’s music you never share with anyone, it’s worthwhile to learn if you love it.

        When you find joy in the pieces you’re playing, it’s easier to stay motivated and focused on learning. So go ahead and play what you love!

         If you want to play music you can recognize from the beginning, check out Playground Sessions. I found the music, even from the first lesson, recognizable and entertaining to play. 

        It also allows you to play with a track, which is almost like playing with a band. It’s a fun way to learn the instrument!

        13. Get some sleep

        My last piano practice tip might seem entirely out there, but I will say it anyway. 

        Research continues to prove just how crucial sleep is to your overall well-being. It’s especially valuable when learning a new skill because your brain solidifies what you’ve learned while fast asleep.

        Getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night is the best way to speed up your learning, especially when you aspire to be a piano player.

        Here are a few tips for better rest at night:

        • Avoid screens (phone, TV, etc.) 1-2 hours before bed.
        • Practicing meditation before bed can help your brain release the problems of today.
        • Stick to a regular bedtime and wake-up time.
        • Seek out natural light right away in the morning to help your body naturally become more alert.
        • Keep your bedroom dark and cool for optimal sleep.
        • Exercising earlier in the day can help you feel tired at night and help you to sleep more deeply.

        Final Thoughts

        There’s nothing better than the satisfaction of knowing you’ve mastered something really tough. And learning to play the piano definitely fits into that category!

        Although learning any new skill takes hard work, it’s almost always worth it. Playing an instrument has many incredible benefits for your brain, and it’s a fun way to pass the time. 

        It’s also a great way to meet people and get involved in the musical community. Once you have mastered the basics, playing with other musicians, either as an accompanist or as part of a band, can be entertaining. 

        I’ve done a fair amount of accompanying and love playing with choirs or soloists. And I especially love accompanying my daughter on her violin.

        You’d be shocked at how many opportunities come when you can play the piano. Whether it’s for church or jamming with friends, learning to play the piano is something you’ll never regret. 

        And even if you never play for another person, if it’s something you enjoy, it’s worth pursuing. 

        The great news is that it’s never too late to start your piano journey! So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start making some beautiful music!

        Good luck and happy practicing. 🙂

        If you loved this post, check out my other piano-inspired content:

        Piano vs. Organ: The Differences and Which is Better for You

        Piano vs. Organ: The Differences and Which is Better for You

        The organ and the piano are two of the most popular keyboard instruments in classical music.

        Although they may look similar, they have very different sounds and require slightly different playing techniques from the musician.

        Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician, understanding the differences between these two instruments can help you decide which one is best for you.

        In this article, we will take a closer look at both the piano and organ to compare their sound production, playing techniques, types of pianos and organs available, and ultimately which is the best choice for you.

        By the end of the post, you can better understand each instrument’s strengths and weaknesses before deciding which is the better option for you.

        This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

        My Musical Background

        Before we dive into the differences between pianos and organs, I must give you my background in both instruments, so you know that I’m not simply googling and regurgitating information on the subject.

        I started piano lessons at the age of 7 and continued through high school graduation. And my piano studies continued in college, where I pursued a bachelor of fine arts in music degree.

        Before college, I had no exposure whatsoever to the organ. I never attended a church with an organ, nor did I ever consider learning to play the instrument.

        On a whim, and thinking skills on the organ might come in handy at some point, I began studying with an organ teacher at the university. These lessons opened me up to a whole new world of musical possibilities.

        During college and shortly after, I realized that the field of active organists was relatively small, so I began playing at various churches.

        Although my full-time career has taken a completely different path since my initial college graduation in 2008, I regularly perform as a church organist at various local churches.

        The piano was my first love, but the organ has grown on me through the years, and I love having the opportunity to serve others through my skills.

        And I love learning and growing as both a pianist and an organist!

        Now, let’s break down the differences between these fascinating instruments!

        The Piano

        Pianos can be divided into two basic categories: digital and acoustic pianos.

        An acoustic piano’s sound comes from the mechanical action of felt hammers striking a string when piano keys are depressed.

        The acoustic instrument has a soundboard, a large piece of wood within the piano, that contributes to the final sound made by the string.

        One of the unique features of acoustic pianos is that every piano sounds slightly different. They are all genuinely different instruments in terms of the sound the individual piano produces.

        Digital pianos are an electronic representation of the sound made by an acoustic piano.

        This type of piano doesn’t have a soundboard, hammers, or strings. It is essentially an electronic representation of the real thing.

        Types of Pianos

        Pianos can be further categorized based on type.

        Upright pianos have vertical sound-making components, meaning the piano has a taller instead of a more extended appearance.

        Grand pianos have horizontal components.

        Generally speaking, you can buy either acoustic or digital pianos as either an upright or a grand, but the digital version usually takes up less space.

        And if you’re curious about other differences between an upright and a grand, check out my recent article Baby Grand vs. Upright Piano: Which is Right for You?

        Piano Technique

        Thanks to its popularity, you can find a vast range of music written for the piano and catering to every possible difficulty level.

        You can find music geared towards kids or adults just starting out on the instrument to advanced players who have mastered some of the most challenging music imaginable.

        One of the challenges in playing the piano is learning to prioritize certain parts of the music over others while playing everything simultaneously.

        In other words, a competent pianist must learn to bring out the melody line.

        Another challenge of piano technique is learning to communicate subtle emotions through expressive playing.

        And a third challenge when it comes to basic piano skills is mastering excessively chordal or quick playing.

        There are so many technical challenges facing piano players!

        Aside from the basics of technique, pianists have a long performance tradition of memorization.

        This can understandably be a massive struggle for many pianists and can exacerbate underlying performance anxiety.

        The Organ

        Organ music is most often heard in traditional styles of church music. Still, it can also be heard in various other settings and genres.

        Classical music written for the instrument overlaps to a large extent with religious repertoire, and it can still be heard leading a church congregation to this day.

        Although modern organs differ slightly in construction, it’s incredible that the instrument has been leading religious services for centuries!

        It’s also fascinating to know that some of the most famous organ composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, were church organists.

        Types of Organs

        This type of musical instrument can either be a pipe organ or an electronic one, capable of producing a huge range of sounds.

        A pipe organ’s sound comes from air passing through pipes when the keys or pedals are depressed.

        The size and shape of the metallic pipes determine the type of sound produced, and the combination of pipes creates a unique soundscape.

        The church pipe organ is a very large, powerful instrument that takes up extensive space, which is part of the reason you won’t find one in private homes.

        Electronic organs have different sound-producing mechanisms than pipe organs and are powered by electricity. This type of organ produces digital sounds through an electronic circuit and external speakers.

        They also generally have a volume pedal allowing you to control the volume.

        Due to their smaller size, electric organs are a popular choice for home use.

        Depending on the type of organ, you may encounter vast differences in key resistance on organ keyboards. While a traditional pipe organ may have stiff keys, digital organs may have lighter ones.

        Organ Technique

        Organ music is often quite complex due to its polyphonic nature – meaning multiple musical lines can be heard simultaneously.

        One of the key differences between the organ and the piano is the pedals.

        While pianos have up to 3 pedals, organs have an entire keyboard of pedals, creating a unique type of mental gymnastics for players of this incredible instrument.

        Organ players must learn to think in 3 different musical lines, and incorporating the pedal into my playing has been one of the most challenging aspects.

        Like the piano, figuring out which musical line is most important can be challenging, especially when there’s so much going on at once.

        Another challenge of mastering the organ is learning to adapt the sound to the specific piece of music you’re playing.

        Some hymns or pieces require a softer reed sound, while others demand the loud blast of trumpets.

        Learning to master the volume and all the different sounds of each unique instrument is challenging but one of my favorite aspects of the instrument.

        Organ vs Piano: Which is Better for You?

        Now that we’ve explored the differences between playing the piano and the organ let’s answer our original question – which one is right for you?

        The short answer: it depends entirely on your personal tastes.

        Consider the Piano if:

        • You want to play a huge range of styles, from jazz to pop to classical
        • Accompanying other instruments or choirs or being part of a string quartet is appealing to you
        • You aspire to play exceptionally fast or technically challenging repertoire
        • Playing music that requires a great deal of musical expression is appealing
        • You want to compose music
        • Playing your favorite songs by ear sounds like your idea of an afternoon well-spent

        Consider the Organ if:

        • You’re looking for a unique and powerful sound that is often associated with traditional church music
        • You have mastered the basics of navigating a piano keyboard and are craving a new challenge
        • Leading a large congregation in worship is where you feel led
        • You love the versatility of sound inherent to the instrument
        • You’re interested in exploring the more classical repertoire dedicated to the instrument

        Although I firmly believe anyone can enjoy learning to play either instrument, it’s helpful to have a solid foundation in piano before moving to the organ.

        You don’t need to have mastered the piano, and it’s helpful if you don’t.

        But it’s nice to at least know the names of the notes on the keyboard and how to read music before tackling the unique challenges of playing the organ.

        At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which instrument you choose as long as you enjoy making music!

        You can even choose both and enjoy the variety that comes from learning each. Playing both instruments has improved my skills in each individually.

        You might find yourself loving both the organ and the piano in no time! So pick one and start playing today! Happy playing!

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        Baby Grand vs. Upright Piano: Which is Right for You?

        Baby Grand vs. Upright Piano: Which is Right for You?

        The baby grand and the upright piano are two of the most popular types of pianos, both having distinct characteristics that can make them better suited for different kinds of players.

        Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, it pays to know the differences between these two instruments to choose which is best for your needs.

        In this blog post, we will discuss some key distinctions between a baby grand and an upright piano. We’ll cover their physical features, sound quality, cost considerations, and more so that you can make an informed decision about which type is right for you.

        So let’s dive in!

        This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. Certain photos are courtesy of Canva.

        What is a grand piano?

        A grand piano is a type of piano in which the sound-making components (i.e., the grand piano action) lie horizontally to the ground rather than vertically.

        Grand pianos come in several sizes, but this type of piano is generally seen in concert halls worldwide.

        What is an upright piano?

        An upright piano is a type of piano in which the sound-making components are positioned vertically to the ground.

        Upright pianos are shorter and more compact than grand pianos, making them an ideal choice for smaller spaces.

        Baby Grand Pianos

        There are several reasons why professional pianists prefer a baby grand to an upright. One of the biggest involves sound.

        Sound Quality

        The size of the soundboard is larger in a baby grand piano than in an upright, which translates to a bigger and fuller sound.

        The length of the strings is also longer in a baby grand, making for richer tones and more resonance.

        This translates into greater flexibility for producing emotionally nuanced music by the pianist.

        Physical Features

        Although there is variability between grand piano brands, grand pianos come in 3 distinct sizes.

        • Baby grand: Less than 6′ in length
        • Grand: Between 6′ and 7′ in length
        • Concert grand: Larger than 7′ in length

        Generally speaking, the longer the piano, the higher the quality of sound it produces with a broader dynamic range. It follows that the longer grand pianos have better sound than the shorter ones.

        And one advantage of baby grand pianos is that they provide exceptional sound quality with less space requirement than concert grands.


        Baby grand piano pricing depends on the following:

        • Brand
        • Size
        • Age
        • The overall quality and how well it has been maintained through the years

        You can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for a high-quality, well-maintained baby grand piano.

        Any acoustic piano will require routine tuning and maintenance.

        Depending on the individual piano, they may also need periodic repairs and adjustments. Pianos should generally be tuned every 6-12 months.

        And if the piano doesn’t come with a humidification system, consider installing one. These systems help minimize temperature and humidity fluctuations that can damage the piano over time.

        When purchasing a small grand piano, it’s also essential to consider hiring a professional piano mover to deliver the instrument.

        Baby grand pianos are bulky and awkward to move, so protect your investment by hiring a professional.

        Additional Considerations

        A baby grand piano is a financial investment for most people.

        However, if you or your child is passionate about playing the piano, investing in a quality instrument is one of the best ways to help deepen the passion and improve skills.

        Consider a baby grand piano if:

        • You/your child loves playing classical music
        • You/your child plan to pursue a music degree
        • You/your child plan to continue playing for at least the next three years
        • You have space in your home
        • You’re willing to continue investing in routine care and maintenance by a professional piano technician

        A baby grand piano generally offers more in the way of musical expression than offered by an upright. And the sound can be purer and more harmonically diverse than an upright.

        Grand pianos also tend to have a more responsive action than an upright.

        But every piano is an individual. There can be considerable differences in touch and sound, even between pianos of the same size and brand.

        This is one of the biggest reasons you (or your child) must try out different pianos before making a final decision.

        And the further you are in your piano studies, the more critical it is that the piano match the touch and sound you envision in your mind.

        Upright Pianos

        Although baby grand pianos have much to offer pianists, upright pianos can also be a fantastic option.

        Sound Quality

        Due to the slightly different construction and shorter strings, the sound quality of most uprights isn’t entirely on par with baby grands.

        But there can be vast differences in the sound quality of an upright depending upon the brand and physical features.

        Physical Features

        Similar to grand pianos, there are differences in piano height among upright pianos. The shortest vertical pianos are known as a “spinet piano.”

        This piano model tends to be mass-produced and generally not of high-quality materials.

        A large upright model has longer strings and, therefore, better sound.

        Due to the nature of the playing mechanics, upright pianos tend not to hold up as well over time compared to grand pianos.

        But if you need to fit a piano into a small room, sometimes an upright is the most logical option.


        Upright pianos tend to be more readily affordable than a smaller grand piano. You can even find upright pianos listed for free on Craigslist.

        Remember that due to differences in the quality of the materials and general wear and tear on upright instruments, they tend not to hold up as well over time.

        Free pianos are generally of low quality and require a fair amount of maintenance to get them to good playing condition.

        And in some instances, it may be better to consider a digital piano rather than an acoustic one if you are limited by budget.

        Acoustic upright pianos also require regular tuning and maintenance, so remember to factor those costs into ownership.

        All things considered, you can find upright pianos ranging from free at the low end to more than $10,000 at the high end of the price range.

        Many acoustic pianos between 0 and $10,000 may be the perfect fit for your needs.

        Additional Considerations

        Although the upfront cost of an upright tends to be less than a baby grand, there are other reasons to consider this piano model as one that’s perfect for you.

        Consider an upright piano if:

        • You/your child are still determining whether you’re ready to commit to playing the instrument.
        • You don’t have the space for a larger model.
        • You/your child isn’t serious about classical music but instead wants to play jazz, pop, or other genres not requiring exceptional instrument sound.
        • You’re looking for an acoustic sound at a budget price.

        Regardless of whether you’re considering a baby grand or an upright, it’s always best to consult a qualified piano technician with questions on a piano’s age or value.

        This is especially true if you’re considering buying a piano from someone else. It goes without saying that people tend to over-value their possessions, and this is especially true when it comes to pianos.

        Consulting a piano technician upfront can save you time and money down the road.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Should you buy a piano from Craigslist?

        Buying anything online carries a certain degree of risk. That said, I purchased an upright from Craigslist in the past, and it worked perfectly for me.

        Before buying an instrument, ask yourself the following questions:

        • Am I able to try the piano before buying it?
        • Do I trust the seller?
        • Do I feel comfortable assessing the piano’s quality and value by myself, or do I need to take someone knowledgeable with me?
        • Am I comfortable paying the advertised price without any guarantees of quality or function?
        • Do I have a plan for transporting the instrument home?

        It may be worth considering the purchase if you can answer “yes” to the above questions.

        But always do your homework, and you should never feel pressured into buying with which you’re not 100% comfortable.

        Is it better to buy a new or used piano?

        New pianos have the advantage of brand-new construction. With the proper care and attention, the piano will likely hold up well over time.

        But used pianos have already been broken in, and you have more certainty about that piano’s final sound.

        It can take several tunings before a piano settles, and with a used piano, you are guaranteed a fair assessment of how it will sound for years to come.

        A used piano tends to be cheaper than a new piano, but this can vary between brands.

        I prefer used pianos because I know exactly what I’m getting in terms of sound, but some people prefer new ones.

        How do you know whether a piano is worth the asking price?

        You can get a fair appraisal of a piano’s worth from a qualified piano technician.

        Piano value generally depends on the instrument’s brand, age, and overall physical condition.

        Should you tune a piano yourself?

        Under no circumstances should you try to tune a piano yourself. Piano tuning is complicated and should only be done by knowledgeable, professional piano tuners.

        Improperly tuning a piano can lead to damage to the instrument over time. Unless you are learning the art of piano tuning by practicing on a test instrument, leave the tuning to the professionals.

        Are antique pianos valuable?

        In some instances, being an antique adds value. Regarding pianos, “antique” means old and more prone to serious issues.

        This is especially true for most baby grand and upright pianos.

        When searching for your perfect piano, always take the word “antique” with a grain of salt.

        And when in doubt, consult a knowledgeable piano professional about the piano’s true worth.

        Final Thoughts

        Regardless of the piano model you’re buying, every piano is unique.

        There are slight variations in touch and sound between all pianos, but trying them out for yourself guarantees you will find one you love.

        Although I tend to prefer grand over upright models, I’ve played uprights that have been absolutely lovely and grands that need a one-way ticket to the local dump.

        Sometimes it all comes down to the previous work that’s been done on the piano and its overall quality.

        When buying a piano, don’t be afraid to ask tough questions and do your research.

        Buying an instrument can be a significant financial investment, so it’s essential to ensure you’re getting the best possible value for your money and have made the right decision for your situation.

        Hiring a professional piano technician is almost always worth the cost, as they can honestly assess any instrument’s condition.

        Good luck with your search!

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        How to Practice Piano with Modacity: The Ultimate Guide

        How to Practice Piano with Modacity: The Ultimate Guide

        Are you confused about how to practice the piano?

        I was for longer than I’m comfortable admitting.

        Sure, the concept of sitting down and playing through each practice item on your list sounds easy.

        But does endlessly repeating something guarantee that you’ll eventually master it?

        Or is there a better way to approach practice?

        And just how much time should you set aside each day for practice sessions?

        When it comes to practice, it can seem like there are more questions than answers.

        But today’s post answers your burning practice questions. It also introduces you to a revolutionary deliberate practice tool that will revolutionize how you approach practicing the piano.

        And it will help you prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to your practice routine.

        If you’re ready to dive deep into the practice world, let’s start with an introduction to the Modacity app.

        This post may contain affiliate links. As affiliates of the Amazon associate program, Modacity, Dr. Josh Wright ProPractice, Musicnotes, Playground Sessions, and Piano Marvel, I may receive a commission at no extra cost if you purchase through a link. Please see my full disclosure for further information and privacy policy. I take no credit for the images appearing on this page. All photos are courtesy of Canva.

        What is Modacity?

        Modacity is an app that was initially created by Marc Gelfo.

        As a lifelong lover of music, Gelfo eventually became a professional French horn player performing with international symphonies, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

        Aside from his work in classical music, Gelfo studied at Northwestern University, eventually earning a cognitive science degree and a computer science degree.

        His passion for developing a tool to help himself practice more effectively and in line with how the human brain learns eventually led to the creation of Modacity.

        My Experience with Modacity

        I discovered Modacity several years ago after hearing Marc Gelfo on a podcast.

        And I was immediately drawn to his message of how to be more intentional with practice.

        Although I had already graduated with a baccalaureate degree in music by this point, my practice habits left something to be desired.

        I wanted to be a goal-oriented musician but needed to figure out exactly how.

        My primary learning method was endlessly repeating things until muscle memory took over, an approach I later learned was one of the most reliable ways to bring on a memory lapse.

        The other practice sin I regularly committed was inconsistent practice.

        Inspiration would strike, and I would practice for hours one day but then wouldn’t practice again for several days or weeks.

        When I sat back down at the keyboard, I had forgotten everything I had worked on during the previous session.

        I wanted to improve my piano skills but wasn’t sure how.

        Changing my practice ways felt like a truly daunting challenge.

        Until Modacity.

        Structured Piano Practice

        Modacity has several unique mastery features that have helped me improve how I approach piano practice, and it all starts with practice lists.

        Practice Lists

        The first step in being more deliberate with your practice involves creating a practice list.

        You can create a separate practice list for each day of the week or create a list with a specific goal in mind.

        I recommend you start by listing out each piece you’re currently playing.

        • Bagatelle in A Major
        • Waltz in A Minor
        • Prelude in C Minor

        The next step is figuring out what specific thing(s) you’re trying to improve in each piece.

        If you’re taking lessons, ask your teacher what specific items you need to improve. Examples may include:

        • Maintaining an even tempo throughout
        • Coordinating your hands together
        • Making a distinct change in dynamics
        • Note accuracy

        And if you’re learning on your own, this is where the magic of Modacity comes in.

        The app gives you suggestions from various categories, including

        • Notes
        • Rhythm
        • Emotion
        • Phrasing

        You can then decide what specific practice item will improve your performance of the piece.

        Once you’ve figured out your specific goals for each piece, you can separate them into different days of the week.

        Organizing Your Practice Lists

        Once you’ve created the practice lists, you can add each song from your practice repertoire.

        And from there, add notes about areas where you seek improvement.

        Another unique feature is the ability to add a timer to each practice item in the list.

        This feature is a godsend if you, like me, spend too much time on one song, and your precious practice time suddenly slips away, leaving everything else incomplete.

        When it’s time to practice, select the appropriate practice list. Click on the first song, and the timer will start counting down, alerting you when it’s time to switch songs.

        Deliberate Practice

        Another valuable feature of Modacity is the focus on deliberate practice over mindless repetitions.

        Key components of deliberate practice include figuring out what you want to improve, trying something to fix it, and then listening back to see whether there was an improvement.

        Deliberate practice is not repeating something 10,000 times and then calling it good.

        Efficient practice requires thought and being intentional about improvement. It requires listening to yourself to see whether your goals were met.

        Modacity supports mindful practice by giving you ideas about musical areas to explore improving upon.

        And it also has a recording feature so you can record a measure or two or an entire sonata.

        Regularly recording trains you to listen to your playing and helps you figure out whether your practice tactic achieved the result for which you were looking.

        It’s also very motivating to go back through and listen to old recordings because you realize how far you’ve come!

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Does Modacity offer customer service?

        I can tell you from personal experience that Modacity has exceptional customer service.

        If you’re stuck during a practice session, hit the Ask Us button on the lower right-hand of the screen to chat with the team.

        I’ve always gotten great responses from the team when I’ve run into issues. The Modacity team is passionate about the art of music practice and wants you to have a great experience with the app!

        How long should I practice?

        It’s different for everyone and depends on your goals and what else is going on in your life.

        Generally speaking, it’s ideal to practice in shorter bursts of time more frequently in comparison to marathon sessions.

        Modacity helps you stay on task with the timer feature. You can set a timer, and it will alert you when it’s time to move on.

        If you’re trying to establish a daily practice routine, aim for 10 minutes a day.

        As you practice more, you can gradually increase this time, but aiming for 10 minutes is a great way to start.

        And it’s even better if you can fit several 10-minute sessions throughout the day.

        Can I use the Modacity app with any instrument?

        Absolutely! The app also features a drone generator and metronome.

        Think of Modacity as the Swiss army knife of music practice. It has all the features to help you succeed in the practice room, regardless of your instrument.

        Do I have to practice every day?

        If you want to make progress, it’s best to practice daily.

        And for optimal results, keep those sessions short. It will be easier to get yourself to sit down when you know you only have to do it for 10 minutes versus forcing yourself to play for 2 hours.

        Modacity helps you stay motivated by sending you practice reminders and keeping track of your practice time.

        The app also tallies up your consecutive days of practice, a feature that encourages you to keep returning to the keyboard day after day.

        Is Modacity a practice journal?

        You can think of Modacity as an electronic practice journal or even a music practice assistant.

        Musicians of all backgrounds will appreciate the Modacity system for its focus on helping you make the most of your practice time.

        It can also reduce your random combination of music practice apps by replacing your metronome app.

        Modacity helps you cut down on the list of things floating around in your mind by sending you reminders to help you stick with a practice schedule.

        All this without any pesky papercuts.

        Are there other resources for learning about the art of practice?

        My favorite practice resource comes from The Bulletproof Musician, a blog and podcast by Noa Kageyama.

        Noa regularly features professional musicians with their best practice advice for mastering the art of practicing.

        He also features various research studies to uncover the best way to approach more effective practice in a shorter amount of time.

        His blog and podcast are a wealth of information on the art of practicing and performing, so the next time you’re looking for inspiration, check out The Bulletproof Musician.

        The Modacity blog also offers information about practice techniques, including interleaving strategies and the link between neuroscience and effective practice.

        If you want to learn more about practice, the Modacity blog is worth checking out.

        Final Thoughts

        Whether you’re just starting out with the piano or are a seasoned professional, Modacity is the perfect practice partner!

        This amazing app is designed to help you focus on deliberate practice so that you can make the most of your time in less time.

        And it’s loaded with features that support this type of practice, including timers, recording capabilities, and performance analytics.

        Thanks to its all-in-one design, you can delete all the other different apps you’re currently using to manage your practice needs.

        If you’re looking for a practice partner to help you stay on track and achieve your most significant success as a musician, Modacity is definitely worth checking out!

        Happy practicing!

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