How To Learn Piano Fast? – Helpful Tips & Suggestions

If you’re wondering how to learn piano faster, this guide will be helpful for you. It may seem like an impossible thing to do. Yet, you may be surprised.

Playing the piano and gaining basic know-how is possible. While you might not be mastering ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ anytime soon, you’ll at least be able to play simple songs. This might be the best guide you can find online to help you play piano as fast as possible.

As the old saying goes, you’ll want to start out slow and work your way up. Let’s show you how it’s done.

Follow These Steps To Play Faster Piano

1. Learnt The Keyboard Basics

As you will notice, a keyboard has white and black keys. This is your opportunity to get to know them and the kind of notes that they play. Take a look at the black keys that are grouped in twos (||).

The white key to the left of the first black key is the C key. Move your finger to the right in between the two black keys and that’s the D note. Go up again, you have hit the E note.

Then, you hit the white key before the first of the three black keys (|||). That’s the G note, which is the last note. Then it resets with the A note, then B, and so on.

2. Play The Scale With One Hand

Now, you’ll want to play the five-finger scale with one hand. This will help your hand slowly get accustomed to playing the notes and moving your hands when needed. Finger dexterity is a huge plus when you want to learn how to play piano.

At some point, you may want to incorporate both hands. It may feel awkward at first, even if you are using one hand. However, that will go away when you have gotten used to it.

3. Practice Your Fifths

As you progress, you’ll want to make it a bit more challenging. One of the things you’ll be doing is playing fifths. This requires both hands.

Your fingers should be pressing down on the C, G, A, and F notes. This chord progression is mostly used in pop songs. Practice these fifths on higher scales as well.

This will help you develop the ability to move both of your hands while playing the same notes. You can keep playing the same scale over again and move up whenever you feel comfortable.

Get Your Hands Moving

At this point, you’ll want your hands to be more independent. With that in mind, you’ll want your left hand to hold the C key. Your right hand should be playing fifths.

You can try and move your right hand to play different notes. You can break them up if you want to experiment with different notes. Feel free to create some music of your own. 

This will also give you the opportunity to switch hands. In other words, you can play fifths with your left hand while your right hand holds the C position. Get the idea?

The purpose of this is to help you move your hands easily so you can play different notes. We’ll also discuss how you can play different chords (which is right about now).

Play Chords

Chords are three notes put together. For example, ACE is one chord. FAC is another. Other chords you can try out are CEG and GBD. 

You can play one chord with your right hand and another with your left. You can switch it up a bit with both hands. Once you are more comfortable, you can move on to the following step.

Play a Simple Song

Chopsticks has been the tried and true song for those playing piano. It’s easy to play and it puts everything you’ve learned up to this point into practice. If you want to take it a step further, you can play ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.

This uses the CEG and GBD chords. If you want to play it yourself, you can either use a chord chart or find a video on YouTube that you can use to follow along. Feel free to stop the video or repeat parts you are having an issue with.

If you feel comfortable, you can play other songs such as Happy Birthday or ‘Let It Be’ by the Beatles. You can find songs that are piano-newbie-friendly online. There are plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube that will teach you how to play the song step by step.

What’s Next?

How To Compose Piano Music

At this point, you already have basic piano-playing skills. You can practice these and play basic songs so you can familiarize yourself and keep your skills sharp. If you feel comfortable, you can level up your piano playing with songs that are slightly more difficult.

You don’t have to rush into it. You can start this whenever you feel comfortable playing songs that will require more hand movement and playing more chords and notes. You might be watching someone on TV or YouTube pulling off amazing skills on the piano.

You might practice these songs on a regular or even a grand piano. If you are a newbie, you can start out with a standard-size piano or an electric keyboard. The latter might be great if you don’t have the space for a regular piano or don’t have the money to purchase one.

If you have a standard-size piano at home (or know of where you can find one), take advantage of the opportunity to practice.

Final Thoughts

We hope this guide on helping you learn how to play piano faster has been helpful. It may take as little as one week to learn it. Others might be able to learn it a bit slower.

Regardless, it’s important to take your time. Move on to something a bit more challenging whenever you feel comfortable.

If you want to learn the piano faster, it’s important to plan out what you can learn over the course of an entire week. 

About the Author Linda Ritter

Linda Ritter is a passionate pianist and a songwriter for more than 7 years. With a Masters in Music, she has explored the world of music and has collaborated with several musicians and brands like Roland, Tune Core, and plenty of blogs.