Buy a Piano and Self-Teach or Get Lessons Right Away?

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This is a question I faced when starting my piano journey. Should I get piano lessons or self-teach for a while? I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to the piano, but I wasn’t yet sure if it is something I would go along with for the long term, and I also didn’t want to break the bank so soon. If you can simply have both and go from there, great, do it! If you feel like you have to choose, I’ll share with you my thought process behind it.

Weighting Expenses

Calculating expenses, lessons would cost me somewhere from 75€/month up to 120€/month, depending on your teacher. This, of course, excludes conservatory lessons, that would make no sense for me – too expensive and too serious. I just want to have fun and joy, not become a concert pianist (pretty sure that’s not for adult beginners anyway 🙂 ). On the other hand, the digital piano I intended to buy would cost me around 450€ (I’ll make a post about this choice in the future), not including the headphones (which are a must-have if you live in an apartment) and the piano stool.

The Problem with Self-Teaching a Musical Instrument

As a former guitar player, I have a strong feeling that picking up an instrument without a teacher is a sure way to develop some bad habits and improper technique which may slow you down in the future. You’re not going to become Chopin just because you have a piano instructor, but it certainly helps if you have someone actually stopping you and correcting your hand posture instead of just trying to figure it out yourself from youtube videos.

My Personal Approach

This being said, I ended up joining what they call a “piano studio” not so far from my workplace. It’s a place where I was able to have one class a week and go there any time I’d like to play on their digital pianos so that I can have some extra practice. If you can find one of these in your local area, they are a great alternative in case you aren’t yet sure about getting your own piano.

So how did it turn out? After 2 months I investigated how to chose a piano for beginners and bought my very first digital piano, the Yamaha P45. In retrospect, it was a good idea to have the classes first. This gave me the confidence I needed that I wanted to pursue this hobby, and made me feel much better about purchasing the instrument. I do have to say though, that I felt having lessons without the piano at home to practice was difficult, mainly because I just knew that I could evolve much faster if I just had something to play with at home.

So Should YOU get Piano Lessons or Self-Teach?

For me, starting with lessons worked out just fine, but the situation will be different from person to person. I knew I had the possibility to buy a digital piano in the near future, so I tried lessons first to feel confident. If budget-wise someone must really choose between buying a piano or having lessons, I would probably recommend that person to get the instrument and have fun with it. There are several online resources to guide you, which is already a solid start! Above all, do something, don’t just let the idea hang in your head 🙂

If you’ve read this far, I think you’d probably be curious to check my other posts about this piano learning journey. Feel free to ask any questions too 😉 see you around!

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