How to Learn Piano at Home {Review}

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Growing in His Glory: How to learn piano at home

I have fond memories of learning how to play the piano when I was a little girl. I was fascinated with music. Still am. However, at the time I was not keen on sitting still and practicing, and I didn’t progress very far at all.

Now, 30 years later, I’m yearning to cultivate more creativity in my life and to engage in the arts as a means of self-education. However, life is busy with lots of little ones so I have to be selective with my time. Online piano lessons are one way I am making time for myself and re-entering the world of music. In exchange for an honest review, I received access to a lifetime subscription to Easy Piano Basics from JazzEdge.

What is Easy Piano Basics?

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Easy Piano Basics is an online beginner piano program from JazzEdge that incorporates short lessons with an engaging live instructor to teach the fundamentals of playing the piano. There are 32 lessons. No equipment is required other than a piano or keyboard, and you can stream lessons from any device. We were gifted a Yamaha keyboard last year that I am using but any kind will work.

There is a one time fee that covers ALL of the materials including videos, lessons, and sheet music. No subscription fees. No yearly renewals. Just one very affordable fee for life.

How I am Using Easy Piano Basics

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I have just gotten started with my online piano lessons, but I feel like I’m off to a really good start re-learning some fundamentals and learning for the first time some basics that I never grasped.

In the first 1o lessons, you will learn the following:

  • #1 – The Notes of the Piano
  • #2 – Low & High Notes
  • #3 – The Musical Alphabet
  • #4 – Finger Numbers
  • #5 – How to Sit at the Piano
  • #6 – The Grab Technique
  • #7 – Five Finger Scale
  • #8 – G Clef Guideposts
  • #9 – Steps & Skips
  • #10 – Half & Whole Steps

While practicing was not something I relished as a child, as an adult, I look forward to my daily online piano lessons. Every morning before breakfast I set up my keyboard, log on to Easy Piano Basics on the laptop or iPad, and watch my next lesson.

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Below the lesson video there is a suggested Practice Routine that details exactly what you should practice and for how long.

Afterwards I practice for 10-15 minutes before signing off. It’s recommended that you practice 5 days a week, which is very reasonable for my busy schedule. There is also sheet music to download that accompanies specific lessons.

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My Takeaway

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Initially, I had intended to do Easy Piano Basics with our oldest who is 6: The program is for beginners, and children as young as 7 would benefit from it. However, I decided it would be better for me to go through the program first since my piano playing skills are quite a bit rusty.

As my girls mature, though, I plan to use Easy Piano Basics with each of our daughters kind of as a prerequisite to formal instruction from a piano teacher. I want our girls to learn how to play the piano, and I feel confident that Easy Piano Basics will provide a good introduction when they are ready.

What I love about Easy Piano Basics:

  • No commitment or extra fees: There’s a one-time fee. That’s it. Some programs try to lock you into contracts but not this one. Plus, if my child wants to quit playing, we aren’t out any money; we just try again later when she is ready.
  • Convenient: Taking piano lessons from a teacher would require me finding a sitter. Right now that just isn’t feasible. With Easy Piano Basics, I can play wherever and whenever I like — namely in my kitchen before the kids are up 🙂
  • Inexpensive: The one-time fee is very reasonable, especially considering I can use the program with all four of my children at no extra cost.
  • Short Lessons: I don’t have a lot of time so lessons 5-10 minutes in length are a necessity; I can’t sit and practice for 30 minutes at a time. With Easy Piano Basics, I can watch my lesson and practice in less than 30 minutes.
  • Easy to navigate: Easy Piano Basics is clearly laid out. You simply go lesson by lesson, taking time during the week to practice and then moving on to the next lesson at your own pace.

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Do you have aspirations of learning how to play the piano or a child who has expressed interest in playing? Then, I highly recommend checking out Easy Piano Basics from JazzEdge. They offer a 30-day, no-hassle guarantee if you aren’t satisfied. What have you got to lose?

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