In the last few years there has been an upsurge of online piano courses available. At first these were unheard of and a lot of people were of the opinion that it would be very difficult to learn piano or keyboards online without a teacher. Things have changed however and now, there are teachers who have made special videos and prepared special books for the beginner to piano playing so that they are now able to teach themselves the basics without the hassle of going to a professional piano teacher for regular lessons. I need to stress here that these online lessons are in general only good for those starting out and who need to discover if piano playing is really for them or not. Once you have attained a certain level then you really need to go for lessons with a real piano teacher as opposed to a virtual one.

Here are a few of the advantages of online piano lessons as opposed to traditional one on one lessons for the beginner;

The first and probably most important advantage to mention is that of cost. Online lessons will typically be somewhere around the $50 mark for a whole course of lessons which will probably take you around a year to get through taking you up to a fairly high intermediate level of playing. For this sort of money you will barely be able to attend two lessons with a regular teacher.

Another plus point is the time. A one hour Piano lesson with a teacher, after having travelled to their house or studio, waited around, taken the lesson and then travelled back to your home can easily take two hours or more. It can eat into the best part of an afternoon or evening leaving little time for anything else. With online lessons however you can squeeze in the classes whenever you have a moment free… no waiting or hanging around and no traveling.

There is no commitment with online piano lessons as there is with having a piano teacher except for the commitment that you make to yourself to succeed in your piano learning.

A really important point to make here is that you can advance at your own speed, even skip lessons if you feel you are doing well or take the same lesson over and over again if needs be. You are able yo watch the videos of how something should be played and listen to how it should sound on demand as opposed to with the piano teacher where you might get shown how to play something and then have to remember that until the next lesson. There is no rewind and replay with a real piano teacher.

Having pointed out just a few of the advantages of choosing to learn by using an online piano course I will now go over some of the advantages of using a professional piano teacher.

Taking regular piano lessons will keep you in touch with a real piano player who can observe your playing and point out things that you cannot see for yourself. This can be very useful. They will be able to curb any bad playing habits that might be developing before they turn into problems that might prove to be difficult to remedy at a later date.

The experienced piano teacher should have knowledge of and access to a whole range of piano music and will be able to asses you and help you to select pieces that you enjoy and that will be suitable for your particular level of playing.

As I stressed earlier, the online piano course is really only suitable for the lower levels of learning the piano. In the end, you will need to go to a qualified piano teacher for lessons once you get to a certain level.

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