Are you the type who simple cannot play music on the piano without the music sheet? Do you just play it safe and stick to only the keys that you know how to play? You have the love and passion for playing the piano but you simply cannot do it if there is nothing in front of you.
Well, that was who I was a few years back. I would play what was on the sheet music and any slight flinch or taking my eyes from the sheet and am lost. My comfort zone was key C, F, G and a bit of D and Bb.
Nevertheless, this undying desire to discover how to learn to play piano while at the same time be able to smile at my church’s congregation raged deep within me. How I hoped I would glance at the lead singer just to see if there was another stanza in the offing. This took a turn when I started learning Pachelbel Canon in D, which is a study on the D scale; do not know if you have heard of it.
It was the key that unlocked my ability to enhance a song while playing at the piano.
Let me give five steps that will aid you to achieve what I did.
1) Know your scales in all keys
Few people love the ideals of learning and practicing scales in all keys. However, in as much as it may not be any fun, this is a path sets you to become a prolific pianist.
2) Know the chords
Learning and practicing the chords with key attention paid to the odds chores such as the 6ths and diminished chords will sharpen your skills of enhancing and adding finesse to the songs you play.
3) Fake it
The idea behind this is to motivate you to up your playing antics. Use a fake book having a single chord symbol and melody to play. It will come out dry but this will encourage you to add some touches to the harmony and melody.
4) Work the entire piano
Try to play those notes you love one octave higher and one more higher every time you get to seat behind the piano.
5) Never be disheartened
Put your heart and mind into it even if the first results are not that appeasing.
You can find out more about playing the piano by ear and chords by going online to Piano For All.