• Wen Feng

10 Popular Piano Myths Explained

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

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Learning the piano may not be an easy task, especially when you are restricted by certain facts that you often hear from others. Well, these facts that they are telling you may not necessarily be true at all, with most of them being myths! Here are 10 popular piano myths explained!

1. The Long Finger Myth

It is assumed that those with long fingers tend to have an advantage over those who do not, the reason being that they are able to reach more notes simultaneously. However, being popular does not mean that it is true.

In fact, contradictory to popular belief, people with long fingers are actually more prone to making mistakes due to their wide finger span. Even if you do not have long and slender fingers, do not give up! It's all about practicing your piano techniques and your ability to make do with what you have!

2. Classical-Music-Is-A-Must Myth

You DO NOT have to start with classical music to learn the piano! The fact that popular piano schools like Yamaha are introducing beginner pop piano classes explains a great deal about how this is nothing more than just a myth. It really depends on your interests as well as your learning style.

If you are more of an auditory learner, pop piano lessons might actually be better for you as these lessons focus a lot on listening to the different chords instead of the traditional way of reading classical scores sheet. If you are a visual learner, classical music will be a better choice for you!

3. Children Learn Faster Than Adults Myth

While it is a popular belief that children have the tendency to learn faster than adults, this belief is actually nothing more but a myth. In fact, if anything, adults are able to concentrate for a longer period of time as compared to children who are mostly quite restless. Also, an adult possesses higher learning capability than a child. Just imagine, will a child be able to sit in for a university exam like an adult can?

The only reason why some adult seem like they are picking up piano slower is that adults tend to be more stressed with life, resulting in the absence of concentration to pick up the piano properly. Children, on the other hand, have nothing to worry about.

4. Long-Practices-Are-The-Best Myth

Many believe that in order to be a great pianist, you will need to practice long hours every single day like how most successful pianist would. Let's be honest with yourself, how sure can you be that you will be able to fully concentrate during these long hours of practice? While long practices seem to have worked for quite a number of pianists, it is probably due to their astonishing ability to stay focused for an extensive period of time.

If you are someone who finds it difficult to stay focused for a long period of time, doing so will prove to be less valuable than a short but well-focused practice. If you cannot concentrate for long hours, it is best if you follow the recommended piano routine. Two hours of practice every day is more than enough, giving yourself a rest every 30 minutes.

5. No-Writing-On-Score-Sheet Myth

Every pianist will at least encounter one person who will advise them to not write on piano score sheets. Again, this is just a myth. Using the same logic as studying, while some people study better without having to write notes, there are also others who learn better when they read their handwritten notes.