How To Teach Yourself Piano At Home (10 Steps)

Teaching yourself to play the piano at home is not an impossible task. If you have always wanted to learn how to play the piano but never had the time or money for lessons, the right approach will aid you in this.

I will provide you with all of the information that you need and we will also give you some helpful tips along the way. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Get A Keyboard

When it comes to learning piano at home by yourself, one of the most important things you’ll need is to have a keyboard. You can find keyboards at most music stores, or even online. Do your research (such determining how many keys) and take the time to find a keyboard that suits your needs. It’ll be worth the bucks in the end when you’re playing beautiful music on an instrument you’re passionate about.

Step 2: Get Some Basic Instruction Books Or Materials

You don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money on piano lessons when you can learn how to play at home, however, there are a few great online options out there like Pianote. Just grab some piano books or materials and start by learning the basic notes, scales, and how every button and key on your piano works.

See our video of Pianote below (Use this link to get a free month trial of Pianote):

Step 3:  Set Aside Time Everyday

Just like what was mentioned at the beginning of this article, learning to play piano by yourself is not impossible. Set aside time every day to teach yourself. Just like with anything else in life, practice makes perfect. The more time you spend playing the piano, the better you’ll become at it.

Step 4: Mimic Easy Version Piano Songs

One of the best ways to teach yourself how to play the piano is to listen to simple piano covers and try to mimic what you hear. Start by finding a song on YouTube that you enjoy and listen to it carefully. Start slow and progress gradually. Don’t worry if you can’t get it perfect – just keep practicing and you’ll eventually get the hang of it.

Step 5: Find Company If You Get Stuck

If you find yourself struggling to play the piano at home, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people who are new to the instrument find it difficult to get started, and it can be tricky to teach yourself. Try finding a friend or family member who knows how to play. They can help you get started and give you some tips on how to practice.

Step 6: Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes

Making mistakes is an essential part of learning how to play the piano. After all, if you never made a mistake, you would never learn how to correct them! As long as you’re willing to accept that mistakes are part of the learning process, you’ll be on your way to gradually become a proficient pianist.

Step 7: Persist When It’s Becoming Difficult

It can be difficult to teach yourself to play the piano at home. For one thing, you have to be able to find the time to practice. For another, you need to be disciplined enough to practice regularly. And then there’s the challenge of actually learning the correct techniques. However, it is possible to overcome these obstacles and persist in your quest to become a piano player.

One way to do this is to set realistic goals for yourself and break them down into manageable steps. For example, rather than trying to learn an entire song from start to finish, focus on mastering one section at a time. You can also make use of online resources and instructional materials to supplement your practice.

Step 8: Celebrate Small Wins

When self-learning, there will be days when it feels like you’re getting nowhere. That’s why it’s important to celebrate small wins. When you’re just getting started, it’s easy to get discouraged if you can’t play a song perfectly from the start. But if you take the time to celebrate each small accomplishment, it will help to keep you motivated.

Maybe you finally mastered a difficult chord or figured out a tricky passage. Whatever the achievement, take a moment to enjoy it and pat yourself on the back. Remember, even small wins are worth celebrating when you’re learning something new!

Step 9: Supplement Your Practice With Other Activities

In teaching yourself how to play the piano at home, supplement your practice with other activities to accelerate your learning. Several excellent online resources can supplement your self-guided learning. Look for websites that offer step-by-step tutorials, video lessons, and piano apps. This way, learning will be more fun and there will be higher chances of sticking to it.

Step 10: Enjoy The Process

A lot of people give up before they even really get started because they find the process too daunting. So don’t stress yourself out, make sure you enjoy the learning process! If you’re not having fun, you’re not going to stick with it and it will be another part of your bucket list that remains to be unchecked.


Learning the piano can be a challenging but rewarding experience. By following the steps above, you can give yourself the best chance at success. Remember to be patient, persist when things get difficult, and celebrate your small wins along the way. With a little hard work and dedication, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve.

Milan Trajkovikj

Milan Trajkovikj

I’m the Deputy Editor for Musician Wave and a touring and recording bass guitarist. I love to share my passion for all things music. I’ve been playing music for over ten years and I love exploring it further through writing. You'll also find me on the Musician Wave YouTube channel.

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