• Tia Brown

5 Ways to Improve Your Piano Skills

Updated: May 18

I've met many piano players who are unsatisfied with their piano skills. While it's understandable and even healthy to want to get better, sometimes it can be discouraging.

I hope these tips will help get you out of that rut and make you feel more empowered to keep doing what you love!

There are a few quick fixes to this problem! You may not need to take a ton of classes. Here are the top 5 ways piano players can improve in just a few short hours. It doesn't take long before I can get their enthusiasm back again! This has worked for many people! Why not give it a shot?

I go into a few of these things in more detail in my other article, 5 Simple Ways to Play More than Just a Chord.

Let's do this.

1. Scales

Scales can help train your fingers to have the flexibility, technique, and endurance you will need to play more effectively. There are many piano exercises that also do this, but the unique thing about scales is that the more familiar you are with them the better you can understand music. That's two birds with one stone!

Get your own FREE Scales Cheat Sheet at my store!

A scale is a very specific pattern of notes in-between an octave. In case you're wondering, that pattern is a whole step, whole step, half step, whole, whole, whole, half. With that, technically you can figure out every single scale in every single key on your own. Or you can just download the printable version here. Whatever works.

When your worship leader says, "We're playing in the key of A," that means that the notes and chords used in the song are bound to follow the specific scale of A. All of the basic chords and melody you will be using are found within the scale of A (there will always be exceptions but this is the case in general).

A scale: A B C# D E F# G# A

A chord: A C# E

D chord: D F# A

E chord: E G# B

F# minor: F# A C#

And so on...

See? Every single chord can be found within the A scale. You will also find that the melody usually dances within the A scale notes as well.

This is why knowing the scale is extremely helpful! Now all the chord sheets they throw at you during worship practice will start to make more sense! It won't matter what melody they ask you to play, how many times they change the key, you'll be able to adjust in no time flat.

2. Roman Numeral System

When I was first introduced to this system, I was a little skeptical. But it didn't take long before I fell in love!

Download my FREE printable "All Chord Sets in All Keys." It will walk you through learning the Roman Numeral System in more detail.

Here's how it works:

Take each note in a scale: C D E F G A B

Then turn it into numbers: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Which are written down in the Roman numeral form: I ii iii IV V vi vii