Let’s be honest…there is a reason that most people struggle with learning how to play in new keys on the piano. I discovered this reason over and over again while teaching my college students. What is it you ask? Well…watch and see!
Playing in different keys is a little intimidating to many piano players, especially at first.
Let me illustrate this with a story. Once I had a student come in, still pretty new, and she had a song she wanted to learn that was in the key of E. I thought, why not, let’s give it a try. Sure enough, she learned it and then had another song to learn in the key of E too. Both were fine for her and she performed them well. The next song she had was in the key of C and I was excited to get back to basics. She hated this song though and really struggled. I couldn’t figure out why this was so hard when the key of C has only white keys to play. Finally, I realized that she hated the key of C so much because she just didn’t want to learn another key.
Does this sound familiar?
This is all a common mental game. The other keys aren’t necessarily harder to learn, it’s just another thing to learn. However, if you put in the time and learn the notes, it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Get over the mental hurdle of having to learn another set of chords and notes and become a champ at different keys.
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