How to Learn a Hard Piano Song Fast?

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Learning to play an easy song on the piano, something like Jingle Bells, is not going to be overly challenging for most. However, there are of course much more difficult pieces out there that you could be learning.

If you are looking to learn something difficult, whatever it may be, whether a Mozart or Beethoven piece, things start to get a bit harder. In this post, we will cover tips that will help you to learn hard song fast.

Understanding the Staff

Before you can start learning a difficult piano song, you will need to learn what all of the notes on the staff are, and this goes for both the treble clef (right hand) and the bass clef (left hand). In other words, you need to be able to read sheet music.

To make things easier, start by labeling the notes on the treble clef. The spaces on the treble clef, from bottom to top, should be labeled as FACE, with the lines being labeled as EGBDF. For the bass clef, the spaces should be labeled ACEGB from bottom to top, with the lines being labeled BGDFA.

Now, transfer this over to the sheet music for that hard song. Label each musical note for the treble and bass clef with the corresponding letters. This will make it much easier for you to identify and memorize the notes which need to be played.

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A good idea is to always listen to the song you are looking to learn a few times from beginning to end. This will help you to understand the dynamics of the song, thus making it easier when it comes time to play it.

One Hand at a Time

The next step to learning a hard piano song fast is to start playing it. If you are right handed, start by playing with your right hand only — just the notes from the treble clef — and start with a little piece, not the whole song.

Once you have mastered some of the notes with your right hand, do the same for your left. Practice with each hand individually, until you can use each hand confidently.

Once you have done this, you can start practicing using both hands in unison, or in other words, playing the notes from the treble clef and the bass clef simultaneously.

Sing Along

If it is a very popular piece that you know the tune to off the top of your head, sing or hum along while you play. This will allow you to hear when you go wrong and make the appropriate adjustments. Some people also choose to have the piece playing quietly in the background to play along to.

Start Small

If it is a very hard piano song you are trying to learn, there is no point in trying to learn a dozen or more pages at the same time. This will only make it harder for you. Start by playing just a few lines at a time and then keep repeating those few lines over and over again.

Once you have mastered the first few lines, add another line, and then repeat this until you have mastered the additional line along with the first lines. Keep adding more lines and keep working your way through it. It’s much easier to learn hard songs piece by piece.

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Start Slow

Another tip for learning a hard song fast is to play it slower than it is intended to be played. If you are already having trouble playing a song, playing it at full pace is not going to help. Slow the tempo down and take your time. Once you master playing the song slowly, you can then increase the tempo bit by bit until you reach the appropriate speed.


Remember, learning a hard piano song is, well, hard. Yes, today we talked about learning a hard song fast, but how fast you can learn it will depend on your underlying skills and talent. It is going to take some people longer than others.

However, the above method is generally seen as the best way to learn a hard piano song quickly. The important thing to remember is to take your time. If you try and rush this process along too fast, you will just get confused and frustrated.

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