Taking piano lessons can be enormously fulfilling, and you probably want to practice outside of class. If you don’t have an instrument at home, it can be challenging to rehearse your skills. Fortunately, there are several ways to continue your learning, even without a piano. Here are some creative suggestions to help you master this instrument.

How to Practice Piano Without a Piano

1. Use a Surface

While it isn’t the same as using the keys, there are benefits to playing the scales on a desk or tabletop. Go through the music as if you were playing it on the instrument, and make a mental note of areas where a finger or hand sequence needs attention.

Focus on coordinating your movements to reduce strain, keeping the fingers relaxed and properly arched, and striking down without punching. This will help you replicate the authentic piano playing experience more effectively.

2. Learn the Music

piano lessonsWhile practice makes perfect, listening creates the initial bridge that helps you achieve ultimate success. Listen to the music casually, then play it back and listen more attentively. Keep the notes in front of you to hear the music on a more intuitive level.

Tap the rhythms, using your hands to follow the recording’s time and beats. Make this practice more effective by humming along with the music to understand it better. When it comes time for the formal lesson, you’ll feel more prepared to play the tune.

3. Create Color Cues

Record yourself during a piano lesson, then listen back and jot down notes onto the music sheet. Use colored pencils to call attention to specific areas. For example, red for notes that need less pressure and blue for chords you need to practice flowing into. The color-coded music sheet will display these visual reminders the next time you play.


If you’ve been practicing at home and want to take formal piano lessons, turn to Hawaii MusicWorks on Oahu. These music coaches help students of all abilities master their instruments. They blend classical techniques with modern teaching practices to help you learn the basics effectively and in an engaging way. Get more information about their piano lessons online, or call (808) 486-8600 to inquire about enrollment.