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How can I effectively learn how to play the piano if it is simply impossible for me to get a teacher?

I'm 17 years old, and I took it upon myself to learn the piano. However, I am not sure where to start, especially with regards to getting things 'right' (i.e. posture, etc.) and of course actually hitting the right keys and stuff.

My goal is to at least be a semi-competent (hobbyist) pianist.

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Learning piano without a competent teacher results in bad habits, and having bad habits is worse than having no habits. There are probably a few people who are self-taught and who can play medium-level compositions without making other people cringe, but I'm yet to meet one, or see one on youtube. I would just wait to save up money to get a teacher. –  Mischa Arefiev Dec 13 '13 at 18:44
@MischaArefiev Its not so much about the money, but more so of locations and conditions I have that does not permit me to get a private teacher. –  Secret Dec 15 '13 at 5:30
There are many great musicians who've learned to play piano by themselves without a teacher. Well, they didn't strive to become pianists but just innovative, creative musicians. –  BadmintonCat Dec 18 '13 at 8:01

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Effectively, you could learn piano by starting with the basics.

Piano Lessons

First, I would suggest learning the notes on the piano:

(1) (2) (3) (4)

Then learning the intervals:

(1) (2) (3)

Then learn some chords:

(1) (2) (3) (4)

After you've learned the notes, intervals and some basic chords, you'll be able to play some (simple) songs you might like. So, just look up for a song's music sheet (or tab).

For the correct posture, take a look at these:

(1) (2) (3)

Personally, I prefer books to learn music. That's not really necessary; you could learn online. But I would suggest getting a beginners book for piano. It might help you.

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Not sure how tab is going to help on piano. –  Tim Dec 13 '13 at 12:37
For instance, when a song i being played in guitar pro (not the best software, I know),it offers you a small window with a virtual piano which shows you what keys to press. (This might not be exactly a tab, but I didn't know what else to call it). –  Shevliaskovic Dec 13 '13 at 12:43
Yes, it's not a bad idea. Don't know what it's called either... –  Tim Dec 13 '13 at 12:45
Wow. I think playing piano (even at the «semi-competent hobbyist» level) is 1% hitting the right keys and 99% everything else. –  Mischa Arefiev Dec 13 '13 at 18:35
Well, you could define everything else in an answer –  Shevliaskovic Dec 13 '13 at 18:39

You can use Learn and Master Piano lessions, which is very helpful for learning piano without any teacher and within a very less time. I am learning from it for last 7 months and found it very helpful.

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