Starting your piano education as an adult

By lmt-editorMay 8, 2023
Est. Reading: 4 minutes

It's a wonderful time to begin your piano studies as an adult! You're about to go on a brand-new adventure, ready to discover a world that may be utterly unfamiliar to you. You've seen several piano recitals and heard several piano compositions, and you now believe it's time for you to enjoy playing this magnificent instrument as well. 

You're ready to take action now that you've made up your mind and eliminated any and all excuses for not making your dream a reality. 

As with a successful cooking recipe, you'll need a few components to get this new endeavour off to a good start: a piano to practice on, a handy area in your home to place your instrument, time to practice, and a piano teacher. You may believe that you can learn to play the piano on your own, but trust me when I say that having an experienced piano teacher is exceptionally vital. 

A piano to practice on 

Personal practice is critical to your piano education. It is critical to attend piano lessons on a regular basis in order to benefit from the instruction of a professional pianist, but you will not be able to learn to play the piano unless you devote time to personal practice. To become a successful pianist, you must practice the piano on a daily basis. You can begin with 15 minutes per day, but as you make progress, you will quickly need to raise to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no magic trick to improving your piano playing; you must practice on a regular basis. It may be comparable to working out. You must go to the gym on a regular basis if you want to reduce weight and build muscle. 

As a result, you'll need to buy or rent an instrument. As a newbie, you have various possibilities. It all comes down to personal preference. You might get a basic keyboard (as long as it has 88 weighted keys), a sophisticated digital piano, an upright or a grand piano. The latter is preferable, but it all relies on your available space and cash. 

Some individuals believe that a great grand piano is not required for a beginner. I believe that having the best instrument available is always preferable. 

A space to place your instrument 

If you want your practice sessions to be effective, you must locate a peaceful and serene location in your home. Even if a piano is a gorgeous piece of furniture, practicing in the living room with your family members all around you is not a good idea. If you want to get the most out of your practice sessions, put your piano in a quiet location where you won't be disturbed. Also, you play the piano for enjoyment, therefore you deserve to be at ease so that you may enjoy your me time! 

Furthermore, I would advise you to turn off your phone to avoid being distracted by text messages or phone calls. If you are not focused, you will not be productive, so keep a calm demeanor while practicing your instrument. 

Time to practice 

As you've probably figured out by now, personal practice is essential for your piano progress. Attending piano lessons is necessary, but it is insufficient. Before beginning your piano lessons, make sure you can devote some time to practicing this new skill on a daily basis. Depending on your schedule, you could either go to bed a little later or set your alarm clock a little earlier. If you work from home, you may practice during your lunch break. It makes no difference what time of day it is as long as you are consistent. 

I believe that having a predetermined daily schedule is preferable to letting the day unfold. So many things might happen in a day that you may end up not practicing at all most days and deferring it to the following day, which is meant to be more quieter. This peaceful day may never come, so make it a point to practise every day at the same time. Consider it a meeting with yourself. 

An excellent piano teacher 

Having the supervision of a good piano teacher is very important in your piano education. To be honest, many individuals have attempted to do without it, but it has never worked out well. Piano playing is a complicated art form that cannot be learned on your own. You may believe that if you buy a piano book for beginners and watch some random YouTube videos, you will be fine. You won't be, believe me. 

Throughout my time as a piano teacher, I've encountered countless adults who attempted to learn on their own but quickly realised that it was impossible and that the assistance of a piano teacher was required. 

Professional pianists have all been students at some point, and they know how to get you from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. They know everything there is to know about piano playing and how to help you develop step by step. You can be confident that you will not develop negative habits and will make rapid progress if you follow the advice of a piano teacher. There is no need to go through the frustration that you will definitely experience if you attempt to learn to play the piano on your own. 

There are several excellent piano teachers in London, as well as a few platforms or piano schools where you can meet them. If you reside in a city, it should be reasonably straightforward to find a highly certified and experienced teacher. If you reside in a small town or in a remote location, I could recommend online piano lessons with Zoom, FaceTime, or GoMeeting. These platforms are wonderful and can offer you excellent service. The technology has advanced to the point where it makes little difference whether you take your piano lessons online or in person. If you are too busy to commute to your piano teacher, you can also choose this option. 

I hope you found this post useful and that you now understand what you need to do to make your piano instruction a success! 

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