Contrary to popular misconceptions, there is no ideal age for enrolling in piano lessons. So stop giving excuses that you’re too young or too old to start, you just need the right attitude and eagerness to learn. And it is totally fine if you want to start learning on your own through a series of trial and errors.
Why should you get professional help?
The dearth of sound music tutors has encouraged beginners to try learning the piano on their own. And while there are many books and blogs on piano talking about the intricate hand movements and finger techniques, nothing beats the practical one on one interaction that a professional teacher brings to the table.
You’d need the experience and expertise of a teacher who can guide you through what’s right and wrong in your technique, whichever age you begin learning the piano at. Also a good teacher encourages you to improvise and expand your potential; you cannot find such support in books and blogs.
Keyboard or piano: how to find the answer?
A keyboard is but a miniature more modern version of the piano that comes with a lot of other high tech features. You can set background sounds, increase the volume add special effects and so much more that would be impossible on a piano. But the good old piano has its own charm; the musical notes are crisper and clear sounding. It is usually recommended that one should start with the keyboard as it has fewer keys before moving on to the grand piano.
Get the course material
A music teacher usually has a set courseware or schedule for budding pianists to follow. This program consists of some basic books on piano playing dealing with the finger technique and other topics and a systematic practice schedule.
Books help you delve deeper giving you detailed information on the playing style and techniques, which might otherwise be missed by the teacher. Some books that can be followed by both adults and kids are Faber and Faber, Bach, First Lessons, and others.
Sort through the pieces
Once you’ve got the course material, you can begin playing. But then the question arises, what to play? As an amateur you’d probably be unfamiliar with many of the music pieces and sections available.
This is where your teacher can help you, an experienced tutor sorts through the many musical pieces selecting those that would be best for you. The pieces are filtered according to your potential, i.e. music that you can handle. The teacher usually shows you how it’s done by playing the piece once before asking you to try it.
The fuss about age and piano playing
Age can be a factor; the good part, however, is that you can make it work for you. For instance kids have better memory and can thus quickly grasp the chords and techniques as compared to adults who are unable to solely concentrate on the lesson owing to their stressful lifestyle and responsibilities. But on the other hand the abstractness and understanding of the music is lost in kids who lack the maturity and experience an adult is blessed with.
Piano tips for kids (0-19)
Babies are instinctively attuned to the surrounding sounds; therefore introducing a 6-10 months baby to soothing music (orchestral music) is an added stimulation to the brain. By the time they are 6, kids have developed enough skills as to understand the surroundings. Classical music as that of Beethoven and Bach is better suited for kids as it has a proper structure and soothing notes. Kids, unlike teens are more malleable; teenagers aged 13-19 have to be dealt with more patiently.
Piano tips for adults (20-60)
Young adults in the tweens (twenties) still have the vigor to practice however with the increasing responsibilities this energy dwindles. People falling in the age group of 30-45 have lesser chance of being professional pianists but can still learn to play simple music (basic classical and jazz).
Adults 50 years and more have the disadvantage of weak memory and depleting health. But with willpower, even a 60 year old can enjoy playing! Also playing the piano is among the best brain exercises delaying the aging process. It’s never too late to start!
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Learn How to Play the Piano By Ear in 3 Easy Steps
Mastering piano sheet music is a skill that can bring you hours of unparalleled satisfaction. But reading sheet music isn’t for everyone; some of the greatest pianists of all time didn’t even know how to read the chords! How did they do it? They play the piano by ear, possibly the most exhilarating way to play music.
Think learning to play the piano by ear is beyond your scope? Think again. Between YouTube tutorials, guided lesson plans, and piano apps online and for smartphones, the digital era has produced such a solid array of self-help material, nearly anyone can learn to play the piano by ear in a relatively short amount of time. If you’re toying with the idea, then take a look at our easy guide to playing by ear, and see for yourself. Via Joy Tunes
LEARN PIANO BY WATCHING THESE DANCING HOLOGRAMS
Ever wanted to learn piano? Andante, which comes out of MIT’s Tangible Media Lab, is the program to help you learn keystrokes visually.
Animated figures walk, dance, and lumber across the keyboard in telling motions that help you learn not just which keys to strike, but how hard and for what duration to strike them.
The lab explains that the point of this particular approach was to promote “an understanding of the music rooted in the body, taking advantage of walking as one of the most fundamental human rhythms.” Via Popular Science
Review: One Smart Piano learning system
The One Smart Piano learning system promises to have you playing your “first piano piece in minutes” with the help of light up keys and an accompanying app. So how long before a complete novice can tap out something beyond a children’s ditty? We sat down at the keys to find out.
Setting up the One Smart Piano system is pretty simple. Buy either the full-sized upright piano for US$1,500 or the keyboard for $299 (used for this review), download the free app (iOS or Android) to a tablet or smartphone, plug either one into the piano or keyboard and start using it. Via New Atlas