A lot of people start playing the piano when they’re young, but many of them stop somewhere along the way because they have little interest or get distracted. Many of them eventually find their way back.
They say that youth is wasted on the young, but it’s nothing compared to piano lessons.
When I look back at my younger self and remember how I battled against learning the instrument and how quickly I gave it up, I’m gnawed at by rage. Why, why didn’t I practise when I had the chance? Via BBC
Many other adults wish they had started playing the piano when they were younger and believe that they are too old to start. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, there are certain advantages to starting your piano lessons as an adult that young piano students don’t have.
Here are a few reasons why you should start (or resume) your piano lessons as an adult:
1. A greater sense of fulfillment
An adult will have a greater appreciation for the ability to play a musical instrument. You see the genius of it, which is why you’ll be more willing to submit yourself to the grueling task of becoming a piano student. Grown-ups also realize that the greatest feeling of accomplishment does not come from things that are easy to do.
“It’s an overriding passion, not just for the music [but] for the challenge,” reckons Lucy Parham, the leading concert pianist who taught Rusbridger his Chopin. “And the challenge is constant: there’s always a harder piece, you can always take it to the next level, you’re never finished… Via BBC
2. It’s a healthy way to express your feelings
Kids have a much easier time expressing their feelings – they see things in black and white, so their feelings are not that complicated. Adults are much more complex, with fewer healthy ways to express their feelings, and playing piano addresses this need perfectly. It’s certainly preferable to alcohol.
This is certainly true for British actor and director Samuel West, who tells me he recently bought himself a “proper” piano again, and has started practising daily for the first time in 30 years. “As an adult you’re much more knowledgeable about your own moods, so it becomes much more possible to use music as a way to express yourself,” he says. ””If I have a little piece I can play, I can listen to myself better, I can express myself better. That’s entirely a function of being older, and that’s a joy.” Via BBC
3. You’re committed
A lot of kids play piano because an adult requires it of them. But when you choose to take piano lessons as an adult, you do so because it’s what you want, and commitment is a natural consequence of your passion.
When you learn as a child you do it because, say, your mum makes you go to piano lessons. But when you make the conscious decision to learn as an adult you’re paying with your hard-earned cash and time.” Via BBC
4. It gets rid of stress
The magical effects of playing piano have been established through research. Your brain is liberated from the usual demands placed on it. This has the effect of making you (your brain and body) calmer.
Gripped as we are by the supposed wonders of daily ‘mindfulness’ meditation – apparently even Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is a fan – it’s intriguing that Rusbridger describes practising the piano in similar terms. On the mornings he plays before heading into the office, he notices an increased zing and focus for the rest of the day. “With other people it’s yoga or a run or a burst in the gym,” he writes. “Twenty minutes on the piano has the same effect for me. Once it’s in the bank I’m ready for more or less anything the day can throw at me. Without it, things are harder.” Via BBC
5. The joy it brings
This may just be the biggest reason why adults should take piano lessons. In the world we live in, it’s important to fill your life with things that make you smile.
“The piano is such a great communal thing, such a great bringer together of people, even if you can only play the simplest thing,” Parham says. “It makes me sad that more people don’t get back to it as adults for the simple fear of not being good enough. They’d never think that about sport: people pick up a tennis racket or kick a football about even though they know they’re no Andy Murray or David Beckham. I’d like to start a campaign: just do it!” Via BBC
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