Learning the piano as an adult is a rewarding experience. You shouldn’t shy away from it because of preconceived notions about learning how to play music later in life. Of course, everything is easier to learn when you’re a child. That is scientifically proven. Adults still have the capacity to learn how to play the keyboard, though.
Playing any musical instrument has a ton of benefits. Most people enjoy it is a means to relieve stress. Playing can almost have a meditative effect, thanks to the deep concentration required. With improvement, the rewards intensify. Music is also a great hobby because it is something you can do for your entire life. This is unlike sports that get hard to play as you get older.
Adults are busy people. They may not have time to take private lessons with a teacher. A private instructor is a great way to improve quickly, but you can still teach yourself and have a lot of fun. There are ample resources available to striving musicians to help them self-teach.
Three ways to teach yourself piano
1. Books – Companies like C.R. Carole have an array of different piano instruction books available. Regardless of your skill level, you can find a book that will help you improve. Some of my favorite beginner books are in the Bastien series. They are especially useful for players trying to get better at playing scales.
2. Online lessons – Music education, and music itself, has experienced a revolution thanks to the internet. Teachers can now pre-record lessons and post them online. Students have an advantage because they can access digital lessons whenever they have time. You can take a piano lesson at 2 am if your neighbor can handle it. Video lessons also give students the ability to stop and rewind to sections that were particularly interesting and listen to them again. You can’t do that in a live lesson.
3. Use Your Ear – Your ear is the most important thing when you are learning music. After all, music does revolve around listening. Every once in a while during your practice session you should put on a song and try to emulate what you hear. At first, it will be difficult, but you will see improvement over time. Your overall musical skills will improve by combining ear training with the technical knowledge of your instrument. The best musicians in the world understand the relationship between their ears and their hands.
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