Spoiler: absolutely not.
Have you ever heard an amazing piano player whilst visiting a piano store or shopping centre? You think to yourself ‘that’s beautiful, I’d love to play piano like that’. You move closer to the sound, and as you’re in eyeshot of the piano, you discover the person playing is about ten years old.
Suddenly you feel deflated, ’I could never play like that, I’d be starting too late!’.
I have good news for you: you are NEVER too old to begin learning the piano. Having the drive and passion to learn something new as an adult is not to be underestimated, and it isn’t uncommon for adults to progress well through piano lessons for that reason.
Pianote offers some really useful information for learning the piano, and is a must watch for anyone considering getting started.
This teacher jumps right in with a musical, melodic phrase that you – the student – will be able to play by the end of the lesson. If you have a keyboard at home already, why not give it a go!
She also shares some great tips for learning the piano as an adult, the first being: ’know what you want to play, and be really clear on that’. This is excellent advice. There are a lot of teachers out there that teach a lot of different styles – be sure to be learning from the one who suits you and your goals.
Let’s take a look at this video where teacher Cory Hall is teaching his 66 year old beginner student Christine. This video is jam-packed with information, so I’m going summarise the most important points.
You’ll see early on that Cory is correcting the way the Christine is positioning her fingers. Starting with the correct technique in this way is exactly why it’s best to get a teacher from the get go. It’s always harder to correct bad habits and incorrect technique than it is to learn the correct from the beginning!
The student is learning basic scale patterns and note reading right away – this is the best way to learn the keyboard because you are gaining a solid foundation on which to grow your skills and understanding of music. Through these piano exercises, she is also developing her finger muscles and dexterity.
Cory likens learning the piano notes to learning a new language, where in both cases, the goal is to naturally do so without thinking about it.
As you can see from both videos, the approach is not overwhelming.
Learning the piano is a lifelong journey – even as a professional musician, there is always more to learn, and different styles to explore, but as a beginner you will be surprised at how quickly you will be able to play a few tunes.
There is no better feeling than learning a beautiful piece of music that you are able to play forever, so we hope you enjoy your lessons, and we look forward to finding you the perfect instrument to practice on at home – and maybe even perform on!
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