Too Old to Learn to Play the Piano? [Not by a Long Shot!]

Tips For Adult Piano Players

TooOldToPlayPianoAs an adult who never learned to play the piano (that well), you’re exploring Bay Area music lessons or even pricing out potential pianos. But does your brain retain enough neural plasticity to allow you to master a highly technical new skill like piano playing? The good news is that the answer is a resounding Yes! Powerful new neuroscience suggests that the human brain is far more adaptable than people once realized: you can metaphorically “teach an old dog new tricks.”

However, you want to follow these few key rules of thumb.

First of all, locate an excellent teacher.

Find an instructor who teaches other adults and who has the flexibility to work with your schedule. Teaching adults is a very different process than teaching children. You also want to avoid an awkward scenario, like giving a recital alongside a room full of 7 and 8-year-olds.

Next, supplement your lessons.

Consider purchasing home study courses, videos, DVDs, and even lectures on music theory. These resources can help you make progress when your teacher is not available, and you can also use them to learn at your own pace.

Set clear, winnable goals based on your desires, and time and energy constraints.

Maybe you only have an hour or two a day to practice, after you take into account work, child care, etc. If so, set goals in line with those constraints.

Consider “zeroing in” on a certain style of playing.

For instance, you may be fascinated by jazz piano; you might want to play standard classical repertoire; or you may hope to compose your own music for singing/song writing purposes.

Set aside time – ideally, every day – to hone your craft.

Even the most precocious students need to invest hundreds to thousands of hours of diligent practice to master the instrument. Practicing should become part of your lifestyle.

Find an instrument that’s right for your needs.

You might not be ready for that concert grand just yet, but there’s still several options to suit your needs. From digital pianos, hybrids, mini grands, to gently used uprights, we’ve got an abundant selection of for you to chose from.

Visit our Bay Area Piano Showroom!

If  you’re interested in taking music lessons, or need help picking the perfect piano, talk to the authorized piano dealers here at Pianos Plus! We’re happy to help you begin your adult piano playing journey. Call us at 510-581-1660.