How long will I need piano lessons ?

When will I ever be able to play piano ?

When adults decide to start on music lessons they are excited to pursue their dream. After the first four or five lessons they begin to feel overwhelmed.The first question that comes to mind is “How long will I need piano lessons?” They had no idea what was involved.They cannot find time to practice, and they realise that they are not as far ahead as they had hoped.

What are the programs available?

Here are a number of things to consider before starting out on a program of piano lessons:

  • Do you want to prepare for professional work ?
  • What genre of music would you like to play?
  • Do you want to play solo, or in a group?
  • Would you like to accompany your own singing?
  • Would you like to play as a hobby, to entertain your friends and family happy?

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What is the best program ?

Many people go to lessons for years, they play several or all the major and minor scales, they learn chords, and songs based on techniques. You will need this for professional work. For a hobby, you need to learn scales and techniques for many of the songs you love. Don’t feel you have to play everything.

How will you start, and continue ?

Set a goal. Work on the basics and start learning your songs as soon as possible. Take them very slowly and learn one or two at a time. For each song you need to learn the scale, and broken chord for the key in which it is written. You can get guidance to work out which notes are in the chords that you will need. You will learn to move from chord to chord using the correct fingering.Video tutoring is the best method.

How long will that take?

The length of time it takes depends on the degree of difficulty, your finger flexibility and most importantly, the amount of practice and attention you give it. For most programs with once a week coaching, it is best to practice within 24 hours after a lesson, once every other day, and make sure to practice 24 hours before the next lesson. With video tutoring you can practice with guidance any time.

Rather than seeing yourself as someone who needs to play all music,why not strive to be able to play just five of your favourite songs. Practice them and master them. You can then add another two, followed by another two.

Using this method, you can enjoy while you learn, and you won’t have time to be overwhelmed. Isn’t this something you can manage?

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24 Comments

  1. Sujandar Mahesan

    This is a great article and this article is just what I needed to read today. I’m looking to learn and take piano lessons. I have always been into piano and today I finally decided to pursue it. Reading this article gave me a lot of confidence. Thank you so much for sharing this article with us.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Sujandar. You are welcome. Glad to help you get those classes going. You will not regret it !

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  2. Riaz Shah

    Wow I’ve always wanted to learn Piano Joy,

    I’m a guitar player and I remember learning my first few songs took me 2 weeks not because I couldn’t remember the chords, but because getting used to playing it is a challenge. It isn’t as easy as it looks because for beginners, playing too long will hurt your fingers since the strings are hard. Will beginners have finger pains too when picking up piano lessons too?

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Riaz, guitar playing challenges the fingers but not so for piano. You just need to learn to move those ten fingers along the length of the keyboard with your hands positioned correctly. Enrol in a program, get a good teacher and play the songs you love. You will be happy you did. Thanks for your comments

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  3. Jayde Butcher

    Over always wanted to play Paino but have so many questions and wouldn’t know where to start really! I’m sure like  anything it’s going to take dedication, determination and patience to get where I want to be with it . But I’m willing to begin and start my journey as I’d love to be great at this. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Jayde, playing piano is about learning the patterns on the keyboard, applying a few rules, and practicing. There are so many adults who express regret at not having done piano lessons, but it is never too late. Just make sure you learn to play what you like in addition to practicing all the techniques. Thanks for your comments.

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  4. KPalmquist

    Many (very many) years ago I took piano lessons.  Back then I had to drive to the teacher’s house.  Life, as it does, got in the way and I stopped.  I will be retiring in a couple of years and would love to try again.  But we may be located far from any decent instruction.  So this format looks to be very promising!  I might just need to give it a whirl.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Kpalm, yes you can give it a try. Many retired people find trying lessons good for their soul because they know music and it becomes a matter of learning the rules and the techniques. Most of all, they have time on their hands. Thank you for your comments.

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  5. Wina

    Love this post & you’re correct that it’s easier for adults to find the objective of wanting to pick up piano.

    When I was small, I always envied my friends who went to music class cause they get to pick up a lesson and become good at something. At that time, my best friend had a piano and a keyboard at her place and I started hanging out at her place a lot more and sort of self-taught myself on how to play.

    I’m not anywhere near good and I still can’t read the notes, but I can play a few of my all-time favorite songs till now 🙂

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Wina, glad to know that you can amuse yourself and make piano playing a hobby. Sometime in the future you may choose to do a program and learn some new skills so you will be able to play even more of the songs you love. thanks for your comments.

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  6. Jay

    Trying to learn how to play all the songs is something I have to say that I am very guilty of. Because of this, it has made my progress to be very slow in learning how to play the piano. Your advice on learning 5 songs first and mastering them before adding another 2 is really good advice and it is something I have not tried doing. 

    I have been practicing for quite some time now without much progress and would need to change the way I go about it. I would be making use of some of the advice in this post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      H Jay, take your time and learn a few at a time. Don’t ever give up. People who give up learning to play an instrument always regret it. Glad to be of help. Thanks for your comments.

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  7. cheriri

    Great tips are given in your article, to not get overwhelmed or impatient by learning to play the piano. But rather to concentrate on one song and scale at a time. As you’ve said the only way to see or hear progression is through constant practice and to also improve finger agility/ flexibility.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Cheriri, that’s right. Many people want to play piano but they do not want to put in the effort and the hours. This is one example when learning to PLAY is WORK. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. Spot On Website!

    This is a good article to inspire someone considering to learn to play the piano. I am a guitar player that always wished I had piano training as I believe it transcends across so many genres of music well. I agree the enthusiasm can be dampened early because, like any instrument, it is not intuitive to some. Becoming discouraged and quitting before getting started is common.

    I did click on your link to the video training. Wonderful video that has a very fun feel to it. You have sparked my interest and I will be considering hanging out at My Piano Hobby!

    Rick

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Rick, oh yes,  you know what it is like to be able to play an instrument. It is a heart warming experience. It is never too late to learn another instrument, and you have an advantage since you know some of the basics already. Thank you for your comments.

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  9. Seun Afotanju

    A couple of time i have tried laying my hand on a keyboard which seem to be very difficult for me because it keeps me wondering what key to play on to get the right sound, i guess i have to start from running scales and playing my favourite songs and with time become  a pro… Thanks 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Seun,Learning to play is really understanding and practicing the patterns on the piano. Everyone has some music in them and so the process need not be difficult as, over time, you will be happy to be able to play your favourite songs. Just sign up for a program and work your way through. You will be glad you did. Thanks for your comments.

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  10. mzakapon

    Hi I have found your article is helpful for all beginners who want to learn Piano. My daughter wants to learn it professionally. I am going to refer her this video tutorial for quick tips and tricks. I believe she can get some perfect lesson from this. Can you share some other lessons for her. Thanks for this helpful information.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thanks for you comments mzakapon. I will be setting up the lessons she will need to get her through to being a professional. If you wish me to keep in touch, please leave an email contact. Congrats on encouraging her to do piano. She will be so grateful to you in years to come

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  11. emman

    Ever since I really wanted to play piano, but never been try to play one piece of music because I dont know how to start, its just my frustration…I hope my son will have some interest in piano.

    Your article is a good start for beginners , yah should set a goal and do try one step at a time until you learn and atleast you enjoy. Thanks for sharing your ideas. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thank you for your comments Emman. In teaching piano, motivation is a big part of students sticking to the program. From time to time they might get a little frustrated, but in general they must enjoy playing.

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  12. Daniella

    Hi Joy,

    Awesome article, I really enjoyed the reading!

    I used to learn piano a few years ago, and I  got discouraged very fast because I thought it would take me ages to play songs. Anyway, now my son wants to learn, and I really don’t want him to get discouraged too. Your article is very inspiring! I will show it my son so he can follow your suggestions. Just a question, please. Can a student that plays piano for over four years now teach my son piano? Or I have to choose a professional teacher?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Daniella, I am glad to know that you will be encouraging your son to take up music lessons. In order to stay motivated, I always suggest that along with learning techniques, they should learn to play little melodies that they know and like. His piano teacher needs to have more experience than four years. I would strongly suggest that you enrol him with a professional teacher. Thanks for your comments. best wishes !!!!

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