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?
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?