Piano playing – a great hobby for life

When did you start piano lessons ?

Many people will tell you that they were introduced to piano lessons as kids. Their parents might have had an interest in music and enrolled them either in their school music program or with a private tutor. kids pianoMany kids enjoy being able to play the piano but may discontinue for a variety of reasons:

  • They become bored with the amount of hours of practice that they need
  • They find new interests such as sports or advanced school studies
  • They are not encouraged to stick to the program
  • They do not enjoy the music that they are able to play
  • They are never able to play what they truly love
  • Their family moved to another city and they were not able to find a new tutorpiece a piano

Are you still interested ?

There are so many people who regret not having continued being involved with piano playing, but whatever your age or occupation, it is still not too late. Interestingly, these days there are many ways someone can get involved and make the activity an ongoing hobby. You do not have to see yourself as a professional, a concert pianist, or prepare for music exams in order to satisfy your interest.

How can you still have piano as a hobby?

First of all, you would need to refresh your knowledge of piano and upgrade your skills so you can get involved in:

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  • playing for church 
  • accompanying community choirs
  • rehearsing with a band
  • doing regular gigs
  • working as a studio musician 
  • playing for your family

There is an area of piano playing that has evolved over the years, in which, you are not required to have the skills of a live performer but have the satisfaction of musical expression with the help of technology. This is in the field of music production.

What is music production ?

Music production is carried out by a digital audio workstation (DAW). It is the use of a device or application software that can record, edit, and produce audio files. There are many of them available for purchase online or free download. Most of them have operating instructions on youtube and they range from beginners to advanced.

Examples are : Ableton Live, Reaper, Reason, Logic Pro, Pro tools, Garageband, Cubase.DAW#

If you have purchased Mac computer or Ipad you might be familiar with a DAW which comes with the purchase.

How do you produce the music?

Of course you would have to follow instructions as mentioned above, but the advantage to the you, the piano player, is that you can:

  • play in the melodies using your keyboard, as any instrument, guided by a metronome and the display
  • playback to hear your recording
  • edit in various ways using the indicators
  • enter the notes very slowly and after completion, increase the tempo
  • mix and master your own music
  • produce audio files that make you sound like a pro

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The beauty of all this is that you can produce the best sounding music with minimum piano skills.

So if now you still have a deep love of playing music, how about downloading a free DAW, and trying to produce some of your kind of music. It can be so entertaining, maybe even a bit addictive, but it can become your HOBBY FOR LIFE.

Are you ready ?

Learn more at https://mypianohobby.com 

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28 Comments

  1. Rob

    My sister gained Grade 8 (UK) in the piano. I couldn’t be bothered with practice and boring chords etc. How I regret that now. Especially when I’d love to be able to play the organ at church. If, as this website promises, it’s never too late than I shall be looking further into this. I like the look of the Instant Play video. Might be just what I need.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Rob, it’s never too late to start playing again, and what better time than when you really want to do it. I, too, play for church and find my greatest fulfilment on a Sunday morning. So you want to play organ? Go for it !!!. Thanks for you comments

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  2. Bill

    I have always like the sound of a piano and other keyboard instruments, yet even at an early never could master it well enough so got involved in singing. This way I could enjoy and accompany those that could. I liked the fact in your site you mentioned production as a way to be involved, and this opens many doors for others and their love of music overall. That was great! The music industry does not revolve only on playing, but perhaps it can lead to trying again when one was discouraged before. Thanks for the hope and encouragement you give.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Bill, music production really opens doors for lovers of music, even with minimum skills. It is so satisfying. Hope you start playing soon. Live your dream. Thank you for your comments

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  3. Chris

    I actually studied guitar at Leeds College of Music and we also had to take on basic piano for the music theory lessons that were part of our course (it’s a very traditional music school!!). 

    I didn’t really give that much attention to the piano – just enough to pass the theory, but I did kind of enjoy learning the chord positions and how it felt to play. I would like to go back to it now and see where I can take it. 

    Of course, these skills will also help the MIDI side of using my DAW (Ableton) to produce my music. Do you have any free recommendations for learning you could suggest?

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Chris, because you have some basic knowledge about the piano, you could try any of the free courses listed in google. You could check them and see which method would suit what you want to achieve. Here is a review of the best programs available: https://www.digitalpianoreview…   Thanks for your comments.

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  4. justin

    Hey i really enjoyed this article, it was very informative.  I have never played piano at all in my life.  When i was younger i used to play other instruments but as i got older i have never been interested in any of that kind of music.  I got more into rap and hip hop so no need for pianos but it can be a really good hobby.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Justin, in this modern day of hip hop and rap, all those beats and changes can be produced on your piano  ( electronic keyboard ), mixed, mastered and published right in your own home. People with piano skills are at a distinct advantage in getting their music on music platforms. So it really is a great hobby for life. Thank you for your comments. Best wishes.

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  5. Alice

    Since childhood I’ve been wanting to play the piano. Unfortunately, my parents could not afford to enroll me in a piano class and as far as I remember, piano lessons are only for kids whose parents belong to the upper class. Anyway, that did not stop me from continually loving music. So I taught myself to play the guitar instead, using one that’s borrowed. And today I use this skill to sing songs of praise and worship to God at church and at home.

    However, my interest for piano still surfaces every time I see our pianist/keyboardist play at church. It’s just that I thought it’s too late for me to learn. Someone told me that it’s best to learn to play the piano while you’re young because your hands and fingers are more teachable. I don’t know but I think that’s kind of true because every time I try to sit on the piano chair and put my fingers on the keyboard, they just don’t cooperate, I mean my fingers; they become stiff so stiff that I always end up frustrated. 

    Maybe the piano isn’t really for me to play, even as a hobby. What do you think?

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Alice, many persons have started piano as adults. Playing the piano requires an understanding how your fingers move along the keyboard, understanding musical patterns, and practicing all the principles. Your experience with the guitar will help your understanding. I think you should sign up for a piano program and live your dream. Thanks for your comments.

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  6. Paschal

    I was introduced to piano lessons in my college days. I was really frustrated by the complicated staff reading and notations. When I changed school I lost interest but your article has awakened it again especially when I learn about the digital audio workstation (DAW). I will rap and hip-hop now,  as I see that church and hymn style of music is not really my type. Thank you for the article.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Paschal, yes in these modern days, there are several ways you can get involved with the type of music you like.     Since you like music, check out those apps and styles and get involved with creating your music. It is truly satisfying. Thanks for your comments. Best wishes !!!!

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  7. Jessica

    Thanks for the informative article! I have always wanted to play the piano. I can only play one tune as of now. My parents couldn’t afford to buy a piano so I would play on my cousin’s all the time. She taught me the little tune I still know now.
    As I grew older, I tried playing the guitar. No one told me how physical painful that can be to learn but I still enjoyed it.

    This article has definitely made me want to start back playing/learning both.

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Jessica, it sounds like you love to play music. It is never too late to get into a program and fulfil that dream of playing the songs you like. Piano playing is much easier these days with all the features on the keyboard. Plan for it. Thanks for your comments.

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  8. Nuttanee

    I am one of those kids that love to play piano but hate to practice. Especially when reading the cords was so hard. I also never got to play the classic songs that I like. Started with the Yamaha course and it was boring. Thank you for the suggestion, I do have the garage band on my iPhone and my MacBook, will give them a try. I went to the link you provided on upgrade your skills, do you have some video training that I can follow? I have a keyboard at home, it would be great to just follow your lesson with my keyboard. Thanks again. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Nuttanee, learning to play these days is not as tedious and boring as it used to be several years ago. My site is going to be making available step by step lessons in video training very soon. I am sure you will enjoy playing what you like. Thanks for your comments. If you wish you may leave some email information so I can contact you

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  9. Todd Matthews

    This is something I’ve always wanted to get into. I actually have a Korg in my apartment so I’m halfway there, but it’s all about finding the time. However, I’ve always admired those who compose music, especially in the epic/symphonic metal genres, and have longed to create something similar. Piano in my opinion is the best instrument to get into because these days, you can emulate any instrument with an electronic keyboard, virtually allowing you to create anything, especially when there’s a workstation involved. 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Todd, the wonderful features on the keyboards make it so much easier for everyone to learn piano, and spend time having fun with all the different skills you can develop. You are indeed on your way, having purchased a Korg (my favourite brand) and all you need now, is to set aside a time in the week where you spend time on your piano. Tell someone you desire, so that they can keep you accountable. You will be proud of yourself in a short while. Thanks for your comments.

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  10. Gomer

    I played piano when I was just a kid but it was at the beginner level only. You know, those pieces like “In May” and “London Bridge is Falling Down”, something like that. And during my student years, I tried playing in a rock band with me on the keyboards, but that was playing using chords only and not following piano pieces. Today, I’m already in my 40’s, I want to renew my hobby of playing piano but by this time, it will be with piano pieces as I now play solo here inside my home. 

    My worry is that, my hands and fingers have already wore down due to work. Do you think there is still a chance for me to master playing piano like when I was a kid with this stiff hands and fingers? What about practice, can practice bring back my old ability that I have during my childhood days?

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Gomer, you are never too old to start playing again. I presently have 3 students over 50, one over 60. The good thing is that they know how they want to learn. One wants to play and sing, and the other two play their favourite songs from music sheets. Learning to play these days is more fun than 30 years ago. These modern keyboards have drum patterns and presets that encourage you to practice. Practicing will bring back all the skills you learned and you will be happy you tried again. Thank you for your comments. 

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  11. Selenity Jade

    This was an enjoyable read.  I didn’t learn to play the piano when I was young.  I did, however, go into the band and played the flute.  I was the third chair if I remember right.  So I can read music.  The extent of my piano skills was chopsticks on a keyboard we had as teenagers.  If you say it’s never too late to learn, I might try to see about beginning piano tutorials.  Thanks for that!

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Selenity, learning piano will be even easier for you because you can read melodies and rhythms. Give it a try. You might be surprised at how good you are. Thanks for your comments

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  12. Ceddy

    Hi Joy this is pretty sweet! I really enjoyed that piece of encouragement. Get it? Piece… lol. But no really. I have always wanted to learn the piano. For about 20 years now. I am now 41. This is a great encouragement to me. Over the next year I am going to look to learn. 

    The Piano is such a beautiful instrument. And I also love that DAW that you mentioned. Sweet! Do you think that the Piano is a great Romantic tool as well. 🙂 

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Ceddy, all you have to do is look at those singers who play and accompany themselves and you will appreciate the joy and fulfilment that comes from being able to play. I have students over fifty who love to play and practice a lot on their own. You will never know how good you are until you give it a try. Thanks for your comments.

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  13. Anilise

    How well I remember my one piano lesson with Ms. Ingram when I was staying with my grandmother. Why one lesson? I think it was because I did not feel a connection with the teacher.  It just so happened that Ms. Ingram was also my English school teacher.  As a school teacher, she was tough and often disciplined students hands with a ruler (it was legal back then). 

    Even though I did not ever go back for a lesson with Ms. Ingram or even later in life, I did take my children for piano lessons. They were in their teens though and I think by that age they had already developed other interests. Those lessons only lasted through the Summer. They did not ask to go back – and their piano teacher was once a music teacher to Michael Jackson!)

    I think it is important to start piano lessons early in life. Honestly I do think my children would have benefited from taking piano lessons because it would be a source of income for them now. Music skills in any capacity are those talents that normally last a person’s lifetime. I did think about taking piano later in life, but I talked myself out of it. Patience sitting at a piano learning new skills did not fit into my busy and always-moving lifestyle.

    Anilise

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Yes Anilise, it is always advisable to give your children even the basics at a young age, and if they decide to take it up later, then learning would be easier. On the other hand, you are never too old to learn piano. i have students over fifty who love music lessons, practicing and singing. It can be so fulfilling and it is one of the few things that can stay with you long after you have stopped all that hard work. Thank you for your comments !

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  14. Tracy

    Hi there

    I have always had a fascination with the piano, I had learned to play a few very primary melody’s throughout elementary school but would never think about playing in front of a group of people. With the new technology today I’m sure that piano sounds can be made to sound pretty amazing and with new apps and software programs recording and producing could come easier to some.   Your article is full of information and links that take me to other information sources which I can continue to learn more about music and making sounds.  I’m not much into recording or producing music, but will always have a fascination with the soft sounds of the solo piano.

    Thanks for a great read

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    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Tracy. The great thing is that there are many options these days for someone who wants to learn to play. Since you love the soft sounds of the solo piano, get yourself into some hours of playing what you know and eventually upgrading your skills. It can be such a satisfying experience. Thank you for your comments

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