Start playing that piano again

There are so many people who did piano lessons, gave it up for some reason, but would love to start playing that piano again. Are you one of them?

Are music lessons for kids, only ?

It is a mistake and a myth to believe that piano lessons are only for kids. There are so many adults who keep expressing regret of not being able to play, or of forgetting their piano skills. There are also adults who urge their children to take up piano lessons, forcing them to practice, when the desire to express the music coming from within is really their own. Let’s cancel the myth right now and look at the reasons why an adult should take up music lessons.

The approach is different

  • Music is all about patterns, and how the application of these patterns produce beautiful progressions and melodies. Whereas a child will take years to learn, adults grasp the concepts much quicker and are able to advance in a short time.
  • What turns many kids away from music lessons, is the routine of doing all these exercises of scales and chords and playing songs that they hardly know. 
  • Adults know hundreds of songs and many genres of music and can therefore tell the tutor what they want to learn to play. After all , it is a waste of time playing for years and you are still not able to play the songs you love.
  • In general, adults don’t need to be going to music lessons for years. An adult who has mastered the basic skills and can play 10 of their favourite songs, can help themselves to learn more. 
  • Musical scores are less of a challenge.

Benefits of starting a piano program right now

  • When one learns music theory and the basic finger skills on a piano, any other instrument will be easy. So if you decide to change your instrument, you are well on your way
  • Music has evolved from just live performance into recording, sync placement in TV and film and large industries have emerged opening the markets for jingles and commercials, and the money is good. Become a producer.
  • In the past people learned to play only on an accoustic piano. Today, there are hundreds of electronic keyboards that cost less, and contain lots of features in sound and rhythm accompaniment. Practicing can now be a joy, rather than drudgery.

Other benefits of learning to play

Adults who play, even at the intermediate level, have been shown scientifically to possess a superior quality life when compared to those who don’t:

  • Music strengthens memory and reading skills
  • Playing piano increases blood flow to the brain
  • Practicing heightens the senses because you are using hearing, vision and touch
  • As we age , responses tend to get slower. Playing music improves reaction time.
  • It helps the brain recover from injury
  • It is one skill that you can use until very old. 

It touches your soul

In playing and singing, the emotions are involved and the soul is energized in various ways. You are happy. You can play your meditation melodies. You can play “Happy Birthday” and sing along with friends. You can create, by writing lyrics and melodies to make your own original song. You can appreciate the music of others because you have come to know exactly what is going on in the song.You are just a better person because learning the rules helps you express the fine musician that you are. book

There is no need to sit in regret and think that as an adult, your piano days are in the past. They are right here waiting for you to get moving. Are you ready ? 

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  1. Jbryce

    It’s really amazing to read the this article, playing musical instruments is something that lights up my energy and it gives me inner happiness. I believe when you leave instruments without you rehearsing or playing for a long while, that ability gets depreciated. It’s good to go back to piano and I’d love to do so too, thanks a lot for this.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Jbryce, like the article says it is a skill you can take with you for the rest of your life. Plan to bring back the happiness into your life, and take action. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Sophie

    Hello there! Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful piece of information. I find it very helpful because it contains valuable information which people like me that have abandoned their act of playing piano would find very important. Playing the piano lights up my energy and makes me feel good about myself but ever since my last one got bad, I haven’t played. Going through your article now, I’m determined to go and get a new one and of course I’ll go for classes again because this time around, I want to be a pro at it. 

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Oh yes Sophie. That’s such a good idea. It’s never too late to refresh your memory and learn some new music. It is good for the soul. Wishing you all the best as you start playing again.

  3. Kelvin

    This is so me. I hated playing the piano when I was a teen. Learning piano was as if I was forced to or something of sort. This was because I had no interest. Maybe also it was because of the teacher or the style at which I was taught. So how will there be joy on something you have little or no interest? Well, now I envy people playing the keyboard and sometimes wished that I was the one on that seat. Reading your article has encourage me to give it a trial once again. Do you recommend any good online course to this?

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Kelvin, it is so good to hear that you are willing to try again. Believe me, you are going to love it. These days piano lessons are so much easier, what with the keyboards with different sounds and rhythms that motivate. I find that there are a variety of online courses, but they have different methods. People like to learn differently. Some people are also turned off by the cost of the courses. See it as an investment and the joy your will get cannot be quantified. Google ‘online piano lessons’ and see what appeals to you or check Udemy. There are some good courses there. Thanks for your comments. Best wishes !

  4. Joshua

    It was a real pleasure to read through this nice article, the layout is very appealing and it basically covers every aspect for beginners (like i am), to comprehend what music is all about and how it add values to one’s life. And I have to say you’re being realistic when you said that there are some individuals who did piano lessons and gave it up for some reasons best known to them. Haha of course i am one of them. But sure after I had gone through this post. I will have to give a second thought to it.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Ahh Joshua. This is true for so many people. It is worth a second thought and, like I said, learning music these days is so much easier and much more fun than when I was a child. Go for it !!!

  5. Aly

    I am so glad to hear this approach that relies on having fun with the patterns of notes instead of rote practicing of boring scales. Do you have any recommended videos that would allow someone who has had lessons many years ago to pick back up and play? Should I be concerned about brushing up on how to read music or is the approach going to be more based on listening? Seems fun to try to play again!

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Aly, learning piano these days is a different experience. Many adults are motivated by the many apps and videos available online. If you check out google, type in “best piano learning apps for adults”, you will see a list of piano methods using apps which are all highly recommended.They all have descriptions and costs and you can choose one you might like. Thanks for your comments

  6. Kokontala

    Greetings! I went through your post and I truly found it interesting. Guess what! I am one of those who wish I knew how to play the piano. I think I will start the piano lessons soon. I love this musical instrument and as soon as I know it I will play it forever. This is a great article indeed. I never knew that playing piano has other health benefits and this makes me even more interested in knowing how to play it.
    Thanks for sharing such an informative article with us. I will be sharing it further too.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Koknotala, there are many benefits to learning to play. I hope you will take it seriously. You won’t regret it. Thanks for your comments

  7. Maja

    Very interesting article. I took piano lessons when I was little but then stopped when school became much more demanding. I didn’t really regret it because it wasn’t something that I really enjoyed (I started only because I thought it might be good to know an instrument, but didn’t really have the passion) but sometimes I think it would be nice to start it again. Unfortunately I don’t remember much. 

    Thank you for the suggestion.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Maja, this is the story of many people. They did the lessons but didn’t find much joy in it. However when they became adults and love those great songs, they wish they could play them. Learning music these days is a much easier and exciting activity. I also find that you might think you don’t remember what you learned, but after a few times on the piano, it comes right back to you. Maybe you should give it a try. It is one activity that you can do till you are very old. Thanks for your comments.


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