The best plan to keep you playing piano again

So many of us learned piano at some early stages of our lives. child on pianoAt a certain point in our lives, we stopped playing for a variety of reasons. As adults we see people playing, we join community groups, we go to concerts and all the feelings of regret begin. The thought is ” Why did we ever stop?” or “How could we start playing again?”. The answers can be found in considering even more detailed questions:

Where should you start ?

The first thing to decide is what type of music, and how you want to play:

  • Is it music for your church? 
  • Is it pop songs from a book or music sheet? 
  • Is it jazz piano? 
  • Is it country music?
  • Is it classical favourites? 
  • Do you want to sing and accompany yourself?
  • Do you want to play for friends and family?
  • Do you want to play by ear?

What music do you love? pop song

If you played for all your life, and advanced to the highest degree in music, and cannot play songs that you love, you will become frustrated. This is a question you must answer. It might not have only one answer, and your interests may change over time, but it will chart you in the direction you should go.

How will you learn or revise?

Most likely you studied music with a tutor in a one-on-one situation as a child. Your parents made arrangements with a tutor and took you to lessons regularly. In addition, your parents sent you to the piano, at home, to practise. Maybe you sat music examinations to qualify you for higher and higher levels. There was a program that kept you doing those lessons.

Now that you are an adult, you might enrol in a music program, but what will keep you accountable and faithful to practising? What will motivate you to stick to the program?

After a while you begin to show improvement. What then?

In order to maintain your skills and enjoy your hobby, you will need to find an outlet for performance. You can:choir

  • join a community choir, and learn to play the music in the repertoire
  • learn worship songs and help to rehearse the singing groups at church
  • learn ‘easy listening’ music and play at a piano bar at least once per week
  • join a band as a keyboard player
  • work in studio sessions preparing music tracks

What if you are not interested in working public performance ?

You might want to play but you are not interested in playing in a formal regulated program. You could choose find a group to work with and meet every Friday, say, and play songs you love, and probably perform at some charity event or Christmas in the park. Preparing for some event would give the group some kind of

You could collaborate with someone who is involved in songwriting, providing accompaniment and helpiing them work out the arrangements and harmony.

You could also get invoved in composing instrumentals using music software. Hearing the end results can be quite exciting and might motivate you improve in music

What is the biggest action to maintain and improve your piano skills?

One word: PRACTICE. Very few people can get up each day and practice between lessons going on over a year, two years and longer. Those suggestions above serve to keep you motivated and keep you practising. Although you ‘play’ an instrument, playing well requires ‘work’.

I have been playing piano for several years. I started while going to school, and have always been involved as an accompanist with singing groups. In my twenties I became fascinated with the sound of jazz and enrolled in a jazz studies program. I still love jazz piano, and still lead a band that performs gigs. It is the involvement and the learning of new forms that have kept me playing over the years. So when you decide to start playing again, make sure to go through the list and make a complete plan. You might find yourself playing forever and loving it.

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  1. Tracy cole

    Thank you so much to the author who has written down this kind of such a beneficial article.  This article opened my mind to the fact that i can learn how to play piano regardless of my gender. This is what I have always wanted to learn and I appreciate the fact that you have opened my eyes to tips and tricks. Thanks for sharing

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Tracy, there are women all over the world playing piano. As I mentioned, learning piano as an adult requires careful planning. Your desire has always been there, so I am sure you will do well. Thanks for your comments

  2. roxydog1312

    I love your site!  I am that exact piano player you are talking about.  I have a piano at home, as my husband bought me one our wedding present, but I haven’t played in recent years because I have arthritis in my hands, and it really hurts.  But lately my hands are hurting less and I want to play again.   I think I will need to start lessons over at the beginning tho.  Thank you for the suggestions for being accountable to your playing.  Those are great ideas!  Anyway, good site!  RhondaLeigh

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Rhonda. Glad to know you will be playing again. You won’t regret it. You also have a sentimental reason to get going. A piano as your wedding present is a great motivation, and I am sure your husband will be so delighted. Thanks for your comments. Best wishes !!

  3. Greg

    Hi, great article, spot on the fact that you need a plan otherwise life will always kick the door in and you’ll end up doing something else. I learnt piano and guitar as a kid, and pursued the latter. But just like you said, the regret is always there whenever I see someone playing the piano. I feel like I need to get a piano tutor.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Well Greg, I have news for you. You are not too old to start piano lessons. The satisfaction of being able to play songs that you love is worth the effort. No regrets, just enrol in a program and get moving. You will be glad you did. Thanks for your comments

  4. Nazmun Nahar


    Great article about the piano hobby. This is the musical instrument which is my all-time favourite. I don’t know why but I love this music. Sometimes I wish if I could play the piano. But now I have a dream my daughter will learn piano and she agreed as well. I am gonna keep this article in my archive that when the time comes I could show her. Because you explain everything over a simple and easy way that anyone can learn from here.Thanks a lot.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Thanks for your comments Nazmun. Yes, encourage your daughter but remember it is never too late for you to learn.

  5. jessetoikkanen

    Nice and educating article about playing the piano or how to keep playing again. When I was young, I would like to play but I hadn’t opportunity. Nowadays its harder to learn but may not be impossible. I would like to get some piano application of software to my computer but im not sure if they work or not. Any recommendations? Or better just to ask to use pianos of my friends to start?  ´However, I will take a further look at your website and its other articles. 

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Jesse, you will need to do lessons with guidance. There are many programs online and they have different methods and they work. It’s just for you to try them out and see which one you are prepared to work with. Thanks for your comments

  6. MissusB

    Playing the piano is one of my dreams when I was a child. Due to financial problems, my parents weren’t able to enroll us in a one on one tutorial like the other kids. My background to music is only limited by our music class. Moving forward, I forgot about it and didn’t pursue because of school, job and family. Now that I’m in my late 30s and have more time for myself (kids are quite independent now), I don’t know how I should start. Your post make me realize that I shouldn’t be embarrassed if I want to learn because some people might have the same situation like mine. By the way, I love classical music. Too ambitious? Thank you for this courage filled post. It helps people to reflect on precious things they you can always come back to. Playing the piano will be my personal goal.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi MissusB, there are many adults who are now starting out with piano lessons. The great thing is, as an adult you can choose the type of music you want to learn. Yes you can choose classical music and be coached in that direction. I promise you, being able to play what you love is the most satisfying feeling anyone can have. It is also one of the few enjoyable things you can do as a senior citizen, when you get there. Thanks for your comments. Please enrol in your lessons and get going. You will be glad you did. 

  7. SeunJeremiah

    Thanks for this educative post, I must say that I am musically inspired by this post, I have always wanted to play the piano right from when I was a kid and haven’t really gotten the motivation to until now, I guess the problem was because I really didn’t know where to start from or what kind of music to begin with. Reading this post has made me find my drive to play piano with ease.

    1. Joy (Post author)

      It is never too late to start playing piano. You can learn using any method you prefer, by ear or by reading. The satisfaction will come when you can play the music you love. Don’t give up. Thanks for your comments.

  8. Claudio

    Hi Joy,
    What a good article where you talk about how beautiful it is to play the piano. Then over the years many people like me have stopped playing in my case it was the guitar. 

    Today I feel frustrated, I always think that I will ever start playing it again. My hands are not the same but I will never lose desire to start again.
    I want to congratulate you for your entire career with the piano, it will surely make you very happy to listen to your music. Your heart will fill with happiness. 

    Thank you! Claudio (Argentina)

    1. Joy (Post author)

      Hi Claudio, once the desire is there, there will always be the possibility to start playing again. You are never too old to live your dream to be a musician. Thanks for your comments


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