Most adults know just enough about playing piano (or any other instrument for that matter) to plink out a simple tune of an old classic folk song, or a simple popular TV theme song. While many adults long to play better, they cannot imagine they can learn how to play piano at their full potential and so this desire goes unfulfilled. You have undoubtedly heard a range from excuses by adults who fit this description: “You can’t learn at my age”, “I’m too old”, “Have no time” and so on. In reality there is simply no reason why virtually anyone at any age can’t improve their piano skills beyond the basics, including you.
One of the most celebrated and versatile instruments is the piano. The piano is probably the best known instrument in the world which may be why it is called the “mother of all instruments”. Almost all of the world’s most widely recognized classical music pieces was written on or adapted to the piano. Learning the piano is also necessary for gaining entry into many higher level music courses. When it comes to teaching (and learning) music theory, knowing the piano is a virtual necessity. There is no better instrument for drilling into the complexities of the theoretical component of music.
Given this, it is easy to see why playing the piano is so popular amongst people who wish to play music, yet as Adults we suffer from distinct problems that younger people don’t suffer from so badly. For as adults we have a tendency to shy away from stepping outside of our comfort zones. Unfortunately, to learn (and get good at) playing the piano requires one to do this, to step outside what they are comfortable playing already. The hard truth is that you will never achieve anything by practicing what you already know. To get better at playing the piano (or anything) you need to practice playing what you do NOT know. While adults typically prefer to have complete and total control over every aspect of their lives, this actually works against you when you’re trying to learn something now. It will lead to feelings of frustration and possibly feelings of patronization when you are required to take direction from another adult. But by dedicating the time to practice and taking heed of instructions, anyone can learn to play piano no matter what age you are.
The obvious first step when you have decided to go down the road of improving your ability on piano is to find a decent piano tutor. There will likely be classes and private tutors available in your area. Alternatively you could look into some of the various online piano lessons that are available. Technology has advanced so much over the least couple of decades, that it is no feasible to teach yourself how to play the piano using lessons downloaded over the internet. The advantages of learning piano from online sources are reduced cost and time. If you choose to go down the road of receiving expert one-on-one tuition from an instructor, you will end up paying a lot more. The average cost of an online study course like Pianoforall is about the cost of a single session with a tutor and you can practice at your own pace and whenever you have time on your hands.
On the other hand, a tutor will be able to help you with specific problem areas that with an online course, but you can overcome this by revisiting your problem areas in the online course or by seeking new online material that might help you with your specific problem.
Regardless of your age and ability, there is no reason whey you cannot learn to improve your piano skills, so long as you commit yourself to the necessary practice of music theory, chords, scales and new songs and of course, stretching yourself by moving outside your current comfort zone. In fact it is entirely possible that you will make remarkably rapid progress within a very short space of time with the right attitude. It can be a highly satisfying experience to impress your friends, family and yourself with your new found ability to play the piano.