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Can You Learn to Play Piano?

Jul 31, 2008
There are many myths surrounding the ability to play the piano. For example, many believe that it requires a special talent to master, when in reality all it takes is some hard-work and dedication. Don't get me wrong, there are some who are naturally talented when it comes to playing a musical instrument, but most have learned through their own perseverance. By understanding the reality behind learning to play the piano, it may help you decide if you want to take the time to learn. Who knows? Maybe you have a hidden natural talent for it, and it just needs to be dug up.

Because so many believe that it requires a natural talent to play the piano, many don't even attempt to learn. Like any skill we develop, it requires hours of practice repeated continuously. The good thing about the piano though, is that it is a little easier to learn if you are a little tone deaf. Unlike most string instruments, that piano has specific notes you will hit to play a tune, whereas other instruments require that your ears tell you when you have hit the right note, and there are no specific keys to hit for a certain tone. The violin is a good example of an instrument that requires you to hear the note, rather than just know that you hit the note that the sheet music told you too.

Don't get me wrong, playing the piano is not a walk in the park. It is by no means easy and for those that have mastered the skill, they have been playing and practicing for a number of years. In fact, many got their start as very young children. It normally requires that you play anywhere from 1/2 hour to an hour a day to really learn how to play. If you are serious about learning how to play, you must be committed.

Another piece of advice-don't expect to play full out songs right away. Learning to play the piano is a step by step process. You must become familiar with keys, chords and scales before you learn how to play Canon in D.

Many secretly have the desire to play the piano, but don't give it a try because they believe that they are too old to learn. Even though I stated earlier that most who have mastered the skill started out young, it is not a requirement to learn. As long as you are willing to do the time, age doesn't matter much at all. (Unless of course your fingers are too crippled to move, then it might matter.)

There are many piano styles but the basics for all piano styles, whether it be classical, jazz, or gospel are the same. Learning to count and rhythm can sometimes be a challenge, which is why learning the basic counts is essential. Like anything else you attempt, take it one step at a time and before you know it you'll be playing like you never before imagined.
About the Author
Bart Icles is an accomplished pianist and is thankful that his Mom pushed him to learn. With some dedication, you can learn to play piano too.
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