Things I got from learning piano as an adult

As of September 2, 2016, I am 21 years old, which some may argue is not reeeaalllly an “adult” – I’m still sheltered away in university, after all. But since the law here in the U.S recognizes that the legal age is 18, and even bars will let me in, I’ll just call myself an adult… Indeed, I am older than the general audience of first time piano learners (who are around 5-10 years old), and all the piano method books consider a person my age as an adult.

I’ve never had the opportunity to learn the piano as a child, but I’ve always been interested in picking up an instrument. So, in my final semester of college, I enrolled in a Beginner’s Piano course. We are using Faber and Faber’s One-in-One Piano Adventures Book 1. So far, I have been enjoying it a lot. I realized piano is an instrument that is extremely hard to pick up on your own, so when the semester ends, I plan to look into enrolling with a teacher to continue to develop this hobby!

In the meantime, I’ve also picked up a Piano Scales and Chord Book 1 from the same publisher. It isn’t required for our class, but I hope that I can pick up on some things!

Goals are always important, so here are mine, for learning to play the piano:

  1. Use piano to develop good habits, like patience and gritPiano is one of those instruments that can’t be learned in a 3 hour sitting, if anything, a 3 hour sitting of piano is too long!
  2. Learn consistency of practice and training. Piano can be practiced for as little as 30 minutes/day. In piano pedagogy, more frequent, shorter intervals are actually more ideal since the brain needs time to learn new material.
  3. Learn to improvise. I recognize the importance of knowing how to read notes, but to me, an equally important skill would be learning how to improvise. Mistakes happen, and the only way is to move on. In piano, if you make a mistake, it would actually be more noticeable if you backtracked! So, we just have to keep going, and improvise.
  4. Learn to play by ear. I would love to be able to play a short tune without having a full sheet music in front of me 🙂

And that’s it, I just wanted to share my piano learning with y’all.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

 

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