Why learn piano online?
Learning piano online is ideal because you can learn the piano on your own terms, you can take the lessons in smaller bite size amounts. This way you are less likely to get overwhelmed.
When you learn piano online, you allow yourself to focus on the things that interest you the most. Where a traditional teacher may want to focus on the theory of music, scales and arpeggios. That you may have no interest in.
Have a look at this free piano lesson, it will give you an idea of what to expect:
Am I too old to learn Piano?
I genuinely think there is no right or correct age to learn the piano. Now with everything being available on demand, it’s never been easier to learn the piano online.
The sample lesson you just saw came from pianoforall, a fantastic resource that is designed for absolute beginners. It’s a one off payment, no subscriptions, no hidden fees.
Here’s a testimonial:
I ESPECIALLY LIKE THE BITE SIZE LESSONS THAT DOESN’T OVERWHELM THE STUDENT (63 YEARS OLD).
Bryan Collinsworth, Florida, U.S.A.
I don’t think anyone would say that you are too old to sing or hum along with your favourite songs. The same can be true for piano.
As a hobby, the piano is a fantastic way to keep your mind alert and agile, while also keeping your manual dexterity up to scratch. It will help to keep the muscles in your hands active.
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what a group of experts have to say about it: https://takelessons.com/blog/am-i-too-old-to-learn-piano-z06
Should I get a Piano or a keyboard?
This is a question that comes up a lot. So much actually that I’ve written another article about it: Is learning piano and keyboard the same?
But essentially what this comes down to is what works best for you.
|Size||88 keys, large. Will need to have most of a single room to dedicate to the piano.||Can come in a range of sizes and number of keys. So can be much more portable than an acoustic piano.|
|Cost||Generally more expensive, can but a used piano.||Generally less expensive. However depending on the make and model you buy and how much technology is available, could be coming close to that of an acoustic piano.|
|Noise||You can’t turn a piano down – If you live in a small apartment with neighbours close by this could be an issue.||Can turn the volume down, but most also come with a headphone jack that you can plug into and have your own private practice.|
|Maintenance.||An acoustic piano needs to be tuned. They often have wooden frames or components which needs to be considered also.||Entirely electric. Will not go out of tune.|
One thing I have left out of this table is the key action. This is an important factor. Acoustic pianos feel and play different to a keyboard. It is because of the actual hammer hitting a string inside of a piano. You won’t get this feeling on a keyboard.
Some newer keyboards will have improved key action and try to replicate this. Admittedly some are very good, but it’s not perfect.
So is this a big issue? Well it depends. Are you planning on training to become a classical pianist? If not, then it probably won’t make much of a difference to you. What you may notice is that if you start to learn on a acoustic piano and then move to a keyboard, you will understand this concept much more!
For the purposes of learning piano online, a keyboard in my view would be more than sufficient.
Some Hints When Learning the Piano As an Adult
- If you plan on getting a piano teacher, make sure you find someone who has experience of teaching adults/older people how to play.
- If private lessons wouldn’t be for you, you can easily follow free online lessons to help improve your skills.
- Regular practice is important. However, this should not be marathon sessions every day. Shorter daily lessons, whenever you can fit them in supplemented by longer lessons when possible is a better approach.
- Take your time. Don’t rush it. Enjoy it.
- Make your time at the piano fun and enjoyable. Learn the songs that you want to learn.
- If you are planning to learn piano online then remember you are both the student and the teacher. Keep the lessons interesting and fun.
The most important point from this list is again I cannot stress how important regular practice is. When I started out, I would sit down at the piano for maybe 15 minutes. Work out what I wanted to work at. Leave the piano and then when I have 5 or 10 minutes I would come back and do a little bit of work at it. I still use this technique to this day. Now I have a lot more stamina and could sit at the piano for hours and not realise the time go by but I will still do very short sessions also.
It is 100% never too late to start piano. I don’t think I have much left to say in this summary. If you want to learn piano, go and do it. You won’t regret it.