5 Tips for Adult Beginners at the Piano

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap of taking up piano lessons again after so many years of not playing. Or perhaps you’ve never taken lessons before and now it’s actually happening. Whatever the case, you find yourself at the beginning of your journey at the piano; it’s incredibly exciting and daunting at the same time. You’ve already found a supportive piano teacher to set you off on the right foot…err..hand. Now here are some positive tips you can use to help yourself:

1. Realize that learning to play the piano is a process.

You may not master the basics in one day, one week, one month, or even one year! As the old cliché goes: “Travel is about the journey not the destination.” Enjoy the process of practicing the piano and going to your lessons and worry less about where your new-found skills will take you. If you keep at it, it’s guaranteed that one day you will sit at the piano bench and realize that you are no longer a complete novice and that in fact, you have improved a great deal.

2. Be patient with yourself.

Every beginner goes through those moments when their fingers don’t seem to want to cooperate with their brain: You want to go up the piano, but your fingers go down. You want the fingers to stay down, but they keep flying up. You read an “A” but your fingers play “B”. That’s OK! Don’t get frustrated. It takes time for your body to get used to playing the piano. Give yourself some time and space. Keep at it and soon things will go the way you want it.

3. Believe you can do it!

With all the challenges of a beginner piano student, it’s easy to fall into the train of thought that you’re a complete dummy or are slower than normal. This is simply not true. You can and will overcome the difficulties. One day, those difficulties will become easy.

4. Don’t feel guilty for not getting as much practicing in as you could.

It is what it is. You do what you can and go at your own pace. An understanding piano teacher will not fault you for that and neither should you. Consistency is what makes progress; even if your practice sessions aren’t consistent, make your lessons a constant Even if you didn’t practice, keep going to your piano lessons. There are always things to work on with your piano teacher even if you have not practiced. and that will be enough to keep you going.

5. Remember why you wanted to take the piano in the first place: because you love music.

At this stage in life you are taking lessons because you want to. You probably already listen to lots of different kinds of music. You may enjoy reading about musicians, the history of music, or other music related articles. You may already be attending concerts on a regular basis. These are things that will enrich, inspire and motivate you to keep going at the piano.