While everyone knows the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, the truth is you can teach any age dog a new trick if that trick is playing the piano! Piano playing is a great outlet and skill for people of all ages. While learning the piano seems easier at a young age, it is still never too late to start and learn something new. Here are a few tips to get you to Mozart level piano playing when you’re starting out later than you would have liked.
Make time to practice
Getting out of the gate late on piano playing makes learning the skill somewhat harder than if you started as a child as your life is full of family and work demands. The good news is consistent practicing will help you sharpen your skills dramatically. Setting aside a specific amount of time to practice each week will help you improve quickly and become more consistent. You can become proficient in playing the piano in no time if you are dedicated to your practice schedule!
Practice the basics
Learning piano basics aren’t so basic. Getting the basics down is the first step to climbing the ladder to become an excellent piano player. When you start to learn the piano it is important to practice your scales daily so that you can understand how notes and chords correlate with each other in different pieces. A concrete knowledge of piano scales will also help you read music and pick up new songs with ease.
Play music you enjoy
Playing the piano is also a great way to kick back and have some fun! Playing music you actually enjoy and look forward to playing is a great way to help improve your skills and be motivated to practice. Learning piano pieces of all genres help develop technicality and theory understanding, but learning songs you like and enjoy playing will help you become better as you will look forward to and enjoy your practice.
Make mistakes and take feedback
Failure is a part of life and so is learning to work on a skill to master it. Playing the piano is a great way to learn how to receive constructive criticism and improve without allowing it to tear you down. Developing your piano playing abilities gives you the opportunity to improve your communication skills with teachers and fellow peers. You learn to take constructive criticism graciously and how to respond well instead of reacting negatively.
Whether you are starting out or freshening up your skills, now is the perfect time to get back to the piano. Don’t get discouraged, putting in some work and enjoying yourself will help you to get to the level you are aiming for no matter what stage you are in life!