1. Fei Cai

    I very much agree that one should not force himself into playing piano, the more important is to cultivate a habit to play it everyday but with less hours. I learnt 1 year piano when I was 5 (because my Asian parents forced me to LOL) and man! I hated it! …. however when I was in high-school I heard my neighbour played a song with her piano and that’s when I truly fell in love with it decided to continue with it… I believe interest is the best teacher, and anyone can start at any age, just ENJOY!

    • Hi Fei, thank you for sharing your story with us! Interest and motivation is indeed very crucial for any hobby. Especially difficult ones like playing the piano.

  2. Hi Wei, Thanks for the good advice. Having a clear understanding of the reasons why we want to learn will help motivate us on our learning journey. And yes, the same things apply to anything we want to achieve in our lives. Thanks for the reminder.
    Kind regards

  3. I always seem to have had trouble once things went from beginner to intermediate. For piano it was when two hands were needed. The song I realized this on was Color My World. A beautiful song and just as whimsical with only the piano playing. Unless it was me doing it. Couldn’t figure out finger placement or how to move around the piano. That is where an instructor comes in handy!!! Didn’t have the time or the commitment though. One day I’ll commit though. I’d like to add that I don’t believe in being too old to learn. I find I’m learning things faster than I ever did when I was a kid. You just need the desire to learn it.

    • Hi Bruce, excellent point you make. It’s never too old to learn.

      Putting two hands together was a pain for me as well, my fingers just don’t follow their orders. It’s like there’s some sort of connection issue between my fingers and my brain. But, it does get easier and it gets easier fast if you persist.

  4. You made a good point here, Wei. Everything we learn expands our life experience – and sometimes even more. The saddest thing for me is that a lot of people stop learning the day the graduate or complete their vocational training. If you watch children they permanently learn new things, because they are interested and love to do for themselves, what appears appealing to them.

    • Hi Felix, I guess for adults, learning new things are risky.

      Babies don’t care if they fail, there’s no one around to judge them. More importantly, they don’t judge themselves.

      We adults can’t help but think about all the time and effort might be wasted if we fail and the impact on our ego.

  5. Hi Wei, I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano in some fashion. I just don’t know where to start. I know it takes time and discipline but it’s something that is a dream of mine and at 66 I’m ready.
    Is it that hard to learn? I know it takes quite a while to learn. Thanks!

    • Hi Rob, if you are ready and you are motivated enough, it’s not that hard. As an adult learner, what you often find is that your fingers are the one that struggle the most.

      How to learn also plays a significant part. I’ll write about that in latter articles. Basically you don’t want to overwhelm and bore yourself with all those technical exercises. Mix it up and keep yourself motivated is the key.

      Do come back and check future articles about learning the piano. I hope they’ll be helpful to you. Thank you for being here!

  6. Amy

    This is a really interesting post. I’d absolutely love to be able to play a musical instrument but have always been a bit afraid of piano as it looks so complicated! Do you think it’s worth trying to learn on a keyboard first before investing in a piano? Are the skills transferable?

    • Hi Amy, thanks for leaving a comment here. I know exactly what you mean. I had the same fear and doubts before I started.

      One thing I want to point out is that piano is actually easier than many other instruments. A key is a key, there’s no guess work. Imagine on a voilin, it takes experience to know where to hold the strings for a certain note.

      As for keyboard, absolutely you can start on a digital piano. Do make sure you get one with 88 keys and they’re weighted and graded. I myself started on a Yamaha P45, which is very cheap for a digital piano. You can check my review of it here.

      Also, I plan to write a buyer guide for digital piano as well as an article to explain all the marketing terms and technical aspects of the digital piano industry. Come back and check them out if you are interested.

  7. Hi.
    Thank you for a very good and thought provoking post.
    I play guitar, and I can recognise a lot of what you are writing about here. I started earlier, so I didn’t have any structure to it, when I started out! But as I have become an adult, and now have a family, it is exactly as you write, it has become increasingly important to have some structure to my practice.

    I have reacquainted a love for drawing as an adult, and I have a lot of the same challenges with this endeavour as well… 😉

    Thank you again for a great article!

    Best wishes,

    • Hi Michael, thank you so much for being here. I’m really happy to hear that you resonate with this article. I wrote this solely based on my experience and what I struggled with. Glad to know I’m not alone. I wish you all the best and tone of fun with your drawing journey!

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