I do believe anyone asking ‘Am I too old to learn the piano’ knows the answer already. You know that you can never be too old. What you are actually asking is if it’s a worthwhile investment of your time, energy and money to start this piano journey. This is a very common concern and I would like to provide some insights and thought exercises to clarify the pros and cons of learning the piano. In the end, the decision is yours and I hope you can make a well-informed one.
Learning to play the piano is a long journey and it’s not easy. It’s actually a huge commitment, especially for an adult. There will be moments that you just want to quit. And when that moment comes, you as an adult can find a million excuses. Thus, before you spend your money on a piano and lessons, go through this article and find out if you should even start.
Being an adult, you should have learned that for many things in life, the ‘WHY‘ is the most important question to figure out. Learning piano is no different. Why do you want to learn to play the piano? What do you want to achieve and how long are you willing to work for it?
You need to dig deep into your thoughts and do some self-reflection. I can not do that for you but I can give you some ideas.
I started learning piano at age 34. At the time, I couldn’t play any musical instrument at all and I felt like I was missing out on life. To live life to its fullest, how could I not play at least one musical instrument. I wasn’t aiming for the best pianist in human history nor to perform at a concert. I didn’t care to impress my friends or family. Learning piano is about expanding my life experience and I do this for myself and for myself only.
Having a clear understanding of your purpose is a very power tool to keep you inspired and motivated during the long and sometimes hard journey of learning the piano.
You can do a lot with a piano. You can play classic, jazz, pop, or sing along with it. Before you start learning piano, you need to find one genre that interests you the most and focus on that. Each of these genres requires very different skills and playing styles. You will be overwhelmed and confused if you try to learn them all in the beginning.
While choosing the genre you want to focus on in the beginning, it’s important to know how accomplished you would feel when you can play some pieces in that genre. One way you can do is to listen to some pieces that you like in that genre and imagine you are the one who’s playing. I often move my figures just to reinforce that illusion. In the end of the music, pay attention to what you feel. This is important because when you do take the time and effort to learn a piece, you want to feel happy, content and accomplished. Otherwise, you won’t be motivated enough to keep learning and practicing.
Being an adult means responsibilities. You probably have a job, family and friends that takes a lot of your time each day. You are probably thinking that you can only practice piano during the weekends. Well, that just won’t work.
Learning piano requires daily practice. So before you start, design a way to incorporate piano practice into your daily routine. Just as an example, I practice every day after diner. Like developing a new habit, it gets easier and easier.
One more thing about daily practice, it doesn’t have to be a fixed amount of time. You can set your own rules here. Practice for as long as you feel like with a minimum requirement, for example 10 minutes. This makes it easy to practice daily because even if you are having a bad day, you can always sit down for 10 minutes. It won’t feel like a big task you have to perform every day.
Peace of mind
Let’s be honest here. Learning how to play the piano is complicated and frustrating. Sometimes you just want to smash the keys and quit. It would get much harder if your life is already chaotic and you always have a million things to do or if you are constantly under huge pressure.
So before you start, take a hard look at your life and ask yourself if you are ready to learn the piano. Analyze your daily routine and your mental state. When in doubt, start with reading a book. Test if you can spend 10 minutes a day in peace to read a book.
It’s no surprising that learn piano is hard, especially for adult beginners. Many would quit along the way. To succeed, you need to be well-prepared before you even start. Otherwise that expensive piano you buy will only be a pretty decoration for your living room. I share some of my thoughts and experience with you in this article and I hope that’s helpful.
Leave a comment and share with me you thoughts and experiences of your journey with this amazing instrument!