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Learn How To Play Piano: Adult Learning Guide

Playing piano isn’t just for children, some adults may want to learn as well. Starting piano lessons as an adult can seem daunting – after all, since most people who learn piano start out as children it’d be more difficult to learn, right? Not necessarily; it is true that children learn things much more quickly than adults, but that won’t really stop you. There are certain things you can do to make sure you get the most of your piano playing practice as an adult. 

The keys of a piano, even though they look confusing, are easy enough to learn even though they may be hard to master. Normal notes (ie not accidentals) are played on the white keys, and the black keys play accidentals. Unless a piece calls for it, you won’t use the black keys a lot. Before you really start to learn the methods of playing, you first need to become comfortable with the piano. Learn proper posture first – you can lean slightly into the piano – and learn proper hand positioning. The best hand position is the natural one when all your muscles are relaxed. Curl your thumbs slightly inward toward the palm to make them parallel to the rest of your fingers – this will allow you to play notes with the thumb, should they be needed. 

Scales are the next thing to learn. Starting on a white key immediately before two black ones, play up the white keys with your right thumb, right index, right middle, and then repeat the next five notes in the same way, going back down in a mirror image. To transition your hand, or ‘walk’ as pianists call it, move your thumb underneath your middle finger. 
This is a simple way to play a scale with one hand. First, start without any sheet music – you don’t need it just yet. To maximise your enjoyment, try learning TV theme songs or something – if you know one note, you can generally go with trial and error to figure out the rest, as in the proper intervals. This is good practice for learning by ear.
To learn a song by ear, first try setting its first note at C. It may not be the actual note of the song, but the point for now is to learn the proper intervals. Go with trial and error, and when you learn the song, then you can look for the first note of the song and transpose the intervals accordingly. 

Later on, you’ll need to learn how to read sheet music. This is a little intimidating at first, but it quickly becomes second nature. Once you start learning sheet music, you’re well on your way to becoming more proficient in playing the piano.

The next step is learning to coordinate reading music with playing. 
Learning to play piano as an adult isn’t as hard as you may think, because it requires basic skills that anyone can pick up. All it takes is consistent practice with each day.

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