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Do You Think It Is Still Worth To Learn Piano At The Age Of 19

Is it too late to learn the piano at age 20?

No, of course not. A friend of mine started playing (for the first time ever) in college, and now at 25 he's playing Rachmaninoff suites for two pianos. Another friend didn't start until his senior year of high school, he couldn't do anything more than "The Saints are Marching In" when he came in to college, and yet he graduated last year as a music major playing Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu.

It all depends on how much (and esp. how WELL) you practice. If you want to be playing standard Chopin pieces, for example, within three years, you'll probably need to train a least two hours a day. If you just want to learn for fun, at whatever rate, I would just do 1/2-1 hour a day. You could still be pretty good within a few years. You shouldn't be put off by the fact that most of us started early, because usually a lot of those years were somewhat wasted and inefficient. The advantage you have at 20 is that you can be much more focused and patient than a nine year old, and if you work hard you will move very fast.

You *will* need a teacher, don't delude yourself into thinking you can teach yourself; but this doesn't necessarily mean weekly lessons. I would make sure to get a good teacher (not the little lady from church we all had as kids), and then even if it's more expensive you can avoid all the bad habits we had to break later on. (A lot of our time was spent unlearning what we learned :) And don't do what kids do and always play the piece beginning to end, fluffing over the parts you have trouble with. Be diligent and drill the hard parts, then you will make so much progress :)

Is it too late to learn piano at the age of 20?

No, of course not. A friend of mine started playing (for the first time ever) in college, and now at 25 he's playing Rachmaninoff suites for two pianos. Another friend didn't start until his senior year of high school, he couldn't do anything more than "The Saints are Marching In" when he came in to college, and yet he graduated last year as a music major playing Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu. It all depends on how much (and esp. how WELL) you practice. If you want to be playing standard Chopin pieces, for example, within three years, you'll probably need to train a least two hours a day. If you just want to learn for fun, at whatever rate, I would just do 1/2-1 hour a day. You could still be pretty good within a few years. You shouldn't be put off by the fact that most of us started early, because usually a lot of those years were somewhat wasted and inefficient. The advantage you have at 20 is that you can be much more focused and patient than a nine year old, and if you work hard you will move very fast. You *will* need a teacher, don't delude yourself into thinking you can teach yourself; but this doesn't necessarily mean weekly lessons. I would make sure to get a good teacher (not the little lady from church we all had as kids), and then even if it's more expensive you can avoid all the bad habits we had to break later on. (A lot of our time was spent unlearning what we learned :) And don't do what kids do and always play the piece beginning to end, fluffing over the parts you have trouble with. Be diligent and drill the hard parts, then you will make so much progress :)

Do you think its important for a child to learn to play a musical instrument?

It's only important if they REALLY want to do it. Some children go through fads where they want to play the piano, and the next day violin etc, but if they are persistent, they should be allowed to take lessons to stimulate their interest. 8/10 times it turns out great because they become talented and they are having some left-side-of-brain stimulation. It's a valuable gift which, if they persist with, will be with them forever.

However, if it is the parent wanting the child to have lessons, then the child shouldn't learn the instrument. That's bad - it's a waste of money , of the teacher and child's time.

I give piano lessons, and when someone rings asking for me to teach their child, the first thing I ask is whether it is the child who wants lessons, or the adult that wants the child to have lessons. I refuse if it's the second option.

Is it too late to start playing piano at the age of 16?

I've been working with the course for about a week now, and it's incredible. Just the practice aids and the different scales and memory techniques in Book 9 are worth the price of the course, alone! There are two things that make this course stand out. First, all the video and audio files are embedded in the lesson. I have yet to find another piano course that makes it this easy. It's so nice not to have three files going at the same time!

The second thing is that you actually get to play in each lesson! And the songs are not "Mary had a Little Lamb" types! From the Beatles to Bethoven, it's all there. I have several piano courses that I have ordered over the internet. This is the one I use because it makes learning fun! I'm amazed! Once you get the rhythms down, you really can sound like a pro! Great fun! Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable price. Anyone who doesn't grab this up is going to go the long way home! Joy!

Now ANYONE Can Learn Piano or Keyboard?

I'm a 20 year old singer. Is it too late to learn piano at this age?

I've been working with the course for about a week now, and it's incredible. Just the practice aids and the different scales and memory techniques in Book 9 are worth the price of the course, alone! There are two things that make this course stand out. First, all the video and audio files are embedded in the lesson. I have yet to find another piano course that makes it this easy. It's so nice not to have three files going at the same time!

The second thing is that you actually get to play in each lesson! And the songs are not "Mary had a Little Lamb" types! From the Beatles to Bethoven, it's all there. I have several piano courses that I have ordered over the internet. This is the one I use because it makes learning fun! I'm amazed! Once you get the rhythms down, you really can sound like a pro! Great fun! Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable price. Anyone who doesn't grab this up is going to go the long way home! Joy!

Now ANYONE Can Learn Piano or Keyboard?

Do you think it's important for children to learn a musical instrument?

Yes. Music is an artistic form of math (we had a whole chapter on it in Calculus class), plus, it helps with a number of other subjects. It also acts as an emotional outlet so if the child is having problems with one area of their lives, it helps them to handle it. Music as an activity in which you use a higher percentage of your brain than any other one, but I can't remember the exact percentage. I think that an instrument has more benefits than singing because you're forced to read the music and learn music theory. In my college music theory classes, the instrumentalists had a much easier time than the voice majors because they have to use theory every day. Don't start them too early, they should be able to read first, or they won't have the concentration level needed to learn an instrument. If you're thinking about a wind instrument, kids don't have the lung capacity to play one of those until about 9-11 years old (3rd or 4th grade), and that's pushing it. 5th or 6th grade is better. As for forcing the child to learn piano or other instrument, you're the adult. They do as you say. I would do a minimum of two years because that's the point where you start getting past the basics and into the fun stuff. If they still hate it once they start playing the "real" music, then let them drop it.

Should I take piano lessons at thirteen years old?

Do it! It's never too late to start piano, I teach and I have adult students who are just beginning. Sure it's weird when I'm younger than them, but it's really nothing to be embarrassed about. They're just willing to learn and piano really has nothing to do with age. People who start at 5 have no advantage over people who start at 10. I started at 10 and I advanced a lot quicker than the 5,6,7 year olds because I knew what I was doing. Now I'm 17 and am waay past the people who started younger than me.

For difficulty, I did the RCM and only went for level 7 and up.

Level 1-4 was extremely easy for me. Took me maybe a year, but I never took the exams for any.
4-7 was harder, but nothing too extreme.
7: moderately hard, I actually took the exam for this one and had to memorize and all that. Passed with distinction. Wasn't too difficult, wasn't a piece of cake either. (I was 14 when I finished grade 7)
8: this was when it got a lot harder. A LOT harder. A lot of aspects were just thrown into the exam and the difficulty of the peices skyrocketed. I hated this level so much. Passed with high honors. Finished the exam in one year.
9:similar to grade 8, not too much of a drastic change, difficulty went up some, nothing like the jump between 7 and 8. Finished this in half a year because I took it with grade 8. Distinction.
10: oh lord. Another jump. The pieces got drastically longer and the difficult leaped. This is an extremely hard level. Like so so so so so hard. I wouldn't reccomend taking it unless you want to go for an ARCT diploma. Took me a year and a half to prep. So hard. It was like the jump from grade 9 to grade 10. Junior to high school. Extremely difficult.
ARCT: I hate ARCT. The pieces are impossible to play. My shortest is 10 pages. I'm still prepping for the test right now. The amount of stuff I have to know is incredible. It is so hard. So hard. Ugh.

Of course there's the theory components, which I found harder than the practical -_-

Most people won't advance to ARCT in 7 years, it's different for everyone. So don't judge your own advancement by comparing to other people, it's entirely up to the amount of work you put in. I have this one student who's about your age and he's taking grade 4 after just starting 2 years ago...oh talent. Then there's Alison who is ARCT and is a year youger than me. So really it's just all up to you :)

good luck~

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