How long does it take to learn the piano?


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nicole newland answered

I took lessons for about 5 years while I was growing up, and for that period of time I could definitely say I knew what I was doing. Now that I haven't had exposure to a piano in at least 4 years I no longer can claim that. I still remember how to read music, which in turn allows me to 'play', but it's definitely not as natural. It's like anything; without constant practice or attention to the skill it kind of disintegrates. Now when I play I need to have music in front of me so that I may read, and even then the notes seemed labored and sluggish.

If you want to learn, the biggest hurdle is reading the music, but if you stick to it, learning to play past that point should be a breeze!

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Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
What caused you to stop playing so regularly?

I have the same problem with guitar but, since guitar tabs are fairly easy to read, I find the biggest problem to be positioning my fingers quickly and correctly - I think it's agility that I lack the most.
Melinda Moore
Melinda Moore commented
I too played the piano when I was younger, but - having not had one in the house for years - I now play really badly, though I can still read music. I wish I'd never stopped, as I used to really enjoy it - though my parents didn't, when I was learning, anyway!
Freya  Lewis
Freya Lewis commented
Is is too hard to learn piano? I wanted to learn piano and I haven't tried to play it once in life. Please advise me some tips about the piano playing.
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Lily Bradic answered

I think that depends on many things, really - your age and enthusiasm being particularly important!

They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice for you to become good at something - be that dancing, playing an instrument, writing or drawing.

I'm sure it wouldn't take you that long to learn to play fluently, but it might take that long to master the instrument completely!

Like any skill, practise makes perfect, so the more time and effort you put in, the better you'll get. If you're enthusiastic, you'll probably learn a lot quicker, too.

Young children tend to learn a lot faster than adults, so if you begin at an early age, you'll probably find it much easier when you get older. This is why people often get their children enrolled in swimming classes and language lessons when they're young!

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