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Hello & Method for 40 year old!
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Hello everyone, I didn’t see an ‘introduce yourself’ tab, so I’ll give this a shot here.

I’ve always loved music and have always played some kind of instrument - piano as a child, saxophone in grade school band, guitar in college and ‘till today. But the piano has ALWAYS called me more than any other instrument and I’ve always felt comfortable with it. Guitar is fine, but I’ve never felt 100% like it was the instrument for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but piano always felt like home.

Ok, enough rambling. I ordered a Roland FP-30 and I’m very excited to play again. It’s been a looooong time. But I’m excited about the journey. I also have a child on the way and I want to play with her and introduce her to the piano. I’m going to take lessons, so my question is - is there a particular method of learning that is best suited to adult learners??

Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you!

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Discuss with you teacher is the best method IMHO. By the way welcome back to the piano. Guitar and I never gelled. How many years did you take piano as a youth?


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Thanks, I’m really excited. Fingerstyle guitar feels way more comfortable than using a pick to me also. I took lessons for a few years. I can read music, but need some brushing up. And I can improvise a little using major scales I’ve learned from guitar and applying those to the piano. But I need to go back to the beginning most likely. But that’s fine, never too late.

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Welcome CajunJ & Congrats on Your new piano!

There are a number of Adult Beginner Method books out there. Alfred’s All-in-One for Adults,.... Piano Adventures for Adults All-in-One. The latter has videos posted on YouTube by the publishers. The former has videos as well, but not by the publisher.

There are also a number of online apps that can used with a digital piano. Piano Marvel, Playground Session, Simply Piano & Flow Key are some

There is also Piano Career Academy. It’s an online course that I just signed up for. I’m also taking lessons, but joined PCA for additional instruction & insight

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Thanks! Nothing would make me happier! Haha

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Finding a good teacher is about the best first step you can take. Let him or her develop a method for you to advance. Good luck.

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Thanks Rich and Lucu. So these methods I hear about - Suzuki, Russian, etc. - these are best suggested by the teacher?

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Wait until you have a teacher to help you make this decision.


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Do some thinking about what you want to be able to play.
Discuss your goals with potential teachers (even if your goals are vague!)
Find a teacher who is compatible and competent to teach you what you want to learn.
Do what the teacher tells you.
Have fun.


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Thanks, folks. Looking forward to finding a quality teacher.

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Hello,

Finding a teacher is of course the first step. But it's not an easy step :-)
It really depends on the kind of music you want to play. The most forward way would be to start with a "classical" approach, perfect to read the notes and to build a left and right technique at the piano. Nothing wrong with that, and you will be busy for a couple of years. Then, if the classical repertoire is what you are looking for, you can continue for years, there is no end to it.

Now, if you are more looking towards pop or jazz, it's a complete different story, and there are not so many teachers around to take that road. But it's a very intersting road also :-)

However, the most important aspect probably in the learning process, is playing regularly, everyday if possible. And in my opinion, a good teacher is someone who will give you the motivation to continue always further.

It's a great journey for sure!

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Thank you! That answers questions I had. Good to know that it’s ok to start out with classical and then transition to jazz/pop. I’m really excited to start. Currently in the teacher funding process. I’m planning to call my local piano store to ask them who they recommend for an adult beginner.

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A lot of people recommended finding a good teacher. Depending on the location you're in, it may not be easy to find anybody meeting face to face. At the moment even my piano teacher who teaches at a local conservatory has to connect with her students with Zoom on a home computer.

I'm an adult learner and have been attending group classes at a local conservatory with 6 people in a class. Since the lockdown, everybody is practicing at home and connecting with Zoom. I enjoy the social aspect of being in a group although you don't get the individual attention of having a 1-on-1 instructor. I would visit relatives out of town during the summer so I can't commit myself to music lessons that are ongoing. Getting enrolled in group classes for the Fall & Spring sessions fit my schedule. The level of playing is intermediate and we do play a lot of Classical & Jazz pieces arranged for easy piano.

Suzuki music is mainly for young children although adults are welcomed. Their philosophy is for people to start their music education at a young age like learning your mother-tongue. I tend to feel the Suzuki approach overrated when it comes to teaching methods. A friend of the family got her kids into Suzuki piano & violin. They played very well and both were comfortable playing in front of other people. Suzuki teachers would organize year-end recitals to showcase the kids' in front of the parents so students get their chance to perform early on.

Good luck...

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Also, you should keep posting here!


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Thanks, malkin. Looking forward to making some piano friends.

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@CajunJ I see you are from NC. Stay safe and please wear a mask when venturing out.
Hope to have you around for years to come.

Peace.


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Thanks, EPW. I am. NC mountains. Staying safe.


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