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I took lessons as a child and teen but didn't get very far. When back at the childhood home I bang away at the long-untuned piano, mostly my own compositions. My ability to read music never progressed greatly. I've been wanting to get back to really learning how to play, also with an eye to introducing my child to the piano. I want to avoid bad habits and feel that I must, in the words of Yoda, unlearn what I have learned. I've watched some youtube videos on basic music theory which have been eye-opening though putting it into practice is the real challenge. What guidance would you give on both mindset, resources, and practical approaches?

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The first advice would be to get a teacher. But what do you want to play ? Classical, jazz, blues, rock or pop song ?

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+1. Get a teacher, firstly to correct the old habits that immediately will pop up the moment you start playing again. The learning to read take a long breath, especially if you want to read fast. I'm talking years. Have patience and a good teacher to keep you motivated

Most important, aim to have fun, not to learn reading or some other theoretical goal


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Originally Posted by LongTimeNoSee
I took lessons as a child and teen but didn't get very far.

I want to avoid bad habits and feel that I must, in the words of Yoda, unlearn what I have learned.
If you want to avoid bad technical habits as a student pianist, there is only one solution - get a good teacher.

I've never yet met a pianist who was entirely self-taught who didn't have bad habits. For most of them, that didn't hinder them because they only played simple pop & jazz stuff like melody RH and chords LH. So, why fix what isn't broken for them?

In your case, you've had lessons as a child, so it all depends on how far you progressed with them. My experience is that those who've had several years of decent lessons (and done decent practicing) have a good enough grounding of technical skills which they never forget in adulthood, and can pick up again with no trouble, and then continue where they left off, even without a teacher - as long as they don't overreach and cause themselves injuries or tension problems.

As for music theory etc, you don't need a teacher for them - develop your aural skills and learn from books and YT videos. I've written at length before about how you can practice ear training simply from listening to music (any music) assuming that you already know the basics.


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Well, if you want to do this, you are going to do it everyday for a long period of time. The best teacher isn't going to help you when you just stop playing in a few months.

So the best advice probably is: Find something that will make you want to play everyday. Find the music you like, find a way of learning you like. I'm assuming you want to play for fun, not as a career. So sticking with it will be the greates challenge you will face.


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