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I am 74 and decided to learn piano. Can anyone recommend any good online courses for beginners?

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What kind of music are you interested in learning? Do you have a background with other instruments?

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Hi mwsheeler, welcome to Piano World, and congratulations with your decision to learn to play the piano!

The best online course for beginners you can take is the one at Piano Career Academy. The lessons are of a very high quality, and you can make a recording of your playing and submit it every week, and you will get feedback, so you know that you are on the right track. There is a lot of emphasis on technique - that is, you will learn not just to play the right notes at the right time, but also how to play beautifully and expressively! The course builds up very gradually, you learn one step at the time.

I was a student there for almost four years, and I will be forever grateful for the way that they taught me to play the piano.


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If you’re very much focused on classical piano, a lot of people, like Animisha, have wonderful things to say about Piano Career Academy. If you want a more general introduction to piano (that also builds in some pop and jazz concepts), I would recommend the Beginner Piano class with Zachary Deak (https://artistworks.com/beginner-piano-lessons). He is a classical pianist but does build the curriculum more broadly. I beta tested the course, and it seemed very well constructed. The video exchanges in both these options are really important, as feedback is invaluable, especially at the early stages of learning. I know Artistworks has periodic promotions where you can get the 1 year/unlimited video exchanges for a substantial discount.

Good luck. My biggest advice is to find something that does provide individualized feedback from a teacher.

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3rd vote for piano career academy - also piano.tv with allysia - both are excellent.


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Since you don't have a whole lot of time left, I'd recommend the Piano Dojo course. it's one of the few that doesn't go overboard on technique, but makes technique happen. good luck.

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Since you may have perhaps 30 or more years of playing ahead of you, it might be worth taking as much time as you like and enjoying every minute.

I’m just about to start to use LiberyParkMusic which is online and starts free for 30 days then $15 per month with no ongoing contract. Flowkey (online app) is also free at entry level.

A teacher with experience in teaching adult beginners also seems to me to be a good plan!

I’ve been playing piano for 1 month (nearly) and as I’m a youthful 60ish I may have 50 years playing to look forward to!

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Hi KeithElliott! Can you submit recordings of your playing, and do you get feedback? Because I think that especially when you are a beginner, getting feedback on your playing is crucial, so you don't get bad habits that get ingrained.


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Mwsheeler, are you still around? Have you decided on a course yet? How is it going? smile


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Hi Animisha,

With LibertyParkMusic I believe you can submit recordings for comments. I haven’t used this facility yet.

They seem to offer a free trial for 30days then menu pricing from $15 per month up to $99 per month. I understand that at the $99/mth level you get 2 video call reviews per month with teachers. Their website is worth a look.

I should add that I have no personal connection with LibertyParkMusic apart from liking them and having received good advice from them.

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Thank you KeithElliot!


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I use Pianote. Their short, focused videos match my (short and getting shorter) attention span and I get something out of every video. Their app does not tie into a MIDI interface, which is kind of odd for an app, but I find I do not miss it with them. I also use Skoove, which does tie to MIDI. I'm rapidly approaching 70 and unlike some of you folks who apparently are planning to live well past 100, I'd be extremely happy to get another 20 years on this planet in reasonably good health. smile

I have no illusions about how good I may get but I'm doing this because I want to, not because I have to. It's really fun when I get stuck on a note visually and somehow my fingers remember where to go by themselves. That always brings a smile to my face. It's been a long time since I actually learned something completely new, not related to anything I ever did before, and it's great to know I still can.

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A bit late to the convo here, mwsheeler, but if you decide to try Pianote, I recommend you dip your toe before jumping in with both feet and buying an annual or lifetime sub. Pianote is interesting and, at a beginner level, useful but the community can be a bit much. Some of the instructors are pretty level-headed and some of them teach with this Romper Room on amphetamine approach. With some of the instructors, everything is "awesome" and "magical" and "amazing" and "unbelievable" and the over-the-top amped up giddiness goes beyond puerile and can get in the way of the actual piano instruction. On the forum boards, every single post gets responded to by one or more mods with how awesome and insightful the original post was. After a while it starts to feel like this is how L. Ron or Rajneesh might've conducted mass piano instruction.

Pianote's not without its merits, but you may want to have a syringe of insulin on hand when you give it a go.

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also seconding PCA. this will set your foundation great with really loose relaxed hands


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I will recommend Key Notes. It is a bit expensive but the content is of very high quality.
It easy competes with the best of PCA in terms of useful tips and explanations.
https://www.key-notes.com/key-notes-membership

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does Key Notes have some type of video exchange with the teacher? having the teacher review your actual playing and provide comments/feedback is pretty critical imo


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Originally Posted by JosephW
does Key Notes have some type of video exchange with the teacher? having the teacher review your actual playing and provide comments/feedback is pretty critical imo

I dont think so. Never saw that option when I was a member.


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