When you heard a pianist play the piano for the first time, or watched someone play your favorite song on the piano, you may have asked yourself, “Can anyone learn to play the piano?”. The answer to that very question is yes. Even better, anyone can learn to play piano quickly, whether they are children, adults, or elderly.
You may wonder, “Is it possible to teach yourself piano?” It is never too late to learn the piano. In fact, there are many benefits to learning how to play the piano, especially for adults and elderly.
Benefits to learning the piano
There are many benefits to learning the piano. Surprisingly, many of these benefits aren’t music related. Some of the benefits include:
- Sharpening your fine motor skills. Piano teaches you how to use both of your hands in precise movements (playing the piano keys).
- Physical health benefits. The piano has been medically proven to help improve physical health in adults by causing an increase in the Human Growth Hormone. This is an important hormone that helps prevent your brain from aging too fast. It also contributes to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
- Mental health benefits. Learning the piano boosts your cognitive ability and aids in soothing anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses.
- Learning piano can help make you the life of the party when entertaining guests as great skill to show off to your friends and family. There is nothing like showing off that cool song you’ve learned on the piano to those you love.
- Learning piano is great for a hobby.
- Learn a new skill. Piano teaches you to discern a variety of sounds and tones. This is a great skill to have when you listen to music since it will aid you in learning more songs as you progress.
- Learning piano helps you appreciate music more. Besides learning a new song, you can now appreciate the intricacies of even simple tunes and songs that you love.
- Learning piano teaches you proper body posture. 80% of the world’s population has poor body posture. Poor posture is known to contribute to poor health. Well, when you play the piano you have to learn proper body posture, another check on the list of health benefits.
The advantages adults have to learn the piano
Learning piano later in life, as an adult, comes with some advantages. Some of these advantages are:
- Adults tend to have more developed attention spans than children. As we get older we are able to pay attention to details and various stimuli without getting distracted as easily as when we were children.
- Adults are more emotionally developed. Music is a great way to creatively express the various emotions that we feel. Adults tend to have better control over their emotional responses thus are more likely to use those emotions creatively.
- Adults have developed hands and fingers whereas children are still growing. Pianos are structured more towards adult hand than children’s hands.
- Adults are able to read and learn complex concepts easier.
- Adults are more developed in their logical and critical thinking skills.
- Adults want to learn the piano by choice. Children are often forced to take piano and lose interest in learning the piano quickly. Adults, on the other hand, are more invested in learning the piano and tend to be more active about learning.
This all goes to show you that anyone can learn how to play the piano no matter what age you are.
Challenges you may face when learning how to play the piano
Despite all the good things that the piano offers you, you may face some challenges.
Some challenges adults may face when learning the piano are:
- A slower time in learning something new. As we age our capacity to learn new things can slow down. But we can still learn, it just takes a little longer.
- Having any past injuries or medical problems may hinder playing the piano (arthritis in the hands as an example).
- Limited time to learn and practice. If you are able to provide time, scheduling around your learning, then do so. For those who are a little more pressed for time, spending at least thirty minutes a day practicing is better than nothing.
- Limited space or facilities to learn and or practice. Piano keyboards tend to be a great solution since they can be easily put away and take up far less space than a standard grand piano. Another benefit to a piano keyboard is they offer a wider selection of sounds; such as playing different instrument sounds like the violin and sound recording options.
There may be more challenges than what is listed but don’t let those challenges discourage you. Everything takes time to learn and practice. After all, anyone can learn to play the piano… if they set their mind to it.
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