One of the most popular instruments to learn how to play is the piano. If you are reading this, you may have even started to take some piano lessons yourself. Cheers to You. You have begun a great and satisfying journey. As a piano instructor, one of the first questions I hear from my students is how long will it take for me to become a great pianist. This answer varies from student to student, but I will try to answer this question the best way I can.
How Long it Takes to Master the Piano
Learning to play the piano can take up a good portion of your time. A student who is truly looking to become an expert pianist will practice up to six to eight hours a day. They will also take lessons, which can take up two to three hours a day. It takes at least 10,000 hours to become an expert on anything, according to Malcolm Gladwell. If you want to become a piano expert within 20 years, that means you will need to practice for 90 minutes every day. Most of my students only practice an average of 30 minutes per day, which means it will take them 60 years to become a very skilled piano player.
If you were to ask a pianist who competes in musical shows, they would tell you the number of hours is even higher to become an expert. The winners will tell you that it takes at least 25,000 hours to become a greatly skilled pianist. They also say other variables such as your age and who critics your performance, play a big factor into how fast you become an expert.
Average Time Line Learning the Piano
Here a list of how long each step takes when learning to play the piano.
- Learning one piece can take a few weeks.
- Reading a Basic Sheet of Piano Music: half a year to 3 years.
- Reading Intermediate Sheets: 3 to 10 years
- Performing Advanced Classical: 10 to 15 years
These are just some averages that I have seen and researched when it comes to learning to master the piano.
Learning to play the piano is a very fun and rewarding experience. Each student will be different when it comes to mastering the piano, mostly due to the time and effort they put into practice. All it takes is time and dedication to become greatly skilled in playing the piano.
3 Ways You Can Learn To Play The Piano In 2018
Is learning how to play piano one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2018?
Learning how to play an instrument is a common resolution, and learning to play the piano is a popular choice. If you’re looking for some suggestions on how you can learn to play the piano in 2018, keep reading below for three.
Learning to play the piano is usually something that occurs during childhood, often against the wishes of the child. However, it’s not unusual for adults to decide they want to learn how if they never did so when they were children. Luckily for them, there are more options for taking piano lessons today than ever before. One of them you probably never considered, and the best part? It’s free. That source would be YouTube.
YouTube is most often thought of as a place where people go to watch their favorite music video or to have a few laughs while watching cat videos and people doing crazy things. What many don’t realize however is the amount of knowledge that is available at YouTube. You can learn how to do most anything simply by watching a few videos.
If you want to learn how to play piano in 2018, simply go to YouTube and type in “piano lessons”. You’ll most likely find hundreds if not thousands of videos posted there teaching you how to play the piano, starting from beginner lessons all the way up to more advanced ones. And they’re all free. Does it get any better than that? One drawback is the lessons may not be as organized as you’d get from a paid source, but with a little time and effort, you can customize a lesson plan that works best for you.
If you prefer the paid route, there are plenty of those available to you as well. Instead of searching YouTube, go to Google or Bing and do a search for piano lessons. You’ll discover thousands of sites offering lessons. Many of these websites will have piano lesson courses available for sale. Depending on the site, these lessons will often be available via video, and will either be delivered online or they will ship DVDs to your home that you can watch on your own television at your own convenience.
Lastly, if learning on your own isn’t for you and you require a more hands-on approach,you can either hire someone to give you lessons or you can take a class. This is usually the most expensive route, but it can be the best as well, especially if you need a little push to keep you going. This is where a teacher comes in handy.
If learning how to play the piano is a goal you’ve made for 2018, this article shows that it is easier to do so today than ever before. If you’re serious, pick the one that works best for you and get started. Before you know it, you’ll be tickling those ivories like Beethoven.