Published on 16/03/2011
It’s never too late to learn how to play the piano (or keyboard). Piano lessons aren’t only for children. Adults may have less time to learn a musical instrument, but they still have the ability to learn.
The beginning process of starting to play a musical instrument is the same for everyone. It takes patience, practice, knowledge and a love of music.
The beginning adult piano student needs a piano. The Casio AP250 provides the beautiful sounds of a grand piano for just the fraction of the price. A piano keyboard with good piano sounds and lots of functions is a budget alternative.
Although books won't replace a talented teacher, you will be able to learn the basics and make a song sound the way you want it to.
A keyboard chart clearly shows the note names and the note positions on the treble and bass clefs. Stand the chart up behind the piano keys as a handy visual reference guide until you get familiar with them.
Even if you don’t have a music teacher, you can still learn from a piano tutor book. A good one to start with is the Alfred Self Teaching Adult Piano Course. The course consists of a book and CD, and features a study guide for each music page. The book follows a step by step process with the study guide explaining in simple language the reasons for completing each step.
A book to be used with or without a piano teacher is the Alfred Adult All in One Course. This is the right choice for adults who prefer a chord approach, and gets you playing with both hands from the beginning. It is also a good introduction to the basics of theory and technique.
Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One covers the fundamental basics of music and piano. Alfred produce supplementary books to the lessons, including Theory, Greatest Hits, Sacred and Christmas music. Each book provides additional practice with new songs at the level of skills you have achieved. This is really good for sight reading.
For music theory, note and rhythm reading, a good place to start is Blitz for Beginners.