- Zoe Lim
How Long Does It Take To Learn Piano?
Beginners who are starting to learn the piano, would usually have this question in mind : How long would it take to learn the piano? It is definitely a challenging question to answer as there so many external factors to consider. How long are you willing to practice? Are you a fast or slow learner? What methods are the best way for you to learn and so on...
As we are not calculators, all we can say is "It depends". It is not a satisfactory answer, of course. It doesn't even tell us the general consensus of how much time it takes to learn the instrument properly. However, we can take a look at the few factors that can greatly contribute to your learning process.
Practice Time Per Day
How much time you invest in your practice time does factor in on how well you play. Most of the time, the more practice, the better you get. You will build muscle memory, get a familiar sense with the instrument, and become increasingly confident with your skills. However, someone with 30 minutes of practice could sometimes out-play another who practices an hour a day. Therefore, we have to also consider the quality of your practice. Before going into that, we recommend at least 15-30 minutes of practice each day. If you are a busy person, at least get 10 minutes in on your practice routine.
2. Practice Quality
Are you really making use of your practice time is the big question here. If you are constantly going over parts which you are confident in, then you are missing out on correcting your mistakes and weaknesses. This is what we mean by practice quality. Making full use of your practice is equally as important as putting in the time. Working on your mistakes and correcting bad habits are essential to ascending to the next level of playing. If you have a shaky foundation, it would be difficult to build on that.
3. Realizing your goals
Everyone has a different goal in mind when it comes to commitments. You might be someone who just wants to learn a song or two to play for your friends and family or someone who wants to consider a musical career. Goals differ, and that's why you should align your efforts and time with your learning experience. There is no need to put in hours of practice if you are just learning it as a hobby - however, at the end, it is up to you to make the decision.
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.
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