Q1. How long will take me to learn the piano?
A: if you want to play reasonably well, you need to commit to lessons at least for a few years. Be prepared the first six months can be a real test.
Our promise: if you persist you may enjoy your first little simple tunes after 6 months since commencing your lessons.
Q2. Do I need a piano?
A: Yes, you do, and a good one as well. An acoustic piano should be looked after, and tuned at least once a year. If your place is space-limited, or you are concerned about your living arrangements, you may consider a digital piano. This will allow you to turn volume down or use headphones – a great way to start learning the piano.
Our promise: If you get a good instrument you will make your learning more enjoyable and successful.
Q3. Do I need to be talented?
A: You don’t need to be concerned about how much talent you have at the preliminary stage. You need four things for a successful learning: Loving the idea, Courage, Patience and Discipline. Learning the piano means a solitude practice. Be prepared – it’s about repeating one pattern over and over, until you get it.
Our promise: Your discipline will count here more than talent. Big talents who make small efforts are common. Don’t be afraid if you can’t join a club of “a concert pianist material”. The most importantly, you will learn how to play!
Q4. Do I need big hands and long fingers?
A: You don’t need to when you are an adult student. You can have small hands and short fingers. Your teacher will give you exercises to get your fingers flexible, able to stretch and hit the keys precisely.
When your child is under age 5, small hands and fingers could be a problem. You will just need to wait for 6 months or more until hands are bigger enough.
Our promise: Your child will not missed out on learning if she or he starts as 8 or 9. Wait until your child is ready – physically and mentally. Every child is an individual who has own pace in learning and should be introduced to the piano at their right time.
Q5. Am I too old to start learning the piano?
A: No, it’s never too late. You can learn at any stage of life. Of course, your learning process would be different to a child’s one. As mostly adults do, you would be “accepting” information from your teacher with comments such as “why?” and “really, is that right?”, more than you were a child. You will also be more self-conscious to play in front of your teacher and family.
Our promise: If the piano is on your list of things “I must do before I die”, just do it! It’s worth it.
More to promise…
There is no such a thing as a short cut in becoming a good pianist. The same rule applies to everyone. Like Billy Joel or Lang Lang you will also need to practise hard.
If you persist in learning, you will gain one of the most rewarding skills and life experiences you could ever give yourself or your child.