To Old To Learn Piano – 9 reasons why you’re not!

You might be wondering: Am I to old or piano lessons?

Let’s face it: as you get older it becomes harder to remember things. Your joints don’t work as well and aren’t as flexible.

Life gets in the road and practicing becomes difficult. You may even feel that since you missed that vital window as a child, that it is to late to learn now.
Even growing up, teachers told you that you don’t have a musical bone in your body.
Sounds like the odds are stacked against you right?

It gets better: you are never too old to learn piano.
Want to know the best part?
With some simple online tools, a change in mindset and determination on your part, it is possible for you to learn to play piano!
Your dream of playing that piece you always wanted to learn can finally become reality!
Today, I am going to show you just how fun learning piano can be!

Now: I’m going to share the 9 coolest reasons why you are not too old to learn the piano.

You are More Motivated

as an adult, you  are more  motivated than children usually are.   

Here’s the thing: as an adult, you really want to learn how to play the piano. You aren’t forced to learn. Motivation is high. Lessons will be fun because you want to learn.
Here’s the kicker: because you have the motivation and desire, you will succeed at playing the music you love.

You know what your goals are

Again: You have an advantage all those children who have taken to lessons week in, week out. Unlike children, you have a goal. A piece you always wanted to learn is within reach.
The desire to learn the songs you love is now possible.
All you need to do is sit down and work out what you want to achieve from lessons.
Is it a song you wish to learn? A technique you always wanted to learn. Perhaps you love a particular style of music.
Whatever it is: grab on to it and write them down.

Now: you are on your way to learning piano!

Learning Piano is fun

As a child, learning can become boring. But now you are an adult, learning will be fun!
Lessons aren’t just about sitting at a piano, playing boring music and technique any more. Now: there is an abundance of software, apps and even online lessons out there!
This makes the process of learning much more injoyable.
With so many resources now available, learning can be fun!
So: when looking for a teacher or online lessons, make sure they use a variety of resources and approaches.

Learning Piano Stimulates the Brain

Yes: you read right. Music stimulates the brain. It uses both sides of the brain which is fantastic for maintaining mental health and activity.
Learning piano is stimulating, makes you think and allows the brain to get a good work out.

Unlike children, you are a fluent reader

Remember back to when you started reading? It was hard work remembering all those words and could be frustrating.
As an adult, you are able to read and understand the materials given to you. No struggling with the words on the page. Even reading music will be easy: you understand the logical up and down movement of music notation and you will pick it up fairly easily.

Even if you Don’t Think so: Every One is Musical

You are wondering: is every one musical?
Is there hope for me as someone who doesn’t have a musical bone in their body?
Every one is musical even if you don’t think you are.
Don’t listen to all those people who say that you are to old to learn piano because you are not musical.
Music is built in to every one. Every time you walk, you are doing a rhythm. Your heart beats, creating rhythm also. Your voice is a musical instrument.
Now: take hold of this fact and don’t let it stop you for learning piano.

Find a teacher online, or some software and start learning today.
Online Lessons and Software Makes Piano Accessible

Gone are the days when you have to find a teacher in your area.
Now lessons can be conducted online. It can take many forms from video lessons, or skype lessons.
There are many books and piano software out there also. Learning piano is more accessible than ever before.
Now: take the plunge and start learning with some online lessons or software. You won’t regret it!
Learning Piano Relieves Stress


Let’s face it: Life is no picnic. It is stressful at times. The busyness of life become overwhelming.
Learning an instrument such as piano can really help with your stress levels. It gives you something to focus on apart from your every day life. You can sit down and play some music, and be transformed in to another world. Music can cut through all the stresses of life and enable you to forget just for a moment the stresses of life.
You have a more Logicaly Appoeach to Learning

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You have a far more logical approach to learning than a child does. You will be able to practice far more effectively.
You take more logical view of the piano. You will be able to understand the why behind certain techniques. You can understand things such as the structure of the music better.

Now: Take the above reasons and start your piano journey.
Remember: you are not to old to learn the piano. Grab some online lessons now and start inviting the riches of music.

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How Music analysis helps #anxiety

Do you suffer from anxiety? It can really cause you to feel stressed and out of whack? I want to share an experience I had recently that I hope helps you as much as it helps me.

The Experience


Recently, I started to feel really anxious about certain events in my life. The last few months have been difficult and my anxiety seemed to be increasing. I found myself feeling anxious mostly at night. I would wake up feeling panicked, anxious and stressed. My breathing was out of whack, and I had to find ways of dealing with it. It could last most of the night, and even during the day sometimes.

what has helped

There are two things that have helped me with my anxiety levels. It may not stop it completely, but it does help control the feelings and the panic. Music, and a related subject, numbers help′ It slows the feeling of anxiety, and uses the logical part of the brain.

Music


In order for the music to help with my anxiety, it has to meet certain requirements. It must be polyphonic, or have a slow melodic line; The more complex the better. The polyphonic nature of composers such as Victoria and Bach means I can focus on the inner parts; Not just the melodic line. There’s lots of notes and other things to focus on. Also noticing how the parts fit together, how the distant changes to consonant Helps. The schspensions resolving, the ebb and flow of the music. The slow movements can express the feelings of the foul with the slow melody.

Numbers


Numbers are very much related to music. I will write out numbers for a chord progression. For example i, Iv v and i. Then I will write the notes of the chords, and then put them together. By the time I have done this for the key I decide and then the relative key to it, I start to feel a bit sleepy.

I hope this has helped some of you. I know it helped me.

Easter Holidays

That time of year is here again. It’s one of the busiest times of the year for me. Over the Easter weekend, our church choir sings at four services. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, The Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. I love every moment of it!

This is why I haven’t written much on my blog. First, we went on holidays interstate, and then I was busy preparing for Easter and writing some articles for a website. I will be back soon though, with a post on the 5 most common mistakes beginning pianists make.

Stay tuned…

Three unusual ways to use a piano

Most people think a piano is for playing lovely music. Classical or pop or jazz flows from the keys. But did you know that there are other things that a piano can do? Read on to find out three unusual uses of the piano…

1: Percussive sounds

A pfno is both a string and percussive instrument. But did you know that you can create more percussive sounds by putting objects between the strings? Composers such. John Cage did this and the technique is called “prepared piano” It cant be done with an upright piano, as all the objects will fall to the bottom of the piano. A grand piano is best for this. People have put every thing from wire to screws between the strings. It makes for great variety of sound while playing. The strings can also be plucked and your imagineation can can run riot.

echo chamber

By removing the front panel of the piano, and opening the lid, a echo chamber can be created. And can sing and speak and your voice will be echoed back to you. It can be a lot of fun while singing a song, as you can have a bit of a natural reverb effect.

The Piano Can play Itself

This last one is just a bit of fun. Press down the left pedal and keep it down. Then pump the sustain pedal up and down rapidaly. This will cause the piano to start playing hc. It plays random notes, and you never know what you might get. The more you do this, the louder the sound gets. Have fun as you do this… I know my students love to try it.

Online Piano Lessons – One Person’s Story

When I first started teaching online early in 2015, I never thought it would have much of an impact. But to my surprise, it has! All of the students I have taught have experienced profound benifits from learning online. Things that I never would have thought of.

Note that real names have been changed to protect privacy. I received an email from an older student wishing to start online lessons. I organised a skype consultation to assess him and discover what he wanted from the lessons. First of all, he told a story of what I would call bullying at the hands of a school music teacher, which really shocked me. This student had played guitar in bands etc but could no longer play due to his hands and arthritis. So he was looking for another musical outlet and bought a keyboard.

Once I started lessons, I discovered that the students left hand couldn’t play more than one note at a time; Therefore, I suggested they use the backing features of his keyboard to fill in the chords and create a full sound as he played the right hand melody. I also had to tell him the notes to play as he could not read music.

For this student, music has helped him through his pain. It also has given him another outlet as he is house bound quite a lot of the time. It’s people like this that I love to work with.

The Benifits of Silent Play

In my post mental practise, I wrote about immagineing and thinking the music in your head. This can be handy when you aren’t well, like in the case in my blog entry at the time. I had the flu and couldn’t get out of bed long enough to practice, but I could do mental work instead. This post is an extension of this.

The Silent Piano Concept

Playing a digital piano with out the sound turned on, using a cardboard piano, or playing with out pressing the keys can drastically improve your memory. I know, because I do it all the time. When I first started doing this, I found myself making mistakes, because I didn’t have the sound to guide me. Playing in this way forces you to think before playing each note, and you become aware of where your fingers are going, the patterns you are using and muscle memory. It can take a while to see results, just like in mental practice; but it is worth the investment.

How to start using the Silent Piano Technique

I suggest starting this with pieces you already know; that way it will be easier to see the benifits of this technique. Take a small section, and play it with out depressing the keys, or with the sound of your keyboard off. Notice how it feels, the notes you are playing and keep at it until you can play it automatically. Repeat this with other sections and other pieces.

Have you used this technique? If so, share the benifits you have noticed.

# _How Music Can Help You In Tough Times _

I’ve had some tough times in my life, and I am sure you all have too. There are many things that can help during these times, and music is one of them. It can help you express your feelings, change your mod and allow healing.

Expressing emotions

Do you have many emotions running through your head? Maybe you are feeling sad or ecstatic about something. Music is an extremely powerful tool. I use composition a lot at this stage. I will sit at the keyboard, or imagine music in my head. I create the emotions I am feeling via the music. If you find composition a scary process, just play some music that evokes that emotion in you. I continue this process until the emotions have gone or at least lessened. I also find just playing a simple 1, 4 5 chord progression helps. It calms the mind and enables you to divorce yourself from the situation long enough to think about it.

Music can change your mod

Music will lift your mod. It is so powerful it can create any mod you like. Because of this, a person needs to be careful as to not get depressed etc. I know this sounds strange, but there are certain pieces of music I cannot listen to, because it makes me feel depressed and gives me a really heavy mod. It’s ok to listen to it if you are feeling down, but I find changing the music to a more joyful, uplifting mode after the emotions have passed necessary in order to allow it to work in our favour.

Once I have expressed myself through composition or listening to the music of that emotion, I switch gears and found some uplifting music that will lift my mod. This way, I can start to feel more at ease, have peace and promote healing. What type of music does this depends on what styles you like to listen too; Be guided by your response to the music.

Music Can Bring Healing

Of course, it is one of many things that can bring healing. It’s no replacement for therapy, or prayer. But it can help bring peace to your world. For me, music combined with prayer and sometimes talking to someone is the best thing that helps me through the tough times. You might have different combinations that work for you. Music is a tool, and I hope you find it useful like I have. It’s a great reason to learn to play an instrument and compose; Enabling you to express the inner most feelings of your soul.