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I hope this post is in the right section so here goes. I spent my whole childhood longing for piano lessons but unfortunately my Mom was a single parent and couldn't afford them, as a 25 year old I bought my own digital piano and had lessons for a few months and absolutely loved it however I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer and my brain couldn't work fast enough to allow me to read the music and tell my fingers what to do so I gave up. To cut a long story short I had to sell my beloved piano when I met my husband as we didn't have space for it. I now have 2 children age 7 and 6 and would dearly love them to have lessons but we don't have room for a piano yet. We are planning on moving to a bigger house in 2 years and we will definitely be buying a digital piano. We can afford lessons now but they would only be able practise on a keyboard. Would it be better to start now or just be patient and let them start on a proper piano rather than a keyboard? Will leaving it affect their chances of picking it up successfully?
Many thanks and sorry for waffling on.
If they're old enough to ask for lessons, they're old enough to have them. Don't press them to lessons if they don't want them - instant aversion therapy! Perhaps they could have half a lesson each so a teacher can assess any talent/ability/interest.
A proper piano (particularly one from the 1960s/70s) doesn't have a much bigger footprint than a digital and will give them a better idea of an instrument rather than yet another electronic toy. You can pick pianos up cheap at the moment (try your local Freecycle on the web - a few customers of mine have got seriously good pianos that way recently). Pianosa can live in kitchens, halls and bedrooms - you don't have to have them in the parlour!
When I say we have a small house I mean we really don't have a spare inch and it's comparable to a rabbit hutch. The children haven't asked for lessons but when I asked if they would like them they both said they would, especially my daughter who is always tinkling around on her toy Casio keyboard. My idea with having a decent keyboard was that I could put it away in the warbrode whey they had finished practising.
Is it better to start lessons now but with only a keyboard or leave it for a couple of years and wait for a real piano? I don't want them to miss out on 2 years of lessons but on the other hand I don't want to make life difficult for them when its time for the real thing.
Your comments and experience would be appreciated.
I am not a piano teacher but do know that the pressure that you apply to a keyboard is different to a piano so it could be a little confusing. That said I'm sure that the benefits of starting earlier with a keyboard would out weigh waiting a couple of years for a piano to play on.
As to what age is good to start I can only speak as a mum of 2 sons that both play. The eldest started at 6, is now 9 and passed his ABRSM Grade 4 last Nov (when he was . The youngest is just 6 and has just taken Grade 1 having started 6 months ago. At this age as long as they can sit still and concentrate then it all comes pretty quickly if they are keen.
My youngest learnt to read music as he was learning to read and just thinks that is something that everyone does. In a "what is important to me " lesson at school he put in order
Not sure about that really....but the piano did well!
I'm sure an expert type person will reply with the science bit about keyboard V piano
You obviously have much less fluff and dust in your house than I do in mine If I tried that, it would play like a marshmallow in no time.Gill the Piano wrote: (unless you're like me and never close it)