When did you start learning?

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When did you start learning to play the piano?

Under 4
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4-11
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11-16
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26-39
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When did you start learning?

Post by markymark » 02 Apr 2009, 22:11

The starting age for learning piano has come up quite a lot recently.
Every member who posts on this forum and at least the vast majority of people in the wider community will agree that it is never too late to start learning to play the piano. As with everything else, you get out what you put in! You are the only person that can hinder you! :D

For those of us who have been learning already, I thought it might be interesting for others to post when they actually started learning to piano. Just select the age bracket that relates to when you started learning.

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Moonlight » 03 Apr 2009, 18:31

Nice topic marky :) haven't bumped into you on here for a while!

For me I wanted to learn the piano when I was 17 but was busy with college so didn't have such a structured pratice routine. I was also playing on a very old early 80s? electric piano ( my dads ) the ones with the fans in them! can't remember the make though. Then I got a Casio keyboard because the old one died. I started to 'teach' myself the notes and basic music theory, and went through a piano course book.Then I went to university for 3 years and completely forgot about wanting to learn the piano until about this time last year. So I'm an adult learner of 23 thats hopefully going to do grade 2 in November! :) and I have a digital piano, but would love to have a real one!

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Post by kebabselector » 03 Apr 2009, 18:45

I started about a month of so ago (aged 38), still not done much at the moment. I'm waiting until my new DP arrives before I start real lessons (currently using Apple Garageband for my lessons).
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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by markymark » 04 Apr 2009, 22:20

I have been playing piano for 16 years. I started when I was 12 and did my Grade 1 when I was 13. By 21, I had gotten up as far as Grade VIII but stopped short of diploma due to time restrictions with the dissertation from my degree and then, the PGCE that followed soon after. Between getting established in a job, my study and development has kind of pateaued.

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by markymark » 04 Apr 2009, 22:41

Hmmm, the more experienced you are, the easier it is to bring yourself up to speed but you can certainly get lazy and sloppy if you are not careful. When you are starting off, you are very much getting to grips with your various playing skills and it is much easier to slip back and have to work hard to pick up the pace again... but that would be after several weeks of not playing at all. Sure you haven't stopped that long have you?

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Post by markymark » 04 Apr 2009, 22:53

Well at least you are keeping you musical ear going because that is something that develops as you expose yourself to more types and amounts of music. Two months is a lot of time to be away from it though. I'm more familiar with Trinity Guildhall and they just recently introduced their new set of pieces for the new syllabus. The last chance to sit the old exam is this June. After that, only new pieces will be accepted. How much time do you have to complete the pieces you have been practising? How will this affect the amount of time you have to prepare for an exam?

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Moonlight » 05 Apr 2009, 14:48

dave brum wrote: It'll probably look like at the very least 2 months Mark :( :(

:( Don't you have your keyboard still? when you move in and are decorating etc at the end of the day you could play on that? at least you would keep your fingers trained, kind of?! :? or you could set up you Clav in a room thats not being decorated at that time. But I don't know how heavy it is, mine one is very heavy.

I'm sure you will be able to do the AB test in Novbember - with me! you're doing grade one? so you should be fine, I bet if you walked into the exam right now you could do it!

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Moonlight » 06 Apr 2009, 13:32

dave brum wrote:Surely you don't mean the rubber one Anna?
No I mean a keyboard. Didn't you say you started learning on a Casio keyboard first? You could play on that at least if you still have it...
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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by harry farmer » 11 Apr 2009, 21:14

hi ive just joined today . i treated myself to a nice baby grand when i retired from work in 2006.i was then 60 years old.
i found a good teacher and quickly got uo to grade 5 [asb]when i slowed down a bit as my teacher decided which pieces i should play.
ive sinc left him and about to start with another teacher, who is going to build up a repertoire of classical and modern with me [wish me luck.
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Post by ETP's Mum » 11 Apr 2009, 22:22

Hi

I'm quite new myself, but welcome! What a brilliant gift to yourself and good luck with your new teacher.

Istarted playing at 5 years old and passed Trinity Grade 4 at 10. I failed Grade 5 at 11 (!!) and then stopped playing for 30 years! I have this year started playing again and am learning ABRSM Grade 5 pieces alongside my 9 year old son! (he is much better than I am!)

I used to have to practice in an unheated "front room" with my coat on in the winter. It was bleak! At least I now have central heating! :)

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Post by xnapoleonx » 25 Apr 2009, 20:34

I started out on my 2Othst birthday, which is about 5 months ago. Doing it on my own atm, but i'm thinking of lessons when I've got a bit more time & money
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Post by sparkley » 15 May 2009, 12:59

I started learning piano when I was 23. I've always been involved with music - I've played clarinet since I was 9 years old, took grades etc and did A-Level music. I always wanted to play piano, but there just wasn't the time on top of all my studies. AfterI finished University and started working, I realised that I now had the time and the money to take up my dream instrument! I do love my clarinet of course, but its quite boring to play clarinet on my own. But piano is great to play on your own as you accompany yourself with your other hand!

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by SerenWade » 04 Jun 2009, 09:43


Started learning when I was 7 years old and used to really look forward to my lessons!

Have been playing ever since. Recently have started teaching a neighbour's child and getting requests to teach other children (beginners) as well, informally.

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Post by EarlMarsden » 11 Jun 2009, 09:35

I started learning piano when I was 15 yrs. old I guess. My father sent me to a private music studio to develop my music skills. Perhaps, it is really my passion in music that drives me to learn other instruments like violin, trumpet and guitar. Now, I am able to share my knowledge and skills in music by having my own music studio.
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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by debtye » 16 Jun 2009, 18:17

I am 53 and had lessons for a few months before moving to live in France. Now things have settled down a bit I would like to try and get up to Grade 1 ABRSM. As my French is not good enough to get a teacher I am thinking about trying to cope myself (with book and cd) for the time being.

If anyone can recommend either software or a good book to help me, I would be very grateful.

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Post by bluedianthus » 25 Jun 2009, 07:49

Since I was 9 i guess, not formally but my uncle bought me a keyboard for my birthday. Since then, I'm just playing the piano with my right hand, then when i was 12 with my both hands...but i know the sound was not in tune. I never learn piano tabs, i juz play by ear...now i'm already 26, but i think i had lots of improvement. I already know few piano chords. And i even know how to play my favorite songs, that's the joyful moment, when i can play and sing in a row....

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Post by icecream » 29 Jun 2009, 16:19

I started at 7, I also think that 6 or 7 is the right time to start piano lesssons for most people. But someone I know started at 18 and worked very hard. After a few years he was a pretty good player. It takes a lot of patience to learn an instrument and one has to really love it.

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Post by joseph » 25 Jul 2009, 16:46

I started at 6 when my mum bought me of all things a bontempi organ. It had a book of songs with it, but after a couple of weeks I started to improvise on it, and played alot by ear. I was upgraded to a full size keyboard and played on friend's pianos, improvising in various styles for hours on end. It drove my teacher mad that I could improvise because I was less interested in playing my set pieces. Anyway I kept on doing both, got up to grade 8 and went to music college. Despite being grade 8 standard when I was 13 or 14, I didn't actually sit the exam til much later. I know I was that standard because I was playing large scale works, we just weren't that bothered with going through the grades, although I did from 4 to 8 ABRSM.

I still improvise lots, I start all my practice sessions with improvising to warm up. It's great fun and it makes pieces much easier to learn for some reason.

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Post by markymark » 15 Sep 2009, 00:17

Oh my goodness! You had a bontempi organ too? That was my first instrument too! It had the most awful sound but mine had about three octaves that gave plenty of room for fiddling around - I remember having loads of fun with it. I can still see the red case and the red and white chord buttons.... sigh :|

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Post by joseph » 22 Sep 2009, 09:52

It was great fun back then, the sound of that electric bellow.... I was thrilled by it.

Perhaps we should all get a bontempi from ebay and have a challenge to see who can make it sound like a musical instrument. That could be hilarious!

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by chrisg » 05 May 2010, 01:27

Started learning at 7 years of age which means I've been playing for almost 28 years. My word, time does fly.

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by wac » 22 Jul 2010, 13:45

When I was about 7 or 8 my babbysitter taught me to play basic songs by sticking numbers on the piano 1-8 and then giving me sheet of number, for examples 5 8 5 3 1 6 5 3 5 2, which played how much is that doggy in the window! I later made it into a game http://www.wacdesign.com/pianoherojunior

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Qcam2010 » 09 Nov 2010, 04:16

I started in March 2010 at the age of ahem, 31 :shock:

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Gill the Piano » 09 Nov 2010, 17:49

Well done you! Let us know how you get on, won't you?
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Post by Qcam2010 » 10 Nov 2010, 03:15

Gill the Piano wrote:Well done you! Let us know how you get on, won't you?
good luck!

Thank you, I will let you know how it goes :D

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Blodwen » 13 Nov 2010, 10:43

I started learning with my dad when I was about 10 I think, never really bothered much when I was younger though! I bought myself a digital piano for Christmas last year and started learning with my teacher around Feb! I'm doing Grade 2 on Friday morning!yay!!

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Post by Blodwen » 14 Nov 2010, 21:37

Hi Pianolove! Thanks for the good luck wishes, I shall give it my best on Friday!!

My digital is a Casio Celviano, my dad went to the local piano shop and said it was a good beginner piano and managed to get it £100 cheaper online- including a stool! Happy Days! It's ok, the keys are quite noisy though when Im playing through the headphones! I wish I had a proper piano though, unfortunately, lack of space and living in a modern house with just plasterboard between me and next door meant I had to opt for the digital, I love my piano though!

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by mozart453 » 18 Dec 2010, 14:00

I started piano lessons when I was 6, but had a year of Music Appreciation in a group setting when I was 5. It was in a quaint town house in the Bronx, NY.

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Post by samasap » 20 Jan 2011, 11:54

I started learning Keyboard when I was just four, had keyboard lessons until I was 10 then went on to play piano and take all my exams.
It's something I enjoyed from a young age and still love and have passion for at 25 years of age!

I believe you are never to young or to old to learn piano if it's something you want to do. :)

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by intune » 25 Jan 2011, 22:48

great topic :) i started when i was 8 on an old baby grand piano that i cannot remember the make of it. Then i purchased a yamaha U3 which im still using now and i will be upgrading again next year as i am going to turn my spare large lounge into a piano/music room and i will fly to tallinn to purchase a concert estonia grand piano model 274.I can't wait!! :D :D :D :D :piano;

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by intune » 26 Jan 2011, 18:48

Thank you ! :) yes it will be my first grand piano :) I played an estonia once in america and they had two on show but one was bright and the action was light and the other one was more mellow and had a noticeable different action.I got and email from the factory and they will refund the price of the flight tickets off they price of the concert (£ 31k)
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Post by Kaira » 21 Feb 2011, 13:10

If you want to learn to play an instrument like piano What you do need before you start however is some sensitivity for pitch and rhythm so that you can identify the intervals between notes and the speed at which you should play.
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Post by Sharma » 10 Mar 2011, 16:56

I started taking piano lessons when I was 14 although I grew up with a musical background and had played some percussion and a tiny bit of basic piano before that. I started on jazz and then took up classical lessons a year later. My lessons where a bit patchy over the years but I spent quit allot of time playing in bands. Now I'm no technical virtuoso but I can play jazz, classical and other popular genres. I've been teaching for a few years now which has been a really interesting experience. I think my playing has improved radically since I started teaching. I still gig and go to jams. I also do allot of composition and piano is a great medium for that.
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Post by Tony Lee » 15 Mar 2011, 09:13

I started playing piano when my older brother introduced me to the movie Big theme song "heart and soul" when i was 5 :)
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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Gill the Piano » 17 Mar 2011, 19:29

Did you play it with your feet...? :D
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Post by PaddyD » 14 Apr 2011, 10:19

I started playing at 17, then my only keyboard died + college so stopped. I'm now 20 at University and have just ordered a P95 keyboard, got my piano teacher sorted. My target is to hit grade 2 by December this year, and be able to play Christmas songs for my family.

So technically, I start playing in 5 days when my keyboard arrives :D

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Post by Gill the Piano » 14 Apr 2011, 17:44

Well done...keep practising hard and you'll be fine! Lots of adult beginners here and they seem to work twice as hard as the kids do, with great results.Keep us posted as to your progress.
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Post by PaddyD » 15 Apr 2011, 10:46

Gill the Piano wrote:Well done...keep practising hard and you'll be fine! Lots of adult beginners here and they seem to work twice as hard as the kids do, with great results.Keep us posted as to your progress.
Thanks! I'm pretty good with hitting my own targets. The way I've structured my week is as follows:
Half hour piano lesson on Monday, 45 mins daily practice, half hour on thursday.

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Gill the Piano » 15 Apr 2011, 17:42

Blimey...tat's far more than I get done! :D
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Post by BevJ » 11 May 2011, 15:31

Hi
I started learning at the age of 35 but because of time restrictions didn't practice very often. Now I have plenty of time to practise and have re started lessons within the last couple of years. I am currently doing grade 5 but because I am so nervous won't commit to an exam which I would dearly love to do. Any adult learners out there feel the same and if so, does anyone have any tips in overcoming it?

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Post by Gill the Piano » 11 May 2011, 15:58

I'm sure if you use the 'search' facility - or good ol' fashioned scrolling back! - You'll find quite a few postings on nerves and overcoming them. I recommend Bach Rescue Remedy, and reading 'The Inner Game of Music' by (I think) Barry Green(e). Or start a new thread on it either here or in the Piano lounge. Welcome aboard! :)
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Post by BevJ » 12 May 2011, 12:57

Thanks for the reply and the welcome. I find Rescue Remedy doesn't work for me but thanks for the book tip - I'll certainly have a look at it. I have read lots on overcoming nerves but I think I just have to get on and do it otherwise I'll be dithering for ever.

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Post by seins345 » 22 Jul 2011, 02:07

Hi from mexico there :)

I started with music since i was like 4, took like one or 1 and a half years of lessons in kinder and highschool in total of my life, im currently 18 and have 3 months since i moved to a digital piano instead of my old casio keyboard so basically im self tought, im not the greatest pianist but i think im pretty decent tought.

Its funny how when i was a child i used to aprecciate more my keyboard piano sounds than a vertical piano my grandmother has and now i needed to save money cause i couldnt stand anymore the lack of well ummm everything in my old casio

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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by Joani » 16 Feb 2012, 20:58

I'm so COMMON - 52% of people started learning when they were the same age as me!!
I was 7 and my teacher was scary but I loved it.

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Post by dorsetpiano » 25 Feb 2012, 12:28

Started teaching myself at 16 whilst doing A levels then stopped at 18. Restarted two years ago at 61. Now aged 63 and retired and have bought a baby grand and practice 2 hours a day. Using it as a retirement project to help keep dementia away (at least I think that's what I started doing it for.........)

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Post by markymark » 25 Feb 2012, 14:49

Wow! Better late than never!

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Post by OurRedPiano » 29 Feb 2012, 01:08

For the two people who started under the age of four?
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Post by OurRedPiano » 29 Feb 2012, 01:16

By the way, I've started learning the piano at the age of 17.

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Post by Gill the Piano » 29 Feb 2012, 17:45

Well done; more power to your elbow!
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Re: When did you start learning?

Post by priss » 24 Apr 2012, 20:40

Hi, I am new'ish here :)

I had lessons when I was 9-11, then piano sold, lessons stopped due to financial situation. I am now 37, bought a P95 and started to play a little bit again! I don't plan to have lessons as I am saving them for my 6 years old daughter who I am trying to teach at the moment! (Only very basic!). She can't read music yet (apart from middle C and whole, half, quarter, quarter rest notes), she can play some songs with 10 fingers and 2 hands with chords on the left hand. I wish I was able to continue but never mind, hopefully my daughter is interested to learn and will do much better than me!

Any adult beginners here too?

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