I'm 29 and I always was dreaming of playing piano very well but never had had a chance ; it's been 4 months since I bought a keyboard and started learning by myself with Hannon exercises and pieces I love.

I'm quite satisfied with my improvements in such a few months. I'd really love to play pieces and firstly impress myself and then others.

What exercises or method of learning you recommend?

how can I speed up my sheet reading?

so far here is what i can play pretty well in 3month , please let me know how fast or slow I'm improving youtube.com/watch?v=3QcT9RDeKU8

  • I suggest you try going to Pianoworld.com and looking for the adult beginners forum. They frequently mention method books and so on for adult beginners (rather than just following kids' courses.) – Andy Apr 23 '15 at 8:09
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    Being very good at something won't necessarily impress anyone. If a concert pianist appeared next to me now and started to play beautifully, I wouldn't be likely to be impressed with his skills - i'd simply assume that he was someone who has become good at what he does through practice. The only thing that might be impressive might be if someone had learned in a shorter time than people usually take, or with fewer resources. A better goal might be to play music that you will enjoy playing, and that people enjoy listening to - and that can be done even with quite a limited set of skills. – topo Reinstate Monica Apr 23 '15 at 10:07
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    In my experience, it's the writing and the emotion that matter, not technical ability. How long does it take to learn to write music that freezes people? A lifetime and no time at all. – Todd Wilcox Apr 23 '15 at 10:40
  • Probably anywhere from a hundred to a hundred and forty years. – Neil Meyer Apr 23 '15 at 18:46
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    They say it takes 10,000 hours to become proficient at any skill - so, call it 10,000 days, unless you take weekends off. – Tetsujin Apr 23 '15 at 20:04

Whilst this sort of question has been asked numerous times, there is no definitive answer. It is too subjective, so will probably be closed. Sorry, this is not a rebuff for a new poster, but an encouragement to perhaps re-phrase the question, but as far as how long is concerned, there cannot be a satisfying answer for you.

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    This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. – Meaningful Username Apr 23 '15 at 9:39
  • It answers that there is no answer. That is an answer to the question. – Tim Apr 23 '15 at 10:35

If you want to play at a professional standard, people are always looking for the 'magic number', which is quite often cited to be about 10,000 hours which, at one hour per day, would amount to almost 30 years of playing.


Of course, if you want to learn a single thing, e.g. just reading sheet music, or just playing a single piece extremely well, this time will be much shorter.

  • Michal, can you reference a scholarly work supporting the "10.000 hours" thing? – Some Dude On The Interwebs Apr 24 '15 at 12:24

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