I'd like to start learning to play the piano from scratch, and I would like to know how many hours of practice will it take me to:
- master the basics like scales, technique, fingering, theory, and sight reading.
- be able to play a piece and not sound bad
- be able to sight read a piece which is not complex, but also not too easy
- be able to approach a complex piece (you name it, as long as you explain what will it demand, and why do you see it as complex)
- be able to sight read a complex piece.
Are there any pieces or exercise that I can treat as "goals", that I know I reached a certain level when I am able to play them? Also, if you have any good advice, a good place to start from and good excercise, and a place (maybe books or sites or YouTube channels) which have everything.
I need to start about theory, techniques, scales, fingerings, note reading, etc. I would love to hear it from you! i am going to have a few free months with absolutely nothing to do very soon, so I plan to put my willpower to the test and try practicing 6 days a week for 5-10 hours (one day a week for being lazy, and maybe practicing a bit more), and when I get busy again, practice about 1 hour at least. I used to have a teacher for six years and I quit playing the piano, it's been about 4 years since and I've recently fallen in love with classical music, so this time i would like to try and go solo, without a teacher.
And last question, just out of interest, because I don't really think it is going to happen, I'm 18 years old, can I still become a professional player or is it too late? At what age do the pros begin? And how do they practice?
update: thank you very much for all your amswers, i have decided to go with a r Teacher for those six months to gain independence and restore the abillities i used to have (i played the piano six years from age 7 to 13 practicing 3 hours a week + one weekly hour with a teacher), afterwards, if my timetable will allow it i will continue taking lessons and if not, i will continue practicing ajd making progress on my own in the free time i have