Each time you see someone playing the piano with ease, do you ever wish you could play too? Have you ever felt that learning how to play piano can only be grasped by a few chosen and extremely talented people? Perhaps you're thinking, "I am not musically inclined", or "I love music, but music does not love me". If you feel that way, then I have good news for you. Learning the piano is not just reserved for a limited number of the population who are exceptionally smart. Regardless of your age, educational level, social status, or occupation, you too can learn piano! It might sound strange to some of you reading this, but it is true. Piano music is for everyone. Any individual can learn, if he or she has the desire and motivation to do so.
You might have heard the old saying, "you cannot teach an old dog new tricks". Although that statement is undeniably true in many respects, it is not one hundred percent correct when it comes to learning the piano. The piano is like a chessboard or a clock. It is a systematic instrument that can be learned through specific principles, exact concepts, and measurable analysis. Fundamental piano theory is not a subjective art like poetry or literature. Rather, it is like basic arithmetic wherein you have to read, learn and apply simple "formulas" and patterns to be able to play musical pieces. It's as simple as that. No matter how old or young you are, you can learn piano music.
Piano lessons for beginners do not necessarily have to be for kids only. Even grown ups can take adult piano lessons and start with basic concepts. The wonderful thing about beginner piano lessons is that you are allowed to make mistakes. Each time you misread a piece of written music and play the wrong note, the instructor can simply ask you to repeat the piece until you polish and master it. This is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience because as you finish more musical pieces from your instructional book (or books), you gradually improve in your piano playing.
A good start would be to purchase your own piano or keyboard at home. Once you own a musical instrument, it is almost impossible to resist the "temptation" of learning it. All of us have a deep seated curiosity to learn something we have never tried before. Take advantage of this natural aspect of human nature and you can literally "force" yourself to become educated both in piano theory and piano playing.
There is no shortage of instructional materials and lessons out there regarding how to play the piano. If you prefer to learn the formal way, you can choose to hire the services of a piano teacher. On the other hand, if you are busy and do not have time to attend regular private music sessions, you can choose to learn on your own. There are plenty of do-it-yourself piano books available out there which are designed for the self-help learner. Playing song books and studying chord charts may also be a feasible option. Although nothing beats the advantages and benefits of taking formal piano courses, there are also many alternatives out there which are available for everyone.