Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?

This is one question that I can answer quickly and for sure “Yes, you are talented enough to learn to play the piano”. I will also explain why I am so confident in saying that out loud and quick.

Music is a very natural thing to all humans. There is no human who already by nature does not include the main structure that underlies music. And the music you already possess is language. When you are able to speak it means that you are a musical person. Many researches and brain imaging prove that music and language are processed by the same areas in the brain.

And now when this important fact has been brought out I can say that everything else is just the question of intelligent work and connecting brain centers in a right way (neurolinguistic programming). I will also bring you an example.

I once had a student in my piano class who seemed to lack the most basic sense of rhythm. He was desperately trying to knock the most simple rhythm figures without success and he was not able to play the easiest melody on the piano keyboard without immediately losing the sense of pulse.

I asked him to sit at a drum set and take a drumstick. Then we read and repeated a simple verbal phrase for several times. After he did that I kindly asked him to do the same thing in his mind without verbally saying the words out. When he was confident with mentally reading the text I suggested trying to add rhythm to the text and keeping the mental clarity about the text he was imagining silently. Then he started playing a snare drum according to the inner text. And this worked like magic. Then he suddenly was able to have a pulse and knock exact rhythm.

Before the model was created for a sense of rhythm by connecting language and body motion he was just using wrong brain resources for knocking rhythm. Rhythm can never be achieved by rational thinking only and without using ones sense of time (which is sort of an irrational value). Rhythm is actually the most basic and grounding value in music. So being naturally rhythmical is absolutely enough as a talent basis to be able to play pieces you like. And I am sure you possess much more than that.

So I am confident to say that anyone who is able to speak a language fluently has enough talent to learn his/her favorite pieces and be able to play them on piano. You can start now by joining the free one month piano course for adult beginners.

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How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
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How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

Should I Learn Online Or Find an Offline Private Piano Teacher?

As a preface I have to admit that writing this article has been really tricky. While writing, several ambivalent and discrepant ideas and possibilities popped into my mind and partially excluded each other. Therefore explaining the issue clearly and provide a thorough answer I will explain every important aspect for each different case.

Contact with the Piano Teacher in Offline Learning

When it comes to offline learning with a private piano teacher, what forms the core of the piano learning process is the relationship between the piano teacher and piano student. The relationship very much creates the atmosphere and mindset of the student while having a piano lesson. Some people influence each other positively some vice versa. This way of tuition can also be influenced by short term moods or random events. How piano teacher and piano student understand each other and how the teaching content is given by the piano teacher and acquired by the piano student depends on their communication quality.

It can be said that as the piano teacher is (or at least should be) an expert on piano playing subject he/she is in a superior position in offline lessons. In these private lessons an adult beginner has to play and practice in front of this superior person even if he/she feels not ready for this or needs to practice a certain section of music more on his/her own. Teacher usually sets the pace of the piano learning process and decides which material to play and how etc. As an expectation the piano teacher is more experienced and can be a good guide. It is a complicated issue though because it can never be confirmed how deeply the piano teacher really understands the piano student and how much he/she really cares. For some adult beginner students this way of relationship based teaching the piano suits and for some not so well.

As the relationship is always unique between two individuals it will make it really complicated to answer this question unambiguously.

Contact with the Piano Teacher in Online Learning

Online piano learning process is very much content based. Personal relationship and mutual influence becomes a secondary factor here. You can never have a real time argument with your online piano teacher in the lesson and there is usually no noise in understanding each other in online contact. As the contact happens via videos or e-mails, the content in the videos and e-mails is usually pre-considered and well prepared and recorded with transparency and emphasis on the most important. Temporary moods, traffic jams etc. never influence online piano lessons. As online piano learning is less dependent on interaction, personal live communication and psychological factors, it is much more stable by its nature.

The Quality and Delivery of Teaching Content in Offline Learning

Every time it comes to offline learning it is not possible to avoid writing about personal relationship. The response is much more spontaneous and improvised in offline learning because it is generated in real time. It might often be that chattering and other unpredicted occurrences can dilute concentration level in the piano lesson and take a bite off the lesson time. At the same time, when the relationship between piano student and piano teacher is very good it can be motivating and the content can be very specific according to the present moment. There is no single one way.

The Quality and Delivery of Teaching Content in Online Learning

In online piano learning the teaching content and personal feedback is pre-recorded and therefore considered and meaningful. It is fixed and does not change. You can learn it in your own pace and be calm and undisturbed. As you do not have to perform in front of anyone else live there is no anxiety present. You can just take the videos as pure information and relate to it in a way you want and how is most natural for you.

Timely Nature of Offline Learning

In offline learning what is done is gone. Everything is happening once in real time unless it is video recorded. Combination of dynamic live teaching and recording with a a smartphone is the best combination in this case. At the same time it is not really an advantage over online piano learning possibilities because video recordings are present in online teaching all the time and the video feedback from the teacher is also specifically focused on the present situation of the online student. As the recording process in offline piano lessons happens more randomly the quality of online tuition videos tends to be higher.

Timely Nature of Online Learning

The most important and a major positive aspect of online piano courses is that you can watch an online piano learning video as many times as you want and need. If the video is done well and contains good information it is an excellent source because you can get everything out of it until you master the desired musical material. Personal contact time is running in a lot slower pace in online piano tuition. Before videos or e-mails are exchanged there is a time gap which enables to think about the response and prepare the most corresponding answer. Therefore the answers from online piano teachers side are usually very relevant.

When the online piano student records videos and sends them to the online piano teacher to get feedback, it has a great side effect. Watching recordings of your own playing is one of the greatest ways to learn playing an instrument. You can see yourself from a distance and many things clear up. Of course offline piano students can record themselves too but in online piano learning it is much more likely that they will do so regularly.

Time, Place and Money Issues

Despite the fact that music is about emotional and intellectual joy, art and higher values, also very rudimentary factors can play a role when considering the choice between online and offline piano tuition. Online learning is usually cheaper and it does not need transportation out of home. There are many locations where good piano teachers are not available nearby. So basically you can learn under the tuition of the most suitable online piano teacher for you in the comfort of your own home. The time schedule of your online piano course is also extremely flexible therefore you can be in complete control of your own time.

Auditory, Visual and Tactile Content

Auditory and visual content are present in both ways of teaching. Possibility of physical contact is missing in online learning. Many adult beginners are not comfortable with piano teacher touching them physically though. But in some cases touching can be a great way to convey technical piano playing skills from piano teacher to piano student. A very usual and also effective case is having two learning channels – with an offline piano teacher and an online piano course.

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I hope the article gave you some insight and made your life better and easier when it comes to making choices. The best way to know something is to try it out. So I invite you to join the free piano course to get your own personal experience of learning piano online.

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

Can I Make Friends And Socialize with Fellow Students After Joining the Online Piano Course?

The community of students is an important part of the learning process. The online piano course has a special forum that is meant for student communication. Whenever piano related questions are asked by students, I as a teacher will also be present to answer and comment. When you join the free online piano course you will be given access to the students forum.

Sharing information and getting to know each other in the forum has many benefits that makes your piano learning process more efficient and interesting. I will bring out some points about the benefits of student communication:

    1) It is motivating to see the development process of other piano students.
    2) You can share your playing and get feedback from others.
    3) You can see what others are doing and you can read the conversations which contain useful information for the learning.
    4) You can meet wonderful people who share the same interest in music and playing piano. You will be part of this friendly family.
    5) You can learn to know the other students personally too. It will enrich your life a lot.
    6) You will be invited to join all activities that take place in the frames of the piano course and its students.
    7) You can share and receive all kind of interesting materials and thoughts that are related to different topics.

Learning together is much more interesting and creates much more happiness. I invite you to join the free online piano course and its student community for adult beginners. Being part of it motivates, helps to make friends and enables access to interesting information resources.

If you have any questions about the students forum or joining the free piano course feel free to contact me whenever you want.

E-mail: jaak@playingpianoblog.com
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr

Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

It is a normal process that when we age our body and its abilities degenerate. Also as playing piano is a very specific way of moving we are not using these specific chains of muscles in everyday life. So as we age and do not use piano playing motions it is very normal that our body might feel stiff and the motions needed in playing the piano uncomfortable in the beginning.

But the improvement starts the moment you start working with your piano playing. Things that might seem to be nearly impossible when you first encounter them become normal and an organic part of your piano playing. I have experienced this kind of change for many times and I have also seen how my own students who are much more mature than me (many are over 60) change and get multiple times more flexible than they were in the beginning.

I will bring out a few points why you should believe that the stiffness will retreat and be replaced with an improving capability of playing (when you practice regularly of course).

    1) In the lessons of the free online course for adult beginners the body parts that you need in playing the piano are mapped. Also their function in the playing process is discussed. That way you will discover many new ways of using your body efficiently. Several body parts will suddenly work independently and in ways you were probably not aware before. Therefore new and more efficient muscle using chains are formed and developed.

    2) The body is able to change. As you start working, your body will become more flexible and capability of playing rises.

    3) Your thinking will change and you will discover many useful ways how to make piano playing more logical and ergonomic. It will lessen the amount of unnecessary and tiring motions.

    4) When you join the free course, you will see that loosening up tensions and increasing the abilities of your fingers and hands is possible and actually quite easily achievable, you will very likely believe more in yourself and will model a more positive and bright picture of your future plans as an adult beginner pianist.

As a conclusion I would say that your fingers and hands are not too stiff to progress and you can definitely learn the pieces you would like to play. Do not force yourself though nor expect huge changes overnight. But if you go step-by-step the outcome will reveal itself faster than you would expect in the beginning. In addition, a very positive aspect of joining the piano course and going through it (and playing piano in general) is starting a reversal process of degeneration both mentally and physically. Several exercises and mental activities are especially helpful in these terms. To know more about it I invite you to join the free piano course.

Thank you for reading. I hope it gave you some insight. If you have any ideas, comments, questions please contact me and let me know.

E-mail: jaak@playingpianoblog.com
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?

How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?

Personal feedback is a very important feature of the adult beginner piano course because it enables to deal with your current unique situation and help you with your very own specific issues. This way it ensures that you get the maximum out of the course and improve faster. It is good for catching mistakes and focusing on the right learning habits. I will be giving you personal feedback in different ways. Communication takes place via e-mail, exchange of videos and if needed also via Skype conversation. Look at the example video exchange below between me and my online piano student (he gave me permission to post the videos).

Please note that feedback is never obligatory. It is going to be exactly according to your personal wishes and readiness. For example some people do not want to record themselves or just want to learn completely alone. So feedback is all the time a possibility whenever you decide you need my support and it happens exactly according to your wish.

About the Video Feedback

Sending your videos and receiving feedback has multiple benefits to your development as a beginner pianist and for many piano students it is an exciting challenge. The prerequisite of getting feedback on your videos is a video of your own playing. Creating this video is very improving. After recording you will see yourself playing from a distance. Then you will discover a lot about your physical motion, and see a lot where you can change and improve yourself. Usually students want to give their best and record the best version of a piano piece they can at that moment. It is a natural situation where development speeds up.

After I receive your video, I will either:

    1) Record you a video, where I show exact things you could do to develop further
    2) Send you an answer as an e-mail, when video feedback is not necessary according to the content of the answer

Usually I will answer the e-mails straight away (or maximum within 24 hours). The video answers might take more time because I need to record and upload them. Usually it takes 1-3 days to get a video feedback from me.

How Does the Video Feedback System Work Step-by-Step?

    1) You will need to record a video of your playing, and then upload it (for example Dropbox, Youtube etc.)
    2) Send me the link of your playing
    3) After I watch your video and come to the best conclusion about what to say to help you go on, I will send you the feedback video

How to Organize Skype Conversations?

The only thing you need to do to get a Skype conversation with me is letting me know about your free times and the subject you want to talk about. If that is set, I will write you back and we can confirm the chat.

To get professional feedback specifically on your piano playing just join the free piano course and send me a video of yourself playing piano or just an e-mail with your questions. I will give a prompt answer.

My contact details are here:

E-mail: jaak@playingpianoblog.com
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

How Much Time It Takes to Learn Piano When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?

‘How Much Time It Takes to Learn Piano When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?’ could be one of the first questions that come up when you start taking piano lessons for adult beginners. You might have your favorite piece in mind and would probably like to see results very soon. If one starts and makes an effort, it is normal to be excited about the first musical results.

As the first short answer I will say that if you follow the piano course properly, in the end of the first free month you will be able to play four short piano pieces. These pieces are musically nice and include the fundamentals of piano technique that are inevitable for every piano player. The full list of detailed overview of playing techniques and skills you can learn in the first free month is also available.

The ability to play a certain amount of pieces is something that can be seen from outside as a fact. But at least equally important is the inner process of your piano learning and understanding how to improve piano technique further. Your development as a person and as a psychophysical whole is very important. The idea to integrate a person, help him/her be more focused, in a good balance and harmony with himself/herself is also an inseparable part of this particular adult beginner piano course.

The seek for truthfulness and a way of being where you can express yourself in a balanced and complete way cannot be successful in a rushed tempo. Rushing means, that the current situation is not acceptable and you have to force on the changes that accelerate the process. The mentality in this adult beginner piano course is the opposite – accept your current situation, learn new things, understand them in your own pace and get the best and most beneficial out of every new bit of information. Therefore your piano playing improvement depends a lot on how much piano practice per day you prefer and how much you go through the piano lessons step-by-step.

Integration process of a psychophysical whole of a person can be spotted by following indicators:

    1) Different body parts work well together without physical tensions and contradictions
    2) Your emotions are expressed through your body motions as piano technique and directed to music
    3) Your intellect is able to observe the piano playing situation, direct and clarify emotions and free up and better the way of your body movement

As these points show, your body, emotional side and intellect will all be engaged and I will even start existing as one entity. This is a very good and fulfilling feeling according to my experience. So when to talk about ‘how much time it takes to learn piano’ I want to remind that this very personal development as a human being is just as important as the ability to play pieces fast.

As this part of piano playing is very interesting and includes many details, concepts and viewpoints I would be most happy to discuss things with you whenever you have an idea or question. Take care!

Email: jaak@playingpianoblog.com
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr
Tel: +372 55 690 850

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?

Purchasing a piano is an interesting, big and crucial step when it comes to piano playing. As the variety of different instruments is huge it can be quite confusing what exactly to choose. In this article I will bring out the main parameters of instruments and give you an overview of what to search for.

First Step – Digital or Acoustic Piano?

Broadly taken pianos can be divided into acoustic and and digital pianos. This is the first and big choice you have to make. Both digital and acoustic have their advantages and disadvantages which I will bring out here.

Digital pianos

    – easy to transport
    – volume control
    – you can use earphones (possible to practice at night)
    – it always stays in tune
    – you can amplify without additional mic
    – some instruments can record your playing
    – some instruments enable to change several settings (weight of keys, different instruments, tunig etc.)
    – the sound can be quite good, nearly like the real piano when it comes to more expensive instruments
    – costs less, under $1000 it is already possible to get a solid instrument

Acoustic pianos

    – it has a real, alive sound
    – the touch of keys is natural, according to the playing mechanism
    – piano is a very beautiful object
    – it needs tuning (a tuner has to come which costs as well)
    – strings and other parts can break and need to be replaced
    – it is a big deal to transport a real piano
    – it is humidity and temperature sensitive
    – costs usually more than digital pianos*

*New (baby)grand pianos start from approx $8000 and can go over $100 000, new uprights start from approx $4000. It is very much OK to buy a used renovated one, when you go with a tuner who confirms its quality. When you buy a used one it is possible to find a very good deal.

I prefer acoustic pianos every possible time, when they are in tune and the touch of keys is OK. The variety between instruments is enormous. But in addition to a acoustic (Estonia concert grand) I have a digital piano at home too which is fine for practicing at night and taking it along when staying away from home.

Second Step – How to Choose an Instrument?

When you choose a digital instrument there are minimum requirements I suggest to follow.

    – it has to have 88 keys
    – the keys should be full weight (or at least the setting must be possible)
    – it must be touch sensitive
    – be sure it has a pedal

That is basically what you need. Everything else comes as a bonus. When you find instruments with suitable parameters narrow the choice down to your acceptable price range. Then choose your favorite piano. Among others I trust following digital piano brands: Roland, Yamaha, Casio, Kawai, Korg. You can find out more here.

When it comes to choosing a new acoustic instrument you very much have to follow your feeling for a particular instrument inside of your price range. Every acoustic instrument is different because they are all handicraft work. So there are never-ever two identical acoustic pianos. Fortunately most of the wellknown brands build good instruments. For shopping an acoustic instrument my advice would be:

    1) set your price range
    2) follow your instincts about the particular instruments
    3) be sure to shop with a piano tuner or a pianist who give expert advice (especially when buying a used or used and renovated instrument)

And be ready for:

    1) tuning the acoustic piano for at least twice soon after it has come into your home
    2) tuning it periodically
    3) replacing strings occasionally
    4) letting to control the dampers and setting necessary things by piano tuner (approx once in 3-5 years)
    5) holding it in an as constant humidity and temperature level as possible

As you can see acoustic piano is a bit like a pet because it needs to be taken care of, but it is just as that alive too when you play on it.

If any more piano related questions arise or you have additional ideas to share, I will be most glad to discuss them with you.

Tel: +372 55 690 850
Skype: jaak.sikk.jr
Email: jaak@playingpianoblog.com

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?

Small hands have never stopped anyone from playing the piano well. And if they did it was due to a misunderstanding. Maybe there are some exception where someone really has abnormally small hands, but this is an exception then.

One of the best pianists of the twentieth century had hands that are considered very small among pianists – he basically had a maximum of an octave and with great effort a ninth. Still he was able to play all the pieces and overcome tremendous technical obstacles with ease. The name of this particular pianist is Emil Gilels.

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Why do I know his hand range as a fact is that one of my piano teachers was his student and told me that when I asked about Emil Gilels.

So do not worry about your hand range. This is not something that is going to stop you. And for the musical material which is out of your hand range there are several ways to find decent solutions.

Hope it encouraged you. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas please contact me without hesitation. And to get practical proof that your hands are fit enough for playing piano, you can also join the free one month piano course.

Skype: jaak.sikk.jr
Email: jaak@playingpianoblog.com

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?

For joining the adult beginner piano course and being a success with it you will need a piano (digital or acoustic), a screen where to watch piano teaching videos from and internet access. This is the minimum requirement for effective learning.

Most students also regularly send me videos of their playing to get personal feedback on their piano playing. For your own recordings you need at least a webcam or camcorder.

I like playing from note sheets that are on real paper because I can write down and make notes on the note sheet. As there are some exercises during the course where you should make notes in the note sheet having access to printing would be great.

Also a notebook for writing down your ideas that come into your mind while learning is suggested. I have experienced forgetting very valuable information several times. Sometimes I have forgotten even things that seem to be very elementary and obvious and unforgettable. But still in a few months they are gone. So I really suggest having a notebook where you regularly write down new good ideas and bits of information. Later you can just repeat over and refresh what you have learned. It is very efficient.

I would also suggest something for planning your learning schedule. Today many electronic calendars are available or maybe you like the old school real one. I like the real ones too.

All other materials including note sheets for printing out, video lessons, links to various different materials etc. will be provided by the piano course for adult beginners.

For the conclusion I will give you a short list of things you will need:

    1) Piano (digital or acoustic)
    2) A screen (desktop computer, tablet, laptop)
    3) Internet access
    4) Webcam or camcorder for recording your playing (if you want personal feedback)
    5) Access to printing
    6) Notebook, musical notebook and a pen

This is all you need to join the free one month piano course for adult beginners and enjoying your journey of piano playing.

Read Answers to Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
I Cannot Sight-read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

I Cannot Sight-Read, Can I Join the Adult Beginner Piano Course?

In todays piano teaching methodology the ability to sight-read is not among the first skills one has to acquire. Sight-reading is already a very complex thing and when you sight-read it means that while sight-reading you have to simultaneously play the piano too. So it expects the ability to play the piano plus the ability to sight-read.

These two together are a huge task for anyone. Therefore it is not good to start everything at the same time. It is way easier to learn when it is possible to concentrate on one thing at a time, then master it and take a next task for learning.

Because of these reasons a pre-sight-reading period is usually what helps and adult beginner pianist to get good piano playing skills. Then you can solely concentrate on building a strong basis for you piano technique and playing abilities. When you feel confident about your basic piano playing skills, it is possible to learn sight-reading much more efficiently. So being not able to sight-read is not an obstacle to start with the piano course.

If you are able to sight-read and you join the free online piano course – it will not disturb you at all because in the course for adult beginners, building up your efficient piano technique is the first thing to do and it is done without a need to sight-read.

Hope it reinforced your confidence and gave some insight.

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Is It Too Late for Me to Start Learning the Piano?
Am I Talented Enough to Learn to Play the Piano?
What Equipment Do I Need for Joining Jaak Sikk’s Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Much Do I Need to Practice Piano?
11 Proven Concepts for Effective Piano Learning Used in the Courses
Are My Hands Too Small for Playing Piano Well?
I Do Not Have a Piano, Which One Would Be the Best for Me?
When Will I See the First Outcome When I Follow The Adult Beginner Piano Course?
How Does Personal Feedback for Classical Piano Course Students Work?
Are My Hands And Fingers Too Stiff for Playing?

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