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How to get back into piano after an absence

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Are you an adult student who perhaps played piano as a child and are interested in starting again? Deciding to play the piano again is one of the best decisions you can make. Not only are there myriad benefits in practicing an instrument for your mental and creative health, practicing piano is just plain fun!

However, it can be a little difficult to figure out how to get back into piano after not playing piano for some time. Skoove can help you on your journey to reunite with the piano. Read on for some great tips and ideas to help you get started again.

Find the right music to play

Finding the right music to play is a huge help when you are learning how to get back into piano again. There are many piano method books designed especially for adult learners. If you decide to go this route, you should opt for a book designed for adults as opposed to one of the method books you might have used as a child. 

Additionally, apps like Skoove offer an exciting and engaging way to get back into piano. With repertoire that covers the gamut from soul and RnB hits to contemporary pop and rock to older classical favorites, the music you can learn with Skoove is perfectly suited for adult students.

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Keep it simple

Likewise, it is important to recognize that you are not the same pianist you were as a child. If you have not been practicing, you will have lost some of the technique you previously had. Therefore, it will require some practice to regain your skills. 

Trust in the process and practice simple music when you are starting out. Make sure to review basic rhythms like the whole note, half note, and quarter note. That way you more easily avoid the frustration that comes with attempting to learn more difficult music after years of not practicing.

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Make sure you have the proper instrument

Of course, you do not need to invest in an expensive grand piano if you are just getting back into piano. But, making sure you have a quality instrument is quite important. There are many options available for electric pianos that sound quite good for their price. 

Additionally, having an instrument with weighted keys and a quality piano sample will go a long way to help you have a fun experience with the piano. Chances are, if you have an instrument you enjoy playing and sounds good to your ears, you will want to spend more time playing it! And then you will improve faster and have more fun!

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Try some online lessons

Chances are that you did not have the opportunity to take any lessons online when you were a child practicing piano. Online piano lessons from apps like Skoove are one of the coolest concepts in music education to emerge in the last decade or so and can be a great option for getting back into piano. Online lessons allow students to learn from literally anywhere in the world and at their own pace and schedules. 

With online lessons from Skoove, you never have to worry about rescheduling your class and you can practice from wherever you want! Could there be a more ideal situation to learn piano as an adult?

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Keep an open mind

If you mostly practiced classical music as a child, why not expand your musical horizons? Try out some rock, pop, or blues music on the piano. With Skoove you can learn all sorts of exciting material in many styles, such as the piano blues which you can use to improvise in many different contexts.

Give everything a try! That way you will have more fun and maybe even find a new style or skill that you truly enjoy! If you have never learned about seventh chords, why not dive into some jazz songs with Skoove or check out some boogie woogie styles? By keeping an open mind about the piano and what you can learn, you will increase your chances of finding new and exciting creative expressions!

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Don’t worry about your age

There are many examples of musicians that did not achieve any success in their music careers until later in life and there is absolutely no reason why you cannot have fun and fulfilling experiences in music at any age. 

Whether you just want to learn some basic major and minor chords or you have more ambitious goals like performing for friends and family or writing and recording an album of songs, Skoove’s intuitive lessons are designed exactly for the needs of adult pianists. 

Conclusion

It is never too late to take up the piano again! With all the benefits of practicing instruments, it is a wonder that more people do not decide to take up the piano later in life! 

If you practiced piano as a child and are interested in getting back into piano, Skoove can help you on your journey. With over 400 lessons designed for adult piano students, including lessons on many different styles of songs as well as music theory and piano technique, you are sure to find something fun and exciting to enjoy!

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Author of this blog post:

Edward Bond

Eddie Bond is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, and music instructor currently based in Seattle, Washington USA. He has performed extensively in the US, Canada, Argentina, and China, released over 40 albums, and has over a decade experience working with music students of all ages and ability levels.

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