Is it too difficult to learn to play the piano at the age of 50?
One thing is clear from the start: you are never too old to learn to play the piano. However, as an older beginner, you can expect to encounter some additional challenges, such as fingers not moving as fast as you’d like, or not hitting the right keys because they need to be stretched through regular practice. The biggest challenge of all may be sharpening your hand-eye coordination. These skills tend to come more easily to younger students. But with practice, they’ll come anyway, and you’ll find they have benefits beyond just playing the piano.
Depending on your personality and budget, you have a few options:
1. You can find a teacher willing to teach older students. (Church pianists often are.)
2. You can access online tutorials at YouTube.com. (Some are free. Some you must pay.)
3. You can buy books and learn by yourself. (This is the most challenging way, in my opinion.)
How to start:
If you use a teacher, you probably have weekly lessons. You’ll start with beginner books that show basics like sitting at the keyboard correctly and proper placement for your hands. When playing a song, it will show you which finger will play each note (finger placement is very important and can change with each song).
You will need to practice at least 20 minutes every day. As you do this, remember that you are older and your hands are too. Because of this, it may take a while to get your fingers to always cooperate.
The bottom line
If you are 50 or older, you are not trying to become a concert pianist. You are learning because you love listening to piano music and have always wanted to learn how to play the piano for your personal enjoyment. Maybe you want to play Christmas songs and “Auld Lang Syne” during the holidays, or “Happy Birthday” at birthday parties. Every goal and dream you’ve ever had as an aspiring pianist is worth the time and effort it takes to learn to play the most amazing instrument on the planet!
Whether you’re working with a teacher, using YouTube tutorials, or learning from books alone, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. So give everything you have and you can be sure that you will get what you put in. Be true to yourself and become the pianist you want to be for yourself and no one else.
If you have the heart and determination to learn the piano in your later years, you can take pride in being able to set—and achieve—positive goals that will change your life for the better. And who knows? You could end up being a positive role model and inspiration to other people who are thinking of making positive changes in their own lives, no matter their age!
Above all, remember to stay focused and positive. YOU CAN DO IT!