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Learn to Play the Piano

Updated on February 21, 2016

I personally believe it is possible to teach yourself to play the piano. No doubt, it is helpful to be born with a little musical talent, but not necessary. But there is a secret.

My four children are each very different. I paid many dollars for the first two children to go for an hour once a week to a piano teacher. She would sit them down, have them read the music that she put in front of them, and then ask them to play it on the piano. They were not too excited to do their practice and eventually gave up on it.


Is there is secret to playing the Piano?

For my last two children, I decided I did not want to waste my money on expensive piano lessons. But that did not stop them. Because the piano was always there, they would sit down and play just for the fun of it, and before you knew, they could sing and play songs that they heard on the radio. I was so shocked when they actually created their own masterpieces.

Also, when I was only seven years of age, I took piano lessons for a short time, but because my family was unable to pay for further lessons, I quit sadly. However, I feel blessed to have always had a second-hand piano in the house where I could plunk out a few notes here and there.

With the little training I had as a young girl, I continued to play and as an adult was even asked to play the piano for our church. I love playing the piano, and I definitely believe that you can teach yourself to play if you enjoy it and have the desire.

Now three of my grandchildren are taking piano lessons. It is so fun to hear them playing some of the tunes I did as a young girl. One granddaughter is learning to play duets with her father. I truly believe learning a musical instrument can help you in other areas of your life.

If you are willing to put in the time, playing the piano will be rewarding. I still play when the kids come over.

My brother who took piano lessons about the same time that I did was surprised that I can still play some pieces. He is now a doctor and has a fine bass voice. He does not play the piano but has a beautiful grand piano in his living room.

The piano does add something special to a home. I'm glad we have always had one, even though it was a used one, so we could sing together as a family. Of course, the children love to plunk on it and play the usual "The Old Cow Died" and "Boogie Woogie" - at least those are the two tunes I learned from my father.

Most any piano teacher will tell you the secret to playing the piano. I know what it is...

Here I Reveal the Big Secret....


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Practice, practice, practice - any instrument played well does take practice. If only we had more hours in the day, right peacegirl101. Thanks for your comments.

  • peacegirl101 profile image


    9 years ago

    I love music and I also play paino ( well I actually play keyboard ) very well! Great hub! I take paino lessons thats how I learned how to play it. Of course, the secret IS PRACTICE! As they say 'practice makes perfect'! Thanks for sharing. Aloha

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is pretty much how my two learned to play - by watching others and by ear. Thanks for sharing about your son. Seems me have a few similarities. Aloha!

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    9 years ago

    my son had guitar lessons, but not piano. he got a piano after mastering the guitar, and taught himself by listening to YouTube videos and his iPod and playing along. one of his favorite songs to play is Imagine by John Lennon. your kids are lucky to have a mom who respects and inspires their creativity. very nice hub! haha i see in your links you are a fan of Grandma Moses, as am i, so i am off to read it! :D


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