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How to Overcome Challenges as an Adult Music Learner

How to Overcome Challenges as an Adult Music Learner

Too late to start music lessons? NO!

It is popular for parents to have their children focus on their musical talents while they’re young. But we also think everyone can agree that music knows no age. If you’re already an adult and you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, it’s not too late. You can discover, develop and enhance that hidden talent that you know is there! It has been found that adults are actually better “students” because they have the ability to learn independently, requiring less supervision compared to teaching kids. Everyone knows the saying, “it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks”, as it has some basis in fact. However, that is not the end of the story and any good dog trainer know this is not true – so it certainly is not true for humans. We at Cadenza know the proper techniques that adults need to learn to play the piano.

The first thought that comes to mind for most adults is “I should have started to learn this when I was a kid”. As you grow older, a lot of demands are placed upon you. Family, work and social life, require a huge amount of our time and there are always things that take priority and our immediate attention. However, we sometimes forget to spend time with ourselves and give time to what we’re passionate about. For many, that is music. These commitments or real-life distractions aren’t considered absolutely negative, but certainly can hinder your pursuit of music. One should learn the sense of balancing and time management. If you’re working and studying at the same time, then you’re just one of the heroes of balance and focus.  Music learners should develop that skill and to play your instrument despite those many commitments or activities in your calendar. Make it routine to allot ample time and energy to learn playing that instrument anytime of the day.

Aside from the lack of time, mindset can be a huge setback for a new adult music learner. Embarking something new can trigger self-doubts. Adult music learners tend to recognize limits and struggles when mastering an instrument. When you learn to step out of your comfort zone, you’ll learn to accept that mistakes and failures will happen. You need to ignite that motivation and self-trust that boosts your self-confidence. Seek something that you can consider as an inspiration. Create a bucket-list of musical things you want to do then make daily goals to attain them. You can watch online musical courses or play along with your friends.

Money could also be an issue and could be harder to deal with. Since studying music requires investment, one must learn to be practical and find courses that are suitable for the set budget. If you wish to pursue your musical career in detail, you have just come in the right place.  Here in Cadenza we value your music learning more than anything else. Sign up and you’ll get the support you deserve as an adult music learner.

The Value of Music Memory in Piano Playing

The Value of Music Memory in Piano Playing

Musical memory is essential for musicians. Although some may see memorizing as not entirely ideal for other fields such as law, sales, teaching, or literary analysis (as it requires adaptability rather than rote memory) but music, however, requires both memory and adaptability to internalize a piece of music and to translate it to the audience. An effective musical memory is a secret formula for creating freedom of expression and the most direct connection to your audience. Printed notes are very important and sometimes essential, but not being memorized can immensely impact your focus and your credibility as a musician which then affects the attention of your audience as well.

Good musical memory can be seen as a natural gift. But those who were not fortunate enough to be given the gift just means they have to find the will-power to develop it. This begins in the early stages of learning how to play the piano. Each piano player follows a different path for developing their musical memory. These hints can help you as you learn.

Muscle Memory

Repetition during the learning process builds what some call muscle memory. This means that there emerges a situation where the movements of the fingers are associated with specific piano keys when playing a particular piece of music. The player does it by habit or muscle memory, and not by thinking about each finger and each key. Some call it being in the “flow” or “groove”. The mind just takes over.  

Aural Memory

It is also known as having a “good ear”. This is the ability to recognize different sounds and express them easily at the keyboard. Those musicians who self-taught usually have this gift. If you can become a trained musician as well as having a “good ear” you can become a phenomenal musician. Even if you are naturally gifted, hard work is still needed to be successful.  

Photographic Memory

This is the fastest way of memorizing, where the position of the hands and fingers are on the keyboard though simply memorizing the music. Some just need to see it once or twice!

Some are just cognitive benefits some people have, but there are things one can do to help memorization overall.

  • Concentration
  • Understanding of the musical piece
  • Frequent Repetition of playing the piano
  • A genuine interest in the composition and how it was created

Even professional pianists make mistakes. We need to learn the art of practicing and just trust to share the beauty of the music for its own sake. In fact, mistakes while still learning are part of the learning process. No one is perfect but practice makes you better!  Start that journey with Cadenza today!