Submitted by topsheetisamust t3_10k8tqy in Connecticut

My in-laws spent a small fortune getting a Steinway here. Right now it’s just sitting in my dining room and I want to play it, occasionally I bang on the keys.

Im an adult however, I’m not sure people give piano lessons to a 30+ year old.

You don’t have to be a teacher, just if you play the piano and feel you could show me some stuff that works too. I don’t have Facebook so I can’t look there and I’ve already tried Google.

Greater Hartford area.



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g1nko t1_j5p6z6n wrote

YouTube is definitely the way to go. I got a 1935 Baldwin Grand just before the pandemic. I asked on NextDoor if anybody could recommend a local teacher. I got 4 recommendations, called them all, and not one of them called me back. I tried contacting two teachers at Music & Arts Center and neither called me back. Nobody wants to teach adults.

I personally found all the apps to be crap: FlowKey, Yousician, Simply Piano...none of them really worked for me.

I liked Lisa at for learning how to read music and basic techniques. Her videos and pacing worked for me where the apps did not. Her videos are free on YouTube and you pay for the written materials. I paid and found them very helpful. Your mileage may vary...

After I got comfortable reading music and wanted to learn more complicated stuff, there are a lot of tutorials for popular pieces on YouTube. I found YouTubers with slowed down versions and suggested fingerings to be very helpful. I tend toward classical so ThePianoForever and JanePianoTutorials and, even though he's super corny, Hoffman Academy.


sweetjlo t1_j5q73t0 wrote

This is awesome! I recently got my piano back from a cousin who had had it for a number of years. At 52, I haven’t taken lessons in over 40 years, and while can play music I already know, I am really rusty learning new music and I want to improve my overall playing in general. I was going to try and find a local teacher but will definitely check these out instead. Thanks!


[deleted] t1_j5p6h2n wrote

I taught myself in a rudimentary by using alfreds piano books. WHile you look for help, my suggestion would be to spend a lot of time on basic songs while memorizing the keys (ABCDEFG) and placing your fingers on them without looking down at the keyboard (you need to train yourself to read the music while your fingers work unassisted) and recognizing the corresponding notes on music sheets. It is hard for us 30 plusers bc our mind is just not as mailable but with time and effort you will carve the neural pathways required. It just takes patience and consistency.


DarkLamont t1_j5p3yot wrote

You would be AMAZED at how useful youtube is, specifically for this exact purpose


topsheetisamust OP t1_j5p4z06 wrote



NLCmanure t1_j5p5pty wrote

yes, youtube. you can learn some basic chords and build off of that. You'll be amazed what you can learn. And the nice thing about youtube lessons is you can play them over and over.


DarkLamont t1_j5p5zmu wrote

There's some incredible visualizations you can pull up on a laptop or iPad and it will help tremendously with finger placement.


Eindacor_DS t1_j5p3fhf wrote

Also try craigslist, that's usually a good place for these types of services. Good luck


HRzNightmare t1_j5qbgzu wrote

Don't worry, teachers will definitely teach adults. When I took lessons in the late 80's my teacher had many older students.


s1a1om t1_j5rdr2p wrote

There are lots of piano teachers in CT. Pretty much every music shop will have teachers that give lessons. They don’t care how old you are.


IndigoGrunt t1_j5qs60v wrote

Start with learning to read sheet music. Label your keys with the correct notes until you are familiar enough with them. Invest in some cheap beginning piano books and take it slow. MCC used to have a beginning piano course but I'm not sure if it's offered still.


babycrowitch t1_j5tlzj1 wrote

What town are you in? I may be able to help. I’m near West Farms.


husky429 t1_j5pnpzo wrote

Youtube if you can't afford a real teacher.