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How long does it take to learn Keyboard?

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Hey! Im going to attend a Music school thing and going to Learn Keyboard evrey friday. How long will it take untiul i can play fluently? I know its individual but how long ish will it take? I have as a personal goal to manage to play the Pirates of the Caribbean theme on the keyboard.

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It can take years to play fluently. But the time solely depends on how hard you study and how well you learn.

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Depends what you mean by fluent. Do you want to be able to play one of the more advanced Mozart or easier Beethoven Sonatas well and with ease for others? Or are you looking to b able to accompany rock bands offering chord support and single line melodies? Do you want to learn some of the very difficult literature? That would be Bach Partitas, Chopin Etudes/Sonatas/Scherzi, Prokofiev Sonatas, the difficult Beethoven Sonata (Waldstein, Appassionata, Hammerklavier), some Ravel pieces, Debussy Etudes, Ligeti Etudes .... etc

Are you not interested in performance and want to play well enough to get out some of your ideas on the piano or try out what you wrote on paper on the piano?

The keyboard literature is very large.

Ah you say you want to learn a movie theme song. I heard a little bit of it and you could probably get it with steady structured correct practice in 2 years if you find a simple arrangement - or create one by ear.

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You would definitely want to be counting in years here, yes. Provided that you practice daily and study to practice correctly.

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Depends what you mean by fluent. Some would call me fluent. Psh.

Practice practice practice, dawg. It's an instrument. You gotta work at it. It's not like learning to drive a car you're not used to. It's a totally new skill.

Go for it. Stop worrying about time tables! :lol:

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That depends on your dedication and talent.

If you practice for five hours a day, skipping meals and such to practice, you could be playing well quite soon. As in maybe a year.

On the other hand, if you are like me* and on occasion devote 30 minutes of your precious time on earth to practicing your skills, it will take a considerably longer time. As in maybe seven years.

Film scores tend to be fairly simple arrangements, so it shouldn't take more than two or three years to be able to play them fairly easily if you practice consistently.

Micah

*I play at an intermediate/early advanced level, but I have been playing the piano since I was almost 8. I'm 15 now. ;)

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If you have a good teacher that will keep things interesting for you, and you have no aspiration to play concert pieces, a year, year and a half with practicing every day should be enough for you to be able to play most popular music (that includes film music). Some pieces will be more demanding than others, but at least you will have a good idea on how to approach them.

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