How long does it take to learn how to read music ?

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I want to learn how to play the piano. I have a nice keyboard at home and I can play a few songs off, but I want to learn how to be able to read music and play complicated pieces…is it like learning a new language? Will I need to pay for years worth of piano lessons or can I do it by myself? Is it too late to learn it well at 23?

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I don’t think it’s ever too late. I’m younger than you, but I had pretty late start myself on piano. Learning to read music isn’t too, too difficult in my opinion. I learned a lot of basics in about two or three weeks.

Having learned reading a long time ago, I think it can be self-taught. You might want to go to a music shop and talk to the clerks about picking a starter book. It isn’t really like learning a new language, per se, it just takes some devotion. I wouldn’t recommend starting with a “complicated piece” off the bat, because some of it is truly God-awful to read.

Just take it easy at first, and in time you’ll be able to do complicated pieces with relative ease. Best of luck!

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