How Long Does It Take to Learn the Piano?

By Anthony King ; Updated September 15, 2017
How Long Does It Take to Learn the Piano?

Understand how a Pinao is Set Up

As soon as you'll learn the notes of each of the piano's keys, you will be playing piano very quickly. First locate what is called "middle C." This is simply the center key of the keyboard. The piano is grouped into octaves. The "middle C" is the very beginning of the fourth octave. The keys in each octave are C, D, E, F, G, A and B, and then the next key is the beginning of the next octave, which would be the C note of the fifth octave. Naming the notes and the octaves as you go up and down the piano's keyboard is a good way to jump start learning to play piano. If you practice this for a half of an hour a day, within one week you should become very proficient at knowing where all of the keys and octaves are located.


Learn piano tabs and you can be playing and learning songs within minutes. A tab, or tablature, is an easy way to understand writing and reading music. Each piano is set up in groups of keys, or octaves, then each key in the octave is given a letter name. A piano tab shows the sequence of keys that should be struck by giving a number and a letter to signify in which octave the notes should be struck. An example of a piano tab would look like this: 4-A-C-E-F-A. This means that you would go to the fourth octave and play an A followed by a C, E, F and another A.

Musical Notation

The hardest part of piano playing is reading the sheet music and then being able to take what you have read and translate it into music on the piano. A musical notation is written on five evenly spaced parallel lines. The first line is where an E is written, the second line is for G, the third line is for B, the fourth line is for D and the fifth line is for F (this is for treble clef, which is played by the right hand on a piano). An easy way to remember this is to use the mnemonic, "Every Good Bird Does Fly." The spaces in between the lines also represent notes. Starting at the bottom space in between the first and second lines, the spaces are for F, A, C and E. Note that this spells out "FACE." You should now have the tools to learn to play the piano, the rest is just practicing to get the dexterity and knowledge to play piano well, which is something that piano players spend the rest of their lives trying to figure out. Increase your practicing to an hour a day, and you will begin to see exponential gains in your piano playing ability.


About the Author

Anthony King is a freelance writer and amateur filmmaker. His work has appeared in various online publications. He is currently working toward graduating with a B.A. in English-writing.