Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
133 registered (Andrei Kuznetsov, accordeur, AndrewJCW, Amosdoll, 36251, Albunea, 41 invisible), 1427 Guests and 7 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1090499 - 11/03/04 10:06 AM Is playing AGAIN like riding a bike?
Kris10 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/03/04
Posts: 21
Loc: Ohio
I'm curious about this. If I put my flute down for 10 years or more, I feel fairly confident that I could pick it up again without much trouble. If a fine pianist stopped playing for 10 years or more, can it be picked up again quickly? I've tried three times now to take up piano and each time I begin again, I have to start all over!

(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1090500 - 11/03/04 10:11 AM Re: Is playing AGAIN like riding a bike?
Rodney Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/28/04
Posts: 735
Loc: Caledon ON, Canada
I have tried to learn keyboad at least 3 times over the last 15 years. I would play for a year or two, then stop for a few years and then start again, only to discover that I had lost everything previously learned. This may just be me because I have had a similar experience with accoustic guitar. :-(

Drums (pop/jazz) were my passion for many years and I wonder how difficult it would be to pick that up again. I doubt my wife has any interest in finding out. :-))


#1090501 - 11/03/04 10:25 AM Re: Is playing AGAIN like riding a bike?
markb Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 2593
Loc: Maryland
It probably depends on the level of mastery you achieved. I played clarinet in school and, now twenty years later, I could probably pick up fairly close to where I left off (after getting my embouchure back, which could take a bit of time). I started piano lessons last month after an 8-year hiatus following a little more than a year of lessons. I found that I didn't backtrack much, except to have to brush up on my bass clef reading (which I feel like I'll never match my treble clef familiarity).

I played drums in late high school through college and a few years after that. I'm pretty sure I could easily knock out most standard rock/pop beats and some basic jazz/swing beats. Again, getting the "chops" back would take longer--speed with single stroke rolls, cleanly playing buzz rolls, and some of the other rudiments--paradiddles, flams, etc., and all the combinations.
markb--The Count of Casio


Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
(ad) Yamaha CP4 or CP40 Free Bag
Buy a CP4 or CP40 Get a Free Bag
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Mason & Hamlin Piano Factory Tours
Ad (the Piano Store)
the Piano Store - Restored Steinway Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Dmitry Paperno's thoughts on Mozart
by bennevis
20 minutes 10 seconds ago
Rosen's "The Classical Style" -- audio for musical examples?
by BWV 846
31 minutes 53 seconds ago
Any Black Friday/Holiday sales of virtual piano software?
by jocar37
Today at 04:40 PM
I made a decision today...
by neciebugs
Today at 04:30 PM
How to make advanced piano covers?
by Aly Baracat
Today at 04:12 PM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Forum Stats
81,556 Registered Members
44 Forums
168,551 Topics
2,469,603 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission