How Long Does It Take You to Learn a New Piano Piece?

The Difference than Learning for Pleasure and to Perform it

There is an enormous difference in learning for the joy of learning and training for a performance, they are a world’s distance apart and you should always take that in consideration when trying to calculate the time it takes to learn a new piano piece

Even the Easiest Piece Can Take a While if You’re Going to Perform it

The truth is that to play piano with proper technique, read sheet music and then be able to accurately play at a performance level will take a good deal of time. The problem is that performing live puts too much pressure on you when every little detail needs to be nail down like rhythm, notes and silences.

Learning for Yourself is Much Faster and Probably More Enjoyable Too

I am always a big proponent of learning music for oneself first, as the process is much more enjoyable, that does not mean you do not need a techer. A teacher is unvaluable and will always make your learning curve smoother.

The Best Answer is the One You Find by Trying

The best answer for this question is naturaly found by getting your hands dirty and start right now, then when you finish you will have your own timeframe for learning, which tends to be very different from others.

Everyone Has Different a Natural Talent, Background and Experience

Everybody has a different level of talent, that seems particularly more truthful when we are talking about musical instruments in general. There is nothing wrong with not having talent or being average, but you should manage your expectations accordingly

Just Starting is the Best Way to Get Ahead

A person that executes will always run circles around a genius, done is better than perfect, always strive to conquer your fears and start. Starting is what will get you ahead in life and in your piano practice.

In a piano conservartory it is expected of you to learn a piece in one or two weeks if it is not a virtuoso piece.

Expect Average Results if You Are an Average Pianist

Unless you some magical genius with enormous talent, your results will reflect that. But if you are like and most people, time put in practice is what will pay off in the end.

You Will Get Average Results with Average Skills

You want to know the recipe for an average person to get abnormal results?


Other than that there is nowhere else to run. Humility can be freeing at times, because it enables us to evaluate things unbiased. There is always a price to getting something we want, if you truly want it, be determined to pay the price.

Push a Little Harder with Every Session

You can learn and memorize the notes of a piece in about 20 hours, but to master the tempo, the rhythm and details will take much longer. That is when the importance of pushing a little harder everytime comes into play.

By pushing a little bit every session, you are maintaing two habits:

  • A mindset of improving everytime you play;
  • A Showing up habit, the most important.

Think About Getting Better as Opposed to Accumulating Pieces

Think about getting better with your skills and technique, along with sheet music reading abilities, that is what is going to get you far.

You Cannot Remember All the Pieces You Learn

It is very hard to remember every single piece of music we ever produced. Heck, I do not even remember half the articles I wrote on this site.

That is normal, I have studied the forgetfulness curve and this is very normal, so do not be a piece memorizer, focus on improving fluidness and technique instead.

It is Inefficient Trying to Remember Every Single Piece You Learned Perfectly

If you were to try your best to remember every single piano piece you learned along the way, it would require immense commitment and time to maintain them, which is not efficient.

Our brains are incredible processors, but they are not made to hold long pieces of information for very long. What is not used often get discarded or stored on a place you cannot access without deeper digging.

Being Consistent is The Key to Better Results

A lot of teachers are very keen on saying that practicing the piano for 10 minutes everyday is better than 2 hours every week, and it is true.

Playing 15 Minutes Everyday is Better than 40 Minutes 3 Times a Week

By engaging in daily practice, you are being tremendously more efficient with your learning, that is because you are compounding everyday on what you did yesterday without letting the knowledge “drop”.

It is very curious that few people know this, but there is a fundmental learning resource that most people do not use, and that is the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve.

Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve on Piano Learning

The Ebbinghaus forgetting curve strongly applies on piano practice because it points us at an important truth, if we are not determined to do it daily, the results are severely undermined as you can see in the graph.

Remember that Piano is a Long Term Game

Piano, like any other instrument, is a very long term game, mastering piano can be very rewarding and will change your life, but you need to do it for the right reasons in order to succeed.

Remember Your Why

People with strong enough reasons will do ANYTHING.

Imagine your child is on the top of another skycraper that caught on fire. You have the opportunity to save your child now but risk is limitless, would you still do it?


Get deep inside you and find out why are you playing, that can keep you grounded while others crumble in the storm.

Live the Life You Want to Live

Play the piano ultimately for your own reasons, a life worth living is a life where we make our own choices based in good life experiences

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