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How long does it take to get “good” at piano??

I just started taking a piano college class and i was wondering around How long it takes for a person to get to the point where they are playing songs at the level of like “moonlight sonata” for example. i know this is completely dependent on individual talent, previous experience with music etc. i am pretty familiar with music. i have played the guitar for like 10 years and so am very familiar with the idea of chords etc i also learned how to read music for classical guitar so im somewhat familiar with music reading.

anyway, so assuming that i am willing to practice like 2 hours a day, that i am familiar with music as well as basic music reading skills, how long do you think it would take for me to get to the level i just mentioned??

thank, you. if you could also give some of your information about the experience you have in this area too.


  1. It all depends on three things:

    How good is good? – Do you want to be able to play a Rachmaninoff Concerto or a Liszt Etude, or would you want to be able to play a Mozart Sonata, like K545 or K331? Also, so you want to play those songs at a professional level, or would you be happy to just be able to play the song without stopping?

    How much time are you willing to commit to piano, and how often? – This includes listening, technique, and musical practice. The more you practice (correctly), the faster you will get to be “good” at piano. Also, practicing for 3 hours one day a week will get less results than splitting 3 hours across 7 days.

    Your method of practice – This one should make sense— the more efficient you practice (strategic use of metronome practice, slow technical practice, or expressive practice in contrast to constantly playing a full song full speed repeatedly), the faster you will excel. In addition, larger difficulty gaps between songs (for instance, going from Mozart K545 to Fantasie-Impromptu) may take longer than shorter difficulty gaps.

    With all of these in mind, if one wants to be “good at piano” as in they want to be able to play Fur Elise without stopping, practicing daily 30 minutes, listening whenever they can, without any previous practice of piano, I think that one could master the piece in a minimum of 6 months. However, it took me about 5 years to gradually learn Fur Elise through the Suzuki method since I started piano as a 4-year-old.

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