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    Quote Originally Posted by PresenTense View Post
    I play electric guitar since I was 12 years old. But I have been listening to Classical Music and Jazz a lot lately. I've been interested in learning how to play piano but I've heard that to play classical music, it is better to start as a kid. They almost say that it is impossible to start learning at 21 (my age) because it is too late. Can anybody that started late play Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto? What do you think about that?


    It all depends on how long it takes you to learn complex pieces. It takes blood , sweat, tears, dedication, practice maybe 4 hours a day, maybe more. I don't know how musical you are but you may be able to play Rachmaninoff's 3rd, but can you play it superbly is the million dollar question here. It would be beyond my dreams. I take it you can read music. Have you done music theory, and to what grade?

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    Hmm...Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto is the hardest piano work! I hope you can success, but don't be angry if you fail learning it.

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    It's never too late to learn -- but probably the reason why they say it's "better" to start younger is because perhaps the young ones can put the time into learning the instrument. like learning in school, you need to start with beginning books, and gradually work your way to pieces with more difficult technical and interpretive concepts. Just like in school, you can learn about neuroscience without knowing what a cell is and working your way through the levels of scientific knowledge.

    age doesn't matter if you just want to learn to play- but the amount of time you are willing and able to put into matters most.
    Rachmaninoff i believe begun musical training later in age.

    And so did many other notable composers due to many reasons (war/financial means etc). So start with the basics, baby stuff, and eventually perhaps years and years later depending on your progress and time you put into it you can master the technical challenges and will be able to read it rach 3 efficiently.

    enjoy and good luck --

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boot Hamilton View Post
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    That's hilarious. I thought you were going to say that you were 75 or something.
    I think that's depressing... I mean what kind of people say to someone aged 21 that "you can't do that".

    From OP, I didn't get the expression he wants to be a top level concert pianist, it's just something other posters are pushing to this thread.

    Then of course it's very interesting to think why it's so difficult for someone in 20's to become professional pianist. What causes that? Is it so that player needs to literally grow and develop with instrument?

    Btw I'm in my 50's and learning new programming languages and picking up again with computer music.. It's hard and slow. But I'd never ever ask anyone "can I do it?"

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    It'll be tough to be insanely great but you can still be great. Frantz Alberts started at 17. You can read a bit about him here https://www.key-notes.com/pages/albert-frantz. He plays a great version of Liszt's transcendental etudes and his first CD was a bunch of stuff from Alkan! That's some of the most technically challenging stuff ever.
    I'm only 17 and started about 8 months ago and although I probably won't ever become a famous virtuoso, I am certainly determined to become a great pianists. Even if you only live until 50, you have 20 years to reach your goal and about 10 more years to play everything you've ever wanted over and over. I also assume you'll live longer then that.
    Good luck!

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