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Playing the keyboard

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Hi alex! So, I have a keyboard, (A portable piano with 61 keys) and I’m learning how to play it. I was excited and hoped I could someday play songs like piano man. But on Christmas, my cousin got a foldable keyboard that she’s good at. I can barely play amazing grace, and she can play the entire Billie Jean by Michael jackson! She’s only been doing it a day and she can already play heart of stone from six the musical. What the heck? I’ve been doing this for half a year (I havent had much time to practice though) and I can’t even play chopsticks!! I think I should quit. But I don’t know where I’ll find the money to pay my dad back for buying the keyboard.. He probably won’t require it but I’d want to. No matter how hard I try I don’t and can’t get better. Either you’re born with talent or you’re not. You can either play keyboard or you cant. It’s simple. Yes she’s 14 and I’m 12, but she’s been playing for 2DAYS AND CAN DO MUCH BETTER THAN I COULD DO IN A YEAR! I need help. Thanks alex


Hi there, thanks for getting in touch with us,
It’s great that you reached out and shared your feelings about learning the keyboard. It’s completely normal to feel frustrated or discouraged when progress seems slow, especially when comparing yourself to others. Remember that everyone learns at their own pace, and it’s not a race. Your cousin may have picked up things quickly, but that doesn’t lessen your own efforts or potential.
Learning an instrument takes time, dedication, and practice. It’s important to understand that progress isn’t always noticeable straight away, and setbacks are a part of the journey. Rather than focusing on how fast your cousin is progressing, try to celebrate your own achievements, no matter how small they may seem. 
Consider talking to your cousin about your shared interest. She might be able to offer you tips, guidance, or even become a practice buddy. Remember, it’s not about comparing yourself to others but about enjoying the process of learning and expressing yourself through music. If you ever feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to talk to your parents, friends, or a teacher for support.
Learning an instrument is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it’s okay to feel frustrated. Keep going, and you might surprise yourself with how much you can achieve. If you would like to chat to us some more, you can try our instant messaging service Live Chat which you can find on our website Or if you would prefer to talk with us you can phone us on our freephone number 1800 66 66 66. We are here for you 24/7/365. You are never alone on this musical adventure, and there are people around you who are more than willing to support and encourage you.
Keep playing, enjoy the journey, and don’t be too hard on yourself,

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