How long will it take to play the moonlight sonata on my piano?

@Zmugzy (773)
September 17, 2008 3:43pm CST
I have recently started taking piano lessons and I would like to know how many of you play the piano. If so, provided I practised every day, how long do you think it would take me to learn one classical tune such as the moonlight sonata by Beethoven?
3 responses
@thea0322 (66)
• Philippines
18 Sep 08
It depends on your skill level. On how religious your are at practicing. You also have to have long fingers to play the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. My wrists ache whenever i play that piece from stretching too much.:) This is one of my favorite pieces to play though.
@Zmugzy (773)
18 Sep 08
Well that's useful to know as I do have long fingers. :-) Thanks for your response.
• Canada
27 Oct 08
I agree! It's a wonderful piece of music and I really enjoy playing it, especially the third movement. Long fingers are a plus but I can only reach 8 keys (9 if I stretch hard) and playing the piece is no problem. A lot of work though. If you just started with piano lessons, it might take a while to play such a difficult piece. In RCM, it's one of the pieces that can be played during the exam to get your piano teacher's certificate (or performer's).
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
18 Sep 08
It depends on your natural talent, your ability to practice efficiently, and how much you'll practice on those days when you do. It is possible to learn a piece above your skill level by practicing it a lot. I've done it on songs I really enjoy a lot and I am motivated to learn. But then if another song of that skill level was presented to me, I would not be able to play it.
@Zmugzy (773)
18 Sep 08
Thanks for your reply.
@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
28 Oct 08
Glad to see you. I love that song. I learned it on my bass, which required some serious stretching and going to learn it on the banjo as well. This would depend on some things. Your ability to learn what you are playing or the speed at which you read music along with your ability to process and regurgitate that information. The more you practice the better the faster you will learn. You should practice at least 1 hour a day. I got a banjo for my birthday in August. I play twice a week and have been able to play "The Entertainer" since the 2nd week. But I can't read music very fast so I have to memorize it. Which is time consuming. It is much faster to play intricate songs if you learn to read music. If you have any questions about practicing or music in general feel free to ask.