New Years Resolutions tend to come and go, but they really could make a difference in your life if you want them to. For your New Years resolutions to make a true difference, they require a true commitment. This is great because learning to play the piano takes true commitment as well. If you have always wanted to learn to play the piano, why not use the boost from your New Years resolve and go to it.
To learn how to play the piano, you must take that first serious step of deciding not to put it off any longer. Make a commitment to daily practice, knowing ahead of time that this is no whim. It is a choice to begin a life-long journey of learning and growing and developing skills. You will find out that the joys of this journey are numerous and varied, from teaching your fingers to play with evenness and dexterity to creating musical phrases, to working on a beautiful piano piece, to having a daily project to take your mind off of the stressful daily grind.
Be a piano player. Once you start, you are one. Stick with it for the new year, and then for the thirty years (perhaps 30 years of New Years Resolutions?) after that. You may only play single-note melodies at first, and then melodies with chords, and then melodies with velvet-smooth chord patterns and counterpoint bass, and then... and then you will someday have the skills and the musical knowledge to do whatever you want at the piano.
But first you must start, and then you must not stop. Your chances for success depend entirely on your persistence and resolve. Also, it will help tremendously if you keep in mind that it is the learning and the growing and the skill-development which are the truly enjoyable and satisfying parts of playing the piano. Playing beautiful and great music will come too, but that is really just the icing on the cake. Your consistent daily time at the piano will be the source of joy and motivation. Practice will be what you love to do, not just a means to an end.
This website is devoted to providing learning piano players with direction and resources for learning. Learn your way around the keyboard; learn to read notes; learn to count rhythms; learn to read music; learn scales; learn chords; learn how to practice. Just start learning and keep learning.
If you have the resources and the connections to find a good piano teacher, do it. If not, use this website, and others, to teach yourself. As long as you have the desire and the energy to keep at it, you can and you will learn to play and to play well.
Once you have been at it for a few years, you will begin to realize that practicing the piano has given your life a whole new energy and joy. Having such a high-quality and fulfilling creative outlet in your life will add extra depth and meaning.
Do not compare yourself, your abilities, your piano playing to others, except as a guide to improving. Playing the piano is not about talent. It's about developing your own individual skills, and then allowing your natural musical ability to blossom. It happens to every single person who sticks with it.