Monday, 2 December 2013

Understanding The Importance of Piano Playing

As the year 2013 about to end we really need to do something in our life for a change. You probably already know that piano playing is an exciting talent to develop and there are many and varied reasons to play the piano. I am always asked if the piano is worth learning. Is it possible to achieve anything? Is it a suitable hobby?

There are so many reasons why both adults and children benefit from the study of a musical instrument. Everyone should play at least one instrument. I truly believe that every person on earth should be able to sit at some instrument and be capable of making beautiful music.

Benefits of Playing the Piano

Piano is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful appearance and fantastic sound. It can be a soloist’s instrument or a group instrument. One of the unique quality that the piano and not many other instrument share is that you can play more than one note at a time. It is polyphonic instrument. Thus, unlike instruments like the flute or violin, one can play pieces with complex and rich harmonies when playing alone. At the same time, the piano sounds beautiful accompanying other instruments. That makes the piano a dynamic solo instrument.

Learning to play the piano is easier in some ways than learning other types of music. With vocal music, you have to learn more carefully about pitch. You have to worry about being just a touch above or below the note. With a piano, the only way that would happen is if your piano is out of tune, in which case you just have a technician fix it.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of having a piano in your life is also the one we’ve known about the longest-uplifting effect it has on your spirit. When you sit on that bench and open the keyboard cover, you tap into a powerful way to communicate emotion, enliven a gathering or just relax. It sharpens the mind and body. The gift of music is therapeutic. Stress can melt away. If you’re upset, go ahead and thunder away on the keyboard, and when you’re done and feeling better, go ahead and pick up a more languid or cheerful piece.

Another reason to learn to play piano is to develop discipline. If you are some who starts and stops activities without giving them a fair shot, you might have better luck with the piano. It gives rewards at every level, keeping you motivated to stay at it and work harder.

The piano is also a staple of a family sing-along.  Whether you are singing Christmas carols or playing some favourite movie tunes or rending music in family worship services. The very design of the piano lends itself to groups of people gathered around, singing along. This one of the most social activities. This is where some of our warmest and most treasured memories are made.

People who shape the piano world

If you are a jazz enthusiast, you may have listened to piano music from great artist like Count Basie, or Duke Ellington. You might like modern jazz piano players better and there are many who have won the hearts of audiences everywhere.

One piano player who crosses many genres is Jim Brickman, who often plays his own compositions. Along with smooth jazz stations, Brickman’s music is played on pop, inspirational, and new age stations.

You may be more interested in the rock keyboard players. Some of them have been:  Rick Wakeman of Yes, Tony Banks of Genesis, Dennis De Young of Styx, and David Sancious who played for Springsteen, Santana, and Sting. Rock piano players include Elton John, Billy Joel, Carole King, Paul McCartney, and Carly Simon
Even if you have never liked classical music before, you might begin to enjoy it once you have started to play the piano. It presents a challenged and is very satisfying to master. Some of the greats are Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schubert, and Brahms.

Play and Earn

If you do end up playing professionally, you can gain a source of income from your piano playing. There are many jobs and careers for pianos. One can be the piano player in a lounge, on a cruise ship, in a church (mass, weddings, funerals), or in a band. One can be an instructor with a college or university or teach out of a home studio. One can accompanying vocalists, choirs, violinists, and others as they perform for competition or for an audience. One can compose movie scores or commercial jingles or orchestral pieces. The possibilities are endless.

The main reason anyone should learn to play the piano is for their own fulfilment. No matter what that means to you, you will be happy when you have strived to reach your full potential. You will feel joy when you play a composition well. You will be happier person for letting music into your life. It’s never too late to enjoy the gift of music through piano playing. Start your journey now.

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