Those who fancy a different type of ‘love’ adventure may prefer considering the piano as the object of their desire. Here are a few reasons why:
1. The piano is undoubtedly the King of instruments. It needs no other accompaniment. It stands alone and can be savoured anywhere whilst providing all the fundamentals of music; melody, rhythm, and harmony. It has few rivals and is the instrument of choice for those who want a fulfilling hobby or pastime.
2. It produces the most beautiful sounds and, in the hands of a skilled pianist, can be transformed to compete with a full orchestra, such as the depth and colour available to those who play it.
3. It’s one of the most versatile instruments, and it’s possible to play any style or genre. Whether your passion is for Boogie-Woogie, Folk, Jazz, Pop or Rock, Musical Theatre, or Classical, all music translates successfully.
4. Once you have mastered the basics you can play any keyboard instrument; Organ, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Spinet, Celeste, Digital or Electronic pianos; there are so many options.
5. As a pianist, you will be popular! You’ll be able to accompany choirs, and church congregations, play in rock or pop groups, play duets with friends and accompany other instrumentalists and singers, as well as play alone for your pleasure.
6. You will have the opportunity to learn the largest repertoire known to man. There is so much piano music it would take ten lifetimes to cover everything, therefore you have almost unlimited options.
7. To learn to play the piano you need to read two lines of music; one for the right hand and one for the left. This is a highly beneficial accomplishment because you will then be able to read the treble and bass fluently, which bodes well for learning other instruments or writing music.
8. The self-discipline, motivation, and multi-tasking needed to practice and play well may provide enormous benefits in life. The human mind usually finds playing the piano a challenge that provides enjoyment and deep satisfaction. And it’s great fun, too.
9. The opportunity to perform can imbue great confidence and self-esteem.
10. Playing the piano can encourage you to fall in love with music and the arts; a passion that will hopefully last a lifetime.
So what are you waiting for? Perhaps it’s time to acquire a piano and some lessons? You might just discover your real passion.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.
For more information, please visit the publications page, here.
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Nice post Melanie. I’m pleased to see that your book will be out in printed format soon. Best of luck with this!
Thank you Steve 🙂
This is a lovely post and there are some great reasons to go out there and get yourself started on the piano. I’m all for it, the more of us the better.
Please post this in a format that we can share with our piano progeny…
“Richard Wagner’s music isn’t as bad as it sounds!” Will Rogers
Not sure which format that is, Richard? 🙂
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