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#1075088 - 05/25/07 05:27 AM 101 reasons to play piano!  
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1. So when you get that question about having any hobbies you can give a resounding 'yes, actually, I do'!

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2. You can dream and travel whenever and wherever you like.


And in my twisted face... there's not the slightest trace of anything that even hints at kindness...
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3. You learn to know and appreciate a lot of composers - and most of them are men heart


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4. it's the most beautiful of all instruments - can sound like a whole orchestra or like a human voice singing all on its own


"The creative process is nothing but a series of crises."
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#1075092 - 05/25/07 09:16 AM Re: 101 reasons to play piano!  
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5. It's a wonderful way to keep your brain active and to delay the onset of arthritis!

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6. I am never bored now that I started playing the piano. Whenever I have a few free minutes, I am at the piano instead of watchin TV.

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7. Because something inside you compels you to make music.


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8. To play what your favourite composer-pianists also played!

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5. It's a wonderful way to keep your brain active and to delay the onset of arthritis!
9. Or to keep your fingers mobile when you already have arthritis!

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10. To impress your significant other.

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11. And of course to seduce your yet-to-be significant other...

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It's good for your health: it raises the level of the serotonin in your brain (natural antidepressive), it saves you from the radiation of the computer and TV



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13. It temporarily "takes you away" so you can forget your day-to-day responsibilities or problems.


"Cats make purrfect friends"
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14. So that when you're at somebody's house where there is a piano, you can sit down and rattle off an incredible sounding piece and be the life of the party.


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15. Because you can!!!


When I reach the place I'm going, I will surely know my way.
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16. 'Cause "It's All About Pianos!" (PW slogan) :p


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17. So you can tap your hands 5 times faster than you can tap your feet.


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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18. you can create(compose) your own music:)


If it ain't fun I ain't doin' it:)
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19. To discover something new, every day, in a new piece or just a tune.


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20. To feel the emotion of a beautiful chord. They can make me cry.


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19. So you can drum your fingers on a piece of plasticine and make depressions of equal depth first time. Get a non-pianist to try it!


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21. It''s a hobby that doesn't require proper weather conditions (as does golf, or sailing, skiing, etc).

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22. To keep faith with a dream.


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23. You get to play a low A 'ffff' and feel the vibrations all through your body

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24. To have something that is so absorbing you lose all track of time

25. To have things to talk about on Piano World!


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24. So you can have an excuse if someone asks why you forgot to do something silly like chores.

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Aduke,
we posted at nearly the same time-- yours is #26 (so we don't get off count) wink

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27. For the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finally master that piece that seemed impossible when you first looked at it.


I have a deep and satisfying relationship with my Yamaha U1...
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28. It's many times more fulfilling and rewarding than watching TV. (Even if you're just working on scales.)

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29. You can chase away pests in your house by playing your bass notes as loud as possible (like on an Imperial).


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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30. It's good mental exercise to keep that dreaded mind thingy from happening. What is it, I can't remember?



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31. There is an intrinsic sound from a piano that just hits a sweet spot in my brain...Its hard to describe...

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26. Because no other instrument you've ever heard sounds so much like the music that is in your heart.


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33. You can fall in love with a Piano, or with loads of them, because they're all different!


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34. Because to play once is to pray twice.


Inspiration is the act of pulling a chair up to the writing desk.
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26. Because no other instrument you've ever heard sounds so much like the music that is in your heart.
Wow, MAK! You sure hit me right in the emotional wheelhouse with that truism.



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35. To surround your children with the gift of music and the incentive to learn.


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36. Gives you a wonderful useful piece of furniture to take over your lounge, Dust etc


Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, leggy blonde in one hand, whisky in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!
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37. To celebrate the genious of the composers and make them immortal. thumb


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38. gives meaning to your life in the form of music.

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39. So you can humiliate yourself in front of an audience.



“Being able to hear recorded music freed up loads of musicians that couldn't necessarily afford to learn to read or write music. With recording, it was emancipation for the people.”
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40. So you can make your friends and relatives jealous.

Kathleen


After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891
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41. So you can be called "arrogant."


After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891
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42. So when they ask a musical-piano-composer type question on Jeopardy, you can shout out the answer before the contestant.

Kathleen


After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own." Oscar Wilde, 1891
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43. Endorphins, and a boost to the self-esteem, too, on those good days. (Don't try to "feel the burn," though!)

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44. So you can get injured in odd ways. (I just messed up my finger by inserting about 50 octave glissandi into an improvization)


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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45. Because the piano is the most versatile and exciting instrument with the best repertoire of music written for it.

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46. It'll save your sanity, if not your life!


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46 So the muscles of your palm look way more impressive than those of Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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47. So you can particpiate in an ABF Quarterly recital.

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48. So you can beat everyone at those music games that are like Dance Dance Revolution for the fingers.


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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49. Because it's fun.

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50. It's soothing and relaxing. smile

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51. Because the piano can become a window into your soul.


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51. To feel better about the object taking up 25% of your living space.

52. Just when you think your fingers will never move how they're supposed to - they do.


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53. Playing someone's favorite piece, prepared especially for him/her, is a priceless gift to that person.

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Hold on a minute...

We're off count!


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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54. So much of the best music for the instrument is available free online

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55. Because it is the most noble and sophisticated of all instruments, capable of the richest and most wonderfully expresive sounds.

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Doh!!

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56. Just too experience the pure wonder when these little dots, circles, and lines on a piece of paper turn into physical accomplishment, mental amazement, and pure sound/music. (I never get over experiencing a new piece!)


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57. Because my daughter and I can play piano duets and my other daughter wants to play guitar/duets with me and I can't imagine a better way to spend a Friday night, with 2 teenage girls who want to make music with their mom !!!!


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57. To experience the joy of making music, and sharing that joy with your friends and family.

- Mark
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...The ultimate joy in music is the joy of playing the piano...
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60. Because your next recital is in two days, and you need to practice...


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61. You can give expression to your feelings and your soul.

(My wife knows what my state of mind is hearing me playing the piano smile )


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62. Patience..

..playing the piano helps me to be patient not only with myself, but with the progress of learning each new piece and to really understand and feel the music. Might be painful and frustrating at times..or seems to take for ever.. but I think it's all worthwhile..

We pianists are really a privileged and blessed lot.


"No time".. Saddest words ever spoken or written.

Nope..I'm gonna live each day to the fullest smile
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26. to challenge my brain knowing that the effort has so many positives.

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64. Because my neighbors are going mad with my late practise.



“Being able to hear recorded music freed up loads of musicians that couldn't necessarily afford to learn to read or write music. With recording, it was emancipation for the people.”
-Keith Richards

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65. It makes singing a whole lot easier.


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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68. because it helps me count. (lots of double posts with double numbers driving me nuts)


If it ain't fun I ain't doin' it:)
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69. (I hope)

So that when they ask you what you're going to do with all that time post-retirement at a retirement planning seminar, you're not caught out without an answer.

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70. (I checked from page 1, and we're finally back on count, there are around 10 errors)

You have an excuse to spend $100,000.


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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71. So you can meet interesting and talented people and make new friends.

72. So you can perform spectacularly at a friends wedding and make them realise they are with the wrong person!

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73. So that the next time someone comments on your long, skinny fingers, you can tell them what good use you make of them!

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74. It's therapy.


It's the journey not the destination..
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75. Even if you have fat ugly fingers, you have every reason to be proud of them.


"No time".. Saddest words ever spoken or written.

Nope..I'm gonna live each day to the fullest smile
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76. It's addicting and it's better then any drug. And the good thing is, you never have to quit the addiction laugh .



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76. (Not trombones!) To fulfill a life-long dream!

52 and starting to learn. Wanted to play piano since 10 and forced into violin. Mom sold paternal grandmother's piano two years later.

Nov got a 1919 Duo-Art Weber reproducing upright player, virgin, needs restored. Currently saving pennies for that.

Now looking at a Roland FP7 DP to learn on in the meantime.


It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

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Ah! you beat me!

77. To fulfil a life-long dream!


It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

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We will surely exceed 101 reasons to play piano.... can we keep it going beyond that??

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78. Because we surely have more than 101 reasons to play the piano laugh yippie


"No time".. Saddest words ever spoken or written.

Nope..I'm gonna live each day to the fullest smile
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Am I allowed to list more than one at a time?

79. To sooth the savage beast. We have two Yorkies and adopted two abandoned cats. They come running to hear the piano but couldn't care less about TV or stereo.

80. To express with our hands what our hearts feel.

81. To add sunshine to a cloudy day. Just thinking about my piano brightens the days I am too busy with work.

82. To relive wonderful memories of the past with family and friends.

83. To preserve a little of the past when everything wasn't artificial and mass-produced. We have lived for 21 yrs in an 1886 Queen Anne home now with my 1919 Weber upright player, got Nov '06.

84. To gain the confidence to make mistakes on the way to mastering a desired milestone.

85. To set a goal and bit by bit finally achieve it.

Can you tell I am a new learner and still really enthusiastic?!


It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

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86. To always have a reason (motivation) to wake up


Nothing seems real
Im starting to feel
Lost in the haze of a dream
-Dream Theater-
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87. To understand that in life everything is possible, with determination and work/practice.


Nothing seems real
Im starting to feel
Lost in the haze of a dream
-Dream Theater-
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88. Because the exercise keeps me from getting fat fingers.

89. Because nothing else is more interesting to me at the moment.


Waiting is hard when the future is uncertain. But I wait....
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90. Because no other instrument comes close in terms of versatility (the piano can be the bass, baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano voices at any time).

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91. because you'll wish you did when you retire

92. So you can someday teach your own children/grandchildren

93. you can potentially make money from it

94. You could one day post a video of yourself on youtube with a "musician" banner

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95. Impresses people better than solving a Rubik's Cube.

96. It's the instrument that you can play with your nose and feet.

97. So you can add music stores to the list of places you waste your time at.

98. You can say musical terminology, and people will think that you speak Italian.

99. You can shock people when they look at your iPod, because it is full of classical music.

100. You can get musical humor.

101. PIANO IS THE BEST!


Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.
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102. Because you... oops too late.

Serge



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103. It give you a cool excuse for having incredibly short nails. wink


Slow down and do it right.
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104. Because there are always more than 101 reasons to play piano.


And in my twisted face... there's not the slightest trace of anything that even hints at kindness...
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105. You can go solo or join a band - or both!

106. Playing piano gives you a foundation to play other keyboard instruments as well - synthesizer, organ, clavichord, and harpsichord. With all of these, you can be a whole orchestra!

107. Music from any era, and in any style, sounds good on piano!


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