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Re: Why?
#1111600 06/09/08 02:24 PM
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Crusader,
You can ask your friend why he wants to "just" listen to the CD, instead of making music himself!


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Because I CAN! Music's been in my heart all my life. Now I get a chance to MAKE it! I thank God every day for the gift of music.


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For him to ask this question suggests he wouldn't understand the answer, regardless of what it might be. For some people, music is a spectator sport, rather than something one DOES.


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When done right, it touches your soul...

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On a conscious level playing the piano is an active lesson everyday of....."anything work having is worth working for."

On a subconscious level, it brings me a peace that can only come from within.


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Why? Have you ever watched Lang Lang play? I know most can't watch him but love his music. It should touch your soul and for some, all pride falls away and they become the music.


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Funny no one says that about golf..the minute someone sets out to play an instrument..they think your going to be a pro..

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When you have practised and mastered a piece it's Your Creation. Maybe not perfect but it's your own
What do you create by putting on a CD?

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Why?, because creating your own beautiful music brings you even more enjoyment than a table dance!.

A bit crude I know but not many things can!, lets be honest!. thumb

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Always Wanted to Play Piano:
For him to ask this question suggests he wouldn't understand the answer, regardless of what it might be. For some people, music is a spectator sport, rather than something one DOES. [/

I have a friend who asked me the same thing. Why are you doing this and wasting time isstead of doing other stuff. I have a perfectly good Mercedes Lackey novel here I havent read yet. its been a month since it got here. Keyboard time eats into other time,but its interesting and odd. Just wish my paws did not hurt when doing this. I type 2 fingered for a reason.
Another friend of mine does anything he can to educate folks on his chosen unusual toy/ Spent 7 years kicking in the butt over it;. He finally succeeded but I have no talent for this at all

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Since you asked Crusader I will indulge myself...

As many--including yourself--have touched upon, the joy in is the process: The process of learning and gaining new experience. A wonderful side product of this process is new levels of mastery. When climbers say of Everest, "because it's there" that's what they mean: The joy is in the 'process of doing'. (And the process of doing includes making mistakes, falling, getting up, restarting, progressing.)

With this attitude even competitions can be enjoyable because the most important thing is 'the process' not the outcome. 'The process' can be really scary at times but it is always instructive if we listen and is (contrary to what we may think and feel) a progress. There will always be people better than you and people not at the same level as you, but all those people can enjoy the process. At times you'll be on the top and at times you may find yourself at the bottom. That's just the way the outcome unfolds and it doesn't take away from anyone's experience of 'the process'. A person who ends up last may have learned more than the person who ended up first!

It sounds like you are learning to play piano because you love it. Congratulations.


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#1111611 06/13/08 07:38 AM
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No offense meant but I would think anyone that has to ask that question probably would just not understand the answer.

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I would have said something like "Why do you go fishing" Wouldn't you just have as much fun going to the fish market and buying fish or watching the fishing channel?

Or whatever hobby he likes. Golf, painting whatever.

I honestly don't know why people don't understand. For the non professional it's a Hobby that produces results and gives us gratification of accomplishing something, not only something but something beautiful that not only is for your enjoyment but for the enjoyment of others.


Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.>>> Herman Munster
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Get yourself a new friend. This one is mentally challanged.


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Playing music instead of listening to it means I can play it anytime I like which for me is good because I have a habit of scratching my CD's!


We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.
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Another reason is simply because time flies when you're having fun and I could feel like I've been playing for an hour when in-fact its several.


We are the melodies and the notes of your opus. We are the music of your life.
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I agree with those who think that someone who would ask such a question will never "get it", but it's still a worthwhile exercise to remind ourselves "why" once in a while.
I play because I've always wanted to, and was the odd child whose parents didn't make them take piano lessons. I play because I'm getting older every minute and I want to keep my mind sharp and my neurons firing. I play because I work 2 jobs and I'm taking online courses, I need something that's just for my personal pleasure. I play because there is no better feeling than to master something that I previously thought was beyond me.
In essense, I play to find joy-as I believe most of us here do.


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Well, a small view from the other side (not me or my thinking, but I do feel it's a valid question).

There are those who think "virtual" stuff is harmful in excess. Get off you back-sides, turn off the computer, and go spend some time with real people. All that time alone cannot be healthy.

The same can be said of the pursuit of piano playing. Very solitary. And, it will take forever to get any good at it. With all that life has to offer, why would someone elect to pass it by and stay alone? It is a huge expenditure of time and effort.

Those who elect to spend their time on other things cannot bear the thought of losing those things to anything else. So, the devotion of a beginning pianist is too much to "spend" for them.

It is a valid question. One answer, for me anyway, is all of us will find ways to spend our free time. TV, computer games, bar-hopping, photography, motorcycles, cars, sports, driving, going to new places, etc. (All things I do, btw). A portion of my time is also spent on the keyboard. It can relax me. It keeps my brain working. It can make me so happy I cry. It can make me so frustrated I cry. It makes me feel alive, like having a mistress or girlfriend. But, (a big but) it is cheaper than a girlfriend on the side.

So few things give joy. Find one yourself, and go for it.


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Slow down and do it right.
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