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#1267506 - 09/13/09 01:40 PM Why do we play piano?  
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I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.


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#1267507 - 09/13/09 01:46 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Betelgeuse, baby!
Your instrument's economy has declined?


Die Krebs gehn zurücke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.
#1267509 - 09/13/09 01:49 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Janus K. Sachs]  
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lol, no seriously.


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#1267514 - 09/13/09 02:04 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Music is an art. Many play piano for different reasons: As a pastime, as a living, as an opprotunity to learn, as a hobby, as a way or to express themselves.

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#1267521 - 09/13/09 02:09 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: survivordan]  
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personally, what is your reason? why do you enjoy playing piano?


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#1267532 - 09/13/09 02:21 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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<<I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.>>

Music is in your soul and the most important thing to you and a piano is like your very own orchestra or...


1. Because my parents wouldn't buy me a white Fender Stratocaster and Marshall stack as we already had a piano taking up space.

2. How many left-handed string instrumentalits can you spot?

3. I had recorder lessons in school, so wind instruments were definately out...

4. I might have liked to play percussion (you could tell that from what happened to my Father's violin that I found).


#1267536 - 09/13/09 02:26 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Originally Posted by Philip Lu
I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.

The answer is easy Phillip. To "feel" something. For me, it's like a meditation where the music and I become one. When that happens, it doesn't get much better! But it sounds like you're in a slump. Happens to most of us. It will pass. These "valley" and "mountain" periods are experienced by most of us as well. But we don't stay down in the valley forever.
3hearts

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#1267539 - 09/13/09 02:28 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Originally Posted by Philip Lu
I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.


Are you looking for a reason to play piano? Have you played in the past because you liked to or your parents wanted you to play?

What do you mean by piano depression(practicing is frustrating, don't enjoy the kind of music your playing, or?)?

#1267560 - 09/13/09 03:11 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Betelgeuse, baby!
It finally hit me -- the all-too-great Warum returns! Here's the original trilogy:

Warum?

Warum part deux

Warum 3.33333333333333333

Remakes and sequels really are the rage nowadays. Anyone care to speculate on whether Warum version 4.25 will be a worthy continuation? After all, there's always the case of the Star Wars prequels. Then again, maybe the franchise needs a reboot, like the last Star Trek movie. Hey, why not?


Die Krebs gehn zurücke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.
#1267566 - 09/13/09 03:24 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Janus K. Sachs]  
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More than anywhere else, I'm my real authentic unaltered self at the keyboard. It's where I feel most solid, most grounded, most alive intellectually, physically, and emotionally. It's where I'm sanest and at my best.


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#1267573 - 09/13/09 03:33 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: -Frycek]  
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Originally Posted by -Frycek
More than anywhere else, I'm my real authentic unaltered self at the keyboard. It's where I feel most solid, most grounded, most alive intellectually, physically, and emotionally. It's where I'm sanest and at my best.


I just love what you said Frycek.

...and for myself, I'll add: because it makes me feel extremely happy and sated.


Best regards,

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#1267575 - 09/13/09 03:33 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Originally Posted by Philip Lu
I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.

Because "piano depression" is more likely to result from not playing than from playing.

Steven

#1267613 - 09/13/09 04:50 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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I was just listening to my local classical music radio station - It was a conversation with the symphonic conductor Ivan Fischer (sp)?. He said something to the effect that he has always loved that we say, "playing (piano) " or any instrument because he believes that to "play" music invokes something childlike and full of wonderment. And that to "play" keeps us young and wanting to keep doing those things that make life enjoyable.
I play because it gives me great joy, it's fun and it is something totally different from everything else I do. It IS "playing".


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#1267618 - 09/13/09 04:55 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: CMohr]  
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oops, warum 4.25 is the real deal.
Sorry, I tried searching up the phrase in the search engine, but it just gave me random stuff.

I don't think I played because my parents forced me to, I grew out of that after 2-3 years. I used to feel a lot when I play but the past few days, what I play just sounds like noise. Anyways, I'll be checking up a few of the old threads.


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#1267627 - 09/13/09 05:06 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Originally Posted by Philip Lu


I don't think I played because my parents forced me to, I grew out of that after 2-3 years. I used to feel a lot when I play but the past few days, what I play just sounds like noise. Anyways, I'll be checking up a few of the old threads.


If it's only a few days I wouldn't worry too much. I'm sure you realize that everything else in your life can affect how you might feel at the piano.

#1267637 - 09/13/09 05:26 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: pianoloverus]  
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Can't not.

#1267641 - 09/13/09 05:36 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: pianoloverus]  
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See my signature quote below, at the very bottom of this post.... smile

I play music because of what is expressed in that quote. I play piano because I "fell in love" with the sound of this instrument.

In my experience, I've usually had "piano depression" only when I was at a very frustrating point in the piano-learning curve, or when my personal life was not going well and I didn't feel like letting out my innermost feelings at the keyboard. If that's what it is for you, a word from one who's been there: it will pass, and then you won't be able to imagine not playing.

Another quote I love about the power of music:

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” --Berthold Auerbach

Some quotes on the piano:

"The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air." --Kenneth Miller

"I love the piano and those who love the piano. The piano as a medium for expression is a whole world by itself. No other instrument can fill or replace its own say in the world of emotion, sentiment, poetry, imagery and fancy."

--Leopold Godowsky in a letter to Maurice Aronson (Paris, 10th July 1931)


BUT...


To me, what's more important than quotes and advice, is to watch some of your favorite piano masters at work, and see if that doesn't inspire you. Without fail, every time I watch clips of Horowitz or of some other of my favorite pianists, and hear them make the instrument speak and respond in a variety of ways, I'm always inspired to play piano, and to play it better! That's my secret weapon for whenever I've got the piano blues and just can't work up my enthusiasm.

Here's hoping this gets you out of the black-key zone into the whites, so to speak. smile


"Where words fail, music speaks." --Hans Christian Andersen
#1267645 - 09/13/09 05:44 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Philip Lu]  
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Originally Posted by Philip Lu
I have had piano depression recently, and I'm looking for some reason why we play piano.


Well, first of all, I think you need to ask yourself "why do *I* play piano?" In other words, the reasons that I play piano are no good for you. The satisfaction derived from musical performance is ultimately personal and individual.

I started playing the piano when I was 13 in part out of an inherent enjoyment of music and in part out of a competitive drive versus some of the other kids my age who had begun playing piano. I lost motivation for some time after the competitive drive passed in my later teen years. However, I have since rediscovered my desire to play for the music's sake.

It's difficult to describe exactly why I play since I don't perform. I've been recently looking into ways to perform in a casual venue (I work full time, so I can't commit myself to any performance schedule that would require more than part-time practice) to give myself more motivation to play. I play, on the one hand, for purely hedonistic reasons... I enjoy creating the sound of beautiful music. On the other hand, I feel that I can give to others, as well. I'm still trying to find an arrangement that balances my professional commitments with my desire to let others enjoy my playing.

If you're feeling burnt out, why not look into doing something different? Pick up the guitar or violin or drums or play a different genre (jazz, contemporary, etc.) or experiment with prepared piano or alternate/historical tunings, etc. Change something about your playing to get out of the emotional rut ... after you've done something different for awhile, you'll begin yearning to go back to your regular playing again. Just my $0.02.

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Kurt Atterberg - Piano Concerto in Bb
Claude Debussy - Cello Sonata
Johannes Brahms - Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
#1267698 - 09/13/09 07:05 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Clayton]  
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For what it's worth:

I love the music but I love playing it myself even more.

As much as I love playing, it's still more exciting and fulfilling to play for others.

That's the gist of it. Sometimes when I'm feeling down about my skills I try to suspend all doubts and just dream about being able to play beautifully. Sometimes I need a break. Sometimes I just need to sit down, chill out and play.

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#1267742 - 09/13/09 07:49 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: 1RC]  
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Above all else, and that includes all the many splendid things that have already been discussed more eloquently than I can, I play for the challenge. Every time I sit down at the piano it's with the usually very explicit aim of getting better, right then, during that very session.

#1267772 - 09/13/09 08:36 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: cardguy]  
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I agree with Trombone Al - can't not. I stopped for many years while I was in school then, accidently, acquired a piano from a friend of my wife's who was spending a year in Europe. It was a wreck of a piano - needed serious work just to be playable. But playing music again was like having a long lost body part returned to me. Now I'll never do without again.

Having said that, I'm a decided amateur and most of what I play is well beyond my ability to play well. I'm constantly trimming chords and dropping ornamentation so that I can get through some pieces. I just don't frustrated by any of this any more.


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#1267780 - 09/13/09 08:53 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: jnod]  
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I personally couldn't imagine my life without music, it would be like living without my heart. Music allows me to dream and discover new worlds to feel, breathe, and love.

Music leads us into the deepest and most beautiful places of our soul, so we can find our own light and truly discover ourselves.

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#1267818 - 09/13/09 10:24 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Janus K. Sachs]  
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Originally Posted by Janus K. Sachs

Remakes and sequels really are the rage nowadays. Anyone care to speculate on whether Warum version 4.25 will be a worthy continuation? After all, there's always the case of the Star Wars prequels. Then again, maybe the franchise needs a reboot, like the last Star Trek movie. Hey, why not?


Well, the participants in the conversation may change. I think piano world has seen a few new people since the earlier threads. It may even be fun to compare them since you so handily linked them.

#1267832 - 09/13/09 10:41 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: Alojolo]  
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Originally Posted by Immortal Beloved
I personally couldn't imagine my life without music, it would be like living without my heart. Music allows me to dream and discover new worlds to feel, breathe, and love.

Music leads us into the deepest and most beautiful places of our soul, so we can find our own light and truly discover ourselves.


Will you marry me? (Oops, I forgot, I'm already married.)


Best regards,

Deborah
#1267845 - 09/13/09 10:59 PM Re: Why do we play piano? [Re: 1RC]  
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Hmm. Burgmuller seems to help. No matter how you play it it sounds beautiful!


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