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#2054624 - 03/26/13 04:14 PM what made you take up the piano?  
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Of all the instruments to learn, what made you pick the piano? I have always loved the piano, and although it is not an easy instrument, I thought it would be easier than the violin, or the cello or indeed a woodwind or brass instrument.

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#2054626 - 03/26/13 04:17 PM Re: what made you take up the piano? [Re: adultpianist]  
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This is a great question. I am curious to find out what others say here. I started piano as we had a piano at home and my mother plays the piano.


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I tried to find the least-accessible, most expensive, hardest to transport instrument available. I'd say I was relatively successful. wink


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The ladies seem to like it. cool

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I was thinking more on the lines of what drew you to the instrument. The sound perhaps? Also, try transporting a cello to your lessons. It would be rather awkward. Also when you are starting the piano you can get away with not sounding that bad, but years ago I lived next door to a family and the boy was learing the trumpet. He sounded awful. A beginner trumpeter sounds worse than a beginner pianist.

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My mum. I was a very small child, I had no say in it. I'd had violin lessons, which were a dismal failure (note, anyone trying to teach a four year old to play violin is a candidate for sainthood or sectioning). I think piano was the next instrument she could think of - she's not musical. I think we were both surprised by how much it stuck with me.

The reason it stuck? That sound. The expression. The range. There isn't anything like it. I love how self contained a piano is too - it needs nothing else to make extraordinarily complex, nuanced music.

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I had a little toy upright when I was about 5 or 6 and asked to get lessons. I asked and asked and asked and when I was 7..............



















The 'rents bought me a classical guitar and sent me to lessons with a non qualified man who learnt more from me than the other way around.
I grew to love my guitar but I guess the yearning to learn piano never went away.


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Originally Posted by fifi m
My mum. I was a very small child, I had no say in it. I'd had violin lessons, which were a dismal failure (note, anyone trying to teach a four year old to play violin is a candidate for sainthood or sectioning). I think piano was the next instrument she could think of - she's not musical. I think we were both surprised by how much it stuck with me.

The reason it stuck? That sound. The expression. The range. There isn't anything like it. I love how self contained a piano is too - it needs nothing else to make extraordinarily complex, nuanced music.


My cousin had violin lessons as a very young child and she ended up playing violin in a symphony orchestra and then went on to teach violin. Some people learn violin well and some do not.

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I was drawn to it at a young age. I just love the sound. And it makes sense to me. I only wished I had stuck with it and practiced as a kid.


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I definitely fall into the 'not' category. Couldn't understand why I had to keep my arm up even though it was sore, and I had a horrible cheap bow that kept shedding horsehair everywhere.


I think maybe I'm a bit rubbish at all other instruments though. Had a brief attempt to learn trombone when I was 14, went down like a lead balloon. Thank god for keyboards!

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Always loved the sound of the piano....especially some smooth lounge jazz.
A few years ago, a buddy of mine surprised us by playing the harmonica. I asked where he learned and he said he was self taught. I figured if he could do it, so could I. So, at 52, I bought a piano and have been working on it since. That was three years ago. I started lessons last August....I realized I was at a point where I didn't know what I didn't know!

Still no where near where I want to be...but my sight reading is improving....still a battle getting the signal to the fingers though! crazy


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I almost cut my index-finger off on my left hand in a work accident; the injury impaired my playing my stringed instruments to an extent so I decided to try the piano. I don't think the loss of use in my finger has hindered my piano playing... I just can't play all that well as it is. :-)

I have really enjoyed learning to play the piano, though I wish I could recall the accident and injury to my finger. I wish I had started learning to play the piano years ago.

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When I was small my mom got a really cool OLD upright piano. It was carved with vines and flowers and birds and the keys were all cracked. I was 8 or 9 then, and took lessons for a few years. I quit after that because as a teenager guitar was cooler than piano. I started back up again around age 25, because I missed it. I didn't REALLY get back into it though (as in a daily part of my life) until last summer when I fell in love with a piano I bought off eBay. Its oldness and carvings remind me of that one she used to have.

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Originally Posted by fifi m
My mum. I was a very small child, I had no say in it. I'd had violin lessons, which were a dismal failure (note, anyone trying to teach a four year old to play violin is a candidate for sainthood or sectioning). I think piano was the next instrument she could think of - she's not musical. I think we were both surprised by how much it stuck with me.

The reason it stuck? That sound. The expression. The range. There isn't anything like it. I love how self contained a piano is too - it needs nothing else to make extraordinarily complex, nuanced music.



I definitely agree. It's noble and it has character. Differences between interpretations are so vast that, you can't compare it to any other instrument.

Why piano? I grew up with Guns N' Roses "Use Your Illusion" series. I adored the piano in November Rain and Estranged. Later on, I unknowingly picked up groups or songs with piano. Prince - Purple Rain, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd and Justin Bieber. Just kidding about JB...

When I listen to some beautiful piece of music, be it a Beethoven symphony or a movie soundtrack, I always look for a beautiful piano transcription. I enjoy listening, why not play?

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I, too, was the reluctant recipient of violin lessons as a very young child. The violin teacher gave up on me at age five when, after nearly a year, I still hadn't quite gotten the hang of 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'. But I came from a family where *not* playing an instrument wasn't really an option, and so when violin failed, I was sent for piano lessons. Learning the piano was deemed 'easier' by my quasi-professional violinist grandmother.

To this day, I still can't tell you why it stuck with me. The piano I had at home back then was a pretty horrible upright honky-tonk from before WWII (and it probably hadn't been tuned since before WWII). The one at the music school wasn't much better. Plus, in the six months or so that I went to piano lessons before the teacher quit, I learned to play maybe all of five pieces (and I couldn't tell you now which ones they were). I tried again two years later, but encountered a teacher who had trouble believing I would ever progress beyond chopsticks -- and that became a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.

I went to boarding school at age nine. The only option there, if I wanted to make music, was to learn to play a brass instrument and join the school band. Which I did. I only really took the piano back up when I was fifteen, and trying to get rid of my eternal feelings of inadequacy when compared to my over-achiever younger sister, who excelled in school, took twelve hours of dance classes a week and excelled in all of those, too, and got 90+ scores on her violin exams despite not practicing very much at all. My only real motivation at that time was that I wanted to do "something more ". And since I already had some familiarity with the keyboard from my childhood piano adventures, the choice of what that 'something more' would be was easily made.

I had the good fortune of encountering a very experienced and very competent piano teacher then. She's the one who really instilled in me a true appreciation for the instrument and its repertoire. She retired not even a year into my lessons with her, but even though life interfered again when I was about seventeen, preventing me from really playing the piano for the next ten years or so, I always knew I would take it back up some day.

So here I am. What drew me to the piano, you ask? The more appropriate question would be who. Her name was Hilde Dombrecht. And in the short time that I knew her, she made a profound and long-lasting impression on me. I will forever be grateful.


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#2054724 - 03/26/13 06:28 PM Re: what made you take up the piano? [Re: adultpianist]  
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The awesome, gorgeous sound, is the primary reason. There is something that I'm just drawn to. No other instrument does it to me the same way. Also the black and white keys are just so logical, beautiful, and perfect.

I think most people have an instrument that speaks to them, more so than others. I am fortunate to have found mine.

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Short Answer is that my parents put me in piano lessons in grade 2 and I honestly don't remember the reason why. Maybe because we had a Yamaha upright.

In any case, 20 years on, I've never looked back. It's the pinnacle of instruments in construction and complexity. I love its ability to build up dense ragged textures like an orchestra then switch to a singing tone the next. That wonderful sensation of rhythmic coordination in the arms and hands keeps my attention at the piano for hours on end and the difficult puzzles of musical analysis always attract my curiosity (and how to get one's fingers there in time!). While other stringed instruments probably take an equal amount of coordination (at least with the fMRI studies I've seen) there is no match for the for the melodic and harmonic complexities coming toward the piano player at the bench.


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Well I'm still hoping to acquire a piano but the desire came to me from my upbringing. My father was an amateur keyboardist and I believe he would play piano in the house when I was small, but I was. too young to remember.
Also my older brother was into electronic music and was building synths and things, playing Tomita and other analog synth stuff. Them I got my first keyboard when I was 11, a cheap battery powered reed organ, and immediately set to playing Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene.
Then I got into classical music and discovered the piano. Been dreaming of owning one since!

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I also had a little toy piano when I was about 3-4, it only had an octave but I was able to figure out songs (probably nursery rhymes) by ear and would do the same on the family piano (that nobody played in our house) so my slightly deluded parents thought I was some kind of musical genius and eventually got me lessons, which I did until I was about 9. Then we immigrated to Canada and the lessons didn't seem to continue, I think life got too busy for my parents and
we didn't find a new teacher... Fast forward to 2012...I happened to be in the right place at the right time when a school I was working in was trying to get rid of one of their old pianos and without a second of hesitation I offered to take it. I had not consciously thought about taking up piano again but as soon as I realised what I had agreed to (because, as you know, moving a piano is not a simple task), I felt overwhelmed with determination and excitement and absolute certainty that I had to have this piano in my life. It is old and beat up and out of tune but I have had so much enjoyment out of it over the last 9 months. I started lessons in January and just sat my grade 1 exam this morning, and now feel I have truly picked up where I left off over 40 years ago. Thanks for reading my story. Lin


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Originally Posted by adultpianist
I was thinking more on the lines of what drew you to the instrument. The sound perhaps? Also, try transporting a cello to your lessons. It would be rather awkward. Also when you are starting the piano you can get away with not sounding that bad, but years ago I lived next door to a family and the boy was learing the trumpet. He sounded awful. A beginner trumpeter sounds worse than a beginner pianist.

Depends on the distance between houses. Trumpets cut through walls a lot easier, for sure, but the embouchure doesn't last as long as the fingers of a beginning pianist. A kid banging on a piano can sound pretty darn bad after 2 hours. wink

(PS- I happen to play both instruments in question. smile )

So, my real answer, then? Mom took an old player upright from the 1830s. Player system was gutted, but I'm pretty sure Wild Bill put a couple bullet holes in it that were still there.

She used to play it while I was trying to sleep, and I could never go to sleep while the music was playing because I was mesmerized by it.

Next thing you know, I started learning trumpet. Learned how to read music. Asked my mom what "Middle C" was one day. Then, I put a piece of tape on it with the note name. Put a piece of tape on each note above and below it for two octaves, picked up a piece, and started figuring it out.

A couple weeks later, Mom came home and I was playing the same piece she was. That night, they asked me if I wanted to take lessons. The rest isn't really noteworthy history, but it is, as they say, history. wink


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My friends daughter was taken to piano lesson and hated it. She refused to continue but wanted to learn an instrument, so they sold the piano and bought her a clarinet which she loves.

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I love the tonality of it as well as it being a childhood dream of mine.


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I bought a keyboard because I enjoyed an Android tablet app where you press the keys on the screen (like app on the Ipad mini commercial)

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Piano allows a complete learning experience in music.
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I think, but I am not sure, it's because my mother played it.

I was a military brat. I have very, very dim memories, of when I must have been around 3 or 4, of my mother playing a piano (Summer of 42 and ... something else ... sort of a classical piano piece by a one-hit wonder, maybe with "summer" in the title, very arpeggiated).

But I got older, lived in a different state, and we didn't have a piano.

One state later, I asked my parents out of the blue if I could learn to play piano. I don't know why. I don't think there was anything that spurred the question. They bought a piano and I started lessons with the lady across the street.

I'm not at all sure why I kept up with it. I just did. I didn't stop, because I guess I couldn't stop. However, there were probably weeks and months at a time when I couldn't and didn't start.

But I'm still doing it now.

Sometimes I'm not sure why, but I can't not do it. Even though some days I can't start doing it.


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For me its just the most versatile, dynamic and beautiful instrument. Im pretty big on classical music but my favourite pieces are for piano!


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I bought a keyboard because I enjoyed an Android tablet app where you press the keys on the screen (like app on the Ipad mini commercial)

I had an app like that on my android phone, full 88 keyboard, scrolling or overlaid in layers.


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Originally Posted by adultpianist
I was thinking more on the lines of what drew you to the instrument. The sound perhaps? Also, try transporting a cello to your lessons. It would be rather awkward. Also when you are starting the piano you can get away with not sounding that bad, but years ago I lived next door to a family and the boy was learing the trumpet. He sounded awful. A beginner trumpeter sounds worse than a beginner pianist.


I tried the trumpet in the school band my freshman year. I never practiced though, because when first learning, I was terrible of course, and so was embarrassed to practice because of the horrible sound! At least the piano has a "quiet" button haha!

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I have always loved music. I started out dancing as a five year old (tap and ballet), then I started singing while dancing for anyone who would listen by the time I was five. I loved to perform. I guess my parents figured piano had to be next. I started lessons at seven and truly fell in love with the instrument. My parents gave me lessons until I was 12, and then we moved to a small town that had no piano teacher. I continued playing though. After I went to college, life intervened for three decades. When I rediscovered piano, the love was still just as strong. I get lost in the beauty of the sound. The ability to make music is a wonderful gift. The piano is the ultimate solo instrument. Unlike many other instruments, its song is complete, without the need of other instruments to accompany it.

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