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#2562632 - 08/12/16 11:19 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: blackjack1777]  
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Originally Posted by blackjack1777
Playing the piano feels like a secret garden for me.


This captures it entirely. It's my secret garden too. :-)


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#2562813 - 08/13/16 06:27 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I come from a non-musical family. When I was 1 and a half, my babysitter said to my mum that I had long fingers so I should learn the piano. I also always danced excitedly every time there was music playing on the tv. So when I was 6, my mum asked me if I'd like to play a musical instrument, she suggested, violin, guitar, flute and piano. She hinted that she'd really want me to play piano, so I went along with that.

Then when I was 11, my dad introduced YouTube to me. I watched other kids of a similar age playing pieces more advanced than I and was so inspired by them that I wanted to learn those pieces. I learned the pieces that I found interesting one by one and soon I had learned a decent repertoire. My dad also took a video of me every time I completed a piece and posted it on YouTube. The encouraging comments made me really happy and made me want to work harder.

A couple years later, I started competing in local music festivals and competitions. I won my first prize at 13 (second place) despite being the youngest competitor and appeared on two newspapers. The next year, I also won a prize in a music competition. This one was special as I was judged against people playing different instruments.

Now, I enjoy performing at different venues and street pianos. My younger sister has a hobby in editing videos so we will be working on a few projects combining my music skills with her editing skills for YouTube.

I was first interested in classical music because of the structure and complexity of it. Now I also like pop, rock, alternative, country and film music. I like playing songs with lyrics that resonate with me because I feel like they represent who I am. For me, music is a source of self-discovery.

#2562840 - 08/13/16 08:35 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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#2562843 - 08/13/16 08:44 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: cathryn999]  
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Originally Posted by cathryn999
Originally Posted by blackjack1777
Playing the piano feels like a secret garden for me.


This captures it entirely. It's my secret garden too. :-)


Yes Cathryn and Blackjack,.....a nice garden full of an endless number of flowers and big trees.......sparkling streams and ferocious waterfalls.....love to ecplore it.... 3hearts

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#2563411 - 08/15/16 02:15 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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For me, piano is a close friend but it's also something very hard to come near since I live in Vietnam and when I was a child piano wasn't very popular.

When I was 5, I started my first lesson with the father of my mother's friend. Piano was a completely new and magical thing for me. I learned how to place my hand on the piano in that lesson. My teacher said that my hands looked like crabs because they were too stiff. I thought that was so funny and I couldn't forget the first time I played a piano.
Although I was very excited, I couldn't attend the second lesson because my teacher had a stroke. He had to rest so I had to stop.

Then my primary school opened some keyboard classes and my mother had me attend that course. I remembered in that course I learn how to touch the keyboard and play C major scale.
Summer ended and, again, I had to stop. My mother still kept in touch with the teacher and she let me learn keyboard again in my 2nd grade. I learned some chords and simple songs. But things got harder and I quit.
In the summer of my 3rd grade, I asked my mother to let me attend a keyboard class and she agreed. But I didn't like the way they teach and I quit.
In my 4th grade, my friend took a keyboard class after school. One day she asked me if I wanted to join with her or not. I asked my mother and she agreed. After a few months, my teacher let me dealt with piano thing and I played the book Methode Rose.
I got my own keyboard when I was in 5th grade. I couldn't forget that day when I was sick and my parents went brought it for me. I continued until I graduated from my primary school.

When I stopped, I didn't play anything for almost 2 years. In 7th grade when I started studying again with my old teacher, I couldn't feel my hand anymore. It took me a few weeks to remember how to play but luckily I got over it. I played in an audience for the first time when in 8th grade but I got nervous and shaking so bad. When In 9th grade my parents got me my first piano and I couldn't explain my feelings by words. I spent the whole day practicing and my playing was better in a short time.

Again graduated from middle school made it difficult to attend a piano class. My teacher still worked daytime in my primary school. I tried to go back to my primary school and took lesson with my teacher there. Then my family struggled with our house ownership certificate and we were in a difficult situation trying to buy a new house. My parents didn't say but I know they didn't want me to continue. Also, I couldn't arrange time with my teacher so I quit.

I was so frustrated after that and stopped playing for a few months. One day I got back to the piano and the annoying feeling I got before came back. This time made me feel harder to control my hand.I got over it and played some old pieces that I had learned. Then I dared playing Chopin Nocturn Op 9 No 2, it was so much harder than what I had played before.
After taking the move I started practicing what ever I want even if I had to spend months practicing a hard piece. I took some cheap classes but seemed like they didn't put much effort on their teaching.Then I did a lot of search by myself, started fulfilling what theory I lack because my old teacher didn't focus much on theory. I went to pianoworld.com and read the posts you share which were very helpful for my playing.

In the beginning of this year I applied for an university in Finland. I also attended a piano class near my house although I had to invest nearly all my part-time income on the lessons. The past six months means a lot to me since I had the chance to take lesson in a serious way. My teacher told me that I didn't put my emotion in my playing so I think I have to do a lot with my expression.

I was offered a study place in my university and I quit in July to prepare for my studying. I'm working on Ah vous dirai-je maman before I have to leave my piano.
Really I don't want to stop at all but it seems like I have to do it again. I don't want to experience the feeling when sitting in front of it and can't do nothing. But the living expenses in Finland are very expensive with me and I can not attend any piano classes.

I will leave in 10 days' time and I want to share my story in order for me to remember about my piano playing path. Although it is very hard to continue but I hope I can do something to keep playing it.




#2563871 - 08/17/16 12:52 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I have always loved music, but have recently in the past year or so become addicted to piano. I started with trombone as a kid, then guitar, but should have started with piano. I play for lots of reasons. It relieves stress. You can't think of other things while playing. It sometimes feels like a super power, especially when you learn something new.

#2563895 - 08/17/16 02:29 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I play music because creating a combination of sounds that is pleasant to the ears, mind and heart brings me more pleasure than any other activities (e.g. compared to painting or dancing or eating or socialising etc.) . I play the piano because it has the most repertoire than any other instruments, it has the most range apart from organ, capable of playing a lot more notes at once (compared to trumpet or violin etc.) and that tinkling sound is particularly pleasing. Whatever the piano cannot do, I get it from playing the violin.

I am a routine person. Practising/playing the piano routinely suits me. Playing music gives me a sense of purpose and progressing in it gives me a sense of achievement. It is also particularly challenging to the mind. It raises a lot of questions yet you find a lot of answers, whether it's music related or not. It teaches me a lot of things that can apply to life in general. It is art, it is science, it is history, it is math, it is philosophy, it is a journey, it is adventurous, it is challenging, it is an emotional outlet, it is humanity, it is a sanctuary... it is a lot of things.

That is why I play the piano, and that is why I keep playing the piano.


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#2563899 - 08/17/16 03:16 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I play the piano because my hands started aching and a music teacher told me "Why don't you learn to play the piano". She is very funny... cool

One day I was sitting by some drums and a friend told me "That looks SO MUCH like your thing!". LOL I think this was before the piano even? My neighbors can deal with a digital piano but drums would be too much. laugh

Anyhow, my hands are not hurting anymore. smile

#2564467 - 08/20/16 06:00 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Lee Ann]  
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Originally Posted by Lee Ann
Originally Posted by Michael Taylor

I play because I find it relaxing. I only play for myself, no audience....I tend to choke. I'm really not that good, but I enjoy it anyway.


I can barely play in front of anyone too....and if I do, I mess up constantly because I'm so self conscious. But don't say you are not that good....(I am trying to tell myself to stop this too), because all of us are at different levels, but that doesn't make you not good. smile

One of the first thing my new teacher told me (20 years ago) was: "if only the best pianist in the world was allowed to play, me neither I wouldn't be playing"... Isn't that great ?
(hope my english translation is understandable)

#2566142 - 08/26/16 04:43 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I bought one to try to learn as a retirement project, but I don't have much space, so I was constantly setting it up & putting it away.

This got annoying very quickly, & I went & bought harmonicas, but I struggled with breath control, so I tried ukulele, that worked, I could just about play that, so I went with ukes for the past 8 months.

But I am missing both my harps & my piano, so I am having a go at both again, along side of my ukes, so I guess that is why I 'play' piano, because I like to try getting tunes out of it. smile


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My kinds of music are mainly rock, blues, country, & folk. thumb
#2566994 - 08/29/16 08:22 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I was just at the Greenwich hospital in Connecticut to visit a newborn nephew, and they have a Steinway D in the lobby smile
The receptionist said I was welcome to come back anytime. I guess that's why I play the piano.


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#2567721 - 08/31/16 08:14 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Huyen]  
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Huyen,

that is a great story it really comes through how much you love the piano. If you are going to university, they probably have practice rooms, you can keep playing. Even if you have to stop your lessons for a while because of your studies you can still keep in say 30 min. a day. That's what I do. I work at a university and they are very generous and welcoming in allowing non-music students to use their practice rooms. I honestly think that if you stop at say mid-day and play for 30 minutes probably your studies will improve. It helps a lot to get your mine exercised in a different direction and then go back to your work.

#2568963 - 09/06/16 05:35 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Because I am compelled to. I have an imperative to create and map my psyche, consciousness, soul, whatever you like to call it, onto abstract piano sound. The recorded, spontaneous improvisation, of increasing duration and frequency, seems unstoppable. I am not really either musician or pianist in any conventional sense, that is something I have learned from people on forums over the last fourteen years, and I shall probably get progressively madder with it, like Louis Wain and his cat paintings, until I peg out.

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#2569249 - 09/07/16 03:17 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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To get girls. :-)


You could try apexatropin too it might work.
#2569263 - 09/07/16 05:32 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Because I don't have the right embouchure for the ocarina.


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#2569391 - 09/07/16 04:47 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: ClsscLib]  
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
Because I don't have the right embouchure for the ocarina.


Oh my God! Ocarinia Specific Embouchurical Impairment(OSEI)! I've heard of such cases, but, until now, had never known of one of its sufferers! I hope there is some treatment, or relief, available to you! And, I hope it doesn't affect your piano playing! laugh


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#2569942 - 09/09/16 05:30 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Story time! When I was at the age of 13, I went to a new school where a very nice music teacher greeted me. He wanted me to try out an instrument, in where I refused at first because I'd be like what, a 13-year old beginner, not some Mozart, Lang Lang, or any pianist who was considered exceptional in their very early childhood? Because the thing is, when we learn a skill, sometimes we happen to like it so much we want to become so much better than our beginner selves. Some pianists who want to become fully-fledged professionals enjoy being competitive, and want to make it to the top in order to achieve their goals. I'm one of them, but my greatest weakness, is without a doubt my late age of beginning the piano.

My music teacher convinced me that it's worth a try, and so there I tried out the acoustic guitar. After finding out it's not my type of instrument, I tried the piano. I actually liked playing the piano. I thought it was the closest to my love for video games. I didn't play that much, however. Therefore, technically it didn't feel like I started at the age of 13, but at the age of 14.

I felt like I started at the age of 14 because what I'll be taking lessons with, is not only an extremely-accomplished pianist, but a pianist I knew back in my childhood as early as 5. She was the organist of the church I go to every week. During my summer vacation when I was 14, my parents wanted me to go to her piano recital, and I was like "Whoa, those are some impressive students!" when I watched her students play, even the younger ones. After watching, I thought that taking lessons with a teacher like this would be a good idea.

This teacher was far better. Taught me so many things. I didn't really practice that much when I was 14 and 15 (I chewed up from 30 minutes to an hour of practice a day, sometimes I don't even practice), but this year I plan to take it up a few notches. And of course, my teacher gave me opportunities to perform in small stages.

I'm 16 years old now, playing the piano as an intermediate (most likely early-intermediate). That'll change though, as nowadays my love for piano grows larger overtime. And other pianists who discourage me for my late age can begone. I play like it's the only thing that has ever appealed to me in life, play for a professional career as there's no other good job. I knew that this was only the beginning of my music journey.


I am Rusty Z. of Keys.. an ordinary pianist, but I still won't turn my back on every obstacle in my way.
#2570571 - 09/12/16 07:33 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Hi in a new member and I haven't really posted a lot. I'm 31
And I started on reading forums from 16.
I may of posted a total of 30 times in that span of time. I have adhd and I'm my thinking is off sometimes on how I look at things. My father always said I was book smart and don't have common sense. I was subject to a strict father who I feel like abused me and I had to walk eggshells my whole life. Inwas smacked punched beat with no loving words with it just rage .I have been searching for meaning and purpose a good part of my life. Something to fulfill me and thru one of the worst times in my life I came across the piano . I love watching contemporary video games theme and music soundtracks and watching there hands play absolutely captured me. It look like art the way there hands moved across the keys and the sound it produced. I have a hard time saying what I mean. Expressing emotion and being authentic. I always been a liar In my life. I want to be a good person and thru this piano I'm learning to practice patience and is my first step into trying to master a hobby. I give up on everything in my life everything . I don't commit to anything. And I can't get enough of the piano/ keyboard. It takes all my stress away and I'm learning something that is hard and fulfilling.
I wanted to be honest with myself the first time In my life and posting and being s a part of a community will Be my first step into this new life.

That is why I play the piano. I want to be free . It gives me purpose . And thanks for everyone who read my story. I really don't tell my story and I have a lot more to tell but some point I had to start sharing my pain then reading it from everyone else.

#2571758 - 09/16/16 12:29 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I grew up in a musical family, my mom wanted me to become a violinist. But I always wanted to play the piano, and it turned out was right: through the piano I can best express to myself and to others. .

#2573043 - 09/22/16 01:54 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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This is my first post on Piano World. I do not know how to play and I have next to no experience, but piano has always been for me a magical creature that I wish I could speak with. Musicians and their instruments are the highest form of human expression, and the piano a leader among them. I have tried to plunk out some songs by ear. Right hand only. I hope to take lessons or maybe self-study so I can play even some simple, but beautiful tunes without such effort! We had a piano when I was a child and I took about three lessons - but our family's schedule was just too busy and I was unable to continue. There is simply something spiritual in the physical resonance when you touch a key. The vibration penetrates your body so you can experience the sound in a very tactile way. I am not religious, but I have a spirit that awakes for the piano. The immediate and universal conveyance of emotional subtleties in each note cannot be avoided. It is purity and goodness. You share the craft of the people who created it, the trees and metals and even elephants that it is created from. The piano is its own creature and each with its own voice. I simply love them.

I am now mother of two young kids and seeking to shepherd them, without pressure that would kill the beauty, yet, with a commitment that could enable them to learn this language. I always felt I wanted to play and how can you let them know what they should so appreciate if you do not speak the language, but perhaps, just get the gist of it?

We have been struggling on a partially working keyboard for about a year. We have a very patient teacher who has let my 7 year old try the star wars themes and some popular tunes seven years, etc., but he is simply not motivated to practice and I fear I am trying too hard. My 4 year old, by contrast, will spontaneously just play on the keys. Thank goodness, my mother has taken notice of our efforts and decided to pass the piano of her childhood to us! I am so excited for this! I hope that the voice of a true mythical creature in our home will help my boys gain enthusiasm. I will be seeking guidance on various questions on PW through this journey - lessons or self study for myself, general teaching approach and how to practice for my kids, of course, a review of our instrument and its needs *I believe it is a Baldwin Model M from approximately 1953. My mom still plays it occasionally, but it has moved a few times with our family and i imagine it will need some advice in the technicians forum.

I will love reading the various perspectives of all of the piano enthusiasts in this thread. Thank you in advance for the depth of perspective that might be gained from your collective experiences and thoughts!

Cheers!



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Welcome to the forums! My goodness, I found your post about why you feel a spiritual connection with the piano both eloquent, heartfelt, and how many of us feel.

.. 'Purity and goodness' expresses it.

You will find the forums helpful.. use the piano technicians forum for questions about the care and feeding of your Baldwin. The adult beginners forum has several thread of beginners that are studying with the various adult method books.


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#2573050 - 09/22/16 02:25 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I liked this reply on the Technician's Forum to the Secret Life of Pianos thread:

Thanks so much, Bob, for posting. His love of the acoustic piano is so heartwarming.... 'treat your piano like a great aunt you love'. Regardless of the positive attributes of digital pianos, I wonder how many digital pianists would have that type of emotional connection? I think many of us with acoustics do.


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#2573084 - 09/22/16 09:28 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Well, when I was a kid I always loved playing around on the keyboard my dad had. My grandpa also had an organ in his house that we used to love just playing around on. I never took lessons or anything like that but as I grew up I loved listening to music with piano in it. My alarm used to be Hungarian Rhapsody #5. I just don't know why I have always been drawn to it. I don't know anyone who plays the piano but when I did come across someone who could I was just fascinated by it.

Then, as some mommies tend to do, I put my kid in piano lessons. I bought her a digital piano and she had about 10 lessons and gave it up. But we kept the piano and I would use her books and kind of just play around with it. Stopped. Then picked it up again and kept at it. Times fell hard and I had to sell the piano but I vowed that when I had enough money to get one again I would. Then in March I took the plunge and bought a Privia PX-160 with levels 1,2, and 3 of Alfred's Basic All in one books. Not realizing that they take a while to get through.

So since then I have practiced everyday for 20-30 minutes. Not including warm up. I love it. The satisfaction I get when I complete a new song brings me joy that I just don't get from very many places.

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Honestly?

Partly because I love all music and wish to create my own.

Partly because in my 40's and it's good for my mental health and self-esteem.

Partly because I'm envious of people who can play music.

I did violin for a while, and I loved it, but I like piano because intonation isn't a concern and it provides its own harmony and rhythm.

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#2574885 - 09/29/16 02:23 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Because nothing beats sitting down at the piano and making music come out of it.


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#2575297 - 10/01/16 09:36 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I'm 65 and the first time I had a keyboard (it was a synth) around me I was 23 years old. I never took lessons and I always like to have a piano close to me since then. Now I do have an electric piano Yamaha P85 and that's enough to satisfy my needs. Why do I like to play it? I'm a guitar player mainly and I started in '69. Then I learn how to play bass few years after. I was a self taught musician till '80. I took some jazz lessons on the guitar. After that I followed a full year a complete arranging course. I needed the piano more than ever before. I was checking the harmony, if it was possible to use different types of harmony or chords. Through all these years I learned other instruments...like violoncello, Chapman Stick...this last one bring me back to the piano. I often switch between these 2 instruments...they are quite similar in many ways...hands independance for example. The stick is a tapping instrument and I like to play chords with my left hand and improvising with my right. I do the same on piano. More I pratice one more I feel good on the other one...they complete themselves. But...they are so different on other sides. The piano is a very visual instrument...you "see" what you play (I don't read music on these instruments...I read on guitar and bass) while on the Stick it's almost all inside your head...sometimes you look at your neck but you have to come back in your mind to get a good improvisation. I love this side of the piano where you have a clear "image" of what you're playing.

#2575639 - 10/02/16 05:40 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I was a first generation of children in my family that was not sent to music school. In my home there was a XIXth century grand piano, completely out of tune, that I eventually spent some time with it, but obviously it was most unsuitable to play.

As a little child I was exposed to classical music and some 80ties pop music, as a teenager I was listening to some pop-rock orientated radio, and eventually I got tired and bored of guitars everywhere. I reminded myself some odd sounds and started looking, that how I re-discovered the 80ties pop and electronic music. The same time I had trouble sleeping, I couldn't fall asleep because of songs playing in my head again and again, I could't get rid of.

Eventually, I discovered I can recoginize more pitch changes than in the past, I also started hearing at first, very odd sounds, and later, strange melodies I couldn't recognize. At some point I've discovered that I can controll this melodies that appear in my mind, change them, develop them, and invent new ones.
Finally, when I was 22 I think, I bough myself a keyboard, because I wanted to bring those melodies from my head to the outside world, back then I didn't realize how difficult this would be.

Struggling to play anything, and after some pathetic attempts to make any composition, I decided to take piano lessons. Those were both helpful and distatrous in some areas, but eventually they helped. By the time I got more and more into classical music, and by now it

Why do I play piano now? Well, I'm not really sure. It's enjoyable, it brings satisfaction, and when I do not play for some time, I get a strange feeling that something is missing. Also, when I play, I feel that my brain works in different way, like I can run away from this boring and mad world of human affairs, and do something interesting, isolated from it.
To me, classical music is not only a impressive workshop and beautiful piece of art, it is also a cure for my spirit, while playing piano is life for my mind.

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#2577224 - 10/08/16 09:52 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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I was originally trained as a singer (boy soprano). When I was old enough to play church league basketball, the games ran too late for my bedtime so my parents got me lessons as a consolation prize. I have never looked back. It was a good way to not fit in comfortably in High School, it was a great way to pick up girls in college, and it now prominently fits in my collection of quirks as an engineer.

I love the piano the way some guys love cars, or motorcycles, but it's a cheaper hobby than racing. If I ever get a man-cave, there will be two good pianos for fourhand parties and a matching pool table. The piano has been my salvation, my downfall on more than one occasion, and a place to turn to when it was time to retrieve my sanity. It's an incredibly frustrating instrument, yet so rewarding when I do finally make my peace through whatever piece I am struggling with--Brahms Op. 118 No. 2 was what finally taught me to breathe with the music at the piano, for example--that I forgive it.

On an existential plane, I guess I have to be forgiven by *it* as well. My relationship to the piano has not always been good--forced to stop playing for many years by repetitive motion problems arising from bad posture and poor technique or putting a bottle-opener on the leg of my grand--but I have always gone back to it, which makes it my home in life, no matter how far I wander. My life would be deeply impoverished without it.


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#2578098 - 10/12/16 07:51 AM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Hi smile After lurking here for more than a year, I've decided to finally register smile

I'm adult restarter with regard to classical music, and a beginner on the piano. As a kid I had music lessons for four years ("music school"), followed by four years of classical organ.

Back then, my main reason to go for the organ was because I wanted to play the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor smile In the end I managed that cool, but never got around to playing the Fugue without mistakes cry

Later, my parents were not too happy with the classical organ repertoire ("church music"), and 'encouraged' me to switch to a keyboard; so I wasted (my current opinion) several years playing on arrangers. At around 2001 I started university, sold the arranger (Technics KN-3000) cancelled lessons, and basically quit playing.

In 2007-2008, I started again on an arranger and discovered that I hated it. I switched, in rapid succession, from a Yamaha arranger to a Roland Atelier AT-100, and finally a Hammond XH-200, which I kept until last year. In the end I settled on playing (mainly) movie/broadway soundtracks by using lead sheets, improvising a complete left hand and bass accompaniment myself.

Last year in June, because of a move to where the big XH-200 couldn't follow (stairs, tight bends, and such...) I sold the Hammond and bought a Nord C2D, thinking to move back to classical organ and do some 'pure' Hammond-like stuff along with it.

I failed miserably crazy

For some reason, I now don't like to play classical organ, and there are very few pieces I like to listen to. I don't know why. With regard to the Hammond, I dislike it as a solo instrument, though I *love* hearing it in a mix. I greatly missed the orchestral capabilities and layering of the XH-200 frown

At some point, while searching for organ techniques, I accidentally found this piece on Youtube:

Of Monsters and Men - Organs

It's a simple piece, but I love it. I also discovered that it's impossible to play well on the organ (ironically enough) because of the required sustain and subsequent decay of the bass notes eek

I did the thing I never thought I would do: I started to research piano's that had multiple layer capabilities. If there is ONE instrument I've disliked in my childhood, it was the piano. All the piano's I ever heard were either cheap, crappy digitals, or badly maintained uprights, so my experience with the piano wasn't very good mad

In the end, after researching the Nord Piano 2, Yamaha CP4, Roland RD-800, Kawai MP7 and MP11, I ended up with the Kawai MP7. Off all those stage piano's, I liked the MP7 best. In my opinion, it had the best user interface, the only one with an (almost) complete drawbar organ, and the piano sound I liked the most. (Even though I never played a piano, I knew what to listen for because of the extensive research, and how to test it.) It even had the lowest price of all of them thumb

In december 2015 I decided to finally to get the MP7 and 'try some piano'.

Since then, I have been moving my soundtrack/broadway repertoire to the MP7, slowly, inventing a new left-hand-only accompaniment for use with the lead sheets. I've also started to play some popular music as piano-only songs (lead sheets also, with improvised accompaniment by listening to YouTube video's).

This went fine, and the Nord C2D organ fell into disuse.

I haven't found anything the yet that the MP7 can't do. Because I already used a TV-monitor with a mini-computer for sheet music (I need music at A3 format because of poor eyesight), I got Pianoteq while it was on sale a few weeks ago. With it, I got the free Kivir collection, the Ruckers Harpsichord, and the two Kremsegg collections, just because I like the old sounds. I the end, I connected the MP7+Pianoteq to a set of 8 inch Focal Alpha 80 speakers.

a few weeks ago, I thought to try some Bach again, at the piano/harpsichord this time, after not having played that sort of music for over 20 years. I've dug out some of the old music books. Burgmüller, Czerny, Hanon, a binder with "Etude 1 to 50" that sound remarkably like Bach, Scarlatti and Clementi (when playing the right hand only, as I can't sight read them anymore), and some other books in the Schirmer and Peters collections.

It didn't go well mad

When comparing what I did back then to what would be required now to obtain ABRSM grades, my level at the time would have been somewhere within ABRSM 5. Now, my classical repertoire is completely shot crazy I can't even do a single Bach 2-part invention any more, and I make mistakes when trying to sight read the left hand of Minuet in G Major... reading lead sheets and chord symbols does that to you, I suppose.

Still, I want to play a solo instrument that does not depend on special things such as the MP7's layering capabilities, and that does not need speakers and other stuff connected to it. It also needs to fit into the living room, for which the MP7 has now become too wide.

After careful research and testing, I settled on a Roland LX-17; it will be delivered in another two weeks or so.

The MP7 will stick around in the computer room for the multi-part movie/broadway soundtracks and the use of the old piano's and harpsichords, while the LX-17 will be used to restart the classical music, moving from organ to piano, and for playing piano-only versions of the soundtracks.

Well... even though I'm not a beginner at keyboard instruments, this is how a classical/electronic organ player ends up as a beginner at the piano grin

My nickname represents how my classical repertoire currently sounds whistle

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#2579296 - 10/16/16 05:44 PM Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World]  
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Musically, I started out on the guitar. As a pre-teen I became completely enamored of the Beatles (which still holds very much today), so picking up guitar was a natural progression for me in the mid-60s. Like most who approach popular guitar, I learned chords and strumming and eventually fingerpicking, but played without learning to read music. Still, I got good enough later to play professionally in a band.

At age 17, about the time I first began gigging in a band, I knew a woman who played the piano quite well and she wanted to learn guitar. Meanwhile, I wanted to expand myself musically, so we decided to trade lessons. I think I took about six piano lessons before quitting. I was too impatient. I wanted to really play something of substance as opposed to simple beginners’ arrangements of things like nursery rhymes.

So I took my knowledge of chords and moved them over to piano, which proved to be much easier to see on a keyboard than guitar because of how everything is arranged in exactly repeating groups of 12 black and white keys. Then I taught myself to arrange for piano by listening to music that would challenge me and then duplicating what I heard. In this way I learned tricks about arranging for both hands.

Along the way I discovered a love for Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and others. I soon became proficient at playing from a lead sheet and also filled in some blanks by learning basic music theory. I never learned to really sight read, however, though I often wish I had. I can always figure out the sheet music if I really want to, but I can’t just sit down and immediately play it. I can only do that with my chord piano arrangements.

Recently I discovered the mostly forgotten but great Broadway composer Vincent Youmans. I soon fell in love with a lot of his music and worked up arrangements of several of his classic songs. But one thing I realized in carefully studying the sheet music for his songs was that there were subtleties that would be easy to miss going purely by chord notation. Back in the 1920s and 30s, they were heavy into “color chords” and the original arrangements often did unexpected but very nice things. So it’s been educational to go through and figure out the precise musical notation and incorporate some of those important details into my arrangements.

Why do I play piano? Because I can’t think of anything more gratifying and artistically satisfying than sitting down at my 7-foot Mason & Hamlin BB and letting my fingers loose. It makes me happy. It can be exciting, joyful or meditative, but it’s always healing on many levels, and it doesn’t get any better than that.


Mike
www.michaelleake.com
Mason & Hamlin BB
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