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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2737135
05/16/18 11:27 AM
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I play because, like all of you, I love it. It all started for me with my mother. While she gave me my first official lesson at the age of five, the truth of the matter is that I can't remember ever not playing from the day I was born. The piano was always in my house and by the time I was 12 it was in my bedroom. It was a Star upright. I loved it. I think I was about 15 when at the advise of my piano instructor my my mom sold the upright and bought a 6'1" Horugle which I practiced on diligently every day during my teenage years through college. I love playing so much I can't stand being away from it. Even when I travel, which is quite a bit, I bring a snap-together version of a piano keyboard that does not make any sound just so I can practice in the hotel room. I recall studying with a teacher in Prescott Valley, Arizona in the 1980's when I did not have a piano. I had a lesson every day with him and I practiced on a window sill so I could be prepared for my lessons. I don't even want to think about what life would be like if piano were not a part of my life. I feel truly blessed to be able to play and thank heavens every day for the chance to play just one more time.

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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: FrankieC] #2737150
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Originally Posted by FrankieC
I don't even want to think about what life would be like if piano were not a part of my life. I feel truly blessed to be able to play and thank heavens every day for the chance to play just one more time.


So true. It’s great that you stuck with music from childhood on.


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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2742872
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When I was 6 years old my mother exposed my older sister and I to the piano because she loved it but never played. She enrolled my sister at the conservatory. I was able to play what she could without lessons so my mom enrolled me as well. It was the best thing my mother ever did for me as far as I'm concerned. I studied for 17 more years and continued playing. I've participated in four masters piano classes since and still love it. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't play daily. I lived in Europe for twelve years and have to honestly say the Europeans take it much more seriously and rightly so given history.

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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2743764
06/11/18 11:27 PM
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Why do I continue playing piano?

Because it makes me feels good! smile

What else could you ask for?


Why did I came to the piano in the first place? That's a little bit funny, but because I wanted to play music again, after quitting my clarinet for 10 years, and want to be able to play in apartment without disturbing the neighbors. So digital piano seemed a great option.
Then, I disliked the sound of digital piano (even expensive ones), but loved the piano, so I bought a house, and lately, bought my first acoustic piano!
And now, I wish to have years of loving music with my new life companion!


My piano journey from day 1
Started piano on February 2016.
Pieces I'm working on :
- Rameau, Les Sauvages
- Beethoven, sonata op. 49, no. 1, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2743774
06/12/18 12:11 AM
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I've always been a classical music appreciator and often attend performing arts performances. One day, I was on Amazon.com searching for something else the day before a big holiday trip and came across a DP. I wondered if I could learn how to play myself. I bought it as an Xmas present for myself, but it was backordered. When I got back from my holiday, I found... no DP. It finally arrived halfway through January 2018 after I decided to email the reseller after a month went by from the time I placed my order, to dun them -- I had decided that maybe I didn't need to learn to play after all if they were going to take their sweet time getting it to me -- but as sometimes happens when you get tough with the vendor, it immediately was delivered 2 days after my call. Then it was my turn to be lazy. All the items sat in boxes in the corner, unpacked, for another month as life went on. Finally, on Valentine's Day, I decided to unpack my belated Xmas gift laugh. This was around the time when another friend offered to take the DP off my hands if I wasn't going to even unpack it. When I had it all set up that day, I searched the Internet for lessons and came up with a few options, and quickly signed up for two of the options within an hour or so. One of these turned out to be a failure since although I ordered and received all the books for it, I couldn't figure out how to proceed by myself. I'm doing the other of those two now (Piano Marvel) and am making progress -- well into level 4 out of 6 in that system now. Subsequently discovered this forum after I tried to post a few messages to the Reddit piano group and got... typical Reddit responses. laugh

So here I am at T+118 days since I unpacked the DP and played my first note. Not particularly yearning to play any one particular thing. Not even necessarily feeling like I need to play for others. It just seems like a nice activity. A nice way to pass the time. But this utter lack of any specific self-direction or self-initiated goals is one reason I've decided to take some piano exams and the lessons towards those ends. I hope it will give me some measure of progress towards "something", as there is not anything specific I want to accomplish myself.

That's it. Now that I've told my story, I'm thinking hard about deleting it since it sounds so prosaic and unromantic, unlike the other stories here. laugh

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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2743929
06/12/18 03:57 PM
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Jouishy--many congratulations are in order. A new house, a new piano and a new life partner. I wish you many, many years of happiness.

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2743944
06/12/18 04:45 PM
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Just to be sure : the life partner is the piano. It is not a person. laugh

Thanks for your good wishes


My piano journey from day 1
Started piano on February 2016.
Pieces I'm working on :
- Rameau, Les Sauvages
- Beethoven, sonata op. 49, no. 1, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2744173
06/13/18 03:33 PM
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Excellent choice.

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2748826
07/02/18 05:02 PM
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In 1974 at 15 years old my older brother took me to my first concert - Emerson, Lake & Palmer. That was wild, Keith Emerson was a keyboard maniac.That set into motion my love of progressive rock music of the 70's (i am progman). And my favorite portions of that music are piano. It turns out my grandfather on my Dad's side played piano in local bands up until he passed just before I was born. My Dad (only child) was forced to take piano for many years and hated it - I only learned this late in high school when we were in a house with a piano and he played some nice chords. So I imagine the reason am attracted to piano is from Grandpa who I never met. I did buy a digital in the 90's and some method books but didn't stick to it. When I was figuring out my retirement plan, learning piano was one of the main commitments. I was lucky enough to retire early, so here I go at 59. I have a great teacher that knows Keith Emerson and is supportive of my progressive rock thing. Her only demands are that I sight read and learn how to count for rhythm.


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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2763991
09/07/18 02:15 PM
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I learned how to play the piano because my mother made me start taking lessons when I was seven-years-old. I had to practice when I got home from school every day for thirty minutes. I didn't want to practice, but I didn't have a choice. I wanted to watch "Gilligan's Island" instead. When I was about 12 years old I caught the vision of why it was so important to learn to play the piano. I started playing in competitions and in Church and realized what a useful talent and skill it was in my life. When my children were seven-years-old, guess what? I did exactly the same thing my mother did to me. I made them take lessons so they could learn how to play the piano. My son is now a piano performance major in his senior year at BYU. All of my children have been church pianists at one time or another. I am now almost 62 years old and I have shared this wonderful talent most of my life through church service and vocal performances as a professional accompanist. I thanked my mother when I was in my twenties for her diligence in making me learn to play the piano. I hope my children will carry on this tradition of providing music lessons for their children. It's a financial investment that pays off BIG TIME.


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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: 2BJoyful] #2764050
09/07/18 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by 2BJoyful
I learned how to play the piano because my mother made me start taking lessons when I was seven-years-old. I had to practice when I got home from school every day for thirty minutes. I didn't want to practice, but I didn't have a choice. I wanted to watch "Gilligan's Island" instead. When I was about 12 years old I caught the vision of why it was so important to learn to play the piano. I started playing in competitions and in Church and realized what a useful talent and skill it was in my life. When my children were seven-years-old, guess what? I did exactly the same thing my mother did to me. I made them take lessons so they could learn how to play the piano. My son is now a piano performance major in his senior year at BYU. All of my children have been church pianists at one time or another. I am now almost 62 years old and I have shared this wonderful talent most of my life through church service and vocal performances as a professional accompanist. I thanked my mother when I was in my twenties for her diligence in making me learn to play the piano. I hope my children will carry on this tradition of providing music lessons for their children. It's a financial investment that pays off BIG TIME.


Great story and welcome to the forum. Hope to see you post more stories.

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: 2BJoyful] #2764053
09/07/18 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 2BJoyful
I learned how to play the piano because my mother made me start taking lessons when I was seven-years-old. I had to practice when I got home from school every day for thirty minutes. I didn't want to practice, but I didn't have a choice. I wanted to watch "Gilligan's Island" instead. When I was about 12 years old I caught the vision of why it was so important to learn to play the piano. I started playing in competitions and in Church and realized what a useful talent and skill it was in my life. When my children were seven-years-old, guess what? I did exactly the same thing my mother did to me. I made them take lessons so they could learn how to play the piano. My son is now a piano performance major in his senior year at BYU. All of my children have been church pianists at one time or another. I am now almost 62 years old and I have shared this wonderful talent most of my life through church service and vocal performances as a professional accompanist. I thanked my mother when I was in my twenties for her diligence in making me learn to play the piano. I hope my children will carry on this tradition of providing music lessons for their children. It's a financial investment that pays off BIG TIME.


What High School did you attend? Just curious since we are the same age, and I grew up there.

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2765588
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My free time during my teenage years to my early 20s were mostly spent on video and online games and those games (such as Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy) had some truly fantastic music. I quitted gaming to focus on my university studies and from there on my love for gaming died and nowadays I rarely ever touch video games anymore. In recent years, I spent a great amount of time watching people on YouTube play pieces on the piano from the video games I had played and from those videos, I somehow got inspired to start playing the piano myself.

It's been over a year and a half since I started playing the piano and every day I get more motivated to keep learning.

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2765652
09/15/18 11:31 AM
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Beowulf, as a gamer, you'll love this channel!


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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: cmb13] #2765757
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Originally Posted by cmb13
Beowulf, as a gamer, you'll love this channel!


I have been follow Kara Comparetto for more than a year now! She is such a wonderful pianist and serves as a great inspiration to me!

Re: Why Do You Play The Piano? [Re: Piano World] #2766673
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I quite often play the piano to relax. I think I started lessons because some of my friends were learning in school and thought it would be fun to give it a go. That was when I was about 7 or 8 years old and I've played piano on and off ever since.

During high school and university, it was a useful way to procrastinate! I felt less guilty playing the piano instead of studying than watching TV and not doing my work!

Having left university now, it gives me an outlet to be creative, when I have less opportunities in other areas of life.

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