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Re: Why Do You Play The Piano?
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I love music. Seems like a pretty good reason to me.

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Thanks, Dogperson! I’m retired, started playing again just over two years ago and now have an old baby grand on which I play daily. It’s a great pleasure, and so therapeutic!!!! Carry on!


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Because I came to the realization that most of Bach’s keyboard works are too difficult to play on the classical guitar. I have an arrangement of the Goldberg Variations, it is beyond insane. I may never get to the Goldbergs on piano but I should be able to get to some of the inventions, and some of book one of the Well Tempered Clavier.


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Both of my children studied piano/music seriously (4-18 years old). Now they have left home for college, I decided to follow in their footsteps and therefore began to play last September when my son went to college (more free time now). Starting at age 55 is not ideal but better late than never!


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Originally Posted by Jingdong
Both of my children studied piano/music seriously (4-18 years old). Now they have left home for college, I decided to follow in their footsteps and therefore began to play last September when my son went to college (more free time now). Starting at age 55 is not ideal but better late than never!


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I recently restarted piano lessons after a 50-year hiatus. My father was a professional jazz/swing trumpeter who was eager to have me play an instrument. So at age 7 I began my lessons. My teacher was a kindly little old lady, but I just didn't have the aptitude, and the lessons became excruciating. By age 10 I'd had enough and opted to join the Girl Scouts instead. My father was so angry that he sold the piano. My mother said I'd be sorry. I hated it when she was right...

In the ensuing years I took voice lessons, sang opera (choruses and small parts), became an opera stage director (part-time -- I was a lawyer by day). I married an orchestra conductor and played minor percussion bits in some of his concerts. But the regret my mother had predicted followed me through all those years. It became even keener when a dear friend bequeathed us her old Chickering baby grand. I would eye it longingly, but I was too ashamed to play for more than a few minutes, even when I was alone.

Now I'm retired, from both law and opera directing, and I've taken the plunge back into piano lessons. When my teacher asked me to bring, for the first lesson, the last thing I had worked on, I brought my Michael Aaron Piano Course, Third Grade, with my name in childish scrawl and the date: 1968. He didn't laugh at me; he was, I think, touched that I still had it. I think it says something about my lifelong yearning for the piano. I sang for years, but the piano has a different voice, and somehow it appeals to me much more. I can't say why.


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Welcome Linda, my break was 40 years.

I like your story, many of us here have variations of it.

I wish you fulfillment and enjoyment in your learning and it sounds like you have found a teacher with empathy and supports what you do. That is great.

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Originally Posted by LCantoni
I recently restarted piano lessons after a 50-year hiatus. My father was a professional jazz/swing trumpeter who was eager to have me play an instrument. So at age 7 I began my lessons. My teacher was a kindly little old lady, but I just didn't have the aptitude, and the lessons became excruciating. By age 10 I'd had enough and opted to join the Girl Scouts instead. My father was so angry that he sold the piano. My mother said I'd be sorry. I hated it when she was right...

In the ensuing years I took voice lessons, sang opera (choruses and small parts), became an opera stage director (part-time -- I was a lawyer by day). I married an orchestra conductor and played minor percussion bits in some of his concerts. But the regret my mother had predicted followed me through all those years. It became even keener when a dear friend bequeathed us her old Chickering baby grand. I would eye it longingly, but I was too ashamed to play for more than a few minutes, even when I was alone.

Now I'm retired, from both law and opera directing, and I've taken the plunge back into piano lessons. When my teacher asked me to bring, for the first lesson, the last thing I had worked on, I brought my Michael Aaron Piano Course, Third Grade, with my name in childish scrawl and the date: 1968. He didn't laugh at me; he was, I think, touched that I still had it. I think it says something about my lifelong yearning for the piano. I sang for years, but the piano has a different voice, and somehow it appeals to me much more. I can't say why.


Welcome to the PW family. Enjoy your new journey!



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Nice story, Linda, and welcome to the community. We’re glad you’re back!


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Thank you for the very kind welcome!


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My grandma was the piano player for a Dixieland jazz band. She also learned ukulele to play occasionally in that group, and I now own both of her instruments. She played piano and organ all the time; I was around music since I was tiny and took to it very naturally.

My main instrument was clarinet, but I took piano lessons in school from my band director's wife. She was a sweet lady but I don't think her lesson structure was great. After a semi-disastrous stint as the piano player for my 8th grade jazz band (I couldn't improv to save my life) and a fully-disastrous year playing for the 9th grade choir (intimidated by the pieces, I procrastinated practicing and performed very poorly), I gave up on lessons. I played for fun for awhile, but after I graduated I didn't have access to a piano for several years and it was too frustrating getting back to it.

About a year and a half ago (after ~22 years of rarely playing piano), my concert band played a few pieces with fantastic piano parts that we couldn't get anyone to cover. This is what motivated me to play again! I've now been taking lessons for over a year, and I'm so obsessed with piano that it's been a constant struggle to keep my clarinet playing on track. smile



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Originally Posted by Jen_JB
My grandma was the piano player for a Dixieland jazz band. She also learned ukulele to play occasionally in that group, and I now own both of her instruments. She played piano and organ all the time; I was around music since I was tiny and took to it very naturally.

My main instrument was clarinet, but I took piano lessons in school from my band director's wife. She was a sweet lady but I don't think her lesson structure was great. After a semi-disastrous stint as the piano player for my 8th grade jazz band (I couldn't improv to save my life) and a fully-disastrous year playing for the 9th grade choir (intimidated by the pieces, I procrastinated practicing and performed very poorly), I gave up on lessons. I played for fun for awhile, but after I graduated I didn't have access to a piano for several years and it was too frustrating getting back to it.

About a year and a half ago (after ~22 years of rarely playing piano), my concert band played a few pieces with fantastic piano parts that we couldn't get anyone to cover. This is what motivated me to play again! I've now been taking lessons for over a year, and I'm so obsessed with piano that it's been a constant struggle to keep my clarinet playing on track. smile



What an interesting story! Welcome back to the piano-and enjoy the journey.



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TL;DR

I don’t deal with stress particularly well. Some bad things happened, that had consequences for my health. I needed something else in my life and I decided that the piano was going to be it, forty years after my last lesson.

Why do I play piano.

A bit worried that this is over sharing. But it feels like I say nothing or everything.

I learnt piano as a child with lessons. I enjoyed playing and somewhat less so the learning, but I wanted to be one of the cool kids and they played guitar. My Dad bribed me with the promise of a guitar for my 14 birthday if I kept up with the piano. The guitar arrived, piano stopped and a year or so later so did the guitar.

My Dad was definitely a motivation for the piano, he also played, not particularly well but not badly.

When my Mum retired in the early 1990s she moved back to the UK from Australia, in late 1998 My partner and I moved to the UK.

My partner became ill with a chronic illness which means that at times I am also her carer.

In 2016 I flew out to Australia at short notice due to a health scare with my father. By then none of his children where living in Australia. It was clear then that things weren’t quite right. In 2017 a crisis came and he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia which results in delusions. Also some not so serious vascular dementia. The Lewy body dementia is particularly nasty resulting in delusions and at times a disconnection to reality. It meant staying in his home without live in support was impossible, he refused to accept the need for live in support and that the only alternative was moving elsewhere. This meant it was necessary to move him into care, and I organised that to happen. My father blames me for this.

Less than 2 weeks after returning to the UK after a few trips to Australia during the summer I had a minor stroke in September 2017. Two weeks later a close friend died without warning.

The stroke of course resulted in lots of tests and various medications. At my last appointment with the stroke unit in February 2018 the doctor asked about the results of a heart ultra-sound, but I had never been referred for that. I was informed it was just a formality but that it should be done and luckily they followed up with it. What it, and along with then further investigations including results of the visualisation from a cath lab, it was clear that I had, had a silent heart attack sometime most likely during the northern summer of 2017 which had damaged the heart with a section of heart muscle now replaced with scar tissue so it is less powerful and works less efficiently and this apparently allows blood clots to form in the heart chamber that when at a time of high stress can get expelled. This was the most likely cause for the mini stroke. The consequence is serious, permanent damage to the heart has been done. This is not like the stroke where a full recovery was quick.

Slowly a realisation formed that I needed something that was just for myself. Beyond working, and being a on/off again carer for my partner and dealing with my father. This feeling was also strengthened as it was becoming clear my mother was becoming quite forgetful late last year. She has been diagnosed with vascular dementia this year and like my father refuses to see the need for support while her life living in a village outside of Cambridge gets gradually more chaotic as a result. In this case it is just stubbornness and not the delusions of my father. It is likely just time until a crisis happens that will force her circumstances to change.

I have not dealt with these various stresses particularly well. I need something else in my life.

So a year after the stroke, 6 months after learning that I had, had a heart attack, I finally took the step to find a digital piano to play. A couple of months later I started lessons again.

I am going to Sydney in November for the first time in just over 2 years and since my father is still playing the piano I am hoping we can make a connection, through our common experience. He can listen to me, and I can listen to him. I am not particularly hopeful on this but I have to try.

I feel it has been totally the right thing for my mental well being, which of course is then good for my physical well being. I am so glad I made that decision a little less than a year ago now.

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Kevin, I'm glad you shared. You've had a very trying and scary three years. It's amazing you were able to make time for piano at all. I think most would not have. I'm also happy that piano seems to have helped keep your world on kilter, worked as a health rehabilitation method for you, and has given you a new entré to a relationship with your father.


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Cripes, there are so many moving stories on here and I'm afraid mine is completely uninspiring: I started playing the piano because I had more free time when my knees began to fail me and I couldn't play as much sport. I can happily report that playing the piano is very easy on the knees smile

After that fairly irreverent start, I can't imagine my life without the piano in it anymore. I'm almost three years in and my only regret - as with most adults - is that I didn't start sooner.

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I think everyone's story is inspiring! Sorry to hear about your knees...

I feel regrets as well, though I'm trying to let that go. I am obsessed with piano now and can't imagine not playing. When I took lessons as a kid, I just wasn't ready for this level of commitment. I just wanted to play for fun and didn't want to put in any "work." So maybe this was the best time for me to return to it.


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Welcome Bill! I'm a much later starter than you. You have got PLENTY of time. Best hobby ever.


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Welcome Bill! I'm a much later starter than you. You have got PLENTY of time. Best hobby ever.


True. I suppose I have a good 30 years, statistically!

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after i watched evgeny kissin playing la campanella on youtube i also wanted to play la campanella thats the only reason i started playing piano smile i am 24 my goal is to play la campanella before i reach 30 lol

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Kevin, what a trying time you have had. Piano isn't a 'cure all' of course, but in your case probably just the right thing. I wish you well, and best of luck with your trip in November.


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