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Top reasons why every musician should learn piano?
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What are the main reasons that every musician should learn the piano?

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Hi Linda, and welcome to Piano World! Interesting question, but in the wrong forum. I would suggest the Pianist corner, or the Adult beginners forum instead. smile


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linda555 #3001392 07/11/20 06:21 AM
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You can play most instrumental parts on the piano, or at least an approximation. You can even play a full orchestral score.

You can't do anything like this on most non-keyboard instruments.

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Having guitar as main instrument, I find playing piano a bit helps incredibly is visualization of the notes, creating chords, scales major/minor deciding key of a song etc. A bit of chord analyzis.

Also reading notation - every black key has accidental, either in front of each stave or for each note etc. This also give visuals to it all.

So all music theory falls into place knowing piano a bit.


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the whole music theory is written on the key pads, easy to understand / memorize unlike other instruments where one needs to learn by heart IMHO

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This IS an interesting question! Coming from somebody who is a "piano native" - e.g., I started music on a piano when I was young, and later added a(nother) string instrument - and perhaps as many of us are - it is hard to say. Piano is both percussive and melodic. And embodies music theory in its layout, as Nip pointed out.

Perhaps another strictly mechanical reason is that one can play piano with one hand if one wishes, in order to plink out notes, melody, rhythm, etc., to work out a few bars of something.

Also, there is little technique required for simple things. To make a sound, you don't have to maneuver a bow, know about reeds, do the lip things that brass players do, and the like. You press a key and there is sound.

Finally, pianos are fairly ubiquitous. There is more likely to be a piano around somewhere than a violin or trumpet. You see pianos in public squares, airports, churches, and schools more often than any other instrument.

Just my 2 cents!


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linda555 #3001459 07/11/20 11:25 AM
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There is more likely to be a piano around somewhere than a violin or trumpet. You see pianos in public squares, airports, churches, and schools more often than any other instrument.

That's probably because their much harder to steal!

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The piano is sort of a "universal instrument".

I really can't add much as I was drawn to my Aunt Irene's piano when I was really young. My parents brought a used spinet piano and I have been on and off with the piano since then. I took up the Trumpet for band and played it for 6 years. But once I left school tjat was the end of the trumpet for me. Piano is still with me being in my mid 50's and I will always have some keyboard in the house.

Neat thing about learning the piano is I have a computer DAW set up with a MIDI keyboard to play synths and orchestra sounds. Some men fish I go to my DAW-Keyboard-Piano Cave smile


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What?
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Some men fish I go to my DAW-Keyboard-Piano Cave smile

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Some men fish I go to my DAW-Keyboard-Piano Cave smile

I thought it was self explanatory. I have a digital piano and a couple of MIDI keyboards hooked up to my Windows 10 PC. I have Presonus Studio One V4 and Cakewalk by Bandlab DAW plus quite a bit of virtual instruments +++ smile

I tried fishing years ago and it wasn't for me smile
I did golf when I was younger and was just okay but I enjoyed being out with friends. But alas I ruptured discs in my back 15 years ago and golfing is not worth the pain. Is that too much information MacMacMac? anyway I still say you don't choose the piano, the piano chooses you!


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PianoDreamers has compiled a nice list of reasons:

https://www.pianodreamers.com/benefits-of-playing-piano/

I especially love the "piano and you brain" infographic, this one is really, really cool!

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Originally Posted by kimby
There is more likely to be a piano around somewhere than a violin or trumpet. You see pianos in public squares, airports, churches, and schools more often than any other instrument.

That's probably because their much harder to steal!
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That is a nice list Björn. I like the emotional benefits is on the list among other things.


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Originally Posted by Björn from Earth
PianoDreamers has compiled a nice list of reasons:
https://www.pianodreamers.com/benefits-of-playing-piano/

I like that list too.

Expanding on the idea of 'music as another language' (caught my eye in the article) -

Having been away from music for 2-3 years, and coming back now, sometimes I walk by the piano and see music up on the stand and it dawns on me that it is quite revolutionary to take something as abstract and emotional and complex as music, write it on a page in a standard notation, and communicate that to others. It is imperfect (as any language) and open to interpretation (which is part of what makes it fun, unique, and allows *me* to contribute art into a piece that somebody else wrote). To say nothing of improvisation on a thing somebody else wrote, which is a collaboration of sorts.

I suppose this idea of communicating information via written 'word' is revolutionary language in general. But music has ideas are generally far less concrete than those for which we use words. And yet we can still use ink to communicate them.

Ok that was slightly OT but something us piano nerds probably think about from time to time! smile


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I didn't know that pianos had any much. smile
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That's probably because their much harder to steal!

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
I didn't know that pianos had any much. smile
Originally Posted by U3piano
That's probably because their much harder to steal!

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All college music students either take "piano class" regardless of instrument / voice or take private lessons with professors (which I did as I placed out of piano class). My main thing is tenor saxophone. Piano is an orchestra to sax's singing. And try accompanying yourself singing on a saxophone....


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Since you can play bass, chords and mellody on a piano at the same time.. its a perfect tool for composing and creating music?

The fact that when you play piano, it opens up keyboards too, which can mimic nearly any instrument..

Downside : to get on the level to perform in a band, on average bass takes 6 months, guitar about 2 year, while piano takes more like 10 years before you are considered a full band member..

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Learning to play any instrument well has a learning curve. Some take less time than others.

In my school days, my music teacher who was teaching strings class (violin, viola, cello & bass) said that It's a good idea to learn piano because we can play chords easily and learn a lot of music theory in the process. If your first instrument is not a piano, it's a good idea to take it up as a second instrument.

Not many people in my school days could be considered amateur musicians. Many had private lessons playing just 1 instrument and this is the only instrument they'd ever play. In my younger days a number of people in the family were enrolled in music classes by their parents. The 1 instrument each person played would stay for a lifetime. Fast forward a few decades I'm an adult piano learner and have no regrets picking it up later in life.

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What EPW means, in a nutshell, is that you can have a lot of 'other' instrument options with a Midi interface piano connected to a Laptop.

But I feel he is missing out on the fishing. I live on the banks of the river Severn (a song there?) and the fishing here is excellent (second line?) I don't play the piano very well yet. (that won't fit in at all) song writing on hold.

Main reason for learning Piano is it is so versatile, particularly nowadays with the many options.

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