What I Gained From Playing The Piano

What I Gained From Playing The Piano

I played on the piano for the first time when I was 9, 10, and 11, and quit, because I felt too overwhelmed at the difficulty. Only recently, about 3 weeks ago, I decided to return to the piano again. I have many reasons why I want to play the piano.

1. Cognition. I want the piano-playing to help me become more aware of the environment and process things more efficiently and quickly.

2. Hand-Eye Coordination and Dexterity. I want the piano-playing to improve my hand-eye coordination and dexterity. As I progress through music sheets, I notice that I have to do octave stretches, finger crosses and jumps, and figure out the best finger placement to play the desired notes. The more I practice, the better of a sight-reader I become. Brahm's lullaby requires some hand movements in addition to finger movements (so it may be helpful to know how to play just by sight-reading and without looking at the hands).

3. Singing. I love to sing, and I just want my piano playing to help me become a better singer.

4. Entertainment. For me, I find that piano playing is a productive form of entertainment. I have seen one homeless guy on YouTube who has a music background and makes tips on the streets, playing piano. When I saw that, I was like, "Sounds like a good idea." If I play an impressive performance, then I may earn some tips as a side income.

I know all the major scales now; before, I only knew the C major scale and the CEG chord, and somehow those two were the only ones that persisted in my brain in 15 years. In 3 weeks time, I can play 13 different musical pieces, most of which are beginner-level. Most of the music sheets fit into the classical, Christian, or children genre. You may be surprised at the number of people who ask online whether it's too late to play the piano. Personally, I believe that it is never too late. You can start at any time. In fact, learning as an adult is actually much faster than learning as a child. In my personal experience, a simple musical piece like "Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Brother John. Brother John" takes just about a couple of minutes to learn and play with both hands simultaneously (right hand melody, left hand harmony), provided that you can already read sheet music and have performed more difficult pieces.

I long for a day where I can find an audience other than my parents. Maybe someday I may casually play an impressive performance on a street piano and earn tips. In the meantime, I'll just have to keep on practicing. Practice makes perfect.


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  • Nice take - I am glad you have fallen in love with piano again

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  • I exist because my dad played the piano. I met my wife because she played the piano (and violin and cello)

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  • I went to a few lessons when I was about 6. Stopped until a few years ago and started back up due to a friendship on GaG inspiring me. It was always something I wanted to do, sometime that I was going to do when I found the time. Now I play because I love music. I already had strong hands, but yeah the first few weeks your fingers get tired.

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    • You just had a few-year gap. I had a 15-year gap. That's a big difference. I know this one guy on YouTube who started playing the piano when he was about 10, and now he performs extraordinary piano pieces, teaches piano lessons, and aspires to become one of those people who create the music score for movies.

      My sight-reading ability (that is, ability to read sheet music on first sight) is quite poor. I may be able to play extremely simple pieces that I have never seen before on one hand, but it may have no rhythm or beat. Then, after the first time, I quickly adjust the errors. For beats, I just count in my head. The metronome drives me crazy.

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    • You said, "I went to a few lessons when I was about 6. Stopped until a few years ago." That means you were playing UNTIL a few years ago, which implies that you probably stopped when you're 31. So, you must have a 25-year playing record.

    • No that means I stopped, until a few years ago when I started up again.

  • I really enjoyed reading your myTake and I'm glad for the joy that playing piano brings you. Music is a wonderful gift to have.

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