Is Piano Really the Hardest Instrument to Learn? My Advice to Piano Novices!

As you may already know playing the piano is a fascinating skill to acquire.  But it requires you to put in the time and effort to really grow and develop your talent.

You might be more interested in Classical personas such as Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, and Scarlatti…Maybe not! well then you probably sway more towards Rock or contemporary aficionados like Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, Norah Jones and Stevie Wonder.

For those people that have never taken pleasure in Classical music, that may change as you start playing.  For ages, this music has presented great challenges among pianists.  You have to master the dynamics (Relative loudness or musical expression) whether it be Fortissimo (Italian expression for loud) to Pianissimo (Very quiet…almost inaudible).  As you do this you also have to concentrate on visual perception and the overall tempo. How many beats per minute?  60? 120? Well, when a piece signifies to be played at 60 beats per second….this initially means that when you tap one beat for every second the tempo is 60 beats per minute.

On the other hand, as an artist you have to be willing to use your imagination too.  In order to do this you have to scan your music and play it how you feel it.  Is “Stanza A” more majestic? okay.  Then play it more dreamily and softly.  Maybe even play it Adagio (Moderately Slow).  With all this in mind, never give up or refuse to take a challenge when it’s bestowed.  Without a doubt it is very difficult to excel in but very satisfying to conquer (almost every pianist wishes they could emulate all of the greatest Classical musicians of the 20th century).

There are also many benefits to playing piano as well.  One of them is relaxation.  When you feel upset, angry or stressed out spending 20-30 minutes each day can release your troubles.  This is very therapeutic to the mind as well as the rest of the body, soothing the nerves if you’re anxious.  Start by playing slow songs in minor keys then work your way to more upbeat songs.

Learning to play the piano teaches you several lessons.  My favorite of them all: Discipline! If you are someone who gives up easily or quits activities without giving them a chance…then piano might just be the instrument for you!  In piano there is always time to get better and to work your way up towards the next level.  In other words, it can keep you motivated to put it in more practice time, and work harder to achieve your goals.

In my experience, playing piano is easier in some aspects than learning other instruments that accompany different genres.  In vocal music, you have to work on developing your pitch and controlling the vibrato.  You have to worry about the air your breathing in and if you are a touch higher or lower than the note.  But with a piano the only way this would happen is if it was out of tune.  In that case, you would get a piano technician to fix it…

Take in to consideration starting up piano even if you feel that you are not good enough.

Remember the key to any good musician is to put in time, relax, and be patient!


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