WHY YOU SHOULD PLAY THE PIANO

1.1 Why Learn How to Play the Piano? (5 Reasons)

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already excited to learn how to play piano! But in case you’re not convinced yet, this section is for you 🙂

We think the piano is the best musical instrument to learn. Of course, we’re biased as pianists, but there are compelling reasons to pick up piano as your first musical instrument:

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Reason #1: You can make amazing sounds from day 1

Some instruments, like the violin or the trumpet, take skill just to make a decent sound.

But piano is rewarding from day 1 because you don’t have to “make” the sound yourself. All you have to do is press a key that’s attached to a hammer that hits a string to create a perfectly clear note.

Most people can figure out a simple melody on a keyboard by playing around. Of course, there’s more to playing piano than eking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” but at least you won’t be squeaking through your first few lessons!

Reason #2: You learn both melody and harmony, treble clef and bass clef

A neat thing pianists can do is play both melody and harmony. Most instruments can’t do this.

As a pianist, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of both melody and harmony — that is, both the foreground and background of music.

Knowledge of both treble and bass clef also helps. Many instruments only use the treble clef, but if you decide to pick up the tuba later on, that bass clef knowledge will come in handy.

 

Reason #3: You are an independent music-making machine — but you can also have fun with other people

Since pianos handle both melody and harmony, you don’t require someone to accompany you. Other instruments, such as the violin or guitar, require bands, backing tracks, or an accompanying pianist to sound “complete.”

But pianists aren’t doomed to be alone! Pianos are a pillar instrument in many ensembles, from jazz bands to church worship teams. If you play piano, we encourage you to jam with other musicians. It’s a wonderful experience.

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