It is time to tickle those ivories and celebrate the creation of an instrument that to this day remains one of the most popular instruments amongst players. From the classical finger work of Beethoven to the much more contemporary pieces of modern artists; the piano is an incredibly flexible instrument that has gone through various transformations over the last few centuries.
Grand Pianos… square pianos… to the more space efficient pieces you see in homes today – piano designs may come and go, but this instrument is still well loved.
Why do people learn to play the piano?
Beyond the recorder - that school teachers just seem to love getting us to play when we are little - pianos are arguably one of the easiest instruments to teach a child.
Flutes, cornets, violins and cellos, all require an element of co-ordination that takes a long time to master. With the piano, children can quickly experience the satisfaction of making recognisable music that will inspire them to keep on playing and experimenting with other instruments.
You could say pianos are the perfect stepping stone for establishing a healthy appreciation of music; one that will broaden their minds; improve their dexterity, and help them develop a deep and lasting love of all things musical.
Here are some other benefits:
You are never too old to learn - the piano is ideal for keeping your brain active as it tries to decipher pieces.
Playing the piano is good for your hands and co-ordination - it is particularly helpful for those who are clumsy as it forces you to focus.
Playing the piano is incredibly satisfying - there is always something new to learn, or a song on the radio that you wish to play. One of the many perks of this instrument is that most songs – yes, even the ones currently in the chart – are easily re-written for the piano.
So join the celebration and get involved in National Piano Month this September. With practice and concentration, you may have the next Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Beethoven or Chopin on your hands.