C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do… However you read it, you tune in to the same notes; the notes that intertwine to make and awaken memories and feelings. It is time to become the conductor and musician of your own tunes. It is time to become the artistic soul who plays a melody on one of the world’s most popular instruments: the piano. Now that you have decided that today is the day, here are four reasons to support your life-changing choice of learning to play the piano:

1. Piano Music Has Health Benefits

  • Studies have shown that listening to and learning to play the piano slows the progression of dementia in older people.
  • Dr. Jennifer Macritchie, University of Western Sydney, has found that even small amounts of training can have long-lasting benefits, with many adults in a trial she conducted showing improved hand-eye coordination.
  • Music sets off “fireworks” in your brain. At a TEDx talk, it was discussed that neuroscientists have been monitoring the brain, using new machines that have shown that while playing a musical instrument the entire brain is being used, including listening, fine motor skills, and linguistic and mathematical skills. As listening and gross motor skills require opposite areas of the brain, the bridge between each hemisphere of the brain is strengthened.

The findings of neuroscientists are only growing, and playing an instrument is now being seen as a complete neuro-workout.

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2. Investing In A Piano Means Investing In Yourself

A piano, much like self-pampering, is an investment in yourself. If your new year resolution is to live a happier life, this is a hobby worth considering!

FACT: Keys On The Piano Are Heavier Than On A Keyboard

Barbara Lawless, a piano instructor, advises budding musicians to go straight to the piano rather than beginning on an electronic keyboard, and representatives from piano stores note that the heavier keys give you more active use. Many piano teachers recommend that the best piano styles to learn to play the piano on are the Upright, Grand, or Baby Grand piano models.  

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3. You Can Turn Any Event Into a Concert

Homes, hotels, and restaurants worldwide have pianos or keyboards to entertain guests. Unlike guitarists who have to carry their guitars in order to show the world what they’re made of, as a piano player, you can simply arrive, wriggle your fingers, and get the party started. It is a WOW party trick guaranteed to impress.

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4. You’ll be More in Tune

You start to tap the keys, not knowing how to play, but before long, you’ll hear and become familiar with the sounds of the notes and you’ll be able to identify which notes are used in your favorite songs. With some dedicated practice, you’ll have that ability under your belt and will soon be able to play your favorite songs.

Musicians Who Play Their Own Piano Music

A lot of singer-songwriters play the piano so they can tap out a beat and begin putting their next hit together. Other than Elton John, singer-songwriters you might know are John Legend, Vanessa Carlton, and Billy Joel.

By now, you have envisioned how fabulous life will be when you are the one with the magic fingers. Discovering and developing new skills, talents, and abilities is a part of what makes life rewarding, fulfilling, and enriching. Hobbies & Crafts become talents and loves in no time, so get started right now.

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