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Why Play the Piano?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I said in my new years resolutions/goals that I wanted to decide if I wanted to continue learning piano. This is an exercise I am doing to see what my motivation is...

Why do I want to play piano?
1. I want to be able to play music with my son (viola) and husband (violin).
I sometimes wonder if this is even possible. As it takes such a little thing for me to loose my place, or loose my mind. IE I can get rattled and suddenly every coherent thought from my head is gone. This does not seem to be normal for most people. Also, my husband and son can hear every wrong note, even the ones that is just the simplification for my piano level.

2. I enjoy music and wish I could amuse myself with it, if you know what I mean.
Couldn't music be something I could use to relax, share my mood, or maybe even cheer myself up? But it is so hard to play different things with each hand and to try and pay attention to volume, etc. at the same time.

3. I wish I could effect others with my music.
There are so many stories of people in old folks home being affected by music, even by some crappy piano players. Could I cheer someone else up by just playing a simple song?

4. I wish I could play hymns that I can praise God with too....

5. I started taking piano lessons partly just to understand my husband and son's conversations at dinner, etc. and I will say it has helped with that, but I still feel like I can't PLAY anything.

IF I could be convinced that any of this was possible, then maybe I could convince myself to practice a bit more. But so far I don't feel like I can even begin to play music, but then I hardly practice, either.
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    Just like running, learning to play an instrument doesn't happen overnight. You start out walking and build endurance. So it can be said for playing piano. I admire that you are striving to do so! You can't expect to sit down and play Beethoven's Fifth in the first year or so! So concentrate on what you CAN play (start w/hymns?) and perfect that. And you know what? if you try and find you just don't love it...that is OK! God gives us all our own unique talents. Good luck!
    2692 days ago
    Sounds like you have good reasons to continue. Remember we cant all be great musicians, but we can all do the best we can each day. Make yourself practice at least 15 minutes a day and if you are purposeful in your practice you will get better. Playing for people in retirement homes would be excellent public service and simple memorable tunes will make them as happy as a Chopin piece probably more because it will help them remember good times in their past.
    2694 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2012 9:58:15 PM
  • BAKER1009
    Play for me, a complete stranger! It is my dream to one day own a piano and learn to play. My brother and sister had the opportunity when they were little. When I reached the age to begin, my parents divorced and the piano was too big to move to our apartment, so it got sold.
    Practice will only help, so just set aside a certain amount of time per day, or per week!
    2695 days ago
    Like every thing else, believe in yourself and of course practice and practice!!! You have two wonderful people who love music and who probably find it easy but I am sure they put in time to practice so use their examples reasons for playing are wonderful so keep them in focus and even on those days when it sucks just keep at it. Good luck and please have fun even on those days when the going looks tough.
    2695 days ago
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