The art of playing piano is very athletic. It requires training, skills development, muscle technique, daily routines and musical development.
The piano is capable of incredible music like a painter or dancer expressing their deepest emotions. Fingers playing the keys are a choreography of skillful virtuosity brought together into a musical masterpiece!
The piano is very dynamic! The type of music which one can play on the piano is practically endless! It is fair to say the piano is THE most versatile instrument of all instruments!
Piano music is involved with just about every part of the modern music industry, from solo performers, concerto performers, accompaniment of voice, orchestra or band instruments, theater, dance, celebrations, popular music, jazz, spirituals, worship, digital music creation and much more.
Just about every piece of music written has something to do with a piano score, a chord chart for piano or is written to be played on piano somehow! Who ever is interested in being in the music world should consider the piano as something to know.
Composition of music can happen easily with a decent ability to play piano also. How else can one blend chords and harmonies all under the fingertips at once?
Can Anyone Learn Piano?
It depends. Some folks learn piano easily, while others struggle to make sense of it. To play piano here are some physical guidelines:
- Finger span from thumb to pinkie should be at least an octave (8 notes on keyboard) for grown adults. For kids, young hands grow bigger. The hands of each parent should be checked for an octave span (8 keys reach). If BOTH parents have smaller than an octave reach, piano may not be as ideal for the kids.
- The piano one practices on should be an 88 key acoustic piano (tuned (A440) and all parts working 100%), or electronic 88-key keyboard with weighted actions.
- Practicing on a less than 88-keys keyboard or with no weighted action will cause progress to slow to a snails pace if hardly at all. This is not acceptable to start piano lessons, sorry.
- Smaller keyboards less than 88 keys are only okay for vocal students who are merely learning how to read notes, or electronic (USB/MIDI) computer studio students who are using a keyboard for mixing and composition.
How does one improve?
By practicing daily one should see improvement right away. Depending on the amount of quality practice and determination, each skill development takes its own amount of time to master.
- Activities in other sports should be minimal.
- Practice times should be kept as regular as possible daily.
- Distractions around the piano should be minimal or none.
- Goals of practice should be clear to accomplish something productive each day.
The rewards of routine practice are endless! How else will the muscles of the body know how to play the music without working on things every day?
How long a person practices is key, but not as important as time quality of practice. An hour spent going through the motions is less productive than actually figuring out what needs to be done, worked on and improved.
Those who work toward improving their practice methods and techniques are far more effectively than those who simply sit at the keys and play the same way they did the day before! Please always be looking to improve something in the process of practicing music!
For vocalists, it is also recommended to study basic piano to learn how to read music: tuning the voice, playing and singing melody notes, chords, harmonic progressions, scales and key of a piece!