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Top 4 Reasons to Learn to Play Piano

by Tania Gleaves on July 29, 2015

The Piano Has Its Own Unique Sound

One of top 4 reasons to learn to play piano is the unique sound it makes. No other instrument comes close to the type and quality of music generated by the piano, which consequently, is a good thing. High quality music requires that its instruments sound different from each other, yet synthesize in a pleasing way. That’s because when we take the opportunity to appreciate music, we’re really identifying the unique sounds of each instrument, and we’re enjoying (1) how each one of those sounds compliment other sounds, and (2) how each individual sound contributes to the entire song. If it weren’t for the unique sound of the piano, our music would literally change.

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The Piano Has An Outstanding Dynamic Range

Another reason to learn to play piano is for its dynamic range. The piano is known for its large range of soft and loud tones. Played with a combination of delicate touches and pedal-work, this instrument can whisper soft passages and gently tickle your music bone. Later, it can play as loud as an entire band and give the impression that a one-man show is actually an ensemble of accomplished musicians! Such a large range gives this instrument a unique ability to instill dramatic interpretations and experiences.

The Piano Has A Large Pitch Range

A third reason to learn the piano is its pitch range. With over 80 unique pitches, the piano offers one the largest range of notes. This gives its musicians quite a palette to paint with! The pitch range of other string instruments, such as the violin or cello, are somewhat limited when compared to the range of the piano. An expanded pitch range with these types of instruments is _possible_, but it’s not as readily available or accessible as it is on the piano. Only violinists with years of experience for example, can emulate the pitch range of a piano. Beginning pianists however, can enjoy this full scale of notes immediately.

The Piano Plays All Three Elements of Music

One more reason (but certainly not the last) is its versatility. No other instrument can play the melody, rhythm, AND harmony of a song at once. Only the piano is capable of playing all three elements of music and although they aren’t easy to learn at first, practicing how to play them together will propel your status from beginner to advanced. This is largely due to the fact that playing the melody, rhythm, and harmony of a song simultaneously portrays the illusion of multiple instruments and musicians, when in actuality, there’s only one genius behind the madness. And that genius is you!

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Piano Songs Every Pianist Likes To Play

by Tania Gleaves on July 26, 2015

Piano songs come in all sorts and styles. Every pianist loves to play some now and then, even if you prefer classical pieces. And although a song usually contains vocal parts, many have been rearranged for performance on piano only.

Let’s take a closer look at some great composers of songs you can play as a pianist. Don’t hesitate to click the links if you would like to know more about it!

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There are short compositions in all types of music: pop, rock, jazz, folk, classical music… you name it.

Traditionally art songs were created for performance with piano accompaniment. Famous are those written by Franz Schubert who used a simple strophic form as if it was folk music.

Billy Joel, one of the most talented pianists and songwriters in pop music, became popular with Piano Man, which was a massive hit in the early Seventies. In its lyrics Joel writes with subtlety about the comfort people find in piano music.

Another famous singer-songwriter who has written many hit records is Elton John. The ebony and ivory keyboard always plays an important role in his compositions, and sheet music of his work is extremely popular.

John Lennon was responsible for Imagine, a classic among piano songs and loved by many pianists.

Of a more recent date are the songs by Keane and Coldplay, alternative rock bands from the UK that use the black and white keyboard frequently. Coldplays tabs are much sought after.

Of a whole different type is ‘The Old Rugged Cross’, a Christian song written in 1912 that remains enormously popular among performers and piano players. The same goes for the piano arrangement of the US national anthem ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.

These are just suggestions to show you how wide the variety is of what you can learn to play.

When searching for sheet music you will find that many pieces are available with varying degrees of difficulty. You can find the same song written in a manner that is appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced students.

This gives each and everyone the opportunity to play the piano songs they like while improving their skills.

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Basic Piano Scales – Essential, But Easy!

July 23, 2015

The relationship between full-size compositions and basic piano scales is incredibly strong, for without the scale, we wouldn’t have the wonderful symphonies that we enjoy today. Knowing what this relationship is, there can be little question about how basic piano scales contribute to such masterpieces from the likes of Bach or Vivaldi. And being aware […]

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Children’s Piano Music Lessons

July 22, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a baby respond to a song, you know that children were born to love music. Even from inside the womb, infants can hear rhythms and melodies. Its no wonder that many children love music. Piano music lessons give children of all ages a wonderful opportunity to explore music. Giving a child […]

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Prepare For Online Free Piano Lessons

July 12, 2015

Online free piano lessons are the perfect choice for those who may feel intimidated by sheet music. In the comfort of your own home, you can learn to read notation without feeling (too) embarrassed or incurring the costs of an expensive tutor. But before you set out to download every song from the web, let […]

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Piano Intervals

July 8, 2015

Introduction Piano intervals are differences in pitch. If you think of the C major scale, each one of its keys is an interval between its lowest note and its highest. That includes whole notes and half notes, mind you.. The smallest interval is obviously the half-step (called a minor 2nd) and the largest interval is […]

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Basic Piano Lessons – Hmmm…Where Do We Begin?

July 7, 2015

What is the big dilemma? There are more opportunities to learn basic piano lessons than ever before. And on one hand, this is a wonderful achievement since it increases the expose to a truly great medium. On the other hand, it can make finding appropriate lessons a bit more difficult than we’d like it to […]

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How to Play Keyboard

July 5, 2015

If you want to learn how to play keyboard like a pro, you need to become familiar with the open chord position. Just what is the open chord position and how can it improve your musicianship? To start off, have you ever noticed that when you are learning to play the keyboard your hands are […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

July 3, 2015

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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How to play piano – Getting through the basics

June 29, 2015

If there were one “best way” to learn piano, websites like this one wouldn’t need to exist. The truth is, learning how to play piano has as much to do with the individual student as it does the chosen method. You need to know what’s out there, because how you start will affect the rest […]

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