Numerous studies suggest that playing musical instrument helps reducing stress and by doing so decreasing risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
I personally find piano to be the most relaxing of the instruments I play. Unlike guitarists, who have to work hard just to be able to make a satisfying sound out of their instruments pianist are blessed with the easiness of generating a good sounding note piano offers.
That means you can enjoy the music even when playing very simple melodies. From experience of myself and my students I can say playing piano in the evening with a dimmed light can evoke a meditation-like state.
It is the best way to study not only music theory, but also composition and to gain more understanding of music in general.
Thanks to the fact that notes are laid out very logically understanding harmonic relationships between notes is very easy making it a perfect instrument for teachers teaching theory.
Traditionally piano has been the choice of instrument for composers, writing even very complicated concertos for entire orchestra
Playing piano requires a great independence of both hands, reading music from two separate staves, playing different rhythms, making sure you use the right fingers requires a great concentration.
Also, if you’re an adult this multi-tasking is a great exercise if you want to stay young cognitively.
In fact, there are cases of arthritis sufferers who improved the dexterity and strength in their fingers and muscles having played piano for a certain period of time.
Piano is a perfect instrument for composers and I believe creating your own music should become a part of the piano lessons, at some point.
It is easier than most people think and it’s very rewarding.
With a good teacher learning composition will not feel like an extra task to think of but will make your studying of the instrument more diverse and fun.
It is also very fun to hear someone else, your teacher for example to play your compositions, since they will interpret it their way.
Having gained composing skills on piano you can easily start arranging music for other instruments.
Think about all the great composers of classical and romantic period who arranged entire concertos for orchestras using a piano exclusively.
This is especially rewarding for children, who like to see they achieved something.
They will be very proud to display their hard-earned diploma.
If you’re an adult doing grades gives you a sense of structure and mark your progress.
Your teacher should advice whether this is the best way forward for you and prepare you during the course of lessons.
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