I have been playing the piano since the mid 1980’s, and whilst other instruments have come and gone in my life, this is one that has remained! I now not only enjoy still playing this instrument, but also offering lessons for the piano. Sutton in Ashfield is one of the areas I cover.
There is something longingly romantic about a piano, which may be sat in the corner of a hotel bar, foyer or lounge. And equally magical is when a pianist strolls up to the instrument, has a gentle touch of the keys, and sits down to play. It doesn’t matter if you recognise the music or not, but the calm movement of the music through the instrument and into the atmosphere instils the thought into many people “oh I wish I could play the piano!”
How many times have you been at a wedding reception, or in a restaurant with a pianist in residence, playing gentle (or sometimes not so gently!) on the piano keys? The piano lends itself to any setting, whether for soft background music, or more complex pieces demanding every part of the listener’s attention.
Learning to play the piano can be complicated, but a good teacher will give you tips to mastering the instrument, so there is no reason not to give learning the piano a go! There is no longer the excuse that “we haven’t the room” as there are many styles and types of digital piano on the market that are far smaller, and a little less choosy about their situation in houses with central heating!
Wolfgang Mozart, Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy and Ludwig van Beethoven are to name but a few very famous classical pianists and composers. More contemporary pianists are such as George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, Freddie Mercury, Elton John, Tori Amos and Myleene Klass. There are so many pianists to choose from – so this is by no means a full list!