Music certainly has a great appeal when it’s listened to, but what’s behind that single track that enchants people. There are many people who dream one day of bewitching people by moving their fingers or hands, depending on the instrument, but what is the most played? Counting their popularity piano and guitar are the most played instruments for various factors, the first for example for the melodies that can create the second for the rhythm and mobility with which it is equipped.
It cannot be denied that playing the guitar around a bonfire on the night of August 15th is an event that many would like to experience. If we talk about guitarists, we can think of world famous rock stars such as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page or Slash, who lived a life full of fun. So there seems to be no reason to choose the piano over the guitar.
Why choose the piano?
The piano is, according to many, the main instrument and does not need accompaniment because it can play both melody and harmony. In fact, unlike other instruments, the piano is played using both hands that follow two different musical texts. In this way, good coordination is developed, supported by the exploitation and use of brain functions. In simple words, it is not by chance that those who play the piano often have good feedback in school, work or where intellectual skills are required.
One last reason I would like to give you is that the piano will give you satisfaction right from the start compared to other instruments because it has clean sounds result that you get after a while of practice with other instruments. Try to pick up a friend’s guitar, press with a finger a string on the neck of the guitar within that rectangle that is called fret and with a finger of the free hand pinch the string pressed the sound will be different from that performed by an expert pianist, in the piano this does not happen. Despite this there are those who think differently.
How to start
It happens to hear people who don’t start playing the piano because they feel too old, as if there was a recommended age to start playing. The truth is that there is no age limit to start playing but you need a lot of patience and determination. In fact, in many cases people stop playing after a few years because they arrive at a time when, even if you play a lot of time a day, you don’t get any more evident results as in the first months. Only if you are really passionate about it will you not abandon your studio, in this sense the piano is selective and not accessible to everyone.
Those who approach the piano are usually moved by the desire to be able to reproduce the melody of a song or simply attracted by the presence of this instrument in their home or that of a friend. But what is the best way to approach the piano? First of all, I would like to recommend the support of a professional graduate of the conservatory. If you fall into the first type the next point will not interest you because it is assumed that you are already gifted if you do not pay attention.
Piano or Keyboard
For those who start an important choice is what to buy: piano or keyboard? There are two types of piano: vertical and grand. Given the high cost of the piano, I do not recommend it for a person who approaches for the first time. You don’t even know if the next day you’ll still want to play those boring exercises you need to learn. When I talk about piano, then, I will imply the vertical one. The price of a piano or a keyboard is quite different, let’s consider two models of medium quality. This is to mark the difference of high quality pianos, for professionals, who reach very high prices.
On average a keyboard costs from 100 to 1000 euros and even more while the piano starts from a base of about 500 euros up to 5000 and more. In proportion, a piano costs five times as much as a keyboard. Don’t forget, then, that the piano must be maintained. To do this, you need to spend money on tuning and repairs of all kinds, not to mention the space it occupies. Also with a keyboard you can play a variety of genres using different sounds thanks to its internal function. But there are as many and more reasons to buy a piano as I would recommend.
The piano reproduces a clean sound due to a mechanical action, the hammers moved by the keys hit the strings unlike the keyboard, where the sound is digital. Not reproducing the same sound and the difference is worth buying the piano. Another reason of little importance is the scenic effect that gives the presence of a wooden piano inlaid and embroidered. Despite the cost, I strongly recommend to buy a piano, but it is not an expense that is often done, a piano lasts a lifetime. It will only be necessary to change some pieces such as strings, hammers and others.
What to study to get started
Although I think you’ll be followed by a professional, I’ll give you some tips to start playing also as self-taught. You will need at least one exercise book at the piano to loosen your fingers and start coordinating that in case you will be recommended by a teacher as well as an arpeggio book, to learn how to read the score and keep time. Every day it is recommended to practice for at least 30 minutes starting by warming up with arpeggio scales of do re mi fa sol la si and others learning a new one every two or three days and other exercises.
Then you can begin to practice with the help of the book. To finish the exercise, download a score and start practicing it. Choose a point on the score as far as you are prepared to practice until it is correct and at the right speed. To achieve this, start practicing with separate hands. First with the right, then with the left and, as it gets easier for you, increase your speed. You will reach the right speed by being adjusted by a metronome.