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  • Zoe Lim

Why You Should Start Learning Piano Now

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

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It is the start of a new year and everyone is making new year resolutions and setting goals for the year ahead. If you, like me, don't have clear aspirations for 2021, learning the piano would be a great way to start off your year. You are probably wondering - why the piano? Why not other instruments such as the guitar, drums, bass or even vocals? Well, I am going to give you 3 reasons as to why you should start playing the piano right now - in the 21st century.

1. Piano is one of the easiest instruments to learn

Unlike other instruments such as guitar, piano is one of the easiest instruments to get a note right away. When you hit a key, it is clear that it will make a sound without any buzzing, squeaking or other unpleasant noises. You also don't have to keep tuning the instrument before you play, unlike drums, bass and guitar. The movement required when playing a note on the piano is not awkward unlike holding down strings or stretching across frets which can be difficult for some.

2. It serves as one of the most useful musical tools

If you are looking to expand your musical knowledge, learning the piano makes it easier to understand theory due to its linear design. The notes are laid out in order in a line which greatly helps in visualising the intervals and chords.

Recording music is also made easier when it comes to keyboards and pianos. Most recording artists connects a keyboard to a computer using MIDI, which then can be played into DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software to create songs.

3. It acts as a great accompaniment

Since the piano has the full range of an orchestra, it can handle all different aspects of music, including melody, harmony and rhythm. It can be used to teach vocal notes to singers and/or instrumentalists and also provide accompaniment for practice or performance. It is especially useful for writing pieces and hearing how parts sound together while composing.

However, whichever instrument you decide on as last, the most important part is to make sure you're having fun with that instrument! There is no point in learning a new hobby if you are not enjoying it. But also keep in mind to have a practice schedule so that you can make progress and hit your musical goals by the end of this year.

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