Extended definition of the Piano


Anybody who has the slightest interest in music has experienced themarvelous effect of the piano in his favorite music. In the layman’slanguage, the piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard.Apparently, this definition was wrong as I came to learn later in myfirst piano class. I remember the day as though it was yesterday. Mypiano teacher defined the piano as ‘the only musical instrumentrequired creating magic in any rhythm’. When I recall it now that Iam older, I tend to think that his definition was correct. I cannotthink of any song that is a world- sensation without the pianoincorporated in its beat.

The piano is played at different places for various reasons.Professional pianists called the virtuosos showcase their skills inevents. When I was a piano student, I would play the piano at thepiano school together with other conservatoire pianists. Quite often,I played under the guidance of my teacher. However, as I began tolearn the ropes, I found myself playing for longer with minimalguidance from my teacher. My dream was always to go pro in the pianoplaying business. I dreamt of being among the best virtuosos in mycountry. As people grow older, dreams change and priorities turnupside down. I am now a lazy piano player under the fancy title ofrecreational pianist. I play at low- level social events. I cannothelp but notice that my skills are fading by the day.

According to my teacher and the internet, the piano originated fromFlorence, Italy in the 1700’s. Back then, piano playing was apreserve for the men. Initially, I had thought that the pianooriginated in America because of the many genres of American musicthat rely on the piano. RnB, blues, classical, and jazz derive theirpopularity from the piano. The country has numerous piano schoolsthat make it seem like piano playing is an element of Americanculture. The piano has spread to virtually every continent. Theprevailing stereotype is that Asians are more inclined to violinplaying than any other musical instrument. The truth is, the piano isequally popular. In China alone, there are over 100,000 pianoschools. The piano is also popular in Africa, despite its over-reliance on drums. The piano forms the baseline of the beat in manyAfrican genres.

As my teacher once told me, there is no single key to being asuccessful pianist. He however did point out that the best pianoplayers have one thing in common- resilience. Contrary to popularbelief, learning piano is a very tedious venture. It involves playingthe same keys over and over again until they come off as pitchperfect. It may take a student over one month to play a stanza to itsperfection. My teacher always told me that the best pianists spendmore time at the piano than their peers combined. The cliché,practice makes perfect, always donned our conversations. He alwaystold me that a good piano student should spend at least six hours ina day playing the piano. Although I tried my best, sometimes I wouldonly manage to play for two hours in a day or in some instances, 0hours.

In conclusion, the piano is a musical instrument popular in manyparts of the world. The four types of piano players are theprofessional pianists, virtuosos, piano teachers, recreationalpianists, and piano students (conservatoire pianists). Historianstrace the origin of the piano to Florence, Italy in the 16thCentury. Although there is no single path of being a successful pianoplayer, the recurring commonality among genius piano players is one-numerous hours of practice.

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