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Do you Love Piano?

  • 7 February 2021
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Hey everyone!

Tell me, do you like to listen to or play piano?

If you play, how long have you been learning?

Who are your favorite composers?

Have you played in concerts?


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@Archisha Bhar , such a good thread! 
I enjoy listening to a good piano concerto by Mozart or a piano sonata by Beethoven. There is an excellent course about all the Beethoven sonatas given by Coursera people always enjoy.

Many years ago there was a movie called Elvira which played Mozart’s 21st concerto over and over throughout. It became so popular afterwards that people renamed it the “Elvira” concerto. Whenever you hear an excellent classical piano piece, it often takes a few different listens to appreciate it.

But I never enjoyed playing piano until recently! I always saw it as a too big instrument to take with you, whereas the guitar was so much more convenient. As a music teacher, I would rather sit on the floor with a guitar and sing songs with students than have a large piano blocking me. As a wind player, I also preferred to blow into an instrument. It felt as if I could put more of myself in it. And you need to be able to learn and play 2 different clefs.

In college, majoring in music, you had to learn piano. All the theory courses revolved around it. You had to harmonize music….on piano, for example, as well as play what you wrote. It was a disadvantage not to be able to play well. 
In order to get your license as a music teacher, you needed to play our National Anthem, so you had to know piano well. 
If you wanted to teach chorus, students expected you to accompany them on piano. So it is a very important instrument to know well if you plan on teaching music.
 

I figured out that I can play  song  music on piano, playing chords and rhythms with my left hand and melody with my right. I didn’t have to read those elaborate music sheets where you play 4 notes at once. That makes it so much more fun.

How about you? What do you think about the piano?

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@Archisha Bhar , such a good thread! 
I enjoy listening to a good piano concerto by Mozart or a piano sonata by Beethoven. There is an excellent course about all the Beethoven sonatas given by Coursera people always enjoy.

Many years ago there was a movie called Elvira which played Mozart’s 21st concerto over and over throughout. It became so popular afterwards that people renamed it the “Elvira” concerto. Whenever you hear an excellent classical piano piece, it often takes a few different listens to appreciate it.

But I never enjoyed playing piano until recently! I always saw it as a too big instrument to take with you, whereas the guitar was so much more convenient. As a music teacher, I would rather sit on the floor with a guitar and sing songs with students than have a large piano blocking me. As a wind player, I also preferred to blow into an instrument. It felt as if I could put more of myself in it. And you need to be able to learn and play 2 different clefs.

In college, majoring in music, you had to learn piano. All the theory courses revolved around it. You had to harmonize music….on piano, for example, as well as play what you wrote. It was a disadvantage not to be able to play well. 
In order to get your license as a music teacher, you needed to play our National Anthem, so you had to know piano well. 
If you wanted to teach chorus, students expected you to accompany them on piano. So it is a very important instrument to know well if you plan on teaching music.
 

I figured out that I can play  song  music on piano, playing chords and rhythms with my left hand and melody with my right. I didn’t have to read those elaborate music sheets where you play 4 notes at once. That makes it so much more fun.

How about you? What do you think about the piano?

That’s wonderful, @Judith.

Being a music teacher must be amazing! You remind me of my piano teacher. He’s so so talented. He can play the recorder too.

You play so many instruments, including a wind instrument, that’s lovely.

I’m learning piano since 2013. Though I started a bit late compared to other children who start at a very young age, I could catch up and now I’m in Grade 8 of Trinity College, London. I was supposed to give the exam a year ago, but due to the pandemic, I could not go to my music school anymore. That’s one big regret.

I have played in several High Scorers’ Concerts and small concerts in our music school.

Since I started late, I missed out on the theory part. That’s why I have taken three of the four courses of the specialization, “Developing Your Musicianship”, which helped in keep in touch with my instrument while not being able to go to the school. I’m yet to finish the last course and complete the specialization.

Nowadays, I get very busy with college work, so piano practice moves to the side a bit. But I practice as soon as I’m motivated again!

Other than playing, I love to listen as well. Chopin is my favorite!

Have a nice day :blush:

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Hello @Archisha Bhar 

I am so glad that you posted such an amazing topic.

I am an ardent fan of music and have participated in concerts mainly as vocal artist.

I can play the Harmonium well and is a novice in Guitar.I cannot play the piano but love the melody expressed by it.

It's one of the things in my wishlist.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

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Hello @Archisha Bhar 

I am so glad that you posted such an amazing topic.

I am an ardent fan of music and have participated in concerts mainly as vocal artist.

I can play the Harmonium well and is a novice in Guitar.I cannot play the piano but love the melody expressed by it.

It's one of the things in my wishlist.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

Hey @sahelibasu23. Nice to see you in the Music Forum!

I think Indians, especially we Bengalis have a thing for Harmonium :wink: . I can also play it. It’s an integral part of our musical culture, isn’t it?

I can also sing. I learned singing and playing the harmonium from my mother when I was small. Your words bring back so many fond memories of childhood when I used to sing in functions.

Thanks for joining this conversation!

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Hello @Archisha Bhar 

I am so glad that you posted such an amazing topic.

I am an ardent fan of music and have participated in concerts mainly as vocal artist.

I can play the Harmonium well and is a novice in Guitar.I cannot play the piano but love the melody expressed by it.

It's one of the things in my wishlist.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

Hey @sahelibasu23. Nice to see you in the Music Forum!

I think Indians, especially we Bengalis have a thing for Harmonium :wink: . I can also play it. It’s an integral part of our musical culture, isn’t it?

I can also sing. I learned singing and playing the harmonium from my mother when I was small. Your words bring back so many fond memories of childhood when I used to sing in functions.

Thanks for joining this conversation!

Absolutely so @Archisha Bhar 

There is a reason why Calcutta is the Cultural capital of India.😀What do you say?

I think that's something we sort of inherit from the environment. 😉

I am basically trained in Classical music where theoretical knowledge is presented in abundance with the raagas & raaginies .

But there is something about the musical compositions that attracts me towards the aspect.

I am glad that people all over the world,celebrate Music with so much passion and enthusiasm.

It's a joy, as is the motivation that derives from the same.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

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Hello @Archisha Bhar 

I am so glad that you posted such an amazing topic.

I am an ardent fan of music and have participated in concerts mainly as vocal artist.

I can play the Harmonium well and is a novice in Guitar.I cannot play the piano but love the melody expressed by it.

It's one of the things in my wishlist.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

Hey @sahelibasu23. Nice to see you in the Music Forum!

I think Indians, especially we Bengalis have a thing for Harmonium :wink: . I can also play it. It’s an integral part of our musical culture, isn’t it?

I can also sing. I learned singing and playing the harmonium from my mother when I was small. Your words bring back so many fond memories of childhood when I used to sing in functions.

Thanks for joining this conversation!

Absolutely so @Archisha Bhar 

There is a reason why Calcutta is the Cultural capital of India.😀What do you say?

I think that's something we sort of inherit from the environment. 😉

I am basically trained in Classical music where theoretical knowledge is presented in abundance with the raagas & raaginies .

But there is something about the musical compositions that attracts me towards the aspect.

I am glad that people all over the world,celebrate Music with so much passion and enthusiasm.

It's a joy, as is the motivation that derives from the same.

Warm regards,

Saheli

 

I agree with you, @sahelibasu23.

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@Archisha Bhar  Thanks for posting this. I love the piano. I took my first lesson when I was 5 years old. That was 60 years ago. I’ve been playing that long, although to listen to me you would not know it.  I have an actual piano, well I have a keyboard too but hardly ever play that. My piano was my grandmother’s. She bought it new, a couple of years before she passed away. It has been mine since I was ten years old.  I cherish it.  To me there is nothing like the sound of a piano. I even did a YouTube video a couple a years ago and titled it: I Love A Piano.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNDHaJv3UY8  

Composers, I love Gershwin. I love to sit and play a Gershwin tune.

I teach piano to older students. Most of my piano students are in their 60’s and it is a joy to see them live the dream they always had of learning to play. 

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@Archisha Bhar  Thanks for posting this. I love the piano. I took my first lesson when I was 5 years old. That was 60 years ago. I’ve been playing that long, although to listen to me you would not know it.  I have an actual piano, well I have a keyboard too but hardly ever play that. My piano was my grandmother’s. She bought it new, a couple of years before she passed away. It has been mine since I was ten years old.  I cherish it.  To me there is nothing like the sound of a piano. I even did a YouTube video a couple a years ago and titled it: I Love A Piano.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNDHaJv3UY8  

Composers, I love Gershwin. I love to sit and play a Gershwin tune.

I teach piano to older students. Most of my piano students are in their 60’s and it is a joy to see them live the dream they always had of learning to play. 

Hello @playfulcat,

That’s such a beautiful answer! I also love the sound of piano more than anything.

Do you have a grand or upright? Since I cannot keep a grand in our apartment due to its size, I have a digital piano, which is around the size of an upright. I’m learning since the age of 13, a little late for learning piano, but it’s not much problem for me. I can play decently!

I’ll definitely check out your video.

Thanks for this reply. It made my day!

@sahelibasu23 , @Archisha Bhar , I am not sure everyone is familiar with the Harmonium. At first I thought you meant the harmonica, but realized that’s not Indian! I remembered I had attended a meditation workshop a while ago where a instrument in what looked like a suitcase was played. It had such a soothing quality. Looking it up, I realized this was the Harmonium.

Here is a photo and music clip of one. The music sample isn’t particularly good, but the picture and explanations are. It would be good if someone can help us find a better sample.

Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful instrument to our attention!

https://www.milapfest.com/instruments-india/explore-instruments/the-harmonium/

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@sahelibasu23 , @Archisha Bhar , I am not sure everyone is familiar with the Harmonium. At first I thought you meant the harmonica, but realized that’s not Indian! I remembered I had attended a meditation workshop a while ago where a instrument in what looked like a suitcase was played. It had such a soothing quality. Looking it up, I realized this was the Harmonium.

Here is a photo and music clip of one. The music sample isn’t particularly good, but the picture and explanations are. It would be good if someone can help us find a better sample.

Thank you so much for bringing this wonderful instrument to our attention!

https://www.milapfest.com/instruments-india/explore-instruments/the-harmonium/

Sure @Judith .

I have this fantastic video of 21st July 2013 performance by 

Kaushiki Chakrabarty (Singer) ,

Soumik Datta (Sarod) ,

Pt. Vijay Ghate (Tabla),

Paromita Mukherji (Harmonium) and

Allarakha Yaminkhan (Sarangi) at Oranjerie Theater in Roermond, The Netherlands.

Genre:- Devotional 

Raga:- Bhairavi 

A Wikipedia article on Harmonium , also known as Pump Organ can be found here.

 

Regards,

Saheli

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