Benefits of Playing the Piano

There is nothing sadder to me than the adult who says, “I used to play the piano. I wish I’d kept up with it.”

First, you’re implying that the period in which you could learn has ended, which is patently untrue unless you are dead. Second, you’ve denied yourself a source of tremendous release, refueling, and joy. There are so many benefits to be gained from having the piano in your life. Things that even a game on partypoker.com, a warm drink on a cold night, or a cold drink on a hot day can’t even do.

Here are some benefits:

  • Self-discipline – You might have been forced into piano lessons as a child, but self-discipline is never a bad thing. A regimen of daily piano practice is like scheduling “me time” into your day.
  • Happiness – Playing the piano can make you a much happier person. It’s a tremendous creative outlet, and is a great way to relieve you of the daily stresses of life.
  • Memory – Learning the placement of the keys, learning how to read music, memorizing a composition until you play it effortlessly… playing the piano involves you intuitively exercising your memory, and the more you do so, the better you remember.
  • Talent – Practice makes perfect, and after a few weeks, a few months or even years playing the piano, you can feel smug in the knowledge that you have a talent with the keys. Being talented makes you feel accomplished, which will improve your self esteem.

It’s beautiful, it teaches discipline, and it brings happiness to the world. What’s not to like?

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