Confessions of a Piano Learner
I learnt to play the piano when I was 3 year old. I remember that was good ol Yamaha school, then I also learnt the Sukuzi method, which greatly helped my aural skills. Mum was convinced that the only music instrument that one should have formal training in is Piano. (not organ, not violin, not anything else) Apparently someone told her that Piano gives a super solid foundation to music. And if you want to learn anything else after Piano, it would be so easy!
Well, I had formal piano lessons till I was 15 (hit Grade 8 and decided that’s enough), and picked up the guitar. Of course what my mum strongly believed in was really true. It was easy to pick up the guitar. I understood chord progression, could transpose keys and I just had to focus on getting the fingers to touch the right strings.
The guitar is now my most commonly played instrument now. I use it for devotion and in cell groups. I hardly touch the piano (I think I may have forgotten what a piano felt like!), but I do tinkle on the keyboards once every 3-4 months.
I’ve no regrets sitting through those ‘torturous’ piano lessons, and painful practices. I grew to appreciate music, and more importantly good music arrangements. I decided to write this post because I heard this WOW chord arrangement for an old old worship song. After hearing it, I wanted to try it out, and go jamming.
I won’t say more. If you know this song, “Welcome Into This Place”, enjoy the music.
Isn’t this guy tremendously talented? It’s such talent that makes me so in awe of beautifully written music, and makes me so thankful for that bit of music training I had.
Do you have any music training when you were a kid? Any regrets spending time on that?
Both my parents are musicians so of course a lot of music was played in my house. I played the french horn, piano, flute and I also sing in my church’s choir. I think music is so important and it is a beautiful way to express yourself!
I began to learn how to play the guitar when I was 17. A couple of friends tried to teach me, briefly. It didn’t catch on, but I’m fascinated by musicians.
I am so FAR from being musically inclined it’s hilarious but yet I have 1 who is a whiz at her flute and 1 who rocks the guitar like no other. Not a clue where they got that gene from lol
I’ve not had music training, but made sure my daughter was able to take guitar and voice lessons when she was interested. She started playing an electric guitar and now she’s playing the acoustic.
I have no musical talent and no training as a child. I wish that I was able to read music.
Piano helped me understand music too. I never really moved to any other instruments, but that foundation was rock solid.
I took piano lessons for many years, but sadly I didn’t practice much or make it a priority, so now while I can play simple chorded hymns and such, I can’t do much else. I took saxophone in jr. high school too, I remember the fingering but haven’t played in years.
I wish! I would’ve loved to have formal lessons. I taught myself a few songs on the piano years ago, but nothing I can remember now.
I must admit that my biggest regret is due to pestering my parents to allow me to quit piano. I struggled in undergrad because I’d forgotten my fundamentals…or perhaps I struggled because I was simply a lazy musician lol
I am grateful for my musical background as it helps me as a worship leader, singer, as well as (finally!) to have the capacity to focus, practice, and perfect certain tasks.
I took piano lessons too! I wish I stuck with it.
I stopped piano lessons too soon. Now I just dabble.
I have never taken piano lessons, but it is something I’m definitely interested in, as well as guitar lessons.
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