Benefits of Learning the Piano

If you’re looking for a way to improve your life other than exercise or nutrition, you should consider playing a musical instrument as the piano. Learning piano has a lot of benefits, both physical and mental:

It improves academic skills:

Learning to play piano can increase your cognitive development. Music highly stimulates the brain. By understanding scales, rhythm, and beat, children are learning to recognize patterns, create fractions, and how to divide, for example.

It broadens vocabulary:

Children who have music in their academic curriculum have a far better verbal sequencing and vocabulary than children who didn’t.

It reduces stress:

When you’re learning to play piano you need to be focused both on the music and on the technique, you’ll be able to get away from your daily stress.

It gives you a hand-eye co-ordination:

When you’re taking piano classes, you’ll be taught on how you have to read while you play. And this trains your hands and eyes to work together and can be very handy in the future in terms of improving your productivity and your reaction time.

Also, since you use both hands and they play independently, you’re stimulating different parts of the brain.

It increases human growth hormone:

This is particularly important if you’re older. The human growth hormone is linked to the decrease of the pains and aches you feel when you’re getting older. People who had keyboard lessons have higher levels of human growth hormone than others. When you have high human growth hormone, the energy levels, muscle mass and sexual function increase, and the progression of osteoporosis slows down.

It inspires creativity:

When you are learning piano, you are using both sides of your brain because you are required to be creative every time you play. This happens because you’re reading and using your hands at the same time.

Patience is the mother of success:

Learning to play piano isn’t hard but it demands patience. You won’t be able to do it right the first time you sit on the bench. You need to practice, and the more you practice, the better you will be. But for this to happen, you need to be patient; you need to know that there’s no point in rushing something like learning to play piano.

As you see, there are a lot of benefits when you’re learning the piano. No matter if you’re already an adult, you can still benefit from it. Besides all the good things it can bring to your mental and physic health, it will also help you with creativity and discipline at the same time. You’ll be gaining a new skills and improving others that you already have.

How to Quickly and Easily Learn Piano for Beginners

If you’re learning to play the piano, or if already took some piano classes, there are some tips that may help you. Whenever you feel a little discouraged because you’re not evolving fast enough, or if you want to gain more confidence when you’re playing, make sure to check the following list:

Take a break:

When you decided you wanted to learn how to play a piano, you never thought it could be so hard. It’s not hard; you just need a break.

You need to understand that learning the piano takes a lot of practice and a lot of dedication. And this is how a break may just well be what you need. Just take a couple of hours or even a day away from your piano. You’ll notice that it will help you release all your frustration and stress, and when you go back to play again, you’ll feel much more refreshed and confident.

Play music you like:

One of the things that makes most people drop their piano classes is that they just don’t like the music they’re playing. You enjoy playing the piano; you just don’t like the music you’re playing. So, why not change it? Even if the music you like doesn’t dare your skills, it doesn’t matter. You’re playing piano because you love to do so. You’re having fun.

Learn the theory:

When you first think about learning piano, you simply assume that you’re going to sit on the bench and that you’ll start playing immediately. However, and although you might actually sit on the bench and try to play for a while, if you’re serious about learning the piano, you need to learn some of the theory as well. It may seem boring – especially when you look at the piano right beside you -, but it can really help you improve your skills. By learning some theory, you’ll then be able to play more freely and play a more wide repertoire.

Work on scales:

In order to learn the 12 key signatures, scales can help you. So, you need to practice scales and make it as a part of your daily routine. This will allow you to become more and more familiar with the piano as well.

Don’t make it a point to learn all the scales and start playing them perfectly immediately. Instead, you should take the time to improve your accuracy.

Take it slow:

Take the time to internalize all the steps when you’re learning the piano. The first thing you need to do is to learn the music, with all the rhythms and the right notes. And only then you need to develop your technique and muscle memory to play the music well.

If you rush things instead of taking some time to learn, you’ll end up missing some important points that will translate in later bad habits.

Express yourself:

Music should act as a way you have to express your emotions. And this is why the best musicians have their own ways to feel the music. And when they do feel it, they share this same feeling with whoever is listening. Much more important that playing the entire music without missing a note is to play it with the heart.

Relaxing Rock Songs

Relaxing Rock SongsPanic stricken? Dead tired? Extremely anxious? Having difficulty sleeping? Head is swimming? No peace inside? Want an out? Listen to music!

Music is considered to be an essential measure for relaxation. Many therapists use music as treatment. Mostly classical music is the prescribed medicine, but that doesn’t need to be a necessity.

Below are 10 songs by rock bands and artists which have an intensely soothing effect on the nerves and will make you feel at peace.

1. Imagine – John Lennon

Much doesn’t need to be said about what this song does to the listener. Live in Utopia for a while, and you’ll get what is desired by all (and what John philosophized) – peace!

2. Perfect Day – Lou Reed

A lazy, melodious track. It may have been written about heroin, but that doesn’t mean it cannot work wonders for the sane mind. When facing problems or overwhelmed, just slow down. Give it some time and let it go. Escape for a while!

3. Big D’s Touch – Buckethead

One of the most relaxing tunes to come out of Buckethead’s fingers is this instrumental. Let it touch you. It will make you want to lie down, and just stay like that forever.

4. I Talk to the Wind – King Crimson

King Crimson takes you on a trip that makes you see all that is going around in the world. Let them. Feel the dreamy music and take a moment to reflect on yourself.

5. Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce

Incorporating the harpsichord in the song was a masterstroke by Croce. While the wavy music washes over you, you can imagine all the things that you could do if you save just a little bit of time. Savvy, isn’t it?

6. Grantchester Meadows – Pink Floyd

Bird chirps, lazy guitar tunes, soothing voices, and words speaking about nature, this song will transport you into a pastoral enclave surrounded by birds, animals, trees, rivers, where you can laze around in the sun. In one word, bliss!

7. Why Worry – Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler tells in his soothing golden voice not to worry, because there is always good after bad, light after dark and such. Take things lightly, and relax! So indeed, why worry?

8. Black Mountain Side – Led Zeppelin

Inspired by Irish folk song “Down by Blackwaterside”, this Indian classical influenced instrumental shows why Jimmy Page is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He simulated the sound of the sitar on an acoustic guitar and Viram Jasani played the tabla. The song takes one into a pleasant, delusional, otherworldly dimension.

9. Summer Daze – Slowdive

This song, by one of the better shoe-gazing bands, is an induced dream. The music moves in and out of the mind, leaving the listener in a trance and almost lulls him to sleep.

10. Asleep – The Smiths

The song is interpreted to be about suicide, but on a very simple note, it also means wanting to fall asleep and not waking up for a long time. After being absolutely exhausted, we only want a good, long, sound sleep, and this song is perfect for listening to in bed before falling asleep.

Techno Artists and Music

Techno Music was created in Detroit, Michigan in the mid 1980s. It has an emphasis on rhythm while utilizing the best of advancements in music technology and music production. Techno is sometimes an instrumental genre and is usually discovered via DJ mixes, club nights and festivals. Some ingredients used are drum machines such as TR-808, TR-909, synthesizers, field recordings and sampling.

The main styles I would say that are the biggest influence on my music are as follows:

Detroit Techno

Detroit Techno is a subdivision of the techno genre which generally includes some of the earliest techno productions from Detroit. Detroit techno had its largest audience in the Atlantic. Some of the most common techno music artists include Underground Resistance, Mike Banks, Blake Baxter, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Eddie Fowlkes and Juan Atkins. Some of these artists used whatever technology they had in their reach and initiated music with epic synth sounds and engaging driving grooves. I could never list a top ten of tracks from this genre as it changes all the time, but a personal favourite label was always the Red Planet series. This label seen some fantastic releases in the mid-90s. I witnessed both Ghostdancer and Stardancer in particular causing some serious mayhem when played out in clubs.

Dub Techno

Another famous sub category of the techno genre, dub techno is quite distinctively un-show-y, doesn’t try to wow or stun and is never overreaching. I could probably put the dub techno sound alone being the reason I wanted to produce techno music. Nothing more do enjoy still to this day is generating those lush minor chords on a synth then washing them with reverb and delay. I could spend hours applying the filters and tweaking the sound to death. The fact that this style of techno is able to stun and wow the listeners, is a testament to the strength of its subtlety. Dub techno is a work of structural, architectural and musical genius in my opinion. It is unquestioning, placid and deeply soothing. My favourite dub techno artists without a doubt goes is Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, sometimes known as Basic Channel. My all-time favourite dub techno track has to be Maurizo – Domina which holds special memories from Glasgow’s famous Arches, sadly no more, where I heard it at the regular Friday night event held by Slam.

Scottish Techno

So where did I discover this music? Right on my door step. As previously mentioned through the early to mid-90s I had the pleasure of being a regular attender of Glasgow’s famous night club “The Arches”. Hosted on a Friday night for many moons by legendary Techno duo Slam. They would serve up a mixture of these varieties of techno to welcoming, knowledgeable crowd every week. They too influenced by the sounds of Detroit and dub techno, among others, introduced me to these styles and I was hooked for life. As a lifelong fan of their label, Soma Records, I followed their releases and many of the artists they have. Funk D’Void has also been another firm favourite with his ability to turn has hand to many different styles of techno, more often than not bringing more melodic and emotional elements to a track. Check his aptly named Emotional Content track and you will get the picture.