Tickling the Ivories

If you like music then you might want to consider the piano

By: Sarah Rogowski

The King of Instruments, the piano, was invented over 300 years ago. Thousands of people have mastered it and thousands more have enjoyed great performances. Do you have what it takes to master tickling the ivories?



Equipment

A piano isn’t the only type of “equipment” you need when you learn to play the piano. There are other types of “equipment” you may have not thought of. One type is strong fingers. Your fingers need to be strong enough and flexible enough to play scales and different types of music. Another type is patience. Learning the piano is hard! You have to be patient with yourself and with your teacher. One more type of “equipment” is good memory. When you perform, many times you have to perform by memory. That means memorizing all the notes in your song. As you can see, you need many other things besides a piano to make good music.



Practice Makes Perfect

Practice, Practice, Practice. When you practice at home, you are going over a lesson. At a lesson you play your songs, and then your piano teacher tells you what you need to work on. A lesson is usually once a week, but you practice at home 4-7 days a week. According to Dr. Brent Hugh, Assistant Professor of piano at Missouri Western State Collage Department of music, “Each person learns piano in a unique way”. He states that “Practice techniques and learning methods that work well for one person may not work as well for other people”. For example, I practice 15-30 minutes each time. I practice each song three times, but hard parts of a song take even longer. Practicing may not be fun, but it makes your performance even better.





Showtime

Finally! The big event has come. Of course you will want to look nice, but where and what will you play? There are many different places you can perform at such as, nursing homes, hotels, or even on stage at a big concert. In piano you sometimes go to competitions. When you perform you either do a solo or a duet. A solo is when you play a song by yourself and a duet is when you perform with a partner. Most of the time you would play a solo at a performance. Where ever you perform, your audience will love to hear you play.





If you are ready to work your fingers and have the patience, the time, the teacher and the ability to perform, then the piano may be for you . Learning the piano challenges you mentally and musically, and it all pays off when you get to tickle the ivories in your performance.



Citations

Www. Brenthugh.com/piano/piano-practice.html Piano Practicing Principles and Methods By: Dr. Brent Hugh Assistant Professor of Piano, Missouri Western State Collage Department of Music