The benefits of playing the piano are incalculable. That is because it
affects every aspect of your life.
Playing the piano is the ultimate multitasking experience. First, you
have to play the notes, coordinating both hands while doing so.
Second, you have to master the different ways of playing the notes:
staccato, legato, and so on. Thirdly, you have to mater the fingering:
what is the best fingering to use on the notes? Fourthly, you have to
master the volume: how loud or how soft should each passage be
with respect to the others? Fifthly, you have to master the
phraseology: where does one voice end and another begin? Sixthly,
you have to master the pedals, especially the damper pedal, which
means coordinating your feet with your hands. And there’s more. I
haven’t even mentioned technique, for instance.
It is hardly surprising that playing the piano increases the pianist’s
ability in both mathematics and language arts.
And then there is the stuff you already know: playing the piano brings
joy both to the player and the audience. There is no magic quite like
This book urges parents to learn with their children. There is a short,
simple section on music theory to be read at the piano, and then some
of the most famous music ever written—including Jingle Bells and
Happy Birthday! And there is fingering provided for each note, to
help the learning. Enjoy them all!
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