If you are still on the fence about learning how to play the piano, then this article should help you get started. Did you know playing the piano is beneficial to your mental health? If that doesn’t motivate you to get started, then perhaps the following reasons will!
It is a good stress reliever
Every time you glide your fingers over the keys, some pent-up stress will flow out of your body! The therapeutic chords will help you release some anxiety and depression that you may be having.
It can help improve your concentration
You have to stay sharp as you play the piano. You have to use both your hands, read the music sheet, and listen to the notes you are playing. You also have to work the pedals! All this pulls at your concentration, which ultimately improves it and helps you improve your multitasking away from the piano!
It can help improve your coordination
You need to work your hands independently to produce good piano music. You also need to be able to read from your music sheet as you play. As a result, you get to improve your hand-eye coordination.
It can help to enhance your creativity
It is no walk in the park to pick up a music sheet that was inspired years ago and bring it to life. You need to be creative in the process as you strive to interpret the music. This in turn will help enhance the artistic side of your brain.
It can help improve your memory
You have to visualize the chords and memorize your music as you play the piano. This in turn helps enhance your spatial cognitive development and helps you retain information better! If you are a student, this is a special bonus as studies show that you get to retain at least 20% more information than your peers who don’t play an instrument!
It can help you embrace negative criticism
Each time you strike the wrong chord or press the wrong key, you will be corrected by your teacher. With time, the criticisms that you get will help you positively accept feedback. This will help you embrace constructive criticism in different aspects of your life (work, home, school, or in relationships).
It can help boost your confidence
If you are one of those shy people that shudder at the thought of public speaking then playing the piano can help boost your confidence. No matter how good or bad you are at playing, each time you play for friends or family, your self-esteem will be improved.
It is fun and satisfying
Whether you are goofing around with the keys or you are practicing for a particular performance, playing the piano is fun and can be very satisfying! Imagine tackling a “difficult” piece and nailing it, now that will be an ego booster!
Playing the piano is a lot more than gliding your hands over the keys. It can have physical, social, and emotional benefits as mentioned above!