You will be surprised with all the wonderful things that happen when you learn to play piano. Many persons are amazed when they watch musicians place their fingers on the piano and produce a familiar song or passage, and they wonder what is going on? What happens when you play? How does the music get out?
The details of how it all happens can be found in scientific journals, as this has been a mystery for ages. We can look, in simple ways, at the action, the outcome, the habits, and the benefits.
We see it all the time. Someone goes to the piano with or without a music sheet and is able to play what is on the sheet or some other piece that seems to come from nowhere. When they move their fingers across the keyboard? MAGIC
The music that we hear, given that it is accurate, is recognizable and sometimes we are able to sing along with what we hear. That same musician can play that piece next year or in ten years time. If they are reading the music, they are using the sight-reading skills that they acquired after years of step-by-step instruction. If they are not using a music score, the music we hear is either played from memory, or from improvisation (like jazz riffs) using the principles of permutations that have been engrained over the years.
It is no secret that people who can play well made it a habit to practice for hours on end, to master the progressions whether from memory or from improvisation. The activity of playing piano helps memory, and helps a student develop patience and discipline.
The greatest benefits are said to occur when someone learns to play as a child since it promotes brain functions and connections to other areas. Adults who are willing can learn to play and may accomplish the skills in even a shorter time because of their level of understanding of sequences and patterns. They only have to be committed to staying in the teaching program. Because of the development that takes place in the brain of the pianist, and in general the musician, the incidences of memory challenges in later years is far less.
It seems then that every one should learn to play. Besides honing the skills, there is so much fulfilment in expressing the music that you love. Why don’t you give it a try ?