Not all of us are presented with the same opportunities in life. While some of us were forced against our will to plop down on a piano stool and start playing away, others who have potential and motivation were never even given a chance. So today we’d like to give a shout-out to those who were born to play, have an unquenchable itch to play, but maybe just don’t know it yet or haven’t been able to. In other words, we’ll investigate if you, yes YOU, have the piano bug.
So should you start playing the piano? Let’s check if…
1. You make songs out of the car blinker
Let’s turn on my orchestra!
To some, a blinker is simply a blinker. To others, a blinker is a musical concerto that beautifully and harmoniously accompanies your wondrous invented melodies. If you too never let a turn signal go to waste and always pair it with a whimsical song you’ve just composed, you may have unknowingly contracted the piano bug. Welcome to the family.
2. You don’t know the notes but you’ve tried to recreate a song you like by ear
How many of us are guilty of pretending to have a skill we simply don’t have? It can immensely frustrating to desire to sing like Whitney Houston, but in reality sound like that toad in your backyard. If you’ve been infected with the piano bug, you’ve likely found yourself in front of a piano once or twice, aching for your fingers to magically start prancing away on the keys. But since you sadly can’t become a pianist over night (you can try!), the best you can do without any training is to try to play by ear, and hope for the best. 🙂
Sorry Beethoven, you can’t “play by ear” with us.
3. You jump on the opportunity to learn an easy piano jingle
Do you know exactly one song on the piano? Is that song one-half of “Heart and Soul“? If you jump on any and every opportunity to learn a jingle, even if it’s meant for 3-4 year-olds, it means you crave to feel that tingling sense of achievement when you’ve accomplished mastering a new song. So if managing to play the theme song of Jaws already has you all excited and giddy, just think what conquering Liszt’s Rondo Fantastique will do to you, we shudder to imagine!
4. You jealously eyeball any friend with a piano or keyboard
Ah, the green-eyed monster. For each of us, it wakes up at a different time, in different circumstances. For those who are diseased with the piano bug, your green-eyed monster roars with suppressed rage every time you venture to a friend’s house who was blessed with a glorious piano. Your opinion of this said-friend also varies in direct proportion to whether this friend allows you to touch their piano or not. Yep, you’ve been infected hard.
I am happy for you, honest!
5. You visit OnlinePianist even though you don’t play piano!
So you don’t play the piano? What are you doing here??? (We’re just kidding, of course!) If you’re one of those people who doesn’t know a thing about pianos but lives vicariously by going to sites and stores intended for pianists, it might just mean that you are a secret pianist yourself, you just don’t know it yet. Whether or not you own a piano/keyboard does not determine if you are a pianist, and just because you haven’t yet had the chance to learn doesn’t mean it’s ever too late.
*sniff* I just want to belong here!
So, in conclusion. If you’ve been in agreement with all the items on this list, all we can say is “Welcome, fellow Piano-Bug-Infected-Friend! You’ve come to the right place to learn.”
So readers, what do you think? Are you infected with the piano bug? Let us know in the comments below!