I started taking piano lessons when I was 8. Piano was quite a difficult subject for me. I have always been musical, but I relied on my ears to pick out melodies more than sight reading. It took me months to learn the songs I would play. Granted I played songs more complicated than Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Piano was a major part of my life for about 12 years. My former piano teacher Karen and I still keep in contact. She’ll tell me about being the accompanist for a local production of Company. I’ll go home and try to play “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Then I’ll curse and praise Mr. Sondheim because his songs are brilliant to listen to, but a bitch for me to play.
While I don’t play piano for 90 minutes a day like I used to my piano lessons have shaped who I am today. It gave me an appreciation for music, and it helped me growing up. Music lessons offer children a lot of tangible benefits. There are studies show taking music lessons has a kid has many benefits. These benefits go beyond an appreciation for music. I would say even if you are an adult and you want to take music lessons there are many benefits you will experience.
A few times in my travels (and at home too) I’ve noticed colourful street pianos. Most of these are open for the public to play. I don’t know much about art, but I love these piano. They show how music and art can showcased in a public setting. Hearing music outside, or inside, at pretty much any time of the day or night puts me in a better mood. Even if it’s a sad blues song I always love listening to music. Here are a some of the artistic pianos I’ve seen over the past few years.
New York City
Not every place I’ve visited has had these public artistic pianos, but I’m glad I’ve been able to see a few of them when I travel. Anything to bring music and arts to the public is a good thing. This makes me want to sit down at the piano and start practising some songs. Then I’ll be able to play something when I see a public piano.
Things You Should Know
All of these pianos (except the New Orleans one) were public pianos that you could play. The public pianos are available for anyone to sit down and play. That said the pianos themselves may not be in tune. The pianos features in this article may no longer be at the cities I’ve mentioned. The piano in New York was part of the Play Me I’m Yours street pianos. You can see what city will be hosting their pianos by visiting their website.
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Have you seen any colourful pianos on your travels? Which of these is your favourite?