If you’re an avid player, you probably already know what you personally gain from playing the piano – perhaps a sense of tranquility or peace, perhaps the satisfaction of learning a difficult piece. Whether you play as a hobby or more professionally, you could probably dish out a laundry list of reasons why you love playing. But did you know there are some unique benefits to playing the piano as well?
You know the old saying about not being able to walk and chew gum at the same time, right? Well, while that might be a bit extreme, playing the piano does teach us the skill to concentrate on two or more things at once.
Think about how frustrating it may have been when you first started playing, to use a different rhythm or playing pattern on each hand. Over time, however, you got used to it, and it’s likely now second nature to play two different things.
Additionally, if you had a teacher, you had to focus on your playing while they may have been instructing or helping you, etc. When you’re playing live, either by yourself, or with a group, you have to pay attention to the other sounds around you, as well as your playing.
In a chaotic world where it seems like nothing is ever just happening singularly, this skill can be incredibly useful in our day-to-day lives. You’ve essentially been mentally training yourself through the piano, in order to become a multi-tasker.
Think about that incredible skill you have this month as you look at your list of things to do, and feel confident that you can take on anything – all thanks to that piano, of course!