Do you have a piano at home?

@youless (89093)
Guangzhou, China
June 1, 2010 9:49am CST
Since I don't know much about the music, so I hope my son will be different. Therefore, I let him learn playing piano. Today he had the piano performance in his kindergarten and I was so glad I think it's likely that we will buy a piano. So he can play it more often. I don't expect him to be a musician and so on. I just hope that he will have some knowledge of music. If he is tired of playing the piano, my husband will be interested in learning it. So at least it won't be a waste. As you know, the piano is really large and finally we just figure out where we shall put it at our home
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@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jun 10
hi youless good for your son, even if he never becomes a musician he will have this skill which will be all his. Good for you for buying a piano too as it will not go to waste. you all may be taking lessons. I always wanted to learn to play the piano but never really had the opportunity to do so. Now because of circumstances I am living here at a retirement center, we have two pianos here and some of those who have learned will play at times. I truly think everyone should learn how to play the piano as its just a wonderful skill to have. I love music and am addicted to classical music mostlyMOzart's.
@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jun 10
Yes, playing an instrument is a wonderful skill to have. I used to play the electronic keyboard (organ) when I was a teenager.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Thanks for your encouragement
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
1 Jun 10
When I was a child my parents had a piano, and I started taking piano lessons when I was 9. In the beginning my parents also wanted to learn to play the piano, and when I got back from my lessons I taught my mother the things that I had learned from my teacher, and after that she taught it to my father. That way we all learned to play. After a few lessons they gave up, but I still continued playing. When my brother was born he also learned to play. 5 years ago my parents moved to another house and they couldn't keep the piano. I lived in a small apartment where there no room for a piano so I couldn't take it. Instead they gave the piano away to some friends.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
That's so great that you can keep on learning playing the piano. Your parents shall be so proud of you. As children usually don't have the determination to learn something for a long time. But you are different.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
1 Jun 10
youless, I am glad that your son has started learning to play the piano and seems quite successful, too. The piano is indeed large so the best place to place it, would be the living room where it is well ventilated, spacious and would be ideal for the family or visiting guest to be entertained.
@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
At first I also planed to put the piano at the living-room, however, now I decided to put it to our bedroom. As it seems it is better to put it in the bedroom because of the size. I wish I could have one more room the piano
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• Singapore
2 Jun 10
youless, What type of piano do you have? Besides, wouldn't it be odd when guests would have to visit the bedroom to be entertained? But, I suppose you know best.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Jun 10
We will buy the upright piano rather than the triangle piano. I know it's important that we enjoy to listen to the piano playing by my son or my husband. It's not so important that we have to show it to the guests. But in fact here it is normal that people will visit the bedroom, too. The guests invited to our home are supposed to be our good friends, it's no problem at all.
@coffeegurl (1470)
• United States
1 Jun 10
It is shown that children who learn music get better at math. But then, he's a boy, so He'll probably be OK in that area anyway.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I don't know about this because I've been involved with music just about all my life and I've never been any good at Math, lol! It might depend on the person. I majored in music (voice) when I was in college and I had to take Music Theory. It's a lot like a Math course. It was very tough. Some people didn't have any problem with it but there were other people, like me for example, who had a rough time with it. Some music teachers aren't any good at Music Theory and don't even teach it.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
I also heard that children who play the piano are usually good at maths. Perhaps playing the piano has practised the left and right brain. So it is good for the maths.
• United States
2 Jun 10
I flunked Guitar, then Algebra, then Chemistry, in high school. Then I moved on to college and proceeded to flunk Algebra 4x.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
we used to have a piano at home. my father is a musician and he has this grand piano and i can play a few songs but i am more used on playing the guitar. but if you remember the typhoon which flooded the house of my mother up to the roof last september the piano was totally damaged. it was a pianful thing to see it go, but this are only things. though all of it has sentimental value, its okay as long as my mother is okay.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
That is too bad that the piano was totally damaged. Try to think about the positive way, that is all of you are safe.
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
yes my friend, that is how we see that.... positive way. it is not only the piano but everything inside my mothers house. bed, utensils, tv, other appliances and many other memories like pictures and stuff like that. it was a big lost but we are all happy that we are all alive and after a month of cleaning and painting it was one roof that can be start to fill with memories again.
@kquiming (2999)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
It's wonderful to have someone playing the piano in the family. And an acoustic upright piano in the living room is also nice to see... don't you think? I love playing the piano, I wouldn't say I'm that good, but I've been playing since I was 4. It's a hobby that I wish to pass to my kid someday.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I bet you are good at it, too, if you've been playing the piano since you were 4 years old. That makes 20 years you've been playing.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
I think you are modest. You have played the piano for a long time and I am sure you play it so well
• United States
2 Jun 10
Congrats that your son is picking up on the piano. I'm glad you're not forcing him to play it as I see a lot of other parents wanting their child to become a professional musician in the future. The child only gets messed up later on. I think it's healthy to naturally let him develop his skills. I don't have a piano at home and understand they are pretty large and take up space. But if it's a positive thing that's going to encourage your son, I think it's worth it.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
I don't like forcing my child to learn the piano. Otherwise he can't really enjoy the music. Playing the piano shall be enjoyable.
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@emsxxx (75)
• Indonesia
1 Jun 10
i have a keyboard at home, the advantages are (compared to piano): - smaller - portable - capability to choose different tone/voice - some automated programs (drum beats, etc...)
@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Yeah, having a piano at home has thought about many issues.
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
Hi! yes we have, just a Yamaha portable organ but it can be converted to piano. My sister bought it abroad and i found it very useful to my daughter. She took a piano lesson and she's able to use it often. I think its nice having some musical instruments at home. But of course we should know how to play them first. These instruments can neutralize stress. Unfortunately, i can only play guitar.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Playing guitar is also awesome
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Jun 10
As a kid I was exposed to different music sets insterments and what not. I didn't really like it because I was always feeling forced into doing things, but I've had experince on different insterments. My sister had a painio but my home never did. If so it would probably have ended up as a place for the cats to nap. A waste of wood if you ask me.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Perhaps when you grow up, you will think it's good that you learned it. Some people grow up will feel regretful that they didn't keep on learning to play a musical instrument.
@dodo19 (31333)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
1 Jun 10
Unfortunately, I don't have a piano. However, one day, I would love to have one in my home. And I would also love to play the piano as well. Hopefully one day, I'll be able to do it.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
I hope your dream will come true soon.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
hi youless, my mother tried to persuade me to learn the piano when i was about 7 or 8 years old. but i just was not interested in it so to make the long story short, mom didnt send me again in that school. during my teens, i got very interested in guitar because i had a crush on someone who plays it very well , then i learned it all by myself with only a guide to follow (like where to put your fingers on the string, etc.)now everyone in my home can .. but not the piano. have a nice day. ann
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
It is also very good to play the guitar. As long as you can play any musical instrument, it is already good enough.
@karen1969 (1788)
1 Jun 10
I think it is great to have a piano in the house if you can afford it. My Grandma has one in her house and when I was younger, I would love playing on it. I was never very good, but it was fun and kept me amused for a long time! My Mum used to have piano lessons when she lived at home. I think it is always good to encourage your children to have an interest in music and playing musical instruments.
@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
You are right. Music shall play the main role for everybody.
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@hanizah (256)
1 Jun 10
Good for your son because he already have a chance to learn piano because you already bought a piano for him.Even he wont have teacher or what we call a piano lesson he can still learn by just reading a beginners book..
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
In fact he has learned to plan the piano in the kindergarten. After he graduates from the kindergarten, I will let him study it by a piano teacher.
• United States
1 Jun 10
There's a piano in our home... my sister plays. Back when she was taking piano lessons we had a small electronic keyboard for her to practice on. Her piano teacher advised that she get a real piano because she was getting too good for the keyboard. It was expensive, but my sister plays it almost every day so it was a pretty good investment.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Your sister's piano teacher is right. We have the electronic piano at home, but it is not good to play at it because it can't compare to the real piano. If my son and husband will play at the piano often, then it is still worth.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
We have a piano in my parents' house. They gave it to me when I was about 7. It is good to encourage young kids to play music because it helps train their "ear" for music. From the piano I got to guitar and drums and now that I'm much, much older, I'm trying to learn a bit of violin. My friend, who had no music background from her youth, is learning it with me and it's easier for me to learn. So, even if I have not played the piano in a long, long time, I still remember how to "play music" thus it is easier to learn other instruments even at my age. In the future, your son coul be like that, too. Besides, I don't know if they've proven it, but they say that kids who learn music are more likely to learn math well. As to the space well, that's one thing you have to sacrifice because the piano is bulky.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
I also heard that the children who learn music is good at math I can prove that because I am the opposition case. It's so amazing that you know how to play so many musical instruments.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
Yup, thanks to the early training I had when I was young. And, I really like music, so it's no problem learning. But, a caution to some parents, if the kid does not like to play music, forcing him or her will not be good. Either he or she will be bad at playing music, or really good at playing, but he/she would not have a happy childhood. It's all about what he/she likes.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
You are quite right. Since I don't have a high expectation to my son to be a musician. This is not my goal. I won't force him to practise and practise for a long time everyday. I just hope that he can know the music and he is able to use it sometimes. Then it will be good enough.
@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Jun 10
Yes, I have a piano in my home. Both of my sisters also have a piano and we all 3 have one. I play the piano some but not as much as my oldest sister does. I don't know if my other sister plays as often as she used to or not, though. She lives about an hour away from here. My grandmother used to play the piano a lot, too. I took piano lessons for about 6 years but I've always been more into the guitar, myself. I sing and play it more often. I majored in music when I was in college and I took piano lessons up there. I mainly majored in voice, though. I always wanted to be a professional musician but that career never did materilaize. It's very hard to get a break in the music business. I wanted to be a professional singer. I sing and play the guitar at one local nursing home and one assisted living facility here in town once a month.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I'm glad to know that your son is learning to play the piano. Like some of these mylotters have said, it's very good to know how to play a musical instrument. It's also good to know how to read music. I wish I could hear and see him playing. I bet he's cute.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
The piano at your home is quite useful because your family uses it a lot
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
2 Jun 10
I live alone but yes, I agree with you. The whole family can enjoy a piano.
@payout (3722)
• United States
1 Jun 10
That's really nice.. I think is much much better when a kid plays the piano at a young age. A child brain is still developing and they can pick up things and learn Them fast. I'm still you as people say but older you get you teach your brain to do the same thing over and over because that's how life plays it's self. So your brain cells die well the ones you don't use offend. A kid learning these things will make them smarter if they enjoy doing this that will be great lol.. I remember hearing I think in a movie for a kid to play the violin I think age 5 at the max haha.. Also they are making programs teaching young kids at the age of 1-2-3 to read ... Which is becoming a success lol.. But yeah back to your question I had a keyboard piano but I stop using it because it's so hard but I know that practicing takes some time to learn hints probably because i killed a good amount of brain cells on my everyday information to me mostly on technology and health I know a lot of out that. Since people consider me still young I and willing to learn a much as possible. Before I can't learn anymore. Be old and forgetful.
@payout (3722)
• United States
1 Jun 10
Lol.. I'm not saying that learning the piano isq just for kids I'm saying that learning the piano will be much easier for children then it is for grown ups.. Our brain cells die since we keep on using the same ones but the brain cells that we dont use offend die. So like our body we much excerise lol..
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
Learning to play the piano has many benefits. Even if my mom learns it Perhaps we can't be professional when we learn it at the old age, but at least we can practise our brain
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@payout (3722)
• United States
15 Sep 10
hahaha, Maybe, By The Way Thank for the Best Response
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
2 Jun 10
It's great your son is playing the piano. I have never been very mucically inclined but I would have loved to have the chance to have learned. I think it's better if you start learning young. I don't have a piano but my b/f can play anything with strings so we have various guitars plus a fiddle..lol.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
2 Jun 10
It is very romantic that your boyfriends knows to play the string musical instruments. Try to imagine that he sings a love song for you when he is playing the guitar
@SViswan (12072)
• India
3 Jun 10
We don't have a piano. But we have a keyboard which my older son started playing when he was 6 years old. He is now almost 10 years old. He is learning the piano and we are thinking of getting a piano. We don't have the space in the apartment for a full-sized piano but nowadays there are good smaller sized pianos (similar to keyboards)...and we might get one of those. But they are as expensive as the bigger pianos.
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@youless (89093)
• Guangzhou, China
4 Jun 10
I think your son plays piano very well
@SViswan (12072)
• India
26 Jun 10
Thank you...he does. But I want him to play better:)
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