7 Things I’ve Improved In My Life After I Started Learning How To Play The Piano

Day 177/365: I keep on working on these skills every day

I’m almost a full month into learning how to play the piano, after I made the radical decision of buying a brand new one, at the shock of my family.

“Life’s silly and fun, so who cares?” — Gabriel Iosa

While learning to play the piano is no easy task, it does educate you not only about musical notes and rhythms but also about how to better behave even in situations that have nothing to do with the piano. I learned a lot of stuff about patience and not giving up while learning to play my favourite songs.

  1. Patience — The truth is, nothing will come to you if you don’t have the patience for it. You can be the best learner in any domain, and work really hard on your goal, but if you don’t have the patience for things to fall into their places, you’ll ultimately fail.
  2. Memory — Playing the piano for about one hour each day is like the memory exercise I needed for all my life. Everything is blocked out of the way and thought, and everything is just about playing the notes and listening to how your own hands make the music.
  3. Perseverance — At first, playing the piano was extremely hard. My hands would just go all over the place and as soon as I’d think I’d learned the song, I’d be proven wrong. But I persevered and kept trying. And guess what? I learned the goddamn song and it felt great!
  4. Dexterity — The piano has 88 freaking keys. Yes, you will miss a whole lot of them when you’re just starting out. But the nice thing is, you will gradually improve your dexterity and you’ll simply have your hands relax and perform even the daily tasks without getting sore or achy.
  5. Concentration — Learning all of the notes of a song and then play them on the piano requires your full concentration. Which is why the piano is considered to be one of the best ways of improving your concentration skills. I feel concentrating on my tasks at work is much easier now.
  6. Discipline — In short, discipline is when you show up to do something regardless of how you feel or if you want to do it or not. I played the piano every single day for the past month, which has disciplined me into being a better time managing persona and doing stuff faster and easier as a result.
  7. Emotional Intelligence — People are emotional beings. Just listening to music relaxes us and makes our listening skills develop like magic. When you combine that with actually creating the music, your emotional intelligence will skyrocket and you’ll see the results in weeks.

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