(StatePoint) September is National Piano Month, a month-long celebration of a versatile and beautiful instrument. Whether you are a novice, a virtuoso or just a fan, there are many ways to celebrate pianos and the music that they make.
To get inspired, check out these great ideas from singer, musician and lifestyle blogger, Rachael Burgess:
• Listen to piano music. Piano music is versatile, from soft coffee house instrumental, to powerful ballads. This is the perfect time to delve into piano music and discover what you love. Make a playlist of your favorites, and listen all month long.
• Play. You don’t have to be a seasoned musician to enjoy playing a keyboard. Most popular songs are made up of very simple chord progressions that anyone can learn to play -- and you are never too old or too young to try.
• Support a pianist. Know any piano players? Tell them you would love to listen to them play and set up a time for a mini concert.
• Mix up your practice routine. Are you already a pianist? Sit down and write out some musical goals you have for the month of September. Figure out ways you can practice better so you can achieve them.
• Record a new piece. Learn a new song. Once you’ve nailed it, record it. You don’t have to share it, but it’s fun to look back and see how you’ve improved over the years. Or compose your own piece, choosing a topic that resonates with your soul.
• Invest in a new keyboard. There is nothing like a new instrument to give you a greater appreciation for music. If you are shopping around, consider the expansive portfolio of digital keyboards and pianos from Casio, which have features that appeal to musicians of all skill levels. The Privia PX-S1000, for example, can be connected to your smartphone and controlled via the free Chordana Play for Piano app. You can also digitally record music by connecting your keyboard via USB to your computer. With keys meant to imitate real ivory and a warm rich sound, it’s a compact, portable option that’s modern and stylish.
• Broadcast your talent. If you’re not ready to perform in front of a live audience, sharing your talent online can feel less intimidating. It gives you the ability to tape your performance, one or 100 times, so you can get it just right.
From honing your skills to deepening your appreciation for the instrument, there are many ways to celebrate the piano this month and beyond.
Photo Credit: (c) Rachael Burgess