Top 4 Reasons People Quit Learning Piano, and Why They Shouldn’t

You suck man……
Discouragement from people around you is an inevitable phase in music learning. The great alto saxophonist, Charlie Parker, used to practise 16 hours a day at home, until his neighbours beg him to stop. The great pianist, Keith Jarret, had a solo recital in Alice Tull Hall at Lincoln Center, gave a wonderful performance but was poorly commented by the media, causing him a nervous breakdown. For about two weeks he sat on his front porch and stared into space and didn’t want to talk to anyone. Jazz trumpeter Chet Baker lost an entire row of his front teeth, people were telling him it was impossible to play the trumpet anymore, but he still end up being one of the best. Even my family members used to scramble to their fox hole whenever I sit down on the piano.

So you think you could pick up an instrument, and be smooth sailing all the way with endless strings of compliments from friends??? Wake up man……….

I suck man……

Realizing how bad your playing is, especially when compared to someone, has always been a kick in the ass for many musicians. Most musicians will find excuses in a futile effort to protect their pride. Vladimir Horowitz, a great classical pianist, reportedly inspected Art Tatum’s piano once after a concert, to look for “tricks”. Horowitz was also cited to have said that it was fortunate for classical pianist that Tatum did not choose to pursue a classical career. Some musicians just simply choose to quit. A philadelphia jazz artist, Amadie, talked to three other keyboardist after seeing a Tatum performance, received three responses that goes “I think I’m going to quit. I’m never going to play again” “ I think I’m going to get a day job” “I also play a little drums. I think I’ll start concentrating on drums.”

Though repeated from time to time, people still tend to the forget the saying ……. Its just music. You’re in it just to have fun, not to conquer the world… though that would be fun too…… hmmmmm….

Booooooring…..

Perfecting this craft of music playing, requires countless hours of practising. Ask any musicians about practising, and he would end up telling you….. to practise more…..darn. The essence of practising music, is actually repeating a certain thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over (see how boring it is)again, you maybe trying to get a certain sound in your head, or to play a scale without any mistakes.

Thank god for technology, there are plenty of cure for that problem, countless ideas are being suggested everyday to make music practising more fun and entertaining. It maybe in the form of music games, or instructional videos, etc. We pianologist will try to keep you updated, just remember to stay tune………

She went off with another guy….

Realizing, after countless hours of practise, that they are not attracting any attention from the opposite sex as they hoped to. Many would quit learning their instrument due to that.
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Of course you don’t need a pianologist to tell you about how music is not just about trying to impress someone, blah blah blah. Instead, post us more comments and visit our site more often, who knows, we might be able to set up a channel for online dating between music lovers in our community…. Hahaha

7 Comments

  • Adrian

    Reply Reply April 17, 2007

    Boy can I relate to 2 and 3. I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 (now 21) but I’ve been in the classical world of it all and only discovered Jazz when I was 13 or 14. I’m in love with the music but I don’t have the money to take lessons and would rather teach myself. Unfortunately I can’t sit at the piano for hours on end but I want to learn so badly… I guess I just have to.

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply April 17, 2007

    Hey… same here. Im also a self taught jazz pianist.
    One of the great thing about jazz piano is that there are so many aspects to practise on, and it doesnt always require literally sitting in front of the piano. Don’t you admire those guitarist who can sit on a sofa and practise their playing while watching tv or something. Hehe.. well that was what I actually did, I bought a very very very small portable keyboard, so that I can practise my playing all day long, even lying in bed…

  • West

    Reply Reply July 25, 2007

    There will always be better players and worse players than YOU.
    Life is unfair, get over it.
    Steady improvement is the goal.
    Do you record your practice? Listen to last year.

  • rewsnat

    Reply Reply July 25, 2007

    Well said, West. Comparing among musicians is like digging your own grave.
    The less i compare, the more i improve….

  • Piano Player

    Reply Reply December 16, 2011

    Hmmm, I understand all these reason’s. But, even though these reasons are meant to help you, make you better, and encourage you not to quit Piano, (or another instrument)…I still have some tips. First off, there are some INCREDIBLE musicians in the world, but a word of advice to everyone. I once had a Piano teacher, who told me, “You’ll never be the best. There will always be someone better than you.” And, hey! It’s true! Also, I do NOT suggest practicing sixteen hours a day! Or even more than four hours. Why? Our mind can only focus oh-so-long. After about four hours, you’re brain isn’t “with” you, anymore. Even grand composers like
    Beethoven, wasted their time. When Beethoven would practice for more than four hours, he would no longer train his mind – but he would get some good finger practice!
    Another thing – if you are to the point were you can’t attract people of the “opposite sex”, then I suggest you go with my, “four hours a day…maximum!” rule. I am a pianist, and I recommend taking in my suggestions. I am twenty-one years old, and I started playing at age three. I hope you take my advice! Thank you!

  • Annie

    Reply Reply February 6, 2013

    i hate piano. my mom forced me to play it nd its so stupid.

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