I Wish I’d Never Learned To Play The Piano


(Yep, it’s April 1st… Do “April Fools” pranks exist worldwide or only in North America? If not, please is probably confusing.)

Tim Gross here, and the truth is, learning to play piano was the *one thing* of everything I’ve done that changed my life completely.

My ability to play the piano has given me:

  • Most of my best friends (met them through music)
  • My wife (met her through music)
  • Where I live (Palm Springs – I moved there to play music)
  • My job (Playing music, touring with Rick Springfield)
  • My “business” (Showing others how to play piano)

In addition to the above, being able to play the piano has given me less tangible things as well:

  • An outlet for frustration, restlessness, and depression (just sitting down at a keyboard and playing whatever comes to mind is almost like therapy)
  • A sense of confidence (as a teenager one of the first ways I got positive attention attention was playing the piano, and that ability continues to serve me well)
  • The motivation and inspiration to obtain other skills as well, like singing, songwriting, and playing guitar, which all give their own sense of satisfaction.

Music Is An Amazing Thing

Hearing the right song at the right time can change your mood. It can remind you of a special time or a special person, or it can motivate you to be a better you or to not give up.

By becoming a musician you can be the one who can do that for someone else, and that’s a special gift that’s worth working at to have. 🙂

So share with me: What does music do for you, and what do you want from it? What do you want to be able to do on the piano? I don’t mean what songs do you want to play, I mean what’s behind it? Do you want to be able to play at your friend’s wedding? Play a song for your loved one (or hopefully future loved one?) Impress your friends, family, and even strangers? Be able to liven up a party? Just have the satisfaction of being able to sit down in private and play something that makes you happy? Let me know… No foolin’ 🙂

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7 thoughts on “I Wish I’d Never Learned To Play The Piano”

  1. Hi Tim,
    Does your course include praise and worship songs. I am planning to play in Church service. thank you

    1. The course training shows you how to play any song just by having basic chords and the words, and praise/worship songs are generally very straight-ahead and easy to play with that same approach.

  2. Sir,you really got me with that April fool prank?. Now,coming to what I want to do with piano.I had a great interest in music and instruments especially piano as a child and I even went for piano classes.But the classes showed up to be disastrous and boring as the teacher who taught us the Piano was angry and outrageous.So,I had to stop taking classes just because I was scared of the teacher,seems silly now.So that experience left a scar on me and I thought I would never be able to learn piano.But going through your leassons Tim,I.really find it amazing.The whole perception about Piano playing changed in front of me.Thanks to you Tim for you are a great teacher

    1. That’s horrible, yeah piano teachers can be just as quirky and weird and annoying (and angry) as anyone else, and it’s so sad when taking lessons with the wrong person can turn someone off to learning an instrument permanently.

    1. Nice one. Yeah, absolutely, the more you can hear specific parts and be able to communicate about parts/sounds better, the more that’ll help you. 🙂

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