If you’ve ever played this dreaded and heavy instrument called the piano, it most likely falls into one of the following categories.
The recreational pianist: A recreational pianist is someone who has studied piano at some point in their life, probably while still in school, and is practicing from time to time. He likes to play tunes from the radio and can read fake music quite well, but it takes years to learn a classical piece with average advancement, and he usually stops practicing quickly until the next time he feels like playing again. Very often while playing he has a big smile on his face and sometimes peanuts in his mouth. In meetings, he almost never played a piece in its entirety, stopping at least twice while trying to play it. After I finished cutting the piece, he used to tell stories of how well he used to play it three and a half months ago. He would make a special mention of the fact that in the past he was also able to play that piece extremely fast, and swears he played it perfectly the day before yesterday. He is happy and grateful that he is able to communicate with people through his piano. He is perhaps the least anxious of all types of pianists.
The professional pianist: A professional is a pianist who makes a living by playing recitals in concert halls, large or small. He often plays in ensembles and spends a considerable amount of time traveling from one event to another, at home or abroad, to earn a living. Unfortunately, he does not have time to teach and transmit his “lights” to others. He is, as people say, the virtuoso pianist. Unfortunately, being a professional pianist also has its downsides. Very often, a professional would have to play the same recital program many times and in different places, therefore at the expense of musicality. The repetitiveness of his performance of the same programs could often lead to playing mechanically, sacrificing the character and soul of his repertoire. But because it’s called Pro, the lack of musicality is rare, as you can always fake it. Unfortunately, many times, professional pianists also tend to “show off” a bit, as this is how most audiences get excited. Also, they would play every note correctly (not a bad thing) and thus for the amateur listener they would define greatness. The professional pianist knows that showing off is an essential part of his business, so he would take every opportunity to intelligently insert it into his performances, often in disguise. For example, he often pretended to look extremely concentrated while playing, or, to show how passionate he is, he had an extraordinarily horrible grin on his face while playing the slow movement of a sonata.
The piano teacher: he is the pianist who has not been able to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a soloist. Let’s be honest here for a second: It is arguably true that most piano teachers when they first started studying piano dreamed of becoming virtuosos. Again, sorry for all the “virtuous” big heads. Anyway. Perhaps the piano teacher has reached a point in his life where he does not have the courage to stop being a musician altogether and has decided to devote his energy to transmitting his knowledge to others. His forced decision to become a teacher could have slowly emerged through years of disappointment at not being able to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a famous pianist. Almost never does a person decide to become a piano teacher from the beginning. It could be that your decision to become a teacher is due to a lack of interest in becoming virtuous and thus settling for the less demanding and readily available art of teaching. However, this decision to educate is truly magnificent, even if the reason is not always so great. However, a piano teacher is brave and would go out of his way to make other people experience the glory that he failed to have. Of course, from time to time he would play low-paid concerts, even though most of his income would come from teaching piano.
The pianist from the conservatory: the conservatory pianist is a pianist who is serious about learning his instrument. He combines his practical study of piano with academic studies in music to understand why he should play the way he should. He’s not a professional, don’t you dare call him recreational, and of course he doesn’t necessarily fall into the category of teacher; (not yet, anyway …). It belongs to the athletic side of music. He practices long hours painstakingly, trying to improve his technique and consequently his piano playing. His is no longer playing the piano as a hobby and he tries to convince the people around him, but especially himself, that he deserves a place in the sphere of musicians. His performance is constantly evaluated throughout his studies and that makes him quite nervous at times. You are concerned about your grades and, sadly, your ranking among your classmates. He is not the most realistic person out there, and he is not yet ready to have a concrete understanding of what music and the piano really mean. His emotions are all over the place, but one thing is for sure: he is eager to learn and is there to succeed. He is clearly a student.
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