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Why My Piano Is The Soul Of My Home

11 April 2014

Piano B_250In real estate, there’s a saying: “The kitchen is the heart of a home.”

 

In my personal view, if the kitchen is the heart of a home — the piano is its soul.

 

A home that has a piano is ever so subtly enlivened and invigorated by the presence of music.

 

In particular the physical manifestation of a beautiful musical instrument such as a piano is like an ever-present close friend that gently soothes and enriches the lives of all those with whom it comes into contact.

 

It is an enduring statement to those who live there, and all who visit, that this is a home in which the art of living is not lost… a home in which life, art and creative expression are celebrated and recognized as central to our very nature as empathic human beings.

 

As the very fortunate owner a beautiful 7 foot grand piano which I have had for the last 18 years, I am in this area of my life exceptionally blessed.

 

How I came to own my piano is, in itself, a curious tale.

 

In 1995, then living in Melbourne, when I was ready to buy a grand piano for my first home, I searched everywhere for the ‘right’ piano. Every piano store, every classified ad offering pianos for sale — I tried.

 

I looked at everything from antique 100 year old Bechsteins to brand new Steinways and every make and model of piano, both new and used, in between — but nothing I tried had the feel I was seeking.

 

Then eventually I came upon a night club owner who had gone belly up. He had a garage filled to the brim mostly with junk left over from his club that he was selling off — including, surprisingly, this Danemann grand piano (an English brand that I had not heard of previously).

 

At the time, it was about 40 years old, and when I first saw it, my heart sank. Its body was by far the most beat up I had ever seen.

 

It was covered everywhere in scratches, marks, dents and had large chunks missing from several places on the body, rather like an old car that had been in a severe collision — more than once!

 

The sound board was filthy and covered in sticky residue from years of beer spills (but at least there were no splits in the sound board). As I sat down to try it, to say I was not expecting much would be an understatement.

 

But then the strangest thing happened... As I tried a few bars of Chopin, the most beautiful sound emerged.

 

Sure it was somewhat out of tune, but the sound that came out of this poor battered instrument was the most exquisite, sweet ‘cantabile’ (singing) tone… rich, soulful and hauntingly beautiful – the kind that tugs on the heartstrings like few instruments I had ever come across.

 

So there and then, I bought it. The seller wanted $7K, but took $5K, which was a very good price.

 

Subsequently, I had the piano restored by a good piano technician. As part of its transformation, since it needed to be completely stripped back to the bare timber, I decided to change the color from black to cream to give it a new lease of life.

 

Even the piano technician, who used to tune the pianos at the Guild Hall in London, commented that he could do things musically when playing this piano that he couldn’t do on any other piano.

 

And this piano has been with me ever since... except, that is, for the last few weeks.

 

Recently, as I have been getting back into some serious practice, and the piano hasn’t had any significant work done on it for some years, I decided to put some new strings on it and to do some more restoration to bring it up to its fullest possible potential.

 

The unavoidable downside to this is that I have been without my piano for approximately the last 10 weeks. And boy, can you really feel the difference.

 

It’s like a family member who has gone away for an extended period. The home is just not the same without them.

 

Even my wife comments that the feel of the house is not the same without it. It’s like there is something missing.

 

And so we are both eagerly awaiting the piano’s imminent return in about two weeks’ time.

 

When I get my newly restored piano back, I’ll post some photos and perhaps even some videos of me playing it online so you can see first-hand what I’m talking about.

 

Of course, if you (dear reader) are currently taking piano lessons, whether you’re learning on an actual piano or on a keyboard (like I did when I first started), you’ll understand and appreciate the huge difference having the gift of music in your home makes to your quality life.

 

This life-changing enrichment and joy is something I really want everyone reading these words to experience.

 

For those of you who may be considering taking up piano lessons and wondering where to begin, I am pleased to offer you — completely free of charge —  14 days of the finest piano lessons you’ll find anywhere.

 

Through my unique invention, known as ‘Musiah’ (the world’s first A.I. virtual piano teacher), you can start learning piano now in the comfort of your own home with just a MIDI keyboard connected to your computer.

 

To take our Free Online Piano Lessons 14 Day Trial, simply click the ‘Free Trial’ links or buttons on any page on the Musiah website at www.musiah.com.

 

And of course, if you have any questions for me personally, please feel free to email me directly at support@musiah.com.

 

Wishing you every success and abundant joy on your piano lessons journey.

 

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment below.

 

Til next time, 

 

Brendan Hogan

Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor

 

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Yup! You are right, I completely agree with your words. If the kitchen is the heart of a home, then the piano is the soul of the home.

Lauren

Thanks Lauren :) Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter. Happy music-making, Brendan

Brendan Hogan

Thanks for this article Brendan I have been letting life get in the way of my love for my piano and not keeping up my practice you have reminded me of my love for it so thank you Jen

Jenny

Thanks Jenny for your kind post. I'm glad it was of some small help :) Best wishes, Brendan

Brendan Hogan

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