Last month, I went to Eddy’s place, and I saw his digital piano, a Yamaha P-115. I tried it out and discovered that the piano was actually nice. It was a full-sized piano with weighted keys. Playing on that made me miss playing the piano on a regular basis, so I deeply considered buying my own. I mean, heck, I used to play the piano regularly when I was volunteering and subbing for my high school band teacher, and I’d forgotten all the songs I’d learned back then. Then my mum mentioned to me why I don’t get a digital piano and play again. That simple suggestion and trying out Eddy’s piano cemented my desire to invest in a digital piano of my own.
The piano and I have a rocky relationship, believe it or not. My mum “forced” me to take piano lessons when I was in first grade, but I’d hated them. I quit after a couple of months. I went for years without playing until sixth grade. That year, my mum wouldn’t let me take band. Instead she gave me the ultimatum to play the piano or don’t do anything else. Grudgingly I signed up for piano lessons, and I did them for a year. Looking back now, I’m glad she gave me that ultimatum because that eventually prepared me for band when I defied her and signed up to learn the alto saxophone.
The alto saxophone became my main musical instrument of choice until I graduated high school. But in my senior year of high school, I began to play the piano again. Someone showed me how to do what I call the basic chords, and I became interested in learning how to play video games and anime soundtrack pieces. After high school, I worked for my band teacher, and that was when the piano became my main instrument. Yet once I changed jobs and I didn’t frequent the band room often, I couldn’t keep up with my skills. At one point I’d planned on purchasing a digital piano sometime in 2008, but I’d changed my mind at the last minute.
Last month changed everything, though. Eddy’s piano made me realise just how much of a mistake it was to neglect the piano. Therefore, I asked my Korean uncle, who’s a musician by trade, to help find a good deal on the Yamaha P-115. He hunted around and found me one with a wooden stand, a damper pedal, and keyboard cover for 720,000 KRW, which was $592 USD with the exchange rate. Excited that he’d found me a piano, I cleaned up this one area of my room that had all my Baby-sitters Club books and other junks. I said farewell to all 126 BSC books and said hello to my new piano.
I named this “Rachi”, short for “Rachmaninoff”, who happens to be one of my favourite composers. I am super thrilled by this piano. This really feels and sounds great. I honestly don’t have any other need for the other functions on the piano, so I could have done without those. My only complaint lies with the pedal. The plastic, rectangular pedal just feels too weird. I hope to get the pedal that’s shaped like an actual pedal in the future, and I need to invest in a headphone so I can play the piano in the middle of the night. Otherwise, though, I’m loving it! It feels fantastic re-acquainting my fingers to the songs they’d forgotten how to play. I may never end up being a concert pianist, nor will I ever be able to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, but I can certainly play to de-stress and keep my brain and hands active!
Do you have a musical hobby? What can you play? If not, what instrument would you like to learn? Tell me about your musical skills and background!