Musicians need a dedicated mind to master an instrument. However, piano players are a cut above the rest. They spend more hours practicing than any other players, rehearsing scales and bars until they reach sheer aural perfection. Piano players have the ability to mesmerize audiences with their performances. It’s so beautiful, it almost seems impossible!
But what lies beneath all this hard work? It’s not luck, nor a coincidence. A piano player’s brain actually works differently than that of other people. What’s more surprising is that it even works differently than that how most musicians are wired. It’s not the person, it’s the instrument that changes them.
FeedFond has compiled a list of reasons showing why a pianist’s brain is unique.
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#1 They Are More Balanced
Everyone is born with one side of the brain favored over the other—pianists are no different. Its natural, but what happens is pianists start practicing using both parts of the brain when mastering the use of each hand whilst playing. If there is no balance in playing, the piano wouldn’t sound smooth but clunky. Mastering practice with both hands means that the brain effectively evens itself out.
#2 They Are Logical Multitaskers
A piano player can easily create a link between their frontal lobes. The frontal lobe of the brain controls emotional responses, social behavior, and even impulses. For a piano player, they have strong multitasking and problem-solving skills, with easier access to their creativity.
#3 They Express Their Authentic Selves
Dr. Ana Pinho conducted a study that showed that well-practiced piano players would shut off the part of the brain that offers stereotypical brain responses. This reveals their true selves and what they want to ‘say’ with their music.
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#4 They Use Brain Energy More Effectively
When you master a motor skill, your brain requires less blood and oxygen for that section. It frees up energy for the other parts, like making an emotional connection to the song.
#5 They Are Awesome Conversationalist
A study conducted by Dr. Charles Limb revealed that whenever pianists improvise, the language center of their brain lits up unexpectedly. Although it’s a motor skill, when riffing in a call and response style, players are actually talking to each other!
What do you think? Are piano players really that different from us? Share your thoughts.