Top 10 Worst Things About Being a Pianist

12/28/2014 3:43 pm
The worst things about playing the piano, can range from a slip-up while moving to being asked for every request under the sun. If you’re a pianist, you’ll know.

Playing the piano definitely has it’s benefits but it also has it’s share of hassles. Some of the following you may identify with. Let us know if anything is missing from the list in your own piano playing experiences.
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1. Transport

Moving a piano is never easy and will always have it’s share of adventure. Never try to move a piano without taking every precaution possible. In fact, don’t move it at all and fire a piano moving company to do it. Otherwise, this might happen:


2. Electric pianos

In this day and age, they may be necessary for practice, of course, but come on. This is just ridiculous.


3. Pianos can get expensive

So you need something to practice on, and you need more of an analog experience over an electric keyboard. Well, it’s probably time to consider robbing a bank or fixing the lottery.


4. Competitions

The piano competition is the chance to prove yourself to an audience, to yourself and, most importantly, to some hard-nosed judges. But the pressure is immense and can sometimes lead to incidents like this one. We feel for you bro. We don’t wish this on anyone…


5. When there’s a piano at the party

When there’s a piano at a party, you may think twice before telling everyone you can play. “Come on, you can play the piano! Give us a tune now! Make it a good one that everyone knows the words to and you can play flawlessly while we all judge and comment on your every mistake!”


6. Attempting to recreate the Lang Lang pose

Yeah. You’re going to fall off the stool at the end of this concert.


7. Beware of snipers. Or, maybe just John Cusack

This has happened to everyone, right? You know, when you’re busting out a concerto and a red dot appears on your sheet music from a sniper in the wings. Annoying, eh?


8. Hand-cramps

You think your fingers are over-stretched? Robert Schumann, the composer, made a contraption to exercise his fingers beyond their natural reach. The result? He couldn’t play the piano any more. No more complaining from me.


9. Tuning

So if a violin goes out of tune, you simply adjust the pegs. If you’re singing slightly flat, you go up a bit. If your piano’s out of tune, you need to bring a tuner and all his/her tools. So much for an easy to care for instrument.


10. Playing from memory

So this one affects a lot of musicians, but if a pianist has a last-minute memory abandonment issue, this happens (alright, it ends up being a win, but still. Look at her face when she realizes it!)