5 ways learning to play piano will transform your singing ministry

octavesEvery singer longs to be the best they can at their craft. But of all the training, articles, You-Tube videos, books and manuals we consult for help though, the one most powerful thing a singer can do to improve virtually every aspect of his singing is often completely overlooked. That is learning to play an instrument. In particular, learning to play piano.

Today I’ll cover a list of powerful benefits a singer will get from learning to play piano.

1. Harmony becomes instinctive for you

Many singers struggle with learning and remembering their parts in situations where they have to sing harmony with others. Even those who pick it up easily can not often find that harmony themselves without someone teaching them their part. Learning to play gives you a completely new insight into harmony and how it works. You learn how to form chords, how notes harmonize with each other and how to build those harmonies from scratch. As a result singing harmony becomes second nature to you because you now understand how it’s constructed and how it works.
2. You become more creative vocally

Aside from the more common desires we have for more range, better breath control, vocal stamina, power and the like, many of us just feel kinda stuck, you know what I mean? We feel like we’re doing the same stuff all the time. The same vocal inflections, same runs and riffs. Learning to play piano opens your creative mind up in ways you’ve never thought of before. I’ve said before that your voice is a musical instrument and you should think of it that way. Learning to play bridges that mental divide between the physical instrument and the vocal instrument, your voice.

As you get better and better on the piano you’ll find that you get more and more creative with your style choices when you sing riffs, runs and even just normal melody choices within a song.

3. Everything about music comes easier and faster for singers who can also play piano

To learn piano you have to learn some musical theory. You have to learn how music works. Why music always goes in certain directions. Why certain notes work together. Why things repeat in certain places. How music moves in patterns and circles. The more you learn about this in your studies of the piano the more aware it makes you as a singer. Soon you’re learning vocal pieces in half the time. You know what your part is going to be before the director or musician gives it to you. You know what keys you sing all your songs in and how to tell the musician where you want him to go. It’s an entirely new awakening for a singer. You really do become a musician in every sense of the word.

4. You don’t need a musician anymore. You can accompany yourself!!

This is probably the coolest benefit of all. And if you’ve ever been asked to go sing at a church you’ve never been before only to find that the musician (a) doesn’t know the song you want to sing or (b) there IS no musician!) then you know what an incredible sense of freedom that would be. To be able to just sit down and play for yourself. Wow.

5. You’ll start writing your own material

When you learn to play an instrument something happens to your entire creative process as a singer. It makes you think differently. So it’s only a matter of time before you start hearing melodies and getting little phrases to go with them. Before you know it you’re getting ideas for songs. It’s an amazing gift.

There is no other single thing that can benefit a singer more ways than learning to play piano. Contrary to what you might think though, it’s not something that’s out of your reach or too hard to do. Today there not only many home study options available, but several that specialize and focus specifically on learning to play Gospel. When I went looking for some training to improve my own playing some time ago, I came across a company called Hear And Play.

Hear And Play is a Gospel is a piano training company that specializes in learning to play all aspects of Gospel music. These guys have absolutely set the standard by which all other such companies are judged, in my opinion. I’ve learned so much since I started following them and purchasing their training products, and my own playing has improved tremendously. What I like about this company is that no matter what level you’re on; complete beginner who doesn’t know anything at all, or seasoned professional who wants to take his playing to still another level, Hear And Play has training methods and products available for you.

I have been so impressed with this group of young, saved, African-American musicians that I became an affiliate of the company so I can help promote this incredible resource. That simply means that if you end up buying something from them I’ll get a small commission. I don’t mind sharing that with you because I’d tell you about them either way. I highly recommend checking these guys out. Their 300 page course is one of the products I’ve purchased myself and again, I recommend highly.

Click the link below to go check it out.

Take care!

Ron

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15 Responses to 5 ways learning to play piano will transform your singing ministry

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  3. Rhonda says:

    I heard comedian Steve Martin say “Here’s how to become a millionare… First, get $999,999.00” I’m not going to say I can’t and I’ll check out Hear and Play. Thank you for all your great advice Ron. //Rhonda

  4. Cecil Rhodes Mbi says:

    That’s the same thing i witness because before i started playing my instrument i had a lot of difficulties bringing out the vocal notes in good sequence but after practicing to play the piano, i became so good to the extend of writing my own lyrics in good notes which can be played with no stress at all. I totally agree and its a wonderful experience.

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  6. Shae Waterman says:

    You just may have a new client (if you’ll have me). I have songs ready to be put to music (which is all in my head). This week I may aquire a used upright piano which will help me finally get started after all these years! In the meantime though, I really need to get some of my music completed and published. I will be looking for a musician in the Metro Atlanta area very soon. Thank you for this article!

  7. I’m pondering your words about learning music causing you to think in a different way… and then how melodies and lyrics begin to form and you’re composing music. It’s been such a long time since I’ve had time and space to play an instrument… but it’s in me… in my spirit… in my blood.

    When I’m quiet I hear music all the time. I rarely ever turn a radio, tv, or any media device on – because it interrupts the flow the internal music. Years ago I used to write the music down on paper but I lost touch with that during a time of personal stress.

    I’d love to actively engage with music again… I believe you’re right, Ron, about music causing you to think differently. What a wonderful thing!

  8. Matthew Reed says:

    Great motivation to play and grow as a musician.

  9. Traci says:

    “…you can accompany yourself.” I can’t sing & play at the same time…
    :p

  10. Olga Hermans says:

    oh my, if I only had known. I learned to play the piano when I when I was a kid, but then stopped for some reason. You explained it so well how much we learn from playing the piano, that I think every child and adult should learn it.

  11. Jenny Shain says:

    “Everything about music comes easier and faster for singers who can also play piano” that is SO TRUE! All of the reasons you listed above are why I teach voice & piano together. I know that when my students can play the chord, they can most often sing the chord & find vocal harmony. Great post! I love it!

  12. Great article Ron! Learning to play a musical instrument along with the music language truly enhances a singer’s ability to be “musical”! I especially agree that the piano is the easiest to learn the concepts of harmony, ear training, composing, patterning, etc. Guitar for the older student also works, but can be too “big” for beginners. Susan

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