Piano Day is observed next on Thursday, March 28th, 2024 (116 days from today).
If you are a classical music lover then surely you already know about the famous piano. Used in concerts everywhere, pianos have a long history of bringing music to life with its delicate sound and superb resonance. But did you know that there is a holiday dedicated to the piano? It is Piano Day on March 29th every year. That's right, there's a day all about history and love for the piano.
Some interesting truths about Piano Day
The purpose of Piano Day is to honor the incredible instrument that has brought happiness to us over the years. Regardless of whether you play the piano yourself or you have an appreciation for this type of music, we can all appreciate that listening to a quality pianist is a joy.
If you don't know much about piano yet, today is a great day to explore more. The main thing that you obviously need to get used to are the keys. After all, the keyboard is the most important part of your learning process. If you look at the keyboard, you will see white and black keys running from left to white. They do not replace white-black-white-black. There is actually a pattern made of five black keys and seven white keys in a certain order. An interval is formed from the beginning of one set of keys and the end, at the beginning of the next set. This is called an 'octave', which is simply a type of interval; an interval is the musical distance between two sounds.
Also, it's important to note that the highest keys are on the right and the lowest keys on the left. If you start on the left side, each key is half a step higher than the previous key. You just need a little practice to catch these intervals. Then you should try other intervals to be able to hear the difference in sound.
History of Piano Day
The invention of the piano dates back to its predecessors, mainly through the Middle Ages as a pianist, a stringed instrument whose frets had three or four strings attached. Since, it developed to become clavichord, spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and harpsichord at last in the 15th century.
The harpsichord was invented by Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, and the harpsichord is considered to be the closest predecessor to what is known today as the piano because the keyboard activates the strings. From there, the harpsichord evolved further over the next 300+ years into what we now call a modern piano.
Piano Day was started by German pianist/composer/producer Nils Frahm. Nils Frahm composes with electronic music and have a unique approach. He kicked off the holiday in 2015. When Frahm was asked why the world needed Piano Day, Frahm replied that “…mainly because there is no harm in celebrating the piano and everything around it: performer, composer, pianist, arranger, motivator and most importantly, listener.”
Since, Piano Day has been extended for people to organize some concerts, recitals, lectures and demonstrations.
Celebrating Piano Day
If you enjoy listening to classical music, then listen to some good classical music on your favorite device. If you want a good night out, then join a concert at your local theater. If you're really adventurous, take some piano classes at local colleges or through online courses. While listening or playing great piano music, use the hashtag #pianoday on your social media devices and let everyone know that this day is about the beautiful piano.
If you've never played the piano before, you may be feeling a bit at a loss about what you should look for in an online course. Don't worry, though, because we have some top tips to help you. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the site offers piano lessons that are appropriate for your level.
Some sites start from scratch and are designed for people who have no clue about playing the piano. Therefore, they will teach you how to read music etc. However, there are other sites that have lessons for those who are experienced and are looking for more advanced lessons so they have something to work towards. Also, you should take the time to read the reviews left by people and experts who have used the website in question.
For example, if you come across a lot of negative reviews from people who say the lesson is too hard to follow for a beginner, you should look elsewhere. Finally, you need to decide if you want to choose free or paid lessons. Initially, you should consider free resources. If you're struggling to find something that fits your needs then, consider a paid version, but do your research well before spending your cash.
ObservedPiano Day has been observed the 88th day of the year.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Thursday, March 28th, 2024
Saturday, March 29th, 2025
Sunday, March 29th, 2026
Nils Frahm in 2015