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My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
You think it matters to the kids whether they're learning to play on a Steinway or a normal piano?
I wouldn't be able to act like Al Pacino or play the piano like Dr. John, But I could probably act better than Dr. John and play the piano better than Al Pacino.
My youngest sister, Cindy, has Down syndrome, and I remember my mother spending hours and hours with her, teaching her to tie her shoelaces on her own, drilling multiplication tables with Cindy, practicing piano every day with her. No one expected Cindy to get a Ph.D.! But my mom wanted her to be the best she could be, within her limits.
You know, things kind of happen organically and, you know, Broadway sort of happened out of a career in performing and - which happened out of practicing piano when I was a kid.
Harry Connick, Jr.
I know what my job is: I write the songs, I sing them, I play them on the piano.
I didn't want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs.
Music was a central part of my childhood because my mother played organ and piano in the church, and that meant all us kids had to be in the church choir.
When you sit down and write a song, you kind of have the idea for the song, and you sit there at the piano and you kinda just write it. And then of course later there's some dinking around with it and changing some stuff.
The one thing I do have is good ears. I don't mean perfect pitch, but ears for picking things up. I developed my ear through piano theory, but I never had a guitar lesson in my life, except from Eric Clapton off of records.
Eddie Van Halen
I am so happy that I didn't go to school and I didn't have anyone to tell me how to position my fingers on the piano correctly. And what you do with music and what is the correct way to write it and what is not the correct way to write it.
The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano.
My father was always playing the piano. He played all kinds of music - Gershwin, all kinds of stuff.
I often think of random melodies. And I pretty much hear in my head what I want to do with the orchestra as I'm writing on the piano.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
If I sit down with an electric guitar, what's going to come out are Sabbath/Zeppelin type riffs, but if I'm sitting behind a piano late at night, I might write something like 'Desperado.' You're not going to write 'Desperado' between a wall of Marshalls and thumping, crushing volume.
I took piano lessons when I was like 5 or 6 but that was a long time ago. I stopped when I was 13.
I know some things when I start. I know, let's say, that the play is going to be a 1970s or a 1930s play, and it's going to be about a piano, but that's it. I slowly discover who the characters are as I go along.
I believe I inherited my sense of music from my father. My father was an ear piano player; he could just hear something and play it.
I grew up with the piano. I learned its language as I learned to speak.
With 'Bright Star' and with 'The Piano,' too, I felt a kind of sadness about it being in such a different era, because of my lack of experience with the era. And one of the ways I'd get over it is to remind myself that every film, even if it's contemporary, creates its own world.
I don't let the children watch TV on weeknights. They practice playing musical instruments instead. Both my sons play piano, drums and guitar, so my husband and I listen to them in the evening.
I also have a big love of classical music played on piano because this is the environment I grew up in my brother being one of the great masters in this world.
I started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five.
A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
And I've played piano since I was little, so I was originally the piano player in the band.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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