Best Quotes About Piano

We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising. I still believe that one can learn to play the piano by mail and that mud will give you a perfect complexion. -Zelda Fitzgerald

The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation. -Oscar Wilde

The public is like a piano. You just have to know what keys to poke. -Al Capp

The piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth. -Andres Segovia

Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has on the book I am reading. -Igor Stravinsky

When she started to play, Steinway came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano. -Bob Hope

I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don't quite know how to explain it but it's there. These can't be the only notes in the world, there's got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys. -Marvin Gaye

If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house. -Harry S Truman

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent. -Edith Sitwell

Fundamentally I feel that there is as much difference between the stage and the films as between a piano and a violin. Normally you can't become a virtuoso in both. -Ethel Barrymore

Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it. -Tom Lehrer

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. -Joan Didion

For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano, and I never really played them again. -Matt Damon

I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge. -William Gaddis

I started studying music at the age of five and a half. My older sister was taking piano lessons. When her teacher left our apartment, I would get up on the piano bench and start picking out the notes that were part of my sister's lessons. -Marvin Hamlisch

In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant, a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had. That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing. -Norah Jones

Without a piano I don't know how to stand, don't know what to do with my hands. -Norah Jones

I get nervous when they start shooting piano players. -Harry Nilsson

I played, like, a year of piano until I learned the 'Pink Panther' theme. That was my goal. Once I was good enough, I quit. Now my music has to have some rock. -Jack Black

All I need is a big surfboard and a piano. -Dennis Wilson

If I'm going to Hell, I'm going there playing the piano. -Jerry Lee Lewis

Those edges and turns teach control and discipline, just like finger exercises on the piano. -Barbara Ann Scott

Any professional knows that the flute and the piano is a boring combination. All you've got to arrive at is a kind of typical gestural crap, right? You might agree, though you wouldn't call it gestural crap. -Morton Feldman

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. -August Wilson

I taught myself to play the piano. I've always been able to play, the minute I could get my hands up. I've always wanted to play the piano. It's the only instrument I've ever really liked, and it's the only one that's ever interested me. -Jerry Hunt

Well I like everything but my first love has always been piano because when I started out there was a piano in my house and it was there so I just started tinkling on it really so it's always been my first love. -Jack Bruce

I totally related to Cole Porter's magnetic pull to any piano that was in the room, which he was famous for doing, as was Gershwin. You couldn't drag them away from a piano. -Kevin Kline

The piano has been drinking, not me. -Tom Waits

I would be happy at a piano bar, singing. I just want to home in on being the best singer I can be. -Debby Boone

Just with the basic one guitar, one piano and one vocal and an audience, I think that the intimacy comes through more. People feel much more connected to the song because there's nothing in the way, and I actually enjoy doing that. -Graham Nash

I never saw my grandfather because he had died before I was born, but I have good memories of my grandmother and of how she could play the piano at the old house. -John Forbes Nash, Jr.

I remember him watching me through the crack of a door singing with a hairbrush. I was in front of his mirror. I think he wanted me to sing. He would get me on the table and make me sing sometimes or play the piano. He was very encouraging on that front. -Lisa Marie Presley

I think any parent that makes their kid sit at a piano against their will and practice, they're going to have a kid that's not going to want to play the piano. -Debbie Gibson

Last year, I finally got my own grand piano, and that was a big thing for me because it's always been and always will be a very important part of my life. -David Hyde Pierce

I stepped back from being out front to playing bass. So we started switching: I'd play bass on one song, we'd switch on the next song; I'd play piano… we'd play mandolin. -Bob Livingston

To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra. -Cecil Taylor

See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn't learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot. -John Fahey

A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano. -Fiona Shaw

I think I love it more as I get older because I keep getting better on drums, vibes and piano. -Lionel Hampton

A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by. -Barry Mann

I didn't want my last chapter to be the guy who sits at the piano and sings love songs. -Richard Marx

When Seymour saw me seated at the piano at that first rehearsal, he shouted: 'What's that kid doing here? Call your piano player and let's get started.' -Mary Lou Williams

I still play the guitar and piano, but hardly ever in public. -Michael Storm

There's individual turntable setups devoted to piano, bass, drums and a set for soloing as well. We like to try and explore the gamut of what a turntable can do. -Eric San

My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around. -Louis Prima

I'm somebody who plays the piano… sometimes. -Harold Budd

I cannot write music. I cannot play the piano. -Jayne Meadows

I was half asleep lying there writing this lyric in my head at about 3:30 in the morning. I woke Steve up with this idea and then we went into the living room where there was a little upright piano and finished the song. I wonder where that piano is now? -Jim Capaldi

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted to hear a guitar played as a piano. -Leo Kottke

They were keen for me still to play the piano, which I was going to, but 45 minutes of piano would be extremely boring. I like a bit of light and shade. -Keith Emerson

When I was young, I just sat down and started playing Chopsticks at the piano. I got so far and then lost interest. Eventually, I regained it and started writing songs. -Otis Blackwell

I still have a passion for the music, which is such a beautiful thing. I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a dream and have a melody in my head, and run to my piano. -Teena Marie

I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion. -Teena Marie

I just sit down at the piano and rattle it off. -Charlie Haden

All my musical foundations go back to the age of 3. My family tell me that I used to listen to the old crystal set, then go to the piano and pick out the tune that I just heard. -George Shearing

The way it works: The orchestra plays a few selections of its own and I terminate the first part of the programme on piano, usually with a movement from a Mozart concerto. -George Shearing

I haven't written an awful lot recently, but I think I probably will start again very shortly. Being so much on the road, when you have a couple of weeks off, you're likely to avoid sitting at the piano, and taping, and giving yourself more work to do. -George Shearing

That is basically me, and although I have done many things in my life – conducting, playing piano, and so on – what is fundamental is my being a composer. -Morton Gould

I guess, you know, if I didn't make it with the piano, I guess I would've been the biggest bum. -Thelonious Monk

I'm going to have classical piano lessons next. -Colin Greenwood

My first big break came with Lauryn Hill on a track called Everything is Everything, I played piano on that track way back in 1998. -John Legend

I'm very fond of piano players. -Michael Parkinson

My mother also had us take piano lessons, and this had a similar effect. I hated those lessons, but I now play regularly for pleasure and have even tried my hand at composing. -Robert B. Laughlin

When my opera Plump Jack was performed in 1989, my first piano teacher sent me something that I'd composed when I was four. I remember I played it, and it still sounded like me. I'm the same composer I was then. -Gordon Getty

I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano. -Gordon Getty

Bud Powell's probably the biggest influence on my piano playing. -Matthew Shipp

My goal was to play drums, but my father made me take piano lessons. He told me I needed to learn to read music first, so I took lessons for six years. I thank God that he made me take those lessons, because it taught me a tremendous amount. -Brian Austin Green

My mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano. -John C. Hawkes

I've written lots of songs on the piano. My mother had a piano and it was the first instrument I played. -Mick Taylor

I play the piano a lot at home. I write songs on the piano and guitar. I would like to actually play piano on stage. I don't think I'll get the chance for a while. -Mick Taylor

My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it. -Dick Dale

If you can't play it on an acoustic guitar or a grand piano then it's not a song. -Christopher Cross

I've played piano and guitar when I was younger. -Debra Wilson

Someone skipped on the rent and they left behind a huge upright piano, which got moved into our apartment so the other apartment could get rented out. I took to it and started playing. -Cy Coleman

I was never encouraged to do it and I played the accordion, which I hated. I wish I had taken piano because I definitely would have written more songs of my own, but I didn't. -Connie Francis

But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play. -Alicia Keys

Mozart has written opera, symphony, sacred and chamber music – not to mention his piano and violin concerti. -Neville Marriner

I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano. -Norman Wisdom

I always wanted to be a full-time musician. Every television job I had was a means to buy a grand piano, or to put in a recording studio, or something like that. -John Tesh

I'm sorry to say that no, I do not play the piano. -Roger Moore

It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me. -Dave Brubeck

Right at the end of the war I wrote a piano sonata, which was written at a time when Sam Barber used to come down here and we used to have lunch together in a very nice old hotel that's now not there. -Elliott Carter

Frank liked me because I went nuts on the piano using feet, head, whatever I could find to bang on the piano. -George Duke

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players. -Gerry Mulligan

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity. -Gyorgy Ligeti

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons. -Gyorgy Ligeti

I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony. -Gyorgy Ligeti

I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive. -Judy Collins

The piano is the X factor. People have a tough time following the structures when there's no piano there, spelling it out. It makes it more easily understood, particularly to people who don't know as much about music. -Branford Marsalis

I'm Liberace without a piano. -Paul Lynde

I went to national piano competitions and did that whole circuit. Then I played professionally to support myself when I moved out to LA. -Alicia Witt

You have to really concentrate on piano or acting. You can't do both. -Alicia Witt

I wanted to try to write songs on the piano to get a different flavor. -Aimee Mann

Usually I can hear the pianos, the saxophone, and usually I can hear Ronnie. But I really need to listen to Keith and Mick. The rest of the band is sort of an embellishment to that. -Charlie Watts

I explained to the lady my love for John and his work, and she made it possible for me to purchase one of the 24 proofs, the one for 'I'm So Tired,' which I have on my piano at home. -Arthur Godfrey

I started playing piano with a little band in high school. I was terrible. I thought I had absolutely no talent. I couldn't keep time. I only got into McGill, which was a lousy music school, because they were taking American music students. -Burt Bacharach

I started formal piano training when I was 4. From there I had little violas, and I had dancing lessons of every sort and description, and painting lessons. I had German. And shorthand. -Twyla Tharp

Bill Evans is a real serious jazz pianist who, in my book, crossed over boundaries in terms of color. He used the piano as his canvas. -Roberta Flack

With my personal preparation at the piano, I can afford to hum at half voice. -Placido Domingo

I have always studied my parts with the orchestral score and not with the piano reduction. -Placido Domingo

I was much more interested in the orchestra than the piano, but I did become fairly proficient as a pianist and my teachers felt I had talent and wanted me to become a good concert pianist and earn my living that way. -Alan Hovhaness

He helped make Living Things even more crazy than I wanted it to be. He added old-fashioned piano and classical folk music – that weird otherworldly vibe – all these elements got onto the record. -Matthew Sweet

He wanted to play accordion on something of mine and I said you can play accordion, but I want you to play piano and organ on some stuff. He came over a couple times a week for two weeks and gave me therapy as to whether I should do The Thorns or not. -Matthew Sweet

I happen to be a guy who also plays the piano and sings, so people automatically associate me with Billy Joel. -Gavin DeGraw

My dad didn't want me to play guitar. He played piano, so I chose that. And I ended up loving it. -Gavin DeGraw

So yeah, I play the piano for most of the show, but I like rock and roll. -Gavin DeGraw

I grew up taking piano lessons and liking Wagner when I was in second grade. -Tom Verlaine

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano. -Tennessee Ernie Ford

And I've played piano since I was little, so I was originally the piano player in the band. -Caroline Corr

Oh yeah, we all write. That's what's great about when you have basics in piano. -Caroline Corr

A lot of the songs are written on piano or guitar, so I contribute, and I have done so since the beginning. So it's been good to be involved completely musically as well. -Caroline Corr

Yes, my mother was a singer, and my father played piano and keyboards. They were in a band together, though they also had regular jobs because they had kids and stuff like that. -Caroline Corr

I used to play the piano in the band, and so there's some horrendous scenes of me playing the keyboards. -Caroline Corr

I went straight in. Fade in, one… whatever. He's playing the piano in the radio station. -Ronald Harwood

Kylie and I were both taking piano lessons at the time and didn't think of acting. A friend rang mum up and said, 'How about bringing Kylie and Danielle in because they might be right for the part?' -Dannii Minogue

We're gonna release a studio album probably a year from now and we've got these recordings that we did with Coco Taylor and Johnny Johnson, who was Chuck Berry's piano player. -James Young

Yes, I was forced to take piano lessons for 8 years as a child. -Jim Coleman

And I definitely have an affinity with the piano. -Jim Coleman

I actually write film music because I'm classically trained on the piano so as well as songwriting I also write actual film music that could be used for movies like war movies and love movies. -Vanessa Brown

I started playing in the band and learned to play piano by ear. -Kevin Richardson

I also like the banging piano – that old good-time piano. -Little Richard

The soprano turned out to sound to me like the right hand on the piano. -Steve Lacy

I play the piano and have been playing since I was 7, mainly classical Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart. -Kiana Tom

I had been inspired by an organ player named Earl Grant, who played organ and piano together. My mom took me to see him. So I went home, put my piano and organ together, too. -Billy Preston

The first time I met Ray, I was going to school around the corner from his house. One day, he was playing the piano. I eased up on the porch to listen to him. -Billy Preston

I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano. -Carla Bley

FOr a while, I'd never had the opportunity to prove on TV that I could play the piano. -Maurice Gibb

I'm quite proud of my piano playing. Robin's never played a note on the piano at our recording sessions. I just wish I could be appreciated musically now. -Maurice Gibb

As far as other instrumentalists, I used to love mellow sax players like Paul Desmond. I love piano. -Boz Scaggs

I was blessed to work with The Jazz Messengers when the two piano players were Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. -Chuck Mangione

Well, my sister played trumpet. Can you imagine having a sister blowing the trumpet around the house, Fred? And my brother, he played piano. Everybody was playing some kind of music, so it was natural for me to get into it. -Freddie Hubbard

I was taking piano lessons with a very good piano instructor in Toronto, and I'm afraid due to my schedule and discipline, it kind of fell apart. One thing lead to another and I was unable to practice as much as I wanted to. -Geddy Lee

I don't know any other lifestyle. I get up in the morning and I really do feel that the world is my oyster, and I start that way, the same as I would if I were preparing to write a song: put a blank piece of paper up on the piano and you go for it. -Lesley Gore

I'm basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a very good keyboard player. People think I think I'm good. I think I'm a very poor piano player. -Ray Manzarek

I think I'm a very poor piano player. -Ray Manzarek

I played piano, I learned a lot about music. -Maximilian Schell

Nearly all the synth work on Heathen is mine and some of the piano. -David Bowie

I got obsessed with classical music, I got obsessed with Chopin, with playing the piano. -Gary Oldman

I love music and I enjoy creating sounds. I got into making music when I was a child, starting with the spoons and the koto before moving onto the piano. -Tobe Hooper

My mother was a jazz fanatic and she wanted me to play the piano so I could play jazz tunes. I wish I had learned but I was too busy getting into trouble! -Etta James

My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I'm a natural musician. -Ethel Merman

I wouldn't trust any man as far as you can throw a piano. -Ethel Merman

I'm an interpreter of stories. When I perform it's like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories. -Nat King Cole

I wanted to play piano, and that slid quickly into writing – it wasn't enough to play other people's notes: I had to write notes too. -Luc Ferrari

So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own. -Luc Ferrari

Well, first I studied piano. I wasn't very satisfied because I though my teachers were dumb… and repressive. -Luc Ferrari

With the piano I'm completely in control of the gestural situation-not that I'm going to play the piece myself, but I know what's difficult, what's impossible. -Luc Ferrari

Get up from that piano. You hurtin' its feelings. -Jelly Roll Morton

When I was recording from '70 to '82, I always played piano and laid the tracks down. But I used to talk to the other musicians while the track was playing. -Roy Ayers

I taught myself to play the piano, because I wanted to play it. -Jackson Browne

Now, guitar was pretty cool. Everybody knew something on the guitar. So I wanted to play guitar, but I told my dad if he wanted me to keep studying something, I'd like to study piano. -Jackson Browne

I also went to art school and learned to play a piano there, but I play by ear. -John Mayall

I've been working on something, just some jazz, relaxed stuff. It will be standard, just piano and voice. It started out as a fun project for me though, I'm still not sure about releasing it. -Justin Guarini

I describe my plots as follows; A character is walking down the street when all of a sudden a piano falls on them. They spend the rest of the story digging out from under that piano. How they dig, how long and how well, this all depends entirely on the character. -Sarah Zettel

I know what my job is: I write the songs, I sing them, I play them on the piano. -Fiona Apple

Once I picked up an electric guitar, I lost interest in piano, and I just wanted to rock. I studied piano for so long, I got burned out on it. -Juliana Hatfield

My mother played piano so we always had music around the house. -Johnny Winter

And of course there's so much music in and around our family. I had a piano during Christmas because it's obviously useful through the season. There are so many people, songwriters, who are around. -Ashley Judd

People sort of know me for that solo piano music I did. -John Cale

I play piano and trumpet. I studied classical guitar. -Mike Figgis

I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors. -Mike Figgis

But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house. I was just so excited, being a little kid and having all these other kids come to my house twice a week. I thought it was a big party. -Vanessa Carlton

But when you hear the complete album, it gets dark, really straight-up rock, with some really intimate moments with just me and the piano. It's not completely me because there are parts of me that aren't on that song, that are on the album. -Vanessa Carlton

I don't put boundaries on myself when I sit at the piano. -Vanessa Carlton

I tour with a piano, actually. Luckily I am able to hire people that deal with it completely and magically a piano appears on stage and then magically disappears when I leave. -Vanessa Carlton

Plus, there were so many pianos in my house, so I couldn't really avoid it. -Vanessa Carlton

Well, I would say that music just happens with me, I'm not in the driver's seat when I am at the piano, the piano is. -Vanessa Carlton

I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid. I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood. -Billy Joel

Well, we have theatrical parties. It's not me singing. People like to get up and jam on the piano. -Liza Minnelli

The piano is kind of my second instrument. -Bill Bruford

If it's fast, no I don't have enough piano technique. In that case, it's probably been done on some kind of synthesizer or sequencer. Then the score can then be printed out and so forth. -Bill Bruford

Yeah, I don't like, um, I'm not interested in rock 'n' roll piano. I find it a little grating. -Warren Zevon

Well, I was interested in playing the piano from as early as I can remember. -Warren Zevon

The primary one being, like I said, I don't like rock 'n' roll piano. -Warren Zevon

So I guess I had, I think they tell me I had, about three years total of piano lessons, off and on. -Warren Zevon

I don't like piano solos. -Warren Zevon

I was coerced into taking piano lessons in the early '50s. It was a quite unpleasant experience. -Robert Quine

Oddly, when I started to make the record, I wasn't aware I was making a record. I just was sort of disgusted with the whole thing and sequestered myself in the basement and started playing the piano just for something to do. -Paul Westerberg

I had piano lessons when I was a kid, like most people. And hated them, like most people. And quit, like most people. -Carter Burwell

In junior high, I sang in madrigals, men's' and women's' choir. I played piano too, but then I got out of it. -Travis Barker

My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life. -Michel Legrand

It was a very odd household, because the grandmothers were so different. Both of them had their own pianos. So it would be duelling pianos by grandmothers. -Diane Cilento

But it wasn't just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach. -Isabelle Huppert

And I think it's a real challenge to be up there sometimes with only a keyboard if they don't have a grand piano… and to try to win people over that way. It's really hard. -Chantal Kreviazuk

My appearance was always good and my ability to play on the piano, especially ragtime, which was then at the height of its vogue, made me a welcome guest. -James Weldon Johnson

My grandmother played the piano, and I used to toddle over there and pick out little things that sounded good to me. -Billy Strayhorn

I play piano and guitar. Acoustic guitar. I tried studying classical guitar when I was 16 but it got really hard. I could never play a lead to save my life. -Kip Winger

I do a so-called trip into myself: I sit down at the piano and the melody might start to evolve from my playing or then I might start to sing it. -Enya

I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea. -Oscar Peterson

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. -Suzi Quatro

I read and write classical piano and percussion, also guitar. -Suzi Quatro

If you play the very subtle jazz tunes with acoustic pianos, acoustic bass and it's a dead standard, you are going to play very differently. It depends on the music. -Lee Ritenour

Guitar is great for a certain thing, but a piano is so much more expansive. -Mick Ralphs

I hear a lot of bad TV commercials that try to sound like Where It's At. That pretty much turned me off from using the electric piano for a lot of years. -Beck

I play piano every day. -Sarah McLachlan

If I stopped writing and being at my piano, I wouldn't know how to live. It's your best friend. -Jessi Colter

It's part of what I do at my piano – the hymns. And then I write. -Jessi Colter

I played piano as a kid; I still play a little bit. -Bobby McFerrin

I prepared five songs, I sang them, and he hired me. I started working about a month later at the piano bar. -Bobby McFerrin

My hands look terrible but I can do anything I want to do, so, you know, I just think I'm playing all around with more good taste and not dashing up and down the piano. -Marian McPartland

Baldwin is sort of getting to be a bit funny. I don't know what happened, but a few years ago they suddenly went bankrupt and Gibson bought the whole outfit. Since then they haven't seemed to be doing an awfully good job of providing pianos. -Marian McPartland

A good interpreter can take a piece of bad music and make it sound pretty decent, while a bad interpreter can take good music and make it sound cheap. I can tell that some people have a bad taste, and unlike on the piano, they smear around a lot, that is bad taste. -Ruggiero Ricci

I played piano for about two years when I was a kid. I didn't play long enough to be really great. -Joanna Newsom

My mother bought a piano, put it in the front room, and I just started writing my songs. -Joan Armatrading

I sit down and create atmospheres, start playing guitar or piano and just sing whatever comes out of my mouth. -Martin Gore

I have these big piano-playing hands. I feel like I should be picking potatoes. -Sandra Bullock

For the most part, pianos are female to me. Sometimes they're dykes, and they're always good fun. -Tori Amos

Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. -Ani DiFranco

To say to the painter that Nature is to be taken as she is, is to say to the player that he may sit on the piano. -James Whistler

I have a piano and a guitar, and I tend to switch back and forth between those two instruments to help me get inspired. -Sean Lennon

Girls are like pianos. When they're not upright, they're grand. -Benny Hill

I think it would be better if nobody owned anything, but they didn't starve. Had enough paint and enough pianos and everything else. -Arthur Boyd

In the piano, one has the instrument complete before he begins; but in the case of the voice, the instrument has to be developed by study. -Alma Gluck

Conducting has more to do with singing and breathing than with piano-playing. -Colin R. Davis

I play, like, 12 instruments. Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums… I'm working on mastering the accordion. -Lucas Grabeel

I play piano and guitar and I do write my own stuff so to a certain extent I know what I want to do in regards to music. But I'm still finding out what kind of music is my favourite kind to listen to, never mind do myself so I've got a lot of time to find out myself and develop myself as an artist. -Richard Fleeshman

The Goth character was a difficult thing to get my head round. I'm not really a fan of Goth music. I'm more a piano and guitar man – that's what I love. -Richard Fleeshman

I've had grand pianos that are more expensive than, like, a year's worth of rent. -Lady Gaga

I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house! -George Clooney

Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It's a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically. -Geoffrey Rush

The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. So I'll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it's a form of expression that all I need is me. I don't need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified. -Jeremy Renner

I wanted to play piano in restaurants in the south of France. I went there on holiday once and I saw this guy playing in an old tuxedo. He was all disheveled, with a whisky glass on the piano. I thought that was the coolest thing. So what's happened to me with 'Twilight' isn't really what I'd planned. -Robert Pattinson

My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin. -Fiona Shaw

Anyone who writes knows that ultimately the majority of your time is spent alone in a room with a piano or a guitar, no matter what the project is. -Trey Anastasio

I have never been so calculating as to sing some Barry White song to get a girl. But I do think it's very romantic to cook dinner and sit around the piano at night and sing together. -John Stamos

I like writing on piano and a computer, and a lot of 'Plans' came out of samples and vocal lines. -Ben Gibbard

I started playing piano when I was 6. And I knew that wanted to be involved in that form of expression, whether it was through music, or acting, or dancing, or painting, or writing. -Alanis Morissette

My husband is a composer, so he plays piano all the time and I sit there and clap telling my unborn child, 'Hear me clap, hear the music.' I know music, in general, is supposed to be good for babies to hear. -Danica McKellar

It's like that Simpsons joke – they're filming a cow in a movie and they go, 'OK, we'll tape a bunch of cats together to make a cow', and it's like, 'Why don't you just use a cow?'. For some reason that is novel – like, 'Oh, my guitar sounds like a piano and now if I can just get my piano to sound like my guitar'. -Ian Williams

Football management is such a pressurised thing – horseracing is a release. I'm also learning to play the piano – I'm quite determined – it's another release from the pressure of my job. -Alex Ferguson

Every day I lugged my backpack through the halls, waiting for the final bell. Then I'd race home and hole up in my room, playing the drums and the piano, composing music. -Josh Groban

I'd like to be a piano player. -Chris Daughtry

What resonates with me now is the acoustic guitar and piano. -Delta Goodrem

I took piano for many years. I kicked and screamed through all of my lessons, but my mom really insisted. -Kristin Kreuk

I spent ten years playing classical piano, and that was what led to keyboards and eventually to production and to Linkin Park. -Mike Shinoda

I remember being a little kid sitting in the living room with my brother and some friends from around the neighborhood, and I would sit at the piano and as they were running around the room doing different things and being silly, acting out, I would actually play the score for it – the music that went along with it. -Mike Shinoda

I grew up painting and playing piano so when I was a little kid I thought I was going to be an artist or a painter but my mom had me taking piano lessons for about 10-12 years as a young kid. -Mike Shinoda

I liked the piano. I always liked playing. I just hated homework. -Mike Shinoda

I started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five. -Vanessa Mae

I really wanted to find a piano for the farm house. There were so many free pianos on Craigslist, I thought, 'Let's get as many free pianos as we can and stick them all in the barn.' I got eight in a short period of time, only six of which were tunable, but it's still quite funny. -Neko Case

I play the piano and write music. -Anwar Robinson

My son's taking drum lessons, and my daughter's taking piano lessons. One day they're going to start a band. -Chris Daughtry

I'm not a great piano player. -Norah Jones

I actually write more on guitar than I do on piano. -Norah Jones

I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. And when we moved to America, it was just the typical thing except I was really good at it; so was my brother. -Eddie Van Halen

The piano is a universal instrument. If you start there, learn your theory and how to read, you can go on to any other instrument. -Eddie Van Halen

I'm blessed with a good pair of ears. That's how I fooled my piano teacher. I'd watch his fingers and I'd listen to it, and I just kind of basically learned it by myself. -Eddie Van Halen

I can't read music. Instead, I'd do stuff inside the piano, do harmonics and all kinds of crazy things. They used to put me in these annual piano contests down at Long Beach City College, and two years in a row, I won first prize – out of like 5,000 kids! The judges were like, 'Very interesting interpretation!' I thought I was playing it right. -Eddie Van Halen

I was brought up west southwest coast of Scotland and my mother and father had a music shop, and so I was surrounded by pianos and drums and guitars, and music, of course. -Colin Hay

I didn't have bands that I was playing with growing up, so I learned to try to adapt and play these songs that were guitar songs on the piano, and sing them. -Page McConnell

Some people play the piano, some do Sudoku, some watch television, some people go out to dinner parties. I write books. -Boris Johnson

I've been into music for a long time. I started playing drums when I was 8 and piano when I was 10, then bass and guitar when I was 18. -Lukas Haas

I'm a kid for a living: I get to play the piano for a living. -Bruce Hornsby

From the time I could play the piano, I remember trying to write tunes. They were in my head, and I would just sit down and start noodling. Next thing I knew, I had written a melody. -Marvin Hamlisch

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. -Trey Parker

Everything I do is part of my passion. I do the things I like to do. It's sort of a bigger version of having more than one hobby. I love to play piano, sing, and act. I love to do all those things. -Harry Connick, Jr.

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.

My dad was the district attorney of New Orleans for about 30 years. And when he opened his campaign headquarters back in the early '70s, when I was 5 years old, my mother wanted me to play the national anthem. And they got an upright piano on the back of a flatbed truck and I played it. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I'm a natural piano player. So all the practicing I do at this point is in my head. If I don't play for a year, my chops aren't going to get any worse. I've spent my time playing scales, and I don't necessarily want to play any faster than I play. So everything I do at this point is more philosophical. -Harry Connick, Jr.

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. -Yanni

I've got my Grammys on top of my piano and I look at them when I play. -Taylor Swift

From 1936 on, I have taken more falls than any other 20 comedians put together. From the time I was 21, I've taken them on everything from clay courts to cement to wood floors, coming off pianos, going out a two-story window, landing on Dean, falling into the rough. You do that and you're gonna have problems. -Jerry Lewis

My dad keeps referring to me playing the piano when he's trying to teach me something in archery. -Miranda Leek

In piano, if you try to force hitting this key and that key, it's very broken. It's not pretty. When you're in archery, you can't try to force it step-by-step-by-step. Then the shot doesn't flow and it's not a good shot. If you just let the performance flow, it's really beautiful. -Miranda Leek

I really enjoy playing the piano. I took lessons throughout middle school, but I had to drop the lessons. I actually got too busy, but I hope to pick up the lessons when I'm in college if I can. -Miranda Leek

My end goal in the piano is to play Scott Joplin's 'Maple Leaf Rag.' -Miranda Leek

I was a strange, loud little kid who could sit at the piano and kill a Beethoven piece. -Lady Gaga

I mean, give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn't get bored anywhere. -Keith Richards

One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen. -Paul McCartney

I've never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I've always played with other musicians. It's how I play, there's no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play. -Ringo Starr

I've played every instrument you could possibly think of for 10 minutes. So I'm mediocre at everything. I can play drums, guitar, piano, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute… Just not well. -Kat Dennings

I've been playing since I was 5, but I wouldn't say that I'm serious about the piano. -Kiernan Shipka

I was very depressed when I was 19… I would go back to my apartment every day and I would just sit there. It was quiet and it was lonely. It was still. It was just my piano and myself. I had a television and I would leave it on all the time just to feel like somebody was hanging out with me. -Lady Gaga

I took piano lessons when I was like 5 or 6 but that was a long time ago. I stopped when I was 13. -Marion Cotillard

I've paid for more pianos in hotel lobbies than you can imagine. -Kid Rock

The best way to do that is to pick up a new instrument or an instrument that you don't typically write on and see where it takes you. Whether it's using an acoustic guitar, or piano, or electronics as tools, all of these lead to creating different types of songs and I used all of these methods for this record. -Serj Tankian

I'm able to sometimes express things even more articulately on the piano than I am with singing. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I guess play piano, you know, because that's the thing I started doing when I was a little kid. -Harry Connick, Jr.

I get twitchy if I don't pick up a guitar or sit at the piano every now and then… I have to do it; I don't have a choice. -Julian Cope

Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when you're listening. Playing the piano allows you to do both at the same time. -Kelsey Grammer

Well, I was very lucky. I was brought up west southwest coast of Scotland and my mother and father had a music shop, and so I was surrounded by pianos and drums and guitars, and music, of course. -Clive Anderson

I started singing when I was five. I grew up the youngest of four kids who all studied classical piano, so you could say I've been listening to music ever since the moment of conception. -K. D. Lang

Well, Mozart is extraordinary not only in that he became virtuoso along the lines of his father, but that he had that compositional gift, that melodic gift. By the time he was four, he was doing piano concertos with harmony in the background. -Twyla Tharp

The only instrument I can play is piano. Whenever I make songs at home, I play the piano and make them on the piano. -Yoko Ono

Everybody in our family studied a musical instrument. My father was really big on that. Somehow I only took a year or two of piano lessons and I convinced my father to let me take dancing lessons. -Madonna Ciccone

I fell in love with the piano. I knew it was me. I was dying to play. -Alicia Keys

Some people are drawn naturally – there are natural guitarists, and there are natural piano players, and I think guitar implies travel, a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town. -Hugh Laurie

Schoolwork came easy to me. I learned to play piano effortlessly. I was coasting. -Trent Reznor

I gave up lots of things I love doing: writing, and business, and playing the piano and so on. -William Hague

One day I will go back to my books and piano, but not yet. -William Hague

I consider the piano my 'main' instrument and have been playing for as long as I can remember. It seems to me that I might have come up with something resembling a song as early as 4 or 5 years old. -Ian MacKaye

I am such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano. -Elton John

When Little Richard used to stand up and play it was just fabulous, and Liberace had the candlesticks and the rings and the gift of the gab. The piano's is the most ungainly rock' n' roll instrument of all time but those two people transcended it, as did Jerry Lee Lewis. -Elton John

I have two extraordinary daughters, who, I can say proudly, are doing very well in school and in piano. Daughters are a father's joy. -James McGreevey

In general, we like to play as a band – guitar, piano, and voice. We also tour with a bass player, a drummer, and somebody who plays keyboard and guitar. We try to play all of our parts and flesh it out to get a lush sound, while also keeping the energy of a three-piece punk act. We want to be the best of all possible worlds. -Andrew Dost

I was two and a half when I first climbed up and sat at a piano. -Tori Amos

After a while, though, you realize that a whole slew of young singer-songwriter piano players are getting compared to you. That's when you feel the passage of time is occurring. -Tori Amos

It's funny: I'm a lifelong musician, but because I principally play the piano it's been a solitary thing. -Gary Oldman

I heard a young black pianist. He was a teenager, I was eight years old, and he was playing boogie-woogie, and he just knocked me out. He thought he was alone in the old barn on the beat-up upright piano, but I was hiding in the corner so he wouldn't see me. -Mike Stoller

I was always very leery of my piano playing. As a young kid, I wanted to be a jazz musician, but my taste was far greater than my ability. -Mike Stoller

Both my grandmothers had upright pianos, and I just knew how to play since I was a child. Nobody taught me. I sounded like a grown-up, and then I learned how to read music. I played so well by ear I could fool the teacher to believe I could play the notes. She'd make the mistake of playing the song once, and I could play it. -Valerie Simpson

The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc, from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette, from the CD to the digital download, these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed, but the very way artists created it. -Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

I've had to be a man since I was 12 or 13. I had a job. And I was playing the piano for people twice my age. Handling responsibility is what makes a man a man. -Jamie Foxx

Then I was playing the piano at eight, and that helps you learn about women because most of the people I was playing for were women. -Jamie Foxx

I went to college on a classical piano scholarship. My grandmother made me practice one full hour a day. Every day. Man. I thought all she wanted was for me not to have any fun. Next thing you know, you have a career in music. Now, not everybody's going to go on and be Mozart or Michael Jackson. But music makes you smarter. -Jamie Foxx

Man, after all my grandma put into me learning the piano, that was a hard day, telling her I was telling jokes for a living. -Jamie Foxx

Actually, music gave me the support when I needed it. I would never have gone to college unless I'd gotten a piano scholarship. And now I'm so glad I got to learn to play the cello, which is a different experience, you're flexing a different muscle, but it's beautiful because it is music. -Jamie Foxx

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. -Jane Seymour

It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me. And also it's to me the greatest instrument. I shouldn't say that, but I believe that this is the only instrument I can really feel happy about playing. -Dave Brubeck

I have more energy at the end than I do at the beginning. You can be so beat up that you can scarcely walk on stage but when you get to the piano the excitement kicks in, you forget about being tired. -Dave Brubeck

After the Second World War, I returned to California to study composition with Darius Milhaud, who wrote wonderful works like 'Le Boeuf sur le Toit' and 'La Cretion du Monde.' I especially enjoy his work for two pianos, 'Scaramouche.' -Dave Brubeck

I want to take piano lessons, I want to study at university, I want to travel, I want to do other parts, make another movie. -Zach Braff

You know, my family is very musical, I was surrounded by it. And from four years old I was the one that asked my mother could I take piano lessons. -John Legend

I wanted to be a cheerleader, like my sister was – all the most popular and beautiful girls are cheerleaders and I wanted that, and it demolished this vision of myself. That's when I found the piano, when music saved me; that's when I first attempted to write my own songs. -Paula Cole

I think we were raised in a nice Texas Jewish family where education was the most important thing, and close behind that was the arts. It was emphasized and expected that we'd play piano. -Lisa Loeb

Although my dad was a doctor, we weren't necessarily a super-artsy family. We were just a classic, traditional family who got to take a lot of piano lessons and became a bunch of musicians. -Lisa Loeb

I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. -Eddie Van Halen

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 can't read music. Instead, I'd do stuff inside the piano, do harmonics and all kinds of crazy things. They used to put me in these annual piano contests down at Long Beach City College, and two years in a row, I won first prize – out of like 5,000 kids! -Eddie Van Halen

I studied piano for many years, and I still play. I'm a complete amateur, and I wouldn't consider myself very good at all, but I enjoy it. -Eric Stoltz

I play piano every day. I enjoy that. -Frank Ocean

With the a cappella groups, every voice is like one string on a guitar, one note on the piano, or one cymbal, and you don't have the luxury of falling back on anything. -Ben Folds

Billy Joel and Joe Jackson were both great, and they both play piano. -Ben Folds

I think I'm a songwriter. I grab an instrument to make my body a song, but I'm not a player as such, maybe a little more on guitar, but certainly not piano. -P. J. Harvey

It is my aim, my destination in life to make the cello as beloved an instrument as the violin and piano. -Mstislav Rostropovich

I play the keyboard, piano – I like making beats. -Abbie Cornish

You know, when I was younger I was into all kinds of art – drawing, painting, all that stuff. But I played drums, played piano forever. -Shooter Jennings

I actually grew up playing the piano in the church and was deeply involved in music ministry. -T. D. Jakes

I started piano lessons when I was four; I was being classically trained at the Colburn School. -Jacqueline Emerson

Growing up I played piano and I sang at a lot of weddings; I grew up in a very small town, a little coal-mining town in Virginia called Grundy. And my family was very sing-songy at home. -Jayma Mays

Part of the joy of music is listening to lots of different kinds of music and learning from it. Specifically for me, I like writing songs that move me, and what moves me are beautiful songs on the piano or the guitar and really, really heavy music. -Ryan Adams

The piano and the singing are two equal things to me – maybe not inseparable but very connected. You can say they are like two equal voices. -Agnes Obel

Sometimes I feel like a melody doesn't have anything to do with me, but it's just something that comes, is accumulated from me playing on the piano, and then this little creature just appears. -Agnes Obel

Every time I see a piano, I have this urge to play it. -Margot Robbie

My activities tend to revolve around crossword puzzles, reading and playing piano and games with my friends. -Rashida Jones

Showing your movie to an audience… it's like your kid doing a piano recital. 'Just let it not fail. Please.' -Rian Johnson

Music is my passion, singing, performing. I play piano and musical theater is my background. -Janel Parrish

Yes, I have been studying piano since I was six. Classical, jazz, compositional, Broadway, everything. I just love it all. -Janel Parrish

I had a very strong interest in music, specifically the piano from a very small age. -Jim Parsons

A female piano player is always pretty cool to me. -Chrisette Michele

I was a piano player before I was a poet. -Gil Scott-Heron

My earliest attempts at writing were when I was seven. I would sit at the piano and transcribe the songs I heard on the radio. I'd change little things in the music and write different lyrics. -Esperanza Spalding

I write at the piano, so I write things that fit comfortably under my hands, and I'm not thinking in terms of any specific compositional methods. I'm just seeking sounds. -Esperanza Spalding

Of course, it does depend on the people, but sometimes I'm invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table like a musician who'll play the piano after dinner, and I know you're not really invited for yourself. You're just an ornament. -Marilyn Monroe

When I was a little girl my parents always told me do everything you want in an artistic way. If you want to draw, make a drawing. Just do it. And if you want to play piano, play piano. It was a very free childhood where everything was possible. -Melanie Laurent

I came from a folk-family background. Although we weren't really the all-singing, all-dancing-around-the-piano folkies or anything like that, there is that idea of singing and playing with your parents and your family and your cousins. -Teddy Thompson

Yes, I love to play drums and bass and guitar and piano. Those are the main instruments I play. That is it. -Jeff Lynne

With every job I've gotten, I've bought myself something. When 'Glee' was picked up, I rented a piano for the year. For smaller victories, I'll go to dinner with a friend, or go for a walk and think about it all. It's important to say to yourself, Today was a good day. -Dianna Agron

The same way that some people can play the piano, I can do plots! They just come! -Francine Pascal

I guess as a kid, I was always creative, and I was involved in music, like piano and violin and choir, so I always knew – I always knew that I wanted to do something that would allow me to be who I am. Generally, that was creatively, imaginatively. -Reggie Watts

I learned when I started to study piano that I could play by ear. I could hear a song on the radio a couple of times and hear the song and the lyrics and sing it for you after a couple of plays. -Ronnie Milsap

I had 12 years of classical music as a child, playing piano competitions as a teenager, playing in blues bands and rock 'n' roll bands, country and jazz bands. I played in about any situation. -Ronnie Milsap

I wasn't a jock in school, and by the 10th grade, when I was in boarding school I was carrying water buckets for the girls' hockey team. I was the kid with long hair and glasses and acne trying to learn how to play guitar and piano in the music center. I was not an athlete past the age of 13 or 14 when they start throwing the ball really fast. -Michael Weatherly

Our daily life is filled with electronic pianos, ring tones, the disembodied voice giving you your bank balance over the telephone. Even silence can be electronic, courtesy of sound-canceling headphones. -Serge Schmemann

I don't take much from my own father, because he was a very austere, quiet, private man who would come home from work, go to his parlour and play Beethoven on his piano. -John Mahoney

I had studied piano since I was 13, but I was surrounded by students who'd been playing since they were 5. I realized I was never going to be anything but mediocre. -Kevin Kline

When I'm not touring, I sing at home, either at the piano or I'll pick up my guitar, singing old Buck Owens songs. -Burton Cummings

I wrote my first piano piece when I was in 4th grade. -Abel Korzeniowski

If you lock me in the room with a piano teacher for a year I might be able to knock out a rendition of 'Roll Out The Barrel,' but will I ever be a concert pianist? No. -Alan Sugar

Well mostly in song writing my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes. -Bjorn Ulvaeus

I'm trying to learn classical piano, Mozart and Beethoven and stuff. I took lessons when I was younger and now I sort of sight read the music and play it by ear. It's fun. It takes up a lot of time. I practice a couple of hours a day, but I find it soothing. -Evan Peters

My mom's a concert pianist, so she started teaching me when I was around seven. When I was eight, I started writing my own songs, and kinda started putting piano and singing together. But I'm trained classically, which is a big influence on me, I think. -Birdy

It's quite hard to have your mom as a teacher – it's like, she's not necessarily a 'real teacher' for me. But she'd always teach me to really hear the music, and develop my ear, and to try and hear the harmonics of the piano. -Birdy

I grew up sitting beside my grandmother playing the piano and singing. -Miranda Kerr

I had piano lessons at five and started guitar at ten, but although music and acting was always around me, my parents never pressured me into it. -Micky Dolenz

But if you listen to great piano players, both classical and jazz, there's a huge range of dynamics and colors and emotional expression that's possible with the instrument. -Gary Burton

When I was first starting out, you'd have to bang an old upright piano and stick a mike in it and it would always feed back and you could never turn it up loud enough to be heard and I would beat my hands black and blue and bloody. -Edgar Winter

When I was younger, playing piano and guitar were all things that I wanted to do for a short period of time, like any kid. -Katie Cassidy

Usually, I'll just sit down at a piano or with a guitar, and I'll just be relaxed and playing music. Because that's what relaxes your subconscious. That's why everyone from animals to humans love music. -Cat Power

I skipped school one day to see Dizzy Gillespie, and that's where I met Coltrane. Coltrane and Jimmy Heath just joined the band, and I brought my trumpet, and he was sitting at the piano downstairs waiting to join Dizzy's band. He had his saxophone across his lap, and he looked at me and he said, 'You want to play?' -Donald Byrd

I had piano lessons when I was younger, but I quit because I didn't want to sit and learn the scales. -Conor Maynard

I've been playing my instrument since I was about three or four. That's when I started banging around on the piano, trying to be like The Beatles. -Nat Wolff

Some writing is a really nice solitary process, in a way, because you can be a little self-conscious around other people. If it's just you, and you're at your favorite piano, or whatever instrument, and you feel comfortable, then somehow, I always feel like it's opening a door and letting whatever is to pass through pass. -Marketa Irglova

I make movies the same way other kids play tennis or go to piano lessons. I'm trying to get better at what I want to do, just like other kids are trying to get better at what they want to do. -Elle Fanning

I grew up with the piano. I learned its language as I learned to speak. -Keith Jarrett

I go on a lot of hikes. I read a lot. I play piano. -Michael Cera

The basic idea is always constructed around piano or guitar and a voice, that's what we live and die by, because if you build up from that foundation, it's going to be strong. -Wesley Schultz

I used to play the piano by listening to it – like Chopin pieces, when I was, like, a little kid – and then the minute my parents got me lessons to read music, I couldn't do it anymore. -Eliza Coupe

I actually play piano and violin, but I don't have a passion for it. It didn't make me wake up in the morning wanting to do it, or go to bed thinking about it. -Ellen Hollman

Music is, of course, a universal emotional experience, cutting across cultures and languages. I studied piano for ten years as a child and consider that experience one of the most valuable in my life. -Alan Lightman

I still will sit down at the piano and play when I am wrestling with something emotionally or just want to move into the musical world. -Alan Lightman

I'd love to play the piano, and I'm going to work on it. -D. J. MacHale

In France the music schools are a bit old fashioned. I was more excited about doing my own stuff or to play with my friend in my band, than studying the piano. -Yann Tiersen

I played piano back in my elementary school days and I sang a cappella back in college. -Masi Oka

I grew up at the piano, and I longed to write musicals. -Marsha Norman

Why should a novelist not also be a historian? To force unnatural divisions within the English language is to work against its capacious and accommodating nature. To expect a writer to produce only novels, or only histories, is equivalent to demanding from a composer that he or she write only string quartets or piano sonatas. -Peter Ackroyd

I teach in M.F.A. programs now, and I think that's a great way to become a novelist, but I mourn that Pete Dexter and Joan Didion's route is maybe less likely because there are fewer of those jobs. I always liken it to playing piano in some great dive jazz bar. You didn't pick the songs, you played what people asked for, but you got your chops. -Jess Walter

My mother played the piano and my father the violin, I can remember my dad teaching me how to waltz; I had my feet on his, my mother playing the piano, and my husband will tell you the lessons weren't very successful. -Quentin Bryce

I think of myself as Rebecca Wells from Lodi Plantation, in Central Louisiana, a girl who was lucky enough to be born into a family that encouraged creativity and didn't call me lazy or nuts when I dressed up in my mother's peignoirs and played the piano, having painted a small sign decorated in glitter that read 'The Piano Fairy Girl.' -Rebecca Wells

I use music as therapy. Whenever I'm feeling angry or needing some 'me' time, which is quite regularly, I'll go and bang a piano or flesh out something on a guitar. -Arthur Darvill

As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe – we are happiest when we are creating. -Gary Hamel

Danzon is my favorite Cuban music, played by a traditional string orchestra with flute and piano. It's very formally structured but romantic music, which derives from the French-Haitian contradance. -Rachel Kushner

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. -Amy Chua

I grew up with a piano, and my aunt taught me chords. I played with bands in high school and I could do like, C chord, G chord, D chord; really simple, rhythm piano. -Cristin Milioti

My downtime tends to resemble my uptime. Weekends are workdays, but toned down. Over the whole weekend, I may have five meetings, as opposed to six on a weekday. I used to play piano for 30 minutes at night, but I had to pull that out of my schedule. I don't have time for nonwork stuff. -Aaron Levie

Every day a piano doesn't fall on my head is good luck. -Meg Rosoff

I grew up in St. Louis in a tiny house full of large music – Mahalia Jackson and Marian Anderson singing majestically on the stereo, my German-American mother fingering 'The Lost Chord' on the piano as golden light sank through trees, my Palestinian father trilling in Arabic in the shower each dawn. -Naomi Shihab Nye

In the olden days, I believe Mozart also improvised on piano, but somehow in the last 200 years, the whole training of Western classical music – they don't read between the lines, they just read the lines. -Ravi Shankar

There was a lot of music in our home. Mom played piano in church and gave piano lessons. -Ernie Isley

I never really trained to be a musician, but I've been playing guitar since I was around, like, 13 years old. For me, the guitar has always been the instrument that I've played. I play a little piano. I taught myself everything by ear. I don't read music at all, which has not really been a hindrance. -Steve Kazee

You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes. -Robert Schumann

Mom and sister played piano growing up; my grandma still plays piano in church. They always beat me over the head trying to get me to play piano, but I was more interested in riding dirt bikes and playing in the mud. -Dustin Lynch

I play piano and I sing. But I do that for fun. I mean, I do everything for fun. -Daphne Guinness

I was ballet dancing at four, playing piano by six, and doing commercials by 12. When I was 21, I was on the number one live comedy show in Puerto Rico. I told my parents, 'I'm going to New York to become a performer.' And I left. -Roselyn Sanchez

I love music, singing, and playing piano (though I'm not very good). And I adore musical theater. -Aprilynne Pike

I just love crafting and shaping sounds. Actually, many of the sounds that I work with start off as organic instruments – guitar, piano, clarinet, etc. But I do love the rigidity of electronic drums. -Imogen Heap

I never had any social life, just played the piano and studied, studied, studied. -Imogen Heap

My entire life, I've always known that I wanted to be a performer, but I didn't know exactly how, where or when. I never learned or studied the craft, formally. I grew up doing martial arts and playing piano. But, something inside of me always said that I was going to do this, as far back as I can remember. -Laz Alonso

I've heard some people say that I'm selling out, but I'm not. If I hadn't done 'Black Radio', and just kept on doing just piano trio stuff, I wouldn't be honest with myself; I'd be doing it to please other people. That would be selling out. -Robert Glasper

I took lessons for about everything you could imagine – gymnastics to karate to flute and piano. My mom always definitely kept me in some kind of class or program, but for guitar, I kinda gave up on then kinda just taught myself. Same thing with piano. I've never been good with following lessons. -Elle Varner

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul. -Wassily Kandinsky

I like to play the ukulele, but I'm not, like, awesome at it. I mostly play the piano and the guitar. -Zooey Deschanel

Well, my piano's really beautiful. I actually have two pianos. I have a Yamaha upright from the '60s that's blond, wood, and black, and I also have one from the '20s from Chicago – not a well-known brand or anything. -Zooey Deschanel

I always just sit down at the piano and make the main hook – what I want the track to be about melodically – and then I'll build everything else around that. But growing up, I did not play any instruments. -Avicii

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. -Yanni

My music is based on melody and when I play the piano, it's as if I'm singing with them. When you try to transform that into a vocal, there was very little adjustment. -Yanni

My little brother and I took piano lessons at a young age and played music together later on in life just to play around at home until we decided to make a record. Eventually we started having more and more songs. -Josephine de La Baume

I've been playing piano my whole life, but I'd never tried to understand how compositions are made, really. Try to imagine if you'd loved paintings your whole life but had never painted one. My aspiration now is just to understand. -Caio Fonseca

Most days, I practice piano in the mornings and I spend the rest of the day painting. -Caio Fonseca

I'm not particularly good at anything. I'm not an incredible guitarist or piano player or songwriter. I think what I do is, when I notice someone is really good at something, I try to get that out of them. -Benny Blanco

I play piano all the time. I'm always at my piano, playing music. -Brian Wilson

I like the piano – I'm always about 15 feet away from a piano. -Brian Wilson

My brother Carl taught me how to play bass. I'm a self-taught keyboard player, though – I figured out our harmonies at the piano. -Brian Wilson

Probably more than anybody else, I loved Nat 'King' Cole as a performer – not only his singing but his piano playing. Whenever he had a new record come out, I'd get it and try to learn how he was playing. And he was one of the nicest people I'd ever met. -Bruce Forsyth

Once you've experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going. -Bruce Forsyth

I wanted to play the piano, but my fingers weren't long enough, so I took up the guitar. -Antje Traue

I wake up in the morning, walk downstairs, and just bang on the piano and write about what's going on in the world around me. -Drake Bell

I liken movies to playing a piano: Sometimes you're playing the chords and different notes with unresolved cadences and playing all major chords that are all over the place, and you're enjoying yourself with a great, simple melody. -Jake Gyllenhaal

My mother had a lot of parties when I was a child. There'd always be a moment when she would place me on the upright piano and have me sing Somewhere 'Over the Rainbow'. -Rufus Wainwright

When I wrote the opera, I made a deal with myself that for at least an hour a day I would work on it, even if it meant just sitting on my piano bench, staring into space and thinking about it. It's about keeping it regular, like your bowel movements – let's get real: it's your bodily artistic movements! It comes from the same place. -Rufus Wainwright

I basically have needed to go to the piano and give voice periodically to, you know – I'm always afraid to describe it as a kind of therapeutic process, but nevertheless it was a type of unloading that had to occur due to my personal life with my mother's health or just my professional trials and tribulations. -Rufus Wainwright

I hate playing the piano! And it's so hard to fight for Beethoven's soul! But that's what I have to do! -Charles Hazlewood

The guitar is something you kind of embrace, and the piano is something you kind of – when you play it, you sort of push it away. It feels very different. -Nick Cave

I met my wife when we were both 19 or 20, at a music school where she was taking voice and piano lessons and I was doing classes in music theory and composition. -Rohinton Mistry

A trumpet sounds pretty much like a trumpet, and that's true of a lot instruments; pianos sound like pianos, but there's something about the guitar – the range of possibilities is much broader. -The Edge

I always feel like I want to write a song when I'm really upset. And when I'm in an argument with my family, I go straight to the piano and just kind of take it out on the piano and get all emotional. -Pixie Lott

My parents didn't have records, they didn't have radios, and they didn't listen to music. My grandmother was my main connection to art and music. She could play piano very well, and she had perfect pitch. -Gerard Way

I get twitchy if I don't pick up a guitar or sit at the piano every now and then… I have to do it; I don't have a choice. -Julian Lennon

My mother was the influence on me – my father was absent. He was a diamond dealer; he was doing wonderful things in the background, and women were left at home. So my mother really was in charge of everything: the ballet, dance lessons, piano lessons, and latkes. -Maira Kalman

If I had spent a quarter of the time that I spent manipulating my sexuality in front of a piano instead, I would be the most gifted piano player of my lifetime. -Ricky Martin

In high school, I was always into Jerry Lee Lewis, and they decided they needed a piano player for the jazz band. I had my little boogie-woogie thing that I did, so I did my little boogie-woogie thing. I had a very high-pitched voice. -Nellie McKay

My work on hyper instruments started with simple instruments, like the piano. -Tod Machover

I'm endorsed by Yamaha. I represent Yamaha, and I really like the way that piano handles and capacitates the force that I put into it without losing the shape of the sound and the contour, and it really holds up well. -Eric Lewis

I've never broken a piano. However, I've been banned from particular clubs for breaking piano strings. -Eric Lewis

My mum was very good at making me take up musical instruments, so although there was no popular music she made me learn the recorder when I was three, the violin when I was five and the piano when I was seven. I took up the guitar myself when I was 14. -James Blunt

I like 'Goodbye My Lover' because it's a really personal song and I recorded it in my landlady's bathroom in Los Angeles. She had a piano in there and for me listening back to it, it actually sounds like the voice I hear in my head. It's so close to what I can imagine. -James Blunt

My first instrument was the piano; I played in the church, and before that I sang in church. I didn't learn the guitar until I was 24 years old. -Chuck Brown

Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano! -Frederic Chopin

I play only classical music. My pianos are my only big indulgence, but they're a necessity. When I'm playing the piano is literally the only time I can be completely abstract and disconnected from the regular world and yet be connected – to my music. -Rafael Vinoly

When a little more than a teenager, I was a piano-bar pianist in the land where I was born and raised, Tuscany. -Andrea Bocelli

I was a halfway-decent-looking English boy who looked nice in a drawing-room standing by a piano. -Peter Lawford

I grew up listening to a lot of player-piano music in my house and a lot of old Tin Pan Alley songs and American standards. My dad listened to a lot of traditional Irish music and I grew up doing musical theater. So most of the music I was exposed to as a kid was pre-rock n' roll. -John C. Reilly

My own mother, my sister and nearly all the women in my family had full-time jobs as mothers. They were wonderful at it. They drove their children back and forth to soccer, skating lessons, piano lessons, private schools, but I sensed, even in my own mother, a kind of distant dissatisfaction. -Janine di Giovanni

I have no clue as to where my interest and love for music came from. In fact, I have never learnt any music either, though I wish that I could just close my eyes and play the piano – that is my most cherished desire. -Dhanush

You can take lessons to become almost anything: flying lessons, piano lessons, skydiving lessons, acting lessons, race car driving lessons, singing lessons. But there's no class for comedy. You have to be born with it. God has to give you this gift. -Steve Harvey

I started playing piano when I was around four; that's my first passion. -Condola Rashad

I wasn't even a theater kid in high school. I studied classical piano, and I ran track. -Condola Rashad

I started off with violin, then I started learning guitar, then I went to piano. But I self-taught piano just because I enjoyed it. I've always really enjoyed music. -Jesse Spencer

I play the drums, and I'm trying to teach myself how to play the piano. -Robbie Jones

I was always super, super musical. So my parents recognized that and put me in choirs, piano lessons, and all that. -Bonnie McKee

I used to play the piano when I was younger, and I loved Alicia Keys. I wanted to be Alicia Keys; she was such an idol to me. -Katy B

I'm a dancer, so I do four hours of dance a week of ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary. I also play the piano and I just started learning the guitar. -Ryan Newman

I was always interested in the arts as a child – drawing, painting, and piano – but acting became a favourite. I was a major theatre geek in high school – if I wasn't in the drama room at lunch rehearsing, I'd be in the art room finishing up some type of project. -Laura Mennell

I love to sing and play the piano. As a child, I've always loved to sing my heart out, and even my teachers encouraged me to take up singing. -Terence Lewis

All of my kids are into music. My older daughter plays guitar, piano, sings. My young son, he sings. -Martin Gore

I was always involved in the arts from a young age. I started studying classical piano at age four as a student of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. -Monica Raymund

My dad actually taught me how to play piano. I was classically trained, but I've started to branch off a little bit into blues and jazz. That's my new thing. -Noah Gray-Cabey

When I was 14, I came very close to becoming a gay teen suicide 'statistic,' but I then turned to music, my piano, my loved ones, and discovered that it does in fact get better. -Blake McIver Ewing

I think my love of music comes from my dad. I was born with an ear for music, like him, and started with the piano when I was 4 but fell in love with the drums. My dad always has music playing. -Blake Michael

I was trained in classical piano, but it kind of dawned on me that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of us get to play 'Blue Moon' in a hotel lobby. -Barbara Kingsolver

I always wrote music for my friends, but my focus was on playing piano. I didn't think I'd be quite good enough to be a soloist, but I believed that if I worked hard enough, I could work as a player, a teacher. -John Williams

I asked for a piano in the TARDIS, but it hasn't happened. I'd love to see the Doctor rock up and play, but it'd have to be done in an inventive and silly way. -Matt Smith

If you ask me about vocal technique, I don't know anything. I could never be a teacher. I just know what my teacher told me: 'Always sing with a full voice. When they tell you, less sound, more piano – no.' -Anna Netrebko

Of course there is school and sports, but I also like X-Box 360. 'Black Ops 3' is one of my favorites. I also like to play the guitar and piano. -Chandler Canterbury

I play the harmonium. I had learned to use the guitar for a bit before becoming a part of the music industry, but unfortunately didn't pursue it fully. I would love to learn to play the piano because it holds a unique connect for me in terms of rhythm. -Kailash Kher

I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano. -Elton John

I just go into the studio, look at the lyrics for the first time when I put them on the piano, and go. If I haven't got it within 40 minutes, I give up. It's never changed, the thrill has never gone, because I don't know what I'm going to get next. -Elton John

I'm not everybody's cup of tea. But sometimes criticism can be hurtful. Be respectful. I'm a good piano player, I can sing well, I write good songs. If you don't like it, fair enough. But give me a break. -Elton John

I am so in the past. I'm such a Luddite when it comes to making music. All I can do is write at the piano. -Elton John

We have a Boesendorfer piano that I play every day. It keeps my brain and my fingers active. -Anthony Hopkins

Frankie Muniz is amazing at everything he does. Many people don't know that he can play the piano like you wouldn't believe, and he can bowl and play basketball like you wouldn't believe. -Samaire Armstrong

I first started playing in piano bars for three reasons – to make money, to be in the company of my friends – and also to hook up with young girls. I always knew, even before I played in piano bars, about the effect of my voice. -Andrea Bocelli

I like things matching. I have an upright bass, a drum kit and a grand piano that's the same color. I tend to overthink things. -Penn Jillette

The process is always the same. I get an inspiration for a new song, I put it down on paper immediately so I won't lose it. When I am ready to go to the studio with it, I play it a few times on the piano and edit, add, and type the lyrics and take it to the studio. Sometimes I don't have anything on paper. -Yoko Ono

I love playing the piano. I have one in my apartment, and I learnt by ear. I sing a lot of Coldplay, but do my own stuff too. -Christopher Egan

I play guitar, the ukulele and the piano. I grew up on a mountain in Tennessee, and we had 'The Mountain Opry,' where anyone could just get up on stage to perform. It was just about the soul and heart of music. My upbringing was less about being great and more about just doing what you love. It was always for joy. -Rachel Boston

When I was a kid, my parents gave me piano lessons and guitar lessons for a while, but I was never very good at it. I have big, sort of awkward hands. It's hard to keep going when you don't get any better. -Christopher Walken

My mother was a piano teacher, my father an inventor. He invented the reflective paint they still use on airstrips. They had faith in my ambition, and I think that made all the difference. -Chuck Close

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

My love of music comes from as long as I remember. I begged my mum to learn piano for a year when I was 4; she wanted to make sure I was serious, and I wanted to be Chuck Berry when I grew up! We were a very musical family; my mum would play guitar, and her, my dad and aunt would sing and harmonize! -Natalia Tena

I play piano and drums very poorly and French horn and tuba all equally as bad. -Wynton Marsalis

I tend to be freer on the piano. I never took guitar lessons, so my reach exceeds my grasp – what I hear in my head I don't always know how to play. But I love to play over something else. I'm not a self-starter. I get kind of bored with the same three folk chords that I know. -Bonnie Raitt

I've never really been interested in doing a solo piano tour. -Herbie Hancock

When I was six, my best friend's parents bought him a piano. My mother noticed that every time I would go to his house, the first thing I would say to him was 'Levester' – His name was Levester – I said, 'Levester, can I go play your piano?' So, on my 7th birthday, my parents bought me a piano. -Herbie Hancock

I tend to write on an acoustic guitar or the piano. I have kind of a rule: if I can't sit down and play this and get the song over, I don't take it to the band, because most any good song, you can sit down and deliver it with a piano or a guitar. -Tom Petty

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. -Hugh Laurie

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. -Zakk Wylde

All my writing, I always do it in the studio, 'cause everything sounds good. The piano's there, the keyboards; if you want to put strings on something… And everything sounds good when it's in the cans; it sounds killer. -Zakk Wylde

I played piano and was always in the choir. I tried to play flute because all the pretty girls played flute. -Abigail Washburn

My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister, and when he went to church in the morning, she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I'd crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play. -Tori Amos

I started playing the piano when I was about two and got a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore when I was five. But I left when I was 11. -Tori Amos

I never set fire to a piano. I'd like to have got away with it, though. I pushed a couple of them in the river. They wasn't any good. -Jerry Lee Lewis

When I was a kid, I'd practise Chopin on piano – and I love Chopin! He's my dawg! Then I'd go out on the stoop and blast the radio. I'm from New York, the concrete jungle. Hip-hop influenced me from day one. -Alicia Keys

When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed. -Alicia Keys

I play the piano. I bought an upright piano that is actually electric, so I can practice my scales with headphones on and not make my neighbours' lives hell! -Eva Green

When I was a young actor, in my first apartment, the first thing I bought was a Steinway piano. There was no bed at first. I slept on the floor. -Maximilian Schell

Making lyrics feel natural, sit on music in such a way that you don't feel the effort of the author, so that they shine and bubble and rise and fall, is very, very hard to do. Whereas you can sit at the piano and just play and feel you're making art. -Stephen Sondheim

If you force yourself to write away from the piano, you come up with more inventive things. If you're too good a piano player, as some composers are, the music may become flavorless and glib. And if you're not a very good pianist, you're limited to the same patterns. -Stephen Sondheim

Give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string; I wouldn't get bored anywhere. -Keith Richards

After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument. -Quincy Jones

The way 'Lux' was made is that there are 12 sections in here, though two of them are joined together. So there are really 11 sections, in a sense, and each one uses five notes out of a palette of seven notes, and my palette is all the white notes on the piano. That was the original palette. -Brian Eno

I love working on a typewriter – the rhythm, the sound; it's like playing the piano, which I do, too. -David Mamet

The only instrument I know how to really play, and the instrument that I absolutely love, is the piano. I have been playing piano ever since I have been 9. -Laura Marano

I saw the film 'Amadeus' from when I was five, which made me want to take piano lessons. -Mark Salling

I decided I wanted to be a musician when I saw the movie 'Amadeus' around 1987. I was five years old, so it was a good time to start piano lessons after seeing Tom Hulce who played Mozart play the harpsichord on his back with his hands crossed. Such a great movie to inspire a five-year-old. -Mark Salling

I started playing piano; I picked up a ukulele, and I loved it and kept playing that. I play a bit of guitar, and some African drums from back in the day. -Max Schneider

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. -Michael Franti

My house was filled with music. We had a piano, and my brothers and sisters played instruments. Even though I was around it, I played basketball. -Michael Franti

I play the guitar and the piano and have a group of guys who I play with. They're uber talented. -Ryan Eggold

My big influences are piano artists like Billy Joel and Elton John. -Kyle Dunnigan

When Marty Short and I get together, I sit down at the piano and play the score of 'Godspell.' -Paul Shaffer

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. -Richie Havens

I was doing theater in my high school, and I started writing sort of silly songs on the piano backstage in summer theater. I eventually put them online and started getting this little following. -Bo Burnham

I don't really have loads of friends – three or four who are close. The thing that I love the most is playing with my band, and with everything else I feel kind of uncomfortable. I don't think I'm socially awkward. I just prefer being behind a piano. -Tom Odell

I'm by no means a pianist. I think that's safe to say, but the piano, for me, I would say it's the enabler. It gave me what I needed and gives me what I need in order to write a song. And I think playing or improvising on the piano is where I feel most liberated and sort of less conscious of all my insecurities or inadequacies. -Laura Mvula

I always start with emotion. That's where I start all of my improvisations, on the piano. I always start with the mood or the feel of where I am in that moment. -Laura Mvula

There was always a piano in the house when I was growing up – my dad played, and I thought it was cool – and when I was eight, I begged my parents to let me have lessons. After a couple of weeks, I wanted to give up, but my parents were very focused and made me keep going, which I'm very pleased about now. -Laura Mvula

I remember listening to Miles Davis in the car with my dad. I had just done my Grade 5 piano exam, and I was quite cocky. I said, 'It sounds like he's played the wrong note there.' I remember the look of horror on my dad's face, and thinking, 'Wow, I have to figure out why that is not acceptable.' -Laura Mvula

When I was young, I wanted to be a writer or painter. I was always writing stories, and I excelled at drawing. My teachers encouraged my art work. When I was 9 or 10, I began learning piano and started writing music. -Bat for Lashes

I remember learning how to play 'The Fool On The Hill' on piano when I was in maybe fifth grade. -Britt Daniel

If you write a song, and you go into a restaurant, and there's a guy with a piano singing and he's playing piano, singing your song, or you hear it at a wedding or at an airport… it's fun! -Jesse Harris

I didn't even start playing the piano until I was about 13 or 14. I guess I must have had a little talent or whatever-you-call-it, but I practised regularly, and that's what counts. -George Gershwin

I have a piano in my kitchen. I read a great biography about Tom Waits that said that he had a piano in his kitchen; he had a grand piano in his kitchen. And I thought, 'Well, if Tom Waits has one, then I must.' -Jamie Cullum

I never use a piano stool. I always use a drum stool. Because I feel that when you're down there, you're playing in that way you're supposed to. I like to be above it. -Jamie Cullum

I worship pianos like they are prize diamonds, and I never willfully do damage to them. But I grew up playing guitars, and you treat a guitar like a best friend or a little brother or a lover you have a tempestuous relationship with. -Jamie Cullum

When I was at school, I wanted to play a piano, and they said, 'No, that's for the classical students.' There's always been this air around pianos, which can very often discourage a young person from having a go. -Jamie Cullum

I sit around for ages waiting for inspiration. Then when I get an idea, I want to go with it and get something as quickly as possible. It's like catching a fly in a bottle. I'll play with drums for a bit, then the piano for a bit, play the guitar. -Jamie Cullum

In my bachelor days, I had a small upright piano in my kitchen. It cost £10 from eBay plus £70 delivery. It was because I'd seen an old photo of Tom Waits – with dirty dishes, empty bottles, a hot plate, a coffee machine and a piano strewn with lyric sheets – and fallen in love with it. -Jamie Cullum

When I was very small, the electricity was turned off because we didn't pay the bill. I remember sitting by the oil lamp listening to my mother playing 'Careless Love' on the piano. -Jools Holland

Some acts are tricky. Eartha Kitt was tricky in a wonderful, old-style way. She did yoga on the piano and put her hands over her ears when the other acts were on. -Jools Holland

If you play the guitar, you've got to hold the chords down with one hand while you play with the other, so you're limited to one hand. But the piano is the king of instruments because you have your 10 fingers, which become the 10 members of the orchestra. -Jools Holland

The first thing I learned was the 'St Louis Blues' when I was eight. Both my grandmothers, my mother and uncle played the piano. This was post-war Britain, and they played boogie woogie and blues, which was the underground music of the time. -Jools Holland

Without the piano, my life would be a disaster – nobody would hold me in any regard. It's the thing that saved me. -Jools Holland

At 11, I went to live with my maternal nan and granddad temporarily, after my parents separated, and Nan would let me have a go on her piano. My grandparents were like something out of the Noel Coward play, 'This Happy Breed,' and it was magical to hear them sing music-hall songs. -Jools Holland

The piano has disappeared from working-class family life, which is a shame. It's associated with the middle classes now. Everyone in my family sang and played piano, but my parents were delighted and amazed when I became the first professional performer in the family – apart from a clog-dancer way back. -Jools Holland

I grew up hard. I picked cotton and plowed with the mule and fixed the cars and played with the guitar and the piano. -Pinetop Perkins

I taught myself off records, Memphis Slim, them old piano players, then added to it. Yeah, hard and loud, beat it to pieces. -Pinetop Perkins

I play any piano with a good tune. -Pinetop Perkins

People don't understand what music really is. I've been a musician since I was 6 years old. I got my first piano, was playing recitals at 8, 10 I picked up a guitar, 12 I picked up my first Pearl Master drum set. I was an artist before I was an 'artist.' -Mitchel Musso

Genetically, I have tons of musical background in my life. My mother's father was a famous Weimar-era composer, Ernst Toch. My father's mother was the head of the Vienna Conservatory's piano department. It all canceled out in my case. I'm completely hopeless in music. -Lawrence Weschler

I suffered a bout of depression that pushed me to reevalute things in my life, and I learned a lot about myself and the world and my spirituality. I sat at a piano, and the ideas fell into my head. I started playing, and I felt comfortable with my music for the first time. -Matthew James Thomas

I have the soundtrack for 'A Clockwork Orange,' which is kind of cool. I guess I don't really end up buying a lot of modern soundtracks. Another soundtrack I love is from a French movie called 'Betty Blue.' it has some really melancholy piano work. -James Mercer

I'm a big fan of piano-based rock music like Elton John, Ben Folds, and even Queen. -Ian Axel

It's different for every song. But for 'Say Something,' I think it was Chad who had an idea on guitar, and I had an idea on piano for different songs, and we just married them together. We bounce things off each other constantly and kind of massage all these ideas into a three and a half minute pop song. -Ian Axel

I started writing songs when I was real young, when I was 3 years old. The piano spoke to me – I don't remember when I wasn't playing piano. My second grade talent show was the first time I performed my own thing. I dressed up as Dracula and played a song called 'Monster Rock' that I wrote. And I won. -Ian Axel

All the things you put off, like learning to play the piano or leaning a different language? You're like, what's the point? I'm not really gonna do that, am I? -Leslie Mann

My dad sung and played piano. But he was also a man of God. He was a minister. So when Sam Cooke would come in town, you know, with The Soul Stirrers at that time, he was singing gospel, they would end up at my dad's church, and it would always be a guest singer for Sunday morning. -Merry Clayton

Cello is my first instrument, then piano, drums, bass, violin, recorder, saxophone, but I'd never play them live! -Dev Hynes

There's one point where I play the piano upside down. When I first did that, I hit my head and it really hurt. But people were laughing, so we've kept it in ever since. I probably have severe brain damage. -Richard Hyung-ki Joo

I am the pianist of the duo, although Aleksey does pretty good… you know we've written more and more stuff where he has to play the piano. But you know, to be very honest, I actually went into music because I wanted to be a composer and a conductor. And piano was just one of the ways to get into that. -Richard Hyung-ki Joo

I identify more as a musician than as a singer, because I play piano and percussion, and I engineer and produce everything that I do. -Janina Gavankar

I grew up playing classical piano and percussion. -Janina Gavankar

Lectures should go from being like the family singing around the piano to high-quality concerts. -Bill Gates

For ten years, I went to piano lessons. I don't think I'm a very musical person, and the theory quite defeated me, but I had a freak aptitude for Debussy and Ravel. -Ronald Frame

When I think about that first DeBarge album, I remember being so green… just pristine. Nothing mattered to me but writing songs. I remember staying locked up in a room with my piano and just singing and writing songs all day long. I remember being a perfectionist about it… wanting to change this and fix that. -El DeBarge

The piano has been my friend all my life; it has always comforted me. Writing songs and sitting down at the piano is not only a business, it's a hobby I enjoy. -El DeBarge

I read a lot of autobiographical stories, and I write plays and prose. And I play piano and cello. A lot of my downtime is devoted to that. -Alexis Dziena

When you play piano, your left hand and right hand are synced. Your brain basically has a clock, so that the right hand knows that 0.3 seconds after I hit this key, I need to hit that one. And the right hand knows not to hit keys that the left hand is playing, so the hands do not collide. -Vijay Kumar

I usually write my music on a piano, and I really enjoy performing that way, because that actually shows how the music was in my mind before it actually became an electronic song. -Zedd

All my momma's people were very musical. My grandpa, who was the Pentecostal minister, he was a great musician. He played the fiddle, he played the piano. -Dolly Parton

The song 'What Goes Up' was inspired as I was playing the piano and reminiscing about the Spaceship One launches I witnessed in the Mojave desert. It is an awesome thing to comprehend the magnitude of what a human being dreams and imagines can be realized. -Vanna Bonta

It's true, most of my days are spent alone in a dark room! I don't really want anyone to see me trying and failing to nail the 40th take of a simple piano cue. -Steven Price

I only started playing piano because I had chickenpox when I was about 14 and wasn't allowed to play my drums for a whole week… We had a piano in the house, so I just sat down and played that instead. -Taylor Hawkins

I know melody. I know rhythm; I know bass guitar; I know the piano. I know everything about music that helps build the music that go along with creating the whole art form, you know what I'm saying? -Future

I played piano in a covers band, but that didn't especially help with girls. There is never a piano around after the shows. Guys with the guitars were the ones who got lucky. -Jonathan Tropper

When I was sixteen, I wrote the first hundred or so pages of a novel about a piano that was haunted by the ghost of an evil blues musician. -Jonathan Tropper

Here in New Orleans, what a lot of the musical families do – and this is a romantic concept on my part – is they teach their kids to tap dance first. Then after tap dance, you learn piano, and after piano, you get to pick between all the instruments that are out there. -Dave Pirner

The guitar gives you a lot of space to cover for yourself, but there's not a lot of room for that on piano. -Guy Picciotto

I can play the piano. I started off with lessons, and then, as we always had a piano in the house, I would play around and became quite good. -Louise Nurding

I remember when I was little, my mom asked me, 'Would you like to play the violin or the piano?' I looked at that giant monster and said to myself – I am not going to lock myself on that bench the whole day. This is small and lightweight. I can play from standing, sitting or walking. -Sirena Huang

My mother did play classical piano, not that well. And actually, my father sang with the big bands – he sang with Bob Crosby's band – but he had to give up show business when his father died. He had to come back to Montgomery and take over the furniture store. -Toni Tennille

I tried piano, acting, and a bunch of things. My family let me do what I wanted to do; they made sure I had balance in my life because I was self-driven. Listen to your kid, encourage them, and make it fun. -Summer Sanders

I write my songs many times to chord progressions on a piano. Unfortunately, I can't keep playing the piano, so I just record it into the software. -Nadia Ali

I certainly miss playing piano, and I really wish I did it more – it's really a very therapeutic thing to do for me. I just need to be home for more than a few minutes to be able to play more, I guess. -Audra McDonald

I came from a really musical family. I studied classical piano because my grandparents were piano teachers, but started doing musical theater at age nine in Fresno, California, and went to a performing arts high school. That was my life. -Audra McDonald

I tried a little of everything when I was little. I tried karate, I tried ballet, I tried piano lessons and singing lessons… I was a pretty normal kid, for the most part. -Cassie Ventura

When I was a kid, I played the piano for six years, and all my family are musicians. -Tina Maze

When you're a child, you take things for granted. For instance, my mum didn't have a lot of money, but I went to piano, ballet and gymnastics lessons, and tae kwon do. -Holliday Grainger

Music will always be there. I own a piano. I have it in my apartment. I play it every day, and I have a lot of musician friends who I play with. -David Lambert

I'm the oldest in my family and do play piano. -David Lambert

When I was first starting out as a kid, I tried to pad my resume with everything I had ever done – ice-skate, carry a tune. I can't dance for my life, but I can learn, so I'll tell people I can dance. I play the piano – I'm a really good pianist, actually. -Alexandra Daddario

My parents have always been open to me trying new things, whether it's yoga or ballet or tap or jazz or piano or horse riding. -Sofia Vassilieva

You know, I only claim to play three instruments. My dad is a banker, but a drummer at heart; and my mom used to teach piano lessons when she was younger. So I can play some piano, play a little drums, and fake the bass – but banjo, mandolin, and guitar are my thing. -Charlie Worsham

I consider a house without books or a piano to be unfurnished. -Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

I've played guitar and piano for a while, so it's really fun to play music on film. -Austin Butler

I went to the Conservatory, studying piano and singing, up to high school – but I only did four years because I then had to start working, and the jobs were so good that I didn't stop. -Elena Roger

Writing songs is an essential part of my life: my mother teaches piano, and I have inherited my grandparents' passion for music, especially from my grandfather Tommy, who was a great drummer. It's no coincidence that I play the drums best, but I am also good with the guitar and the piano. -Caleb Landry Jones

We developed our own type of Igudesman and Joo electric violin, let's say, and funny enough, the shape of it was developed by the head technician of Steinway. It's actually an electric violin, which is made from the stick that holds up the piano lid. -Aleksey Igudesman

There's always blood on the carpet when I play Beethoven at the piano. I hate playing the piano! And it's so hard to fight for Beethoven's soul! But that's what I have to do! -Charles Hazlewood

I basically have paid for a piano and a flat-screen television completely with my poker earnings. I'm pretty good at it. -Robin Weigert

You think it matters to the kids whether they're learning to play on a Steinway or a normal piano? -Malcolm Gladwell

It's always difficult to know if a song needs more than piano, and I worry about my tendency to go in a sparse direction. -Agnes Obel

Everything that has a spare piano is 'like Satie' and everything with strings is 'filmic,' Sometimes I get annoyed when they say my stuff sounds 'like Satie'. No, it doesn't. At least, I don't think so. -Agnes Obel

'The Conversation' was a movie I saw probably for the first time in the early 2000s. I immediately loved the piano and just how simple it is. -Petra Haden

I was up playing violin at seven and translating that information to play guitar, piano at eight. -Ronnie Milsap

People say to me now, 'Oh, you've given up the piano.' How can you? Music is a virus. -Christian McKay

My great hero is Billie Holiday, and I've always wanted to do an album of standards with a piano-led quartet. -Tim Curry

'Something/Anything?' was kind of a different record, since I'm playing everything myself. A lot of the songs on there have a particular kind of instrumentation that is much like a guitar quartet, and in some ways, it's an exceptional song on that record because so much of the writing on 'Something/Anything?' is piano-oriented. -Todd Rundgren

I'm not an overly skilled piano player or organ player at all, but I think I'm the right piano and organ player for the Heartbreakers. And I've been the right piano and organ player for a lot of sessions that I've been called on. -Benmont Tench

I learned to play piano in a rock n' roll context or band context from country records – you know, Floyd Cramer – and from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Stax. And none of those are keyboard records. -Benmont Tench

I read like a crazy person, I play the piano, and I'm a photographer. I always say my photography keeps me sane. I spend a lot of time in the darkroom. It's a very solitary, quiet life when I'm not working. -Alaina Huffman

When I was playing piano, it was like, 'I'm going to write a song using all the white keys.' My music director, who knew my jazz background, suggested I try big-band music, so we spent a year experimenting with it in concert, and the audience reaction was really good. -John Tesh

There is no better feeling in the universe, other than being married and having a family, than standing on stage behind a piano and having 5,000 people waving at you. You cannot bottle that. -John Tesh

I grew up with the Woodstock generation. I went to Woodstock, and like everybody in my school, I wanted to be in a rock-and-roll band, and most of us were. But I also grew up with a lot of piano lessons and a lot of classical music training. -John Tesh

I do a long sound check. I get there at noon on the day of a show and sit behind the piano and then walk around with the microphone. Then I feel like I have done my homework. -John Tesh

I always loved the guitar, from when I was quite little. My dad had a G banjo at the house that he played. When he had parties, my sisters always played piano, and my dad played banjo. -Dave Davies

The artistic side of our family was very important because one person encourages the other. It was a vey enlightening place to be as a kid because of all the music and dancing, and my dad played banjo; my sisters played piano and sang. -Dave Davies

I'd go over to my grandmother's house, and she'd be playing opera. They loved opera. Not only did they play it on the radio, but they played it on their piano. Everybody learned how to read music and how to play. -Linda Ronstadt

I can remember sitting at the piano. My sister was playing, and my brother was singing something, and I said, 'I want to try that.' -Linda Ronstadt

The more I got into presenting things to the world, the further it was taking me away from what I was, which was someone who just used to sit quietly at a piano and sing and play. It became very important to me not to lose sight of that. -Kate Bush

My father was always playing the piano. He played all kinds of music – Gershwin, all kinds of stuff. -Kate Bush

I like Stevie Wonder as my favorite non-pianist pianist. I mean, I shouldn't call him a non-pianist, because he's really a great pianist, but he doesn't feature it that much – he uses his keyboards and his piano technique to support his great songs and so forth, but he can really blow. -Chick Corea

When I hear the piano played in a compositional way, like in a songwriter's way in a compositional way, there's a certain arc to that that I love. -Chick Corea

Now, when I play soul piano, for instance, and I play a rendition of 'Spain,' I do it deconstructively. That's the most fun, but I can only do that when I'm on my own. -Chick Corea

What made me pick up a guitar? It weighed a lot less than a piano. -Ronnie Montrose

Music has always been in my family, but it was mainly keyboards. I learned to play classical piano, but when I first heard the amazing bass guitar of James Jamerson, who played on all the big Motown hits of the '60s and '70s, I knew bass guitar was my instrument. -Suzi Quatro

I like to be with my children – not just quality time, but quantity time. I like to be there in the morning when they're waking up. I like to practice piano with them. I like to be there at supper. I need them as much as they need me. Working is not as important to me as being a mother is. -Jane Kaczmarek

The thing with the piano is, the piano is like percussion almost – well, it is. You have to… not beat on it, but there is more work involved than a Hammond. With a Hammond, you just lay your hands on the keys, man, and you're gone. -Gregg Allman

The short story and the truth is that I was taking vocal lessons here in New York… One day, instead of my lesson, the piano player and I went into a studio… and we put down some demos… Those demos got to Quincy Jones through an agent… He listened to them, he called me, and we started to record. -Lesley Gore

When I wake up in the morning, and I go to the piano, and there's a blank sheet of paper in front of me, by the end of the day, that could be a gold mine. You really do need to wake up and expect that the world is your oyster because it very well may be. -Lesley Gore

My dad died in 1980, and I found out afterwards from mum that my piano lessons, which cost £2 a week, took up nearly a third of his income. -Rick Wakeman

My aunt took me to see 'Salad Days' when I was seven. This story of a magic piano that infects everyone who hears it infected me, too. It was a Road to Damascus moment in my life. -Cameron Mackintosh

My mother made me take piano lessons, and because I am her oldest and she had not yet been worn down by the task of prodding five children to practice every day, she kept me practicing despite my whining. -Sheri L. Dew

My progress on the piano and my motivation to practice increased dramatically when I caught a vision of my potential. -Sheri L. Dew

I took classical piano for a couple of years, but I sort of lost interest – I couldn't read a note today if I tried. I still enjoy that stuff, and I think I naturally gravitate towards the classical licks; in fact, I know that I do. I gravitate towards the classical licks that I heard by famous old composers. -Tom Scholz

I can sit down at a piano or with a guitar and just chug away for hours and be perfectly content with whatever comes out. But when it comes to something that somebody else is going to listen to, then I do feel a great deal of pressure to do something that's exceptional, at least in what I consider to be at the limits of what I can do. -Tom Scholz

I was a lifeguard, camp counselor, the president of the YMCA Leaders Corps. I also took piano lessons. I was a dancer. -Chirlane McCray

I own a guitar, a piano, a bass. -Adam Driver

My brother Max made my desk. It's a masterpiece, like a piano. Everybody who comes in my office loves my desk. -Reem Acra

I think my first experience of art, or the joy in making art, was playing the horn at some high-school dance or bar mitzvah or wedding, looking at a roomful of people moving their bodies around in time to what I was doing. There was a piano player, a bass player, a drummer, and my breath making the melody. -Robert Pinsky

I grew up the son of a Seventh Day Adventist minister, so I was really close to the church and sang church music between sips at my bottle, you know? I sat on the piano bench next to my mother. She was the church organist, so that music is deeply inside of me. -Al Jarreau

I played the piano as a boy for six years, from the time I was six to 12 years old. My piano lessons ended when my father died because our family had no more money. I used to have a mestiza teacher. She'd come once a week to teach me piano lessons, and she'd bribe me each time with an apple; otherwise, I wouldn't play. -John Gokongwei

A MIDI file contains coded instructions to play a particular series of notes on an electronic music synthesizer. A MIDI file is more like a piano roll in a player piano than any type of sound recording. -Charles Petzold

It was the Victorians who covered the piano legs and drew a heavy curtain over what a lady got up to in her boudoir. -Laurie Graham

Even in classical music, the cello doesn't get a lot of respect because the piano and the violin get it all. -Luka Sulic

I grew up in such a musical family, and my dad was the first chair in the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, and my mom was a piano teacher and a painter, so it was kind of a creative environment, and it was kind of in my DNA. -Trevor Rabin

I just loved classical music, but I also loved playing rock guitar, and I loved playing piano, so it was a natural thing that those things would merge at some point. -Trevor Rabin

I never actually had a guitar lesson. I taught myself the guitar from piano exercise books, which led me to have a pretty good technique on the guitar and allowed me to find different ways to do things. -Trevor Rabin

I was obliged to play the piano, like middle-class children are. I didn't start to love it until I was 14. -Jonathan Dimbleby

Mostly, in song writing, my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes. But the urge to write is something you have to have. A conviction, an ambition to write and never stop until you think, 'This is the best I can do.' -Bjorn Ulvaeus

I had a great childhood. Even though I never had my own room – I shared the porch with my grandfather and kept my belongings in one drawer of a dresser that was jammed next to the piano – I never went hungry and was always supported by my family. -Clint Hill

I just like playing music and doing it with people that I care about. It doesn't really matter where. It's like, 'Why don't we just play piano in a small bar? Why do we want to make an arena full of people happy?' -Josh Klinghoffer

In my son's kindergarten, they're telling us how to get him into Stanford. By their advice, I'm doing everything wrong, because I'm trying to make him happy rather than putting him through as many piano lessons as possible. -Sebastian Thrun

I wish I could play the piano. I started when I was four and finished when I was five. I got bored. I couldn't tell my left hand from my right back then! -Lesley Nicol

I'm a pianist – I studied jazz piano in college. -Cory Michael Smith

I play guitar, piano, and I'm learning to play the drums. -Nolan Sotillo

My wife is a classically trained piano player, and she also orchestrates. -Atticus Ross

I love doing music, and I plan to do it until I die or as long as I can walk to the piano. -Andrae Crouch

I'm a pretty good drummer. I'm pretty good at guitar, bass and piano. I can play accordion; I'm not virtuoso. I've played cello before. My sister played it, and I know how to play it, but I'm not the best. Violin is kind of the same thing. -Brendon Urie

I'm an intense guy. I run 10 miles a day, which helps alleviate my intensity. Also, singing helps defuse my intensity. Playing the piano helps, and writing helps. -Dan Hill

Although I don't come from a musical background, I was given piano lessons along with my sisters, but I wasn't what you would call a good student. I tended to write songs rather than do scales. -Vonda Shepard

I love my music, so I want to produce, write, and serve my music. I've had to learn about EQ frequencies and programming and space and clutter and how to be a better piano or bass player – everything. -FKA twigs

I knew from the start that I wanted my life to be about music. I taught myself the notes of the piano aged three, and then I spent the next few years deconstructing chords to figure out how to play them. At 11, I researched online the sort of music school I wanted to attend, printed out the details, and handed them to my parents. -Ella Henderson

There's always been a piano around the house, and I've grown up around it. It's a massive part of my life and always has been. -Ella Henderson

I play piano very badly. That's my great regret. -Marcello Giordani

You get this really cool groove when you're playing just piano, bass, and drums where everyone's sort of feeling each other's space, which is the only way to put it, but it really is true, and everyone's sort of sitting in their own pocket. It's kind of jazz-like. -John Darnielle

Sometimes I'll write without the guitar or the piano, but most of the time I'll be playing and just improvising some words. And when I get something that sounds good, a line with a story in it, I'll try and tease it out and figure out where the story is going. -John Darnielle

I can play piano, and I write everything on piano, but I don't really feel like a piano player, necessarily. -Lia Ices

Music for me is a bit more spiritual. There are moments when I'm sitting at my piano, and I don't realize that I've been playing for two hours – it feels like divine power. I know it's so cheesy. -Mary Lambert

My mom, grandma, great-grandma – we're all named Mary, and we all play piano and sing. -Mary Lambert

I always wanted to play some kind of instrument – piano, saxophone, whatever. I took it up for a while, then forgot about it because I didn't have the time. -Mads Mikkelsen

A lot of people think they should be happy all the time. But the writer understands you need both. You need the whole piano: the richness of the whole human experience. Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human. -Janet Fitch

I studied chord theory and started playing the piano. -Flea

I tend to write at the piano, but usually the melody and lyrics come first. Like, I'll be in the shower, and I'll start singing, and the melody and the lyric will just come out. Then I'll quickly try to finish the shower, try to remember it, record it on my phone and save it for the studio. -Eliza Doolittle

In my life, my parents wanted me to be a musician, I was supposed to go to Vienna to study piano. But this train wanted to go in another direction. -Golshifteh Farahani

I grew up in rural Oregon in a log house with bark left on inside and out. We had no electricity, a massive stone fireplace, a grand piano, and tons of books. -Virginia Euwer Wolff

I started piano when I was four. My mom taught me. And then I went to Manhattan School of Music during high school, like every Saturday. And then I went to Berklee for college, in Boston. -Charlie Puth

I don't come from a musical family at all, but I realized early on I was a musician. I started begging for a piano when I was 6 years old. -Jason Robert Brown

I don't want costumes and makeup between me and the audience – I want more direct communication. There's something for me about being honest on stage, and I'm at my most honest when I'm behind a piano. So I prefer my concert performances. -Jason Robert Brown

Immediate, simultaneous connection between the audience and a performer is crucial to me. It's why I do what I do. Other things, like recording, are satisfying, but they're not the same. I love the connection I get with the audience when I'm sitting behind that piano. -Jason Robert Brown

I think I wanted to be a punk-rocker before I wanted to be anything else. I remember wanting a mohawk, and I wanted to cut the sleeves off of my jean jacket because I used to want to be Dirty Dan from Sha-Na-Na. This is before hip-hop was even around. I had the skinny piano tie. I had it, man. -CeeLo Green

If you're small and can speak clearly and you're a cute kid, that's the craft, really. The whole child actor thing can be dangerous sometimes. Other kids were taking piano lessons; I did ballet and acting. -Rose McIver

You have those songs that are very special to you that you don't want to get ruined by production. Something like 'Start Again' shouldn't be touched. It's a classic-sounding song on a piano and violins and harmonies, and I think those songs are perfect as they are. -Conrad Sewell

My dad was a musician who went to Berklee, and he made me learn piano when I was five. -Madi Diaz

I could hear my friends outside playing soccer while I was expected to stay inside practicing the piano. It was like torture! -Ildar Abdrazakov

You'd always see a lady or a little girl sitting at a piano. I decided I wanted to play something more unexpected, so that's when I got interested in learning to play the guitar. -Barbara Lynn

I decided that playing piano was a little bit too common, you know what I mean? -Barbara Lynn

Century-old records are the closest thing we have to a time machine. To listen to the voice of Theodore Roosevelt or the piano playing of Claude Debussy is to feel the years falling away like autumn leaves from a maple tree. -Terry Teachout

Music is something I couldn't live without. My dad was into music, he played for pleasure – guitar, piano. I started off doing jazz, singing with a lot of fabulous musicians here in London before I went to the States. And I still take piano lessons every Wednesday. -Marianne Jean-Baptiste

I took piano lessons as a kid, and my daughter's played piano since before she started kindergarten, so classical piano is something I really love. -Kristan Higgins

I've grown up with a piano in the house, and that's where I started to be able to learn things by ear. Guitar kind of happened, and I was using it just for writing at first. Then, I was writing so much that I began to realise that I knew how to play, and that's when I started getting nerdy about it. -Gabrielle Aplin

I'm the youngest of four, and they were all very into sports. I was the first one to express an interest in the arts. I took piano lessons and singing lessons, acting lessons. So it was all new to them, but my parents were great. -Max von Essen

When I do my own books, I take it as more of my own confessional, but when I illustrate for other people, it is intriguing because I feel like I shouldn't be stepping too much into the limelight. It's like playing the piano while someone else is singing. -Peter Sis

You wouldn't expect a cattle dealer to sit down at a grand piano and play it beautifully. That's my father. -Deirdre O'Kane

I used to love 'Jeeves And Wooster.' That theme tune was great. I remember writing to them when I was little to get the music so I could learn it on the piano, and they sent me the sheet music. -Lydia Leonard

To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colors and brushes; I don't use a computer when I write, and I don't use a piano. I'm at a desk writing, and it's very broad strokes and notes as colors on a palette. -James Horner

The genome could be thought of as a kind of piano with twenty-five thousand keys. In some cases, a few keys may be out of tune, which can cause the music to sound wrong. In others, if one key goes dead the music turns into a cacophony, or the whole piano self-destructs. -Richard Preston

I have a wonderful piano that I really love: a handmade Yamaha grand. Sometimes I'm sitting there, and it sounds so good that I find some little melody or a phrase that leads me into a song, but probably more often than not, I actually grab a notebook. -J. D. Souther

I had no idea what those cords were in the bridge of 'Prisoner In Disguise' when I wrote them. I had to go over to Don Gorman, the piano player, and ask what in the world I was playing. -J. D. Souther

I think having musical training as a child was really, really important. I studied piano as a child. Piano is a great instrument to understand musical theory on. I think I have that in my brain somewhere. -Corin Tucker

I was born on September 30, 1939, in Rosheim, a small medieval city of Alsace in France. My father, Pierre Lehn, then a baker, was very interested in music, played the piano and the organ, and became, later, having given up the bakery, the organist of the city. My mother Marie kept the house and the shop. -Jean-Marie Lehn

Apart from my work, my greatest pleasures have been mainly out-of-doors, and although I no longer ski, I greatly enjoy walking in the mountains and leading country rambles. I am fond of music, whether light or classical, and play the piano in a self-taught way. In company, I enjoy lively, way-out discussions. -Godfrey Hounsfield

If you think hard enough about it, Rowlf the dog playing the piano on 'The Muppet Show' – what kind of insanity was happening underneath the cameras to make that happen? His mouth is moving, and he's got two hands playing the piano. That's two people under there! -Rob McClure

Among my European ancestors were piano builders, goldsmiths, and vintners but, to the best of my knowledge, no professionals of any kind. -Herbert A. Simon

Here I am, a not over-good business man, a second-rate engineer. I can make poor mechanical drawings. I play the piano after a fashion. In fact, I am one of those proverbial Jack-of-all-trades who are usually failures. Why I am not, I can't tell you. -Charles M. Schwab

My mom was in a band for over 30 years, and my brother, sister, and I start taking classical piano lessons when we were three. She's really the reason why I'm still playing piano – she made me practice every day before school and made it a priority even when we didn't necessarily want it to be. -Tess Henley

I'm a first – I was the first person in my family born in the United States. My mom is from Croatia, and my dad is from Iran. They met at music school in Belgium. I grew up as a pianist. I was really interested in piano and sort of discovered that I was a writer when I was about 13 and started writing. -Ottessa Moshfegh

My daughter is one of my greatest inspirations. She's an environmentalist, she plays piano, she's raising money for the earthquake victims in Nepal. Every day she surprises me and teaches me something. -Patti Smith

I discovered it was easier to carry around a pen than a piano. -Carolyn Kizer

The person earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 isn't going out to eat at restaurants. They're not taking piano lessons. They're not going to the gym or the yoga studio. They're not sending mom flowers on Mother's day. What good is this person in the economy? If you raise it to $15 an hour, they're doing all of those things. -Nick Hanauer

My grandmother was fond of painting and playing the piano. She had been given lessons by Emmanuel Chabrier, who used to spend the summer months in nearby Membrolle. -Yves Chauvin

In my younger days, I used to visit record shops and covet boxed sets of Beethoven symphonies, Wagner operas, Bach cantatas, Mozart piano concertos. Only rarely was I able to find the money for such luxuries. -Michael Dirda

One of my initial memories of being taken over by music was watching Paul McCartney on TV play a tribute to John Lennon. He was playing piano by himself and singing 'Imagine,' and I remember feeling an anxiety and shortness of breath. -Nathaniel Rateliff

Music has been a huge passion of mine ever since I started playing the piano at age 3. Going to concerts, performing on my own, and listening to my favorite artists growing up confirmed that love for music and made me want to pursue it as a career. -Daya

I started playing the piano, pretty much on my own, when I was 5, and I started writing music when I was 7. In fact, I won a composition award. It was a crummy little piece, but I won with it. -Maury Yeston

In my own life I studied music, not creative writing; I see a novel as music – an opening as an overture, themes and subplots as lines in a fugue. The chance to write a novel about a musician boxed in by all kinds of limitations but who plays out his ultimate struggle for freedom at the piano was irresistible. -Nicole Mones

I played piano growing up. I played classical piano since I was 5, and I sang in choirs, and I sang in plays and musicals. -Rachel Platten

Though I played classical piano since age 5 and sang in a cappella groups, being an artist didn't seem like something I was talented enough to do full time. So I kind of buried that dream. -Rachel Platten

I like to play music and sleep. But most of all, I love to work… I don't really play sports, so I like to spend my time playing guitar or piano. -Drake Bell

I was a piano player. I love piano playing. I just love all music. -Maceo Parker

American Ballet Theatre's rehearsal studios are at 890 Broadway, an old building where exposed pipes clank and hiss in uneven accompaniment to piano music. The high ceilings wear a toupee of dust. The wall paint peels like a newbie ballerina's toes. -Sascha Radetsky

I attended public school in Houston. I took piano lessons for several years, and in high school, I played trombone in the marching band. I remember especially enjoying two seasonal activities: ice skating with the Houston Figure Skating Club in the winter and visiting an aunt and uncle's farm in West Texas in the summer. -Robert Woodrow Wilson

I love school and science; I also love piano and music. -Isaac Hempstead Wright

My body is an object of work. That's why I think to be an actor is one of the most violent jobs. If you're a pianist, you have your piano. If you're a guitarist, you have your guitar. But if you're a dancer, or you're an actor – your instrument is your body. -Monica Bellucci

There are times when we look back and think, 'Do you remember when we had to lug a piano downstairs to a basement of some venue to play for five people?' We do a lot of reminiscing. It helps us keep our heads on straight. -Tyler Joseph

I started taking piano lessons when I was about 5, and there was always a lot of music in my family: my parents both play instruments, my grandparents were classical violinists, and my grandfather was actually a music professor and a conductor. -Adam Schlesinger

I normally write on acoustic guitar, although piano is the instrument that I actually studied. Occasionally, I'll write on the piano or sometimes with no instrument at all. -Adam Schlesinger

The whole cast of 'Company' was invited to Hal Prince's house. This is one of the highlights of my life. We all sat in the living room. Sitting on the floor, I was right by the piano. -Donna McKechnie

My upbringing was definitely piano lessons and homework, just as much as the next Asian kid. -Kelvin Yu

My father left his piano at the house when he left, and I wasn't allowed to play it when he was there because I wasn't as good as him. So when he left, I was determined to get as good as him, and I taught myself how to play music, and I just stuck with it, and I did it all the time. -Prince

My father had a piano that was a nickelodeon – put a nickel, and the roller would play. -Frank Sinatra

It's a magical thing, the guitar. It allows you to be the whole band in one, to play rhythm and melody, sing over the top. And as an instrument for solos, you can bend notes, draw emotional content out of tiny movements, vibratos and tonal things which even a piano can't do. -David Gilmour

When I talk to students – and I still think of myself more than anything as a kind of professor on leave – they say, 'Well, how do I get to do what you do?'… And I say, 'Well, you have to start out by being a failed piano major.' And my point to them is don't try to have a 10-year plan. Find the next thing that interests you and follow that. -Condoleezza Rice

When I was nine, my father said 'You can take piano lessons or do karate' – I had a black belt and was competing before I was 19. -Elodie Yung

I have always had problems with my voice, and the piano helped me believe the song could be bigger than my voice, and I could play with new melodies and things that I couldn't on guitar. It was easier to make the sound fuller and easier to get away with not being as good. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

Some people get on the whole touring circuit for years and years and years on one record. What interests me is sitting down at a piano, writing songs, getting into a studio and exploring new sounds to come up with something I'm really proud of. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

Obviously I'm not the best singer; obviously I'm not the best piano player or the best songwriter, but I'm doing my best on all of 'em. Once you have all those things in place, then I think everything falls the way it should. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

Some of my best songwriting choices started as mistakes or learning curves, when I accidentally hit a 'wrong' key or something. I try not to lose that the more I learn the how's and why's of piano. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

I learned piano off YouTube and still do a lot. It's hard to find contemporary indie music on there, at least lessons, because the reach is smaller. I did it so people like me out there could learn my songs if they wanted to and maybe, in a small way, to pay forward all the free lessons I've had over the years. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

I'm a piano player and singer who can't play piano very well or sing very well. That isn't a recipe for success. I have to get better. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

My dad played a little bit of piano and guitar, but not that professionally. I saw him play, and I said, 'I want to play. I want to try this instrument.' -Joey Alexander

I played with Prince in 2010… the America tour. The one with Misty Copeland dancing on top of the piano! But Prince played the piano on that song. But I played two dates with him on that tour. When we played the gig, every couple of songs, Prince would change his clothes. -Jon Batiste

In the process of them developing this instrument, I've been playing the melodica in the style I would like the harmoniboard to be played, which is a mix between a harmonica and keyboard. I play with trumpet style techniques. I really like the mobility of being able to step off the piano and bring the music to the audience. -Jon Batiste

Claude Debussy's 'Children's Corner' is a suite with six movements just for piano. Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Alfred Cartot's versions are amazing, but my favorite is Menininha Lobo's. Her version was done when she was an old lady – and you can hear it. -Jon Batiste

I can produce any instrument, any sound that I can imagine; it may be percussive to the audience, but in my mind it may be a piano, a melody, or a tuba, or a harp, or a harmonica. My mission is to allow people to hear the dance in its purity and up against any other type of sound or music. -Savion Glover

I did ballet, piano and all that – my brother did martial arts, my passion. -Michelle Yeoh

If you put your hand on the piano, you play a note. It's in tune. But if you put it on the violin, maybe it is, maybe it isn't. You have to figure it out. -Itzhak Perlman

I think, even when I was little, there was signs that I was an artist. I've always been an artist. My first exploration through art was really through music – I've trained classically with piano for about ten years. -Condola Rashad

Playing piano well is one thing, but attempting to play at concert level accompanying Meryl Streep while Stephen Frears is filming you in front of hundreds of people is – well – psychotic. -Simon Helberg

When I was five years old, my parents gave me a drum set for Christmas. My mom played the piano, and Dad played the saxophone badly. But that Christmas morning, I remember we all played together, and I thought it was the greatest day ever. -Garry Marshall

I've always written songs. I'd come home from school and play piano for hours on end, just banging around. -Douglas Hodge

I'm incredibly competitive in all sports in a way that is so mystifying to my wife because she grew up playing the violin and piano. I've always been like that. -Geoff Dyer

Every day, I start with a workout; I do vocal lessons, I do piano lessons. -Selena Gomez

I have that huge print from Pollock by the piano because the influence is reciprocal. He was into hearing music while he created, and I sometimes do the opposite. I'm influenced by everything from an ant to a dream. -Jason Moran

I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought, 'That's what I want to do.' I thought classical music was corny. -Jason Moran

Most pianists listen to about four or five different piano players before they call it quits and say, 'Okay, I've got my thing together.' Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and maybe Chick Corea. Or maybe before that, Oscar Peterson. -Jason Moran

For a while, I was working on transcribing rap lyrics and then converting them into rhythmic patterns on the piano. And so in my mind, when I was taking a solo, I would be saying the lyrics and trying to play actual notes to their rhythms. Now, the influence just comes in and out in my playing. -Jason Moran

If you hear Thelonious Monk play a run that goes from the top of the piano, OK, he has opened up the Grand Canyon with that. He's the river that's carved this entire space that we call the Grand Canyon. He does that with one run. He lets you know, like, what the possibility of the sound of the piano can do. -Jason Moran

I sound like a crazy person… but I feel when a piano is happy, and I feel when they find that moment to be alive. I want them to remember me. -Hiromi Uehara

For me, the keyboard is always an additional sound to the piano. Piano is the main instrument; I can't go anywhere without acoustic piano. It's been my best friend since I was 6 years old. -Hiromi Uehara

At 9, I think I had really gotten into tennis. I liked writing short stories; I loved solving math problems. I was learning a little piano, and I was collecting Garbage Pail Kids cards. -Pardis Sabeti

It is surprising how many people who don't read believe they have a book in them. Why? Nobody would imagine that Alfred Brendel took up the piano on a whim at 25 when he found accountancy unpleasant. -Justin Cartwright

Homer Collyer's chosen form of self-expression is the piano, although late in life, when his hearing also goes, he takes to writing. -Justin Cartwright

I was playing the piano when I was three, writing songs when I was ten. I had a lot of experience before I got to college. I knew I wanted to be a singer, so anyone who met me, I didn't let too much time pass before I showed my talent. -John Legend

When I was 5 or 6, I was messing around with the piano, and I listened to everything from Chopin to boogie-woogie. -Taj Mahal

Avicii's melodies were so simple and cool, and they were actually similar to the melodies I played on piano. I thought if I could teach myself how to produce and get those melodies out of my head and into the computer, maybe I could make some cool music, too. -Kygo

I started taking piano lessons from the age of six years old. It's such an essential part of what I do in the production process. I wouldn't be Kygo today without those piano lessons. -Kygo

When I am back home, I have an upright piano and I play constantly. -Kygo

Sometimes I can sit at my computer and find a cool sound, or a new synth patch, and get super-inspired by that and make a track based on that sound. But the piano is where I find the inspiration and come up with the melody. -Kygo

A lot of producers don't have any musical education. I couldn't make the music I make without playing the piano. -Kygo

To finally be able to actually play the piano with vocalists and actually do, like, a proper concert – that feels really good. -Kygo

When I was young, we had nothing. The carpets and upholstery in the palace were full of holes. The floors creaked. Everything was so old. Yes, we had a piano, an upright given to us by the Fine Arts Department. But it was out of tune. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

I played piano, flute, and guitar. -Kiiara

As a producer, when I'm trying to make something soft, I start with a slow tempo. Then after that, it would be straight to acoustic guitar and vocals, or I'm going to go strings and just piano. -Ty Dolla Sign

My grandfather, Arthur Baskerville, he played and still plays a little bit piano and trombone, and so when I was a kid, I always heard jazz around the house, but I also went to his gigs, whether it be a Saturday brunch in my hometown Columbus, Ohio. We'd go and hear him play with some of the local musicians. -Aaron Diehl

My father, I think he played percussion in high school. My mother played piano when she was very young, but only for a brief while. I don't think she had a great teacher. In any case, neither of them were really into music at a young age. -Aaron Diehl

I consider myself very fortunate. I mean, I think there's that old saying, 'Where there's a will, there's a way,' and I just have such a passion for jazz music and playing the piano that I just find a way to make it work, so to speak. Fortunately, I have so far. -Aaron Diehl

Every so often, if I'm in a melancholy mood, I'll sing 'Desperado' in my shows. I'll sit alone at the piano and play it as a solo. The song feels like an old friend – except now it's saying, 'You were a desperado once, but you worked your way out of it.' -Bill Medley

There's no debate about the greenhouse effect, just like there's no debate about gravity. If someone throws a piano off the roof, I don't care what Sarah Palin tells you, get out of the way because it's coming down on your head. -Jimmy Kimmel

Everyone can write their melodies and chords and pianos and guitars, but what hasn't been discovered yet are tones and textures, and that's very exciting. Probably the No. 1 most important thing in my music is not to sound like anyone else. -Flume

I draw and play the piano badly. But when I'm doing those things, I'm concentrating so hard there's no room for worry. I find that onstage, too. -Eddie Redmayne

I didn't get into the music business because somebody made me take piano lessons, you know. I got into music because I was a natural writer and had a lot of curiosity about sound. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

When I was three, I didn't play with other kids very much; I was kind of isolated. I got used to be being bullied and having to think my way out of situations in the same way that other kids would fight their way out. Then I discovered a piano, and it became my playmate. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

When I write, I write the drum beat. Though sometimes I write on piano or guitar. -Glenn Danzig

I was about 10, and I was supposed to be playing the piano at the school concert, and I got up in front of the whole school and said, 'I'm sorry. I'm changing the agenda. I want to play some songs I've written.' -Andrew Lloyd Webber

I found it quite pleasing to be alone from a very young age. The piano became my source of release. -Benjamin Clementine

I'm very quiet. In the beginning, my brother would play the piano, and I would sing, because that's what my mom and dad did. And then along the way, somebody teased me for even thinking that I could get up there. That stayed with me, and I became very shy. -Tyka Nelson

My parents were strict with school, strict with grades. I had piano classes, horseback riding, dance. -Julia Restoin Roitfeld

I spend many evenings reading or continuing the day's work, but I also enjoy playing the piano, jogging, and traveling with the family. -Robert Woodrow Wilson

There are three things on my piano – my Best Villainess award, my Grammy, and my Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame statue. -Michelle Phillips

I know what my taste is, and I do like my touch on the piano. -Thomas Newman

My father's Alfred Newman – born in 1900, child prodigy at the piano, ended up in pit orchestras in the teens. I think he's one of the youngest conductors to conduct Broadway and worked with George Gershwin and Jerome Kern and Cole Porter – went out with Irvin Berlin in 1930 to Hollywood and never left. -Thomas Newman

Every time I'd sing or play piano when I was a child, my dad would yell up from the basement, 'That's B-flat!' -Ethan Canin

When you sit down and see someone play at a piano, you don't think, 'Wow – what a fantastic machine.' -James Turrell

Karl Johnson, my first piano player at Milt Trenier's, he just swung really hard and gave me a sense of really belonging to the jazz scene. -Kurt Elling

I studied piano for seven years and play for my own enjoyment. -Janet Yellen

I write my own music. By myself, on a computer, I program guitar and piano. -Christina Grimmie

I studied with Felix Blumenfeld, who had studied piano with Anton Rubinstein and composition with Tchaikovsky. Felix, my professor, was the right hand of Anton Rubinstein. Blumenfeld knew his playing by heart, from every angle. -Vladimir Horowitz

The last thing that scared me… it was probably something stupid, like when someone jumped out at me, or I thought my new dog had gone to the toilet underneath my piano. Lots of silly things. -Rebecca Hall

At the end of the day, who I really and truly am is a little girl who loved to play the piano. -Lady Gaga

I began singing in dive bars and really small clubs. I dragged my piano down the stairs, and I went down the street with my keyboard, and I would go to every different dive bar that I could get to agree to let me play. I'd call and pretend I was Lady Gaga's manager. -Lady Gaga

I started playing piano age six. I was also singing in the choir, so my mum put me into music school. I went to study there for seven years, but it was not my passion. I quit because I wanted to study marketing. But I can still play piano. -Irina Shayk

Everybody besides my piano player has been with me since the very first day. We were a four-piece band for a solid two years. It was me playing acoustic and rhythm electric guitar, a bass player, a drummer and a lead guitar player. For a couple of years, we sounded like the Foo Fighters. -Thomas Rhett

My original dream was to become a singer-songwriter, so I sent a video of myself playing the piano and singing to all the big agencies. -Park Bo-gum

Watching David write was inspiring to me. He was at his most content composing. Music floated from his mind and fingertips. He would strum the 11 strings on his 12-string Harptone guitar and wander to the piano and play a few bars, then off to forage for rice pudding in the kitchen. -Angela Bowie

I remember, for my fifth birthday, Chet Baker sat me on the upright piano, and he played just for me for a few minutes. I can still remember the pressure of the air on my chest. It was my first physical contact with sound. -Jean-Michel Jarre

I don't go out much. I have people over, and I cook dinner, or we play the piano, or we watch TV. -Tituss Burgess

A couple of my friends had guitars, and I remember messing with them, but I was often intimidated by it. I think I sat down at a piano once when I was really young, but that was it. -Tycho

My grandmother was a classical pianist, so I grew up with Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven. I studied piano as a kid. My musical background and upbringing was very much a mix. -Phillipa Soo

My mom was sort of involved in amateur dramatics like Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and played the violin. My dad played banjo and piano and sang as well, so there was all this music in my childhood. -Colm Wilkinson

When I was starting out in this business, that was the norm. You did it all. You looked around, and entertainers could dance, sing, play the piano, act, make you laugh. -Carol Burnett

The first thing that I put in my apartment was a piano. I bought one for $50, and it was a lifesaver because I just went home and played and played… I'm sure I annoyed everyone on the same floor. -Katherine Langford

I started playing piano when I was 6, ukulele at 7. -Carlene Carter

I was 7 years old when I began composing. I began composing, improvising at the piano, the usual story. -Samuel Barber

As for my own music, I've never written a book about it. I'm not pedagogical… When I write an abstract piano sonata or a concerto, I write what I feel. I'm not a self-conscious composer. -Samuel Barber

I was the product of very young parents, and they had wild ways. My mother was in a punk band. Rebelling would have been learning to play piano. -Holly Marie Combs

When I was eight, my piano teacher played seven or eight notes, and I sang them. She stopped and looked at me in shock! That was the first time I'd gotten that reaction. I'd had looks of horror, but never shock in a positive way. -Chris Cornell

I learned to read music when I was 10 and did piano and took lessons. -Chris Cornell

I had kind of a mean piano teacher. I went to Catholic school, so it was like the typical thing you would imagine – a little kid with a white-haired teacher frowning at the fact that I didn't practice. -Chris Cornell

I'm not really a piano player, but I play enough to get away with it. -Sam Hunt

We had a bunch of instruments around the house. Like, I played different instruments, trumpet, bass, drums, piano, all that, but whatever I could get my hands on. -Trombone Shorty

I was always into classical music and opera because I played the piano as I went through school and was very interested in Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and stuff like that. That changed into heavy metal at around the age of 14 or 13, and I dropped the piano and started to play the guitar. -Kristian Nairn

I grew up with the British-Chicago crossover of house music with a lot of pianos and very heavy bass lines, but what I love about house is you can mix it up a bit. -Kristian Nairn

My mother started me on the piano when I was 3 years old. -Kristian Nairn

I definitely try to be myself and not try to imitate other performers. That's why I got my music degree. I wanted to be prepared and not be a 'product.' I want people to know that I'm not only a singer but a musician as well. I studied guitar, piano, and composition. I believe that it's just about being myself on and off stage. -Luis Fonsi

Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt had no idea of how to write for the piano. -Glenn Gould

Fingers don't have much to do with playing the piano. The idea that they do must be unlearned. -Glenn Gould

I don't think any of the early Romantic composers knew how to write for the piano… The music of that era is full of empty theatrical gestures, full of exhibitionism, and it has a worldly, hedonistic quality that simply turns me off. -Glenn Gould

One does not play the piano with one's fingers: one plays the piano with one's mind. -Glenn Gould

I've always loved French music. My parents adored it; my father played it on the piano. -Simon Rattle

Some of my favorite music in the world is Haydn. I had a sabbatical one year and made myself one promise: to play a different Haydn piano sonata each day – they are inexhaustible treasures. -Simon Rattle

Songwriting was definitely first. I started singing, and then I was rapping; then I went back to singing. As I was growing up, I just taught myself piano and guitar. -William Singe

I really wish I could play the piano really well without having to practice. -Christopher Miller

I took piano lessons when I was really young, like five years old, and I didn't really enjoy that very much. It was kind of too strict. So when I was probably 11 or 12, I started playing guitar and just kind of taught myself. -Washed Out

I think that, initially, I was most passionate about music and particularly about playing the piano. I started playing when I was nine, and I was obsessed with it, really. I wouldn't even go spend the night at a friend's unless they had a piano. But I didn't have the chops, the extraordinary talent to be able to play the piano professionally. -Holly Hunter

In many parts, I start from the outside and then it triggers things within. For 'The Piano,' I went, 'I'm going to learn these piano pieces. I'm going to learn this sign language, and I'm going to do them all day every day, five days a week.' It was a totally physical thing. -Holly Hunter

I didn't tell my kids, 'You have to play viola, and you have to play piano.' They chose these things on their own, and I don't think we have to give kids every choice, but we do have to give them some choice because that autonomy is crucial for fostering passion. -Angela Duckworth

I wouldn't even go spend the night at a friend's unless they had a piano. But I didn't have the chops, the extraordinary talent, to be able to play the piano professionally. -Holly Hunter

George Winston piano albums have been my go-to since junior high. -Chris Sacca

I wanted to play the piano. -Gretchen Carlson

Banging on the piano while my grandmother was watching me. I'd run up to her and ask: 'How was that, Grandma?' And she'd say, 'That was beautiful, baby!' And I'd run back to the piano and play some more. I'm sure that's why I still play today, because I was encouraged from such a young age, 2 or 3. -Craig Robinson

I was a piano major with Craig Robinson from 'The Office.' Me and Craig were very close in college at Illinois State University… It's so bizarre to see us out here now doing things. -Sean Hayes

Dad would come home from doing odd jobs, and sometimes he'd come home late at night with lumber, and he'd rumble around with all this wood in our small place. We'd finish putting it away, and then we'd play that piano. I'll be eternally grateful to him. -Johnny Mathis

I started off as a kid singing with my dad. My dad was my best pal. But he had seven kids, and I was the only one who was kind of interested in what he was playing and singing at the piano. And he was not only my dad, but he was my best pal, and I was interested in doing whatever he wanted to. -Johnny Mathis

If I weren't musical, then I would have just published a book, you know? But I'm lucky enough to play piano, and so I use piano to convert my poems. -Benjamin Clementine

I'm literally nowhere yet… When things started going well, this French designer called Ami gave me some shoes and clothes to wear. But when I sat down to play the piano, the very new shoes kept slipping off the pedal. So I took them off, threw them away, and have never worn shoes while playing the piano from then on. -Benjamin Clementine

My parents are both into music. My mom sings and my dad plays piano, so there was always music everywhere. I was singing at a very young age, but I actually got my buzz through rapping. -Tink

Sheets of sound. Well, that was when I got tired of certain modulations. Like when you want to get back to C, and you've got to go to D and then G and then C. I was fooling around with the piano, and I figured out some other way to do it. -John Coltrane

Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It's like being between the keys of a piano. The notes are there, you can sing them, but they can't be found on any instrument. That's like me. I live in between this. I live in both worlds, the black and white world. -Nina Simone

I have to be composed; I have to be poised. I have to remember what my first piano teacher told me: 'You do not touch that piano until you are ready and until they are ready to listen to you. -Nina Simone

I tend to like the traditional sound: three-part harmonies, guitar, and piano. I mean, a well-played guitar is a joy forever… or something. -Christine McVie

I've been playing and singing music since I was three or four years old. I was playing guitar, playing the piano. -Joseph David-Jones

I learned music from a book on piano theory. I was only interested in knowing about chords. From that, and from the 'Harvard Dictionary of Music,' I learned everything I wanted to know. -Walter Becker

I chose 'Time' by Hans Zimmer because it's very melodic, and the way it progresses throughout the track is very unique. I am personally a very big fan of piano melodies, and to me, 'Time' is just perfect. -Alan Walker

'Southern Accents,' I think that's one of my best, really. That would have been 1984, and I wrote that on the piano in the studio at home. I had a studio, and I just happened to be down there in the middle of the night. It was quite late, probably early morning, and I just started to play, and a song just started to appear. -Tom Petty

I played the piano growing up and then stopped for 10 or 12 years. -Timothee Chalamet

I started playing guitar when I was eight. Well, I started piano and really liked it but never practiced, but it taught me how to read music, and then my mom signed me up for guitar lessons, and I connected to that way more. -Kerris Dorsey

I started out with piano when I was little. That, for songwriting, is my favorite instrument. -Mark Foster

I play guitar, bass, drums, piano, and pretty much any sort of stringed instrument – besides violin or cello. -Mark Foster

When I was a kid, we had acoustic guitars, a piano in the house. I made a drum kit out of buckets in my garage. -Brendon Urie

I do piano, violin, guitar, basketball, gymnastics, ballet. -Selah Louise Marley

I have a Baldwin in my L.A. apartment, a Steinway in my New York apartment, and a Kawai plexiglass grand piano in storage for shows. I still play for two or three hours every day. -Neil Sedaka

I think I might have played a song on piano or guitar in a school talent show. I went to an all girls school, so there were always little things going on, but it wasn't really until I was 17 that I did a proper performance. My first big one was Glastonbury, before I was signed. -Lapsley

So many people have gone to music production schools for years and years, and they've wanted this their whole entire life, and part of me feels like I've kind of cheated that a bit because I'm not grade A on piano, and I don't know a lot about production. But I do what I do. -Lapsley

I had piano lessons when I was five or six years old, so my mom got me this little keyboard in my room. And then it progressed from that to classical guitar and drums and oboe. -Lapsley

I never really had the chance to play the kind of music I wanted to play. It was always just classical. It had its limits. I play piano now and again in the new forms of music that I actually want to play, but at the time, it was something that I just kind of moved past. -GRiZ

I grew up in a family of piano players. Both my sisters were serious players, and they both, as they became more accomplished, aspired to buy a Steinway and asked my dad to buy a Steinway. -John Paulson

My hobbies are playing piano and guitar, pining for girls, worrying about climate change, pining for girls, and the poetry of John Keats. -James Veitch

My principal commitment is playing the piano. But I always loved words. -Stephen Hough

If you arrive at a concert ready to play your piece, that's not nearly good enough. You must have your music ready to the point where you can play it on a short rehearsal, after a long plane flight, on a strange piano, having had an unpleasant lunch, in an unfriendly atmosphere. You have to be so over-prepared that you can cope with anything. -Stephen Hough

I didn't want to look back in 10 or 20 years and say, 'Yes, I always wanted to write that piano sonata or that novel, but I never had time.' -Stephen Hough

Debussy is one of the few composers who actually created a new sound on the piano – or perhaps we should say a new smell, so perfumed are the vibrations which emanate from the instrument. -Stephen Hough

No two composers were more totally at home in front of the piano than Debussy and Chopin, hands to keys to strings to sound waves to pen and paper in one perfect gesture of inspiration. -Stephen Hough

They both changed the way we hear the sound of the piano, both of them inventors of sonority: Chopin took bel canto singing lines and reproduced them on the keyboard above richly upholstered counterpoint; Debussy somehow preserved vibrations in the air, blending their ephemeral magic into music that reaches far back into deep memory. -Stephen Hough

My place in London is very small, so a piano would take up a third of the room. I leave home in the morning when I'm there and go to my studio. I close the door, and it's soundproof. There's no phone or TV or computer, and I can work uninterruptedly. That has been a huge advantage over the years. -Stephen Hough

Unlike a high-wire walker, I don't think any musician strikes the wires of a piano or draws a bow across a violin's strings primarily for the kick of an adrenalin fix. There is danger on stage, but dropped notes are not broken bones; a memory lapse is not a tumble to the ground. -Stephen Hough

Playing the piano is incredibly personal… But when it's your own piece, it's doubly so. -Stephen Hough

The things I do outside of playing the piano are done out of an inner necessity, not just because I want to try my hand at different things. -Stephen Hough

There must be so many people who have various artistic talents that, for whatever reason, just have no way of expressing them. Either they have no support from their family or they live in a part of the world, maybe they've never heard a piano or seen a piano. -Stephen Hough

I was very quick; I did nothing but play the piano apart from being at school. I was at home with my mother, saying, 'Go out and get some fresh air.' No, I wanted to play the piano all the time I could. I was completely obsessed. -Stephen Hough

Many people who don't like Rachmaninov's style consider the 'Rhapsody' his masterpiece. It's written fantastically well for orchestra and piano. He combines a lot of effervescence with a deep, Romantic spirit. -Stephen Hough

The hierarchy is set out for me. The first priority is piano. I have to be 101 percent prepared. I find that at other times of the day, if the creative juices are working, I might want to write or compose. -Stephen Hough

I was such a lazy teenager: I didn't read or play the piano beyond the bare minimum. -Stephen Hough

I love listening to things like those wonderful piano pieces of Stockhausen. It's just not my thing as a composer or performer, and thank goodness we're not obliged to be Modernist any more. -Stephen Hough

I just found the piano so fascinating and wonderful, and I begged my parents to buy me one. In the end, they bought me a toy piano and eventually an upright piano, and I started lessons. -Stephen Hough

The piano is an instrument that can easily sound overly thick, and I love to think that I can work with textures – particularly the inner textures inside the melody or the bass line. There is an analogy there with painting; I love paintings where you see colour underneath the colour and, underneath that, more texture and shape. -Stephen Hough

When I'm playing live, I'll rip out a ballad from my album, and I'll play that solo on the piano, which feels really good because it kind of takes me back to when I was younger. -Daya

I remember looking out into the sea of phone lights as Chris Martin belted 'Yellow' on the piano and deciding that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. -Daya

I love New Orleans. I love jazz. I grew up practicing jazz piano, and that's just been such a cool genre to me. There's a lot of talent there. -Daya

Yes, there were piano bands and great rock pianists, from Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard to Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, and Elton John. But something about the electric guitar speaks of more than music – it epitomizes and gives voice to the rebellion, power, and sexuality of rock. -Daniel Levitin

I've been playing piano since I was 7. I took 15 years of lessons. I've got a lot of miles on these hands. -David Bryan

My father was a very big musical influence on me. He was a trumpet player. And that's what I started with. Then, when I was 7, my parents introduced me to the piano. -David Bryan

My muse has always been the piano. -David Bryan

I just wanted to release an album of piano music for music's sake. I'm not expecting to sell millions of albums. It's was just nice to be able to sit down at an acoustic piano and make some music. -David Bryan

My father was a great admirer of music and the arts, so there was always a lot of culture in the house. As it happened, while my father was the ambassador in Portugal, the ambassador's residence had a piano, and so I started learning how to play it at the age of five. -Adnan Sami

Sometimes, I make music in my sleep. So I get up, put on my headphones, and compose it on the piano. -Adnan Sami

I wanted to start doing more music, doing more things than just playing guitar. I started taking singing lessons and piano lessons. I need to learn more things, to be an artist or whatever, and then transfer that back into writing songs. -Mike McCready

I do radio gigs, three-minute spots, solo shows, so I still get plenty of practice at the sniper attack – me at a piano or with a guitar, having to win people over fast. -Andy Grammer

For me, it's always been about a mix of hip-hop, acoustic singer/songwriters, and piano rock. I pull all those together. Each song may lean more heavily on one than the other, but they all have all three pieces. -Andy Grammer

As a piano player, if 10 is concert level, I'd put myself at a 5 or a 6, but in a completely different genre than classical or opera. In terms of classical and opera, playing accompaniment, I'd say I was a 3. -Simon Helberg

I play piano, and I was really, really obsessive about playing piano in high school. I don't know if that's nerdy, but I definitely locked myself in the room and was playing jazz. I was 14. I guess that's kind of cool, actually. -Simon Helberg

I have always wanted to learn the piano, but because I travel so much, I can never get any consistency of lessons. So everywhere I go, if I can find a piano, even if it is in the lobby of a hotel or something, I go on YouTube and pick some songs to learn. -Lewis Hamilton

I'm definitely conscious of time. I already waste so much of it, just on a flight. I look back to when I was 13, and I wish I had stuck with my piano studies. -Lewis Hamilton

Music is something that I've been passionate about. I play the piano and sing, but I always knew that it was never going to be my bread and butter. I was very interested in acting. -Neil Nitin Mukesh

Everyone at school knew I wanted to be a singer. I'd always be banging on the piano playing my new song. The teacher would gather us round, and the whole class would listen. -Dolores O'Riordan

I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old 'cause my folks tried to get me away from the gramophone. And I just – I lived for music since I could think. And they got me piano lessons. So by the time I was 13, I was quite an accomplished piano player and musician. -Hugh Masekela

I would never say I 'play' guitar. But yeah, I play to write. Same with piano. -Bibi Bourelly

When my dad went to college to get his master's from Loyola, he was playing Debussy and Chopin and Beethoven. But he played all that New Orleans stuff, too. I would go with my dad to gigs, pick up the piano and the speakers, and I would be like his roadie. -Dawn Richard

The first music-learning thing that I took seriously was piano lessons when I was a kid. I guess that was probably the only time that I was forced to perform music, because I had piano recitals, and my school also had mandatory music classes that had some performing required. -Frankie Cosmos

My father was a musician and wanted me to study piano. I had no interest. -Joel Grey

I have a lot of alter-egos: I would love to be a back-up singer for someone someday. I have an electronic side-project. I have a '90s grunge side project; I have a piano project… I have this industrial, goth-electronic song, super creepy sounding, just really dark and dreary. -Sharon Van Etten

During the couple of years it took to write 'At The Bottom of Everything', I decided, on the sort of hopeful whim that occasionally overtakes me, to sign up for piano lessons. -Ben Dolnick

To learn a piece on the piano – even a simple one – has proved every bit as agonizing as writing a chapter in a book, every bit as tedious and hopeless and halting. But this is not to say that the piano hasn't helped my writing. It has, just not in the ways I expected. -Ben Dolnick

I will never, most likely, be good at the piano, but thanks to it, I will never forget the humbling, infuriating, necessary slowness of progress in any artistic endeavor. -Ben Dolnick

I took piano lessons and dancing lessons. I was very good at piano. -Cloris Leachman

Mother, being a pianist, told me how to play with my fingers on the piano. -Cecil Taylor

I took a few piano lessons as a kid, but it didn't last; I just learned piano from doing it over and over on my own, because I didn't have many friends, and there was always a keyboard in the house. -Mitski

I wanted to take up guitar because playing piano is a little harder. Carrying a keyboard around is harder, and finding a real piano is much harder, and I wanted to play live more, so I figured a guitar would be easier to carry around. -Mitski

I was always a happy kid. I'd play the piano fairly well. I did all sorts of things fairly well. But who the hell wants to be happy all the time? It's a miserable state to be in permanently. Can you imagine how dreary that would be? -Christopher Plummer

When I was young, I played the piano and studied classical music and jazz. I wanted to be a concert pianist, and if I'd devoted myself to it, I could have been. But it would have been too much work and a very lonely life. -Christopher Plummer

I'd been playing the piano since I was 6 and wanted to be a composer, but I also wanted to be an actor. I decided to just pursue both and see which won out. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

What I love about piano and vocal is it's incredibly pure, and it gets down to the essence of the song because you're not distracted by an orchestra. When it's just a piano and a voice, it's about the purity of singing the song. -Brian Stokes Mitchell

I can sit down at the piano and make you think I know how to play the piano because I know, like, the beginnings of four songs. -Allison Janney

I left Northwestern University after a year and was in New York playing piano in a little bar on 58th Street, and I didn't know whether to go back. -Warren Beatty

I was put through piano lessons when I was a kid. I say 'put through' because it was fun and I loved it, and it's been beneficial now, but it was difficult because, although I can read music, I much prefer just playing and improvising and at least finding my own way to play an instrument. -Jack Garratt

I basically am the only musician in my family. My aunt plays a little piano, but that's about it. My dad's mother painted and was actually good at it. I do not come from a long line of musicians, though. -Coy Bowles

I love the sound and temperament of an upright piano. -Sara Bareilles

One of my earliest memories of writing at a piano was alongside my sister. -Sara Bareilles

Using a typewriter, at times, feels more like playing piano than jotting down notes, a percussive exercise in expressing thought that is both tortuous and rewarding. -Mary Pilon

I've been touching instruments since the day I was born. My mother is Brazilian, and she listens to Brazilian music. My father was a musician, and I've seen pictures of him when he was in a band playing guitar and piano. He loved country music, Frank Sinatra, and stuff like that. -Linda Perry

Everything gleamed or glinted on TV in the '70s, from the 'flavor crystals' in Folgers coffee to the yellow dentures dipped in Polident and instantly restored to pristine, piano-key whiteness. -Steve Rushin

I was born in love with music. My mother is a singer. Many of my aunts and uncles on my mother's side are musical. My grandparents sang and played blues piano. It's literally in my blood. -India Arie

I write on the acoustic guitar, I write some on the piano, but I've been messing around with these guitar pedals and drum machines, educating myself in that world. -Paolo Nutini

I sometimes write songs on the piano, even though I don't actually play the piano. I always hire someone to play for me whenever I decide to sing a song I have written on the piano. My song 'Rosa' is one. -Alice Ripley

Growing up, I was so involved in music in different ways, be it taking piano lessons or guitar lessons. As a listener, I was always so inspired. -Chelsea Lankes

In stand-up, you do need to be having fun up there, like Richard Pryor said, but you have to know yourself well, too… You start learning, and it's like playing a piano. You know exactly what keys to stroke, 'cause really, with comedy, you're, like, fiddling with people's souls. -Tiffany Haddish

For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you're not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? -Dua Lipa

I like all music… My parents both just loved music from all genres. I don't have a favorite; I just love music. That's why I want to play the piano. -Catherine Cortez-Masto

I was a staff songwriter for Combine Music Publishing in Nashville for seven years. I'd sit around with a groups of friends with a Yamaha piano and a tape recorder and crank out songs. -Michael Bacon

I'm musical in the sense that I can write a song, but I realised when I was learning the piano as a child that there were people who played it so much better. -Leslie Bricusse

Everyone's life would be improved if they do could one great magic trick. And tell one great joke, play one tune on the piano, and do one great origami fold. -Harry Anderson

As an introverted kid who lived in the middle of nowhere, my stories made up the whole of my social life. That meant that while other kids cultivated hobbies like skateboarding or playing the piano, I sat at home scribbling in notebooks. -Kameron Hurley

My mother passed away when I was seven. She had a piano in the house that she was teaching my sisters how to play. That was where I first encountered music, through her. -Ethan Slater

I did it all, singing, the harp, piano. But I was so shy, I'd wake up at six to practice piano because I didn't want anyone to hear me play. But then I'd do a big show in school where everyone would see me, and that was actually alright. -Jessie Buckley

I've always felt I struck out with Doris Day. Her son, Terry Melcher, was a producer I worked for at Columbia, and one day, he asked me to go to her house to play piano on a song she was doing. So I get there, and she has about 30 dogs running around the place – turns out she's a dog rescuer. -Leon Russell

I have damaged nerve endings on the right side, so my piano style comes from designing stuff I can play with my right hand. And some of it effectively mimics classical stuff. -Leon Russell

I don't think there's any danger of me playing Indian music. However, I did a song of George Harrison's 'Beware of Darkness' that was kind of like that. That was an illusion. I was playing that on a thumbtack piano, and Jim Gordon was playing tablas. He's an amazing player. That was as close to India as I ever got. -Leon Russell

One of the features of being a piano player is playing as an accompanist for other people. -Leon Russell

When you play with another piano player, it's just second nature to play the parts that need to be played. -Leon Russell

I play piano and ukulele, and I taught myself those things just because I wanted to play them. -Billie Eilish

I've forgotten a lot of things. I've forgotten how to play the piano and how to speak Arabic, though I studied it for two years. -Amy Sherald

I was a very creative child. I played the saxophone and piano, and I was always writing poetry and stories, or drawing in my notebook. I just tried to express myself through as many creative outlets as possible. And in high school, I started to get really into photography and videography and would spend hours working on it. -Kali Uchis

My family is all musicians – my dad plays drums, my mom plays flute, my older brother plays drums, my little brother plays drums and piano. For some reason, I didn't get the memo, so I just play bass. -Thundercat

Prince was a hero. He was the brother, the black man that was a little different. As a kid, you thought, 'Wow, he's different. If he can do it, I can do it.' I read that he was self-taught, so I started teaching myself to play the piano. -Fantastic Negrito

I had aunts who played piano and sang and also were entertainers, so music was very much a part of my life. -Dianne Reeves

I don't like a lot of monitors on stage. I like the real raw sound of the open piano. -Dianne Reeves

I started playing piano and guitar when I was in elementary school, and then I was finally like, 'I want to sing.' So I started taking voice lessons and decided I wanted to go to an art school and take music seriously. -Ravyn Lenae

In sixth or seventh grade, my teacher assigned me to write and sing a song. I remember sitting at the piano in my living room, trying to get that song perfect. That was the moment I realized I really love doing this. -Ravyn Lenae

When you're playing someone who drinks a lot, it's not that interesting to play that condition because as soon as you know that, you got all the information you're going to get from it. It's like hitting the same note on the piano over and over again. -Jared Harris

I've been singing since I could talk. I started playing the piano when I was about 5 or 6. I picked up the guitar on my 20th birthday. -Grace Potter

I always loved the piano because it's just a bunch of buttons. I like to push buttons. -Grace Potter

My mom was a piano teacher. It turned into something of a competition between me and her students… I liked the idea that I needed to be better than everybody else. -Grace Potter

I play the piano, drums, little bit of bass, guitar. I can play harmonica, a little bit of the ukulele. Pretty much anything that's a strumming, string type thing. -Chord Overstreet

I used to come home and play piano all day by ear and make songs up or figure out my favourite Elvis songs. I'd make up games by blindfolding myself and singing the harmony to whatever notes I'd play. -Natalie Prass

I started with the piano-accordion and rebelled against it, but I could not afford piano lessons. -Richard McCabe

I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene. I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary. I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician. She plays piano really well. She's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world. -Rob Halford

I was playing drums in church when I was six. Then I picked up the piano when I was 11 or 12. -Robert Glasper

I played music my whole life – piano, saxophone. -Miles Teller

It's just about being an entertainer; it's about having all those tools over the years to do all sorts: films, musicals, playing a bit of piano, running a quiz show – it just becomes part of the job. -Bradley Walsh

You could call my piano my trademark, or one of my trademarks. -Aretha Franklin

'Somebody's Calling Me' was written in my sleep, and the original was just the piano and the beat and the singing. -James Murphy

One day, I was just fingering around on the keys of a Fender Rhodes piano, and I came up with this little riff, and all of a sudden, it morphed into a song. It had never been touched by a guitar, which was very weird for us. 'Under the Ground' is the first song I have ever written that had nothing to do with the guitar. -Brian Fallon

We built something very special with Gaslight, and we don't want to mess with that sound too much. But I've always wanted to do a record where I can put strings or organs or pianos or whatever on it. -Brian Fallon

The piano is where everything starts and ends. Everything is based off of it. If you understand that, you wind up understanding a lot more in all other instruments. For me, it had always been something important to try and learn. -Brian Fallon

I was trained on piano – that was part of grade school and high school. -Stana Katic

The sound of the piano is always something that is a real kind of comfort food to me. -Stana Katic

Just the instrumentation of the whole 'Beast Mode' made people open up and respect me in a whole other way. With Gucci, I don't use as many instruments. I don't play the piano as much because that's not really the style of music that me and Gucci have built. -Zaytoven

I have a church background. I've been playing piano and keyboard and organ all my life in church. -Zaytoven

I play the piano, but I'm not classically trained. -Zaytoven

I use a lot of piano riffs in my production, and someone who I was working with said that I played so good that it sound like Beethoven. -Zaytoven

My formula is not thinking about what I'm doing; it's about still having fun and making music. I don't go into the studio with a thought pattern or certain goals in mind – sometimes I'll start with drums, other times I'll start with the piano – but it's all done spontaneously, so nothing is premeditated, and nothing takes a long time. -Zaytoven

I feel like I'm an okay piano player. To the music world, to people that's in the hip-hop culture, they probably look at me like, 'Zaytoven the greatest piano player in the world.' I'm okay. -Zaytoven

I was 11 years old, and I had been playing classical piano for three years, and suddenly the guitar came and landed in my arms. I fell in love with that instrument, and I still love it today. I love it so much. -John McLaughlin

On 'Utopia,' I mix sick beats with ethereal elements while trying to keep the focus very much on the songwriting. If you strip any of these songs down to just the vocal and a piano, there's a real song in there. -Kerli

I got a classical piano training when I was little, and we also had music study lessons where we'd have to listen to a lot of classical music. -Kerli

One of my dreams was always to have a piano – a room with a piano overlooking the ocean or a lake. -Paul Rodgers

I got the idea for the song 'Bad Company' when I saw a poster for the Jeff Bridges movie, and it reminded of an old Victorian picture that I'd once seen, and it said, 'Beware of bad company.' So I sat down at the piano and started to write the song. -Paul Rodgers

At 16, I was going to church and playing music for church, and Dad would only pay for piano lessons so I could play at church. -Lizz Wright

I started playing drums at three, then piano at five, then clarinet. But it wasn't till I picked up a saxophone aged 13 that I really got serious about music. -Kamasi Washington

As a musician, your instrument is almost predetermined. I had played drums, piano, clarinet, but when I heard Wayne Shorter play the saxophone, I knew that sound is what I wanted. -Kamasi Washington

I started classical piano when I was eight, but I wasn't a virtuoso. I just really liked it. -Julia Holter

I started playing piano when I was eight, and I went on to study piano in school, so I have a background in classical piano and studied composition in school. Writing music came later. -Julia Holter

The Beatles, even Radiohead, all of my favorite stuff I'd play on the piano. But it was all very secret – for me, for fun. I wasn't going to record myself playing those songs, and it never occurred to me to write a song of my own. -Julia Holter

One day, I would love to learn how to play piano and guitar. -Tori Bowie

I love all types of music – jazz, great pop music, world music and folk music – but the music I listen to most is piano music from the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Russian music in particular. -Philip Pullman

My hands look like my dad's and my mom's put together. She's a piano player, he was an artist, and I use the creative qualities I got from them in my fighting. But I don't just destroy with my hands; I also create: I cook and make art and garden. -Rose Namajunas

When you hear a solo piano, there's a solitude about just one instrument playing. It can be beautiful; it can be sad. -Jean-Marc Vallee

To me, a day off is sitting at a piano or with a guitar and writing. -Rick Nielsen

I respect Lady Gaga's work as an artist and as a fellow fashion icon. She is a very talented performer, playing the piano, singing live, and dancing, too. -Roisin Murphy

I play the sax, piano, guitar, bass… I started as a kid with piano lessons. -Mike Dean

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