24 Sep 2021


Ep. 214 - The Surprising Power Of Playing The Piano w/ Mark Deeks

Mark Deeks, otherwise known as #ThatPianoGuy, is on a mission to get one million people playing piano. He’s a best selling author, piano coach and mental health advocate. He has spent more than 20 years working as a musical director, pianist, arranger and teacher, and has built a really diverse group of musicians as a client base. From artists such as Faye Tozer of Steps to black metal bands Winterfylleth (a band Mark ended up joining!) and Drudkh. He has given Lenny Henry piano lessons, and written versions of songs by metal stars Sonata Arctica for symphony orchestra and choir.And on this episode of #RNTFitnessRadio, Mark comes on to describe why playing the piano can be a vehicle to improving so many aspects of your health, fitness and wellbeing, and all the surprising benefits that come with it.

“We like to make a living out of something we enjoy.”.

- Mark Deek


00:00 – Intro 

00:10 – History of Piano 

02:28 – What’s the world of music to Mark 

06:25 – The joy and the element of surprise 

08:05 – How teenage years was for learning 

10:05 – Benefits of Piano  

11:20 – Years of coaching and conducting 

14:00 – Myths around Piano 

19:25 – Elements that hinder 

21:21 – Connecting the gap 

22:45 – Mark’s learning methodology 

25:00 – The joy from quick wins 

27:00 – Physical/Health benefits of Piano  

30:13 – Tips to start Piano 

34:25 – Music for deep work 

[35:35] – Wrap up

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