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

24 Jun 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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