New research reveals ‘Grand Piano’ is the ultimate musical instrument, and the first step to a better life
By David WeigelNew research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that musicians who have the “greatest” piano skills, such as Mozart, are more likely to live longer than those who have less.
“We found that the great-grand pianist has an extraordinary capacity to use and manipulate the instruments that he or she plays,” Dr. William F. Smith, one of the study’s co-authors and a professor of piano at Harvard University, said in a statement.
“These skills allow them to play the piano for many decades and perform the same songs and arrangements that they have always performed.”
Smith and his colleagues looked at data from the National Death Index and the International Classification of Diseases-10 (ICD-10), which categorizes people based on their physical appearance.
They found that those who had the most “grand pianism” were also more likely than those with less to live for the rest of their lives.
“It was an extraordinary finding,” Smith told ABC News.
“It is a fascinating finding that we could never have predicted.”
The findings echo what scientists have long known about how the brain uses the music in our heads to control our behaviors and emotions, according to the report.
The researchers were particularly interested in a particular type of “grand” piano, which is the most common type of instrument in the U.S. Today, there are more than 200 types of piano, and they have evolved over the centuries to better mimic our musical tastes.
“When people play the grand piano they use their minds, their hands, their arms and their fingers, to manipulate the sound,” Smith said.
“They use these skills to play those songs.”
Smith, who was not involved in the study, said the study is important because it helps to clarify the relationship between brain development and musicality, which, in turn, may help researchers to understand how to improve the brain’s response to sound.
“What we found is that when we have a brain that has a great deal of grand piano capability, and is also able to control the music, then it is really a very powerful device,” Smith explained.
“And that is why a lot of studies are now focused on improving the brain and how the music works in that area.
We want to be able to improve how our brains work with the music.”
Researchers also found that people who had more of a “subtle” musical style were more likely and healthier.
The findings have the potential to change how we think about music, Smith said, and help us understand why certain styles and styles of music have been successful for centuries and why others have been so much less successful.
“This research shows that our brains are not simply limited to just musical styles,” Smith continued.
“We also have a great capacity to create music.”
For the study the researchers recruited 1,096 people from the United States and Canada who had been participating in a nationwide survey for the past 10 years, with data collected on how they listened to music.
In the same period, they also looked at the data of 486 people from countries around the world, including countries with more complicated music styles such as traditional music from African, Indian, and Asian cultures.
The participants were then divided into groups based on how much grand they played.
The researchers found that grand pianists had an average of five different types of music.
“A person’s brain is a little more complex than that, but there are two things you can do about it,” Smith added.
“You can start with the basic structure of the brain.
And the second thing you can try is to look at the neural systems involved in music.
If you look at music from different cultures and cultures, you will find that some people have a particular repertoire that is more musical than others.
It’s a combination of the basic structures of the brains.”
As the study progressed, researchers discovered that people with the most grand piano skill tended to be younger and less likely to be obese.
They also tended to have more hearing problems and other medical problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“These are the people who have a lot more musical ability than people who are relatively healthy,” Smith observed.
“If you look, for example, at the American population, they have more musical sophistication than the Japanese, the Chinese or the Vietnamese, and people in the West who have more piano skill are generally healthier.”
Researchers hope the findings could help researchers understand how musical styles evolve, and what factors might be responsible for how well musicians perform.
“In the next 10 years we might have the answers to that question,” Smith concluded.
“Because we know that a lot about how music works, we can look at how people can improve their performance in various musical styles and maybe even develop new ones.”