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My Cat and the Piano


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When i play piano at home, my cat come listening.

She doesn't like when i practice, i must play something; she seems to love expecially ballads.

 

Sometime she jump on the piano, lay down, look at me straight on the eyes and tell me "Play it again, Sam".

No, i made up the last bit, but she really do the rest.

 

I always thought that music was one of the thing separating humans from animal, the other notable one was cooking (intelligence, who care about intelligence), but it doesn't seems so.

 

Anybody has similar experiences ?

 

Maurizio

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You'd probably get a lot of hits if you posted a video of this behavior on YouTube.

 

My cat usually leaves the room if I start playing my piano. He'd likely stick around if you were playing it, though.

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When i play piano at home, my cat come listening. She doesn't like when i practice, i must play something; she seems to love expecially ballads.

 

Sometime she jump on the piano, lay down, look at me straight on the eyes and tell me "Play it again, Sam".

No, i made up the last bit, but she really do the rest.

 

Anybody has similar experiences ?

 

 

Yeah my cat will jump on the piano and curl up for a nap if I am playing something he likes. Needs to be the very new-agey gentle stuff I make for my wife's spa music for him to "approve".

 

In fact he's kind of my barometer so I can tell if it's good for relaxing. If he lifts his head up and gives me a look I know it's "too heavy"... if he stays asleep all is good. I think he would be very happy being George Winston's cat. :)

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One of my cats--now long gone--used to always come running into the room and jump up on the arm of the chair by the piano whenever I played the coda of the Chopin G minor Ballade. You could depend on him to show up during the passage in 6ths that starts the coda. I think he thought it was exciting.
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If I am playing piano or acoustic guitar my cat will curl up on the rug next to me and nap.

 

If I am playing around with the modular or having some fun with the electric guitar and pedals it has the opposite effect. He sits at the door and stares at me with a "why are you making me suffer" look until I let him out.

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No experience with cats, and my dogs are always underfoot so hard to judge there.. BUT..

 

We live in the country and hubby will sit on the porch and play his acoustic. Critters will literally come almost all the way to the porch - squirrels especially seem intrigued. One time he was playing on the porch and heard a sound above him - looked up to see a huge roadrunner on the roof of the house peering down and watching him.

 

Then he had this guy show up on his mic during practice - he jumped back and forth between hubby's shoulder or chest and the mic, but would not be scared away :

http://www.texasmusiciansforum.com/images/grasshopper1.jpg

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My cats - over several years, have had mixed reactions to the sound of a piano - plus various keyboards. As for the dog o' the house - she has her current, favorite sound: a string pad on the CP4. I noticed it when she perked up, then sat - almost hypnotized - by a piano / string pad layer. When I fade the piano, and play the pad, she gives me these longing, almost 'come hither' looks... I should try and capture a photo of that sometime.

 

Then there was the plant - in my childhood home - that grew toward the piano.

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Since I play my nord into headphones, I dont disturb my cats...but my old Cassidy would come running up if I played the descant recorder, and try and put her mouth on the mouthpiece to blow in...she wanted to play as well!

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