In order to become the best musician that you can be, you need an idol who you can follow. This idol can be anyone alive or dead, which means that you have a veritable pantheon of incredible piano and keyboard players to choose from. However, if you are looking to learn piano in its traditional form, whether it’s with a traditional piano or a digital one, there is one player who towers above the rest both in mastery of his instrument as well as the level of acclaim that we often see associated with him.
This pianist that we are talking about is none other than Ferenc Liszt, or Franz Liszt if you want to go for the more westernized version of his name that is often used. Liszt created magnificent works of art that served as both bold artistic statements as well as showcases for his remarkable playing abilities. However, this was not a man who struggled to earn fame or financial stability due to a focus on artistic pursuits. Much on the contrary, Liszt might well have been one of the first true musical superstars in history.
You have probably heard of Beatlemania which refers to the immense celebrity and popularity that the Beatles received in the 1960s. However, well before the Beatles had even been born or indeed their grandparents had, Ferenc Liszt found himself unable to leave the venue he had just performed at due to legions of adoring fans just outside the doors. His popularity was such that people often scrambled to try and get a lock of his hair as he passed by! Hence, if you want to emulate someone, emulate the greatest of all time. Emulate Ferenc Liszt!