Yanni: The first instrument in the house was not the piano, but an accordion. But I never could play it. I played it long enough to get the idea of how music was constructed, and then I quit taking lessons. One reason for my haste was that when my brother played the piano all the girls just looked at him. But when I played the accordion, everybody just left the room. I got the message very clear. My parents offered me piano lessons, but I refused. For some reason I wouldn't let myself to be taught. Instead I picked at the piano keys and found my own way by copying from my memory on how my brother played. So basically that's how I learned to play the piano.