The Sims 4 Piano Skill
Earning Tips, Serenades, and Licensing Songs
The Piano Skill allows you to Serenade, Write & Sell Songs, and Play for Tips
The Sims 4's Piano Skill is largely an accompaniment to the Entertainer Career's Musician Track. This Skill is not a big moneymaker, but does have some features unique to instruments in the game. If you're a music lover, you're sure to enjoy this Skill along with Guitar and Violin due to the sheer number of songs that Sims can play. Here is what you will unlock while levelling Piano, with further information on the more interesting interactions.
Ideal Mood: Inspired
Pianists gain Skill Experience and perform better when Inspired. Taking Thoughtful Showers is a common way to do this, but the Skill offers its own methods of helping your Pianist find Inspiration. The second level in this Skill lets you use a Computer to get a +2 Inspired buff for 4 hours, and level 3 allows you to Plunk for Inspiration to get +1. This second one lasts 8 hours! If you can get some Inspirational Auras from Musician Career Reward Items, you will find it very easy to get to Very Inspired and gain Piano levels very quickly.
Piano Skill Level Unlocks
You'll unlock many genres of music as you go, and each of these gives you new songs to play - 4 to 5 each! So, there is a lot of music to be appreciated in this Skill, even if it is not an outstanding money maker.
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- Level 1 - Practice Piano
- Level 2 - Rhapsodize about Piano Sonatas Interaction, Appreciate Classical Music on Stereo, and Research the Piano on Computer (Inspired +2 4h buff)
- Level 3 - Can Play Traditional Songs, Plunk for Inspiration (Inspired +1 8h buff)
- Level 4 - Can Play Blues Songs, and Play a Concerto
- Level 5 - Can Play Romantic Songs, and may Listen and Learn to other Pianists who are more Skilled
- Level 6 - Can Play Post-Bop Songs and Serenade other Sims with Piano
- Level 7 - Can Play Latin Songs and Promise to Dedicate Songs to other Sims (Romantic Interaction)
- Level 8 - Pianist may Write, Scrap, and Name Songs. They can also play sings from the Ragtime Genre, and Perform Jazz Up the Place.
- Level 9 - Can Play Classical Songs and may License Songs that have been written on Piano
- Level 10 - Can Play Avant-Garde Songs and Mentor other Sims on Piano
Playing for Tips in the Park requires placing a Piano
Playing for Tips: Concerto
At level 4, your Sim will be able to get Tips for playing Piano, so long as you can draw a crowd. One solution is to buy and place a Piano at the park. Simply visit the lot and press F2 to go to buy mode, and from there you may place the Piano wherever you like. Tips earned are 2xLevel so, at level 10, you'll get $20 Tips from Sims.
Romance and Piano
Piano offers two great Romantic options for Sims pursuing the Skill. Serenading gives the Pianist a +2 Confidence Moodlet for 4h, while the target gets an 8h +2 Flirty Moodlet. This can put the target in the right mood to help your romantic advances succeed. Piano also gives the ability to Promise to Dedicate a Song, which gives the target a +2 Flirty Moodlet for 4h. Combine these, and you've got a great date. Sims who are Flirty can Tickle the Ivories on Piano and play some romantic music.
Serenading a Sim makes the Pianist Confident and the target Flirty
At level 8 Piano, Sims may begin writing their own Songs. Writing a song takes a long time, but will let you License it by using the Mailbox. You may have only one licensed song from each Instrument at a time. Licensing pays off for quite some time, so you can theoretically have one Piano, Violin, and Guitar song licensed and giving you $100-300 a day or more for each. This is great cash, and will supplement a Musician's income while working in the Entertainer Career.
Mentoring other Sims
At level 10, you can Mentor other Sims in Piano. This will help them learn the Skill much faster than usual, and is a part of the Musical Genius Aspiration.
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If you have a sim who you know has level 10 in a skill but is not part of your household you can still use this technique. Invite the skilled sim to your sims house, start your sim playing the piano (or whatever) and then ask the non-controlled NPC to mentor your sim.
Mentoring also works between adults and children/teens you just have to experiment as to which skills can be mentored. For some examples: swimming can be mentored, basketball, chess, handiness (repairing plumbing or using the bench), singing, musical instruments, painting and so on. Cooking and gardening can not be mentored.
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