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4/19/2012

How Piano is Changing my Life

Filed under: — Stephen @ 12:02 am

“I can see you’ve been working really hard” Sam enthused encouragingly, his sincere expression belying the truth: “you haven’t really worked all that hard till now, have you?”. I grinned sheepishly and took the compliment like the eager student that I am. It’s hard going, and slow going, but I am determined to succeed. “Jingle Bells” my new nemesis, “She’ll be comin’ ‘round the Mountain” my stretch goal.

Being able to play the piano has always been a latent goal of mine but it’s always been something I’ve left in the “I’ll do it later” bucket. I picked it up recently out of necessity: I need to know how to read music in order to join a good choir. Once started, however, piano has become something of a goal in and of itself.

I guess that having a gym instructor has taught me the truth of the platitude: you’re never too old to learn. I know more about biceps than I ever really expected I would need to know. Another truth is that you learn far easier with instruction. I’ve taken to getting lessons for things I’m not so good at so that I can improve. It really does work.

Sam (my piano instructor) and I have discovered that my wrists are all bent out of shape from my keyboard at work: so out with the old keyboard layout that has served me well all my life and in with the natural keyboard I have shunned until now. I have even started finishing work on time so that I can have time to practise. Like anything that requires a modicum of discipline, this piano playing goal has started having a positive influence on other areas of my life.

The video below shows my progress at playing “sailor’s hornpipe”.

4 Responses to “How Piano is Changing my Life”

  1. Cornelia Says:

    Hi Stephen

    Well done, very impressive and good!!! Does not sound that you just a beginner of playing piano!!!

    Well you never too old to learn, all the best. It’s also 1 of my things what I want to learn before I die, you beat me to it.

    Very proud of you, good on you!!!

    Yeah, I’m learning to “handle/disipline a puppy” on my age, Jane got a puppy of nearly 18weeks now. “We are getting there slowly”!!!

    Much Love
    CornW

  2. Mom Says:

    That’s wonderful Bean.

  3. Marine Pina Urrútia Says:

    I won’t be able to thank you fully for the articles on your web-site. I know you’d put a lot of time and energy into all of them and hope you know how much I appreciate it. I hope I could do the same for someone else sometime.

  4. Susan Simpkin Says:

    Yay Steve! It must give you a great feeling of accomplishment. I have always wished I could play the piano too.

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