Monday, November 18, 2013

Piano Man

My mom never took piano lessons when she was younger and was sad about that. So when she had children of her own, she made us all take piano lessons. For what felt like forever.

I had a rough start to my piano lesson career and even had a teacher tell my mom I had no talent whatsoever and she shouldn't waste her money on me. Fortunately my mother had more faith in me than said teacher and she continued to pay for my lessons for the next 8 years or so. I had three different teachers during this time and the last one thought I had a lot talent, just not enough discipline to practice enough. But I like to focus on the talent part.

In my last year of high school, I quit piano lessons. I just hated practicing too much and didn't think it was worth my mom's money anymore. So that ended that chapter in my life.

Until the fall of 2011, when I found a piano for free on Kijiji and convinced Dan we needed it. So we got a piano.


And there it sat for the next 2 years, barely touched. After getting the piano, I realized that all of my minimal skills had disappeared and I really wasn't that good anymore, which was very discouraging.

So when I was back at my parents house for Thanksgiving, I borrowed some beginner piano books and have decided to work on my skills.


It's slow going but I am determined to put my piano to use and possibly get back up to the level I was at before I quit lessons. And it's kind of fun.

Do you play an instruments? Are you like me, who played when they were younger and then lost most of your ability? If you could play any instrument, what would it be?

15 comments:

  1. I play piano (almost 23 years!) and what a throw back-i used the same lesson books! And used them recently to start teaching lessons! =)

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  2. Kate - Wow, 23 years is a long time! And those lesson books have gotten a lot of use, all of my siblings used them.

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  3. How fun! I love the Be Thankful banner. I'd love to learn to play piano. Dustin knows a little bit.

    I played the violin for two years. (Probably age 10-12) I also didn't have the discipline. Plus, I despised my teacher. So, no. No instrument playing here. ;)

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  4. I played the French Horn for 6 or 7 years, from middle school to high school. I liked playing an instrument, but wish I had chosen something easier, as apparently it is one of the hardest instruments to master - which I can attest to. My uncle also plays the French Horn in the Pittsburgh Symphony, so it did not help that I would never live up to his level, lol.

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  5. Maddie - I love the banner too. :) I wanted to learn violin when I was younger but never did, so I applaud you for trying. Practicing sucks though and crappy teachers make it even worse. It's never too late to learn though, so you could always pick up piano now!

    Vicky - I forgot you played the french horn! I'm also impressed that you chose such a hard instrument to learn, especially feeling like you had to live up to your uncle.

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  6. My grandmother had a piano and pounded on that thing daily as she sang her hymns. My mother HATED growing up with that and as a result she forbid my grandmother to teach us to play. I loved that piano and wanted to learn desperately, but it didn't happen. Fast forward to recent times, I'm now over 60 and my nephew gave me a piano! I want to learn, but am I too old???? Food for thought.

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  7. Karen - I'm sorry that you never got to learn when you were younger, although I can understand your mother's viewpoint. While I didn't always enjoy my lessons, I think I would still want my kids to learn. I think that you could definitely try learning! I don't think you're ever too old to learn something new. :)

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  8. Yay for picking up the piano again! :)

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  9. Jackie - I think of you while practicing and remember you teaching us out of those books. :)

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  10. I played guitar from the age of about 16 - always loved it, particularly 'jammin' with others! I'm now 60 (like Karen) and find myself with one very stiff finger which prevents me from forming the chords. I missed it terribly but then my family bought me a keyboard for my birthday. It's one of those whiz bang things which will play the accompaniment for you and adds other instruments and so on, but as I played around with it I began to think how much better it would be to learn to play the piano properly. Like you Karen I wondered if I might be too old. However I decided to take the plunge and I began having lessons in July this year. My teacher is wonderful - very encouraging, and tailors the lessons to suit me. I absolutely love it - but it is the hardest thing i have ever done! Go for it Karen! Jenn, your comments made me think about whether giving children formal music lessons is really worthwhile. I feel that anyone would do better and stick at it more diligently if it is something they have chosen to do rather than have someone ( a parent) forcing them into it.

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  11. Anne - I'm sorry that you aren't able to play guitar anymore but I love that you have decided to learn piano! Having a wonderful encouraging teacher makes a huge difference and I'm so glad that you enjoying your lessons.

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  12. Good for you for trying again. I used to be able to play guitar, but I haven't touched it beyond moving it to clean or packing it up to move since before my husband and I got married six and a half years ago. There just never seems to be time, even though I know I could make the time instead of playing around online.

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  13. Stasy - I'm totally with you on needing to make time. I have time, I just don't make it. That's why I need to put it on a to do list and force myself to practice.

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  14. I pick at the piano a bit and I have a keyboard, but I rarely play it (this reminds me, I should play it more...).
    I played flute through high school and I still play occasionally (usually around Christmas time).

    If I could learn any instrument, I would learn the banjo! Maybe someday!

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  15. Mrs. Lopez - I love the flute and think it's such a pretty instrument. I contemplated learning it when I was younger but never got around to it. Is there a specific reason you chose the banjo as your instrument of choice? :)

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