Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Learning to play the piano?!

My sister's family is a musical one. Growing up we didn't play instruments, and looking back, I didn't really have an interest in learning one. Sure, I wanted to be able to sit in front of a piano and play, but I knew the work that went into reading music and that made the aspiration more than a little daunting. But after going to New York and seeing my seven year old niece play the guitar and the piano, I felt inspired. So after seeing a great keyboard on sale, husband and I decided to get it and see if it was something we could do. I love this thing (and he does too)! Reading music is INSANELY hard (who creates such a bizarre system?!), but when it comes together, and you can play a song that you actually like, it's amazing. I see it a lot like baking. When you bake, you put all these seemingly random ingredients together and get this great result. When you play the piano, all these random notes are put together to make great music. I'm quite positive I'll never play at Carnegie Hall, but I'm definitely on my way to playing Christmas carols during the holiday season, or some Modest Mouse when I really want to impress Husband.

Do you play an instrument? Which one, and how long? Any tips for an adult who's learning?


H.E.A.T.H.E.R said...

I don't have any tips! I have learning to play the piano on my list of things to do! I can't wait for your concert in the park! lol!!!!

Slow Panic said...

I play piano. Used to play a lot. I miss it.

Sophia the Writer said...

I'm sooooo excited for you! Piano is the best instrument in the world and I'm utterly biased.

I got nothin' for ya b/c I learned the Joy Luck Club way - dragged to the bench by my Tiger Mother. You could try screaming at yourself for 3 hours?