May 12 2007

Playing the Piano

Published by at 10:27 pm under Music

PianoA few months ago, I bought a piano. Nothing special, just a Yamaha upright console piano. I have played piano since 1st grade and took lessons for about 12 years. During college and graduate school, I played off and on, although it usually involved working on my own pieces.

My daughter started taking piano lessons a few months ago, which is what caused me to buy a piano. I have not sat down as often as I would have liked to play it…I am sure that she plays it more than I do these days. But days like today make it worthwhile. I played for well over an hour. Mostly I played the “old standbys” like Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Bartok, and Satie (yeah, Bartok and Satie are “old standbys” to me…my Master’s degree is in 20th Century composition…what do you expect). Being able to sightread those pieces and enjoy them is something which I am extremely happy that I can still do. Apparently, all of those years of lessons which my mother forced on me actually paid off.

I need to make sure that I spend much more time playing music…maybe I’ll even dig up my classical guitar…

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