Friday, January 11, 2019
A new pursuit...and a new journey...
I wanted to do a little 'show and tell' about my Christmas gift from my lovely husband. This is the digital piano that he gave me. It's not as expensive as a traditional piano, but the sound is very good. And the keys feel like the ones on a regular piano. We had been talking about getting a piano for long time and I'm glad we decided to go ahead with the purchase. I had a perfect corner for it, though that is the corner where the Christmas tree resides during the 'season'. We'll see what happens next year.
Here's a little background on my music life and journey over the years. When I was 7 years old, there was a big suitcase-looking thing under my grandmother's Christmas tree that had a tag on it with my name. I was so excited about it. What could it be? It was big (or so it seemed to me). On Christmas morning I eagerly snapped open that 'suitcase' and there was....what was it? An odd looking thing with some piano keys on one side and some round button things on the other. I was very disappointed. Ha! It didn't look fun and it was not something I had asked for or wished for.
It was a child-sized accordion. I've placed a link in case you don't know what that is. Anyway, my mother (who apparently always wanted accordion or organ lessons - who knew?) thought it was a perfect gift. Well, I took accordion lessons until I was 12 and my Mom 'made me' share my music with all kinds of people. Mom was a dear woman and we visited a lot of older relatives in nursing homes and things like that. She always brought my accordion and I had to play. It was pretty much a horror for this book lover who liked hiding in the corner reading. Ha!
Happily, I outgrew the instrument (literally) and when I was 12, I asked for a piano. My parents purchased an organ. My sister and I had to take lessons for a few years. The happy part was we didn't have to transport the organ around with us playing for random people that we really didn't know. The thing is that when you play the accordion or the organ, you learn the right hand or treble clef notes. Your left hand doesn't learn the bass clef as well - you play with chords. So, I can play up a storm with my right hand (even still), but not my left.
One of my quests this year is to teach myself to play the piano - with both hands - and no chords. I could take lessons, but I'm going to try to do this with music books and possibly a few lessons on YouTube if I need to. I think it will be fun and no pressure involved. I've been a bit behind in starting because I have had a cyst on my left index finger that had to be 'frozen' by my dermatologist just before Christmas. This cyst is caused by a bone spur (probably) that comes from the arthritis in my fingers, plus I am left-handed and so this is my dominant hand. I've been healing and hoping it won't come back. If it becomes bothersome again, I'll probably have to have hand surgery, but we won't borrow trouble in that regard.
Playing the piano will be good for my hands and fingers, just like typing on a keyboard is good for them. My arthritis is not awful, but it's progressing and I've been looking for ways to keep my joints a little more supple. I think that making some music will do just that. Thanks for listening to my long story. So, do you play the piano (or even the accordion or organ)? Do tell - I'm curious how many of us took music lessons and how many have kept up with it over the years.