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Learning to Play Piano Wrap Up

Learning to Play Piano Wrap Up

Alright my first challenge is in the books.  I really enjoyed it more than I expected and think I’ll continue to play the piano.  I played about 30-45 minutes on most days and in total put in about 15-20 hours.  Overall, I’d rate this challenge as medium on the difficulty scale.  The first 15 days we’re the toughest and the most boring since I was focused on learning the basics like reading music and technical things like hand positions and drills.  I really didn’t start playing actual music until about mid-month and that’s when it starts becoming fun.   If anyone is considering trying to play the piano or any musical instrument,  I highly recommend taking a course on YouTube and make sure you invest some time in learning the basics.  If you’re just starting, it’s important to develop good habits from the beginning  or you’ll end up spending five times as long trying to fix bad habits.  I used YouTube for everything.  It was great and hey its free.   

I learned to play Amazing Grace and parts of several other songs including Marc Cohn’s Walking in Memphis, which has one of my favorite piano solos.  I play a few songs in the video below.  Let me know if anyone decides to give it a try.

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Piano Challenge Days 1 – 10

Piano Challenge Days 1 – 10

Okay I’ve survived  the first 10 days of learning to play the piano, maybe with a little less sleep than I’d like, but hey what’s new.  I’ve been primarily using YouTube lessons.  I tried a few different teachers and the one that has worked best for me so far is:

And no, she does not wear that dress during the lessons.  It kind of felt like false advertising, but it’s okay since she’s a great teacher.  Unlike other courses I tried first, this one goes forward at a slow enough pace and builds gradually, which is working well for me.  As I stated in my original post, I have no musical ability, so very basic is perfect.  

I thought things were going pretty well and then I progressed to playing with both hands at the same time and everything fell apart.  Something short-circuits in my brain when that second hand comes into play.   Apparently, my brain is going to need some rewiring to pull this challenge off.   

Side note:  I am very thankful that my 5-year old son is an amazing sleeper.  If there was a competitive sport for sleeping through anything, the scholarship offers would already be rolling in – he’s a natural. Playing the piano while he’s sleeping, no problem.  That’s not even a challenge for him though.  Thunderstorms are a breeze.  I think I could vacuum his room with the lights on and it wouldn’t matter.

Learning to Play the Piano

Learning to Play the Piano

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For my first challenge, I going to tackle a project I’ve been procrastinating about for at least ten years. And that’s learning to play a musical instrument.   I’ve never played any musical instrument before unless Guitar Hero counts and I even stalled out on medium there.   On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate my musical ability somewhere between -10 and does not qualify.  Remember the Bryans Adams song Summer of 69 that’s goes “I got my first real six-string…”, well I thought it said “I got my first real sex dream…  I need to boost the harmony in my life, so this seems like the right way to start.

Stacy’s great-grandmother used to be a piano teacher and we inherited her piano about five years ago.  I’ve never played it more than a minute or two and played would be generous, more like torture for anyone within earshot including small animals.  My plan is to find out what can be accomplished in 30-45 minutes a day by someone with zero ability.  I going to begin with piano lessons from YouTube and then see if I can play a song by the end of the month.  Any song requests?