I’ve had my piano for as far back as I can remember. It was given to me by my Grandmother. It had belonged to my Aunt Joyce who was a really good piano player.
When I was a child I had taken lessons and had a rudimentary knowledge of the piano. After the lessons stopped…so too I stopped playing the piano. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the wisdom of hindsight and wished that I had kept up with learning and playing the piano. My husband Chris has some piano background too. For a few years now he’s wanted to get the piano tuned which we finally did.
I can’t tell you when our piano has been tuned, if ever. It was in much need of some tuning and TLC. I found a gentleman in our area, Mike Carroll, and made an appointment. It was fascinating watching him take the piano apart and clean it and then tune it. Amazingly enough…it was very reasonable priced. Now that I’ve done it…we’ll get that done every year.
Since I’m starting at square one all over again…I bought a beginning piano book. It starts with the basics which I need refreshing on. So far so good…but I knew my biggest challenge would be able to read the music from the book. Especially as I progress through the book and the tools, like listing what each note is, is slowly removed.
In looking on the internet I found out that they have such a thing as music flash cards…to help you learn what each note is by sight. I found a great website with online flashcards. After spending a little time, I’m already better able to identify the notes. I know that it will take time and practice…but I think it will be worth it.
I’m looking forward to the day I can play hymns and other songs that I like. Just listening to Chris practice for a little while was so soothing and relaxing.