Piano Lessons

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(note to self:  wipe SIDES of piano keys!)

Did your parents make you take them too???  Mine did.  I rather enjoyed it and wish that I had kept it up.  I switched to the saxophone after two years of piano… then 5 years later I sold the sax to buy a typewriter.  Little did I realize that writing was my passion, not music, and that there were books trapped inside of me waiting to get out.

So, we have forced our children to take lessons too.  Like all good parents… whether the kids want to or not.  We have one that wants to.  One that is indifferent, but would like to learn the electric guitar.  One that wants to play the drums…. now.  It is SOOOOO obvious when listening to their lessons what they really think about mandatory musical instruction.  The one that enjoys making music plays at different levels of loudness, different tempos and tries the songs in different octaves.  He is graceful on the keys.  He can also play EXACTLY with the metronome.  This is the same kids that asked for Wii Music for Christmas.  :o)

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When the kids began their lessons in September, my Dad asked if we wanted the metronome that we used as kids.  Of course!  Then I found out that Dad actually made it!  Cool, huh?  It still works too… 34 years later.  Dad always made cool stuff.

What do I remember of piano lessons?  I remember my recital songs, The Tarantella and If I Were a Rich Man.  I can’t play them by memory anymore, but I can still whip up a saucy Sentimental Journey.  It’s one of those songs that you feel like you should be lying on the piano in a slinky dress when you sing it.  But it’s hard to do that and play at the same time.  I also remember driving my sister to her piano lessons.  I was such a big help raising you, Christy!

Long live piano lessons.

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9 Responses to “Piano Lessons”

  1. LaVonna Says:

    Yey for the musical Crosby’s. After 6+ years of piano, we finally let James take up another instrument. It amazes me how fast they learn…especially when they have a passion for it. You keep them kids plucking at the piano. :) The boys will be Renaissance men!

  2. Jill Says:

    Hey, Linda…. looks as if you need to take a razor to those little black hairs on the back of Keeve’s neck. It DOES amaze me that your Dad made that music thingy. He is something!

  3. rixgal Says:

    Good grief, Jilly. Were you wearing your old folks glasses from Costco when you looked at Keeve’s neck???

    LaV, I keep telling the boys that their wives are going to profusely thank me some day for all the womanly things they can do! They still don’t believe me.

  4. Christy Butcher Says:

    I couldn’t have made it through life without you!!!

  5. Jill Says:

    Nope, didn’t need glasses for that. And… I believe you have more pairs of them there glasses, sister. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh………………. I love it.

  6. LaVonna Says:

    Linda, I kept telling the same thing to James and it proved correctly when at a teen thing he sat down to play the piano. It was the one by Richard Marx…Right Here Waiting for You. Needless to say, all the female teens were ooing and ahing. See, us moms know these things. :)

  7. rixgal Says:

    I would have ooohed and ahhhed too. :o)

  8. Grumps Says:

    fROM gRAM –jUST BE THANKFUL THE HAIR ISN’S BLUE OR PURPLE. oNE OF MY NEPHEWS HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH THAT STAGE. i’M CONVINCED THE ONLY REASON A KID DOES SUCH THINGS IS TO BE NOTICED.
    hE RECENTLY TOLD ME HE WAS GOING TO CUT HIS HAIR. tHANK GOODNESS, THOUGH, HE IS A TERRIFIC, GREAT YOUNG PERSON AND WE LOVE HIM LOTS.

  9. sfrack Says:

    Good for you! Although many parents start their children on piano, not all understand the non musical benefits from doing it. Music lessons are so much more than music!
    Good luck to you . Your children’s success depends more on you than on the children. I am a piano teacher who mostly writes about piano education. Hope you will check it out!

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