Ambitions, Whimsical

Keeping Delusions of Grandeur to a Minimum

Last week, I got a piano teacher and a piano. The piano is digital because the ability to play in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing anyone was far too good to pass upโ€”it increases the likelihood of my practicing by about 100%.

After fewer than a dozen hours of practice and fewer than five days of owning a piano, this is where I am.

I’ve got a long, so terribly long, journey ahead of me and I’m only where I am today because I played the violin for six years. Even though I stopped playing it eleven years ago, I don’t have much trouble reading music. Still, this is going to take years. I hope I stay the course.

As far as improving goes, I don’t intend to measure my progress in pieces or levels, but in hours. More than talent, I think the piano is an instrument that takes time. After so many hundreds of hours of sensible practice, it’s only possible to suck so much, right? :) Obviously, there are other factors involved when it comes to things like becoming the next Mozart, but I’m not trying to do that. I just want to play a song that sounds like a song and not like half a song or a dumbed down version of a song.

Wish me good luck by telling me to play or in other words to practice.

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  • Reply Sofie November 29, 2012 at 3:45 am

    Wow, that’s incredible after such a short amount of time! I think it must be a definite advantage to have played another instrument, because then you already kind of have “the music in you”, if that makes sense without sounding like a 90s pop song. Way to go, and keep going!
    PS: You have a really nice voice. :)

  • Reply Stephanie November 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

    That piece! I remember learning that! ๐Ÿ˜€ As someone who spent ten years of her childhood practicing piano, here is my comment:

    1) Piano playing is awesome, and kudos to you for picking it up, especially since it is uncanny for an adult to begin practicing.

    2) Playing piano does indeed take a lot of time. It will be a LONG time before anyone, other than Mozart, to play the awesome and epic masterpieces. Because you’re an adult that can process information faster than most children, you’ll breeze through most of the lower levels relatively quickly. But once the lower levels are past, then you’ll be grinding through the masterpieces with all the people who started as kids. It took me one year of practice to get good enough to start learning the piece that you recorded yourself playing as a little kid.

    3) I stopped playing piano in college (four years ago) because I only had time to focus on one instrument, and I chose to focus on the flute. Now, my piano playing is nowhere near as epic as it used to be, but it is good enough for me to pick up any song with not too much practice.

    In short, piano playing is a lifelong, awesome skill that will take a lot of work. Keep it up and you will be epic!

    • Reply chantelle December 2, 2012 at 1:52 am

      Thanks for the advice. I just have to try to stick with it. :)

  • Reply Manda November 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    The title of this entry reminds me of one of the lines in the Wicked song “Defying Gravity” ๐Ÿ˜›

    I learned how to play the piano for a few years, but it never really interested me (neither did the violin). I was more interested in ballet as a child. But I do admire those who know how to play a musical instrument, as it’s definitely a good skill to have and demonstrates dedication!

  • Reply Gayle November 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Wow, you’re already quite good! I used to play piano 2 years ago especially when there are school activities. I was so young then. Now, it takes me awhile to remember everything and I’m already having a hard time reading music. Geez.

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