2008-01-13 12:34 pm (UTC)
Learning to play the piano
is one of the easiest things to do.
If not, it would look nice with some pictures and an ivy plant on top. :O)
Seriously, I think you should invest in getting the kids, or at least the boy, some lessons. He's a creative soul, a perfect outlet for him.
All you really need is to learn the basic notes and chords, and the rest is just practice, practice, practice.
2008-01-15 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: Learning to play the piano
We have a former neighbor who is a music teacher - I think we're going to giver her a call and see how much she charges for lessons.
Sol would love this post. He has an enormous breadth of musical knowledge (plays like 15 instruments) He would so do this.
Congratulations on your piano project :)
I played flute for about 7 years and Husband used to play the violin, but I'm not even sure I can still read music. I guess I'll find out soon!
Oh fun! Enjoy the learning!
I think my husband will declare a "No Practicing before 10:00 AM" rule.
Oooh! I would love to buy a piano! How fun. :)
I have wanted one forever!
Yep, you win! But, you can invest in lessons and then your home will be filled with beautiful music!
Well, maybe if I invest in lessons for the kids...
Oh I'm so jealous. A REAL piano. If you discover any book or tape or something you like that will teach you to play in 30 days, other than a human being, please pass it on! I'm sick of only playing Ode to Joy and When the Saints Go Marching In.
I think I am going to learn "Fur Elise" and "Moonlight Sonata". Maybe I should pick a third song...perhaps "Great Balls of Fire".
2008-01-14 03:10 pm (UTC)
The first thing I'm going to do when I have a house of my own is buy a piano. I've wanted one since I was a little girl, but I move so often that it would be insane to buy one before we've settled somewhere. I learned how to play in college, and picked it up really quickly, so I feel confident that if I had a piano in my possession, I would be able to re-learn the skill. And I've wanted the boys to have lessons since they were toddlers, but there's no sense getting lessons if they don't have something to practice on at home (and Devin INSISTS that having an electric keyboard is not good enough, so they can't have lessons until we have a real piano).
We had a piano in the house when I was growing up, and although I never really played it, I played with it quite a bit. I'm anxious for the two younger kids to learn, since they've never done anything musical (Oldest Daughter has a beautiful voice and has always done choir).
One is never too old to take piano lessons, says my friend who is a piano teacher. ;) Something I've wanted to do for YEARS myself. My grandmother bought me an old, old, old piano that also has a self-player - saloon type of thing on it (does that make sense?) when I was 10. It's still in my mother's basement but one of these days when/If we buy a house, it's going in it. My mother plays it beautifully but I need lessons. I didn't inherit her natural talent.
Are your kids interested in playing? Even if not, I think a piano adds warmth to a home.
Congratulations on getting a good buy!
Growing up, I always wanted a player piano. I thought they were the coolest things ever.
I think the kids will be interested once we have it. I swear The Boy played every piano in the store while we were looking. It will be interesting to see if they have the patience to learn. The two at home have the "If I can't do it on the first try, why bother" syndrome when it comes to most things.
This is a perfect example why I love you. You agonize over the easy decisions and run head long into hard ones! You balance.
I can't ever own a piano. My parents rented one when I was a kid because I convinced them that I was going to take lessons and practice, practice, practice.
We actually considered renting - they have a deal where the first six months rent can be applied to the purchase of any piano in the store. But I couldn't do that, because it would make sense.