Funny thing, chance.
After lunch with a friend a couple of weeks ago I went over to the vacuum store across the street from the restaurant we met at, to get some bags for my vac. Entering the parking lot I noticed a music store in the same plaza, so I went in after I got my vac bags.
And I came out with a new piano book. 100 of the greatest pop songs. Easy Piano.
So much fun! And not so easy.
I bought myself a second hand keyboard a few months ago to keep in the city for practicing my choir music with. By which I mean plunking out notes, mostly with one finger. Thank God we have very professional learning tracks to use for most of the practice. But I missed being able to slowly go over certain passages with my piano which lives at my house, which I don't live at, as you know. So I got this keyboard.
As it sits just a few feet from my desk, it has beckoned me on many occasions to come over and play. Since the only music I had on hand at first was my choir music, I struggled along with some of the accompaniment but, let's be honest, that was way beyond my ability!
Over Christmas I downloaded some free sheet music Christmas carols and played around with them which was great. By great, I mean it was simpler than the accompaniment, and it showed me that my brain could no longer communicate with each of my hands independently, which was a little depressing. However, each practice showed improvement, which was encouraging.
But the new piano book has inspired me to make time for a regular piano practice, and I am really getting into it!! I have three songs on the go, and two of them are really coming along, I just started working on the 3rd one yesterday.
Despite the fact that the keyboard has some limitations - I run out of keys playing the bass clef and the keys need a lot more weight to depress them and keep them depressed - as a learning tool it has been excellent.
Ever heard that saying " Chance would be a fine thing"?
Well, it was.