I have to admit, the repetitive pattern of two black three black two black, etc makes it easier to find one's place on the piano (especially when starting somewhere NOT middle C for us beginners). But I always wondered about those gaps. When you look at the keyboard, where you might expect to find a … Continue reading #105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?
This one seems to have a resounding "yes" when you Google it. Of course, which instruments, exactly, seems to be the point where it's a bit muddier. I already signed up for guitar lessons, starting this Sunday. But right now part of me can't help but wonder if maybe I should do piano lessons, too. … Continue reading #100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?
Life's done that pesky intervening thing and I've had to scale back my ambitions a bit. Too many changes at work and too much to prep for in the next few weeks has made me change my plans regarding music study and performance art. I'm taking a short break from crazy (thankfully), but now I … Continue reading Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.
My copy: 9781435144699 (image from amazon.com) When I made the informed decision to go insane and re-learn all this stuff about music I'd forgotten over the past 20 years(ish), I knew I'd have to have some help from at least one book to get me figuring out how much I really didn't know. So glad … Continue reading Reading Music: A Step-By-Step Introduction to Understanding Music Notation and Theory, by Marc Schonbrun