Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

I should still be in bed dozing a while longer on my day off, waking up slowly. Instead, I'm sitting here at 6:30 a.m. with my first cup of coffee, trying to figure out how I could've oh-so thoroughly screwed up my week (and month by extension). I should be sitting out on the porch … Continue reading Haven’t had my head screwed on straight in over a week, & boy has it showed…

Two hands, two different beats on the keyboard… now what?

Forget "left" and "right" Twix bars; the left vs. right hand on the piano keyboard is just a doozy lately. I hit that snag in my learning while with my instructor this morning. So far, what we'd been playing has had at least the bass part starting (chord or single note) along with a note … Continue reading Two hands, two different beats on the keyboard… now what?

The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

This has been a week full of starts and stops, especially writing or music wise. I thought up and rejected half a dozen different blog posts because as I thought about writing them the ideas seemed trite or self-evident (or if I asked a question, it was answered before I even opened a web page … Continue reading The scales are teetering, or, trying to get the most out of piano practice away from the keyboard…

#105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?

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?

Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

I think I was 15 when dad bought me my first guitar. It was a typical six-string guitar, and one I wanted so badly to learn on. The difficulty was...well, the difficulty in playing, and not knowing anybody else who could give me pointers. I also didn't have much beyond the initial exercise books to … Continue reading Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…

#100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?

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?

Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.

Ah, thank you, Minions, for reminding me why I'd never let a metal-loving six-year-old borrow any of my guitars. I gotta admit, I was wondering if this Sunday was going to turn into every other Sunday for the past few months, where by now I'd be laying in bed with a headache actually wishing Monday … Continue reading Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew, or, how to make a REALISTIC practice plan.

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.

Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Ideally, this week would've been perfect to start trying my new schedule out. But as I've barely been able to keep my eyes open and my throat from trying to cave in on itself the past three days, yeah, that just wasn't going to happen. Dammit. When I could sit and read more than a … Continue reading Best Laid Plans: Stumbling back into the arts, one book, class, & practice session at a time…

Those weeks when it’s probably better if plans are NOT made….

I think it's one of those super-obvious things regarding willpower, goals, etc.... but at the same time so damned complex. I get that I had a whole bunch of stuff to try out and experiment with, and that worked out okay, but then another thing and another thing came along until all my plans were … Continue reading Those weeks when it’s probably better if plans are NOT made….