Hello Readers! This is the final post of the series about my mother’s adventures as a piano student. In yesterday’s post she shared what it feels like to actually be on the bench during a lesson. Today you will get to find out about her biggest challenge so far in lessons. She writes:
I Can’t Play This!
After my first Hanon song, I procrastinated a month. Then I started translating the next song. I discovered that notes began to change within certain measures. But that translation helped me get those notes correct. Afterwards, I sat at the piano and pecked out the song. As time progressed, I developed courage, moved beyond pecking, and played rhythmically. On several occasions I told the teacher that I would be ready to play Hanon by the next week. But I didn’t feel comfortable when that day came. Within a two-month period I went and demonstrated to my teacher that I could play my second Hanon song. Her face lit up and she was very proud. Indeed that let me know that I had WHIPPED Hanon just as I told her I would. “Whew! The work paid off.
Five months of piano lessons is an honor and a privilege. I’m venturing more and am determined to let each song tell its own story. I have a sway, a rock, and a love all my own!
Coming Full Circle – Twice!
You already know that I have moved from being a piano parent to a piano student and that my teacher also taught my younger daughter. But there is more! I taught my teacher, Gisele Gentry, when she was a college student. You never know where life will take you! Enjoy the journey!