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Musician in His house
January 7th, 2012, 07:03 AM
I always thought it would be cool to learn the piano too. Now I am scared.
It's not really that scary. What I was describing was something you'd not learn until later. Usually you start out learning in the Key of C, which means no sharps and no flats at all. You learn where "middle C" is on the piano, approximately in the middle of the keyboard, and you learn that you play the treble clef notes (the upper group) with your right hand and the bass clef notes (the lower group) with your left hand, and usually you learn the C scale. "Middle C" is the meeting point for your hands, and it can be played with either thumb. It's only later that you start with sharps and flats.
Don't worry, DMac, I tend to rattle on about things I love, and this is one of them. In fact, I do encourage anyone to take lessons that wants to learn to play. :hug
Something like this is what you start out with:
January 7th, 2012, 07:07 AM
I can play the radio. I'm quite good at it. :nod
January 7th, 2012, 08:52 AM
"If music be the food of love, play on." -William Shakespeare
I've been playing piano for 58 years (beginning age five) and have been a church pianist and restaurant pianist.
When starting out, learn a few easy songs, by memory, to which you have an emotional attachment. Play them in addition to your required lessons in order to prevent "exercise-type" lessons from becoming monotonous. Learn one or two favorites at first, then expand. You'll be surprised to see how easy it is to figure out which (left hand) notes/chords go with your (right hand) melody notes when trying to learn a song you really want to play.
January 7th, 2012, 09:10 AM
There are abunch of music makers here. I expect the RRBB Orchestra/Jazz Band will be AWESOME!
Mom was a music major - still plays her Steinway, plays organ at a local church.
I did some piano and violin as a child but did not have the INTELLEGENCE to continue.
I did learn rhythm and eventually took up guitar. I can also so some basic rolls on a banjo.
I can follow music but basicaly work from chords. All my family is muscially talented. What a gift.
As for starting, you are never too old. My FIL started piano a few years ago and was doing quite well.
I would like to do fiddle playing but I need to get a Vi-oa-lin [viola wide-neck w short violin body] my arms are a bit short.
January 7th, 2012, 09:14 AM
I've played the piano since my mother acquired one when I was about four years old. I was able to compose and play tunes on it (both hands) even though I didn't start having formal piano lessons (practical and theory) until I was seven years old, and also play by ear. Because that was what I was used to, I found it difficult to adjust to sight reading and that has never been my most natural ability which is a bit frustrating.
Give me some written guitar chords to follow above the melody, and I'm a lot happier.
My sister is the opposite....she can sight read beautifully and even though she can also improvise and play by ear like me, she is unable to compose.
I had formal piano lessons for eight years and sat four exams. Sometimes I wish I had done more but at the age of 15, I hated studying anything including musical theory so I gave it up.
I did some singing in church services in my childhood and a lot more as I reached my teenage years. I was the female lead singer in the church youth choir for seven years, singing solo parts where applicable but mostly alto or mezzo soprano parts. We recorded an album in 1977 (not released commercially) and sang a lot of Andrae Crouch songs. Gotta love that '70s music! My future husband and I would sing duets sometimes in the evening church service. I would be miked on the piano and he would also accompany on the guitar.
There was a long hiatus musically for me as CFS hit at the age of 19 and I also married and had four children. I started singing in church again in 1990 when my health improved but then went downhill again after a few years. A diagnosis and medication (for Narcolepsy) gave me a lift again for a few years from 2000, and over that time my husband and I were the Music Directors at our church which had a membership of a few hundred. He was also a worship leader for some years before that. We played piano and guitar in the church band while we were Music Directors. I discovered later that I had earned quite a reputation for my "gruelling" singing auditions for the music team and I had prospective auditioners quaking in their shoes beforehand! :lol2
In 2002, I wrote the script for a Christmas Musical which was performed that year, and did all the direction and production for it, including the musical direction. It had a fairly large cast because of all the characters in the Christmas story (angel choir, shepherds, three wise men etc.), and my two daughters played "The Camel" with one being the front legs and the other the back legs! The backdrop of the story included two young children (brother and sister) who lived next door to the Bethlehem Inn and also observed other scenes as onlookers. The musical was called "Through The Eyes Of A Child". I would have also liked to compose all the music for it but didn't have the time. However I did create the backing tracks for some of the songs that were performed.
I also created the backing tracks (i.e. using a keyboard connected to a computer) for other songs performed during our years of ministry, including a song that I composed for a large group item called "Jesus Is Risen" (obviously an Easter song!).
Unfortunately the Christmas Musical was such a huge undertaking for a person with CFS that I nosedived again afterwards and even though we struggled to continue with the ministry for a couple more years while cutting back on things here and there, we eventually had to discontinue in that role. My husband continued playing guitar and worship leading in the band for a while longer but eventually stood down.
I still have my piano keyboard connected to my computer and have the intention in the back of my mind to return to some song-writing. While I was unwell in the 90's I did half-compose some songs and make the backing tracks for them so they are still sitting here on my computer. I sometimes toy with the idea of writing music that would be an encouragement to new Christians in the Tribulation. While there would be a mountain of Christian music left behind after the Rapture, the Trib Saints would especially need something uniquely tailor-made for their situation. I seriously wonder whether I would even have enough time to accomplish such a goal when I look at the "signs" around us, but perhaps God has put this idea in my heart.
January 7th, 2012, 09:45 AM
I started playing trumpet in elementary school through high school. A lot of people thought I would go on and pay professionally. All through high school I was practicing and playing between 10-12 hours a day. I also come from a family that has several professional musicians still performing today.
I stopped playing in college due to my love for Architecture. I was accepted into a very good architecture and planning school which was very demanding time wise. So for 25 years my horn sat in it's case. About 2 and a half years ago I found the Lord presented me with an opportunity to start playing again. It was definitely something pulling me back to music. I am a bit of a perfectionist and set pretty high standards for playing so I was worried whether I would have the time. Then the Lord led me to my current teacher. He is a wonderful Christian guy with a pretty good resume including tours with Elvis,Stan Kenton, Claude Gordon, and many professional groups out of vegas and more. He was able to put me on a routine that only takes 3 hours a day producing results far better than in high school. So another great example of how the Lord produces the resources when he calls you to service. Hum. Just realized that.
Anyway I love to play and I sure would like a shot at the Lord's lead horn line!!!
January 7th, 2012, 09:57 AM
I discovered later that I had earned quite a reputation for my "gruelling" singing auditions for the music team and I had prospective auditioners quaking in their [/QUOTE]
Good for you! I mean we are playing and singing for the Creator of all things. Doesn't He deserve our best? I wish more people would realize that. I only play in church now but I treat it as if I were playing at the Met every Sunday.
January 7th, 2012, 12:29 PM
I've been playing piano for 58 years (beginning age five) and have been a church pianist and restaurant pianist. A sense of humor, immense knowledge of the scriptures, a pre-Tribber, and decades experience of piano?? :shocked
If it's in the realm of possiblity that you could play a country Jerry Lee song, you're officially my favorite person in the world!! :wave :heh
January 7th, 2012, 03:13 PM
It doesn't take but a few lyric changes to turn many pop songs into Christian messages:
Yes I said come on over sinner
Whole lotta savin' goin' on
Yes I said come on over sinner
Truly you can't go wrong
Whole lotta savin' goin' on.
Well I said come on over sinner
I got the Devil by the horns
Yeah I said come on over sinner
Got your blessin's in my barn - Who's barn - What barn? - MY barn!
Whole lotta shakin' goin' on:
Now SHAKE, planet, SHAKE!
Watch for that next QUAKE!
I said SHAKE, planet, SHAKE!
Watch your bank go BREAK!
WHOLE lotta shakin' goin' on!
Yes I said "LOOK UP IN THE SKY!"
Lift your little head up high
Yes I said "LOOK UP IN THE SKY"
Soon you are gonna FLY!
Whole lotta FLYIN' comin' on!
Yeah I said LISTEN-
Brother you hear that horn?
Yeah I said LISTEN-
Jacinth you hear that horn?
WHOLE LOTTA SHOUTIN' COMIN' ON!
January 7th, 2012, 03:19 PM
I used to be able to play the piano and the flute! Have no piano and no flute now...so..
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