Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Piano Lessons

This photograph was taken in 1899, and shows a young girl taking Piano Lessons. When I was a little kid, they made everyone take piano lessons. Yep, I had to take piano lessons . . . I really do not know why. I did try pretty hard, but I could never make any progress. You see, I could only think about one finger at a time. When it got to the part where lots of different fingers had to be doing different things at the same time, that is where I had lots of trouble. Anyway, after a couple of months, the teacher politely told my parents that they were wasting their money on the lessons, that I was not going to be a piano player.

Do you have memories to share of Piano Lessons?

7 comments:

  1. When I was in Jr. High, everyone had to take choir. The choir director politely asked me to just move my lips, but not make any sound during the recitals.

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  2. My frustration with piano lessons was so great I bit the piano on the lip of the lid that dropped down to protect the keys. When it came time to sell our baby grand about 10 years later, when I was 15, the bite marks were clearly evident.

    My piano teacher was an old man who told me that if I shook salt on a bird's tail it would not fly away from me. I kept asking him if that was true and he kept telling me to try it and find out.

    I hated him for his lessons and his refusal to tell me the truth about birds.

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  3. I took Piano lessons, I think in 6th grade. There was an old man that had a music store behind his house. It was in the old 'quaint' part of town. Mr. O'Brien. He was so nice and patient. The first song I learned to play was 'The Entertainer'. I was pretty good at it (Our dog used to sing along, I guess she liked it too). But, alas....those teenage rebellious years came creeping up on me. I gave it up after jsut a couple of years. Now I sit in church and watch the pianists in awe and wish I would have stuck with it. The only keyboard I'm good on now is a computer keyboard. LOL! Have a great day!

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  4. I, too, had to "learn the piano" and my parents provided a teacher that was older than time to teach me in her home. Once a week I would go to her house for my torture and try mightily to play as I should. At the end of the lesson, the teacher would tell me to go straight home and practice for at least an hour more.

    Well, I was at the ripe age of 13 and had just discovered that girls weren't quite as weird as I had always thought. In fact, I found them to be facinating and being left in the living room to practice only led to my sitting there wondering if Glenda (from next door) even knew if I existed. Soon, Mom would come in and chastize me for not practicing, so I would half-heartidly push on the keys intil the hour was over.

    As soon as I was released to go outside, I zipped over to Glenda's only to discover that I now really did not exist because Berry from another neighborhood had been with her and they wanted nothing to do with me.

    All this disappointment translated to a firm dislike for practice and the piano. After substantial complaining and (as a last resort) whinning, mom said I could stop, but that I would have to take it up later on. I think we both knew that I was through with the piano because she never brought it up again.

    Meanwhile, Glenda dumped Barry, but not for me. It seems that a big kid (15 years old!) attracted her eye and Barry and I were left standing in the road of romance with nothing to show but a strong desire to stay away from those darned girls. Then Katy moved in across the street and the contest resumed......

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  5. Thanks to all for sharing piano memories . . . did anyone stick with the lessons, and end up with a useful, lifelong skill?

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  6. I thought I was the only one told to lip sync! I was in elementary school and I was crushed. But I faked my way through the rehearsals then sang my heart out in assembly. It was worse that it would have been if I had been able to practice! I will never forget Mrs. Pabst's orthopaedic shoes stomping on the piano pedals as she gave me the evil eye for singing...

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  7. My piano teacher made me practice with a quarter on top of my hand.. if the quarter fell I was a failure. I can still play with a quarter on top of my hand 30 years later !

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