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Jan 23, 2013

Playing the Piano

I'm pretty sure I've told you before that I'm afraid to play the piano in front of people. There are several reasons for this and most of them are dumb. I won't share all of them because I think I might have already told you part of this story. (Since I couldn't take pictures of myself playing the piano, I put in these of Baby Doll.)

When I was getting ready to graduate from Jr. High, they decided to let the two students with the highest grade point averages share a talent at the graduation ceremony. For some reason I always have the distinction of being number 2. I had been playing the piano for 5 or 6 years then and I thought I was getting pretty good. So I chose my hardest recital piece, The Music Box Dancer, and began preparing for the big day.

The day finally arrived and all of our parents and friends congregated in our church to celebrate. (That would never happen now, but in small-town Utah, our churches were the biggest venues available.) When it was my time to play, I walked to the piano I had played on a hundred times, sat down, ignored the huge crowd and played my piece by memory.

It was the only time I ever performed that piece without a single mistake! When I was finished, I stood up from the piano and made my way back to the choir seats. By the time I got there, I was shaking so badly I thought I was going to pass out. That happens to me every time I play in front of people. (Except for the perfect part, that was different...usually I mess up!)

So one of my New Year's Resolutions that I didn't write down because I'm avoiding lists this year, is to relearn to play the piano. Since I quit taking lessons at age 16, I have not practiced regularly. That was over 30 years ago. As you can imagine, my fingers are extremely rusty! Just these past couple of weeks I have noticed that the songs are coming more easily and the mistakes less frequently.

Not that I really plan to play in front of anyone but the kids. It had just gotten so bad that I think some of them might not have even realized that I know how to play. Now I'm pretty sure they just want me to stop!


Marci said...

That is awesome! When I play in front of people my right leg twitches like crazy! It's pretty annoying! I'm so happy that you're playing, I love the piano so much! I'm trying to play more this year, I used to be pretty good until I went to college and didn't have a piano! Right now I am preparing 3 different musical numbers for church and its crazy!

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

That is great! Good for you!

LeAnn said...

OMG, we are true sisters I have the same problem. I took piano for 6 years in my youth and could play fairly well. Then my parents couldn't afford lessons so I just played for myself. Later in my 40' I took lessons for 4 years but only put in practise for 2 years. I always make mistakes even if just for the family. I too want to learn to play better; especailly the hymns. I am challenging myself to that this year just like you. It is awesome to know someone has the same problem. Let's overcome this together.
Blessings and hugs!

NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner said...

What a great goal! I've never learned a musical instrument (unless 1 year of flute lessons count), but it is high up on my list! I'd like to learn the guitar or piano.

Shell said...

I bet it comes back easily!


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