Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Beginner's Blues



Oh, yeah. It's all happening. Big one has a piano exam in 2 weeks so you can't keep the little one off the piano. Reverse psychology? Go figure! Please excuse the really out of tune piano. It hasn't been tuned in 6 moves. I know. I'm a bogan. I don't tune my piano. Can't keep everyone happy. But because of this video, I am booking a tuner today.

Enjoy my little lad.

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Disclaimer: no child was hurt, coerced, threatened or forced in any way in the making of this video. It went a bit like this: "hey Mum, can you video me and put me on your blog?". "Yeah, ok".

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  1. Clapping hands here!
    I remember when little tacker commenced piano lessons..wasn't that just the other day!
    xx

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    1. Yeah, "Rock on C", "Groove on D", his spectacular one note pieces played for the end of year concert seem like just yesterday! A-M xx

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  2. Gorgeous! Love that grin at the end. What age did your boys start playing A-M? I would love mine to learn as I think it helps so much with grasping theory. The teacher here doesn't take them until they are 8. x

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    1. Smart teacher you have Letitia. My Mum was a University music lecturer and piano teacher back in the day. She has always said 8 years is the best age to start when gross motor and fine motor and I don't know? brain stuff? all align for the perfect teaching storm! I started violin when I was 8 years old... and have not stopped for 37 years.. even though I didn't choose music as a career. It was a great second job for 20 years of my life and through my bushband afforded me the little luxuries, like travel, that I wouldn't have afforded being a lowly paid Dietitian! I hope by giving my boys the gift of music it enriches their lives, makes them interesting people and also gives them an opportunity to maybe earn money in a Uni job, not waiting tables... but maybe playing piano in a foyer of a 5 star hotel!? Little one started piano at 8.... so did big son. It has worked for us. They tinkered and played around before then but the lessons started at 8. Big son is very busy at school but is determined to keep up with piano. He practices his pieces and scales once through each day to keep on top of them. It only takes 10 minutes. Had to drop guitar lessons as he is so busy but he still rocks up to guitar ensemble every Tuesday morning before school for a bash. It's cool. A-M xx

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    2. Thanks for that. Sounds like 8 is the go. I had one lesson and my teacher stopped teaching. Hopefully not due to me! Did voice as my instrument in Year 12 music performance and always wished I had done more piano to help me with my theory. x

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  3. Love it! He was really getting into it! Love the grin at the end too. x

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  4. Well done, keep up the good work! :)

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    1. Thank you! He only practises when his big brother needs the piano!

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  5. He was fantastic A-M. He's a natural performer too. Xx

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    1. Thank you! I have shared these comments with him. He is beaming! He loves his 'blog time'! See you on Thursday! Lots to discuss. We might have to borrow Faux Fuchsia's whiteboard! Xx

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  6. Gorgeous - I'd stay un-tuned - he is such a rock star already - such talent and charm - love that grin - he breaks hearts!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you. He is such a musical little chap. Always singing and humming...like always... Like I am talking to you son, please stop singing and listen to me!

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  7. Love it!! Taking your music lesson advice on board A-M. Big son has turned 8 so we are about to dive in!

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    1. Oh wonderful. It's such a gift to give your children. So enriching. We have a full orchestra now in our house. Violin, pianos, guitar, electric guitar..everyone plays piano so we are always playing something at some time.

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  8. Excellent job, look how far those fingers have to stretch! By the way, I don't think you are a bogan A-M, bogans don't own pianos as beautiful as that!!

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    1. Ha, occasionally I let the trolls get to me! Xx

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  9. Book me a ticket to his first gig! The smile at the end is (as everyone else has also pointed out) priceless! This might sound strange and I hope not creepy, but I've missed hearing about the boys. My two are all grown up and I treasured those days when they thought I was near-perfect and oh-so-smart. As Gretchen Rubin says, "The days are long, but the years are short. You will LOVE this short video by Gretchen: http://theyearsareshort.com/

    P.S. It features pics of your beloved NYC!
    P.P.S. You might cry.

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    1. Thank you Susan.... Heading over there now. I suppose I have been cautious talking about my boys due to feed back from the nasties. One stated she couldn't stand my constant whining, then she emailed me to say shes sick of me bragging about how perfect my children are. Can't win so I shut up for a while there. I miss talking about my boys too... After all, they are my life. Xx

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  10. Love the head nod counting his rest.
    Well done little fella!

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    1. We do lots of rest practice. Him on the piano while I bark the counts from the ironing board! Xx

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  11. Cheers and claps! Brings back memories of my daughter's early saxophone lessons - often took ages to recognise the tunes. I hope that some time in the future she will take it up again so that all those lessons, band practices and performances have not been wasted.

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    1. I don't think it is ever wasted. I attended my aunts funeral last week and chatted to my darling uncles who all received copies of their AMEB exam certificates that they did when they were teenagers (my departed aunt had kept them all in her personal papers). I was blown away that despite my grandmother being poorer than poor, she still found a way to provide her 5 sons with piano lessons up to grade 5 AMEB. My uncle said it was those lessons that gave him his life long love of all types of music. It is never wasted. Xx

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  12. Haha A-M you're so funny. Bogans don't OWN piano's!

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    1. Don't they?? You'll have to tell one of my trolls that!

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  13. Lots of clapping and "yays" here! Very good! Wishing him good luck with the exam. Don't worry, my piano really needs tuning too......shhhh Mxxx

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    1. B is doing the exam pet. K is just hogging the piano whenever he can to be a bothersome little brother!

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  14. Congratulations what a lovely piece. You have bought a smile to my face. Good luck on the exam!

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  15. Such a cool piece - so different to the rather stuffy music I was taught at that age. I agree with many of the comments and replies here that music is a great skill and opens up opportunities. My 10 year old has been learning for a couple of years and we can now enjoy some time together at the piano - precious.
    Good luck to the big boy with his exam.
    x

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  16. Love the cheeky grin at the end! Wee star x

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  17. Bless his cottons - big round of applause! He has probably sat his exam by now - hoping all went well. My daughter sat her first on Saturday - don't know who was more nervous her or me. It's beautiful hearing live music through the house in the mornings. It's a gift for life.
    Carmel

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  18. What a precious boy. He plays so well and judging by the size of his grin, he seems to really enjoy it. My daughter played the flute and my son learnt clarinet. Then, in high school, study and sport took up all of their time. Now they're young adults and sometimes give us a brief recital when they're home for Christmas. Their playing is rusty, but it's great to see they still enjoy it.

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  19. Loved it!!! And loved that cute smile at the end even more!! Thanks for sharing

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  20. Standing ovation from the D´Box...

    Oh... my lil AM is going a big one now. Proud of you AM.

    Love from D´Nics...

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  21. That was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Love, Heidi

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  22. BRAVO!!!! That was really well done! Please pass on to him that his performance brighten my lunch hour here in D.C.

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  23. BRAVO!!!!! Please pass on to him that his performance brighten my lunch hour here in D.C.!

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  24. Dear AM,

    Thanks for that lovely, cute!! video. Am so happy to read about all the happy developments in your life. I believe you deserve every good thing!

    Never mind those "trolls". Let them stay in the dark- that's where they belong. you keep doing what is right and beautiful!

    Blessings to you and your loves,

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  25. Dear AM,

    Thanks for that lovely, cute!! video. Am so happy to read about all the happy developments in your life. I believe you deserve every good thing!

    Never mind those "trolls". Let them stay in the dark- that's where they belong. you keep doing what is right and beautiful!

    Blessings to you and your loves,

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  26. Hahaha. Love your fine print. My son does that to me too. So CUTE!

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  27. Way tooooo cute - I love the little head nod to count the rest beat!

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  28. Ole, ole, ole!!!!

    That smile of satisfaction doesn't have a price!!! Wonderful. Well done, boy!

    Regards

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  29. I just showed master nearly 9 in an attempt to drag him away from the football on tv and practice before his lesson tomorrow but alas it failed. He has been learning since the beginning of last year when he was seven.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx