It’s that time of year to have a recital. Well actually the recital was in June of this year. So this is a little bit of a late post.
The first piece was Compose by JS Bach and it is called minuet in G major. At the actual recital it was not a perfect performance as this is the first time Valeria Star played In front of a live audience which was a difficult transition from playing in the comfort of your own home for us is playing in front of a live audience. This is a piece that was performed at the recital.
The vocal performance was a song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber play called Song and Dance. The name of this song is called Unexpected Song. You can hear the baby crying in the background and the video quality is a little bit far away but nonetheless this is what happens with live performances.
Keep practicing and keep sharing the things that you love. Things may not be perfect but what is perfect?
Recently I have been receiving many questions about my experience with the piano.
My piano playing started as a child. We used to have a Baby Grand Piano, as my father was a pianist and a music teacher. He gave me lessons as a child around age 6. But I would play and then run around. He couldn’t get me to sit still and play. I did learn the C major scale and I had also been exposed to the treble clef. Not that I really knew how to read music but I knew FACE and EGBDF as the acronyms for the music notes. So I had been exposed to the piano prior to my first music lesson back in August of 2019.
I was already taking voice lessons but I decided to take up piano because I really wanted to develop my brain a little more. I felt that piano playing would keep me very engaged. But before I could actually take lessons, I had to get a piano.
How To Get a Free Piano
So I did what every unsure piano student does and sees if I can get a free piano. I found on-line it’s easy to find one but you have to get it back to your place. After I was able to have it delivered, I started taking piano lessons. I had to learn the treble clef and the bass clef. I think that makes the piano a little more difficult because of that but in any case I started to learn the treble clef first and just really drilling notes. I got flash cards and then I found an app that helped. My friend told me about it but it’s called Tenuto (I’m unaffiliated with them). And that really helped quite a bit.
But more than anything you just have to get to know the keys on the piano and then just start playing. Doing scales and playing very simple songs on one hand and then both.
I decided I wanted to learn how to play a piece by JS Bach because I didn’t care for the music in the beginning piano books. So I researched beginner pieces of music by JS Bach and Prelude 1 in C Major came up as a good piece for a beginner.
I really do enjoy playing the piano and I recommend it for everyone. There are many resources on line. The thing I like about it is that you can go up to a piano and then start tapping keys and making the most beautiful sound. It’s like, “How did that happen?” And then you get hooked on music and you want to hear that sound again. It’s just a wonderful feeling to play music.
Looking back now of course I wish I had studied the piano as a child but can’t go back now can we?