A Lifetime of Music
I don’t remember how old I was when we all were signed up for piano lessons. Our teacher would see each of us, sometimes through the dinner hour. During one lesson, I remember telling her I learned a new song. I had figured out how to play it on my own without the music. She was not interested in the least. I found reading music rather difficult, but hearing a song and playing it came naturally. I may not have learned it in the correct key, but it was recognizable and that was all I cared about. Our teacher would have us practice scales and I remember our songbooks would have “G♯” or “E♭” rather than us learning the notes by sight. Somehow I was just not able to grasp it all. Learning to read music and play with both hands was hard!