I haven’t mentioned that we shipped our piano to our son a number of years ago. He is actually the pianist in the family and had decided to give lesson in search of additional income. Without a piano I have been heading back to school at odd hours of the night to practice. I go at night because I really don’t want to explain nor am I ready to perform for anyone. Hector the night custodian nods and smiles when he sees me. He is way to polite to ask what I am doing and as time has gone on I see less and less of him. He has probably learned my routine and works far away the music room when he knows I might be nearby. I only wish that I could provide him with some beautiful music as he works. I am sure that he has learned to run the vacuum or wear ear buds when he thinks I’m around.
After a few lessons, the instructor asked us to purchase a book. Since we can’t spend money on this assignment, I have taken screen shots of the songs from the book, as she graciously showed the songs we were to practice. I’m not sure how long I can continue the assignment without investing in a book. This week to supersede the problem I looked for a new instructor. After an extensive search I may have found several. One instructor is demonstrating finger exercises. Definitely something I need to practice more. Another is helping me stay motivated.
As I continue to work on this task though, I recognize that the internet has provided me with only part of the tools I need to learn. My next step is a Skype session with my son, the piano teacher. The collaboration, assessment and the feedback that I need to learn has been missing. It’s time for some face-to-face lessons. I’m thrilled and can’t wait to find out what my new instructor thinks of my playing.