Back to piano lessons

4 years ago I started taking piano lessons. It was a dream of mine to some day really be able to play the piano well. Real life sometimes changes plans however and because of the increasing costs of my kids’ activities I had to quit.

4 years later things have changed a bit and I’m back to taking lessons with the same teacher. Obviously the pandemic has changed how this works for the time being so my first lesson last night was conducted via Zoom. It went a lot better than I expected.

The last lesson I had I was in the middle of learning the 1st of Satie’s Gymnopédies so last night, after working on the first two Hanon exercises, we got back to work on the Satie. Quite frankly I was amazed at how long muscle memory lasts as I was able to play it about as well as before and it’s been about a year since I even looked at that piece.

One other thing is that with the necessity of doing these lessons via Zoom I was able to put a bit of my geekery for sampled piano plugins to use. I set up all of my sampled pianos in an Apple MainStage set and then via Rogue Amoeba Loopback pipe that in to the Zoom meeting along with my microphone. It worked beyond my expectations which quite frankly were low.

The other thing is that now I’ve got a reason to practice every day. For stuff like this I just need the structure of lessons I’m paying for to keep my accountable for doing something every day. I’m really excited about what the future holds.

Photo courtesy of Markus Gjengaar on Unsplash

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