Scaredy Cat Challenge - Old Dogs and New Tricks

Time for a quick update on my latest Scaredy Cat Challenge... learning to play the piano! :)


I went for my second piano lesson last Friday. My Norwegian teacher told me that I was, and I quote, "...surprisingly good at playing from the sheet music without looking down at your hands."  He said it in Danish, which I've translated for you.  His singsong Norwegian accent you will just have to imagine for yourselves... ;D

I told him that, actually, I found that part very easy (it's the rest that's difficult). After all, I'm an old-school 'stenog' or shorthand typist. Just like my hero, Thoroughly Modern Millie! :)  I learned to typewrite in the days when the machines were mechanical. When the teacher drummed out a rhythm to type to [perhaps even to music?! will have to check with my schoolmates] and most of the lesson was spent with the fabric dust cover over our hands, so we couldn't look down and cheat.  In my first office job - in 1986 - I had an electric typewriter.  I can even remember the day it was upgraded to an electronic one...with a 'memory' of about 50 characters.  What a new fangled machine that was!

So maybe it is possible to teach this old dog new piano tricks? Keep your ears pricked up! And don't forget to practice for 15 minutes every day... (setting my Flylady timer NOW!)

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Have a wonderful Wednesday! :)

6 comments:

ms. caboo said...

Diane, I commend you on learning something like the piano! Wow! I'm impressed. Good luck. I will have to think long and hard on a scaredy cat challenge for myself.

Leslie aka "MissusSmartyPants" said...

Wow! Learning piano is a BIG challenge!

I'm doing my first triathalon Dec. 31st...and I thought I was taking on a big challenge.

I have to say I'm impressed. Cool he said 15 minutes of practice a day...you have a timer for that, LOL!

Best wishes in making sweet music!

learncreatedo said...

WTG learning the piano! I tried for a a while back at school...but i cheated and played by ear. just could not read sheet music fast enough.

Only just passed my typing class too. the only thing i enjoyed about that was the carriage return. I was so glad when computers became the norm!

Enjoy the music!

DIANE, DENMARK said...

Thank you, girls! :D

Ms Caboo: your challenge can be big or small, just take your pick! ;D

Leslie: A Triathalon?! Wow, I'm the one that's impressed! :D

Sam: carriage return? ahh, those were the days! :)

Teri said...

Congratulations on learning to play the piano Diane! That's wonderful that you can play without looking at your hands already!

As for typing, I remember walking into typing class and our teacher had put masking tape over each key on every typewriter. Eek! Oh and yes, they were manual typewriters. :)

DIANE, DENMARK said...

Hi Teri! Gosh, your teacher must have spent a LOT of time and tape covering up those keys! But did it work? ;D