Saturday, 11 August 2012

Advice taken - regarding the altered box plus..........

I just wanted to thank everyone for their honest opinion of my art work - and especially regarding the box I altered.

I added a smidgen of gold rub and buff to the translucent polymer clay 'plaits' and it's made all the difference - so thanks for that.

I thought you might like to see my latest hobby!
At the ripe old age of 60 something, I have decided to have a go at something that I have always wanted to do -learn to play the piano. 

And yes - well spotted - this is a state of the art Yamaha keyboard - it's one that I have borrowed from the lady who is teaching me - but I have been lucky to find one, like new, on the Internet.
I had one lesson yesterday - and despite my bent fingers and on of my little ones which tucks under the next one - my tutor reckons that I will do well.

The hour was spent talking to me, explaining things about the keyboard, making a list of things I need to buy, and as she is convinced I will be able to play, I've bitten the bullet and bought the equipment!

I expect a lot of you must play something - or did at school - all that passed me by, so I am starting right from the beginning! How to read music - yikes.

I spent an hour in my garden studio where I have the keyboard - our home is too tiny to house it in here - and finally mastered the first page that I was given of a tune.  My homework was to learn the first line!

With no instructions with this one - I have been having a play, and found that it plays songs all on its own - so I can pretend!  It has a whole orchestra of instruments everything you can think of!  It'll be amazing if I can manage to bash out a recognisable tune!

So from now on, once a week, I'll be having a lesson - and maybe by Christmas I'll be able to play something to entertain my family or at least my grandson.  Or is that being too ambitious.

Little Luke is 6 and learning to play the guitar at school - we could form a group !

10 comments:

sam21ski said...

WOW Lottie, I admire your commitment, going out and buying all the gear to fulfil a dream.

Love how your box has turned out too.

Sam xxx

gardenpinks said...

Yep Lottie that smidgen of gold has really made a difference :)
I take it then you enjoyed your day yesterday? Go for it gal and enjoy the process and a pat on the back for jumping in there with both feet :)
Lynn xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

People who manage to play the piano amaze me. I could never in a million years make my hands do two different things at the same time. Good for you!

Christine B. said...

Hi Lottie, You are commited now with all the equipment, have lots of fun learning. Hugs x ChrisB

maureenc.wordpress.com said...

Good luck with the piano Lotti.
(I came to visit via maggie's Blog)
I tried to regain the piano knowledge I had as a child, but was too impatient to continue. A friend now uses my keyboard to teach her grand daughter.

Sheelagh said...

It certainly has done the trick, it is smashing.

Love your description of the learning process and all the instruments your new toy plays. You must view this video by Goyte, I love it. It is actually called "State of the Art" with animation of this toy which he has used for all his work 100$ (Australian) second hand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWIKQMBBTtk&feature=relmfu

JoZart said...

Hi Zola... oops lottie!! tee hee. thanks for joining in and you'll have 2 draw entries... one for each name.
BTW That hint of gold makes your lovely box perfect.
good luck with your music. DH can play reasonably but has fooled so many friends for fun with the inbuilt music! Love your flower arrangements too,
love JoZarty x

Carol Hornby-Clements said...

I can play the piano, I have a digital piano a Casio. I used to have an old upright. Have you learned e g b d f every good, boy deserves favour the notes on the lines and f a c e, the notes in between in the spaces. I was about 12 when I learned to play.
May you continue to enjoy your music and thanks for stopping by my blog.
Carol

Ginger said...

good luck with your piano Lottie. I am sure you will amaze yourself in a very short time. The box looks lovely with the rub and buff added to the plait. x

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, aren't you brave? I used to play around with keyboards and played the recorder at school - a long time ago - but Mum played piano and I'm so envious of that. I did play guitar for a long time until my fingers stopped me but I love it still. Hope it goes well - enjoy x