The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 7/19

I haven’t done one of these for a while and as our prompt word is ‘key’ this week, how could I not join in?
Music has always played an important part in my life (yes, I know that’s a play on words there) and whilst I know my crotchets, breves, quavers and clefs, I could not tell you what a diminished seventh is, though the chances are I play them.
I do not have perfect pitch, that is I can’t open my mouth to sing a note and it will be the perfect ‘C’, ‘F’ or ‘G’, but I do have a good ear and can pick out a decent melody, then transpose it to a keyboard.
I did this in a pub, and got some funny looks as I stood at the bar, my fingers gracing the bar towel and imaginary keys as I worked out in my head the notes of Memory from the musical Cats. By the time I got to a piano, I sat down and played it note perfect, all bar the key change at the passionate end, which I have never mastered, even after all these years.
I say note perfect……… that is to say I got them all in the right order, but in the wrong key.
I play in F#, which is the black notes for those who don’t play at all.
I find this key easiest on my hands, especially now thanks to arthritis, and could bash out a good emphasis where it counted on the Terminator theme or If I Loved You.
Today I have to modify the way I play as I cannot bear undue pressure on my finger joints. This might well confuse my Dad now as he could always tell when something was on my mind by the way I played, not necessarily what. He played in F# too.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Dec. 7/19

  1. jenanita01 says:

    This has always been my greatest disappointment, not being able to play the piano properly. I could pick out a tune or play chopsticks with one hand, and even had lessons but my left hand refused to play along. Literally.

    • I’ve been playing since I was about 3, but had lessons when I was around 13. It taught me how to control the race between my left and right hand, but after two years my piano teacher told my Dad he couldn’t teach me. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to learn, more of impatience and he’d finally cottoned on why I insisted he play my new piece first. I played what I heard, not what was written. He told Dad that by forcing me, I could grow to hate it and not touch it at all, so I didn’t have any more. I pick out the melody and then make up the rest, so don’t despair. You;ve done the hard bit and all you need is a few chords or fiddly bits to go with it!

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I like this Di,very interesting! How clever you are playing by ear that’s a real talent. I am also impressed that you have modified your playing making allowances for your arthritis, that I can understand. Did your dad play in F for the same reasons? 💜💜💜

  3. John Holton says:

    My grandmother could do that. Drove her piano teacher nuts.

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    That’s wonderful you can play the piano. We had one when I was a kid, but we just banged around on it, no one ever even thought about taking lessons. I’m glad you got the chance. 🙂

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