Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

If there is one thing budding musicians hate to practice, it has to be scales.
I could never get my fingers to manipulate themselves the way to achieve ease of play, and though I know my notes, I couldn’t tell you a diminished fifth from a damper pedal.
I’ve been playing the piano from a very early age, around 3 I guess, when my Dad caught me tinkling the old ivories with my chubby fingers.
This progressed to duets, and then I ended up playing both parts and things sort of developed from there.

I had lessons when I was 12, so scales came into the fore then. My tutor was very good and after two years cottoned on as to why I’d ask him to play my new piece before we started to learn it. I played what I heard, not what was written. Between him and my Dad, they decided lessons were no longer beneficial and if I was forced to learn, I’d grow to hate it.
However, in later years arthritis has taken its toll, and even if I’d ever enjoyed them, scales are beyond me now.
I have adopted a couple of pieces as finger exercises instead.
These are Ode to Joy, The Spirit is Willing and believe it or not, My Grandfather’s Clock!
These tick all the boxes for covering the keyboard, even if I do play them all in F#.

No picture of me at a piano, but this is the digital piano we bought shortly after we moved here. As you can see it has seen both ends of our lounge!  Written for https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/43011194/posts/2619012735

About pensitivity101

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 an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. 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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1 Response to Tuesday Photo Challenge: Scale

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