Joined: 03 Feb 2009 00:24 Posts: 6074 Location: Windsor, Berkshire
Right. I have been taking classical singing lessons for a few months now, and am surprisingly quite good I can sing in French and Latvian (and English of course!) and am VERY pleased with my progress! To help with my pitching and general sense of musicailty, I started to play the keyboard as well to help me do scales, arpeggios etc.
This means that I have taught myself how to read the score and play the keyboard too. So my sight-reading is now very good, and I can play all the vocal melodies of my songbook very well. Although I have always wanted to play the piano, I have been a little anxious about it as it's unlike playing any other instrument, (that I know of). You have to learn the treble clef as well as bass clef, (different scores): your left hand does the bass clef and your right hand does the treble clef. You're reading two different pieces of information in two different parts, for either hand that you have to sight-read and play at the same time! I always thought it was too much like hard work until...........
Last night. I decided to take the plunge. Geoff bought me a piano book, a level up from the one that I have as I already know many of the basics, such as time signatures etc. He suggested that I practised a basic grade 1 piece, by learning the left hand first, then the right hand and then combining the two. 'Easier said than done', I thought, but then after first beginning to play, I found myself not only able to sight-read, play the bass clef parts and the treble clef part, but I was doing it from memory and by ear!!!!!!!!
An hour after beginning to learn, I had cracked it! I had learnt how to accompany myself on the keyboard! I was also singing the words to the song, so now, I can proudly say that I now can play 'The Swing'. I can play a whole piece (albeit a short basic Grade 1 piece), and can sing too! I can sing to the music that I myself am playing! How cool?!!!! Go me!