The Dabbler: Volume I, Episode I

Here we go!

I recently visited my maternal grandmother when I went home to visit. As I walked into her small front room I was struck by something I had never noticed before. Her piano took up a huge portion of her living space. I asked her about it. Why did she give up so much room to have a piano? She told me it was because she loved to play. She said that she once put it into storage and couldn’t handle not being able to play it. All of that space was worth the sacrifice to her. As she gave me her reasons, my mind was brought back to all of the good times that I had had with her while she played the piano and I sang. It was clear to me, now, why she kept the piano around.

I grew up being around music. All my siblings play music. It is something that comes fairly natural to us. When I was going through middle school and high school, I was in multiple bands playing the trombone and the euphonium. Even with all of this musical background, though, the piano was still an unconquered beast to me. I have thought about learning before, but the idea of it was overwhelming. With my newfound motivation, I am planning on learning the piano as my dabbling subject for the month of April. I have asked my friend Trenton (a good pianist and the only person I know in my building with a piano) to teach me several times a week. He has also agreed to let me practice on his piano when he is home and we both have free time.

Goals

I have a few reasonable goals for the month. The first one I want to acheive is the ability to play one of the hymns found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hymnal. These are simple four-part songs that are commonly sung in my church. Another goal of mine is to be able to improvise on a blues scale of my chosing. My last goal is to be able to play a simple chord progression that goes to a popular song. I feel as though these goals are acheivable because of my previous musical exposure. Who knows! I might even learn more than that. We will just have to see how it plays out.

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