- Dec 3, 2019
Well IT doesn't suck, but I sure do.
A couple of recent threads in a few areas got me thinking about the ruts I've been in and going to get guitar lessons. I may still do that, but I think there are some academic things I can do on my own first. One of them is learning to read music... like really learning it and practicing it so that I can sight read. I can play in time and all, but I don't actually understand rhythm in the academic sense either. I have a little bit of music theory understanding, but it's mostly just scratching the surface.
A couple of times in my life I've taken piano lessons, but only briefly. The first time was when I was 20, I think. There weren't any guitar teachers in my small town who knew music theory, so I went to a piano teacher. I wasn't a very good student, I developed a crappy attitude, and I quit after a couple of months.
About 9 years ago I did the same, but with a different piano teacher (I'm halfway across the country now). We kinda skipped over the first steps and went into exercises to read music. I plodded my way through a few Minecraft songs. I actually put in the effort this time and practiced, but the more I played the more it fired up my tendonitis and thus made playing guitar harder. So I quit. Again.
A few days ago I uncovered the DP and started poking at it. I started going through all those "menial lessons for boneheads" that I skipped with the last teacher, and my tendonitis flared right up. So I go onto the Youtubes and look up "proper hand posture piano", and the first hit was a rather appealing lady who showed me I've been doing it all wrong. Terrible technique that I used in front of the last in-person piano tutor and she said nothing about it.
So far so good! I've been machinating through the first sets of the handful of lesson books I have and either I'm remembering it or picking it up lots faster than expected. There's a little fatigue and awkwardness but no tendonitis yet. My left hand has way more talent than my right.
I've also been hammering some flashcards at http://musicards.net/ and pretty much memorized the notes on treble and clef staffs on sight within a few hours. In the past I struggled massively with that. I expected to come back today and have to start over but I've still got it.
I don't know how long this motivation will last, but I intend to ride it as long as I can. At the very least I hope to learn to read music and maybe pick up some more theory. If I end up being able to play the piano also, I won't mind.