I am so happy!
We, Keith and I, are practising dance twice weekly for a couple of hours, plus we will continue to go to our Sunday social, which provides lots of exercise and floor craft. However, as wonderful as this is, it is not the main thrust of this post.
Mid last year I took piano lessons with a teacher living not far from my home; a lovely woman who teaches from the Western method of piano teaching. Soon, though, I experienced ‘carpel tunnel syndrome’; a painful condition that prevented me from continuing.
This quite devastated me. I absolutely loved and thoroughly enjoyed learning the language of music.
Six months later, when I was almost convinced my piano playing days were through, I was inspired to Google YouTube. I typed something akin to – ‘injuries caused by piano playing’ – into the search window.
To say I was shocked would not be overstating my response to the tons of comments from many hundreds, just like me, who had and were experiencing pain. Many, like me, had given away their practice, but not their desire to play.
Reading through the comments I came across a lone voice, a quiet voice that spoke of her experience of finding a teacher who, with many years of experience, spoke about the painful truth that many undergo caused by being asked to play pieces that were well in advance of their capabilities. Like me, they were also spending many hours playing scales and cords before their hands and fingers were strong enough to do so. These practices brought many painful conditions to naïve creatures, such as me.
Interested, I investigated and found some YouTube videos posted by the teacher mentioned. I was elated with the thought that I still may be able to learn, practice and play the instrument I love. I became an on-line member of her video teachings. Today I am, slowly, learning to play the Nikolaev’s Russian School of Music with this wonderful teacher.
And, just like dance, I am enjoying the journey of learning and developing technique that will hold me in good stead for the remainder of my life.
Hallelujah, life is good.
© 2022 Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk
Disclaimer: I do appreciate that many do not, nor have not had my experience. I understand that many teachers of the Western method are wonderful practitioners and teach good form throughout; not expecting unrealistic goals for their students. However, this is purely about my experience. One that I am now eagerly engaged within.