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The Piano Lessons End…Or Do They?


I wrote about taking a piano class at a community college (see A Writer Learns Piano), and the class ended on Thursday. I learned how to move my fingers along the keyboard, something I couldn’t figure out before. A thrill crawled up my spine when I played a simplified (really simplified) version of Für Elise. Centuries of music stirred under my fingertips.

And the thing that really surprised me? That I enjoyed playing Für Elise. Aside from loving the Nutcracker Suite, I had no real desire to play classical music. My goal was to learn enough to play jazz/blues. I surprised myself.

What if I had hated it? Or been bored with it? Then that would have been another thing learned about myself. How would I know any of it if I hadn’t tried?

I’ve decided I’m not done. I’m looking into more lessons.

Find something that looks interesting. Go. Try.




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  • Marie MacBryde • December 7, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Very inspiring. Love the picture!

    • J. M. Levinton • December 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • jan • December 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    You never know what you will like until you try it!

    • J. M. Levinton • December 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      I agree!

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