August 20, 2012

That's what she played

Now that I’m home from my summer travels, I finally have time to practice the piano. The Mendelssohn piece I'm working on is harder than anything I’ve played before. When I couldn’t remember what Beautiful Piano Teacher told me in my lesson, I called With-a-Why over to the piano.

Me: So this little tiny note? What am I supposed to do with that?
With-a-Why: It’s called a grace note.

He glanced at the music and played the measure.

Me: So you just stick it in fast?
With-a-Why: Please don’t say that.

Boy-in-Black, sitting at his computer, looked up and met his little brother’s eyes. They both grinned. Then With-a-Why glanced at the music that I’ve been working on for weeks, sat down at the bench, and played the piece though all the way, beautifully. Even though he’d never seen it before.


Chris said...


Sarah Sometimes said...

I never get that joke at first. I thought With-a-Why was just pained that you were speaking so cavalierly about how to play a grace note.

JulieS said...

Your kids are wonderful and amusing as always. Which Mendelssohn piece are you learning? I have always loved his Venetian Boat Songs. My last lesson was more than 12 years ago, but two of those boat songs are among the half-dozen or so pieces I play every few months still.

Tie-Dye Brother-in-law said...

It's not his "Wedding March", is it?

(For boat songs, I've always liked the "Vulger Boatmen". :-)

Kyla said...

Haha! Very funny.

merrytait said...

Kids learn so fast and adults so slowly-"You can't teach an old dog new tricks" isn't exactly true, but it sure is slower.

(How frustrating!)

Jodie said...

Its because I could never do that, that I quit playing the piano. Now I just play a CD player. Or an MP3 or MP4 player,,,