They really have been. For my playing, that is. Summer began with helping one daughter pack up her house so that when she moved out, the other daughter could move in. Then I went away from Dec 2nd till Dec 11th, returning to a week of helping my eldest daughter settle into her new home. Before I knew it, the better part of four weeks had gone by, and I’d hardly touched the piano.
I kept looking at it, knowing that I’d have to finally break the ice and sit at it and start, but it was hard. I knew what was awaiting me. My fingers are not that reliable yet to take that kind of a hit. And my confidence in my ability and agility is even weaker. Still, I did finally settle down and begin practising. First, I came up with a plan for practising my scales. I’m starting each day with scales, one day all major, harmonic and melodic minor scales, in four octaves of course, as well as all the accompanying arpeggios. The next day, I practised all the dominant fifths and diminished sevenths. Today, I’m playing all the scalled and arpeggios again, but the white keys with my right hand, and the black keys with my left. Oh, how stiff my fingers and hands are! I hope it’s not too late for me. I hope I haven’t blown it. I hope I can still get these hands to play, like they used to. It’s quite heartbreaking really, thinking about what I could have done if I’d taken this path in my life. Still, here I am. Trying.
The good news is that I am finally, finally, cracking through to be able to play the first part of the first movement of Mozart’s Sonata in F K.332 by heart. That’s quite a major breakthrough. So many times I’m out at a friend’s house, and there’s a piano, and I look at it, knowing that I couldn’t play anything even if they’d wanted me to. I don’t have my music with me. That’s what I always say. So this is exciting, really exciting. Imagine that, I could go somewhere, and just on the spur of the moment, sit down and play something. I reckon that once I’ve nailed this, I mean, knowing it by heart, I’ll play it better too. I won’t have to concentrate to much on which notes to play, but rather on how I’m playing them. OK, going back to it now. Just wanted to write you again, since it’s been so long, and since I finally have something to be excited about. I’m aiming to play the whole 1st movement by heart for Kenji at my first lesson for the year. That’d be pretty great.