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AuthorTopic:   Reading Music
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posted: 12/2/2004 at 9:56:38 PM ET
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    Hi Steve,

    You must be very talented. My father who was an accompianist always said that self-taught people do things so well because they love what they do.

    Maybe one of the muscians in the band can get you started in your goal to read music. I'm a beginning piano student (2 1/2 yrs) and can tell you that I love it but it's quite a challenge.

    Anyway, good luck in reaching your goal.
Hi Anonymous,
That is a very, very nice and appreciated compliment. I envy your father, and I envy you for having a ftaher who is also a musician. I had just met my Dad after 38 years, and discovered that he played Big Band, Jazz, swing,Pop, and all my life I missed out on growing up with him, and then he passed away 5 years alater and we never once got to perform together. I was crushed to say the least. He had played trombone and keyboards. So, I am trying to learn what I can now. I am having so much troouble because I want to learn to play my chimes. I have an octave and a hlaf of them and since I dont read music well enough yet, I dont know where to go to play songs except by guessing.
I iknow its set up just like a piano, and so forth. I just can't figure out how I know waht "G" is by ear. If I was to read a piece of Christmas music that required Chimes, I guess I just follow the notes and strike each note required on the chimes, right? I want to play so badly I can taste it. But its learning the counting, the notes, knowing the definitions of each note that is scaring me. I have downloaded, thus far , stuff from "Pianonanny.com", Datadragon.com"musicnotation.com" and am trying to take it slow. I hope that I can do this.
Thanks again for your wonderful compliment and your advice.


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posted: 12/2/2004 at 11:21:36 PM ET
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Thankyou for getting back to me. My father is accompanying my mother (she was a contralto) in heaven. I wish I had taken lessons when I was much younger. Can only go ahead and go from there.

You really want to play music - than go find a music school and enrol. Many Music Conservatories have extension divisions and would be happy to speak with you about your goals and help you to reach them. You've already got a headstart if you can play any instrument, even by ear. It's not easy but well worth it. Take the "bull by the horn" and go for it.

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