I’ve mentioned before that Megan has always had a knack for the piano. This video was taken when she was ONE YEAR OLD. Not quite 22 months to be exact.
With the way her mind works, piano seems to be one of the many things that comes easy to her. She loves the rules of music. She loves that 4/4 means that there are ONLY four beats in a measure and that the quarter note gets ONE beat. She loves seeing a note and knowing there is a specific letter assigned to that note. She loves seeing a quarter note or half note or whole note and knowing that each note only gets a certain number of beats. She loves all the math and symbology related to the piano. And she loves to create music.
5 month old Megan, “playing” our first piano
When Adam and I were newlyweds, we were gifted a beautiful upright digital piano from Adam’s grandmother. We were sent to pick it out ourselves, and when we were told which pianos we were to choose from, we were shocked at the price and the value. We were expecting something more like a keyboard, but we ended up with a beautiful Cherry Wood PIANO. We have LOVED our piano. Its weighted ivory keys give a beautiful sound.
Unfortunately, with digital pianos, the keys have a tendency to stick. And it is not easy to repair the keyboard and it’s not easy to find someone who does. Our piano keys have been sticking for a while now, and with time more and more keys have begun to stick. We knew that with Megan’s great interest in piano, our instrument just wouldn’t do. So we set out to find a new piano for our little music loving family.
I’ll have to admit, it wasn’t an easy task to find a piano that would satisfy me within our budget. We looked for a LONG time. And then, one day, I ran across an ad on KSL for a beautiful blonde Wurlitzer from the late 1980’s. I knew that I had found our piano. We called about it, made an appointment to go and see it, and the deal was made within hours. I can’t tell you how excited EACH one of our family members was to have this new piece in our home. Adam and I both play, (Adam is much better than I am) but neither of us had too much motivation to fight the sticking keys when we played. So we definitely had not been playing much. AT ALL. Now we both sit down to play: daily.
Megan has been taking piano for less than four months, and we can already see that she is just thriving. She can’t walk past the piano without sitting to play a chord, or a song, or some excersises from her piano books. Seriously, she sits down to play probably 20 times a day. Here is a video of her practicing some exercises from a few weeks back (she memorizes all of them effortlessly as well…)
One thing I am thrilled about is that she doesn’t seem to have any trouble accepting that she needs to use correct fingering. I have ALWAYS struggled with that (I was self taught), and I think it has held me back from becoming a good pianist. Megan follows all the rules and it’s paying off. I am anxious to post another video of her playing a few months from now because I think she is just going to continue to excel.
I guess it’s obvious that I am pretty proud of Megan. She loves lessons, loves her teacher, and LOVES piano. I love it when we find such a perfect fit for her like this. It’s one of the greatest parts about being a parent.
Now if only we could find someone to repair the sticking keys on this piece (really there are only like 5) and get it in a good home. We will be sad to see it go, but like I said, we just love our new piece. Let me know if you live in my area and are interested in our digital. It really does still play very well. If we could find someone – ANYONE – to repair it, then we could probably sell it for a pretty good price, but we haven’t had any luck. Anyway…let me know…