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miss_newham From: miss_newham Date: November 17th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Grade 8 piano! I am in awe! Of all the instruments I've tried, I've found the piano the hardest due to sheer concentration, and being able to hold all the ideas about what all of your fingers should be doing at the same time has always proved too much for me. For instruments like the oboe (hi, Grade 6!) it's just a matter of playing faster and faster, but the piano demands so much dexterity that it still makes me quail. Play everything you like, more often!
j4 From: j4 Date: November 17th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blimey, I am in awe of people who can even get a note out of reed instruments. :-} Oboe always sounded amazing, gorgeous and unearthly, but despite lots of nice oboeists in orchestras trying to show me how to do the magic thing with the lips (oh er crikey NOT LIKE THAT) I could only ever make very rude noises with it.

I am really grateful that my parents made me learn piano (I mean, I didn't object, but I probably wouldn't've thought of it) when I was small, like throwing babies in the water so they swim before they realise it's actually technically impossible (oh no that's aeroplanes isn't it).

I don't really have the dexterity that I used to have any more, though, I just sort of cheat with pedals and missing notes out. I suppose that's the thrown-into-water-as-a-baby equivalent of realising "oh actually I don't need to swim I can just use that bridge/boat/etc"...
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