Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Great things about being blind. Learning music.

I've mentioned before on this blog, that I'm back to playing piano again.  I'm taking lessons from a very good friend who is also a very good pianist and teacher.  We are working on the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.  I've always wanted to play it anyway.  We just learn a few bars a week and then I listen to the recording I make of it on my ipod and follow and learn that way.  I was practicing yesterday.  I have a lot on my plate these days and was feeling kind of wound up and stressed.  But, as usual, music calms me down.  The slow rhythm of that Beethoven slowed my breathing, my heart rate, everything.  NO wonder I have always loved Music and Music Therapy.  So powerful.  I love to hear the different colours of the chords and the progressions and I get lost in the whole thing.  When I finished, I felt like a whole new, much calmer, less scattered person.  I like learning music this way too by ear and learning a bit at a time and tacking it on to the last bit. 

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