The Piano Sits Waiting

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Living To Play The Piano

She hurried home from school where her best friend, a piano, sits waiting for her. The only time she felt her mother's love and approval was when she played the piano. At times her mother was even moved to tears, especially when she played a Beethoven Sonata.

The little girl made a discovery. If she played the piano well, her mother would give her attention. And if she played her mother's favorite classical pieces, perhaps that was how she could win her mother's love. Oh, glory!

The minute she sat down on the piano bench she felt at home, like she belonged there. Even difficult musical phrases were a joy for her to practice. Hour after hour she would discipline herself to perfect and conquer challenging passages. She displayed amazing patience as the same measures of music were rehearsed ten, twenty, thirty times or more. Repetition became a competition with herself. She wouldn't quit practicing until every note was perfectly executed.

As her fingers melted into each key, upon contact she released every emotion inside of her small, fragile body. Her hands and the piano keys became one. Was she the music, or was the music itself her?

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The Mind Of The Piano

I wrote the following poem as if my piano were a living, breathing, entity encompassing feelings and emotions.

And who knows...

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The Piano Sits Waiting

The Piano


The piano sits waiting...waiting

When will my lid be lifted once more

I long to feel the warmth of her small fingers

Gliding over my black-and-white keys ~


I wait patiently for my exhilarating work-out

My music comes to life as she sings her song

I breathe in rhythmic elation with each phrase

Listen as my soundboard vibrates its emotional colors~


My strings shimmer with her interpretation of

Musical geniuses born in another time and place

Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel, bring me your gifts, your etudes, your polonaise~


She will open each one at the proper time

Unwrapping notes hurled across old pages

My excitement owns the joy I feel

When she unleashes her own passion~


I catch her salty tears tapping gently on my keys

Then how I ring with vibrance when she smiles

We flow with inspiration, surfing out to sea

Lost in a kaleidoscope of major and minor


I, alone, have been her escape from pain

Her deep expression of love and want

I, alone, lock in her secrets

I have been there for her from the beginning~


I will be there for her until the end.

I'm passionate about this piano theme -

"I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play." Artur Schnabel, after being asked for the secret of piano playing.

Who is your favorite pianist?

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Crystal Piano

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Inventor Of The Piano - Cristofori

Bartolomeo Cristofori - (May 4, 1655 – January 27, 1731
Bartolomeo Cristofori - (May 4, 1655 – January 27, 1731 | Source

A Few Facts About The Piano

  • The world’s largest piano is a giant grand at 11 feet, 8 inches long. It weighs over one ton and has a total string tension of 30 tons. Created by the Challen Company, it is thought to be located at a private French estate.
  • A new piano should be tuned four times a year with a shift to twice a year after that.
  • A piano should be placed next to a solid wall and avoid windows.
  • The first note on a standard 88-note keyboard is A.
  • The last note on a standard 88-note keyboard is C.
  • Although pianos are stringed instruments, they are considered percussion instruments and are placed in that section of a symphony orchestra.
  • Pianos generally have 220-230 strings. The strings are made of steel and are strung tightly to create the tension needed to produce the sound. They are strung so tightly to about 168 pounds per string, the total tension can equal 18-20 tons.
  • The word piano comes from the shortened word "piano forte" meaning soft and loud.
  • The inventor of the piano is Bartolomeo Cristofori of Padua in the year 1700-1720. The piano evolved from the harpsichord.

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© 2014 Audrey Hunt

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"Sing us a song, you're the 'piano woman'.......and you've got us feeling alright."

So lovely to see a post from our Audrey - rich with the magic and healing power of the piano. Listening to your amazing YouTube now with my morning coffee...

Wishing you a peaceful day. Love and hugs, Maria


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful hub and you brought the tunes alive.

Lovely poem expressing your feelings and lovely video. Zubin Mehta is one of my favorite artist.

Thanks for sharing and voted up. Shared it on HP.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

This is beautiful, Audrey. The pianist and her instrument become one. I love the life, heart, and soul you gave the piano in your poem. Music is a wonderful emotional outlet.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Your love of music shines through in this beautiful piece. Your loveliness as a person shines through daily in everything you do. It is just a pure pleasure being your friend.

love,

bill


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

marcourjor -

Good morning Maria and just look at you - the first one to visit me and my piano. How nice to hear you singing "The piano woman" and I love Billy Joel!

I hope you enjoyed the youtube Piano video. I'm listening to it as well. It would be amazing to be sharing this music and coffee together.

You are always in my special thoughts and thank you for your participation in my newest hub.

Sending magical moments along with my love and a big, warm hug.

Audrey


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've written a beautiful poem and created a lovely hub, Audrey! Thank you for sharing your creation.


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Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi vocalcoach... I love the way you have brought the piano to life. It does have a special voice which I listen to it often while I write. At the hands of the masters of old and today it speaks to the heart...

Hugs from Alberta


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved this Audrey. The piano poem is beautiful. I'm listening to the video as I type. I love the pictures, esp. the gold with the painting on the lid. Thank you...


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Just beautiful Audrey! (Mine would say it needs a tuning!)


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I was introduced to the piano when I was eight years old, and we have been best friends ever since!

When my Daddy would get home from working in the textile mill all day, he would ask me to play his favorite hymns for him. That made me very happy.

The photos you chose are beautiful. Do I see a little dog under your Grand?

Beautiful poem (I enjoyed the video, too).


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Audrey I admire how deeply you love music. It feels every fiber of you. You ode to the piano proves that. Wonderful how you found yourself in a whirl of music.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I think this is a very difficult thing to share with others and really get it across. You did it very well and I feel the oneness you have with your music.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ChitrangadaSharan

Zubin Mheta will never be replaced. What passion he conducted with. He was a master of musical technique.

Thank you for enjoying my hub about the piano as well as the incredible Puccini music. Thank you for sharing and voting up. Happiness and joy to you. Audrey

Bravewarrior,

Thank you Sha. Your beautiful comments mean so much to me. You have felt the connection between the piano and the human array of emotion. Music is indeed a wonderful outlet for emotions.

Bill,

You are able to sense my great love and devotion for music and for life. This is all I've ever wanted. Thank you for giving me this gift.

Love,

Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

AliciaC

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate every word. Take care my friend.

Rolly

So nice to see you here and to read your beautiful comments. Hope you're keeping warm in beautiful Alberta.

Hugs, back ~ Audrey

always exploring

How wonderful to know that you took some time to watch the video. Daniil Trifonov is an amazing pianist. And they don't come much better that conductor Zubin Mehta.

AudreyHowitt

Hello you beautiful Soprano. (I think you're a Soprano :) Great to see you here and to give me a chuckle by mentioning your piano needs tuning.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

What a masterpiece of a poem. The last half had me holding my breath a little....not wanting it to end and yet wanting to learn each new detail quickly of the duo's past moments which you might reveal -- the duo being the piano and the the girl. I'm assuming the girl was you.

I am in awe.

I love poetry. It is the language of the soul.

And the musical video is absolutely out of this world. It seems like angels, higher beings than I've ever met, are performing. I have never seen and heard a performance like this. I am sending the You Tube video to my son in Canada. Thank you for this special hub. Voting up, of course. Sharing here and on Pinterest.


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Purplepassion1 2 years ago from Sherrills Ford NC

Lovely poem. My favorite pianist of all time did not make your list, but it is Roger Williams, R.I.P. I had the honor of having him play for me alone in his home. He lived, ate and breathed piano. He even slept beside it at night.

Anyway, I digress. I enjoyed reading your hub and maybe now I will get serious about practicing my piano.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

I love a piano...this entire hub rings with the beautiful melody of the keys and your love and musical talents. Why shouldn't a piano love to be played and show the world all it's got to give?

Yanny is also one of my favorite piano players. ( Just thought I'd throw that in.)

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mary615

Wouldn't it be fun to play a piano duet together? You could choose any piece and I will improvise fill-ins. You have lovely memories of you and your father. And yes, Dobro my dog loves the

music coming from the sounding board. I think all animals feel the music in a special way. Any animal I've ever had is drawn to my piano. Thanks Mary.

mckbirdbks -

Hello Mike. Lovely to see you here. Your comments touched me so. Oddly enough, I am grateful for my childhood including the tough times because if not for these trials I might have not found music, especially the piano. Here's a hug for you. Audrey


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love Cliburn best. I haven't played piano in ages but you have captured the reason I enjoyed it. It was my time to fade away into the world of music and relaxation.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

EricDierker

Thank you for your lovely comments. So nice to hear.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow! Beautiful work, Audrey!

We have a piano that gets properly tuned once a year but is almost never played. There's a beginner's book propped up, and I know it's there for me. I'm torn between writing and learning to play.


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

What a beautiful hub, Audrey! I have never owned, but always wanted a piano. You have just reminded me why, one again! Thank you! Up+


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

That was amazing Audrey! my mum loved playing the piano, and my uncle before the war was in a big band sound, he could play by the age of 4! I learned but it wasn't for me, but I love the sound of the piano, wonderful! shared and voted!


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

I loved this one Audrey and vote up for sure.

Eddy.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Beautiful. I too think about the days when I played often, I studied classical as a child and jazz breifly as an adult. But I am sad to say that since the birth of my first son, I hardly ever sit at the piano. Thank you for this hub. Jamie


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela Kinnaird W

How do I begin to thank you for your amazing comments? Yes, I'm the girl in the poem and I'm touched to hear that you liked it so much.

I agree that poetry is the language of the soul. To also know how much you loved the video with the awesome music means more to me than a pot full of gold.

Thank you Pamela for sharing and for pinning. Wishing you a day of joy! Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Purplepassion1

I almost listed Roger Williams. I've seen him in concert a few times and he is brilliant. His rendition of "Falling Leaves" was a top record seller. I love your story of him sleeping by his piano and what a treat to have him in your home.

Thank you so much. Audrey


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Loved this gem again Audrey and am voting up plus sharing.

Lots of love to you from Wales and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tillsontitan

Yes, of course, Yanni (Yanni At Redrock). His style is so lovely. I have his CDs and DVD's. You really do resonate with the piano. I love your comments. Thank you for the generous votes. - Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

teaches12345

Do you still have the piano? As you have said, the piano relaxes the body and mind taking us on a beautiful journey. Years ago I attended a Van Cliburn Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, sitting under the stars. He performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2. Thank you Dianna.

WillStarr

Invite me for a bowl of home-cooked beans and I will play the heck out of your piano. :) And while I'm there, whip me up some waffles for breakfast and I will give you an awesome piano lesson!

Hugs

Audrey

btrbell

Pick yourself up an electric piano and I'll give you some lessons. :) People sell them cheap in the paper all the time. Thanks. - Audrey

Hi Nell

Your uncle sounds very talented. Piano music is so soothing to listen to. I'll send you one of my CD's when it's completed. - Audrey

Eiddwen

Thank you Eddy my friend for enjoying my story and for the kind votes. - Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jahamann

I do hope that you'll find some time just for yourself to sit at the piano once again. Thank you for adding your comments. Audrey


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chef-de-jour 2 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Thank you for this special tribute to the piano. With four sisters in the house I grew up listening to the piano as they were taught. I only sang unfortunately and never got to learn. But I love to hear the piano being played. My partner plays - we have an old bashed up piano which needs tuning - and often make meals whilst she plays - all sorts, from CPE Bach to the Beatles.

DH Lawrence has a lovely poem - nostalgic - titled Piano.

Votes and a share.


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ahorseback 2 years ago

Oh Girl , the gift !May you never lose the awesome appreciation that you have , nor the close connection to such awesome artistic abilitiy ! I wish -I wish - I wish ,I had an ounce of such ability ! I envy you . And yet you share with us so unselfishly ! What a treasure you are !......ed


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

chef-de-jour

Growing up with the sounds of the piano (mistakes and all) plants an eternal love for piano music. You are fortunate.

The old pianos have a special sound even when they're out of tune. I like to wonder about who has played on these older gems, the experiences the piano itself has. How wonderful that your partner plays!

Oh, I must have a look at Lawrence's poem "Piano". How sweet of you to share this with me. I look forward to reading it.

Thank you so much and I appreciate your votes and sharing. Enjoy your day, Audrey

ahorseback

I'm thinking of printing out your kind comments and mounting them on my refrigerator (I spend the most time there). :) You should see the big smile on my face. Happiness is receiving comments like this from my friend Ed!

Hugs,

Audrey


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Having played the piano since I was 7 (my mother taught me), this article and poetry touched me deeply in so many ways. This was her gift to me. You have that special love of music which is part of the soul. Magnificent, Audrey – thank you. :-)


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Genna - Oh, how marvelous to have your mother as your piano teacher. I think 7 is the perfect age to begin. She gave you an eternal gift.

Piano duets await both of you on that glorious day that you are united once again with your precious mother. Thank you for your very kind and lovely comments Genna. - Audrey


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Pianos are beautiful. I think mine misses me. I used to play a lot. I wasn't accomplished, but I was pretty good at a few things, and it was relaxing to me. Thanks for the reminder. (I have a piano music box collection, as well as a real live piano--such lovely pieces!) Lovely hub, lovely photos, lovely poetry!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

What's that I hear? Could it be Victoria Lynn gliding her lovely fingers across the keys of her piano? Ahhhhh...music. What a lovely couple you and your real live piano make!

Love,

Audrey


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Yes, yes! I very much enjoyed this hub and the images are beautiful! I will remember to open the lid every time I play even though I only know Happy Birthday and the beginning of Fur Elise to play. :)

This certainly gets all the votes and will be sharing.


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misterhollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

What a lovely hub! I loved the poem too. Voted up!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Hi Audrey, this is a beautiful expression of your love and passion for music. I also listened to your favorite theme. People in India are well aware of Zubin Mehta, a great artist. His concerts are a craze everywhere.

I have bookmarked this hub and surely listen to other great pianists mentioned by you. Your hubs always resonate with affection and love.

Wishing you all happiness and good. Voted up and shared.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CrisSp

Well, my friend, the beginning of Fur Elise is the most lovely part of all! I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed this hub. Big thanks to you!

misterhollywood

Thank you for liking my poem and the article. Nice to see you.

Harishprasad

Zubin Mehta is one of the all time greats when it comes to conducting. Thank you for bookmarking my hub. And thank you for noticing the love and affection I have for writing and for music.

Thank you for voting up and sharing. Wishing you peace and happiness my friend.

Audrey


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rajan jolly 24 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Audrey, I have always felt the piano to be a very graceful musical instrument. And if it could speak, it would certain echo your poetic sentiments.

Voted up and sharing!

Blessings!


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vocalcoach 24 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rajan jolly

Thank you dear friend for reading and commenting on my hub. I appreciate your support. Thanks for the vote and the sharing.

Blessings,

Audrey


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Easy Exercise 23 months ago from United States

Oh, I needed this - music is so wonderful! I have an oil painting of a piano and when I moved, the little neighbor girls came to visit and were surprised I moved that painting with me! Why? I don't know - perhaps it is because they thought that home could not exist without that painting? It is now in a third home and remains part of my heart and soul.

Voted up and share it out on Twitter - @KKlineBurnett

Beautiful! Thank you very much!


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Easy Exercise

What wonderful comments! Thank you for sharing this. I'm glad you found something special about my hub. You have a precious heart!

Thanks for sharing on Twitter.

Audrey


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LadyFiddler 23 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Pleasant good afternoon to you Audrey :) a wonderful write and i love the music . Hey i can say the same about my violin i haven't picked her up since late November I am really being a bad girl. I have been two busy also i did a little something health-wise so i could not engage myself in playing but i need to start back classes and get back into the musical flow.

If my violins can cry out they would :( I am really going to start dedicating more time to it and less time on the phones these android phones and apps are certainly addling and idling our brains.....

Thanks for sharing this with us


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LadyFiddler

Hello my friend. Thank you for your wonderful comments. The violin is such a beautiful sounding instrument. I'm glad to hear that you will be getting back to playing it. I like your comment about the android cell phones. :)


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LadyFiddler 23 months ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL yessss it's true they are taking away our brain from us slowly but surely. People seldom stop to think anymore everything is Google it LOL. I too am a "Google it" fan all because its faster.

Yes i haven't been well about 2 years now so my motivation just keeps dropping towards the violin 'sad face". I really do love it I started learning it in 2011 but I am sooo drained right about now i don't feel like doing anything till I am better. But being me I does have to get up and get.

I can also play the organ/piano but definitely not as good as you. I just play minor music on it no chords really.

Hope your day is going lovely


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vocalcoach 23 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LadyFiddler

Having to deal with low energy is so hard. I'm sorry about that. Just concentrate on doing what you need to do to feel better. I'm impressed that you also play the piano and the organ. You really do have so many talents.

Thank you for being you!

Hugs,

Audrey


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ezzly 21 months ago

This is a really beautiful piece. You have quite the talent with words. I did piano as a young girl but mainly because my mother wanted me too , unfortunately I am not great with the whole rhythmical, counting thing !


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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi ezzly - Thanks so much for commenting on this hub. Counting note values needs to be taught to young children in the form of a game. This makes it fun and teaches them in a permanent way.


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Homeplace Series 21 months ago from Hollister, MO

What fun! And what memories. My mother always had a piano in our home, and taught for may years after I was gone. My wife is an accomplished pianist, and now, our youngest daughter, is teaching our two young grandchildren to play. The music goes on... Thank you, so much, for sharing this story! ;-)


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vocalcoach 21 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Homeplace Series - I love your comments about how the piano has been played by your mother, wife youngest daughter and now your grandchildren. Marvelous legacy!


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

Awesome, Audrey. I played piano for all of my younger years until we moved when I was 18 and the piano could not make the trip. Since then I have not played much at all but would love to have a piano again some day.

the Piana sonata you composed here spoke so well in the piano's voice. Great job...

Voted up++++ shared and pinned to Awesome HubPages Please know that Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i have never touched a piano, yet alone listening to the real sound of a piano, you are talented


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shanmarie 20 months ago from Texas

How beautiful. Even the poetry is as moving as the music surely is.


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vocalcoach 19 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

pstraubie48 - Hello dear friend and talented writer. I do hope a piano will find it's way to you soon. Keep visualizing your sweet self playing favorite music and it will happen. I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed the Piano Sonata.

Thanks for the generous votes and for pinning. Thank you for sending Angels my way.

peachpurple - You hold a love and appreciation deep within you for piano music. This, too, is a talent.

shanmarie - "Even the poetry is as moving as the music surely is." What a marvelous and creative expression pouring from your own gift of writing!

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