Piano Lessons

I like taking piano lessons on Tusdays with my teacher Mr. Β Hardy. I am pretty good at piano and I can play about 50 songs but some of them are very easy. I have been taking lessons for about three or four years. I need to work on a song for at least a week for it to be perfect but I never need to practice a song more than 6 or 7 weeks and I almost never need to practice a song that long. I am working on four songs right now which are called Waltz Pantomine, Festive March, Good-Bye Old Paint, andΒ another which is called Alpine Melody. I never practice more than 4 songs at once and I only do that if there is 1 or more songs that I only need to practice a little so then I can start another song.

Here are some questions you can reply to if you want:

Have you ever played piano?

Have you ever played a musical instrument?

Did you like my piano playing?

30 thoughts on “Piano Lessons

  1. Dear Margot,

    We loved your piano playing it was very good, what other songs can you play? Alexandra use to play piano but she doesn’t anymore although she is going to play again, and Cassidy plays guitar.

    From,
    *Alexandra and *Cassidy
    :- )

    • Dear Alexandra* and Cassidy*,

      Thank you for the compliement! I can play many other songs. I am working on a blues song right now and it is called Light and Blue and although it is super hard, I have managed to almost finish it in a few weeks. (But I still have to work on it)

      I am happy that Alexandra thinks she is going to play piano again because it helps calm you down and it helps you with math and it is just relaxing and fun to do in your spare time. I also think it is cool that Cassidy takes guitar. My sister used to play the guitar too.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ™‚

  2. Dear Margot,

    That is a great post. I play the piano, drums, electric guitar and the trumpet. I like your playing a lot. I liked Alpine Melody the best.

    From,
    Derek

    • Dear Derek,

      I think it would be really cool if I could play the drums or the electric guitar, but my mom said that it would be really annoying and that I would wake the whole house and all our neighbors.

      My little sister (Rory) says that she wants to play the trumpet but she would get crushed by all the heavy weight. My Uncle Todd used to play the guitar and I think that he might have played the electiric guitar too.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Margot,

    Wonderful post! πŸ™‚ I have some questions for you.

    How long have you been playing piano?

    What is your favorite song to play?

    How did you learn how to play?

    I play piano too! I have been playing for three years. Keep up the wonderful work!

    Yours truly,
    Maggie

    • Dear Maggie,

      Thank you for the compliement! I think you are very good at playing the Hokey Pokey which we are doing for our school talent show.

      To answer your questions, I have been doing piano for three or four years. My favorite two songs are Malaganua and Light and Blue . Lastly, I learned to play with help from my mom, my sister and my piano teacher. I have gone through about seven piano workbooks.

      Three or two times a year my Mom takes me to a piano recital where I get to play a song that I have practiced in my piano workbook. Sometimes I get to do two songs in the recital, and it also helps me with piano when I go to a recital because I can see other players who are older playing difficult songs and I can watch them.

      From,
      Margot*:-)

  4. Dear Margot,

    Your piano playing is magnificent! I really enjoyed video recording this because I could see how focused you were and how much practice you had put into learning the pieces.

    I think I would find it hard to have my hands doing two different things with my fingers stretching for the keys, while also glancing up at the music. That is a lot of things going on at once!

    I have never played piano. The only instrument I ever really practiced and worked on was playing a blues harmonica. I really enjoyed twisting the notes around by changing my breath and cupping my hands around the harmonica. But after I learned a few progressions, it was mostly just making things up as I played.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Your proud teacher,
    Mr. Salsich

    • Dear Mr. Salsich,

      I am happy that you realized how hard it is to concentrate for me to play! I always work really hard playing a piano piece and I also work a lot just to make a piece sound OK. I always need to concentrate very hard when I play a piano piece and if I do not concentrate, when I am trying to play a piano piece for a recital, it might sound very bad.

      It is actually very easy for me to play a piano piece while looking up at the piano notes because I hardly look up at the piano notes at all! I memorize my piano piece and then I can play it. Sometimes, just in case I forget my piano piece I will check my book, but I usually do not need to.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ™‚

  5. Dear Margot,

    I agree with your teacher, I think your piano playing is magnificent!

    I am particularly impressed because I have never been able to play a music instrument. I guess you could say, music isn’t my forte. That means it’s not one of my strengths or talents.

    I have a questions for you. Are there any really hard songs that you’d really love to learn one day? It’s good to have goals isn’t it.

    Happy playing!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs M☀rris

    • Dear Margot,

      I just realised I didn’t proofread properly 😳

      I meant to say I have never been able to play a musical instrument not a music instrument! πŸ˜†

      Mrs M☀rris

    • Dear Mrs. Morris,

      Sometimes I forget to check my comment and I fix it. But, I usually have propar grammar even if I do not remember to check my comment over. πŸ˜†

      If you are not to good at playing a musical instrument, you should try singing or dancing. If the piano, violin, flute, and guitar are hard for you, than you could try taking lessons for harmonicas. That may sound boring and annoying, but I have a harmonica at home and I play it a lot.

      From,
      Margot

  6. Dear Margot,

    I loved your piano playing. I have never taken piano lessons before
    but I would like to because it sounds fun.
    I have never ever played a musical instrument.

    From,
    Emmett in Mr. Salsich’s Class

    • Dear Emmett,

      If you want to take a music lesson, I am sure that you could ask Ms. Young (our music teacher) to give you lessons on the panos she has. I think if you started with a simple instrument if you do not have a lot of time, like a harmonica or flute, you would have lots of fun.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜†

  7. Dear Margot,

    Your piano playing sounds great! I especially liked the Waltz Pantomime. It sounds like something you would hear at a saloon in the Old West.

    As you know, we have a few good piano players in our family. Unfortunately I am not one of them! You may practice four songs at a time, but I barely know four songs in total. And they’re all Christmas carols.

    I hope you enjoy the piano for a long time, just like your 80 year old Grandfather!

    Love, Uncle Pete

    • Dear Uncle Pete,

      Thank you for the compliement! I worked hard on all those songs, but Waltz Pantomine was the hardest. It was hard because I had not fully completed it when I played it, but I had a lot of fun playing it.

      I do not care that all you can play is Christmas carols, because I can only play Jingle Bells with one hand! It is nice to have Christmas music for the hoidays.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜†

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    Dear Margot,

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you play the piano!

    My mother taught piano lessons for thirty years, so the sound of a piano is something I love...especially when played so beautifully. I must confess, some of my mom's students didn't always practice! I loved listening in when the pianist put the time into the piece...like you obviously do!

    The waltz you played was lovely! I love a waltz! In fact, while I was listening I was imagining Mr. Yollis and I waltzing to your waltz! Did you know that a waltz is also a dance!

    Keep up the great work, Margot!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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    • Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      I did know that a waltz is also called a dance and I think that dancing is fun! I practice doing it with my dad and I am not good at all! . I like waltzes too.

      I think that it is really cool that your mother is a piano teacher! My mom knows a lot of ragtime, but she is not a expert at piano. She is really good at Christmas carols though. I sometimes only practice for 5 minutes some days, but sometimes I practice for an hour! πŸ˜†

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜†

      • Dear Margot,

        I’m glad that you like to dance and that you’ve even done a waltz with your dad! Dancing is fun! It doesn’t matter whether you are good or bad…it only matters that you’re having fun!

        I love Ragtime music! In fact, I know how to play Bethina (which is a waltz) and Solace. I haven’t played in a while, so I’m sure they wouldn’t sound to great right now. πŸ™‚

        One of the best things about my mom playing the piano is exactly what you said about your mom…Christmas Carols! I really like Silver Bells and It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas. Which one is your favorite?

        Happy piano practicing!

        Your pal,
        Mrs. Y♥llis
        California

        • Dear Mrs. Yollis,

          I liked your comment! I have never heard of It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas but I have heard of Silver Bells and I like that song a lot. I like how it is very smooth and not to loud. My favorite Christmas carol in the world is probably Silver Bells !

          I have never heard of the song Bethina or the song Solace but they sound like fun songs. My mom usually plays Ragtime music by Scott Joplin. She also plays songs from Shirley Temple movies and songs from the musical Singing in The Rain and she is very good!

          From,
          Margot* πŸ˜†

  9. Dear Margot,

    Wonderful post! I liked all of the songs that you played they were great! I never took piano lessons but I want to it looks like fun! I have a question for you: How many songs do you know how to play on the piano? I bet there’s a lot! Keep up the good work! Happy Blogging!

    Your Friend,
    Taylor πŸ™‚

    • Dear Taylor,

      Nice comment! I know a lot of songs on the piano. I think I probably know about 50 or 70 songs. That may not seem like a lot,but a lot of my songs are two or three pages. I was really nervous when I started playing, but then I realized that I shouldn’t be scared. I think that you should take piano lessons. My mom said that everyone should know how to play a musical instrument. πŸ˜†

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜†

  10. Dear Margot,

    I am going to start to learn piano but first I need an interview with my piano teacher. I am kind of nervous. For now I just fiddle around.

    From Sean

  11. Dear Margot,

    You are fantastic. Come over and play my Young Chang now that I have had Roydon tune it. Maybe you can find some duets that we can play. I think I may still have a book that my sister Anne and I used. Do you think we can teach Lindy to sing along with us the way Nikki used to? Keep up the good work.

    Poppy

    • Dear Poppy,

      Thanks for the compliement! I think that we could play Chopsticks together. If you liked my piano playing, then if you look at my blogroll I have Mr. Salsich’s class blog. There is a post on the blog about another student, Alison, playing the Pink Panther on the piano. I do think that we could teach Lindy to sing along to the piano. My other grandparents, Gigi and Pawpaw, have a dog named Skipper that sings along to the piano. Maybe we could teach a old dog new tricks if we had Skipper train him!

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜† πŸ™‚

  12. Margot-

    Grammy sent me the link to your blog and I read every post and every one of your comments and responses. It was wonderful to see you play piano. All your hard work really shines through. How interesting that you were able to attach not just a photo but also a video to your blog. It really brings your writing to life.

    I also read about all your favorite books. Sometimes I use the time I spend driving to work in the car to listen to books. I have listened to all of the Harry Potter books that way except for The Deathly Hallows. For that one I read the hard cover book. I was one of those people who bought the book the day it came out. And I read it non-stop until I finished it. I thought it was the best one of all in the series.

    I can’t wait to show your blog to Annabel and Elizabeth. I know they will be excited to leave a comment too!

    Keep up the hard work!
    Aunt Denise

    • Dear Aunt Denise,

      Thank you for the comment! I like to put voice threads, videos, and pictures on my blog. I think it is really fun to record my voice or me playing a musical instrument.
      I got the idea of putting a voice thread and video on my blog from Mr. Salsich, my teacher, who helped me own a blog and has a class blog (You can go under my blogroll to go to the blog).

      I have read all the Harry Potter series 16 times! I started reading them in 1st grade though, and I can read the whole series in 2 days! I read until 10 at night sometimes, just so I can finish the book! I started reading the books in Kindergarten with my mom, and then for my birthday I got the whole series and I read them a lot !

      have only listened to audio-books once. It was Jack and The Beanstalk and it was a lot of fun to listen to.

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜†

  13. Dear Margot,

    It is Annabel and Elizabeth here.

    Yes, I do play piano but I don’t have a teacher. My sister and I figure out songs then get them checked by someone who knows the song. I also do play one other instrument but this one I take lessons at school with my class. I play the recorder. My favorite song is called Hot Cross Buns. Have you ever heard of it?

    your cousins,
    Annie and Eli

    • Dear Annabel and Elizabeth,

      Thank you for the comment! I have heard of the song Hot Cross Buns and I like it a lot. Zoe also plays the recorder and she can play Jingle Bells, Hot Cross Buns, and Happy Birthday! She is super good.

      I sometimes start to play the first few stanzas of Take Me Out To The Ballgame but then my teacher will confirm the rest.

      From,
      Margot:-) πŸ˜†

  14. Hello Margot

    I am Kaylee from Mrs. Braidwood’s class. You are amazing at the piano. I think that you are really good.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    -Kaylee

    • Dear Kaylee,

      Thanks for the comment!
      I like the piano and I think I am OK, but if you go on our class blog you will see a post called “Alison Plays Piano”. If you click on it, you will hear some AMAZING piano playing!

      Happy Blogging!

      From,
      Margot* πŸ˜† πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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