My Dream When I was a Small Boy

My Dream When I was a Small BoyMy Dream When I was a Small Boy was to become a farmer just like my dad. And to play the piano like my brother. Neither dream came true.

I did farm for the first 20 years of my life but gave it up when I got married. Was just amazed at how my brother could make such beautiful music flow from that old piano. 

I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me get piano lessons. She finally allowed me to do so. It was nothing how I imagined, I hated it with a passion. But I had to finish it. Because you didn’t waste money when I was growing up. It was very hard for me to learn to read the music. Plus I had a nervous disorder that made my hands shake. And that made it hard to lightly hit keys sometimes.

Learning how to read music is a very important part of playing the piano. If you don’t know how to read music, you will be stuck trying to learn a difficult song by ear. Which can be made a lot easier by reading the sheet music. Music is read by lines.

There are 5 lines on the music score (2 sets of these on the piano). On the treble clef, the first line from the bottom is E, the second is G, B, D. A good mnemonic way of remembering is Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. The spaces are F, A, C, E, (FACE). On the Bass clef, the lines go as G, B, D, F, A. Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always. The spaces are A, C, E, G, Any Cow Eats Grass.

My Dream When I was a Small Boy

I still dream of playing the piano. I absolutely love hearing anyone play any kind of music on the piano. Some of my favorite piano players are Jerry Lee Lewis; Ray Charles; Ben Folds; Freddie Mercury; Nat King Cole;  and Fats Domino.

“The Killer” has still got it!

Ray Charles

Ben Folds

Freddie Mercury

Nat King Cole

Little Richard

Fats Domino

 

Here are a couple of really good piano players I follow on Youtube. Jacob Tolliver grew up the road from where I did. He grew up playing the piano and recently was playing with The Million Dollar Quartet in Las Vegas. He was playing of course “Jerry Lee Lewis” and yes this video was shot in a hardware store 🙂

Henri John Pierre Herbert ‘dazzles’ the crowd at London St Pancras with an impromptu performance on the public piano. I love these “Play Me I’m Your’s” piano videos.

Jive Aces and Boogie Woogie Boy Cody Lee surprise local audience!

Brendan Kavanagh “Dr K Boogie Woogie”

Boogie Woogie by Dona Oxford @ the Riverfront Blues Festival 2013

Here are a couple of Southern Gospel Piano players I enjoy also

Anthony Burger probably one of the greatest piano players of all time 

Gerald Wolfe

Tim Parton

Tim Lovelace

 

 

 

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