In the holidays I set aside a few days to teach online students at their homes. So good to have many coffees and cake, Uber Eats dinners and long awaited chats. Above is a lovely Finnish lunch in Logan Village, and honey from a Tambourine family’s bees. I’m supposed to teach but really it’s an excuse for a hang out. ❤️
A while back my student Abi wanted to learn Arabesque No.1 by Debussy. Inwardly I groaned at the thought of the work, but once I started I just loved it.
I’ve been waiting to play it well enough to video. Hey, I’m not a perfectionist – if I waited until it was perfect, this would never happen. I’m about taking the opportunity to do happy things.
I’m playing this at about 80% the speed it’s supposed to be played. It’s still beautiful, and definitely makes me happy.
What’s next? I think it will be anime music. Students are learning ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Bluebird’ (Naruto Shippuden) so I’m learning both. ‘Bluebird’ is easier, both are great songs. Elsewhere a couple of kids are learning ‘Megalovania’ which is a crazy piece! My students keep me on my toes for sure. 😊
I removed the front panel of my Beale piano! I thought it would be fun to see all those moving hammers. Some of my students don’t know what’s inside an old-fashioned piano, so I played a short version of Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’, the quintessential pub piano bar song, for my kids.
Here are a few posts about my old Beale, which was made in Australia, in 1951.