“Reading” a note, or two or three

or four, or more, depending on the complexity of the piece, has been one way I’ve been spending my time over the past few weeks. =D

As we have continued to drift back into our more “normal” schedule, making music has been a way for me to heal lately. To continue to find peace amidst what has been a rather unusual year thus far.

I have discovered a new love: playing ragtime piano! It has been a year or more since I have really spent time learning a new piece. While listening to some ragtime piano last week, I heard the song “The Strenuous Life”, composed by Scott Joplin, and immediately knew I wanted to learn it. As the song is in the public domain, I found the sheet music online for free over at Mutopia and decided to give it a try. I’m slowly working my way through it and am thoroughly enjoying the process. It had been too long!

I’ve played primarily classical pieces since beginning piano several years ago, and to be quite honest, had gotten a little bored with those. I knew it was time to try something new and challenging, so along with the ragtime piece, I purchased some sheet music for the first time in a year and am waiting for it to make it’s way across the country. I can’t wait for it to arrive! =]

Along with the piano, I’ve been back on the ole’ mandolin and violin as well. I was blessed to have someone loan me a book that really helped with some issues I was having on the violin, and was also able to find some resources on how to read mandolin tab, which has been fantastic. I’m hoping to convince Josh to pull out his guitar so that we can have a “jam session” soon. Maybe we will get brave and tape it so that you can see. Maybe. =D

I hope this beautiful rainy Saturday has been a blessed one for you. And, dear friend, how about a fun question for Saturday: How many of you play instruments?

Many blessings to all,
~Miss Courtney

3 thoughts on ““Reading” a note, or two or three

  1. There is nothing like music to bring healing. :) All these lovely pictures of your piano are making me wish to get back to playing myself! It’s been ages…far too long since I played last. (I don’t play or read music well, but it’s fun to pick my way through pieces). πŸ˜‰ Oh ragtime music is so much fun! I’m so glad you are enjoying your music playing again Courtney! πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing the lovely update.

    Love in Christ!
    {{Hugs!!} & Prayers!
    ~Rachel~

  2. I know that feeling of hearing a song and knowing right away that you want to learn it! I felt that way about the PianoGuys version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. The feeling of finally being able to play a song that you wanted to learn so badly is indescribable!

  3. Music has been my whole life. For several nights this past week, I’ve had trouble getting to sleep because of discomfort in my foot. I plugged my ear phones into my iPhone, and turned on Pandora for some easy-listening music. It really helped.

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