I’ve been more serious about playing piano lately. “Serious,” by the way, means that I’m doing it more often and I try to practice things that are hard for me… I’m in a big practice practicing phase at the moment.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that a local hotel bar has live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays. That got me looking, and there seem to be a few places in Dresden where I can go and hear live piano.
I’ve resolved to visit them all. Here are the ones I’ve found:
- Hotel Elbflorenz: Where my wife and I went on a date and I was surprised to hear the piano. I’ll be going back soon.
- The Maritim Hotel: There’s a “piano bar” that apparently always has live piano? I’ll call and confirm before I go.
- The Innside in Dresden: Funnily enough, I learned about their live piano by finding it in an angry online review. Apparently, you can hear it the in the rooms directly under the piano…
- Klavierhaus Dresden: Probably the only place I don’t plan to visit, they mostly sell pianos (and I have one) and organize what look to be the kind of piano concerts I’d feel compelled to dress up for…
- Champagner Lounge Dresden: I’m least excited about this one, because it seems to be reaching for a clientele that seems to be comprised of people who would annoy me.
Have I missed any? Does anyone expect that I’ll be frustrated by the experience? This isn’t the sort of thing that I usually do, so I’m unsure myself if I’ll like it.
While practicing piano today, I realized I needed to work on more scales. My hands just felt weak (and, yes, it was a weird thing to realize), so I thought “okay, what key is this in, I need to get the scale and fingerings for it.”
And then I realized something else. A real strength behind Simply Piano (at some point, I’ll write a full-fledged review) is the way it breaks complicated songs down into components and drills you on those parts, quickly and briefly.
“What I really need,” I thought, “is music notation software, and I’ll just start making those drills for the sheet music I’m working on.”
Then, because I’m in a sharing mode right now, I thought “that’d be a cool online resource: PDFs of sheet music, but with various drills and exercises attached.” The idea ballooned in my mind. Songs that are in G (like the one I was practicing) could be tagged, and automatically also include scales and chords arpeggios…
Now, I have a whole new project that I want to develop, abandoning the many others I have in the pipes.
I won’t, but I want to.
Something you may not know about me is that I am working to learn how to play piano. My motivations are many: I’ve always envied people who could, I once believed I couldn’t and want to prove myself wrong, and I want my kids to see me working hard at learning and not fall into the lie of “either you’re good at it, or you’re not.”
Recently, my family has started passing around videos of us working at our music, and I thought I would share the video I made. Watching it was good (but painful) for me, and I’m thinking of making more videos. A Christmas concert?