Category: Piano

Another project idea

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.

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Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

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?