My husband, Mr A, has decided to learn how to play the piano - by ear. This comes in the midst of the kids preparation for the coming ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) practical exams, which will take place next week on June 8.
I don't know what sparked the sudden interest..(whether it was truly sudden or a dream from childhood, I can't really say) but last Friday, I came home from work to a living room filled with printouts from http://www.pianobychords.com/. And a man hammering away at the keys..
He immediately bombarded the kids with all sorts of questions about chords and what not to their amusement. And, throughout the weekend, proceeded to try out songs like Imagine, Let It Be and Hotel California (yup..you guessed it..he's from that generation).
Whole Tones, Half Tones, Slash Chords..on and on he went while the kids defied all orders on practicing their piano pieces - preferring Epic Battle Fantasy and Fanfiction.
By Sunday, Mr A playing got to a decent level, so the kids say. And Mr A now has a better appreciation of the complexity of piano playing and a greater respect of our kids' skills. A common ground has been reached..!!
All we need now is singer to complete the picture (because, frankly, we all suck at that). Any takers??