JWG (jwg) wrote,

My muscle memory is forgetting

I took another stab at playing the piano this afternoon. I do this quite infrequently. I am rusty and my sight reading is much worse than it used to be.

I was playing a Bach fugue (originally learned in 1955 - or that is what the dedication from my piano teacher says in this somewhat tattered book). The first 20 or so measures were still there in muscle memory but that faded pretty fast. I used to know the whole piece. Then I tried sight reading at about 1/2 speed and it was tough; I never was very good at sight reading. My fading repertoire includes several Schumann kinderschenen, a Beethoven bagatelle, and a few pieces of Bartok for Children. I didn't get to the Haydn sonata.

Of course I only try this when rsc isn't here - noone should have to hear me. I always resolve to practice some more so that I can play at least acceptably to me, but it is pretty rare that I actually do it.
Tags: nostalgia, personal

  • Baseball

    When I was a kid I was a Yankees fan - I lived in NYC. My father was a NY Giants fan. We occasionally listened to games on the radio and I went with…

  • ROTC - 1957

    Yesterday was National Armed Forces Day. The closest I ever came to being a member of the Armed Forces was freshman year at MIT where taking ROTC…

  • My mother's knitting

    My mother was a serious knitter. A significant portion of her clothes were things she knitted - sweaters, blouses, skirts. This picture is of…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded