Mastering a new art

One of my new year’s resolutions which I sort of fell into when not having too much work on at the very beginning of January, was to learn to play the piano. Nearly five months in and I’m still at it, which is more than I can say for most of my previous resolutions.

I’m using this book which is nice and gentle and although I’m still very much a hopeless beginner, I can play a simple tune or two, have recently mastered a couple of chords and am enjoying it immensely. I am very grateful to my lovely friend Erik who has loaned me a beautiful full-size keyboard which now has pride of place in our music-studio-come-office at the bottom of the garden - and once I am sure of my abilities, I will graduate from our dinky keyboard within the safe stone walls of our cottage, to the bottom of the garden concert venue where the sound-proofing isn’t so solid.

Well, we don’t want to be thrown out of the village just yet do we…?