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richdbyrd

learning to play a piano

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richdbyrd    37

Sorry for all the questions folks, just have a lot of them.

 

what so you think of me buying a used keyboard ( about 60 bucks) and taking lessons. I am 70 and have always loved piano jazz. How would this be for therapy. I know i will never be good at it but just thd idea is exciting.

 

Just resting tremors in left arm and hand. They arent there all the time.

 

what say all of you.

 

thanks

 

richard

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swimmer    175

Actually richdbyrd, I've read or heard that learning a musical (or new) instrument is an excellent thing to help with your PD.  It's a new challenge, plus you need to use both hands in different ways, which is a big (& good) challenge for your brain.

 

I also think you should go for it!!

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richdbyrd    37

I purchased an inexpensive piano keyboard. I really appreciate the support. In learning anything new the most critical and difficult part to learn is the beginning, the rules, the rudiments. Kind of stressfull and a challenge but fun.

 

Thanks

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BillBRNC    25

Heck, I would do it and make sure your teacher just focuses on getting you able to play actual songs you know with simple chord structure and some melody. I would forget about the scales and all that stuff at your age. Just focus on making real music that you can enjoy playing. That's what I did with the banjo about 5 years ago, and I was jamming with good musicians within a matter of 6 months or so. And for us older farts, it is easier to forget all about music and just play by ear after you've learned that basic chords and how to put a melody together. Just saying, and good luck.

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jul    3

I just learned that Janet Reno was seeking piano lessons after she was no longer Attorney General.  So that was years after her diagnosis.  My sister's friend was a piano teacher Reno talked to about lessons in Florida.  

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