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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

We bought the piano!

It was moved downstairs to our family room and it looks and sounds great! Sandy bought a new book of simplified versions of popular pieces, and already she sounds wonderful. I, on the other hand, am just learning to tell what notes on the music correlate to which keys. But yesterday I did find out a couple of things about piano music that I didn't know before:

  • There are little numbers under the music that tell you what finger to use to play it. These are called "finger numbers." I have always wondered about how people were supposed to know how to position their fingers.
  • Middle C has a little dash through it and does not actually appear on a Clef, but instead is located between the Treble and Bass Clefs. That is why it is called Middle C.
  • The Treble (G) Clef and Bass (F) Clef are based on the positions of the F and the G on those Clefs.
As you can tell, the fact that I didn't know this stuff even though I was in music class for 8 years is either a testament to the power of owning your own piano, or simply a reflection of my own incomptence.