There were no lessons over the summer but we did have things to practice to keep our fingers nimble.
I was very good about practicing in spite of the fact that all my friends were coming to the door asking me to come out to play. I got so bored doing the required practicing.
I loved "Lady of Spain" that I heard on the Lawrence Welk show almost every week. I decided to try to play it by ear w/o sheet music. Much to everyone's amazement I was successful at picking out the notes my ear. Needless to say I was very excited and could hardly
wait to show my teacher. When he asked us to show him what we had been practicing over the summer I did, then I said I had a surprise. I played "Lady of Spain" completely w/o any music.
I was beaming with proud when I finished only to look up and see Mr. Ruggiero frowning.
He scolded me right then and there and told me never to pick out a song by ear. I forgot all his reasons but one being I needed to learn to read all music before I ever ever did that again.
I was very embarrassed and discouraged. Neither of my parents played music so they pretty much had to go along with what the teacher told them. I continued my lessons for another year
but basically my enthusiasm had been squashed. I no longer enjoyed it and wanted to stop taking lessons. I had a ~$250.00 accordion (back then you could not rent instruments you had to buy them).
Needless to say anytime Lawrence Welk show came on TV I went to my room to read...
it was a very sore subject in the house for some time. Maybe I should not have played w/o sheet music but I still to this day feel like the teacher could have handled it differently.
To this day when I tell folks I used to play accordion most have a most quizzical look on their face as if to say WHY the accordion? I say Why Not.
Many years ago I took dulcimer lessons which I enjoyed. I was working and practicing was hard.
I think the guitar would be fun to learn but I have not acted on that yet.
My husband's Uncle learned to play guitar after he retired and my brother in law
took piano lessons in his mid 40's and had recitals with children. He is retired now too
and still loves playing for his own pleasure.
I'm retired I have time I guess I just need to want to do it!!
To this day I love music especially instrumentals. I wish I had continued the accordion. Maybe someone reading this with more musical experience than I had can enlighten me on why my teacher was not just a wee bit more encouraging or perhaps someone had a similar experience when trying to learn something new.