The 20 Minute Piano Lesson

Posted by Danny

I took piano lessons when I was a kid for about 5 years.  I can read music but I have to practice a song a really, really long time for it to be audience worthy.  And by audience, I mean anyone.  There are a lot of pregnant pauses in my music. 

I know my notes, but if you asked me to play a G cord, you’d be out of luck.  And heaven forbid you asked for an A minor or a C# cord.  I’d have a better chance of remembering a phrase from my 7th grade Spanish class.  Actually I do remember “Hay un medico in su familia?” – is there a doctor in your family; and “Donde esta el bano?” – where is the bathroom.  If you’re going to a foreign country, those are two questions you may readily need.

Jesse on the other hand did not take piano lessons and cannot read music.  An eighth note to him is just a black dot with some friends nearby.  But as I’ve told you before, he can plunk out any pop tune with a sheet of music with only the letter of chord written over the lyric.

I’ve thought to myself a hundred times this past year, “How does he do that?” 

Today, he gave me a lesson.

10 am Sunday morning:

6 pm Sunday afternoon:

He’s a pretty good teacher.  I’m a pretty good student.  Mrs. Haynes would be so proud.  (Oh, that’s Stephanie, the camera girl, in the background.)

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9 Comments

  1. Mel Ham

     /  May 11, 2011

    Hayes is brillant!…Second video..gave me that dueling piano bar feeling…I see a 2nd career actually third since the writing thing is working great!

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  2. Sarah LF

     /  May 11, 2011

    I’m most impressed. What time is my lesson?

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    • Sarah LF

       /  May 11, 2011

      This would be great for your match.com profile. 😉

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  3. Sylvia Haynes

     /  May 11, 2011

    WOW! And I thought I had to teach rhythm and notes. Guess I’d better bone up on some new technique. Enjoy the music!
    Mrs. Haynes

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  4. Aunt Susan

     /  May 11, 2011

    Well I have been awfully impressed by Hayes for a long time, but now I am IMPRESSED!!!!! What a talent!
    So why the lessons, did you get tired of being the only non piano player in the family? Since Hayes can write a song or dozen are you guys going to venture into songwriting as a sideline, you know to referring games, driving the girls around, and your other respective jobs?
    The yard looks great and I am not a fan of azelas ( cant’ even spell them)
    Way to go Stephainie I thought that was pretty good camera work too.

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  5. Mom

     /  May 11, 2011

    Glad you are still practicing. If you don’t your girls will pass you. They’re coming along with piano. Now you’d better work on your dance. Today’s recitals were great! I’m so impressed with all the talent floating around. Keep up the teaching, Jessie.

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  6. Pretty cool and impressive! You did great!
    Can I do it? I had two years of lessons and I think I know my chords, but I am more of a singer than player.

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  7. Nonie Sowers

     /  May 12, 2011

    I love that song! And that voice singing along behind the camera is precious! Go Bruce Ham!

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