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Ten Left Thumbs,

That didn't look too easy either laugh

Very clever and very fun... thanks for sharing.

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Ah, Leroy Anderson. Love it. I also love his Sleigh Ride, where the percussion section gets to play the clip-clop of the horses hooves and the whip cracking. Lots of fun.

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Wow, brilliant! Thank you TLT and Sam S for introducing a fantastic composer. Here's one to hone our counting skills laugh

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Ten Left Thumbs,

That didn't look too easy either laugh



I suppose, at least with piano you don't need to worry about spelling miskates!

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Ten Left Thumbs,

That didn't look too easy either laugh



I suppose, at least with piano you don't need to worry about spelling miskates!


How are your triangle lessons coming along???


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I loved it. Thanks for sharing it, Laura.

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Ten Left Thumbs,

That didn't look too easy either laugh



I suppose, at least with piano you don't need to worry about spelling miskates!


How are your triangle lessons coming along???


Wow, you have a long memory. Very well, thanks, but it's a challenging instrument. I've been working on crescendo-ing through a tremolo, which is a requirement at my level. The scales are a real killer.

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As a child I wanted to play the piano. Since there was no piano adn I've found an old typewriter on the attick I've decided to learn how to type. It was very similar to piano playing. This is the proof smile



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That was so cute! Thank you for sharing. The typist was very Chaplinesque in his mannerisms! Loved it!

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It's great to see an awesome display of virtuosity - no matter how rare or unique - for those too young to know or remember the "instrument" in question is called a typewriter - the performer seemed to be using the old "hunt and peck" system of typing and his wrist angle and posture left something to be desired...I wonder if he actually typed anything intelligible - maybe a short story ...


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For the people who say playing the piano is just like using a typewriter...

Well IT IS! wink







(now you go try it)

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No, two entirely different mediums, the piano and the typewriter. Very entertaining, however.

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That's a great video - his mannerisms were perfect. Watching him type, I suspect most lines were like this:

ALALALALALALALALALA

I suspect that owning up to actually using a typewriter ages me somewhat ... I actually was the first person at my sixth form (that would be grades 11 & 12 in the US) to submit an essay created on a computer. That was 1987 ... I bet handwritten essays are somewhat the exception rather than the norm at that level these days?


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I'd think that the person performing on the piano is a well trained musician, probably a percussionist, and that he put every ounce of his abilities into pulling this off. Rhythm is not easy. I remember those old typewriters. I sometimes scraped the skin off my fingers when I hit between the keys.

Some years ago when things weren't going well with the instrument I was learning, I was feeling quite down and took a walk in the park. It was serendipity. Some African drumming students were gathering for their lesson and I talked to one who invited me to watch. So the teacher says "Who's that person down there in the grass." and she explained that I was a music student. I got invited to sit in the middle of this awesome two hour (!!) class. What I saw that day filled me with tremendous respect for drumming. It is not an easy thing. I've often thought that drumming might be a good thing for instrumentalists, because you have to really understand counting and rhythm.

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That is about the only way I know how to use the typewriter....my brain refuses to learn the letters as placed....so I use my own fingering.

very entertaining!

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Here are a few more ideas for beginner instruments:


Unfortunately this video doesn't show the guy's sheet music at the end.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFSwQPoKww

and this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xew8fCH0rsM



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I'd think that the person performing on the piano is a well trained musician, probably a percussionist, and that he put every ounce of his abilities into pulling this off. Rhythm is not easy. I remember those old typewriters. I sometimes scraped the skin off my fingers when I hit between the keys.

That was Alfredo Anaya, an extremely talented percussionist (with a real flare for acting). Here's a bit about him: Alfreda Anaya.

You're absolutely right about manual typewriters, the ones with empty space between the keys ... Ouch! When I recently sought out a vintage typewriter I chose a later, electric model in part so I wouldn't skin my fingers as in the olden days.

Sharp eyes will have noticed the manual "counter bell" Anaya used along with the typewriter. I have a very similar bell that I like to strike unexpectedly at parties when it's time to get everyone headed to the table. It's always amazing, and amusing, how immediately people respond, even though they had no idea I'd ring a bell to announce dinner, LOL!

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I'd think that the person performing on the piano is a well trained musician, probably a percussionist, and that he put every ounce of his abilities into pulling this off. Rhythm is not easy. I remember those old typewriters. I sometimes scraped the skin off my fingers when I hit between the keys.

That was Alfredo Anaya, an extremely talented percussionist (with a real flare for acting). Here's a bit about him: Alfreda Anaya.

You're absolutely right about manual typewriters, the ones with empty space between the keys ... Ouch! When I recently sought out a vintage typewriter I chose a later, electric model in part so I wouldn't skin my fingers as in the olden days.

Sharp eyes will have noticed the manual "counter bell" Anaya used along with the typewriter. I have a very similar bell that I like to strike unexpectedly at parties when it's time to get everyone headed to the table. It's always amazing, and amusing, how immediately people respond, even though they had no idea I'd ring a bell to announce dinner, LOL!


I started typing on a manual typewriter when I was in junior high. No damage was done to my fingers. It probably was good conditioning for my piano playing. However, I suspect this instrument would be risky to the skin on your fingers!





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