Sometimes, I surprise myself with creative ideas. This was one of those times. I thought, “Hey, I’ve talked a lot about my love of piano on my blog right? I’ve said how I was able to play really well, had my surgery, forgot everything during recovery, and have slowly re-learned most of it again, have I not? Then why not show my lovely readers how I can play?”
Isn’t that creative? I thought so. I thought I could record a video of me playing something simple to start with. It shouldn’t be too hard, right?
At least, for me. See, in telling you my story about forgetting everything I had learned and having to re-learn it all again, I also mentioned that I still couldn’t play a small piece without messing up. Add a video camera, and I’m in big trouble.
But then I got another great idea. Shocking, I know. I figured that not only would recording my songs give you guys a chance to watch me play, but it would help discipline me in performance. I have a theory that the more I record myself playing the piano, the more comfortable I’ll become with it. Perhaps one day I can actually have people (you know, in real life) watch me without messing up. *shudders* I think it might be awhile before that, but perhaps this will be a step in the right direction.
Because I really dislike it when I KNOW I can play a piece perfectly, and then mess up when someone wants to hear it. Grr.
So, here is a video of me playing “Beach Buggy Boogie” by Martha Mier. It’s not the best I’ve played, but then again, I was kind of on nerves because we were recording it. And this was like my 12th try of doing it without messing up.
Even though this song is pretty basic and simple, I love it and am very attached to it because this piece was actually the first jazz song I ever learned. If you didn’t know, I LOVE playing jazz. I jazz up every song I learn (some successfully, others not so successfully), and I just really enjoy playing with the rhythm. I’ve jazzed up “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” “Fur Elise” (Also known as “Senorita Elisa”), “He’s a Pirate” (The Pirates of the Caribbean theme song), and more.
Oh, and the reason why my hands fly up at the end is because I was ecstatic that I made it through the song without messing up. 😀 Just thought you should know. I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll hopefully have more songs to share in the future!
Oh, and you should probably know that this wasn’t the traditional version of Beach Buggy Boogie. I jazzed up the jazz. Yeah, I do that too. *cue hand slapping from my piano teacher* *cue laughing and congratulations from my piano teacher after she scolds me* Punishment for changing the song, but congrats for doing it successfully. I think I can deal with that. 😉