Two to each keyboard, she gave each pair a sheet of music and let them work out the base* line, then the chords (clapping in the recording) and when they’d mastered those, the melody. Only a couple of them managed to play the base* line with the melody, it was quite tricky for them. They did enjoy it though and I helped several with the notes and the rhythm. There are some quite exuberant lads in that class, which I always enjoy (don’t you find the rascals are much more fun?) and they worked hard and really concentrated and were pleased to play to the rest of the class at the end and be applauded.
I’ve been out to dinner tonight with a group of friends – it’s a small dining club, women only, that I started going to to keep my mother company, the best part of 20 years ago. I was the youngest there then and I still am. The founder, who is now 94 and no longer a member, comes along once in a while and tonight she was telling us all about her new iPad. She’s never had a computer before, is enjoying getting to grips with it and her first emailing lesson is tomorrow. She’s very excited. I think it’s brilliant and certainly proves that you’re never too old to try something new.
*Bass. Ahem. Sorry.