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We borrowed a nearly full-sized eletric keyboard from my friend Debbie for Martin to practice on for the next several months while he's taking piano lessons. I brought it home late last night and set it up on the dining room table.* Martin headed straight for it when he got home from school. It has 99 song and style settings, allowing you to change the pitch and sound-style of the keys to just about anything you can imagine except quacking duck.

It's got harp, polka, rock-and-roll, softbeat, tango, and honky-tonk to name just a very, very few.

It rocks into Oh Susannah, La Cucaracha, Deck the Halls, among others.

He has been playing the one song he knows, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in every style, one by one.

I may have to kill someone soon.

Update! The personbevis arrived today! All pieces in place! Off to the Embassy on Tuesday!

*right outside my bedroom door...THAT'S gonna have to change
mood: amused
music: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

"I may have to kill someone soon."

{I remember the days...violin, keyboard, cello, voice lessons, etc...}


Headphones! :-)


yep! It's got an outlet, we just have to dig them out. The problem is usually there are 2 or more children sitting at the keyboard playing with it, so then it's not an option. :D


Of course it's an option! Multiple headphones (or earphones) and a splitter (or two, or three)! :-)

Russell (who should know about making sure the person playing the electric piano has whatever he/she needs in the way of headphones ;-)

headphones? now where did I put those darn things? :P

I may have to kill someone soon.

Might I recommend a glass of wine?

Sadly, I don't drink...maybe some soothing Valium instead?

Yay for the personbevis. What a relief for you.

Anyone who loans your child an electric keyboard is NO FRIEND. Trust me on that :)

How fun!

WHAT? No duck???

I know! Can you believe it? The NOIVE!

Well, he still has his little toy eletronic keyboard and it does pig, duck, cat, and just about any other animal you can think of, so there's that.

What's wrong with Twinkle Twinkle Little Samba or Little Reggae Reggae Star? ;-D How does he cope with 3/4 rhythms such as waltz? Or for that matter shuffle or jazz rhythms? I suppose the keyboard doesn't have any really complex time signatures such as 5/4 or 7/4. Maybe the brand new ones will have really soon now, with influences of ethnic world music (Balkan, Middle East, African etc) who seem to utilize them more than we traditionally do in Western music. I think the number of generally common tunes in 5/4 can be counted on one hand's fingers. For me, it narrows down to Take Five, Mission Impossible theme, En gång i min ungdom and perhaps one or two more. Of course we played tons more in the orchestra, but I don't consider those part of the common music library.

Since "Twinkle, Twinkle" is the standard beginning piece for music students using the Suzuki method, my sister had to help her kids learn that damn tune on violin, viola, cello, and piano. Five kids. Some of whom learned more than one instrument. Words cannot express how much we hate that song as a result...

Thank god there's no Suzuki program for pipe organ (the instrument her eldest has fallen in love with). I don't think any of us could have taken having "Twinkle, Twinkle" reverberating through our bones! ;-)

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