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Lightly Row

I remember Kristi once praising us for making it through all the pre-Twinkle with Elsie. “That’s the hardest part,” she said, and it really was. You practice and practice and practice, oftentimes for upwards of a year, but there are no songs. There are all these little bits, and you work on each bit, but it doesn’t make much sense to your child when you start at four and a half like we did with Elsie. And then, one day, she plays a song, and it is absolutely amazing. All of it finally amounted to A SONG.

What follows next is also amazing. You start working on another song. Like, right away. Like, without a year of preparation for playing the song. You just go right from song #1 (“Twinkle) to song #2 (“Lightly Row” for guitar). You know, playing notes and learning phrases, and it isn’t just exercises disguised as games, it’s music right away. Music!

Elsie dove into “Lightly Row” like a girl obsessed. Fortunately or unfortunately, her obsession was not the joy of playing the guitar but a quest for Angry Birds toys. Graduating from Twinkle had yielded a present, and she’d been told that she could pick out another for when she learned the next song. So that’s what she was going to do: LEARN THAT SONG.

Which she did. In less than two months. So let’s review. Time spent from beginning lessons to playing Twinkle: approximately fifteen months. Time spent from finishing Twinkle to learning “Lightly Row”: two months. Lightning speed, I tell you!

Without further ado, here is Elsie playing “Lightly Row” all the way through:

Next up, “Go Tell Aunt Rhody.” She still wants presents, so she’s highly motivated to start.

4 Comments

  1. Kristan wrote:

    Hm, haha. Part tiger mom, part bribery. :P

    J/k. You do what works with your child. (Also, the tiger mom bribed somewhat too.)

    Yay for Elsie! PS: she’s so cute.

    Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  2. Sonja wrote:

    Ha, I’m definitely not all the way tiger mom! LOL But even with this, a little bit. Believe me you, we’ve had struggles with practicing, and when she says, “I don’t want to practice,” I say, “I don’t care. Sit down and do it.” (Okay, usually not that blunt, but pretty close!) That’s a little Tiger Mom, isn’t it? But it’s definitely easier and a lot more fun when she wants to practice because she wants an Angry Bird toy LOL.

    PS My Chinese zodiac sign/year is the tiger!

    Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Eliza Freeman wrote:

    Way to go, Elsie! Santa Claus and I are proud of you.

    Sonja, is there any way for me to be alerted when you post a new blog? Otherwise I only catch them via random checking – which also works. :-) love to you all, Grandma Eliza

    Friday, December 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink
  4. Sonja wrote:

    I will pass your words along to Elsie. Maybe I can convince her to play something for you when we Skype on Christmas! Of course this means Quinn will want to play “Ants” too. I’m sure you won’t mind. :)

    I will send you an email notification when I post something new. No problem. :)

    Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

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