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.