Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Last fall I discovered, horror of horrors, that I am an old dog, and I don’t always like new tricks.

Like playing organ. On a real organ. With pedals.

You mean my feet have to play nicely with my hands?

As a pianist and keyboardist I have avoided all such strange contraptions. Till now.

Skip ahead to a week ago. My feet are learning to do what they’re told and I pulled out a Bach fugue and some Frescobaldi on the recommendation of a friend.

My sight reading was far from perfect, but I found immense satisfaction in hearing this music on it’s native instrument.

The truth is we are all old dogs from time to time. Given a choice we will choose the familiar and easy every time.

The payoff of learning new tricks is huge, though.

What new “tricks” are you reluctant to learn?