Dave Ferris Posted June 17, 2019 Share Posted June 17, 2019 I posted this yesterday on my FB page. With my "new eyes" I've discovered my keyboard sensory or proprioception skills are a bit off right now. My connection to the piano, especially on playing larger intervals, or making multiple octave jumps on the piano isn't the same. I'm reading ok with the temporary reader glasses but having some problems transferring or executing certain passages to the keyboard. I'm guessing with more practice and just getting used to a different sense of space ( for lack of a better description) , things will smooth out with time. Right now though, things are a little disconcerting. Not automatic. Today, day 3 post surgery, things are much improved. I did my first gig and I actually was sweating it a bit, as it's all reading. It was the Simi Church gig this morning. Not hard music but a lot of road maps that are always changing at the rehearsal an hour prior to the service. They're always changing the DSs, when to DC, Repeat signs, how many Xs on the repeat and Codas, it can be a reading nightmare in that respect. And the guitar play left, so now I'm the only chordal instrument. I brought my cheapie $10 Walmart temporary reader glasses. The charts were large/clear enough, along with my Aria stand light, that I didn't need them. Pretty amazing ! There were still a couple spots where my hands didn't quite cooperate with where I wanted them to go. But nothing glaring., At home I'm still needing glasses to write my chord voicings and lines out , pencil and notebook paper. Also reading out of the Bach WTC, a lotta notes going every which way, so it's still a bit slow going. I'm excited to start working on my sight-reading again. I used to rate myself as pretty good, in a town of monster studio player readers. But in the past years, it had fallen to a shell of what I once could read. I basically quit working on it as it was so frustrating --like having a hard time distinguishing Flats from Naturals, picking out notes in a chord voicing. Essentially, between the extreme nearsightedness and the cataracts, things were so bad I couldn't have passed the DMV test -- with my glasses or contacts.. I've had two checkups so far- each the day after the surgery, a week apart. The Doc says everything looks perfect surgically speaking. I go for my final checkup this Wednesday. And a week later after things settle down get a prescription for my reading glasses. I've worn glasses since the 4th Grade, so maybe 58 years ?!! This is like a miracle having this clarity of vision. Quote https://soundcloud.com/dave-ferris 2005 NY Steinway D Yamaha AvantGrand N3X, P-515 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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