scale by summerfield

scale

not the scale of the fish kind but the musical kind. this is a page from my yamaha guitar course workbook from a long time ago. i don't know why i still keep this when i haven't even played guitar since i left the old country. there was a guitar available to me when i lived in europe and in the sultanate of oman but when i came to canada, i won't even touch anyone's guitar when i'm asked to play. i did once but the owner got so jealous because i could play pick and he could only strum. now there's an s word.

when my little boy came here, he brought my guitar with him but i was lazy to even open the case until two years later. and to my disappointment, the whole thing just collapsed. it maybe from the changes in weather that it endured since i left it. i thought at the time that it was fitting as the person who gave it to me was long dead anyway. and i never wanted to play guitar again. i don't think my arthritic hands and fingers can endure a simple scale now anyway.

in high school, i taught myself how to play the guitar but years later when the first mr. summerfield gave me a folk guitar, i went to yamaha school of music to learn to play pick. my teacher loved me because i could read notes and the symbols in the scale. he included me in the year-end recitals and i played "romance d'amour". my teacher said i started brilliantly until i got in the middle and forgot a cluster of notes but i kept playing until i got it right. he said the only ones who probably noticed were the teachers but the audience, certainly not the first mr. summerfield who was beaming, wouldn't have noticed it. truth was i was nervous so i took a valium before we left the house and another a few minutes before i went on the stage. after my second number, "where have all the flowers gone", i sat backstage half asleep. i got an A- at the end of the course.
I wish I had done sheet music lying around. Mainly because I have some photo ideas that would be much nicer with sheet music in the frame.
September 12th, 2020  
Such a lovely story and insight into your fascinating life! A fabulous photo to accompany the story too!
September 12th, 2020  
The one and only Mrs. Summerfield... you are amazing! Even if in this particular instance, I think I love the story more than the photo. It is a very pretty photo and it gets alive with your story.
September 12th, 2020  
@salza - can email you a pdf if you want. 😊

@grammyn - you're biased. my life isn't fascinating. i just write fascinatingly (oh, that's an ugly word!). 🤣

@monikozi - 😂🤣thanks!
September 12th, 2020  
Nice shot and great story
September 12th, 2020  
@summerfield you do write fascinatingly but if your life weren't fascinating it wouldn't be nearly as compelling a story
September 12th, 2020  
Unfortunately, my English is not enough to capture everything in your story in detail. In a language it is very often the nuances that count.
But I imagine I can feel a bit of the magic of your story.
Thank you.
September 12th, 2020  
This music reminds me of my experience with piano lessons. The scales book. I never liked to practice and quit lessons after 5 years at age 12.
You have lived a fascinating life and when you compile it as a book, I would like to be in the first group of readers.
September 12th, 2020  
What a co-incidence - I played that song for a patient yesterday both in German and in English - Marlene Dietrich. Beautiful song - and congratulations on your A.
September 12th, 2020  
Another interesting narrative. You could probably find a guitar teacher who would loan you a guitar for a short while to see if it's something you could [or would like to] try again.
September 13th, 2020  
Your narrative makes this picture come to life! And it is never too late to try again, isn't it? But in the meantime, the music makes a great photo and could be used in more pictures, I imagine...
September 13th, 2020  
And yet another wonderful story. I think your life is fascinating too
September 13th, 2020  
Wonderful story! Sounds like you have music in your soul. Arthritic or not, maybe it's time to pick it up again?
September 13th, 2020  
You should start a blog. A literary blog, I mean. And if you did, please give me the URL.
September 13th, 2020  
I love your life stories Vikki! I agree with @domenicododaro, do it!
September 13th, 2020  
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