Howto Life Music

Re-learning to play the piano

I bought a used Krakauer piano in March from a family who was moving and ready to let it go.

Krakauer Piano

I took lessons for a few years in middle-school beginning around sixth grade. In my first year of high school, I told my mom, “I’m way too busy for this” and ceased playing or practicing — much to the regret of my older and wiser self.

For Easter this year, my mom bought me “Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course” as it’s a book she’s used with adult learners in the past when she taught piano lessons. I’ve been enjoying it and have gotten through about one quarter of the book so far. So far I’ve re-learned things like timing (4/4 and 3/4), notes (quarter, half, three-quarters, full), and right and left hand starting positions (C & G). I’ve learned things I never knew before like several different chords (C, G, F, C Major).

My goal is to play hymns from the Cantus Christi hymnal we use at my church.

I will learn and play fun songs, too. Today, I ordered piano sheet music from Sound of Music, Super Mario Bros, and Star Wars to help me towards this end.

I’ll let you know how this goes.

How To Learn the Piano as an Adult
* Step 1: Stop Waiting
* Step 2: Get a piano (or keyboard)
* Step 3: Get the piano tuned (if it’s real)
* Step 4: Start Playing


What It’s Like

Paul Graham has an excellent essay entitled “What Startups are Really Like.”  Read it here.

I found myself surprised at how often I agreed with the words of PG or the entrepreneurs he quoted within.  My experience working at Athleon has taught me many of the lessons he mentions within his essay.  Particularly, the lesson that entrepreneurs work on a different time-flow than the rest of the world, and the emotional roller coaster a startup can be.

Over the course of the past year, I have loved working with Brent, Ryan, Jason, and Dan on Athleon and I am incredibly proud of the product and how far it has come in a year.  With this  small team of 5 (now 4), we have launched All Team Apparel, the Game Film beta, an updated version of Playbooks, and rewritten large components of the back-end code (running on Debian Linux, Apache 2, MySQL, and Perl with some features written in Flex/AS3) to prepare the site to scale for future growth.

Nobody says startup life is easy.  The past year has not been, but I wouldn’t do things differently.  The lessons I’ve learned have been valuable, hard-earned, and worth it.