Listen up, and you could win a FREE KITTEN*.
How many times has a student declared somewhat sheepishly to me, usually at one of our first few lessons, "You know, I really don't have an ear for music!" And it's always the adults. The little ones, they don't even know what "having an ear" means. They see a super cool machine that makes noise (that's my piano) and they are IN. But adults, they get all apologetic. I could try to convince them that it's not true, that everyone has an ear for music, and probably they just never put in any time developing it. They won't listen, so instead of saying that, I like to say, "Play Happy Birthday for me." They look at me like I have two heads and say, "I don't know how to play Happy Birthday!" To which I reply, "Then figure it out. Start here."
"Here" is G. You can play Happy Birthday using only white notes if you just start on G. Don't know your G from your XYZ? Here is a picture for you.
So here is my CHALLENGE to you:
Get yourself to a piano or pull out that keyboard that has been in your closet since the 80s, find a G somewhere in the middle of the keyboard, and play Happy Birthday. You can do it! It may be slow going. You will hit LOTS of wrong notes (this is how you find the right ones). You are allowed to swear. But basically I am convinced that if you really try (imagine yourself at knifepoint if it is helpful) you can play this song that you have sung about a million times since childhood.
If you can't find a piano or a keyboard you can even do it online - search for "virtual piano" or "online piano" (e.g. virtualpiano.net). Now you have no excuses!
And if you TRY it and you DO it - I will take you at your word - then I will award you ONE FREE KITTEN*!
And then you won't be able to tell me you "don't have an ear". Because you do!
So come on, people! Take the Happy Birthday Kitten Challenge and let me know how it goes. I've got a lot of kittens here I need to get rid of.
* while supplies last