I’ve always loved playing the piano.
I took lessons for a little while when I was young and I took music theory in high school, but mostly I’m self-taught. As with most things I do one-handed, I just figured it out.
It’s always funny when people are listening to me play and then at some point realize I’m doing it with one hand. They get a quizzical look on their face and say, “Wait…how are you doing that??”
In late 2008 I broke my short arm. As I began to heal and the swelling started to go down, one of my greatest fears was that I wouldn’t be able to play the piano anymore. I remember going to my in-laws’ one day and trying to play. My arm was still swollen and I couldn’t hit one key at a time. I started to cry. I was mourning the loss of my ability to play piano…albeit prematurely. Eventually the swelling went down and I gained most of the mobility in my elbow back and my piano playing resumed. Talk about a joyful feeling!
I’ve always had fun making-up stupid songs, too. Ask my kids. Or my wife. Just don’t ask if they like it. With that in mind, I present to you the video of how I play piano one-handed!