Film Fun (June 1926)

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It Seemed So Strange to Hear Her Play We Knew She Had Never Taken a Lesson from a Teacher! WE always thought of her as an onlooker, you know. A sort of social wallflower. Certainly she had never been popular, never the center of attraction in any gathering. That night of the party when she said, "Well, folks, I'll entertain you with some selections from Grieg" — we thought she was joking. A rather poor joke, at that. But she actually did get up and seat herself at the piano. Everyone laughed — and went right on chatting. I was a little sorry for her. But I saw her chin go up, her eyes flash. She played a chord, and it rang through the room like a challenge. "Listen!" it seemed to say. And suddenly the room was hushed. . . . She played Anitra's Dance — played it with such soul fire that the room faded and we seemed to see gypsies swaying and chanting around the camp fire. Everyone sat forward, tense, listening. When the last glorious chord vanished like an echo, she turned around and faced us, her face glowing, her eyes happy. "Well!" she seemed to be saying, "you thought I was bluffing. But I can play !" We were astonished — and contrite. We surged forward in a mass to congratulate her. "How did you do it?" "Why, you are wonderful!" "We can't believe you never had a teacher!" An onlooker no longer — she was popular! She played for us all evening, and now no one would even think of having a party without inviting her. She Told Me About It Later We were lifelong friends, and I felt I could ask her about it. "You played superbly!" I said. "And I know you never had a teacher. Come — what's the secret?" "No secret at all!" she laughed. "I just got tired of being left out of things, and I decided to do something that would make me popular. I couldn't afford an expensive teacher and I didn't have the time for a lot of practice — so I decided to take the famous U. S. School of Music course. In my spare time, you know." "You don't mean to say you learned how to play so beautifully by yourself, right at home in your spare time ?" I was astounded. I couldn't believe it. "Yes — and it's been such fun! Why, it's as easy as A-B-C, and I didn't have a bit of trouble. I began playing almost from the start, and right from music. Now I can play any piece — classical or jazz. From the notes, you know." "You're wonderful!" I breathed.. "Think of playing like that, and learning all by yourself." "I'm not wonderful," she replied. "Anyone could do it. A child can understand those simplified lessons. Why, it's like playing a game! "You always wanted to pla) the violin — here's your chance to learn quickly and inexpensively. Why don't you surprise everyone, the way I did?" I took her advice — a little doubtfully at first — and now I play not only the violin but the banjo! 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