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Deccydiva
10-02-2008, 02:18 PM
A quick question, for a poem I am working on. Can someone who has no sight play the piano to concert standard? Assuming the person lost their sight as a young adult, not from birth?

FinbarReilly
10-02-2008, 03:55 PM
Given the sheer number of blind concert pianists? Definitely...

FR

WendyNYC
10-02-2008, 04:03 PM
Ray Charles comes to mind, although that's a different kind of music. I'm sure there are many others.

DamaNegra
10-02-2008, 05:10 PM
Yes, of course. Sight is never an impediment to playing most instruments. I mean, most of the musicians I know close their eyes when playing a song they really like.

Drumming, though, that might prove a little more tricky, but yeah, that can be done too. Piano? Definitely.

Deccydiva
10-02-2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks everyone, I thought it was possible but wanted to be 100% sure.

FinbarReilly
10-02-2008, 10:13 PM
Blind Musicians (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_musicians)

Here's the obligatory Wikipedia link for you. Thought it was a pretty interesting one....

FR

Deccydiva
10-03-2008, 01:22 AM
Thanks, there's a lot of history there. Interesting.

Appalachian Writer
10-03-2008, 01:35 AM
Not only to blind people play piano, but I know at least two blind piano tuners.:)

smoothseas
10-03-2008, 03:40 AM
Ray Charles comes to mind, although that's a different kind of music. I'm sure there are many others.

Exactly who I was thinking of.

And then there's Little Stevie Wonder, who's now a balding, middle-aged man.

Kryianna
10-03-2008, 04:30 AM
Not only to blind people play piano, but I know at least two blind piano tuners.:)

I was absolutely amazed as a child when we had our piano tuned. The gentleman had his wife drive him, since he was blind since birth. Watching him tune the piano and the antique pump organ was extraordinary.

IceCreamEmpress
10-03-2008, 04:55 AM
Piano tuning was a skill that used to be taught in schools for the blind, as it was a decently-paying career where keen hearing and a good sense of touch were (and still are) much more important than sight.

This story (http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20147648,00.html) astonished me. George Shearing was an incredible and famous pianist who was blind, also: you can watch and hear him on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL8_G34xG2o&feature=related).