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Birthday Part 2 :)

For my birthday, Adam wanted to buy me a Harmonium :) I love music and I love learning new instruments, so we thought that would be fun :) Our country has it's own style of this instrument and it's very popular here... it's kinda a cross between an accordion, a piano and an organ :) haha!
Anyway, to get it, we went to a cool old store that's in the old part of our city... We went to the store and looked at all the cool instruments and picked out the perfect one :) After we did that we were talking to the owner and we asked them where they made the instruments. He told us that all the instruments were made there on their roof! :) So we got to go up and watch them making instruments. It was cool because this store is across the street from the largest m0sque in our country, so it was really neat to see it from a totally different view :) It was Friday at almost 1:00 pm when we were there, so the call to pr was going off and if you look closely at the pic you can see people in there preparing for the pr time.Here's one of the guys making Harmoniums (below):
The way the do music here is very different from the way we do music in America... for any of you who have every had a music lesson in America you know all about playing with the notes A-B-C-D-E-F-G.... but here they use Sa-Re-Ga-Ma, etc.... it's kinda like the European "Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So", etc....(you know, like from The Sound of Music) and they typically don't use the the same music notations or even music notes! If you look below you can see the music (the top half - the bottom half are the words to the song)
OK, so here is my Harmonium!! If you look closely, you can see the accordion part in the back... you use your left hand to pump it, while you play with your right hand :) With the music here, you use the black keys more than the white keys - so it's really different from the piano :) haha!When I learn to actually play something that sounds good, I'll put up a video or something :)
Oh, and Jellybean loves it! haha! JB goes crazy when I play :)


Deanna said…
Happy Birthday!!! You'll definitely have to post a video of you playing - can't wait. The harmonium is beautiful too. Cool gift!
E-Rob said…
Cool! I didn't know the music notes were different here! That's interesting. I can't wait to hear you play!
The Agarwals said…
What a fun fun gift!
I can not wait to hear you playing!! Maybe Jellybean will be musical too- or if nothing else a really good dancer. Perfect either way right? He/she can either entertain your guests with great songs or pull out the DDR and bust some moves!! AWESOME!!

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