Flash Fiction For the Purposeful Practitioner: It’s Just Notes!


“All right, it’s time for dinner.” Tommy’s mother calls from down the hall in the kitchen. She sets the dishes on the counter and gives the air a quick sniff. Hmm, she thinks. “Tommy.” She sings, still Tommy doesn’t appear. So she decides to make her way down the hall to his bedroom. Tommy has his head lean against the piano while his little fingers are gently tapping the keys. “Well, aren’t you a little composer?” His mother says.

Tommy groans, indicative of wanting to be left alone. “Dinner’s ready.” His mother says. Tommy groans again. “Come on, honey,” his mother places a hand on his shoulder, “you can come back after dinner.”

Tommy’s groan grows louder. “This can’t be that hard.” He says. “It’s just notes!”

“Maybe you just need a break, free your eyes from those notes for a while. Then when you come back, I’m sure it’ll jog your mind.” Slowly, Tommy sighs, sits up, and slides off the piano bench. “There’s my little composer.” His mother smiles.

(165 words)

The same thing is actually happening to me. I look at the notes and would say, “It’s just notes!” but somehow, I can’t get my fingers to move to the notes.

This is a response for Roger Shipp’s new flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction For the Purposeful Practitioner. We are given the beginning of the sentence and we are to finish the story.

17 thoughts on “Flash Fiction For the Purposeful Practitioner: It’s Just Notes!

  1. The brain reaches a saturation point with piano practicing. When you get to that point where you can’t break through to the right progression or fingering you have to walk away to give your brain some catch up time. It will be easier the next time you approach the bench.

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  2. I can understand his persistence. When you really want to learn something sometimes you push yourself too far and end up making things worse. Leaving the task alone for a while often times rejuvenates you and makes things a lot easier to learn.

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