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January 27, 2014


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KOIN Clock was a lasting treasure for years. My Mom and I would listen almost every day to art kirkham, red dunning, don tooley etc. my mom heard somewhere that Don Tooley gave piano lessons and since I had been playing piano by "ear" since I was about 5 0r 6, she thought it would be a good idea for me to get some lessons. So my first lesson, Mr Tooley, who wrote out all of his arrangements to any song you could name, had me sit down and play a few simple pieces that I knew by heart and how I played them. then he wrote out an arrangement of Rose Marie and told me to take it home and practice it for our next lesson, but first I asked him to play it for me so I could hear how it sounded. so I took it home and practiced it the way I heard him play it. the next lesson I proudly played it the way I heard it played for me, and Mr Tooley was very impressed, and wrote out another song arrangement after which he would play it for me so I could hear how it sounded, and I took it home and practiced how I heard it played for me. the next week, I once again played it for him, but halfway through the piece, he pulled the music off the piano and I continued to play the piece.oblivious to the fact that he now had the music in his hands. needless to say, that was my last music lesson from Don Tooley

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