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Practice 30 minutes a day

In Read on September 10, 2010 at 7:17 am

Like many other kids, Aleah Nehue is learning to play an instrument.  Unlike many other kids learning to play an instrument, she is taking accordion lessons.  Unlike many other kids taking accordion lessons, she does her practicing outside on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles:

Aleah Nahue practices outside her mother's office in downtown L.A.  Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times.

Aleah Nahue practices outside her mother's office in downtown L.A. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times.

Aleah and [her sister] Joane started playing several years ago, after they won free accordion lessons at a music school.

But two girls and two accordions was a lot of sound for [her mother] Fallis’ small storefront office, so one day three years ago, Joane pulled a chair outside and started practicing there.

“She came back inside with a smile and a dollar in her hand,” Fallis said.

Soon the girls were fighting over who could practice outside — and earn the tips people dropped into their cases.

I would have stuck with piano a lot longer if there were cash tips from strangers involved with practicing.

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  1. You mean those little gold stars on each page weren’t enough?

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