In-Tune, the Piano World Piano Forums Newsletter
October 2009About "In-Tune"
In-Tune is the newsletter for piano lovers.
Much of the material for In-Tune comes from our world famous piano forums.
For those of you asking who the heck Frank B. is(?)... that's me.
I am the founder, host, and webmaster of Piano World (home of the world famous Piano Forums), and PianoSupplies.com (an online store for piano and music accessories).
Some people have been wondering why I haven't been around Piano World and/or the forums much lately.
In the last year I've ... moved from Connecticut to Florida, gotten divorced, started seeing a girl I knew when we were kids (we were 12 or 13 when I last saw her), and bought a fixer-upper mobile home in Largo (FL) (all I could afford, see: divorce).
The fixer-upper is what's been monopolizing my time for the past seven or eight weeks (hence the lack of a newsletter in Sept.). We've been working on it day and night, with a short break to attend an amazing piano party on Cape Cod (more about that later).
I've moved in now, although there are still plenty of little projects to do, the place looks a whole lot better than it did when I first bought it.
And yes, I'm still only playing on a digital piano, but next year I hope to close in the screened porch (12x24) and make it an office/music room. Then, who knows? :-)
I'm in a nice community with a large club house, huge pool, and great landscaping.
I am slowly working my way back into taking care of Piano World, expecting to spend more time fixing up the site, adding more piano related content, and participating in the forums.
For those of you who have been waiting to hear back from me (email,phone, etc.), I'm trying to catch up as fast as possible.
See you online.
What, you haven't signed up for our cruise yet? Well get with it!
Come on everyone, this is going to be fun!
Bill (our agent) has confirmed... we will have access to real pianos and real fun.
And the first 20 people to sign up will receive a official Piano World T-shirt, and a official Piano World hat.
Plus, as we get more people signed up, Bill will get more goodies for us.
Read about the cruise and the ship details ... Piano Forums Piano Cruise
If you read my "Where In the World" story above you know I've purchased a fixer-upper in Florida.
I'd like to cover one wall with old sheet music (think decoupage).
If you have some old sheet music in reasonbly good shape (not stained, no mildew) and are willing to donate it to the cause (cause I don't have any money) I'd really appreciate it.
I'm looking primarily for sheet music that is complete with the cover. Any era is fine (I like all kinds of music).
If you can help out your PW host, please send the music to:
9925 Ulmerton Road # 227
Largo, FL 33771
Many thanks in advance for your help.
The above address is also Piano World & PianoSupplies.com new business office address.
Our customer service and shipping is still based in Madison, CT
We attended a couple of great piano parties in September and October.
One was in September at Allegro Piano in Stamford, CT. Ori and Rebecca put on one fantastic event!
Allegro Piano Party Pictures and Reports
The other party was the Big Cape Cod Weekend Piano Party!
This party spanned three days, and included five pianos and copius amounts of food & drink.
In addition to our regulars, who we are always glad to see, we had some celebrity guests who added some new dimensions to the parties.
And just to make it more exciting, our own HV (the husband of one of our celebrity guests) recorded most of the performances!
Go here to see and hear albout it... Cape Cod Piano Party Pictures, Recordings, & Reports
One of our celebrity guests was Sue Keller, famous Ragtime Pianist.
Her playing made me remember how much I love Ragtime and Stride piano (yes Sue, I'm gonna practice hard).
Although she never mentioned it, I found out she has a web site where you can find out more about her, listen to some of her recordings, and purchase her CDs. I highly recommend dropping by to check it out. www.RTpress.com
(you can also hear Sue play by visiting the Cape Cod Party thread).
A distinguished Professor of Piano at Brooklyn College in New York, and protege of the legendary teacher, Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, Mr. Biegel now offers online interactive lessons for pianists and teachers alike.
Need to brush up on your technical abilities? Need assistance in putting programs together, and audition materials? You can benefit from the life and career of Jeffrey Biegel.
This is not one of those canned video presentation, this is Live, Interactive, Online Lessons!
Argghh! Keith Emerson turns 65 on Nov. 2!
Even at 65, and with the problems he's had with his hands, he can still play a mean keyboard. But 65? I first saw/heard him in person with The Nice. I'm not saying how long ago that was:-)
Happy Birthday Keith!
The Let's Talk Weddings thread continues to grow. If you haven't read it yet, check it out. There are some really funny stories here. Let's Talk Weddings Thread
Can I Say That on the Forums? According to a recent article in Parade Magazine, you'd better be careful what you post online. Particularly on a popular forum like ours.
And if you think you are being anonymous because you didn't use your real name, and used a junk email address, think again.
Read this post for an idea of What Can Happen When You Say the Wrong Things Online
Keeping Track of Interesting Threads
Found some posts/threads that interest you, but when you come back a few days later, you can't find them?
Here's an easy fix...
At the top of any post (even if you haven't posted in it) is a box "Topic Options", choosing Ad Topic to Your Watched List tells our forums system to send you an email every time there is a new post. Want to stop following a particular thread? Go back to the same box, and choose "Remove Topic from your Watched List"
45,000? Yes, we've passed the 45,000 registered members mark, closing in fast on 46,000.
Many of you are familiar with Larry Fine, author of The Piano Book. If you've been on the forums lately you may have seen discussions about his new venture, Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer.
Taking a different approach from previous years, Fine is making this publication available online - Free.
For those who prefer having a hard copy, you can also order a print version of the new publication.
Larry's Announcement on the Forums is Here
And his Special Letter to Piano World Members is here
The letter explains why the new format, and addresses some questions that were raised on the forums.
From the feedback we've been getting, the new book with it's searchable database is a great success.
The countdown continues. It's only about 11 weeks until the big show. January 14-17, 2010.
Rumor has it there will be less exhibitors this year. Do you agree?
Let us know if you are planning on attending, or exhibiting. And by all means, let me know if you'd like to meet up while we're out there.
NAMM 2010 Thread
Order Your Christmas Music Now!
Let me know where your post is (or some details so I can find it). I'm thinking of creating special sub-forums under the Piano Forum and the Digital Piano Forum specifically for posts about piano purchases. We love stories about new piano owners (and pictures, don't forget picture), but they tend to get lost pretty quickly. It would be nice to have them in one place so others can share in your joy, and learn from your experiences. email@example.com
If you enjoy the Piano Forums, please consider doing a little something to help support them.
We are a small business that relies on revenue from our advertisers and sale in our online store.
We are surviving, but like most small businesses, money is tight.
Please visit our Help Support the Forums page for some suggestions of how you might help.
What exactly is Art of the Piano month? From October 8 through November 8, the NJSO presents incredible piano works performed by dazzling guest artists: Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed by Stephen Hough (Oct. 8-11); Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos, performed by twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton (Oct. 29-Nov 1), and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, performed by pianist-conductor Olli Mustonen (Nov. 6-8).
For more information about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, visit www.njsymphony.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available for purchase by phone 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476) or on the Orchestra's website.
If You Know About Upcoming Concerts, Recitals, Competitions, Factory Tour, etc. --- Please Share! We're happy to post details about piano concerts, recitals, competitions, interesting news, etc. Let us know so we can all share. Here
Let me know if you'd like to post an event on our Calendar, and/or have it mentioned in our newsletter. Email Frank B.
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With a Little Help From Our Friends
Each month I try to pull together some information I hope our subscribers will find interesting, informative, or just plain entertaining. I'm happy to do it, but I'm only one person. There are over 30,000 subscribers to this newsletter, not to mention 45,000+ members of the forums.
I could use a little help from our friends. If you spot a post that you think might be of interest to our subscribers, please let me know (email@example.com .
Same thing goes for interesting articles, stories, clips, etc. found in print or on other sites.
If it's something you found other than on Piano World, please make sure you include all the details so we can credit the right original source, as content is often times under copyright.
Speaking of interesting posts, we are always looking for posts to add to our FAQ sections too.
With over 1.2 million posts, it takes a lot to slog through looking for answers. Moving particularly helpful threads to one of our FAQ sections helps new visitors/members find answers, and minimizes the need to keep posting the same answers to the same questions over and over. Again, please Let Me Know if you think you've spotted a good canditate. And PLEASE, include a link directly to the post.
What About the Other Places on Piano World?
I ask this question every so often because you'd be surprised how many people think Piano World is just the Piano Forums. Not so. I spent years building the other 1000+ pages of Piano World, please feel free to explore.
Silly-Fun and Interesting Videos
Including the famous Nora-the-Cat, a hamster, a pig, and a pipe.
Online JigSaw Puzzles with a music theme
You can even submit pictures of your own for consideration in making new puzzles.
Word Search Puzzles (also musical) Print them out and have at it!
A Virtual Java Piano For when you really need to pick out a melody, but no instrument is available.
Check Out our Directory for Lots More to See and Do Or explore the lists in the left side navigation on the main Piano World site.
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As always, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the next issue of our newsletter, the Piano Forums, or Piano World, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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