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#1105150 - 05/27/08 01:25 PM Hi. I'm new here.
Linus Offline
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Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 12
Loc: NYC

I'm new here and just wanted to say "hello" and introduce myself.

I'm 39, have played electric guitar by ear for almost 30 years. I made one previous attempt to learn how to sight read with guitar but found it too frustrating to be a 'beginner' with an instrument I was already really good on. I've written and recorded rock/pop music playing most instruments (all but drums) and singing for several years. If you are interested you can stream or download (free) my music on my website: www.LinusNYC.com

I've wanted to learn how to play piano for years and finally started lessons in January with a great teacher. I have 1 hour lessons each Thursday. We are using the Alfred adult beginners book. I love it. So far so good.

We have an Ampico baby grand reproducing (player) piano. It's a bit difficult to play because the player mechanism is under the keyboard. I can't quite fit my knees under the keyboard so my posture is not quite textbook perfect. I sit a bit further back from the keyboard with my knees in front of the drawer that holds the mechanism just below the keyboard. At some point a different piano will be necessary but for now this one is just fine. And besides, the piano is my partners, he really likes it (loves playing piano rolls), and we don't have room for 2 pianos in the house.

I heard about the forum from the book Grand Obsession (just read it last week). It's nice to find a web forum so devoted to the instrument and being of service to one another.

Check out my recorded rock/pop songs on my website:


An adult beginner on piano. Started playing piano January of 2008.

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#1105151 - 05/27/08 02:20 PM Re: Hi. I'm new here.
xcal Offline
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Registered: 12/25/07
Posts: 78
Welcome Linus. Great to have a professional musician join up. You'll have a lot of fun learning piano and I know you'll enjoy this forum. I really enjoyed listening to your Rock and Roll songs. I liked both the music and the lyrics (especially the satire of Inner Beauty). BTW, that's a purty '62 Epiphone.

#1105152 - 05/27/08 02:43 PM Re: Hi. I'm new here.
Mr.Joshua Offline
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Registered: 07/06/06
Posts: 86
Loc: Plano, TX
Hi Linus -

Welcome to our gang. We've got a fair number of guitar players who are trying their hand at piano, so you should feel quite at home. I personally go from playing Ozzy on my Les Paul with some serious volume, to "Blow the Man Down" from my Alfred Adult beginner book. What a contrast in styles and insturment mastery, but its all good.


Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.

#1105153 - 05/27/08 03:28 PM Re: Hi. I'm new here.
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Welcome to the forum, Linus! \:\) I had been led to believe that an optimal sitting position would be to have your knees just barely crossing the line of the keyboard, in other words, sitting pretty far back. So the player mechanism may not be as obstructive as you feared, as long as it's not interfering with your pedaling.
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

#1105154 - 05/27/08 11:28 PM Re: Hi. I'm new here.
Linus Offline
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Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 12
Loc: NYC
Thanks. I seem to be able to reach the pedals fine. I'll just keep forging ahead.
Check out my recorded rock/pop songs on my website:


An adult beginner on piano. Started playing piano January of 2008.


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