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#1186228 - 04/24/09 01:44 AM Last Night I entertained someone on the piano
Ragtime Clown Offline
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Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 684
Loc: Ireland
Last night an elderly neighbour called to see my wife. Unfortunatly my wife was not home but I asked her in because it had just started to rain.

As she is also a keen piano student she asked how I was getting on and we both exchanged our experiences.

We went to the piano and I started to play here a few songs 'by ear' using the techniques I had been taught at PianoMagic. She said "You sound so beautiful, what are you doing? You'll have to give me a few lessons!"

I felt really good because as a student I was almost taking on the role as teacher, demonstrating a technique and planting a different kind of thought process in someone elses brain.



Edited by Ragtime Clown (04/24/09 01:46 AM)

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#1186249 - 04/24/09 03:01 AM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Ragtime Clown]
sleepingcats Offline
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Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 981
Loc: Oregon
Wow! You impressed someone with your talent, and have given her motivation to start lessons! Good Job!

Perhaps this encounter could seriously alter the life of you both; maybe you'll find that teaching piano makes you happy. If she decides to learn through Piano Magic as well, you could be her tutor/study partner. But you'll first have to go on piano-shopping expeditions to the best piano shops across all of Europe! That would be fun! I think I'm getting ahead, but the daydreaming was funl

Good luck!
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#1186344 - 04/24/09 09:04 AM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: sleepingcats]
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Registered: 02/09/07
Posts: 255
Loc: Kailua-Kona, HI
Congratulations, what a great experience! smile And bravo to you for being willing to share what you've learned.

Best,

Kim
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#1186355 - 04/24/09 09:19 AM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: PianoTeacherKim]
Monica K. Offline

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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
What a terrific story, Ragtime Clown! thumb Playing for others takes a lot of courage. Glad to hear that it went so well. smile What songs did you play?
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#1186460 - 04/24/09 12:36 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Monica K.]
majones Offline
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Registered: 12/21/07
Posts: 331
Loc: Deep East Texas Piney Woods
They will not be laughing when you sit down at the piano any more.

Great experience.

Malcolm

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#1186489 - 04/24/09 01:04 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: majones]
erz Offline
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Registered: 11/30/08
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Piano is wonderful!

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#1186516 - 04/24/09 01:38 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Monica K.]
Ragtime Clown Offline
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Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 684
Loc: Ireland
Originally Posted By: Monica K.
What a terrific story, Ragtime Clown! thumb Playing for others takes a lot of courage. Glad to hear that it went so well. smile What songs did you play?


Monica, I played 'The Last Waltz'(Englebert Humperdink), 'Moon River' and 'Portrait' - a song by a Belfast born artist. I think I played well and she was very impressed. In particular, she was curious about my technique - something that PM members are all familiar with

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#1186686 - 04/24/09 06:23 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Ragtime Clown]
Chromatickeys Offline
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Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Georgia USA
I play well enough to impress a few folks, but I temper that with the realization that maybe one half of one percent of the population can play at all. I am not being negative with that thought, rather positive, play often where you can be seen as better than that 99 1/2 percent that can't. And yes, it does make one feel good to show his/her ability.

I also think that even beginners can be teachers where inspiration is concerned. It is rewarding to know that you have gotten someone started or shown something that was not previously known.

James

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#1186778 - 04/24/09 09:15 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Chromatickeys]
Coolkid70 Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 378
Loc: Irvine, CA
They say that you learn a great majority of things that you teach to others.

Keep up the good work!

-Matt
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#1187271 - 04/25/09 04:56 PM Re: Last Night I entertained someone on the piano [Re: Coolkid70]
malkin Offline
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Registered: 04/18/09
Posts: 2200
Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
Magic!

And you're in Ireland, which is magical even without piano!
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