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#1301683 - 11/08/09 04:02 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Mam Nak]
PianoSoul Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 4
Loc: Greece
Hello Piano World! I think I heard about you on the rec.music.makers.piano newsgroup a couple of years ago.
I can see there a lot of great things here, that most certainly will take away a lot of practise time...
My 1st topic is a bit of the depressing side, hopefully I'll get over it.
Cheers!

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#1301803 - 11/08/09 09:28 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
SBConifer Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 3
Loc: CO, USA
I'm rejoining after a couple of years. I'd like to dedicate more time to my piano. I like to play classical and plan to browse the forums for ideas on fitting in practice time.
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Working on:
Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Bk. 1, Prelude 2
Bach's Two-Part Inventions No. 13 & 14

Other Pieces:
Chopin Preludes & Nocturnes
Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique (first two movements)
Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor
Mozart's Fantasia in D Minor
Albiniz's Cordoba

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#1302483 - 11/10/09 01:17 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: SBConifer]
jrodwriter Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 2
Hello fellow pianists! I am 16 years old and live in the USA. I began playing the piano about 4 months ago, and it is one of many instruments that I play (guitar, trumpet, violin..). I can't say it's my favorite because that is like choosing between children, but I have an intense passion for it and classical music as a whole.

I am currently working on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (#14) - of course smile - which I began a week ago. I have already memorized the first and second movements, and am working on perfecting them. Now on to the third movement; the hard part, eh? smile

Anyways, I hope to meet new friends and pianists alike - and maybe even learn some tips of the trade along the way wink.
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Beethoven Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight" 1st movement
Bach Two-Part Invention No.3 (BWV 774)

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#1303506 - 11/11/09 06:18 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: jrodwriter]
pianogirl87 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 107
Loc: New Jersey
Hello, Piano World! My story is very simple.

I started playing the piano when I was 7, and have kept up with it since then. I originally entered college as a piano performance but changed halfway to a music major with piano as my primary instrument. I graduated from college this past year, and am now teaching. I hope to maybe do something that combines music and ministry one day.

As for my current repertoire, I am playing Bach's English suite no. 1 in A Major, Beethoven's sonata in A Major op. 2 no. 2, Brahms Capriccio in g minor, and Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau. I also will be re-visiting some of my senior recital repertoire for an audition recording for a festival soon.

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#1303525 - 11/11/09 06:42 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Mark_C Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19786
Loc: New York
Thanks for this thread -- very helpful and interesting for us newbies.

In "real life" I'm a psychiatrist, been playing piano seriously all my life but never "quite" at the most serious level although I do give performances occasionally.

I've been in the amateur piano competitions, and what brought me here was that I'm currently in the Cliburn YouTube contest and came here looking for any discussions of it. I'm glad to see that some of my colleagues from that circuit are beloved members here!
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#1303537 - 11/11/09 06:52 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: PianoSoul]
Mark_C Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19786
Loc: New York
Hello! I'm new here too, and after I did my post, I took at look at the ones above it, so I saw yours.
I just did an extensive post on your thread about the hand problem.
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#1306792 - 11/16/09 05:55 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
LJAma Offline
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Registered: 11/15/09
Posts: 4
Howdy folks, I just started lurking on here last week and the content is pretty incredible. I'm a beginner, I took a few years of lessons as a kid but I hardly remember a thing and I'm just getting back into it all! I don't have a real piano, but I'm plenty happy for now using a Casio CTK-3000 as a midi controller. In the future I'd like to upgrade to something with 88-keys and some hammer action, but I don't think I'll ever have the space in my house for a real grand!

Anywho, before I get a nicer keyboard, I have to figure out how to play better. smile I'm looking forward to participating and learning here!


Edited by LJAma (11/16/09 05:55 PM)

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#1308240 - 11/19/09 02:46 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Yamsaretasty Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 7
Hi, I just joined yesterday.. I don't know why I never thought of joining forums before, because now I'm here I'm having a great time reading through everything!

I'm 17 years old, and just finished my last year in high school. I started to play the piano when i was about 6-7, my dad plays and I was naturally drawn to play it myself. I started to teach myself from a grade 1 piano book my sister was learning from; I found it was quite easy to learn how to read music if you know where middle C is and what it is on the score. After a few weeks I could play everything in the book, and my parents thought I should surely get a teacher. When I was 9 I won my primary schools talent quest, playing a Clementi Sonatina, and the year later I performed Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante. For some reason from age 11-14 I stopped playing altogether, perhaps I got to that age where it isn't 'cool' to play the piano, or I became lazy, but until I was 14, I didn't touch it again.

This year at school I did music, I did a research assignment on Charles-Valentin Alkan, (a 50 minute video which took me about 100 hours to do) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbD1oAMLyn4) and 3 compositions. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iq3YG4iTRM) I hope some of you will have a look at them and give me some feedback smile

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#1308247 - 11/19/09 03:07 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Yamsaretasty]
Mark_C Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19786
Loc: New York
Hello! You must be very talented to have been able to advance so far so soon.
AND.......great job on the Alkan......I just watched/listened to the whole 1st part. Good text/narration, terrific choices of the music (I recognized some of it from having some old LP's by Raymond Lewenthal and also from looking through some of the scores), and beautiful 'cinematography'! Plus, it's very well edited and put-together. It really looks professional. (Just one thing that maybe doesn't exactly work: WHO is the guy that is shown at about 3:30, and again at 4:10? From the narration it seems like it should be Alkan, but of course it couldn't be. Is it Hamelin?)

Great job! All the work that you did really shows, and I mean that in a good way. It seems smooth and effortless, which actually takes a lot of work to achieve.
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#1308248 - 11/19/09 03:11 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: LJAma]
Mark_C Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19786
Loc: New York
Hello -- I'm almost as new as you, despite my millions of posts. smile
Sounds like you can do OK with the Casio, and that you're interested enough to be able to figure out how to get a lot better. And you never know what piano you might wind up having room for......
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#1308253 - 11/19/09 03:23 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Mark_C]
Yamsaretasty Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 7
Thanks for those comments smile

That was a problem with Windows Movie Maker, sometimes when you add titles it doesn't publish them. It originally had hamelin's name on it, but it didn't seem to show up. You aren't the first to comment on that smile

Oh, one thing I didn't add. I'm lucky enough to have a Marshall+Rose 6 foot grand at home, lovely piano. Anyone else got one? I'm keen to see what they think. I've played a 6 foot Steinway before and in my opinion the Marshall + Rose is better

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#1310433 - 11/22/09 02:02 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Yamsaretasty]
Radagast23 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/20/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Italy
Hi everyone!
I studied piano when I was young and I am back at the keyboard after some 30+ years. Now I am looking for my definitive grand and I am playing piano whenever I have spare time.
English is not my language, so I apologize for terrible mistakes in my posts.
See you in the forum!

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#1311487 - 11/24/09 11:46 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Radagast23]
BenPiano Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 1171
Loc: US
Hi

I'm Ben, an adult beginner. I started learning this summer. I managed to learn a handful of short and relatively easy classical pieces since.

I'm currently working on 3 different pieces that are far beyond my level, and are frustrating me to no end. So, I hope to find some ideas on this forum on more manageable pieces in the meantime. And maybe I'll even contribute a bit and not just lurk. smile
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Learning to play since June 2009.
My piano diary on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
<- 10+ ABF recitals

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#1312706 - 11/26/09 10:10 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Orange Soda King Offline
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Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 6070
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky, United S...
My name is Ethan. I've played for 11 years, and I could ramble on and on about piano, piano music, and composers (particularly Alkan) until you would want to smack me.

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#1313329 - 11/27/09 01:18 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Yamsaretasty Offline
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Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 7
Hey Ethan, aka Orange Soda King smile seen you on YouTube. I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons. Planning on learning something else soon, got any recommendations? The trouble is my favourite pieces are always the hardest, (Concerto for Solo Piano or Grande Sonate) so I don't even bother trying.

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#1314181 - 11/29/09 01:56 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Yamsaretasty]
Frozenicicles Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/02/09
Posts: 1324
Loc: Canada
Hi everyone!

I joined these forums awhile ago but only started posting because of my interest in recording myself. I've been doing piano for 13 years (I'm 20) but have only been enjoying it for the past year. It's so great to find all these people with such passion for the instrument! To think that I was indifferent/disliked it for so long. frown Piano playing is such an isolating activity and I'm glad that I found a group like this to join.

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#1314185 - 11/29/09 02:10 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Yamsaretasty]
Mark_C Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19786
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: Yamsaretasty
....I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons.....

Me too, although probably not like you guys. I only recently learned about Alkan's Allegro Barbaro, and it was through this site. It's an amazing piece. I admire that you can play it at all!!! I'm amazed that I can play Scriabin's 9th sonata smile but I'm amazed a lot more at the Alkan Allegro Barbaro.

I learned of Alkan originally through Schonberg's book "The Great Pianists." It's great that he gave so much attention to Alkan. I then went looking for recordings and found a couple by Raymond Lewenthal. One of them had a "bonus record" (a tiny extra LP attached to an envelope on the front) where he talked about Alkan and his contributions. I wouldn't put Alkan at the very top among composers (as some people do) but he deserves our attention.

At the last Van Cliburn amateur competition (2007), one of the finalists, a terrific pianist named Ken Iisaka, devoted his entire finals program to an Alkan "Etude." Some of the people there, even including people who knew about Alkan (like me!), said to him, "You made a mistake listing your program, you only listed an Alkan etude." And he explained yeah, this etude takes half an hour! smile
Not everybody appreciated the Alkan, but some of us did, and in fact regarded it as one of the memorable and historic aspects of this competition -- i.e. that a finalist devoted his entire program to an Alkan etude.
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#1314254 - 11/29/09 07:58 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Yamsaretasty]
Orange Soda King Offline
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Registered: 11/25/09
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Originally Posted By: Yamsaretasty
Hey Ethan, aka Orange Soda King smile seen you on YouTube. I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons. Planning on learning something else soon, got any recommendations? The trouble is my favourite pieces are always the hardest, (Concerto for Solo Piano or Grande Sonate) so I don't even bother trying.


Hehe, Jack Gibbons is something else isn't he? Well to tell you the truth I can play Allegro Barbaro also, hahaha and yes it is tricky. I recommend any of the songs (chants) from opp. 38a, 38b, 65, 67, or 70. Op. 38a no. 1 is WONDERFUL! Also, a not so difficult etude from op. 35 is no. 3 in G major, except it tires your hands out quickly. A not so difficult etude from Op. 39 is no. 2 in D minor. And there are many other wonderful pieces by Alkan; do some more listening and see what else you like! smile

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#1315537 - 11/30/09 11:09 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Orange Soda King]
Yamsaretasty Offline
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Registered: 11/17/09
Posts: 7
Yes I love Op 65, and another really funny thing is I started learning op 38a no.1! Slacked off for a bit though I should really pick it up again it was really fun, though hard to get up to jack gibbon's pace. I've actually studied most of Alkan's music, especially his etudes. I'm keen to try the Grande Sonate but I know it is insanely difficult. My favourite Alkan interpreters are certainly Jack Gibbons and MAH, but also Bernard Ringeissen is amazing along with Ronald Smith.

I've been comparing Alkan with Chopin, and I can't get away from the fact that Chopin is certainly nicer to hear, but to me his music isn't as deep as Alkan's, and Alkan never seems to get boring; I discover something new on each hearing. Something which doesn't help in introducing his music to others.

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#1317923 - 12/03/09 10:26 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
vade mecum Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 14
Loc: Queens, NYC
Good Evening,
I have been a member for a time without introduction so I thought I would say hello. I played piano when I was young for 3-4 years (elementary/middle school), but felt pressured to quit as middle school peers had a much larger influence than I consciously realized. I always had a love for the piano, classical music in particular, and finally as an adult decided to rejoin the seemingly few that appreciate this genre of music. For years I felt empty and lost but luckily I have found you gentle souls, and for that endowment of the wealth and knowledge on the pianoworld I have the most gratitude. Thank you for allowing me to know that I am not alone in my obsession with musical creativity and expression.
Regards

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#1320731 - 12/07/09 10:40 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: vade mecum]
ChibiSF Offline
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Registered: 12/07/09
Posts: 222
Loc: Long Island, New York
Hello to all Piano World forum members.

My name is Kenny, I am 24 years old, and I am from Long Island, New York. I began playing piano when I was 5 years old, when my parents purchased a Charles Walter upright for me to learn on. After being taught by an older family friend for a few years, in the third grade, my parents enrolled me to study piano at the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts in Cedarhurst where I recieved a much more formal musical education. I was a student there until the school closed its doors in 1999.

Unfortunately, this also put a hiatus on lessons as well for a number of years. I began taking lessons again last year, and have completely rediscovered the joys of playing an instrument.

So I hope to be a contributing member to these forums, and hope perhaps to meet some local members.
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Conservatory of Music @ Brooklyn College
Piano Performance, Class of 2014

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#1325209 - 12/14/09 01:22 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: ChibiSF]
Juli_et Offline
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Registered: 11/27/09
Posts: 34
Loc: On, Canada
Hello everyone,
I am 31 years old. When I was 12, I entered a special musical program at school and played clarinet in a wind orchestra. Everybody played a wind instrument or percussion but they wanted us to be initiated to keyboard. I enjoyed the keyboard part so much that I asked my parents to buy me a piano and have piano lessons. They started by buying me a small keyboard which I spent hours trying to play classical music. It is only 3 years later (when I was 15) that my parents bought me an old 1889 Dominion upright and then it took another year before they agreed to pay for lessons (my grandmother played piano and my mother hates piano). Then I went to college studying music (piano) and sciences. I have what I think is equivalent to grade 10 RCM (comparing the RCM piano syllabus and my background). In college I practiced on grand pianos so when I left college and went to university, I stopped playing piano part because I did not have much time and part because I had a very hard time with my old 1889 Dominion. I did not have money to buy another piano. Now I am a mechanical engineer and I am getting back practicing piano after about 11 years. I still have my old 1889 Dominion, but this time I am going to buy another piano.
Regards

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#1325254 - 12/14/09 02:56 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Hedgeman26 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 72
Loc: Houston, TX
Hello! This is a fantastic forum, and I look forward to learning from others and contributing when I can. I studied classical piano for about 10 years as a youth, then lost touch when I went to college. I am now 27 and just getting back into the swing of things after almost 9 years of neglect. I found a phenonemal instructor (former concert pianist and University professor), and I am diving back in head first. My first goal was to re-learn several of my favorite pieces I played as a teen, and now I have just recently started a few new pieces that build nicely upon my previous training. Piano is a deep passion of mine, and I greatly look forward to developing my skills while entertaining myself and others over the course of my life. My next goal is to buy my "dream" piano in the next few years...love Bechstein but very fond of Bosie and Yamaha as well. Cheers.

-Hedge

p.s. Also an avid classical music collector...have several thousand titles as well as a fairly large collection of sheet music
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#1326213 - 12/15/09 09:17 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Hedgeman26]
kawi girl Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 5
Hello! Just joined this forum today, I belong to other forums for my other interests and wondered if there was a good one for piano, stumbled upon this one through a google search. I took piano as a 12 year old, only got to grade 2, hated practising and quit!(stupid!) Picked it up again as a adult (thanks to my husbands encouragement) and studied Royal Conservatory, took my grade 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 exams, plus theory, harmony and history. Now I teach piano but still have tons to learn, I am slowly working on grade 10, but with my job plus teaching don't have as much time to practice as I should, but I am not in a big hurry and am enjoying it so that is what counts. I have some problem areas to address and hope to find some good tips on this site!

Currently working on:
Liebestraum No. 3 Franz Liszt
Arabesque No. 1 Claude Debussy
...and plan to start soon on
Moment musical Franz Schubert

am also fiddling around with a book on playing rock piano, so far lots of fun, one of my students is really interested in that so I thought I would learn more about it myself.

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#1326492 - 12/16/09 09:26 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
philamlife Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/15/09
Posts: 1
Loc: South Carolina, US - Lima, Pe...
Hi,
I am Rebekah under 'philamlife'. I've played the piano since I can remember. I taught my kids to play the piano. They are now adults and have their own family except my youngest. I love music.
I am always open to different ways of approach. I have changed books and approach with each child in the past.

Nice meeting you all....
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Rebekah

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#1333793 - 12/25/09 10:11 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
crogersrx Offline
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Registered: 07/25/08
Posts: 712
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Hello all!

I've been on the forum for a couple months now, and am really loving all the information and insights I get from other forum members.

I started playing in my childhood when I was about 7. My grandmother gave us her old (really old) upright cabinet grand. It was horrible, didn't have most of the ivories, strings were rusty, hadn't been tuned in decades, and was musty smelling from sitting in a backroom that was shut off from the main house during the winters. But, it was the only piano I knew. After playing on that for a few years and teaching myself from Schaum lesson books that were my aunt's, I started lessons. Eventually my parents looked for a real piano since several hammer shanks had broken and didn't play anymore on the old upright. Another junky piano made its way into my life - a gently used Wurlitzer spinet. At least it was tuned and didn't sound like a haunted saloon piano. I was an industrious kid and saved up money from working in the summer and at about age 15, bought an old Baldwin 7' grand at an auction. My parents got a tech to come and tune and regulate it and eventually we had it restrung and new hammers and dampers put on it. It was my love for many years. I started college and was so dismayed my first semester as a music major because there were so many people that were soooo much better than I was. I turned my back on the piano, sold my Baldwin to finance school, and didn't touch a piano again for nearly 20 years.

I never stopped listening avidly to piano music, but I didn't have access to a piano, and life went by so fast that I was turning 40 before I knew it. One day, I happened accross a recording on YouTube that captivated my attention, a rather simple, but beautiful piece, and listened to it so many times I hate to really say how many. I had become obsessed with having to get back to the piano. I turned to my old friend "Craigslist" and began looking for a piano. Of course, I was a snob and would only accept a grand into my life. I still mourned my old Baldwin (except that her name was Lenore - I always name instruments). I never thought I'd be able to find a piano I loved like that piano. I even tried to see if I could find HER again, but no luck. The people I had sold her to had long since moved away.

I eventually sighted an ad on Craigslist for a piano that somehow fell in love with at first sight. I skipped work for the day to go see her. "1887 Knabe 6'4" grand - Mahogany, will trade for fishing boat or $2000" was the ad. I came with $2000 in a cashier's check and had movers on standby. She was sad and neglected, but still lovely. Out of tune, but with a voice that stirred my soul and made me cry. Somehow, I was able to still bang out a bit of the 1st and 2nd movements of Moonlight Sonata, and couple Mozart pieces, and a few Liz Story pieces that had stayed in my memory. Horribly out of tune, but underneath the out of tune, there was something I really liked, maybe even loved. I called the moving company, they could be there that afternoon, and I paid the man and left.

He told me that the piano had belonged to his great-grandmother who was an accomplished pianist back in the day. The piano had been her most prized posession, and she had left it to her daughter who also was an accomplished pianist. The daughter had it until she was well into her 90s and went into the nursing home, and insisted that one of the family keep the piano. The owner I bought it from was that someone. His kids never played, and they had taken the piano from Louisville to Houston, costing quite a bit for the special piano moving, and now that the kids were gone, nobody played, he just couldn't see moving the piano again when they moved from Houston to Austin.

I had the piano for a month before I got a tech to come and tune her. I didn't want just any tech, I wanted one that I could relate to. I was always picky about how the keys responded and the voicing. I knew that 20 years of absence from the piano would not change that particularity. I searched for a few weeks to find a tech that was familiar with my brand and type of piano. The tech I ended up having come to work on the piano not only had worked on a piano like mine, but his mentor owned the exact same kind of piano, and he not only knew the piano, but had worked on it and loved it.

After having a couple months to really start playing again, I decided that my piano, still unnamed, needed a rebirth (or rebuild). After a staggering estimate on the cost of the rebuild, I decided to go ahead with it, and my unnamed piano left me for what I hoped was only 6 months, but what I was cautioned might be 18-20 months. She had an old, obsolete action that would need to be replaced by a modern Renner. Also, obviously, new shanks and hammers (Abel). New dampers, refinishing the cabinet with french polish lacquer finish. But thankfully, the strings were relatively new, the soundboard was intact, with plenty of crown, resonance and sustain were awesome, bridges in perfect condition, and the pinblock was tight - though it had been fitted with upsized pins when it was last restrung.

I had planned ahead for the absence, and found a lovely little Chickering Art Deco grand to be my "meanwhile" piano. I lucked into quite a little gem. Not only was she beautiful to look at, but had quite a voice. As most baby grands (5'2") her bass sounded kind of tubby, but after the lower octave and a half, she was quite lovely. A couple of tunings and a day of regulation and some careful voicing attention and she was ready to sing. A good friend of mine knew my eccentricity for naming my pianos... he decided that I should call her Molly. I didn't think that was who she was, but went with it for the time. I started lessons again, with "The Art Deco piano known as Molly, but probably named something more sophistocated" with a piano teacher who, much to my delight, was way more eccentric that I am. After several months, she "met" The Art Deco piano known as Molly... and after playing for awhile, she said the piano told her that her name was.... "Audrey." I agreed, The Art Deco piano formerly known as Molly, now known as Audrey, and I spent almost two years together.

Two years? Wasn't the restoration project a 6 months thing... oh yeah, that was my interpretation of what 6 months to 18-24 months meant. Always the optimist! When at last, my piano, my Knabe without a name, was making her way towards her homecoming, I had moved, and so Audrey went to live with my piano teacher. I expected The Victorian Knabe soon to be known as XXXX to be arriving shortly. It had been almost 18 months. I was to wait another 6 months. During that time, though, my teacher came with me once to the shop to see the piano in progress. On the way home, she simply said, "Anastasia... her name is Anastasia." We both burst into peels of laughter because it was so sarcastically reminiscent of the woman claiming to be the lost Romanov princess, Anastasia. I think my piano would be older than her, actually. But, Anastasia she is, the piano, anyway.

So, since Anastasia has come home, I can scarcely stop looking at her... such lovely hues of red-purple-brown her Rosewood case has. Such legs!! Gretta Garbo has nothing on her. Ah, and her voice... I could listen to her all day. Except, on the days that she and I don't get along... I have come to remember how changeable a piano is. Some days are beautiful days, other days are so much less than beautiful.

While I am still reviving skill lost to 20 years of neglecting my skills, I am loving each day with my piano, and playing music again! When I come down the stairs and see my piano there, big, curvey, a beauty from an era long gone by, I am overcome with joy that I get to be the custodian of this beautiful musical being. Then I sit down to play, and I promise her that one day, I will do her justice.

Thanks for indulging my eccentricity... I didn't mean to write such a long post, it just flowed. I hope to learn from you all, share with you all, and eventually meet some of you in person.

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#1333799 - 12/25/09 10:20 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: smjl]
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Registered: 07/25/08
Posts: 712
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Originally Posted By: smjl
...he has never lived with a musician, and doesn't know that listening to someone practicing means sometimes listening to the same 4 measures 50 times...and then the whole piece 50,000 times!

--Sarah


Sarah, so true... everyone thinks that playing just happens like turning on a light switch. Anyone who is really good at something has to have talent, and LOTS of practice. I recently worked up a piece that I have always loved, and by the time I was ready to play it at a recital I could hardly stand it, and apparently neither could my neighbor... LOL! The cats seemed to be fine with it though...

Best wishes on your re-entry into piano. If you love it, go with it, and don't stop.
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#1334496 - 12/27/09 02:56 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: crogersrx]
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Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 239
Loc: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Hi forum people .
I'm Samuel from South East Asia and I turned 13 a few months ago.
I started learning piano this year and my interests were caused by pop songs. (so i wasn't in classical yet xD)

I self taught my self the songs I like and eventually my parents bought me A carlseiler piano.
And piano lessons came and I'm working my way over the edge . My technical skills are still lacking but my memory (came from bookworming when i was nine) was what made me stood out a little.

I'm currently working on Hungarian Rhapsody no2. I've seen old people play but not young( like 12yrs old young) .

I hope to major out in music . And study music and only music . ;D .
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#1334899 - 12/27/09 06:51 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: SamOnThePiano]
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Registered: 11/24/09
Posts: 142
Loc: Omaha, NE
I suppose I should introduce myself, now that I've posted on the forums. smile

I'm Adam, living in Oakland, CA and am 30 years old (or an old man, according to my younger-by-2-years girlfriend). I've been playing piano for 18 years now, though the first 3 were self taught by ear. I majored in piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma (under Dr. Jane Magrath), and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, though I'm not working in the field.

What prompted me to join the forum was the luck of realizing that a new piano, with a sound and touch I actually like, was actually in my price range. For the last 8 years I've made do with a digital, which, while pretty good by digital standards, just didn't satisfy the way a real piano does. So one day in November I decided to check out a local piano shop, "just to play" as I had assumed that the kind of touch and tone I was after would be out of my price range. Then I sat down at this lovely Ritmüller upright that has no business sounding and feeling as good as it does for its price, and the rest is history... smile

A few pics of my new love:






My repertoire is fairly mainstream - I've stuck mostly to the bigger names, though I am now getting interested in exploring more of the repertoire - my favorite composer would definitely be Chopin, and favorite era would probably be late-Romantic. To give you an idea of where I've been musically, here's what I played in my 2 college recitals:

Brahms - Op. 116, No's 2-6
Beethoven - Sonata in E minor, Op. 90
Shostakovich - Preludes Op. 34, Nos 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22
Chopin - Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44

Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E-flat major, WTC II
Prokofiev - Sarcasms Op. 17 Nos 1 & 5
Schubert - Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90
Scriabin - Etudes Op. 2 No. 1 & Op. 8 No. 8
Liszt - Vallée d'Obermann

(I have most of these available to share online, if anyone's interested.)

As for where I'm going, now that I've got my own piano (my first real piano that is entirely my own), I'm excited to get back into playing shape and tackle some more repertoire. I'm currently working on the Chopin "Tristesse" Etude and the Op. 40 polonaises, though what I'd really like to do is get my technique up to par so I can tackle Bach-Busoni's Chaconne once and for all. smile

I'm looking forward to spending way too much time here! wink

Happy Playing!
--Adam
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#1335482 - 12/28/09 01:30 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Legal Beagle Offline
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Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 776
Hello all. Thanks for this forum, it's great.

I'm a 45-year old adult beginner. As my handle indicates, I am a beagle owner (yay) and also a lawyer (I know, I know... but I do have a sense of humor about it; in fact, if you know any good lawyer jokes, I love to hear them).

I was a trombone player through school, and liked to consider myself "semi-pro" during college... had some regular paying gigs, mostly jazz clubs, but nothing a guy would ever earn a living at. I have a decent background in music theory and a good working knowledge of chords and scales.

I have always fiddled with the piano and wanted to do more. Over the years I've found sheet music of various pieces I wanted to play and I've learned them by memorizing, but I can't really read at the keyboard at all. I've also become somewhat adept at making up basic piano accompaniments from guitar tabs or printed chord progressions, and although that has served me well enough from time to time, I've always wanted to really be able to play.

Recently, Mrs. Legal Beagle brought up the idea of getting a piano, and she has rekindled my desire to "really" learn to play. Plus, she is a very talented singer and I've been meaning for a while now to learn some of the popular pieces she likes to sing so I could accompany her and we could share that experience together. What fun that would be... I have visions of the two of us whiling away the winter nights working up some boffo performance of a Norah Jones tune or something to perform at family Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I've just begun my piano search (I'm currently stuck with an electronic keyboard), and I'm also searching for method books, etc. that will help me build the skills I want. I've already received some good advice and recommendations on these boards in that regard, and I thank you.
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