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#1421506 - 04/21/10 05:52 PM Loving Piano!
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Registered: 03/29/10
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Loc: Scotland
I just wanted to share with you guys how much i'm LOVING piano! I've been re-learning from scratch for 5 weeks now but i've only had 3 lessons because my teacher was on holiday for 2 weeks. I've just got lots of enthusiasm at the moment, my teacher is really pleased with me and i'm enjoying it so much smile

Anyway, aside from my excitedness i do have a kind of question! My teacher says i'm progressing really fast and she's worried that the beginner stuff will lessen my enthusiasm if i get bored with it. She is talking about maybe learning some other things that i want to learn, obviously while still going through the course but she thinks its a good idea for me to pick music that i might be keen to learn to keep up my enthusiasm.

As i am still very much a beginner, i have only had 3 lessons and while i used to play when i was younger there is very little i remember so i'm back to square one really, i dont know what sort of things would be within my reach if you know what i mean. Are there any books or music that anyone can recommend? I was actually thinking about maybe disney music or something, i just want to learn things i know.

Anyway thanks if you've got this far! Please if you have any suggestions or even know where i could find some music i would be grateful.

Or you could just rant about how much you love it and join in my fun smile
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#1421509 - 04/21/10 05:58 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BellaBella]
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Registered: 03/04/10
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Loc: Leicester, United Kingdom
Glad to hear your enjoying your return! Ive only been learning myself for 3 months.

I bought two books along with the Alfred All in One Course that im not really ready for yet but may suit you better.

Its called "Tunes You've Always Wanted to Play" and "More Tunes etc" by Chester music. They have tons and tons of simplified but Intermediate rated classical pieces you might enjoy.

http://www.musicroom.com/se/ID_No/07665/details.html
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#1421641 - 04/21/10 08:56 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: SmokestackLightnin]
Monica K. Offline

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Welcome to the forum, Kells! smile And may I say that I absolutely LOVE your avatar! It is perfect for this forum.

It sounds to me like you've got a wonderful teacher. I've gotten into more than one catfight spirited debate over in the teacher's forum about the importance of letting students have input into the kind of pieces that they learn. This is your opportunity to learn a song or piece you've always wanted to be able to play, so don't let it slip by. It would help us in making recommendations if you narrowed down the genre for us: popular music? classical? If it's new age, I've got a gazillion recommendations I can give you. laugh You mentioned Disney; I know I've seen at least a couple of "Beginner Piano" Disney collections. Try browsing Sheetmusicplus.com. They will show you a sample page so you can see if it's the right level of difficulty for you.
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#1421647 - 04/21/10 09:05 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
Betty Patnude Offline
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Monica, Was this really necessary? "I've gotten into more than one catfight spirited debate over in the teacher's forum about the importance of letting students have input into the kind of pieces that they learn."

Does that define your definition of a "wonderful teacher?"

But, it puzzles me that you don't have and don't want a piano teacher as you enjoy your own self-teaching. Fine. But, what is this "cat fight" and qualifying what a "wonderful piano teacher" is all about? In my mind you are among the very last to be able to make a recommendation of what a wonderful teacher is like.

Kells is one very enthusiatic returning student and he deserves every warm greeting coming his way.

Introducing the Piano Teachers Forum and some of the piano teachers as "cat fights" is not really a good thing to be saying, I don't think. I don't appreciate it at all.

Betty Patnude

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#1421649 - 04/21/10 09:13 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Betty Patnude]
johnathan117 Offline
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Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 6
hi! i love piano too, ive been playing self taught for three years now and im realy becomign obsessed with it.lol
anyways here is a few videos of me playing and improvising if you would like to see my where i am with my playing

~VIDEO1(pachelbels canon improvosation)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c59XKgp5SI8

VIDEO2 (Improvisation NO.16)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGe6asixUQ4

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#1421706 - 04/21/10 10:49 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: johnathan117]
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Loc: Massachusetts
Hmm... well, I love beginner stuff! It's easier to be expressive when you're not struggling to play the darn thing :P
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#1421718 - 04/21/10 11:12 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Waltz]
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There is a ton of music available at all skill levels for all music styles. If you (kells) could give us an idea of what you would like to play, then I'm sure someone could chime in with a recommendation for similar music at an appropriate difficulty.

And just a gentle nudge toward classical music, I never realized how much I liked it until I tried playing it! wink
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#1421775 - 04/22/10 01:04 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Betty Patnude]
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Originally Posted By: Betty Patnude
Monica, Was this really necessary? "I've gotten into more than one catfight spirited debate over in the teacher's forum about the importance of letting students have input into the kind of pieces that they learn."

Does that define your definition of a "wonderful teacher?"

But, it puzzles me that you don't have and don't want a piano teacher as you enjoy your own self-teaching. Fine. But, what is this "cat fight" and qualifying what a "wonderful piano teacher" is all about? In my mind you are among the very last to be able to make a recommendation of what a wonderful teacher is like.

Kells is one very enthusiatic returning student and he deserves every warm greeting coming his way.

Introducing the Piano Teachers Forum and some of the piano teachers as "cat fights" is not really a good thing to be saying, I don't think. I don't appreciate it at all.

Betty Patnude


huh?

Cathy
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#1421793 - 04/22/10 01:38 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: jotur]
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4236
Loc: Arizona.
Betty,

1.) Monica simply stated a fact, that she has been in more than one catfight over in the teachers forum. So what! No names were mentioned and there was no ill-will or even bad intent towards anyone. I've personally made *generalized* statements like that many many times intended as facts and not directed towards anyone personally. Again, who cares?...... Strike one.

2.)"Wonderful teacher" comment. While replying to this concern, all I can say is your just being too sensitive. Seriously, I've "goofed" on monica so many times I can't tell you saying things like "all she plays is goofy new-age music", referred to her as Monique, headliner at the Carpet Kitten mens club, and even recently hinted of our (nonexistent) online affair. What I'm trying to say is when she is presented with an awkward situation, she always handles it like a champ and comes out smelling even better afterwards. Something you may consider right about now!..... Strike two.

3.)"Introducing the Piano Teachers Forum and some of the piano teachers as "cat fights" is not really a good thing to be saying, I don't think. I don't appreciate it at all".

Thanks for your opinion. I don't recall anyone asking for it ....unless your speaking for the ENTIRE Teachers Forum. I need to know this before my final call......the dreaded strike three!!


MMMuuuuaaaHaHahaha !!!!!

Come'on, stop the competition for Queen Bee. How's THAT for a comment?!

Everyone chill.




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#1421796 - 04/22/10 01:40 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Strike 3, you're out!!!!

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#1421859 - 04/22/10 06:11 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Wizard of Oz]
GlassLove Offline
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Loc: Michigan
Kells,
Your teacher does sound wonderful. My wonderful teacher allows me to choose some of the music that I play too. I really enjoy it. Recently I have been playing some Purcell pieces from "Easy classics to moderns." It is a very nice collection you might try it if you like classical music.
Congratulations on making such great progress.
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#1421903 - 04/22/10 08:43 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: GlassLove]
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
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super-hunky, you're a sweetheart. 3hearts Even if you *did* dash my heart cruelly to the ground with that "nonexistent" comment. laugh

Kells, I'm sorry your thread got sidetracked. How long did you take lessons as a child? Even if you feel you are back at square one, you may surprise yourself by finding that it will start coming back to you. I'm sure that's part of why you're progressing so fast. smile
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#1422042 - 04/22/10 01:54 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
Betty Patnude Offline
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Ad hominim attack deleted by moderator.


Edited by BB Player (04/22/10 06:51 PM)
Edit Reason: Personal attack deleted.

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#1422074 - 04/22/10 03:03 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Betty Patnude]
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Registered: 09/02/09
Posts: 1324
Loc: Canada
Monica was one of the first people to welcome me to this forum when I joined, and at no point did she make it her business to badmouth the teacher's forum. Perhaps this is all a misunderstanding. Her comment about getting into spirited debates sounded rather self-depreciating and it was not a personal attack on anyone. I can see the validity of students having to play pieces they don't like for the purpose of learning. If you want to debate that point, I believe there's a thread on this forum where it would be more appropriate to do so. wink If you have issues with the wording of her posting, you could have PM'ed her instead. To someone objectively reading this thread, your comments look very out of place.

Kells - welcome to PW! A good place to start looking for manageable pieces might be a browse and listen of the past AB recitals. There are some lovely beginner pieces there from all styles, and you can even message the performers to ask for tips on how to play them.

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#1422100 - 04/22/10 03:35 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
JUNYUKIM Offline
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Registered: 11/24/09
Posts: 11
Hi, Monica,
I saw your Tube, it was so wonderful. i would like to learn to play this song, can you tell me where i can buy the book?
Thank you.
Emily

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#1422127 - 04/22/10 04:31 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: JUNYUKIM]
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Registered: 11/23/09
Posts: 186
Hi Kells,

What I do is go on you tube and type in the name of a beginner classical piece - you can google the ABRSM syllabus and get the names of the grade 1 pieces - then listen to them to see if I like them, then just keep clicking away on related videos, which will expose you to a great deal of beginner classical pieces. Mostly played by children but some of them play very nicely.

Another thing I do is go to my local sheet music store and ask for the beginner classical stuff, and again have a listen on youtube.

My teacher is very open to me suggesting pieces which I definitely appreciate.

-Bolt
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#1422128 - 04/22/10 04:32 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: JUNYUKIM]
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Hi Junyukim, thank you so much for your kind words. smile Which YouTube recording in particular did you look at? I have recorded music from several composers, most prominently Ludovico Einaudi and David Nevue. If you tell me the name of the piece I can tell you where to find the music.
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#1422192 - 04/22/10 06:38 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
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Oh dear, this isn't what i expected from my thread at all!

Thanks to those of you who left encouraging and helpful posts though smile

Monica - i took lessons for around 2 years but i don't remember anything really which is why i say i'm starting from scratch. I do think it's probably in there somethwhere and that's maybe why i'm picking it up faster though!

I'm going to have a look on amazon for some easy piano books, thanks for the suggestions and welcomes everyone,

Kells
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#1422244 - 04/22/10 08:03 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BellaBella]
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Kells--Congratulations on getting back into piano! You will probably remember a lot more from your early lessons than you think.

As far as taking on more difficult pieces, I think it's a good idea as long as you don't look at it as a commitment you can't break. Sometimes people will force themselves to finish a piece they start, no matter how hard it is or how slowly they're making progress. You can always pick it up again later if it's dampening your enthusiasm.

I feel exactly like you about playing the piano. New pieces get me very excited, and I've been taking lessons for around 15 years!

Nancy
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#1422433 - 04/23/10 02:52 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: NancyM333]
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Registered: 03/01/10
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Hi Kells, I'm new here too. I can't really offer too many suggestions as the books that are available to me (in Italy) are for the most part quite different than what is available elsewhere - but I do want to jump in and share your wild enthusiasm for getting started (or in your case re-started!)

I got my piano on Christmas day , and I haven't missed a day of playing.

I feel I've got an addiction!

My teacher feels I'm making good progress - I am a beginner to piano but not to music (I play clarinet and guitar). So, she gives me lots of exercises for developing technique and then .....really varied stuff.

She's good at giving me pieces that are challenging without being frustrating -but she is also great at accepting my polite refusal to go with certain pieces. There have been a few with some fairly strong dissonance - and it just gives me the heebie jeebies! She has found other pieces that help me achieve the same technical objectives. I'm sure that later she'll edge me back to try the ones I really didn't want to touch.

She has told me that her goal for me is to provide me with a lot of exposure to different types of music. I'm loving the things she presents me with (99% of the time!) and she certainly gives me things I never would have thought of trying myself. I love playing something that I don't actually know, and the feel of it taking form as I practice.

I've downloaded a lot of freebie stuff - there are tons of sites.

I'm playing 2 pieces by Vinciguerra - Verde Smeraldo and Lilla ( you can find them on you tube)... They are beginner pieces, but hey, I am a beginner, and they are really pretty little pieces.

It is just so darn satisfying to finally be doing something I've always wanted to do , but never thought I would.
I'm delighted to join the "loving it " club!
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#1422547 - 04/23/10 09:16 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Hello Casinitaly,
I listened to Verde Smeraldo and Lilla on youtube. Those pieces are really beautiful. I am hoping that I might be able to get the sheet music in the US too. I especially like Lilla. Good luck with your progress.
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#1422558 - 04/23/10 09:43 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: GlassLove]
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This is a good example of why I love this forum. I had never heard of Vinciguerra before (and they don't have any of his work on Rhapsody). But Lilla and Verde Smeraldo are just lovely. I don't know if I'd call them "beginner" level though!
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#1422566 - 04/23/10 09:50 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
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Originally Posted By: Monica K.
I've gotten into more than one catfight spirited debate over in the teacher's forum about the importance of letting students have input into the kind of pieces that they learn.

Well, catfights are okay. I'm just glad Monica didn't mention "jello wrestling"! wink

But anyway, welcome Kells. As you can see, these forum discussions can get kind of interesting! crazy
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#1422728 - 04/23/10 02:38 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: MaryBee]
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Thanks everyone for the welcomes, i think i'm really going to enjoy being around the forums smile

Can anyone answer a question i've been wondering since i joined, what are the little symbols at the bottom of peoples posts, in their signatures. Some people have a couple, others have loads!
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#1422744 - 04/23/10 03:01 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BellaBella]
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Originally Posted By: Kells
Thanks everyone for the welcomes, i think i'm really going to enjoy being around the forums smile

Can anyone answer a question i've been wondering since i joined, what are the little symbols at the bottom of peoples posts, in their signatures. Some people have a couple, others have loads!


Let me add my welcome to the ones you've already received.

The little symbols are "medals" for the quarterly ABF recitals, they indicate the number of recitals that person has participated in. Not everyone uses them but many do. If you have a look at the "Important Topics" thread that's stickied at the top of the page it'll give you more details about the recitals as well as links to past performances.

Hopefully you'll join us in a future recital and earn your own medals!
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#1423023 - 04/24/10 12:09 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Betty Patnude]
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Monica, Was this really necessary? "I've gotten into more than one catfight spirited debate over in the teacher's forum about the importance of letting students have input into the kind of pieces that they learn."

Does that define your definition of a "wonderful teacher?"

But, it puzzles me that you don't have and don't want a piano teacher as you enjoy your own self-teaching. Fine. But, what is this "cat fight" and qualifying what a "wonderful piano teacher" is all about? In my mind you are among the very last to be able to make a recommendation of what a wonderful teacher is like.

Kells is one very enthusiatic returning student and he deserves every warm greeting coming his way.

Introducing the Piano Teachers Forum and some of the piano teachers as "cat fights" is not really a good thing to be saying, I don't think. I don't appreciate it at all.

Betty Patnude
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I didn't see anything wrong with this post except for a "club type" opposition. Justice for the piano student was not served here. Just my opinion.
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#1423139 - 04/24/10 07:08 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: AllShookUp]
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I'm so pleased that some of you checked out the Vinceguerra pieces! And that you liked them!

I had my lesson yesterday and was "moaning" that I have trouble with certain 1-2-3 patterns, which,(to my mind) seem dead simple. Simple or not, the ompa-pa beat combined with running notes on the right, defeats me (for the moment, I'm sure). My teacher offered some suggestions, but told me not to stress, saying that I'd mastered a ton of other stuff that was beyond my "level". Perahps these pieces are one example smile

I have my lessons in an elementary /middle school, and when I'm there, often there are very young musicians having their lessons (I'm talking 5-6 years old here! )

My teacher stepped out to grab a quick coffee before we started and I sat down to play Verde Smeraldo - This past week I've been practicing with the pedal. I was feeling great and really relaxed and for once, I played it all the way through, smoothly without any errors! When I stopped, I heard "clap clap clap" - there was a little girl outside the door looking at me with the most delighted expression on her face - she was absolutely enchanted! I said, should I play it again? and she nodded most enthusiastically. When I finished my teacher and the girl's mom were there too, and they all applauded. My teacher said "you should have seen the look on her face while you were playing".

Talk about getting satisfaction from playing! I was so excited to have clearly done something this child absolutely loved.
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#1423209 - 04/24/10 09:59 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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What an inspiring story. Now, after hearing the music, I can understand why the little girl was so engrossed in your playing!!
And playing something all the way through without mistakes is a true feat!!!!!
Congratulations.
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#1423258 - 04/24/10 11:25 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: GlassLove]
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What a wonderful story! I'm sure you inspired the little girl, too, to keep practicing.
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#1423284 - 04/24/10 11:52 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: joyoussong]
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That's fun, casinitaly. I got a great picture in my head of the event smile

Cathy
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#1423337 - 04/24/10 01:24 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: jotur]
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Hi Kells, and welcome again to the PW AB forum!

Learning to play the piano is one of the best things I have ever done (or should I say started… I've only just begun... to live... I mean learn grin)!! I’m an old man and having a ball!!

I’ve been told I’m going through a “mid-life-crisis” when I play those oldie rock-n-roll songs on the piano, but even if I am, I love it!! I wish I had gone through a mid-life-crisis year ago!! grin

As far as the little spat/catfight between Monica and Betty, wow, that caught me off guard… I had no idea. Of course, I think Mr. Super-Hunky did a good job of smoothing that out…

Anyway, you will enjoy the PW forums, in spite of a little brawl… I mean catfight now and then!! grin

We are all kind of like siblings... we may fight amongst ourselves, but we love each other!! grin

Take care!

Rick
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#1423607 - 04/24/10 09:58 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Wizard of Oz]
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Hi Kells, and all!

I have a correction to make…

Since it is too late to edit my last post in this thread, I’d like to clarify something I said…. My comments about a “spat/catfight” between Monica and Betty were not correct. I’m afraid I didn’t read Monica’s original post closely enough before I spoke. In hindsight, Monica never mentioned any names and used the term “catfight spirited debate” as a light-hearted figure of speech and didn’t call any names. So, there is no catfight between Monica and Betty or anyone else, and my use of those words was incorrect.

And, we really don’t fight that much between ourselves, at lease here on the ABF!!! grin

Please pardon me for not thinking my comments through ….

Now, ya’ll want to hear “Heart of Georgia Boogie” again!!! grin (just kidding)

Take care!

Rick
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#1423692 - 04/25/10 12:06 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Rickster]
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Loc: Arizona.
Personally, I'd pay good money to see a Monica vs Betty slugfest. Pay-per-view even with the proceeds going to pay for door prizes like t-shirts and mugs.

I wouldn't want it to be based on intellectual criteria but rather an all out brawl. Maybe have a few rules for safety reasons because I certainly wouldn't want anyone getting hurt (hence the *inflatable* battering clubs) so maybe we could do this:

We start off with a large floating log in a pool filled with people. Then, each women is given an inflatable club and is instructed to get up on the floating, rolling log.

Wearing only micro string bikinis and greased up with baby oil, the two piano forum warriors are positioned on their end of the log yielding their inflatable battering clubs.

Upon the blow of a whistle they begin battle on top the rolling, moving log until one of them is whacked off into the water at which time all the people in the pool grab the fallen piano-forum warrior and begin to tickle them to death, (until they promise to keep any personal spat between them just that.....personal, as in a private message and not make a public spectacle out of it).

Once the fallen female piano forum warrior soldier has agreed to NEVER do this again, then (and only then) will the tickling.....(possibly EXTREME tickling) commence.

That should solve this little problem once and for all as well as provide for some interesting video footage to view for years to come don't you think?

I'm just sayin', it could work you know!


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#1423728 - 04/25/10 01:48 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky
Personally, I'd pay good money to see a Monica vs Betty slugfest.

Oh boy, I don't think this is such a good idea. I mean, I'm sure the contestants would behave themselves properly and abide by the rules of the match and such.

And while it's a very diverse crowd here, you all share one think in common - you're all freakin' nuts.

It's the *rest* of you I would be worried about if such a contest were ever held:



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#1423842 - 04/25/10 09:50 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BenPiano]
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Mr. Super_Hunky, it is early and I’m having my first cup of coffee and reading this post; not only did it put a smile on my face, but got an audible chuckle out of me.

I hope your comments, though in jest, don’t offend anyone.

Take care!

Rick


Edited by Rickster (04/25/10 10:10 AM)
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#1423847 - 04/25/10 10:03 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Rickster]
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I'm not offended -I could even be amused - but I'm disappointed, and I'm sure Kells is too. I keep hoping to read about how much people are loving their piano playing and this thread has been totally hijacked - first by a petty squabble, and now with re-hashing it and expanding on it. How about letting it go and sticking to the topic?

Just a thought.
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#1423853 - 04/25/10 10:16 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Great suggestion, Casinitaly!

I love playing my piano (not that I can play all that well); I play it early in the mornings on my off days and I play it every night before I go to bed. I’ve even played it in the middle of the night at 3:00am when I couldn’t sleep.

Sorry for the thread hijacking, Kells! (Now you see what I mean about all of us being like siblings on PW!! grin)

Take care!

Rick


Edited by Rickster (04/25/10 10:18 AM)
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#1423862 - 04/25/10 10:32 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Rickster]
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Ciao Rickster!
I haven't played in the middle of the night, but LATE at night - yup. One of the benefits of digital equipment and headphones!

One of the kicks I get out of playing is that I play "a concert" for my husband several times a week. He sometimes wanders around the house humming my pieces AND, he really notices when I am making progress.

Last night I played for our dinner guests - one of whom plays, and used to be a teacher. He heard me play one of my harder pieces the day my teacher gave it to me, then again a month a go and again last night - complete with pedal. It was exciting to hear his comments on my progress.

I'm LOVING my piano!
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#1423870 - 04/25/10 10:42 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Casinitaly--That is great that you have so much positive reinforcement on your playing. I think we all need to know we're making progress. My husband just told me this morning that he loves to hear me practice (and I was playing the same line over and over to memorize it for my teacher's next recital, so it couldn't have been great), and that really helps keep me going.

I'm impressed that you feel comfortable playing for guests. A lot of people are very shy about playing, but it is great to share a hobby with others.

I would guess if you're near Milan, you couldn't be too far from the Fazioli headquarters. I think it's in northern Italy somewhere, maybe the eastern portion. That would be a fun side trip!

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#1423877 - 04/25/10 10:49 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: NancyM333]
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Ciao Nancy - I looked up the hq of FAzioli -seems they are about 60km (100miles) from Venice.... a day trip. Who knows, - that could be fun!

I wasn't HUGELY comfortable, playing for guests, but knowing that they were the most supportive audience I could ask for (next to Mom!)... I took the plunge.

My hubby likes to listen to me practice too - bless him!
We really need (and appreciate this regular feedback!
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#1423915 - 04/25/10 12:00 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly

My hubby likes to listen to me practice too - bless him!


That's terrific! heart We've had several threads over the years about family member's support (or lack thereof) for piano, and it's clear that it makes a tremendous difference. I know that I appreciate greatly my hubby's enthusiastic response to my playing.

I have never been to Milan, but two summers ago my family went to Naples and Taormina. Breathtakingly beautiful countryside.

--Monica, who is now heading off for a morning jog, seeing as she will need to lose some weight if she's going to have to wear a string bikini. wink
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#1423941 - 04/25/10 01:07 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Monica K.]
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#1423958 - 04/25/10 01:25 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: keystring]
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Originally Posted By: Monica
--Monica, who is now heading off for a morning jog, seeing as she will need to lose some weight if she's going to have to wear a string bikini.


Enjoy your morning jog, Monica!! Can’t wait to see you in that string bikini! (just kidding… no I’m not grin)

In the last 9 months I’ve lost almost 40 pounds! I feel better and look better (of course that’s subjective grin) than I have in years! My blood pressure is better than it has ever been and my total cholesterol is below normal (thanks to diet, exercise and Crestor).

Here’s my secret… regular exercise (an hour on weekends and at least 30 minutes on week days 4 out of 5 days; I take one day off to rest). I use a stair-stepper machine, do sit-ups and lift weights. I play my piano hard every day (good exercise by the way).

Playing those oldie rock-n-roll tunes of the 50’s and 60’s on the piano is great exercise! thumb

Take care,

Rick
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#1423972 - 04/25/10 02:02 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: Rickster]
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Playing piano counts as good exercise? hmmmmm why am I not in better shape? lol.

I'm hoping to get out on my bike SOON and shed some of the winter pounds I've collected! No bikini in my future, but I know I could be in better shape!

My problem is that I love my bike, but I love my piano more. ...... hmmmmmm
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#1424141 - 04/25/10 08:29 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi Kells, Sorry to be one of the thread highjackers here so I will try and redeem myself and get back on track as well. [Although the thought of Monica all greased up........, never mind].

Anyway, your enthusiasm comes through bright and shiny on this end. Such a nice change from the seemingly endless "no motivation to play" droop plop.

I'll give you a tip that really helped me and is "Super-cheap" five star rated.

If you go to www.musicnotes.com and download their Scorch music player, you can view virtually any song/tune being played at any time (metronome) level so you can follow along while it plays. In addition, you can even print out the first page of any piece they carry for free.

By doing this, you will be able to *sample* the piece and see if its within your abilities and liking. You can take the printed first page and follow along as the scorch music player plays it for you audibly. You can also practice this first page on your own to see if you want to learn the entire piece.

The *Super-cheap* rated secret is that many beginer level song/piecs are very, if not extremely repetitive. Many times you can actually make a large portion of the entire tune just by repeating or modufying/spicing sections of the first page. I.e, many begining level 4-5 page tunes are simply about a page and a half of repeating stuff.

What's really nice with doing this is should have an interest in playing by ear or possibly doing some simple composing, this is a great way to start because you can literally "fill in" the gaps. Doing this promotes creative thinking and trains your brain to start recognizing where certain sounds come from on the keyboard.

I have done this many times. Initially because I was simply too cheap to buy and try everything out there but later realizing that this *alternate* method really worked out well. (at least for me).

I was able to visually see the music being played, listen to it, print it out as well as sample virtually everything that is available in print.

Ultimately, when I found the ideal piece that really inspired me, I would break down and spend the $3.95 and actually buy the piece....(*Super-Hunky hint alert*) Should you purchase and print out an online score, be sure to immediatly scan the sheetmusic and save it. You will thank me for this tip the first (of many) times you end up misplacing/losing some or all of your music.

While it is nice to have a sheet music rack filled with neatly organized scores, It's even nicer to have a digital backup ready to print out a fresh copy when something happens to your original.

BTW, We have a recital coming up very soon, You have the perfect opportunity to submit whatever you can play now. Remember, this is a BEGINER forum so anything is fine. Plus, you can do what I do and use these quarterly recitals as a sort of time capsule to document your progress over time.

Welcome aboard and best of luck with your musical journey.

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#1424154 - 04/25/10 08:53 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly

I'm hoping to get out on my bike SOON and shed some of the winter pounds I've collected! No bikini in my future, but I know I could be in better shape!

My problem is that I love my bike, but I love my piano more. ...... hmmmmmm


Did somebody say cycling? Cycling in Italy?



Sorry Kells for yet another thread hijack laugh
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#1424304 - 04/26/10 02:49 AM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BB Player]
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hey Mr. Super-Hunky, I just downloaded scorch yesterday! lol.
I was curious about Einaudi and I did just what you suggested - listened to a sample, then downloaded smile

I'm going to ask my teacher if she has some of his stuff - my bet is that she will. If not... well, I might go to music heaven in Milan. There is a shop that has a few hundred square feet of sheet music - the walls are lined with drawers- each about 4 inches high and the shelves go to about 6 feet from the floor..... all organized by instrument, (in niches) and then by composer. This is for the classics. On another floor they have jazz and contemporary music. My latest purchase was an Oscar Peterson study book. smile

BB Player/Greg - lovely shot! If those hills in the background are any indication, you are a better cyclist than I am! We live on the Padana plain, VERY few hills - but we do have canals and rivers beside which we can cycle for kilometres and kilometres!
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#1424702 - 04/26/10 06:22 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: casinitaly]
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Loving the contributions to this thread, don't mind hijacking i enjoy everyones banter wink

I think i might have a nosy and see what the recitals on here are all about, it sounds like a good idea and even if i'm not ready to participate yet it would definitely be something i'd like to do when i've a bit more confidence smile
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#1424709 - 04/26/10 06:30 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: BellaBella]
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Also, to Mr Super-Hunky, thanks very much for the musicnotes.com tip, what a great idea! I will definitely use that site in the future smile
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