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#1423337 - 04/24/10 01:24 PM Re: Loving Piano! [Re: jotur]
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Registered: 03/25/06
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Loc: Georgia, USA
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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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]
Rickster Offline


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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!

Nancy
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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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Loc: Georgia, USA
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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Loc: Arizona.
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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