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#1540192 - 10/21/10 12:16 PM I am normal, I think
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So I'm no prodigy or anything and I'm not trying to show off. I started piano from scratch about 1 yr and 3 months ago. Since then, I've been practicing about 4-5 hrs a day seven days a week. Sometimes I play all day on weekends. I'm working on Chopin nocturnes, Mozart sonatas, and Debussy right now. My teacher says I'm doing darn well and that sometimes he forgets I've only been doing piano for a year.

Yesterday during my lesson, he played for me Rachmaninoff's concerto no. 2, second movement....and I was blown away with how BEAUTIFUL it was!! And now I am completely psyched when he says that he thinks I can tackle it! I looked at the score and it didn't seem too bad.

Should I feel overwhelmed? Because I'm not...I'm actually excited! But I feel embarrassed when people ask what I'm working on because I think that people have certain expectations of where I should be and I'm not.

I just feel like I'm not normal... well, maybe just looking for some reassurance that I'm ok!

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#1540203 - 10/21/10 12:25 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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YOu sound Ok to me- let's see how things develop from here. I would love to be able to play more than a hour a day- how do you manage it? What hours do you practice? Is there anyone else in your household who is driven crazy by your constant practice at the piano?

Well- I am off to shower after exercise then get my hour in before I go to work my 8-hour shift.- I AM SO GREEN with ENVY. Tell me how you do it!!!
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#1540218 - 10/21/10 12:37 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
So I'm no prodigy or anything and I'm not trying to show off. I started piano from scratch about 1 yr and 3 months ago. Since then, I've been practicing about 4-5 hrs a day seven days a week. Sometimes I play all day on weekends. I'm working on Chopin nocturnes, Mozart sonatas, and Debussy right now. My teacher says I'm doing darn well and that sometimes he forgets I've only been doing piano for a year.

Yesterday during my lesson, he played for me Rachmaninoff's concerto no. 2, second movement....and I was blown away with how BEAUTIFUL it was!! And now I am completely psyched when he says that he thinks I can tackle it! I looked at the score and it didn't seem too bad.

Should I feel overwhelmed? Because I'm not...I'm actually excited! But I feel embarrassed when people ask what I'm working on because I think that people have certain expectations of where I should be and I'm not.

I just feel like I'm not normal... well, maybe just looking for some reassurance that I'm ok!
Of course you're OK! Maybe a bit of a piano geek now, but you're still OK. smile Have a great time with your new Rachmaninoff adventure.
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#1540222 - 10/21/10 12:44 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Hello Argerich5405

If "normal" exists, I’ve never been it!
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#1540362 - 10/21/10 03:41 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
But I feel embarrassed when people ask what I'm working on because I think that people have certain expectations of where I should be and I'm not.


Well, you should be embarrassed - anyone who has been playing for a whole year and a third and is just now getting around to the Rachmaninoff Concerto (a entry-level work easily mastered by even the most mediocre of 3-5 year old students) obviously is not only not a prodigy, but is clearly and totally lacking in any appreciable artistic talent and should hang his/her head in shame.
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#1540364 - 10/21/10 03:47 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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I would assume so. I started playing in May (albeit after having some lessons about ten years ago), and I have been told to start with Grade 8 pieces.
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#1540374 - 10/21/10 04:09 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Big deal. I was playing La Campanella after 11 months.

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#1540437 - 10/21/10 05:55 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Opus45]
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Big deal. I was playing La Campanella after 11 months.

How did you do that???
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#1540472 - 10/21/10 06:51 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Oh, la campanella seems difficult! I haven't gotten to any Liszt yet but he wrote some hard stuff. Thanks everyone for saying I'm normal smile . I feel better. By the way, having a great teacher is the secret to success. Mine's a fantastic pianist with over a thousand students' worth of experience. Seriously, he keeps photo albums of every single student he's ever had, I've seen them! I'm gushing with praise...but it's because a fantastic teacher is so important. And he inspires me to become a better pianist too.

Well I come home from work around 5-6pm and I start playing until midnight or 1am, with a few breaks in between for dinner and stuff. Nope, no kids to worry about, only me and my music.

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#1540490 - 10/21/10 07:21 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
But I feel embarrassed when people ask what I'm working on because I think that people have certain expectations of where I should be and I'm not.


Well, you should be embarrassed - anyone who has been playing for a whole year and a third and is just now getting around to the Rachmaninoff Concerto (a entry-level work easily mastered by even the most mediocre of 3-5 year old students) obviously is not only not a prodigy, but is clearly and totally lacking in any appreciable artistic talent and should hang his/her head in shame.


Sight reading it I would say.

I don't think if I was able to practice four or five hours a day I'd be able to tackle Rach 2 any time soon ... I'll just plan on listening to it instead.
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#1540535 - 10/21/10 08:36 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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The Rach 2 after one year of playing? No... you are not normal. mad
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#1540548 - 10/21/10 08:57 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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I was the same, 4-5 hours a day, all day weekend. Ate, drank, slept piano every hour of the day outside of work. I have 3 months more experience than you. Recently did a free public recital at a university library of 2 Chopin Nocturnes, 2 Waltzes, Debussy's Claire de lune and some shorter, new age pieces.

I've cut down my practice times the last month as burning out is kicking in and decided to take half of my practice time away from classical studies and focus on improvisation/composition study. Now when I get home from work, I actually have time to enjoy a meal and maybe take a nap. It's also great to look at a music score and slowly unravel why it sounds the way it sounds, if you ever get tired of classical study, this could help you away from the piano as well.

Also, recent live streams of Chopin piano competition took a bit of time away from practice as well. But I must say, watching the extremely talented, dedicated young pianist takes my breath away as well as provokes an inner question I pose to myself, "Will I ever be able to play at that level, despite my age, what am I doing right/wrong, what can I do to improve more." This mentality has caused my progress to slow down a bit as I spend too much time questioning myself rather than enjoying the music. So rather than just strictly studying classical, I've decided to place some time on improvisation and composition.

Regarding Rach 2, I personally have not tried it or plan to for the next 5 years at least, but from listening and following the piano score, the second movement (of the 3) seems doable but to tell you the truth, Rach concerto's place a lot of emphasis on dialogues and voicing between orchestra and piano. A lot of its beauty is gone if only the piano part is played. If you do decide to endeavor on this, should get the orchestra accompaniment CD, I think it will help a lot. (Music minus one seems to pop into my head).



Edited by Rui725 (10/21/10 09:34 PM)

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#1540622 - 10/21/10 11:26 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Rui725]
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Originally Posted By: Rui725


Also, recent live streams of Chopin piano competition took a bit of time away from practice as well. But I must say, watching the extremely talented, dedicated young pianist takes my breath away as well as provokes an inner question I pose to myself, "Will I ever be able to play at that level, despite my age, what am I doing right/wrong, what can I do to improve more."



I think you will definitely get better and/or as good as or nearly the level of those "talented" young players. The more years, pieces, proper instruction, practice, etc. that you have under your belt, the more your playing matures. I also think that even the pieces in your current repertoire get better as well - again with more experience.. Hang in there and be patient! I've got 5 years more experience than you and you don't hear me complaining. ha

PS-since you're taking a break from classical, you should try ragtime! smile I'm nearly done with my 1st Chopin piece, by the way....I'm putting the finishing touches on it, and will soon have one of my buddies critique it.
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#1540633 - 10/21/10 11:42 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Thanks Rui for sharing your journey! You and I seem so similar, on the same piano journey of composers. I'm reassured that I am normal...because i'm not alone it seems!!

I still play when I'm burned out but I play (sight read) easier pieces. It's less "thinking" involved and doesn't seem to require so much of what little energy I have left during those times. So regardless, I play all the time! I just want to play everything that inspires me to grow as a pianist.

Weird, but I see young pianists perform with great talent and I don't get bummed out..instead, I think "If they can do that, I know I can". I actually see them as very inspiring!

BTW, your analysis of the Rach 2, second movement, is exactly why I chose that particular section. The score didn't seem thaaat bad (relative of course). But I'm so psyched by pieces like that that my energy level has skyrocketed even more (maybe I won't sleep anymore and practice 12 hrs a day laugh cause I'm too excited!).

Thanks for the rec to get a CD recording of the orchestra portion! Do you recommend a place?

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#1540634 - 10/21/10 11:47 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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A few months ago I was full of energy as well. I guess this kind of thing fluctuates for me. Sometimes I have a lot of energy, other times not. I'm currently without a teacher, I think that is why. I need to find one soon....

Also, it's possible also that I'm currently learning new pieces and the beginning is always so slow. It should be better next week hopefully.

Ceb: Thanks for the encouragement. I saw your post about lacking motivation as well but I couldn't think of anything inspiring to say because I felt the same haha.

Argerich5405: Notice I never mentioned about being normal. I don't think it matters, as long as you are enjoying yourself. Though, for the past year and half, I have not done many social activities a normal, healthy, person does. But it's my choice and I don't regret a single minute of it. When you can, attend a lot of piano recitals, big or small. Another activity I found thats beneficial that doesn't involve actual piano practice is visiting art galleries. For some reason I feel a peace at mind while my senses are replenished when I'm surrounded by art oriented environments.


Edited by Rui725 (10/21/10 11:59 PM)

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#1540646 - 10/22/10 12:11 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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I sincerly wish all of you super-achievers the best but I'm SO glad my only "goal" is to just have fun. The last thing I want in my relaxation activity is all kinds of stress and work hanging over my head.

5 hours a day....that's nutz!

Now don't get me wrong, I thoroughly respect hard work and dedication and am a firm believer that you get out of something what you put into it but I also worry about being burnt out once the honeymoon period is over.

Passion is a cool thing however and doesn't come around all that often so if the flame is still lit.....go for it.

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#1540808 - 10/22/10 07:25 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
I just feel like I'm not normal... well, maybe just looking for some reassurance that I'm ok!


The needle on my BS meter is hovering around the far right end "max point" - your post is just the latest in a long string of similar posts, most of which have quickly proven to be phoney.

If on the small chance that you're actually for real it's hard to tell whether you're bragging or complaining - and it would appear to some cynics that you really were "trying to show off" and that the only thing you're looking for is compliments.

But, why am I smelling the distinct and pungent aroma of a troll?

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#1540809 - 10/22/10 07:28 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
I just feel like I'm not normal... well, maybe just looking for some reassurance that I'm ok!


The needle on my BS meter is hovering around the far right end "max point" - your post is just the latest in a long string of similar posts, most of which have quickly proven to be phoney.

If on the small chance that you're actually for real it's hard to tell whether you're bragging or complaining - and it would appear to some cynics that you really were "trying to show off" and that the only thing you're looking for is compliments.

But, why am I smelling the distinct and pungent aroma of a troll?

JF


I doubt she's a troll.

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#1540834 - 10/22/10 08:22 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
Since then, I've been practicing about 4-5 hrs a day seven days a week. Sometimes I play all day on weekends. I'm working on Chopin nocturnes, Mozart sonatas, and Debussy right now.

You have the right to be proud. It's very hard to keep focus and practicing 4-5 hours a day. Good job.. and enjoy the music.
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#1540842 - 10/22/10 08:32 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank
Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
I just feel like I'm not normal... well, maybe just looking for some reassurance that I'm ok!


The needle on my BS meter is hovering around the far right end "max point" - your post is just the latest in a long string of similar posts, most of which have quickly proven to be phoney.

If on the small chance that you're actually for real it's hard to tell whether you're bragging or complaining - and it would appear to some cynics that you really were "trying to show off" and that the only thing you're looking for is compliments.

But, why am I smelling the distinct and pungent aroma of a troll?

JF


I would go with the hybrid of...I want to brag but, I will couch it a way that might have some believe me to be really worried about being too good too soon!



Edited by I'll be Bach (10/22/10 08:33 AM)
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#1540849 - 10/22/10 08:56 AM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: John Frank

If on the small chance that you're actually for real it's hard to tell whether you're bragging or complaining - and it would appear to some cynics that you really were "trying to show off" and that the only thing you're looking for is compliments.

But, why am I smelling the distinct and pungent aroma of a troll?

JF


I guess we have to take her word for it. I'm not sure the OP's prior background, but what she's doing might be possible if she had prior musical background (kinda like Rui). If she had zero musical background, then I can see why some are cynical.

The proof is in the pudding, though. Hmmmmm...the next ABF recital is in less than a month. smile
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#1540965 - 10/22/10 12:03 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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I'm really not a troll! I thought this was a place to post questions/comments/observations about piano. Should I lie and post only stuff like "I am working on Frere Jacque and can't put two hands together? Or I can only practice 5 min a day?" and get loads of encouragement to continue?

Well, I never said that I was a pro, only that I work slow and steady and I have a great teacher. He helps me with proper fingering, difficult rhythms, and helps me eliminate notes when I can't reach certain chords, etc... and I can honestly say that without his input, I would not be able to play what I am playing right now. Also, there are different levels of performing a piece - I'm no way near where I want to be and have a long way to go. That musicianship aspect of playing piano will take a long time to develop.

I do get burned out just like everyone else, and so what if I seek a few words of encouragement? If I'm excited about a piece I'm learning, I should be able to say which piece without feeling condemned or that I'm bragging. Yes, I know I'm playing advanced pieces which is why I feel a little different from everyone else, but should I never mention it on this website? I am paying a price for advancing quickly on the piano. My job is highly stressful, my love life is nonexistent at the moment, and I find comfort in music so I devote all my time - it's my choice though and I am happy with it. I do have a knack for memorizing pieces and hand movements, so it comes naturally I guess. Bottom line, anyone can play advanced pieces, but to play them truly musically is a journey of a lifetime.

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#1540969 - 10/22/10 12:11 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
I'm really not a troll! I thought this was a place to post questions/comments/observations about piano. Should I lie and post only stuff like "I am working on Frere Jacque and can't put two hands together? Or I can only practice 5 min a day?" and get loads of encouragement to continue?

Well, I never said that I was a pro, only that I work slow and steady and I have a great teacher. He helps me with proper fingering, difficult rhythms, and helps me eliminate notes when I can't reach certain chords, etc... and I can honestly say that without his input, I would not be able to play what I am playing right now. Also, there are different levels of performing a piece - I'm no way near where I want to be and have a long way to go. That musicianship aspect of playing piano will take a long time to develop.

I do get burned out just like everyone else, and so what if I seek a few words of encouragement? If I'm excited about a piece I'm learning, I should be able to say which piece without feeling condemned or that I'm bragging. Yes, I know I'm playing advanced pieces which is why I feel a little different from everyone else, but should I never mention it on this website? I am paying a price for advancing quickly on the piano. My job is highly stressful, my love life is nonexistent at the moment, and I find comfort in music so I devote all my time - it's my choice though and I am happy with it. I do have a knack for memorizing pieces and hand movements, so it comes naturally I guess. Bottom line, anyone can play advanced pieces, but to play them truly musically is a journey of a lifetime.


Don't get too caught up on what some people say. This is the internet remember. Keep working hard day after day, just don't forget to have fun during the journey.

Edit: make sure you get outside and there's never a better excuse than attending a live piano performance or anything artsy. Unless there's some kind of recital or performance I want to prep for, I drop a nights worth of a practice nowadays to attend these venues. Always feels great afterwards.


Edited by Rui725 (10/22/10 12:53 PM)

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#1540970 - 10/22/10 12:12 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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there is a place at piano world for everyone..

try the pianists' corner Argerich5405
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#1540983 - 10/22/10 12:32 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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YOur answer about your playing time made me think... After my shift last night, I slept in , had breakfast, now i have a repairman coming, must pay bills, clean and do laundry on my day off- it's autumn and the shrubs need pruning. Oh and then there is grocery shopping. I need to cook and clean up. I try to exercise daily because I want to stay fit and healthy. All this takes time. Piano is so solitary that I enjoy getting on the Pianoworld and connecting. That takes time too.My biggest and brightest dream is to practice more than an hour a day but I guess I have to have a balance- and I do have a family and friends too. And I confess I play flute in a community band but flute practice takes a back seat to piano practice- hope the band director isn't reading this- LOL!
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#1540991 - 10/22/10 12:43 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Yes, this is the internet after all, so don't get too caught up in the "doubters." I've seen worse posts - more recently, a guy who criticized someone's youtube video w/out the youtuber's knowledge. A few of us challenged him to put his own playing up there, but he refused saying that "that wasn't his style".

Agerich5405, I'd recommend participating in one of our e-citals to silence the cynics and doubters. It doesn't have to be an advanced piece either...just something you're confident that you can play musically. smile
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#1541001 - 10/22/10 12:57 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
I'm really not a troll! I thought this was a place to post questions/comments/observations about piano. Should I lie and post only stuff like "I am working on Frere Jacque and can't put two hands together? Or I can only practice 5 min a day?" and get loads of encouragement to continue?

Well, I never said that I was a pro, only that I work slow and steady and I have a great teacher. He helps me with proper fingering, difficult rhythms, and helps me eliminate notes when I can't reach certain chords, etc... and I can honestly say that without his input, I would not be able to play what I am playing right now. Also, there are different levels of performing a piece - I'm no way near where I want to be and have a long way to go. That musicianship aspect of playing piano will take a long time to develop.

I do get burned out just like everyone else, and so what if I seek a few words of encouragement? If I'm excited about a piece I'm learning, I should be able to say which piece without feeling condemned or that I'm bragging. Yes, I know I'm playing advanced pieces which is why I feel a little different from everyone else, but should I never mention it on this website? I am paying a price for advancing quickly on the piano. My job is highly stressful, my love life is nonexistent at the moment, and I find comfort in music so I devote all my time - it's my choice though and I am happy with it. I do have a knack for memorizing pieces and hand movements, so it comes naturally I guess. Bottom line, anyone can play advanced pieces, but to play them truly musically is a journey of a lifetime.


My advice then would be to couch your comments differently. Rather than asking if you are normal or not, while knowing full well that with your extra time, good teacher and natural aptitude for the instrument your progression is decidedly accelerated compared to most who have played an instrument for 15 months. It sounded to me that you wanted to brag on yourself and that is fine (we can all be proud of ourselves and our accomplishments)...but you needed to find a way to do it, so you came up with a heavyhanded question about being normal or not when the real purpose was to say what could have simply been...hey this is what I am working on and I know some might think it is too soon for someone who has only been at it a short time, but I practice alot, have the aid of a great teacher and I am finding I just get the hang of the fingerings and memorization. Here is a snippet tell me what you think?


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#1541049 - 10/22/10 01:59 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Well, I'll_be_Bach has completely misunderstood me. If I wanted to brag, I would have said exactly what s/he said. I just wanted to know that there are others like me out there, as passionate as I am. Piano is a solitary hobby and I do feel very different from everyone else. Sometimes I feel that I'm not like everyone, not normal. This is a place where there are people like me, and knowing that they exist makes me feel less abnormal. If my comment asking whether I was normal offended anyone or came of as "bragging", it wasn't meant to be. I know that I am playing advanced pieces, but instead of feeling PROUD, I'm afraid people will call me a freak or a liar, and I was seeking reassurance that I was not the exception.

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#1541056 - 10/22/10 02:10 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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I don't think it was a misunderstanding as much as it was...you spent one paragraph saying what you were doing after 15 months (but you aren't a prodigy...oh no). One paragraph talking about a new piece your teacher thought you could tackle (a highly advanced piece at that) that "didn't seem too bad." A third paragraph about how maybe you should be overwhelmed but aren't. And a single final sentence about normalcy.

So it isn't in my opinion a misunderstanding as it was reading exactly what you wrote.

The post struck me as much ado about how humble you are being despite everything you are writing to the contrary.

My suggestion would be that if you are feeling out of sorts compared with those that do no play then say so...but the way you couched your comments there was no way a person could read what you wrote closely and come up with that being the purpose of your post.





Edited by I'll be Bach (10/22/10 02:10 PM)
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#1541078 - 10/22/10 02:53 PM Re: I am normal, I think [Re: Argerich5405]
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Registered: 09/20/10
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Argerich,

I am playing piano since less than 2 months (without teacher), and I am learning "Giorni Dispari" of Einaudi.

As you probably know the Normal distribution has a bell shape, so you (and me) like any other we all are under the bell shape. It is all about if you are near the mean, or near 2 or 3 times sigma.

I definetively prefer to be far from the mean, on the right.
Why to worry about? smile

A.



Originally Posted By: Argerich5405
Well, I'll_be_Bach has completely misunderstood me. If I wanted to brag, I would have said exactly what s/he said. I just wanted to know that there are others like me out there, as passionate as I am. Piano is a solitary hobby and I do feel very different from everyone else. Sometimes I feel that I'm not like everyone, not normal. This is a place where there are people like me, and knowing that they exist makes me feel less abnormal. If my comment asking whether I was normal offended anyone or came of as "bragging", it wasn't meant to be. I know that I am playing advanced pieces, but instead of feeling PROUD, I'm afraid people will call me a freak or a liar, and I was seeking reassurance that I was not the exception.

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