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#1742935 - 08/29/11 11:04 PM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: pianogirl13669]
jed1988 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/11
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Loc: United States
Originally Posted By: pianogirl13669
This is a great thread. I love reading everyone's recollections!

My first encounter was when I was around 7. I had begged my parents for lessons. My mom got an old upright for $10. I can't even remember now what kind it was. Anyway, being our church organist, she was going to teach me. Things did not go well and she found me a teacher. I remember sitting down when we first got the piano and thinking I could already play. We had family visiting from out of state. I had a book open playing what I'm sure was just noise and telling them how great I was already without a single lesson! smile I guess I knew piano would always be my thing. Playing was so infectious, even before I knew how to play.

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It sounds like you were born a pianist. LOL. I remember at 7 years old, all I could do was throwing rocks at other kids in my town. LOL
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#1742940 - 08/29/11 11:12 PM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
She counted in Japanese, One and Two and Three and four and <repeat> and told me to play along with her. Oh, she was young.. She had a sort of commanding voice and it was very annoying. It makes me laugh now. I never thought I would miss those moments.


Glad to hear everyone is ok.

This quote made me laugh because at practice with my son, sometimes I'll try to count (to get him to recognize the difference between half, quarter, and eighth notes). He can't stand it! laugh So much so at times he tries to punch me! ha
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#1743581 - 08/31/11 01:00 AM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: BenPiano]
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Originally Posted By: BenPiano
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
She counted in Japanese, One and Two and Three and four and <repeat> and told me to play along with her. Oh, she was young.. She had a sort of commanding voice and it was very annoying. It makes me laugh now. I never thought I would miss those moments.


Glad to hear everyone is ok.

This quote made me laugh because at practice with my son, sometimes I'll try to count (to get him to recognize the difference between half, quarter, and eighth notes). He can't stand it! laugh So much so at times he tries to punch me! ha


It reminds me of the time the professor counted out loud for me tool. It did more harm than good for me.
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#1744779 - 09/01/11 08:32 PM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: jed1988]
C2yammie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: san jose, ca
Hello,

Wishing you all well, It has been a long time since my last posts.
Seeing this thread, I also would like to share my "first touch of the Piano". I started playing Piano (at the age of mid 40) due to the loss of my infant daughter (SID)...
One day, on my way home from work; I happened to listen to a very beautiful piece of music. It is "Dream of the Forgotten Child" composed by David Lanz.

It was quite of a long time after my daughter's incident, I thought that I was ok, til I heard this song. It shook me, and seemed like my sadness that I had been holding just evaporated.

Came home, I told my wife that I need a Piano to practice this song. Technically speaking, I never got any formal training on Piano except a faded music theory from Music Appreciation 101 from college.

My wife just wanted to ease my sadness, agreed to get a Yamaha C2 for me but doubted that I would eventually give up. First time, I seriously touched the keys, I myself was doubtful as well...I took me nearly 4 years to master this song with 4 hours a day, every day before hitting freeway for work.

Many years have passed, my prayer was answered.
I now have another beautiful daughter who plays very well, and I am learning from her (though her piano lessons)

Today I play most of the David Lanz's song.
I know I have to catch up with the lost time. As far as I can see, I need to play more improve my fingering technique. I am now addicted...that I just got into Classical Music with Chopin C# minor. The worst part is, I have a dream of 7 footer!!!

Have nice day to all!

PS: I want to say Hello to Monica. K who gave me a very warm welcome when I first visited this website.

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#1744798 - 09/01/11 09:27 PM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: jed1988]
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Registered: 11/08/09
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Hmmmm...I was very indifferent at the time at age 9. I never "kicked and screamed" on Saturday piano lessons, and vaguely remember liking at least some of it. I never thought piano was "hard" and I was one of those kids who pretty much learned it quickly.

Anyway, I particularly remember one lesson I had with my 2nd piano teacher, Mrs. Hessey (literally the old lady down the street). She's someone I remember and periodically thought about in my life even after I was away from piano for 27 years. Anyway, I played this waltz (a Beethoven or Listz piece...I don't even remember) from the John Thompson book. I felt complete joy playing the piece because it was hard (lots of chords, etc), and we were both elated at this "breakthrough"....this was actually the only lesson I remembered. I believe I quit soon after that lesson. frown
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#1744832 - 09/01/11 11:05 PM Re: Your First Touch of the Piano [Re: C2yammie]
BenPiano Offline
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Registered: 11/23/09
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Touching story, yammie.

Originally Posted By: C2yammie
I am now addicted...that I just got into Classical Music with Chopin C# minor.


At 4 hours a day for 4 years, it sounds like you're addicted already! (welcome to the club! laugh )

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The worst part is, I have a dream of 7 footer!!!


Join the club!

There are actually two different clubs - one for those addicted to piano, and one for those dreaming of a 7 footer. The memberships of these two clubs are comprised mostly of the same people! grin
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