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#1619838 - 02/14/11 02:48 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
NewBeginner Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/12/11
Posts: 6
Hello everyone - I've been visiting this website for some time but did not become a member until yesterday. When my young children took lessons about ten years ago, I did manage to tag along and had beginner's lessons for about 3 months. Boring and too much pressure to practice the lessons the teacher gave me, I lost interest and quit. I used to play classical guitar in my teens, so after quitting the piano I started exploring electric guitars - bought 6 expensive guitars, 2 amps, played mostly Carlos Santana and The Ventures music. Still played once in a while, but now the piano is the passion. My 8-year old nephew inspired me. And I'm glad he did. I would listen to him,videotaped his playing and put on Youtube. He's made tremedous progress in the last 2 years and will get to play at Carnegie Hall in NYC this month. His piano playing definitely rubbed off on me.

So, three months ago I bought a used Chickering Baby Grand and put it my "man's cave" where I practice any time of the day or night without bothering my wife or children. So far I've had lots of fun playing for myself and learning by myself. Eventually I'll take lessons again , but right now I am learning to read the bass key for the left hand and learn to read 2 lines of notes and play with both hands. To me the journey is the most fun. How good I will become, that's not important.

BTW- I'm 62, married, 2 oldest sons are on their own, third son in college, baby gaughter a Junior in HS, and no grandkids.

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#1619929 - 02/14/11 05:02 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
MusicalBebe85 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/10/11
Posts: 28
Loc: Canada
I am new to the forums, which I have just discovered a few weeks ago, but I am definitely not new to the piano! I'm a 25 year old girl who resides in Eastern Canada, and I've been playing piano since the age of four. I am legally blind, and have been since birth, hence my ability to identify any single note when I hear it. Some people call it "perfect pitch," and while it's a great gift to have, it can sometimes stand in the way, because I hear any small difference in pitch and I can't stand a lot of artists like the general population does. Anyway, I have one dog, who's my baby, I come from a family of eight, I love to travel, and go for walks on the beach! I am also a university graduate, with a major in psychology and holder of other small college certificates.

#1620499 - 02/15/11 09:36 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: jotur]
Cobra1365 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/11/10
Posts: 311
Loc: Delaware
Originally Posted By: jotur
How cool that you guys are learning piano! Music was a life-saver for me, and now it's a pleasure, too smile Cobra - are you suggesting the ABF has made a difference? laugh Ouch! for selling those guitars, Edgar - but you'll find the ABF is a great place to visit for piano playing and general infor.

Looking forward to hawgdriver's recital piece, too.


Most definately!!! I have had more than one of those "AHA!" moments based on reading this forum! grin
Started Playing May 2010 at 51 yrs old, Some Self Learning, Lessons X 3yrs

#1630104 - 02/28/11 05:09 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
TBrown Offline
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 29
Loc: Wilmington, DE
Well I've been a frequent "lurker" for a little while now, so about time I joined the ranks!

Learning the piano has been a dream of mine for a while now, but I've only just started dedicating myself to learning. Music, however, has been around me for quite some time as I've played trumpet (concert, marching, jazz) since 3rd grade and bass guitar since high school. After some research on here I went and bought a decent keyboard about two months ago and have been steadily improving ever since.

These forums have already helped me out quite a bit in the early stages and I look forward to hanging around for a while!

BTW: I'm 28 and pretty recently married. My wife seems to like the idea of having a piano player in the house. Being a teacher she loves to grade papers and plan while I do my practicing. I'm just glad she's distracted enough not to hear all the mistakes!
"When words fail, music speaks."

#1630155 - 02/28/11 06:18 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Michael Steen Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/26/07
Posts: 369
Loc: Sciota, Pennsylvania
OK, here's everything you need to know about me.
I'm 59, going to be 60 this year. I've been playing for about 7 or 8 years, but I've not improved a lot because I practice too intermittently. This year I have made a vow to practice more and to focus on certain goals such as finishing Alfred's #2 and getting a lot better at using fake books.
I have been married 38 years to a wonderful woman, and I have a daughter, 29, who married in October.
I am the proud grandfather of 2 grandchildren from my son. He, sadly, was killed by a careless driver on 3/14/09, so that painful anniversary is looming for us. However, because he loved life more than anyone I've ever met, I honor him with joy and with a dedication to life rather than with sadness and a sense of eternal loss (though there is that too).
I am a retired English teacher of 34 years, and I currently substitute at the high school where I used to teach. It's the best of both worlds for me.
My other hobbies are reading, chess, crosswords, exercise, and sudoku. I like to watch CSI on TV, and my favorite drink is Scotch.
There, now you know everything. Sort of.
I'm getting there--note by note.

#1630166 - 02/28/11 06:42 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Michael Steen]
cheechako Offline
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Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 66
Loc: Anchorage, AK
Originally Posted By: Michael Steen
I like to watch CSI on TV, and my favorite drink is Scotch.

Single malt? If not, you just better move along. smile

Welcome to the forum.

#1630170 - 02/28/11 06:53 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
catherined Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/25/11
Posts: 6
Loc: Brick, NJ
Hi Everyone!!
New Member here too!
3 years ago my boyfriend asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I never got back to him, so he gave me cash instead. Imagine the look on his face when I came home a month later with a Yamaha keyboard. I've never played an instrument in my life unless you want to count the tamborine. The keyboard sat there for 2 years until Christmas 2009 when he asked me what I wanted again and I couldn't think of anything so I asked for a gift card for music lessons. I started taking lessons a little over a year ago. I am using the John Thompson's modern course for Piano and have just graduated to book 2.
It's really hard, but i am sticking with it! I love it! It's a little discouraging when the 6 year old who takes lessons before you is light years ahead of you......but I keep plugging along. I figure if the arthritis doesn't kick in till I'm 80, I got 30 years to become a good player! Got to think postive!

Edited by catherined (02/28/11 06:54 PM)

#1630222 - 02/28/11 08:08 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Michael Steen Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/26/07
Posts: 369
Loc: Sciota, Pennsylvania
Single malt?? Apparently you didn't read the part where it said "retired English teacher." I drink the good stuff when someone buys it for me. Otherwise it's largely generic.
But there's nothing nicer than sitting at the piano with a glass at my elbow, playing in the late afternoon while the sun sets, dinner simmers, and my wife watches "Oprah."
I'm getting there--note by note.

#1638063 - 03/10/11 09:10 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
SilentSound Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/10/11
Posts: 14
Loc: The Netherlands

Obviously I am new to the forums so the only decent thing to do is introduce myself a little bit. I'm a 25 year old student from the Netherlands And have started playing the piano actively relatively recently. My parents gave me this simple casio keyboard when I was a kid and I have wanted to learn to play the piano ever since( And I had been just trying to teach myself some things using sheet music). Bought myself a digital piano and and started taking lessons about a year and half ago. A friend and former roommate, tried teaching me the bass Guitar but that didn't go so well :P. I'm still a beginning player but you never stop learning anyway. Pleased to meet you all.
SONICe Science™ : Your friend in science

#1638068 - 03/10/11 09:13 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
jotur Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 6311
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Hey back, Silent Sound.

Welcome to the ABF. Drop in to the piano bar and have a drink, musically speaking, with us! Lots to hear and chat about here.


Practice like you are the worst; play like you are the best - anonymous

#1638069 - 03/10/11 09:14 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
joyoussong Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 768
Loc: Canada
It's nice to meet you, SilentSound! Isn't it great when something that's been in the background since childhood finally asserts itself & we get to explore it? It's never too late - I started playing when I was 61.
(Started playing July 2008)

#1638074 - 03/10/11 09:25 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
SilentSound Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/10/11
Posts: 14
Loc: The Netherlands
Yes,it is nice getting to explore it, Joyoussong. It would be silly not to really, if you can enjoy yourself. And thanks for the welcome Cathy smile.
SONICe Science™ : Your friend in science

#1652134 - 04/01/11 12:25 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
MrRubato Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/30/11
Posts: 21
Loc: United States
Hello, Piano World!

After much lurking over the past month, I decided to end the voyeuristic practice and join up. Here is my newbie intro.

I am a bona fide adult (fortysomething) beginner and have a 12-year-old daughter who has been taking lessons for a year. My only experience is a semester of community college piano about seven years ago... where does the time go! I didn't continue with it, though, until about a month ago. My daughter's nice progress (I'm envious) inspired me to take it up again.

I started going through her Bastien method book and also, on recommendation of so many here, purchased the Alfred's Adult Beginner Level 1 book. I really enjoy both books and have spent a little more time in Alfred's so far, at first just trying to catch up with where I am in the Bastien book.

I don't have a teacher yet but I hope to hook up with one soon, before I develop too many bad habits. But really, my goal is just to have fun with it, as I am now, and keep motivated to progress a little.

We are using an old Clavinova digital piano which is fine (except for a few sticky keys) but we're now getting the itch to upgrade to a less sterile, unfiltered, acoustic experience.

Anyhoo, enough about me! This a terrific forum with so many extremely knowledgeable folks... it really adds a lot to this wonderful hobby!


Edited by MrRubato (04/01/11 12:35 AM)
Edit Reason: grammmer typo

#1657838 - 04/10/11 07:28 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
ElleDee Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 12
Loc: Spain

I'm 36 and originally from the US but now live in Spain with my DH and our 17 rescue cats (yes, 17, it's not a typo LOL!).

I've always been a lover of classical and folk music. I started playing the keyboard at the age of 7 then upgraded to a piano the following year. I took lessons on and off throughout my childhood and teen years and have always dibbled and dabbled with other instruments but the piano was always my main thing.

I didn't really get much of a chance to play the piano over the past 15 years other than the odd time. Family life got crazy so I left home and was unable to take the piano with me. It was my piano, I just had nowhere to put it--I didn't even know where I was going half the time, LOL. The piano is doing fine and lives in my aunt's house now--even if I did move back to the US I wonder if I'd have the heart to take it back since she matched all her furniture to it. wink

I met DH in 2000 but he was living in Scotland at the time. We traveled around a lot and a whole series of events brought us to live and stay where we are today.

I tried playing the bass guitar but I never really got the hang of it, which was odd because I thought bass lines would come natural to me because of the piano experience.

A few months ago one of our friends wanted to sell me his keyboard but I told him no because it only had 61 keys and I didn't want anything less than a full size. Then another friend said that he had a better one to sell but that too turned out to be 61 keys.

(DH is a professional musician so almost all of our friends are musicians, lol.)

Anyway, that's what kind of put the piano playing bug in my ear and decided I wanted to start playing again. I've had a rough few years with different aspects of life so I thought I deserved a treat.

I settled on a Yamaha DGX530, which was pretty much what I wanted--a basic full size keyboard without too many bells and whistles. I just want to play again at home and possibly do some home recording. Playing the piano has always been the best medicine for my soul.

I didn't buy a piano because living in a tourist spot like we do anything could happen and we might have to move. We've been living here for the past 7/8 years and tourism can be either really good or really bad and I don't really want any big furniture--that and the 17 cats. I would seriously have a problem with my cats using my piano as a scratching post, haha.

I'm extremely rusty and I've only been back playing for the past week but I've been putting myself through some exhausting practice sessions sometimes 2 hours per session, twice a day. I realized the music I was attempting to play was too challenging for me after so long a break so I got some easier pieces to play.

When I practiced today I noticed a big difference and things are flowing much easier than they were even just yesterday so I let myself off with only a 1 hour drill.

Anyway, I'm so happy to be playing again, I totally forgot how it was a part of me and I haven't felt this relaxed in years. Well, you might hear the occasional "ARRRRRRRGHHHHH!!" coming from me when I can't get a particular part of the music down or a cat comes jumping up on the keyboard, but other than that, I'm calm, haha.

Edited by ElleDee (04/10/11 07:32 PM)

#1661750 - 04/17/11 11:56 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
hawgdriver Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 638
Loc: Denver, CO
Domo arigato, Mr. Rubato.
Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. -Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski

#1662129 - 04/18/11 04:58 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
PaddyD Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 36
I'm 20 from Manchester, UK.
I'm a Law student, but will be applying to Medical school once I graduate. I have only just started playing again.
I appreciate all kinds of music, and love the classics. I'm a firm believer that Howard Shore is one of the best composers ever, and would love to play Lord of the Rings soundtracks.
I'm about to get a dalmatian puppy, he's born on Wednesday and I pick him up in 8 weeks.

#1679345 - 05/17/11 11:47 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Recaredo Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/04/11
Posts: 1094
Loc: Southeast of Spain
Hello. I wanted to tell my story like adult beginner.

Some months ago, I felt the need to play an instrument. I didn’t know why, although maybe I preferred not to know it. At first I thought to take up again my violin. When I was a teenager, studied violin at the music school, but I only did three courses. I loved the violin, but I didn’t have enough time when started my university studies.

It would have been marvellous to take up again the violin, although my family and neighbours would not have thought in this way. So I decided to learn piano. Playing a digital piano, I couldn’t bother anybody.

However, I didn’t have confidence about my ability to play piano. I didn’t know either, if my need was just a caprice. Maybe, I thought, I just wanted to purchase a good gift for myself. For this reason I bought a cheap piano. There were other ones cheaper, but I didn’t like them. The Korg SP 170 was not expensive and looked a decent instrument.

Now, I’m so happy like an adult beginner. I’m learning myself, without teachers, but I’m getting confidence playing easy scores. On the other hand, I have been unlucky with Korg. My piano is getting problems in keys, and I’ll probably have to send it under warranty. But I’m not worried. The piano looks very nice, and with headphones the sound is very good. I’m sure that the piano will be repaired under warranty.

I know that never will play a Prokófiev’s sonata. Never mind. It’s just a hobby. I only want to enjoy the instrument like I’ve done until now.



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#1680001 - 05/18/11 10:22 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Luke3026 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/11/11
Posts: 45
Loc: New Jersey
I've been hanging around PW for a couple months. Have had a super-cheap 61-key Casio for 10 or 12 years but never made much headway with it. Picked up a slightly less cheap 76 key Casio (still unweighted) in November and starting playing some chord accompaniment stuff for use writing songs, etc. And just last month I bought an old Everett upright for $300 which I really like. I've been working through Alfred's Book 1 for a month or so and am nearly finished with it. I already have Alfred's AIO Book 2 in my possession. My overall goal with piano is, again, more along the lines of accompaniment (like McCartney or Lennon or whoever would play), but I figure learning to play "properly" can't hurt. But I'm taking a very low-stress, casual approach to it. I don't see ever taking lessons from a teacher.

I've played guitar for about 10 years (still more a rhythm player but I'm trying to learn some lead work), have been writing songs for about as long and record at home with a cheap digital multitrack. I have fun with it.

I work in IT support. I really hate my job and am really burned out in the field, but it pays the bills until I come up with some brilliant business idea and can leave it behind. Music serves as an important outlet to relax and relieve stress for me.

I'm 33, married, 2 kids (9 and 7) and live in a house in the suburbs of NJ.
Casio WK-210
1963 Everett Studio (Style 14)

#1680032 - 05/18/11 11:09 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
jotur Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 6311
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
You're getting in to piano the slow and sneaky way, but it sounds like, with the addition of the acoustic, that we've got you now - bwahahahahaha!

Welcome smile


Practice like you are the worst; play like you are the best - anonymous

#1680045 - 05/18/11 11:30 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: jotur]
panman Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/26/11
Posts: 19
Long time musician here, but a relative neophyte on piano. I play guitar, mandolin, trombone, steel pan, and learning piano. I play semi-professionally as a steel pan musician in a small steel band. Average 35-40 gigs per year. Recently picked up a piano, to become a better musician. I had several years of instruction as a child, but it might as well have been none. I really like playing piano, and I believe it is the ultimate musical instrument. I have long respected and admired those who play, so I figured I might as well learn.

I'm currently studying Alfred's #1, and progress has been pretty good. Some things about playing piano are easier than I thought they would be, some things are harder. I now find myself practicing 3+ hours per day, counting both piano and steel pan. I focus on goal oriented practice. If it takes me 10 minutes to play something, that's ok. If it takes hours, that's ok too.

#1680649 - 05/19/11 05:58 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Newman Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 708
Loc: Australia
Hi. After first stumbling on Piano world, I’ve been a member for a couple of weeks, I’ve now stumbled on this thread.

Decades ago I was in high school and teaching myself to play guitar. At the same time I also drew a keyboard on paper (a couple of octaves) and stuck it to the desk in my bedroom. When I learnt a new guitar chord I also worked out how to voice it on my paper piano. Over all those years every time I was near a keyboard I’d pick out a few triads.

Over the last few years (certainly since I stopped playing live and in bands) I’ve felt that I’d plateaued or grown a bit stale as a guitar player. My thoughts returned to the piano and now, at last, that paper piano has become real. And I can't keep away from it, finding myself playing everyday, some days for hours at a time.

As a self taught (and I suppose you'd say 'shared' taught) guitar player (like many guitar players) I don't read. I’m self teaching (again) transferring a lot of my existing knowledge, as I’m aiming to play accompaniment to vocals (pop and roc etc). The thing I’ve found most surprising is that I'm really enjoying 'listening' again and 'hearing' chords and progressions better because I've also found my understanding of theory (eg. chord structure) has leapt ahead. It really is a journey of discovery, isn't it?
Guitar since 1966. Piano (Kawai DP80) since 2011.

#1680864 - 05/19/11 11:53 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
jotur Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 6311
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Welcom panman and CaptainKawai.

I'm with you, it really is a journey of discovery. And for me, not just about piano. Learning to play more fluently by letting go of the tenseness has been a whole set of discoveries of its own!

Hope you like this place - check out the piano bars and the latest recital to see what many of your fellow ABF's are up to smile


Practice like you are the worst; play like you are the best - anonymous

#1715884 - 07/18/11 07:12 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Ojustaboo Offline
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Registered: 07/18/11
Posts: 155
Loc: Deleted
Hi all

My names Joe (well I'm known as Joe, real names Phil).

I'm 47 years young and sadly am currently unable to work due to suffering from CFS/ME.

I was forced as a child to go to piano lessons but if I'm honest I hated them. I got as far as grade 1 but I really really was having no fun.

Part of the reason was that my sister a few years older, is a natural (music teacher by profession) and I always had to make way for her on the piano. She loved the classical stuff, I didn't.

When I practised on the piano using what I wanted to play, my mother would shout at me to stop banging or to play properly. Then my sister would come on, play twice as loud and my mum would say how great she was.

Ah the joys of growing up. Not meaning it to come across as me having a problem with my (late) mum or sister, just showing why I got put off playing as a child.

I would sit on a stool next to this lady who would insist I play stuff that I found boring. I purchased the music to Scott Joplin's Entertainer, cant remember how old I was but hadn't gone to secondary school yet. My piano teacher wasn't interested in it at all. It was much more advanced than the stuff she was (unsuccessfully due to my boredom) teaching me, yet within a couple of weeks of learning it by myself, I could play it fluently (well I learned the first 1/2 of it). Even now, I could go to a piano and remember most of it by heart.

But alas, I had to play it when my parents were out as it wasn't "Proper" music, so as I got more and more interested in current music trends (especially the punk movement in the late 70's), I simply gave the piano up.

At around 18 everyone I knew were forming bands. I wanted to be in one so I got hold of a mono synthesizer and had a great time. I then got a polyphonic keyboard and everyone seemed happy with my playing, but when I look back, it was very very poor. Every chord I played was in the format of C/E/G etc, it was another 10 odd years before a friend came around and pointed out the obvious that I could also play say E/G/C or G/C/E etc. That one 3 min lesson opened up a whole new world of keyboards to me and shows how much better I could have been if I had only been bothered to learn and practise rather than simply mess about at the band practises. But I was young, was more interested in drinking beer and going to gigs really.

My playing never really improved not because I haven't the ability, just because I was lazy and never practised or even brought a book to learn from.

Over the years I got into computers, ended up with a load of synths, computer sequencer and would often spend ages simply making up tunes, very simple ones, but layering them on top of one another with the sequencer etc. Trouble is, all the time, my playing wasn't improving.

Then I got the music for the Doors Light my fire, and like I did with the Entertainer, I spent a few days learning it and to be honest, I didn't find it hard to learn, at the same time I never really understood anything about what I was playing.

And so on and so on. Then I became ill about 11 years ago and went from a very well paid job to next to nothing, hence we got into financial difficulty and had no choice but sell all my synths etc. With the understanding from my lovely wife that one day in the future I could get another one.

That day came last Sunday. I do love synthesizers and last week I put in an offer for one I've dreamed about for a few years on ebay. To be honest, I mentioned it to my wife, said I wish I had the money and she suggested what figure to put in, I said that it's far to low, they would never sell it for that, but they accepted it (well £50 more). I picked it up from the guys house in a plush part of London, judging by his huge setup, he uses them for his profession so I dare say he isn't short of a few pounds and probably wrote it off as a business expense anyway, hence he let me have it so cheap

So I am the proud owner of a 73 note Korg M3 Xpanded and I love it.

A big part of the reason for my buying it was to find something constructive to keep me occupied.

I've spent the last week just playing with some of the many different sounds and rhythms etc and have had great fun.

I've decided that now is the time to actually try and learn to play and understand what I am doing. I can read music to a point, I can pick out the notes and spend a few days learning 1 page of music, but I am no good at say jamming with anyone or knowing which notes really fit in with what etc.

So here I am back to learn properly. I found your site after looking for an online course to do. Am going to get the Piano For All course and see how I get on with that. With my illness, I get what I suppose is best called brain fog. I get really really tired if I'm studying from books, reading books is fine, but I want something not to heavy in that I can follow it and get some sort of result to keep me hooked.

From what I've read on here, it' looks a good course. What I will say though is that the way it's sold over the web is appalling. I was simply trying to find a good review and every single one was either by the site it's self, or someone actively supporting them (or being supported by them) and that got me really really worried that if they had to advertise like that, it was either some sort of scam or was a rubbish course.

Even the responses to googling "piano for all scam", returned results entitled along the lines of "is piano for all a scam" which turned out to be the actual Piano For All site saying it wasn't??? Personally I don't think they are doing themselves any favours advertising like that as it makes them look underhanded and dodgy. That said, it was due to their bad advertising and trying to find independent peoples opinions that I altered my forum search to "Piano forums" hence stumbled across this great site.

Anyway, I appear to have written an essay, sorry about that

Hopefully I have many many years ahead of learning to play to a superb standard.



Edited by Ojustaboo (07/18/11 07:23 PM)
Edit Reason: spelling

#1715886 - 07/18/11 07:18 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Recaredo Offline
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Registered: 05/04/11
Posts: 1094
Loc: Southeast of Spain
Welcome to PW, Joe.

BTW, I like long posts like yours.


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#1749905 - 09/09/11 11:34 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
KayBee Offline
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Registered: 11/25/10
Posts: 15
I've been lurking around these boards for a while, and recently decided to get more involved in the discussions on the ABF.

My early experiences with learning music were not that great. I wanted a piano when I was about 7, so my parents bought me a recorder instead, then encouraged me with kind phrases such as "do you take requests" and "can you play over the hills and far away?". I'm sure they were trying to be amusing, rather than harmful. I tried the clarinet, guitar, bass guitar, and organ during my school years. At about age 13 I was entered into a regional organ competition sponsored by Yamaha. I was super-confident about my piece, not expecting to win anything, but at least give a good performance. Instead I choked onstage, couldn't even remember the first chord, so promptly quit all my musical endeavours.

So now I'm about to turn 35, have been playing again since May 2010, first on a DP that I rent from a local music shop, and since January on a lovely old upright that's been in my boyfriend's family for three generations. I have a wonderful teacher who encourages me to explore everything, and my attitude towards performance has shifted. I play for my own enjoyment, and nobody else's! I'm considering trying for Grade 1 next year, either RCM or CC (Canadian Conservatory), and looking forward to making some new friends and sharing experiences here on the forums.

#1752277 - 09/14/11 04:45 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Dulcetta Offline
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Registered: 09/11/11
Posts: 75
Loc: U.K.

I'm just beginning my piano journey.
I played guitar as a child, but did not have a good teacher and my non musical family did not become aware of this until it was too late. I was thrown into grade 4 ABRSM exam and given a theory and scale book a fortnight before it. I passed the exam somehow, but realized then that I had not learned music, just how to play a few pieces. I gave up, although I have lead worship, I did not progress at all.

I always wanted to play piano, love music by Einaudi, Nevue ,Yiruma and suchlike and have decided even though I'm 39 this year, its worthwhile giving it a shot. I am a single mum to a preschooler and cannot afford a teacher or have anyone to babysit this year, but hope to be able to do so when I move back to my home country within the next year or two. SO learning from books at the moment.
It will be happened; it shall be going to be happening; it will be was an event that could will have been taken place in the future. Simple as that.

#1752317 - 09/14/11 07:56 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
KeysAngler Offline
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Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 260
Loc: The Fabulous Florida Keys
Hello Piano World Wide Web Forums readers,

At 62 years of age and in retirement I decided to find an indoor hobby to compliment my outdoor hobbies. Living in the Sunshine State has some advantages but skin cancer isn't one of them. Fishing was my main hobby until recently so now I only fish after the sun sets.

I loved to sing as a kid but an accident on our farm when I was 10 years old put an end to that. I suffered a fractured trachea and a crushed larynx. My professional career was as a respiratory therapist. Go figure huh? Listening to music helped me cope with the trauma and has been a worthwhile pasttime.

So now with time on my hand I decided to take piano lessons. I find it a rewarding challenge even if it is just playing the simple stuff in Afreds Adult Book. I really like being able to play a tune. My goal is play some blues and pop. I like classical and jazz but that seems to be many years down the road for me as a player. I've taken nine lessons so far and plan to continue for several years.

I've been married for 18 years to a wonderful woman. She is a retired massage therapist. Except she still works on my body when I'm achy. Lucky Me!!!

The first time I ever flew in an airplane was when I tried skydiving school. I was 20 years old at the time. This was before the square canopies and they used the big old round military chutes which were designed for 200 lb. guys. I weighed 120 lbs. It took a loooooooooooong time for me to float to the ground and I ended up a couple of miles away from the airport. I landed in a cow pasture and had to climb several barbed wire fences to get back. That was a challenge with all the lines and the parachute. That was also my last parachute jump. It was definately the most thrilling thing I've ever done.

I used to snow ski and ride a very fast motorcycle but those days are long past. Now I'm just another boring old man with a bald spot and a pony tail.

#1753251 - 09/15/11 11:23 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: rocky]
cagal Offline
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Registered: 10/28/10
Posts: 45
Loc: Canada
Hi all,

I am 44, an accountant who is definitely not a bean-counter, a cub leader and play pool competitively, which does not necessarily mean well LOL. I love to cross-country ski: both classic and skate, and have the travel bug.

I have a husband, a 10 yo son and the most relaxed German Shepherd on the face of the planet. I have lived my whole life in a city called Mississauga, which is near Toronto, Ontario. Oh, and I really, really like Belgian beer. My husband says I am a beer snob.

#1753268 - 09/16/11 12:24 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 6311
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Hi, boring old man with ponytail and bald spot smile I've enjoyed your posts - nice to have you around.

And welcome cagal (and "beer snob" might be a good user name. Hm. How about "Beer Snobs" for a band name? Sounds good to me.)


Practice like you are the worst; play like you are the best - anonymous

#1759387 - 09/26/11 03:24 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: mr_super-hunky]
Jonny Panic Offline
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Registered: 09/25/11
Posts: 6
Loc: Hobart, IN
Hello. I've just registered and found a post leading here, so I suppose it would just be polite to introduce myself inasmuch as it is appropriate.

My taken name is Jonny Panic. I rarely use my given name outside of paperwork. I'm 36 years old, married to a most excellent woman, and I have Graves' Disease... which is nowhere near as bad as it sounds, but does mean I have tremors and have a hyperaware attention span and mild sensory hypersensitivity, so florescent lights and the like just kill me (figuratively speaking).

I used to be homeless or semi-homeless (since my teens), and during that time taught myself to sing using a trusty auto-reverse cassette Walkman, earbuds, an assortment of tapes ranging from INXS, U2 and Tears For Fears (whose B-side track Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams inspired me to this name long before I reassociated with computers. Yes, I know Sylvia Plath has a negligible publication of the same name, and no, I have no interest in it) to Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins and Soundgarden, and long days spent drifting from state to state from 1993 till 1999, when I finally settled where I am now.

I live in northwest Indiana, just the other side of Gary from Chicago, and I'm a Fraud Analyst, which job bores me sometimes and make me long for the days when I used to unload trucks and build and repair grills, bicycles, furniture, exercise gear and similar for the likes of Sears, Wal-Mart or Lowes. Yes, I do know some people want to slap me for saying as much. I used to think I was into computers, but... well... I was when I was 16, and I'm not really now.

At this point, I've decided to take up digital piano because A) I've always wanted to play something, B) the DP is versatile and I have a hankerin' for not just piano sounds like the Pumpkins' "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness" or Moby's "Rushing" but also the clav a la Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and a couple other great sounds, and C) I've lost some fine motor control in my extremeties due to my change in profession two years ago and my Graves', and my doctor thinks this is a wonderful idea for rewiring said motor control.

That being said, I'm a complete newb currently in the market for a piano to begin with. I've lost interest in a couple of other time-consumptive hobbies and have plenty of time and energy to devote to this... which is good, because I love music more than just about anything, and would like to make more of it.

-Jonny Panic
Think: reverse dog years.

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