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#1759437 - 09/26/11 06:10 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Jonny Panic]
Studio Joe Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 1803
Loc: Decatur, Texas
Welcome to Piano World. I hope you find your keyboard soon and get started.

Maybe you'll be able to make a recording of your playing and singing for us.
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#1759782 - 09/26/11 03:57 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Jonny Panic]
JimF Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1751
Loc: south florida
Welcome, Jonny. You will find plenty of support for new learners here in the ABF. Also, if you have questions about digital pianos/keyboards - makes, models, features, costs - there is a Forum where those issues are addressed.(just click on "Forum List" up above)

Good luck in your new piano adventure.

Jim
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La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel


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#1759844 - 09/26/11 05:11 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Jonny Panic]
Lain Offline
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Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 613
Originally Posted By: Jonny Panic
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


Welcome, Jonny! You'll meet many like-minded people here.
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#1761879 - 09/29/11 06:40 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
epineh Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 2
Loc: Australia
Hi all, my name is Russell, I am almost 40 (arg) and have been learning piano since early this year. My family was always piano orientated, parents and four sisters all went quite high in their grades, but I was a bit of a handful as a kid so they decided not to put me through, probably a wise decision, I was an impatient kid, now I am just an impatient old man...lol

I have a wife and 3 kids and the younger two are learning piano, so I am learning with them, we all go to lessons on Saturday morning. They will most likely do prelim and grade 1 exams at the end of this year, I have just sat my grade two exam and am waiting for the results, the examiner didn't yell at me too much so that is a good sign !

I decided to learn properly as I really enjoy playing the piano and I want to be able to play some nice songs, mostly the usual stuff - Fur Elise, Clair de Lune, Humoreske, Minute Waltz... and so on in the classical side

I also like some of the more contemporary stuff, Yiruma, Jessicas theme from the Man from Snowy River, I love the cover of Metallica's nothing else matters by Scott Davis, that is also on the wish list.

Currently going through the first of the grade three pieces, one down two to go. My teachers plan for me is to get all the grade three work done and then move onto grade 4 hopefully well enough to do that exam next year and skip 3. Will all depend on work/practice/life in general of course but you gotta at least START with a plan smile

Cheers.

Russell.

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#1761987 - 09/29/11 11:00 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: epineh]
Lain Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 613
Originally Posted By: epineh
Hi all, my name is Russell, I am almost 40 (arg) and have been learning piano since early this year. My family was always piano orientated, parents and four sisters all went quite high in their grades, but I was a bit of a handful as a kid so they decided not to put me through, probably a wise decision, I was an impatient kid, now I am just an impatient old man...lol

I have a wife and 3 kids and the younger two are learning piano, so I am learning with them, we all go to lessons on Saturday morning. They will most likely do prelim and grade 1 exams at the end of this year, I have just sat my grade two exam and am waiting for the results, the examiner didn't yell at me too much so that is a good sign !

I decided to learn properly as I really enjoy playing the piano and I want to be able to play some nice songs, mostly the usual stuff - Fur Elise, Clair de Lune, Humoreske, Minute Waltz... and so on in the classical side

I also like some of the more contemporary stuff, Yiruma, Jessicas theme from the Man from Snowy River, I love the cover of Metallica's nothing else matters by Scott Davis, that is also on the wish list.

Currently going through the first of the grade three pieces, one down two to go. My teachers plan for me is to get all the grade three work done and then move onto grade 4 hopefully well enough to do that exam next year and skip 3. Will all depend on work/practice/life in general of course but you gotta at least START with a plan smile

Cheers.

Russell.


Hey, Russell, welcome to PW! How nice it is for your family to all go to lessons on Saturday morning! Your kids must look up to you; you're even a grade ahead of them!
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#1762616 - 09/30/11 11:21 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Julii Offline
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Registered: 03/08/09
Posts: 33
Loc: North Walsham, Norfolk, UK
Sorry, just realised I've never contributed to this thread. But given I ask questions & get helpful answers maybe I ought to...

I am 44, born and raised in San Diego CA. I moved to Britain age 24 & have now lived here almost 20 years. Mostly in Norfolk. I had specialist technical skills which allowed me to get work permits, and eventually residency/citizenship. If you Google my full name you actually get quite a few hits back from when I was a Uni researcher (blush).

I have 4 young children who suck up all my time & energy. Soon after I started having kids I didn't really have energy for a career any more, all the guys I used to work with were on 60+ hour weeks and are now (mostly) professors. I would now LOVE to have a job, just an ordinary job, not too many hours, & not just be a SAHM (not realistic for now, too many practical difficulties). I am a rabid pro cycling fan, keen on family history, and general scruffbag & Ecofreak.

Musical background none, really. Some people in my family play or sing, but I have no natural ear or sense of rhythm. I only started playing piano 5 years ago, after I inherited a beautiful upright Steinway and my son had lessons briefly; I thought me tinkering would make my son want to play. He soon gave up but I got sucked in. smile Finding the discipline to practise is very hard. I'm learning out of books, any sort of teacher would destroy my confidence.

All sorts of things you guys talk about go completely above my head. I don't feel (too) bad about that as I think I'm already absorbing as much info as I can.

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#1763265 - 10/02/11 08:57 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Tequilla85 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/30/11
Posts: 18
Loc: Romania
Hi everybody,

I'm new around here and wanted to share a little bit about myself.

My name is Victor, I'm a web designer/developer based in in Romania, Europe and I'm turning 26 in a few weeks.

I remember buying my first digital keyboard (a very old and cheap yamaha) when I was about 19 or so but at the time I couldn't focus very much on learning and there weren't so many online resources as they are now

I sold it in a couple of weeks and since then I tried to learn the guitar, but again with no luck.

Things changed over the years, now I have a place of my own and at the beginning of 2011 I bought a M-audio keyrig49. I started to follow some youtube tutorials and I liked very much the result, and now I own a new Yamaha Psr-e413, an excellent keyboard for it's price.

Over the last half year I practiced around 1-2 hours/day. I am a self learner and managed to learn around 20 easy songs (I will post some videos as soon as I buy a decent webcam).

I can't read sheet music and I try to develop relative pitch, but it's very difficult since I didn't start playing at a younger age.

I'm looking forward to being an active member here and to become very good at playing the piano.

Cheers,
Victor
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#1763753 - 10/03/11 05:03 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Lain]
epineh Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/29/11
Posts: 2
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: Lain


Hey, Russell, welcome to PW! How nice it is for your family to all go to lessons on Saturday morning! Your kids must look up to you; you're even a grade ahead of them!


Hi Lain, yes it is a nice way to spend a Saturday morning. As for being a grade ahead of them I don't think that will last too long so I had better make the most of it smile I wont mind when they get better than me, that way they can help me with my stuff, lol.

Cheers.

Russell.

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#1777892 - 10/26/11 11:28 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Dary Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/03/11
Posts: 3
My name is Dary.

I am NOT a piano player.

I try to play the piano. Sometimes music even comes out. Which kinda blows me away.

But I'm not sure if or when I'll ever actually consider myself a piano player. Though I would like to. I just don't want to embarrass myself.

Things I've been working on.

No quarter – Led Zeppelin
30 must have blues licks – Jonathon Wilson
Country Girl – CNS&Y (my take on it anyway)
'Round Midnight – T. Monk (Lot2Learn/Roger Friedman's cover/take)
Angel - Sarah Mclachlan
Mary had a little lamb - ??
That thing you hear at a baseball game just before they yell charge...
Dunt da dunt dunt... dunt da dunt dunt
Da da da dunt da da... Charge!! (Not the Da da da dunt da da part. The part before it.)

I took up playing in April 2011.

I've been playing on an old (and I mean old) Casio Tone Bank. But I just purchased the Yamaha YPG 235. Which is like stepping out of the dark ages or discovering electricity. What a difference.

Love the forum. It's good to be here.


Edited by Dary (10/26/11 11:31 PM)

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#1777922 - 10/27/11 12:57 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Dary, welcome to the PW and congratulation for getting a new piano. I think you will have lots of fun with it. By the way, we are all piano players as long as you know how to make sound on the piano. This is not a forum for professional / accomplished pianits (although there are some here). So we don't test people to join the forum (LOL). If they did that, I won't be here. Feel free to set back and enjoy the ride here.
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Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



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#1777932 - 10/27/11 01:12 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Dary]
KeysAngler Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 254
Loc: The Fabulous Florida Keys
Hey Dary,

Glad to hear you're enjoying your new piano ...

If you feel like it tell us where you live and such ...

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#1777972 - 10/27/11 03:37 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
wuxia Offline
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Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 106
Loc: Sofia, Bulgaria
My name is Tsvetan, people call me Tsetso. I'm 22 years old from Sofia, Bulgaria. I started playing the piano a couple of months ago though I've liked piano and classical music all my life. I still remember the Stokowski records my father played for me. I've always expressed some aptitude for music but I never had the chance to own a piano and thus make the first step of playing. My mother died when I was about 11 years old and that left my whole family in ruins including me - clinical depression pretty much since then. I work a job that I hate. I have no friends and I dropped out of university. Grim story BUT remember I started playing the piano which is a tremendous step for me in my stupid little life. The reason I'm sharing this is that my involvement in music has given me a bit of confidence and therefor I think I owe it to myself.

That aside, I think that this is a really healthy forum. It's humane - quarrels about pieces, about practice methods, about lesson prices etc. Sometimes you can feel the warmth of people even through the digitized repesentation of the alphabet letters, sometimes you can feel the frustration and agony. Thank you for letting me be part of this community.
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#1778002 - 10/27/11 06:06 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: wuxia]
CarlosCC Offline
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 1378
Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Originally Posted By: wuxia
My name is Tsvetan,(...).

Hi wuxia, and Welcome.
Sometimes life can be dificult and I'm not going to comment or do a deep analyse of your story because I may not be able to do it.

Anyway, I think we must be proud of loving music. And if you like music I think you can take advantage of this fact to light up your life. Life is not boring, just needs a litle music. smile
C'mon, play piano, invite some close friends to hear you, hear their opinion, share it with us. Do not be in the "shadow"!
Good luck.
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#1778037 - 10/27/11 09:03 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Hi wuxia, welcome to PW and the ABF.

Music has helped me overcome tough time in my life too. I came back to piano after a long break. I think it was one of the Chopin nocturns that did it. I still remember the sense of salvation I felt all over my body and soul. Life is good since then. Before encounter with music, I felt guilty of breathing the air that belong to someone else who are more worthy. After the encounter, I started feeling like every day is a gift from Heavin.

May you keep your music inside and on your fingers for many years to come. You are young and you will be pleasently surprised how much you learn. I would like to hear from you what pieces you are working on etc. People hear would love to share your joy and pain that come with learning.
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Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



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#1778056 - 10/27/11 09:41 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: wuxia]
KeysAngler Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 254
Loc: The Fabulous Florida Keys
Hey Wuxia,

Glad you could join us ... sorry to hear of your misfortunes.

Music also helped me overcome depression when I was very young.

It has been the spiritual center of my life ever since.

Music to me is a language that cannot be used to lie.

I wish you great success in your musical ambitions.

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#1778114 - 10/27/11 11:24 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: wuxia]
Lain Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 613
Originally Posted By: wuxia
My name is Tsvetan, people call me Tsetso. I'm 22 years old from Sofia, Bulgaria. I started playing the piano a couple of months ago though I've liked piano and classical music all my life. I still remember the Stokowski records my father played for me. I've always expressed some aptitude for music but I never had the chance to own a piano and thus make the first step of playing. My mother died when I was about 11 years old and that left my whole family in ruins including me - clinical depression pretty much since then. I work a job that I hate. I have no friends and I dropped out of university. Grim story BUT remember I started playing the piano which is a tremendous step for me in my stupid little life. The reason I'm sharing this is that my involvement in music has given me a bit of confidence and therefor I think I owe it to myself.

That aside, I think that this is a really healthy forum. It's humane - quarrels about pieces, about practice methods, about lesson prices etc. Sometimes you can feel the warmth of people even through the digitized repesentation of the alphabet letters, sometimes you can feel the frustration and agony. Thank you for letting me be part of this community.


Welcome to PW, wuxia. Thank you for sharing your story with us. May music continue to help you transcend the "frustration and agony" of everyday life.
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#1800815 - 12/05/11 01:13 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Studio Joe]
margaret_from_OZ Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/04/11
Posts: 1
Loc: Victoria, Australia
My name is Margaret and I live in south eastern part of Australia in the state of Victoria. I live in the Yarra Valley about 70km from Melbourne in the mountains.

I am 62 years and have taken piano up again after 40 years after doing it at school for 10 years. I am amazed that I can still play after all this time - amazing how so much of it is etched in the brain - but play slowly as yet. I have lessons with a wonderful teacher who is a Bach scholar - I love Bach.

What I am learning now are 3 Bach 2 part Inventions (1,4,7) and a Beethoven Sonata (Opus 49 Nr v2) - as yet I can play these only very slowly. But I am just loving the piano - what is great is that I am now learning to listen rather than just play notes and get timing right like I did at school although that grounding was so essential.

I have worked in the computer industry for 40 years after doing philosophy and mathematics at university. My hobbies are hiking, literature and horse riding as well as music off course and I am also interested in astronomy and have some telescopes and large binoculars. I also have a beautiful German Shepherd dog - have had many of these.

I learned about this website while reading a book called "Grand Obsession" written by one of your members - from this book I also started to develop an interest in how pianos work - now I want to learn more - and maybe one day buy a very special piano. Right now I have Kawai K15E which is good for me.

Am looking forward to the virtual company of you all as you all seem to be a very knowledgeable and love the piano as I do - I think your site and forums are wonderful - and I have only had a quick look.

Margaret

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#1800866 - 12/05/11 02:25 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1751
Loc: south florida
Welcome to PW Margaret. Sounds like you jumped right back in with both feet. Good for you. We'd love to hear some of your Bach in the monthly Piano Bar or the quarterly recitals. There are a lot of very knowlegeable and helpful folks around here, so I'm sure you will like it.

Jim
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La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel


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#1803185 - 12/09/11 11:36 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
cmd982 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/08/11
Posts: 2
Loc: Alexandria, VA
Hello, my name is Chris. I've been looking to join a community that shares my new found passion for piano, so here I am! I am new to posting in these forums, but have come to this site from time to time over the last year to get advice on some piano related things but never really took the time to post.

Some info about me. I am 29 years old, a US Army veteran, and an avid techie. I make a living working as a computer systems analyst...enough said about that.

I've been playing piano for a few weeks shy of a year now and my goal is to become a professional pianist. When people hear this, I usually get a litany of negative responses like, "Your too old" or "The competition is too great" or some other excuse they use to not achieve their dreams. Don't get me wrong, I am well aware of the odds and I am not talking about being a virtuoso or a world-renown concert pianist, just a professional pianist. I have enrolled in my local community college's music program, taking Theory and Applied Piano lessons (as well as composition lessons) and have been practicing at the very least 4 hours every day (with the exception of a few days in the year where I did not have access to a piano). Because of this, I have gone from barely being able to play "Mary had a little lamb" when I started, to intermediate-lower advanced (admittedly not that smoothly) pieces, as well as all major, minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves). I will continue to study here until I can be confident I will pass a university audition at a respectable school and continue on through my Masters.

I am looking forward to being an active member of this community and hopefully I can learn from the wisdom of those who have traveled the road I am currently walking.
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Currently Studying:
Chopin - Prelude Op. 29 in E minor
Bach - Invention no. 4
Satie - Gymnopedie 1
Tchaikovsky - June Barcarolle
Ravel - Pavane Pour une infante defunte

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#1803191 - 12/09/11 11:45 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5570
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Follow your dream - I don't think you're too old. Heck, I still think I can do it at some level and I'm 65 laugh

Welcome to the forums.

Cathy
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#1803291 - 12/09/11 02:22 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Your Uncle Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 15
Loc: Minneapolis, MN, USA
Hi All...My name is Bob and I work in video and film production. I "re" started taking piano lessons just a month ago. I previously had taken them for about three years from 4th to 7th grade. Although I enjoyed playing I ended up quitting because I didn't really practice and would attempt to "cram" before a lesson or recital which led to LOTS of stress...it was a pretty traumatic situation I put myself in! More than 30 years later, I've decided to give it another try, mostly due to encouragement from my neighbor, who is an upright bass player, and another friend who I have recently found out had been a piano major in college who still plays quite a bit.

One friend mentioned this website where I started reading about pianos and digital pianos, and ended up purchasing a Kawai cn43.

I've also found a piano teacher that lives nearby from whom I've taken 4 lessons so far...but she just gave birth! So there will be a little break before I start with her again. But just those 4 lessons have been great. A little theory, a little playing by ear, a little improv...much different than the lessons I had as a child. Very fun and exciting!

I've really been enjoying the forums here, such a great exchange!

Bob


Edited by Your Uncle (12/09/11 02:23 PM)

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#1803377 - 12/09/11 05:42 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
BeccaBb Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 905
Loc: Thunder Bay, On Canada
Hiya all. I'm Becca, 37 and live in Canada. Am raising teens (oh joy.) Always wanted to learn piano and finally decided to just do it! Got a little DP, and printed off some "lessons" online about a month ago. I had tried to learn on and off before. I'm currently playing twinkle twinkle little star primer and butchering about 4 other songs right now. LMAO... Just got some real lessons books and hope to improve. I basically have no skills whatsoever at this point. My youngest son is self-teaching himself the fiddle so some interesting sounds coming out of our house! smile I plan on joining the MOYD thread (actually what prompted me to join, I've been lurking as a guest for weeks.)

Nice to meet you all.

Becca
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Began: 01-12-11


Floundering and Lost
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#1805010 - 12/12/11 06:45 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Kazari Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 5
Hi all! I'm kaz, 23 and live in Australia. I'm sort of returning to piano. I took the classical route when i was young, then stopped and ventured into pop songs, then went overseas so I had no piano. After that I played sporadically at public or semi-public pianos, and maybe learnt one new easy piece a year. Due to doing that for several years, I memorized my entire repertoire of songs (not purposely) so that when I spot a piano, I can have a practice. Now I try to play twice a week, because I've found a baby grand piano which is just awesome (and free for me). Twice a week is not very much but my priority is violin which I've recently started lessons on.

Pieces I'm working on:
Croatian Rhapsody (Tonic Huljic)
Nuvole bianche (Einaudi Ludovico)
Primavera (Einaudi Ludovico)
Adagio,2nd movement, Concerto for Oboe (Bach from Marcello )
Victor's piano solo (Corpse bride)

I found this site because I looked up croatian rhapsody so I'm looking forward to reading that whole thread on the croatian rhapsody study group some time. =) Cheers
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Working on:

Adagio, Concerto in D minor, movement II (Bach-Marcello)
Nuvole Bianche (Ludovico Einaudi)
Croatian Rhapsody (Tonci Huljic)
Jingle Bell Rock (??)

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#1805012 - 12/12/11 06:49 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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#1811585 - 12/24/11 01:50 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/23/11
Posts: 26
Loc: North Adams, Massachusetts
Hi everyone,

My name is Mark. My wife and I live in North Adams, Massachusetts. I love listening to piano and lately, I strongly desire learning to play at least a few songs. A friend of mine who has been playing piano most of his life has recently convinced me it is never too late to start. I have some confidence as I used to play guitar---mostly technical speed metal. So it gives me some notion that the type of piano I would like to learn is attainable, even starting at the age of 36. Being I rarely settle for simple and easy, one of the inspiring songs for me is Chopin's Etude 4 Opus 10. Great starter song...eh?

The wife and I have a cat which was a stray and two Akita dogs which are both rescues. For a living I run an automotive transmission repair shop. There are certin things I get fixated on. I have 10 old Mercury cars from years 1958 to 1970. A few 70's Ford trucks and Brockway trucks. Also, other pieces of equipment like bulldozer, excavator, crane and bucket truck.

The past few years we have been fixing up the Victorian style house where we live. With this style house it would be appropriate to find an old Mason & Hamlin or Chickering. We currently have a piano. It is a Gulbransen upright that had come with the house. It is pretty beat up and a bunch of keys don't work. I have not made an attempt to learn anything on this piano. I am not sure if it is fixable. I believe it would be more inspiring to start with a piano that is in better shape. It's probably best to start another thread in the general piano forum asking for opinions on searching for a piano.

thanks,
Mark

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#1812866 - 12/26/11 09:48 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 74
Loc: United States
Hi ABFers! It just occurred to me that I haven't properly introduced myself, although I've already received great advice from folks here and commiserated with some others. I love this forum! Anyway, just a brief intro:

Mid-30's, living in a music mecca town on the west coast of the US -- sometimes I feel as if I were the only non-musician in this town! :-) Started from zero in the summer of 2010, and after on-and-off classes and practice, finally started regular playing/classes since this June. Currently have a digital piano that I love (Yamaha P-155), but am dreaming of finally buying a house and getting an acoustic! So far I only have one song in my "repertoire" (that I memorize, that is): Vandall's Prelude B Minor (very Moonlight Sonata, but much easier, I gather). Would love to improve on techniques, theory, and sight-reading, and of course, more songs for my repertoire.

I love most types of music, but esp. would like to play classical, New Age, folk, blues, and some pop/rock (not really into broadway tunes though).

So glad to have joined this forum and "met" like-minded people. Happy holidays to you all and I look forward to more sharing and progress in 2012!

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#1812975 - 12/27/11 02:40 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/25/11
Posts: 288
Loc: Michigan
Hey guys, my name is Tia! Im 21 years old and I am Junior at Michigan State University. I took piano lessons in High School and I did really well in the 4 years that I played. Unfortunately, I quit freshman year of college because I couldnt find the time or a teacher frown I started playing again in August with a new teacher and I have been progressing well. I am interested in classical and am open to all composers. Ive been working with my teacher on a few pieces that I hope to perfect.

I dont exactly have reasoning as to why I started piano other than I thought it would be something cool to do after school and it turned out that I spent more time with it than I planned. I have a 18 year old sister who is also taking lessons with this new teacher. I have a 4 year old sister who also wants to play but many teachers have said they want her to wait until she is 6 or 7...so right now, she just watches. Ive taught her the notes and I let her randomly bang on the keys while im practicing so she can feel like shes part of something (lol). I think she is going to be really into it when she starts.

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#1816217 - 12/31/11 11:14 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/31/11
Posts: 10
Loc: Brazil
Hello, my name is Fernando. I live in Brazil, in a city called Vitória (which is actually an island). It is in the middle of the country, and usually very hot throughout the year. I'm originally from the south of Brazil, though. I'm 25 years old and work as an engineer in a big company here.

I started playing when I was 11. My first instrument was the keyboard. I switched to piano a few years after, and also started playing the violin. I've been playing the piano on and off, due to many reasons.

Now I'm back after having not played it for about 2 years. I bought a Yamaha P-95 and intend to start having classes again in January. In the mean time, I'm practicing the pieces listed below.

Nice to meet you all, and happy new year!


Edited by Fernando Almeida (12/31/11 11:17 PM)
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Beethoven - Sonata No. 8, op. 13, "Pathétique"
Chopin - Waltz No. 1, op. 18

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#1820006 - 01/06/12 11:45 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Lab Lady Offline
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Registered: 07/07/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Alabama
I have been reading this forum for a couple of years but never posted. I am a 67 year old grandmother and resumed piano lessons about 8 years ago.(I took lessons as a child) I have evolved to an advanced level but have SO much difficulty playing in front of people. I can play for my husband if he is in another room. I live in Montgomery, Alabama and have an excellent young enthusiastic teacher. I am her only adult student. I would love to get involved in a group of adult piano students or just a group of adults interested in music/piano. So far I have not come up with anything. I am a retired critical care nurse. We have 2 Labradors that travel with us everywhere. I have volunteered at a wildlife center and also at a Raptor Center. We are originally from Colorado but would rather not have to shovel our precipitation smile

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#1820060 - 01/07/12 01:51 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
CorinneA, welcome. I highly recommend posting to our quarterly recital. You don't have people actually watching you but you get to here everyone's mostly super kind feedbacks. The process of recording and listening to my own performance helped me a lot, strangely, to overcome my fear of performance. Now i came to enjoy playing in front of my dog and husband:) Do you play to your dogs too? I have a very musically gifted Golden Retriever girl. well, "gifted" may be an over statement. She just likes to listen to music and bang on the piano with her paws or nose whenever she has a chance.
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