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#1820420 - 01/07/12 04:56 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: wuxia]
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Registered: 04/13/07
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Loc: The Netherlands, Grootegast-Gr...
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.


Hi Wuxia,

Your story sad but very hopeful. You are not the only one who discovered music as mental help. Music can give us so much. And yes, I agree, this forum is very ok!! There are many here who love pianomusic and know what that does to us. Also many people here who really care about other members.
Welcome here and enjoy the forum and your pianomusic!

Best regards,
Johan B
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Currently working on:Sonaten of Haydn/Mozart, Suites Bach/Hndel, Sonate pathetique Beethoven
'Nil volentibus arduum'
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#1820650 - 01/08/12 02:58 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 01/07/12
Posts: 31
Loc: Sydney, Australia
Hi, I'm Enjru and I've just joined here. I'm in my 40's and I've decided to recommence practising the piano seriously again. I hope to learn and re-learn lots here. Thanks!

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#1820723 - 01/08/12 08:00 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Enjru]
Johan B Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Enjru
Hi, I'm Enjru and I've just joined here. I'm in my 40's and I've decided to recommence practising the piano seriously again. I hope to learn and re-learn lots here. Thanks!


Well..this is most beautiful forum for those who are devoted to pianoplaying....

Welcome at PW.

Cheers,
JohanB
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Currently working on:Sonaten of Haydn/Mozart, Suites Bach/Hndel, Sonate pathetique Beethoven
'Nil volentibus arduum'
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#1820897 - 01/08/12 01:24 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 01/07/12
Posts: 11
Hello,

I'm new here. I've been lurking for a few days reading up on various things and have decided to join as it appears a great and friendly place to be for piano enthusiasts. I live in England, am in my early 30's, and have been teaching myself for about 18 months or so now, but not solidly due to work and commuting leaves me little free time apart from weekends. I did play a tune or two (chopsticks?) when I was about 10, but have never had any lessons of any kind, though that should probably change.

Currenly I live at home with parents and have an upright acoustic to practise on, but am looking at buying a Kawai digital (found this forum looking for reviews and comparisons etc), as am aiming to move out and rent or share a flat nearer work a little later this year. This will be good as I'd have an extra three hours or so a day smile. Have been learning to sheet read from zero, so I normally chug through it, and over time, a tune goes from being all sheet read, (allbeit slowly) to just from memory.

I probably sound attrocious playing, so am hoping to check myself with said digital piano and recording abilities when I can, and aside from being guilty of near constantly having the sustain pedal depressed, my other problem (not uncommon from what I read), is finding too much I want to learn. For the first few months I only practised two pieces, but now I have about a dozen I'm learning all at once, which is probably way too many. In particular I like stuff by Yanni, Vangelis and Nobuo Uematsu, though I regularly find people I really like on youtube and sometimes buy their sheet music if available. Most things I like are too advanced for me by a long way but I like to look at them and have a go. I've always generally pushed myself hard that way. Youtube has been a fantastic device for inspiration and finding out what's out there.

Sorry if I've written too much!

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#1821033 - 01/08/12 05:02 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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fractalCarrot - welcome. What an interesting name! You will meet likeminded people in this forum. You must be excited about getting your own flat. You can practice as much as you want AND you can still play your acoustics during the weekend in your parents home if you would like to. Once you start recording, you may want to try uploading the piece to our quarterly recital which I believe is the best part of the forum. Please keep us posted about your piano hunting. Good luck.
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#1821100 - 01/08/12 06:53 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Hello, I'm Pete, and I'm a recovering pianoholic.

I took standard lessons from age 10 to 15 from a standard harsh, strict (spinster!) teacher. I stuck with it because I loved music, and for some reason it seemed that playing piano helped my trombone playing abilities (go figure). Then in high school I took two years of jazz lessons from a great teacher and all around nice guy (I should have stuck with him longer!), and I then futzed with guitar a little bit but fell off the piano grid for a long time.

Recently my daughter started singing, and so I've started playing again, mainly to accompany her, and then things started snow-balling. I started playing guitar with a bunch of guys, but we eventually wound up having 6 guys all sitting around playing guitar -- that's about 4 guitars too many, and so I took the plunge and bought a portable digital piano (Casio Privia PX3) and an amp and started playing keyboards with them. Now they've electrified some, the group has whittled down some so we have 2-3 guitarists, a bass player and a drummer, and one guy who has an amazing singing voice (I'm strictly backup vocals).

I comp by mainly banging chords with a few fillers, and I pride myself in having a decent ear, being able to play the chords of most songs after hearing them once or twice, but I'm very short on technique and on more complex playing such as blues, jazz, and improvisation, and that's one reason why I'm here -- to see what other's have done to get over a skill hump and reach the next level. Perhaps you can teach an old dog (I'm 53) new tricks, because with practice I'm finding that I'm doing better all the time. I've recently started playing with Band In A Box to act as my surrogate band when I'n not playing with the other guys, and this way I can slow things down when I want, and then gradually speed things up again.

I'm glad I've found this place and look forward to learning much more from all the great folks who contribute!


Edited by petes1 (01/08/12 06:55 PM)
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#1821279 - 01/09/12 01:27 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 09/14/10
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Petes1 there are numerous old dogs here as well as not so old dogs and young dogs who are all so affected by piano. My hearty welcome.
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Solo - Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Schumann Op 12 Warum, Grillen and a few short pieces by various composers
Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell and some duets


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#1821389 - 01/09/12 08:44 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Posts: 100
Greetings to all,

My name is Dai Phan and I would like to introduce myself to all of you. I am currently a dentist (maxillofacial prosthodontist) working in Columbia, SC and piano is the love of my life. I started taking lessions in August 1985 but lasted only for a year (group lessons) because of the demanding curriculum in engineering school at the time. However during this short period, I was able to identify the notes on the music sheet and started to play easy intrumental pieces as well as composing my own music. Of course the music is very simple with the limited skill that I gained during that short learning period. After my engineering degree, I enrolled in dental school and from 1991 to 2000, I did not take any piano lessons at all because of the hectic study schedule and demanding residency hours but I still try to compose as much as I can. In 1997 and 1998, my two home made CDs were sold at the local Barnes and Noble bookstores and they sold very well as I was told. Now fast forward 12 years later, I am returning to piano lessons again because I want to read music better and be able to compose music with more "complexity". In fact I will have my first piano lesson today after so many years of absence and I am so very excited. Well that's the short story of my "piano" life. DP

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#1821619 - 01/09/12 03:58 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 01/07/12
Posts: 11
Thanks for the welcome FarmGirl, yes I'm very much looking forward to it smile I'm expecting a call this week from a piano dealer 'to discuss pricing'. Thanks for mentioning about the recitals although I can't imagine submitting anything at this stage, I'll see where I am when it happens. I have come across the piano bar thread which looks interesting.
Hello to the other new users too : )

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#1821925 - 01/10/12 01:07 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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dr. dai phan - welcome to the forum and what an impressive story you have. I am so glad that you could come back to piano. I look forward to hearing your composition and performance.
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#1834791 - 01/30/12 07:07 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Posts: 2
Hello from Norway!

2,5 weeks ago I found myself sitting in the car outside my daughter's kindergarten, wondering what on earth people do when they don't have to study like crazy for finals - I had just passed my final exam in medical school the day before. So I did the only sensible thing, I drove to a piano shop to buy myself a big reward for all the hard work the last years: A digital piano, which is something I have wanted for years. I have missed having a piano ever since moving away from my parents. I wanted a digital for the convenience of playing whenever I want, without having to think about my neighbours. So I spent the day in the piano shop and after playing some different pianos from Yamaha, Kawai and Casio (I think), I ended up buying a Roland HP 305. And I love it! I absolutely love it!

I took piano lessons as a child, but quit when I was 11, I think. I have played every now and then since, but not very seriously. I have been singing in a quite good choir for several years, but since I had my daughter I don't have the spare time for choir singing, and I really miss music. Playing the piano is perfect for me the way my life is now; I can do it on my own, I don't have to work hard to fit it into my calendar, and no concerts.

When it comes to style, I have grown up in a family of baroque enthusiasts, but myself I prefer jazz. Almost all my favorite CDs are jazz piano, and I would love to be able to play jazz. I have also taken some jazz singing lessons. I also like classical music very much, but then preferably early 20. century, like Satie, Debussy, Rachmaninov, rather than baroque. Baroque is OK, but I think I've had enough of it growing up. I absolutely love it when jazz pianists play classical pieces, my all-time favorite musician is Jacques Loussier. I absolutely love his Play Bach records, not to mention the Vivaldi Four seasons record, and really all the rest of his records as well.

I come from a musical family; My father is quite gifted and played the piano a lot when I grew up, I played the piano as well, and both my sisters played the recorder. My little sister is the one who has taken music into a professional level; she has a master's degree in both recorder and harpsichord and works part time as a church organist, part time playing concerts. She has lend me a sheet-music book called "Das ehrste Jahr am Klavier" (The first year playing the piano) by Jérôme-Joseph de Momigny (he was a composer and music theorist who lived around year 1800). The pieces are really nice, sweet and melodious and good fun to play, and even the first, easiest ones sound like real music. I have started playing on page one, and am now at piece 17 after just a couple of days, so the progression is fast in the beginning, I think. I don't think it will take me a year to master all the pieces in the book. Maybe until Easter? Of course it helps a lot having played before, even though it has been a few years. I also have some sheet music (children's pieces) by Bartok and Ravel, and a collection of 20. century classical piano music, and I have ordered the sheet music of Jan Johansson's Jazz på svenska (Jazz in Swedish). So I think this is what I will begin with. Later, I want to dive into different composers that I have loved singing, like Poulenc, if he has anything for piano that I am able to play. Also, I look forward to playing different Norwegian composers like Grieg and Sæverud. But I would be very greatful to get any other advice or suggestions for fun pieces to play, especially jazz!

So, introduction summed up: 28 years old, just graduated from medical school, will start my internship next week. Live with a view of the sea (or the fjord, to be specific) in beautiful Oslo, Norway, with my little family (myself, my dear husband and our 3-year old girl), and am very much looking forward to having a piano in my life again!

...And since English is not my native language, please excuse any bad grammar/bad choice of words...

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#1834795 - 01/30/12 07:28 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Peppermyntete]
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Posts: 1803
Loc: Decatur, Texas
Peppermyntete, I enjoyed reading your introduction. I wish you many happy years of enjoyment with your new piano.

And Welcome to pianoworld.
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#1834884 - 01/30/12 10:59 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Peppermyntete]
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Registered: 12/12/10
Posts: 2465
Loc: Minneapolis, MN

Welcome Peppermyntete! I enjoyed reading your introduction. Congratulations on your return to the piano. I had no problem with your English. It's superb!
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#1834909 - 01/30/12 11:33 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 01/14/12
Posts: 2
Loc: New York Metro
I'm a passionate avocational choral (accompanied & a capella) singer. My enthusiasm for practicing piano, along with my progress, flagged after my parents ditched the local music school in favor of lessons in private homes. I've always loved the idea of being able to play well enough to accompany a sing-a-long with my friends, The Readers Digest Merry Christmas Songbook often being the focus of my daydreams. I realized that starting on page one and learning each song until I got to the end was, for me, too ambitious as a short-term, achievable goal. So, I'm inviting all of my erstwhile piano-playing friends, along with my friends who already play the piano well, to join me in committing to one or more songs to play at an event I'm planning in December. My personal goal is 5 songs. I am about 75% through "Lo, How a Rose" after about two weeks' (!) steady practice. To give you an idea of my current level this is a one-page arrangement with some chord progressions in both hands along with the melody...a bit harder than a typical hymn arrangement, so I have my work cut out for me. Besides the songs, I'm working on scales from Alfred's Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences and sight reading from a book called Sight Reading Secrets. Here's the "Save the Date" card I e-sent to my guest list for my party: http://the_singalong_playalong_project.cocodot.com/

If anyone lives in the vicinity of Westchester County, NY and wants to be included, private message me.

Nice to meet you here.
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#1842675 - 02/11/12 02:43 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
LadyChen Offline
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Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 521
Loc: Canada
Hi all,

I'm relatively new to PW but have been hanging out in pianist's corner for the most part. I have observed, however, that ABF seems more.. approachable .. and less opinionated smile.

I took classical piano lessons from age 7-15ish and studied using the RCM program in Canada. I got my grade 10 and then quit my lessons to focus on jazz piano, much to my teacher's horror.

I didn't study music in university but played with the school jazz band and sang in community choirs. Since graduating, I've had a successful career in web but went through a bit of a .. third? -life crisis a couple years ago. After much reflection and help from a counsellor, we decided that I was really missing my music.

I actually went crawling back to my old piano teacher who I hadn't seen in 15 years .. she was happy to take me back with minimal "i told you so's" and now applauds my jazz skills rather than thinking i went over to the dark side smile.

We have been working on my associate's in piano pedagogy with the RCM. I finished the elementary and intermediate pedagogy sections and am now working on the advanced. It has been a struggle for me to build up my technique to that level again -- especially the left hand, because it hasn't done much more than jazz 'comping over the past 10 years lol. And wow, it sure is harder developing technique as an adult! This stuff comes so easily to kids!

Other music pursuits include teaching piano to 5 little students .. I'd love to cut back on my hours in the office and grow my studio in the future, but the time isn't right just yet. I sing with a community choir on and off, and did a stint as a volunteer music director in a church (loved it, but was too much work on top of everything else i was doing). I also started voice lessons 'for fun', but that didn't last long -- i ended up doing grade 8, 9 and 10 voice exams with RCM in under two years -- my teacher figured I knew the rep, and had all the theory pre-requisites from piano, so why not. Why not indeed! So now we are kind of working on an associate's in vocal performance but I don't really want to think about it until I'm done the piano stuff! But really, the voice rep seems like fun, and the piano rep seems like work (but still fun).

I've enjoyed listening to all of your recordings and hearing about your struggles as adults learning (or relearning) piano, and look forward to participating in these discussions!

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#1842707 - 02/11/12 03:24 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: LadyChen]
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Registered: 12/12/10
Posts: 2465
Loc: Minneapolis, MN

Welcome to ABF LadyChen! You will find a great bunch of folks here to talk to. What an interesting music background you have. Thanks for sharing it!
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#1842720 - 02/11/12 03:41 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Michael Steen Offline
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Registered: 03/26/07
Posts: 366
Loc: Sciota, Pennsylvania
OK, I've already posted on this thread (I think), but there are a few updates.
I participated in MOYD last year up until about June, but then we got a vacation home and spent a lot of time fixing it up. Then Hurricane Irene blew down two huge trees in my yard, and I spent about two months (REALLY) clearing them out with my chain saw, and the piano just went down the tubes.
Now it's winter again, and I'm back to the piano--aiming for at least 1/2 hour a day on average (including the time away from the piano at the vacation home). I'm starting back over with Alfred's #1, but since I put in so much time on it last year, I'll probably be through it in another month and will be able to move on to #2.
If 1/2 hour a day doesn't sound like a lot, I've also committed to reading the ENTIRE "Story of Civilization" by Will and Ariel Durant between January and December. That's nearly 9,000 pages of history!! I got through much of it years and years ago, but my 60th birthday lit a candle under my seat, and it's now or never.
BTW, I started the first volume on January 20, and I finished it today. That puts me 10 days ahead of schedule already.
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#1845337 - 02/15/12 02:22 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 02/14/12
Posts: 19
Loc: Texas
Hello folks, and thanks for allowing me to post here.

I’ve been reading here for about 2 months, and the atmosphere is truly grand.

First off: Thank you grandma and Mrs. Huish.

About me, and most importantly how I arrived back at the piano:

I’ll be 55 next month, and I need to start slowing down a bit. The mind is willing, but the body just isn’t as capable these days.

My screen name “Can’t Sit Still” was suggested by a friend. I guess that describes me well. I also asked her for 2 words that described me, and she said, “Maniacally eclectic.” I’m undecided as to whether that was a compliment or an insult. ha

I currently work as a commercial electrician, although I took the last 2 years off. I’m kinda half-heartedly looking for some work now.

During my time in the military, cycling proved an outstanding way to maintain fitness, along with weight training, running, etc. I spent a lot of time overseas, and had a blast cycling. If I was in the States, I played a bit of hockey. When I retired from the mil and got back to the States in 1998, I started playing baseball again in the Men’s Senior Baseball League.

In 2005 a cycling friend was killed here in town, and shortly thereafter these guys in an auto garage thought it would be fun to throw nuts and bolts at me. It escalated, LEOs were called, and they got their hands slapped. But combine that with all the other close calls, and I decided it was time to hang up my road bike, and stick with my MTB. I sold my road bikes, but kept my custom Merckx, Simoncini, and my Giant MTB. I was hit by a car in 1996 while in Germany, and I really don’t care to go through that again.

In 2008, my throwing arm gave up the ghost. I catch, so if I can’t throw, I’m useless. The ortho doc said if I kept playing I’d need complete reconstructive surgery soon. He said I’d probably need it eventually anyway, but I figured it was time to quit. In HS I had high hopes for a pro career. My sophomore year the Detroit Tigers invited me to their scouting camp, and my junior year the Tigers invited me back along with the KC Royals. That year the Royals offered me a minor league contract. I wasn’t 18, and needed my dad’s signature. He wouldn’t sign until I graduated HS. About 6 months later I crashed my motorcycle and broke my arm. I didn’t throw a baseball from 1975 until 1998, when my cousin met after 20 years, and threw. My arm didn’t hurt, so I started playing again.

2 years ago I broke my ankle playing hockey, then a year later broke my arm. Ortho doc told me I needed to quit fighting with guys half my age. I think he’s right. I just need to quit playing 2 or 3 times a week, and cut back to once. Also need to be a bit less aggressive.

And last but not least, my knee is starting to bug me.

So as you can see, I need to find a more sedentary hobby.

On to music.

Thank you grandma and Mrs. Huish. My grandma was a classically trained pianist, and introduced me to music. My favorite song for her to play was Falling Waters. Mrs. Huish was my piano teacher.

At 8 years old my parents enrolled me in piano lessons, and I kept at it until I was 14. Problem was – as now – if something bores me, I walk away. Cue my screen name. If I found a song I liked, I played it over and over. So there were some arguments with my parents. I did play a few recitals, and the first piece I played (memorization) was The Battle Hymn of The Republic. Guess I played maybe 8 measures, and froze; I completely forgot where I was in the piece, and forgot the piece. I put my hands in my lap, got my act together, and started over.

Years later in a fit of frustration, my parents stopped my piano lessons. They were so frustrated with me, they gave the piano to our church. It’s not what I wanted; I wanted to play the pieces I wanted. But it started a fire. The last piece I worked on was The Sabre Dance.

So I was without a piano. Must’ve been fate, because the neighbor down the road gave me an old hollow body guitar and amp; unfortunately I don’t remember the brand. I taught myself enough in 2 years that I auditioned and won the sole guitar position in the HS Pit Orchestra for Mame. Now that was a blast.

In the early 80s, I picked up a keyboard, and discovered I had the ability to figure out songs. That led me to playing in many bands over the years. The mil kept sending me overseas, so we became The Disappearing Band. We’d play open mic nights here and there, or maybe a weekend at one of the clubs on base, or sometimes just impromptu block parties. There was no real money to be made; we did it just for fun. I played mostly keyboard, but got fairly accomplished with a Coricidin.

Got married in 1993, so gave up the band playing. Sold everything except the M1, a DX7, and my Les Paul. In 1997 those were stolen by the wife’s daughter and boyfriend. That marriage ended in 2000. I really haven’t played an instrument since 1997.

Guess it was in the mid 80s I signed on with a piano teacher. I was upfront with him, and told him I just wanted to ask him questions, and have him supply the answers. He agreed. After the 3rd lesson or so, he basically told me we needed to change the plan, and I needed to start real lessons, or he couldn’t assist me. It made sense and I agreed. Within a month or so of that I went back overseas until 1998.

My life has always been full, but the piano has always been in the back of my mind. Now is the time.

I bought a Yamaha P95 2 months ago. It’s OK, but I really didn’t have the background to run out and guy something better. There are just so choices. It will suffice just fine for now.

I understand how synths work, I can tweek sounds, layer, split, record, etc. But I wish I could find a quality digital piano that just had one sound; I don’t need all the extras.

And coincidently enough, when I went overseas in the mid 80s, I left a keyboard at my sister’s house. I honestly forgot about it, and 2 weeks ago she found it in the basement. Here shortly, my Roland SH101 will arrive. My sister said it’s in pristine shape.

I’ve always wanted to learn to read music well. In the past, I’d either learn the song by ear, or get a cheat sheet, struggle through the piece, then memorize it. My plan now is to find a music teacher, and start from the beginning…or wherever the teacher wants me to start.

I've finished almost the entire first page of Moonlight Sonata, and have Carol Of the Bells in the background. What I'm finding, like everything else I do, is that I go at it at 100 miles an hour. I think I'm over my head with those pieces, and I tend to get frustrated at my lack of progress. I want it now, and it's not happening.

I realize I need a good foundation, and figure lessons will provde that.

So that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Thanks so much for having me.

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#1860178 - 03/11/12 10:32 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
PianoFlyer Offline
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Registered: 02/26/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Park City, Utah
Greetings,

I am a four-time beginner, and I have recently gotten the piano bug yet again.

The first time was as a child (7 or 8 years old, I guess.) My Grandmother paid for lessons and I don't recall how long I took them, but it was at most only a few months. I practiced at her house on a J&C Fischer Upright (1929) which I have inherited and am planning to get restored.

I took up alto sax in fifth grade and was actually pretty good at it. But when I got to high school, I became more interested in other things and quit band.

When I was in my early twenties, I got the bug to play piano, so I bought a Yamaha PSR-32 electronic keyboard and a Billy Joel song book with high aspirations. I learned the intro to Piano Man and played it for my family. When they discovered I didn't know any more of the song, I was named "Intro Man." (I also learned the intro to ELO's "Evil Woman", the beginning of "Linus and Lucy" and a few more--but I never did learn a whole song)

Ten years later, I got the bug yet again, only this time, I had a career and some money, too, so I bought a Technics Digital Piano with 88 weighted keys. I took lessons this time for over a year, did a National Guild Audition and performed a recital. Then life happened once a gain and my playing became less frequent. But I did learn some complete songs this time around.

Fast forward to today. I am married and have a daughter who began taking lessons last month. She has inspired me to take it up again, but this time I'm serious! I just bought a used upright piano from Craigslist and couldn't be happier.

I have some spare time now and am devoting much of it to playing and improving. I would like to think that I am almost to the point where I left off over a decade ago. I have already gotten much inspiration from all of the supportive folks here on PW..I think with the advent of youtube and these types of forums my chances of sticking with it this time are much better.
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2008 Perzina GP-129
1998 Technics SX-PX222
1929 J&C Fischer (restoration project, family heirloom)

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#1860443 - 03/12/12 12:37 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 11
Loc: UT
I'm new to PW, and I like what I see!

I'm 42 years old and a SAHM of 5 kids, ages 8-19. I was widowed in 2008, but have since remarried. The youngest 3 of my kids were adopted from other countries.

When I was 8 or 9, my aunt paid for a year of piano lessons for me as a gift. We had a piano in our home, and my mom was very good, but being a divorced mom of 4 kids she couldn't afford lessons for me. I liked the lessons well enough, but when the year was up, I was on my own. From then on, I practiced a lot from my mom's repertoire of sheet music. I learned part of a Chopin piece...my mom was always playing Chopin, among other composers, but I learned to love him the most.

When I went off to a private university after graduating high school, I was asked to accompany our Sunday school group every week. I bought a hymn book and practiced like mad in my spare time, and I know my practicing drove my roommates crazy! Oh, also, in high school I played the flute, but I loved piano most. I bought my first digital piano about 12 years ago. I don't remember the brand, but it wasn't nearly as fun to play as my mom's old upright. I went back to church and soon was called to accompany the children's group. I bought the big book of approved songs and once again practiced my butt off.

After my husband died, I decided to sell my piano. I just wasn't that attached to it, and there was a very musical friend of my daughter's who was dying to buy it. I sold it to him for $200 bucks, knowing he would get more use out of it than me.

I picked it up again when I remarried, as my hubby had a piano in his living room. We separated, and it wasn't long before I wanted a piano of my own. Not just any, but a grand piano! So, recently I bought a Young Chang Pramberger, and I couldn't be happier. On Amazon, I bought a bunch of piano books and sheet music, ranging from adult beginner to late intermediate. I want a good solid foundation which I feel I missed only having one year of lessons.

Anyhoo, this seems to be a great gathering place for piano enthusiasts. I have really enjoyed reading the posts!
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~Belle~

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#1868215 - 03/25/12 12:28 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/25/10
Posts: 182
Hello everyone!

I am not entirely new to Pianoworld. Last year, I’ve posted a few queries at the ‘Piano Forum’ while in the process of deciding and purchasing my first acoustic piano. I’ve also been reading the various posts here at the ‘Adult Beginner’s Forum’, learning from many of the suggestions, listening to several of the recitals, identifying with people’s experiences (frustrations, joys, motivations, etc.), and finding inspiration. My experiences in these forums have certainly been very positive and I thought that is high time to introduce myself.

I learned to play the piano like many children did in their early years, but stopped lessons when I was about thirteen years old. I suffered the fate of many who have probably grown up in far flung areas where the prospects of improving one’s piano skills or even simply appreciating or being exposed to classical music were minimal. Since then I’ve also lived in places where I had no easy access to a piano and college, graduate school, and career as a professor eventually took over. Thirty-five years after, however, I reignited my interests. I bought a Yamaha Clavinova in August of 2008 and have been learning a few piano pieces here and there on my own. When I realized that I have been taking this journey much more seriously for two and a half years, I traded in the Clavinova and bought myself an acoustic grand piano (a Kawai RX-2 Blak). I wish though that I could have the time to take formal lessons but my workload keeps me from doing so these days. The progress can be slow at times and there can be many interruptions, but I've found joy in learning to play the piano once again. It is, in fact, now a passion. My goals these days are to continue learning new pieces as well as to start studying music theory using several books and an instructional software package I bought a couple of months ago. I’ve never had music theory! I hope to also continue learning and gaining inspiration from people’s thoughts and experiences in this forum.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my intro!

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#1868220 - 03/25/12 12:33 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Congratulations on your grand, lyricmudra - what a wonderful gift to yourself. It's such a treasure to have music in one's life.

Welcome to the ABF -

Cathy
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#1868223 - 03/25/12 12:39 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: jotur]
lyricmudra Offline
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Registered: 12/25/10
Posts: 182
Thank you, Cathy! It was, indeed, a gift to myself when I reached that big Five-O! :-)

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#1868232 - 03/25/12 12:55 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 2036
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
lyricmudra - welcome to the forum. I visited your channel and listened to your Scarlatti. You play very musically and incredibly well. i cannot believe you have been self studying. Good for you.
I have very similar piano back ground like yours. I also quit when I was 13 after 7 years and came back to piano after i became an adult. Once when I was in college for a couple of years until life took over. I re-restarted 3 years ago. This time it's for life. I also got myself a grand piano a couple of years ago:) Mine is an old baldwin R. Good luck to both of us
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Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell and some duets


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#1868297 - 03/25/12 03:09 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: FarmGirl]
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Registered: 12/25/10
Posts: 182
Thank you for your kind words concerning my Scarlatti, FarmGirl. Yes, we do have the same history -- about seven years of learning as a child. And like you, piano playing will now be for life! I am really hoping I can take lessons with a teacher in the near future. I am just a tad hesitant thinking that maybe the fun of it might go away when now I have to meet someone else's expectations. I should really reframe my thinking of that. :-) Best of luck in your own journey!

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#1868319 - 03/25/12 03:55 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Johan B]
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Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 1100
Loc: Southern California
Hello everyone. This is my first post on the forum. I have been reading this section for about a month now.

I am an adult beginner. I recently bought a Yamaha NP11 keyboard (61 keys entry level digital). While I am new to piano and keyboard, I have been playing whistle (recorder-like instrument) and Irish flute for many years. Going from chromatic melody only instruments to a keyboard is a big step. I am self-taught on flute and will do the same for the keyboard.

I struggle with sheet music, so that will not be my main avenue of learning. I have a good ear for music. Watching, listening, and trying things are better ways for me to learn. I have downloaded some YouTube piano tutorials that show hand positions and posture, basics such as scales, chords.

My goals include original compositions and to cover some popular contemporary tunes. On the whistle, when I have done covers of popular tunes, I often simplify the arrangement. I expect I do similar on the keyboard.

That's it for now. I can already say that the forum has been helpful in my choice of instrument, and what I have been looking at in terms of getting started.

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#1868321 - 03/25/12 04:02 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5659
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Hi, Sand Tiger - yea whistles! I play with a band that does some Irish stuff and we have a very good whistler. She also sounds terrific on some Balkan tunes,

Hope you enjoy your piano as much.

Cathy
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#1873657 - 04/04/12 02:04 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
JoeSho Offline
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Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 10
Hello everyone. Another new member here.

A little background: I must have been about 4 or 5 when I started music lessons. I began with the recorder to learn notes and sounds and then moved on to the piano. I don't think I played the piano for very long though, probably about a year. I just remember playing scales and chords and doing a few recitals. Like most children, I never practiced and after awhile I just lost patience and became bored when playing some notes, not actual music.

From time to time I would sit down and play chopsticks or the pink panther intro, just stupid stuff, but I always dreamed of being able to sit down and play Moonlight Sonata. But as a youngster, I figured I could just do it when I got older. It wasn't like the piano was going anywhere. Then when we moved out of our old house, my parents didn't like the prospect of lugging a piano around so they got rid of it and my desire to play fell to the wayside. I dabbled with the idea of buying a keyboard in my late teens and early twenties and fulfilling my dream, but I was not impressed with any keyboards in my price range (Casio at department store) and taking time to study piano was low on the priority list of a young man leaving the nest and heading off to college. After awhile, the dream just stopped.

Now - I am 30, single, with a good job and a LOT of extra time on my hands. I got the piano bug again late last year after listen to, well, Moonlight Sonata, and I was resolved to buy a piano. Well, I live in a land locked town in Alaska. There isn't much in the way of selection here. So I kept browsing craigslist for ANYTHING. Lots of old uprights for 500 bucks....hasn't been tuned in 10 years....sigh....more $100 casios....sigh....Then, mid last Month, March 16 to exact, and Roland EP-9 appeared. And everything changed.


After 3 weeks of practice I have memorized and can play steady the first 16 measures of Moonlight Sonata(THANKS YOU TUBE!!) Just yesterday I started to work on Satie's 1 Gymnopedie and Chopin's Waltz in A minor.

I bought Faber's Adult Complete Book 1 but I find the elementary material boring but I know I need to stick with it for the theory. On this forum I did stumble across the Leschetizky Method which I think is excellent. The finger exercises are really helping my dexterity and ring finger and pinky independence.

I practice for about 20-30 min in the morning, 20-30 on my lunch break, and for about 2-3 hours after work every day. I find playing Moonlight Sonata has really helped develop my stretch, I can now do a 10th when just holding an octave caused my figures to cramp 20 days ago. I use Leschetizky for practice drills and I hope that by picking up Gymnopedie and Chopin I will develop more left hand memory (First 4 measures of Gymopedie with eyes closed takes awhile).

My piano is a Roland EP-9. Its in great condition but I know it is a relic of past digital pianos. I dont want to mess around with another entry level piano, so I am looking at a Kawai MP10 or a Roland FP-7F. I am a computer guy so the Kawai MP10 has my eye currently...just none available in stock or I would have bought yesterday! Any other suggestions?...budget $2,000-2500 and I want it to feel as close to an acoustic as possible.

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#1873810 - 04/04/12 06:49 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Recaredo Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/04/11
Posts: 1091
Loc: Southeast of Spain
Welcome to this forum, Joe!

I have a Kawai CN 33, which also has RH action. I’m very happy with it, although you may ask for advices in Digital Pianos forum; there you can find very helpful responses.
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#1873982 - 04/05/12 03:56 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/06/09
Posts: 1475
Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Welcome Joe!
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Self-taught since 12/2009
Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

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