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#1898033 - 05/16/12 01:58 PM Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher
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Want to know how to use your digital piano or portable keyboard? I've taught these things for 24 years, as well as performed with them extensively. Chances are I can help. Cost? ZERO. I just want to help.
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#1898041 - 05/16/12 02:12 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Hi I receiving my first DP next Monday Casio ap620 it would be great to get your advice on what I can focus on with the kids during before we get a teacher. We are not going start formal lessons until after the school break. I had some formal acoustic piano training when I was a kid.


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#1898046 - 05/16/12 02:21 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
Dan Starr Offline
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Here would be my best call:

1. You've got time so find a teacher that actually knows and loves digital instruments. They have a ton of things going for them, such a built in metronome, ability to record practices and then play back to see how you did, etc. If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites." Although that's the first "set of controls" there is a second set and that's the other things any digital can do. Your best instructor will know and be able and willing to teach BOTH sets of controls. Naturally, they will begin with piano but not stop there - there are many other things a digital can do IF you know how to make it speak!

2. Meanwhile, let your kids (and you, of course!) "mess around" with the instrument. Especially useful are the different "sounds" ("tones" in "Casio-speak") which represent all the different instruments. Most music theory books talk about the four "elements" of music: rhythm, melody, harmony, and tone color. This last is where the digital shines. The world's best piano still only sounds like a piano, a single tone color. Not so with a digital. Learn one instrument and know how all the others sound.
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#1898081 - 05/16/12 03:48 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Here would be my best call:

1. You've got time so find a teacher that actually knows and loves digital instruments. They have a ton of things going for them, such a built in metronome, ability to record practices and then play back to see how you did, etc. If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites." Although that's the first "set of controls" there is a second set and that's the other things any digital can do. Your best instructor will know and be able and willing to teach BOTH sets of controls. Naturally, they will begin with piano but not stop there - there are many other things a digital can do IF you know how to make it speak!



What?!

Did you really just advise someone to not take a teacher that only has experience with acoustics?

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#1898085 - 05/16/12 03:55 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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What I said was taken out of context. Read it again for the full picture. And then chill out. It's only music.
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#1898096 - 05/16/12 04:16 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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I read you loud and clear. A lot of piano teachers don't have experience with digitals and really aren't interested in them. I think its absolutely foolish to tell someone not to pursue a teacher that wont be able to teach you how to unlock all the capabilities of your digital.

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#1898123 - 05/16/12 04:47 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
Dan Starr Offline
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You keep harping on something you think I said but did NOT. Let me make it clear for you. The person asking me for help has an entire summer to search for the BEST teacher for his kids. I simply told him that finding a teacher who can teach both the keyboard aspects (the "blacks and whites") and the digital stuff would be BEST. That way, when it comes time to learn the rest of the instrument, there won't be a need to change instructors. That is a huge distance from me telling him to NOT take any teacher that can't do teach both. I didn't do that.

Hope he reads better than you do.
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#1898153 - 05/16/12 05:21 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Thanks for the response, are the following functions useful and how should they be used with the kids, some are in our existing yamaha keyboard and might or might not be in the casio.

Yamaha Educations Suite
Performance assistance
Duet
Rhythms/Auto-Accompaniment

any others???

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#1898172 - 05/16/12 05:47 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
R Jay Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr

If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites."


I don't think BrokenChord has any problems reading your post. You don't say "it would be best to find..."
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#1898181 - 05/16/12 06:07 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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maclum,

You are quite welcome, which is more than I can say for the horrified few who seem to haunt this thread.

I went back and re-read your initial post and did not find any mention of a "current Yamaha keyboard" so not sure what you have in that regard.

As for the various features, here's my take (at the risk of pissing off somebody else who is just looking for trouble!) Obviously, there's much more that could be said here about each feature but I'll simply write a short paragraph about each. You are welcome to contact me privately for more info.

Yamaha Educations Suite

...I've yet to see any keyboard manufacturer that cares about anything other than selling as many keyboards as possible. Thus, I never take anything educational they say for real. Did you know that Yamaha USED to "default" to whichever sound they were just using? However, the marketing boys found that defaulting to a piano sound sold more instruments.

Performance assistance

...In the interest of sales, Yamaha, Casio, and everyone else I know of, put as much stuff on their instruments in the hopes of appealing to more buyers. This created other troubles, such as people not knowing what all that crap did. "Performance Assistant" is an attempt to handle this new problem. As such, it kinda fails. Better if everyone making music knows something about how music is made. That was the source, by the way, of my first "get some teacher who knows all about it" recommendation.

Duet

This is a means of sounding more than one tone at once. It's damn useful for creating great sounds, such as piano + strings. And if you have 10 sounds on the keyboard, then the TOTAL number of sounds ("voices" in Yamaha-speak) is 10 factorial. That's a lot. And there is something to know about how to combine them. Of course, you can use "Trial and Error."

Rhythms/Auto-Accompaniment

Now I think this is critical. If you want to know chords and are used to hearing songs with a full accompaniment, then this part of the keyboard is vital. Of course, those that only play classical piano won't need this. However, everyone should know it in addition - at least I think so. The topic is a bit complex and only someone who can teach it well should. Again, my recommendation for a teacher.

Now one thing you could tell me which would assist my efforts in explaining here is what instruments you have, are getting, etc.
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#1898215 - 05/16/12 07:06 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: R Jay]
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Originally Posted By: R Jay
Originally Posted By: Dan Starr

If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites."


I don't think BrokenChord has any problems reading your post. You don't say "it would be best to find..."



He has selective vision. Don't bother. The OP clearly has a problem comprehending the stupidity of his own statement...

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#1898257 - 05/16/12 08:39 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: BrokenChord]
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Originally Posted By: BrokenChord

Did you really just advise someone to not take a teacher that only has experience with acoustics?


I think that is reasonable advice. If you own a digital keyboard you should find a teacher who knows digital keyboards. The goal I assume is to learn to play the instrument you own not one you never will own.

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#1898263 - 05/16/12 08:47 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Thank you, Chris. I surely appreciate the understanding.
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#1898299 - 05/16/12 09:42 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: BrokenChord]
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Originally Posted By: BrokenChord
Originally Posted By: R Jay
Originally Posted By: Dan Starr

If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites."


I don't think BrokenChord has any problems reading your post. You don't say "it would be best to find..."



He has selective vision. Don't bother. The OP clearly has a problem comprehending the stupidity of his own statement...


Uh oh, do we have another argumentative long winded thread brewing here? Obviously the OP means well and is not intending to steer anyone in the wrong direction, BUT I will agree with BrokenChord on the grounds that the quote "If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites."" does come across as a little bit of a loaded statement.
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#1898345 - 05/16/12 10:59 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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To me it sounds like the OP is not only giving advice on finding a teacher who can teach you how to play the instrument, but also how to use the instrument. If that is the goal, it would sound logical to me to find someone a little more 'contemporary'. Possibly someone who plays or programs synths for pit orchestras and bands. There are definitely those out there who just program keyboards for a living.

The kind of teacher you look for (or even limit yourself to) should be dictated by your goals. Do you just want to play piano or do you want to get under the hood and program? You definitely want the correct teacher for the latter because believe me, they get a lot more complicated than the CP5 wink.


Edited by LesCharles73 (05/16/12 11:00 PM)
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#1898362 - 05/16/12 11:37 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: LesCharles73]
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Originally Posted By: LesCharles73


The kind of teacher you look for (or even limit yourself to) should be dictated by your goals.


It doesn't get any more true than this...after all, what do I pay a teacher for? To help ME do what I want to do!
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#1898363 - 05/16/12 11:38 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Dan, Thanks for offering to help with this. Not to start a flame war, but I did note that you had qualified your suggestion about choosing an instructor with "if possible."

I've only been taking lessons for about six weeks, and no, my teacher does not know anything about the workings of my Kawai CA63. But I am so pleased with her instruction that it's a non-issue right now and as time passes I hope to figure out some of the bells and whistles as I go along.

So, since you're offering to help, I have two requests. Perhaps you can offer some advice on the integration of third party software with a DP. (Just the basics, please).

And yes, I'd love some advice on a nice set of headphones. I'm perilously close to ordering a pair of Sennheiser 598s, but before I do that I was hoping for some guidance on the advantages of open vs closed headphones and how the 598s stack up against comparable headphones. Thanks again!

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#1898369 - 05/16/12 11:46 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: LesCharles73]
maclum Offline
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Originally Posted By: LesCharles73
To me it sounds like the OP is not only giving advice on finding a teacher who can teach you how to play the instrument, but also how to use the instrument. If that is the goal, it would sound logical to me to find someone a little more 'contemporary'. Possibly someone who plays or programs synths for pit orchestras and bands. There are definitely those out there who just program keyboards for a living.

The kind of teacher you look for (or even limit yourself to) should be dictated by your goals. Do you just want to play piano or do you want to get under the hood and program? You definitely want the correct teacher for the latter because believe me, they get a lot more complicated than the CP5 wink.


Thanks!!!!! that is the point that I was responding to, as a parent, this is not about which is better, DP vs AP, I want my kids to be able to fully utilize the functionality of the DP, and therefore need a teacher who is capable and motivated to do that.

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#1898549 - 05/17/12 09:57 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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First, thanks to all folks who understood what I was recommending. No, this is not a AP vs. DP "which is better" rant - just answered what I thought would help the maclum the most.

Now to answer JerseyDevil's questions, sorta. I say "sorta" cause without knowing more specifics about the "third party software" or how you wish to integrate it into your DP I can't comment. Of course, I do have SOME feedback - which is that I far prefer to not use 3P software if I can help it. For example, I would much rather record on the DP directly rather than on the computer. Fewer cables and a shorter learning curve. Another point is that this can get expensive if you allow it to.

Ditto on the headphones. It's a personal choice, as headphones are simply small speakers that fit around the ears. I've known "audiophiles" who will pay tons for a very small improvement (to them as too often others can't hear any difference.) That's their choice. I will add one advantage and one drawback I have noticed with my students regarding this idea of headphone usage.

1. Advantage-When the instrument is located where others are constantly using the space the headphones sometimes allow practice to occur.
2. Drawback - Those that use headphones constantly don't do well in lessons when a teacher, who is an authority figure in their minds, is listening.

I advise such folks that they have to get used to someone listening at least sometimes.

Also, your choice of which headphones to choose would be a balance between what you can afford and what you prefer. You likely already knew that. Still, I can't choose for you, since I'm NOT you!

Now one thing you did not mention but which came to mind as I read your post - you have a good teacher and that's great. You hope to figure out other items from the keyboard. You can do that two ways - either through experimentation or more quickly through reading the quick start section of your manual. Much of the manual is simply reference but there are usually two sections that apply broadly - the "Quick Start" sections and whatever your company is calling the basics, the "operating system" of that DP.

As always one can email me directly for more info. I should also say that all honest questions will be answered in 24 hours but insults will be deleted.


Edited by Dan Starr (05/17/12 09:58 AM)
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#1898556 - 05/17/12 10:07 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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I think Dan is creating a new piano teacher category.."digital piano teacher"
sort of if you have/play a digital piano I'm your man! smile

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#1898596 - 05/17/12 11:21 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Just a bit of reaction here. You can disregard if you wish.

I offer to help and get flamed by certain folk. "They" could simply have decided I was an idiot and therefore not worthy of consideration. They didn't do this.

They could have decided to ignore what I say. No.

They could have realized that any person is simply writing from their experience. Nope.

They could have asked, "What leads you to believe this?" and at the very least learned something, even if only that their experience was better, more realistic, etc. Naw.

What they choose to do, however, is write for all the other people who obviously read these posts. I can see the front page of this and know there are a lot of these folk who are sometimes called "lurkers." Allow me to apologize to any such that are still reading this. Since I don't take kindly to those who insult me (I sometimes call it "taking a dump on my living room floor") I insult back.

However, I also offer help - to those that want it. And the price is right, I must say.
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#1898632 - 05/17/12 12:30 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Star
Duet

This is a means of sounding more than one tone at once. It's damn useful for creating great sounds, such as piano + strings. And if you have 10 sounds on the keyboard, then the TOTAL number of sounds ("voices" in Yamaha-speak) is 10 factorial. That's a lot. And there is something to know about how to combine them. Of course, you can use "Trial and Error."


Don't want to wade into the argument but I found this completely wrong. You seem to be describing zones and layers. Yet Duet mode in the 2 keyboards I have sets a split to the same key range and sound. This allows 2 players to share the keyboard and play in the same range. Its useful for teaching and playing 'rounds' like "Frère Jacques " for example where the second player starts after the first playing the same melody.


Edited by Kbeaumont (05/17/12 12:32 PM)
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#1898634 - 05/17/12 12:31 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Just a bit of reaction here. You can disregard if you wish.

I offer to help and get flamed by certain folk. "They" could simply have decided I was an idiot and therefore not worthy of consideration. They didn't do this.

They could have decided to ignore what I say. No.

They could have realized that any person is simply writing from their experience. Nope.

They could have asked, "What leads you to believe this?" and at the very least learned something, even if only that their experience was better, more realistic, etc. Naw.

What they choose to do, however, is write for all the other people who obviously read these posts. I can see the front page of this and know there are a lot of these folk who are sometimes called "lurkers." Allow me to apologize to any such that are still reading this. Since I don't take kindly to those who insult me (I sometimes call it "taking a dump on my living room floor") I insult back.

However, I also offer help - to those that want it. And the price is right, I must say.


Excuse me? I NEVER insulted you. I asked you a question about your statement...a statement which even you did not fully understand after you wrote it. A few people agreed with me that it WAS a loaded statement and instead of fixing what you said, you decided to talk to me like I was a child and question my comprehension skills..so yes, I said you have selective vision and that your statement was stupid.

Instead of being silly childish and referring to me as "they" you could have addressed me directly. I don't have a problem with anybody here but obviously you are sitting on some high horse..you are not that important, there are tons of people on this forum giving DP advice.

Get over yourself.

Finding a piano teacher that can teach you how to use your DP is not that important. I don't think it should be a deciding factor in whether or not you choose somebody. I own a DP and my teacher only uses acoustics. She actually hates digitals. I am there to learn the MUSIC. I am not trying to learn how to play around with my DP. I can do that at home. So, as a DP owner, I had a problem immediately with your advice. If you don't know how to deal with it, then ask me what the problem is. Don't talk to me like I'm stupid.

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#1898666 - 05/17/12 01:52 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Kbeaumont]
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What keyboards do you have? You don't say. I will tell you that "Duet" often means exactly what I said it does. I'm going to assume that the original poster reads everything, including his manual which will define this term for him. That's important, as you have one definition and I have another. Neither matters much, just what his keyboard defines it as.
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#1898672 - 05/17/12 02:05 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: BrokenChord]
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Hey, I gotta ask you, Broken Chord - how do you know I was even talking about YOU? Of course, not being a child I do believe I already know the answer. However, perhaps not and you'll enlighten us all.

There has been a number of folks who have dissed me here (as well as a number who asked for help) and you were just one of them. If I meant just YOU I'd have used the pronoun "he." As you are the only nasty who has responded, I'll now start using this new pronoun, but only when flame-warring.

Not sure why he dislikes me offering to help, for free, no less...one can only speculate.

Why do I keep responding? Simple - I don't suffer fools gladly. However, I suspect that this will be my final post on this NON-issue. Let's both find something more useful to do. You can think what you want, I'll think what I want, and any reader can think what they want. And, as always, I offer any help I can for no money. If you don't want it, then quit listening and posting. I know that's what I'm going to do.
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#1898684 - 05/17/12 02:19 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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My Piano teacher just teaches me to .... play the Piano smile

For operating my DP I have a Manual smile


Edited by Phlox (05/17/12 02:22 PM)
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#1898692 - 05/17/12 02:36 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Star
What keyboards do you have? You don't say. I will tell you that "Duet" often means exactly what I said it does. I'm going to assume that the original poster reads everything, including his manual which will define this term for him. That's important, as you have one definition and I have another. Neither matters much, just what his keyboard defines it as.


PX-330 - "Duet Mode makes this instrument perfect for lessons
In addition to the excellent keyboard action and piano sound, the Privia PX-330 is the perfect instrument for music education. Featuring Casio's Duet mode, the keyboard can be split into two equal ranges, allowing student and teacher to play at the keyboard simultaneously. "

The other one is a very old yamaha PSR that I don't remember the model it did the same thing as the casio.

In fact a google search revealed nothing like you described anywhere Link

What is your reference if it often means as you say?

du·et/d(y)o͞oˈet/
Noun: A performance by two people, esp. singers, instrumentalists, or dancers.
Verb: Perform a duet.
Synonyms: duetto - duo




Edited by Kbeaumont (05/17/12 02:37 PM)
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#1898696 - 05/17/12 02:42 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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The problem with just learning to play piano is that piano (and all sounds produced by vibrating strings) tend to die away. However, sounds produced by vibrating columns of air do not. This means that you have to play more notes on the any instrument that either uses vibrating strings (except violin, cello, etc. where you can keep the stimulation of the string constant) or sounds like it does. If you don't you will lose the sounds.

The entire point is that a manual can tell you how to push buttons. That's a good thing. What it cannot tell you is how to use those sustaining sounds. They may be triggered by a key but they don't work the same way. Those readers that have played the organ (as I have) know exactly what I mean.

Thus there are three general categories of knowledge involved:

1. Playing the keys, the blacks and whites,
2. Pushing the buttons, a Manual can tell you this
3. Knowing about music other than piano playing. For that you need additional education (is it any wonder so few seek it out?)

Want to experience what I mean? Try a sound like "slow strings" or even better one of the pads where you have to hold the key down a bit to give the sound the time to develop. You play that like a piano (quick notes) and it simply won't work. There isn't any sound for the simple reason that there isn't any time for the sound to get made.

Of course, if all you ever do with your DP is use the piano sound you are fine.
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#1898708 - 05/17/12 02:56 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Kbeaumont]
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Perhaps I should have been more specific or even insisted on the poster being more specific. "Duet" is not "Dual" which is what my brand new Yamaha DGX 640 calls a layer. I checked that out right now as this instrument is about three feet from me.

I really don't feel like taking the trouble to analyze your Privia right now. I always encourage reading the manual which would clarify whatever term a particular manufacturer uses.

Still, it would have been nice if you had simply said that on your keyboards this means something else. Perhaps you didn't mean to make it so but your tone was quite antagonistic and continues to be. "What is your reference?" you ask, rather than imply stating what you have found to be true.

Hey, I'm just trying to help. Like any other imperfect person (and I suspect that's everyone on Earth!) I sometimes get it wrong. At least I'm not charging for my services and, as such, they can be discounted by any thinking person. Making up one's own mind is part of being an adult. At least I've always seen it that way, since I became one!
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#1898725 - 05/17/12 03:23 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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You may be trying to help but giving wrong advice is not helping.
From this Keyboard Magazine article it first defines terms the feature duet is listed
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4. DUET MODE

What It Does

Splits the keyboard in the middle with identical note ranges on either side.

Benefit

Lets student and teacher sit side by side and play the same part in the same range, as opposed to octaves apart.


Had you not assured me that you were right in your response without any proof other than you say so, that would have not elicited my next post.

Now you mention 'dual' mode which is not the same thing.

So if your trying to help, try to be correct and when your called on it at the very very least admit your mistake right away. There is no shame in answering "I don't Know!"
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#1898774 - 05/17/12 05:01 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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#1898788 - 05/17/12 05:26 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Digital pianos are typically simple devices. Keyboards and organs have more in common (rhythms, one finger chords, auto-accompaniment, etc). True synthesizers are different animals all together, whether they have an 88-key hammer action keyboard or not. Just because they all have keyboards doesn't mean technique and repertoire are shared between them. I pity someone taking classical piano lessons and practicing at home on an unweighted keyboard.

How many Yamaha DGX series keyboards do you see on Craigslist? smile

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#1898805 - 05/17/12 05:59 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Wow, I so stand corrected. Now would you like to speak of all the rest of my recommendations. I'm sure you can nitpick them to death also if you try hard enough.

To all other readers - advice is just that "advice." You can choose to accept it or not. Everything on this Forum, everything your instructor tells you, everything some dead composer says, is just advice. Think for yourself. You have that right, despite the attempts of others to impose their will on you.
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#1898808 - 05/17/12 06:04 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: pianovoce]
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This is in response to some kid who thinks he can tell me what DPs do vs. what keyboards do. He's wrong, of course, as he obviously is not all that well versed on the full spectrum of what's out there. Most DP's are a long, long way from "simple devices." Check out the size of manual on one. That's been one of the problems for those purchasing them - too complex.

He ends his post with "how many DGX's do you see on Craigslist?" as if that somehow answers anything. So [censored] what? And Craigslist WHERE? Both these show a significant lack of real world understand.

Dude, I've been using these instruments since they were invented. Have you? What's your background, oh "Tech in Training?"
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#1898874 - 05/17/12 09:48 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Nah, I'll skip speaking to the rest of anything you wrote since I said nothing directly to or against you in the first place. I was replying to the thread in general and honestly thought you'd agree on some of my points. I have 26 years of experience making music, mostly with electronic devices of various flavors beginning with a Casio MT-100.

Have fun with your wounded ego.

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#1898875 - 05/17/12 09:51 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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No wonder this guy joined the forum in 2007 and hasn't made a meaningful post yet. Your personality sucks, please go away. You accuse others of flamebaiting but you are in here throwing poop at people who have different opinions than you do.

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#1898880 - 05/17/12 09:56 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: BrokenChord]
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Originally Posted By: BrokenChord
No wonder this guy joined the forum in 2007 and hasn't made a meaningful post yet. Your personality sucks, please go away. You accuse others of flamebaiting but you are in here throwing poop at people who have different opinions than you do.


My guess is that he's just trying to drive some traffic to his web site and market his eBooks.

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#1898881 - 05/17/12 10:12 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: pianovoce]
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Originally Posted By: BrokenChord
No wonder this guy joined the forum in 2007 and hasn't made a meaningful post yet. Your personality sucks, please go away. You accuse others of flamebaiting but you are in here throwing poop at people who have different opinions than you do.


My guess is that he's just trying to drive some traffic to his web site and market his eBooks.


Yes, I also thought it was a bit weird that he joined this site in 2007 but had not posted anything meaningful until today when he pops up to offer "free" advice. Im just waiting for him to give out his website.

Any minute now.

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#1899143 - 05/18/12 10:32 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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A note for the many, many folks reading this and not responding, perhaps to avoid the nasty flamewar going on. PS: I never recommend anyone simply leave. I'm not like that.

I've tried to insist on individuality here. That means only YOU can decide to what to read, what advice to accept (from me or anyone!) what viewpoints you'll have, etc.

This, in the musical world, means that it is up to YOU to learn the music you prefer on the instrument of your choice. That, for those reading this particular forum, means a DP, synth, or keyboard.

What I am suggesting is that you play What you want, How you want, and When you want. Ignore folks who think their opinions should be your opinions. This includes me as well as anyone posting here. If you want some assistance from an instructor, I stand ready to give it my best call. Whatever I say, you must decide if you want to do that or not.

It's about liberty. Personal responsibility. Personal choice.
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#1899172 - 05/18/12 11:30 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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piano voice made some interesting assertions above, to which I'd reply:

Digital pianos are typically simple devices.

Not at all. Literally millions of components. Very complex and carefully designed (although not a very innovative area for the last ten years). But they are limited in what they can do, probably roughly in accordance with the market: people don't want infinite options. They want piano imitation which some extras thrown in.

Keyboards and organs have more in common (rhythms, one finger chords, auto-accompaniment, etc).

What do you mean by 'organ'? Church, cinema and public hall organs have, over the years, been fitted with of all kinds of devices but not, as far as I'm aware, 'one finger chords'.

What you are describing sounds more like 'home keyboards' which only really got off the ground with cheap digital electronics in the 80s.

True synthesizers are different animals all together, whether they have an 88-key hammer action keyboard or not.

Yes they are! Different evolution, different function, different market and different image: totally agree.


Just because they all have keyboards doesn't mean technique and repertoire are shared between them.

Yes, that's certainly true. Isn't this another way of explaining Dan Starr's original position?

I pity someone taking classical piano lessons and practicing at home on an unweighted keyboard.

Again, yes of course. There is a lot of ignorance about the capabilities of 'keyboards' regarding piano technique. Fortunately, there is pretty good marketing of four or so excellent digital PIANOS. Namely Kawai, Yamaha Roland and Casio. The only problem being that two of those makers in particular also do 'home keyboards' and the boundaries can get blurred if the shop sales people and others do not make it clear.

How many Yamaha DGX series keyboards do you see on Craigslist?

Well yes - that would illustrate the above point about confusion by the public on what constitutes a piano and what constitutes a hoe keyboard.

All of these are interesting points and seem to me to broadly underline Dan Starr's stated role which is to help people maximise the utility of what ever keyboard they are working on - to really get under the bonnet (or hood), so to speak.

And this is a good point: the features on almost any good DP allow you to do things which would have been quite out of the question with APs: easy, perfect recordings; writing for different instruments; entire band or orchestral arrangements; automatic scoring and manuscript writing.

But it does take some technical knowledge and skill to really use these things.

All of which leads me to wonder what the heck people are getting their knickers in a twist about. You all seem to be agreeing, when it gets down to brass tacks.
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#1899188 - 05/18/12 11:54 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: toddy]
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When someone sets themselves up as a 'Digital Piano Teacher' offering 'free advice', and then goes on to totally misunderstand the concept of 'Duet' versus 'Dual mode', that's where they lose all credibility in my view.

(and before you ask, I have been playing digitals, analogs, synths and work-stations, since the mid 70's, in both live band and teaching situations)
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#1899191 - 05/18/12 11:58 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Wow, toddy took the words out of my...head.

He's exactly right. Speaks sooth. Also, he did something that perhaps I can do if I can recall everything I've had.

Started with a Conn organ in the mid 60's, ending with the Conn Theaterette.

For years then I didn't have an instrument.

In 1978 I purchased a Wurlitzer "Butterfly Grand" and a Hammond A100 organ. I played the Wurlitzer until I basically broke it in 1988. I sold the Hammond as it didn't do as much as I had hoped.

I then started playing a Yamaha Clavinova, a CVP 6, which I both practiced on and played professionally to thousands until I sold it in 1998.

Meanwhile, I also added a batch of Yamaha keyboards, Casio keyboards, and a Roland JP3 synth. I also used on stage two "keytars" (a word I simply hate, thinking of them as "strap-ons" and yes, I do know what that means online!) a Yamaha KX5 attached to first a Yamaha FB01 module and currently a Yamaha TX81G (both via MIDI as the KX5 has no sounds, and then a Yamaha SHS-10, which had sounds but "mini-keys" which took me awhile to learn.

I then got an Ensoniq ESQ1 and a Roland HS10 (I believe this was the designation, but alert users can correct me if I'm wrong.)

My first synth, around the time of marriage, was an Akai my finance played.

Damn, I'm out of sequence here.

Somewhere in there was a Yamaha Clavinova CVP 203, a Yamaha Clavinova CVP 303, a Casio Privia, a Yamaha pf50 (run through a Berringer kb amp) and my current axes, a Yamaha DGX-640 and a Yamaha PSRS900. I still own the KX5, as well as a Clavoline (the synth used in Del Shannon's song "Runaway")

I am definitely a Yamaha man, as I find their user interface more friendly (although some models more than others) and their touch more acceptable to me. I do not care for the Roland approach to either item and think Casio again makes good instruments, although for awhile there they did not.

I'm sure I've missed some keyboards but if they come back to me, I'll post them. If anyone wants to sing their praises, well, I myself loved them one and all (although I loved some more than others, natch!)and will gladly listen to what you have to say!
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#1899194 - 05/18/12 12:00 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Oh, yeah, just re-reading my post. During the 60's the Conn was the home instrument, but the one I played in the rock band with was a Farfisa "Mini-Compact." Great for it's day, but it surely sound lousy modernly.
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#1899200 - 05/18/12 12:16 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Now to tell readers of something they couldn't possibly know. I did get a private message from the poster that originally asked about FOUR things. He told me that I should apologize for "mis-understanding" his statement about "duet" vs. "dual." I went to the new keyboard he was purchasing manual and found no button marked "Duet" just "split" which I am familiar with. Wasn't sure where he had found that word, and since he had mentioned owning a previous Yamaha (a brand I'm very familiar with where the word "Dual" is used) I assumed he had mis-typed as so many Internet posters do. I asked him and he told me that the Duet word had come from the PR Casio had provided to convince him to buy. Okay. Ya learn something new every day. Of course, I've always insisted that terms change (they do, folks, and for an example the Roland companies has gone back and forth a number of times in the their synth terminology.) Thus, a person who buy an instrument must at the least read the definitions of what that make and model are calling what. As another example, the various sounds are called "voices" by Yamaha, "tones" by Casio, and "programs" by Korg. Confusing? You betcha.

So I stand corrected. Still, the original guy figured it would all go away if I apologized. I didn't think so and told him that I wouldn't apologize just to keep the peace. Besides, as the last poster proved, it wouldn't work anyhow. Some folks just want me to go away. Hey, they even said so. Too bad, I'm here to stay and can mix it up if ya want to. I have creds most of these people can't comprehend. For example, I was the Tech Support guy for digital pianos for a local dealer of Kawai and Yamaha DP's.

Also, you'll note that only 25% of what I recommended originally is even under dispute. This should give anyone come pause. Why fixate on that? Plus, as I've said, "advice" is simply "advice" and you can take it or leave it. I'm offering for free. Apparently, that's not good enough for some people, and they simply insult (read any of "Broken Chords" posts lately? - he's the fool who tells me my personality is lousy and I should go away.) Ain't gonna happen. Also, another that wishes to not take my advice is welcome to not take it.
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#1899202 - 05/18/12 12:21 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Want to know how to use your digital piano or portable keyboard? I've taught these things for 24 years, as well as performed with them extensively. Chances are I can help. Cost? ZERO. I just want to help.


I'd like to go back to the original post, because I think it has led to some confusion - and a lot of heat, which has been the fate of a number of threads lately.

"Want to know how to use your digital piano or portable keyboard?"

Unfortunately, although the OP presumably knew what aspects of DP use he was referring to, the question is so broad as to invite a lot of other questions.

Later on, the "use" seems to be refined to how to play the different styles associated with mimicking particular genres of instruments, such as strings - although it's still not absolutely clear that's the essence of what's intended.

Then the OP states a preference for Yamaha over Roland and Casio, so the question arises as to whether someone with a Casio, for example, will not be covered.

What would be really useful is if the OP could state clearly the areas of keyboard/DP use he can help with, and then readers will be able to decide whether to avail themselves of his services. It's a generous offer to provide a free service, but for it to work, people need to know what exactly is on offer.


Edited by voxpops (05/18/12 12:35 PM)
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#1899206 - 05/18/12 12:23 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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I don't know why you make such a big deal of the 'free advice' thing.

Everyone on this forum gives freely of their time and expertise, but no-one here feels the need to shout that from the rooftops.

You have much to learn about how this place operates.(no charge)
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#1899212 - 05/18/12 12:26 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Yes, I'm learning that Pianoworld has many assholes who post regularly. They disparage folks and try everything they can to make sure they go away. Too bad for you.
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#1899217 - 05/18/12 12:35 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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voxpops made a reasonable post. His/her suggestion was pretty good. Exactly what do I teach?

Well, since 1987 I've taught whatever keyboard a person owned. There were many: I prefer Yamahas for my own use, but the essence of my teaching is to try and help older folks learn to make their favorite music using the keyboard they own, whether acoustic piano, digital piano, keyboard, organ, etc. This varies immensely: I'll provide a couple short examples to illustrate:

1. Student A: A retired gentleman who played flute in an orchestra for over 10 years. He simply wanted to play some big band tunes using "Single-finger mode" (which I discourage most of the time) and a single note melody. He had been doing this using a Casio but now he had purchased a Yamaha (with zero help from me) and wanted to know how this new keyboard worked. He learned how to make himself and his wife happy.
2. Student B: Business owner lady who owned a Roland Fantom 6. She had already had extensive piano training and could play that but wanted to know how to play in a band. I taught her to do so.

Yeah, I do charge for my local services. At Pianoworld I offer these things for free. As I have some unique skills (next thing will be somebody asking me to list them - too lazy to plug my name into google I guess) this seems like something someone might want. I know I've made a fulltime living at this for 24 years and if you know adults they don't stick unless the service is good enough for the price.
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#1899224 - 05/18/12 12:44 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Now to tell readers of something they couldn't possibly know. I did get a private message from the poster that originally asked about FOUR things. He told me that I should apologize for "mis-understanding" his statement about "duet" vs. "dual." I went to the new keyboard he was purchasing manual and found no button marked "Duet" just "split" which I am familiar with. Wasn't sure where he had found that word, and since he had mentioned owning a previous Yamaha (a brand I'm very familiar with where the word "Dual" is used) I assumed he had mis-typed as so many Internet posters do. I asked him and he told me that the Duet word had come from the PR Casio had provided to convince him to buy. Okay. Ya learn something new every day. Of course, I've always insisted that terms change (they do, folks, and for an example the Roland companies has gone back and forth a number of times in the their synth terminology.) Thus, a person who buy an instrument must at the least read the definitions of what that make and model are calling what. As another example, the various sounds are called "voices" by Yamaha, "tones" by Casio, and "programs" by Korg. Confusing? You betcha.

So I stand corrected. Still, the original guy figured it would all go away if I apologized. I didn't think so and told him that I wouldn't apologize just to keep the peace. Besides, as the last poster proved, it wouldn't work anyhow...


I am the person who had the private conversation with Dan and something about Dan's paraphrasing of our conversation just does not sit right with me so I will put my response below, I will not put Dan's responses because it is a private post. Dan has removed himself from that private conversation.

1st post "Dan I am the person that originally responded to your post. Thanks for the offer, I am new to DP and want to get the best out for the for my kids. As for the tone of the other posts I am not going to go there you are all adults but I will make a simple unbiased observation that your description of duet was incorrect and a simple admission of that will kill that topic.

As to the other bone of contention it is all about your statement "If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites." if that is truly what you meant go for it I do not have any problems with it, but if you meant to say " If possible, it would be best to take a teacher that only knows ......" then just make the correction.

Thanks for your offer and your post and don't worry about the tone, just have fun with it."

2nd post " OK it is clear the you are going to continue on regardless, but just to be clear, I did not mis-speak, when referring to Duet, it is a common word I have seen in the research I have done and it was quoted by Casio in their description of the Casio ap 620 as in the following link. You assumed I meant Dual and that assumption was incorrect. I think it is great if you stick to your guns about your views on DP's and shake things up but it is questionable to defend an obvious mistake.
http://www.casio.com/products/Digital_Pianos_%26_Keyboards/CELVIANO_Digital_Pianos/AP-620/ "

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#1899226 - 05/18/12 12:47 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Thank you for explaining, Dan. I'd like to suggest that if you wish people to visit your site and possibly make use of your paid services, you post a link (unless it's already in your profile - I haven't checked). I've checked the rules, and open advertising is not allowed but you can place your site in your signature. The suggestion that members may be too lazy to Google your name could prove counterproductive.

As for the free service on Piano World, I suspect that you would need to make it clear how that would operate - by question and answer on an open thread? - by PM? - some other method?


Edited by voxpops (05/18/12 12:53 PM)
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#1899237 - 05/18/12 01:04 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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voxpops -

Since I came here I have been attacked and am only defending myself. They say a the best defense is a smashing offense and I've found that to be true. I notice that some have shut up as they should. Thus, my "laziness" comment only applies if it applies. "If the shoe fits, wear it." is the old saying on this one. As I've aged, I've found that there's a good reason "old sayings" are "old."

I don't really care whether folks visit my site, buy my ebooks, etc. They can simply do as I suggested - post their questions and I'll answer them to the best of my ability "pro bono." As this is online stuff, it behooves the recipient to "take what they want and leave the rest." Plus, the whole process, if the recipient wants, can be public, private, whatever they wish. I don't actually give a rip. I'll help cause that's what I want to do.

However, for those that wish to have a firefight, ya picked the wrong dude this time. I notice that voxpops made reference to several threads ending acrimoniously. This leaves me to wonder if the same folks aren't responsible. If I was concerned I'd check that.
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#1899245 - 05/18/12 01:15 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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I hear what you're saying, Dan, but a smashing offense is probably not going to win hearts and minds, especially when it's the follow-up to a first post. People here are generally a great bunch - not "assholes." Sure we get heated from time to time as we're all passionate about the subject, but we try to maintain a respectful tone.

In the past there have been one or two people who have popped up suddenly and their main intent seems to have been to feed an alternate agenda - be it sales or anything else. That hasn't gone down too well. As in the "real world", people need to get to know and trust new or newly-posting members. If you'd like an old saying: softly, softly, catchy monkey.
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#1899247 - 05/18/12 01:18 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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This guy loves to fight people with insults and has a bad habit of asserting his intelligence over everyone else on this forum.

NOBODY has attacked you, actually. When someone had something to say about your posts (myself included..which was actually a simple question), you immediately started attacking whoever the poster was. Don't try to play innocent, we can see it in every post that you have an attitude problem. You think you are never wrong which is why you had the issue in the first place. You also called another posted "kid" as if to marginalize his opinion and his intelligence on the subject matter.

Most of the time, we all get along on this site. I enjoy being here and I comment on threads regularly. Its very odd that you accuse other people of throwing dirt at you when no such thing happened until after you started to be mean and nasty with EVERYONE. Your ego is obviously wounded at this point as you continue this attitude that the only problem on this forum is everyone else and not you.

Why would you refuse to apologize to someone if you were wrong? You won't do it to keep the peace? Is this a contest to see who can stomp their feet the hardest? If you are wrong, just admit that you are wrong.

"Do unto others as you want to be done unto you", I think the saying goes.

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#1899259 - 05/18/12 01:56 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
maclum,

As for the various features, here's my take (at the risk of p****** off somebody else who is just looking for trouble!) Obviously, there's much more that could be said here about each feature but I'll simply write a short paragraph about each. You are welcome to contact me privately for more info.


Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Yes, I'm learning that Pianoworld has many a******* who post regularly. They disparage folks and try everything they can to make sure they go away. Too bad for you.


(Quote edited with *'s)

Easy on the vulgarity!


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#1899265 - 05/18/12 02:06 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Hmmm...I don't wish to "win hearts and minds" of everyone here as obviously that is not possible. Thus, I believe I will keep defending myself strongly. Those that attack will be attacked back. Oh, they will whine and gripe and try to convince me to quit, to simply knuckle under. That's the source of any "vulgarity." It's easy to say this when you are not the person who is coming under fire.

Some will want some help and if I help one, that is great. I don't suggest anyone leave, I don't suggest anyone has a "lousy personality" (as someone said about me a few posts ago in an attempt to deliver a crushing blow.) I DO suggest that folks think a bit.
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#1899267 - 05/18/12 02:09 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Hmmm...I don't wish to "win hearts and minds" of everyone here as obviously that is not possible. Thus, I believe I will keep defending myself strongly. Those that attack will be attacked back. Oh, they will whine and gripe and try to convince me to quit, to simply knuckle under. That's the source of any "vulgarity." It's easy to say this when you are not the person who is coming under fire.

Some will want some help and if I help one, that is great. I don't suggest anyone leave, I don't suggest anyone has a "lousy personality" (as someone said about me a few posts ago in an attempt to deliver a crushing blow.) I DO suggest that folks think a bit.


Okay, please show us where you have come under fire? If you must create such a scenario, I'd like to see exactly where you have been attacked so we all can get together and write you an apology note.

Please show us where you have been bruised and beaten.


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#1899282 - 05/18/12 02:25 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Okay, I was just thinking of putting out an olive branch and seeing how it was accepted. Then I get this somewhat loaded email. Still, it's a good suggestion. As this is your post, I'll simply give you back YOUR most egregious example (one that is readily available on page 4 of this thread:)

"No wonder this guy joined the forum in 2007 and hasn't made a meaningful post yet. Your personality sucks, please go away. You accuse others of flamebaiting but you are in here throwing poop at people who have different opinions than you do."

Now I gotta ask you - I provide some service which readers can accept or reject. I also defend myself when folks tell me "your personality sucks" and then tell me "please go away." Now I've had some negative things to say about you, but I never said anything like that. My comment that one person thought contained "vulgarity" was only after you said what you said.

Actually, I do think I deserve an apology for that comment. It was ill-advised on your part. And what about the other things I've said? Do you agree with them or not? You haven't commented. Do I get any credit for what you agree with? I'd surely hope so, as no one is perfect and the good and bad is almost always weighed.
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#1899289 - 05/18/12 02:36 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Okay, I was just thinking of putting out an olive branch and seeing how it was accepted. Then I get this somewhat loaded email. Still, it's a good suggestion. As this is your post, I'll simply give you back YOUR most egregious example (one that is readily available on page 4 of this thread:)

"No wonder this guy joined the forum in 2007 and hasn't made a meaningful post yet. Your personality sucks, please go away. You accuse others of flamebaiting but you are in here throwing poop at people who have different opinions than you do."

Now I gotta ask you - I provide some service which readers can accept or reject. I also defend myself when folks tell me "your personality sucks" and then tell me "please go away." Now I've had some negative things to say about you, but I never said anything like that. My comment that one person thought contained "vulgarity" was only after you said what you said.

Actually, I do think I deserve an apology for that comment. It was ill-advised on your part. And what about the other things I've said? Do you agree with them or not? You haven't commented. Do I get any credit for what you agree with? I'd surely hope so, as no one is perfect and the good and bad is almost always weighed.


So you just skip all the parts where you were being a jerk, right? I knew you were going to do that.

I had an issue with your statement about the piano teacher. When I asked you if you seriously gave that advice, you responded by being rude and questioning my reading comprehension skills. Two other users also agreed with me that you had made a wrongful statement. Instead of simply admitting that it was a bit of a loaded statement, you continued to be rude and nasty, not only to me but to other people as the thread progressed.

You don't deserve an apology from me because you took my original statement as an attack on your services. It was a pretty neutral post, you decided that it was an attack on you and you responded accordingly.

Why must you hang on to this idea that everyone here is bullying you? I could quote every single one of your posts here and highlight the parts where you are actually the only one flaming, being rude and nasty, and having a pretty bad attitude in general.

Yes, I said your personality sucks because it does.

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#1899307 - 05/18/12 03:19 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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You "doubled down" on the statement that truly offended me while not providing anyone any examples of me "being a jerk." You're not even playing by your own rules.

Also, I never, ever said "everyone" - that is you putting words in my mouth. If you think that I did, then please quote me saying that. I don't it happened. But go ahead and review the posts. I'll wait...

By the way, should you choose to do anything more on this, you could provide quotes where you think I'm being rude and then I can provide quotes where the attack is obvious to anyone reading.

Of course, I'd think my personality sucked too, IF I didn't have some many folks in my life who disagree with you. Of course, all you have to indicate this is my say so and I know you think nothing about that. Still, you and I constitute the majority of the folks replying to this post and the numbers say that this is only a small, small percentage of the people reading here. Plus, those "reply" numbers represent mostly a few people. .

I also notice that you took no notice of the other question I posed to you, which was:
"And what about the other things I've said? Do you agree with them or not?" Another question I asked which you totally ignored was this one: "Do I get any credit for what you agree with?" Let me repeat both questions.
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#1899376 - 05/18/12 05:05 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Alrighty, I'll play.

Here we go!

Originally Posted By: BrokenChord
Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Here would be my best call:

1. You've got time so find a teacher that actually knows and loves digital instruments. They have a ton of things going for them, such a built in metronome, ability to record practices and then play back to see how you did, etc. If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites." Although that's the first "set of controls" there is a second set and that's the other things any digital can do. Your best instructor will know and be able and willing to teach BOTH sets of controls. Naturally, they will begin with piano but not stop there - there are many other things a digital can do IF you know how to make it speak!



What?!

Did you really just advise someone to not take a teacher that only has experience with acoustics?


Where are the flames? Is this not a question? I don't see an insult, a name call... absolutely nothing


Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
You keep harping on something you think I said but did NOT. Let me make it clear for you. The person asking me for help has an entire summer to search for the BEST teacher for his kids. I simply told him that finding a teacher who can teach both the keyboard aspects (the "blacks and whites") and the digital stuff would be BEST. That way, when it comes time to learn the rest of the instrument, there won't be a need to change instructors. That is a huge distance from me telling him to NOT take any teacher that can't do teach both. I didn't do that.

Hope he reads better than you do.


Originally Posted By: R Jay
Originally Posted By: Dan Starr

If possible, don't take any teacher that only knows the "blacks and whites."


I don't think BrokenChord has any problems reading your post. You don't say "it would be best to find..."



Originally Posted By: BrokenChord

He has selective vision. Don't bother. The OP clearly has a problem comprehending the stupidity of his own statement...


Originally Posted By: Jerseydevil
Dan, Thanks for offering to help with this. Not to start a flame war, but I did note that you had qualified your suggestion about choosing an instructor with "if possible."


Which was EXACTLY my issue with your statement.

Originally Posted By: Dan Starr


I offer to help and get flamed by certain folk. "They" could simply have decided I was an idiot and therefore not worthy of consideration. They didn't do this.
.......

What they choose to do, however, is write for all the other people who obviously read these posts. I can see the front page of this and know there are a lot of these folk who are sometimes called "lurkers." Allow me to apologize to any such that are still reading this. Since I don't take kindly to those who insult me (I sometimes call it "taking a dump on my living room floor") I insult back.



You start to play the victim card HERE when it was you who threw the first stones in the thread. You are on the defensive because thats just what kind of person you seem to be. Nobody attacked you at all.


Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Hey, I gotta ask you, Broken Chord - how do you know I was even talking about YOU? Of course, not being a child I do believe I already know the answer. However, perhaps not and you'll enlighten us all.

There has been a number of folks who have dissed me here (as well as a number who asked for help) and you were just one of them. If I meant just YOU I'd have used the pronoun "he." As you are the only nasty who has responded, I'll now start using this new pronoun, but only when flame-warring.

Not sure why he dislikes me offering to help, for free, no less...one can only speculate.

Why do I keep responding? Simple - I don't suffer fools gladly. However, I suspect that this will be my final post on this NON-issue. Let's both find something more useful to do. You can think what you want, I'll think what I want, and any reader can think what they want. And, as always, I offer any help I can for no money. If you don't want it, then quit listening and posting. I know that's what I'm going to do.



Oh! Everyone is out to get you, Dan! You are so important here, you are only trying to help. I also suddenly transitioned from being a woman to a man also it seems. Im still trying to find that one post where I started a flame war. It was obvious who you were talking about.

Unless there is some conspiracy on Piano World to delete threads you have started, I don't see any "Anti Dan Starr" agenda looking at your past here as a poster.

Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
This is in response to some kid who thinks he can tell me what DPs do vs. what keyboards do. He's wrong, of course, as he obviously is not all that well versed on the full spectrum of what's out there.

He ends his post with "how many DGX's do you see on Craigslist?" as if that somehow answers anything. So [censored] (the "f" word if anyone was wondering) what?...

Dude, I've been using these instruments since they were invented. Have you? What's your background, oh "Tech in Training?"


This is what you had to say about another user that had a different opinion on a DP than you did. Very mature there.



So yes, your personality IS terrible. I will not apologize for that statement. You are much too old to be acting like that. It's sad really. You take ZERO accountability for the way you treat people and you try to play the victim to make it seem like you've done nothing wrong.

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#1899390 - 05/18/12 05:23 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: R0B]
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Originally Posted By: R0B
I don't know why you make such a big deal of the 'free advice' thing.

Everyone on this forum gives freely of their time and expertise, but no-one here feels the need to shout that from the rooftops.

You have much to learn about how this place operates.(no charge)


I would agree with this and add that coming into anyplace where you're unfamiliar with those who spend time there and presenting yourself as the new resident expert on anything is never going to go over well. Especially when you're talking about an Internet forum where there's already a good number of people who are already doing just that.

It goes over a lot better if you just start participating in a community instead of trying to draw a lot of attention to yourself.

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#1899416 - 05/18/12 05:59 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Well, I decided that it's utterly useless to pursue this. Dislike me all you guys who want to do so. I'm going to leave this thread open and not leave. Those that wish some advice can get it. Those that wish ill for me can wish ill all they want to - but by themselves. I'm sure we'll hear some more of this, hoping to get the debate restarted. My bad for not simply signing off when I said I would.

Lefty, I could respond to your thoughts, but I choose not to.
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#1899476 - 05/18/12 07:47 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Lefty Chev]
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Originally Posted By: Lefty Chev
It goes over a lot better if you just start participating in a community instead of trying to draw a lot of attention to yourself.


This is very true, and I think perhaps one of the easiest way to get fingers pointed at, and questions of credibility raised (when drawing attention to yourself). I have my side chosen on this argument, as many lurkers here probably do as well, but honestly, can't you guys just argue over PM?

...and to Dan Starr - I find that the more you argue against the many arguing against you, the worse your credibility and willingness to help appears (in my opinion), so please, just play your part like the rest of us and be a respectful individual by contributing what knowledge you have based on your personal experience and leave it at that...if you want to be a digital piano guru and save all the lost souls, then perhaps your personal website is a better place to do it.

Here is a perfect example:

http://azpianonews.blogspot.ca/

I don't see this guy parading on PWforums, and he has LOTS to say about digital pianos!
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#1899516 - 05/18/12 09:01 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Keegan]
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I agree with what you have to say, Keegan.
Originally Posted By: Keegan

http://azpianonews.blogspot.ca/

I don't see this guy parading on PWforums, and he has LOTS to say about digital pianos!

IIRC, this gentleman has been here, with perhaps a similar purpose to the current thread's OP, but he decided to restrict his advice to his own website.
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#1899518 - 05/18/12 09:08 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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voxpops come through! I visited this site and it was indeed worthwhile. I suggest everyone interested in DP's go there.
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#1899686 - 05/19/12 11:20 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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I have a question for Dan: Lots of threads are started by people asking for help of various sorts; rather than trying to restrict your knowledge to people who directly ask you on this thread, why not do what everyone else does and make appropriate contributions when you believe your expertise may be of use?

eg: There are often questions about using MIDI to control another keyboard, connect to a computer to drive some third party sound, etc. If you know about that sort of thing and want to offer some advice then nothings is stopping you.

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#1899775 - 05/19/12 01:22 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Vectistim has a valid question so I'm going to answer it. Recall that this is what I think based on my experience as an instructor of keyboard.

The truth is that I've found that those who do little to nothing for their advice rarely follow it, despite any credentials of the person providing the advice. As someone much more famous and wise than I once said, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

Thus, I believe that those who will at least try what I advise to see if it works are also those who will find this thread and check it out. This is why I don't seek such folk out in their various categories. You could also ask if such folk will see this offer. This thread is near the top of the list and one cannot fail to at least see it when a person logs on.
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#1899854 - 05/19/12 04:08 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Dan, given your unwillingness to join in the many discussions (and hence the spirit of this forum), and also your desire to be at the head of the list with your "offer," it does tend to look like self-promotion conducted in a rather aloof manner, whether you meant it that way or not. As has been said, people come here every day to share expertise and give advice freely, but don't seek a special status for themselves.

There was one person who came to this thread seeking advice, and had to start a separate one, as they felt they were not receiving the help they sought. Hopefully, you'll soon feel able to demonstrate your knowledge by participating more fully.
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#1899899 - 05/19/12 05:32 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
Vectistim has a valid question so I'm going to answer it. Recall that this is what I think based on my experience as an instructor of keyboard.

The truth is that I've found that those who do little to nothing for their advice rarely follow it, despite any credentials of the person providing the advice. As someone much more famous and wise than I once said, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."

Thus, I believe that those who will at least try what I advise to see if it works are also those who will find this thread and check it out. This is why I don't seek such folk out in their various categories. You could also ask if such folk will see this offer. This thread is near the top of the list and one cannot fail to at least see it when a person logs on.


What you're forgetting is that this is a community. I don't understand how anyone could have the attitude you just explained here and not expect to get the reaction you have when you try to do what you've done in an established community. I am one of the people you're targeting. I'm a guitar player who has minimal piano/keyboard skills, but I'm working on learning. With the way you've presented yourself in this thread, you're not a person I'd ever take advice from. You've done yourself a serious disservice by acting the way you have, and it's here for everyone to see. I know you strongly disagree, but remember, I'm the person you're talking about wanting to help and the way you've behaved has made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Disagree if you want, but you've bitten off your nose to spite your face.

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#1899977 - 05/19/12 09:04 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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#1899997 - 05/19/12 09:40 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Dan, You said earlier ... "I notice that some have shut up as they should."
Perhaps you should do likewise?

If you're somehow trying to market yourself, it's clear that you don't know how.
As Lefty Chev said: "With the way you've presented yourself in this thread, you're not a person I'd ever take advice from."

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#1900178 - 05/20/12 10:41 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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A friend and fellow student told me last night, "The first rule of the Internet is "do not feed the trolls." Seems I'd forgotten that. So to keep this easy for folks AND myself - if you want advice you will have to email me directly. Of course, some trolls might wish to try this as well. Their emails will simply encounter a "delete" key. Sincere folks will be answered in 24 hours.

Do I know what I'm talking about? Yeah, as I've successfully taught these materials full time for 24 years. Now I'm offering free online help. Drives some folks completely around the bend, I guess, although I can't imagine why.
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#1900182 - 05/20/12 10:46 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
if you want advice you will have to email me directly.


I think that is a really good idea smile
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#1900185 - 05/20/12 10:57 AM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Yes, it's true. The first rule is "do not feed the trolls." But who's the troll here? wink

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#1900212 - 05/20/12 12:12 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Originally Posted By: Dan Starr
A friend and fellow student told me last night, "The first rule of the Internet is "do not feed the trolls." Seems I'd forgotten that.


So instead of it being you, it's an entire forum of people who are the trolls?

Quote:

Do I know what I'm talking about? Yeah, as I've successfully taught these materials full time for 24 years. Now I'm offering free online help. Drives some folks completely around the bend, I guess, although I can't imagine why.


What makes the forum great is the fact that there's such a wealth of knowledge from such a diverse group of people and it's free, so you offering your expertise for free doesn't really drive anyone around the bend. You're going to have to come up with a different rationalization as to why it's everyone else and not you.

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#1900217 - 05/20/12 12:28 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Dan,
Why don't you start a new thread?

You are taking on some of the most respected people in this forum, and it does not make you look good. A new thread may be a fresh start. This time, treat people with respect and if you keep things civil you will get respect.
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#1900230 - 05/20/12 01:06 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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This guy is hilarious...

Everyone is trolling? We have all pointed out your disgusting behavior in this thread and that's all you can say? WE are the problem?


I doubt anyone will be emailing you Dan, too-da-loo!

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#1901330 - 05/22/12 02:45 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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Okay, okay ya guys want to play in your own sandbox? Some sort of contest? Well, let's see you guys in Mommy's basement match these creds:

-Actually teaching older folks to use digital instruments since 1987.
-Actually performing on these since 1968 (and for pay, lots of pay!)
-4 CD's of original compositions for ALL sorts of "key-boards" which includes acoustic piano, digital piano, portable keyboards, synths, workstations released and sold internationally.
-26 ebooks written and hundreds of copies sold at amazon.com

What have I been doing since I first signed on 5 years ago? Actually doing music. How do you people suppose I have kept a full practice this long?

What have you been doing? Posting. Wow.

Again, anyone that wants some assistance should email me directly. I've helped a few such people, despite the "anti-Dan Starr campaign." If I can assist one more it will have been worth it. By the way, I do know the names of the folks that have given me flak here and emails from you folks will be cheerfully deleted without being read. Promise. So don't waste your time. However, requests for help and/or any questions about anything regarding keyboard will be answered in 1 business day.
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#1901363 - 05/22/12 03:42 PM Re: Free Digital Help Available from a Digital Piano Teacher [Re: Dan Starr]
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This isn't an anti-Dan campaign. Nor has anyone maligned your music skills. But your attitude here is annoying.

The history you give suggests that you're in your fifties. But comments like:
  • "Pianoworld has many assholes who post regularly."
  • "let's see you guys in Mommy's basement ..."
  • "emails from you folks will be cheerfully deleted without being read. Promise."
... suggest that you're in your teens. Which is it?

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