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#1969213 - 10/05/12 06:19 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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I'm mildly ill a nasty cold. I went to work but came home about an hour early. Went straight to bed but had to get up to practice.......

I'm draped in a blanket and a bathrobe, had to practice a bit ...

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#1969341 - 10/06/12 04:48 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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... when you marry your piano in a private ceremony and remain faithful to your darling for life.
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#1969344 - 10/06/12 05:34 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: ChopinAddict]
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Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
... when you marry your piano in a private ceremony and remain faithful to your darling for life.


Haha, I would feel far more secure in making that commitment to my piano than I would my boyfriend. As it is, I am currently considering sharing my home with a new piano, so I think cohabiting is a big enough commitment for now, and I will wait until my piano is ready before we think about marriage. smile
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#1969345 - 10/06/12 05:37 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: justpin]
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Originally Posted By: justpin
I'm mildly ill a nasty cold. I went to work but came home about an hour early. Went straight to bed but had to get up to practice.......

I'm draped in a blanket and a bathrobe, had to practice a bit ...

wink


Hope you feel better soon Justpin. I think your decision to practice a bit was very sensible! Just make sure you disinfect those keys... Xx
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#1969347 - 10/06/12 05:44 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: justpin]
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Originally Posted By: justpin
I'm mildly ill a nasty cold. I went to work but came home about an hour early. Went straight to bed but had to get up to practice.......

I'm draped in a blanket and a bathrobe, had to practice a bit ...

wink


I have been sick all day too... I had to give up a book sale (where I could have found sheet music too frown ), but still forced myself to play as usual (between sneezes).
I am off to bed now though. sleep
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#1969349 - 10/06/12 05:48 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: Toastie]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
Originally Posted By: ChopinAddict
... when you marry your piano in a private ceremony and remain faithful to your darling for life.


Haha, I would feel far more secure in making that commitment to my piano than I would my boyfriend. As it is, I am currently considering sharing my home with a new piano, so I think cohabiting is a big enough commitment for now, and I will wait until my piano is ready before we think about marriage. smile



My new piano and I have been together for over a year now and get along very well. smile So I guess next year we can talk about marriage. laugh (We are not going to invite many people though, we want to keep it private. wink grin)
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#1969498 - 10/06/12 03:36 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: ChopinAddict]
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You get a MIDI beginner's keyboard just for it's ability to talk with your computer and you tell your accoustic piana that it doesn't have to be envious, it will always be the number 1.
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#1969500 - 10/06/12 03:42 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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You decide the point when you really need to see a doctor is when you feel too sick to play the piano.
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#1969506 - 10/06/12 04:00 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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When after selling the 7 foot grand (Yamaha C7) you turn to the digital world constantly seeking the holy grail of virtual pianos to temporarily replace it with. Finally I think Ivory American Concert D Grand 1951 comes the absolute closest to the mark after obsessing with so many other digital grands. Soon to add an acoustic grand again due to this addiction....Steinway B?....

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#1969510 - 10/06/12 04:05 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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This morning I woke up at 4am and went downstairs to my keyboard. This has never happened before, although do find I am getting up earlier and going to bed later because my piano obsession is stopping me from sleeping properly.

Does it calm down after a while? It's only been two months and I can't imagine how I can continue with my current level of addiction indefinitely.
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#1969525 - 10/06/12 05:22 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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When you work in a piano dealership, the owner gives you the keys, you play every piano in the store then settle down and you play the 1947 Steinway B till 5:30 in the morning until you're all played out and you still want to play more because the piano is begging you to bring out every nuance of tone imaginable and it seems you have entered another world where, in a dreamlike trance, your fingers suddenly capture entrancing blocks of sound, strings of melodies, percussive adventures, and emotional states which at the same time drains you physically yet recharges you and transforms your soul to new realities.........................sound familiar?

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#1969528 - 10/06/12 05:28 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MusicMinder]
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Originally Posted By: MusicMinder
When you work in a piano dealership, the owner gives you the keys, you play every piano in the store then settle down and you play the 1947 Steinway B till 5:30 in the morning until you're all played out and you still want to play more because the piano is begging you to bring out every nuance of tone imaginable and it seems you have entered another world where, in a dreamlike trance, your fingers suddenly capture entrancing blocks of sound, strings of melodies, percussive adventures, and emotional states which at the same time drains you physically yet recharges you and transforms your soul to new realities.........................sound familiar?


This is a really lovely description.
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#1969743 - 10/07/12 09:37 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: Toastie]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
This morning I woke up at 4am and went downstairs to my keyboard. This has never happened before, although do find I am getting up earlier and going to bed later because my piano obsession is stopping me from sleeping properly.

Does it calm down after a while? It's only been two months and I can't imagine how I can continue with my current level of addiction indefinitely.


This is so wrong..... everybody knows you should have it next to your bed blush

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#1970047 - 10/07/12 09:54 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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When you sit on the sofa watching something on i player and even though it is the Leeds Piano Competition, you feel your piano is watching you and you should be practising!
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#1970310 - 10/08/12 01:10 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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When you do half an hour before you start work, pretend you're going to a meeting so you can do another half an hour at lunchtime, then fake a headache so you can sneak off to do another half hour after work. And this is before you drive home to do a few hours more.

I have discovered a cupboard at work filled with various old digital pianos, so I am eating my lunch in there these days.
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'Play Piano' Book 2 - finished
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#1970339 - 10/08/12 02:28 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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Originally Posted By: EdwardianPiano
Originally Posted By: -Frycek
Originally Posted By: Tubbie0075
When you sometimes sit beside your piano just admiring it, or when you pat your piano lightly before or after playing, appreciating it like a friend or pet.

Chopin was known to do that.


Did he? Awesome! I do that too. I say goodnight to mine each night. And there are two framed pictures of Chopin on top of my Piano. heart


You shouldn't anthropomorphize pianos. They hate that.

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#1970398 - 10/08/12 04:53 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: Toastie]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
When you do half an hour before you start work, pretend you're going to a meeting so you can do another half an hour at lunchtime, then fake a headache so you can sneak off to do another half hour after work. And this is before you drive home to do a few hours more.

I have discovered a cupboard at work filled with various old digital pianos, so I am eating my lunch in there these days.


LOL Toastie! My Piano is looking at me right now begging to be played!
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"He who divines the secret of my music is delivered from the misery that haunts the world."


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#1970400 - 10/08/12 04:54 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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Quote:
You shouldn't anthropomorphize pianos. They hate that.

Forrest


ha
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#1985422 - 11/11/12 04:12 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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I was watching err. A 'Blue movie' on a er well known website.

She was sat at a piano and was playing really really well an unknown piece, it was a sad Beethoven type piece. smirk

I was extremely disappointed when she stopped playing the piano and began to 'play' with herself. cursing

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#1985499 - 11/11/12 08:01 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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I love this topic. When I am away from my piano, my wife complains because I am playing the table, or the couch, or the steering wheel. I spend all my time on YouTube looking at beautiful pianos, or on PW reading about them. When I watch movies that include a piano, I am more interested in the piano than the story. When I am home again, I can't stay away from the piano. I feel guilty not keeping my wife company at the tv or in the kitchen, but my thoughts are on how long I need to wait before excusing myself to go play. I still love to try every new piano I see and can.t wait to get new music to play on my beautiful Mason-Hamlin. Did I mention that I have loved pianos since I was about two and spent time at Grandpa's house? He was a tuner-tech/rebuilder all his life. I bought many, many uprights, and even a square grand, over the years even though I didn't know how to play. Moving around, I had to let them all go until now, but I have succeeded in one great passion: I taught myself to play.

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#1985540 - 11/11/12 09:46 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: Chopinlover49]
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...you forget what you were doing while moving from point A to point B in the house, and find yourself walking towards the piano.

This could also be early onset Alzheimer's, I'm not quite sure (only half kidding).
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#1985583 - 11/12/12 01:53 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: WiseBuff]
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I was told I would be going to be in hospital for cancer treatment for a month so I went out and bought a cheap, 45 key spring loaded keyboard as opposed to a electronic piano with weighted keys and the hospital staff said no patient ever brought a keyboard to the hospital before. People brought laptops but never keyboards. There aren't many firsts in my life so I guess this is one.

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#1985654 - 11/12/12 08:51 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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Sorry to hear you face cancer treatment Michael- I hope you don't have too hard a time of it and send you my best wishes. I'm glad you have your keyboard.
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#1985664 - 11/12/12 09:34 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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Michael, I hope you get better soon.
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#1985733 - 11/12/12 01:45 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: Michael_99]
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Originally Posted By: Michael_99
I was told I would be going to be in hospital for cancer treatment for a month so I went out and bought a cheap, 45 key spring loaded keyboard as opposed to a electronic piano with weighted keys and the hospital staff said no patient ever brought a keyboard to the hospital before. People brought laptops but never keyboards. There aren't many firsts in my life so I guess this is one.


Man after my own heart. I was hospitalized with pneumonia for a week this past January. I missed my piano more than anything. More than edible food even. Hope all goes well for you.
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#1985934 - 11/12/12 11:02 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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Sorry, I may not have phrased my posting appropriately. I was diagnosed in 2007 with cancer and treated during 2008, 2009, and during 2010 I was told by the doctors they couldn't find any more cancer. And my question to the doctors was - politely spoken - but meant humorously - How hard did they look (for the cancer)? Their advice to me was to live every day fully.
I have always lived my life fully each day and continue to do so. So the cancer is in remission is the term. I am very happy to still be alive - and trying to play the piano! I am being treated current for ancillary matters related to the overall treatment but in laymens terms the cancer is gone as far as anybody knows. I am sorry for the misunderstand - but thank you for your concern and nice comments.

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#1986062 - 11/13/12 09:33 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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Michael, that's a wonderful 'clarification'! (I especially liked you asking exactly how hard the doctors looked...) smile May you continue to stay cancer free!

I know I'm addicted because when asked what I wanted for my upcoming birthday, all I wanted was the piano tuned!

The tech did an evaluation on my old "baby" while he was here and said it would very much improve with hammer reshaping and a full regulation. Hey, family! Here's what I want for Christmas! (And for about the next 5 Christmases - a bit spendy.)
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#1986280 - 11/13/12 05:50 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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Glad to hear the cancer has gone Michael.
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#1986725 - 11/14/12 05:57 PM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: MaryAnn]
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I just realized this: I must be an addict as I was told by a co-worker today (kiddingly) to "chill out and go to your happy place" when I got a little tense.

I imagined being at my piano!
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#1987006 - 11/15/12 09:47 AM Re: you know you're a piano addict when... [Re: WiseBuff]
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...you get your first real piano (after playing on cheap synths with nonweighted keys), you can't stop thinking about playing it, you read this thread for comfort because you're stuck at work, and then you post a reply because you ran out of thread to read...

Piano... must... piano... *tries not to hyperventilate* m-must... Piiiiiaaaaanooooo!

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