I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I've been trying to find active forums where people help each other learn to play piano, but so far, the places I've been going to are just dead.
If anyone knows of other active boards where learning piano is actively discussed, I'd love to have some links.
A little about me. I'm 47 turning 48 in July of this year (man does life fly by!) I resigned my job 14 months ago to help my dad through his stage 4 pancreatic cancer and his end of life journey. I spend a good part of the remainder of that year helping get my mom on her own two feet as well as a sort of mini sabbatical. I've been looking for work solidly for six months, but i'm still out of work. I'm a Director of IT by trade.
Recently, I Was given a Wurlitzer 45" upright piano from my mom's church. Many years ago (almost two decades) I taught myself to sight read using Thompson's classical method through year 4. I wanted to play pop tunes...Billy Joel, et al. And I just LOVE jazz. I learned that much of what makes music special in jazz and pop isn't in the lead sheet. Improvisation, ad-libbing, adding colorings/reharmonizations/arrangements.
So about 8 years ago I took 1 year of private lessons in Jazz from a phd professor here in buffalo. He taught me a lot of the theory I was missing, along with how to use a real book. I can play basic 7th chords and read from a lead sheet. But truth be told, I suck.
Recently, since I got the new Wurlitzer, I got Tim Richards Improvising Blues Piano and Exploring Jazz PIano books. I was trying to use Noah Baerman's Beginning Jazz book, but found the tunes pretty dull.
I'm still in Chapter 1 of Richard's IBP, and I'm finding my fingers weakened a lot and I'm relearning a lot of what I lost.
So now I'm trying to be more diligent in my learning and am trying to follow a focused learning plan (sans instructor because I'm broke) to develop my playing skills.
Richard's book is good because it teaches improve right from the start, something I never learned at all before.
So now, I'm on my journey, looking to make some friends to share the experience and maybe get some online help every now and then. One day, when I get back to work, I hope to be able to afford jazz lesson's again.
So anyways, Hi All. I'm glad to be here. And I'm hoping to be a part of these groups and discussions.
FWIW...I'm also an amateur oil painter trying to turn pro. That's my other 'talent' from God. I don't know that I'll ever be able to make a living from it. But it's a great gift. I don't know if it's allowed here (apologize if it's not) but you can see some of my art on my blog: robertbrittonjr.blogspot.com
anyways, trying to use both art and piano (along with my faith) to fight the depression and shame that comes with protracted unemployment. I figure I might as well try to be productive even though I don't have a job.
Thanks for listening all!