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#2116624 - 07/12/13 02:13 PM "Play it again" Must see for returning adults
Miguel Rey Offline
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Found this great video that should give any adult returning to the piano inspiration.


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#2116655 - 07/12/13 03:14 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
sinophilia Offline

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I'm reading the book right now, and liking it a lot!
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#2116670 - 07/12/13 03:55 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Talk about finding time for piano amid a very busy life! Pretty impressive...
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#2116692 - 07/12/13 05:09 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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The book is not available until Sep 17th in the US, according to Amazon...

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#2116699 - 07/12/13 05:37 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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#2116702 - 07/12/13 05:47 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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It looks like the Kindle edition might currently be available in the US.
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#2116708 - 07/12/13 06:02 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: tangleweeds]
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Thankfully, I didn't buy the book, I had it on loan from our City Library, I found it boring and I couldn't relate to it as a Piano Player, I returned it after reading a few chapters.

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#2116715 - 07/12/13 06:18 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: bluebilly]
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Originally Posted By: bluebilly
Thankfully, I didn't buy the book, I had it on loan from our City Library, I found it boring and I couldn't relate to it as a Piano Player, I returned it after reading a few chapters.


Hmmm...that's rude.
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#2116718 - 07/12/13 06:33 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Embedding is disabled for the video. Here is a link to watch it at YouTube:
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#2116719 - 07/12/13 06:34 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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JazzyMac, why is it rude to report one's reaction to the book?

I'd actually like to hear why bluebilly found it boring and couldn't relate.
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#2116766 - 07/12/13 09:16 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Well he's a guy used to high stress levels! I stress out over my little Bach prelude -but maybe I can give myself a whole year and then see how it feels. True though, there are so many who sadly tell you that they used to play and I'm determined not to be one of them! Will find the book and see what he has to say about the experience.
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#2116767 - 07/12/13 09:19 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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It's not available in the US even with Kindle. And I can't buy it from amazon.co.uk

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#2116776 - 07/12/13 09:48 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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It reminds me of how many people have said to me over the year "you run marathons you must be made for them I could never do that".
Truth is, steady building steps and a deep desire to achieve something is a remarkable tool.
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#2116828 - 07/13/13 01:26 AM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: JazzyMac]
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Originally Posted By: JazzyMac
Originally Posted By: bluebilly
Thankfully, I didn't buy the book, I had it on loan from our City Library, I found it boring and I couldn't relate to it as a Piano Player, I returned it after reading a few chapters.


Hmmm...that's rude.

It's my personal review, why lie?


Edited by bluebilly (07/13/13 01:28 AM)

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#2116870 - 07/13/13 06:24 AM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Hopefully he's now on his way to a balance of a lifetime of learning a continuous series of additional pieces that he enjoys - I'd hate to think this was all about just learning one piece and writing a book about the experience (some cynics might claim here that this was more of a commercial enterprise rather than an artistic one) - not that what he accomplished isn't commendable, but now he must move on to round out his repertoire and enhance his skills...
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#2117120 - 07/13/13 05:53 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Thought about getting the book also but at over 400 pages would rather spend that time practicing or listening to music. Thats just me, don't have that much extra time and the video alone was enough to get inspired again and to rethink and map out my goals for the next year.
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#2117164 - 07/13/13 07:17 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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I'm also interested in Bluebilly's view, since he has read at least some of the book. Bluebilly, can you give us some kind of an overview that led to your impression?

I watched the video. It involves a man who had lessons as a child, and resumes piano at a much later age, and he's talking about it. He worries that an older brain doesn't learn as well, so he consults a neurologist at one point. He aims to learn one particular piece which is hard, consults several teachers along the way, and after a lot of perseverance he can play that piece. I guess that if you worry about whether piano can be resumed at a later age and especially if you are aiming for some advanced music in particular, that seeing this man persevere can tell you that it is possible.

I could not relate to the video. My first ever music lessons were on a new instrument, violin, and my chief worry was that it was "silly" - socially unacceptable. I was curious about the instrument and what lessons were like, and it was the instrument itself that fascinated me - not any piece of music. The idea that my older brain was any different than my younger brain never occurred to me. I think if that concern had been brought up, I might have started worrying. I would not have wanted to see the "neurologist" part, even with positive conclusions.

I'm of a practical bent for these things. Is there something in the book that we can use? Or at least, if it's anecdotal, is it interesting and fun to read? I have a feeling that this second thing might be true. He works with five (!) different teachers. I'm curious about what experiences are the same and which different among them. And then he also has an interesting life.
Originally Posted By: Miguel Rey
... the video alone was enough to get inspired again and to rethink and map out my goals for the next year.


That made it worthwhile to watch. The positive enjoyment and the new dimensions that this brings to his everyday life was good to see. That is also something that I could relate to.

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#2117205 - 07/13/13 09:26 PM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Pretty impressive bit of work, learning Chopin's 1st Ballad in one year!

I enjoyed his story and his success.
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#2117361 - 07/14/13 03:58 AM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: Miguel Rey]
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Yeah well, it's a long book - I must admit that I'm reading the bits on his job very quickly, to spend more time on the parts that are actually about the piano. It's also clear that the guy has quite a lot of money on his hands - a music room, a Steinway, a Fazioli - which makes me a bit jealous. But I especially like how he shares his passion in long chamber music sessions with other amateurs and professionals, and by making his music room available to anybody. Now I'm dreaming of a music room of my own...
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#2117387 - 07/14/13 07:08 AM Re: "Play it again" Must see for returning adults [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
JazzyMac, why is it rude to report one's reaction to the book?

I'd actually like to hear why bluebilly found it boring and couldn't relate.

I'm sorry, I've only just caught up with the forum. I did say it was my personal review, others may disagree. Perhaps I didn't give the book enough time as I read around three chapters, and quickly thumbed through the rest of the book. The authors attempt to write a good read book about learning a difficult piano piece around a busy work schedule didn't come over to me. It wasn't the kind of book I pick up and can't put down, and my present time schedule means I can't waste time on anything else. Not wanting to steal this thread but, I've read several other Piano related books and found them to be well penned.

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