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#2122661 - 07/25/13 04:56 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Milesmiles Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/24/13
Posts: 3
Hello!

I just started playing piano a couple of months ago, Im a late bloomer (28 years old).
I studied jazz flute (transcribing/analyzing/learning solos) when I was younger, so I have some kind of an understanding how things work when it comes to theory. I have played keyboards in bands, but the keyboard parts were very simple and I always thought I didn't have any understanding how the instrument works and what can I do with it, other than playing chords. I just started taking lessons and Im overwhelmed by the beauty of this instrument and compared to flute it feels like Im playing a symphonic orchestra (88 keys!). I enjoy practising the instrument and I feel that learning/studying piano expands my musical knowledge. When I play flute, I never really think about chord inversions etc.

My goal is to expand my musical horizons and learn more ways to express myself through music.
It's a long road, but when it comes to music, it's not about the destination. It's about the journey.


Edited by Milesmiles (07/25/13 04:59 AM)

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#2130397 - 08/09/13 01:09 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Milesmiles]
MusicDoc Offline
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Registered: 08/07/13
Posts: 7
Hi everyone!

I was on this forum a few years ago but lost my login details. Since then, I have moved to the US, finished medical school, started psychiatry training, done really well in my piano licentiate, and hopelessly failed my FTCL :-)

After about a year of not playing (I had to leave my RX-3 in South Africa), I have just bought a lovely Yamaha U1 (I now will start saving for an Estonia, or maybe another Kawai Grand), and hope to re-attempt my FTCL, or at least work towards being comfortable playing pieces of that level of musical complexity.

I also play the Flute, but this has taken a serious back seat to my career recently. I find it very difficult to maintain even one instrument with a full time job. But maybe one day I will have the time to pick it up again!

Thanks in advance to everyone for your advice. I hope to contribute as much as I can!

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#2132531 - 08/13/13 09:54 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
SillySushiBear Offline
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Registered: 11/11/05
Posts: 29
Hi there,

Long time lurker and finally an occasional poster. I think I joined in high school before I knew anything about anything, and now I have probably less of an idea than I did then. I don't like to have too many identifiers on the internet because, frankly, I'm paranoid, but I will say that I am a professional pianist just out of school, taking some time off to hone my teaching and playing skills before I prepare for another round of degrees. Whether this is wise or not remains to be seen. grin

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#2136723 - 08/21/13 05:16 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Poppysmom Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 8
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Hello, everybody-- Brand new to Piano World. I'm a woman in my mid-70s (!). I asked for piano lessons at 3, and got them at 4. I always loved to play, but had trouble with thinking of practice as *work.* In my teens I had some well known teachers, but--what can I say, I was immature and scared--I said no, I didn't want to be a concert pianist. I went on to graduate in music from UC Berkeley, where I put in a very mediocre appearance. (Their emphasis was all on theory and composition, no credit even given for performance study, and I was way too lost and bewildered to do the right thing by myself, kept thinking I should switch to English.)

Years intervened in which I didn't really play at all. In my 40s I got my piano back, and played on and off for a few years, then avoided it, guilt-ridden, for 20 years! Finally sold my 1903 Model A Steinway (it needed $20K worth of work) and ended up getting a 5'8" Yamaha which, to my amazement, sounds just fine in my living room. That was in 2005. And I told myself, since I live on a shoestring, I really couldn't afford to have this piano and not play it. So, again off and on, I went back to playing.

This year, though, something seems to have changed: [now that I'm practically doddering, tra-la] I'm finally seeing some BIG shifts in my attitudes about playing (a lot of the ghastly old ego stuff seems to have subsided), and I seem to have decided that playing--and practicing!!!--is all pleasure. Whoopee!! My speed surely isn't what it was when I was 16, and I have a weird-looking arthritic right thumb, but I seem to be working my way through the WTC and the Chopin nocturnes very happily. I have the Children's Corner and the Bergamasque, and I'm thinking I'd really like to play for others to the extent that I can. I still have a *lot* of nervousness that I didn't have as a kid when it comes to playing in front of people, but I'm hoping that doing it frequently--my friends all seem to like hearing me play--it'll get easier, so that I can concentrate on delivering the message instead of worrying about how I look.

So, that's a lot about me--but I'm very pleased to have found this place. Thank you for being here!


Edited by Poppysmom (08/21/13 05:17 PM)
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"We are caught in a traffic jam of discursive thought." ~ Chogyam Trungpa
"We lie in the lap of immense intelligence." ~ Emerson

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#2136783 - 08/21/13 07:19 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Poppysmom]
Music Me Offline
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Registered: 10/23/12
Posts: 154
Loc: New York
Hello and welcome Kate. Your story is absolutely wonderful! I must agree, there is nothing like practicing. Even doing scales, and exercises adds to your playing technique, ability and ease. What I love most of all is that I do it for myself! This selfish act on my part keeps me alive and makes me feel that I have a huge connection to life. I have no doubt that you (and others) can understand what I feel.

I look forward to reading your posts!

Music is God.
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Barbara
...without music, no life...

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#2137525 - 08/23/13 03:31 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Poppysmom Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 8
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Barbara, thanks for the very warm welcome! I confess, none of my teachers (thank God!) ever insisted that I do scales and exercises. It's my (very subjective) opinion that technique can be learned on Bach better than on Hanon, and without running the risk of repelling the player away from the whole enterprise.

Lately I've been managing a couple of hours' practice a day and, for the first time EVAH, feeling that every single minute is pure pleasure! I do the first hour on Bach--I'm working on the WTC Bk 1 Eb minor fugue, polishing the Eb Major, and bringing back the C# Major one--and the second on Chopin (polishing #1 in Bb minor, #20 in C# minor, #10 in Ab Major, and #15, F minor, and working on #8 in Db Major. Eager to get to #7, and also #3.)

Additionally, I really need to bring back Bergamasque, because my plan for getting past the worst of the performance anxiety is to do it until it's not so terrifying any more. With that in mind, I'm starting to have people over, I bribe them with food, and then make them sit and listen.

But I want to give a little recital in the next few months, and I'm thinking off-hand it could consist of the two preludes and fugues, followed by some of the nocturnes, and finishing up with Bergamasque, encores in my pocket consisting of The Girl With the Flaxen Hair and The Little White Donkey.

How's that sound? Is that about enough material for a recital? Too much? Not enough? Dying to get others' ideas here!
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"We are caught in a traffic jam of discursive thought." ~ Chogyam Trungpa
"We lie in the lap of immense intelligence." ~ Emerson

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#2140015 - 08/28/13 03:11 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Poppysmom]
Renjer Offline
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Registered: 08/05/13
Posts: 16
Hi all

I have been playing the piano since I was young (around 5 years of age). I have had many teachers over the years, but ever since I have had to move to Australia, I could no longer continue my lessons (it's been 9 years now, without lessons). I still continue playing the digital piano in my house occasionally, and my dream is to buy a grand piano one day. The house is currently too small though.

I have tried teaching a few friends how to play, but don't know where to start. I don't actually have any pedagogy experience though. I usually take the ABRSM exams when I was actively learning, and finished Grade 8. I have recently stumbled upon the Diploma examination syllabus for other schools (eg London College) and I am learning a few pieces from them here and there. Even though I don't have lessons now, I am still very interested in learning about music.

Someday as well, I would like to learn to compose my own piano music, but as usual, don't know where to start. I have a predominantly classical background, but would sometimes try to play some jazz pieces. Improvisation is not my strong suit though. I usually perform solo, as it is very hard for me to play regularly with a group.

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#2142974 - 09/02/13 05:35 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
JadedImpressions Offline
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Registered: 08/31/13
Posts: 2
Hi everyone!

My name is Jenny and I'm in grade 11. I just reigistered a few days ago, after I've discovered this amazing site while looking for information. I'm so excited to join this community!

I started playing piano at age 5, but I stopped taking lessons for a year when I was 8 because I moved to Canada. I had experience accompanying youth orchestras and I've played in a chamber music group, and I also play clarinet in school. Life was pretty smooth until high school, when I moved in the middle of the semester, and it really affected my motivation to practice; but then I also found a wonderful teacher who helped improve my technique a lot. My family recently bought a new piano, and now I have just completed my ARCT in Performance at RCM. So, now I'm looking for new repertoire, and I look forward to exploring the music of composers I haven't played before - Haydn, Liszt, Ravel, Prokoviev...(surprising, heh?). I really want to learn Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, but, sadly, I'm already working on a concerto. frown

So that's my history, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts in some topics, and I thank everyone, in advance, for all the help and advice I can get here.

Jenny
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Working on:
Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor, op. 23
Saint Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22
Moszkowski: Etincelles

‘You can do anything, but not everything.’ – David Allen
’The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.’ – Lao Tzu

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#2142984 - 09/02/13 05:53 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Orange Soda King Offline
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Registered: 11/25/09
Posts: 6035
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky, United S...
Poly, her signature indicates Saint-Saens' G Minor!

Though, maybe she has edited her profile information since making her first post and your reply. smile

Welcome, Jenny/Jenni! (You list both spellings...) I hope you enjoy Piano World. smile

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#2142989 - 09/02/13 06:02 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Orange Soda King]
Polyphonist Online   content
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Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 6364
Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Poly, her signature indicates Saint-Saens' G Minor!

Though, maybe she has edited her profile information since making her first post and your reply. smile

Welcome, Jenny/Jenni! (You list both spellings...) I hope you enjoy Piano World. smile

Aha - either that or I just missed it the first time. Two huge G minor pieces and and the other one in the relative major. ha
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#2144084 - 09/04/13 02:58 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
trisha2766 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/04/13
Posts: 2
Loc: St. Louis, MO
Hello! New here. Took lessons for many years when I was young then didn't play for a long time. Just started trying to practice seriously again. I have a young daughter, so my time is limited and hopefully I will be able to find time to keep playing. She will be starting lessons soon too! Much younger than when I started, I think that will help her a lot.

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#2152900 - 09/18/13 10:35 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Alan Lai Offline
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Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 309
Loc: USA/Hong Kong
Glad to join the forum, recommended by my technician friend.

A professional pianist stayed in the US for 10 years, and earned a masters degree in piano performance and pedagogy.

Now unfortunately went back to Hong Kong...let's just hope for now.

Active performer and teacher, avid supporter of Nikolai Kapustin's music.

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#2152931 - 09/18/13 11:21 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Alan Lai]
Tim Adrianson Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 974
Hi, Alan! The fellow in Madison, WI, correct? I know you had mentioned to me that there was a definite problem in remaining in the US, and that you'd probably have to go back to Hong Kong -- and that evidently is what has happened. I can only wish you the best, and hang in there! You play Kapustin wonderfully well, in addition to Scriabin.

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#2152960 - 09/18/13 12:09 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Tim Adrianson]
Alan Lai Offline
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Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 309
Loc: USA/Hong Kong
Originally Posted By: Tim Adrianson
Hi, Alan! The fellow in Madison, WI, correct? I know you had mentioned to me that there was a definite problem in remaining in the US, and that you'd probably have to go back to Hong Kong -- and that evidently is what has happened. I can only wish you the best, and hang in there! You play Kapustin wonderfully well, in addition to Scriabin.


Hi Tim,

Yes you are correct! Sorry I don't recall your full name. And I just Googled to see your picture and remembered you!

Thank you for your words. Hopefully I can start posting my music soon, after I get rid of my current POS piano.

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#2155465 - 09/22/13 10:38 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
kdjupdal Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/22/13
Posts: 23
Hi!

I am new.

I am a composer, pianist, and teacher living in Norway. I used to perform as a classical pianist a lot, now I spend more time as a composer (and teacher). Hope to contribute to this forum.

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#2163623 - 10/08/13 07:46 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Pathbreaker Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/18/04
Posts: 988
Loc: Massachusetts
Hello,

I've been a member here for quite some time but I just changed my screen name from 'tbuscuit' (not sure why I chose that one).

I've been playing primarily classical piano for about 13 years. My favorite composers are mostly from the Romantic period including Brahms, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Other favorites that I've played are Bach, Debussy and Mozart.

I took a long break from this forum which was actually a break from piano. Once I started playing again it naturally brought me back here.

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#2167363 - 10/16/13 06:34 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
tijn Offline
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Registered: 10/16/13
Posts: 3
Loc: The Netherlands
Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn


Edited by tijn (10/16/13 06:35 PM)

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#2167389 - 10/16/13 07:37 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: tijn]
Polyphonist Online   content
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Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 6364
Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By: tijn
Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn

Good idea! Too many posters just jump right in, resurrecting ancient thread after ancient thread, and generally breaking every conceivable rule of forum conduct within their first two posts. I hope you will be different. grin
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#2167399 - 10/16/13 08:23 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Polyphonist]
Damon Offline
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Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 5914
Loc: St. Louis area
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: tijn
Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn

Good idea! Too many posters just jump right in, resurrecting ancient thread after ancient thread, and generally breaking every conceivable rule of forum conduct within their first two posts. I hope you will be different. grin


But don't worry, resurrecting threads isn't against any forum rules.
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#2172534 - 10/26/13 10:01 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
AK92 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/24/13
Posts: 10
Hello everyone,

My name is Andrew and this is my first post here! I used to train heavily since young and I feel that I could have tried to become a concert pianist (was actually competing in some regional competitions and won some of them when I was 14-16 yrs old), but due to parent's objections I studied Civil Engineering instead and am now working as a full time civil engineer, part time piano teacher. I still try to get in at least 1-2 hrs of practice everyday though! I do have a secret dream of quitting my job and becoming a full time musician but I feel the time is not now.

Nowadays I'm trying to challenge the boundaries of my technique by tackling all of the Chopin Etudes. Am currently working through op.10 no.1,2,12 and op.25 no.6,11 (the ones that I have trouble with, especially with stamina would like to discuss technique details with other forum members too!). Am also playing through the Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto and a lot of gentler pieces to balance out my Chopin Etudes training. (Chopin Nocturnes, the quiet Rachmaninov preludes and some Mozart/Beethoven/Bach).

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#2172542 - 10/26/13 10:21 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: AK92]
jazzyprof Offline
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Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 2598
Loc: Ann Arbor, MI
Welcome Andrew! Always good to see more engineers come on board. smile I am an electrical engineer myself. You sound pretty advanced...tackling all the Chopin etudes...wow!
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#2172551 - 10/26/13 10:51 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: jazzyprof]
AK92 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/24/13
Posts: 10
Originally Posted By: jazzyprof
Welcome Andrew! Always good to see more engineers come on board. smile I am an electrical engineer myself. You sound pretty advanced...tackling all the Chopin etudes...wow!


Hehe nice to meet you jazzyprof! I'm not even 1 year into practising engineering so I'm kinda a newbie in that field. I always saw the Chopin Etudes as the pinnacle of technical achievement on the piano and it's always quite fun to challenge technical boundaries and discover new things!

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#2175820 - 11/02/13 09:18 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
piano39 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/27/13
Posts: 6
Loc: Ohio
OK, I belong to a few other forums (Harmony Central KSS, Keyboard Magazine), but I only have been a lurker on piano world. Frankly, I have been turned off by some of the comments in the classical posts. I think that one of the reasons that classical music turns off so many people is the snobbish attitude of some people.

For the record, I am a 57 YO male, married, two kids with a heavy day job. I have been playing since I was 11, performing since I was 15. I am actually performing more now than I ever had- nearly every weekend.

Through high school, lessons were classical. In college, I played Hammond organ and synth in a prog rock band (ELP, Yes, Genesis, etc). When punk rock hit, that died. I then switched to playing casuals (weddings, etc) with various variety bands as good extra money when the kids were small. In the past 10 years I got back into it bigger time, playing in rock bands, jazz trios and funk bands. Lately, I have just been doing the solo piano gig at local restaurants, etc. This gives me a chance to play all styles of music, including one or two classical pieces, one or two originals every night.

I own several keyboards, but perform mostly on a Yamaha Motif XF. I practice on an ancient Kohler & Campbell upright daily. One of the reasons I joined Piano World is to learn about buying a used piano. Hope to get a Yamaha U1 (or similar) in next few months.

Looks like there is a lot of good stuff on this forum!

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#2186762 - 11/22/13 07:53 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: piano39]
hreichgott Offline
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Registered: 04/11/13
Posts: 501
Loc: western MA, USA
Hi everyone,

I'm a pianist in western Massachusetts. I mostly work as a dance accompanist, church musician and teacher. Nice to find a place full of so many people enthusiastic about piano music!

Repertoire -- I enjoy a lot of different things but am most fond of Haydn, Mozart and new music. (But then right now most of what I'm working on is Schumann through Ravel.)
I recently had the honor of giving a recital at the church where I work and the program was
Haydn - Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:33
Debussy - "Des pas sur la neige," "Sons et parfums tournent dans l'aur du soir," and "Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest" from Preludes book 1
Higdon - Secret and Glass Gardens
Bellissimo - Problems for Piano
(the latter two pieces are part of a current recording project of contemporary music)
Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op. 12 no. 1-5

Looking forward to enjoying conversations and shared experiences.
Heather
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Currently obsessed with Schubert/D. 845 and Ravel/Tombeau de Couperin
I love Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and new music

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#2194401 - 12/08/13 07:54 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
DreamOfSleeping Offline
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Registered: 12/07/13
Posts: 13
Hello. My name is Neil and I'm 33. I'm getting a digital piano for a christmas present, although I'm paying for some of it myself. lol

I record music under the name Dream Of Sleeping. I'm mainly a guitarist and I've been playing guitar since I was 14.

I've always had a keyboard since I was young, but never really learned to play it. I would get it out a couple of times a year and mess about on it and make up song ideas. About once a year I would go to a friend's house for christmas who had a piano, so a couple of weeks before, I would get my keyboard out and learn to play Clair de lune, then I'd forget it, and do the same the following year.

I could read music from playing classical guitar, although the bass clef notes slowed me down. And the fact that there are so many flats didn't help, but I would get it sounding pretty decent. When I would play it people would think I was good, but that was the ONLY thing I could play! I couldn't play it all because the keyboard I practiced on was too small and I would run out of keys when it got too high.

Now I'm trying to learn properly so I've been learning some simple pieces from some old copies of pianist magazine. I'm getting one of the alfed's books for christmas too.

I have a few piano songs on my soundcloud page, there should be a link in my sig. It would be interesting to hear what real pianists think about what I've created. I probably headed straight for the obvious. Everything sounds new to me on piano. Unlike the guitar where everything sounds old, like I've heard it a million times before.
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#2194449 - 12/08/13 10:44 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Silver Keys Offline
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Registered: 11/21/13
Posts: 56
Loc: Western N.Y.
Hi! I've posted a few replies, but now I will officially introduce myself.

I am a 50-year old new beginner. I've had no prior musical training. I've always wanted to play piano ever since I can remember. One thing that held me back was that I was afraid I would be terrible and would only frustrate myself. (My Dad's guitar playing was awful.). But when my soon-to-be-ex-wife announced she wanted a divorce, I needed something. So last April, I borrowed my brother's keyboard and started piano lessons. (I since bought a Yamaha P155 digital.)

I really scored a great instructor. She is a retired music school professor and seems to prefer her own piano "method". I am close to finishing book two of both "A Dozen a Day" and "FingerPower". For pieces, she had me start with a Piano Adventures book. I finished that and we switched to John Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play". Finished that, and now we work on pieces I want to play. So far I can play well "Minuet in Rondo Form" by Rameau, "Minuet in C", by Mozart, and the first part of "Fur Elise" by Beethoven. I am currently working on the rest of Fur Elise, "Come Sail Away" by Styx and "Music Box Dancer" by Frank Mills. It's kind of embarrassing to admit this, but my instructor once said to me, "I think you may have missed your calling". I'm not trying to boast, it's just that piano came to my life when I really needed help and its been, well, liberating in a way.

For the future, I can picture myself playing jazz lounge kind of stuff for local bars, restaurants and events on a part time mostly for fun basis. (I live in a ski town and we can really use an act like that!). Not sure how long that will take, though.

Thanks for allowing me this forum!

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#2207056 - 01/02/14 06:01 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
playforjoy Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/06/13
Posts: 4
Hello everyone!

I'm 49 and returning to the piano after 27 years hiatus.

When I left off all those years ago, I was playing a Back Invention, a Scriabin prelude, and a Brahms Intermezzo. Kind of advanced beginner/early intermediate type pieces.

Nowadays, I'm back to learning easy-beginner level pieces. I've committed to 30 minutes practice every day and signed up for MYOD so hopefully I can stick with it this time and work my way up to playing some more interesting pieces, the ones that inspire me.
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Scarlatti Minuetto in C, K73b
Bach 2-Part Invention No. 1 in C

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#2217743 - 01/20/14 04:13 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Eldridge Offline
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Registered: 01/10/14
Posts: 23
Loc: New Mexico
I am 55 and am returning to the piano after a long hiatus induced first by a crazy work schedule and then by a stroke suffered when I was 42.

Through high school, I played clarinet, alto sax, and flute in addition to piano. I played in various jazz ensembles, but classical piano remained my greatest enthusiasm; so I pretty much stuck with it in college and after.

After I get back up to speed, which from the feel of things seems like it will take from six months to a year, I intend to study with a teacher again.
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Casio PX 850

Working on: Chopin 3rd Ballade; Bach Italian Concerto; Ravel Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

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#2220595 - 01/25/14 01:38 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
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Registered: 01/24/14
Posts: 4
Loc: Ohio
Hello PW,

I am a 23 year old in Ohio. I never played piano seriously while growing up, but I taught myself a lot of things. While studying vocal performance, I became obsessed with memorizing big pieces, and pouring myself into the interpretive aspect. At age 21 or 22, I really discovered how to listen to sonata form unfold, and became transfixed by Mozart's piano sonatas. I have also spent time listening to Beethoven's sonatas. I could blab on!

I teach a bunch of young beginners for my meager income. I'm a self-taught pedagogue, but I think I do well. Lots and lots and lots of counting, reading, note-spelling. I am trying to get into graduate school for choral conducting. I spend time doing weird sight reading drills and trying to read from some basic "Essential Repertoire" books, I am not a skilled reader. I also still get obsessed with learning pieces for fun - and I'm better, lately, about reading the score a lot more and not just drilling the notes into my muscle memory! Most recently I have learned three of Mendelssohn's songs without words, Op. 19 No2 and No4, aaand.... the E major one with the silly subtitle "Consolation". Where did those subtitles come from anyway?

I really like discussing the rhetoric of music, and I got really excited when I saw people writing about composers and compositions on here.

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#2225223 - 02/03/14 01:23 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Chelsea00 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 6
Loc: NYC
Hi everyone!

So glad I found this forum. I took piano lessons since I was 6 years old and stopped in Junior High.. I recently started practicing again (I'm in my early 30's) and am loving it. I just bought digital piano Kawai CA65 and found a great teacher so am very motivated. I wish I had more time to play outside of work.

Nice meeting you!

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