mbc007, I have read your post, here:
subject: Lots of questions
I'm a newbie ( this is my first posting) not only to this forum but also the piano as well.
I'm 45 and just about to have my first lesson - very excited!
I used to play the organ as a kid and have been waiting 20 years now to take up the piano.
I have a number of requests for help from you and would be delighted to hear your replies.
I'm looking to purchase my first DP and am torn between the yamaha YDP 142 or the Casio PX 750. I was searching the net for info and across this guy http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TRxFUjLMe4s
I have to say he's exactly why I want to take up piano and he can sure play. In fact, I was previously contemplating getting the yamaha ydp 162 because of the better GH action that I've read about but it doesn't seem like this guy has any problem with it!
Can anyone give their opinion on these DPs please?
But watching him has raised the following questions:-
1. Just how good is he? Is there any chance I would ever be able to play like that in say 10 years time or is he beyond us mortals?
2. Does anybody know any of the pieces he plays? I'd love to know the pieces at 0:50 (repeated at 5:00), then the prices at 6:00 and 7:00.
I hope there is someone out there up for the challenge!
Many thanks all
I love your subject line. Actually, I have a few questions for you to ask yourself. I am a beginner piano player, but I am almost twice your age.
When you say you used to play the organ as a kid, you probably have some memory of playing the organ. The questions to ask yourself are: Can you read music? Do you know the values of the notes being whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, etc. Do you know the names of the notes in the bass clef, treble clef, above and below the staff.
When you say you are excited, ask yourself what your are you excited about. Is it the sound of the music, the speed of the music. The reason I ask what you are excited about is important. If you like the sound of the music, you should go to a piano/music store and play a C major scale from middle C. on an acoutic piano and a digital piano because even with broken ears you can hear the difference between the sound of both the digital and the acoustic pianos. It is not good or bad, but they are different. Now about speed. Playing anything fast and well takes many years of dedication which will cost you absolutely nothing but spending time on the piano bench. If you love sitting on a piano bench each day for many years, you will do just fine.
I tried about 4 times to become a piano player and failed everytime. The reason I failed was because I had a job typing 8 hours a day and it didn't work for me. The minute I got sick and couldn't work, I was immediately able to play the piano a few minutes each day because I was weak, but I love playing the piano very, very, much and I still do and I am impoving in ability and in my energy, too.
Some people say they like this kind of music or that that kind of music. I am not like that. I love to play any music I can read and play. If someone says why don't you play this piece, I would do it in a minute - it is all about learning that drives me to the piano bench. .
Piano isn't that hard because I have had learning difficulties my entire life, and I have had no problems so far. If you are the kind of person that likes to do things many times always trying to do it well no matter how many times or how long it takes to do it right, you will enjoy learning to play the piano. That is all there is to piano other than listening to yourself play, because you have to listen to youself play so you know how to correct your sound and your smoothness of your playing.
I have 2 digitals and an acoustic piano. I think my digital are awesome and I play them and my acoustic piano, too. So if you are going to start out with a digital then that is great, but
I personally don't think the digitals are that different from each other, but maybe you will feel differently and you will find the particular digital you will like best. My stuff is Yam and they seem fine and are world famous so they stand behind their product as I am sure most companies, do, too.
So I wish you well, and you will do well because you say you have found a teacher and the teaher will help you reach your goals.