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#2155561 - 09/22/13 02:33 PM Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!!
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Registered: 10/24/12
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Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
I just had to share the good news. I have been trying to teach myself since I am a very poor boy fighting a disability case and have almost no money. I don't have a piano anymore since my cat ruined my Casio by going wee-wee on it. Now she lives in the basement. I am just waiting until December when my family gives me my Christmas money as gifts and Musician's Friend has their 15 month same as cash financing deal.

Anyway I started a little handmade rosary business selling on ebay to both have a little money and fund the purchase of parts and postage for the rosaries I make to send to the mission fields. For the work I put in there isn't much money in it, and I can only sit and do it a couple of times a day for a couple of hours because of a blood clotting disorder, but anyway it leaves me with about $30 dollars a week in extra cash which is a big help.

Anyway I had been searching Craigslist for a teacher just dreaming that somehow, someday after I win my disability case I could afford one. Prices in my area are $35.00 per half-hour and I was just so upset. Then all of the sudden an ad appeared the other day from a teacher way south of town out in the sticks, but because of the way the highway runs from my house would only be a 20 min. trip. SHE ONLY CHARGES $25.00 PER HOUR!!! Now, I was thinking this was too good to be true and maybe she wasn't a good teacher, or she would not teach the style of music I wanted, or we wouldn't be a good fit, etc. We exchanged emails and then I called her up and low and behold it is because of the fact she teaches what I want to learn (church hymns, non-classical, how to play with style from a fake book, how to improvise etc.) that she wasn't charging as much as the classically trained teachers in town. She is just a little old lady who plays for her church and teaches on the side under the table for extra cash like in my business. We hit it off on the phone instantly. The only thing I don't like is she comes to you. She doesn't have a studio. That means I am really going to have to straighten this place up before I start. Since I am disabled and it's just me and Grandma the house is really too much for us and I am afraid it's a wreck. Walls need to be washed, there's junk everywhere since we can't run down to the basement every time we need something, it hasn't been painted in 20 years and we smoke, etc. I would have much rather went to her, but if it's the only way I can have lessons I will suffer it out someway.

She comes with excellent references and the students of hers I have contacted are either playing in churches now or in bands for fun and one student of her's I exchanged emails with she started with 15 years ago when he was a teenager is now playing in a country club steady as his full time job.

Man I can't wait until December. She said since I was disabled and could work with her any time of day she will have a slot open for me. I am just so happy I could pee myself.
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Currently I am without a piano, but when I get mine back I will be working on "The Complete Piano Player", as well as Neely's "How to Play from a Fake Book. I am spending my time working on theory and learning how to construct chords currently.


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#2155569 - 09/22/13 02:47 PM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: BillTheSlink]
Morodiene Online   content
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What about taking lessons at a church? If you go to a church, perhaps they'd let you use it for free for the half hour as long as you schedule the lessons during their normal business hours. I doubt the teacher would mind since either way she's got to drive to you.

The other option is at her church, which she should be able to use for free since she's the accompanist there.

Hope it works out!
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#2155614 - 09/22/13 04:04 PM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: Morodiene]
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I was going to ask if the OP belongs to a church because if so can members of the church help with painting the house? If you are short of money then they could donate a few cans of paint?. Here in England if you are in your kind of situation struggling they have social workers who will help. Sorry I am deviating a bit but good luck with the piano lessons. Let us know how you get on.

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#2155700 - 09/22/13 06:38 PM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: BillTheSlink]
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great news indeed, having a teacher is such a benefit
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#2155744 - 09/22/13 07:58 PM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: BillTheSlink]
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awww... poor kitty frown
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#2155984 - 09/23/13 06:08 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: adultpianist]
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Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Thanks for the idea, and yes my parish would do that for me, but to be honest I am more concerned with dust, clutter, and a really good cleaning than anything else. It's OK to be poor, but when people think you're a dirty slob then that's a different story. I will just have to bear down and do a little each day until I give out. It just got away from us because we know we can't do much so we gave up trying.
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Currently I am without a piano, but when I get mine back I will be working on "The Complete Piano Player", as well as Neely's "How to Play from a Fake Book. I am spending my time working on theory and learning how to construct chords currently.


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#2155986 - 09/23/13 06:21 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: PaperClip]
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Originally Posted By: PaperClip
awww... poor kitty frown


It was her choice, not mine. Originally when I found what happened after taking time off from piano because I had carpel tunnel and ulnar nerve entrapment I was going to do her serious harm, as in taking her out on the porch with the pistol and going bang. Somehow she sensed it and ran to the basement when Grandma opened the door to the basement. I got over my hostilities quickly, but apparently she likes it down there. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that she would let you see her. I guess for a cat what's not to love about an unfinished basement? She's got plenty of things to climb on, hid under, bugs to catch, even the occasional mouse I bet, not to mention the killed snake I found. I think she's living her style of life and living it to the fullest. She never was a people cat. She was a stray and just hung out around the house. She really wouldn't let you pet her or anything. She must be getting plenty of exercise because she went from a diet that we couldn't believe she wasn't starving on upstairs to eating like a horse in the basement. I think she is truly happy now and I am glad.
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Currently I am without a piano, but when I get mine back I will be working on "The Complete Piano Player", as well as Neely's "How to Play from a Fake Book. I am spending my time working on theory and learning how to construct chords currently.


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#2156002 - 09/23/13 07:29 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: BillTheSlink]
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Originally Posted By: BillTheSlink
Thanks for the idea, and yes my parish would do that for me, but to be honest I am more concerned with dust, clutter, and a really good cleaning than anything else. It's OK to be poor, but when people think you're a dirty slob then that's a different story. I will just have to bear down and do a little each day until I give out. It just got away from us because we know we can't do much so we gave up trying.


But the parish would come and clean

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#2156021 - 09/23/13 08:25 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: BillTheSlink]
Morodiene Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BillTheSlink
Thanks for the idea, and yes my parish would do that for me, but to be honest I am more concerned with dust, clutter, and a really good cleaning than anything else. It's OK to be poor, but when people think you're a dirty slob then that's a different story. I will just have to bear down and do a little each day until I give out. It just got away from us because we know we can't do much so we gave up trying.
If I may make a recommendation, there is this website that helps you get started on cleaning up and keeping clean. It's a very slow easy process (over 30 days) with a new task each day. And it's not about perfectionism, which I love: www.flylady.net
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#2156052 - 09/23/13 09:31 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: Morodiene]
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If you do what I do and clean a little bit every day then it keeps the dust at bay and you dont end up spending weeks cleaning a backlog of dust

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#2156056 - 09/23/13 09:37 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: Morodiene]
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Registered: 12/12/10
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Loc: Minneapolis, MN
Originally Posted By: Morodiene
Originally Posted By: BillTheSlink
Thanks for the idea, and yes my parish would do that for me, but to be honest I am more concerned with dust, clutter, and a really good cleaning than anything else. It's OK to be poor, but when people think you're a dirty slob then that's a different story. I will just have to bear down and do a little each day until I give out. It just got away from us because we know we can't do much so we gave up trying.
If I may make a recommendation, there is this website that helps you get started on cleaning up and keeping clean. It's a very slow easy process (over 30 days) with a new task each day. And it's not about perfectionism, which I love: www.flylady.net


I just checked this out Morodiene. There are some great ideas that I'm going to try out. Thanks!

PS: Now, maybe I'll be able to free up even more time to finish listening to the Grieg recitals! smile
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#2156093 - 09/23/13 11:11 AM Re: Found a teacher I will be able to afford!!! [Re: Morodiene]
BillTheSlink Offline
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Registered: 10/24/12
Posts: 108
Loc: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Originally Posted By: Morodiene
Originally Posted By: BillTheSlink
Thanks for the idea, and yes my parish would do that for me, but to be honest I am more concerned with dust, clutter, and a really good cleaning than anything else. It's OK to be poor, but when people think you're a dirty slob then that's a different story. I will just have to bear down and do a little each day until I give out. It just got away from us because we know we can't do much so we gave up trying.
If I may make a recommendation, there is this website that helps you get started on cleaning up and keeping clean. It's a very slow easy process (over 30 days) with a new task each day. And it's not about perfectionism, which I love: www.flylady.net


Thank you so much! Truthfully I didn't know where to begin, but I can handle "Day 1: Clean Your Sink". I looked around at the site and I can do this. Since it will be December or January before my first lesson the place should be in good shape by then. My disabilities combined with the fact I just never was taught how to clean left me in the dark. Now I got a step by step cleaning instructor too. I can't wait until the end of the 30 days and this place is decluttered then I can get down to scrubbing an hour or so each day. Thanks so much. laugh yippie
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Currently I am without a piano, but when I get mine back I will be working on "The Complete Piano Player", as well as Neely's "How to Play from a Fake Book. I am spending my time working on theory and learning how to construct chords currently.


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