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#2159208 - 09/28/13 05:38 PM Street Pianos in Massachusetts
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If you live in Massachusetts keep your eyes out for street pianos. I found 4 so far! It's really cool to be walking home and hearing some great piano players!

http://www.streetpianos.com/
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#2159383 - 09/28/13 09:52 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maRPg_TgYc

If this link works, it's my kid smile

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#2159384 - 09/28/13 09:54 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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We had a great time. We stopped at 2 on Huntington Av in Boston. One at the museum and the other near the Conservatory!

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#2159385 - 09/28/13 09:55 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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I enjoyed her playing HalfStep!

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#2159392 - 09/28/13 10:07 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Bamburg]
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Originally Posted By: Bamburg
I enjoyed her playing HalfStep!


Thanks, Bamburg! We played on two different pianos throughout the day. She had such a great time! The weather was perfect!

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#2159400 - 09/28/13 10:32 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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Kymber, I have read your post, here:

Subject: Street Pianos in Massachusetts
Kymber Offline

If you live in Massachusetts keep your eyes out for street pianos. I found 4 so far! It's really cool to be walking home and hearing some great piano players!

________________________________________________

Yes, the Street Piano program that started in England, I believe, to fix up pianos and donate them to the public in cities around the world is awesome.

The local newspaper published the Street Piano Program and where the piano was located and where the Street Piano was going to be located next.

I hurried out to find the piano location before it was moved that was very much out of the way under a bridge overpass out of the weather but lots of foot traffic. On the Sunday morning, I headed out at 7:00 a.m to arrive at 8:00 a.m. thinking most people would be at church, sleeping in, or recovering from a hangover. As usual I played like do at home, always at pp, because playing pp is very personal and intimate when making music - and yes, it was a good time to find the piano. So I took to the Street Piano my beginner music book Leila Fletcher Piano Course 1 which are little 50 pieces of 4 to 8 measures long which I had been playing for 2 years over and over and could play them confidentially and musically. Of course, I had to make a music stand out of a small block of wood and a piece of plastic as backing to hold the music up and used clothes pegs to keep the music from being affected by the wind - because pictures of the Street Pianos never show a music stand. So I may be the only beginner ever to play a street piano - as opposed to people who have had lessons in their lifetime and can find in their brain a piece of music they used to play. I could hear people saying as they walked by - that a day or two or a night or two ago, somebody was playing great music.

The were polite and didn't say anything to me because I was playing beginner music with a music stand and that was more than they ever wanted to know !!!

I played for about 15 minutes and a few passers-by appeared on the move during that 15 minute period. It was my first time playing a piano for anyone because I live alone and play the piano alone and love it - nothing about playing the piano - for me - is anything about an audience but simply the awesome moment of sitting at a 3 legged piano playing anything and hearing the music - is a priceless moment for the ears and the soul/heart.

3S28SP


Edited by Michael_99 (09/28/13 10:46 PM)

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#2159406 - 09/28/13 10:55 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Michael_99]
HalfStep Offline
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Registered: 02/25/11
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Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: Michael_99
Kymber, I have read your post, here:

Subject: Street Pianos in Massachusetts
Kymber Offline

If you live in Massachusetts keep your eyes out for street pianos. I found 4 so far! It's really cool to be walking home and hearing some great piano players!

________________________________________________

Yes, the Street Piano program that started in England, I believe, to fix up pianos and donate them to the public in cities around the world is awesome.

The local newspaper published the Street Piano Program and where the piano was located and where the Street Piano was going to be located next.

I hurried out to find the piano location before it was moved that was very much out of the way under a bridge overpass out of the weather but lots of foot traffic. On the Sunday morning, I headed out at 7:00 a.m to arrive at 8:00 a.m. thinking most people would be at church, sleeping in, or recovering from a hangover. As usual I played like do at home, always at pp, because playing pp is very personal and intimate when making music - and yes, it was a good time to find the piano. So I took to the Street Piano my beginner music book Leila Fletcher Piano Course 1 which are little 50 pieces of 4 to 8 measures long which I had been playing for 2 years over and over and could play them confidentially and musically. Of course, I had to make a music stand out of a small block of wood and a piece of plastic as backing to hold the music up and used clothes pegs to keep the music from being affected by the wind - because pictures of the Street Pianos never show a music stand. So I may be the only beginner ever to play a street piano - as opposed to people who have had lessons in their lifetime and can find in their brain a piece of music they used to play. I could hear people saying as they walked by - that a day or two or a night or two ago, somebody was playing great music.

The were polite and didn't say anything to me because I was playing beginner music with a music stand and that was more than they ever wanted to know !!!

I played for about 15 minutes and a few passers-by appeared on the move during that 15 minute period. It was my first time playing a piano for anyone because I live alone and play the piano alone and love it - nothing about playing the piano - for me - is anything about an audience but simply the awesome moment of sitting at a 3 legged piano playing anything and hearing the music - is a priceless moment for the ears and the soul/heart.

3S28SP


There were some really brilliant pianists reading music. I always read, otherwise, I miss something smile

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#2159420 - 09/28/13 11:48 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: HalfStep]
Kymber Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
Posts: 1348
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: HalfStep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maRPg_TgYc

If this link works, it's my kid smile


Very good! smile
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#2159423 - 09/28/13 11:53 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Michael_99]
Kymber Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
Posts: 1348
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Michael_99
Kymber, I have read your post, here:

Subject: Street Pianos in Massachusetts
Kymber Offline

If you live in Massachusetts keep your eyes out for street pianos. I found 4 so far! It's really cool to be walking home and hearing some great piano players!

________________________________________________

Yes, the Street Piano program that started in England, I believe, to fix up pianos and donate them to the public in cities around the world is awesome.

The local newspaper published the Street Piano Program and where the piano was located and where the Street Piano was going to be located next.

I hurried out to find the piano location before it was moved that was very much out of the way under a bridge overpass out of the weather but lots of foot traffic. On the Sunday morning, I headed out at 7:00 a.m to arrive at 8:00 a.m. thinking most people would be at church, sleeping in, or recovering from a hangover. As usual I played like do at home, always at pp, because playing pp is very personal and intimate when making music - and yes, it was a good time to find the piano. So I took to the Street Piano my beginner music book Leila Fletcher Piano Course 1 which are little 50 pieces of 4 to 8 measures long which I had been playing for 2 years over and over and could play them confidentially and musically. Of course, I had to make a music stand out of a small block of wood and a piece of plastic as backing to hold the music up and used clothes pegs to keep the music from being affected by the wind - because pictures of the Street Pianos never show a music stand. So I may be the only beginner ever to play a street piano - as opposed to people who have had lessons in their lifetime and can find in their brain a piece of music they used to play. I could hear people saying as they walked by - that a day or two or a night or two ago, somebody was playing great music.

The were polite and didn't say anything to me because I was playing beginner music with a music stand and that was more than they ever wanted to know !!!

I played for about 15 minutes and a few passers-by appeared on the move during that 15 minute period. It was my first time playing a piano for anyone because I live alone and play the piano alone and love it - nothing about playing the piano - for me - is anything about an audience but simply the awesome moment of sitting at a 3 legged piano playing anything and hearing the music - is a priceless moment for the ears and the soul/heart.

3S28SP


Fantastic!
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#2159424 - 09/28/13 11:54 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: HalfStep]
Kymber Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
Posts: 1348
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: HalfStep
We had a great time. We stopped at 2 on Huntington Av in Boston. One at the museum and the other near the Conservatory!

Awesome! I love it so much. I wish it could be a permanent thing.
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And finally soared in the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.”
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#2159585 - 09/29/13 10:56 AM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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Registered: 02/25/11
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Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: Kymber
Originally Posted By: HalfStep
We had a great time. We stopped at 2 on Huntington Av in Boston. One at the museum and the other near the Conservatory!

Awesome! I love it so much. I wish it could be a permanent thing.


Me too! We had such a great day. We met a group riding bikes that visited and played on 23 pianos by 6 pm

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#2159631 - 09/29/13 12:33 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 1280
Loc: Stockholms ln, Sverige
I wish there would be something like this in Stockholm. The closest to it here has been the piano stairs at Odenplan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TvvHboar6Q


M.

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#2159641 - 09/29/13 12:52 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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Registered: 08/10/12
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Loc: UK
It was the street pianos in London that reminded me of my long buried desire to learn, when I saw them last year. I got home from my trip and looked up local piano teachers. Changed my life, no kidding.
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#2159849 - 09/29/13 09:38 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Michael Sayers]
Kymber Offline
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Registered: 09/25/08
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Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Michael Sayers
I wish there would be something like this in Stockholm. The closest to it here has been the piano stairs at Odenplan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TvvHboar6Q


M.

So cool!
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#2159851 - 09/29/13 09:45 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Toastie]
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Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: Toastie
It was the street pianos in London that reminded me of my long buried desire to learn, when I saw them last year. I got home from my trip and looked up local piano teachers. Changed my life, no kidding.


Wow, that's great!
To be honest I haven't been playing the piano much. But, hearing and seeing those pianos everywhere I go has inspired me to start playing plunking around at the piano again. The good news is, I noticed my reading is a lot better than I realized, even after not having looked at a piece of music in several months.
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#2159858 - 09/29/13 09:56 PM Re: Street Pianos in Massachusetts [Re: Kymber]
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Very very cool project.
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