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#1205511 - 05/25/09 02:22 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Domenico]
Creativek Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 27
Loc: Chicago
My name is Derek, I am 19 years old going in to my Junior year of college as a Piano Performance Major. I started playing piano in 7th grade. My mom used to play the piano for me and my brothers and I always thought it was neat so I would mess around on it and eventually it became my passion.
My favorite composer is definetly Beethoven, followed by Liszt. I'm not really too big of a fan of Chopin or Debussy, but was required to play them!! frown
One of the hardest things for me was learning how to practice and how to schedule my practicing sessions. I never would have guessed how much time is needed to perform excellently prior to becoming deeply involved with the repertoire.

For my Junior year I am preparing three pieces over the summer for my Junior recital.
Liszt Transcendental Etude 8 Wilde Jagd
Beethoven Fantasy op. 77
Ravel's Concerto in G major

I have been roaming around the forums for over a year now, and always enjoy reading the opinions of others on similar problems I might have had.

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#1210473 - 06/02/09 05:36 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Creativek]
cfwpiano Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/18/09
Posts: 38
Loc: Poughkeepsie, NY

My name is Chris, and I've just joined and before that I lurked for maybe a few weeks. In the short time I've been here I've learned a lot and this place is a great resource!

About me, I'm 21 and am taking a semester off to try and hone some of my technique to get into college as either a sound recording major or a music performance major on piano. I'd consider myself a beginner/intermediate level player. I started playing when I was 8 years old, but lost interest and didn't play again until I was 18. Over the last two semesters I became highly influenced by Sviatoslav Richter and Horowitz and decided I wanted to play classically. I have a long way to go but seem to be advancing quickly. I love Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

This summer I'm going to try and save up a good deal of money to buy a smaller size grand with my parents. I currently play on a $700 Benjamin Adams digital piano that is almost useless (it's not made anymore, apparently).

Glad to be here! smile

Edited by cfwpiano (06/02/09 05:37 PM)
Currently working on:
Bach: Invention 8 in F major
Chopin: Prelude No. 6 in b minor
Haydn: Sonata in Dmaj, Hob XVIII/DI
Chopin: Etude op 10/2, only for finger exercise.

#1211994 - 06/04/09 11:46 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: cfwpiano]
Vortex Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/04/09
Posts: 7
Hi! I've been a long-time lurker and I finally decided to join this forum after all.

I'm 13 and I've been playing the piano scince age 3. At home we have a (beaten-up) Kohler and Campbell brown upright.
I Love Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert and I'm a fan of Bill Evans and Enya as well.
Besides playing piano, I also play Acoustic guitar and Flute.
I have perfect pitch, which I don't at all mean to brag. It's just basically the reason why I love music so much. It helps me tremendously in learning pieces by ear, because I am visually impared. I have trouble reading music fast, so I mostly play it by ear. heh.
Currently learning Chopin's Valse Brilliante in A flat,
and Phantasietanz by Schumann, getting that up to it's rediculous tempo :p

#1214509 - 06/09/09 09:27 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
heidiv Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/21/09
Posts: 580
Loc: piano bench, usually
Hi - I've been visiting for a few months and just recently started posting, so it seems polite to introduce myself. I'm 42 and have been playing since I was 6, taking lessons pretty consistently. I majored in Business and German in college. My small college didn't offer a music major or any music classes, but I had the privilege of studying with a Curtis instructor during those four years. After a few years in the business world, I went back to college for two years and filled in the gaps of my music education. I am currently studying with a Taubman trained teacher, who has helped with my stiff right wrist. I teach 2 days a week, which is perfect for me because it still allows me to be there for my daughter 3 days a week after school. I belong to a professional teachers group and a performance group which I love. I finally sold my old Yamaha and bought a Steinway L which I'm THOROUGHLY loving!

I'm so thrilled to find PW and connect with others who are as passionate as I am about the piano. I love to read the posts and see the varied opinions here. I'm currently working on the Chopin Barcarolle, Debussy's La plus que lente, and about to add some Scriabin to the mix. I have very limited computer knowledge, so I'll have to figure out how to scan music samples into the text and add youtube links. Looking forward to reading your posts and contributing if I can!


#1215052 - 06/10/09 12:55 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: heidiv]
bella89 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/09/09
Posts: 11
Loc: Australia
Hi my name's Bella and I've been lurking for about a week before joining today after my first piano lesson for five years. My story goes that I was learning piano at the same time I was learning to read and went to various good teachers until I was about 12. I was about to take the AMEB exams (it took years to convince me, such was my performance anxiety) when I was unable to continue with the piano due to reasons beyond my control. I had another teacher until I was 15 but I loathed it as all I played were old 70s tunes that she liked and forgot any semblance of technique and/or theory...

But I always wanted to play the piano and play it properly despite what my hands want to do :P So I found an excellent teacher (I learnt more from her in an half hour today than from my lost in the 70s teacher in three years) and had a bit of a reality check! My technique is very much off - so much so I didn't get to play a piece. She went straight to scales (this is C Major etc) with me being slightly dumbfounded. After a few bits of sight reading she's bumped me up a bit, told me to practice technique and timing and within a few months we should start preparing for the AMEB exams. She thinks I'll be able to take level 4 to start with, which is a lot better than I thought my level would be after 8 years without a proper teacher! It's tough though considering that other kids my age are taking their aMUS A and if I had continued with my original AMEB teacher that would be me too. Nonetheless, I know I can get there eventually. Like my lovely but strict new Russian teacher said about her students my age, they didn't come here great. They BECAME great.

Hope I can do it! *Runs off to practice*

#1216576 - 06/12/09 08:53 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: bella89]
beet31425 Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/12/09
Posts: 4169
Loc: Bay Area, CA
Hi everyone-

My name is Jason, and I just joined up yesterday. I'm 38, and I've been playing since I was 5 or 6.

I love Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Mahler, Debussy, Ives, Messiaen, and Ligeti, among many others. I compose as well, in a style informed by Prokofiev, jazz and pop. But the true holy grail for me is late Beethoven, and especially, above everything else, the last movement of the Op. 111.

Sadly though, I haven't played much in the last few years, due to an arm injury I sustained years ago. For a long time now, my right arm becomes fatigued with almost any motion I ask of it. This has been happening for so long, it's become a part of my every slightest habit, and changing the habits that cause the problem is going to be difficult. But I've been resigned to not playing for too long now; it's time to do something about it! Does anyone have any related experience, or forums they could point me to?

My long-term musical goal, which will motivate the rehabilitation of my arms and my eventual lesson work, is to completely work up the last three Beethoven sonatas, Op. 109, 110 and 111. (I'd worked up 110, and worked on 111, years ago, so it's not quite as ambitious as it sounds, perhaps.) Less ambitious goals include:

- Debussy's stately first prelude, Dancers at Delphi
- Messiaen's first prelude, the dove
- Mozart's a minor sonata
- Schubert's compact, beautiful A major sonata

But easy does it. I won't even touch the piano seriously until I understand why my arm is fatiguing, and what I can do about it.

Meanwhile, I'm glad to have joined the piano forum!
Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann

#1217065 - 06/13/09 11:43 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Judy M Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/13/09
Posts: 5
Loc: CT, USA
I'm happy to have come across this forum. I've been on a similar flute forum for a while, and came across this when looking for some direction in what to work on this summer (particularly looking for graded lists of repertoire).

I am a 43 yr old mother of 3 who accompanies a small community choir. I've played since about 3rd grade, but didn't play a lot when the kids were very young, although I've never totally quit--just dabbled for a while. I am very good at sight reading, and, truly (believe it or not--I see lots of posts here about wanting to improve at this), consider it my Achilles Heel. Being a good sight reader makes you not want to PRACTICE. Looking at some of the RCM/BCCM lists, I play at about grade 9 or 10--you know, if I actually practice. smile


#1217092 - 06/14/09 01:38 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
DragonLove Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/13/09
Posts: 11

I am new here. I am 18...

I am not too old to learn right. I understand that most of the music that is available is not Lincoln Park or the score from Twilight. I am eager to practice but I want to do three other things; write my book DR, practice guitar, and fix guitars.

What I want from piano is to read music more fluidly. I am as well keeping an open mind to writing my own music with piano to go with guitar solos. Kind of like what Evanescence does and some of Lincoln parks songs. Like I said I know this is not for beginner. This is what I want to work toward.

About my career, what I want is to build animatronics robots that are in movie production and theme parks. I would love to perform on stage but I am not going to rely on it to get off the ground.
Long time no see. I am coming up on my third year of piano lessons soon. Kind of sad I have not been on here. I hope to make some good friends.

#1218202 - 06/16/09 04:47 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: DragonLove]
Doelman Offline
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Registered: 06/16/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Holland
Hello! I'm Roeland, and I live in The Netherlands. I'm 22 years old. I'm on university and i'm studying Human Resource Management.

I did play keyboard for one year, but I only played piano songs, so I bought a digital piano two months ago. I also started taking some piano lessons.

I like to compose music, I allready have one finished composition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRXuQ966LGI But its hard to compose some good stuff, because i don't know lots of techniques yet.

#1219371 - 06/18/09 09:37 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
SoliDeoGloria Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/18/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Austin, TX

My name is Christopher. I've been lurking around here for quite some time now, and have finally decided to take the plunge and create an account. I began taking piano lessons at the age of 8 because, as with many children that age, my mom made me do it. But somewhere along the line a spark was struck inside me and I fell in love with the piano. Now I'm a piano performance major at UT-Austin, with the intent of earning a doctorate in collaborative piano and becoming a freelance pianist. Besides the music of Bach and Messiaen, my two favorite composers, I especially enjoy playing 20th and 21st century music, art song, and chamber music. I also study organ and composition. Anyway, I look forward to getting to know all of you here!

#1219431 - 06/19/09 01:20 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: SoliDeoGloria]
soupinmyhair Offline
Full Member

Registered: 04/16/06
Posts: 100
Hello all,

It occurred to me that I never made an introduction, so since I've been lurking around for a few years and have been using piano world more frequently than before, I thought I'd say a few things about myself.

I started playing the piano when I was 6, but I didn't start my classical training and begin building my repertoire until I was a senior in high school in 2005, which was when I discovered my passion for music and the piano. Now I am a piano performance and music composition major at JMU. I'm about to enter my senior year (2009-2010) and will be doing grad school auditions the year after to continue my studies in piano in some form. I'd like to go as far and wide as I can with piano in spite of any disadvantages I may face as a result of being a late starter.

I'm glad to have this forum as a valuable resource!

#1219937 - 06/20/09 03:05 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
Flex Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/16/09
Posts: 15
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Whats up? My name is Flex and I am very thrilled to find a community full of piano players. I started playing piano in 5th grade but dont let that stat fool you. I am not a great player by any means but I am dedicated. I produce music in the RnB/Hip-Hop genre but am not limited to that. I am a big fan of all styles of piano ranging from classical to maplerag as I call it.

I look forward to embracing the trade of piano playing along with meeting others who do the same.

Some of my favorite players include:
Teddy Riley
Chuckii Booker
Elton John
Koji Kondo

and many others

#1220591 - 06/21/09 03:20 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
adamscottneal Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/19/09
Posts: 36
Loc: New Jersey
I already started posting, but here's a more "official" intro to me:

Born 1981.

Began piano lessons in 1990.

Studied until 1999, then went to college.

Studied music technology. Kept playing classical piano for fun, rock keyboards in bands.

Went to grad school in 2004 to study composition.

Began playing piano on works by fellow composers. Began teaching piano/trombone/composition/conducting lessons.

Temporarily out of grad school in 2008. Starting to perform new classical/new age compositions.

In short, I am a composer who can play piano. I want to play more often, but composing takes precedence. There is only so much spare time!

Some favorite composers:
Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Satie, Messiaen, Morton Feldman, George Crumb
www.adamscottneal.com <=== main site
www.cdbaby.com/artist/adamscottneal <=== CDs for sale
www.adamscottneal.blogspot.com <=== works-in-progress blog
www.twitter.com/adamscottneal <=== follow me
www.myspace.com/asnmusic <=== be my friend

#1220740 - 06/21/09 09:00 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
Jeffrey Preston Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/21/09
Posts: 90
Loc: Elma NY
Hello everyone, My name's Geoff Preston. I'm 17 years old, and I've been playing instruments for the last 8 years of my life. Mainly guitar, which I completely regret not taking more time out to learn piano. I immediately realized my love for piano, and how much I enjoy playing it and just everything about it.

I've been playing here and there for about.. a year now, but recently I've been trying more and more to practice everyday. I know little melodies and things, but I strive to be a blues/rags pianist. I love blues.

... loooovveee blues.

#1221534 - 06/23/09 12:20 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
Deniz1903 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/23/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Turkey / Ankara
Hi everyone!

I'm Deniz from Turkey - Ankara. I was born in America and i'm 15 years old. I started to play piano when i was about 10 and was taking lessons once a in week. When i was 11, i won the exam of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. And i'm still studying there.

I really loved this forum. It's very helpfull. And i'm also happy that now, i can communicate with the different piano students and lovers like me.


#1223571 - 06/27/09 01:04 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Chopin Gal Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 20
Loc: Washington, DC
Hi there! I'm Chopin Gal, but I love many composers besides Chopin as well! I've been playing the piano since I was 8 or 9 and while I'm a full time nerd on a computer everyday, I still love the piano and have started up piano lessons about 8 months ago with a wonderful teacher here in Washington, DC. I love classical music and am thinking about getting a real piano within the next 2 years! smile

#1224277 - 06/29/09 01:21 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
stanchinsky13 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 3
Hi all, I have been lurking these forums for sometime now and had to join with the recent arrival of my 1890's Chickering upright. Theory and Organization are my focus though a major goal of mine is to be able to express clearly my own ideas with these white and black keys.

#1225432 - 07/01/09 05:06 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
xcel Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/21/09
Posts: 18
Loc: United States
Hi, I'm new to PW.

I started piano when I was four and continued until I went to college. Unfortunately, I hated piano when I was younger(I thought it was very feminine). I never practiced and I hated going to lessons. The bulk of my piano lessons were with high school students. To give you a better idea of how bad I was: I didn't know the difference between bass and treble clef, I couldn't read music, and I had the technique of someone who never learned piano.

Towards the end of my junior year, I got access to the internet and file sharing networks. I happened to stumble upon Chopin Polonaise op. 53 played by Argerich. Previously all the "pianists" I met weren't really good standards to listen to. It's funny because I originally thought the piece was played by several pianists... Anyways, I was blown away by the playing and I immediately developed a love for the piano. I started listening to everything and gradually developed an appetite to play everything I was listening to.

Through a parent's friend I was introduced to a proper teacher. Since I wasn't going to go into music professionally, he agreed to let me learn the Chopin Polonaise along with a few other pieces I wanted to learn even though they were above my musical or technical abilities (it took me 2 about hours to read the first bar). Basically, I went from barely being able to handle a introductory method book to attempting to learn a Chopin Polonaise (let's say my lessons were extremely unpleasant for him).

I never really finished any pieces because my reading was painfully slow and all the pieces I wanted to play were way above my level. I'm actually quite surprised by the audacity I had for trying to attempt those pieces. I quit when I went off to college.

About two weeks ago I started playing the piano again after stumbling upon Cortot's technique book and his editions of Chopin music. Strangely enough, my reading is now 200x better than when I quit (one would assume that after not reading music for so long one's music reading skills would deteriorate). I've followed Cortot's technique book and several of his preliminary exercises for Chopin etudes and my technique and playing has seriously improved at an exponential rate. I'll probably hit a wall soon though =(.

Anyways, I'm improving at such a quick rate that I'm contemplating whether I should take piano seriously. I practice anywhere from five to fifteen hours daily now.

#1226156 - 07/02/09 12:54 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: pianovirus]
lam132 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 12
Hello all,

I've been lurking around here for years (might have asked a question or two in the past) and thought I'd say a little bit about myself. I recently graduated with a piano performance degree and am still trying to figure out what's next. Since graduating I haven't been practicing as frequently as I was, but have picked a few pieces to work on.

I've studied a good number of works from different eras and styles, but I particularly like playing Bach and Debussy, and have been working on a Mozart sonata and trying to learn more about 20th-century rep, especially pieces outside of the standard rep. I have also recently become interested in harpsichord, and hope to become a better harpsichordist and continuo player. However, I haven't been too successful finding a teacher or an instrument to play on.

My immediate future goals are to begin teaching, which I hope to do under the guidance of a former teacher of mine, to continue accompanying (I love playing with singers, and want to play with more instrumentalists) and to just keep improving and learning.

I enjoy reading most of the conversations in this forum, particularly in the Pianists and Piano Teachers forum. I have learned so much from your posts over the years and am glad I found my way here. I will probably do much more reading than posting (everyone seems so knowledgeable!), but I may have some questions in the near future..

#1226250 - 07/02/09 03:34 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hudduk78]
ShaneLeslieGoodall Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 4
Loc: Cape Town, South Africa
Hi. I'm Shane and have a Master's degree in Piano Performance and have been teaching for about 15 years now. I do a lot of accompanying work, but don't get time to practise solo repertoire because I don't have my own piano. My practising is usually done at the school where I teach and I miss the piano until I get to school the next day. I am hoping that i will be able to get my own good upright piano soon, or organise a permanent place where i can freely practise. My goals are to give more concerts and perform with Symphony Orchestras again.

I have performed the Tchaikovsky 1st, Rachmaninoff 1st and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Cape Town Philharmonic, but that was a long time ago. Missing being in performance shape terribly.

Nice to be part of the Pianoworld Community. Thank you for the welcome!

#1226667 - 07/03/09 02:21 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: whatevsyo]
fellowpianist Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 21
Loc: Ohio
For an absolutely EXCELLENT interpretation of Chopin Ballade No. 1, I HIGHLY recommend Krystian Zimerman! I cannot tell you how many times I visited that recording (found on YouTube) while I was learning that piece!
College Auditions (currently):
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2-IV
Bartok Suite Op. 14
Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Chopin Etudes 10/5&8
Bach P&F WTC Book 2-XV in G

#1226671 - 07/03/09 02:34 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: ShaneLeslieGoodall]
fellowpianist Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 21
Loc: Ohio
My name is Sadie and I am going to be a senior in high school this fall. I have been playing the piano since I was 3-4 and unfortunately had to wait until I turned 6 to begin lessons.

I have had multiple instructors, but none really introduced me to the glorious world of classical music until my current one began to do so 3 years ago. Since then, I have developed an absolute obsession with anything piano/classical.

My practicing then was mediocre, but now has improved to a productive 5-6 hours (at least) daily. I am excited that PW gives me, and others like me, an opportunity to communicate with other musicians; such a wonderful idea!

Feel free to add me as a "fellowpianist"!
College Auditions (currently):
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2-IV
Bartok Suite Op. 14
Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Chopin Etudes 10/5&8
Bach P&F WTC Book 2-XV in G

#1229547 - 07/10/09 01:44 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
aEquals440 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 47
Loc: Richmond, VA
Hey, all!

Glad to be a part of such a thriving community!

C5.......G4 F#4 G4 Ab4________G4............B4......C5!
(Those are meant to be notes, not chords)

Edited by aEquals440 (07/10/09 01:45 PM)
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#1229593 - 07/10/09 02:51 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: aEquals440]
fellowpianist Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 21
Loc: Ohio
I love your name "aEguals440" smile
College Auditions (currently):
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2-IV
Bartok Suite Op. 14
Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Chopin Etudes 10/5&8
Bach P&F WTC Book 2-XV in G

#1229672 - 07/10/09 04:53 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: fellowpianist]
aEquals440 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 47
Loc: Richmond, VA
Thanks, fellowp! I tell you, at first I was trying name after name and it said they were all taken - then I finally realized that it was my "Display Name" that was the problem. So, I had a some good exercise in brainstorming names until I came up with that one.

In my playing experience, though, it's usually more like "aEqualsSomewhereAround440Hopefully". laugh
www.PianoStuff.com ~~ T-Shirts and Gifts for Pianists!

#1230845 - 07/13/09 10:28 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: aEquals440]
Collyermum Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/30/09
Posts: 89
Loc: Durham UK

My name is Collyermum, and I am a stay at home mum to 4 small children. Piano is my "me-time"!

I would have loved to play the piano as a child but we didn't have the space or the money for an instrument so I learnt the flute all the way through the grades, but never really fell in love with it!

Then as an adult after I was married I took singing lessons and really enjoyed learning how to use my voice properly and unleashing my inner drama in music! I also enjoyed taking the Graded exams to Grade 8 (our hardest here) for voice, too!

Then once my first baby was born I finally got a Clavinova and have been taking piano lessons with it on and off in between having 3 more children over the past 8 years. I'm now about grade 6/7 and have finally persuaded my DH that its time for a REAL piano, and I have realised my long term dream and have a lovely new Irmler grand in my living room! (along with all the toddler toys etc!)

Now I am trying to learn how to develop my technique properly for a real piano - even though the Clavinova was a good one, it just wasn't the same and while I am loving the beautiful tone of the new piano I can see there is still SO much work to do to learn to really play it the way I would like it to sound!

But I'm still thrilled to be here, learning piano and with a real grand to play on. And the youngest two children will be going to nursery in the mornings this autumn so I will have more time to practise without worrying about how loud I am!

Irmler grand 5'3"
Grade 8 flute and voice, working on Grade 7 piano and beginner on the lever harp!

#1230861 - 07/13/09 11:04 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Collyermum]
aEquals440 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 47
Loc: Richmond, VA
Congrats on the Irmler, Collyer! You've had quite the musical voyage, but it sounds like you've found your instrument of choice.

Ever try playing when the kids are asleep? It never seems to bother ours - maybe we're just lucky! smile
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#1231090 - 07/13/09 06:50 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Ramsnake Offline
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Registered: 07/05/09
Posts: 5
Loc: Denmark, Western Australia
Hi people

This does look an interesting place and I look forward to exploring.
I am a great believer in forums having spent sometime at the leading Classical Guitar forum, www.delcamp.net/forum/en/index.php, providing assistance to guitarists all over the world via my YouTube site at http://www.youtube.com/user/ramsnake53.
After 30+ years of restricting my playing of classical music to the guitar, I recently purchased a Casio CDP 100 having decided it was time I learnt to play the piano more seriously.
I am attempting to keep some record of this new journey at http://nevertoolatetolearnpiano.blogspot.com
I look forward to getting know more of you here.

#1232842 - 07/17/09 08:54 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: aEquals440]
Sean-Patrick Offline
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Registered: 07/16/09
Posts: 23
Heya PW,
Im Sean, 14, from Ireland. I absolutely love playing piano, and Iv been playing since I was six, and taking lessons since age 9. I love ragtime music, I can play quite a few rags, for example Maple Leaf Rag, Top Liner Rag and 12th Street Rag, and im currently working on Gladiolus Rag. Im pretty alright on piano I guess... I have nearly all my piano exams done, but Im absolutely rubbish at scales.. Their gonna be my downfall im thinking. Anyway,I joined Piano World forums so that maybe I could get some good advice off the peeps here, or maybe suggestions of good pieces that are in my difficult range that might help me improve.
Hehe, thats all I can think of to write right now, everyone elses intros were much more detailed.. So I will just list off a few pieces I am currently learning:
Gladiolus Rag
Revolutionary Etude(argh.. brilliant but haaard...)
The Heart Asks For Pleasure First
And I am about to start Gymnopedie no. 1
Thanks for reading.=D

#1233506 - 07/18/09 05:14 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Evolver Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/29/08
Posts: 2
Loc: Paso Robles, California
Hi - finally going to join in the great discussions going on here. I'm a teacher and professional pianist - most of my professional playing is jazz/blues/standard-type improvisional, but I also play classical (my whole life), and have been back taking lessons for almost three years, planning to start giving recitals next year in conjunction with my 50th birthday. I'm studying with a fantastic concert artist - Moscow conservatory, full scholarship Ph.D from USC, and my first experience working from a "Russian school" approach.

Current working on:
Bach Prelude and Fugue in F# major
Chopin Polonaise OP. 26 #1 in C# minor
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue #4 in E minor
Rachmaninoff Etude in D minor Op. 39 #8
Scarlatti Sonata in C minor K115
Granados Quejas o la Maya y el Ruisenor
Schedrin Basso Ostinato
Chopin Etude Op.10 #5 Gb

Piano - Kawaii R1
Teach - classical and jazz/improv.
Getting ready to to the MTNA certification program

Don't know if this is the correct place to put all this, but here it is anyway. Looking forward to getting to know you guys.

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