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#599509 - 08/22/01 12:49 PM What an amateur pianist accomplished!
AndrewG Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
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Loc: Denver, Colorado
Carl Tai, a IBM scientist who competed in both Cliburn Ameteur Competitions, is an excellent pianist. Now some of you can sample his artistry through the MP3 recordings he has made. See for yourself what an amateur pianist can strive for.

Alex, are you still around? Carl did Ballade No.4! I understand you absolutely adore this piece.


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#599510 - 08/22/01 02:27 PM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
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Andrew, that is an excellent example- I am sure it will inspire people to think more positively even if they started late! As a pianist, I believe you can only be without progress for 2 reasons, one is lack of love for music and musicianship; the other is just not attempting to reach your goal, laziness has won many a battle over pianists to be. If you start lessons at 40, you have your life experience before you, as a child does not, and you are learning for the love of music, and many children are forced to play on some occassions. The only thing you have to your disadvantage is time- but since most people are living past 80 these days, I don't think thats a problem with a little hard work! \:\)

#599511 - 08/22/01 04:49 PM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
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Registered: 05/25/01
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Loc: Plano, tx
Still around, but barely. Way way too busy. Yes Andrew, that Ballade is my own personal "holy grail". One of these days, I will have the guts to attempt it.

#599512 - 08/23/01 01:31 PM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
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Registered: 07/31/01
Posts: 276
Loc: Cape Cod, MA, USA
You're right that is really inspiring.
Glenn Gould in regards to music:

The problem begins when one forgets the artificiality of it all, when one neglects to pay homage to those designations that to our minds-to our reflect senses, perhaps-make of music an analyzable commodity. The trouble begins when we start to become so impressed by the strategies of ours systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but a very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it.

#599513 - 08/23/01 05:26 PM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
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Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
Encore! That was excellent.
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#599514 - 08/23/01 06:11 PM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
Diarmuid Offline
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Registered: 05/27/01
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Gorgeous! Lovely, sensitive Chopin. \:\)

#599515 - 08/24/01 11:47 AM Re: What an amateur pianist accomplished!
Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/29/01
Posts: 38
Loc: Detroit Michigan
Wow! I listened to some of his music and it was really nice. Question: Is he an amateur pianist because he CHOSE to be one, or could he at this level of playing, really go professional if he wanted to?


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