Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#936941 - 04/17/04 11:51 PM Making a return to the piano!
mikeo2 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 3
Loc: Paducah, Ky
I'm new here and I'm looking for some advice.

I spent about 6 years (from age 7-13) with a classical piano teacher, but classical piano wasn't "cool" to me at the time, so I finally gave it up. What I gained from those years was a wonderful foundation of theory. I stayed out of music for about a year or two and then picked up the guitar--which has been my life since (I'm 20 now). I've been teaching fingerstyle guitar for the last two years, and I love it, but for the last while I've really been wishing I played the piano.

So!

Today I found an old copy of Pachelbel's Canon in D and sit down to a keyboard for the first time in a LONG time. I had a great time. I think I really want to devote some time and get back into classical piano again. Could anybody offer me some tips or advice? Some recommendations on pieces would be wonderful.

Thanks,


(note: I accidently posted this in another forum and was redirected here)
_________________________
Michael

Top
(ad) My Music Staff
Check out the new way to manage your music studio
#936942 - 04/19/04 04:39 PM Re: Making a return to the piano!
WynnBear Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/13/03
Posts: 698
Loc: Dallas, TX
I'm sure one of the teachers on this forum will answer you soon. Meanwhile I'll jump in with a suggestion. I'm in the same situation you are. I find that I have too many demands on my time right now to get involved with lessons or a teacher.

Here's what I did. I ordered a book on piano literature from Amazon. Don't have the book with me at work, but the author was Jane Magrath (I think that's right, pretty sure about the last name, it's the first name I'm having a problem remembering). The book lists tons of pieces in the literature arranged by period and gives their grade level.

Find a few pieces you can play and note the grade level. Then look at her descriptions of other pieces that are at a similar grade level.

I also bought a plastic-comb bound Amsco collection of classical piano music (vols I and II). These were in my local Barnes and Noble and I also saw them on Amazon. That provided a lot of new pieces to look at.

I'm actually kind of hooked on the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words now, and just ordered the Henle Urtext from sheetmusicplus.com.

Hope this helps and that one of the piano teachers will answer you soon. Best of luck and have fun!
_________________________
Wynne

Top
#936943 - 04/22/04 12:27 PM Re: Making a return to the piano!
pianojuggler Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 1515
Find yourself a good teacher. I did.

pj

Absolute beginner at 38.
Playing Scarlatti at 41.

Top
#936944 - 06/03/04 02:12 PM Re: Making a return to the piano!
neciebuggs Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 620
Loc: Chula Vista
I just resumed lessons after 17 years. I took lessons 5-6 and again 11-18. I went back to finish my associates degree and need to do 15 units of classes in residence... soooo applied piano is one. \:\)

I too have the Amsco books mentioned, and all my books from my younger days...

I am in my mid 30's.... I would like to go to a 4 year college and get a BM.... I feel like I am dusting cobwebs, but I LOVE IT!
_________________________
Denise

Top
#936945 - 06/06/04 08:57 PM Re: Making a return to the piano!
Nina Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
IMHO, if you have a lot of demands on your time, that is one of the best reasons to get a teacher. First, they will quickly zero in on what you know and what you don't know. They'll help you with the latter, and you won't waste time reviewing stuff you already know. Second, they know the piano literature well, and can steer you to pieces that are within your grasp (but still a stretch)--you won't waste your time acquiring and working through pieces that you will not be able to finish in a reasonable amount of time. Finally, with demands on your attention it's just too easy to let your piano slide. With a teacher, that you're paying money to, there's less tendency to do that.

At least that was my experience.

Top

Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
What's Hot!!
U.S. Treasury Auctioning Steinway Art Case Concert Grand
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
76 registered (bennevis, 36251, AndrewJCW, angga888, beeboss, 25 invisible), 1266 Guests and 23 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75487 Members
42 Forums
156081 Topics
2292031 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Is it worth upgrading to a 7200 RPM hard disk?
by CarloPiano
Today at 05:04 AM
Another Improvisation
by Polyphonist
Today at 02:55 AM
4/4 measure in 3/4 time?
by caters
Today at 01:10 AM
Mac mini for software pianos?
by Mta88
Today at 01:10 AM
Installed an LX system on my Baldwin C
by SpectrumMan
Today at 12:04 AM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission