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#1441036 - 05/21/10 03:01 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
JimF Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
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Loc: south florida
Andy, I'm not as old as fossils like you and Cathy, being just 58, but I'm sure we can make allowances. At least we all know the same old pop tunes!! smile Welcome.
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#1441037 - 05/21/10 03:04 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
jotur Offline
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Originally Posted By: JimF
Andy, I'm not as old as fossils like you and Cathy


LOL

I think.

laugh

Cathy
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#1441040 - 05/21/10 03:12 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: casinitaly]
JimF Offline
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Loc: south florida
Casinitaly

That's a nice story about your piano, but you should know where it can lead. One year ago, almost on a lark, I asked for a cheapo keyboard to fool around on for my birthday. My wish was granted. By Christmas I had gone and bought the best digital piano I could find. Now I've begun looking longingly at the beautiful acoustic grands that people here have posted about. I'm already mentally moving furniture around in the house. (Unfortunately, I may have to get my wife new furniture first to seal the deal, or maybe a new deck and pool. wink Oh, well, sounds worth it to me.)

Anyway, welcome to the forum.
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#1441064 - 05/21/10 04:12 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
casinitaly Offline

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Registered: 03/01/10
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Loc: Italy
Originally Posted By: JimF
Casinitaly

That's a nice story about your piano, but you should know where it can lead. One year ago, almost on a lark, I asked for a cheapo keyboard to fool around on for my birthday. My wish was granted. By Christmas I had gone and bought the best digital piano I could find. Now I've begun looking longingly at the beautiful acoustic grands that people here have posted about. I'm already mentally moving furniture around in the house. (Unfortunately, I may have to get my wife new furniture first to seal the deal, or maybe a new deck and pool. wink Oh, well, sounds worth it to me.)

Anyway, welcome to the forum.


Nice to meet you Jim!
lol...well, about a month ago my husband said that if I continued to work away as I have for five years, he will buy me a grand piano.

lol....I don't think he realized how much they cost....will I hold him to it?
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#1442151 - 05/23/10 01:45 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
MaryAnna Offline
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Registered: 10/03/04
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Loc: Florida
I've been playing piano since I was 8, fairly continuously, except for a few years in college and my twenties when I didn't have a piano. I traded my played-into-oblivion 1932 Hamilton Baldwin studio grand for a 1982 Yamaha C7 in 2004 and resolved to upgrade my skills. I started taking lessons again and practicing regularly, but can't say that I got disciplined enough to do my scales and exercises. Thus, I am forever mired in the early advanced repertoire. Fortunately, there's a lot of it. :-)

I write mystery novels for a living, so I get to be creative for both work and play. Piano, for me, is a lovely release at the end of a long day.
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#1457892 - 06/16/10 08:16 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
synthcat Offline
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Registered: 06/15/10
Posts: 3
Loc: Portland, Oregon
I guess it's time to delurk...

...42-year old, coming straight out of Portland, Oregon. I've recently been inspired to start practicing piano again. I've taken piano lessons for several years in my childhood, as well as sporadic piano lessons during the early twenties. Several years ago I invested in a stage digital piano for my apartment (Kawai MP8II) for the purpose of re-learning piano.

Unfortunately, I haven't mustered up the motivation to practice diligently until just recently. Perhaps being inspired by the "Grand Obsession" book (which I serendipitously discovered at a local bookstore a month ago) made me realize that it's never too late in life to learn how to play the instrument. At this point, I have more questions than answers, and even more questions about what kind of questions I will be asking in the future.

I've gleaned valuable information and tips on these forums on the past weeks, and I hope to add the AB forum as part of the regular learning routine (in addition to playing the piano, of course). Having played keyboards/synths in various rock bands over the past 15 years, I wanted to improve my keyboard skills, and getting back into learning the piano is something that I figured would help.
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#1480440 - 07/24/10 10:16 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: synthcat]
taitai Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
Posts: 5
Loc: santa fe, nm
Hi!

I'm 23 and though I'm originally from California I'm living in New Mexico right now and going to college. I just started teaching myself piano about a month ago and progress is slow but I really enjoy it. I was inspired by three things: Stravinsky's petroucka, my mother who has always wanted to play, and my complete failure to grasp any of the information in my music theory class.

I like to listen to a lot of classical but i don't have the ear to recognize a lot of it, some of my favorites are Schubert, Debussy, and satie

On the modern side: my current obsession is with kanon wakeshima, a Japanese singer who plays the cello and sings pop/goth music.

right now i play on whatever piano the school has available to practice on and in the future i would like to learn guitar (rock, blues, latin, and classical), violin, and harp. maybe the panpipes too or some sort of folk flute.

I look forward to conversing with you all!

Also, I am starting to get into opera. I would love to teach myself some voice lessons next year and i am currently confuses as to whether i am a contralto or a tenor or countertenor. pavoratti's vesti la giubbi always gets me.

Also, Also: I'm currently going through the John Thompson's modern course for piano first grade. I love the kid-like feel to it and singing the songs along with my playing is fun.


Edited by taitai (07/24/10 10:20 AM)
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#1480513 - 07/24/10 12:23 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: taitai]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5505
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Welcome, I'm also from Santa Fe smile This afternoon (Saturday, the 24th) there's a contra dance at the Oddfellows Hall, just south of the Deaf School on Cerrillos, for folks who are, um, 40 years younger than me laugh You'd fit right in. But the bonus, from a piano standpoint, is the live music, which for this dance is hosted by the premier dance piano player in this neck of the woods smile If you'd like some inspiration on how much fun it can be to play piano, that's the place to go. It's from 2 - 5, with a pot luck afterwards, and a regular dance following that from 7 to 10:30. The folks who are teaching/running it are a great set of people, too - fun, funny, welcoming, talented. Oh, and there's singing - they love to sing.

Any way, PW is a great place, too - hope you enjoy us smile

Cathy
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#1480594 - 07/24/10 02:24 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: jotur]
taitai Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
Posts: 5
Loc: santa fe, nm
unfortunately my friend is hosting a garden party today and I won't be able to attend but thank you very much for inviting me! I hope I will be able to come to future events!
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#1498461 - 08/18/10 09:06 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: rocky]
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Registered: 08/05/10
Posts: 27
Loc: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ok, here I am.
My name is Demian I'm 36, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I'm married (sorry ladies :p ), and I have a kid (9 years old).
Precisely, because my son started piano classes we bought a digital piano.
Now I'm starting to teach my self (for now) and waiting for the delivery of Arthur's book.
My kid is also teaching me using Beyer etudes. It's fun, and it works!

Software developer and amateur astronomer.
Of course, I love soccer (football or just "futbol" for us).

I love classical music in particular:

- Mendelssohn
- Chopin
- Liszt
- Brahms
- Mozart
- Schubert
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#1508354 - 09/03/10 10:40 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
sakari lindhen Offline
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Registered: 09/03/10
Posts: 76
Loc: Gothenburg Sweden
Hello. Been lurking for a while and decided to register. Been enjoying the forum a lot - lots of great info about Hanon, Alfred's, Liszt fingering, and books that has helped me in my auto-didactic endeavours. Glad that the one or two trolls who appeared were dealt with in a mature way, without a lot of flaming.

I am an adult (48) who decided to learn the piano (took a handful of lessons as a 5 yr old and then kicked and screamed to be allowed out with my friends), to go along with my drumming, the bass, and shredding on the guitar....I seem to be better at the keys than at the other things, even though I have been playing them longer! smile Sold my motorbike in order to buy Gear, though i still have a probably terminal case of Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

I live in Sweden, though I am a Finnish Jew by culture, have three shelter cats (supposedly for a short stay, but they seem to be permament - I get cats from the shelter that need to be socialised and calmed down, and then we find proper homes for them), have a long career as a theatre director behind me, and so can now spend my whole day playing/writing music....

I play a Kurzweil PC3, but am getting a Nord Stage in order to have a better harpsichord...

Look forward to getting to know you, even if I dont post a lot...

oh yes, I just declared myself graduated from Alfred's One, and will start Alfred Two on Monday....

best

saku
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#1508442 - 09/03/10 12:33 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Hi Demian and sakari - always nice to have new faces around the ABF smile

Those kids always drag you into new things, huh Demian. Have fun.

L'shana tova, sakari. I'm not Jewish, but I sing in the choir at High Holy Days, so we're rehearsing once a week. Yikes! Next Weds evening is it! Happy new year!

Cathy
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#1508448 - 09/03/10 12:43 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
sakari lindhen Offline
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Loc: Gothenburg Sweden
Todah (Thanks( and l'Shana Tova Cathy, thanks for the welcome smile
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#1567627 - 12/01/10 05:56 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 11/30/10
Posts: 109
Loc: Adelaide, Australia
OK, it looks like I made my intro in the wrong place - My Other intro! , as the ABF is probably a better fit for me!!!!

Anyhow, the concise version - My name is Ashley (Hoffy, if you like), from Adelaide Australia, I am 37 and haven't played properly since I was 16. My two daughters have started learning and I have all of a sudden started to feel the urge. Its all softly softly for me at the moment as I really wasn't that good in the first place, but I am really keen to work on it!

Cheers
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#1567632 - 12/01/10 06:16 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Studio Joe Offline
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Loc: Decatur, Texas
Welcome to Piano World, Hoffy. This is the best place for audult re-beginners to find help and support.
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#1568425 - 12/02/10 05:39 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
hoffy Offline
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Loc: Adelaide, Australia
Thanks for the Welcome Joe! I am blown away by the wealth of knowledge and advice here!

Cheers
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#1569503 - 12/03/10 05:41 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
mandosand Offline
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Registered: 11/18/10
Posts: 4
Loc: SoCalif
Hi Everyone,
I'm new to this site and I have enjoyed reading your posts and gleaning info on digital pianos and acoustic as well. My name is Sandy aka mandosand, that is a nickname a friend gave me when I was learningto play the mandolin.
I always wanted to learn piano since I was about eight years old, but some how that didn't happen when I was a kid due to no room,money etc. then when I was 40 I bought my Kawai us 55 piano and started lessons before that I had bought a 100 yr old gutted player piano that could not be restored so I got my Kawai I was taking lessons but had to change profession and during my education for my new career I just could not stuff any more information in my brain so I quit playing ( wished I hadn't done that now) and now I am 63 and I hope I am not too old to learn piano . I have not played my piano and I hope it will tune up and be ok. Funny I have played the mandolin and guitar (badly) all this time for fun , I have worked in medical field for 20years know and I am looking forward to retiring to have more time for music . I have enjoyed learning about DP and I am going to get a Kawai cn33 thanks to some of your posts and I have tried one and I think it will be nice to use i like the action and I am looking forward to finding a teacher to help me rekindle my music skills and I guess it is never too late to learn. So thanks to all for your sharing and pianomonica all I can say is wow love your playing, thanks sandy

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#1569572 - 12/03/10 07:56 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
raskdog Offline
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Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 44
Loc: Melbourne Australia
Greetings.

I learned piano as a youngster but was never really into it that much. When I was 25 I went to live in Kyrgyzstan as an English teacher. I loved the work there but found life outside work pretty boring. I couldn't even watch TV as I didn't speak the language. Anyway, one day I was walking down the street of Bishkek when I saw a second hand piano sitting in a shop window. I thought that would be a good way to fill in my spare time. I got the piano for a really good price.

I then found some music books teaching how to play the piano by learning chords. For the next three years I taught myself to play by improvising with chords. I got to a level where I could play most popular songs by improvising. I joined a band for ex-pats and played with them.

When I returned to Australia I decided I wanted a more classical training in piano. I did my fifth grade exam and passed that well. For the next ten years moving around a lot and not having a piano of my own I didn't get much chance to play.

A couple of years ago I bought my own house and one of the first things I bought for it was a piano. I am now 42 and studying for my 7th grade exam. I don't ever expect to be a concert pianist but I am just enjoying playing for the enjoyment of playing and how far I get I'm not too concerned about.

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#1576605 - 12/14/10 02:57 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 12/12/10
Posts: 2415
Loc: Minneapolis, MN
Hello,
I just found this website a few days ago, and I am thrilled to be a new member, and to find this forum! I live in Minnesota, and am the manager of communications and volunteers for a nonprofit human services agency.

I just turned 63, and recently bought a Yamaha P155 after a 35-year absence from piano playing. I had taken lessons for about 13 years, then quit practicing in college when I changed my major to journalism. I am practicing everyday now that I have a piano at home. I am really enjoying it.

I was afraid that I would never be able to play some of my favority recital pieces. However, they are slowing starting to come back. I am so excited that I might be good enough to record a few next year.

That is all for now. I will probably write a little more later. However, I still have a paid job I have to get back to.
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#1576629 - 12/14/10 03:29 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5505
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Gee, griffin, can't you guys ever take a snow day?!? laugh

I lived in Mpls and area for about 13 years back thru the 70s. Skiied a lot at Buck Hill. I still think of Minneapolis fondly, tho I'm sure it's changed.

I came back to piano after 30+ years, too. That was 15 years ago and I'm playing more than ever. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and welcome to the ABF.

Cathy
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#1576652 - 12/14/10 04:36 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: JimF]
Maharishi Offline
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Registered: 08/31/10
Posts: 438
Loc: France
Originally Posted By: JimF
Casinitaly...I'm already mentally moving furniture around in the house....


Ooh, that's a relief.. laugh

I thought I was the only person doing that!!
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#1580623 - 12/20/10 01:32 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
EmptySpace Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 219
Loc: Ohio
I'm new around here, so I thought I'd introduce myself:

I'm 38 years old, married with four kids, and work full time as something like a home inspector.

I took lessons from the age 7 to age 18, but put in the minimum effort and got the minimum return.

Signed up for lessons when I got to college but realized that those people were serious, so I quit. For about fifteen years.

Bought my first 'grown-up' piano in the mid-nineties. Acrosonic, $800. Had it in a storage unit for a short time while I was moving. The unit was broken into and the Acrosonic was destroyed, so my insurance company bought me a brand new shiny black Hobart M. Cable upright. Which I love.

Started playing again in earnest about two years ago when my business failed and I was out of work.

I now play for about an hour a day and love it!

I love the forum and have learned a lot of interesting and valuable information lurking around here, so I figure I might as well speak up a little.

Thanks!
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#1585966 - 12/28/10 07:16 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: EmptySpace]
mwrenchd Offline
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Registered: 12/22/10
Posts: 6
Hi everyone - another new member to add to the mix smile

Like some others here, I played and studied piano growing up but stopped once I ventured on to college and the adult world. I trained classically from the age of 7 or so until I was 18. While I did not have a piano of my own at college and nor was I studying music, my playing was sporadic, but I still found my way to the keys every so often. At 21, I moved away to the big city and gave up playing altogether.

10 years later now, I've found myself in a much more stable and accommodating arrangement and just recently purchased a Roland FP-7F digital piano. And I'm absolutely loving it! I was always wary of digital pianos when I was younger and never particularly enjoyed playing on them, but they clearly have made great strides in the last decade. The action and sound is vastly superior to the fairly low-end uprights I grew up on.

Growing up, I was a pretty serious student. A few of my favorite pieces to play were Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata and Gershwin's Three Preludes and Rhapsody in Blue. Having been playing again for a couple weeks now, I can tell it will take me a great deal of practice to get back to that. But I am pleasantly surprised at how I have retained good sight reading ability.

Anyway, I relish the idea of getting back to serious playing. PW was a great deal of help in researching and choosing my new instrument and it is now providing great inspiration for the actual playing part.

I look forward to joining the fun!


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#1595062 - 01/10/11 11:49 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Alejandro Sierra Offline
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 3
Loc: Mexico City
Hi, my name is Alejandro and I'm glad that at my early 46 I am among the younger ones here. grin

I am a computer science academic, specialized in graphics and 3D animation, at the National University of Mexico, the best and biggest in the Spanish world.

I like almost any kind of music, classic, folklore, jazz, rock, pop, you name it. I have loved music all my life but never had much serious training out of public school. As a child I played almost any tune I liked, by ear, with the melodica or the flute. When I was about 10 my parents bought a Yamaha electric organ for my big brother and I played it, by ear, using both keyboards and pedals. In my early teens I got basic guitar training and played with the tuna of my school.

Almost 10 years later, near before my turn to 20, my parents bought an acoustic vertical piano for my little sister (she actually studied later as a pianist, got a PhD on music education and currently works in a university in USA). That was the first time I had the opportunity to play a real piano. This time with the help of sheets but still without technique I was able to play classics like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Mozart's Sonata Facile (only 1st mov), some Bachs from Magdalena's notebook, and ragtimes Maple Leaf and The Entertainer (my sister, with all her training, was not able to play rags laugh ). Because I was not supposed to use "her" piano, I got a lot of tension with my parents and sister so I quitted.

More than 20 years later, I decided to return to my old passion, this time in my own house with my own piano, a Yamaha P-140 I bought few years ago. Every recent year one of my new year resolutions is to play it. Without time to get regular classes I got the online course Rocket Piano, downloaded C. Chang's Fundamentals (whose site's link section pointed me to this forum) and even my sister gave me the first level of Alfred's Adults. But as someone who have already played real music, I am just not motivated to start from scratch. My resolution for the first quarter of this year is to prepare and play the 3 pieces listed in my signature.

I already started with the prelude, using SH first and by short segments as recommended in Fundamentals. For my lack of technique I hope to find help in this AB forum, until I get a teacher.

Thank you for reading. I will appreciate any advice.

Best regards!


Edited by Alejandro Sierra (01/11/11 12:10 AM)
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#1607142 - 01/27/11 11:50 PM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
cheechako Offline
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Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 66
Loc: Anchorage, AK
Hi all. I'm not really a re-beginner. Sure, I owned a sax and flute in my early 20's (I'm 49 now), but maybe only for 2 months before those went to a pawn shop. I even took a private lesson or two on the flute, but all I remember is that my instructor did not like Ian Anderson.

I bought a Yamaha PSR E423 about a month ago. I still can't play anything but considering that I didn't know where or what the "middle C" was last month, I think I've made good progress.

My primary goal is just to have fun - mainly to play for myself. I'm still debating taking lessons, at least for a couple of months to get some foundation. It's catch-22 - I could save up for a weighted 88-key DP, but then again, without the lessons, I might not need one.

My musical tastes are wide and eclectic. I like classical but don't own much or seek it out. Some of my favorite pieces have nothing to do with the piano. I have things (not-classical) in mind that I would like to play one day, but I'm sure it is all way beyond my ability and will be for some time to come. Maybe I'll try some Billy Joel (NOT Piano Man), especially since I can't dind any Joe Jackson (Night and Day, etc.) sheet music.

In the mean time, I'm just having fun noodling around, and starting to learn the very basics of the keyboard and music theory.

I live in Alaska with a wife, 3 dogs, 5 cats, a couple of snakes, and a Goffin's cockatoo.

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#1607161 - 01/28/11 12:46 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
hawgdriver Offline
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Registered: 12/13/09
Posts: 637
Loc: Denver, CO
I'm a 35 y/o married father of two that used to fly fighter jets in the USAF and now do investment/fiduciary consulting and also go to law school at night.

I like to stay busy. I like to have a lot of mental stimulation.

My current passion is piano, this has been the case for 15 months.

Just a handful of lessons last spring, and lots of help from the folks here.

I especially look forward to the quarterly ABF recitals.

Thanks everyone for making this a quality forum, and especially those that put the effort into making the recitals happen.
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#1618921 - 02/13/11 11:02 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
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Registered: 02/12/11
Posts: 7
Loc: IL, USA
Hello, I am 56 old and for the third time in my life I am trying to learn to play the piano. I have played since guitar I was 12 years old, but because of some recent financial problems which I am not going to air public I have had to sell my guitars to make ends meet. The hardest thing I had to do was sell my Gibson J-45 I nicknamed "Jenny". Anyway, I have dusted off an old Yamaha P-120 I bought about 10 years ago. I have pulled out my old John Thompson method books from My first attempt to learn piano back in the mid 70s. I have been working at the piano a couple hours every day for the past month and I will say I am enjoying the process of learning. I do not fit the sterotype of a guitarist who cannot read music so my sight reading, though it needs improvement, is not awful. I did buy a few other books off amazon with some American Express points I had, namely a Hannon book, a book of scales and arpeggios, and a Czerny Op. 599 book.
I like all genres of music as long as it is of quality, but lately I have been listening to and trying to play Classical. At present I cannot afford lessons. I'm just happy I have something to play music on.

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#1619582 - 02/14/11 07:58 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
Cobra1365 Offline
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Registered: 05/11/10
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Been posting since last May timeframe...never saw this thread until today!

51 yrs old...married for 30yrs. Two boys (28 & 29). Grandpa of 1 (little girl).

Retired Air Force Officer (1995) Now work Civil Service.

Never played any instrument but have always wanted to play piano. A friend of mine learned Harmonica about two years ago (self taught). I figured if he could do it, I could...so I bought a cheap keyboard to see how I was going to adapt. After 3 months, I decided to upgrade. Now own a Yamaha YPG-635.

Learning is going slow, but I notice a significant improvement from May!
Just recently started some informal lessons from a co-worker.

I like Blues, Jazz and some contemporary pieces. Not so into the classical stuff.
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Started Playing May 2010, Primarily Self Learning, Some Coach Assistance

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#1619593 - 02/14/11 08:16 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
qwert Offline
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Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Switzerland
To Cobra1365:
Much respect to you, Sir!

Being an Air Force Officer learning piano should be walk in the park! smile Are there more pianists then pilots? Or is it vice-verse?

Anyway, aviation and music are very often go along for many-many people. Am I right?

All the best!
qwert

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#1619690 - 02/14/11 11:10 AM Re: OT, Tell us about yourself [Re: Mr Super-Hunky]
jotur Offline
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5505
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
How cool that you guys are learning piano! Music was a life-saver for me, and now it's a pleasure, too smile Cobra - are you suggesting the ABF has made a difference? laugh

Ouch! for selling those guitars, Edgar - but you'll find the ABF is a great place to visit for piano playing and general infor.

Looking forward to hawgdriver's recital piece, too.

Cathy
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