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#993484 - 09/12/04 08:53 AM 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I've got my first piano lesson in 37 years, excepting one, coming up on Friday.. I'm so excited I will probably have a heart attack first.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993485 - 09/12/04 09:30 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
Phlebas Offline


Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 4654
Loc: New York City
Good luck. Dom't have a heart attack. Tell us how it goes.
What are you going to play for your lesson?

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#993486 - 09/12/04 11:05 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
teachum Offline
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2913
Loc: idaho
Apple - How exciting. I miss my lessons. Hopefully, we will get back on track in a few weeks once school settles down a bit for both of us. Meanwhile - 12 days till Esty arrives. Two weeks from today I will definitely be playing it her! Everything is ready!
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You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#993487 - 09/12/04 12:15 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I'm playing the prelude in D major (5) from WTC 1 and Chopin Opus 25 #2.

I know the 2nd kind of

I hope it works.

Teachum - I'll count down the days - Sep. 24th? I lost 5 pounds before my piano came I got so worked up and excited. The day the piano came I just about went thru the ceiling.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993488 - 09/13/04 10:52 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2913
Loc: idaho
Apple - Is that the Prelude in D Major that has like 4 voices going at all different counts at the same time?
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You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#993489 - 09/13/04 10:55 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2913
Loc: idaho
P.S. I'll take losing five pounds - that would get me close to perfect. Just joking! It's starting to get cold out on the enclosed backporch at night!
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You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany

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#993490 - 09/13/04 10:56 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
Horace Offline
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Registered: 04/28/04
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How did you choose this teacher, Apple?

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#993491 - 09/13/04 08:49 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
stroke of marvelous luck would be the best way to put it.

I've interviewed 5 and they all thought I was great. (Of course I might have not interviewed good enough teachers) Couldn't fool the one I chose tho,.. Hope he doesn't fire me.

Teachum: "Apple - Is that the Prelude in D Major that has like 4 voices going at all different counts at the same time?

I don't think so.. It seems to only have 2 voices.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993492 - 09/13/04 09:36 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 982
Loc: Oregon
How exciting for you! Tell us all about your first lesson!

I hope this teacher works out for you - I had to switch after about 7 months, and now I've got a superb teacher! Hope I can be a superb student!! \:\)
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"Cats make purrfect friends"

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#993493 - 09/14/04 05:46 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
Neus A. Offline
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Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 83
Loc: Spain
Good luck Apple!

If you don't mind my asking ... What did you talk about in the interviews that made you decide on the one you did? Or is the feeling of "connecting" what matters most?
I need to find another teacher for myself.

Neus

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#993494 - 09/14/04 06:10 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I talked about my goals with the teachers. we met for 1/2 hour. I played for them.. I guess it was a feeling of connecting and his level of accomplishement. What I like about this one, is that he communicated with me as a peer even tho extraordinarily more skilled, and easily identified some of my weaknesses without being asked to do so. We'll see. He might find me intolerable.
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993495 - 09/14/04 07:02 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
HermanM Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 117
Loc: Newport, VA
For what its worth, Apple, I've got my first lesson with a new teacher in two days - already getting nervous. I'm sure I'll butcher every piece I try to play for her. Par for course.
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#993496 - 09/14/04 07:31 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 02/20/04
Posts: 643
Loc: Plano, Texas
Hey Apple, I'm curious what did your new teacher ask you to bring to your first lesson? Is he going to work on theory, repetoire, or both?
Jon
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#993497 - 09/14/04 07:41 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
sleepingcats Offline
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Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 982
Loc: Oregon
HermanM,

Be sure to tell us all about your first lesson too! \:\)
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#993498 - 09/14/04 07:56 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I'm playing the prelude in D major (#5) from WTC 1 and Chopin Opus 25 #2. We'll just see what happens... I'll probably faint, because i am going to get so excited I won't eat. I'll wear some padded clothing in case I hit the ground.

\:\)
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993499 - 09/14/04 09:45 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 04/09/04
Posts: 199
Loc: UK
lol. Have fun apple - I'm very happy for you
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#993500 - 09/15/04 05:41 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
Neus A. Offline
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Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 83
Loc: Spain
Thanks Apple!

On the contrary, have some food and drink some lime flower tea. Tell us how it went. Until Friday! \:\)

Neus A.

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#993501 - 09/16/04 03:05 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
teachum Offline
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2913
Loc: idaho
Apple - How did it go?
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You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany

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#993502 - 09/16/04 03:29 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
not till tomorrow.....
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993503 - 09/16/04 03:56 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
Elaine617 Offline
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Registered: 03/21/02
Posts: 364
Loc: North Carolina
Hi Apple,

Just wanted to wish you luck. Enjoy your lessons and let us know how the first one goes.

Lyn B.

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#993504 - 09/16/04 04:10 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
HermanM Offline
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Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 117
Loc: Newport, VA
I had my first lesson today with me new teacher - what an incredible change from the previous! Night and day! I'm still blown away.
There was an enthusiasm there today that I've never felt before - not with me (I'm always enthusiastic), but with the teacher. She seemed really pumped to be sharing her wisdom with me, which I never had with the last. So many new techniques to work on! I rushed home and scribbled down what I could remember - the lesson what supposed to be a half hour, but it reached close to a full hour! A bargain at twice the price!
I could blather on about specifics, but I won't waste the bandwidth. Sum it up as follows: if you feel inhibited or unhappy with your current teacher, try a new one - you might be pleasantly surprised!

Apple, I hope your experience is half as positive as mine was - Good Luck to you!

HM
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#993505 - 09/16/04 04:57 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
sleepingcats Offline
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Registered: 05/30/04
Posts: 982
Loc: Oregon
HermanM

That's great that you found a wonderful teacher! It really does make such a difference, doesn't it? When I switched to my current teacher 5 weeks ago, I felt so renewed with enthusiasm and love my lessons and love to practice. She's worth the price (double what my previous teacher charged!).

My lessons are an hour long (twice a week). My teacher writes down all the notes I need to remember in a notebook during the lesson so I don't forget. It really helps because it IS hard to remember everything! Does you teacher NOT keep a log or list for you? Maybe you can ask her to jot important points, or do it yourself during the lesson \:\)

Apple, can't wait to hear about your first lesson!
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#993506 - 09/16/04 05:55 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 05/19/04
Posts: 2913
Loc: idaho
Ooops - that's right, it's Thursday today, not Friday. Tired teacher wishing for Friday!
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You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany

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#993507 - 09/17/04 06:14 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
mound Offline
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Registered: 08/10/04
Posts: 782
Loc: Rochester, NY
good luck with your lesson today apple! don't be nervous, you'll do fine \:\)
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"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer

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#993508 - 09/17/04 06:24 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
you know what is bad...? He came over a couple weeks ago.. I had had a busy day, and I said "sorry - I am not the world's best housekeeper" (mainly because I am addicted to the piano) and he said "Yes - I can see".. So I have to at least sweep and dust and pick up the toys, clothes, books, movies and shoes - yuck
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993509 - 09/17/04 06:59 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 83
Loc: Spain
At what time is your class?

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#993510 - 09/17/04 07:07 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
11 - less than 2 hrs.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993511 - 09/17/04 07:10 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
Neus A. Offline
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Registered: 03/30/04
Posts: 83
Loc: Spain
Good. The house is already tidy? Seat and relax.

Yesterday I interviewed a teacher, too. To start with I liked it better than my old one. I'll keep looking, though.

Neus

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#993512 - 09/17/04 07:11 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
cathys Offline
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Registered: 04/10/03
Posts: 917
Loc: Virginia
Have a great lesson!!

Cathy

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#993513 - 09/17/04 07:23 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
I NEVER RELAX!
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993514 - 09/17/04 12:47 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
it was great... shouldn't have been nervous.. It doesn't bother me to play badly... funny how all the flaws are so glaringly obvious when someone is listening.
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993515 - 09/17/04 01:50 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 4654
Loc: New York City
Glad it went well. Give us more details.

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#993516 - 09/17/04 05:20 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
well... he came in, didn't even comment on how nice or clean and shiny my house looked. 1 minute later he plopped this sheet on the music desk with intimations or directions of how to play scales in 3rds, in the key of C.. Not the notes ... just directions.. so I tried that a few times and learned some hand, elbow, shoulder, finger integrated techiniques.

then I played the the prelude in D major from WTC I pretty badly - several times.. got quite a few different ways to approach and practice. Made sure all the notes were right.. He played the fugue and it was GORGEOUS.. I can't wait to start that..... and that was about it.

Now I will look forward to my next in 2 weeks. (I have my little job practicing to keep up on)..

very happy I am ... he looked pretty comfortable.
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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993517 - 09/17/04 05:34 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
Horace Offline
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Registered: 04/28/04
Posts: 505
Feel free to ignore if this is none of my business, but how much does he charge? How long are your lessons?

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#993518 - 09/17/04 06:13 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
apple* Offline


Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
too much and too short.... (but I'm cheap.. I buy used everything.)

maybe not too expensive.... I learned so much yesterday and saw an IMMEDIATE improvement in the way Iplayed last nite...
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#993519 - 09/18/04 07:15 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 6467
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Great news, apple!

I'm also in love with my new piano teacher (in a huntin' and fishin' kind of way, of course!). It's amazing what a good teacher can discover and bring out, pointing out both strengths and weaknesses.

You get what you pay for. My teacher is $10 more per lesson than my previous one, but I'll go without something to make up the difference.

Someone on the forums said once, "taking piano lessons is one of the great joys in life." That has really stuck with me. Wish I could remember who said it.

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#993520 - 10/01/04 10:06 AM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
had my 2nd lesson.. I'll think I'll keep him.. I'm sure many would give a couple teeth to have him stay and practice afterwards. so very cool.
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accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

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#993521 - 10/01/04 12:00 PM Re: 1st piano lesson
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Registered: 08/10/04
Posts: 782
Loc: Rochester, NY
excellent!
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"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer

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