Over a month ago I mentioned I needed a new teacher because the one I had hated theory, and I started to lose inspiration. I also found her grand piano to have a heavy touch which I didn't like. Also, since I finished all three quarters of the Adult Group Piano classes at the college, I was ready to start anew.
Tonight was my second lesson with my new teacher and she's great! She loves the fact that I want to understand theory better. (My first lesson last week went very fast since I took "all" of my books I had collected, so we went through them and discussed our goals.) Tonight I had a wonderful lesson in technique, playing musically - flowing motion and relaxation. I had been playing so "mechanically", especially with my scales and arpeggios, but she showed me how to use fluid motions. My speed and smoothness improved right there on the spot! That really shocked me that I could play so fast!
I am re-inspired again!
I also love how her Yamaha C3 plays. It's so smooth, responds so well and is voiced so beautifully. Those who think that Yamaha is too bright would not think that of this piano.
I have been looking at grand pianos the last couple of weeks. Yes, I just got my upright in January, but I love playing on a grand! I'm partial to Yamahas, but want to go through the fun part of piano shopping and give all makes a chance. So far I've tried Pleyel, Schimmel, Boesendorfer, Knabe, Petrof, Schulze Pollmann, Estonia, Yamaha, Kawai, Charles Walter, M & H, Bechstein, Nordiska and Bluthner. I still need to try the Steinway and Boston (I know it's a pricier Kawai), and head to Seattle to try their selection. Of course I'll have to go to all the stores a second time and play on all their pianos again - ugh!
It's amazing what a wonderful teacher with a great piano can do for one's inspiration and enthusiasm!