New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read...

Posted by: Kreisler

New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/08 01:20 PM

I'd like to invite any new members or lurkers out there to introduce yourselves and join in the discussions.

So if you've been looking for a reason and a way to get your feet wet, here's your chance. Reply here and introduce yourself, then pick a topic and jump right in!

Posted by: Bhav

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/08 02:52 PM

Hi. I'm a new member \:\)

I just joined after ordering a Yamaha DGX 630, it's not a real piano I know, but I cant afford, nor have space for one yet \:\(

It will be far better then my current PSR-530 which doesnt even have enough keys for the pieces I am learning.

I started playing the keyboard when I was 5, and was really good at it and have been playing almost daily since then, but never got lessons beyond what I learnt in music and afterschool classes because my parents were cheapskates that wouldnt pay for lessons.

But I managed to make my own way to Grade 5 playing ability at 16, Grade 7 by 19, and then got stuck while studying a minor in music for my degree as I didnt really know what I was doing and couldnt get any better due to having a terrible technique. I gave up for almost 2 years when I was 22, and just started playing again last month and have somehow started to make really good progress with grade 8+ pieces, and am practicing a lot better now with scales and excersizes, and seem to understand my instrument a lot better then I did when I was in my teens, hence why I needed to buy a Portable Grand.

Soon I will be self taught to Grade 8+ standard, by the end of 2009 I should be a pro \:\)

I hardly know anything about music theory, or classical music, and am mostly going to be learning rag time piano, but I will also learn a few classical pieces too.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/08 08:58 PM

Welcome to the Forum, Bhav!

Sometimes taking a break like that is a good thing, and that's how it sounds like it was for you. There are times in our lives when we're just not ready for what we need to do, and then we catch up
Posted by: carolyn227

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/08 11:36 PM

I've been lurking quite a bit on this forum, posted a bit on a couple other boards here but not much of a contributor.

I am a busy stay-at-home-mom of two kids (2 and 4) and have recently begun playing piano after a long hiatus. I got tired of not being able to play anything anymore. I've been practicing an average of an hour a day in the month of November. I would like to practice more, but... well... two little kids.

I began piano lessons in the first grade, moved to another country after that and started with a new teacher in second grade and stayed with her until I moved back to Germany in the sixth grade. We had trouble finding consistent teachers there, but somehow I got through it... sort of. I passed off Alfred's level 3 in 8th grade and we moved back to the States where I began lessons again. This is where I really began to learn. The teacher tested me and had me skip level 4 and went right into level 5. I continued to advance in piano and participated in competitions, doing quite well once or twice. Eventually, I was awarded a teeny-tiny piano scholarship to a state university (I think it was a combination of pity and trying to build their music program!) where I immediately slacked off and dropped out of the program. I regret my apathy and laziness so much now 10+ years later. I took lessons for a couple more years and eventually stopped playing almost entirely.

I got married and didn't have a piano for a long time. Finally, soon before the birth of my first child, we got a really old upright that was in storage from the state. It is in surprisingly good condition and is almost in tune. I'm afraid of having it tuned because I'm afraid the strings will break. My neighbor and friend tunes pianos and told me that is very common with pianos as old as mine. I didn't play it much, just once in a while, because I was so busy raising my kids and I didn't make piano a priority.

About a month ago, I found a renewed conviction and began playing again. I sit down and play a few times during the day when I have a moment. The problem is the 2 year old likes to climb on me and sit on my shoulders when I'm playing. My sessions are usually pretty short during the day. I play a lot at night after they go to bed. The little one has only woken up once while I was playing. As long as I don't get too loud, it's usually fine.

I would like to buy a new piano, but there is no way we can afford it right now. Perhaps in a year or so we can get a nice upright. I want a nice piano for my kids to learn on. My goals right now are to perfect and memorize songs I once had perfected. Also, to set a good example of practicing so my kids can see that it is important. Right now I'm working on Chopin nocturne 55.1, Clair de Lune, Bach prealudium 21, Granados' May Song (this one is almost there), Beethoven Sonata no. 8, and a few others. Once I have these songs perfected and (re)memorized, I'm not sure what I'm going to start with. I'm also going back to the books I was studying out of before I stopped lessons, but I'm not sure if that's a good idea.

I'll probably lurk a lot, because I am in that awkward group of non-beginner but not really advanced, either. I'm trying to improve my skills to become the type of pianist I want to be-- better sight reader, faster at learning songs, can improvise, etc.

Carolyn
Posted by: Lolium

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/25/08 12:53 AM

Hello,
I'm Ira and I've been playing since I was 4(I'm 23 now) though without taking any real lessons for 6 years. I re-started regularly last year with my old teacher which is so amazing and helpful and I'm hoping to get my degree in 2 years. I've lost a lot of technique and strength during my "break" but I think my playing is much more mature now.
However I have to work really really hard to reach my goals..
I will try to contribute in this wonderful community although I don't believe I can be much help!
Anyway, it's nice to be here.
Take care
Posted by: Jim B

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/25/08 05:44 AM

Hello to all. I guess my story isn't too unusual. I started playing when I was in elementary school and took lessons on and off through early high school. After college I purchased a Yamaha digital piano to carry me through until I could purchase my own acoustic piano, but that never happened before life got in the way (work, marriage, kids, work). After a more than 20 year break, I finally got the urge to play again. I convinced the wife to let me purchase a new piano (Pramberger PS 175), then began repurchasing the study books (Hanon, Beringer, Czerny) and music pieces (Sonatina Album, etc.) I had as a kid.

My situation is very similar to Carolyn's. I'm not a beginner, but I'm nowhere near where I used to be technically. Rusty intermediate might be a better description. I only get to play three or four times a week, maybe 20 to 30 minutes while the kids are getting ready for bed.

It's been a bit frustrating, though, because I haven't been able to work out a practice routine. I'm not sure how I'm going to improve over time if I don't follow a consistent routine. One thing that has helped me, however, is the availability of books of classical pieces with an accompanying CD of the music. Taking lessons as a kid more than 35 years ago, I never really knew how these pieces were supposed to sound.

This forum is a wonderful community and I'm glad to be part of it.

Jim
Posted by: MarkH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/25/08 08:39 PM

Hello,

I'm another new member:) I'm 27 and working on my biomedical research PhD in a hemophilia gene therapy lab. I'd been away from lessons for the past 3 years, but after passing qualifying exams last spring, I decided to start piano lessons again. This career is one that can easily swallow up your life, and I decided that, in addition to helping me refine things, the potential embarrassment and financial loss of coming to a weekly lesson without having practiced was exactly the sort of support I needed to keep piano an active part of my life.

I started piano when I was 9 and studied with the same teacher until I went off to university at age 19. I went a year without lessons, then had lessons from piano grad students for two years before I decided to take the plunge and add piano as a second major in addition to molecular biology.

I've done about three years of teaching piano lessons here and there, and I think it's great fun, but I'm not doing any of it right now. I've also taken lots of theory courses and some basic composition classes, and I'm very very slowly working on making a few piano transcriptions.

I'm constantly thinking about pieces that I'd like to play next (as I'm sure most of us are). My favorites are Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Alkan, but I love many composers. I have an attraction to Romantic & late Romantic era pieces, especially those of extended length in a cyclical or variation form (eg. Paganini Variations, Totentanz, Symphonic Etudes, Liszt Sonata, Grieg Ballade, etc) as well as colorful transcriptions.

As I was walking home from work a while ago, I was thinking about all the pieces that I really want to play in my life, and I realized that the current total length is about 43 hours worth of music. I think I can work up and record only about 1 hour of music per year, so this is going to be a lifelong project. I hope to contribute to the member recordings forum soon:)

Thank you for the welcome!
Mark
Posted by: ronde des sylphes

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/26/08 12:25 PM

Hi, I'm also a new member. I've been aware of this board for a while, and recognize a few familiar usernames from another forum.

I probably started when I was about 7 or 8, and had my first proper teacher from 11 to 16. After I left school, I stopped playing piano for close on ten years (which I now regret considerably). Since then I'm mostly self-taught, but I realised that I was limiting myself through that approach and have been a fairly regular attendee at a summer school course/masterclass program, which has done me a lot of good.

I'm interested in the hidden riches of the romantic repertoire, composers such as Thalberg, Alkan, Liapunov and others, and I'm particularly interested in piano transcriptions.
Posted by: justmartha

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/26/08 12:48 PM

I'm a lurker too. Story is pretty similar. I took lessons for years and majored in piano for one year of college before I saw the light and realized I was a competent technician and not a real artist. Got married, lived in tiny houses for many years and played a hammered dulcimer instead. Finally got my grand piano moved into my house about 10 years ago. I go through spasms of playing, and this summer was one of those - I had a serious illness and realized I'm not getting any younger - if I'm going to get good again, it had better be now! For the first time, I've learned some new stuff (Brahms Intermezzi) rather than rehashing what I knew from before. I'm taking lessons again, but not on the classical stuff, but geared towards accompanying other folks who want to play & sing popular music. More about ear-training, finding chords to play, voicing, style......I've also purchased a used but good-feeling digital piano, so I can practice with headphones. I'm hoping that will help me find more time to play - one of my excuses is not wanting to bother anybody.

I have long-term goals of a couple of the big piano concertos (Beethoven #4, Schumann A min) but find them challenging not only technically but the lack of an orchestra or at least a second piano.
Posted by: pianovirus

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/26/08 01:53 PM

Great to see so many lurkers joining!!
Welcome to all (ronde, nice to see you here as well). I enjoyed reading your stories, favorite repertoire, and plans for the future. Have a good time here!
Posted by: smjl

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/26/08 07:56 PM

Hi! I recently found this forum when I went looking for some information on the fingering for Beethoven's Minuet in G (which I didn't find, but eventually figured out).

I had 10 years of (Suzuki) lessons growing up, then stopped lessons in highschool (what was I thinking...). In college I taught myself to play what I call 'church' piano, by which I mean accompaniment piano improvised from the guitar chords. I also snuck into the music school's piano practice rooms, since I had no piano of my own. When I graduated from college, I bought a Kawaii MP9000 electric piano, which was the very best piano weight/sound keyboard I could find. I've played sporadically since then, learning miscellaneous movie theme music and pop songs, and the odd classical piece.

Last month I decided to officially start practicing regularly again. From a very old book called 'Playing the Piano for Pleasure' I pulled some repertoire ideas, and started with Beethoven's Minuet in G as a way to ease myself back into learning a song from scratch and practicing. It went well, although the fingering was unexpectedly tricky. I've started on Chopin's Prelude in A (all 3 lines), and today pulled out all of my old music books to chose some of the more difficult things I could play once-upon-a-time to relearn.

I was very excited to see your ecitals, I hadn't thought to record the music I've learned for many years, and I look forward to building my own music collection. I plan to buy a piano in a few months, as a reward for all the practicing I will be doing from now on! My husband would like me to buy the piano now, but I think he will regret that...he has never lived with a musician, and doesn't know that listening to someone practicing means sometimes listening to the same 4 measures 50 times...and then the whole piece 50,000 times!

--Sarah
Posted by: kiwidan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/08 02:16 PM

Heya everyone, somewhat of a lurker here because I have posted a few times before looking for help. This place is a great resource for help and opinions from many musicians:D!

I am 21 years old and a late starter. I have only been playing for 3 1/2 years. I'm studying music in college with a minor in business. I would love to eventually become a music theory teacher and give piano lessons.

My favorite composers are Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Bartok. I'm currently finishing up the Beethoven sonata op. 2 no. 1 in F minor and loving the last movement:). Along with this I am also working on Bach, Brahms and Bartok.

One of my main goals in piano performance is to be able to play the Chopin Ballade No. 3(my fav:D).

Thanks for this thread Kreisler!
Posted by: Bhav

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/08 04:13 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by MarkH:
Hello,

I'm another new member:) I'm 27 and working on my biomedical research PhD in a hemophilia gene therapy lab. I'd been away from lessons for the past 3 years, but after passing qualifying exams last spring, I decided to start piano lessons again. This career is one that can easily swallow up your life, and I decided that, in addition to helping me refine things, the potential embarrassment and financial loss of coming to a weekly lesson without having practiced was exactly the sort of support I needed to keep piano an active part of my life.

I started piano when I was 9 and studied with the same teacher until I went off to university at age 19. I went a year without lessons, then had lessons from piano grad students for two years before I decided to take the plunge and add piano as a second major in addition to molecular biology.

I've done about three years of teaching piano lessons here and there, and I think it's great fun, but I'm not doing any of it right now. I've also taken lots of theory courses and some basic composition classes, and I'm very very slowly working on making a few piano transcriptions.

I'm constantly thinking about pieces that I'd like to play next (as I'm sure most of us are). My favorites are Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and Alkan, but I love many composers. I have an attraction to Romantic & late Romantic era pieces, especially those of extended length in a cyclical or variation form (eg. Paganini Variations, Totentanz, Symphonic Etudes, Liszt Sonata, Grieg Ballade, etc) as well as colorful transcriptions.

As I was walking home from work a while ago, I was thinking about all the pieces that I really want to play in my life, and I realized that the current total length is about 43 hours worth of music. I think I can work up and record only about 1 hour of music per year, so this is going to be a lifelong project. I hope to contribute to the member recordings forum soon:)

Thank you for the welcome!
Mark [/b]
And I thought I were the only person that played the Piano on top of studying Science o.O. I studied (and passed) a combined honours in Human Biology with Music, but didnt get a high enough grade to go onto further education in Biology \:\( .

I worked in a supermarket for over a year after graduating, but developed an ear disorder in both ears which has destroyed my hearing and balance, and doctors have recently told me I dont have to work for 12 months untill another health assessment and will get incapacity benefit all that time, so I have all the time in the world to try and pursue my dream of having a career in music, however long it may take me.

My ears dont work too well and I want to be a pianist or composer / songwriter lol.
Posted by: carolyn227

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/08 10:50 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bhav:
And I thought I were the only person that played the Piano on top of studying Science o.O. I studied (and passed) a combined honours in Human Biology with Music, but didnt get a high enough grade to go onto further education in Biology \:\( .

I worked in a supermarket for over a year after graduating, but developed an ear disorder in both ears which has destroyed my hearing and balance, and doctors have recently told me I dont have to work for 12 months untill another health assessment and will get incapacity benefit all that time, so I have all the time in the world to try and pursue my dream of having a career in music, however long it may take me.

My ears dont work too well and I want to be a pianist or composer / songwriter lol. [/b]
I don't study science, but... I personally know two very good pianists who are physicians, whom I presume studied science as an undergrad. One of them was a professional pianist for some time, I believe. I am accompanying both of them in a musical number and I am by far the weakest pianist of the three of us \:\) But that's okay-- one of the physicians is not much of a singer so I think we'll be just fine.

As a side note, all of a sudden people actually know I play piano and have been asking me to play for them on occasion. Just accompnyment hymnstyle, which has always been my weakness. Since I've been practicing, I feel so much more confident about how I play. But I'm so clumsy still! I'll just keep plugging along I guess. Maybe one day I'll be really good. I can only hope!
Posted by: MarkH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/08 11:05 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by carolyn227:

As a side note, all of a sudden people actually know I play piano and have been asking me to play for them on occasion. Just accompnyment hymnstyle, which has always been my weakness. Since I've been practicing, I feel so much more confident about how I play. But I'm so clumsy still![/b]
Personally, I hate accompanying (mostly because I'm very particular in what I want to play), but I had a take an accompanying/sightreading class in undergrad in addition to accompanying at least one person every semester. My teacher in that class really helped me along. The best exercise she gave us was the following:

She'd give us something to sightread, give us a moment to look through it, and then we had to pick any tempo and stick to it exactly. If we messed up, we had to keep in mind where the flow of the music should have gone and come back in there, and we were not allowed to look at our hands at all. If she saw us look, she'd get out a 3-ring binder and hold it at our chest level below our faces so we couldn't see the keyboard.

It seems severe, but it really helps you develop your abilities because you never have to look away from the music if your hands can do it without the help of your eyes. Realistically speaking, even when sight-reading you're probably going to look away for big leaps, but when you're working on developing your sense of the keyboard, it's impressive how close you can come to the right note even in very big leaps without looking at all. I bet Carolyn, that if you practiced this for just 15 minutes a day, you'd get vastly better at playing hynm-style accompaniment:)
Posted by: MarkH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/08 11:19 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bhav:
And I thought I were the only person that played the Piano on top of studying Science o.O. I studied (and passed) a combined honours in Human Biology with Music, but didnt get a high enough grade to go onto further education in Biology \:\( .

I worked in a supermarket for over a year after graduating, but developed an ear disorder in both ears which has destroyed my hearing and balance, and doctors have recently told me I dont have to work for 12 months untill another health assessment and will get incapacity benefit all that time, so I have all the time in the world to try and pursue my dream of having a career in music, however long it may take me.

My ears dont work too well and I want to be a pianist or composer / songwriter lol. [/b]
Actually, I've met a few other scientist/musicians in my days. At my school we just had a med art show, where all doctors, researchers, med student and grad students were invited to submit visual or performance art. There was quite a turnout (mostly paintings), but there were two pianists besides myself, and last year there was also a string quartet!

That's tough luck about your ear disorder! Sorry to hear it. But there's always Beethoven to keep in mind as an idol. Where there's a will there's a way. Good luck!
Posted by: peanutbutterjelly

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/03/08 12:47 PM

Hi Everyone!

I'm from New York and I just turned 29. I started playing the piano when I was 6 and stopped when I was 12. I stopped because my family needed to move. Since then, I was basically playing without any lessons, which was unfortunate. So you could say, I haven't had a lesson in 16 years!

I was originally from the Philippines and moved to New York in 2004. I'm looking to buy a digital piano in the next few weeks (Yamaha YDP-160) and get back into the grove!

I am interested in meeting people in New York, preferably around Long Island who I can share time with in learning and improving my skills on the Piano. \:D

This website is absolutely a great thing for us pianist to share our passion, ideas and experience!

\:D
Posted by: danihog

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/05/08 05:29 AM

Hi there everyone.

I'm Daniel, 18 years old and I live in the Netherlands in a village near Amsterdam.

I started playing the piano when I was about 8 years old, taking lessons once a week until I was 14. Like a lot of children of that age, I didn't feel like practicing a lot and I wasn't really into playing the piano so I quit taking lessons and barely played anymore.

When I was 17 I regained interest in the piano and tried to learn myself some songs and chunks out of classical pieces that weren't too hard. 3 months ago I called my old teacher and made an appointment, which led to me having regular lessons once again \:\) .

I'm now playing some Scarlatti sonata's (K466 & K467) and I'm working on a Mazurka by Chopin (op 7 no 1).

I've really enjoyed reading the threads on this forum and I thought that I should introduce myself. I love playing the piano, I think and hope that I will progress fast and that I will be of some use for this forum.

Daniel
Posted by: musica71

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/05/08 02:57 PM

Seth Darst, professor of bio-physics at Rockefeller University just performed with the I Medici Orchestra in Montreal, played the Mozart Concerto d minor no.20 at McGill University. He was wonderful!! He was not a music major but got to study with good teachers. http://www.imedici.mcgill.ca He is also on youtubecom competing 2 years ago in Amateur Competitions.
Posted by: doremifasolaSI

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/13/08 05:58 PM

Hi!

I'm 13 years old and have been playing piano for 7 1/2 years. I love it more than life itself, and not that many people know it because I'm kind of quite, and one of those girls who you would kind of assume doesn't do anything worth while. It was kind of interesting when I signed up for the keyboarding class last year and they gave us beginner's keyboarding books. I was pretty much terrified of everyone because I was alone in the class and didn't want to speak up. Finally, when we were being tested on Hanon 1 (something I already knew but didn't tell anybody) everybody was expecting this one kid to be the fastest. Then I played it up and down the piano in 14 seconds (compared to his 22 seconds) and everybody was pretty shocked. I had to bit my tongue to keep from laughing.

So, that was a stupid and long rant. Glad to be here, though! \:\)
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/08 12:32 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by doremifasolaSI:
I love it more than life itself[/b]
Wow, such devotion! With that kind of passion you will go far. Welcome to the forum!
Posted by: LindaR

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/08 02:58 PM

I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself before posting. I'm Linda but prefer to be called Curly. I joined this forum specifically to ask about the grace note rules and how they relate to accidentals. I took lessons when I was much much younger and am still working at it. I have learned a lot from reading the forum. I live in California.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/08 08:51 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by jazzyprof:
 Quote:
Originally posted by doremifasolaSI:
I love it more than life itself[/b]
Wow, such devotion! With that kind of passion you will go far. Welcome to the forum! [/b]
Reminds me of the Isaac Stern statement to "play every note as if your life depended on it"
Posted by: Grobanite23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/18/08 02:43 AM

Hi \:\) I just joined today. I've been looking for a place where I can discuss piano since I don't know that many people that play.

I started playing when I was 12 and I have been playing for 7 years now. My parents got me a keyboard for Christmas in 2000. My mom helped me learn my first song since she knew how to play a little. (It was from John Thompson's modern course for the piano first grade book if any of you learned from that series) I started taking lessons 4 months later. \:\) I got to the second book in Alfred's basic piano series and then my teacher was unable to give lessons anymore. \:\(

I then started taking lessons from someone else I knew. She encouraged my parents to buy me a real piano. I was able to find a used one and traded in the keyboard for part of the price. I liked her teaching style better \:\) She didn't mind if I made mistakes as long as I knew how to fix them. At recitals, her students had a choice of bringing their music up with them or not. My first recital went pretty well, which is wierd because my second one went worse. I tried to play without the music and I forgot the notes halfway through. (It was a good thing I had my music with me) Before the next recital, I made sure that I had it memorized at I could stop and start anywhere in the song from memory. This recital was successful and I played without the music \:\) (one of my recital pieces was Jesu joy of man's Desiring) I began to play at my church since the piano player left there. I had reached the level 6 book of the Alfred series by the time I was 15. Sadly, my piano teacher passed away later that year.

I have been playing on my own for four years now. I have been playing a variety of different music from movies (Pride and Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Charlie Brown Christmas), classical music, and music from Josh Groban. (my favorite singer \:\) ) I don't have the same patience I had before to sit down to learn a piece and perfect it. I have been practicing many different songs off and on.

It was not until high school that I decided that I wanted to be a music teacher. \:\) I am going to a community college right now to take music theory and then I will transfer to a university. I put off taking music theory 1 because I heard that it was hard from someone who does not play the piano. Because of this I am spending an extra year in college. The first class turned out to be very easy \:\) I am about to take the second of six music theory courses next quarter. I also decided to take lessons from the college to see how it works out.

Since I saw the movie The Pianist, I wanted to learn Chopin's Ballade no. 1. I started practicing that earlier this year but it's been hard with school going on. I have to say it's the hardest song I've ever played but I like it so much that I won't stop practicing it. It is my favorite song for the piano (so far). I look back at other music I've been playing at notice how easy it is compared to when I first learned it. My favorite composer is Chopin and I want to learn more of his songs once it get this one down. I have been listening to more classical piano music and finding even more songs that I want to play to keep me occupied for a while.
Posted by: rrb

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/18/08 07:42 AM

I discovered this forum by accident, googling about, and joined because I love the piano, writing and reading. What better way to combine all three?

Thus I find myself a new 'Junior Member', which is delightful considering I am approaching retirement age and had to quit playing when rheumatism destroyed my hands.

For many years I was hung up on Schumann, perhaps because the first 20 bars of 'Kreisleriana' was the first passage of piano music I could not even approximately reproduce by ear. What sequence of notes generated that incredible impression of glorious lunacy? It still seems marvelous to me that anyone could come up with such stuff.

In later years, I accepted ignominous defeat with 'Scarbo' (I guess I'm not alone there! -- and to be honest, I really don't like it that much) and switched to chamber music, where I had a new K-experience, with Shostokovich's Cello Sonata. You have to play Shostokovich to appreciate the subtlety of his harmonies, often so remote they send shivers down the spine.

Quite enough from me!

Many thanks to the forum gurus for setting up this opportunity for us to share our common passion.
Posted by: sabien music rendezvous

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/20/08 02:26 AM

Hi, I am Sabien. I started to join this forum few days ago, it was introduced by my piano teacher. This forum is pretty cool and i learned quite alot in here. I am Malaysia borned Chinese, but going to Massachusettes on next Friday under AU PAIR program.I started my piano since age 5. I'm now 20 years, currenntly just finish LTCL (Licienctiate of Trinily London College).I am so keen to find a music school in US so that i can continue learning besides taking care of children. Nice to catch up with everyone here, take care!
Posted by: pianojosh23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/21/08 09:54 AM

Hey, Im Josh and I'm from Australia. i found this forum by accident and i've been reading posts for about a month, so i've finally decided to join in. I just turned 15 and started piano when i was 9, basically I have big hands (span almost 13 keys, and very, very thin and apparently very fast fingers, I do lack technique however, but i'm getting better. Up until about a year ago I hated piano, and have always been and still am a VERY keen basicall player. I hated piano mainly because my teacher didn't believe in skipping grades, so I was playing pieces to easy for me, and I didn't see the point. I then got a new teacher who was bad as well because he believed when I was 13 I was too young and immature on the piano to to grade 7, it wasn't how I played, it was my age. When I did the exam I still found the pieces easy. I am now with a very good teacher who put me straight into amusa. I just finished learning Prelude in G Minor, Rachmaninoff op 23 no 5, but I will start learning it again when I do my elmusa, after my amusa next june. For amusa I will be playing Chopin Valse in E Minor op posthumous (already learnt) Elite Syncapations by Mary Mageau (already learnt) Elegy (Rachmaninoff op 3 no 1) Beethoven Sonata Fantasia in E major. (op 27 no 1)and another piece. My favourite composer is liszt, favourite piece is Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 Liszt/Horowitz, and I will start learning it in about 6 months. My favourite modern pianist is Lang Lang (I know, you guys don't like him.)
Anyway these days I love the piano, and throughout my life I have only practised an hour a day, or less, and most days I would skip practise because I hated it so much, but now I have started practising a lot more, and the results are already coming fast. This was a long post but thats it, thats my piano life \:\)
Thanks
Posted by: ahvat

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/22/08 01:16 PM

Many of you played for a long time. For me its better late than Never. I'm 21 now and started piano I think at the age of 19. I am currently study the Arti of Anime, and Graphic Arts and Concept Art. It only been a Two years or less,a nd I've gotten about 4-5 new books my teacher assign me to. They are Schuman - albums for the young, Sonatina Album, Little pischna (stregthen my fingers), Bach Inventions, Chopin introductions. I secretly bought Chopin - Polonaises VOL III, because the 53 Heroic rocks. I've been practicing alot lately I think 3-5 hours a day. Will I make it where the pros are?

I love Music and Art, my dad also loves em but he plays the guitar for a long time. But I find something in the piano, thats why i love it so much.
Posted by: Miss Avarice

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/25/08 12:47 AM

Ah, hi. I s'pose I have to introduce myself, shouldn't I...?

Well, I guess you can call me Avarice. I'll use that as my internet handle. I'll tell you that I'm 13 and don't feel comfortable revealing much more than that, but my dream is to go to New York and study at NYU with a double major in quantum mechanics and piano. :p

Asides from piano I play the flute and violin, but I recently quit flute to concentrate on piano.

My favorite composer is Chopin-- I love his pieces. I recently learned his Waltz in E Minor (op. posthumous) and won a competition with it. I'm fond of fast, flashy songs, but I like the occasional slow one that you can really express yourself with. I also love the Debussy preludes, and currently I'm listening to the violin and piano version of Chopin's Etude in E Major (Tristesse). I like Rostropovich and Rubinstein.

I love music-- frankly, it's helped me out a lot. I began piano when I was five, violin when I was around nine (?) or so, and flute at eleven. I consider myself proficient on all of them. XD.

I try to practice, but it's hard to get in enough practice for what used to be three (now only two) instruments. For a long time I couldn't decide between violin and piano, but I love them both equally and decided on piano because I'd have a better chance as I'd been studying it longer.

I'm excited that I've found this board so I can communicate with other piano lovers like me. \:\)

Sorry for the ramble!

- Avarice
Posted by: hudduk78

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/25/08 11:13 AM

Hi, I am Lucine, I did not play for more than 8 years, and like Ira I also lost technique and my hand hurts but I am much better in understanding music and I perform with feeling and conviction.
I have tree kids and they were partly responsieble for me not playing.

I am playing few serious pieces and handfull of technical staff.

Please forgive my spelling as I do have a learning diffiulty.
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Posted by: Garbo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/08 01:01 PM

Apparently there is a very large group of frustrated adult piano players who, like me, started early, stopped along the way, never really mastered music theory, and recommitted as adults. I rebooted my enthusiasm with about a year of the "Simply Music" program which gets one off the sheet music and onto the keyboard! I've just about finished with it and plan to move onto a jazz and blues instructor in West Hills if I like him. I find my biggest challenge is staying on track. There is so much beautiful music to play and I have a very large collection I inherited from my Mother. It's very tempting to spend hours sight reading through Nat King Cole or Diana Krall piano pieces at the expense of memorizing Bach's first invention. I suspect the best players have developed discipline and focus on fewer pieces. I'm hoping my next instructor will keep me on track! So much music, so little time, and then my back starts to hurt after a few hours!! Camille, 55, LA area, Kimball upright, coveting my friend's Steinway concert grand!
Posted by: liszten_for_life

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/08 02:27 PM

hi people, ive been a member for a while but now i've decided to really chat much more on here. I'm Robin and i'm 15 and i play piano for abotu 3 hours a day-by choice. i love the works by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and almost everyone else. i also play 5 string banjo, guitar and ukulele. althought i have only been playing piano for 3 years, i have learned that all i want form life is music and to play the piano. one day i will play a steinway in a great theatre and make peopel happy with my music but that will only happn from talking to other pianists and larning from them. i am currently teaching myself Schumann's Symphonic Etudes and some of Chopin's Preludes. anyone got any advice for me?

Robin
Posted by: Bhav

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/28/08 04:04 AM

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Originally posted by jazzyprof:
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Originally posted by doremifasolaSI:
I love it more than life itself[/b]
Wow, such devotion! With that kind of passion you will go far. Welcome to the forum! [/b]
Reminds me of the Isaac Stern statement to "play every note as if your life depended on it" [/b]
I love the Piano more then life itself too, but I never got anywhere yet \:\( .

But hopefully in the future I will.
Posted by: Pogorelich.

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/30/08 03:34 PM

I'm really glad I found these forums. It was by accident - I searched for Rach 5 on the net, and a topic from here came out. I'm a 2nd year undergrad majoring in performance. I hate my school to be honest - but unfortunately it's one of two schools in Canada for music. Can't wait to get out of here for masters!

I love music, it's all I've known and there's no way I could be someone else besides a pianist. It means everything to me. I love performing! Even though recently it's been like having heart attacks on stage each time because I leave things for the last minute.... I have a few concerts coming up but the one I'm really screwed for is a two piano concert early in april with Rach 2nd suite and Arensky 1...... because neither of us started. (I'm never leaving something like that for the last minute again!) I love chamber music, my current favourite is the Franck sonata (the cello arrangement though).

My current rep consists of Bach prelude and fugue in b flat minor and c sharp minor book I, Beethoven op. 7, couple of Chopin etudes (not to perform anywhere thankfully), Chopin 2nd ballade, Wagner-Liszt Liebestod, Chopin f minor concerto, Rach 2 (I'm just bringing it back), the two two-piano suites, Debussy violin sonata, Scriabin 2nd sonata, and apparently I have to play a Canadian piece (fun..........)

I feel like I should stop talking now and browse the forums..
Posted by: JR_YC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/30/08 06:27 PM

OK, I'll come out from lurking!

I am another adult who has returned to piano after having lessons as a kid and then not playing for about 30 years. I got a free piano a few years ago, it turned out to be junk but got me going, so I gave it away and bought a used Young Chang. Now, three years later, I'm working steadily at teaching myself and am improving.

I also study guitar (and have a teacher), so every night is split between practicing piano and guitar. Actually, it works out well as the theory and interpretation transfer from one to the other. I look at it as studying music with two instruments.

I enjoy reading on this forum learn a lot from it.

JR_YC (because everyone calls me JR and I have a Young Chang.
Posted by: Gwena

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/31/08 06:38 PM

Hi,

I'm Gwena and I'm 16 years old.. I'm been playing piano since I was 7, and have loved (almost) every minute of it. I also play the trombone in jazz and concert band at school, and sing 2nd soprano in a couple of local choirs.

My curret rep is, Bach P&F in c minor, Sonata in E Major op.14 no.1 by Mozart, and Wedding Day in Troldenhaugen by Grieg.

I have a Kawai grand piano, which I adore. I love the sound, and especially the action.

Recently I have begun to think about piano possibly being something more than just a hobby for me. I've started looking at Music Schools and am really excited for the future.
Posted by: acidious

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/01/09 11:11 PM

Hey \:\)
I'm a 14 year old Canadian girl who has been playing piano for about 5 years. I would love to have a career in music some day. I'm in the music program at my school where I play the alto saxophone, and we occasionally sing as well.
Posted by: survivordan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/02/09 02:26 PM

Hi!

I'm Daniel. I've been playing piano for a little less than 5 years now (since I was 8) but I feel a little behind the curve because most of the people I know started playing at age 3 or 4. I'm a bit confused because most of the rest of you play 'classical' pieces for lessons. I dont, I play from Faber and Fabers method books. I have a very nice piano teacher, and I have lessons once a week.

I am currently working on simplified versions of Joplin's "The Entertainer" and the "Maple Leaf Rag".
Posted by: cheerymornings

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/03/09 03:42 PM

Hello all! I just joined and was looking around when I saw this!

I'm 15 years old and came to PianoWorld to find some help in picking a model for a digital piano. I'm a beginner when it comes to playing, and I'm looking to get better. Back in middle school I took lessons for about 2 years. I quit because I didn't feel like I was improving, I didn't practice and my instructor always said I was doing great when I knew I wasn't. I still liked the piano but I thought it wasn't for me. And then a few months ago, I heard a song and I just had to try and learn it. And it was tough, but I got a little help from a friend and now I can play it (not perfectly and still some problem spots)! And this piece is so far ahead of where I was when I quit taking lessons. It really improved my confidence and I know that I can play if I work at it.

The best part- I enjoyed it sooo much when I could get a hard part in the song, when I could play through it, when I was able to memorize some parts. I was SO happy and it made me love the piano. And now I am playing a couple of other pieces, working on them myself, and it always makes me happy that I can progress and play better just by working at it. I love the feelings I get.

And now I'm looking into starting lessons again with a good teacher and I can't wait! I daydream of what it'll be like when I can play beautifully. So thats my piano history!
Posted by: pianoperformer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/04/09 09:59 AM

My name is Brandon. I just realized the other day that I already had a login here from back in April, so I thought to see what’s going on.

I went blind at the age of four from a brain tumor. A year later, I started piano lessons, and started playing classical probably a year after that. I can’t remember the reason I started lessons, I just remember I had been playing with a toy keyboard so much that my mom decided to find me a piano teacher.

I’m 20 now, and a sophomore music major in college, at Duquesne University.

Though I had been playing for so long, I think the training I am receiving at college is so much better than anything I had before, and feel like my technique is really improving. I’m learning my first piano concerto now, and my piano teacher wants me to be in a piano concerto competition in a year or so. I’m really excited about that. \:D

I’m not really sure what I’ll do with a performance degree. I guess I’ll see what my piano teacher suggests in a few years, whether I should go on to graduate school or just look for another good teacher, and hope I can make some sort of career out of performance. If it doesn’t work out, I have programming as a backup, which I’ve been studying for about eight years.

I guess teaching is an option, but I don’t know how well I’d do at that, since I obviously can’t read music.

So my goal right now is to build up and maintain a large repertoire. I’m trying to figure out how to maintain a large repertoire in memory, because I can’t seem to be able to obtain Braille music.
Posted by: Amy Boyack

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/06/09 02:29 PM

Hi, I'm more of a lurker than a newbie. I joined the forum last year, but haven't contributed to the discussions, much. My career goals got in the way and I slacked off. Anyway, I joined this year's MOYD list and I'm hoping to be more active in this forum. I'm a work at home mother, with a wonderful family. I must admit I'm a little more productive when they are all at school. I teach piano and voice part time, and sing and play piano for community events. If you notice I haven't dropped by for a while, feel free to drop me a line and get me back in the discussions. I love making new friends.
Posted by: Matt Lacey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/06/09 06:34 PM

Thought I'd introduce myself since there seem to be some other scientists here! I'm studying for a PhD in electrochemistry at the University of Southampton and I'm just getting back into piano after some years out of practice...

I began learning the piano aged 6 and learnt the basics quickly - but at the age of 8 I moved back to the UK from Japan and that was the end of regular lessons bar a short spell with another teacher until the age of 11, when I passed Grades 2 to 5 in the next three years. I changed schools when I was 14 and then spent the next 3 years taking lessons with fairly uninspiring teachers when eventually I became bored and stopped going to lessons. By this time I had been teaching myself the guitar for over a year, and very much getting into it. I played keyboards in a band for a while but a year later I went to University, leaving my piano behind at my parents' house, an instrument which has since been absorbed into the house as part of the furniture.

...and here I am today, aged 22, a reasonably competent and diverse guitarist I'd like to think but having almost forgotten the instrument that gave me my introduction to music all those years ago \:\( I recently bought a Korg SP-250 - largely influenced by restrictions on space and cost, but I think it plays well and has nice piano sounds \:\)

In four days I've learnt Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major (nice and easy... not the fugue though!) and most of Fur Elise... unfortunately my technique is non-existent these days. I'm a big fan of Chopin, and eventually I'd love to be able to play Polonaise Op. 53 (Heroique)... among loads of others - better get practicing!
Posted by: TSPhillips

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/07/09 07:08 PM

Hello, all! I just joined today. I'm Taylor and I've been playing piano for quite some time. Came across this site looking for some information. I started lessons when I was 5 or 6 years old, don't really remember, it was kindergarten. I took lessons off and on after that. My family moved around quite a bit, so it was always a hassle to find new teachers. In jr. high, I didn't take any lessons at all, but I got back in the swing of things in high school when I got involved with the choir. I spent my first year after high school at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, AL. I got a full tuition scholarship there because I knew how to play chords on the keyboard. I definitely wasn't (nor am I still) good enough to deserve a scholarship for playing for real. Nonetheless, after I transfered to Auburn University, and couldn't make it into their architecture program, I decided to study business. I played a bit for the church I attended there, and played for a friends wedding. While practicing for the wedding in the music building at Auburn, some guy noticed me playing from sheet music (apparently uncommon in music building?) and suggested I try out to play keys for the Auburn University Singers show choir. I did, and only one other person tried out, so I made it. I had a real fun time with that group. They sing AND dance at the SAME time, with live accompaniment from small band, complete with horns and everything. Unfortunately, this group doesn't have any money, and couldn't offer any scholarships, but oh well. Now I've graduated from Auburn as of May '08 and have been unemployed since August of '08. I've had some interviews lately and realized that I'll need to get myself a piano when I go out on my own, while researching such things, I came across this website. I hope y'all can be of good service to me, and I to you.

-Taylor
Posted by: D Dillon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/12/09 05:25 PM

Thank you for the welcome. I am a piano teacher. My favorite composer is Chopin, and I love to compose music. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas about music and teaching with others who have a passion for piano.
Posted by: sonshine

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/12/09 06:34 PM

Hello everyone!
Uhhm. My name is John and I'm in the eleventh grade. I'm actually not sure how long I've been playing the piano, because I remember quitting and restarting many times between ages 7 to 13-ish. I just learned Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, but it took a while because it's probably the most difficult piece I've played by far.
Thanks!
Posted by: Grebe

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/09 11:50 AM

Hi, I'm NOT a pianist, although I do play the flute, and classical & folk guitar. I'm writing a book in which the main character is an accomplished pianist and composer, and I need to try and understand as best I can her repertoire--she loves Debussy--and the way she would think about the piano and music. I've read a good number of books about the piano and the world of the pianist--including Grand Obsession which was fascinating. Now I turn to Piano World for details on certain pieces, the various ways to practice, and how a pianist might compose. Thanks very much in advance for all the help you're giving me. Yours, Grebe
Posted by: Mocheol

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/09 07:46 PM

What the hell is a lurker?

I see this phrase used and cannot quite get my head around it.

A traditional lurker is someone who skulks in the background
and desires to remain in shadows maybe even burrowing into ashes now and then.

I mean what difference is there between a lurker and a skulker anyway.

These words are slightly derogatory and one is very miffed indeed to see them used in such highbrow company
Posted by: Sammae

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/09 09:51 PM

Hi All!

I'm Sam, 23, and I currently live in Toronto. I've been playing piano since complaining of boredom the summer I turned 7, which convinced my mom to put me in lessons. I took lessons until I was 15, when I developed Tendonitis in my wrists (I have very small hands). I was half-way through my Gr. 9 RMC and I have completed my Gr.3 Theory requirements. I kept playing on 2 bands at school and as accompaniment at church. When I was 19, my mom had to sell our piano and I've been without one since, as I've been in school and moving around a lot. I've recently finished my BSc Hons and I have itchy fingers and too much free time! I've finally decided I'm going to buy myself a piano. It's a huge investment, but I can't stand the itchy fingers anymore! I'm hoping to get my 1st level of ARCT in the next year so I can start teaching lessons to support going back to school.
Posted by: hobbit

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/17/09 08:04 AM

I'll introduce myself...
I found this forum by accident. I am 38 y/o PhD student living in Philadelphia. I am an amateur pianist with extensive knowledge in other areas of classical music, mainly music theory and composition (and some conducting as well) - however, I have always played the piano for fun, except the last 2 years, since I started my PhD. This is going to change now, and I started spend some extra time practicing.
I am mainly interested in finding people like me to form an amatuer chamber music group, but also practice solo pieces.
I just started to build a new solo repertoire:
Ravel: Ondine (from Gaspard de la nuit)
Chopin: fantasie-impromptu
Haydn: variations in F minor
Nielsen: chaccone op. 32
and as usual, half (if not more) of my limited practicing time is spent on just sight reading whatever is there near my piano (shostakovich predudes & fugues, Schubert sonatas, Brahms intermezzi and other short pieces, scarlati sonatas etc...)
Posted by: Mocheol

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/17/09 01:27 PM

Why will nobody explain to me what a Lurker is.?

Maybe nobody quite knows,maybe its such a terrible thing that it has to be kept in the background at all times. The disease that dares not speak its name.

Please Help.I feel I might be classified as an incipient lurker in which case Im beyond redemption
Posted by: whippen boy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/17/09 01:38 PM

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Originally posted by Mocheol:
Why will nobody explain to me what a Lurker is.?
Perhaps because it is so easy to look up! \:\)
Lurker
Posted by: Mocheol

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/18/09 06:27 AM

I have looked it up.
I remain unsatisfied to date with any written explanation[other than my own of course] as to the meaning,origen, or import of this word.
Posted by: kievins

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/19/09 11:06 AM

Hi, I'm quite a young pianist at age of 15, and have been playing since I was 6. My repetoire currently consists of various Chopin preludes, Beethoven's pathetique sonata, Debussy's minstrels prelude, Gershwin prelude in C# minor, Rachmaninov prelude in C# minor and Bach's prelude and fugue in C minor. I've only recently started playing properly, with a view to seeing how good I could possibly become in the future.

I also play 'cello and tuba.
Posted by: 9ellis1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/21/09 12:02 PM

Hi all! I've just joined so I thought I'd leave a post here. I'm 17 and been playing since I was about 5ish (can't remember exactly when!).

I love playing Liszt and Chopin or most things from the Romantic era onwards. I can't be dealing with Bach's trills and frills.
Posted by: fieldmouse

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/24/09 11:38 AM

Hola, another newbie here. (: My name's Mouse - on the internet, anyway.

I'm nineteen (which makes a nice pattern of ages) and I don't know how long I've been playing - perhaps since I was 9 or 10. I'm still not particularly good, though; I was one of those people who always focused on the ability to hit the right notes quickly rather than play evenly and expressively. Trying to repair the damage ten years later... it isn't always easy. :p

As a kid, I never wanted to be a pianist, I wanted to be a guitarist. But when we first asked, my school said I had to wait a few years before they'd let me have guitar lessons because my hands were too small. Then at some point along the way we were given this old piano so I got lessons for that and mostly forgot about guitar along the way. I sometimes wonder how much difference it would have made to my life if I'd learnt guitar as my main instrument instead - though as my hands have never grown much, it's probably a good thing. I might even have given up because it was too difficult for me.

Playing piano with small hands is quite tough too, but as I started learning as a kid I don't notice so much. Still, I've got my grade 8 exam coming up soon and it's going to be embarrassing to explain that I have to skip octaves!
Posted by: Jozef Hofmann fan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/26/09 08:27 AM

Hello, I'm a former lurker!

I started playing when I was 8 and basically quit when I went to university at 18 until recently - I'm 27 now. I was very good very early on, but have unsurprisingly stalled somewhat due to a lack of practice.

I've been practicing a few hours a day for a couple of months to get back in shape, and I'm not seeing a lot of improvement at all. I'm wondering if there is hope for 27 year olds coming back to the piano to improve? The problem for me is memory - technically I can handle a lot of what I'm playing, but I don't know where my fingers are going and it causes me to stutter, repeat passages, and stall in the middle of playing.

I'm currently working on:
1.Waldstein (1st and 3rd movements),
2.Fantasie-Impromptu,
3.Appassionata (1st movement)
4.Rachmaninoff, Prelude Gmin (op 32?)
5.The opening cadenza of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy
6. and I'm considering tackling Chopin op.53 Polonaise Heroique, but not sure how difficult it is other than 'it's hard'.

I'm also worried that my fingers (especially my middle fingers) are bent and that that may be one of the reasons certain passages are uneven no matter how much I practice them.

Couple questions I'd be interested to know your opinions:
1. Is it hard to improve at the piano as you get into your thirties? Does it become harder do you think?
2. Does anyone else worry about their finger/hand shapes? That there might be a physical reason while you can't play things and it won't matter how much you practice?

Thanks guys. Great forum, I hope to be here a lot!

Drake

ps. I'm Drake, living in Oxford, UK.
Posted by: StuartEstell

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/27/09 10:50 AM

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Originally posted by kievins:
Hi, I'm quite a young pianist at age of 15, and have been playing since I was 6. My repetoire currently consists of various Chopin preludes, Beethoven's pathetique sonata, Debussy's minstrels prelude, Gershwin prelude in C# minor, Rachmaninov prelude in C# minor and Bach's prelude and fugue in C minor. I've only recently started playing properly, with a view to seeing how good I could possibly become in the future.

I also play 'cello and tuba. [/b]
Excellent, another tuba player from the midlands - welcome on board!
Posted by: Lisasreturntothepiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/27/09 02:59 PM

hi I'm Lisa-- I've been around a couple of weeks.

What a great forum!

I have a few years of formal piano lessons as a kid and now I'm DYING to get back into it.

We are about to buy a piano, and I can't wait to break out my sheet music and see how much I've been able to retain over the last few years. When I sit at my sisters piano, it sure feels good.!
Posted by: Samuel1993

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/30/09 02:32 PM

I'm a new member :-)
My names Sam.
I did my Grade 8 a couple of years ago. I own a Danemann Upright piano. I'm studying a BTEC in Music at the moment, and hope to get into the RCM London after I finish college
Posted by: Karen123

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/01/09 09:34 AM

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Originally posted by Kreisler:
I'd like to invite any new members or lurkers out there to introduce yourselves and join in the discussions.

So if you've been looking for a reason and a way to get your feet wet, here's your chance. Reply here and introduce yourself, then pick a topic and jump right in!

[/b]
Posted by: Karen123

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/01/09 10:02 AM

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Originally posted by Karen123:
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Originally posted by Kreisler:
I'd like to invite any new members or lurkers out there to introduce yourselves and join in the discussions.

So if you've been looking for a reason and a way to get your feet wet, here's your chance. Reply here and introduce yourself, then pick a topic and jump right in!

[/b]
[/b]
I am new to this forum and joined after hearing about it from the wonderful book "Grand Obsession" which has inspired me to play & practice more. I'm presently immersed in Chopin. I can play a few nocturnes and my aim now is to study the Mazurkas (love Op. 17 No. 4 - incredible piece, among many others). I've been playing for close to 50 years now - I started at age 9, was a music ed major (masters), taught private lessons for many years, but working in an office now - unfortunately my hearing is not very good now. I am now definitely inspired to play and practice just for the fun of it. I'm currently studying the Chopin Mazurkas many of which are not too difficult. I have a Baldwin Hamilton 245 which I bought new in 1982 which is OK, but of course I wish I had a grand!
Somewhere I read (maybe "Grand Obsession") that although children enjoy performing for other children, unfortunately adults just compare themselves to Rubenstein which can be very discouraging. I agree. I have now decided at my age that I will play for me, because I love playing so much and that's a good enough reason. (But would also love to play 4 hand pieces). I'm having my piano tuned in a couple of weeks and I can't wait. After reading "Grand Obsession" I'm going to ask the piano tuner about voicing, etc. I chose the Baldwin because it sounded mellow to me.
I've always been pretty good at harmonization and playing by ear - I have taught class piano to adults and children and was able to figure out the chords before you could find all that on the internet!
I have most of Chopin's sheet music but realized I was not familiar with the mazurkas and never studied them with a teacher, so I will be trying all of those over the next few months. I'm sure there's other people on this forum obsessed with Chopin!...K.
Posted by: mompt1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/03/09 05:06 PM

Hi,

I really enjoy this forum, so I've finally decided to introduce myself.

I'm Debbie and I have been lurking for awhile. I'm 56 and started studying piano at 6. I attended New England Conservatory for 2 years (many, many years ago) but did not graduate from there. I now have a PhD in Applied Math.

I've continued to study piano privately off and on, and am now studying with an absolutely wonderful teacher. In the past ten years or so, I've participated in several of the amateur piano competitions and every few years I get the nerve to play a recital for friends and/or family.

I guess that's it for now.
Posted by: tisseve

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/06/09 01:21 PM

Heyo

I've been a lurker on this forum for about a month.

I'm Anthony, I'm 20 years old and I started to play piano at about 8 or so...I think. I lost my interest in piano around 11 but was forced to take lessons until I left for college.

About 6 weeks ago I stumbled upon Chopin's G minor Ballade and I became obsessed with the piece (and well Chopin altogether) and just had to play it. So that brought me back to piano, and now I just cant stop playing!

at the moment trying to tackle the set of ballades (#1 is done), etudes 10-1,10-12,12-12. scherzo 2, un sospiro, polonaise op. 53 (im a sucker for the overplayed pieces)

I have to quote 9ellis1
 Quote:
"I love playing Liszt and Chopin or most things from the Romantic era onwards. I can't be dealing with Bach's trills and frills."
Posted by: Jamie_from_Canada

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/08/09 05:31 PM

My name is Jamie. I'm 28 from Nova Scotia, Canada. I studied piano since I was 6, up until finished my undergrad in piano performance in 2002. I then deicded to make a career change to the navy and haven't been playing since until recently. I just bought a well cared for Baldwin C172 5'8" grand. It has some frustrations but for me it's a good instrument. At my peak I was performing Chopin Ballade #1, Beethoven sonata op. 10 no. 2 as lots of other great music. Now I'm just looking to rebuild my technique and not over do it (looking for a good sonatina that I might like). I enjoy reading people's questions and comments.
Posted by: liebestrauma

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/11/09 04:00 AM

I started piano lessons at 5, stopped at 16, and after years of hostel pianos, sneaking into practice rooms, and getting kicked out of piano shops, finally knuckled down and bought a Roland RP101 last year (thankfully there were only 3 options in the shop I went to, ranked by price!!)

And I'm looking for an audience! I entered the Youtube Symphony Orchestra auditions, but with only 18 days' practice, made a spectacular mess of the Tan Dun piece, and my hands. If nothing else, I got a half-decent Traumerei out of it, and am now working on the rest of the set.

Youtube channel here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/liebestrauma

I'm 28-and-a-bit, trained as an architect, a very late-blooming bunhead, and aspiring artist/animator. Fitting in enough practice time for all 3 avocations after a rough work day is really hard, and the internet wins way too often...
Posted by: madrigal

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/12/09 12:33 PM

Hello Everyone!

I joined piano world a couple of days ago. I am happy to be here, because I am an aspiring pianist. There are so many tips that I could get from this great forum. Thanks a million!

My most favourite pianists are: William Joseph, Emmanuel Ax (I love his Chopin)and Angela Hewitt(I love her for her Bach).

Vani.
Posted by: Don Feinberg

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/16/09 12:03 PM

I thought I'd jump in here and add my two cents.

I'm much older than most of the people here. I'm 63. I've been playing the piano since I was able to crawl up on the bench of my mother's piano as a child.

I had mediocre piano lessons (we had *no* money) as a child, and my parents were dead set against my doing anything with the piano except "having it in later life to enjoy". My father forced me to make a decision at age 17: "you can go to Juilliard, or you can do something honorable...".

For many years, I accompanied choruses, opera, and musical theater. I played harpsichord in a chamber orchestra, and I had a klezmer band (and played accordion). I also played piano in a 24-piece swing stage band for years.

In my 30s, I really found my "stride" taking lessons from a real accomplished pro -- and found that, in my opinion, I would have become a top-rate, second quality pianist. Just as well, I guess!

In my later life, I've reallty latched onto the Spanish genre, especially Turina and Granados. I truly love the Goyescas, and things like Sanlucar de Barrameda of Turina.

I had my mother's 1914 Knabe for many years. In 1997 I sold it and bought a brand new 7' Shultz-Pohlmann, which was an absolute "dream" instrument for me. However, I needed to sell the Shultz-Pohlmann a few years ago just to have money to live, and today I'm reduced to an old, small Kimball grand (what a come down!!!) which I'm slowly working on, regulating and rebuilding with my own hands since it's obviously not worth financially investing anything significant in the instrument.

I am not playing very well at all today. For some reason, for about 4 or 5 years, I just couldn't tolerate to sit down at the instrument.

For the last year or so, I've been coming back to playing quite a bit. I'm going through some very annoying frustrations, as in "I used to be able to easily play that and can't play it at all today" ... but I'm trying to stay positive about it.

I used to pride myself on being able to sight read "absolutely anything", relatively fluently. I seem to have completely lost that ability. I know part of it is that my eyesight is not what it used to be, but there's a lot more going on than just that. I do not understand it fully.

Lately, I've tasked myself at working on the Granados Goyescas and the Allegro de Concierto, some of my favorite Chopin (e.g., Fantasie Impromptu, the third Ballade, etc.), on the Brahms Rhapsodies, and on some of the Goldsowsky and Wild concert transcriptions of Gershwin songs. Of course, this is FAR much too much to accomplish all at once, but, as usual, I want it all[/b] , and I want it all right now[/b] ...
Posted by: HomeInMyShoes

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/18/09 09:56 AM

I joined because I was looking for an answer to a specific question and thought it would be nice to talk piano every now and then.

I grew up playing piano, never took exams, but studied with a Royal Conservatory teacher for more than ten years. I got up to about grade IXish stuff. Then I moved, and kept moving and piano just wasn't a moving thing so I switched to guitar to keep my musical interest satiated. Now I'm a little more settled. Not really, but I went with a digital piano to get back to what I really like. Now I'm getting myself back to where I was and I'm enjoying it. Getting better now that I've had a couple of years back at the keyboard and things come back pretty quick. I still can't muddle through a complete Beethoven Sonata to save my life and I still lack the attention span to clean up the pieces I should.

But there's still plenty to enjoy when playing.
Posted by: xps

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/20/09 01:18 AM

Hi all,

I've been lurking around this forum for over a year, but never really registered. I guess it must have been because it was my final year at high school and I was just way too busy (but I still managed to keep up my piano playing).

So anyway, I'm 17 and I've been playing piano for little over 4 years. I taught myself how to read music on my Yamaha keyboard (PSR-E303) and also learnt to play some very popular classical music like the Pathetique Sonata movements 2 & 3, Mozart's Alla Turca (K.331), a few Chopin preludes, Moonlight Sonata movements 1 & 2 and not to forget, Fur Elise, which was the first ever piece that I learnt (not just the first few measures, the whole piece!)

I've been wanting a piano ever since I started playing, and the only time that I could get my hands on one (or three!) was during lunch times at school. I started taking piano lessons a couple of months ago after realising that I've reached the limit of self-teaching and started out on grade 5. My teacher said that I could have also started on grades 6 or 7 if my sight reading was up to scratch, so now we're working to increase my sight reading speed.

Just last Wednesday, I got my Kawai BL-61 132cm upright delivered to my home, and although its a few years old, it has a very nice touch and a warm sound (it will need tuning, but that's still a couple of months away). I'm itching to start learning the more difficult piano music but I'm resisting that temptation by telling myself that sight reading and technique are more important.

I believe Beethoven is the greatest musician to ever have lived and no amount of criticism can change my opinion. The Appassionata Sonata remains my favourite work for the piano, followed very closely by Op. 111 and the Emperor Concerto and the rest of his works.
Posted by: Progressive Obsessive

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/23/09 03:48 PM

Hello to all

I have been playing/having classical piano lessons for about three years (i'm 25 now). I orriginally played bass/electric guitar before taking up Piano - I have since dedicated all practice time to the Piano, although I am a big fan of synths and keyboard.

I am addicted to Progressive Rock/Metal, so I am constantly discussing alternate time signatures with my piano teacher. I tend to learn a majority of the theory and general rules from my piano teacher, and teach myself the more specialist techniques which play a heavier part in the music I enjoy playing (Dream Theater, Symphony X, Sonata Artica, etc).

It would be great to hear from other fellow adult students.

Also any suggested pratice tips/regimes/programs, would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards
Posted by: ´silas

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/23/09 04:42 PM

Good evening everyone

My name is Silas Jørgensen, I'm 20 years old and I'm from Denmark. I've started taking piano lessons 6 months ago, after playing without a teacher for 5-6 years, and I'm right now in the middle of determining whether this is something I want to do and make a living of or whether I'm not fit for it.
I like a lot of different music, however I mostly prefer simple music. Not in the sense of theoretically simple at all, but I prefer solo melodies from huge ensembles and I'm not very thrilled about a lot of running up and down in 16th notes or similar. I prefer beautiful, simple yet complex music I guess :p
If you feel you have to ask me something, pm me anytime. Looking forward to getting to know you all \:\)
Posted by: Fanciful

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/24/09 03:09 PM

Ok... quick intro here.

I'm 37. Started playing when I was 5. Played until I was about 13, then off and on until age 24. Moved out of my parents home... NO PIANO... Finally purchased a Yamaha p80 (condusive to apartment living) Then I had twins. Until recently, I just haven't found the time to practice. I have piles of sheet music and books. But find that nothing is for me at the moment. Pieces I've played with ease in the past are barely remembered by the fingers (nor are my hands in the condition for some of the reaches... who knew that hands could be flexible) and when I look at the music, it's like I had a stroke and must relearn most of what I'm looking at. There is very little hand eye coordination right now.

That all said, I feel that everything is just a handful or two of serious practice sessions away. HOWEVER, I feel completely discombobulated when I sit down. At the moment, a teacher is not an option. I'm very tightly scheduled with my children... and am quite lucky to be able to finally do something for myself after they get to bed... HEADPHONES are going to be a lifesaver!

I feel as though I should do a complete review of theory. There is much that I never really learned unless is was just part of a pc. I was working on.

And although I love playing classical pcs. I would really like to learn some rag time, and jazz, and have the ability (that I've NEVER had) to grab a popular music pc. and improvise with it. You know, when you'd like to play your favorite song on the radio, but it's written for a not so talented 3rd grader?

Well that's about it... suggestions for Theory Books (not aimed at kids) appreciated... other suggestions taken as well... Thanks
Posted by: fastscot

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/24/09 03:58 PM

Hi,
I'm new to this forum - haven't been lurking much, but very interested in the piano both as an instrument and a piece of engineering. I'm 60 and started professional piano lessons in Scotland when I was six and continued until I was 18 (now live in California). I majored in music and science in High School and studied the Bassoon for six years during that time. I had enough qualifications to attend music college after High school but realized I didn't practice enough so went to Engineering college instead! I have played semi-professionally in the past and taught private piano lessons for many years but play mostly for my own pleasure now. I play a lot of Chopin, as well as Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart etc. I love playing ragtime and a few years ago discovered Louis Moreau Gottschalk - very demanding! Wish I could play Jazz (I can read it but not improvise) - Growing up, Jazz was not considered 'proper' music and was actively discouraged. I also played Tuba for a number of years in a British competitive Brass band.

My piano is nothing special - it's a Schumann 5' grand (1974) made by Samick. I chose it because of a very clear sound and good dynamics although I'd prefer something with a little lighter action. Hopefully I can help answer questions from forum members who are interested in learning and playing the piano!

Neil
Posted by: Trev

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/25/09 03:21 PM

Hi Everybody,

I am "Trev" a freelance music teacher and composer living in rural North Devon on the northern edge of Dartmoor near Okehampton.

Although I now live in the westcountry I studied music in East Anglia under Alan Bullard and many others. The establishment where I was had good connections with the Royal Academy in London and Snape Maltings in Suffolk where identity in music was taught to a great level with the obvious leanings towards Benjamin Britten. That use of local identity in composition is something I have always held dearly and practice to this day with a passion.

I teach a cross section of students mainly beginner to grade five ability although I have also a handful of students at the more advanced levels working towards grades seven and eight as well as working towards some diplomas too.

I also teach violin, viola, composition and teach music to a range of handicapped children also all of which I find very enjoyable.

As the majority of my students are of the scratch to grade five level I write a fair bit of educational music with them in mind.

The music I write is wide and varied using lots of local folk idioms and tends to be on the lighter side in general. A small selection of my music can be viewed and listened to on my website

www.trevsmusic.com

and I do sell music all over the world to pupils and to teachers as well as to orchestras and brass bands.

Please feel free to go on there have a listen and see what you think. I have great fun writing this stuff and if it becomes popular and makes some extra income then that is just more cream on the cake so to say.

I am very pleased to have stumbled on this site though.

The musical world needs a site just like this one where we can all converse and discuss ideas and help others at the same time and although I am new here I hope to make good use and also be of good use here in the future.

I will no doubt catch up with many of you in the days, weeks, months and years to come and look forward to this.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this little introduction about me.

Cheers everyone

Trev
Posted by: David Datica

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/02/09 09:38 PM

Hello, my name is David and im a begginer to the piano (yet not an adult!)
I've been on piano lessons for over a year and every day I love it more. The whole world of music, every different style, but mainly I love the sound of the piano and the beautifull harmonies it makes. I get specially inspired listening to my own teacher play.
This is the first post I make in the forums, and I have already learned a lot from the practice drills and recommendations at the ABF. To be honest, I don't have much talent on the piano, my progress during this year has been steady and marvellous, yet at this point I feel I don't have the level many other pianist can achieve in a year.
I think that is enough of an introduction! im really happy about the results of my lessons, and I don't feel like giving up at all!
Posted by: VillageOrganist3

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/03/09 07:01 AM

Although I've been a member for a couple of years I have not posted for some time. My musical activities have changed.

My local church has persuaded me to be one of their village organists, so I'm looking for some advice from the boards here -- I find the pedal-playing difficult because of my age (mobility restricted).

I'm hoping to change my nickname to VillageOrganist3.

Great forums nowadays -- everything seems to have changed!

smile
Posted by: RivFader

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/03/09 04:22 PM

Hello! Just joined to the forums!
I'm a 16 year old boy from Finland, and I play mostly metal with my piano. I've played to the piano for about 3-4 years.
My sustain pedal working sucks a bit, but I'm still pretty good at playing the piano. Check out my Youtube vids (ParoniSamedi) to judge me laugh
Posted by: Pianoheaven

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/03/09 06:47 PM

Hey! My name is max. I go to a school which has some grand pianos. Yamaha and such. If someone could help me out that would be great. And also what are some really good exercises for the piano/ What do they help?
Posted by: Pianoheaven

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/03/09 06:48 PM

Im 17, Been playing for 13 years i think. Learned all the basics a Loooooooooooooong time ago. So any excercises would be helpful. There are things i need to work on. I love beethoven and the classical masters.
Posted by: bossie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/04/09 02:51 AM

Hi,

I registered a few years ago, but only recently been active lurking PW. I played piano during teenager but stopped when moved to college. Now, I'm coming back. Hope I can pick up where I left quickly.

I'm learning on my own pace due to work commitment. Currently, I'm practising Bach Inventions & sinfonia (selected) & Beethoven sonata No 10 No 1.
Posted by: davaofthekeys

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/04/09 11:15 AM

I used to ask about stuff, but now I´m mainly lurking. I think I´ve gotten all the answers I need, thanks!:-) Also I have to practise so much for an upcoming concert that I keep my computer turned off most days.

But I´ll probably be back...sometime.
Posted by: EmilyChopin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/04/09 06:39 PM

Hi, I'm a newbie!

Well, I am only seventeen but I have been playing since I was seven, I "graduated" from Alfred's basic piano library a few years ago. Right now I'm preparing to accompany for a musical and a spring recital and a small recital at the end of next summer. I also recently auditioned for colleges since I want to major in piano performance. Better marry money.

I don't really have the long "history" some people do, since I'm only really beginning my career, but I do love it a lot, so I'm glad to be here!
Posted by: davidyko

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/05/09 03:04 AM

Hi, I'm David, I've made a few posts on here but I'm basically new, having just discovered these forums maybe two weeks ago.
I'm 16, been playing since I was 4 and seriously since age 13. Currently studying piano at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, after graduating early from high school in San Francisco. Pieces I'm currently working on are Chopin's F minor concerto, Polonaise-Fantaisie, op. 61, Beethoven op. 22 sonata, and Brahms op. 119.
Posted by: LTpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/07/09 04:47 PM

Hello, I'm pianist from Lithuania & big fan of Chopin and his epocha.
I was happy to find a place in www, where are so many enthusiastic pianists together smile
so I hope that neither me nor my interests about the XIX century music and instruments won't be lonely here wink
Posted by: nattyauerbach

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/09/09 01:12 PM

Hi!

My name is Natalie and I just joined the site yesterday. I started playing piano when I was 4, and took lessons until I went to college (about 17). I played a little on my own in college and haven't played in the past 5 years. I have just quit my job in advertising to go back to school for fashion design, and have decided to return to all of my creative loves.

I just posted a question on the general piano forum on types of vertical pianos (I am looking at two Schulze Pollman 126's tonight, and a 52" Haessler), and while I have only been looking for a week, I want to buy my piano tomorrow, and would welcome any advise.

So far this forum seems to contain so much information, and is making me even more excited to jump back into playing. As for my interests, I love classical music - and my favorite composers are: Chopin, Beethoven, Hayden, Debussy, etc.

Nice to meet everyone!
Natalie
Posted by: irishmusico

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/10/09 10:16 AM

Hi There.
I am Phil.I am self-taught.Been playing for 30 years.I don't read music.I work as part of a two piece band Piano and guitar with a drum machine playing Irish,pop,rock,country etc.I have been lurking here for while now. smile
Posted by: veem

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/11/09 05:48 AM

Hello!
I'm Victor, I just joined yesterday. I'm 18, from the US. I took lessons since I was 6 years old until last year. I never really took my lessons seriously though until the very beginning of last year. I'm in college now, a long way from home. The closest pianos I have are about a 10 minute bike from my dorm (not bad, I know), but all the pianos there are old, out of tune, the keys are uneven, etc, but it's not that hard to deal with. Although, it definitely makes me miss my piano at home all the more.

Originally Posted By: Karen123
I can play a few nocturnes and my aim now is to study the Mazurkas (love Op. 17 No. 4 - incredible piece, among many others).


What a coincidence! When I first started learning pieces of my own, only learned Chopin nocturnes. I wanted to learn the exact same Mazurka, but unfortunately my piano teacher did not have the sheet music for it.
Posted by: Julii

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/13/09 02:17 PM

HI Everyone,
This looks like a superb forum and I'm very glad I found it.
I'm 41 years old and have been leaning to play for almost 3 years. I only started to try to encourage my then 6yo son. He stopped taking lessons years ago, but I got hooked! smile

I tried to learn guitar when I was younger which gave me some grounding in the treble clef and music theory. I am not naturally musical, I guess I enjoy the challenge.

To play (learn) on, I inherited an vertigrand Steinway, dating from ~1876. Very nicely restored, some kind of walnut finish. Piano teachers just stared at it when they visited.

I have 3 pet rats (who sometimes nibble my toes when I practise), 3 small children and a baby, so practise time is pretty precious -- takes a lot of self-discipline to find it.
I also have long-term RSI so I play with splints on, and can't hope to play anything with big stretches in them or it would hurt my hands.

On top of all that I'm too shy to play in front of anybody outside the family, so I don't have a teacher. I am self-learning out of children's tuition books (Piano Time series at the moment).

But I enjoy it, so what the heck, eh??!!

I'm from California originally but have lived in England for the last 17-18 years. bfn -julii
Posted by: Roger S

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/15/09 05:24 PM

Hi Everyone...

I am 50 and getting started on the piano very late. I have played the guitar and string bass for many years, so I have some musical background.

I have started to teach myself a bit of piano by basically reading everything I can get my hands on. I am working on Czerny Op.599 and Op.777 and plan to start studying Burgmuller Op.100 soon. I have also tried some J.S. Bach, but I'm not quite ready for that yet.

I live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and I'm looking for an appropriate teacher. I am considering calling the Settlement Music School to register for lessons. If anyone is in, or near Philly and would like to suggest a teacher I'm all ears.

I'm looking forward to getting to know those of you who share my interests. See you in the forums!

Roger S.
Posted by: arwena

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/16/09 08:27 AM

hey there..im ann. i've started playing the piano since i was 8.learnt until i was 14 or so. Did not enjoy piano lessons at all. never practised. hated theory. Got scolded by my piano teacher on a weekly basis. So all in all. i did not like playing the piano. In fact, i dreaded lessons and celebrated when my teacher could not make it for class.So i quit after realising it was a waste of money ,at grade 5 i think(yes i never did get very far). However, a couple of months ago, i played on my aunt's grand piano and i just suddenly realised that i love it! i woke up the next day and played for 3 hours straight. Before that, i had trouble practising for more than 15 minutes! SO now, i really love classical music and i can spend hours on the piano.

The pieces im working on now are..
Chopin Fantasie Impromptu
Chopin op 9 no 1
Posted by: PBlackII

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/09 10:29 PM

Hello, my name is Paul. I've pretty much been playing ever since I could reach the keys as a child. I took lessons when I was seven and stopped at twelve, which seemed to be enough time to get the basics down; but more importantly, be bonded with my instrument. Since then I've been teaching myself techniques here and there and have been composing.

I do consider myself to be more of composer than a pianist, but yet I feel it's necessary to progress further in piano techniques to open more doors for my composing. So I've developed this habit of learning only parts rather than the whole pieces. Most of the material I'm learning is from the Romantic era, but my favorite genre is ragtime and other fun (almost carnival?) styles.

With that, the pieces I'm sort of learning are mainly Liszt and Thalberg. I don't play these pieces well, but I suppose I have fun playing them and that's what matters to me most. I can play most of the Grand Galop Chromatique, and I'll play some etudes poorly here and there (La Campanella and Thalberg Etudes specifically). Right now I'm focused on trying to get the majority of Arcadi Volodos' transcription of the Turkish March and also trying to get the last bit of Moise Fantasy by Thalberg because I absolutely am in awe with that three hand effect.

Anyways, I'm mainly here for browsing and looking for anything I can pick up on. Nice to meet you people.
Posted by: PlebiousPianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/20/09 03:41 PM

Hello.

I have played guitar (mainly electric) for about 5 years and picked up piano about a year ago - making slow progress.

I have been attempting the perennial 'Moonlight Sonata', parts of Chopin nocturnes (9 2 (Eb), 55 1(Fm), 72 1(Em)) and somewhat ambitiously Rachmaninov's C#m prelude. I'm more interested in the romantic and baroque periods than classical. On classical guitar I can play one or two Albeniz and Granados pieces.

Pieces I'd like to play include Scriabin Etude 8 11 (Bbm), Rach prelude in Gm and one of Albeniz' Malagueñas. Better get practising.

My 5 mins over, just here to pick up all that I can.
Posted by: Jahreszeiten13

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/20/09 04:21 PM

Hey,

My name is Dakota.I'm Fifteen, and I've been playing the piano since I was 5 years old. I'm a big fan of music from the Classical and Romantic periods, but I also like the music of Scarlatti, Couperin and Bach.

I am currently working on a couple Etudes from Czerny's School of Velocity, Mozart's Sonata in A minor, and Chopin's Military Polonaise.

Dakota
Posted by: trillingadventurer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/23/09 12:38 AM

Well, let's see. I'm 35 years old and still am excited about playing the piano...I have studied different genres but seem to always come back to the classics over and over again. Especially Beethoven and Bach. I've taken private lessons, played in competitions, given concerts, played in bands and have had just about every kind of performance experience imaginable. (The good, the bad and the ugly) I guess I would consider myself advanced but still have so far to go. I've never completely learned a Beethoven Sonata (all three movements)....and that's always been a dream of mine. Maybe this year? Piano has always been a source of therapy and relaxation for me. I love this forum. It gives me a sense of support and community. There are a few members who I would definitely consider mentors.
Posted by: pianostoolie

First posting! - 03/24/09 08:50 AM

Hi everyone,My name is Mark. I'd like to share my thoughts and emotions about the piano. Brief history always been an ear player, no formal training till about 9 months ago. My teacher is 85 yrs. of age so I guess she may be old school. Learning to read was and is the biggest challenge I've ever faced. My instruction material is from the Sherwood Music School Chicago. It was printed in 1929 and consists of studies,exercises, lessons and tests at all levels from prep. A to Adv. B in over 20 different packets. The course back then cost $500.00 Has anyone ever heard of it?To say my nature is usually hyped up and anxious would be correct. I have been able to relax somewhat at the piano. I don't have the feeling of someone slowly driving a needle into the back of my neck.

I have the Shmitt book also for finger independence. As soon as I feel tension in my arm I stop. I'm aware of my posture and sit so that most of my skeletel framework is supporting me and not using my muscles. The amount of downward pressure is amazing to me just to push a key that requires only a few ounces. Some days seem lighter than others. How long before you can move freely and not have these involantary muscle contractions? Also the reading sometimes drives me insane. I try not to look down and get a tactical sense, where my brain knows where my fingers are. Keeping my eyes on the page is another difficulty to say the least.

My last thought, piano and the art, has been on my mind since as long as I can remember. I'm 48 now and chose to work long and hard so that I'm pretty much retired now and can devout my time to piano. Is there a term out there that would describe these symptoms-( If I do fairly well playing, it sets my mood for the day. If I struggle or like when I struggle it puts me in a mood of despair shall we say?) Post Traumatic Piano Stress Disorder ? Thank you in advance to anyone willing to reply. I have many other points of discussion.
I live in Glendale RI
Be Well!
Mark
Posted by: Wye Mun

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/25/09 12:37 AM

Whups - guess I'm a lurker too...

I started piano lessons at 8 and dropped out at 10 because I wasn't really into it and hated those kiddie pieces. Would have been different if I'd been taught bubblegum rock!

First restart was in pop piano (just enough to play some carols in time for Christmas) in 1997. Second restart was in 2002, but fizzled out in less than a year. I restarted again almost a year ago, but my progress has been slow. I use the Alfred's Adult Beginners' system and am halfway thru book 1 (on my own).

I'm very fortunate to have a very nice instrument - a Steingraeber & Sohne 130 - which is really way too much piano for way too little talent.

My aims - I'd like to be able to just play any melody I can hum and improvise harmony around it - just to entertain myself. But I'm also open to doing formal studies like the ABRSM system we use in Singapore. Just haven't found a teacher I like tho'.
Posted by: Joshua Kim

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/25/09 02:52 PM

Hi everyone! My name is Joshua Kim, I'm 21 years old and just started playing piano 5 weeks ago. I've loved classical music since I first heard it in 6th grade(that's when we got rid of our tv and bought a huge stereo system) but especially liked the violin and piano. However, I always just enjoyed listening and never really played(learned the basics in 3rd grade but I hated it. only time i spent at the piano was during the hour long lessons once a week). But about 2 years ago, i started having a really strong desire to learn the piano and finally, a month ago, i started learning at a place called woodwind academy in flushing, ny. Since then I've practiced about 60 hours in total. Currently I am working on Mozart Sonata #5, Bach invention #4(both are extremely challenging for me and as i'm learning more about dynamics and finger techniques, just getting harder. But I LOVE IT!!) and am warming up my fingers using a book called Hanon. The piano I have, or keyboard is a dgx-550. uhhhh, my current goal is to get into a well known university as a piano major, preferably in new york, within 7 years. I guess its somewhat a dream? hahahaha. Until then I will work on my Philosophy degree and MDIV degree. I'm hoping by a miracle I get into Manhattan school of Music or Julliard. So if anyone can give me info on these two schools it would be great!! can i even apply to these schools at the age of 28-29? I tried looking it up on their respective sites but found no information on age. Anyways, I'm so happy to have found an active highly populated piano forum!!! Hope I get to know everyone and learn a lot from everyone's piano experience as well!!
Posted by: anajess

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/28/09 01:09 AM

Hi, I'm Jess. I'm 18 and I've been playing piano since I was 11. Right now in my lessons I'm learning the grade 8 ABRSM pieces although I probably won't take the exam. Out of lessons I'm mostly playing Bach and Chopin.
I play on an old Renn Hounamn upright piano. It's out of tune and some of the keys don't work but I love it to bits (but not so much I'm not saving up for a nice one!)
Posted by: Mouli

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/28/09 01:35 PM

Hi, I'm Mouli from India, learning Piano for the past few weeks. I have some background in Music, and attempting Grade 2 now with Trinity.

And, I've been following this forum for the past couple of days; it's interesting and useful. Thanks for such a good stuff!

Mouli
Posted by: ruprakt

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/09 04:19 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm a new member, I've been reading posts for a few weeks ("lurking" sounds kind of creepy to me). My friends are mostly musicians, but none are classical pianists, so I thought an online forum would be a good chance to talk to other classical pianists.

I own a beautiful Kimball upright. I've been playing about 2 years, and practice anywhere from 2 to 5 hours a day. I've played other instruments and studied theory for many years, so I'm able to try some advanced pieces. Chopin's Etude in C minor, op. 25 no. 12, is currently my biggest challenge. I'm lucky to have found the perfect teacher for me, also she is a wonderful pianist.

One question - does ANYONE here like Lang Lang? I'm starting to feel bad for him after reading some of the posts, I didn't expect all the hatred.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to spending time on this forum in the future. smile
Posted by: mompt1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/09 04:39 PM

For what it's worth - I saw him about 5 years ago in a concert and I liked him.
Posted by: ruprakt

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/09 05:06 PM

Originally Posted By: mompt1
For what it's worth - I saw him about 5 years ago in a concert and I liked him.


Thanks, it's worth a lot, I haven't read through every post on here of course, but that's the first nice thing I've read about him. I saw an interview with him and he wasn't pretending to be anything he's not, he mentioned his education stressed technique over musical understanding. He sounds fine to me.
Posted by: ctcrmcou

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/30/09 05:41 PM

Ok, I am also in that "what could have been" frame of mind had I kept up with playing - or at least that's my dad's opinion. For me, I never would have made it as a musician early on. I was too immature and distracted, and it didn't help that we moved all over the place being a military family.

When I was 6 (decades ago), I just loved going to my friends houses who had pianos. It was an obsession. My parents realized this and I started lessons from an old lady who was actually famous. She was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in the late 60s. She really made me feel special and enthusiastic. But hey, I was 6, so a chord here and a chord there was about it. I loved learning - credit the teacher for that.

I took lessons from her until we moved again, and the next teacher was horrible. Just sucked the enthusiasm right out of me with pieces I had no interest in. I remember two years in with her the day I showed up to lessons and had not practiced all week. She said that maybe we needed to discuss with my parents if I should continue. So that was that, and friends and football took over. Then jobs, then dating, then a wife, then a kid, and another kid, and another kid, and still, same job (I am lucky).

Occasionally I would dabble on the piano during those years, playing on the upright in the college dorm, or at the in-laws house during weekend visits, and we are talking about basic C G F progressions. No pieces learned at all. And definitely no sheet music. I always looked at a piano during those decades like it talked to me saying "when are you coming back? You belong with us......"

One day, we were watching an Episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond", the one where Ray takes up lessons again after his 6 year old daughter quit, and Ray wanted her to keep playing. She asked "did you quit Daddy?" and of course, what kind of example would he be if he said yes. So he started playing again, and I had the exact revelation with my daughter, who was also 6. We had the old upright from the inlaws in our basement (they gave it to us when they moved to be near us), and I wanted to start up again to teach her and my boys also. So I pulled out the old books from childhood (that I called my mom and asked her to mail me, still in my childhood piano bench at their house) and started refreshing my memory, then devised a teaching plan for them.

Large charts of notes and scales, etc. It was very cute, but Daddy cannot teach his own children when they keep wanting to go and play.

About this time I hopped on You-Tube (my first You-Tube experience), looking around and being amazed as what I saw with these 5, 6, 7 year olds playing incredibly complex songs. I guess it sparked me to get moving, and I stumbled onto Chopin. Of course I had heard of him, but had no idea that many of the masterpieces I heard over the years were his pieces. I would spend hours watching these videos of pianists, and recalling the songs I liked that I had heard over the years. (See, as a 6 year old, you have no frame of musical reference regarding classical music, but as an adult, you have gained an appreciation).

Well, the kids lost interest, but I took off becoming obsessed with learning these songs, almost feeling like I was on a mission to make up for lost time. As I listened to more and more Chopin, being just amazed at his diversity, I ended up picking and learning about 10 pieces, that gave me a wide variety of technical challenges that I knew I would have to develop in order to be "on my way". For example, 3 months in, I took my first look at "fantasie impromptu", and while reading the music and memorizing the patterns was no problem, technically I said to myself that this will take me two years to be able to play.

It's been almost two years now (I'd say fantasie is just about there, full tempo and clean technique), I bought a grand (since the old upright (80 years old) was killing me with its dead action and horrible pedals), and I have been pretty obsessed with technical development since (not to worry, I practice for musicality also). I love it when I hit a new technical threshold, but I also see how far I need to go.

I only get to put in about 8-10 hours per week, (my wife will say its more like 20 hours). But I feel that I always had the talent, and now I have the desire. Old age? I am restarting at 42, and I see people like Horowitz who played up to 86, so I feel there is time to take it as far as I want. No fame, no glory, and no pressure. I have a career, and it's not making music.

People who hear me play are very complimentary and my wife brags and I hate that because I know I'm in the infancy stages and will need many years of continued development. Then I think, "ok great, I'll be 50 when I can really play, and who wants to hear an old man play?". Well, I have to work on that mindset that this is for personal challenge and enjoyment, not for entering competitions and putting on concerts. Many of the masters are in their 50s and 60s, and do they lack audiences? It keeps me motiviated. Again, I feel that I owe this to myself to leave the earth one day knowing that I may play beautiful piano the day before I die, and that will leave memories for my family to always remember.

Hey, still young here. Back to work!
Posted by: MarinaKolykhalova

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/01/09 05:17 PM

Hi everyone, I joined this forum a week ago and haven´t had a chance to appear here yet. Like many piano lovers, I started playing the piano when I was a child and quit when I started university... After graduating I felt like taking up playing the piano again and now I have regular music lessons and perform at my music school´s yearly recitals... last year I played Albéniz´s "Granada" and it was fantastic!!! Now I´m working on Debussy´s Claire de Lune which I am to perform in June this year. I also like playing Chopin, his etudes - op.10 N 9, op.25 N 2, and now I´m working on op.25 N 12. I love Grieg too, especially after visiting Norway, his house and one of the summer concerts which take place there every year... I´m happy I have come across this forum and hope to take part in interesting discussions about playing the piano!
Posted by: bugsnugs

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/02/09 05:27 PM

Hi
I just got myself a piano today after a lifetime of waiting for one.
I always loved the piano and it started when I was a baby , my sitter was a piano teacher. I used to be in awe of her teaching her students. The only thing was I did not have a piano.
Eventually as a young teen, my parents got given a piano really cheaply but some of the keys did not work. I was so frustrated with it and practice did not get given as much time as I would have done on a working piano.
I think my interest dwindled as I could not produce the sounds I heard in my ears and as I reached my later teens,other things took over.
Now, here it is. I had lost the belief over the last few years that I would ever get one . Then recently became obssessed with it. I have a 10 month old and want him to have exposure to the music I heard as a baby (and a working piano). So, I did not buy the house I should have but bought the piano I always wanted.
Now, I want to relearn and actually be able to play. I am not sure how to start.
Here I am ................
Posted by: adamevie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/03/09 10:43 PM

Hi smile
I discovered PW a few weeks ago when I decided I was SO into piano that I would upgrade from my upright to a grand. The Piano Forum was extremely helpful, and today I just bought a 1980 Yamaha C5. (Now I just have to sell my two-year-old Boston upright for the same price!)
I took classical lessons as a kid for five years and played in auditions. Played very little since then, although I still had several pieces memorized from way back then (a child's brain is amazing! Meanwhile, I can't remember the piece I just memorized last month).
I've been back playing for about a year, and I found an awesome teacher that is so inspiring that all I can do is hope for an empty moment in my day to run over to the piano. I just love it.
This forum is wonderful . . .
Posted by: spacedkadet

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/07/09 03:56 AM

Hello o/

I bought my first piano about two months ago, after a life-time of waiting for the opportunity (got a job and saved for about 6 months). I'm 21, going on 22, and I've been having all these thoughts that it's too late to pick up something like learning piano, but lurking on these forums made me realize it's never too late. So thanks for that laugh
Posted by: ArpeggioPaola

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/08/09 07:31 PM

Since I just posted on a thread in the Pianist Corner, I'd better mind my manners and introduce myself. I have posted under Pianos, and Beginners, and I posted a few minutes ago in this forum because I saw an interesting topic pop up under "Recent Posts."

I grew up on classical music, beginning with Chopin, whose music I loved when I was 4. I've been taking lessons since August, having always wanted lessons. Gave my kids lessons; now it's my turn. I just finished John Thompson's first book, so you see I don't really belong in the august company of the Pianist Corner. grin And I am fascinated by brain studies--hence my excuse for wandering in here. I now salaam as I back out the door....
Posted by: PianistY

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/08/09 07:37 PM

Hello everyone.

Well, my name's Oliver and I'm from New Zealand. I'm 18 years old and I've been playing piano for 9 years, on and off, with and without piano teachers.

I don't really consider myself a good pianist after playing 9 years but I still have the passion! In the past I've played mostly classical and jazz. Just recently been getting more into the more 'popular' stuff.

I practice as much as I can but time is a big issue for me at the moment. University work is really full on.

Nice to be on the forums.

Kind Regards
Oliver
Posted by: greel

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/09/09 03:36 PM

Hello!

My name is Galen, and I'm from Pennsylvania. I'm 18 years old, and just started taking piano lessons in January. I haven't had the chance to play an instrument before this, but I've always wanted to, so I bought a Kawaii digital piano, and am finally doing it! Yay. laugh

My favorite genres are blues/boogie-woogie, some jazz, and of course classical. I'm not a huge fan of popular at the moment, but that doesn't mean I won't enjoy it as I get better and maybe expand my listening and playing boundaries. =)

Nice to meet you all,
Galen
Posted by: 20thCentury

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/09/09 11:00 PM

Hello to all members of the Piano Forums,

My name is Andrew, I'm 18 and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I've been studying piano since I was three (and a half) years old and will be sitting for the Licentiate in Music Australia (LMusA) Diploma this June.

Currently I'm studying for a Bachelor of Music with the ultimate aim of completing a PhD in musicology. I have a particular interest in 20th Century music (hence my username) and relatively unknown works (for example, this May I'm performing a beautiful piano sonata by Wagner in a recital!).

My other interests include science (particularly biology and chemistry) and history.

Nice to meet you all!

Andrew
Posted by: FunkyLlama

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/09 06:38 AM

Hello, my name is FunkyLlama. Well, okay, so it actually isn't, but there we are.
I've been playing the piano for 4 years, before which I played the keyboard (spits :P). My favourite composer is Rachmaninoff and my favourite piece is the Rach 3. Not that I can play it. ;_;
Posted by: Thorguy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/09 01:42 AM

Hello, my name is Torin. I'm 15 years old, and I've been playing for...

That's an interesting question, actually. I took piano lessons for about two years when I was younger (5th/6th grade), but never really practiced, and quit as soon as I was allowed. After that I spent two or three years doing other things, coming back to the piano every few months or so; I learned Fur Elise (the whole version) through brute repetition, and played a couple of other easy pieces, but didn't work with any regularity.

A transforming moment occurred when I happened across the sheet music for Clair de Lune. I fell in love with the piece, and spent the next six months slogging through it, bar by bar. In the process, I learned an incredible amount about music and about the piano (at least compared to what I knew before). In the end, however, I was dissatisfied. I could play the notes, but I couldn't make them sound the way I wanted them to. That was when I decided to begin lessons again.

That was nine months ago. Since then, I've progressed and matured as a musician immeasurably, but I know my journey is far (far far far) from over.
Posted by: Rachel J

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/12/09 01:52 PM

Hello all...

Just joined up! I'm a piano teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Funnily enough, although I'm really active online, I never joined a piano forum before. Decided it was time to trade some knowledge here.

Nice to be here.
Posted by: Wye Mun

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/16/09 08:45 AM

I like Lang Lang - have a couple of his CDs. What's so bad about him anyway?

And welcome all new posters! Swear you'll practice everyday! Or you'll never get past Alfred's Book One (like me)!
Posted by: buellwinkle

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/16/09 12:12 PM

Hello I am an older adult trying to learn Piano... I have a few questions about this site. Is there a place here where we can trade music scores ? how about finding a source of sheet music rare and out of print ? and finally, where to find a resting place for an Etude magazine collection ? thanks so much for your help with this James
Posted by: JellyBeanLover

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/16/09 10:34 PM

Hello! I am a new member, and i found this website after running across while researching tips for Bach inventions. cool right?

so, I have a couple questions about the slang( or maybe it is not slang and i am wayyy out of it) that is used on this website.

1. What are these "Grades" that some of these people are passing? I wasnt aware of grades in classical music.

2.What does ARCT mean? It is some sort of level, but i am curious of which exactly.

I have been playing since i was seven.

Currently working on:
Bach Invention No.8
Beethoven Sonata op.27-2 1st mov
Mozart Piano Concerto K246
Chopin Nocturne op.9-2
Bartok Sonatina 1
Posted by: buellwinkle

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/17/09 10:56 AM

Hi Andrew best wishes for your work in Piano and all other things. When you get a chance, try one of those big Stuart & Sons grand pianos and let us know what you think ! they sure look interesting... Jim
Posted by: CJM

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/17/09 08:02 PM

Originally Posted By: buellwinkle
Hi Andrew best wishes for your work in Piano and all other things. When you get a chance, try one of those big Stuart & Sons grand pianos and let us know what you think ! they sure look interesting... Jim

They are, very...

Regards
Chris
Posted by: Jason Riptide

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/18/09 04:02 AM

Hello, My name is Jason, and Ive wanted to play the piano for about one year now.

Im a 20 year old film student currently going to ASU. I have a small background in guitar and singing and Im mainly a lyricist as far as musical writing is concerned. I also write comic book scripts and make blogs and podcasts about professional wrestling on my spare time.

It all started with Amanda Palmer, and I've since developed an itch to learn and master the instrument. I want to be a career musician if I can and her style is what I want to emulate as it as had the most resonance and appeal to me as a musician and fan.

While my background isnt as deep as I wish it was at 20 (and it bugs me everyday that Im absolutely behind), my passion is definitely there, and I look forward to my journey in the world of piano. I joined these forums to learn as much as I could and to join a community of people who were just as passionate as I am about it who could maybe teach a stressed out teen feeling like he's starting at too much of an old age like me a thing or two.
Posted by: CrazyC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/20/09 02:25 AM

Howdy peeps! My name's Allen, and I clearly just joined here this week :P I'm 20, and can't recall ever sitting in front of a piano for more than 30 seconds in my life.

My musical background is limited. I used to play an instrument (clarinet) back in grade school (it was mandatory) for about 3 years, and stopped when high school started. I used to be quite competent at reading sheet music, and wasn't bad at my instrument (for the amount of time I put in). I miss being able to read music. I miss being able to play music. I want to try my damndest to get back to it and to stick with it.

These days I know basic things, like what notes are where on the clefs, and some basic notation, but that's about it. In terms of relating to a piano, I'm a complete beginner, and will be starting from scratch. Soon I will have my Casio PX-320 though, and will get kicking with learning. I look forward to finding out if I am able to pick it up well :P

Ive been reading lots of threads here for the last week, and will continue to read many more, and post more I'm sure. This place is such a wealth of information. It's places like this that can easily make the difference between losing the drive to keep going, or getting that extra boost of motivation to push on and stay on track.

So hello again from a complete beginner!
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/20/09 06:51 AM

Welcome and congrats on picking a nice digital piano. I have that one as well. I also played clarinet from 6th grade through high school.

Check out the adult beginners subforum. Many of us are working through the Alfred's books (among others) to learn to play.

Enjoy!
Posted by: Jolitty

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/21/09 09:17 AM

Hello all,

I've lurked for around a year now and I decided to come out of the shadows. I'm 15, from Sydney, Australia, and I've been playing piano since I was seven. I guess my interest began while sitting there waiting for my brother to finish his piano lesson.

I completed my AmusA last year and recently began my LmusA. Picking pieces is a terribly slow progress, but so far I've settled for a Bach Prelude and Fugue, and a Beethoven Sonata.

I love piano because it just gives me somewhere to go that doesn't consist of school and stress. Without it, I wouldn't know what to do with myself!

I'm sure I'll continue to learn heaps more from this forum, hopefully by posting as well as lurking. I'm looking forward to it!
Posted by: maxine

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/21/09 01:33 PM

Hi!

I'm Maxine - I'm 14 years old, and I started playing the piano about 2 years ago. I have very little experience with piano, but I played the clarinet for about five years before quitting. Because my teacher is the sort to take things verryy slowly and I felt began feeling bored, I started jumping ahead to more complicated pieces.

First, I learned a few songs by Yann Tiersen from the Amelie soundtrack, and then decided I would take on one of my favorite pieces of all time - Chopin's Raindrop Prelude. I can play the first of three Gymnopedies by Erik Satie. But without a lot of guidance, I can really get in over my head.

When I found this forum, I was really excited - I didn't think there was such a thing! I'm really enjoying reading about what everyone's studying, issues they're running into, etc. And hopefully, I can learn new things from all of you.
Posted by: kurei

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/22/09 12:41 PM

hi,

this is sahil from india....

I am a robotics engineer by profession and i could only sqeeze together enough cash for a PSR 550 this January I have been playing and practising for 3 months now and this is where i am right now

http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_annotate?v=_fv2uLHT_g8

Hope you guys can gimme some feedback
Posted by: clavius

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/24/09 08:55 AM

Hi people, I'm new here! I'm 13, and have just started preparing for my Grade 6, I have been playing piano for just over 5 years! I am also a pretty good composer, I have Sibelius 5. I have a Yamaha Baby Grand and a Yamaha DGX-520 to link up to the computer.

I look forward to participating here!
Posted by: pianahman

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/25/09 04:08 PM

Hello all!

My name is Richard, and I'm a young-at-heart old man (age 66) who studied piano for several years as a child. I'm now retired and for several months have been renewing my acquaintance with the keyboard and the classical piano repertoire. It's so great to have the freedom to spend several hours practicing each day. I was lucky as a child to have a good grounding in the basics, so my keyboard skills have fairly quickly returned to an "intermediate" level. I'm hoping that regular visits to the PW Forums will keep me motivated and focused in lieu of not currently having a piano teacher.

Currently I'm studying:
Beethoven: "Adagio cantabile." from Op. 13
Bach: Inventions Nos. 1, 13, 14
Schumann: Arabesque (Op. 18)

My instrument is a Baldwin Grand (Model L).
Posted by: Enray

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/25/09 07:11 PM

I almost never use these things, lol. Anyway, I'm Enray and I've been "playing" the piano since I was eight. I didn't really start playing though until four or five years ago. Mostly I play sort of emotional stuff and video game music (anyone who rolls there eyes at this must not have heard the FFX piano collection!). I also play guitar, though not as well since I've only been playing for a year and half (improving fast though), mostly metal though. It's weird, one minute I'll be playing some ballad on the piano and when I finish I run upstairs to practice a Lamb of God song. But anyway, that's about it!
Posted by: Suzanne519

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/28/09 01:38 PM

Hi everyone, I'm jumping right in. I just found this forum today and I am so excited to see the support that is available for pianists.

I have played piano for my whole life but only took lessons till I was 12 or 13. I made it through Level 5 of the Alfred's method. I feel like I sight read well but I'm sure that my technique is horrible. I have been unsure of how to get going again. I have smaller children so I don't find a lot of time to practice and when I do practice I'm unsure whether what I'm doing is benefiting me.

I have been warming up with Hanon exercises which it seems like some people love and some people hate. I have also been working on a Sonatina by M. Clementi, Op.36 No.3. I feel like it just isn't enough though. I would like to take private lessons and/or work on a music degree but currently I am with my husband in Germany so my options are quite limited. Recommendations are welcome.

I also just began teaching my children, 4 & 6. I got the Alfred's Prep Method since I am familiar with it. I have read in some places that it isn't necessarily the best one to start with since it teaches in positions or something like that so I am looking for advice in that area too.

Glad to know that I have places like this to ask for help.
Posted by: James Cook

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/01/09 05:48 AM

I am new to the forum. I like to play classical music, but I also improvise Jazz and other types of music when the mood strikes. I worked as a Jazz/Rock keyboardist in the 70's, and taught but retired from professional work when I moved to California. I spend some time now teaching my 12 year old son to play (Grade 6/7), After Grade 7, I hope to find him a better teacher.

When I was young I was not "serious" about the piano, but as a teenager I would spend hours learning Mozart Sonatas (and trying to learn Chopin Etudes). Right now I'm trying to become serious about regular practice and developing my own repertoire again.

I play the Bach WTC for sight-reading. The hardest pieces I have played besides Chopin Etudes are Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata and Carnival of the Animals (with orchestra!) by Saint-Saens.

Lately I'm becoming quite the Musicologist and spending a lot of time reviewing scores on http://imslp.org/

Currently working on
Couperin Les Bergeries
Clementi Sonata #1 in C Major
Haydn 1778 Sonata in D Major #33
Mozart Sonata in F Major K. 280
Mendelsohn Op. 104
Chopin Inpromptu I
As much Beethoven as I can fit in
Posted by: sonny_soniel

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/01/09 11:54 AM

Hi everyone. Im new here. smile

I've been exposed to classical music since I was a kid but never got the chance to take up piano lessons.. or learn a musical instrument. I kinda hated the guitar; and was discouraged for the lack of a teacher. I kinda learn faster with someone when it comes to learning music.

All that changed last year when my Father's boss donated an old digital keyboard. Wanting to learn how to at least play it, my parents decided to pay for piano lessons for me and my younger brother(who is lazy but really talented. He is now playing Chopin's Nocturne in Eb minor Op 9 #2 . Im kinda envious lol! But he really hates the lessons and the theories. He just wants to play. laugh )

A year later and here I am. After taking some lessons, I am now working on some method books, finishing Hanon (halfway there, but damn, I reaaaaly hate this thing!) and reading up on musical theory. I am trying to learn the classical music that I grew up with... and learning some new stuff.

Oh and btw, the old keyboard is now replaced with a gorgeous, rarely used Upright piano. We were lucky that our neighbors are moving and they got to sell their 3 month old piano..at 1/3 the price! laugh
Posted by: Sam tSoi

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/01/09 02:18 PM

Originally Posted By: carolyn227
I've been lurking quite a bit on this forum, posted a bit on a couple other boards here but not much of a contributor.

I am a busy stay-at-home-mom of two kids (2 and 4) and have recently begun playing piano after a long hiatus. I got tired of not being able to play anything anymore. I've been practicing an average of an hour a day in the month of November. I would like to practice more, but... well... two little kids.

I began piano lessons in the first grade, moved to another country after that and started with a new teacher in second grade and stayed with her until I moved back to Germany in the sixth grade. We had trouble finding consistent teachers there, but somehow I got through it... sort of. I passed off Alfred's level 3 in 8th grade and we moved back to the States where I began lessons again. This is where I really began to learn. The teacher tested me and had me skip level 4 and went right into level 5. I continued to advance in piano and participated in competitions, doing quite well once or twice. Eventually, I was awarded a teeny-tiny piano scholarship to a state university (I think it was a combination of pity and trying to build their music program!) where I immediately slacked off and dropped out of the program. I regret my apathy and laziness so much now 10+ years later. I took lessons for a couple more years and eventually stopped playing almost entirely.

I got married and didn't have a piano for a long time. Finally, soon before the birth of my first child, we got a really old upright that was in storage from the state. It is in surprisingly good condition and is almost in tune. I'm afraid of having it tuned because I'm afraid the strings will break. My neighbor and friend tunes pianos and told me that is very common with pianos as old as mine. I didn't play it much, just once in a while, because I was so busy raising my kids and I didn't make piano a priority.

About a month ago, I found a renewed conviction and began playing again. I sit down and play a few times during the day when I have a moment. The problem is the 2 year old likes to climb on me and sit on my shoulders when I'm playing. My sessions are usually pretty short during the day. I play a lot at night after they go to bed. The little one has only woken up once while I was playing. As long as I don't get too loud, it's usually fine.

I would like to buy a new piano, but there is no way we can afford it right now. Perhaps in a year or so we can get a nice upright. I want a nice piano for my kids to learn on. My goals right now are to perfect and memorize songs I once had perfected. Also, to set a good example of practicing so my kids can see that it is important. Right now I'm working on Chopin nocturne 55.1, Clair de Lune, Bach prealudium 21, Granados' May Song (this one is almost there), Beethoven Sonata no. 8, and a few others. Once I have these songs perfected and (re)memorized, I'm not sure what I'm going to start with. I'm also going back to the books I was studying out of before I stopped lessons, but I'm not sure if that's a good idea.

I'll probably lurk a lot, because I am in that awkward group of non-beginner but not really advanced, either. I'm trying to improve my skills to become the type of pianist I want to be-- better sight reader, faster at learning songs, can improvise, etc.

Carolyn

you better bought a electron piano first to make sure the kids interst of it or not, most opf time the child hate parent make them to do some thing they don;t really want to do.
Posted by: IainPianoMan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/02/09 03:30 PM

Hello all! smile Just found this site and it seems to be a mine of information. I'm late thirties, been playing for 25 or so years and will probably just lurk around asking the odd question or posting an answer every now and then. Trying to learn all of Beethoven's Sonatas but struggling with op 106, obviously: probably never get that one! smirk Iain
Posted by: euler

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/09 11:25 AM

Hi all- I've been lurking for a few months now, reading many of your interesting posts. A quick intro:

I started taking lessons when I was 10, and continued until university, where I took up the violin for a few years. Then in grad school I came back to the piano, but only intermittently as time allowed. Fast forward to today- I'm 29, recently had my Yamaha studio moved to my apartment, and even more recently purchased a Roland FP-7 which enables me to practice after hours. I am able to commit around 1-1.5 hours a night to practicing, due to work/family commitments. While not entirely satisfied with this, it is a huge improvement over recent years.

I am admittedly something of a dreamer, and enjoy challenging myself and pushing my limits. Unfortunately this means that many pieces I take on do not reach a performance level, but this is fine with me as I am not a very good performer anyway smile Here are the pieces I am focusing on at the moment:

- Rach: Etude 39/5, for the Concert Etude Recital
- Chopin: Etudes 10/4, 25/11
- Liszt: La Campanella

I have been thinking of taking up lessons again (I work in Manhattan), if anyone has a suggestion/reference in the intermediate range. I will also try to post some videos soon, for a good laugh.
Posted by: whatevsyo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/09 08:46 PM

Hi everyone! I joined today. I actually got introduced to this site by the book Grand Obsession (which I adoree!).

I'm almost 17 and have been playing for 12 years. I'm playing ARCT pieces, though I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with the RCM system..? I live in Canada, by the way. A few pieces from my repertoire right now are Beethoven Tempest, Chopin Winter Wind Etude, and Chopin Ballade #2.

A couple of things on my mind right now:

1. I have wrist tendonitis. I'm SOOOO frustrated. I have a competition in a month and a practical exam in less than two months. I want to practice all day long everyday, but doc says I need rest frown Any advice/suggestions? HELLPPPPPPP!

2. I've always thought I wanted to be a doctor and do music on the side, but I'm straying away from the medicine idea these days. I'm very excited (music is my passion for sure) but also kind of frightened (being a doctor has been my dream for so long, I almost feel ashamed of myself for letting go of it?). Haha, yesss, I'm kinda confused right now..

Thanks for reading this long rant!
Posted by: Daltonious_23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/07/09 05:10 PM

Hello all!

23 years old, living in Los Angeles. Just got a new Yamaha ydp 223 and began playing again recently after a couple years off. Currently working on The Elegy by Rachmaninoff.

Ive been playing seriously since I was 16, with a lot of breaks over the years for school and other slacker activities that took from my piano study time. Im thinking of attending music school at Musicians Institute in LA.. its just really expensive and im not sure its suited for my classical upbringing.

Im not very mature about my practice habits, ill learn a few measures of a new piece then quickly grow bored then diddle off on some composition of my own... ( i hope we all do this, lol).. my repertoire is fairly small, completed pieces are in my signature. There are numerous other unfinished pieces, waltzes, etudes, rachmaninoffs 2nd concerto ( that'll happen..)

Anyways, i know it was a random rambling into but I hope to learn a lot here!

Dalton
Posted by: PhilCwm

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/08/09 09:57 PM

Hi,

I'm Phil from the South Wales valleys in the UK.

I've just bought a Yamaha DGX-630 to learn on.

I started to learn the Organ when I was 14, the object being to earn a Synth (learn to play the Organ and I'll get you a synth) to play in a band. I got to Book 5 of Learn to play the anchor way and got a JUNO 6. Played a little with a few friends, but never gigged and then went to college.
I started to learn some Supertramp recently on an old Casio Pianotone and surprised myself playing things I never could when I was younger, so I decided to get a full weighted keyboard. I'm learning from Alfred's Adult piano course (half way through Book 2) but I'm thinking of getting some lessons. How important do you think lessons are and how often should I go?
Posted by: unnormaldude68

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/10/09 09:08 AM

Hey guys!
I recently found this site and was very excited when I did.
I'm almost 21 years old and I have been playing the piano since I was 3 (almost 18 years).
I am currently working on a performance and education degree from The Crane School of Music.

My current repertoire consists of:
Chopin Ballade No.1 in G Minor,
Haydn Sonata No. 49 in Eb Major,
Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F Minor

I will shortly be adding Debussy's Estampes to my repertoire, which I will play along with the Ballade for my recital next semester.

I'm trying to find the best way to get a recording with good sound quality so I can get some videos up.

Anyways, thanks for letting me join the forums and I plan on participating much if someone can help me fix my forum problems (I can't view the forums/log in unless I use a proxy for some reason - probably an IP problem).

Thanks again!
Posted by: shakesbeer23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/10/09 06:20 PM

Hello all,

My name is Mike and I've been playing for about a year now. I really love the piano and I'm hoping this forum will give me some good pointers. God knows I need them;) I'm 29 and live in CT, USA. I look forward to chatting with everyone! Thanks.

PS unnormaldude68, Chopin's Ballade no. 1 is one of my favorites! I would love to hear you play it! That song is the reason I decided to take up piano.
Posted by: pinky0926

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/10/09 09:34 PM

Hi, I'm a 21 year old Scottish student. I must admit I'm not a piano player, but I am a musician and an avid follower of classical music, and in the past year or two particularly of piano works.

I was getting frustrated with youtube's juvenile userbase, and couldn't find anywhere to talk about piano to people who knew what they were talking about. So that's why I'm here smile
Posted by: j l z

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/10/09 11:09 PM

I'm brand-new to Piano World, but not to the piano:

I'm a composer, ( also a former university music prof ) currently living in Arizona but with NY, Paris, MD and MN in my background. (I believe there are some regular posters to Piano Forum who have referenced one or two of my pieces in various posts under several headings.)

What's the preferred protocol for a composer (experienced) to interact nicely with the very varied folks who visit this site? Most of my music is for fully-developed technqiue, but there are also a number of compositions for developing musicians. -- And then there all my original ragtime pieces!

~ Just about my all-time-favorite pianist is the late, great Sviatoslav Richter. I heard him a fair number of times live in NY ( and in 1972 at his summer series at the Grange de Meslay in France's chateau country ). A truly great musician.
Posted by: whatevsyo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/11/09 10:31 PM

Originally Posted By: unnormaldude68
Hey guys!
I recently found this site and was very excited when I did.
I'm almost 21 years old and I have been playing the piano since I was 3 (almost 18 years).
I am currently working on a performance and education degree from The Crane School of Music.

My current repertoire consists of:
Chopin Ballade No.1 in G Minor,
Haydn Sonata No. 49 in Eb Major,
Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 2 in F Minor

I will shortly be adding Debussy's Estampes to my repertoire, which I will play along with the Ballade for my recital next semester.

I'm trying to find the best way to get a recording with good sound quality so I can get some videos up.

Anyways, thanks for letting me join the forums and I plan on participating much if someone can help me fix my forum problems (I can't view the forums/log in unless I use a proxy for some reason - probably an IP problem).

Thanks again!



I'm absolutely in LOVEE with Chopin Ballade No.1 right now! I'm too busy with my current repertoire right now unfortunately so I've only sight-read through the first few pages, but I can't wait to actually start learning it this summer!

Have you watched Rubinstein giving a masterclass on that piece on Youtube? If you haven't, you should for sure! His comments are really phenomenal.
Posted by: abcdefgh

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/12/09 06:58 PM

Hello, newbie here!

My name's Bryan, and i'm from Northern Ireland.

Long time lurker, first time poster. lol

I've just finished all my grades there in November, and decided on doing my first diploma.

I'm working on....
Beethoven Sonata no 13 in E flat major
Schubert's Impromtu op 90 no 2
Liszt's Liebestraume 3
2 Debussy Preludes - La puerta del vino and General lavine.
And Le Gibet from Ravels gaspard de la nuit.

That's my little program i'm working on laugh

Favourite composers are Liszt, Ravel and Debussy, in that order smile

Nothing else i think that's too important!
I've just got my first grand piano and hope for it to be delivered near the end of the month!
Posted by: unnormaldude68

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/13/09 01:42 AM

No I have no seen that..I've only seen his performance of the piece. It sounds really interesting. I'll make it a point to watch it tomorrow. Thanks for the information smile
Posted by: The Teacher

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/15/09 01:54 AM

Hi folks. I hope my name isn't too immodest. Yes, I am a teacher. But I have to say that I am not the ordinary teacher. I have my own unique methods that I'd love to share with you. Drop me a line or just let me know you're out there and we can talk.
Posted by: yshimizu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/15/09 02:14 AM

Hello, my names Yu Shimizu and I'm in Tokyo Japan.
I've been on the piano since around 5 or 6. I don't quite remember too well when I started but all I remember is that I didn't practice at all because I hated it haha. So I quit at 11 years after a lot of on and off playing. Recently I rediscovered my love for piano, and I am currently working on Pictures at an exhibition, Lyadov's Music Box, and Scriabin's 42 no.5 (not like I can play them too well but whatever :p). I don't have a piano at home, but my schools real near so I just bike there to play piano.
Looks like a lot of the people here are way better than I am so I'll be asking advice for some of the more difficult passages.
Favorite Composers are mostly FSU, Russian, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky, Scriabin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, etc.

Hope to learn a lot during my stay here! laugh
Posted by: ALKAN55

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/15/09 07:36 AM

Hi everyone

I'm Paul Dykstra, concert artist and teacher based in Portsmouth, NH. The piano and its great repertoire have always been part of my life, thanks to European parents who valued music highly, and made Sundays a music day- all day long! I remember hearing most of the great piano concerti and knowing them aurally by about age 12. This has proved to be an invaluable training in its own right.
Recent projects have included playing the Mozart Double Piano Concerto with a colleague in Concord, NH, and Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata with my friend Beth Pearson. I have some youTube clips from an '08 recital as well, just type in Paul Dykstra on youTube.

Thanks! PS I'm ALKAN55 because we share the same birthday!
Posted by: Cork

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/15/09 02:11 PM

Originally Posted By: ALKAN55
Hi everyone

PS I'm ALKAN55 because we share the same birthday!


Gee, that would make you pretty old by now, eh?
Posted by: vroominator

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/09 04:29 PM

Hey everyone

My name is Derek Vroom, I am 18 and going into my second year of post secondary studies. I learned piano through the suzuki method from when i was 6 to 14, and quit when I moved from central Canada to western Canada. I grew up playing a Yamaha upright (not sure the model) but last year I bought myself a Casio digital piano (weighted keys and all that crap) It wasn't overly pricy, and I guess it does the trick... It took me until about a month ago to get back where I used to be several years ago and I can finally see myself getting better.

I just started lessons again 3 weeks ago and my current works include Moonlight sonata (3rd mvmt) and chopin's Nocturne in C# Minor (theme of the movie 'the pianist') and various pieces from the grade 8 celebration series I borrowed from my friend.
Posted by: Domenico

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/22/09 08:40 PM

Hello everyone!

I am also new to this forum and from the little browsing I've done I think it's great!

I have studied musicology, I compose and I am an arranger/audio engineer.

Piano-wise, I study piano since I was 6 years old and in some months I am getting a diploma (hopefully :D)

I own a Yamaha C2 Grand Piano, a Motif ES8 and various synths (as well as some "soft pianos" when time does not allow to record the real thing...)

Nice to meet you all, it feels great to be part of the piano community! smile
Posted by: Creativek

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/25/09 02:22 PM

Hey,
My name is Derek, I am 19 years old going in to my Junior year of college as a Piano Performance Major. I started playing piano in 7th grade. My mom used to play the piano for me and my brothers and I always thought it was neat so I would mess around on it and eventually it became my passion.
My favorite composer is definetly Beethoven, followed by Liszt. I'm not really too big of a fan of Chopin or Debussy, but was required to play them!! frown
One of the hardest things for me was learning how to practice and how to schedule my practicing sessions. I never would have guessed how much time is needed to perform excellently prior to becoming deeply involved with the repertoire.

For my Junior year I am preparing three pieces over the summer for my Junior recital.
Liszt Transcendental Etude 8 Wilde Jagd
Beethoven Fantasy op. 77
Ravel's Concerto in G major

I have been roaming around the forums for over a year now, and always enjoy reading the opinions of others on similar problems I might have had.
Posted by: cfwpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/09 05:36 PM

Hi!

My name is Chris, and I've just joined and before that I lurked for maybe a few weeks. In the short time I've been here I've learned a lot and this place is a great resource!

About me, I'm 21 and am taking a semester off to try and hone some of my technique to get into college as either a sound recording major or a music performance major on piano. I'd consider myself a beginner/intermediate level player. I started playing when I was 8 years old, but lost interest and didn't play again until I was 18. Over the last two semesters I became highly influenced by Sviatoslav Richter and Horowitz and decided I wanted to play classically. I have a long way to go but seem to be advancing quickly. I love Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

This summer I'm going to try and save up a good deal of money to buy a smaller size grand with my parents. I currently play on a $700 Benjamin Adams digital piano that is almost useless (it's not made anymore, apparently).

Glad to be here! smile
Posted by: Vortex

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/04/09 11:46 PM

Hi! I've been a long-time lurker and I finally decided to join this forum after all.

I'm 13 and I've been playing the piano scince age 3. At home we have a (beaten-up) Kohler and Campbell brown upright.
I Love Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert and I'm a fan of Bill Evans and Enya as well.
Besides playing piano, I also play Acoustic guitar and Flute.
I have perfect pitch, which I don't at all mean to brag. It's just basically the reason why I love music so much. It helps me tremendously in learning pieces by ear, because I am visually impared. I have trouble reading music fast, so I mostly play it by ear. heh.
Posted by: heidiv

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/09/09 09:27 AM

Hi - I've been visiting for a few months and just recently started posting, so it seems polite to introduce myself. I'm 42 and have been playing since I was 6, taking lessons pretty consistently. I majored in Business and German in college. My small college didn't offer a music major or any music classes, but I had the privilege of studying with a Curtis instructor during those four years. After a few years in the business world, I went back to college for two years and filled in the gaps of my music education. I am currently studying with a Taubman trained teacher, who has helped with my stiff right wrist. I teach 2 days a week, which is perfect for me because it still allows me to be there for my daughter 3 days a week after school. I belong to a professional teachers group and a performance group which I love. I finally sold my old Yamaha and bought a Steinway L which I'm THOROUGHLY loving!

I'm so thrilled to find PW and connect with others who are as passionate as I am about the piano. I love to read the posts and see the varied opinions here. I'm currently working on the Chopin Barcarolle, Debussy's La plus que lente, and about to add some Scriabin to the mix. I have very limited computer knowledge, so I'll have to figure out how to scan music samples into the text and add youtube links. Looking forward to reading your posts and contributing if I can!

HD
Posted by: bella89

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/10/09 12:55 AM

Hi my name's Bella and I've been lurking for about a week before joining today after my first piano lesson for five years. My story goes that I was learning piano at the same time I was learning to read and went to various good teachers until I was about 12. I was about to take the AMEB exams (it took years to convince me, such was my performance anxiety) when I was unable to continue with the piano due to reasons beyond my control. I had another teacher until I was 15 but I loathed it as all I played were old 70s tunes that she liked and forgot any semblance of technique and/or theory...

But I always wanted to play the piano and play it properly despite what my hands want to do :P So I found an excellent teacher (I learnt more from her in an half hour today than from my lost in the 70s teacher in three years) and had a bit of a reality check! My technique is very much off - so much so I didn't get to play a piece. She went straight to scales (this is C Major etc) with me being slightly dumbfounded. After a few bits of sight reading she's bumped me up a bit, told me to practice technique and timing and within a few months we should start preparing for the AMEB exams. She thinks I'll be able to take level 4 to start with, which is a lot better than I thought my level would be after 8 years without a proper teacher! It's tough though considering that other kids my age are taking their aMUS A and if I had continued with my original AMEB teacher that would be me too. Nonetheless, I know I can get there eventually. Like my lovely but strict new Russian teacher said about her students my age, they didn't come here great. They BECAME great.

Hope I can do it! *Runs off to practice*
Posted by: beet31425

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/12/09 08:53 PM

Hi everyone-

My name is Jason, and I just joined up yesterday. I'm 38, and I've been playing since I was 5 or 6.

I love Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Mahler, Debussy, Ives, Messiaen, and Ligeti, among many others. I compose as well, in a style informed by Prokofiev, jazz and pop. But the true holy grail for me is late Beethoven, and especially, above everything else, the last movement of the Op. 111.

Sadly though, I haven't played much in the last few years, due to an arm injury I sustained years ago. For a long time now, my right arm becomes fatigued with almost any motion I ask of it. This has been happening for so long, it's become a part of my every slightest habit, and changing the habits that cause the problem is going to be difficult. But I've been resigned to not playing for too long now; it's time to do something about it! Does anyone have any related experience, or forums they could point me to?

My long-term musical goal, which will motivate the rehabilitation of my arms and my eventual lesson work, is to completely work up the last three Beethoven sonatas, Op. 109, 110 and 111. (I'd worked up 110, and worked on 111, years ago, so it's not quite as ambitious as it sounds, perhaps.) Less ambitious goals include:

- Debussy's stately first prelude, Dancers at Delphi
- Messiaen's first prelude, the dove
- Mozart's a minor sonata
- Schubert's compact, beautiful A major sonata

But easy does it. I won't even touch the piano seriously until I understand why my arm is fatiguing, and what I can do about it.

Meanwhile, I'm glad to have joined the piano forum!
Posted by: Judy M

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/13/09 11:43 PM

I'm happy to have come across this forum. I've been on a similar flute forum for a while, and came across this when looking for some direction in what to work on this summer (particularly looking for graded lists of repertoire).

I am a 43 yr old mother of 3 who accompanies a small community choir. I've played since about 3rd grade, but didn't play a lot when the kids were very young, although I've never totally quit--just dabbled for a while. I am very good at sight reading, and, truly (believe it or not--I see lots of posts here about wanting to improve at this), consider it my Achilles Heel. Being a good sight reader makes you not want to PRACTICE. Looking at some of the RCM/BCCM lists, I play at about grade 9 or 10--you know, if I actually practice. smile

--Judy
Posted by: DragonLove

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/14/09 01:38 AM


I am new here. I am 18...

I am not too old to learn right. I understand that most of the music that is available is not Lincoln Park or the score from Twilight. I am eager to practice but I want to do three other things; write my book DR, practice guitar, and fix guitars.

What I want from piano is to read music more fluidly. I am as well keeping an open mind to writing my own music with piano to go with guitar solos. Kind of like what Evanescence does and some of Lincoln parks songs. Like I said I know this is not for beginner. This is what I want to work toward.

About my career, what I want is to build animatronics robots that are in movie production and theme parks. I would love to perform on stage but I am not going to rely on it to get off the ground.
Posted by: Doelman

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/16/09 04:47 PM

Hello! I'm Roeland, and I live in The Netherlands. I'm 22 years old. I'm on university and i'm studying Human Resource Management.

I did play keyboard for one year, but I only played piano songs, so I bought a digital piano two months ago. I also started taking some piano lessons.

I like to compose music, I allready have one finished composition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRXuQ966LGI But its hard to compose some good stuff, because i don't know lots of techniques yet.
Posted by: SoliDeoGloria

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/18/09 09:37 PM

Greetings,

My name is Christopher. I've been lurking around here for quite some time now, and have finally decided to take the plunge and create an account. I began taking piano lessons at the age of 8 because, as with many children that age, my mom made me do it. But somewhere along the line a spark was struck inside me and I fell in love with the piano. Now I'm a piano performance major at UT-Austin, with the intent of earning a doctorate in collaborative piano and becoming a freelance pianist. Besides the music of Bach and Messiaen, my two favorite composers, I especially enjoy playing 20th and 21st century music, art song, and chamber music. I also study organ and composition. Anyway, I look forward to getting to know all of you here!
Posted by: soupinmyhair

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/19/09 01:20 AM

Hello all,

It occurred to me that I never made an introduction, so since I've been lurking around for a few years and have been using piano world more frequently than before, I thought I'd say a few things about myself.

I started playing the piano when I was 6, but I didn't start my classical training and begin building my repertoire until I was a senior in high school in 2005, which was when I discovered my passion for music and the piano. Now I am a piano performance and music composition major at JMU. I'm about to enter my senior year (2009-2010) and will be doing grad school auditions the year after to continue my studies in piano in some form. I'd like to go as far and wide as I can with piano in spite of any disadvantages I may face as a result of being a late starter.

I'm glad to have this forum as a valuable resource!
Posted by: Flex

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/20/09 03:05 AM

Whats up? My name is Flex and I am very thrilled to find a community full of piano players. I started playing piano in 5th grade but dont let that stat fool you. I am not a great player by any means but I am dedicated. I produce music in the RnB/Hip-Hop genre but am not limited to that. I am a big fan of all styles of piano ranging from classical to maplerag as I call it.

I look forward to embracing the trade of piano playing along with meeting others who do the same.

Some of my favorite players include:
Mozart
Chopin
Teddy Riley
Chuckii Booker
Elton John
Koji Kondo

and many others
Posted by: adamscottneal

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/21/09 03:20 PM

I already started posting, but here's a more "official" intro to me:

Born 1981.

Began piano lessons in 1990.

Studied until 1999, then went to college.

Studied music technology. Kept playing classical piano for fun, rock keyboards in bands.

Went to grad school in 2004 to study composition.

Began playing piano on works by fellow composers. Began teaching piano/trombone/composition/conducting lessons.

Temporarily out of grad school in 2008. Starting to perform new classical/new age compositions.

In short, I am a composer who can play piano. I want to play more often, but composing takes precedence. There is only so much spare time!

Some favorite composers:
Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven, Satie, Messiaen, Morton Feldman, George Crumb
Posted by: Jeffrey Preston

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/21/09 09:00 PM

Hello everyone, My name's Geoff Preston. I'm 17 years old, and I've been playing instruments for the last 8 years of my life. Mainly guitar, which I completely regret not taking more time out to learn piano. I immediately realized my love for piano, and how much I enjoy playing it and just everything about it.

I've been playing here and there for about.. a year now, but recently I've been trying more and more to practice everyday. I know little melodies and things, but I strive to be a blues/rags pianist. I love blues.


... loooovveee blues.
Posted by: Deniz1903

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/23/09 12:20 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm Deniz from Turkey - Ankara. I was born in America and i'm 15 years old. I started to play piano when i was about 10 and was taking lessons once a in week. When i was 11, i won the exam of Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory. And i'm still studying there.

I really loved this forum. It's very helpfull. And i'm also happy that now, i can communicate with the different piano students and lovers like me.

Deniz
Posted by: Chopin Gal

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/27/09 01:04 PM

Hi there! I'm Chopin Gal, but I love many composers besides Chopin as well! I've been playing the piano since I was 8 or 9 and while I'm a full time nerd on a computer everyday, I still love the piano and have started up piano lessons about 8 months ago with a wonderful teacher here in Washington, DC. I love classical music and am thinking about getting a real piano within the next 2 years! smile
Posted by: stanchinsky13

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/29/09 01:21 AM

Hi all, I have been lurking these forums for sometime now and had to join with the recent arrival of my 1890's Chickering upright. Theory and Organization are my focus though a major goal of mine is to be able to express clearly my own ideas with these white and black keys.
Posted by: xcel

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/01/09 05:06 AM

Hi, I'm new to PW.

I started piano when I was four and continued until I went to college. Unfortunately, I hated piano when I was younger(I thought it was very feminine). I never practiced and I hated going to lessons. The bulk of my piano lessons were with high school students. To give you a better idea of how bad I was: I didn't know the difference between bass and treble clef, I couldn't read music, and I had the technique of someone who never learned piano.

Towards the end of my junior year, I got access to the internet and file sharing networks. I happened to stumble upon Chopin Polonaise op. 53 played by Argerich. Previously all the "pianists" I met weren't really good standards to listen to. It's funny because I originally thought the piece was played by several pianists... Anyways, I was blown away by the playing and I immediately developed a love for the piano. I started listening to everything and gradually developed an appetite to play everything I was listening to.

Through a parent's friend I was introduced to a proper teacher. Since I wasn't going to go into music professionally, he agreed to let me learn the Chopin Polonaise along with a few other pieces I wanted to learn even though they were above my musical or technical abilities (it took me 2 about hours to read the first bar). Basically, I went from barely being able to handle a introductory method book to attempting to learn a Chopin Polonaise (let's say my lessons were extremely unpleasant for him).

I never really finished any pieces because my reading was painfully slow and all the pieces I wanted to play were way above my level. I'm actually quite surprised by the audacity I had for trying to attempt those pieces. I quit when I went off to college.

About two weeks ago I started playing the piano again after stumbling upon Cortot's technique book and his editions of Chopin music. Strangely enough, my reading is now 200x better than when I quit (one would assume that after not reading music for so long one's music reading skills would deteriorate). I've followed Cortot's technique book and several of his preliminary exercises for Chopin etudes and my technique and playing has seriously improved at an exponential rate. I'll probably hit a wall soon though =(.

Anyways, I'm improving at such a quick rate that I'm contemplating whether I should take piano seriously. I practice anywhere from five to fifteen hours daily now.
Posted by: lam132

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/02/09 12:54 PM

Hello all,

I've been lurking around here for years (might have asked a question or two in the past) and thought I'd say a little bit about myself. I recently graduated with a piano performance degree and am still trying to figure out what's next. Since graduating I haven't been practicing as frequently as I was, but have picked a few pieces to work on.

I've studied a good number of works from different eras and styles, but I particularly like playing Bach and Debussy, and have been working on a Mozart sonata and trying to learn more about 20th-century rep, especially pieces outside of the standard rep. I have also recently become interested in harpsichord, and hope to become a better harpsichordist and continuo player. However, I haven't been too successful finding a teacher or an instrument to play on.

My immediate future goals are to begin teaching, which I hope to do under the guidance of a former teacher of mine, to continue accompanying (I love playing with singers, and want to play with more instrumentalists) and to just keep improving and learning.

I enjoy reading most of the conversations in this forum, particularly in the Pianists and Piano Teachers forum. I have learned so much from your posts over the years and am glad I found my way here. I will probably do much more reading than posting (everyone seems so knowledgeable!), but I may have some questions in the near future..
Posted by: ShaneLeslieGoodall

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/02/09 03:34 PM

Hi. I'm Shane and have a Master's degree in Piano Performance and have been teaching for about 15 years now. I do a lot of accompanying work, but don't get time to practise solo repertoire because I don't have my own piano. My practising is usually done at the school where I teach and I miss the piano until I get to school the next day. I am hoping that i will be able to get my own good upright piano soon, or organise a permanent place where i can freely practise. My goals are to give more concerts and perform with Symphony Orchestras again.

I have performed the Tchaikovsky 1st, Rachmaninoff 1st and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Cape Town Philharmonic, but that was a long time ago. Missing being in performance shape terribly.

Nice to be part of the Pianoworld Community. Thank you for the welcome!
Posted by: fellowpianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/03/09 02:21 PM

For an absolutely EXCELLENT interpretation of Chopin Ballade No. 1, I HIGHLY recommend Krystian Zimerman! I cannot tell you how many times I visited that recording (found on YouTube) while I was learning that piece!
Posted by: fellowpianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/03/09 02:34 PM

My name is Sadie and I am going to be a senior in high school this fall. I have been playing the piano since I was 3-4 and unfortunately had to wait until I turned 6 to begin lessons.

I have had multiple instructors, but none really introduced me to the glorious world of classical music until my current one began to do so 3 years ago. Since then, I have developed an absolute obsession with anything piano/classical.

My practicing then was mediocre, but now has improved to a productive 5-6 hours (at least) daily. I am excited that PW gives me, and others like me, an opportunity to communicate with other musicians; such a wonderful idea!

Feel free to add me as a "fellowpianist"!
Posted by: aEquals440

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/10/09 01:44 PM

Hey, all!

Glad to be a part of such a thriving community!

C5.......G4 F#4 G4 Ab4________G4............B4......C5!
(Those are meant to be notes, not chords)
Posted by: fellowpianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/10/09 02:51 PM

I love your name "aEguals440" smile
Posted by: aEquals440

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/10/09 04:53 PM

Thanks, fellowp! I tell you, at first I was trying name after name and it said they were all taken - then I finally realized that it was my "Display Name" that was the problem. So, I had a some good exercise in brainstorming names until I came up with that one.

In my playing experience, though, it's usually more like "aEqualsSomewhereAround440Hopefully". laugh
Posted by: Collyermum

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/13/09 10:28 AM

Hi

My name is Collyermum, and I am a stay at home mum to 4 small children. Piano is my "me-time"!

I would have loved to play the piano as a child but we didn't have the space or the money for an instrument so I learnt the flute all the way through the grades, but never really fell in love with it!

Then as an adult after I was married I took singing lessons and really enjoyed learning how to use my voice properly and unleashing my inner drama in music! I also enjoyed taking the Graded exams to Grade 8 (our hardest here) for voice, too!

Then once my first baby was born I finally got a Clavinova and have been taking piano lessons with it on and off in between having 3 more children over the past 8 years. I'm now about grade 6/7 and have finally persuaded my DH that its time for a REAL piano, and I have realised my long term dream and have a lovely new Irmler grand in my living room! (along with all the toddler toys etc!)

Now I am trying to learn how to develop my technique properly for a real piano - even though the Clavinova was a good one, it just wasn't the same and while I am loving the beautiful tone of the new piano I can see there is still SO much work to do to learn to really play it the way I would like it to sound!

But I'm still thrilled to be here, learning piano and with a real grand to play on. And the youngest two children will be going to nursery in the mornings this autumn so I will have more time to practise without worrying about how loud I am!

Collyermum
Posted by: aEquals440

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/13/09 11:04 AM

Congrats on the Irmler, Collyer! You've had quite the musical voyage, but it sounds like you've found your instrument of choice.

Ever try playing when the kids are asleep? It never seems to bother ours - maybe we're just lucky! smile
Posted by: Ramsnake

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/13/09 06:50 PM

Hi people

This does look an interesting place and I look forward to exploring.
I am a great believer in forums having spent sometime at the leading Classical Guitar forum, www.delcamp.net/forum/en/index.php, providing assistance to guitarists all over the world via my YouTube site at http://www.youtube.com/user/ramsnake53.
After 30+ years of restricting my playing of classical music to the guitar, I recently purchased a Casio CDP 100 having decided it was time I learnt to play the piano more seriously.
I am attempting to keep some record of this new journey at http://nevertoolatetolearnpiano.blogspot.com
I look forward to getting know more of you here.
Posted by: Sean-Patrick

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/17/09 08:54 AM

Heya PW,
Im Sean, 14, from Ireland. I absolutely love playing piano, and Iv been playing since I was six, and taking lessons since age 9. I love ragtime music, I can play quite a few rags, for example Maple Leaf Rag, Top Liner Rag and 12th Street Rag, and im currently working on Gladiolus Rag. Im pretty alright on piano I guess... I have nearly all my piano exams done, but Im absolutely rubbish at scales.. Their gonna be my downfall im thinking. Anyway,I joined Piano World forums so that maybe I could get some good advice off the peeps here, or maybe suggestions of good pieces that are in my difficult range that might help me improve.
Hehe, thats all I can think of to write right now, everyone elses intros were much more detailed.. So I will just list off a few pieces I am currently learning:
Gladiolus Rag
Revolutionary Etude(argh.. brilliant but haaard...)
The Heart Asks For Pleasure First
And I am about to start Gymnopedie no. 1
Thanks for reading.=D
Posted by: Evolver

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/09 05:14 PM

Hi - finally going to join in the great discussions going on here. I'm a teacher and professional pianist - most of my professional playing is jazz/blues/standard-type improvisional, but I also play classical (my whole life), and have been back taking lessons for almost three years, planning to start giving recitals next year in conjunction with my 50th birthday. I'm studying with a fantastic concert artist - Moscow conservatory, full scholarship Ph.D from USC, and my first experience working from a "Russian school" approach.

Current working on:
Bach Prelude and Fugue in F# major
Chopin Polonaise OP. 26 #1 in C# minor
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue #4 in E minor
Rachmaninoff Etude in D minor Op. 39 #8
Scarlatti Sonata in C minor K115
Granados Quejas o la Maya y el Ruisenor
Schedrin Basso Ostinato
Chopin Etude Op.10 #5 Gb

Piano - Kawaii R1
Teach - classical and jazz/improv.
Getting ready to to the MTNA certification program

Don't know if this is the correct place to put all this, but here it is anyway. Looking forward to getting to know you guys.

Cindy
Caseysmom - Casey's my dog!
Posted by: Evolver

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/09 05:16 PM

HI - did you get my first post - not sure I did it correctly.
Posted by: J Cortese

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/20/09 04:02 PM

Hello -- a newcomer to the board here. Standard story, I suppose. I began studying when I was 10 and continued for a decade, which was good grounding. No shortcuts or "methods," just a very, very good teacher that didn't cut corners and a musical family. I grew up with classical and opera all over the place since my mom had been a pretty advanced violinist before I was born and my dad an opera lover who knew the Victor book backwards and forwards.

Went into academics, got distracted with an MS in Physics that I now regard as useless. :-( Then, into industry and working for a living in a pianoless existence. (I've cursed having chosen the least portable instrument in the world after a pipe organ many times. It's got its advantages, though.)

Until recently, I didn't even realize that digital pianos existed, which makes me feel very silly. I always associated "electronic keyboards" with those hideous, mushy cheap things that you could fit under one arm that were extant in my youth. It was about fifteen years ago that I sat down in front of a good one and found out that they had weighted and velocity-sensitive keyboards that felt like proper pianos. AND headphones, so you can play to yourself, in an apartment!

And lately, I've gotten back into classical music and opera in a serious way, although I never really got out of it. And it's starting to bother me at a noticeable level that I don't have a piano anymore.

I was of course into Chopin when younger; I have big hands. Joplin also (this was the mid 70s), and to judge from other people here, I'm not the only person to be struck by their similarity in technique. :-) I still love ragtime and want to get back to it, but honestly, my tastes are really widening well beyond standard piano fare. I'm listening to "Con rauco mormorio" and "Furibondo" (Baroque opera) and my fingers are itching. Good contemporary stuff is making my hands twitch, too -- I can't even listen to Billy Joel and Journey without my hands twitching, and a lot of that stuff is a lot better than most people think.

I'm planning to save and buy a Clavinova CLP-something in a post-Christmas sale, a good piano replacement that's sturdy. I don't want anything light that's going to rock back and forth while I play it, and I don't need it to be able to sound like a UFO. I learned on an upright, so if it feels like that, I'm fine.

I'm just afraid to even sit down at one at this point, and I used to be so damned good. From advanced, I've decayed back into rank newbie, I think. People here have said that if you want to "test drive" a DP that you really have it through its paces, but I can't even play anymore. I cringe at the idea of sitting down in front of anything without headphones in. I really cannot play a thing anymore. *sigh*

I guess I'll end up picking up a Clav CLP380 or thereabouts and just set my jaw and pound my way through enough arpeggios to fill the Grand Canyon, then pick up the old exercises that I still have (I've got all my old sheet music still), start picking through the Clementi sonatinas that I learned early on, then work my way from there.

Anyhow, nice to be here. I'm nervous about getting back to it, but sick and tired of listening to everything from Henry Purcell to Haendel to Scott Joplin to Steve freaking Perry in my car and having my fingers itch. For now, it's time to start saving money and then, come January, looking for half-off sales.

Other particulars: I'm 43, a geek, in southern California, a handcrafter, obviously an opera nut, and love math and languages. English, French, Welsh, Middle Egyptian, and ASL are my babies. Oes na rywun yma sy'n medru'r iaith Gymraeg?

Obviously, I also run at the mouth.

Back to lurk-mode ...
Posted by: Lycanthrope

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/22/09 09:17 AM

Hi folks

I'm Dave - English, married to a Dane, living in Brussels, Belgium

I gravitated here as I was in the process of researching to buy a new digital piano for both myself and my little children to learn.

I'm 43 and play bass guitar in a few bands, have messed with synthesizers over the years, but always had the desire to learn piano and music theory.

I mostly listen to progressive rock and classical - Xavier Scharwenka is undoubtedly my favourite classical composer for piano.
Posted by: ruprakt

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/26/09 11:01 AM

Welcome to the forum! I've just decided I've been here long enough to start welcoming new members. Good luck with the itchy fingers. The only way to start back up, is to start back up. It may take a few months, and it may be frustrating at times, but you'll be quite glad you did it in the end. As you were once advanced, your progression from newbie shouldn't take too long. Hope you enjoy your journey along the way!
Posted by: Ganddalf

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/28/09 09:28 AM

Hello everyone!
I just got my user profile approved on this forum, and hope that I'll get some interesting tips and information here.
I'm a senior amateur player from Europe. Having a job within the field of applied mathematics, I find music (and particularly piano playing) to be an excellent hobby.
Occasionally I participate in concerts, mostly as an accompanist, but this is on a small scale in a small town.

I presently don't have space for a grand piano, so my instrument is a Kawai, K3. For many years I have been a die-hard acousic player, but I'm now seriously considering to also acquire a digital piano. This will give me more opportunity to practice. Moreover I'm interested in composition, and would really like to explore the options of a midi output combined with e.g. Sibelius software.

I mostly play classical music, from Bach and Scarlatti to Shostakovich. I dont' have the technique for the most difficult pieces, but prefer to select music that I can perform reasonably well. Maybe I can get some hints here about how to improve further.
Posted by: Chopin4life

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/29/09 01:37 PM

Hi everyone.

I recently decided to create a profile on these forums after a few weeks of browsing.

I started the piano about 8 years ago, and have played without stopping for the whole 8 years (i.e. I've had a teacher for the whole time), but it wasn't until recently that I really got into the piano. I was thinking about canceling lessons until about a year ago, I discovered Chopin, and since then, I've been hooked and am progressing quite well.

I hate performing so I play the piano only for my own benefit, and for family. I would never consider entering a competition because of this (and because I don't believe I'm good enough)

I have a yamaha CLP-170. Its good, but its not quite the same as an upright and, obviously, a grand, but its adequate enough for me. I'd love a grand piano, but unfortunately I don't have enough space or money for one. One day...

Anyway, I look forward to reading all the useful tips on the forums, and maybe giving some of my own few.
Posted by: keydancer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/02/09 09:59 PM

Hi :)I'm "keydancer" from Canada. I love music. It's just satisfying to be able to make music. I've wanted to play piano ever since I was little, but never started until I was 8. I've been playing for around 7 years with 2 different teachers, I switched to a new teacher about 2 years ago. Currently I'm in Gr 8 RCM (exam is coming up soon!).
Some of the pieces I'm studying:
French Suite no. 2 in C Minor: Air by Bach (I've been listening to many French Suites recently)
Sonata in D Major: First Movement Opus 12, No.3 by Arnold (toughest out of all my exam pieces for me)


Over the summer, while practising for my next exam, I've been enjoying and getting into piano more and more.

I'm a huge fan of Bach and Beethoven, and mostly play classical music, but I enjoy many different genres of music. Whatever I like to listen to, basically.
I have a Yamaha U3 piano at home. I'm not the best performer, and can get nervous even in front of the camera or at lessons. But that doesn't mean I'm any less interested in music.

My youtube channel is http://youtube.com/thinkgreenlovepurple
I don't have many videos, yet ;]

I hope to learn lots on these forums. I've been lurking for a while on here thanks to Google, and decided to join because this seems like an awesome place, hopefully it'll increase my interest in music.
Posted by: BreakneckWalrus

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/06/09 06:57 AM

Hello everyone. I'm 16 years old, 17 in two months. When I was younger, around 5 or so, my mom put me in piano classes. I hated it. I was... A bad student, to say the least. I complained I didn't want to play, and my mom took me out from the classes. To this day, I think her biggest mistake was listening to me. But oh well, you can't blame a mother for wanting her child to be happy.

A year ago, I was really into guitar and stuff, so I bought one of those. After a while, I realized it really, really wasn't for me. I stopped listening to stuff like metal and rock, and instead became more interested in piano. To be honest, I haven't really listened to much classical music yet. I've barely scratched the surface, with only Sonata Pathetique and some of Chopin's songs. I do like Chopin. =)

I'm a huge game nerd, and these days, games have better music, with actual effort put into it. So I'm also interested in transcribing some of my favorites to piano, something which I think I'll enjoy.

I sold the guitar a few months ago, and decided to get a nice, cheap keyboard; something that would do for practice until I became better. Living in Pakistan, it's kinda hard to find decent cheap ones. Even harder to find decent 88-key ones. But I'll get there eventually.

So I've started taking lessons, once a week. I've taken about 6 so far. I can read music now, and I know a few positions, though I've found when playing a song they don't really matter. I can tell the difference between a few key signatures. Basic stuff, but I hope to expand in the future.

So, there I am. =P
At first I was discouraged by the fact that most good players started at an early age, but I believe anyone can become great at anything if they only have the willpower. And seeing others here, who are adults, is very encouraging. Good luck everyone, and happy practicing!
Posted by: keyTHIS

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/07/09 10:24 AM

ok.......here i am. frustrated 53 year-old geezer. can't read the bass clef (learned the treble playing guitar 40, yes 40 years ago). inversions? ha! there are thousands of them to memeorize......seems impossible. memorization works, but only so far.....let's say you want to do something different.

here is a posting i have placed at other forums on this site. any comments/suggestions welcome:

a professional piano player told me there are three ways to becoming a piano player:

1) memorize songs. i can memorize a song, but as i improve, i want to change it because it sounds too simple after a while. and if you are not constantly playing that song, you forget how you arranged it.

2) learn thousands of inversions and be able to play them instataneously. this seems impossible. there are THOUSANDS of these. how do these people do it? are they all genius's?
they've memorized the circle of fifths, and they can play ebm6 20 ways up and down the keyboard instantaneously. HOW DOES ONE MEMORIZE EVERY NOTE OF EVERY CHORD AND BE ABLE TO PLAY IT INSTANTANEOUSLY 20 WAYS UP AND DOWN THE KEYBOARD?

3) become a fluent music reader. this at first seems to make the most sense, but every time i play a piece of music, the arrangement is less than satisfying. it never sounds like the record.

HELP!
Posted by: Apsara

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/11/09 03:10 AM

Hello everyone! I'm Apsara, from Vancouver, Canada. (It's pronounced up-sarah)I've been lurking around as a guest for a while now, and finally decided to join in. After all, I don't know anybody, besides my teacher, with whom I can discuss piano. xD

In a nut shell: I'm 15, started at 7. I'm not really following the RCM levels anymore, just playing whatever I feel like, always aiming for challenges.... Passed RCM exams 5 and 8, might study for level 10.....but I really hate exams, because of the theory and scales. I suck at theory. I don't think I scored higher than 73 on my Rudiments 2 exam.

Last December, I started a huge piece for me, the ever-so-overplayed Liebestraum. Took me about two and a half months to finish, then spent the rest of the time, until the June recital, polishing it. As a result, my sight reading skill increased dramatically, and it has only been getting better ever since.
I managed to impress a few people at the recital, but I'm still not really satisfied with that performance.

Now I'm working on Chopin's Ballade no. 1. Started it in the beginning of May, and now I'm sloooowly getting through the coda. I've been focusing on accuracy rather than speed, and I think I'm starting to grasp it. It's my summer project to finish this ballade, or at least a good chunk of that warhorse of a coda... It's the only part that really made me stop and pay attention.
From what I've read here, people are saying that it should take at least a year for an amateur to learn the piece. Like, "God, don't even think about it! You'll never play it right!!!"
I don't see the problem, really. I've only been playing it over three months, and I'm almost done. Of course, it's far from being mastered, but I don't feel as if I should give up just because I'm not a pro. The only piece I've ever stopped learning because of difficulty was the Heroic Polonaise.

Asides those two milestones, I've also learned half of Revolutionary etude. I kinda got sick of it after a while, that's why I stopped. I'll definately get back to it someday... I used to play the first movement of the Pathetique sonata really well, but now my left hand can hardly get past the tremolos.

.......Reading this post, I feel like such an average student. All the pieces I've mentioned are just so.....cliche. But still, it doesn't mean they aren't great pieces. My teacher said they're good to start with, when it comes to "big" stuff.

My dream pieces are:
CHOPIN
- Piano concerto no. 2
- Scherzos no. 1 and 2
- Heroic Polonaise
- Grande Polonaise Brillante
- Ballades no. 2 and 4
- Nocturne op. 48, no. 1
- Nocturne op. 9, no. 1

BEETHOVEN
- Piano concerto no 1
- Entire Pathetique sonata
- Tempest sonata
- Sonata op. 2, no. 3

SCHUMANN
- Sonata no. 2 in G Minor

BACH
- Partita no 2 (Already finished Allemande, learning the Sinfonie)
Posted by: nanabush

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/13/09 01:14 PM

Hey everyone!

I've been on the 'pianostreet' forum since 2005, and have found it's getting kinda dead. There's quite a bit of reference to this forum, so I decided to make an account.

The day I joined the pianostreet forum back in 2005, I started taking my lessons seriously. I'm starting music performance next year at university.

I've done my performer's ARCT last year with the following pieces:
-Bach P/F in G major Bk1
-Grieg Sonata (complete)
-Brahms Rhapsody in G minor
-Ravel Sonatine
-Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
-Liszt Etude "Un Sospiro"

I also recently played this stuff at a competition:
-Bach/Busoni Toccata and Fugue in D minor
-Moszkowski Liebeswalzer
-Rachmaninoff Etude Op39 #6 in A minor (probably the most intense thing I've made myself learn)
-Debussy Suite Pour le Piano (complete)

Right now I'm learning these for when school starts in September:
-Bach P/F Bb Minor Bk1
-Haydn Sonata in E minor
-Chopin Nocturne Op48 #1 in C minor
-Rachmaninoff Prelude Op32 #12 G# minor
-Debussy Prelude "Le Vent dans la Plaine"

I'm really into Late Romantic and 20th Century music, and have huge ambitions to play the really big stuff from those times lol. Hopefully this forum will stay strong during my years at university, because I'll probably be logged in 24/7.
Posted by: Akshay

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/13/09 01:59 PM

Hi, I am Akshay, an amateur, 30 yrs old, living in the Hague, The Netherlands. I am pretty impressed by the young talents in this thread! (Not to mention envious)

I Started playing as a kid, but didn't get classical music until age 15, when I started practicing. Kept at it apart from some years abroad.

Currently learning Bach Partita 2 for a recital, and some Brahms Klavierstuecke. I the recent past I played a selection of Debussy Preludes, Granados' La Maja y el Ruisenor, Liszt Il Spozalizio, some Shostakovich Preludes & Fugues.

I hope to improve enough to master some big Beethoven Sonata one day, and more complex etudes and miniatures. Love the 3B's and Debussy most of all, but am always on the lookout for rare and beautiful gems!

Ciao,
Posted by: Kanadka

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/13/09 05:22 PM

Hello,

I'm an absolutely beginner, started playing in May, taught myself using Alfred's level 1 All in one book, absolutely loved it. Finally decided it's time to find a teacher and really go for it. I do it for myself - kids go to sleep, I close the door and forget about everything else. (houshold work suffers as well as all otehr hobbies, but it's all worth it). I work full time and I have 2 young kids, so I'm really busy and dont' have enough time to prictice, but I do every day anyway, even if only for 20 minutes. Never played anything before, never thought I could - I love this country where any adult can play, and start at any age, whenever you like it.

I'm going to get a good digital piano for my birthday (November). I hope it'll be a Clavinova :))) and of course I'm dreaming of an acoustic, but with my practice time it's just not realistic. Will have to wait till the kids are older. I want them to learn too and I hope they will want to.

I think this forum is terrific. I've read Alfred's level 1 topic at least twice, all 86 pages of it. Too bad there is not much support for Faber book.

I've been lurking for a while and probably will not post much due to teh lack of time, but I really appreciate being a part of this wonderful community.
Posted by: Riding_Hood

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/13/09 10:10 PM

Hello all,

I'm new here, too. I'm from Australia, started piano lessons when I was a kid, stopped them in upper high school. I did my grade 5 AMEB exam (there are 8 grades in total) before deciding exams weren't for me. I'd say I'm grade 6 level now (grade 5 is easy for me and grade 7 is pushing it).

I'm 24 now. Since leaving home five years ago I've barely played, but my dad bought me an electric piano for my birthday this year and I'm hooked again. Playing piano is such a great release -- almost meditative. Since stopping lessons,I always felt that I would never be able to improve, but perhaps that was all in my head. I suppose I'll just have to practice, practice, practice and find out!

Thanks for having me. This seems like a really fantastic community.
Cheers.
Posted by: Elizabeth_Bennet

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/15/09 02:07 AM

Salutations everyone!

I'm a Canadian who spends way too much time at the piano, reads voraciously (especially Jane Austen!), and enjoys writing. I just finished my Grade 10 RCM in June (managed to get a mark of 91), and am currently working on ARCT pieces:

Toccata in d minor BWV 913 - J.S. Bach
Sonata in A major - L. Beethoven
Nocturne in D-flat major, op. 27 no. 2 - F. Chopin
Abegg Variations - R. Schumann
Prelude op. 23 no. 6 - S. Rachmaninoff
Etude Op. 25 no. 7 - Chopin

In September I'd like to start Liszt's "Gnomenreigan". Needless to say, the rest of my summer will be spent frantically practicing Hanon and other finger exercises to improve their dexterity!

I started piano lessons at age four, and I hated it. The piano was the nemesis of my childhood, and I delighted in drawing huge pictures of pianos with giant fangs swallowing up innocent little children. I was forced to practice every day, and I longed for the day when I would be allowed to quit.

Fortunately, I actually started enjoying music at about age 12, and I've loved it ever since...

I've been really enjoying the fascinating discussions in this forum, and I'm looking forward to participating in them myself!
Posted by: oldstarter

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/15/09 07:32 PM

Hi, Just found the site in the past few months and decided to join up. My username is a bit of a misnomer. I learned to play piano as a child, but was taught by a lounge pianist, so learned some fundamentals - John Thompson books 1-4, but pretty much how to read a melody line and play chords. I never studied classical. My wife and I have attended the President's Piano Series at Meany Hall in Seattle for twenty five years. I always wanted to play some of the pieces I heard. Three years ago, and almost 60, I decided to act. Its difficult to find a teacher who will take an adult. My first one was not a good match. My current one is working out well. She's my age and she understands my limitations and goals. So, I get to choose about 1/2 of the pieces. She chooses others that are suited for the lessons she feels I need. I picked Schubert Impromptus (Op 90 - 3&4). She suggested a few Bach Inventions and recently the Debussy Arabesque. I picked Dance of the Blessed Spirits. She picked Beethoven Sonatas.
I'm not as flexible or nimble as a youngster so some technique is simply beyond me. But, I've set my bar at a reasonable height. I'll never sound like Radu Lupu playing Schubert, but I'm happy.
What I have missed is a good grounding in music theory. I struggle with unknown notations and for sure ornamentation. Simple things like her asking me to play 'legato pedaling' --- what's that? Then, trying to get me to do it. Hysterical with her on the floor trying to lift my foot up and down.
Anyway, I'll mostly lurk and hope I can learn. I might contribute here or there, probably a question. But, I do share our love for the piano and hope I can continue to play and practice more after I retire.

Bill
Posted by: SlatterFan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/16/09 04:07 PM

Hi Piano World!

After learning classical piano from age 8 to 17 and playing regularly for a few years after that, I lost touch. I've lived with a piano most of the years since then but, partly due to laziness and partly due to being busy with other things, I've only dabbled. Gratifyingly, I've noticed my reading and technique improving gradually over the years, but I've reached the point where there are some great works I'd like to be able to perform, and the required quantum leap in ability isn't going to happen without a lot of regular practice! Also, reading here about Van Cliburn 2009 and then watching some of the wonderful performances on cliburn.tv (Zhang's Scarbo = wow; haven't seen any of the concerti yet) has reinfected me with the classical piano bug.

So here I am, approaching the big Four-Oh, and I'm going to be a (part time) piano student again. I've picked out works for the DipABRSM and I'll be seeking a local teacher soon and see how it goes. yippie

Best,
Julian
Posted by: scherzetto

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/18/09 10:17 PM

Hi, everyone! I'm glad to have finally joined the Piano World Forums after making occasional forays here (Google searches often pointed me here). I used to be active on another piano forum, but that one has since shut down, so I'm looking forward to an exchange of creative ideas with the members here from all over the world. I've been playing piano for about 10+ years and don't ever plan to stop! This love of music led me to study it full time, and I will soon be starting university, studying composition. As a music student, it's great to have found a site like this where I can discuss the more detailed technical and aesthetic aspects of music with knowledgeable fellow musicians, and inspire and be inspired.

Cheers,
scherzetto
Posted by: angelas

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/18/09 10:52 PM

Hi everyone. My name is Angela and I live in New Zealand. I joined up with World Piano Forum a few weeks ago. Typical of me, I jumped right in and started making posts in the beginners' section from day one and have just found this thread. I only started playing at Christmas but must admit that piano is the most difficult thing I think I've ever attempted. However, I think that being middle-aged, you tend to put the effort into things that you wouldn't necessarily as a yougster, so hopefully my achievments so far are not in vain!

Oh yeah,,got two teenagers, 4 horses, a useless fat cat and a really dumb dog. Oh, and a pretty understanding and hen-pecked guy lurking around.
Posted by: angelas

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/18/09 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: keyTHIS
ok.......here i am. frustrated 53 year-old geezer. can't read the bass clef (learned the treble playing guitar 40, yes 40 years ago). inversions? ha! there are thousands of them to memeorize......seems impossible. memorization works, but only so far.....let's say you want to do something different.

here is a posting i have placed at other forums on this site. any comments/suggestions welcome:

a professional piano player told me there are three ways to becoming a piano player:

1) memorize songs. i can memorize a song, but as i improve, i want to change it because it sounds too simple after a while. and if you are not constantly playing that song, you forget how you arranged it.

2) learn thousands of inversions and be able to play them instataneously. this seems impossible. there are THOUSANDS of these. how do these people do it? are they all genius's?
they've memorized the circle of fifths, and they can play ebm6 20 ways up and down the keyboard instantaneously. HOW DOES ONE MEMORIZE EVERY NOTE OF EVERY CHORD AND BE ABLE TO PLAY IT INSTANTANEOUSLY 20 WAYS UP AND DOWN THE KEYBOARD?

3) become a fluent music reader. this at first seems to make the most sense, but every time i play a piece of music, the arrangement is less than satisfying. it never sounds like the record.

HELP!


Gees keyTHIS, I remember seeing something similar in the beginner bit. I reckon you're being too hard on yourself. Cripes, I've only been going a few months and the sight-reading bit is only JUST starting to take effect. I think that as we get older we want it all so quickly when in reality, it just isn't going to happen. Honestly, just take your time and enjoy the stuff you can do. I find the bass clef hard too and I'm sure we're not the only ones. If you check out the other posts in the beginner section, you'll see a heap of people in very similar situations (me included).
Posted by: Jeremiah Jones

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/19/09 11:09 PM

A friend of mine has been trying to get me to join this forum for a couple of weeks and I'm glad I finally did! My name is Jeremiah Jones. For those of you who enjoy listening to classical piano music I am the founder and artist on www.lisztonian.com where you can find an ever-growing number of FREE classical recordings. There are currently over 70 works available on the site and I try to add 1-3 new ones every month. I just released Mozart's Sonata in F (K 300k) and will soon be releasing another Bach Prelude and Liszt's "Hymn of a Child on Awakening", followed by some Debussy, more Bach, Mozart, and Chopin.

I also provide all of my recordings through a free iTunes podcast. Just search in iTunes for "lisztonian" or "signmypiano" or browse to podcasts->music->top podcasts (it is usually somewhere between #20 and #60).

Thanks for the great forum! I look forward to being a part of it smile
Posted by: salmanmaqbool

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/20/09 11:29 AM

in my intro i can say piano playing is my heart n soul.
Posted by: agreed

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/24/09 10:33 PM

Okay, I'm a little reticent, but here goes. I am a 64-year old college music professor in Texas.

I achieved my life-long dream two years ago when I acquired my brand new Steinway Model O grand piano, and I still have to pinch myself every day when I sit down to play to be sure I'm not dreaming. The piano has beautiful tone, especially in the bass, and I've already spent many happy hours playing Chopin (Preludes, Waltzes, Etudes - s l o w l y, Fantasie-Impromptu), Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, among others. My grandmother was my first "teacher," having graduated from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music (I think it was called) in 1904, and she and I often discussed that some day I should have a Steinway. I am principally an organist, but I have renewed interest in the piano, and I have enjoyed "lurking" on this web-site for 6 months.

So now I did it: I spoke up!
Posted by: Cathy Shefski

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/27/09 11:19 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm happy to join in the great discussions that go on here.

I'm a pianist and teacher and mother to 3 teenagers. At the moment I teach approximately 40 students at my studio in NE Pennsylvania. After teaching for about 40 years, I've come to the conclusion that the students of this new generation (Gen Z) aren't going to be like any students I've had in the past. They flit from one thing to another, expect immediate results, and won't work if they are bored. So I've been trying to adjust my teaching by looking for that certain something that will spark an interest in each one of them. For some it's Chopin Preludes...for others it might be Billy Joel...others want to write their own pieces. As long as they practice their technique and learn how to be good sight-readers I try to encourage them going off to follow their own passion.

I love to blog about piano at AllPiano and about indie and vintage fashion at AllChic. And I'm very happy to be a part of this terrific forum!

~Cathy~
Posted by: pianoluver222

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/30/09 09:22 AM

Hello I'm another new member!
I first started piano lessons when I was in fourth grade. I grew up listening to my dad playing guitar and singing. I have always loved music and i got my first piano in third grade it wasn't the greatest it was just your average upright and two years ago I got a digital baby grand. In fifth grade I played in the school band and I played the clarinet. In sixth grade I taught myself how to play flute and in seventh I taught myself how to play sax. And it has been my dream to go to a magnet school. It is my dream to go to Walnut Hill in Boston Mass. If any one has any tips to become a better piano player I would be very greatful! smile
-Summer
Posted by: MrHazelton

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/02/09 09:25 PM

Hi, my name is Marco. Growing up I had a Lowrey Organ in the house. I knew three cords, C, F, & G. I would play very simple melodies with these cords. I didn't go much further with my music (not counting the trombone in band, which I quit in 8th grade because I didn't like the teacher) until about 19. At 19 I asked for a keyboard for Christmas and received one. I began to teach myself and listen to a lot of classical music. One problem I would have it that at the time I was in the Coard Guard and every time I would start getting good at a song, I would have to go out to sea for two months. By the time I came home most of what I learned was lost. I did purchase a pretty nice Roland DP while in the guard. I don't remember the model but I still have it wrapped in plastic in the attic. When I got out of the guard I signed up for piano lessons. I find an older gentleman that taught "popular" music, which is basically rag time in my opinion. I kept going to him because his prices were very affordable and I didn't make much money at the time. He really pushed memorizing music and we also worked from Fake book. I became pretty good with chords, inversions, and fill ins. I was never that good at reading music. Fake music wasn't too bad but some more complex songs would still be difficult for me. After about two years I stopped taking lessons to go to college. I never stopped playing though. Having said that, I haven't learned many new songs either. A couple, but not many. I have recently gone back to lessons. This time classical, which is where my heart always was. I am focusing on reading music. I've only been back to lessons for maybe two months, and have already learned a lot. Its fascinating learning piano from two approaches. I have a long way to go, however, and reading the postings on this site can be very humbling and intimidating. But at the same time I think this site is a powerful tool for all of us. I have two small children now and plan on finishing my basement soon, which will become their play area. When that happens I will pull the Roland from the attic and set it up down there for them so they can hopefully follow in my foot steps and become much better than I'll ever be.
Posted by: Debbie86

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/06/09 10:12 AM

Hello all

i'm Deborah (debbie for short) and im 23 from tempe arizona. im currently a beginning and intermediate piano teacher at a wonderful studio. teach as young as 4 to seniors....i love my job smile

ive been playing piano since i was 5 (i've played violin and drums also, but piano is my passion) i'm classically trained
and going (though i'm on a short break) to school for music performance. i have tried jazz....cant play jazz (lead sheets make me nervous...i really i cant think of chords that quickly)

since last october i am without a teacher. my long time teacher and mentor retired, this was also around the time i moved out of my parents house and living with my boyfriend and three other people doesn't make for easy practice...plus i don't have a keyboard and the parents have my piano. so i practice at the studio when i can.

currently in working on Beethovens Moonlight sonata 3rd movement, Debussy's etude no 1 in c major....and whatever else i have handy.

i love experimental piano...john cages works for prepared piano, charlies ives sonatas, and what is commonly refered to as noise music....

outside of my love for classical (which btw Liszt and debussy are my favorites) i go to a lot of heavy metal concerts (lamb of god, slayer, gojira) i also listen and love more than anything to punk music...mostly 70's punk but i love all kinds. i also, like mentioned before, love noise and experimental music...


i'm currently working and a piano and stings interpretation of dostoevsky's the brothers karamozov.


well enough about me....
Posted by: Teclasgirl

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/06/09 12:56 PM

Hello
I've been lurking for some months an I`m a new member now.
I'm a High School music teacher and a pianist and I think this is a very friendly and helpful web.

Thank you
Posted by: MeowR

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/09 11:02 PM

HalloW!

I'm PJ, a college student right now at 20. Recently switched from a Music Major to Computer Engineering (complex). I've been playing guitar for about 9 ish years now, some lessons in theory, but mostly self taught (not very well). I'd like to think I have a decent ear for music, I sing (taking voice lessons for the first time, been singing before that though, nice to fine tune it), I can play simple beats on a drumset, enjoy my cajon, and have not the slightest clue of anything on the piano but the names of the notes. *phew, run-on*

I just started a beginner's piano class, and I think I'm liking piano a lot more than the guitar. I need a break from my guitar, and though I'm terrible at it, the piano is a lot of fun, and I'm very motivated to practice. (Bought "The Piano Handbook" by Carl Humphries today because I wanted a book to give me exercises, without babying me with music, because I don't need to be babied (not so much, I hope.)

I just bought a Casio PX 130, can't wait for it to arrive. The few days that I had the PX 120 digital piano, I wasn't able to sleep before 4 or 5 AM, AND didn't touch my computer games. That's pretty amazing.

It seems like most of the people here have past experience with the piano. I am a noob. I look forward to kindly bugging you and learning from you here at pianoworld. =)
Posted by: mstrongpianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/09 11:30 PM

greetings all,

i've been playing piano for 26 years now and teaching for 13, but dont let the numbers mislead you regarding my age. i am younger than there are days in a month!

the rich textures and harmonies of 19th century romantic composers is where lies my passion at the piano. currently im reviving chopin's ballade no.4 which i put aside during my maternity leave. this piece i desire to put on the faculty recital scheduled february 2010- which is plenty of time to reanimate this piece!

i look forward to the exchange of ideas at pianoworld,

mstrongpianist
Posted by: ShannonMarie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/09/09 08:46 PM

Hey everyone! I am a new member and not quite a stranger to the piano. In fact, my piano has quickly become my best friend after 8 years of lessons. I was a really slow learner. I started with a really tiny 15-20 or so electric keyboard. I then advanced to a bigger one (A casio) from my Papa. Later, my Piano teacher sold me her Kimball. That is when i started to practice, and enjoy it. It is Beautiful! Especially compared to my mom's old one that was left with her house. I dont remember what type it is, and although i still love it, the white parts of the keys are falling/ have fallen off and its quite beat up. The sound isn't nearly as melodic as the Kimball. Anyways, i had to quit lessons a few months after getting the Kimball because i couldn't afford them. But thats beside the point. Because i was such a slow learner, i had been using cheating tools to help me play the piano. I finally learned to read music and find keys the correct way but i still dont know chords or finger technique. I mean i guess CEG is a chord? DFA? idk
I have been practicing for years now since i quit my lessons. I can play songs like Moonlight Sonata (1st movement only) Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Serenade by Franz Schubert, I can Almost Play Petit Chien up to speed, and other songs like that. You get my rift. Anyways im not advanced but i wouldn't call myself a beginner. Any advice? Songs to work on that will improve my playing? I really hope to play Un Sospiro one day, but i know thats going to be way into the future. I hope to play the Pineapple Rag soon, but when i practice this peice, i do it very slowly. lol
I really NEED ADVICE!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: pianoheimer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/16/09 09:38 AM

Hello all!

I'm an Eastman alum, piano performance, '06. I'm glad I found this place, it's a fantastic forum.

Tough thing for me, I don't have a piano or keyboard in my apartment. I have to travel to a university where another Eastman doctoral alum was kind enough to lend me a practice key to have access to a piano. For now, I do what I can!
Posted by: PMC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/16/09 12:16 PM

Hi,my name is Paul and I have been playing my whole life. I am now 58 and play every morning for about 2 hours. I sometimes play at night but most of the time it is only in the AM. I want to start to play professinally but do not know how to get started. I take lessons from teacher who plays in a local night club. He has gotten me away from reading music and playing out of fake books. This is ok but to me it always sounds much better if you play from the sheet music.

My problem is if I play from sheet music I would have to bring a ton of music to a gig and most likely I would have trouble locating songs quickly.

Right now I am playing moonlight sonota, When I fall in love, Jim Brickmans Rocket to the Moon and a song from Enys
Posted by: KHen

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/19/09 05:48 PM

Hello all! I am also a new member. My piano experience lets just say is very small. Having grown up playing the Alto sax for 7 years and having it abruptly halted because of joining the service was not cool. Now that I have been in the Navy for five years I havn't touched my Sax once. So recently, while deployed to Afghan, I stumbled into a chapel and noticed a piano sitting their. I asked the Chaplain if he could play or if he could teach me. He said he would and 3 weeks later I was playing in the worship service pounding away at chords. I would come by late at night and play music from sheets, but I found it hard to play the bass hand because I grew up reading the Treble clef so it was very new to me. After I figured out how to read bass it was a slow journey to play songs. And I mean slow... It's much easier on a Sax because you can stare at the Sheets and that's all you have to do. I find myself always looking down to try and see if I am on the right note or not. So it is really hard for me to sight read at the moment maybe when I get to the point where I have memorized where all the notes are it won't be to hard, but right now it is frustrating. So I am pleased to say that I started playing four months ago, but I havn't touched a piano since I have been back and it's been 1 month. So I am currently looking for pianos to buy at the moment and am feeling the urge to want to play again. Thanks for hearing me out! Take care.
Posted by: Erlkonig

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/22/09 09:59 AM

Hey all fellow pianists! I am a 40 year old teacher trying to enter onto the performance field again and it is frightening. It is very exciting and rewarding though to be forcing myself and my technique into a place where I have never really achieved the blissfull interpretation of a piece thjat one has only admired other pianists play. I think it somehow is essential to have to perform to keep yourself in top form as a teacher too....
Posted by: Ebadlun

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/25/09 08:51 PM

I was here about two years ago as Kisch, but I've utterly forgotten my login details, so now I'm me.

I've just failed my LRSM for the third time, but still aim to realise my dream of becoming a child prodigy by the time I'm 40.

My latest victim is the Chopin Etude Op.25 No.1 in Ab, plus I am transcribing a lot of Bill Evans - I hope to put anything I think is tenuously accurate up on the web at some point.

I write software in the daytime.
Posted by: DLH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/27/09 08:02 PM

All righty then, I learned to play when young, and did some formal study. However, there has not been that much playing of late because of a painful issue with back spasms, to say nothing of brain spasms. I would really like to be able to finish learning a piece. Or finish learning anything at all.

Perhaps reading of the experiences of others will bring the needed energy to get playing again. Because when I used to play, there was really nothing like it.
Posted by: plobotta

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/01/09 02:44 PM

Well...here I am, after closing my PW assisted piano shopping!
I'm 40, I played the piano intermittently for 30 years, the first 5-6 almost only classical music, then mainly jazz, sometimes in a students big band, sometimes in duos or trios or occasional other ensembles.
My technique is a bit rough, but this year I took out my old excercises books (hanon, czerny, cramer..) and started again studying, making scales and arpeggios and with much pleasure I'm enjoying much more playing music: my hands are responding to the orders!!

I'm also trying to let my daughters start playing, but for the moment it's ...a work in progress.

At present I'm trying to study Mussogrsky's pictures at an exibition, Mendelsshon's adagio con variazioni op. 82 and Schubert's first improvviso. But...well, I'm trying.
Even with my poor technique, on my new piano they sound definitely better than on the clavinova!
Bye
Paolo
Posted by: rsoares

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/02/09 12:30 AM

This is my first post. I found something amazing while practicing this evening. Discovered a set of pieces by Villa Lobos, No.2 from Bachianas Brasileiras No.4, "CORAL - Canto do Sertao (chorale - song of the jungle). On the fourth page, last stanza, are a series of chords foot-noted "press the keys down without letting hammers strike the strings". Should make a resonance somehow. But I'm not hearing anything so far. The "como um orgao" chords each follow a fully struck fortississimo chord. Reminds me of some effects in George Crumb's "A Little Suite For Christmas" for prepared piano. I have a five-foot grand with all three pedals, a 1948 Knabe with real ivory keys. Any responses welcome. I'll try to attach a jpeg of the excerpt.
Posted by: RhombusPiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/03/09 03:12 AM

Greetings. This is my first post. I'm currently working on getting my Masters in piano, after which I may pursue doctoral work/employment/generally be a starving artist. Though I tend to favor late/post-Romantic music, I've recently been fascinated by the "word jazz" of Ken Nordine. At the moment, my favorite composer is Brahms.
Posted by: Lunatic

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/03/09 09:00 PM

I'm 14. I started playing about a year ago, with my teacher about 3 months ago. I am currently playing level 1 pieces, I'm really close to level 2. I started thinking about learning piano since I was about 7 years old but my family didn't really have resources.
I like a wide variety of music, from classical to progressive metal.
My favorite composers are Chopin and Beethoven. I really like the way Chopin made music, he was able to bring a lot from the piano.
I really like Dream Theater. Their current keyboardist, Jordan Rudess, actually went to Julliard to study piano.
Posted by: rsoares

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/04/09 02:42 AM

I wish I could play Brahms. I envy you. Best of luck and hope you don't starve!

My first teacher always said the three greats were Bach, Beethoven & Brahms.

What do you think?
Posted by: Canonie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/04/09 09:40 PM

Hi
I'm a new member who has been lurking for a week wondering why I haven't found a pianist's forum until now. Being part of an international community of those passionate about piano is a very good thing for someone who works a lot on their own. Thank you Posters for all the inspiration and information I already have found smile

I'm a adult-piano-restarter who started teaching accidentally... then realised that it is the perfect job for me. My main focus is to teach in such a way that music a lifelong joy and companion for All my students.

At this stage I am working on raising my own playing and technique to the next level, working hard and loving it. Being a better performer would add something to my teaching. So looking forward to the encouragement/advice/discussion of a community all practising together (what a marvelous thought, altho i spose some of you are asleep right now)

canonie
Posted by: 3pianists

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/05/09 09:13 AM

Hi folks,

I guess I'm a lurker... frown

I've been playing piano for about eleven years. I'm approaching high school graduation (yikes!) and thinking seriously about majoring in piano. Definitely not teaching--can't stand it--but accompanying is pretty interesting.

Over the past few years I've been doing a few competitions: I'm not exactly getting fabulous reviews, but it's fun, and it's amazing to see what other kids my age are doing on the piano.

I'm working on waaay too much music right now...
-Schubert Op. 90 No. 2 impromptu (Eb)
-Poulenc 13th improvisation (Am)
-Ginastera Suite de Danzas Criollas
-Beethoven Op. 2 No. 1 sonata (Fm)
-Bach French Suite #5 (G)

I also play guitar and double bass and--believe it or not--I'm learning banjo. thumb
Posted by: lovesMozart

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/05/09 10:40 AM

Hello!

I am a new member to the site. I am currently trying to find a baby grand. I've been playing on a Clavinova for the past 20 years as my husband was in the military and transporting an acoustic piano around the world was a little challenging.

I enjoy many forms of music: classical, jazz, blues.

I look forward to joining some of the discussions here.
Posted by: AugustShadows13

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/06/09 10:44 AM

Hey. I came across this site while looking for an answer to a piano-related question I had (which I found), and decided to join it. Taking part in these discussions sounds like fun.

Moving on to the introduction: Let's be frank: I have no illusions about myself. I'm not the kind of person who was "born to play piano"--for one thing my hands aren't large enough, my fingers aren't long enough (the question I had was related to this), and I never formally took lessons until around six months ago (and I'm 16 now), and I'm sure most of the people around here started when they were little.

But I don't really mind that. I took my Trinity Guildhall Exam for Grade 1 (yes, it's a bit embarrassing, I suppose) recently, and have now moved on to Grade 3. Even before I started taking lessons, I would to listen to Bach and other people on the Internet and try to play those pieces on my electronic keyboard. So I did have appreciable command over the keyboard (for a beginner) at the time at which I started taking lessons. My dad bought me a piano (a Pearl River T6) recently on the advice of my piano teacher, and I downloaded the sheet music for Chopin's Scherzo no. 3, op. 39 in C-sharp minor and am presently working on it. All I managed to play was a bit of the cado. But still, I'm working on it.
Posted by: Ronnoc M

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/06/09 10:01 PM

Hey everyone. I have occasionally lurked these forums, and for a long time figured I'd sign up but never got around to it. Then sometime months ago I made an account and never made a post, and now I figured I'd finally get involved, so hello.

I'm a senior in high school and plan to pursue music in college, so right now I'm panicking getting audition repertoire ready. Look forward to actually being able to talk to knowledgeable pianists (instead of the people in my real life who don't understand why I don't want to play in the background of a grocery store.)
Posted by: shanhow

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/09/09 10:55 PM

hello I'm new to this forum and I joined because I thought it would be interesting to be able to share views and experiences with people who share the same passion as I.

I'm from Singapore and I have been playing piano for 9 years. Currently, I'm working towards a diploma which I will only be taking in year 2011, after my 'A' levels. Apparently, I have difficulty finding time to practise my piano due to the hecticness of school life but I'm really trying hard.

The pieces which I'm playing for my diploma exam are:
- Beethoven's Sonata op.14 no.1 (but most likely will be changed to something more demanding)
- Chopin's Ballade no.3 in Ab
- Rachmaninoff's Polichelle
- Debussy's Pour Le Piano
Other than these pieces, I'm also starting to work on other non-exam pieces to get as much exposures as possible.

There are two paths which I can take after my 'A' Levels, one is academic-related, the other is music-related. Recently, I have decided to take the unconventional path after 'A' levels, which is the music-related path. I want to pursue a music-related career. But then again this is the route that parents often discourage their child to take, like in the case of mine.

Alright i guess that's enough from me. I look forward to hearing more from you and sharing more about our common passion. Take care!
Posted by: KrAYZEE

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/15/09 09:10 AM

Another instrument, another forum to join.

My name is Kurt. I'm 52 and have, in the last forty years or so, put my hand to learning the drums, a little guitar, a little piano, a little bass, cello and the recorder. Now here I am back, at least for a while with the piano. I'm taking lessons every other week with my son's teacher using the Faber books. She is my son's second teacher. When I realized that my son needed to change teachers, I used, as my main resource, the yahoo group for his school. I was starting to call some of those referrals but one day, bored at work, I put Culver City and piano lessons into a google search box. One of the first hits looked promising so I gave her a call. I've taken a lot of lessons in my life and I really liked her approach so I arranged a trial lesson. I asked where she lived and she said, "oh, on Chopin street." I said, "Wow, I'm just one street over on Dvorak. What block number?" "4700, she said." "Well, we're on 4500." So on the lesson day, My son and I walk over. Now, as you go around the block there is a zoning change but what I didn't know is that there is a block numbering adjustment as well. We walk down the block and I realized that even though we're on the 4700 block that we're directly over the fence from our own block. As we count down the house numbers we get ever closer to the building directly behind our own house. It turns out that her house is directly behind my immediate neighbor's. Here I was, a lifelong musician, ready to take my son anywhere in the greater los angeles area for a good teacher and through the magic of the world wide resource that is the Web, I found her on the other side of my back fence.

My main instrument now is the recorder but because of my ADD I always have to have a second instrument as well. I decided to sit out the fall season with my early music group and used the rare chance of not strictly having to practice for rehearsals and performances to look through some of my old piano books (the Bastien Adullt Method). I liked the feeling of playing the piano and knew that it is the doorway to composition, harmony, eartraining etc. I also knew that the Bastien book as a self teaching method, was a dead end. At least for me, I couldn't ever get past position playing with it and I liked the pieces that my son was playing from Piano Adventures so I asked my son's teacher if she would take me on. With what I know and my background in trying the piano before we wound up in book 2A but I expect to move through that pretty quickly. For example, my assignment for this two weeks is four of the small pieces from the method book and a piece from the performance book. I pretty much have all the pieces but need some help on the executing the slurs in the performance piece.

Oh, and my practice box is an old Korg Triton pro. It wont be soon but there are plans to one day get a least a decent vertical acoustic piano.

That's enough for now. I'll see you out on the fora.

Kurt
Posted by: curio

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/17/09 07:21 PM

First post greetings. I'm coming back to piano after a short hiatus, which I'm still trying to figure out the reason for ending. Mostly though, I'm just a music addict, and I've noticed that life goes much better when playing the piano. So I'm working on some Chopin and Brahms and Bach, and waiting to see my teacher again. Eventually I'll be getting ready for auditions to music schools. There may be more lurking than posting from me, but I'll be around nonetheless.
Cheers,
Curio
Posted by: Ranger D

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/18/09 07:25 PM

Hello. I am a musician from Austin. I've been playing in various capacities for about thirty years. I don't like to talk about myself very much and have been wondering what to say. I've had a very interesting life that would take a long time to explain! I work on too many things at once. Some highlights in list form.
1. I'm learning to jazz-improv. I'm using some of the Berklee literature and going through various fakebooks (although I don't have a fifth ed real book, sadly, even though I could really use both 5th and 6th). An engineer friend of mine gave me the Dick Hyman book of substitutions so I'm using that too, as well as a couple curriculum books
2. I constantly need help sightreading! Working as an accompanist for a while was horrifying, because my reading skills are weak. I'm a strong memorizer, which so often makes the other so hard. I'm reading through Ragtime books and the Beethoven sonatas for this, and Mazurkas and Czerny (ack!).
3. I'm hacking blues scales. I love them. And the modes. And iPhone practicing apps of any kind. And iPhone instruments.
4. The serious pieces I'm working on are Villa Lobos: Dança do indio branco (from Ciclo Brasileiro), Stravinsky's Piano Rag Music, Chopin's Ab Polanaise, Bach's BbMaj Prelude and Fugue (the quick one, I'm wondering if I should invest in an Urtext Ed), Rachmaninoff's Elegie ... and I'm reworking a Brahms Intermezzo (the Ab). There are other little ones I think I'm forgetting - like I said I work on too much.
5. I also write a lot of music. Songwriting mostly, with lyrics. That's mostly what I do. The engineering is the most difficult. It doesn't come naturally to me, the recording process. And playing the piano is easier for me, whereas other instruments are more difficult. I found this to be true especially in school. And I find this true when I sing as well. I have to work at it, although I think I have a good voice - I have to *try* to sing. It's not effortless. Piano is not as effortless as the songwriting either, when I get down to it, but more practice makes everything so much easier. I do practice very, very hard.
6. I practice a lot, and I write poetry. Sometimes, I write poetry about practicing. I'm a practice nerd.

That's pretty much it smile
Posted by: Novello

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/18/09 11:18 PM

Novello here!

Hi, I love playing and listening to Classical music, mainly from the Romantic era.

I'm interested in Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Alkan, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, but I do listen to others.

See you guys around!
Posted by: Sweep88

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/19/09 09:48 AM

I used to post on this site a long time ago and for some reason never made it back after replacing my old computer. I'm Steve and have been playing professionally for about 7 years now, 22 total. I cant explain the feeling of hearing a room erupting into applause after playing my own version of an old Fats Waller tune. I cant read music, play by ear, and am still in love with the piano more than I could describe.
A little advise to someone just getting their feet wet...
Hang in there and dont be too hard on yourself like I was. And if I may, dont be afraid to ask God for help.... He freely gives knowledge to those that ask....
Anyway, I'll probably be hanging around the theory threads, work hard and good luck!!!
Posted by: mahfood1990

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/19/09 04:25 PM

Hi
I just received my Yamaha P85 today, with pedals and the stable stand(L85) which is why I am posting today. It really looks, sounds and feels good to me, but I am almost a total beginner so my opinion may not be very objective. I am going to try and self-teach myself(YouTube videos, books, etc.) and will probably also look for classes if I found it very difficult.
Posted by: Purple Turtle Soup

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/24/09 01:10 PM

Hey all! I'm Cecille, or Purple Turtle Soup (slight obsession with turtles here...)

I'm 15, and although I don't aspire to be a professional pianist, I do enjoy the instrument a lot. I've been playing for 8 years total, and I also play the trumpet. I love classical music, but I've recently started some Gershwin preludes. My favorite composers are Schumann (although I have insanely short fingers), Chopin, Gershwin, and Mozart. Right now, I just finished Beethoven's Sonata Op. 2 No. 1. The piano studio I go to is having a recital soon, and I plan on playing all three of Gershwin's preludes.

Overall, I think that I like any pieces with power and speed.
Posted by: frogdog

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/25/09 09:06 PM

Hi there: I'm reasonably new, have posted a few questions. I'm like a lot of the others, took lessons off and on with different teachers across the country from age 7 to about 18, and now am going back after playing precious little for 30 years. Never did the organized course with exams but I did print off a list of graded pieces and I recognize some pieces I did in levels 7 and 8. I'm severely lacking in theory, but was reasonably good at playing and sight reading and have a good ear. I also play guitar and banjo and was very surprised to see how much the piano background helped with that. I just got rid of an old 5'2" Chickering, and I'm shopping for a new small grand right now. I will sooner or later go back to lessons. One thing I'm very clear on is that I'm going to find a teacher who will let me have some input on what I'm learning. I want to learn things that I enjoy listening too. No more you have to learn this piece to learn this technique. I've reached an age when I can and will be more choosy. I vividly remember suffering through a Bartok piece towards the end of my lesson-taking days, something weird and not pleasing to my ear.

I love this forum and am grateful to have found so many interesting and helpful individuals.
Posted by: Rickmaninov

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/28/09 08:26 PM

Hi everyone!

My desire to return to classical music and piano is deeply personal; however, I'll try to briefly summarize. For about 8 years during elementary school, I took formal piano lessons. Well-intentioned people pressured me to do various things with my piano playing that I grew to detest. Consequently, I quit lessons around 8th grade. After about five years without piano lessons, a series of fortunate events during college led me to return to piano playing and my love for classical music. In recent years, I have been blessed with some wonderful piano teachers. Going back to piano has been frustrating at times (lots of bad habits picked up when I was young), but incredibly rewarding. And I know that piano and classical music will stay with me for the rest of my life.

I used to lurk Piano World quite a bit, but I didn't really post much. I'm looking forward to discussing piano with fellow music lovers. = )

-Rick

P.S. Yes, Rachmaninov is one of my favorite classical composers. ; )
Posted by: ianholic

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/29/09 07:16 PM

Hello,

I joined a couple days earlier but didn't introduce myself, so my apologies. I started learning the piano from my mom when I was about 4, but since my dad didn't want me to continue my lessons when I was about 12, I self-taught myself from then, until a few years ago when I was lucky to resume lessons with a few very good teachers.

My academic background is in Engineering (studied computer and electrical engineering previously) but music has been always very important in my life, hence I'm now studying music perception.

I'm very interested in historic performances (hence I learned harpsichord and am studying fortepiano with a wonderful teacher). Been studying a lot of Mozart and Beethoven for the last couple years and now that my piano is fully fixed (which was damaged during the international move) I hope to study some Brahms and Schumann. I'd like to study some Moscheles too.
Posted by: J Christina

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/07/09 10:32 PM

Hi everyone. My Name is J. Christina and I am a semi-professional pianist. I'm graduating with a M.M. in piano May of 2010. I Love piano and I hope tomeet interesting people on this forum. Visit my website Please...I need the clicks!

www.JacquelineBanks.webs.com

Goodnight.
Posted by: Mam Nak

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/08/09 07:08 AM

Hello everyone.
Nice to join the forum. This is my first post. After learning the piano from age 4 to 18, I seriously considered majoring in music but chose a different profession.
Even during the years of being workaholic and raising kids and all, I have always defined myself as a piano person. Now I am excited to be playing again. Practicing lots of Bach ( Partita II Sinfonia, Partita IV Sinfonia and Allemande etc)
and Beethoven' s sonatas ( trying the Appassionata ) .
I would love going on to Brahms , Rachmaninov , Liszt and any other composers, some that I may learn here at this forum.
It is exciting to join this community with all of you.

After all considered, life actually is beautiful isn't it?
Posted by: PianoSoul

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/08/09 04:02 PM

Hello Piano World! I think I heard about you on the rec.music.makers.piano newsgroup a couple of years ago.
I can see there a lot of great things here, that most certainly will take away a lot of practise time...
My 1st topic is a bit of the depressing side, hopefully I'll get over it.
Cheers!
Posted by: SBConifer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/08/09 09:28 PM

I'm rejoining after a couple of years. I'd like to dedicate more time to my piano. I like to play classical and plan to browse the forums for ideas on fitting in practice time.
Posted by: jrodwriter

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/10/09 01:17 AM

Hello fellow pianists! I am 16 years old and live in the USA. I began playing the piano about 4 months ago, and it is one of many instruments that I play (guitar, trumpet, violin..). I can't say it's my favorite because that is like choosing between children, but I have an intense passion for it and classical music as a whole.

I am currently working on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (#14) - of course smile - which I began a week ago. I have already memorized the first and second movements, and am working on perfecting them. Now on to the third movement; the hard part, eh? smile

Anyways, I hope to meet new friends and pianists alike - and maybe even learn some tips of the trade along the way wink.
Posted by: pianogirl87

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/11/09 06:18 PM

Hello, Piano World! My story is very simple.

I started playing the piano when I was 7, and have kept up with it since then. I originally entered college as a piano performance but changed halfway to a music major with piano as my primary instrument. I graduated from college this past year, and am now teaching. I hope to maybe do something that combines music and ministry one day.

As for my current repertoire, I am playing Bach's English suite no. 1 in A Major, Beethoven's sonata in A Major op. 2 no. 2, Brahms Capriccio in g minor, and Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau. I also will be re-visiting some of my senior recital repertoire for an audition recording for a festival soon.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/11/09 06:42 PM

Thanks for this thread -- very helpful and interesting for us newbies.

In "real life" I'm a psychiatrist, been playing piano seriously all my life but never "quite" at the most serious level although I do give performances occasionally.

I've been in the amateur piano competitions, and what brought me here was that I'm currently in the Cliburn YouTube contest and came here looking for any discussions of it. I'm glad to see that some of my colleagues from that circuit are beloved members here!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/11/09 06:52 PM

Hello! I'm new here too, and after I did my post, I took at look at the ones above it, so I saw yours.
I just did an extensive post on your thread about the hand problem.
Posted by: LJAma

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/16/09 05:55 PM

Howdy folks, I just started lurking on here last week and the content is pretty incredible. I'm a beginner, I took a few years of lessons as a kid but I hardly remember a thing and I'm just getting back into it all! I don't have a real piano, but I'm plenty happy for now using a Casio CTK-3000 as a midi controller. In the future I'd like to upgrade to something with 88-keys and some hammer action, but I don't think I'll ever have the space in my house for a real grand!

Anywho, before I get a nicer keyboard, I have to figure out how to play better. smile I'm looking forward to participating and learning here!
Posted by: Yamsaretasty

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/09 02:46 AM

Hi, I just joined yesterday.. I don't know why I never thought of joining forums before, because now I'm here I'm having a great time reading through everything!

I'm 17 years old, and just finished my last year in high school. I started to play the piano when i was about 6-7, my dad plays and I was naturally drawn to play it myself. I started to teach myself from a grade 1 piano book my sister was learning from; I found it was quite easy to learn how to read music if you know where middle C is and what it is on the score. After a few weeks I could play everything in the book, and my parents thought I should surely get a teacher. When I was 9 I won my primary schools talent quest, playing a Clementi Sonatina, and the year later I performed Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante. For some reason from age 11-14 I stopped playing altogether, perhaps I got to that age where it isn't 'cool' to play the piano, or I became lazy, but until I was 14, I didn't touch it again.

This year at school I did music, I did a research assignment on Charles-Valentin Alkan, (a 50 minute video which took me about 100 hours to do) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbD1oAMLyn4) and 3 compositions. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iq3YG4iTRM) I hope some of you will have a look at them and give me some feedback smile
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/09 03:07 AM

Hello! You must be very talented to have been able to advance so far so soon.
AND.......great job on the Alkan......I just watched/listened to the whole 1st part. Good text/narration, terrific choices of the music (I recognized some of it from having some old LP's by Raymond Lewenthal and also from looking through some of the scores), and beautiful 'cinematography'! Plus, it's very well edited and put-together. It really looks professional. (Just one thing that maybe doesn't exactly work: WHO is the guy that is shown at about 3:30, and again at 4:10? From the narration it seems like it should be Alkan, but of course it couldn't be. Is it Hamelin?)

Great job! All the work that you did really shows, and I mean that in a good way. It seems smooth and effortless, which actually takes a lot of work to achieve.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/09 03:11 AM

Hello -- I'm almost as new as you, despite my millions of posts. smile
Sounds like you can do OK with the Casio, and that you're interested enough to be able to figure out how to get a lot better. And you never know what piano you might wind up having room for......
Posted by: Yamsaretasty

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/09 03:23 AM

Thanks for those comments smile

That was a problem with Windows Movie Maker, sometimes when you add titles it doesn't publish them. It originally had hamelin's name on it, but it didn't seem to show up. You aren't the first to comment on that smile

Oh, one thing I didn't add. I'm lucky enough to have a Marshall+Rose 6 foot grand at home, lovely piano. Anyone else got one? I'm keen to see what they think. I've played a 6 foot Steinway before and in my opinion the Marshall + Rose is better
Posted by: Radagast23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/22/09 02:02 PM

Hi everyone!
I studied piano when I was young and I am back at the keyboard after some 30+ years. Now I am looking for my definitive grand and I am playing piano whenever I have spare time.
English is not my language, so I apologize for terrible mistakes in my posts.
See you in the forum!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/09 11:46 AM

Hi

I'm Ben, an adult beginner. I started learning this summer. I managed to learn a handful of short and relatively easy classical pieces since.

I'm currently working on 3 different pieces that are far beyond my level, and are frustrating me to no end. So, I hope to find some ideas on this forum on more manageable pieces in the meantime. And maybe I'll even contribute a bit and not just lurk. smile
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/26/09 10:10 AM

My name is Ethan. I've played for 11 years, and I could ramble on and on about piano, piano music, and composers (particularly Alkan) until you would want to smack me.
Posted by: Yamsaretasty

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/09 01:18 PM

Hey Ethan, aka Orange Soda King smile seen you on YouTube. I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons. Planning on learning something else soon, got any recommendations? The trouble is my favourite pieces are always the hardest, (Concerto for Solo Piano or Grande Sonate) so I don't even bother trying.
Posted by: Frozenicicles

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/29/09 01:56 AM

Hi everyone!

I joined these forums awhile ago but only started posting because of my interest in recording myself. I've been doing piano for 13 years (I'm 20) but have only been enjoying it for the past year. It's so great to find all these people with such passion for the instrument! To think that I was indifferent/disliked it for so long. frown Piano playing is such an isolating activity and I'm glad that I found a group like this to join.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/29/09 02:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Yamsaretasty
....I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons.....

Me too, although probably not like you guys. I only recently learned about Alkan's Allegro Barbaro, and it was through this site. It's an amazing piece. I admire that you can play it at all!!! I'm amazed that I can play Scriabin's 9th sonata smile but I'm amazed a lot more at the Alkan Allegro Barbaro.

I learned of Alkan originally through Schonberg's book "The Great Pianists." It's great that he gave so much attention to Alkan. I then went looking for recordings and found a couple by Raymond Lewenthal. One of them had a "bonus record" (a tiny extra LP attached to an envelope on the front) where he talked about Alkan and his contributions. I wouldn't put Alkan at the very top among composers (as some people do) but he deserves our attention.

At the last Van Cliburn amateur competition (2007), one of the finalists, a terrific pianist named Ken Iisaka, devoted his entire finals program to an Alkan "Etude." Some of the people there, even including people who knew about Alkan (like me!), said to him, "You made a mistake listing your program, you only listed an Alkan etude." And he explained yeah, this etude takes half an hour! smile
Not everybody appreciated the Alkan, but some of us did, and in fact regarded it as one of the memorable and historic aspects of this competition -- i.e. that a finalist devoted his entire program to an Alkan etude.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/29/09 07:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Yamsaretasty
Hey Ethan, aka Orange Soda King smile seen you on YouTube. I am also a die-hard Alkan fan. The sad thing is, I have only learnt one of his pieces, and never really controlled it. (Allegro Barbaro) That was one of the first Alkan pieces I heard, played by Jack Gibbons. Planning on learning something else soon, got any recommendations? The trouble is my favourite pieces are always the hardest, (Concerto for Solo Piano or Grande Sonate) so I don't even bother trying.


Hehe, Jack Gibbons is something else isn't he? Well to tell you the truth I can play Allegro Barbaro also, hahaha and yes it is tricky. I recommend any of the songs (chants) from opp. 38a, 38b, 65, 67, or 70. Op. 38a no. 1 is WONDERFUL! Also, a not so difficult etude from op. 35 is no. 3 in G major, except it tires your hands out quickly. A not so difficult etude from Op. 39 is no. 2 in D minor. And there are many other wonderful pieces by Alkan; do some more listening and see what else you like! smile
Posted by: Yamsaretasty

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/30/09 11:09 PM

Yes I love Op 65, and another really funny thing is I started learning op 38a no.1! Slacked off for a bit though I should really pick it up again it was really fun, though hard to get up to jack gibbon's pace. I've actually studied most of Alkan's music, especially his etudes. I'm keen to try the Grande Sonate but I know it is insanely difficult. My favourite Alkan interpreters are certainly Jack Gibbons and MAH, but also Bernard Ringeissen is amazing along with Ronald Smith.

I've been comparing Alkan with Chopin, and I can't get away from the fact that Chopin is certainly nicer to hear, but to me his music isn't as deep as Alkan's, and Alkan never seems to get boring; I discover something new on each hearing. Something which doesn't help in introducing his music to others.
Posted by: vade mecum

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/03/09 10:26 PM

Good Evening,
I have been a member for a time without introduction so I thought I would say hello. I played piano when I was young for 3-4 years (elementary/middle school), but felt pressured to quit as middle school peers had a much larger influence than I consciously realized. I always had a love for the piano, classical music in particular, and finally as an adult decided to rejoin the seemingly few that appreciate this genre of music. For years I felt empty and lost but luckily I have found you gentle souls, and for that endowment of the wealth and knowledge on the pianoworld I have the most gratitude. Thank you for allowing me to know that I am not alone in my obsession with musical creativity and expression.
Regards
Posted by: ChibiSF

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/07/09 10:40 PM

Hello to all Piano World forum members.

My name is Kenny, I am 24 years old, and I am from Long Island, New York. I began playing piano when I was 5 years old, when my parents purchased a Charles Walter upright for me to learn on. After being taught by an older family friend for a few years, in the third grade, my parents enrolled me to study piano at the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts in Cedarhurst where I recieved a much more formal musical education. I was a student there until the school closed its doors in 1999.

Unfortunately, this also put a hiatus on lessons as well for a number of years. I began taking lessons again last year, and have completely rediscovered the joys of playing an instrument.

So I hope to be a contributing member to these forums, and hope perhaps to meet some local members.
Posted by: Juli_et

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/14/09 01:22 PM

Hello everyone,
I am 31 years old. When I was 12, I entered a special musical program at school and played clarinet in a wind orchestra. Everybody played a wind instrument or percussion but they wanted us to be initiated to keyboard. I enjoyed the keyboard part so much that I asked my parents to buy me a piano and have piano lessons. They started by buying me a small keyboard which I spent hours trying to play classical music. It is only 3 years later (when I was 15) that my parents bought me an old 1889 Dominion upright and then it took another year before they agreed to pay for lessons (my grandmother played piano and my mother hates piano). Then I went to college studying music (piano) and sciences. I have what I think is equivalent to grade 10 RCM (comparing the RCM piano syllabus and my background). In college I practiced on grand pianos so when I left college and went to university, I stopped playing piano part because I did not have much time and part because I had a very hard time with my old 1889 Dominion. I did not have money to buy another piano. Now I am a mechanical engineer and I am getting back practicing piano after about 11 years. I still have my old 1889 Dominion, but this time I am going to buy another piano.
Regards
Posted by: Hedgeman26

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/14/09 02:56 PM

Hello! This is a fantastic forum, and I look forward to learning from others and contributing when I can. I studied classical piano for about 10 years as a youth, then lost touch when I went to college. I am now 27 and just getting back into the swing of things after almost 9 years of neglect. I found a phenonemal instructor (former concert pianist and University professor), and I am diving back in head first. My first goal was to re-learn several of my favorite pieces I played as a teen, and now I have just recently started a few new pieces that build nicely upon my previous training. Piano is a deep passion of mine, and I greatly look forward to developing my skills while entertaining myself and others over the course of my life. My next goal is to buy my "dream" piano in the next few years...love Bechstein but very fond of Bosie and Yamaha as well. Cheers.

-Hedge

p.s. Also an avid classical music collector...have several thousand titles as well as a fairly large collection of sheet music
Posted by: kawi girl

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/09 09:17 PM

Hello! Just joined this forum today, I belong to other forums for my other interests and wondered if there was a good one for piano, stumbled upon this one through a google search. I took piano as a 12 year old, only got to grade 2, hated practising and quit!(stupid!) Picked it up again as a adult (thanks to my husbands encouragement) and studied Royal Conservatory, took my grade 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 exams, plus theory, harmony and history. Now I teach piano but still have tons to learn, I am slowly working on grade 10, but with my job plus teaching don't have as much time to practice as I should, but I am not in a big hurry and am enjoying it so that is what counts. I have some problem areas to address and hope to find some good tips on this site!

Currently working on:
Liebestraum No. 3 Franz Liszt
Arabesque No. 1 Claude Debussy
...and plan to start soon on
Moment musical Franz Schubert

am also fiddling around with a book on playing rock piano, so far lots of fun, one of my students is really interested in that so I thought I would learn more about it myself.
Posted by: philamlife

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/16/09 09:26 AM

Hi,
I am Rebekah under 'philamlife'. I've played the piano since I can remember. I taught my kids to play the piano. They are now adults and have their own family except my youngest. I love music.
I am always open to different ways of approach. I have changed books and approach with each child in the past.

Nice meeting you all....
Posted by: crogersrx

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/25/09 10:11 PM

Hello all!

I've been on the forum for a couple months now, and am really loving all the information and insights I get from other forum members.

I started playing in my childhood when I was about 7. My grandmother gave us her old (really old) upright cabinet grand. It was horrible, didn't have most of the ivories, strings were rusty, hadn't been tuned in decades, and was musty smelling from sitting in a backroom that was shut off from the main house during the winters. But, it was the only piano I knew. After playing on that for a few years and teaching myself from Schaum lesson books that were my aunt's, I started lessons. Eventually my parents looked for a real piano since several hammer shanks had broken and didn't play anymore on the old upright. Another junky piano made its way into my life - a gently used Wurlitzer spinet. At least it was tuned and didn't sound like a haunted saloon piano. I was an industrious kid and saved up money from working in the summer and at about age 15, bought an old Baldwin 7' grand at an auction. My parents got a tech to come and tune and regulate it and eventually we had it restrung and new hammers and dampers put on it. It was my love for many years. I started college and was so dismayed my first semester as a music major because there were so many people that were soooo much better than I was. I turned my back on the piano, sold my Baldwin to finance school, and didn't touch a piano again for nearly 20 years.

I never stopped listening avidly to piano music, but I didn't have access to a piano, and life went by so fast that I was turning 40 before I knew it. One day, I happened accross a recording on YouTube that captivated my attention, a rather simple, but beautiful piece, and listened to it so many times I hate to really say how many. I had become obsessed with having to get back to the piano. I turned to my old friend "Craigslist" and began looking for a piano. Of course, I was a snob and would only accept a grand into my life. I still mourned my old Baldwin (except that her name was Lenore - I always name instruments). I never thought I'd be able to find a piano I loved like that piano. I even tried to see if I could find HER again, but no luck. The people I had sold her to had long since moved away.

I eventually sighted an ad on Craigslist for a piano that somehow fell in love with at first sight. I skipped work for the day to go see her. "1887 Knabe 6'4" grand - Mahogany, will trade for fishing boat or $2000" was the ad. I came with $2000 in a cashier's check and had movers on standby. She was sad and neglected, but still lovely. Out of tune, but with a voice that stirred my soul and made me cry. Somehow, I was able to still bang out a bit of the 1st and 2nd movements of Moonlight Sonata, and couple Mozart pieces, and a few Liz Story pieces that had stayed in my memory. Horribly out of tune, but underneath the out of tune, there was something I really liked, maybe even loved. I called the moving company, they could be there that afternoon, and I paid the man and left.

He told me that the piano had belonged to his great-grandmother who was an accomplished pianist back in the day. The piano had been her most prized posession, and she had left it to her daughter who also was an accomplished pianist. The daughter had it until she was well into her 90s and went into the nursing home, and insisted that one of the family keep the piano. The owner I bought it from was that someone. His kids never played, and they had taken the piano from Louisville to Houston, costing quite a bit for the special piano moving, and now that the kids were gone, nobody played, he just couldn't see moving the piano again when they moved from Houston to Austin.

I had the piano for a month before I got a tech to come and tune her. I didn't want just any tech, I wanted one that I could relate to. I was always picky about how the keys responded and the voicing. I knew that 20 years of absence from the piano would not change that particularity. I searched for a few weeks to find a tech that was familiar with my brand and type of piano. The tech I ended up having come to work on the piano not only had worked on a piano like mine, but his mentor owned the exact same kind of piano, and he not only knew the piano, but had worked on it and loved it.

After having a couple months to really start playing again, I decided that my piano, still unnamed, needed a rebirth (or rebuild). After a staggering estimate on the cost of the rebuild, I decided to go ahead with it, and my unnamed piano left me for what I hoped was only 6 months, but what I was cautioned might be 18-20 months. She had an old, obsolete action that would need to be replaced by a modern Renner. Also, obviously, new shanks and hammers (Abel). New dampers, refinishing the cabinet with french polish lacquer finish. But thankfully, the strings were relatively new, the soundboard was intact, with plenty of crown, resonance and sustain were awesome, bridges in perfect condition, and the pinblock was tight - though it had been fitted with upsized pins when it was last restrung.

I had planned ahead for the absence, and found a lovely little Chickering Art Deco grand to be my "meanwhile" piano. I lucked into quite a little gem. Not only was she beautiful to look at, but had quite a voice. As most baby grands (5'2") her bass sounded kind of tubby, but after the lower octave and a half, she was quite lovely. A couple of tunings and a day of regulation and some careful voicing attention and she was ready to sing. A good friend of mine knew my eccentricity for naming my pianos... he decided that I should call her Molly. I didn't think that was who she was, but went with it for the time. I started lessons again, with "The Art Deco piano known as Molly, but probably named something more sophistocated" with a piano teacher who, much to my delight, was way more eccentric that I am. After several months, she "met" The Art Deco piano known as Molly... and after playing for awhile, she said the piano told her that her name was.... "Audrey." I agreed, The Art Deco piano formerly known as Molly, now known as Audrey, and I spent almost two years together.

Two years? Wasn't the restoration project a 6 months thing... oh yeah, that was my interpretation of what 6 months to 18-24 months meant. Always the optimist! When at last, my piano, my Knabe without a name, was making her way towards her homecoming, I had moved, and so Audrey went to live with my piano teacher. I expected The Victorian Knabe soon to be known as XXXX to be arriving shortly. It had been almost 18 months. I was to wait another 6 months. During that time, though, my teacher came with me once to the shop to see the piano in progress. On the way home, she simply said, "Anastasia... her name is Anastasia." We both burst into peels of laughter because it was so sarcastically reminiscent of the woman claiming to be the lost Romanov princess, Anastasia. I think my piano would be older than her, actually. But, Anastasia she is, the piano, anyway.

So, since Anastasia has come home, I can scarcely stop looking at her... such lovely hues of red-purple-brown her Rosewood case has. Such legs!! Gretta Garbo has nothing on her. Ah, and her voice... I could listen to her all day. Except, on the days that she and I don't get along... I have come to remember how changeable a piano is. Some days are beautiful days, other days are so much less than beautiful.

While I am still reviving skill lost to 20 years of neglecting my skills, I am loving each day with my piano, and playing music again! When I come down the stairs and see my piano there, big, curvey, a beauty from an era long gone by, I am overcome with joy that I get to be the custodian of this beautiful musical being. Then I sit down to play, and I promise her that one day, I will do her justice.

Thanks for indulging my eccentricity... I didn't mean to write such a long post, it just flowed. I hope to learn from you all, share with you all, and eventually meet some of you in person.

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Posted by: crogersrx

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/25/09 10:20 PM

Originally Posted By: smjl
...he has never lived with a musician, and doesn't know that listening to someone practicing means sometimes listening to the same 4 measures 50 times...and then the whole piece 50,000 times!

--Sarah


Sarah, so true... everyone thinks that playing just happens like turning on a light switch. Anyone who is really good at something has to have talent, and LOTS of practice. I recently worked up a piece that I have always loved, and by the time I was ready to play it at a recital I could hardly stand it, and apparently neither could my neighbor... LOL! The cats seemed to be fine with it though...

Best wishes on your re-entry into piano. If you love it, go with it, and don't stop.
Posted by: SamOnThePiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/09 02:56 AM

Hi forum people .
I'm Samuel from South East Asia and I turned 13 a few months ago.
I started learning piano this year and my interests were caused by pop songs. (so i wasn't in classical yet xD)

I self taught my self the songs I like and eventually my parents bought me A carlseiler piano.
And piano lessons came and I'm working my way over the edge . My technical skills are still lacking but my memory (came from bookworming when i was nine) was what made me stood out a little.

I'm currently working on Hungarian Rhapsody no2. I've seen old people play but not young( like 12yrs old young) .

I hope to major out in music . And study music and only music . ;D .
Posted by: adamp88

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/09 06:51 PM

I suppose I should introduce myself, now that I've posted on the forums. smile

I'm Adam, living in Oakland, CA and am 30 years old (or an old man, according to my younger-by-2-years girlfriend). I've been playing piano for 18 years now, though the first 3 were self taught by ear. I majored in piano pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma (under Dr. Jane Magrath), and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, though I'm not working in the field.

What prompted me to join the forum was the luck of realizing that a new piano, with a sound and touch I actually like, was actually in my price range. For the last 8 years I've made do with a digital, which, while pretty good by digital standards, just didn't satisfy the way a real piano does. So one day in November I decided to check out a local piano shop, "just to play" as I had assumed that the kind of touch and tone I was after would be out of my price range. Then I sat down at this lovely Ritmüller upright that has no business sounding and feeling as good as it does for its price, and the rest is history... smile

A few pics of my new love:






My repertoire is fairly mainstream - I've stuck mostly to the bigger names, though I am now getting interested in exploring more of the repertoire - my favorite composer would definitely be Chopin, and favorite era would probably be late-Romantic. To give you an idea of where I've been musically, here's what I played in my 2 college recitals:

Brahms - Op. 116, No's 2-6
Beethoven - Sonata in E minor, Op. 90
Shostakovich - Preludes Op. 34, Nos 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22
Chopin - Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44

Bach - Prelude & Fugue in E-flat major, WTC II
Prokofiev - Sarcasms Op. 17 Nos 1 & 5
Schubert - Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90
Scriabin - Etudes Op. 2 No. 1 & Op. 8 No. 8
Liszt - Vallée d'Obermann

(I have most of these available to share online, if anyone's interested.)

As for where I'm going, now that I've got my own piano (my first real piano that is entirely my own), I'm excited to get back into playing shape and tackle some more repertoire. I'm currently working on the Chopin "Tristesse" Etude and the Op. 40 polonaises, though what I'd really like to do is get my technique up to par so I can tackle Bach-Busoni's Chaconne once and for all. smile

I'm looking forward to spending way too much time here! wink

Happy Playing!
--Adam
Posted by: Legal Beagle

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/28/09 01:30 PM

Hello all. Thanks for this forum, it's great.

I'm a 45-year old adult beginner. As my handle indicates, I am a beagle owner (yay) and also a lawyer (I know, I know... but I do have a sense of humor about it; in fact, if you know any good lawyer jokes, I love to hear them).

I was a trombone player through school, and liked to consider myself "semi-pro" during college... had some regular paying gigs, mostly jazz clubs, but nothing a guy would ever earn a living at. I have a decent background in music theory and a good working knowledge of chords and scales.

I have always fiddled with the piano and wanted to do more. Over the years I've found sheet music of various pieces I wanted to play and I've learned them by memorizing, but I can't really read at the keyboard at all. I've also become somewhat adept at making up basic piano accompaniments from guitar tabs or printed chord progressions, and although that has served me well enough from time to time, I've always wanted to really be able to play.

Recently, Mrs. Legal Beagle brought up the idea of getting a piano, and she has rekindled my desire to "really" learn to play. Plus, she is a very talented singer and I've been meaning for a while now to learn some of the popular pieces she likes to sing so I could accompany her and we could share that experience together. What fun that would be... I have visions of the two of us whiling away the winter nights working up some boffo performance of a Norah Jones tune or something to perform at family Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I've just begun my piano search (I'm currently stuck with an electronic keyboard), and I'm also searching for method books, etc. that will help me build the skills I want. I've already received some good advice and recommendations on these boards in that regard, and I thank you.
Posted by: LimeFriday

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/30/09 04:11 AM

I've been lurking for a while now... and I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 37 - and I have played the organ since I was 8. But in my late teens I decided to learn piano as well - I was tired of just fiddling around with pieces. I had lessons for a couple of years - but my father got sick and I was too busy with family stuff to continue. After he died I got sick myself and my music went on hold again. But a couple of years ago I have come back to it with a vengeance! I love playing... and I love teaching. I have taught organ - but I'm working toward my teaching qualifications on piano now.

The forums are brilliant - and I look forward to participating more in the future!

LimeFriday
Posted by: maria82

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/30/09 10:12 AM

my name is maria, i am 27 and live in england.
i am married with 3 children aged 6, 3 and a 7 month old.
i have loved piano's all my life and have always wanted to play. this year i have brought my first piano which is a yamaha. I am just learning by myself as much as i can while being extremely busy with 3 children.
Posted by: xuanyun

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/30/09 11:02 AM

hello everybody!
i'm new too. in fact i've just created my acc a while ago. grin

well like everyone else i have my own story. i used to hate the piano like crazy when i was little. like i didn't want to learn at all and my parents sorta.... coaxed me to continue. and i did. but i've never liked it. however i "grew up" a little and stopped complaining and instead became a robot-like pianist and just attended my lessons and stuff. my sister's a great player hence my parents assumed i'd love to play too. well when i was 12, i told my mother i don't want to continue anymore, that i HATE it. at that time i was taking two courses together: YAMAHA and ABRSM. but i kinda enjoyed yamaha because i had a friend there but AB is one-to-one individual work. so i told my ma i want to discontinue my AB and go on with my yamaha. my mother wasn't happy about that. she thought it is a waste because she THOUGHT i love it but haven't REALISE it. but i really hated it. and she kept saying i never told her i don't like it, seems like she really did forget i used to cry whenever i see the piano teacher coming. haish.... confused and i still continued with the yamaha course. until when i was halfway through 13, i didn't want that anymore too, because the only friend i had there had stopped too. so i didn't attend anymore lessons.

later when i 14, about June, i suddenly decided i wanted to continue. i know. it's that mysterious. i suddenly felt like i wanted to do THIS right. and i had another teacher to teach me. she taught me the Trinity grade 6 course. i didn't 100% enjoy the lessons too, half practised and half didn't. but that teacher was cute and let me play nice songs and i liked her. unfortunately she had to leave for somewhere else and i changed another teacher. that teacher let me start ABRSM grade 7 and i really loved it then. i started that around march 2009. and just november 2009 i suddenly decided ( i know... i make strange decisions all the time) that i wanted to sit for the grade 8 practical exam. ok, i haven't taken an exam since grade 2 and haven't picked up on my techniques and scales for ages. but i felt that this is the right time to start and i can prepare for the exam before August 2010. hence i changed a teacher (i thought i had to find a better one) and now i'm 15 and "on the way" with my grade 8 syllabus. it is not that hard (well it is QUITE hard lol!), just needs a lot of technical practice.

i'm so grateful i found this really fine teacher who knew how to help me manage and gave me lots of extra lessons. oh, and to all those out there who are also preparing for your exams, GOOD LUCK!!!!
Posted by: John_Charles

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/03/10 11:50 AM

Allow me to introduce myself - my name is John Charles. I studied classical piano from age 6 to 14. I kept up my repertoire throughout high school which consisted primarily of Chopin waltzes, polonaises, nocturnes as well as selected works by Schumann and Shubert. I stopped playing in college during my mechanical engineering studies. In my professional life as an engineer, I played minimally. WHen my mother passed away in 2002, I gave the family Kholer and Campbell console to my nephew who is taking lessons.
I have recently taken up the piano again - I purchased a Yamaha type U-10 studio upright and converted the guest bedroom of my condo into a music studio. I found an excellent teacher in the music department of the university and take lessons weekly. I am currently working on building back finger independance and technique. I'm working on the Rach prelude in g-minor (op. 23, #5) which is a challenging piece for my re-entry I admit - now that I've committed most of the piece to muscle memory I am working on polishing it and increasing the tempo to 1/4 = 107 from 1/4 = 80 which is the speed I can currently play it fairly flawlessly. Has anyone played this piece and if so, are there any words of advice with respect to practicing it? Also, if anyone has had any experience with soundproofing a room, please share - now that I'm playing again, my neighbors have made several comments about the "noise". I'm looking at several different acoustical insulating material systems, some of which are actually rather atractive. I don't want to tear down any existing structure unless absolutely necessary.

Thank you for welcoming me into the website and I look forward to sharing.

Thanks!
John Charles
Posted by: BlueBKLYN

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/03/10 02:39 PM

Hi, I'm new to the forums.

I was classically trained from age 3 to 14, when I ran out of teachers in the small town where I lived. I self-studied until college. I was allowed to study with my school's music professors, even though I wasn't a music major.

It has been 10+ years since I've had regular access to a piano, but I have just purchased a Yamaha digital piano and I plan to play regularly again. I have no plans for lessons at the moment, although that could change.

Also, I'm a runner. grin
Posted by: Connieuitsu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/04/10 05:18 PM

Hello.
My name is Connie, I'm 22 and from Norway.
I've been playing the piano since I was about 16 - when I started studying music at high school, and I got my first piano (an el-piano) when I finished high school so that I could continue playing.
However, I haven't been playing much the last couple years, but lately I've wanted to pick up on it and get back on the notes. Hehe.
I'm currently a hairdresser apprentice, and have too many hobbies for my own good. :P
I love playing music - playing the guitar, piano, singing, making my own music and do covers. I listen to music all the time.. and I Mean.. ALL the time.. even when I sleep. Ridiculous really. Can't live without it smile
I've recently started to love reading - which I didn't like at all before. Funny. And that has also made me start to write my own book. It's going pretty slowly, but that's because I choose to write only when I WANT to wink
Other than that, I like drawing, and sometimes painting.
And I do appreciate a good film every now and then smile

I hope that this forum will keep my motivation and inspiration to keep on playing the piano smile

-Connie
Posted by: Uncle George

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/09/10 12:00 PM

I am an old man who came back to the piano after more than 40 years of neglect - no technical excercises, no scales, no proper study of repertory -playing only now and then.

Approaching retirement and with arthritic fingers, I decided to learn to play again: four years ago I began with dear old Hanon and shortened scales. I have made more progress than I ever expected. I have no idea of the level at which I am now playing, somewhere in the intermediate range I immagine: Chopin' Minute Waltz, fast and clear, light touch, little pedal, and Schubert Impromptu in E Flat - same approach as with the waltz. I have also learned a number of other pieces (Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Albeniz, Scarlatti, Galuppi, Poulenc, Debussy, etc.), but I have no idea as to their level of difficulty. I have never taught piano so I cannot properly evaluate the pieces. I actually remember much of what I was taught, but it is quite a different thing to put it into practice. Takes time!

This Forum will certainly teach me a great deal and I hope to contribute to it as well.
Thanks and glad to be here.




UncleGeorge
Posted by: sorstudy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/12/10 03:00 PM

Hi,

I'm starting lessons this Thursday for the first time in a long time. I had lessons when young, but I hadn't lived with a piano for about 20 years until a got one a few years ago that was donated through a church where I was singing (a Poole upright from 1925 that was originally a player piano).

Hope the first lesson goes well. Guess I'll play Aveu from Schumann's Carnival Op. 9 for my teacher (the one of two pieces that somehow stayed memorized during my 20 year hiatus since I played it whenever I happened to sit at a piano). My goal is to take lessons throughout the year and practice 1 hr each day.
Posted by: John Citron

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/12/10 10:23 PM

Congratulations on starting music lessons everyone and welcome to Piano World Pianist Forum. Don't by shy. Feel free to post comments, and questions in the main forum.

John
Posted by: D4v3

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/10 10:14 AM

Hi,

I've been playing the piano off and on for about 15yrs, more off than on. I have had about 4 years of lessons.

I want to be concert pianist level some day, and practice for 3 hrs a day (it's all I can do what with work and all).

Im currently taking lessons again and am playing/ working on:

* Chopin Etude Op 25 No 2
* Scriabin Preludes Op 11 Nos 2, 4, 14, (24 maybe)
* Grieg Notturno / Sailor Song
* Czerny Etude Op 740 No 50
Posted by: apple*

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/10 10:57 AM

Hi
Posted by: ChopinEnthusiast

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/10 01:44 AM

Hey there. I'm a new user, and saw the invite to reply so I thought I'd introduce myself a little. My name is Aaron and I'm an undergraduate student pursuing a piano performance major and am studying classical performance and jazz performance. I joined the forum to get to know some other people who are pianists or otherwise and learn more about the instrument and the career. I'm not entirely sure how this forum works so any pointers from anyone to discussions about technique, interpretation, and style would be really helpful!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/10 01:48 AM

Welcome! I'm pretty new here too, despite my obscenely high post count ha .....it's not hard to get started. Just look around at the topics -- judging from what you mentioned, maybe the "Pianist Corner" section would be best (that's where you are right now) -- look for topics that seem interesting, click on them and see if you want to say anything.

Seems like you'll do fine. smile

By the way, here's a link to the main page of this section, in case you don't know how to find it:
Pianist Corner
Posted by: ChopinEnthusiast

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/10 01:51 AM

John - The prelude in g minor is really a beautiful piece and working on it is such a pleasure. I'm curious to hear what some of your interpretations are. I'm working on it myself right now, I played it before and am now working through it again to gain a better interpretation and improve certain technical issues. The way I've been practicing it is to alter the tempo and basic rhythm as this allows the mind to be opened to new interpretations of the melody which can really be ambiguous at times. You may have already done this but I'd suggest practicing at different dynamic levels than written in addition to experimenting with alternate rhythms. If its a new interpretation that you're going for, these ideas helped me immensely. I'm curious how you interpret the rhythm as far as the initial theme goes in respect to rubato and flexibility of rhythm. I've heard several differing opinions on this piece, some say to rigidly stick to the prescribed time values but a flexible interpretation seems so much more emotionally charged to me. Any suggestions?
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/10 02:02 AM

Hi and welcome!

You might be interested in this thread . I think you will enjoy it! smile

I wish I had more time to read all threads here, but time is a big issue with me...

Welcome to PW, Chopin friend!

CA
Posted by: ben321

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/23/10 02:32 PM

Hey, I'm a new member!

I was just wondering if anybody knew of any schools that have application deadlines that have not passed. I'm just finishing up my bachelor's in piano-performance and am now looking to get a masters degree. Thanks!
Posted by: RayE

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/24/10 08:57 PM

Another new member here, well I've been playing piano since I was 8 and I'm 49 now. Mostly since H.S. I've been playing Jazz and Popular music, I've once again become interested in playing classical music again, and just found a teacher (a graduate Student at the Eastman School in Rochester, NY) to help me with technique. I need the lessons because I know I'm playing with too much tension and it's taking it toll on the joints of my fingers. I also think there is a benefit to having a teacher and paying for lessons that will inspire to to practice regularly. I play other instruments including guitar, and trombone (I'm a retired Army Reserve Bandsman), but piano is the instrument I have the greatest competence on, and I'm looking to improve on that even more. This looks like a great forum to discuss various aspects of piano playing and I'm looking forward to participating.
Posted by: DaleC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/26/10 10:16 PM

Just found this forum today and have already spent way too much time reading! I studied piano for many years and after a 20+ year hiatus, have started to play again. I play mostly classical, and am currently entralled with Bach transcriptions. Looking forward to participating in this forum.

DaleC
Posted by: Btaylor25:17

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/29/10 02:47 PM

Hello Everyone! I am new to this forum and just thought i might give you all a bit of background on me.I got into this website after reading Grand Obsession by Perri Knize(a brilliant book by the way). I'm 17 years old and have been playing piano for a few years now. I used to play the guitar, but once i conquered the ability to play any jimi Hendrix, jimmy page, Robert Johnson etc. I basically got bored. and so i moved to the piano which has proved much fun for me in it's awe-full difficulty to master. Chopin is my favorite composer due to his complexity and his romantic dynamics. Glad to meet you all!
Posted by: Googlism

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/31/10 03:22 AM

I'm sort of new, even though I joined in 2002 =p I posted a ton from 2002-2005 but disappeared thereafter...until now laugh

Can't remember what age I started piano but I remember I played for 5 years and did nothing with it. I then discovered the love of classical music when my teacher introduced me to Alla Turca. After that I pretty much went berzerk with the piano, jumping from Rachmaninoff to Chopin to Liszt, entering several competitions in my school and winning 1st place and scholarships several times.

I cannot remember why I joined Pianoworld, but I do remember learning a ton about pianos from all the piano gurus in the subforum next door =p
Posted by: qtpi

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/06/10 07:21 PM

Hello everyone,

I have posted occasionally and would like to introduce myself. I am a 55-year-old married RN with 2 kids in college. My piano is a Kawai RX-2. I did not have formal lessons until age 25 and it has been on and off since then, but I always loved music and played our piano at home as a little girl. I also love music theory would like to have the time to spend on composing. I play flute in a concert band and have also played trombone, trumpet, baritone horn, clarinet, drums, and guitar-folk and classical. A friend just lent me an oboe so I am teaching myself to play that and will start with an adult beginner's band on oboe on Friday- CAn't wait!!!On the rare occasion I have been paid to play(differing instruments) never made more than $50 a gig, but it is my fun, so I don't care!

I confess to not being constant in daily practice- but am hoping to change that!!!! The only thing I have memorized is Fur Elise and half of Chopin's Farewell Waltz. I am using Czerny OPus 299 to warm up as I would like to increase my speed a bit. I am crazy about Beethoven, love Romantic, Baroque and Impressionistic music the best. I also play some popular music- like Lennon's Imagine- and some Irish tunes.

Kathy
Posted by: Yeong

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/10 08:26 PM

hi , i've been an ear player for quite some time playing piano , i'm a relative tune type ear player . i do not know any scales , or how to write music , or things like A-minor blah blah blah . i only know how to press keys and create nice dynamics that are very unique . i've come here to learn more about piano , although i do not exactly play a piano , i play a keyboard (yamaha DGX 220) . someday i would like to own a piano . thanks for reading .
Posted by: La Pianiste

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/10/10 02:18 PM

Hey ho, everyone! *extends miserably small hand*

I'm new girl here, but I've been lurking about, prowling the posts for a little while, and I've finally decided to join. Nice to meet you guys and hope we'll have some interesting discussions in the near future! grin
Posted by: Vitalii

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/10/10 03:36 PM

Hello! My best dream (since my childhood) is to have a REAL PIANO!!! Once I tried to play my friends piano and I was charmed by the instrument! But the biggest problem is that I have not enough money to buy it(it costs about 300$).
The only pleasure is to read about other's pleasure and imagine playing the piano. Would you help me?
I will thank you greatly for 1$!
My wallet:z340140997648
Posted by: Sms231

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/10/10 04:42 PM

My name is Scott. I am 29 years old, and I'm a lurker. It's been six months since I started lurking, and I'm making my first post today.

I've always been musically inclined ever since I was little. Music has always come naturally for me. I sang at church and was involved in all types of church music events.

I've always had an interest in the piano, and I've even had lessons at three different time periods of my life. However, I just wasn't disciplined enough to take the time to practice. I mostly blame myself, but in retrospect, I can remember disliking the material I had to play (John Thompson's Book 1, Alfred Adult Piano, etc.) because it didn't interest me and I got bored with it. I did semi-learn one or two pieces (the intro and first part of The Entertainer and the first part of Fur Elise, both of which I can still play from memory today, albeit badly), but overall had given up on lessons. As time progressed, I became a "church player", playing the chords off the guitar sheets to accompany the music team as a backup.

A few months ago, I became exposed (via YouTube) to the works of Bach by means of his work Well-Tempered Clavier. I've even been able to play the first Prelude (C Major), and I can play the first few measures (hands seperately) of the Prelude In C# Major. If I would've been exposed to this work earlier, I'm sure I would have kept up with my lessons.

Since I just completed my BS in Computer Science, I have a lot more free time on my hands, I had thought about starting lessons again. Since I work for a community college, I had thought about taking lessons there, especially since I don't have a piano or keyboard at home. I can utilize the practice rooms on campus however, so being able to practice is not an issue, and being that my job gives me 24-7 access to campus, I'm not restricted to selected availability like a normal student is.

My ultimate goal is to play for my own enjoyment. I love my field, but it can get extremely stressful at times. I don't have any grand delusions of being able to play before thousands of people. I just enjoy classical music and want to be able to play some of my favorite composers (Bach, Joplin, Czerny, Beethoven, Chopin, etc.).

smile
Posted by: Up

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/13/10 08:21 PM

New member alert!

I'm from the little peaceful country Norway, in Scandinavia north-west of Europe. I'm a male person, born in 1990, and started playing at 17 years old... I know, it's late... I'm also a dancer and Norwegian Champion in Bboying("Breakdance"). I know, it's a funny combination.

My story starts, when a friend of mine downloaded some Yann Tiersen music, that he had heard in a Break-show...I fell in love with the piece comptine d'un autre été, from the movie Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. So I started learning it by ear, on a keyboard(NOT a Digitalpiano), with no pedal, and like 65 keys or something. Didn't need more. That was around April 2007. It took me about a month to learn it, and then I started learning some more music from that Amélie Poulain(Le Moulin, La Valse de Amelie and La dispute. Then I bought myself a Casio Privia PX-110 digital piano, which has been the best investment in my life. Then I tried some VGM, and I learned Piano Squall's arrangement of Tetris, Kakariko Village from The Legend Of Zelda - Ocarina Of Time(dont judge a book by it's cover), and To Zanarkand Piano Collection from Final Fantasy X(Another "book").

Then I for real fell in love with Those Who Fight, from Final Fantasy VII Piano Collections. I started practising it 13th april 2008, 2:30 in the morning, and memorized the last note 9th desember 2008. I know, thats a long time, but I was not at a high level! But then I was playing for real. Living of dance, and playing music by hobby, that's what I do. But I started High School in music last autumn, so I'm hoping to live of music when my spine is to bad for dancing (I have spondylosis).

When I started school I got a really good piano Teacher, so now I have started to also play classical music. I Play Chopin waltz 19, no.17 op.posth pretty good now, and I'm working on Gondola Boat Song Op 30 No. 6 by Mendelssohn. I have a long term project on the side, which I'm also working on, which is Rigoletto Paraphrase by Liszt, which is a really inspiring piece(But damn those Descending Chromatic Thirds!). One day around 2 weeks ago I learned the first part of La Campanella by Liszt, but I'm not going to start on the hard stuff before I'm done with Rigoletto.

Fore those of you who is judging me for playing pieces like the Gondola song and Chopin Waltz 19, but trying to play Rigoletto and La Campanella, my motto is "Nothing is hard, but some goals requires allot of time to achieve" smile
But I gotta admit, those Chromatic thirds is... time consuming. eek
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/13/10 08:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Up
New member alert!
I'm from the little peaceful country Norway, in Scandinavia north-west of Europe. I'm a male person, born in 1990, and started playing at 17 years old... I know, it's late... I'm also a dancer and Norwegian Champion in Bboying("Breakdance"). I know, it's a funny combination.....

Welcome! And I think it's all a funny combination -- I don't know how many people are into both breakdancing and classical piano. ha

But I think it's great.

Plus, being a country's champion at anything is great too. Even being the runner-up would be great, or 10th best for that matter. I think my peak was when I got 2nd prize in something. smile

Norway seems like a beautiful and interesting place.......hope to get there some day.
Posted by: Up

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/13/10 08:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Welcome! And I think it's all a funny combination -- I don't know how many people are into both breakdancing and classical piano. ha

But I think it's great.

Plus, being a country's champion at anything is great too. Even being the runner-up would be great, or 10th best for that matter. I think my peak was when I got 2nd prize in something. smile

Norway seems like a beautiful and interesting place.......hope to get there some day.
Thanx! And I didn't even mention my great knowledge for Energetic materials and chemistry and my Speed-ball-skills(Paintball). smile
I have also actually inspired two other Norwegian bboys to start playing the piano, which is kinda cool. laugh
Posted by: aristharcus

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/15/10 04:35 AM

Hi, I’m a new member living in Oviedo, Spain.

I studied music and piano when I was a child and a teenager (from 7 to 17 years old). In Spain, the official studies for piano were based in an eight courses plan. I successfully completed six courses with the highest grades and then I went to the University. After playing in a pub for some months to earn some money I left piano playing.

In 1982 I suffered a neurological condition that left me with some reduced mobility, affecting my right arm and leg. This affected my abilities for playing piano, of course. Even so, in 1991 I bought a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-360 that I played until 1996. Then for other circumstances in life, I left playing piano for 14 years.

But last November, maybe spoiled by observing people playing in Youtube, I decided to start again. It was not easy: Reading notes for the left hand was difficult and the fingers from my right hand moved really bad. I decided to establish a goal for April, 2010: If I were able to play two classic compositions for that date, I would buy a new piano. The compositions were:

- Pachelbel’s Canon (using an easy version)
- Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 No.2

Back in November it seemed like playing the Nocturne would be an impossible task: I wasn’t unable to read the notes outside the pentagram for the left hand and the accords were not easy. Meanwhile, my fingers in the right hand needed to learn to move for playing well the keyboard. “I think I’ll save money”, I was thinking then smile

After two months and a half, playing daily about one hour the Nocturne is almost learnt, and it sounds good! (Pachelbel’s Canon is not complete but I used it as an “Etude” for reeducating fingers)

Well, now I know that I’m able to play this Nocturne, although my right hand is pushed at its limits in some passages. My left hand is able to play at least the first one minute of Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude (my right hand uses a simplified version for now) and I’m absolutely happy of being come-back at piano playing. It’s something of a dream made true.

Last Saturday I ordered a new Yamaha CLP-370 PE, but as they say, this is another story for another post smile
Posted by: vasarino

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/15/10 11:18 AM

HELLO. I'M NEW. INTERESTED PRINCIPALLY IN BACH, MORE PARTICULARLY NOW, TRYING TO LEARN AND MEMORIZE THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS. HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE FINGERING AND HAND CROSSINGS. IS THERE HELP OUT THERE?
Posted by: rockman90210

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/15/10 07:06 PM

Hello everyone, I am from the United States and I am a High School Student. I have played the piano since I was five, and I changed teacher at age 10, and that was a good choice because now I am in the hands of a virtuoso. I want to be a music education major so I am preparing for college auditions now. I am learning Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D, Mozart's Sonata in C major (K279) and Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante. I am also going to start learning clarinet, and hopefully become proficient in that too. So hello again and I look forward to talking to you all.
Posted by: Damon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/15/10 07:57 PM

Originally Posted By: vasarino
HELLO. I'M NEW. INTERESTED PRINCIPALLY IN BACH, MORE PARTICULARLY NOW, TRYING TO LEARN AND MEMORIZE THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS. HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE FINGERING AND HAND CROSSINGS. IS THERE HELP OUT THERE?

You may want to turn off your caps lock key and start a new thread. I'm not one of them, but we do have Bach fans here. Welcome to the forums!
Posted by: JSwerling

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/16/10 04:06 PM

Hello, I've just joined, obviously. I love Chopin and he resonates with me ten times more than any other composer does, so he's definitely my favourite, although I listen to many composers. Rachmaninoff is my second favourite, but then I cant choose a third. It would take forever to say all the music I like but I can say I've spent many hours listening to the great Romantic, Baroque and even Classical composers...
My whole life I've been torn between composing and being solely a pianist. Now I concentrate on composition but I love playing the piano. If I could I would learn the complete works of Chopin among pieces from Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Beethoven, Liszt and many more, but I have to select only a few to learn as my practice time is limited.
I love composing and some examples of what I have done are on my website - http://www.jswerling.com/

Glad to be part of the community...I'm currently on page 50 of the 'Chopin devotee' thread...I will finish it eventually!
Posted by: RaindropPrelude

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/18/10 04:18 PM

Hello hellooo everybody! Noobie here. I joined a while ago and have lurked a bit, but this is my first post.
I am 16. We've always had a piano in my house and I used to tinker around on it. It wasn't until last year in feburary i really started to play, though. I just started taking lessons two weeks ago and I have been put into level 8. Of course, I am some what behind on the technical aspect since I've never played much technical work on the piano, but I am optimistic that I will be able to do my examination in June and get my certificate!

As for music, Chopin, Handel, Haydn and Schuman are some of my favourites!

I'm hoping you guys can help me out and im looking forward to joining in on some of the conversations here!
Posted by: Jibbers

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/19/10 08:28 PM

Hi everyone
I am an infrequent lurker mostly on the piano forum for a few years and more recently this pianist corner. I have been playing the piano for many years and would call myself a very proficient amateur pianist. Never went to music school but did all the grade exams (through taking lessons from various teachers over the years) when I was much younger and more recently passed the Fellowship Diploma exam with the London Trinity College.

I don't have any favourite composers. My favourite musical form is the fugue.
Posted by: pall66

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/20/10 11:32 AM

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Posted by: Fajri

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/22/10 08:50 AM

Hi everyone, i'm from Indonesia and i am still a mere rookie who hasn't been in touch with the keys for awhile. I actually joined this forum after reading all sorts of comfortable comments about it. I am going to be 15 in the next two months and i haven't had much time with the piano but i would eagerly love to play with it if i have the time. I currently have a hard time working with my left and right hands since it won't work together the way i want it to. I have heard about the Piano Magic and other wonderful resources, but i can't seem to find it in this forum. If anyone would post a link to it or teach me how to search it manually, i would greatly appreciate it. I hope i can find valuable insights by joining this forum.

Best Regards,

FT.
Posted by: BartCristofori

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/22/10 01:01 PM

Hi Kreisler, saw your request for newcomers to introduce themselves. Interested in jazz and classical piano, more so jazz. Took some classical piano lessons as a kid, some jazz guitar lessons as a teen, and one classical piano class in college. Dropped the guitar; stayed with piano (off and on, mostly jazz, infrequently classical).

When I finished classical piano lessons as a kid, I was at grade level 4. My teacher said she didn't want to teach above that level and suggested I continue my studies at a music conservatory. That was my cue to end music lessons and spend more time on sports, which I did. Maybe I'll review the ABRSM piano grade document to figure out where I stand in terms of classical piano. Looking forward to participating in this website.
Posted by: bmhana

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/26/10 05:36 AM

Hi everyone!
I'm from London, but I live in Japan.
I studied piano from age 3 to 20 (I'm 32 now), and got to grade 7 level. When I was 20 I moved to Japan, and didn't play the piano again once until 2 weeks ago. Basically, work, family, money, and apartment rules got in the way!!
Anyway, I bought a little kids keyboard for my 14 month old daughter for Xmas and she loved it. I started tinkering around on it, and then realised how much I miss music!
So I went and bought a Yamaha DP, and am now getting back into it.

So far, I've been trying to learn some Jon Schmidt and David Lanz, as well as brushing up on scales and hanon etc. Hopefully, one day, I'll get back to the level I was at before I quit.

Anyway, thanks in advance for any advice!!
Posted by: fastpara

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/26/10 07:01 PM

Hi guys PIanoMan here!

Been playing for 4.5 years now and I am still in love with playing the piano! I play mostly classical style and a little ballad:)
Posted by: Kelley

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/10 09:56 AM

Hi all! My name is Kelley and I've been playing piano for 20 years or so. I've been a lurker for a while and thought it was time to join and get involved. Great to meet you all! smile
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/10 11:27 AM

Welcome Kelly,
This is a friendly place. Glad to have you here
Posted by: Cryxpride

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/10 12:22 PM

My name's Law, You could call me by that. I'm taking ABRSM Grade 8 this year and really am struggling to keep up with my sight-readings and scales. Pieces aren't that good either. Oh well smirk Though I can play on the piano while I'm talking to someone (meaning w/o looking at the k.b.) I don't know how much good that does. I admire Bach a lot for his contrapunctal melody writing and of course I do enjoy a lot of classical music as well as those from the Chopin period... Well, I'm really looking forward to my "stay" here smile
Posted by: GWY

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/10 04:27 PM

Hello, I am new to this website. I joined because of my son. He's now 7, and I am teaching him to play piano myself. We started 2 months ago. To me, he's doing pretty well so far. Hopefully also to inspire his baby brother (now 2 1/2)to do so in the future.

My background: I started taking piano lessons when I was 7 also. I had lessons for 10 years. I completed Grade 8 exam from the UK Royal School of Music. Haven't been playing alot ever since, and getting all rusty. My favorite was Chopin - Waltzes and Nocturnes.

So here I am, I would like to
1- get myself up to date on how to teach kids, the popular music pieces for beginners, we are using the ones I had, don't know if it's good enough.
2- Find a way to arrange some future recitals opportunities for my son.

That's all for now, thanks.

- Grace (Northern NJ)
Posted by: James Scott

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/02/10 12:23 AM

Hi Everybody,

I've been around the piano forum and the technician forum since early last year or so, and this is my first time in the pianist forum. I started playing at 13, just fooling around mostly trying to figure out what all of the dots and lines on printed music meant. Finally got a library book to explain it all and con'd my mom into renting me a little spinet for a while. Then she bought me an old Baldwin upright that was much better than the spinet. Still don't know how she came up with the money for that. Anyway, I spent the next year or so self-learning from sheet music of popular songs of the day. Then I saw Andre Watts in recital "Live From Lincoln Center" on PBS in 1985 and discovered the wide world of classical music.

I started hanging around the only piano shop in town and got friendly with the owner who let me work in there, learning the instruments, being a gopher, doing odd jobs and whatever she needed me to do. This allowed me to be able to play good instruments quite often. I met a piano teacher there who took me under his wing, must have thought that I had talent or something. He tought me a lot and we became good friends.

When I went off to college in '87 to study engineering and stuff I had to sell my piano becaue obviously I couldn't take it with me.

After graduation and working as an engineer for a couple of years I finally got a small grand. It was old and rusty, like me, but I was able to coax a little bit of music out of it. Then I decided that since I was an engineer that I could work on it. I was fortunate enough to live down the street from a very good technician, Jim Coleman Jr., who's now a VP of the PTG or something. He gave me advice, sold me tools and supplies and I eventually completely restrung my piano and repaired the bridge, and refinished the case. Ultimately I did a lousy job on the case refinishing but I think that the restringing came out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I played a little here and there, sometimes often, but more with long stretches of time without looking at it. Now married 11 years, with 2 kids. I recently started taking it down for rebuilding, so now it's on it's side, with the action in a box, and other parts scattered here and there on my work bench. But it's going to be much better this time. I've been really itching to get it done so that I can start playing again. I'll have to restart with scales and Hanon for a while to get my fingers all limber'd-up.

Once that happens I'd like for 6 and 4yr old to start learning, although I'm not one to teach them. I'll have to find a teacher who can work well with kids.

My favorites are Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninov, and Bach, pretty much in that order, with smattering of others here and there.

Well, that's me, in a nutshell. Good to meet all of you.

James
Posted by: Bigvalbio

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/02/10 10:00 PM

G'day everyone, I'm from Tasmania, Australia and have only just stumbled accross this forum when looking for some tips on La Campanella.

I'm 31, married with one kid (13 months)and have been playing piano since I was 7. Had the one teacher through to age 17 then gave up having lessons once I started University (Law degree). Had about 4 to 5 years off but still played farily regularly then took up lessons with another teacher whom I'm currently still seeing every few weeks when I get enough practice done which is very hard to find time for now.

I come from a big family of 7 children. My father, when he married my mother promised her the best piano that money could buy. Mum grew up in a very remote and lonely place away from her mum and dad and all she had was a small piano accordion. She is very talented and can play just about anything from ear/memory - transpose on the fly, improvise - never had any formal lessons all self taught but obviously very gifted.

Dad started off with a few uprights until he learned more about pianos then bought a G2 Yamaha baby grand. He then learned that you could get them in a full concert grand so he bought her a Yamaha full concert. Then he learned of Steinway, so purchased her a full concert grotian. After that, he ordered her a full concert model D Steinway and Son from Germany followed by another when the first one arrived with some minor lid damage!!!! We had 4 full concert grands in the one room plus the baby yamaha in the corner (which I now have at my home). The 4 grands are still there today at the family home which I frequent as often as I can to have a tinker. The Stienways are wonderful and so is the Yamaha although, there was some poor work done to the hammers on the Yamaha a few years back which has resulted in a very different sound. We are now considering replacing the hammers completely.

My favourite composers are Chopin, Rach, Debussy and Beethoven. I've made my way through quite a lot of the Chopin nocturnes, waltzes, etudes plus over the last two years have tackled the Ballade No3 and the Scherzo. Have made my way through first two movt. of the Rach 2 and some of his preludes.

Have done a few of Liszt's more popular works - Mephisto waltz, Un Suspiro (beautiful piece), consolations, Liebestraum (a few others) and now La Campanella.

I play for enjoyment really. No competitions as I do not handle the nerves very well and never have.

I achieved my associate diploma in piano before 17 and did a double performance major in music for my final year of matric scoring a perfect 20/20 for both internal and external examination (whoohoo) and achieved the Music prize for my school.

Also played the Flute in the school orchestra and worked my way to grade 7. Don't play flute anymore. Played guitar too and made my own acoustic guitar which I still have but don't play much anymore.

I work full time as a lawyer but if I had my wish, I'd dedicate myself to piano. I love it and always have had a natural affinity for romantic music. I never had to be told to 'do your practice' whereas so many of my other sisters did. They have very much regretted giving it up.

Hope to find a wealth of info on here and contribute where I can.

Cheers to you all.
Posted by: EdBogie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/08/10 04:45 AM

Hi! I'm Christina, but you can call me Ed. I'm a God loving, music addict from West Palm Beach, Florida. I've been lurking here for a while, finally decided to start posting! o_o

I've been playing piano for a bit over a year now, and electric & acoustic guitar for about 4-ish years. I also mess around with Irish whistles every now and then. I'm self taught through the internet. Teaching myself theory as well, though I'm hoping someday when the budget allows I'll find myself a teacher. I enjoy a mix of metal, film scores, classical, celtic, acoustic, rock, and a slew of sub-genres I can't be bothered to type out.

Anywho! Outside of music I love photography, drawing, art, word games, speedcubing, and writing. And, um... so, yeah! That's me.

Glad to be apart of such an awesome, helpful forum. See you around! ^_^
Posted by: ClareDeLooney

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/16/10 01:43 PM

Hi all! I finally decided to join this wonderful little community after stalking these boards for a few years. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the advice and knowledge I've gained from reading posts. Several years ago I received this advice, weekly: "That sounded great Dear, but remember to watch what's happening with your fingers," ...the wise words of a fine piano teacher, that FINALLY got through to me...12 years after my last lesson. A month ago, I ended my highly resentful, 5 year feud with my 88 buddies, and now I'm confused about where to begin again, so I've been browsing threads on here to get some ideas. Here's my background....

What I'm hoping to address (holes in knowledge):
-TECHNIQUE!!! - fingering mainly
-Sightreading songs with more that one or two sharps/flats in the key signature. I am embarassed that this is even an issue...

Skill Level:
-Can play single songs from early intermediate to advanced (according to the "rating" system in each book's Table of Contents), but wouldn't be able to sit down and play any song at the intermediate level due to the knowledge gaps described above.
-FYI: I hit a wall when I was trying to advance past the first 2 pages of Clar de Lune and realized my lack of technique and complete disreguard for any logical fingering was hindering all progress and making it impossible to play through the more complicated song smoothly. And so started my 5 year standoff...

Action Plan:
-After reconciling with my piano, I sentenced myself to one month of only Hanon exercises, learned the first 20 in about two weeks, then spent the next two playing them over and over and over, buying ear plugs for my "why-don't-you-ever-play-songs-anymore" but very loving husband and playing them again and again. Now I LOVE HANON!
-Currently working through the Two Part Inventions. I learned No. 1 last week (halfway through memorization) and I'm working on No. 4 right now.
-Also working on Sarabande in A-Minor by Brahms (and those 10 key reaches? I can't decide whether to arpeggiate the chords, bring a note up an octave, or figure some way to stretch that extra key) and Little Piano Piece No. 4 by Liszt.
- I'm re-learning fingering in/polishing a few old songs (Nocturne in E-Minor: Chopin, Sonata in C-Major: Haydn, Sonata No. 2: Eugenie Rocherelle, and others that are currently hidden in my piano bench).
-Any suggestions for where to go from here? I was thinking about Chopin Etudes? and maybe Czerny Exercises. I definitely don't mind a challenge but I'm trying to stick to challenging short pieces for now, b/c I don't want to risk another 5 year freeze out with a long emotionally draining piece....One day Clar De Lune will be mine, though. wink

Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to being a part of this forum!!!!!!
Posted by: Obstacle 1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 03:56 AM

Hello Everyone. I've just recently joined and am still learning my way around these forums (first post, hope I'm doing this right). I am a 37 year old mom and wife who has taken the piano up for just over a year now. I have always had an interest in the piano stemming back to my kindergarten music classes. I recall always wanting to touch the piano keys and never being allowed to (all we did was sing cry). Growing up, I was always a mediocre student at best, so piano lessons were the last thing on my parent's mind. In any case, as an adult I vowed that my children would play (vicariously fulfilling my own dream, I know). About a year and a half ago we purchased and old spinet to test the waters with my son. I eventually started piggy backing off of his lessons and I am now 100% hooked. I am finding much joy in being able to play some of the songs that I love. I have learned several pieces by Yann Tiersen including Comptine d'un Autre Ete, The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Micheal Nyman and Fly by Ludovico Einaudi. They still need a lot of polishing but they are coming along nicely I think, however my husband may say otherwise. grin

I'm so happy to have a place I can come to and ask questions and talk about the piano. My hubby is pretty sick of the topic.
Posted by: Avguste Antonov

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 12:56 PM

Hello

My name is Avguste Antonov and I am a returning member.
I guess I posted my intro at the wrong spot,so instead of reposting, I will just link to it

Look Here
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 02:26 PM

Good to see you here, mate. smile You're at Piano Society, too, right?
Posted by: Avguste Antonov

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 02:30 PM

yes, I am, although I am not as much active on there as before.
I am right now mostly on Piano Street and now PianoWorld
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 02:31 PM

Well, hop on board! smile Now that you mention it, I believe I've seen you at Piano Street.
Posted by: elecmuse3

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/18/10 02:52 PM

Hi, everybody! I've been a lurker for some months, and just recently joined. I find this forum very interesting, and enjoy the sometimes passionate debates as well as the overall usefulness of the info.
I had 7 yrs of lessons as a kid, then talked parents into an electronic keyboard, played with bands for some years while doing various jobs (sometimes supporting myself by the music) then went back to school for a music degree in the early 90s. I really enjoy reading about technician stuff; the combination of mechanics and art fascinates me. Still in a band, now the day job is in a piano store, on whose behalf I began my lurking.
Posted by: ch0ndawg

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/23/10 06:04 AM

Hi!

Figured I should swing by this thread before continuing posting... I started out playing since I was 5, although I did not particularly like it. I was pretty much made to get into it, because that's what my mom and sister were doing. I had a couple of different teachers and really hit it off with the last one... we were trudging along but then I really discovered the music of Chopin... That recital changed my teacher from thinking "Looks like another quitter" to "Wait a minute... this boy might actually stick around." And that's what I did, I stayed with the teacher up till I went to college (although I didn't always have the best discipline practicing grin ). This particular teacher wasn't keen on getting her students to go to competitions and testing for grade levels, so I can't say anything about having made it to ABRSM Grade x Standard, sorry wink. But I can say the most important thing she taught me that the others didn't (not to knock them or anything, and maybe it's perhaps also in part due to me maturing) was to enjoy the music.

I was just finishing up on the Pathétique Sonata at that time I went off to college and I thought, that was quite an accomplishment and thought, but oh well, next phase of life. It was a tremendous inspiration hearing other students play at the college dorms (even on the sort of pianos badly in need of tuning, with a bad action, etc. that they had there), and I changed that thought rather quickly, no way I'm stopping. I started again with my old teacher although less frequently... I still lived reasonably close enough for it, and I made it my goal to learn through the 3rd movement of Moonlight. But then my teacher died frown (not on account of my playing, at least I think wink ) and I have been teacherless for quite some time.

Life sort of got in the way as it is prone to do (sound familiar?), and throughout college and graduate school, I didn't play all that much. I did get a keyboard but I didn't really think that the lack of weighted keys would be a problem.. Oops... (it was great fun experimenting on the thing, though). What kept me interested had been learning lots of music theory and about tuning, I'd go through many phases of renewed playing/musical education efforts. My roommates helped me discover Bach (one even transcribed some Bach to his instrument, the steel drums!)

Here I am now, at 29, finishing up grad school (in math) and the latest renewed playing phase comes from making the best of losing my teaching job (budget cuts, grrrr...), and the new music building on campus, where I have been being really, really consistent with my practicing (for the first time in my life wink ). And I discovered this forum... you guys keep me inspired! My current goal besides, of course, polishing up some of the old favorites, is to learn some Chopin études. But there is so much other stuff to learn, too! My favorites are Bach, Beethoven, and of course Chopin (their compositions take up like 3 days' worth of music in my iTunes collection), although sprinklings of Mozart and Debussy are there (Clair de Lune is probably the most frequently requested when I'm in the presence of friends or relatives, and a piano). Anyway I look forward to participating in the forums!
Posted by: casiopianoteacher

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/26/10 10:05 PM


Hello everyone this is my very first forum ever I'm not to sure how this works yet but I’m a fast learner I love primavera by Ludovico Einaudi I learned about it here lol boy its beautiful
Posted by: danshure

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/10 10:24 PM

Hello! Visited this forum off and on for a few months and finally decided to sign up. Brief background...

-started piano at age 5 (now 30)
-graduate of University of New Hampshire in performance
-been teaching for 10 years
-perform many styles professionally, mostly jazz, salsa, latin-jazz, r&b/rock, electronica (i also play analog synths) and some classical
-write and compose too
-when I married a few years ago my musical career took a short hiatus because of relocating but I'm back into teaching 25+ lessons a week and now recording and producing music at home and doing an occasional live performance.

Looking to always progress as a pianist and teacher so I'm mainly here to gain different perspectives from other teachers as well as give input when possible. cool
Posted by: winniee

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/30/10 01:28 AM

it's winnie here.

began to learn piano @ 3-year-old, and 25-year-old now.

favorite composer is Bach. however always think i am still too young to interpret his pieces.

currently working on Mozart's piano sonatas and Chopin's etudes. Used to play a lot of Haydn 10 years ago, probably will recover later.
Posted by: nauru

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/31/10 12:49 AM

Hi! I'm nauru.

Glad to have found this forum. Longtime pianist, but relatively new to the world of internet forums.
Posted by: Luna

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/01/10 07:27 PM

Well, I'm back again. Not that I was here for very long in the past.

I'd still call myself an adult beginner. I'm 35 and have played piano on and off (with a lot of off) since I was 16. After about 2 years away from the piano, I am back and really enjoying myself. I'm determined to make some progress this time around. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I remember.

So no pressure on myself; just playing for my own enjoyment, learning what I want to learn. I might pick up a teacher in a few months if all is still going well.

Nice to be back! Great to read the posts here and join in the camaraderie.
Posted by: TheFool

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/14/10 04:38 PM

Howya, absolute newbie here.

My name's Dylan and I live in Ireland, currently studying for my final exams in school. Hoping to study music next year in Trinity College Dublin...

I started piano when I was 15, which was about three years ago now. I started because my sister had been playing about a year, and I was jealous of her being able to do something musical. Noble, eh? She's very angry that I'm now a) obsessed to such a degree that she finds it hard to get near our Kawai and b) better than her by a reasonable margin. (It wasn't deliberate, I swear...)

The last exam I did was grade VI, and my pieces knock around that level of difficulty and a bit higher. My six pieces for my Leaving Certificate exams are:

Retrato di Alfredo Gobbi - Piazzolla
Danza de la Moza Donosa - Ginastera
Fugue in C minor, book 1 - Bach
Consolation no. 3 - Liszt
Memphis Stomp - Dave Grusin
Sonata no. 1, mvt. 1 - Beethoven

I have played them to DEATH. The pieces I've just started with my new teacher, (a bloke of some repute here in Ireland, student of a student of Cortot) are as follows.

Polonaise in C sharp minor - Chopin
Rhapsody in G minor - Brahms
Sonata in C minor - Galles
Sonata in D flat major - Soler
Bilder Aus Osten - Schumann (transcription for two hands)
Arabeske - Schumann.

It's great to find some like minded people!
Posted by: Skaught

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/17/10 06:45 PM

Hi, I'm pretty much new...I'm Scott, and I'm 18. I started piano at age 7.5-ish. I particularly enjoy romantic era music, especially Chopin. Rachmaninoff is another favorite composer of mine. And Debussy is awesome. I'm not particularly amazing, but I'm not horrible either. Oh, I also play trombone. Which is cool. Yeah.
Posted by: Lunatic

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/18/10 02:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Skaught
Hi, I'm pretty much new...I'm Scott, and I'm 18. I started piano at age 7.5-ish. I particularly enjoy romantic era music, especially Chopin. Rachmaninoff is another favorite composer of mine. And Debussy is awesome. I'm not particularly amazing, but I'm not horrible either. Oh, I also play trombone. Which is cool. Yeah.
Welcome!
Rachmaninoff is actually my favorite composer. smile
Posted by: Rubn Plaza Ramos

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/20/10 06:49 AM

Hello to all, im new of the forum, i have been searching this post to introduce myself, im from Spain, i have studied piano and obtained my degree, but actually i am not a professional pianist, i decided to study another carreer. But i love piano and play it every day,also compose piano pieces and im also studing violin.

I hope i can learn of your experience and make a good friendship.

Regards
Posted by: PianoTouch

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/21/10 09:46 AM

Hi there,

I am Martin, and hope to contribute much on this forum.

I know that many piano players have difficulty with the 'more difficult' pieces, as they may experience a common problem, where their hands are small.

I have been working with Mr Wallace Tate, a past Director of the Music Examinations Board of Western Australia, and have produced a website that discusses the method of Professor Lionel Bowman's Playing, to overcome hand and arm injuries.

I hope to provide much advice on this problem, which has affected countless pianists.

In the meantime, I am enjoying reading all the posts and encourage you to all contribute your stories, and ideas, as this is no doubt what will make this forum so invaluable.

Martin
Posted by: Scrounger

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/23/10 09:02 AM

Hello all.

I just joined today after having lurked these forums for about half a year. I'm a great lover of music and began playing the piano at a young age.

I'm picking up the piano after a long hiatus and find myself enjoying it again. I am piano-less at the moment, but hope to remedy that.

As a lover of music I hope I can contribute in my own small way to these forums.

At the moment I'm in Paris, my home city, and am enjoying exhibits and concerts related to especially Chopin's 200th birthday. What a treat!

Best regards,
The Scrounger
Posted by: Krodasi

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/28/10 01:29 PM

Hi, I'm Isabel. I started playing when I was 7, so I have been playing for 7 years (I'm 14). I lived in Canada for most of my life and got up to RCM grade 6, but in October this year my family moved to the Netherlands, and it's been really hard to get back into my old routines. I haven't had lessons for nearly a year now, as I am still looking for a good teacher, very frustrating! Any way, I hope to find one soon...
Posted by: darren2985

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/06/10 08:43 PM

Hi everyone! My name is Darren and i've been playing piano since the age of 12 (i'm 25 now). I was a pretty late start compared to my cousins who played violin and cello from age 6, but i'm the only one in my family who took my music to college. I studied at Aberdeen College in Scotland and got my ALCM teaching diploma. I moved out to California with my wife and we have a daughter now and i'm looking to start taking on some students so i can feel like i'm doing something useful with my life (and by life i mean music).

since i work nights it's hard for me to meet like minded people so it's great to have such a vast online community of people to exchange decent banter with!

I'm looking to get back into more involved playing, i'd like to sit ABRSM grade 8 performance (i have a DipLCM which is roughly equivalent) and get more into ensemble performance.

On my bucket list (yes I've already started one) i want to play at least one work for piano and orchestra in public (I don't believe my late start will stop me).

Currently i'm not working on anything serious, but i'm saving up my pennies for the ABRSM grade 8 piano book.

P.S. Sorry Kreisler, i "stole" your signature a while back, when i saw it i thought it was a fantastic quote, but i'm looking for something else, i promise!
Posted by: darren2985

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/06/10 09:04 PM

I'm sympatico on the sight-reading sharps and flats thing. i remedied it by finding a piece too advanced for me (Chopin polonaise in A major) and working and working on it. not sure if it was because the sheer amount of notes was forcing me to slow down my reading or not. My teacher was always cool with letting me work on things beyond my level and i think it really helped my reading because of my will to be able to play them.

Clair de Lune will come. it's not an easy piece to play!

Happy hunting!
Posted by: jimjones2007

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/17/10 11:37 AM

Hello guys,
I am Christoph and I come from Germany.
I've actually never learned piano at a teacher, only keyboard playing.
I've only learned to play the accordion.
I self-taught myself a little piano, and I'm trying to get better.
I cannot afford a teacher. So I hope to get some advice here.
I got an e-piano at home, which cannot be compared to a real piano, but
well, better than nothing.
I think I will enjoy it here.

My favourite music style is also romantic, especially Chopin, but I also like some of Tchaikovsky, and I do like Bach (although I don't like most of Barock that much, but I like his music). I really am a beginner. But I like the music. I like writing own music as well.

Well, let's see what kind of discoveries I will make here. smile
Posted by: MusicLessonMatch

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/17/10 11:57 PM

I am fairly new on this site! I would like to know who else is an active piano teacher in Canada looking for students?
We are putting together a list of Canadian teachers and have several parents waiting for good teachers....
I figured this was a good place to start.
MusiclessonMatch.com
Posted by: jesseoffy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/20/10 09:56 AM

Hello, just joined a couple of days ago, mainly to improve the technical side of my piano-playing.

I've played since I was three (well, that was probably only hit a key and say what name it was) and I have improved drastically. Still in high school, I feel that I can play most difficult music, though when on stage or in front of people, I get really nervous, tense, and sometimes a bit shaky.

I love anything grand, full of feeling, and minor. Mostly Romantic and Impressionistic era but Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky are my favorite composers.

Hope I can use this site to reach my full potential!
Posted by: atila

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/20/10 03:45 PM

Hi, I just want to say hello to everybody participating this great forum. I have discovered it recently, and I must admit that I really enjoy reading the articles here.
Posted by: JaclyndeLune

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/10 02:47 PM

Hello Fellow Pianists!

My name is Jaclyn & I am from Cleveland, Ohio. I have been playing the piano since I was 9 years old (I am 25 currently), wish I had started much earlier! I stumbled upon this forum while looking for sheet music & a new piano.

I just bought a house & can't take the one from my parents. I have always dreamed of getting a baby grand or grand piano. If anyone has suggestions they are welcome! I have played on an upright my entire life & would only play grands for recitals, so I am excited to get an upgrade for a decent deal. Are there risks in buying an old grand piano? Most that I have seen posted on estate sales or craigslist seem to be from as early as the 1920's, and I want to make a good investment.

On another note, I mainly play classical music but also enjoy contempary pieces that I can sing & play. My favorite piece and composer is Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy. I enjoy playing most of his pieces. My greatest accomplishment to date is Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu. Playing the piano is the greatest outlet for stress and enjoyment in my life. I recently fell in love with Ludovico Einaudi's work. I am trying to find "a fuoco" and "primavera". When I looked to digitally download "a fuoco" it said it was not available in the US. Does anyone have suggestions on where to buy these songs, or a suggestion on a good collection of his music to buy?
Posted by: jenxin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/23/10 03:12 PM

Hey guys/girls.
My name's Billy.
I've started getting into piano 1.5 years ago. I am now 18 years old and have started really late.
I love the play any music that catches my attention. Classical or not.
Though I do prefer classical. smile.
Posted by: feebeeliszt

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/30/10 06:31 PM

Hi everyone! I'm now 18 and have been playing piano for more than 10 years. (actually I'm quite ashamed to tell as I'm still very rubbish as a pianist despite decades of experience...) I didn't treat it seriously until I met my favourite teacher of my lifetime last year. He is just amazing and I adore him so much. (He's actually a superb pianist himself). I probably won't get any offer from the conservatoires, but I'll just enjoy what I'm doing =)
Posted by: BigIron

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/30/10 06:43 PM

Hello all. I am 33 and my name is Michael and I have been trying to learn to play the piano on and off since about September. I am in the US. I tried lessons when I was 12ish and after a year and two teachers all I could was play the "C" scale. That was my homework every night. I am trying hard to pick this stuff up, but find it difficult finding a way of learning that keeps my interest. I look forward to learning and playing for self enjoyment.
Posted by: kbub6f

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/31/10 10:10 AM

Hello Piano World.

My name is Ken. I studied classical piano growing up in Canada. Got my ARCT/performers in 1986. I then got distracted by "life" for 20 years. In 2007 I went to a family reunion where everybody wanted to hear me play. I realized I didn't have a single thing I could sit down and play beginning-to-end. So I started practicing again and rediscovered a deep love of the piano. Bought a grand piano in 2008 that I love and play every day.
Posted by: GeorgeB

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/06/10 03:47 PM

Hello,
Im 16 year old, and ive played for 11 years. Id love to become a concert pianist. I have played for some pianists: Elizabeth Allen(studied and taught at Juliard), Jill Lawson (whos teacher's teacher's teacher was Liszt, Douglas Finch and Hilary Coates both teachers at the trinity college london, met some pianists such as Murray McLachlan and Peter Donohoe.
Plus i was offered a place at Chethams School of Music in Manchester UK.
When i have time ill prob put some chopin etudes and rachmaninov.
Posted by: GeorgeB

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/06/10 03:48 PM

Sorry double post.
Posted by: Richter

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/08/10 11:04 PM

Hey everyone!

I'm Michael.

I'm currently in my third year of my bachelor's degree doing Piano Performance. I've been playing piano since I was 6 years old, so it's almost been 14 years now! I can't say I was ever really that dedicated or serious about the piano until I got to university, and my perspective on music has completely changed since then. At this point, I am aspiring to do my M.M and D.M.A at good competitive schools in the US and then teach post-secondary. I have a few schools in mind at the moment, but I am still deciding.

Other than my solo studies, I'm working as a collaborative pianist for an opera program where I live. I am also a part of a Piano/Percussion duo with one of my friends, as we are both very enthusiastic about contemporary music/chamber music. In my spare time, I play in a jazz combo, though this is an area that I'd really love to improve upon.

Current Rep:
Mozart d minor Piano Concerto
Liszt Mephisto Waltz
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2
Bach Partita No. 2
Debussy L'Isle Joyeuse
Beethoven Sonata Op. 109
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien

This summer, I get to study with Richard Raymond who is a very famous Canadian pianist! Shortly after this, I will be studying intensively with Vladimir Feltsman and the world-class faculty at his summer program in New York. If you haven't heard of Feltsman, I suggest you check out his Bach or his recording of Rach 3 - it is definitely some of the most amazing piano playing I have ever heard!
Posted by: Piano Balaji

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/11/10 06:03 AM

Hello pianists, Wanted to introduce myself. I have been learning paino for the past 5 years and am working as a software development manager. Every year I appear for a grade exam so far have completed 5 grades. Looking forward interacting more and get expert advice.
Posted by: Doctor Fugue

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/12/10 08:16 AM

Greetings to everyone in the forum.

After a time of isolation, I am looking forward to engaging once again with a music community. I hope to be inspired by your lively discussion and I will endeavour to provide an occasional personal insight.

For those interested in a brief autobiographical sketch: I am a Mason & Hamlin Artist, I have a doctoral degree in piano performance, I was briefly a piano instructor at a university, I have published essays and reviews in local magazines, I have released one recording independently, and I specialize in the music of J. S. Bach.

That all sounded rather boastful, but please understand that was not my intention. The only important fact is that I am a pianist.
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/12/10 12:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Doctor Fugue
Greetings to everyone in the forum.

After a time of isolation, I am looking forward to engaging once again with a music community. I hope to be inspired by your lively discussion and I will endeavour to provide an occasional personal insight.

For those interested in a brief autobiographical sketch: I am a Mason & Hamlin Artist, I have a doctoral degree in piano performance, I was briefly a piano instructor at a university, I have published essays and reviews in local magazines, I have released one recording independently, and I specialize in the music of J. S. Bach.

That all sounded rather boastful, but please understand that was not my intention. The only important fact is that I am a pianist.


It doesn't sound boastful at all. You are who you are - and I look forward to your participation in our discussions.

Welcome !!!
Posted by: F R Main

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/12/10 05:07 PM

Hello, my name is Frances and I'm 24 (nearly 25). I've been lurking here for a while but haven't posted anything...I had piano lessons once a week from the age of about 5 but I hated it. My passion was the descant recorder, I'd take it everywhere with me. I hated piano and didn't really want to practice. I was constantly told that "you're not really a piano person" and that I should focus on recorder. At the age of 11 I moved to a new school and was told that the recorder "was not a proper instrument" and couldn't get lessons. Without lessons I gradually stopped playing it. My piano teacher disliked me and at one point brought in another child and compared me to her. I quit that very day and never had another lesson again but didn't stop playing piano completely. Without any confidence I couldn't bring myself to finish any pieces and lost most of my ability to read sheet music. I do have a piano downstairs that I have been renting and play it sometimes. My dream is to be able to play prelude in C sharp minor by Rachmaninoff but my fear of failure means I give up too easily. My favourite composer is Schumann, could wax lyrical about him all day but no need to go into that here..;) Also like Satie, Nyman and Uematsu.

I stopped learning around grade 3 level so I suppose I'm around that level now but without the musical theory, so maybe around grade 2 or 3. Hoping to pick up my motivation here...
Posted by: GretchensPianos

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/24/10 01:52 AM

http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com/g-med/
(If you'd like to see my mug shot)

OK... I just clicked through to Kreisler's profile. Iowa City, eh? I grew up in Burlington!

I'm a pianist (oh, that was obvious) living in Amherst, MA. And since it's almost 2 a.m., I'll be back w/more info tomorrow.

Ahhhhhhhhh, there's an "edit" button for previous posts! Nice.

This is pretty much what I do:
I am a professional pianist performing solo and chamber music concerts, & accompanying for singers, instrumentalists, choruses, and opera companies. My training includes study in NY, fellowships to 3 music festivals, and a masters in the field.

I am NOT 25... learning music over the summer. Thinking about 1/2 a program of Gershwin. Also looking at Bach, Barber, and Stravinsky. I love playing Messiaen ~ performed 4/8 preludes several times last season.

Happy to be here! Looking forward to getting to know lots of fellow pianists. wow

Gretchen Saathoff

http://gretchenspianos.wordpress.com (that's my blog, which also has lots of other info ~ please visit! new post every saturday. smile )
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Posted by: Karina Abramova

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/25/10 03:07 PM

Hello all, I'm Karina, from Russia. Excuse me if my English is poor; it's my 4th language. I've been lurking the forum consistently this week and enjoyed the threads.

I'm 20, have played piano for 17 years. I also sing and play violin. I go to conservatory in NYC for jazz and classical performance. I love all piano music, from Bach to Bill Evans to Billy Joel. I especially like Romantics and Impressionists. My favourite composers are Chopin and Rachmaninov. Besides piano I enjoy ballet and mountain biking.

That's enough from me. I look forward to good discussions and hope I can contribute something useful. =)
Posted by: curtislee

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/28/10 12:26 PM

Hey! I'm 15 and have been playing piano for 7 years. My favorite composers are Rachmaninoff and Chopin. I like to listen to classical, rock, and rap.

I'm learning Chopin's nocturne F major, Rachmaninoff's prelude in G minor, and Horowitz's transcription of Stars and Stipes Forever.
Posted by: marilean

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/28/10 03:21 PM

Hello, everyone.
My name is Sarah, I am 16 and I am from Latvia, Europe. I am studying piano for ten years in music school. I must say that I do not really understand levels and grades in USA and other countrys but now I am in 10th grade. It is second eduction level in Latvia after children music school and before Academy of Music.
Well, for someone maybe it sounds great – 10 years with piano. It is not like that. Yes, I went to music school to all lessons, theory and practice, but only 2 years ago I started to love piano. And now I can truly say that piano and music is all my life. 3hearts
When I have to go to my „normal” school (not music school), I play 4-5 hours pre day and 6-7 hours in weekend. Now it is summer and I play 7-8 hours every day and I am the most lucky person in the world.
I have played so many pieces that I do not remember all of them. But now I am learning Chopin ballades 1, 2, 3, 4, his first Skerco, Rachmaninoff Prelude op.23 no.5, Chopin prelude no.16, Scriabin Etudes op.8. no.5 and no. 5 and Bach french suite no.5. As I sad- it takes a lot of time. Chopin is my favourite composer.
I am sure that some of you is also learning these pieces – please, write me, it could be a very interesting talk. grin
And yes, English is not my language – please forgive my mistakes.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/30/10 02:46 PM

Hello,
I like it here. You can glean so many perspectives. And you can get exposure to things you may not have realized or encountered on your own. For example, there are people who have issues with the term ‘lurker’. Who knew that? There is also someone here who is learning Mussorgsky’s Bogyatr Gate as we speak. That’s cool.

I only began playing recently. I wish that when I was younger that my mother could have afforded lessons or a piano, but we were quite poor (as far as 1980’s Americans could be poor).

I love listening to Russian composers, particularly Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Mussorgsky. I don’t really like most of Schubert’s works but one particular piece of his got me in. I also like Ligeti a bit, but maybe ‘like’ is not a correct expression? It’s an experience… I know that one day I will be in love with Chopin, but I think that day will only come after I have some ability.

I went to one of the US’s military academies and flew jets for several years in the military. I left the service a few years back. I’m 35. I am a very cerebral person and love learning. My resume is a confused item with various academic thingies, mainly mathematical (like actuarial and financial thingies). I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up so in the meantime I learn stuff. I'll begin law school in August.

My goal is to learn to play a few things and bring others and myself happiness. In my mind I see myself performing certain pieces masterfully, evoking awe and inspiring others, fulfilling myself. I also want to better understand music—that is the scientist part of me. I’d like to apply my mathematical background to be more creative and inventive on the keyboard. For example, I’d like to better understand and build on the work of David Lewin link to a Lewin text on Amazon . The branch of mathematics called ‘abstract algebra’ deals with 'groups' and 'transformations', which is very much what composers work with. There is probably a happy place on the keys where intuition and analysis play nicely.

I have doubts that I’ll ever be a musician of any talent, I think if you begin at age 34 you can’t ever be very good, but I do hope to have fun—continue to have fun—with it. And I like to prove wrong people like me that say you can’t begin at age 34 and ever be any good. cheers!
Posted by: Ender Wiggin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/30/10 09:33 PM

Hello, you can call me Ender Wiggin. Despite my boyish novelistic name, I am indeed a female. I have been lurking this site for far too many years. Today, on a whim, I decided it was about time for me to join!

My love for the piano started at the age of 5, when I took my first piano lesson. I had a wonderful teacher! I quit about a year later but ever since then I have been self taught. This was the case up until the past 2 years where I've started taking very informal lessons. I still think I'm quite good despite my lack of professional lessonry.

I have an aversion to traditional lessons (duh) but I would like to try and start within the next year so I can improve my playing abilities.

My favorite composer is Moszkowski.
Posted by: beet31425

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/13/10 04:50 PM

Welcome, Ender Wiggin!

Or should we call you Demosthenes?... smile


-Jason
Posted by: alinnman

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/14/10 09:04 AM

Hi,

I am a new member. Started playing piano this spring after a couple of years of silence. Played the piano in my youth and have also studied singing.

Right now I want to catch up in the classical repertoire: The list is
* Chopin, nocturnes op 27 & op 48, Ballade A-flat, Etude op 25 nr 1 and op 10 nr 12.
* Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse
* Schumann: Fantasiestücke (1-3)

This will require quite a lot of work, but I am in no hurry. A good online forum like this one might be a valuable resource for feedback, new ideas etc.
Looking forward to use this forum!

Cheers
/August
Posted by: triptych317

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/14/10 09:42 PM

Hey, everyone, I recently discovered this site after searching stuff on google, and I have to say, this place seems like an awesome place.

I started playing piano when I was 13, so it's almost been three years since then. My sister used to play when I was a kid, and I saw great pianists on YouTube, so seeing piano a lot back then eventually made me decide to do it myself.

I love playing, it's just that I don't really like my current teacher, and I'm trying to find new alternatives to make piano more fun.

Now I'm off to enjoy the rest of the forum laugh
Posted by: WinsomeAllegretto

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/10 06:51 PM

Hi...probably nobody will read this since there are already 13 pages. Anyway I pretty much know nothing and will definitely be asking a lot of questions. But I do know that I LOVE piano and I'm so excited that I found a place to talk about it!
Posted by: WinsomeAllegretto

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/10 06:56 PM

"My favorite composer is Moszkowski."

Really? I've never heard of him. How did you learn about him, and why is he your favorite? What are some good pieces by him to listen to? smile
Posted by: Satsuki

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/10 08:04 PM

Hi everyone, I'm Anna.
I've recently come across this site, and signed up immediately after seeing all the passionate people sharing their love for music here. In my opinion this is an absolutely wonderful site!
I'm on the border of turning 15 currently, but unfortunately I have not realized truly how beautiful an instrument the piano is until about a year ago. True, I've begun practicing out of my own agenda starting from somewhere around when I was 9, but back then I still saw the piano as just a piano. But this year, for the first time ever since I started playing when I was 7, I genuinely fell in LOVE with the piano. It's my deepest passion right now.
I don't know how I would occupy my time outside of school if it weren't for piano! Of course, not just playing piano. I listen to classical music around the clock. It's just one of the best things I have ever found in life.
The thing that frustrates (and motivates) me the most, though, is that I'm not as good as I want to be technically. I've just taken the RCM 10 exam, while I know others my age who've finished LRCM already! I'm always fuming at myself about how I should have focused more in my earlier years and maybe I would be farther today. But of course, we shouldn't dwell on the past. So now I commit a lot of my time to improving my technique.
There are SO many gorgeous pieces that have been composed by the great masters, and I do not want to miss out on any of them!

Anyway, I'll stop ranting. haha

Anna
Posted by: Ender Wiggin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/19/10 06:45 PM

Originally Posted By: beet31425
Welcome, Ender Wiggin!

Or should we call you Demosthenes?... smile


-Jason

Ho there!

Glad to see I'm not the only Orson Scott Card reader out here smile


Originally Posted By: WinsomeAllegretto
"My favorite composer is Moszkowski."

Really? I've never heard of him. How did you learn about him, and why is he your favorite? What are some good pieces by him to listen to?


He has a set of 15 etudes that are absolutely wonderful. I also enjoy his Spanish Dances. Someone once said "After Chopin, Moszkowski best understands how to write for the piano". It's a shame he isn't very well known today.

I don't remember exactly how i found out about him. Probably from surfing youtube videos, or listening to pandora.
Posted by: snowflakesbella

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/19/10 10:23 PM

Hi.... I think i'm supposed to post here first...
So.
My name's Therese... and I am currently a high school student... (My username is related to something my piano teacher told me about one of the pieces I'm studying...)
I've been playing piano for 6 years. I've had 3 piano teachers. At first I was reluctant to start piano, because although I really loved music, I had a lot of other commitments at the time. But I couldn't help it as I watched my sister play beautiful music... we are both in grade 9 (RCM) right now.

I'm excited to be a part of these forums, and I really really enjoy playing the piano. It's become a very important part of my life-- I can't do without it!
Posted by: JohSBach

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/31/10 05:18 PM

My name is Hans (age 51) and I am living in The Netherlands. I started playing the piano at an age of 7 and initially got piano lessons for about 10 years. Then I switched to church organ and even studied that for two years at the conservatory of Amsterdam. However, during that time I have been grasped by musical theatre and suddenly switched my musical career into that field completely. Both my work as a church organist en my theatre activities required a lot site-reading capabilities. As a result of this I am definitely a very good site-reader, but a rather poor memorizer. Although good site-readers are often very "handy" in playing just the most relevant notes, it can also lead to sloppy performances when it comes to classical music. At least that's what happened to me. I regularly ran through all of the Beethoven Sonata's as if was reading a novel. But that was how I survived my fun piano career for about 25 years.

Two years ago I decided to buy a new grand, simply because my previous one just couldn't inspire me any longer. It got too old and the mechanics couldn't catch up with my fingers anymore (or was it maybe the other way around?). I decided to buy a Fazioli 228 (what the heck...), which completely changed my (piano) life! I started taking lessons again and found this very inspiring concert pianist who let me reinvent pieces that I previously just rushed through.

But to be honest, I felt that my technique has gotten rather poor and I wasn't able to let my fingers do what my head wanted them to do. So now I decided to spend some time on getting back to fundamental practicing in order to be able to play more precise and also faster.

I recently ran into a remarkable (online) book by Chuang C. Chang about piano methods. It's especially interesting because the author is not a piano teacher nor a professional musician. Instead he's a scientist, just like me (I'm a physicist myself) and he uses an interesting approach to evaluate existing practicing methods. The main message is that he suggests non-intuitive practice methods. It was actually this book that brought me here, since there have been some discussions on this forum about this book in the past.

I definitely hope to get inspired by this forum and I will of course try to contribute to some of the discussions in my typically Dutch manner. So beware wink
Posted by: Zindaras

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/03/10 05:44 PM

We've always had a piano at our home, but I was never really interested in playing music: I always felt like it was too much of a bother. About a year and a half ago (I'm 20), I decided I wanted to learn how to play Yann Tiersen's Comptine d'une autre été: l'après-midi, an absolutely beautiful song I listened to for days on end. I got a friend to learn me the basics and did some small stuff from Alfred's Beginners Book, but I really took off when I started learning classical music pieces on my own. I am too lazy to actually study piano the way I should, but I've been learning pieces on-and-off since then (mostly on) and I'm fairly pleased with my progress: I've been playing Comptine for about a year. Currently, my favourite pieces to play are Mussorgsky's Une Larme and Scriabin's Opus 16 Prelude 1, though my preferences shift a lot whenever I get obsessed with a new song.

I found the forum through wonderful wonderful Google and checked it out before. I decided to join because I'm looking for a low-end microphone that will let me record my playing in a satisfactory quality, and hoped to be able to get some advice here. I also like these kinds of forums, because I can listen to pieces I have never heard before and try to play them.

Like the above poster, I'm Dutch. I'm an economics student. I own (or rather, will own) a Mignon that is about a hundred years old and a family heirloom, which I greatly enjoy playing.
Posted by: SpecialKeysCereal

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/03/10 10:32 PM

Hi everyone!
I found these forums when I was Googling something piano related. I've been wanting to join for a while, it's interesting for me to hear from other pianists, get advice, inspiration.
I've wanted to play piano since I was little but I started in elementary school. I've been playing for around 7 years... It's only been the past few years I admit that I really started to care about piano. I used to say "I love piano, but I HATE practicing."
(I would practise about 1-2 hours a week on average... but refuse to quit piano.)
Not anymore. I love piano. Period.
Okay. It's time for me to get busy posting. (it is too late to practise now... don't want angry neighbours.)
Posted by: kck

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/06/10 07:36 AM

New person delurking. I'm personally a very amateur pianist. I have a 9 year old that started at age 5, who is coming up on some difficult pieces. When I googled them, it led me to this board. smile

He most recently learned many of the Clementi Sonatina Op 36 mvts over the past year - most recently no 5 Presto he played in recital. He's learning Beethoven Sonata Op 49 No 2 right now. He studies Suzuki, but is an excellent sight reader for his age/experience level and lately has been doing more non-Suzuki repotoire. He has small hands and can't quite hit an octave yet.

I love reading about everyone's passion for piano! I've developed a great love and respect for piano playing.
Posted by: CanDoo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/07/10 01:49 PM

Hello to you all.
I joined a few days ago, having lurked for many months and found the amount advice avaiable here astonishing.
Like many people I have wanted to play an intrument but just never tried. However, 18 months ago I retired and thought I would at least give it a try. The result to my amazement is I've managed to play from memory the 1st movement of the Moonlight Sonata. I know it's a simple piece for all you advanced players but it's a start. Now I have rest of life to play it properly and learn more pieces.
The digital piano is going to be replaced with an acoustic very soon.
I could ramble on but I'm not going to, at least not on this occasion.
Thanking you all in advance for all your help in the future.
Best wishes,
Dave.
Posted by: bukopaudan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/09/10 05:17 PM

Hello, everyone!
Welcome to the forums--it's so fun to be here and it's really an exciting community full of all those practice nerds you find out there :]
Posted by: Victor25

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/09/10 05:21 PM

Me and Skeeter don't take kindly to strangers, now do we?

Just some southpark humor,

Hello everybody!
Posted by: sportsdude2060

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/14/10 11:04 PM

Hello everyone,

Like most people, I found this site through google about a month ago. I had planned to simply browse through the posts without actually making an account; however, when I finally convinced my parents to let me get rid of the awful piano I have now and get a new one, I decided to sign up to ask some of the piano veterans on here for advice.

Anyway, a little about my brief piano playing career (and by "a little" I of course mean "as much of my life story as will fit in this post"):
I played the piano for the first time when I was six. Unfortunately, since my teacher taught straight from one of those generic books, I didn't enjoy any of the pieces, and I didn't practice at all, I grew bored with the instrument and quit after only one year.

Then, in January 2009, after not having touched the piano for almost 10 years, a combination of youtube and guitar hero (no joke) rekindled my interest and I decided to pick up where I had left off. I retaught myself how to sightread and play some of the easy stuff that I had once known (fur elise, simplified entertainer, etc.) but it wasn't enough for me. Inspired by martin leung's video of the mario themes and chocotiger's performance of the entertainer, I printed out the sheet music for the super mario brothers 3 second overworld theme and the original version of the entertainer and forced myself to learn them note by note. After about a month or so of off-and-on play, I managed a barely recognizable rendition of the first half of the former, and a sloppy performance of the first section (which is all I really cared about at the time) of the latter.

Finally, one of my friends, who had started taking lessons around the same time I did but actually stuck with it, gave me the name of his teacher, a concert pianist who he said really helped him improve. I put it off for a bit, but at the beginning of May, I started taking lessons from her -- and I'm so glad I did. We started with the super mario piece -- she hadn't even heard it before, but on a sightread, she corrected my pitiful fingering and showed me how to play the ridiculous latter half of the song. Within about 6 weeks, I managed to get it to recognizable standards -- and this was a piece which was at least 10 times harder than anything I had learned as a child.

I decided to try to test out my luck by making Maple Leaf Rag my next center project, with about 5 or 6 slightly easier pieces on the side. It took almost 3 months, but I managed to learn the composition in time to play in a recital. Since then, I've been learning anything and everything I've ever aspired to play -- from the super mario air platform theme, to rondo alla turca, to pirates of the caribbean, to clocks, to even stairway to heaven. I must say that restarting piano lessons was the single best decision I have made a very long time.

Right now I'm working on (but not necessarily improving on)
revolutionary
flight of the bumblebee (rachmaninoff's)
hungarian rhapsody no. 2 (ridiculously hard!)
cohen's masterpiece (also ridiculously hard!)

Also, I currently play on a very small, very unfulfilling wurlitzer upright; but I am in the process of purchasing a new (hopefully better) piano

I look forward to discussing piano with all of you in the future!
Posted by: Ligeti77

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/15/10 03:27 PM

Hi there. I have been reading the posts at this excellent forum for some time now, and decided to introduce myself. A few years ago, I rediscovered the piano after a break of five years. I can't remember having played with so much fun and dedication when I was younger. It is really terrific.
I am currently working on Liszt's Il sospiro, which is after Sonnet 104 from the Annees de Pelerinage, my biggest challenge until now. I am still playing at Yamaha Clavinova CLP 990 but seriously thinking of buying an acoustic or even a grand. Cheers!
Posted by: DonnaK

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/16/10 03:25 PM

Hello Kreisler:

I am a brand new member and welcome this opportunity to "jump right in." This is my first posting! I joined Piano World and Piano forum for 2 reasons. The first because I am a musician--pianist. I have studied piano all my life and will continue to do so. I no longer do any performing except with a 2 piano group--which I love. These past few years I devoted much of my time to producing a documentary film and a famous American woman pianist. You might say my hobby is Music History. I became interested in this particular woman because acknowledgement of her many contributions to the world of music in America have been forgotten---and overshadowed by her famous conductor husband--Leopold Stokowski. The name of my subject is: Olga Samaroff. However, her birth name is Lucy Hickenlooper--born in Texas in 1880. Samaroff, aka Hickenlooper became an international concert pianist against tremendous odds--old world biases against women as musicians and Americans as musicians!! Needless to say I would like the Piano Forum and Piano World people to look at my webpage to learn more about this exceptional American woman pianist. It's quite a story! www.olgasamaroff.com

Thanks for letting me indulge myself. I hope to post many notes about piano playing and music history.

Warm Musical Wishes,
DonnaK
Posted by: JaydWoods

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/17/10 04:29 PM

Hi I am Jacob and have played the piano ever since I was in 3rd grade. It was a random interest and my mom decided to get me lessons.

I was never practiced as much as I was suppose to because I had more interest in creating music as compared to reading any music which has been my greatest fault and benefit at the same time.

Though it was only an FFA talent show a piece I put together in a week one first place in a regional competition. This was surprising because I had not played the piano seriously for about four years prior to the competition.

But now I have an electric Yamaha piano that was freely donated to me from some family members who no longer were interested in playing the piano and have been learning some things about audacity.

I am very excited to be on pianoworld to learn more about piano playing and music in general.
Posted by: ElenaCampana

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/17/10 05:22 PM

I'm a new member - heard about this in Perri Knize's book. I played piano as a child, and when I went off to college I stopped. 30 years later I was wandering through a music store and I sat down to play the digital pianos. The manager came over and asked me where I studied; when I said I didn't, he lectured me! I had just met my own inner voice, that voice that had been nagging me to start playing again. So I bought a Yamaha Clavinova and by sheer good luck I found the teacher of my dreams. I did well enough, played in some recitals, and practiced many many hours. I don't know when I started thinking about a grand piano, but I ended up searching for almost three years. I started out looking for a relatively inexpensive grand, and I played hundreds of them. Never could resist trying out some of the great pianos too, but never thought I could afford one. Then it happened to me - I played a truly great piano, a 1917 Steinway "O", and fell completely in love with it. Now I was REALLY miserable, but I really couldn't afford it and I knew it. Then my teacher offered to take me to his piano tech's studio to see if there was something I could handle. We looked at several pianos being rebuilt - a Steinway B, an A, and an O. The A and the B were too expensive even in their untouched state, and they both needed work. The "O" was so ugly I almost couldn't bear to play it - someone had actually painted it brown and the paint had bubbled and cracked. But my teacher played it for me, insisting that I give it a chance, and inside that horrible paint job was a gem. The price was almost right, but it did need some work. We started to negotiate, and every time I went back to visit I heard more wonderful things from the piano in its 'as-is' state. Turns out that this "O" is also a 1917 New York Steinway, the twin sister of the gorgeous one I had fallen in love with, but the neglected twin for sure! So I had her gussied up and am living happily ever after with her. The story has a nice postscript: unbeknownst to me, that first "O" was bought by one of my fellow students, and we are now duet partners. Our beloved teacher passed away last year and all his students are searching for someone to succeed him. I came to this forum looking for thoughts about finding a teacher who prefers to take older, lapsed students who are coming back to the piano. I don't have time to become a great pianist, but hope to be as good as I can and have lots of musical evenings at home.
Posted by: Miles Martin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/18/10 07:11 PM

Hey my name is Miles. I've been playing the piano for a bit more than a year... but according to my teacher I'm moving faster than most people do. Just got through Fur Elise and the Moonlight Sonata 1st Mvt (yeah I know... BOTH overplayed) and Im moving on into some Chopin Preludes. Im always looking for suggestions for things to play and Im excited to join the piano forums, Ive read a lot of topics from the piano forum while google searching and Im excited to be able to RESPOND now laugh
Posted by: gsmonks

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/21/10 11:45 PM

Hello, all and sundry. My name is Greg Monks, and I am a semi-retired writer/musician. I also research period brasswinds. I studied to be a concert-pianist at one time, but allowed the skills to lag somewhat because I prefer composition to performance. I wrote a number of novels over the years, most of them under various pseudonyms. I play all brass instruments, as well as bass and some guitar. The instrument I play best is the clarinet, which is ironic because I have no love for the instrument.

Incidentally, what is a "lurker", besides someone hiding in the bushes, intending to do something indecent?
Posted by: GretchensPianos

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/21/10 11:48 PM

Hi Greg! In Internet slang, a "lurker" is someone who reads others people's posts but doesn't participate. Gretchen
Posted by: Adam Coleman

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/29/10 01:54 AM

Hi everybody
my name is adam and ive been playing piano for about 8 years. im 15 and live in Los Angeles California. In California we have Certificate of Merit. I am CM level 10. Current pieces that im working on include Rachmaninoff etude-tableau op 39 no 6 (Little Red Riding Hood) and Liszt's Un Sospiro. I also play the drums but prefer piano. I LOVE romantic music the most but play everything. Looking forward to meeting some new people!
Posted by: the rebel prince

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/30/10 11:46 PM

Hi all!

My name's Sam, and I've just returned to piano playing. I took lessons all of my childhood, only ending when I went to uni in '04. But finally I've got myself a great keyboard (one of those proper ones which has a great sound to it), and I'm finding how quickly it all comes back to me,.

At the moment, I'm trying to work my way through a variety of pieces: some various pop and theatre songs for performance; and a variety of pieces including the Chopin preludes, Rhapsody in Blue (well I've got about 5 of 26 pages down to something acceptable!), and - my new favourite - Liebermann's "Gargoyles", which I only just bought today so we'll see how that one works out...

(Those are my long-term pursuits anyway; I'm just exploring various compilation books I have, and discovering how many pieces I vaguely remember)

Anyway, I'm so happy to find a place like this, and look forward to finding out a lot more about the pieces I like, and the world of piano playing... cheers!
Posted by: Bradley P

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/31/10 05:27 PM

Hi everyone!

I am excited to become a part of such an enourmously active website. I am astounded that some folks have more than 10000 posts! I guess that's an average of 3 posts per day if they joined in 2001. Still, that's a ton!

I took 6 weeks of lessons and then became a self teacher (this was back in middle school) and my high school band program really taught me enough theory (can you ever know enough, though?).

My favorite composer is probably hans zimmer or from a more classical standpoint, beethoven (mainly for moonlight sonata). I also enjoy Yann Tiersen quite a bit.
Posted by: Toastburn

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/10 06:23 PM

Hello everyone :-)

I am a newcomer to this forum. I am 62 and learnt the piano up to AMEB Grade 3 when a teenager - I think my wise teachers at the time didn't suggest that I try any further grades (*grin*). But I have kept my lovely Lipp upright always and persevered at the keyboard (including a detour into pipe organ when at uni for my residential college), and recently was lucky enough to acquire a new Boston GP178.

After 6 months of getting nowhere on the Boston I realized I should also acquire a teacher.

The teacher has proved to be a most excellent acquisition as he has cured me of the bad pianistic habits that I had carefully cultivated for decades, and now I am playing works that I never thought I could (some unkind friends still say I can't play them but I will get some new friends instead).

But seriously, I love the piano and its repertoire and get huge pleasure (as I think we all do) from playing my favourite works and occasionally entertaining friends at home. I toy with idea of doing a diploma sometime as I think I am almost to Associate level, but not having done years of Czerny/Hanon and the technical stuff I don't think I am quite there yet.

So much interesting stuff in these forums! It is going to take me months to scan the posts and get all the good advice that is in them.

Cheers to everyone.
Posted by: Randommelon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/10 08:34 PM

Hi there.

I've been lurking here for a few months so I figured I might as well join.

I've been playing piano for four years now, but for half of this year I haven't had a teacher because I'm having a very long holiday. I've recently realised that I've been playing with tension in my hands, which are just starting to feel better after (two weeks later!) practising the chordal part of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor from (the famous bit at bar 17) way too much, so I've decided to learn Bach's inventions as practice to get rid of tension.

My favourite composers are Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Bartok, Chopin and Prokofiev, and my favourite pianists are Pogorelich and Hamelin.

If I could, I'd practise piano all day, and I hope to be able to one day. grin

- Randommelon.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/10 09:14 PM

Welcome to PW all of you! I hope you all read our wonderful (and sometimes not-so-wonderful) discussions here in the Pianist Corner, as well as other forums and join in the threads!

Randommelon, I'm going to learn all the Bach inventions too. laugh
Posted by: Randommelon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/10/10 04:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Randommelon, I'm going to learn all the Bach inventions too. laugh


They're pretty super-special awesome. grin
Posted by: Dan1992

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/12/10 04:56 PM

Hello everyone! Just seen this thread and I couldn't write a post. I'm 18 years old, been playing piano since I was 5. Finished my music school when I was 14.I graduated with a perfect, straight A exam certificate.Just after graduation, performed a recitale, which included J.S.Bach's - prelude & fugue no.6 d- minor, L.Bethoven - sonata no.9 e major, etc. Didn't play for a year after, because I hit the ''interest wall''. Now I just moved to London after my high school graduation (gap year in progress), and I feel captivated by piano. Been trying to find where can I practise piano here in London.Found this website just by accident and I am already glad to be apart of it.Looking forward to quality discussions!
Posted by: sam235813

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/16/10 02:18 PM

I've just gotten back to piano (stopped playing when I was 22, am now 47). Skill level is moderate. I have restarted w/Bach. First one is the English Suite 2 in A-min.

Sight reading ability as decayed considerably, but am having a good time. Have a terrific instructor.

Looking forward to the journey.
Posted by: bellamusica

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/10 12:19 AM

Hi everyone!

I just randomly found this website while searching online for practice tips and techniques.

I am currently working on my master's degree in piano performance (this is my first semester). I started piano lessons when I was 4 (so my mom tells me - I don't remember that far back, and the earliest kiddie recital program I could find my name on was from when I was 5).

I had an electric keyboard until I was almost 18. I had recently switched piano teachers (my first teacher who had me play real classical music) and she was horrified when she found out I wasn't practicing on a real piano. So after that, I used my grandma's tiny little spinet piano for about a year until I graduated from high school, when my parents bought me a grand piano as a graduation gift (thanks Mom and Dad)! Having started classical music relatively late, and using an electric keyboard for so many years, I have always felt like I'm technically a little behind other pianists in my age group, but I think I'm slowly catching up.

My top two very favorite composers are Beethoven and Brahms, and then come Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Debussy, and Ravel. My favorite pianists are Richter, Rubinstein, and Argerich. I also love Barbara Nissman's Prokofiev recordings and Pascal Roge's Debussy. These are just the ones who come to mind right now, there are definitely more!

I'm looking forward to conversing with other fellow pianists! smile
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/10 09:16 AM

Originally Posted By: bellamusica
Barbara Nissman


Wow, those two words especially spoke out to me! And also, welcome to Piano World! laugh

She is also amazing with Ginastera! I have this recording on CD and it's the best I've heard so far.

Posted by: Greg Curtis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/10 05:31 PM

Hi guys! Been active in a couple of the other forums here but new to this one. Just ordered a new Roland 700NX DP but I'm still really a beginner. I'm sure I can pick up alot of knowledge here though.
Posted by: bellamusica

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/10 09:01 PM

Wow, that's awesome!

I recently discovered Barbara Nissman because my piano teacher was students with her at Michigan. He mentioned it because I'm working on that same Ginastera sonata that you posted.

Anyways I found her recording of the Prokofiev sonatas and I liked it so much I looked her up online, found out she had a website, and emailed her mentioning that I was studying with one of her former colleagues and saying how much I enjoyed her recording. And she actually wrote back thanking me for my email! grin Needless to say that email is never going to be deleted!
Posted by: WoodKey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/13/10 04:56 PM

Good evening, I'm a guy from Stockholm, Sweden who's been studying the piano since the age of 8. Other than piano, I also play the tenor saxophone, church organ and a little Hammond organ. smile I'm now 19 and have played many pieces of music, from Clementi's Sonatina in C to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.heart My first teacher was Sven Åke Andersson, who I had until I started on the Gymnasium of Södra Latin, where my teacher was Ann-Sofi Klingberg. I have also attended masterclasses and workshops with pianists like Stefan Bojsten, Mats Widlund and Roland Pöntinen. Right now I'm having a year off with lessons in piano and organ, and practice...and listening of course. wink I'm looking forward to be a part of this forum!

Oh, forgot something important: I improvise a lot! laugh
Posted by: bennevis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/14/10 12:13 PM

Hi, I'm a newcomer to this forum. I learnt to play the piano from the age of 10 but soon realised I was only slightly better than average in my abilities, so I gave up any hope of becoming a concert pianist. But my love of classical music intensified if anything over the years despite my not having a piano after leaving university (where I had unlimited access to the Music Department's big Yamaha uprights in their practice rooms). Since then, I played only intermittently on whatever piano I could get my hands on (including on a cruise ship from Alaska....), getting used to out-of-tune, out-of-condition honky-tonks as well as occasionally hiring a concert grand to play on when my itch became unbearable.

Eventually, I took the plunge a few months ago and decided to buy myself a digital piano of the best quality I could afford, having realised that if I bought an acoustic, I'd never be able to play it at its proper volume because I'm surrounded by neighbours above, below and on both sides. Which was how I chanced upon this great forum, to see what other pianists' opinions were about using DPs (Answer - predominantly negative in the Pianist Corner, occasionally positive in the DP section!?!). So I armed myself with a selection of music - Ravel's Alborada del gracioso and Ondine, the first movement cadenzas of the Grieg and Rachmaninov's 3rd Concertos (the big chordal one) and some Chopin Nocturnes - and a pair of good headphones, and went around various music stores to try them out on the top-end DPs, discarding any that didn't past muster on any of the music (fast repeated notes, unlimited big sound on massive chords, separation of melodic strands, pedal effects including half-pedal etc), eventually settling on the Roland V-Piano which I duly bought after several auditions.

And I'm now rediscovering my technique, refining my tone, learning new stuff etc on my new toy, in the knowledge it's never going to go out of tune no matter how hard I bash it.
Posted by: UrLicht

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/15/10 12:44 PM

Hi, I'm new to the forum. What a great place for lovers of piano music to get together!

I've been playing piano since I was about 9 years old (violin before that at age 3 - yes my parents were like that). I didn't ever get the solid foundation I needed due to intermittent lessons when I first began, etc, but that didn't stop me from practicing hard and getting a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Utah.

I can't say that I have ever played that well, but I mostly play for my own enjoyment anyway. I'm working on a couple of Chopin Etudes in my almost non-existent spare time. I own a hand-me-down Knabe grand, built in 1938, that needs a lot of work I can't afford. At least the soundboard and pegboard are still in great shape!

Currently I'm a software developer, and I'm working on business software for private teachers on the side, an idea I had when I started teaching in 2005. I just moved, though, and I'm looking to start teaching again on weekends.
Posted by: PaulaPiano34

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/16/10 10:55 PM

Hello there. I am a new member (just joined five minutes ago) and I'm very excited to join the pianoworld community here. A little bit about me: I have been playing piano for five years and I love it so very, very much. I practice between 2-3 hours on schooldays and 4-6 hours on weekends. My favorite composers are Chopin, Beethoven, and Rachmaninov (thus my screen name).
Thank you!
--M
Posted by: FreddyChopin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/17/10 06:51 PM

Hi I'm new to this forum and I played the piano for 20 years by now. I began at 6 years with Thompson and Walter Carrol. In my early teens I played Sonatines and pieces by Debussy (suite bergamasque) and Rachmaninoff (some preludes). Then came the Beethoven virus and played a lot of him till it became to difficult. When I was 20 I gave a "Russian Recital" with pieces of Balakirev, Tschaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Now six years later I played some Chopin over the years. After all nocturnes I'm currently working on his 3rd Ballade. I'm also working on the Grieg sonata. My goal is to play more by Chopin (scherzi, other ballades), late Schubert sonates (D958,D959,D960), Beethoven's Appassionata Sonate, Medthner Reminiscenza sonate and lots of other long and big pieces. My eventual dream is to play late Beethoven, major works by Liszt and somewhat all piano concerti ;-)
Posted by: pvastola

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/20/10 08:24 PM

Hi all, first time poster and long time reader. I own a recording studio in Denver, am a rusted intermediate player and really love recording artists on our beautiful Yamaha C-7. I never give up on trying to capture a better recording than the last one I did. I have begun a blog on piano recording at rockyrecorders.com The first installment is on how to make a superior recording in a studio enviornment. Having worked with many solo pianists, I tried to outline some tips to save you money and help you produce a better recorded product. I also am a student of the various manufacturers of Grands and qualities of the various makes. A few years ago, I went on my own quest as far as NYC to decide which grand I would buy for my personal instrument. I played a lot of 6 plus footers before making a new purchase. Scary decision! Till later,
Paul
Posted by: pvastola

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/20/10 08:34 PM

Awesome performance. those low notes really growled in pain at times.
Posted by: musiklover96

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/23/10 04:16 AM

Hi everyone
So this is my first post...
I'm from Australia and I'm 14 smile
Been playing piano for about 10 years and did my LmusA this year
My favourite composer is definitely Chopin, so I've really enjoyed listening to the International Chopin Piano Competition over the weeks laugh
Favourite pianist? this changes all the time, but currently, my favourite is Bernd Glemser
Posted by: pianojosh23

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/26/10 04:33 AM

Originally Posted By: musiklover96
Hi everyone
So this is my first post...
I'm from Australia and I'm 14 smile
Been playing piano for about 10 years and did my LmusA this year
My favourite composer is definitely Chopin, so I've really enjoyed listening to the International Chopin Piano Competition over the weeks laugh
Favourite pianist? this changes all the time, but currently, my favourite is Bernd Glemser


Welcome to the forum smile
Where in Australia are you from?
Posted by: Jared Hoeft

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/26/10 02:45 PM

Hello! I've posted a few things on this particular forum, although I spend most of my time at the Composers' Lounge or the general Piano Forum. I'm a musician and composer attending Concordia College in Minnesota for a composition degree. I play keyboards, percussion, and some limited vocals and guitar, and my main musical interests are New Age and Progressive Metal, although I really like any sort of music that makes me think. I am not a huge fan of "Western Classical" music, although I play and study a lot of it and recognize its significance. If you click on my signature, which is a link, you can visit my Youtube page to check out a lot of my original musical work. I hope to post here a little more in the coming weeks, although I'm not sure it's quite the right place! Anyway, thanks!
Posted by: musiklover96

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/27/10 03:55 AM

Sydney smile
Posted by: ukbuk

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/31/10 07:44 PM

Hi All,

I'm 31 and started playing when I was about 26 but stopped after a couple of years of self-taught delusion. I thought I could play pretty well but always had nagging doubts having not had any real guidance.

4 months ago I moved house, got the Piano out of storage and started playing again, from scratch, with a teacher. I realise now just how lacking in musicality all of my playing was. Whilst I can't play the things I played before yet, everything I play now sounds 100 times better than before.

I have an absolute renewed passion for the piano now. Perhaps part of this is that now I am married I have less time to practice (maybe 1 to 2 hours a day rather than 4 or 5) and so appreciate my time at the piano a bit more!

Nick
Posted by: scotpgot

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/01/10 01:34 PM

Hi, all.

I'm 31 years old and just found this most excellent forum last week.

I had classical training from the age of six to 18. (In a Music School Preparatory program for high school). At that point I moved into jazz performance. So I have a pretty broad base, and have also taught on and off since high school.

Just recently I was able to "re-enter" the profession and got a job as a piano teacher in a local school. I am more than excited to get back to what I love doing. I spend most of my time here in the Piano Teacher's Forum, but if you want to drop me a PM and let me know about any interesting threads, please feel FREE! (I am a moderator at a separate forum so I'm intimately familiar with "forum life". smile )
Posted by: Fawkx

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/02/10 06:29 PM

Hiya! This is my first time ever being signed up for a forum and i'm clueless as to what to do. But i'm learning.

Anywho. My name is Fox. It's legit. I've been playing the piano since I was five and have always been looking for new material to play all the time so I signed up in hopes that I would find some new music to add to my repetoire. I pretty much like all types of music, jazz, funk, pop, boogie, ragtime etc. and if you might somehow be able to reccomend me any music that you yourself like or have some general knowledge of please don't hesitate to tell me or message me or reply to me or what ever you do on forum's to tell poeple stuff.
Posted by: mattyizzo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/08/10 03:57 PM

Well hello der! Just joined the site today although I've been stalking it pretty hard the past week or so. I just purchased a Yamaha YPG-635 which I should be receiving this Wednesday. I also just purchased Alfred's Adult All-In-One, course 1 book (and CD). I also checked in to the respective thread in the Adult Beginners Forum.

My name is Matt and I'm 28. I come from a very musical family. Been playing guitar since I was 14 and drums since maybe 4 or 5 years ago. I know the basics of piano, but am here to learn to read music and tickle the ivory so to speak.

Good talk.
Posted by: Cookie74

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/10 01:48 PM

Hello,

I've actually been a member for a while, but mostly have been around the Adult Beginner's forum. I'm not really a beginner (anymore), since I played for a few years as a teenager and have been playing fairly consistently for the past 5 or 6 years. I have a Petrof Model IV grand piano, and I love it. I'm working on a few things right now, including Chopin Op. 28 No. 1 Prelude in C, Bach's WTC Prelude and Fugue in C, Elgar Chanson de Nuit (accompanying my sister in law, who is on violin), and some other stuff here and there.

One more thing, my favorite composer is Beethoven by far, but I also like Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Schumann (for the most part in that order), and also 20th century greats like Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, etc.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/19/10 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Cookie74
I've actually been a member for a while, but mostly have been around the Adult Beginner's forum. I'm not really a beginner (anymore).....

Welcome (although you're not new) -- we officially pronounce you a "Pianist." smile

And welcome to all the others who have posted here.
I wonder if maybe most of us members don't see this thread enough. I keep sort of forgetting about it.

I wonder if maybe, ironically, the fact that this is a "sticky" (i.e. at the top of the forum listing) prevents it from being noticed more! It makes it easier for new people to find it (which makes sense) but maybe harder for most of us to notice it. I'm not saying it should be un-stickied.....but, when I look at the Pianist Corner listings, what catches my eye most is the bunch of threads with new posts -- which are below the stickies, and I tend not to look 'up there' because the stickies don't have new posts as often. Of course I don't know that it's an issue for others too, although the paucity of replies to the posts on this thread makes it seem that it might be. I don't know any remedy, except maybe to somehow just remind people about this thread from time to time -- and I don't know how you'd do that either.
Posted by: toosdaye

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/20/10 12:52 PM

Hello, new member to the forums after purchasing a dp. Learned as a child on a rickety acoustic. Started out with high potential, playing Beethoven at age 9 in the 5th grade talent show. Over the years, school, work and life has gotten in the way of my love of piano, and consquently, my abilities stifled. Trying to get back into the swing. I developed the playing method of learning sheet music, but then laying those aside and playing strictly from memory. Discovered French composer Yann Tiersen from a movie or two a few years ago, who uses beautiful but relatively easy repetitive patterns. Been succesful with this composer's works and getting confidence back to acheive greater success than Ive had in the last decade with improving my skill level.
Posted by: PreciselyMB

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/10 11:50 PM

I'm a fairly long-time lurker, with occasional bursts of posting (now, for instance). I figured I'd might as well introduce myself properly.
I've been playing piano for about 10 years now...I'm a sophomore in high school. My favorite composers are Liszt and Saint-Saens, but I like just about anything. I do a little singing, too (mainly choral...Whitacre is by far my favorite choral composer).
I do a few competitions each year...enough to keep me busy. I have a hard time sticking on a piece, as I really love learning new things and experimenting (I was doing really well on La Campanella until I found Illustrations Du Prophete...still doing pretty well on it, but not making the kind of progress I was before). =P
And hopefully I'll be able to motivate myself to keep posting and not shrink into the shadows like I normally do. =)
Posted by: pianist828

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/29/10 11:48 PM

Hello, I have been playing the piano for 15 years! I really enjoy teaching it part-time. To find out more about me, please visit my page on YouTube; type pianist828. Thanks!
Posted by: hoffy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/30/10 08:25 PM

Hi All!

Just thought I would pop in and introduce myself. My name is Ashley, but you can call me Hoffy if you like! I have been on the search for a piano forum for a while…funnily enough, it took me a while to find this place (so please forgive me if some of my questions and queries appear elsewhere on the net)

Anyhow, just a bit about me. I am from Adelaide, Australia. I learnt piano when I was at school over 20 years ago and have hardly touched the keys since. This year, I have had my 5 year old daughter doing piano lessons, which has lit the flame again (OK, currently its probably only the pilot flame, but I am starting to play a bit more each day!). I also have a 7 year old daughter who is learning guitar, who has actually started teaching herself the piano, which I find very very cool!

As for instruments, I have an old acoustic, which was my grandparents. It’s a typical 1940's "Stencil Brand" piano (Eddyola with a Schwander action), very much in need of a good tune (otherwise its in pretty good condition). I also have a mid 80's Yamaha PSR, which is very shortly going to be replaced with a basic Digital Piano , either a Yamaha P95, Korg SP170 or Casio PX130 (Christmas present for the family).

Anyhow, looking forward to getting that flame well and truly alight again! Hopefully, all the info here will help.

Cheers
Hoffy (Ashley)
Posted by: Canonie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/01/10 08:58 AM

Hi hoffy
I'm from Adelaide too (originally). Lovely place. And I learnt piano very badly many years ago. After 20 years break someone lent me a short cheap keyboard with no touch sensitivity... How funny to think that those first few weeks of dabbling on a useless instrument could lead to such an obsession! It's only a matter of time Hoffy grin
Posted by: hoffy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/02/10 05:40 AM

Thanks for the welcome Canonie!

Cheers
Posted by: Canonie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/02/10 05:45 AM

You're !
Posted by: hibbzzy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/04/10 07:15 PM

Hey everyone! I'm Mike, and I joined this site after getting lots of useful information on buying my first digital piano (Roland RP 201) which has worked out great. I played piano when I was really little for about a year and then really started playing about 2 years ago. Im also using this forum to get help and recommendations for a free piano site that I am creating (www.easyonears.weebly.com) I'll be getting a better site address soon I hope. The hope for my site is to have people who like similar piano styles (contemporary and pop) share songs, artists, and tutorials ect, and have it all in one place. So hopefully I can find discover some great artists and songs that I didnt know about and help other people do so as well. Look forward to any help to come and, hopefully, to create a site a few of you might enjoy.

Happy playing and blogging!

Mike
Posted by: Floris Vigeleyn

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/06/10 06:11 PM

Dear forummembers, I am a new kid on the block, just very curious for anything to do with classical piano music and playing, hope to find many encouraging comments about pieces and techniques, composers and styles, hope to contribute in my own
humble way, let's see!
Posted by: dolce sfogato

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/06/10 06:47 PM

welcome, let's see and give it your best shot, good luck and let's meet here!
Posted by: Floris Vigeleyn

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/06/10 06:55 PM

Are you any sort of an Alkan-fan?
Posted by: rem

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/12/10 11:12 PM

Hi guys... i hope i can learn a lot about pianos and technique in this forum.. smile
Posted by: glache

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/14/10 06:39 PM

Hi I played everyday from the ages of 8-18 (have finished my grades). Then uni took over and I literally stopped playing for 3 years. Now that I've finished, I'm looking to get my technique up to scratch. Happy playing everyone!
Posted by: Dickster

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/18/10 02:36 PM

Hello and yes, I am a "newbie". Live in St. Pete, Florida, play "lounge" style pop piano, teeny bit of jazz, some boogie and lots of standards....favorite Polka Dots and Moobeams in F, only one flat, whew.
Selling my Yamaha T118 upright, only a year old and in pristine condition, but need a smaller instrument, like a studio upright for instance....nooo not a spinet, to me that is like playing wire strings stretched over a metal wash tub.
I have posed a question and really would like some feed back. Okay? Her goes. It's a simple question....what do you like about owning a piano? Cause it looks nice in your house....attractive piece of furniture....playing it relaxes you.....when you play, the ladies or gentlement are attracted to you depending on your gender, of course.....you have been forced to practice by mom or your piano teacher....what are you reasons or reason. Please post. Thanks a lot.
Posted by: synbi

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/24/10 10:55 AM

Hello everyone.

I don't have any formal education on the field of music or playing the piano. I compose on my own and have a habit of listening extensively to Alkan, Beethoven and Meyerbeer's operas and finding out about Liszt's more obscure pieces.

I've never had the honour of playing with a concert grand piano, many of you people are more lucky than you know. I have an electric piano which I'm keen to get rid of sooner or later after having to endure its crappiness for my whole piano-playing life, but I have to persevere with it for now. I'm not too big of a fan about my technique, it's really bad, but I like my "musicanship", if that's any proper to say.

Good to meet you people smile
Posted by: Clemmie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/26/10 11:14 AM

Hi - I posted an introduction on the non-classical forum as well, because that's the style I'm now trying to teach myself. In a nutshell, I've been playing since I was 10, and I'm now 51. I was classically trained, through all the grades and also to diploma level, but due to early teaching, my ability to memorise and improvise was stifled. So I am now starting afresh, with a beginner's mind, and attempting to play entirely without music...to rekindle my natural ability to play by ear. Reading notation has its place, but I have now come to believe that music really only comes to life when it is being played from the heart, rather than by rote. I'm finding this journey deeply frustrating, but I'm determined to wake my brain up and become an instinctive musician again. I'm looking forward to chatting to you all.

Carol
Posted by: I4Future

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/05/11 09:47 AM

I have already posted a few tid-bits on the forum, but figured I just give a formal introduction. I have been playing piano for about 10 years now, and playing music for my whole life. My family said I was humming "Amazing Grace" by 9 months of age, which leads me to believe I am just meant to be a musician. I am highly trained in most woodwinds, and ever higher trained in brass instruments. I marched with Blue Knight Drum and Bugle Corps out of Denver, CO for a few years. I have performed in hundreds of venues around the world, with my largest crowd being a sold out Mile High Stadium. After having every opportunity to make music my life I gave it up for two reasons. One, I didn't like all the back stage drama that fills the music world, and two, I joined the Marine Corps.

I picked up piano about 6 years after I started my formal training in music. It was one of my last instruments I thought would be needed to be able to play to consider myself a true musician, and plus it seemed an easy way to pick up girls. lmao I had a great piano teacher all through high school. Who really helped me excel on the piano.

I am fluent in pretty much every genre, but not saying I'm fluent in every genre of music on the piano. Jazz just seems easier and funner on brass instruments. If I had to give myself a grade of ability on piano, 1 being a beginner and 10 being a concert pianist, I would probably put myself at a 5.865. Mostly because I wasn't able to keep up my piano during my time in the Marines.

As far as non music related intros go, I'm 26, married with 3 boys(ages 4,5,6). I live in southern Louisiana.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/05/11 10:30 AM

Welcome to PW! By the way, I see in your signature that you're doing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. Are you playing this on an organ, or is it a piano transcription? If it's a transcription, who transcribed it?
Posted by: I4Future

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/05/11 03:15 PM

it is the transcription for piano and done by Vincent A. Jockin.
Posted by: meiji

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/06/11 10:24 AM

hello, this is my first post and am kinda shy. I started playing pinao when I was 3, then stopped because I was too lazy to practise, and now i regret. Anyway i have since stopped playing.

Recently i came across youtube videos of Samson Francois and am now obsessed, with the pianist and the music. Now i've decided to take up piano again, along with my 2 babies when they're a little older. Meanwhile I need to buy a piano, which is a big problem as I live in Hong Kong in a tiny apartment, with a tiny budget, but am adamant on getting a grand, albeit a tiny grand. I don't know much about pianos or brands, so I thought I'd start here, in these forums.
Hope to chat with you all soon...
Posted by: BeethovenForEver

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/07/11 07:57 AM

Hi, an overdue introduction.

I’ve posted a few things on some forums already, lots of good advice here and have decided to stay.

I had three years of piano lessons when I was 7 and hated it. All of my original piano books are now lost in the midst of time (which shows you how interested I was) except for my very first John Thompson, how it survived I don't know. My then teacher scared the hell out of me, she looked like Beethoven, smelt and coughed a lot, and they were her good points. I still remember the day I went to my last piano lesson and my teacher said to me "Your mum tells me you want to play trombone?" (it was trumpet actually). I said yeah, that’s right, then I think I just left and never saw her again. Now fast forward for 30 years on trumpet, I played for church and in orchestras. But I still kept on dabbling with the piano (so there must have been some influence there 3hearts, thank you Mrs B) and decided to study formally again with a teacher about 2 years before I retired on trumpet and have now studied piano for 5 years and never looked back and now I love it.

Best,

Anthony.
Posted by: fledgehog

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/09/11 11:47 PM

howdy everyone!
im a freshman at hartt school of music, classical piano performance, i discovered this site recently and its existence makes me incredibly happy! :p

erm..yeah...not too great with this introduction stuff...hi guys? :p
Posted by: chopinballade

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/10/11 07:19 AM

Hi,

My name is Emma and, actually, I'm not really a pianist, but a violinist. I came across this forum a couple of months ago via quite an interesting post about chopin's 1st ballade. It has always interested me how certain pieces of music manage to touch and affect many people and I was trying to find out why...?
I have been enjoying myself playing bits and pieces of the ballade (i learnt piano when I was younger) but am trying to work out what makes that piece such an evocative and affecting one...

Anyway, HELLO!

E x
Posted by: chickeringplayer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/13/11 12:03 AM

Hello Everyone,
I have been lurking for a while around here and just joined today. I found the sight while searching for some piano information. I am a classically trained pianist with an undergraduate degree in music - I studied a piano pedagogy emphasis complete with student teaching, and also have a graduate degree in education. I am both a former piano and elementary classroom teacher. I am taking time off to be a full-time mom right now... although I do teach music/piano to my own children.

It was my grandmother that first introduced me to the piano. She had a big chickering grand piano in her living room. I gravitated toward it from an early age. It has been in her family since new - 1905. As an adult, I inherited it and had it completely redone, inside and out, top to bottom, by someone that I consider to be a Chickering specialist. It is such a joy to play and I have such fond memories of playing on it growing up. I love that my children are learning to play on it, too.

Anyway my formal lessons didn't begin until I was 9 years old. I progressed rapidly and participated in all of the Guild and Federation Auditions. It seemed only natural that I would pursue a music degree in college.

I love playing and teaching piano... My biggest challenge is finding time to practice.
Posted by: banon07

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/11 01:10 AM

Hey I'm new here and I found this site out of searching for some piano information and a few friends suggested I join the forum. I'm getting back into piano after almost 9 yrs now and also minoring in music within my last few semesters of an undergrad in college before i go for the Masters and then the PhD. I've been lurking around at the different forums and found some encouragement in a lot of the posts. I was hesitant at first to join because I used to go through college doing everything myself and leaarned the hard way that success is based on relationships...

With that being said I realized I don't know everything, lol, and I really want to learn and get advice as I continue into the piano, my career in music and health and meet amazing people that I can learn from! I've posted on the adult beginners forum first in case you wanna know a better introduction. Even though my playing isn't necessarily beginner, I'm beginning a whole new life and that means re-learning old lessons and spiring new ones!
Posted by: GradedPiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/15/11 06:24 PM

Hello i am new to the forum and have been playing piano for a few years now. I have a variety of books ranging frim artists like keane to Alicia Keys. I also have a classical book with some very good songs in it.

I am currently learning Habenara from Carmen and I am perfecting an Alicia keys song called Empire state of mind. I am still learning and probably not as skilled as some people here but i am starting grades soon and hope to reach Grade 8 someday and be able to play some classic piano masterpieces.
Posted by: VioletD

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/21/11 05:11 PM

Hi, I'm new here. I started playing piano when I was fifteen. For a few years I stoppped and now I've started up again. Piano is my second instrument, violin is my first.
Posted by: coaster

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/23/11 09:27 PM

I'll write a quick intro before I post my question on the board... I did the whole competitive pianist thing throughout my childhood/teens. I loved it, but later turned down a scholarship to Eastman because I just didn't want to make it my life's work, you know?

Fast-forward 25 years, and I have no regrets. I perform occasionally in local concerts and that's enough for me. (although I admit that I've had a few "wow, what if..." moments when I've heard my former competitors playing on NPR!)

I lurk on this forum semi-regularly but don't post since I am sure I lack the education of so many here. I hope someone will respond to the thread I'm about to start.
Posted by: Alvaro

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/26/11 08:59 AM

I studied piano from age 9 to 15 and then my interest moved to other things (computers and Math, mostly). I continued playing casually through the years, and at the age of 30 I took some more lessons and got significantly better at it. To give you an idea of my skill level, I can play the first two pieces in Albéniz's suite Iberia ("Evocación" and "El Puerto") but I find the rest of the pieces too challenging.

I have only posted in these forums to ask for advice before buying pianos (I now have a Schimmel 189BE that I am really happy with and I just bought a used Kawai RX-6 that I still haven't had time to really play).

As for the type of music I play, I seem to gravitate towards Albéniz, Debussy, Mompou and Padre Donostia. Recently I've been playing some Rachmaninoff and a bit of Chopin.

If I ever find the time I would love to learn to improvise, particularly jazz. But I am afraid I might be too old now (mid thirties).
Posted by: leslee

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/30/11 02:36 AM

Hello Piano World smile

My name is Lee & i have always wanted to play piano since i was a child. I am currently learning (2 years of practice) classical guitar & have just got a cheap keyboard. I want to learn piano for myself but i really want to get my teenage niece into music. She does not want to learn the techniques at the moment or reading the notations. If i can learn the basics i know i can help her & not force her away with endless scales etc.

I play guitar so i can read music but i have a problem with the bass staff. I know i have only just started on piano so I'm not expecting miracles. I find reading the bass staff stops me dead in my tracks & i have to work out the notes.

I have a question if anyone can help...
Is there any rhyme that will help me remember the ledger lines on the bass staff? Any advice or tips on this subject would be greatly appreciated smile

I am very excited to be learning piano & can't wait to play along with my niece. Also i know this forum will help me with all the experienced members it has.
Posted by: BerndAB

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/31/11 03:02 PM

Hi to everybody,

my name is Bernd, 54, I am german, engineer, did the german "Haus Baum Sohn" thing (built a house, no two, planted a tree, no nine, and mad.. hrmm have a son of 22 yrs.

I am not fully new here as I posted in the piano forum several times and also posted a little bit in the technicians division. ;-)

Ending 2009 I had worked a very lot and my pocket was too full (two times saved xmas money) and I strolled along to get a new digital piano, replacing my Yamaha DX-7 synthesizer, adding my G. Adam upright from 1909.

I now own my third piano. My first I took from a classmate in highschool when he ovccasionally got a new piano - I convinced the transporters to transprt the old one to my parents' house who knew nothing.. And the piano did not match through the staircase.. At last it matched - disasembled.

My second piano was a gift from my bro-in-law who had mastered his university exam as an organ player and choir leader for the catholic church, had married my sister, they went to another town and also bought a new piano. I got his old one, the G. Adam, Wesel upright.

29 yrs. later.. having learned one year piano lessons, having played the ragtime of Scott Joplin only, had dreamt on Chopin's music but thought it were too difficult for me.. Then I saw a waltz occasionally at my bro-in-laws home, thought that I could do this piece, turned the page - SHOCK - Chopin!!! I can play it! YESSS! I was so happy.. I bought note sheets of Chopin and learned.

Now, five years later - I strolled to music shops, looked into the internet, saw also ebay, also acoustic pianos - and saw the web shop of a big pianoshop some 30 mls away, offering 200 pianos of which 50 were grands.. Strolled along there. 't was an eye opener. I always hat thought that I would buy a grand when I were 60 or 65 - the eyeopener was that I yed HAD the money for a grand whose place was kept free since 20 yrs in our living room..

The search ended in the fulfilling of my dream which I thought had to wait some other 5 or 10 yrs: a grand. Looked ebay - three days later my heart got an attack - a Steinway grand - super old, super big.. A real Formula One class piano, Nine Footer Sailing Class.. I occasionally found THE piano, a super old Steinway concert grand, this quite famous "Centennial D" type.. It surprised me deeply when I was curious how such a piano might sound, when I visited a small piano workshop near the railway station in Hannover, Germany. It produced an ending chord to the Recuerdos de la Alhambra from Tarrega, A major, and the end chord lasted nearly five minutes.. .. It was Heaven on Earth. I did not choose a piano – ohh no.. The big black fat male singing cat from Manhattan’s street has built in the soul of a poor pianomaker. He had sold it to the Devil of Sounds. The cat has found a new servant.. to nurse him the next 30 yrs.

..this writing the happiest hobby pianist on Planet Earth.

:-)
Posted by: RubberFingers

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/31/11 03:43 PM

I took lessons from my father, a professional organist, from 2nd grade through high school. Five years of that I took organ lessons also, and played in a church. That got me very used to playing in public.

Fast forward a few decades, and I decided to take piano lessons again. It's very rewarding and fun. I'm not terribly serious, practicing about 20-30 minutes many days of the week.

For the equipment fans: I have the family Mason & Hamlin AA, c. 1919. For an old piano it is in relatively good condition. It's been played a LOT, for hours every day when the large family was growing up. It has an interesting effect: when you slightly press the una corda pedal, there is a "fuzzy", almost harpsichord-like effect. It may be inappropriate, but I love it. It's almost like another stop.

For the music fans: I'm working on Cesar Franck's "Prelude, Chorale and Fugue" -- probably a 4 year project. I'm over 2 years into it already.
Posted by: FrankDaddy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/01/11 01:44 PM

Hi I am Frank. I have been playing since I was 12. I played until I got out of College. Did a couple of jobs playing piano at restaurants and some recording. Pretty much stopped playing until my 50th birthday. I started taking lessions from a local college professor. I have started back up in the Bach two part inventions and some Chopin Noctunes. In addition I play some soft jazz. I now own a 1994 Baldwin Hamilton upright and a Kawai MP6 stage piano. I have at my office a 1973 Fender Rhodes 88 piano. Since some people wander off and smoke, I just take piano breaks. I am an IT Manager for a fortune 500 company. Both of my daughter play piano and one is currently majoring in music education. I do look forward to following and contributing to this board.
Posted by: polyrhythmiaq

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/02/11 09:56 PM

I stumbled across this forum recently. I have had a few lessons, but never took lessons on a regular basis. Mostly I would play easy classical pieces, but ran into a problem when I couldn't play two against three. Somehow the bug bit and I decided I was going to learn how. Next I was trying to tackle three against four and then other rhythms. It took about four years of this before it became natural. Anyway, I found it really easy to improvise and ended up composing a number of pieces. None are published but only for my own amusement. I have been pursuing polyrhythms for 21 years now.

My current piano is a Yamaha P140 which I use with a Yamaha MU-15 sound module. In the past I had an upright piano. Just about a year ago, I took up the bass guitar as a challenge. Dave
Posted by: Tritones

Another New Guy... - 02/07/11 02:36 PM

Hello,

I have been lurking on this forum for a year but recently decided to join and participate in the conversations. I am a college student studying to be a commercial pilot but was a piano major for a few years prior to obtaining my medical certificate. Other hobbies of mine include reviewing wine and cigars for a few online publications. I look forward to contributing here.

Respectfully,
Tritones
Posted by: Fortepianoization

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/12/11 04:18 PM

I started to play piano when I was about five. I went through about 3 teachers before I found out who I liked. I was recently into Jazz, but Georges Cziffra has caught my eye now. I enjoy pieces that Franz Liszt wrote, and although I can't reach that far yet, I do wish to learn the Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 sometime in the future.
Posted by: griffin2417

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/13/11 11:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Alvaro
I studied piano from age 9 to 15 and then my interest moved to other things (computers and Math, mostly). I continued playing casually through the years, and at the age of 30 I took some more lessons and got significantly better at it. To give you an idea of my skill level, I can play the first two pieces in Albéniz's suite Iberia ("Evocación" and "El Puerto") but I find the rest of the pieces too challenging.

I have only posted in these forums to ask for advice before buying pianos (I now have a Schimmel 189BE that I am really happy with and I just bought a used Kawai RX-6 that I still haven't had time to really play).

As for the type of music I play, I seem to gravitate towards Albéniz, Debussy, Mompou and Padre Donostia. Recently I've been playing some Rachmaninoff and a bit of Chopin.

If I ever find the time I would love to learn to improvise, particularly jazz. But I am afraid I might be too old now (mid thirties).



Nonsense!! You are hardly over the hills at the mid thirties. I just turned age 63, and re-started piano practice a few months ago after a 30-year "recess". I am finding that learning new things can be more fun as an adult.
Posted by: Rich Batsford

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/17/11 11:22 AM

Hi Folks

Ive just signed up for these forums - great to see so many fellow piano lovers here.

Im Rich, 41 years of age and living in Birmingham, England. I've been playing piano on and off since age 9 and have done lots of different types of music over the years, from Orchestra Choruses to Beach Boys covers bands!

I was taught in the usual classical style, but lost interest with that for a while and got into guitar based music and then later electronic music. I returned to the piano a few years ago when I started writing my own music and now I play and compose most days and self released an album of my music in 2009.

Music is still a hobby for me at the moment (im also a booking agent in stand up comedy) but I am working towards building a full time music career in the future (encompassing composing, performing and teaching)

please do have a listen to my music - its melodic and meditative - www.richbatsford.com/music

my main influences are beethoven, vaughan williams, satie, steve reich and electronica.

looking forward to diving in to more conversations here over the time and hopefully making some new friends

Rich
Posted by: SKathryn

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/22/11 02:41 AM

HI, I have been playing paino for about 3 1/2 years(I am at a much higher level though). music is my life:)
Posted by: MusicClassical1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/26/11 05:22 PM

Hi I am a new member here as well! I t's great the way you and me can inteact with other users and help them out with their pieces! I play piano and I am on Grade 7. I am 17 and when I am finished school I want to do a B.a. in Music Performance Degree and then after that maybe a Masters Degree in College/University. I really want to become a concert pianist when I'm older. Please take a look at my post "Music(Piano)Performance College" and reply to it and give me all of the advice you can! I want my dream to come true!
ALSO! View my post "Bach Invention No.13 in A Minor" and reply and help me get better with that left hand and speed it up so COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT!! ha

View my YouTube channel:(NEW PIECES UPLOADED DAILY..) http://www.youtube.com/ClassicalMusicPiano and tell me what you think of me!
Bye for now and hope to talk to you all very soon!
Posted by: Conner_36

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/11 10:22 AM

Nice work! you should work on your melody phrasing, singing it helps find where to stop and start.
Posted by: JRV

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/28/11 07:14 PM

Thanks, my name is Jerry (new member), I have played piano for 35 years, am self-taught, and play exclusively from Lead Sheets. I can't read the bass clef but it has never stopped me from playing. I currently play at two restaurants and volunteer weekly at a local hospital and monthly at a nursing home. I just finished making my first CD at a local studio and I'm 72 years old. My favoriate passtime is visiting piano stores. I am a tone nut. My piano is a Steinway B but I love many other brands have fun hearing all the different sounds from various brands and sizes.
Posted by: Von Fooster

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read.../etc... - 03/01/11 08:36 AM

hello everyone! I've recently moved to the Arlington, VA/metro D.C. area for work, and am trying desperately to find a place to practice in the area! if anyone has any spots/tips, it would be much appreciated!

as for me, my baby grand is up in PA, and I have to wait until I get a bigger place to ship it down. I haven't played competitively for a few years now, but previously I attended the Lancaster Conservatory (PA), the Peabody Prep (Peabody Conservatory, MD), and did my undergrad work at Bucknell University. Then obviously moved to Los Angeles to work at a record label, ha...

Cheers!
Posted by: Estampes

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read.../etc... - 03/01/11 12:01 PM

Hey all! I'm a 33 year old musican "lifer" who recently stumbled upon pianoworld due to a renewed obsession with the piano over the last few years. I played for a few years as a child, but switched over to violin at an early age as my folks didn't/couldn't have space for a piano. My subsequent musical background entailed classical violin for about 10 years, and guitar from high school to now (morphing from rock to folk to jazz to whatever...). About four years ago, I got the means to get my own piano, and haven't looked back since. I'm particularly obsessed with late Romanticism to early 20th century Impressionism (All of the many schisms of Scriabin are rocking my world right now, though they don't conveniently fit into either/any category...). Anyway, this is a long winded way of saying, "hello"!
Posted by: jonnyboy126

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read.../etc... - 03/03/11 02:44 AM

Cheers, 18 year old pianist here, live in Colorado. I've had lessons at the University of Colorado at Boulder for 4 years and going there as a freshman in the fall. We'll see after my first year if I can stand Colorado any longer (lived here my whole life) because my ideal would be to transfer after a year or two to Peabody or the likes. We'll see...
Have a Yamaha C3 that I love. Working on Chopin Etudes now as a project to build a solid technique and Waldstein. Recently into Scarlatti Sonatas- so much fun in those pieces! I'm also suddenly really into Strauss' Salomé... go figure. My tastes can vary month to month smile
Oh and my favorites are Gilels, Richter, Yudina, Pogorelich, Gould (sometimes), Hough, Argerich and Wild. And so many others.
Posted by: evory

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read.../etc... - 03/04/11 11:15 AM

Heyy, 17 year old from Singapore here, I've played the piano since I was 6 (yeah I'm Asian, stereotype's perfectly valid), but I didn't like it very much because it was only ever drilling for exams (stereotype's still perpetuating). I only really started gaining interest in the piano and music in general 2 years ago, but in that time I think I've learnt more than I have in the previous 9 years or so. Rather strangely it started with wanting to learn how to play by ear so I could cover pop songs, but I've since gravitated more towards classical stuff, as well as trying to learn to improvise the best I can (with covers of songs thrown in from time to time still though). My favourite composer's Rachmaninoff, and favourite pianists are Argerich and Richter, if that information's vaguely relevant.
Posted by: PianoSaloon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/06/11 08:56 PM

Hi,

I picked the piano back again after nearly 14 years of pause. I'm now in my 4th year of practice.

A few days ago I had the chance to play on a Yamaha C3. My oh my! That's a piano.
Posted by: cefinow

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/12/11 10:28 AM

Hi, my name is Catherine, I am 45... got a tiny electric keyboard when I was 7, played by ear, started organ lessons at 11, switched to piano at 13, had 6-7 teachers between ages 11 and 16 (me, not the teachers), total of 3 years? Not sure why so stop-and-go. Hated practicing, maybe teachers gave up and I gave up. Assumed that a few months of lessons here and there was a normal part of life. Always complained I had a hard time sight reading, teachers never responded! I would muddle through and memorize ASAP. Had 6 months with LRAM teacher in my 30s, super for technique. Looked at ABRSM and guess I am grade 6-7? Church pianist for small group, but have to improvise and read hymns, transpose... informal but demanding.
Hoping to find encouragement here for consistency. My habit is practice 3 months, then stop for 2 years, and repeat cycle!
Posted by: James Pun

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/14/11 01:27 AM

Hi all, thanks for all the great energy and in-depth reviews at this site! Needless to say I am passionate piano lover and so happy to find this place!
Posted by: birba

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/16/11 11:34 AM

My name is Birba and I'm new here.
I guess that's about it!
Posted by: birba

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/16/11 11:41 AM

Now I get it. You want info on me.
I'm a retired vocal coach who worked with the Rome opera house for 25 years. Now I'm back to working on my own repertoire and enjoying going over old pieces and working on new ones. The latter seems to be more difficult at my age! But I have lots of time on hand, and dedicate about 5 hours a day to practising. On another forum I was also doing some videos for pianists who had particular questions or wanted some criticism on their playing. That was lots of fun until we got some "fake" pianists.
Posted by: Epeios

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/11 12:05 PM

Hello ! I'm a software engineer from France.
Long time brass player in several bands, I took my first piano lesson on April 2008. Apart from the acoustic piano (a Kawai RX-2) used during the lessons, I only play on, and owned, digital pianos, due to place lacking, and to preserve my neighbor's ears by using headphones. I first owned a Yamaha P85, then had a Roland HP-207, and bought recently a Roland V-Piano.
I'm also an autodidact organ player, practicing on my Roland VK-77.
To keep a trace of my work on some pieces, I post some of my recordings on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/user/Panopeus .
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/11 06:44 PM

Welcome! smile
You might consider a silent (hybrid) piano in the future in order not to disturb your neighbours... They are the best solution for neighbours, although a little bit expensive (being two pianos in one).
I hope you will enjoy PianoWorld!
Posted by: Plantmom

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/30/11 10:43 AM

Hello,
I'm new to the forum and I am another rusty intermediate. I took piano lessons and played the oboe as a youngster. I had a great lapse in playing either instrument while pursuing a degree and career in chemistry. Fast forward to life with three kids...About ten years ago I bought a piano and took lessons for a short while, but gave it all up again after a move and pressing motherhood matters. Now, since two of the kids are off to college, and number three is a fairly self sufficient older teen (with a passion for the electric guitar!) I am trying to play my beloved piano again with these less than nimble fingers. I have no plans at this time to take lessons. Rather, I'm just enjoying hearing snippets I can manage to play :-) Please be gentle with your responses to any of my queries...my ambitions are extremely modest!

B who's working on Chopin Nocturne Op. 72, No. 1 and Ginastera Danzas Argentinas No. 2.
Posted by: griffin2417

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/03/11 12:39 PM

Hello,
I joined this site last December (2010), and introduced myself on the Adult Beginners and returning... forum. I guess I've been a "Lurker" in the Pianist Corner. Since it feels a bit creepy to be a "Lurker"' I'll introduce myself.

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 favorite recital pieces. However, they are slowing starting to come back. I am so excited that I might be good enough to record some for one of the e-citals. Right now, a big challenge for me is the technology. It's wonderful, and sometimes frustrating (not unlike learning to play the piano!). My challenge (besides performing my recital piece well), is learning the technical logistics of getting it on YouTube, etc. I'm sure I'll be posting a call for help and advice as we get closer to recital time. In the meantime, I am happy to have found this site and the many members who are supportive and willing to help. Thanks.

Carl

Posted by: RudyFig

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/04/11 12:49 AM

Hi everyone,

I am 23 years old and have been playing piano since I was 5. I did, however, have a few breaks here and there including a 4 year lapse during college where I learned guitar well enough to play with a band my friends and I created. I had a lot of fun but after we all went our separate ways, and a few good gigs with my Orange TV200, I decided to go back to my roots and work on my real passion.

I came across this wonderful site about 2 weeks ago in search of information for my first personal piano purchase. I just got engaged and will be needing a piano of my own. I've been reading NON stop since then. I'm really looking forward to participating here and FINALLY finding some piano enthusiasts besides myself. (It gets lonely talking to oneself when no other alternates are available to speak to.) :p Thanks.

Rudy
Posted by: Terez

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/11 03:36 PM

Hi there. I ran across this forum a few times when researching things and I noticed that there are at least a couple of amateur Chopin scholars hanging about, so I thought I'd join and see if I could learn something.

A bit about myself: I live in the Deep South portion of the USA. I only really like Bach and Chopin, aside from a few exceptions here and there. I am not a particularly good pianist, but at the same I am very picky when it comes to listening, to the point that most professional pianists bore or frustrate me most of the time. I like Gould for Bach though he often annoys me (not with the singing, which I don't really care about, but with other eccentricities), but I don't really like anyone for Chopin in general, though I occasionally come across a performance that moves me (same with other, non-GG performances of Bach).

There, that's probably more than anyone really wanted to know. Nice to be here.

Edit: Oh wow...after a little more looking around, I realized there are some real Chopin scholars hanging around as well. Awesome! grin
Posted by: sarah_elizabeth

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/11 09:28 PM

Hey Terez... do I know you from Piano Society? This one of my favorite hangout spots, so welcome! laugh
Posted by: mrscostco

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/11 10:19 PM

Hello everyone! I'm from Dallas and this is my first post, though I've been reading for a while.

I've studied piano since I was around 5 or 6 and continued through college & grad school. I'm now getting back into it after a 4-5 year "serious playing" hiatus. I'm recently married and my husband & I's first joint purchase is a new piano -- which will be delivered this week! We can't wait.

My favorite composers are the late romantics/impressionists (Albéniz, Ravel, Debussy, etc.) but as far as playing, I'm much better at Mozart-type stuff. I'm a terrible sight-reader, so I'd like to work on that, and I'm also trying to teach myself jazz piano.

It's great to be here; this is a wonderful forum! smile
Posted by: Terez

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/11 04:52 PM

Originally Posted By: sarah_elizabeth
Hey Terez... do I know you from Piano Society? This one of my favorite hangout spots, so welcome! laugh

Yup, that would be me. smile Now that Alfie has gone there is hardly anyone to talk with about Chopin scholarship aside from Monica, so...here I am.
Posted by: sarah_elizabeth

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/11 06:00 PM

Well, I'm glad you're aboard... there's almost always something up around here at PW. laugh There are also a number of Chopin lovers and scholars lurking around (I'm in the former, but certainly not in the latter wink ).

Posted by: crblindis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/11 06:56 PM

Hello I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself.
I am a a piano enthusiast and hope to gain many valuable tips from this forum.
Feel free to check out my new website http://playthepianolikeapro.com
Posted by: mtnmanchuck

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/11 11:48 PM

Greetings, all! I am a junior piano performance major at Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California, currently pursuing the complete Liszt Transcendental Etudes and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 7; I recently made my orchestral debut in January with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Pasadena Community Orchestra (concert is uploaded on Youtube... 3rd movement is sketchy and rushed, as I learned this concerto in only 6 months for the concert). I'd ramble on for hours about my experience as a pianist but I'll just leave it at that. Looking forward to contributing to this forum! smile
Posted by: Williamus

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/14/11 11:24 AM

Hi! New guy on the block!
Posted by: AldenH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/16/11 12:17 AM

Hello all,
I've been lurking on here for quite some time; perhaps it's time to make myself known!

I'm about to turn 15; taken lessons since I was 7, but didn't apply myself (i.e., four or more hours of daily practice, auditing graduate history and theory courses at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, getting the chance to play for Dr. Robert Roux and other teachers there, and generally being involved with the Houston music community) until I started taking lessons with a world-class teacher about 14 months ago. I went from knowing barely a third of my scales and having great difficulty with Beethoven's Op. 2, No. 1 (1st movement) to knowing my scales inside out and upside down, and playing Chopin's 2nd Ballade and a movement of a Mozart concerto, with plenty of smaller repertoire in between. Not easily of course, but not out of my reach at all. In fact, I'm performing an excerpt of the ballade tomorrow for my birthday festivities!

Nice to have such a supportive and active community on here; always fascinating topics being discussed!

Cheers,
Noah Alden
Posted by: AnonymousInvention

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/17/11 06:38 PM

I'm new to the forum...an old guy. I play piano (and other keys), drums and bass, each with varying degrees of facility. My undergraduate degree was in music composition and that is my main focus. Not a flash player, but rather a jack of all trades. If you like jazz fusion, you can hear some of my recordings at http://www.anonymousinventions.com
Posted by: boneitis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/19/11 12:53 PM

Hello. Been lurking for a couple weeks, and now I've decided to register.

Played violin from around years 11 to 18 of age. Flute around 11 to 15. Piano from around 13 to 16. These have all been pretty much "formal" playing; that is, with lessons. Came back perhaps three years ago (currently 24) to the piano, playing on my own... very on-and-off, although I'm playing a lot more these days for the past half-year -ish. Mostly learning music from Japanese videogames I've played. I may, at times, play a lot of piano, but I don't intend to take it to anything beyond hobby status. I'm more a math and science kind of guy, anyway.

I've recently taken a liking to jazz, particularly jazz trios where piano is boss =), so I'll probably be wanting to get some of that sort o' stuff up in my repertoire.
Posted by: emmov

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/29/11 07:04 PM

Ah, hello all! I'm fifteen and have been playing piano for ten years now. It has only been recently (talking about the last year or so) that I've gotten a lot more serious about piano, though I've been competing (and if you'd like to know whether or not I'm good, yes, winning) ever since I started.

I can't really say anything here that most of you (probably) already know: music is more than incredible and piano, piano is love. My new baby grand just came in a couple of days ago- I'm still smiling. I'm ecstatic! Yes, I'm serious about piano. It's depressing the number of hours in a day and all the obligatory things in life that take away from the time I can be playing.

In addition to piano, I play cello but I'm not serious about that at all. It's something fun, something different.

I'm kind of wary to put myself online here but I have to admit it's intriguing and I'm looking forward to being uh active? Anyways, hi, nice to meet everyone, and I'm excited to start conversing (or just lurking wink ) here! Oh- and CLASSICAL! I play classical piano, neh? Not that I have anything against other genres (e.g. jazz) but I'm really strictly a classical pianist.
Posted by: Edel

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/14/11 08:14 AM

Hi, I'm Edel!
I am 15 years old and have just bought my very first grand piano! It is a Wendl & lung 161, from 2007. I know it is not exactly the best you can get but is good enough for me.

I have played for about 6 years, and I really love it. At the time I play Aufswung by Schumann, and I am working on two rhapsodies by Bhrams. I am here to get inspiration from other pianists, and to have discussions and conversations about music.
Posted by: meL_lovesChopin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/18/11 01:41 AM

Yow everyone!!! grin I'm a new member here.. laugh
Lemme introduce my self 1st..

I'm Amel..
From Bali, Indonesia

I lovvvveeee pianoo really much..
Esp. Chopin and Bach..

Well umm.. as a new member, I wanna say.. I hope we can be friends... and nice to meet you all.. laugh
Posted by: NeilOS

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/11 04:55 PM

I'm glad you graduated to a real piano. I often judge competitions here in So. California and occasionally a young student will come in and become disoriented at the grand piano, not knowing which octave to play in. This is a sure sign that he has been practicing on a short keyboard.

Your current program is an interesting and challenging one.

If you are interested in practice tips and technical suggestions, you can find some of this information on my blog: neilstannard.blogspot.com.
Posted by: justarobert

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/24/11 03:54 PM

Hello! OSK and some others in the Van Cliburn Amateur Competition chat room pointed me to this forum. I've been playing piano for almost thirty years now, and am currently working on polishing about an hour's worth of music for competitions and recording. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with a Grotrian 192 and a cat. Hope to see some of you this summer at one of the amateur piano competitions!
Posted by: sarah_elizabeth

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/24/11 04:00 PM

Welcome!! Glad to have you aboard. smile
Posted by: justarobert

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/24/11 05:02 PM

Thanks! Is there a pointer to etiquette and/or common practice for the Members' Recordings section? (e.g. Is editing discouraged? What streaming/hosting platforms do people prefer?)
Posted by: sarah_elizabeth

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/26/11 09:06 PM

I don't think there is, justarobert... A lot of folks here use box.net to upload recordings, with Youtube for the videos of course. I don't think most PW members have a problem with general editing techniques (adding reverb, cutting out mistakes or page turns, and the like).
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/26/11 09:28 PM

Originally Posted By: justarobert
Thanks! Is there a pointer to etiquette and/or common practice for the Members' Recordings section? (e.g. Is editing discouraged? What streaming/hosting platforms do people prefer?)


Right. It might be nice to slip in that you edited a recording if you did, but aren't studio recordings edited anyway? I just wouldn't use them for auditions or saying that you didn't edit them.
Posted by: mrscostco

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/30/11 01:46 AM

Hello robert! Good to see you. I'm originally from the SFO area, my family is there. Welcome to the forums. :-)
Posted by: AnnaS

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/31/11 05:05 AM

Hi there! i'm from Malta (Europe) here's a link to another thread where i introduced myself smile

[url=My Thread]http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1686864/Hi%20There,%20i'm%20new%20:).html[/url]

Anna
Posted by: AnnaS

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/31/11 09:19 AM

Hi Grobanite,

I found you by chance here, are you really a grobanite? are you on fojg? i am there too, let me know who you are i'm curious!! LOL!
Posted by: Skriabin

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/01/11 12:38 AM

I Lurk =)
Posted by: nola

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/11 12:24 PM

I'm new to the site. Blogged and enjoyed the V.C.Amateur
competition. Learned much from the comments & inspired by
the performers, so much that I am learning "Widmung" and
a Rach.Prelude and back to Czerny et al.

Will there be live streaming video of the Boston competition?
Posted by: nola

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/11 12:37 PM

nice to meet you and share your enthusiasm and appreciation for the piano.
Keep on posting!
Are you liking your new grand piano? It will be a life-long treasure.
I love mine. It was given to me by my parents and for that has special
meaning.
Posted by: emmov

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/11 06:51 PM

Yes! I love my piano. I can't quite remember how it felt to practice on an upright (my former piano)
Posted by: sesquipedalian

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/03/11 07:43 PM

I took my first piano lessons as a sophomore in college (I think) and progressed at a satisfactory rate (to me) given that I rarely practiced. Upon transferring to a different university, I continued lessons for two more years but grew frustrated with my slowing progress (although not surprising as I still was not inclined to practice).

After graduating, I didn't take lessons and didn't have access to a piano, so I played sparsely (if that) on an inexpensive keyboard until I broke down and purchased a Roland digital piano probably around 2002 or 2003 (about 8-9 years after graduating). I enjoyed it immensely for the first year or two but began to grow dissatisfied with the clacking keys and general action (even though the sound was really nice). The digital piano began to collect more and more dust until I finally decided to sell it and purchase an acoustic upright piano in 2008 (new Yamaha P22).

With the new piano, I found great pleasure in the sound and action and became motivated to sign up for lessons again. I am still taking lessons as of now. I practice more regularly, but finding time and motivation seems to be a great challenge. Without the lessons, I think my skills would continue to languish.

My current teacher is really good, but I feel that I am learning things (posture, hand movements, etc) that I should have already learned but didn't. I am trying to cultivate better habits, but progress seems to come at a glacial rate compared to when I first started over 15 years ago. In addition, while barely better than a beginner (especially when it comes to sight reading and rhythm), I have a growing desire to move from my upright to the action and expressive capabilities of a grand piano (mostly from my experience of playing on one for my lessons).

I am now looking to purchase a grand piano, thus coming upon this forum while searching for information. Currently, I am investigating a rebuilt (actually still being rebuilt) Mason & Hamlin 1952 AA (yes, it really is a 1952 AA, see http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...mlin%20Pur.html for more info).

I probably will be primarily a lurker, but I hope to continue to learn from the knowledgeable people here.
Posted by: Please.Teach.Me.

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/05/11 07:04 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm a 17 year old incoming college student from the Philippines. I've been playing the piano since I was 5 years old. I joined because I found these forums to be a great source of guidance and knowledge and because I wish to learn more. I wish to further enhance my playing. Right now I'm learning Debussy's Deux Arebesque No.1, Bach's two part invention No.8, Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, and Ernesto Lecuona's Malaguena. As my username says, please teach me, I'm more than willing to learn.

Thanks!
Posted by: Renata

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/09/11 06:27 PM

Hello my name is Renata, a 16-year-old level 8 pianist. I have been playing piano for 9 years but I did take a year off to take some dance classes. I also play French horn, guitar, recorder, and trumpet. I am a performing arts high school student. I hope to learn a lot about pianos at this forum.
Posted by: Chilang42

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/19/11 12:36 PM

Hi. I'm new to the forum and thought I would introduce myself.

I have been lurking for a bit, but the information provided by the posts here regarding the Cliburn Amateur competition and the wonderful advice and support here have inspired me to join.

I started lessons just before high school, but I had to drop them when I got to college. I have played for some weddings (mostly friends and family) and have accompanied some vocal students. I picked up lessons seriously again after I got married. However, after the arrival of my wonderful children, I stopped the lessons to focus on them. Now I try to practice whenever I have spare time, working on pieces that pique my interest.

Music is a large part of my life and I enjoy discovering new composers and works. My current classical listening obsessions include Feinberg, Medtner, Mompou, and Ligeti.

I hope that I can contribute as much to the discussions here as I have learned since finding this site.

Thanks,
Steve
Posted by: thegaffer11

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/21/11 01:55 PM

What's up? I'll just stick with the name the gaffer, although I'm not a gaffer, someone just thought it sounded funny and I got the name. Anyways, I haven't played the piano or any instrument since I was about.... 11 or 12 (~10 years) until I heard an awesome piano song from a video game I was playing, and my fingers caught on quick to songs somewhere in the intermediate level. I very easily made significant improvements to sheet music and started improving fairly easily after a couple of months. My fingers started doing all sorts of ludicrous things I never thought possible for someone who never really played any instruments... Except for Guitar Hero, I'm pretty addicted... and I don't tend to brag, and don't mean to brag now by saying I couldn't believe I was doing these miraculous things, I'm being 100% honest. I keep putting challenges in my way that I think will destroy me because of the speed and need of trained hands or lots of experience, but I have been surprisingly successful. It makes me deeply regret giving up my piano lessons when I was a child.... well I'm only 24, so I'm still a child to some degree, but it seems like with those years of experience, I would be pretty decent by now.

I've been playing for about 8 months now, and already have a ton (30 or 40ish) of awesome video game songs, and I know that probably 95% of the people who look at this sight probably don't care whatsoever. However, The first two on my list I would say are about a 6 on a scale from 1-10 (10 being a song like La Campanella by Liszt). Anyways, my favorites are:

Approaching Champion Cynthia - it's pokemon, which I obviously am wwaaayy too mature for, but found it by luck by typing battle theme piano music, or boss battle piano on everyone's favorite video hosting site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1Egwloq6Lk

Jenova from Final Fantasy 7

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jenova+piano&aq=f

Theme from Kingdom Hearts - and my version is way better... to me and my buddy anyways
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQzRAaXxjek


Mario 64 Final Bowser theme as fast as possible

I have a tendency to just speed up every song I play until there's no way I can get it to go any faster, so I have also been getting into a lot of the classical musicians as well because they are much more sophisticated, pace controlled, emotional, and genius. My favorites out of the ones I've learned are

DeBussy - Claire De Lune, which is probably my favorite right now

Although I'm too lazy to learn all of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, I could play the first 20 second Riff of the 3rd movement all day and never get tired of hearing or playing it because it's so awesome. And that's one of those things I don't understand about how my hands and fingers are doing it.

Bach
Tocatta & Fugue In D Minor
Solfeggietto

O ya, and I had to learn motzart's Alla Turca or however you spell it for my niece who always makes me play it. no disrespect to wolfgang

I also like Yann Tierson and Ludovico Einaudi alot.

Anyways, I've run across this website so many times, and always been incapable of getting the information I need by not being a member. My piano desire is running out because I need new songs that I have a desire to learn, and I'm hitting barriers with the frustration of reading sheet music because it takes SOOOO long since I just started learning how. I want to be a master now, and I'm hoping this website helps me out. I hope I can help any of you guys out if I can, I don't have much experience or knowledge, but I know a lot of awesome video game songs.
Posted by: StepmaniaFreak

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/25/11 01:00 PM

Hello everyone. I have no real reason for joining other than just wanting to find another resource to get any help on songs I would like to learn in the future.

For a little bit of info about me, I'm 18 years old and only know songs that I've memorized by watching videos online. I can not play by ear or read sheet music. I do, however, have about a dozen or so songs committed to memory. That all started several years ago when my dad picked up an old upright at a local auction for $10. Yea, it needed a lot of work but after it was all said and done I had a piano for a little more than $150 and some elbow grease. It sounded alright for me at the time since I hadn't touched a "real" piano in a very long time and I was also very young.

One day, I was bored and looked up a song I had liked. I decided to try and learn it by watching a video of someone playing it and copying what they do exactly. It was slow, tedious process but after a couple weeks of work, I had learned my first real song, Jennifer Haine's The Storm Begins (Not me). I enjoyed playing that so much that I started searching out more videos of song I liked that I could learn.

Fast forward to today and I'm playing fairly difficult pieces for someone who can't even read sheets. smile I only recently started taking piano lessons again to learn to read. It's a slow process but I'm sure I'll get there soon enough!
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/25/11 01:17 PM

Hey, welcome! You might enjoy the "Pianist Corner - Non Classical" are a bit better. The title of this forum "Pianist Corner" is not the most specific one, in that this area is geared more toward classical. But that does not mean you can't be here! Just if you want help with some of the tunes you're learning on piano, I think you'd get better feedback in the Non Classical forum.

Originally Posted By: StepmaniaFreak
I only recently started taking piano lessons again to learn to read. It's a slow process but I'm sure I'll get there soon enough!


That's GOOD. smile Knowing how to read music is (I believe) a very, very good skill. smile
Posted by: Rotom

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/27/11 08:29 AM

Hello to everyone!! I'm a pianist, I'm 13 years old, I play fairly advanced repertoire. I started learning piano at the age of six and a half. It's fun, and I enjoy it (as I should, otherwise I shouldn't, wouldn't be playing today). I don't play any other instruments, I used to sing in a choir, I can't really think of much else. That's my intro!
Posted by: delina.dea

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/28/11 06:22 PM

Hello all!
I started playing piano and violin when I was 12 and now I am teaching the others...I live in Europe,Italy,it's a beautiful country!!,but would like also to know what is going on at the international stage as well :-)Hope I can learn it from you.
Nice to meet you all,a presto!
Posted by: bigguy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/02/11 02:29 PM

Hey there everybody. I'm one of those "returning" piano students; I only took lessons for maybe 4 months when I was about 10 years old, and now at 23 I've decided to start learning to play again. I'm a hack guitar player and played the saxophone for 1 year in the middle school band, but my knowledge of music is pretty rudimentary.

I've always loved music and have attempted to teach myself various instruments (guitar that I never got very far, and piano where I progressed... well, I really didn't) but for some reason I've never been able to have any success without someone there to help me along.

I've only been taking lessons for 3+ weeks, but I can already feel the desire kicking in; I've progressed through a lot of material in the short period of time. I play on one of those really cheap Casio keyboards with 61 keys for now, but hopefully will have reason to upgrade a few months down the line. I really have an appreciation for certain video game music, but also enjoy popular and classical pieces; I'm interested in learning all sorts of music.

I was drawn to sign up here because I don't really have anyone in my family/close friends who seems to "get" why I'm drawn to learn the piano. It's something that I'm constantly thinking about, but don't really have anyone to talk to about it; thus, here I am on the internets. Hope to become an active member and see you guys around! laugh
Posted by: Gimp Michele

Hi everyone / Bach d minor two-part invention - 07/03/11 02:35 PM

Hey everyone,

Just discovered these forums via a web search about an hour ago. How exciting! Many years ago I got my bachelor's in piano and not quite so many years ago I had to quit playing due to a chronic repetitive stress injury. I'll never play seriously again, but I recently inherited my mother's piano and have been playing a bit now and then. So here's my question…

Been looking at the Bach two-part inventions – specifically the D minor – and I'm interested in hearing your comments about why the left-hand trill in bar 29 is notated with an upper auxiliary of F natural. It creates a lot of tension and excitement because it's so dissonant with the f sharps in the right-hand. I love the sound, but I'm curious what's going on there from a theory and analysis standpoint. Hoping somebody whose last theory class was less than 25 years ago can enlighten me!
Posted by: Ataru074

Hi everyone - 07/06/11 06:28 PM

Hi you all. I discovered the forum a while ago when I decided to restart playing piano. I'm "mid 30s" I started playing piano as soon as I started reading or earlier... than I slowed down later in high school and at the end a bad car accident put a stop to that about 10 years ago... after "some" rehab for my left arm/hand I felt that I was able to restart and than.... I got a yamaha ydp 161 to practice waiting to buy a real grand....

my target is be back close to where I "mentally" left in 3 to 5 years....

:-)
Posted by: PianoTrends

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/07/11 08:37 PM

Pianos Are People Too....at least in the sense that they become good friends to those who appreciate, care and play them for life's enjoyment
Posted by: thaiguy20fromla

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/07/11 10:36 PM

I just realize I never really introduced myself... I came across these forums a couple of months back while searching around for piano stuff. Coming to this site was bound to happen. As for my background, I'm currently a third-year undergrad student studying Instrumental Music Education and Piano Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory on the campus of Cal State Long Beach in Southern California. I'm split with my career path; I've always wanted to teach instrumental music at a high school level, but since this past year, I've also been wanting to pursue concert pianism and performance.

I've been playing since I was 5; I'm 19, so that makes for approximately 14 years of playing piano (though I didn't take lessons through high school). In addition to playing classical piano, I also occasionally jam with jazz groups on piano; I mainly play in a Latin jazz combo setting, though I've played in big band settings, and I'm also a trombonist/euphonist, percussionist, and a singer-songwriter.

I guess as a summary, my goal is to just to be the best musician that I can be and to just create and share.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/07/11 11:33 PM

Originally Posted By: PianoTrends
Pianos Are People Too....at least in the sense that they become good friends to those who appreciate, care and play them for life's enjoyment


I agree! smile
Posted by: Hixbosone

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/11/11 03:58 PM

Hello Everybody!

I´m Playing Piano for over 10 years! Maybe I should mention that I´m 19 and from Germany. I´ve learned no other instruments. Presumeably I´m a Piano nerd but I´m proud of that.
Posted by: Robert W. Weber

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/20/11 01:43 PM

Hi everyone! My name is Rob. I'm from Bloomington, Indiana. I've been playing since my great-aunt Marie first sat me down to her organ when I was four years old. I'm now 33. Aunt Marie also bought me a Kimball baby grand that I took lessons on until I was about 9 or 10. I had decided that I didn't want to continue with them, deciding instead to take what I'd learned and to do what I want with it. For the next 10 or so years, I played mostly out of songbooks and by ear. In my early 20s, my dad got me a keyboard for Christmas and I began to write my own music. Then, in April 2010, a restaurant manager-friend of mine asked me to play cocktail piano at his restaurant. I started out filling in for other pianists who couldn't make it in and began to take a few days here and there until finally I became the main pianist, playing 5 days a week. I loved it. It really afforded me the opportunity to practice. However, I was quite shocked to learn how much I DIDN'T know. It's not that I was egotistical, thinking I knew everything. It's more that I had been so wrapped up in what I "wanted" to play that I never took the time to learn songs that I "thought" I didn't want to play. Requests were made of me for songs that any cocktail pianist should really know (or at least is expected to know by many patrons). In short, I was really embarrassed that I didn't know many songs that were requested of me, even though I had what I considered a pretty big repertoire. It was then and there that I began to delve fully into learning songs that, for some reason or another, had just not crossed my piano path. In doing so, I've fallen in love with the piano in a way I never knew was possible before. I began learning and memorizing songs at a pretty quick rate (sometimes up to 20 new songs a week!). I'd go the library and check out every song book I could. I didn't have a lot of money, so I even went to Borders and would write songs down in what I termed "notation shorthand" in my notebooks - a quick jot of what I considered to be the most important aspects of the song (notes of the melody, chord changes, etc.). I should note that I can read music fairly well but I prefer to improvise the left hand while keeping the main melody in the right. I can't believe Borders let me do it. It's no wonder they're going out of business! At any rate, I learned so much and have really improved my ability, even though I can't say I was much of a slouch before. I love this instrument on a whole new level now.

Last spring, I made an audition video for an agent representing cruise ships musicians. It took a month for them to contact me, so I thought I'd not impressed them. But, they finally did and I begin my six-month contract on Carnival Cruise Lines in about in a little over three weeks. I'll be porting out of Los Angeles, heading to the Mexican Riviera each week. I'm excited. I've heard a few horror stories about working on cruise ships, but if it affords me the opportunity to keep playing what I want... I'll take it. Plus, it's money in the bank. It has been awhile since I played, though. I moved to South Carolina to help my mom move (she's a teacher and has little time to devote to it) and the hiring process at Carnival has taken a lot longer than I had hoped (medical approval and the like). I just can't wait to get back to playing! I'm so happy to have found this forum. Thanks to anyone who reads this! -Rob
Posted by: Dara

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/20/11 01:59 PM

Welcome to PW Rob.
Enjoyed reading your story.
Best wishes with your piano adventures playing on cruise ships. Have you seen the film, The legend of 1900 ?
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/20/11 02:34 PM

Bloomington, Indiana? I go to University of Louisville, which is less than two hours away, and I have friends in Bloomington, so I visit every once in a while. And that sounds exciting, playing as a cocktail pianist and in cruise ships! I hope all that goes well and continues to go well for you! smile
Posted by: Robert W. Weber

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/20/11 04:06 PM

Dara: No, I've not seen that movie but I notice that it's on Netflix. I'll have to check it out. Looks very interesting. Thanks for the welcome and well-wishes!

Soda: I love Louisville! I've been there many, many times. I'll be back in Bloomington by March. Maybe we can grab a drink. Thanks for the well-wishes!
Posted by: TonalHarmony

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/22/11 06:56 PM

Hey Kriesler,

Thanks for putting up this post. I'm new here, and was wanting to find a good way to start off. Well, my name is Joy, I've been playing for four and a half years,and love piano. I'm 15 and excited to join this forum. I hope to get to know some piano-lovers like myself and look forwards to getting tips and ideas from piano teachers since I plan to be one myself.

Thanks,
Joy
Posted by: lorditachijr

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/10/11 07:35 PM

Hello all!

My name is John and music is MY LIFE. I have played piano since I was 3, and started taking lessons from a serious teacher when I was 9. I am 14 and currently attend Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. When I was 12, I started playing violin and viola and cello when I was 13. Composition has been a hobby of mine for about a year now, and I am lucky enough to have a violin/viola teacher who also has a doctoral degree in Theory Composition. Recently I have also started working on my vocal skills, and hopefully I'll be able to perform something in the future. Piano and violin are my main instruments. I play viola in most chamber groups/orchestras and cello on the side. My favorite composers are Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Liszt. I listen to classical music most of the time, but I'm not close-minded when it comes to other genres. My dream is to be a concert pianist, but if that doesn't work out I want to be a neurosurgeon or neurologist.

Hope I didn't bore you,
John
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/10/11 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: lorditachijr
...I want to be a neurosurgeon or neurologist.


My wife is currently in training to be a neurologist. It's a great specialty!
Posted by: Rafael_K

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/15/11 08:49 PM

Hello everybody! laugh

I'm Rafael, and I've been playing piano since I was 5, and am currently 15.

I am playing very hard pieces, because I LOVE challenges, and the feeling of a challenge that was succeeded! laugh

I'm currently playing Liszt ( Mephisto Waltz nº1, Transcendental Etude nº4 ), Ravel ( Miroirs nº III ), Beethoven ( Appassionata op.57 ) and will play some more stuff from Bach, Mozart and Chopin laugh

Besides loving piano and wanting to be a pro pianist, I LOVE, LOOOOVE Physics ( theoretical and quantum ), Chemistry, Genetics and Medicine smile
Posted by: Chopinlover49

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/17/11 07:55 PM

Hello. I just signed up today and posted a little before I found this topic. Sorry! My great-grandfather had a music store and my grandfather was a piano technician/pipe organ expert all his life, but my father joined the army during WW II and never got into music. All my life I lived on army bases and could never have a piano or lessons even though from age 4 I wanted to play the piano. Finally my father got me a beat-up accordion and let me take a few lessons saying that an accordion could travel easier than a piano. I tried to progress, but my teacher was a very demanding person who had been a world champion and he kept pushing me too fast until I finally quit lessons. I was always so nervous during the lessons that I made lots of mistakes that I never made at home in my room alone. When I finally got a piano after leaving home, I couldn't afford the time for lessons as I was in college and working my way through working midnights as an orderly at the VA hospital. I had to give up the piano to move across the country and with marriage, kids, work, etc. I did not get back to the piano for decades. About 5 or 6 years ago one of my daughters bought a new Steinway L grand piano after graduating from conservatory and I got to start playing every day. I am retired and I play a lot but I still have not had lessons. My daughter offered to teach me as she is a piano teacher as well as a voice and clarinet teacher, but I get too nervous even now when someone is in the room while I play. I can read music, can play the music exactly as it is written, and also play a little jazz, but I would call myself an intermediate level performer at best. I play a little of the easier classics from Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, and Bach, but I would like to play much better so I am working on Hanon and some other materials. Now my daughter is moving out and her piano will be going with her. See my other post about convincing my wife to let me buy a grand piano if you are interested in that topic. I love this site and have been reading topics all day. Thanks.
Posted by: jed1988

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/25/11 11:33 PM

oops! I guess I posted in the wrong section where I introduced myself. Well, I guess I should introduce myself here. Anyways, Hello everyone!
I'm a new member, and just want to send a warm greetings to everyone and looking forward to learn from everyone. From my introductory thread in a wrong section with the replies, I can see this is a very warm community where nice people and piano enthusiasts hang out.
I took 3 semesters of piano in college with a very talented piano professor. She was very intimidating to be true, but nevertheless very kind.
I am looking forward to interacting with everyone in the future!!!
Posted by: jed1988

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/25/11 11:40 PM

Hi Chopinlover,
I can sympathize for you when you first learned piano as I had experienced that myself. From the sound of things, you really like playing piano, and that is a very good thing. I'm not a good pianist myself due to not having the time to practice, but nevertheless, I like piano. So for our interest in piano, cheers!
Posted by: jed1988

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/26/11 10:00 PM

Lucine, your spelling is fine. No need to worry about it. Your spelling is better than me I think. lol
Posted by: KeysAngler

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/29/11 08:09 AM

Hello everyone, I'm Bill ... just a retired old man who needed a hobby(besides fishing) and liked music enough to give piano a try ... I enjoy my lessons and like to read this forum ... I just want to play well enough to have some fun ... I've learned a lot about music history and piano history from everyone here ... Im associated with the Florida Keys Concert Association which brings some culture to our little islands ... there is some music in Key West but that 90 miles away and there's some music in Miami but that's also 90 miles from us so we sponsor various artists and have them play here
Posted by: Darren_1989

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/01/11 11:34 AM

Hi my name is Darren I am 22 years of Age, I am self taught at the Piano my main influences are Beethoven and Elton John. I usually play Classic Rock/Pop stuff but I am diving into more Classical Stuff since I've started to explore Classical Music a lot more.
Posted by: Jloy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/08/11 08:23 PM

Hi - I'm a 35 year old father of two. I've been playing piano since I was five, and have always loved to play. The furtherst I went with lessons was private lessons in college as part of a music minor, but I've still played ever since. Six years ago, I bought a Pramberger JP-175 grand piano, which I love. I still try to play as much as possible, although it's often difficult with two yound children in our small house. I love Beethoven and Mozart sonatas, Bach preludes and fugues, Schumann Kinderszenen, and Mendelssohn Songs Without Words to name just a few things. My frustration is that I tend to learn a peice of music partially but never finish learning it, and I'm not sure why this happens. But even partially being able to play a great peice makes me happy. I have also never been good playing in front of a crowd. I'm happy to find this forum too.
Posted by: LeaC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/13/11 05:43 PM

Hello all!

I am happy to be back at Piano World after an absence. I like reading the posts of everyone, in particular, the pianists and teachers, but all is interesting. I've been a piano/music teacher for many years. While hoping I can contribute in this way, I am looking forward to learning from others, as well.

See you on the forums!
Posted by: LeaC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/29/11 06:57 PM

Hi, That's me in the above post. I have changed my name, and I am the new and improved version!
Posted by: Pagareaula

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/11 12:46 AM

Hello everyone! smile

My name is Adam and I've just recently made the commitment to learn to play the piano. Believe it or not I was brought up with bluegrass music, but I've always loved classical music and wanted to learn the piano for many years. My musical upbringing started in the womb with my father playing the banjo and guitar to me. I started on the banjo at age four and guitar shortly there after. I gave up bluegrass for the electric guitar as a teenager and I gave that up too when I graduated high school. For ten years I really didn't play anything. Then I decided to pick the banjo back up again, not to play bluegrass, but classical. Stuff like Bach's prelude for partita no.3 and cello solo 1007, etc. I found it to be very frustrating trying to transpose the songs I love to the banjo. I want to play an instrument that isn't so...limited. My mother(who loves the piano)asked me one day,"why don't you learn the piano?" I thought about it, about how much I love listening to the piano and how I've always wanted to play one and had a sort of epiphany. And so I now embark on a new journey...and I can't wait to see where it takes me.

So, again...greetings everyone!
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/11 01:03 AM

Good luck! And I am from Kentucky and grew up hearing Bluegrass music from time to time. It is something I enjoy listening to every once in a while.

Isn't Bach great? smile
Posted by: abner70

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/11 05:13 PM

the style or genre you have learned to play can be applied to your piano playing. Bluegrass has many interesting melodies.
Posted by: Pagareaula

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/10/11 09:42 PM

That's awesome, Orange Soda King! I do enjoy it also. I grew up listening to it so it's engrained deeply. I smile -inside and out- every time I hear Rocky Top or the Foggy Mountain Breakdown. smile

Yes, Bach was...ineffable.
Posted by: Pagareaula

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/10/11 09:46 PM

abner, it's funny you point this out because I've heard many times over the years that the banjo and piano are congenial. As a matter of fact, a popular banjo instruction book uses the piano a lot to explain both musical concepts in general and those specific to the banjo.

Thanks for the response. smile
Posted by: anonman

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/22/11 03:17 AM

Hey... I've been lurking for a long time. Played for 10 yrs, stopped for 8, then restarted 3 yrs ago. Missed the Chopin's 200th ecital, so I uploaded a Klavierstuck for the Liszt ecital. It's an unknown piece, but it summarizes everything Liszt wrote... adventurous harmony, octaves, arpeggios, and cool melody. Enjoy!
Posted by: PJay

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/28/11 07:49 PM

Hello. I'm Paul. I've played Piano for 25 years now along with guitar and mandolin. I've always tried to divide my time between these instruments which can be tough, but I've found myself being drawn to focus more and more on Piano. I think part of it was getting a modern keyboard, which now days can sound so piano-like, it's incredible. My main influences are Laura Nyro - I love her Explorative, funky style and The echos of doo-wop and folk - She always does it for me, along with Norah Jones, Tori Amos, Vienna Teng and others. I hope to learn more about the technical side of playing and perhaps learn to read music. I figure this sight is a good place to get advice and hear about others experiences.
Posted by: treelogger

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/12/11 01:41 AM

I come from a musical family. My forefathers all played music as a hobby, while being academics. My great-grandfather was a student of Liszt, and later lionizing concert pianist in the austro-hungarian empire. He ended his life being a piano professor at the academy in Budapest, and either its director or head of its piano department. Supposedly, his greatest achievement was to cause the academy to be named after his famous teacher, although this story may be apocryphal.

I started playing the piano when I was 6. Had a variety of teachers early on. My main teacher from about age 8 on was a friendly little old lady, whose failing soloist career was made unnecessary by marrying an attorney. While not the world's greatest pianist, she was very solid in supervising a small child and later a teenager, and organizing my drive to play and have fun into learning something. Beginning at age 12, I was mentored by a well-known pianist (at that time he was purely a soloist, later in his life he turned to teaching, and is now in the piano department of a fine music academy). I also started doing a lot of chamber music (my sister was a violin student with a very good teacher, so I had lots of people to play with), and got to perform several times with a youth orchestra (Beethoven 3, various 20th century concertos for piano and string orchestra).

I never entered the competition circuit ... the only prize I ever won was in the national round of "Jugend Musiziert" as a piano accompanist (Kreutzer Sonata, Ravel Tzigane). Most violinists in that level of competition show up with a paid professional pianist, and there I was at age 15 or 16, helping out my violinist friends. In the end I did better than they did in the competition (sad for them).

Beginning at age 15 or so, I drove myself very hard, clearly with the goal of becoming a professional (at that point, I was immersed in the world of music). While still in high school, I attempted the entrance exam for a music academy (name of famous German academy omitted, to protect the guilty), and promptly flunked it. As I discovered years later, the reasons were political: The faculty member who wanted to take me under her wings was trying to use me as a crowbar to change the long-standing policy against accepting high-school kids as full-time music students; the two brothers who ran the piano department won the political battle, I didn't become a student, and she resigned shortly thereafter. Oops.

Anycase, for me this one event caused an unready infeasible life plan to come crashing down. Trying to become a pro musician is a gigantic gamble, and must not be entered with visions of becoming a famous soloist ... because you will likely end up giving classes and selling sheet music in the local store, with occasional gigs in the local music scene. This is particularly hard for a pianist, who can't survive by jobbing with random orchestras and bands.

I ended up studying something else, which has led to a successful career and a happy life. I never quite abandoned the piano, and except during grad school, I've always had a piano at home. Speaking of grad school: For some reason, my university forces grad students to take at least one class. Instead of doing "directed research" or "department seminar", I first took scuba diving (seriously, it's a class in the athletics department which you can take for credit), and then for about 3 years I took classes in the music department, alternating between chamber music (they were always looking for pianists for duos) and piano ensemble. So I went through a lot of 4-handed and piano duo music, which is much fun. And I got to do Ravel's left hand concerto on a Boesendorfer Imperial (admittedly with a music department student pick-up orchestra, but the piano made up for it).

For the last 20 years, I've only played a little bit for my own enjoyment, so I'm getting worse and worse. Once in a while I get out old favorites (Brahms Handel, Rachmaninoff Corelli, Chopin Scherzi), and I'm amazed at how bad I am. Fortunately, nobody listens to my playing.

And recently, my son (who is now 12) has taken to be quite the wind instrument aficionado, with a path from clarinet through trombone via bass clarinet to tuba. Tomorrow is his birthday, and yesterday his very own $5K brass monster arrived by freight truck. So now I make lots of jokes about piccolos (those are obvious), oboes (if you've ever heard a badly played oboe, you know why band players hate oboe players), trombones (why are trombones so big? they aren't, it's an optical illusion, the heads of the trombone players are so small), baritones (my son has threatened to stuff a whole oboe player into the bell of the baritone if they dare to make a sound), and french horns (how do you get two french horns to play in tune? shoot one of them. how do you get one french horn to play in tune? shoot him too). As you can see, I enjoy music vicariously, and as an accompanist to my tuba player.

At home is the Bechstein M that my parents bought for me when I was a teenager. Stored underneath it is a variety of wind instruments (some in active use, like a Stradivarius trombone, others family heirlooms in playable condition).
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/12/11 09:49 AM

Hey, treelogger! Thanks for the wonderful story, and welcome to Piano World! "Member Recordings" is waiting to hear you play your Bechstein! laugh (It's a great way for us lapsed pianists to get our chops back!) thumb

--Andy
Posted by: Brad Hoehne

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/15/11 01:55 PM

Hello, I'm Brad.

I began playing when I was 12 years old. I played often until I graduated from college- with, in fact, a BA with music as my primary emphasis. Then, with job, new home, and more responsibilities, I put piano playing aside for almost 20 years. Just this year I've taken it up again. I'm not particularly good, but I am getting better. I have a whole host of pieces that I'm working towards. (At the far end of that group is "Gaspard de la Nuit.)

At the urging of my current piano teacher (In retrospect, I believe my first piano teacher, when I was 12, was downright horrible.) I have bought a new piano to replace the good, but somewhat limiting, Baldwin Acrosonic that I've owned since childhood.

There are folks who say "I like all kinds of music except..." and the exception is usually "rap" or "heavy metal" or "country" or "hard rock." In my case the only "except" is the one man genre of Andrew Lloyd Weber, who, for some reason, almost all the music education students I run into seem to love. Me, not so much. But, any other genre you can think of, I've pretty much found something worthwhile in. (Don't believe me? Ask for a recommendation.)

I have a huge collection of CDs, vinyl, tapes, sheet music, downloads, DVD performances. I love setting my iTunes on "Random" and having The White Stripes followed by Tuvan throat singing followed by Beethoven followed by Tom Lehrer followed by Palestrina followed by Brad Paisley followed by Gnarls Barkley followed by Sufjan Stevens followed by Boulez... and so on.

Life is short and I want to really "get" this music thing before I reach the end of it. The more I practice, the more I feel that I do.
Posted by: DoogieJ

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/17/11 05:27 PM

Hello, piano lovers--

Just joined PW after being introduced through PK's fascinating book, "Grand Obsession." Learning there that the "spirit" I've felt since childhood about pianos and playing probably has a biophysical basis. Intriguing that we are learning more all the time about our bodies and our relationship to the physical reality of the universe. (Wish I'd paid more attention in college Physics...)

I began playing piano when I was about six--learned on a Crown upright, with four pedals--the 4th was connected to a contraption that lowered a system of rivet-studded leather straps between the hammers and the strings (the "mandolin" pedal). I loved it!--made it into a honky-tonk. Mom hated it.
Posted by: kuifje

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/22/11 03:28 PM

Hi there,

After a long break of about two decades i have taken up piano playing again. I'm feeling like a regular Rip van Winkle! Basically I have just continued where I left off when I sort of stopped, and much to my surprise I have been able get back to my old level without much trouble.

But what amazes me even more is that in the mean time has appeared a new thing: the internet!

Now I knew about the internet before, but i didn't know there was such a wealth of information about technique, interpretation, tons of youtube videos with decent sound quality, books, this forum! So i'm learning so much stuff it's awesome!

I am hooked on Chopin because... well I don't have to explain that HERE do I? Let's just say it started with op 9 no 1 on the radio.

The reason i signed up is that I have some questions which I hope to get some help with. So i'll be posting them later in pianist corner or chopindevotees thread.

So, see ya!

Currently working on:

Barcarolle
Berceuse
Nocturne op 27 no 2

Posted by: Eric Shore

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/24/11 12:47 PM

Hi everyone,

I started playing piano around 8 years ago. Started off playing classical, but I've moved on to ragtime, and now I pretty much exclusively play rags. I've learned a few relatively simple rags, and currently I'm trying to expand my repertoire as much as possible and maybe start performing locally. I came here hoping to find some other ragtime enthusiasts, and possibly upload some videos of my playing for constructive criticism/encouragement. smile
Eric
Posted by: hv

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/11 09:28 AM

Welcome, Eric. Looking forward to catching some of your performances. Suggest you upload to YouTube and embed or link here. If you're looking to expand your repertoire, consider Charles Johnson. Also suggest you attend some local performances. Bob Milne puts one on in April at Zehnders in Frankenmuth and brings in a range of talent and offers a week long clinic in Septembers.

Howard
Posted by: candlelightpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/27/11 04:15 PM

Hello there:

My name is Choo and I've been playing the piano for about 8 years in total.

Over the years, I've gone off the piano for as long as ten years at a stretch due to work or not having a piano. I would then return to it and play mostly simple Richard Clayderman type music or simple light classics like Fur Elise. Then, some stressful event would come up in my life and I wouldn't play again for a while.

I have a Yamaha digital piano. Not a real piano, I know, but as I sometimes quit playing for many months, it works out better as I don't need to get it tuned.

I started a Youtube Channel a couple months ago and have uploaded only one piece so far but plan to upload more pieces as I get better at them. Here's my channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/candlelightpiano?feature=mhee

I'm presently working on:

Chopin's Funeral March
Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu in C# minor
MacDowell's March Wind

among other pieces. I'm thinking of beginning a blog for Fantasie Impromptu in order to motivate myself to persevere with it and also to meet other Chopin enthusiasts who are interested in learning to play this sublimely and hauntingly beautiful piece of music.

This is probably not the right list for me to be on as I'm not a "pianist" in that sense. Definitely no virtuoso!!
Posted by: Eric Shore

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/28/11 09:59 PM

Originally Posted By: hv
Welcome, Eric. Looking forward to catching some of your performances. Suggest you upload to YouTube and embed or link here. If you're looking to expand your repertoire, consider Charles Johnson. Also suggest you attend some local performances. Bob Milne puts one on in April at Zehnders in Frankenmuth and brings in a range of talent and offers a week long clinic in Septembers.

Howard

Thanks Howard. I actually made a YouTube channel, haven't gotten around to uploading anything, though. The only Charles Johnson tune I know is "Dill Pickles", although I might learn more in the future. I attended a Bob Milne concert a few years back at Whitmore Lake High School, which was one of the events that influenced me to take up playing ragtime. I didn't get a chance to check out his clinic this year, but I'll definitely try to make it this year.

Eric
Posted by: Sooner

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/29/11 05:59 PM

Because my own name ( Brian ) is already taken and so is every slight variation. Now I've found one I can use anywhere without finding that it's already in use.
Posted by: Carolyn Stecklare

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/30/11 03:05 PM

Hi, I haven't visited the piano forum for awhile. Just a comment - I agree that music cannot be forced on children. I believe the most effective way to reach out to kids about music is to expose them as often as possible to a variety of good music, including classical, and to provide constant encouragement when they show an interest in learning an instrument.
On a different subject, I have a question for any classical pianists reading this. I am completely enthralled by Lizst's "la Campanella" or #3 edtude, as it's referred to. I love it, but it is said to be one of the most difficult pieces to play. Does anyone have experience with it? Does anyone know of an online website which sells music where one can actually "look inside" at the the music before purchasing? I ask because I would like to see how difficult it is before purchasing a copy.

Thanks for any advice,
Lynn
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/30/11 04:39 PM

Hello Lynn,

You can preview and even download the piece here at IMSLP (there are several prints in PDFs that you can choose from):

http://imslp.org/wiki/Grandes_%C3%A9tudes_de_Paganini,_S.141_%28Liszt,_Franz%29#Etude_No.3_in_G.E2.99.AF_minor_.22La_Campanella.22_.28S.141.2F3.29

IMSLP is a treasure trove of pieces you can check out. Have fun!

lyricmudra
Posted by: Carolyn Stecklare

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/01/11 09:41 AM

Hi,
Thanks so much for the information.

Lynn
Posted by: moni_55555

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/20/11 10:20 PM

Hi, i'm a new member here
thought that this piano forum was interesting and cool smile
i'm from aussie, 13 yrs old.. almost 14
just recently started grade 7, working on exam pieces, also working on chopin fantasie impromptu- kind of frustrating
so... yeah smile i hope i get to talk to a lot of people here




Posted by: Bluoh

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/22/11 01:05 AM

Hi! I'm from Canada and I adore the piano. See everyone around!
Posted by: draca

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/23/11 09:51 AM

Hi I'm Kevin, I started playing piano at 13 with classical lessons for a few years, quit for several years, then started over and taught myself to play by ear and improvise at the age of 23. Playing by ear is what opened the world of piano for me. Although I also played guitar for some 15 years after that then I was compelled to put my guitar down and stick with the piano, I havent picked up my guitar for over 5 years. Just purchased a baby grand piano this week, whereas all I've played since I was 23 has been synthesizers and digital pianos (casio privia has a piano action but still different from a real piano).
Posted by: kuifje

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/23/11 12:30 PM

Welcome everyone!
Posted by: Dachshund

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/23/11 12:46 PM

Hi everyone!
I recently heard about this website on pianostreet, so I decided to come check it out. So, here's a brief intro on me:
I am thirteen years old and I live in Southern California. I've been playing the piano for six years and I have been composing and improvising ever since then. This year I am taking Certificate of Merit: level 8.
I also have been playing the cello for a little over two years (I recently completed Suzuki Book 6). I still like the piano much better though.

-Will
Posted by: Dachshund

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/24/11 05:25 PM

Oh, and also, some of you may know me from the pianostreet forum. My username on there is williampiano.

-Will
Posted by: César Padilla

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/11 01:42 PM

I'm new at the Piano World forums, but it greatly aided me in my decision of which digital piano to buy, thanks a lot.

I own a Gaveau 1907-1912 (not sure) acoustic piano, but I recently ordered a Yamaha P-155 online an I am eagerly waiting for it to arrive grin

I started playing piano nearly 4 years ago, so I am quite a late starter. I always wanted to learn, since I was about 8, but since I did not own a piano I was never enrolled in lessons. I learned to play guitar and joined a band for about 2 years in 2005 and finally in 2008 my grandmother had a specialist rebuild her Gaveau piano and gave it to me as a gift. I think it is by far the best gift I have received in my life. I don't know what specific level of piano playing I have acquired, but I would like to consider myself an intermediate player.

I'm from Guatemala, and the piano community is pretty small, so I love the idea of sharing and learning in an online community such as this forum. I think one of the greatest challenges I have is controlling stage fright. On my last recital, I completely blacked out in the middle of the Bach Sinfonia III and had to skip to the Mozart K.310 Sonata. Hopefully I will learn to control it a bit more with time.

Mostly, I would like to learn what piano books and practice routines, tricks, etc. the advanced pianists in the page have used to acquire their skills, and hopefully show my progress too!
Posted by: Nikolaj

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/14/12 05:28 AM

Hello everyone. I'm new here and an adult beginner - I started teaching myself to play the piano about six months ago. I got a new digital piano, Casio Privia PX-330, for christmas and absolutely adore it.

Originally Posted By: Eric Shore
Hi everyone,

I started playing piano around 8 years ago. Started off playing classical, but I've moved on to ragtime, and now I pretty much exclusively play rags. I've learned a few relatively simple rags, and currently I'm trying to expand my repertoire as much as possible and maybe start performing locally. I came here hoping to find some other ragtime enthusiasts, and possibly upload some videos of my playing for constructive criticism/encouragement. smile
Eric


Hi Eric. I love ragtime and am trying my best to attain the skills necessary to play it. Right now I am able to play two short and simplified rags, The Entertainer and Champagne Rag. Please do upload some of your pieces, I would very much like to hear it!

- Nikolaj
Posted by: lara77

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/15/12 07:44 PM

Hi there,
I'm a 68 year old Grandmother who has been lurking on the forums for months. Due to Kreisler's gracious invitation to stop lurking and start posting....here I am. I'm ashamed to say that, despite studying for 8 years as an adult with a fantastic teacher, I abandoned piano for 20 years. Last spring I suddenly wanted very much to get back to it. I have been enjoying practice more than I ever did before.
Currently working on:
Chopin, op. 27 #2
op. 9 #2
Grieg, op.54 #4
Field, Nocturne #5
Debussy, Clair De Lune
Reverie
Almost finished most of these.........memorizing Grieg.
Enjoy the forums very much.

Yamaha C5
Posted by: Darima Nimaeva

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/19/12 12:30 PM

Hi everyone!
I was please to see an invitation for lurkers, that what I thought I was.
I am Natalya, originally from South East of Siberia, Buryatia of Russia.
I studied piano since age 7, went to youth music school for 7 years.
Mostly classical training. And since than never stopped playing, started with waltzes of Chopin and... Professionally studied medicine, alternative medicine, worked as an eye doctor and naturopath.
Piano was always a second nature, necessity. I own a console Mason&Hamlin, when I was a child my grandpa bought me a very good used piano "Red October Leningrad" made in late 50s, early 60s,it sounded close to a grand piano, and the keys and action was great. Here in US the first piano was Rudolph, New York, NY- an nice old, although the exterior was shabby and bitten and I hope not finally-M&H console. I dream of a grand one day.
I teach piano, accompanied choirs, singers, now started to entertain public in local functions.
Now I am working on 1 hour baby shower little gig, need to come up to some peaceful, relaxing classical music to play while people will have food and probably give out gifts. So if anyone have ideas it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Natalya.
Posted by: Darima Nimaeva

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/19/12 01:20 PM

Hi adamp88, that would be interesting to find those pieces on line! Could you help?
Posted by: real2104

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/24/12 06:38 PM

Hey there Gents (and ladies!)

My name is Nick. I'm from Australia and I've only recently started learning to play the piano/keyboard. I'm 24 year old psychology a student and I'm very happy to become a part of this lovely community.
Posted by: theKMpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/25/12 02:51 PM

Hello! My name is Katie and I have been playing piano and taking lessons for ten years. I am interested in teaching because my first teacher was amazing at teaching young children. She instilled a love for music and the piano in all of her students(myself included). I would like to be able to teach in this way. I always had lots of technique to practice, but she would always make it fun. She gave me a strong foundation in music which I can use forever. I have been lurking for a long time now, but I finally decided to join so I could learn even more!
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/25/12 04:05 PM

Hello all,

I just joined the forum today and am looking forward to exchanging ideas with all of you.

I finished my RCM grade 10 in high school and then quit piano lessons and started playing jazz piano (my teacher could have killed me). Then after university, I got a career as a boring office worker and later I realized I was miserable. Went crawling back to my piano teacher a couple years ago (15 years after I quit! LOL) and she agreed to take me back. We are working on the advanced portion of my piano pedagogy now -- hope to be finished the three exams by January 2013! I also started taking voice lessons just for fun, but somehow my teacher convinced me to work on a performer's ARCT in voice -- she says I have to do all the theory requirements for my piano anyways, so why not? But it feels like a lot less work than learning piano repertoire, thankfully.

I'm teaching part-time right now. Unfortunately I'm still working my office job to pay for my lessons. Once I'm done my ARCT, I plan to switch to teaching full-time.
Posted by: Garbo

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/26/12 02:11 AM

Thanks for the welcome. Advanced Intermediate, once again frustrated with my current teacher. At 58, would like to enjoy my lesson, especially after working quite diligently each week. Working on Bach Inventions # 1 and #13, Chopin Nocturne, and the Brahms Rhapsody in G minor ( a bit hard for me but I love this!). Need a little validation that I should feel encouraged, not ashamed, when I leave my lesson, especially as I have put in the hours, and not just mindless repetition, either, real work. Performance anxiety just getting worse with each lesson, even after 5 months with this new teacher. I suspect that getting the right fit for an adult can be tricky. I feel like a scolded 4th grader. Should I just knuckle under or find a better fit?
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/26/12 09:45 AM

From the information you've provided, find a better fit. Your present teacher, from your description, is coming off as somebody who's dumping his/her anger; and, at 58 years of age, I see no reason to tolerate this.
Posted by: Synival

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/31/12 04:36 PM

Hi everyone,

Relatively new to the forum - 26 years old, currently living in Berlin, and I'm preparing repertoire for Masters program exams. I'm a pianist and composer, doing my best to balance practice time, work, composition, and general real life stuff. I'm a big fan of early 20th century piano literature (Ravel, Scriabin!), and I tend to compose in a similar style for solo piano or small chamber groups.

I've uploaded a recording of an original piano sonata to my YouTube channel to share with the community. Always eager to hear feedback from fellow pianists!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD6kL_d3jRY

For anyone interested, my full bio and any other information on my works is available at my website. smile
http://www.simonbielman.com/
Posted by: Phonic

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/12 06:36 AM

Hello

There I said it

And might I just say how badly organized this forum's structure and links are, it's like it was made in the 90's.
Posted by: CindyLu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/12 06:00 PM

Hello all. Quick introduction for you. I am a self taught piano player, and only play for fun now, but earlier in my career, I did play for school Christmas concerts and music classes.
I stumbled across this website while surfing for some biographical information on Czech composer Alois Sarauer. Apparently he is a fourth cousin of mine, and would like some more information on his life and work. If anyone can steer me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.

CindyLu
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/12 08:51 PM

Welcome Cindy Lu, I wrote a song about you.
Posted by: symphonicdance

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/10/12 11:29 PM

Dear All, I'm 40+ years old, from Hong Kong. Currently I do self-learning, but I probably will try to find a teacher who can help me tackle FTCL (Trinity, UK). And I am going to start a new topic (as I did in other piano forum) to get more opininons. Cheers.
Posted by: Kikazu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/16/12 06:07 PM

Hello, I'm Kikazu. I'm 15 and I started playing the piano for 3 months now. I'm aiming to become a professional pianist, playing in orchestras since I really love orchestral music. smile
Posted by: Roland The Beagle

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/03/12 02:09 AM

Hello, I'm Roland The Beagle (actually that's my dog).

I was introduced to the piano at a young age, and had some aptitude for it, but couldn't succeed in lessons because I kept running around causing havoc. Much later in life I took some group classes, and now I'm finally receiving one on one instruction with the hope of becoming an applied music major for piano performance.

I have some regrets that I didn't study piano throughout my youth, because I wonder what heights I can realistically reach starting much later. Still, this is greatly overshadowed by the joy of finally discovering the instrument and realizing music as a focus for my creative side.

Pleased to meet you all!
Posted by: Debbusyist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/11/12 04:41 AM

Hi all! Just call me Ying. I've been playing piano for a decade (yay!!!) as of 2012 March, and I play trumpet for leisure for 5 years. I was looking for general knowledge for my AmusA pieces, and I found this site!

I'm absolutely in love with Debussy, and really it's his pieces I play best. wink
Posted by: Svengali

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/12/12 11:20 AM

Hi,
36 years old.
Piano teacher and performer.
18 students currently.
Next performance will be of Bartok - Sonata for two pianos and Percussion.
Oh, I'm from South Africa.
Posted by: asthecrowflies

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/13/12 11:00 AM

Hi, i'm a 34 year old living in the UK, from the US. Played until I was 18, and recently just started taking it up again this year. I'm contemplating doing the Trinity Guildhall LTCL program on my own at some point - and would love tips from people who have done it on their own as well. Cheers.
Posted by: pianoplayer6624

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/13/12 11:20 AM

Hi, I'm from Canada, studied classical piano mostly from age 4-17, then life intervened for about twenty years, although I did still play casually. Three years ago I started doing jazz piano, which I love love love.
Best wishes to you all.
Posted by: dontfeedthebears

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/24/12 11:15 PM

Hello, I am a piano player from the great state of Arkansas, and I just recently discovered this forum and had to join. I've been trained classically since I turned 4, and I am turning 15 in a couple months. I have also had quite a bit of experience with non-classical repertoire, including jazz/boogie woogie, hymns, and stuff for a band. I am looking forward to learning from this place.
Posted by: WildHorseMan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/25/12 07:29 PM

Hi, I'm Andy I'm 31 years old from the UK, i was recently searching on google for some information on piano's and stumbled on this great forum! i started taking classical piano lessons in march 2011 not long after my 30th birth day, i'm currently getting up to a good grade 3 standard and maybe thinking about taking my grade 3 exam sometime this year or next, I've had a good stab at some harder pieces like Mussorgsky's promenade 1, clayderman's Souvenir D'Enfrance with the help of my teacher with classical pieces at the same time, I've also just finished yiruma's river flows in you in my own time away from my practise pieces. currently learning 3 grade 3 pieces of very different styles to hone my skills.

I've always fancied the idea of learning the piano but never really got round to it until last year, i started to teach myself guitar not long after i left secondary school but never go very far with regard to reading music,theory,or technique but enjoyed it as a pastime, i still like play the odd time nowadays, when it came to piano i wanted lessons to make sure i had a good understanding of the instrument and a good technique plus being introduced to a wealth of great music i never would have known about.

As my musical knowledge increases i hope to get more involved in the forum instead of being a lurker!



Posted by: itsahobbie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/27/12 02:49 PM

im new!! 51 years old and started playing at about 38. play when i can and there are peaks and valleys... i get frustrated sometimes with my slow progress. but i still love it. looking for good pieces to play not to0 hard that i can master in the realm of classics to moderns intermediate type difficulty. anyway hello
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/29/12 10:35 AM

Hello everyone!

I am not entirely new to Pianoworld. Last year, I’ve posted a few queries at the ‘Piano Forum’ while in the process of deciding and purchasing my first acoustic piano. I’ve also been reading the various posts at the ‘Adult Beginner’s Forum’, learning from many of the suggestions, listening to several of the recitals, identifying with people’s experiences, and finding inspiration. I've also just now found a wealth of information here at the 'Pianist's Corner' so I thought I'd introduce myself here as well.

I learned to play the piano like many children did in their early years, but stopped lessons when I was about thirteen years old. I suffered the fate of many who have probably grown up in far flung areas where the prospects of improving one’s piano skills or even simply appreciating or being exposed to classical music were minimal. Since then I’ve also lived in places where I had no easy access to a piano and college, graduate school, and career as a professor eventually took over. Thirty-five years after, however, I reignited my interests. I bought a Yamaha Clavinova in August of 2008 and have been learning a few piano pieces here and there on my own. When I realized that I have been taking this journey much more seriously for two and a half years, I traded in the Clavinova and bought myself an acoustic grand piano (a Kawai RX-2 Blak). I wish though that I could have the time to take formal lessons but my workload keeps me from doing so. The progress can be slow at times and there can be many interruptions, but I've found joy in learning to play the piano once again. It is, in fact, now a passion. My goals these days are to continue learning new pieces as well as to start studying music theory using several books and an instructional software package I bought a couple of months ago. I’ve never had music theory! I hope to also continue learning and gaining inspiration from people’s thoughts and experiences in this forum.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my intro!
Posted by: MichaelJamesMN

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/01/12 02:25 PM

Hello. I am new to this forum. I have played Classical piano all of my life (and I am 50 years old), having started lessons at 5. I am still studying! And I practice/play several hours every day.

I have two Steinways...an A and a B...both beautifully restored by Ken Hannah in Stillwater Minnesota. Ken's a true genius in his work.

My favorite composers are Rachmaninoff and Chopin, although I've recently been enjoying Brahms a bit (not nearly as much, however, as the aforementioned).

Michael in Minnesota
Posted by: FSO

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/03/12 02:13 PM

Um...hello. New...sorry if I do anything wrong, I just...I really quite like piano, I mean, it's great, right? Anyway, um, I've been playing...crikey, six years, no tuition save my own volition...technically more flawed than...a...floor...with holes in it, um, I'm relatively okay at improvising for somepony of my less learned stature. Oh, this *is* just how I type...I'm sorry about that. I hope you're all well and take care.
Fluttershy Felicity Oakley
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Posted by: RandomPianist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/03/12 10:58 PM

Hey There!
I'm Kristina, and I am currently 15 years old. I have been playing piano for about 5 years. I have come here to better my piano skills and learn about other people's stories and techniques. Very interesting forum this is. I used to belong to a forum on PianoStreet but they are not as frequent as all of you are.
smile
Posted by: pianoisawesome

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/09/12 10:50 AM

I am a high school senior and have been playing Piano since I was three and taking lessons since I was four. My mom used to push me so hard on the piano when I was younger, but now I study from a very rigorous teacher who is practically like the father I never had. I am working on a very enormous amount of repertoire right now so you can imagine my practice schedule:

-Partita VI (complete) by: Bach
-Sonata in e minor Hob: 34(complete) by: Haydn
-Etude V "La Chasse" on a Theme of Paganini by: Liszt
-Intermezzo op. 118 no. 2(revisiting, of course) by: you know who
-Etude in f minor op. 10 by: Chopin
-Concerto in d minor no. 20 K. 466;Romanze by: Mozart
-WAS working on Grieg's a minor till I took a fall
-Butterfly Lover's Concerto (Piano Version)

Most of this repertoire is already finished, but I have to keep it up for a senior recital and the concerto competition at the Brevard Music Center this year. For college I am still torn between a small college in my state with a fabulous teacher and a conservatory in Ohio. Very different environments obviously, but both very good.

Last year I attended Interlochen Arts Camp and was inches away from attending the Academy... before I saw the price... This year I had numerous amounts of master classes all over the eastern region of the US which included the billions of trial lessons I had. I had a trial lesson with the teacher at the conservatory in Ohio and she and the students seemed to like me a lot and I really loved the atmosphere at the conservatory. In fact, my audition at the conservatory was my best audition and someone told me I played like Alison Gagnon... Obviously this observation was incorrect because she is so great.

Going to the trial lesson at the small college where I live, I was so scared of the teacher and I was so sure that the teacher hated me, but later on he gave me the opportunity I had wanted for about a year and actually asked to cancel my audition to "save me the trip" and awarded me with a generous scholarship writing on my form that "it was the best piano audition ever heard at the school". If attending this school I would enter as a B.M. in piano performance.

Still undecided about these schools I had another lesson with this teacher at the small school and was very happy (I got a TWO HOUR lesson! :O) and this coming Friday I am traveling back up to Ohio for another lesson with the teacher at the conservatory.

So if I could ask all of you:

1. What do you think of these two schools? (I CANT DECIDE!)
2. If any of you has played the Mozart concerto: any tips?

Thanks for reading this incredibly long intro. smile
Posted by: pianoisawesome

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/09/12 10:56 AM

Hey.... would you by chance know Kelly Stathis? We were cabin mates at Interlochen..
Posted by: pianobyrd

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/14/12 03:17 PM

Hello! I joined this forum a while ago, but haven't really posted until now. I've been playing since I was young, and am now taking lessons at my uni (music minor, not major though.) My professor here is amazing and I feel like I'm making more progress in the short time I've been with her than the last several years combined. I'm really recommitting to improving (or at least trying to! :P), and am finally learning how to practice properly, haha. Anyway, I'm excited about progressing and hope to keep on improving!
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/14/12 03:47 PM

CrmsonSong, Pianoisawesome, Kristina, FSO, Michael, Lyricmudra and all others who've posted in this thread over the past few weeks.....

Welcome to Piano World !!! Feel free to participate in the discussions !!! We always enjoy hearing new perspectives !!!
Posted by: perpetual dan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/30/12 11:08 AM

Hi,
I'm Dan, 40, living in Sussex, UK. I played as a child, reaching grade 6 around age 17. Then university and "other stuff" happened and playing fell by the wayside, although there was a little guitar playing on the way. Four years ago I got the itch to play again and bought a Clavinova, which spares the family the more tedious bits of my practicing! My playing has been a little intermittent, but I'm getting back to "intermediate" pieces again and enjoying my playing on the way.
Posted by: bfeils

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/03/12 11:59 AM

Hi everyone!! My name is Brandon. I just started playing piano about 8 months ago and I'm really excited about it.
I bought a mint condition used Kawai US6X and have been banging away since. My teacher and I have been going through the Alfred's method books I'm about two thirds through book two. I've now learned the full version of Fur Elise and I'll finish Mozart's K545 first movement by next week (It'll still need about a year to polish though). Just found this forum so I look forward to learning alot from you guys/gals!
Posted by: Sleepy Dad

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/04/12 02:10 PM

Hi,

I have a son who's taking piano lessons from a high level teacher. I joined this forum so I can have a place to ask various questions about piano teachers, practice, etc. from other pianist, teachers, moms&dads, etc. I look forward to future interaction on this forum
Posted by: Ozgur

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/12 04:49 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm a new member but it didn't take long to understand how wonderful this forum is. I know that somebody around here is always here to help, this is a good feeling smile I will also do my best to make any contributions.
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/12 06:28 PM

Welcome Ozgur. A good place to start would be to flesh out your profile so that we can know more about you.
Posted by: The Hound

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/06/12 07:02 PM

I neglected to post in here before but may as well do it now.

Greetings to everyone. I stopped piano lessons at age 16, but kept playing anyway. The frequency did diminsh though, especially when I moved into my own flat and was limited to playing my synth (which would end with stuff piled on it).

Now I'm 32 and have just moved from London to a village just outside it (thanks to my 5-month-old daughter for being the catalyst); two of my criteria for the new place were that it must be a detached house and there must be room for a grand piano somewhere. The frontrunner for a while was a Yamaha C3, but I ended up buying a W.Hoffmann T186, and am very happy with my choice.

Having lessons every 2 weeks and practicing as dilligently as time allows, and am feeling the improvement, which is very satisfying. Have leapt back in at around a grade 6 (ABRSM) level. Going to take grade 5 theory later this year and then grade 6 or 7 practical next year.

I found the piano forum (along with Larry Fine's book) fairly helpful when making my purchase, and have enjoyed reading this subforum and others since. There seems to be a good amount of informed and helpful discussion floating around here.
Posted by: Richard Parizer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/12/12 02:52 PM

Just wanted to introduce myself to this great community of piano playing/listening enthusiasts!

I have been playing the piano for over 20 years! I grew up in Maryland, but ventured my way out to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue various opportunities in the entertainment industry.

So far, I've had my hand in different parts of the industry including music supervision (placements into television and film), music editing, music production and even entertainment management. I also teach piano lessons! cool
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/12/12 05:07 PM

Welcome to PW. Impressive accomplishments!

tip: edit your profile. (weighted not waited.)
Posted by: DottedNotes

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/17/12 07:43 AM

Hi,
I am a blind concert pianist, teacher and composer new to the forums. Looking forward to learning a lot and sharing what I know ...
Posted by: Ozgur

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/19/12 04:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Welcome Ozgur. A good place to start would be to flesh out your profile so that we can know more about you.


Hello again,

I am a concert pianist, at the beginning of his career. Giving master-classes, recitals and taking part in chamber music ensembles internationally.

Successes in various international competitions including the second prize in the 17th International Brahms Competition.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/19/12 05:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Ozgur
Originally Posted By: Studio Joe
Welcome Ozgur. A good place to start would be to flesh out your profile so that we can know more about you.


Hello again,

I am a concert pianist, at the beginning of his career. Giving master-classes, recitals and taking part in chamber music ensembles internationally.

Successes in various international competitions including the second prize in the 17th International Brahms Competition.



Wow, congratulations! Good luck on all of your endeavors. smile
Posted by: Damon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/19/12 07:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Ozgur

Successes in various international competitions including the second prize in the 17th International Brahms Competition.


And I enjoyed the Brahms on your Youtube channel. I hope you post more and welcome to Piano World.
Posted by: Ozgur

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/20/12 09:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Damon
Originally Posted By: Ozgur

Successes in various international competitions including the second prize in the 17th International Brahms Competition.


And I enjoyed the Brahms on your Youtube channel. I hope you post more and welcome to Piano World.


Thanks Damon,

I dislike my recordings after some time. I used to have many more uploads on youtube but deleted them regularly when I began to consider them "not finished" or "not enough".

I have just listened to the intermezzo after several months and again, I don't like it. The 32s and the dynamics should be more even. The middle sections is okey though...
Posted by: Greener

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/29/12 03:57 PM

Hello, I just came across this forum, joined, and am looking forward to participating. I have played on and off most of life (since age of 12 or so.) My father was professional pianist (clasically trained)of big band era. I picked up a few things from him -- deceased now for many years --, but never learned to read particularly well. But I have lots of old scores for anyone interested.

Recently, in the last year or so (I'm 52 now) I have rekindled my interest and have been trying to strengthen repertoire. The most success I have had very recently has been with youtube tutorials, believe it or not. Most recent projects (all from YouTube) are: Come Rain or Come Shine, Schindler's List Theme, Forest Gump Theme, Tenderly.

If interested, let me know and I can share tutorials I used for learning and (sometimes others for) arrangements.

I do not have any kind of set up (yet) for recording and participating in recitals, so interested in learning more about this too.

Anyway, glad to find this forum and I am looking forward to participating, and keen on learning.

Jeff in Toronto, Canada
Posted by: emilypianist89

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/30/12 10:04 PM

Hi! I am in new member! My name is Emily. I am currently working on a Master's in Piano Performance and I also teach piano. I love music! Playing piano has always been a passion for me!
Posted by: MarblePiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/04/12 05:56 PM

Hi, I am Ashley. I took lessons from one teacher when I was six, had my first recital when I was eight, and then started with a different teacher when I was twelve. I stopped lessons when I was 15 and I am taking lessons again at 21 with a third teacher.
I would love to make a career of piano, but I don't know how financially stable that type of degree is. I think if I didn't take that break I would be at a skill level to audition for a major or minor degree at my university.
I play violin at an early intermediate level (that is to say I don't squeak anymore...much). I am also learning classical singing through my university.
I have a cute little acoustic upright, but I would like to get a grand as soon as possible.
I like the forums so far. smile
Posted by: billrogersandiego

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/05/12 11:10 AM

Hello my name is Bill Ligon and I have been learning a new piece called Etudes Artistisque by Benjamin Goddard. I told my teacher that I wanted to play octaves really fast so he suggested this piece. As an adult pianist, I have always wanted to memorize but for some reason I could not - after reading many books on memorization I have made some progress. The key is to memorize the piece and then learn it, HANDS ALONE. Gieseking, my piano teachers teacher memorized the left hand first of every piece he played. This is my life's work, now that I am retired. Hello to everyone.
Posted by: bachelis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/06/12 04:48 AM

Hi! My name is Daniel, and I have been playing for most of my life. I joined this site so that could help people play the piano by sharing my vast knowledge with others. I have received a masters in piano pedagogy from MSU, and I also am a dueling pianist as well.

Thus, I play Billy Joel, and Elton John, but also, Beethoven, and Liszt.

Looking forward to participate in anyway I can. :-)
Posted by: williamraym

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/08/12 12:48 AM

Hi, I'm a new member here. smile

I am a beginner at piano and I am teaching my self to play the piano, and hopefully this piano community could help me learn more about the piano. smile
Posted by: merkhywaters

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/18/12 11:23 PM

Hello Piano World!

I am here to talk some piano! I am a medical student who has been playing the piano now for ~14 years, though a good number of years in there were wasted due to lack of practice. Practice can still be an issue--life is busy! At any rate, I'm just a geeky music guy who plays the piano when he can.

Right now I'm finishing up Chopin Nocturne Op.55 No.2 and my last few Bach two-part Inventions (Nos.5,6,7). I'm looking forward to learning more Beethoven. I worked through all of Sonata 6, Op.10 No.2 and just started Sonata 9, Op.14 No.1 (I learned Mvmt.1 only).

I like the idea of learning sets of pieces--like all the Bach two-part Inventions. I aspire to some day tackle a bigger chunk of Bach and really wrap my head around counterpoint. Maybe someday I'll be able to approach the Goldberg Variations...sigh.

I really like just listening to piano music too. Oddly enough, my interest is really focused on romanticism with some contemporary music, Beethoven's more classical works, and Bach. Weird mix, but it makes me happy.
Posted by: G.Lopez

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/19/12 10:39 AM

hello everyone! laugh

my name is gerry, (well, its a short for my full middle name but whatever xP)i've been playing piano for about 6 years now. I have a yamaha ypg 625 (i learned just about everything i know on that keyboard, aside from my teacher's baby grand :P)

i currently play for Church, I'm Catholic so we call it Mass laugh

lookin forward to learning from you guys on the forum! maybe i can offer a bit of advice too smile
-g
Posted by: Sean_FL350

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/23/12 12:02 PM

Howdy!

I am Sean. I got to know this forum because I needed some advice on buying a new piano.

I have not been seriously practicing piano for years and am really rusty in my techniques. My current piano is in a bad shape so I am not too motivated to play on it.

I am currently working on Liszt's Paganini Etude No. 6 in A minor, which is on my bucket list :-)
Posted by: Danielsan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/16/12 10:58 PM

I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.
Posted by: ScriabinAddict

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/16/12 11:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Danielsan
I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.


I think you're just a bit too sensitive, buddy.
Posted by: Danielsan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/16/12 11:01 PM

Originally Posted By: ScriabinAddict
Originally Posted By: Danielsan
I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.


I think you're just a bit too sensitive, buddy.


Perfect example right here.
Posted by: FSO

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/16/12 11:22 PM

I'm sorry you've found it so...I mean, I've felt it a fairly warm atmosphere; there are the technically precise and the jovially welcoming alike; um...I like it at least.. ^>^ Are you sure there's nothing that could revert your opinion?
Posted by: Damon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/16/12 11:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Danielsan
I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.


They are nicer in the adult beginners forum, you could try there. Or course you are right, musicians are jerks.

p.s. Rubinstein
Posted by: Ted

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/28/12 02:22 AM

I have just realised with a shock that I have been on this forum for over ten years. Reading the other introductions I am struck by the immense and varied talent here and conclude I know very little about playing the piano, and next to nothing about music, either classical or jazz. The highlight of the ten years for me was the Pianoworld CD and being able to contribute to it. Even though I am neither pianist nor musician in any commonly accepted sense, and would surely fail any test of musical ability, compositions, and more recently hundreds of improvisations, most recorded, keep pouring out of me, as they have for the last five decades. I have no idea why this should be but I have gone completely berserk with it since retiring four years ago. I don't post as much as I used to, which is probably just as well, as I didn't know what I was talking about half the time.
Posted by: jordyzzz

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/28/12 01:09 PM

Hi i'm new here, i've been playing for 3 years now.. studied classic for 3 months and pop jazz about 1 year (how embarassing frown ).. Joined this forum because there are a lot of great people here who i could learn from... after studying that pop jazz, now i'm self taught myself... looking for help here from professionals laugh
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/28/12 06:18 PM

Welcome to the forum! You would learn the most from having a classical piano teacher, but I'm sure you can find out helpful things here, mostly being exposed to more classical music, musicians, and maybe some helpful practicing tips and things like that.
Posted by: kronion

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/08/12 04:35 AM

Well, after following some discussions as a passive visitor, I should maybe say hello to everyone!
As a child, I had piano lessons until I finished school and enjoyed it quite a lot. I loved it, especially accompanying others at school (violin, flute, singer).
After I moved away from my parents, I had very little opportunity to ever touch a piano, or even practice. Now, about 9 years later, there is enough room in my apartment and I got myself a digital piano to start again (Yamaha P95 - I hope it will do the job until I can afford a good one).
Well, that's my story until now. At the moment I am waking up my fingers with Schumann's lovely "Kinderszenen" op. 15, reviving some parts and learning some others from scratch. Then I hope to get back to the level of "Faschingsschwank aus Wien" (Schumann op. 26) and Schubert's Impromptus op. 90,1.
Looking back, my attitude changed quite a bit, I am now much more motivated to not just play a piece "somewhat OK", but I want to play it well and in tempo - I would have had the time for this some years ago, but better late than never smile
Posted by: Alan W.

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/20/12 10:34 PM

I just joined; I'm in my mid 40s, living in the Philadelphia area.

In high school I was a piano nut, practicing endlessly every day. I even got to attend the BU Tanglewood program for a month, studying harpsichord and piano. My parents dissuaded me from pursuing music as a career (probably a good thing), and without a decent instrument close at hand, I pretty much stopped playing classical music when I went off to college. I was active in church groups and the like, but with that, marriage, three kids, etc., piano hasn't been a big part of my life. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I haven't owned a piano in over a decade.

That changed last week; I bought a mint condition Kawai KG-2 and it's going to be delivered in about a week or so. I'm incredibly excited and looking forward to playing music purely for the love of it, and helping my girls discover the world of the piano. I'm going to see about some kind of lessons to help me get back on the bench.

I'm planning on retracing my steps, starting with easy preludes and just getting a few pieces back in my head, purely for the pleasure of it.
Posted by: Swofford

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/10/12 04:33 PM

Hey guys new to the forums- intermediate to advanced player here, looking to make new friends and share the love of music!
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/10/12 05:01 PM

Kronion, Alan W. and Swofford -

Welcome aboard !!!

Don't hesitate to jump right in !!! New voices and perspectives are always appreciated here !!
Posted by: Swofford

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/10/12 06:54 PM

Thanks for the welcome! I'd love to start posting some recordings soon!
Posted by: Francisco Scalco

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/15/12 12:14 PM

Hey guys, my name is Francisco Scalco, i'm brazilian and i've been playing piano since i'm 3 years old. The past few years I really focused in music, practicing everyday at least 2 hours, normally 3. I'm looking here for guidance in how i can study piano without one, since i'm doing an exchange program in France (6 months)
Posted by: Alper

Piano notes - 09/15/12 01:38 PM

Hello everyone, My name is Alper and im new here smile I need the sheet music of a video, i tried to do it by my ears, but im not so good on it, its only 35 second, can anyone help me please ? Heres the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvqB4XnP79A&feature=related Need sheet music of it (i mean piano notes, sry for my English) Thanks for any help, im really tired while trying to get it... smile
Posted by: Gavbrown

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/15/12 06:31 PM

Gavin Brown here, pianist and composer, just joined, hello all!
Posted by: RolfP

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/18/12 10:23 AM

Hello!

My name is Alexv Rolfe. I'm a conservatory trained percussionist and an amateur piano player. I'm working free lance in the Madison area and also will be trained as a barista in the coming weeks ( a right of passage! )
I'm starting to get back into playing keys a bit, just for my own benefit. I played all through high school and then promptly stopped as I entered college, focusing all my time on my studies. Now I'm just trying to regain some lost ground at a casual pace.
My main interests are in the very old and very new musics, so I'm hoping to tackle some Scarlatti, Buxtehude, and some of the Schoenberg Op. 19 in the next year or so. I'm also arranging Debussy's Images, Bk. 1 for marimba duet smile maybe I'll post that if I can get a partner in crime to help me out.

Looking forward to participating in all the stimulating discussions I've seen here!
Posted by: im@me

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/04/12 04:36 PM

Hi i am also new and am rather young, specifying my age age could get me some unwanted attention!, currently I am studying beethoven's sonata in E major, his rondo op.51, debussy's gradus et parnassum, my first bach prelude and fugue, book 1, c minor, I am also studying all of Bartoks childrens book, and last but not least; Chopin nocturne in F minor op.55 no.1 (I am not yet 14
Posted by: PianoManChuck

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/06/12 06:25 AM

Hi everyone! I'm new here, but not new to the piano (either acoustic or digital). Don't know how I didn't find this site before, but here I am.

My name is Chuck (AKA PianoManChuck) and while piano isn't my main bread & butter, I'd like it to be! I own a small business in Los Angeles, play piano in the lobby of a medical building once/week as part of their "acoustic remedies" program, write (compose) music and submit it for film & tv consideration, and put a lot of my music on my Youtube channel (also PianoManChuck).

I have perfect pitch, a near audiographic memory, and play what I hear... I guess you call that "by ear". Been doing that all my life. I do not read music notation anymore in that there's no need for that. Was classically trained from ages 6 thru 15 but that was a different lifetime ago. Bottom line... while others find other ways to keep busy, its piano for me!

I have a Baldwin baby grand piano, and several digital pianos (2 of them are high end). I prefer the digital ones.

That's it for now. Again..... "Hi"!
Posted by: Talitha Hardjuno

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/18/12 06:20 AM

Hi guys! I'm new here! I feel stupid for not knowing about this site earlier, it could have helped me a lot with my study in music! Well, here I am.. My name is Talitha Hardjuno, I'm 17 years old. I'm currently working on Chopin Op 62 No 2, Chopin Op 10 No 5, Bach WTC 1 No 6 in d minor. Great to be a part of this! laugh
Posted by: rockbadger

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/06/12 08:59 AM

Hi all - music graduate here who played a bit of piano but who hasn't had an instrument to regularly play on since then (6-7 years ago). Just got a Privia and am jumping right back in. I'm probably grade 5-6ish at the moment - would love to get stage where I can play proper piano repetoire. Love Brahms' Intermezzi for example.

Also want to get better to accompany my wife who is a soprano. Being able to sightread the accompaniment for her music would be great - previously I had to listen to a recording and play by ear with mixed results.

Also love prog rock, blues and jazz so lots of skills to learn!
Posted by: Jean Claude

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/02/12 09:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Francisco Scalco
Hey guys, my name is Francisco Scalco, i'm brazilian and i've been playing piano since i'm 3 years old. The past few years I really focused in music, practicing everyday at least 2 hours, normally 3. I'm looking here for guidance in how i can study piano without one, since i'm doing an exchange program in France (6 months)


Well if you are anywhere near to Angouleme you can come over and play on my Sauter.
Posted by: kapelli

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/03/12 07:27 AM

Hi all,

A im 29 and I'm polish.
I play piano - rather for my self - but I had teacher for many years,
but bad upright piano in my parents flat.
During last 5 years I was only just "inserting the keys down" just to maitain the technic. Now I have my own flat and look for new top-class GP and hope my piano skills will grow up strongly in 2013.

I am piano lover, and I know a lot of piano history, pianists etc.
Hope in two month maybe I will put some films here smile
Posted by: Earl Grey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/03/12 09:39 AM

Hi! I'm from Malaysia, and my English wasn't good. Hope make my English better and practice my piano hard every day.
Posted by: Shutoku

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/14/12 02:34 AM

Whoops. I already posted a few times in the teachers forum. blush

Anyway I am a 49 year old music teacher. I have a teaching studio in my home with my wife who also teaches piano. I teach piano, guitar, drums, voice, bass, and I have a few rock band classes (no not the game)
Both of us have been teaching for over 30 years.

My musical background started young. I was a Beatles fan from birth, and I always knew I would be a musician.
Sadly I was not put in music lessons until I was well into my teens and already gigging with bands for several years.
So I started teaching myself drums, then guitar. I fell in love with the piano and the sound of Moog synthesizers, so becoming a keyboardist was inevitable.

Once I began playing keyboards my musical influences changed and I became especially enamoured with Yes and Rick Wakeman's playing.
Through high school I had a progressive rock band with a drummer and bass player, where we wrote and improvised most of our material only covering a couple Yes, ELP and Rush tunes. I also played in a band with my older brother most weekends playing country rock and the top 40 of the day for parties, weddings, corporate parties and community dances, which financed buying equipment, and a certain herbal habit I had as a teen.

Once out of highschool my Dad told me to get a job or get out, so I applied at a music store to teach guitar. They knew me as a keyboard player though and needed a piano teacher. I lied to them saying I could read music even though I could not. It was May and the job would start in September, so I got myself a teacher and worked my butt off for 4 months working through to grade 6 Royal Conservatory albeit not taking exams, but still learning the material.
I'm not sure I was a very good teacher the first year or two, but I did ok.
To this day I am still a much better ear player and my sight reading still is not very strong.

I have to admit, I am tiring of teaching, and would sound like a grumpy old man telling you to get off my lawn if I went into detail.

I'm afraid I had become quite lazy and complacent in my own playing until this summer, but right now my passion for music is as strong as ever, and I am working hard to get my playing to the highest level it has ever been.
I'm not nearly as good a player as I would like to be still though, my right hand is pretty good, my left hand is horrid.
In addition to piano I play a 4 keyboard stack of piano, and digital and analog synths, and I am currently putting together a performance of Rick Wakeman's Six Wives of Henry VIII. I haven't set a date to perform the material yet (and I need to add more, the album is only around 40 minutes as it is and I want to do around 90 minutes) and I plan on using my most advanced drum student and bass student to accompany me.

Probably religious discussion is discouraged here, which is fine, but I am also a Shin Buddhist and play piano for Temple services.

Anyway, thats me and my history in a rather large nutshell. smile
Posted by: apple*

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/14/12 02:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Danielsan
I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.


not very positive.. are you?
Posted by: Hilding

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/12 10:21 AM

Hi all! I´m new here and I like to introduce myself. I´m 30 years old and live in Sweden. I started to play the piano when I was 9 years old. I took lessons until the age of 18. I played classical and popular music. One of the last pieces I worked on at that time was Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart).

When I was 20, I bought a keyboard and moved to my own apartment. The keyboard was not so nice to play so I played less and less. Time, money and space prevented me to buy a real piano. The following ten years I´ve played very sporadically on my keyboard.

Ten months ago I bought a digital piano, Yamaha Clavinova CLP470PE and I have started to practice again. The first piece I started with was La chevaleresque (Burgmuller). I like my piano a lot and took 14 piano lessons this fall. The pieces I´m working on now is Bacarolle (P.I. Tchaikovsky), Anitra´s Dance (E.Grieg) and Morning Mood (E.Grieg). They are very beautiful and for me they are very challenging pieces.

I´m looking forward to som interesting discussions on this forum!
Posted by: Birgitte

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/15/12 02:49 PM

Helo there!
My name is Birgitte, I am 17 years old, studying music with piano as main subject at something similar to a music, dance, drama high school.

I have played since I was maybe 6 or 7 years old and I really enjoy playing. Just played Clair de Lune for my midterm exam and I am very facinated over the Bach's preludes and fugues. I also enjoy playing a lot of film music.

I think this site can be a great tool to discover more music and get more ideas and answers to my problems and questions.
Posted by: Anne'sson

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/17/12 05:55 PM

I have been lurking for over a month and have decided it’s time to introduce myself. I am a retired English professor (University of Texas at El Paso; retired May 2011), 67 years old. I grew up in South Carolina, went to college and graduate school in New England, and have lived in the desert southwest for the past 42 years.
My mother was a piano teacher, and I probably heard her Steinway model S before I was born. This piano was built in 1939 and purchased by my mother in 1940. I learned to play that piano when I was 6 and took lessons (from a neighbor; my mother wisely decided that she would not be my teacher) through high school. I continued to practice (on everything from ancient uprights to a Steinway D) in college and graduate school, and I took lessons from a fine teacher in El Paso after I started my teaching career. My El Paso teacher persuaded me to perform at her annual recitals—I was her only adult student (I’m guessing she saw me as an object lesson for her students in how the piano could be a lifetime hobby). Among the more difficult pieces I played from memory at those recitals included Debussy “Voiles” and “La Cathedrale Engloute”, Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableaux Op. 33 no. 2, Bach Partita no. 1 (complete) and Fugue no. 2 in C minor from WTC 1, and Beethoven “Moonlight” sonata (complete).
Before I got tenure, I played on a Story and Clark upright (a fairly awful piano); once I had tenure, we purchased a house and my mother shipped her Steinway S out to us. At that time (1977) it was 38 years old and although certainly not comparable to my El Paso teacher’s Steinway B, it was fine as a practice piano.
A little over 20 years ago I stopped playing the piano, largely because of a herniated spinal disk that at the time made leaning forward without back support very painful. Fortunately, after a year of two the disk material was absorbed and no longer pressing against nerves; but because my professional career was increasingly busy, I did not go back to playing. This fall, I decided to have the Steinway S tuned (remember, this was after 20 years of its sitting in the living room unplayed) to see whether I had any skills left. Although my technique was rusty, I found the experience a bit like riding a bicycle again—in a couple of weeks I had Debussy “Claire de Lune,” movement 1 of the “Moonlight,” Gershwin’s Preludes no. 2, and parts of Bach Partita no. 1 in pretty good shape.
I was also surprised both by how good the piano still sounded and how much work I was doing to get it to sound good. I had known 25 years ago that the piano could use new strings, new hammers, regluing of the base bridge, and repairs to the action; I hadn’t realized how much I was compensating for the inevitable limitations of a piano that now is 73 years old. My tuner (Tom Lepinski, who is located between El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM) checked the frame and soundboard pronounced them in good shape. So I decided to go ahead with renovating the Steinway S with a budget of $ 10,000-11,000.
Tom has been working on the piano for almost two months now, and it will be returning to my home on January 3. Tom has restrung the piano, replaced the dampers, reglued the lyre, reglued and repaired the base bridge, replaced the felts on the keybed, hung the new hammers on new shafts and flanges, and will be doing a complete regulation of the action over the next couple of weeks. By the way, all the parts being replaced are from Steinway NYC. I have pictures of the work if anybody is interested. I decided not to have the original ivories replaced (although they are pretty yellow) or to have any cosmetic work done on the case (there are some predictable gaps in the laminate on the Sheraton-style arms). I’m interested in using my money to improve the sound and the predictability of the action, period.
I know from browsing on the boards that the Steinway S doesn’t get much respect, but this of course is a special piano for me—it has always been part of my life. And believe me, it can really sing in the C5 to C7 range. I suspect that it may be one of the last Steinways to have a frame cast by Steinway and to use Adirondack spruce for the sounding board.
I have already contacted a teacher here in El Paso, and once the piano is back I will be taking lessons again. I’m hoping eventually to be able to play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C# major from
WTC 1, all three Gershwin Preludes, Chopin Etudes Op. 10 no 5 and Op. 25 no 1, and Liszt Sonnet of Petrarch 104. Retirement is going to be even more fun!
Posted by: Bashimatsu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/22/12 10:38 AM

Been playing for about five years. Music theory seems to be my stronger point, but I share just as deep a passion for both. Recently, I've taken up volunteering to teach kids music, so I try to incorporate a bit of the fun music side while teaching of the more complicated theory portion.

I hope to get from this forum the actual anatomy of a piano/how it works. I have the basic idea, but there's always more, isn't there? I'd also like to learn more about how to treat a piano, how to store one and, ultimately, how to select one for a certain environment like the home.

So far, I'm impressed.
Posted by: MRW158

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/24/12 01:08 AM

Hi everyone, I just joined this forum and thought I should introduce myself. My name is Matthew, I'm 26, and am a professional jazz pianist from Australia living in New York City. I've visited this site from time to time, mainly to check out discussions regarding piano technique.

I thought I'd share this promo video of an album of orignal music I recorded this year in NYC with some great musicians.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oMsOvBh5o4

You can find out more info about me on my website:

www.matthewsheens.com

Thanks, and hope you enjoy it.

Matthew Sheens
Posted by: Caravan158

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/27/12 03:15 PM

Hello There:

I'm Anthony - and I've been to the forum a couple of times before, but will be frequenting I lot more regularly. I will also be adding a post on Pianist Corner and Teachers Forums (same post) and would appreciate any input that you all would want to reply with.

Have a very happy holiday season and all the best for the new year!
Posted by: Saranoya

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/27/13 11:44 AM

Hi everyone!

It only took me about one afternoon of lurking here before I decided that I really needed to join this community. It seems like a very nice and supportive environment, especially for gals like me who are taking up the serious study of piano rather late in life.

I'm a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Brussels, Belgium. I made a couple of soon-aborted attempts at learning to play the piano in my childhood and teenage years (probably about 1.5 years of formal schooling, all told), and I did rather well while I was at it, but never got very far. In September of 2012, I started taking lessons again, and I am now more serious than ever about playing the piano.

Yesterday, I sold my Roland RD-150 digital stage piano. It is soon to be replaced by a Boston Baby Grand (the 156 PE model), which will be delivered later this week. I gather from looking around here that the prevailing opinion on Boston pianos seems to be that they are overpriced for what they are (due to the Steinway buzz marketing often involved in their sale), and that in this price range, one might be better off buying a piano from the Kawai-RX series (equal value for less money). But through a rather convoluted series of events (involving, among other things, my grandfather's long-unfulfilled pipe dream of having a good reason to walk into a piano store and write a check for a grand piano), I find myself in the slightly weird position of now having to pay off (to my grandparents) a piano I never asked for, didn't choose for myself, and likely wouldn't have bought on my own.

Oh, well. I suppose it won't be that bad, once I get to actually play it.

After getting used to the new keys, I plan on maybe participating in the February ABF recital. Seems like a cool way to keep progressing, even if I should one day no longer have a teacher to provide me with new challenges to tackle.

Nice to be here.
Posted by: JanVan

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/28/13 12:21 PM

Hello,

My name is Jan, I am 50 years old, and am returning to the piano after way too many years. I have recently acquired a digital piano Yamaha P51 and have been practicing about 2 hours daily for the past 3 months.

I studied music theory at the Conservatory so I have no difficulties understanding and memorizing piano pieces.

My first concern is adopting a good posture and hand position from where I can start building a solid technique. To keep things as simple as possible, I am relearning the pieces from Bach's Notebook for Anna Magdalena, as well as some easy sonatinas, and using these to experiment with posture and technique.

I will be happy to join conversations on this forum as I progress and will shortly be asking some very basic questions in the hope of getting as much input as possible from piano veterans to get me off to an excellent start.
Posted by: SimonUK

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/29/13 02:13 AM

Hello All - I'm Simon from Wales, UK. I'm not really much of a Piano-Head, I tend to play keyboards and computers (yes, a computer is a musical instrument in my mind).
I have come here with the specific goal of finding a great pianist to collaborate with on a project - I'm sure the talent here will not dissapoint.
Posted by: Schubertslieder

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/02/13 10:15 PM

Hello

I am Schubertslieder. New to this sight but not new to music. I am a hardcore musician. Started piano lesson at age 7, continued through high school, and went to major in music in college. I have both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music, in addition to K-12 Music Education Degree. My concentration is in Music Theory and Literature with a piano minor.
I will be a proud owner of Kawai RX-2, a 5' 10" grand piano, as on Monday, when bank opens, I will get my funds ready to put down a down payment for a new piano.
This sight and my piano technician helped me to make a decision on purchasing a new piano. I wanted a Steinway, but I am glad I didn't as purchasing a Steinway grand piano would easily have put me in a financial downfall. I also looked into Schimmel and Mason & Hamlin pianos, both used, but I think I will be happy with Kawai RX-2 at the moment.
The best lesson I learned while shopping for a new grand piano was that expensive brand names didn't necessarily satisfy my musical senses not to mention the bank account.
Happy to be joining a group of people with same/similar interest...music.
Posted by: Schubertslieder

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/02/13 10:16 PM

I live in US, Michigan State, cold part of the country.
Posted by: currawong

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/02/13 10:36 PM

Welcome, Schubertslieder. I couldn't ignore a poster with a name like that! (see my signature line) smile
Posted by: Schubertslieder

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/04/13 03:21 AM

Thanks for a warm welcome. I am always pleased to be among musicians. I always enjoyed the company of musicians.
Posted by: Louis Podesta

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/06/13 12:14 PM

I am a classical pianist/philosopher living in San Antonio, Texas. Today, I posted a classical piano news story to both the Pianist Corner, and the Piano Teachers Forum.

My reason for doing so is that, for the last year and a half, I have been trying to get this news to the general public with no success. Therefore, I went ahead and contracted with an audio tech to film a You Tube video, which I posted on October 11th of last year.

The story, as stated in the video, is that "Your Piano Teacher Taught You Wrong." The Urtext method of block chord playing, that everyone has been taught for the last sixty years, was not the way the classical piano repertoire was originally played and taught.

It was played and taught in a rolled/arpeggiated chord fashion. Further, the bass note was played slightly ahead of the soprano note, in order to enhance the melodic line.

The video has numerous audio excerpts, which were recorded in the early 20th century, that prove this conclusively. And since the video was posted, historical performance scholars from around the world have emailed me to confirm my thesis.

Finally, I include for your perusal a link to the video with the hope that together we can let all those who have have studied the piano to experience the true joy, warmth, color and spirituality of this great music as it once was commonly played and taught.

Louis Podesta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VPgg3armCI
Posted by: pianomandb95

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/06/13 12:24 PM

Hi all,

My names Dom and I'm 17. I began teaching myself piano when I was 8, but only as a hobby, something casual. I began having formal lessons in April this year.

I love classical music, and my all-time favourite composer is Rachmaninoff. His music speaks volumes to me and I am yet to come across a piece by him that I don't like.

Just a little introduction and a hello smile
Posted by: Jaker

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/13 01:06 PM

I'm a new member My name is Jacob I'm 24 from sweden. I have tinkered on piano on and off. I'm really a guitarist and saxophone player. And since I have small children in the house I wanted to be able to practice silently at night so I've decided to start playing piano.

Right now I'm trying to decide which piano to get.
Posted by: daviel

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/04/13 08:28 PM

Welcome, Jaker. Look at a Casio PX150 and a set of headphones.
Posted by: patH

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/10/13 12:51 PM

Hi.

Since this is the place for new forum menbers to introduce themselves, here we go.

I am 45 years old and living in Germany. I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old, and studied music at a university, with piano as my main instrument. Since then, I play for leisure purposes; I consider myself an advanced amateur.

Since last year, I am a proud owner of a Yamaha C2 SG. Before that, I had only owned digital pianos; and I wanted a piano with a better action. So grand pianos became attractive. But I live in an appartment with neighbors; and in Germany, lots of people like to complain about noisy neighbors. Therefore, a built-in silent system was a requirement.
I was biased towards Yamaha for two reasons: Their experience with silent systems, and my excellent experience with their after sales services. Example: They once repaired my 6-year old Clavinova free of charge.

So I informed myself about pianos in the same price range as Yamaha (my spending limit was 25.000 €), and with built-in silent systems. I tried out several brands, went to the Music Fair in Frankfurt, and finally settled for the Yamaha C2 SG.

For people who consider buying a grand piano, I have the following advice about size. This is based on comparing the following models:
Yamaha C1/C2/C3
Bechstein A.160/A.175/A.190
In other words: Baby Grand, Medium Grand and Boudoir Grand.

Action: Identical for all three sizes (in the case of Yamaha and Bechstein: Very good). The only difference is in the sound.
Baby grands tend to sound a bit strained. There are exceptions; but the C1 and A.160 are not among them.
The medium grands and boudoir grands are in my opinion almost equally beautiful when it comes to roundness of sound; but the boudoir grands are more powerful (i.e. louder), and therefore not necessarily the better choice in an appartment with neighbors, where the room for the piano is 24 m² big.

In other words: Bigger is not always better. wink Even my C2 can be heard in the whole house when I play it. But I rarely play more than an hour per day (on average, maybe half an hour), and I use the silent system after 20:30, and when I practise a piece of piano. So, my neighbors will have to live with it.

Note: During my research about buying a piano, I also found this forum. I now decided to join.
Posted by: Series

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/11/13 02:07 AM

Hello. I'm just an amateur pianist. Currently living in Canada and trying to finish the RCM exams. Like many other pianists, I enjoy playing mostly Chopin, because his music is the easiest for me to understand. I guess I don't have very good musical intuition, because I don't really enjoy pieces by other big names such as Brahms, Liszt, or Schumann. I decided to join this forum so that I can have a place to ask for help if I ever have trouble being able to play a piece well.
Posted by: LaBellaVita

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/13 12:24 PM

Hello people,
I'm Austėja, and I'm 14 years old. I started playing piano when I was 7. I study piano, music literature and music history in special music school.
I love almost all types of music - I don't mind listening neither Beethoven, nor Britney Spears.
I came to this forum searching for playing tips and I'm happy to join a bunch of people who like music.
Posted by: burghpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/11/13 09:02 AM

Guess I might as well introduce myself properly after my first rather self-indulgent post...I'm a 27-year-old music lover and pianist from Pittsburgh, PA. I started taking lessons at an early age but didn't really take it seriously until high school, and recently have realized that I basically learned to play completely wrong and am currently in search of a good teacher to help me in the process of starting over completely. Fun times!

When it comes to my favorite kinds of music I follow the philosophy of Duke Ellington..."there are only two different kinds of music: the kind that sounds good, and the other kind." In college I tended mostly toward Broadway musicals and piano rock, and learned all the classics by Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ben Folds as well as Broadway scores by Bernstein, Sondheim, and Jason Robert Brown. I still enjoy them, though perhaps not as much as I once did. It's only recently I've rediscovered how much I enjoy classical music, and while diving headfirst into the classical world is rather intimidating, I'm slowly developing my listening ear and forming my own opinions about the great pianists. (I love Glenn Gould's interpretations of Bach; other composers, not so much...)

My main instruments at home are a Petrof 131 upright, purchased by my parents in 2000, and a Yamaha CP300 keyboard, purchased by me in 2011. At sea...well, it's whatever they put in front of me, which tend to be mostly Yamaha grands in various states of (dis)repair.

Looking forward to learning all I can about music and the greatest instrument ever invented!
Posted by: hujidong

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/01/13 04:20 PM

Hi everybody,

My name's Irwin, I just graduated from college with a bachelor's in music, I've been studying piano performance. I love classical music and am excited to join these forums! Hope to meet you all soon.

All the best
Posted by: Vijay '82

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/02/13 06:24 PM

I'm Vijay, I was born in 1982 - hence my user name.

I had a few basic piano lessons a long long time ago, so I learned the very basics of reading music. I've been trying to teach myself piano over the years, with very, very limited success so far, but I haven't given up hope. Part of the reason is lack of time!

I don't expect I'm ever going to have the money (or the space) to invest in a real piano (whether a grand piano or an upright piano); however I do intend to purchase a high-end digital piano sometime in the near future.

I have a tendency to "go off on a tangent" at times... but that's just how I am...
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/02/13 09:05 PM

I just remembered that I never actually posted here. laugh

Too late now. I'll be in the 1000s pretty soon if the opus number thread on Pianist Corner survives. It's addictive. ha
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/04/13 04:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
I just remembered that I never actually posted here. laugh

Too late now. I'll be in the 1000s pretty soon if the opus number thread on Pianist Corner survives. It's addictive. ha


It certainly is. But after almost 1000 posts in two months we still know nothing about you other than 1) you live in NYC, 2) own a Steinway, and 3) like classical music. grin
Posted by: JoelW

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/04/13 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
I just remembered that I never actually posted here. laugh

Too late now. I'll be in the 1000s pretty soon if the opus number thread on Pianist Corner survives. It's addictive. ha


It certainly is. But after almost 1000 posts in two months we still know nothing about you other than 1) you live in NYC, 2) own a Steinway, and 3) like classical music. grin



We know that he loves novelty threads and Chopin. haha
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/04/13 06:40 PM

Originally Posted By: JoelW
Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
I just remembered that I never actually posted here. laugh

Too late now. I'll be in the 1000s pretty soon if the opus number thread on Pianist Corner survives. It's addictive. ha


It certainly is. But after almost 1000 posts in two months we still know nothing about you other than 1) you live in NYC, 2) own a Steinway, and 3) like classical music. grin



We know that he loves novelty threads and Chopin. haha


I suppose many meaningful online relationships have been built on less than that ......

However - I prefer to have discussions with real people. grin
Posted by: niluh01

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/13 01:49 PM

Hello I am a new member, I am originally from Austria and have started to play the piano when I was elven. I have been lurking around on this forum for some time. I especially love the wise quotes, they give me inspiration and encourage me with the piano playing. Because our family has been moving around so much during my childhood, I wasn't able to play very regularly. Two years ago, I joined the orchestra of my university for a one-off performance, however, the concert didn't go very well. I felt I had let down everybody in the orchestra. I stopped playing for a year, but finally got over it. I decided to take a teacher, and I am so glad that I did continue to play. Now I have improved much more and gained my confidence back. smile

My goal is to able to play the piano at a professional standard, and my ultimate wish is to be able to play the Goldberg Variations. My dad loves them and since I was a little kid, I had listen to them. In recent years, I have come to appreciate them much more, and they are part of me already. smile
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/13 01:58 PM

Originally Posted By: carey
However - I prefer to have discussions with real people. grin

What, do you think I'm a robot or something? ha

Originally Posted By: JoelW
We know that he loves Chopin. haha

And Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. Those are probably my top 3 ATM. ha

(I didn't know what ATM meant until yesterday, when I looked it up in my new Texting Dictionary of Acronyms. grin)
Posted by: carey

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/13 02:01 PM

Originally Posted By: niluh01
Hello I am a new member, I am originally from Austria and have started to play the piano when I was elven. I have been lurking around on this forum for some time. I especially love the wise quotes, they give me inspiration and encourage me with the piano playing. Because our family has been moving around so much during my childhood, I wasn't able to play very regularly. Two years ago, I joined the orchestra of my university for a one-off performance, however, the concert didn't go very well. I felt I had let down everybody in the orchestra. I stopped playing for a year, but finally got over it. I decided to take a teacher, and I am so glad that I did continue to play. Now I have improved much more and gained my confidence back. smile

My goal is to able to play the piano at a professional standard, and my ultimate wish is to be able to play the Goldberg Variations. My dad loves them and since I was a little kid, I had listen to them. In recent years, I have come to appreciate them much more, and they are part of me already. smile


Welcome to the forums !! Glad you've started playing again and have regained your confidence. Some of us here have had similar experiences - and the best thing to do is learn from them and keep moving forward.
Posted by: JoelW

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/05/13 06:40 PM

666th post.
Posted by: hujidong

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/06/13 02:06 AM

667th post!!
Posted by: Mark VC

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/12/13 10:31 PM

I'm a returning amateur pianist, having played from age 7 to 17, and then off and on after that; mostly off. Now I've got nice Yamaha grand. What got me back was a piece by Philip Glass, 'Opening'. It's so simple that, once memorized, you can't forget it, and I would use it to try out the occasional piano encountered along the way. Finally realized that when a piece stays with you for 35 years, it's trying to tell you something. Now I'm finishing up his etudes. I play every day, sometimes for hours.
Posted by: ChrisCrumb

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/13 10:20 PM

Hey! I'm a high-school pianist from Canada currently working on my ARCT. I began to take piano lessons at 8 and was working on my grade ten at 13. However I got bored of classical music at that point and spent a bunch of years just writing really bad techno music and playing rock and pop. A few years ago I decided to get back into it. I did my grade 10 exam in December and I'm taking a couple months' break to learn jazz. Come summer, I will begin serious preparations for my ARCT, which I guess will have to include some history exams which I am not looking forward to.

I love romantic era classical music especially- chopin, some debussy, liszt, schubert, and rachmaninoff and some of his contemporaries. There are only two types of classical music I don't enjoy: atonal (like barber) and Bach (yes, I know... he's very acclaimed and his music is complex and stuff. But I can't stand it. At least, not on the piano.) Right now I'm working on Chopin's Scherzo in B minor, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and Liszt's 'Un Sospiro.' if you have tips on these, feel free to let me know about those, via PM or whatever else.

I teach piano, and I also play guitar, cello, harmonica, drums, clarinet, djembe, ukelele and voice.

Oh yeah and I'm Canadian.
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/13 11:00 PM

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
However I got bored of classical music and spent a bunch of years just writing really bad techno music and playing rock and pop.

A lot of students go through these phases.

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
Come summer, I will begin serious preparations for my ARCT...

Are you working with a teacher still?

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
Hey! I'm a high-school pianist from Canada...

...Oh yeah and I'm Canadian.

wink

You'll grow out of the Bach-hating phase. I went through it too. grin
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/13 11:03 PM

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
Hey! I'm a high-school pianist from Canada currently working on my ARCT. I began to take piano lessons at 8 and was working on my grade ten at 13. However I got bored of classical music at that point and spent a bunch of years just writing really bad techno music and playing rock and pop. A few years ago I decided to get back into it. I did my grade 10 exam in December and I'm taking a couple months' break to learn jazz. Come summer, I will begin serious preparations for my ARCT, which I guess will have to include some history exams which I am not looking forward to.

I love romantic era classical music especially- chopin, some debussy, liszt, schubert, and rachmaninoff and some of his contemporaries. There are only two types of classical music I don't enjoy: atonal (like barber) and Bach (yes, I know... he's very acclaimed and his music is complex and stuff. But I can't stand it. At least, not on the piano.) Right now I'm working on Chopin's Scherzo in B minor, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and Liszt's 'Un Sospiro.' if you have tips on these, feel free to let me know about those, via PM or whatever else.

I teach piano, and I also play guitar, cello, harmonica, drums, clarinet, djembe, ukelele and voice.

Oh yeah and I'm Canadian.

Barber's tonal! Just listen to his Adagio for Strings, or Violin Concerto if you want to hear his rich melodic gift. The piano sonata and concerto are more jarring, but overall are quite tonal. You might like the 4th movement of his piano sonata!
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/13 11:07 PM

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
I teach piano, and I also play guitar, cello, harmonica, drums, clarinet, djembe, ukelele and voice.

Do you have enough experience to teach? wink

Guitar, cello, harmonica, drums, clarinet, djembe, ukelele, and voice - quite a list! Maybe you'd be interested in seeing the score for my newly written Double Concerto, for Djembe, Ukelele, and Orchestra? grin
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/21/13 11:17 PM

Originally Posted By: ChrisCrumb
I love romantic era classical music especially- chopin, some debussy, liszt, schubert, and rachmaninoff...

Did you know that you made 8 capitalization errors in just that little excerpt? grin

I love the works of all those composers as well, or at least most of their output. Are you into people like Mozart or Haydn at all? I imagine you don't enjoy Scarlatti, since you don't like Bach (that will - hopefully - change). How about Beethoven?
Posted by: Blue Ranger

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/31/13 10:49 PM

Hi pepz!

I only got into classical music two years ago and my piano playing is an astounding grade zero. But that didn't diminish my interest in classical music, especially piano pieces.

Anyway I will be starting a thread in this section hoping to discuss Vladimir Horowitz's varied tone colours. Hope to hear from u guys soon!

Cheers,
Blue Ranger
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/01/13 11:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Blue Ranger
But that didn't diminish my interest in classical music, especially piano pieces.

Another person who doesn't call them songs! We're making progress! smile
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/13 12:28 AM

BTW, I discovered today that iTunes calls absolutely anything a song. I uploaded some language-study stuff from CD's -- and it called them "songs."

As I've said, we're fighting a losing battle.
If we choose to fight it, which I don't much. smile
Posted by: Blue Ranger

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/02/13 06:09 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
BTW, I discovered today that iTunes calls absolutely anything a song. I uploaded some language-study stuff from CD's -- and it called them "songs."

As I've said, we're fighting a losing battle.
If we choose to fight it, which I don't much. smile


Lol. A battle? Anyway, just for laughs, I got struck by a philosophical question along the lines of "if a man makes a mistake in a forest without women around, did he still make a mistake?"

So, if Glenn Gould called a "piece" a "song", is there still any mistake?
Posted by: Poopsie

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/10/13 05:41 AM

Hello, everyone. Poopsie is my nickname and I discovered this site and appreciated the questions and tips I got from it. I have been playing the piano for years, and have held recitals when I was a teen-ager. Unfortunately, I pursued a different career. Across the years and therefore never developed my gift to the hilt.

I am now 53 and opted to go back to really intensive practice, and after a few months, I have improved. I like the effects of playing piano on my blood sugar as I am diabetic for many years, and going back to the instrument has indeed have had profound wonders in lowering down my blood sugar and relaxing me (in support of meds of course).

I look forward to interacting with great musicians here and learn from everyone as well as contribute my own two bits worth.
Posted by: SmithAlien

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/21/13 02:22 AM

Hi fellow pianists!

I am Francis Smith, have been playing piano for at least 29 years (the early 1980s when I was still a young child).

The fact that I can play the piano at all is a miracle, considering I was born with no ears at all (and other craniofacial deformities, due to Treacher Collins syndrome). God gave me the ear for music anyway!

I was classically trained in piano by two wonderful teachers throughout my childhood and adolescence (1984-1993).

The piano I grew up with and learned to play on was my family's 1914 Hobart M. Cable upright grand (made in Elkhart, IN, not too far from my home city of Fort Wayne). Since 2008, it has been on permanent loan to a family friend of ours, since I moved away to London (UK) in 2004 and my mom sold our family home in 2008.

Since I moved to Calgary, Alberta, in 2012, I now own a 1962 Heintzman conservatory model upright, which I had totally professionally refinished and stained in a gorgeous green stain (with an airbrushed painting of my green violin on the front music desk panel). This unique green piano now resides with me in my downtown Calgary high-rise apartment.

I also play the violin; I found a green violin in Hobgoblin Music shop in central London in 2005 and taught myself to play it.

Francis Smith
Posted by: laguna_greg

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/22/13 03:31 PM

Hi Kreisler,

I just read this thread, so I thought I should tell you who I am before I spread any more gossip!

I have B. Mus and MFA degrees in piano performance from the the University of California, where I was a teaching assistant and Regent's Fellow. I studied with Nina Scolnik during my time there. I was a student and teaching assistant during the 80s and 90s at the Taubman Institute. I studied in Paris for a few years at the Ecole Normale de Musique, and with pianist Noel Lee privately. I gave a number of concerts in France before coming home, a couple at some high-profile venues. My work with the Taubman Institute morphed into a professional consultancy doing research, and working with injured office and industrial workers that I've been doing for 20 years now, as well as general office and industrial ergonomics. You can read more about that at my web site, if you're the least bit interested. There's a link to it in my signature line.

I'm particularly interested in the French School which is why I went to study in France. I play all the Debussy and most of the Ravel output for solo piano. I also accompany and coach singers, and have taught at the university level for a short while before my consulting took off. I give anywhere from 1 to 10 public concerts a year, although it varies a lot. I don't "teach" much anymore, but I still see the occasional injured pianist, and the occasional person who wants me to fix their trill or octaves. I have given a number of lectures about my work to local MTA groups, but I haven't written anything about it yet. That's going to change soon.

I've spent a lot of time on the "piano" forum because I'm an inveterate shopper, and pianos are just plain fun. I'm looking forward to spending time here too.

Thanks!
Posted by: de cajon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/23/13 05:57 AM

Hi. I've been here on the forum for a couple of weeks. I've been playing piano (and guitars and synths) on and off since I was seven. I'm 61 now.

Our piano was a small Baldwin upright for many years. But we've recently, gulp, changed to a C3XSH Yamaha grand. I decided I wasn't playing enough piano, and with my daughter expressing a wish for a nicer piano, we took the plunge.

At present, I'm mostly re-learning some of my old stuff that had got rusty: some Scott Joplin, some Yann Tiersen, Promenade from Pictures At An Exhibition, Billy Joel's Piano Man and Mozart's Fantasy in D minor coming up. For new stuff I'm practising Boogie Woogie. I'd half-heartedly learned a few left-hands but hadn't really managed to connect the right hand. It's coming along. Connecting right-hand trills to the left-hand is really tough.
Posted by: Anne H

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/29/13 10:26 PM

I'm new as well, so I just wanted to do a proper introduction. I'm 27 and played piano very seriously in my teens, but gave it up when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia before I went to college. My illness has lessened in the ways that effect piano, so I've restarted as of six months ago or so. It's slow going so far, but I'm so sad it's taken me so long to get back to it.

I'm playing a mixture of easy sight reading type things and then working on some advanced "project pieces" that I hope to slowly bring up to a standard that I'm happy with (basically, the point where I would play one for someone else with some sense of confidence). I'm so excited about the recitals here and can't wait to get to a point where I feel comfortable participating.

I love all of the big dramatic and romantic composers - Ravel, Rachmanioff, etc. I'm a small handed player, so sometimes I really wish my personal tastes were different!
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/29/13 10:28 PM

Hello! I see in your signature that you are playing Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. I played it this past school year! A great piece. smile Welcome to PW, and I'm happy to hear that you are able to play again. Stay well. smile
Posted by: TimV

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/01/13 11:31 AM

Hello All --

I'm a new member here. Actually, I apparently joined back in 2007 and then forgot about it. I must have been browsing for pianos online back then, and signed up. Anyway, here I am now.

I studied piano from the age of about 7, through completion of a B.M. However since then I haven't really had regular access to a piano. My playing has suffered accordingly. Recently, only three weeks ago in fact, I finally decided to be a grown up and buy a real piano (Kawai GE-30). I'm in my mid-40s at this point, and I have a long road ahead of me before I get to a point where I think I'm "good" again. But, you know, Gradus Ad Parnassum. I'll get there.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/01/13 02:15 PM

Welcome (back) to Piano World, TimV! Thanks for sharing your introduction with us. It's wonderful that you still want to continue playing and improving. Keep up the hard work and you'll get there. If you don't have one already and can afford it, a good teacher would also be great.

But either way, we are glad to have you here. smile
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/09/13 11:15 PM

Originally Posted By: SmithAlien
Hi fellow pianists!

I am Francis Smith, have been playing piano for at least 29 years (the early 1980s when I was still a young child).

The fact that I can play the piano at all is a miracle, considering I was born with no ears at all (and other craniofacial deformities, due to Treacher Collins syndrome). God gave me the ear for music anyway!

Welcome to PW, Francis!

I was intrigued by the fact you were born with no ears but can play and enjoy the piano. How do you hear the music?
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/09/13 11:24 PM

Francis: Bravo to you! thumb

Jazzy: Thank you for highlighting the post. Most of us seem not to look at this thread very often (maybe we ought to do something about that!) and so it's easy to miss posts of new members.

Originally Posted By: jazzyprof
....I was intrigued by the fact you were born with no ears but can play and enjoy the piano. How do you hear the music?

I'll be interested to see what Francis might say, but I can tell you.....while we tend to think that we hear with our ears -- meaning the outer ears -- hearing doesn't depend on them, and I've heard it said that their role is less than we might think.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/11/13 07:25 PM

To Francis: thumb thumb thumb
Posted by: Burroughs

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/23/13 01:39 PM

Hi, I am new here.

I enjoy almost all piano music. My favourite composer is Schumann and I am currently learning his piano concerto.
I joined this forum after spending a while at talkclassical.

Not much else to say really...
Posted by: Milesmiles

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/25/13 04:56 AM

Hello!

I just started playing piano a couple of months ago, Im a late bloomer (28 years old).
I studied jazz flute (transcribing/analyzing/learning solos) when I was younger, so I have some kind of an understanding how things work when it comes to theory. I have played keyboards in bands, but the keyboard parts were very simple and I always thought I didn't have any understanding how the instrument works and what can I do with it, other than playing chords. I just started taking lessons and Im overwhelmed by the beauty of this instrument and compared to flute it feels like Im playing a symphonic orchestra (88 keys!). I enjoy practising the instrument and I feel that learning/studying piano expands my musical knowledge. When I play flute, I never really think about chord inversions etc.

My goal is to expand my musical horizons and learn more ways to express myself through music.
It's a long road, but when it comes to music, it's not about the destination. It's about the journey.
Posted by: MusicDoc

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/09/13 01:09 PM

Hi everyone!

I was on this forum a few years ago but lost my login details. Since then, I have moved to the US, finished medical school, started psychiatry training, done really well in my piano licentiate, and hopelessly failed my FTCL :-)

After about a year of not playing (I had to leave my RX-3 in South Africa), I have just bought a lovely Yamaha U1 (I now will start saving for an Estonia, or maybe another Kawai Grand), and hope to re-attempt my FTCL, or at least work towards being comfortable playing pieces of that level of musical complexity.

I also play the Flute, but this has taken a serious back seat to my career recently. I find it very difficult to maintain even one instrument with a full time job. But maybe one day I will have the time to pick it up again!

Thanks in advance to everyone for your advice. I hope to contribute as much as I can!
Posted by: SillySushiBear

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/13/13 09:54 PM

Hi there,

Long time lurker and finally an occasional poster. I think I joined in high school before I knew anything about anything, and now I have probably less of an idea than I did then. I don't like to have too many identifiers on the internet because, frankly, I'm paranoid, but I will say that I am a professional pianist just out of school, taking some time off to hone my teaching and playing skills before I prepare for another round of degrees. Whether this is wise or not remains to be seen. grin
Posted by: Poppysmom

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/21/13 05:16 PM

Hello, everybody-- Brand new to Piano World. I'm a woman in my mid-70s (!). I asked for piano lessons at 3, and got them at 4. I always loved to play, but had trouble with thinking of practice as *work.* In my teens I had some well known teachers, but--what can I say, I was immature and scared--I said no, I didn't want to be a concert pianist. I went on to graduate in music from UC Berkeley, where I put in a very mediocre appearance. (Their emphasis was all on theory and composition, no credit even given for performance study, and I was way too lost and bewildered to do the right thing by myself, kept thinking I should switch to English.)

Years intervened in which I didn't really play at all. In my 40s I got my piano back, and played on and off for a few years, then avoided it, guilt-ridden, for 20 years! Finally sold my 1903 Model A Steinway (it needed $20K worth of work) and ended up getting a 5'8" Yamaha which, to my amazement, sounds just fine in my living room. That was in 2005. And I told myself, since I live on a shoestring, I really couldn't afford to have this piano and not play it. So, again off and on, I went back to playing.

This year, though, something seems to have changed: [now that I'm practically doddering, tra-la] I'm finally seeing some BIG shifts in my attitudes about playing (a lot of the ghastly old ego stuff seems to have subsided), and I seem to have decided that playing--and practicing!!!--is all pleasure. Whoopee!! My speed surely isn't what it was when I was 16, and I have a weird-looking arthritic right thumb, but I seem to be working my way through the WTC and the Chopin nocturnes very happily. I have the Children's Corner and the Bergamasque, and I'm thinking I'd really like to play for others to the extent that I can. I still have a *lot* of nervousness that I didn't have as a kid when it comes to playing in front of people, but I'm hoping that doing it frequently--my friends all seem to like hearing me play--it'll get easier, so that I can concentrate on delivering the message instead of worrying about how I look.

So, that's a lot about me--but I'm very pleased to have found this place. Thank you for being here!
Posted by: Music Me

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/21/13 07:19 PM

Hello and welcome Kate. Your story is absolutely wonderful! I must agree, there is nothing like practicing. Even doing scales, and exercises adds to your playing technique, ability and ease. What I love most of all is that I do it for myself! This selfish act on my part keeps me alive and makes me feel that I have a huge connection to life. I have no doubt that you (and others) can understand what I feel.

I look forward to reading your posts!

Music is God.
Posted by: Poppysmom

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/23/13 03:31 AM

Barbara, thanks for the very warm welcome! I confess, none of my teachers (thank God!) ever insisted that I do scales and exercises. It's my (very subjective) opinion that technique can be learned on Bach better than on Hanon, and without running the risk of repelling the player away from the whole enterprise.

Lately I've been managing a couple of hours' practice a day and, for the first time EVAH, feeling that every single minute is pure pleasure! I do the first hour on Bach--I'm working on the WTC Bk 1 Eb minor fugue, polishing the Eb Major, and bringing back the C# Major one--and the second on Chopin (polishing #1 in Bb minor, #20 in C# minor, #10 in Ab Major, and #15, F minor, and working on #8 in Db Major. Eager to get to #7, and also #3.)

Additionally, I really need to bring back Bergamasque, because my plan for getting past the worst of the performance anxiety is to do it until it's not so terrifying any more. With that in mind, I'm starting to have people over, I bribe them with food, and then make them sit and listen.

But I want to give a little recital in the next few months, and I'm thinking off-hand it could consist of the two preludes and fugues, followed by some of the nocturnes, and finishing up with Bergamasque, encores in my pocket consisting of The Girl With the Flaxen Hair and The Little White Donkey.

How's that sound? Is that about enough material for a recital? Too much? Not enough? Dying to get others' ideas here!
Posted by: Renjer

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/28/13 03:11 AM

Hi all

I have been playing the piano since I was young (around 5 years of age). I have had many teachers over the years, but ever since I have had to move to Australia, I could no longer continue my lessons (it's been 9 years now, without lessons). I still continue playing the digital piano in my house occasionally, and my dream is to buy a grand piano one day. The house is currently too small though.

I have tried teaching a few friends how to play, but don't know where to start. I don't actually have any pedagogy experience though. I usually take the ABRSM exams when I was actively learning, and finished Grade 8. I have recently stumbled upon the Diploma examination syllabus for other schools (eg London College) and I am learning a few pieces from them here and there. Even though I don't have lessons now, I am still very interested in learning about music.

Someday as well, I would like to learn to compose my own piano music, but as usual, don't know where to start. I have a predominantly classical background, but would sometimes try to play some jazz pieces. Improvisation is not my strong suit though. I usually perform solo, as it is very hard for me to play regularly with a group.
Posted by: JadedImpressions

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/02/13 05:35 PM

Hi everyone!

My name is Jenny and I'm in grade 11. I just reigistered a few days ago, after I've discovered this amazing site while looking for information. I'm so excited to join this community!

I started playing piano at age 5, but I stopped taking lessons for a year when I was 8 because I moved to Canada. I had experience accompanying youth orchestras and I've played in a chamber music group, and I also play clarinet in school. Life was pretty smooth until high school, when I moved in the middle of the semester, and it really affected my motivation to practice; but then I also found a wonderful teacher who helped improve my technique a lot. My family recently bought a new piano, and now I have just completed my ARCT in Performance at RCM. So, now I'm looking for new repertoire, and I look forward to exploring the music of composers I haven't played before - Haydn, Liszt, Ravel, Prokoviev...(surprising, heh?). I really want to learn Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, but, sadly, I'm already working on a concerto. frown

So that's my history, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts in some topics, and I thank everyone, in advance, for all the help and advice I can get here.

Jenny
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/02/13 05:53 PM

Poly, her signature indicates Saint-Saens' G Minor!

Though, maybe she has edited her profile information since making her first post and your reply. smile

Welcome, Jenny/Jenni! (You list both spellings...) I hope you enjoy Piano World. smile
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/02/13 06:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Poly, her signature indicates Saint-Saens' G Minor!

Though, maybe she has edited her profile information since making her first post and your reply. smile

Welcome, Jenny/Jenni! (You list both spellings...) I hope you enjoy Piano World. smile

Aha - either that or I just missed it the first time. Two huge G minor pieces and and the other one in the relative major. ha
Posted by: trisha2766

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/04/13 02:58 PM

Hello! New here. Took lessons for many years when I was young then didn't play for a long time. Just started trying to practice seriously again. I have a young daughter, so my time is limited and hopefully I will be able to find time to keep playing. She will be starting lessons soon too! Much younger than when I started, I think that will help her a lot.
Posted by: Alan Lai

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/18/13 10:35 AM

Glad to join the forum, recommended by my technician friend.

A professional pianist stayed in the US for 10 years, and earned a masters degree in piano performance and pedagogy.

Now unfortunately went back to Hong Kong...let's just hope for now.

Active performer and teacher, avid supporter of Nikolai Kapustin's music.
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/18/13 11:21 AM

Hi, Alan! The fellow in Madison, WI, correct? I know you had mentioned to me that there was a definite problem in remaining in the US, and that you'd probably have to go back to Hong Kong -- and that evidently is what has happened. I can only wish you the best, and hang in there! You play Kapustin wonderfully well, in addition to Scriabin.
Posted by: Alan Lai

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/18/13 12:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Tim Adrianson
Hi, Alan! The fellow in Madison, WI, correct? I know you had mentioned to me that there was a definite problem in remaining in the US, and that you'd probably have to go back to Hong Kong -- and that evidently is what has happened. I can only wish you the best, and hang in there! You play Kapustin wonderfully well, in addition to Scriabin.


Hi Tim,

Yes you are correct! Sorry I don't recall your full name. And I just Googled to see your picture and remembered you!

Thank you for your words. Hopefully I can start posting my music soon, after I get rid of my current POS piano.
Posted by: kdjupdal

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/22/13 10:38 AM

Hi!

I am new.

I am a composer, pianist, and teacher living in Norway. I used to perform as a classical pianist a lot, now I spend more time as a composer (and teacher). Hope to contribute to this forum.
Posted by: Pathbreaker

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/08/13 07:46 PM

Hello,

I've been a member here for quite some time but I just changed my screen name from 'tbuscuit' (not sure why I chose that one).

I've been playing primarily classical piano for about 13 years. My favorite composers are mostly from the Romantic period including Brahms, Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Other favorites that I've played are Bach, Debussy and Mozart.

I took a long break from this forum which was actually a break from piano. Once I started playing again it naturally brought me back here.
Posted by: tijn

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/16/13 06:34 PM

Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/16/13 07:37 PM

Originally Posted By: tijn
Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn

Good idea! Too many posters just jump right in, resurrecting ancient thread after ancient thread, and generally breaking every conceivable rule of forum conduct within their first two posts. I hope you will be different. grin
Posted by: Damon

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/16/13 08:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: tijn
Hello everyone!

I'm 22 years old and just a little over 2 years ago I bought myself a digital piano and started playing from scratch. I'm self tought, but eager to find a teacher in my area which hasn't been easy. I joined these forums because I felt a need to share my interest in piano playing and music with other people, I don't have anyone in my direct environment to do that with. It's also nice to have a place where I can go to ask questions, and maybe I can even help others out.

I'll probably be lurking for some time to get the hang of these forums before I start posting. See y'all around!

tijn

Good idea! Too many posters just jump right in, resurrecting ancient thread after ancient thread, and generally breaking every conceivable rule of forum conduct within their first two posts. I hope you will be different. grin


But don't worry, resurrecting threads isn't against any forum rules.
Posted by: AK92

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/26/13 10:01 PM

Hello everyone,

My name is Andrew and this is my first post here! I used to train heavily since young and I feel that I could have tried to become a concert pianist (was actually competing in some regional competitions and won some of them when I was 14-16 yrs old), but due to parent's objections I studied Civil Engineering instead and am now working as a full time civil engineer, part time piano teacher. I still try to get in at least 1-2 hrs of practice everyday though! I do have a secret dream of quitting my job and becoming a full time musician but I feel the time is not now.

Nowadays I'm trying to challenge the boundaries of my technique by tackling all of the Chopin Etudes. Am currently working through op.10 no.1,2,12 and op.25 no.6,11 (the ones that I have trouble with, especially with stamina would like to discuss technique details with other forum members too!). Am also playing through the Rachmaninov 2nd piano concerto and a lot of gentler pieces to balance out my Chopin Etudes training. (Chopin Nocturnes, the quiet Rachmaninov preludes and some Mozart/Beethoven/Bach).
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/26/13 10:21 PM

Welcome Andrew! Always good to see more engineers come on board. smile I am an electrical engineer myself. You sound pretty advanced...tackling all the Chopin etudes...wow!
Posted by: AK92

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/26/13 10:51 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzyprof
Welcome Andrew! Always good to see more engineers come on board. smile I am an electrical engineer myself. You sound pretty advanced...tackling all the Chopin etudes...wow!


Hehe nice to meet you jazzyprof! I'm not even 1 year into practising engineering so I'm kinda a newbie in that field. I always saw the Chopin Etudes as the pinnacle of technical achievement on the piano and it's always quite fun to challenge technical boundaries and discover new things!
Posted by: piano39

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/02/13 09:18 AM

OK, I belong to a few other forums (Harmony Central KSS, Keyboard Magazine), but I only have been a lurker on piano world. Frankly, I have been turned off by some of the comments in the classical posts. I think that one of the reasons that classical music turns off so many people is the snobbish attitude of some people.

For the record, I am a 57 YO male, married, two kids with a heavy day job. I have been playing since I was 11, performing since I was 15. I am actually performing more now than I ever had- nearly every weekend.

Through high school, lessons were classical. In college, I played Hammond organ and synth in a prog rock band (ELP, Yes, Genesis, etc). When punk rock hit, that died. I then switched to playing casuals (weddings, etc) with various variety bands as good extra money when the kids were small. In the past 10 years I got back into it bigger time, playing in rock bands, jazz trios and funk bands. Lately, I have just been doing the solo piano gig at local restaurants, etc. This gives me a chance to play all styles of music, including one or two classical pieces, one or two originals every night.

I own several keyboards, but perform mostly on a Yamaha Motif XF. I practice on an ancient Kohler & Campbell upright daily. One of the reasons I joined Piano World is to learn about buying a used piano. Hope to get a Yamaha U1 (or similar) in next few months.

Looks like there is a lot of good stuff on this forum!
Posted by: hreichgott

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 11/22/13 07:53 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm a pianist in western Massachusetts. I mostly work as a dance accompanist, church musician and teacher. Nice to find a place full of so many people enthusiastic about piano music!

Repertoire -- I enjoy a lot of different things but am most fond of Haydn, Mozart and new music. (But then right now most of what I'm working on is Schumann through Ravel.)
I recently had the honor of giving a recital at the church where I work and the program was
Haydn - Sonata in D major Hob. XVI:33
Debussy - "Des pas sur la neige," "Sons et parfums tournent dans l'aur du soir," and "Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest" from Preludes book 1
Higdon - Secret and Glass Gardens
Bellissimo - Problems for Piano
(the latter two pieces are part of a current recording project of contemporary music)
Schumann - Fantasiestucke Op. 12 no. 1-5

Looking forward to enjoying conversations and shared experiences.
Heather
Posted by: DreamOfSleeping

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/08/13 07:54 AM

Hello. My name is Neil and I'm 33. I'm getting a digital piano for a christmas present, although I'm paying for some of it myself. lol

I record music under the name Dream Of Sleeping. I'm mainly a guitarist and I've been playing guitar since I was 14.

I've always had a keyboard since I was young, but never really learned to play it. I would get it out a couple of times a year and mess about on it and make up song ideas. About once a year I would go to a friend's house for christmas who had a piano, so a couple of weeks before, I would get my keyboard out and learn to play Clair de lune, then I'd forget it, and do the same the following year.

I could read music from playing classical guitar, although the bass clef notes slowed me down. And the fact that there are so many flats didn't help, but I would get it sounding pretty decent. When I would play it people would think I was good, but that was the ONLY thing I could play! I couldn't play it all because the keyboard I practiced on was too small and I would run out of keys when it got too high.

Now I'm trying to learn properly so I've been learning some simple pieces from some old copies of pianist magazine. I'm getting one of the alfed's books for christmas too.

I have a few piano songs on my soundcloud page, there should be a link in my sig. It would be interesting to hear what real pianists think about what I've created. I probably headed straight for the obvious. Everything sounds new to me on piano. Unlike the guitar where everything sounds old, like I've heard it a million times before.
Posted by: Silver Keys

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 12/08/13 10:44 AM

Hi! I've posted a few replies, but now I will officially introduce myself.

I am a 50-year old new beginner. I've had no prior musical training. I've always wanted to play piano ever since I can remember. One thing that held me back was that I was afraid I would be terrible and would only frustrate myself. (My Dad's guitar playing was awful.). But when my soon-to-be-ex-wife announced she wanted a divorce, I needed something. So last April, I borrowed my brother's keyboard and started piano lessons. (I since bought a Yamaha P155 digital.)

I really scored a great instructor. She is a retired music school professor and seems to prefer her own piano "method". I am close to finishing book two of both "A Dozen a Day" and "FingerPower". For pieces, she had me start with a Piano Adventures book. I finished that and we switched to John Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play". Finished that, and now we work on pieces I want to play. So far I can play well "Minuet in Rondo Form" by Rameau, "Minuet in C", by Mozart, and the first part of "Fur Elise" by Beethoven. I am currently working on the rest of Fur Elise, "Come Sail Away" by Styx and "Music Box Dancer" by Frank Mills. It's kind of embarrassing to admit this, but my instructor once said to me, "I think you may have missed your calling". I'm not trying to boast, it's just that piano came to my life when I really needed help and its been, well, liberating in a way.

For the future, I can picture myself playing jazz lounge kind of stuff for local bars, restaurants and events on a part time mostly for fun basis. (I live in a ski town and we can really use an act like that!). Not sure how long that will take, though.

Thanks for allowing me this forum!
Posted by: playforjoy

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/02/14 06:01 PM

Hello everyone!

I'm 49 and returning to the piano after 27 years hiatus.

When I left off all those years ago, I was playing a Back Invention, a Scriabin prelude, and a Brahms Intermezzo. Kind of advanced beginner/early intermediate type pieces.

Nowadays, I'm back to learning easy-beginner level pieces. I've committed to 30 minutes practice every day and signed up for MYOD so hopefully I can stick with it this time and work my way up to playing some more interesting pieces, the ones that inspire me.
Posted by: Eldridge

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/20/14 04:13 PM

I am 55 and am returning to the piano after a long hiatus induced first by a crazy work schedule and then by a stroke suffered when I was 42.

Through high school, I played clarinet, alto sax, and flute in addition to piano. I played in various jazz ensembles, but classical piano remained my greatest enthusiasm; so I pretty much stuck with it in college and after.

After I get back up to speed, which from the feel of things seems like it will take from six months to a year, I intend to study with a teacher again.
Posted by: RondoK511

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 01/25/14 01:38 PM

Hello PW,

I am a 23 year old in Ohio. I never played piano seriously while growing up, but I taught myself a lot of things. While studying vocal performance, I became obsessed with memorizing big pieces, and pouring myself into the interpretive aspect. At age 21 or 22, I really discovered how to listen to sonata form unfold, and became transfixed by Mozart's piano sonatas. I have also spent time listening to Beethoven's sonatas. I could blab on!

I teach a bunch of young beginners for my meager income. I'm a self-taught pedagogue, but I think I do well. Lots and lots and lots of counting, reading, note-spelling. I am trying to get into graduate school for choral conducting. I spend time doing weird sight reading drills and trying to read from some basic "Essential Repertoire" books, I am not a skilled reader. I also still get obsessed with learning pieces for fun - and I'm better, lately, about reading the score a lot more and not just drilling the notes into my muscle memory! Most recently I have learned three of Mendelssohn's songs without words, Op. 19 No2 and No4, aaand.... the E major one with the silly subtitle "Consolation". Where did those subtitles come from anyway?

I really like discussing the rhetoric of music, and I got really excited when I saw people writing about composers and compositions on here.
Posted by: Chelsea00

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/03/14 01:23 PM

Hi everyone!

So glad I found this forum. I took piano lessons since I was 6 years old and stopped in Junior High.. I recently started practicing again (I'm in my early 30's) and am loving it. I just bought digital piano Kawai CA65 and found a great teacher so am very motivated. I wish I had more time to play outside of work.

Nice meeting you!
Posted by: cgalpha08

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/05/14 10:31 AM

Hello everyone,
seeing as I missed this thread might as well do it now!

Wow, so much information here!! My name is Connor, I have been playing piano since i was 5 ( I am now 22), I was classically trained. I have played acoustic pianos all my life and since having moved I am making the switch to digital pianos, for portability reasons. I currently have a 61 key CTK-558 that I had laying around the house for 13 or so years and am desperately looking to upgrade. I have narrowed my selection down to the Yamaha-p255. Anyway love all of the information I have found here and look forward to contributing some.

Thanks!
Posted by: briandang

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/07/14 05:38 PM

Hello,

I'm Brian, new member. I'm a self learner and currently working on the Moonlight Sonata 1st movement, musically. I have a 100 yrs old full upright Victor Chicago Bush & Lane (a player without the player installed). I tune the piano myself.

I found this Moonlight version online and like the way it was played:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQVeaIHWWck

I wonder if anyone know the pianist and if there is a piano solo version by the same pianist?

Regards,
Brian
Posted by: Clementi11

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/09/14 04:45 PM

Hallo! :-)

I don't quite know what to say so I'll plough on in and hope for the best!

I've been playing since I was four - I have high functioning autism with a savant profile and it manifests in an "autistic-type" of musicality (don't know how else to put it, sorry!)

There was a piano in my house when I was a child and I started hearing sonatas and suchlike played on the radio or record player (yes, it was that long ago - for young people on the forum - a record player is what happened before mp3's and iPods!!) and I would sit down and just instantly repeat the entire thing and so this interested people and I became a bit of a curiosity which was fun for a while but then began being a little unpleasant as I felt like a performing monkey, brought out periodically to do my party trick and then hidden away again! But I was fortunate too as a piano teacher was found who could bear to deal with me (I'm not the easiest of students as I tend to criticize the works of the great masters!) and she noticed I had perfect pitch. I started composing properly at around age 8 and the rest, as I think people say, is history!

For ages I sort of backed away from it all as I disliked the attention it brought on me and the whole performing in front of people thing embarrassed me - it's not skill, nothing to do with that and I would never pretend it was. I have read some of your posts and many of you are clearly wonderfully talented and skilled pianists - I was just born this way.

Having said that, I'm glad I was as I find music is pretty much the only way I can really express myself, I'm not great with verbal speech but ok-ish in textual form so internet is great for me as it's a great leveller really and none of us really knows what difficulties anyone else has so we're all equal in a way, I like that a great deal. But anyway, I have no idea what I'd do without my piano, life would be awful, in fact, I can't really imagine it!

I got the LRAM many years ago (I'm late 40's now) and am currently thinking about doing the FRSM, more for fun than anything else - I got scholarships when I was around 15/16 to go to two different music colleges in London to study the piano but, for various reasons, I didn't take up the offers (which I now truly regret but I'm not the most "functional" of people aside from piano playing to be honest, still have daily home support to deal with normal day-to-day things like cooking, shopping etc. Anyway, I like the idea of setting myself a goal - whether or not I ever do the FRSM is irrelevant really in a way, I just like the idea of focussing on a few pieces from the repertoire, or perhaps choosing some of my own, and then really perfecting them expression-wise and perhaps interpreting too.

So, that's about it really! Hallo anyway and I'm really looking forward to getting to know others on here. :-)
Posted by: hreichgott

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/09/14 07:49 PM

Hello Clementi11, nice to meet you. Many of us communicate better through music than otherwise. It is a godsend!
Posted by: Clementi11

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/10/14 05:36 AM

Hi Heather,

It certainly IS a godsend. I'm sure some would see my autism as a negative thing but, personally, I find it a real gift - something I am blessed with rather than something bad.

:-)
Posted by: pianogranny

New to this forum - 02/14/14 03:39 PM

Hi,
I am Karen. I graduated in 1982 with a BA in Applied Piano from UW-Milwaukee. I wasn't good enough to perform, but enjoyed teaching for about 20 years. From 1994 to the present, I have worked as a freelance writer. I have five children and soon to be 8 grandchildren. For the past 5 years, I have been without a piano due to financial repercussions of my husband breaking his neck and three surgeries to follow that. The kids are out of the house now, my husband is stable and I finally scraped enough money together to get another piano. I love my 1994 Baldwin. It plays like a dream. Currently, I sound pretty bad on the piano and gave most of my book away when I sold my piano, so I am trying to reaquire my library.
Posted by: kolorkeys

Re: New to this forum - 02/17/14 12:46 PM

Hey! Did some email digging to find this user account that I created years ago. Quite a bit has changed since then. I'm a year out of high school and trying to make a career in music. Been studying the piano for about eight years now. I love it like nothing else. I hope to be really good someday, but it's a long road. This November I appeared for my Advanced Certificate(Trinity) and fortunately scraped through a distinction. Gunning for the first diploma next year. I compose too - do listen to my recently released album here if you have the time! Feedback is always welcome.

I'm really glad to be here. It seems like a great community that I can learn a lot from. (Yes, I've been lurking a bit.) Plus, I can't associate much with the people around me because I'm so wrapped up practicing and writing music, so I'm hoping I find like-minded people here. Cheers.
Posted by: Michael Forbes

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/27/14 07:03 PM

Awesome, Kate!!!

Loved your inspirational story. I didn't start playing until I was 54, and hopefully I will never stop. I don't know what I would do without it, and wonder how I went so long without the joy of playing.

Good luck!!!

Mike
Posted by: caters

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 02/27/14 07:18 PM

Hi I am an intermediate level pianist and exploring scales past the regular major and minor scales. I have a post about those scales and their formatting as well as questions there about the fingerings of such scales.

I am also looking up the first 200 digits of certain irrational numbers, assigning them key signatures and a digit for each note, and then playing them.
Posted by: mp15

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/17/14 09:51 AM

Just saw this thread and thought I would say hello!

I'm Matt, and I'm currently a freshman in college studying for a music minor. I started playing piano when I was 5 or 6, and developed to the point of playing Chopin's 1st Ballade in a recital, but I lost interest around middle school age and took a four-year hiatus (which I sorely regret.) I got a real teacher around junior year, and the music hasn't left me ever since. Unfortunately, I realized I wasn't developed enough to apply to a serious music school, but I love playing and hope to enter a concerto competition at my school in the fall.

I hope to be around and possibly post a few recordings soon!

-Matt
Posted by: compianist1

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/20/14 04:06 AM

agree.
Posted by: MHPiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/20/14 11:34 AM

First-time post.

My mother was a piano teacher so I took lessons (classical) from ages 6 to 16, reaching advanced intermediate level. Now 50 years later, I'm about to inherit my mother's Mason & Hamlin A from my brother. After it's restored, I'll pick up from where I left off. In the mean time, I'm bringing my old repertoire back to life on an upright.

My job involves a lot of car time, so for the last 10 years I've been listening to classical music 10-20 hours a week. Chopin, Rachmaninov, Bach, and Scriabin played by Cortot, Richter, Gould, and Horowitz respectively are my current favorites.

Pieces that I hope to eventually play reasonably well include:
Chopin Nocturne Op 27/1
Rachmaninov Prelude Op 32/10
Bach Partita 6 Tocatta
Scriabin Prelude Op 8/11
Posted by: Dennis in Canada

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/26/14 11:52 AM

I am relatively new to this forum.

I am recently retired and spend a few hours almost everyday practicing and playing piano. I have a great teacher who has studied in Canada and in Europe who plays piano and accordion professionally. I consider myself an intermediate student -- I am presently Learning the first of Mozart's Six Viennese Sonatinas, edited by Prostakoff.

I am happy with my progress, though at times I feel I am not progressing as much as I would like.

I have been playing for approx. 15 years, though most of my progress has been achieved in the past 5 years with my present teacher.

What I want to say is that I used to feel intimidated playing to pianists who could play "better" than I. This has changed with my present teacher as I understand that some pianists are simply more advanced than others. It is not a question of being better than someone else. What used to be intimidation has been replaced by admiration for pianists whose technical skills are greater than mine because I know the work that is required to get to those levels. When I hear a good pianist play, it is an inspiration and encouragement to continue studying and playing piano.

I have come to realize that it is never too late for your dreams or ambitions. I have a lot of respect for anyone who puts time and effort into playing an instrument, and especially to anyone who takes it up later on in life.

Let's keep making music!
Posted by: iChristina

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 03/31/14 11:45 PM

Good Luck!!

Originally Posted By: Bhav
Hi. I'm a new member smile

I just joined after ordering a Yamaha DGX 630, it's not a real piano I know, but I cant afford, nor have space for one yet frown

It will be far better then my current PSR-530 which doesnt even have enough keys for the pieces I am learning.

I started playing the keyboard when I was 5, and was really good at it and have been playing almost daily since then, but never got lessons beyond what I learnt in music and afterschool classes because my parents were cheapskates that wouldnt pay for lessons. bah

But I managed to make my own way to Grade 5 playing ability at 16, Grade 7 by 19, and then got stuck while studying a minor in music for my degree as I didnt really know what I was doing and couldnt get any better due to having a terrible technique. I gave up for almost 2 years when I was 22, and just started playing again last month and have somehow started to make really good progress with grade 8+ pieces, and am practicing a lot better now with scales and excersizes, and seem to understand my instrument a lot better then I did when I was in my teens, hence why I needed to buy a Portable Grand.

Soon I will be self taught to Grade 8+ standard, by the end of 2009 I should be a pro smile

I hardly know anything about music theory, or classical music, and am mostly going to be learning rag time piano, but I will also learn a few classical pieces too.
Posted by: LarryShone

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/10/14 01:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Clementi11
Hi Heather,

It certainly IS a godsend. I'm sure some would see my autism as a negative thing but, personally, I find it a real gift - something I am blessed with rather than something bad.

:-)

Indeed it should be seen as a gift. My son is autistic as is my step son. And I've self-diagnosed as having Aspergers
Posted by: Pover

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/27/14 12:54 PM

Hey everyone, this is my first post smile

I found this forum months ago, but i didn't register back then. I've been a lurker here for as long as I can remember, and in some way, I feel I know some of you already :P

Anyway, I'm 17.5 years old right now. I've been self-taught for the past 2 years and I'm trying to get a hold of an affordable teacher maybe in the next couple of months (after I finish my edexcel exams). I'll try to make it a habit to contribute here as I honestly feel this is a great and extremely knowledgeable and helpful community, and it's a privilege to have a place like this where people like me can greatly benefit from your contributions!

I play classical music. Don't have a thing for jazz or improv in general. My favorite composers are the great Beethoven and Chopin (funny those two didn't appeal to each other... strange..). I truly don't think you can beat the classical heroism and prowess beethoven presents in his MARVELOUS sonatas, or the beautiful lyrical and romantic gestures chopin presents in his works.

Basically, this is just an introduction. I hope I'll be able to contribute and join the discussion as often as I would like to. But for now, nice to meet you all, and see you around! smile
Posted by: SigFigs

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 04/29/14 11:24 PM

Greetings all

I have been playing piano for 4 months. I am 26 years old. Right now, I have a teacher who is training me in classical music. I must say that learning to play the piano is extremely fun and frustrating. My teacher has started me on my path to learning arpeggios and two songs. My favorite composers are Mahler, Chopin, and Bach. My long term goals are to be able to play some of my favorite pieces by said composers. Short term goals is to be able to play grade 2 pieces by the end of the year. My teacher already has me working towards one.
Posted by: JohnPWillis

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/01/14 08:07 PM

Hello All!

I've been enjoying lurking on these boards for some time, but finally decided to join in. My name is John, I'm 33, and have been playing the piano since I was 3. Took lessons from age 5 to age 19, the highlights of which were studying under William Leland at NMSU and the late Stefan Bardas, who was himself a student of Alfredo Casella, Edwin Fischer, and Artur Schnabel.

Getting back into regular practice again, and hoping to glean some new understandings from the sage wisdom of this forum's regulars!
Posted by: philnm

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/03/14 07:04 PM

I'm forever limited in my ambition but I hope not my enjoyment by an impaired left hand (two trigger fingers plus reconstructed thumb basal joint). I've looked into pieces for the right hand only--far fewer than for the left, of course-- and they are way too difficult for me. Is it ridiculous to think that I might learn to play left-hand-only pieces with my right hand? (By the way--I can play with my left hand if the left-hand part is simple and contains no runs, e.g., Joplin rags.)
Posted by: Mark Cerisano, RPT

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 05/24/14 07:40 PM

Hi Kreisler,

I'm migrating over here from the Tech forum. I just wanted to know a bit more about the concerns of pianists in general.

Thanks for calling out.

Mark
Posted by: pianoskate

New member from London, UK! - 05/28/14 06:01 PM

Hi everyone, I'm new here.. well I'm returning after about 5 years anyway! I've learnt since I was 9 and am now 42.

I play classical piano and compose, and am learning a bit of jazz now and then. I have an upright Bluthner (1906) and a Yamaha digital in the YDP range.

I'm currently learning Chopin Etude Opus 10 no.3, Bach Partita no.4 (allemande) and a Bartok Bulgarian Dance from Mikrokosmos 6. I'm looking forward to chatting to you - would love to chat about these pieces in particular. I'm struggling with the Chopin!

Posted by: hreichgott

Re: New member from London, UK! - 05/28/14 09:09 PM

Hello and welcome pianoskate!
I have just created a French Suite 4 thread in your (our) honor.

EDIT
Sorry. My enthusiasm about the Suite caused me to misread your post. The 4th Partita is also genius of course. I think you will find many people excited to chat about these pieces smile
Posted by: pianoskate

Re: New member from London, UK! - 05/29/14 02:28 PM

Thanks Heather! Well I'm about to start practising the partita now (and the Chopin), so I shall see how it goes!
Posted by: gabytu

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/04/14 11:08 PM

well, I am back again after a long hiatus during which I did not touch the piano. Eager to get back to playing, but have a lot of studying to do. Even pieces I used to play, now seem strange to me. Gaby tu.
Posted by: hinderbinder

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/08/14 08:58 AM

Hi PianoManChuck,

I think it's quite interesting that you can disregard note-reading because of your outstanding ear. Can you play by ear more complicated stuff, like Bach fugues, etc?

I've got a good ear and can pick stuff up also; however, I *have* to read music that's more complicated, which is not my favorite discipline.
Posted by: hinderbinder

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/08/14 09:04 AM

Hi,

I might as well jump into the pool, too! Played different instruments as a kid (oboe, clarinet). Then, inspired by the Beatles, got a guitar in 6th grade and taught myself to play. I had tried piano lessons, twice, but could never get over feeling so overwhelmed by notes on the page. It would have helped to have a better-fitting teacher. Anyway w/guitar, played for years in different configurations (community jazz band; with singer/songwriters, in garage bands, etc.).

About 7-8 years ago classical music began to sound more and more appealing to me, and I started piano lessons in 2010. WHEW! Piano ain't easy! But it's sure worth the effort!!!!
Posted by: whales

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/08/14 06:32 PM

Hi all,

Been lurking for a while, ever since I went piano shopping a year and a half ago -- ended up with the Yamaha NU1 hybrid and couldn't be happier. I started when I was little and stopped taking lessons and performing halfway through college, but I've kept playing just for myself in the 4 years since then. Right now I'm focusing on learning The People United Will Never Be Defeated, which is super fun. But it's taking every trick I know to make progress on such a big piece, especially with as little time as I have to play lately...
Posted by: Pianamateur

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/14/14 05:45 PM

Hi all

I've been lurking since I restarted playing the piano last year and have finally registered. I have already learnt so much from this forum and hope to be able to contribute too in the future. Currently acoustic-less but my digital at least enables me to practice without annoying the people next door, downstairs or upstairs...!

Pam
Posted by: Parks

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/14/14 07:08 PM

Hello Pam, welcome.
Posted by: Jim Munro

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 06/18/14 01:17 AM

Hi folks,

I'm a former gigging bassist but hadn't played anything challenging since college and lost most of my chops. I'm trying to improve my meager piano skills as a jazz pianist and improve playing for fun with my 5 year old.

I've taken a year or so of classical lessons getting through some Satie, a couple of 2 part inventions and a Schoenberg Kleine Klavierstucke.

I've joined a local practice group combo and am trying to balance practicing a lot with not straining my arms as I have very unrefined technique and ears that make me want to play what my hands aren't quite ready for. smirk Any tips are welcome.
Posted by: JohnSchenker

Transcribe Elvis Presleys' Music - 06/18/14 08:32 AM

I am trying to transcribe my favourite Elvis Presleys songs, particularly those with a good piano part and/or good vocals (Jordanaires) This is an example:

This is the COMPLETE SCORE of Roustabout Jordanaires Vocal arrangement. Play it online and view the score (no need to download)

http://musescore.com/user/201414/scores/190225

I wonder any of you would kindly take a request. I am an Elvis fan and one of my favourite songs with the jordanaires is Roustabout. Could you please do a video of that song and post the vocals on youtube?.

I have worked out the harmonies (by ear and using Melodyne).

This is the original on YouTube sung by Elvis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTX8uyq_sZc

I have decided to make it even simpler for people to take the challenge to create a video with their vocal version of Roustabout and post it on YouTube (Including these Jordanaires Harmonies). wink

Below, each ISOLATED TENOR or BASS part is PANNED TO THE RIGHT and ELVIS part and the GUITAR is PANNED TO THE LEFT, for easier recording directly from the online file and easier rehearsal.
Just click and listen to each part:

Here are the Tenors:

1st T: https://www.musescore.com/user/201414/scores/191473

2nd T https://www.musescore.com/user/201414/scores/191475

3rd T https://www.musescore.com/user/201414/scores/191476

4th T https://www.musescore.com/user/201414/scores/191477

5th T https://www.musescore.com/user/203226/scores/191703

and the bass

Bass : https://www.musescore.com/user/201414/scores/191690

For working out the harmonies I use:

* Audacity> Audio Editor.

* Elevayta_Extra_Boy_Pro_Demo (Vocal remover plugin for Audacity for removing Elvis' vocals)

* Software to analyse the harmonies (Polyphonic algorithm option in Melodyne) and Melodyne also to convert the 16 bit WAV file into a midi file.
Posted by: danielcarr

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/18/14 05:54 PM

Hello,

Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Dan Carr and I am a composer and pianist. Started playing piano pretty late -- around 18 and got hooked on composing shortly thereafter.
After college (Finance major -- not Music) I went into the Peace Corps. Was in Lesotho. Had a little electronic keyboard which run on batteries. No electricity in the hut!
After the Peace Corps (1995-1997) came back to the US and took some Music classes while working at a bank in RI. A few years later moved to NYC, continued taking a few music classes, practicing and composing-- though never completed my degree.
Stayed in NY for about 10 years and 5 years ago moved to Seattle. Still in Finance/Tech and compose in my free time. Still occasionally work on solo piano pieces but most of my time is composing. Do like performing Piano + Flute works with my wife.

Favorite composers are Chopin, Rach, Carlos Chavez, Poulenc, Ravel, Bartok, Scriabin. For modern music I like Carl Vine, some of the minimalists, Ligeti, Sebastian Currier and Nico Muhly (both get extra credit for being from RI!), Peter Schieckle -- not PDQ Bach stuff. Lots more. Also like rock music - Billy Joel and Radiohead.

Will try to post some of my pieces. Great to be aprt of the forum and talk piano!

Thanks,
Dan
http://danielcarrcomposer.com/
Posted by: PianoPlayer98

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/25/14 09:38 PM

Hi,
I've been playing since I was 6. I'm still undergoing lessons which I am most happy about. I mostly enjoy modern music as well as a mix of video game soundtracks and movie theme songs. I've still got a lot to learn so I hope to get feedback from the forums as most of you appear to be pros of the art.

Happy playing everyone!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTUv7HtoQsv5BZtRMswgpcg
Posted by: tim treford

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 07/28/14 03:42 PM

Hi everyone

Just found this thread and want to introduce myself.
I started to play the piano at age of 6, and never stopped. Since then, the piano has always been a save and comfortable place for me, where I can turn to in sad and happy moments. In this almost 30 years of playing, I did a lot of different things/styles. I studied music in a conservatory/jazz school with a master degree and fortunately, I can live of making music. A few time ago, I also started to write some music for piano. You can find my compositions on my website: Tim Treford - pianist&composer www.timtreford.com

I'm looking forward to talk about piano and share stuff with other piano enthusiasts.
Cheers, Tim
Posted by: CMcG

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/09/14 05:08 PM

Howdy Piano Pards,
I am a beginning, enthusiastic, but as yet undisciplined piano player. I played trumpet all through high school and some college. I also was a saxophone sideman for a rock and roll cover band in the early 80s. I haven't exactly set the world on fire musically, but I am still passionate about music. I decided to buy a digital piano a couple of years ago and learn to play. Except the realities of music discipline set in and I soon realized that I still HATED practicing scales and rudimentary nursery rhyme songs by myself in the music room, although I know that these are the building blocks of greatness. I didn't like practicing in high school, but thinking back on it, I played in the band 5 days a week, sometimes 2-3 times a day for at least an hour apiece, depending on the format--marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra pit band, etc., so I actually played quite a bit.
I took piano lessons for awhile, but I found I was distracted quite a bit from the business at hand.
But every time I hear Oscar Peterson, or Joey DeFrancesco, or Red Garland roll out some bebop or blues, I want to play like those guys. So I am going to keep plugging along, and hope that I can light a fire under my own feet and dedicate myself to at least playing every day.
I like the idea of logging practice time on the forum. I'll see if that keeps me honest. I also have a lot of questions about technique, theory, and the study habits of others. So please respond when the questions pop up.
Posted by: Ellsounds

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 08/11/14 08:16 PM

Hello Piano World enthusiasts,

I've been playing the piano for 50 years as of this past April when I started lessons a few weeks after my 6th birthday. That said I'm STILL learning things after all these years and I have been lurking on this forum for a few years but haven't posted much. That's going to change; I just needed to get comfortable.

I was classically trained for 12 years and got into jazz in high school, studied music and film/video production and theory in college and as a result I got into doing soundtrack music for film, video and multimedia productions. I always had a love of the visual side of art and took drawing classes when I was young and then got into filmmaking and video production.

I also got into recording, MIDI and synthesizers and have used my home studio for my progressive rock band's CDs and the soundtracks that I do professionally. I also belong to some other forums devoted to keyboards but the piano is my first love.

It's great to see the incredibly WIDE range of musical experience on the forums here and I hope to not only contribute but learn from folks here.
Posted by: Cabbageface

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/07/14 03:39 PM

Hello!
I'm a new member, I've been playing since sept 2012, 31 years old!
Currently Studying for ABRSM Grade 3 and Music Theory Grade 1 exam.
Passed Grade 1 (Distinction) and Grade 2 (Merit)
I have played a few concerts also, which was great fun.
Below is a link to my youtube

https://www.youtube.com/user/Pwnagesystems
Posted by: Hardware

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/08/14 10:39 AM

I am a new member, self taught player. Just purchased an N3 Yamaha, and I love it. Been my life long dream to have a solid piano in the house. I enjoy classical music.
Posted by: Patonpiano

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/15/14 06:22 AM

Hello fellow piano lovers!

Im a new user and have been playing piano for about 3 years, self taught, never had a lesson. Trying to take it a little more seriously now, and getting my self a teacher and studying for an AMEB exam. I play mainly video game themes but I'm going to branch out into a few other genres.

Please look at a few of my performances on youtube, id love any feedback smile

Link - https://www.youtube.com/user/Patonpiano/videos

Thanks,
Alex
Posted by: Doritos Flavoured

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 09/23/14 08:13 AM

Hey, have I ever introduced myself? Ricardo here, 40 years, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I'm an eternal piano intermediate despite my long love history with the piano: one of my earliest music-related memories is getting to my grandma's piano and pushing the lowest key, the deep metallic sound resonates with me to this day and sounded so futuristic, not something from the past. Despite this, I only got some lessons during my teens and eventually reached grade 4 or 5. Then real life kicked in, job, marriage and a daughter. Some years ago my marriage is no more, my daughter is grown and I have some free time and money for an old passion. Here I am, trying to make up for all the time lost. smile
Posted by: decibel101

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... - 10/02/14 02:43 PM


Hi to all!

I've been a member here for a while but unfortunately I don't have the amount of free time I'd like to participate in the pianist corner forum. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who posts their youtube videos over in the members recording area. It is so great to see so many of you putting yourself out there and the insightful feedback provided by the contributors here! I'm so envious of the level of playing everyone has shown in their videos. Keep posting all!