OT, Tell us about yourself

Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 05:45 PM

Many of us visit this forum everyday, sometimes, many times per day. We interact with each other constantly but know little about one another.

Although this is a bit off topic, I think its ok to sneak this one in as I would love to know just a little about who I am corresponding with almost every day.

If you don't mind, please tell us just a little about yourself. Nothing too personal, just maybe some of your other interests and hobbies.

I find myself replying to people a lot that I don't even know if they are a man or a woman, teenager, or filled with world knowledge. Also, it would be kind of neat to see what other members interests are.

Again, post only what you feel comfortable with. Let us all get to know each other just a little bit better.

Some info on me:

I live in Scottsdale Arizona (Pinnacle Peak) with Mrs Hunky whom I met back in 1984 in Connecticut where I grew up. We have lived here in Arizona for the past 20 years.

After destroying my joints being a former competitive athlete (spring board diving) and racing motocross motorcycles, I decided to find some tamer activities and today I not only enjoy my piano playing, but also swimming, scuba diving, and off road riding (in a modified Yamaha Rhino)...little 4wd buggy.

My wife raises and breeds Llama's and is very active in spinning and weaving of their wool (fiber). You can see some pics at

www.pinnaclepeakllamaranch.com

I have been playing piano since May of 2004 so I will be coming up on 2 years this may. I have never took any "official" lessons, but I have been given a lot of great advice from other forum members.

As with my other hobbies, I enjoy piano for very specific reasons; mostly due to the fact that I can really relax and unwind while playing music.

This year, I will be 40!! yikes!, I am finding myself "shifting" gears a little from extreme, "break your bones" sports and activities to more enjoyable and rewarding interests that seem to last a lot longer than the quick adreneline rush of a huge motorcycle jump.

I have'nt turned into a woman...yet!! ;\) , but I am starting to appreciate things in a different light. (possible mid-life crisis??)

Anyway, thats about it!, not too exciting, but always interesting.

How about giving us just a little info about yourself??
Posted by: funburger

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 06:07 PM

Posted by: mdsdurango

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 06:43 PM

52 Yrs O-L-D
I'll be 53 late April.
I am living my dream by owning a house in Durango Colorado. I live with my girl friend of 2.5 years and her 16 year old son. It's a first. I've never married and have no children of my own. I've been here in the mountains of Colorado since 1998. Prior to that I lived in Kansas City where it is HOT and HUMID and I have never looked back. I do what I must for a living but mostly I do high end home remodeling; Kitchens, Additions, Whole house Renovations. I've played piano for about thirty years but never really improved much until last year when I started to take lessons again. I just bought a Yamaha grand piano that is scheduled to arrive tomorrow afternoon. I've always played on an upright so I am expecting this to be a real thrill. Piano is my only real "hobby" but I do work a lot, and like what I do. Does that count?
There you are. My Steve Martin accounting of my life.
Posted by: dfvanden

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 07:00 PM

For a snapshot of my life, see the link on my signature! People probably already know I:

* drink at the piano
* have a fluffy white dog who sits in my lap
* just turned 39
* have a wonderful wife, but no kids
* have discovered Bach and Schubert and wish I could play it all
* have interests in punk, avante-garde and minimalist music
* work for a very big and evil oil company
* am building a veggie garden in the back yard, that my wife promises me she will take over the responsibility for.

On to the next person...
Posted by: Sonata

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 07:06 PM

I live in NewZealand for ten years, I started piano five years ago, but still played terribly that you might think I played only five days \:\) .
I am a female, still single (who wants to marry to piano). My interest, of course: piano! Besides, I like foods, travel (but I scared to take plane). I'm an easy, optimistic person, life is so short, why make it too hard? Enjoy life as long as you still alive, you still health.
What else? Ah, I have 8 fruit trees in my garden, if anyone wants to have your X'ams in summer, come to visit me and we can play piano and climb the trees! I also have a pet, a snake turtle, so cute, if you want he look at you, play good piano for him, he has a critical ear, that's why he never look at me! \:\)
The most pitiful things for me are : 1. I didn't have chance to learn piano when i was young; 2. no many concert here;3. don't have friends who love piano as me.

That's me!
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 07:20 PM

Well, pretty much anything you would like to know, can be found here: Mak\'s Pages
(Tho I have yet to add a page about my piano endeavors)

But the quick version: I'm 50 (to turn 51 early next month), married for almost 28 years, 3 daughters (two have moved out, one to go!), and we live in southern NH with 7 cats, one dog (chocolate lab) and one rat. I have loved music all my life, and sang in everything from grade school children's church choirs to 17 years with an adult chorale. My husband plays the bass- electric at the moment, tho he would dearly love to learn acoustic at some point. I love many types of music, but you will mostly find me listening to 80's arena rock, jazz, Broadway and New Age. I started taking piano lessons almost exactly a year ago, because I have always wanted to learn to play. The other "obsession" we have is chili cook-offs. We compete in the International Chili Society cookoffs. I compete in chile verde and salsa only; hubby adds red chili. As a side note- I have already qualified for the 2006 World's Championship in salsa! Hmm, let's see, what else? Oh, yes- we are concert junkies, and are lucky to live as close as we do to Boston, so we get to see some great music- mostly jazz and rock. I can also be a bit of a geek....

And that's my life in a nutshell- an appropriate receptacle
Posted by: Happyshawtrapp

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 07:35 PM

Well nice to meet you all. Nice idea super hunkey, it is true I am on this forum two or three times a day. I am 53 years old, started piano 3 1/2 years ago. Still feel like I am barely able to play but I am definitively obsessed. I live on 14 acres with sheep and donkeys and I spin wool, knit and work as a mental health provider for the county. I can't wait to retire and just be obsessed by all that I love. This forum has been fabulous because I could never find people who were interested or nearly as obsessed as I. I am thrilled to be here.
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 09:06 PM

Hello, my name is Bob and I'm addicted to piano.

I'll be 46 this year, married 19 years, no kids. Both my wife and I spent 20 years in the Navy and now she is a veterinary technician and I have my own business taking care of computer networks for small businesses. I'm kind of an out-sourced IT department for small businesses that can't afford to hire a full-time computer guy.

My hobbies are reading, (not much of that in the last few years alas), watching DVDs, (when we have the time to spend), house remodeling, (I dislike it, but hate to spend the money to hire someone), woodworking, (again, with everything else, haven't had the time to really get into it), and of course piano.

When I retire, I want to play piano in the mornings, do woodworking in the afternoons, and watch DVDs or read in the evenings. That would be the life! \:\)

Two and a half years ago, I was plinking on my brother-in-law's out of tune upright and he asked me if had ever played. I said, no, but I had always wanted to learn. To which he replied, "well you're not getting any younger". I had to admit he was correct on that point. \:\)

A month or so later, Robert Palmer died. That was the final straw. Life is just too bloody short to keep procrastinating on things that we want to do.

So I talked it over and I bought a Yammie DGX-500. I hadn't found PianoWorld yet, (that would be a couple more weeks), so I didn't know how important weighted key action was. I learned where middle C was, found a teacher, and two months later bought my Samick 5'7" grand.

I stuck with the teacher for about a year. But his smokey clothes and his personal issues got to me, so I struck out on my own for a few months. Then I found Sudnow, worked on it for a few months before discovered PianoMagic. What I'm learning there is blowing my mind! I just wish my fingers could keep up. \:\(
Posted by: Balladeer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 09:08 PM

Hello, All

My wife and I live on the plains of Kansas where we met many years ago. We have 3 grown reasonably well adjusted children, and life is good. My wife is very much into quilting, and travels all over the country to quilt shows, etc.

My life was basicly "musicless" for the first 57 years. No one in the family had any musical connection. A few years ago, I began to notice that the music I heard in movie scores was having a nice effect on me, so I began to listen more closely, then I started buying classical CDs. Three years ago, I bought one of those little electronic keyboards, and the rest is history.

Most of my time up until then was spent on or near a golf course. I competed on the "mini-tours" (sort of like the minor leagues) and still give the occasional lesson today.

I still love golf, but piano has captured the top spot - gee, you can play when it's raining!! ;\)

I am enjoying all of you.

Balladeer
Posted by: Kawaigirl1

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 09:38 PM

Helloo to all in this room.

I see that most of you reside in the states but I am from Canada. I currently live in Toronto, Ontario but originally from Vancouver, B.C.

There are 2 things that I love to do and that is PIANO and GOLF. My parents put me through piano lessons since I was 8 years old and I continued for 10 years. Then of course between school and work I stopped playing piano for over 20 years. Did I miss playing piano?..yes very much!!
So what happened in December my husband bought me a Kawai for Christmas and my 40th birthday. Talk about a great birthday and Xmas Gift! So now I'm just trying to make up for lost time with the piano!!
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 09:47 PM

I wanted to play piano as a child, but my older brother got the lessons. About twenty-three years ago my husband and I bought a piano and took an intro class at the community college and I got hooked. We then adopted kids and I put piano dreams aside. Then the kids got lessons. Now it is my turn. I will soon be an empty nester. So two years ago I finally started piano lessons.
In addition to piano, I like to read, knit, crochet, cross stitch.
In September my youngest son will start college and my husband and I are looking forward to taking frequent short trips and finally getting to know our new (four years) home state of Wisconsin.
Love the forum and have gotten some great free advise from the members. I really enjoyed the recital and the piano bar.
Thanks. Next...
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 09:59 PM

Hi everybody,

I am 44 years old and live in the nation's best kept secret paradise of Kentucky. I was a driven career-oriented psychology professor until I met and married my husband (a dealer of rare coins) in 1994, when I discovered there were other things in life besides work. I have two kids: one daughter, Athena (currently 10) who is gifted, almost scarily so, and a 6 year old son, Isaac, who is also very smart but was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified, essentially a mild form of autism) when he was three. He's done well with early intervention and therapy and is currently performing at or above grade level in school, so we feel optimistic about his future.

I played accordion for 7 years as a child but had always wanted to play the piano. Work and kids kept me too busy until one day I realized piano wasn't going to happen unless I made it happen. My mom had recently died and I used money from her estate to buy my first piano, and later my M&H A.

Right now piano is, outside of my children, the greatest source of reward in my life. I am disgruntled with my job (we are hiring a new assistant professor this year in my dept., and the starting salary is $12,000 more than I am making after 18 years at UK), and every day I fantasize about quitting and trying a free-lance writing career instead, or just sitting around and playing the piano all day. Sounds like heaven, and I may just do it...
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:15 PM

Hi. My name is Sharon and I'm a Piano-holic.

That's what I am now. But I remember being 2 years old and singing (they tell me). Always singing.... in plays in school, always in chorus....I even did a stint with the jazz band in high school (my friend and I sang Enough is Enough.... Streisand/Donna Summer big disco hit. I was the soprano, my friend was the alto. It was very well received. Used to also sing opera - but my voice changed - I'm asthmatic. So it's more growly now - but that's okay. Never took piano lessons (daughter did - 3 years).

Never made it big due to life circumstances, but I like singing whenever I can. Was in an office choir for 3 years in one of my jobs.

For the past about 10 years or so I've been a legal secretary and I work in downtown Manhattan. I been all over midtown and kind of like downtown (it's close to my heart). I currently love my job.

I am married to a wonderful, supportive husband this May will be 21 years and have 1 daughter Michelle 18 who's in college studying nursing. She lives at home (which makes mommy (me) very, very, very happy!!!!!

I have a dog Twizzle (3 years old - shep/beagle mix and a six year old iguana (Sonny) - he's a monster - nearly 5 feet long (tip of snout to tip of tail) - seriously.

And, yup - he's bit me on my face 3 times and scratched up my arms.... But I healed up okay (scars you can hardly detect - ya got to look real close at my face and then I have to point out where). Anyway, he's a good boy now.

Right now I love piano and I am currently taking the Pianomagic course (ya'll know that already). And that's about it. Well there's more.... but how much can I write?

Oh, nearly forgot. I'm currently 42 years young. :rolleyes:

God Bless ya'll.

Sharon \:\)
Posted by: Copper

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:26 PM

Baseball
Hockey
Basketball
Golf
School
Work Golf
Work Kids
Work Coach
Work Fly
Piano Work
Age 51
Next
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:28 PM

[quote]trying a free-lance writing career instead[quote]

Monica- you decide to do that, talk to me, ok?
Posted by: kokomo61

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:34 PM

OK, I'll jump in...

I just turned 45, and live near Washington, DC. I was born and raised in the Midwest (hence the screen name). Growing up, EVERYONE in our family did something with music. It seemed like every other Sunday, we would get trotted up to the front of the church to sing as a trio, quartet, etc....

I never took music lessons as a kid, but joined the band, and learned to play the trombone, then later, picked up the guitar. I've always had a really good ear, and started playing the piano that way, although I also read music. Most of my piano playing was developed trying to learn Elton John/Jackson Browne/Billy Joel tunes, so my style is very rhythm and chord driven.

I spent an enlistment in the Army (to get money to finish school), and then went on to get a graduate degree. I met my wife while living in CT - and while she and her family enjoy music, NOBODY sings or plays ANYTHING. We've got two kids - an 11-year old son who's also PDD-NOS (but very bright), so we're really working on helping him adapt to the world around him. Our 7-year old daughter is more like me - she's very musical, and a natural ham. We both have very good ears, and I'm teaching her how to do cartoon and character voices, as well as playing her favorite show tunes on the piano.

In June, 2004, I bought a motorcycle. My wife advised against it, but I started anyway. While practicing in a parking lot, I over-revved the bike, and it got away from me - I hit a curb, bounced off the bike, and landed square on the edge of the curb, fracturing my L2 vertebrae across 3 axes. (the doc said I 'exploded' it). If I had tried to stand up, I'd be in a wheelchair today. The paramedics got me to the hospital, and I had no feeling in my right leg at all.....I underwent surgery to fuse my L2 back together, along with securing it to my T12-L3 vertebrae...and I had to learn to walk all over again. I was in the re-hab hospital for over a month, and it took me almost a year to get back to 'normal.' I'm fine now, but it was a very scary time for me and my family.

So, having worked very hard on earning my wife's forgiveness.....she's supportive of my piano playing, and is very encouraging for both me and our daughter. Once we started her on lessons, I decided that I would FINALLY learn how to play legitimately. I went from faking my way through things like 'Funeral for a Friend' and 'Honky Cat' to John Thompson Grade Two. It was quite a shock, but we're focusing on learning the technique that I never quite picked up. Despite the amount of wood-
Posted by: caperflutist

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:47 PM

I am 30 (turned that last month). I recieved a B.Mus degree in 1999 from the University of Ottawa in flute and theory (I really love theory- yes I am a music geek)I started flute at age 13 and it was my first instrument, but I sang in choirs at school since I was really little. I live on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia but I was born and raised in Ottawa (which I miss dearly).

I started piano as an older teenager in order to pass the the non piano majors piano requirements in order to get my B.Mus. I took lessons for a year but it interfered with my flute practicing so I am mostly self taught.

I started taking piano lessons again 2 weeks ago beecause I need to work on my touch and technique. My teacher has me only playing gr 6 RCM pieces in order to fix my touch which seem very easy note wise, but I must stop pounding LOL. In october I started taking pipe organ lessons which I love. Eventually I want to become a church organist. Reading and sight reading are my fortes, and technical accuracy and speed are also my fortes on flute

I am a private music teacher and a group teacher of the Music for Young Children (tm) program.

I currently sing soprano 2 /alto 1 in a high level auditioned chorale as well as in church choir. I play flute in the church orchestra, plus in concerts, weddings and church services. I arrange the music for the church orchestra as well as arrange and conduct the junior orchestra.

Basically music is my life and I am either teaching in rehearsals or practicing!!!!

On my barely present free time I like sudoku, reading, scrap booking, my Sheltie Chelsea, and watching shows like CSI, ccriminal minds, bones etc.
Posted by: Appassionata Sonata

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:49 PM

i like piano

hope that was enough \:D
Posted by: Sonata

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 10:59 PM

Oh, I need to add something: you might find that my spelling is terrible, yes spelling is my headache, and I'm too lazy to check the dictionary. The most embarrassing moment was someone showed me a letter which I wrote: "if you gays (guys) want to leave a massage (message), please click this button." So, please forgive me with all my mistakes. That's me, sometimes so careless.
In my life,
my first love thing is: mother, piano;
second: foods, DVD, music
third: ...rest of things
Posted by: Fat Old Ugly Frank

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 11:09 PM

Llamas are cool!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/06 11:36 PM

Why thank you!

Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 12:23 AM

How CUTE!!!! \:D
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:30 AM

I knew it! You start posting adorable pictures of cute furry animals and the thread is bound to go off topic. I guess it's ok since the OP is the one throwing it off the rails. :p
Posted by: music4me2

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:36 AM

Am I a beginner if I currently have nothing to play on? Maybe...I try to play songs in my head right now. Does that count?

Let's see, 43 years old going on 80. I always wanted to play the piano but my parents didn't have the money for lessons or a piano when I was young. My older sisters played clarinet and guitar and when it came to me, my chosen instrument was too expensive. Bummer! So I waited until I was 34 and bought my Steinway M! My mom had just died of Parkinson's Disease after suffering for many years and I just decided that life was too short and I had to do what I wanted to do for myself. So I took lessons from a high school student who was an excellent pianist. I was into Broadway tunes...Les Mis, Phantom, Cats, plus movie theme songs. I was using Alfred's books and then I began traveling more for work and then I got pregnant & tired, etc.

Enter the kids. My daughter was diagnosed autistic with all sorts of other problems, at age 2 years 3 months. I was 8 weeks pregnant with my son at the time and have since spent most of my time trying to find services and therapies and funding for my daughter. I quit my job in marketing for HP. When my son was 2, he was also diagnosed autistic (no surprise since we knew the signs) and then my life really spun totally out of control. No time, no life. I never had any time to play the piano at all. I'd look at it and wish I could play, and I'd feel guilty for not! I never thought we'd ever sell it...and we were just starting to tinker with it a bit when we began looking at our assets and trying to figure out what to sell. I have been very sad ever since!

Now I have a teacher lined up for me (and my daughter if she'll sit still long enough), so I'm trying to find a piano. I just bought the sheet music to Wicked & was at the store looking for "Killing Me Softly" in easy piano plus some Elton John and old Broadway songs.

Oh, I love dogs. We used to have three siberian huskies...now we have one left. Married 8 years. Love to travel, used to play a great game of tennis, love a good glass of Cabernet & old movies. I hope to write a book someday when I can make the time. Graduated from Stanford in Communication & Psychology. If I could do it all over again...I'd keep the Steinway!
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 03:13 AM

Hi, good to read about you all!

I'm 23 years old, graduated from University of Aberdeen last year - Honours Geography, although I dabbled in International Relations and Politics.

Started playing piano in October - my grandad passed away and left me some money, so I thought it would be appropriate to get a piano with it (i used to hit the keys on his acoustic when I went as a kid).

Played clarinet for a couple of years during high school, and also electric guitar for 5 years. Was very much into playing squash / racketball, until a rather drunken incident left me with a mangled elbow.

Currently spending my free time playing piano or golfing. I live near St. Andrews so golf is quite popular around here.

Have been to US and Canada once each - Detroit and Toronto were the destinations. I'm keeping quiet about which place I preferred ;\)

Musically, my favourite artists include: Chopin, Rachmaninov, Alicia Keys, Lacuna Coil, Yann Tiersen, Nightwish, and Deacon Blue - a fairly wide selection.

Next....
Posted by: Amaiakuyume

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 04:08 AM

Right, then, I'm 17 years old (youngest here?) and I guess techincally not an Adult Beginner cause I started at 13. But anyway I'm not exactly surpassing anyone in the skill department, so hopefully noone minds \:D

I listen to a lot of music other people would define as scary *cough*Rammstein*cough*, but apart from that I really like a Japanese singer called Gackt, and will listen to about anything else that doesn't include bagpipes

(if you want me to be more specific, Nightwish, Matchbox Twenty, HIM, Alex Lloyd, George, and Nickleback are a few of the more well known names on my playlist)

Apart from music my interests are art, animation and learning Japanese. I'm hoping to go to Japan sometime next year, I don't know for how long.

I have two parents who really don't get the whole "music" thing, a sister who just started guitar lessons, and a cat who wont go near the piano after jumping on the keys one day. Nice to meet you all!
Posted by: Naught

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 07:10 AM

Ok, I'm 48. I'm a self employed sign painter, my father and grandfather both did it also. I was trouble up to age 25. Got married at 25 and just celebrated 22 years with the love of my life. Two great, responsible kids both over 18 now (don't know how I deserved that).

Started playing with computers in high school, kinda became the pc guru for everyone I know. I play lots of online role playing games. I took up golf 3 years ago and play whenever I can (50 rounds a year or better). I hope to break 80 this year. I challenge anyone to online golf.

Owned a Harley for 10 years till it became a fad. Got off it while I could still walk straight.

Started playing the piano a year ago, because I always wanted to play. Finally got around to it.
Posted by: Schizo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:13 AM

Hi,

I am pretty new on this forum so I will take this opportunity to introduce myself.

I am a female, 24 years old and live in Enschede, that is town in the east of the Netherlands. I'm studying mechanical engineering and will be busy with my graduation for the next six months. In the mean time I'm trying to find out what kind of work I would like to do after my graduation. For four years I am together with my boy friend, but we still live seperately in student homes.

I started music lessons at the age of eight with wooden flute (don't know the english word), but jumped over to electric keyboard on the age of 10. Two years later I had persuaded my dad that I absolutely had to get a piano and take piano lessons. So it went. I took lessons for 5 years and one year of preperatory training at the conservatory. Instead of going for the music I decided to go to university and didn't play (at least hardly) for about 5 years. Last November I have bought a digital and now I am working hard to get to the same level again.

So, I am busy with my study, spending quality time with my boyfriend, teaching second grade engineering students for a couple of hours a week, working hard on the piano and jump in the swimming pool to stay in good shape \:\)

Krista
Posted by: Schizo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:14 AM

Hi,

I am pretty new on this forum so I will take this opportunity to introduce myself.

I am a female, 24 years old and live in Enschede, that is town in the east of the Netherlands. I'm studying mechanical engineering and will be busy with my graduation for the next six months. In the mean time I'm trying to find out what kind of work I would like to do after my graduation. For four years I am together with my boy friend, but we still live seperately in student homes.

I started music lessons at the age of eight with wooden flute (don't know the english word), but jumped over to electric keyboard on the age of 10. Two years later I had persuaded my dad that I absolutely had to get a piano and take piano lessons. So it went. I took lessons for 5 years and one year of preperatory training at the conservatory. Instead of going for the music I decided to go to university and didn't play (at least hardly) for about 5 years. Last November I have bought a digital and now I am working hard to get to the same level again.

So, I am busy with my study, spending quality time with my boyfriend and other friends and family, teaching second grade engineering students for a couple of hours a week, working hard on the piano and jump in the swimming pool to stay in good shape \:\)

Krista
Posted by: rocky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:36 AM

I'm 45, I hate my job, I love the piano. Oh and I lead a very boring life!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:43 AM

I don't know about anyone else - but I'm getting all exicted knowing about you people.

more.......


Sharon
Posted by: Crypto

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:49 AM

Hi. I'm 36 and computer guy by trade in Indiana. I played trumpet for 8 years, played piano for one in High school, and then graduated with a Classical Studies Degree in college. Just started piano up again in January after almost 20 years off of music. I've started a group piano class with the University and had my first lesson with my new teacher last week for private lessons.

The reason I started back was a piano my wife bought so that she could start taking lessons (she has never played an instrument). The piano was a $100 and unplayable. I've told the story before, but I ended up working on the piano for two months tearing everything apart and putting it back together(straps, springs, dampers, felt, a broken hammer, etc), replaced some keytops, having it tuned, and just finished with some work to the outside. New piano bench, and presto...working piano. That was Christmas.

My wife is still deciding when to start her lessons. I sit down to show her a few things, and now I'm practicing an hour a night, and she's still deciding. But, we've been together for 17 years and she has always wanted to play. I suspect it will happen soon.
Posted by: Chrissi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 08:54 AM

My name is Chrissi, I was born in Hamburg, Germany, where I still live (since 41 years, so guess how old I am ;\) ), for the last 13 years together with my common law spouse. He has two adult daughters whom I love very much. The younger one has a little daughter (1 years old) herself, this is our little sweetheart. So I am grandma honoris causa.

Im working at a big insurance company where I have been in the claim department until 2001. Because of a merger my job got in serious danger so I changed to the IT section where I now administrate a tool for Project management. Nothing famous, but ok.

My spouse and I love travelling, the biggest trip was to Australia in 1996 where I totally fell in love with Koala bears and wombats. We like the Canary Islands very much because of their perfect climate and only 4 hrs flight time.

Music was always a part of my life. Together with my mother I listened to operas, my first real passion was ballroom dancing (did it until I was 24) and I sing along with almost every sort of music on the radio. But since I had a very bad experience with learning an instrument at the age of 8 or 9 (it was the flute, the teacher was mean and brought me to tears very often) I had lost my self-confidence already as a child.

Two years ago we joined a concert of a great Dixieland-band (all amateurs) and one of the members told me that he had started playing the sax at the age of 50 from scratch. That was the moment when I started thinking about learning an instrument myself. That turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life! My music and my piano give me such a joy I could never have imagined before. I dream of ofhaving much more time to learn and play but lotto didnt make me a millionaire until now and retirement is far away. So I try to do the best I can under the given circumstances.

Because English is not my native language it is not always easy for me to express my inner feelings in a written form but I want you to know that this place here is very precious to me. In real life I have no one to share my passion for piano with, except my teacher. I have never seen such a great place at the Internet before. So many friendly and helpful people, interesting personalities, serious discussions.

Chrissi

@Hunkster:
Couldnt you send me a pair of your cute little llama crias to Germany? Our garden is perhaps big enough and I can assure you: No rattlesnakes! (Do they like snow? At the moment our spring blossoms are all covered with huge amounts of it...)
Posted by: LuigiV

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:02 AM

OK,
I am 51 years old and I was fascinated by the piano since I was 5 y.o.
I bought my first piano only when I was 23 (it was a very very old Schiedmayer - Stutgard upright) and my dreams comes true when in the last September I finally bought my 27 y.o. used Kawai KG-3C grand.
I am married but for work from monday to friday I live alone 130 km far away from my home and from my grand piano, I have also a 31 y.o. daughter that lives with her boyfriend 40 km far away from me.
In the house where I live for work I have a digital piano (Clavinova CLP-280) because I could not live without playing the piano.
My piano level is intermediate)
My other hobbies are photography, chess but music (piano) is my life !
Luigi
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:05 AM

Hi Hunkster and the gang

I am 43 years young and have 2 children, 2 beautiful boys who are 7 and 16 months old. I have been playing piano since October 2003.

After an argument with my wife about piano lessons for our 5 year old (she wanted him to start...I had bad memories of piano lessons when I was a child and didn't want him to go through the torture I remembered).This was an argument which (as usual) I lost...so, we/I bought a cheap casio unweighted piano for him to start with.

I started plunking around and the rest as they say is history...here I am totally addicted!!!

Now, I own a Yamaha CLP170 in polished ebony and a casio PX100 and I've not stopped buying yet (yesterday I ordered a Yamaha motif ES rack for the casio and am excitedly waiting for it to arrive!) the casio will be upgraded next...but, one day I will own a nice big grand piano too...oh yes!


I own a gym...this one:-

www.olympiagym.net


and I am a wedding/party DJ in my spare time


Lee \:\)
Posted by: dk21208

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:26 AM

Ok, folks, here goes....

My name is Dean. I am 28, grew up in Florida, and after 8 years in the mountains of North Carolina, I have been back to Florida for two years. I am 5 years married, with two dogs: a dachshund/beagle and an american bulldog. My bulldog's mug is currently displayed on the cover of Dog Fancy for April. She is the small corner picture, not the main picture. My wife and I took ball room dance lessons before Dancing with the Stars made it cool. I am an avid racquetball player, and would like to compete in tournaments sometime soon. I also like to watch tennis (always cheer for Andre Agassi), motocross, and hate to admit it, but I also follow NASCAR.

On to the piano....
I took 9 years of lessons as a child/youth. I then took a 10 year break and have just recently decided that I want to get back into the swing of things... I am currently getting my fingers back up to par, and doing what I want to do. I am very interested in becoming more proficient in pop styles. My current plan is to get back to where I want to be, and in the next 2-3 years lock all my music in a safe and join Piano Magic. I currently play a lot out of the Billy Joel Keyboard Book, Elton John Keyboard Book, and every other book in that series. I like to sing when I play. Unfortunately, I sound a little bit like Kermit the Frog when I sing. My piano is a 12-14 year old Technics digital, that I got brand new when I was in high school. It has served me well, but I am starting to look for a new piano.

Ok, hope this wasn't excessive....
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:30 AM

My turnIm 49, soon to be the dreaded 50[/b] in May started lessons @ the age of 8, did the octave/chord thing for 5 yrs, then did the classical scene for 1 yrs. Performed in the Grinnells piano recital in 69. My piano at the time was a Janssen upright that my Dad bought when he got out of the army in 45. Was in band-played drums and baritone. Played drums in a drum-n-bugle corp. for a few yrs too. Then came girls & carsRaced on a drag car team for 3 yrsRamcharger Hemi Cuda SS/DA, raced go karts, enduro motorcycles, crewed on a Formula Ford for a few years, snowmobiled and started to restore an antique car K3 Allard. Oh yea, played golf when I could . Meet my wife in 88 \:D (blind date), married in 90no kids \:\( . Started playing more golf, but piano was still on the back burner. Piano ended up in the back room till we had an addition put on in 00, then moved it out in the front roomthats when I started back playing. Went to a couple of friends homes and played their pianos and I said to myself selfif they can have one and their just starting, you deserve one. MY WIFE piped up and saidyour pianos out in the garage (read K3 Allardnot finished) DO SOMETHING WITH IT!!! So I tried to get up enough energy to finish, all the while looking at new grand pianos, but the drive to finish the Allard was gone. In my networking for pianos, I came across a co-worker that restores Hammond B3s, he takes his cabinets to a Master Tech that restores pianostook me to his shopbut I still needed the almighty $$. He also introduced me to some local talent, Mr. B- Mark Lincoln Braun and Bob Seely, both blues and boogie woogie playersI was hooked. In the spring of 05 all the stars aligned and I found a buyer for the Allard and the piano Master Tech that was just finishing up a restoration on a 1919 M&H A. Found the PW site while looking for piano information and have enjoyed the company ever since. Started back to lessons in Jan of 06, trying to change my playing style.

WE do have a westie puppy named Mason. (pic tonight)


Next
Posted by: Laura D

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:08 AM

Ok, I'm 47 years old. I grew up in southern Nevada but have now lived in Pennsylvania for almost 21 years. I am a CPA but also a stay-at home mom of 10 kids, 6 boys and 4 girls, ages 4 to 24. The oldest two are married and I will soon be a grandma. Our 8th is ten years old and has Down syndrome, so that is also a whole new adventure. We also just found out she has celiac disease, so now we are learning how to feed her a gluten-free diet.

I have a wonderful husband who encourages me to develop my talents and even lets me spend money on them! I have done some photography, read a lot about nutrition, spent a couple of years teaching myself Access programming, I am involved with computer-generated pattern-making software and sewing (I designed and made my new daughter-in-law's wedding dress--complete with machine embroidery I designed, pearl beading, etc.), and now piano. I also read a lot--I love Terry Pratchett's books, Wheel of Time, Tony Hillerman, Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, and many others. Plus lots of non-fiction.

I played clarinet from grade school up into college. I took a couple of years of piano in high school, but did not practice much and never got out of the beginner stuff. I have always sung in church choir whereever we have lived.

Almost two years ago, our church choir director asked me to help her do her accounting (she teaches 65 piano students, plus sells Mary Kay big time). I did not want her to pay me, so she offered to teach my daughter piano. She starts the little kids out with Suzuki, so I was sitting with my daughter for all her practices. Within a few months, I asked if I could have lessons, too. I worked through Suzuki book 1 during the two weeks we drove out west for our two boys' weddings at Christmas 2004, and started lessons right after we got home. I get discouraged sometimes, but I love it! I'm looking for a new piano, hoping for a grand I like and can afford.

I mostly like classical music, don't care for jazz, like Spanish music, Scott Joplin but not much else ragtime. I loved the first recital here--I still listen to the CDs I made--and I'm glad to get to know you all a little.
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:19 AM

Chrissi, I love the word Wombat. \:D
Posted by: patlou

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:35 AM

Hi, my name is Louise. I live in Qubec (Canada) and I speak french... Sometime I use Google to help me traduce in english so excuse my errors writing english.

I have three kids : Audrey, Camille and Justin (5, 4 and 2 years old). I work full time at Bell Canada has a report/analysis (I work with excel all day long, but I like it !)

My husband play guitar since 2 years now and he is pretty good at it. He is also writing very nice songs.

I have took piano lessons when I was young (from the age of 8-9 to 12 years old) I have won a competition at the school Vincent D'Indy at this time. I quit when I turned 13 years old and I always regret it. I always said to my self that some day I would start again to play piano and I buy an old piano in september 2004 and start my piano lessons with a new teacher and I am very proud I found her, she is really a great teacher.

Beside working 40 hours a week and taking care of my family (90% of my time !!) the rest of my time is spend on the piano...

Well, I think this is it for me ! \:\)
Posted by: patlou

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:37 AM

Oh... I forgot to mention that I am 30 years old... will turn 31 next august !! :rolleyes:
Posted by: Hobie

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 11:27 AM

Hello everyone! I like cats. I'm 39 years old, and have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the last 15 years. I am happily married. I teach piano as my primary occupation, and rent a studio near the Town Square. My students are mainly children ages 6-18, but I do teach a handful of adults. Teaching is definitely my calling and I enjoy it (most of the time!)

My undergrad degree is in psychology, I have worked various front-line human services jobs over the years before teaching piano. Since I moved to Jackson in 1991, I have worked seasonally with people who have disablities at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as an Adaptive Ski Instructor. Today I am just part-time (an old-timer!!) I am a lifelong skier, both nordic and alpine, having grown up in Vermont.

In the summer I sail on lakes, and own a J-24 sailboat and a Hobie 16 catamaran, both vessels I cherish. I am a water person at heart, and enjoy whitewater rafting (I guided professionally for 6 years), kayaking, and canoeing.

Avid cyclist also...mountain & road.

I have played piano since I was a small child and always was drawn to it. The styles I play are mainly jazz, gospel, blues, funk, rock and boogie. I take weekly lessons with a incredible teacher. I enjoy playing classical music, but I have made a career out of playing the other styles and do not have time to really practice it as much as I would like. I play by ear and read music.

I like the AB forum because the you guys are really nice!
Posted by: Dorrie

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:08 PM

Hello all,

I am 48 years old, married with 3 kids - a 14 year old boy, an 11 year old girl and my baby a just turned 7 with pretty severe ADHD.

I've lived in the suburns between Washington DC and Baltimore for 20 years. I work full time directing a large research project for the federal government. I have a doctorate in social psychology.

I never learned an instrument as a child. I always wanted to learn piano and a few years ago my MIL gave me the 40 some year old Hardman Peck upright her 6 kids had used for lessons (no one still plays!) It sat for a while and I finally got up my nerve to start lessons myself a little more than a year ago. It was slow going and highly frustrating in the beginning but just in the last few months it seems to be "clicking"

I'm just beginning my search for a new piano and intend to enjoy every minute of the search.

I love going to concerts and I power walk a couple miles most days - at 5 am.

Dorrie
Posted by: JerryG

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:22 PM

Hi everyone,

I am 66 (I don't know how that happened because the last birthday I remember I was 23).

I started out working as a rocket propulsion engineer. I worked at Grumman on the first lunar landing and I was in a special room during the landing listening to the capsule communications with Armstrong and Aldrin and even played an important part when they thought they might have to take off immediately.

I left engineering and became a computer programmer. From there I became a CPA and from there I became an Attorney, although I do predominately accounting in my own practice. I work mostly out of the house but have an office in Manhattan. As I tell everyone, I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. But right now I think I have. I want to be a coctail pianist.

My mother was a piano teacher, my father was a an outstanding mandolin player and my brother played the clarinet.

I never progressed beyond the third grade Thompson method book when I was growing up. About 10 years ago I wanted to take up piano seriously. I could always read music but couldn't play too well. After a year of lessons with a teacher, and finding that I couldn't play any better than when I started, I decided to find a new teacher. I found a teacher across town in Manhattan that was unbelievable. He taught Peter Duchin how to play, and he taught me classical and popular for 5 years before retiring at the early age of 82.

After another teacher that I could not grow with I found an older man who allowed me to start improvising and in a short time I could play almost anything from a fake book. A couple of months ago he said there was nothing more he could teach me. I had always thought I needed a teacher to grow until I found this forum.

Luckily I found this forum and have learned a lot from everyone. I have been totally astonished at the playing of those who picked it up on their own and those who have been with Pianomagic. I called up Mike last month and as soon as tax season is over with I will sign up.

Thanks for letting me share this with you.
Posted by: pastafarian

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:25 PM

Hi all! I'm Andrew. But for 18 months in France the early '80s, I have always lived in Canada. Currently, I'm in Ottawa.

I work at the University of Ottawa teaching in a few courses, designing upper-level labs, playing with expensive toys of biological research, training/advising grad students and researchers on approaches/techniques and co-authoring the odd paper. As I'm not a prof so I don't get the big bucks (or headaches) but I love my job -imagine a science geek with access to all sorts of cells and equipment and chemicals. As long as a pedagogically useful experiment or a productive research approach comes out the other end, I'm pretty much free to play with equipment that is worth far more than I am! I'm also on our Hazmat team, where I get to dress up like the guys who tried to vivisect ET and find out "what's making that smell". :p

I'm 43, have been with my current mate for almost 12 years. We got married in her hometown in Nunavut last summer, where we went camping. we plan to move up there (Baker Lake) for a year or so when the kids (two boys 5 and 10) are older.

I used to ride a Honda Interceptor, play harmonica in bars, downhill ski and play tennis.

For the last few years though, my mate and I have mostly been looking after my parents (92 and 82)and the kids (more exhilarating and scarier than the 'ceptor). ;\)

I blame the Royal Conservatory of Music for almost killing my love of music (forced piano lessons from age 6-9), and credit Muddy waters and James Cotton for ressucitating it.

I'm currently becoming reacquainted with the piano since Sept 2005.
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:29 PM

Hi JerryG

off topic:

 Quote:
I started out working as a rocket propulsion engineer. I worked at Grumman on the first lunar landing and I was in a special room during the landing listening to the capsule communications with Armstrong and Aldrin and even played an important part when they thought they might have to take off immediately.
So did they or didn't they? ;\)


Lee \:\)
Posted by: funburger

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:52 PM

hey mr hunky--great idea on the ot post---and to everyone on here i love reading the posts. its such a joy to know people with so many different lives all come together because of the piano:)
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 01:52 PM

 Quote:
So did they or didn't they?
They didn't. ;\) It still amazes me to this day that they even landed safely. They were on fumes when they touched down.

Wow a real rocket scientist in our group. Cool!

I can't wait to see how you like PM Jerry. You'll be able to learn where the fake books got their chords. \:\)
Posted by: Agilita

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:15 PM

I'm 57, have two adult children, 4 grandchildren and my husband and I have legal custody of our oldest grandson. I currently am recovering from a skiing accident (memo to self: in future, do not follow 15 year old grandson down side of mountain) and may require knee surgery shortly. We live in Missouri where I work in administration for a university. I took piano lessons as a child back in the 1950's. As an adult,I always wanted a piano but we were always moving, couldn't afford it, etc. Last summer, my husband decided that we should buy a piano. I argued that I didn't have time to play but he insisted saying that he knew that I would play. I do love my piano but the only time I manage to play is at night after everyone else is in bed (digitals with headphones are terrific for this).

I love cooking, reading and the ocean. I have a deposit on a week-long piano vacation in Feb. 07 on St. Eustatia. Piano lessons in the morning, practice time in the afternoon and the ocean all day long-sounds like heaven.

I like just about all music from classical to Green Day. I especially like Tori Amos and old torch songs. I'm trying to figure out what to practice for the recital, still haven't decided.
Posted by: JerryG

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:25 PM

Hi Seaside and Bob,

The fuel used in the decent propulsion system acted like water when it froze. It expanded. When they landed the fuel started to freeze in the fuel line because it was kept at an very low temperature and the fear was that it would burst the line and the ship would explode. I was called into a room with the real higher ups at the company and, as the expert on the decent propulsion system, whether the heat soakback from the engine would unfreeze the line. I told them we had run tests and it the line would not rupture. I actually saw a piece on this whole incident on the History Channel.

Thanks for asking
Posted by: Agilita

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:29 PM

music4me2:

>Now I have a teacher lined up for me (and my >daughter if she'll sit still long enough), so >I'm trying to find a piano.

My daughter had my youngest wiggle-worm granddaughter sit on an exercise ball rather than the piano bench. Seems that balancing on the ball gives them some focus. You might try it.
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:32 PM

 Quote:
I told them we had run tests and it the line would not rupture.
Wow, it's a good thing you were right, eh? \:\)
Posted by: Margareth

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 02:41 PM

I've really enjoyed everyone's posts. Thank you! Quite a few psychologists out here =) Well, I'm trying to become one, too. I'm currently a graduate student of psychology. I have the best husband in the world \:\) and the cutest little girl whose going to turn one soon. I'm a christian and I love Jesus
I'm 24 years old. I've always wanted to play the piano - it's been a magnet - and now I finally (2 years ago)found a very good teacher and have been practising regularily (it's not work, it's pleasure - like for almost everyone here). I started to tinkle (spelling?) on the piano at 17 though. I've been singing my whole life.
I'm one of those who live outside the US - I'm from a small country Estonia. We have our own very beautiful language.
Thank you for making this forum a good place to come! (Sometimes I escape here after reading too many bad news from the online news)
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 03:09 PM

I am 38. A mechanical engineer.

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Posted by: Deliber8

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 03:12 PM

Awesome thread! It's a treat to learn more about the folks who help me get through the slow spots in my day!

I'm 38, a quality engineer-recently-turned-plastics engineer, and rolling on a midlife crisis like a dog on a dead thing. My stretch goal is to retire from the automotive industry at the end of the year, and leap off the cliff into my second career as a free-lance writer. I've been taking some courses in writing, and have been emboldened by instructors telling me that by George, I might actually have some serious talent.

This declaration to change careers has been met with tempered support by family and friends, who have never (and I do mean never) witnessed me do anything even remotely risky in my entire life. They knew something weird was going on when I up and bought a piano, and started lessons again late last year (Kawai 506 in oak - great middle-of-the-road affordable upright).

I've been married for 16 years, and have a totally normal, wonderful 6 year old boy, an aging German Shorthair, and a house that could star in "Money Pit 2". I love good single malt scotches, great food, and colored gemstones.

Glad to be here, and very glad to have met all of you!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 04:37 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Margareth:
I'm a christian and I love Jesus
Gots to stick up for the Lord. I'm born again and a Christian, too. Jesus is my light - who teaches me to Love the world - and so this all helps and it's all great! He's my rock when the world gets too much (you know)?

In all honestly, I may have hesitated an instant to post, but my gut instinct got the best of me... and only good can come of it...blessings on ALL!

Peace. \:\)
Sharon

....stretch our souls. Risk is the means by which we do that stretching.
Posted by: karaeloko

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 05:27 PM

hey all,

I'm 26, an industrial engineer from Panama but I've been living in New Jersey for a over 2 years. I came here on a student VISA to get a master's degree and now that I'm done with my studies I'm looking for a job that will sponsor me a work visa so I can stay over here.

Besides from playing the piano, I enjoy working out, sports (especially basketball) and playing chess and I think I'm pretty good at all these things.

Not really a beginner, but neither a concert pianist or an advanced piano player. I learned how to play the piano when I was a little kid but never had any lessons, and rarely ever practiced. Then when I was a teenager I had a few lessons (like 4) that helped me with the tempo and understanding dynamics and such. So I come here to get help for technical things I didn't have a chance to learn.

I didn't play the piano for over 6 years until october '05, and now I try to play at least an hour a day. I've got quite a few good pieces/songs in my repertoire including classic music and a few popular tunes. Hope to get into Jazz one day.
Posted by: PerformingYak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 05:32 PM

I'm kind of an imposter. I'm not a beginner but love to jump into this forum coz you are all so warm and inviting.... and I find I can help sometimes:)

Born in Hawaii, lived first three years in Edinburgh, scotland where my mum is from, then moved to a city about an hour south of Sydney, Australia.I'm 23, female and currently live in the stix in northern NSW (Australia). I have played the violin since I was 8 and the piano since I was 13 (wow.. that long?! I surprised myself)

I studied five years at uni in a BMus/ BEd course and am now a music teacher/in built releif/ PE!!(I am the laziest person I know)I am in my second year of teaching and loving it.

I love dogs and own two naughty ones of my own - an Irish setter and a mongrel (dingo x alsation)

Favourite music is Summer by Vivaldi and Summertime by Gershwin.... oooh and Rustle of Spring by Sinding (I sense a theme here)

and some current news.... I am just getting back into teaching classes as I have had a week and a half off due to having all of my wisdom teeth removed... it's really hard and I almost didn't make it on time to school this morning

It's been cool learning about you all
\:\)
Posted by: zoso

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 06:48 PM

Hi everyone, glad to get a little insight on you all. My name's Steve, and I'm 45, and deliver to Mac Donalds stores. I quit palying guitar alltogether six years ago, after three years of classical lessons and another five or so noodeling on an electric. Now Im over whatever demons held me back from my love of music, and always felt the piano was way more pure. Ive been married 17 years, we have a gifted 12 year old daughter and two daughters out of the house from her privous marriage, and from them have two beautiful grandsons, 2 and 8 months. I just bought a P-90 and basically just want to get playing, not sure what direction to go yet, just want to read and play all the notes then find a good teacher who will show me classical as well as rock. whithin two years I'll probably buy a real piano, Kawai or Yamaha upright, or wife permitting a baby G.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 07:47 PM

Hi, my name is ShiroKuro and I am a piano addict.

I'm 37 (and female, in case anyone doesn't already know.)

Since 1996, I've been living in Japan, where I teach English as a second language (I'm a US citizen.) I started piano in 1999, right after I got married. Poor Mr ShiroKuro, he had no idea what he was getting himself into when he agreed to my first piano purchase! \:D I started with a Yamaha digital and a year later moved up to a Yamaha acoustic upright. My dream is to have a grand, but we need to move before that will be possible!

Most people in my family are musical and many play an instrument, so I grew up surrounded by music. I used to love singing with my mother while she played guitar. I played clarinet and guitar (classical and acoustic) in the past, but always wanted to play piano, so now it feels like I'm living out a long-cherished but never-realized dream.

Since I started playing piano here in Japan, I've always learned most piano-related stuff in Japanese. So I was very happy to find PW and this forum, and to finally have some English-speaking friends to talk-piano with. This site, and the WTF site, have been extremely helpful in my piano study, and also are just fun places to be! :3hearts:
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:16 PM

Thank you so much everyone for replying to this thread. I have learned a great deal about all of you.
you are all such wonderful people!

Oh, and by the way, just in case I forgot to mention it, I am planning on compiling all the personal data gathered here and selling it to direct mail advertisers, spammers, and cold call marketers!....I don't think any of you would mind!....would you?? :p
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:19 PM

GREAT!

I for one, love getting spam mail..... I have all the time in the world to speak to cold call marketers, too!!!!

Thanks, Super-Hunky!

Sharon \:D


BTW: Is it just me - or what happened to the width of the screen?
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:20 PM

Okay, okay, I'm an idiot, just kidding! keep the great replies coming.
Posted by: John Delmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 09:34 PM

My, how people go on about themselves!!

Oh, shut up!! I like to hear it too!!

So, me: I'm forty (not THAT old), a chemist who made some very good choices and am now learning to be a piano tech. I come from a musical family (anybody heard of the Delmore Brothers, or are you all too young?), turned down piano scholarships because I didn't want to WORK at music--funny how twenty years changes your outlook. Harrassed my parents into buying a piano when I was in the third grade. Took lessons until my junior year in college--serious classical damage. Now trying to learn lounge lizard/pop/blues/even-some-new-age-maybe.

And I don't care what they say about your pics, Mr. S-H: I think they're cute. A little hairy, maybe...
Posted by: 2-thumbs

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:03 PM

Evening all, newbie here, no better time to intro one's self I guess.
36, Stationary Engineer, Married with 2 great kids, 6 year old daughter & 3 year old boy.
Took lessons on and off as kid like many but never stuck with it long enough to learn anything. I've always been interested in learning and since my daughter has been asking the wife and I if she can take lessons, I figure I'll take another stab at it as a kind of father and daughter thing to do.
We'll wait till the fall though cause summer is spent entirely at the cottage and starting lessons this close to summer would be a waste. (It'll give me a chance to put a few bucks away for the Clavinova I like anyway)
Really enjoy this forum. You guys are all very inspirational.
Pretty much decided I'll be giving PianoMagic a try. Formal lessons with a teacher for my daughter.
Posted by: SAnnM AB-2001

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:35 PM

Joining in...... I'm 48, married for 29 years, 3 kids...actually men now....triplets who turn 25 two weeks from tomorrow on my mother's 75th birthday!! Much celebrating to do!!! One son is married, another getting married in about 6 weeks (in the Dominican!! yippee!! except I'll be without a piano for a whole week...aahh!!) and one still single. And I have a wonderful Golden Retriever who turns 11 next week...she barks to go out the moment I sit at my piano..hmmmmm

No musical genes in my family. My dad THOUGHT he could sing...does that count? I got the piano bug about 6 years ago after a visit with my sister and her then 6 and 8 year old girls who were taking lessons. My first keyboard was a Yamaha 66 keys and I now have a full-sized Roland digital. I started classical lessons about 4 years ago. Would love to have an acoustic but I'd also have to have a sound-proof room to put it in....My husband is supportive of my "habit" but I have to compete with the TV most evenings......

I work full time at a university and most of my day is spent editing print and online material and listening to music!! and wishing I had more time to practice. Our university has a music programme so I get to practice during the day, attend student recitals and take the occasional music class. Not a bad deal!!

I don't have any other hobbies but I'm thinking about oil painting.....maybe when I retire....
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:43 PM

This is really turning out to be a great thread! I KNEW there was a pretty special group of folks on this forum, but it's been eye-opening to see the variety of occupations, talents, hobbies, and life experiences. Thanks for starting this, super-hunky!

And 2-thumbs, welcome to the forum! Glad to have you on board. I bet you're going to find it very hard to wait until fall to start up, though. You know, I bet there are places that'll RENT you a keyboard for a couple of months! ;\)
Posted by: Listen2Coldplay

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/06 10:46 PM

Hello there, my name is Dave!

I am a huge fan of Coldplay. I will share this with you, since this is a music based forum. I won a contest this past summer to go backstage at Coldplay's show at the DTE Energy Theatre (formerly known as Pine Knob), get a few pieces signed by the band, get a picture taken with them, and even asked the guitarist a few questions in an interview. I had a hell of a time understanding him though! Those British accents!! So hard to undertand in speech!!

I then got to watch the show on stage. I never thought I'd win that contest. It was a logo contest. The link is actually still up as of March 14, 2006

http://www.89xradio.com/mx_coldplay.htm

They spelled my name last name wrong though. It's the breakfast food logo.

Alright, so I thought it'd be fun to learn how to play piano to learn Coldplay songs. They are my favorite band, but I think it would also be fun to simply play an instrument. It's something I've always wanted to do, but never purused. I'm in the middle of looking for a piano and will hopefully find a piano teacher who I am comfortable with in the next couple of weeks or so. I'd also like to be exposed to new music too...classical, jazz, anything that I might enjoy I'm willing to learn.

I must admit, video games have consumed way too much of my life. I have decided to give them up for Lent, and I'm also hoping that when Lent is over, I will be done playing them for good. They have been an addiction of mine for quite some time, and it is actually quite a common addiction...more so among men.it just doesn't have any of the symptoms of a typical addiction such as impairment of motor functions or of the brain.

Instead of hanging out with friends, I would be playing video games. Very anti-social I was in my h.s. years. I did have friends, but there were times when I'd pick video games over them. I have made a new friend in college though. He actually plays the drums. Maybe we can jam sometime. Heh..don't know how that would work out...piano and drums?? :rolleyes: I'm hoping to widen my hobbies, with piano being one. I used to love watching sports, but I'm not quite crazy about them as I used to be...at least not professional..too many greedy, dirty people. I'd rather be playing them.

The idea of piano came before the idea of giving up video games. I'm still afraid to totally let go and I still have the urge to play at times. I should just sell them ALL (extra money for a piano and lessons!! : ), and move on to a new chapter in my life, but I have a hard time at adjusting in life. It's partially biological I think, but I can make it I believe!

I am a freshman in college now, and have no idea what I want to do. Anything else you want to know, just ask.
Posted by: Suz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 06:48 AM

Hello, everyone. Like Hunky, I will also be turning 40 this year.

I am a biologist by day, and a freelance violist during the evenings and weekends. Somehow, my parents, who don't play music, made it through three of us learning piano and string instruments without ever once telling us to go to our rooms! We didn't start at the same time, either, so they had years of listening to the same pieces, the same squeaky out-of-tune beginning string sounds.

I started piano when I was 5 with a great teacher. I wound up teaching her granddaughter piano when I went to high school, and still hear from her. Her favorite memory of me is my kicking my little sister at a recital, who was sitting under the piano operating the pedal, because I was too short to reach it. Well, she didn't come in in the right place, lol!

I started viola in the public school program in 6th grade. It is such a big part of my life now. It makes me sad that these programs are being cut from many of the schools.

I moved from Tucson, Arizona to Indiana 17 years ago, and still miss it. I go back to visit my family every year (the traffic has become unbelievable!). I would like to go back permanently after I retire. I just hope I can afford it!

I love to read. My house is filled with books--It's amazing the second level doesn't collapse under the weight. I am a big fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, and baseball in general. I live in a 65 year-old house that needs a lot of work. It also needs a better housekeeper!I like to mess around on my folk harp. I like to cook and read books about cooking and food. I enjoy reading car magazines, when I get my hands on one. I like to play the occasional video game, and start the occasional needlework project. Sometimes, I even finish! \:\)
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 09:12 AM

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don't know how that would work out...piano and drums??
Hey Dave, all you'd need is a bass player and you'd have a jazz trio. \:D
Posted by: pianojazz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 09:51 AM

I'll jump in here too - Ive played music almost all my 57 years, started lessons as a kid, my mom made me practice every day. I hated it, she was insistent, she ultimately prevailed for that, I remain forever grateful. In college I was conflicted between majoring in music and physics; unfortunately both of which were part of the liberal arts department which also required a foreign language for graduation forget that. This was resolved when a friend informed me that engineering had no such foreign language requirement, so I majored in electrical engineering, taught music privately and giged on the weekends for spending money. During graduate school I took a year off and toured with a show band lots of fun but a little too crazy forget that too. Finished grad school, hung my degree in the wall and started playing music in local clubs that was fun but found the music business itself was not for me forget that too. Got a day job - started working as an engineer writing software and playing gigs on the weekend. Over the years Ive been fortunate enough to work with some very fine musicians. These days Im the accompanist for a girl vocal trio specializing in music from 30s, 40s & 50s if you really want to see what I look like go to www.thesatindolls.com I also have a jazz piano trio you can hear by downloading http://www.savefile.com/projects/596203 I even wrote a couple of these tunes. We recorded them in my living room, the acoustic piano is a Steinway B. It's nice to have a forum like this, a great wealth of information and some very nice people to share it with - wish I would have found this site a long time ago
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 10:01 AM

Which one are you, Linda, Eleonore, Patty, or Mike? :p Oh, and on the photos page, there's a guy called Mick. Is he Australian?
Posted by: pianojazz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 11:11 AM

Hi Bob! Which one am I?....well.... I'm not pretty enough, nor do I possess anything that resembles a good enough singing voice to be Linda, Eleonore or Patty.
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 11:18 AM

I'm just catching up in this thread. Wow- what a diverse group!

A few comments, and I'm going to put them all here in this one reply:

Mr. Super-Hunky- what a great idea! It's been fun reading about everyone, and getting to know you all a little bit! Oh, and btw, I was kissed by a llama once a few years back.... \:D

Sharon- an iguana? My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I hope your iguana has a better personality than he does!!

Amaiakuyume- what's wrong with bagpipes? I like a good piper! And I can't decide whether or not I like HIM....

Lee- A Motif ES? I'm drooling....

MonsterM&H- Heading for the "dreaded" 50? Hrmph! As Bon Jovi says: "I'm not old, just older..." And a Hemi 'Cuda- nice!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 11:43 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
Sharon- an iguana? My oldest daughter has a bearded dragon. I hope your iguana has a better personality than he does!!
Neat. Who takes care of it - probably you.
It's really my daughters iguana - raised as a pup - now my responsibility since everyone else is scared of him. We have an agreement - I let him be and he doesn't bit me. I have to hand feed him greens and bean mixture and fruit (bananas)... he lives in a big cage (habitat)... and the temperature has to be steady at 90 degree Fahrenheit. He's a big responsibility.... but he's an interesting pet. He and my dog are inseparable - except when I have to take Sonny (iggy) out for a "bathy" Twizzle (doggy) goes wild. I think he thinks the iggy is another dog.


Thanks for letting me share this.... I really like my iguana. I'm not the only one out there either - there's a whole community of iguana people - iguana society - they rescue abused iguanas... people buy them and don't know the proper care.......

We didn't choose to have him, my husand just brough home a little sack one day and in it was this little green fellow.... and he grew and he grew and he grew.... and we upgraded the tank, bigger tank... finally, moneky cage (iguana habitat).

I think a bearded dragon is much easier - though I don't know first hand... but at least they are smaller and don't take up much space. Right?

Sharon \:\)
Posted by: gilad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 12:09 PM

wow, nice to meet you all.

names gilad,i'm a young man 24, live in south africa and am a pianoholic. i'm finishing my degree in industrial/organisational psychology this year.
been learning piano for 9 months. learned for a few weeks at 9 but my teacher was the wicked witch of the west so i made up an excuse about "soccer practise" to my mom and that was the end of that.
i love watching soccer, eating nice food, and learning new things in life.
Posted by: Listen2Coldplay

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 12:48 PM

Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.



Yes, they don't look too thrilled, but they are humans too, and it was a long day for them waiting in Miami airport with the after effects of Hurrican Katrina. They had literally just gotten there, and Chris Martin actually had no shoes on when this picture was being taken. I think actually no socks on either. Although, I was so nervous and in awe, my memory is fuzzy of the exact details. I'm the one with the blue shirt on in the front.



Here is Jonny Buckland. He was very nice, but like I said..those accents are difficult to understand!!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 01:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Listen2Coldplay:
Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.
Very cool!
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 01:21 PM

Sharon-

Actually, Jill is one of the two who have moved out of the house, so the beardie lives with them. We do get to "babysit" when they go on vacation, tho! First time they left him with us, I guess her boyfriend was a wreck- wanted to call every day to check on him!! LOL

Beardies are desert lizards, so his habitat is a bit different- big fish tank with sand and rocks. But he's around 3 feet now, so he's a decent size. He eats motstly greens and meal worms- used to love crickets, but the exoskeleton doesn't agree with his digestive system, so he can't have those anymore. I don't think I'd hand feed Mitch- he would just as soon eat your fingers as his own food! Jill has been bitten; I never have. Tho he and I "bonded" last time he stayed here. His heat lamp got unplugged (probably a cat!) and when I noticed him getting lethargic, I got it plugged back in, but till his tank warmed up, I took him out and let him sit on me. He "cuddled" (as much as a lizard can!!! LOL)- I'm sure it was the body heat.... He's a different pet, that's for sure!
Posted by: LasVegasPlayer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 01:22 PM

Just discovered this great thread, hope it's not too late to chime in...
I'm 39 years old, live in Las Vegas but I was born and raised in Germany and lived there for 23 years before moving here. I'm a Police Detective here in town. I have a 3 year old daughter and a husband. Hobbies are Piano, Reading, Cross Stitching.
I started playing Piano 3 months ago and have a teacher. I guess I do well, it's hard to compare yourself to others. Teacher says I sight read very well, so that's good I guess.
Thanks for reading.
Petra
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 01:25 PM

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Originally posted by Listen2Coldplay:
Okay, I thought I'd share these with you all.
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Nice pictures! Isn't it great when you get those kind of opportunities? And I've never run into anybody who hasn't been very nice- but then again, I suppose they know it is to their advantage to be nice to their fans! \:\)
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 06:43 PM

Listen2coldplay:

Very kewl pics! I really like their music and have just recently become a big fan after watching their PBS special on tv a few weeks ago.

Their music is kind of similar to tears for fears which I also like.
Posted by: LeadFingers

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 09:29 PM

JeeeZ:

I'm gone for a few days, trying to keep Mrs Fingers out of the hospital, and now I'm four pages behind.

This thread is so ironic, I decided earlier today to PM a few people.

Mr Super Hunky...I knew from your posts you were an injured athlete...till today didn't know which sport

Monica...Knew you were into psych...Didn't know what capacity

Steve, 45, recovering alcoholic (2 1/2 years).
3 years ago, held my soulmate while she died,(heart attack) crawled into the bottle & pain pills for a week, decided I either had to get on with living or get on with dying. So my life really started 3 years ago.
Mary (Mrs Fingers) came into my life 2 1/2 years ago, for the past year an a half she has been disabled. So life is never dull!

In my early 20s (Navy) I visited Mexico, Brazil, Australia, England, Japan, Italy, Israel, Barbados, Philippines, and Diego-Garcia.
Lived in Florida for a year, Hawaii for a year an a half, Florida a year, california year an a half.

I am an Electrician & Certified Welder. Build computers for fun. Own more woodworking tools than Noah. Rebuilt my first piano.Had it for 3 years but worked on it more than played it. Am in the process of rebuilding my 2nd piano. (6'10" Story & Clark) Got it 2 weeks ago, can't wait to get it tuned an then regulate it!!!

Told Mrs Fingers The only SMALL dog we would get would be a Minature Rottweiller, (thought that was a safe statement) she came home with a minature Pincer an said "isn,t this the same"? \:D
Her 18 yr old son lives with us (he makes his own rap) I HATE RAP MUSIC!!!
I guess God is teaching me a lesson in patience, tolerance, and Humility.

It's really cool knowing more about all of you

I got to go, Mrs Fingers has cabin fever bad.
she just informed me, if I don't get her out of the house in the next 15 min, I will have a 7' pile of black kindling in the living room!

LeadFingers.....Steve
Posted by: cathys

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 10:29 PM

Gosh - I know the feeling LeadFingers, go off for a bit and have to do major catch up. Well here goes, I'm 45 and like many others a pianoholic.
I grew up in California but have since moved to Colorado - Denver metro area (since 91). I now call that home. I have 3 boys, 23, 11 & 9. The oldest took a little piano but it wasn't for him, the two youngest are currently taking lessons.
Piano has overwhelmed my other outdoor interests bicycling, skiing and golf, although they still survive as a side line.
I work for a telecom company but did I say my passion is music and since coming back to piano I have started to put my foot in the water of teaching and currently have 3 students I work with in the evenings. I also have started to work with the children's choir at my church, (did I say music has definitely become a passion for me) and I have been exploring other study and music opportunites to broaden my teaching. Oh yeah it definitely has taken over any time I spent on other things.

Cathy
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/15/06 11:47 PM

What a delight reading the collection of posts from members. Well done, Hunky!!

My first name is Theresa but I go by Terry. I never understood why my mother gave me such a formal name and then always called me Terry. I dont believe she ever knew herself; guess it just happened!

I will be 53 in June (also my middle name!) and happily married for almost 33 years. We have 3 daughters; one (27) who still resides with us; one (25) who is engaged and working on a masters degree in biotech and lives nearby. Our eldest daughter, a surgical nurse (30) & her husband, uprooted themselves from MA seven years ago right after they were married and settled in a quaint, little town in southwest CO.

My introduction to the piano was through my maternal Italian (Sicilian) grandparents. I can recall my grandmother teaching me how to read the music; doe, rei, me!! My grandfather played the violin, piano, guitar, mandolin and my grandmother sang and played the piano. There was always live entertainment when we visited my grandparents on Sunday afternoons.

I was probably around 7/8 years old when my mother found a piano teacher for me. I remember telling my mother when she picked me up after my lesson that Mrs. Shannon had fallen asleep once again while I was playing!


After a couple of years I started lessons with an older male teacher. He was tough but I believe he provided me with a good background and technique for learning/playing classical music. After a few years I couldnt handle his strictness and finished with him by the time I was 15.

I always felt I missed out in my youth by not associating myself with others who played the piano or any kind of instrument.

My Mom was my sole support especially in my younger days for staying with my lessons and practicing.

Playing the piano for my own personal enjoyment continued after I married. The first year of marriage my husband purchased a very old small grand for me. I enjoyed what it offered for almost 30 years. I started learning ragtime and loved it.

Later when my Mom retired and became active with a singing group on the Cape I started playing more of the tunes from her era. When I would go to visit her, she would have the music sitting on the spinet waiting for me to play so she could sing along.


I spent a fair amount of time grieving over the loss of my Mom when she passed away quickly from pancreatic cancer at the end of 2003. My father passed away only a few weeks afterwards.

It wasnt until I found PW that for the first time in my life, I encountered a wonderful group of friends who played the piano. Each member whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and befriending over the last few years has been a treasured gift and has helped me to stay focused with my continued goals at the piano; which is something my Mom would be very pleased to know.

Oh and when Im not at my office job or learning a new classical piece of muisc at the piano I can sometimes be found sitting at my sewing machine either working on a quilting project or making drapes for myself, family or friends.

We also have 3 stray cats who have shown up in our neighborhood over the last few years and have found their way into our house and I guess our hearts! My dh told me 33 years ago that he disliked cats and would never want one in our house.

Some things do change with time!
Posted by: ChatNoir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 01:17 AM

Not a beginner, but by no means an accomplished pianist, I'll sneak into your forum and present myself. I was born in Norway, on a little island off the west coast. Started piano at 11 under my mother's wings, practicing on our old, birdcage-action Brdr. Hals upright, but rebelled after a couple of weeks and would not follow instructions. And haven't since. Left home at 13 to attend junior high, and practicing became rather sporadic. Entered the workforce at 20 after completion of senior high school and military service,and practice became even more sporadic. Working in the hotel business meant late nights and long days, and looking back on those days, I wonder how I learned to play at all. I also loved travelling, and so far, I have visited 63 countries. And still time to play. Bought my first decent piano, a Yamaha U1 at 26, but I had to keep it at my parent's home since I lived in small quarters when working at the hotel in a town near by. Completed Hotel Management School at 27, and emigrated to California at the age of 28. The Yamaha came with me. It turned out to be well seasoned for the new destination. A new life started, my own house, time to play, it was heaven. No money, as you people in the service business can attest to, but who needs money when one is young and stupid. I got a job at the Beverly Hills Hotel, mingling with the stars and enjoying every moment. And in my spare time I did translation jobs for Berlitz. (I speak 6 languages, often at the same time!) After 8 years in BH, I got the idea to go into the private business, become a butler and work for the rich and famous. The first job took me to Paris and Ibiza for months and months, and in Paris, there was no piano. I forgot my Frhlingsrauschen after one year. But I got to play the lullaby from Rosemary's Baby for Roman Polanski when he came by for dinner. And I have fond memories of early morning breakfast in the kitchen with Ursula Andress. So it wasn't all that bad.
After three years as a nomad, I changed jobs, and after a horrible 14 months in Malibu, I ended up as the Major Domo for one of America's icons. (And I'm still there.) My life has settled down, and I am now very happy in company with my mate "The Management" and an ornery cat. The Yamaha was exchanged for a 5'8" Knabe in 1991, and last year I parted with it to get room for my 5'6" Estonia. My playing has not improved a lot over the years, but 6 professional lessons fifteen years ago tought me a few new tricks. And although Carnegie Hall may wait, I still enjoy playing the piano more than anything else. And that's what counts, isn't it?
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 06:20 AM

My name is Sharon. I'm in my 50s (not saying how far in!) and I live and work in a quiet little resort town. Took piano lessons for about 4 years when I was in high school and then (for many different reasons) didn't play for some 30 odd years. I got a Yammie upright as a gift a couple years ago and started taking lessons again.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 10:04 AM

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Originally posted by s54mo827:
..... I have all the time in the world to speak to cold call marketers, too!!!!

Thanks, Super-Hunky!

[/b]
I usually ask them if they can hold for a minute and then set the phone down and continue on...it's amazing how long they'll hold

Try it...it's fun
Posted by: pianoga

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 10:20 AM

Great posts, thanks again to S-H!

I am a yoga and meditation teacher and occasionnaly therapist, and run a training course for Doulas with my wife (who's an expert at that if somebody needs advice! \:D see pianoga\'s website ).

I've got 2 FAB kids aged 4 and 6, and an even "FABBER" wife. I also know where my nearest Lama park is! \:D

I took some piano lessons as a teenager, but it never got me anywhere. I had to play music I didn't like, and most of all never understood anything about what I was doing. I was just taught to practise scales, Hanon, and play classical pieces of a difficulty level between beginner's first steps and novice beginner. I once played a Gymnopedie from Satie at a recital, but nobody in the audience could tell what it was...

Although I have always liked the piano, I'd never had fun learning to play. I'm now learning to play by ear with my teacher Michael Anderson (PM) and a lot of assistant teachers! \:\) . I'm having so much fun I sometimes forget to play!
Posted by: sk99

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 12:15 PM

HI! Ive enjoyed reading everyones posts! I am 36 yrs old and in the legal field. I am married to hubby with 2 adorable kids (6 and 4), lived in Hawaii (10yrs) then moved to Northern CA (23 yrs) and now live in San Diego since 2003.

I look pianos lessons from 5yrs old thru 10yrs old with an evil teacher (She was this tiny women but mean and strict; I was very scared of her!), then quit, played the violin for 2.5 yrs. in middle school. Started taking piano lessons again last July after 25yrs and love it.

Things I love and appreciate: being near the ocean, reading, piano (of course), and classical music.

I really appreciate this forum and visit here whenever I can. There are such wonderful people here who are so encouraging and friendly!
Posted by: Leo M

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 12:35 PM

Hello all:

I just turned 37 in January. I spend much of my time running my business which sells many type of wire products (baskets, christmas wreath frames, ceiling wire, baling wire) and fencing in the Portland, Oregon area. My wife and I have no children at this point.

I began playing piano last year on a part time basis, and have moved up to playing nearly every day. I have never had any formal training, as my younger brother got the piano lessons when we were kids. My dad always thought my hands were too big to play piano (I guess the perfect hands are long and slender fingers). Well my hands are still gigantic and I do have to adjust how I play, but I personally think I do great and I love how my music sounds and that is honestly the only thing that counts.

I never really considered myself much of an artist, so that's why I chose to become an engineer and have been in the high tech fields for most of my life. But the piano has opened a new door for me that is hard to explain to other people. It is the first thing I have found outside of electronics that has allowed a "different" form of expression for me, and it has really added beauty to my life. I've never experienced anything like it. And now I also regret not trying on my own to play sooner.

I just purchased an acoustic piano to replace my Yamaha PF500 that I have outgrown. I enjoy computers, electronics and just anything that is high-tech gadgetry. I'm also thinking about submitting a piece to the upcoming Recital if I can figure out how to record from my new acoustic.

Oh almost forgot, my wife and I have 2 cats. Pesto and Sabrina \:\)
Posted by: Balladeer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 12:56 PM

Hey, Leo -

Check out the hands of Rachmaninoff and Liszt ... I think they did OK! ;\)

Balladeer
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 01:39 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoga:
I'm having so much fun I sometimes forget to play!
piano -

I think a lot of us "cyber addicts" are in the same boat. Sometimes the lure of the "chat" of it all makes us loose site the clock.

If we can spend 1/2 less on the sites and use that half hour for practice/fun.... we will be mentally healthier for it and have something to show for our efforts - and ahead of the game.

(I'm trying to drum that advice into my own thick skull, so you're not alone on this) :rolleyes:

Fun = will be done
Fun = will be done
Fun = I want to do it!


BTW: fond memories the Gymnopedie (how ya pronounce it?)

Peace.
Sharon \:D
Posted by: pianoga

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 02:12 PM

Sharon:
Gym-no-pay-dee

Totally agree, we'd all be such good pianists if we didn't waste our time on these forums!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 03:35 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoga:
[QB] Sharon:
Gym-no-pay-dee
Got it! ;\)

Pieter,

BtW: what the heck am I doing back here again (slow day at the office, actually).

I think everything can be done - we just have to budget our time to do everything we want to do.

Moderation is the key.

I don't know if I'd be a better pianinst if I practiced more (probably would - songs would flow a lot easier - less thinking), but I do know that it would make me happy scratching that off my can do list each day. That in turn would give me a better (happier) day overall.

It's deep. Sometimes you have to step back and stop over-analyzing it all. Just do it! But have fun! Sit at the keyboard and do a few grand arpeggios runs.... and before you know it you're a few songs into your can play list.

Any good news on your keyboard?

Sharon \:\)
Posted by: yellowville

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 05:31 PM

A little late to this thread, sorry!

I'm 37, a freelance writer (the benefits are no good, btw!) and owner of a little fiber arts business. I'm married to a recording geek and have two sons, one who plays the violin and one who has just started the piano.

Even though I'd wanted to play the piano forever, I thought I needed to concentrate on my writing. When I was 35, the writing wasn't going so well even *without* the distraction of a time-consuming hobby, so I thought, What the heck. It's been more satisfying and fun than I ever imagined it could be. Recently I stopped my classical lessons to see how I'd fare on my own. I also just ordered Sudnow, and am eagerly awaiting my transformation into hapless cocktail pianist.
Posted by: 2-thumbs

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 09:58 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
This is really turning out to be a great thread! I KNEW there was a pretty special group of folks on this forum, but it's been eye-opening to see the variety of occupations, talents, hobbies, and life experiences. Thanks for starting this, super-hunky!

And 2-thumbs, welcome to the forum! Glad to have you on board. I bet you're going to find it very hard to wait until fall to start up, though. You know, I bet there are places
that'll RENT you a keyboard for a couple of months! ;\) [/b]
Thanks Monica.
Actually, my wife thinks I'm insane. "How can anyone who doesn't play or even own a piano spend so much time reading about pianos and piano playing?"
I don't have an answer for her, I'm just totally phsyched and can't wait for the fall.
Both my kids will be in school full time this year and as a shift worker I'll have lots of weekdays off to plunk at the keyboard and shoot the breeze with you guys on Piano World. ;\)
Unfortunately, 500 miles straight north of Toronto Ontario, you ain't rentin' a piano \:\(
I guess I'll just have to keep playing vicariously through you people until then.
I really enjoy the "recital" stuff where I can hear you guys play and read about peoples level of experience, their learning method and the instruments they play on.
Keep that stuff coming.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/06 11:07 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by 2-thumbs:
[QUOTE]
Unfortunately, 500 miles straight north of Toronto Ontario, you ain't rentin' a piano :[/b]
Hmmm...I'm not giving up that easily. What if you found a LOCAL place that could rent you a keyboard, not a digital piano, but one of those light little keyboards that you could actually stick in your car and move around? There are good keyboards out there with weighted keys that would allow you to get at least somewhat of a head start.

But, if that doesn't prove practical, just think of how much anticipation will have built up by the time fall is here and you can finally get your piano!
Posted by: sleepingcats

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/06 02:29 AM

I just turned 46, married to a wonderful husband for 5.5 years, who taught me about fishing and cars (muscle cars, old Studebakers, race cars, taking me to various hot rod shows, etc). Hey, would he go with me to a piano convention or symphony? No way!

3 stepkids and 2 stepgrandkids, but none living with us.

4 cats and 1 dog. (I'm the cat person, my husband is the dog person). Other interests include photography and sewing.

I was born in Japan, grew up in Hawaii, lived in GA for 3 years, then moved to Oregon in 1995. Worked as an X-ray and MRI Technologist but "retired" 3 years ago to enjoy life more.

We currently live on the Willamette River in the Portland area, but moving in a few months a few miles into the country with more elbow room and cheaper mortgage!!

Tooks lessons for 3.5 years while in high school, then started up again just over 2 years ago with a teacher, but have had to take some breaks due to various life events such neck and shoulder pain, a couple of short bouts with depression, and other distractions that take over one's life!!

I haven't posted or practiced piano in a while because I've had too much going on with my Mom's surgery and recovery, but things are getting better and hope to play soon - my piano was just tuned today so it sounds beautiful!!

I mostly like classical and new age.
Posted by: pianoga

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/06 05:14 AM

Sharon:
Don't have my piano yet, had some good news yesterday (from Dave at GEM US, he posts around sometimes!). My piano is in the most capable hands and will be back with me shortly. Because it is so new (ie just about not available yet anywhere outside Italy) it's taking a little bit of time but it won't be long!
The positive side is that this gives me plenty of time to work on my can and can't play lists. As soon as I have my piano I will start rolling my arps and pounding my boom chucks with all the impact of a Fazioli grand!
 Quote:
It's deep
So true, but that's why we are PO!! \:\)
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/06 08:08 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoga:
Fazioli grand!
Now that's a PIANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good to hear good things, Pieter. \:D

Sharon \:\)
Posted by: John Citron

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/06 12:21 PM

Well it's my turn on the podium. I'm 44 going on 45. I may as well say I'm 45 because my birthday is in a month and a smidge. I'm happily single, although I almost got married twice in my life I backed out once and so did the wife-not-to-be another time. I've grown up in the lower Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts my whole life, living in Haverhill twice, Merrimac, and Andover in between.

Anyway. I started my love affair with music when I was a kid. I could never participate in sports because I was born with a clubbed foot that kept me from running quickly. Therefore, my skills were focused on the arts and sciences. My uncles studied piano, and when I would visit them at my grandmother's house, they would be playing the piano. Instead of me going off to play with my two cousins, I'd hang out with my older uncles watching them play the piano and absorbing what they were doing.

In 1966, my grandparents moved and gave us the old Wurlizter spinet. My dad showed me the lines and spaces, and a year later I started offical lessons. I studied straight through high school, and thought of going into music, but due to circumstances and beaten down self esteem, I ended up in electronics and computers instead. Over the years, I've studied off and on so I didn't lose my skills completely. The music was too much part of me to die off completely.

The electronics industry proved to be profitable, and I worked as a hardware technician and got a trip to Taiwan out of it. After that job ended, I worked as a typesetter for my family. When the family business went sour during the early 1990s, I worked at night as a computer operator and remained in computer operations since.

Right now I work for Latran Technologies. ( www.latran.com ) This is the former Graphics Imaging Division of Polaroid or Polaroid Graphics Imaging (PGI). The company is going through tough times due to changes in the printing industry and I've been given many jobs to do in addition to Information Technology. I can say that this keeps me pretty busy during the day jumping from Customer Service Representative to Network Adminstrator back to Shipping Clerk.

Anyway, nothing has been a complete bed of roses either. During these years, I ended up with a mild stroke in 2002. This didn't paralyze me, but left the right side of my face premanently numb (feels like a novacane). During this time I couldn't play cross-handed as in putting the left hand over the right or vice versa for example. Things have gotten better since then, but it took along time.

To add insult to injury, I had the wits scared out of me. During and ultrasound for the stroke, they discovered a cyst on my thyroid. This was only 3mm (or pea sized, but it hurt when pressed). No big deal they said, just get it checked. Well... When getting it checked, they discovered that the cyst was actually 3.8 cm in size (the size of a grape). I had more tests that showed pre-cancerous cells, and in May 2003, they removed the left side of my thyroid with little effects afterwards.

Recently, after many other problems, such as muscle weakness, tremors and spasms, I've been diagnosed with early onset PD. This came about while checking me for the side-effects of Lipitor, which caused some enzyme levels to change. The initial diagnosis was bilateral focal dystonia, but that was changed recently to PD after a trial of some Sinemet reduced the symptoms nearly 90% There maybe a link between the Lipitor and the PD, but the government and drug industry refuses to admit it.

Anyway, I've learned to stay positive through this with many thanks to the forum members here. They have all kept up my enthusiasm for my first love of music and pianos.

John
Posted by: pianoga

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/06 03:45 PM

That's enough for a lifetime John! You sound very positive indeed for someone who has been through so much... good on you, I hope things will settle in the future and will allow you to enjoy life and your music even more!

I'm feeling a bit ashamed as I just realised I'm probably the only one who got away posting here without mentionning who many years he's already served on this planet! So to put me on an even footing with you lot, I've done 38 so far! \:D
Posted by: cathys

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 09:28 AM

sleeping cats - wonderful to see you back around!! Glad to hear things are getting better, there's nothing like a newly tuned piano to call you back to playing \:\)

CathyS
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 09:51 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by cathys:
sleeping cats - wonderful to see you back around!! Glad to hear things are getting better, there's nothing like a newly tuned piano to call you back to playing \:\)

CathyS [/b]
yes, I thought the same when I saw sleeping cats post. Nice to see you, SC!! ;\) I'll never forget the transformation of your pool room to piano room. You should post those pics again sometime! (that was[/b] you, right??)


Pleasure to see you too, cathys!! Nice to know you are enjoying a variety of musical moments!
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 11:38 AM

This was a good post idea Mr.S-H. I've enjoyed reading the responses and learning more about the posters. I don't post very much because I don't have alot of time, but I love to read the threads and I'll take the oppurtnunity now to throw mine in.

Ok, can someone pass the mic? Ahhhumm... testing 1,2,3.

Alright, I'm 20 years old and live in the North Eastern United States in New Hampshire. I'm only a couple of miles away from the Atlantic from where you can often smell the salty ocean air on summer nights.

During the day, I work full time for a security company down in Massachusetts where I apprenticed for 6 months and have been working for the past 4 years, I've been doing electrical and mechanical engineering work. I love the work, and it has turned into an obvious career. I love what I do, but it also pays the bills, and allows me to stay out of debt while going to school. My big plan is to purchase my first home in 2-3 years.

At nights, I commute up to a school from where I'm working on a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UNH. I've almost completed enough of the program to claim an Associate degree in the field, but I will complete the bachelors in about another 3 more years.

If you haven't gathered, I'm a big geek and a major perfectionist. I taught myself to type when I was 9 and since then have had a love affair with computers and anything technical. It's ok, I've learned to embrace my techno lust and geek status. I particularly love graphic design and programming.

My family and I are very religious and for related reasons I was homeschooled through a "mail-in" remote school since the 3rd grade. About that time my mother bought me a basic "learn to read music" book to satisfy my remote school's music requirements. From that book, I taught myself to read music at about 8 yo and toyed around on a old 46key keyboard for about a year. I started taking lessons from a family friend from my church when I was 9, and I didn't take it seriously for the first 3 years, but I did take lessons for about 7 years. After that, I've been self-taught and awfully busy, but I take almost every spare moment of rec time to sit down and play. I get maybe 3 to 4 hours of practice in a week during school, and 12-15 in during non busy or school breaks. I want to take lessons again as soon as I earn my degree and get a little more time.

Alright, enough about me. Someone else talk about me... just kidding ;\)
Posted by: John Citron

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 11:41 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by pianoga:
That's enough for a lifetime John! You sound very positive indeed for someone who has been through so much... good on you, I hope things will settle in the future and will allow you to enjoy life and your music even more!

I'm feeling a bit ashamed as I just realised I'm probably the only one who got away posting here without mentionning who many years he's already served on this planet! So to put me on an even footing with you lot, I've done 38 so far! \:D [/b]
Hopefully I won't have anymore to deal with. Staying positive is the best thing for anyone. There's the ups and downs, but staying focused on the things we love really helps.

I'll tell you what. We'll wait until you catch up to us.

John
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 12:06 PM

 Quote:
Originally said by Leo M, page 4: I never really considered myself much of an artist, so that's why I chose to become an engineer and have been in the high tech fields for most of my life. But the piano has opened a new door for me that is hard to explain to other people. It is the first thing I have found outside of electronics that has allowed a "different" form of expression for me, and it has really added beauty to my life. I've never experienced anything like it. And now I also regret not trying on my own to play sooner.
I can understand exactly what you mean. When I started playing the piano, my teacher told me I was too precise about timing and too mechanical. It took me a little while, but I learned to play expressively, and the results were dramatic!

I think there are definitely people who have an engineer's mind and find it hard to switch their minds from technical to artistic. The piano is a great way to teach that to such people.

Now, your going to tell me I sound like Wilson from the old TV show Home Improvement, but....

I think it was the anthropologist Loren Eiseley that believed looking at the sciences with a cold mechanical view is worthless. He stated we need to look at science with a admiration and amazement--a wow factor essential to be a good scientist or engineer or whatever have you. The only way to do this is learn to embrace an artistic and emotional side. Music is one great way to accomplish that!
Posted by: pianoga

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 02:28 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by John Citron:

I'll tell you what. We'll wait until you catch up to us.

John [/QB]
I'm afraid that's not gonna work John, you'll be in for a long wait. I'm waiting for the likes of Andrew at 20 to catch up with me, I'm going nowhere unti then! \:D
Posted by: Roger Ransom

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 08:26 PM

At 63 years old it seems like I'm one of the oldest people here but for some reason I never feel old.

I took classical piano lessons for a few years from about 10 years old on an old upright I had in my bedroom, it was in my bedroom because one weekend I painted it pink and my Mom would not let it remain in the living room any more. I actually don't remember why I did but it was not a popular decision. I quit after a few years.

I spent 5 years in the Navy on a Destroyer and actually met my wife while on liberty in New York at the Worlds Fair (a long story).

When I got out I went to work for IBM in New Jersey as a Customer Engineer eventually ending up in Michigan where we still live. While still in New Jersey we bought a Yamaha G7 and have had it ever since. It got played a lot but not by me. My wife and kids played it.

In the early 90's I got 'Downsized' by IBM and started a little network support company to support K12 schools but decided I did not like running a company, even a tiny one. My son took it over and is doing well at it. I took a job as a Tech Director at a small local school district where I still am. Maybe the fact that I'm around kids all day keeps me feeling young. They're great.

About 4 or 5 years ago I decided to try to make the Yamaha work for me again and I started playing again. Someone introduced me to chords and that's what I mostly play. I still dig out the old classics I used to play and try a new one now and then but mostly I play for fun with Fake books.

Thinking of retiring in a couple years but I'm having fun most of time at work so I'm not sure yet.
Posted by: lynn510

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 08:43 PM

Hi, everyone,

This seems like a good place for my first post. I've been staying up late reading your posts for several nights now and.....wow, what a great place!

I started taking piano lessons at age 39. That was 4.5 years ago and life hasn't been the same since. It's the first thing I want to do in the morning and the last thing I want to do before I go to bed. None of my friends play or share the same enthusiasm for learning about music, so this forum is great.

Can anyone tell me...when do you stop feeling like a beginner. "Clair de Lune" was my recital piece last year and was good enough to bring tears to a man's eyes, yet I still feel like a novice.....especially when shopping for a new piano, but that's for another topic.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 09:25 PM

I'm 53, not an adult beginner, but I like it here anyway. I work in two hospitals as a cytotechnologist, which is a person trained to prescreen microscopic preparations for a pathologist for malignant cells. I've been doing that for 25 years. Before that I taught school.

I'm been happily married for the past 22 years and have a 21 years old daughter.

I began taking piano lessons at five after a friend of my mother's persuaded her that I needed lessons. I'd been caught picking out tunes on her piano. I studied with one indifferent, one terrible, and one excellent teacher until I was 17. After that, from simple lack of access, the piano slipped out of my life. During that time I learned to play the bagpipes. That in turn slipped out of my life due to lack of a place to practice after a move, and worsening asthma. A few years ago my mother finally turned loose of my childhood piano in the hopes that my daughter would take lessons. She didn't but I went back to it with a vengance. I'm now practicing about three hours a day and occassionally wishing I could turn back the clock. My favorite composers are Chopin and Bach. Last year I bought an 1887 Mathushek square grand.

My other hobbies are reading and writing, sometimes gardening, and antique photography, they are all running very poor seconds to the piano. I sometimes sell stereoviews on ebay under the name of "Tinker."

I currently have four cats, three dogs, a ferret and a parrot.
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 09:41 PM

Hello and Welcome to the forums Lynn!

Yes, PWF's are a great place especially to keep your knowledge and interest in piano alive. You've obviously begun your inevitable addiction to the forums. \:D . The first step is always sacrificing sleep. Watch though, it may lead to increased practicing too...

I don't know when you stop feeling like a beginner. I've been playing for 10 years and I still feel like one (and sound like it too), so you're not alone.

If you were referring to not knowing what to play while shopping for a new piano, that's a topic that was brought up somewhat recently. You might be interested to read it in this thread. Fun Song Suggestions
Posted by: John Citron

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 10:35 PM

Frycek,

What kind of parrot do you have? I have a Hahn's Macaw and an Amazon. This is Barney and Julia my two feathered children. Barney talks and sings and Julia talks and whistles when she feels like it. They are around 14 and 20 years old.

I also have a bunch of cats and a dog named Boone.

John
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 10:51 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by lynn510:

Can anyone tell me...when do you stop feeling like a beginner. [/b]
When you are qualified to go to an international piano competition. You are really not alone here. \:\)

Welcome on board!
Posted by: Octavia

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 10:52 PM

Hope it's not to late to jump in here. I'm 52 years old, married and the mom of two teenage girls, ages 17 and 14. I work at an executive search firm doing research. I have lived my entire life in California. I had piano lessons from ages 6 to 14. After a few false starts as an adult I started taking lessons again in May of 2003. I lost a lot of time there in-between (like 35 years!) I really have no hobbies other than piano, including PW. There's no time for anything else with the kids, housework & job!

Octavia
Posted by: John Citron

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 10:59 PM

Lynn510..."Can anyone tell me...when do you stop feeling like a beginner. "Clair de Lune" was my recital piece last year and was good enough to bring tears to a man's eyes, yet I still feel like a novice.....especially when shopping for a new piano, but that's for another topic." [/b]

Lynn,

You never stop feeling like a beginner when it comes to music. There's so much to learn and so little time to do it in. I've been studying music officially since I was 8 years old, and I haven't stopped learning since.

John
Posted by: tk

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/18/06 11:29 PM

I am very, very late to this one! Actually, I haven't been around here at all in quite a while. What a nice idea, mr super-hunky!

It's probably been two months since I have posted anything at all on this forum, and that's primarily because work has kept me very busy. The only reason I am posting now is because I am at my husband's art studio and semi-gallery because we have a show tonight, but it has been pretty slow (probably because it's been raining all night!). Anyway, I work full-time as an assistant professor and career development counselor at a college here in "sunny" Southern California. I usually teach one class per semester, meet with students on an individual basis, and do too much work on the too many committees I am on. I spend quite a bit of time in my car commuting to and from work, though, by Los Angeles standards, it's really not that bad (40-60 minutes going to work, 60+ going home if before 7:00 pm, but only 30 if going home after 7:00!) In addition to my full-time job, I have a part-time position at another college, which is very close to home!

I'll be 33 in June. My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years. We have a dog (husky mix) named Kimi, who is rambunctious and adorable. As a kid, I moved around quite a bit, as my father worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, and we always had to live near some sort of military base. I've mostly lived in different parts of California, but also lived in Madison, Wisconsin and Stuttgart, Germany.

I took piano lessons off and on over a period of about 8-9 years, and started again after a 13-year hiatus almost 2 years ago. It has been great to have piano in my life again!

As far as hobbies, mostly I spend time running errands, doing housework, and taking the dog on long walks/jogs. After getting home from work, I am too tired to think, so I find myself vegging out in front of the TV. As a result, I have gotten hooked on the shows "Lost," "The Amazing Race," and "Project Runway" (which just ended). I do love to read, but haven't done much lately. Also, I am fortunate enough to have all of my immediate family members close by, so my husband and I do spend quite a bit of time with them.

It is starting to pick up a bit, so this is it for me for now--I have to go be at least a little social! Ugh! ;\)
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/19/06 12:30 AM

John, I have a double yellow headed Amazon named Sweetpea, who is, I think female. She knew about five phrases when I got her but hasn't learned anything since. She does imitate sounds. I've had her 14 years and I think she's about 18. She lives in a macaw cage in our dining room and on the (enclosed) front porch during the warm months. William can't stand her, and to parapharase Elmer Fudd, goes around singing "Kill the parrot! Kill the parrot!" I'm the only person she likes.
Posted by: KetchupandJam

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/19/06 10:05 AM

I just turned 50 and have been taking lessons for 3 years.

All I knew before taking lessons was that pianos were heavy. The only thing I ever wondered about was, why are some keys black and some white? In fact, I bet I've thought more about what a chair would look like if our knees bent the other way? Basically, I never thought I'd play the piano nor did I have any intentions or aspirations to.

As fate would have it, my wife bid on music lessons in a fund raising silent auction. (She was the only one to bid). She tried to sell them but on the weekend before they expired, she said I should go. She said, they were already paid for and reminded me that a few years prior, I had learned 'Joy to the World' on this little credit card sized toy piano. I reminder her that the toy had 8 buttons and I had learned the 1st 8 notes.

Well now I'm hooked on piano and ignore my wife. Sometimes she comes over to the piano to see how I'm doing and bring me things. Last week she brought me a gallon on paint and a brush. She was talking about the bathroom, but it was hard to hear her through the headphones... At times, both kids are happy with me playing. I don't bug them to do things and they leave me alone.

I used to golf and garden a lot more and will get back to them one day. I am waiting for either the novelty of piano to were off or I get 'retired' (let go) from my computer related job of 28 years.

I don't regret not taking to the piano sooner. I regret picking such a stupid name for this forum. You see on the day I was registering for this forum I was wondering around the house looking for ideas. When I passed thought the kitchen I saw the kids had not cleaned up from lunch. I looked at the ketchup and jam and thought, it is sort of like my piano career, if I keep it up, maybe, one day, I will 'catch and jam' with others...
(I just wish people would put things away around here. Yesterday I hurt my toe on a full gallon of paint. It was right in the middle of the bathroom floor)!
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/19/06 10:49 AM

ok K&J, you certainly have a great sense of humor. You had me laughing out loud. \:\)

You can get your forum name changed. Just email Frank and ask him to change your "Publicly Displayed Name".
Posted by: John Citron

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/19/06 11:42 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Frycek:
John, I have a double yellow headed Amazon named Sweetpea, who is, I think female. She knew about five phrases when I got her but hasn't learned anything since. She does imitate sounds. I've had her 14 years and I think she's about 18. She lives in a macaw cage in our dining room and on the (enclosed) front porch during the warm months. William can't stand her, and to parapharase Elmer Fudd, goes around singing "Kill the parrot! Kill the parrot!" I'm the only person she likes. [/b]
Julia and Barney live in our dining room too. After we got Barney, she moved in with him, and is now shacked up with him in his Macaw cage. Talk about the odd couple. She's as big as he is small. She was once bonded with a red headed concure, but he died about 8 years ago.

She knows quite a bit, but hardly says anything. We used to get a long too. She would sit with me for hours at a time, but one day she bit my ear and now won't climb on me at all. She actually flashes her eye pupils at me when I walk in the room.

Barney is a clown and will also sit for hours, but he gets itchy and starts climbing all over the place. His biggest joy is to climb into the kitchen food cabinet and talk. I think he likes the echo. He also sings off key, which is really funny.

John
Posted by: Randy V.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 06:32 AM

Introductions? Oh, my....

I'll be 54 on 08/02. Live in Vinton, VA, a small town in the southwest part of the state. Engaged three times, married twice, divorced once. Today (03/20) is mine and Lisa's 24th anniversary. She's my best friend in the world. Two daughters: The older (almost 21) is married, the younger (11) is still my at-home angel. Black Belt in Karate on '76. Lay-preacher during the mid-70s (which helps explain the now "ex-wife" thing). And currently looking for job #49.

Regarding me and the piano? Like so many others, it's one of those things I'd always wanted to do. But when younger, wasn't "that" important. As I got older, my mom (who played really well) and I just never could "click" on making it happen.

So about three years ago I decided I'd teach myself. I've learned I'm not the best music teacher going, but I've proven to myself that despite all the natural talent I don't have, playing well is still an obtainable goal.

And to be perfectly honest, and in light of my clear inability to be successful in term so of "careers," it wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit to be able to go from playing as a "hobby" to earning enough to pay the bills. That, however, isn't going to happen soon unless I someone waves a magic wand and goes "Poof"!

In the meantime, however, I'm content. Life is good. Lisa provides the balance in life that I can't find.

Y'all (that's that southern-thing) have a great site and people here. Thanks for letting me tag along.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 06:46 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by KetchupandJam:
(I just wish people would put things away around here. Yesterday I hurt my toe on a full gallon of paint. It was right in the middle of the bathroom floor)! [/b]
It's 6:45am Monday...1)thanks for the laugh 2)is the bathroom done??
Posted by: Chrissi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 08:16 AM

posted by Bob Muir:
 Quote:
Chrissi, I love the word Wombat. \:D
Hi, Bob!

I've just found your reply....
What makes you grin about wombats??
I wanted to post a picture of a wombat especially for you, but I'm sorry, it didn't work.
Maybe you like this site:
Wombat

Wombat-greetings!
Chrissi
Posted by: stuie

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 08:57 AM

Hi all, I'm 18 years old so i'm one of the very youngest members of this forum... Where do i start, I come from England... As i'm so young i'm still growing as a person, i only really begun listening to music 5 years ago, i began listening to rock music when my parents marriage disintegrated it was somewhat comforting and a way to deal with things.. eventually about 3 years ago i fell in love with evanescene... Amy lees voice and her tinklings on the piano began whats growing into a passion of mine. As my musical diversity began growing i started to enjoy Nobuo Uematsu's work, this spurred me on to listen to more new age piano pieces and some classical. Music is very much my way of dealing with life, my way of feeling others can feel like i can at times, and one day i hope to be able to write pieces so that others can maybe relate to me?

I'm a very socialy active person at the moment, i'm taking Chemistry and Biology at school aswell as learning Japanese and how to drive. so unfortunately until i finish learning to drive i cannot take piano lessons as my parents cannot afford them. In general to people i am known as one of the nicest guys around, i'd do anything for my friends.

As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano... to one day sit someone down and play for them how i feel... anyway i guess i'm waffleing a bit now sorry for my terrible grammar, English as a subject never was my strong point.
Posted by: Leo M

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 11:28 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Shortcircuit85:
I can understand exactly what you mean. When I started playing the piano, my teacher told me I was too precise about timing and too mechanical. It took me a little while, but I learned to play expressively, and the results were dramatic!

I think there are definitely people who have an engineer's mind and find it hard to switch their minds from technical to artistic. The piano is a great way to teach that to such people.

Now, your going to tell me I sound like Wilson from the old TV show Home Improvement, but....

I think it was the anthropologist Loren Eiseley that believed looking at the sciences with a cold mechanical view is worthless. He stated we need to look at science with a admiration and amazement--a wow factor essential to be a good scientist or engineer or whatever have you. The only way to do this is learn to embrace an artistic and emotional side. Music is one great way to accomplish that! [/QB][/QUOTE]

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Thanks for your insight on this ShortCircuit. I am only now learning what you stated. It's funny, some of us are raised in a certain way with certain views. In my case, I actually held an opinion of disdain for most artists like they were lesser beings than the more technically oriented such as myself as an engineer. It's hard to explain this, but I enjoyed listening to music and such, but never had much respect for artists. It was almost as if my view of the universe was correct, and theirs, while enjoyable to listen to, was grossly wrong. I carried these stereotypes for a very long time and it really wasn't until I met my wife Cheryl that things began to change. I really attribute much of my growth as a person to her incredible love for me.

She's actually the one who first purchased lessons for me because of a comment I made about wondering why my father chose to give piano lessons to my brother and not to me (Because of my short fingers and oversized hands). Well she convinced me that I should explore all things in the world (my views as an engineering personality were to keep my life very sterile, neat and organized), and so with a little hesitation I started lessons simply because she purchased them as a birthday gift. I figured that I would pacify her by taking them and then politely letting her know that music was like all other artistic expressions and just not for us "engineering" types.

Well that's not how it happened. First thing I found is that I have several skills in music that I was never aware of. This really surprised me. I can be playing and hit certain notes that will sound like a song I've heard (no matter if it's been years and years or not), and I will be able to finger out that tune quite easily by ear. I can hear every note played with clarity, my music teacher calls it perfect pitch, but I can tell you if a piano is in tune or not and it actually drives me crazy when one is even slightly out of tune. I do have a problem with sight reading, but not one that you might think. For some reason after 2 or 3 times playing a piece I automatically memorize all notes and will just stop reading the piece even if I'm trying to force myself, my fingers will just play it. Such as the moonlight sonata which I learned last year. I memorized in about 3 weeks (since I couldn't read music at the time, I had to write each individual note out and find it on the keyboard and then play them in sequences, then listen to a chosen version of the song to properly sequence the notes). It took about 4 months for me to play relatively proficiently and I can now play 95% of the song without looking at the keyboard. It seems that the feel of the piano just comes to me naturally as well. I just know where things "feel" right to play the song. If I consciously try to think about where to put my fingers, that's when I screw it up. I know it's strange, but it's a weird thing and it has my old teacher pretty freaked out since my version of moonlight is already beyond her and I point out problems with her playing already. It's one of the reasons that I purchased an acoustic piano because I'm at the limits of expression with the digital that I purchased 6 months ago. I just can't get any more of the subtleties that I want out of it and have had to practice on acoustics to bring more of the subtle power out of the song. I'm trying to find a new more advanced music teacher as I speak to continue my training.

I think that the joining of engineering and artistic expression does bring about incredible changes in an individual. I'm now expanding in both directions with new ideas in engineering, and my continued evolution in piano.

So, I guess this long post is definitely agreeing with you. This journey that I have been on is an incredible one. I have learned so much and also now understand that I know so little. I never knew the world of music would ever captivate me. When I said in my last post that I didn't know how to express to people what the piano has done for me. When I play the piano at home alone and I will actually clap for myself (yes that sounds stupid doesn't it?), I've never experience such a freedom of spirit, and such joy.

It's such a strange thing to have spent the years avoiding anything that had to do with "artists" only to find such great wonder in exactly what I have avoided all these years. Needless to say I don't hold "artists" with the same disdain that I used to. In fact I see them all with a bit of wonder. I've actually attended concerts last year and intend to begin expanding my life with opera and other artistic expression. There is a world that I have been missing this whole time and I intend to hear and see it all now.

Some of you may think I sound a bit crazy, but trust me I'm not that only one in the engineering world who used to think this way. We used to make fun of artists of all types without ever understanding them. How strange to be on the other side of the fence now.

Thanks for everyone's understanding and I'm glad to be a part of your community now.

Leo M
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 12:16 PM

 Quote:
Originally stated by Stuie
As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano...
Hey, Stuie, you're not alone. I've had the same issues to deal with.

When I was 18, I turned down someone my age because I thought she was immature and naive (Of course I told her in a more kind manner that she was just not my type) and she told me in a somewhat derogatory tone she thought I acted "like a 40 year old man"... So I thanked her \:D , though she clearly meant it as an insult. I still don't know what's wrong with someone who's 40, but I do know it gets better as you get older. Even a couple of years (I'm only 20), but the girls in which you are likely to be interested are definitely attracted to the sensitive, pianist types (in my experience). You just need to wait for some of then to catch up to you as unfortunate as that seems... :0
Posted by: jdsher

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 12:33 PM

Wheew! I finally got to read through all these amazing posts. What an incredibly talented and diverse group of folks who are hanging out here.
I am 41 years old, married to a beautiful lady and have a son Benjamin. I practice Optometry in a sleepy Texas town called McKinney (north of Dallas). I really enjoy working in a smaller town, everybody knows everybody else and a good reputation can bring you a lot of patients/business.
I tried my hand at a lot of hobbies/activities over my life. When I was a kid I swam competitively and was a New Mexico State Champion and record holder. I also play pool, used to race karts, and love to snow ski.
I grew up in a family where music was very important. My father studied at the Cincinnati conservatory and we always had classical music playing at home. Unfortunately, when it came time for me to pick an instrument a piano was definitely not in the budget and some how I ended up playing the flute. I played for maybe 2 years and then quietly bowed out.
When my son was offered keyboarding lessons at his pre-k school I decided it was finally time for me to learn to play. I called up his teacher and asked if she taught adults, she said yes and the rest is history. Here it is 2.5 years later and I'm still having a blast.
I feel like I know you guys so much better now, thanks S-H for the thread.
Jon
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 02:01 PM

Leo,

Your post was certainly long! However, I did enjoy reading it.

I can't say I've been around long enough to get sucked into a purely mechanical outlook on life as it sounds like you are growing out of, but I can see how it would be easy to develop that mindset. I've caught myself having to bite my tongue on occasion to overcome the technical mentality I've clearly developed which at times, can come across a bit dry, arrogant or condescending.

It sounds like you found the easy way to recover from that by finding the ultimately challenge--the unsolvable problem which no male engineer will ever be able to "solve"--namely, a woman. I'm kidding in some senses (please no hate mail ladies), but I'm sure marriage will help someone develop a broader perspective awfully quickly.

I personally will content myself with music for at least a couple more years as the primary non-technical influence in my life, but I intend to take that step too in time.
Posted by: geek in the pink

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 09:15 PM

Wow, it looks as if I've missed a lot since being bed-bound recovering from my accident. I've got a new laptop so I can surf the forums from my bed/chair now! Well, for starters I'm a 23 year-old full-time college student from New Jersey. (I'm a guy in case some people thought the PINK in my screename was an allusion to something feminine--"Geek in the Pink" is a song from one of my favorite artists: Jason Mraz.) I have no clue what I want do to when I graduate from college, but ever since starting to play the piano I feel like the rest of my life is somehow going to be connected with music. My current major in English, and I guess I was just going to become a teacher, but I'm honestly not passionate about it. I've had a piano in my house all of my life. Nobody played the piano, my mom was just a stickler for a deal and always managed find one at a good price; and she thought they looked nice as furniture. About two or three years ago, I taught myself to play guitar, or the rudiments of it. I became an alright player but have since stopped after I discovered a love for the piano that's been in my living room for my entire life--It's actually been there so long, it began to blend into walls to the point where I forgot we had a piano. After about five months of playing, I soon realized why nobody ever played it: it was horrible!! It was an old, Wurlitzer upright circa 1980 that hadn't been tuned in at least 15 years. I managed to get my hands on a decent weighted Casio keyboard and I've been playing ever since, well up until my car accident a month and a half ago. I've finally decided I am GOING to begin playing at Church, provided the current organist will let me sit in sometimes. I think it will be a good start to honing and discovering new talent and abilities, as well as getting back to being close with GOD. That's about it for me. I should be walking in a few weeks so I'll be able to post a recording of the Solfeggietto for you guys. Mr S-H, keep up the good work.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/20/06 09:53 PM

Hey Geek, I hope you are okay from your auto smash. Being laid up like that has got to suck!


Posted by: rocky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/21/06 08:17 AM

Geek, please post...if I remember you posted some really nice pieces in the past and I'd love to hear some more!! Glad to hear your recovery is coming along!!
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/21/06 04:21 PM

Hi Geek:

 Quote:
Originally posted by geek in the pink:
I have no clue what I want do to when I graduate from college, but feel like the rest of my life is somehow going to be connected with music.

I am GOING to begin playing at Church... honing abilities... being close with GOD. That's about it for me.
You have your whole life ahead of you.

Focus on getting better - that's the most important thing. Everything else will fall into place. You can be the richest man in the world, but if you don't have your health, what good is all that money. In your case, you'll be fine.

Peace be with you.
Sharon

EDIT: I'll tell ya, man - if you are the richest man in the world you can have the best doctors and the finest care.... hopefully, prayerfully.
Posted by: Amaiakuyume

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/22/06 01:04 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by stuie:
Hi all, I'm 18 years old so i'm one of the very youngest members of this forum... Where do i start, I come from England... As i'm so young i'm still growing as a person, i only really begun listening to music 5 years ago, i began listening to rock music when my parents marriage disintegrated it was somewhat comforting and a way to deal with things.. eventually about 3 years ago i fell in love with evanescene... Amy lees voice and her tinklings on the piano began whats growing into a passion of mine. As my musical diversity began growing i started to enjoy Nobuo Uematsu's work, this spurred me on to listen to more new age piano pieces and some classical. Music is very much my way of dealing with life, my way of feeling others can feel like i can at times, and one day i hope to be able to write pieces so that others can maybe relate to me?

I'm a very socialy active person at the moment, i'm taking Chemistry and Biology at school aswell as learning Japanese and how to drive. so unfortunately until i finish learning to drive i cannot take piano lessons as my parents cannot afford them. In general to people i am known as one of the nicest guys around, i'd do anything for my friends.

As for a love life (most of you've posted about) it is none existent for me, i'm truly an oddball socially and i'm above my years, most people my age do not want a long term relationship. Love is another reason i want to learn to play the piano... to one day sit someone down and play for them how i feel... anyway i guess i'm waffleing a bit now sorry for my terrible grammar, English as a subject never was my strong point. [/b]
日本語? むずかしいですね。でもとてもおもしろいと思い ます。あなた、上手ですか。 これをわかりますか。

Haha, ignore that...I recently got a program that lets me type in japanese and I'm having fun with it \:D

Anyway, you sound a lot like me (I'm younger, so nyah :p ) I used to listen to Evanescence a lot (and still listen to Uematsu-san, and want to write my own music someday). And I can sympathise with you on the love life too \:\(
Posted by: Bernard

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/23/06 02:03 AM

This is a very beautiful thread.

I don't post here very much but I've been hanging out at PW since 2001. Back when the Coffee Room existed I spent a lot of time there and Pianist Corner. I've hosted 2 PW parties at my apartment in Brooklyn and for those of you new to the idea I urge you to try it out. It's a blast! The rules are simple: you show up to converse, eat, drink and play *if you feel like it*. There is no pressure. It's a blessing to have the opportunity to play in front of other people in an environment where it doesn't matter if you fail. Our failures are our guide to progress.

I'm 49, will be 50 this year and it doesn't seem right. I feel like I'm still a teenager in many respects. Ha! I love birds and all of nature. I share my apartment with 4 love birds (one of which was hand raised and is tame) and a parakeet. They are not caged but have a corner of the kitchen that is especially set up for them.

When I was a child I learned to read music and play a bit from a book one of my aunts had given us (I come from a large family: 7 boys and 2 girls). By the time I was in high school I could work out (with a bit of struggle) some Simon and Garfunkle pieces from a compilation I had purchased. I took band in high school and played oboe for 7 years. The band director taught me how to play a proper scale on the piano and that was the extent of lessons until I was about 34 when I started real lessons.

I spent about 2 years taking lessons from a co-worker who had a degree from Columbia Teacher's College then moved on to a woman (professional pianist) whom I worked with for 10 years. She taught me a lot; her love of music was infectious and I miss her vibrant energy and seeing her on a regular basis. Then I had 1.5 years of lessons with a teacher who made a profound impact on me and taught me some really valuable lessons. Her name is Madeline Bruser (she wrote the book "The Art of Practicing, A Guide To Making Music From The Heart"). I shall be eternally greatful to her for those lessons.

Madeline urged me into Alexander Technique lessons and I am now a fervent advocate of the technique and it's implications for musicians and especially pianists. There are some good books out there about the subject for anyone who is interested.

For the past 2 years I've worked without a teacher but I think this is the year which will see me returning to lessons (perhaps monthly or bi-weekly) and AT lessons.

Did I mention this was a beautiful thread? (And a beautiful forum!)

Oh! I forgot to mention I'm a computer programmer, mostly database.
Posted by: Waterfall

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/23/06 04:56 PM

I live in Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and am in my first year as an English and composition (writing, not music) teacher. I lived in Louisiana until about 3 years ago when I married Mr. Right and moved "north."

I love piano and am taking lessons from a prof at UNC-Asheville and practice when I find the time. When I'm not practicing, I am usually reading, writing, or hiking.

I've written a book, 50 Hikes in Louisiana: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks in the Bayou State, published in 2003 by Countryman Press. I have also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, which I did in 2000. My husband and I are planning to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada) in 2008. My "trail name" when I hike is "Waterfall," which is also the name I use here. \:\)

Between now and then, I plan to get my teaching certification, research Ph.D. programs because I want to go back to school, and plan a piano recital for early fall of 2007.

So, I keep busy! I'm 36 and an INFP (for those of you who are into Myers-Briggs personality types), and my favorite "people" to be with (besides my husband), are my piano and my cats. I'm a classical music nut and have more than once thought about going back to school to get a degree in music, just so I can have a few years of immersion in the world of Bach, Beethoven, and the rest of them.

I've really just gotten back into piano in the last two and a half years. I started to minor in music in college (late 80s/early 90s) but was not able to do the final piano recital due to family circumstances that took me away from school my last semester. I didn't play (regularly) for about 12 years after that, and I'm so happy to be playing again, FINALLY. \:\)
Posted by: Waterfall

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/23/06 05:06 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bernard:
Her name is Madeline Bruser (she wrote the book "The Art of Practicing, A Guide To Making Music From The Heart"). I shall be eternally greatful to her for those lessons.

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I love that book!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/23/06 10:40 PM

I just caught up with the latest posts in this thread.

Bernard: umm, how do you ensure that your birds STAY in their kitchen area? Are you worried about bird poop in the piano at all? My stepmother had parrots who roamed free in the house. I still remember getting dive-bombed once when they decided to zoom around the ground floor!

Waterfall: That is so cool you hiked the Appalachian trail. One of my all time favorite books is Bill Bryson's "A walk in the woods." I'm sure you must have read it.
Posted by: Kam

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/24/06 01:38 AM

Im a 18 yr old chinese guy, very young comparing to many people here. I had always enjoyed listening to music since 10 yrs old especially classical pieces. Since that age my parents force me to learn piano for at least 8 yrs. Those years were pain to me. I was really angry with my parents at that time. Practicing 15mins a day is like a few hours spending on homework. Not until last september I entered university and had the freedom to play whatever I want. Now, I prefer New Age music . I played a lot of new age pieces by David Lanz and David Nevue. I dont like my yamaha upright, it sounds terrible to my ears so I begged my parents to buy me a Yamaha digital . With that digital, I can also play piano in my dorm. My ultimate dream is to own a Yamaha world class concert grand (or even playing in a concert), a best gaming machine and a subaru world rally car.

English is my second language, forgive my grammar
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/25/06 04:33 PM

\:\)
Posted by: Sue Zewan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/25/06 06:49 PM

I haven't been around in a while. Leave it to Mr. Super-Hunky to make this board always so interesting.

I'm 39 and live in westeren, NY and I'm married to a guy I met at my 10 year high school reunion. Who would of thought that would happen?

I became a teacher because I had a great Fashion Merchandising teacher in high school who had a major impact on my life (at the Career & Technical where I work). I set my goal to take her job when she retired so I could also make a difference in kids lives. I did reach that goal and I taught that program for 2 years until they closed it 8 years ago, I was given a new position at the center. I'm a work experience coordinator and I've been placing high school students on internships for the past 8 years. I will be teaching a night course (Introduction to Fashion Merchadising) this fall at Buffalo State College for the first time. I'm a little nervous, but I've always wanted to teach at the college level.

I play my piano everyday. I'm getting better and I love the music. I've always loved music, but it was more like the Scorpions, Van Halen and KISS 20 years ago. I was a big haired Rock n Roll chick I guess you could say. I went to a ton of concerts in the 80's.

I love reading everyone's bios. It's so interesting to read about all of you.

I'm also an aspiring writer. I'm writing a fiction novel based on exact true events about a 6 horrific murders that happed 80 years ago about 7 miles from where I live. Only I haven't hardly touched it since I started playing piano 6 months ago. There are only so many hours in a day. I've got about 150 pages of my first draft done. It will end up being a retirement project.
Posted by: funburger

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/25/06 08:52 PM

Sue, thanks for sharing i love reading the mini backgrounds for everyone:)
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/26/06 10:16 AM

Hi! I'm Álvaro, from Spain, 18 years. I'm a piano student. I looooooooooove music. Why? Because music is everything.

I also love reading and writing... and some other things.
Hmm... no girlfriend \:\( I will marry myself.

I practice from six to eight hours each day, I began recently and I'm learning veeeeeery fast, actually, I'm very happy!!! \:\)

I want to become a pianist or a piano teacher.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/26/06 12:53 PM

Hi AQP_87, welcome! You are lucky indeed to be able to play 6-8 hours a day. And at 18 you are way too young to think about getting married, so don't sweat it. Besides, after seeing your picture on the other thread, I have no worries about you finding a beautiful and friendly lady friend. ;\)

Sue: Good to see you back. And good on you for your writing! I have always had a desire to write something besides boring scholarly articles but have not yet gotten up the nerve to sit down and do it. You've got 150 pages of what sounds like a great book! I hope you will finish it some day.
Posted by: Cindysphinx

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/26/06 01:09 PM

Let's see.

I'm a 44-year-old chick, married, with daughters (14 and 11) and a son (8). I'm what I like to call a stay-at-home lawyer, which means I practice law from home, except when I don't. Like Bernard, I can't quite believe I've grown this old because I feel like I'm in my late 20s.

I started piano lessons as an adult seven years ago. I am very surprised that I stuck with it. I mean, this is hard! Every time I sit down at my big ol' grand piano and play something, I am amazed that it's me doing it. My biggest piano accomplishment is playing a lot of recitals and getting over my terror at playing before an audience (mostly). Gotta face those fears, ya know?

I play a lot of tennis (my other passion) and I am learning golf to keep my husband happy.

I used to post a ton here, but these days I'm mostly at one of the PW spin-offs that formed when CR closed. I'm thrilled that ABF continues to grow and thrive. You guys *rock!*
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/26/06 01:26 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Hi AQP_87, welcome! You are lucky indeed to be able to play 6-8 hours a day. And at 18 you are way too young to think about getting married, so don't sweat it. Besides, after seeing your picture on the other thread, I have no worries about you finding a beautiful and friendly lady friend. ;\) [/b]
Hello Monica \:\) I have read several of your posts, and you're a very nice person.
Yes, being able to practice 6-8 hours is something to be happy about. But after practicing I have to go running just to breath fresh air... Otherwise I would turn mad (more \:D ).
Nice to talk with you Monica!
Posted by: tolovemoon

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/28/06 12:12 AM

I can't believe I have actually finished reading all of this (the second night-finishing the last two pages in this thread. \:\)
Super Hunky you are just good at getting others to open up.. \:\)

It looks like theres a few others here as well into photography, played or plays trumpet, other instruments, and I dont remember who but born in Hamburg Germany...I was born in Nernburg Germany.
I have family and friends all over but mainly in Akron Ohio and Virgina..Moved here in South Carolina at the age of 9 and this is where I call home the same town where my parents started out before buying and renting in other places nearby.

Anyways, My name is Tracy L. M. King,(Lots of Tracy Kings in the world with many talents or popular a work in progress by me)
age 30, female, stay and work at home mom of 2 boys (homeschool) 2 step daughters, and 1 grandson.

I really never thought I would enjoy being with out a car, wich we have a truck and I use it from time to time atleast twice a week... Gotta help global warming somehow...I stay at home so much wich gives me free time to practice..
I never thought I would love to practice either.
I look forward to practicing and sometimes just happen to pass by or look up in the middle of the day to say piano time...Having two small boys that love music I have learned a lot childrens songs so that they can sing along nursery type so fun \:\) plus they are easy.
I started band in my teens, 2 years of high school marching and concert band. (trumpet and percussion or pit crew member) One year of piano class a 30 minute class with 9 others each having their own keyboard and headphones to play with one of the best teachers Mrs Godfrey..
Never had a piano growing up just a keyboard with tiny keys but I still tinkered with it...
You could say as a child, I had a mean momma who told me "you cant", more than one time at any of my thoughts or ideas, specially things that had to do with hobby, talent, and enjoyment from desires to try....Most of all that I couldnt follow my dreams and be successful as a muscian or artist.
So I really am glad to be apart of this group as I also read that there are some good positive thinkers, natural healers, as well as psychologist or (gonna be) here.

So other than music being a big part of my life photography, art, and learning to write better so I can write poems and limericks or document my images for family scrapbooks. I also enjoy journal writing it helps me to find the truth about things in life where as my mom was a controller or manipulator for 27 years of my life...

Music that I really enjoy playing or learning
Nora Jones, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Lynard Skynard, Billy Joel, Nickleback, Stevie Wonder, just to name a few..I have been studying jazz for the past year, perhaps one day I will play in New Orleans... I have recently discovered and been invited to play with the local concert band that is a big part of the arts or reaching out to kids in the community..

Sorry to ramble on here, I didnt mean to make a long posting..I usually do when it comes to describing something I am interested in..
I am still new to the forums and I am so thankful to be apart of it with all the wonderful people here..
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/28/06 02:58 AM

Nice in depth reply moon
Posted by: Bernard

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/06 07:21 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
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Bernard: umm, how do you ensure that your birds STAY in their kitchen area? Are you worried about bird poop in the piano at all? My stepmother had parrots who roamed free in the house. I still remember getting dive-bombed once when they decided to zoom around the ground floor![/b]
(Monica, sorry for my delayed response, I've been away.)

Well I don't ensure that they stay in the kitchen. In fact they don't! \:D They'll come into the dining room when I'm having breakfast and I make sure to have a catalog or newspaper for them to shred up; they love to chew. They also fly into the living room area but not as often (I think? \:\) ).

Yes, they've blessed (so to speak ;\) ) other areas of my apartment but the odorless residue is easy to swipe away when dry. These birds are quite small and do not leave as much evidence as a full grown parrot would.
Posted by: kickbackkid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/03/06 08:05 PM

Hello All,

I know this thread has been active for a while, but better late than never.

I am a 42 year old male who took up the piano starting in January. I've never played an instrument before, so everything is starting from scratch. I currently playing a Yamaha Digital Clavinova CLP-240. It suits me just fine for training, but I hope to move up to a grand acoustic in a couple of years.

I am taking lessons weekly from a UCLA music school grad who excels in classical music. He recently put on a recital for all his students that was nothing short of phenomenal. I am working on Michael Aaron's Grade 1 lesson book. I will try to participate in the next recital, although it will be very short.

My music interests are mainly in Pop and Classic Rock. My very first concert I attended was Elton John, and now I've seen him about 10 different times. I also enjoy Billy Joel, who I'm seeing tonight, and Jim Brickman who I saw last month.

I live in Chandler, AZ which is just south of Phoenix and about 30 miles from Super-Hunky. I have been married 21 years to a beautiful lady and we have two cute little girls, ages 7 and 5. I hope to get them playing the piano also.

I am empoyed by the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller at Sky Harbor airport for the last 17 years. My other interests are golfing, woodworking, and traveling.

I look forward to participating in this forum with all you fine people.

Doug Hart
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/03/06 08:09 PM

Wow, ATC eh? I hope the piano will help you de-stress. \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/03/06 09:06 PM

No way has your wife been married 21 years, kickbackkid. You, maybe; but tell her I said she looked no older than 25 in her picture!

Ever since I read Alex Hailey's "Airport" as a kid I have had a fascination with air traffic controllers. The combination of so much responsibility and so little margin of error terrifies me, though. My hat's off to you!
Posted by: kickbackkid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/04/06 10:29 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Muir:
Wow, ATC eh? I hope the piano will help you de-stress. \:\) [/b]
Bob,

I have to laugh everytime I hear this when I tell them what kind of work I do. The media and movies always portrays us as a bunch of stressed out, smoking and drinking bums. I only have two of the three!

Actually, it's no more stressful than working at a Mcdonald's. There are so many procedures set up to keep the planes apart and it becomes so routine. Besides, if I screw up, I'm not the one who's going to die. ;\)

Doug
Posted by: kickbackkid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/04/06 10:36 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
No way has your wife been married 21 years, kickbackkid. You, maybe; but tell her I said she looked no older than 25 in her picture!

Ever since I read Alex Hailey's "Airport" as a kid I have had a fascination with air traffic controllers. The combination of so much responsibility and so little margin of error terrifies me, though. My hat's off to you! [/b]
Monica,

My wife appreciated the compliment. I guess that doesn't bode well for me however. \:\( Actually, she's one month older than me. She always tells our kids that she's 31. I'm sure she could pass for that.

Doug
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/04/06 12:08 PM

Between this thread, the pics thread, and our common interest in piano, I really feel like we're becoming friends.

Tolovemoon - Stevie Wonder is the best!
Posted by: totallyclassics

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/14/06 04:27 AM

I am 40 years old! I am a RN, and I work at nights on the weekends in a busy ER. I truly love my weekend work! I have been married for 20 years this July! I have two children ages 11 (daughter)and 16(son). We have two laborador retrievers. We all live in Houston, Texas, and have for the last 11 years. Prior to that we were in Denver, Colorado. I miss the weather!

My children are both homeschooled,(I homeschool them during the week, hence, weekend nurse!) as they both had different learning styles that were unable to be met by the public schools where we live, and we found an excellent curriculum that fits their learning styles, and our lifestyle. Both my children were diagnosed with ADHD, however, my daughter was also diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder. While it is clear that there are challenges, we have been able to address and meet these challenges. My son tested college level in reading and writing in the 7th grade, and wrote his first novel when he was 9 years old, over the summer! It was incredible! He has won several awards and received recognition for his writing. He is also an excellent guitarist after only 18 months. He loves improvising, and playing Joe Satriani pieces, and learns pieces by ear. He doesn't read notes! Our challenge with him, academic motivation! Extremely gifted, and yet would rather be doing anything but school!
My daughter is on grade level,and also excels in reading and writing. She is now ,finally, working fairly independently, and is very academically motivated. No real challenges with her. She knows what is expected, and does it. Maybe it's a "girl" thing! She sings and writes her own songs. She has a great little voice for 11 years old.

I am totally and admittedly addicted to music and my piano! I love to read books on music, listen to music, and then play the music I hear! Only one problem, my fingers are not as enthusiastic as my ears, and I must read music to be able to play. I am working on imrovisation, however theory is not one of my strong points! I have been playing for 2 years in May. I just bought a Yamaha grand piano on my birthday in November. I took lessons as a child at age 6-7 and then 9-10, and then played for one year in Chorus! I played the very simple pieces, the other girl played the more difficult pieces! It was at that age (12), that music began to mean a lot to me, but we were unable to afford lessons, so I quickly grew frustrated with myself and gave up the piano!

In May 2004, I was taking my daughter for piano lessons, and I heard the most beautiful music I had heard in a very long time. I asked him what he was playing, he said Ron A La Natural! I was so blown away at his improvisation style, I had to begin lessons myself. I now take theory from him, and technique/piano, from another teacher, a doctoral student at a local University.

I am playing at about early intermediate/sight readable, to intermediate, challenging for me.
I have been working on the K545 for about a month now, and I am still working on the smoothness of all the runs, and the timing of it all! I am always up for piano discussions! Never bored with piano! If I could, I would own 100 of them!

Favorite composer: Chopin, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Schubert, Mendelssohn!
Posted by: tonyf

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/15/06 01:01 AM

Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/15/06 01:50 AM

Okay, this will probably come across as sounding a bit vain, but imagine my shock when I saw this thread pop up! Huh? A thread addressed to me(just look at my signature)?!!

After all, I am a tenor......

First, my interest in pianos. I grew up with a piano in the house for most of my life, took lessons from my grandfather for a short time when I was six, self-taught for awhile, then took some more piano in my one year of college as a vocal performance major. While I was in high school, my parents bought a 1922 Hamilton(made by Baldwin) Manualo player, which absolutely fascinated me. We'd had the piano less than two weeks, when one day I shut myself in the family room where we had it and took it apart down to the strings and keybed. My father got suspicious after hearing nothing from the family room for over a couple of hours, took a peek at the worst possible time, and managed to maintain his composure to the point of simply saying, "For your sake, I hope you can put it back together." After tinkering around with that piano for a bit, I got interested enough to apprentice a piano rebuilder for a couple of years, and learned to be a piano technician from the soundboard up. I ended up joining the Navy, which interfered greatly with tuning on a regular basis, so I never really got into the business on my own, but tuned and did repair work occaisionally. We have a 20 month-old daughter who is bewitched by the piano, and the player action of the Hamilton is in dire need of rebuilding, so my thoughts lately have been more and more about gtetting enthusiastic about pianos all over again.

As for other background, I have a wonderful wife and child, I have the priveledge of being the stay-at-home parent, and still get to sing professionally(hence the user ID). I'm in my tenth season with the San Diego Opera chorus, as well as singing professionally at other venues locally.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/15/06 08:35 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
imagine my shock when I saw this thread pop up! Huh? A thread addressed to me(just look at my signature)?!!
[/b]
LOL! \:D That was a great story about taking apart your piano. Uh, you're not going to get an invite to MY house any time soon!
Posted by: Musictuary

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/16/06 07:55 PM

Hello Everyone

I am new here although it's been almost a year since I've joined the forum. Never got around to posting until now.

Anyway, I am 42, female, married with two sons and live in the Chicago area. I had piano lessons as a child from ages 7 to 13. I played the piano on and off since 13 but never really seriously until now. I am planning to resume piano lessons this summer and looking forward to that. I'm not quite a beginner but I'm certainly not an advanced piano player. Hopefully one day I will be considered an advanced player!

I am currently working through the Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 piano book. I am trying to master the simpler pieces such as the minuets and the marches before going on to the more difficult pieces. I am currently trying to memorize the Prelude in C (my favorite piece in the book).

I like most kinds of music. With regards to piano my taste ranges from classical, gospel, jazz, pop, rock, big band, almost every type of genre.

Currently my favorite piano composers are Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg (only because so far these composers are the ones that I have been most exposed to). I am planning to listen to more classical composers on a serious basis as well as other composers from other genres particularly jazz in the near future.

In my non-musical life I work as an actuary.
Posted by: Laurens

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/16/06 08:42 PM

I guess its time for me to write a little about myself, after all I do spend a lot of time over here.

I'm 35, I live in Amsterdam (Holland) and I work as a software engineer for a small internet company.

As a child I was interested in everything besides school. When my sister took recorder lessons, I listened in and sometimes played on the recorder. Later we got very simple electronic organ for my mother to play (she used to play the piano as a kid), but nobody used it, except for me trying to figure out tv tunes (right hand only). All this without any lessons. Since I was doing pourly at school my parents felt that additional lessons would be too much for me...

At age 13 I got my first computer, things started to get much better in school too. I went to university to study computer science and even entered grad school. For years I forgot all about playing music.

About a year and a half ago I had this idea about buying a simple keyboard, to connect to my computer, just for fun. I never thought I would get hooked. I read a lot about music, score reading, playing etc. About 6 months later I bought a digital piano to replace my keyboard, which I sold. About the same time I broke up with my girlfriend so I quit for a while but now I'm back.

Besides the piano and my work, I love reading, movies, fotography, politics and just hanging out with friends. I also try to collect just about every book about Leonardo da Vinci.
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/16/06 08:53 PM

Welcome Piano Rocks to Piano World Forums. Glad you finally decided to post. This is an interesting place with a large variety of thought (and thoughtful people). Nice to have you.
\:\)
Posted by: s54mo827

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/16/06 08:56 PM

Welcome Laurens. I missed listening to your songs, but will get a chance to - and I'm sure I'll enjoy them - based on the reviews of the other guys and gals. You have a nice background - nice varied interests...kewl! \:D
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/17/06 12:29 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
imagine my shock when I saw this thread pop up! Huh? A thread addressed to me(just look at my signature)?!!
[/b]
LOL! \:D That was a great story about taking apart your piano. Uh, you're not going to get an invite to MY house any time soon! [/b]
What if I promise not to sing unless asked to?

........oh wait, it wasn't about the singing, was it?

\:D

Ps. I did successfully reassemble it with no parts left over.

;\)
Posted by: icekid767

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/22/06 11:31 PM

Hello, I'm pretty new to this forum as a lot of you are. I'm originally from Iceland, but I have lived in 4 different continents and 5 countries in my life. I reside in Orlando Florida, but I work out of Columbus, Ohio as a captain for a regional airline.

I began taking piano lessons when I was 13 or 14. That only lasted for one year, because I wanted to become a professional skateboarder. I still played as much as I could without a teacher, but didn't play for about the last 9 years until I decided that there shouldn't be anything preventing me from reaching my goal of becoming an accomplished pianist. I'm not expecting to become Daniel Barenboim or anything, just the best I can be.

This January, I finally decided to invest in a piano. I believe it was the best thing that I ever did. My piano playing is better now than it ever was. Also, I guess, if you play piano it makes you smarter? Everything started to become a lot clearer. It's easier to concentrate at work and so on. The brain is a muscle right?

Whenever I'm at home, I don't leave the house too much, because I'll be playing Scott Joplin tunes, which is my favorite music to play. I also love Chopin, and I would like to be able to play all of his Nocturnes (the music I use as a sleeping aid) one day. In my dreams...we'll see.

Because of my job, I split the week in two places which I live, but I only have one piano. I'm currently putting money aside to buy another piano so that I won't neglect my skill;) I'm obsessed!

My other hobbies are woodworking (I 've built most of the furniture in our house and I build for friends, too [adirondack chairs and entertainment centers are my specialty]). I also love to paint, but that takes time away from the piano.

I feel like I've said too much. Oh, I'll be 32 in August. Glad to read about all of you.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 12:13 AM

Thanks, iceland767, for sharing. You've got quite the range of diverse talents! But you never told us what came of the skateboarding... ;\)

Do you have recording equipment? We didn't get much (any?) ragtime music submitted to the last recital, so I'm sure we'd love to hear from you in the upcoming one.
Posted by: Anthony_Clark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 03:20 PM

I'll read through all these in a wee while.

In the mean time.

I'm Ant, 18 years young and live in Blackpool.

Started piano aboot 4 days ago. Love it!
Mainly started because it just sounds so good, and is a better relaxment (is that a word?) than guitar, which I've been playing for about 3 years. I love heavy metal, punk, live music ect.
Love final fantasy! Saw Advent Children earlier today, and it is the greatest film I have ever seen.
I have the piano collections (CDs) and the music scores for Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, X and X - 2. Going to spend this YEAR learning how to play them. Most of them just seem too difficult to jump right into, but, I'll get the hang of them.
I like and drink beer way too much.
I'm shocked by the lack of off topicness here! (or is the law strict? heheh, you should check out thew intermusic guitarist forum, now THAT is off topic :p )

Anyway hi.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 03:40 PM

Welcome to the forum, Ant. There are quite a few Final Fantasy music fans here, as well as anime fans. If you search the archives for "Final Fantasy" (search this one and the non-classical forum, too), you'll find a fair number of threads with some good links to sheet music websites.
Posted by: Anthony_Clark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 07:01 PM

Yeah I have all the sheet music for all the soundtracks! \:D

I've learnt little bit from a few but must start work on full songs.

It's getting the right hand and left hand to sync! Luckily I have 3 years of guitar under my belt, so I have a good ear and finger dex. However I've been spending pretty much all day for 4 days (when I started) playing and reading thoery, so I hope I progress faster. Been reading a bit of that C CHang book, so I'll try learning the whole song left hand, then right hand, then try and put them together!

Once I get the hang of 'em I'll put up some recordings.
I have Fur Elise and Cannon under my belt now. Aswell as some of Prelude (Wohltemperierte Klavier 1-1) by Bach too.

Basically I'm striving to be the best (that I can be), so I think I should pregress pretty quickly (Not doing too bad so far ;\) ), but I know it's only a matter of time before I hit the 'Wall of Progress' heheh.
Posted by: Fat Old Ugly Frank

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 09:13 PM

I'm old, fat, ugly and drunk! \:D
Posted by: icekid767

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 09:51 PM

Thanks Monica. I never became a professional skater. I wanted to expand on that, but due to poor revision and sloppy editing, I didn't catch it.

I do not have recording equipment yet, but that's something that I will be looking into.

And all the furniture I make...a bunch of junk, but it works. As with the piano, I'm getting better.

I would like to do the recital eventually. I would like to submit the Maple Leaf Rag, which is my biggest accomplishment so far:) I'll need a few tries to get it just right before the recital.

Hey Anthony, I lived in Hale/Altringham (I could never figure out which) in the Manchester area. I used to go to Blackpool for amusement. I wish I could go back to live in England. It's my favorite country in the world. Don't ask me any questions about Blackpool and where I hung out, because the alcohol always made me forget.
Go Liverpool!
Posted by: Anthony_Clark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/06 11:05 PM

I want to live in America. Will do later on in life.

I used to BMX for a few years. Still wish I did, was damn good too if I may say so. Had ambitions of going pro. Then I started drinking and what not!
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 05:53 AM

Hey Anthony

Blackpool?...now I'm sure I've heard of there before, somewhere? \:D


Lee \:\)
Posted by: Anthony_Clark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 06:30 AM

\:D

Seaside(?) Lee?

I'm guessing you live here! \:D
Posted by: Seaside_Lee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 07:47 AM

Correctamundo...I sure do ;\) \:D


Lee \:\)
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 09:32 AM

icekid, you should think about buying a stage piano for your second instrument. That way you can take it with you when you go on trips out of town and you can play at your other residence much sooner. A Yammy P90 only costs $1000 and a Casio is even cheaper.
Posted by: tenuki

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 11:56 AM

Icekid: I second Bob's opinion and would like to add that late night practice is also easier on a electric. \:\) Also curious what scott joplin you have and what the best beginner books are in that area.
Posted by: icekid767

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/24/06 11:45 PM

Hey Bob and everyone. I currently have a Yamaha CLP130, which is perfect for me right now. My girlfriend usually turns in early, so I tend to play soft tunes after she's asleep (even with headphones on, she complains when I play louder songs because the banging of the keys wakes her up).

As long as it has 88 weighted keys and acceptable sound, I don't care what it will be. I'll check out the Y P90.

Tenuki, I just have "At the Piano with Scott Joplin." I look at it as his "Best of" original work, but I'm not totally sure. I'm also not sure about which books will help you, but I used to have "The Easy way to play Scott Joplin" (I think). I didn't enjoy that book too much, because it only had parts of the songs in it. I've always had the book mentioned first and I always kept it close so that I could check when I was finally ready to play it. I still struggle a bit and I'm thinking about looking for a teacher who can teach me to play it right.
Posted by: tenuki

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/25/06 12:35 AM

At The Piano With Joplin Level: Late Intermediate/Early Advanced (6/6+)

oops, might be a bit much for me right now. \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 12:52 PM

I'm bumping this because in the last couple of days there have been some newbies posting. Here's your chance to find out about us and, more important, let us know about you!

Those of you who are particularly brave can also go to the companion thread, "O.T. this time show us what you look like" and post your pictures.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 01:22 PM

Yea, and you are required to wear a Speedo, (or string bikini!)
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 03:36 PM

Well, thank heaven THAT rule was instated AFTER I posted my picture....
Posted by: Ken Knapp

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 05:24 PM

Hi everyone! I'm Ken and I'm just starting lessons. Back in the 70's I wanted to learn piano but didn't have one at home so lessons were out of the question.

One of the things I do now is I'm pastor of a church. The other week I saw a bill for tuning on one of the pianos. When I looked at it I saw it was from my old high school music teacher who I hadn't seen since 1975. It seems he is now in the piano business - as a PTG tech, piano dealer, and piano teacher. One thing led to another and I am the proud owner of a new Hardman and Peck 48" studio upright and am taking lessons from him. I am really happy to have reconnected with him and to have him for a teacher.

Another thing I am putting together is a yahoo group for people in my local area - to create a community of local music people. It's called NEPApiano and can be accessed through www.geocities.com/skykingagi.

Ken
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 10:20 PM

Hi Ken, welcome again. What a neat story about reconnecting with your high school teacher. And a pastor, huh? I was guessing all wrong; I had assumed you were a pilot from the "skyking" thing in your signature line.
Posted by: Ken Knapp

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/30/06 11:19 PM

Hi Monica, actually, I did become a pilot and an instructor as well many years ago but have not flown in about 10 years. So you did have it right. One thing that came from learning to fly - all subsequent hobbies seem far cheaper by comparison!

Ken
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/01/06 07:15 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Ken Knapp:
Hi Monica, actually, I did become a pilot and an instructor as well many years ago but have not flown in about 10 years. So you did have it right. One thing that came from learning to fly - all subsequent hobbies seem far cheaper by comparison!

Ken [/b]
Chaulk another hit for Monica!!
Posted by: angelojf

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 05:13 PM

Hello All:

A little about me: 44 years old, happily married to my beautiful wife of 12 years, 3 kids aged 8,6, and 4, and I'm a psychologist who works with people ages 6 and above (Hi Monica!).

I love cool melodic music like the Beatles, Brian Wilson, etc. I'm also a fan of 60's rock and roll, Springsteen, and soul music.

I appreciate this forum a bunch. When I'm frustrated with my piano playing, listening to you all playing has been inspiring! Hopefully I'll submit next time!

I'm really mostly a guitar player in mostly a three piece band, but the piano has been calling me! In the past I've written some songs, and that's another story!

Anyway, its great to be here, and I thank all of you who have been helpful to my questions, and its great to be a part of this encouraging AB forum!

-Angelo
Posted by: funburger

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 07:21 PM

angelojf, thank-you for sharing. i love to read everyones posts:) it just seems to me that there are alot of psychologist that play the piano---so either the piano is making people sane again, or is it ...????? anyhoo, glad to know ya:) and thanks for sharing:)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 09:11 PM

Yes, you should submit something for the next recital, Angelo. Did we even have a Beatles song this time? I don't think so, and that's a serious deficit you need to address. \:\)
Posted by: PerformingYak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 09:27 PM

 Quote:
Yea, and you are required to wear a Speedo, (or string bikini!) [/b]
Oh no... I haven't posted my photo yet!!!! Yikes \:\(
when I do - Avert your eyes children!
Posted by: Rickster

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 09:33 PM

Hi All,

I've posted some messages and comments here a few times but I may not have formally introduced myself.

I am 49 (and holding) and I teach HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) at a community technical college in central Georgia. I have been married (to the same woman:-) for 29 years. My wife, Barbara, was a registered nurse for 25 years but she is severely disabled now due to a brain tumor. I am her primary care provider and I pay someone to stay with her during the day while I work.

I have been seriously concentrating on learning the piano now for about 5 months or so, although I have been playing the guitar and other string instruments most all of my life. I am also studying the art of tuning and servicing pianos.

As a second hobby I raise goats and I have a couple of antique farm tractors.

I really enjoy the piano forums.

Best regards,

Rickster
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/06 09:48 PM

Hi Rickster! Wow--goats! You must post some pictures in the "O.T. this time show us what you look like thread," where super-hunky has his llamas and there are other exotic pets.

Please accept my sympathy for your wife's illness. I think it is wonderful that you are doing what it takes to allow her to live at home. Doing that kind of caregiving is highly stressful, as I'm sure you are aware. I hope you are also taking care of yourself, too. \:\) I suspect that playing the piano fits into that equation.
Posted by: Ishmael

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/06 02:55 AM

Hi everybody,
I've been reading this board for a couple of days and finally decided to join. Here's a little info about me:

I started taking piano lessons one week after my birthday, about one and a half months ago. I'm seeing my teacher every other week for an hour (Well, I would sure like to take lessons more frequently, but finances doesn't permit me to do so for the time being). BTW, I'm a student trying to get my PhD, hopefully soon.

Working on Fur Elise right now. It's giving me a very hard time, though.

Great forum. Some really good things are going on here (the sight reading exercise group, the recitals..).
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/06 10:56 AM

Welcome, Ishmael. Let me put my detective skills to work and hazard a guess: Is your Ph.D. in Literature, by any chance? \:D

Glad to have you on board, and I hope we can talk you into submitting something for the next recital. \:\)
Posted by: Ishmael

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/06 11:33 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Welcome, Ishmael. Let me put my detective skills to work and hazard a guess: Is your Ph.D. in Literature, by any chance? \:D

Glad to have you on board, and I hope we can talk you into submitting something for the next recital. \:\) [/b]
Love your recordings Monica. While I'm listening to them, I can see you're really feeling them deep inside. I'm in finance, BTW.

As for the recital, well, I really don't know. I don't think I can play anything worthy of listening yet.
Posted by: outro

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/06 11:44 AM

Well, i´ve alredy posted a very exaustive, shall we say, musical bio in the pianist corner when asked about my work as a composer, so i´ll just paste it over here, and i undearsteand if no one has the patiente to read of it is very, very long! Here goes:

Pedro P.R. Silva, 23 year old male currently
living in Lisbon, Portugal

I come from a family without any kind of musical tradition, yet chance made a cousin of mine get tired of his guitar lessons
and lending (well giving) me a guitar when i was about 7 years old, he was also kind enough to teach me a few major and minor chords
as well as being someone that trough out my life introduced me to a lot of music, i owe him plenty for that.
I soon found out i had a good ear and earing memory, so i started to pick out songs (alternative rock and deviants, kind of...) and after that making my own.

But it wasn´t until i was 12 or 13 yers old that music realy barged into my life, my parents gave me a computer and a friend got me
a piece of software called Cakewalk wich marveled me, for i discovered i could get any instruments i wanted playing for me
just by puting some dots or lines in a timeline and playing it back. That coincided with me discovering classical music, so it blended with my acoustic alternative background and spend some time doing..well...some very weird pieces wich i cherish religiously today in spite of their dubious musical acomplishment

By the age of 16 i entered art school and meet who are today my best friends and togheter we formed a band, i was suposed to be the lead guitar, but chance again made it hard for us to come up with a drumer, so i dived in and started teaching myself, and that lasted for 2 years until a more experienced drumer came along. In spite of being a short experience, i loved every milisecond and i bealive a great deal of my piano fundamentals of today came from there.
Now again playing the electric guitar, we were a band for 3 more years, with a lot of style mutation (from hard rock, to hip hop, to
alternative world music to underground art punk rock, dont know, its hard to define...
At same time, when i finished school i spend a year playing guitar with a 10 element orchestra that played from portuguease and brazilian to
latin folk music, a year later i was preety fed up with it, but it did taught me a lot!

Good times, that well came to an end, life got in the way, my band ended, and me, still wishing to pursue music, aplied to coleage for
a music production course. Wich i failed cause i had never seen a music book or score in my life and here were this guys asking me about
tonality, harmonic progression, contrapunctus and all these obscure terms. As that dream ended, i had to get busy living...and of course get a job.
Chance, ( anoying philosophy i know ) made me end up living 300 miles away from my home town working in computer animation.
That was two years ago and during that time (armed with some better sounding software) i composed every chance i got. The result is, well, really hard to define, but i guess ( and all this talk was to establish just that )
that is undearsteandable if you consider the diferent kinds of music that i have been playing and earing since i was a kid.

Refining that thought, i can tell you that i´ve writen electronic, rock and ambient music, as well as pieces for strings, jazz quartets, as well as some weirder ensembles like xylophone,tambura, kalimba and wood blocks with some noise beat on top, or even pieces for piano, ( wich was an instrument that i had never layed a finger in my life yet always atracted me a lot ) in what what sumed up in a few hours of music that had no real objective, other than being extracted from my head for my own
pleasure, and i should say that for a while that was all i wanted from life!
Yet with increasing financial stability i saw an oportunity to start taking piano lessons ( dont know about the rest of the world but around here they are VERY expensive! ), and found a nice litlle academy a few hundred meters from were i work, the downside for me ( at the time ) was that i had to take musical theory lessons along with the piano lessons cause it was part of their program and havinf being scared by that previous expereience i was relunctant, still i gave it a try...

Five months later i find it to be the best thing that ever happend to me, it is much more acessible than i antecipated, but more than that, it´s beatifull, i can know begin to
undearsteand or signify what i have been doing for more than half of my life, as well as perceive that in a few yeras all i will need is pen
and paper to write down what´s going on in my head, i wont need a computer, i´ll be...well...a more portable composer!!

And the piano...it´s already an extension of myself, even tough i don´t have one:) altough i did
bought a prety decent weighted keyboard just before i started to take lessons.
I find the piano such an imponent orchestral instrument, and i felt more integrated with it that i ever felt with the guitar!
Because of the training i haven´t been composing as much as i did ( the interpretation side of music is also fascinating ), i feel know that i have wasted a lot of time and i am
trying to get it back as fast as i can, but the few pieces i composed ( 3 short piano pieces, a baroque style concerto and a Funeral March in the day my
grandmother died about a month ago...sad day ) are know a refined and maybe more academic expression that added to to my intrinsec ( is that how yu say it?!?), or intuitive
aproach to composition, and altought i do wonder "what if" i had classical training since i was a child, the truth is feel confortable with this mix and bealive this was the right time
to learn this new path!

thanx if you were strong enough to read!
Posted by: twosharps

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/06 02:00 PM

Hi all, I'm new around these parts and I go by a different handle over at the other piano forum but anyways, my real name is Ronnie Bradley and reside in Searcy, Arkansas. I'm about to turn 35 years of age. Looking at my nickname above, you can guess what my favourite key signature is. \:\)
The piano I practice on is a Yamaha P-90 digi stage piano. While its not a grand, it does suit my purpose for now. In the distant future, I hope to aquire a grand piano, something around 5 1/2 to 6 feet. When I do practice, I normally wear headphones, Sony MDR-V6's.
Now on to my musical background: I aquired a guitar back when I was younger (late 1980's) and took a few lessons but those got shelved when I got bad grades (doh!) in school. I began to learn some of the key signatures around that time too. My love for music extends back to my single digit age years.
Aside from piano, my other hobbies is weather (storm spotting, etc.) and computers, and listening to music.
I aquired the P-90 back in late November, 2003, along with a Play piano now book (which I didn't care for at all). I began to learn a bit for a few months into 2004 then I had to work very long hours at my workplace so my practicing got nixed. I then fell out of favour of practicing. I look back at that and I'm rather upset I didn't carry on when my working hours returned to normal. But early this year, I returned to practicing, one reason being that the main pianist at the church I attend to is beginning to lose her eyesight, and also getting to where she can't play some songs anymore. Probably in a 12 to 18 month time from now, I'm planning on playing a few up there. Right now, my sightreading is still rubbish but getting better.
I've been making slow but steady progress thus far and as of now, trying to learn Pachelbel's Canon in D (arr. by Dan Coates) and enjoying myself as I make progress. I have a collection of easy classical pieces I'm about to learn as well. Well, that's enough for now I guess \:\)
Thanks for reading
Posted by: Frank_W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/24/06 02:55 PM

I've wanted to play the piano all my life. My parents used to force me to go to church, so when everyone went into the main sanctuary for the church service, I would sneak back over to the Sunday school rooms and play around with the battered old uprights.

I started out playing trumpet in the 5th grade and played until I graduated high school. After high school, (two days after graduation) I left for active duty in the Army and was a medic on helicopter medevacs for six years.

In the Army, I picked up guitar, and after my honorable discharge, I put together a band and played local coffee houses in Japan.

Once I returned to the United States and got settled in, a friend of mine gave me a 1917 Cunningham piano that looked like it had been through three world wars and lost them all. I bought some books on piano maintenance and restoration, and went to work on that piano, polishing up the brass, working the cabinet over until it shone like new, and repaired various pieces of the action. I vacuumed out the keybed, had some strings replaced, and got it tuned up. After a while, it became apparent that the old girl was just too brittle and had been misused for so long, she would never really become a very good instrument, so I bought a Yamaha upright. For recording, I bought an Alesis QS-8. The day they came and wheeled the Cunningham out of my living room was a sad day, indeed. I knew they were going to boot it off the back of the truck into the landfill... *sigh*

I've been taking lessons for about three years, now.

My other hobbies and pursuits are scuba diving, weightlifting, Jeepin', reading, and a ton of other stuff. I am a member of MENSA. (Whoop-de-doo...)

That's about all I can say about myself.
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/24/06 03:10 PM

Welcome aboard Ishmael, outro, twosharps, and Frank_W!
Posted by: Frank_W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/06 09:40 AM

Thanks, Bob! \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/06 10:36 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Muir:
Welcome aboard Ishmael, outro, twosharps, and Frank_W! [/b]
ditto. twosharps, I love that Dan Coates arrangement of the Canon in D. I still play it several times a week.
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/06 03:19 PM

Welcome to all the new people \:\) Hope you enjoy the boards!

Euan.
Posted by: Opus45

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/06 05:42 PM

Mak,

Have you had time to read all the new posts?
Posted by: Pumucky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/26/06 04:54 AM

Hi there,

I’m pretty new to this forum and not a very frequent poster, but I like this group and would like to join in, if you’d have me.

I’ll be turning 35 in a few days. I’m married and have two daughters (1 and 2.5 years old) that fill our lives with joy.
After 7 years living in the London area we came back to Spain 3 years ago and settled down in Málaga, on the southern coast.
I work in IT, managing software development projects within my company (big telco), and my wife is a full-time mom (before that she worked primarily in customer services – last job was with Marriott).

Around five years ago I decided I’ve had too much of “wanting” and too little of “doing” and I went on to buy my first un-weighted, not touch-sensitive keyboard. From there on to a touch-sensitive one and finally to the P80 I currently use.
For quite a while I didn’t have any formal tuition, apart from a handful of lessons from a local teacher.
On October 2004 (after a year of seriously neglecting my piano playing) I took another leap and joined the local music school. I was lucky enough to live in a village with a music school that accepts adult’s applications.

Right now I’m on the third year (out of 14!!!) of the official Spanish music education curricula and enjoying/suffering in my personal digital piano search (greatly helped by this forum).

Well, that’s about it, I guess.

Cheers,
Posted by: Frank_W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/26/06 07:16 AM

Welcome, Pumucky. Glad to have you aboard. \:\) Congratulations on the music school. Very best wishes!

-Frank
Posted by: Bill_G

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 02:17 AM

Hello folks,

I'm new to the forum.

A few weeks ago, I googled "can older adults learn to play the piano?" I just wrongly figured one had to start as a child. After eventually being led to the PianoWorld forums, I found the answer to my question...that being, if the hearse hasn't pulled up, it's not too late.

I've always been fascinated by pianos but learning to play as a child was out of the question (finances and room). In 8th grade choir, the teacher played a piece of music, one version with a full orchestra, the other a piano solo. I was the only kid in the class to raise my hand preferring the piano piece. Through the years, I've always enjoyed songs with lots of piano. I'd see a piano somewhere and would look at it, touch (caress) it, but always just figured it was too late for me to learn, so I never really thought much about it.

I'm 49 years old. I've lived most of my life in Iowa. I'm an accountant (CPA) by training, and spent 4 years in public accounting and 20 years in healthcare in some sort of business manager role. I'm taking what I call a mid-life retirement of 5 years or so, then back to work, hopefully to that perfect job...you know, interesting, part-time, summers off. I have a vegetable garden (gotta love those fresh tomatoes and herbs) and am improving as a cook, with cast iron, no less. I love red Bordeaux wine (and yes, I saw the thread on the effects of alcohol on piano playing) and french food. I exercise by walking at a nearby county park and when the bugs get too bad, I bicycle. I've learned HTML (web page design) this year. I enjoy reading a good novel. My favorite author is Ken Grimwood. I sail a 19 foot Lightning class sailboat on the Mississippi River now and then. I have never played any kind of musical instrument and my singing voice probably should be banned in the lower 48 states.

I've been married to my wife Kathy, a nurse, for 17 years and have two adult children (both girls). One is a nurse, the other will soon be in nursing school. Both my girls have music talent, however, I don't doubt they inherited that from their mother. My wife and I share the same passions about wine, cooking, walking, listening to piano music and many other things.

I've perused many of the threads in this forum and have learned a lot. I bought (and read) a copy of Larry Fine's "The Piano Book" and the most current supplement. I have looked at numerous pianos at several music stores. Around here, Kawai and Yamaha seem to dominate, but I've seen Steinways, Schimmels and other pricey/good pianos. I would like to thank all the posters to this forum for assisting me (albeit it unknowingly) in the purchase of my first piano. This site, for all the postings and the repeated recommendations to buy The Piano Book, made my purchase an informed one and I believe I bought a good piano for a very good price. Thank you.

I bought a new Walter 1520. I'm very happy with it. It will be delivered next Friday.
Posted by: Bob Muir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 10:35 AM

Cool, another renaissance man! (i.e. someone with more hobbies than anybody can shake a stick at \:\) ). Welcome aboard Bill! I think you're going to like it here 'bouts.

I've just started getting into cooking myself, although I'm sticking with some very nice stainless steel pans myself. A couple of days ago, we finally got rid of ancient electric stove and bought a superb JennAir dual-fuel range with double ovens. Woo hoo! Now I'm cooking with gas! \:D

What kind of music do you like to play? I'm into folk/pop music right now.

Bob
Posted by: SAnnM AB-2001

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 10:58 AM

Welcome Bill,
It sounds like you've a wonderful well rounded life! Be ware! This piano stuff can be very addictive ....just kidding.....um.... not really.... Hope you enjoy the journey and continue to read and post here.

I started with absolutely no musical backgound about 5 years ago at 43. I've progressed to, I think intermediate, or maybe, on a good day \:D , late/intermediate and am totally hooked and loving every minute of it. I've become a classical music nerd...my family thinks I'm crazy...

Have you listened to the piano recitals? They are very inspiring!
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 12:27 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Bob Muir:
I've just started getting into cooking myself, although I'm sticking with some very nice stainless steel pans myself. A couple of days ago, we finally got rid of ancient electric stove and bought a superb JennAir dual-fuel range with double ovens. Woo hoo! Now I'm cooking with gas! \:D
[/b]
A Jenn-Air dual oven and stainless steel- what time is dinner???? LOL My husband does all the cooking here and he would dearly love a range like that! He already has the stainless and cast iron!
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 12:28 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Opus45:
Mak,

Have you had time to read all the new posts? [/b]
Well, obviously I'm a bit behind, but I think I've caught up. Was there something specific?
Posted by: Opus45

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 01:38 PM

Mak, don't you remember? I posted that a few days ago when you, Euan, and I were bumping posts up in order to sink that vulgar post from that vile troll.

[actaully, I haven't read these in a long time...should "catch up" someday.]
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 02:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Opus45:
Mak, don't you remember? I posted that a few days ago when you, Euan, and I were bumping posts up in order to sink that vulgar post from that vile troll.

[actaully, I haven't read these in a long time...should "catch up" someday.] [/b]
NOW I do! LOL Poor brain- 'tis a bit fuzzy these days.
Posted by: Bill_G

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 03:44 PM

What kind of music do I like to play? Uh, I don't know yet. I have absolutely no experience. In fact, a salesperson showed me where middle C was. I am starting from scratch. I think I'll go the route of finding a teacher and keep visiting this site to keep me motivated to practice, practice, practice.

I have listened to many of the piano recitals posted here and have enjoyed them all very, very much. It' nice to hear the efforts of beginners and the more advanced players, too. I am so impressed with how well all of you play.

My wife doesn't like cast iron because it's too heavy, but she likes the results. By using cast iron, I get to do more of the cooking, otherwise, she's trying to take over. I have started collecting some beautiful stainless steel cookware (Viking) and have enjoyed learning to cook with stainless and trying to keep them looking new. I am so envious of your JennAir, Bob. I have a white glass-top Amana stove. Interestingly enough, I've not scratched or damaged it with my cast iron.

With my first ever piano being delivered on Friday, I'm working like crazy painting walls and moving furniture around. I had no idea our china hutch could hold so much stuff, but it had to be unloaded in order to move it. So far, no finger injuries.

Bill
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/06 09:25 PM

Welcome, pumucky and Bill_G! Glad to see you both on board. And congratulations on your new piano, Bill.

I do all the cooking in my household, but I am so untutored in it I don't even know the difference between stainless steel and nonstick. My 10 year old daughter decided to become vegetarian two months ago (and appears to be sticking with it), so that is stretching my cooking skills (or lack thereof) even further.
Posted by: Shortcircuit85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/19/06 10:57 PM

Bump

Just to keep it alive
Posted by: born2die

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/21/06 02:36 AM

Hi I thought I would share a little of my journey so far.

I started playing keyboards when I was about 8 yo and self tought myself to read music I plodded on like this for 10 years on the way ataing lowly grades of 3 on the organ and up to 6 on keyboards and grade 7 on electric/jazz piano. I then started playing for my local church etc and without proper care bieng a teenager etc blew myself out and gave up playing for a number of years.

But afer seeing one of my always wanted one of those/ you dont see many of them keyboards on evil bay going cheap I bought it. Ok its got all the bells and whistles and thought ok now what \:\)

I rashley tried the keyboard style but stangely found myself better at the piano \:D bit of a change around so now i am batrying to convince my other half that a didgital piano and said keyboard would look just great in our lounge.

As a subnote I have found that in the 2 months since I took up playing that I am back to where I once was if not a bit better my span has improved the only let down is building up strength and dexterity again as I suffer from having shoved my little finger metacarple back a good inch about 10 years ago.

Thanks for reading a I look forward to becoming a regular here as I am now gravitating towards classical pieces theat require a different style of playing and harder pices that will push me on and as buget is tight I cant afford lessons so if i post some lame questions just tell me and I will shut up.

Thanks

tris \:D
Posted by: CindyB - Musicmaker

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/21/06 08:39 AM

I'm kind of a newbie here - andI guess I don't officially 'belong' since I'm not an adult beginner, but I love to teach adults and check in here to see piano and lessons from the perspective of the adult student, their frustrations and their joys. I've been playing the piano since 2nd grade (I'm 46 now)and teaching for 15 years. My fellow teacher and I have a website web page where you can get a glimpse of our studios, students, and ourselves.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/21/06 10:39 AM

Welcome, born2die! Please don't worry at all about questions, "lame" or otherwise. I guarantee you that whatever question you can come up with, at least one or two other people reading the forum will be wondering the same thing and will be glad that you asked it.

And welcome to you, too, CindyB. And sure you belong here! We need somebody who can answer born2die's questions, after all! \:D
Posted by: Frank_W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/21/06 04:32 PM

Welcome, Born2Die! And welcome back to the keys! \:\)
Posted by: Ragnhild

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/27/06 07:55 AM

There is a thread like this at the Pianist Forum right now, I just thought I would bump up this one.
I think there might be some new people joining the AB forum the last months, and since I have never introduced myself I would rather do it here than on the PF.

I am 41 years old and I am working in the aluminium industry, in the R&D-laboratory. I am a single mother with two children, 13 and 11 years. My daughter started this autumn learning to play the church-organ, I pray that she will go on enjoying it.
My son plays piano, but seem to be more interested in other things like computer games ;\)

I played piano as a child, first for two years with a non-professional teacher- she made me love Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven and I learned to read music, but she did not teach me which fingers to use. Later I played one year with a teacher who knew technique, she kept telling me I was doing everything the wrong way so I quitted \:\(

I took up playing again when the children were babies, playing some very easy children songs. In 2001 I bought the Bach Inventions and Sinfonias, and since then I have been practicing quite regular (but not every day).I would like to have a teacher, but have not found any.

I have also played the Bb Clarinet for 7 years. As a student I started singing and have been singing in different choirs/song-groups since. Now I am a soprano in the local church choir (we are about 15 members).

I live at the south-west coast of Norway, it means we have wonderful nature and a lot of weather. If I am not busy with some music I like to be outdoors (walking,hiking, skiing, swimming..)

Ragnhild
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/28/06 02:17 AM

I swear, every time I see the title of this thread, I think it's addressed to me. \:o
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/28/06 07:12 AM

Welcome Ragnhild! Nice to have you here!

You'll find a teacher soon, I'm sure, and your playing will improve each day.

By the way, it's very nice to have a soprano with us. I'm a tenor in the choir of one of the orchestras here in Valencia (Spain). And judging his nick, OperaTenor is also a tenor \:D
Posted by: Mountain Ash

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/31/06 07:39 PM

Ok, well, I'm a 21 year old guy who's always wanted to play the piano but only started to take lessons about 2 months ago.

My father used to play wonderful pieces by chopin and grieg but lacked the skills or inclination to teach me how to play... and then he sold our piano when we moved house!!!

Unfortunately dad passed away a few months ago and I thought now would be as good a time as any to start playing, so I've bought myself a little yamaha electronic keyboard that is touch sensitive but not weighted. I'm looking to buy a nice acoustic as soon as possible, probably a Kawai K3 or something equivalent.

Currently I'm studying education at university and working part time to make ends meet... and no, I don't have a girfriend/partner/wife.

Nice to meet you all! \:\) \:\) \:\) \:\)
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 11:06 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by AQP_87:
Welcome Ragnhild! Nice to have you here!

You'll find a teacher soon, I'm sure, and your playing will improve each day.

By the way, it's very nice to have a soprano with us. I'm a tenor in the choir of one of the orchestras here in Valencia (Spain). And judging his nick, OperaTenor is also a tenor \:D [/b]
I'll second that welcome, both to Ragnhild and Mt. Ash!

And, I'm a soprano, too- a couple altos and a bass or two and we'll have a group! lol
Posted by: rborc415

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 01:39 PM

I'm a 53 yr old beginner on piano (already play guitar and fiddle). Would love to eventually be able to play some Chopin, some Bach, some Mozart, and some more modern things. I have had a Samick digital piano sitting in the den for years, and I finally decided to turn it on and have fun with it. And it is fun so far!
Posted by: briiian13

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 02:28 PM

Hello, my name is Brian.

I live in Orange county of California.

I am married to a beautiful wife, no children yet,
so thus I have devoted some time to my interests (including her!), which some of them are:

chess, I used to be a good club level but dont practice that much anymore due to time.

i am a member of the forum www.chessgames.com

shoes (clothing,etc), I own over 20 pairs of high end dress shoes and continuing collection. from wearing them to polishing them to antiquing them.

i am a member of the forum www.askandyaboutclothes.com and www.styleforum.net

i just got into wristwatches as well, i am a part of timezone.com.

and piano (last but not least), i used to practice when i was in grade school but quit in junior high school and i had various teachers including my mother who was like Mommy Dearest to me in as a teacher to me. i didnt have great memories of the piano at all.

just recently, we purchased a Kawai ES4 and I have started to practice again, due to my love for Chopin.

ive been practicing a few Chopin pieces and some gospel songs and Hanon and Czerny. my wife plays well (something i never knew about until we bought the piano).

i am 34 years of age.
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 02:43 PM

What are we waiting for, Mak?
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 04:35 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by AQP_87:
What are we waiting for, Mak? [/b]
A couple altos and a bass or two... ;\) :p
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/01/06 05:00 PM

I thought you were going to mention a place to meet each other and practice. We're all over the world. But, yes, we need alto and bass.
Posted by: caperflutist

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/02/06 01:33 AM

I'm an alto
Posted by: Mr. Widmore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/02/06 05:26 AM

Great!

Bass... Where are you my dear friend?
Posted by: Ozor Mox

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/02/06 12:45 PM

Hello all!

I'm 20 and live in Hampshire, England. I took about 2 years of keyboard lessons when I was something like 8 and gave it up because, as you do when you're a child, my mind wandered into other things. At around the end of school, just before I started college at age 16, my father, after listening to the amazing James Horner piano solo version of "My Heart Will Go On", told me that he wanted me to learn to play this piece for his 50th birthday.

Then in my first year of college I became good friends with someone I'd known from school who was on grade 5 piano (now grade 6), who played some great Coldplay pieces while I was round his house one evening that completely amazed me and sparked something incredibly powerful in me that made me determined to take up the piano again.

So after practicing for a couple of months on my 14 year old keyboard that barely even played anymore, I took up piano lessons in September of 2003 with the very same teacher who taught me something like ten years ago on keyboard. I bought a Yamaha DGX-500 which, just like Bob found, I soon realised the 'semi-weighted' keys weren't exactly suitable for piano-playing.

In something like April 2004, I acquired a nice acoustic from my friend who was looking to sell it for the bargain price of £350 plus delivery, and really began to get the best out of playing the piano.

And now I am a university student, currently on my third year placement at IBM, looking for a high quality digital piano to replace my DGX-500 while I'm in rented accommodation, and still loving piano more and more every day!

So that's my long rambling story \:D
Posted by: seraf

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 02:11 PM

Ok, I'm sixteen so I guess I actually are the youngest around here, and I know I'm not adult but I hope I'm welcome anyway? As I said I'm sixteen and from Sweden (northern Europe) and when I found Pianoworld is was like finding paradise ;\) .

I've always been interested in music and in particular classical music. My favorites are (in this order):

Rachmaninoff (Vocalise for piano and cello almost makes me cry)
Chopin (Get goosebumps by the e-minor nocturne)
Beethoven (Can't get enough of the moonlight sonata's 3 movement)

and of course many, many more... I'm single, though I don't know if you find that very interesting? \:\) I'm the proud owner of a white Kawai (K 80 I think, but I'm not sure).

Well, that was my story, if you want to know anything more just ask!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 03:21 PM

Welcome, seraf, and you're actually NOT the youngest. (Debussy20 has you beat). And you are very welcome. And you're also not the only member of the White Kawai club... Alvaro has a white Kawai grand. \:\)
Posted by: U S A P T

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 03:47 PM

Oh how I wish they had websites like these when I was a lad taking lessons.
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 04:54 PM

I guess I haven't added to this thread since finding these message boards a month ago.

I am a part-time high school teacher with three kids (triplet boys) in 5th grade. My husband is a teacher also, so we spend the summers traveling toand camping at various National Parks where he loves to fly fish.

I took piano for six years as a child, quitting at the end of 10th grade. I took it up again five years ago because I wanted to meet the requirements for a Sonata certificate from one of the music teachers' groups. It took me three years to do that, playing over an hour of sonatas from memory, and I had thought I would quit when I finished. But my teacher kept tempting me with all the beautiful music written outside the classical period, and now I am an avid hobbyist. I take lessons every other week (one hour) during the school year. In the summer my teacher goes away, so I take from her son or his roommate, which is a nice change and new perspective.

All three of my boys are in their fourth year of lessons with my same teacher, so our piano is going all the time. I recently bought a very cheap piano ($50) off of Craigslist so we could occasionally have two people practice at once. The new piano is not a crowd favorite here, so we're usually taking turns on our Yamaha U3 upright. We may wear it out in record time.

Nancy
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 06:43 PM

I swear, every time I see this thread title, I think it's addressed to me!

\:o
Posted by: kluurs

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 07:28 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I swear, every time I see this thread title, I think it's addressed to me!

\:o [/b]
I was trying to figure out why everyone wanted to talk to you - and for 10 pages.
Posted by: Mountain Ash

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 07:59 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by kluurs:
 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I swear, every time I see this thread title, I think it's addressed to me!

\:o [/b]
I was trying to figure out why everyone wanted to talk to you - and for 10 pages. [/b]
So was I, what is OT supposed to stand for if it isn't OperaTenor?
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 10:11 PM

I think it's "Off Topic," meaning not necessarily piano related.

Nancy
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/06 11:30 PM

Oh boy!!
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/22/06 03:03 AM

Hey MSH, I'm gonna be in Avondale for the next four days!

(I know it's "Off Topic", BTW.)

\:D
Posted by: OperaTenor

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/22/06 03:04 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by kluurs:
 Quote:
Originally posted by OperaTenor:
I swear, every time I see this thread title, I think it's addressed to me!

\:o [/b]
I was trying to figure out why everyone wanted to talk to you - and for 10 pages. [/b]
You'd think I was interesting...

You know what's really funny? I can't remember if I've actually told about myself on this thread.



[edit] I just checked. I did.
Posted by: Ragnhild

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/22/06 03:12 AM

Well, OT (OperaTenor), we would love to hear all about you... And also , OT, show us your pictures \:D .

Ragnhild
Posted by: Mountain Ash

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/05/07 11:53 PM

*Bump* Just thought some of the newbies might wanna read about OperaTenor, um I mean us here at the Adult Beginners Forum. :p
Posted by: shimmer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/06/07 04:20 AM

AAARRRGGGHHH!!!! As if I don't already spend waaaay too much time on this site when I should be working or practicing! Now I will not be able to go to bed until I work my way through this thread so I can then get onto the work I was supposed to get done today \:\)

Isn't it funny how your mind makes assumptions without you realising? Mountain Ash, I thought you were a girl!! The only reason I can think of for assuming this is your avatar (which I thought was a woman playing the piano but now I can see is a man (I think) and, of course, it really has nothing to do with what sex you are anyway .... OK ...I'll just stop now... \:o ). Thanks for the bump.
Posted by: Mountain Ash

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/06/07 04:28 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by shimmer:
Isn't it funny how your mind makes assumptions without you realising? Mountain Ash, I thought you were a girl!! The only reason I can think of for assuming this is your avatar (which I thought was a woman playing the piano but now I can see is a man (I think) and, of course, it really has nothing to do with what sex you are anyway .... OK ...I'll just stop now... \:o ). Thanks for the bump. [/b]
Lol! My avatar is Glenn Gould! \:D I thought it was appropriate cause he used to sit on a ridiculously low chair and I'm in the process of trying to find a lower piano bench.

[Edit] I gotta stop changing my avatar.
Posted by: cgarcia

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/05/07 10:37 PM

I blow life into thee!


Once upon a time I googled piano and forum and it sent me here because I felt lucky.

And then I went into a piano class at my wonderful public high school and realized that I really should have played the piano instead of the trumpet when I was younger. If I played the piano instead of the trumpet, my instrument wouldn't have spent several lonely years in a small closet, since it wouldn't fit in a closet. Poor trumpet.

Anyway, I went and looked up things relating to the oxymoronic pianoforte and found this place again. I'm going to go ahead and introduce myself, because I haven't really found a thread to do that, and I feel like I must. It's so awkward to just lurk around and post little blurbs when no one knows who I am.

My name is Charles, and I'm technically an adult beginner.
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/06/07 11:12 PM

I just saw this thread when Monica pointed it out in another topic (thanks Monica!) and thought I'd take a moment to make a belated introduction. This is perhaps much longer than you might wish to read, so feel free to skim, but its the story of how I came to be playing the piano again. ;\) My story takes place in Windsor, Ontario (in Canada!) where I grew up, and still live today.

My enchantment with pianos began at the wise age of 3, watching my disgruntled older brother pound out a sad rendition of 'Chopsticks' on a monstrosity of an upright painted in that dull, putrid green that was so prolific in the 1970's. The old adage 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' is no truer than in the eyes of a child filled with wonder at the sight of something only a child could love. Certainly few others saw the beauty in that old clunker that sounded like it was earnestly strangling every string... least of all my brother who was being forced to take lessons. This may sound like the beginning of a beatiful friendship between myself and a semi-musical green coffin, but alas, I was told I was too young to take lessons (despite my most heartfelt pleas!) and the piano did not belong to our family; we were simply storing it for some neighbours. And alas, hideous or no - the neighbours took it back. I, however, remained smitten.

Over time, I never gave up on trying to get a piano. As with so many other things in my life, my wish for something fantastic for Christmas was granted in the strangest way. My prayers for a piano for Christmas in 1981 were answered in the form of a recalcitrant pony named 'Ginger' whom I now in retrospect believe was bipolar. Now, I'm quite certain that no one has ever been bucked off a piano, but if anyone ever has, they likely fell with more grace than the countless times I was thrown from that pony. Surely, I thought back then, a paino would have involved fewer bumps and bruises and probably would not have sneezed horse-goo in my face each time it was groomed.

Through sheer miracle, I somehow managed to survive Ginger, and my brother and I showed horses for many years. It was not until high school, when our blooming social lives took precedence over mucking out stalls, that we finally sold the horses. It was then that I was reaquainted with music, in ninth grade beginners' concert band. You're thinking perhaps that I took up the piano here, right? Well, I wish I could say yes, but something about the 'spit valve' on the French Horn got my attention (don't ask!), and for several years my musical life could be described as one long whole note. Oh - now and again things would get really exciting because they'd throw in a half note or something, but by and large all the French Horn music consisted of 3 whole notes and then 24 bars of rests.

As I eventually felt that I had mastered the whole note, I set my sights on bigger things. The quarter note, for example. I felt I needed a different instrument to do this. I borrowed an alto-saxophone from the school one summer, and after attracting quite a few mating geese (they're just everywhere in Canada!), managed to learn the basics, and eventually take first chair in the school's competitive jazz band. I also dabbled on the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, and tenor sax. Everything but the kitchen sink... and the piano.

Where is all this going, you might be wondering at this point? Did the French Horn's spit valve make some perverse claim on me, or is there a piano coming up? Well, finally, in my last semester of high school, I got a piano!!! This story would be really interesting if I told you I found my long-lost pea-green monstrosity at some random yard sale... but I didn't. My family, now convinced of my love for music with all the different instruments I had taken up, finally caved. We bought a tiny little Weber console (the one made in Ontario, Canada). It was no Steinway, to be sure, but it was mine and I loved it, and I promptly took lessons. For seven months.

What!?!!? you ask? All this for seven months of lessons? Well, I learned fairly quickly, but I cut a lot of corners (to my current regret!), and then university struck with its midterms, papers, and keg parties. You clearly see how my priorities changed. I dabbled now and again, played a lot of Enya, but otherwise was occupied. After university, I set out into the world with all the aplomb of twenty-somethings everywhere trying to carve out a path in life. I landed a good job and was doing well for myself, and consumed with advancing my career. Well, until I realized that to truly advance, I'd have to go to graduate school. So at age 29, I quit my job and went back to school full time. There's a piano coming up... I promise (for those of you still reading!).

While in graduate school I saw a flyer for an elective course to take piano lessons from graduate music students, for full credit. This was during my last semester, on a cold March day in down-town Detroit (I attended Wayne State in MI). As the steam from the sewers drifted accross that flyer stuck on lamp-post, I noticed it had been grafitti'd in putrid green. An omen, I thought. I then recalled that I had just considered trying to barter away my leather belt for a sandwhich at the Barnes and Noble's cafee... grad school was expensive, and I was broke. No money for any extra elective courses.

Graduation came and went, and I soon found myself working in a new job that I absolutely love, but that can be very taxing and draining. A senior coworker took me aside one day last fall, and hosted a mini-intervention. I had to take up a hobby, she explained, or I would quickly burn-out. She told me that she had recently taken up horse-back riding. Although she did not quite understand the look of horror that streaked accross my face, I understood her message.

I wish this story had some triumphant climax, like "I then made my debut appearance in Carnegie Hall" Sadly, this ending, which is really a fulcrum for my piano playing, is much less grand. Baby-grand in fact. I just traded in my tiny little Weber for a Yamaha GC1!!! It comes on Friday! Perhaps not the piano of champions, but more than enough piano for me!

I've been back taking lessons since the beginning of February, studying a classical-only curriculum (that sounds really snobby but really it amounts to me turning my fingers into pretzels trying to play Bach's inventions!). I've been practicing daily for at least two hours(although not improving all that much!)... but most importantly, loving it!

So you see, my long-winded tale has a moral. The piano has been with me in some small way for most of my life, and although I have been a tad (okay very) unfaithful it has taken me back... and I've come to see that my piano will always love me... and will never sneeze in my face :3hearts:
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/06/07 11:32 PM

What a great story! Thanks for taking the time to write it and congratulations on your new piano! Just don't paint it green!
Posted by: shimmer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 05:03 AM

Thalamus .. loved your story. Anything you've waited that long for is definitely worth waiting for.... putrid green or not!
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 06:57 AM

Hi Everyone!

My name is Nick and I am 57 years young. I live on Long Island with my partner of 29 years and our black lab named Cleo. I was a teacher for 35 years, and recently retired.I was also an Asst. to the principal for 12 years. I currently work a few days a week as an adjunct for a local college where I supervise student teachers. I studied piano as a young man and let life get in-between so I've been away from it for a while. I enjoy llistening to and playing classical music. I recently, thanks to Mr. Hunky, learned to enjoy Neo-classical music where I have become a fan. I recently started piano again and bought my Vogel as a gift to myself for retirement. I stumbled upon the forum one evening while surfing the net and find it addicting. I have made wonderful contacts via the forum and enjoy corresponding with various piano enthusiasts around the world.
Along with piano and music, I study painting at a local studio where I am trying to master watercolor. I enjoy reading, this time for pleasure and especially enjoy reading French literature and culture. I speak French as well as some Italian and also enjoy the culture as I AM Italian. Love to cook and eat!
Cleo and I enjoy long walks in the New England woods. We have a home there in New Hampshire and love the quiet and serenity of a slower pace. Living in NY can be quite hectec, so time away is always welcomed.
My playing puts me in the Intermediate catagory I guess. I am hopeful that I will also be able to participate in the on-line recital.
I appreciate your time and interest in reading my mini bio. My best wishes to all of you and I look forward to corresponding with you on the forum.

Best Regards,
Nick
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 08:36 AM

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Originally posted by C7 Player:
What a great story! Thanks for taking the time to write it and congratulations on your new piano! Just don't paint it green! [/b]
Thanks so much for reading it \:\) I do have a bad habbit of going on (and on [and I use a lot of brackets]). Hehe and yes - no painting it green!


 Quote:
Originally posted by shimmer:
Thalamus .. loved your story. Anything you've waited that long for is definitely worth waiting for.... putrid green or not! [/b]
Thanks Shimmer! I probaby would have taken the green clunker back just for sentimental reasons hehe!

And hello there Nick - I've also really enjoyed the great neo-classical recordings from Super Hunky, Monica, kawaigirl1 and others... enough so that I've started to learn a couple because they sound so nice! (shhhh! don't tell my teacher!). Welcome to the forum!
Posted by: Donna R.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 09:26 AM

Hi everyone,

My name is Donna, I'm 50 years old, English by birth, a naturalized US citizen, and I live in Massachusetts with my husband of 24 (almost 25!) years and my 7-year-old Norwegian elkhound. I work part-time as an admin assistant at Harvard Medical School, and spend the rest of my time maintaining the yard, raking leaves or shoveling snow, depending on the season, cleaning the house,
and making meals from scratch as my husband's on a special diet (fortunately I like cooking). Oh, yes, and playing the piano. I started last year after many years of thinking I'd learn to play when I retired. Then I decided that if I waited that long my arthritic fingers might have seized up too much, so I seized the day instead, dragged a small Casio keyboard out of the closet where it had been languishing since my husband bought it on a whim, found the books he'd bought at the same time, and started teaching myself to play 'Ode to Joy'. A month later I was still at it, so we bought a piano. After a brief period with a digital Yamaha 213, I acquired a Kemble Empire vertical that I love - it has a mellower tone than the Asian-built pianos and has held its tuning remarkably well through the challenges of a New England winter.

I'm very much a beginner - still working my way through elementary pieces in the hope that things will eventually get easier. I'm working on the Minuet in G from Anna Magdalena's Notebook (excruciatingly difficult - please don't laugh), Shostakovich's Waltz from 'Six Children's Pieces', (not quite as difficult, but still a challenge), Gurlitt's 'Music Box' from 'Album for the Young' (ditto), and Judith Strickland's 'Sail-Away Sonatina' (my morale-boosting easy piece). Sometimes in the evening I accompany my husband, who's taken up guitar again after many years of not playing. We do a stellar 'Silent Night' (pun fully intended) and are getting nowhere fast with 'Stairway to Heaven'.

I discovered the Forums when I was doing my research before buying the Kemble and lurked for a while before joining. There's so much support and knowledge here - you've already helped me out a lot.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 09:27 AM

Thalamus, give up your demanding job and start writing novels. I loved your story. \:\)

And vogel54, you don't know how much your post made me long for retirement, even if it does mean even creakier knees. You're living the kind of retirement I hope to have for myself some day.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 09:29 AM

You and I were posting at the same time, Kemble88! Welcome to the forum!
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 09:39 AM

Welcome to the forum Donna! It's great that you decided to "seize the day" and start piano sooner rather than later. It must also be a lot of fun for you and your husband to play together, no matter how good or bad, it's the sharing that makes it special.

Welcome again!
Posted by: Newathis

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 10:58 AM

Forgive me for not introducing myself before my first post(it was last week in the teachers forum...oops. i think I started a bruhahah about non-teachers posting)I'd better hang out with my own kind over here ;\)

My name is Mike. I just turned 40 I'm just starting to play piano but have played guitar and sung for years. I stumbled into these forums a month ago, and this interesting bunch has been tremendous help.

I have a wife and three sons and we live in Wilton CT. I'm a history teacher (second career) who used to work in advertising. Besides the piano obsession, I love to spend time with the family, cook, drink, play a little golf, work on the house, throw some paint on the canvas and call it art...

We are looking for the right teacher for each of us, but in the meantime we're just breakin it down...I'm working on the Moonlight Sonata, the Entertainer, and some blues tutorials that came with a CD.

Pleased to meet you all!
Posted by: Humble Beginner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 11:55 AM

Just noticed this post so I'll introduce myself as well...

I'm Anna. I'm 39 and live in AZ with my husband and our two greyhounds. Currently I work for a very small import company. This is my "third career" if you will...worked many years in retail development for some of the biggie retailers...developing their international business. Burnt out went to cooking shcool and cooked for a while. Recently came across this opportunity with a very small business so took it. Miss the kitchen a lot though...

I played for about 11 years as a kid...from about 5 to 16 or 17. I really enjoyed it at the time but for whatever reason fell away from it(much of my 20s was spent overseas and that has a lot to do with it I'm sure...workaholic with no piano in sight). Married my husband who himself has a musical background...he's wanted a piano for years so I bought him one for his birthday in Feb as a surprise. We've both really enjoyed having a piano in the home...and are trying to find the right teacher for each of us.

I've been lurking around here for a bit - before the buying process and since. Enjoy this site alot!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 12:43 PM

Hi,
As my handle states, my name is Mark. I'm 52, married with 3 sons. 24, 19, and 10...The oldest is an Architect. (Proud Dad). I coach my sons little league team each spring which keeps me busy. I also do lots of running as a form of exercise.

I live down by the Jersey Shore and work full time as a paramedic and part time as an RN working in a cardiac cath lab. I'm on call for emergency angioplasty most of the time.

As for my piano. I have always loved the sound of piano and bought my first acoustic back in the early 70's during my Elton John years. I took lessons then but never really progressed.

I'm back now for the past few months and practicing 1-2 hours a day. I finally hooked up with a teacher recently and have progressed more in 3-4 months than I did in the 1-2 years from my past.

I like Classical, rock, and pop music as well as blues and Jazz. It's all good. I really like music that hits that sweet emotional spot in people souls. Especially mine.

I plan on giving the piano all I have for a year or two and see if I can play it finally. I believe I have no natural talent except the will to want it very badly.

I use this place for my daily motivation as well as a learning tool...

Mark
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 03:13 PM

Hi Monica,
Thanks! I was a bit nervous about retirement but quickly got over that!
Stay Well,

Best Regards,
Nick
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 03:17 PM

Thalamus,
Isn't Neo-classical wonderful! What would you recommend I learn to play?

Best Regards,
Nick
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 04:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by vogel54:
Thalamus,
Isn't Neo-classical wonderful! What would you recommend I learn to play?

Best Regards,
Nick [/b]
Yes! Some really nice and simple pieces that sound beautiful! I downloaded a really easy Jim Brickman sheet music because I wanted a nice song that I could learn pretty quickly. But I think I'm at a much lower level than you're at right now - I think I might be lucky to call myself an enthusiastic begginner. For some more intermediate pieces you might check the Ludovico Einaudi thread - I think his big 'best of' song book has some really nice pieces. I'm looking forward to hearing the piece you choose!
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 07:10 PM

Thalamus,
Thanks for the info regarding neo-classical pieces. LOVE Ludovico Einaudi but I think his work would be a little too difficult for me. There are a few according to the thread that are easier to play. I will certainly look at the Jum Brickman sheet music. Are you familiar with John Tesh or Yani? Would you consider them neo-classical pianists?

Best Regards,
Nick
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/07 11:07 PM

Hi Nick!

I'm also only recently introduced to neo-classical , so it might be best if someone with more knowledge were to answer your question about Yani and Tesh.

I do remember once long ago (over 10 years ago) learning a song by John Tesh and being pleasantly surprised (had a bit of trouble getting the Entertainment Tonight image out of my head LOL!) but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called. I've never played any Yani. I haven't started any of the easier Ludovico Einaudi pieces, but I've looked at two of them and they seem like they'd really be good pieces to tackle at earlier levels (hehe but I think it might take me a bit to get through them!).

By the way... have you thought of painting a watercolor of your piano?

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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Thalamus, give up your demanding job and start writing novels. I loved your story[/b]
And thanks Monica! thats very nice of you to say \:\)
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 07:40 AM

Thalamus,
Do you paint? I have found water color very difficult to master. Right now I'm working on birds using water color pencil. If I get good enough, I will paint my piano and post it.
What music do you enjoy playing besides neo-classical? I studied music in the past, was a music major, turned teacher in college. Took a wonderful class in college regarding Beetoven's work. We would analyze various works of his. I am currently reading about Chopin's life and work. I posted a thread regarding the dissonace in his work and how it creates harmony. I got a few replys. It helps you understand the person when you analyze thier music.

Don't you just love Monica!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 09:01 AM

...aw shucks... [blushes] thanks, guys. \:\)
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 12:28 PM

Everybody here loves Monica, Monica, everybody here loves Mo-ni-ca...She's the brightest, she's astute, sitting infront of her piano, she's so cute...We adore you, we applaud you, thanks for being here, that's the truth!

(sung to Momma's Little Baby..."
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 03:27 PM

Monica I do have to agree that you're one of the nicest people! Your contributions in this forum have made me, and I suspect many others, feel very welcome, so thank you!

Nick I've never tried my hand at painting, although in the past I've enjoyed using chalks/pastels. I can only imagine how tricky watercolor must be! But I bet you'd get great satisfaction from completing a painting, similar to working through a nice piece on the piano - it would be great to see some of your finished pices!

Right now, I'm primarily working on classical pieces - with my teacher some Bach inventions (I really like Bach!) and I'm trying to polish the ever popular Chopin prelude in e (minor I think). I may be tackling a Beetoven sonata next. I've also started a really nice sounding piece from Jim Brickman because with the new piano coming tomorrow I know friends and family will expect me to be able to play something on it hehe!

And I agree! Knowing something about the composer really helps in understanding a composition - I've always loved listening to classical music but now I'm starting to learn about it! \:D
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 04:24 PM

Congratulations on the piano!!! Do we know the make and model? What did you get?
Bach? I remember many years ago studying his work and found it very difficult. I love to listen to him but I don't like to play Bach. Two part inventions? Yuk! It must be as a result of my piano teacher forcing me to play. "Nicholas, you Must be able to execute a Bach invention if you want to be considered a true pianist." I never understood that one!
Posted by: ckcornflake

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 04:54 PM

I might as well do this now, since I'm bored at work and I never really introduced myself to the PW comunity.

My name is Justin and I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am 24 years old and happily single (more practice time!!!). I played piano for 2-3 years when I was in elementary school. I picked up the saxophone in 5th grade and played it until I got to college. Minus one semester with a jazz band, I took a hiatus from playing musical instruments in college. I graduated in December 2006. With a steady income, and too much free time, I decided I would start taking piano lessons again. I started last March so, it's been about a year.

My teacher and I are focusing on classical styles, although I do like to dabble in composition and jazz, and will probably get into that more as I progress.

I practice anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours a day on my Technics (forgot the model) digital piano.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 05:18 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by ckcornflake:
I am 24 years old and happily single (more practice time!!!). [/b]
[Frazzled married mom who doesn't get nearly enough practice time sighs with envy.]

Welcome, ckcornflake!
Posted by: Liverpool_poet

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 05:23 PM

Haha, you asked for it…well…

I was born in 1970 (which makes me 37 this year) and I have been married for 8 months and 1 day! ;\) I have been with (now hubbie) since 1990, I never rush into anything!

I am a philomath but totally lazy, so I lounge around, dreaming about being knowledgeable! My favourite quote (apart from almost anything Oscar Wilde said) is;

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then— to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn." – T H White “The Once and Future King”


We love to travel and will possibly be making our first trip outside Europe this year to NY. Which brings me on to my current obsession- Billy Joel! (I have this dream that I bump into him in NY- yeah, fat chance! I’m not a stalker by the way and am not going to NY to stalk him or anything! ;\) )

My ambition is to be able to play Piano Man on the piano and play the harmonica bits too! But I’ve also spent a small fortune on 'easy to play' songbooks by; The Beatles, The Carpenters, Simon & Garfunkel, Melanie (Safka) and I think I even bought a Burt Bacharach one at some point- then I realised how sexist some of his lyrics were! My husband also pointed out that if he has lots of friends in San Jose then why doesn’t he phone them and ask THEM the way? \:\)

I write poetry and am hoping to one day combine my 2 loves (Piano and poetry) and try my hand at songwriting. I have a web site www.liverpoolpoet.talktalk.net which has some of my poetry on it, plus my blog.

So, if you wanted to know more about me and what I get up to, you can go there.

Oh yes, my name is Justine- I'd like to say I was named after a character from a Marquis De Sade novel but my mum used to watch Justine Lord in the TV series "The Doctors"! \:\)
Posted by: loveschopintoomuch

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/08/07 07:35 PM

Anyone who quotes Dorothy Parker, loves Oscar Wilde, has read the "The Once and Future King" and is from the culture capital of the world...is, well, deserving of a big welcome! So

WELCOME!!

I detect a bit in this Brit,
Of a charming and hilarious wit,
An egg-head to boot
What a glorious hoot
She's sure to be a King-sized hit!

Kathleen
Posted by: Thalamus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/09/07 06:46 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Liverpool_poet:
I am a philomath but totally lazy, so I lounge around, dreaming about being knowledgeable! [/b]
Haha - that line really made my morning - And I think I can identify with that LP. Very pleased to meet you!

Nick - I'm getting a little Yamaha GC1... it was the most amount of piano I could affoard right now and have the space for, and I really liked the piano! And the Bach is going slowly, but I prefer it to another technical exercise, so I can stay happy with it on those terms ;\)
Posted by: seesusiplay

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/09/07 11:11 PM

Okay, I'll jump in -- better late than never.
I'm 49 and a high school librarian to 900 boys in a private school in New York.
Played and studied piano from age 10 to 18.
Inherited the family piano 10 years ago.
Decided in January to start playing again and am having a marvelous time.
Was recently told by the music teacher at our school (WHO HAS NEVER HEARD ME PLAY) that the Hanon exercises were too advanced for me.
Am having still more fun by ignoring him.
-- susi
Posted by: tryinghard

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/10/07 09:58 AM

Hi, everyone. Other than playing drums in a rock band years ago, I wasn't much into music. Looking for distraction after my husband died, I bought a cheap used spinet and signed up at the local music store for 1/2 hour lessons. That was 4 years ago, when I was 66. For a year playing was sort of a half hearted sideline. Then one night, driving the 80 miles home from the university where I'd been also half heartedly working on a PhD in medieval medicine, I heard a broadcast of Jon Kimura Parker and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #1. I was so stunned by the power, majesty and beauty of the performance I actually pulled off the highway to sit and listen. Wow! I gave away the spinet, bought a Yamaha baby grand, dropped out of school, got a private (wonderful) teacher and am now a confirmed pianoholic. Other things in my life: I was an RN for 35 years, raised 6 children, 5 daughters, 1 son. I love them all dearly despite the fact that they hate classical music. All you kind people at PW forums have been my support and strength with your ideas and insight and I thank you and appreciate you!
Posted by: Mark...

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/10/07 01:43 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by tryinghard:
I'd been also half heartedly working on a PhD in medieval medicine, I was an RN for 35 years, [/b]
Wow...that is interesting. \:D
Posted by: Stephen Hazel

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/12/07 09:20 PM

When I was a kid, I spent 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th grade in Japan as an MK.
(missionary kid).
We were EXTREMELY lucky and had an old upright piano for me to dink around with.
I'd hear those McDonalds melodies and other commercial jingles and plink em out
on that ole piano. My Mom was pretty impressed, so I grew to like that.
In 5th or 6th grade I took a piano lesson at school.
It really sucked.

The dang teacher wanted me to play scales, scales, scales and yet even more
SCALES!
And I was getting frustrated with all this music where my left hand had to be
playing notes AT THE SAME TIME as my right hand.
I QUIT !!

I just stuck with those commercial jingles.
My Mom was just as happy and so was I.

Soooooo, I grew up, got through high school, college and hit my first real job.
My Gramma always told me I should get BACK to playing the piano.
I ignored her. Well, tried to. She was pretty tough to ignore.

THEN i found out there were these things called SYNTHESIZERS.
And I now had the kind of money to buy one.
And you could hook em to your COMPUTER !!
And the COMPUTER could play the music FOR YOU !!
That was it.

Computers were my first love.
See here
But, well, I'd found somebody new.

Well, not like that, really. I'm afraid computers are still my first love.
But music is my second.
Well, ok, stick my wife and kids and family in front of those,
but you get the idea...

So I tool around with ditty for a while and discover that, hmmm, the computer
CAN play the music for you. But you really don't want IT making the music.
You want IT -helping- you make the music.
Otherwise, well, the music you get out will be EXACTLY the music you put in.

You're still gonna have to learn the piano, Steve !!

Well, my kids are mostly grown now (youngest in 6th grade!).
I seem to be getting more time for ME lately and it's NICE and, hmm, how can
I put it to good use...?
Let's seeee...

Then BAM!
stumbleupon.com got me to pianofundamentals.com got me to pianoworld.com

Meet Mr. Adult Beginner !!

...Steve
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/12/07 09:43 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by seesusiplay:
Was recently told by the music teacher at our school (WHO HAS NEVER HEARD ME PLAY) that the Hanon exercises were too advanced for me.
[/b]
Oh my gosh. I hope you punched him in the nose. What a ridiculous, condescending thing to say. I'm glad you didn't let it get to you.
Posted by: seesusiplay

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/07 09:17 PM

Monica, I think about that man with a kind of evil glee every single time I sit down and bang out another Hannon bit. I haven't gotten them up to speed yet, but time will provide.

--susi
Posted by: Fitswimmer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/18/07 08:45 AM

Since I just joined this week-I'll add my story.

I'm 45, and started piano a couple of years ago. I had always wanted to learn, my father played before he got married but since my mother didn't like to hear any mistakes he pretty much stopped. Her attitude kept me from taking lessons because she didn't want to hear practicing scales or sloppy sounding music. If it wasn't perfect, don't bother.
I was able to satisfy some of my love for music in chorus-HS, college and church choirs. When I was in my 30's, we got a new music minister at our church who was around my age and we got to be good friends. She also taught piano and one day when we were talking I told her my story. I had pretty much given up on the idea of learning piano because I was "too old". Well, she put that idea out of my head pretty fast and told me she would teach me whenever I was ready. She bought herself a BEAUTIFUL Steinway grand a few years back and whenever I would visit it felt like it was pulling me to play it. One night when I was visiting I mentioned the pull and she ripped off the cover and we sat down for my first lesson. WOW-I can't explain to you what it felt like to touch that beautiful instrument. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it. It took a while, but eventually I bought my first piano and got kind of serious-a Yamaha Clavinova. The digital was nice, but I really wanted the feel of an acoustic so last year I traded the Clavinova in on a Yamaha U1. I call myself a Beginner 3, because right now I'm in the Third book of John Thompson and Michael Aaron.
My goal is to be able to sit down at the piano and play some light classical, some Broadway and Pop songs for pure pleasure.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/18/07 11:50 AM

Fitswimmer, on some other thread you mentioned playing for your assorted furballs. Are they of the feline or canine variety?
Posted by: Fitswimmer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/18/07 12:25 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Fitswimmer, on some other thread you mentioned playing for your assorted furballs. Are they of the feline or canine variety? [/b]
Feline. I have 3, all adopted from the local shelter. One mostly Russian Blue, one tabby and one long hair.
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/07 08:46 AM

My name is Nick and I am 57 years old. I recently retired from a career in teaching after 36 years i the classroom. I am currently working a few days a week as an adjunct professor for a local college. I have studied piano in my youth and was originally a music major in college. I decided to move into El.Ed. as getting a music teacher's job in 1972 was nearly impossible. I loved teaching however, decided it was time to move on to better things. I am returning to piano after many years of life in-between and loving it. As a retirement gift my partner of twenty-nine years, bought me a Vogel grand piano which I love as you can tell by my screen name. I originally had a Wurlitzer spinet and the grand was a dream come true. I am taking art classes in oils and watercolor.
We have a home in New Hampshire as well as Marco Florida so we travel a lot. New York is home base and I am a true New Yorker. Love the theater and bustle of the city. Living on LI is great in the summer, fine beaches and easier lifesytle than Manhattan. Our dog Cleo is a black lab and fun to be with. Reading for pleasure takes up some of my time as well as the fourm! I have met wonderful people on the forum and have made contacts as far as Milan Italy. We travel often, mostly in the summer. Enjoy going to Europe and have been fortunate enough to visit many countries there, and our home in NY reflects our travels.
Thanks to all of you on the ABF for making a part of my retirement an enjoyable, entertaining one.

Best Regards,
Nick
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/16/07 02:13 AM

I've been away for a year or so (!), but thought I'd take a moment to reintroduce myself.

I'm a forty- (hm, had to pause and check) five year old mother of two and a self-employed publishing consultant who works and lives in a lovely town north of Boston. My ex-rocker husband is in the pet supply business, my 9 year old daughter is learning violin and piano and my 6 year old son just started piano lessons a few months ago. We all sing as well. We have a sweet muttley houndy kind of rescue dog who will soon be a year old, and more fish tanks than I can count.

For fun I play the piano, and spend a lot of time volunteering for the Girl Scouts. (My blood is turning green, I think.)

I studied piano for 7 or 8 years as a child. As an Army family, we moved every year, so I had 7 or 8 piano teachers. I never quit, I think we just forgot to get a new teacher the year I was a junior in high school.

I scratched my musical itches in college and post-college by singing classical and a cappella music.

Then for a long time, singing along to the radio or singing hymns at my Unitarian Universalist church was about as musical as I got.

About 10 years ago I inherited an 1864 Steinway square, (the first piano I learned on), but sadly, it isn't much of a piano these days. With the research help of the Piano World Piano Forum, I bought a used Charles Walter upright in 2005.

I became massively addicted to PianoWorld and to playing. I started taking jazz lessons from a very talented young performer (who is pretty successful on the local jazz scene). I discovered I'm not so much a "jazz guy," and after a year of beating my head against a brick wall I decided it felt better to stop! But it was definitely worth the try.

Because of my family, work, and volunteer obligations, I always felt guilty--when I was practicing (and lurking, and posting), and when I wasn't.

I've recently been playing (poorly, I'm afraid) Debussy, Chopin, Dario Marianelli's Pride & Prejudice score, and Joplin (go figure). It satisfies that little-used corner of my brain.

My parents, who were also both musical but not especially proficient on the piano, are gone now, and I find myself trying to polish pieces they half-knew.

I had the thrill of attending the M&H tour in 2005 and meeting some wonderful PW people, and I'm falling off the bench in my anticipation of the Steinway tour next month. Thanks for letting me pop back in.
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/16/07 07:33 AM

Hi Rustyfingers--We have been on similar piano paths. I also took jazz for awhile as an adult and found it definitely wasn't for me. I wish it were, but I am much more comfortable with classical piano. I do occasionally try out a less classical piece (my last two recital entries have been more modern/popular), but that's out of my comfort zone.

I'd love to try out the tours, but I'm a bit far from Massachusetts. I bet they're great fun.

Nancy
Posted by: YD

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/16/07 02:18 PM

My name is Yuri, and am rapidly approaching 40...

I played piano for about 10 years as a child, and also a few years during my college years (almost every one of my university friends - all majoring in either mathematics or theoretical physics played piano, and we held regular informal recitals) in Kiev University (Ukraine). Moved to the US, made a career as an engineer, got bored, went to business school (Berkeley), and now have my own investment management company.

A piano (Roland digital, to facilitate frequent moves) was one of my first purchases in the US. Unfortunately, my piano playing came to abrupt stop when I badly injured my right hand. So, I have not played for about 12 years.

Now, I have a 5-year old daughter, and half a year ago she started taking on the piano lessons. Since I was helping her, my spouse told her "Did you know that your Daddy was a great (that's her overstatement, YD) piano player?". So she started to beg me to play for her. Now, I thought I would not be able to do that - my right hand, though they did a splendid job at Stanford on putting it together (4.5 hours surgery!), is only about 70% of what it used to be in the range of motion.

Finally, I succumbed to my daughter, and lo and behold, it wasn't that bad - it took me a few days of sneaking to the piano when nobody was in the house to play Maple Leaf Rag reasonably. So, I started playing, first a few minutes per day, but it progressed to the point of me actually finding a teacher for myself - so, starting from January 2007 I am actually taking lessons again...

That's my piano story...

Yuri
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/16/07 04:17 PM

Rustyfingers, welcome back!

And, Yuri, welcome for the first time! Your comeback from injury is an inspiring story. It reminded me a lot of how mr_super-hunky came to the piano. See his "I clap for myself" thread for details.
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/16/07 05:44 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by NancyM333:
I also took jazz for awhile as an adult and found it definitely wasn't for me. --
I do occasionally try out a less classical piece (my last two recital entries have been more modern/popular), but that's out of my comfort zone.[/b]
Nancy, I still play all kinds of music, but I need the sheet music. All I can do with a lead sheet is play simple chords or arpeggios. I think it boils down to being much too inhibited to improvise and knowing theory in my head, but not in my fingers.

 Quote:
Originally posted by YD:
Unfortunately, my piano playing came to abrupt stop when I badly injured my right hand. So, I have not played for about 12 years.

Now, I have a 5-year old daughter, --she started to beg me to play for her. --
Finally, I succumbed to my daughter, and lo and behold, it wasn't that bad[/b]
Yuri, your story (and mr_super-hunky's, thanks for that, and the welcome, Monica), are inspiring and will teach me to stop my whinin'. I may be busy, but I can play if I want, and I see that I'm very lucky indeed.

-RF
Posted by: Rodney

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/17/07 04:53 PM

I can't believe I've never posted to this thread,...... Here goes

My name is Rodney Jones and I live in Caledon (Greater Toronto Area), Ontario Canada. I've lived in the GTA for most of my life, but I was born in St. John's Newfoundland. I'm 41 years old as of last week and have been married for 3 years (as of 2 days ago). I have a son (William) who just turned 4 months and a stepson from a previous relationship who is about to turn 17. Besides Piano/Keyboards and recently Guitar, my main extra curricular activity is weight lifting which I do almost every day (for the last 20+ years).

I've been involved with software development for my entire adult life; as a programmer in the beginning but now managing development teams. (I guess this makes me a GEEK!!)

Drums were my musical instrument of choice as a kid, and I enjoyed this into my early 20s. Unfortunately a lot of moving around and life changes made percussion an impractical choice as an adult. About 7 years ago, my stepson expressed an interest in Piano so I purchased a cheap Yamaha keyboard and signed him up for lessons. Within 2 weeks he was playing the first half of Fur Elise (memorized) and finished the second half (much harder part) in the following week. I immediately went out and purchased him a grand piano and he's never turned back. After many thousands of dollars in software, computers, instruments(synths and workstations), studio gear, etc; he now composes orchestral music for games, movies, plays and for his own enjoyment. Oh wait,.....this is supposed to be about me,.... sorry but I can't help but boast!!!

When his mother and I parted ways 5 years ago, I decided to take up piano/keyboards so that he and I would always have something in common. Thus began my obsession.

For the first year, I was self taught from books and made good progress but then I hired a teacher, who helped me make great strides in sight reading and general piano technique. Due to a job change, I could no longer take lessons with this person so I began a LONGGGGGG search for another teacher who could give me insights to playing the voodoo of POP, Blues, JAZZ, (ie. not classical). During my search, I returned to self study which started my obsession with music theory and methods. I believe I now own every book worth owning on the subjects (not many) and far too many music books that aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

The sum total of what I've learned from these thousands of pages can be found in the "Chord Voicing (A Primer)" thread.

I finally found a FANTASTIC teacher who was a Juno award winning composer, arranger, performer and teacher (in that order). He introduced me to playing from fake books/lead sheets so that I could play many styles of music beyond classical and arrange my own interpretations of these songs. Unfortunately, this teacher passed away suddenly from Cancer, so I'm back to self study.

A little over a year ago, my wife decided that I needed something other than Piano and Exercise to keep me busy so I found an Electric Guitar and Amp under the Christmas tree. If you think practicing one instrument is tough, try two,.... Arggg! ;\) I now own four electric and one accoustic guitar(s) and just last week, my wife sugested I should pick up a drum kit and add percussion to my practice schedule.

That's me in a nutshell,

Rodney
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/17/07 08:59 PM

Thanks for filling us in, Rodney! I'm envious of your baby. As my pediatrician told me once, "a 4 month old is the happiest creature on the planet," and that was by far my favorite baby age. Old enough to sleep through the night, full of smiles and giggles, but not yet mobile. \:D

I was sorry to hear of your teacher's death. You were fortunate to have found somebody who was so compatible with your interests and needs.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/07 12:18 AM

New puppy: Freddie

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Rabidraider
Posted by: atropos

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/07 01:02 AM

Lets see....

Just turned 38, I work in the IT field, and music / bicycling are my main hobbies. Oh, and fanatically watching hockey.

*shameless plug on*

Musically, I write / perform / mix just about all my own stuff.. I have a fairly good deal of work available for listening over at Soundclick, though the majority is incomplete due to lack of a vocalist. I have a song on a compiliation CD from another music forum, and another one coming out in a few months, both of which I am pretty happy with (now I just need to make my own!).. as I get more proficient in piano, it will become very much a center point of my work.

*plug off*

Lets see..

Been married and divorced, currently quite happy living 'in sin' as it were, and for the first time in decades, reasonably happy as a person \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/07 08:43 AM

Cute video (and puppy!), Mark. Looks like the two dogs loved each other at first sight. \:\)

atropos, your shameless plug would work better if you gave us a link to your stuff on Soundclick. (I am very, very lazy!)
Posted by: pianewbie

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/18/07 08:47 AM

Just noticed this thread--I've been here less than a month and it has been really helpful reading through the archives in the ABF to find many of my questions already answered.
So, here's my story: (**warning: long**)

I'm 31, and I started piano with group lessons about three years back, then took a two year break, and just got started on individual lessons last month.
During that break I had tried to teach myself from a few other books (John Thompson, Carl Humphries, etc) but didn't get too far beyond just keeping my sight-reading skills barely alive, mostly because of the lack of disciplined practice.

The reason I took up piano at 28 is perhaps a bit different than many people here. I grew up in India, and I didn't hear much piano music or even much western music beyond the typical 80s-90s pop/rock (and some 'golden oldies' from my dad's collection). I was somewhat involved in Indian music, much of which is famous for successfully combining elements from multiple musical traditions. So I had heard, for e.g. some western modulations in some raga-based songs, and some theme of Mozart 'imported' into a song ... on the whole I was completely stuck in that music = melody paradigm of Indian music (well, we do an awful lot of stuff with the melody, but that's another story).

As a result, when I came here, I got to experience most of the western classical music repertoire (beyond some of the most well known works) for the first time only as an adult. Imagine the euphoria of discovering all the important works Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Chopin, Mahler, Dvorak and Stravinsky all at once (within a year or so) as an adult. I had been curious and listening to randomly picked up recordings from the libary, but the epiphany happened in a serious of extraordinary performance I found the recordings of... Gould's Goldbergs, Jaqueline du Pre's Elgar & Dvorak, Kleiber's Beethoven seventh & Brahms fourth, and Mullova's Bach Chaconne. I guess that in a way I was lucky that by the time I heard them, I was old enough to be deeply touched.

So I decided to learn piano as a way to learn western music and its compositional process, learning the basics of harmony and polyphony, following scores and play simpler works and transcriptions of larger works, etc. The piano seemed to be the most comprehensive way of getting into it. Only after starting to tinker around with the keys that I realized that being able to play this wouldn't be so bad an idea. I know it's too late for me to learn to ever play virtuoso works (the Hammerklavier fugue, anyone?), but maybe in a decade or so I could be able to play some of the musically interesting gems that do not require the fingers of a Horowitz. So my goal is to be able to play some of the easy-on-the-finger but hard-on-the-brain pieces. I guess that's a bit over-ambitious, but I'm addicted and loving it \:\)

About my progress so far: During the group lessons, we were following the Alfred 1 ( which we almost completed) and Bartok's Mikrokosmos 1. But I wasn't very excited about many of the Alfred pieces most of which had very boring left hand patterns (I am not experienced enough to improvise the harmony). Also, the pieces that other people found comfortingly familiar, were all strange to me, having never heard them growing up.

I'm also a graduate student, with all the obvious budgetory constraints, so I had to start small, on a Privia PX100 digital. Recently I got really fed up with the noisy keys and the fact that even after practicing regularly on the it, I could hardly get out any sound between pppp and ffff on the practice acoustic pianos in our college. Obviously, I needed a practice instrument that would let me learn control of dynamics and tone, besides the key positions. So, I'm right now in the process of upgrading, trying to decide between a mid-range digital like CP33/P140/FP4, or renting a cheap upright for a year or two before upgrading. Any comments/suggestions on that dilemma are welcome.
Posted by: Perplexed

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/07 09:29 PM

Instead of creating that new thread of mine, I could have posted it all in this topic. Sorry about that.

But let's do this. From the top:

I'm 32 years old, happily single, too lazy to look for another relationship. Currently living on Oahu island, Hawaii, and moved here from Alaska 10 years ago because I needed a change of climate in a big way.

Apart from learning how not to sound like a cat walking across the piano keys, I enjoy swimming, mountain biking, surfing (the internet that is. True surfing will be later), yoga, and thinking about starting scuba diving sometime in the future. Also I'm studying the Japanese language since it's a useful skill to have here, considering all the people from there that visit Hawaii.

I own one cat, or rather, he owns me. I'm well trained to feed, brush him, and open doors, on command.

On the musical side, both of my parents used to play in a local classic rock band in Alaska. My mother sang lead vocals, and my father played guitar. When I was 4, I remember him letting me try playing it, and I was just strumming the strings. He said it was really good.

In school I did play the trumpet in band class for a year, but stopped after that. The weird thing about learning the trumpet was trying to get used to the B-flat scale notation. A note on the "Middle C" line would be played as "B-flat below Middle C". My poor aching brain!

I'll stop for now, since I need to do some things. But I can't go anywhere without finding my keys.
Posted by: azladee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/22/07 08:26 AM

So great to hear about everybody! So interesting! We live in Arizona, Gilbert to be exact. When you live here year round...you just know that you need an indoor sport for the summer months which is why the piano is perfect. I mentioned that I have a son who is very talented on the piano but has a website for his classical guitar that he has been playing for as long as the piano. His website is www.mitchturbenson.com You can hear him play there. I am pretty much retired after years of selling high speed computer printers. My last employer, Xerox, laid off our entire division and I just could not find a sales position after that. I am a stain glass artist now and as a hobby, I show dogs. I show mainly Lowchens (Little Lion Dogs) and also show a Parson Russell Terrier who I train for agility competition as well. I have been married a very long time. I have three parrots as well. My African Grey is such a wonderful talker that he almost seems human. If the dogs bark he will say, "Be Quiet" and if they get near his cage he will yell "Get Outta There". Well, fun to "talk" to such a great group!
Posted by: Sunil

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/07 07:01 AM

Hi Everybody!


I am a new junior member who stumbled upon this thread while exploring the forum. Read through several introductions, though by no means a large fraction. What a fantastic group of people!


46 years of age, and about 2 years into learning the piano, I live in New Delhi with my two sons (both into guitar) and wife (who can sing wonderfully, but wouldn't agree with me).


Having played the guitar, I like to think that I had a head start in piano: a basic knowledge of musical notation, and nodding acquaintance with types of chords and such stuff as the circle of fifths. But I couldn't sight read even most rudimentary of music.


I was fortunate to find a good, hardworking teacher who started me onto doing things properly. Unfortunately, I had to give up the lessons because I moved out of the city.


But now I am back and determined to return to the lessons once again. Meanwhile, I have been practicing and improving (!) on my own.


(At least I can accompany myself while singing Bridge Over Troubled Waters, using all the 9th, diminished and suspended 7th chords.)


Although a new member of the forum, I've been reading your posts through the RSS feed for sometime.


Hope I am welcome in the group. Best wishes to all of you!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/07 04:52 PM

It's good to hear from so many newcomers. Welcome all!

Pianewbie, you may have already made your decision, but I think if I were you I'd go ahead and get the digital. I am leery about renting anything and throwing the $ away. A digital is good to have around even when you upgrade later, too, for late night practice, recording, or just fooling around with the various sound effects.

Perplexed, you need to host a piano party and we will all come visit you in Hawaii. Uh, do you have room for 20,000+ guests? \:D

I have a cat who owns me, as well. Being nocturnal, she decides at 2:00 or 3:00 am every night that it is time for me to wake up and let her outside. And so I do.

Azladee, is your avatar one of your lion dogs or the russell terrier? (I'm not up on dog breeds, as you can tell.)

Sunil, yes, you are definitely welcome in this group. \:\) Bridge Over Troubled Waters is a beautiful song and I hope you will post a recording of it in one of our piano bar threads sometime.
Posted by: Oxfords Gal

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/26/07 09:08 AM

Oh Lordy, I had forgotten how it is to have a new puppy.

I literally have had no time for anything including my piano.

I went to Vermont and stayed with Stanley's breeder overnight and oh what a beautiful farm and what a beautiful state. I was totally enamored.

Anway thank God the trip went well, Stanley slept through the plane ride.

He felt right at home from day 1. He is a riot a, pistol a firecracker. hahahah I've been laughing so much. Imagine this tiny puppy running around the house with the broom or barking and nipping the two adults in the ankles. He is a pistol.

I took him for a play date to a friends house who own two Airedales and a little welsh terrier. They were all so nice to Stanley, and the little welsh terrier just played and played and played with him.

this was the result of his play date. whewww we got an hour rest. I'm still trying to get back on the piano and have found it impossible. I have to watch him 24/7 unless he's napping and when he is I have to run and do what I need to do. I even bought a baby monitor so when he wakes up I can hear him crying in his crate to get him out.


Posted by: Donna R.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/26/07 05:06 PM

Hi loly,

Yep, I remember those times! Do you have an exercise pen? When Jasper was a pup I just used to set it up wherever I was with a rubber mat underneath it in case of accidents, and there was enough space for him to tear around in it with his toys without me having to worry about where he was and what he was doing every second. It really helped to save my sanity when I had to get stuff done and he wasn't ready to take a nap in his crate.

I love that exhausted baby pose!

Congrats,

Donna
Posted by: bundy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/07 01:04 AM

Wow!! I think I must be the grandma of this site as I'm 61 yrs old. I'm so impressed with all the adults who have just learned to play the piano in the last few years. I really admire you!!

I took piano when I was a child but never got any farther than my Grade 6 Royal Conservatory. When I retired I started taking piano lessons again and now I'm preparing to do my Grade 9 Royal Conservatory exam on June 13th!! Please say a prayer for me that I will do o.k.

I am married and we have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. We love to hike, go camping, entertain, fitness and having fun!!

I live in Regina, Saskatchewan which is a beautiful city even though it is quite flat.

I would like to organize a piano party after my exam is over and will let you know how it goes.

Thanks.

Bundy
Posted by: Oxfords Gal

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/29/07 03:09 PM

Can't do the exericise pen with him Donna, he just won't tolerate it. he follows me around the loves to play with me or my husband. he loves to nip the bigger dogs ankles. I left him in the kitchen for the first time since I brought him home and he curled up next to the gate like a little lamb, he looked so dejected. I feel sorry for him, I hope he doesn't think he's been naughty.

Anyway I found an admirer. he sits in front of the piano and stares at his reflection, then when I start playing he lays under the bench to listen or he begs me to put him on the couch. This is the result

Posted by: DameMyra

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/29/07 08:59 PM

Welcome Bundy,

I'm 55 just a few years younger than you. To be honest, it's been quite awhile since I've posted anything in the ABF. Spending more time in the Pianist's Forum lately. Those of us who took lessons years ago and then returned years later are referred to, lovingly, as "retreads." (Are people still using that term here at ABF?) Anyhow, welcome and best of luck in your exams.

Sharon
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/29/07 11:52 PM

What an interesting bunch of people! And what a coincidence to have two connections to India so close together. Sunil, I love Bridge over Troubled Waters; I bet you sound great.

Perplexed, boy you sure have lived in some gorgeous places. My husband became obsessed with visiting Hawaii and we went there four times in four years back in the early 1990s. Now we have kids--all our trips are in the car!

Azladee, I know what you mean about an indoor hobby. Our summers aren't as brutal as yours, but it's pretty hot & humid, and when it cools down, the bugs come out to eat you. I guess the bright side of being laid off is more time to practice!

Pianonewbie, it sounds like you are really moving ahead with your piano. I am quite partial to acoustic pianos, but I do think digitals serve a specific consumer profile better than acoustics, especially people in a studio apartment or who are constantly moving. I would suggest playing a bunch of acoustics and see if there's an inexpensive one you like. They're each so different. My teacher has five pianos in her studio, and today for fun I went there and played the same piece on three of them. The difference was unbelievable! Good luck in your decision.

Nancy
Posted by: Sunil

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/30/07 06:35 AM

Thanks Monica and Nancy for the welcome!

I've had a Paul Simon book for decades--the kind that has melody + chords. Quite adequate for self-accompaniment on the guitar, but I know that piano is different.

Pianists like to accurately play every note just as it is written. It's a skill that I want to develop in time.

The other day I got myself a CD with the Bridge... recorded by a big name keyboardist, but the rendition was tame. There was none of that angst!

So I fished out the old Paul Simon book and tried it myself. I have no piano skills to speak of and didn't expect anything better than a ringtone version. But for days I enjoyed playing the song over and over again, with increasing confidence, accuracy and immense pleasure!

I'd post a recording, since you ask so nicely :-) Lack of skills didn't dissuade me from entertaining my friends in a piano bar in Buenos Aires!
Posted by: JMShub

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/30/07 08:54 PM

Good evening everyone. I registered this forum about a week ago, and have been lurking around, looking for a place to introduce myself, and this seems as good as any.

My name is Mike, I hail from Somerset, Pennsylvania, a small town about 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. I am 25 years old. I got into playing keys about three years ago now, when a friend of mine, Chris started a rock cover band, and they thought it would be cool to add keys to a couple of their songs. Chris is a very talented piano player, and my first parts were essentially me watching him play some easy parts, and mimicking exactly what he did.

Time has passed, and we are still in the band, playing the local barrooms and clubs, my parts ranging from piano in Coldplay and Zevon's "Werewolves of London", to organ and synth lines in classic rock songs. I think I have improved a lot in the last year or two, but consider myself to be something of an "advanced beginner". I am pushing myself to continue to learn, especially in reading music.

I work in the computer field (IT support), and my hobbies, besides the band, are mountain biking, hiking, and cruising around in my Jeep.
Posted by: Ravi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/01/07 03:23 PM

Hello,

I found this forum through rec.music.makers.piano. I studied violin as a kid, first took piano lessons during my senior year of college, and then took twenty years off before restarting piano in 2005. A friend introduced me to an excellent teacher who mixes lessons and drills with good pieces from the classical repertoire. Memorization comes fairly easily, which is good but reading the bass clef has been an ongoing struggle. I practice regularly and am constantly working on structuring it to make productive use of the time.

My goal is to play chamber music eight years from now (The Ten Year Plan) and maybe that terrific Rachmaninoff G-minor prelude http://tinyurl.com/2z9xu7
before I shuffle off to my reward. I've played a few pieces at student recitals and hope to join the online recital series at some point.

I live in Redondo Beach, CA near Los Angeles. We're fortunate to have excellent weather, a beautiful ocean a couple of miles away, and a very lively musical life from small neighborhood concert series all the way to the LA Philharmonic.

Instruments:
Yamaha P120 Digital - I started with this to see if I would stick with lessons
Refurbished Kawai 6' grand - since October 2006

Best regards,

Ravi
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/01/07 03:39 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by loly:
Can't do the exericise pen with him Donna, he just won't tolerate it. he follows me around the loves to play with me or my husband. he loves to nip the bigger dogs ankles. I left him in the kitchen for the first time since I brought him home and he curled up next to the gate like a little lamb, he looked so dejected. I feel sorry for him, I hope he doesn't think he's been naughty.

Anyway I found an admirer. he sits in front of the piano and stares at his reflection, then when I start playing he lays under the bench to listen or he begs me to put him on the couch. This is the result

[/b]
Loly, Butz and I just had to call in and say hallo to Stanley - beautiful naughty nippy adorable Stanley (and to you also, of course). Are you "enjoying" the "mouthing"?

Love to all on the list from Somewhere Near London - Mary-Rose and Butz
Posted by: Perplexed

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/03/07 02:37 AM

Monica, that size of a piano party would be a blast. There's a large private park area next to my house that can be rented for 1 day or more (is rather often too, by parties, campers and more). If that's not enough there's always plenty of room on the beach (public property. yes!) under the coconut trees.


Nancy, thank you. Although when I was living in Alaska I didn't really appreciate its beauty (the cold got to me first), I do now that I'm away from there. Very picturesque and wide-open landscapes. But with Hawaii, I continually feel grateful for being able to live in such a place.

Maybe when that highway from California to Hawaii is finished being built, then your family would be able to visit Hawaii again, by car (Would be interesting). Although a car trip on the mainland sounds like fun (especially the redwood forest), since I haven't travelled in the 48 states much at all.


Sorry for the delay in replying to this. My first real piano lesson was yesterday and I've been determined to improve my skills (and contemplate purchasing a better digital piano. My teacher offered me a good deal on a similar model at a music store)
Posted by: Johan B

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/03/07 07:46 PM

I am member of this forum for some weeks but did not tell anything about myself.

When I was about ten years my musical life started. My parents had a harmonium (chamber organ, reed organ) so I started playing. After some years I got private lessons on a churchorgan (Aa-kerk 1702) Arp Schnitgerorgel Aa-kerk Groningen(1702) My organ-teacher was Johan van Meurs.

I was organist in several churches from the age of 14 till the age of 37. Then I left the church. Now organs have the unmannerliness to stay in churches where I did not come anymore....... ;\) so, my music stopped.

In 2006 at the age of 53 I rediscovered music as a way of living. In times of personal problems I refound music as therapy and wellness. I bought a digital piano and I am practising Bach, Haydn, Schumann, Satie, Mendelssohn, Gagnon and many others.

I am married to the most interesting woman I know. We have three wonderfull adult children living away from home.

At piano world forums I spend much time. I meet here more adults having fun by playing piano.

Best regards,

Johan B
Posted by: Van

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/03/07 11:00 PM

Welcome everyone, welcome Johan. I must say I rather envy you your life, to have music in your life so early and for so long...sometimes I feel as though everyone's at the party and I've only found out about it in the 12th hour.

Looking forward to hearing all the new music from all the new ABF members!
Posted by: elainelynn

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/03/07 11:19 PM

Hi Everyone!

I'm new here too. My name is Elaine and I'm a voice teacher and accompanist. I've been playing piano since I was about 8, but I have never really worked as hard as I should have and my technique needs a lot of work.

So I want to get back into playing for me, learning repertoire, etc., not just playing for other people.

There's such a wealth of information here, not to mention great people. Looking forward to getting to know you all better.

\:\)

Elaine
Posted by: SEODave

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/05/07 04:53 PM

Hi,

I'm Dave... in SouthEast Ohio.

I started playing when I was 5. I took lessons for about 10 years but wasn't very dedicated and progressed slowly. In highschool I started playing rock and blues with my friends and quit reading music. I also began playing guitar around that time.

After playing in a few rock bands in college, the piano was almost entirely abandoned for the guitar. For the last ten years or so I've been heavily into bluegrass and other related stringed instrument styles.

Last year, pretty much on a whim, I decided to purchase a digital piano. Now, it's the guitar that's suffering neglect as I've been spending all of my free time on the piano.

I've been sampling music from different periods but haven't been playing long enough to be able to form any opinions about a favorite style. I've been working on Bach's two-part inventions, a Mozart sonata, a couple of easier Chopin numbers and, just recently started looking at some Ravel.

I'm going to be starting lessons at the local university later in June. I'm really looking forward to getting some guidance as I feel like I'm kind of adrift right now.
Posted by: ninja8701

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/05/07 06:04 PM

Hello, I have been on the forum getting advice on a piano for my wife and grand daughter. I might try myself and we just bought the Alfred's books to start and are trying to find an instructor. I am a retired detective from the city where I spent about 10 years in homicide and my last seven years in Crimes against children. I now work as a detective in the University of Texas system and just got my degree last month. My wife is an optometrist but mainly works in an office at the headquarters where she manages about 45 retail stores that are at military bases. People have been real helpful here but we are wannabees. I would classify ourselves in the category just before beginners. Oh yeah, we are both 53 years old.
Posted by: SEODave

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/06/07 03:44 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by John Delmore:
I come from a musical family (anybody heard of the Delmore Brothers, or are you all too young?) [/b]
I sure have! My friends and I pick every week (tonight, as a matter of fact) and have been known to pull out a few Delmore Brothers tunes from time to time... Blue Railroad Train and Fugitive's Lament come directly to mind.

How exactly are you related?
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/06/07 04:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by SEODave:
Hi,

I'm Dave... in SouthEast Ohio.
[/b]
Well, I sure got THAT one wrong... I had you down as "Search Engine Optimizer Dave." \:D

Ninja, I followed your piano search thread closely, and I have to say that I am tickled pink that you are taking up the piano, too, as well as your wife! \:\) I would imagine that after chasing murderers and pedophiles all day it is important to have something like piano to put your soul at ease.
Posted by: SEODave

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/07/07 09:54 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
 Quote:
Originally posted by SEODave:
Hi,

I'm Dave... in SouthEast Ohio.
[/b]
Well, I sure got THAT one wrong... I had you down as "Search Engine Optimizer Dave." \:D [/b]
Ah.. my cover's blown! I was just gearing up my bots to start flooding the message boards with posts full of links to client sites. Will have to move on to boards with less savvy members.

Lexington, huh? I grew up in Cincinnati and used to go to a bluegrass festival outside of Lexington every year.
Posted by: Jonayla

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/25/07 06:14 PM

Hello,

Just a short introduction, i registerd this month when I was looking for a new piano.

I´m 27 years old and live in holland, the hague with my boyfriend. I work as an IT-Consultant.

When i was 7 I had lessons for a year but stopped because my teacher was not nice and had a scary and smelly dog. She had to lock him up everytime I came. That did not really motivated me. I had a little keyboard.

When i was 14 I started all over again with a new teacher in school. She was really nice, but when she graduated from the conservatorium she also quit teaching. Then I also quit. Still don´t know why? I practiced on the piano in school and at home on my new keyboard. Yamaha psr250

Now i´m 27 and starting over again! I had a really busy life (working, dancing, surfing, snowboarding and jogging) and then broke 4 of my ribs while snowboarding. The healing didn´t go so well and I had a lot of time to think in bed.

That´s when I rediscovered my old hobby. This time i´m really serious. I have been taking lessons for 2.5 months now. For the first time in my life I can afford and have the space for my own piano, wich will arive this week \:\) So I am really happy about it! It´s a Yamaha Silent B1
I have a really nice teacher and i´m confident that I will not stop in a year this time!

The reason I joined this forum is that there´s really no one I can talk to about piano´s, pieces and practicing! And I really miss that. So I hope I can share it here.

Oh.. it´s not that short haha.. but oh well..
Posted by: Theowne

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/25/07 09:05 PM

Ok, I'll talk. I live in Canada, in Scarborough/Toronto to be exact. I am 17 years old. I took lessons for a few weeks when I was 8 or 9, not enough to really learn anything except the basic C Major scale, then left it, and then went a few years without it, then started to dabble in music again and soon music had become so important in my life. So, about an year ago, I went back and got piano lessons, this time armed with confidence and a desire to learn. Now I've made some great progress and I'm taking my grade 8 examination this summer after an year of lessons! However I still don't have a piano at home, and practice on a cheap digital which doesn't have weighted jeys.
Posted by: Playmisty4me

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/07 09:18 PM

Hi, just found this thread. I joined a couple of months ago after "lurking" awhile before that. I have learned so much already, thank you all!

I am 60, looks like I'm one of the oldies around here. As a little girl, I was begging for piano lessons as far back as I can remember, but wasn't able to take them until mid-high school when my grandma gave in and provided an ancient upright. I did start clarinet in 4th grade and played it very seriously through college. Took piano a couple of years in hs, and 2 sememsters in college (where I was majoring in clarinet). Then, alas, marriage, kids, jobs, etc. took precedence over music. Several times in my adult life, I would hang around the piano dealers booths at state fairs, always thinking, "Someday, someday."

Well, my mother passed away in 2000 and I inherited a little money. So guess what I bought?? Got a studio piano in late 2001, put it in the dining room and got out my old books to see if I could still play at all. Two years later I upgraded to a grand and took about 4 months of lessons, which helped trememdously. I knew by then that piano could be my passion for the rest of my life. We have since moved to our retirement location and I am again taking lessons. And yesterday, I played the Steinway B that will be mine soon. After a career that took several twists & turns (including horse training, real estate agent, veterinarian assistant, and mortgage banking), I now feel like me again, all because of the piano. My spouse is disabled and I do a lot of caregiving, so the piano is very important to me. And I love these forums, they connect me with all you other piano addicts!

I currently am trying to get up enough courage to play some at our local nursing home, as suggested by my current teacher. I have read the other threads about that and am greatly encouraged. I just have a really nervous time playing in front of anyone -- but I AM working on it.
Posted by: Thomas Lines

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/20/07 09:16 PM

I have been an on and off visitor to the Piano Forums. I guess it's kind of like my piano addiction. I can go without touching a piano for 2 weeks, and then I'll go into a frenzy where I practise 8 hours a day. I'm not saying that I spend that amount of time in here, but you get the point... ;-)

I enjoyed reading what y'all have written, so I felt kind of compelled to tell you a little something about myself as well. Here goes..

I'm 31, married and I've been tapping the ebony and ivory keyes for about 20 years now. By that time anyone should be a master at the keyboard, but I'm not. I guess I haven't been devoted enough. I haven't practised regularly, and I haven't had the longing to either.

I've played the piano at my local church for the last 10 years or so, just punching out the old-school hymns and playing the rebellious contemporary tunes with a bit more enthusiasm. But then I rediscovered the world of classical music. Franz Liszt, Sergeij Rachmaninoff, Frédéric Chopin, they all seemed eager to make my aquintance, so I invited them in. I saw the movie Shine, wonder if that had anything to do with it...? ;\)

Since then I have been listening to Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto almost daily, I have practised Franz Liszt's La Campanella every day, and am still struggling with it. I am certain, though, that I will pass the finish line and be able to perform it to perfection by the time I die...

Well, all jokes aside, I am happy that I rediscovered the joy of classical music, both at the keyboard and at my stereo. The world of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Liszt is a wonderful world to be a part of.

The great thing about classical music is that you don't need to be able to press down the keys yourself to be able to enjoy it. Sure it makes you kind of proud to be able to follow the sheet music as Evgeny Kissin keeps punching the keys, but that's not the soul of classical music.

If you can hear the sounds of Beethoven playing his famous Moonlight Sonata, see Franz Liszt as he enters the stage about to dazzle the audience with a new transcription or let Frédéric Chopin confound you with his modern style, then you are on the right track.

Now I'm practising the piano daily. I have put up goals for myself to reach. I feel very much inspired by what I've read here in the Piano Forums, so thank you sooo much people. I owe you a whole lot...

With regards,

Thomas

Oh, I'm rambling, I am so sorry.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/20/07 09:58 PM

No need to apologize, Thomas! I'm sure I'm not the only one who enjoyed your story and your ability to put in words the great appeal of music and piano.

...I just saw you registered in 2004! So, with only 3 posts to date, I think you're entitled to ramble a bit. ;\)
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/22/07 06:21 PM

I am glad this great thread is still alive after over a year. Thanks to Mr. SH for starting it. I have read through about half of it but really need a break, so decide to jump in instead.

My name is Rosanna and I am going on 47. I started posting a month ago when I was looking for info to buy a digital piano. I used a pseudonym for the Public Name since I have never participated in any forum before and was a little wary about using my real name (identity theft and all these days.) But everyone here is so friendly, informative, supportive and interesting, all my unfounded fears are gone.

My family is not musical, unless you count karaoke. I took lessons from age 6 to 16. My mom had me take ballet and French too - as Asian parents, they start preparing you for Ivy League when you are 3! Anyway my teacher was a patient but uninspiring old lady. She taught me solid basics, but by my early teens I got totally bored and rebellious, and essentially just sight-read my pieces during lessons. (This may explain my decent sight reading skills, and less than stellar techniques!) It didn't help when my friends (with other teachers) were playing popular tunes like Fur Elise and I wasn't. I took the Royal British exams through grade 8, but flunked that one by 4 points! I actually felt like it served my mom (who forced me to practise) and my teacher right - so went the mind of a teenager \:D

Since 16, there was about a year in the early 80s when I shared a rental piano with my housemates who all played, but that was it. Very recently, a serendipitous event (another story) got me to play some easy duets with a stranger and I was surprised that I had a great time. Until then my association with playing the piano was one of pressure and meeting parents' expectations. I realize I can play again simply for my own enjoyment. Besides I figure it would do me good to play fewer computer games, and develop my right brain a bit! Now I sometimes practice 2+ hours a day, and sometimes none at all for several days and that freedom actually keeps me more interested in playing.

As a surprise bonus, this forum also has become a great source of info and inspiration after my initial posts on piano-buying. I am currently reading CCChang's book (discovered it thru this forum) to make up for my lack of learning during my rebellious years!

I enjoy Broadway pieces but find playing them on the piano not as satisfying as hearing the whole orchestral arrangement along with the singing. Instead I play classical pieces (which was my training.) I absolutely love listening to Indian classical music and have the good fortune to be able to attend live concerts by such legends as Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain several times a year.

I have been living with my boyfriend (sweetest man I know) for 9 years and don't plan to have children. I don't see how I can ever bring up a child when I am so non-grown-up myself \:D

I have a graduate degree in software and worked in the silicon valley until I got disillusioned and quit. I travelled around the world for 4 years on a backpack before settling back in the US.

My first passion is actually ballroom dancing which I started during college days. I subsequently competed for a little while (ever watch those occasional PBS broadcast?) Unfortunately the partnership didn't work and I haven't picked it up since. The lack of a partner, the time/money/energy commitment make it a big hurdle to get back into. I really miss it.

I enjoy read a lot (thrillers, mysteries, travel writing, various non-fiction), like cooking, and I play tennis and downhill ski.

Incidentally, I notice a lot of us are about 40 to mid-50s of age. Does it mean something? More interestingly most younger posters (18-25 years old) are not from the US (e.g. UK, NZ, Spain, Netherlands, etc.) Is it a reflection of the US culture and educational system (lack of funds for arts and PE in schools)?

Well, turns out to be a longer post than I thought. Hope you enjoyed reading it as I have enjoyed really all of yours.
Posted by: Capsule1979

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/22/07 10:22 PM

\:D Hi, I started piano lessons 5 years ago. I'm 28. In college I envied my friends who could play the piano but my parents never accepted to pay me lessons because of the price of a piano. They bought me a guitar instead. At least I learned the basics.
So when I left home and got money I went to a piano school. I started with a clavier, then I bought a digital, and 4 months ago I bought a Kawai upright. Practice every day and I would like to play chamber music one day.
Beside that I work in a drugstore (pharmacist). I love to read (waiting for my copy of Harry Potter 7). And I attend to karate lessons, and I want my black belt one day. :p
Posted by: lewisslp

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/22/07 10:40 PM

=) My name is Serena, I'm 21. I took piano lessons as a child, hated it, and quit after maybe 7 or 8 years of lessons. I came out having learned really nothing. I picked piano back up later in late high school because I enjoyed playing for myself, not for my parents/teachers. Because I am so far behind where I want/need to be, I am using this forum to gain as much valuable knowledge as possible.

Besides piano, I love going fishing as much as possible, shooting (both pistols and rifles at my gun club), playing tennis, and spending time with my boyfriend as we dress up my fat cat, Biggles, and make him play the piano and bongos. =)
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/22/07 11:31 PM

SunnyR, I can't believe you have time to play the piano with all those interesting hobbies!

Capsule1979, I hope you've finished Harry Potter by now. We were there Friday night, but the line was too long and we had to go Saturday morning to find one. I have three 11-year old boys, and my biggest Pottermaniac finished the book today.

Serena, you also have a lot of interesting hobbies. I play tennis and my husband is an avid fly-fisherman. In fact, we just came back from a long trip that was mostly dedicated to him going from one good trout stream to the next.

Welcome to everyone! I have tried to read back through June while I was gone, and I look forward to reading more from everyone.

Nancy
Posted by: gdietz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/03/07 03:14 PM

Hi my name is Glenn. I'm 43 and started piano lessons in June. I love piano music and learning to play has been on my to-do list for decades. I'm having a great time learning both theory and technique. Certainly is different approaching music as a self-motivated adult. Practicing/playing piano is an excellent diversion from daily stresses that I'm sure exercises parts of my brain that don't get use in engineering/project management.

I played clarinet for 4 years or so from 4th to 8th grade. I enjoyed playing, but not practicing so my progress was somewhat disappointing. Dropped out when the only alternative in school was to join the marching band and commit to 5 practices a week and games on Saturday.

We bought a Roland HP 535 digital piano several years back. Chosen specifically to be able to play MIDI from a computer in a house without a player. My son (13) and daughter (11) played for about two years and have since dropped piano for drums and flute and other hobbies and sports.

Looking forward to reading and hopefully posting more to the forums here. Thrilled to see a forum devoted to my situation.

Glenn
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/03/07 04:51 PM

Hi Glenn,

Welcome. You're in good company here. It sounds like you have a lot of music in your life!

-RF
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/15/07 03:53 AM

I just want to bring this thread back up towards the top of page 1. I have noticed a number of new members in the last 2 weeks, all posting their first questions. (Sorry I can't remember all your names.) If you are reading this, I would love to know more about you, so please post your little bio in this thread. And if you have the time to read this thread, you'll enjoy getting to know many who may have responded to your posts recently.

And if you are brave, you can post your pictures on this related thread.
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/32/1981.html

The thread below gives you instructions for loading your pictures and posting them.
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/1/7839.html
Posted by: Beethoven Fan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/20/07 02:46 AM

Hello everyone, My name is Matthew and as you can see in my displayed name i do love Beethoven. He is my favorite composer/musician overall. if we were to focus only on piano, then Liszt would take that title. My other top pianist in no particular order would be Chopin, Alkan, Monk, James Booker, and Debussy.

I've was born in Colorado Springs, CO before moving to Big Flats, NY. From there we moved to Wilmington, NC and it was here i had about 3 mos. of lessons from my dad. then he moved ahead of us to charlotte, NC and we followed him 5 mos. later. we never picked it back up. Finally, 2 weeks before my sophomore year in high school, i picked up piano again after 2 years of saying i would and never did. I think it's good i got this done early. i was self taught with advice given to me by my father for about a year before i finally got a teacher last september. so far, everything is going pretty well, but i think recently i've slacked a bit.

along with my parents, i have one brother who is double majoring in film and theatre and is about to start his 2nd year of college. My other personal interest includes film and consider myself a decent movie buff. I have a friend who shares this love with me but to a much higher degree. together we make some short films which aren't anything to be ashamed of but don't quite achieve good independent work to be taken 100% seriously. I'm an avid comic book collector and love art. in middle school i wanted to become a comic book artist but then my love for film intervened. i met them halfway and i am now pursuing a career in animation. so in the end, i would love to write, direct, and score my own animated films. Since i love the arts, i would like to learn how to do an assortment of mediums including painting, sculpting, watercoloring, and anything else that could be art.

In less than two weeks, i'll be starting my senior year in high school and 2 classes im really looking forward to are Music Theory AP and Art AP for obvious reasons. And well that's a little bit about myself and i'm glad i found these forums with a simple google search. the people are seem really great and i learn a lot and open my mind to new worlds of music that i may have never found otherwise. anyways, i'll shut up now, i'd hate to take up too much of your time.
Posted by: Minaku

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/20/07 04:21 AM

Alright, I'll bite. My name is Michelle and as you see from the location on the bottom of all the posts, I am in Atlanta. I'm a recent transplant to the city, having grown up in New Jersey.

I'm 23 years old and graduated early from Carnegie Mellon University with a combined degree in piano performance and developmental psychology. I spent the last semester finishing out my pedagogy certification, and have been teaching piano for a few years now.

I've been playing piano ever since I was 5 and I am so lucky to have this ability to sit down and play whatever it is I feel like. I can't imagine living my life without music. And of course I think piano is hands down the best instrument ever. As of right now I don't have a teacher, but I am searching for one as I am preparing graduate school auditions and I frankly do not do a good job of interpreting music composed after 1875.

Other interests of mine involve lots of reading and gaming. Aside from teaching and playing, the thing I spend the most time on is World of Warcraft, though my addiction is getting much better and I don't play as much nowadays. I also love cooking, especially making desserts. Just a month ago I made tartufo for the first time. At least it tasted delicious!

My baby is a Baldwin 5'2" R model grand (353671) purchased in what, 2000 or so. I just had it revoiced and it's lost a lot of the brightness that draws people to Baldwin. This is fine by me as it actually sounds like a piano now, except for this one F#.

I have a fiancé and two cat babies that occupy my time, and freelance write for a WoW website (http://www.azerothwn.com) in the meantime.
Posted by: Tony V

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/20/07 04:54 AM

I'm Tuan, just like my username. I'm 20 years old and a current student at UCSC studying psychology and computer science. I absolutely have no clue what to do in life after college. I could probably get a psych and/or computer science degree, but sometimes I fear that my college experience has been a waste. The truth is that I love web design. It is my passion in life and I could make a design a day if I must. So far, it's what I see myself doing for a living. Starting next month, I begin my 3rd year at the university. After I graduate, I'll be paying back around $70,000 back through loans I pulled out. However, I'm not sure that I'll be doing anything related to the topics that I study. I've been doing web design since middle school and it feels like that's all I'm good at. Art schools sound intriguing, but I doubt I'm cut out for that and it's not like I can switch now anyway.

Besides that, I enjoy multimedia creation and editing. I like to take pictures and retouch them on my computer and make designs out of them. I made a music video, posted it on YouTube, and got good feedback for it so that encourages me to do more of that stuff later. Just last year, I played around with this software, Fruity Loops, a music sequencer and had a little fun with it. That was when I found out that I wasn't good at making music or even thinking up simple tunes. After listening to my favorite songs, I was inspired to compose something. That's when I decided to learn some music theory and take up piano. I don't really know why I chose piano. I was probably under that impression that the piano would be the best instrument for me if I wanted to learn how to compose, since it's the only instrument I know of that makes you play both bass and treble.

I think taking up hobbies like piano helps me stay calm. Usually, I'm worried about school or my future, but whenever I go to my university and sit in a piano room, I forget all about the stress and worries that I face in life. At the piano, it's just a world with me and music. When I improve on the piano, I feel empowered.

Woodcrafting and interior design also interest me very much. Those are things that have been stuck in my head for the past month, but I don't really know how I can start those things as hobbies. I can't be buying loads of wood and just mess around. My dad probably wouldn't allow me to do so anyway. I was inspired after seeing a thread here about how people have their piano keyboards set up. Many people posted pictures of desks and stands that they have made themselves just out of wood, a hammer, and nails. The thought of building my very own furniture sounds very exciting. Also, I saw an episode of Oprah on interior design showing how to turn a small apartment in New York City into beautiful paradise through careful furniture picking and space maximization techniques. I really enjoyed watching that.

My current goals (besides piano) include: learning to swim, be a better public speaker, manage my time better, and learn how to cook. I probably should try and travel more. The only places I've ever been to in my life are: Miami, Florida during one summer, Las Vegas when I was young, Vietnam when I was 4, and San Francisco to drop my brother off when he was accepted to UC Berkeley. Lastly, I wouldn't mind getting into better shape and shedding a few pounds.

Some stuff I use to do were: excessively playing videos games, excessive television watching, and sleeping in. I'm glad that I dropped those habits or at least kept it to a minimum.

I think that's all I have to share for now.
Posted by: gilad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/20/07 08:28 AM

This is the second time i have posted about me if i recall correctly. Im 25 work for an industrial psychologist and have just finished my degree in I.Psyche through distance education at the same time.

Because you only have one life you have to make it count and do something that will make you happy.

That is why i am going to study law full time next year. I am focused on a career in law, where as i was not focused on a career in industrial psycholgy when i started studying.

I live in south africa, its not a great country, for example i missed being caught in the cross fire of a shoot out on saturday night by one minute. So im likely going to emigrate soon. In fact ive applied for EU citizenship on the grounds that my grandprents all came from Lithuania. Im probably keen to go Austarlia or London one day.

I love life. Its the most beautiful thing in the world. I love people, they make life beautiful.

I love playing the piano.

Im listening to Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata right now. It my favourite of his sonatas.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/21/07 01:41 AM

I very much enjoyed learning about all of you. You are all so multitalented.

Beethoven Fan, I would love to see your animation work someday, with your own artwork and original score, (performed by you of course!)

Michelle, you are so young and already a piano teacher! I had to google tartufo, and it sounds deeeelicious! I love sweets and ice cream is a favorite.

Tuan, I have encountered many of your posts since you joined. You have so many diverse interests. The woodworking and interior design sound neat. I also saw the Oprah episode on decorating small (as in tiny tiny) places.

gilad, I totally second your attitude on life!
Posted by: PianoN00b

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/21/07 02:15 AM

Having grown up in a poor village in China, I moved to the US at the age of 9. Here I started a new life. Now I am only 17 years old, but I feel that I am too late to start playing the piano. I live in Sacramento for 8 years already, and this is the only city in America that i have lived in. I will be a senior in a high school in a few weeks, and summer is coming to its end.
I am just a newby piano player (hence the name PianoN00b) who wants to be a professional some day. I want to be able to read notes and play instantly, and also play by ear. I don't think i am asking for too much because I practice very hard each day.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/22/07 09:26 PM

PianoN00b, It's not too late at all to start!!! If you've been around the forum for just a little bit, you must know by now there are many who are starting in their 40s and 50s. Listen to the recent recitals - there's your proof right there that there is not such thing as "too late".

You are sooooo young still. Instead of thinking that you didn't start 10 years ago, think of it this way: you have some 60, 70, even 80 years *ahead* of you. With alllll that time, you'll be able to play anything you put your mind to. Positive attitude, young wo/man!
Posted by: araviski

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/30/07 04:52 PM

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Originally posted by PianoN00b:
Now I am only 17 years old, but I feel that I am too late to start playing the piano. [/b]
I agree with Rosanna, you feel it, but you're not ;\)

I'm 23 years old french boy (living in France), playing trombone for 15 years. I studied and then started working in computer science world, but I hope it won't last too long, I'd prefer work in music or sport related business
Posted by: 85Dave

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/07 12:49 AM

My name's Dave and I just joined this form a few days ago as I started a piano class at the local college a few weeks ago.

I'm from NJ and have always been into music. As a kid I took piano lessons but it just wasn't something I was interested in enough to keep at back then. After a few years I moved to drums and then last year, guitar. Today I'm learning piano and run a home recording studio which I use to record my songs and put them on my myspace page.

Being 21 years old now, soon to be 22...I think I'll be able able to stay with the piano lessons and eventually, learn enough to put some piano lines into my newest songs.

If anyone has any questions on setting up a home recording studio feel free to send me a PM and I'll happy answer any recording questions you may have.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/07 03:32 AM

85Dave, other than this Adult Beginners Forum, there is also a very popular Digital keyboard- synth forum within Pianoworld. I am sure your expertise would be very welcome there. Do check that forum out. You may also pick up new ideas and info for yourself too.

Araviski - Bienvenue!

Not too long ago when I posted my own introduction in this thread, there were relatively few young (i.e. under 25) members. I am so glad lately there are a more younger people. In fact there is a very recent thread that some new member started on this topic. Welcome again to both of you.
Posted by: z32

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/07 04:30 AM

Hey everyone! Just saw this topic today, and decided to post!

My real name is Ben, but of course I go by z32. If you're wondering why I chose that as my username, you might have already guessed due to my avatar. It's my favorite car, and I finally saved up some money to buy it last summer! Let's see, I recently just turned 22 last August, and I'm studying to be a Registered Nurse here in good ole' Southern Cali. What else, ummm.....I'm Filipino, and was actually born in the Philippines. I came here when I was around 7 years old, and lived in Cali ever since.

I've always dreamt about playing the piano someday, but I just never got around to starting it. I finally did exactly that last January when I enrolled in a beginner's piano class at my school. Ever since then, I've been tinkering around the piano, pretty much just self-teaching myself. I'm hoping to buy a baby grand one of these days hehe! Of course, at this point, I'm fairly happy with my new Yamaha YPG625/DGX620 which I just bought about a month ago. It should suffice since I am still beginner after all.
Posted by: andrAIa

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/02/07 08:51 AM

I don't post much, but I'll introduce myself anyway. I'm 23 and a graduate in web development and programming. I've been working for 3 years as a web developer since graduating. I'm French (my father is Senegalese and my mother French) but I've always liked reading and writing in English. I sometimes think that maybe I would like living in an English-speaking country. I've only been to a one-week school trip in England when I was 11.

I love music since forever. I have videos of myself at 5 or 6 singing and dancing (basically driving my parents crazy). I listen to a lot of music all the time. I've always wanted to learn to play an instrument and since I've had a synth for a very long time, I wanted to try piano. I signed up for lessons last Saturday, after thinking about it for more than a year. It might sound strange, but I'm really happy I'm able to afford that. To me, it's almost luxury. Next step is buying something better than the synth to practice, but I'm reluctant to spend so much money. I'm still thinking. I also take dance lessons since last year and I'm improving each week. Now that I have a job, I'm trying to find a sense in my life and I start with the things I've always wanted to do, but couldn't because my parents were, and still are, quite poor.
Posted by: Kitty Austin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/24/07 07:35 AM

I've been a member of this group for some time but haven't posted hardly at all. I am 50 years old and live with my hubby of 28 years on a 7 acre farm. I started taking piano when I was in the second grade but I've never excelled at it. Probably because I was always so busy with other aspects of my life that fitting in practice sessions was just beyond me. I didn't get a lot of encouragement from home either. I did play some in church-mostly for the children's choirs but still no talent to speak of and I was so paranoid about playing for anyone that I would really freeze up when asked to play. I started taking lessons again 2 years ago from my daughter's voice teacher. He only teaches beginner piano but I needed to start over since I realized that I had forgotten almost everything except where middle c was. Anyway I still had my old Baldwin spinet from my teen years and I immediately realized that what I was hearing from it wasn't exactly how a piano should sound . It never bothered me as a kid but as an adult-I couldn't stand the horrible tone quality of the spinet plus the piano was now 30 years old! I bought a digital keyboard to use when I went to our vacation home on the coast on weekends but ended up hauling it up and down the road because I just couldn't stand the spinet. I missed the touch of an acoustic and my husband was getting tired of loading my big keyboard up all the time so 2 weeks ago he gave me my Christmas present early-a beautiful Yamaha console piano \:D . Now I feel like I can actually be a part of this group since I now own an actual piano!! Other than my piano background I guess I could tell you that I am a semi-retired pharmacist and my hubby is a semi-retired engineer and works out of our home as a consultant. We have a daughter who is a sophomore in college studying theater education and she has a beautiful voice. She's been in several plays here locally-always a musical. Someday I hope to hear her on Broadway but that may just be a dream-at any rate she is going to college 30 minutes away so she pops in and out regularly. We have 3 dogs, a dozen cats, a rabbit, a gunea pig, a dozen chickens, half dozen geese and I'm hoping to get some ducks to swim on our pond next spring. (EIEIO?) My other hobbies include crochet, sewing, cross stitch, gardening and fishing. Well anyway, I guess I've bored you guys enough with this dribble about me. I've enjoyed reading all the bios you've posted. Haven't read them all yet but I think its neat to see what we have in common besides piano!
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/24/07 08:06 AM

Welcome, Kitty! I think you're living my dream! I also have a Yamaha console (mine is a UX3), and it is a really good piano. Are you working in a particular method book? My kids take piano, so I hear the Faber books being played all the time, and the pieces are very nice.

Look forward to hearing more from you!

Nancy
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/24/07 02:11 PM

Kitty, Your bio is most interesting, not in the bit boring. How very sweet of your hubby to buy you an acoustic piano for Xmas!!

I see this picture where you accompany your daughter singing on stage!

I have found my participation in the ABF very motivating, inspiring and informative. By participating in the piano bars, and the upcoming recital, and a couple of improv challenges, it's really given me little goals to "get my act together". Of course it may be the exhibitionist streak in me too \:D

Hope to hear from you more on the forum - but then again, for your benefit, may be it's not such a good idea to get addicted like some of us seem to be! Consider posting your playing. It actually helps me improve, a side effect I didn't expect.
Posted by: Musictuary

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/26/07 12:57 AM

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Originally posted by Piano Rocks:
Hello Everyone

I am new here although it's been almost a year since I've joined the forum. Never got around to posting until now.

Anyway, I am 42, female, married with two sons and live in the Chicago area. I had piano lessons as a child from ages 7 to 13. I played the piano on and off since 13 but never really seriously until now. I am planning to resume piano lessons this summer and looking forward to that. I'm not quite a beginner but I'm certainly not an advanced piano player. Hopefully one day I will be considered an advanced player!

I am currently working through the Anna Magdalena Bach 1725 piano book. I am trying to master the simpler pieces such as the minuets and the marches before going on to the more difficult pieces. I am currently trying to memorize the Prelude in C (my favorite piece in the book).

I like most kinds of music. With regards to piano my taste ranges from classical, gospel, jazz, pop, rock, big band, almost every type of genre.

Currently my favorite piano composers are Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Grieg (only because so far these composers are the ones that I have been most exposed to). I am planning to listen to more classical composers on a serious basis as well as other composers from other genres particularly jazz in the near future.

In my non-musical life I work as an actuary. [/b]
Hello again,

Thought I'd do an update...

One year older and hopefully wiser.

Still playing the piano and enjoying it immensely. Due to the kindness of a fellow PW member I recently found a piano teacher. I resumed piano lessons 30 years after my last piano lesson as a teenager. This time around I really enjoy lessons. I enjoy practicing and I look forward to going to lessons. 30 years ago that wasn't the case. I despised piano lessons and the teacher. Lessons were on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays and Fridays filled me with dread for many years after I had stopped lessons even until adulthood.

With my teacher I'm currently working on Les Bergeries - Couperin (from the AMB notebook), Sonatina in C Op 36 No 3 - Clementi, and Song of the Fatherland - Grieg.

On my own I'm learning contemporary music theory. I'm using Mark Harrison's Contemporary Music Theory series. There are three levels in the series. I'm currently going through level 2.

My goals are to be able to play classical pieces to the best of my ability. I'm currently at an intermediate level. To be more specific around a Grade 4/5 using the ABRSM grading standard. I would like to learn how to improvise and play by ear much better. I would also love to learn to play non-classical styles such as gospel, blues, jazz, and so on.

I am really enjoying my piano journey this time around!
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/26/07 08:03 AM

That sounds great, Musictuary. I take lessons, too, and it's a highlight of the week. I also love getting together with the other adult students and seeing how everyone is progressing.

Glad things are going so well for you!

Nancy
Posted by: Ragnhild

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/26/07 08:20 AM

Hello Musictuary !

I'm about your age and also have to kids - I started with piano lessons in february and I'm an intermediate player too.

Of course I'm very happy that you like Grieg, so do I ;\) Maybe you can play "Fedrelandssang" (op 12no 8) for our november recital ?

Ragnhild
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/26/07 08:45 AM

It's wonderful to learn about so many of our new members. Welcome everybody!

p.s. Kitty Austin, two whole posts in two years?! You really should stop blabbing so much. ;\) \:D
Posted by: Musictuary

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/28/07 02:45 PM

Thanks for the second welcome everyone.

Ragnhild,
My cousin who spent her two last years of high school at a United Nations school in Norway told me that Norway is really beautiful. I remember reading some time ago that Grieg would spend his summers at his home where he could take in the breath-taking scenery while composing. I can picture the beauty he witnessed while listening to his Lyric pieces.

All,
To date I haven't participated in any of the online recitals or pianobars. (Lack of recording equipment for acoustic piano and not knowing how to get recorded pieces on digital piano to computer.) However I'm very tempted to take on Ragnhild's suggestion. Thanks to Mahlzeit's excellent instruction guide about recording your piano there is a strong possiblity I may be able to have a piece recorded in time for the November recital.

Regards
Posted by: David C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/28/07 04:08 PM

Hello all,

I'm 25 and started teaching myself piano about 1 month ago. I did spend a couple of evenings 7 or so years ago learning Trouble by Coldplay, having never played before, but didn't really take it any further. I spent the first hour or so learning to read music and five minutes learning that those sharp symbols at the start meant something, but the rest of the piece was pretty simple.

I went to University for 4 years, coming out with a Masters Degree in Computer Systems Engineering. I spent half a year afterward enjoying myself, then got a job running a property company's IT department. Two years on and I'm Finance Manager for the same company.

Evenings and weekends are taken up with motor racing. I'm an electronics engineer for a race team. When I'm not doing that, I'm racing my own kart. I also play for a pool team, play squash to keep fit, and basketball during the summer. I also love all types of music and reading.

Despite the above, I still manage to get at least two hours per day on the piano. Progress has been relatively fast. I can play most of Vanessa Carlton's Harmonium album (described as Intermediate) and have spent this weekend learning Cristofori's Dream (having seen it mentioned here). I can play all of it bar those few fast measures and bars 17-24 where you have to play the melody with 1st and 3rd in the right hand (I can't quite figure the fingering).

I have Carl Humphries piano handbook, which is brilliant for learning the bits you need to learn for the piece you want to play, but I'm considering private lessons to give myself some more structure and ensure good technique.

Anyway, that's me. I look forward to quizzing you all on the various aspects of playing.

Dave
Posted by: westarm

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 07:56 AM

hello all....

a couple of months ago, i finally decided to sit down at the piano with some determination and discipline, so figure that at 59 years old, i am well qualified to be a member of the adult beginner forum....;-)

am using Humphries "The Piano Book" as a base, but have other books of easy/short classics as well as a couple on harmony, and the newly arrived Tim Richard's book on playing Blues. i'm also reading Chang's online "Fundamentals of Piano Practice"...quite slowly...it is thorough, and excellent.

i'm kinda shy, but want to say how much the posts, suggestions, and comraderie of these Forums has helped and encouraged me. hope i can return the favor as i progress.

i live in Northern Indiana in the winter, up in beautiful NW Michigan in the summers. have a great partner and a fine dog (Vizsla) that is, as a friend called him, the sweetest punk.

david crothers
Posted by: Donna R.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 08:36 AM

Hi David and welcome. I'm kind of shy too, but this forum is so friendly it's easy to overcome that. And somehow it's much easier not to be shy with people you're writing to than it is when you've actually got to talk to them face to face! I hope we'll hear more from you - let us know from time to time how you're getting on.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 09:12 AM

Welcome to PW...I sure you'll find a lot of friends here
Posted by: Lorna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 10:18 PM

Hi,Everyone!
I posted photos yesterday
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/32/1981/34.html

Today I'll tell you a bit :rolleyes: more about my music story.

I started piano lessons at age nine. My teacher was Sister Anselm, of the Catholic School I attended. She was quite frail, had a bulbous nose, delicate skin and arthritic hands. Her voice was so soft that you had to strain to hear her.

We had this marvelous piano hall - about 12 rooms, six on each side of a creaking wood hallway - with glass walls and doors. When other students were present, it was quite loud in there.

However, I was allowed to have lessons during the regular school hours - and got to miss out on some boring subject or another - so I could learn classical music. Sister Anselm was a stickler for correct posture, hand position, and phrasing. She taught me how to be a musician and a performer.

Recitals were a serious matter. She frequently said that if I reached a certain level of competency that I would be awarded a silver medal for excellence. It was a trick - though I had achieved a high level of playing ability - and I am quite amazed now when I look at the recital sheet music I played - I never received an award. I think now that she wanted to keep me in lessons, to keep me striving. For years, even into adulthood,I was hurt that I never got recognition for my playing.

She would take me to the huge Catholic Church across the street and give me private lessons on the magnificent pipe organ. I was the only person other than John Flynn, the master organist, who was given permission to play the organ. It was quite an honor, and I still recall the majestic sounds of that instrument in an empty church. On that organ I accompanied a choral performance by the school children. I must have been about 12 or 13.

Throughout high school I continued weekly lessons with Sister Anselm. I loved the classical pieces. I also loved playing somber chords and my own impromptu compositions. Even my high school friends enjoyed hearing these wild and emotional creations. I was the accompanist at school events - and I played mostly hymns.

My parents often asked me to play when friends visited. I didn't like that so much, but did it anyway. I felt that my music was more personal and didn't understand why I should have to perform for them. After awhile they didn't ask anymore.

And during high school, my tastes changed. I wanted to play like Carole King. So we found another teacher for me, Ed Vyeda, a real cocktail lounge piano player. He tried his best to teach me about chords and runs, but I just wasn't inspired by "China Doll" and he didn't know about Carole King - you remember her album, Tapestry? So I was still taking classical lessons from one teacher and struggling with jazz with the other. Mr. Vyeda became ill and that was the end of my popular music career.

I married soon after high school (the trend then) and my parents sold the piano. I didn't play again until a few years ago at Christmas time. My daughter and son-in-law have an ancient upright grand. I had the piano tuned so it would sound reasonably good, but it's really in sad shape, not a joy to play. But it's okay for the younger grandchildren (We are blessed with 5 grandchildren from two daughters).

My nearly 7 yr. old granddaughter has a 61 key Yamaha. I started giving her piano lessons this summer and guess what? I fell in love with the piano all over again! I bought music books for my granddaughter, retrieved two boxes of music from the garage (amazing that I saved every book and recital piece through all these years!) and started researching for my own piano.

I bought the same little Yamaha keyboard just for fun, but found it just wouldn't do - that I needed a much better 88 key piano. However, before I returned the keyboard, I immersed myself in music - I played for hours at a time - I was so totally excited about renewing this friendship. I will never forget that weekend, the intensity of the experience of relearning, going through page after page in my old books. It was quite an emotional awakening.

While searching for the ideal digital piano, I came across some posts in the Piano World Forum. I could tell that the people here were genuine, interested in life, supportive of one another and were welcoming.

So that's how I got here. And I look forward to meeting all of you! Your combined enthusiasm is contagious! :3hearts:

Lorna
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 10:41 PM

Great story Lorna and I loved the pictures you posted. Glad you're back to the piano and enjoying it! Welcome to the forum and I hope you're able to participate in our recitals in the future.
Posted by: Lorna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 10:51 PM

Thanks, Greg! I do hope to join the recitals - first I need to get acquainted with the new dp (arriving within a week) and then study up on mahlzeit's superb tutorial on recording. I feel like so many doors are opening since joining this forum!

Lorna
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/07 11:35 PM

Lorna,

Even though you never got the Silver Award from Sister Anselm, you are poised to be inducted into the Order of the Red Dot from our esteemed Moderators when you submit for your first recital.
Order of the Red Dot

Your piano story sounded just wonderful. Your writing brought it to live! From what you described, I just can't wait to hear another superb pianist amidst us! That recent weekend of music rediscovery sounded magical.
Posted by: Lorna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/07 10:11 PM

Does it come with a certificate - something I can show to Mom? \:D

Really, I am over it - once I realized that either I wasn't "good enough" or that it was simply a ploy.

It matters not - now I am playing FOR ME! And now I get to choose the music - and what great music there is - both classical and contemporary!

Only 2 more days until my Kawai arrives! Yippee!
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/12/07 11:25 AM

Now don't be standing at the window staring out for 2 days...the neighbors might get the wrong impression...lol
Posted by: Lorna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/12/07 04:54 PM

It would only be my husband or our two dogs who would see me - but they already think I am nuts. A piano is far easier for them to tolerate than my accordion!
Posted by: Weaverwoman7

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/12/07 05:35 PM

Hello all,

I just found Piano World a couple of days ago. This seems to be such a warm and friendly group!

I am 53 years old and have decided to buy a piano and start taking lessons. I currently have a little Yamaha keyboard to practice on and I really miss having an acoustic piano.

I took piano lessons from age 10 to 18. When I went to college I would sometimes sneak into practice rooms that weren't locked and play. After college I didn't have room, time, or money for pianos.

Now, my kids are grown and I just bought a house and have decided to take up piano again for my own pleasure. So right now I am looking for a teacher and also looking for a piano.


I have forgotten almost everything I was taught, so I feel like I certainly belong with the adult beginners. I can still read music a little, but my fingers forget where to go. Hope that practice will get my skills back.

I am a nurse and I work full time. My other hobbies are weaving and gardening.

Thanks for listening!
Sandy
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/12/07 05:40 PM

Welcome to the forum Sandy and welcome back to the world of piano playing! Your fingers will quickly remember "where to go" and in no time at all you'll be right back where you left off years ago.

Hope to hear you in future recitals and, once again, welcome to the forum.
Posted by: Boira

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/13/07 03:45 AM

Now it's my turn to introduce myself and say 'hello' to all the forum members.
My real name is Synnöve. Born in Canada but I've been living in different places of South Europe since childhood, hence my broken English.

One day last spring, I surfed accidentally into this forum and read the comments of people saying how they were taking classes at 40, 50, 60... 70 years old. How they started at 50 from scratch. How they are improving and enjoying it. And I just simply went: Wow! Can it be?

I always believed that learning to play an instrument like piano or violin was a forbidden land for those who never started during childhood. Reading a score is no problem, I took lessons many years ago of solfege, harmony and singing, but never had the chance to play any instrument.
Curiosity made me investigate, spent weeks reading mountains of posts and even found an 'Adult Beguinners Forum'. That was it! Let's go for it!

For my 35th birthday I presented myself with a piano and finally started taking lessons in late September. I loooooooove it! Of course I suck at it, but who cares? It's grrrrreat!

Wow, that's what happens when you surf the internet. You start looking for a new lense for your camera and end up finding that you're still on time to pursuit one of your secret passions. \:D

And talking about passions, I also love photography.
It's just a personal opinion of course, but I've found that Piano playing and Photography have a lot in common. Both arts need a lot of thecnique and thechnical knowledge about the instrument you have in your hands, training in other sciences (mathematics, physics, geometry) and endless hours of practice. And in both of them you must add your own passion and soul to turn something 'technically correct' into something 'alive'.

Nowadays I can only try to give part of that soul to my pics... maybe in some years time, my playing will have some of that passion too!
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/13/07 09:51 AM

Welcome Boira! I really enjoyed reading your intro, especially that reading the forum motivated you to "go for it". I know when I've had that "I'll never do that" or "I'll never be any good" feeling about something it helps a lot to see other people doing it - some well, some poorly - but doing it nevertheless and having fun. It makes it a lot easier to jump in.

Congratulations on treating yourself on your 35th birthday and wishing you continued fun as you explore your new passion.

P.S. Since your other passion is photography, how about posting a picture of you or your piano (or both).
Posted by: IrishMak

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/13/07 01:10 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Lorna:
A piano is far easier for them to tolerate than my accordion! [/b]
Accordion? Accordion??? Where's Monica???? \:D
Posted by: Chordwayze

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 08:03 AM

Hi everyone,
If this is the place for introductions, here goes.

I am an Englishman living in Birmingham, UK. I was born and raised there and left only to serve 10 years in the Royal Navy from 1954 to '64, when I returned home.

I like to make furniture, I like my painting, and I am trying to make a supplemental income from writing. I had stuff published, but mostly short stories and woodwork articles.
I want to learn piano. I don't have room for an instrument at home, so I will settle for a keyboard with full size keys. I already play in one key (I think it's Db and its scale uses all the black keys). I just 'vamp' with the left hand and play the melody with my right. So at least I have a start. I play guitar to a fair standard, enjoying jazz, but my music theory is limited. I know there are three flats in Eb, and Band-in-a-Box says there are five flats in Db. But I wouldn't know when to refer to Db as C# and vice versa! I would like to be competent enough to sit down at a vacant pinao and entertain folk with some nice standards. Not to show off, but because I think music doesn't fulfil it's role unless it's shared.

It's nice to have found this place where I might get to talk to like minded people about a lovely instrument. Yes, I play guitar, but there are some fabulous pianists on YouTube, whom I listen to.

I played on a full-size Grand once; in my teens. That was when I wished I could play more than my 'three chord vamps'! I might never learn, but I am going to try.

So that's me. A piano-less, wannabe player, who is thinking of buying an instrument of some sort. Any suggestions are welcome.

Stay Lucky folks

John
Posted by: gmm1

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 08:38 AM

Hello DavidC, David, Lorna, Sandy, Boira and John (sounds like a Dion song).

Welcome to the ABF. I've been hanging around for almost 2 years now, and playing for the same time. There are so many on this forum that offer help and support that the trip seems much easier and actually do-able.

I hope to see you guys posting away. The more people involved in a discussion, the better the discussion becomes.

Mike
Posted by: Boira

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 10:44 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by C7 Player:

P.S. Since your other passion is photography, how about posting a picture of you or your piano (or both). [/b]
OK \:\)
A fast self-made pic taken today during my lunch break. Hidding behind the camera is way more easy than being in frame :rolleyes:
If anybody wants to know how I look like, follow the above link...
Posted by: Chordwayze

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 10:47 AM

Thanks for the welcome Gmm.

I am in good company I think. And for Dave C. You are doing well after a month. I hope I find it that easy myself! I can't imgine it though! Good on you. Keep going.
And:

Stay Lucky
John
Posted by: Chordwayze

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 11:03 AM

For Musictuary.

I must assume a digital piano has a sound output and a headphone socket.

To record to PC it's best to get a sound 'mixer'.
You feed the keyboard output into the mixer.
Then it goes from the mixer to the 'line-in' socket on your sound card. From there it is written to your hard disc as a file by whatever recording program or device you use on your PC or Mac.

Mixers should have a headphone socket, so you can monitor the results.

I use a Logitech-fusion web-cam to record guitar this way. The webcam also records backing tracks played through Windows Media Player and these are fed into the mixer too.

That way I can hear the backing and play to it, whilst the whole thing is fed back into the PC as a 'multi-track' recording. (I can also record solo-guitar that way. Just that there is no backing to worry about.)

Using the webcam gives me a finished video recording of course, with the two mixed signals. So the finished result is me playing the guitar to an audible but invisible backing!

It is more difficult to explain than to actually set up your mixer and piano; honestly!

For my money, the best mixers are by Behringer..

I hope this helps.

John
Posted by: Chordwayze

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/15/07 11:05 AM

Errata :::::: "Playing" the guitar Original now edited!
Posted by: Musictuary

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/16/07 04:03 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Chordwayze:
For Musictuary.

I must assume a digital piano has a sound output and a headphone socket.

To record to PC it's best to get a sound 'mixer'.
You feed the keyboard output into the mixer.
Then it goes from the mixer to the 'line-in' socket on your sound card. From there it is written to your hard disc as a file by whatever recording program or device you use on your PC or Mac.

Mixers should have a headphone socket, so you can monitor the results.

I use a Logitech-fusion web-cam to record guitar this way. The webcam also records backing tracks played through Windows Media Player and these are fed into the mixer too.

That way I can hear the backing and play to it, whilst the whole thing is fed back into the PC as a 'multi-track' recording. (I can also record solo-guitar that way. Just that there is no backing to worry about.)

Using the webcam gives me a finished video recording of course, with the two mixed signals. So the finished result is me playing the guitar to an audible but invisible backing!

It is more difficult to explain than to actually set up your mixer and piano; honestly!

For my money, the best mixers are by Behringer..

I hope this helps.

John [/b]
John

Thanks for your instructions. I'll give them a try.
Posted by: Chordwayze

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/17/07 11:27 AM

You are most welcome Musictuary..
One final thought:

Behringer make a XENYX-502 Mixer. It has just the one channel, but for its size and one instrument, it's ideal. Much less expensive than the bigger models with multi-channels and scores of settings to boggle the mind!
I got most of my stuff from eBay of course. Again a money saver.
Best of luck
John
Posted by: IamElise

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/17/07 04:22 PM

I am 36, married with 3 kids. I have always wanted to play the piano. I remember just staring at the music teacher’s fingers in prep school. She was like an idol for me. I will never forget her name – Mrs. Braithwate. I also love the violin and the flute.

A long story short: My mom died when I was six years old, I went to live with her sister who cussed me daily and repeatedly told me I would never turn out to be anything good.

My cousin took piano lessons and I remember waking up at nights with a flashlight to look at the keys. I was not allowed to touch the piano. I would poke at them if I got home from school and no one was home.

God, my hubby, my kids and my garden are my life. I started lessons Jan 2007 with the encouragement of my hubby (who loves jazz and plays the horn) and I practice every single day.
I plan on making sure my kids get lessons if not the piano – an instrument they like.

I love cooking and hosting, gardening, the beach with my family, visiting farms with my kids, volunteering, Interior Decorating, traveling and driving through the country side. I am an Accountant turned stay at home mommie \:D (for now).
I am excited about finally being able to play and visit Sam Ash and stores online already collecting sheet music \:D
Posted by: Betty Patnude

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/17/07 06:46 PM

I'm so happy to hear your story! It takes courage to accept those kind of childhood experiences. It's sad that someone would be so destructive to your spirit.

I had similar experiences in my early life, and it wasn't until I was married with children, that I could be the best "Mom" I knew how to be.

Someone said to me, "Remember those things from your childhood that you can celebrate, and things that bring you good memories, and forget the rest." That was very hard to do, but I finally conquered all that "programming" I received and I have forgiven and forgotten the people who influenced me poorly, and made my world miserable. They didn't know better.

I am so happy that you are getting your much longed for musical experiences now. Be kind to yourself and appreciate all the things you are learning to do.

Don't let those words of "you'll never turn out to be anything good" ever run through your mind again. They were wrong, wrong, wrong to be said to you.

Best wishes!

Betty
Posted by: epf

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/07 03:55 PM

Well, guess I might as well jump in too. I'm 60 and have played the piano off and on since I was 10. Took lessons for four years in Ohio then moved to California. Took about four years off, then took another year of lessons before my teacher was diagnosed with cancer. No more lessons. Picked up the guitar, took lessons on that for three years and then was asked to start teaching. Went into the Air Force and rented a piano for my room (I guess you could say I like the piano). Picked up the recorder (German fingering, not Baroque).

When I got out of the Air Force my wife and I rented a piano until we could find one we liked -- eventually my parents gave us their Mason & Hamlin (built in 1947) that I had studied on. Also picked up the flute and learned how to play that.

During this whole time (around 50 years) I've kept at the piano (played piano and organ at church) but never really studied it. Recently bought a Privia PX-800 for practice in my computer room (the Mason & Hamlin is in the living room and my wife says she can't hear the TV when I'm playing).

Other things I do: ride a motorcycle as my primary form of transportation and I'm involved in herding sheep/cattle/ducks competitively (AKC, AHBA, ASCA, ISDS). I'm also a herding judge.

I do a little composing as well (mostly folk music sort of things).

for a living I'm a computer geek and an author. Just to round things out, I'm also an ordained minister (Catholic deacon).

Guess that's about it...

Ed
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/07 05:22 PM

Welcome, epf! Gosh you have an interesting and eclectic set of interests. All I know about sheep herding is what I've learned through multiple viewings of "Babe." \:D

IamElise, I agree with Betty: what you had to go through as a child is terribly sad, if not infuriating. It is a testament to your resilience that you made it through all that, and I am glad that you are finally able to indulge your love for piano.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/07 09:29 PM

epf - the piano seems to have stuck with you through all these varied life changes. Great to have you here. I saw a sheepdog herding demonstration while in Wales last year. It was quite fun. (I stayed at a B&B that was also a sheepdog training center.) As for you being a computer geek, I can always get some good advice when my computer misbehaves - like just now. I just posted a new thread on that a moment ago. It's man against machine and machine seems to win more often - baaaah!

IamElise - I am sad to hear that some parents could be so heartless. But I hope you've put all that behind you. The fact that you are starting the piano and have a supportive husband is very good news indeed. Enjoy yourself and glad to have you hang out here with us.
Posted by: shakuhachi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/28/07 10:24 PM

I play classical guitar but get frustrated when I beak a fingernail. I am so dependent on them for good tone that it is like breaking a finger.

So I am starting all over with the piano at age 52. I will still play guitar when my nail grows back but piano is still a must. I hope I will have the patience and perseverence.

I just started today.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/28/07 11:09 PM

Hi Shakuhachi, welcome to the forum! I think there are a number of members who also have guitar playing experience. The thingi is one is supposed to have short finger nails to play the piano, and it sounds like you are trying to grow it longish for guitar plucking. Conflict of interest!! \:D Hope you have fun with the piano.
Posted by: Mike Gabbert

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/06/08 11:18 PM

I'm 54 years old and attended my first piano lesson on January 24th of last year. My prior musical exposure included the Tonette (like a recorder) that was mandatory in the 4th grade and a brief try at the trombone in 5th grade band. I was really bad.

For several months prior to last January I had developed an interest in the piano, read some music history, theory and some self-learning books. I gave myself a Roland (MP-70) digital piano for Christmas, but this learning on my own was just not for me. So I soon began looking for a teacher, and by late January I began my life as a piano player wannabie. My attitude is that it's never too late.

Day-to-day my progress seems to be very slow--hard to discern. However, comparing where I was a year ago to where I am now is a *big* change. I am also finding some things becoming easier, little-by-little.

My study of the piano has also given me a much greater appreciation for music in general, and the classics and jazz in particular.

I am beginning to desire a "real" piano, but I'm waiting until my memorized repertoire is good enough that I can test pianos w/o having to take along the sheet music.

I know that if I devote more time to practice than I have been that my progress will improve. To this end I'm participating in MOYD 2008. For those of you who are also doing this: If you notice I haven't updated my log in a few days *please* get on my case!

Nice to meet everyone here,

Mike
Posted by: wj3

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 12:05 AM

Boy you sound just like me. Except I am 61 years old and retired. I also played the trombone in junior high school but lost interest when I went into high scool. My wife bought me a Yamaha keyboard for Christmas a few years ago which got me started. Last year my neighbor started giving me lessons.

Since then I got a 1906 Clarendon upright piano that I have restored. I am also a woodworker.

I have been mostly working on Alfreds All in one Adult course books. I am just about to finish level one. Then on to level two.

Nice to meet you
WJ3
Posted by: JimmyJames

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 12:08 AM

Well I just joined today after visiting this site for a week or so.

I am 33 live in Colorado and just started playing the piano 2 weeks ago. I am looking forward to being able to play a song that is not in one of the method books.

Besides piano, I do improv at a local comedy theater.

Thanks to everyone that runs these forums, I have a feeling this place is going to be a great asset to me as I attempt to learn the piano.
Posted by: funburger

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 01:26 AM

welcome jimmyjames, look forward to seeing you around, and maybe a few jokes here and there to lighten up the place:) hehehehe
Posted by: TonyB

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 02:00 PM

This is an interesting thread! Not sure how I missed it before, but I can really relate to many of the stuff said here.

I am 55 this year, and studied the Sudnow method a number of years ago. I would highly recommend that to anyone who wants to learn to play standards in a locked hands cocktail style. My interests are broader than that, so I decided last year to really dig in and get some of the more traditional foundation instead. In November, I got the Duane Shinn 52 week "adult piano crash course" and am currently on lesson 7. Clearly, I have quite a way to go, but I am enjoying it.

My "piano" is a Yamaha P80 digital, and it seems perfectuly suited to what I am doing. It has a decent keyboard feel and sound, as well as builtin metronome and a two-track recorder so I can readily record myself to hear how I am doing without having to connect anything external to my keyboard.

For me, having a clear direction and well defined lessons with each having a start and end, and good instruction and structure, seems to work well. I tend to drift from one idea to another without really getting anything worthwhile done otherwise. Everybody is different in this regard, so it is really a matter of finding what works for me.

My piano interests include being able to sight read reasonably well to be able to play from numerous books of piano music of a variety of styles I have collected over the years, as well as being able to create interesting arrangements on the fly from a fakebook. Also, the "neo-classical/new age" style interests me.

I have a lot of years playing guitar, with my primary interest being arranging and playing songs people know as complete fingerstyle instrumental solos (i.e. the bass line, harmony, and melody line all together as one arrangement). I am self-taught on guitar, but took the time to learn how music works. This should help once I get some fluency on the piano. I did play professionally full time back in the late 70s on the Holiday Inn circuit for almost two years before deciding that music made a better avocation than vocation for me. It was a lifestyle choice. I am eternally glad that I got that out of my system, rather than just dreaming and wishing about it. Since then, I spent a few years playing lead guitar in some church bands, but stopped doing that about two years ago for a number of rather philosophical reasons.

Currently, I am really enjoying the daily practice routine and seeing real progress a little each day, a day at a time. It will be a while before I have anything worth recording to post for people to hear because it was a conscious decision to hold off "sounding good" right away in favor of gaining a real solid foundation in piano technique.

Tony
Posted by: Late Beginner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 06:27 PM

Hi all,

I share a little bit of TonyB's background in that I also made some progress with guitar first. Not to his extent though.

On the musical side, I've always loved listening (and even had a small CD shop for a while, selling classical music and a little jazz and blues) but early experience with schoolboy piano lessons had convinced me that I'd never be a player.

But late in life I decided to take the plunge and try and learn more about music in a practical way. I've been learning guitar in a fairly casual way for about 3 years, and also experimented a bit with clarinet. I'm a recent beginner (or re-starter) with keyboards and now have a Yamaha PSR S500 digital that has various built in capabilities, including a range of different 'voices' (that give my inner kid something to fiddle with...), 8 recordable tracks, and a USB connection that allows me to either export tracks or import midi files to listen to or practice with. My goal is to get better at playing keyboards - perhaps to the extent of making it my main instrument. I also want to learn a little about songwriting and arranging.

Here's a song I wrote a while back about the trials and fears of being a musical beginner. I think that the lyrics also apply to learning piano. As you can tell, I wasn't faking being pretty inept at playing guitar and attempting to sing.. \:o

Perfectionist Beginner Blues

I'd like to be able to continue that journey now on keyboards.

On the personal side I'm 61, married 26 years with one son. Matt is disabled so I now look after him full time (and run the household) while my wife keeps her career going and pays the bills. \:\) We live on a five acre bush block just outside our State capital city of Perth, in a house I designed and built myself. Lovely place to live, and enough free time to indulge in a passion to learn more about music.... I feel very lucky.

Cheers,

Chris
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 06:45 PM

Late Beginner, I thoroughly enjoyed the your Beginner Blues! \:\)
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 06:55 PM

Wow! What a great bunch of new people! Welcome to you all, and I'm looking forward to your contributions.

Cathy
Posted by: indigo1969

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/08 11:35 PM

My name is Marian.

I've registered some while ago, but this is the first time I'm posting here. Just want to say "Hi everyone". I'm (still) 38, I'm earn my life by programming computers. I've buy three month ago a digital piano (Höhner DP500) - and started to learn reading notes and play the piano using a computer software (Teach Me Piano). In the past I've played (just by ear) accordion and acoustic guitar - as an amateur - for some years. I also start to play a chromatic harmonica.

This forum is a wonderful resource for any beginner. I've found a lot of useful informations that's putted me on the right direction (I hope). I just want to thank you all for this forum - and who knows - maybe some days I'll be able to bring my contribution on this site.

So thanks again and best wishes
Marian
Posted by: shugo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 03:14 PM

I’ve been lurking around the forum for the past couple of days after finding out about it in a book I’m reading (“Grand obsession” by Perry Knize).
I thought I ought to introduce myself.
I’m a 32 year old postdoctoral student. My field of research is Evolutionary Biology.
I used to play piano as a child. No one in my family can remember the exact years in which I played but I think it lasted for around four years from the age of 8 to the age of 12. I don’t really remember why I quit since I remember rather enjoying playing.
About a year ago I started having this idea that maybe playing the piano again could be fun. This idea started small but it grew and grew gradually till finally in September I decided to start. There was a Piano sale in my campus and I bought a Yamaha Clavinova Clp-220 piano. The moment it arrived at my home I knew it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I started with a book (I needed to remind myself how to read music, cause I couldn’t remember a thing), but very soon decided that I wanted a teacher. It took me about a month to find a teacher I liked. Now I have a piano (that I can use with headphones, which is good cause I live in an apartment building and like to practice at all hours of the day and night), a teacher that I think is right for me and a full blown obsession with anything piano related. I am constantly surprised at how much faster I’m progressing than I expected. I started playing again right after Rosh Hasahnah (the Jewish New year) and it was kind of a new year’s resolution. I promised myself that eventually I will be able to play Chopin Mazurkas. I thought it would take a few years, but now after less than four months I’m already playing a Chopin Mazurka. Apparently it is a lot like riding a bike. My body seems to remember my childhood studies even though my conscious mind can’t even remember when I learned and why I quit.
My piano teacher has an amazing Baldwin grand piano and sometimes in lessons I get to play it. It is such a lovely piano. Both the sound and the action on it are amazing. I can practice a piece (for example I’m now working on Chopin’s Waltz Op64 #2) and it can have certain notes I can never hit at home, but somehow on the Baldwin it all seems so much easier.
Eventually I want to buy myself the ultimate piano. But this will have to wait. At the moment I live in a very small apartment and will not be staying here for more than a few years. I think my perfect piano will have to wait till I return to Israel. That hasn’t stopped me from checking out piano stores. I’ve visited the Steinway distributors in San Francisco and tried playing both Steinway grand pianos and uprights. I have to say those are some very nice pianos. Of course I will probably have to sell a kidney to buy one, but I do have two so I’m not completely discarding the option (as I’ve said, full blown obsession).
A few days ago I was at Borders and I saw this book (“Grand obsession”, which I mentioned above). It had a piano on the cover so of course I picked it up and was thrilled to find out that it was all about a person who seems to have caught the same bug I have. I bought the book and learned about this forum. I was so pleased to find out that my disease is a common one. I think it is a great illness to catch, and am glad to know I’m not the only crazy late comer out there.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 03:39 PM

Hi Shugo,
Welcome to this little community and glad you found us!

I enjoyed reading your story very much. How about submitting your Mazurkas and other pieces for the piano bar and/or the upcoming recital? I am sure we'll all enjoy hearing you play.

Meanwhile, keep working on that evolutionary biology. May be you'll figure out how to generate a third kidney to help you buy that dream piano! \:\)
Posted by: shugo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 05:00 PM

Thanks for the welcome Rosanna.
I'm not sure I'll be on time to join the nearest recital. I need to buy a cable to connect my piano to my computer and figure out how to record and convert files. I also suffer from a bit of stage fright (which I am really resolved to get over, but haven’t gotten over yet), but this is not really live, so it may be OK. I will try, however. If not I'll try for the next recital.
By the way, is there a thread about stage fright?
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 06:04 PM

Shugo,

It's easy enough to get a cable online or in store. (Buy.com is one I use sometimes.) And here is a very useful article on how to record by our very own Mahlzeit computer wiz.

http://www.originalsolopiano.com/how-to-record-piano.html

As for stage fright, if you do a search on "stage fright" (subject only) (using the link on the top of the page), you'll yield several results. It seems to me in this forum, for anything one can think of about piano and piano playing, you can find a thread on it. If not, you can start one!

I can relate to stage fright when recording - aka the "red dot syndrome". It does get easier with time, and I only started recording this last September due to the encouragement in this forum.
Posted by: mullyman

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 06:47 PM

I'm with Tony B on not knowing how I missed this thread. Anyway, here goes.

My name is Jim Mullins but everyone calls me MULLY. Been like that since I was a teenager. Don't remember who thought it up but I don't think it took them much effort. hehe!!

I'm 39 years old, 40 on February 12th, and originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. My mother was a ballet dancer and when she retired she opened her own dance school. Living in and around the studio I've been exposed to all kinds of music my entire life. When I was a in Jr. high school I played clarinet for about 3 years. Of course being a boy from the midwest I wanted a "tougher" instrument so I got into playing guitar when I was about 15 or so and still play to this day. I've been in a few bands and one of them actually had a pretty good following.

In 1991, after graduating college, the urge to get out and see the world was just too strong for me. I had always had an interest in Asia so I thought Japan would be a good place to start. I set my sights on one year in Japan and then back to America. One year turned to two, two to three and here I am 17 years later still in Japan and I know I will never return to America. I have no desire to ever go back there for more than a visit.

In May of 2005 I married the most perfect woman that God could have ever graced this planet with. Although we've only been married just under 3 years we've been together for......I think this year will be our 15th year. She's my best friend and we do everything together.

As I said before I've always been around music. We had a piano at home when I was growing up and I honestly don't know why I never took the time to learn it. Lately the itch has been there so I decided to quit screwing around and to move forward with it. I bought a Privia PX-800 and think it's one of the best purchases I've ever made.

I didn't mention that I'm a school teacher but that's what I do. I teach English as a second language in a Catholic school. Not too many things will make you smile more than seeing a Japanese nun. hehe!! Anyway, my school has from k-1 all the way through high school on one campus. I teach elementary first, third, and fifth grades. Jr. high first and second grade and high school first second and third grades. Anyway, as I've said in other posts on the board, since I work in a school that is so big I've got access to 3 grand pianos, 2 uprights and a plethora of keyboards. So far I've found that I really like the Yamaha grand that we have in our performance hall. I think they keep that one in tip top shape all the time. It's really old and it sounds fantastic....much better than my Privia, hahaha!!

Anyway, that' about it for me. I really enjoy reading a lot of the posts here but my level is so low at this point that I really can't contribute much more than conversation. Hopefully someday that will change.

See ya around the forum!
MULLY
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 08:11 PM

Well Mully, even though you've been "around" for a while, I'm glad you took the time for an introduction on this thread. I've been to Japan a number of times and can certainly see the attraction in living there. You didn't mention what kind of piano you have at home. I know even a "big" house in Japan is 1000 square feet so I'm guessing you've either got an upright or a digital - correct?

At any rate, welcome (again) and thanks for the intro.
Posted by: mullyman

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/12/08 10:50 PM

Sorry about that, I thought I put it in there. I've got a Privia PX-800. You're 100% right about space limitations. I'm living in an apartment now but if we ever decide to build a house I'll make sure there's ample space.
MULLY
Posted by: DDS24P&FOP87

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/13/08 07:23 PM

mullyman -

Thank you for giving info. on your background. Let me guess...You were a participant in the JET Program?

Your wife sounds like a wonderful person. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness together.
Posted by: mullyman

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/13/08 08:09 PM

Nope, never got involved with JET. I came over here on my own. No knowledge of the Japanese language, just sink or swim is what it was. hehe!
MULLY
Posted by: lizzy's dad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/08 01:16 AM

ARGH!

I lost my post...Still learning...
Posted by: lizzy's dad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/08 03:45 AM

Hello, or as the kid would say, "...w'sup",

Well, this was supposed to be my 21st post, but I goof'd and lost it all. It was good too. Such is life. I've waited to post this, not knowing if I'd last.

I'm still a bit too intimidated to post much of an opinion. But, with my 20th post a little earlier, I've now reached "FULL MEMBER" status and I'm starting to feel like I belong.

So, for posterity's sake, here's my story, an albeit somewhat abbreviated version - given I've forgotten most of what I had written earlier... \:\(

Where to start?

I came upon the forum in my search for a new DP this past summer. We were looking to upgrade from the limitations of our Casio AP25. The kid's teacher has a baby grand and had complained for years that the DP didn't feel or sound like the "real" thing.

Unfortunately for her, we had not considered an acoustic piano when we bought the house, some 10 years before she came into our lives. Luckily, technology has come far enough to provide a number of decent electro-mechanical options.

We brought a Yamaha CLP 280 home and the kid's been very happy with it. Not a grand, I know, but it fits our lifestyle. It’s a decent simulation, good touch (for a DP), and good sound. Love those 4 dynamic levels of stereo sampled, scat voices.

With two DPs in the house (just couldn't toss the Casio), and a newly adjusted outlook on life, I decided to indulge a lifelong desire to learn how to play the piano, where upon I returned to the forum for both the advice and the community.

Last spring I came upon the new outlook on a dare to overcome my aversion to doctors, by going in for a physical. I guess all those years, of "Living La Vida Loca" had caught up with me. I know now how the “medicine cabinet” got its name. Needless to say, I've been asked to re-align my priorities, eat right, exercise, lower my stress levels...you've heard the drill before. So, I’m made learning to play the piano my therapy. \:\)

I started lessons with the kid's piano teacher this past October. We're about half way through the Faber's 1st series of books, "Accelerated Piano Adventures for Older Beginners", the kid's "hand-me-ups". Luckily for me she has the patience of Job and the technical expertise to keep me on the straight and narrow. "...practice slowly, deliberately..." Oh, the pain.

The hardest part, so far, has been re-learning how to learn. And as I learn, I have to constantly reassess my expectations. I guess it’ll be a while before I’m playing Rhapsody in Blue in front of the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. \:\)

My life has already turned for the better. I have a new appreciation for classical piano music, although I'm still partial to a little Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi. And thanks to recommendations here, I've just finished a number of books; Adam's Lessons, Carhart's Piano Shop, and Cooke's Playing for Pleasure, the latter the source of much discussion with the Teach. ...armed with little knowledge, we become "dangerous".

Originally, my piano goal was to learn how to play the all the music in the Easy Piano book of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, maybe pick up some pointers on how to sight read, and learn how to play a fake book. But this forum has made so much more, so much more accessible. I might get to Carnegie Hall yet (with ticket in hand ;\) ).

I'd like to thank the "Elders" for maintaining the forum all these years. I search it constantly; visit as often as I can. I find myself becoming more and more a part of this community, and, like many other's here, have become especially fond of the ABF...where you can find everything from advice on a classical piece, to the opportunity of cheering up someone on their birthday.

Seriously, every time I visit the forum I come away with something new, often something greater than learning how to play. What more can I say?

Who is lizzy's dad?

I'm a 54 year old engineer. I work for a large manufacturing company here in the Great NW (USA - in deference to my friends in Canada who point out I live south of their Great Southwest).

I used to golf, fish, hike, snow ski, a lot. Over time, priorities shifted as the kid got older and work became more interesting. Now-a-days, whenever I find some free time, I just practice, practice, practice.

I'm part Hawaiian, grew up in Hawaii and went to college in Hawaii. However, I consider myself a Washingtonian, having lived here for about 30 years now. How could I leave a tropical paradise for a paradise in a temperate clime, you ask? ...they don't build airplanes in Hawaii... :rolleyes:

My wife and I have been celebrating our 25th anniversary all year. Took our 1st cruise this past summer...woo hoo! We find ourselves spending more and more of our time together walking and eating our way back to health.

Lizzy is our only child, the joy of our lives.

Chris
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/08 12:31 PM

What a great intro (even though you're now officially an "old hand"). Thanks for taking the time to redo it after losing your first one.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/08 01:52 PM

Lizzy's Dad/Chris,

Now that we've been properly introduced \:\) , I look forward to seeing you around.

BTW I related to your feeling like you may not "belong" yet, with "only" 20-ish posts. For me, I started to feel that I am part of the ABF, instead of just a visiting newbie, when I started being a bit crazy and silly in my posts -then I knew I am finally home \:D
Posted by: Keith W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/15/08 10:26 AM

This is really interesting, to read all these stories! I'm not caught up yet, but...

I'm 47, live in the Washington DC area. I do solar and renewable energy work on houses. I've also worked as an environmental advocate, carpenter, computer programmer and admin, glassblower, maybe other stuff...

My sordid music history: glee club in grade school, where I was told in no uncertain terms I couldn't sing. I played trombone briefly in there, for a few months I think. In high school, I taught myself bass guitar, and played in an R&R band. After high school, living on my own, I had a well-paying flexible job, so signed up to a full round of music courses at the local community college: after one class, I got laid off, and couldn't afford to attend any more. I went to college for Physics 5 years later, and never took any music in college again (tragic violin music in the background) \:\(

A few years later I got a guitar, and started learning folk music from chord diagrams. I never learned to read, and mild dyslexia makes sheet music seem sort of a blur to me. I later picked up hand percussion (drums, bells, blocks, etc) and played in a band. During all this time I was singing in a fantastic community song circle about once a month. I realized I like to sing more so I quite the band and started playing guitar with small groups of people, occasionally performing. That was fun.

Then came grad school, and starting a company, and music didn't get much attention for a several years. I should say, I had periodic intentions of learning to read music, and play piano, but no confidence that it would actually be possible. I had one piano lesson about 15 years ago, and owned a non-weighted keyboard in there for a while, but didn't play it consistently or study methodically, and didn't learn anything to speak of.

I eventually decided I should get a weighted keyboard, and bought a weighted midi controller, which turned out to be a bad idea, since it required additional hardware or a computer... I never hooked it up (once, I think), but it took me years to get something more suitable. Finally about 4 months ago I bought a weighted Yamaha keyboard, a used S-80, which I love. I've been playing 1-3+ hours a day when I can.

I started lessons about 3 months ago, since I wanted to give myself every chance, but felt like the teacher wasn't very responsive, attentive, creative, or personal. He just plunked me into a book and said "do this." That didn't work very well for me, so after about a month I looked around for other teachers, and found one who turned out to be great, she's helpful, smart, flexible, and gets a kick out of my process, even when it might be different than what she'd do with other students.

When I first started, I read everything I could find online. I found Chang, and that helped me think about things more freely: he sort of gave me permission to think more explicitly about the learning process itself, and pursue a "whatever works" strategy. My current approach is to learn 5 pieces I like, that I can work on or simply play, flipping between them (I get bored quickly), in order to free up enough non-bored energy to practice scales, chords, simpler reading practice, etc. Right now I'm well along with Bach/Petzold Minuet in G, Linus & Lucy, and working on Bach Inv 1. Might add some Joplin soon.

I use Finale Songwriter as a crutch ;-) I input the music I'm working on into it, and then I can watch it play the score measure by measure, either or both hands, so I can get immediate feedback on how something fits together. I'm doing it much less already, but it's very helpful. I just can't wait a week between corrections! I also occasionally use the reading practice drills on emusictheory.com, which I find very helpful though I'm awaiting an upgrade with anticipation.

I'm still a really lousy reader, but I'm going to focus on that soon. I get a lot of satisfaction with the pieces I'm working on now, though the process itself will get old eventually: I read ever-so-slowly through the music, learning one measure at a time. By the time I've read it and learned the fingering, it's well on it's way to being memorized. That says more about how slowly I read than how quickly I memorize... \:D

I can hardly imagine anyone's gotten this far, but I thought it would be sorta fun to put this all somewhere...

Keith
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/15/08 11:19 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Keith W:

I can hardly imagine anyone's gotten this far, but I thought it would be sorta fun to put this all somewhere...

Keith [/b]
Actually, I read the whole thing \:D I especially liked the part about finding a teacher, it's great that you recognized the first one didn't work for you and were able to find one that does.

Welcome to the forum!
Posted by: Keith W

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/15/08 11:39 AM

Y'know, it felt SO HARD to leave my first teacher, like I was abandoning an old friend. And he was a nice guy, but he couldn't really listen to what I wanted, and aim the lessons in that direction. It's AMAZING how much a different teacher changed that. She challenges me, gives me ideas, let's me take initiative, is encouraging... I actually paid 10 lessons ahead after the first 5! For me, that's a lot of confidence!

thanks for the welcome, this really is a great place.

Keith
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/15/08 02:12 PM

Hi Keith, I also read your whole post with great interest. Everyone's musical journey is so unique I find them all fascinating. It's better than reading novels! Welcome to the forum. I am glad you found a teacher you like.
Posted by: vogel54

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/15/08 03:14 PM

Hello Keith,
I also read the entire story and yes, I did hear violins in the back ground...added much to your story...Sounds like you now have it all together and I am proud of your work ethic...Keep up the good work and enjoy your music!

Best Regards,
nick
Posted by: stegerson

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/31/08 12:39 AM

Well, it's about time I jump in here.

PW is great! I stumbled on to it when I was doing research on buying my first digital piano back in the fall.

I'm 46 and married with two kids, 5 and 1, who keep me busy mornings before I head to work from 2pm to 10:30 pm.

My name comes from the fact that I was raised in Steger, IL and also that I own a Steger & Sons upright (cira 1916) which I believe was actually built in Steger. The piano was an emotional purchase made shortly after my father passed away some years ago. My dad could not read music but could play by ear quite well and often played our organ late at night while the rest of the house was going to bed.

Musically, I started playing trombone in grade school and continued to do so through nearly all of college. I did take organ lessons for a few years in my youth. I had no keyboard in my adult life until the Stetger & Sons came along. Since then, I have sporadically practiced with long stretches of inactivity.

I finally decided to invest in a DP to make practicing easier and more reliable (no tuning, keys that always work).

I look forward to posting more often now and participating in the quarterly recital. I also have taken a keen interest in the Autumn Leaves solo jazz thread.

Peace!

-Ted
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/31/08 11:38 AM

Welcome to the forum Ted! I look forward to hearing you in the recital.
Posted by: alh90

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/31/08 11:52 AM

Hello everyone!
Im 18 i tried playing the piano when i was younger but eventually got frustrated with being so crap i gave up. I think i expected that i'd be able to sit down and play like Beethoven straight away- obviously that didn't happen. I got sick of being bored when i was 13 and decided to take it back up again. I did my first grade not long after that and nearly threw up through nerves, i passed but it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I decided that playing the piano, for me, was about enjoying it and having fun, not trying to grade myself. Since then i've found it alot more fun!
I hate any music on a piano that is boppy and clunky, one of my first pieces was the Hokey Kokey (sp?) and i despised it- i love to play soft moody beautiful and romantic pieces. I play those best and im completely crap at playing by ear!
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/31/08 11:54 AM

I'm so glad people still contribute to this thread. It's always interesting to read about our great forum contributors.

Lizzy's Dad--We just celebrated our 25th anniversary also. It's funny because we waited to have children, so our kids are 11. When my parents celebrated their 25th anniversary, we were all adults and planned a party for them. I guess that will happen for our 50th!

Keith--You are right that it's hard to fit music into life once you have a business of your own (or a family, or a job that requires travel, etc.), but it sure is good to be able to find time for it. It sounds like it's giving you a lot of joy.

Ted--Is your Steger & sons playable? How do you like it compared to your DP? Welcome to the forum!

Nancy
Posted by: stegerson

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/31/08 03:28 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by NancyM333:

Ted--Is your Steger & sons playable? How do you like it compared to your DP? Welcome to the forum!

Nancy [/b]
Yeah, it's in pretty good shape. Since it was an emotional purchase, half the keys could have been missing and I don't think I would have noticed! I was just so shocked to stumble upon it at that particular time in my life. It definitely requires regular tuning. In fact, just moving it the other week caused one key to go sour.

The DP is wonderful and easier to play. It also makes it easier to participate in these forums. The key clicking is more noticeable but it doesn't really bother me.

-Ted
Posted by: Undone

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/04/08 11:36 AM

Another re-beginner here. My name is Jim (or Undone “because I’m not finished yet”) and I’ll be turning 47 next month. I grew up listening to my mother play her “baby grand” and took several years of lessons as a young child. I always enjoyed playing the piano, and didn’t find the lessons “all that terrible”. In Jr. High and on into High School I took part in every musical group and class available with thoughts of majoring in music when I went to college. I played trumpet, electric base, and some guitar, but primarily focused on voice. When the time came to make such a commitment, I chickened out on music as a major and went into electrical engineering and then computer programming instead (for fear of ending up a “starving artist”), and shifted all my time and energy to such pursuits.

I’ve always had some form of keyboard in the house, but only just recently purchased a key weighted, full-sized digital piano and decided to start again. I knew I needed to go right back to the beginning and so, after reading various posts on this forum, picked up the first book in Alfred’s Adult All-In-One course and began my re-learning. I was able to move through the first book rather quickly and am now polishing up the last couple of pieces in book one and have just started on book two.

Reading and searching through the posts on this forum has been a tremendous help to me and provides a constant source of inspiration. I’ve been tempted to post a comment or question on several recent threads, but have been held back by the thought that I’ve yet to post a proper introduction. So hopefully, with this post, I will be less shy when it comes to participating in current or future threads.

Jim
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/04/08 12:15 PM

Welcome to the forum Jim and thanks for the introduction. Now that we've been "formally introduced" I'll look forward to your participation in the forum!

Welcome again.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/04/08 02:10 PM

Hey Undone, look forward to your posts! Love to have you.
Posted by: GregoryP

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/08 03:15 AM

It looks like it has been just a bit since someone added to this, so I thought that I would start it back up.

Sawasdee Krab;

I am 57, and married to a wonderful women. We have 4 children, all grown and gone now, the youngest is 19. We also have 4 grandchildren.

At present we live in Bangkok, Thailand where I am a Field Engineer for a large Aerospace Company, and my wife enjoys a life of liesure. We will probably retire at the end of the year and move into a home that we just built a little south of Phoenix.

Before Thailand we lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, Egypt, and South Africa. We love to travel.

I had always wanted to play the piano, but just never had the time. about 1 1/2 years ago I took the plunge and have been taking lessons ever since. I really enjoy it, and regret not starting when I was younger. I have a wonderful Thai lady who has been giving me lessons twice a week for the entire time, she is very patient and encouraging.

I look forward to hearing from you all.
Posted by: rodmichael

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/13/08 09:37 AM

There is another thread in this Forum "What do you do?" that is in a similar vein. I wonder if they should be rolled together and given "sticky" status so that similar duplication does not occur and since this kind of thread is useful for all the members to put other members and their questions/answers in a fuller context.

I am a 61 year old chemical engineer, physician, Army colonel. Retired from the Army in 2002 but still working for the Army as a the senior product developer for blood products for the battlefield.

I have served as a senior infectious diseases officer for the Army until 1992 when a mid-life "crisis" pushed me into research and development. I went to Thailand and directed efforts to establish HIV vaccine research and development for the Army in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. From there I came back to the Washington, DC area where I have worked for the Army in active and retired status in multiple research and development positions for the past 16 years. I also served in Vietnam as a young lieutentant before going to medical school.

I am married for 32 years with two children both of whom are in college or medical school and both of whom are pursuing Army careers. My wife is the senior geriatrician for the Army so my retirement will be medically secure.

Although we currently live in Maryland, we will retire in 3 years in South Dakota (we're both natives there) where we are currently building a home.

I started piano in February 2008 with my first lesson on 12 February. I had my 5th lesson 2 days ago and I am currently working on my first chords (C MAJ and G7) in Alfreds Book One for Adult Beginners. I've had no prior music training and so the fundamentals of music were (and still are but lessening) a mystery for me. I had always wanted to start piano and I tried to talk my son into them as an entre for me. But he never bit (guitar instead) and so I never got the chance until recently I just decided to do it. I'm not sure I have (or ever will have) the passion that many of you profess, but I do enjoy the relaxation and the challenge of learning something new. I enjoy practicing about 60 to 90 minutes daily.

I purchased a DP after considering a restored M&H for a couple of months. I figured that with my ears (tin) I probably wouldn't notice the difference and I wouldn't have to worry too much about tuning, humidity or getting a "player piano" function ($6K or so) in addition to the piano. I really like the Yamaha CGP 1000 and I think that it will likely serve me well until I pass on to that big concert hall. My instructor has a M&H A and a Bosendorfer in her studio, so I get to see and hear (and use) what I missed by not getting my own acoustic. About the only difference I'm sensitive to so far is the heavier touch of the M&H.

I'm confident that's more than anyone would want to know about me, so I'll stop here.
Posted by: huami

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 02:45 AM

Hello. who am i ? (huami)

my name is tricia. I live in byron bay australia.

i am an emerging artist - or at least i was. I recenly damaged one eye, so am looking to replace my love for painting with music seeing as i cannot paint well any more.

20 plus years ago, i had a muso friend who went to england & i baby sat his piano for him while he was away. i took some lessons back then while i had it, and it was a lot of fun.

if any aussie's out there remember "Blackfeather"
then they would remember Paul Wyld playing that very same piano.

here is a youtube video of the piano player in question - (but of course playing on a different piano.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B_3yfId1xM

Now i want to play again to keep myself happy. It is really difficult to give up painting, but it is not the end of the world - there is always something else i can do to replace the hoy of it.

i do not have a piano yet. i looked at a Yamaha P70 digital stage piano - full size. it seemed nice - nice touch - nice sound. just thought i would run it by you experts first before i went ahead & bought it. I did post my question in another section.

i look forward to hanging out & learning & getting to know & listen to you all.

cheers

tricia
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 03:32 AM

Hi Tricia,
Welcome! I know some friends who live or who used to live near Byron Bay. From pictures I have seen, it's a very pretty place.

I've tried the P70 last summer. It's nice for its price, but I remember there were either no speakers, or they are pretty small. But if that's not objectionable, and you like the sound and touch, it's a worthy buy. The other thing I would suggest is to try out some other brands (e.g. Roland, Kawai) and see how you like them. They do feel and sound different. Some people feel very partial to certain brand!

Good to have you hang out here!
Posted by: Leuvenaar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 07:58 AM

hello,
my name is Mervyn, 27. i studied social work in Gent, but really wanted to study philosohy, which i'm finishing now after 4 years here in Leuven. my main thing next to piano is hiking. been in norway, iceland, france, germany, wales, scotland, england, turkey, everytime for something like 3 up to 5 weeks over the last 7 years.
after the exams in june i'm going to take a hiking-holiday of two months, and then i'll be looking after a job (must be easy as a philosopher, right?).
started piano (HP203) a few months ago, with a teacher, but i'm thinking i might try to learn by myself from now on. i'm really enjoying it, and the posts on this forum seem helpful.
Posted by: Island Gypsy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 03:00 PM

Just wrote an introduction, but it vanished! \:\( Quick version: I am 73, in SC in winter & Orcas Island, Washington in summer, third attempt to learn to play with a circuitous route to this point in my life -- so, I'm leaving out all the stuff about my greatgrandfather's reed organ that rode with him when he was a circuit preacher, learning to play "Irish Washerwoman," playing at cornet and alto horn in school bands, detours to drama school (my #1 passion - theater -- and much of my time is spent acting, running lights, ushering, other theatre-related activities), lifelong love of baseball (shared by my late husband), and what I claim was "temporary insanity" after my husband died & I bought a condo on Orcas Island, all the way across the country, and got there by traveling in a second-hand car all over the southwest so I could see places I had never been. That's also where my love for music rapidly grew geometrically, thanks to the the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival and the incredible pianist Jon Kimura Parker. A member of this forum has been coming out there to hear him the last few years, and she suggested I look into PW forum. She has been very encouraging of my growing desire to learn to play, since she started herself at an advanced age (not as advanced as mine, but -- hey, why not??) So yesterday I had my first lesson on my new Yamaha YDP213, from the same teacher I took lessons from back in the early 1980's.

Time to practice -- Hanon exercises and CPE Bach Pastorale in D.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 03:38 PM

Welcome Luevenaar! Hope you have a great time on your hiking holidays. Where are you planning to go?

Annette. It's never to late start. 73 is really quite young these days. People run for president when they are in their 70's these days! \:\)

See you both around the forum.
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 04:24 PM

I've been posting here since January, but never introduced myself on this thread so here goes.

My name is Michelle, mom3gram is my user ID, taken from mom of 3, grandma of ...... which happens to be 10 right now. Born in NY, I've lived in NJ for 40 years. I lost my husband 7 years ago this month. I just turned 63 a couple of weeks ago.

Two years ago, I purchased an inexpensive Yamaha keyboard sort of on a whim, although I had wanted one for a long time. Inexpensive because I am not wealthy, but also because I have another expensive hobby and didn't know if I would stick with this. After a few attempts to play the darn thing from EZ Play Today books, I watched my two oldest grandchildren learning real piano, and decided that if they could do it, I could do it. Forgot to tell you that I have two sisters who flunked piano and the nuns used to tell me to just move my lips when the class was singing, so I don't exactly come from good musical stock.

Anyway, I borrowed a couple of Bastien primer books from the grandkids who had outgrown them and somehow found this forum. When I read the Alfred Adult Book 1 thread I decided to get the book for myself and here I am - slowly slogging through Alfred's and dreaming about someday replacing my 61 key keyboard with a digital piano.

Oh, my other hobby - I am a watercolorist, exhibiting and selling my work in the NY/NJ area where I've done quite well with awards, and sometimes sales.

I also joined a senior tap class a few years ago. Not so talented in that area either, but they insist that I participate in the yearly tap show anyway. So far no one has thrown anything at me, and there is always applause at the end of our number so I must sort of look like I know what I'm doing.

I love this forum because I can find people like me who came to piano late in life, and I've learned more here than I ever expected about music, pianos, and how to practice.
Posted by: ColorKeys

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 05:09 PM

Hi all,

I'm a 38-year-old woman in Colorado. Colorado has been my home for 10 years and I love it, but I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I've been studying classical piano since I was about 9, majored in it for three years in college, until I realized i wasn't THAT good, and switched my major to journalism. It took me 20 years to find my passion for music again, and here I am.

Today I am particularly interested in jazz improvisation, theory and composition and I'm lucky to have found a private teacher out here to study with.

In Chicago I had a beautiful Haddorff grand piano that I gave up when I moved out here. When I became interested in music again I bought a Yamaha baby grand and I love it. It's brand new, and I love that we are growing together.

I am a civil servant and I love my job and the agency I work for. I have become a bit of an amateur naturalist over the last few years. My other interests include hiking, wildlife observation, camping (in a tent, not a camper!) and I am a hospice volunteer.
Posted by: Key Notes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 05:48 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
Oh, my other hobby - I am a watercolorist, exhibiting and selling my work in the NY/NJ area where I've done quite well with awards, and sometimes sales.[/b]
Hi mom3gram, Fatastic! I love watercolor paintings and would love to see some of your work. Do you have a web site?

Key Notes \:\)
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 08:46 PM

No website, but I have a blog for my watercolors, as well as one for myself and some friends. You may enjoy scrolling down to see some of the older posts on mine.

www.mhwatercolornotes.blogspot.com
www.lesbellesartistes.blogspot.com
Posted by: Key Notes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 09:32 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
No website, but I have a blog for my watercolors, as well as one for myself and some friends. You may enjoy scrolling down to see some of the older posts on mine.

www.mhwatercolornotes.blogspot.com
www.lesbellesartistes.blogspot.com [/b]
Thanks mom3gram! Very nice, I like your close-up of your Chrysanthemum or Dahlia. You must have lots of patience to paint in transparent watercolor style. Another wonderful hobby. Thanks for sharing.

Key Notes \:\)
Posted by: Beethoven Fan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/19/08 09:47 PM

hey everyone, its been awhile. i was never a prolific poster but i did contribute from time to time. the reason i stopped was due to falling behind in many other aspects of my life, but i think i've caught up for the most part. just to give an update on my quest to becoming an animator, I did get accepted into the first school of my choice which is University of the Arts up in Philadelphia. The only possible thing that would stop me from attending is the rather high price tag of tuition. i was also accepted into my back up school which is Savannah College of Art and Design in Gerorgia, obvoiusly. But I haven't gotten my scholarship notification yet and i'll be needing those. because even my backup is rather expensive. (i guess i don't plan too well, and attack life with optimism and hope.) anyhow, as far as piano is concerned, Im slowly making progress and but too slowly in my opinion so im in the process of re-evaluating my approach to become more effective. Both schools have a music program, which the one in Philly is primarily jazz.

I did my first piano festival in february and performed with less anxiety than i expected but did a so-so performance in my opinion, but i still remain proud of my efforts regardless. I was received a satisfactory rating from each of the two judges. But this was just a quick update on things i'm going through and hopefully i'll be able to start posting more, so for those who care, THANKS FOR CARING!!
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 12:32 AM

Mom3gram, really enjoy you blog. The Iris is my favorite.

Good to hear from Beethovan Fan, whichever Art school you end up at, all my best to you. "...attack life with optimism and hope" that's not such a bad thing!!

ColorKeys, You must be quite advanced in your playing since you majored in piano in college. BTW I have very high regards for hospice volunteers. I was very impressed with the hospice program that my friend was in last year (in Spokane, WA.)
Posted by: Leuvenaar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 06:33 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Rosanna:
Welcome Luevenaar! Hope you have a great time on your hiking holidays. Where are you planning to go? [/b]
that would be Wales (Cambrian Way) and Norway (Hardangervidda) again. i'm still mainly getting experience, in the hope i can go to Alaska in a few years, when i feel ready for it. or do the Pacific Crest Trail or Continental Divide Trail from Vancouver to Tijuana \:\)
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 03:11 PM

Leuvenaar,
All your potential hiking destinations sound wonderful. Many National Parks in the US are great too. Going farther, the Na Pali Coast of Kauai is supposed to be great. So are many places in New Zealand (S. Island).
Posted by: Leuvenaar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 05:12 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Rosanna:
Leuvenaar,
All your potential hiking destinations sound wonderful. Many National Parks in the US are great too. Going farther, the Na Pali Coast of Kauai is supposed to be great. So are many places in New Zealand (S. Island). [/b]
yes, so many places to see. unfortunately, since i'm still a student, my travel budget isn't all that big, so i'm pretty much obliged to stay in europe (of course, the purchase of a DP doesn't do the budget any good:)). that was one of the reasons why i began hiking, only the transportation is expensive (and the gear of course, i try to keep that to a minimum). hope to visit some national parks some day, and yes, new zealand is definitely on my list. thanks for the tips, googled Na Pali and it does seem great. my list is becoming endless... as probably the list with pianoworks that i would like to play will be. i'm so hoping on reincarnation \:\)
Posted by: Mark...

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 07:01 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mom3gram:
No website, but I have a blog for my watercolors, as well as one for myself and some friends. You may enjoy scrolling down to see some of the older posts on mine.

www.mhwatercolornotes.blogspot.com
www.lesbellesartistes.blogspot.com [/b]
Very impressive painting mom3gram, you should do some piano watercolors... \:D
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 09:36 PM

Hmmm...piano watercolors - great idea. I'll have to see what I can do about that. :-)
Posted by: hotkeys

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/08 10:08 PM

....I have seen a "Cheese piano" and a "Pink Piano" (both grands) it's amazing how much creativity we have out there....

- Mark
Posted by: Naked Shaman

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/21/08 10:22 AM

Good morning All,
Chris here , aka Naked Shaman. 51 yr old male,
life long resident of Savannah , Ga. Father of two , my 25yr old son is the musician in the family. That is till now. I have ALWAYS wanted to be musical and started my journey three years ago by joioning the church choir. Since have joined the Hand Bell choir and 1.5yrs ago began piano lessons.

Avid student of "A Course in Miracles" , love to read , used to be an active cyclist , gardener but have suffered from RA for 26yrs and it has taken it's toll on my body. As a result of the RA I also have challenges playing the piano.

Work for China Shipping , ocean container carrier. 21yrs in the biz , it pays the bills , that's about all I can say about it.....

Naked
Posted by: Zwischenzug

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/21/08 10:43 AM

A little about me...

I'm 25 years old. If you recognize the meaning of my username, it might give away my profession :p . I've had a hobby of building synthesizers for years, and that interest in electronic music spawned an interest in classical, which in turn spawned an interest in piano. And so I'm hear trying to make some progress \:\)
Posted by: artsobsessed

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/08 04:47 PM

Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know a little about me. I've been around for about a week and have gotten to talk to a couple of you. This is really a great forum to discuss things with people who have mutual interests.

My name is Levi a.k.a. artsobsessed. I'm a home-schooled student, which allows me time to do the things I love best: theater, piano, singing, and art. Lately, I've had the opportunity to perform at a local high school and have played parts at a community theater down the road from where I live.

I've studied piano under my mother since I was six and have continued to this point -I am now fourteen. I would say that I am an intermediate-advanced player. Of course, there is always room to improve.

I have studied vocal music for over three years and I now have the opportunity to go to Appalachian State University summer choir camp under a full scholarship. My other summer activities include taking a jazz dance class and auditioning for a local production of Beauty and the Beast. I am really excited about these opportunities and I hope they help me understand more about the performing arts.

I have taken visual arts from a local artist for the past two years and am enjoying it immensely. I have also taken up ametuer photography, but I don't consider myself very advanced.

Everything that I do is centered from my relationship with my Creator -God- and a belief in His son, Jesus Christ. I hope His glory shows through everything I do.

I look forward to getting to know everyone here. Thanks!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/23/08 08:51 PM

Welcome, Colorkeys, Leuvenaar, mom3gram, Naked Shaman, Zwischenzug, & artsobsessed! It's great to see this thread continuing on and hearing about everybody's hobbies and background. \:\)

Naked Shaman, I used to be in a handbell choir when I was in high school (er, several decades ago). I really enjoyed it. It's about as opposite of solo piano as you can get (in the sense you only get to play isolated notes of a piece).

ArtsObsessed, that's quite an accomplishment to get a scholarship to that Appalachian St. summer camp. Congratulations! You'll have to let us know how it goes.

And Leuvenaar, I *so* empathize with your wish for reincarnation. I need a couple of extra lives myself to keep up with my sheet music pile. \:D
Posted by: Atok

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 03:00 PM

Hi, I am so new to the forums that I am unsure how to use them properly, but I found this intro thread and read all 18 pages so I could feel justified in saying hello myself! I hope you don't mind me indulging here and if it's too long you can skip it.

I played piano when I was 9 years old. It was the only thing about my life back then that was safe/sane. I even had a year of lessons and I played "Fountain in the Rain" by William Gillock which is an intermediate piece. I created my own compositions because I didn't learn to read, but I got a lot of positive strokes from people whenever I sat at the piano. My life was very bumpy and rough and when I moved out into the world I was lucky to survive it. One solace was sneaking into unlocked places and playing the piano. When I was 23 I stopped sneaking in to play anywhere and stopped "living" really, depression overcame me entirely. At 28 I got pregnant, at 30 I got a real job with the government, and got off disability benefits. I really wanted to be healthy. At 35 I found a person to marry and got off all medications for depression. This year we moved into rental house and the living-room had this big huge wall space in it where only a piano would look fabulous. A piano was the only thing that would look nice. Was it a sign?
So I told my husband I wanted to get a piano and he was flabbergasted, really did not like the idea and didn't understand why I would want one. I persisted and figured out a way to pay for a new piano. I went shopping and selected a 1985 Otto Altenburg upright made by Samick. It is a gorgeous Rosewood 52 inch high piano. While I waited for the delivery I bought the sheet music of "Fountains" I bought First Lessons in Bach, I bough Hanon to have a practicing book and I bought a request of my husband "Rhapsody in Blue". The music came first and I looked at it and all of it looks like a foreign language I can't grasp. That's when I got nervous.

The piano came yesterday. It is stunning. I have very tentatively started to try and play "Fountains" and the first two Bach pieces. I took a break to come here because frankly, they are too hard for me and I can't do them yet. I can't play "Fountains" and I started to cry because I sort of thought my fingers would remember how. I can't read the bass clef at all and the Rhapsody in Blue is going to gather years of dust.

I came here because I am a beginner and an adult and I am very isolated in Phoenix, Arizona. I came here to find some support and encouragement. You all sound like some wonderful people. I am very nervous about not being able to justify my piano purchase to my husband now that it is here. I get strength reading how others are starting older than 38 and are very very happy. I hope to look back on today and realize I made the right choice to try piano again. \:\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 03:13 PM

Welcome to the forum, Atok, and congratulations on your new piano! "Rhapsody in Blue" is a difficult piece, so don't be down on yourself for finding it intimidating. \:\) You might want to explore either signing up for lessons or working through a method book. The Alfred series is popular here, as one example.
Posted by: gmm1

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 04:29 PM

Hey Atok, welcome. We have quite a few members from the Phoenix area.

The key for you is to take your time and relax into playing again. I've been told it's a little like riding a bike and it will come back as you practice. The "riding a bike" makes it sound easy, but it does take time. When I tried to ride a bike after many years my brain remembered just fine after a while, but the rest of me was not happy. So, give yourself a break and enjoy. Monica is right. To keep with my analogy, don't sign up for the Tour de France just yet. Let's take a spin around the neighborhood first.

I think you will find many of us are on the same path, not racing but going slow enough to enjoy the trip.

OK OK OK...Enough with the bike. I do get stuck sometimes.

Welcome.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 05:33 PM

Atok,
Not being as wise as Monica or gmm1, I would simply say listen to those wise ones. And WELCOME!!!!

The way to justify your piano purchase is to enjoy it, at whatever level you find yourself at, and to play whatever calls you. Your enjoyment, the joy in the sound you produce (even for a simple song) will justify everything.
Posted by: Atok

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 05:42 PM

(((hugs))) Thanks for your words of wisdom. I took today off from work to be alone with the new Piano. Before I continue off-topic here what thread should I post on for ongoing daily chat like this? Thanks in advance!
Posted by: currawong

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 05:50 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Rosanna:
Not being as wise as Monica or gmm1...
The way to justify your piano purchase is to enjoy it, at whatever level you find yourself at, and to play whatever calls you. Your enjoyment, the joy in the sound you produce (even for a simple song) will justify everything. [/b]
I don't know, Rosanna, I thought yours were very wise words indeed.

And Atok, you are very welcome! I think this ABF must be one of the most encouraging places I've come across, anywhere. You've come to the Right Place! I wish you all the best for your rediscovery of music with your piano.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 06:18 PM

Atok, thanks for the private message. I think we are all sounding wiser by the moment! \:D Hmm, something in our water??

As for where to post "chats" like this:

For the chat that we are having here, if you want your own thread, you can start one.

At the bottom of each forum (ABF, or Piano Forum, or Digital forum, etc.), after the lists of threads, there is a "New Topic" icon which you would click to start your own topic. All piano playing related topics (not just techniques, but also "emotional" ones, e.g. performance anxiety, losing interest, etc.) are game. If it's unrelated, just something you'd like to share or have members participate in, start the topic with OT (for Off Topic). Unless it's way off base and way inappropriate for a public forum, we all tend to chime in. (We are a socialable bunch! \:D )

A new thread that would continue this chat I think would be ON topic, in that your thread title may be "Getting started again - thoughts and reflections" or "Taking my day off to commune with my new piano" or ... you get the idea.

Or simply continue here. Sometimes chats do die a natural death, no matter how socialable we are!
Posted by: irangho

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/13/08 11:48 PM

I live in Chicago - it is a perfect place for piano since there is nothing to do in winter but playing piano due to cold weather. In summer, I am distracted by gardening and all other stuff I have to do other than playing piano. I am 45 years old and a chemical engineer in refining industry. I started playing piano first time last October and struggling with my Alfred 2 book since I am away from home too many times and too long for business trips. I think I was out of home about half of the time. I love to sing and would like to be able to play piano good enough to play while I am singing. Unfortunately, my husband is a tone-deaf, so singing together is a dream but he does not complain about my practice even if it sounds horrible most of the time. It it was him practicing, I would have kicked him out of the house...... I love my cat Hootie but would not allow her going near the piano and she knows about it.

Irangho
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 09:09 AM

I have been reading this forum for months, but just recently registered to participate in the recital. I am a software engineer and live in Northern Virginia.

When I was a child (around 7), my older sisters introduced me to piano and I had about a year learning myself to play some simple tunes like Lara's Theme (easy piano version) and some folk musics. Then my family went through some hardship and my mom had to sell the piano. So went my dream.

When I was in high school, I started to play guitar as it is more affordable, portable and popular. However I always love piano music. All of the pieces in my repertoire were guitar versions of an original piano musics like Moon Light Sonata (1st movement), Fur Elise, Chopin's Tristesse, La Cumparsita...

Fast forwarding to the beginning of this year, my wife and I decided to get a piano for my six year old daughter (so I can live thru her dream \:\) ) who was starting taking lessons. That was how I discovered this forum while seeking for advice.

During the search for my daughter's piano, as I could not play, I asked a salesperson to play some tunes on different pianos so we could make the decision. He was obviously bias on the brand he liked to sale. He played the heart out on it and just so so on other pianos. Any way, I was mad and vowed to learn some tunes so the next time when we ever want to trade up the piano, I can make the decision myself ;\) So I started printing music sheet from the internet and that is how my piano journey began. Now my wife complains that I use the piano more than my daughter.

Beside piano, I swim, paint, watch TV ... and help my wife keeping the two little monsters under control.

Ps: I have been reading several piano forum, but none can compare to this one. Posters are like family going beyond piano domain, supporting each other through hard time (job loss, divorce...) and encouraging beginners (like me) to enjoy their journey in whichever path they choose.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 05:58 PM

TrueBeginner,
Welcome. So glad your daughter got you to revive your dream! ;\)

Actually your story reminds me of my cousin. He took his 2 kids to ice skating lessons. After watching on the side line, waiting for the lessons to end, he ended taking lessons too. Now his is competing (senior club level)! And, get this, his kids have stopped long since! True story.
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 07:08 PM

True Beginner,
How long have you been playing piano???

Im checking to see if anyone is as much a beginner as I?

Aspenxtreme
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 07:13 PM

HI Rosy,
Im bad, I should be playing my piano right now. Shame on me!!!!
I just had to comment on the Ice Skating cousin that you have. I think thats an awsome short story. Its funny how our kids inspire us !!! I think its awsome!!!!

I think this forum is cool Tooo!!!!

Thanxs, Aspen \:\)
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 07:23 PM

Aspen, I was inspired by my cousin too.

The only person who has called me Rosy was a guy in college who had a crush on me, but whom I rebuffed. But you can call me Rosy. :p
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 07:37 PM

Rosy,
You made me laugh!!!!

So did you take up Ice Skating????

THe only other Rosy I know of is one of my high school friends wife. She is a very nice person, very quiet and softspoken. So I think its a great nickname.

Its small town here so there are no Ice Skating rings otherwise I would take that hobby up too. My daughter went once with my sons school for a field trip and she loved it.

We ride horses instead.

Aspen
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 07:43 PM

Atok,

I just started learning to read the Bass clef last month. Let me know what you end up doing to learn it.
Will you teach your self? Or maybe do lessons?

I finally found affordable lessons so that helps me.
Take care, aspenxtreme
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 08:16 PM

aspenxtreme, I just started learning piano since February this year. My guitar background does help me a little bit with reading music sheet. I am still having problem hitting the right keys when my eyes are not glued to the keyboard.

TB
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 08:22 PM

True Beginner,

I just started last month with my lessons. In HIgh School I played in the marching band so that helps me with the treble clef line. Its learning the Bass clef that is stumping me. Thats interesting that you look at you rhands while playing, I do the opposite. I stare at my music.

Good Luck with your playing, Are you teaching yourself or taking lessons????

Take care, Aspenxtreme
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 08:29 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by aspenxtreme:
Rosy,
So did you take up Ice Skating????[/b]
I was seriously thinking about it. (I love watching figure skating.) But within months of learning of my cousin's story, the nearby skating rink closed down after being a local landmark for decades. Hmm, an omen?? Anyway, I am too afraid of the bruises I would acquire. Besides ballroom dancing is my thing.
Posted by: (Was)TrueBeginner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 08:42 PM

aspenxtreme, I am teaching myself. The way I read the Bass clef is to look at it as Treble clef with all the note transposed down one line. The thing that I don't know is how people manages to sight read two clefs at the same time. When I learn a new piece I try to memorize it right away so maybe that caused me to look at my hands too much.

TB
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/14/08 08:58 PM

TB,
Memorization!!!! Wow, Thats a technique I havent thought of. So far my music is not that involved where I have crazyness going with both lines. BUt im with you, I dont know how people manage to read both lines at once. Thats why I am taking private lessons once a week. My lesson books are geared towards little kids ( The illustrations are very cute), They make me smile when I play, and everything is taken one step at a time. I tried to teach myself using the "Alfreds basic adult piano course" and it just frustrated the heck out of me. So I went searching for a teacher. Ive noticed on other forums that some people are having a great time with it. Are you using a book????

Aspenx
Posted by: Atok

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/15/08 12:28 AM

Welcome Irangho, TrueBeginner and Aspenxtreme...

I love to read all the stories associated with how we came to be here. I can participate on the boards a bit before bed, but time is limited for me. I'm trying to add all this new stuff into my world! Nice to make friends while I try.

I am teaching myself right now, but I think I will have to get lessons eventually. I don't want to pressure myself too much. Already my Father in Law wants to come visit me in Phoenix and hear me play... and I'm like... um.. not ready for Prime time. Yet. Give me 6 months and maybe then!
Posted by: menorah73

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/24/08 05:44 PM

Hello everyone! I am so happy to have re-discovered this forum where I can be with kindred spirits. I lurked on this site many years ago but after reading Grand Obsession ( a truly remarkable opus), I decided to re-visit.

I live in the Philippines but currently on a 3-month R&R in CA. Started playing the piano at age 7 and stopped when I went to college. I am a chemical engineer but can't help regretting that I should have listened to my piano teacher who advised me to pursue a degree in music.

I have retired from the corporate jungle and am so happy to be able to play the piano whenever I want to! One of the last pieces I learned was Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique. I brought the sheet music with me on this vacation so I can re-learn it again.

I hope to be able to contribute to this forum in my humble way (with the limited experience I have) and to immerse myself in my first love again... piano-playing! When I get back home in July, I shall join the MOYD so I can hone my skills.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/24/08 06:20 PM

Menorah73, Welcome to the Forum!
Posted by: menorah73

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/25/08 06:30 AM

Hi Rosanna! Thanks, it's great to be here. Reading the posts has inspired me to put in more practice hours.
Posted by: totallyclassics

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 02:23 AM

I am, will soon be, 43 years.....young! I am married to a wonderful man, and July 26th, we will celebrate 22 years of marriage toghether.
We have two children, an 18 year old son, and 13 year old daughter. We have homeschooled for the past 7 1/2 years, and have never once looked back....Our 18 year old will be starting his 3rd semester in College this fall, and is doing quite well....amazingly! Both were diagnosed at young ages with Son(ADHD.severe) Daughter (ADHD,CAPD,Anxiety), and when medications were not enough, and they were quickly falling further and further behind, and the school couldn't, (or wouldn't) help, we decided we could better meet our children's needs...They have both been medication free for 7 1/2 years, and both have done extremely well considering their circ...and remain at or above grade level. Our daughter is an extremely gifted writer, (all areas of writing), and enjoys writing and singing her own songs. She is also an accomplished photographer! She also plays guitar. Our Son is also an extremely gifted writer, but doesn't write for fun, as my daughter does. He is currently working three jobs in preperation for the fall semester,.(we reimburse 100% for good grades! A great motivator!) He is also extremely gifted musically, and plays the guitar and piano by ear. Both children, despite popular belief, are socialists at heart!

We live in Houston, Tx., in a modest home, (the only way I could afford to stay home with the kids, afford needed oustide assistance, and plan all the extra curricular homeschooling activities and trips!!), We also have 3 dogs and an outdoor cat.

My husband is 43 and works for an engineering company,and plays electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and fiddle.... I am a registered nurse, and work in the ER weekend nights only, so I can be home Mon-Fri. In between all of this, I find SOME time to actually practice piano!! I keep a semi-night schedule during the week, as do the kids. I play at night from about 2-3 in the morning!! They all sleep through it!

I have been playing for 4 years, and bought my Yamaha grand on my 40th birthday 2 1/2 years ago! Before that we had a Yamaha digital P200, that we bought for my DAUGHTER to take lessons on!! She hated it, and a month later I was taking in her place! LOL! I was instantly hooked! I regret that when my mom tried to teach me at age 6, that I refused, and again at age 9, when I quit because the teacher ONLY taught theory! BORING!!! So, no real lessons to speak of until 4 years ago! I have had excellent teachers!!

Well, I believe you have met me and my entire family!!
Posted by: Ilia20

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 06:10 AM

totallyclassics, Welcome to the forum! Yout family story is very touching and I feel like I'm a friend of your family after reading \:D Congratulations for your courage on playing the piano under "difficult" conditions. It needs a real love for music that you certainly have!

Keep it up! All the best for you and for your very charming family!

Ilia
Posted by: totallyclassics

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 06:37 AM

Thanks Ilia20!
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 02:54 PM

totallyclassics,
It's really nice to read about your family. And welcome to this cyber family too. I think many members here also have strange syndromes too \:D , but there are also many gifted musicians among this family! \:D
Posted by: seamist

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 03:31 PM

Hi---My name is Barbara, and I live on the Oregon coast.

I'm sixty-five years old, and have been taking piano lessons since I was sixty years old. As a child, I wanted to play the piano SO bad, but my parents didn't have the space, or the money for a piano. So, I realized that i would someday have to do this on my own. I had to wait until I retired, but soon after retirement, I bought a used spinet piano and started lesssons. I love piano in any way, shape, or form.

Last summer, I upgraded to a M & H Grand piano. I found it on Ebay. My piano tech had a tech in the town where it was located check out the piano. It passed with flying colors, so now am an owner of a grand.

I'm a retired elementary school teacher as is my husband. I love to play the piano, play the piano, and then play the piano some more. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and reading.

Barbara/Oregon
Posted by: Mike White

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 03:43 PM

Let me be the first (retired teacher) to welcome you, Barbara. I have always played piano, but didn't read music. Now that I'm retired and have the time, I have been teaching myself to read and loving every minute of it.
Please consider joining the online recitals.
Mike
Posted by: BillM

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 04:57 PM

Hi - My name is Bill (b528nf7). I joined 2 weeks ago after lurking for a few days. I'm a recently retired marketing manager for a major telecommunication company.

For the last several years my twin passions have been golf and playing (learning) the piano. I'm happy to report that I am now that guy you see driving to the golf course most mornings when others are heading off to work. Retirement, so far, has been a dream come true.

I've played piano primarily by ear for several years, mostly banging out chords and singing pop songs. What I do is probably not considered "real" music by serious pianist but it is all I aspire to do.

I post songs on YouTube under the ID b528nf and enjoy the feedback (even the smart-mouths). My mission now is to learn to read music. I'm making progress with the treble cleff and hope to some day learn to read the bass if I live long enough.

I love the positive energy of this forum and find myself checking the board every day. We seem to have a common bond in our love for music and our desire to improve.

Thanks,
Bill
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/27/08 06:49 PM

Barbara, welcome. Glad you finally got to play the piano after all these years. And congrats on owning a nice grand piano.

Bill, your playing and singing may or may not be "real" music, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I guess I am not that "serious" a pianist either! :p Sounds like retirement suits you!
Posted by: saraness

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/28/08 12:27 AM

Hi! ^_^ I'm new here, glad I found this site. By the way, I'm 23 and just starting to learn piano. I'm a software engr. ^_^
Posted by: pixy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/04/08 05:28 AM

Hi guys!
first of all I want to apologise…I must admit that I am forum shy :-( That's why I've spying from the ether for the last few months.
My quest for piano learning started something like 18 months ago, when I was about to finish my PhD. I then realised that it would be it, nothing more to learn! It was the time to start doing something challenging at the same time as rewarding, so I went to the drawer where I keep the projects (right at the back of my brain) and I found out that there, in the back burner, (quite dusty, by the way) was my long time formulated wish to learn how to play the piano. So I took it, and started slowly, slowly.
So I feel now is the time for a proper introduction. I am originally from Spain, but living in sunny England for the last seven years. I am 36 years young (I don’t know if that qualifies for an adult…) Happily married to my sweetheart for the last 9, and the proud mum of my two little monsters: Oscar, 3 ½ and Alex 7 months.
I have been teaching myself on and off for the last year and a half (sometimes more off than on) and I think you may understand my reasons for having a digital piano (I only learned about silent pianos recently).
My goal is learning a little bit a day, even if it is a tiny little bit. So I try to practise every night when we put the kids to bed. I am becoming a very good juggler, combining full time job, family and the piano. Now is time to add another thing and it is this forum.
I feel I know many of you already, and I love your encouragement and support towards fellow learners like myself. Count on my if I can be of any help.
I also wanted to thank you all for the help you have already provided, introducing me to Burgmullers’ pieces and Mr Einaudi (of course) (I am already learning nefely, thanks Monica!) and other authors.
I have now the Alfred all in one, so I will probably see you in the book 1 (and may be 2 and 3) forum, where you will learn of my struggles with BTMD and the like.
Kind regards, and read you soon.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/04/08 09:07 AM

Welcome to the forum, pixie's friend! \:\) Don't worry about being forum shy; AB forum is a friendly and supportive place so your shyness will soon pass. (Believe it or not, *I* started out forum shy, and now look where Ms. Blabbermouth is... \:D )

And congratulations on your most excellent taste in music. ;\) We look forward to having you join in on the Einaudi thread. \:\)

p.s. not to mention congratulations on your ph.d. What field?
Posted by: pixy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/04/08 10:59 AM

Of course Monica, I love that thread. I am even thinking of finding a babysitter for his concert in London!

p.s PhD in something like cooking (...chemistry)
Posted by: Benny

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/04/08 04:49 PM

Hello pixie's friend. Welcome from another newbie. Reading your first post, I was wondering if, some day, Monica will have the forum converted to an official Einaudi forum \:D . As for me, I couldn't resist, to start some of his pieces, too.
Posted by: Jedi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/14/08 11:18 AM

Hello people!

A bit about myself, I am a 21 year old guy who lives in Western Australia, I signed up to your forum because I know how much fun and how useful they can be - I am also known as Jedi on a forum about motorcycle riding (my other passion) \:D and it has helped me immensely.

Ah what else, currently studying electrical engineering, I took up piano to balance out all the science and math that dominates my life at the moment \:D I am finding it quite enjoyable. I'm only about a month into lessons (coming back from a short stint as a child) my teacher is very good, he says I'm going well. If I can play as well as him one day I'll die a happy man \:\) I currently have a digital Casio piano I practice most every day.

I hope to benefit from all the collective experience of what appears to be a very knowledgeable board, and maybe even add something to it one day ;\)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/15/08 08:44 AM

Welcome to the forum, Jedi! Is that your photo in your avatar, btw?

What kind of music do you like to play?
Posted by: Jedi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/15/08 08:54 AM

Ah my avatar is a guy lighting a cigarette with a lightsaber \:D (not me, I don't smoke) ;\)

As far as music I have a pretty broad taste, mostly rock and heavy metal music, not alot of piano in it \:D as far as playing, I am pretty new to the whole affair but I would love to be able to play your well known rock and pop type songs for friends and family, this guy was my inspiration for finally going out and getting lessons after months of telling myself I must get around to it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PVlMTCG-BI

I have since heard Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata though and have changed my goal almost completely \:D Still a noob I guess.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/15/08 09:14 AM

What a great link to start my work week! Thanks for posting it. (The piano was fantastic... his vocals, well, another story. \:D )
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/15/08 05:49 PM

That was impressive...wouldn't suggest he give up his day job on the voice part but great chops....
btw...Jedi...welcome to the forums...
Posted by: Oraangio

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/16/08 10:32 PM

Hi everyone!
I'm 41, married to a beautiful woman and have two great kids. I started taking piano lessons with my son two years ago when he was 5. My daughter(10)plays violin. I'm hoping exposing and educating my children to the beauty of music will make their lives as adults more fulfilling. As for me, I started messing around with my sons lesson books and haven't looked back. I practice daily and I love it. I gave up golfing this year to spend more time practicing! and I really love golf!
Anyway-I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Thanks!
Posted by: Kahlaireeah

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/19/08 09:01 AM

I'm 18 years old and I currently reside in Chicago ill. I enjoy composing music, have been doing it for awhile now. I picked up a bootleg les paul by epiphone, and a cheap-o casio in order to help develope my understanding of instruments, It wasn't untill I touched a real piano for the first time that I realized it was the instrument for me; the guitar is an awsome instrument no doubt; I love to hear it, but seriously hate playing it. \:\( I still live with my mother, \:\( I actually Started School very late and I'm in my junior year of high school currently. I don't really have a strong social life, just tons of associates; I'm not shy or anything, I just prefer to be alone most of the time.
Aside from all of that, my interest and Hobbies are drawing, writing, creating maps in various video games, and indoor basketball. \:D
Posted by: drm13

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/19/08 10:38 AM

Hi,

I've been lurking in these forums for awhile and thought it was time for an introduction.

I had a couple years of lessons 30 some years ago but then largely gave up piano, save for terrorizing my family with the only songs I remembered, The Little Drummer Boy and the first few measures of the Entertainer. Over the years the impulse to return hit me, but never quite that hard. Until a couple of months ago when an impulse turned into a burning need to buy a digital piano and learn how to play it. I'm sure for the rest of my life I will recall what triggered me to invest all this money and time -- driving in my car listening to the intro to Boston's "Foreplay/Long Time". Yes, an unlikely source, but I wanted to play it!

I picked up a Casio PX-320, a couple of books (Fabers, Alfreds) and went to work. It's going to be a long haul, but I sure am enjoying it. I also started picking up some books on music theory. While I was happy to have retained some (minimal) playing and reading ability from my 2 years of lessons, I was disappointed how little my teacher had given me with regards to music theory. Within an hour of reading I was picking up more theory than 2 years of teaching provided me. Perhaps she thought I was too young.

My tastes are geared more towards Rock/Pop. I might expand that to a little bit of Jazz and Classical. Some day I'd love to be able to play by ear although I'm skeptical it will happen.

I went looking for this forum and was surprised it's really the only one of it's kind. It (and all of you) are a source of great knowledge and inspiration.

Thanks,

Dave
Posted by: phobucket

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/19/08 11:45 AM

Hi,

I've also been lurking for a few months. I am primarily a bass player and laptarist, but recently took up the piano. I had a few semesters of piano in college, but never really took to it. My wife started playing about 6 months ago.

She and I got a 1928 Chickering as our Father's/Mother's Day present for each other, and our tuner just brought it back to life. Much to my suprise, I have been playing it every day and enjoying it.

Outside of music, I run a database marketing and analytics company, have a fantastic wife and 2yo son, and 2 large and fluffy GSD/Chow mixes.

Currently working through Mikrokosmos Book 1 and the Real Book. Listen to all different kinds of music, although the piano seems to be bringing more classical music into our household.
Posted by: JeanieA

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/19/08 12:21 PM

It's been so nice reading about everyone! I feel as though I have a whole bunch of new friends.

Me; well, I'm 50, married (for a loooooong time) have a daughter, 19 and a son 17. I took piano as a kid, and like most adult restarters, dropped it as a kid. (My teacher was really weird; picture the Addams Family's living room with a grand piano wedged in the corner.) I've been taking lessons again, with my daughter, for a total of about 5 years now. Kate & I have been known to have 'friendly' competitions over who can play better. Son takes guitar, husband was a high-school band geek who is still known to drag out his cornet on occasion and give the dogs coronaries. Our other interests are camping, keeping our little British car running, and lots and lots of yard work! I work as a technology teacher in an elementary school; I teach all 7 grade levels, K-6.

I love most kinds of music, and am currently working on pieces as diverse as a Bach two-part invention, my first Beethoven sonata, and Green Day's "Good Riddence (Time of Your Life)." I guess I'm improving, my measuring stick is Christmas music; it seems easier to play from the same music books each year when we drag it out.

So that's me!

PS: today (9/19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Just wait till I send a whole bunch of school kids home "YARRRRing" and "ARRRRing" all over the place! Fun is where you find it! ;-)
Posted by: johndyoung

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/21/08 10:49 PM

I left a short description of myself in the Alfred Book 1 thread and just saw this one so I will respond to it.

I live in Birmingham, Alabama and am 60 years. I have been married to a wonderful lady for 40 years and we have 3 children and are now empty nesters.

I took piano lessons as a kid for a couple of years. I have played by ear through the years and I can play anything I hear as far as the melody and chords are concerned. My fingering is terrible and I don't know what to do with my left hand other than play the cord. So it makes for boring songs.

I decided it was time to learn the piano correctly so I bought the Alfred Book 1 for Adults and started working on it. I am up to about page 70, currently working on the G songs, Marine Hymn, etc. I am really struggling with these. I have ordered all the supplemental books and I hope they arrive in the mail tomorrow. When they arrive, I am going to go back to the biginning of the book and play in the supplemental books as it indicates.

I am a corporate pilot and fly 3 different model Cessna Citations, corporate jets. I love my job and am so forunate that I get paid to do something I love.

I also play the bass guitar in our church Praise Team and sing in the church Choir. I love music and have always wanted to be able to play the piano correctly and to site read the church hymnal and other sheet music. I am hoping that by the time I am 65 I will be able to do that.

I also exercise regularly, walking, using the elliptical trainer, and riding my bicycle.
Posted by: piano4

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/27/08 10:44 PM

As much as I have been on this web site, I missed this thread. I live in Hampton, VA and am 53 years of age. Happily single and am a Coordinator of Christian Formation for a church in Chesapeake, VA. Also, finishing up Grad school with a Masters in Theology. (three more classes!!)

I have always sung in choirs. or for fun! My claim to fame" was singing at a piano bar on my last cruise. always wanted to learn to play an instrument and couldn't as a child. I taught myself how to play a small organ, now I wish I had stayed with it!

Just started over five years ago taking lessons and am attempting to get more involved in playing for the Formation programs that I coordinate and for special events. Plus, I would like to learn how to play organ!

I love what I'm doing with piano!
Posted by: Annalaise duChat

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/22/08 01:17 PM

Greetings all!

I am presently fulfilling my lifelong dream to learn to play the piano. At this post I have been actively taking private lessons for a little under two years. The biggest problem I have is that I rely too much on playing by ear. It has really hampered my ability to learn to read music well.

I have played acoustic guitar since I was in high school and other than a few basic lessons on that, I am completely self taught. Early on I developed my ear to the point that I can easily pick out the chord progressions and fingering of most any song quite easily. Therefore I never learned to read music.

Now I want to learn to play the piano the correct way, so I am forcing myself to learn music by rote, but it's been a struggle. Any tips for me on how I can overcome this problem?

I have gotten much better but I still find myself relying more on my ear than the notes written on the page. What can do to overcome this?
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/22/08 02:42 PM

Welcome to ABF Annalaise,

Hmm, "forcing" yourself to learn by rote? That doesn't sound like too much fun? Sounds like you are blessed with good ears. The link between written music and playing by ear can be found in music theory. If you start learning some theory, it would give you a framework to understand what you are doing naturally by ear. That same theory will also let you see that written music is also composed with the same underlying principles. That way, you won't be learning the music by rote. You may then be able to use your ear playing skill to play written music, because you'll start to see the common link.

Feel free to start a new thread in the forum to explore this "learning by rote struggle". May be there is a way to make things more fun.
Posted by: ArpeggioPaola

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/22/08 07:08 PM

Hi, all,

I just joined yesterday. I live in Central Ohio with my husband of 30 years, and have two grown children. We've moved around a little; I am a native of Northern California but moved east to Virginia at age 30, and we've stayed in the east (Ohio being "sort of" east, but with a midwestern sensibility).

I am a retired editor and now serve as a volunteer and political activist. I am really a political junkie. When it isn't election season, there's still political stuff to do, but it's pretty intense now.

In my spare time, I spend too much time online. I like to play with my 4 kitties and garden, and read, but since my youngest moved out I have been a little restless, and so I took an opportunity to learn piano. A friend mentioned she had just started, and her teacher was looking for new students AND goes to her students' homes. So I finally got off the dime.

I've been weeping over Chopin since I was 4, and I love all things classical. The earlier, the better, I say. I took a class in medieval music once, and it was just fabulous. But the piano wasn't invented until well after that, and I do love piano music. I also like jazz piano. I do like New Age music, and rock, and folk songs and show tunes and such but I don't want to play any of that. One of my daughters plays Chopin and anything with a lot of emotion in it; the other plays for speed (Beethoven), so I know that we all have differing preferences for what we want to play.

Now I'd better get off the computer, for cryin' out loud, and get a few things done. ;\)
Posted by: Annalaise duChat

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/22/08 10:48 PM

Hi Rosanna,

Thanks for the warm welcome and the advice. My piano teacher (a very skillful and talented player) has been very patient. She tries not to inhibit that ability, because as someone who had to work very hard to develop it in herself, she knows it's a gift.

I on the other hand, feel that my progress as a musician can't really go much further until I become proficient at the basics. Once again I'm my own worst critic.

She has included theory with the lessons and I do feel that it has helped a lot. I do need to work at sight reading though. It's just very difficult because after I've played a piece through a few times It just kind of sticks in my head, and I tend to want to play it by ear. The problem is my fingers don't remember it as well as my head does, so it's not a very accurate way to play.

I"ll keep practicing the sight reading. Eventually it will come together I guess.
Posted by: Blackbird

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/26/08 12:22 PM

Hello all,

Just thought I'd introduce myself.

This is me

It's been a pleasure so far

Regards

Blackbird
Posted by: shinzen

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/28/08 05:35 AM

Mmm been lurking for a long time so I haven't properly introduced myself...

The song that inspired me to learn piano was the ultra famous over played song on youtube "To Zanarkand", Its so beautiful =(

I play on the YAMAHA YDP-151.

Age 17 finishing high school next year yay!, self taught for roughly 10months now.

When I first started I used to watch those "piano tutorials" on youtube where they show you what to press and whatnot and you just copy them.

I wanted to grow out of it so I learnt how to sight read. God!!! it was one of the most frustrating things in my life but now that I can sight read I feel like i've accomplished something \:\)

Anywho.. nice to meet you all, I love how this forum is so helpful \:\)
Posted by: Don Pittman

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/29/08 10:26 AM

Hi I think it is good to know something about each other. I live in the south east corner of Michigan and enjoy most forms of art. I am 62 and just retired from my job in the home care industry. I have been trying to learn piano for a year or so now some minor success .I also mess with trying to learn guitar.( ADD any one). \:D So all the best to every one on the forum.
Posted by: Blackbird

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/29/08 11:52 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Don Pittman:
I have been trying to learn piano for a year or so now some minor success .I also mess with trying to learn guitar [/b]
What at the same time, that is impressive \:D

Welcome from another PW newbie \:\)
Posted by: izaldu

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/29/08 12:01 PM

Well i just saw this ... i'm 36, live in Madrid, basque origins. Absolute beginner although i've played flamenco guitar for the last two years. I work as a (don't kill me) a bond trader, and would like to move on to something else; this industry has done me good but makes me sick to see how far things have gone lately and how badly this will affect real economy.
I'm finishing a degree in economics that i left unfinished years ago, i studied Business in my college days, and may be doing an mba soon in order to be able to change jobs. Hopefully all that won't keep me away from the piano.
Posted by: DeerMan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/29/08 12:11 PM

hi Piano forum,
I am 18 years old. I dont go to college and i dont have a job so i thought i might pass the time Beethoven style and learn the most important skill of all, music.

My goal is to learn Jazz, that would be just too rad.
Posted by: caracantabile

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/04/08 11:12 AM

Hello,

I am 32 years old and have just started playing piano again. I have been self-taught, and first found a piano at my grandmother's house when I was four.

We couldn't afford lessons or a piano until I was about twelve, when my grandparents helped us buy a Clavinova. I had to loan it to some cousins when I went away to college and for some time after that (too expensive to ship, no car) but it's now back at home with me and I've started to play again.

This Thursday is the first time I'm going to have a real lesson with a piano teacher, so I'm extremely nervous and anxious about it. I would really like to become more proficient (i.e. can play beautifully instead of just hitting the correct keys) and learn music theory and solfege. I don't feel like I know much of anything at all; and I don't know what level I am in terms of playing --- my sight reading is absolutely horrendous, though!

I don't play well in front of others, which adds to my anxiety, but I'm hoping that lessons will help out with that.

In terms of long-term goals if it's possible for adults to do so, I'd like to do the RCM/ABRSM exams as a sort of marker of progress.

I love classical music (Rachmaninov and Chopin particularly for piano) and would like to focus on that genre. My hands are kind of small (8.5 inch handspan) so I won't be able to play some of the crazier pieces ever, unfortunately.

Currently I have my old Yamaha CLP-560. I've been looking at the Roland HP-207 as a replacement / reward for when I improve a bit, since we can't have an acoustic piano where we live.

I've been lurking on these forums for a bit and decided to come out and join the conversations finally. Please excuse any newbiness, it's a lot of information to absorb. \:\)
Posted by: William A.P.M.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/05/08 12:36 AM

name- William Penafiel =)

age- ? (very shy about it)
currently a composer/ piano teacher

I play all kinds of piano music (no exceptions)
and listen to all kinds as well ...

I play on an old Bechstein that was given to me as a gift years ago, still works fine =)

I suffer from stage fright, and an terrified of the experience..

I suffered a horrible accident about 5 years ago leaving my left hand a bit hurt, but has been recuperating over the years, enough for me to attempt to play difficult stuff again..the tension is almost compeletely gone by now..

goals for now- finish a set of piano etudes and a composition entitled 'Poeme Etude' ... These will be my occupation for some time ...

Catch me around, I blog when I can .. email me if you need help with something... Check out my scores if youre interested on my site as well (on my sig) ...

take care everyone =)
Posted by: Michiyo-Fir

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/10/08 06:01 PM

I live in Vancouver, Canada but in the summertime (between June-sept) I live in London, England. I travel a lot to different places in the world such as Switzerland, Morocco, France, etc. I think I travel to Europe the most since I have relatives there.

Other activities I enjoy are: skiing, travelling, badminton, reading comic books, listening to music, painting, digital art, etc.

I also play the flute and guitar but I'm not extremely good at either. If I have time/money, I will pick up violin.

My favorite composers are Debussy, Chopin, some Schubert. I love jazz as well and my favorite there is definitely Keith Jarrett.

Other music that I listen to are Coldplay, Keane, Cirque du Soleil, Eric Claption, etc.

As for my age...well I'm only 17 turning 18 in Jan.

I started playing the piano at 3 yrs old and my grandfather forced me to practice. I hated it so much that when I finally could, I stopped at 7 when I moved to England and left my piano. 3 years ago, I decided to pick up playing the piano again. And here I am today! I think of myself as an intermediate player. My skill right is is about Claire de Lune, Pathetique, around that level.

Nice to meet you all!
Posted by: Blackbird

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/08 09:47 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Michiyo-Fir:


Nice to meet you all! [/b]
and you as well \:\)
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/08 01:43 PM

Hi,

I am 33 years old. I had a few years (five, maybe) piano lessons as a kid with a lovely teacher whose criticisms were usually very generous. Alas, I think they were a little too generous for me to develop any technique. On the other hand, sure enough, I quit as soon as she introduced Czerny's "School of Velocity" to me. About two years later, my sister managed to awaken my dormant love of the piano by giving me the sheet music of Chopin's Etude 10/3 as a birthday present. I practiced that one quite obsessively and was soon able to butcher it convincingly - of course I was, and too be honest, still am, not able to grasp the subtleties that make the "Tristesse" a veritable etude, as I was replacing legato playing by heavy pedalling, but anyway, from that point I went on to conquer large chunks of the classical/romantical/impressionist repertoire, without technique, without ear, without taste, but with lots of enthusiasm(*). This period lasted for about 15 years, after which I had to leave my piano and hardly ever played again, a period which lasted about five years. I didn't even miss playing that much, except for a short while after that one time when I visited a colleague of mine, who turned out to be an amateur a lot more gifted than I am. In awe, I scanned through the mountain of sheet music on his upright, and when I got to an edition of the Chopin etudes (again!) I asked him to play the Aeolian Harp for me. He did, I was wowed, and I had to think he could have done the same with about any of the other 10.000 sheets that were lying there.

My pianism was reawakened again, when, early in 2008, two of my friends independently found out that I used to play the piano and asked me to do things for them. The first one asked me to sightread through some of her pop music sheets and to show her how she, too, could play them. While my attempts at teaching failed, the sightreading went well enough. The second friend's request was much harder. She asked me to play a little something at her graduation celebration. I had four weeks to prepare something, which was not a problem (well, due to my limited appreciation of musical details, I guess). The problem was that that would be the most formal performance situation I ever had, and I knew I suffer quite a bit from performance anxiety. That was, when, looking for advice on that problem, I discovered PW. I ended up practicing a lot before that day, eating a lot of bananas on the day and I, ... ummh..., survived.

During practice in the practice rooms of my university, one thing that gave me a further kick was to hear how other people practiced. They tackled material that I would not have dared, but in the first stages sounded like I would have if I did, and I could actually hear their progress. So that was how I was introduced to efficient, slow tempo, measure-by-measure practicing, and I was intrigued by the implied possibility that I, too, could make progress.

In summer, I bought a digital piano, which made practicing much easier, and finally, after visiting two fine concerts (one classical, Schumann's a-minor concerto, and one jazz) I really felt the urge to actually learn how to play the piano.

I started lessons in October. I was not quite sure what to expect, so I just prepared my first lesson by easily going through some of the pieces I thought I had under my fingers. In the lesson, of course, the teacher asked me if I had brought something, and as soon as I said yes, PA reared its ugly head, I grabbed into my bag, took the first thing I found, which happened to be Chopin's Prelude 28/17, and had a serious "it worked better at home"-situation. So serious, actually, that I felt like interrupting and leaving the place. But well, I stumbled through it, and after some chit-chat and finger exercises I could regain some composure. To my surprise, she did not insist on trying to tackle something much easier. Instead we spent the rest of the lesson going through, like, the first ten measures of the thing. She is much stricter and more into constructive criticism than my teacher from childhood. The big thing she taught me in the first lesson is that keys must not be hit, but stroken; a truly revolutionary insight for me.

I now think of my taking up lessons again as one of the most brilliant decisions I ever made and hope to learn a lot in the near future. I probably wouldn't have made this step if I hadn't had access to all your experiences as adult beginners. Thank you all for that, and as much as I have enjoyed lurking in the ABF in the past few months, I'm glad that I'm finally stepping out and I can say "hi" to you.


(*) I picked up a copy of Dohnanyi's Finger Exercises recently, and in the foreword he advocates a teaching style that basically has the student polish only a few pieces, study more pieces intensively, but not necessarily to performance level, and spend a lot of time playing through the literature, bringing pieces only slightly above sight-reading level. Now that's an approach that would have suited me well in those times.
Posted by: Blackbird

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/08 02:18 PM

What a great story grotrianer,

One day I hope to be able to butcher with enthusiasm

\:\)
Posted by: pixy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/08 02:34 PM

welcome to the forum grotrianer!
I also wish mastering the butchering one day.

\:\)
Posted by: AnthonyB

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/11/08 03:20 PM

Thanks for the story grotrianer.

I think this would fall under the "I've got a piano and I'm not afraid to use it!" category.

I just got some new sheet music books today so I'll soon be starting out with the slow butchering category until before you know it everything will click into place and everyone with ears can breathe a sigh of relief. \:D
Posted by: piano*kid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/12/08 11:41 PM

Hello there. My name is Nova, and Saturday I will have my first piano lesson. I’m 25 and live in the DFW, Texas area. I’ve been checking out this forum for a few weeks, and decided to join in.

I think I decided to learn piano from watching Youtube videos of others. \:\)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kJMeSW495I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U591Al9KF8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvSZTmS1zew&feature=related
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/14/08 11:29 AM

Hi Grotrianer.

I saw your contribution to the recital and then followed it here!

I suspect I'm one of the few posters here who has spent some time in Braunschweig. I went, of course, because of the company name that is conveniently buried in your avatar.

Have you visited the factory yet? If not, talk to Burkhard Kämmerling and arrange a tour.


Hi Piano*kid,

Glad to see I'm not the only one with an asterisk in their name! \:D
Posted by: grotrianer

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/17/08 08:34 AM

Hi Piano*Dad,

to clarify my screen name, my connection with Grotrian is that first, their old abandoned factory buildings serve as examination rooms at the university, meaning I spent quite some quality time there as a student and now as an exam supervisor. Second, I now try to spend as much practice time as I can on acoustic pianos, and the ones that I can access are mostly Grotrians (and the occasional Schimmel - they are from Braunschweig, too).

I've never visited the new factory. I have found your photo documentation now - it surely looks mouthwatering. I'm afraid that a visit would lead me into serious temptation to really live up to my screen name. \:D
Posted by: KBecks

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/24/08 04:20 PM

Hi, I'm Karen, new to piano world and just got a digital piano on Saturday. My husband has 2 Alfred books and we are both beginner players. I'm 38 and have sung chorally for years but am not active now - we have 3 kids 4 and under. I learn music by ear, can read a bit, and look forward to learning more.

The reason we got the piano is because I dream of having kids that enjoy music, and this is our start.
Posted by: mydnyt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/24/08 05:12 PM

Hi! I've been on the forum a few weeks now but I haven't written here yet so i thought I'd say hello. \:\)

I'm Maria, 19 years old. I used to have a piano lessons when I was 9. It lasted for only a few months. 10 years later I had the opportunity to study piano again and soon after found this wonderful forum. \:\)

I'm from the Philippines but moved here to Texas a few weeks ago so I had to stop formal lessons. I plan to continue by teaching myself however using Alfred's all in one. \:\)
Posted by: timeturner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 10:54 AM

Newbie here \:\)

I'm starting Alfred 1 TODAY!! I've been lurking for awhile and finally plucked up the courage to join in.

Originally from Arkansas, now living in Texas, I'm married with two boys under 10. One of which is learning piano with me. I'll be 35 in about a month.

I had about six months of piano lessons as a kid before my teacher moved away (there were no other ones for 70 miles) and played trumpet in school band for about four years. Other than that I have no musical experience whatsoever.

My other activities include writing and anything outdoors. My family loves camping, hiking, pretty much anything that gets us outside. We take a family vacation to a national park each summer.

Hm...what else can I bore you with? I really don't like classical music but I think that's probably because I don't have a broad exposure to it. I have grown to like Vivaldi the past few months but nothing else has really caught my attention. I do love instrumental movie tracks - ones that comine fast paced with slower "epic" movements built in. A combination all in one song, I guess.

I think that about covers it! I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you better as I hang around here!
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 05:15 PM

Welcome to ABF, timeturner! How fun to be learning the piano with your boy!
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 06:07 PM

Welcome to the forums, timeturner. I wish I could get my son to learn piano with me. He is "8" and says "No way mom"!!!!!! So its just me doing the lessons. Im hoping my girl will start in about 2 years.

Well, welcome. Its a great group of people and I have learned allot just hanging around.

Enjoy, KaylaX
Posted by: Ziur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 06:29 PM

Hello everyone, My name is Salvador, I'm 20 years and I haven't been playing piano very long, only 3 weeks now. But I've managed to play all the music I made up on guitar on the piano now. I taught myself how to play the guitar and became quite obsessed with it after my older brother had passed away. He passed away three years ago on his 19th birthday and ever since I've dedicated myself to music. I'm playing a Baldwin Acrosonic right now, but I'm also making payments on a restored 1929 Mason and Hamlin 5'8" grand hehe \:D , I can't wait till that's paid off, I'm actually going over to the seller's house to play it in a half hour and help him take more pics of his other pianos (he has a 7' bosendorfer that's amazing, he's selling it too). I've only been playing for a little while now, but ever since I've transfered my music from the guitar to piano it's become my most favorite instrument by far, and by doing so I've gained fingering technique very quickly. I'm also teaching myself cello right now, and it's comming along great. My dream is to become a composer and compose pieces for theater and movies. Also, to find a great teacher that can get me there and to build a great relationship as teacher and student. Have a great day \:D
Posted by: hegedusmj

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 08:32 PM

Hi, another noobie here. My name is Mike. I make my living as an engineer.

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for three years now, picking it up again after a three decade lull. I play a little classical, some standards, some popular, and some blues. I have done very well with sticking to a daily practice routine, even taking a guitar on the road with me when I travel. I took lessons for a few months, but quit because of the environment at the facility.

Recently I felt I had gotten into a rut. As many of you know much guitar music is written in tablature which emphasizes fingering over the niceties of the music itself. Once I had become dependent on tablature, I found that reading sheet music and converting it to guitar fingering was just too painful mentally. For example in tablature one never has to attack key signatures or read a bass clef.

I had a desire to play keyboard in the back of my mind for some time. So I reasoned that taking up piano would re-energize my musical interest and at the same time help with reading honest to goodness sheet music and focusing on music theory a bit.

Once I joined this group a few weeks ago I picked up on the emphasis on the Alfred’s Adult series and have been working through books one & two. I bought a used Roland 61 key synthesizer to see if I generated enough interest to justify the investment and space commitment of a ‘real’ piano. I’ll probably take that step this month. I’m strictly interested in digital. Due to my housing circumstances and the need to play during others’ quiet hours, I play with headphones most of the time.

I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere in this group, especially the Adult Beginners section and look forward to spending many quiet mornings with all of you.

Happy Holidays, Mike
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 11:34 PM

Welcome all you newcomers to our site. There's about 4 new people here who want to join up but do to the current conditions and cutbacks, only 3 of you will be accepted. The forth won't make it.

The first 3 to provide a MORE in depth exlanation of what playing the piano really means to you will get in but the last guy will take a hike.

That's just how weird it can get here. All in all, still a nice bunch. :p
Posted by: timeturner

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/08 11:44 PM

Playing the piano = breathing \:D

Am I in, am I in???

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I can already tell this is going to be a great adventure.
Posted by: JoseHeno

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/06/08 12:20 PM

Howdy, everyone, I'm glad to have found this forum.

I am a 26-year-old doing the self-taught piano thing in my spare time. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I was lucky to have found a halfway decent piano for $250 on craig's list about a month ago. It's not the greatest instrument ever, but it does the job for now. I am a graduate of St. John's College, and this summer/early fall I was driving over there to play in their practice rooms, but I began doing it so often I ran into conflicts with music classes, etc. So even though what I'm using right now could use a bit of work, it's a godsend to be able to play whenever I want, however long I want.

I am not new to piano. At around 6 or 7 (can't remember), when I lived in Milwaukee, I started lessons with the teacher down the street. I was using the Bastien early beginner books.

For some reason my parents decided to switch teachers after a year or so, so I started lessons with a Russian woman who had just immigrated from the soon-to-collapse Soviet Union. I switched from Bastien to the Russian Method books, published by Boosey and Hawkes - I don't know if anyone has heard of these. I still have Book 2. I was lukewarm about it at that age, but looking at the book at my current age, I think it's actually kind of an interesting repertoire.

Anyway, at the time I hated my piano lessons. My parents, being more reasonable than I was giving them credit for, put it this way: rather than quit, what would you prefer to be doing on the piano? I decided I wanted to play pop music. So they switched teachers again, hooking me up with a Jazz / Blues piano teacher at the Milwaukee Conservatory, an outstanding music institution if anyone is familiar with it. I wanted to play Billy Joel's music, so this teacher helped me out, and I worked through "Piano Man" and the beginning of "New York State of Mind" while he began teaching me scales and chords.

Then at around age 10 my family moved to St. Louis, and I pretty much quit piano. Bad choice, I think.

In the interim I developed an interest in classical music and started taking violin lessons, progressing very quickly. By the time I was 16 and living in Denver, I developed an interest in composition, and I decided I needed to relearn piano so I could do this better. So in addition to studying music theory, notation, etc., I began self-re-teaching myself the piano. I went through Alfred's Book 1. It wasn't immediately easy for me, but I went through it pretty quickly. After that, I decided that, rather than going through another technique book, I would just start going through repertoire. I so bought Bastien's Easy Piano Classics and just started going through that in chronological order.

I got through about 3 pieces before I left home to go to College, here in Santa Fe. Unfortunately, studying became a priority, followed by violin, so piano got pushed out. I spent a little bit of time composing pieces the first semester of Freshman year, but that was about it.

Sophomore year at St. John's involves a music course, so I had to do a little bit of work on the piano for school. Everyone had to perform a piece at the end of the year, and I ended up choosing an easy waltz by Grieg, I think in G minor, but I can't remember. It went over pretty well - I was second best in the class, after the necessarily-piano-skilled teaching assistant who played Maple Leaf Rag.

For the class we also had to compose a minuet for the piano. When I got the score back, one of the comments written on it was "very Russian." I think that's funny.

I guess it was this music course or something, I don't know exactly what, but before Sophomore year went out I decided I wanted to take piano lessons again. So I started up again that summer. I was 18. My family had moved to Indianapolis by that time, and my mom found me a teacher through the local symphony. These lessons went pretty well, I'd say. I started out as a late beginner, and in about two months I was early intermediate. She started me on Schumann's Album for Children, scales and Bastien's sight-reading book, and soon I was zipping through Clementi and Kuhlau sonatinas. The problem was that this lasted only about 10 weeks before a family crisis came up, and I decided to put a hold on my lessons. By the time school started up in the fall, I had sort of given up piano again. Another unfortunate turn of events. In retrospect, I had a lot of momentum going there, and if I had stuck with it, I would probably have been able to make up for all the previous years I had missed. But that's just retrospect; I was still an angsty teenager, and good luck getting me to do anything I refused to do.

So that was pretty much it, until I turned 25, or just before, actually. I spontaneously decided to take up accordion, and this refired my interest in music in general. I ended up putting on a show in April of this year for the organization I worked for. I played violin, accordion, and sang. This was at a piano bar, however, and everyone kept asking me why I wasn't playing the piano. I told everyone I took lessons long ago, but I was too rusty to perform. That was that.

Except around mid-May I began tinkering with the piano that was sitting pretty much untouched in the building where I worked. Tinkering grew. Someone had left Edna Mae Burnham's "A Dozen a Day" in the bench, and I began tinkering with that. Simple and fun. I moved on to Book 2. I began downloading music from Mutopia: the gymnopedies, Bach's Prelude in C, Schumann's album for the young. Pretty soon I had a list of things I wanted to play again. I would sit down maybe half an hour, two or three times a week. No big deal. People at my office would joke as they walked by: "hey, I thought you said you were too rusty to perform."

July. I go to my house in Indiana for 2 weeks to visit family and go through my belongings. Among these belongings are my old piano books. I'm staying in a cot in the living room, where the old family piano sits. Everyone goes to bed early, and there's nothing to do. It's a natural outcome- I begin playing again.

I began with my old Soviet-era piano book, but I fooled around with other things, too. I found my old Hanon book and started those up. By the time I returned to New Mexico at the end of July, I had a practice routine going.

That's when I started driving up to St. John's 2 to 3 times a week and playing for an hour to an hour and a half. It took me a while to tweak my routine. I started out doing all kinds of things. My original plan was to work through sonatinas again, but I found that it was just not quite right for me.

I eventually honed it down to this:

-A Dozen a Day (I'm currently on Group V of Book 2)

-Hanon-Schaum (I'm on exercise 5 - intentionally taking this very slow)

-Scales (I'm doing two octaves, one octave apart right now. I'm up to B flat on the major scales)

-Mikrokosmos (I'm currently working on # 48, which is in book 2)

And I finish up with whatever random piece I feel I'd most enjoy working on. For the time being, I'm working through Einaudi's "Best of" book piece by piece.

Most importantly - I feel I've proven to myself that I'm pretty committed to playing the piano, and so I'm going to look for a teacher soon. This has been really great for me - I feel that playing music every day does wonders for my mood, my energy, my imagination.

I'm even feeling that I might still have a chance at pursuing this professionally. I might want to ask the forum's opinion about whether this is possible at some point. But that will come later.

I'm glad to have found this forum. Thank you to anyone who managed to read this far!

JoseHeno
Posted by: Beethoven Fan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/06/08 01:33 PM

Welcome Jose, first off I'm am an extraordinarily firm believer in you can do anything you set your mind to and if you work hard enough you'll learn how quickly most of these goals can be accomplished. So, if you consider a professional career, go for it!!
Posted by: citznmag

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/09/08 01:22 PM

Hello! My name is Maggie. I am 43, married, mother to a 17 year old boy (who just got his driving permit yesterday, OMG!!--sorry, back to me, lol) and brand new to piano.

My first introduction to piano was at about 6 years old. We lived in a cramped apartment building in the city and across the street was a beautiful big house. I don't remember thinking much about that house until we were invited over one day. (My father was a mechanic and I believed worked on the owner's car.) As we entered the home, I saw this big black piano. I must have been staring at it, because the owner takes me over to it and asked if I wanted to play it. I remember plinking the keys and not wanting to leave. But it was time to go and we never visited again. This memory has stayed with me, always creeping up when I feel sad, lonely or stressed or hear/see someone playing a beautiful piece of music. Each time I would say all the usual excuses: I'm too old, I don't have enough time to dedicate to it, can't afford lessons, it's selfish to focus on me, etc, etc.

A few years ago a friend gave us an old model Yamaha keyboard. I picked up a teach-yourself-to-play book that I'd hope would spur some interest in my son. Instead it got pushed under the bed and there it stayed until now. I pulled it out, dusted it off and thought, "What the heck! In two years I'll be 45. Why not be 45 and know how to play (at least a little).

So here I am, doing tons of reading on this forum for motivation and awaiting my DVD and Book on READING KEYBOARD MUSIC, by Merrilee Webb. I plan on eventually getting music lessons and a piano or upgraded keyboard with more of a piano feel, but for now I've got the teach-yourself-book and am able to play (kinda sorta, lol) Jingle Bells--Yeah!!
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/09/08 03:46 PM

Welcome citznmag!
43 is so young! Glad you decide to start. And since your son will be out cruising in his car, you have more time to play the piano! \:\)
Posted by: KaylaX

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/09/08 06:51 PM

Welcome to the forum,citznmag, and everyone else,

Thats how I got hooked onto this piano journey. I bought a yamaha keyboard in hopesthat I would teach myself to play and then it ended up in the closet with dust. Then just 8-months ago I dragged it out and started to play, then went searching around on craigslist for a piano and WALA!!! im hooked. NOw I have lessons and I love it. Enjoy the journey, maybe the music will help calm those nerves when your teenager gets his driving license \:D . My oldest is 8. I still have years to go!!!!

KaylaX
Posted by: moscheles001

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/23/08 11:05 AM

I'm 53. I majored in music decades ago: composition. I switched to English, and wish I hadn't. I practice when I can, which isn't often enough. I have two young children, which makes it even harder to find practice time.

I love just about all classical music except Phillip Glass. I'm a big fan of Barbara Lister Sink, and I like the Golandsky videos on YouTube.

I used to post on PianoStreet, but gave up because too many of the posters there are arrogant and rude. People here seem much more civilized.
Posted by: hudduk78

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/23/08 01:17 PM

Hi, after 8 years of this and that I restarted playing and considering the circumstances doing well.
I was 7 years old when started and was performing until 22. I had to leave my country and now I live in UK. Unfortunately, it took 8 years to get status and only then I got on with my life.

I practice 5 hours a day to bring back technique,
and as I have learning disability it takes long to play form the score.
currently I am working on Bach Partita VI IN e-minor, Rachmaninoff prelude 2,3,5,op23 and a hand full of other pieces.
Posted by: drfonta

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/28/08 07:36 PM

Hello. I'm 42. I'm a home studio hobbyist who's fiddled around with keyboards/synths since I was 18, but never sat down and learned properly how to play. Bought a Yamaha DP for the kids (ages 3 and 5) but it wound up in my den/studio :-).

Heavily influenced by pop music, mostly Billy Joel and Prince, though I want to learn classical pieces as well.
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/29/08 08:28 AM

Welcome drfonta, hudduk78 and moscheles001--It's great you found this forum. I have never tried PianoStreet, but your comment makes me understand why I hear so many people comment on the PianoWorld civility when they post. Wow, hudduk78, that's quite a playlist. I have learned two Rachmaninoff Preludes, and they were both quite difficult for me. Please post one of yours in the next online recital! And drfonta, Billy Joel is great. If you have some good arrangements of his pieces, let me know. I may try out Piano Man sometime in 2009. And thank you for your service to our country. I'm sure it's not the easiest life you could have chosen!

Nancy
Posted by: Fielden

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/30/08 05:08 PM

Hi all,

I am new here, this is my 2nd post.

I am 44 years old, happily married for 20 years to the most wonderful wife. 3 children.

My youngest son, Bradley 15, is the musician of the family and plays piano, classical guitar, ukelele and harmonica. He is one those who you can give any instrument and within 5 minutes he will have a tune out of it.

My daughter Rebekka, 12 going on 20, has singing lessons and sings in a local choir.

Me - well, I have just started to learn piano and reading music.

I am an engineer by trade and own my own engineering company in the wastewater industry.

whilst at the moment I can't play any instruments, I absolutely love music - any music from Handels Messiah and Orff carmina burana to queen, eva cassidy and bruce springsteen.

My other love is photography.

Graeme
Posted by: accidental

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/19/09 04:26 AM

I think i covered a lot of things in my initial intro post, so I'll use this to post about my display name, "accidental".

I've played a lot of different instruments in my life - and all of them have been by accident:

Elementary school - Sax and Clarinet

I wanted to play the violin in elementary school. However, the orchestra teacher was not available during our pre-determined music hour, so we all had to play horns and percussion instead. So I decided on the trumpet.

Two days before our first class, I had a bike accident and suffered a mouth injury that left a permanent gap in my front teeth. The band teacher suggested that, due to my difficulty pursing my lips, I try a woodwind instrument, so I ended up playing both sax and clarinet.

Middle School - Percussion

I continued to play Sax until the 8th grade. On our way to a marching band rally, a latch broke on my sax case and the instrument fell out, breaking two keys and leaving an insufferable dent in the horn. I spent the rest of the year playing rotos and cymbals, and never picked up the sax again.

High School - Electric Bass

During this time, I was teaching myself guitar (with the help of some of my older brother's college friends). During 9th grade, I signed up for Jazz Band, and as it turned out, was the only guitar player who auditioned. Looking back, I was terrible, but because I had pretty solid reading and rhythmic abilities, the instructor saw great potential.

The bass player was a senior who was absolutely amazing. He'd been playing tranditional mexican and pop music for 10 years, and had already studied jazz with some serious locals during his first 3 years in high school, so he was a lock for the spot.

During my second month of school, I had an accident in gym class and shattered the ring finger on my left (fretting) hand. I had 2 pins inserted and basically was left with my ring and pinky fingers taped together for almost 4 months. This was tragic for me as a guitar player, but once the splint came off after month 2, I found I was easily able to use classical 1-2-4 fingering and pull off most of the bass parts. I spent the rest of the year learning from our senior phenom, and when 10th grade came along, I made the permanent switch.

Present Day - Piano

In 2004, I suffered a minor head injury in an auto accident and, later that year, developed Bell's Palsy on the right side of my face. While my nerve has fully recovered, the period of muscle relaxation led to minor hearing and internal ear damage. The first few years were okay, but after a few wild gigs last summer, I began experiencing balance issues due to the inner-ear damage. This pretty much closed the chapter for me as a performing rock/metal bass player - can't reverse the effect of just getting older. \:\)

So here's to another chapter in my musical life - now let's hope I can avoid getting a bench seat slammed on my hands!
Posted by: Glock fan

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/20/09 01:30 AM

Hi everybody! It is fascinating to hear how so many people approach the piano from so many different angles.

As for me, I took lessons for several years as a kid, and learned that I have no talent and no ear. I dropped piano but I never forgot how to read music. Or how cool piano players are.

25 years later I got the idea to try it again. It just seemed like the thing to do, but this time it is just for fun. There is no pressure and no lessons. And this time it is all about Scott Joplin.

Ragtime is extremely challenging and most of it is beyond my capabilities. I rely on sheer determination and willpower to learn every measure. But it's what I love, and being able to sit down at a piano in someone's home or a hotel lobby and play a quality tune has added a whole new dimension to my life.
Posted by: beckaboo71

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/20/09 01:34 PM

Hi everyone! I'm new here and new to piano. I am currently 37 and we just acquired a free piano which I have yet to have inspected to see if it is salvagable (there was green mold on the keys!) Anyway, I had ONE lesson when I was a young teenager, but mom informed me that she just couldn't afford to keep me going...something I have always regretted! Ah well... no time like the present! I live in a little town in Northern NY right on the St. Lawrence River. I have been married to my Electrical Engineer husband for 11 years. We have two daughters, Drew is 6 and Luci is 4. They were both adopted from China and we hope to adopt at least one or more boys sometime in the future. I am a photographer and own my own business and I also sing in a women's barberhop chorus(currently sing bass but my true love is tenor!). I have sung my entire life: school choruses, specialty chorale groups, All-county and All-state groups and I even sang with the Syracuse Symphony once! Sure wish I could live my life over...wouldn't change a thing but it would be fun to do again!

Anyway...like I said, I am awaiting an inspection of my piano to start lessons with my daughter's piano teacher. I confess I have little hope that she'll be able to teach me to play using both hands (AT ONCE) and also to keep my eyes on the music! It's all very overwhelming, but if I can manage to just plunk out a few tunes I'll be happy! Not looking for a new career in piano! Guess that's it about me!
Becky G.
Posted by: fbieler47

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/20/09 08:43 PM

I was brought up playing piano since I was four or so, Father was a piano teacher and he had no problem giving me practiceing for hours evey day, I just soaked up all that he could give me and wanted to learn more. Even as a child my brother and I would throw blankets over the three steinways in the living room and have giant forts to play at war. Then it was back to lessons 4 hours a day 7 days a week, and I love it , I couldn't get enough. By 12 I was competantly playing Schumanns piano concerto in A minor with ease. Plenty of classical lessons for me for about fifty years. Was married alas...Did my stint as a drafted army guy, migrated out of the army into the Government, still staying in south east asia for 5 or 6 more years, went to college and studied metallurgy and physics and got a doctorate after much straining my mind, all the while still taking my lessons. If I had just a tiny bit more talent or drive I could have easily made a living from music, but I didn't want to ruin my love of music by degrading it as a business, losing the spontaneiety. I designed medical instruments and defensive weapons for the Dept of Defense. Retired last year and went back to playing full time, Music is my life, when I hear pieces played well It brings tears to my eyes from the beauty music can convey.
Two months ago I had a couple of strokes and lost all the ability to play the piano at all...nothing zip zero.
Now I am on alfred's first book and as I recall about 50 years ago it still is a pain in the...wrists. And I side with all the noobie players it is hard sometimes, but in the end nothing is better than playing something you worked hard to learn, good luck to you all

Fred Bieler

Next contestant "Cone on down"
Posted by: Key Notes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/20/09 09:55 PM

fbieler47,

Welcome! I'm so sorry to learn of your lost of the abilities to play the piano from your experiences with the strokes. What an unfortunate and sad incident it is considering how long you've been playing, and how passionate you are about your music.

It's wonderful that you are starting back again. I also had wrist pain when I first started out but not anymore. I'm a newbie myself whom barely have just ten months under my belt, and have recently just finished with the Alfred's adult level 1 book. And eventhough I still have a very long way to go, I sure am enjoying every moment of my learning process.

I wish you the best of luck as well in your efforts to return to playing the piano.

Best regards,

Key Notes \:\)
Posted by: warus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/21/09 10:43 AM

Hi Fbieler47,
I am really encouraged and glad that you are picking it up again. You knew how to play before and you will continue to know how. I am sure it's gonna take alot of hardwork but hey, learning is never ending and the process is fun especially if it's something like piano where we really have deep interest in. So embrace what you have today and keep on movin'.

I am just somebody who loves piano music but I place my work hours more than other things in life (which I don't think it's good for me). So my new year resolution is to not work so hard (lol) and to have a work/life balance (that is to make time to enjoy piano practice).

Will be prayin' for ya. All the best!

Warus
Posted by: Mekarual

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/02/09 02:19 PM

Hello everyone!

My name is Laura, and I'm finally taking the plunge and learning how to play the piano. As a child, I really wanted to take piano lessons but my family could not afford it. I ended up getting my musical education through being in the bands in my public schools. I played percussion and french horn for 12 years, and have also dabbled in guitar.

Now that I'm an adult (most of the time at least, ha!) I've decided to take my tax refund and do something for myself with it. This past weekend I purchased a Casio PX-120. I will also eventually be inheriting an acoustic upright that was my Grandmother's, it's a beautiful instrument!

I already know the basics of music theory, although I've never been a very good sight reader. Once I start learning something, I dive into it head first and practice a LOT. My ultimate goal is to be able to play Clair de Lune, which was my Grandmother's favorite song to play. I know it will take me many years to get to that level, but I know that it will happen as long as I stick with it.

I look forward to learning a lot from everyone here, it's already been very helpful from what I have read! \:\)
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/02/09 02:24 PM

Welcome, Laura! Clair de Lune is a lovely and achievable goal. Sightreading will come with practice--maybe a teacher has some beginning books you can borrow and work through quickly. Good luck with your new instrument!

Nancy
Posted by: ahvat

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/02/09 10:17 PM

My name is Savath, (savat). It might sound french to some people but I'm Cambodian/Chinese. I started learning Piano late. Before I had just a keyboard with 61 keys to practice on for like a month or 2. I manage to read music in about a week or two. Then I decided to take lesson. I'm 21 now, and some days of the piano to go snowboarding. So you can say I only study 2 years or less. My father is a guitarist and loves playing. I think thats where I get my music traits from

Thanks to some of my teacher's pupils, listening to them play made me push myself harder, right after my first recital.

Currently on
Bach Inventions/Sinfonias
Chopin Mazurkas/Waltzs/Polonaises
Sonatina Albums
Schumann Album of the young *only assign to afew pieces*
Posted by: jeff88

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/03/09 09:48 AM

hello, i'm Jeff, 20 years old student, i got some piano lessons around 8, for about 1 year( don't reallt remember), which i completely despised(remember totally). I hated the music and also having to practice, so the only time i practiced was when i had the lesson itself (thinking about it, it's a miracle i managed to start again with some base).
How i got back to piano is pretty weird, since i didn't like listening to ANY music in my childhood. the only "music" i was listening to was the music from the video game I was playing, and that started all . . . i started to listen to some video game music one day, and i was rather interested in the piano interpretations. Finally i decided to go back to piano, playing mainly classical for now, and maybe some game music later on.
I got some lesson with some interruptions because i study abroad, playing on my old piano home and a DP abroad. i'm hoping to be able to play some rather advanced pieces one day, but for now it's la chevalresque of burgmuller.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/03/09 04:13 PM

Hi Jeffreyl,
Welcome!
You may be interested in this thread where ABF members play various video/anime music (click) . I never knew about anime music either until I heard it in ABF. It is a wonderful genre.
Posted by: one of many

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/11/09 04:08 PM

Hello everyone!

I am absolutely new to the piano playing world. In fact I've hardly begun and haven't even got hold of a piano or a lesson yet, but! am in the process of figuring out how to make it happen for me. The only pianos I've ever toyed with have been other peoples but like so many of you I've wanted to learn since I was young and was always jealous of my friends who had pianos in their homes and hated their lessons. Like Laura above I played in school band throughout elementary and high school, the clarinet. Even though I never quite felt like I was playing the right instrument for me, I always knew the very fact that I had the opportunity to have an instrument and learn to read and play music was very special. I am now 28 and have barely picked up my clarinet since I graduated high school. I have lost a lot of my musical knowledge, not to mention the ability to play, and dearly miss it. About five years ago I was introduced to Debussy. Pieces like 'la cathedrale engloutie' and 'la plus que lente' just do something indescribable to me, and in agreement with Fred above, I too get deeply affected.
This is the first forum I've ever cared to join. I've been reading different sections especially the advice on digital pianos and everyone is so incredibly helpful and supportive and thorough in their replies. Anyway it seems like a great environment to be a part of and makes me excited for this otherwise solitary endeavor. I can hardly wait to purchase my first piano and begin my first lesson and hopefully all those years of clarinet will serve to help me along in some way.
Posted by: Farkle

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/11/09 10:10 PM

Hey Hey!

Figured this would be a good place for a first post. Ive been browsing these forums for the last month learning everything I can for people just starting to play the ivory's. Gotta say, Im really impressed with these boards and the music people post here, makes me excited for whats to come in my piano endeavor.

Been playing for about 2 months now and taking weekly lessons, trying not to get frustrated with my lack of finger dexterity and everything else newcomers have trouble with. I'm 28 and only have my middle school years playing percussion to fall back on for help(lots of help there.... haha)

Yup, thats enuff for a first post,

Cheers!

-Jay
Posted by: Tassiegal

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/12/09 10:00 PM

Hi!
I'm getting back into Piano after a break from lessons of errr hang on....lemme think - about 15 years (I just turned 31). I had lessons when I was younger, but then school/University/Life kind of interfered. I still fiddled on the piano, but no formal lessons. I then moved to the UK for a year to do my Masters, and while I was surrounded by the most amazing musicians in halls, I did not do more than ocassionally lock myself in a practice room and thump out the alto line of my choir music to practice.
Cue a move to Tasmania for work, and a tiny flat that you couldnt swing a mouse in, let alone a cat. I moved from there, and ever since I have wanted a piano - but I'm picky. As I mentioned in the Digital piano forum, I grew up with a large upright, ironframe German with ivory keys and a wonderful sound (it still sounds amazing, as my mum has started learning and practices on it). However space here dictates small, so I have bought a Casio AP-200 and intend to move the dining room furniture to make it fit.
The Casio is the first DP I have found that feels/sounds right to me. (My ear is very odd, and picky). As I progress towards the evil part of the PhD (ie the writing/editing bit) I need a distraction - so piano it is!
I am very much looking forward to getting out all my old music and seeing how much I have forgotten!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 02/12/09 10:11 PM

Welcome to all the newbies! (Fielden, accidental, Glock fan, beckaboo71, fbieler47, Mekarual, ahvat, jeff88, one of many, Farkle, Tassiegal). I've really enjoyed reading all your journeys to piano... they're all different, but they all share the same common core: a deep, almost irresistible longing for the keyboard.

Hope you all stick around and join in on some threads soon. \:\)
Posted by: Tad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 04:15 PM

Hi, I've just found this forum site.

I'm 52. I started the piano two years ago. I had always wanted to play, but it just never happened...too much moving to lug a piano around when I was a kid, and life just seemed to busy during the first half of my life.

However, a couple of pianos made their way into our house for one reason or another and my kids and I all started lessons.

Other than the usual whining about practice, they are having fun. On the other hand, I have sort of a love/hate thing with it--love playing, hate that I can't do more. What with my late start and hands quite bashed up from sports (hard for me to stretch them far), I knew I'd never be able to play everything I wanted, but impatience sometimes has turned to frustration. Still, the bug has bitten me and I can't imagine not pushing onward regardless.

My goal is to be able to play Bach's English Suites, particularly #5 in Em. I don't know if it's a good/bad, reachable/ridiculous goal...but I love them, so there you are. :-)



Posted by: HomeInMyShoes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 07:12 PM

Hmmm...about me. I'm 38.

I grew up playing the piano. Okay, organ lessons for quite a few years and then switching to piano and having lessons for about six years. After that I moved around a lot. Lost touch with the piano and picked up the guitar. After more than a decade away from the keys I broke down and bought a digital piano that could move with me. Back at it for about three years now. I'm at about the spot I left off at. And I struggle with a lack of attention span to get pieces to an actual reasonable quality level. I hack things about 70% and never put the the diligent effort in to fix things properly. I'm working on changing that and building up at least some repetoire so I don't have to be so embarrassed when people ask me to play things.

Guitar wasn't all bad though. I seemed to have picked up some improvisation skills that have transfered to piano.

Other than fixing up a few pieces, I've got no grandiose goals. I'll probably never play that Beethoven Sonata my teacher wanted me to learn.

Partial list of what I'm working on fixing:
Chopin Mazurka Opus 63 No 2
Chopin Mazurka Opus 67 No 2
Chopin Mazurka Opus 67 No 4
Chopin Nocturne Opus 55 No 1
Chopin Polonaise Opus 40 No 1
Chopin Prelude Opus 28 No 15
Satie 3 Gnossiennes
Satie Quatre Preludes

The Polonaise and Nocturne are probably beyond my attention span to play well, but I can dream.
Posted by: Danny22

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 07:44 PM

I'm 24, a Pharmacy Manager in NE England, where the sun never shines laugh I am new to playing the piano but I love it so far and have always wanted to play - I used to play brass back in school but didn't enjoy it.

Now, I spend my time stressing at work, writing (fiction) learning piano, and gardening. I grow roses and citrus fruits...Limes and lemons produced are great for gin and tonics laugh

Oh, and I'm male smile
Posted by: Leon Shuffle

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 07:52 PM

Hi. My name is Adam. I'm 39 and just bought my digital piano (Casio CDP 100) and began playing on January 15th. I grew up with a piano in my house but NEVER touched it. I also never had music lessons of any kind but wish I had. I deliver pizzas for a living (that's right) and have never had an actual career. As quickly as I'm picking this up, I probably should have been a musician. I have not had any lessons yet, but I'll probably start them soon just to see if I've gotten myself into any bad habits yet. I've played at least 1 hour a day (sometimes 3) every single day that I've had it and am absolutely thrilled with my progress so far. I've also spent hours reading posts here and have gleaned some great information. I'm learning from Alfred's so that's where (forum-wise) I've been spending most of my time.

I look forward to interacting with all of you and can't wait to see where this hobby of mine leads.
Posted by: HomeInMyShoes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 08:15 PM

^You also have a great avatar. Statue of Liberty might be my favourite song ever.
Posted by: Danny22

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/03/09 08:20 PM

Hey Adam, I too am learning from Alfreds, and I too have just bought a digital piano...also a Casio CDP 100 smile
Posted by: Alojolo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/04/09 12:26 AM

Hello there. Some of you already know me, but many others don't, so I'll introduce myself.

My name is Álvaro, I'm Spanish, from Alicante. This is the South-East coast of Spain, where we have very nice beaches and fabulous weather, usually! I'm 21 years old, by the way.

I'm currently a Piano Student, preparing myself very seriously to become a professional Pianist. I'm studying in London at this very moment, in a wonderful music academy, where I get access to practicing in three pianos, as long as I want, plus, there will be more pianos available in a few months, so I'm really pleased about that! My current objective is to enter the Royal Academy of Music, here in London, or any other similar conservatoire; since the preparation is superb. So I'm working towards that.

My favourite composers are Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov. And I'm falling in love with Prokofiev and Debussy too.
Favourite Piano Concerto? Rachmaninov No.2, or any of Beethoven's or Chopin's, really. They take my breath away.
And my favourite Pianists... Mr. Rubinstein and Mr. Gould. (Plus I also like others like Arcadi Volodos, Yundi Li... not Lang-Lang though).
I own a Schimmel, but I have three dream pianos... Steinway, Bösendorfer and Fazioli.

I have several hobbies too, I would say Music, but Music is actually my occupation! hehe, and the thing I love most in life!
I love literature, cinema, nature (I love London's gardens and parks) and being with my family and friends. But that's a little bit difficult right now, because they're all in Spain, and I'm in the UK. But then again, there are many cheap flights out there, so I have no excuse to go and visit them more often!

And... that's about it, in general terms I mean.

So, I hope to have a nice time with all of you guys.

Cheers.
Álvaro.
Posted by: Leon Shuffle

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/04/09 11:23 AM

Originally Posted By: HomeInMyShoes
^You also have a great avatar. Statue of Liberty might be my favourite song ever.


Well then you sir, have excellent taste. They've been my favorite band since I was 18. Unfortunately they stopped touring when I was 12.

And Danny, it's a nice little piano for the price, isn't it?
Posted by: Spotnik

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/04/09 08:33 PM

Hello,

I already kinda introduced myself in a different thread, so sorry if this counts as cross-posting! I'm 46 and I just started playing again late in January. I took a two semester piano class at the University of Minnesota around 1991 or so (back then it was "quarters"). I've played guitar and some wind instruments in the past, so I'm really actually just a re-starter on piano, but not really a beginner musically. I like a wide range of music, but I'm concentrating on classical for now because there just seems to be so much more going on in the music itself. Even in the classical world there seems to be more than enough challenging material to keep me occupied for the forseeable future.

I'm particularly curious to see how far I get with this. I am amazed at how good proficient some so-called late-starters can get, so there seems to be no reason to believe that starting late is a barrier to anything (except maybe maintaining a rigourous recital and concert schedule. I already have a day job! I want this to be fun.)

I'm glad I found this forum. I had been lurking for about a month before I posted anything. Lots of good advice and inspiration here. Keep it up!
Posted by: crystalncrew

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/05/09 05:44 AM

Hi! My name is Crystal and I have been a member of the forum for a while but am just now able to start back on the piano. I have 6 kids(the reason for my absence recently) and homeschool. I took 10 yrs worth of lessons as a child and then quit because of one bad singing/playing performance. My goal is to get past my fear of singing while playing in front of others. I am extremely rusty so I am going to start back slow by going through Alfreds adult book 2 and 3. I am looking forward to making progress now that I am not pregnant and my littlest is 1. It seems everytime I wanted to start back, I had a baby! I am also excited about getting to know you all!
Crystal
Posted by: Bihua

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/05/09 08:48 AM

Hello,

I am into the 10th month of my piano studies (my first instrument) with a teacher (excluding those years that I self learn). Currently I am in Grade 1 and I own a Hailun piano, which I spend a lot of my time with. Glad to know there are also many adult beginners out there! Anyone planning to take Grade 2 practical exams? Or have taken it? Care to share your experiences? Coz my teacher plans to let me take the practical exams next year. I am happy & nervous though.
Posted by: ab-ster

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/05/09 09:18 AM

Hi, I'm 36 y/o and I started playing piano some 20 years ago. I took 1 year of jazz lessons and mainly play by ears. A couple of years ago I started to revamp my jazz skills by studying Barry Harris' workshop videos. I'm currently learning sightreading and building up my classical repertoir. I find ABF very inspiring and give me motivations to learn more.
Posted by: DumbSoprano

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/09 12:21 PM

Hi Everyone! I'd like to introduce myself too. I am a 31 year old getting back into piano. I took lessons from aged 8 to age 14 and kind of punted it in favor of singing from then on. I went on to get two degrees in Voice. I stopped singing completely after I got my Masters Degree because I didn't think I was talented enough to do it professionally. I went back to school for pre-med/vet and started teaching horseback riding lessons for a living instead. But about a year ago, I found that I missed music so much and I was sick of spending hours in the lab instead of on stage, so I started singing. So far, I've done pretty well and I have a lot more confidence. I've been performing a lot! BUT...my piano skills are really holding me back! So...I've decided to give it a real go. I am determined to no longer be handicapped by my lack of piano skills. My real challenge will be learning to sightread so that I can teach. I hope being a part of this forum can keep me motivated. I am very intimidated by piano!
Posted by: BB Player

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/07/09 12:35 PM

Wow! Welcome to the flurry of new members and thanks for introducing yourselves. It's always fascinating (at least to me) to read how others have either come back to the piano or are starting for the first time.

I'm particularly impressed with those who can play and sing so props to DumbSoprano and Crystal! I find that even with a piece that I know well and play regularly that trying to do anything other than focus on my playing to be a disaster (but yes, I can walk and chew gum laugh ).

Welcome again to all of you and look forward to "seeing you around".
Posted by: BeckyB

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/11/09 01:31 PM

Hi everyone, figured I'd take a turn and introduce myself. I'm 36, mostly new to piano though I played flute and French horn in high school. Thank goodness I could read music already, or I might have given up by now.

I have a beat-up old player piano I inherited years ago, I had played around with it for a while but nothing serious. Finally a few months ago I decided to give it a shot, I started lessons (3rd lesson is tomorrow) and I bought a cheap digital. I really wish I could afford to go out and buy a beautiful new acoustic piano right now! (Someday....)

I probably won't post much, but I think this forum is amazingly helpful - I check the Alfred's Book 1 topic every time I start a new piece in the book. :-) So, thanks to all the other contributors!

Becky
Posted by: Trishiedear

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/12/09 11:08 AM

Hello to all,

I am a new member here. I found this forum when I was researching my piano purchase. I had a 70 year old Bradbury spinet (ugh) and after a few months research purchased a 12 year old Yamaha P22. What a difference! Both in feel and sound. I have to credit this forum with providing so much information to help my decision.

I am 55 years old, and had several short bursts of group piano lessons, starting in college. About a year ago I decided to try private lessons, and now have a lesson every other week. It has helped me with technique and I am progressing very well.

In addition to a full time job as a paralegal, I have many interests: Piano (of course!), beading jewelry, Homebrew Beer Judge (certified), and running.

I hope to post more often, but part of my decision to take piano more seriously was to keep myself away from TV and the computer. Soooooooooo..... I'm off to play.

Trish
Posted by: Shelbypark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/14/09 11:38 PM

Hi all,
I joined the forum yesterday after being referred here from Yahoo Answers LOL. I'm 32 and I've started playing piano again after a 20 year break. I returned to the piano after badly breaking my ankle in January, which has forced me to take 4 months off work. I can't do anything with the horses (I own and show 2 QHs) and I can't work as a psychiatric nurse as I work in a forensic setting which means I have to be 100% fit. The piano was sitting there, unplayed and unloved. Plus, I got sick of watching TV all day and talking to the cats smile

I originally started playing piano when I was about 9 years old, and played daily for about 3 years. By the time I did my grade 2 AMEB exam, I thoroughly hated piano. My teacher had a rather 'interesting' teaching method - at the start of each year I got the latest AMEB series grade book, chose each of my list pieces and played those 3 or 4 pieces constantly until my practical exams in November. By the end of the year my playing was robotic and I HATED each of those pieces.

When I got to high school I took up cello which was wonderful. Initially I found it a bit weird that I only chose my exam pieces a month before the exams, but I soon got over it! Cello was so interesting, I played a much wider variety of songs and my teacher was great so I quit piano lessons. From then on I only played the piano sporadically up until I moved out of home at 18. By that stage I was playing cello in two amateur orchestras and also played viola and violin.

My mother said she wouldn't let me have my piano until I bought a house - like that's ever going to happen, especially in this market. Then last year she told me that the local 'antique dealer'(!!) came over to tune my piano. She said that he only tried to tune three keys (concert A and the B and C above it) but broke a wire each time!!! He then supposedly said 'the piano is wrecked and you should send it to the tip' !!!! A beautiful hundred year old piano with full iron frame, ivory keys and never a problem before?

Mother then admitted that she thought it was rather odd that the only tools the supposedly 'qualified' piano tuner/antique dealer brought were a chromatic tuner and a pair of long nosed pliers. She agreed to let me have the piano and it's with me now. Unfortunatly I haven't had it tuned/repaired yet, but other than the three broken wires, it's fine. Anyone know of a good piano tuner and repairer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia?

I'm currently playing only about 45 mins a day as its difficult playing around the keys with broken wires frown I have to get creative, playing some pieces up or down an octave or two - this greatly reduces my choice of pieces. I would like to do my Grade 3 AMEB exam later in the year and once I get back to work and am earning $$ I'll get the piano tuned/repaired and have some lessons again.

Shelly
Posted by: Amanda85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/09 06:40 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm from Malaysia. 24 this year, started piano lesson few months ago. Prior musical background : playing recorder during primary school (is that consider?).

I've always felt envy when i listen to other playing the piano. Now after i graduated and secure myself a job as an medical engineer, i decided is time to buy a digital piano (Yamaha P-85) and sign up for lesson! Hope to save enough money to buy an acoustic soon.
Posted by: WannaB

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/09 07:37 AM

Hey everyone,

Although not a pianist for now I'll be starting soon. Been reading some parts of this forum since some weeks, a month maybe. Figured I'd 'support' this Adult Beginner forum with an introduction at least... I was googling around for adult beginners and found it, and it was nice to see that there's life beyond the age of 10 or so, hehe...
I'm 31 years old from Budapest, Hungary. I grew up in Romania and lived there till the age of 27 or so. Maybe being an IT professional is kinda far from any sort of art, as music too, but having a totally different hobby as job can be refreshing, I think.
About music, I met some music a long time ago. Never actually learned professionally, but around age of 10 to 14 or something like that, I have learned to play hungarian folk music (being a hungarian from Romania) with the guidance of some experienced adults (like my mother) that were playing music for an amateur folk band (talking of traditional music).
I actually had to look that up but this is the instrument I was playing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cimbalom
Seems not to be a very widespread thing, in any case, but there's actually some sort of familiarities with a piano. So while I'm a total newbie there's a few things I remember vaguely, luckily.
I always liked piano, and was always a bit envy to hear pianists play (who isn't). The thought crossed my mind sometimes since I'm an adult, but only now I thought seriously of actually learning to play the piano. It's the winter I guess, I stay at home much more these months. And sometimes I spend time with stuff that's far more useless, like watching TV... so I figured I give it a go and started reading about the subject.
As far as goals are concerned I don't have anything really fixed yet, just want to be able to play stuff that I like. Let's see where that takes me. Maybe I'll be lousy, maybe I'll be pretty good.
Got my DP and will be taking lessons once a week, starting coming Saturday - can't wait smile I'm like a kid with a new toy. I expect lessons to help me a lot (someone actively correcting my mistakes, setting the direction, providing a little extra motivation).

So while I'll really be just starting, so not really part of this community, just want to say it's nice to see that not everyone here is a professional and not everyone started at a very young age. Many restarters sure but I see there's actually people like me that just start it late for the heck of it smile Thanks for the - indirect - encouragement I got from this forum :p
And not to be mean - feels good to see I'm not the oldest starter ever :p I don't have to set a record here so doesn't sound as tough anymore :p
Posted by: HeirborneGroupie

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/09 01:24 PM

Where to start.....

I'm 41 (how did that happen?) and I started taking piano lessons 3 years ago. I've been married for 15 years to a great husband. We have 3 dogs and no kids.

Like so many here I've always wanted to learn the piano but didn't have one growing up or the money for lessons. I taught myself the first year of piano and after that started taking lessons. Last year I bought a Brodmann BU-121. Before that I had a Clavinova.

I'm new to the forums but I enjoy them and they are a great source of encouragement.
Posted by: DumbSoprano

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/16/09 02:23 PM

Shelly, how did you break your ankle? I broke mine falling from my crazy Thoroughbred! crazy
Posted by: Shelbypark

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/09 12:11 AM

WannaB - the cimbalom looks way to complicated to me! Good luck with your piano lessons.

DumbSoprano - I broke my ankle falling off a bicycle frown worst of all, I was only going at about a walking pace!

Shelly
Posted by: DoverCt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/09 02:25 PM

Hi all.

I've been reading the posts on PW for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I'd chime in.

I'm 59, live in New York City and recently (like two weeks ago)re-started learning piano. I'd taken lessons for 8 years as a kid but never practiced much so never never really got beyond advanced beginner. I'd always enjoyed the idea of playing the piano, but not the work involved. I had the same experience more or less with the violin, which I played for about 6 years. (Though, with the violin, I did make it to second chair in a very weak high school orchestra.) Same for the clarinet. (One year.) The only instrument I did wind up playing tolerably well was the guitar, which I taught myself.

But all those years of lessons at least gave me an appreciation for music and an admiration for those who could make it.

I inherited my old family piano (a 1953 Baldwin M, in mahoganny) twenty five years ago, after my father died, and shipped it to my apartment in Manhattan. Though I had it tuned every 6 months or so, I knew nothing about piano care. The piano was placed right in front of a large south-facing window, pressed up against a huge window air conditioner and a couple of feet from the radiator.

Except for a few months during which my youngest child took lessons, the Baldwin mainly functioned as a handsome piece of furniture, a beautiful stand for a dozen and a half framed family photos plus the occasional floral arrangement.

In time, the kids grew up and moved out and my wife passed away. A few years ago, my new love moved in. She's a very decent amateur player (Chopin, Debussy) and she started playing the Baldwin. I was so pleased that it was finally being used, and her playing sounded lovely to me. She never thought much of the old Baldwin's sound, however, and couldn't understand my protesting "But, it's a really good piano!"

A couple of months ago, it completely stopped holding a tune. Several of the keys stopped working.

The tuner had been telling me for years that that the soundboard was cracked and the instrument had lots of other ailments, but we always got by with a tuning and some cheap tricks he had up his sleeve. Now, though, when it wouldn't hold a tune at all, we knew we had to make a decision.

After getting inspections from two reputable restorers/rebuilders, it became clear that the Baldwin needed virually a complete rebuild. The cost estimates came in at $15 - $20K. I thought about that for a while, and was tempted, but I eventually decided that the sentimental value of the old Baldwin jsut wasn't worth the cost, not with the uncertainty of knowing what I'd wind up with after the rebuild and not when compared with the certainty of what we'd get if we bought a new or used instrument.

So we embarked on our own little odyssey of shopping and comparing new versus used pianos.

My love said she'd be perfectly happy with an inexpensive upright. But I'd grown up with a grand in the house (well, a small grand)and had had one in my apartment for a quarter of a century. I just like the feel and warmth of a grand. Makes the house (apartment) look good.

By chance, the first day out, I wandered into Beethoven Pianos here in Manhattan and was taken care of by a lovely, slight, older gentleman by the name of Carl Demler. As it happens, and as I later found out, Carl plays a major role in Perri Knize's book "Grand Obsession." I too found Carl quite intriguing. After doing some addditional research (inclulding finding and trolling through this site), reading The Piano Book, and a doing a modest amount of comparison shopping and piano sampling, we wound up buying a used G2 Yamaha from Carl.

A day after the G2 arrived, I got the old bug, bought the first two of the Alfred Adult books, and, now, about 2 weeks after starting my new adventure, am happily plugging away at "Blow the Man Down."

That's my story.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/09 03:42 PM

DoverCt,
Hi, I really enjoy reading your story. And congrats on your new piano - and new love! I cringed when I read that your old Baldwin "was placed right in front of a large south-facing window, pressed up against a huge window air conditioner and a couple of feet from the radiator." Yikes!! Please don't put your Yamaha in that same location!! smile
Posted by: DoverCt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/09 05:32 PM

Thanks.

Well, I know better now how to treat a piano. Getting a Dampp Chaser installed next week.
Posted by: NeNiRi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/17/09 07:06 PM

Hi,

My Name is Richard i am 32 and live in Aberdeen, Scotland.

I work as a captain for an airline that goes to the islands to the north of Scotland- Shetland and Orkney.

Im married and about to have a baby girl in 4 weeks time( exciting!)

I have been playing properly for 6 months i bought a keyboard but after about a week realised i wanted a full size piano and got a Yamaha digital which i play every day sometimes 20 mins, sometimes 3 hours.

I was thrown out of lessons by my teacher when i was 6 after 4 lessons because i always wanted to memorise and look at my hands. I still have this problem, i am taking lessons now and am getting frustrated trying to sight read.

I came across the book by Chan and have used it to good effect to learn tunes liker the Raindrop Prelude.

My favourite music is Chopin, Einaudi, Nyman, Debusey and Beethoven.

I also like golf, tennis

My fav foods are chinese and indian food and nothing beats a full roast dinner!!!

I also have a ginger cat called called Leo who cost £1000 ($900)
(not to buy!!!-vet bills-he's a total wimp and gets beaten up by the local cats almost daily!!
Posted by: Pleang

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/25/09 05:44 PM

Hello everyone ^_^

My name is Mali and my occupation is a college student. I mean..if you consider that an occupation at all but it surely feels like one! I live in America and I'm just here to jump start my desire to get into the piano world. I know absolutely nothing about piano except that it's pretty and in 10 years when I am stable with my own house I want a nice grand piano sitting in my living room that I can actually play and not just wish I could play. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone~
Posted by: acebone

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/09 10:13 AM

Hi!

Quite new to this forum, but I understand that introductions are appreciated.

I am a comeback trumpet-player, with one solid aim: I want to be the best trumpetplayer in the world! And it's just around the corner - only the corner seems quite far away smile

This goal of mine is partly a joke, but only partly. I've come to believe that the more positively you think and the higher you aim, the further you'll get.

As for the piano, I simply LOVE playing the piano and I've been doodling with it on and off through the years.

Right now I am learning Chopins Prelude 15 in Db (the raindrop prelude), and looking on the net for fingering suggestions I bumped into this forum. It looks like a good place, and I've promptly registered!
Posted by: Thorium

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/09 10:24 AM

Hi,

I'm a 29-year-old Norwegian, clinging desperately to my twenties. I bought my first piano (albeit digital) three weeks ago, and with the music of guys who've been dead for 250 years I will feel better about my own incipient dotage. =) No, that's not why I bought it; but it helps, right?

Great forum. I see there are many very knowledgeable people here. I've been trawling the archives for info and I must say it's lovely to see so many people in the same boat as I (adult learners).

Thor
Posted by: Sarah Lynne

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 10:47 AM

Howdy Ya'll smile

I'm Sarah Lynne 22 year old wife of four years to Michael and stay at home mom of 2 boys, Austin (2.5) and Steven (1). I've always loved music and have an ear for it vocally. If you can play it, I can almost always sing it (in my range of course!) I played violin for 4 years and while I loved it at the time have found no "practical" use for it as I've gotten older. I've found over the last few years my appreciation for the piano to have increased ten-fold and I'm now looking to begin playing on my own until perhaps one day I have the ability to afford a proper teacher. My husband has had a few lessons and plays guitar so I'm hoping if I get stuck he'll be able to help me out smile

Right now I only have a keyboard to work with, but my husband and I are keeping an eye out for a piano on craigslist even if its cheap and only useful for a short amount of time. I'd really prefer to play an accoustic over a digital, but will take whatever I can find!

I've been searching the forums pretty much non-stop since yesterday when I discovered it. I have Alfred's AIO Level One coming to me from interlibrary loan as well as the Alfred's essentials of music theory : a complete self-study course for all musicians.

Hope to see ya'll around smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 02:04 PM

Welcome to those of you who have come in the last couple of weeks or so.

NeNiRi - we kind of like pictures of new arrivals around here, whether they're pianos or babies - so maybe in a couple of weeks? smile

Mali - I think being a college student can be considered having an occupation. What are you studying?

acebone - being a trumpet player should give you some good ideas for your piano if you improvise or play from lead sheets and do embellishments. Nothing like a little Louie Armstrong lick to liven up a piece smile

Thor - I thik we've met on another thread, but welcome here. I love Norwegian folk dance music - and Hardangar fiddles. Can't play it on a piano, but a couple of fiddle-playing friends of mine are beginning to get hooked, and I can use the organ setting on my DP to accompany. I used to play 2-fiddle and pump organ trios for Scandinavian dancing - heavenly. It may not be your thing, I suppose, but I love it.

Sarah Lynne - the practical use of piano for many of us is that it keeps us from going crazy laugh Guitar/piano duets can be fun, too -

Cathy
Posted by: Sarah Lynne

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 02:16 PM

That's why I've fallen in love with the piano smile I can use it even just for playing little ditties for the kids. The violin isn't near as much fun! Plus my oldest loves the piano at his Papa's house (its an antique and badly badly out of shape. I wouldn't be able to begin to afford the repairs just to make it sound pretty much less look pretty, but the kids like to plunk around on it)so I know it'll be a good thing to have around.

I secretly want to get proficient enough to play for our worship band at church.
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 02:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Sarah Lynne
I secretly want to get proficient enough to play for our worship band at church.


You can do that! Keep hanging around ABF and the Non-classical forum and you'll run into folks who do just that -

Cathy
Posted by: Toby Crowley

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 03:31 PM

Hey.

I have to admit that I haven't read all the introductions here--has anyone--but I just joined the group and figured an introduction was a good place to start.

My name is Toby and I'm not the one who's officially learning to play the piano. That's my wife. Because we live in Germany, and she's pregnant and diabetic, her work is required to pay her to stay at home during the pregnancy. (There's more to it than that, but as an American, I think it's crazy that she's getting paid to stay home.) And we bought her a Yamaha Clavinova to practice on while she's home. . . she played when she was a girl.

And now I'm playing on it as much as she is. I used to play the accordion and I really enjoy the Piano-In-A-Flash style of playing with a fakebook and chords. (The accordion is very similar.) So, I don't think I'm learning to be a real pianist, but I am working on songs like Für Elise and The Entertainer and trying to learn the 'real' left hand part.

Uhm. . . My other interests are teaching English--it's what I do here in Germany, and that's more by coincidence than anything else--and reading. In my dreams I'll become a novelist soon, but I don't write and I think that's a prerequisite. We have a dog named "Katze" (if you speak German, you know it's a funny name) and two cats.

And, like I said, we're expecting. Our first child will becoming in August and that's exciting. . . and a lot of stress.

Okay. That was my ramble. I will now take questions at this time.
Posted by: Thorium

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 04:24 PM

jotur - Thank you! Yes, we have already met, sort of. I've probably been a hair too loquacious for someone who just joined AND just started to play; but sharing opinions is what it's all about! =)

Yes, our fiddles have a singular sound! (From the four freely resonating strings under the bowed ones.) The instrument is called Hardingfele (sing., pl. -feler). Here's a traditional rural dance that goes with it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ollNmWvlhI

The dance is called Hallingkast, and is performed by eligible bachelors to woo women (which, I suppose, is the basis for most human behaviour =).

Sarah & Toby - Hey guys! Start writing, Toby! =) I'm an aspiring writer as well. So far I've mostly written short stores, but I'm working on ideas for an extended text. Perhaps the piano (or your pregnant wife) will inspire you!
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/07/09 04:56 PM

thanks for the video, Thorium! I love the characteristic bounce and easiness of the dancer - a friend of mine looks much like that when he dances. We did have a Swedish troup come over for a workshop, and dancing with them was, of course, a whole nother dance from dancing with us USAers that are trying it, no matter how good. And the music - aah.

Cathy
Posted by: Ringo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/08/09 11:17 AM

Hi, everyone, I'm another newbie here.

I took a couple of semesters of piano in college, but that was many years ago, and I have a wonderful old piano from 1926 that sounds fantastic with blues and Bob Seger-style rock and gospel.

I've been practicing scales and picking out tunes by ear for the past few years and using the keyboard to help me figure out theory-related concepts, as I also play around with an acoustic guitar, violin/fiddle, penny whistle, Native American flute, ukulele and probably some other things I'm not remembering right now.

So I recently encountered a young lady who teaches piano at reasonable rates and today is my first lesson, and I'm excited about polishing my skills.

I'm supposed to be retired (at an extremely young age laugh ), but have taken on two part-time jobs, two home-based businesses, and I also am obsessed with reading books and making music-like sounds, so I keep fairly busy.

So that's who I am, at least until learning to play some piano changes my life. laugh

The main reason I'm here is it seemed like a reasonable thing to do -- find like-minded people working on similar pursuits and share some experiences, challenges, etc.

RB
Posted by: Jeff Hao

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/08/09 11:26 AM

Hi, everyone. I just discovered this thread and so I copy a post from another thread "reading music" here (typed up a few minutes ago), because it is my first introduction of myself.

Forgive my double-posting.

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Quote:
Originally Posted By: Chris H.

I wonder if Jeff is a musician or a teacher?


Thanks Chris. I value you views and experience as a piano teacher.

The question is asked and it will be answered honestly.

I am not a teacher. I am not a musician. At best, I am a STUDENT, a self-taught student.

A note about the "Music Educationist" in my Forum Profile ... I did not think much when I put it down. You can say that is a title I give myself for the future in case things work out.

I am 42 years old now. I first touched a keyboard 3 years ago ... I will talk more about it.

My only contact with music before that, apart from having an ear and heart for it, was a bit of folk guitar (with no music theory, just the chords), and a bit of classical guitar (trying to figure out the music from the Grand Staff) - back in the university days.

The way I make a living has nothing to do with music. I am what people call an executive, working in an oil company, a brand every driver should know. I am married with 2 children. I am an ethnic Chinese but I won't go into my nationality, because it is complicated and boring. I have (sequencially) lived in China, UK, Singapore, US, Hong Kong, and now Beijing.

Anyway, back to the keyboard. Winter of 2005/2006. I moved to Beijing before the family. There was suddenly more time to myself after work. Logical decision to buy a keyboard for the kids. The idea was that before they arrived, it was mine to try and see what happened.

My first text book was the User Manual of the Casio model. There were a few pieces of sample music (Ode To Joy, Bach's Minuet in G major, Fur Elise, etc.) on the Grand Staff. The Hao Staff was not available then.

Although I had some recollection how the notation system worked, I decided to buy a comprehensive music theory book. That I finished in one night, because I just could not stop.

I managed to play a few pieces from the keyboard Manual, proving that at my age, there was no problem making the fingers work together to produce music - it's only a function of how much practice one puts in. Once that worry was out of the window, I wanted to play more and play the music I really love. I met the next problem - the Grand Staff.

I understood the mechanics of the Grand Staff very well. And I tried the various practices to get better. But I had limited time after work everyday. It is just too slow for me to read the Grand Staff. And when it comes to the music I love, they are usually in "difficult Keys" with many sharps and flats. They are unintelligible to me. It could take me a few minutes to figure out one bar, and then I forgot how the previous bar was played.

Then I asked myself, would I present the music information on paper this way? Why is the "Y-Axis" (i.e. the pitch axis) of the two dimensional graph made so difficult to read? Why do we not give it the same ticks as the piano keyboard, one-to-one?

So with computer-drawn blank sheets (with grey and white stripes), I transcribed music to this "keyboard staff" by marking the notes by hand. I then practiced them, "sight-reading" my own sheets. By doing this, I progressed a lot faster. My bottleneck is no longer how fast I read ("figure out", to be more precise) the music. It is how much time I can afford to play.

It naturally followed ... if it helps me so well, it should help others in my situation as well. So I thought about commercialising it, and possibilities of patent protection to help with the commercial prospects. Then the website, the transcription work, the investment of time and effort. But frankly, beyond a certain point, the drive is not money any more, because it does not seem a good business idea based on the amount of negative comments received from people like yourselves who have the "right to speak" because you have been teaching and those pianists who have made it over the Grand Staff hurdle. The usual (understandable) first reaction is: if I (and many) did it this way, why can't you? Because I have just started (one year against eight hundred years), I don't have many voices saying "I did it with the Hao Staff" yet. But I will have them.

There are people who love music and the piano but did not make it over the Grand Staff hurdle. What do we tell them? Do it the way it is always done, or you don't deserve to enjoy playing music?

I need to clarify one thing. You mentioned that the invention is not new. Yes, piano roll (both horizontal and vertical) was invented a long time ago. And the same application existed in computer programs. If I just apply for a patent based on the grey-and-white stripes, I would not have gotten it. My patent is a combination of that with traditional music notes and marks, and a simple way of indicating the Key of the piece (or part of a piece). None of these three elements are new, but combined use of them is new, at least based on the Patent Officer's research. My patent is granted on that basis. Believe me it went through competent examination.

You may say: that simple? Yes, that simple. An invention does not have to be rocket science.

It has been too long a post. I ask for forgiveness from those who are not interested in this discussion.

I will come back again.

Regards,
Jeff
Posted by: Ritchy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/13/09 01:34 AM

Hello,
My name is Ritchy and my wife is Mary – we are from Texas. I just turned 40 and my wife has been 29 for just a few years now!

We have been taking care of my wife’s grandmother after a stroke for 5+ years now, which keeps us tied to the house more than we would like. While sitting out brewing last weekend we were talking and decided that now is the time to learn piano.

I have a history of drums and bass, so I know a little about rhythm and have a very small knowledge of music theory, but can't read music. My wife has never played an instrument but we both have always wanted to learn piano…so we are heading to guitar center tomorrow to buy an inexpensive keyboard to start out. I was excited to find this forum, and hope to still be around 2-3 years from now!

We are interested in classical and jazz - we are headed to see Diana Krall for our tenth anniversary this year!
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/13/09 06:14 AM

Welcome Ritchy, it's a great community. Looking forward to seeing you (both) progress.

Posted by: J.W.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 12:25 AM

I'm Jason, 34 - an Iowan living in Illinois, with a convoluted relationship with learning to play. Loved classical music even as a kid, but my family wasn't in an income bracket that would support piano studies. Voice was a pretty cheap instrument, though, so I took up choral singing. I sang in high school choirs, and after high school, in church choirs.

Through my 20s, I drove trucks for a living. At 25 or so, I decided that it was time to go for it and learn the piano. Before I could make any progress, a mishap partially severed a tendon on the back of my left ring finger; it would be years before I could move that finger without moving the middle and pinky fingers surrounding it. So, piano aspirations were shelved.

At 30, I decided to finish my education, and have recently earned my degree in English lit. A tax refund while I was enrolled allowed me to take a trimester's worth of lessons, which I loved. By the end of the term, I was in grade 2 repertoire. While I wished I had been able to progress faster, there was an immense satisfaction in having gone from being able to play nothing to being able to play recognizable pieces of music - Bach's (though I've seen it attributed to someone else lately) Minuet in G, with a variety of beginner repertoire along the way.

The past year, I've been working in arts management, which is rewarding but not especially lucrative. No longer being a student has meant that I haven't had access to an instrument upon which to practice, though I attack any piano I come across, hoping that I can still play that minuet correctly. Unfortunately, a year without being able to practice regularly and the muscle memory is fading.

So, I decided that I was tired of not being able to practice and learn, and that I was tired of letting fiscal prudence determine my ability to study piano. I'm shopping for the best digital piano I can stretch to afford - probably a Roland HP-203, though I'm in love with the feel of the keys on the 207. I'm also considering canceling my cable package in order to afford lessons again. Who needs cable if they have a piano?

I'm also exploring graduate school options, looking towards studying theory of composition and rhetoric. Since music folks usually hear the word "composition" and assume that I'm wanting to go to grad school in music, I should mention that this is basically the study of the written word.

I love music of most kinds, particularly classical, piano rock and jazz. I read voraciously, ranging from fantasy and speculative fiction to the 'masters' from six centuries. On rainy days, it's tough to beat a hard-boiled detective novel and a cup of coffee with a splash of whiskey. I'm also a pretty darned fine cook.

That's enough from me. I'm glad to have found Piano World, and look forward to all I can learn here.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 03:11 AM

J.W.,
Love you intro. What an inspiring journey! Welcome to PW!
Posted by: xnapoleonx

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 04:36 AM

Hi there

I'm currently 20 years old, I live in Belgium which is a tiny country in Europe. I just finished my bachelor in marketing, but I'm about to start again in law.

I always had an interest for the piano and piano music, but I never really got to it. Until my latest birthday, I used all my money to buy a keyboard. It isn't professional, but it's a start and decent enough to learn on. However, I hope to buy a real acoustic piano someday.

I'm doing things on myself, with books and internet.
My studies in marketing and my current internship were a reason for me to start blogging. That's why I also started a blog about piano learning resources for beginners by a beginner. And that is eventually the way I got to this forum.
Posted by: Angelus-Mortis

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 04:56 AM

Hallo.

I'm a math student, and will be teaching math eventually.

I used to play the piano (and the violin) when I was a kid because I thought they were just like algebra exercises, but then neglected that playing music means you have to play with emotions, something that I don't do very well. So I quit because of that.

Why am I back here? Because I had a philosophy. I don't have to play with my own emotions, but I can play something in a way which other people might enjoy. In other words, I'm saying I don't necessarily have to feel something; I just have to know how other people feel about it. There was another reason why I considered returning to the piano. I have, as of lately, been learning lots of things on my own. I picked up German through reading materials meant for native German speakers. I learned rollerblading and ice skating purely from physics. I consider playing the piano another kind of deduction exercise, and I think I would actually enjoy this more than I would being with a teacher.

I do actually have some theories about playing the piano that I wish to test.
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 05:55 AM

Originally Posted By: J.W.
I'm Jason, 34 - an Iowan living in Illinois, with a convoluted relationship with learning to play. ....

That's enough from me. I'm glad to have found Piano World, and look forward to all I can learn here.


Welcome Jason!
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 05:57 AM

Originally Posted By: xnapoleonx
Hi there

I'm currently 20 years old, I live in Belgium which is a tiny country in Europe. I just finished my bachelor in marketing, but I'm about to start again in law.

I always had an interest for the piano and piano music, but I never really got to it. Until my latest birthday, I used all my money to buy a keyboard. It isn't professional, but it's a start and decent enough to learn on. However, I hope to buy a real acoustic piano someday.

I'm doing things on myself, with books and internet.
My studies in marketing and my current internship were a reason for me to start blogging. That's why I also started a blog about piano learning resources for beginners by a beginner. And that is eventually the way I got to this forum.


Welcome xnapoleonx!
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 06:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Angelus-Mortis
Hallo.

I'm a math student, and will be teaching math eventually.

I used to play the piano (and the violin) when I was a kid because I thought they were just like algebra exercises, but then neglected that playing music means you have to play with emotions, something that I don't do very well. So I quit because of that.

Why am I back here? Because I had a philosophy. I don't have to play with my own emotions, but I can play something in a way which other people might enjoy. In other words, I'm saying I don't necessarily have to feel something; I just have to know how other people feel about it. There was another reason why I considered returning to the piano. I have, as of lately, been learning lots of things on my own. I picked up German through reading materials meant for native German speakers. I learned rollerblading and ice skating purely from physics. I consider playing the piano another kind of deduction exercise, and I think I would actually enjoy this more than I would being with a teacher.

I do actually have some theories about playing the piano that I wish to test.


Welcome. Theories or Hypotheses? smile
Posted by: Angelus-Mortis

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 06:17 AM

I think hypothesis is a better term. Sorry about that, because if I use "theory", that gets easily confused with piano theory.
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/27/09 06:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Angelus-Mortis
I think hypothesis is a better term. Sorry about that, because if I use "theory", that gets easily confused with piano theory.


Just having a little fun with you. smile I'm a computer engineer, but lots of science background. smile

Enjoy and welcome to the madness!
Posted by: xnapoleonx

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/29/09 09:37 AM

Originally Posted By: kennychaffin
Originally Posted By: xnapoleonx
Hi there

I'm currently 20 years old, I live in Belgium which is a tiny country in Europe. I just finished my bachelor in marketing, but I'm about to start again in law.

I always had an interest for the piano and piano music, but I never really got to it. Until my latest birthday, I used all my money to buy a keyboard. It isn't professional, but it's a start and decent enough to learn on. However, I hope to buy a real acoustic piano someday.

I'm doing things on myself, with books and internet.
My studies in marketing and my current internship were a reason for me to start blogging. That's why I also started a blog about piano learning resources for beginners by a beginner. And that is eventually the way I got to this forum.


Welcome xnapoleonx!


Thank you smile
Posted by: Little_Blue_Engine

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/02/09 03:54 PM

I joined about a month ago but didn't notice this thread until just a few days ago. Better late than never, just like my playing.

My name is Michelle and I've always wanted to play piano but my parents couldn't afford to get me one when I was younger and later it always seemed like there was always something else I "should be doing" that kept me from finally just doing it. When my husband and I looked at our house before we bought it my mom was reading the real estate info sheet to me from across the lawn. When she got to "the piano stays" she suggested it might be an omen that we'd finally found the right house. Two boys and several years later I was thinking about things I always planned to do "someday" and hadn't gotten to. Learn to play piano was #1 on the list so I got the "free with house" piano tuned and have spent a bit more than a year now puttering and learning little bits of songs I like here and there and getting the notes on the piano and sheet music down. Now I'm starting into scales a and chords. I had a little bit of basic music theory in a music for elementary teachers class in college so I'm not totally lost.

I did get very frustrated and almost give up when I had problems with my piano not playing notes twice, sticking notes and being just generally worn out actionwise knowing I can't just go out and buy a newer one. I decided to channel the frustration into learning about piano repair hoping to make some minor improvements and the deeper I get into it the farther I want to go. The piano works a little better everyday. I'm currently working part time as a special education paraprofessional. I'm seriously considering becoming a piano technician eventually.
Posted by: kennychaffin

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/02/09 04:15 PM

Welcome Michelle! Sounds like you have got everything about where you want it and progressing just fine.
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/02/09 05:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Little Blue Engine
I decided to channel the frustration into learning about piano repair hoping to make some minor improvements and the deeper I get into it the farther I want to go. . .I'm seriously considering becoming a piano technician eventually.


Welcome. You'll probably enjoy Monster M&H's thread on his career change. And somewhere on the ABF, tho I haven't searched for it lately, are funberger's videos that she posted on restoring and working on pianos as a complete amateur. Really great fun. We haven't seen her around here in a while frown

Cathy
Posted by: Terry. E

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 10:52 AM

I'm new to this site, looking for inspiration and advice for this hobbie of mine. My name is Terry, and I have always loved the piano yet never really got to it until six months ago. I currently reside in Hollywood, FL where the weather is wonderful and sometimes unpredictable. Originaly I'm from Bedford Stuyvasant Brooklyn, and I miss NY everyday. Although I'm a begginer in piano and it seems that with each time that I play I discover that it gets easier and easier, not to mention fun! My goal is to play Jazz, and classical; I would love to learn how to play Stride piano, Improvision like Coltrane, and classical pieces like Chopin. Oddly enough I want to learn to play commercial music ex: Video Game Music.
The pieces from Cowboy Bebop, Final Fantasy, etc. excite me.
Posted by: Terry. E

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 11:01 AM

[b][i][i]Hey Mali I advise you start pratice now while you can. If not actualy playing the Piano at least reading "Muisc Theory" to get an understanding of music it self. I actualy did it the opposite way,I learned the scales and things and play the keyboard, but was told that reading theory was supposed to be first. But anyway I'm passing on the correct way to study and learn it. I'm currently in my 6th month of keyboard playing it I love it! Sometimes it may seem tedious with the lessons ( Self Taught, Using Book "Idiots Guide to Piano 3rd edition") It helps yet it get's a little lonley.
Best of luck! laugh
Posted by: Terry. E

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 11:06 AM

Originally Posted By: s54mo827
I don't know about anyone else - but I'm getting all exicted knowing about you people.

more.......


Sharon cool
I'm Happy to be aqauinted as well Sharon, Is nice to know others who share the same love of music as I and play the same instrument. laugh
Posted by: Dr. J

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 12:15 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been on the forum for a month or so, but haven't yet introduced myself. Making music has been my life`s work and pleasure. I have played the piano since I was four years old. I continued taking lessons and eventually studied long and hard enough to get three degrees in music performance. I am now a teacher and performer and love sharing my music with the world. I have had the joy of teaching piano to many wonderful students over the years and I especially enjoy helping adults discover the joy of playing the piano.

I look forward to "meeting" more of you.

Dr. J - The More You Play the Better Your Day
Posted by: Boira

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 12:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Dr. J
I especially enjoy helping adults discover the joy of playing the piano.


I'm glad to read that smile
Posted by: J_N

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/30/09 03:41 PM

24 yrs young, originally from Austria, living + studying in the UK at the moment (going back at the beginning of Sept.). BA in Japanese Studies (love, love, LOVE Japan... culture, language, anything really :D), on my way to a MA in Professional Translating for European Languages (working on my final project/dissertation)... as you can see I am a bit of a language geek wink

I was put into keyboard lessons for a year when I was 14... hated it... loved the piano parts (for training both hands)... 10 years later I finally had the money, the time and the space (my brother had just moved out) to start piano lessons... so I've been on it for a bit over a year now...

Apart from that, I love horses and riding (though I haven't done any in a long time), traveling, learning languages (who'd have guessed? ;)), reading (you can never have too many books, just too little shelf space :D), taking walks, my cat 3hearts (she loves to nap on the DP speakers... and seems to enjoy the dissonant sounds of her jumping onto the keys and walking over them... while I'm trying to play... >.>)

I envy my friends, who have had piano lessons as a child (could play to a fairly high level)... unfortunately none of them care for it much anymore, so I'm pretty alone in my obsession wink
Posted by: DL33

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/09 07:28 AM

Hello,

I just joined and am so glad I found this site! I am spending hours reading posts and gaining so much helpful information!

I am 57 and female. I started playing when I was 5 on an old upright built in the 1800s that my parents got for $5. They put it in the basement and it became my best friend. My mother gave me my first lessons. At 6 ot 7 I began formal lessons and took lessons for 7 years. I "took lessons." I did not practice. I just "took lessons." My teacher said my greatest fault was that I wanted to play a piece perfectly right off the bat and didn't have the patience to learn it little by little. Practice frustrated me, so I'd spend my time at the piano fiddling around making up melodies which I enjoyed doing much more than practicing. Somehow I managed to learn some classical pieces but even then I still got in trouble because I played them the way "I" wanted to play them and not the way they were written. I played by ear because I didn't like to read music. Reading music was hard to do -- too many keys and only 10 fingers. Improvising was much easier and more fun. One day my teacher really got mad at me and laid it on the line. She said I had the makings of a concert pianist and that if I would only try I could make it my life's goal. I thought she was nuts. After all, she DID lay down on the floor with my foot in her hand to teach me how to use the pedals correctly!

After a few years my mother decided to get a spinet and put it in the living room. I was no longer to play in the basement where I was alone and felt safe with my piano best friend. I hated the spinet, I hated being in the living room, I hated the comments made about my playing when I did play. Everyone wanted me to play show tunes and I hated show tunes. I liked classical. The family would put on the TV to drown me out.

The last straw for my mother was when my teacher began to teach me theory and how to compose. I LOVED that. Mom had an absolute fit! She said she was paying to have me learn to play, not "this other rubbish." She made me stop taking lessons. I was in my early teens. My teacher didn't want to let me go but my mother wouldn't listen. So I gave it up. I didn't realize it then but I lost a big part of myself with that decision.

I always regretted giving it up and constantly felt the call of the piano in my soul but life went on and I tried to ignore it. The only piano available to me was the one in my parent's home and I knew if I played the criticism would start all over again and I did not want to go through it again.

My parents died, I moved away. A few years later I was out Christmas shopping with a friend who was my former boss. In the mall they were selling pianos. I made a beeline to them like a nail to a magnet. Someone on the grand piano was playing "Let It Be" by the Beatles. I went over to an unoccupied piano and hit some keys. I couldn't play standing up and there was no bench, so I knelt down and played. It was like old times in the basement. The tears started coming uncontrollably, my friend thought I was having some kind of a breakdown, and I didn't even care. I just KNEW I HAD to have a piano again. It's taken me a few years to afford a decent one as I've been on a limited income, but I am back to playing again and it's like being a kid again. There is no one here to criticize me. I play what I want, when I want, how I want. And I compose and improvise and have an absolute ball! And I finally know what I want to be when I grow up -- a piano teacher. I would also like to be a music therapist.

For 40-some years I've wondered if I ever could have been a concert pianist. Only God knows. Knowing what I know now, feeling how I feel now when I play, I think maybe yes, it could have been if I had put the effort into it. I play and I feel a connection with the instrument, like it IS an extension of myself. Now I figure I can spend the rest of my life wondering what might have been, or I can spend it finding out what CAN be from here on. I choose the latter. I have no desire to play long concert pieces. I like Solo Piano and composing. I play what my heart feels like playing and it is bringing me immense joy.

I can well sympathize with all of you who are beginning to play and your struggles. Fortunely for me, returning to playing came easily BUT I have also taken up the violin and that is a whole 'nother matter entirely! I was not allowed to study that as a child and now I am free to do so. I'm horrible, but determined to play well. Whether or not that happens is yet to be seen, but I will know at the end of my life that I gave it my best, and I think that is all that really counts when one takes up a new skill in adulthood. I think we are responsible to ourselves, not our parents or children or even spouse. We set our personal goals and have become wise enough to know that it's not the goal itself so much that matters but how much pleasure we have trying to achieve it. I laugh at my mistakes. I don't put undue pressure on myself. I am more disciplined now because my time to achieve grows less each year and now time is beginning to matter, but the past is the past and I will make the most I can of the future.

To all of you who are beginning or returning, GO FOR IT!!! If it is meant to be, it WILL be. Let your desires and hopes fly free and see where they take you. You might be very, very surprised. This might be the best time of your life!
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/09 08:16 AM

Welcome to the forums DL33 and enjoyed your thread. I don't beleive you mentioned what kind of piano you purchased? and have you stumbled across the Adult Beginner Forums? Their having a recital, digital on line, and your more than welcome to submit a song. Beginners Forum
Posted by: RobinL

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/09 09:07 AM

dl33 - what an engrossing story!
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/09 12:57 PM

DL33,
Your story is so wonderful I feel compelled to respond. When you went into the piano store and knelt down to play, I got tears in my eyes too. This is such a beautiful story. When I finished reading it, I felt like I just finished a very sweet novel, and the wonderful thing is, unlike a novel that ends, yours is an ongoing story.

BTW, you write naturally. You could be a writer too, other than concert pianist, therapist and teacher!

Welcome to PW-ABF!
Posted by: HomeInMyShoes

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/18/09 04:13 PM

Welcome back to playing DL33.
Posted by: Johan B

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/19/09 03:12 PM

DL33........Wonderfull story.

Welcome back home............

Music is a way of living, you know. For me.........some similar story. I played the organ in the church from the age of 12 till about 37. Then I left church and so the organ...........and what is worse.......left active music....

When I was 53 I got a burnout...and rediscovered music as way of life......what relaxes me........

Now I play every day some hours my digital yamaha clp.....and I like it.

DL33.....keep on playing....music is such a beautifull thing....

Best regards,
Johan B
Posted by: DL33

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/19/09 09:47 PM

Thank you all for the encouragement and the compliments!! I think I will feel at home on this site.

To answer some questions, I first bought an inexpensive 61-key keyboard (all I could afford at the time) which although I was grateful to have it, it felt like a toy and the touch was SO sensitive that I kept hitting "mistakes" when my fingers just slightly rested on a key and I thought I had lost my ability to play. I got so disgusted I gave it up and started on the vilolin but I made the same mistake by buying a cheap violin and that sounded so bad I went back to the cheap keyboard LOL!! I finally found an old Roland RD-150 at a nearby store. It has 88 keys, weighted touch, and sounds like a real piano. I had no idea what I was getting but I went for it because it was the right price and felt and sounded right. It came with a cumbersome, heavy "speaker"(correct term ?), no internal speakers, but it does have a headphone jack. It also has all kinds of other places to plug in things which I have no idea how to use! An Internet search indicated it's a stage piano, about 9 years old, and at the time got rave reviews. It only makes 16 sounds whereas the keyboard made hundreds but I really don't need to play something that sounds like cartoon characters, 'ya know?

So now I'm saving up for a new Roland or something of equal or better quality with added sounds because I want to be able to record my music somehow and I can't with this one, and it has no "organ" mode and I love to play Bach in organ mode. So I'm slowly making my way up the scale to a $120,000 concert grand Steinway (yeh, right). The salesman told me if I bought one the store would fly me to New York so I could pick just the one I wanted (the least they could do I would assume!). I told him if I bought one, I would make a will instructing someone to upon my death remove the strings from the inside of the piano and place me in there and bury me with the strings alongside me because for THAT amount of money I certainly WOULD try to take it with me! He failed to see the humor and very seriously said he had never heard of anyone referring to a Steinway concert grand as a coffin. Hey, I'm small. I COULD fit!

As for writing, yes, I do write. I will be doing grant writing for a music institute and I'm working on some short stories by request.

And yes, I have found the beginners forum. I like it very much. Thanks for inviting me to play in the recital but I'm not ready for that yet!! I'm enjoying the solitude of just me and the paino at the moment but I AM anxious to hear others play!!!

Thanks again for welcoming me!!!

DL33
Time passes too quickly. Follow your dreams.
Posted by: DL33

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/20/09 01:39 AM

Originally Posted By: Rosanna
DL33,
Your story is so wonderful I feel compelled to respond. When you went into the piano store and knelt down to play, I got tears in my eyes too. This is such a beautiful story. When I finished reading it, I felt like I just finished a very sweet novel, and the wonderful thing is, unlike a novel that ends, yours is an ongoing story.

BTW, you write naturally. You could be a writer too, other than concert pianist, therapist and teacher!

Welcome to PW-ABF!


Rosanna,
Sorry you cried!!! I didn't mean to make that happen! Perhaps I didn't express myself well, but I cried in the mall because I felt such extreme JOY at being at a piano again. It was a life-changing moment for me.

Listen, I could have played my parent's piano at any time in the intervening years but I got lazy and didn't feel like putting up with the criticism. It wasn't until they had died that I felt free enough to try again. AND, my teacher was so mad at me for playing by ear that she made me play Bartok which I hated in the extreme so there was definitely a part of me that was truly glad I had to stop taking lessons. In the years afterwards I tried various hobbies for entertainment but nothing gave the the pleasure that piano playing did and I did not realize this until I was into my 50s.

I made mistakes but I intend to profit by them. I think I have a better insight into what returning adults feel and as a teacher I will be especially careful to watch out for them and children who don't practice and see if I can get to the cause of this instead of just reprimanding them as my teacher did to me. I was too ashamed to tell her what went on at home and I let her think I was lazy. She lived only 3 houses away and I didn't want her telling the neighbors how dysfunctional my family was. Things like that were not spoken of back then.

I believe there is a reason for everything that happens and it is all meant for our good. I will gain what I can from my past and as a teacher hopefully help others from what I have learned which for me would be a more personally satisfying way to spend my life than being a concert pianist. After all, I was too shy to play in recitals for the parents of 10 kids. Me, a concert pianist? Get real LOL
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/20/09 12:49 PM

Originally Posted By: DL33
Rosanna,
Sorry you cried!!! I didn't mean to make that happen! Perhaps I didn't express myself well, but I cried in the mall because I felt such extreme JOY at being at a piano again. It was a life-changing moment for me.

DL33,
Oh, I cried for joy too, not sadness. That part of your story was like these moments in wonderfully romantic (or sob) movies where two long lost lovers ran into each by chance after 30 years of thinking they have lost each other! blush

Sounds like your students are lucky to have you.
Posted by: DL33

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/23/09 02:11 AM

Rosanna, yes, you're right. That's how I felt. My "Significant Other" is my piano! Is that weird or what? LOL
Posted by: CMohr

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/08/09 09:55 PM

Hi, everyone! This is my first time on any forum. I "lurk" here alot and have learned alot from all of you. I starting taking piano lessons when I was 7. I only kept it up for about 5 years. When I got to college I took a few private lessons again - some classical and some keyboard harmony (not much, tho). My husband and I met in college theatre productions. (He's a great singer, I was just acting and being an extra.) I also was and art major and eventually got my master of fine arts. For MANY years we just played out of fake books and mostly music from musicals. This past year we had our piano tuned again and also had new casters installed. WHAT a wonderful difference. (It had been about 20 some years since the last tuning.) So...naturally I got the bug to start playing seriously again. Boy, did I have alot of brushing up to do! Anyway, after brushing up on my Beethoven (easy stuff) and Bach inventions, I decided to delve into Chopin, Brahms, and much much more. After a couple months I decided I was totally obsessed with getting better.(Wish I had done this 20 yrs. ago).
Naturally, I went on a sheet music buying spree..still going on. I just can't get enough like many of you!
Also, I decided I would progress alot further if I started seriously taking lessons again and found a wonderful teacher. As of today I've only had 2 lessons and WOW do I ever need them. I'm so excited about all of this I don't seem to be able to practice enough.
Thanks to all of you who have shared similar experiences. It's helped me forge ahead. Hope to join in on some other topics soon. And I also hope to be able to record something when I feel I'm proficient and figure out how to record myself! Cheers!
CMohr
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/09/09 12:25 AM

Welcome, CMohr! smile 20 years without a tuning?! eek Better not let them see that over on the technician's forum. grin

That's so sweet you can share playing/singing with your hubby. heart
Posted by: AlphaTerminus

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/09/09 01:44 AM

Hi there from the Quad Cities in Iowa. I just found this site today while reading Perri Knize's (excellent) book "Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey."

I'm 37 and my daughter, age 9, and I are starting piano lessons this fall.

My background is that I wanted to to take piano lessons and begged to in 3rd and 4th grade but my step dad refused and said it would "turn me gay." (Yeah he was a moron but I think the truth was that we were too poor and beer was a more timely investment than lessons!)

I always loved music so I learned, on my own, guitar and harmonica in medical school, in Houston, in 1996-1998. I didn't really like either but the books at least taught me some music theory, scales, notation, etc. In residency I splurged for a $200 keyboard before my daughter was born and learned the "fake" method, which sufficed to play simple songs for my newborn daughter, and every night loved "twinkle twinkle little star" to fall asleep too. After residency I realized I played that little keyboard every night and loved it, but was still not going to live in one place for more than a few years so bought a well researched Yamaha PF500, which I still play every day and love. Because of learning the piano, I started writing my own songs and invested in some music and recording software and put out a CD as "Dancing Baptists" which is on Itunes and got some satellite radio play on XM! (I can't sing - I heavily rely on Autotune!) And that was fun and all but I find myself limited by depending on "faking" and my improvisations to make songs more interesting, so I am taking the plunge into lessons with my daughter at my geriatric old age of 37!

I suppose in 2 years we will be ready for a "real piano" but I haven't found an upright that I like more than my PF500 so will probably hold out for a grand and will be stopping in from time to time. Your forum seems really interesting and full of knowledge.

Oh well that was a bit rambling. Anyway, see y'all later!
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/09/09 02:05 AM

A warning to you Alpha Terminus - make sure you and your daughter have different method books, so you don't feel silly when she outdoes you! laugh I bet the two of you will have a great time playing -

Glad to have you here. We are an, er, uh, interesting bunch smile When you start looking for a different piano be sure to post in the Piano Forum, and when you get one, be sure to post pictures.

Cathy
Posted by: CMohr

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/09/09 02:42 AM

Thanks for the welcome, Monica! I've listened to some of your recordings/videos - very, very nice! I hope I will be able to gain the confidence and grace you show while playing. CMohr
Posted by: Glen R.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/16/09 12:18 AM

Let's see here.....

I'm 40, married with a beautiful 2 year-old (my avatar pic), with another child coming this September. My Mom taught piano when I was a kid--I took lessons briefly, but of course rebelled and quit before I really knew anything. I ended up playing tuba in the high school band, so picked up the basics of notation and theory. My band teacher assumed I would go into music at university, but I took Math / Computer Science instead.

I wrote software for about 10 years, then decided that maybe teaching was the thing for me. I've been teaching high school math since 2003--one of my most challenging jobs! Not only is the workload high, but the emotional drain is significant!

A few years ago I saw some kettle drum performers at a Christmas performance. It was so beautiful and melodic that it inspired me to learn piano ago (oh, did I mention that during my university years I bought 2 keyboards but didn't really do much with either? smile ) This time I was determined! So I bought a Casio unweighted keyboard and "noodled" around for a few years.

Somehow in May I decided that I should take lessons. On the spur of the moment, I called up a local teacher to see if she was available. My first teacher, and it's a great fit!

After my second lesson I realized that my unweighted Casio just wouldn't cut it. Long story short--after lots of obsessing about specs and money, I bought a Yamaha YDP140 and love it!

Hmmmm, what else? Before moving away from the mountains (from Calgary to Edmonton), I did a lot of whitewater kayaking. It's an amazing sport--it's difficult to keep thinking about your day-to-day worries when staying upright and not drowning are front and center! I've mountain biked as well.

I will now continue on the piano journey!
Posted by: Todd Vance

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/29/09 11:05 PM

I am Todd Vance, age 39 for the second year in a row. I had a couple months of lessons in the first grade, but I guess I was too immature to do anything. I started again in the fifth grade, hit a wall at the 7th grade in John Thompson's 3rd grade book and quit again. Then in June 08, I got a portable electronic keyboard (61 keys, and I did get touch sensitive, though if I knew more then, would have tried for something more realistic feeling with 88 weighted keys). I flailed
around with Hanon and Czerny, and tried the Piano Bench book of easy classics, but didn't really start getting anywhere till January when I started James Lyke, et. al.'s classroom piano texts, namely keyboard fundamentals book 1 and 2, and after that keyboard musicianship book 1 and 2, including repeating book 2 several times (it has lots of nice stuff I haven't mastered, like lead sheet harmonization and transposition exercises).

Then I purchased books 3 through 5 of James Bastion's Piano Literature. I would only say I've mastered the first few of book 3 (spinning song, and almost have Fur Elise down), but can play ok some later ones in this book (Clementi's Sonatina, Op 36 #3), and in the other two books, (e.g. Beethoven's Sonata #20, Kabalevski's Sonatina, op 13 # 1). I have also ordered The Michel Legrand Songbook, mainly because Lyke's book Musicianship#2 had an 8-measure excerpt of "The Summer Knows" and I decided I wanted to play it and some similar songs.

In addition to learning this music, I have a goal of better sight reading, so I could, say, sit down and play something at random from the Reader's Digest Merry Christmas Songbook (I can, with a lot of mistakes).

My primary instrument is saxophone, which I played in high school and college, and now in a community band. I also took a semester of classical guitar, but never kept it up.

Currently, I am trying to master the three pieces mentioned above, Beethoven, Clementi, and Kabalevski, as I like the sound of all three. Just a few days ago, I managed to break through an expression barrier of sorts and get what I thought were some pretty good sounds out of the keys on the Clementi (with sax, I feel it and it happens--but with piano, I still have to consciously play louder or softer--and I still have some problems, e.g. 4th finger of left hand descending scale patterns with 4th landing on a black key always wants to play loud even in a soft passage for some reason).

Outside music, I'm a mathematician by trade, and an amateur astronomer by hobby. I also like to read physics and theoretical computer science, as well as science fiction, and I've read some music theory.

Todd
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/29/09 11:37 PM

Saxophone! I gave up mine when I left high school. It was bigger than me. Of course, the piano is too (a friend, who knows I also own a hammered dulcimer, asked me when I was going to get a *wieldy* instrument frown ). However, the tuba part from marching band stuck and I now play oom-pah on the piano smile

I didn't make it to math by trade, tho I've taught math part-time, and I didn't get an A in freshman physics until I was 40, but hey! We seem to have some stuff in common. laugh

So, welcome. The ABF is a fine place. A little searching and you can find several threads with tips for sight reading - here, in the Pianists Corner, and even in the Teachers Forum laugh Although I don't play the composers you mentioned, there's a wide variety of music here, and many people do play those folks.

You'll fit right in.

Cathy
Posted by: romedas

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/30/09 02:47 AM

my name rome from londom
i am new here
Posted by: kingdon

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/30/09 08:33 AM

While I am not a beginner I visit this forum every day and love it. I am 61 and have been married to the same wonderful woman for 41 years. I make my living as a CPA and live in Southwest Georgia. I have played the piano for 45 years and have tried every type of music, every type of learning system and every type of piano out there. Let me encourage everyone, no matter how good or bad a player you think you are, to stick with the piano. This is a hobby for a lifetime.
Posted by: Todd Vance

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/30/09 11:41 AM

I started on Bari Sax, and when I started, it was bigger than me!
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/06/09 02:30 PM

Well...I was going to read all of these before posting my own intro, but it's going slower than I wanted (only 7 pages so far), and it seems I should do this before too much time passes where I live only in the Einaudi thread.

Some of this will be duplication from my posts in that thread.

I just turned 44 and have been married for almost 19 years (consecutive...to one woman!). We both grew up in southern California and moved in 1992 to Arkansas for complex reasons that would take too long to explain. We're very happy here - after the adjustment period.

I took five years of piano lessons from age 10 to 15. I was asked to practice 30 min per day and hardly ever did. I faked my way through many lessons. My teacher was nice and certainly gave me some foundational skills, but I didn't learn much of music theory. Probably more my fault than hers.

I never 100% quit but definitely had some lean years where I'd go long periods without touching the piano. In late 1985 my mom was diagnosed with cancer and I started playing my old songs, and learned a few new ones, since it gave her pleasure to listen.

When she passed away in 1986 I practiced on the grand at the church so I could play at her memorial service. My dad saw how playing on the grand affected me (positively) compared with the console we had, and soon after he purchased the Yamaha C7E that has followed me ever since. It's much more piano than my skills deserve, but it's nice to know that my piano never limits what I can bring out as music; I and my skills are the limit.

(Apparently I can be heard a block away, according to somebody on this list, even though strangely my wife doesn't always hear me if she's on the other side of our [normally-sized] house, and I've never had a neighbor complain.)

Except for another lean year right after my move to AR (bad job issues), I've never really quit, though life has often intruded and I'd say until last Oct. I rarely played more than 1-2 hours a week, and sometimes skipped whole weeks. Last Oct. I watched "Man on Fire" and fell in love with the snippet of the song "Smiling." As near as I could tell, no sheet music existed, so I made an arrangement by ear and decided to post it on YouTube.

Ever since then I've been playing more frequently, trying to squeeze in practice time after work in the evenings. I work (more than) full-time as an IT Director at the University, in charge of e-commerce and payment card security...which is only natural since I have a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Higher Ed. Leadership. (I do hold some relevant technical certifications.)

I played trumpet (no lessons) from age 7 through the end of 9th grade, playing in concert and marching band all three years in Jr. High, ending as first chair. I got tired of all of the hot bus trips to competitions.

I briefly toyed with violin and cello within the last decade but was forced to abandon both due to residual neck and back problems from an auto wreck in the '80s.

Although I haven't done much anything lately, I've been involved with woodworking since about 1994 and built more than half of the furniture in our house. I like to ride my bicycle on the trails here for health, used to like to walk before surgery on both feet a year ago, used to read a LOT but now don't seem to find as much time, and wish I remembered more math so I could better understand physics and other sciences which fascinate me.

And that's probably way more than enough.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/06/09 07:56 PM

Hi Swaying Tree!
Welcome to PW. I enjoyed reading your journey, and that's a very pretty performance on YouTube!
Posted by: KathyFunnz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/12/09 12:16 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum so I figured I'd join in with an intro. My name is Kathy, I'm 24 and recently married this past February.

I began taking piano lessons when I was 8 and I played until I was 16. I stopped at that point because it stopped being fun for me. The conservatory exams were too much pressure for me, and as a teen, I figured I had "better" things to spend my time on. I taught myself to play the flute when I was 12 and played that until I was about 16 as well, I had the pleasure of being in an honor band through cadets. Music has always been my passion, even though I'm not particularly gifted at it, I have a profound love and appreciation for all music, especially classical. Over the last two or three years, I've really begun to miss playing the piano but couldn't afford a nice digital piano I had been eyeballing. Yesterday, my husband decided to surprise me by offering to pay for most of the cost of the digital piano I have my heart set on. I'm so excited and thrilled that I will get to play again. I'll be visiting a few pianos tomorrow to see what's out there but I'm hoping to get the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-340.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone around here and exchange ideas and thoughts on all things piano-related! smile

Kathy
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/12/09 09:40 AM

Welcome, Kathy. I played several Clavinovas in a music store a few models ago and was pleasantly surprised by both the action and the sound, so I imagine the new ones are quite nice. If money and space were no option, I'd probably have one to complement my grand so I could play at night and interface with a computer to create sheet music. Good luck, and just enjoy the music.
Posted by: frogdog

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/12/09 09:13 PM

Hi there: I'm also new here. I'm in Calgary, Alberta but moving shortly to British Columbia. I've posted a few times to get advice about the old Chickering I have that I'm getting rid of and for selecting the new small grand I'm wanting. I'm just in the doing the research stage. I'm planning on a grand between 5'5" and 6'2", probably used, the best I can afford for between 10 and 15K.

I started playing when I was 7 and took lessons (classical and a little pop) on and off until I was about 19. I lived all over the US and had lots of different teachers, some good and some not so good. I remember clearly the good ones.

I'm married to an expert banjo player, and I have 2 grown kids that are each quite good on acoustic guitar. My husband plays a lot of bluegrass and jams with lots of musician friends. I'm also studying acoustic guitar and banjo. I was amazed at my first guitar lesson how much the piano knowledge was going to help me.

This is a wonderful and knowledgeable group, and I'm so glad to have found you'all.

Cynthia
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/12/09 09:51 PM

Welcome, Cynthia. One day I hope to get back to British Columbia to see more of the beauty I saw in my brief visit during the '80s. Best wishes on the piano hunt.
Posted by: Alojolo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/16/09 07:59 PM

Hey guys, I guess some of you may already know me, but since I've been away for a while I'll reintroduce myself.

My name is Álvaro Quiles and I'm 22 years old. I'm from the SE coast of Spain, from Alicante (near Benidorm).
I'm actually a Piano Student and would like to become a professional Pianist. I started when I was 18, but I'm quite confident and I know I'll make it, no matter how long it takes. It's all about loving something with all your heart and making it happen.

I've owned several Pianos: an upright Kingsburg, a Kawai RX2, an upright Schimmel, a Steinway B (had to sell it because of this never-ending recession), and now I own a Shigeru Kawai SK-6 (7' model), it's quite an amazing Piano.

My hobbies include Music, Cinema, Literature and RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons and other similar (and freak) stuff crazy
I also like to hang out with my buddies (I'm 22! thumb)

As for favorite composers... Rachmaninov, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Scriabin are my top 5.
I'm now discovering Russian music which I believe is amazing, hence my love for Rach and Scriabin.

And this c'est moi:



Cheers!
Posted by: Oz_Leikela

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/16/09 09:07 PM

I am 31 years old from Melbourne Australia, and have had a life long dream since I was about 6 years old of learning to play piano. I will take delivery of my new Kawai K-3 in a few weeks time and am very excited. Initially I will be teaching myself before taking lessons in a year's time or so depending on how my Alfred's Courses go.

Other instruments I have dabbled in are violin for about 8 years off and on and also flute for a couple of years whilst in school. Violin and piano are my absolute favorite, violin maybe a tiny bit more to listen to when played properly, but to play myself, I prefer piano.

Other intersts are flying light aircraft, tennis, reading, travelling (I love Europe especially, and would love to live in Switzerland or Austria for a year) and art (viewing paintings, not painting myself). I also want to learn a language one day, probably German or French.

I look forward to beginning my piano lessons and discussing my progress etc. with this forum. Thankyou everyone for your help to date especially with regards to my piano purchase.
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/17/09 07:53 AM

Hi to both of you. Álvaro, aren't you supposed to also be a fan of motorcycle racing too? I watch an occasional Moto GP race myself. Sounds like you have an interesting life, and a life that includes piano is always better.

Oz, congrats on the new piano. If you want to learn a language, dive in. I can recommend the Pimsleur method (Google it). You can go direct, or I think I got my basic Italian through Amazon. My friend got German, I sampled three lessons about two years ago and still remember it all.
Posted by: Alojolo

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/17/09 09:06 AM

Hi, SwayingTree. I actually like motorbikes, but I haven't got one, although I used to ride one when I was in my teens. I now own a car though, an Audi, much more comfortable I shall say.
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/17/09 05:02 PM

Cool. I drive an Audi myself. I just like to watch bikes. I'm still too young to die.

--

By the way, Oz, I rescanned your post and I feel I have to say that you also have an interesting-sounding life. I'm pretty boring in comparison.
Posted by: Oz_Leikela

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/18/09 04:53 AM

Well my job is incredibly boring so that balances out any interesting hobbies I might have. smile
Posted by: Blue Jakester

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/29/09 11:21 AM

Hi,

I'm very happy to have found the PianoWorld.com forum. A wealth of information here and I plan on searching and reviewing previous posts to try and find answers before I post a question that has been answered a thousand times already.

A bit about me; I'm over 50 and wondering where all of the years have gone! I strummed acoustic guitars on and off for a dozen years or so, then about 5 years ago decided to "get serious" about learning more than some open chords and simple ballads.

I bought a Yamaha P-120, a few piano books and even took a few lessons from a nice lady who liked to slap my hand when I played something wrong (no kidding). I ditched the teacher and continued on for a while, learning some music theory and having a little fun. After a few months I concluded it would take a lifetime to learn piano, I already had several years invested in guitar, so I sold the keyboard and bought an electric guitar.

I've poured my heart and soul into learning guitar, took some lessons, practice daily, and have advanced a lot in the last 4 years. Learned a lot more music theory, etc. My end goal is/was to play music live in a band situation. I even got into a couple of start-up bands, but they fizzled for whatever reason. I went to some open stage blues jams, but sitting around for 3 hours to spend 10 minutes jamming to songs I didn't know was a waste.

And guess what? There are millions of guitar players all trying to do the same thing. I would respond to ad's for bands and they either want a Jimi Hendrix, SRV, EVH, or they already have "tons of guitar players" trying out (most of them were much better players than me too). Too many guitarists. But by the way "we need a keyboard player." Keys wanted! Everywhere I look at band ads, keys wanted!

So I'm switching back to piano / keyboard. I bought another 88 weighted keys electric piano / organ and am jumping back in. I won't stop playing guitar, because I love it and have invested a lot of time and money with it. However I plan to make keys my primary instrument then try and get into a band as a "keyboard player who can also play guitar if needed."

That's about it for now. I'm looking forward to reading all of your helpful posts (have read a lot already) and will no doubt have to ask some questions directly.

Regards,
Jake
Posted by: SwayingTree

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/29/09 02:52 PM

Welcome, Jake. Best wishes on realizing your end goal.
Posted by: AceStar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/09 02:31 AM

I am 29 years old from Melbourne Australia. When I was young I learned the piano for 9 years, but I gave it up in high school and haven't had any lessons (or practiced) for the last 12 years.

I've only just got myself a new (digital) piano and have started practicing some pieces I used to play back in the day. They're slowly coming back to me, as are the memories of all those scales.

I'm not sure where I intend to go with this; I am, however, interested in composing and even recording my own music, as I did compose music for the short films I made while I was studying film, and enjoyed that.

I got to grade 7 (AMEB) piano back in the day, but still feel like a beginner now.

I don't know how much time I'll be able to devote to re-learning the piano. I aim to do it a lot just for enjoyment, and to see what kind of music I can come up with, but I also wouldn't mind becoming good enough to do the odd bit of accompaniment, or join a jazz band of some sort (I used to play in a school band).
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/09 02:48 AM

BIG EDIT: I'm not an adult beginner though... So this is hardly the place to introduce myself, especially after 450 posts... :P WHOOPSY!

I'm Nikolas Sideris, currently 32 years old.

I used to live in London, as my signature implies, but I'm living in Athens, Greece now.

I almost hold a PhD in composition (viva/interview pending, my thesis has been submitted), as well as an MMus in composition and diplomas in piano, harmony and counterpoint.

I work in the computer games industry, as well as composing music for the concert hall. I work almost exclusively as a composer, alhtough I did do a few concerts a few years ago...

I also teach a few selective students piano and through the Internet I provide composition lessons (again to a few selective students). Believe, lessons through the Internet can be done, but it's quite a lot of work!

I have a wife and two young boys, all of whome I adore! Older one started school this year and he's quite excited. Younger one is going to pre-school, but is looking forward to start learning how to read and write already! He's only 4 years old!
Posted by: AllenS

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/01/09 11:08 AM

I'm Allen, and consider myself an adult "re-beginner." I took lessons in 1989, and haven't done much practicing since. This past August I decided to get serious once again and really try to learn piano, a lifelong goal.

My piano is a 1921 Ebersole player piano, player parts removed and under reconstruction (on hiatus right now) made by Smith and Nixon in Cincinnati. I refinished the piano in 1989.

I turn 39 at the end of October. Been married 13 years, and have a baby daughter nearly 7 months old. As soon as she can reach the keys, she's learning piano.

We live in Covington KY, just south of Cincinnati.

I'm currently unemployed, and am an electronics technician by trade. I'm also a writer with three regional history books published, a fourth on the way in January.

I'm also currently rewriting my first horror novel, that one day I hope is published.

Hobbies include antiques, especially old radios and phonographs. I collect 78 RPM records from the 20s through the 40s and listen to them on my Victrola. I also love old cars and have a 1967 Mercury Park Lane convertible that is mostly restored by this point.

Being a lifelong Peanuts fan, I grew up reading the Peanuts strip collection books, and admired how Schroeder played complex Beethoven pieces on his toy piano. I believe that it was because of Schroeder that I wanted to play piano. I am currently practicing Happiness from the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

That's probably enough about me, it's really time I should practice!

Posted by: harmonybella

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 10/29/09 04:51 PM

Hi, i'm really new to the forum, just thought i'd introduce myself!

I'm Talia, 17 years old from the UK. I've been playing the clarinet for 6 years and the piano for about 10 months and I love music! It's my one and only passion and I hope to study music at university. Aside from music I enjoy dancing, computer games, being childish, going to the theatre, (just so you know) I LOVE animals!, going out with friends and partying are pretty awesome too - woo! Guess I'm just your average teenager!

smile
Posted by: MovementCode9

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/03/09 12:55 AM

Hello Everyone. My name is Patrick. I’m 55 years old and live in Dingman’s township Pennsylvania. I never had any formal training in music theory or on an instrument, but have always loved all kinds of music. About 2 years ago, a sudden “whack on the side of the head” made me decide I needed to know more about how music works. So I bought an inexpensive 61 key lighted keyboard and took an online course on music fundamentals. At this point, I had no idea as to how many keys a full size piano had or what the black keys were for. I really enjoyed the course and needed to know more. My next step was to acquire a college textbook on music theory. It seems chapter 1 in this book covered everything that a typical college freshman music student would have learned in their grade school days, like the circle of fifths, major and minor scales, inversions, intervals etc. Needless to say, I am still on chapter 1 and expect to be “camped out” there for a while. Then I purchased a piano lesson DVD course. This inspired me to upgrade to a kawai 88 wooden key digital. I really like (OK Love) this piano. Since it arrived at my house about 8 months ago, I have spent a minimum of 1 hour a day, everyday without fail, playing something. I would really love to have a real acoustic piano and a real human teacher, but it’s not practical for me at this time. This forum is a breath of fresh air in a complicated www. People from all over the world, with various backgrounds and skill levels, coming here to talk about piano stuff and not holding back! The candor is astonishing. I hope one day to actually have the nerve to upload something I worked on and also to perhaps help someone who shares my non musical background.
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/03/09 01:05 AM

Hello Talia and Patrick, and welcome to the ABF.

Talia, you sound like my niece, who also loves animals and partying laugh She's a sophomore in college and had to find an apartment where she could have her cat with her. I think maybe she wouldn't have gone away to school if she couldn't have done that smile

Patrick - there's lots of self-teachers here, so you're in good company. I, too, like it that there's people from all over the world. We have an on-line recital coming up on Nov 15 here in the ABF, and one of our members usually publishes a map with a red dot for everyone who's participated. It's pretty fun to see where we all come from.

Hope to hear lots more from both of you.

Cathy
Posted by: Augustina

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/03/09 01:48 AM

Hi, I think I introduced myself in the wrong thread the other day so here I go in this one:)
I'm 23 years old, I live in a little town called Mulliken Michigan. I am currently studying to be a nurse, but lately I have been thinking about going into music because I love music and playing the piano so much! I can not afford a piano so all I have right now is a Yamaha keyboard with just 61 keys; but it does the job. The last time I took piano lessons was in middle school I think. It's been so long I can't remember exactly how old I was. I do know I took lessons for about 2 years on and off, and the last lesson book I completed was Alfred's lesson book level 6. I do not know how many piano levels/grades there are. Anyways I love to travel, I might be moving to Alaska in the spring^_^. I also like to read, talk online, go see movies, and hang out with my friends
Posted by: GPA

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/03/09 08:06 PM

Hi

Good Idea--Check my profile, too

GPA (Stands for Grandpa) smile
Posted by: Blue Jakester

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/04/09 08:48 AM

Welcome Augustina. Nursing is a very good profession to get into. Don't totally throw out that idea.

You can always study and play music, even professionally, as a secondary endeavor. IMO, it can be difficult to earn sufficient wages as a musician unless you are an exceptional player, singer, and/or composer.

If you are going to pursue music as a career, do it now while you are young!

Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the journey.

Cheers!
Posted by: Augustina

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/04/09 10:06 AM

Actually I'm almost done with nursing,just going to try and get something in music also starting next semester^_^
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 12:18 AM

Hi guys and gals. Seems like lots of "I'm New Here" posts where each person is posting separately. How about using this thread? Keeps everything together. And Welcome!
Posted by: dadof5

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 07:03 AM

Hi everyone.
I'm Kevin. I'm 40 and from near Philadelphia, USA. I've been trying to learn piano on my own for about a month now and I am having lots of fun. I have three kids who are presently taking music lessons and two more who will be ready in a few years (if they have the desire). So, because finances are not infinite, for me that means either learn piano on my own or wait maybe five years. One of my top motivations is to be involved in my kids music interests. Another motivation is a lifelong enjoyment of music and a desire to be able to make music myself.
Learning on ones own is obviously very difficult and I have some questions about some very basic things. So, I was very glad to find this forum that seems to have many helpful participants. Hopefully I will progress to the point where someday I will be able to offer helpful advice on this forum.
Posted by: Hummingbird

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 07:18 AM

Hi all,
I'll add a reply here. I've been registered a while, but hardly post and only recently started reading more often.

I'm in Northern Virginia. I recently moved here from Colorado.

I took a few piano lessons back in high school, and have inconsistently done some self-teaching over the ~15 years since (sometimes years at a time of not touching a piano). I just restarted formal lessons, though.
My passion is really Baroque, and as soon as my keyboarding skills are advanced enough I'm going to switch to harpsichord. But that also means I have to find one I can use for practicing in my apartment (where do I get one of those Roland C-30s ???).
I've also dabbled in choir, guitar, violin, and recorder over the years.

Besides music, I love animals. I've been riding horses since I was about 5 (owned a couple in Colorado, but not now that I'm in the DC metro area), I have two cats, and I volunteer with the humane society every week.

Work keeps me behind a computer way too many hours of the day, so I like having activities that get me elsewhere in my downtime (although the forums don't help with that smile ) .
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 11:33 AM

Dadof5 and Hummingbird, welcome to the forum!

Dadof5, it was actually my kid's teacher who got me interested in learning piano. I've always wanted to learn but thought it was not possible for older people to pick it up. So at least for the 1st year, we shared the same teacher smile

Hummingbird, you're like me. I'm in this forum a lot because I'm already on the computer all day anyway...:) With your years of learning, you can join the recitals and the monthly Bar.
Posted by: Blue Jakester

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 01:22 PM

Welcome Dadof5 and Hummingbird!
Posted by: rybkanomad

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 03:42 PM

Hi there! I am a 27 year old adult beginner from Dayton, Ohio. I’ve had formal lessons on trumpet (4 years) and violin (3 years), but the small Casio keyboard in the corner of my house has always called my name. After being inspired to take lessons by a John Bayless concert in Amarillo, Texas a few years ago, I recently sold my cheapo keyboard and purchased a WK500 to practice on. I’m very excited about having a wonderful teacher and taking formal lessons at a neighborhood studio.

In real life I am a full time college student and a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. I enjoy cheap horror movies, electronic & classical music, and playing chess. Nice to be here!!

~nomad

Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: rybkanomad
... I enjoy cheap horror movies,


LOL You'll fit right in around here! Sometimes there are threads that are just that laugh

Seriously, welcome to the ABF, and enjoy your new piano.

Cathy
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/08/09 10:39 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Originally Posted By: rybkanomad
... I enjoy cheap horror movies,


LOL You'll fit right in around here! Sometimes there are threads that are just that laugh

Seriously, welcome to the ABF, and enjoy your new piano.

Cathy


laugh

Wow! Lots of new people... welcome to all!
Posted by: Manu85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/17/09 09:35 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm a Belgian guy who's turning 24 in 2 days smile I've been lurking here for a few weeks or maybe months now, and I'm amazed to find this place of peace, amazing creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge on the internet!

About myself: I spend the biggest part of my time and day with being a medicine student and hope to become a doctor one day, although I haven't really figured out which specialty I'd like to practice. However, surprisingly and seemingly contradictory to my daily activities, I've always had this inner drive, urge to do something creative, but unfortunately up to now haven't really been able to figure out what exactly. Maybe that's why I chose for my second love, medicine.

The only creative "craft" I think I am really good at, is drawing. As soon as I could hold a pencil, I've been drawing, often hours daily, as a kid. I think I drew since the age of 2. But somehow illustrating has never fascinated me in the same way as other creative 'crafts' (eg music) have fascinated me. I feel like drawing is somehow too much of an 'applied art' for me, something I cannot put my entire feeling and creativity into, a bit too restricted maybe.

Further creative "milestones" :p I played the violin for 9 years, from age 9 to 18. Studied graphic design for 1 year full-time and 1 year in evening classes, but somehow found myself in the same conflict as I had with drawing: too much of an 'applied' art, not enough expressive freedom? I also took acting classes for 2 years while in college but was no good AT ALL :p Maybe I didn't believe I could act enough, maybe I didn't 'become' my characters enough. But I decided to give it a rest, maybe I'll get back to it one day to give it the real chance it might deserve.

Last semester I studied in Barcelona for 6 months, with the Erasmus project. I had a hell of a time, probably the time of my life... I met my girlfriend there. I got to know myself there. I met so many honest, creative, unique, inspiring people... Might sound a bit unworldly, but while in Barcelona, I started rethinking who I really am, what I love... and I came to the realisation 'art' (and I mean first and foremost the feeling of being involved in an artistic creative activity rather than the perfect technical skills needed to execute, which I unfortunately don't posess) is a part of me. I only feel fully satisfied, happy, free, when I can express myself trough whatever art form... I also met some very musical people who became friends, and on long, warm, Spanish nights we Erasmus friends used to have an Italian guy play the guitar, and sing along... Nights I'll cherish forever in my memory... I discovered I LOVE to sing and especially love to sing jazz songs... So I decided to take singing classes back home, which I've been doing for 2 months now. I also wanted to support my singing, support myself better musically and technically. So I decided to learn to play the piano at the same time! My dream is to one day accompany myself as a singer of some nice, simple, but oh so sweet jazz tunes... or be a part of a small jazz band... I don't know, that'd be LOVELY!! While studying the piano quite a lot for the past months, I've discovered that I also quite like the classical part, as it brough back memories from my violin lessons (I really enjoyed the recitals :)). So I guess I am still honoring my personal tendency of getting myself into situations where I can't choose, as has happened to me in all the artistic adventures I've undertaken in life...

But right now I'm very motivated to prove myself wrong concerning this theory. Planning to stick with piano and singing this time! And loving every minute of it!

Sorry for the wayyyyyy too long introduction. I guess like most piano players like playing more than listening, I like to share more of my life story than would be interesting to many wink.

See you around and looking very much forward to spending time here!


Manu

Posted by: CMohr

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/18/09 09:10 PM

Welcome to the ABF forum! And also, thanks for commenting on the recital!
Having just read your introduction, you sound very much like I was many years ago. (except for the violin and wanting to become a doctor). I am an artist by profession, but in college did art, music and theatre. I'm only telling you this because of something my piano teacher and I talked about today. Everything we do in life has bearing on how we play, interpret, and respond to our musical endeavors. I feel very privileged to have had the background in musical theatre, art and piano. I left piano for over 30 years, but have recently returned (after all of life's other things). It sounds as though you have a wonderful background for whatever you choose to do. Of course, we all hope you continue in your musical endeavors. smile Hey, join in the piano bar or the next recital - we'd all love to hear you no matter how long you've been playing!
Cheers!
Posted by: ladypayne

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 01:28 AM

Hello everyone
I'm 24 yrs old from Grand Rapids, MI. I have played the piano off and on over the years but I've had only 2 years of lessons and that was a very long time ago. I like to play on the computer, watch movies, and play the piano ofc!I'm currently going to a University but I'm still a little undecided of what to do. Augustina who posted up above is my sister and we like to play piano duets sometime together even though we aren't very good at them smile Anyways, Look forward to meeting everyone here!
Posted by: Augustina

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 01:52 AM

yeah I'm ladypayne's sister.. We took piano lessons at the same time, finished the same book. I thought that we might've took piano lessons for 2 years though couldn't remember for sure:P
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 02:17 AM

Huh........didn't notice that we have this.
And I thought I looked around pretty good too. :-)

I'm new here as of a week ago, even though I already have about a billion posts, mostly lecturing people about their posts. ha

Much like William Hung :-) "I have no professional training" but I've played the piano seriously for most of my life, started studying very young with "that little old lady around the corner" and have been blessed with great teachers in college and thereafter. My work is psychiatry but I've always made sure to keep some time for the music.

I've been in many of the amateur piano competitions, with varying degrees of occasional success smile and currently have an entry in the Cliburn YouTube contest.

I first came by here last week out of curiosity to see if there was any discussion of this YouTube contest, and I didn't find much, but I did find more than enough other things to make me want to stay and participate, and it's been great. The level of the members and of the discussion is extraordinary, and people treat other with far more regard and respect than what unfortunately is usually found on the internet.

This is one great place.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 02:21 AM

Oh.......just noticed that this is in the Beginner's section.....I don't fit that description but I already did that long post so I'm not about to undo it..... smile
Posted by: thumper49

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 02:29 PM

Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this, but I didn't want to start a new thread just to brag, and this is such a supportive forum/topic.

Queue the drumroll and fanfare!!! Last night I played the recital repertoire for Suzuki level 2 for my teacher and I'm now cleared to move on the level 3. I am so stoked! The first piece in book 3 is the Clementi Op. 36 no. 1, which was one of my Grade 3 Western Board exam pieces when I was taking lessons in the late 50s, early 60s. I used to love that piece. I wonder if I'll get anywhere near to recovering the finger agility I had 50 years ago . . . .
Posted by: Manu85

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 03:52 PM

Originally Posted By: CMohr
Welcome to the ABF forum! And also, thanks for commenting on the recital!
Having just read your introduction, you sound very much like I was many years ago. (except for the violin and wanting to become a doctor). I am an artist by profession, but in college did art, music and theatre. I'm only telling you this because of something my piano teacher and I talked about today. Everything we do in life has bearing on how we play, interpret, and respond to our musical endeavors. I feel very privileged to have had the background in musical theatre, art and piano. I left piano for over 30 years, but have recently returned (after all of life's other things). It sounds as though you have a wonderful background for whatever you choose to do. Of course, we all hope you continue in your musical endeavors. smile Hey, join in the piano bar or the next recital - we'd all love to hear you no matter how long you've been playing!
Cheers!


Hey CMohr, thanks for your warm welcome. wink What kind of an artist are you? Your background sounds very interesting, I'd love to spend more time on artistic activities in my daily life too! Am kind of toying with the idea, but I don't think it will be easy... I guess for now I'll just focus on piano and singing, and see where I end up!

As soon as I think I can play something that sounds somewhat decent in comparison to what I heard on the recitals - I don't think that'll happen too soon though wink - I'll give it a try and join in!

Greets,

Manu
Posted by: CMohr

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/19/09 08:15 PM

Hi Manu, thanks for asking! I'm a printmaker, mostly woodcut & monoprints now. I taught at the university for a couple years, and for the local art center for kids, at-risk teenagers, and young adults.
I'm relatively new to the ABF forum, just since last July. I hope you'll find the wealth of information and friendliness I have. I'm sure you will!
Cheers!
Posted by: Mazeppa47

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/20/09 01:52 AM

Greetings all,

Most of my life, particularly my work life has been technical in nature. Auto and motorcycle mechanic in my teens, avionics technician in USAF and aviation manufacturing, professional pilot, and currently aviation safety inspector.

But I guess I've always been a closet musician. I remember as a child of 5 or 6 years singing french tunes with my mother and maternal grand parents as she played an almost in-tune upright piano her father got as payment for carpentry work during the great depression. On occasion my father would strum his old ukelele he bought from another GI when he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. He taught himself to play it to fill his off duty hours. My mother was also self taught and played by ear. So I guess by some degree, I came by my musical desire through my family. Unfortunately, money was tight, the piano and ukelele fell into disrepair and disappeared from our home by my 10th or 11th year.

But I never lost that desire to be musical, even if it was only to tap out a beat with my fingers. Which was the source of much trouble for me, particularly in school. I would spend my last 25 cents on cheap harmonica or french harp and work out tunes, driving the adults in my home batty.

As it usually goes, adult pursuits of career, dating, family, etc. displace many things in ones life. Not intentionally, but life happens. So here I am, age 62, ready to purchase my first piano and coax the latent musician from my DNA. Wish me well.

Hank
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/20/09 03:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Mazeppa47
.....Wish me well.

Hank

I wish you well.

But wait, there's more. smile

What an interesting and varied story. You've done a lot.... and now you're about to do more. smile

I've been in a number of the "amateur piano competitions" and one of the people that I've met through it is an airline pilot who has also been a serious pianist all his life. And (I'm just free associating here about flying) the fellow who runs the organization that does the Colorado competition (officially called the Rocky Mountain competition) is a retired air force general, and a fine amateur pianist. (His dad was one of the people who established the Air Force.) Must be something about flying. smile

"French harp" is a new one on me......will have to check it out.

P.S. I wouldn't have imagined that one of the things GI's did during World War II was buy and sell ukeleles. ha

But I shouldn't joke about it.....People like your dad enabled my family to survive in Europe during that time, and allowed me to be born. I thank you for his service.
And I do wish you well.
Posted by: Mazeppa47

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/20/09 08:53 AM

Thanks MarkCannon,

Oops - I think the French Harp is actually a harmonica, but what my grandmother called the French Harp is actually the Jew's Harp. Guess some things stick with you for life.

Based on my dad's stories, there was a lot of horse trading going on between GI's in those days.

The best to ya,
Hank
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 09:52 AM

Okay, I'll bite. This seems like fun.

* I'm 39 and turning the big FOUR-OH in 2010

* I plan to celebrate 40th at Disneyworld with my wife and 2 girls

* I'm originally from Cebu, Philippines, but grew up in Chicago. I immigrated to the U.S. at age 3.

* I'm a degree'd Engineer.

* I regret my career choice. I've hated my job 10 out of 15 years that I've been in it, but it pays decent.

* I'm a lifelong "C-student", never having given it my all in school. eek

* I've been addicted to Golf for this entire decade..that is, until piano came along last year.

* I have no natural ability at Golf. I work my ass off just to shoot in the '90s. mad

* I'll never forget my piano teacher, Mrs. Hessey, who discouraged me from quitting at age 11. She was the only one who saw how talented I was at piano, and I got zero encouragement from my parents (both non-musicians) eek

* I also played percussion for 5-years. Percussion was my first love. Percussion is why I was able to pick up syncopation so quickly after a 27 year layoff from piano.

* My daughter is the true Virtuoso of the family.

* Scott Joplin is the main reason why I play piano again.

* I love watching amateur pianists on YouTube - so much talent out there.

* I love when my videos on YouTube get hits, ratings, and comments.

Well that's it for now. Check my channel out folks, when you get a chance.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 12:40 PM

Do you have a YouTube channel? Please describe how one enters that YouTube contest.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 12:56 PM

Originally Posted By: cebukid70
.....I'm a degree'd Engineer.
* I regret my career choice. I've hated my job 10 out of 15 years that I've been in it, but it pays decent.

Sorry to hear that.....I have a friend (also a pianist) who's in that exact same boat. It seems he has often not minded his engineering work too much, but sometimes can't stand it. I wonder if you went into the field mostly out of 'family pressure' rather than that you were drawn to it. Family pressure was involved to some extent in my career choice too (medicine), but fortunately I truly wanted it myself also, and I've been lucky with it.

Quote:
* I've been addicted to Golf for this entire decade.....
* I have no natural ability at Golf. I work my ass off just to shoot in the '90s. mad

That's darn good!!!!!
I used to play a lot myself and wasn't half-bad (or I don't think I was) smile and only once did I ever break 90. And that was only with some luck. smile

Quote:
* I love watching amateur pianists on YouTube.....

Don't miss my entry in the Cliburn youtube contest. smile

Quote:
* I love when my videos on YouTube get hits, ratings, and comments.

Boy, do I know how it is! smile
By the way.......do you want to give a link to one or more of those?
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 01:16 PM

Originally Posted By: cebukid70
Do you have a YouTube channel? Please describe how one enters that YouTube contest.

Yes -- my channel is larchmontmark. My only video is the one that's in the contest. I'm still not equipped to handle the 'tech' part of uploading and so I had some help on that.

Entering the contest is easy except that it's now too late!!
The viewing/voting are still going on (till Nov. 24) but the deadline for submission was Nov. 2.
But you'll probably have other chances for it. The Cliburn organization also did this last year, so this is their second such contest, and I'd guess they'll be doing it periodically in the future because it seems to be a success.

All you need to do is, put a video of 5-10 minutes on YouTube and submit it to them with a brief and simple application.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 05:04 PM

I am... "cebukid70" . I've already subscribed to your channel and will check your video out. All of my vids are located in my channel.

I'll see you in "YouTube" land!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 06:21 PM

Thanks!
I subscribed back to you and I will be interested to look at your things.....
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/21/09 11:41 PM

P.S. I did look over there! Pretty funny how you mix the music with the completely unrelated videos in some of those. ha
Nice Joplin playing!

btw.....WHO is the lady talking about the boxing thing? She looks just about exactly like my niece.....

And....thanks for the great comment on my video!!
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/26/09 12:50 AM

Hi Mark,

Thanks for checking out my channel. This long weekend, I'll have to review your Scriabin video again. Again, I'm not familiar with the piece and have no others to compare it to.

Yes, my channel is a mish-mosh of non-piano stuff. Thanks for the compliment on Joplin. I mixed in "The Entertainer" on one of my kids' impromptu recordings of our guinea pigs....funny, but it got 5 ratings - all 5 stars. The player in me would like to think it was due to my playing and not the rodents.. ha I'm actually rehearsing for a full do-over of "Entertainer" - I know the FULL 1902 version with all the octaves now and I'm letting it ripen a bit...I'm ready to post in the next week or so. "Fur Elise" will be next (a nicer version), and then "Weeping Willow" in a couple months hopefully.

I hope to see more videos from you too. smile You're a very precise and technically proficient player.
Posted by: RyanMortos

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/26/09 11:35 PM

Hi, I am a new lurker of these forums and a new piano player. When I got my piano I got Alfred's Teach Yourself To Play Piano (ISBN: 0882846744). I'm not sure how this relates to the 3 step course that seems popular on these forums. I suppose I should make Alfred's course book 1 my next purchase? Anywho, I live in southeastern PA and starting to look around for an instructor but google is failing me on results, haha. Any good sites for finding someone for lessons? Maybe one day when I get used to the format of the forums and have a bit more time with the instrument I'll post more but I'll maintain my lurker status for now smile . Oh, I'm 29 years old, have a b.s. degree in computer science/digital media, struggling to find work in our current economy & probably am getting laid off from my current position permanently next year.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/27/09 01:48 PM

Have you tried "online lessons?"

I was a brief subscriber to "WebPianoTeacher", but didn't renew since I got better at reading musical notation. I'll admit, it actually did cut down my learning time for one of the pieces I learned, but now I'm too cheap to renew.

There's lots of free instructors on YouTube as well.



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Poster: RyanMortos
Subject: Re: OT, Tell us about yourself

Hi, I am a new lurker of these forums and a new piano player. When I got my piano I got Alfred's Teach Yourself To Play Piano (ISBN: 0882846744). I'm not sure how this relates to the 3 step course that seems popular on these forums. I suppose I should make Alfred's course book 1 my next purchase? Anywho, I live in southeastern PA and starting to look around for an instructor but google is failing me on results, haha. Any good sites for finding someone for lessons? Maybe one day when I get used to the format of the forums and have a bit more time with the instrument I'll post more but I'll maintain my lurker status for now . Oh, I'm 29 years old, have a b.s. degree in computer science/digital media, struggling to find work in our current economy & probably am getting laid off from my current position permanently next year.
Posted by: Frozenicicles

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 11/29/09 02:42 AM

Hi everyone!

I joined these forums awhile ago but only recently started posting. Right now, I'm a fourth year science student at university. I've been doing piano for 13 years 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 for so long. frown Piano playing is such an isolating activity and I'm glad that I found a group like this to join.

All I've done so far is to blast through the RCM grades as fast as I could with minimal practice. I'm going to slow down and hopefully get a more solid foundation in music. My goals are to 1) build up my repertoire, 2) learn to sight read fluently and 3) learn to play by ear and improvise. That will probably take me years and years! I used to play the violin and was part of my city's youth symphony, and I was even concertmaster of my school orchestra for a year. I decided to quit in a fit of rebellion and my playing has really deteriorated over the years. I'm hoping to self re-teach myself when I have time...but with university and piano, that's few and far between! I really love the relaxed and supportive atmosphere of the ABF, by the way.
Posted by: Donny

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/01/09 08:53 AM

HI;
Completed the book titled "You can play piano" By Amy Appleby" Can anyone tell me what level that course would be? and recommend study books for me to continue further. Levels 1,2,3, I guess.
E-Mail Stackman518@aol.com


Don Stack
Posted by: Songbaby

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/06/10 08:42 AM

Hi All,

I'm new to this forum. I took piano lessons for about 4 years when I was a kid and originally majored in vocal music in college, but later changed my focus to theatrical arts. Even later I went back to school and studied computer science. Although I've worked in the computer industry for over 20 years now, music has always been important to me. I've kept on singing, but didn't have a piano until about 5 years ago. After messing around on it for a few years, I finally got serious and went back to study lessons two years ago.

I've been making great progress and can't imagine ever giving it up again. I'm looking forward to meeting other pianists in this forum and gaining insight and knowledge about the playing the piano.
Posted by: sandaratti

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/07/10 07:03 PM

Hi everyone! I'm new here and am returning to playing after a 20+ year hiatus. I'm very excited to get started again and will be purchasing a digital piano fairly soon. I live in beautiful BC (Canada) and can't wait to tinkle the ivories again. I'm sure there is going to be a steep relearning curve but I'm up for the challenge.
Posted by: HappyApple

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/09/10 02:43 AM

Originally Posted By: thumper49
Not sure if this is the appropriate place to post this, but I didn't want to start a new thread just to brag, and this is such a supportive forum/topic.

Queue the drumroll and fanfare!!! Last night I played the recital repertoire for Suzuki level 2 for my teacher and I'm now cleared to move on the level 3. I am so stoked! The first piece in book 3 is the Clementi Op. 36 no. 1, which was one of my Grade 3 Western Board exam pieces when I was taking lessons in the late 50s, early 60s. I used to love that piece. I wonder if I'll get anywhere near to recovering the finger agility I had 50 years ago . . . .


Congratulaitions! I am so proud of you! I bet you'll get that agility back. Practice makes perfect! You are a great inspiration to many of us 'older' players!
Posted by: SilverSoles

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/09/10 11:28 PM

Hi everyone laugh I'm new to this forum so I thought I'd introduce myself...

I've been playing piano for 2.5 years now, beginning in July 2007 when I was 19. 19 is a comparatively old age to be starting piano, and I think this would classify me as an adult beginner as well. I've gone through a couple of threads in the forum and your attitudes towards the instrument, and music are SO inspiring. Playing the piano by myself, I've always thought that no matter how hard I practised (I used to play 4 hours a day) I would never be able to reach the standards of the pros, and if I can't, what's the point of practising at all?

But to come across a forum of people who play the instrument with no expectations of excellence, to find people who play the piano simply for the love and serenity of it, that is a humbling idea. I'm not surrounded by anyone musically inclined (and that's a debatable term as well, I believe that if given the chance, anyone will find that they have music in them :)) and no one close to me plays the piano - which makes this solitary activity that much lonelier.

A little about me... I'm from Asia and I will be turning 22 in a few days. I have a background in design, though painting and drawing will always be my first love. Apart from the 1.5 years of piano which I took as a kid, I have zero musical knowledge. Yup, zero. I didn't play any musical instrument in school, and neither was I from choir or anything remotely close to music. I know next to nothing about classical music (though two years of piano did change that a little) and it was only a week ago that I discovered how wonderful it was. The moment of discovery wasn't some sort of a grand revelation; it was quiet and sweet (I was listening to Chopin). Before, I plowed through my practices, focusing on nothing but getting the notes and tone right. But you can't get the 'tone' right if you don't understand the layers and nuances there is to music, and I really think that comes with taking piano as more than an instrument but a form of expression.

I hope to take my Grade 8 ABRSM in March 2011, but in the meantime, I hope also to have fun. I think playing the piano is a lot like painting, you don't realise its beauty until you allow yourself to take in every brushstroke and key without consequence. To quiet your ambitions, forget about comparisons and professionals, and focus on the art in its entirety. I am extremely glad to discover this forum, and really hope to learn something from everyone here. smile
Posted by: joyoussong

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/13/10 11:51 PM

I joined before Christmas & lurked for a few weeks. Since Christmas I've posted a few times & have been feeling a bit guilty remiss about not introducing myself before I just jumped in.

I live in Vancouver, Canada. I make a living tutoring English (to school kids & adults) & Social Studies (to high school kids). I'll never get rich at it, but there are other rewards.
I also volunteer in the pottery studio of a community arts centre. & I've been volunteering every summer since 1998 at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

I started playing piano in June of 2008, at the tender age of 61. I had played some guitar & beginner recorder for a long time, so I could read right hand & knew a bit of basic theory, but I'd never had any formal lessons. In 2008, a friend needed to store her piano somwhere, & the opportunity was just too good to pass up, so I found a teacher & started learning. Last week, I bought the piano from her. laugh

I try to practice an hour a day, but don't always make it. Nonetheless, I usually manage to spend some time at the piano every day. I like it, even if my skills are still limited, & so far my neighbours still talk to me (I live in an apartment).

I've learned a lot of useful things from the forum just in the short time since I joined. Glad I found it! smile
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/10 02:27 PM

Welcome, Jouyoussong, and congrats on your "new" piano. Isn't that great, you don't even have to take time out getting used to it, and you know exactly what you are buying. I think when it comes time to turn in my digital I would like to find a friend who needs someplace to store his accoustic baby grand! grin

With your connection to the Jazz Festival, is that the kind of music you play (or want to play)?

Jim
Posted by: joyoussong

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/10 03:17 PM

I'd like to play jazz eventually. My teacher has been teaching me to play from a lead sheet, but mostly I just practice the Alfred stuff, & right now I've been listening to a lot of ragtime. I like some of most genres of music. I have everything on my iPod from Glenn Gould to Jerry Lee Lewis. Also Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Don Thompson, Brad Mehldau.

I think my friend was really happy to know where her piano will be living, too - it made it easier for her to sell it.
Posted by: bajadock

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/10 04:55 PM

Just plinking away here on the Pacific in Baja California. That's the other BC to my Canadian friends. Searching this and other forums for online learning resources for this ignorant beginner. First keyboard purchased Monday and this afternoon is day 3 of learning and playing scales.

ALLTHEBEST in 2010.
Posted by: edgeledge

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/10 05:04 PM

I am 44, play multiple instruments (averagely). Live in Perth Western Australia. Planning on learning to play the piano properly in the coming years.
Posted by: zephyral

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/14/10 08:47 PM

I am Alvin living in Malaysia working as a translator. Well... I am 28 this year and just starting to learn the piano. I really love to play some music but I don't really have much talent for it. Gonna work hard to learn my piano.

Good to meet you guys and ladies here.
Posted by: pharmB

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/18/10 11:06 AM

Hello!

I'm 27 and trying to learn to play the piano. I took lessons for about a year as a kid, but didn't have the maturity to appreciate them. So here I am almost 20 years later trying to start all over again.

I'm a pharmacy student, so I may not be able to squeeze in an hour every day but I'm certainly going to try.

-pharmB
Posted by: Jantore

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/18/10 08:11 PM

Haya,

Im 30 and live in London, uk. I took up the piano from scratch when i was laid off from work about half a year back. Im now completely hooked and spend a large part of my day playing -which doesnt leave me much time for jobhunting, but whatta hell :-)

My biggest idol in the fantastic world of the piano is Vika Yermolyeva, a pianist in Amsterdam. She plays a lot of alternative stuff, like metallica and the like. If this is your cup of tea, you should check out her site: http://vkgoeswild.com/

Im currently trying to nail Fade to Black, although im only through the first page yet (after about a week of
hard work lol!)

Thanks to you all for a fantastic forum!!

Jan
Posted by: Manowar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/28/10 04:10 PM

Hey guys,

My name is Vinnie from New Jersey, USA. I'm 31 yrs old. I've been thinking about learning the piano for quite some time now every time I hear it. I was recently laid off from work in December so I decided on a whim to buy a keyboard and give it a shot without a teacher.

I got a Yamaha DGX-230 about 2 weeks ago with Alfreds book 1 and am making good progress. No the keys arent weighted but they are piano sized and have graded action, 76 of them btw. For $300 I got the keyboard, power supply, stand, and ear phones. So basically that was the best I can do in my budget without going overboard on something I wasn't too sure I would stick with.

Basically my only goal is to be able to play greensleeves from that book by summertime. From where I am now I think i'll get there sooner than that but I'm not sure.

Vin
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/28/10 05:01 PM

Welcome to the ABF Vinnie. Lots of folks, myself included, started out on unweighted keyboards. Likely you will know when its time to seek out an alternative, as I did when I ran out of keys for a low E octave. Until then, there is much to be learned and you've made a good choice to start with Alfred. By now you probably have discovered the very active Alfred Book One thread on ABF. You should have no trouble getting to Greensleeves by summertime if you get to the keyboard every day for at least some practice.


Have fun and enjoy the journey.

Jim
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/28/10 05:06 PM

Welcome, Manowar! When I saw your login name I thought you were going to say you were from Kentucky or Lexington! (Home of Man o' War, arguably the greatest race horse that ever lived.) ...but New Jersey? confused laugh

And welcome to all the other newbies who have posted here lately. smile
Posted by: Brandon_W_T

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/28/10 11:00 PM

Hmm well... Im not an adult yet! But didnt see anywhere else to post.

About me!

I am 16 years old. I live in Omaha Nebraska.

My musical background started about 11 or so years ago. I became strangely fascinated with pianos kinda out of the blue. I would go pound on the keys of any piano I could find!

Finally about 9 years ago my mom agreed to have me take lessons. My grandma rented a piano from a local store... A console if I recall.

I have taken lessons ever since. With 2 teachers. Recently about 6 months ago I switched to a more professional and jazz/theory oriented teacher. My first teacher was very nice and perfect but only taught up to a certain level.


Other musical backgrounds
I picked up the violin in 6th grade, and in 7th grade I wanted to switch to the cello! The school didnt happen to have an extra cello for me to play, but they did have a bass!

So I went with the bass, and about 6 months later I got a Cello for my birthday But I didnt want to go back as I loved the bass. So I just stuck with it!
I most recently as of november 09' Made all state orchestra!!!!!! :D:D:D I was very happy!

Currently I own a new 3/4 size bass, an entry pro level instrument. It was $6,000, and I play a 120 year old german style bow.
Bass is currently my 2nd instrument next to the piano. I play bass in orchestra, chamber orch, and Jazz band.

***I also play the organ... It is probably my most favorite instrument! (sorry piano people!) smile I have always had a fascination with the instrument! The real KING of instruments! The largest and most complex instrument ever constructed by man! And one of the most complex mechanical inventions! I started organ about 3 years ago. But have since fallen out due to financial restraints, and no longer having a practice instrument!

But some day! I will take up the organ again! My goal is to work for a pipe organ builder or become a cathedral organist!
Posted by: 20thCenturyBoy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/29/10 08:13 PM

I'm 41 years old, from Perth in Australia. One day last year I woke up and decided to learn the piano. After deciding a real one was impractical I bought a Yamaha DGX-630 digital piano with weighted keys. I am really enjoying it. I started from scratch about 6 months ago and am using the Piano Handbook by Carl Humphries. I like the fast pace and the fact I don't have to drone through nursery ryhmes. I'm only up to Unit 2 but I've memorised Greensleeves, Purcell's Minuet in A Minor and the first part of Bach's Minuet in G (BWV 114).

I really love that baroque style. In a few chapters he includes Mozart's complete Sonata in C. I really can't imagine being that advanced. I'm also getting to grips with a bit of theory which I kind of knew from my old guitar days.

All in all I love sitting down at the old "Joanna" and getting in the zone!

If I had to summarise my learning experience on the piano so far I'd say 2 words: muscle memory! I can't believe how I can play simple 2 handed contrapuntal without really "thinking" about it. The hands do their own thing, with only the occasional prodding from my brain. It is really amazing.

(Hello edgeledge, fellow sandgroper!)
Posted by: Manowar

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/29/10 08:22 PM

Hey, 20thcentury

That DGX-630 is what I would have really liked to get if I had the money and I was sure I would stick with piano. I went with the DGX-230, which is similiar except no weighted keys. They do have the graded action though. Only 76 keys as well. The Yamaha sound is fantastic. So no regrets on the 630? That might be my upgrade by the end of the year.

Edit: I see they got a brand new DGX-640 just out. Havent looked into it yet though.
Posted by: 20thCenturyBoy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 01/29/10 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Manowar
So no regrets on the 630? That might be my upgrade by the end of the year.

Edit: I see they got a brand new DGX-640 just out. Havent looked into it yet though.


Hi Manowar,

Really love the 630. Piano sounds excellent to my untrained ears. It is fun recording my efforts to midi file (no digital audio though).
Biggest downside is built-in speakers are rubbish, I run the piano through my stereo instead. Also a lack of lid means the keys get dirty real quick (and I have young kids with sticky fingers). Can't say I use the extra 12 keys much! Some of the other features are gimmicky (pitch bend?) and I don't care much for the "styles" (dull) and drum beats. The keyboard action is nice, but nowhere near a real piano in terms of volume range. I think you need to move to the Clavinova range if you want more quality, but we are talking big bucks there.

I had a quick look at the new 640, and can't see much new. Polyphony is still 64, although there are a few more voices. Looks like more of a restyling job?
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/02/10 02:35 AM

Hello, new here! New to piano playing (as of Christmas day 2009!). but not new to music. I played bass clarinet in highschool for five years, and started guitar (classical) when I was about 25.
Love to sing and have a decent voice.
I'd always thought it would be great to play the piano, and last November, while driving with my husband (25th anniversary coming up June 2010!) listening to a dvd of Chopin, I voiced my thoughts.
His reply was to ask if I'd like a keyboard for Christmas!

On Christmas day I started with my Yamaha NP-30. I've been very good, playing every day - some days just half an hour, other days more (in sessions - I can't play for too long at one sitting yet).
I have a great teacher and I'm thrilled to be living a life-time dream.

I grew up in Ottawa,Canada and moved to Italy in 1994. I'm still in Italy as you can see by my nickname.

I love music, literature, films, cooking and wine.
I teach ESL, have my own business, am a certified sommelier.
Posted by: SoundThumb

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/28/10 11:36 PM

Hello everyone.
Just stumbled upon this site today, but already I am hooked and it seems like this is the forum for me.
Adult: Check. Just retired end of last year.
Beginner: Check. Started taking piano lessons about 2.5 years ago

I've now made it through the level three book and while I find learning each new song very difficult and extremely frustrating, at the same time I am consumed by the process. Not sure what I can contribute but I am an electrical engineer, so if you are hooking up a digital keyboard and stuck with a ground loop, I can help. Before retirement, I really wondered what I would find that would be as fulfilling as engineering. Well, music and the piano seem to be filling in very nicely.
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/29/10 04:41 PM

Welcome, Soundthumb. Sounds like you will fit right in. thumb

What kind of piano do you have, and what pieces are you working on?

Jim

PS. If I didn't live in South Florida, SanDiego would be my choice. Great area. cool
Posted by: SoundThumb

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/10 01:18 AM

Thanks for the welcome. I've gotten through Alfred's basic adult books (3 levels) and am now working through "First Classics" by Frank Metis. It seems to be kind of a medley of greatest classical hits. At first I didn't like the idea of just learning snippets of classical pieces, now I'm changing my mind. It probably is not a bad idea to order the variety appetizer plate when you don't have a clear idea of what your really want.

I started piano lessons because I wanted to play rock and roll. Signed up with a local teacher who has a very good reputation. Only later noticed that her card says "Classical instruction" in small print down at the bottom. Now my problem is that the classical pieces are just so beautiful that I can't quit. Suppose I'll have to teach myself rock and roll on the side.

Oh, I have a Roland Fantom X8. Got it because I thought I was going to enjoy sound design and patch creation. Turns out once I have a patch dialed up, I start to hear the music that could be played with that patch. Next thing I know, it's time for bed and I never got around to doing the sound design and patch modification.

Yes, it would be tough to leave San Diego. Have only been to Florida once on a one day business trip, so really have no idea what the state is like.
Posted by: BellaBella

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/10 03:22 PM

Hi everyone, i've only just found this forum and thought this thread would be a good place to start!

I'm 26, from Scotland and i'm a born again beginner! I played piano for around 2 years into my early teens when my piano teacher moved away and i hadn't played much since. I've been looking for a teacher and found one close by with a place which i snapped up! Only had one lesson so far and i am starting from the very beginning again.

I am an accountant for a law firm and my only other hobby is keeping fit at the gym. Hoping that leaves plenty of time for practice, at the moment i want to jump ahead and learn all the music i want to play but trying to be patient and not run before i can walk.

Looking forward to getting to know some of you, i'm sure i'll be needing plenty of advice from here on in!
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 03/30/10 07:28 PM

Hi Kells, be welcome!



Originally Posted By: Kells
Hi everyone, i've only just found this forum and thought this thread would be a good place to start!

I'm 26, from Scotland and i'm a born again beginner! I played piano for around 2 years into my early teens when my piano teacher moved away and i hadn't played much since. I've been looking for a teacher and found one close by with a place which i snapped up! Only had one lesson so far and i am starting from the very beginning again.

I am an accountant for a law firm and my only other hobby is keeping fit at the gym. Hoping that leaves plenty of time for practice, at the moment i want to jump ahead and learn all the music i want to play but trying to be patient and not run before i can walk.

Looking forward to getting to know some of you, i'm sure i'll be needing plenty of advice from here on in!
Posted by: agnesi

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/13/10 09:03 AM

Hello everyone, my name is Agnes..I live in Singapore (for now) and I was born in Indonesia.. I am a 21 years old beginner, and I LOOVEE piano ever since my mother brought me to piano lesson on my junior high... Unfortunately I didn't continue the lesson because I can't practice without piano (I didn't have piano until recently after annoy my parents for don't know how many years thumb ) I love the sound, the touch, the feeling, and the music of a piano... I planned to continue my lesson after all of my study finish which actually I hate... I want to grab on the piano a.s.a.p frown
It's nice to meet you all and of course I feel lucky to find this forum blush
Posted by: saye

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/13/10 10:29 PM

hi, 25 yrs old from eastern Ontario, picking up piano again after quitting lessons as a kid, I also play bass guitar casually and can still rock out to Beethoven's 9th on the alto recorder smile

currently working on Turkish March by Mozart because of a certain recent car commercial... sometimes I play the first part staccato like Glenn Gould because his arrangement is so cheeky.
Posted by: tnew

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/13/10 11:51 PM

I'm 39 living in Europe but originally from the US. I never had any sort of music lessons before February, but I have always wished to play piano, specifically classical music. On a whim, I bought myself a yamaha digital keyboard and a single beginners book. I first started to teach myself how to read the notes. Then bought the Alfred's adult course series. It has been great. But I felt I needed a teacher so started lessons a couple weeks later. I have kept up the momentum since and now feel this urge to get an acoustic piano because I want the real sound. It's been 2.5 months now, seems like years (in a good way).
Posted by: KBS1607

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/10 05:36 PM

I hope people are still reading this. I took lessons in grade school but my mother let me quit in 6th grade. I had my daughter in lessons but she quit but she was really into band by then so I let her.

I started taking as an adult right before my only daughter went away to college. Her freshman year I bought a Roland digital.

I finally started practicing this year with any regularity. I may go to the Sonata piano camp this year.
Posted by: Waltz

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 04/20/10 09:47 PM

Welcome KBS smile
Posted by: Everdream

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/19/10 12:16 PM

I know this is an old thread, but this seems a good place to start posting smile

I'm a twenty-year-old Finn (that explains the weird spelling mistakes, I'm sorry). I played the piano when I was a kid... and quit. Now, after eight years, I accidentally heard one of those Mozart piano concertos I had practiced and fell in love again. So, I haven't touched a piano for eight years, I guess I've forgotten a lot but at least I'm a little less impatient than what I used to be. (Well, I'm still awfully impatient. It's in my nature. And it was probably the main reason I quit playing after four or five years... I still couldn't play Rachmaninov or something. Haha.)

I work with books. I love books, too. Luckily, I got employed by a big publishing house and I like what I do very much. I'm not going to stay there forever, though - if everything goes well (=I pass the entrance exams), I'll start studying business & entrepreneurship in September. My dream is to become an entrepreneur, preferably doing something that includes art (I love music and writing). An awful career choice, I know, at least for financial success.. But I've always liked to do what I love, even if that means taking some risks. I live with an aspiring actor/director, which is fun. And I love him very much, too.

I can't wait until the exams are over and I can start learning to play again... I decided on spending my money on a digital piano and eating a little less this month :P. I'd really love to get an acoustic one, though, but it's just not possible since our flat is really small, our walls are paper thin and we're kind of living on a student budget. Kawai's CN-32 is my weapon of choice, I've always liked Kawai's touch and sound and the price didn't kill my bank account... Oh, and the piano is so pretty.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/19/10 01:08 PM

Welcome, Everdream! Can I ask if you are a Nightwish fan? (A question that will seem bizarre to anybody BUT a Nightwish fan, who knows that "Ever dream" is one of their nicest songs.) My daughter and I are probably the biggest Nightwish fans in Lexington, KY, and even got to see them play live in their U.S. tour last fall. smile

What kind of music do you want to play?
Posted by: Everdream

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/19/10 01:35 PM

Hi Monica, yeah the name comes from that Nightwish song... I've been a fan since their Wishmaster album and seen them live many times smile. Not with Anette, though, I liked Tarja's style more. I love the band.

I'd like to play classical, I kind of like more complex melodies (not to say that everything else is simple). I grew up listening to classical music only, as my mother loved Mozart, Beethoven, Bach... I've probably heard everything from Mozart. I'm very open to different styles, though - but classical piano music is still very dear to me. We'll see; first I need to relearn all the things I've forgotten. I'm not sure if I can read notes correctly anymore :P. Way to go.
Posted by: Andy S

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/20/10 04:50 PM

Hi everyone. I guess I'm one of the older folks here at 63. I live in Houston, originally from the Bronx. I've been playing for about one year. My wife is a piano teacher, and I've been wanting to play forever. I got laid off last year,so that was a great excuse to start! We just got a Yamaha P-155 last week, which is what I am mostly using. We also have a Yamaha C3 which I haven't touched yet, and a Baldwin upright which my wife uses as her main teaching instrument.

This has been one of the most difficult endeavors I've tackled, but then again, it is worth the effort.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 03:18 AM

I've been posting for a bit, maybe I should introduce myself properly?

I'm Canadian, but have been living in Italy (first in Milan, now in a small town about 25km outside Milan) since 1994....We originally came on what was supposed to be a 2 year adventure. Funny how things work out!

I crossed the half century milestone a little while ago (still trying to get my head around that one!) and just started playing piano on Christmas day 2009.

I played bass clarinet in the highschool band. We played a lot excellent music, which really laid a strong foundation for my love and appreciation of music for the future. I play guitar, not very well, but I play and I have fun. I've written a few little songs for guitar and look forward to finding a left hand part to turn them into piano pieces.

The story of how I started with piano is , I think, charming.

Driving in the car at the beginning of November, my husband and I were listening to a Rachmaninov cd, and I said, "Isn't that amazing. I would love to have learned to play the piano." My husband's reply was ..."Would you like one for Christmas?".

I hesitated and said..."Maybe. Let me think about it." I was wondering if I'd be able to do it, if it would be a waste of money.... So I thought about it for a week or so and did some research on digital keyboards, to see what the costs were like. In the end (obviously) I said yes, and we went shopping.

At the end of January I hooked up with my teacher. She is marvellouos and I'm totally enchanted with my new passion.

I've "met" some really wonderful people on this site and look forward to getting to know you better and learning along with you!
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 11:38 AM

Andy S - I'm 64 - I think there's a cohort of us over-60's here smile We're the greatest. Well, except for the over-70's laugh And congratulations on being laid off - I can tell you those were some of the best times of my life. They were so good that 20+ years ago I started working only part time, and it was the best thing I ever did. Playing piano is a fun thing to learn to do, and a nice challenge to keep you up, and there's the reward of the music.

casinitaly - a wonderful adventure laugh Yeah, funny how things work out. I've read many of your posts - I'm glad you're here - you have a great perspective on this stuff.

Cathy
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 12:29 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur


casinitaly - a wonderful adventure laugh Yeah, funny how things work out. I've read many of your posts - I'm glad you're here - you have a great perspective on this stuff.

Cathy

Hi Cathy,
thanks so much! I will tell my teacher what you said and I'm sure she will laugh as perspective is the thing I have to work at more than anything else! I want to play NOW and have such difficulty realizing and accepting exactly how much progress I've made. But I'm getting better, slowly (I mean with the perspective thing as well as playing!)
I've read your posts too and I think you bring a lovely encouraging voice to the group!
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 02:56 PM

Hei hei*, Everdream, and welcome to the ABF. Before too long I'm sure you will be playing right where you left off. I know a fair amount about entrepreneurship and believe you will find that doing something you are passionate about is part of the recipe for success. So, you are on the right track! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress. [ *my wife is a native Finn, but apart from hei hei, the only other phrase I ever seem to remember is "haluan olut ja makkara" or something to that effect. grin]
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 03:01 PM

Andy, I'm not as old as fossils like you and Cathy, being just 58, but I'm sure we can make allowances. At least we all know the same old pop tunes!! smile Welcome.
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 03:04 PM

Originally Posted By: JimF
Andy, I'm not as old as fossils like you and Cathy


LOL

I think.

laugh

Cathy
Posted by: JimF

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 03:12 PM

Casinitaly

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

Anyway, welcome to the forum.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/21/10 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By: JimF
Casinitaly

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

Anyway, welcome to the forum.


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

lol....I don't think he realized how much they cost....will I hold him to it?
Posted by: MaryAnna

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 05/23/10 01:45 PM

I've been playing piano since I was 8, fairly continuously, except for a few years in college and my twenties when I didn't have a piano. I traded my played-into-oblivion 1932 Hamilton Baldwin studio grand for a 1982 Yamaha C7 in 2004 and resolved to upgrade my skills. I started taking lessons again and practicing regularly, but can't say that I got disciplined enough to do my scales and exercises. Thus, I am forever mired in the early advanced repertoire. Fortunately, there's a lot of it. :-)

I write mystery novels for a living, so I get to be creative for both work and play. Piano, for me, is a lovely release at the end of a long day.
Posted by: synthcat

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 06/16/10 08:16 PM

I guess it's time to delurk...

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

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

I've gleaned valuable information and tips on these forums on the past weeks, and I hope to add the AB forum as part of the regular learning routine (in addition to playing the piano, of course). Having played keyboards/synths in various rock bands over the past 15 years, I wanted to improve my keyboard skills, and getting back into learning the piano is something that I figured would help.
Posted by: taitai

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/24/10 10:16 AM

Hi!

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

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

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

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

I look forward to conversing with you all!

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

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

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/24/10 12:23 PM

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

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

Cathy
Posted by: taitai

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 07/24/10 02:24 PM

unfortunately my friend is hosting a garden party today and I won't be able to attend but thank you very much for inviting me! I hope I will be able to come to future events!
Posted by: Demian P.

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 08/18/10 09:06 AM

Ok, here I am.
My name is Demian I'm 36, I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I'm married (sorry ladies :p ), and I have a kid (9 years old).
Precisely, because my son started piano classes we bought a digital piano.
Now I'm starting to teach my self (for now) and waiting for the delivery of Arthur's book.
My kid is also teaching me using Beyer etudes. It's fun, and it works!

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

I love classical music in particular:

- Mendelssohn
- Chopin
- Liszt
- Brahms
- Mozart
- Schubert
Posted by: sakari lindhen

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/03/10 10:40 AM

Hello. Been lurking for a while and decided to register. Been enjoying the forum a lot - lots of great info about Hanon, Alfred's, Liszt fingering, and books that has helped me in my auto-didactic endeavours. Glad that the one or two trolls who appeared were dealt with in a mature way, without a lot of flaming.

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

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

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

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

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

best

saku
Posted by: jotur

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/03/10 12:33 PM

Hi Demian and sakari - always nice to have new faces around the ABF smile

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

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

Cathy
Posted by: sakari lindhen

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 09/03/10 12:43 PM

Todah (Thanks( and l'Shana Tova Cathy, thanks for the welcome smile
Posted by: hoffy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/01/10 05:56 AM

OK, it looks like I made my intro in the wrong place - My Other intro! , as the ABF is probably a better fit for me!!!!

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

Cheers
Posted by: Studio Joe

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/01/10 06:16 AM

Welcome to Piano World, Hoffy. This is the best place for audult re-beginners to find help and support.
Posted by: hoffy

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/02/10 05:39 AM

Thanks for the Welcome Joe! I am blown away by the wealth of knowledge and advice here!

Cheers
Posted by: mandosand

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/10 05:41 PM

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

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/03/10 07:56 PM

Greetings.

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

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

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

A couple of years ago I bought my own house and one of the first things I bought for it was a piano. I am now 42 and studying for my 7th grade exam. I don't ever expect to be a concert pianist but I am just enjoying playing for the enjoyment of playing and how far I get I'm not too concerned about.
Posted by: griffin2417

Re: OT, Tell us about yourself - 12/14/10 02:57 PM

Hello,
I just found this website a few days ago, and I am thrilled to be a new member, and to find this forum! I live in Minnesota, and am the manager of communications and volunteers for a nonprofit human ser