Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum

Posted by: Piano World

Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 06:00 PM

A number of members have expressed an interest
in having a forum for adult beginners.

The feeling was the Pianist Corner seems geared
more toward accomplished players, and a place
was needed for begginers who didn't want to feel
as though they needed to have mastered the Rach 3 to belong:-)

So... Here it is, ENJOY!
Posted by: sleepingcats

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 07:29 PM

Glad to have this new forum.

You're right, some of us adult beginners have quite a ways to catch up to the more accomplished players, that sometimes, I don't even feel qualified to respond to the threads!

I am currently with a teacher who doesn't have much experience teaching adults, so I am considering finding a teacher who teaches at one of the colleges, but with private lessons. That way I know he/she will have experience with adults, will be up-to-date, and have more to offer as far as theory is concerned. My current teacher is also rusty on a lot of what I tell her I'm learning in my college Group Adult Piano classes, like harmonization, and chord progressions, inversions of the different degrees of a scale, etc.

Hope to learn from other adult beginners and share the excitement and frustrations with each other!

I'm currently trying to learn "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller, for my Mom who loves the piece. It's actually very beautiful - I'm still working on the first page.

sleepingcats
Posted by: PattyP

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 09:14 PM

Well, how cool is this! Thanks a million, Frank!

Posted by: Axtremus

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 10:16 PM

It's too late for me to be an adult beginner, but...

WOW !!! What a great idea to create this new forum !!![/b]
Posted by: Terrytunes

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 10:37 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by sleepingcats:
I'm currently trying to learn "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller, for my Mom who loves the piece. It's actually very beautiful - I'm still working on the first page.
Many of the pieces I learned were requests from my mom. I miss not having those requests anymore. Mom's are precious so practice often and let her delight in hearing you play the music she loves! Trust me that you'll never regret it.
Posted by: Cindysphinx

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 11:14 PM

Ah, Axtremus, but that's contrary to the motto of the Adult Beginners' Forum:

"It's never too late to be an Adult Beginner!"

Heh, heh. Just teasing, Axtremus. I know what you meant!

***************************

Cindy
Started at age 38,
Still working on it at age 42
Posted by: Jeffrey

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/19/04 11:49 PM

Thanks for new forum!
Posted by: jdsher

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/20/04 08:40 AM

Thanks for listening Frank!
Jon
Posted by: ycul

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/20/04 10:35 AM

Cheers Frank!
Posted by: pianojuggler

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 01:51 PM

Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.

I will use it responsibly.
Posted by: teachum

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 02:35 PM

My feeling is you are never too old to start anything (within reason). A friend once said to me (when I was agonizing over whether to go back to school) - "How old will you be in 4 years?" I told him and he said, "Well, you will be that old in 4 years whether you get a degree or not, so why not be that old and have the degree?" Makes sense to me! If I let "age" stop me, I wouldn't have a degree, straight teeth or be playing the piano. Not too smart a choice!

I refuse to get "old"!
Posted by: teachum

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 02:37 PM

My feeling is you are never too old to start anything (within reason). A friend once said to me (when I was agonizing over whether to go back to school) - "How old will you be in 4 years?" I told him and he said, "Well, you will be that old in 4 years whether you get a degree or not, so why not be that old and have the degree?" Makes sense to me! If I let "age" stop me, I wouldn't have a degree, straight teeth or be playing the piano. Not too smart a choice!

I refuse to get "old"!
Posted by: apple*

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 03:06 PM

cool.. I am so happy to see this. I have so many questions and feel like an absolute idiot asking them over there in the gifted class.

I promise to be good.
Posted by: Samejame

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 04:07 PM

It's really great to see this, and I feel there are kindred spirits abiding here.

Look forward to this forum - it's overdue.

At 45, I'd like to think i'm not over the hill, and still have lots to learn.

Thanks, Frank.

Jamie
Posted by: TomFL

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 04:35 PM

Thank you, Frank!

Thank you, Frank!!

Thank you, Frank!!!


Oh, and did I say thank you?

If not, Thank You Frank!!!!
Posted by: teachum

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 06:49 PM

Apple - You have a new Estonia - right? How's it coming? My sister has one and adores it. Any thoughts?
Posted by: sleepingcats

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 09:02 PM

Originally posted by Terrytunes:

Many of the pieces I learned were requests from my mom. I miss not having those requests anymore. Mom's are precious so practice often and let her delight in hearing you play the music she loves! Trust me that you'll never regret it.

TerryTunes,

My Mom IS very precious to me, so I'm very motivated to learn any piece she loves. My very first difficult piece during my first months of piano 20+ years ago was "Fur Elise" which was a Mom-request. Took me a long time to learn since I was just beginning, but I was able to play it at a recital. In addition to "Moonlight Serenade" which I'm working on now, she'd like to hear "The Swan" by Saint-Saens. She also loves Pachelbel's Canon, although the one I've been playing is an easier version; the real version will be in my future.

sleepingcats
Posted by: apple*

Re: Welcome to the New Adult Beginner's Forum - 06/21/04 09:19 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by teachum:
Apple - You have a new Estonia - right? How's it coming? My sister has one and adores it. Any thoughts? [/b]
Yep.. I love it.. It's a 5'6". I've had it a week.. I think it is very unusual in that the notes sustain for such a long time with so little effort or volume. I have had awful pianos all my life.. First a 1914 Steinway upright, which actually was very cool,, the dampers were shot and so were the hammers.,. so it was hard to play precisely.. My next piano was a 30 yr. old Baldwin M 5'2" which required great strenth to evoke any passions from... so... I am in love. It is interesting in that I need to learn a whole new way of playing...different pedaling. I have to be careful, because the notes will continue to sound if the key is depressed, which I never noticed before. It is sweet, delightful and surprisingly masculine for being so emotional and expressive.