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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
16 minutes ago
Originally Posted by CyberGene
Back here wink

Let me clarify. Karma is a b**ch smile I’ve reported other people twice on the forum indeed. First was slobajudge who insulted and attacked me and other people. I know for sure I wasn’t the only one who reported him back then. I was the only one who admitted it though. He was banned for some time and I’m not sorry about that.

Then more recently it was Jethro. It’s debatable who attacked who, who started it, who defended his position in a rather religious way but as I said it may have been a language thing and by a coincidence I was anonymously bullied on YouTube by multiple accounts on the same day and I thought it was Jethro. I decided to report him and leave it to moderators to judge wisely. Well, looking in a retrospective now after I’ve been (IMO) unfairly banned, I think it was too much for him to be banned, I may have overreacted and moderators may have just acted unnecessarily harsh against him. I was sorry and I apologized to him later.

Now to my ban after that Nord Grand thread thing. Let me get this straight. I haven’t had the intention to troll or cause troubles! It was about a guy asking whether Nord Grand is suitable for learning piano and I actually was among the first to recommend it. The guy ordered a Nord Grand and since the original question was rather answered and it was suggested that he should download the user manual while waiting, I decided to tell a similar story about my father and his Soviet car. I chose wrong intro though. In the context of some recent humorous discussions where the word “derail” was kind of the regular jargon I started along the lines of “since this thread is already finished, let’s derail it”. I guess it was a very bad choice of words and I’m sorry about that now but it’s ridiculous to think my intention was to troll or denigrate. It wasn’t even a complete offtopic since the moral of the story was that reading the manual while waiting for delivery is beneficial. In a follow up reply I told a story about my grandfather who defected communist Bulgaria for the US.

So, the dude reported me and the moderator edited my posts removing the content and stating that I should consider it a warning. And I thought “oops, I may have crossed the line, I should stop”. And I stopped and went to bed. Well, in the morning I realized the moderator reconsidered and decided to not just warn me but ban me. I mean, why? I rarely post offtopic here. Maybe 1% of my posts are OT but I rarely go into multiple offtopic and even the one I sometimes post is still somehow related to the discussion and is some innocent talk about Bulgaria, my family, traditions, Bulgarian sayings...

I couldn’t even discuss with moderators, apologize, promise not to dii on that again. I was just told that “if you don’t like the rules don’t come back”. Well guess what, I thought that was unfair. I’ve contributed a lot for the past 12 years and I think I have helped many people. I may have my fair share of Pianoteq criticism and heated debates but I consider my participation here rather civilized and helpful to the forum. I couldn’t even reply to PM-s that I received. That all left bitter taste. What I know for sure is I will never report anyone anymore, regardless. I think moderators lack the resource, time and context to judge wisely, so I would rather avoid relying on their judgment. Lessons learned everyday smile

Apologies to the forum for causing disturbance with my behavior.

Let’s move on. Peace smile


Welcome back CyberGene!

Your detailed story is one of the reasons I refuse to report anyone unless there is a safety issue or severe violation. It’s a shame when one is the forum’s most helpful posters is banned due to a simple misunderstanding.

Frankly if it was up to me I’d get rid of the report button altogether. If there was a serious issue a poster would still have the option of messaging a moderator, but instead of simply hitting a button they would have to take the time and effort to describe why they think action is needed. It would probably make the lives of the moderators a little easier as well.

Anyway, glad to have you back!
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
21 minutes ago
I have a MODX7, but I'm afraid I can't be of much help. The menu-diving complexity is high on this instrument and a bit daunting to me as well. I can't imagine that will be any less complex when the next OS update adds pattern sequencing ability.
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Piano Forum
22 minutes ago
One great thing about living so near the UK is that I can take advantage of their oversupply of ancient pianos. Things will be potentially more complicated after Brexit, as my next UK-sourced piano would be an import into the EU.
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Adult Beginners Forum
36 minutes ago
Thanks for your help. I'll check out the Philip arranger. And I've liked most of Dan Coates stuff.
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
54 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Bruce In Philly
I think the lesson here is try the darn things out before you buy. Trust our comments and reviews with... well..... hmm....

Peace
Bruce in Philly

Why bother? Buy and if you don't like it, get your money back. Although strictly speaking, it's not your money, it's the CC company's money, if you return it before you even make a CC payment.

Don't tell me you've never done that before wink
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
59 minutes ago
I think the lesson here is try the darn things out before you buy. Trust our comments and reviews with... well..... hmm....

Peace
Bruce in Philly
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Piano Forum
1 hour ago
I did go to have a look today. It's in the furniture section of Harrods. Took some photos..

Harrods

and a quick recording of the sound..

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BY-3vfx5-59kj8bGU9f1pqupUCLzcLwB/view?usp=sharing

The bass is as expected. And the piano didn't seem to have much sparkle. And the piano had some sort of buzzing sound - the sales guy said it had been there for 6 months on the floor so who knows maybe had been dropped inside it or something.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
If you go out to dinner with some friends, does the conversation always stay on one specific topic? I think the only problem is when someone hijacks a thread after only a couple of posts. That has only happened once or twice to me.
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Man, sounds great!
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Pianist Corner
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by johnstaf
Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
Making it stronger (something I've never heard of) is hardly going to help. Why don't you re-post a sensible question?

Why don't you post a less condescending response?

thumb thumb thumb
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
Well, I'm doin' just the same. Keep it running, guys . . . . but it's always better when the verbal pugilistics begin in earnest. When the mothers are brought into it.
Just love it!
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Pianist Corner
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Rania
Great info and tips here! I need this too. For me the difficulty is getting the thumb to be light in tremolos, especially those moving up or down a scale, such as in Schubert's Der Zwerg (e.g. first few bars), or the octaves in Mozart's sonata K. 301 (first bar of the last system on page 3). (I'm sorry, I never seem to know how to insert an image into a post).

Any advice on how to obtain flexbility there? I'm never sure just how much rotation one needs to use, how much from the wrist or from the arm, and what the exact position of the thumb should be (I have small hands).



Rotation should be entirely from the elbow (the same as twisting a door knob). If you play the chord (the top and bottom of the tremolo) comfortably, and then start rocking your hand from the elbow, you'll feel how it should be. Try it first on the keytops, without trying to play the notes. Then do the same from the bottom of the key, but slowly. Concentrate on how it feels more than how it sounds. When you have mastered the technique it will sound good.
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Pianist Corner
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
Making it stronger (something I've never heard of) is hardly going to help. Why don't you re-post a sensible question?


Why don't you post a less condescending response?
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Here's the NV-5 in a shop in Denmark:

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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Regarding the Yamahasynth forums, yes, I’ve followed some of the tutorials by Bad Mister and while they show how you can achieve unbelievably good sounds and control, they totally don’t make sense to me and I fail to see the logic behind all the terminology and concepts. Admittedly, I have spent only two hours with the MODX, so I have to allow more time for my brain to get used to these awkward workflows.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by rickyd123
Here's My Question: Does anyone know of a music arranger that makes easy piano books or early intermediate piano books that sound like the original composition focusing on pop and rock songs.


No but maybe Philip Keveren. He has some good arrangements. Pop and rock songs have not been made for the piano so it takes a really good arranger to make a piano version. Most advance pianists don't play from sheet music they do arrangement from lead sheets.

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Piano Forum
1 hour ago
And, apparently in Victorian England the piano legs would be uncovered. Shameful!
http://thecommonroomblog.com/2007/09/the-victorians-and-piano-legs.html
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Digital Pianos - Electronic Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by Bruce In Philly
So would I do it again? I dunno.... I could not find a Nord 4 anywhere between NYC and Philly to play. NO ONE had one on display. NO WHERE! I even contacted the Nord USA rep and he suggested a place outside of DC... but call first. Cripes. Today, I see myself staring at Nord Grand videos... I think this tells me I am not 100% happy with my RD 2000. But overall, now that I tweaked and have a great sounding and feeling piano sound (but only one), I am happy.

Here's what you do. Don't try it. Instead, buy it an a CC from Amazon. Returned it if dissatisfied. There you go.
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Pianist Corner
2 hours ago
Originally Posted by dogperson
I would recommend that you need actual music that is planned to develop additional skills needed to play.
Agree !! You don't fully master the piano by simply playing "exercises." The ultimate goal is to play real music - which can be learned concurrently with exercises.

Well known method books include Alfred, Faber, Bastien, Thompson, Schaum, etc. It's difficult to recommend a specific book without knowing the OP's actual skill level.
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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago
I laughed thru the whole skimming of the last page of the other hijacking thread. I didn't *read* that page - heavens, what a waste that would be! But I laughed - the entertainment value of the irony of it becoming it's own topic was worth a minute or two laugh

As long as it's not getting vituperative the hijacks don't bother me at all. I find mean/rude posts getting in the way of *me* discussing a topic annoying, but that doesn't happen often here in the ABF. And it may or may not bother others. The only time, for me, a moderator needs to get involved is if a particular poster is mean/rude in many different threads.

But obviously that's my own opinion. I'm with several others here, tho - if it bothers you, move on.
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Pianist Corner
2 hours ago
Originally Posted by chopin_r_us
Making it stronger (something I've never heard of) is hardly going to help. Why don't you re-post a sensible question?



I thought it was a good question.
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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago
A lot of the time it's OK, but not always. I've seen new members ask a question, the thread wanders off into the 'wild blue yonder' and that's the last we hear of the new member. It should be self-policing, though, unless PW want to recruit extra mods who are ready to pounce. Of course some off-topic comments really do add life and interest to threads and make them fun - unfortunately the problem is that somebody looking for help / a discussion may not find them so.

It's the interminable 'yes it is, no it isn't' stuff that I find gets wearing, as demonstrated in that thread - and avoiding getting sucked into that requires restraint, but when people feel passionately about something.... I just don't bother to read a lot of comments when they appear to be going in that direction.

It's all a matter of balance, and that's something only those taking part can control - unless, of course, we have a 'big brother' watching every thread. Most of the time things work well here in my opinion, and when they don't I just ignore the thread - although I guess it could be entertaining to read on a rainy day, seeing who said what to whom....
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Adult Beginners Forum
2 hours ago
Originally Posted by outo
In the end there are a few options for the student in this situation:
- Do just what the teacher says and not progress
- Find a better teacher (not always possible)
- Quit the lessons and try to self-teach
- Keep taking lessons, but compensate for the teacher's shortcomings by finding information elsewhere and experimenting yourself
- Quit trying to learn to play piano

Most of these are not perfect solutions, but I still think the last one is the worst, if the spark is still there...


Yes, I agree. I was in a situation that had some of these hallmarks some 15 years ago more or less, so I'm sensitive to it. Some things about this:

If you are new to music / music instruction or similar, you won't know which way is up. You have a "niggling feeling" but you don't know if anything is wrong, or if it's just you. You may not even know anything is wrong; you diligently do what you're told and when you don't progress or even go backward, you think you lack the "needed talent" or such - the idea that the teaching is the problem doesn't occur to you. It is the very lack of knowledge and experience that prevents clarity that "this is not ok". Even the "niggling feeling" can be suppressed by guilt of having a "poor student attitude". You have a state of confusion and no clarity. If you know there is a problem with the instruction, you can start dealing with that problem, including your options. If you don't know and are just in a muddle, you can't.

This is where I find it so destructive when new students are told that if they just follow a teacher's every instruction, all will be fine, and if they don't follow a teacher's instructions, This implies that all teachers are good teachers - and that is a myth wink Adult students already tending toward deference, they'll shrink back to being the "good student" again and get ever deeper in that hole.

The first thing is to realize that not all who teach, teach well, and not all who hang up the teacher shingle should have such a shingle. If the myth of all teachers are teachers remains, it traps the novice student. The experienced student who has had good teaching, perhaps on another instrument, is more likely to trust the sense that something is not ok.

Once you have figured that out, you can go on to the options you listed. You've been pretty thorough with your list. Nothing to add there. smile
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2 hours ago
Originally Posted by Bruce In Philly

When I played the Super Natural sounds.... well I think they all suck... folks say they are really good and some favor them over the VPiano sounds... I totally don't get this .... just don't.


At the risk of derailing the thread with a common trope, I fall into the camp of liking the SN-hybrid sounds much better than the V-Piano/SN-modeled sounds. IMO, whether you feel one way or the other depends on how sensitive you are to various aspects of the piano tone. If you happen to gravitate towards the attack/timbre of the tone, you might like the hybrid sound more, which has more detail in this area. But if you're more sensitive to the nuances between "velocity layers," pure harmonics and resonances, then the "cleaner," bell-like modeled sounds may suit you more.

A while back, CyberGene (I think) posted a shared demo between the original V-Piano and the new Roland PureAcoustic engine, and you could really hear the advancements Roland has made in its modeling technology, particularly how it addresses the more detailed, percussive attack. I think after another couple of generations, it'll really be on par with any built-in sampled DP.
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2 hours ago
Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
Originally Posted by Serge88
My solution is I stop reading and I move to the next thread.


I think it's as simple as that. One can easily choose what to read and not. I certainly don't read every post here, more like scan and hope the important things stand out. Perhaps it's a flaw on my end, but I almost scan everything now that is written on the web, and pull out what I'm interested in or need. Reading a book is different thing altogether, but I think you get the point.

There is also a ignore feature here. You can choose to mute posts from those that you aren't interested in.


+2. No one is forcing us to read every single word.
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