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first lesson coming up! #1025913
07/11/05 04:57 PM
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Well after about 6 months of teaching myself I've taken the plunge into weekly lessons. At first I looked into a local music store for lessons but they seemed more interested in selling me one of their pianos first...saying that a digital piano just isn't the same to learn on. Well I finally found a teacher that seems just as excited at teaching me as I am of learning. I'll be starting this wed. I'm pretty excited! I think I'm doing pretty well by myself but it'll be nice to finally get some expert advice and to see if I developed any bad habits thus far.

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Re: first lesson coming up! #1025914
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Good Luck! Let us know how it goes! I can't imagine learning this on my own however many do so successfully!


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Re: first lesson coming up! #1025915
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Good luck!!

I'm curious to know what those bad habits are. I'm sure i'm developing a couple myself too, and that is why I'm not taking lessons ;-)

Re: first lesson coming up! #1025916
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Touch is the hardest thing to learn on your own. My bad habit was not using the keys to support the weight of my arms. I sat too close in order to compensate for this and the result was very poor tone. I was playing "above the keys" and my teacher told me that everything good happens from the keytops on down and everything bad happens above the keys. I think he was quoting or paraphrasing Artur Rubenstein.

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My first lesson went pretty well. It was only a half hour. We talked a bit and I played a few pieces so he can see where I'm at. I played a couple songs from final fantasy piano collections. He was interested in hearing video game music ever since I mentioned it to him. I stumbled a bit through both of them but he seemed to enjoy it a lot. Then I played clair de lune. I was so nervous playing this. My hands were shaking uncontrollably by the time I was about halfway through. My leg also began shaking to a point that I had to concentrate hard just to apply enough pressure to the pedal. We were playing inside a church and there were a few other people around so that contributed a bit to my condition but I was pretty nervous wreck and it wasn't even a recital...lol If shirokuro is the "queen of shaky hands" I am the king smile In the end my teacher said I had the notes down and my technique was very good but I still need to work on dynamics in various areas. We'll probably break that piece down a bit more later on. Overall he was impressed at the progress I've made on my own.

As far as bad habits go I am constantly looking at my hands. I can memorize pieces pretty well but I sight-read at a snail's pace so that's one of the things I need to focus more on. He suggested hymns which I think others on this board have recommended as well. I also like the fact that he is letting me decide exactly what pieces I want to learn. I am looking forward to next week already!

Re: first lesson coming up! #1025918
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I'm curious to know how many here play hymns regularly and how it helps (or not) in your classical studies.

I believe I've noted that a few ABers actually play/accompany in church. That puts you waaayy ahead of me! Do you improvise the harmony? do you have to learn the (dare I say) modes??? aarrrgghh (studied a those in theory ...ugh). I've attended a few recitals/concerts that took place in church and found the atmosphere most ummmm....revered somehow (obviously haven't attended regularly since my kids were little...oops...they're 24 now...). Anyway....the performances were amazing and it felt different than a regular concert hall.

Curious to know how/if hymns help in your overall playing.


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