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#1069160 - 01/11/09 03:41 PM Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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Hello Seaside Lee -

I was hoping you could answer a couple of questions for me.

Did you use Piano Magic exclusively for the type of playing you do?

Did you have any previous piano training?

How long have you been at it?

How long did it take you to see results using Piano Magic?

If you have used other methods, please let me know what they are.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer!

I like your playing

-Heather

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#1069161 - 01/12/09 10:56 AM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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Hi Heather smile

1. Yes (although I own other courses and watch youtube for tips just like everyone else but, in the main Piano Magic is what I always end up doing) I'm comfiest playing that way and we are getting into deeper more tricky stuff as the membership is getting more advanced so the advanced discussions are too (which is once again bringing me on smile )

2. yes I had a couple of years of lessons when I was a child. I tried traditional lessons for 6 weeks or so in my early 20's because I got the urge again but, I just couldn't stick to it (out of frustration) and that was where my mind was at with the piano (i.e. that it was something in life that I should have stuck with as a child but, didn't and therefore it was going to be a life long regret of mine!) until I googled 'play, piano by ear, lessons' 5 years ago and the rest as they say is history! LOL

3. I joined up in October 2003 so a little over 5 years

4. If you go to my blog and click on "Seasides Piano Journey" in the right hand column (thats my first blog post) In that post you will find my "hello" message to Mike at pianomagic dated Oct 01 2003 and the first piece that made it into the "recital hall" so, that was how I sounded after 4 months of pianomagic under my belt, take a listen and see what you think (aint as good as now but, not bad for 4 months I guess)

It took me a few weeks to start making progress but, my struggle with finding melody and trying to cure my inabililty to do it, is well documented in my blog and in my hundreds of questions to Mike that, you can read in the forums over there if you decide to join that is? (it was so bad that I named it "Seaside_Lee Affliction" and that is now a trade mark!! LOL)

5. I have tried other methods but they mainly gather dust on my bookshelf (even though I still cherish all of them and would never sell them because one day I'll get back to them I always promise myself) off the top of my head:-

Sudnow (love it gets you playing cocktail sounding lush full songs off the bat but, you really have to stick to it or it just gets forgotten. Swingin Barb has stuck to it and Markham too and they are brilliant!) doesn't help to play by ear though IMHO

Play Like Me - similar to Sudnow (kinda like Sudnow Lite) doesn't help to play by ear either IMHO

Pattern Piano - I can't sing so found it useless - probably great if you can sing and want to accompany yourself (which I would love to be able to do)

Pattern Piano Blues Licks - fun but drove me nutz!

Hear and Play, Gospel keys, the jazz one and others - heck they never stop offering me new stuff! LOL I have no idea how anyone learns to play by ear off of this stuff or learns to play off of it at all but, there are some fans so, its probably just me?

Scott The Piano guy, tips tricks 1 & 2, the christmas song, and Xmas special and subscribe to his you tube...gets you playing off of lead sheets love it but, he never digs in enough with his guests for long enough for me to pick up what they are doing!! grrrr!

Barry Harris 1 & 2 (I just don't get these videos at all they are beyond me and most stuff is teaching a full band how to do stuff??? but lord I love the way he plays - so frustrating to me

Quiescience music - joined never gave it a proper go so can't comment

Jamie Aebersold - Anyone can improvise, and various jazz play a longs watched briefly never dug in though to be honest

Patsy Carlsson Play piano overnight - gets you playing nice sounds overnight smile doesn't get you playing songs though wink

Rocket Piano - my worst buy (grrr!) I have no idea what is good about this? or why it gets voted as being so good?


How's that?


Lee smile


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#1069162 - 01/12/09 11:06 AM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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Thanks sooooo much for your helpful reply! I will be signing up for the Piano magic course when I get some extra cash. smile

#1069163 - 01/12/09 11:08 AM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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You're welcome smile


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#1069164 - 01/12/09 11:22 AM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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And you are now in my blog (hope you don't mind?)


Lee smile


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#1069165 - 01/12/09 02:19 PM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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SS Lee your answer to Heather should be posted in your blog. That is as concise as one's review of programs as anyone doing internet research is going to find. All of these "review" sites rate whomever is willing to pay them. Yours is the most complete listing of someone who has purchased all of those products that I have found. I know that when I was trying to decide which route to go I was leaning toward H & P or Sudnow until I read your answer to someone on here that mentioned the different programs you had bought.

I also think it would be a good sticky here in the ABF forum.

#1069166 - 01/12/09 02:57 PM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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Hiya garyg smile

It is in my blog I posted it there today (see post before yours wink )

Dunno about it being "a sticky" because its just my opinion and that won't be the same as everyone elses (many will disagree and that's okay and how it should be IMHO)


Lee smile


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#1069167 - 01/12/09 03:04 PM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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That's cool, Lee. Thanks. Now I feel like I'm famous! smile

#1069168 - 01/12/09 03:16 PM Re: Question for SEASIDE_LEE  
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I guess you sort of are now smile

Don't let it get to your head! ha


Lee laugh


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