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#1103959 - 01/10/09 05:41 PM Homecoming  
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Plane lands. People shuffle off. Get bag, drive home. Open door. Straight to piano. Start to play "I due fiumi."

Sense of strangeness: is piano always this loud? Fingers fumble on keys. Mistakes are made that normally wouldn't be made. Six days is a long time to go without playing. Too long.

But familiarity, too: Keys feel good under fingers. Music flows above, around, within. After a few minutes it is no longer too loud. It's just right.

It's good to be home. I've missed my piano. My son assures me that the piano has missed me. heart

[edit: Fingers fumble on computer keyboard, too; edited to fix stupid typo. :rolleyes: ]


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#1103960 - 01/10/09 06:07 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Monica,
I was away for almost 3 weeks with no piano, and barely managed to read some ABF posts (slow internet, small laptop screen, out of the daily routine, etc, etc.)

I am still quite jet lagged, i.e. the brain feels zombie-ish and feels like it belongs to someone else! eek

Have yet to sit down at the piano. Hmm... thanks for the "warning"! smile


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#1103961 - 01/10/09 06:15 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Glad to hear you made it home safely. Even if I barely touch the piano on any given day it makes me feel much better.

Now that you've taken care of the piano, take care of the family. smile


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#1103962 - 01/10/09 07:01 PM Re: Homecoming  
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#1103963 - 01/10/09 07:22 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Welcome back, Rosanna! I can't imagine being away for THREE WEEKS. eek And jet lag to boot. Hope you get back in the swing of things quickly. I'll be interested to hear how you think your absence affected your playing.


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#1103964 - 01/10/09 08:15 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Nice post, Monica!

I was very surprised after a 5 days of absence from piano. It was... refreshing! I found myself playing pieces I was struggling with considerably better. I hate going away from piano for too long though - I never know where the border lies, between refreshing myself and forgetting how to play.


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#1103965 - 01/11/09 10:14 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Welcome home, Monica and Rosanna,

I'm sure you both missed your pianos, terribly, and feel more settled in now that you are back on the bench. It's been three days for me walking past and smelling my piano yet still not practicing. The guilt is building and my lessons resume next Tuesday, so I'm going down to practice, now, before procrastination strangles desire, again.

Good to have you both back! thumb

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#1103966 - 01/12/09 09:05 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Here's my take on it:

Door opens. Here she comes, straight to me. She plays "I due fiumi."

Sense of familiarity. However, am I always this loud to her? My keys fumble below her fingers.
I'm so happy to see her that I'm making mistakes that I normally wouldn't make. Six days is a long time to go without her pushing these keys! Too long.

But then I started remembering how to hit those strings... Fingers feel good above keys...Music flows above, around, within. After a few minutes it is no longer too loud. It's just right.

It's good to have her home. I've missed her. I'm glad that her son assured her that I missed her!

[edit: sorry for any typo mistakes. Its not everyday that a piano makes a post on a forum, ya know!]

Fondly,
Monica's Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997

#1103967 - 01/13/09 10:16 PM Re: Homecoming  
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...just saw this, and it warmed my heart. heart

Thanks, Angelo, for channeling my piano's inner spirit for me. smile It's nice to know he hasn't been thinking "Gawd, I sure wish a real pianist had bought me instead of being stuck with all this ham-fisted Einaudi stuff!" all this time. laugh


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#1103968 - 01/13/09 11:53 PM Re: Homecoming  
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I was gone for 3 weeks overseas. No piano, barely any internet. Obviously no practice.

Came home, played Brahms and Rach for a while - I think my piano actually sounds really good a bit flat. It needs a tuning and some conditioning work but it is still there!


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#1103969 - 01/14/09 03:26 AM Re: Homecoming  
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At least my DP didn't complain about needing a tuning! (It may complain about my playing, but then what's new! smile )


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#1103970 - 01/14/09 08:43 AM Re: Homecoming  
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Originally posted by Rosanna:
At least my DP didn't complain about needing a tuning! (It may complain about my playing, but then what's new! smile )
Rosanna - the only time some of us complain about your playing is when we don't hear it :p

Regards (and hoping to do so on or after Feb, 15th - hint, hint wink ), JF

P.S. you mean I don't have to get my DP tuned? - I wonder what that guy was actually doing for the two hours he charged me for?)


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#1103971 - 01/14/09 03:30 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Rosanna - the only time some of us complain about your playing is when we don't hear it :p
Thanks JF!


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#1103972 - 01/14/09 06:43 PM Re: Homecoming  
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Wasn't it Paderewski who said:
If I don't practice for a day, I notice it.
If I don't practice for two days, the critics notice it.
If I don't practice for three days, the public notices it.

(My public is forever dismayed...)


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