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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119599
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I play piano. I play forte. The difference can be so subtle it isn't necessarily obvious.

I'm learning. wink

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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119600
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We sometimes forget how much we know compared to those who are not addicted. Point to any note, and within seconds, I can tell you it's name. I have mastered the keyboard. The piano is the prime example of "the more you know, the more you realize how much you don't".

I am reminded of a story a while back from someone (sorry, don't remember who) talking about a great aunt who, when asked, said she was not a piano player, but a player piano. Seems she could play anything she was asked, but she knew (or at least thought) her music was empty. In her heart, she wanted to be musical, and felt she was short of that goal. She found playing easy compared to creating music, and was never happy with her skills.

I try to take great joy in whatever I can do. I am a master of the keyboard learning to create music. I like that image. I will always try to be happy with what I have, but it is tough to stop those fleeting thoughts of incompentence...


"There is nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." Johann Sebastian Bach/Gyro
Re: Do you play "piano" #1119601
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I had a student yesterday who stood up in the middle of lessons, and like an announcer, announced herself:
Here is ___ about to plaayy... a little bit from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

She then sat down and played the first line, which was all she knew.

After she finished, she stood up and announced, "That was ____ playing a little bit from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Accompanied by much bowing.


I think we all could learn something.

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I don't have any problems saying I play piano - I do. If I denied it I'd only be in trouble with my missus for deceiving her and doing other things when I was supposed to be playing piano. laugh


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119603
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Almost everyone who would ask me, would ask "Can you play the piano?" in a church setting. I feel like I would be able to say yes when I can at least get through any church song they pick. I am not at that point yet. Do I play the piano? Yes. Can I play the piano? No, but I am learning.

Re: Do you play "piano" #1119604
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Hello, my name is Matt, and I play piano.

They say the first step is admitting your addiction. Step 8 should be a doozy, making amends to everyone I've harmed with my playing. But it probably won't be so difficult once I ask God to remove my shortcomings as a player. (Does that work, by the way?)

SSB, I'd have the same problem explaining my lessons.

Sal, I love that story. My 6 year old daughter is very similar. But then she thinks that putting together a 500-piece puzzle is going to make her "famous." laugh

Re: Do you play "piano" #1119605
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So if someone were to ask us "Do you cook?" what would the answer be since we're not professional chefs. Or do you clean? yes I clean, I'm not a professional cleaner and I can't make my house sparkle like someone who does it for a living but Yes I clean.

I cook pretty good but I'm not a Chef and I can't improvise but if I take a recipe I can produce a meal satisfactorily.

I can't cook anywhere near as good as my mother but I cook!!! My husband thinks I cook pretty good too. laugh

Potatoes, Powtahtos "My Name is Loly and I Play the Piano"


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119606
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I don't have any problems saying that "I play piano" either

In fact I like to say that "I love playing the piano". I play for me and if people love/dig it thats great but, if they don't it doesn't bother me (unless they were paying me to play of course)


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119607
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"Do you cook?" and "Can you cook?" might have different implications.

And if someone asks if you clean, I'm pretty sure they think that you don't. Especially if they're in your house when they ask. smile

Actually, I don't think anyone has ever asked me if I play piano. It doesn't come up.

Re: Do you play "piano" #1119608
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Almost everyone who would ask me, would ask "Can you play the piano?" in a church setting. I feel like I would be able to say yes when I can at least get through any church song they pick. I am not at that point yet. [b]Do I play the piano? Yes. Can I play the piano? No, but I am learning. [/b]
I find piano literature to be varied in difficulty. There are some pieces I can play comfortably in public and there are others that need practice. eek

There are those who use the word "amateur pianist" to differentiate with "professional pianist". There are pianists out there (church musicians for example) who may make a living as a doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc. but are proficient at the piano and volunteer their talents. smile

And there are very few pianist like the gal in Silverton, Colorado who is self taught and plays at weddings and other events.

I do not believe we can rigidly define a "pianist" as there are a few cases where a self taught musician (without the benefit of an advanced music education) can succeed. I recognize these situations are very few and far in between.

- Mark


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119609
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Hello, my name is Matt, and I play piano.

They say the first step is admitting your addiction. Step 8 should be a doozy, making amends to everyone I've harmed with my playing. But it probably won't be so difficult once I ask God to remove my shortcomings as a player. (Does that work, by the way?)
LOL!

Matt, I've been asking for my shortcomings to be removed for some time ... but all that happens, is they get replaced. wink

Sal, thanks for sharing that very funny story of your student.


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119610
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Well, I cook - people have eaten my food for years and even compliment me on it.

I paint - and I show my paintings in local libraries, etc.

But do I "play piano"? Mark mentioned something about piano literature being varied in difficulty. Well, I can play Jingle Bells, Merrily, and Twinkle, Twinkle, and such - BADLY - and am struggling with Alfred Book 1. NO ONE would want to listen to my playing, including sometimes me. Maybe when/if I finish the Alfred book 1, and can actually play with both hands, I would answer yes to the question. :-)


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119611
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I play with the piano, does that count? :p

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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119612
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Awesome mom3gram, that makes about 4 out of this forum who play the piano. The rest of them, just sit and eat at their piano. teee heee
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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119613
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Originally posted by Sal_:
I had a student yesterday who stood up in the middle of lessons, and like an announcer, announced herself:
Here is ___ about to plaayy... a little bit from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

She then sat down and played the first line, which was all she knew.

After she finished, she stood up and announced, "That was ____ playing a little bit from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Accompanied by much bowing.


I think we all could learn something.
That is too cute, how old is she?

Re: Do you play "piano" #1119614
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Apparently old enough to KNOW SHE PLAYS THE PIANO...

as for me, I play the piano...some days better than others... and at the rate I'm going, I'll never get to step 8...thank god laugh


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119615
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Definitely, I play the piano.

I actually love listening to myself play, whether it's practicing one measure over and over a hundred times, playing scales, or working on a whole piece.

It produces a tremendous amount of joy.


Mel


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119616
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I have been thinking about this all week. I feel like I cannot play anything - I don't know why. I've just been feeling like a pathetic player, mind you I am very hard on myself and my worst critic.

So... this week I've been rethinking my piano goals. I dont want to memorize anything, I will happily travel with my piano book bag smile in case I am ever asked to play 'something'.

Once at church I played the Canon the morning of my recital because everyone had left to go downstairs, (I wanted exposure) well.. they all heard trickled back up, I got a resounding applause and 'gee, I never knew you played the piano, that was so beautiful'. I said - 'Oh no, I don't play, Im just learning'. argg.. confused

that's my answer and Im sticking to it wink


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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119617
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Mel, my friend, the difference between me saying "I play piano" and you saying "I play piano" is that you really do!

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Re: Do you play "piano" #1119618
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Originally posted by Sal_:
[b] I had a student yesterday who stood up in the middle of lessons, and like an announcer, announced herself:
Here is ___ about to plaayy... a little bit from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

She then sat down and played the first line, which was all she knew.

After she finished, she stood up and announced, "That was ____ playing a little bit from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Accompanied by much bowing.


I think we all could learn something.
That is too cute, how old is she? [/b]
She's seven.

Do I play piano? A hesitant "Yeah" is typically my answer. Do I play? Yes. Do I play for others? No, not really--only if I'm in an exceptional mood and/or after much coercing.

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