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#1983350 - 11/06/12 08:59 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
rockbadger Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/05/12
Posts: 8
Loc: London, UK
Hi all - music graduate here who played a bit of piano but who hasn't had an instrument to regularly play on since then (6-7 years ago). Just got a Privia and am jumping right back in. I'm probably grade 5-6ish at the moment - would love to get stage where I can play proper piano repetoire. Love Brahms' Intermezzi for example.

Also want to get better to accompany my wife who is a soprano. Being able to sightread the accompaniment for her music would be great - previously I had to listen to a recording and play by ear with mixed results.

Also love prog rock, blues and jazz so lots of skills to learn!

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#1993570 - 12/02/12 09:33 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Francisco Scalco]
Jean Claude Offline
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Registered: 09/18/11
Posts: 646
Loc: France
Originally Posted By: Francisco Scalco
Hey guys, my name is Francisco Scalco, i'm brazilian and i've been playing piano since i'm 3 years old. The past few years I really focused in music, practicing everyday at least 2 hours, normally 3. I'm looking here for guidance in how i can study piano without one, since i'm doing an exchange program in France (6 months)

Well if you are anywhere near to Angouleme you can come over and play on my Sauter.

#1994011 - 12/03/12 07:27 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
kapelli Offline
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Registered: 11/26/12
Posts: 815
Loc: Poland
Hi all,

A im 29 and I'm polish.
I play piano - rather for my self - but I had teacher for many years,
but bad upright piano in my parents flat.
During last 5 years I was only just "inserting the keys down" just to maitain the technic. Now I have my own flat and look for new top-class GP and hope my piano skills will grow up strongly in 2013.

I am piano lover, and I know a lot of piano history, pianists etc.
Hope in two month maybe I will put some films here smile

#1994046 - 12/03/12 09:39 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Earl Grey Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Malaysia
Hi! I'm from Malaysia, and my English wasn't good. Hope make my English better and practice my piano hard every day.

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#1999242 - 12/14/12 02:34 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Shutoku Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/11/12
Posts: 11
Whoops. I already posted a few times in the teachers forum. blush

Anyway I am a 49 year old music teacher. I have a teaching studio in my home with my wife who also teaches piano. I teach piano, guitar, drums, voice, bass, and I have a few rock band classes (no not the game)
Both of us have been teaching for over 30 years.

My musical background started young. I was a Beatles fan from birth, and I always knew I would be a musician.
Sadly I was not put in music lessons until I was well into my teens and already gigging with bands for several years.
So I started teaching myself drums, then guitar. I fell in love with the piano and the sound of Moog synthesizers, so becoming a keyboardist was inevitable.

Once I began playing keyboards my musical influences changed and I became especially enamoured with Yes and Rick Wakeman's playing.
Through high school I had a progressive rock band with a drummer and bass player, where we wrote and improvised most of our material only covering a couple Yes, ELP and Rush tunes. I also played in a band with my older brother most weekends playing country rock and the top 40 of the day for parties, weddings, corporate parties and community dances, which financed buying equipment, and a certain herbal habit I had as a teen.

Once out of highschool my Dad told me to get a job or get out, so I applied at a music store to teach guitar. They knew me as a keyboard player though and needed a piano teacher. I lied to them saying I could read music even though I could not. It was May and the job would start in September, so I got myself a teacher and worked my butt off for 4 months working through to grade 6 Royal Conservatory albeit not taking exams, but still learning the material.
I'm not sure I was a very good teacher the first year or two, but I did ok.
To this day I am still a much better ear player and my sight reading still is not very strong.

I have to admit, I am tiring of teaching, and would sound like a grumpy old man telling you to get off my lawn if I went into detail.

I'm afraid I had become quite lazy and complacent in my own playing until this summer, but right now my passion for music is as strong as ever, and I am working hard to get my playing to the highest level it has ever been.
I'm not nearly as good a player as I would like to be still though, my right hand is pretty good, my left hand is horrid.
In addition to piano I play a 4 keyboard stack of piano, and digital and analog synths, and I am currently putting together a performance of Rick Wakeman's Six Wives of Henry VIII. I haven't set a date to perform the material yet (and I need to add more, the album is only around 40 minutes as it is and I want to do around 90 minutes) and I plan on using my most advanced drum student and bass student to accompany me.

Probably religious discussion is discouraged here, which is fine, but I am also a Shin Buddhist and play piano for Temple services.

Anyway, thats me and my history in a rather large nutshell. smile

#1999244 - 12/14/12 02:42 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Danielsan]
apple* Offline

Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: Danielsan
I just wanted to air my grievances and I'm not sure where to do (also don't care). This has to be the worst forum on the internet. There is not one friendly person here. They're all arrogant and rude and will jump down your throat for the slightest reason. They all think they're Arthur Rubenstein incarnate and cannot handle a different in opinion at all. This is why the classical world is in such horrible shape. Because musicians are jerks.

not very positive.. are you?
accompanist/organist.. a non-MTNA teacher to a few

love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)

#1999754 - 12/15/12 10:21 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Hilding Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/14/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Uppsala
Hi all! I´m new here and I like to introduce myself. I´m 30 years old and live in Sweden. I started to play the piano when I was 9 years old. I took lessons until the age of 18. I played classical and popular music. One of the last pieces I worked on at that time was Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart).

When I was 20, I bought a keyboard and moved to my own apartment. The keyboard was not so nice to play so I played less and less. Time, money and space prevented me to buy a real piano. The following ten years I´ve played very sporadically on my keyboard.

Ten months ago I bought a digital piano, Yamaha Clavinova CLP470PE and I have started to practice again. The first piece I started with was La chevaleresque (Burgmuller). I like my piano a lot and took 14 piano lessons this fall. The pieces I´m working on now is Bacarolle (P.I. Tchaikovsky), Anitra´s Dance (E.Grieg) and Morning Mood (E.Grieg). They are very beautiful and for me they are very challenging pieces.

I´m looking forward to som interesting discussions on this forum!

#1999867 - 12/15/12 02:49 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Birgitte Offline
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Registered: 12/15/12
Posts: 11
Loc: Norway
Helo there!
My name is Birgitte, I am 17 years old, studying music with piano as main subject at something similar to a music, dance, drama high school.

I have played since I was maybe 6 or 7 years old and I really enjoy playing. Just played Clair de Lune for my midterm exam and I am very facinated over the Bach's preludes and fugues. I also enjoy playing a lot of film music.

I think this site can be a great tool to discover more music and get more ideas and answers to my problems and questions.

#2000798 - 12/17/12 05:55 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
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Registered: 11/25/12
Posts: 195
Loc: El Paso, TX
I have been lurking for over a month and have decided it’s time to introduce myself. I am a retired English professor (University of Texas at El Paso; retired May 2011), 67 years old. I grew up in South Carolina, went to college and graduate school in New England, and have lived in the desert southwest for the past 42 years.
My mother was a piano teacher, and I probably heard her Steinway model S before I was born. This piano was built in 1939 and purchased by my mother in 1940. I learned to play that piano when I was 6 and took lessons (from a neighbor; my mother wisely decided that she would not be my teacher) through high school. I continued to practice (on everything from ancient uprights to a Steinway D) in college and graduate school, and I took lessons from a fine teacher in El Paso after I started my teaching career. My El Paso teacher persuaded me to perform at her annual recitals—I was her only adult student (I’m guessing she saw me as an object lesson for her students in how the piano could be a lifetime hobby). Among the more difficult pieces I played from memory at those recitals included Debussy “Voiles” and “La Cathedrale Engloute”, Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableaux Op. 33 no. 2, Bach Partita no. 1 (complete) and Fugue no. 2 in C minor from WTC 1, and Beethoven “Moonlight” sonata (complete).
Before I got tenure, I played on a Story and Clark upright (a fairly awful piano); once I had tenure, we purchased a house and my mother shipped her Steinway S out to us. At that time (1977) it was 38 years old and although certainly not comparable to my El Paso teacher’s Steinway B, it was fine as a practice piano.
A little over 20 years ago I stopped playing the piano, largely because of a herniated spinal disk that at the time made leaning forward without back support very painful. Fortunately, after a year of two the disk material was absorbed and no longer pressing against nerves; but because my professional career was increasingly busy, I did not go back to playing. This fall, I decided to have the Steinway S tuned (remember, this was after 20 years of its sitting in the living room unplayed) to see whether I had any skills left. Although my technique was rusty, I found the experience a bit like riding a bicycle again—in a couple of weeks I had Debussy “Claire de Lune,” movement 1 of the “Moonlight,” Gershwin’s Preludes no. 2, and parts of Bach Partita no. 1 in pretty good shape.
I was also surprised both by how good the piano still sounded and how much work I was doing to get it to sound good. I had known 25 years ago that the piano could use new strings, new hammers, regluing of the base bridge, and repairs to the action; I hadn’t realized how much I was compensating for the inevitable limitations of a piano that now is 73 years old. My tuner (Tom Lepinski, who is located between El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM) checked the frame and soundboard pronounced them in good shape. So I decided to go ahead with renovating the Steinway S with a budget of $ 10,000-11,000.
Tom has been working on the piano for almost two months now, and it will be returning to my home on January 3. Tom has restrung the piano, replaced the dampers, reglued the lyre, reglued and repaired the base bridge, replaced the felts on the keybed, hung the new hammers on new shafts and flanges, and will be doing a complete regulation of the action over the next couple of weeks. By the way, all the parts being replaced are from Steinway NYC. I have pictures of the work if anybody is interested. I decided not to have the original ivories replaced (although they are pretty yellow) or to have any cosmetic work done on the case (there are some predictable gaps in the laminate on the Sheraton-style arms). I’m interested in using my money to improve the sound and the predictability of the action, period.
I know from browsing on the boards that the Steinway S doesn’t get much respect, but this of course is a special piano for me—it has always been part of my life. And believe me, it can really sing in the C5 to C7 range. I suspect that it may be one of the last Steinways to have a frame cast by Steinway and to use Adirondack spruce for the sounding board.
I have already contacted a teacher here in El Paso, and once the piano is back I will be taking lessons again. I’m hoping eventually to be able to play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C# major from
WTC 1, all three Gershwin Preludes, Chopin Etudes Op. 10 no 5 and Op. 25 no 1, and Liszt Sonnet of Petrarch 104. Retirement is going to be even more fun!
El Paso, TX

#2003042 - 12/22/12 10:38 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Bashimatsu Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 7
Been playing for about five years. Music theory seems to be my stronger point, but I share just as deep a passion for both. Recently, I've taken up volunteering to teach kids music, so I try to incorporate a bit of the fun music side while teaching of the more complicated theory portion.

I hope to get from this forum the actual anatomy of a piano/how it works. I have the basic idea, but there's always more, isn't there? I'd also like to learn more about how to treat a piano, how to store one and, ultimately, how to select one for a certain environment like the home.

So far, I'm impressed.

#2003730 - 12/24/12 01:08 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
MRW158 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 4
Hi everyone, I just joined this forum and thought I should introduce myself. My name is Matthew, I'm 26, and am a professional jazz pianist from Australia living in New York City. I've visited this site from time to time, mainly to check out discussions regarding piano technique.

I thought I'd share this promo video of an album of orignal music I recorded this year in NYC with some great musicians.


You can find out more info about me on my website:


Thanks, and hope you enjoy it.

Matthew Sheens

#2005007 - 12/27/12 03:15 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Caravan158 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/24/12
Posts: 8
Hello There:

I'm Anthony - and I've been to the forum a couple of times before, but will be frequenting I lot more regularly. I will also be adding a post on Pianist Corner and Teachers Forums (same post) and would appreciate any input that you all would want to reply with.

Have a very happy holiday season and all the best for the new year!

#2022150 - 01/27/13 11:44 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Saranoya Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/27/13
Posts: 968
Loc: Brussels, Belgium
Hi everyone!

It only took me about one afternoon of lurking here before I decided that I really needed to join this community. It seems like a very nice and supportive environment, especially for gals like me who are taking up the serious study of piano rather late in life.

I'm a twenty-seven-year-old woman from Brussels, Belgium. I made a couple of soon-aborted attempts at learning to play the piano in my childhood and teenage years (probably about 1.5 years of formal schooling, all told), and I did rather well while I was at it, but never got very far. In September of 2012, I started taking lessons again, and I am now more serious than ever about playing the piano.

Yesterday, I sold my Roland RD-150 digital stage piano. It is soon to be replaced by a Boston Baby Grand (the 156 PE model), which will be delivered later this week. I gather from looking around here that the prevailing opinion on Boston pianos seems to be that they are overpriced for what they are (due to the Steinway buzz marketing often involved in their sale), and that in this price range, one might be better off buying a piano from the Kawai-RX series (equal value for less money). But through a rather convoluted series of events (involving, among other things, my grandfather's long-unfulfilled pipe dream of having a good reason to walk into a piano store and write a check for a grand piano), I find myself in the slightly weird position of now having to pay off (to my grandparents) a piano I never asked for, didn't choose for myself, and likely wouldn't have bought on my own.

Oh, well. I suppose it won't be that bad, once I get to actually play it.

After getting used to the new keys, I plan on maybe participating in the February ABF recital. Seems like a cool way to keep progressing, even if I should one day no longer have a teacher to provide me with new challenges to tackle.

Nice to be here.
Plodding through piano music at a frustratingly slow pace since 9/2012.

Standard disclaimer: I teach many things. Piano is not one of them.

#2022808 - 01/28/13 12:21 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
JanVan Offline
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Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 51

My name is Jan, I am 50 years old, and am returning to the piano after way too many years. I have recently acquired a digital piano Yamaha P51 and have been practicing about 2 hours daily for the past 3 months.

I studied music theory at the Conservatory so I have no difficulties understanding and memorizing piano pieces.

My first concern is adopting a good posture and hand position from where I can start building a solid technique. To keep things as simple as possible, I am relearning the pieces from Bach's Notebook for Anna Magdalena, as well as some easy sonatinas, and using these to experiment with posture and technique.

I will be happy to join conversations on this forum as I progress and will shortly be asking some very basic questions in the hope of getting as much input as possible from piano veterans to get me off to an excellent start.

#2023203 - 01/29/13 02:13 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
SimonUK Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/28/13
Posts: 6
Loc: UK
Hello All - I'm Simon from Wales, UK. I'm not really much of a Piano-Head, I tend to play keyboards and computers (yes, a computer is a musical instrument in my mind).
I have come here with the specific goal of finding a great pianist to collaborate with on a project - I'm sure the talent here will not dissapoint.

#2026074 - 02/02/13 10:15 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Schubertslieder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 373
Loc: Michigan, USA

I am Schubertslieder. New to this sight but not new to music. I am a hardcore musician. Started piano lesson at age 7, continued through high school, and went to major in music in college. I have both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music, in addition to K-12 Music Education Degree. My concentration is in Music Theory and Literature with a piano minor.
I will be a proud owner of Kawai RX-2, a 5' 10" grand piano, as on Monday, when bank opens, I will get my funds ready to put down a down payment for a new piano.
This sight and my piano technician helped me to make a decision on purchasing a new piano. I wanted a Steinway, but I am glad I didn't as purchasing a Steinway grand piano would easily have put me in a financial downfall. I also looked into Schimmel and Mason & Hamlin pianos, both used, but I think I will be happy with Kawai RX-2 at the moment.
The best lesson I learned while shopping for a new grand piano was that expensive brand names didn't necessarily satisfy my musical senses not to mention the bank account.
Happy to be joining a group of people with same/similar interest...music.
Charles Peck (American)--Metropolitan
Debussy--various pieces
Grieg--various pieces

#2026075 - 02/02/13 10:16 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Schubertslieder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 373
Loc: Michigan, USA
I live in US, Michigan State, cold part of the country.
Charles Peck (American)--Metropolitan
Debussy--various pieces
Grieg--various pieces

#2026080 - 02/02/13 10:36 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Schubertslieder]
currawong Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 6162
Loc: Down Under
Welcome, Schubertslieder. I couldn't ignore a poster with a name like that! (see my signature line) smile
Du holde Kunst...

#2026672 - 02/04/13 03:21 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: currawong]
Schubertslieder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 373
Loc: Michigan, USA
Thanks for a warm welcome. I am always pleased to be among musicians. I always enjoyed the company of musicians.
Charles Peck (American)--Metropolitan
Debussy--various pieces
Grieg--various pieces

#2028055 - 02/06/13 12:14 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Louis Podesta Offline
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Registered: 02/05/13
Posts: 863
I am a classical pianist/philosopher living in San Antonio, Texas. Today, I posted a classical piano news story to both the Pianist Corner, and the Piano Teachers Forum.

My reason for doing so is that, for the last year and a half, I have been trying to get this news to the general public with no success. Therefore, I went ahead and contracted with an audio tech to film a You Tube video, which I posted on October 11th of last year.

The story, as stated in the video, is that "Your Piano Teacher Taught You Wrong." The Urtext method of block chord playing, that everyone has been taught for the last sixty years, was not the way the classical piano repertoire was originally played and taught.

It was played and taught in a rolled/arpeggiated chord fashion. Further, the bass note was played slightly ahead of the soprano note, in order to enhance the melodic line.

The video has numerous audio excerpts, which were recorded in the early 20th century, that prove this conclusively. And since the video was posted, historical performance scholars from around the world have emailed me to confirm my thesis.

Finally, I include for your perusal a link to the video with the hope that together we can let all those who have have studied the piano to experience the true joy, warmth, color and spirituality of this great music as it once was commonly played and taught.

Louis Podesta


#2028063 - 02/06/13 12:24 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
pianomandb95 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/03/13
Posts: 14
Loc: England
Hi all,

My names Dom and I'm 17. I began teaching myself piano when I was 8, but only as a hobby, something casual. I began having formal lessons in April this year.

I love classical music, and my all-time favourite composer is Rachmaninoff. His music speaks volumes to me and I am yet to come across a piece by him that I don't like.

Just a little introduction and a hello smile
“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
― Sergei Rachmaninoff

#2028750 - 02/07/13 01:06 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Jaker Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 18
I'm a new member My name is Jacob I'm 24 from sweden. I have tinkered on piano on and off. I'm really a guitarist and saxophone player. And since I have small children in the house I wanted to be able to practice silently at night so I've decided to start playing piano.

Right now I'm trying to decide which piano to get.

#2043020 - 03/04/13 08:28 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Jaker]
daviel Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/14/07
Posts: 933
Loc: Waxahachie, Texas
Welcome, Jaker. Look at a Casio PX150 and a set of headphones.
"She loves to limbo, that much is clear. She's got the right dynamic for the New Frontier"

David Loving, Waxahachie, Texas

#2045926 - 03/10/13 12:51 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
patH Offline
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Registered: 03/09/13
Posts: 748
Loc: Germany

Since this is the place for new forum menbers to introduce themselves, here we go.

I am 45 years old and living in Germany. I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old, and studied music at a university, with piano as my main instrument. Since then, I play for leisure purposes; I consider myself an advanced amateur.

Since last year, I am a proud owner of a Yamaha C2 SG. Before that, I had only owned digital pianos; and I wanted a piano with a better action. So grand pianos became attractive. But I live in an appartment with neighbors; and in Germany, lots of people like to complain about noisy neighbors. Therefore, a built-in silent system was a requirement.
I was biased towards Yamaha for two reasons: Their experience with silent systems, and my excellent experience with their after sales services. Example: They once repaired my 6-year old Clavinova free of charge.

So I informed myself about pianos in the same price range as Yamaha (my spending limit was 25.000 €), and with built-in silent systems. I tried out several brands, went to the Music Fair in Frankfurt, and finally settled for the Yamaha C2 SG.

For people who consider buying a grand piano, I have the following advice about size. This is based on comparing the following models:
Yamaha C1/C2/C3
Bechstein A.160/A.175/A.190
In other words: Baby Grand, Medium Grand and Boudoir Grand.

Action: Identical for all three sizes (in the case of Yamaha and Bechstein: Very good). The only difference is in the sound.
Baby grands tend to sound a bit strained. There are exceptions; but the C1 and A.160 are not among them.
The medium grands and boudoir grands are in my opinion almost equally beautiful when it comes to roundness of sound; but the boudoir grands are more powerful (i.e. louder), and therefore not necessarily the better choice in an appartment with neighbors, where the room for the piano is 24 m² big.

In other words: Bigger is not always better. wink Even my C2 can be heard in the whole house when I play it. But I rarely play more than an hour per day (on average, maybe half an hour), and I use the silent system after 20:30, and when I practise a piece of piano. So, my neighbors will have to live with it.

Note: During my research about buying a piano, I also found this forum. I now decided to join.
Everything is possible, and nothing is sure.

#2046306 - 03/11/13 02:07 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Series Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/10/13
Posts: 2
Hello. I'm just an amateur pianist. Currently living in Canada and trying to finish the RCM exams. Like many other pianists, I enjoy playing mostly Chopin, because his music is the easiest for me to understand. I guess I don't have very good musical intuition, because I don't really enjoy pieces by other big names such as Brahms, Liszt, or Schumann. I decided to join this forum so that I can have a place to ask for help if I ever have trouble being able to play a piece well.

#2062366 - 04/10/13 12:24 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
LaBellaVita Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/10/13
Posts: 2
Loc: Kaunas, Lithuania
Hello people,
I'm Austėja, and I'm 14 years old. I started playing piano when I was 7. I study piano, music literature and music history in special music school.
I love almost all types of music - I don't mind listening neither Beethoven, nor Britney Spears.
I came to this forum searching for playing tips and I'm happy to join a bunch of people who like music.

#2062803 - 04/11/13 09:02 AM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
burghpiano Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 7
Guess I might as well introduce myself properly after my first rather self-indulgent post...I'm a 27-year-old music lover and pianist from Pittsburgh, PA. I started taking lessons at an early age but didn't really take it seriously until high school, and recently have realized that I basically learned to play completely wrong and am currently in search of a good teacher to help me in the process of starting over completely. Fun times!

When it comes to my favorite kinds of music I follow the philosophy of Duke Ellington..."there are only two different kinds of music: the kind that sounds good, and the other kind." In college I tended mostly toward Broadway musicals and piano rock, and learned all the classics by Billy Joel, Elton John, and Ben Folds as well as Broadway scores by Bernstein, Sondheim, and Jason Robert Brown. I still enjoy them, though perhaps not as much as I once did. It's only recently I've rediscovered how much I enjoy classical music, and while diving headfirst into the classical world is rather intimidating, I'm slowly developing my listening ear and forming my own opinions about the great pianists. (I love Glenn Gould's interpretations of Bach; other composers, not so much...)

My main instruments at home are a Petrof 131 upright, purchased by my parents in 2000, and a Yamaha CP300 keyboard, purchased by me in 2011. At sea...well, it's whatever they put in front of me, which tend to be mostly Yamaha grands in various states of (dis)repair.

Looking forward to learning all I can about music and the greatest instrument ever invented!

#2075119 - 05/01/13 04:20 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
hujidong Offline
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Registered: 04/30/13
Posts: 64
Loc: Hawaii
Hi everybody,

My name's Irwin, I just graduated from college with a bachelor's in music, I've been studying piano performance. I love classical music and am excited to join these forums! Hope to meet you all soon.

All the best

#2076087 - 05/02/13 06:24 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Vijay '82 Offline
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Registered: 04/28/13
Posts: 13
I'm Vijay, I was born in 1982 - hence my user name.

I had a few basic piano lessons a long long time ago, so I learned the very basics of reading music. I've been trying to teach myself piano over the years, with very, very limited success so far, but I haven't given up hope. Part of the reason is lack of time!

I don't expect I'm ever going to have the money (or the space) to invest in a real piano (whether a grand piano or an upright piano); however I do intend to purchase a high-end digital piano sometime in the near future.

I have a tendency to "go off on a tangent" at times... but that's just how I am...
I've got nothing clever to say...

#2076175 - 05/02/13 09:05 PM Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler]
Polyphonist Online   content
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Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 9109
Loc: New York City
I just remembered that I never actually posted here. laugh

Too late now. I'll be in the 1000s pretty soon if the opus number thread on Pianist Corner survives. It's addictive. ha


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