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re: has the skill level of serious amateur players improved?
#1339230 01/02/10 02:40 PM
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There's been an interesting dialog about whether the skill level of serious amateur players has improved:

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...20the%20average%20level.html#Post1338685

...and one thing several people have suggested is that teachers be asked for their opinion.

And what do you know, we have teachers right here. So, it would be interesting to hear your opinion about this, if you'd care to share it.

(There was a slight mis-statement in the posts, stating that teachers who have been in business for thirty years antedated the invention of the phonograph. Seems to me it was invented about 110 years ago--- but if you've been teaching that long, you'd have a great perspective...)


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Re: re: has the skill level of serious amateur players improved?
Jeff Clef #1339660 01/03/10 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Clef

(There was a slight mis-statement in the posts, stating that teachers who have been in business for thirty years antedated the invention of the phonograph. Seems to me it was invented about 110 years ago--- but if you've been teaching that long, you'd have a great perspective...)


Invented back in the Edison days, I think, but affordable?

I was born in the 50's, and while we had a phonograph growing up we could never have afforded audiophile quality. Scratchy 45's are more like it, and even they were expensive by today's standards. I didn't hear a real stereo until I went to college in the 70s.


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Now that you mention it, Tim... mono radios (and all AM at that), mono record players, black-and-white TVs with no remote; all with tube amps (you could see the orange glow through the grille). Percolators. Cars with fins that needed oil changes and brake jobs every time you turned around and swilled leaded gas in large amounts; however, it was only $0.29 a gallon, and sometimes less.

Abandoned technology. If you didn't know how to change the needle on your record player, you'd better find out how, and if you were foolish enough to let the kids play the records, expect what you get.

Two-channel stereo transmission was first demonstrated from the stage of the Paris Opera in 1881, via telephone wires. However, professional sound engineers were recording performances using three channels and fast tape speeds as early as, maybe, the late Fifties or early Sixties (it was invented in 1931, the same year as the patent for two-channel stereo recording on grooved wax platters). Leopold Stowkowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra's recording of Scriabin's Prometheus: Poem of Fire, is the earliest surviving two-channel wax platter stereo recording (thanks, Wiki, for the data points).

Anyway. Back to our program on the skill level of amateur pianists...


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My grandparents had a Victrola you actually had to crank! I had great fun playing with that.


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My piano teacher had a wind-up Victrola. This was in the early '40s. She would play 78rpm records of the pieces I was learning so I could hear how it should sound.

I miss those days and my dear teacher, Mrs. Crisp.


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