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Young Pianists #1529552
10/06/10 01:56 PM
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I'm just wondering, is there any other young pianists out there that are genuinely interested in piano playing?

What songs would you recommend to learn?






yeaaaaaaaaaaa, its my first post XD


I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3
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Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1529568
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what do you mean by 'young'? lol...I'm 22, and I started playing when I was 20. And if by songs you mean 'pieces', well I really liked the first and second movements of moonlight sonata and those were the first pieces I ever learned. How old are you and how long have you been playing?? I would reccomend something like that...and there's alot of sonatas by mozart that are really easy, and Op. 119 Bagatelles by beethoven are also pretty easy.

Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1536488
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I'm 13, started playing keyboard when I was 8 but properly started playing piano pieces when I was 11. Just listened to the pieces you recommended, really like them laugh

Im learning to play Le Onde by Ludivico Einaudi at the moment, got a performance on the 27th so im like proper nervous smirk My first ever solo performance ARGH! :L

I don't do grades but my teacher says im working at grade 5/6 so im quite happy with that laugh

what grade are you?


I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3
Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1536871
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I actually don't have a teacher or receive any formal instructions, so I couldn't tell you what grade I'm in! lol I took a piano class and music theory class last year at my college, aced both of them, and I've just been teaching myself!

And that's really great about your first performance! I'm sure you'll do fine...just put your heart in it. good luck!

Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1536882
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I'm 29.5 now, but I think I can give my perspective on this as I remember when I was younger.... well, ok, one thing I don't remember, but I've been told.
When I was almost 4, I heard my sister play Mary Had A Little Lamb on our piano, a 1921 Hallet & Davis 52" upright. According to my mother, after she had played it, I sat at the piano and started playing it. I had never played it before, nor taken lessons. (I don't have any memory of that incident, that's just what I've been told.)
A few years later, my sister had been taking lessons for maybe several months, and (yes, you're reading this right!) I was the one begging for piano lessons. So, when I was around 7 or so, I started lessons. After about a year or two, my mom had me and my sister switch teachers. From what my mom says, the Suzuki teacher we had been using was holding us back - we were able to play all the songs in book 1 and may be book 2, but the teacher wanted perfection before we advanced from one song to the next.


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Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1536958
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welcome to piano world!!!!!!


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Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1537092
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Well, I'm round 15 and I just finished my level 8 last year. I've been playing for around 4 1\2 yrs. I actually have this collection which you get with a yamaha Clavinova: 50 Greats For The Piano. It has some of the most popular piano pieces ever. I play many of them, not the toughest ones though.

Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1538743
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well done for acing both of the classes! laugh

and wow! you teach yourself?!

and thank you, im hoping it will go ok, but whenever somebody listens to me play I always make mistakes! Anyone have any tips on how to perform?

88Key_PianoPlayer, I had a teacher like that, I had to get it up to her standard before i was allowed to play anything else! I was only 10 at the time aswell!

thank you apple* laugh

Wow, sa010, thats like amazing! my goal is to learn to play Bach's organ toccata by the time im 18! I know its an organ piece but the organ is pretty similar to the piano:)

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I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3
Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1538918
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If I had to do it over again, I'd focus more on Debussy (Deux Arabesques, Suite Bergamasque, Children's Corner), Joplin (Maple Leaf, Sugarcane, Swipesy, Willows), Schubert (Moments Musicaux, Impromptus), and Schumann (Kinderszenen). Beethoven and Mozart sonatas are great but are more difficult... if you look at them from a time investment vs. enjoyment/entertainment value perspective (maybe I just suck). Chopin (Etudes, Nocturnes) is hard and so is Brahms (Rhapsodies... I should re-learn no. 2 it's great for testing piano tonal ranges smile ), but the music is cool.

Bach is awesome... look for the Little Preludes and Fugues. I never got to Bach's keyboard concertos but they should be definitely be super fun to play.

All of the above should be within reach of your level now or in a year or two. A few years might seem like a long time for you right now... but time really flies so take advantage of the lessons and playing opportunities while you are young smile.

As for performing you just need to relax and tune out your audience. Play as if you're only playing for yourself (perfectly) wink.

Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1546327
10/29/10 02:37 PM
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Thank you (:


I did my performance btw!

Went very well! Didnt mess up at all!

Thank you everybody for your tips!

Hope to be doing a lot more performances now i've got my first one out of the way!

<3


I don't believe in grades, I have enough exams at school so why should I be tested in something I enjoy? <3
Re: Young Pianists [Re: LeahRose] #1546997
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Bach is an absolute blast to play. A real treat for the fingers! I personally do NOT enjoy listening to his music, but I love playing it. Something I really enjoy playing AND listening to is the music of George Winston; it's subtle, jazzy, and inspiring to me as a musician. That's all I can think of for now!

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Hi. I'm a young pianist and I don't do piano grades (my teacher said that I'm past level 12 so there's no reason to). I like to play lots of "drama" pieces like Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, and then some beautiful Chopin/Schumann/Liszt. Debussy and Ravel are hard for me to interpret...the nuances of those pieces are difficult for me because I don't have the experience of an adult (i've struggled with ondine and the arabesques, etc...) I like Mozart a lot, too, because we both share youthful energy. Bach is also hard for me to interpret but I have played through some Goldberg variations and enjoyed that very much. Mostly, I think young people like me like high-energy, passionate pieces or just pieces that are fun/beautiful/youthful (like Mozart)...nothing too heavy, somber, depressing, etc..


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