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#1713615 07/15/11 12:56 AM
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My first teacher (whom I've had since 2009) is moving to Ottawa, so she suggested a new one, a former teacher of hers, named Ruth Nieboer. She's a fairly accomplished lady, and boy does she have a sense of humour! I met her today for about an hour for an interview (which was really just a trial lesson), which went very well. I definitely learned a lot in that short hour, which really makes me look forward to the next year or two.

I played Chopin's f minor nocturne for her, and she seemed impressed with my phasing, shading and tempi. She was a bit less impressed with my hand's form and my posture, which she quickly fixed. I also have to rework the fingering of many of my scales, which was slightly awkward.

I suppose I was just sharing my excitement. Good times are ahead, even if my pocket will be a bit less full!

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Originally Posted by Steve712
....She was a bit less impressed with my hand's form and my posture, which she quickly fixed....

Wow! smile

Make sure that the fix 'sticks.' That's probably the hard part!

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I'm now paying very close attention to how I sit and position my hands and arms when I practice and play. I found that everything was instantly easier to play once I started raising my wrists, in that it was easier to get precisely the tone I wanted. Her tip about leading with the elbow and rotating the arm slightly made my arpeggios much more legato, too.

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I had a similar experience in the past couple weeks. I have been taking Jazz lessons for a while, and decided it's time to switch to classical for a bit.

The new teacher spent quite a bit of time correcting my hand position and bad habits that I've developed over the years. Using these has greatly reduced the tension I feel when I play, allowing me to play more freely.

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Originally Posted by Steve712
I'm now paying very close attention to how I sit and position my hands and arms when I practice and play. I found that everything was instantly easier to play once I started raising my wrists, in that it was easier to get precisely the tone I wanted. Her tip about leading with the elbow and rotating the arm slightly made my arpeggios much more legato, too.


Improvements already! Sounds like a great teacher!


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Originally Posted by Steve712
... she seemed impressed with my phasing...
I hope for her sake that it was only set on "stun". wink (and I hope you're old enough to get my lame joke) frown


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LOL!
I enjoyed your joke david grin


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If I were to guess, I'd say you're playing with the word "impressed," but I don't really get it. eek


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you wrote phasing (the r is missing). There is some kind of ficticious weapon from david's past that uses phasing to kill or stun. Could be from Doctor Who or Star Trek or similar - i am just guessing.

I'm sure he wasn't meaning to be disrespectful, just admittedly lame in the jokes department.

Hope your practising is going well for your new teacher.


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Star Trek I think! wink

Nice to know you got a great new teacher Steve!

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Originally Posted by Canonie
you wrote phasing (the r is missing). There is some kind of ficticious weapon from david's past that uses phasing to kill or stun. Could be from Doctor Who or Star Trek or similar - i am just guessing....
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Star Trek I think! wink

"Just guessing"? "Star Trek I think"?

People: It's Star Trek! Iconic line! Jeesh! smile

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