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Originally Posted by MathTeacher
He also admits that he can't play by ear, improvise, transcribe.


I'm fairly certain that the majority of participants in this forum can't do those things, either.

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Originally Posted by MathTeacher
He also admits that he can't play by ear, improvise, transcribe.


I'm fairly certain that the majority of participants in this forum can't do those things, either.

So I'm special then grin


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A question for you. If he played exactly the same, but was a decent sight reader, would he automatically be a "better" pianist in your opinion?

-Daniel


I think so, but it's not only sight-read that he can't do. He also admits that he can't play by ear, improvise, transcribe.

I'm also wondering what you mean by "understanding" what he's playing. Do you mean note patterns, harmonies, voice leading and other theory essentials or do you mean that certain je ne sais quoi understanding of music that's fundamental to a good performance?


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It was mentioned that being a good pianist can make you more attractive to the opposite sex. I think that's absolutely true. I think to the same sex too and I'm not talking "gay" here at all.

Ability "doesn't grow on trees." When you see it in a person you know they paid dearly for it with their time, effort and money--often many years. That's something to definitely admire and therefore cause you to be attracted to that person. The piano/music part is iceing on the cake.

Ability, in any field, is just plain admirable.

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Originally Posted by wr
Originally Posted by MathTeacher
He also admits that he can't play by ear, improvise, transcribe.


I'm fairly certain that the majority of participants in this forum can't do those things, either.


I've been watching a DVD about Russian child prodigies. To get accepted into the music class, the prospective teacher plays a 6-8 note chord on her piano (not a simple major/minor chord), and the child (who can't see her hands) has to play exactly the same on another piano - instantly. All the children were able to do that easily....... cry


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Originally Posted by MathTeacher
Originally Posted by Ridicolosamente
A question for you. If he played exactly the same, but was a decent sight reader, would he automatically be a "better" pianist in your opinion?

-Daniel


I think so, but it's not only sight-read that he can't do. He also admits that he can't play by ear, improvise, transcribe.


None of these skills are important in a performance.


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Originally Posted by Bech
It was mentioned that being a good pianist can make you more attractive to the opposite sex. I think that's absolutely true. I think to the same sex too and I'm not talking "gay" here at all.

Ability "doesn't grow on trees." When you see it in a person you know they paid dearly for it with their time, effort and money--often many years. That's something to definitely admire and therefore cause you to be attracted to that person. The piano/music part is iceing on the cake.

Ability, in any field, is just plain admirable.

Bech


You remind me of a time when I was a teenager and my relatives were visiting. They asked me to play something I'd been working on, but hadn't finished memorizing yet. I apologized for using the score. My uncle laughed and said something that really struck me: "Some of us here wish we could read music." This was the first time it hit home to me that, no matter how inadequate I felt my performance might be, I could do something that most people couldn't.


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