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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: Sparky McBiff] #1759636
09/26/11 12:51 PM
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There is something about the sound and feel of an acoustic piano that simply motivates you more. [/quote]

I was just saying to my friends the other day that I NEED to play a REAL piano more often. I appreciate that I have a DP but it feels dead to me. When I play the Steinway grand at my lesson it just feels so ALIVE to me and much more inspiring. Fortunately I have access the practice rooms at the university I work for. So, I will be going there at least 2-3 times a week to start.


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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: Kymber] #1759717
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Originally Posted by Kymber


There is something about the sound and feel of an acoustic piano that simply motivates you more.

I was just saying to my friends the other day that I NEED to play a REAL piano more often. I appreciate that I have a DP but it feels dead to me. When I play the Steinway grand at my lesson it just feels so ALIVE to me and much more inspiring. Fortunately I have access the practice rooms at the university I work for. So, I will be going there at least 2-3 times a week to start.


I'm in the same situation as you are. I crave playing a real piano everyday.


"You are the music while the music lasts" - T.S. Eliot
Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: Peyton] #1759749
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Originally Posted by Peyton
He Mark, total OT but it was great to see you at the show this weekend.....

I'm thrilled I finally had the chance to catch you! And very glad to have one of your art pieces.

And why not let's show it off.... smile
It's not exactly this but similar:

[Linked Image]


....and why not also let's say that you were doing very well at the show! Lots of people were very interested in your work. thumb

P.S. Wife just got back after a couple of days away. Saw the piece. Her comment:
"I LOVE IT!!!!!!" smile

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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1760768
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I fight tendonitis, but I am NOT quitting. No way.



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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1760814
09/28/11 12:15 AM
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I've met quite a few people over the years who have taken lessons for years and always found it a chore and eventually stopped playing altogether.
I've been banging away on the piano for 40 years now and never learned to read sheet music, play a classical piece or a complete song and I play every day and I love it. I play for my own enjoyment and I don't make a job out of it.

Don't give up, play for fun, I think you'll surprise yourself.

Dan
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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: painter55] #1760832
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Originally Posted by painter55
I fight tendonitis, but I am NOT quitting. No way.


That's gotta be tough. Make sure you are working on posture with someone. Having a correct arm/hand/finger position will minimize the tension and not aggravate your tendonitis.

woodfab, good for you! In modern days, there are a variety of teaching styles and methods for all the different styles of music. I know a few professional players that are on records who can't read sheet music. I also know some brilliant sight readers who can't play a simple pop song. Depends on what you want to do. I think finding a balance between playing for fun and trying to get to a higher level of playing is the challenge for everyone, no matter what level. But you are right, at the end of the day if you don't enjoy the journey, then what's the point?


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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1761168
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I suffer from ankilosing spondylitis and as a consequence I feel different levels of pain everyday. My meds help a lot though but practicing can still be painful depending on how I'm doing that particular day. Nevertheless I never considered quitting because even though those days can be painful I enjoy a lot playing and besides, it's gonna be painful anyway so let's have a little fun while you can.






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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1761237
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I’ve never considered “quitting” playing the piano; but when I look at some of my YT music videos from a couple of years ago and my playing doesn’t seem to have improved much, I do get discouraged.

So, I just keep at it, hoping for a dramatic breakthrough… laugh

Rick


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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: Rickster] #1761346
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Originally Posted by Rickster
I’ve never considered “quitting” playing the piano; but when I look at some of my YT music videos from a couple of years ago and my playing doesn’t seem to have improved much, I do get discouraged.

So, I just keep at it, hoping for a dramatic breakthrough… laugh

Rick


I saw some of your videos as well, and I'm very impressed. OK, maybe you're not at the level of Valentina Lisitsa - so what. You put a lot of yourself into your music and it's fun to listen to. It's not about dazzling with technical brilliance, it's about expressing yourself and putting your personal stamp on the music, and I think you do that very well.

At some point in any activity, we all reach the limit of how far we can go. If you play a sport, there comes a time in your life that you can't improve any more, and age will eventually start you on a slow decline. It's a bummer, no doubt, but staying on a plateau or facing a slow decline beats the stuffing out of quitting. So keep on playing.


Piano self teaching on and off from 2002-2008. Took piano instruction from Nov 2008- Feb 2011. Took guitar instruction Feb 2011-Jul 2013. Can't play either. Living, breathing proof some people aren't cut out to make music.
Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1761358
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Wow, thanks, FormerFF!

I think we all need reminding just how much fun our music can be, regardless of our technical abilities. If we can manage to put a smile on our face, or even better, the face of someone else, we've indeed accomplished something worthwhile! smile

Well said... never quit!

Rick


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Re: Do you consider..quitting? [Re: PianoDreamer66] #1761367
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Sometimes after years of playing, the thing that breaks you through is a different way of looking at things. I watch interviews with great players and see if I can pick up a new thought process. For example, the way Herbie Hancock sees simple triads over various bass notes to create complex chords. Sometimes it just takes a little kick in a different direction to get me going.

There may be physical limitations, such as in sports, but music is a lot mental too, which I'm constantly trying to improve on.


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