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Deep love for the piano #1880594
04/16/12 03:04 PM
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I play piano like a maniac since i started three months ago, i'm simply addicted to my piano and I've already overtaken my sister who is already paying it for 5 years. My friends and family tell me it's not normal and I should go out more (which i did before i discoverd my profound ambition).
Nothing makes me more happy than playing that wonderful moonlight sonata (that's about how far I am and I mentioned in my previous post that i fell in love with it when a friend payed it for me and it is the reason I started), i'm getting bad grades because of it. Should I follow my dreams or should i return to the real world?

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Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880600
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Originally Posted by Profound-Ambition
i'm getting bad grades because of it. Should I follow my dreams or should i return to the real world?

Where I’m from, bad grades will follow you for a very long time… and, have negative and detrimental consequences in terms of pursuing higher education or employment.

My advice is come back down to earth, “the real world”, and find a balance of what you like/love and what is really in your best interest in regards to your future. If becoming a professional pianist is in your future, it will come together for you if you pursue that goal and ambition wisely.

All the best!

Rick


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Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880628
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Also, if you're going to play that much, and I never thought I'd say this, (gulp!) you might want to consider getting a teacher who has some experience with injury prevention through technique. Tendonitus could keep you away from your love for a long time and once you get it, you're more likely to get it.

Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880659
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Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: rocket88] #1880730
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Thanks for the toast, Rocket, but I want to be clear that I'm not saying everyone should have a teacher. I already had a tendency toward having tendonitus before I started playing the piano as an adult.

I'm just saying that if one is playing that much, they're more likely to develop it without special training. Mine was triggered working on an alternative rock piece for ten hours one day after working on it and other songs for long hours everyday for over a month. Even a person with a good teacher could develop it doing that, particularly if the teacher didn't have experience with injury or injury prevention.

Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880736
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You need to be able to balance the "real world" and "the dream" world.
They both affect and influence each other. So, find time to do your school work and maintain your relationships with people but also devote enough time to make your dreams come true. You might have to choose one over the other on ocassion. But, neither should have to suffer because of the other.


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And finally soared in the morning glow while non-believers watched from below.”
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Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880822
04/16/12 09:32 PM
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Your interest in piano could burn out as fast as it ignited (just sayin'--you're still pretty new to piano), but your grades are forever.

Really, your grades and playing the piano shouldn't be a one or the other situation.



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Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1880854
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There is a whole thread in the Pianists' Corner with someone worrying they won't get into a good music school with their 3.4/4.0 GPA. Even if you pursue music academically at a higher level, you need good grades. http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...acceptance%20to%20music.html#Post1872780

Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: Profound_Ambition] #1881758
04/18/12 01:28 PM
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I love the playing the piano also, but from experience with my school and certain activities it's a mistake to let it take over your whole life if it's trying to. Grades are very important and school in general, just how the first few posts in here said it. You have a lot of time to pursue music in your life time. We all have various talents maybe music related or not. But apart of having a talent is also knowing how to use it and control it. If you are thinking about it too much or playing too much, i am not suggesting to totally quit. But to just step back and get into the real world. You can always ignite the flame whenever you want, just let it dim if it's effecting you. It's respectable for people to keep there talents second.

Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: MaryAnn] #1881760
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Originally Posted by MaryAnn
There is a whole thread in the Pianists' Corner with someone worrying they won't get into a good music school with their 3.4/4.0 GPA. Even if you pursue music academically at a higher level, you need good grades. http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...acceptance%20to%20music.html#Post1872780
Great example Mary.

Re: Deep love for the piano [Re: MaryAnn] #1881761
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Originally Posted by MaryAnn
There is a whole thread in the Pianists' Corner with someone worrying they won't get into a good music school with their 3.4/4.0 GPA. Even if you pursue music academically at a higher level, you need good grades. http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubb...acceptance%20to%20music.html#Post1872780
Great example Mary.


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