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#2078542 - 05/06/13 08:55 PM Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes  
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My Piano Teacher today during Lesson #6:

"There is a special room for people like you who don't practice dynamics".

This quote is best repeated with a dignified Russian accent, and a humorously stoic demeanor.

Oye!

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#2078546 - 05/06/13 09:12 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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ha I'm afraid I would hear the same thing!

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#2078623 - 05/07/13 12:34 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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Originally Posted by JazzyMac
My Piano Teacher today during Lesson #6:

"There is a special room for people like you who don't practice dynamics".

This quote is best repeated with a dignified Russian accent, and a humorously stoic demeanor.

Oye!


Ah, but you have a wise teacher. Besides the quote of the week, I bet she drove home the message about dynamics that you will keep with you for a long, long time. Whenever you catch yourself playing p when it calls for pp, you will probably see that stoic look. Heck, I think I'll see that look. Your teacher was probably grinning inside.

#2078673 - 05/07/13 06:40 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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I'm a hapless, victim....new to piano! Don't put me in that room!! :-)

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#2078689 - 05/07/13 07:28 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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Hearing that from anyone with a Russian accent would make me a liiiiittle nervous to say the least...


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#2078695 - 05/07/13 07:48 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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"Ah, you think you can use the pedal to cover yours sins," said in a sexy French accent.


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Originally Posted by -Frycek
"Ah, you think you can use the pedal to cover yours sins," said in a sexy French accent.

Casinitaly is your teacher?


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Originally Posted by Allard
Originally Posted by -Frycek
"Ah, you think you can use the pedal to cover yours sins," said in a sexy French accent.

Casinitaly is your teacher?


No, that was my one good teacher, a handsome war bride from Marseilles, almost fifty years ago.


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#2078736 - 05/07/13 09:39 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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"Well... you played all the right notes." Also with a thick Russian accent.


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#2078739 - 05/07/13 09:43 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: gooddog]  
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Originally Posted by gooddog
"Well... you played all the right notes." Also with a thick Russian accent.


But in the wrong order smile


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#2078752 - 05/07/13 10:20 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: R0B]  
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After proudly playing Chopin Nocturne in E minor for my teacher back in Portland Oregon:

"Well, that's one interpretation."

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#2078758 - 05/07/13 10:36 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: SwissMS]  
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Originally Posted by SwissMS
After proudly playing Chopin Nocturne in E minor for my teacher back in Portland Oregon:

"Well, that's one interpretation."

ha
I'm really missing those funny quotes.

Well, as you know I've no teacher but I can guarantee I use to speak with myself in a manner that I couldn't reproduce it on a distinct site like PW...


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#2078768 - 05/07/13 10:59 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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#2078787 - 05/07/13 11:32 AM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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Dipseys dad (Beric) to me during a sight reading lesson: "almost"

Me ; "almost?"

Beric : "almost the right note, nearly at the right time, close to the right duration"




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#2078826 - 05/07/13 01:27 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: -Frycek]  
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Originally Posted by -Frycek
"Ah, you think you can use the pedal to cover yours sins," said in a sexy French accent.


That's hilarious!

#2078841 - 05/07/13 02:03 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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"Try to make some music and not la la la"

La la la was sung in a very children melody. -.-


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#2078912 - 05/07/13 05:03 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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My first teacher didn't speak English, she tried valiantly to use the CDEFGAB names for the notes, instead of DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, SI

There were days when I didn't know if she was speaking English and saying "C", or speaking Italian and saying "SI" (for B), or if she was saying "Si!" (for Yes!).... but the funniest was one day when she told me I had to play "R"..... she meant RE, but instead of saying D, ....it came out "R".


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"Close", said with a grimace.

#2079432 - 05/08/13 05:08 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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After I played a piece:

"Well, that was a bowl of chicken and fish."

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mmmmm.......you got me all thinking, is my teacher too soft on me?


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#2079480 - 05/08/13 07:38 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: Rostosky]  
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Originally Posted by Rostosky
Dipseys dad (Beric) to me during a sight reading lesson: "almost"

Me ; "almost?"

Beric : "almost the right note, nearly at the right time, close to the right duration"


Lol....classic!


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#2079486 - 05/08/13 08:04 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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On my 3rd or 4th lesson -

Teacher: Play this with lots of contrast, forte first, then second line piano, third line back to forte.

I played the piece with the changing dynamics best I could.

Teacher: What happened to the dyanmics?

Me: I did them!

Teacher: Oh, you were trying to be subtle.

Me: OMG.


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After my recital last night "Wow, you were really nervous!" smirk

#2079520 - 05/08/13 09:39 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: JazzyMac]  
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My piano teacher is also my ballet teacher, and her better quotes are during ballet class:

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"What are you doing? You only have two legs."

"The audience doesn't have to know you have problems. Try to keep some of it to yourself, yes?"

"Why are you following her? You just make same mistake she makes, then. You think she knows what she's doing? I can assure you she does not."

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#2079545 - 05/08/13 10:50 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Is that an arm or a thing?


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#2079546 - 05/08/13 10:51 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: 4evrBeginR]  
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I'm working on a section of a piece which has a back-and-forth between a soprano and baritone voice. My teacher says to think of it as two lovers singing to each other. So I play it in the most tender way possible, and when I'm finished he says, "I heard the beautiful young woman, but the second voice sounded like the drunken uncle at a family reunion." *fail*


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#2079554 - 05/08/13 11:09 PM Re: Funny (or not so funny) Piano Teacher Quotes [Re: KeysAngler]  
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Originally Posted by KeysAngler
After I played a piece:

"Well, that was a bowl of chicken and fish."


At least you had surf AND turf!!! crazy

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Originally Posted by 4evrBeginR
On my 3rd or 4th lesson -

Teacher: Play this with lots of contrast, forte first, then second line piano, third line back to forte.

I played the piece with the changing dynamics best I could.

Teacher: What happened to the dyanmics?

Me: I did them!

Teacher: Oh, you were trying to be subtle.

Me: OMG.


I literally laughed out loud at that one!

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