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


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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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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

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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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Overheard from my daughter's class, my favorite ballet correction:


Is that an arm or a thing?


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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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"Playing like a wounded water buffalo in heat."

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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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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 had one similar years ago, after playing Chopin Nocturne No 20 in C# minor at my first lesson with my new, very Russian, classical piano teacher:

"That may be your Nocturne but it's not Chopin's".

More recently, my new Jazz teacher, after hearing me play for the first time:

"Well, good, you're not doing anything wrong."

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My teacher is blunt. I love it.

"Good job today, it was actually nice listening to you play today"

Aaaand it's been about 6 weeks with this teacher laugh I had no idea she was suffering for so long, but I have thick skin so that actually made me feel pretty good!

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I had to cancel my piano lesson today, but I got a "hey, that looks nice. You couldn't do that before; isn't it nice to be able to see improvement?" today in ballet! I wish we had still had piano, since she appears to be in a compliment giving mood! (Thursdays I get my artistic fix with ballet before work, and piano lesson after work.)

That being said, I totally messed up the arms in an assemble/jete combination today, and blew an arabesque and she stopped the music three times and made me do it all by myself. Pretty piano music, though! smile

Also, I now have opened myself up to get chewed out with things like, "I know you can count to eight. I've seen you do it when you play piano. I also know you can come in a count before the measure, and not be entirely late with everything. So let's do that here, too, mmmkay?" Sure lady, but piano comes a lot more naturally to me. In ballet I'm concentrating so hard that often the music is the last thing on my mind and if I can vaguely be aware that there IS a beat, I'm ahead of the game, though not ahead of the beat.

I cannot wait until I am good enough at ballet so that I can actually express myself. Piano makes me feel so many wonderful things (ok, you can vomit but it's true) and I want to have the dance vocabulary to express it when I'm listening to piano music instead of playing it.

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I suppose the only humorous comment I can remember came, not from my regular teacher, but from the head of the studio who sometimes takes me in the summer. He felt my lack of progress with Debussy's Arabesque #1 was a problem.

All he wrote on my comment sheet for it wad "Hmm."


  • Debussy - Le Petit Nègre, L. 114
  • Haydn - Sonata in Gm, Hob. XVI/44

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"Are we reading the same piece?"

and

"Well at least Beethoven is deaf"

my teacher... brutal


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OMG love this..... Same piano teacher for 10 years.....a few of my favorites...after or during my playing....

Nice.....now let's try it with the CORRECT rhythm
Well.....we knew this would be a challenge....
I know you don't hear the difference but I can tell you worked hard
You know that is supposed to be a......(insert any note)
Well....that IS a tricky measure ...
Oops.....
Oops.....
Oops.....

Nice to read these....... Playing doesn't get easier because the music is always getting harder!




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To quote my teacher from this week's lesson

"it was an interesting way you did it, but you got there in the end"

I think it was code for you didn't look at the sheet music before launching in, so you screwed it up


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I'm reading a book about the master classes of Franz Liszt. (The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt: 1884-1886: Diary notes of August Gollerich; edited by Wilhelm Jerger and later by Richard Zimdars). Here are a few of Liszt's comments to his students:

1. A man played Schumann's Toccata, Op.7 very badly. Liszt made a priceless face, and finally called out: "Good grief!! (o, du heiliger Bim-Bam!!) Come now, that is indeed bungling."

2. At a wrong note in Chopin Nocturne 27/1: "I cannot allow you to do that if you wish to give Chopin his due."

3. A man played Liszt's Gondoliera: "Well now, you played that very 'philistine' indeed! You must play that 'more importantly'"

4. A student played JS Bach-Tausig: Toccata in D minor: Liszt always sneezed humorously at the octave blows at the beginning. "Today this piece is the piece that every ass of an up-to-date pianist plays!" And "This season I have heard this piece at least a dozen times. pianists are like sheep. Whenever one jumps in, all the others jump in after him!"

5. A student played Chopin's Waltz in A flat major, op. 42: "Shame on you for bringing me something like that! That is wretched dilettante fodder; naturally I am saying nothing against the composition, which is very beautiful.""The queen of Romania plays that much better than you do. The princess of Sweden also does it well. You do not need to come to me to learn that!".

6. A student played Kwast Concert Waltz: "Charming concert piece. Only don't continuously imitate the metronome with your head! At the present time that is terribly popular with the ladies and gentlemen and I cannot endure it."

That's what' i've found so far. He seems in the book as if he was a generally cheerful teacher and often quite humorous. smile


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Another Liszt tidbit - Liszt asked an acquaintance to join a game of whist. The acquaintance replied, "I don't know how to play." Liszt, "Well, then you can be the critic."


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Originally Posted by -Frycek
Another Liszt tidbit - Liszt asked an acquaintance to join a game of whist. The acquaintance replied, "I don't know how to play." Liszt, "Well, then you can be the critic."


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