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#2163622 - 10/08/13 06:43 PM First piano lesson in over a decade...  
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Had tonight. I'm SO excited to be taking proper lessons again! Just wanted to share. heart


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#2163634 - 10/08/13 07:15 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Congratulations! What are you going to be focusing on?


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#2163638 - 10/08/13 07:22 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Filling in the gaps in my technique and theory, for starters. This week I will be practicing scales (never really had to do them as a kid) and starting on Bach Invention No. 8. One thing that's definitely week for me is intuitive fingering in pieces, which I totally agree with him. He's going to help me over my plateau I've been on since my teens.


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#2163640 - 10/08/13 07:24 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Nice! Were you nervous? How did you play?


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i call it the paino because its where i put all my pain
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#2163642 - 10/08/13 07:26 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Cool! I want to do this, too. Good luck.


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#2163644 - 10/08/13 07:31 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: findingnemo2010]  
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I did okay, but yes I was nervous. I feel very vulnerable playing in front of people right now, but that's why I'm taking lessons. Eventually, I hope I don't have to feel so scared! This teacher is the academy's jazz specialist too, which I'm super excited about possibility-wise. I've always wanted to explore things other than the classics.


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#2163649 - 10/08/13 07:37 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Originally Posted by ScaryKat
I did okay, but yes I was nervous. I feel very vulnerable playing in front of people right now, but that's why I'm taking lessons. Eventually, I hope I don't have to feel so scared! This teacher is the academy's jazz specialist too, which I'm super excited about possibility-wise. I've always wanted to explore things other than the classics.

Wow that's awesome. At first when I started I used to get nervous. Not so much anymore. Its a good nervous though. I would leave lessons very drained. I too would like to go back to school for music like you but I have old school loans out as well. Kinda been goin at it alone lately which is not so good. It means a lot to me though. Are you going to school for music aside from lessons?

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music to me is kind of like putting together pieces of a puzzle
i call it the paino because its where i put all my pain
#2163654 - 10/08/13 07:48 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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I work full-time for a university (I'm a computer geek by trade). I've been ignoring my dream for a really long time. I'm going to start with private lessons and see where things go. Eventually, I'd like to pursue it academically/professionally. I'm already in courses this semester, but one of our benefits is 2 free courses a year, so I can work really hard in the next 6 months or so and try to audition for Fall semester next year. The school has an admirable enough program, and if I can take some of the classes free, even better! I only hope that I might be able to score a scholarship or two to make things possible if I do ace the audition, so I hope I'm able to get to the place I know I'm capable to go.

I have more student debt than should be allowed, so I understand the loans thing. I'm going to be paying them off forever though, so might as well do something that makes me happy. I don't do much in way of hobbies or social outings, so I think this expense is excusable. Kind of like finding my way home.

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#2163911 - 10/09/13 11:16 AM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Originally Posted by TinyKitten
I work full-time for a university (I'm a computer geek by trade). I've been ignoring my dream for a really long time. . . .

. . . I'm going to be paying them off forever though, so might as well do something that makes me happy. . . .


Take it from an old man:

. . . You'll kick yourself in later life for not
. . . _trying_ to realize your dreams.

You're young enough to recover from a mistake, even if you make one.

There's a long-known relationship between music and computer (and math) skills. I don't know if it's been explored by the academics. But I've noticed that lots of computer people play music. The same for physicists and mathematicians.

A story:

We just celebrated the 40th anniversary of a rabbinical school that I attended. I was only there for about six months. It was a "poor fit", and I found that I was much happier with my part-time work programming computers.

One of the original teachers (now an important academic) asked me:

. . . "Well, what did you learn in your six months?"

. . . "I learned that I was not suited to Jewish studies,
. . . or working as a rabbi."

. . . "That's wonderful! Some of my graduate students
. . . . haven't figured that out in six years."

So even failure can be productive.

. Charles


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#2164043 - 10/09/13 04:54 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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Cheers, Charles smile At least you figured out it wasn't for you quickly. I honestly think me going out into the world and not going for music right away is a blessing. I am so much more mature now than I was when I was in high school, emotionally and intellectually. I know what I need to do to succeed and know I have the drive. I was floating through life as a kid/teen/young adult, with music being the zephyrs that would carry me home when I needed. It takes losing that energy to realize where you're meant to go.

If you haven't look up Pythagorean and music. I presume the correlation is fitting, being that music is math.

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#2164046 - 10/09/13 04:57 PM Re: First piano lesson in over a decade... [Re: TinyKitten]  
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really? i'm a computer geek working for godaddy.com and i have put off music till just recently. i started lessons when i was 24, im now 25 and i feel like i wasted so much time i could have been pretty good by now frown

i still feel like i have plenty of time to really fulfill what i want out of music lessons tho smile

i've never heard of this correlation between computer geek and music tho


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