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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Stubbie] #2257892
04/06/14 09:27 PM
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I don't have lessons over the semester breaks and have "went it alone" through two six week Summer breaks since starting. During these breaks I set goals of finishing a piece and presenting it perfect on the return lesson. Both times I have failed miserably.


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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: earlofmar] #2258002
04/07/14 05:15 AM
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When I finally had my piano I was searching for a teacher because I was a total beginner. But unfortunately I have no connection to the music world at all and therefore I had "to pick" the teacher myself (without recommendation) and unfortunately I "picked wrongly" every time I tried - and I tried so very hard...
In piano teaching had just about everything from an alcoholic (at one point I had to hold her with my left hand to stop her from falling down, whilst I tried to continue playing on the piano with my right hand...) and this moment made me realize there was no future to learn anything from her, she obviously had too many problems to sort out first... I also had students as teachers but unfortunately they were not overly serious to teach me because it was only a "job" for them whilst they studied... and then I had a teacher who talked about himself all the time...needless to say I learnt nothing at all... one particular teacher even had a 22nd century computer- laboratorium on the first floor where she experimented with the tones of her pianos and that was a real shocker because it made me wonder whether she was really playing on her CD's or whether it was all "done up artificially on the computer"... and her friend who lived with her was a computer specialist/computer whizzard...
...After recovering from these off-putting experiences I took a long break and after feeling I had recovered enough from these experiences and terrible shocks (until these experiences I always believed music was sacrosanct and I was not aware that for some pianists it is "only a job"), I searched for self-learn-piano books and started myself to study and learn on my own. My "tool" is, that I record my own playing on a CD and then criticize how I play and which mistakes I make... and then I delete the CD again and continue to learn better and record again etc... my most important values are my tonality and to make sure that I "let my piano breath" whilst I play. I still make many mistakes but at least it is great fun now and I enjoy it very much and I am learning a lot... My terrible teacher-experiences have finally gone, where they really belong: into complete insignificance...
My only regret is that I had no connection to the music world and never had a chance to be taught about a recommendable piano teacher who is a real enthusiastic positive piano teacher, because I imagine that learning myself on my own is harder... but there again, as an adult beginner learning in my spare time, to learn myself is perhaps the only option anyway...

Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Sam S] #2258030
04/07/14 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Sam S
My teacher takes a break in June, July, and part of August. Roughly corresponds to the summer vacation for the school kids here in Georgia, USA. But I keep working during that time, on my own.

Sam


Forgot to mention that I have been going to Summerkeys, an adult music camp, for the last 3 years in June or July. Will be going again this year in early July. Its a great way to improve over the summer since it takes a lot of preparation (at least for me). And its a neat vacation on the coast of Maine.

Sam

Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Stubbie] #2258114
04/07/14 11:08 AM
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Take lessons every week. No time off except for sickness and my business travel. I'm very lucky to have a teacher who also have crazy schedule. Sometimes I have lessons at 10pm weekend etc. I used to have a teacher who had full schedule with kids and the only time I could come was during lunch break. It did not work out.


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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Kristina1] #2258238
04/07/14 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Kristina1

When I finally had my piano I was searching for a teacher because I was a total beginner. But unfortunately I have no connection to the music world at all and therefore I had "to pick" the teacher myself (without recommendation) and unfortunately I "picked wrongly" every time I tried - and I tried so very hard...
In piano teaching had just about everything from an alcoholic (at one point I had to hold her with my left hand to stop her from falling down, whilst I tried to continue playing on the piano with my right hand...) and this moment made me realize there was no future to learn anything from her, she obviously had too many problems to sort out first... I also had students as teachers but unfortunately they were not overly serious to teach me because it was only a "job" for them whilst they studied... and then I had a teacher who talked about himself all the time...needless to say I learnt nothing at all... one particular teacher even had a 22nd century computer- laboratorium on the first floor where she experimented with the tones of her pianos and that was a real shocker because it made me wonder whether she was really playing on her CD's or whether it was all "done up artificially on the computer"... and her friend who lived with her was a computer specialist/computer whizzard...
...After recovering from these off-putting experiences I took a long break and after feeling I had recovered enough from these experiences and terrible shocks (until these experiences I always believed music was sacrosanct and I was not aware that for some pianists it is "only a job"), I searched for self-learn-piano books and started myself to study and learn on my own. My "tool" is, that I record my own playing on a CD and then criticize how I play and which mistakes I make... and then I delete the CD again and continue to learn better and record again etc... my most important values are my tonality and to make sure that I "let my piano breath" whilst I play. I still make many mistakes but at least it is great fun now and I enjoy it very much and I am learning a lot... My terrible teacher-experiences have finally gone, where they really belong: into complete insignificance...
My only regret is that I had no connection to the music world and never had a chance to be taught about a recommendable piano teacher who is a real enthusiastic positive piano teacher, because I imagine that learning myself on my own is harder... but there again, as an adult beginner learning in my spare time, to learn myself is perhaps the only option anyway...



LOL at least you are collecting material for a movie or book smile My lessons are a lot less exciting !


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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Sam S] #2258299
04/07/14 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Sam S
... I have been going to Summerkeys, an adult music camp, for the last 3 years in June or July....


Knowing my luck. I'd get lost and end up in Camp Krusty.


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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: mr_super-hunky] #2258460
04/08/14 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Super-Hunky
I'm self taught, but then again, I never taught myself anything. Anyway, since I'm self taught, that makes me the teacher. As the teacher, I've decided to give my students [that being myself], a break for the summer. So I really don't get taught anything during the summer months. Then again, I don't get taught anything the rest of the year either.

Hmmm, now I'm confused.

Piano is hard!

Maybe I should just teach myself instead. That would probably be much easier but I'm not sure if I could afford it.

I'll start saving today.


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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Stubbie] #2258490
04/08/14 02:23 AM
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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: Stubbie] #2258505
04/08/14 03:46 AM
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Re: QOTW: Do you have a piano lesson/self-taught "off-season?" [Re: jotur] #2258657
04/08/14 11:24 AM
04/08/14 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jotur
Maybe, for those of you who don't have lessons all year around but wish you did, we should revive that self-teaching support thread, or maybe use the FOYD thread, or even start a new one - Orphaned Piano Students or something.


Funny thing: the FOYD thread was actually born as a kind of "orphaned piano students" thread this past summer. The idea came from a frustration I shared with Cheryl at that particular moment: we were both on our respective summer breaks, and realised more or less at the same time that no lessons means less progress, because you don't have to force yourself to have "something presentable" each and every week! And so, I started that thread as a kind of "commitment device" for myself.

Then I got the crazy idea of going back to school in the Fall, and I kind of lost track of the FOYD thing. But I'm glad others have found a useful purpose for it!

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