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#2625550 - 03/20/17 11:12 PM Group Hug!
Ralphiano Online   content
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Registered: 05/05/15
Posts: 627
On the train, this morning on my way to work, I was quietly and internally, reveling over my most recent piano breakthrough. As I quietly relived this recent micro-triumph, my mind was soon filled with a stream of memories of pieces of advice I have picked up here, and the resulting upticks in the quality of my play over the two years I have been a member of this forum.

It occurred to me that without the influence of this forum, I would be struggling much more than I do, and would still be mired in the very beginner stages of piano playing, perhaps as developmentally delayed as I was after only a few months of playing. And, I would be riddled with doubts about whether I could ever decipher, much less, play the piano. I might not even be playing piano anymore.

But, I don't have to worry about those travails, because, I am a member of this forum. And what is this forum, but a collective of very caring, devoted, and enthusiastic, mentors, teachers, and colleagues, friends, and extremely decent human beings. This forum is nothing without the individual contributions that make up its content. And, I am the beneficiary.

I know life is very busy, difficult, and consuming for most of us. So, when someone takes the time, their very own precious, personal time, to read a struggling colleague's questions, to carefully and thoughtfully consider the issue raised, and then to spend even more time composing their thoughts and crafting an articulate, pointed, and concise response, well, I say something wonderful has just happened. No gift can match the gift that comes from one's own personal effort, and this forum is filled with just such gifts. And, I just couldn't resist the urge to publicly acknowledge as many of those who are so generous with their time, energy, and talents as I could.

When I first thought of this, I was struck with terror over the possibility of slighting someone, someone who contributes mightily, but who simply escapes my attention as I compose this. It is a consideration that weighs on me, as, I would love express my gratitude to ALL who have been so helpful to me over these two years.

But, in the end, it is important to me to just do what is right, and thank all that I can. The risk of omission, and the personal embarrassment I might suffer as a result, is just not sufficient cause to let all the benefit I have received go unacknowledged. To anyone I do not mention, and there will be some, I am sorry for my inability or failure to be comprehensive enough. I am already embarrassed as I type.

For their seemingly unending care and concern for their fellow members, evidenced by their faithful and steady willingness to do the hard work of listening, considering, and very effectively addressing the concerns and questions of us newcomers and struggling beginners, I would especially like to thank Keystring, Rocket88, Morodiene, zrtf90, Stubbie, dogperson, 8 Octaves, Whizbang, earlofmar (and so many others). Each of you goes far beyond mere kindness in your efforts to respond to the questions, comments, and discussions posted here.

And, I am sure that I speak for many, when I say that you have contributed in many, many immeasurable ways to our development as pianists. How many more, besides myself, might no longer be playing without the contributions you have made, and continue to make, to our budding development. Your selflessness is simply wonderful. I truly, truly hope that someday I can be as helpful to those who follow as you have been to me.

There is also much work that goes on behind the scenes here at ABF. The most obvious to me is the ABF recitals. I don't know all of the names of all the members who contribute the great effort and energy that goes into what, for me, is one of the high points of my life. I love these recitals, and, they are an important motivational event for me. I practice hard, and some of that comes from wanting to play a nice piece for these beautiful recitals. The only persons I know of, for sure, who do the hard work of creating these recitals are Sam S and Monica K. I just don't have a way to thank you enough for what you do for us. And, I am quite certain that you don't need the thanks, that this kind of giving is just part of who you are. But, thank you, anyway, for all that you do, you are very special.

Now, I'm going to shut up, wrestle with the aforementioned embarrassment, and continue to enjoy my journey with all my very special ABF friends. I'm a lucky, lucky guy!


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#2625569 - 03/21/17 02:42 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
MarieJ Offline

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Registered: 02/21/13
Posts: 228
Loc: Queensland Australia
Group hug from me, too! Self-teaching can be a lonely way to go - and for several years being part of Piano World in general, and the ABF in particular, has been a very important part of my ongoing piano journey. As you pointed out, the ABF Recitals are simply invaluable for motivating and focusing - and I, too, will be forever grateful. Thank you all! 2hearts

An hour or two with my Yamaha C3 and Einaudi's music - my idea of happiness.

#2625584 - 03/21/17 05:21 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
barbaram Offline

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Registered: 09/06/13
Posts: 818

#2625587 - 03/21/17 05:37 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
earlofmar Offline
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 3035
Loc: Australia
I got a mention in dispatches, how wonderful cool

actually I never give any advice, I just tell everyone of the mistakes I have made and beg them not to follow smirk
Problems with piano are 90% psychological, the other 10% is in your head.


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#2625589 - 03/21/17 05:45 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Sam S Offline
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Registered: 12/12/07
Posts: 2217
Loc: Georgia, USA
There are so many people here that I think of as my friends, even though I have never met them, never will meet them, and wouldn't know their faces if I saw them - but I would probably recognize their music if I heard them playing.

Keep it going!


#2625615 - 03/21/17 09:30 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
sara elizabeth Online   content
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Registered: 06/22/16
Posts: 224
Yes! I totally agree. The people here are so wonderful.

#2625652 - 03/21/17 11:11 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: sara elizabeth]
SwissMS Offline
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 1894
Loc: Costa del Sol
I completely agree! I have learned so much from others on this site, and hearing about everyone else's journey creates a wonderful camaraderie.

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#2625683 - 03/21/17 12:58 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Terry Michael Offline
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Registered: 11/30/08
Posts: 100
Loc: Cali
+1 for all of you lovely people!

#2625705 - 03/21/17 02:41 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012

Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 18129
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
{{{}}}} right back at ya!! heart

This is, imo, the best internet forum out there, and the only one I have stuck with for over a decade. Without this forum, I would never have been introduced to the music of Einaudi or David Nevue-- inconceivable!!!

This forum has enriched not just my piano playing--I doubt I would've persisted without the help and support of the people who post here--but my entire life. I have a lot of gratitude. Thanks to Frank Baxter for creating a space for all of us to enjoy. 3hearts
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
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#2625763 - 03/21/17 05:45 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Pianoperformance Online   content
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Registered: 07/19/16
Posts: 335
Love hugs.
Couldn't agree more, however frequent or infrequent, and especially for those who volunteer re recitals, MOYD, 40 pieces, etc, owners of this forum...the struggles are real, as are the triumphs, and giggles. Best 'community' forum, keeping it real 🤓
Ooh shout out to digital piano forum too, who helped me in my recent DP upgrade purchase decision.

Edited by Pianoperformance (03/21/17 05:47 PM)
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#2625775 - 03/21/17 06:46 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
casinitaly Offline

Gold Supporter until March 1 2014

Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 6508
Loc: Italy
Beautifully said Ralphiano.
I couldn't agree more and I join you in thanking those who are always there with a kind word of support, encouragement or direction.

This is one of the nicest group of people you could hope to meet on line - or in person. I feel so fortunate to have made friends here, and to have had the chance to meet a number of members in person.

My piano journey would be significantly less joyful without the wonderful people here who take the time to share the ups and downs of their own journeys, to commiserate with problems and rejoice in successes.

It's good to take a moment and reflect on just how wonderful our community is.

Thanks for starting this thread!

#2625776 - 03/21/17 06:50 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Stubbie Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 1396
Loc: Midwest USA
Originally Posted By Ralphiano
......No gift can match the gift that comes from one's own personal effort, and this forum is filled with just such gifts.....
For me, this forum has been the best of gifts. Nice ribbon on the outside, then open it up and all kinds of cool stuff is inside.

Participating in these forums is one way to give back and keep PW vibrant and strong for those that follow. It's a small price to pay for all the advice, encouragement, different points of view, and pure entertainment these forums offer. Thank you, all of you!

#2625858 - 03/22/17 06:58 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
WiseBuff Offline
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Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 1093
Loc: Brighton Colorado
Please let me add my agreement that this forum is a source of motivation, support, and learning. Opening this page each morning is a gift...a glittering Christmas gift under my tree that I anticipate and enjoy. The world at large, at least my world, is not interested in hearing about the piano journey. They seem to assume that if you play as an adult, you must be very good. LOL. Only here do we share our frustrations, accomplishments, and hopes. I, too, feel like I know many of you and want to join in the group hug.

Wise as in learner
Buff as in Colorado Buffalo

#2625869 - 03/22/17 08:35 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
cathryn999 Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/07/15
Posts: 521
Loc: Australia
also +1000

And a sincerely warm hug back. I don't post a lot lately but I am incredibly grateful for my piano family from all around the world.

Cheers, and I hope to meet more of you in Bulgaria this year!
The difference between dreams and reality is action.

#2625898 - 03/22/17 10:26 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
scorpio Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/30/12
Posts: 985
Loc: Connecticut, USA
This forum has been invaluable to me and my continued development as a pianist. There are so many to thank; so many with the patience to guide new members; so many with kind words of encouragement; so many with stories, anecdotes, and links that provide insight that helps us move forward. I am very fortunate to have found this musical room of the internet.

Thank you all!
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We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. Willy Wonka

#2625903 - 03/22/17 10:37 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Piano2138 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 11/04/16
Posts: 35
Another +1000

Thank you!
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#2626651 - 03/24/17 09:50 PM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Medved1 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/06/14
Posts: 111
Loc: New York
And from me too! Thank you all for the suggestions and good humor. The details are important - as Ralphiano said, the care and commitment from everyone who takes the time to post their advice or observations is so valuable to all of us. And it does inspire me, both on good days and bad, to know that there are so many kindred spirits out there.
Mason & Hamlin A ('97)

#2627100 - 03/26/17 11:17 AM Re: Group Hug! [Re: Ralphiano]
Mike1593 Offline
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Registered: 10/18/16
Posts: 6
What a wonderful commentary about a great site!! I don't believe that there are many here who could have stated what you did as well as you. I am only a few months into my piano journey and come to Piano World for inspiration. It is my favorite.


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