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#2714146 - 02/13/18 11:30 PM Had my fist lesson tonight  
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I doubt anyone remembers but years ago I started trying to teach myself. I was disabled and on benefits and all I could afford was the payments on a Casio PX 350. Eventually that got runiened by a cat with a "marking" problem. eek I did manage to replace that with a CGP 700 about a year ago but still couldn't afford lessons.

Fast forward to last Nov. and I finally got a job I could do with my limitations. It's a security guard job where I just drive around every so often in a trailer park and observe and report things out of order to management. I don't get involved or anything like that. I am still poor, but I have enough for the $20 a week lessons now. laugh I had my first tonight. I have a lovely teacher who is in her early twenties. She is giving the lessons out of her home. She even supplies the method books and sheet music for that price. We are using Alfred's All in One. I am so happy. This is so much better that trying to learn on my own which just wasn't going to happen. I am so pumped! yippie The only thing is I hope she gets to upgrade her piano soon. Some of her keys stick. I will say it is the shortest upright I ever seen. I asked if it was a spinet and she said no. It wasn't much taller than a digital console like a Clavonia.


Casio CGP 700 and love it. Learning with Alfred's All in One. I have a real live teacher now!
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#2714148 - 02/13/18 11:44 PM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Bravo, Bill - you are both lucky to be commencing this musical learning relationship.

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#2714149 - 02/13/18 11:49 PM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Great to hear things have worked out! I wonder, since your piano is portable, would it be possible to take it with you to a lesson? Stuck keys do not sound so nice...

#2714166 - 02/14/18 03:20 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Wonderful!

I don't know you, but my heart responds to your testimony and I wish for you the very best in this experience. Thank you for sharing.

God Bless,
David


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#2714172 - 02/14/18 04:13 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Great news Bill! I hope your piano journey goes well!

#2714174 - 02/14/18 04:31 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: outo]  
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Originally Posted by outo
Great to hear things have worked out! I wonder, since your piano is portable, would it be possible to take it with you to a lesson? Stuck keys do not sound so nice...

With my disabilities, my keyboard really wouldn't be considered portable. She says it really only acts up like that during cold weather. It has been unusually cold around here of late. I hope she is right. I would hate to go somewhere else. Not only is she cheap, but she is also close by at only four minutes away.


Casio CGP 700 and love it. Learning with Alfred's All in One. I have a real live teacher now!
#2714184 - 02/14/18 06:17 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Hi Bill
Congratulations! I feel your excitement and I’m excited for you. I hope you will keep us posted As you start your lessons.


"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
" I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
#2714217 - 02/14/18 10:01 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Excellent! Tell us about your first lesson. What did you cover in that lesson? Will you have a regular time set aside for practice?


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#2714245 - 02/14/18 11:10 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Good news about your first lesson and your new teacher! Perhaps her piano could use regulation instead of a complete replacement. Keep up your positive attitude towards piano and lessons, and it will be a wonderful journey for you, your teacher, and us all on/over your shoulder.

#2714340 - 02/14/18 08:32 PM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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The first lesson with a piano teacher was not something memorable. At 5 years of age me & my sister went to our first lesson totally lost. With no previous experience can't remember exactly the content of the lesson... probably has to do with the first 5 keys (CDEFG) on the R. After a few lessons we supposedly could play "Twinkle" but very iffy.

After learning to play violin in school many years later, returned to the piano. Playing was much easier because after learning to read music. Technical aspects of playing aside, music is a personal thing. It's not just between you and your teacher. There are thousands of pieces available online at your fingertips. There are certain piece we'd learn on our own like Christmas songs in December. We would play these pieces at home and put our own interpretations into the music. If I only stick to a few assigned pieces, I would have quit playing long ago.

Over the years, I've included pieces that are not on the teacher's repertoire list. You get into playing certain pieces because you like listening to them. Don't underestimate your ability to learn pieces on your own. A few years ago nearly had a nervous breakdown. Taking my mind off to play piano music was a lifesaver. This is a story for another day...

#2714346 - 02/14/18 08:55 PM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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I fully understand your feelings in that last statement pianoplayer416. Music has lifted me from being down a lot. It’s always there for comfort or challenge.


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#2714523 - 02/15/18 10:40 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: BillTheSlink]  
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Originally Posted by BillTheSlink
I am still poor, but I have enough for the $20 a week lessons now.


The fact that you are learning music (especially piano), makes you richer than 99% of the people out there.

#2714540 - 02/15/18 11:38 AM Re: Had my fist lesson tonight [Re: Commuter]  
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Originally Posted by Commuter
Originally Posted by BillTheSlink
I am still poor, but I have enough for the $20 a week lessons now.


The fact that you are learning music (especially piano), makes you richer than 99% of the people out there.

Thank you, Commuter, for putting into words what so many of us feel. We are rich, indeed.


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