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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2669867
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Hello. I started playing piano in 3rd or 4th grade. However, I got bored of it in 5th grade or 6th and basically stopped playing (I played occasionally, but it really didn't help at all). I'm now in high school, and I got very interested in it again after hearing the Youtuber Animenz and playing Deemo on my tablet. The thing is, I am very lost. I don't what piano grade I am in, or even what a piano grade is. I am not even sure if I am even past grade one since the teacher I had never said anything about grades. I live in the U.S. (specifically Pennsylvania) and was wondering where to start.

To be clear, I am not looking to go into a career involving piano. I just want to be able to play songs I want to play on the piano. It's also so that when I get married and have a child/children, I can play the piano for them. Perhaps even get them interested in it. Basically, it's that I want to play the piano on my leisurely time instead of becoming a concert pianist or piano teacher.

Here are some of the songs I want to play.
[Deemo 2.4] H - orangentle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66jojZL4hY
Deemo - KillerBlood - Run Lads Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di8-LKwCdBA
Unravel - Tokyo Ghoul OP [piano]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEQf5lcnj_o
This Game - No Game No Life OP [piano]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRQbVNzmCK0
Turkish March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAHRp7jjaOg
Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ybq6Ea79nZ4


If anyone can give me any tips on where to start, any websites to use, and books that can help, that would be very much appreciated.

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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2669883
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You might do better to start a thread in the Adult Beginners forum on this site. This post is in a remote corner where it won't get much attention....


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Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated! c:

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Hi everyone. smile

Just joined the forum. I'm 35, and I used to study piano for many years when I was younger. I have never been serious about that, though, so... I think I am around grade 7-8 (don't really know, because I studied in Italy, and exams/grades used to be different). But then at ~22 I dropped studying, and just have been playing for fun from time to time.

Then I moved, and was forced to abandon piano altogether. 3 weeks ago I started playing again, because I finally managed to buy a new piano. smile

I hope I can find some help here, I'd like to start studying again, I've been practising in these last few weeks and to my great surprise I noticed that even after so much time I can play decently and I remember most of the pieces I used to play, especially those I prepared for exams and recitals.

See you around guys! laugh

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2671571
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Welcome back. That music bug stays with us. You won't have trouble getting the kinks out as it sounds like you have a great foundation to build on.


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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2674317
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Hello everyone, let me introduce myself.

I have been playing piano for a few years, and taking lessons since march 2015. Looking backwards, I wish i'd began lessons earlier, because it really accelerated my progression.

I used to play flute when I was a child, and guitar and drums in my teens and early 20s. Then, progressively, the piano received all my attention and became a passion. When I was 20, there was a piano in the house where I lived. A roommate showed me how to play hands together, with a simple music from the movie "Time of the gypsies" (before that, I played with only one finger, trying to reproduce songs I liked by ear). That was a revelation because until then, the ability to disconnect the ten fingers was quite mysterious to my eyes.

The next year i moved in an apartment on the third floor, where there was no way for an acoustic piano to be brought by the stairs. Since I wanted to continue having fun on a keyboard, I managed to get an old electric organ. We spent a year with my roommate struggling with musics from movies, and the sonata K27 from Scarlatti. At the time, I wasn't aware of the level of difficulty of the pieces I wanted to reproduce...
My two next flats were on the first floor, so when I moved in, in 2013, I bought a 70 years old acoustic piano and kept acting like Don Quixote with pieces that were way too hard (Tchaikowsky's June, Rzewski's theme from El pueblo unido..., Rachmaninov's g minor prelude,...)

One day, my mother visited me and after I played her a few notes, encouraged me to take lessons... First I didn't listen to her, because I had never thought of it before, and simply enjoyed playing for the fun. But when I considered the idea more carefully, I admitted she was right, and followed her advice. It's been 2 years and a half now, and as I said, piano has now become more than a hobby !

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2674781
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Hola,

I am Sami and I am a Finn living in Estonia. Had a few posts here and there already, mostly on the "Piano forum" as I'm looking to buy an acoustic one.

I played some keyboard when I was younger (high school) - like grade ~1-2 stuff with no concept of dynamics (as touch wasn't really a thing in the keyboard I had). Then, ~20 years later at the age of 31 and I bought a Roland F-130R and decided to start learning. A bit over half a year into that I got a teacher. That didn't work out and I moved to Estonia where I found a teacher whose style matches mine and who can get me to my goal of playing Rachmaninoff's pieces at some point.

Currently 2.5 years in, I'm playing around grade 5-6 stuff (with one long term grade 7 project, that I'm not sure I can do but my teacher seems to believe in me); most likely going to be "stuck" on this level for the next who-knows-how-many years (was a good run). I'm not a full-time musician nor do i thrive to be, I mostly play for my own sake as I find it incredibly therapeutic. That being said, I am also awfully goal oriented and determined to get to grade 8+ just because of my love for Rachmaninoff's works. Happy to be here!


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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2674843
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We joined about the same time. It's great that you find piano therapeutic. I myself sometimes think I need some kind of therapy after my practice session. For the love of music I stay at it.


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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2677942
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Hi everyone! It's nice to find a place to introduce myself. I am Wendy. I grew up in the UK but moved to New Zealand about 15 years ago. I took piano lessons from the age of 7 and passed Grade 8 ABRSM when I was about 17 but didn't have much opportunity for music making for a long while after that. This year I made the decision to take lessons again and work towards my Trinity College ATCL. It's been a slow start, partly because I started with a tutor whose style just wasn't right for me and partly because I'm a busy working mum! But I've recently found a tutor who is fabulous and inspiring, and things are starting to track along brilliantly. I'm really enjoying the challenge and having the opportunity to learn new things again through the eyes of an adult. Piano rocks!! smile

Things I'm working on:
Bach: Prelude & Fugue in D Major
Scriabin: Prelude in B Minor
Mozart Sonata K570
Mendelssohn Songs without Words op 102 no's 3, 4 and 5
Messiaen Regard de la Vierge no 4

(and a little bit of Elton John, Ed Sheeran and Adele for some family singalong fun!)

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2711603
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Hi, I’m Emel and I started playing classical piano at 4, but then didn’t play between ages 14 and 27, basically. I took jazz piano when I started up again and took music theory classes at Peabody in Baltimore. I’m working in Edinburgh right now and trying to solidify my theory base. Look forward to reading y’alls posts!
Emel.


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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: hilizanne] #2713716
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Hi Hillary! I see you live in Texas. I'm in Houston and face similar disinterest from my people. I'm not as advanced as you are but background (except for college music training and level of achievement) is similar. Retired physician. Tried taking lessons while practicing (medicine) but was too tired and frustrated to keep it up. Starting again now and see it now as sort of meditation substitute. It would definitely be nice to have piano peeps around!

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Hi, I'm sorry to post here late!!
So, I'm Akari, I have played the piano for almost 24 years but I had a blank for several years.
Normally I work as a web engineer and designer, I'm also an indie artist (portrait photographer, composer, film maker etc) but I'm not a professional pianist.
Why I re-start classical piano because my life of music started from that, I noticed that the life is like a song... also I want to challenge to something again like concerts or competitions.

Now I practice Rachmaninoff's Elegie and Prelude, Chopin's Impromptu, J.S.Bach's Prelude&Fugue... some more.
My long term purpose is to play Mazeppa of Liszt.

Sorry for messy grammar!!
Thank you


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Originally Posted by Red Apple
Hi, I'm sorry to post here late!!
So, I'm Akari, I have played the piano for almost 24 years but I had a blank for several years.
Normally I work as a web engineer and designer, I'm also an indie artist (portrait photographer, composer, film maker etc) but I'm not a professional pianist.
Why I re-start classical piano because my life of music started from that, I noticed that the life is like a song... also I want to challenge to something again like concerts or competitions.

Now I practice Rachmaninoff's Elegie and Prelude, Chopin's Impromptu, J.S.Bach's Prelude&Fugue... some more.
My long term purpose is to play Mazeppa of Liszt.

Sorry for messy grammar!!
Thank you


Welcome! And I love your long term purpose to play Liszt's Mazeppa.


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Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2729466
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Hello, I'm starting to participate in the forum after a few months of reading posts. I have renewed my interest in formal piano studies after years of casual playing in everything from rock bands to church meetings. I studied piano from age seven to seventeen, then shifted away while pursuing university work in a technical field. I'm currently the CEO of a technology company, but enjoy spending time in my home music studio playing and creating music. I'm looking forward to learning from other piano players and hopefully sharing what I can with others. All the best - Dave

Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: Kreisler] #2735404
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Oh, so here is the presentation page!

So, hi everyone!

I've discovered this forum from the online recital that was advertised in some way on PianoTV youtube channel.

I tend to do lenghty posts, so I apologize in advance for those who find this too much.

As an adult who take lesson with a private teacher who doesn't teach in a school, I'm always eager to find ways to share what I do, since I have no opportunity for concerts in general. I play sometimes for family and friends (family once a year; friends more often. Maybe 4 times a year. Well, I should say "friend". I have a particular friend who is very impressed by my dedication, passion and improvements and she often asks to hear me. I call her "my groupie" smile ). That's why that online recital seemed so interesting to me.

I consider myself as being early intermediate at the piano (or advanced beginner).

As for my background, I've started piano a little bit more than 2 years ago. I've played clarinet and alto sax when I was younger. I'm 30 years old and my life now is very piano-oriented! I bought a house so I can have an acoustic piano (still don't have the budget for this instrument for now though...) and most of my free time is spent in piano-related activities (practice, theory, sight-reading, sight-singing, music dictation, analysis, ...). But I also like video games and board games and, well, having a social life. :P

I had 2 piano teachers. The first one brought me very challenging pieces considering that I was a real beginner at the piano. With him, I've practiced, in chronological order :

- Petzold, minuet in G major (Anh. 114)
- Chopin, prelude no 4
- Debussy, Le petit nègre
- Petzold, minuet in G minor (Anh. 115)
- Chopin, waltz in A minor, posth.
- Bach, prelude in C (book 1)
- Beethoven, Moonlight sonata, 1st mov (I asked for it smile ).
- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Jon George, Allegro agitato (my initiative. I felt for a challenge, since it is a study for 2 against 3 rythm)
- Scott Joplin, The entertainer
- Rachmaninoff, pelude in C# minor (op. 3, no. 2)
- Bach, invention no 8

I'm disappointed with what I was able to achieved with my Rachmaninoff and with the Scott Joplin's too. I'll probably try them back when I'll have a better technical background at the piano.

So that was my first 18 months at the piano.

Then, I changed teacher (the first one moved out of the city).

At that point, I wanted a more structured approach. I did realize that some of my pieces were not strictly played as written and I didn't care much, as long as the piece was pretty and that I enjoyed playing it. But I did feel that it wasn't right, so I wanted to have an incentive to stop that thinking. Combined with my lack of concerts opportunities, I've decided to pass exams!
So, when I've started my lessons with my current teacher, I told him I wanted to do exams, that I had found a place I could do them and that I felt like I could manage a level 7 exam. So we started our journey with this objective in mind.

So, this year, I've strictly practiced the pieces I needed for that exam, which are :
- Bach, invention no 4
- Mozart, K545, 2nd mov
- Debussy, The little shepherd
- Chopin, mazurka in F major (op. 68, no. 3)
- Burgmüller, The storm (op. 109, no. 13)

My exam is coming very soon! I'm a little bit nervous. I don't know how I'll handle the stress. But, meh, not much I can do. I try not to worry to much and just wait and see how I feel at that moment, and simply try to do my best.
The exam is this saturday. My etude is not quite ready, imo. My mazurka is ok, but could be improved. The other three are good enough for my own appreciation (there are always things to improve, of course! But these pieces are at a point I enjoy playing them for fun, outside of practice time, which is a good hint I'm happy with what I've achieved smile ).

As really long term goals, the pieces I'd like to play at some point are :
- Debussy, Reflets dans l'eau
- Beethoven, Tempest, 3rd mov
(I enjoy a lot of Beethoven's sonatas. I'll be happy to play the entire Moonlight, Pathetique and Tempest, mostly)
- Chopin, 1st ballade

So that's about it!
It is already too long, so I'll stop here.
Don't hesitate to ask any questions you can have. And you can have a listen to my progress throught my youtube channel, the other way I found to share what I do and keep motivated. smile

Thanks!
I'm looking forward enjoyable discussions and sharing about our mutual passion!


My piano journey from day 1
Started piano on February 2016.
Pieces I'm working on :
- Rameau, Les Sauvages
- (Classical piece TBD)
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: CadenzaVvi] #2735410
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Originally Posted by Jouishy
Oh, so here is the presentation page!

So, hi everyone!

I've discovered this forum from the online recital that was advertised in some way on PianoTV youtube channel.

I tend to do lenghty posts, so I apologize in advance for those who find this too much.

As an adult who take lesson with a private teacher who doesn't teach in a school, I'm always eager to find ways to share what I do, since I have no opportunity for concerts in general. I play sometimes for family and friends (family once a year; friends more often. Maybe 4 times a year. Well, I should say "friend". I have a particular friend who is very impressed by my dedication, passion and improvements and she often asks to hear me. I call her "my groupie" smile ). That's why that online recital seemed so interesting to me.

I consider myself as being early intermediate at the piano (or advanced beginner).

As for my background, I've started piano a little bit more than 2 years ago. I've played clarinet and alto sax when I was younger. I'm 30 years old and my life now is very piano-oriented! I bought a house so I can have an acoustic piano (still don't have the budget for this instrument for now though...) and most of my free time is spent in piano-related activities (practice, theory, sight-reading, sight-singing, music dictation, analysis, ...). But I also like video games and board games and, well, having a social life. :P

I had 2 piano teachers. The first one brought me very challenging pieces considering that I was a real beginner at the piano. With him, I've practiced, in chronological order :

- Petzold, minuet in G major (Anh. 114)
- Chopin, prelude no 4
- Debussy, Le petit nègre
- Petzold, minuet in G minor (Anh. 115)
- Chopin, waltz in A minor, posth.
- Bach, prelude in C (book 1)
- Beethoven, Moonlight sonata, 1st mov (I asked for it smile ).
- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Jon George, Allegro agitato (my initiative. I felt for a challenge, since it is a study for 2 against 3 rythm)
- Scott Joplin, The entertainer
- Rachmaninoff, pelude in C# minor (op. 3, no. 2)
- Bach, invention no 8

I'm disappointed with what I was able to achieved with my Rachmaninoff and with the Scott Joplin's too. I'll probably try them back when I'll have a better technical background at the piano.

So that was my first 18 months at the piano.

Then, I changed teacher (the first one moved out of the city).

At that point, I wanted a more structured approach. I did realize that some of my pieces were not strictly played as written and I didn't care much, as long as the piece was pretty and that I enjoyed playing it. But I did feel that it wasn't right, so I wanted to have an incentive to stop that thinking. Combined with my lack of concerts opportunities, I've decided to pass exams!
So, when I've started my lessons with my current teacher, I told him I wanted to do exams, that I had found a place I could do them and that I felt like I could manage a level 7 exam. So we started our journey with this objective in mind.

So, this year, I've strictly practiced the pieces I needed for that exam, which are :
- Bach, invention no 4
- Mozart, K545, 2nd mov
- Debussy, The little shepherd
- Chopin, mazurka in F major (op. 68, no. 3)
- Burgmüller, The storm (op. 109, no. 13)

My exam is coming very soon! I'm a little bit nervous. I don't know how I'll handle the stress. But, meh, not much I can do. I try not to worry to much and just wait and see how I feel at that moment, and simply try to do my best.
The exam is this saturday. My etude is not quite ready, imo. My mazurka is ok, but could be improved. The other three are good enough for my own appreciation (there are always things to improve, of course! But these pieces are at a point I enjoy playing them for fun, outside of practice time, which is a good hint I'm happy with what I've achieved smile ).

As really long term goals, the pieces I'd like to play at some point are :
- Debussy, Reflets dans l'eau
- Beethoven, Tempest, 3rd mov
(I enjoy a lot of Beethoven's sonatas. I'll be happy to play the entire Moonlight, Pathetique and Tempest, mostly)
- Chopin, 1st ballade

So that's about it!
It is already too long, so I'll stop here.
Don't hesitate to ask any questions you can have. And you can have a listen to my progress throught my youtube channel, the other way I found to share what I do and keep motivated. smile

Thanks!
I'm looking forward enjoyable discussions and sharing about our mutual passion!


Welcome aboard! I went to your Youtube channel and listened to a couple of your postings. You obviously enjoy the piano. I look forward to more of your postings.


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You’re very accomplished for only having been playing for two years. Imagine what you’ll be playing in five. I looked at some of your YouTube videos, very nice playing.

John


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Welcome to the forum!
I watched the Debussy and Bach on your YouTube channel. Quite impressive, indeed! I hope you’ll consider posting on the ABF quarterly recital that is open until May 14.

Best Wishes on your exam. There is a forum thread in the ABF but those taking exams, which I think you would find useful and supportive. Please post how you did it when you get your results


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" I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
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Quebec city, QC
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Joined: May 2018
Posts: 323
Quebec city, QC
Thanks for your comments and support. smile

I plan on recording myself on May 13 in order to enter the recital.

I'll look for that thread, dogperson. Thanks for pointing this out to me! This forum is huge. It is not easy to get used to it at first glance. wink


My piano journey from day 1
Started piano on February 2016.
Pieces I'm working on :
- Rameau, Les Sauvages
- (Classical piece TBD)
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
Re: New Visitors and Lurkers Please Read... [Re: CadenzaVvi] #2751350
07/14/18 12:23 AM
07/14/18 12:23 AM
Joined: Jul 2018
Posts: 85
Detroit
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Detroit
OK I stumbled onto this thead, so why not?

I live near detroit michigan. I started piano at age 14. I was lucky to have a great teacher who was enthusiastic and a great motivator. I progressed quickly. In college I had another great teacher who was a pedagogy specialist from Russia. Her english was minimal but she taught me more in 3 semesters than i had learned in HS. But at times life presents insurmountable obstacles and I quit at 19.

16 years later I bought a piano thinking I would return to learning piano. Life interrupted again and 22 years after buying my piano I actually started practicing on it.

38 years elapsed between quitting and re-starting. I thought I could jump right back in but I was wrong. I had forgotten how to read the bass clef, couldn't read either clef above or below the staves, couldn't read time signatures or key signatures, couldn't remember the major or minor scales, their fingerings, chord names, arpeggios. Nothing. It was all gone. So, I ended up re-teaching myself from beginners books at the local library.

It took me 4 months to go from practicing 20mins a day to 4 hours a day 5 days a week. 10 months later I regained the dexterity I had 39 years ago. I found a teacher last month. She is fantastic and am studying music again! I've been extraordinarily lucky with teachers.

I calculate by the end of July I will have played or practiced 4095 hours. I call that 4 years. My goal is to get to 10000 hours, or, 10 years. If I live that long, I'll re-assess matters and decide what to do next.


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