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Great thread!

When I first came back to LA from Denver, The LA Times was at my first gig to review the show.
I don't remember exactly everything they said but it was something like "he was incessantly
grinning" and other not so flattering things.

My manager knew the writer and came to me later and said that the writer was CERTAIN
I wasn't a real jazz musician because I looked like I was having too much fun.
True story.


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One day I was listening to a pre-recorded on my DP Bach minuet, which I was studying. I had my fingers hovering over the keys to follow the music. When it was finished Hubby, who hasn't a musical ear at all, declared "you made real progress. This was so much better."

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Originally Posted by Dreamingstill
One day I was listening to a pre-recorded on my DP Bach minuet, which I was studying. I had my fingers hovering over the keys to follow the music. When it was finished Hubby, who hasn't a musical ear at all, declared "you made real progress. This was so much better."


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Originally Posted by Rob Mullins
Great thread!

When I first came back to LA from Denver, The LA Times was at my first gig to review the show.
I don't remember exactly everything they said but it was something like "he was incessantly
grinning" and other not so flattering things.

My manager knew the writer and came to me later and said that the writer was CERTAIN
I wasn't a real jazz musician because I looked like I was having too much fun.
True story.

That's a sad person.

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After playing several classical pieces, my date asked me if I played jazz. I told her no, if you want jazz date a jazz pianist. She doesn't realize I was very serious in that statement.

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One day, I've played for a friend.
In the middle of the piece, he asks loudly "is this really written this way?" - or something like it; I don't remember the exact words (he was talking about a long trill).

I was insulted. What did he expect? That I would stop in the middle of my piece to answer his question?

And I was playing from memory. I feel that he didn't realize that I could have completely lost my focus and not be able to finish - or restart after answering his question if I had stopped.

I'll probably not be playing for him again... or at least, not for him alone.

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Lol....just a couple days ago: "People would pay a lot of money for you to teach them how to do that". Um, I really doubt it.....having no degree, poor sight reading skills, unrefined technique, and a pretty rudimentary knowledge of the vast world of music.

Honorable mention: "You've got so much talent!". Please.....if I had talent, with the amount of work I put it, I would be a professional, not a hobbyist. I get this one a lot, and it always bothers me....but I just smile and say "thank you"


I understand that! When people look impressed and tell me "you are lucky to be good like that", I feel uneasy. They mean well, but it is not luck! It is 10 hours a week of practice over months / years... Non musicians seem to think that either you have it or not, but nobody can be good at music without so much practice...

Once, I had someone saying "wow, a real pro" at a poor performance. I knew he meant it, but that wasn't flattering at all. XD

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"I like music with a melody.. but classical is just classical." Said after I played her the ossia cadenza of Rachmaninoff's third. I held back the tears.

[edit] I should clarify that I played a CLIP. And that that cadenza is probably my top 3 favorite things in the world.

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There's no accounting for taste is there?
Especially bad taste.


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I played a bit of Glenn Gould's rendition of Bach Partita #2 for my mom on my phone, and she said "very nice! Did you record that?"

Is she tone deaf or am I a master pianist? hahahahaha


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It was not something they said, but what they did. The man of the house asked me if I would want to play something on the piano in the living room. He would appreciate it, he said. His wife agreed. She even turned of the TV. So I started playing. After about 30 seconds she turned on the TV again. crazy


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I was playing a Beethoven sonata for my teacher, and I think I made a comment about trying to put my Beethoven hat on for a certain passage. She asked me if I put my Beethoven ears on, too. Ouch...

Also, after playing something classical: "Wow, that was great, but can you play [pop song with three chords that repeat on a loop until your ears bleed]"?

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