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Reflections on my first year #2794269
12/22/18 04:49 PM
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It is just about a year to the day that I began playing piano at the not-so-tender age of 45. I picked up my Roland FP-30, downloaded a course called "Piano For All", and in a few minutes I was actually playing something that didn't sound awful. I was hooked on day one.

After a couple of months, I found a teacher who really seems to know not only what I like, but also my strengths and weaknesses. There have been triumphs..and there have been flat out disasters. I've felt nervous, excited, exhausted, angry, and thrilled throughout this journey---I'm certain you all have felt the same on some occasions as well. A year in, and the excitement hasn't left. I couldn't have imagined I would be playing actual songs last year at this time!

I also discovered this forum, full of like-minded folks who are always there to help with a question or provide encouragement. This truly is a special place, and I'm so happy to hang out (so to speak) with such fine people. You have all helped out in so many ways.

I am anxious to see what this next year will bring. I know I definitely need to work on not memorizing things right away (and actually learn to READ the music better), and playing slower.

I look forward to hearing how all of YOU do in the coming year, as well.

Peace and good health to you all: thanks for being there smile

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Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2794299
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That’s amazing Pathguy, I’m glad you had a great year! Looking forward to hearing your progress in the years to come.


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Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2794331
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Wow!, I would have said the exact thing. Been playing slightly over a year. 50 lessons. I had to take a 3 month leave to reabsorb the material my teacher assigns. Feeling much better and ready to return. All same issues you stated but I started at age 72! After 60 years as a guitarist, Id stick guitar in the closet but still have gigs. I’m on piano 4 hours every day. Ironically I am playing best guitar of my life. Not sure how piano helps but it does.

Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2794350
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Originally Posted by pathguy


I know I definitely need to work on not memorizing things right away (and actually learn to READ the music better), and playing slower.



congratulations on year one, hope there are many more. I quoted the above because it is something I wrote if not here, certainly in my piano diary at the end of year one (perhaps two.....I am a slow learner). A great part of this journey is discovering things about ourselves that we know, if we can change, will bring results. Enjoy!


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Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2794653
12/23/18 06:51 PM
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Well, let's see.
I started taking piano lessons for the very first time at the age of 66.
Next month will begin my third year of private lessons.
If you had told me that I would keep taking lessons after two years, I would not have believed you.
But, I really enjoy all the parts of learning to play.
It has been truly rewarding.


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Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2794701
12/23/18 09:42 PM
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I 've recently celebrated my b-day and don't like to put age limitations on myself. The only limitation is your body. Some older people develop symptoms of arthritis.

When I started playing in my 30s, I never looked back. A number of people took lessons at a young age but don't bother me a bit. Someone in the family had violin lessons ages ago. That person talked about restarting with a teacher eventually. Over the years I find that playing music is a personal thing. There is a lot of sheet music you can find online. You're not stuck playing only the repertoire assigned by a teacher. While some people are only comfortable playing in front of a teacher, I've been in front of an audience since my high school days playing with a band.

In just a few days we'll be celebrating Christmas and the New Year. We should all be happy and optimistic but somehow many of us are tired down to world events unfolding in the news. Playing music is a good way to escape the pessimism that we see in the media all the time. Like 1 day you hear a volcanic eruption in Indonesia with many people died and then another minute the US government is in partial shutdown. The only thing I see positive in my life is my daily music practice.

Have a Happy Holidays everybody...

Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2800759
01/11/19 06:28 AM
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Hey Pathguy,

Did you continue with PianoForAll? Like you, I too started my keyboard journey with this course on Udemy. Lasted around 15 days, and then got a teacher! It has been mostly Alfred's since (which I really like).

I don't have lessons this week. So I'm kinda free to choose what to work on. Is it worthwhile to work parallelly with the PianoForAll course? I don't know most of the songs they use for the chord progressions, so it would mostly be done to build some technique. Though I'm not sure, where this technique will be used smile


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Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: Tech-key] #2800831
01/11/19 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Tech-key
Hey Pathguy,

Did you continue with PianoForAll? Like you, I too started my keyboard journey with this course on Udemy. Lasted around 15 days, and then got a teacher! It has been mostly Alfred's since (which I really like).

I don't have lessons this week. So I'm kinda free to choose what to work on. Is it worthwhile to work parallelly with the PianoForAll course? I don't know most of the songs they use for the chord progressions, so it would mostly be done to build some technique. Though I'm not sure, where this technique will be used smile

Tech-key I have not been using Piano For All since starting with my instructor last March (we also use Alfred's). I probably could, but I have been trying to focus on what he gives me and the lessons in the book. I'd feel bad if I didn't do well on a lesson because I was playing with PFA too much smile

Re: Reflections on my first year [Re: pathguy] #2800908
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Yeah, it does feel a bit like “playing around”, doesn’t it.. The rhythms are dope though. I remember having loads of fun with “Oom Paah”!


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