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Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2797264
12/31/18 11:13 PM
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Being in a non-musical family, everybody is into business. The only thing we'd discuss at the dinner table is the latest in the financial markets. Everybody in the family get reminded we need to take care of our bank accounts first. Nobody in the family would get into music because the weekly lessons takes too long to get somewhere.

In my younger days I got into violin playing out of convenience because someone else already taken up the instrument. It was easier to share the same instrument and the same teacher. In my younger days mom took me to a few piano lessons. Nobody was really expecting anything. Nobody around was very musical to give positive feedback along the way. Within a month, our first & last family piano was gone and I'd never see another upright in the house again. After I started working, I took up piano playing on a keyboard.

I started piano late after everybody else in the family stopped playing. Many instruments sit at home as a piece of furniture. I'm still playing an hour a day on an 88-keyboard. It's a personal thing that takes my mind away from the family's obsession of business & finance. Talking about the last piece of music I worked on is very much a taboo subject in family discussions. Being in a music group I am with like-minded people all the time but a family gathering is a different social environment. Nobody would sing Christmas carols or play the birthday song when somebody's special day rolls around. Close relatives don't encourage kids to get into music. Everybody had taken some music lessons but there was no expectations of anybody getting to an advanced level.

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Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2797278
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I cannot tell you how much your encouragement means to me. I was raised to belive that if you are not the best in the world, it doesn't matter. But i truly decided to begin a new adventure, find that something i once had, play to bring joy to myself and those around me. I thank you. Maybe it will sound strange but after many years i feel like i have something to look forward to. I take every song as a challenge to conquer. Though i know that many of you will think of it as to plain and stupid (my grandpa included), i really like the song two steps from heck - invincible, and would like to be able to play it while playing it in background, at the original tempo.

Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2797282
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Originally Posted by humble_pianist
Though i know that many of you will think of it as to plain and stupid (my grandpa included), i really like the song two steps from heck - invincible

That maybe your family talking. I'm certainly not thinking that. I think it would be wonderful for you to do what you are determined to do.


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Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2797315
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Hi humble_pianist, and welcome!

Originally Posted by humble_pianist
I was raised to belive that if you are not the best in the world, it doesn't matter.

It is actually completely the opposite. What does it matter if your are the best in the world? At the end of the day, "being the best" is just a thought that makes the ego happy.

Originally Posted by humble_pianist
But i truly decided to begin a new adventure, find that something i once had, play to bring joy to myself and those around me.

Beautiful words, just what we all need.

Originally Posted by humble_pianist
I take every song as a challenge to conquer.

And if it would happen, that you fail with some song - there is no harm in it. There are so many other pieces that you can learn instead.

The best of luck on your adventure!

Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2801932
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Just a quick update. I have been playing piano everyday and i am having lots of fun. I learned a few new things about my playing aswell, like what i need to improve and what i am good at. I made covers of 2 songs from Two steps from heck, though i should practice them more before uploading, i was just to anxious at the end and wanted to hear how songs sound with background music playing.

Two steps from heck - heart of courage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBUotwgZjCk

Two steps from heck - invincible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-RXqBmA6gY

Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2801942
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Listened to the second one. Sounds like you are having fun. That is the key to me having fun at the piano. Stop being so hard on yourself enjoy the ride.


All these years playing and I still consider myself a novice.
Re: My story [Re: humble_pianist] #2802001
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Originally Posted by humble_pianist
While i have only the greatest of respect for classical music and its composers, i still feel some negative emotions when playing it. I guess some scars remain with you over the years. It really opened my eyes when i realised that i can pretty much play any kind of music on a piano.


I'm glad you're trying out something different. With your existing ability you can do whatever you want! The world could definitely use more Oscar Peterson non-classical virtuoso type players smile



Currently learning: Beethoven "Easy" Sonata Op 49 No 2, JS Bach WTC Prelude No 2 in C minor, Grieg Lyric Pieces Book 1
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