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First piano lesson in 20 years!
#2812682 02/09/19 12:43 PM
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After picking the piano up 3 years ago for the first time since 1998, and meandering through bits and pieces since then, I’ve finally got in to daily practice routine, found some pieces I really want to learn and booked piano lessons with a local tutor starting on Wednesday this week! Eeeek!

I’ve told him I’m not really interested in playing pieces I don’t enjoy listening to just to pass exams, and given him examples of things I do enjoy. As I’ve been spending a bit of time on Suite Bergamasque the past 2-3 weeks I’m taking that along. This is where I get shown up to be the fraud piano player I really am, and also a superb opportunity for me to start learning for real :-)

I galloped through the Alfred books just before Christmas. They’re my wife’s really and I sight-read probably 95% of the pieces as I went along so didn’t stick around with the books too much. However if you put a reasonably difficult piece in front of me it takes me a good while to get in to it and there’s no structure to my practice hence my decision to take lessons.

Wish me luck!

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leemeadowcroft #2812688 02/09/19 12:51 PM
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Have a great time! I get so much out of meeting weekly with my teacher.


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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
I’ve told him I’m not really interested in playing pieces I don’t enjoy listening to just to pass exams, and given him examples of things I do enjoy. As I’ve been spending a bit of time on Suite Bergamasque the past 2-3 weeks I’m taking that along.

How exciting! I commend your attitude on learning! smile

(I especially like that you said Suite Bergamasque and not Clair de Lune by itself, which makes me feel sad for the other 3 movements wink haha)


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I’ve told him I’m not really interested in playing pieces I don’t enjoy listening to just to pass exams, and given him examples of things I do enjoy. As I’ve been spending a bit of time on Suite Bergamasque the past 2-3 weeks I’m taking that along.

How exciting! I commend your attitude on learning! smile

(I especially like that you said Suite Bergamasque and not Clair de Lune by itself, which makes me feel sad for the other 3 movements wink haha)


I’ve been learning the first sections of the 1st and 3rd movements, the prelude being my favourite of the suite.

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Good luck and enjoy your lessons. I started taking lessons again 8 years ago and it had been over 40 years since I had last taken lessons while in college.


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leemeadowcroft #2812748 02/09/19 03:25 PM
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Ooooooh that I've been there! My first lesson with my current teacher, this is exactly like I felt: a fraud!
I had told him prior to that lesson that I was learning Rachma's prelude in c# minor... then realized that I was deeply butchering it

Took a step back and I'm very happy with the journey.

With you the best of luck with your teacher!


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Pieces I'm working on :
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- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
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Enjoy your personal journey with the piano!



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That's awesome! I'm new to all this and I LOVE spending an hour with my Teacher even if I botch stuff here and there.


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Brilliant. It's posts like this that make me consider that one day, perhaps, I'll take this step again myself.

Do let us know how it goes smile Good luck!


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leemeadowcroft #2812990 02/10/19 05:40 AM
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Good for you! I recently got a teacher, and the whole process of having lessons is really propelling me forward. Piano is now firmly in my daily routine - at the expense of other hobbies - and I'm loving it.

I hope it does the same for you! All the best.


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Hi, I start learn piano when I was 25 year old. It's was hard for me, but after 1 year I can play on piano and it's incredible.


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leemeadowcroft #2814703 02/13/19 05:06 PM
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Well that was interesting and I really enjoyed it. The main thing to come out of it was my technique and how notes were regularly not sounding. I've been playing on my Yamaha YDP142 and my teacher had a Roland. What sounds fine at home didn't sound so good in my lesson, which is probably bad habits I've picked up from playing quietly at home and without any guidance. Oh well, things to work on for next week.


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