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First piano lesson in 20 years! #2812682
02/09/19 12:43 PM
02/09/19 12:43 PM
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Manchester, UK
leemeadowcroft Offline OP
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: 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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2812690
02/09/19 12:58 PM
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2812692
02/09/19 01:04 PM
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Manchester, UK
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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)


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

Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2812723
02/09/19 02:27 PM
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: 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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Started piano on February 2016.
Pieces I'm working on :
- Rameau, Les Sauvages
- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2812759
02/09/19 04:00 PM
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Enjoy your personal journey with the piano!


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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2812800
02/09/19 05:58 PM
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2812988
02/10/19 05:26 AM
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Ireland
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: 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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2814383
02/13/19 03:38 AM
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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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Re: First piano lesson in 20 years! [Re: leemeadowcroft] #2814703
02/13/19 05:06 PM
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Manchester, UK
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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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