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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2839692
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I like this one because I can relate. Playing piano makes me feel good. The more i play the better I get. The better I get the better it makes me feel when I play.

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I started taking piano lessons when I was about four years old. My parents were both musicians. So I took piano lessons. I didn't like the lessons very much, but I was enchanted by music. Music always transported me somewhere. Singing made feel good and being able to play the piano made me feel good.
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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2839702
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A great teacher is one who realizes that he himself is also a student and whose goal is not dictate the answers, but to stimulate his students creativity enough so that they go out and find the answers themselves. - Herbie Hancock

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Great thread cmb. I bookmarked several from "Great Pianist On Piano Playing" which was a good read but one ive been repeating to myself lately comes from Brent Hugh in his Piano Practice Principals,

Learning music is more fun than many things in life, but like every other worthwhile field of human endeavor, there is alot about learning to play the piano that is simple down and dirty, repetitive, no fun, difficult boring WORK. For pianist, the talent for sticking with this kind of difficult, repetitive and boring work is more important than just about any other musical talent".

Its a bit wordy i know but makes a great point.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2839728
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"Baldwin piano company have contacted me to ask me to point out that this piano is a Steinway". Victor Borge.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2839973
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“Slow practice is undoubtedly the basis for quick playing” — Josef Hofmann.

“Slow practice does not guarantee concentration, but concentration—especially on problems to be solved—necessitates slow playing” — Egan Petri

“The worst possible thing is to start practicing too fast: it invariably leads to bad results and lengthy delays” — Ernest Schelling

“Beware of lazy, automatic repetition of passage without thought or meaning, totally lacking in that concentration without which nothing can ever be learned or understood” — Tobias Matthay

I need to keep reminding myself of this, haha.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2839982
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Nice ones, jjhlh, all pertinent and good reminders for us all.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2840019
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"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself." – Johann Sebastian Bach

“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music” Albert Einstein


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841209
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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841232
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Funny I was listening to classic fm today after seeing their countdown on Instagram. I actually downloaded the app today.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841522
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“When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.” -Alicia Keys

“These fingers of mine, they got brains in ’em. You don’t tell them what to do – they do it.” -Jerry Lee Lewis

“I believe in using the entire piano as a single instrument capable of expressing every possible musical idea.” -Oscar Peterson

“Sometimes I can only groan, and suffer, and pour out my despair at the piano.” -Frederic Chopin

“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” -Thelonious Monk


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“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.”
― Artur Schnabel

“Play always as if in the presence of a master.” ― Robert Schumann

“There is an inanimate object which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being will ever attain: a piano.” ― Marcel Proust


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841534
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@Peyton :thumbs:!


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841553
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"Many pianists try to sound like singers. Me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer."

Placido Domingo


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: Rich Galassini] #2841586
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Originally Posted by Rich Galassini

"Many pianists try to sound like singers. Me personally, I try to sound like a Bösendorfer."

Placido Domingo


LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.


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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: LarryK] #2841591
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LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.

But highly prized in classical pianism is to achieve the "singing tone." It seems people can work at their piano technique for years without achieving a "singing tone." I've never knowingly achieved it as I'm not sure I even know what it is! wink Ask your Russian piano teacher about it. Perhaps I would be doing better myself if I knew how to make jello! smile


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
Originally Posted by LarryK
LOL. It seems to me that both are impossible. I’ve never mistaken the sound of a piano for the sound of a singer and I’ve never mistaken the sound of a singer for the sound of piano.

But highly prized in classical pianism is to achieve the "singing tone." It seems people can work at their piano technique for years without achieving a "singing tone." I've never knowingly achieved it as I'm not sure I even know what it is! wink Ask your Russian piano teacher about it. Perhaps I would be doing better myself if I knew how to make jello! smile


LOL. I know, I was being purposefully literal in order to make a joke. Beautiful Bösendorfer, wait, no, that’s Placido Domingo!

My violin teacher always told me that pianists had trouble producing a singing tone. Maybe because they’re hammering on strings, I would think, haha. I have no idea why he would bring that up in lessons.

Making jello is easy, sounding good on the piano, or any instrument, is hard. I don’t think the jello is going to do the trick.

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Re: Great Piano Quotes [Re: cmb13] #2841598
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More from Chopin:

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.

I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.


This last is the source or inspiration for my Signature...which I think is more thorough and has more impact - I even toyed with the idea of adding the phrase "like a rabid pit bull" after the word vengeance but decided against it out of worry of offending a few sensitive dog owners...so I won't.


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BTW Tyrone, the saying in your Signature:

Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.

is attributable to either Albert Einstein or Lebron James...I can't remember exactly which one... smile


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"The piano ain't got no wrong notes" - Thelonius Monk

Which reminds me of the famous Morecambe and Wise Grieg Piano Concerto sketch with the late great Andre Previn:-

"I'm playing all the right notes, but necessarily in the right order" - Eric Morecambe

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My favorite:

"Music is what feelings sound like". ~Author Unknown

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