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Comments from Teachers requested #2931828 01/09/20 05:12 AM
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I am an adult beginner who is looking for a piano teacher, but would appreciate any comments that teachers would like to make regarding my profile.

I do not have sufficient eyesight to read music, so piano books are of no use to me.
I have played guitar for over thirty years and I know all the diatonic and harmonic minor modes and some others and how to form chords from scales.
I have no classical piano repertoire.
My daily practice sessions primarily involve technique: diatonic/chromatic scales, arpeggios, trills.
My hands are large and I can reach from C to E.
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My goal is to acquire sufficient technique competence to compose my own material, which is what I do on guitar.
I would like a teacher to examine my technique and develop it further with additional exercises.
Would a teacher accept me as a student or is my inability to read and lack of repertoire too great a problem?

Thank you in advance for your opinions.

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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: Junkers 88] #2931838 01/09/20 06:01 AM
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Just something I wanted to mention in case it was a possibility on the vision front- On the Reddit r/piano subreddit about a year ago, I was reading about the case of a man who was legally blind who was using a big printer to print out big, almost poster-size sheet music which he could then read. He had been posting to explore electronic alternatives with large flat panels. Would printing extraordinarily large sheets and/or very large print on displays not work for you? Have you tried either of these?


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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: Junkers 88] #2931850 01/09/20 07:13 AM
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If you want to compose, find a teacher that will teach you theory, playing by ear and improvisation.
You do not mention what type of music you want to compose

Call teachers in your area and explain who you are and what you need. There are many ways to learn other than through method books


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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: Junkers 88] #2931883 01/09/20 09:26 AM
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Thanks for your feedback Dogperson and Tyrone.

I am interested in classical music and I hadn't thought of large print sheet music. How would you get it to stay in place at the keyboard?
I'd need an enlarged music rest.

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IPad Pro or similar. 12.9 inch screen, software that lets you expand the page and turn pages with a swipe of fingers.

Some of that software splits the screen in half vertically. When you get near the bottom of the page, you swipe so the top half turns while you're still seeing your notes. Then when you've transitioned to the next page you flip the bottom half whenever you have a finger free (or using a foot pedal.)

I get asked to turn pages when the organist does something spectacular, and I hate it. That's a lot of pressure, and while they're supposed to nod they forget, or they nod all the time, and I have to read all those staves. I wish they would convert to electronic.

At the library I see kids with VR headsets. I don't know how they work but I wonder if that would be a solution too.


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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: Junkers 88] #2931905 01/09/20 10:08 AM
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I knew of a pianist here with extremely poor eyesight. He used a screen much bigger than 12.9 and uploaded his scores. If you don’t get suggestions here, ask in the digital piano forum for big screen options. A bigger screen will reduce the number of page turns that need to be done and I think will make you happier in the long run


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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: dogperson] #2931914 01/09/20 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by dogperson
I knew of a pianist here with extremely poor eyesight. He used a screen much bigger than 12.9 and uploaded his scores. If you don’t get suggestions here, ask in the digital piano forum for big screen options. A bigger screen will reduce the number of page turns that need to be done and I think will make you happier in the long run

I agree. Although the person on Reddit r/piano that I had mentioned above had been using a large print paper solution, that's probably not optimal. The best and most effective solution (and perhaps most cost effective in the long run) would use a very large screen as dogperson mentions. For example, these days, in the US, one can buy a 32-inch monitor for about $180 USD including shipping. If you are already going to be spending for a teacher, a large high-contrast display should be budgetable. As for stand, I wall mount my displays behind the piano. No stand required.


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Re: Comments from Teachers requested [Re: Junkers 88] #2932137 01/09/20 07:16 PM
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If you live near a university with a music department, you could make that contact and see if there is anyone or a combination of people who could support your goals.


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