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Hi everyone,

Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm 50 years old and returned to the piano recently after an absence of over 3 decades. I consider myself around the intermediate level but really need to improve my technique in order to progress and rid myself of the bad habits I acquired when I was younger.

I got my Grade 8 when I was 15 but even then felt a bit of an imposter; scales and arpeggios, sight reading were - and still are - all poor and I only scraped passes on the strength of my pieces.

Love the giants of classical piano - Chopin, Debussy, Schumann etc and can play the likes of Nocturne Op 9 No 2, Arabesque No 1 and Kinderszenen but struggle with anything more technically challenging. So no Fantaisie Impromptu for me right now! Maybe within the next 12 months or so I'll try and find a good teacher to take me to the next level. But for now it's just great to be playing again.

Anyway enough blathering! It's a real inspiration to read the threads here and hear about the progress and enjoyment from everyone of all levels and genres.

See you all around!

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Welcome, good luck on your journey.

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Welcome Ed,

My lessons as a child did not progress as far as yours just level 5. I've had a 40 year gap without lessons and started about 18 months ago.

I've found some skills returned quickly, some have not returned at all and I'm having to learn them again from scratch. A very uneven experience. It is however exceptionally rewarding.

I'm sure you'll make good progress and I'm looking forward to following your progress.

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I got my Grade 8 when I was 15 but even then felt a bit of an imposter; scales and arpeggios, sight reading were - and still are - all poor and I only scraped passes on the strength of my pieces.
I was away from the piano for decades myself, until I finally bought my first piano in 2010.

Since then, I've met many adult returners, and the overriding impression I came away with is that the higher the level you reached before you stopped playing, the easier it is to regain the lapsed skills, and to build up on them. Especially those who got to Grades 7 - 8.

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Love the giants of classical piano - Chopin, Debussy, Schumann etc and can play the likes of Nocturne Op 9 No 2, Arabesque No 1 and Kinderszenen but struggle with anything more technically challenging. So no Fantaisie Impromptu for me right now!
Well, the F-I is a diploma-level piece, and so are a few of the pieces in Kinderszenen, so you're well up on your expected skill level........


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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! Much appreciated.

bennevis - Sorry I was misleading when mentioning 'Kinderszenen'. Should have prefixed that with the words 'some of' (essentially the slower numbers). Perhaps the piece that best sums up where I am right now is 'Widmung' by Schumann (arr. Liszt). I've no problem playing it with the simpler ossia (when the main theme returns) but struggle with the more difficult and better known version with the fast arpeggios in terms of fluidity and speed.

But yes, it hasn't taken long to pick up where I left off which is reassuring. Only problem is my bad habits have returned as well smile It's clear I really need to change the way I practise which has always been both hands, up to speed asap, and playing the whole piece through over and over again. Will require a bit of discipline on my part but looking forward to the challenge!

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You sound like me :-)

I jacked in exams at Grade 4 because I hated the things and didn't need them, although I did later sit Grade 5 in order to obtain an exemption from the GCE O level paper in music theory. That was poorly advised, because you only got a C for a Grade 5 even with decent marks and I would have done better than that in the theory paper. Anyway, I studied for some years after that and ended up around about the Mozart C minor fantasia K 475, the Schubert A flat imprpomtu D 899 no 4 and let's see, some Schumann Kinderszenen and Waldszenen (Vogel als Prophet), Chopin posthumous C sharp minor nocturne. Continued to play for many years after that without lessons, and was doing some longer stuff likw Schubert G major sonata D 894, Dussek F minor sonata op 77, Beethoven obviously but nothing much since about 1830. Then moved into a house with 2 kids and no piano and that was that until last year.

Now I can get back into it and trying to learn pieces properly instead of just playing through, same as you say. So Field nocturnes no 3 in A flat and 18 in E "Midi", Chopin nocturne in C sharp minor op 27 no 1, Ballade in A flat op 47 (this is about the limit I think), Bach E flat minor from book 1, and currently: Mozart Rondo in A minor K 511, Schubert impromptu in C minor D 899 no 1, Liszt Spozialiso from Annees de pelerinage II and Beethoven E flat op 7.

It's easy to be sidetracked into looking at new things instead of completing work on stuff so that you can actually play it properly. I'm nearly there with the Mozart and the Schubert, In the Liszt there are only two bits that are technically tough but there's so much you can do with it musically. The Beethoven is being picked up from being parked years ago... I now make a point of going back over every mistake and insecurity and making sure I can play it before moving on. Usually :-)


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