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#576028 - 07/17/01 08:29 PM Learning on your own.
Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/29/01
Posts: 38
Loc: Detroit Michigan
I have been taking piano lessons for about 15 months now. I have been learning from the Faber & Faber lesson books. I have advanced to the level four books (Intermeadite level)
How long does it take for a student to know enough to learn on his own? I have been working very hard at it. Atleast two hours a day and most days three or four hours. Will I know when I am ready? I have been reading all the posts here on this forum for the last two weeks and I am so envious of a lot of you here who seem to be so much more advanced than I am. I can't wait till I am playing some of the pieces that a lot of you have talked about. Thanks, and I am looking forward to reading more about what everyone is working on now.

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#576029 - 07/17/01 09:32 PM Re: Learning on your own.
Bernard Offline
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Registered: 07/06/01
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Loc: North Groton, NH

I suppose that is something everyone needs to decide for themselves.

I've been taking lessons for 10 years with the same teacher and feel I still have plenty to keep me going to a lesson once every 2-3 weeks (consider that I started lessons as an adult, although I could play a bit--self taught--as a youngster). My teacher, who concertizes (sp?) and has played for years was still occasionally going for input from a teacher she greatly admired, as late as a few years ago, before that teacher passed away.

I feel capable at this point of taking up a piece of music pretty much on my own, but I have no intention of stopping lessons; still a lot to learn, especially from a good teacher.

Best of luck to you.
Like my teacher says, one never stops learning how to play the piano--it lasts a lifetime.
"Hunger for growth will come to you in the form of a problem." -- unknown

#576030 - 07/18/01 07:20 AM Re: Learning on your own.
magnezium Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 722
Loc: Singapore
my opinion: you've gotta have a teacher... i have been on my own for about a year and a half now, and though initially i thought i was good enough to learn on my own, now i've changed my mind... when you reach more advanced levels you would need more help that you can get from a good teacher... i'll be looking for one very soon...

#576031 - 07/20/01 10:43 AM Re: Learning on your own.
Carol Offline
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Registered: 06/24/01
Posts: 18
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Wow! Two to four hours a day at the piano! Wish I had students like that. I think you need a teacher. Maybe you feel your teacher isn't helping you that much, in which case a change may be good.

It sounds like you are ready to make the transition from the basic books into the classics and you need a teacher to guide you through that. The teacher should be familiar with the classical repertoire. Have you learned the scales and chords and does your teacher correct mistakes in technique, counting, etc.? Good Luck! \:\)

#576032 - 07/21/01 11:45 AM Re: Learning on your own.
Allen Offline
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Registered: 06/29/01
Posts: 38
Loc: Detroit Michigan
Hi Carol,

Thank you for your professional opinion and advice. To answer your questions about my teacher and if I thought I might need to look for a new one... honestly, I have not really given it a lot of thought. Does she correct my mistakes... yes. Does she help me with timing and technique... yes. Is she familiar with the classical repertoire... yes. I have basically just been learning songs, from the Faber & Faber lesson and song books from day one with her, and not scales and cords. That is a different lesson approach than what the Faber & Faber books use.( I think) Ultimately, I am playing cords, but they are not written in the books but just reading the notes, and if some have three or four notes, than that is the cord I am playing. I was taking saxophone lessons before I switched to piano, and maybe thats why she chose to use this teaching approach. I guess I have been satisfied with her teaching abilities so far, but she is not always able to communicate with me to well. She is Chinese and does not speak English so well. She speaks with a heavy Chinese accent, but she is still able to correct my mistakes, and really... nothing gets by her! If I play a wrong note, or if the rhythm is not correct, she will show me the correct way it should be played, and have me learn the song over for another week. I guess I wish I was moving along faster than I am, but realistically, there is only so much she can teach me in a half hour lesson every two weeks. Take care, and thanks again for your input about my piano lessons.


[ July 21, 2001: Message edited by: Allen ]

[ August 10, 2001: Message edited by: Allen ]


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