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#944157 - 07/11/08 10:56 AM certainly a most unusual request....  
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Good morning all.

I thought I would share a story of something that happened recently involving an adult student (she is currently taking a break but I expect her back soon). Anyway, she came by a few weeks ago to say hello (invited of course), with a big bag of peanut M&Ms and a most unusual request. She asked if she could buy my teaching piano, 10 year old Mason and Hamlin upright. Well, it isn't for sale, but she really wanted it for her instument at home. She explained that it had to be THAT piano because, "it has your soul in it". Well, I've been asked some unusual things in my days, but this one really was touching...if not a weee bit "weird". I would love your reactions and sharing of any unusual requests you have had from adults. I guess that's why I enjoy teaching them so much...you never know quite what to expect.

Be well, and have a great day, everyone.

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#944158 - 07/11/08 08:42 PM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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I could really go for some peanut M&M's right now...Gotta tell you Alan...any woman that brings your peanut M&M's is a keeper. maybe you should stop teaching her, and start dating her.

If it was normal M&M's, then forget it.

I teach a lot of adults, and I get a lot of interesting requests...and interesting conversation topics...but I can't go into them, because there is a good chance that they are here on the forum.

I love teaching adults because it can be so much more relaxed than children. There are no parents demanding marks of First-Class-Honors; if the adult student is happy, then I am happy.

Good luck with your piano...I was just kidding about dating her...that would be unprofessional.


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#944159 - 07/11/08 09:09 PM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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There are no parents demanding marks of First-Class-Honors
Nah, for an adult it's got to be First Class Honours with Distinction. wink

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#944160 - 07/12/08 06:59 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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There are no parents demanding marks of First-Class-Honors
Nah, for an adult it's got to be First Class Honours with Distinction. wink
And I want to skip three grades every other year.
eek wow


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#944161 - 07/12/08 07:48 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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There are no parents demanding marks of First-Class-Honors
Nah, for an adult it's got to be First Class Honours with Distinction. wink
And I want to skip three grades every other year.
eek wow [/b]
There is a serious side and I was only half joking, DPP. Skipping three grades is unrealistic, unwise, and impossible. But it should be neither unrealistic, nor impossible to reach certain levels of playing just because you are an adult. I checked the certificates on my wall. There are two "first class honours" and one "with distinction", and nothing below that. I'm in my fifties, so as "late starter" as you can get. It is possible. That is the only reason I'm mentioning it.

Such a thing does not have to be a goal. In fact, playing the instrument well and understanding music well, is my goal, and those words on paper are just nice to see. What I am fighting tooth and nail is this crippling myth that we are handicapped mentally and physically through something we cannot control, namely the number of years we have been on this earth. Belief in this cannot have a good effect for anyone setting out to learn to play an instrument. What we actually aim toward, and what our purposes are, is a matter of choice and there are no wrong choices in that sense.

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#944162 - 07/12/08 08:01 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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The logical question at this point is whether she considers you to be soulless, if your spirit is residing in the piano. I'd take those peanut M&M's and use them to hire an exorcist or ghost whisperer who can coax it back inside of you. But if the exorcist is like me, peanut M&M's won't buy you much. Love peanuts, love chocolate, but hate them mixed together! But that's a whole nuther thread.


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#944163 - 07/12/08 08:50 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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KS - I was trying to be joking too. I didn't realize I posted "I want..."


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DragonPianoPlayer, I thought you might have been. I've seen your other posts. smile But there are enough people, both students and some teachers, who do believe us to be limited because of age, or hobbyists one and all, that I do tend to get on that bandwagon. Probably too much.

Cheers,

KS

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Al, there is a little bit to what your student is saying, though she probably isn't thinking of it that way. I don't know about pianos, but a good violin will hold the player's playing in the pores of its wood, and you will be able to hear how that person has played when you pick it up. I have both heard about it, and experienced it.

There is a scientific reason: the "tone wood" vibrates, and if the playing has ideal vibration from the bowing, consistent good intonation as well as a centred tone, then the wood vibrates a certain way, the pores will open, and the sound gets imprinted through that. A teacher could pracically tell how his student practiced by picking up the violin and playing it. (An interesting thought).

(Making room for the teachers again. :rolleyes: )

KS

#944166 - 07/13/08 11:25 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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Watch out if she wants to pay for the piano with a cashier's check that is made out for twice the amount and that you are to send the cash overage to a post office box in Nigeria....

#944167 - 07/13/08 11:51 AM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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How do these people get our email addresses?


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#944168 - 07/13/08 12:57 PM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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she came by a few weeks ago to say hello (invited of course), with a big bag of peanut M&Ms and a most unusual request. She asked if she could buy my teaching piano, 10 year old Mason and Hamlin upright. Well, it isn't for sale, but she really wanted it for her instument at home. She explained that it had to be THAT piano because, "it has your soul in it".

Bet if she offered you a giant box of snickers bars instead Alan, she'd have herself a piano then??? laugh

Being a technician, the strangest thing I've had happen, more than once actually, over the years, is being asked for sex, in exchange for a "free" tuning.

Or, the "hint hint, edge up very close, standing to close into my comfort zone" or even just plain sex with a tuning!... Noohhohohooooo, not meee! Thank you very much... Married and happy... But, it doesn't keep some people from being pretty darned forward anyway.... Never accepted, never will... Ain't worth it.


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I had an opportunity to buy my childhood teacher's old piano many years later and I passed it up. I've regretted that decision ever since. It wasn't a great piano but I had some significant memories of times spent at it with my teacher. (I was actually sitting at that piano when I learned President Kennedy had died.) What your student is saying is that she's fond of you and the piano, that she's comfortable and happy when she plays it and it has great memories for her. I don't think that's really so odd.


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o.k. So don't keep us in suspense. Are you going to sell her the piano??
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#944171 - 07/15/08 06:44 PM Re: certainly a most unusual request....  
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Jerry, you're not alone in that department.


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