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#993484 - 09/12/04 08:53 AM 1st piano lesson  
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I've got my first piano lesson in 37 years, excepting one, coming up on Friday.. I'm so excited I will probably have a heart attack first.


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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)
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#993485 - 09/12/04 09:30 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Good luck. Dom't have a heart attack. Tell us how it goes.
What are you going to play for your lesson?

#993486 - 09/12/04 11:05 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Apple - How exciting. I miss my lessons. Hopefully, we will get back on track in a few weeks once school settles down a bit for both of us. Meanwhile - 12 days till Esty arrives. Two weeks from today I will definitely be playing it her! Everything is ready!


You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#993487 - 09/12/04 12:15 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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I'm playing the prelude in D major (5) from WTC 1 and Chopin Opus 25 #2.

I know the 2nd kind of

I hope it works.

Teachum - I'll count down the days - Sep. 24th? I lost 5 pounds before my piano came I got so worked up and excited. The day the piano came I just about went thru the ceiling.


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#993488 - 09/13/04 10:52 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Apple - Is that the Prelude in D Major that has like 4 voices going at all different counts at the same time?


You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany
#993489 - 09/13/04 10:55 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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P.S. I'll take losing five pounds - that would get me close to perfect. Just joking! It's starting to get cold out on the enclosed backporch at night!


You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#993490 - 09/13/04 10:56 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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How did you choose this teacher, Apple?

#993491 - 09/13/04 08:49 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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stroke of marvelous luck would be the best way to put it.

I've interviewed 5 and they all thought I was great. (Of course I might have not interviewed good enough teachers) Couldn't fool the one I chose tho,.. Hope he doesn't fire me.

Teachum: "Apple - Is that the Prelude in D Major that has like 4 voices going at all different counts at the same time?

I don't think so.. It seems to only have 2 voices.


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#993492 - 09/13/04 09:36 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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How exciting for you! Tell us all about your first lesson!

I hope this teacher works out for you - I had to switch after about 7 months, and now I've got a superb teacher! Hope I can be a superb student!! smile


"Cats make purrfect friends"
#993493 - 09/14/04 05:46 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Good luck Apple!

If you don't mind my asking ... What did you talk about in the interviews that made you decide on the one you did? Or is the feeling of "connecting" what matters most?
I need to find another teacher for myself.

Neus

#993494 - 09/14/04 06:10 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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I talked about my goals with the teachers. we met for 1/2 hour. I played for them.. I guess it was a feeling of connecting and his level of accomplishement. What I like about this one, is that he communicated with me as a peer even tho extraordinarily more skilled, and easily identified some of my weaknesses without being asked to do so. We'll see. He might find me intolerable.


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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)
#993495 - 09/14/04 07:02 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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For what its worth, Apple, I've got my first lesson with a new teacher in two days - already getting nervous. I'm sure I'll butcher every piece I try to play for her. Par for course.


I played it better at home.
#993496 - 09/14/04 07:31 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Hey Apple, I'm curious what did your new teacher ask you to bring to your first lesson? Is he going to work on theory, repetoire, or both?
Jon


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#993497 - 09/14/04 07:41 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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HermanM,

Be sure to tell us all about your first lesson too! smile


"Cats make purrfect friends"
#993498 - 09/14/04 07:56 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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I'm playing the prelude in D major (#5) from WTC 1 and Chopin Opus 25 #2. We'll just see what happens... I'll probably faint, because i am going to get so excited I won't eat. I'll wear some padded clothing in case I hit the ground.

smile


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love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)
#993499 - 09/14/04 09:45 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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lol. Have fun apple - I'm very happy for you
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why was the mushroom invited to the party? because he was a FUN-GUY! :p
#993500 - 09/15/04 05:41 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Thanks Apple!

On the contrary, have some food and drink some lime flower tea. Tell us how it went. Until Friday! smile

Neus A.

#993501 - 09/16/04 03:05 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Apple - How did it go?


You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany
#993502 - 09/16/04 03:29 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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not till tomorrow.....


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#993503 - 09/16/04 03:56 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Hi Apple,

Just wanted to wish you luck. Enjoy your lessons and let us know how the first one goes.

Lyn B.

#993504 - 09/16/04 04:10 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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I had my first lesson today with me new teacher - what an incredible change from the previous! Night and day! I'm still blown away.
There was an enthusiasm there today that I've never felt before - not with me (I'm always enthusiastic), but with the teacher. She seemed really pumped to be sharing her wisdom with me, which I never had with the last. So many new techniques to work on! I rushed home and scribbled down what I could remember - the lesson what supposed to be a half hour, but it reached close to a full hour! A bargain at twice the price!
I could blather on about specifics, but I won't waste the bandwidth. Sum it up as follows: if you feel inhibited or unhappy with your current teacher, try a new one - you might be pleasantly surprised!

Apple, I hope your experience is half as positive as mine was - Good Luck to you!

HM


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#993505 - 09/16/04 04:57 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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HermanM

That's great that you found a wonderful teacher! It really does make such a difference, doesn't it? When I switched to my current teacher 5 weeks ago, I felt so renewed with enthusiasm and love my lessons and love to practice. She's worth the price (double what my previous teacher charged!).

My lessons are an hour long (twice a week). My teacher writes down all the notes I need to remember in a notebook during the lesson so I don't forget. It really helps because it IS hard to remember everything! Does you teacher NOT keep a log or list for you? Maybe you can ask her to jot important points, or do it yourself during the lesson smile

Apple, can't wait to hear about your first lesson!


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#993506 - 09/16/04 05:55 PM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Ooops - that's right, it's Thursday today, not Friday. Tired teacher wishing for Friday!


You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

Estonia #6141 in Satin Mahogany
#993507 - 09/17/04 06:14 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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good luck with your lesson today apple! don't be nervous, you'll do fine smile


"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer
#993508 - 09/17/04 06:24 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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you know what is bad...? He came over a couple weeks ago.. I had had a busy day, and I said "sorry - I am not the world's best housekeeper" (mainly because I am addicted to the piano) and he said "Yes - I can see".. So I have to at least sweep and dust and pick up the toys, clothes, books, movies and shoes - smokin yuck


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#993509 - 09/17/04 06:59 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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At what time is your class?

#993510 - 09/17/04 07:07 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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11 - less than 2 hrs.


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#993511 - 09/17/04 07:10 AM Re: 1st piano lesson  
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Good. The house is already tidy? Seat and relax.

Yesterday I interviewed a teacher, too. To start with I liked it better than my old one. I'll keep looking, though.

Neus

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Have a great lesson!!

Cathy

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I NEVER RELAX!


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