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Posted By: Agfinguy

New to Forum - 01/31/15 03:03 PM

Hello Everyone

I'm new to this forum - I just started reading the post SO most likely most of my questions are already answered somewhere here. He's my story, I'm a VERY Late bloomer with my interest in playing the piano. I started to teach myself 4 weeks ago and practice about 30 minutes every day on an out of tune Kimble upright (Which we bought for my daughter who have since moved out) I'm using Alfreds all in one piano book, the one that designed to used with a teacher - I plan on getting the one for self teaching. My playing skills on a scale of one to ten is (in my opinion) still in the negative range cursing
I'm still playing using the number system and trying to learn piano theory at the same time (just reading books on that)
My goal is play at home for myself and my wife nice soft music. It seems a bit overwhelming trying to learn and understand everything. I want to learn to play something easy without using the numbers which is my next goal. Anyway.. glad to be here and will enjoy reading the forum.. Any tips feel free to email me agfinguy@yahoo.com

I'd like to make some internet friends trying to do the same thing I am... when I said late bloomer I meant I'm 52 years young. Former US Marine and current Government employee.

thanks for reading.

Agfinguy



Posted By: Saranoya

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 04:03 PM

Hey Agfinguy,

My first suggestion to you: get that piano tuned ASAP! Yes, it's an investment. But I know from personal experience that playing a badly-tuned piano can chip away at your motivation in the long run. Even when you're doing all the right things, it doesn't necessarily sound nice.

Second, I don't fall into the particular category of "internet friends" you're looking for (my guess is I'm closer in age to your daughter than you, and I no longer rate my playing ability on a negative scale), but all the same: welcome, and shoot if you have any questions! In any case, you've come to the right place. There are quite a few people around here who do fit your description of yourself (or close enough, anyway).
Posted By: Agfinguy

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 04:08 PM

Thanks Saranoya - Appreciate the reply

smile
Posted By: Whizbang

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 04:29 PM

Originally Posted by Agfinguy
Hello Everyone


Welcome!
Posted By: Tom Christian

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 05:19 PM

Originally Posted by Agfinguy
I'm a VERY Late bloomer with my interest in playing the piano.
Sorry, but I'm afraid the Late Bloomer category on this Web site is already well-populated by people with considerably more... ummmm, "maturity". I think you'll fit nicely in the Early Middle group. Saranoya, by comparison, is probably closer to my oldest granddaughter's age. smile

I'll be the first (maybe) to make a suggestion that you're going to hear several times. If you think back to your marksmanship training in the Marines, natural ability and desire can get you started, but it takes a little coaching to get you on a timely path to High Master. That's where a piano teacher comes in.

My wife and I take weekly hour-long lessons. If you could manage even bi-weekly lessons of 30 minutes, you would grateful for the rest of your life that you did so. Almost without exception, piano teachers love adult beginners; in point of fact, I've yet to meet one who doesn't. We're motivated, we're there because we want to be, and we don't have to be reminded to practice.

With just a little help and a commitment to learn, you will be astonished at what you're able to play just one year from now.
Posted By: RaggedKeyPresser

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 05:24 PM

Hello Agfinguy
Yes,please do get that piano tuned.
No matter what level you are at, you need to hear the right notes coming out of it.
Your ears need that info.
Please tell us when it was last tuned!
Posted By: Brian Lucas

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 08:27 PM

Welcome! When you say "numbers system" are you referring to finger numbers? There is another number system that's related to playing chords.

I'd say first define your goals. Depending on what you're looking to play, that will define the length of time to play it with some skill level. For example, if you love classical piano, much of that will take time to learn. But if you enjoy more pop styles of music, that can be learned rather quickly. Eventually all of that will come together (notation, chords, scale, etc.) as you gain more experience, but I tend to start with chord theory because it's the easiest to understand and the fastest way to get to something that actually sounds like music, especially if you enjoy non-classical styles of music.

The other thing I'd recommend is to not learn theory just for the sake of learning theory. Make sure you understand what the sound is behind it. The music came first, the way we describe it came second. If you understand the sound behind the theory you're learning, it will stick with you better.

Finally, thank you for your service.
Posted By: Johan B

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 08:36 PM

Originally Posted by Agfinguy
Hello Everyone

I'm new to this forum - I just started reading the post SO most likely most of my questions are already answered somewhere here. He's my story, I'm a VERY Late bloomer with my interest in playing the piano. I started to teach myself 4 weeks ago and practice about 30 minutes every day on an out of tune Kimble upright (Which we bought for my daughter who have since moved out) I'm using Alfreds all in one piano book, the one that designed to used with a teacher - I plan on getting the one for self teaching. My playing skills on a scale of one to ten is (in my opinion) still in the negative range cursing
I'm still playing using the number system and trying to learn piano theory at the same time (just reading books on that)
My goal is play at home for myself and my wife nice soft music. It seems a bit overwhelming trying to learn and understand everything. I want to learn to play something easy without using the numbers which is my next goal. Anyway.. glad to be here and will enjoy reading the forum.. Any tips feel free to email me agfinguy@yahoo.com

I'd like to make some internet friends trying to do the same thing I am... when I said late bloomer I meant I'm 52 years young. Former US Marine and current Government employee.

thanks for reading.

Agfinguy





Welcome on board, Agfinguy......

This is a nice place to be.......

Late bloomer?....mmmm.....it's never too late.......

Friendly regards,
Johan B
Posted By: earlofmar

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 09:11 PM

Welcome Agfinguy, just deciding to start moves you from negative to positive and every day you practice adds just a little. This is a very slow process but with time and commitment you can achieve your goal.
Posted By: Mountain Ash

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 09:12 PM

Hi Agfinguy,

It's wonderful to hear about another person who has decided to become a musical late bloomer. Just be patient, as adults I find that we tend to overestimate what we can achieve in the short term and underestimate what we can achieve in the long term. If you practice a little everyday, you will go far.

I also find that it is important to enjoy practicing even the simplest pieces. If I get caught in an 'I'll be happy when I can play xxx' mindset, I miss the opportunity to truly enjoy playing the piano.
Posted By: Agfinguy

Re: New to Forum - 01/31/15 09:30 PM

wow .. thank you all for the advice and comments - I will get that piano tuned and i have no idea when it was tuned last.

looking forward to contributing here.

Posted By: zillybug

Re: New to Forum - 02/01/15 12:12 AM

Welcome Agfinguy,
you will find many here around your age or older. I decided to go back to the piano when I was 65 and the best thing I did was get a teacher. While I had played some in the past, I met a woman at a summer music program who did not start until age 55 who had never played before. She has now been playing and taking Iessons for 10 years and is playing quite advanced classical music. It is never too late. Enjoy the journey.
Judy
Posted By: Agfinguy

Re: New to Forum - 02/06/15 03:16 AM

Just a update, I got the piano tuned and looking forward to make some good progress with it. It sounds so nice now and as a treat I have a house guess that plays the piano and she played for us... wow, someday was all I can sat - she smiled and said I've been playing for many many years.

anyway.. thank you all for pointing out the importance of a properly tuned piano.

Posted By: Silver Keys

Re: New to Forum - 02/06/15 04:33 AM

+1 to this:
Originally Posted by Tom Christian
With just a little help and a commitment to learn, you will be astonished at what you're able to play just one year from now.

...even for us "late bloomers."

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