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Adult Beginners Forum
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After some time off (due to an injury and work) I am back in to it again. As much as I would love to see where I would be musically without ever taking breaks, sometimes longer than desired, that is not necessarily where my life has fit. But now, after a long break recovering from an injury and a new job with no more travel, diving back in to classical piano again.

And looking to take lessons again. I could go back to my initial teacher, I liked her, and had a good rapport with her. But, I don't think I was getting what I needed from her. And that is where the questions I have come in. There are numerous posts, guides and articles on finding a teacher, all are valid and give good guidance. But, those are also from the perspective of an absolute beginner. I am not. Although I am a beginner on piano, I understand music very well from learning and playing many other instruments. I can read sheet music. I know music theory. I also know how my hands feel, and how to train them to play with minimal tension (I say minimal, because with *no* tension at all they would just be floppy)

What I don't know is the proper position, amount of wrist, etc all the technical details of building this muscle memory correctly, so I do not end up limited, having to retrain, etc.

Maybe I am overthinking all of this. I could be over compartmentalizing all of this. I am probably over focusing on this. But, from my personal experience of playing different instruments over the last 40 years, this is also the area that has given me the most problems.

And I talked to her about it, explained where I was coming from. Her response was that she tried not to be overly critical of beginners, but she would start pointing out more things to me. And she did. Things like I missed a flat sign, or did not hold a note quite long enough while sight reading. On technique it still remained "don't worry, that will just happen." Now, I know from my own personal experience, that is not the case, and what I tried to point out. Granted, what she pointed out was not wrong, and I *do* value that feedback, I am looking for something more.

I guess my questions are not so much on how to look for a teacher (lots of material out there on that) but more like *what* should I be looking for in a teacher?

And all the while, when I read and play the music, when it goes from pianissimo to forte, I Neve think "Oh, it's getting louder" and instead I am thinking and feeling "my sadness churns to anger. Or my timidness boils to frustration."
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Piano Forum
Yesterday at 04:35 PM
I was wondering if anyone can figure out this partial score? I did check most of Bach keyboard repertory. It is in 2/4 and i suppose 0 to 1 to 2 flats.
Thanks for you help!

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Pianist Corner
Yesterday at 03:07 AM
Does anyone know any good abstract piano concertos similar to these? or any crazy wild concertos

Mosolov's concerto:

or Adigezalov's
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Piano Forum
04/18/18 10:19 PM
Our April 2018 Free Newsletter dedicated to everything piano is out now...

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Pianist Corner - Non Classical
04/17/18 05:35 AM
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Piano Teachers Forum
04/16/18 08:45 PM
I’d like to take either the Dip ABRSM or the LTCL exams. I grew up with the ABRSM system, and only recently looked at the Trinity. Are they regarded equally?
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EVENTS! Piano Concerts, Recitals, Competitions, and Workshops
04/16/18 08:14 PM
The Frederick Piano Collection in Ashburnham, MA presents their

33rd Spring Season - Historical Piano Concerts

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Our friends at the Frederick Historic Piano Collection have announced their concert lineup for 2018.
It looks like it will be one of their best!

Kathy and I will try to attend some, I hope you can make it too. May 13 and May 27 look particularly interesting to us.
We've had the pleasure of attending an Olga Vinokur concert before, and the 27th looks like a really fun program.

But then again, they are all good. And we love that they are performed on period instruments from the Frederick Collection.

For more information, please visit their web site
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EVENTS! Piano Concerts, Recitals, Competitions, and Workshops
04/15/18 10:26 PM
High Point University
2018 4th Annual Piano Competition

Funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust.
$10,000 in prizes (among 3 finalists)

For pianists ages 15-25 who reside in the United States.

Application with DVD or YouTube submission by July 1, 2018

September 8, 2018
High Point, NC

Additonal Details Here
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Just For The Fun of It
04/15/18 08:06 PM
From a post on Facebook...

(Kudos to John Atkinson, Wrong Hands)

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EVENTS! Piano Concerts, Recitals, Competitions, and Workshops
04/15/18 07:21 PM
Waring International Piano Competition 2019

Junior & Intermediate 2019
Competitions > Junior & Intermediate 2019

Competition dates are
March 24 – April 1, 2019.

Download a PDF of the 2019 Rules and Regulations
Competition Divisions

The Waring sponsors three competition divisions:
Junior (pianists through age 12)
Intermediate (pianists ages 13 through 17)
Senior (pianists ages 18 through 30)

Eligibility is determined by age on the first day of the Competition.

The Competition is held biennially with the Junior and Intermediate Competitions scheduled for 2019 and the Senior Competition scheduled for 2021.

All pianists must participate in the Solo and may participate in the Concerto competition. Separate awards are given for both solo and concerto divisions.

Additional Details Here.
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Piano Photo Gallery - Pictures of Pianos
04/15/18 02:11 PM
Experimenting with carbon fiber shanks/flanges from WNG in 2nd capo area of my 1929 Steinert. There is a subtle, but noticeable, difference in power transferred to the strings.
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Piano Forum
04/15/18 12:57 PM
I have done a search on the forums before posting and can't seem to find anyone who has actually got this system.

When I was 11 I was taken to the Dale Forty showroom in Cheltenham to choose an upgrade to my Dale Forty piano. The one I fancied was a Bechstein but I didn't have any choice! Probably too expensive. So my fantasy now is something like the B124 or the Hoffman 131, maybe with the vario system. But is that system any good? Does it affect the acoustic piano in any way?
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FAQ - Tuner-Technicians Forum
04/13/18 07:38 PM
1926 L. Piano rebuilt with Steinway parts in 2011. Just bought piano 2 months ago and since then it makes too much noise when Damper lifts via pedal or with individual notes. My tech says the damper felt still too soft thus creating noise whenever lifted . I feel it’s too much noise regardless. Damper seems to lift at correct time.

Any ideas if this newness is the case or what can I do to repair? Just for comparison, played 6-8 new pianos, Steinway and other brands, in showroom recently and none made this much noise.

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Pianist Corner
04/13/18 03:39 PM

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