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#1219095 06/18/09 10:38 AM
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Yep today is my "official" 1yr anniversary of playing the piano [Linked Image]

I say officially since I joined PW WAY before then, even had my Alfred books 1-3 and my new Digital Piano. Those then promptly sat there for some 6mths before I actually did anything with them
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At the suggestions of many on this place I stepped up and got a teacher. It's really quite different when you have the accountability of reporting to someone every week to see what's new and what you've done.

Looking back at what I've managed to achieve
  • Good basic understanding of reading music!
  • Several pieces under my belt (so to speak)
  • Knowledge of how to build chords, triads, practice arpeggios, scales etc
  • Basic knowledge of the circle of 5ths (only just began to cover this)
  • 2 live recitals and 2 online ABF ones!
  • Confidence! (still needs nurturing but it's growing)

Current repertoire (which I try to play daily or every other)
  • The Entertainer (Just the Alfred version)
  • Tumbalalaika
  • Swinging Sevenths
  • Night Song
  • Musette
  • 1st Movement
  • La Donna E Mobile
  • Musettas Waltz
  • At Sunrise (1st recital piece)
  • Wonderland (2nd)
  • A Good Question (will be #3 piece)
  • Canon in D
  • Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually (needs polishing)

Up-and coming pieces (working on)
  • Falling Slowly (just beginning now in study group)
  • Canon in D (full version)
  • Forest Gump Feather Theme (dammit I'll get to it eventually)
  • #3 pieces (some look very challenging)
  • Piano Man (at some point I will tackle this)

Biggest issue right now
Timing! I'm OK and can tell what the notes are (16th, 8th, dotted, QTR, whole etc. However, sometimes I have to just "hear" the piece for it to sync up in my brain and have me say to myself "oh yeah, that's how" and then I'm off.

Biggest accomplishment
Well I'm still doing it laugh. Seriously though MOYD and ABF have been the biggest inspirations to me over this past year. Once I had learned (very early on) that there is always going to be people more talented than me I began to not be so hard on myself. I'm also pretty chuffed to have made it through books #1 & #2 of Alfred and now marching on into #3..

There is probably a lot I'm missing but heck, I've already rambled on enough (post is very long) laugh so I'll just sign off with a big THANK YOU!! You guys & gals keep me grounded and with regards to my "Piano Journey" I know I found my "center" when I found you lot..

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Congratulations! Another inspiring story for a beginner like me smile Keep it up!


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Way to go TTigg! Your Wonderland is awesome and shows how well you have done in s short amount of time. I also have issues with timing/tempo and let the gut do the work too often. But I'm working on it too.

Just imagine where you and the rest of us will be in a few years if we keep it up...

Congrat!!

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Yahoo!! Congratulations!!!
(I have timing issues too. Just one of the things I have to spend a little extra time on.)



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Awesome job TTigg!!!


"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997.

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Congrats TTig!!


The smiley under the chair is hilarious.

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Congratulations! Way to go!



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Congratulations, TTigg on your anniversary and your accomplishments thus far. Well done! Here is a wish that you will experience many more of both. I do not know the date of my playing anniversary, but we'll just say that it was before you were born and leave it at that. Of course, I spent more of those years not playing than I have playing. Let's hope that doesn't happen to you.


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I am impressed, TTigg - I played piano when I was a kid for a couple of years so coming back, even after 35+ years, wasn't a from-scratch thing. But I did try guitar from scratch as an adult - and I don't play guitar any more smile Good for you for sticking it out, and enjoying it to boot! You've certainly been a great member of the forum, too.

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Happy Piano-versary!!!

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Originally Posted by Mark...
Way to go TTigg! Your Wonderland is awesome and shows how well you have done in s short amount of time. I also have issues with timing/tempo and let the gut do the work too often. But I'm working on it too.

Just imagine where you and the rest of us will be in a few years if we keep it up...

Congrat!!

Mark...

No kidding! I can't wait till I'm in my late 40s messing about in a lounge in Vegas or on a Cruise ship part time (well I can dream no?) smile Seriously though although I seem to posses some degree of natural talent (so to speak) I'd be no where near as far advanced as this without MOYD so, again, THANK YOU for doing this and your continued support / guidance. thumb

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Congrats TTigg!!
The smiley under the chair is hilarious.

great isnt' he smile

Thanks also to Cathy, Dennis, Fox, Kymber, Ina Marimo and all. It's been fun and it's only going to get better cool


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Happy 1 year TTigg! I really enjoyed reading your reflections. I also finally understand why you joined this forum in 07 but began actually playing June 08, I had wondered about the discrepancy between the dates. I hope you're finding book 3 to be to your liking. I'll join you there as soon as I can.

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Originally Posted by Waltz
Happy 1 year TTigg! I really enjoyed reading your reflections. I also finally understand why you joined this forum in 07 but began actually playing June 08, I had wondered about the discrepancy between the dates. I hope you're finding book 3 to be to your liking. I'll join you there as soon as I can.

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Glad I could help clear that up for you. Yep, I was very lazy before but not now.. Loving every min and book #3 has only just begun, I'll give you an update in a couple of weeks. I will tell you this though, the back of the book looks SUPER scary!!

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Originally Posted by TTigg

No kidding! I can't wait till I'm in my late 40s messing about in a lounge in Vegas or on a Cruise ship part time (well I can dream no?) smile Seriously though although I seem to posses some degree of natural talent (so to speak) I'd be no where near as far advanced as this without MOYD so, again, THANK YOU for doing this and your continued support / guidance. thumb



Trust some one in his (very) late 40's. Don't rush things. grin My wife and son and i were shopping in a Nordstrom the other day, and we noticed they had a sizable grand on display. My wife said, hey why don't you go play something? I laughed, but I did go take a quick look at the instrument. An older Steinway B with a sign actually pasted (who would glue a sign on a Steinway???) on the closed fallboard that read "Please Do Not Touch The Piano."


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Trust some one in his (very) late 40's. Don't rush things. grin My wife and son and i were shopping in a Nordstrom the other day, and we noticed they had a sizable grand on display. My wife said, hey why don't you go play something? I laughed, but I did go take a quick look at the instrument. An older Steinway B with a sign actually pasted (who would glue a sign on a Steinway???) on the closed fallboard that read "Please Do Not Touch The Piano."

Never, was just "thinking out loud". To be honest if I possess the talent in years to come to just play the music that has caught my ear over the years that'll be good enough for me. I can't believe how much I've already learned and how much more I have to go, it really is life changing and I mean that in a good way!

I'm going to try to organize some Piano parties later on in the year, figure I may as well try to mingle with like-minded Piano nuts smile
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Way to go!! The stories like yours are inspiration to us all beginners - or those picking up piano after a long time like myself smile

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A big CONGRATULATIONS from me too Ttigg! You’ve accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time. I’m looking forward to continuing our book 3 journey.

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