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#1355211 01/22/10 01:27 AM
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Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well.
It seems like an eternity since I've been on the PW forum. I've been playing a little bit here and there. My teacher had a baby and stopped giving lessons. So I am on my own again. I am currently taking singing lessons but I think I have enough knowedge in piano and music theory to keep myself busy until I find a new teacher. Until then I thought it would be a good idea to return to the support and encouragement here at PW.
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Nice to see you again, Kymber. Voice lessons, aye. If I tried those, the piano would run away. smile

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Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F, Haydn Sonata Hoboken XVI:41, Bach French Suite No. 5 in G BWV 816

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Welcome back Kymber...it has been a long time.








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Good to see you again, Kymber. smile

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Hi and welcome back! I too am returning after a long time away from PW. smile What do you enjoy singing?

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Welcome back Kymber!

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Welcome back Kymber! I'm not sure if we know eachother so allow me to introduce myself, I'm AnotherSchmoe and I also just returned a few days ago after a year-long hiatus. Methinks we both need to stop disappearing! whome

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well AnotherSchmoe I think you are right. I disappeared again for a while but now I am back....again. It's nice to know PW will always be here. Like a good friend.


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Welcome back! How are you enjoying the singing lessons? I'm jealous, I'd LOVE to voice lessons too - but everytime I think about it, I can't figure out how I'd squeeze in more practice time, on top of piano - just not enough hours in the day!

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Hi Saerra,
I just had my last lesson (for now) last week. I decided to take a short break from them.

There were times I really enjoyed my lessons and there were times I really felt inadequate. I definitely made some improvements but I still don't think I would sing in front of anyone-lol.

I think I have to get over a lot of issues in my head. I get really shy about practicing (bc OMG! someone might hear me). So I have to get over that. It's not like practicing piano where I can put headphones on if I need to. And I feel like there is a lot of trust involved. Like I open my mouth and trust I will be on key-ha ha ha. I definitely feel more comfortable at the piano but the perfectionist in me will not let me give up on singing either.

If you can manage to find time in your schedule I would highly recommend it. It really is a great feeling to sing.


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Hi Kymber! I remember you from when I first joined. I've disappeared and re-appeared a couple of times since then. Sometimes I wander off and play tin whistle for a while -- that's about as close to singing as I should get, I'm afraid. Dire singing voices run in my father's family, and that gene bred true in me as well.


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Hi Kymber!

Aww, what a shame that you're not going to keep up with the singing too! I actually did take lessons for a very short period of time (~4-5 months) years ago, when I was in school... and LOVED it. I ended up stopping when I was trying to finish up grad school, and couldn't really handle one more thing... (plus I had moved from the dorms to an apartment, and had the same issue - worrying about people hearing me.)

What amazed me (and why I wish I could do it again) was how much FUN it was, and how much I loved it, even though I was terrible! I haven't found too many things like that, that are fun even when you're rotten!

Are you in a house? Do you have a room you can just lock yourself in for singing practice? When I was in the dorm - I told my roommates (shared apartment style, I had my own room) that I would be doing singing practice for one hour a day, it would be afternoon and before 8pm, and it would sound awful - so sorry - but it was just 1 hour wink Luckily they put up with it, without comment!

re: trusting that you will open your mouth and it will come out on key - hahahah - I know. You know what though, I feel the same anxiety over piano! Not that the key isn't going to work, but that I'm going to actually be able to get through the piece, get the right notes, keep the tempo somewhat stable, and not just forget everything! It's one of the things that scares me off from recitals - I can just see myself sitting down to play, looking at the piano, and suddenly thinking - "oh no! I can't remember the music at all!" :P

I guess it's all a journey wink

Glad to see you back!

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PS Kymber - have you looked for any singing groups near you?

I'm thinking of trying to find one, as I've read about them in this area. Not choirs - but groups of people that just get together to sing for fun.

Doesn't that sound awesome!

Here's the article from our local paper: Group Sing-Alongs!

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hi Saerra,
Well I think you talked me back into it. I will be taking a short time off (just a couple of weeks). And I think I will try a different teacher this time.

I work for a university I can use the practice rooms at the music school. They are all equipped with Steinway grand pianos. I've been there a few times and is feel very fortunate to have access to the practice rooms. Even tho they have the foamy eggshell things on the walls it is definitely not sound proof. It is almost more intimidating there because there is not background noise. Like at home if I have the AC or TV on I know people can't hear me. But I guess I will just have to get over that won't I.

I think sometimes music reveals some of the personal challenges we have to overcome and I guess my fear of being heard is one of them-lol.

Thanks so much for the support! And I will check out that article. My teacher did suggest I join a choir and I think it is a good idea to do something but the choirs near me meet on days that I already have commitments. But I'm sure I will find something.

Thanks again!


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smile Yay - I'm glad you're going back. I think finding a teacher that you really connect with is key - especially because it IS such a vulnerable, and personal thing!

I'm jealous that you have access to the practice rooms and Steinways! How neat! Does it help to realize that probably the other people nearby are not listening to you, but so focused on their own music they don't even notice anything else? wink

I agree about music revealing our personal challenges. It also gives us the chance to grow smile in unexpected ways sometimes. smile It's good stuff!

And - I found the next local "singing party" that opens to the public near me! I put it on my calendar (not til the end of the month) and am going! I'm excited - a little nervous about meetings hoardes of strangers, but I think it will be fun - I love singing, and hope the group is big enough that no one will notice if I'm not exactly on key wink wink wink

Have fun!

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Hi Saerra,

That's great you found a singing party. You'll have to let me know how it goes.


You are absolutely right. The people in the other rooms playing a mean Chopin are definitely NOT listening to me. Thanks for the reality check!

Btw... are there any universities in your area. Maybe you can see if you can use their practice rooms.


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smile I'll let you know.

There are a couple universities - not sure though if they have practice rooms, and whether or not they let in random strangers (*sniffle*).

Aren't you ever tempted to just sit in there and listen to everyone else? wink Not to bring back the nervousness, but once or twice I've gotten to my lesson early to find that the previous student was a no-show, and my teacher is practicing. Lots of fun to just sit and listen for a bit - it's like getting a free concert wink

(...and when he's trying to learn something new and talking to himself as he works through difficult parts - I don't feel so crazy wink!)

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Hi Saerra,

yes I love hearing other people playing as I walk along the halls of the practice rooms and at the music school where I was taking my singing lessons.

I just love the whole vibe!

In fact one day I just sat and listened to the person in the room next to me for a while. It was really cool.


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smile Fun! I would do the same thing! Ah well, enjoy your practicing, and I'll let you know how the "singing party" goes later this month...


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