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#1718083 07/21/11 02:47 PM
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Hello,
It’s been a while since I posted anything. I hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer.
So....my teacher has me work on mostly on classical pieces. This is fine because I am learning a lot, reading, technique and so on. While I am pleased with my progress and I really like my teacher, I was feeling a little ho-hum about things.
Then one day I completely abandoned everything I was doing (well not entirely but that just sounded more dramatic) and pulled out some of my song books. I settled on Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos. I practiced it and decided to bring it with me to my next lesson. I told my teacher "I just had to play something I knew". She completely understood. She gave me some pointers and I left my lesson feeling rejuvenated. After working on the song for a bit I realized that it being ten pages long was a little too overwhelming for me at the moment since work has been very busy (filling in for a colleague and having to work overtime). So, I thought I would put that aside for the time being and find something a little shorter. I just wanted to play a song I know and like and not have it take a long time. So, I pulled out my books again and decided on a song called Alone by the band Heart. Not especially difficult but it is the first time I revisited the song since I have gotten better at reading music and I can definitely see the progress I have made. I practiced the song and brought it to my lesson. I explained to the teacher that I was feeling overwhelmed by the other piece and that's why I switched songs. She said that was a good idea and again gave me some pointers.
I still want to learn the classical songs my teacher gives me but now I am going to incorporate some more rock music into my lessons/practice since this is the kind of music I like. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. I guess a part of me didn’t realize I was actually getting better so I didn’t really think about playing those songs. But this has sort of sparked something in me and I feel excited about playing again.
Anyone else out there like or play rock piano?
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Kymber #1718147 07/21/11 04:12 PM
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Actually "rock piano" pretty accurately describes my goals. There is a little bit of classical I want to play but mainly I want pop and classic rock and most of the books I have are album songbooks. I have a decent collection of Beatles, Ben Folds, Billy Joel and Elton John that I can't play. My "bucket" piece would be "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding". When I was in high school my friend who had a piano had the music to "Alone" and was learning to play it when she moved.


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When you say "Rock Music" and I guess the particular songs you mentioned, are these arranged as the origial artist (Amos, Heart) played them?

Do you sing?

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You mean like this...

Bob Segar's "Old time rock-n-roll" played on the piano by Rickster

Sorry, I couldn't resist. laugh

I like to play rock piano too... or at least try! laugh

Best regards,

Rick


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Kymber - That is pretty much all I play. I don't really like classical music or instrumental piano music that much (except for some of the music performed by the talented instrumentalist here on the ABF). When I decided to teach myself to play piano I figured I might as well learn to play only the music I like. That was my plan and I'm sticking to it.

I'd like to hear some of your pop/rock music. You should consider posting to the Piano Bar.


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I'm rather rock oriented, but I still like learning some classical pieces. My musical taste is changing very rapidly now, I'm immersing myself in the masters of jazz/swing (don't know where one of those two genres end and the other begins, but it's my best guess the music I'm getting interested in is either of those or both.)

I'm talking about the music of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe etc. Written by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern to name a few. Often popular musical numbers.

I've gotten simplified versions of My Way, Can't Help Falling In Love and Moon River and had a lot of pleasure out of practising them. Also a few Beatles songs, Let It Be, Hey Jude and Imagine among them.



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Although I'm still quite focused on acquiring proper technique and a solid theory foundation, which means at the moment also still playing relatively simple pieces and experimenting a lot, one of my musical goals is to be able to play prog rock and "groovy ambient" stuff. I do feel a strong pull toward the blues and jazz as I discover those genres too. That's a lot to eventually master, or at least become relatively competent at playing. I'll not have enough of this lifetime to cover it all!

I'm planning to start lessons with a teacher before the year ends, I hope to be able to find someone well versed in teaching rock, blues & jazz.

But you can guess where my heart is just by looking at my signature smile


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