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 Post subject: Piano lessons!
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:23 am 
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I decided to sign up for piano lessons. Last week I had my first lesson. The teacher (Frank) is a guy my age with a great sense of humour.

And now I'm practicing... geeze... :lol:

This is the piano I have at home. Lotte's been using it for two years now with the same teacher.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Good for you! Go for it.

I quit piano at the age of 8 or so and the sting of the pencil on my knuckles and the shrill "curve those finger" lays heavy on my memory.

I hope Frank doesn't hit you or Lotte. LOL

Hitting students seems a bit out of fashion these days, thankfully.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Byron wrote:
I hope Frank doesn't hit you or Lotte. LOL


I am bigger.

Now I come to think of it... Lotte is bigger HA HA HA...

All kidding aside... hitting or beating a student is preposterous. Even if a student is completely unreasonable, hitting is not a solution. There are other ways to get to a students mind. On rare occasions I have students write lines. Very old-fashioned and childish, and that is the message. Most of the times it's 100 lines so it is like 10 minutes of work. It's more a signal than a punishment. And I must admit, if a student has to write lines and he/she accepts the punishment and delivers them the next day without me having to ask... he/she gains my respect for that.

The piano lessons are all about having fun. And a bit about general knowledge. So, no pressure. For me it's a bit different, there are some goals I'd like to achieve, or at least, see how realistic they are. And having fun in the meantime is no punishment.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Robbie's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Cheese Minor...

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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gardenque wrote:
Robbie's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Cheese Minor...

:laughing3: :laughing3: :laughing3:


Had my second lesson today. Working on Let It Be, This Guy's In Love With You and Aan De Kust.

Pfffffffffff... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Pounding on the kees, robbie ?

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Hey Robbie,

Good news. Congratulations. I switched to Piano in the Music academy last year so last week i started second year Piano. I'm actually starting to read some notes after four years. Not where i want to be but moving in the right direction. It takes a hell of a lot of practice but it's worth it. If you need some sheet music or want to follow what i have done so far i have kept everything from lesson one.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Yes, Oscor. Some men my age buy a little red car. I tried but did not fit in any little red car so I decided to spend my midlife crisis differently. Hence the keys.

Thanks Dirk, I will certainly keep that in mind.

Had my second lesson yesterday. Showed the teacher what I figured out on my own (chords). Teacher approved :) . Got me a number of useful pointers. Now: practice & practice.

Didn't know keys could be that much fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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I found keyboards way more interesting than guitar. Somehow it seems more like a 'complete' instrument. I certainly found it much more invigorating to learn - and it helped my pathetic music theory immeasurably.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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I found keyboards way more interesting than guitar. Somehow it seems more like a 'complete' instrument. I certainly found it much more invigorating to learn - and it helped my pathetic music theory immeasurably.


Oh, i don't agree. I think they both are equally rich if you study them the right way.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Robbie wrote:
Didn't know keys could be that much fun.


Wait 'till you hear mine. They are an abyss filled with adventures.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Wanna hear!

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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There are some quite good videos on YouTube for learning piano as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vphWgqbF-AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hj9v6pwTf8

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Good for you, Robbie. Enjoy. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Thanks John!

It's a real discovery, never thought it'd appeal to me the way it does. I always record the lesson so I have all the teacher's remarks etc. I enjoy it immensely.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Hi Robbie. Glad you enjoy it. Have had time to check the upload so i can start putting some activity back into the forum ??? I have some piano stuff i think you'd like to hear ...

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Hi Dirk,

I looked into it a couple of times but it's puzzling... I'm kinda stuck. Some things tell me it's a software issue, others tell me it's a server issue.

I'll look into it again shortly and with some more persistence.

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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Lesson nr. 7 yesterday. Learning a lot and tons of fun.

Currently working on : "Hold The Line" by Toto and "Song For Guy" by Elton John.

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You know, my next door neighbor practices his piano every day. We can hear him practice. One day he might become something. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Piano lessons!
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That is beautiful, Ron, but there's one thing I don't understand... why the music sheet? I thought it was safe to assume the work is in the man's head...

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