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Offline ranjit

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1500 on: June 09, 2021, 08:44:57 PM
Welcome aboard. I don't think you need to hesitate to ask questions here. Yes, the site may technically be for advanced players (whatever that may mean), but I think what people here care about more is whether you're serious with your intent to learn, and ask meaningful questions. You don't have to be at a certain level to be serious about the piano; at the same time, you can be an advanced player and have nothing to contribute to the discussion.

I lurked for a while before posting here, so when I started posting, I was basically an intermediate player. I'm not sure where I am now -- certainly not an advanced player but not exactly intermediate either. I think that this forum really hits the sweet spot with a number of posters who are quite good at the piano, but have really varied views and opinions.

btw, if you're a beginner, you could do worse than checking out bernhard's old posts.

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1501 on: June 09, 2021, 10:50:40 PM
I was just reading the About section where it states this site is for advanced players. I didn't read that before I made my account.  Maybe I'm too green to be here.

I don't think you are too green. Post your questions in the Student's Corner subforum and we'll help you out!

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1502 on: June 10, 2021, 02:33:26 AM
No such thing as being too green.  All levels of players are welcome here. 

Just start reading posts and getting involved in discussions, there are plenty of knowledgeable people here to help you on your piano journey.
Thank you.

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Reply #1503 on: June 10, 2021, 02:35:27 AM
I don't think you are too green. Post your questions in the Student's Corner subforum and we'll help you out!
Thank you.  I've already found a couple good resources cruising through the posts.

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1504 on: July 02, 2021, 12:09:45 AM
Hey y'all.  I haven't figured out how to comment to an individual post yet.

But hey.

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1505 on: July 02, 2021, 12:41:29 AM
Hey y'all.  I haven't figured out how to comment to an individual post yet.

But hey.
halo!(✿^‿^)

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1506 on: July 02, 2021, 11:34:15 AM
Hey y'all.  I haven't figured out how to comment to an individual post yet.

But hey.


Quote the post to reply to it.

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1507 on: July 02, 2021, 12:19:18 PM

Quote the post to reply to it.
Just like this . What determined2learn said

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Reply #1508 on: July 02, 2022, 06:42:28 AM
Okay Hi,  my name Leigh, although most people call me Anne (I prefer Leigh though) and I am a Pianist. I think that is obvious because we would'nt be on Piano Street if we are not! Anyway I can also play some other instruments (I posted the instruments I play in my poll 'The Instruments Battle') because I like music very much
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul"

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Reply #1509 on: July 02, 2022, 09:48:09 PM
Okay Hi,  my name Leigh, although most people call me Anne (I prefer Leigh though) and I am a Pianist. I think that is obvious because we would'nt be on Piano Street if we are not! Anyway I can also play some other instruments (I posted the instruments I play in my poll 'The Instruments Battle') because I like music very much
Hello and welcome to the forum! What kind of music do you play on the piano?

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Reply #1510 on: July 05, 2022, 06:45:44 AM
Wow this post has a lot of replies.
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul"

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Reply #1511 on: July 05, 2022, 06:47:45 AM
I'm reo.  I've played since 1st grade.  Right now i'm just about to finish my sophomore year in high school!  I love this forum! 


I love it too!
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul"

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Reply #1512 on: July 05, 2022, 06:54:16 AM
Just like this . What determined2learn said
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul"

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Reply #1513 on: July 05, 2022, 07:05:53 AM
Hello and welcome to the forum! What kind of music do you play on the piano?




Everybody is so nice here! I usually play classic music in piano but sometimes I dive in to ballad songs.  What about you?
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul"

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1514 on: August 04, 2022, 10:05:55 AM
Hi, my name is Lucy, and i have been playing piano for over a year.  I play some other instruments but i focus more on piano.

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Reply #1515 on: October 02, 2022, 10:57:14 PM
Hi all,

My name is Jeremy and I've been been studying piano (on and off) since 2011.  I had weekly lessons for about 6 years, and in that time I participated in recitals, student masterclasses, and passed my RCM Grade 5.  Around 2016 my teacher moved away, and then I moved away shortly afterwards and haven't had any lessons since then.  Life happened and I fell away from the piano for a bit, but I picked it up about a year ago and have been trying to be more deliberate about study and practice.

I remember browsing these forums more than a few times when I was taking lessons and always enjoyed the discussions.  Since I don't have a teacher, I guess what I'm really looking for is some feedback on my progress.  So perhaps you'll see me in the Auditions section soon.  Looking forward to speaking with everyone here.

Jeremy

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Reply #1516 on: November 09, 2022, 08:02:51 PM
Hello everyone,

I was born in the middle ages before pianos were invented, JK.  I'm 40 years old and have been playing the piano for 30 years now.  I took piano lessons for about 1 year with my dad at 10, then again with an official teacher from 15 to 22 and made it all way to about level 7 or 8, I think: a long time ago.  Since then I've mainly been working on sight reading.  As you know, this can take a lifetime or two to master.   I can sight read levels 2-4 with ease and somewhat sight read levels 5-7 at about 1/2 pace or less.

Here's what i'm currently working on:
- Invention 13. (repeat from 20 years ago ~ i hope i can get my fingers to move a little faster.  I haven't played it in so long that I'm actually really slow at it about: 20 bpm)


- Chopin Mazurka Op 68 No. 2 ~ lovely melody. ( i just got a book containing all the mazurkas and I'm super excited)

- The Entertainer by Scott Choplin ~ i haven't had too much problems getting up to moderate speed but making progress on after that is getting increasingly difficult, especially trying to keep the accuracy up, to be expected.


- My current dream piece is the Italian Concerto in F-Major.  I dared to play the first several pages a number of times, and then repeated that some more and more.... geez.


- Also, I like to do a lot of sight reading:
* Fireside book of folk songs
* "Easy Piano Classics" the book
* Some beautiful chinese songs book with no english name printed on it.  it seems to contain a lot of sound tracks like the titanic, and "Summer", etc.
* all those classic low level books I used to think were so hard as a kid.
* my daughter's Nancy Faber books Lev 3 - a tad easy for me, but the teacher's part is still a bit of a challenge.  i should probably know those, since I'm teacher her piano. lolz.




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Re: Introduction
Reply #1517 on: November 10, 2022, 02:43:04 PM
Welcome to the forums pascalxus :)

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Reply #1518 on: July 26, 2023, 08:14:23 PM
Greetings from Saarfend-on-Sea!

I'm retired and have had a fairly undistinguished musical career. I did acquire a piano teaching diploma (LGSM) and I took my final exam for that in the Barbican Centre before it officially opened.

Musical tenuous claim to fame: I took my ABRSM Grade 1 in 1964, and Gordon Jacob was my examiner.

When I retired in 2018, I decided that my 1891 Bechstein upright needed to be rehomed (my daughter has that now) and invested in a 1936 Blüthner boudoir grand. It's a gorgeous piano, with aliquot strings (I'm not sure they actually make any difference...). I've mostly concentrated on Bach since then, although I've learned some of Kinderszenen and revisited some Mozart and Beethoven.
I also have some rather nice recorders, which I play to the best of my ability, and I sing in the Southend Bach Choir. Occasionally our Mus Dir asks me to sing a solo, and in our recent concert I was Counsel in G & S's "Trial by Jury".

I've arrived here as a result of a discussion on the Facebook Piano Technique thread on What To Do After Grade 8 When You Are A Bit On The Old Side? (Disclaimer: I never took Grade 8. I passed Grade 7 in 1971 and then, after qualifying as a teacher, studied for the LGSM at an evening class.)

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Re: Introduction
Reply #1519 on: August 26, 2023, 11:32:49 AM
Hello there ;D

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Reply #1520 on: November 02, 2023, 02:30:46 PM
Hey ya'll! I'm Austin, from LA. I'm pretty new to piano so any tips or advice on how to get started would be appreciated!

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Reply #1521 on: November 02, 2023, 09:46:55 PM
I've recently taken a break from working and am practicing a lot more, which is so nice!  I live in NE USA.  I'm working on Chopin Scherzo #2, Debussy Toccata, Bartok Dances in Bulgarian Rhythm, Prokofiev Ten Pieces from Romeo & Juliet, some etudes by Czerny, Moskowski and Chopin, some rags by Scott Joplin and a piece by Zez Confrey.  Hope to post some recordings soon...

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Reply #1522 on: February 10, 2024, 04:59:59 PM
Hi, I'm a very enthusiastic and passionate amateur pianist in his early 30s.  I have been playing for quite a long time, learned the basics when I was 8, then began taking it "seriously" at age 17 but by and large am self taught because I was too stubborn when younger to not just do it my way.  I have had some periods of instruction though which have helped greatly.  I am looking to get back into it.  Right now I am in the midst of a very long term project of learning all the 15 Sinfonias of Bach(I already know the inventions) and finishing up the 13 Kinderszenen.  I also hope to tackled the op 11 Preludes of Scriabin in their entirety(one piece at a time).  I have been at it for a year and I found that once taking on this larger goal, it has been a challenge to stay focused, but I still have made considerable progress. 

I joined here because it feels lonely in modern society to be so into performing and learning classical piano.  I wanted to meet others who were as crazy about the repertoire as I am, possibly with better technique to give me some pointers. 

A couple years ago I worked, during the height of remote work and classes, on a program for community college and somewhat succeeded(not fully to my satisfaction) in playing it all.  It consisted of the Faure first barcarolle, a selection of Scriabin, and all of Bach French Suite 5.  That is the precedent for this current project.
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