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Offline sarab

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #200 on: January 08, 2005, 05:45:59 PM »
Hi -
My name is Sara. I played piano at a younger age and quit for a number of years. I am just getting back into it (at the age of 30) - planning on getting a digital piano for now (until I am in a more permanent place to buy an acoustic). I have been playing classical guitar for almost a year (in that style at least) and want to start piano again. CG is great, but I love the repertoire for piano and miss playing it.
Other than that, I have a full time job as a programmer/support person for a software company. Music is a major hobby for me - I pretty much work and play music all the time.
Anyway, this is a really good forum - I have found lots of great advice on everything from buying a piano to conquering performance anxieties (although I haven't quite conquered them myself yet - we'll see how my next recital goes). Thanks for making this forum such a comfortable place to exchange ideas.

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«Reply #201 on: January 10, 2005, 02:02:28 AM »
Hi Sarab,

Welcome!

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«Reply #202 on: January 15, 2005, 09:25:49 AM »
Hello World!

My name is Ash.  I'm 15, 1 month shy of 16.  I live in Australia, and I'm in high school.  I've been playing for 8/9 years, and I even though I'm not the greatest player on earth, I do ok.

I'm grade 8 ANZAC.  ANZAC (or Australian New Zealand Cutlural Arts) is an Australian music school, which no one has heard of, but is used by several Australian university for exams.

My musical tastes extented from classical to rock/metal from the last 30 years.  I enjoy computer games, writing ,reading and bush walking... other stuff like that. 

I've been looking about the forums for a little now and you all seem like great guys to talk music with, as no one I know plays classical piano, and just to talk to in general!

See You All Round!

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«Reply #203 on: January 17, 2005, 09:46:56 PM »
Hey all! Newbie here.

My name is Mike, I've been playing piano since I was 4, and I will be 20 in less than a month. Glad I found this forum! I also frequently read the forum at www.good-music-guide.com and I suggest you all go and check it out. There are some very, very knowledgeable people who post there about classical music in general. I have found all sorts of great recommendations there, and have found similar things in this forum since I discovered it a couple days ago.

I haven't had a teacher for probably almost 10 years now, and I hope to find one soon here at school (Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA). Currently working on the first movement of Waldstein, and if I'm feeling up to the challenge, I may try my hand(s) at the 2nd/3rd movements, which frighten me quite frankly (ie. extended trill with melody in same hand, octave glissandi on pianos with stiff action, that really long triplet section... ugh). If it seems to much to handle right now, I might try LvB's 24th sonata (op. 78).

Oh I almost forgot, I play guitar, too, although not so much classical guitar. I have been playing for the last 5-6 years or so, and am quite proficient. Played a lot of rock/blues/jazz in high school, and played in many bands... When I play guitar alone, though, I mostly just improvise for hours on end, which has improved my ear quite a bit and actually has exponentially improved my piano playing. Oh and I took a semester of harpsichord lessons at school last year, which also greatly improved my piano playing (there's no sustain pedal on a harpsichord, so precision and strict contrapuntal playing are forced into your fingers).

Really excited to see so many enthusiastic musicians on this forum! Remember, check out www.good-music-guide.com

Peace,
Mike
Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.

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«Reply #204 on: January 25, 2005, 02:46:45 AM »
I guess it would be appropriate to put my intro here...

I'm a grad student at University of Maryland, College Park where I study piano and computational science and live right outside of DC.
Favorite composers: Chopin, Alkan, and Liszt
Favorite Piences: Piano Concerto E-minor,  Ballade G-minor (Chopin), Trans. Etudes (Liszt), Op. 39 (Alkan)
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«Reply #205 on: January 28, 2005, 12:42:09 PM »
Hello everyone!
My name is Jon and I'm from sweden. I've already sent some messages, so now it's time for me to present myself :)
     I'm a 17 yearold student (studying chemistry and other naturalscience subjects) at high scool. I've been playing the piano for more or less 3 years, and now I'm starting to really practice seriously, hoping to become a concert pianist.   :) I play at least one hour a day, and about 5h a day at weekends.
     The second biggest interest that a have is longdistance-running. I love to go places knowing I do it totally myself. By my own muscles, and without any vehicles or so. It's a feeling of being able to do whatever I want.  I hope you se this message in the bunch of others ;)
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Offline Ruro

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«Reply #206 on: February 02, 2005, 10:55:39 PM »
Lo People ^_^
 My names Lloyd, I'm 17, and the name Ruro just came out of a Japanese name translator :D I'm from England, and I'm a beginner pianist! I was inspired by Yoshiki from the group X Japan to start playing, which I may no doubt rant about at one point (there music is perfection!).
 I have been playing for about 3 weeks now, and I can't identify whether it's good progress or not, since I have not a teacher yet, I'm working with a CD-ROM I purchased with my Keyboard >_<
 I'm currently on an Advanced Computing Course, now on my second year focusing on the Networking side of things, which is good stuff! I also like listening to lots of music; mostly Classical, Jpop/Jrock, Anime and Metal, and I enjoy banksitting the odd time on UO (I know you players out there know what I'm on about :D).
 I'm thinking about taking piano playing further to the career level, because I enjoy it so much and want to be great like Yoshiki! (And I bet I sound rather Diluded to reality or something in saying this, lol).
Allthough to be honest, I havn't looked into the whole career thing yet, simply because I'm 17 and on a darn Computer Course, is there still time!? Plus I suffer from RSI, which I will discuss on a seperate thread, this concerns me much for a pianist future!
 Anyway, that's basicaly me and my favourite things :D Can't wait to meet you on the forums! *Waves*

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«Reply #207 on: February 07, 2005, 01:40:27 PM »
Hi. My name is Jim and I play the piano.
There is a smattering of applause from the room - the first step is admitting it, after all.
I've been playing on and off since I was about 9 (I think "over 21" is the apt phrase for what I am now), but it's been more off than on in recent years. I'm now making a serious effort to get back into practice. I play on a (brand spanking new ;D) Roland digital - pause for the purists in the audience to finish having their heart attacks - it's not got a bad piano action and, though it's not quite like playing a real acoustic piano, it's heaps better than nothing at all, right? Besides, I don't have the money, the space or the understanding neighbours for a real one at the moment. (one day ...)
Right now I'm attempting to learn Bach's Prelude and Fugue no. 6 in D minor from the WTC II, Rachmaninoff's Prelude op. 23 no. 2 in B flat, and Chopin's Etude op. 10 no. 1. I may throw in a Beethoven sonata if things go well. I'm finding the Etude in particular very hard, but then of course it was deliberately and specifically written, with consummate skill, to be very hard, so that's probably only natural then. :P
I'm English, borderline West Country, living and working in north London. I am also a terrible pedant and grammar nazi, so all you brush up on the difference between "practice" and "practise", OK? ::)

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«Reply #208 on: February 08, 2005, 03:12:14 AM »
Well, a hearty (or was that hardy?) welcome to you, Jim.  I once knew a grammar bobby who frequented pianio fori.   :)
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«Reply #209 on: February 10, 2005, 06:20:55 PM »
Grammar Jim:

Uh oh.  I am honored, oops, honoured to meet you! :)

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«Reply #210 on: February 13, 2005, 11:00:20 AM »
Hey all,

I've been following this forum for many months now, but have been too lazy thus far to join. Actually I'm still lazy. Anyway, my name is Ryan, I'm 19 and I'm from Adelaide, Australia. I've been playing the piano for about ten years now, though unfortunately for most of that time I wasn't very interested in it. In fact I stopped playing for a while and then came back to it about eighteen months ago, and my love for classical music escalated from there. Since I chose not to pursue music professionally, this forum is my only access to anyone with any musical knowledge. So I look forward to talking to you all :)
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«Reply #211 on: February 13, 2005, 11:08:29 PM »
Thank'ee kindly Kathy for the Hardy welcome  :) And I shall try to keep my pedantry to the minimum necessary.  ::)

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«Reply #212 on: February 17, 2005, 07:10:07 PM »
My name's Daniel. I attend VCU School of Arts, Department of Music as a piano major, and am in my 4th year. I love the Romantic era of music, especially Chopin and Liszt. I like arranging music from Nintendo games and have recorded about an hour or it. I don't have the greatest technique but I love music more than anything and I do everything I can to share it with other people. Some of my favorite pieces that I've played are: Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6, his transcription of Erlkoenig, and my current favorite is Philip Glass' "Mad Rush." My favorite piece of music is Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique and I hope one day to make a new piano arrangement of the entire symphony.

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«Reply #213 on: February 20, 2005, 01:40:11 AM »
Hello.  I've been here a week and lurked much longer.  But I've not introduced myself yet so...

I'm a 16 year old nerd from Malaysia.  I started learning the piano when I was 12.  So that makes four years.  I just passed grade 6 last year and am aiming for the grade 8 exams the next, although I don't like exams that much but the teacher thinks I do.  I'm obsessive-compulsive.  Ermmm... I also play the violin (roughly grade 3) and know some programing (who doesn't these days?).  I'm in secondary school and excel at maths especially, chemistry, some physics chapters and history (just swallow the textbook for the exam and then regurgitate).  Also, I love Chopin's pieces.
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Offline The Boogie Man.

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«Reply #214 on: February 27, 2005, 11:13:05 PM »
Righty then.

cut to the chase eh?

names Sam, 19
im a blues/jazz/boogie pianist come from england! yes the place where the weather is cold!

been playing for about  9-10 years

self taught mainly, had a few lesson but due to money! i have to give them up.

errol garner is my main.
 
bassy blues.  boogie etc.

any one else into blues, jazz, or gershwin?

anyway, thought id say hello, as i just found the fourm, might be seeing more of me :)

Regards

Sam.

Offline pianoboi666

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«Reply #215 on: March 04, 2005, 02:47:11 PM »
I forgot to introduce myself before I started posting but I don't care I might as well do it now.

Name: Dan
Height: 5'7
Weight: 185
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

I'm a gay pianist I'm 18 years old and I live in Florida, and will be moving to Muncie Indiana WOOT WOOT.  I'm finishing my senior year in Highschool and I will be attending Ball State University in the fall.  I can't wait to go to college I will be a music ed/piano performance major.  I have played the piano for 13 years, I will continue to play until the day I die or one of my arms falls off and even then I'll play with the other hand.  I like to compose and I love to listen to music almost as much as I like to play, my favorite composer is Prokofiev, I will learn EVERY FRIGGIN ONE of his piano works if it kills me.  neways I think that's it for me.  My favorite pieces that I have played are Liszt hungarian Rhapsody no.2, Balaikirev-islamey, Prokofiev Sonata No.7 (3rd movement in particular) and the Prokofiev Toccata. 

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«Reply #216 on: March 04, 2005, 10:11:52 PM »
I guess i should check in as well.  I'm Mike, 6'4" 215ishpounds, and am living up in New Hampshire.  I've been taking lessons for about two and a half years (from about the time that i discovered the joy of Classical Music).  However, I've been tinkering around with the piano alone for about 6 years.  The most recent piece I've mastered was Mozart Sonata K 300 in F major.  Oh yeah, I'm 16.

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«Reply #217 on: March 08, 2005, 03:14:51 AM »
I thought I would post an introduction since ive been coming here for a while now ;)

I live near Perth, West Australia. Lived here all my life, although my mother comes from Germany(Bremen) and my father from Johor Baru(Malaysia) which is sorta on the border of Singapore/Malaysia. My grandmother was an opera singer when she was younger, my father was taught by jazz musicians that worked at my grandfathers restaraunts. Dad was entirly taught by ear, he cant read music. I should post a recording of him playing, its pretty special stuff in my opinion, not only because hes my father, but his choice of notes are competely instinct, if I ask him to explain what he does he can't. A piece is always played differently each time he plays it.

My piano teaching for many years was from him. I learnt to play music by ear, I learn huge amounts from listenign to CDs and neglecting sheetmusic, which was bad in a way because my reading skills suffered. But i was much more interested in classical music, Beethoven Sonata's mostly. From 8-13ish i worked on Beethoven sonata's not even really having a concept for difficulty because i just enjoyed the music so much. It was only when i had my first real teacher at 13 that she explained what beethoven was really about. Of course i had many other teachers before her, but they where not really professional teachers, more like teach you the basics and teach you from books.

During my highschool years I really focused on my academic achievement instead of music, although i did do constant practice every day, squeezed it in, even to the despair of my family who sometimes had to listen to it (not without a fight)  at 10pm. :)
I wanted to be a doctor, then a lawyer, then an astronomer, a dentist (which i quickly changed my mind about after 2 week work experience), then came to the decision that an engineer was the best choice. So i applied for engineering, and while i was in holiday in Germany with my mother (celebrating the end of my schooling years) my hotel phone got a call 2am in th emorning and my dad said, you got your first prefference. Which meant i was going to study engineering.

yay, all the hard work paid off and my holidays wouldnt be ruined. Returned to australia and then got into study for my engineering degree. 3 years passed, then i decided i wanted to do music. Threw away my studies and dove into all sorts of music lots of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Albeniz, Lecuonna, De Falla. Met up with Roger Woodward who hosted a master class and played for him. Played Liszt's Hungarian Raphsody no 17. Was offered to study with him after playing it for him which i was suprised.

He moved to San Fransisco 2 years later and i didn't follow. So then ive been still studying music myself, teaching weekly my students and doing yearly concerts to keep my repetoire sharp and generate some extra income. Music is really my life now. I have a spiritual side to myself as well, I believe there must be a reason for everything, never believe no order in chaos and random things happen to people. Believe you cannot both understand and disagree with someone. What else... mmm. oh yeah i have a american pitt bull her name is Tilly. I have a Pink and Grey Australian Galah called Furfy(i didnt name it thast just its name) i got him for free out of the newspaper. He can say a tonn of things, he doesnt shut up and his word salad is just bizzare sometimes.
Love sports, tennis and squash. Played squash competitively when i was younger and won quite a few times. Anyone want a game? eheh.
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«Reply #218 on: March 08, 2005, 07:02:30 PM »
hey!

i'm not exactly new member, as you can see, but i haven't introduced myself,so...
i'm 16 years old girl from southeastern europe. i started to play piano at the age of 4, so i'm playing it for 12 years now!!!  :o
anyway, i'm going to music school and to gymnasium.
my favorit composer is definitely chopin, but i also like liszt, brahms, rachmaninoff, debussy... i don't like very much contemporary music, but it's not that i hate it.
i'm interested in latino and orient music. i composed few pieces,but i have problems with putting music on paper.
i like to go on competitions too.  i'd like to make friends on this forum,hear from you in different countries.
if you are interested, i'll give my email.

ciaos!
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«Reply #219 on: March 12, 2005, 05:34:55 AM »
okay, well i'm new here *as you can see* , i'm BB, and i'm a fourteen yr. old girl from usa. i've been playing piano for six years, and love it :). i also play flute and piccolo in my highschool band, and ride horses. i think my favorite composers would be Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin. i also like jazz, and would like to learn to play it better.
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«Reply #220 on: March 12, 2005, 05:36:27 AM »
oops, sry, i pressed the button 2x
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«Reply #221 on: March 16, 2005, 12:25:15 AM »
Hallo. I want to use this thread to introduce myself.

My name is Sebastian and I am from Germany. I started playing piano at the age of five. At the beginning I used to be a very good student but somehow everything turned the wrong way after having to change the teacher. After all in all nine years he told me it'd be a waste of time for me to play. Of course I quit immediately.

Well, I started again, with the help of my fantastic music teacher at school.

I'm looking forward to participate in this great community.

Regards, Sebastian

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«Reply #222 on: March 18, 2005, 01:51:49 AM »
bonjour! my name is McKayla and I am a 16 year old piano student. I've been playing for 11 years, I'm not really awesome or anything but I'm average for my age. since there are not many people my age who play piano it's brought me many 1st places (4 this year) and next year I hope to win a scholarship with the lovely Fantaisie Impromptu!

on the side of piano I also play clarinet in my high school band, violin (as a hobby) andd a bit of guitar but I'm pretty bad at that. :P

so yes I must say I was scared to come here and find a bunch of people who fit the classical music stereotype, but now that I read the threads I realize that was pretty rediculous and everyone here seems like nice people. :D

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«Reply #223 on: March 23, 2005, 09:50:14 PM »
sup all. i'm dan. and i broke one agraffe so far (no strings yet). i'm 16, 5'7", 130lbs, ballet dancer (for the hands on with the ladies, maybe for exercise), piano player, and pool shooter. I wish there'd be more hottie chick pianists...

i started playing at 8 and just had my first major recital (all Romantic program - Mendelssohn Rondo Capriccioso, Schubert G-flat impromptu, schumann fantasy pieces, Liszt Sonnetto 123, Rachmaninov g-sharp minor prelude, Scriabin etude Op.2 No.1, Debussy Prelude from Suite pour le piano {i somehow managed to fit that in a romantic program}, and lastly Chopin's g minor ballade).

about to start some concerti now.

i strive to become a kick-ass pianist.  ;D

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«Reply #224 on: March 23, 2005, 09:52:34 PM »
oh um. i actually can play stuff other than the romantics too. i won a prize for a mozart sonata competition. I like the mid-late classics because of the no-frill or bullshit style (that's what i think anyway - prove me wrong if you wanna).

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«Reply #225 on: March 28, 2005, 07:24:00 AM »
My turn

My name's Jason, I'm 16 or something like that and have been playing the 88 for seven years. I live in Sydney Aus.

I hatefully admit that I suck at the piano, my repertoire is foolishly small and I'm insulting the world by learning Chopin's Etudes. And I'm the farthest thing from a virtuoso there is.
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«Reply #226 on: March 28, 2005, 11:59:02 PM »
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«Reply #227 on: April 01, 2005, 03:04:06 AM »
I'm Jake. 17, from Victoria, BC.

I've been taking lessons from the Victoria conservatory since last September.  I'm currently rapping up Chopin's E minor Posth Waltz, and Bach's Prelude to the 2nd English Suite. I'm really not that gifted; my quick progress can be attributed to a great teacher, lots of drive/determination, and my love of music and piano in general.

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«Reply #228 on: April 01, 2005, 03:11:00 AM »
Hello
I'm 17 from Adelaide in Australia but living in London now... I've been playing the piano since I was about 8 I think. I also play cello and organ, but I find singing easiest of all to do. I took my ABRSM grade 8 on piano when I was about 14 and have done lots of work on my piano since then. All my pianistic achievement can be credited to a handful of great and not so great teachers. The achievement of which I am most proud is not anything that I can play however, it is that I can stretch 13ths with both hands! :) I'm still growing, and not sure if my hands will get any bigger, but I doubt they will ever reach 14ths.
Ah well.... one can dream, no?

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«Reply #229 on: April 02, 2005, 12:14:27 AM »
Mayla, glad to know more about you.  Maybe one of these days I'll get up my nerve, too.
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«Reply #230 on: April 02, 2005, 02:12:35 AM »
hey y'all
i'm a japanese/hungarian american living in hawaii
my name is monika haar - haarmonika backwards
currently a junior in high-school 16 yrs old
been taking piano since 8
i perform all types of music, yet i have been enjoying contemporary pieces lately
for example...
- Schönberg - 6 Little Piano Pieces
- Ginastera - Danzas Argentinas

Best wishes & take care :)

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«Reply #231 on: April 02, 2005, 01:26:20 PM »
19.Singapore.

Studied for a few years in australia.

Started learning music when i was 4, playing piano when i was 6. Grade 8 when i was 12. A Mus A 16, L Mus A 17.

Hand span : 10th :'( ONLY!!?!?!?!

Specialist music: Russian (soviet) - Rachmaninov, prokofiev. Dabbling in other composers now.

edit 03/04/05 : currently serving his national service (damned thing) ah well
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«Reply #232 on: April 02, 2005, 11:01:32 PM »
Hi I'm Clair, I just turned 14.  I have been playing the piano for 4 years, my friends always tell me that I am a late starter.  Oh well.  Most of my friends also play the piano.  I just played in my first recital, it was so fun.  My mom told me that she thought I really did good, I hope she is not just saying that to me to be nice.  I am really happy this piano thing exists online, it seems like there are a lot of professional people here.
I try to practice an hour everyday.  Sometimes more than that.  My parents are great and they let me move the piano into my room!  My brother got a tv, I got a piano.  So sometimes I just sit on my bed and stare at it.  It seems like it smiles back even to me once in a while.
I really like horses and have two cats.  My favorite color is yellow because it is so happy.  I also like to make bracelets out of embroidery thread and blankets out of finger weaving with yarn.  I used to play with clay a lot and sometimes I still do.
I am going to write a story some day about what it is like growing up where I am. 
I think my second favorite instrument is the harp.  It sounds so pretty.  I went to a resturant once where a lady was playing a harp and I have wanted one ever since.  But first piano.  I really want to work on Moonlight sonata and my teacher told me that I could.

Bye
Clair

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«Reply #233 on: April 03, 2005, 07:03:07 PM »
 :)
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #234 on: April 04, 2005, 05:24:03 PM »
Hello everyone
I come from Norway, and live North of Bergen.
I am 16 years old, and i have been playing the piano for about 7 years now...
I like classical, progressive metal, heavy metal and symphonic music.
I listen to Symphony X, Adagio and Chopin for most of the time
I like fishing, football, and of course playing the piano ;)
Is there someone in this forum with some of this interests?

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #235 on: April 04, 2005, 07:25:06 PM »
Ok I have not introduced myself yet

I am Maarten and i live in holland.
I am 21 years old.
I am mostly into Debussy, Chopin and Schubert

cheerio!
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #236 on: April 11, 2005, 11:18:50 AM »
Sziasztok!

Been snooping around the forum a bit and have decided it's absolutely terrific.

I'm Rebekkah, 19, American, live in Hungary, and love the piano (duh). I want to go to a music college but I started serious training kind of late, which is why I'm still going to a private teacher. I've been going to her for a year now and she's made a huge difference in my playing (thank goodness, it needed a huge difference). I started piano when I was five or six but often on a 'I'll practice when I feel like it' basis. But now I can't imagine not playing the piano everyday.

Hmm...I also like music theory but detest solfege. Outside of music I spend most of the time reading, writing, and on the Internet.

Nice to meet you all!

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #237 on: April 11, 2005, 02:18:51 PM »
hi everyone,

i am a human being, musician and a pianist. yup, that order.

am also a graphologist (handwriting analyst), an art enthusiast, and i can be a tease!
 
best, tds
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #238 on: April 17, 2005, 03:14:13 PM »
Hi all!

My name is Chris, and I'm a 20 year old undergraduate student at Trinity College of Music, London.  I'm up for studying and performing every piece of music ever written for the piano (it's not gonna happen, but hey, that's why we have so many pianists - to cover more repertoire between us!!!).  ;D
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #239 on: April 17, 2005, 08:43:00 PM »
My name is Kohai.  I deliberately chose this name as I am interested in the master-and-apprentice relationship that pre-dated schools.  I have been playing the piano for my entire life, with the exception of about the first 2 years.  My current goal in my study of piano is to express through music, the discernable unity between many art forms and to master my thoughts and actions, allowing me to know my oneness with this unity. 

I am just beginning my study of Visual Arts, Yoga, and Aikido.  I am reading several books related to my goals with music and finding them to be enlightening to the point where, everything in my life is taking on new meaning.  I am learning how to define myself.

Kohai
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #240 on: April 20, 2005, 04:03:48 AM »

i'm an 18 year old guy from australia, been studying the piano since i was 5, & was recently offered a place in the undergrad courses at RCM, RAM, Trinity and Guildhall in London- accepted RCM and saving $$$ (don't have a 'pounds' key on my Australian keyboard...  ::) ) to try and get over there by september.

into chamber music, accompanying, solo repertoire...

donations? anyone?

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #241 on: April 20, 2005, 12:56:06 PM »
HI !

finally got round to introducing myself.

so, here goes...

i started playing the piano at about 6/7 years old and haven't stopped in 8 years!!!!
i follow the french/monégasque schooling system and am currently in cycle III supérieur in both piano and music theory classes. chamber music and sight-reading classes are also part of my curriculum.

and i have had the chance to participate in many competitions (french) which i have won!

and on a last note...
I LOVE MUSIC!!!!! ;D
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #242 on: April 25, 2005, 08:43:49 PM »
Hi!

My name is Joachim and I live in Oslo, Norway...

I just turned 16 years old, and have been playing piano for about ten years. Only for the last years have I started practising more seriously, and my interest for classical music have increased greatly. I don't have any friends who's serious about classical music, so I'm glad I found this forum..  :)

I'm training Taekwondo as a second hobby, but piano is my main interest. I've also been playing trumpet for three years and guitar for two... but I figured out I had to concentrate on the piano...

Looking forward to become more active on the forums... :)

Joachim
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #243 on: April 28, 2005, 07:40:46 AM »
Bonjour

Je suis I M Robot

Je joue le piano depuis 2 ou 3 annees

OUI OUI

C'est vrai que je n'ai pas l'education formal du piano mais je peux toujour vous choquer
WATASHI NO NAMAE WA

AI EMU ROBATO DESU

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #244 on: April 28, 2005, 02:30:00 PM »
Bonjour

Je suis IMRobot

Je joue le piano depuis 2 ou 3 annees

OUI OUI

C'est vrai que je n'ai pas l'education formal du piano mais je peux toujour vous choquer


d'oh, i wish i knew some german. oops, was it italian?

tds *says it while asleep* :P ;D

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #245 on: April 29, 2005, 08:32:49 AM »
Hello,

I'm Stephane.
I've been reading posts for a while now and find PF a great place. Very instructive but also very funny/challenging/twistedminded/wonderful... ideas.

About myself, I'm living in Belgium and started piano lessons about 1,5-2 years ago. I've been having a small keyboard (5 octaves) for about 10 years without doing much with it. At the time I bought it I started music courses but stopped them after about 2 months because of no time/ no priority. Also at that time you were supposed to start with a year of theory before actualy playing an instrument. That didn't really helped.

About 2 years ago I decided to start again. I started music theory classes and piano at the same time (now this is possible). After a couple of months I bought myself a Yamaha digital piano since this was the best solution for me, living in an appartment.

Now almost 2 years later I was able to buy an upright accoustic piano which is at my girlfriends place. This way I can always practice :D. It's so good to play more on an accoustic one.

What am I working on at the moment? I'm preparing for exams in June. I'm finishing Clementi's Op. 36 2nd part, Bach's musette (actualy it's from his Anna magdalena's book), some piece of Cserny and starting Burgmüller Op. 100 Innocence. I'm hoping (correction: working) to get everything ready in time.

Voilà, that's it about me. In the meantime thanks a lot for all the information already on the PF. I hope I can make useful contributions in the future myself.

Regards ;),

Stephane
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #246 on: May 05, 2005, 06:03:18 AM »
Quote
Bonjour

Je suis IMRobot

Je joue le piano depuis 2 ou 3 annees

OUI OUI

C'est vrai que je n'ai pas l'education formal du piano mais je peux toujour vous choquer


Choquer!  Pas possible!  Ici nous sommes tres sophistique!  Rien peux nous choquer...  8)

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #247 on: May 06, 2005, 06:57:04 PM »
Hey I'm James and I'm a music student from the UK (sounds like a contestant on blinddate..), I hope to build a career around playing the piano, haven't quite worked out how yet... Anyway I've been reading this forum for a while now and thought it about time I joined, hopefully I might be able to add something useful!

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #248 on: May 07, 2005, 02:55:30 AM »
Hi, I'm Mozart!  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! ;D :D ;D :D ;D ;) :) ;D


NO, really, my name is James, I'm 14, and I live in Indianapolis, IN in the States.
I've been playing since I was 9.  I am finishing work on Le Danse de Puck by Debussy and Beethoven's OP. 10 NO. 1 Sonata.  I am also a cellist and a math geek.  My favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Alkan, and Ravel.  Oddly enough, I have braces and curly hair at the same.   :P
You need more than a piano, two hands and a brain to play music.  You also need hot sauce.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #249 on: May 09, 2005, 12:58:06 AM »
d'oh, i wish i knew some german. oops, was it italian?

tds *says it while asleep* :P ;D


i think that is french  ;D
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