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Offline krenske

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ADDICTIONS
« on: January 14, 2004, 07:41:41 AM »
Well....
We all know that William Kapell was addicted to cigarettes... [or "durries" as they are known down under.
Personally, I know many pianists and musicians who are addicted to WINE.
...and some who think that smoking improves PERFORMANCE.
This latter group largely agrees that Marlboro lights are the way to go.. although one world famous pianist told me that he tends his pot plant with care.
Ive known pianists who immediately reward practice with beer; some who require a triple vodka to get started; Rach apparently wouldn't play without a shot of something; and most of these employ "mental practice" while chain-smoking... some are even addicted to Piano Forum.
So i put the question out there...
WHAT IS YOUR ADDICTION ???????????????????????
8)
"Horowitz died so Krenske could live."

Offline chopinetta

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #1 on: January 14, 2004, 02:16:32 PM »
piano forum--it's where you get most of the inspiration ;D LOL
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Offline thracozaag

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #2 on: January 14, 2004, 05:11:38 PM »

 clothes ::)  (Kapell and Horowitz were clothes horses also, so I don't feel quite as bad)
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Offline bitus

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #3 on: January 14, 2004, 08:17:05 PM »
I was addicted to trivia... lol  ;D I used to spend all night playing trivia on the internet (in romanian, of course)... and since i'm a piano player i type very fast... which made it even more addicting. However, there's no inspiration in there :)
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Offline eddie92099

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #4 on: January 14, 2004, 09:29:21 PM »
Argerich,
Ed

Offline jo.clarinet

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #5 on: January 14, 2004, 09:29:36 PM »
A nice big glass of port after a busy teaching day!    :D
Joanna Brown

Offline Noah

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #6 on: January 14, 2004, 10:04:31 PM »
Quote
Argerich,
Ed


Same here
'Some musicians don't believe in God, but all believe in Bach'
M. Kagel

Offline Rach3

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #7 on: January 15, 2004, 05:04:05 AM »
Rachmaninoff!

Tempered with doses of Brahms and Mahler.

My piano teacher regularly consumes significant quantities of wine... and Wagner.

Oh yes and bananas!
"Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them."
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Offline xenon

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #8 on: January 15, 2004, 09:51:16 AM »
Physics, world domination with physics, and evil stuff with physics.
You can't spell "Bach" without "ach"
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Offline chopinetta

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #9 on: January 15, 2004, 12:17:23 PM »
changed my mind... maths and crushes... then fantasizing... and then pianoforum is next :D
"If I do not believe anymore in tears, it is because I see you cry." -Chopin to George Sand
"How repulsive this George Sand is! is she really a woman? I'm ready to doubt it."-Chopin on George Sand

Offline steveolongfingers

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #10 on: January 16, 2004, 05:36:35 AM »
POT, crack and herion
just joking....i gave those up for new years....just joking

A good shot of Canadain Club makes the notes sound clearer.  
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Offline BoliverAllmon

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #11 on: January 19, 2004, 05:36:37 PM »
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Argerich,
Ed


and Liszt Sonata in B min.

My addictions are:

piano

counting, ( have to count everything)

I can't let anyone be better than me and I can't just be better, I have to destroy them.

I won't step on cracks if at all possible.

Now that I look at it, I am pretty twisted upstairs. Cool.

boliver

Offline cziffra

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #12 on: January 20, 2004, 06:06:02 PM »
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I can't let anyone be better than me and I can't just be better, I have to destroy them.


how terrible!  what an obstructive attitude!  how could you ever possibly learn from someone better than you if you're trying to destroy them?

i must say my addiction is probably...i have three:
1) piano, first and foremost, followed by
2) useless trivia (the naked unaided human eye can see for 88km on earth) and lastly,
3) word puns and other obscure humour no one else laughs at.  things like: "when i was a teenager, oh...about, teenaged, i..."  see, you're expecting him to say a number, but he just says teenaged again!  ha ha ha!
What it all comes down to is that one does not play the piano with one’s fingers; one plays the piano with one’s mind.-  Glenn Gould

Offline meiting

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #13 on: January 20, 2004, 06:06:39 PM »
Brandy.
Collecting old recordings.
Beethoven
Beethoven
Beethoven
Schumann

and finally....

addicted to living. I don't wanna stop.
Living for music is a sad state. Living to play music is not.

Offline eddie92099

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #14 on: January 20, 2004, 06:08:39 PM »
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addicted to living. I don't wanna stop.


And you couldn't live without it,
Ed

Offline cziffra

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #15 on: January 20, 2004, 06:11:36 PM »
i'm addicted to dying, i can't seem to stop.  

but i was born dying, so i should just learn to live with it.
What it all comes down to is that one does not play the piano with one’s fingers; one plays the piano with one’s mind.-  Glenn Gould

Offline bitus

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #16 on: January 20, 2004, 10:17:23 PM »
cziffra...
should we play trivia sometimes? lol
The Bitus
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To guide the future, as He has the past.

Offline GraceStansbury

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #17 on: January 21, 2004, 06:20:07 PM »
any kind of chocolate and Chopin!  yummy!
Next to silence, that which best expresses the inexpressible is music.

Offline BoliverAllmon

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #18 on: January 22, 2004, 04:41:33 PM »
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how terrible!  what an obstructive attitude!  how could you ever possibly learn from someone better than you if you're trying to destroy them?




i learn everything I possibly can from someone then progress farther than that person. I have respect for my teacher and I live with her being better than I. Other students on the other hand I don't deal with too much.

boliver

Offline trunks

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #19 on: April 16, 2004, 09:37:35 PM »
- to practising
- to the pieces under practice
- to having fun with pets (dogs, cats)
- to food
- to surfing the Internet
- to humour
- to life . . .
Peter (Hong Kong)
part-time piano tutor
amateur classical concert pianist

Offline faulty_damper

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #20 on: April 17, 2004, 01:15:05 AM »
My addictions?  You know, the standard kind:  LSD, pot, crack cocaine, ecstacy, ruffies, huffing paint thinner, birth control pills (you know, for chewing on when I'm out of paint thinner), tobacco gum, Elmers glue...  way too many to list. ;D

But really, I don't have any addictions related to the piano.

Offline donjuan

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #21 on: April 17, 2004, 01:44:44 AM »
I'm really, quite addicted to the piano.  I have skipped family vacations in the past so I can stay home and maintain a repertoire.  I feel like I am going to forget a piece of music whenever I leave the house.  seriously, there are times when I wish I had gotten into soccer, or something instead.  Without my piano, I would sit around in a chair all day staring at the wall,..memorizing newspaper articles,...or somthing pathetic like that..

Offline dj

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #22 on: April 17, 2004, 05:32:31 AM »
im addicted to my personal CD player....it's got great battery conservation so when im not practicing, im stuffing my head full with all the music im gonna play someday :)
rach on!

Offline jr11

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #23 on: April 17, 2004, 06:27:55 AM »
I do like to smoke a bit 'a weed now and then. It is quite accepted here, in moderation, by people from all walks of life. It seems to help with artistic impression, though best avoided when learning pieces.

I gave up smoking tobacco and drinking some time ago, which allowed me to be much more physically active, and get into great shape. Renewed energy levels and more confidence in my appearance gave my performance and attitude a great boost.

Offline Motrax

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #24 on: April 17, 2004, 06:45:59 AM »
I'm afraid I don't have any strikingly peculiar addictions.

I did blow out one of the speakers in my car playing Rachmaininoff's second piano concerto, though. I play classical as loud as my junky car speakers will allow, with the windows rolled down, in any weather. Rain, snow, icy rain, rainy ice, meteors... it's all good with Brahms playing. I also nearly got frostbite on my face for doing this when it was about -15 degrees C outside, but it's worth it.
"I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play." --  Artur Schnabel, after being asked for the secret of piano playing.

Offline bitus

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #25 on: April 17, 2004, 08:54:40 PM »
Why??
You don't get any better sound by rolling down your windows... instead you get to hear only the high pitch notes... and of course, blow out your speakers.
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Offline onemanband

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #26 on: April 18, 2004, 12:24:35 AM »
girls ;D

Offline Motrax

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #27 on: April 18, 2004, 10:46:06 PM »
When the windows are up, sound bounces around inside the car and it becomes much more shrill and unpleasant.

More importantly, it's the wind! And the rain! Mmmm... yeah...  ;)
"I always make sure that the lid over the keyboard is open before I start to play." --  Artur Schnabel, after being asked for the secret of piano playing.

Offline Antnee

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #28 on: April 19, 2004, 04:19:33 AM »
My recent addiction is practicing short 30 minute intervals throughout the day (spring break here) about five times a day (some days). I make such better progress this way! Now I have to go back to school tomorrow. GRRR.... >:(

-Tony-
"The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." -  Stravinsky

Offline Antnee

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #29 on: April 19, 2004, 04:21:43 AM »
My recent addiction is practicing short 30 minute intervals throughout the day (spring break here) about five times a day (some days). I make such better progress this way! Now I have to go back to school tomorrow. GRRR.... >:(

-Tony-
"The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." -  Stravinsky

Offline comme_le_vent

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #30 on: April 19, 2004, 04:49:05 AM »
it also appears your addicted to gettin a higer post count
http://www.chopinmusic.net/sdc/

Great artists aim for perfection, while knowing that perfection itself is impossible, it is the driving force for them to be the best they can be - MC Hammer

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #31 on: April 19, 2004, 04:49:41 AM »
it also appears your addicted to gettin a higer post count

;)
http://www.chopinmusic.net/sdc/

Great artists aim for perfection, while knowing that perfection itself is impossible, it is the driving force for them to be the best they can be - MC Hammer

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #32 on: April 19, 2004, 04:53:05 AM »
Your lights are on, but you're not home
Your will is not your own
You're heart sweats and teeth grind
Another kiss and you'll be mine

Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're..........
Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love

Might as well face it, you're addicted to love!!!!!!!

;D
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Great artists aim for perfection, while knowing that perfection itself is impossible, it is the driving force for them to be the best they can be - MC Hammer

Offline Antnee

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #33 on: April 19, 2004, 05:34:59 AM »
okay so I hit the post botton too many times... that really sucks ;)

Comme_le_vent it appears you know how to handle those posts as well ;)

-Tony-
"The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." -  Stravinsky

Offline eViLben

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Re: ADDICTIONS
«Reply #34 on: April 20, 2004, 02:42:40 PM »
i tried several times to play after smoking a lot of pot and that's awfully difficult, same thing with alcool.
But sincerly, one or two shots of pure vodka before playing is quite nice, i  enjoyed it each time.
anyways i usually never drunk before playing, because i live  at my parent's home and i bet they won't appreciate it that much.

my teacher, whose teacher was a friend of Ravel and Samson Francois told me that Mister Francois could'nt play his concerts without beeing a little drunk.
:o)
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