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Offline tanman

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #50 on: August 01, 2008, 11:27:11 PM »
 :)
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #51 on: August 02, 2008, 04:09:42 AM »
attend a recital and suddenly you proclaim "Jihad!". that's it.
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Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of identity theft.

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when dignity, love, and joy meet...

OMG, it's spa time!!! ;D

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #54 on: August 10, 2008, 01:08:51 PM »
I dunno that he has such a loooow bass voice!!!  ;D
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #55 on: August 05, 2016, 10:32:10 PM »
scary thread
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #56 on: August 07, 2016, 04:28:55 AM »
What you could do to the incoming freshman is when they're warming up for their auditions, be all friendly asking what they're playing blah blah blah then be like 'yeah I already had my audition, they told me that I sucked and that I should quit music' then proceed to play some CRAZY sh*t on the keyboard that'll really scare them before they audition lol

BUT you'd have to make sure that you're better than them
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #57 on: August 08, 2016, 08:05:50 PM »
Just dump a large ice cooler filled w ice cold Gatorade down the back of the playing pianist like they do in football games to the coach.
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #58 on: August 08, 2016, 08:31:17 PM »
So we all love pianists so much here that we have to have a thread devoted to "sabotaging" them? What a delightful place this forum is becoming!

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #59 on: August 09, 2016, 03:11:59 AM »
What a delightful place this forum is becoming!

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #60 on: August 09, 2016, 05:20:05 AM »
I know this is in not serious, however:

30 seconds for they are about to go on, drop the biggest verbal bomb of irrelevant nonsense on them, then say 'only joking'

I was utterly confused and distracted,  and not what you want when playing from memory.

True story; I was fuming.

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #61 on: August 09, 2016, 07:10:41 AM »
Switch white and black keys

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #62 on: August 09, 2016, 11:52:23 AM »
This really happened.

A lady sneaked into our church and played the organ.  She was one of those people who use a LOT of hand lotion.  You could not play the organ after her, the keys were all slippery and wet.  We had to start locking it. 

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #63 on: August 09, 2016, 02:07:37 PM »
Switch white and black keys

Actually organists need to deal with this.  Organ keyboards can be designed either way.  Then there are also the wood finish options. 
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #64 on: August 09, 2016, 02:15:25 PM »
A lady sneaked into our church and played the organ.  She was one of those people who use a LOT of hand lotion.  You could not play the organ after her, the keys were all slippery and wet.  We had to start locking it. 

I've always felt uneasy about locking instruments to keep people out, especially those that know how to  play.

Then again, I know organists that are very nit picky on how they want their console, even if they know they need to share it with other musicians. 
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #65 on: August 09, 2016, 02:49:17 PM »
I've always felt uneasy about locking instruments to keep people out, especially those that know how to  play.

Then again, I know organists that are very nit picky on how they want their console, even if they know they need to share it with other musicians. 

I agree, but an organ is a substantial investment many churches can't afford to repair.

I was auditioning replacement organists in preparation for the retirement of ours.  Knowing how picky organists are, I measured the location of the organ bench and replaced it in exactly the same place after the audition.  A taller or shorter organist may move it slightly forward or back.

Sure enough, the next Sunday the regular organist complained bitterly about the bench being in the wrong place.  No, it wasn't, I made sure of that, but of course I didn't correct him.  It's easier just to commiserate. 
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #66 on: August 09, 2016, 03:15:45 PM »
wear out just couple keys so every time they play the sound is super different than all the others

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #67 on: August 09, 2016, 08:30:47 PM »
^ haha that's me at the piano sometimes. I just cant get enough of it.
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #68 on: September 17, 2016, 08:12:45 PM »
Good thoughts, mostly.

But not psychological enough.

You have to break them down, mentally, and insist that all real pianists can tranpose by ear every piece ever written in any key.  And make them believe it.  I don't know, confine them in a cardboard box for as long as it takes.

It will be years before they convince themselves they're ready to advance beyond playing the two-part Inventions. 

They will never not be playing Brahms, slowly, ineptly, until they're buried. 
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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #69 on: September 17, 2016, 08:53:57 PM »
It's a mental game...and by sabotage I don't mean putting razor blades between the keys...but there is nothing wrong with a little strategy.  You are competing from the moment you get there. While the others throw their diva fits you must be the confident one. Most sabotage themselves without any help whatsoever so you really don't need to do a thing but act fearless. I love to leave the door of the practice room slightly ajar and let them all hear me.  Now I am an accompanist for competitions and I love to also scare my peers because I can...lol.  love the stage and love the pre-performance excitement.  Act like you can't wait to get out there and show them what you can do. You may be totally faking it the first couple of times but you will soon feel the part quite easily.  You are a performer and your performance begins the second you arrive and doesn't end until you pull out of the parking lot.  That scares the pants off your competitors. Lol.

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Re: the best way to sabotage a pianist.....
«Reply #70 on: September 19, 2016, 07:39:21 PM »
You are a performer and your performance begins the second you arrive and doesn't end until you pull out of the parking lot.  That scares the pants off your competitors. Lol.

YES!!!
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