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Topic: Hello I'm New  (Read 1497 times)

Offline KUdave

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Hello I'm New
on: August 27, 2004, 01:08:43 AM
Hello all. I'm new to the site.. I just found it while surfing

I've recently started playing the piano again.  I've played ever since I could reach the piano and quit before my freshman year of high school because it was "uncool."  My mother said I would regret that decision forever.  I am now a senior in college and am trying to get started again.  I am kicking myself for quitting.  What can I say?? Mother always knows best.
:-/

Anyhow,  hello!

Offline larse

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004, 01:33:41 AM
hello

I'm 19 years old and are about to start at the Conservatory of Trondheim, Norway, 1st year. I'm planning on staying here for, pherhaps 2 years, and then move to Denmark or Germany. If a piano carrear is my dream, I am not sure, however, it could be.

And as you said yourself, you should've listened to your mom. I did, and I would'nt have been anywhere near where I'm at today if I had'nt.

Welcome to the club

Offline monk

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 02:21:39 AM
Hi Dave,

I would like to cite the famous jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal:

"You’ve got a big, big problem if you get caught up in what people say. If you’re gonna live for what people say, you might as well lay down and forget it. Because it doesn’t work that way… The quickest way to become troubled is to be concerned with what people are gonna say about your life and your work."

I wish you that you now have learned this important lesson.

Never do (or don't do) something just because other people regard it as "cool" / "uncool". That's just dumb.

Always do what feels right for yourself and what is fun to you.

And you will see that people mostly will have even more respect for you because they will recognize that you are a man with an own mind, an own will and who lives an autonomous, creative life.

Best Wishes,
Monk

Offline donjuan

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #3 on: August 27, 2004, 05:14:04 AM
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....quit before my freshman year of high school because it was "uncool."

oah you bitch!!! >:(  ;) (j/k)
seriously, it's great you changed that mentality and it's nice to have you on board! ;D

donjuan

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #4 on: August 27, 2004, 06:24:25 AM
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Hello all. I'm new to the site.. I just found it while surfing

I've recently started playing the piano again.  I've played ever since I could reach the piano and quit before my freshman year of high school because it was "uncool."  My mother said I would regret that decision forever.  I am now a senior in college and am trying to get started again.  I am kicking myself for quitting.  What can I say?? Mother always knows best.
:-/

Anyhow,  hello!


No worries and don't sulk in your past  ;D

I had friends who've LITERALLY said that quitting piano was the BIGGEST mistake in their life.  HE11, I so damned wanted to quit myself before doing the grade 8 exam.  But the beautiful thing is that you can pick it up again.  Begin slowly then work yourself up!

Start with like C Major etc and the secret is to do it everyday...even for yourself like 30 mins to 1 hr.  

You CAN DO IT!   :D :D :D

Offline melia

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #5 on: August 27, 2004, 07:35:31 AM
Congratulations on starting piano again! It's never too late to learn, get a good teacher to guide you, and practice, practice, practice (proper practice of course!)  ;) I too stopped when I was 15 yrs old, to study overseas, and it was my mum who encouraged me to take it up again after hearing me play. I too thought it was 'uncool', and ditched piano to get a business admin degree overseas cause that was the in-thing to get.  I have no regrets but I am doing my music diploma, sometimes I feel old cause I'm 28 yrs (yikes!) now. It was tough at first, and I was a slow learner, but whenever I despair, I tell myself that it doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop, you'll eventually get there, just enjoy the journey!

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #6 on: August 27, 2004, 09:33:03 AM
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just enjoy the journey!


Yup, that is probably the most important reason for playing the piano because practicing can be far from enjoyable but the end results are most satisfying.

I too stopped playing the piano at 17 after 7 years and just picked it up again over a year ago. I dusted off my brown and dog-eared music books and was surprised at how much I remembered. With help and guidance from my children's teacher I am well on my way.

I don't know how old you are but if I can do it in my mid-forties I'm sure you can. Make sure you practise everyday as suggested by Spatula.

Welcome to PF!

dennis lee
Cello, cello, mellow fellow!

Spatula

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Re: Hello I'm New
Reply #7 on: August 28, 2004, 12:52:48 AM
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I too thought it was 'uncool', and ditched piano to get a business admin degree !


No, your music is cooler  ;D
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