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Offline rachmaninoff_forever

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I hate everyone
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:48:24 AM »
So I'm walking around looking for a piano to practice on right?

And all of them are taken except the one in the main lounge.

So I practice there.

And someone tweets something along the lines of...  'I'm trying to study.  Can't you practice somewhere else?  Music majors...'

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You pregnant dog!  There's FAR more places for you to study than for me to practice!!!  Pianos aren't portable you douchebag!!!  Your studying is though!

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Get me started...
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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013, 01:55:43 AM »
Ditto.  I'd say go for it.  Why else would there be a piano there by practice rooms?  Odd that an extra piano would be out in the open though.  Maybe they didn't have room for it.  I'd assume it's for practice though.
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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013, 01:58:21 AM »
Did you tell her nicely that all the other practice rooms were taken and that this is the only place left to practice?  Did you apologize for bothering her and suggest that if it isn't a bother, you could practice some of your softer pieces?

And even more importantly, was she cute? or just a pregnant dog?

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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 02:22:22 AM »
And someone tweets something along the lines of...  'I'm trying to study.  Can't you practice somewhere else?  Music majors...'

Why are you reading Twitter while you're practicing.  ::)
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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 02:49:42 AM »
At my university (presumably not the same one), the piano that's in the public lounge gets a similar treatment...people expect the playing to be superb and expect you to use the practice rooms downstairs if you're not quite there yet, with many adverse comments if you make mistakes (i.e. "most untalented person ever on the piano right now" etc.). Which I'd support (there's a variety of people that take it upon themselves to sight-read Christmas songs on that piano for example) except for:

1. There are only 3 practice pianos at a university of over 30000 students. I've been on the piano practice room waiting list for over two hours before waiting for a spot to open.
2. Quite oftentimes, the practice rooms get used by people who just go there to play violin, or oboe, or trumpet, etc., extending the waiting times for people who want a piano practice room to, you know, practice piano. I don't know why they can't just find an empty room -- there's plenty of empty rooms on campus, including classrooms if nothing else.
3. Music majors get their own half-dozen piano practice rooms in their own building (I've seen the rooms, just not allowed in them). They don't have to compete for scarce practice rooms like the rest of us commoners.
4. The piano in the public area is a Steinway 7' grand while the ones in the practice rooms are Yamaha uprights. I've learned through painful experience that what sounds okay on a Yamaha upright sounds dreadful on a Steinway 7' grand with its more delicate touch and subtle voicing. You can only get so far practicing on the Yamaha upright in terms of figuring out if you're "doing it right" before moving to an instrument with better feedback. At some point, when you're not practicing technique but working on phrasing and musicality, the Steinway becomes the only viable option.
5. Along with that, yes, the Steinway sounds much more pleasant to play than the Yamaha. Not just the piano quality, but it's in a very large wood-lined room as opposed to the small, soundproofed practice rooms.
6. Most of the piano players there who are serious about piano know about the practice rooms downstairs (if nothing else, to put themselves on the waiting list before trying the publicly available piano -- since it also gets used a lot). I would venture that quite a few complaints about the public piano are actually due to the constant background stream of people day after day who decide it's the ideal place for them to try to plunk out the notes to that obscure movie (often loudly) when there's dozens of people sitting around, etc.
7. And yes, there are plenty of couches, rooms, open spaces, etc., elsewhere in that building to study, not just that lounge. But some people want to study and (more than occasionally) nap/sleep there and then complain about the noise from the piano in the corner. Unless it's their favorite Avril or Bieber song.
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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 03:20:32 AM »
Ditto.  I'd say go for it.  Why else would there be a piano there by practice rooms?  Odd that an extra piano would be out in the open though.  Maybe they didn't have room for it.  I'd assume it's for practice though.

Actually at my university it's a point of pride that it has a large room in the student center with a publicly available piano for anyone to play and entertain the people who decide to hang out and sit on the couches there. The piano's the best one on campus too, a Steinway Model B. As can be expected, what gets played the most often (and incidentally, the best Twitter feedback) are movie soundtracks, latest top hits, etc. I've only heard a handful of classical players in my time there.

When I was doing my master's, they had a publicly-available piano (regular upright) at the student center as well. Not sure about what it was for though.
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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 04:45:15 AM »
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No amount of how-to information is going to work if you have the wrong mindset, the wrong guiding philosophies. Avoid losers like the plague, and gather with and learn from winners only.

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Re: I hate everyone
«Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013, 11:59:04 AM »
If in doubt, practice on it and find out.  Best case, you practice. Worst case, you find out you're not supposed to use the piano.
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