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mrcreosote
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« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2017, 07:03:52 AM »

Lots of replies, I'll make it short:

1) Great performer can easily have no clue how to teach.  Probably stems from they never had to learn how to play - they were born with it.  NOTE:  Conservatories especially in the past only accepted students that already knew how to play - they were nothing more than finishing schools.  Now genuine instruction can be found - like the training of Russian gymnastics athletes.

2) When getting started, teacher has to be like a doctor giving a physical or mechanic checking out a used car.

3) I really don't know - I've never had a good teacher.  And I know for certain, I could do massively better teaching compared to the ones I've encountered.
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« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2018, 11:58:15 AM »

So I noticed there is no fun.
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« Reply #52 on: January 20, 2018, 05:42:08 PM »

So I noticed there is no fun.
This is incomprehensible.
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« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2018, 05:56:41 PM »

This is incomprehensible.
aka enjoyment?
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« Reply #54 on: January 20, 2018, 07:02:39 PM »

This is incomprehensible.

I agree; fun is a feeling, furthermore a result based on the perspective of the person experiencing it. 

I suggest if you want fun, you buy a trampoline; this is not your teacher's responsibility.
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« Reply #55 on: January 20, 2018, 07:15:17 PM »

I agree; fun is a feeling, furthermore a result based on the perspective of the person experiencing it. 

I suggest if you want fun, you buy a trampoline; this is not your teacher's responsibility.

Quite the concentration skills you have there, for being able to type with a stick up your a$$.
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« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2018, 08:17:44 PM »

So I noticed there is no fun.


My Piano lessons are what I would classify as ‘fun’,  and are the highlight of my week. I problem solve with my teacher, discuss  different ways to analyze/interpret the music, And see long-term progress as a result of taking lessons. Are they a bunch of laughs? No, But that is not and should not be the expectation of lessons.  If I want laughs,  i’ll go to the comedy club.   I want to develop the skills to play the music that I love.... well.  Not sure what you’re expecting from your comment of not being ‘fun’.
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« Reply #57 on: January 20, 2018, 09:36:52 PM »

Clarifying.
The new member Trilling wrote a single line about there being no fun.  The thread itself is about "advice" on how to find a good piano teacher, which is based on an idea that most of us find erroneous, that a good piano teacher must be someone who is a good performer as the criterion.  There has been serious discussion about this, and it is also a serious matter.  If you get the wrong piano teacher, that can lead to a lot of problems.
The statement about "fun" contributes nothing to whether what was originally recommended is a good idea.  It says nothing about the opposing ideas.  It says nothing about finding a good piano teacher.

It says nothing.
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« Reply #58 on: January 20, 2018, 09:57:53 PM »

Some people type reams and still say nothing.
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« Reply #59 on: January 20, 2018, 10:57:02 PM »

Some people type reams and still say nothing.
Your point?
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« Reply #60 on: January 20, 2018, 11:15:15 PM »

Quite the concentration skills you have there, for being able to type with a stick up your a$$.

Your insult speaks volumes to your ability to form an argument.

Congratulations in lowering the tone.

Enough digression.
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« Reply #61 on: January 21, 2018, 03:23:04 AM »

Your insult speaks volumes to your ability to form an argument.

Congratulations in lowering the tone.

Enough digression.

Anyone else's a$$ would have been in pain by now, surely you're planning on taking it off soon, right?
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« Reply #62 on: January 23, 2018, 12:44:57 AM »

Anyone else's a$$ would have been in pain by now, surely you're planning on taking it off soon, right?

That's interesting; could you explain what you mean by that?
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« Reply #63 on: January 23, 2018, 12:53:38 PM »

Clarifying.
The new member Trilling wrote a single line about there being no fun. 
It says nothing.

That is the only post by a new member, so we have no way of assessing the intent or the understanding.  We have no pattern to look at. 

We don't know, for example, if he/she is a native English speaker. 

It's premature to make any judgement on this one, I think. 
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« Reply #64 on: January 23, 2018, 02:09:48 PM »

That is the only post by a new member, so we have no way of assessing the intent or the understanding.  We have no pattern to look at. 

We don't know, for example, if he/she is a native English speaker. 

It's premature to make any judgement on this one, I think. 
The post you quoted said this:
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The new member Trilling wrote a single line about there being no fun. 
It says nothing.
I did not write about the new member.  I wrote about the content of the new member's post, which was not comprehensible.   I don't want to go back, but I think that I originally asked him what he meant.  So far he has not answered.  So the post remains incomprehensible to me,because nothing was clarified.   If he ever wants to come back and answer what he meant, then more can be done with it.
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