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Offline chopiszte

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first post here, hello
on: May 07, 2003, 10:02:44 PM
Hello, I found this forum last night and I just registered.  This is what I guess everyone does so I'll tell you about myself in regards to music-piano.

I turned fourteen years old recently, I am in eighth grade,  I have been learning to play the piano for 6 years (I travel each summer so I cannot practice then :( but I was younger than eight when I began playing the piano).  

I have always been interested in music.  However, I was not interested in practicing untill I was thirteen.  Until then, I had been playing simple pieces out of a book of Beethoven I had.  My teacher was awful, I never learned scales, excersizes, correct fingering, triplets, trills, tremolos, mordents, ANYTHING from her.  

When I was  at the end of my thirteenth year, I began lessons with a new teacher, learned everything I should have before, played Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart (four times as difficult and four times as long as anything I had played previously) in an alarmingly finished manner, due to my excellent teacher.  After that, I played Chopin's (my favorite composer by so far) Nocturne in C# minor (op posthume, lento con gran espressione),
and now I am playing Chopin's Revolutionary Etude, Opus 10 number 12, a remarkable jump for me, due again to my excellent teacher.  I am learning it faster than I would have thought, it is technically much simpler than I previously thought (except the middle section, with the C# minor chords in the right hand, haha, but it's not too troublesome).

My user name, by the way, is a combination of the names of Chopin and Liszt, wioth an "e" at the end because I like the way it looks better.

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Re: first post here, hello
Reply #1 on: May 08, 2003, 02:07:21 AM
hello welcome to Piano Forum!

I'm fourteen too and I'm going to be 3rd year highschool this june... does that put me in 11th grade or something? I'm not familiar with the school system elsewhere, I'm in southeast Asia, Philippines.

we've got the same taste! liszt and chopin, i can see you combined their names! i love chopin, i'm in love with chopin. i've played rondo alla turca too! but not perfectly, i've played chopin's waltzes in e minor posthumous and in c#minor op. 64

i'm currently on the raindrop prelude (prelude no.15)

i did a sight reading on rev etude a long time ago, it's kinda hard...

if you like chopin why don't you visit my chopin site and sign the guestbook for comments! https://clik.to/lodc/
it's my chopin organization!
"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

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Re: first post here, hello
Reply #2 on: May 08, 2003, 09:43:18 PM
That was a nice site! Nice poem on the frontpage!

If you wil be in eleventh grade then you must have skipped a lot of grades, because most people here are 16-17 in grade 11 (3rd year, you were right) but with a site like that at 14 it's not surprising you're pretty smart.

The raindrop is a very nice prelude, I've never played it.

The opus 64 waltzes are very nice.

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Re: first post here, hello
Reply #3 on: May 09, 2003, 03:13:05 AM
yeah, i skipped nursery! my classmates are 15-16, a few 17's... amee is in 9th grade, she's thirteen, she said that's first year highschool... i was twelve when i was in first year... we're starting school this june... back to classes, boring... so i'm still 14, i'm fifteen next year january... classes end at march... that's makes me mostly 14 in third year. i'm only 3 months 15 when i'll be third year.
"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
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