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    Default Tell us your keyboard story.

    Just out of interest - what was it that 'hooked' you and got you interested in playing your instrument - and what sort of music is your main passion?

    Thanks in advance for any replies.
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    My parents pushed me into learning piano as a child. I didn't do exams and although I did quite a bit of theory I was never pushed technically. It was all simple tunes. I gave up just before going to secondary school.

    I was always keen on music - mostly folk and early music - and in my thirties decide to try again. I had an excellent teacher and made reasonable progress. Unfortunately the pressures of work took over and I let it slip.

    When I retired, I impulse bought a piano and was hooked. I've been playing for about four years now and am well and truly out of my comfort zone. Ingélou notes that when I play the easier stuff, I now sound good. That's the result of stretching myself.

    We both love folk and from there moved naturally into early music and thence into the Baroque. I've now reached the stage when I can begin to attempt some of the easier pieces in the Fitzwilliam book and some reasonable Bach.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    My keyboard story isn't really that interesting, but here-goes:

    I really enjoy keyboard music and a few years back decided I wanted to learn some piano because I had come to realize it is the best instrument to learn if one is interested in composition. I also wanted to improve my sight reading. I have no aspirations of being a professional, but am really enjoying the process. I'm currently working on Bartok's Mikrokosmos Book III. When I'm finished with this I'm looking forward to moving onto Bach's Two-Part Invention no.4 in d minor and Ravel's Prelude.

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    I got frustrated trying to play transcriptions of some of Bach's keyboard pieces on the guitar (Partita No.6's Toccata, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Ricercare 3, etc.), and I finally decided that not only would they sound better on the piano, it probably wouldn't take much longer to learn them even starting as a beginner! The piano is my favorite instrument to listen to, so, I decided to take the plunge. I plan to start lessons right away. (I've been trying to stumble through Alfred's All-in-One Course level 1 on my own.)

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    Great idea, Kontrapunctus! Hope you enjoy yourself and feel that you're making progress.
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    There are no musicians in my family and because of that there was basicaly an abandoned piano at my grandmother's house that no one played and barely worked anymore. Still as a really small child (3 or 4) everytime I went to her house I would always climb the piano bench and try to play any tune I had in my head. Most of it was random notes of course because I had no idea how to play but one day I actually managed to play a little melody I remembered. My parents just bought me a really small keyboard and called it a day. I spent hours in that little keyboard listening to the classical music that came with it and trying to imitate it. Only at 9 years old they decided to ask me if I really wanted piano lessons and I said of course. Last year I completed my 8th level exam and now I'm trying out for universities to get a degree in piano performance
    Sometimes I would get upset over the fact it took them so long to put me in a music school and even then they didn't push me at all to study but now I don't really care because I feel like what drove me to play the piano was genuine love for it. I keep a very good relationship with it in the sense that I'm always looking forward to practise, it's never a chore to me.
    And now for something completely different.

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    Best of luck with your applications, Yoshi!
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Well it started for me when I was bought a tiny battery powered bontempi organ, rather like this one. I grew up listening to synth music but I always wanted a piano.

    I'm playing the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Great idea, Kontrapunctus! Hope you enjoy yourself and feel that you're making progress.
    Thanks. Wow, I'm really rockin' "Greensleeves" so far! I have my first lesson tomorrow. She was trained at a Ukranian conservatory, and since I'm a huge fan of Richter, Horowitz, Gilels, Berman et al, we ought to get along just fine! (Yes, I realize all them are not from the Ukraine...still, the Russian school in general produces my favorite pianists.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Thanks. Wow, I'm really rockin' "Greensleeves" so far! I have my first lesson tomorrow... )
    Hope you really enjoy yourself, and that everything goes well!
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    I took piano lessons through HS but was then away from a piano for about 40+ years. Our church burned in Sept. '10, and In Nov. '10 the congregation was offered a Sohmer model 57 for free, and I offered to "store" it in my house till the new church was built. That got me started and by the next spring I had found a Baldwin model R on EBay and bought it, so for 2 years we had 2 grand pianos in our living room, with plenty of room to spare, it's a big living room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    Hope you really enjoy yourself, and that everything goes well!
    I did and it did! I was nervous, but I played decently. She was surprised that I knew about phrasing and thought I had a natural touch. So, things are looking good in lesson land!

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    That's great, Kontrapunctus - do keep us posted on the progress of lessons! (Or a blog?) I think it would be very interesting.
    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    I was born into a musical family ... both parents were professional musicians with the Scandinavian Symphony (Detroit, MI) for many years. Dad had bought Mom a piano ... and I was drawn to that instrument and began figuring out similar notes, C, A, etc, that were an octave apart.

    Began private piano instruction at age 6, which also included basic theory along the way in a group environment. After piano I went on to private organ lessons for another 6 years and two more years of organ study at the university level.

    I've been playing the organ in church since I was 13 years of age ... I haven't been at home on Xmas Eve or Day since I was 12 - always had services to play for ... and still to this day some 54 years later and loving every moment of it as I did way back in 1961.

    We had our own combo group at home: Dad = BBb concert tuba; Mom = Violin; Sister = Viola; Me = Piano.

    Kh

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    I saw a friend of mine playing it and he was so good! From there I had to learn how to play the piano. I disliked the idea of having to go out and attend piano lessons so I checked out a few tutorials from the internet. Who would've known that it would lead me to making our batch's graduation song. Definitely not me!
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