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 Post subject: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:53 pm 
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As a father and therefore biased, I am wondering what to look for in a child to understand if there is a future pianist in the making.

I have noticed things that my daughter, who today is 1 year and 8 months old, does at the piano and I was wondering what your views are.

I would rather see your answers before posting what she does.

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:31 am 
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I was plunking out melodies on the piano at the age of two years old. My dad was a music teacher and taught voice lessons in our home in the evenings. Several tunes I heard coming from the 'music room' were the ones I was playing on the piano. Is this the kind of thing you're talking about?

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:50 pm 
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Not that advanced! So far only signing and almost playing a whole scale on the piano. In fact yesterday I was practising Tcherepnin's Bagatelle op 5/1 (in c minor) only to have her come along and start playing the bottom c. There was no need to worry about the bass line! :D At times I have to stop my practice, because she demands to practice herself and I need to cede my place, but no melodies so far. There is a lot of singing, however, and there seems to be a great enthusiasm for those Bagatelles.

There you were at two and I started at 18... I did, however, play the alto recorder from the age of 12 or so. I still have it, in matter of fact, a very superior Moeck, which could have followed me on a future career which never materialised.

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 5:01 am 
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Well, it's a good sign that she is singing a lot! And good that you let her have her 'time' on the piano. I actually taught my two sons how to play piano when they were young. They don't play now, but I'm hoping that I instilled some love for playing piano and they will come back to it later on. btw - I also have four recorders.

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:48 am 
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richard66 wrote:
I did, however, play the alto recorder from the age of 12 or so. I still have it, in matter of fact, a very superior Moeck, which could have followed me on a future career which never materialised.

I taught recorder for several years and I do think it transfers well to piano... most of my students transitioned nicely to piano after a couple years of recorder (a few of them went to violin, too, and did well).

How interesting that you have a Moeck! I do too - a ebony Rottenburgh with ivory rings from the 80's. Indeed, those are such musical and beautiful instruments.

I hope your little girl is indeed very musical. My singer grandmother said that you can often measure a child's ear and musicality by how much he or she sings and how on-pitch they are. The two best pianists out of my family were the ones that could hit pitches accurately when they were very young. I don't know if that pans out all the time, but the tidbit is interesting...

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:58 pm 
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Oh yes, singing has been going on for almost a year now. I remember, when she still could not even crawl and was still on a pure milk diet, I placed her beside me while I played. Usually she fell asleep (twice listening to Chopin's "Revolutionary" Etude :shock:), but her signing along a Scarlatti Sonata was hard not to miss a note due to laughter.

Mornings she usually demands to listen to a CD. At times I actually have to put one in to keep her happy and she was singing along Tcherepnin's Bagatelles.

Oh, she gets her practice all right: I am the one who has a hard time to play!

The Moeck is the best example that recorders are "not for children". :) Mine is made of a light-coloured wood, however.

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:36 pm 
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The Artist Herself. Not great music, but that we cannot hear! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
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Delightful! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Catch 'em young
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Cute!! I remember when my boys were that young. I also have photos of them like this. Actually, I have photos of ME like this too! :lol:

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