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Discussion in 'The Piano' started by Anonymous, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. Anonymous

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    I don't know, in which Forum i have to put this topic, so it's here...

    I just want to know, when you have started with playing piano, because it's interesting for me...

    (Is my English good?)
     
  2. juufa72

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    I understand your English. What is your native language?

    I started to play when I was 12-13 years old. (I am 20 now) :?
     
  3. Anonymous

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    I'm Russian/German (I cannot speak russian).^^
    Only one who wants to give me an answer? :D
     
  4. pianolady

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    When did you start and how long have you been playing?
     
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    Well, I started when I was 5 and on my 7th I could go to a local musicschool I'm now 16.

    I'm busy with classical music for 2 years and half year lesson.
     
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    Got lessons from age of 5 to 19, then did not play or only occasional for 20 years, started again some years ago with regular playing and practising.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    I started with 11 years. Now I'm 16. 16 - 11 = 5 years.
    :( I think that's too late. My neighbourghs don't like piano... It disturbes them, so I have only three times a week time to play, and for each day max. 1 ,5 hours.
     
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    It's never too late :!:
    Any chance to practise anywhere else (e.g. in a parish hall of a church, normally there is always a piano there) or in the evening in the school or so?
     
  9. Anonymous

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    :!: It's never too late: that makes me happy... you are all so wonderful players...

    Today i have heard the revolutionary etude on this site, so wonderful pianists... it was great. It has remembered me when I have learned this piece one and a half years ago, so I played today again this piece, Chopin is only great.

    Well, can't play in a church or somewhere else, maby in school, but I'm from 7:45 until 6:00 o clock (on thursday, wednesday and tuesday) in school, and of course I want to go home... and the way from school to my home takes again 1 hour. :x

    How long do you all take for a piece (e.g. fantaisie impromptu) to know it by heart?
     
  10. rachmaninoff

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    did you know that richter started at an age of 18 and volodos at an age of 16?
     
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    I agree, it doesn't really matter when you start. What does is if you can naturally succeed in the playing. 99.99% of all people progress with steady and strict practice (and incrementally), but for that .01% of players (i.e. Richter and Volodos) they can surpass the "norm" very quickly because they have the ability and the knack to do so.
     
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    I was self taught untill I started lessons when I was 8. I literally had to beg for lessons.

    I am still taking piano lessons and I am 25 now. I have had a lot of formal training but still have a lot and I do mean A LOT to learn LOL :D :D :D
     
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    I very gradually learned to read music beteen the ages of 3 and 7. I started to play piano in 1992, at the age of 12. I've been serious about it for five years, now. In those 5 years, my playing went from weak and sub-par to extremely well developed and artistically deeper. At the age of 27, I continue to improve from week to week.

    Pete
     
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    I think that if you work enough and you started to late ( I started to late with classical music. do it for 1.5 years with only 6 months of classical lessons) you can work very very hard to come on a level every pianist wants. I played in the last 7 days 60 houres and I improved alot.
     
  15. Anonymous

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    I started with the piano at the age of 10 and had a teacher under which I did not proceed much in my play. For 6 years now I've had an, as I believe, rather good teacher (and for nearly 5 years I've been additionally learning to play the organ and for long have been taking vocal lessons), but however I feel I lost too much time and basically there's no reason for me to hope for a carreer in music.

    In a way, that's sad, of course, but I guess the really great players need their audience, and however (my) music gives me a fulfilling happiness I wouldn't want to miss. (Plus, in my Music School's concerts, I do earn warm applause; no wonder though, it's a really small and far-from-the-world town here, and explaining what kind of geniuses there's running around out in the world is not of much use. But I'm making people happy, and that's the very best part of it all! :D )
     
  16. Anonymous

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    When I was 8 years old, I started playing piano by myself, using old books of my sister (she plays piano too). When I was 9 years old, I got lessons at the musicschool. After a while I just took old books of my sister again and played that music, because the music I had to play was very easy, and I got bored... In July 2006 I went to the conservatory in Groningen (in the Netherlands) and played some music for Paul Komen. He immediately searched for a better teacher for me. After that summer I had private lessons from Siebert Nix. And now my teacher is Nata Tvereli, I'm having lessons at the conservatory. :D :D :D. I'm 15 years old now. So that's uhm... 7 years.
     
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    I started at the age of 8, but didn't really fall in love with piano until I was 13, when I went to high school. It was the 'sturm und drang' period of my life and Beethoven expressed so well what I was feeling. I used to practice/play the sonatas for hours, until about 2 am.
    It's very unusual for a child to be enthused about piano until they get a sense of self-expression through the music and have accumulated some basic technique to express what they feel through the music.

    Mozartiana :wink:
     
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    I started playing the keyboard when I was 9 years old. When I was 13 years old I played my first piano piece and immediately I fell in love with the piano. Now I'm 17 years old and I can play the Heroic Polonaise, I'm practicing Chopin's first Ballade and I can also play Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody 6 now. After only having 4 years of piano lessons I managed to play some rather difficult pieces, so imo, it's never too late to start playing the piano. By the way, one of the first pieces I ever practiced was Chopin's Nocturne 9-2. Took me 5 months to learn it, but once I could play it my technique had improved dramatically. My advice: play pieces that seem to be really hard. It can be frustrating, but it sure as hell isn't as boring as Czerny or Bach's inventions.
     
  19. Anonymous

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    Czerny and Bach aren't boring! :shock:
    By the way, I'm 16 years old now. :)
     
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    Well, I think I have everyone here beat. I started playing piano last year just before I turned 41.
    I played bass guitar for many years but put it aside for various reasons. The main reason was that
    the instrument is not harmonically complex enough for me. The love of music never goes away
    and at least for me gets stronger and stronger so I bought a piano to fill the gap left by the bass.

    Now after eight months now I can play about half of the Anna Magdalena notebook pretty well
    and this last week I've started working on a couple of the little preludes. I have a lot of free time
    on my hands so I get to practice quite a bit. Usually I play about an hour and a half in the morning
    before work and sometimes as many as six hours at night but the norm is around 2 hours at night.
    It's very cool how the better you get the more fun it becomes.

    I have to say that I am a little depressed about not having taken this up much sooner
    (my parents were never musically inclined, pushing me towards sports as a kid, never music or
    the arts) but also there is a great sense of relief that at my age being a concert pianist is out of the
    question which allows me firstly to focus on music that I love and secondly not to put tons of
    competive pressure on myself. Now I can enjoy it when I hear people that play better than me
    in a way I was never able to do when I heard better bass players. Except for those dang
    five year old kids on youtube!

    Regards,
    Brian
     

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