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by Celestite
13 Aug 2010, 12:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Excellent news! Well done on both counts. Keep it up, old chap!
by Celestite
07 Aug 2010, 20:01
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1519

Re: HELP!!

just to update you all - the deed is done and all my pupils now know I'm no longer teaching. Many of them are staying in touch as friends and I have now found new teachers for all of them. I'm still going through the mourning process and nearly choked on the words when I turned away a new Grade 4 pu...
by Celestite
07 Aug 2010, 19:57
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: maternity leave advice please? :)
Replies: 5
Views: 2180

Re: maternity leave advice please? :)

Hi Speccyboo. Hope all's going well for you. If you haven't already solved your dilemma regarding what to do with your pupils, perhaps I could tell you how I went about it when I had my son. The timing of your little arrival coincides nicely with Christmas and all the distractions which that involve...
by Celestite
02 Jun 2010, 20:13
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1519

Re: HELP!!

Thanks, Mark. You've confirmed my own thoughts regarding the impersonal nature of a general email to everybody. I was considering going to see the parents of the pupils I'm most concerned about so that they can tell their children at an appropriate time, but time is so limited from my point of view ...
by Celestite
01 Jun 2010, 20:46
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1519

HELP!!

Good evening all! I so apologise for my absence this term - it has been ridiculous, even by my standards, but hey, half term and two seconds to stick my head up and say hello. Hope you're all fine and dandy. I have a big problem/dilemma which I could really do with your help on, please. I have to gi...
by Celestite
01 Jun 2010, 20:38
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Changing piano teacer (again)
Replies: 2
Views: 1517

Re: Changing piano teacer (again)

Hiya You might try http://www.musicteachers.co.uk who list teachers by instrument and location or look at EPTA's website for their teacher members. Obviously you need to look at their relevant qualifications to make sure they have the necessary knowledge but I would take the time to talk to several ...
by Celestite
06 Mar 2010, 23:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Yo, slim! Well done dear boy! :D
by Celestite
01 Dec 2009, 21:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: BEST OF LUCK DAVE BRUM!!!
Replies: 25
Views: 5831

Re: BEST OF LUCK DAVE BRUM!!!

Hiya Everybody! Well done, Dave, Old Bean! I was certain you'd be fine,albeit nervous, and as Gill says, they do make allowances for nerves. If truth be known, examiners are usually delighted to see "mature" candidates. This must be the only occasion when I'm glad I'm so manically busy time is flyin...
by Celestite
04 Oct 2009, 13:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Overstrung v oblique strung
Replies: 4
Views: 2113

Re: Overstrung v oblique strung

Thanks Joseph. I'm going to keep an open mind and just enjoy the fun of the hunt! I'm still hoping to keep my Bechstein but resigned to the fact it's unlikely to happen so the quest begins.
by Celestite
04 Oct 2009, 09:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Overstrung v oblique strung
Replies: 4
Views: 2113

Re: Overstrung v oblique strung

Hi PG Thank you so much for your advice.I've seen several model IVs for sale and was going to have a look at them. I hadn't realised the connection between Bechstein and Rogers, so thanks for that. I'm not the slightest bit bothered about the name on the front - it's purely the sound and feel of the...
by Celestite
03 Oct 2009, 23:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Overstrung v oblique strung
Replies: 4
Views: 2113

Overstrung v oblique strung

Hi Guys! The wanderer returns! Can I pick your highly respected brains, please? :piano; I'd like your thoughts/professional opinions on oblique strung pianos as opposed to overstrung pianos. I am very reluctantly looking at the possibility of trading my model B Bechstein in for an upright and will b...
by Celestite
05 Jul 2009, 10:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Well done again! Mine dropped another 2lbs this week but I think that was down to yanking out the weeds with gusto and demolishing a bike shed with a hammer in a sweltering 28 degrees! Keep it up! Everything else all ok with you guys?
by Celestite
28 Jun 2009, 09:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Hopefully that's where the similarity between us ends, Know wot I mean, Harry?!
by Celestite
28 Jun 2009, 08:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Wahoo! :P Well done, old bean! That's over half a stone in a fortnight, well done. I've found having a three year old who wakes you up at 3 in the morning is another good (though thoroughly unrecommended) way of shifting the pounds - it means you're on the go 24/7! Keep it up.
by Celestite
16 Jun 2009, 22:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Hope you've managed to provide a Before and After photo just for the benefit of Weight Watchers, Cel! My wedding photos provide more than ample coverage of the "before" but I haven't got around to the "after" photos yet - that will probably happen at my parent's Golden Anniversary lunch next month....
by Celestite
16 Jun 2009, 18:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

With a nice Chianti, one would hope :mrgreen:
by Celestite
15 Jun 2009, 22:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

If there was anything at all behind the saying "It's the thought that counts" I'd be laughing - eating chocolate would melt away the pounds and maintain a size 8 figure :lol:
by Celestite
15 Jun 2009, 20:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

I believe nearly any expert you ask will tell you the whole issue with yo-yo dieting is the psychology bit of it. Personally, I think naughty food is every bit as addictive as tobacco or alcohol. Getting it off is one thing, keeping it off is quite another :roll:
by Celestite
15 Jun 2009, 07:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Running? Far too energetic imho! I go for a brisk walk three times a week (kiddies and weather permitting!) and built it up slowly. I also stuff myself with all the things I am "allowed" and try to avoid the naughties. Getting the mind set is the major battle won - once you've got it the rest is muc...
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 20:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Yep. I'm off air for a while now - I'm still trying to get this wretched cross stitch finished in time for my parent's golden anniversary so it's off to the stitching frame for me for the rest of the evening. I'll check out the blog a bit later. Ttfn
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 20:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

How are the lessons going?
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 19:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Absolutely, and thank you! How is the lovely Mrs B?
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 18:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Indeed I did! Loose skin is a problem but hey, it comes with age anyway and is a lot easier to disguise than excess inches!
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 17:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Yes, I've been even more manically busy than usual and so far this year has been every bit as dire as I thought it would be, hence the absence, sorry! My weight is pretty much as it should be now so the maintenance side of it kicks in from here, whooppee! I've lost just over 7 stone and am a size 10...
by Celestite
14 Jun 2009, 17:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Go for it Dave - new house, new start, new you! :D
by Celestite
26 Feb 2009, 21:44
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice
Replies: 42
Views: 17438

Re: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice

Well. with a name like that I'm sure you'll find all sort of mental images to keep you smiling!
by Celestite
26 Feb 2009, 21:14
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice
Replies: 42
Views: 17438

Re: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice

Good luck. I'm sure your teacher wouldn't have entered you she didn't think you were ready. If you're really lucky your examiner will be a trombonist! If that doesn't work, just remember they were once someone's little girl or boy with a snotty nose!
by Celestite
26 Feb 2009, 11:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice
Replies: 42
Views: 17438

Re: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice

Depends which direction you're going in!
by Celestite
25 Feb 2009, 22:09
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice
Replies: 42
Views: 17438

Re: teaching my 5 year old son to play the Piano advice

StuartAU wrote:Im 34 and still cant use both hands lol
Mozart wrote at 5 years old! maybe he was actually a girl!
lol :piano;
It would explain his penchant for wigs and frilly blouses!
by Celestite
12 Jan 2009, 20:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Well done, Kimble! Better slow and steady, so they tell me (but then they're not the ones desperate to be shot of it, are they?!) I was 12st 5lb at my last weigh in.
by Celestite
01 Jan 2009, 17:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Thanks, Kimble. There's still a bit more to do yet so I'm in there with you all!
by Celestite
01 Jan 2009, 15:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Ok Guys, here goes. I weighed in this morning at 12st 7lb and I'm telling you that as encouragement for your new endeavours and as part of my on going battle with the bulge. On 1st May I weighed 18st 0.5lb so take heart - all things are possible. Here's to all us gorgeous lovelies out there :D
by Celestite
31 Dec 2008, 10:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

joseph wrote:
Openwood wrote: I thought the place would be full of rippling muscle-men (and there are some, of course) 8) 8) 8)
I must go down there quickly, and investigate those rippling muscle men....... its fun to stay at the . . .
Ooh, it almost makes it worth all the pain and suffering (well, almost!) :wink:
by Celestite
27 Dec 2008, 21:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

39? Pah! A mere youngster! I'm 48 and going strong!
Party calories don't count if you're at someone else's place - guest calories are nul and void, so I work on the basis if I only eat guest's offerings when they come to a leftovers party, they count as guest calories too! Well, it's a theory, anyway.
by Celestite
27 Dec 2008, 12:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Hey Guys, I think I've found the answer! Party till you drop every night and you burn it off as quick as you eat it! Seems to be working for me, anyway :D We've got 20+ coming tonight for a leftovers party so we're likely to burn it off before we even start today, by time we've got the house looking...
by Celestite
25 Dec 2008, 23:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas lounge loiterers!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 4986

Happy Christmas, one and all!
Better late than never, eh? Hope you all had a brilliant one and, Dave, go for it in the New Year! :piano;
by Celestite
17 Dec 2008, 08:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELESTITE!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2950

Gone odd? Less of the gone, dear boy, I take pride in having been there for years! I wish it was 50 - I have made it very well known with Mr Celestite that I wish to spend my 50th surrounded by mountains in a child free zone!
by Celestite
16 Dec 2008, 09:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Personally I've always considered my weight to be fine, it's my height which is way out of control :D
by Celestite
15 Dec 2008, 22:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Down to a size 14 now - I fitted into the ball gown I was aiming for last week, yippee!! Let's face it, more piano or less waist, which is more important? No contest in my book!! Keep those fingers lively, old chap!
by Celestite
15 Dec 2008, 22:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Down to a size 14 now - I fitted into the ball gown I was aiming for last week, yippee!! Let's face it, more piano or less waist, which is more important? No contest in my book!! Keep those fingers lively, old chap!
by Celestite
15 Dec 2008, 22:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELESTITE!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2950

Thank you, Dave! I hardly dare tempt fate by saying yes, but you know me, ever the optimist, so let's just say I sincerely hope so - I could do with a slower pace of life for a while!
by Celestite
15 Dec 2008, 22:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 129756

Sorry Guys, bit late for me in a way, I'm almost there, but happy to join in if you'll let me. Sooner or later the scales have to slow down and I'll be cursing that last, elusive stone to shift. If you don't mind being joined by an (almost) ex larger lady I'd be happy to come along with you all. :)
by Celestite
15 Dec 2008, 22:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CELESTITE!!
Replies: 8
Views: 2950

A belated thank you, dear boy! You know how manic my life is normally, well, throw builders, school plays, exams and Christmas into the pot as well in it just leaps of the scale in terms of mayhem! But tonight we celebrate - builders gone, carpets down and tomorrow furniture goes back in place so an...
by Celestite
12 Sep 2008, 19:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are we all learning to play at the moment?
Replies: 50
Views: 11969

Evening Dave
If you do a search on You Tube for the prelude we're all raving about, you'll find out why! I reckon you'll love it! My performer recommendations would be Gilels or Horowitz and they also have a recording of Rachmaninov himself playing it, just for interest.
by Celestite
12 Sep 2008, 19:26
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are we all learning to play at the moment?
Replies: 50
Views: 11969

Oh, Chaps! Why did you have to mention that Prelude? I learnt it years ago and now you've all given me the bug to revisit it. Trouble is, I'm already working on a Bach English Suite, a Brahms Ballade, Ravel's Sonatine and Glazunov's 2nd Impromptu. I just can't fit any more in :( So much to learn, so...
by Celestite
11 Sep 2008, 23:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are we all learning to play at the moment?
Replies: 50
Views: 11969

Absolutely! I'm sure he could have given his accomplice a black eye or two if he'd really been trying!
by Celestite
11 Sep 2008, 23:10
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are we all learning to play at the moment?
Replies: 50
Views: 11969

Piano Angel - your mention of the Rachmaninov Prelude reminded me of an absolutely marvellous clip on You Tube. I'm a total techno nerd so can't do that clever thing where I type a link to it, but if you do a search for "Rachmaninov had big hands" I'm sure you'll not be disappointed. It made me cry ...
by Celestite
11 Sep 2008, 20:58
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLOTTE!10 today!!
Replies: 8
Views: 3067

She's in bed now, Dave. It's Mummy Charlotte online! But she did have a great time thanks, as did all her friends. Apparently the sausage centipede I put on the table was "so cool". High praise indeed from a 10 year old!
by Celestite
11 Sep 2008, 20:47
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Finding new pieces to learn
Replies: 27
Views: 9810

Hi Geelan Good old ABRSM have published a series of books called "The Keyboard Anthology" which are pretty much as the title suggests. It's a series of graded books of piano music, each containing pieces from the Baroque Period through to 20th century music. They're reasonably affordable and would g...
by Celestite
10 Sep 2008, 22:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 91545

RH (same fingering makes more sense if i start it on D though, so you can see why C has a 2) HONEST IT WORKS! D-1 D#-3(or 2) E-1 F-2 F#-3 G-1 G#-2 A-3 A#-4 B-1 C-2 C#-3 D-1 etc LH D-1 D#- 3 E-2 F-1 F#-4 G-3 G#-2 A-1 A#-3 B-2 C-1 C#-3(or 2) D-1 This is what I meant. Also it facilitates contrary moti...