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by Mini_mo
20 Jul 2009, 13:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our pianos - in pictures.
Replies: 22
Views: 7785

Re: Our pianos - in pictures.

Aww thanks... is that your spare piano?! :wink:
by Mini_mo
15 Jul 2009, 10:50
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Sorry Stuart, those dates are for next year! Yes I have to wait that long. They did have something called Keyboard lift off for up to grade 5 in October this year. Seeing as you have played by ear for many years that might be better suited to you than a more beginner course. I don't know whether the...
by Mini_mo
14 Jul 2009, 21:41
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

By the way Dave I am still not going to do my grade 1 even though I have worked on all the pieces! I am still going to upload them warts an all when I can find the adaptor to fix my camera onto my tripod (what a good excuse for now!). I will start my grades eventually but when I feel I am ready :oops:
by Mini_mo
14 Jul 2009, 21:37
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Dave, Actually my sight reading is coming on nicely. I try to do about 10 mins per day 4-5 times a week but in the last week or so I have noticed a great improvement. To be honest the reason I am going on the courses are to force myself to be in a situation where I play in front of other people and ...
by Mini_mo
14 Jul 2009, 21:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our pianos - in pictures.
Replies: 22
Views: 7785

Re: Our pianos - in pictures.

I could post a pic of my piano... If I ever get it!
by Mini_mo
14 Jul 2009, 21:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?
Replies: 5
Views: 2101

Re: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?

That must be great having a wife really into Football. I do sit down and appear to be watching Match of the Day with my other half but in reality I am actually staring into thin air! So when he has finished telling me all about the various goings on in the Football world, I always seem to respond by...
by Mini_mo
13 Jul 2009, 17:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?
Replies: 5
Views: 2101

Re: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?

I have still got my rental piano at at the moment. Trying to organise the old out in the morning and the new one in the afternoon. Not sure whether that will work. It sounds like you got your wife something quite special. Can you say on here? Does she read the posts... I dont want to give the game a...
by Mini_mo
13 Jul 2009, 17:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?
Replies: 5
Views: 2101

Re: Have you got your new 'silent' piano yet, Marisa?

I havent yet Dave. I am trying to be really patient but its hard!!!!!! I am ringing tomorrow to arrange delivery but I guess it will be a good week before I get it. I have to wait for a money transfer which will take about 5 days before I can pay for it Damn! :roll:
by Mini_mo
13 Jul 2009, 17:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

I feel like a real cop out now. Moonlight and Stuart have had the guts to go through their grades and overcome their fear whilst I am coping out! I do feel much better now I am not going to do them for now however. I have taken some positive steps now though. I am reading the inner game as recommend...
by Mini_mo
08 Jul 2009, 09:48
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Mazurka take 2
Replies: 11
Views: 3523

Re: Mazurka take 2

Dave, all the pieces sound good but the sound is about 5 seconds ahead of your fingers which makes it quite hard to watch and listen! :shock:
by Mini_mo
06 Jul 2009, 13:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 98
Views: 63952

Re: Introduce yourself!

Hello, I thought it was about time I introduced myself, as I have started posting on this site quite a lot now. My name is Marisa and I stared playing the piano at 36 (9 months ago). I have had no experience of any musical instrument or reading music so have started at the very beginning. After my e...
by Mini_mo
06 Jul 2009, 10:19
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 2 exam July 9th – OMG
Replies: 62
Views: 17539

Re: Grade 2 exam July 9th – OMG

Good luck Moonlight. I am sure you will pass with flying colours! :piano;
by Mini_mo
05 Jul 2009, 20:59
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Secrets to understanding ledger lines
Replies: 14
Views: 4721

Re: Secrets to understanding ledger lines

Tell me about it. Us late starters don't have all the time in the world to become competent pianists, which is why we are so impatient! I had a low self esteem day today (I think it might have been to do with the mild hang over) but whenever I am am having ones of those days I think back to 9 months...
by Mini_mo
05 Jul 2009, 12:21
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How do you learn your pieces by memory?
Replies: 4
Views: 2194

Re: How do you learn your pieces by memory?

Thanks Moonlight that was helpful. I think I should also try to learn the music in bars rather than the whole lot and join them together, it may make learning faster?! ha ha :lol:
by Mini_mo
03 Jul 2009, 13:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How do you learn your pieces by memory?
Replies: 4
Views: 2194

How do you learn your pieces by memory?

Hello all, I am interested to find the different methods people use to play songs without sheet music. My method has been to play the piece by reading the music very slowly (around grade 1), until I have learnt the piece and can play it at the correct speed and by then having played it probably 100'...
by Mini_mo
02 Jul 2009, 11:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Hello all, I may post my grade pieces on this site if I am brave enough. Mind you I have just decided that I am now not going to do my Grade 1. At the end of the day all the exam is going to do is say yes you can play at Grade 1 level. If I do it I am going to destroy my confidence and wreck the pie...
by Mini_mo
02 Jul 2009, 11:22
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Secrets to understanding ledger lines
Replies: 14
Views: 4721

Re: Secrets to understanding ledger lines

Dave, on the sight reading subject have you thought about using a metronome? I do exactly as you say with sight reading (I am sure we all do). So I think that using a metronome on a slow BPM and trying to keep up will force you to ignore the mistakes. :-) I am doing grade 1 sight reading and was wor...
by Mini_mo
18 Jun 2009, 10:37
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Thanks for your help everyone. Its good to know its not just me. Yes i agree its the fear of failure that causes the problem with me and I can be quite harsh and negative on myself. I don't like failing (none of us do I guess). I have been recording myself but wont put on you tube, not my kind of th...
by Mini_mo
16 May 2009, 07:56
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

Re: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Thanks for your advice. It's good to know I am not the only one. Funnily enough I say the very same thing to my piano teacher, "I can play much better at home!"... she must hear this all the time! :-)
by Mini_mo
15 May 2009, 12:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?
Replies: 21
Views: 7432

HELP! - piano nerves - Does anyone else suffer?

Hi, I have been learning the piano for about 9 months now, having never read music or played an instrument before. It is a challenge for me but something that I love and I practise really hard. I am 36 so it doesn't come easy. After around 6 months of learning my piano teacher asked if I was interes...
by Mini_mo
07 May 2009, 14:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: ABRSM grade one pieces 09 on youtube
Replies: 14
Views: 6027

Re: ABRSM grade one pieces 09 on youtube

Could I mention that this Youtube guy, who Dave Brum mentioned about has all of the grade 1 2009-2010 plus many other grades on his channel or whatever you want to call it. I think he is quite good? Famous last words... as I am only beginner!

http://www.youtube.com/user/mqbdp
by Mini_mo
07 May 2009, 14:36
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: 7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!
Replies: 8
Views: 3534

Re: 7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!

Hi, Thanks for all your comments help etc. We have made progress since I gave her an ultimatum, she knows she has to practise every morning (with exceptions) or I have the lessons. I call it a positive circle because now she is practising more she is making faster progress, therefore keener and at t...
by Mini_mo
27 Apr 2009, 22:33
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: 7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!
Replies: 8
Views: 3534

Re: 7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!

Thanks for your reply. I have said that already (as an empty threat I am afraid) so I guess I should now go through with it, if she doesn't change her ways!
by Mini_mo
27 Apr 2009, 14:45
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: 7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!
Replies: 8
Views: 3534

7 Year old that wont practise but still wants lessons!

Hello, I am new to this forum and wondered whether anyone could give me some advice as to what they would do in my situation. My daughter is 7 years old and wanted to learn to play the piano (she started September 08), so after a few months of her hassling me, I organised weekly lessons, rented a pi...