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by Feg
02 Oct 2014, 22:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I assume that without information to the contrary Gizzy, you have survived your 'procedure'. Hope you are taking time to recover. It's is rather quiet here minus a certain gentleman. I only have one more rehearsal before I make a fool of myself in front of the great and good of Balerno. A week on Sa...
by Feg
21 Sep 2014, 16:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Musical lightbulb moments log
Replies: 16
Views: 4850

Re: Musical lightbulb moments log

I'll PM you later.
by Feg
21 Sep 2014, 15:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Musical lightbulb moments log
Replies: 16
Views: 4850

Re: Musical lightbulb moments log

Here's a good one. I've realised that I CAN learn to be a very good sight reader but the problem is not that I'm too old, or too thick or even have the wrong attitude. It's because I don't have the confidence. I really am too scared. Believe it or not, that reason is the only one that you CAN do so...
by Feg
20 Sep 2014, 16:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

No, you don't want to be a Piano Tuner. You have to deal with numpty customers etc, and HMRC who have their own set of hoops to jump through.
by Feg
20 Sep 2014, 16:38
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

I like TORC as long as it isn't dragged...I hate draggy hymns. Nobody will notice, Feg, will they? I wouldn't... are you going to relearn it in another key? What is this 'relearn' of which you speak? I'm a read the dots at all times sort of person so I will play the official version. I've just got ...
by Feg
20 Sep 2014, 11:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Salut D'amour by Elgar. One of my violin pieces for the Festival. I've been practicing from an online version only to discover that the original is in four sharps :shock:
by Feg
18 Sep 2014, 23:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Coincidentally, my pianist friend was bemoaning the solitary lot of the pianist today. She really enjoyed our practice session this morning. The best bit for me was hearing the sound of my violin resonate and sing as never before. She lives in a converted farm steading and the acoustics in her kitch...
by Feg
18 Sep 2014, 21:48
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

See, you are not alone :) Loads of support out there. I spent a rather wonderful couple of hours playing violin with a local pianist tackling the accompaniments. We are rehearsing for two informal music sessions as part of the Balerno Music Festival. Apart from the usual Kreisler and Elgar standards...
by Feg
15 Sep 2014, 09:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

:piano; :)
by Feg
06 Sep 2014, 19:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

I've rediscovered the joys of driving :D I've also discovered that this beast is going to very economical on fuel :D :D
by Feg
05 Sep 2014, 19:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Taking delivery of my dream car this morning.

She is not brand new, and not everyone's cup of tea, but I am now the proud owner of a Volvo XC60, 2.4l D5 on a 59 plate with 32,800 on the clock. Oh, and it is a rare 2 wheel drive version so not a Chelsea tractor :lol:
by Feg
31 Aug 2014, 18:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Bless her - how old is she, Feg? She was 12 in June, Gill. She has lived with us since she was 3 and a half - previously she was used for breeding and wasn't in a great state when we got her. She developed a cough in May which didn't respond to treatment so a couple of x-rays and an ultra sound lat...
by Feg
31 Aug 2014, 08:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

dave brum wrote:Is any of the festival being filmed for YT, including your piano escapades??
No filming of me, thank goodness. My escapades are of the violin variety :sad:
by Feg
30 Aug 2014, 23:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

My happiness is because my little Westie is responding well to her heart medication and is almost back to her cheeky, naughty self :D
by Feg
30 Aug 2014, 23:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Balerno Music Festival doesn't start until 24th September. I am procrastinating about the pieces I'm choosing for my 'little turn' :? I'm planning a Max Jaffa-esque selection with some Elgar and some Kreisler but it is getting a decent edition of the music which is causing problems. The collected wo...
by Feg
18 Aug 2014, 23:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

dave brum wrote:Christ, it's quiet on here without Marlow's answer to Liberace. Or has the Lounge finally expired and I am resigned to idly chit chatting with myself?? Gizzy, rescue us.
I'm still here :D
by Feg
01 Aug 2014, 20:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Gill the Piano wrote: Are you tempted. Feg?
Oh, yes, very tempted if
a) the lottery were to come up - a fully restored 1904 Bluthner grand will cost me £25,000 and
b) we were prepared to ditch the dining table and chairs in favour of a very large piano shaped table cloth and a quartet of bar stools.
by Feg
31 Jul 2014, 21:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Spending nearly two hours in the 'posh' piano shop in town taking pianos with one of the owners and getting my hands on some rather fabulous instruments. I've fallen in love with a reconditioned Bluthner grand which has been very lovingly restored by experts in the brand and still has the original p...
by Feg
25 Jul 2014, 17:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

I hate playing the piano in public but love accompanying.
by Feg
20 Jul 2014, 20:50
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Fruit Slice aka Fly Cemetery in our house
by Feg
18 Jul 2014, 20:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Deep fried mars bars are not fine dining :) Our local chippy had them on the menu once upon a time but the novelty soon wore off and I haven't seen them for a long time.
by Feg
18 Jul 2014, 10:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Happy anniversary, Feg! Even the Great Train Robbers didn't get that long... I trust you're being whisked off to a top notch eaterie where deep fried Mars bars are NOT an option. Fat chance of that happening, Gill. We've never really done the romantic wedding anniversary event stuff so don't see us...
by Feg
17 Jul 2014, 18:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

I've been married for 30 years today :)
by Feg
09 Jul 2014, 22:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Riding my motorbike across to the other side of Edinburgh unaccompanied to have it MOT'd AND thoroughly enjoying myself in the process.
by Feg
05 Jul 2014, 10:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

If there was a church organ sitting on the sales floor of your local piano shop, would you sit down and try playing it, or hang back?
by Feg
05 Jul 2014, 08:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

With respect, Dave, you are overthinking this one. Just have a go and enjoy the experience.
by Feg
03 Jul 2014, 16:27
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing from memory rather than sight
Replies: 52
Views: 23378

Re: Playing from memory rather than sight

dave brum wrote:...but alas, no toddling down to Presto tonight to take a butchers at the new syllabi, and whatever else might have been published today. A massive pile of bedlinen and an ironing board awaits me.
You iron bedlinen? Sheets etc get washed, dried and folded in this house.
by Feg
23 Jun 2014, 23:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Gill the Piano wrote:Break my nails, swear a bit, cut off bits for people on car parks whose exhaust pipes are sagging dangerously, cobble together a replacement for a Morris Minor accelerator spring.
My best trick with piano wire was to imbed a piece in the first joint of my first finger (LH).
by Feg
22 Jun 2014, 18:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Gill the Piano wrote:It's ideal in one way in that there is no pass or fail, just a report on your playing. On the minus side I think you'd be bored out of your brains and could probably SR the whole thing.
What Gill said.:D
by Feg
20 Jun 2014, 22:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

She won't give you something harder, don't be daft!

It is quite challenging IMHO. The LH would give me pause for thought and would require practice on its own to be secure before adding in the RH.
by Feg
18 Jun 2014, 21:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I've spent most of today riding a 650cc motorbike around the hills above Inverary.

I have come off said motorbike three times today :shock:

I have a staved wrist :cry:

I am a happy Feg :D
by Feg
15 Jun 2014, 20:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Enjoying motorbike spotting on holiday in Inverary :)
by Feg
12 Jun 2014, 20:09
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Gust. Adolph Ibach grand piano
Replies: 8
Views: 3389

Re: Gust. Adolph Ibach grand piano

Oh my goodness I've had a look and yes I can see that there is a board underneath with crack! Also we can see a wonky pin or two. We have seen a baby grande sturne in a shop for 1200 and as it's smaller and in keeping with our front room, we thought we might (I'm sorry this will either make you lau...
by Feg
09 Jun 2014, 22:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Making contact via social media with some of 'my boy's' from 30+ years ago. Friends at the time used to introduce me as "an unmarried mother of 27 boys" - and yes, they are still friends :D
by Feg
08 Jun 2014, 19:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

You should do what Gill does, accompany for choirs and 'do' Sunday mornings on the organ (pedalboard purely an option) Not likely, Dave. Every Sunday is not a commitment I am prepared to make at the moment. I do, however, have the offer of the church keys any time I would like to go and play the ch...
by Feg
07 Jun 2014, 22:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Reading a piece in Pianist Magazine from the one and only Teddy Testicles, bless his cotton socks. Doesn't say how he got on with his AB grade 3, from what I can gather therein, he did it in the spring. Oh, and replacing my low energy lightbulbs with much brighter 1800 lumen bulbs (equivalent to an...
by Feg
07 Jun 2014, 22:20
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

:| Salut D'Amour by Elgar. It's well and truly stuck as I am researching a suitable repertoire for a concert I am playing in as part of the Balerno Music Festival. Are you playing the piano part or violin part? In any case, I didn't think you did much piano playing these days Feg. I'm playing the vi...
by Feg
07 Jun 2014, 12:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 110622

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Salut D'Amour by Elgar.

It's well and truly stuck as I am researching a suitable repertoire for a concert I am playing in as part of the Balerno Music Festival.
by Feg
06 Jun 2014, 14:50
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Lovely bright sunshine.

Two loads of washing out drying in the sun.

My car is not as poorly as I thought so the bill will not be horrendous.

I'm well into my second hour of violin practice :)
by Feg
05 Jun 2014, 17:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Stamps feet on floor, I want one, I want one too
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by Feg
05 Jun 2014, 14:49
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing from memory rather than sight
Replies: 52
Views: 23378

Re: Playing from memory rather than sight

Okay, so I've tried something new this evening. I've got the main light on in my music room. the music light and also my lightbox, so it is incredibly dazzlingly bright in my music room. I've found I can actually concentrate better on the dots and my playing is almost perfect. Plus I can read ahead...
by Feg
04 Jun 2014, 19:38
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing from memory rather than sight
Replies: 52
Views: 23378

Re: Playing from memory rather than sight

It's just that time is running out....it'll impede me from learning new pieces... I just get frustrated and the enjoyment goes.. ..it'll always take me weeks to learn new pieces, even in ten years time...maybe I have music reading dyslexia ...those dots aren't going to make any sense to me Can I re...
by Feg
03 Jun 2014, 17:53
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing from memory rather than sight
Replies: 52
Views: 23378

Re: Playing from memory rather than sight

I'm with Gill on this one. Sans the dots, I have only fragments of pieces stuck in the brain. And they are an eclectic selection at best. Even violin pieces are fragmented. I can half remember the melody but not necessarily in the correct key. I need music in front of me as a reference even if I don...
by Feg
01 Jun 2014, 17:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

If it's ropey in one area could be the tuning plank is knackered. Run away! No 'could be' about it, Gill - that one screams loose pins! I was once asked to 'tune' a piano which the unsuspecting customer had purchased from a charity shop for £120 plus the cost of delivery. It was a nice looking thin...
by Feg
30 May 2014, 23:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

My darling husband is spending tomorrow with the other 'love of his life' - a fully kitted out R1200RT complete with blue lights and sirens :D
by Feg
28 May 2014, 21:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I'm going to join you in the Fed Up With The Weather Corner :(
by Feg
25 May 2014, 13:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

It is the Institute of Advanced Motorists Advanced Test. It is not up to Police Class 1 standard but it is a very demanding training then Test. My husband passed it 20 years ago and has now done Emergency Response Training in order to volunteer as a rider for Lifesavers Scotland. My son passed it la...
by Feg
25 May 2014, 10:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

My daughter passed her IAM Test this morning. She only passed her DSA test in October 2012, so I am a proud Mum today.
by Feg
16 May 2014, 18:00
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 507036

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

These are all things that should be covered by your online course :)
by Feg
13 May 2014, 16:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 202524

Re: What's Made You Happy Today???

Gill the Piano wrote:
Feg wrote:I am happy today because of some good, but hush-hush news about my daughter's job.
Now I'm intrigued...is she a spy? :)
Not quite, Gill :) However, she does work in the Security division of the Scottish Government so it's Official Secrets Act and liason with CPNI in London.