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by markymark
25 Feb 2011, 19:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: I need help with this song!
Replies: 12
Views: 4552

Re: I need help with this song!

D – Dsus4 D2 City lights are pointing at me G2 _____ Close my eyes to see what you see D2 _________________________ G2 _____ So clear it took my breath away D2 I crossed all seven different oceans G2 _____ To gather every perfect moment D ______________________________ G _____ The brightest stars ar...
by markymark
13 Feb 2011, 21:37
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sarah Watts & Alan Haughton
Replies: 2
Views: 3292

Re: Sarah Watts & Alan Haughton

I use Red Hot Recorder in my classroom.
by markymark
11 Feb 2011, 23:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Victorian Cottage Pianos
Replies: 16
Views: 12458

Re: London's Cottage Pianos

The current curriculum guidelines in Northern Ireland have put increased emphasis on grammar in the primary sector. The English system used to be the same if it still isn't.
by markymark
09 Feb 2011, 22:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Victorian Cottage Pianos
Replies: 16
Views: 12458

Re: London's Cottage Pianos

I expect such terms from younger people, it is all part of the appalling standard of education, which leaves our world increasingly in the hands of people who have no idea how to form a sentence, and no general knowledge at all. What? "Appalling standard of education..."? Are you trying to blame cl...
by markymark
08 Feb 2011, 18:13
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kurzweil Mark Pro One OR Yamaha YDP-141
Replies: 2
Views: 2941

Re: Kurzweil Mark Pro One OR Yamaha YDP-141

You would need to play both pianos to hear which one sounds most appealing. I own a Kurzweil PC3X and a Yamaha CP33. They are not the models you are looking for but their keyboard actions and sounds are basically the same as what would be in the respective models you mention. One major different is ...
by markymark
06 Feb 2011, 19:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: piano-tuners.org
Replies: 8
Views: 3416

Re: piano-tuners.org

just one small problem for the first part of you post its the piano tuners who pay for this site not the teachers He who pays the piper calls the tune I never thought of it that way before but it may also explain why very few people contribute to the non-tuner related forums... I'm surprised I neve...
by markymark
03 Feb 2011, 18:08
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Need help with a song
Replies: 3
Views: 1856

Re: Need help with a song

The music sounds like one giant set of improvisations thrown together. Patterns in the music are not recurring replicas but instead have their own little idiosyncracies. It just sounds like an elaborate, uncontrolled, wandering improvisation.

You couldn't pay me to transcribe this! :|
by markymark
27 Jan 2011, 18:02
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Midi keyboard software
Replies: 2
Views: 2437

Re: Midi keyboard software

Some of the ones to consider would be Steinberg (which I tried using a free preview offer with my new CP-33), Cubase or even FL Studio which is a new one I haven't heard of (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzDqEy18weQ for more info). These ones offer a variety of non-specialist sounds. The latter...
by markymark
22 Jan 2011, 16:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: New learner needs a piano...
Replies: 1
Views: 2458

Re: New learner needs a piano...

A CP-300 would be fine for your purposes given that an acoustic is out of the question. Bear in mind that the CP weighs some 32 kg which would rule out portability to an extent unless someone else in the house can give you a lift - it is a heavy beast! I bought the smaller and lighter CP-33 a year o...
by markymark
20 Jan 2011, 18:04
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Stand for Yamaha P95...
Replies: 3
Views: 3523

Re: Stand for Yamaha P95...

An X-stand would be fine.

Don't know about the weight of a L-85.
by markymark
20 Jan 2011, 17:59
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Hire Digital Piano for a short period (about one month)
Replies: 5
Views: 3211

Re: Hire Digital Piano for a short period (about one month)

If you are going to purchase with a budget of £200, I would suggest that you consider the secondhand market.
by markymark
14 Jan 2011, 01:18
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano
Replies: 6
Views: 3652

Re: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano

The menu buttons are similar to the current MP5 or MP8II from Kawai. Could well be. Definitely not Yamaha.
by markymark
13 Jan 2011, 18:41
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano
Replies: 6
Views: 3652

Re: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano

Vernon, Just to mention that the models I mentioned above are not the top of the range but I was thinking about the size and weight of the instrument given what you are planning to do with them. If you want some higher spec models, I can give some of those but they tend to have more features, become...
by markymark
13 Jan 2011, 18:23
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano
Replies: 6
Views: 3652

Re: Digital piano suitable for installing in old piano

What is the length of the cavity on the piano? Depending on the model, the lengths can vary. For tone and feel, Yamaha is my first choice: again, depending on the sizing, look at the current P-155 or the P-95. The former has the better keybaord action. Roland FP-7 has recently been replaced by a FP-...
by markymark
09 Jan 2011, 02:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge reunion
Replies: 11
Views: 3262

Re: Piano Lounge reunion

It may be interesting to try it word of mouth first and make it an annual or biennial thing. Maybe using a bulkmail in future - not sure. Mind you, very few folks have expressed any interest in it so far! I think the members list needs sorting out again Barrie. I remembered checking up a couple of w...
by markymark
08 Jan 2011, 17:06
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Piano - problems with heating / changes in humidity
Replies: 7
Views: 2201

Re: New Piano - problems with heating / changes in humidity

New pianos need time to settle in as well. Shops tend to be cooler and, depending on the shop, either damper or drier than the average household. It's also one of the reasons that you would be told to give your piano at least a f month or two if not more to allow the piano to acclimatise properly. S...
by markymark
07 Jan 2011, 19:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge reunion
Replies: 11
Views: 3262

Piano Lounge reunion

Perhaps being off for Christmas holidays has given me too much time to think about stuff but after some weeks of noticing that famous statistic displayed at the bottom of the forum page - Most users ever online was 292 on Tue Jan 25, 2005 2:50 am - I thought that it might be a good idea to arrange a...
by markymark
06 Jan 2011, 01:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our 3 hopes for 2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3571

Re: Our 3 hopes for 2011

My three wishes:

1. I want sell my Las Vegas timeshare this year;
2. I would like to buy my first home;
3. I want to progress and grow in my God-given talents.

Interesting post about mortgages, Mark!
by markymark
05 Jan 2011, 13:52
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?
Replies: 6
Views: 3853

Re: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?

This may be my imagination but I have always felt that the lighter case bodies of the smaller stage pianos (such as the P range) tend to be more susceptive to this key bounce. I currently own a CP33 and CP300 both with the same keyboard action and yet, I noticed key bounce more on the lighter and sm...
by markymark
05 Jan 2011, 02:15
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?
Replies: 6
Views: 3853

Re: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?

What I mean with bounce is that when I press a key down (especially a black key) and hold it down, I can feel a short series of upward bounces, or pushes if you so will, immediately after having pushed down the key. Yes, this varies from brand to brand - I notice it more on Rolands for some reason ...
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 19:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: A poem about piano moving
Replies: 16
Views: 5444

Re: A poem about piano moving

I suppose it depends on how reputable and upmarket the piano showroom they work for is, Gill? Maybe Mark isn't as amicable as his passport photo suggests? :D
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 19:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: piano-tuners.org
Replies: 8
Views: 3416

Re: piano-tuners.org

No the problem was the security of the server we were using. The site got hacked a number of times and then the server hosting our website got hacked several times which has caused some upheaval, particularly on the forum with the loss of some content with the interruption. The old URL will continue...
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 19:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?
Replies: 6
Views: 3853

Re: Key-bounce on Yamaha P95, is it normal?

It depends on what you mean by "bounce". With stage pianos, I usually find the keys to be slightly stiff when brand new, particularly when dealing with the higher quality brands. As the instrument keys get more playing, the action relaxes and more "bounce" or response from the keys should be noted. ...
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 19:20
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CN43
Replies: 2
Views: 3296

Re: Kawai CN43

Where did you hear about that?

The CN33 is still considered to be their latest model and is even marked as "NEW" on the Kawai website. I can't see anything on the web pointing towards a CN43! :?
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 02:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: A poem about piano moving
Replies: 16
Views: 5444

Re: A poem about piano moving

Spammer now gone!

Rhyming couplets...eh?

Isn't that kind of too romantic for a couple of guys who deliver your pianos? :P
by markymark
04 Jan 2011, 02:21
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: The sight reading war
Replies: 48
Views: 9111

Books that teach technique?

Sight reading just develops with your music experience. As you become exposed to various styles of music - or just music in general - as well as doing scales, broken chords, arpeggios, you start to detect patterns in the music. As well looking for scale patterns (ascending and descending) in the pie...
by markymark
27 Dec 2010, 18:29
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Scarlatti, K. 159, in C
Replies: 1
Views: 1555

Re: Scarlatti, K. 159, in C

I enjoyed that performance.
by markymark
20 Dec 2010, 21:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: How is the snow affecting us?
Replies: 12
Views: 2746

Re: How is the snow affecting us?

Just got an e-mail from Amazon telling me that my orders "may" be delivered later than predicted. :(
by markymark
19 Dec 2010, 19:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Site outage
Replies: 6
Views: 2323

Re: Site outage

Will that lead to taking the forum and website offline for a period of time?
by markymark
16 Dec 2010, 22:38
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is anyone else having problems?
Replies: 14
Views: 2912

Re: Is anyone else having problems?

Sight reading is something that people either click with or else they will have a weakness in that area. HOWEVER, the people who can't sight read very well are stronger with improvisation and this is the reverse for people who legally need to follow music in order to play a tune.
by markymark
12 Dec 2010, 00:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Re: Use of separate threads discussion

Well, never mind Mark. How about I buy you a nice ice-cold pint of finest porter down on the Falls sometime as a make-up gesture???? :? You don't need to do that - why the Falls of all places by the way? I shouldn't have said that you were being "petty and argumentative" like that on the forum for ...
by markymark
11 Dec 2010, 11:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Re: Use of separate threads discussion

Because by the time I had finshed typing and tried to work through all the "jump ups" in the PM box, four edits later, and still finding mistakes, I decided to stop trying.

It's partly because of this problem with the text box that the Moderators' Forum exists.
by markymark
10 Dec 2010, 23:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Re: Use of separate threads discussion

If you think this is a "slanging match", it's not me that making it that way. I am Global Moderator, moderating . Plain and simple. Part of my role description is to prevent threads going off target or being unnecessarily extended: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/faq.php#f4r1 I'm not saying to ...
by markymark
10 Dec 2010, 22:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Re: Idle chit-chatterers' corner

Well if your going to be petty and argumentative about it dave (i can't believe you went dredging back to the first couple of posts ever posted on the Piano Lounge), you'll notice that we were talking about the launch of the Piano Lounge and not launch of the 'Idle chit-chatterers' corner'. The reas...
by markymark
10 Dec 2010, 18:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Re: Idle chit-chatterers' corner

Yes isn't it wonderful. We'd all forgotten how good it is to celebrate the art of conversation (and make new friends in the process). If the thread, or indeed the Lounge at large wasn't used, guess who would have been first to pull the plug on it. I'm not sure what you mean, dave.... the whole Pian...
by markymark
09 Dec 2010, 23:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Use of separate threads discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 3525

Use of separate threads discussion

This thread was split from the Idle Chit-Chatterers' Corner thread. The issue raised related to the issue of the thread containing areas for discussion that could otherwise be divided into separate topics that would allow others to browse and see topics that may interest them. I have separated if fr...
by markymark
09 Dec 2010, 00:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 91071

Re: Idle chit-chatterers' corner

So nice to have it back, eh! Now Markymark, put down that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and that fag, there's some serious moderating to do! Forum had some serious technical issues this week but things are getting back to where they were. Gill, have you seen the latest post in the Moderators' Forum?
by markymark
23 Nov 2010, 18:16
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please
Replies: 11
Views: 17194

Re: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please

According to that reliable source Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clavinova ) the 920 came out in 2000 so it's a max of 10 years old. Well without that reliable source (that is, if it is), 10-15 years wasn't a bad estimate! Intersting that that webpage mentions nothing about the introducti...
by markymark
23 Nov 2010, 17:57
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital pianos vs Keyboards?
Replies: 5
Views: 3559

Re: Digital pianos vs Keyboards?

The term "keyboard" reflects the lack of someone's knowledge within the area of digital pianos and similar instruments. The term "keyboard" as an instrument generally stirs up pictures in my mind of those cheap flat instruments with the light, thin, organ-like keys. You have other options, Alexandra...
by markymark
17 Nov 2010, 18:38
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital out of tune?
Replies: 2
Views: 2166

Re: Digital out of tune?

As athomik says, a reputable brand (Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Casio, Kurweil, etc) should not be going out of control. Some music retailers released their own 'brand' of digital and they often disappoint serious players.
by markymark
31 Oct 2010, 16:41
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Suzuki digital baby grands on ebay
Replies: 1
Views: 1736

Re: Suzuki digital baby grands on ebay

No Suzuki are a recognised brand although their digital pianos are not in the mainstream, certainly as far as UK is concerned, unlike Yamaha, Roland or even Casio. Suzuki bought the Hammond company (now known and Hammond-Suzuki) and have successfully reproduced the legendary Hammond B3 organ using a...
by markymark
23 Oct 2010, 23:44
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CN42 or CA51
Replies: 2
Views: 2457

Re: Kawai CN42 or CA51

The CA51 has wooden keys; do they make much difference? and is the piano action better in the 42 or 51? Kawai in my part of the world is hard to come by in terms of their digital and stage pianos. I haven't considered it to be a particular loss because I don't feel that the piano sound is particula...
by markymark
13 Oct 2010, 21:43
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: advice and fair pricing of lessons.
Replies: 6
Views: 2846

Re: advice and fair pricing of lessons.

The tone of an acoustic piano with real hammers and strings, rebounding from a soundboard cannot be compared...... so I would suggest that you eventually get an acoustic. Doesn't he already have an upright piano? As far as I am aware, London College as well as Trinity Guildhall require you to have ...
by markymark
10 Oct 2010, 01:56
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: chords?
Replies: 6
Views: 3274

Re: chords?

I play piano by ear, i dont know much about any keys. can anyone tell me that for each song, can we use our own chords or is there any way to follow? i know simple chords basic one like c major c minor a major a minor so what i have to do in order to learn chords for the songs? There are common cho...
by markymark
10 Oct 2010, 01:52
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 5 theory
Replies: 9
Views: 3947

Re: Grade 5 theory

Yes! Music theory exams cover Grades 1-8.

Both Trinity Guildhall and ABRSM require that you have passed Grade 5 theory before progressing beyond Grade 5 practical so theory tests would be something you should seriously consider.
by markymark
03 Oct 2010, 20:35
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Upgrade FROM CLAVINOVA CLP 123
Replies: 4
Views: 4728

Re: Upgrade FROM CLAVINOVA CLP 123

For a good piano sound I would suggest either Roland or (and in particular) Yamaha. The benefit with the furniture digitals is that they often have a good built in speaker system and provide a sturdy frame for heavier playing however you can achieve this with a variety of other stands suited for por...
by markymark
28 Sep 2010, 17:01
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Upgrade FROM CLAVINOVA CLP 123
Replies: 4
Views: 4728

Re: Upgrade FROM CLAVINOVA CLP 123

The CLP-123 had a touch sensitive keyboard action with three levels of reverb as far as I can tell and only has 32 note polyphony. Almost any keyboard nowadays will have at least 64 note polyphony and if I am right about the keyboard action on a CLP-123, then almost any weighted action keyboard will...
by markymark
21 Sep 2010, 17:01
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Desperate Dad needs help on Stage Piano
Replies: 6
Views: 5535

Re: Desperate Dad needs help on Stage Piano

I bought one for our church almost four years ago and at present, there is nothing else on the market that would entice me to change or even upgrade. Having said that, I would like to check out the new CP-1, CP-5 and the CP-50!
by markymark
11 Sep 2010, 15:57
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: DP Limitations
Replies: 8
Views: 6009

Re: DP Limitations

I'm not a dealer so I don't know anything about the imminent release of a CLP-400 range - have you heard something? Typically, Yamaha models run their range through a four year period (or at least that is what I was told) before replacing them with an upgraded model - I think a CLP-400 would be prem...