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by Gill the Piano
12 Jan 2004, 16:35
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Which Exam borad should I choose?
Replies: 7
Views: 13599

All of the boards you listed are internationally recognised, but the ABRSM is probably the one which is most commonly used by teachers both here and abroad. Both Trinity and Guildhall are respected institutions in this country, but I'm not sure how they are viewed elsewhere. The grades of all three ...
by Gill the Piano
10 Jan 2004, 17:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning after long hiatus!!
Replies: 2
Views: 4624

Try your local music shop; they'll know most of the piano teachers locally and will probably be able to tell you who'd suit you. Alternatively, try the Incorporated Society of Musicians who'll be able to give you the name of a qualified and experienced teacher in your area. No idea how you find 'em;...
by Gill the Piano
22 Dec 2003, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Carl Schatzlien Upright Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 5198

You could just put an ad in a FreeAds or Loot type publication - Free To Good Home, that sort of thing. You may find a family who would like a piano but can't afford one. Also shop-window ads are cheap and effective.
Good luck!
Gill x
by Gill the Piano
21 Dec 2003, 18:24
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11538

Here Newt, have a laugh on me; I played at an old dears' carol singsong today and took a stack of music with me. 'Any requests?' some fool asked. 'Silent Night', they wanted. Now you and I know how simple that is...but I couldn't find the music and was petrified! Yet I should have been able to do it...
by Gill the Piano
15 Dec 2003, 21:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: some help needed for a newbie learner
Replies: 4
Views: 5488

There are also older six octave pianos about, by makers such as Zender, made in the 1960's and 1970's. You might pick one up for about &500 (I'm near London, so prices are higher.) I'm not saying that's what they're worth, but many of the houses they're throwing up these days are so small that small...
by Gill the Piano
14 Dec 2003, 00:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11538

No, not academic self preservation - just fear :shock: or self conciousness, call it what you will: that's why I said it was like (NOT the same as!) playing from memory. The trouble with starting piano lessons at the age of 4 is that doing without music is a bit like getting rid of the stabilisers o...
by Gill the Piano
29 Nov 2003, 19:35
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning by Listening
Replies: 6
Views: 11538

Teaching to play someone by ear is difficult; you need a natural ability to play without music - such as you yourself have. I have played the piano since I was 4, but the thought of playing from memory fills me with horror, let alone playing by ear - and I've got all sorts of musical qualifications!...
by Gill the Piano
30 Oct 2003, 20:40
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano not holding tune
Replies: 3
Views: 5419

Sounds obvious, but when you buy a piano it's usually been sold because the former owner didn't want it. If they didn't want it, they wouldn't have played it and certainly wouldn't have spent money on getting it tuned, so when you bought it, that could have been its first tuning in a long long time....
by Gill the Piano
28 Oct 2003, 19:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Teaching Piano In England
Replies: 2
Views: 5260

Basically, most piano teachers in this country use the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for examinations, but the Guildhall School of Music, Trinity College of Music and the London College of Music are also used extensively. There are eight grades in all these boards' systems, then the...
by Gill the Piano
25 Oct 2003, 20:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: School teacher are amazing
Replies: 3
Views: 5209

School pianos

What these teachers don't realise is what a false economy the plastic pianos are; five years down the line when something goes wrong with them and they try to have them repaired, the parts will be unavailable, and that particular model obsolete, rendering the "instrument" useless. Whereas the Knight...