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by Feg
04 Jan 2014, 23:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

Don't know how happy I am, but I now have my own brand new motorbike jacket, cordura trousers and fluorescent helmet. 2014 is the year that Fiona gets back on a motorbike :) Picture please? Don't know why you would want to see a photo Gill :o To be dressed in black, heavy duty motorcycle gear, is n...
by Feg
04 Jan 2014, 19:56
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

I've started playing the violin again for the first time in 30 years! It sounds like someone's standing on the cat's tail, but I'll get there eventually. My main problem is my left thumb, which is very double jointed and "collapses" when holding the violin, making it uncomfortable to hold and impos...
by Feg
04 Jan 2014, 15:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

Don't know how happy I am, but I now have my own brand new motorbike jacket, cordura trousers and fluorescent helmet. 2014 is the year that Fiona gets back on a motorbike :)
by Feg
02 Jan 2014, 13:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 158218

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Trust JL or not, there is a big difference between £45 and £140 :)

I work on the basis that £45 is worth spending to find out if it makes a difference and, if it doesn't help, well not too much money spent.
by Feg
01 Jan 2014, 18:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 158218

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

The Maplin link is the one I'm talking about. I have one (my son has diagnosed depression) and my Mother has one too. I have to admit that it is not used regularly but when we do put it on, it is a comforting yet bright light. I use our one more when I have sewing or other close work to do and my Mu...
by Feg
29 Dec 2013, 17:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 158218

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Dave, look at Maplin for a SAD Lamp. I bought our one there - paid under £50 for it.
by Feg
28 Dec 2013, 17:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I doubt that many of our esteemed MSP's are versed in Gaelic unless brought up in a Gaelic speaking household. Our Parliamentary business is conducted in English, Scots English.
by Feg
28 Dec 2013, 12:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Dave, I am most unlikely to hear Gaelic spoken on the streets of Edinburgh. Although it is commonly held to be Scotlands native language, it is only so in the Highlands and the Hebrides. Scotland has more than one 'mither' tongue. Scots, or Lowland Scots, and Doric which is spoken in the North East ...
by Feg
13 Dec 2013, 22:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

What's so good about carbon fibre, Feg? Is it noticeably different to use? Snottingham had better brace itself then, Dave - hope you find some bargains! It is much lighter than a traditional lever with very little flex. Very controllable. It's going take a bit of getting used to but after using it ...
by Feg
12 Dec 2013, 23:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

The arrival of my new carbon fibre tuning lever from across the pond :)
by Feg
11 Dec 2013, 20:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 208434

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

Tuning a 1879 Kaps grand :)
by Feg
04 Dec 2013, 20:37
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I appreciate the sentiments expressed by your signs, Gill. I didn't always love cooking, it is a skill which I have learned to love. The bit I detest is the deciding what to cook bit. There are four of us to feed (I have two grown children at home) and I can't please everyone! I don't understand you...
by Feg
03 Dec 2013, 21:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I understand that, but...cooking??? :shock: :D Don't you cook, Gill? Daughter has officially passed the new cooker as fit for baking :) However, the chocolate fudge cake has yet to pass the taste test. Chocolate chip cupcakes baked earlier have been sampled and passed with Distinction! I love cooki...
by Feg
03 Dec 2013, 16:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Ah, that explains one of my hob settings. I have the facility to either Power Boost for quick boiling, or a setting which brings it up to the desired heat setting quickly. It shows as A on my control panel.
by Feg
03 Dec 2013, 10:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Didn't have those problems last night. White sauce is, of course, started on a low heat anyway and the pasta simmered rather nicely on setting 4. Mind you, half my pans are not suitable for induction hobs so I am having to part with a full set of Circulon cookware. My other set has a ground base so ...
by Feg
03 Dec 2013, 09:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I do, indeed, have an induction hob. I have purchased an AEG Maxiclasse freestanding cooker. Last night's tea was macaroni cheese and the pasta water had boiled in the time it took me to get the pasta out of the cupboard, get the scales out and weigh the pasta! Daughter was in charge of white sauce ...
by Feg
02 Dec 2013, 23:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Changing the subject for a minute, and in the random comment vein, my new cooker arrived this afternoon. It's going to take a while to get the hang of new-fangled terms like multi-function ovens and Power Boost hob, but I didn't burn tea :) I am also awaiting the arrival of my new tuning lever all t...
by Feg
01 Dec 2013, 18:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 158218

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

You need a SAD lamp! They are brill :)
by Feg
16 Nov 2013, 00:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I get TV, phone and internet from Virgin. Their broadband is unlimited and I have a great fixed fee phone package. I'm looking at Virgin for all 3 as well, Fiona. We have TV from them but nothing else (£32 for XL pack), then £23 for BT unlimited UK calls anytime, and £16 to 3 for Internet, but as I...
by Feg
15 Nov 2013, 22:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

I get TV, phone and internet from Virgin. Their broadband is unlimited and I have a great fixed fee phone package.
by Feg
15 Nov 2013, 18:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

dave brum wrote:To change the subject, do you have unlimited broadband Gill (and Feg)?
Yes :)
by Feg
06 Nov 2013, 17:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Balerno Music Festival
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: Balerno Music Festival

Gill the Piano wrote:...and I bet you're tuning the piano for it too! :lol:
I don't tune any of the pianos for the Festival :cry: The tuning (if they are tuned) is done by the tuner who tunes the church pianos and it ain't me!

However, if I have my way, that will change :twisted:
by Feg
04 Nov 2013, 21:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Balerno Music Festival
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: Balerno Music Festival

Equal emphasis on each of the three syllabyls.
by Feg
03 Nov 2013, 22:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Balerno Music Festival
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Re: Balerno Music Festival

Hush, Gill! Without going into too many details, the politics of the committee are such that they need a Chairperson who is not affiliated to any of the participating organisations - Church, Folk Club, Bowling Club etc. Guess who doesn't belong to any of the above :?: 'She-who-really-needs-her-head-...
by Feg
02 Nov 2013, 17:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Balerno Music Festival
Replies: 13
Views: 4904

Balerno Music Festival

I have lived in Balerno, a village to the west of Edinburgh, for almost 30 years. For the past six years, we have had a music festival which started out at a week long but has grown to cover three weeks at the end of September/beginning of October. If you are interested in the type of events on offe...
by Feg
21 Oct 2013, 18:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Gill the Piano wrote:Yep, ain't nobody here but us chickens, as the song says!
Ahem, I'm still here although more inclined to keep my own counsel these days :)
by Feg
30 May 2013, 20:28
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere
Replies: 106
Views: 30099

Re: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere

I'm glad I came across this thread. In a few weeks time I'll have a decent piano again and I'll be re-learning after many years. Sight reading was always my problem. I passed grades 1-3 (as a child 40+ years ago) easily; scraped through 4 by the skin of my teeth getting bascially 0 on sight reading...
by Feg
21 May 2013, 22:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: My project which I am excited about
Replies: 9
Views: 5975

Re: My project which I am excited about

That sounds like a lot of work, Gizzy. I'm exhausted just reading your post :) It's a pity that we are geographically so far apart as I would have been more than willing to volunteer my services. I'm afraid that from Balerno, all I can offer is moral support. I don't see what it wrong with a bit of ...
by Feg
09 Feb 2013, 17:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: want to sell piano
Replies: 1
Views: 2100

Re: want to sell piano

As it says in the blue box at the top of this forum....... "Please don't ask us to place a value on your piano as an on site inspection is required. Contact your local piano tuner who will be more than happy to help" Unfortunately, if the piano needs to be tuned and several keys need to be replaced,...
by Feg
05 Feb 2013, 21:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Understanding sheet music
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: Understanding sheet music

It is an A Flat :) The first note of the bass is also an A flat. The key signature at the start of the stave tells you that there are four flats - B, E, A and D. Every instance of those notes will be flat unless the music states otherwise with a natural sign. As to converting all of the notes into l...
by Feg
23 Jan 2013, 15:54
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1980 Eavestaff
Replies: 12
Views: 3204

Re: 1980 Eavestaff

Gill the Piano wrote:Euphemia. Definitely a Euphemia...
:lol: :lol: :lol:
by Feg
23 Jan 2013, 12:53
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1980 Eavestaff
Replies: 12
Views: 3204

Re: 1980 Eavestaff

Bill Kibby wrote:Do I take it from your message that you don't sell seccotine Fiona?
Colin's post was the first I knew of my new business venture, so no, I don't sell Seccotine :lol:
by Feg
23 Jan 2013, 12:19
Forum: Piano History
Topic: 1980 Eavestaff
Replies: 12
Views: 3204

Re: 1980 Eavestaff

Have you tried seccotine? thats what I use. It used to be supplied by a Mr Osborn of Dagnall, Berks - and recently taken over by Fiona Gilroy. I believe she deals with pianos aswell . I dont know her email or website, but Mr Osborn's number is 01442 842752 - he may be able to give you her contact d...
by Feg
12 Dec 2012, 13:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 11238

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

These are brilliant, Gizzy. Thank you :D
by Feg
04 Dec 2012, 08:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 11238

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

Beautiful :) Now I can't get the Carol of the Birds out of my head!
by Feg
03 Dec 2012, 20:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some advent greetings for you all
Replies: 30
Views: 11238

Re: Some advent greetings for you all

These are brilliant, Gizzy :D Something to cheer me up if I get a little bit 'Grumpy' :piano;
by Feg
20 Nov 2012, 22:32
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Gamble, London - Action Maker
Replies: 2
Views: 2341

Re: Gamble, London - Action Maker

Thanks, Bill

Fiona
by Feg
20 Nov 2012, 15:05
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Gamble, London - Action Maker
Replies: 2
Views: 2341

Gamble, London - Action Maker

Bill

Do you have any dates for actions made by Gamble, London?

Thanks

Fiona
by Feg
26 Jun 2012, 10:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: My project which I am excited about
Replies: 9
Views: 5975

Re: My project which I am excited about

Ooooh - that sounds like fun, Gizzy :D Takes me back to my secondary school days when the music department put on an opera every year - all female cast, costumes and sets made in-house, directed from two pianos by our Head of Music and her husband who was the school piano teacher. We all had great f...
by Feg
24 May 2012, 17:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Englebert and Eurovision
Replies: 6
Views: 3313

Re: Englebert and Eurovision

Not heard the song (at least that I'm aware of) but I know what you mean about when he was younger :lol:

Give me Tom Jones any day - so much better looking since he ditched the hair dye.
by Feg
22 May 2012, 18:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the phrase -Tempered Instrument - too vague?
Replies: 21
Views: 9604

Re: Is the phrase -Tempered Instrument - too vague?

How do you mean? In 30 years of tuning I have been asked ONCE to use an alternative temperament. To my mind that doesn't warrant spending a large chunk of tuning tuition on esoteric temperaments on the offchance that 28 years hence someone will want it! :lol: To learn about them and know the interv...
by Feg
21 May 2012, 19:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the phrase -Tempered Instrument - too vague?
Replies: 21
Views: 9604

Re: Is the phrase -Tempered Instrument - too vague?

No, we are taught that JSB wrote the 48 to prove that ET worked, as the common view at the time was that it couldn't possibly work in every key. We were taught that other temperaments existed, but that they were so rarely used as to be pointless to learn and practise. We had to learn the principles...
by Feg
18 May 2012, 16:21
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Practise strategies for oldies
Replies: 6
Views: 2768

Re: Practise strategies for oldies

I'm not quite sure why you call it practice. You are Playing, which is what you want to do. I would have said practice was a preparation for something - a lesson, and exam, a performance. If you're doing it for nobody but yourself, you don't relly need a strategy as such - just enjoy! At the other ...
by Feg
03 May 2012, 15:30
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What Is The Weather Like Where You Are?
Replies: 58
Views: 44319

Re: What Is The Weather Like Where You Are?

Sshhhhhh..........we have glorious sunshine.........
by Feg
29 Apr 2012, 11:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What Is The Weather Like Where You Are?
Replies: 58
Views: 44319

Re: What Is The Weather Like Where You Are?

gizzy wrote:It's absolutely PERSISTING down here in Cambridge. I've just sent a poor little boy out in it to cycle home while I sit here in my slippers to feel warm. Wallowing in guilt :(

Gizzy in a very wet Cherry Hinton
I know a piano tuner in Cherry Hinton :)
by Feg
24 Apr 2012, 11:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Church music
Replies: 66
Views: 19860

Re: Church music

A Google search for Easy To Play Hymns brings up this http://www.musicroom.com/se/ID_No/03131/details.html Looks like it has loads of traditional ones.

There are loads of other suitable books out there too - just look at the 'You May Also Like' tab.

HTH

Fiona
by Feg
27 Mar 2012, 20:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

She'll only say I'm c**p anyway, she's the most unsupportive person any piano learner can have for a wife...however I'd rather make up my own mind as to whether I am or whether I am not c**p (but just so it happens she's right anyway). I'd be changing 'the wife' rather than the piano teacher :lol:
by Feg
21 Mar 2012, 19:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere
Replies: 106
Views: 30099

Re: Grade 3 in the summer sitting for old turniphead 'ere

Okay Gill. Wednesday. Paul Harris first melodic exercise in stage 2, okay. Despair dirges, one correct, one rhythms okay but some wrong notes. Of course I didn't enjoy them (never do) but still did 'em nonetheless. My old psychotherapist told me to look for joy in bad situations. There! Is that pos...
by Feg
20 Mar 2012, 20:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Dave

Try this website for loads of easy arrangements of popular piano pieces.http://www.8notes.com/piano_sheet_music.asp.

I'm pretty sure that most of the ones marked 'Easy' and 'Mid' you will manage to SR quite easily.

Fiona
by Feg
19 Mar 2012, 21:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 514991

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Wine is good :D