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by Feg
15 Feb 2014, 20:16
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 47870

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

dave brum wrote:Something rather unusually interesting has happened.....
Well?
by Feg
28 Jan 2014, 21:47
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 47870

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

I suggested solfa as a sideways step to improve your understanding of the structure of music - scales and melody alike. I think that it might be worthwhile doing some music theory to support your understanding of what you are actually playing. When I was learning, I was taught theory along side the ...
by Feg
28 Jan 2014, 18:56
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 47870

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

Gill the Piano wrote:Brilliant idea, Feg; look it up, Dave! My friend was taught solfa and can sightsing anything as a result.
See, I'm not just a pretty face:)
by Feg
28 Jan 2014, 12:52
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 47870

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

Have you ever investigated Sol-Fa? My grandmother used play from sol-fa notation :)
by Feg
25 Jan 2014, 20:33
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Dave teaches himself piano - again.
Replies: 88
Views: 47870

Re: Dave teaches himself piano - again.

Dave, sorry if this sounds like a daft question, but do you know why you play a F# in a G major scale?
by Feg
19 Jan 2014, 18:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 356451

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

Second motorbike ride of 2014 this afternoon. Not much to report except properly fitting bike gear DOES make a difference to ones comfort as does new helmet and gloves. Next time I take it out, I need to either do town riding or find a quiet road for stop/start practice. Or, as my darling husband su...
by Feg
15 Jan 2014, 10:50
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1635
Views: 773237

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

There are lots of Aldi products that I like and equally, there are products that I don't! Be warned, Aldi chocolate is cheap and very good:) Cereals, pasta, rice, biscuits, chocolate/sweets, washing liquid, fruit/veg, dairy products etc tend to be on my Aldi list. Toiletries are also very good value...
by Feg
07 Jan 2014, 11:09
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 356451

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

I'll tell you what's made me happy today. Practicing really basic scales on the piano and noticing silly little muso-scientific things I never noticed before. And feeling like I'm actually LEARNING things. It's amazing just what a change of attitude can do for you! No more complaining about not bei...
by Feg
06 Jan 2014, 21:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 356451

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

Cordura is far more practical than leather, Dave. Modern materials are abrasion resistant, waterproof, and warm. Modern bike jackets and trousers have built-in armour at the shoulders, back, elbows, hips and knees. We also have the benefit of zip out thermal linings and extra zipped vents built into...
by Feg
04 Jan 2014, 23:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Made You Happy Today???
Replies: 796
Views: 356451

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: 356451

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: 356451

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: 204489

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: 204489

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: 204489

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 356451

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: 356451

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: 356451

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 204489

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 773237

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: 12756

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: 12756

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: 12756

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: 12756

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: 773237

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: 42565

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: 11049

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: 3791

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: 5928

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: 7452

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: 7452

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: 7452

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: 22002

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: 22002

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: 22002

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: 3540

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: 3540

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: 11049

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: 6236

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: 19561

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...