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by Feg
21 May 2012, 19:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Is the phrase -Tempered Instrument - too vague?
Replies: 21
Views: 19647

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: 5863

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: 63359

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: 63359

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: 41328

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: 774317

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: 42628

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: 774317

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: 774317

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

Wine is good :D
by Feg
16 Mar 2012, 20:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 23
Views: 9975

Re: I'm back!

An A in Higher Maths????? Is she a yuman?? :D Hmmm.....there are days when I'm not sure at all :lol: She certainly doesn't take after her mother - I achieved a 'B', much to my late father's amazement. He was an engineer by profession and good at all things maths related. Hee maintained that I had a...
by Feg
15 Mar 2012, 23:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 23
Views: 9975

Re: I'm back!

is Feg still here?? How are you doing Fiona chops? Oh, I'm still here Dave :D I'm still tuning pianos, teaching descant recorder and trying to keep up with this forum :roll: glad you're okay Fiona (I've not been the same but I won't go into all that in public) . Had an evening trying to plough thro...
by Feg
15 Mar 2012, 21:52
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 23
Views: 9975

Re: I'm back!

dave brum wrote:is Feg still here?? How are you doing Fiona chops?
Oh, I'm still here Dave :D

I'm still tuning pianos, teaching descant recorder and trying to keep up with this forum :roll:
by Feg
09 Mar 2012, 13:19
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Smug parent posting
Replies: 3
Views: 4002

Re: Smug parent posting

Well done, little Nut Cutlet :piano;

A good teacher, plus loads of parental encouragement of course, is always the answer.
by Feg
07 Feb 2012, 19:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge
Replies: 11
Views: 8772

Re: POLL: Future of the Piano Lounge

Why not just change it to 'The Lounge'? Would be like changing Windscale to Sellafield......if there's no interest there, we should just have the learning and teaching section. Just because there aren't many posters in the Piano Lounge of late is no reason to delete it. We don't know what the futur...
by Feg
26 Jan 2012, 14:14
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 219464

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

Hi Feg, I usually start at the beginning, but some children get bored quickly with it, they'd rather learn a nice little tune first and then the notation later on. We didn't do much playing yesterday, I got them all to be crotchet soldiers and quickedy quavers :mrgreen: I teach them B, A and G - pl...
by Feg
24 Jan 2012, 18:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 219464

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

Do you miss out a lot of the earlier tunes? If I had to teach them all it would drive me insane!

Joe, joe is one of my least favourite ones.
by Feg
24 Jan 2012, 14:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 219464

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

'Tadpoles', Page 34, Recorder from the Beginning Book 1 by John Pitts! gues who is just back from a hour of recorder tutoring :D
by Feg
21 Jan 2012, 21:00
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?
Replies: 56
Views: 27578

Re: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?

Colin Nicholson wrote:Might be of interest to some......

PTA's convention in May 2012, covers a lecture on "Early Temperament Tunings"

http://www.pianotuner.org.uk/pta6.htm

dont know if you have to be PTA though? .... but worth a try.
You don't have to be PTA but you do have to be in the trade.
by Feg
18 Jan 2012, 23:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 204624

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Dave Caroline was 18 in December but three years ago she took ill and now has CFS. She was formally diagnosed in June and was weighed at the hospital. We knew that a combination of extreme fatigue and comfort eating had put on some weight but she wasn't aware of quite how much. She decided that the ...
by Feg
18 Jan 2012, 22:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle
Replies: 184
Views: 204624

Re: Piano Lounge Slimmers circle

Dave My daughter lost a total of 3st in weight between 18th July and the beginning of November by good old-fashioned calorie counting :D There are a couple of free to join websites which not only allow you to record your daily food intake, but do all the calorie counting for you. She downloaded an '...
by Feg
18 Jan 2012, 21:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we doing right now? (aside from being on the forum)
Replies: 59
Views: 31008

Re: What are we doing right now? (aside from being on the fo

I seem to have taken on the role of Co-ordinator for the local primary school's PTA Recorder Club. I've been the recorder tutor for about 15 years and there is a PTA bod who organises class lists, fees, deals with parents and the school. The PTA bod changes every couple of years with varying degrees...
by Feg
18 Jan 2012, 13:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we doing right now? (aside from being on the forum)
Replies: 59
Views: 31008

Re: What are we doing right now? (aside from being on the fo

I lasted a whole 20 minutes on Twitter then deactivated my account - I do not see the attraction :? I 'may' have the afternoon to myself - my youngest has taken herself off to college on her motorbike now that the weather is more two-wheel friendly. My eldest is about to take himself off on his moto...
by Feg
17 Jan 2012, 16:30
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?
Replies: 56
Views: 27578

Re: Should I ask for an unequal temperament?

Colin Nicholson wrote: I could even bore you all to tears with all the physics behind ET and non ET tuning....

but then again.... maybe NOT!
The Mathematics of it all is loads of fun too........ :D
by Feg
05 Nov 2011, 18:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anybody fancy a chinwag?
Replies: 34
Views: 14462

Re: Anybody fancy a chinwag?

We used a bright red book called 'The School Recorder Book 1'. It was meant to be used in conjunction with in-school teaching rather than as a teach yourself book. Anyone who got to the green book 2 was considered a swot. I didn't. I've got a copy of the red book, somewhat faded now I'm afraid, and...
by Feg
04 Nov 2011, 23:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anybody fancy a chinwag?
Replies: 34
Views: 14462

Re: Anybody fancy a chinwag?

I use the John Pitts books as a starting point but don't find them very inspiring. I have devised my own way of teaching and only use some of the pieces in BK1 and not in the order they are written. I much prefer to write my own exercises tailored to the class I'm teaching that year. If you follow t...
by Feg
04 Nov 2011, 14:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Anybody fancy a chinwag?
Replies: 34
Views: 14462

Re: Anybody fancy a chinwag?

Does opening up the head joint make any difference to the pitch? You should be able to lower the pitch by a fair amount that way and you always have a small amount of extra in the bottom joint as well. If you want a temporary recorder to tide you over until Christmas, give me a shout and I'll post o...
by Feg
16 Jun 2011, 19:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: RIP Uncle Ronnie :(
Replies: 5
Views: 6448

Re: RIP Uncle Ronnie :(

Sorry to hear about your Uncle Ronnie :(
by Feg
22 Apr 2011, 11:22
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Knabe and Thal piano
Replies: 7
Views: 6807

Re: Knabe and Thal piano

Nobody anywhere can guess the condition or value of a piano without tuning it. In my opinion it is bad advice to say "you need a tuner" when the owner could just upload some photos and we can give a rough assessment based on its age, physical condition and whether it is straightstrung, overstrung, ...
by Feg
11 Apr 2011, 16:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some good news...
Replies: 36
Views: 12974

Re: Some good news...

dave brum wrote:I'm 41
You are but a child, Dave :mrgreen:

I am envious of your youth :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Feg
09 Apr 2011, 22:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano tuning course
Replies: 23
Views: 17503

Re: paino tuning course

Feg. What's wrong about asking Veron(sic)? We know Auld Reekie rules and that the Weegies are" the people" but the Capital of the Highlands is far it is at> At present I am training a pupil in piano tuning, one to one, as I have done to many in the past. ( For the benefit of our non-scotch speaking...
by Feg
09 Apr 2011, 20:04
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano tuning course
Replies: 23
Views: 17503

Re: paino tuning course

I don't think any piano tuning college will do quick crash courses in tuning - and don't know any in Scotland - ask Vernon. Why ask Veron? I'm a Scottish piano tuner too :D and I've already replied to that question! The only piano tuning/repair course in Scotland closed in June 2000 - I was one of ...
by Feg
09 Apr 2011, 09:11
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano tuning course
Replies: 23
Views: 17503

Re: paino tuning course

A basic tuning of unisons & good lever technique is possibly all that is needed really for top notch pianists. .........so its also knowing which string to tune. I would forget about repairs.... if you are playing on a good piano, it won't need any, unless you break a hammer! I'm all for pianists h...
by Feg
09 Apr 2011, 00:25
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: piano tuning course
Replies: 23
Views: 17503

Re: paino tuning course

The only piano tuning/repair course in Scotland closed in June 2000 - I was one of the last students to get my qualification there. As far as I'm aware, the only training facility left in the UK is at Newark College. It takes far more than a short course to gain any practical knowledge of tuning and...
by Feg
05 Apr 2011, 11:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: If you were seriously rich which piano mwould you buy?
Replies: 8
Views: 5382

Re: If you were seriously rich which piano mwould you buy?

I tune a 1700s one with bells and a drum. But I'm not allowed to use the drum pedal because it makes the dog go loopy. Haha, that's brilliant. I didn't imagine for a second that something like that already existed! :) You need to brush up on your early keyboard history :lol: Get thee to the library!
by Feg
03 Apr 2011, 14:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: J. Strohmenger & Sons London???
Replies: 5
Views: 6632

Re: J. Strohmenger & Sons London???

The only way to get an accurate assessment of your piano and its value (if any) is to contact your local piano tuner and get his/her expert opinion. There is a list of suitably qualified piano tuners by area on this site (links at the left of this page) or via the Pianoforte Tuners' Association webs...
by Feg
29 Mar 2011, 23:48
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: I did it!
Replies: 6
Views: 2530

Re: I did it!

Well done :piano;
by Feg
26 Mar 2011, 00:37
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?
Replies: 18
Views: 10486

Re: any idea of the phoenix piano in hurtswood farm?

Johnkie wrote:What next carbon fiber fiddles, cellos, guitars ?
Already here, and have been for some time!
by Feg
18 Mar 2011, 18:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some good news...
Replies: 36
Views: 12974

Re: Some good news...

I shall never try and go beyond my Ken again (also, with all of Anne's best intentions she may have been pushing me too far). Missed talking to Gill too :shock: Dave, I think that you got so focussed on sitting and passing piano exams that you lost sight of why you wanted to learn in the first plac...
by Feg
18 Mar 2011, 11:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Some good news...
Replies: 36
Views: 12974

Re: Some good news...

:piano; :D
by Feg
20 Feb 2011, 22:57
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The End
Replies: 20
Views: 8487

Re: The End

The issue being that activity in the Piano Lounge has over the past six months or so died away to almost non-existent in terms of learners and teachers using the page. With this in mind, this page is transforming into a sole resource for piano tuners historians and technicians only, squeezing the t...
by Feg
20 Feb 2011, 18:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: The End
Replies: 20
Views: 8487

Re: The End

I'm sorry folks, but I'm struggling to understand what is going on? I don't see that the forum or it's categories have changed recently and I'm on here a good few times a day. The UK Piano Page was set up and is run by the ABPT not only for the benefit of its members but for the wider piano owning, ...
by Feg
17 Feb 2011, 13:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Piano buying advice - Yamaha P114T v U1
Replies: 14
Views: 9385

Re: Piano buying advice - Yamaha P114T v U1

I don't think it is at all cheeky to about any piano's tuning history/piano tuner etc. If you were buying a car, you would want to see the service history etc. If the seller of a car couldn't/wouldn't provide a service history, you would walk away from the deal. Why shouldn't the same principle appl...
by Feg
29 Jan 2011, 14:28
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sames Upright - looking for information.
Replies: 20
Views: 11230

Re: Just purchased a Sames Upright and looking for informati

I'm a Fiona from Edinburgh!

I wouldn't dream of using WD40 on a customers piano. Apart from anything else, it is an easing oil NOT a lubricant! Oh, and it is brilliant for removing the residue from sticky labels :)
by Feg
28 Jan 2011, 23:49
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sames Upright - looking for information.
Replies: 20
Views: 11230

Re: Just purchased a Sames Upright and looking for informati

vernon wrote:With all her postings I feel I know Gill the Piano now. I only know of one other lady tuner tho'
Would that be me perchance?

Perhaps being a Scottish Lady Tuner makes me even more of a 'minority :)

Fiona
by Feg
27 Jan 2011, 20:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Sames Upright - looking for information.
Replies: 20
Views: 11230

Re: Just purchased a Sames Upright and looking for informati

American tuners won't touch them because they can't tune them with Electronic Tuning Devices which are far more common there than they are here. They use felt strip mutes for the whole instrument, tune using the ETD then put in the unisons at the end. Rather difficult with an overdamper :)
by Feg
06 Jan 2011, 12:09
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: The sight reading war
Replies: 48
Views: 18368

Re: The sight reading war

Can I offer another solution to the sight-reading problem? Give up doing exams! Continue with piano lessons which you enjoy, just cut out the stressful bits like sight -reading infront of a complete stranger. Scales etc are good for technique and for aural training which in the end will help you to ...
by Feg
28 Dec 2010, 20:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Site outage
Replies: 6
Views: 4357

Re: Site outage

Barrie

I can't stay logged into the Forum - have to log in every visit even though I check the 'keep me looged in' box!

Fiona
by Feg
19 Dec 2010, 19:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Top 10 easy pieces for piano
Replies: 8
Views: 7527

Re: Top 10 easy pieces for piano

Personally, I think that Bach's Prelude in C is easier than Fur Elise. There are a couple of Beethoven Bagatelles which are also much more beginner friendly.
by Feg
09 Dec 2010, 12:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our favourite and least favourite Christmas songs/carols
Replies: 3
Views: 2091

Re: Our favourite and least favourite Christmas songs/carols

Dave

The John Rutter carol is called 'Star Carol' and is one of my favourites too.

Fiona