gizzy wrote:Ed Balls took grade 1 piano today. It's true! He has said it went OK, but the sight-reading was in F major.
Come back Dave, all is forgiven
Actually, William Hague (Foreign Secretary and former Conservative leader) is a grade 4 pianist. He started learning around the same time as he married Ffion Jenkins, or as George W.Bush once called her; 'Effion'.
See my reply about learning in a different less structured way in the other thread, Dave; I think it might be a way forward. An exam should be a byproduct of learning, not an end in itself...Removing the exam aspect can remove the source of anxiety (although I still dislike performing in public so I can't talk!)
Does playing the organ in chapel not count as a sort of public performance then??Gill the Piano wrote: (although I still dislike performing in public so I can't talk!)
Surprised Grant Shapps (current Party Chairman) hasn't got him to play Land of Hope and Glory to the party faithful at the end of Conference. Denis Healey did likewise at the Labour conference with The Red Flag one year I seem to remember (I can also remember seeing him on Nationwide as a small boy playing piano at their Christmas panto.Gill the Piano wrote:Blimey, I never knew Hague played the piano!
Maybe 'Edward Testicles' will take on The Red Flag next year after grade 2!
I would be MORTIFIED - I always hope nobody's noticed me...dave brum wrote: she's always get a round of applause after the final piece of grace music, when the congregation were already far advanced in getting their coats on and pondering that nice cup of tea and morning coffee finger in the draughty old church hall! Hope you get that token.
I was assuming some of the chapels still had some manual organs, I know of one in Llanrug, north Wales at an independent evangelical chapel. But as you point out, with soaring electricity prices, manual organs may be in line for some sort of revival!Gill the Piano wrote:Organ grinder? All courtesy of Southern Electric (greedy grasping gits) these days!
Any good God's Greatest Hits, or the Top of God's Pops this morning, or are you saving all your belters for remembrance Sunday in a couple of weeks? I
Would be interested in hearing Hydrofoil, it sounds very futuristic and Doctor Who-ish.
Toms, tgotl. Tell out my soul, the greatness of the Lord. Looks more Magyar than Cymraeg.Gill the Piano wrote:Hyfrydol, actually. But I've always called it Hydrofoil since before I could understand Welsh! What's tgotl? Is it Welsh...
I don't go to church any more Gill. I rather suspect there are many closet agnostic church organists, such is the shortage of pianists and organists the established, roman catholic and other protestant churches/chapels can draw upon.Gill the Piano wrote:True. So do you know Hyfrydol? I spec you do - most churches sing it.
I shall however google Hyfrydol, probably come across some amateur scholar playing it on YT.
So if you have the start of Love story and you know it's C over E, invert it to E over C, major 3rd, invert back, minor 6th, sorted. Augmented is one semitone bigger than major or perfect, and diminished is one smaller.
I like this forum but not if one person keeps replying "i have been badly treated" so why do you do it dave brum? Then u private messaged me and i dont know you! A bit too creepy.....
I started lessons aged 40 something and love it