I found this website yesterday, whilst researching a purchase of a digital piano. I spent last night and this morning trawling through all the posts, it has really enthused me to start learning the piano again. I did try about twenty five years ago, but due to various reasons I stopped. Now that I'm in my fifties; I've found that I have the time to dedicate to a burning ambition that I've had since childhood. I'm sure my story is not new, we had an old upright in the family home, but no money to have lessons .
Anyway, I'm just in the process of purchasing a Yamaha CLP470, I would have liked an acoustic piano, but it has to live upstairs. Plus I won't annoy the neighbours. I would like to thank everyone who has offered their advice and knowledge, you really have made a difference to me. When I was thinking about learning, my first question was am I too old? You have certainly answered that one in spades. I've already been in touch with a teacher local to me; I'm waiting for him to call me back.
I would like to wish you all the best with your quest to learn the piano, Phil - and please do not make the same mistakes I have made and have discussed in detail on these pages - and you will succeed.
Hi, Phil. Be honest with your piano teacher. Some teachers, quite frankly, prefer to work towards a goal and aim towards an exam. Others are happy to work at a more relaxed rate and discuss progress to set small targets. If you are clear about what you want to get out of your lessons, it will help let the teacher know as to whether or not they are comfortable to teach in this way. I have to say, few teachers would be pushing you around but let them know what you want and if they can accommodate - this avoids misunderstandings later on.filsgreen wrote:Hi Dave, thanks for your advice and best wishes. I've got my first lesson booked for next Sunday. It's free because we're just sounding each other out. If I carry on with him, the next is half price. Can't be bad.
There's a bostin piano store in Southport too.
Sorry for the late reply I've been on the Piano world forum and forgot about this forum. Apologies also to all members and mods The first lesson went really, I've had one a week since and I'm really enjoying it. I bought a Kawai CA 65 and it lives in its own cabin now.
That'll be me and Gill the Piano then!filsgreen wrote:Hi Dave.
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Good that you're progressing with the instrument, Phil. I'm back at lessons now, have been since March. My teacher only has 3 more adults besides me, does your teacher have loads of us or only a few? And has the 'E-word' been mentioned yet??
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He's on Youtube...and so am I:
I use the Classics To Moderns book 1. It teaches you techniques and patterns unknowingly to you. I play 20 of the 32 pieces contained therein, and my last piece of homework Mabel (my teacher) gave me was from book 2, which I was quite chuffed about. Just wish she'd do some duets with me sometimes, does Jay do that with you? (he should, 'tis very educational)
St.Annes on Sea is lovely, as is Lytham.
Good going,when you are as old as I am you will be able to really swing,Im 83,started at 75.Did not get a teacher, dumb.taught myself even dumber,bought all kind of books,thinking this will make me really good,wrong.It took me way to long to realize that practice is the only way to go.Well not the only way but very necesasary.Im having alot fun playing stuff of my era.Practice the hard stuff and play what you like,Yamaha is my piano of choice.Those old fashioned uprights are just that. Jim