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  1. Bran

    Bran Well-Known Member

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    I learnt piano from about age 6-15 or so, but despite this I was never enthused and gave it away.

    For the last 5 years, I've had the burning desire to learn again, and do it properly. I know what I want to play, and I know the sort of dedication and practice something like this takes.

    My piano (the same one I had as a youngster) should arrive this week, and then I will try and find a teacher!

    I want to play for fun, but also sit the exams that I never did (I think I sat and passed prelim, and that's it).

    Anyone play? Anyone stopped and come back - if so, how long, and how long to get good again? (Any good teachers Brisbane south side?)
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    There are exams? What are these for? To say you're a certified pianist?
     
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    I need to certify that now:)

    Oh my bad just checked the spelling..:oops:
     
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    I've played all my life, and still play lots. I would say find a good teacher who "gets you" and inspires you to make music, and go from there.

    Also, don't underestimate the value of youtube for learning in the modern age! It's quite remarkable what you can learn from watching others. Avoid all the crappy graphic stuff which tells you which keys to play by highlighting them, and stick to learning via a good method, be it by ear or by reading music.
     
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    That's so important to have a teacher who gets you. I hated the examinations and wanted to learn jazz but it was frowned upon. So now I play chords and anything that I am able to play.
     
  6. EN710

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    The teacher should know how you learn (ear or reading or watching) and able to leverage it.

    Getting good - what's your definition of good?
     
  7. Bran

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    In context of the question, I meant - after a break, how long until back to where you were. I think it will take me about 3-6 months, but I think that's a sad reflection that I didn't get very far.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    @Bran will probably need a licence to practice
     
  9. EN710

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    Source: I asked hubby (I don't play)

    The answer is it depends.
    Technical skill: you will need time to grow the actual muscle, so won't happen overnight. With regular training (1-2 hours a day), maybe about a month or so. Also depends on how good you are back then, the better you were the longer.

    How fast your brain can do it: usually a lot faster, e.g. weeks not months

    Reading skills: Will be like when you learn a different language and you stop for years. You know it, but you will need to check dictionary on what it means.

    My take is that, won't take you half a year ;)
     
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    Good luck @Bran :)

    I don't play the piano, but my 3 kids do. Hope to learn from them when I have more time on my hands. Not easy though. My youngest (10yo) is at grade 7, and it's gotten super hard!:eek:
     
  11. wylie

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    My neighbour is a music teacher (not teaching now). Her kids were learning until a few years ago when they finished school. I'm sure she will know who to suggest as a local teacher. Let me get back to you.
     
  12. The Y-man

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    Couldn't be bothered waiting for my muscles so went for synths instead :D Now I am told my technique is horrendous (wrist below keys etc), and I must admit, playing a fully weighted digital piano will kill me after 20 minutes or so.....

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  13. EN710

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    As I was told when learning (and stop after several days, too many other things to do)
    - Imagine you're holding an orange (relaxed bend fingers)
    - Move your fingers, not your wrist (I can't push the keys properly with my pinky)

    Digital fully weighted? You surely have a space for a Grand piano? :rolleyes:
     
  14. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Nah - that's at my mum's place.
    I can't be bothered with acoustics either (although I love the sound) - too much hassle tuning them, cleaning them, and moving them.

    Besides, the space in my place is taken up by synths, arrangers, powered mixers, guitars and amps........

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    ... and I assume some really good sound system.

    Tuning - once a year, cleaning - pay someone, moving... move it once and let it be there.
     
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  16. The Y-man

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    It's a problem when you're a roving keyboardist playing at different venues and aren't rich enough yet to have roadies and a truck :)

    The Y-man
     
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    Got to grade 7 as a kid, after those exams didn't play much. Problem was I did everything by memory so couldn't read music in real time. Impressed examiners, but I saw it as a disadvantage. Looking at restarting after a long break with a portable keyboard, pretty good value these days, maybe a Yamaha PSR 443.
     
  18. The Y-man

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    Same here - I need about 20 minutes to read a line of music :eek:
    Pretty much everything by ear.

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  19. GreatPig

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    Much the same as @Bran, but only learnt for about 5 years. After 20+ years of not touching a piano, I finally bought a nice Roland stage piano some years ago. Managed to get a number of my old pieces back up to speed, but I simply don't have the time to learn properly these days, so my playing now is very intermittent and getting nowhere.

    My sight reading wasn't too bad, and still isn't, but I was never great at some of the aural tests - notably interval recognition. Probably why I'm not real good at picking things up by ear (piano or guitar). Thank goodness for software that can slow music down without altering pitch!

    The only real positive is that my young granddaughter started playing around on the stage piano, and now her parents are getting her piano lessons.

    GP
     
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  20. wylie

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    I was made to learn piano in primary school. I hated it. Mum would be at work so I would have to find my piano books myself in my pigsty of a room or wherever I dropped them after the previous lesson. It was always a last minute panic. Then I would trudge up the hill to the little old ladies, two spinsters. They seemed ancient to me, and they were little and stooped and frail. Probably about 50. :p:D

    Actually, they WERE little, old and frail and I reckon they may have been in their 70s. What I recall very clearly was having to sit with one nice little old lady teaching me, whilst the other one was in the kitchen baking roast dinners. I could NOT concentrate on the piano. I wanted to eat!

    How I wish I'd kept at it though. I love some piano music (but it has to have that special "something"). Piano, violin together works well. I think the soundtrack to The Piano is amazing (even the louder pieces between the best pieces).