(Closed) Any pianists?

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Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Wonderful for the soul, music :} I have a similar story, I took for about 5 years from age 8 up, stopped making progress and quit as a teen. Years later I got the urge to play again and just started playing every piece of music I could get my hands on by myself, finally something clicked and got to be far better than I ever was when taking lessons. I always had acute stage fright and dreaded playing in front of people, it was so freeing playing for myself at my own pace, now it is one of my favorite ways to relax and I’m so glad my mom encouraged me to take lessons long ago πŸ™‚ Finally have my own piano, old but in tune. I’d love a new baby grand one day…  I also enjoy guitar, ukelele and singing. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

My parents were both pretty serious musicians. My dad actually made our income off it for awhile there. But I think he spent more on equipment than he made, haha like any true musician πŸ˜‰

I started taking piano lessons at 3 and started giving lessons around the time I got my license at 16. When I went away from college and left my piano at home, my keyboard just didn’t “feel right” and I slowly stopped playing as much. I’m sure I’m really rusty now. My keyboard, although really high end, has been collecting dust in my basement for 3 years. I’ve been looking for a piano I can refurbish as a project, and I’m hoping to get back into playing again. It’s so soothing. Not to mention, I lost my dad 3 1/2 years ago, and I think it would be good for me to start playing again. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

My mother is a piano teacher who taught me to read music at the same time as she taught me to read!  I gave it up at the age of 19 when the theatre took my life over it, and then gave up the clarinet and saxophone at the age of 22 when I moved away from my home town.  I still enjoy sitting down at the piano and playing (my sister and I spent the morning of my grandfather’s funeral playing duets – at least attempting to!).  I’ve recently picked my saxophone back up and am doing a bit of playing with a big band, and I didn’t realise how much I’d missed it until I started playing again.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Ah I just saw this after posting my own thread about learning to play the guitar. I taught myself to play the piano. I’m not amazing but I have a lot of fun. I haven’t played in a while but did get to have a little tinkle last night and fell in love all over again. I love the piano. I was always fascinated by teachers playing them at school when I was little.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have been a professional piano teacher since age 18, now age 24 & have been playing since age 3. My mom got me started with piano & I couldn’t stop.  I ventured off into clarinet & trumpet when I was in 7th grade & still play jazz with those occasionally; I also play acoustic guitar–I love country, gospel, & bluegrass. I want to learn to play the harp, but haven’t had the time :/

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I used to play piano a lot as a teen.  I even competed on a city and country level,  but eventually my interest in playing waned  to other things,  and i haven’t picked it up since i was 19. I’m probably very rusty now,  but most  likely  can play a few things πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

One thing I WISH I got to experience as a child was piano lessons.

It’s just such a beautiful sound.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

leilalexicon:  awwww! Thank you!!! don’t worry about the anxiety; I used to be the same way Lol I just had to stop worrying about trying to rush & play near-perfect then pace myself and accept that I was a student bound to make mistakes and I didn’t need to impress my instructor. I can’t lie like I didn’t love the praise and rewards when I made progress though lol. It’s definitely a learning process and I’m sure your instructor is more than happy to help. I remember during my first recital, I played a B flat instead of B but I played the same note when it came back around so no one would notice my mistake πŸ˜‚ it worked. Just have fun with it and embrace everything–the disappointments, the excitement, and feeling accomplished when mastering a lesson. It makes it much easier than just tryig to “get it right”

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

leilalexicon:  This is the best post ever! πŸ™‚ Seriously, I’m having all the feels over here. I’m a piano teacher, and it’s so refreshing to see piano students who truly enjoy learning.  I spend my days with a handful of students who hate practicing (let’s face it, what kid would rather stay inside practicing the piano by themselves? They could be outside hanging out with their friends and doing something waaaayyy more social!), so this is so awesome. πŸ™‚  I’m so happy for you that you’re loving the piano, and can’t wait for you to get your acoustic piano! Do post an update when that happens!  YAY for piano!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I started piano lessons in 1st grade and took lessons until I graduated high school. There were bumps along the road- my parents were very strict about me practicing daily and every year I had to do recitals and guild auditions, which I hated as I had performance anxiety that seemed to get worse every year. I wanted to quit so badly, but I still loved to play in general (mostly for myself, I still don’t like playing in front of people).

Now that I don’t live at home, I feel like I definitely have lost a lot of my skills, but my parents have told me that when my husband and I purchase a house, the piano will be ours. Hopefully I get can back to the level I was in high school. I defintely want our kids to take piano lessons- they are such a good foundation for learning other instruments and really taught me about discipline and that practice pays off. I still love to play when I visit home. I am proud of my talent and looking back, I am glad that my parents pushed me. It’s such a stress reliever and I feel so accomplished when I finally a master a song!

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