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    I played the piano back when... it is not really that hard... practice, practice, practice... and did I say practice...

    Learn to read music... it will make it a lot easier!
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    After 25 years in a choir, I have a pretty good handle on the music end of it....but you're right, it's teaching the fingers to carry out the commands of the brain and have those brain commands come out on the subconscious level.

    I am also delving much more deeply into music theory...with chord structures, intervals, and advanced chord theory.
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    Lemme guess ….. slipped off the roof adding lights

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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    After 25 years in a choir, I have a pretty good handle on the music end of it....but you're right, it's teaching the fingers to carry out the commands of the brain and have those brain commands come out on the subconscious level.

    I am also delving much more deeply into music theory...with chord structures, intervals, and advanced chord theory.
    Do you have an 'ear for music'... what I mean: Lets say; you listened to the tune of, say; 'Hey Jude' by the Beatles...
    Could you sit down at the piano keyboard... and plink away, until you had the tune replicated on the keyboard...
    Then practice it a few times until you honed it out... then expand it to chords... until it sounded pretty good?

    The 'ear' is, IMO, the key...
    It is something some folks are just born with...
    Something that most folks can develop with lots of concentration and time...
    Yet a few folks who are just plain tone-deaf... would be better off if they did not waste their time.

    If you can hear yourself sing, and keep yourself on key...
    Then you have the beginnings of the 'ear'...
    The rest is just practice, practice, practice...
    And IMO part of that practice is tuning your ear... as well as getting your hands/fingers to play the keys.

    It is very rewarding to play the piano... and of course you will be quite popular in small groups if you can sit down and play, while folks stand around and sing along...
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    I have a pretty good ear. I can put a harmony onto most songs.

    Funny story. 1971.

    I was sitting around with a friend who had his guitar out.

    He said, hey let's sing Mr. Tambourine Man.

    He was really into Dylan, and only knew that version.

    I knew the Byrds version.

    We both started singing, and we both realized that the Dylan line was the harmony!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    I have a pretty good ear. I can put a harmony onto most songs.

    Funny story. 1971.

    I was sitting around with a friend who had his guitar out.

    He said, hey let's sing Mr. Tambourine Man.

    He was really into Dylan, and only knew that version.

    I knew the Byrds version.

    We both started singing, and we both realized that the Dylan line was the harmony!!!!
    Glad to hear you have an ear for music...
    I have to work at it to keep my singing voice on key...
    However at one time could successfully accomplish the example in my recent post concerning the tune to Hey Jude...
    BADLY out of practice now, and the baby-grand piano is pathetically out of tune (after being moved 3x and subjected to humidity).

    Music, IMO, is a satisfying hobby...
    When I get my new home fixed up... may try to get back into it.
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    I'm working toward a few piano goals.

    Sometime in the next 24 to 36 months.....


    Joni Mitchell - River

    Ray Gauraldi - all of the Charlie Brown stuff

    Some Donald Fagen from early Steely Dan
    Peg, for certain.

    "Phil's piano solo" from Groundhog Day.

    That's for starters. And, some special stuff for church, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ga-hvac-tech View Post
    Glad to hear you have an ear for music...
    I have to work at it to keep my singing voice on key...
    The singing is the easy part for me.

    If I have an unusual part (I sing Bass II) I take it home and work it out on the keyboard.

    When I feel that I have made enough progress, I will buy something better than my PSR-270. Something with graded hammer action....
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    The singing is the easy part for me.

    If I have an unusual part (I sing Bass II) I take it home and work it out on the keyboard.

    When I feel that I have made enough progress, I will buy something better than my PSR-270. Something with graded hammer action....
    I think you are half way there already...

    And IMO music is a rewarding hobby...

    I am going caroling with a group of singles Sunday afternoon... at a retirement home...
    Spread some Christmas joy!

    Not everyone shares this viewpoint with me... and I am by no means preaching it...
    However IMO electronic keyboards are just not there...
    I prefer a REAL piano...

    Just me...
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    *Cheap is not good, good is not cheap; however expensive is not a guarantee of quality!
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    Oh yes.....I prefer a Steinway or a Bosendorfer.

    LOL!!

    Realistically, I need to budget for the next instrument, so I will be trolling the sales after Christmas for something with at least the action of a piano, because that is what I would have to play at church, and I like the additional strength building for the fingers that only a real piano action provides.

    Something with strings and a midi interface would be ideal.

    But, I'm not there yet..
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    Used piano's are plentiful... one has to hunt for them and then moving them is difficult..
    Oh yeah... would LOVE to have a Steinway...
    However the one I have will have to do... it belonged to my grandmother... so it has family heritage.

    I wonder sometimes... if some of my hand/eye co-ordination... came from playing the piano when I was grade school age???
    Probably so...
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    I don't currently have the space for a real piano, and I also don't have somebody to help me move a real piano. My sister says that they are plentiful on Facebook Marketplace, but that's going to be for a time down the road when I have taken an electronic 88 key instrument with graded hammers and progressed to the point where nothing else but a real piano will satisfy my needs.

    Hopefully by then I'll be able to have somebody move a real piano and put it in place for me.
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    That’s about the most nonchalant reference to having broken ribs I’ve ever heard....


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