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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:37 pm    Post subject: Pro or amateur? Reply with quote

I decided to move the intro thread from Anything over here.



I'm just an amateur. I started my first piano lesson when I was 6. For many years, my practice was just Bach, Mozart, Czerny... with strict teachers. My love for the piano and Chopin came with Nocturne Op.9 No.2 when I was 15. After that, I self-practiced at home.

Now I only play the piano once or twice a year (?!). Given that much practice, I can only play some easy nocturnes... I wish I could play the some ballades, scherzos and my favorite barcarolle again. That's bad, huh?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm an amateur as well. I had my first piano lesson when I was in 1st grade (7 years old), and I hated it!! My teacher was really nice, but I didn't like practicing. Anyway, a couple of years later I began to love Chopin. Every year, a guy came to our school dressed as a different composer. He would tell about their lives and play some of their works on the piano. That year, he came as Chopin. I don't think I paid attention that much (it wasn't "cool" to pay attention), but I was amazed by some of the pieces I heard. From there my love for Chopin grew!!

Anyway, I am an amateur piano player. I try to practice at least once a day. And by practice I mean play anything I feel like playing at the moment. I can play all of the waltzes, many of the mazurkas, a lot of the nocturnes (still can't play the G Major one), the A Major polonaise, none of the scherzos (maybe someday), several of the preludes (I play #15 in Db Major much more than the others I know), the famous Etude in E Major, and the Berceuse. I've played through the Fantaisie in F Minor twice, and I can also play the 1st and 3rd ballades (but I'm better at the 1st). As you can see from all of the Chopin I play, he is by far my favorite composer.

Well, I hope I answered your question Laughing . Sorry I went so in-depth.
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