Did anybody else have piano lessons as a child? If so, what age did you start? For how many years did you take the lessons? Did you have a recital in front of other people at the end of the year?
I started taking lessons at age 9. I came home playing a 3-note melody that was an actual melody, with words, even. My 8-year-old brother got so envious he insisted on having lessons himself. We took lessons (separately) until our piano teacher moved to Ohio to live with her daughter after our teacher's husband died.
We had a recital in May of every year. It was in the gymnasium/auditorium of a local high school. My teacher had a lot of students, who had parents, siblings, and friends, so that was good training for getting in front of people and playing music. Everybody played one piece of music.
There were several smaller recitals held in students' homes during the year to get us all accustomed to playing in front of people.
I studied the harp when I was a teenager and it was mandatory Where I studied that everyone also take at least some piano as it helps understand music theory that is otherwise hard to grasp on harp. I never got particular good, but I can manage playing lower intermediate stuff if I have to. And I can improvise from fakebooks pretty well.
I never had to do a recital on piano, only harp. Mostly in front of other students and their parents.
Post by larryguitar54 on Jan 23, 2020 18:37:19 GMT -5
I had some piano lessons well as some classes in music theory. I believe it gave me an appreciation for music that stuck with me the rest of my life. Even as a guitar player I still think of measures and meter and rests melody.
In other words for the rest of my life at some subconscious level anytime I hear or play music I see a score sheet.
Post by twangmeister on Feb 2, 2020 11:22:42 GMT -5
My 9 year-old granddaughter has been taking piano lessons for a few years interspaced with guitar and violin lessons. She surely is no prodigy but she can read music. I just hope this doesn't turn out like it did for my father. He took piano lessons for years as a kid, walking some miles back and forth to his lessons (including in the snow). It seemed to immunize him for playing music. Other than noodling on the flute and recorder he played only a handful of times as an adult
I started classical piano lessons at 8 years old. She taught music theory as part of her curriculum. I took piano until I was about 11. the last year was a waste because I got a guitar at age 10 and it absorbed all my attention from there forward.
We did recitals at the end of each year. My teacher was a part of a regional association so there were students from all over the area at the recitals.
I'm glad I took piano because it introduced me to music theory and harmony. I continued that education all the way through high school and college. That has made me a better musician than I would have been without that introduction to the science of music.
I took lessons for a few years starting at 8 yrs old. I can't remember exactly how long, maybe six years. We had recitals once or twice a year and "auditions" where someone came and scored our playing annually. I'm glad I took lessons, still have the piano but my wife plays it a lot more than I do. Once I started playing guitar at 16 the piano lessons made the process of learning a new instrument a lot easier. 35 years later and I just started playing drums. I'm sure the piano lessons are helping out there as well.
I had piano lessons for a year or so from age 7 but didn't enjoy it. I think it helped a lot, though, when I started guitar at 11. Despite my slow start, I've played some keyboards in all the bands I've been in, any time we couldn't find a keys player.
My grandmother was the proper pianist in the family: she had a few lessons (a penny a session) in 1911 and when I knew her she could sight read anything you gave her. As a girl she'd spent some time in the early cinemas, playing along to silent movies.