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Bernadette Peters - Broadway's Best
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#beginquote# Dear LBC, I've just started teaching myself the piano, a New Year's resolution I've actually kept. I'll probably get a teacher when I've picked up enough bad habits to make it interesting for them. I love the Microcosmos. I've only played a few so far, but I sit at the piano saying 'Hey, here I am playing Bartok!' However, I do get rather depressed at my slow rate of progress. It still seems to take me ages to translate the black dots on the page into note names and fingerings. I find myself peering up at the cardboard keyboard on top of the piano long after I assumed I would no longer need it. As an adult I think one makes very ambitious mental demands on oneself in terms of the types of music one would like to be able to attempt, but the physical coordination may not be as smooth as it was decades ago. Some books I found encouraging when I was thinking about starting to learn were the one about the Piano Shop in Paris (I forget the exact title) by T E Carhart and there is a good essay in a recent Granta compilation about Music by Alan Rusbridger, who wrote about taking up the piano again after a lapse of some decades. #endquote#
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