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AuthorTopic:   late bloomers
toonz
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posted: 2/23/2005 at 12:45:54 PM ET
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It is comforting to know that there are others out there like myself. Sometimes I feel so alone in this endeavor. All the other women I see at the music school are only there because their children take lessons. Sometimes I feel guilty because (shame on me) I am taking time for myself to do something I enjoy. I have even had to endure snide comments from family and friends. I don't think they intend to be mean but I guess I'm just too sensitive because their careless words do hurt my feelings. But hurt or alone I suck it up because I've waited a long time to do this and it's rewarding me in ways I never expected. Check out my new backbone. Not bad eh?

suzyq
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posted: 2/23/2005 at 1:59:03 PM ET
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Hello fellow budding muscians,

My pet peeve is "can you play anything yet". Not sure what anyone should expect after 3-4 yrs of learnng to play the piano. No one can perfrom "Swan Lake" in that amount of time.

I'm trying to use a metronome and my teacher has suggested using a tape recorder, which I do. Taping and the metronome makes me nuts. Being left-handed makes it even more fun since my right hand is not as strong and sometimes I reverse a note or two.

Toonz, don't let the other people give you agita (not sure of he spelling.) Keep doing what you've always dreamed of doing. What instrument are you learning to play?

I'm so happy there are other late bloomers out there.

suzyq
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posted: 2/27/2005 at 1:45:00 PM ET
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Hi - haven't heard from the members of the Late Bloomers Club - hope all is well.

I've been working on Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, it's fun but tricky. The students will have a Ph.d bu the time I get my fingers in the right place at the right time.

toonz
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posted: 2/28/2005 at 12:41:42 AM ET
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Hey Suzyq,

The members of the "LBC" are still here. We are just very busy practicing our chosen instruments. You have the right idea about approaching your new piece with some humor. It is definitely better to be laughing about the flaws rather than crying about them. After all we are doing this for fun right?
My guitar and I have just started working on "Romanza". It is the first song that I have had to use finger picking and much to my surprise I'm not doing too badly. It's just too bad that when I go to play it for my teacher on Wednesday it will sound like total crap. Ooops. Was that a negative thought? Noooo. That was humor. Ha ha.

Member in good standing of the "LBC",
Toonz

suzyq
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posted: 2/28/2005 at 10:19:56 AM ET
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Hi Toonz,

Glad to hear from LBC member.

I try to look at things with humor, but I have to say that it does get frustrating at times. Practice and more practice, lesson time comes and it seems my fingers do a cake-walk, oh well, guess it happens sometimes. Just have to keep at it.

mags
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posted: 3/4/2005 at 5:00:10 PM ET
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Am i a member of the late bloomers? Are you waiting to hear from me? Do you want a private e-mail? There you go...that will keep you busy for 5 minutes....lol. Mgt x

suzyq
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posted: 3/4/2005 at 7:45:50 PM ET
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Mags,
Hope I understand your message, what are you learning to play (piano,violin or another musical instrument), and when did you start to take lessons?

mags
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posted: 3/5/2005 at 2:03:39 PM ET
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I am 46 ...took up the clarinet over a year ago now...and then the alto sax..

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