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AuthorTopic:   late bloomers
mags
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12/12/2003
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..

suzyq
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posted: 3/5/2005 at 5:41:46 PM ET
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Thanks for getting back. I don't now how you do it, two instruments at the same time -welcome to the club

Nat
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posted: 3/17/2005 at 11:39:33 PM ET
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I'm 35 and had my first piano lesson last week. I loved it. I told my family, they laughed at me and told me i was too old to learn the piano. After reading your 'late bloomers' comments i am more determined and more confident than ever to learn. This page put to bed all the doubts that i was starting to have. Thanks!

suzyq
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posted: 3/18/2005 at 11:57:52 PM ET
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Welcome to the Late Bloomers Nat - I took my first piano lesson about four years ago and I'm in my 60's - never to late - it's not easy but is great to be learning to do something we've always dreamed of doing - keep at it & we're here and ready to support all members if you get the "I quit" urge - just post a note and someone will get back

toonz
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posted: 3/21/2005 at 5:49:26 PM ET
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Hey Nat,

Like it or not you are now officially a member of the "Late Bloomers Club". In order to remain a member in good standing you must adhere to the following rules:
1.) You will Not be crushed by the thoughtless comments of others.
2.) You will Not question what will appear to be your lack of progress.
3.) You will approach this endeavor with the humor and wisdom that only late bloomers possess.
4.) You will seek out the needed support from other LBC members when all seems hopeless.
5.) As do the flowers in spring, you too shall bloom.

Good luck with your piano lessons. Let us know how things are going from time to time.

suzyq
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posted: 3/25/2005 at 12:29:33 PM ET
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Hi,

I know this is a passing mood, but at this practice session, my fingers seem to have a will of their own and are saying "forgeddabout it". Wonder if there is such a thing as overkill and it's ok to walk away and come back later on.

Thanks for being a listening post, it's good to have you here. My piano lesson is tomorrow at 5PM, so I'll look at it as a lousy dress rehearsal.

Pete
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posted: 3/26/2005 at 2:39:10 AM ET
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..might just be (northern H) spring fever, suzyq, do you think? That urge to get outside and plant things, perhaps?

Pete
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posted: 3/26/2005 at 6:15:40 PM ET
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One technique I find works well with all age groups to overcome this problem is to limit practice time to 20 min sections..an hour a day is divided into three 20 min segments, for example.
Another effective way to overcome this is to switch to improvising between scales and exercises, perhaps your teacher has suggested using pentatonic scales, etc, like this as a way to sharpen your ear and think outside the square?

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