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AuthorTopic:   late bloomers
suzyq
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posted: 11/20/2004 at 10:48:13 AM ET
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Thanks for your wise advice. I'll try to keep it mind when everything seems impossible.

suzyq
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posted: 11/22/2004 at 1:29:54 PM ET
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Hi,

I have a lesson today and hope I'm manage to screw things up - practice didn't go well - so I'm going to try to keep your good advince in mind. Thanks, it does help.

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posted: 11/22/2004 at 8:46:13 PM ET
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Learning to play the piano as an adult seems next to impossible and trying to play Bartok's Microcosmos vol. 2 just makes it more frustrating. Almost ready to pack in - anyone out there with some helpful words or suggestions. Thanks.

toonz
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posted: 2/20/2005 at 1:52:12 AM ET
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I am 41 years old and have been taking guitar lessons for one year now. My guitar teacher assures me that ALL his adult students are the same in the fact that they never seem to be happy with their progress. We feel that because we are adults we shouldn't have to struggle like children. It should be easier for us. We refer to this as the "Adult Student Syndrome" or "A.S.S." for short. He suggests that adults need to let go of those expectations because they are simply too unrealistic. It is better to learn at your own pace and be happy with your progress. So in the words of my guitar teacher, "Give yourself a break, applaud your accomplishments and don't be an "ASS".

suzyq
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posted: 2/20/2005 at 10:33:31 AM ET
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Hi Toonz,

Thanks for you good advice. I'm in my 60's so talk about a late start. I have since gone back to my first teacher, and am very happy "no Bartok Mikrokosmos". She's the best and I've learned to be happy with what I have so far accomplished. Left-handers have more fun. It's a little trickier, my right hand is not as strong and guess where the melody is.

Once in a while I can't help wishing I could just sit down play - but that comes with time - I hope. When that feelilng comes to me, I'll remember your good advice

mags
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posted: 2/20/2005 at 7:14:29 PM ET
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hello there, I am 46 and have been doing clarinet and alto sax for just over a year. My whole new life is just beginning..it's so exciting....I am absolutely determined to learn what i can..but at my pace.... my music teacher told me that learning music is like learning a new language....and when you think about it....you can't start a new language and expect to be translator standard straight away...so...i would say.....just enjoy the process......its all about enjoyment surely.....some professionals are miserable...all the best, margaret x

suzyq
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posted: 2/20/2005 at 7:36:46 PM ET
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Hi,

I feel as if I have two new friends - we make a great trio of late bloomers.

Have to say, I really love the learning process and it's is fun to be able to do now what I couldn't do approx. 3-4 years ago.

Let's keep in touch.

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?

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