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Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 10:54:36

My birthday present arrived a couple of week early last night, a piano! I haven't played since 1998 when I left teaching. I'd forgotten the joy of making music smile sunshine

crimson Sat 05-Jan-13 11:00:17

I've been given two half day sessions in falconry as a birthday/Christmas present. Not likely to get one of my own [they do tie you down a bit] but I'm very much looking forward to the experience. My FIL gave away a Steinway piano many years ago; we found this very painful when my daughter started playing.

Grannyknot Sat 05-Jan-13 11:07:38

nanado you are so lucky. Relearning to play the piano is on my list - I learnt as a child, my gran was a piano teacher and it was non-negotiable for all her grandchildren who lived near her to take lessons from her, we would be lined up on one afternoon a week, no excuses accepted. When I left home I left behind my contact with the instrument (we never had one in the house), and that was it. And I've so often regretted not keeping it up. So - one day!

Movedalot Sat 05-Jan-13 11:27:15

What a lovely present Nanando someone loves you very much. smile

jO5 Sat 05-Jan-13 11:28:56

Lovely present. Would love to be able to play the piano. smile

nightowl Sat 05-Jan-13 12:18:31

How lovely Nanado. I'm sure your grandchildren will enjoy it too. I can't play but have very happy memories of trying to play my grandparents' piano when I was very small. It was in the 'front room' which was used only on high days and holidays smile

Ana Sat 05-Jan-13 12:33:25

Me too, nightowl! Yet I don't remember either grandparent ever playing it...

Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 13:02:47

It's lovely to have virtual friends to share my pleasure smile

nightowl Sat 05-Jan-13 13:15:24

Now you come to mention it Ana, neither do I! Nor do I remember any of their children playing it. Yet they had lots of sheet music inside the piano stool. What was that all about. confused

Ana Sat 05-Jan-13 13:18:49

Status symbol? grin

Ylil Sat 05-Jan-13 14:18:09

My mum could play the piano beautifully, I never mastered the art. Enjoy your piano. Maybe YouTube some pieces for us?

Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 16:01:42

Now on the horns of a dilemma...not enough hours in the day. House work v GN v piano? Something will have to give especially this coming week when back to full time Nana duties. Tough one this hmm

Mishap Sat 05-Jan-13 16:26:07

Here's an idea - if you are on Nana duties, make your first steps back to piano playing by working on pieces you can sing and play with the children. There is a lovely book called Appuskidu which is full of great easy-to-play songs that you can share with them - things like "If you're happy and you know it" and "Bananas in Pyjamas" and "I can sing a rainbow."

Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 16:59:11

I remember Appuskidu mishap, in fact there were a whole series if them if I remember. Spiral bound. Wonder who published them. There were two Christmas ones as well Rat-a-tat-tat and Starry Night. If you have any of these could you please look and let me know the ISBN numbers please?????? smile

janeainsworth Sat 05-Jan-13 17:32:00

Do any piano players out there have problems with suitable glasses?
When it got to the stage that I couldn't read the music without my reading glasses, I found that they distorted the keyboard so it appeared to be curved.
My computer glasses have the same effect.
I mentioned this to the optician ( would have been happy to have a pair of piano specs as well) but he seemed unable to grasp the problem hmm
Enjoy your piano Nanado

Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 20:33:43

Sorry jane can't help as don't wear glasses. It sounds like you need upside win bifocals...

Bez Sat 05-Jan-13 21:06:27

Apuskidu - what memories that brings to mind- and Starry night etc. Were they a Scholastic publication - they did produce a lot of those spiral bound books. I think there was a book with songs for times like Harvest - there was one song about vegetables which had a lovely catchy tune.
Nanadu we have toyed with the idea of getting a good keyboard for polishing up skills(not enough space for a piano now) - haven't played for years.

Nanado Sat 05-Jan-13 23:35:22

Bez try an electric piano instead of a keyboard. Takes up less room, same number of octaves, touch of the keys, etc as a real one.