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Do you play piano? Not necessarily as a performance instrument, but as a form of harmonic and melodic study when you practice. Just being able to work out different chord voicings and progressions can be very useful in developing as an improviser. And if you write music, piano is even more important.
 

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I use piano all the time (well actually, a synth--a Kurzweil 2500XS).

I always say I play upon the piano, not that I play the piano.;)

I know all of my scales two octaves, chords, one JC Bach piece, one Chopin prelude---Pretty much the minimum to get a music degree at a music school.

But I guarantee you DON'T want to hear me 'play'.
 

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I answered "no" because I don't. Am I right?
 

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Yes. It was my first instrument and I had about 12 years of purgatorial lessons as a child. I've only lately started to even remotely enjoy playing. I can't impro on a piano at all and my sight reading's atrocious but it is a useful instrument (if only because you can place a can of lager on top of it :) ). Piano and me is very love/hate. I could tell a few tales of childhood piano trauma but don't want to bore you all....
 

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Yes. It was my first instrument and I had about 12 years of purgatorial lessons as a child. I've only lately started to even remotely enjoy playing. I can't impro on a piano at all and my sight reading's atrocious but it is a useful instrument (if only because you can place a can of lager on top of it :) ). Piano and me is very love/hate. I could tell a few tales of childhood piano trauma but don't want to bore you all....
AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Childhood piano trauma, GOOD GRIEF, AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But if you were there you could see it bothered my sister more than it bothered me!
 

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So in what key was the first piano piece you ever performed in public?

I still don't know.
 

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hakukani said:
I always say I play upon the piano, not that I play the piano.;)
This means you stand atop your Kurzweil weil you play your sax, right?

please tell me it's bari you're playing up there
 

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RootyTootoot said:
I could tell a few tales of childhood piano trauma but don't want to bore you all....
No, please, Uncle RootyTootoot, tell us a story.

we need distraction from the Carbs thread:shock:
 

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It seems strange to me that I have to vote whether I play the piano or not. If I lose the election, do I have to take lessons when I'm 6?:?
 

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I have been playing the piano for about 7 years or so. The pain... But it helps with theory and ear training like I never would have expected, so it is worth it.
 

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I had played for piano for 6 years and now I occasionally do improve after quitting lessons a few years ago. I forgot the entire bass clef readings! :O
 

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i don't play piano as an instrument as such, but as a tool for transposition, composition etc.

we got a rrrrealll nice Bechstein, about 1900 or so.
 

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You have to understand that the PIANO has the answers.

Even if you can only play tunes with just the 3ed and 7th it will open your ears.
 

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I've played off and on for since I was 10. Took lessons at various times through the years. I'm out of practice these days, but I still know how to get around. Everything you want to know about theory is right in front of you with the keys. You don't have to be a "player" to get a whole lot out what the piano can bring to your concept of music.
 

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Reedsplinter said:
This means you stand atop your Kurzweil weil you play your sax, right?

please tell me it's bari you're playing up there
No, that would be playing on top of the piano.
 

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I play to hear the chords and for basic rudiments. I can sit there for hours and just wander around the keys, it is a zen thing sometimes. Instead of a coffee break its a piano break with coffee. :D I sure sound better on the sax when I can clear the head first.
 
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