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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:06 pm
by 108-1079367823
I am like you Mins Music, i like old books about history, art, litterature history, music history. i go to the flee market and buy them for 1 dollar or something like that. for music score when i am in moscow, i buy tons, still very cheap out there.
books are my retirement insurance ! i dont read them all now but it s nice to know they are there when i m too old to travel or to play the piano even...

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:21 pm
by 81-1074658942
I love to read.... It's just so good on so many levels. My library is kind of pathetic [I live in a very small town] but I have just attacked their non-ficition section.

I should also clarify, I don't really like to spend a fortune, but sometimes I do anyway. :D I'm trying to build a music library, and since I'm just a kid, there really isn't much else that I have to buy. I just save all of my money until my birthday. Then I become very rich, so I buy music. :laugh:

I guess this would apply more for people in the US, but a great resource is the patti music catalog. You can request a free copy from their website They carry piano and organ music, and they have a really good selection with good prices. is also a good resource. I would go to music stores more often, but most of them are very far away and it's a nightmare to find anything in them.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 7:22 am
by Ursie
Sorry, I probably left you with the impression that I don't buy music - quite the contrary. But I have learned to try and buy more carefully. I went and bought all of clementi, czerny etc when really I should have waited until I had more of an idea of what I really needed. Because I am a student (I am studying for a diploma) but also have been teaching piano for a year or so I need to buy a lot of music. It's trying to work out what you need to buy now and what can wait until later -it can be quite overwhelming when faced with the choice of a music shop. This website is fab though and thanks to you all it's really helping me. :)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:55 pm
by Mins Music
Yes, that is a challenge! I bought a copy of Czerny and then discovered I could have legally downloaded it for free! :( You get that.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 5:03 pm
by Mins Music
And really large retail shops can be a nightmare! One or two things have happened to me in the past: I end up spending SO much more money than I intended, get the stuff home, play through it and go, oh, how on earth am I ever going to use this in teaching?
Or the other extreme. Spend two hours in the shop and walk away with nothing! Too overwhelmed to make a decision! Then I end up very sad because it took me 2 1/2 hours to get there in the first place!
Now I'm on the internet. Have only had it for ... I don't know, when did I first post here? Anyway, now I can comfortably research materials before I plunge in and purchase. I've aslo found great sites that will deliver for free. It has worked out so much cheaper for me and I'm pretty much guaranteed satisfaction. The only downfall is the waiting ... lots of patience needed. But when it gets here, it's like someone has sent me a gift! Very exciting! :laugh:

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:15 pm
by Ursie
Oh, I didn't realise some publishers will deliver for free. Just this week I purchased via Faber Music (who charge for delivery) but unfortunately I'm not going to be able to use it on any of my students yet. So do I send it back and pay postage again or just keep it? Am I right in thinking you're from Australia Mins Music? and if so, is you're internet music shop national or international? (I suppose in a round about way I'm asking if you wouldn't mind pointing me in their direction? please :D )

ps. and didn't realise you could download Czerny free - missed that freebie too!

PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2004 3:27 pm
by Mins Music
Yep, top of NSW in Australia! The free delivery site is, but only if you spend over 25pounds - but they convert the currency on the site for you. It's the best 'net store I've seen. And they're very fast with their processing and delivery. Excellent service. I've never had any problems. And if the product is faulty or not according to the description, they will refund the return postage.

My advice about your book - keep it. What's really wasted money is to return it. One day you'll have the EXACT student that could use it. It may not happen for another three years, but you've got it now! Anyway, your own finances will determine you decision.

Check out for free downloads. 2 per day. They have an excellent collection!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:37 am
by Ursie
Just wondering what technique books you all use for your beginner to intermediate students. I have been using A Dozen A Day. I also teach them (without a book) exercises I remember playing as a child and Hanon. Can anyone add to this?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 9:13 am
by Lyndall
I use Dozen a Day for elementary & above and Piano Adventures Technique & Artistry for beginners. I have no way of really knowing whether students do these at home every day though, sometimes I wonder. But I'm very strict about it at the lesson & we spend quite a while playing with the metronome, getting them quicker all the time & warming up really well.

I really should get Hanon for the late intermediates but I never used it (wish I had) when I learnt.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2004 10:32 am
by 81-1074658942
Sometimes when I have to learn difficult technical sections, I make my own exercises. It really helps to break things down and isolate the really hard parts.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:06 pm
by 110-1079111554
I use my own recent experiences to comment on this topic.
I have spent the last 10-12 weeks studying 4 pieces of music for my Diploma. I did little or no scales/arpeggios/exercises etc during this time. I now feel that this was a big mistake. My lack of technical surety in my exam was at least partly due to a lack of scale practice, indeed I am sure that I would have made fewer mistakes if I had included the discipline of scales & arpeggios in my practice time.
I will have to practice all of my scales & arpeggios for my next exams - the LCM Teaching Diploma, and in truth I am looking forward to my technique improving because of this.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 12:29 am
by 81-1074658942
I've been in a somewhat similar situation. It used to be that I would practice all of my scales and arpeggios and things as soon as I sat down at the piano. After a while I just sort of stopped. Don't know why, don't know how, but it had a nasty effect on my playing. I practice all of my technical stuff now! :D

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 1:55 pm
by presto
I, too, am a bookworm! It's funny to note that people who like to music often seem to like to read, too. Do you think so?
I also wanted to mention, Mins, that I like the Sheet Music Archive site, too! Only, you said it was; actually, it's
One other thing (and this time I'm keeping to the topic): I discovered Hanon relatively recently, and I have to say, what a boon! I'm a happier pianist for having found it!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2004 9:48 pm
by Mins Music
presto wrote:Only, you said it was; actually, it's

Thanks presto! I'd hate to think I've been sending people to the wrong spot - one that doesn't exist! :p