Musical parents?

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Postby 81-1074658942 » Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:19 pm

Is your family musical at all?


Mine isn't really. None of my family reads music, but we do sing at church. Except for my brother who produces rhythmic mouth motions that are unaccompanied by his vocal chords :;): :laugh: . But that's about it. I'm all alone at the piano.
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Postby Mins Music » Sun Feb 29, 2004 3:32 am

..... I know I'm not a 'young' student, but I'm young at heart so thought I'd gate crash. :p
My parents were instrumentally music, but they ALWAYS had music in the house. Mum put me to sleep every night with the radio on, and she loved to dance. My step father liked to listen to classical music, so I was brought up with very eclectic tastes.
The influence with the instruments was from my Uncle (Mum's brother). He had learnt the piano when he was younger. He was in the Air Force and moved around a lot, so his only instrument he had with him was the treble recorder - that was the first instrument I learnt. Every time he'd visit he would teach my how to play something on a keyboard my Mum bought - I learnt by ear.
It wasn't until much later that I found out my great grandmother could play several different instruments and taught at the conservatorium in Sydney.
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Sun Feb 29, 2004 11:27 pm

Thanks for posting! now I'm not all alone in here.:laugh:

My mom turns on music when she cooks sometimes, and my brother likes jazz. My dad has kind of eclectic taste. We listen to music in the car, but I'm kind of on my own other than that. But my parents really like to listen to me play which is great. It makes a huge difference when you feel like they're interested in what you're doing.
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:01 am

My dad is a pianist and vocalist and my mom is a French horn player. It was cool to be endowed with the music gene, but what was NOT cool was to grow up hearing, "Hey!!!! That G was a little flat!!!" from the next room when I was practicing. My four younger siblings have all taken piano sometime in the past, and we all sing together- gospel music and the like. I'm going to study music in college, and my parents are all concerned that I'm going to starve. :-D
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Postby 108-1079367823 » Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:37 pm

We all play the piano in my family. the youngest is my niece, 8, and having her first competition in 10 days.
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:30 pm

O that sounds really cool! I hope your niece does well!
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Postby 108-1079367823 » Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:24 am

Yes. I am flying to Paris next week end to teach her the day before. But she has a very good teacher from Romania there so i am not too worried.
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Thu Mar 18, 2004 10:32 am

Yay!!! I'm sure your niece will appreciate that! Let us know how it turns out! :cool:
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:52 pm

Lalla, this is just out of curiousity, how many languages do you know? It sounds like you do a lot of travelling. I know English [of course], and a good amount of Spanish. I've played with learning French and German, but I'm not studying them in school. I just keep working at them little by little. I've picked up a bit so far. Very fun. By the way, your English is really really good!
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Sun Mar 21, 2004 11:04 am

My dad is a professional keyboard player (i.e., if it has black and white keys, he can play it! :) ) and over the years he has accumulated tons of pianos!!! Literally!!!! Lemme think.... we have six pianos (two of them grands), five organs, and three accordions. What a menagerie! I just thought I'd put that in here since this is "Musical Parents"... :cool:
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Postby Mins Music » Sun Mar 21, 2004 7:00 pm

What does he do with all those pianos, and where does he store them?
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Mon Mar 22, 2004 11:41 pm

yes, violinist! If you dont' have space for both grands you can send me one. I guess I could store it for you... but only because you're cool. :;):
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Tue Mar 23, 2004 11:47 am

Hahaha!!!! Well, Quidam, if you'll pay for postage, I'll mail you one! My living room is pretty big, and it houses one grand and two organs. One piano is at the espresso stand. My family owns and runs an old flour mill that has four enormous floors! It's a restaurant, gift shop, and museum (and this is where I teach, too!). We just have the rest of the pianos and organs spread around the place. :cool: Does anyone on the board play organ? I kindof sortof like to mess around with organs, but I don't know much about them!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:35 pm

"I kind of sortof like to mess around with organs"

What? you're going to med school now? I thought you were a music major!
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Postby Mins Music » Mon Apr 05, 2004 6:55 pm

My second instrument (third, if you include voice) was the organ split level keyboards and foot pedals. Great fun! I've played on a few pipe organs - totally awesome. You can FEEL the music; literally! I don't own an organ anymore :( , but have an electric keyboard I also teach.
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