Hi all, thanks for allowing me in.....after some months! clearly a baglog on the accept invite button.
Anyway, i'm an adult piano player, started at 19, and continued off and on for years. Never wanted to grade - mainly because I was 19 and far too good to need to be gratified by a certificate.... well now i'm 35 and love my certificates!
I decided late in 2018 that I would start again, and go from grade 1 and work my way through. found myself a great teacher who puts up with my poor sense of humour and passed grade 1 (somehow) in early 2019. I've just completed my grade 2 exam and hope to scrape through that too. As much as I'd love to say I nailed it but for sadly nerves get the better of me in a piano exam and I seem to lose my mind completely. Which is really annoying as I practice regularly and feel very comfortable playing in front of others and I'm confident of my ability, just the exam throws me off - especially annoying as I am NEVER nervous about other things. Strange. So hopefully I'll get a pass and will look forward to started grade 3 studies in the new year.
This is where i'm having an issue though....
I have hankered for some group playing, which sadly the piano doesn't seem suited for, i.e. playing violin seems to have loads of social avenues to play at largely any level but generally the pianist is of a high standard and as such, doesn't leave much space for a beginner.
I actually tried to add violin to my studies but I really struggled trying to fit in the required practice time for 2 instruments.
I have wondered about missing grade 3 next year and having a go at grade 1 Jazz, mainly as there are Jazz groups around so working on my improv skills might really help - but then, continuing my standard route (I.e. working toward grade 8 and beyond) would surely give me much more rounded abilities anyway.
I do play a variety of other music aside from the ABRSM books, mainly Einaudi but anything around that area works for me. #
anyway, hope to speak to you all soon, or if anyone has a pocket piano I can play socially do let me know