I need a hobby...

  1. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I was watching 60 Minutes II last night and they had this family who has five kids in Juilliard for piano. I don't know, maybe I'm feeling stifled or something, but I think I want to do this NOW. My husband says, someday, someday, but I'm feeling an urge to start TODAY. My question is this: Do any of you know anything about piano lessons? Where to get them, how much they can cost, etc.? We obviously have no piano...how do you practice without one? I know nothing, not how to read sheet music, etc. and would have to learn from the VERY beginning. I just don't know where to start. Help me, please!
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  3. by   LasVegasRN
    I saw that report also. Is it just me, or were you thinking these people must make a ton of money to be able to afford 5 grand piano's in their home?
  4. by   indeed
    Originally posted by KristiWhite2377
    I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I was watching 60 Minutes II last night and they had this family who has five kids in Juilliard for piano. I don't know, maybe I'm feeling stifled or something, but I think I want to do this NOW. My husband says, someday, someday, but I'm feeling an urge to start TODAY. My question is this: Do any of you know anything about piano lessons? Where to get them, how much they can cost, etc.? We obviously have no piano...how do you practice without one? I know nothing, not how to read sheet music, etc. and would have to learn from the VERY beginning. I just don't know where to start. Help me, please!
    Hey Kristi!

    First off, let me tell you that I think it's awesome that you want to learn piano. It's a wonderous instrument and can be a lot of fun. As for lessons, try to check at any local colleges. A lot of graduate (and some of the better undergrad) performance students teach. As for not having one to practice on, do you know anyone with a piano who would let you practice on it? Perhaps, again, you could try seeing about getting lessons from a school of music, or just one of the regular music schools for the public...and possibly set up practice time on one of theirs. The only thing that would be difficult is getting that practice time in, but you sound very motivated to do this. As for Juliard...well, I have been playing since I had the motor control to do so and I ain't even CLOSE. Hehe. I hope, if you do take lessons, you enjoy it immensely. Good luck.

    Indeed.
  5. by   subec
    You might also check out your local community center to see if they have a piano you might be able to practice on. Or, if you are a member of a church, talk to the office to see if you could use one of their pianos. I know my church has a piano in almost every Sunday School room, and they don't get used at all during the week.

    Good luck to you. I have been playing piano and violin since I was about 6, and I have always valued my music lessons.
  6. by   shygirl
    How about knitting? It's really fun once you learn how. I can only make washcloths and slippers, and scarves. Try it!
    Shygirl
  7. by   dianah
    I say if you want to do it and have the resources ($$) to do it, then DO IT! You won't regret having tried. When I turned 30 (ahem, some years ago . . .) I guess I was musing on what I might do differently. Well, as a kid I'd been practically obsessed with horses. My family being pretty poor, we couldn't afford lessons or anything, and besides we lived in the city (Mt View, Palo Alto - the poor side - CA) and were nowhere near horses. So I thought: take riding lessons! I have a friend who is a "horse person," rides English. She connected me with an instructor, and I took one lesson a week for about five years. Ended up leasing then buying a horse, boarded him at a nearby stable, and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!! I'll never regret doing it. Don't have horses now, had my first child at age 35, second two years later, and couldn't work full-time, be on call and give family AND horse the time and attention each needed so I sold the horse to another horse-crazy person. Maybe when the kids are done w/college or something I'll take it up again.

    My long-winded point is: DO IT! Take the lessons. I don't think you'll ever regret it. Best to you!! --- D
  8. by   thisnurse
    you can LEASE a horse?
    no kidding?

    it would be really hard to learn to play if you dont have a piano. if you can swing it get one. a used upright would be ok. you can do it if you dont have one but you will really want to practice and you wont be able to...frustrating.
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    The piano is a blast, and playing a musical instrument is an excellent stress-reducer. However, you can get a lot of the same type of sound plus a lot more in a Keyboard. They weigh less and take up less space as well.
    Go to the local mall and check it out in a store that sells pianos and/or keyboards exclusively so you can get the best information. Some places also offer lessons.
    Good luck!
  10. by   Tookie
    I learnt the piano for about 8 years - sounds now when l play about 8 weeks worth
    Why not try singing - you can always joina a community type choir - its musical and lots of fun and you dont have to put out all that cost - then if you still feel likie you want to do more save and go for it
    I love singing - love the community choir l am in (when l have time to go)
    La la la la la

    Tookie
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    Thanks, guys, I am going to start checking around. I still don't know how much it will cost, and believe me, I have no dreams about getting into Juilliard (this is the sound of me laughing) but I have always, always wanted to do this. And knitting? I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN HOW TO KNIT. As a matter of fact, I was just looking up sites on the internet that offer tutorials the other day. I am going to Michael's craft shop on Monday right after work to get started on that! Just another one of those things I wish my grandmother had taught me when she was living with us. That, and how to bake her world famous german chocolate cake. Mmm.
  12. by   dianah
    Yeah, thisnurse, if an owner has a horse that isn't ridden a lot (usually find out word-of-mouth, instructor might know of possibilities at the ranch), you lease the horse by assuming all responsibility for it: supplements, riding, grooming, worming, shoeing . . . can't remember if you take over boarding costs . . . horse still belongs to owner but you care for it. If horse becomes majorly sick and big vet bills, not sure who assumes payment for those . . . hafta check contract . . .

    Hey, Tookie, I LOVE singing! Played a little guitar (clarification: played a regular-sized guitar a little bit!) years ago, callouses all gone now . . . but had always sung w/hubby playing banjo and me playing guitar. Just 2-3 years ago I started voice lessons. Lots of fun. I'm about the only "geriatric" (translate: over 20!!) student for the yearly recital but I just have fun and don't take it seriously.

    Hmm, knitting??? OK w/carpal tunnel? Have had to curtail my sewing, hand goes numb with any amount of hand work.

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