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Posted 07/08/12 - 5:45 PM:

Thinker13 wrote:


That's true.

What about your hobbies throughout your life. I suppose, like everyone else you would also have acquired and dropped many hobbies along the way, in various phases?



I kept the same hobbies, Model building, Ships (WWII Navy), cars, trains. My interests, which might be hobbies, are Music (mostly Classical) Playing Piano, and several areas of science. At one time I indulged in some Oil Painting. There are few hobbies that I have acquired and dropped, usually I maintain some level of interest.
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Posted 07/08/12 - 6:37 PM:

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doc, i envy you having a grand piano. would LOVE to have one someday. what's your favorite piece to play on the piano?


My favorite piece on the piano would be Clair De Lune by Debussy but I am no where competent with it. I took lessons while in school but in spite of showing an interest in classical music my teacher never stressed or explained that scales, arpeggios, and cord progressions would help in playing this type of music, perhaps she didn't see the potential, and thought it was not worth the effort. Another factor that was a bit discouraging, was my father stating that he was not interested in hearing 'music' that sounded like someone practicing their scales. At any rate now I must memorize everything in order to play it correctly. The 2 pieces that I can play are 'Fur Elise' and the 1st movement of 'Moonlight Sonata' both by Beethoven. Coming along nicely are the Bach/Gounod 'Ave Maria, 'Ebb Tide', 'Song of India' Rimsiy-Korsakow (I had to take 2 scores and write my own arangment to suit me), 'Charade' Mancini, and 'Gymnopedie 1' Satie. There are several others that I want to learn as time permits but for now when I sit down to play the grandchildren either want to come and play with me (Did you ever try to play with a 2 year old on your lap?) or there is some crisis that I need to take care of. So there are several pieces that I need to re-learn 'Moon River', the 2dn movement of Chopin's 'Funeral March', 'Melody in F' Rubenstein, 'The Entertainer' Joplin, 'The 3rd Man Theme', one that I had started before but didn't get to learn 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'. Also there are several new pieces that I have just acquired music for, the theme from 'Schlinder's List' Williams, 'Sophisticated Lady' Ellington, 'Palladio' Jenkins, 'Lullaby of Birdland' Shearing, 'Christmas Time is Here' from A Charlie Brown Christmas. I really just need the time to sit down and practice and memorize each piece to be able to play it well enough to be presentable. BTW most of the music I have is a piano solo at an intermediate level. Some music that I have just purchased on EBay is 'Twilight' by Shelley Urban Goodman, nothing to do with the recent movie, from the 1940's, and the 'Merry Widow Waltz' by Field & Lehar that I had played before, I'm not expecting them to be much of a problem to pick up again.

I know, as my daughter would say, TMI.
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Posted 07/08/12 - 9:18 PM:

TMI? not at all. i have the same frustration about my music education as a child. i took piano lessons over the years but no one ever taught me about music theory. well, one teacher touched on it briefly but i didn't get lessons from him very long. the focus of my music education from most of my instructors was on sight reading and memorization. i used to labor extensively on learning each piece and then another friend of mine was learning music theory and could easily learn and memorize a piece within days just knowing the chord progression. i was so envious! well, now as an adult i've decided to take music theory and composition classes so i can score my own films (classes start next week). i'm hoping it will vastly improve my piano playing skills as well. i can play moonlight sonata too, so beautiful! fur elise i could play as a kid but not anymore. my favorite piece to play now is probably bach's aria from the goldberg variations, or some of gabriel yared's contemporary work from the movie 'the english patient'. have not tried the two-year-old-on-the-lap-technique haha.
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Posted 07/08/12 - 10:10 PM:

Unfortunately at my age arthritis is setting in, being agrivated by years of working on cars, working in machine shops, building additions on my old house, (I dug the foundations by hand, poured the concrete, and laid the blocks and framed it from footer to roof). It takes me longer to develope the speed and that is only after it is commited to memory and usually 'Muscle Memory' is the best. It's usually better when I don't think about it too much but just let it happen.

Fur Elise. smiling face, I met my first wife in college and the first time I went back to her home for a weekend, I noted that they had a piano in the livingroom. Soon after we had settled in and been introduced I went over to the piano and sat down and played this piece. My, then girlfriend's, younger sister must have been learning the piece and possably struggling with it. I played it through and she looked at me and said "I Hate You", and stormed off, I don't think we started off very well.
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Posted 07/10/12 - 2:27 AM:

I am ignorant as far as piano is concerned but I have an aptitude. Part of my ignorance is because of the 'negative feedback' received from people around me in my early childhood---but that did not really leave me alienated from music, in fact nothing can. Music is so much part of our being. Some go as far as to say that we're music at a different frequency. By listemning to 'Aum' in meditation you realize it even more.

I have heard some songs sung by lib and she is a multi-talented artist. I don't doubt that her movies in days to come would be a source of joy for us.

For arthritis: It's hard to have faith on natural therapy if you have not tried that earlier--but in case you just want to try I can recommend Pranayama for arthritis and all diseases in general. You can easily learn it by watching it online. It has no side-effects. If you're already taking allopathic medicines then also you could try Pranayama and you would soon get much relief from arthritis. It just lubricates the joints and makes them stronger. Drinking a lot of water also helps--Kapaal Bhaati process especially helps in curing arthritis permanently. smiling face
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Posted 07/10/12 - 9:13 AM:

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I am ignorant as far as piano is concerned but I have an aptitude. Part of my ignorance is because of the 'negative feedback' received from people around me in my early childhood---but that did not really leave me alienated from music, in fact nothing can. Music is so much part of our being. Some go as far as to say that we're music at a different frequency. By listemning to 'Aum' in meditation you realize it even more.

I have heard some songs sung by lib and she is a multi-talented artist. I don't doubt that her movies in days to come would be a source of joy for us.

For arthritis: It's hard to have faith on natural therapy if you have not tried that earlier--but in case you just want to try I can recommend Pranayama for arthritis and all diseases in general. You can easily learn it by watching it online. It has no side-effects. If you're already taking allopathic medicines then also you could try Pranayama and you would soon get much relief from arthritis. It just lubricates the joints and makes them stronger. Drinking a lot of water also helps--Kapaal Bhaati process especially helps in curing arthritis permanently. smiling face



'youtube' is a great resource for listening almost any music, in fact just aboug anything you can video can be found on youtube.

Thankyou for the advice on Arthritis, I will look into it.
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Welcome thedoc. smiling face
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Posted 07/11/12 - 9:04 AM:

Thinker, I looked up Pranayama and it seems I have a bit of a head start, I have been breathing correctly for years, I'm just giong to get more organized and do the exersizes on a more regular basis. Many years ago I was practicing some meditation and doing the breathing and found that if I focused correctly I could breath in and out with either nostril at will. I've been intending to start again but life keeps getting in the way. smiling face
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Posted 07/11/12 - 9:48 AM:

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Thinker, I looked up Pranayama and it seems I have a bit of a head start, I have been breathing correctly for years, I'm just giong to get more organized and do the exersizes on a more regular basis. Many years ago I was practicing some meditation and doing the breathing and found that if I focused correctly I could breath in and out with either nostril at will. I've been intending to start again but life keeps getting in the way. smiling face


Oh my goodness! Being able to breathe from any nostril is a great achievement. If you have been breathing deeply all along, then there is a very little chance that you should get affected by any disease. But in any case you can get rid of arthritis by using 'forced exhalations.' You could refer to this thread of mine and ask me any questions and I would try my best to answer. zen

There are some other threads in Dust Bunnies dedicated to breathing practices. It would take some time to search them up.smiling face
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Posted 07/11/12 - 5:00 PM:

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TMI? not at all. i can play moonlight sonata too, so beautiful! have not tried the two-year-old-on-the-lap-technique haha.


I play the first movement and am learning the second but I have no illusions of doing the third. Do you play all?

Playing with a young child is less an expression of music and more an exersize in patience and futility.
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Lib: When and how were you diagnosed as 'schizophrenic?'

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