Welcome to the tonebase Piano Community!

Hey everyone - this is Dominic from tonebase 🙂!

 

As the tonebase Piano LIVE director, it's such a pleasure to welcome you to the tonebase community. We would love to get to know you! Please introduce yourself in a post below with the following format: 

  • Where are you from and what's your favorite food from there? ;) 
  • What are you currently working on? 
  • What are you hoping to get out of this community? 

I'll go first: 

  • I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and you better believe that I love my barbecue! It is hard to pick my favorite food between ribs, brisket, or a beautiful grilled steak, but if I have to decide...nothing beats a juicy, fall-off-the-bone rack of baby back ribs!
  • Currently working on some old favorites of mine by Carl Vine (Piano Sonata No.1), Beethoven (Piano Concerto No.4) and Scriabin (Fantasy op.28) but also adding some great repertoire by H. Leslie Adams (Etude in A-flat minor Book 2), Laura Kaminsky (Alluvion), and Clara Schumann (Romanze in A minor Op.21 no.1)!
  • I am hoping to getting to know and helping all of you achieve your musical and artistic goals. Let's have some fun and get to work!

Now over to you (after some participation from our tonebase team members!) 

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    • Michelle R
    • Michelle_Russell
    • 5 mths ago
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    Hi, I'm Michelle, currently living on a ferry-served island in Washington state.

    My favorite food? Yes! Food, yum. :-) 

    I just began playing the piano in April, so "what I'm working on" is currently limited: Hanon ex. # 1 & 6; Menuet in G #114 from the Anna Magdalena Notebook; and Schumann's Abendlied four-hands, opus 85 #12 in Db major (to play with my son, who is also on TB). Many years ago, I played trombone and double bass, however I was discouraged from pursuing music and am just now nearly 35 years later returning to something I always loved - and I've always wanted to play the piano!

    I'm hoping for some positive community experience and technical assistance especially since I'm learning without the aid of a teacher.

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Michelle R Welcome, Michelle!  We can't wait to hear you play.  There are lots of friendly folks here who can answer any questions you may have.

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    • Lc
    • lc_piano
    • 5 mths ago
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    After lurking for a few months, it's time for me  add an self-intro. 

    • I grew up in Southeast Asia.  My fav food is Laksa, and Chili Crab, and as Cantonese, a nice fresh steamed fish is to die for as well.
       
    • As a kid, I had taken piano and violin with ABRSM system, but sadly didn't have access to good teachers. 
      Thankfully, in California, I have access to lots of teachers.  After a career in tech (and too many years of taking lessons but never practicing), I decided to spend more time on music.  I took some college music theory classes as well as Jazz to expand my music understanding.  (It is still my dream to attend a music conservatory, or perhaps pursue an advance degree. But alas, they probably won't accept old students.). 
       
    • I'm working on Kresleriana, revisiting Schubert last sonata, and all the Chopin Ballades.  In recent years, I enjoy playing (or rather, reading thru) 8-hands music at my piano group.  Who knew that could be so much fun!!!
       
    • It's inspiring to be with this community. I gained so much from all the videos instructions, community challenges, but also the constant inspiration from all the fellow pianists of varying experience and age. 
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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Lc Welcome, LC!  We can't wait to hear you play.

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  • My name is Michael. I live in Virginia and have been here for over 50 years but I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  My favorite food from Wisconsin is ice cream. 
     

    I started piano lessons about 10 years ago (I’m in my late 60’s) after trying to learn on my own. I had a teacher I liked working with but the pandemic shut things down and then he moved out of state. So I’m working on getting back into regular practice. I like classical piano from earlier times (Bach, Handel and that crowd) and stuff from the great American songbook. 

    I have As Time Goes By, Simple Pleasure, and some easy classics on the music stand right now. And I was using Hanon for exercises before I lost momentum. I do plan to use that again. 
     

    I am not in a position to go back to in-person lessons so I’m hoping to use tone base as one resource to work on things on my own. Areas in which I need to improve are hand independence and dynamics. Those in particular, better playing overall. 

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    • Marcel
    • Marcel.1
    • 5 mths ago
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    Hi Everybody,
    I'm Marcel and I'm writing from Barcelona. I'm 31 and I'm just resuming my piano practice since I stopped when I was maybe 10 or so.

     

    I did not have a nice experience with teachers and I guess from then on I studied music on my own but away from piano. Since a year or so I started casually playing and now I want to commit to a more structured  way of learning. I want to try tonebase and see If I can build up my skills and knowledge from here.

     

    I'm very much starting at piano, I'm learning basic chords to play very basic modern music. I have searched courses for beginners here at tonebase but would love to get the feedback from the community to see where is the best place to start for such a beginner like me here at tonebase.

     

    Thank you very much for this amazing platform, very excited to start my first class.

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Marcel ¡Bienvenido, Marcelo! Estamos muy contentos de que se haya unido a Tonebase. 

      Barcelona es una de mis ciudades favoritas. ¡Fui allí hace 5 años para aprender algo de español!

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      • Marcel
      • Marcel.1
      • 4 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Hey Gail! Thanks for your answer! I can see that your trip to Barcelona made a good Spanish speaker out of you! I'm looking forward to continue at tonebase but it's being difficult to fins courses for me as a beginner. Do you have any tip for me? Or anyone in the forum! Thanks a lot this is a great community to be in.

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    • Lina
    • Lina
    • 5 mths ago
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    Hi, I'm Lina from Melbourne, Australia. I just joined Tonebase Piano and am excited to be part of this large community. I'm a piano and singing teacher who runs a Melbourne based music school, Lina's Music House. I teach at three primary schools during weekdays and at multiple locations around Melbourne after school hours. I have been preparing students for AMEB examinations and music scholarships for 20 years. I'm looking forward to learning from the best teachers in the industry to help continually improve my teaching and help train our teaching staff at the school. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Lina Welcome, Lina!  You have such a busy musical career.  We can't wait to hear you play.

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  • Hi! I'm Luis from Portugal, and I'm a self-taught amateur musician. I started playing the Guitar and the Keyboard when I was 13. All by ear (no internet resources at the time). Sometimes I was lucky to find something in a magazine that would help me figure out chords and the right way to play a song. The years went by and I checked all the boxes. Covers bands, originals bands. But mostly playing the guitar and the bass. Now at 47, I have decided to try the piano, so I've been doing that since the beginning of this year. It has been a challenge, doing it by myself. Sometimes it just feels that moving backwards instead of moving forward in my abilities. But it is what it is. As long as I keep myself motivated. To most challenging pieces that I can "play" (or at least know the notes) are Bach's Prelude in C major, Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Chopin's Prelude in E minor. Now I'm learning an arrangement for piano of Schubert's Ave Maria and Ennio Morricone's "Once Upon a Time in the West". And that's it.

    I'm looking forward to all the resources you have available to improve my journey at the piano. Thanks!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Luis Mesquita Welcome, Luis!  You will find lots of wonderful people here who can help you!  Perhaps you should watch some of the videos that are more for beginners so that you can get some strong technique fundamentals first.  Folks here will help you!  Just ask any questions you like.

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    • Jeremy
    • Jeremy.5
    • 4 mths ago
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    I am from Northern California. I love our Mexican food!

     

    I am currently working on different choral pieces. I am a choral director and am trying to strengthen my piano skills. 

     

    I'm hoping to get support and a place to ask questions and advice. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Jeremy Welcome, Jeremy!  You will love this group.  Everyone is very friendly and quite knowledgeable.  Right now a bunch of us are learning the Bach Inventions together.  Check out the Practice Log section to see what we are up to!

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    • Pauline
    • Pauline
    • 4 mths ago
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    Hello, Jeremy! Welcome to the Tonebase Piano Community!

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    • Dottie Lisa
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    • Dottie
    • 4 mths ago
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    I'm from Parsippany, New Jersey and I love anything in a cream sauce like Creamy Chicken and Broccoli over rice.

    Many years ago, I received a BS in Music Education.  Before I graduated, my piano teacher had me purchase Mikrokosmos by Bela Bartok.  We worked on a few of the pieces in Book I before I graduated.  Over the years I have been playing on and off and worked on the Mikrokosmos pieces little by little.  Again, it was on again, off again with varying degrees of success.

    I am currently working on Invention 4 by Bach and Valse Op 69 Nr 2 by Chopin.  I played both of these pieces in college and decided that they would be a good place to start.  I also began to practice Mozart's Sonate K332, Allegro.  I studied the first part of the Allegro and I want to continue to learn the full Sonate.

    I've always been a little timid about recording myself, but this is too important to me to continue being that way.  I really want to get my technique back to what it was when I was in college and then go beyond that.  I'm really looking forward to learning more about expression, and how to practice and memorize a piece.

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      • Pauline
      • Pauline
      • 4 mths ago
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      Dottie Hello, Dottie! Welcome! I agree with you about the importance of recording oneself playing the piano. It can significantly impact one's growth and development as a pianist. 

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    • Sam Smith
    • Sam_Smith
    • 3 mths ago
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    • I'm from the southern US, and I love all the local foods, but my favorite accompaniment to piano practice is Sweet Iced Tea. Black tea with sugar, a splash of lemonade, and lots of ice!
    • I am currently working on - way too many pieces! Mendelssohn Song Without Words op 53-1, Bach Italian Concerto, and Gershwin's 3 preludes. I also always try to have a clarinet/piano piece in the works (my wife plays clarinet).
    • I am currently 68. I restarted piano about 13 years ago, and took 6 years of lessons from one teacher. When I turned 62 and retired, I went back to university and got a BM in piano Performance, graduating in 2020 (just before covid shut down the school). Its good to have goals at my age, and I am hoping to find something at Tonebase to keep me challenged and learning new things!
       
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    • Sam Smith Hi Sam! Nice to meet you on Tonebase! 

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    • Chris
    • Chris.11
    • 3 mths ago
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    Hey all, just joined up.

     

    I'm from the Boston area, but have lived in NYC and Italy as well. In Italy I obtained a masters degree in gastronomy, so I'm temped to say Italian food is my favorite, but I am just a good food lover, and give me some solid Chinese or Thai anytime too and I'm happy.

     

    I just started piano again; I had studied for years as a kid, and for one reason or another stopped. I'm now 60 and decided to pick it up again, and I am just sad I haven't been playing all along. I'm working on a handful of Scarlatti pieces, Bach inventions, and several other pieces, mostly out of the mainstream, and many technical exercises. I'm into it so seriously want to improve, which was my reason for joining.

     

    I would like to have a community that can provide feedback and suggestions when I need them, and to motivate me if I need that too.

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    • Chris hi Chris, welcome! 

       

      Did you mention inventions? There's an amazing inventions thread under the practice diaries that you may like to visit, and do join in the fun!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 3 mths ago
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      Chris Benvenuto, Chris!  per favore unisciti a noi nel gruppo di pratica delle Invenzioni di Bach.  Lo amerai!

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      • Chris
      • Chris.11
      • 3 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Ho visto, grazie! The inventions thread is inspiring, I may now have to try more of them....

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    • Chris Ci sono troppi italiani su Tonebase :)

      Benvenuto!

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  • Hello everyone! I will start by introducing myself...

    I'm Griffin, a 17 year old student born and living in New Zealand who holds interests in many areas (I have applied to study medicine in 2023), but music is ultimately what keeps me sane! 😂

     

    1) I love a good pie from the bakery or dairy, it's very typical in New Zealand. I certainly love the beaches here too, but I am going to depart down to the chilly south next year for my studies (although I think I love the snowy mountains even more than the beaches!).

     

    2) I am currently working on a large variety of works.

    I particularly want to work on Rachmaninoff's works, especially his piano concerti, but his preludes and etudes-tableaux are fantastic as well obviously. I am also interested in the study of works composed by Chopin, Liszt, Grieg, Bach, Scriabin, just to name a few.

    However, a large part of my focus is on composition as well.

    I love improvisation. Combining those spontaneous ideas which have particular flare into a cohesive, technical, and meaningful composition is very important to me.

    I find it a necessary output for what I feel and a means to purvey the otherwise inexplicable.

     

    3) I'm already finding great education through the resources in the site.

    In addition to the site, am hoping that I will be able to ask questions and get helpful answers here, particularly relating to specific technical challenges.

    I also hope to be able to discuss ideas relating to pianism and composition with others who are more skilled than me!

    However, I mainly look forward to being a part of a community of interesting people with like-minded interests in music.

     

    Thank you tonebase for making this platform possible; it is perfect for students like me who do not have access to advanced resources, being tucked away in a little island country in the corner of the world and all 🙂

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    • Griffin Clode Hi Griffin! 

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