Peter & Company P&C #237: Mom's Classical Agenda

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Okay, mom. Just who is this piano for, anyway?

This is something my mom actually admitted to me years after I had started taking lessons. Truthfully she loved everything I played, but she really loved it whenever I played classical pieces. So while she said it was important that I get a well-rounded training that covers classical music, IN REALITY she had a hidden agenda.

Not that I’m complaining, though! I actually grew pretty quickly to appreciate classical music (I freakin’ love me some Debussy and Chopin).
 
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Which Chopin? My favorite is the raindrop prelude.

And yes as someone who played an instrument (bassoon) parents always want you to play the fruffy stuff. It's never enough to toil away trying to figure out how to play the imperial march.
 
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Never played an instrument, never wanted to play one, and never had a parent try to make me learn. I'd never be any good anyway, my mind is more left brain oriented...although I was beat up a lot as a kid because of my aptitude in math and science.
 

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Oh man...I remember being forced to sing for my music class. Personally, I'm not a fan of actually playing music or singing it for that matter. I prefer to listen more than anything else really.

Kudos for the use of the word machiavellian by the way as that isn't really an easy word to use in everyday language. One question though...if classical is the math class of music, does that mean calculus is that creepy cousin that watches over you while you sleep then?
 

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Okay, mom. Just who is this piano for, anyway?

This is something my mom actually admitted to me years after I had started taking lessons. Truthfully she loved everything I played, but she really loved it whenever I played classical pieces. So while she said it was important that I get a well-rounded training that covers classical music, IN REALITY she had a hidden agenda.

Not that I’m complaining, though! I actually grew pretty quickly to appreciate classical music (I freakin’ love me some Debussy and Chopin).
Your mum sounds pretty awesome, actually. And frankly, as someone who did a bit of piano learning once, it's learning Classical that shows you how music actually works, particularly Bach.
 

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Guess I was kinda weird, then, because I loved ALL music, including classical, when I was learning to play tuba. Throw some John Williams at him, and Peter will see things in a new light.
Also, @Leviathan , if you are good at math, then music is not beyond you. Music is all about the numbers, when you look at it close enough.
 
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Also, @Leviathan , if you are good at math, then music is not beyond you. Music is all about the numbers, when you look at it close enough.
all the beating eventually took its toll (they usually hit my head or kidneys). Even though I accel at math I'm not capable of maintaining the information long after. If I tried to learn music I'd have to relearn it every few days, and that feels like a hassle.
 

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Which Chopin? My favorite is the raindrop prelude.

And yes as someone who played an instrument (bassoon) parents always want you to play the fruffy stuff. It's never enough to toil away trying to figure out how to play the imperial march.
What, no "You Shook Me All Night Long"?