Posted: 16/07/2016 at 11:12
Would not disagree with any of that post Doghouse, people will always try to improve the original to their own likeness, I would suppose it is built into the human psyche. It also depends on our age, my Piano Teacher was traditional my practice pieces and exam music was usually classical and very dry classical at that. Dad a pianist would short circuit Miss Cook by bringing home sheet music and saying half a crown when you can play that?? my fingers would be red raw where Miss Cook belted them with her foot long pencil as she realised I had not done the practice, had she asked me to play "Alice Blue Gown" or "Blue Danube" she would have got perfection. Never failing an exam which I took until joining up at 18 proved Miss Cook did get attention, more the fear of that pencil than anything else.
In a time the front room piano was the focus, no TV then, you were expected to earn your cream cake by playing all the old favourites until your fingers became numb, the same in the forces, managing to get a tune out of those battered uprights earned you your beers. It also got me on a few occasions to sit with top classical pianists as they practiced to give a concert, making sure they got fed and watered, then with them, the music on my knee in case they went blank, it never happened of course, I did realise they worked hard at it one man practiced a full eight hours then played the concert note perfect. I knew my place as they say.