I took piano lessons for 4 years, then stopped 6 years ago. I’ve been playing things on my own, though, and teaching myself new songs… I’m not very good at all because flute is my primary instrument, but I still enjoy playing.
I saw Fantasie Impromptu played a couple weeks ago by this woman in her seventies, and I was completely blown away and pretty inspired. Now I really want to take up piano lessons again, and I want to learn Fantasie Impromptu sometime in my lifetime.
...Who knows how long it’ll take me, and who knows if I’ll have enough patience to learn it. I’ll start with something easier and work my way up (because every time I look at the score, my eyes cross).
How long had all of you been playing piano when you learned Fantasie Impromptu? I want to see if this goal is actually attainable for me.
I’m a sloucher. I do it 24/7. I’ve got a pretty really weak core, and I’m also self conscious enough that slouching over makes me feel less noticeable (which is sort of a comfort).
However, I’m trying to change that (well, the self confidence thing, too), because I know it’s really bad for my back, and I look so much more attractive when I sit or stand up straight. It’s just so hard after slouching for seventeen years!
I’m thinking maybe I’ll rewatch movies like Titanic and Pride & Prejudice, where everybody has perfect posture, and emulate it. I’m also looking for a yoga class nearby, so maybe starting that would help as well.
It’s been a gradual shift, but I’ve finally got it almost 100% down pat. I guess it’s a sign of progress when most desserts don’t even appeal to me anymore – I’d much sooner choose a huge bowl of grapes or a homemade salad wrap over an ice cream or cookie anyday.
I’ve been avoiding preservatives, soda, most juice, saturated/trans fat, partially hydrogenated whatsits, high fructose corn syrup, natural/artificial flavors, etc. ...basically ingredients that I can’t pronounce. I try my best to steer away from processed foods, and I avoid fast food like the plague. My mom’s been helping me keep a balanced diet, too (I probably couldn’t have done this without her).
It probably also helps that I went vegetarian about a month ago, so any cholesterol and stuff that I would’ve gotten from meat is no longer an issue. Plus, if you know the right brands, a lot of meat substitutes/imitations taste just as good as the real thing.
Let’s just see if I can keep this up when I go off to college next year, haha. :] (Although where I’m going does have a pretty good cafeteria).