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  7. <title type="text">Gay Slade Piano Studio</title>
  8. <subtitle type="text">Pianos are such noble instruments - they&#039;re either upright or grand!</subtitle>
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  10. <updated>2017-07-22T20:17:37Z</updated>
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  19. <name>gayslade</name>
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  21. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Punny Piano Recall]]></title>
  22. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://sladepiano.com/2010/04/225/" />
  23. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=225</id>
  24. <updated>2011-08-11T02:17:33Z</updated>
  25. <published>2010-04-09T14:26:19Z</published>
  26. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Musical tidbits" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Dear J S Bach, This letter is to inform you that Yamaha has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would, resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals. The sticky pedal may also make it more difficult for pianists to come to a [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  27. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2010/04/225/"><![CDATA[<p>Dear J S Bach,</p>
  28. <p>This letter is to inform you that Yamaha has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would, resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals.</p>
  29. <p>The sticky pedal may also make it more difficult for pianists to come to a complete stop at the end of a piece, posing a health hazard for audiences.</p>
  30. <p>Although there have been a number of unintended accidentals, we are not aware of any deafs. Analysts are debating whether this will put a damper on their bass market and if they will be able to sustain sales.</p>
  31. <p>Congress is considering questioning the President of Yamaha in an effort to learn when the company may have become aware of this treble.</p>
  32. <p>Here&#8217;s an update on that Yamaha piano recall: Congressional inquiries brought a sharp response from president Mitsuru Umemura of Yamaha, who quickly played down the scale of the problem before taking the fifth. &#8220;Only a few modal years are affected by what is a relative minor problem,&#8221; he replied tiercely.</p>
  33. <p>With no progression towards a resolution, sales of Yamaha pianos have gone flat, and market analysts predict an interval of diminished revenue for the company. The president announced that Yamaha would triadvertising more and fine tune their marketing strategies in order to augment sales.&#8221;</p>
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  37. <author>
  38. <name>gayslade</name>
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  40. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Holdman Christmas Lights]]></title>
  41. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://sladepiano.com/2008/12/holdman-christmas-lights/" />
  42. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=151</id>
  43. <updated>2011-08-11T02:17:46Z</updated>
  44. <published>2008-12-16T16:05:50Z</published>
  45. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Musical tidbits" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[This house is a couple blocks from where our daughter lives in Utah. Pretty amazing! And if you haven&#8217;t already listened to Straight Up No Chaser&#8217;s version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, it is worth a couple minutes to bring a smile to your face.]]></summary>
  46. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2008/12/holdman-christmas-lights/"><![CDATA[<p>This house is a couple blocks from where our daughter lives in Utah. Pretty amazing!</p>
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  48. <p>And if you haven&#8217;t already listened to Straight Up No Chaser&#8217;s version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, it is worth a couple minutes to bring a smile to your face.</p>
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  53. <author>
  54. <name>gayslade</name>
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  56. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Victor Borge, one funny guy!]]></title>
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  58. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=127</id>
  59. <updated>2011-08-11T02:19:02Z</updated>
  60. <published>2008-10-14T15:36:25Z</published>
  61. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Musical tidbits" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[The Piano Tuner Musical Phonetic Punctuation]]></summary>
  62. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2008/10/victor-borge-one-funny-guy/"><![CDATA[<p>The Piano Tuner</p>
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  64. <p>Musical Phonetic Punctuation</p>
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  70. <name>gayslade</name>
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  72. <title type="html"><![CDATA[The Solution]]></title>
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  74. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=81</id>
  75. <updated>2011-08-11T02:18:14Z</updated>
  76. <published>2008-08-09T14:54:38Z</published>
  77. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Musical tidbits" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[If you&#8217;ve always wanted to play the piano but don&#8217;t have time or the inclination to practice, here is Rowan Atkinson&#8217;s solution. Instant Beethoven. I guess it&#8217;s all in the white gloves]]></summary>
  78. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2008/08/the-solution/"><![CDATA[<p>If you&#8217;ve always wanted to play the piano but don&#8217;t have time or the inclination to practice, here is Rowan Atkinson&#8217;s solution. Instant Beethoven.</p>
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  80. <p>I guess it&#8217;s all in the white gloves <img src="http://sladepiano.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/simple-smile.png" alt=":)" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></p>
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  85. <name>gayslade</name>
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  87. <title type="html"><![CDATA[Most Important Tip Ever]]></title>
  88. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://sladepiano.com/2008/08/tip-no-1/" />
  89. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=75</id>
  90. <updated>2011-08-11T02:21:16Z</updated>
  91. <published>2008-08-09T14:50:15Z</published>
  92. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Practicing tips" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[Here is my all-time favorite, most important, oft repeated, very effective but usually ignored practice tip: Go slowly to get it right. Once everything is in place you will have no trouble speeding up.]]></summary>
  93. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2008/08/tip-no-1/"><![CDATA[<p>Here is my all-time favorite, most important, oft repeated, very effective but usually ignored practice tip:</p>
  94. <p><a href="http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/slow-down1.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-76" title="slow-down1" src="http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/slow-down1-300x177.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="177" /></a></p>
  95. <p>Go slowly to get it right. Once everything is in place you will have no trouble speeding up.</p>
  96. ]]></content>
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  99. <author>
  100. <name>gayslade</name>
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  102. <title type="html"><![CDATA[It&#8217;s In The Math]]></title>
  103. <link rel="alternate" type="text/html" href="http://sladepiano.com/2008/08/its-in-the-math/" />
  104. <id>http://sladepiano.com/?p=72</id>
  105. <updated>2011-08-11T02:21:09Z</updated>
  106. <published>2008-08-09T14:32:50Z</published>
  107. <category scheme="http://sladepiano.com" term="Practicing tips" /> <summary type="html"><![CDATA[If: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 [&#8230;]]]></summary>
  108. <content type="html" xml:base="http://sladepiano.com/2008/08/its-in-the-math/"><![CDATA[<p>If:<br />
  109. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:<br />
  110. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26,</p>
  111. <p>Then:<br />
  112. H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K<br />
  113. 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%</p>
  114. <p>K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E<br />
  115. 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%</p>
  116. <p>But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E<br />
  117. 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%<br />
  118. <a href="http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/attitude.jpg"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-71" title="attitude" src="http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/attitude.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/attitude-150x150.jpg 150w, http://sladepiano.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/attitude.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><br />
  119. So one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, it is your Attitude that will get you there.</p>
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