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Posted: 06 Feb 05, 23:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just curious...


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Posted: 06 Feb 05, 23:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not really sure, but I remember reading that he took piano lessons from when he was really young, as urged by his choir teacher who pretty much saw the greatness in him.
But that doesn't give way as to HOW classicaly trained he was. heh.
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Posted: 07 Feb 05, 04:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Perhaps he was more classically trained in his youth than in the Queen years.


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Posted: 07 Feb 05, 12:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think i remember reading that he went up to grade 4 and then stopped once he realized he could write his own songs

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Posted: 08 Feb 05, 00:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read he was trained classically during the period when he and his family lived in India. His mother Jer was adamant that he learned to play piano and she encouraged him to take lessons at school. At first he did these to calm down her wishes but soon he fell in love with piano...the piano lessons were based on classics.

Chopin('Frederic' Chopin) was one of Freddie's favorites and as far as I remember, for example, at the concerts in Earl's Court, Freddie chose some tunes of Chopin for the pre-show music, which is a sort of trivia.


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Posted: 08 Feb 05, 14:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

According to the book I read, he attained a grade five eventually...


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Posted: 08 Feb 05, 17:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

he was grade IV, wasn't he?


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Posted: 09 Feb 05, 05:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie being interviewed by Kenny Everett for Capital Radio, November 1976 :-

'Freddie Mercury: I did have in my youth… that’s a couple of years ago. No, when I was about seven years old, I did piano lessons and I did up to grade 4 classical, practical and theory. Then I gave it up, as I basically play by ear really and I can’t sight read at all. So I gave that up and all my playing is done by ear. I can’t read music that well, it takes me a long time.'


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Posted: 09 Feb 05, 05:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He might have only had grade 4 but he was a much better player than that.

Obviously, that's not the question, just thought I'd chip in!

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Posted: 09 Feb 05, 10:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read somewhere that he was Grade IV. I have a lot in common with Freddie's classical training. I've got Grade VI and also play by ear.

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Posted: 09 Feb 05, 13:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Indeed according to the other book( which I have not read recently...), he attained grade IV, but such a grade number cannot describe his fantastic piano playing which made Queen music very special.
I do wish I had heard that radio interview...


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Posted: 10 Feb 05, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Considering the limited formal training he had, Freddie was pretty amazing at the piano. The piano interlude in Love of my Life is particularly impressive. It's taken years of formal training and study for me to understand the workings of harmony and composition, yet Freddie basically did his thing by pure instinct. Look at Melancholy Blues: there's some really inventive harmony in there.

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Posted: 10 Feb 05, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wish I could help on this topic, only I can't All I know is he took piano lessons at his school when he was living in Zamzibar.


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Posted: 11 Feb 05, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember reading that he got up to Grade IV. It was when he was at boarding school in Panchgani India that his auntie suggested to his mum and dad that he should take piano lessons (I heard that in a documentry about his life when they interviewed his auntie, mum, sister ect).

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Posted: 11 Feb 05, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

but maybe he still took them after he came back from boarding school i'm not sure.

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Posted: 11 Feb 05, 16:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i take piano lessons, i wanted to learn how to play bo rap on the piano


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Posted: 11 Feb 05, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

although my teacher always yells at me cuz i always play with my hands flat


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