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Listening to CDs
Buy them, borrow them, just get your hands on some CDs that you like and listen, listen, listen! Read through Chapter 18 and find some artists and recordings that interest you.
Listening to other pianists gives you insight into the quality of your own playing as well as stylistic ideas you can borrow to liven up your performance. Plus, being inspired is always motivating.
Perusing record stores
Youíll find a record store on nearly every major street in every major city ó humans buy lots of records. Some of these can be expensive, but many record labels ó especially the classical ones ó offer varied price ranges. Make sure you check every listing under a particular artist, and you may find the same performance for much less money.
It pays to patronize record stores that allow in-store listening, allowing you to sample any CD in the store for as long as you like before you ever let a dime fall from your pocket. One bit of caution: Try not to sing out loud or dance provocatively until after youíve purchased the CD.
If you canít find it, order it. Most any record store can order most any album you desire, as long as it is still in print. The store should have one or two ways to look up the album information:
Electronic kiosk: Punch in the title, artist, label, or any other data you may know about the album, and in seconds youíll get a printed form with the right information.
J1 Phonolog: This is an alphabetical listing of virtually every record ever made. Look up the album you want by title, artist, or even individual songs.
Using either method, gather as much album information as you can, ask the store to order it, return home, have a donut, and wait for them to call you. Life can be so easy sometimes.
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Avoid the traffic, stay in your pajamas, and shop for music from the comforts of your own home. Thatís right: The Internet has many sites for ordering music. Some of them even allow you to listen to a sample of the recording before purchasing. Have your credit card information handy and check out the following:
I 1-800-Music Now: www. 1800mus i enow. com J1 Amazon: www. amazon . com J' CDNOW: www.cdnow.com J' CD Universe: www. cduni verse . com J1 Every CD: www. everyed . com J1 Tower Records: www .tower records, com
Libraries arenít just for books any more. Visit your local library and check out their collection of CDs. No, I mean literally check out their collection. Thatís why itís there.
After you find the Liberace CD you desire, the nice librarian will give you a set of headphones and a quiet place to sit and listen. Some libraries even let you take CDs home, but youíll have to leave the headphones.
When a record store fails to locate an out of print CD, a library is the place to go. Of course, you probably wonít be able to take these hard-to-find ones home, but you still get a nice comfortable listening room.
Believe it or not, recorded music did exist before CDs. Many albums from the olden days still havenít made it to CD. Your library is likely to have some of these recordings on LP, cassette, or (gulp!) 8-track. Many audiophiles and historians actually prefer the sound of analog to digital. . . er, LP to CD.
Join record clubs
If you want to build a CD collection, record clubs are the way to go. Youíve seen these ď13 CDs for l<tĒ offers, right? Theyíre real! The club will send you a basket of CDs for one penny. You just have to agree to buy five more at regular price over the next three years, or something like that.
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Do the math; itís not a bad value. You want to build your collection anyway, right? Youíre likely to buy five CDs at regular price from a store in the next three years. So, this way you get 18 CDs for around $75.01 (donít forget that penny!). This calculates to roughly $4.00 per CD. Beat that! Of course, you have to pay for shipping and handling (around $3.00 per CD), but this is a small price to pay for the savings you garner.
Make sure to always mail back the little card each month, whether you want to order music or not. It only costs you a single stamp. Otherwise, the club sends you the featured selection and charges you for it.
Most clubs offer a variety of genres: classical, jazz, pop, rock, New Age, easy listening, and everything else. A few clubs are genre-specific: classical only, jazz only, and so on. Hereís a couple of good starting places for you:
J Berkshire Record Outlet, Inc.: Route 102, Pleasant Street, Lee,
MA, 01238-9804; Phone: 413-243-4080. Web:
* Musical Heritage Society: 1710 Highway 35, Ocean, NJ, 07712; Phone: 908-531-7003
Borrou? from friends
My favorite way to build a collection is to borrow from friends. With the old ďbait and switchĒ routine, chances are youíll have a free CD for as long as you need it. Donít stray from the following script, except to change the CD names to suit your needs: