An Adult Piano Student who builds pianos and restores planes

David dog 1My adult student, David, is a man for all seasons! He not only studies piano, with a penchant for the works of Bach, but he restores antique airplanes, and builds pianos. Add into the mix, his taking a ride in one of his personal airborne creations with a J.S. Bach soundtrack to accompany his soaring adventure! Take a look!

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A recorded conversation with David revealed more about his background in the piano technology field as well as his retirement activities that include planes, pianos and lots more.

Note that in the spirit of cruising through the skies, David takes his piano lessons in cyber, though he formerly drove about 300 miles from Chico to Berkeley, just to stop off at the Roma Cafe for a snack or two.

An Excerpt from a Skype Lesson with David: (He restored the vintage Steinway model ‘A’ he plays)

KEEP FLYIN’ at the piano and in the air!!! You Go, David!

David’s Self-built Grand Piano in Progress

“Shirley, here’s a couple pictures of the McPiano in progress. At the moment, I’m in the process of applying the last mahogany outer veneer to the outer rim. It is done in 2′ sections. The 1st one is a section glued and clamped on the curved section of case. The 2nd, snapped today, is a section glued and clamped on the straight part of the case.

The Piano is 7’4″ long (Steinway C size). I’m also taking videos of construction sessions and will edit them and produce a little video over time. I have 2 more sections to glue on to complete the outer case rim veneer.”

David piano in progress 1

David piano in progress 2


About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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4 Responses to An Adult Piano Student who builds pianos and restores planes

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  2. Laura McAmis says:

    What fun! David sure knows how to entertain himself. He is also in good company. One of the first chair violinist for SFS built his own airplane in his free time!


  3. Pingback: A London piano student fine tunes her F# Major scales and arpeggios (staccato and legato) | Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten)

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