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#1013558 - 11/30/06 03:38 PM I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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O.K. guys and gals, i just bought an overture that is 24 pages long what was i thinking??? i really want to play this piece so i wanted to challenge myself to play this say max 9 months(hoping for 6 months). Now i am hoping you all will hold me liable to play this in that time frame HOWEVER in the process i wanted to challenge some of you who have brass cahonas(sp??) to also take a challenge on a very difficult and beautiful piece you have always wanted to learn in the same allotted time. every month or so we can check in and see how we are coming along. SOOOOOOOO is anyone up for this challenge??? count me in \:D

1. Euan Morrison= "el mysterio".

2. Funburger= 1812 Overture by tchaikovsky

3. Kawaigirl= "Big My Secret" by Michael Nyman

4. Stephenc= 'Liebestraume' by Liszt

5. Sandy Moore= Liszt Consolation #3(???)

6. Sid= Einaudi's In Un Altra Vita(own version)

7. Ozor Mox= Schubert's Impromptu Op.90 No.2

8. Loveschopintoomuch= Chopin's Nocturne Op.48, #1.

9. Frycek= Chopin Scherzo nr 1 op 20

10. Opus45= (hopefully jumping in)

11. Patty39= Bach's invention No. 8

12. Ishmael= Mozart - Rondo alla Turca

13. Shubertian= Le Gibet from Ravel's Gaspard

14. SarahM= Chopin Ballade #1

15. Tana= CPE Bach's Sonata in E Minor

16. Shimmer= 'Jessica's theme' by Bruce Rowland.

17. Playadom= Liszt-HR2

18. vanityx3= 1st 2 movements of Beethoven's moonlight sonata

19. Eeeff= Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Minor

20. Par= Maple Leaf Rag

come on guys pick something even if you only get half of something done by then it will be better than putting it on the shelf!!!
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#1013559 - 11/30/06 04:02 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Did someone say 'challenge'?

I'm always game for a bit of piano-related ambitions, so I'm in. Need to go and find a piece worthy of such a time-frame. Will report back later...

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#1013560 - 11/30/06 04:54 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Funby:

Is it really 24 "unique" pages or is it around 9 pages that constantly repeats itself?.

I only ask because I recently learned "100 years" by five for fighting in about 30 minutes. It was a 9-page song but in actuality, it just repeated 2 1/2 pages over and over again.

I just ended up learning 2 1/2 pages and played the same thing 4 times over!!

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#1013561 - 11/30/06 05:02 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Mr superhunky, i wish!!! these are all very uniquely different....wish it were that easy!!! haha, i wouldnt need to challenge if only repeating itself. and no its not moonlight sonata. its an orchestrated piece for the piano. i will list the piece later, i just dont want everyone picking the same piece otherwise they may play it better than me

Euan is in!!!! YIPPIE!!!!
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#1013562 - 11/30/06 05:11 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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This may be a big mistake, but I will choose 'Andante Spianato' by Chopin.

Its got a bit of repitition, but I think it will take a while to learn regardless.

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#1013563 - 11/30/06 05:19 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Are you going to memorize this thing? All 24 pages...

Yikes!

Don't break anything, okay?

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Originally posted by funburger:
O.K. guys and gals, i just bought an overture that is 24 pages long what was i thinking??? i really want to play this piece so i wanted to challenge myself to play this say max 9 months(hoping for 6 months). Now i am hoping you all will hold me liable to play this in that time frame HOWEVER in the process i wanted to challenge some of you who have brass cahonas(sp??) to also take a challenge on a very difficult and beautiful piece you have always wanted to learn in the same allotted time. every month or so we can check in and see how we are coming along. SOOOOOOOO is anyone up for this challenge??? count me in \:D [/b]
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#1013564 - 11/30/06 05:20 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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What is the name of this piece.... just wondering?
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#1013565 - 11/30/06 05:20 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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24 pages? 9 months? how difficult is it? how long is the piece played from a recording? If I have to learn anything 24 pages long at the limit of my technical skill, that would take 2-3 years to reach performance level.

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#1013566 - 11/30/06 05:34 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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hopefully it wont take that long to learn!!! challenges always make a piece i love that much more fun to learn because of the challenge. i hope you guys take on this challenge, and pick something to play. it will be a great chance for us all to improve on something:) and not beat ourselves up for putting something on the shelf we really love!!!
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#1013567 - 11/30/06 05:40 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Only 2-3 years.... you must be an intermediate player! LOL

Heck I'd never get it memorized. I did manage to memorize all the 26 choruses of Mendlesohn's Ellijah but that was just the vocal parts.
A 24 page piano score (that isn't big note easy stuff) totally memorized is beyond my limits of endurance and perserverance. ;\)

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Originally posted by LisztAddict:
24 pages? 9 months? how difficult is it? how long is the piece played from a recording? If I have to learn anything 24 pages long at the limit of my technical skill, that would take 2-3 years to reach performance level. [/b]
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#1013568 - 11/30/06 05:43 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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There ain't enough headache pills in the world to get me through learning something like a 24 page piece of classical piano music.

Where can I buy my white towel of surrender?
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#1013569 - 11/30/06 05:52 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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wolfindmist--you wouldnt have to choose such a lengthy piece even if its 5 pages. choose something you have always wanted to play, that you have always wanted to but think you cant. come on give it a try!!! at least.

I think a ton of you guys can play pieces you want to play but are scared your not good enough!!! you guys i believe can do this!!!

Lets give it our hearts!!!
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#1013570 - 11/30/06 05:54 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I stick to shorter repetoire or make it up as I go....on.

Besides I don't have any cannons around here to play with.

LOL
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#1013571 - 11/30/06 07:56 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Hmm....I'm up for a good challenge...but certainly it's not like what Euan and funburger will be learning

I'll choose to learn "Big My Secret" by Michael Nyman.

This piece is not a long piece in terms of pages but I find this piece will be a good challenge for myself.
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#1013572 - 11/30/06 08:11 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Nice idea funburger,

i've got a bit of a headstart, but I expect that my learning 'Liebestraume' by Liszt will still take several more months.

So count me in with that piece!

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#1013573 - 11/30/06 08:26 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Hmmmmm.....Liszt Consolation #3. I think maybe...
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#1013574 - 12/01/06 02:58 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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OK, as our somewhat befuddled el supremo says, Bring It On!

I'm going to go out on a long long limb and commit to Einaudi's In Un Altra Vita...with the proviso that I be allowed to play my own arrangement of the piece...

Oh, the pressure, oh the humanity!

Great idea, funburger...I'll either be a passable pianist in 9 months or be confirmed as the mediocre dabbler that I already know myself to be. Taking deep breath...I accept your thrown glove, lady, en garde!
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#1013575 - 12/01/06 06:36 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I've just started Schubert's Impromptu Op.90 No.2 and I can see it's going to be ridiculously challenging! I can make it through the first page so far, but there's plenty to go yet, so I'm up for this.

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#1013576 - 12/01/06 08:23 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Count me in...glutton for punishment that I am. :p

My challenge (and I've already pulled a tendon in the LH pinkie...just playing the first page) is Chopin's Nocturne Op.48, #1.

If and that's a BIG if I can play this, I know I have arrived!! Arrived where? I don't know, but it will do amazing wonders for my self-confidence. \:\) AND it just might give me the psychological permission to go out and buy that new piano I've been dreaming about.

Thank you for giving me a "kick in the pants" so to speak...I really need it to get me going on this one.

Kathleen
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#1013577 - 12/01/06 08:30 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Chopin Scherzo nr 1 op 20
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#1013578 - 12/01/06 08:35 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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this is a terrific idea funburger. it's going to take me a bit of time to decide what i want to tackle after finishing the pieces i'm now working on.

i'd like to give this matter some more thought before publicly committing to learn a challenging piece (to say nothing of all the hours/days/weeks/months it takes me to learn something challenging). i want it to be something I will really enjoy, of course.

i'm assuming we can jump in anytime?
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#1013579 - 12/01/06 08:36 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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m.h.o.

ouverture 1812 is an orchestral piece
thus you probably got the piano reduction of the orchestral score

is it worthy to spend 9 months of excercising to be able to play something what will never sound as good played on piano as it is when played by an orchestra?

there is plenty of famous and popular orchestral tunes which were originaly "born" as piano pieces, and then later, because of their popularity arranged for the orchestra by the composer himself (Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Brahms: Hungarian Dances, Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies just to name a few)
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#1013580 - 12/01/06 08:59 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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May I choose a piece that I've already BEEN working on 9 month? \:D It is Bach's invention No. 8. In the beginning I took it as a finger exercise separate for both hands, for weeks and weeks and months on end. LAST week my teacher and I officially took it up - of course I don't have the slightest clue how Bach is supposed to be played - the score does not indicate anything. I am very slowly through (that is, the progress is now amazing \:\) ) the first part with all phrasing, articulation and stuff (hopefully ... ) and it is a total revelation.

Liszt Addict - at the latest since this rendition of Ave Maria which left me breathless I believe you are able to play whatever you want - no excuse to chick out!

Sorry, I am so swamped with work that you'll only see me around occasionally but nevertheless I'll hop in from time to time.

Patty
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#1013581 - 12/01/06 12:22 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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thank-you guys for taking on this challenge.

kathleen, i think that is a great idea!!! you deserve it!!! however be careful practicing. your hands are more important than a piece:)

bluemarine-- my teacher said the same thing. it got me really depressed for 2 weeks. then i decided to heck with that if its going to make me sad i am just going to do it. when my heart gets stuck on something its hard to veer onto something else. i only ordered this piece, but will see it through till the end no matter what!!

Patty39- sweet!!! thats cool how that worked out for ya!!! you may have taken it on as an excercise, but its going to end up a beautiful flower!!! that is awesome how that worked out for you!!!!

sid-- my sword is drawn--let the games begin(well on jan. 1) \:D
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#1013582 - 12/01/06 12:25 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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oh yeah, if everyone is in agreement how about jan. 1 --sept. 1 being the deadline, or we can make it the 15th (isnt that the online recital) whatever everyone decides on is fine:) that way we can have the holidays.
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#1013583 - 12/01/06 01:55 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Bluemarine, oh yes it is worthy to stick with a piece you set your heart on even if it is a fully blasted orchestral work - and you know what? Next year we'll get the orchestra and be the cheering audience when Funburger accompanies them brilliantly on a shining grand \:D Would that be just great?

Patty
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#1013584 - 12/01/06 02:55 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm in for the challenge. Mozart - Rondo alla Turca.

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#1013585 - 12/04/06 09:56 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I've wanted to play Le Gibet from Ravel's Gaspard for years - I'll do that.
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#1013586 - 12/07/06 12:33 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Sarah M Offline
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I love this idea! The #1 problem I have with piano is motivation and this 'challenge' should motivate me.

So I would like to do the "Black Keys" Etude by Chopin.

p.s. I'm probably getting in WAY over my head on this one.

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#1013587 - 12/07/06 01:23 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Sarah M, the black key etude is a great one to try. It is easier than it sounds, yet difficult enough to make you and your audience proud. Practice the first page slowly until you have it decent. If you can do page one, you can do it all, even though the next pages seem much harder
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#1013588 - 12/07/06 06:52 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Hey, thanks all for joining in on the challenge. I have officially received my book--i mean sheetmusic:) i am excited to get started!! does everyone already have their sheet music? and is it ok to set sept. 1 as the deadline? just wondering.
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#1013589 - 12/07/06 07:14 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Sept 1 sounds like a good date to me - I"m ready to go.
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#1013590 - 12/07/06 07:16 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I have my sheet music (two copies in fact!) and have (very conservatively I might add) estimated that it will take me about 6 months to complete this piece, so 9 months should be a good actual estimate!

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#1013591 - 12/08/06 01:31 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Yeah, I have the sheet music already as well.

I think Sept 1 can be the official deadline, but people of course can set personal deadlines and finish faster if they can. My piece is kinda short so I'm aiming to finish quicker.

Later on, maybe we could start a special thread in member recordings for challengers to upload their stuff. I know I would love to hear other people's challenge piece.

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#1013592 - 01/10/07 05:34 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Well, it was gonna happen sooner or later...
Could I switch to a different piece please? \:\)

I'm nominating to play the slow movement to Schubert's final Piano Sonata (d.960).

According to the quote on the cd box "ANYBODY can get it to sound emotional....", so that suits me fine!

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#1013593 - 01/10/07 05:40 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Euan, thats funny, hahahhahaha. wanting to switch at this point!!! hahahahahahhahaa!!! NOPE sorry no can do :p

the 1812 is a bit harder than i thought, however i am pushing through it, veeeeerrrrry slllloooooowly. however if you want to switch now thats ok. as long as it is still a challenge to you, that is the whole point ;\) to challenge yourself to your limits.
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#1013594 - 01/10/07 05:44 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
Well, it was gonna happen sooner or later...
Could I switch to a different piece please? \:\) [/b]
Oh Euan, I was waiting for this :-))))) Good luck with your next choice. We don't hear enough Schubert IMO.
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#1013595 - 01/10/07 06:12 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I think its an understatement to say that I wouldn't exactly do much justice to the Chopin! Glad I realised that now instead of 5 months down the line.

The Schubert piece is certainly a challenge - its gut-wrenching beautiful, and also nearly 10 minutes long, so its a big challenge that way.

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#1013596 - 01/10/07 08:40 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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The Andante Spinato appears to require a truly exquisite touch to do it justice - probably that which takes many years of playing to acquire, probably a wise decision Euan, it will be one to look forward to learning in the future, its definetly on my list!

So how's everyones progress on their challenge pieces going? My Liebestraume is coming along quite well - it has a crazy middle section that I work on daily and two cadenza sections which will be a daily ritual for some months (part of the reason for studying Hanon more seriously!) - overall I'm quite happy with the progress.

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#1013597 - 01/10/07 11:57 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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What a great idea. Is it too late for me to jump in? I don't think I was here when the thread started. \:\(

Keep in mind that I've only had lessons for a year, so my idea of a challenging piece will be sightreading for you guys. LOL \:\)

If it's not too late my choice would be CPE Bach's Sonata in E Minor (H. 106 I think; I haven't got the score in front of me). I stumbled across it the other day, and I think it's absolutely magnificent. \:\)

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#1013598 - 01/11/07 12:07 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Tana, of course you can still join in:) there is still plenty of time left to practice.

stephenc, my progress is not as fast as i had hoped, however it is helping me tremendously with my sightreading and my overall playing. so that is cool. i will have this done by sept.!!! how is everyone else doing? still in and doing well i hope \:D
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#1013599 - 01/11/07 12:15 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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OK. I'm in too then. I have no intention of massacring any well known classical piece so my piece is 'Jessica's theme' by Bruce Rowland. It's only 3 pages long but it's a grade 5 piece and I've only been playing for 4 months so that should be enough of a challenge!

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#1013600 - 01/11/07 10:57 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Shimmer, hey three pages of tough music is quite a feat. you have only been playing 4 months and taking on grade 5!! you have been added to the list

ps. if anyone choose a piece and they are totally frustrated with it, please dont get down, put it down:) hows everyone coming along?

heck if we all just get half a piece down it will be like a music sampler:)
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#1013601 - 01/11/07 11:22 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm getting a little frustrated about my progress on my piece. I'm now on the third page and still chugging along very slowly. I'm trying to play it at a slow speed but it's meant to be played fast and loses a bit of "context" when slowed down, if that makes sense. The good thing for me is that it's 9 pages long with a lot of repeated themes, so by the 5th page or so I should technically know most of what's coming in the last few pages.

It is does feel a bit too fast for me, even when slowed down, so I may consider temporarily dropping it for one of two other pieces I have lined up to try instead. But I am very stubborn when it comes to not giving up on a piece that I chose that was too hard for me in the first place!

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#1013602 - 01/16/07 05:09 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Um... I would like to change my challenge piece if that's okay.

I would like to switch to Chopin Ballade #1.

I listened to it today for the first time in like 10 years and I love it so much. It's 16 pages long so it will keep me busy too. It will... keep me out of trouble! \:\)

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#1013603 - 01/16/07 12:18 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Well, I think I had kind of a head start playing my Bach Invention 8 (note the word "my" :3hearts: ) HS for about 9 months or something last year (and sometime HT but all legato) - I am speeding it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's great great great great!!!

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#1013604 - 01/16/07 05:24 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Thanks funburger for accepting my change.

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#1013605 - 01/16/07 05:28 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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sarah, your welcome.

Patty39, thats awesome news!!! by september i am sure it will just rock---can i say that with classical music?
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#1013606 - 01/16/07 05:48 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Uh, can I join?
I didn't hear about this thread until just now, but I've been working on a hard piece for 2 weeks now.

Liszt-HR2

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#1013607 - 01/16/07 05:52 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Playadom, i have added you:) thanks for joining in on the challenge!!
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#1013608 - 01/16/07 06:15 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I was thinking about this challenge thing - it really is so tough to pick a piece. I mean, we are talking about a deadline 8 months away.

SO naturally we know we will improve by then.

But by picking the piece now, we have to gauge just how much we think we will improve, and also be able to learn the piece as we go along.

I think many of us will finish quite early, by under-estimating our abilities or picking a piece below our final ability level, or not get pieces finished, as they were too difficult to start (e.g. me and Mr.Chopin).

[Edit:] I suppose the musings abouv simply show how cool this challenge is - the fact is that all of us have no idea whether or not we will succeed, it really is a shot in the dark!

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#1013609 - 01/16/07 06:23 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:


[Edit:] I suppose the musings abouv simply show how cool this challenge is - the fact is that all of us have no idea whether or not we will succeed, it really is a shot in the dark! [/b]
i just hope i dont get hit in the head
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#1013610 - 01/17/07 03:25 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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sarah, your welcome.

Patty39, thats awesome news!!! by september i am sure it will just rock---can i say that with classical music? [/b]
Of course! Bach rocks absolutely!!!
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#1013611 - 01/17/07 11:07 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Funburger, thanks for adding me.
I must say, my progress has been great. I think I'll get finished before the deadline. Now that I think about it, I probably should have chosen something like Mazeppa(not that I want to switch, I'd probably kill myself)

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#1013612 - 01/18/07 03:36 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol.

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#1013613 - 01/22/07 11:56 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know.
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#1013614 - 01/22/07 12:42 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. [/b]
It's pretty tough but not quite in the category of toughest. But if you can play it, it certainly makes everything else a bit more manageable.

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#1013615 - 01/22/07 09:12 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by playadom:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know. [/b]
Playadom,

I found this link of the 19 year old Don Juan on Pianostreet playing the wonderful HR2:

Liszt HR2

He's an amazing pianist.

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#1013616 - 01/22/07 09:42 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by dannylux:
 Quote:
Originally posted by playadom:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know. [/b]
Playadom,

I found this link of the 19 year old Don Juan on Pianostreet playing the wonderful HR2:

Liszt HR2

He's an amazing pianist.

Mel [/b]
Thanks for the link, Mel. The quality of the recording isn't that great, but that's not what matters! This one is about as fast as Cortot's.

Anyway, my left hand hurts, I think I've practiced a bit too much. The left hand part of this piece makes La Campanella look easy!

brojek.
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#1013617 - 01/31/07 03:10 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'll try for the first two movwements of Beethoven's moonlight sonata
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#1013618 - 02/08/07 07:22 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Well, I have the first two and a half pages of the Schubert down, but I'm getting incredibly frustrated at the middle section of the third page where it scales up and down but completely differently to anywhere else and not following traditional scales in any way. I'm probably going to break from it for a bit but that doesn't mean I won't finish it by September as I may well come back to it. I think when a piece gets frustrating it's time to take a break from it though!

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#1013619 - 02/10/07 11:10 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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vanityx3, i am so sorry i didnt see your original post, i have added you to the list.

Ozor Mox, i think you are right. its ok. i am taking a break from the piece i picked too. but am actually looking forward to pick it up again in the next week:) you will know when its time again. it will call you in your sleep ;\)
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#1013620 - 02/11/07 07:01 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Gah!
Where was I all this time!

Can I join in on the Challenge?

But does this mean I have like 3 months less to learn it now?

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#1013621 - 02/11/07 12:46 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Eeeff, of course everyone is welcome at anytime to join, i lost some time too, but am kicking myself in the behind this week, so pick a piece you can complete in 6 months and let me know what it is so i can add ya to the list!!
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#1013622 - 02/12/07 04:07 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Wow, 6 months eh?
Thats a lot of time for me :p
Looks like I'll have to find a hard one.
Give me a few days and I'll get one.

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#1013623 - 02/12/07 04:21 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Oh my Gosh...I've forgotten that I even posted here. Where was my brain when I did, and where has my memory been ever since.

The 48.1 is (without a doubt) THE most difficult of Chopin's nocturnes. I must have had one too many Bloody Mary's (actually one is one too many) when I imagined I could ever play it.

I'm going to have to pick a new challenge piece, if that's O.K.

I'm sorry...when is the deadline for this?

Kathleen
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#1013624 - 02/12/07 04:24 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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kathleen,no worries. its a challenge to get you going not hold ya back!!! just let me know so i can fix the original post:)

ps if you having bloody marys makes you confident have a few more and play the piece:) i am sure after a few you will sound like a concert pianist \:D
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#1013625 - 02/12/07 04:28 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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ok, not bumping my own post, but the last one was well a bad number, so i am just adding an extra number so i dont get freaked out....but bloody mary with the -- post, ah freaky!!!!
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#1013626 - 02/13/07 03:30 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Kathleen, it's ok, a lot of us changed pieces (myself included because I fell in love with a different piece and my first selection was pretty random anyway).

The "deadline" is September, so you have lots of time. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and find you can play 48/1 by then!

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#1013627 - 02/13/07 03:31 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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My first double post. Do I win some sort of prize? P.S. the back button is evil!

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#1013628 - 02/13/07 08:08 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm hoping to at least be able to play the two major parts of my piece (I can do one of them), even if I cannot play the whole thing from start to finish. I will return to it...soon...

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#1013629 - 02/28/07 03:10 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Just a little update on my progress:

Eh, I have severe commitment issues with learning piano pieces. Have decided to leave the Schubert for the time being.

Rather than constantly switching and having to change my piece, can I just nominate that I will have something ready on September 1st.

(Am looking at some Z.Preisner pieces, but as I say, it might change!).

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#1013630 - 02/28/07 03:57 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Wow, it's cool that people have enough patience to dedicate all that time to one song. It took me 4 months to learn a Scott Joplin peice, and I was glad to get that done.

I've been currently working on a piece I started in December, and it looks like another month or two before I get it up to performance standards. I don't think it's quite long enough for it fit in this challenge, but maybe when I finish it, I'll try a real toughie.

Anyways, just wanted to wish everyone good luck.

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#1013631 - 02/28/07 04:39 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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This may be a big mistake, but I will choose 'Andante Spianato' by Chopin.

Its got a bit of repitition, but I think it will take a while to learn regardless. [/b]
:D Good for you.

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#1013632 - 02/28/07 04:45 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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euan, that is fine, as long as its a challenge, so for you i can list a mystery piece:)

as for my update, i put down my piece for a little over a month thinking ok i will get back to it with a fresh mind, oh my, i never should have put it down, now i have to relearn what i already did:( ah well, will get it done with many many prayers:)

hope everyone else is doing ok?
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#1013633 - 02/28/07 05:25 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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euan, that is fine, as long as its a challenge, so for you i can list a mystery piece:)
[/b]
Thanks. My piece will definately be a challenge to learn/play. There is a Polish composer who I love listening to, the only problem is that the pieces are quite tricky (i've been working on one of his for almost a year now!).

I am planning to learn 4 pieces over the next few months, and put the best one in.

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#1013634 - 03/01/07 05:44 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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hope everyone else is doing ok? [/b]
Mmmmm. I'm not sure what to do about mine. I think I may have got it to a level where I just don't have the technique to improve it anymore. Is that possible? I don't think it's going to provide me with enough of an ongoing challenge if that is the case. I play it everyday but it doesn't sound any better, and hasn't done for weeks. I'm not happy with it.

There are some other pieces that I do think will take months to learn so I'm going to work on those as well. I now have 3 pieces to have ready by September!

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#1013635 - 03/01/07 06:25 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I have finally chosen my piece. I'm going to be doing the Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Minor. \:D
This oughta be fun!

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#1013636 - 05/04/07 02:56 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Time to revive this thread, guess I'm the first one to finish? \:\) I actually finished this towards end of March but forgot to post it here.

Here's my piece, Einaudi's In Un Altra Vita (In Another Life), I ended up learning the piece pretty much as written \:\) :

http://www.box.net/shared/8e6otmos8f

I owe a lot of people for this one, kawaigirl for inspiring me with her lovely music, euan for introducing us all to einaudi, all the listeners and their great feedback over in the einaudi thread, but this time I'd like to dedicate it to funburger for issuing this challenge and helping me to overcome my fear and to take on something a little over my head...I am a better pianist and person for it.
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#1013637 - 05/05/07 01:07 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm choosing Maple Leaf Rag. I've already memorized the 1st page but I'm still scared of the rest. I've been working on it for months. I'm trying to finish it before August because I'm going to be moving and might be without a teacher for a while.

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#1013638 - 05/05/07 01:28 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Hi Par, I'm in So.Cal. as well. Go for it, I swear 80% of the difficulty in learning a new piece is getting over the fear, which in hindsight seem very silly...it's not as if this is combat \:\)
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#1013639 - 05/06/07 05:21 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm an intermediate level player.Is this something we tackle on our own or with a teacher. I see mostly classical scores here. Does it matter what I choose as long as it'a a project...for me everything is hard..hahaha...but I'd love to be a part of this...I have some pieces that have been tackled but could use the next 6 months to make them sound like the way they should.. or I could choose a difficult solo non-classical piece.Would that be permitted.Let me know if I'm in over my head because you guys sound pretty experienced. I've been taking lessons for two years.
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#1013640 - 05/06/07 10:48 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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[QB] Time to revive this thread, guess I'm the first one to finish? \:\) I actually finished this towards end of March but forgot to post it here.

Here's my piece, Einaudi's In Un Altra Vita (In Another Life), I ended up learning the piece pretty much as written \:\) :

http://www.box.net/shared/8e6otmos8f

Wow...great job as usual Sid...great song too

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#1013641 - 09/08/07 01:46 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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hm hm....Just remembered this thread and it's already a bit past September 1st, but anyone else finished their challenge piece yet and can post? Alright, let's hear the excuses! \:D
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#1013642 - 09/10/07 01:01 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I know it all, but my technique won't let me play it clean enough for me to be able to confidently post it.
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#1013643 - 09/10/07 04:30 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Holy Cow! I don't have an excuse, I just sort of forgot about this. I have been learning another Chopin piece since March, and I guess all my thoughts were on getting it perfected (ha!).

However, I have been taking it very slowly, measure by measure, every other day or so, but I'm no where near finished.

Can we extend the deadline...say until maybe next March?? I think perhaps others may have forgotten, or am I the only ditz?

Kathleen
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#1013644 - 09/10/07 11:16 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I have to confess that although I didn't forget about the challenge, things got in the way and so I don't really have anything to show for it. Sorry, funburger!

However I would also be willing to use March as a 'second-chance' date to learn something by.

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#1013645 - 09/10/07 03:37 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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hey guys no harm no foul. i tried to set aside time for my piece too, but this year i have had alot going on and quit my lessons for a this month to take care of some of those things. i wont list my excuses, but lets just say its been tough this year. i actually gave my challenge piece to my teacher, and challenged her to play it:) that way she can give me pointers on it. i told her i AM going to play it regardless. she said when i am done with book 3, she will go over it with me. i think extending the deadline is a very wise choice for all of us:) i wonder how many people have just chucked their pieces out of frustration?

i know sid finished his, and its beautiful, very inspiring music!!!
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#1013646 - 09/10/07 09:10 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Whew! Thanks funburger, but I am so sorry you gave us a reprieve due to your "tough year." I kinda know just what you mean.

That being said...I have been more than frustrated learning my piece but never, ever would chuck it out the window. It is my dream piece...and as we all know, dreams can come true.

I hope things are going better for you, funburger.

Regards,
Kathleen
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#1013647 - 09/11/07 12:00 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I am still working on my piece and I'm thinking of posting what I have so far up, but I'm not sure if I should finish it first and post it. I'm on about page 5 out of 9, though I think the last few pages are pretty similar to what I've already learnt quite thoroughly.

I was waiting for someone to bump this thread, I knew it wasn't going to be me! \:D

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#1013648 - 09/11/07 07:32 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm a good bumper!


Good luck ozor mox. Sounds as if you are doing very well.

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