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#2174179 - 10/30/13 06:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos what an amazing achievement!!! I just watched your video and am blown away. Truly awesome.
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#2174204 - 10/30/13 08:24 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations Carlos! Well the winners' song is certainly "easy-listening", although I don't like it very much. There is a totally different level of musicianship and refinement in your performance.
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#2174267 - 10/30/13 11:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, what a quality set of performances! It's incredible what level each of them brought their performances to. Most of us here have participated in recitals/gigs of some sort and know what kind of work goes in to them for those of us who aren't full-time musicians. BES certainly does have talent!

I, too, liked your performance best, and thought it was the most musically satisfying, altho I know how hard it is to make vocals sound good, and the soloists were great. As for the winners - I'll admit to being partial to bands laugh They were just having so much fun! They made me laugh smile And they had fun with their video, too.

What a bunch of winners smile You were in great company. And so were they - yours was beautiful.

Cathy
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#2174285 - 10/30/13 11:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ron, I totally remember having that same experience with O Sole Mio - having the pieces finally fall into place & make sense. My achievement this week is similar - I was able to figure out the answer to one of my own dumb questions. I’ve just started working on the duet from Bizet’s The Pearlfishers, & working on the RH, at the end of the first “sentence” there was a G where I thought there should be an A. Eventually, when I was working on the LH, I realized the chord at the end of the LH in the sentence held the A. Actually, getting the timing right helped too - the G was actually in the next measure. But I recognized the A because I heard it - while I was playing the LH, I must’ve been hearing the RH in my head. I was so relieved to find the missing A!
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#2174476 - 10/30/13 06:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Yesterday I had a good lesson. I got a pass on two pieces, the Bach Polonaise I started al least 6 months ago (I should check), and Schumann's Little Romance that I started studying in August.
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#2174533 - 10/30/13 08:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Good going Carlos. I think you were number one. I would have voted for you.
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#2174661 - 10/31/13 03:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
Good going Carlos. I think you were number one. I would have voted for you.


Me too! Carlos, you are my inspiration.
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#2174665 - 10/31/13 04:01 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Originally Posted By: rnaple
Good going Carlos. I think you were number one. I would have voted for you.


Me too! Carlos, you are my inspiration.


Indeed!

I did like the fellow playing the guitar and singing - and the woman had a lovely voice too....The band was fun, but ...:)

It has been so much fun following this adventure with you Carlos!
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#2174666 - 10/31/13 04:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Originally Posted By: rnaple
Good going Carlos. I think you were number one. I would have voted for you.


Me too! Carlos, you are my inspiration.


I agree! Carlos, your performance had so much heart. You did a beautiful job.
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#2174681 - 10/31/13 06:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks!
Believe it or not, I thought of you guys in some moments of my playing. thumb

As I told, my goal was to be one of the finalist to do the video. As an amateur pianist, the chances of making a professional video are very few, or close to zero. That was an achievement for me. Also, all the experience was unforgettable and rich.

But, there are some fresh news:
I received a phone call from a company's board member asking if I want to be part of a show that my company wants to produce with the finalists in 2014. Usually the shows are in Lisbon an Porto, here:





I accepted the invitation.
... but this is another level of compromise... eek

Also, some of the singers are going to participate in the annual Christmas party of my company with three Christmas songs. Due the budget limits we can't do any rehearsal to work with (live) instruments. That to say, we are happy but we never imagined the implications of our participation in the contest...
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#2174690 - 10/31/13 07:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Whoa! Carlos, that is what I call stepping up to the big stage! thumb

We're going to need to find something like a AOTW Superstar icon for you. grin
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#2174704 - 10/31/13 08:11 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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That IS quite an achievement Carlos and richly deserved as well. Bravo! Of the finalists I enjoyed yours the most. smile
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#2174707 - 10/31/13 08:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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I have O Sole Mio as this weeks song for my lesson. I know the song. When I first looked at it. Made no sense whatsoever. Even after my teacher went over it literally with me. Still didn't click. Been working on it. I can't believe it. I'm actually getting it now!


I remember this song. When I was assigned it (6-11) I wanted to skip it but decided at teachers urging to learn it. Well, when you posted this, I dug out my old book and looked at it and it's not nearly as intimidating as back then. wow This sort of thing brings to mind how much we do progress over time. Isn't it great when something clicks? You'll like it I'm sure.
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#2174832 - 10/31/13 01:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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My sort o` music Carlos. One might lose oneself in one`s thoughts to that tune . . .A peaceful place!
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#2174841 - 10/31/13 01:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Really well done, Carlos.
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#2174959 - 10/31/13 05:03 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations, Carlos!!
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#2175799 - 11/02/13 08:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Got both pianos tuned last week, having first convinced my wife to move "Rufus" out of the sun and away from the heating ducts. Voila! It's now holding its tune nicely and is up for sale:



If you fast forward to 8:42 there are excerpts (chopped up to remove the worst of the flubs) of me playing Clair de Lune. I resisted the urge to ask my tuner to play it to use for marketing purposes... he's fantastic and can make the thing sound like a Steinway.

"Mabel" sounds amazing, such a rich tone, I'm just thrilled with it. It still needs new key tops, hammer filing, voicing, and full regulation. There are some twangy strings, but I think this will be resolved when the hammers are fixed, which will be done with proceeds from sale of Rufus.

Mabel is good enough for the recital in... arrrrggghhh... 12 days, 12 hours, and 58 minutes... shocked
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#2175814 - 11/02/13 08:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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@Tallguy, Rufus sounds pretty nice now. I was confused at first thinking the video was Mable. Good luck on your sale of Rufus, I'm sure he'll bring someone lots of joy. smile
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#2175823 - 11/02/13 09:25 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks Ragdoll. I hope we can sell him fast so I can get Mabel into tip-top shape in time for the 2/15 ABF Recital. We'll have to see.

Nice horse!
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#2176117 - 11/02/13 08:17 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Congratulations to all that have already submitted for the recital, and for the many other achievements, great and small being reported.

Week 86: another week already? I don't feel ready or willing to record yet, even though I have been playing the piece for several months now. I record and listen to a scrap version of Tracks in the Snow. Ouch, it hurts to listen to the beginner problems. That said, the newly written tune haunts me at times, so there is some power to it. I never know how audiences or listeners might respond to a new piece. Most new pieces and songs have to be listened to many times before they have passed the test. However, virtually no one does repeated listens for amateur songwriters, except the songwriter, so no one really knows.

Onward and upward. In most of the U.S., we get an extra hour with the time change.


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#2176288 - 11/03/13 08:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Nice horse!


Oh thanks TallGuy, she was one of my best ever (out of five). Unfortunately I no longer have her and doubt if she's still alive. I got her as a weanling and sold her (and foal) 9 years later for 10 times what I paid for her.
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#2176299 - 11/03/13 08:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Aside from CBTS and STWOM I have concentrated this week mostly on improvising from lead sheets and simplified versions of known songs. I think doing this has developed my understanding of voicing chords and harmony greatly. I have found this to be very rewarding and it seems to be a good AOTW to me. YMMV
yippie smile
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#2176327 - 11/03/13 09:38 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I have survived pianoless for one whole week of house renovations.
The thought of a new piano when it is done is all that keeps me going.
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#2176497 - 11/03/13 02:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hey folks- you are all so awesome! Congrats to Carlos- good work!! Hope you get your house done soon Malkin. Well done Ragdoll as well.
Well it isn't that much ro report compared with all of you, but just been practising from piano for all- broken chords with crossing over hands and it seeemd so hard- but I finally started getting it and then improvising a tune with them. This exercise is hugely helpful to me as I have do cross overs in Fur Elise and that is helping me with that too. I hadn't done cross over hands before then, just the odd finger!


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#2179104 - 11/08/13 02:30 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Not at all an achievement. On the contrary, after an extended week-end in Rome with the family (we had a great time) I returned to the bench but a pain in my right forearm stopped me. It's not strong, and I don't even know if it is piano related; I think it is not, because I did not practice much. Yesterday I just ignored it, but after the bicycle ride from work was slightly worse.
So I used the classic ice and rest therapy... no piano, no weights, no computer mouse...

Less than 2 months to MOYD 2013... I'm practicing a bit with the left hand only...
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#2179153 - 11/08/13 03:30 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement of the week is attempting something hard. I haven't been very hard working lately, as been so busy, so I went to my lesson with the intention to ask to do something easy enough that I could experience some success with it.

Came away with something hard instead. I'm not quite sure how that happened.

But I had better get started.
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#2179281 - 11/08/13 06:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Achievement of the week was to get the recital piece recorded. I learned a lesson last recital to start the piece with plenty of time so I gave this one the full three months although did falter in effort during the time. Two weeks ago I was thinking of not submitting at all it was just not happening. However a bit of focus and perhaps a bit of statistical luck (usually takes far too many attempts) and I have a recording, albeit this ones never going to make the itunes store.
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#2179291 - 11/08/13 06:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Earl - If your first two entries are any indication, I'm sure it will be quite good.
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#2179298 - 11/08/13 06:40 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Earl - If your first two entries are any indication, I'm sure it will be quite good.


thanks aTallGuyNH, very kind of you to say
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#2179530 - 11/09/13 10:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Like many of you, working on getting my recital piece recorded. I'm almost ready to submit. Here is my most recent recording (along with some notes on things I'm working on).

This piece (Chopin's Ballade No. 1) is fun for me for a few reasons:

1) It's the first piece I've learned by myself since I quit playing piano 10 years ago.

2) It's just a really pretty piece, and it's always fun playing beautiful music.

3) I don't know how many threads I've seen on this and other forums where people say, "the Ballade is too hard" "it's one of the most difficult pieces in the repertoire." Well, I always like a good challenge. smile

4) I kept a practice blog of this piece. It's fun going back and listening to how I "played" months ago.

5) I've been using my new site Notable Scores Notable Scores to keep notes, tips; and it's been super helpful to keep tabs on practicing. I like making websites, especially one that actually helps me in my daily life!

I am really excited to hear the recital. I joined Piano World a little after the last recital.
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