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#1765746 - 10/06/11 10:26 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos...that story just makes me smile to think of your success. Nice!!

Ataru074...how painful. Sorry to hear that it happened that way. Hope you talk about the piano and work something out that feels right.

Mary Bee...that is a wonderful achievement to sound musical. Good for you.

Today my accomplishment is getting a good run through of a piece I'm working on for a piano get together for Monday night. Never flawless but not painful to the ears either.
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#1765801 - 10/06/11 12:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]
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Originally Posted By: MaryBee
I'm starting a Bach 2-part Invention this week: #13 in A-minor.


This is my favorite of all the 2 part inventions. I think it was used in a commercial a while ago, but don't remember for what product.
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#1765840 - 10/06/11 01:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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ataru74 - Arggh. Hope it all works out for you. On the bright side you could eventually wind up with a better piano and a better woman someday. Life can take some strange turns at times.
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#1765843 - 10/06/11 01:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos - Your first paying gig! Congrats.

MaryBee - You must be excited to have the invention on tap. I've been waiting (and hoping) for my teacher to assign one for a while. Gotta love that positive feedback - sometimes its the only tangible way to reassure ourselves that progress is happening all the time.
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#1766070 - 10/06/11 07:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
My wife and I decided to take a few days off and went to a hotel in southern Portugal. To my bad luck (or not smile ) I got a slight fever during the first day and could not enjoy the pool and beaches. The wonderful of this story is that the hotel had a piano in the lobby (yamaha) and while my wife was in the pool I was playing the piano during the afternoon (Yeahhh).
The funny thing is that I received the first applause of my life because the guests were staying in the hotel lobby to hear the pieces to the end.
On the day I went away, and when I was checking out the hotel, the receptionist asked me to play again (!) and as I told him that "Yes, of course," he offered me 10% off rate and did not charge me the car park and the extras.
So this is my AOTW I wanted to share with you.


That's a great story! And since the receptionist asked you to play in public, doesn't that mean you get one of those little grand piano thingys (in your signature) casinitaly mentioned? smile

Seriously - good for you, for having the confidence to play in that environment, and better yet for sharing it with the other guests... kudos!



Edited by bessel (10/06/11 07:30 PM)
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#1766088 - 10/06/11 08:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Yippee - finally played through the Debussy Arabesque without needing the music. I won't call it 100% memorized because some parts aren't "fixed" yet. But it's one week ahead of schedule.

Now, to get it to sound more like Debussy and less like De-Andy ... wink
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#1766153 - 10/06/11 10:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Now, to get it to sound more like Debussy and less like De-Andy ... wink


ha
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#1766257 - 10/07/11 03:04 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi,

Memorized and learned Bach Pr and F B-Major from WTC I. Learning process was much quicker than usually with Bach.
It was a real pleasure to learn Bach. The memorizing process has become much more efficient since I use learning from note sheet without a piano.

You can like basically close your eyes and play on the imaginary piano.
See the notes on the keyboard after watching them in the note sheet.
The motions can be felt and sound listened to as well.
This makes also the concentration level and quality better by my experience.

GL
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#1766297 - 10/07/11 07:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: bessel]
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Originally Posted By: bessel
That's a great story! And since the receptionist asked you to play in public, doesn't that mean you get one of those little grand piano thingys (in your signature) casinitaly mentioned? smile

Seriously - good for you, for having the confidence to play in that environment, and better yet for sharing it with the other guests... kudos!

I don't know the "rules" regarding with that little piano... Casinitaly, can you explain me? Thanks.
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#1766424 - 10/07/11 12:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: bessel
That's a great story! And since the receptionist asked you to play in public, doesn't that mean you get one of those little grand piano thingys (in your signature) casinitaly mentioned? smile

Seriously - good for you, for having the confidence to play in that environment, and better yet for sharing it with the other guests... kudos!

I don't know the "rules" regarding with that little piano... Casinitaly, can you explain me? Thanks.


Hi Carlos,

well, now that you ask specifically.... I'm not sure what the rules are or where they can be found (I've been looking for 20 minutes!)

I know you can put one if you you have played at a recital, but I seem to recall that when I asked about it (and I can't find the thread!).... I was told "when you play in public".....

Maybe we should make a new thread and ask who knows about the rules?
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#1766471 - 10/07/11 01:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Rules, Schmules. I think the AOTW thread ought to vote Carlos a little piano thingy regardless of any "rule" (which I doubt exists anyway).

I vote thumb
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#1766476 - 10/07/11 02:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF
Rules, Schmules. I think the AOTW thread ought to vote Carlos a little piano thingy regardless of any "rule" (which I doubt exists anyway).

I vote thumb


I second the motion!!!

All in favour say "AYE" !!
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#1766490 - 10/07/11 02:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: JimF
Rules, Schmules. I think the AOTW thread ought to vote Carlos a little piano thingy regardless of any "rule" (which I doubt exists anyway).

I vote thumb


I second the motion!!!

All in favour say "AYE" !!


Aye aye!
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#1766516 - 10/07/11 03:45 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: JimF
Rules, Schmules. I think the AOTW thread ought to vote Carlos a little piano thingy regardless of any "rule" (which I doubt exists anyway).

I vote thumb


I second the motion!!!

All in favour say "AYE" !!


Aye
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#1766520 - 10/07/11 03:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Aye.

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#1766551 - 10/07/11 05:20 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Double Aye!

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#1766563 - 10/07/11 05:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Aye!

Carlos, your story is amazing. It seems like a dream. Congrats.


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#1766571 - 10/07/11 06:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#1766651 - 10/07/11 09:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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cas - very nice that you're making progress with the pedaling after struggling with it a bit. I'm sorry we won't be hearing your Beethoven in November, but the jazz piece should be interesting!

JimF - how about Beethoven's Sonatina No. 2 in F major? It has two movements, the 2nd being a Rondo.

JimF and FarmGirl, thanks for the birthday wishes. smile

bessel - as far as recording for the online recitals, there's a whole range of options that people have used. Some go all out and with setting up a home recording studio with audio and video, while others might record just using something like an iPhone. You just need some way to get it into mp3 format.

Oh, Ataru, you must feel rotten. Hope your piano playing can bring you some comfort and help you forget for a while.

Hey Carlos, I work with computers, too. Sometimes it's hard to make the switch from all that procedural, logical thinking to the "artistic", music-making part of my life.

WiseBuff - a piano get-together sounds lovely! That's wonderful that you have friends who share your interest in piano.

Andy - which Arabesque is it? I've listened to two, and they both sound tough! But then, what Debussy piece isn't? smile

Jaak - that's an interesting way to try to memorize (away from the piano). I've never tried it that way.

Some of you may remember that I had learned Clair de Lune for the last ABF recital, and had decided to play it for my sister-in-law for her birthday. I had planned on having her over to my house, and playing it on my piano. But I ended up at her house tonight, and she asked me to play it for her there. Two problems -- I wasn't used to the piano (a somewhat out-of-tune, clangy-sounding spinet), and I had just finished two glasses of champagne (celebrating our birthdays). So it didn't turn out quite as beautiful as I would have liked. But the positives were that I didn't feel nervous at all, and, since she had also had two glasses of champagne, she thought it sounded great! laugh
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#1766664 - 10/07/11 10:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]
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Originally Posted By: MaryBee
Andy - which Arabesque is it? I've listened to two, and they both sound tough! But then, what Debussy piece isn't? smile


It's #1. All the You Tube recordings are super fast but I have one I bought by Noriko Ogawa that, although faster than I can take it, is a little more "realistic". Debussy's marking is actually "Andantino con moto" - most recordings seem to be con moto, but not particularly andantino!

It's definitely harder than the Chopin Waltz in B minor that was my previous "biggest" piece even though it is "ranked" about the same.
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#1766792 - 10/08/11 07:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Jim F- Lisiting out below Sonatina pieces for your ref

Kuhlau Op20(No1-C Major; No2-G Major;No3-F Major)
Kuhlau Op55(No1-C Major; No2-G Major;No3-C Major)
Dussek Op20 No1-G major
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#1766862 - 10/08/11 12:29 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ahahahaha, you make me laugh!
Ok, Ok casinitaly, jimF, bessel, Lain, jotur, ZoeCalgary, Recaredo and Paperclip. Considering your kind votes and considering the fact that I have played the piano in public, I'll change my signature.
You're awesome!
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#1766887 - 10/08/11 01:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Three cheers for Carlos! smile
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#1766998 - 10/08/11 07:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Jaak]
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Originally Posted By: Jaak
Hi,

Memorized and learned Bach Pr and F B-Major from WTC I. Learning process was much quicker than usually with Bach.
It was a real pleasure to learn Bach. The memorizing process has become much more efficient since I use learning from note sheet without a piano.

You can like basically close your eyes and play on the imaginary piano.
See the notes on the keyboard after watching them in the note sheet.
The motions can be felt and sound listened to as well.
This makes also the concentration level and quality better by my experience.

GL
Jaak


Congratulations. Very impressive!
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#1767201 - 10/09/11 07:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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MaryBee, congrats for your improvised recital! I like reading these successes, as they are very inspirational.

This week I’ve decided to take the piano more seriously. So I’ve started to play the famous Hanon exercises. Until now, I’ve only tried the No 1 in C major and in D major, but I’ve realized these exercises are going to be really helpful for me.

And I like how they sound! Yes, I’m a bit odd grin
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#1768090 - 10/10/11 03:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Recaredo]
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Yuki Kiki and MaryBee - Thanks for the Sonatina suggestions. Lesson day is tomorrow, so I will see what she suggests and report back.

MaryBee - Nice work on the Debussy. You are becoming a pro!
On my recent cruise one of the cocktail lounge pianists would field requests. He always had a drink in his hand and when someone called out "can you play such-and-such song," he would say "no" - then take a long swig on his drink and say, "but I'll give it a try anyway". And off he would go.
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#1768157 - 10/10/11 05:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Bach Invention No. 1 fingering nailed as of 9.30 this evening, and HS practice going well. Just need to speed up in readiness for HT now.
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#1768171 - 10/10/11 05:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Eglantine]
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Originally Posted By: Eglantine
Bach Invention No. 1 fingering nailed as of 9.30 this evening, and HS practice going well. Just need to speed up in readiness for HT now.


Congratulations!
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#1768193 - 10/10/11 05:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Lain, I cheated: I cobbled together some fingering for earlier measures from here on PW, added a few bits and bobs from the ABRSM edition, tested all these out thoroughly and made adjustments, and then added the remainder myself. It certainly saved some time to have a starting point. I've found it helps me enormously with these pieces to have watertight fingering.
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#1768276 - 10/10/11 09:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Eglantine]
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Lain, I cheated: I cobbled together some fingering for earlier measures from here on PW, added a few bits and bobs from the ABRSM edition, tested all these out thoroughly and made adjustments, and then added the remainder myself. It certainly saved some time to have a starting point. I've found it helps me enormously with these pieces to have watertight fingering.


That's not cheating at all! Fingering is highly subjective anyway, and I think that the process in figuring it out helps you to understand the conditions under which your hands can move most easily without introducing stress or superfluous movements. Just don't feel like what certain editions/people suggest are the last word. Sometimes, a fingering is made for people with larger hands, and I'll have to change it to fit my octave-sized hands. blush
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