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#1925349 - 07/11/12 07:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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A first a first!!! I've memorized 8 bars of my Mozart sonatina. We'll have to see if it sticks and if I can get the whole movement in my memory bank.
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#1925994 - 07/12/12 07:55 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Bit the bullet and turned on the metronome, and.......it helped. I was not smoothly hitting the four-finger chords at the end of Canon in D. Using the metronome while concentrating on smooth and accurate landings helped.
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#1926012 - 07/12/12 08:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ah, Stubbie, the Ticko Bell! smile

(OT but topical!)
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#1926020 - 07/12/12 08:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: zrtf90]
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You know, when I saw the topic header "Taco Bell's Canon in D" I didn't get it. Then read the article in the WSJ and just about busted a gut laughing (and some deep-in-my-soul crying)--and finally got the Taco Bell reference.
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#1926233 - 07/13/12 11:46 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Stubbie]
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I seem to be in a one step forward, two steps back phase right now, so I do not have any major achievements to announce. Since beginning with the new teacher, it seems every week she has more technique issues for me to work on. That means deconstructing works in progress and putting them back together. I am playing everything very slowly and trying to be conscious of all movement, where my wrists are, how does the tone sound, are my feet grounded, etc. The piece that she assigned when I started with her, Bach Prelude in C minor, is memorized and has come together pretty well, so that is an accomplishment. Now I can just work on refining my interpretation, which is the fun part. So, I guess there is hope!
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#1926313 - 07/13/12 03:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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SwissMS - You know those steps back are necessary and often bring the big forward steps in the future. Isn't it interesting when you really slow it down and examine the very minute details of our hand positions, balance, posture....even examining where your eyes are and where they're going next. There is just so much going on at once. Our brains are truly incredible computers to be able to process all of this, much of it below the conscious level.

My AOTW is to have quieted my inner critic enough to finally post in the July PianoBar some recordings made back at the time of my recital in May. The recordings didn't get any better in the ensuing month and a half, but not being so close to the pieces for a while softened my view of their flaws. As I keep telling my teacher...hopefully, some day I might completely get over myself crazy
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#1926586 - 07/14/12 07:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Swiss Ms..I feel your struggle and know that you will emerge with better technique and beautiful music. I've been studying the scales...I mean focusing on my sound and my fingers (the pinkie STILL wants to stand up instead of stay down) and their evenness in hitting the keys. Thumb is getting better...hope this is an accomplishment...sure feels like one :-)

JimF...you named it. "hopefully some day I might completely get over myself"!! Now I'm inspired to try the monthly piano bars too
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#1926624 - 07/14/12 09:56 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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SwissMS it often feels like one step back, one step forward for me.

My Week 18: I mentioned last week, finding some lyrics via the 50/90 forum and wanting to write music. This is a first time for that kind of thing for me so a big step forward.

mp3 file for Sunset original lyrics by Toni Cerna, this is an instrumental version:
https://www.box.com/s/9ccda56265c68f9bcd48

I haven't had the time or nerve to sing as a separate track, or to even to attempt to sing and play. I am relatively pleased with the music. I haven't heard back from my collaborator yet, so that is a nervous feeling. Overall, I worked hard on writing, rewriting, rehearsing and then uploading a version of Sunset. The adapted lyrics are as melancholy as the music feels. This is my 7th original piano piece, the first that is a song with lyrics.

As for the hill of Ashokan Farewell it is ten weeks in. I tried recording it, same session I did for the Sunset upload. Could not get a clean play through, or maybe one, but typically people play it twice through. Typically I do make at least one minor mistake when playing it, but the red dot added pressure. My recording process and setup is not near optimal, but neither is the instrument or the musician.

Listening to the recordings tells me how far I have to go. I have hesitations, harshness, that a more experienced, more polished musician doesn't have. That will eventually come, but it feels so frustrating, especially when the red dot is on.

I downloaded some sight reading apps for my Android tablet. I will leaving for a trip on Monday and will be away from the keyboard. Those that have followed my reports have seen nothing about practicing sight reading. That's because I have done zero in that area in my 18 weeks.

Sight reading is a serious weakness, a hole, a ditch. I have done zero work with traditional sheet music. I have been using ABC notation, writing out scores by hand (I don't own a printer either). I can do pretty well with ABC, playing decent known pieces such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Ashokan Farewell, as well as writing seven original pieces. Still, most pianists work with dots on lines. It definitely would not hurt to learn it, though it would take away time and energy from much more satisfying pursuits, such as writing new music.
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#1927096 - 07/15/12 01:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am so impressed with everyone's achievement.
But I have made no progress.

I have been just polishing up the Rach piece I am doing to be ready to perform in front of my old teacher who now lives in San Jose, CA area. It's getting old though. One thing about my current teacher.. she would not let you move forward until she is satisfied that I learned something she wanted me to learn through a particular piece, scale or hanon, you name it. In the scale's department, I have been doing 3 set of minor scales for each key. for g# minor, my teacher passed me natural and melodic, but told me to repeat harmonic one more week. I have to clean up the dodgy turn around at the top. I know it's the right thing but oh boy, I am at it for the third week. She says, "every sound should be together, play into the key in the middle of the keys and make me hear all four notes with the same volume". But this particular scale has a gap on the top cut to f double sharp and it's not easy for my left second finger to hit e and my left third finger to move from g# to d# above a certain speed. She does not listen to my wining at all. She also says, "how can you play an advanced Chopin work if you cannot play the scale into the keys at that turn. we cannot press the speed up unless I hear all the notes as clean and together as possible.". Arpeggio was ok, which was a saving grace..

I also started volunteering in my church choir as a singer and backup pianist. Because of the fear that my music director may not arrive to church on time, I have been sort of forced to do a bunch of sight reading and putting accompaniment to melody where there is none. I can sightread slowly but it would not get it if you are going to accompany a live session. It changes every week. I am learning a lot but I never knew what a commitment that actually is. It has lots of syncopation and I have to sing and play harmony parts to warm the singers up. I can see how good it can be for someone to develop strong sight reading skills. Nothing like FEAR.
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#1927406 - 07/16/12 08:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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FarmGirl
My teacher (who is very talented and can sight read anything) started as a teenager accompanying the choir at church. She credits that experience with her confidence at reading and keeping the rhythm even if missing a note here and there. She teaches me to leave out notes if necessary (and which ones) to keep the piece going. I tried accompanying once last December...played while my husband sang. It went pretty well but is a very different experience than playing a solo piece. FEAR...what was that phrase? "Foreign events appearing real" or something like that...
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#1927421 - 07/16/12 08:57 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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FarmGirl it sounds like you have reached a milestone where your teacher wants to make sure your technique is solidified before going to the next level. I am sure your Rach is improving every week, and your teacher can hear it! When it is perfected, so many new doors will open for you! That will be a monumental achievement.
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#1927441 - 07/16/12 10:03 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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WiseBuff - I think your teacher is right. I have to play at the singing tempo no matter what. As you mentioned, it's a totally different ballgame. It's wonderful your teacher teaches you how to do it.

SwissMS - I think you are right, she is trying me to bring to the next level. It's just i never knew I had so much technical deficit. The frustrating part is that I seem to find more and more deficit in my playing as I get deeper into piano. OMG! Am I wining again? Ok, I will shut up and continue to work on the details. Thank you for your kind words.
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#1927460 - 07/16/12 10:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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FarmGirl, I have been told about something that happens at an intermediate level, which is that you (general you) start to hear better, and so you hear weaknesses in your playing that you couldn't hear before. Now that you hear them, you can start to correct them. So it sounds to the player as if they are getting worse, when in fact they are starting to get a lot better.

I wonder if there is something similar for a more advanced pianist such as yourself. The basics are all in place, so now you are able to start feeling and paying attention to more subtle technical deficits. Now that you are becoming aware of the deficits, you will be able to correct them and improve, even if it seems like you're going backwards by noticing all these deficits.
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#1927566 - 07/16/12 02:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
FarmGirl, I have been told about something that happens at an intermediate level, which is that you (general you) start to hear better, and so you hear weaknesses in your playing that you couldn't hear before. Now that you hear them, you can start to correct them. So it sounds to the player as if they are getting worse, when in fact they are starting to get a lot better.

I wonder if there is something similar for a more advanced pianist such as yourself. The basics are all in place, so now you are able to start feeling and paying attention to more subtle technical deficits. Now that you are becoming aware of the deficits, you will be able to correct them and improve, even if it seems like you're going backwards by noticing all these deficits.


PianoStudent88, there are levels. I mentioned in the family thread that my nephew did youth piano competitions. In the early days, the mistakes were obvious to even the most casual observers. There were missed notes, breaks in rhythm, complete halts.

As the students advanced, the mistakes became more subtle. Towards the end, most casual observers could not tell where the faults were. Every performer in the competition sounded pretty good. The judges would report subtle mistakes such as tempo, or pedal technique, or dynamics because they are paying attention at a higher level of detail.

Recording practice and performance sessions is a valuable way to isolate and eventually correct the faults. Because I have a long history on another instrument, my ears already can tell that I need work on dynamics and phrasing. When I listen to my recordings I know that it is a beginner playing. An experienced pianist would sound smoother, with more expression. Some folks have better listening skills than musical skills.
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#1927588 - 07/16/12 03:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Piano88 was talking about something else, I think. As we advance, we hear MORE mistakes when we are making LESS because our hearing gets refined. We get a false feedback from our own senses that our playing is getting worse since we hear weaknesses for the first time. Those with trained ears will hear massive improvement. To our own ears we are stagnating or going backwards.

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#1927626 - 07/16/12 04:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#1928828 - 07/19/12 12:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement this week was receiving real praise from my teacher at the end of my lesson today!! Only the second time ever!
Last time it was for one piece I had really polished up well, but this time it was for several things I did during the lesson. Maybe he was just in a good mood but i'll take it.

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#1928977 - 07/19/12 09:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My teacher said at my lesson that she always looks forward to my lesson because it's always "real music" and there is always something interesting to discuss.

She played me some of the Prokofiev Sonata she is working on (I think number 2 but I'm not 100% certain) - freaking awesome!!
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#1928981 - 07/19/12 09:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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What got me going last week was Chopin's E minor Prelude. If Jean-Yves Thibaudet is 100%, I got it to 90%! I was in the zone for those few minutes, it just flowed out effortlessly. It's a beautiful piece when played musically.

If only somebody had heard it...
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#1929537 - 07/20/12 08:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Plowboy]
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Isn't wonderful when you find that musical "zone"? It is like you can step outside yourself and just enjoy the music. If you had that for the whole piece it must have sounded fantastic. I can usually only manage it for a minute or two at a time...

I also received praise from my teacher this week. She was very pleased with my playing of Bach prelude in C minor, and was impressed with how fast I had mastered it and incorporated the new techniques we have been working on. She wants me to still use it as an exercise, but now I get to start another Prelude. It looks like I am going to be Bach centric for a while to learn some new techniques. That is fine with me. I am really enjoying these little preludes. She was also pleased with the Chopin nocturne. Maybe I will make it to the recital with that yet!

So Congrats to everyone with happy teachers!
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#1929924 - 07/20/12 07:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi!

I’m not pretty sure whether this is an achievement or not, but I played a grand for the first time this week. I found out some rooms are rented to practice piano where I bought my DP, they have both uprights and grand pianos. It’s not very expensive; they charge three euros per hour for an upright, and five euros for a grand. Obviously I chose the grand.

At first I found the keys extremely hard, and I thought: “This is going to be a disaster”, since I could hardly play some passages. But little by little I got confidence, and finally I really enjoyed playing the grand.

I’ll repeat this experience again, for sure.

Cheers!
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#1932420 - 07/25/12 09:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am very proud of myself because I just learned my first song outside of piano lessons. Actually, I recently had to stop taking piano lessons so now I can focus on pieces that I like. The pieces in my course book were kind of boring. I found an intermediate level version of Danny Boy and I love the song. The piece is 1 1/2 pages. It took me a week to learn it. I'm not much of a sight reader, I learned it measure by measure. It took some time to get used to not having the fingering suggested for you. And then having to transition to different places on the keyboard at speed. It's amazing how something can seem impossible in the beginning but with repetition can turn into muscle memory.
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#1932439 - 07/25/12 10:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: leturn]
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Originally Posted By: leturn
I am very proud of myself because I just learned my first song outside of piano lessons. Actually, I recently had to stop taking piano lessons so now I can focus on pieces that I like. The pieces in my course book were kind of boring. I found an intermediate level version of Danny Boy and I love the song. The piece is 1 1/2 pages. It took me a week to learn it. I'm not much of a sight reader, I learned it measure by measure. It took some time to get used to not having the fingering suggested for you. And then having to transition to different places on the keyboard at speed. It's amazing how something can seem impossible in the beginning but with repetition can turn into muscle memory.

Congratulations! smile It always feels wonderful to get a new piece under your fingers, and the first is like magic. I can still remember the exact moment 23 years ago when I learned my first piece, and the first time I played it for my parents (who, until that point, had no idea I was even trying to learn to play the piano).

Keep it up! The rewards are greater the farther you go. smile
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#1932452 - 07/25/12 10:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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The highpoint of my week was at my lesson today. I started working of my first Chopin piece with my new teacher. Chopin's Waltz in A minor. It was quite unexpected, he saw tucked into my Moonlight Sonata sheet music, and asked me to play the melody. I am so excited to finally have one his pieces assigned as I had only tried them on my own with various degrees of sucess.

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#1932775 - 07/26/12 03:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: IreneAdler]
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Recaredo - Isn't it wonderful when you hear those tones coming out of the Grand...so big and so rich sounding... and you made them. Sometimes I can just sit there and luxuriate in one chord for what seems like minutes at a time.

leturn - Great choice for a first song. Hope you don't have to be away from lessons for too long... I know I would miss it.

Irene - Congrats on being assigned your first Chopin. The A-minor waltz is such a beautiful piece. Whether it comes to you easy or hard doesn't really matter....it is an important milemarker that your teacher thinks you are ready for this step. Enjoy!
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#1932803 - 07/26/12 05:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement: I finally pulled out the manual for my DP and figured out how to record a piece and save it to a thumb drive.

It is a mixed blessing.

It's good to take advantage of useful technology. thumb On the other hand, I sound awful. frown
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#1932822 - 07/26/12 06:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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to be able to remember all the various articulations while playing my abf recital submission yippie

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#1932917 - 07/27/12 12:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Bobpickle]
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Little achievement - have been having a hard time speeding up my left hand.. I seemed to have gotten to one speed and wasn't getting any faster. Turns out my 4 finger was flexing out at the top knuckle and not curving in. I am making progress fixing it, and it shows in my pieces.

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#1933031 - 07/27/12 07:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My little acheivement:

I've managed to get in some practice time for at least a couple of minutes every day this week. smile

It feels great to be playing again after months away from the keys. grin





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#1933516 - 07/28/12 08:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Haunted Keys]
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Stubbie-- Yes! Recording seems like a mixed blessing! It is very humbling. However it can really help you improve because you can sit back and critically listen. Then you know what needs to be fixed!

Bobpickle- You have your recital piece ready? I am jealous. I have yet to get a recording without a major blooper.

AimeeO - Dont' you just love that fourth finger? It will do anything to get out of working very hard, including collapse at the joint. I have had a similar problem. Congrats on recognizing it and working to change it!

Haunted Keys- Congrats for getting to the piano everyday! Once you get the momentum going again, you will be off and running, er , playing!

My achievement this week was realizing that I can recognize when tension is starting to build in my hands and consciously relax everything. I have worked so much on relaxation in my lessons, that I am now acutely aware when I am holding tension in the fingers that are not playing, or in my wrist. Just that awareness is starting to impact how easily I can play.

The other major thing we have worked on in my lessons is performance anxiety. I am always anxious in a lesson, even though I am well prepared. Hence I do not play as well as at home. I have the same problem with the dreaded RED DOT. My teacher gave me two techniques that have really helped, so I thought I would share them. The first is breathing. When a difficult section comes up, she has me take a deep breath and blow it out slowly through the whole phrase. It works! I assume it keeps me from holding my breath. The second thing she has me do is visualize an elevator that goes from my head down to my pelvis. I focus on keeping that elevator at the lowest point throughout my playing. By keeping my elevator, my center low, I am more relaxed. When I can keep the focus, I play more relaxed. She says she can see when the anxiety builds, because I stop breathing, my shoulders rise, then my wrists rise, and then the hands start making mistakes. So, I am starting to play more confidently!
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