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#2224440 - 02/02/14 12:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I had a lesson yesterday and studio class today. My teacher had lots of comments on my pieces. From application of rubato rhythm to fingering and tempo of Bach. Phew. Lots of work. While listening to her demonstrating the way (faulty way) I was playing, I was getting seriously mad at myself and her. So I was determined to fix those areas last night and show what I can do. I'm that way. I don't like to cow down. I made other mistakes but I fixed all the mistakes pointed by her in my performance today at the studio. When I proudly looked at my teacher, she was smiling. I realized that she might have learned that pi**ing me off works!

I accompanied my husband Viola this week. Well I got Suzuki viola accompaniment book. It's really fun and at the level that I can easily sight read. There were some Menuets I did as a child too. The same melody as the piano version. Accompaniment part could be exactly the same. But I don't remember.

I recorded my Bach prelude. I am not sure if I post it to Quarterly since the purpose if recording is to compare two different versions of trills. I will submit if I decide the current version prevails. Otherwise I have to relearn the trills. Everyone, happy practicing!


Edited by FarmGirl (02/02/14 12:25 AM)
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#2224455 - 02/02/14 01:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: shaolin95]
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Originally Posted By: Stubbie
I had my third lesson today. My initial impression is that we're a good match and she's working me on things I need work on. However, I can tell already that 30 minutes is NOT enough time. I'm doing these lessons through a local community college, so I don't have flexibility in lesson length and I'm also committed to a semester's worth of lessons, which should be about 10 more lessons. At some later point, if things are still clicking with us, I'll ask about private lessons with her (she teaches just one afternoon at the cc).

My AOTW: As expected,* I screwed up badly today on the first piece I played for her, but then managed to calm myself and play it through reasonably well. Not as good as at home, but definitely servicable. smile

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Expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed again.



I hear you about 30 mins lessons. I am going to change to 1 hr even if I only do it half the times. I feel I will get more of one single hour lesson than 2x30mins.


And my achievement yesterday...finally finished learning the so called Moonlight Sonata 1st movement.


Now to work on making it mine and as best as I can perform it. smile


I also changed to hour long lessons every other week. A half hour after only having a week to work on my assigned music did not foster growth.

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#2224536 - 02/02/14 09:30 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I bought my first--and last--acoustic piano: a 7' Mason & Hamlin BB!!! It's driving me crazy that I have to wait till I close on my new house before having it delivered!
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#2224542 - 02/02/14 09:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I hope you don't have to wait too long. That sounds really stressful! But congrats on you new home AND piano!

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#2224543 - 02/02/14 09:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, Silverkeys. wow thumb Congrats on the new piano.

Get your camera limbered up because we want pics!
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#2224560 - 02/02/14 10:24 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Silverkeys, that's awesome. M&H are a great piano. Cannot wait to see the pic. Congrats.
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#2224562 - 02/02/14 10:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Congratulations, Silverkeys! A Mason Hamlin BB is a dream come true, wonderful piano. Have fun with it!
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#2224583 - 02/02/14 11:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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SandTiger- week 99-- wow! Time flies. Love hearing your updates - what a great log it makes for you too as you continue on your journey.

Farmgirl - sounds like a lovely musical week for you!

Halfstep - great that you were able to get the longer lessons!

Silverkeys - congratulations - can't wait to see pictures!!!

My ATOW is getting my piano tuned but the excitement was really tarnished by the girl downstairs actually BANGING ON THE WALL while I played. We live metres apart. If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop. This rudeness is Beyond belief and makes me sick at heart. I have cut down playing the acoustic so very much and it still isn't enough. I think the only solution would be to never play it ...but that isn't going to happen.
If you hear strange things on my recital recording...well, you'll know what it is.....:(
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#2224812 - 02/02/14 07:00 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats Silverkeys! New home and piano...how great.

This is my first post here. I just started playing end of Dec., have taken my first 1hr lesson. I too was going to do 30 min, but after 30 min went so fast, I quickly changed my mind wink

I'm practicing a couple hrs/dy. I'm really happy with my progression, and this week in particular what with the lesson and new book. Nothing major, but I do feel like this was a productive week for me.

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#2224972 - 02/03/14 02:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
SandTiger- week 99-- wow! Time flies. Love hearing your updates - what a great log it makes for you too as you continue on your journey.

Farmgirl - sounds like a lovely musical week for you!

Halfstep - great that you were able to get the longer lessons!

Silverkeys - congratulations - can't wait to see pictures!!!

My ATOW is getting my piano tuned but the excitement was really tarnished by the girl downstairs actually BANGING ON THE WALL while I played. We live metres apart. If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop. This rudeness is Beyond belief and makes me sick at heart. I have cut down playing the acoustic so very much and it still isn't enough. I think the only solution would be to never play it ...but that isn't going to happen.
If you hear strange things on my recital recording...well, you'll know what it is.....:(


Sorry about your neighbor... Neighbors really can suck, for lack of a better term.

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#2224973 - 02/03/14 02:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Chrisl]
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Originally Posted By: Chrisl
Congrats Silverkeys! New home and piano...how great.

This is my first post here. I just started playing end of Dec., have taken my first 1hr lesson. I too was going to do 30 min, but after 30 min went so fast, I quickly changed my mind wink

I'm practicing a couple hrs/dy. I'm really happy with my progression, and this week in particular what with the lesson and new book. Nothing major, but I do feel like this was a productive week for me.

Chris


That's great that you are so devoted to your practicing! Let us know how things progress.

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#2225054 - 02/03/14 08:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Silver Keys]
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Congrats Silver Keys, that's a fine piano for sure. Are you SURE it will be your last? grin Good luck on the closing process on the new house. Lucky you! Can't wait to see pictures.
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#2225055 - 02/03/14 08:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, lots of achievements and stories. One week without reading AOTW thread and... so much has happened!
(I've been to busy to comment one by one, but I keep an eye on this thread!)

My AOTW is my submission to ABF Recital #33. It's always a great pleasure to play - and to do a record - for this event.

Have a nice week!
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#2225057 - 02/03/14 08:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly

My ATOW is getting my piano tuned but the excitement was really tarnished by the girl downstairs actually BANGING ON THE WALL while I played. We live metres apart. If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop. This rudeness is Beyond belief and makes me sick at heart. I have cut down playing the acoustic so very much and it still isn't enough. I think the only solution would be to never play it ...but that isn't going to happen.
If you hear strange things on my recital recording...well, you'll know what it is.....:(


She must be truly disturbed... but in another meaning. What's wrong with playing the piano for an hour or two during the day? She doesn't have any right to complain. She should count herself lucky that she has you as neighbour, instead of somebody who keeps the radio or the TV on all day.
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#2225059 - 02/03/14 08:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
She must be truly disturbed... but in another meaning. What's wrong with playing the piano for an hour or two during the day? She doesn't have any right to complain. She should count herself lucky that she has you as neighbour, instead of somebody who keeps the radio or the TV on all day.

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#2225062 - 02/03/14 08:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop.


Because she is uncivilized and expects you might be also and subsequently punch her inna neck if she confronts you in person grin A true coward to be certain. I would go and try to speak to her; if she has an ounce of civility she might listen and understand your need to practice. Else, leave the piano playing samples when you go over and when she pounds on the wall, pound on her door, she'll think you have super powers then, and you can assess how loud it really is from her place. laugh
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#2225109 - 02/03/14 10:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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Originally Posted By: Ragdoll
Quote:
If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop.


Because she is uncivilized and expects you might be also and subsequently punch her inna neck if she confronts you in person grin A true coward to be certain. I would go and try to speak to her; if she has an ounce of civility she might listen and understand your need to practice. Else, leave the piano playing samples when you go over and when she pounds on the wall, pound on her door, she'll think you have super powers then, and you can assess how loud it really is from her place. laugh


thanks Ragdoll, i completely missed Cheryl's posting. it happens when I read things on the mobil not on the computer.

Cheryl, I totally feel your pain. When i was a student minoring in music, my neighbor did it all the time. He banged on the wall (his apt was just behind it) when I played. He was very kind and complimenting my music at first but after I refused to date with him, he became a monster! I know it's kind of unbelievable now but I was 30lb lighter, young and pretty then. I reported him to the landlord and that was it. He moved out ha Follow Ragdoll's advice. But don't go there alone. Go there with your hubby and / or friend in case the person is really crazy.


Edited by FarmGirl (02/03/14 10:01 AM)
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#2225124 - 02/03/14 10:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement - I finally practiced my Rach piece and Chopin etude that had been assigned but neglected for a while. I am getting the hang of 3 against 4 and 4 against 3 finally. It means that Chopin etude will be ready soon. I haven't worked on the Chopin as much as I wanted due to more urgent priorities but somehow, I could do 3 against 4 now. Probably I learned it through other pieces. I love weekends. I cannot get to practice very much during the week.

I recorded and posted Bach practice video in coffee lounge or could be a bar in the forum. Also in pianist's corner. I got good advice, something I can use to fix the performance. I am at the stage where I got all the notes and wondering now what. It just does not sound interesting. It sounds like students playing the notes. My teacher told me to try shaping the piece by myself from the kind of trills I use to dynamics. My teacher will help me but I don't want to hear once again "Couldn't you hear it? Look this is how you are playing (demonstration of my playing)". I have a feeling she is having great time one me. My recital is in March. all the help will be appreciated.

Chopin nocturne is really dramatic. I love to get into the music. I try not to but if you notice i am moaning like Gould and moving like Lang Lang that's why. Unfortunately the sound come out of my piano is a different matter (hahaha).

Learning how to play violin is a humbling experience. i am doing staccato and using my fourth finger now. All baby steps. it's incredible somehow I learnt to do all these stuff on the piano. You don't think about it. It's a long time ago. My heart is filled with awe to the piano teachers. How do they teach 6 years old how to play the piano.
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#2225186 - 02/03/14 12:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl, I don't know how my daughter gets all the way from my house over to Italy, bangs on the ceiling and gets back to my house in time to complain about me playing but it seems she must ...

Ugh, hope you get it worked out. We need the freedom to play with, umm, freedom to develop properly!
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#2225202 - 02/03/14 12:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Andy Platt]
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Cheryl, I am sorry to hear of your neighbor's rude behavior. That must be terrible to live with. I am sure every time you play the acoustic you are thinking about what she might do instead of concentration on making music. That is truly terrible.

Well, I do not know if this is an achievement, but I sent in my application for the ABRSM Grade 4 exam today. The music director at the International School in Zug coordinates these in central Switzerland, and he was very encouraging and welcoming. He said they are delighted to have adults take the tests. I have been wanting to do this for some time, and I finally got the ball rolling! Because of the timing, I am scheduled to take Grade 4 in June along with Grade 5 theory. Then, assuming I pass, I will take grade 5 in November. Originally I was going to start with 5, but the easier exam seemed like a "safe" choice since I have never done these before. It is one thing to play in a recital, and a totally different (and scarier) thing to demonstrate one's skills in front of a judge. So, now I have a pretty clear roadmap for the year!
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#2225210 - 02/03/14 12:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Hey Cheryl, I remember dad telling us kids the best way to get rid of your enemies is to make them your friends. You might offer to give her some piano lessons. You never know, you two may be doing a duet for a recital here next year. Wouldn't that be a story to tell your grand kids. grin

Sometimes it's hard to figure people out ... could be something unrelated to a piano.


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#2225343 - 02/03/14 06:54 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks for the encouragement folks. She really is getting me down.
I truly believe she is somewhat mentally unbalanced. -In all seriousness. The kid has problems ... I can sympathise but I don't want her problems to become mine. It is going to take some serious work on my part to manage the situation.
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#2225353 - 02/03/14 07:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
.....snip.....

My ATOW is getting my piano tuned but the excitement was really tarnished by the girl downstairs actually BANGING ON THE WALL while I played. We live metres apart. If she is truly disturbed why can't she be a civilized person and come up and ask me to stop. This rudeness is Beyond belief and makes me sick at heart. I have cut down playing the acoustic so very much and it still isn't enough. I think the only solution would be to never play it ...but that isn't going to happen.
If you hear strange things on my recital recording...well, you'll know what it is.....:(

How unfortunate. Any chance of her moving? You moving? Putting up some kind of sound barrier (quilt or something) to muffle the sound from your end? Agreeing to a set of quiet hours and not quiet hours?

As a last resort:


(Just joking.)
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#2225551 - 02/04/14 01:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
My achievement - I finally practiced my Rach piece and Chopin etude that had been assigned but neglected for a while. I am getting the hang of 3 against 4 and 4 against 3 finally. It means that Chopin etude will be ready soon. I haven't worked on the Chopin as much as I wanted due to more urgent priorities but somehow, I could do 3 against 4 now. Probably I learned it through other pieces. I love weekends. I cannot get to practice very much during the week.

I recorded and posted Bach practice video in coffee lounge or could be a bar in the forum. Also in pianist's corner. I got good advice, something I can use to fix the performance. I am at the stage where I got all the notes and wondering now what. It just does not sound interesting. It sounds like students playing the notes. My teacher told me to try shaping the piece by myself from the kind of trills I use to dynamics. My teacher will help me but I don't want to hear once again "Couldn't you hear it? Look this is how you are playing (demonstration of my playing)". I have a feeling she is having great time one me. My recital is in March. all the help will be appreciated.

Chopin nocturne is really dramatic. I love to get into the music. I try not to but if you notice i am moaning like Gould and moving like Lang Lang that's why. Unfortunately the sound come out of my piano is a different matter (hahaha).

Learning how to play violin is a humbling experience. i am doing staccato and using my fourth finger now. All baby steps. it's incredible somehow I learnt to do all these stuff on the piano. You don't think about it. It's a long time ago. My heart is filled with awe to the piano teachers. How do they teach 6 years old how to play the piano.


At one point I was super busy, never stopped. This year has slowed down dramatically but I'm still impressed with all that you do! Oddly, I practiced piano more when I worked full time while taking full time grad courses. And then there's my kid, the dogs, and the cat! My schedule has been decreased dramatically and I practice far less. It's totally weird...

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#2225556 - 02/04/14 02:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Thanks for the encouragement folks. She really is getting me down.
I truly believe she is somewhat mentally unbalanced. -In all seriousness. The kid has problems ... I can sympathise but I don't want her problems to become mine. It is going to take some serious work on my part to manage the situation.




Do you have a digital? It might be worth the investment. Of course I prefer my acoustic but have the digital when my kid is playing or it's really late and she's sleeping. Having the option might make it easier on you.

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#2225562 - 02/04/14 02:18 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Stubbie]
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Originally Posted By: Stubbie
How unfortunate. Any chance of her moving? You moving? Putting up some kind of sound barrier (quilt or something) to muffle the sound from your end? Agreeing to a set of quiet hours and not quiet hours?



She's still at university - in the second half of her 3rd year- she'll probably do at least 2 more years and even then may not move out.
I don't think a quilt would help because the sound (from what I understand) goes through the bottom/floor, not from on top or behind

we HAVE agreed to quiet hours. I was playing in "free time".
I play Mon-Friday about an hour (usually less) between 1pm and 2pm. I play Monday Thursday and Friday for about an hour somewhere between 6.30 and 7.45pm, We have no set Agreement for Saturday but I still rarely play more than 2 hours in 2 blocks. I don't play on Sunday.


Halfstep, I do have a digital option - but I have to wear headsets and I've been wearing them so much that they are starting to bother my ears. You can see from what I posted above that I really don't play the acoustic very much and it is this Young woman who is being pretty hared to get along with.

Anyway.....rant over, I've just been so fed up I really needed to talk and hear some sympathetic voices. I'm stocked up now and hope to report on a good AOTW later after my lesson.
I should be getting started on some new pieces today.
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#2225614 - 02/04/14 06:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I do have a digital option - but I have to wear headsets and I've been wearing them so much that they are starting to bother my ears.


I know it's not much of a solution, but if the digital can drive headphones, it can also be connected to a small pair of speakers which may be set to any level desired - perhaps that at which you would run a TV or radio.

Unfortunately, when a neighbour decides piano playing is an irritation, volume becomes irrelevant. Years ago I owned a Fender Rhodes electric piano. Hammers strike small tuning forks, which can be amplified. It's seriously quiet! A "person upstairs" claimed the key-noise prevented her from sleeping.

As I write, the kids next door are screaming. What can you do? :-)

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#2225616 - 02/04/14 06:56 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
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Originally Posted By: Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I do have a digital option - but I have to wear headsets and I've been wearing them so much that they are starting to bother my ears.


I know it's not much of a solution, but if the digital can drive headphones, it can also be connected to a small pair of speakers which may be set to any level desired - perhaps that at which you would run a TV or radio.

Unfortunately, when a neighbour decides piano playing is an irritation, volume becomes irrelevant. Years ago I owned a Fender Rhodes electric piano. Hammers strike small tuning forks, which can be amplified. It's seriously quiet! A "person upstairs" claimed the key-noise prevented her from sleeping.

As I write, the kids next door are screaming. What can you do? :-)


Yes, you're right - and I've done that - and it better than with the head phones in that it doesn't bother my ears - but it is disorienting because the sound doesn't come from the spot you'd expect (that'a a problem of wires and cord lengths). At them moment the speakers are being used on my husband's computer and I don't really feel like buying another set...and again, that doesn't solve the problem of the fact that the digital (as good as it is, being the silent system) still doesn't use the same "touch" that you need when playing in acoustic mode.

The more I think on this the more I am becoming angry instead of upset. In a way that's good because I am getting over the "oh I feel guilty I'm making noise" concept.....I'm playing so much less than I really could be playing and she is actually starting to harrass ME. There's another thread over in the piano forum. I may look at a little effort at sound Proofing but it is hard to still want to make any effort at appeasing her when she's just out and out unreasonable.

Maybe she'd realize how nice I'm being if I started playing my scales in acoustic mode.......
(no, I won't do that...but I can think about it when I feel crabby smile )


Edited by casinitaly (02/04/14 06:57 AM)
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#2225631 - 02/04/14 07:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#2225905 - 02/04/14 05:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly


we HAVE agreed to quiet hours. I was playing in "free time".
I play Mon-Friday about an hour (usually less) between 1pm and 2pm. I play Monday Thursday and Friday for about an hour somewhere between 6.30 and 7.45pm, We have no set Agreement for Saturday but I still rarely play more than 2 hours in 2 blocks. I don't play on Sunday.


I'm the first one hating noisy neighbours, particularly musicians who seem to think that they are educating and making people a favour (!!!).

But your playing times sound really reasonable to me, I wouldn't mind having you as a neighbour if you really stick to those times, and that's saying something! 2 hours a day in separate blocks at decent times is not torturing the neighbour, more might well be, all being said!

As other advised, I would try to speak again to her reminding her that you had agreed on those times and asking what can be done, but really I think that you are not a selfish annoying pianist wink

Maybe leaving the demo on as suggested would help you seeing if she's got a reason to complain, but I have to agree that it was low of her .
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