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#2169149 - 10/20/13 09:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Just got home from Rapid City and with the exception of no piano time, it was a great weekend. First, the mammogram was negative so still clear (it's been two years). Second our girl, Mystique (a German Shepherd dog) was Best of Breed both Friday and Saturday. Very exciting. It's good to be home and Beethoven calls.
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#2169222 - 10/21/13 01:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW is that I'm finally playing through the Ballade in one sweep! I'm still struggling with the middle section though, where it seems like the piece jumps from idea to idea in very rapid succession. I'm not sure how I want to approach this making these transitions coherent. This is the section I'm referring to:



Also still struggling with the second iteration of the second theme. My tendency is to just play this section as loud as I can, but then it sounds bland. So I'm working on figuring how I want to shape this section. I'm also noticing more and more of it is committing to memory. I'm more laxed about memorizing sections, relying that it will come as I practice more and more.

Last, I'm making good progress on NotableScores.com! I'm working on ironing out a few bugs.. unfortunately, they are all pretty mysterious and I can't replicate on my computer. I am now using it in my daily practice though (that's right.. daily!). I use it on my iPad to sheet music (implemented a nifty click to scroll thing that makes "page turning" a lot easier). I also use it to markup sections that I need to work on, adding notes on fingerings, musical shapes, what voices I want to bring out. It's great getting to the stage where I can actually start using things I'm programming.
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#2169257 - 10/21/13 04:14 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Just got home from Rapid City and with the exception of no piano time, it was a great weekend. First, the mammogram was negative so still clear (it's been two years). Second our girl, Mystique (a German Shepherd dog) was Best of Breed both Friday and Saturday. Very exciting. It's good to be home and Beethoven calls.


I'm very happy for both good news.
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#2169311 - 10/21/13 08:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Wisebuff,

Great news. thumb And it is wonderful your girl got best in show too. wow

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#2169324 - 10/21/13 08:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Wisebuff, very good news on both items. Especially glad to hear of your clear mammogram. Congrats to Mystique too...YAY!
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#2169463 - 10/21/13 12:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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That's wonderful news WiseBuff!
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#2169519 - 10/21/13 01:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: neuralfirings]
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Originally Posted By: neuralfirings
My AOTW is that I'm finally playing through the Ballade in one sweep! I'm still struggling with the middle section though, where it seems like the piece jumps from idea to idea in very rapid succession. I'm not sure how I want to approach this making these transitions coherent. This is the section I'm referring to:

Also still struggling with the second iteration of the second theme. My tendency is to just play this section as loud as I can, but then it sounds bland. So I'm working on figuring how I want to shape this section. I'm also noticing more and more of it is committing to memory. I'm more laxed about memorizing sections, relying that it will come as I practice more and more.


I'm practicing currently that section, (still far away to have it all in the fingers) and IMHO the best way that I visualize is like a sort of waves of sound, each one being louder ( starting and ending ) than the preceding one and pay SOME ( not too much ) attention to the accents.

( like pp < mf, p < f, mp < ff, ff > p, p <<<<< ff )
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#2169543 - 10/21/13 02:30 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wisebuff, I'm happy for your good news. Health is so important!
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#2169890 - 10/22/13 06:24 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thank you my friends. Cancer is such a dirty word and I never expected it to hit me so glad it's gone (although they won't promise for ever). Health is important and I've been living life quite fully these days. Passed my music theory midterm but still making little errors on the leading tones and diminished chords. Grrrrr. The Beethoven seemed to benefit from the weekend off and be more under my fingers. It's funny how that works...take a break after intensive work and it's improved.
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#2170951 - 10/24/13 12:38 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm finding some good life results from the required sophistication of the nervous system in playing piano.
In doing a four corner balance drill for mobility. I'm finding better more sophisticated control of my foot for balance. This compared to what I used to do.
Tonight I decided to do some jump rope instead of driving to the college track for running. I was surprised that I just took to it. First impression was like I was at home. This is a little more sophisticated movement than...lets say...running. I never did do a whole lot of jump rope. Been years since last doing it. I'm very happy that it appears my base autonomic mind is just plain sophisticating the nervous system...period.
Am very happy with piano resulting in this. Ten years ago I had much nerve damage from diabetes. I dealt with much of that. Now I'm going higher in sophistication than I ever was. In every way. Thank you piano.
It is and has been tough. I'm picking it up though. Trudgingly....

Another thing I'd like to mention. I got into indoor plants. Partly because I had customers throwing out plants. I'm so happy with my success reviving some of these. I've lost a couple. Had one that was sitting in the bottom of a trash can. All by itself. Ready to die. It's leaves were at best, yellow. Right now, I've had to trim it. It's doing great. I also went out and bought some. One was a ficus that was on sale. Originally twenty something bucks. It was $5. Doing awful. They say it's hard to grow these. Once you get it. You've got how to do it right. Well.... That ficus is growing a bunch of new leaves. Am so happy with my success.
I did want to note. Seems to me that winter is the time for indoor plants. Not summer. What the heck? Summer you can open the windows and go outside. Winter you're closed in. Gee... have indoor plants to make it more alive inside. Besides...you'd be surprised at the chemicals differing plants will remove from the air. The plants along with three air cleaners make my apartment's air really good.
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#2170996 - 10/24/13 02:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wisebuff - What a joyful relief to get a clear test! I'm so happy for you! Congrats to Mystique too!

Neuralfirings - That music looks overwhelmingly difficult to my eyes! Wow - I can't wait to hear you playing it !
Ataru074- and you're working on the same piece! We'll have a themed presentation one day!

Rmaple - Ron, that's so great that piano is giving you such unexpected benefits in your general health! Even more motivation to stick with it! As for the plants, I have a "black" thumb. I'm terrible with them, but my husband is pretty good. We have 3 ficus trees, one of which is almost 20 years old now. They can be flighty creatures, and they do have phases where they shed their leaves, but they are such pretty additions to a room.

I had a great lesson. Got some good instruction on how to improve sideways movement more smoothly and am now doing micro focus work on fumbled areas on the Fughetta. I know it seems I've been on this piece for ages, but it is perfectly true that I still stumble more than I should in some spots (though not the original spot that gave me so much grief!)... My teacher has said we're using this piece to illustrate how long you "can/might" spend on a piece to get it just right. That's fine with me because I really like it and I appreciate the techniques I'm developing through working on it. Techniques of playing and of studying.
He was also complimentary on the work I'd done on my sonata - happy that I'd got it down (s.l.o.w.l.y) and that we could go ahead working without correcting mistakes of reading or fingering.
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#2171001 - 10/24/13 02:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi friends,

Just checking in. Now that the school recital is out of the way, I'm back to four pieces that I'm working on. Chopin mazurka, a short movement from Schubert Sonata, Rachmaninoff Elergie and Bach P&F. Mazurka is going well - probably I should memorize it. I'm liking Schubert a lot. Love the harmony and like the way he modulates into different keys. Would like to do more of his works in the future, either 2nd movement of D960 sonata or G flat major impromptu.

My husband and I are having great time with violin and viola respectively. I did 3 years as a child but its coming back. Because I know the scales,?it's much easer to find the notes now compared with when I was a kid. My husband is doing amazing grace now. He is a complete beginner of music. So I'm teaching him how to read notes and accompany him with piano so that he can get the rhythm. I gave him the score in G major. Our violin teacher asked me to give him the score in D major for Viola on alto clef. I transposed the melody for him and both lines for my piano part. Haven't done anything like this since school. It's fun.
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#2171432 - 10/24/13 06:17 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I had a nice practice session this morning but not entirely on pieces I'm supposed to be learning. wink I played through them all twice and then started to do some unrelated LH work.

I looked at again/played the Alberti bass line in 8 different keys and then moved onto some boogie bass lines (Hanon). I'm convinced that if I did this daily for a week or three I'd have a forearm like Popeye. Yikes it's tiring, but a good tired. grin

Still, it was good to work on something different for a change. Total time was about 1.5 hrs.
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#2171878 - 10/25/13 02:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wisebuff...congrats on all clear! I work at a cancer center here in Manhattan so I'm always excited when I hear patients doing well and my mom is also a breast ca survivor as well (going on her 10th year now and still clear) =)
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#2171923 - 10/25/13 04:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Very big smiles to all of you. Another win for Mystique today and she's almost to her championship. I'm getting up extra early to play piano. Another student and I rebelled on the Beethoven and said we won't have it ready to perform in November. Set the date for Jan 13. Play play play.
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#2171997 - 10/25/13 06:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl,

I must have missed some posts. Which Sonata are you working on?

Mozart and Puccini were both giving me fits last week, but we ironed things out at the lesson and I seem to have come unstuck so far this week. Progress sure feels good. Trying to find time to revive a few more things, but seem to have more projects than extra time lately.
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#2172208 - 10/26/13 06:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ciao Giacomo!

I'm playing Clementi Op 36 N2 -it is quite charming!

Today I played through the whole thing, slowly - but hands together - it was great fun.

My focus is on the first movement and my homework is to have all the first movement sorted out for next lesson, hands together, and to start on the second hands seperate. I feel just a wee bit ahead of the game at the moment (it probably wont' last long).

What I find very exciting is how much easier this is turning out to be than I expected. (Of course just wait til I start (trying) bringing it up to speed!!!


Congrats on your progress with Mozart and Puccini!
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#2172251 - 10/26/13 09:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: neuralfirings
My AOTW is that I'm finally playing through the Ballade in one sweep! I'm still struggling with the middle section though, where it seems like the piece jumps from idea to idea in very rapid succession. I'm not sure how I want to approach this making these transitions coherent. This is the section I'm referring to:
The extract you've shown is in the middle of my section 5 - M124-166.

The 'jumping around' suggests you're looking too closely at the right hand. Step back from the music a while and just listen to the section by Rubinstein, Arrau or similar. Pay particular attention to just the left hand.

He descends in M124 as if he landed on the wrong chord at the start of the bar and doesn't know how he'll get back to the chord in the middle of M162 so he puts the music on hold then at M130 he starts to build back again. From M138 the parallels with M36-67 cannot have escaped your attention and that three note figure that starts in M138, LH, (cf M9-10) and concludes with the three chord figures in M155-162 (cf the LH in M64-65). Don't let the improvisatory figures in the RH cloud your vision here.

I think when you go back to playing it, do the left hand on its own a few times and I think the musical coherence should come through. Adding the RH back should then make more sense.

Originally Posted By: neuralfirings
My tendency is to just play this section as loud as I can, but then it sounds bland.
This is much more passionate than the sotto voce from M67 but you must leave room the accents in the middle of the measures up to M178. Each phrase still needs to have its own climax and the con forza at M180 needs to reach a point that the ritard at M191 can come down from.

This is a tough nut to crack. I haven't done it yet. Good luck.
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#2172275 - 10/26/13 10:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Yesterday I went and bought a ticket for a concert: Maria Joao Pires and cellist Antonio Meneses will play a program with Schubert, Brahms (both one of my favorite cello sonatas, n. 38 in e minor, and Intermezzi for solo piano op. 117) and Mendellshon. I have to wait several weeks, but I'm already excited!
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#2172347 - 10/26/13 12:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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Week 85: Most days I skimp on practice time, maybe 20 or 30 minutes instead of an hour. One day only 7 minutes. I spend most of that time working on the new piece, Tracks in the Snow. For me writing music involves, sitting and playing, repeating and repeating until something comes, or something follows. Changing one note, one chord, a couple of notes, and trusting my ears. Recording when I find something that seems worth keeping, though that often gets tossed or rewritten.

Writing music is something I enjoy. The creative process is an open road, a blank sheet of paper. For some that is scary (what do I play, there is no sheet music in front of me?). For the creative person, it is a place of wonder, a place where magic sometimes happens. The other reward is sharing the new music. This can be nerve wracking, because while I know what I might like, I never truly know how it will be received. The few times I hit the mark are worth all the so-so, the sub-par, and the train-wreck performances and/or compositions. Obviously, poor prep, lack of time, lack of practice, rushing, tends to lead to poor results.

I attend the church coffee house. One of the performers wrote a hit song that charted in Europe. It was a familiar kind of song, but found the right singer, and did well commercially. Many of his other original songs had zero commercial chance, but he enjoyed sharing them live.

For the recital I am leaning towards doing a cover of A Thousand Years from the Twilight movies. I have had it in my rotation for the longest time, so it is the best rehearse. Last recital I rushed a new piece in, just one week after I had decided on a final version, and it showed.

On Saturday morning, I go back to some of the pieces in the rotation after ignoring some of them for the week. Some are still there in good shape, others have some rust, some a lot of rust. For the rust, I repeat those short sections over and over, and that helps polish it out, though it takes more time for some than others.

Have a good week everyone. Recital submissions open on Friday Nov 1.
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#2173072 - 10/28/13 08:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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We had another of our informal "adult" practice recitals last night. It was the first time I played a piece that I was still reading (e.g. not memorized) and that actually went well! It was the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata in G, Opus 49 no 2. It's close to memorized so relatively fluid and I got great comments. I thought the performance was OK given I have been working on it four weeks, which for me is just starting.

We were supposed to dress in Halloween costumes but I don't have one and didn't fancy making one for the occasion so I brought a surprise musical offering: I played (and sang) a little of Michael Jackson's Thriller smile
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#2173100 - 10/28/13 09:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Andy Platt]
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Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
We had another of our informal "adult" practice recitals last night. It was the first time I played a piece that I was still reading (e.g. not memorized) and that actually went well! It was the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata in G, Opus 49 no 2. It's close to memorized so relatively fluid and I got great comments. I thought the performance was OK given I have been working on it four weeks, which for me is just starting.

We were supposed to dress in Halloween costumes but I don't have one and didn't fancy making one for the occasion so I brought a surprise musical offering: I played (and sang) a little of Michael Jackson's Thriller smile


Good for you. I remember your post of your first recital. Great achievement. Love the MJ thriller thing too.
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#2173111 - 10/28/13 10:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I will be teacher less for a while. Her mom just passed away. She is going to play in the funeral (of course). That must be one heck of a concert. I really hope her mom's spirit. can hear that.

Not too much achievement. I was able to practice a little during the weekend. I can play through the mazurka and schubert piece with my interpretation. Did my best to bring out the voice and emphasize the rhythms (dotted eighth notes for Mazurka) and communicate subtlety in Schubert's modulation. I will see what she says when she get back. Resumed Elergie. This piece is not easy. Will take at least a couple of months or more if I don't practice regularly for a chunk of time. Talk to you soon. Happy practicing.


Edited by FarmGirl (10/28/13 10:07 AM)
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#2173113 - 10/28/13 10:10 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ataru074]
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Originally Posted By: Ataru074

I'm practicing currently that section, (still far away to have it all in the fingers) and IMHO the best way that I visualize is like a sort of waves of sound, each one being louder ( starting and ending ) than the preceding one and pay SOME ( not too much ) attention to the accents.

( like pp < mf, p < f, mp < ff, ff > p, p <<<<< ff )


Thanks, I'll give that a try. The other difficulty I have is that I own a (gasp) Digital Piano, which is not super ideal for working out dynamics. But, I live in an apartment with paper thin walls so getting a real piano is out of the questions right now. frown But, on the up side, it makes recording and playing back super easy. I found that hearing me play (even on a digital recording) is an invaluable feedback loop.

My goal was to memorize the entire piece this past weekend. And I have all but one last section to go (the last variation of the 2nd theme: http://www.notablescores.com/clips/73). Then I think I'll post a recording in the Member Recording section and get some feedback.
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#2173192 - 10/28/13 12:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: neuralfirings]
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Wisebuff - I am glad to hear that you received an "all clear" report on your mammogram. cancer is scary business! And congratulations to Mystique!

CasinItaly - I love Clementi 36-2. It is so cheerful and uplifting. It sounds like you are making great progress with it.

FarmGirl - Your comments on your Mazurka rhythms sounds like what I am going through with mine. The accents and slur marks are not what I expect, and it has taken a long time to ingrain them.

Neuralfirings and Ataru074- I can't wait to hear your completed Ballade. That is quite an accomplishment.

AndyPlatt - Congrats on playing the Beethoven Sonata in a piano party after only four weeks of study. Very impressive. I would have loved to hear your "Thriller".

My achievement this week is having consistently good practice performances of my Villa-lobos piece. My recital is two weeks away, so, several times a day I do "pretend performances" and sit down at the piano and play the piece cold. I am sure my neighbors think I am crazy. I am gaining more confidence for the day, though. My teacher told me I will play last, which means I will have a long time to sit there and worry about it. So I've decided to just live the piece for the next two weeks.
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#2173216 - 10/28/13 02:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Loc: Virginia, USA
Originally Posted By: SwissMS
My achievement this week is having consistently good practice performances of my Villa-lobos piece. My recital is two weeks away, so, several times a day I do "pretend performances" and sit down at the piano and play the piece cold. I am sure my neighbors think I am crazy. I am gaining more confidence for the day, though. My teacher told me I will play last, which means I will have a long time to sit there and worry about it. So I've decided to just live the piece for the next two weeks.


My teacher is consistently making me go last (well, except for her), specifically to try and get me more nervous. But I'm not sure the practice recitals we have will translate when it's time for a real recital in terms of nerves. We'll have to see. Anyway, I was pretty calm yesterday.
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#2173604 - 10/29/13 08:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 12/23/10
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Loc: Rocky Mountains
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!
This is great. Making sense out of something that made no sense whatsoever.
This song, my grandfather thought was the funniest thing on earth. Whenever music was mentioned. He would laugh out loud singing this. This seemed to be his definition of 'music'. He came to the US from Sicily when he was 14. I hope to make his memory happy in playing a glorious O Sole Mio for him. smile
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#2174046 - 10/29/13 10:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 06/02/13
Posts: 153
Loc: New Orleans
Just wanted to check in and say that I'm always amazed reading about everyone's achievements! I've been incredibly busy with work this month, but being able to periodically check in and see all of you making progress while living busy lives really motivates me to find time to keep going.
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#2174090 - 10/30/13 12:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 07/29/13
Posts: 206
Re: zrtf90 -- Thanks for the advice! I listened to a few recordings online and I think I figured out a way to make these passages coherent. It's in the left hand, as you pointed out. In each of the section I can find a way to play the left hand notes so it has that heartbeat "bebung" or "bebungbung." I think that beat ties each section together, as well as the transition to the other parts of the music. I'll show you what I mean using my handy sheet music clip embedder. laugh

In the waltz there's the heart beat from C to Bb, then from A to Bb, etc.


Then here, there's the heart beat in the eightnote/quarternote pairing:


This one was tricky to find, but Zimmermann's recording called it out. There's the beat from Ab to G, Bb to A, etc.


Then the last section there's the heart beat again in the eighth note to quarter note pairing:
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#2174177 - 10/30/13 06:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Registered: 12/06/09
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Loc: Lisbon, Portugal
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

Ok, guys, I'm in the finals. smile

For passing to finals, I earned a voucher to spend in travel agencies and, most important, the opportunity to do a professional video with my participation. So far so good!

Here is the video.



I want to share with you the results of this contest:
The winners are a group of guys playing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME6TcsCxQHk

I wasn't the winner but I received tons of compliments and congratulations from everywhere. The organizers were amazed with the number of votes I collect and I was almost winning the contest, they said. "Your music is different, hard to perform, but beautiful and peaceful. It's an "unknown" music, so we didn't expect that your video could collect such number of votes... Comparing with the other performers, you are in another level. In amateur world, anyone can sing, but few can play as you did."

To get the idea, the other finalists were:
Ana Azevedo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeW-cutV4V0
Luis Ribeiro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpqfln7lRSA
Sérgio Pericão: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA1ubx5tRR0
Tony Alves: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtMzr6ulW_0

For me, it was a great experience.
Thank you guys for your support.
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