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#2146910 - 09/09/13 12:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks SwissMs, it was great --- I should post a few pics of where we were - it was just beautiful.

I had the satisfaction of playing all my current pieces today and finding that the two that I had done the most studied/focused practice on were (SURPRISE) the ones that were still flowing easily under my fingers!
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#2147124 - 09/09/13 06:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: Cheryl
Giacomo... can I have pink booties please?



Yikes...I first googled for "pink booty", but I'm pretty sure you don't want to see those results. cool




You'll make a striking image at the bench...



Welcome back.
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#2147383 - 09/10/13 06:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Grazie mille Giacomo! --- See my new avatar? smile
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#2147448 - 09/10/13 09:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Welcome back Cheryl. So glad you had a good trip and the pink boots are awesome.
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#2147456 - 09/10/13 09:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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My AOTW is learning to use iMovie (I know, I am a dinosaur) for my Grieg videos. It was fun! I have been frustrated by how to even get started with it. I am new to the Mac, having always had either Linux or Windows before. iMovie seems to assume you already know how to use it, and I had a hard time finding the beginning of the thread, so to speak. So far, I am just doing baby steps, like adding lead ins, fades, and trimming the ends, but I am enjoying experimenting with it!
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#2147459 - 09/10/13 09:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My mother has left this world some days ago... I'm starting to play piano again. That's an achievement for me.
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#2147483 - 09/10/13 10:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My condolences, CarlosCC. It's such a discombobulating time. I'm glad you're playing piano again - knowing how much the piano means to you I hope it brings much peace.

Cathy
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#2147632 - 09/10/13 02:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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So sorry to hear your news, CarlosCC. I hope you can get some comfort from your piano at such a difficult time.

Best wishes, Jim.
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#2147659 - 09/10/13 03:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry to hear that, Carlos, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope your piano can give you some solace, and you know you are among friends here.
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#2147666 - 09/10/13 03:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Recaredo]
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I am so sorry to hear about your Mother, Carlos. It is so hard to lose a loved one. Our thoughts are with you.
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#2147675 - 09/10/13 03:29 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My heartfelt condolences Carlos. This is truly a difficult loss to suffer. May your heart be soothed with your music, the beautiful memories you have of your mother and the love and support of your family.
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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard ;)-BobPickle
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#2147767 - 09/10/13 05:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos - hang in there. Her love will stay forever in its purest form with you.
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#2147773 - 09/10/13 05:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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please accept my condolences Carlos I hope you can find some consolation in your music. Losing a loved one is always difficult but the bond between a mother and son can be a very special one. I lost my mother eighteen months ago and life has never been quite the same. Cherish the good memories.
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#2147859 - 09/10/13 07:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos
My condolences to you on the loss of your mother. We are never ready to lose our moms but her love surrounds you always.
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#2147862 - 09/10/13 07:56 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
My mother has left this world some days ago... I'm starting to play piano again. That's an achievement for me.


A Jazz player by the name of Alfonzo Blackwell wrote a song in memory of his late mother. The title is his Mother's name: Hermina

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#2147928 - 09/10/13 10:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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CarlosCC, my thoughts are with you and your family. I remember you making a CD of music for your mom. For me, making music is and has been a way for me to process difficult life events.

CasinItaly, welcome back. Time away from computers (and pianos even) is often a good thing.
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#2147929 - 09/10/13 10:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
My mother has left this world some days ago... I'm starting to play piano again. That's an achievement for me.


Condolences to you Carlos.
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#2147942 - 09/10/13 11:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos, I'm sorry for your loss. Do you have any memories of your mother that you would like to share here?
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#2147943 - 09/10/13 11:26 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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cas (and Jim) -- the new avatar makes me happy. smile
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#2148003 - 09/11/13 02:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hello everybody, I made an abysmal recording with a lot of wrong notes, flailing tempo and a ton of other mistakes of Beethoven's Op.27 No.2 Adagio Sostenuto but it was the best I could muster. So here it is ; https://soundcloud.com/pizhama/beethoven-c-sharp-minor-piano . I'm hoping that I get an opinion if there are any aspects of the performance that I did semi-well. I'm from Sofia, Bulgaria and have played the piano for a little less than 2 years. Thanks for listening =]
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#2148023 - 09/11/13 03:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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If I hear the Moonlight Sonata one more time I will kill myself! eek

Nothing personal Wuxia, don't take offense... It just seems to be very popular among beginners/intermediate players. I'm actually going to hear it tonight at a concert wink
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#2148038 - 09/11/13 04:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thank you for your words. I feel I'm among friends here, thank you.
My mother has always been an enthusiast of my adventure with the piano. She loved to hear me play and she was one of my best listeners.

I have a story that I can share: On the day before she died, I had previous access to the video I made for the contest of my company. After I download the video I went to the hospital to see my mother and I took the laptop. I showed her the video, and I remember that she was very weak and she was lying on her side with her ​​head on the pillow. I put the laptop aside so she could see and hear better. She watched intently and smiled. With the voice a little weak, she said: "Wonderful ...".
This was the last moment of life that I shared with my mother. From that evening she was getting weaker and weaker until she lost her consciousness the next day.
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#2148073 - 09/11/13 08:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Carolos, what a bittersweet memory to cherish.

Your video was a "big deal" before, but now there is a whole new level of significance to it.

I suppose it may be hard to play that piece at this time, but in the future it may very well bring a smile to your heart. I certainly hope so.
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#2148078 - 09/11/13 08:08 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Carolos, what a bittersweet memory to cherish.

Your video was a "big deal" before, but now there is a whole new level of significance to it.

I suppose it may be hard to play that piece at this time, but in the future it may very well bring a smile to your heart. I certainly hope so.

+1,000,000

Carlos - my condolences as well. Your story made me tear up. Your video takes on a whole new meaning for me now.
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#2148088 - 09/11/13 08:35 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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wuxia - that was a beautiful rendition of Moonlight Sonata

sinophilia - laughing my butt off at your comment. Does this mean you are not going to attempt it? Don't speak too soon once you attempt the first measure there is no going back,lol
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#2148335 - 09/11/13 04:37 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos thanks for sharing such a special moment with us.
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#2148561 - 09/12/13 01:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi,

Achievement of the week:
first Piano lesson. Which included playing with both my right and left hand at the same time. (I admit that it didn't sound good yet)
also the first time that I played an acoustic grand. The feel and sound are quite different than my Kawai ES7.

Teacher started me with a Folk Dean method.

Looking forward to my next lesson next week.

Wouter.

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#2148575 - 09/12/13 02:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar

sinophilia - laughing my butt off at your comment. Does this mean you are not going to attempt it? Don't speak too soon once you attempt the first measure there is no going back,lol


Never! Mark my words wink

I listened to it played by Ingolf Wunder yesterday night and the first movement was very subdued, he barely lifted his fingers from the keyboard. Then the tension grew in the second and exploded in the third. Very nice.
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#2148576 - 09/12/13 02:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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My condolences Carlos. Thank you for sharing an intense musical moment.
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#2148610 - 09/12/13 05:46 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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So sorry to read of your loss Carlos. frown
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