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#2179531 - 11/09/13 10:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Week 2 pianoless. I am kind of getting used to how the keyboard sounds and feels and what I can and can not practice. House destruction and renovation isn't too far behind schedule.
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#2179663 - 11/09/13 03:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: neuralfirings]
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That's an impressive tool you have there NeuralF. Did you put that software together from scratch or is it a modified 3rd party package? Congrats on the Ballade. Quite an accomplishment in my book.

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#2179869 - 11/09/13 11:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Re: Triple J

Thanks! I put that website together from scratch. Ruby on rails + Bootstrap for the user interface (if that means anything to you). I'll PM you an invite code to try it out.
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#2180035 - 11/10/13 10:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: neuralfirings]
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Week 87: I record A Thousand Years a few times, doubt I have a keeper, but may end up with one of these not so perfect ones being submitted. The deadline for the recital comes before the next weekend, so the week will go fast. Achievements? Not much that I can think of. I did practice every day, at least for a few minutes. The new piece Tracks in the Snow is coming together.
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#2180379 - 11/10/13 10:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My teacher: "You were in the zone! The 1st and 3rd sections sounded really good!" *woohoo* Of course that little bit of a high doesn't last too long, as there's always something else to work on. Now about that 2nd section ...
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#2180447 - 11/11/13 12:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]
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AOTW: My first live recital was yesterday! Not only was it live in front of about 50 people, it was live-streamed so that the player's friends and family around the world could watch. Both my daughter and my mother in the US watched the live stream from the comfort of their homes! That actually made me more nervous than the live audience.

The performers included five children, ages 4 1/2 through 10, and eleven adults. I played Chopin Mazurka 6 2, and Villa-Lobos Na Corda da Viola. I started out a bit nervous in the Mazurka and made a couple of fumble finger mistakes, but the Villa-Lobos went perfectly. I was able to get caught up in the music and forget about the audience. I was the last adult player before my teacher, who played a fantastic Villa-Lobos piece. Then a vocal student sang two pieces as the finale. It turned out to be a great performance by everyone, and lots of fun. The piano was a wonderful 1935 August Förster Grand with a mellow voice, and it was a delight to play.

So, I feel very happy and proud to have this first formal recital under my belt. It went as well as I could have expected, and leaves me looking forward to the next one!
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#2180449 - 11/11/13 12:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, SwissMS - an international debut! How cool that your family could watch. I bet they were excited. Congratulations.

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#2180478 - 11/11/13 04:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations SwissMS!!!
Great job, and with live broadcast for everyone. Is there any record of this recital! That would be great!
Looking forward to listen you live next year, in our Party. thumb
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#2180513 - 11/11/13 08:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats on your achievement SwissMs!

Survived my 2nd recital over the weekend. I was last to perform so it was really nerve wracking though a bit more at ease compared to the first time. According to my dear husband, I did much better this time around... Made a few minor mistakes but it was not a complete disaster. what else could a girl ask for?
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#2180526 - 11/11/13 08:57 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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That's great Ellec. I'm sure you're going to improve your mental skills with those recitals.
Congratulations!
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#2180540 - 11/11/13 09:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats SwissMS! Is the recording posted somewhere? I'd love to hear your recital as well.

MaryBee -- that's awesome to hear as well. The zone is a great place to be. laugh
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#2180581 - 11/11/13 11:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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SwissMS, now that's something to be proud of. How cool that your family could listen in from so far away! Thank you, technology!
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#2180584 - 11/11/13 11:08 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]
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Thanks for the "Congrats" everyone. I cannot post the link to the streaming here because I do not have permission from the other performers. The Villa-Lobos is my AFB quarterly recital submission though, so I will be sharing it soon!
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#2180599 - 11/11/13 11:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, everyone has been doing so well!

Special congrats to SwissMS and Marybee! What great accomplishments indeed!

My ATOW is to have only missed 2 days of playing despite going up to Nuremberg for 4 days! We had a fantastic trip and even got to spend the better part of the day on Sunday with PatH, whom we met at the Brussels EPP back in July.

I highly recommend Nuremberg as a place well worth visiting. I would go back in a flash!
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#2180689 - 11/11/13 04:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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The Villa-Lobos is my AFB quarterly recital submission though, so I will be sharing it soon!


I can't wait to hear this SwissMs. Congrats on your AOTW. thumb
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#2181167 - 11/12/13 04:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations to MaryBee, SwissMS and ElleC!

I had a good lesson today, mainly devoted to Mozart. Not bad, considering that I practiced single handed (left only) for a couple of days. Now I have to focus on the three fast right with the right hand...lots of work needed but I'm in no hurry. I love this piece and I want to do all I can to play it decently.
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#2183272 - 11/16/13 09:05 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW besides getting my piano tuned YAY! is that I have two appointments next week for interviews with piano teachers. Although I am making progress on my own I feel the need for objective evaluation of my progress and I'm too subjective about it and expect way too much from myself. Don't we all?

Ray (my tuner/tech) gave me a compliment wrt my playing of Come back to Sorrento but I believe he was being too kind. He did say it's a difficult piece for a beginner to play well so maybe not. He's a very accomplished player as well as an RPT.

In any case wish me luck finding a teacher that I get on with and can afford ha
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#2183285 - 11/16/13 09:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AotW: I received a phone call from a national TV channel (www.tvi.iol.pt) because they are planning a serie of 10 episodes to tell the story of 10 "amateur musicians". They saw my video on YT and they want to do the second episode with me...

OMG, this is getting serious...
I accepted smile
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#2183287 - 11/16/13 09:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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My AotW: I received a phone call from a national TV channel (www.tvi.iol.pt) because they are planning a serie of 10 episodes to tell the story of 10 "amateur musicians". They saw my video on YT and they want to do the second episode with me...

OMG, this is getting serious...
I accepted smile

Wow! Well deserved.
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#2183335 - 11/16/13 11:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CarlosCC - that is so fun. I love it when I can tell all my friends that I know someone who's really accomplished something laugh Guilt and fame, all by association, that's my deal! Congratulations! I hope there'll be a way we can watch later - couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

Cathy
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#2183345 - 11/16/13 12:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
My AotW: I received a phone call from a national TV channel (www.tvi.iol.pt) because they are planning a serie of 10 episodes to tell the story of 10 "amateur musicians". They saw my video on YT and they want to do the second episode with me...

OMG, this is getting serious...
I accepted smile

Wow, Carlos, that is really special! What a wonderful honor and opportunity. Congratulations!!
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#2183350 - 11/16/13 12:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, Carlos, this all has become a pretty amazing chain of events for you! Congratulations!!!
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#2183363 - 11/16/13 12:45 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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Ragdoll, good luck with your teacher interviews. I predict that you're going to progress in leaps and bounds once you start with a teacher.

Carlos, you never know where life in going to take you. This sure is exciting!
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#2183373 - 11/16/13 01:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow Carlos! That's awesome!!! If they make you play live on TV, is that something you'd be comfortable with?
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#2183509 - 11/16/13 06:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW is that my teacher assigned me Moonlight Sonata. (Okay, so it's just the first page or so for this week) The list of graded pieces shows that as a level 8 piece so I've made some improvement here.

I've played in the past but just started working at it hard in the last 18 months, so being assigned this piece makes me feel that I'm making progress. The MOYD thread has helped me a lot.
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#2183510 - 11/16/13 06:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Oongawa]
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Originally Posted By: Oongawa
My AOTW is that my teacher assigned me Moonlight Sonata. (Okay, so it's just the first page or so for this week) The list of graded pieces shows that as a level 8 piece so I've made some improvement here.

I've played in the past but just started working at it hard in the last 18 months, so being assigned this piece makes me feel that I'm making progress. The MOYD thread has helped me a lot.


That's a good achievement Ooongawa!
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#2183783 - 11/17/13 07:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]
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Ragdoll, good luck with your teacher interviews. I predict that you're going to progress in leaps and bounds once you start with a teacher.


I am sure that I will MaryBee if I can find the right teacher. There seems to be a lot of piano "teachers" in this area that really should seek another occupation. Some who are very accomplished players but sadly lacking in skills to teach piano.

On the other hand, some excellent ones (which I cannot afford). Some I could afford if they didn't require 6 months up front. To me it's a nightmare because what if they turn out to be unsuitable in 2 months for whatever reason? Some only teach group lessons, some only classical training. I could write a book about my search but I'll spare all of you. Thanks for the encouraging words MaryBee. Suffice it to say it's like trying to find a new Doctor. smile
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#2183784 - 11/17/13 07:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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OMG, this is getting serious... I accepted smile


CarlosCC... THIS IS HUGE! I hope that it will somehow be available for viewing here in the USA. How exciting for you. wow
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#2183785 - 11/17/13 07:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Oongawa]
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I've played in the past but just started working at it hard in the last 18 months, so being assigned this piece makes me feel that I'm making progress. The MOYD thread has helped me a lot.


Congrats Oongawa, that's a great AOTW. MOYD was/is helpful to me as well for motivation to do some piano every day.
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#2183803 - 11/17/13 08:46 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ragdoll - a freshly tuned piano, compliments from the tuner and a hunt for a new teacher. I wish you all the best in your search. I am so happy with my new teacher ...well, not so new any more, but I'm still really happy -- Good luck!

Oongawa- that's great progress! It is pretty exciting to be working on such a gorgeous piece.

Carlos... I am beyond words! Someday we'll be able to say we knew you before you were famous! Do keep us posted on this new phase of your adventures!
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