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#2164518 - 10/10/13 04:50 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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What a time I'm having catching up on the thread ... Chris, I'm so glad you're healed up from your accident! To Cheryl, Cas, Farmgirl, and all of you suffering from the piano blahs and slumps and irritation with various composers, I offer my heartfelt sympathy. Sometimes it really helps to switch things up or take a little time out.

I did so rather by accident this summer, and it seems to have had an unexpected salutary effect. My teacher doesn't teach during the summer but I had plans to practice hard and really dig in. Only everything sort of blew apart. My back went out for most of a month, my cat was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and needs a lot of daily meds/care, my job was driving me crazy ... End result, three months of no practice, oh no!

Kinda figured I'd be in for a bumpy return to lessons in September, but something has seemingly shifted for the better. No, I'm still not getting in enough practice time, but I'm so much more relaxed about playing for my teacher. My counting has greatly improved plus I'm apparently doing much better at looking at the music not my hands ...

Funny, I thought I was already good at that. ha

At my lesson this week, the only thing I had in the slightest bit prepared was the RH part of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile." I thought my teacher would be disappointed, but she was very pleased with my one-handed playing. Then we dug into the LH chord pyramids for the same song, plus scales and the circle of 5ths ("Father Called George Down ..."), and me trying to get my head and hands around arpeggios. A very solid and enjoyable lesson.

And, big news, I finally get to learn some Chopin! Waltz in A Minor. Seeing as my piano studies have progressed at roughly the speed at which coal turns into diamonds in the depths of the earth, getting to Chopin makes me very, very happy.
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#2164520 - 10/10/13 04:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations, piano_deb. When I learned my first Chopin prelude, it felt like a big step, playing REAL music. :-)

I use Kabalevsky for sight reading, his children's pieces. It sounds nice and it's at a level I can handle. My achievement this week was finding the score of his Variations Op. 40. It's above my sight reading level, but it looks, and sounds, like it will be fun to play. And it's grown up music.
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#2164631 - 10/10/13 10:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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So happy! I just nailed the uber-fiddly part at the end of Einaudi's Ora second afternoon playing it (the rest is fine). And now it's my favourite part, it sounds so darn cool in action! Triplets to semiquavers like a boss haha.
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#2164715 - 10/11/13 04:56 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
...Ron, it strikes me as so very weird that you're experiencing winter storms and we aren't even at mid-October! wow.... I hope this is NOT a sign of what the real winter is going be when it hits!!!...


Nobody can expect anything from what happens now with the weather here. I've talked to old timers. They say anything can happen. Nothing now will predict anything for this winter. Besides...
In this part of this country. We expect late spring and early winter storms. It happens here. There was an Indian Chief, along with a bunch of others who froze to death in a late spring blizzard. They were traveling, by foot. I'm sure it was in the 1800's.


Originally Posted By: casinitaly
It is rare to have a huge leap in abilities, so the majority of us toddle along together in excellent company smile


I appreciate the support. All the thoughts.

I look forward to the day I pick up the sophistication of my nervous system. This to the point that I have a clear map in my mind of exactly where all ten of my fingers are at. I get this map in my mind idea from driving a forklift inside a building with people working. One does that with a constant map in their mind of everything around them. Constantly aware. Constantly watching 360 degrees. Constantly updating that map.
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#2165350 - 10/12/13 04:55 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Week 83: As I promised myself, I do some much neglected metronome work. I set the built in ticker on the Casio PX150 to 60, turn off the carriage return bell, lower the volume by half. It is a different experience. Slowing down is a much touted idea on the forum. Metronome has never been my favorite, but I can see it might help me. I continue to practice in chunks.

I do more work on a new piece. The working title is Tracks in the Snow. I'm not sure if I like it. It feels disturbing and yet there is something that draws me to the dissonance.
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#2165416 - 10/12/13 08:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Not really an achievement. But I'm about to see the 1st performance of Arizona opera H.M.S. Pinafore shortly. I have. Season ticket but often miss it due to Business trip. Very excited.
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#2166110 - 10/14/13 02:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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JimF - Congratulations for having a lesson where everything went right! That is a special feeling!

Paperclip - Wow! That sounds like a painful accident! I am glad you are feeling better.

Piano deb - Have fun with the Chopin Waltz! That is really a beautiful piece.

Jessiebear - Doesn't it feel good when a narly section comes together?

Plowboy - You made me go look up Kabelevsky's # 40 variations so I could see what grown up music sounds like. Nice!

Sand Tiger - I have become a firm believer in Metronome practice. It keeps you honest!

My AOTW was playing Na Corda da Viola pretty well in my lesson today. Most of the problem areas flowed well, and we are reaching the point of fine tuning instead of learning how to play it. I am no where near final tempo, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. I have passed from "can I do this?" to "yeah, I got this!" this week. There is still work to be done, but I have a lot more confidence now. My teacher seems confident that I can do this for the Nov. 10 live recital, and that makes me confident!
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#2167180 - 10/16/13 12:41 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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it is heartening to hear how others struggle with learning a piece or gaining control of the playing and getting to that wonderful goal, a performance, an interpretation of your own. There are so many suggestions as to what works for one or another along this path. I think it is rather like gathering flowers in my garden and bringing them in to create a lovely bouquet. you pick out the ones you like , the best ones you can find ,and then use them the way that you want.
It's also seasonal. and it depends on your mood.
Practise is like that. Right now I find 15-20 mins is my max at a particular challenge before as my teacher describes it ' my brain starts dribbling out of my ears'. I laughed so hard when he first said that!
I think you must all know that feeling, and its time to do something else. Somedays it's a cup of tea, a change of scenery, or a different challenge! I've found my tolerance level to be about 1 hr 40 mins before exhaustion. Rarely do I get another session in so that's all i can do for now. Consistency does matter, so MYOD really helps me!
As for the slow v faster and hands separate / together, i think you have to do both. You learn your own best way to tackle a challenge. Personally, i go for the tough sections, h/s and slow. quite independently of the whole. and fasten up each hand independently before together when i'ts back to slow for a bit. Not too long though or that makes me stumble when i try to connect the bits.
Well, that's what works for me at the moment.
And reading the PW threads . It's good to know you are all out there.
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#2167182 - 10/16/13 12:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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it is heartening to hear how others struggle with learning a piece or gaining control of the playing and getting to that wonderful goal, a performance, an interpretation of your own. There are so many suggestions as to what works for one or another along this path. I think it is rather like gathering flowers in my garden and bringing them in to create a lovely bouquet. you pick out the ones you like , the best ones you can find ,and then use them the way that you want.
It's also seasonal. and it depends on your mood.
Practise is like that. Right now I find 15-20 mins is my max at a particular challenge before as my teacher describes it ' my brain starts dribbling out of my ears'. I laughed so hard when he first said that!
I think you must all know that feeling, and its time to do something else. Somedays it's a cup of tea, a change of scenery, or a different challenge! I've found my tolerance level to be about 1 hr 40 mins before exhaustion. Rarely do I get another session in so that's all i can do for now. Consistency does matter, so MYOD really helps me!
As for the slow v faster and hands separate / together, i think you have to do both. You learn your own best way to tackle a challenge. Personally, i go for the tough sections, h/s and slow. quite independently of the whole. and fasten up each hand independently before together when i'ts back to slow for a bit. Not too long though or that makes me stumble when i try to connect the bits.
Well, that's what works for me at the moment.
And reading the PW threads . It's good to know you are all out there.
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#2167238 - 10/16/13 02:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I too love reading all the news.
I've been particularly busy these past few weeks with work really picking up ! (love it!) and with some family matters which have been time consuming, resulting in a lot less participation in the forums for me

I have FINALLY gone through all I can with my teacher on my Grieg piece (which I think is really sounding different - perhaps someone unfamiliar with it wouldn't notice all the changes, but I would hope that there would be some "je ne sais quoi" that might make a little impression smile

The Fughetta is being notched up in tempo- which has caused some weak points to become more obvious...sigh. But it is fun to be speeding it up.

I've just begun with the Sonatina (Op36 N2 Clementi) and I am very pleased.

I am starting to hear "that's an improvement" more from my teacher, which is rewarding, but more importantly, I'm starting to feel, very clearly, where improvements are happening.....which is extremely rewarding.
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#2167338 - 10/16/13 05:25 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I just have to post to see my birthday cake!

There are all sorts of accomplishments. Stravinsky Five Fingers is rolling along (My teacher's comment, "Wow"); I started the last one in the set. I got up to In the Hall of the Mt. King in Alfred 3 and that's pretty fun.

We are set up to have our living room floor redone and the kitchen finished by the end of the year, if all goes well. A couple weeks ago, Brewer made a call to Rick Baldassin (google him if you are curious)...more on that front later, after the floors of course.
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#2167478 - 10/17/13 02:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Malkin, Happy birthday!

I don't have big achievement to post. Doing not so badly. Not a piano but with my piano I tuned my violin by myself today. I used to think I was a tone deaf since I could only get B in college theory class (with ear training) years ago when I was minoring in music. It was a theory class for a music major. i just wanted to learn theory. I was completely unprepared. I still remember the shock when I was told to write down what was played, identify various 7th chord, complex rhythmic patterns. I never knew theory class come with ear training. Now, to my surprise, I can tell violin is sharp or flat, and if it is, how much it is off, i.e., half step, a whole step, etc. I exclaimed to my husband, " honey, this is frigging amazing. a miracle has happened not I can hear". Practice wise, I am diligently playing my mozart. teacher told me to play nothing but mozart till our recital. but you know me. I had to play chopin and schubert. It may sound weird but for me, this mazurka is much more enjoyable than grieg's puck. good practicing everyone.
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#2167483 - 10/17/13 03:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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FarmGirl, what an achievement with violin! I AM tone deaf, sort of. During the recital in June there were several violinists, and my husband could tell when one was out of pitch (this is way down, this is ok and so on); I just had a "this I do not like" feeling.
Ear training is definitely one thing I need, but since I don't have much time to devote to music, I always chose to go to piano bench. I even downloaded a very nice app for ear training, but it sees no use...

Back to AOTW: none, for me. Yesterday I had my second lesson, at home. I butchered my pieces, even the Bach's Polonaise that I love and that I play always well (for my standards blush) . The fact that my children and a friend of them were at home did not help, the same fot the fact that I had the bread in the oven and that we were really late for dinner... My mistake, of course, and a good lesson fot the future, also: I need to create a relaxed environment for my lessons!!
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#2167510 - 10/17/13 05:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Greetings all,
A whirlwind week at work with classes and reports due. Also submitted a portfolio for promotion to professor (it's a long process...we'll see). We're leaving this morning after my mammogram (wish me luck) to go to Rapid City South Dakota for a dog show with our beautiful Mystique. Just hoping weather doesn't get us in the process. Unfortunately that means no piano because we're not driving the RV up (we have a keyboard in it). Maybe I need a break anyway.

Learning five pages of the first movement of Beethoven 14#1 (took out some of the middle pages to save for later). My teacher wants me to play it in November. Are you KIDDING me? I don't usually learn them that fast but I'm working small chunks and they are getting better. She thinks I can do it. LOL.

We had our midterm in the Music Theory class. FarmGirl, like you I'm amazed at everything we're covering. Ear training, rhythm (one-a-trip-a-let-a in all it's possible versions in 6/8 time) solfege (I can't get the up and down to come out right), musical dictation, rhythmic dictation is the worst for me. We practice as a group and are tested individually. That's just the lab part. In lecture we're whizzing through 7th chords and now composition. My two 8 measure compositions will not likely inspire anyone but I think they met basic counterpoint rules. On the midterm I'm hoping I finally figured out how to make diminished chords and make sure the leading tone is in the minor. On a positive note, I think I know all 15 key signatures now.

It's 3:30 and I need to get in an hour of practice before we're on the road. Have a great Thursday.
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#2167698 - 10/17/13 01:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Karen my friend
Good luck with your mammo. I'm wishing you a long happy life. In my mind I picture you getting promoted and filled with hours sweating on the piano, mildly tortured by theories, busy with work, taking care of dogs, friends and hubby. I hope the only complaint you have in life is that you are too busy.
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#2167700 - 10/17/13 01:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Malkin, sorry I missed your bd!!!! Hope it was a great day.
Do you like the Stravinsky? I have it in one of my books but haven't tried it yet.

Farmgirl - I read you were going to the opera, but on my phone it is hard to read and I missed it was Pinafore!!!! I am so jealous! I love G&S


Torquenale - ear training comes naturally, the more you read and play --- at least that's my opinion!! and a peaceful lesson environment is a must! Good luck on getting that next time.


Wisebuff: Sounds like the Beethoven is a very satisfying challenge!!
Sending big prayers over to you that your mammogram is clear!!!!!
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#2167703 - 10/17/13 01:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Happy belated birthday Malkin!

Wisebuff - Good luck with your Mystique at the dog show! I know the pressure of having a piece that the teacher thinks you can play in recital that you are not done with yet. You can do it! At least, that is what I keep saying myself!
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#2167726 - 10/17/13 02:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Hope you had a nice birthday, Malkin.

Better late than never....

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#2167991 - 10/18/13 05:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My big AOTW... I actually played a piece with both hands at my lesson. It still wasn't the greatest. I did have spots where I had to hesitate/stop, get my orientation and focus back on the music. But I actually did it in that music store's practice room. My teacher was very happy with me. Said all I have to do is speed it up now. Just practice it more. Like I told her at the start of the lesson and she agreed at the end: I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of playing both hands.
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#2168002 - 10/18/13 06:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Achievement of the week for me: first two sections of Rondo Alla Turca with focus on musicality.
Up to now I've been 100% focused on getting the notes right, yesterday I put all my attention on the musicality - really getting the slurs, staccatos, accents, ornaments, dynamics.
This really shouldn't have come as a surprise to me, but guess what, the difference was huge! It sounded great!
OK, not actually great when judged objectively - I still made mistakes, and hesitations, and a I'm long way off the tempo a professional would play it. But I was very happy indeed and felt validated in my choice to take on this piece which is a real challenge for me.

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#2168047 - 10/18/13 09:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
My big AOTW... I actually played a piece with both hands at my lesson. It still wasn't the greatest. I did have spots where I had to hesitate/stop, get my orientation and focus back on the music. But I actually did it in that music store's practice room. My teacher was very happy with me. Said all I have to do is speed it up now. Just practice it more. Like I told her at the start of the lesson and she agreed at the end: I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of playing both hands.

Yay!
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#2168152 - 10/18/13 02:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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FINISHED THE BOOK!

New book is hard though. An distracting myself from its difficulty by studying the information in the front of it in an attempt to convince myself I've tried enough.
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#2168190 - 10/18/13 04:04 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Because I am currently without a teacher I have not recorded myself too much. I finally have all of Come back to Sorrento under both hands although not polished, and not to my satisfaction - hence the recording.

Anyway... I am not able to accurately assess my progress and/or errors by just my playing a piece. I have identified a couple of problems and their cause. I wrote these down and will concentrate on them exclusively in practice for now. AFA my AOTW, I can't express how pleased I am with my progress on this as it's been in the works for months. To play it as written is more difficult than it first appears. Also not able to find Alfred's Adult Basic Level#3 version on you tube that is played as written either. frown

I understand there are some folks that can do this assessment while they play, unfortunately, I myself cannot. I'm back to recording daily again grin

My other pieces are progressing nicely too. YAY!


Edited by Ragdoll (10/18/13 06:03 PM)
Edit Reason: To correct Volume to level #3
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#2168204 - 10/18/13 04:41 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sounds like you are doing well! I am now working through pianoforall course. I am very pleased with it so far.I hope I will have some achievements to post about over the next few weeks.
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#2168762 - 10/20/13 02:30 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Welcome to the thread barbaram.

Good for you Toastie. I don't know how your books compare to others.

rnaple, it has been a long road to two hands. I can tell you a story. I recently went back to working on Ashokan Farewell which was the second piece I learned. My left hand was not doing so well, so I tried to do the right hand parts alone. I found it difficult, actually more difficult than playing hands together for this well memorized piece.

Ragdoll, recording is a big help to me, though sometimes is humbling.

EdwardianPiano, hopefully the new course is something that works for you.

Week 84: Highlight of the week is a concert featuring Trio Celeste, a piano, a cello and violin. They perform Dvorak, Piazzolla and Beethoven. The violinist has a Stradivarius on a three-year loan from Canada. The instrument was part of a prize package for doing well in a competition. I imagine that some violinists get much more excited over their instruments than pianists because the most sought after ones are so old and so expensive. My niece had a violin that was over a hundred years old when she was in high school orchestra. Old pianos tend to break down after time, often they need to be completely redone, so it is not the same instrument.

I make progress on writing my new piece, though the working title of Tracks in the Snow is not fitting so well now. Writing new music is what tends to drive me.

/edit to add: there is cake? Oh, happy birthday week Malkin! Cheers.



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#2168785 - 10/20/13 04:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sand Tiger]
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Originally Posted By: Sand Tiger


Good for you Toastie. I don't know how your books compare to others.



Thank you, Sand Tiger. Compared to others my books are easy, but compared to my ability they are hard!
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#2168877 - 10/20/13 10:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sand Tiger]
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Originally Posted By: Sand Tiger

there is cake? Oh, happy birthday week Malkin! Cheers.


Of course there is cake! And champagne!
Around here birthdays last until whatever happens next, so yes, it is still my birthday! Especially since this is a big one (ending in 5 with both digits matching)!

My teacher is encouraging me to record the Stravinsky pieces. I'm not quite ready, but the other hangup is that I haven't seen our video camera since we moved 2 years ago. I have really learned a lot from them; the degree of difficulty/challenge has been good for me, but I certainly understand that they might not have universal appeal. Kind of a good balance for the predictability of Alfred 3.
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#2168880 - 10/20/13 10:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi Toastie!

I'm not familiar with the method books you are using, but I love the title.
It sounds like an imperative:
Play Piano (NOW)!
or maybe
Play Piano OR ELSE!
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#2168928 - 10/20/13 01:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]
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Hi Toastie!

I'm not familiar with the method books you are using, but I love the title.
It sounds like an imperative:
Play Piano (NOW)!
or maybe
Play Piano OR ELSE!


Yes it does seem rather commanding - there is also an exclamation mark to add to the urgency.

Play Piano!

A belated happy birthday to you
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#2168976 - 10/20/13 02:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Happy Birthday Malkin! I just played a bit of Fur Elise from Steve's first tutorial and used the pedal as well- so please about that. And did some chords from pianoforall. That was funny- was the oompah ooompah thing from Octopuse's Garden!


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