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#2161327 - 10/03/13 05:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
My 1st AOTW is playing for strangers in public (these poor folks didn't have a choice, mind you smile ), twice.

Boston Street Pianos started officially yesterday, but the logistics of putting out 75 pianos on one day are daunting, I'm sure, so they actually started putting them out earlier in the week. I stumbled across one and then found another as well. About all I have memorized at this point is the portion of Clair de Lune that I've mentioned many times, so that's all I've got to offer.

I played at Boston City Hall, which has one of what I believe is only two grands out of the 75 pianos. It's an enormous open plaza, so very hard for anyone to hear anyway (including even me sitting right at it, with the lid closed). I did get lost near the end and had to back up a couple bars to get myself reset, but it was OK overall.

Only a few people walked past while I was playing, but one woman did stop and offered to take my picture. It's funny, these days I guess one assumes that everyone has a smartphone camera on them? I did, but it is funny how this shift has occurred in the last 5 years or so.

The 2nd piano was a lovely little console right behind the Old North Church. It's tucked into a corner of the exterior of the building in a small courtyard, so the sound is nicely contained and it's a lovely intimate setting with a large fountain nearby. For this one, I got to measure# 15 and realized that... Ugh!, Bb6 was sticking when the pedal was down.

For those not intimately familiar with the piece, measures 15-18 completely revolve around Bb (in both left and right hand), so it's played 24 times in a row. One can't very well skip the pedal here and finesse legato, or at least I wouldn't know how to go about doing so.

That completely threw me for a loop, and also made me realize the degree to which I rely on feeling the keys before hitting them -- which one can't do so well when the key is down in the keybed.

Anyway, I recovered after four awful measures, and was quite happy with the balance of it -- didn't get lost where I did at City Hall just a few minutes earlier. By the time I was done a few people had stopped to listen, some even sitting down, and some of them clapped, which was very gratifying.

My 2nd AOTW was that I'm starting to get less nervous about this. It dawned on me that having pianos dotted all over the place with a cavalcade of strangers wandering by is a truly unique opportunity to expose oneself to public performance over and over again in a very short period of time. I mean really, aside from jotur & others with some sort of regular gig, how many opportunities do we have to perform publicly?

So, I found on the 2nd take that I was much less nervous. By the end I was not thinking about making errors at all, and was able to be completely focused on the music from an interpretation & performance standpoint. And that, felt really good.

I don't have performance anxiety ("oh no, what if I mess up?!") as much as I just get soooo much adrenaline because I'm worked up at the prospect of only having one shot to get it right. I feel that if I do this frequently enough while I have the chance, it will help me tremendously to be more relaxed.


My daughter was too shy to play in school so we visited to make her feel comfortable with performing, it worked!


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#2161471 - 10/03/13 10:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: HalfStep]
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Originally Posted By: HalfStep
My daughter was too shy to play in school so we visited to make her feel comfortable with performing, it worked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maRPg_TgYc

She did a very nice job! Where is that one? It looks and sounds really nice.

I played another one yesterday. Nobody around though except one guy on a bench 15' away who was not at all interested. I got applause once and now I'm expecting traffic to stop. :-)
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#2161581 - 10/04/13 05:38 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW: I played Jingle Bells tonight for my Piano Teacher! Last year I struggled with this piece and gave up. It was probably more advanced than my experience at that time last year. But what a difference time and practice make!! That got me excited.
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#2161603 - 10/04/13 06:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: warlock214]
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I'm getting close to playing a decent Latin version of "Chattanooga Choo Choo" ... changing the bass line in the bridge a bit while still keeping the Latin beat has been an interesting puzzle to solve.
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#2161659 - 10/04/13 09:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Accomplishment of the day. first six measures of Dubussy arabesque under my fingers. Should take me about 3 years to learn it. LOL. Love the piece though.
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#2161749 - 10/04/13 01:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I've been working steadily (since prior to the August recial) on my next recital piece and made a significant breakthrough just this week.

My efforts to date have been in learning the score and I'm not quite 100% there yet (slow reader,) but getting close. At any rate, I felt it was time to bring out the metronome and see how I was doing with tempo for at least some of it (the 3/4 or so I feel comfortable with so far) and seeing if I can get close to desired recital tempo.

What an eye opener. I had been having trouble getting the proper chorus sections to sing out above the harmony. But, no more. Timing was part of it and key to fixing the issue, but I am really hearing what I need to now and the melodies are beginning to rise above the chorus loud and clear. I feel a lot more confident in my preparedness for this next recital now.
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#2161756 - 10/04/13 02:13 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
Originally Posted By: HalfStep
My daughter was too shy to play in school so we visited to make her feel comfortable with performing, it worked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maRPg_TgYc

She did a very nice job! Where is that one? It looks and sounds really nice.

I played another one yesterday. Nobody around though except one guy on a bench 15' away who was not at all interested. I got applause once and now I'm expecting traffic to stop. :-)


That was on Hunington Av. Right next to the NEC, it was tucked into a bit of an alcove. My daughter thought it played nice, the other one we visited that day was at the Museum of Fine Arts, it was a grand but had a sticky C. The museum had quite a large crowd though, fun day.

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#2161775 - 10/04/13 03:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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First lesson today after the long summer break. I was sure the teacher would found brand new bad habits in my playing, instead she praised me because of the new expressiveness I put into pieces.
Great AOTW being praised for something that I always considered one of my weakest points!
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#2161808 - 10/04/13 04:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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Originally Posted By: torquenale
I was sure the teacher would found brand new bad habits in my playing, instead she praised me because of the new expressiveness I put into pieces.

Sweet!
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#2161974 - 10/05/13 02:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Greener]
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Originally Posted By: Greener
I've been working steadily (since prior to the August recial) on my next recital piece and made a significant breakthrough just this week.

My efforts to date have been in learning the score and I'm not quite 100% there yet (slow reader,) but getting close. At any rate, I felt it was time to bring out the metronome and see how I was doing with tempo for at least some of it (the 3/4 or so I feel comfortable with so far) and seeing if I can get close to desired recital tempo.

What an eye opener. I had been having trouble getting the proper chorus sections to sing out above the harmony. But, no more. Timing was part of it and key to fixing the issue, but I am really hearing what I need to now and the melodies are beginning to rise above the chorus loud and clear. I feel a lot more confident in my preparedness for this next recital now.

That sounds delightful... looking forward to hearing it.
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#2161975 - 10/05/13 02:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: HalfStep]
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Originally Posted By: HalfStep
Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
Originally Posted By: HalfStep
My daughter was too shy to play in school so we visited to make her feel comfortable with performing, it worked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7maRPg_TgYc

She did a very nice job! Where is that one? It looks and sounds really nice.

I played another one yesterday. Nobody around though except one guy on a bench 15' away who was not at all interested. I got applause once and now I'm expecting traffic to stop. :-)


That was on Hunington Av. Right next to the NEC, it was tucked into a bit of an alcove. My daughter thought it played nice, the other one we visited that day was at the Museum of Fine Arts, it was a grand but had a sticky C. The museum had quite a large crowd though, fun day.

The grand at City Hall Plaza is pretty nice, or at least it was a week-and-a-half ago. Who knows what the ravages of exposure will have done to it by now.

The one I played this week had ground up leaves and a cigarette butt on the keys when I get to it 1st thing in the morning. Yuck! Made me think of everyone who talks about washing their hands every time before they play. No point with one of these babies.
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#2162073 - 10/05/13 10:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Week 82: My left hand complains. I attribute it that to too much forte arpeggio practice and too much time in cool air conditioned places. I finally start wearing the Imak brand gloves that I bought months ago based on Piano World reports. I have many other pairs of gloves. The Imak brand is a bit heavier in material, a snug fit in the longer fingers, with a longer cuff. The gloves seem to help. After a couple of very light days when I "ghost" the left hand sections, hovering over the keys but not actually playing them, I go back to light practice.

Ragdoll, what you describe is common, memorizing and then ignoring or putting away the sheet music. This week I go back to the Ashokan Farewell sheet and play starting at different line breaks. This forces me to try and sight read that section. Even though the entire piece is memorized, the line breaks are almost random starting points (measures 7, 12, 16, 20, 25, 30). It is a good exercise and helps me deepen the memory, as well as reinforce the sight reading. Starting at so many points can also help with recovery during a live performance.

There is another thread about being at 90%. As a beginner, I find that staying a long time on a piece, or going back to a piece brings me more and more that I can try to do. It might be subtle changes in the dynamics, voicing or pedaling, subtle or not so subtle changes in tempo. I have been neglecting my metronome work and am making a note of it, so will do at least some for the next week.

As for those street pianos, I carry hand sanitizer with me, so I would use it perhaps before and after playing a popular public piano. The alcohol based solution also does a good job for a quick wipe to clean a table at the coffee house or fast food place.

Have a good week everyone and keep those reports coming.
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#2162142 - 10/05/13 01:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sand Tiger]
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My AOTW: Today was the second piano party for my teacher and her adult students. I played first, since I was the only one who had played at a piano party before. I was the "veteran". Ha!

I started out a little nervous, because I had to wait while they sorted out some camera problems. Sitting there on the bench, realizing everyone was watching, got to me. Once I started playing though, I relaxed and really enjoyed it. I played my two Grieg pieces, Melody and Valse Impromptu, error free! I was elated! Then, after the other students played, I played another piece, Nancy Telfer's "When Rivers Flowed on Mars". Everyone played very well and really enjoyed themselves. Our teacher treated us to her playing Villa- Lobos "Aria" and Scarlatti ""Sonata in C# minor". Beautiful!

This was a great warm up for the November 10th recital, which will be much more formal. The kids will play first, and then us big kids (adults) will play. I am scheduled to play Villa-Lobos then. It is going to be fun!
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#2162160 - 10/05/13 02:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW was that I obtained a copy of the Zanarkand piece from Final Fantasy. It's a lovely piece and I fully expected to add it to my collection of "Music I cannot play." But - wow - I actually can play it - just slowly, and not perfectly yet. It was an upper for me.

I have started and stopped playing a couple of times in my life but when I restarted a year ago, I really committed to putting in the time and effort and this made me feel that I'm seeing results.
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#2162196 - 10/05/13 04:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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WiseBuff - nice accomplishment on the Arabesque. I'm not studying it seriously yet, but I've been trying to play though the #1 when I have some time. I'm looking forward to the time when it moves up to the top of my list.

torquenale - I find that breaks are good for my expressiveness too.

SwissMS - sounds like you got a lot of good playing in at the party.

As for me, I am very excited, having just received the best birthday present ever ... a piano piece commissioned by my husband, written by my teacher. Learning this is going to be a fun, interesting, and unique experience. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this in a future ABF recital. Here are the first few measures:

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#2162338 - 10/05/13 11:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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MaryB... Congrats.... I look forward to hearing it.

SwissMs.... Good for you. I take it these piano parties are better than a recital. Sounds good.

tourquenale... Good going. Expressiveness....oh yes.

Oongawa.... Good for you. Hate adding to thing I cannot play.

What I'm excited about is. My teacher knows the problems I have with playing with anybody around. She also knows I only wish to do recordings...or rather...demos. She told me to go ahead and bring her recordings. Yes! In the infamous words of Carole King: I can do a good demo..... hehe

I also had another weekend of survival. Just got the electricity and computer turned on. We've had a really bad blizzard here. Lost power Fri. at 1:30pm. Has taken this long to get us back on. No heat, no cooking, no hot water, no lights.
If ya wanna hear whining....I just gotta whine... They were here last night at 7... Worked on it and got the main lines up and everything around us on a couple hours later. The exception was three buildings in my complex. I called in and complained again this morning at 3am. Told them the service crew just walked off. Didn't worry about three buildings not on. We can't have an emergency generator. We depend completely on them. Those A holes! They got the other two buildings on today. This building had to wait until quarter till 9 tonight for power. A holes! I think I got a service crew foreman in trouble for walking off last night. They didn't want to look at anything underground...no pad mount inspections. I'm gonna complain again asking why it took so long to get my building on. I'll go to the PUC. This is bull!
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#2162349 - 10/05/13 11:45 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Oh, I thought about you, Ron, when I saw the news about feet of snow in the Dakotas. I'm sorry for the long outage, but I'm glad you checked in and let us know you're back!

Cathy
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#2162364 - 10/06/13 12:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thank you, Cathy...
It was a nasty nasty storm. Only thing we didn't have was deep cold. Only got into the twenties. Otherwise, 40mph winds gusting up to 70 to 80mph. Heavy wet snow. Trees down all over the place. Took a picture of a tree outside my window. I'm on the third floor. I love that tree. It used to block everything out. Like a garden apartment. Now it's all folded and broken down on the ground.

EDIT: The wind chill was something like 15 below zero.


Edited by rnaple (10/06/13 12:32 AM)
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#2162425 - 10/06/13 07:12 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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rnaple-I'm assuming it will be nicer weather on the 17th when we drive to Rapid City for the weekend (we show one of our dogs that weekend). Glad you got your power back and are safe. It just doesn't seem like snow time yet but then I'm a summer person.

MaryBee. What a wonderful gift from your husband. How long a piece is it? The chords look challenging.

SwissMs. Congratulations on your performance but mostly on having fun with it. I love it when the teacher plays...that's why we follow them isn't it.

Oongawa. Isn't it true that the list of "I want to play this" just get's longer and longer. :-)

Fast tempo has never been one of my achievements so I've been working on it so I can at least have some moderate speed. My approach is to take some easier pieces and work them up to tempo. Schumann's Wild Rider is clipping along at a nice gallop although he runs into a few trees now and then. There's that bit of relaxation that I don't have and now I'm really aware of. Ride on...
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#2162443 - 10/06/13 08:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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@rnaple, sounds like an ugly storm (with capital UGH. Sorry about your tree, glad you checked in.

@MaryBee, what a nice gift, I can't wait to hear it.

@SwissMs, piano parties sound like so much fun. I'm glad to hear yours went so nicely.

@SandTiger, Thanks for the encouragement, nice to know it's a common thing with beginners. I too can see great improvement in my reading when I return to a piece I've put aside for a bit and played from (bad) memory.

AFA, my AOTW (day actually), is that I did not practice at all, did not perform, did not try to correct any mistakes or sluggish tempos, dynamics, etc. I just had a great romp with my piano...what freedom to just play without feeling like I was readying a lesson or performance for anyone. It was bliss for a solid hour. Guess I'll practice tonight though but this morning was so joyful and liberating... a regular frolic smile
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#2162453 - 10/06/13 09:26 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ragdoll...that sounded like such fun to just play that I followed your example and pulled out some contemporary pieces and just played through them...let Dubussy and Chopin take a rest. Thank you for the reminder that we don't have to work all the time.
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#2162509 - 10/06/13 12:04 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
EDIT: The wind chill was something like 15 below zero.


I lived in MN for 13 years. I remember that. You have to have a snoot boot when you go out. Do you have one or do you need me to think about a Christmas present? smile

Cathy
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#2162560 - 10/06/13 01:48 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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Originally Posted By: jotur
Originally Posted By: rnaple
EDIT: The wind chill was something like 15 below zero.


I lived in MN for 13 years. I remember that. You have to have a snoot boot when you go out. Do you have one or do you need me to think about a Christmas present? smile

Cathy



I appreciate the thought. I got everything I need for winter. A real good snoot boot too. Here's a tip on something new for winter wear: Carhartt's Cordura Nylon Shell... like a winter gauntlet.

Here's my loving tree.
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Here's another one outside the other side of my apartment.
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Edited by rnaple (10/06/13 06:28 PM)
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#2162565 - 10/06/13 01:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well I nearly let the harvesting of our vineyard be an excuse to miss a lesson. I am so glad I went because there is always something to work on and inspiration to be recaptured. That bar 13 and 32 in my Chopin is transformed, 'don't count, just let your fingers float, dance over the keys' sounds impossible but when you try it works!
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#2162756 - 10/06/13 09:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW was being dumb or brave enough to disassemble my Yamaha P105 and put it back together. I have had a sticking key for a little while and as I didn't play that key often I let it go and then it got worse. Still under warranty I could have had it repaired but I probably would have had to take it to a specialist repair shop an hours drive away and hand over my little baby for goodness knows how long. Taking it apart was easy as was locating the problem which was nothing broken just a minor adjustment. All done in an hour I am back up and running again.
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#2162769 - 10/06/13 10:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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rnaple-I'm assuming it will be nicer weather on the 17th when we drive to Rapid City for the weekend (we show one of our dogs that weekend).


It's nice already. 57 today, clear, breezy. Just got snow everywhere.
Doggies!.... Oh yes!
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#2162826 - 10/07/13 02:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, lot's going on here! MaryBee, how super cool to have a composition being written for you! Can't wait to hear it!
Ron - congrats on haning on to MOYD under such duress - wow, I'd have been livid!!!
We were without power for about the same amount of time just before Christmas 2 years ago - it wasn't fun, that's for sure.

I'm in a blah place with my piano right now. I have finally got the new fingerings for fixing my Grieg done, but frankly I've just been working on the same pieces for too long. This week I'm supposed to select and get started on a sonatina, and although I want to work on a longer piece, I'm not convinced that this is what I need right now. I don't know what I need, but something. It has been a chore to get to the piano these last 2 weeks.
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#2162837 - 10/07/13 03:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl,
I think you just need to have fun sometimes. Pick something enjoyable to play. I quit on my Grieg pieces. I respect the composer but I was not having fun. I was going to play them for my mid term recital but decided not to. I am not a young person, it means every bit of minute is precious. I know the life has an expiration date. When I practice after 10 hours of work, I'm practicing with sleepy eyes. I want to enjoy the piece I play. There is nothing wrong with Grieg. I like the piece that talks to my heart. Prefer an emotional piece over beautiful landscape. It's just me. So I told my teacher that I won't play them for the recital. It felt good. I am doing two short pieces Chopin and Schubert that I like and having lots of fun. Feel like being with an old friend. I know I should be doing something else .. but hey, sometimes we should not do what we should do.
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#2162840 - 10/07/13 03:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: Portlandia
Cheryl, have you played anything from Bartok's For Children? They're more melodic than you might expect. And being based on Eastern European folk songs, they offer a nice shift in flavor for Western ears. IIRC, the two books are somewhat progressive in difficulty. They're something I've wanted to get into for a while.
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#2162888 - 10/07/13 07:18 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 805
Loc: Brighton Colorado
Go for some fun Casinitaly. I'm with Farmgirl that life is short and we should use it well. I'm trying to practice what I preach here and just "play" sometimes. I've been practicing for so long that actual playing is stressful. That's just wrong.

Rnaple, so glad it has warmed up in the your area...just not ready for that subzero size of the Dakotas.

Vineyard? Did you say vineyard Palmpirate? You make wine too as well as music. How cool. I get it...you dance over the keys on the Chopin after the wine. Or at least don't notice if it's wrong. Just teasing you. I can't play worth anything after wine.

I got my music theory homework done...I'm so SLOW with figuring it all out. The lead sheet symbols and chord inversions and where they fit in the key signature are things I'm aware of but just never worked with before. Hoping it helps me read vertically as well as horizontally.
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