Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Page 209 of 238 < 1 2 ... 207 208 209 210 211 ... 237 238 >
Topic Options
#2240689 - 03/03/14 01:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Exalted Wombat Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1197
Loc: London UK
I do hope this is ABSOLUTELY as exciting as it sounds! You naughty girl :-)

Top
(ads P/S)

Sauter Pianos

#2240736 - 03/03/14 03:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
wimpiano Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 1385
Loc: The Netherlands
@rnaple sounds good!

My AOTW: Best lesson since I started. I didn't flub more then once. smile
_________________________
Schimmel 116 S ..

Top
#2240747 - 03/03/14 03:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1737
Loc: south florida
Farmgirl Just reading about your weekend wore me out....have to go take a nap. sleep I Don't know how you do maintain such a pace. wow

Ron Sounds like you found a good match in your new teacher. Keep us posted as to how the early lessons go. thumb
_________________________
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

Estonia L190 #7284





Top
#2240826 - 03/03/14 05:25 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
Stubbie Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 391
Loc: Midwest USA
Originally Posted By: JimF
Farmgirl Just reading about your weekend wore me out....have to go take a nap. sleep I Don't know how you do maintain such a pace. wow

Ron Sounds like you found a good match in your new teacher. Keep us posted as to how the early lessons go. thumb


Yeah, Farmgirl, could you bottle that energy up? You'd get a good price on the open market!

No real AOTW here. I'm settling into my lesson routine--first couple of days with the new pieces to get the fingering and notes under my fingers and then the next few to get *some* semblance of fluidity (which usually goes out the window during the lesson, ahem). I'm not getting these pieces to polish stage in one week, but the ones I enjoy more I continue to work on.

My teacher wants me to speed up my scales and arpeggios, but at this point--I hadn't done scales/arps previously--she's getting one of two things: fast or accurate. For now, I'm aiming for accurate. Fast will come with time. smile
_________________________
Wherever you go, there you are.


Top
#2240921 - 03/03/14 08:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2332
Loc: SoCal
My AOTW took place in Kansas City. The Southwest Chief was two hours late out of Chicago, so we had time to kill. We decided to kill it across from Union Station in Crowne Center at a bar called A Streetcar Named Desire. After a couple of beers and an appetizer at the bar, I told my fiance to follow me. I took her up to the third floor of the Westin Hotel, where I knew sat a grand piano.

Two years ago it was an old walnut Yamaha baby grand, with keytops missing. Kinda rough condition. Well, they replaced it with another Yamaha, in satin ebony and in fine shape!

I played the C Major prelude from WTC I, and Gymnopedie #1 for my sweetie. Despite, or maybe because of, two beers under my belt, both came out really well, as good as I had ever played them before.

We had a great time!
_________________________
Gary

Top
#2241012 - 03/03/14 11:55 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Originally Posted By: JimF
Farmgirl Just reading about your weekend wore me out....have to go take a nap. sleep I Don't know how you do maintain such a pace. wow

Ron Sounds like you found a good match in your new teacher. Keep us posted as to how the early lessons go. thumb


I hired cleaning lady hehehe. My husband complained about the untidy house so I basically told him "why should I clean the house? Really!" I need time for myself. I work hard every day.

I also created system to feed us. Basically cut up stir fry vegi and brown rice for the week on Sunday. I cook chicken and fish as well. We just hear up vegi, chicken/fish and rice mixture in the microwave everyday. I got inspiration from dog food concept. I wanted something similar for us. It's healthy too. If either one of us wants anything special, the person should go out and get it.

So far it's working well:)
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2241098 - 03/04/14 06:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
SwissMS Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 761
Loc: Switzerland
JimF - Congratulations on your "ear" for arranging. That is a skill I would like to develop!

Andy Platt - Liebesträume 3--Wow! That is definitely a "someday" piece. I cannot wait to hear it!

CasinItaly- Happy PW Anniversary! You have added a lot of value and encouragement to this forum in four years!

FarmGirl- Congratulations on your successful recital and your musical week!

Plowboy - Isn't it great fun finding a lonely piano at a hotel? They just beg to be played. Congratulations on you successful performance.

My AOTW is FINALLY getting a halfway decent recording of my Joplin piece, Chrysanthemum, and submitting it. I stress the half-way part. Maybe I just became more tolerant of occasional errors. If 99% of the notes and timing in a 5 1/2 minute piece are right, isn't that a passing grade??
_________________________



European Piano Party July 4, 2015 in Switzerland!

Top
#2241109 - 03/04/14 07:14 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
sinophilia Offline

Gold Supporter until Sept. 05 2014


Registered: 06/26/12
Posts: 987
Loc: Italy
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
My husband complained about the untidy house so I basically told him "why should I clean the house? Really!" I need time for myself. I work hard every day.


Well done! I would have pointed out that he has two arms too, and that cleaning is hard work so men are better suited for it grin

I would eat fried rice every day, such a great meal!
_________________________
Diana & Wally - Yamaha W110BW
Martha Argerich... is an incarnation of the artistic metaphor of the "eternal feminine" that draws us upward. (Sergio Sablich)

Top
#2241111 - 03/04/14 07:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
barbaram Online   content

Full Member

Registered: 09/06/13
Posts: 154
FarmGirl - I too am exhausted just reading about your schedule! Agree with you on the cleaner front - if you can afford it it's a huge boost to quality of life. With 3 kids and a dog I still do a lot of housework, but it's a huge benefit to have someone come in each week and take care of all the big jobs. I couldn't do what you are doing on the food front though - I like my food too much, I want variety and interest :-)
Casinitaly - happy PW birthday :-)
Ron - wonderful to hear you have found a teacher who is just right for you. Is it online or in person?
SwissMs - that sounds like more than a passing grade to me! The Joplin must be quite a bit more difficult than your exam pieces, I would have thought. Not quite sure how you are managing to do that and an exam and all the other pieces you are working on!!

I'm definitely feeling a sense of achievement this week:
* the Bach Invention #8, while still full of flaws, is really starting to come together. I've been *reasonably* disciplined at working the sections that need attention rather than playing through. Now I need to work on joining it all up - I make mistakes playing the whole thing that I didn't make doing the sections on their own.

* Mozart Rondo Alla Turca: this week I focused mostly on the final section which I had been really intimidated by, and I made huge progress. I'd been playing it really slowly - jumping chords are a real weakness for me and I was basically stopping to look and feel out each one. My teacher encouraged me to work on playing it faster and it turned out that I could do this straight away. Obviously it meant I no longer had the time to "work out" each chord, I just had to trust that my hands had learned where to go. But most of the time they had. Still a fair bit to do to get the piece up to standard. I am *considering* it for the next ABF quarterly recital, and as I'm going away for 3 weeks in April this really means I'll need a recording by the end of this month.

* Sightreading - this is a real weak area for me, and after reading some of the threads here I have decided to set myself a target of doing some at least 4 days per week (I am doing MOYD and so far I have been successful at playing every day, but some days I can only do a *really* short session so I'm not setting daily sightreading as a target). One of those threads suggested Bartok's Mikrokosmos as a good source of material - lots of short pieces, progressive difficulty, freely available. I've started in the middle of Book 1 which for my terrible sightreading feels right. I force myself to study the piece for a couple of minutes first, then play it through just 2 or 3 times. I've just done 3 days so far, but actually it's proving surprisingly satisfying even though I'm so awful!

Top
#2241118 - 03/04/14 07:30 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: sinophilia]
evamar Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/02/12
Posts: 541
Loc: Spanish living in UK
Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
My husband complained about the untidy house so I basically told him "why should I clean the house? Really!" I need time for myself. I work hard every day.


Well done! I would have pointed out that he has two arms too, and that cleaning is hard work so men are better suited for it grin

I would eat fried rice every day, such a great meal!


That reminded me a conversation with one of my yayas (grandmas). Basically I have an older brother (less than one year older) and we were around 17-18 years old, living with our parents. They were spending the weekend away and we were left to microwave our prepared meals and clean our dishes. I was speaking to my yaya on the phone and she asked to speak to my brother, so I said he was doing the washing up as it was his turn. She couldn't believe that her beloved grandSON would be getting his hands dirty washing dishes!!! I simply told her that luckily he also has 2 hands so he can perfectly do it. She said something like "in my times...." and hung up on me!

Really, nothing worse than a chauvinist female! smirk
But hers were other times, specially in Spain... god thanks I didn't live them! My mum was fired as soon as she married, for instance. Women needed the "permission" of her father or husband to work. And the husband would be socially consider as unable to provide for his family if his wife had to work.

My husband is the cook, btw grin

_________________________
Serious since Dec 2013. March 2014, Kawai CA95!

Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted



Top
#2241133 - 03/04/14 08:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
WiseBuff Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 807
Loc: Brighton Colorado
Sounds like a great plan FarmGirl..got the idea from dogfood huh? Made me laugh. Women (or men if they do such a thing) who clean for us should be valued highly. They make life happen.

Happy PW day Casinitaly! Can't imagine a PW without you.

barbaram that Mozart is beautiful when the chords become fluid. Isn't it a challenge to stop watching your hands move to the right spot? I just have trouble trusting that they know where to go.

evamar..I loved your story of your parent's and grandparents and their customs about cooking, cleaning and going out to work. Gender roles continue to evolve.

Sometimes people who don't play piano think it's better to just let them gather dust and won't let you play them. Plowboy, finding that Yamaha while you waited is like finding an old friend and catching up on life stories. Sharing a beer in the bar.

My AOTW is that I continue to play for myself although I am seriously contemplating giving up on any attempt to share music with others. I received a scathing review after my last piano performance at my teacher's group and unfortunately the criticism was pretty accurate. I had practiced but started off a titch too fast and that increased the tension which increased the errors which decreased the music. I don't believe I want to be known for that. I love reading about all of your successes and I applaud them.
_________________________



Love to learn

Top
#2241140 - 03/04/14 08:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: evamar]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Sinophilla, I steam the vegi / chicken mixtures and add seasoning (1 tea spoon sesame oil, half tea spoon wine vinegar, pinch of salt, pepper and dill weed) on top after it's steamed. in my experiments, human tongue tastes equal amount of saltiness with half of the amount of salt if I put it on after it's cooked rather than cooking it with it. I have experimented it with my husband as my subject. I would love to create human dog food some day! Like dog food, each nugget should contain the whole nutrients we need. I would even create a variety of human dog food - like something good for teeth. No executives want to go to meeting with lettuce hanging from the corner of their mouth, you know.

Evamar, Barbaram, My husband is wining. My mistake was that I turned a completely fine american guy into a Japanese husband. Basically I spoiled him by doing everything for him. He is like, "Everyone in my office says how nice you married to a Japanese girl. She must cook and clean! no one understands what I have to live with!". You know, for some reasons there is that stereo type of japanese or asian girls. I have 4 Japanese girl friends and swear none of them like cleaning.

Yes, Wisebuff I am with you. I love my cleaning ladies. They create very tangible benefit.
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2241153 - 03/04/14 09:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
JimF Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1737
Loc: south florida
Originally Posted By: Farmgirl
I would love to create human dog food some day! Like dog food, each nugget should contain the whole nutrients we need. I would even create a variety of human dog food - like something good for teeth. No executives want to go to meeting with lettuce hanging from the corner of their mouth, you know.


And thus was born PIANO-CHOW


grin
_________________________
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

Estonia L190 #7284





Top
#2241155 - 03/04/14 09:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Karen
Please don't give up on public performance completely. It's normal to play faster when we are not experienced in public performance. I don't think either me or you are experienced performer. It's just like anything else we get better as we do more. I play weekly up on the stage on Steinway B in front of others for my studio class. My conservatory bound young classmates are doing it twice in a week. I cannot go during the week, so I only join them on Saturdays. I saw everyone of them get nervous at first. Hands shaking, speed up at the beginning, gets worse and result in death march, etc. Without any exception everyone overcomes it after a few episodes of this. My teacher is good too. She tells the performer that she is glad he tried it out and tell him to just do the ending again etc and encourages him somehow. If you can walk you have rhythm, she says.

Karen, you played for me very beautifully. We have to do this again either in Co or Az.
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2241162 - 03/04/14 09:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
zrtf90 Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/29/12
Posts: 2409
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
Originally Posted By: Wisebuff
I received a scathing review after my last piano performance at my teacher's group...
I am aghast! How much had the skanks paid to listen?

It's a pity you aren't an amateur, you could have responded with foul invective at their inappropriate rudeness and at the teacher's inability to turn you into a beacon of the concert platform. Such is the price of being a professional.

I do hope your teacher was distraught by the approbation and is remorseful at the financial penury charged for this "teaching"!
_______________________

I've just listened again to your Mendelssohn 53/4. It would be a shame not to have you share music with others - but maybe you could pick the others more carefully!
_________________________
Richard

Top
#2241176 - 03/04/14 09:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Finally, my achievement. I ducked out of the e-cital in PC for suites. I had given serious thoughts but I came to a conclusion that i cannot do so much. I got invited to play in my company's asian festival and talked about it with my teacher. She thinks I could do Haru no Umi (Spring Sea) by Michio Miyagi. She got me a flute player to perform with. This person just won district competition. I have to do my best to make the event successful. My teacher is very excited about this and my partner wants to perform this in her Flute recital as well. This means that I have to dedicate my summer month for this. This is going to be my first chamber music public performance so i had to pull out even though i hate to be a quitter… strange achievement but it is for me.

For anyone who is interested in. This is the piece I am going to perform. The lady performing is not me, obviously.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrIF_6h16w0
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2241207 - 03/04/14 10:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2332
Loc: SoCal
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl

I hired cleaning lady hehehe. My husband complained about the untidy house so I basically told him "why should I clean the house? Really!" I need time for myself. I work hard every day.


_________________________
Gary

Top
#2241255 - 03/04/14 12:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Plowboy]
peterws Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3697
Loc: Northern England.
Originally Posted By: Plowboy
[quote=FarmGirl]
I hired cleaning lady hehehe. My husband complained about the untidy house so I basically told him "why should I clean the house? Really!" I need time for myself. I work hard every day.


We had that problem years ago. Actually, The Wise And Wonderful One has trouble doing the housework these days though she actually enjoys it. So a lot fell to me.

We downsized.
_________________________
"I'm playing all the right notes — but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe

""

Top
#2241317 - 03/04/14 02:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
Sand Tiger Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 1068
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
... I am seriously contemplating giving up on any attempt to share music with others. I received a scathing review after my last piano performance at my teacher's group and unfortunately the criticism was pretty accurate. I had practiced but started off a titch too fast and that increased the tension which increased the errors which decreased the music. I don't believe I want to be known for that. I love reading about all of your successes and I applaud them.



Please keep playing for others. There may be a couple of things going on. Were you able to play it clean for the teacher? If so, it is more about relaxing at the venue, and there are any number of relatively simple things a person can do to help with that.

If the piece was sometimes shaky with just the teacher, it probably wasn't near ready for performance. Better to play a piece you know better, possibly an easier piece. I know a lot of adults want to do their most difficult pieces, especially if there are skilled kids on the program. However, if a person has issues with public performance, difficulty tends to create more tension and a worse performance.

It is a shame that the teacher wasn't more tactful in his/her criticism. I would talk to the teacher about the situation. I might take an "I need help" approach, asking about what you can do to prepare better and relax better. A little of both go a long way.

There are a few people that suffer extreme nerves when performing. They can't sleep for weeks leading up to the performance, hands are shaking, sweat pouring down almost as if a vicious wild animal is chasing them. It does not sound like you are in that group. For those few, I might agree with giving up on performing. For most other folks, I suggest a combination of better preparation, relaxation techniques, and easier pieces.

As readers can tell from my recent report about my subpar performance, nerves have an impact, as does preparation. I was both nervous being a last minute fill in, and my preparation was poor. In my case, it wasn't a surprise that the train came off the rails.
_________________________
my piano uploads

Top
#2241329 - 03/04/14 02:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
wimpiano Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 1385
Loc: The Netherlands
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: wimpiano
@casinitaly, aren't you a week early? Wasn't there to witness of course but the forum says registered since march 3. wink
Congratulations anyway!


Thanks - and no, I'm not early smile Maybe you haveprofile set to show American style and numbers only ?- my set up shows very clearly "registered Monday March 01 2010". smile


Lol, my mind was just a week late wink
_________________________
Schimmel 116 S ..

Top
#2241331 - 03/04/14 02:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
torquenale Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 310
Loc: Italy
Long time no see...
This is maybe my favourite thread but in the past weeks I had nothing good to share. I have been really busy, did not have much time to practice and, being tired, I was never in focus. So it was a struggle with my pieces, I could see no improvement and had to cut a couple of lessons for lack of time.
It's sort of a miracle I recorded the piece for the recital.
In the meantime, I tried and follow your progress, and I'm really amazed how much of it could be found here!

Now things are a bit better. Before dinner I could practice 1/2 hour and... my Bach pieces at once took form; for two months it's been a painful and slow sequence of notes and now it's sort of... music. Well, it's still much slower than expected and lacks dynamics and much more, but I'm confident now that I can play it!
_________________________



Top
#2241396 - 03/04/14 05:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
briansaddleback Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 220
Loc: Irvine CA
Originally Posted By: torquenale
I could practice 1/2 hour and... my Bach pieces at once took form; for two months it's been a painful and slow sequence of notes and now it's sort of... music. Well, it's still much slower than expected and lacks dynamics and much more, but I'm confident now that I can play it!

Im glad that is the issue not just with me in regards to Bach. At a slow pace I cannot make any logical sense of the melody and it is a slow drag to continue on due to that for me.

Wisebuff if you are really WISE (and if you are really buff smile ) You will not let others scathing criticisms of you stop you from doing what you are doing. Be wise and buff, continue on and learn from the criticism, cordially thank them, and then rise up stronger with a better performance next time. That is what you are known for ( at least with your name).
_________________________

Cloches a travers les feuilles
Minstrels

Top
#2241406 - 03/04/14 05:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
casinitaly Offline


Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 5121
Loc: Italy
rmaple - I hope things work out with the new teacher -you sure sound thrilled!

SandTiger - I enjoyed your last post - though I read it out of sequence. I wonder if you intended the puns - your Pancake music going on the back burner? The train not flipping ... there's a theme there! I am always impressed with your willingness to step up and perform infront of others.

Stubbie -your teacher wants you to speed up - mine wants me to slow down. Have fun getting back into your routines.

Plowboy, that sounds like fun!

FarmGirl - you rock! I'd love to have a cleaning lady but I am not busy enough myself to feel justified smile

SwissMS -I'm sure you'll have more than a passing grade on your Joplin - it is quite different from what we've usually heard you play - I am so looking forward to the launch of that recital to have a chance to hear it!

Barbaram - excellent progress - especially your dedication to improving your reading skills! That's going to have a big pay-off in the future!

Evamar...I grew up with some of that chauvanism too and I still get riled up when I think about it. Thank goodness times are changing!

Wisebuff - I can't imagine it was your teacher who made scathing remarks - and even if the remarks had some accuracy - why would anyone feel the need to make such remarks in the first place? I think that says a lot (and nothing good) about the person who made them.
Please don't give up the joy of sharing your music. Sure anyone can have an off day - or even an off period - but these are exceptions - not the rule.

Talk to your teacher - get her perspective - and take into consideration what all your buddies here are encouraging you to do!

FarmGirl,your duet is going to be wonderful!

Torquenale - I'm glad you're getting more, steady practice time in -it sounds like things are coming together for you.

I have nothing significant to report - I've been suffering from insomnia and brain fog all week - but my lesson today was good in that even though I didn't play much , or as well as I'd hoped, I'd made a little progress on 2 small objectives and am getting clearer insight into technique. It all adds up.
_________________________
XVIII-XXXIV
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
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

Top
#2241437 - 03/04/14 07:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
Exalted Wombat Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1197
Loc: London UK
Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
My AOTW is that I continue to play for myself although I am seriously contemplating giving up on any attempt to share music with others. I received a scathing review after my last piano performance at my teacher's group and unfortunately the criticism was pretty accurate. I had practiced but started off a titch too fast and that increased the tension which increased the errors which decreased the music. I don't believe I want to be known for that. I love reading about all of your successes and I applaud them.



You were paid the compliment of an honest assessment. Return it by putting the faults right. Goodness knows, no one, let alone a teacher, is trying to destroy you!

So the level of tact was misjudged. Get over it. Think twice before taking on the 'needy student' role. It isn't productive.

Top
#2241471 - 03/04/14 08:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 11721
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Exalted Wombat

You were paid the compliment of an honest assessment. Return it by putting the faults right. Goodness knows, no one, let alone a teacher, is trying to destroy you!

It depends on who was doing the "assessing" and where. If the "scathing review" was done by peers, then that was an unwise call by the teacher. If publicly by the teacher, I wonder about that. Wisebuff ended up playing too fast. It happened to me at my very first recital - the fingers were going faster and faster - it caught me totally by surprise. Later my teacher told me that this often happens, reassured me, and told me what to do about it.

"Putting 'faults' right." Being told why it happens, and what to do about it, would be the right thing to do.

Top
#2241478 - 03/04/14 08:41 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Exalted Wombat Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1197
Loc: London UK
Look for the positive reading of this. Assume that everyone's aim is to improve the performance. Excuse any lack of proper ettiquette.

Because what's the alternative? Assume this was a malicious attack? Someone wants to stop you playing, to hurt you? Ridiculous, isn't it!

Confidence is a wonderful thing. It comes automatically with competence, and without it is valueless.

Top
#2241483 - 03/04/14 08:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1993
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Originally Posted By: Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
My AOTW is that I continue to play for myself although I am seriously contemplating giving up on any attempt to share music with others. I received a scathing review after my last piano performance at my teacher's group and unfortunately the criticism was pretty accurate. I had practiced but started off a titch too fast and that increased the tension which increased the errors which decreased the music. I don't believe I want to be known for thact. I love reading about all of your successes and I applaud them.



You were paid the compliment of an honest assessment. Return it by putting the faults right. Goodness knows, no one, let alone a teacher, is trying to destroy you!

So the level of tact was misjudged. Get over it. Think twice before taking on the 'needy student' role. It isn't productive.


EW
I do not see anywhere in the quoted statement of Karen she is complaining about her teacher's lack of tact. She even states that the critism stung her (scathing = Auch!) but it was accurate. She then seems to have made a choice not to experience the pain again. There are several ways to avoid the pain in the future: 1) grow thick skin, 2) play perfectly next time, 3) ask the teacher to improve communication skills or 4) avoid the unpleasant situation by not playing for others for now. Karen picked option 4) and others picked combination of 1), 2) and 3). Even though I do not agree with her choice, I respect her choice. We are all adults and everyone copes with the situation differently. There is also cost and benefit issue for busy professionals like us. Is it worth the time, effort and repeated disappointment (sometimes yes) that takes to get better at public performance? Especially he or she knows how to make music and can enjoy it in their house. I understand her decidion even though I think she is a closer performer - she will enjoy performing for others simeday.

She was not wining anywhere. As I am not a native speaker of English, I could be misunderstanding you, but EW, I did not like the tone of voice in your writing.


Edited by FarmGirl (03/04/14 08:45 PM)
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2241484 - 03/04/14 08:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 11721
Loc: Canada
That does make sense, E.W. In fact, lack of criticism can be seen as indifference, and we can't grow without critique. Only if someone is just getting their feet wet, then the act of playing in front of others is already a huge step forward, and a hard one to take.

edit: (the above was an attempt at diplomacy and hoping something positive was meant)


Edited by keystring (03/05/14 01:39 PM)

Top
#2241686 - 03/05/14 01:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 11721
Loc: Canada
Ok - an actual achievement:

I had a major problem with how I played "fingery" notes like in scales and melodies and it was a very ingrained habit. It was very hard to relearn how to move for something that I had done more than anything else and I wasn't sure how far I'd come. This week I recorded a piece and sent it to a friend who is a musician. I had to make a new recording, because 4 years ago that weakness was there - I had had faded notes, sudden loudness, no control - I'd be stiff and get numb hands. I was sharing the piece, but she commented specifically on the touch that she heard. I had managed to make a strong controlled sound, and it was done without tension or effort. It was a huge relief.

Top
#2241781 - 03/05/14 04:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2332
Loc: SoCal
keystring, that's great. Touch is the hardest thing to learn, but it seems as though our fingers and brains slowly pick it up.
_________________________
Gary

Top
Page 209 of 238 < 1 2 ... 207 208 209 210 211 ... 237 238 >

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
8 Live Ragtime Piano Players on the Cape!
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Original method for harmonic hearing development
by Nahum
10/21/14 03:19 AM
First Digital Piano - Advice needed
by chicobalay
10/21/14 02:37 AM
How to Regulate a Studio Upright for Greatest Sensitivity?
by Paul678
10/20/14 11:05 PM
How do I tackle my goal.
by imustlearn
10/20/14 10:29 PM
Advice? First digital piano for family--already own a GP
by SCD
10/20/14 07:58 PM
Who's Online
59 registered (bennevis, András Lieber, angga888, barbaram, 14 invisible), 1031 Guests and 10 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76599 Members
42 Forums
158395 Topics
2325948 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission