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#1960302 - 09/17/12 05:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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and here is Ian Bostridge doing the whole Schumann Op 48 16 song cycle "Dichterliebe"

Although I might not usually be inclined to listen to a lot of this kind of music, I have read elsewhere that it is a very good way to learn a lot about phrasing of musical lines. I think that is why my teacher brought it up.



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#1960404 - 09/17/12 08:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Casinitaly, thanks for the welcome and best of luck with your blues piano and improvisations. Sounds like a lot of fun.

I love Kathleen Battle. She really uses her voice like an instrument and has such a wonderful clarity of tone. As a singer, it's interesting to hear people talk about bringing a sense of vocal phrasing to the piano. I'm a classically trained light lyric soprano (amateur. Singing has always come more easily for me than piano so I often think about playing in terms of vocalism.

On getting back to the piano and personal achievements, I'm trying to celebrate the little things--learning a few bars with proper fingering, playing dynamics just the way I want them, getting a couple of measures of a piece up to speed, etc. It's progress. It may not be BIG progress but it IS progress and every little bit means that I am (slowly!) improving.

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#1960678 - 09/18/12 01:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ok, so I met with my teacher and it is official...we're not doing lessons this year. frown

She doesn't have time to work on her English, so we can't do the swap, and because of our friendly relationship, she doesn't feel comfortable going back to a situation where I pay her for lessons.

I am glad it resolved, but very unhappy that I am now teacherless.

I have to see how work pans out over the next couple of weeks and how many hours I get booked before I can look at getting another teacher....
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#1960699 - 09/18/12 02:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry to hear that Cas. Hopefully you will find a solution soon. smile

I've been pondering how to describe my AOTW. Best I can describe it as is that I'm making progress. I feel less frustrated (most of the time LOL) and despite not moving forward, I know I'm improving. My basics are slowly coming back to me and each time I go through my practice it's a bit easier. More just how I feel than anything I guess.
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#1960779 - 09/18/12 05:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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That's too bad about your teacher, Cheryl. At least it is some sort of resolution, or beginning of a resolution, of what was previously unknown. Think how exited you will be if you can manage to find a new teacher that is even better than the last. And think how great it will be to not worry about all the cancellations and the mixture of personal/business.

Onward and upward.
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#1960842 - 09/18/12 08:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Sorry to hear that you are without a teacher now, Cheryl. At least you no longer have the frustration of constant cancelled lessons. Changing teachers earlier this year really was the best thing I ever did. I wish the same for you! The energy of starting with someone new can really propel your learning. Good luck in your search.
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#1961103 - 09/19/12 12:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I will get the number for a new teacher today or tomorrow. I've actually met him - we've had several chats(he speaks English very well) and he is a colleague of my (sniff) former teacher. She recommends him highly.
Apparently, as well as being a good teacher for the classics, he's really good at improvising - so perhaps I'll get some extra special help with my new interest in blues and jazz.

If he doesn't have room in his schedule for me, my teacher has a second recommendation.

...we shall see.

I'm glad to have closure on the issues of last year, that's for sure.
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#1961120 - 09/19/12 01:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sucks to lose your teacher; I know I would be gutted if I lost mine. (She's actually on a temporary visa, so it could happen in a few years - got to learn all those pieces first!)

I haven't reported an AotW for ages. I'm "this" close to being done with the Rameau. It's taken a lot longer than I thought it would. We are having an informal adults-only gathering at the end of this month where I'll play it. Must record it too for posterity (also known as the ABF recital!)

We've already decided to do two easier pieces after that before tackling a major work again. Almost certainly a Kuhlau sonatina and Bach's two part invention in D minor. My teacher isn't enamored with the choice of the sonatina but she wanted one so I got to choose it and I think it's pretty (Opus 55, no 2 - from the Alfred Sonatina Album.)
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#1961129 - 09/19/12 01:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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UPDATE:) WOOHOO I talked to the new teacher and I'm lined up to start next Tuesday !!! I'm very excited!
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#1961137 - 09/19/12 02:20 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats Cheryl! I'm happy for you.
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#1961155 - 09/19/12 02:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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This is fantastic news, good luck with your new teacher, I hope he turns out to be perfect for you. I don't actually know what I would do without mine now, she's simply a superb person and I am so glad I found her. She's a shiny, magical, enthusiastic, special person, just like I hoped she would be. It's worth the wait to find the right one and it's true that it happens at the right time. It's nice to have someone on the same wavelength as me with whom to share the piano madness that has overtaken me lately.
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#1961297 - 09/19/12 09:29 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl, that's great news. Andy, it's great to see you here again! and congratulations to everyone on their AOTWs!

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#1961432 - 09/20/12 06:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Andy, sorry, in my ups and downs I missed your entry yesterday! Welcome back! I'm so glad you're going to record your Rameau piece - after you've worked so hard on it and we've been hearing about it for a while, it will be a treat to hear the result of your labours!

Thanks for the good wishes for the new adventure with the new teacher. It is going to be strange having a different teacher - I really clicked with my first teacher right from day one. I'm excited and ...just a tiny bit nervous. I wonder how well I'm going to be able to play at the first lesson! smile

We had a chat last night and he was very enthusiastic when I told him I really like the Barocque period. He really likes Barocque too and has a lot of experience with it. I said I wanted to work on blues too, he said he had a bit less experience in that area but he was sure he would be able to help me.
He speaks English fairly well (we've met a few times) - it will be interesting to see which language we use during the lessons.

I'm feeling so much better now that my situation is sorted out.
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#1961487 - 09/20/12 10:20 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi Cas, I am so happy you got a new teacher. He sounds like a good teacher. I think you wind up using both languages to study. Let us know how your first lesson was like.
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#1961613 - 09/20/12 02:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I don't know that these count as "accomplishments," per se, but they are big events for me.

One, I finally got to restart lessons earlier this month; my teacher is semi-retired and doesn't give lessons during the summer. So, once again, every other Tuesday I fail to play as well at lessons as I do at home, LOL, and find myself re-energized with a long list of pieces to work on. (Currently, this includes, in various stages of doneness, German Dance and Allemande by Michael Praetorious, Canario by Joachim van der Hofe, Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree and When the Saints Go Marching In.)

Two, my piano tech will be here tomorrow to tune the piano and install a Dampp-Chaser (Piano Saver) system. My older house has floor furnace heating and window ACs, so it's a pretty tough environment for a piano. The D-C system should help to stabilize the tuning and make practice much easier and more enjoyable. I've been wanting to do this for a long while.

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#1961916 - 09/21/12 02:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement of the week is... this DIY digital piano stand!



Before, the poor thing was perched high on a keyboard stand. Now it's the right height and the leg position is much more natural.

Next project: a matching bench smile
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#1961925 - 09/21/12 03:14 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Very nice stand. smile

It really makes a difference to invest in the right tools, doesn't it? So worth the money!
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#1962124 - 09/21/12 02:50 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Awwwww cute piano stand!! My achievement of the week is that I am ready for the next book. And also that my teacher said that I will be amazing one day. I know that isn't an achievement (I've got a long, long way to go), but it made me so happy that I am still smiling now. I must actually be emitting a happy glow that could be seen from space, I am so pleased with piano at the moment.


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#1962126 - 09/21/12 02:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Toastie]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
My achievement of the week is that I am ready for the next book. And also that my teacher said that I will be amazing one day.


This definitely sounds like an achievement to me! Congrats!
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#1962162 - 09/21/12 03:56 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Finally made "Comptine D'un Autre √Čt√© - L'Apres Midi" sound good :-)

This is one of those pieces that sounds impressive but is really quite easy to learn if you're up to the level.

Also, Clair De Lune is just really freaking hard. I'm determined to learn the whole thing, but it's a doozy. That said, I've got the difficult middle section 90% down, working on the remaining 10% and getting it all smoothed out and sped to tempo. The good part is the piece is so beautiful that when a section comes together it's a joy to play it over and over.


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#1962547 - 09/22/12 11:58 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks FarmGirl, my first lesson is on Tuesday... I am trying to figure out what to play for him to give him an idea of what I can do...How much of my material I'll bring....lol... I'm making myself a bit crazy!

Piano_deb, congrats on getting started with your teacher again. And I hope the installation has gone smoothly and it is working well!

Toastie...I was wondering what that bright light was-- your radiant smile! What inspiring words from your teacher! Way to go!

HouseHead--- I really like the Comptine d'un autre ete..... You must be feeling very pleased with yourself!

Claire du lune... well, yup. I guess that is a hard one to master but, despite your frustration it does sound like you are making some very solid progress!
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#1962918 - 09/23/12 12:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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New teachers, teacher comments, a piano stand, a damp-chaser, a lot of news this week. It is good to hear.

My week 28 was another wash out. A couple of days with zero practice, and on the other days practice time limited to 15 to 20 minutes. It meant zero work on new pieces, not that I have one that I am ready to work on. I am still recovering from the disappointment of a sub-par public performance.

As for Claire du Lune, my nephew is trying to learn it. Unfortunately, he has zero formal training on piano and most would still rate him as a first year novice. His dad tries to discourage him, telling him that he needs to learn some easier pieces to get more of a foundation before taking on that difficult a piece, but the nephew has some sentimental attachment to the piece. I shared with the nephew the value of slow practice, and that he will learn something by trying to learn it. I've heard so many stories from the forum about folks learning isolated pieces that grade out far above their experience level, so that the passion may get him to a place where he is pleased with his progress. One positive is that he is poking at the piano after many years of not playing at all, and a detour into guitar lessons for two years followed by abandonment.
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#1963771 - 09/24/12 03:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Yeah you could easily frustrate yourself trying to learn a single piece that difficult with nothing easier to work on as well.

I usually have one difficult piece I'm learning offset by a few easier ones. That's why I have Comptine, the slow movement of Chopin's Piano / Cello Sonata (which I'm hoping to play with a soccer team mate / cello player friend of mine) - in addition to Clair de Lune. Gotta give yourself something to smile about on your way up such a mountain :-)

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#1964221 - 09/25/12 12:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sand Tiger, sorry you're not really happy with what's happening this week - but hang in there. Don't let 1 abnormal public performance put you off.
Good luck to your nephew.

HouseHead78, great philosophy.... something to smile about on the way up the mountain!

I had my first lesson with my new teacher. Since I signed up with him last week I did some more "googling" on him and I found out that he's a conductor! He's conducted in France, in Vienna, in Germany....he works with a musical youth group, he has written monographs on several composers for the biggest national newspaper.....I was wondering why he would want to teach me!!
However, he has accepted me and we had a very nice first lesson.
I showed him a lot of my material to give him a feel for things I like to play, told him that I'm pretty dedicated to practicing, that I participate in our recitals, and I played a couple of pieces for him.
His idea is that before getting me started on something new he wants to get to know my abilities a bit more.
I'm to work on pieces I know and like, that I feel are "pretty well learnt" but that could be better. I'm going to do some work on Les Plaintes d'une Poupée by Franck, which I've never played 100% to my satisfaction, and we're going to do a bit of work on Gypsy Legend, which I love, and I think I can improve, making it sound smoother.

He's not interested in having me memorize - he is interested in making sure I am working with the score properly. This is something I'm wishy-washy about. I tend to use the score to start with and then as I memorize I abandon it...and then I can't find my place when I get lost or stuck.

He doesn't care how quickly I play - what he wants right now is accuracy.

He also spoke English for the whole lesson, which was a treat!

I'm feeling very good about this ! smile
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#1964379 - 09/25/12 05:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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That is great news Cas! He sounds like a real gem. smile I hope the good feelings keep coming!
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#1965357 - 09/27/12 03:50 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow you are all doing so well and sound like you have good teachers. I wish you all the best! Cas and Toastie- well done indeed!
I am feeling very good about my practise this evening- as I managed to play the peices my teacher asked me to from Alfred's and have got better on the Brahms Lullaby. I had my second lesson yesterday. My teacher is in his 20s and really very good- I feel I have made progress in just two lessons. Yes I am still a plonky player but improving. I am getting betetr with fingering- we were working on that.
I also am learning to play a pop song by ear- I found the chords myself. I am also working on the chords approach as well as sight reading. I am much better at chords I think.
This forum is awesome- us adults can learn to play piano can't we!!


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#1965365 - 09/27/12 04:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Toastie]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
Awwwww cute piano stand!! My achievement of the week is that I am ready for the next book. And also that my teacher said that I will be amazing one day. I know that isn't an achievement (I've got a long, long way to go), but it made me so happy that I am still smiling now. I must actually be emitting a happy glow that could be seen from space, I am so pleased with piano at the moment.


Awesome! Did you get your new piano?
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#1965371 - 09/27/12 04:20 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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Originally Posted By: Toastie
Awwwww cute piano stand!! My achievement of the week is that I am ready for the next book. And also that my teacher said that I will be amazing one day. I know that isn't an achievement (I've got a long, long way to go), but it made me so happy that I am still smiling now. I must actually be emitting a happy glow that could be seen from space, I am so pleased with piano at the moment.


Awesome! Did you get your new piano?


Not yet, am using one at work for practice currently. In three weeks time I am going to look at some and choose one. Am counting down the days! (23 to go)

I feel sick just thinking about it as I'm so excited.
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#1965490 - 09/27/12 09:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Toastie]
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Not yet, am using one at work for practice currently. In three weeks time I am going to look at some and choose one. Am counting down the days! (23 to go)

I feel sick just thinking about it as I'm so excited.



I know what you mean- I got mine from freecycle. One day I had no piano and the next night I had one! Let us know when you get yours.

I am dying to play mine right now but it is after midnight and my neighbour is sleeping.

I will have to get a digital in the future for the night because I seem to come alive at night and want to play all night long hee hee.
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#1965503 - 09/27/12 09:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: EdwardianPiano]
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EdwardianPiano, I have a digital and, although it certainly can't compare to an acoustic, I am really getting much more use out of it than I did with my previous (acoustic) piano simply because I can practice any old time I want. Even during the day when my family and neighbors don't mind the noise, I still love that I can keep my practice private. No one wants to hear me play and replay the same measure a zillion times. My piano is a Casio Celviano AP420 and it suits my current needs just fine.

My achievement of the week is making my first complete week of MOYD. I have to say that even in that short time, I can see how consistent daily practice is a huge help. Don't ever underestimate the power of even 10 or 15 minutes. It's a wonderful thing.

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