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#1987338 - 11/16/12 05:41 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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I played through a new piece John Thompson book 1 The Cuckoo, so if I can do it once, I can do it countless times to bring it closr to perfection.

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#1987453 - 11/16/12 12:26 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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While browsing in a junk shop this am, I found a small side table of mahogany that I can dedicate to my music collection and do away with the "piling" system I now have in the bench and piano top. cursing
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#1987470 - 11/16/12 01:10 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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What made me happy: Listened to a bit of the YouTube link Dave Horne posted featuring George Shearing. What a great sound that guy had!
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#1987547 - 11/16/12 04:59 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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What a nice topic!

I try to find something that makes me happy each day and usually I manage to do so.

Today, I passed my chamber music exam. Got some really good comments from my teacher. It was not perfect but it was a step up from the previous lesson when me and the violinist were dragging the tempo behind the performance level. Now it's just right and I only have a few spots to fix in the sonata we are playing. Unfortunately for me this was only for the first movement. Now I have to begin the second movement which is an Allegro and the technical level is much higher which means I will need lots of work to achieve it. It was so nice to see my piano professor play it today, she was showing me how it should sound and if you saw her you'd be happy too because she was enjoying herself immensely while reading it for me and it was quite interesting to see someone who genuinely loves music and is an excellent performing artist, do their magic. I want to be like that one day too.

Another thing that made me happy is that I got to talk with my favorite singer and got to tell her personally what I think about one of her songs. I also got a comment from her on a lesson I made for playing her song. She was delighted that I took the time to record it.

Also I got my results back from my piano methodology class (how to teach piano) and I have 100% on the exam and the professor complimented me on it and also she told my piano professor which also brought it up today during the lesson which was nice. She was very proud that I am doing so well.


Edited by Teodor (11/16/12 05:03 PM)
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#1987568 - 11/16/12 05:50 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Nothing cry

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#1987594 - 11/16/12 07:44 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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That I'm finally starting to fade away from this spiral of chaotic thoughts.

Going back to Rachmaninoff 1st sonata somehow is helping me become a human being again.
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#1987597 - 11/16/12 07:51 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Went Steinway shopping with my student's dad. Good times!
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#1987600 - 11/16/12 07:54 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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My teacher told me I'm ready to start working on Rachmaninov's Prelude in C Sharp Minor!
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#1987617 - 11/16/12 08:51 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Musically? I used the melody hound to id a passage a friend had running thru her head. ( Brahms' 3rd, 3rd )

My music for arrived from sheetmusicplus. Boy, they sure can suck you in with those constant 20% off coupons. Doing a piano duet at a luncheon.

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#1987688 - 11/17/12 01:41 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Amazing people. smile

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#1987873 - 11/17/12 04:07 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Today: an adorable seven year old girl who just switched from me teaching her drums to playing piano getting so excited at learning te music alphabet and playing/naming all the keys on the piano. Also a great famiy I teach a triple lesson to being stoked on playing jingle bells today!

And then yesterday I was requested to play my Chopin Étude in a master class in Monday and I've spent a good 5-6 hours nailing it down and really pulling stuff together on it. I think I should have a to speed quality performance of it for Monday. smile.
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#1988753 - 11/19/12 11:33 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Simply, sitting down and playing the piano. I two choices. I can play the pieces I am learning or I can play pieces in book 1. The pieces in book 1 I have been playing for a year which is a joy. The pieces I am learning are a joy, too, because it is like walking a tightrope, concentrate, no mistakes, keep it musical, no stopping, steady pace to the end of the piece - if I am lucky - then repeat again and again, and again, and again, etc.

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#1988769 - 11/20/12 12:33 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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That I could focus, and Rachmaninoff 1st sonata is finally starting to sound like a real piece.
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#1988771 - 11/20/12 12:40 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
That I could focus, and Rachmaninoff 1st sonata is finally starting to sound like a real piece.


laugh

Today, Frank Martin, Jacques Ibert, and Herbert Howells made me happy today.

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#1988778 - 11/20/12 01:46 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Today, while playing Beethoven's Pathétique, I felt so utterly moved and happy I really thought I was in another dimension (you know, as discussed in a recent thread). (It's not the first time this happens to me with this piece.)
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#1988788 - 11/20/12 02:38 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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What made me happy today had zip to do with music. I did sign a publishing contract for my first book, though. I celebrated with ten dollar champagne and Chinese food.
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#1988913 - 11/20/12 11:09 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
Pianoasis Offline
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Well I don't know I'm kind of stuck in a hospital for abcess and I'm just waiting to get out. When I get out I'll be pretty happy.

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#1989044 - 11/20/12 06:17 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Pianoasis]
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Hey, Pianoasis - that sounds rough. Get well soon!

As for me, I've been kind of nervous being on 13 posts, so posting on this thread is making me happy smile



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#1989057 - 11/20/12 06:51 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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I had a rather happy moment today when Paul Roberts said he liked my Ballade :-)

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#1989072 - 11/20/12 07:52 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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My oldest son asked my opinion about a very pretty diamond engagement ring. (I adore the girl.)
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#1989161 - 11/20/12 11:03 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King

...and Herbert Howells made me happy today.

His anthem 'A Hymn to St. Cecilia' always makes me happy, and here is a delightful excerpt:


They are clearly having a great time, and Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most precious places in the UK, an awesome experience to visit and attend services. One of my fb friends is a lay clerk there.
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#1989184 - 11/21/12 12:36 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: gooddog]
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Originally Posted By: gooddog
My oldest son asked my opinion about a very pretty diamond engagement ring. (I adore the girl.)
Aww, nice! smile
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#1989196 - 11/21/12 01:09 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Waking up to another bright day ... we've got 36 degrees in Pta ... but then who cares and I (Lord Muck)digress

Back to the gorgious Aussie comment

Mums can be so soppy ... Pity the Aussies can't play cricket ... please chaps ... no (big) stones!!

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#1989223 - 11/21/12 04:29 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Jolteon]
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Originally Posted By: Jolteon
Yesterday I landed my first paid piano gig. It's just providing some background music to an Art Exhibition opening, but you've gotta start somewhere, right? smile


Congratulations Jolteon !!
How did it go ?

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#1989622 - 11/21/12 11:55 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Originally Posted By: Pogorelich.
That I could focus, and Rachmaninoff 1st sonata is finally starting to sound like a real piece.

Ditto - just replace your Rachmaninoff with Beethoven violin sonata 8 for my post. I had given up on it for almost a week because I kept thinking it was taking me way too long to get it up to speed compared to what others at my school can do. Then my prof told me I was finally getting to where I need to be pianistically in general, which gave me hope again.

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#1989953 - 11/23/12 01:11 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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I got asked to play a recital for some important people in 2 weeks at a private event, to launch new concert series. Now just have to learn/re-learn the repertoire... But I'm pretty happy to be part of something so exciting!
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#1990291 - 11/24/12 11:38 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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I was able to get through the piano accompaiment of Faure's La lune blanche in the high voice key of F-sharp major without butchering any notes due to the plethora of accidentals.

It might happen again in this lifetime.....(?)
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#1990472 - 11/24/12 07:54 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: Gerard12]
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I was able to get through the piano accompaiment of Faure's La lune blanche in the high voice key of F-sharp major...
Gorgeous song isn't it. I love the whole cycle.
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#1990493 - 11/24/12 09:07 PM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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Rediscovering the Busoni Piano Concerto. This is wonderfully exotic. Time stands still! Even moreso than the middle movement of Saint-Saens' 5th piano concerto.


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#1990566 - 11/25/12 02:58 AM Re: What made you happy today? [Re: GeorgeB]
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I found I could almost sightread Chopin op.10 no.2 right hand at 80% speed first try...all that finger twisting I did with Scriabin and such seems to have helped.

Time to tackle Hamelin Etude no.1? laugh


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