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#1693927 - 06/11/11 11:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl, the recital sounds like it was a great experience! And you're already planning to do more, so that's wonderful!

Teodor, what a cool-looking piano.

Michael Taylor, that sounds like great progress with "The Entertainer". Hope we can hear a recording of it when you're finished learning it.

I'll soon be on vacation for a few weeks with no piano. frown , but smile , too. Will be ready to start working hard again on my pieces when I get back.
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#1694593 - 06/12/11 09:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Every year we go off with our church on retreat to the Shenadoah mountains in VA (Orkey Springs for those local to the area). I've never played in the "talent" show before but this year I went for it. Classical performances are rare (usually performers are generally the kids but there are always a few adults who step up too - comedy tends to be the main theme!) but I trotted out Chopin Waltz in B minor. Because I didn't want to to long I cut out some repeats and probably shortened it by 50%. And because we always have plenty of beer & wine flowing, I labelled it "Chopin, abbreviated and slightly inebriated".

I got way more genuine positive comments than I ever expected. I pretty much murdered a couple of measures (slightly inebriated must have been an understatement) but, as my teacher says, the musicality is more important than the notes.

Anyway, it was great fun!


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#1694632 - 06/12/11 10:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Michael - The Entertainer! It was my first request at my first (and only, I may add) paid solo gig. I had played it in the first set, and a woman came up in the second set and asked "Do you know The Entertainer?" Possibly it wasn't recognizable the first time laugh I played it for my first ABF recital lo these many years ago. My favorite comment was that I had "splashy octaves." Indeed. I'm still working on it. Great rag!

Teodor - what a cool piano! I envy you your recital venues. My solo gigs are on old, out-of-tune, and sometimes really dirty pianos. The one time I was on a really nice grand I was so intimidated I totally messed up - stopped in the middle and said "I know this tune! I can even play it in the right key!" - The Entertainer laugh

Andy - that sounds like the world's most fun gig. I love informal and play-music-for-the-entertainment-of-it gigs, and it sounds like you guys had a blast.

Now, back to The Entertainer practice. I have a 45-minute set at the Adult Day Care Center tomorrow. I'm going to try to play at least 4 out of my first 6 "tune of the month" pieces, a couple from sheet music. And about 8 other pieces. If I can do 2 longish rags it cuts down on how much I have to know - so Joplin and Black and White it is.

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#1695508 - 06/14/11 02:03 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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To be fair, such venues are much cheaper here. Less than 60$ per hour.

Today I played my first Boogie Woogie piece. Although it was quite simple and I was playing it from the score right away, I enjoyed it very much and played it several times in a row just so I could get all the things correct. I think that I can learn it and then increase the tempo and it will be a great tune to have in my repertoire! This is it:




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#1695553 - 06/14/11 03:17 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Boogie/ragtime can be addicting, Teodor! That's a great piece.

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#1695556 - 06/14/11 03:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#1695749 - 06/14/11 10:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Teodor, that sounds fun to play.

I'm excited because my new piano came last week and I've finished Cool Breeze. I'm ready to record it. Unfortunately, my right hand hurts a ton and I haven't been able to play since Saturday. I have arthritis in the last two fingers from an old injury. Soooo, I've just been making myself work on scales with my left hand only. I hate scales. It's better than doing nothing though.

I had a new friend come over on Sunday and her little son was pecking at my piano. She went over and was showing him how to not bang on it. All of a sudden I heard a song that was familiar and it took me a few seconds to realize it was a new song I've been trying to put together. Here she was playing it right through standing up. (One hand only.) It was note perfect. AAAAAAAAA!!!! It was one of those moments when I remembered I have soooooooo far to go in my journey.

PS...I hate scales! I have no idea how to remember the fingering for each scale.
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#1695861 - 06/15/11 03:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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After several weeks of diligent practice, the horrors of having to listen to recordings of myself and share them with my piano instructor, I finally nailed a (virtually) perfect play through with the repeats of the JS Bach Goldberg Aria, Variation 4, and 19... and the Taratella in A-minor by Pieczonka, which I am going to play at an upcoming recital next weekend.
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#1695870 - 06/15/11 04:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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GracieCat: Congratulations for your new piano. I hope you get over your arthritis very soon and enjoy the piano.

Crogersrx: It must be fantastic being able to play the Goldberg Variations. Good luck with your upcoming recital.
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#1696115 - 06/15/11 02:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cary - Goldberg Variations? Yikes! We've got a pro in the AOW thread wow smile How long have you been playing? Good luck at your recital.


No real AOW for me. My teacher has been on vacation for two weeks, so two missed lessons. That feels downright weird. The Chopin Prelude is ready to play for her but I sure wish I had her input during the final weeks of polishing. I keep trying to imagine what she would say. The good news is this has forced me to listen extra closely to every little thing. The bad news is that my weaknesses are just everywhere. Arrrrghh. cry Now I know why teachers always make that particular "feel good" comment somewhere near the end of most lessons --- we need it!!!

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#1696139 - 06/15/11 02:26 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: crogersrx]
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Originally Posted By: crogersrx
I finally nailed a (virtually) perfect play through with the repeats of the JS Bach Goldberg Aria, Variation 4, and 19...


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#1696156 - 06/15/11 02:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Last night, after a dinner with my business partners, I sneaked back into the 26th floor of our building, where the company keeps a yamaha baby grand for some reasons. I had to wait for a few min. until the MBA interns welcoming sessions is over. The important staff. The piano had a notice "do no put anything heavy on it". I looked at my hands. Well, they look okay. It's not like I am placing my whole body (quite heavy). So I did it. I finally did it. No security personnel came by. I was not escorted out. At the beginning I was nervous but then I became bald and started practicing loud. I don't know how much practice value I got from the hour, but, hey, the important thing is continue to play, even if it's 10 min. I am on my way to salt lake city. Writing this on the plane. I wish someday we will have similar convenience with piano too. wouldn't be great if we can practice in flight.
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#1696275 - 06/16/11 04:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Cary - Goldberg Variations? Yikes! We've got a pro in the AOW thread wow smile How long have you been playing? Good luck at your recital.
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Not the entire work, only selected variations.... I fear that there are some of them that I will never be good enough to tackle. But, I have made leaps and bounds tackling JS Bach pieces again. It really makes you pay attention to details. When you turn to other works, many seem much simpler by comparison because you're only working with arpeggiated base and relatively simple harmony and melody. With Bach, you're often working with 4 independant voices at once.
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#1696279 - 06/16/11 04:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I worked out Penny Lane, essentially by ear, and with a left hand bass part. I'm really focussing on getting bass parts going in the left hand.
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#1696286 - 06/16/11 06:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Teodor: that is one lovely piano you got to play! and I like the boogie woogie... who could be imune to boggie woogie? smile

Michael Taylor: I love the Entertainer - I hope you are really having fun with it - it is a piece worth mastering!

MaryBee, hope your vacation is going well (and that you have better things to do thatn read PW while you're on vacation!)

Andy - I bet you wowed them with your Chopin!!! smile

Cathy - I am sure that the folks at the centre really appreciate your music.

Gracie - you must be over the top with your new piano. Don't worry about what other people can do on the piano - just focus on enjoying your own adventure. Scales can be a bit dull, but what can you do? They serve a purpose.

Crogersx - Bach. Goldberg Variations. Right. I'm green with envy. I love GV.
Hope you play something for us at the August recital.

JimF - if you need "feel good" feedback - post something here. I promise to give you warm and fuzzy feedback as needed.

Farmgirl.... You made me laugh when I read about your "not too heavy hands"! I'm glad you found a piano to play on your business trip.

Captain Kawai - Good for you. I love when I can figure out old favourites. It is just so darn satisfying!!!

I am making slow progress with my Beethoven. On the positive side, work has picked up,and I'm not complaining because a) I need the work and b) I love my work ---- Sadly though, this means less energy for piano!
Ah well, it isn't a race!
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#1699015 - 06/20/11 11:31 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My Achievement of the Week is finally getting Tchaikovsky's "The Witch" to sound musical. smile

It sounded like fun to learn when I first became aware of it here in another thread, but dude, this is a real "witch" of a piece!

After many nights trying to figure this one out, I felt like I was going nowhere with it, and probably would have given up on it if it wasn't so short. Then sort of all of a sudden, it just started to gel before my very eyes (I mean ears smile ). I love it when that happens!

So, after surviving the initial "OMG this is crazy" reaction and sticking with it, it really is sorta fun to play! *


* - still a long way to go before recording tho ha
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#1699190 - 06/21/11 07:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: BenPiano]
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It sounded like fun to learn when I first became aware of it here in another thread, but dude, this is a real "witch" of a piece!


Did the piece cast a spell on you?! wink
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#1699210 - 06/21/11 08:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I loved your story of "sneaking" to the hotel piano and boldly playing for an HOUR! Good for you. My fear would have been that someone would come and just listen...let alone ask me to "stop...please stop". LOL. There was a POW (I think this is how the story went) who drew a piano in his cell and practiced the music he could remember...when he finally got home he was proficient on those pieces. Maybe the same concept could work when we're on an airplane or stuck in the dentist's office or in a boring meeting.

I want to tell you all that my AOW was to play a piece (any piece) without glitch. Since that would be untrue I'll have to say that I reached a breakthru with the piece "Addie" that I'm working on. I can hear the music calling her name. Getting closer to musical.
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#1699246 - 06/21/11 10:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOW is playing my Bach Prelude without pressing a single wrong note and without ever looking at my hands (just the sheet music) and almost without slowing or speeding up and at performance tempo (it's a slow prelude in andante ma non tropo). I am playing with the metronome a lot and it's not as easy as one might think. But looking directly at the score made it easier to follow the metronome clicks.

The prelude is in E minor and is only one page long which is good. I have to now do as well on my recital tomorrow. Not sure it will work because just yesterday some people came into the practice room to tell me how good they thought my playing sounded and I decided to play the bach prelude for them and it was a disaster. They still liked it though. But my task for tomorrow's recital is to play it cleanly and with no change of tempo at unnecessary places.

On that note I think I'll need to be allowed more signature space to fit all my pianos :P

I'll probably record it all from a close perspective on the piano, maybe you'll be interested to see what some of the children have been up to, they all have wonderful pieces.


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#1699422 - 06/21/11 03:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm still working on The Entertainer. I've got the first 2 pages down. I've been working on page 3 for at least a week, but I'm making progress. Page 4 and 5 shouldn't pose a problem. I'll record this one when I'm done (hopefully sometime this year.)

One question for you experienced beginners......the version that I have doesn't show pedaling. I've added pedaling where I thought it was appropriate. Do you use pedaling by instinct or just follow the sheet music?
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#1699478 - 06/21/11 05:48 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOW is finally having a lesson after my teacher's 21 day absence for vacation. Boy, did I miss her input during the last few weeks. The little Mozart minuet is done and put to rest. The Bach C Prelude is hands together accurate and going into the smoothing, dynamics mode. The Chopin B-minor Prelude is getting there -- working very hard on voicing, pedaling, and dynamics. It seems like there are infinite ways to fiddle with the sounds we can make. For fun I've been working on The Shadow of Your Smile from the book of Dan Coates jazz arrangements. I'm such a sucker for a great melody.

Cheryl- I may consider getting some kind of recording device if thats the only way I can get a group hug when I need it wink
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#1699656 - 06/22/11 12:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I just made a major breakthrough with The Entertainer!!! I don't know if I will sleep tonight. I've been really struggling with page 3 for the last week. I can play it now! I was ready to give up on this one....maybe another week and I should be able to play the whole piece.
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#1699672 - 06/22/11 01:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ben I don't know your Witch piece, but if you are having difficulty with it, then it must be "witchy" indeed!
Teodor - you're really steaming along! Best wishes for your recital today!
Michael - good for you! I hope some day I'll have the coordination to work on the Entertainer!

Jim - just to hold you ((((((group hug)))))) (I tried to get a .gif, but I don't have time to search upload and insert! )
I can imagine how much you enjoyed sitting down with your teacher after 3 weeks!
Shadow of your Smile is a tune I like. I've got a Dan Coates book too, ...top 50 Jazz Standards (though I wouldn't really call them jazz).

I have no great AOW to report. Beethoven is very slow, and I've got a Burgmuller to work on that just isn't grabbing me.
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#1699771 - 06/22/11 08:20 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Which book are you playing the Entertainer from? I have it in a "greatest hits" type book but mine may be an "easy" version. For sure the easy is good for me at the moment. Do you think it's possible to regress? I mean really regress? Some of the pieces that I know I played years ago now seem way over my head.

Casinitaly
Love the Shadow of your Smile sound too. I've played that one in the same "greatest hits" book. I want it to flow beautifully out of the piano and some days it gets closer...must depend on the weather. :-)

Just bought a new ergonomic computer keyboard and mouse to reduce the right hand strain from way too much computer time. I'm in research/writing mode. It interferes with my piano work for sure.
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#1699787 - 06/22/11 09:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: BenPiano]
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Originally Posted By: BenPiano
My Achievement of the Week is finally getting Tchaikovsky's "The Witch" to sound musical. smile

It sounded like fun to learn when I first became aware of it here in another thread, but dude, this is a real "witch" of a piece!

After many nights trying to figure this one out, I felt like I was going nowhere with it, and probably would have given up on it if it wasn't so short. Then sort of all of a sudden, it just started to gel before my very eyes (I mean ears smile ). I love it when that happens!

So, after surviving the initial "OMG this is crazy" reaction and sticking with it, it really is sorta fun to play! *


* - still a long way to go before recording tho ha

Oh yeah The Witch is a beast of a piece. Doesn't look too bad, but playing it faster than plod is challenging! Good luck!
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#1699807 - 06/22/11 09:48 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Do share your recording when you make one. I'd love to hear it!
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#1699810 - 06/22/11 09:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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The book that I am using is a titled "Simply Joplin" arranged by Mary Sallee. It is an easy version. When I bought it, I thought "since it was easy" I should be able to play the music without too much difficulty......NOT! My 7 months of (in)experience reared it's head from the beginning. The good news is that I didn't give up!
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#1699824 - 06/22/11 10:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement of the week is that I found a new composer. There was a sheet from my teacher of a piece that was very bad in shape and barely readible, but so beautiful. There was no composer name or the name of the piece on it. It was from a spanish composer, that was the only thing we knew.

Finally on the Internet I found the piece and composer name, so I could make a good copy that I can read well. It's the second song of 12 spanish dances of Enrique Gradanos, named Oriental.

Here's a youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiN7LTgV6Ps

The copy I found, was on the ismlp website.

I'm so happy I found the name of the composer. Otherwise the piece would be like an orphan to me.

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#1699867 - 06/22/11 11:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Michael - yea! on The Entertainer! I've been working for the last month or so on bringing it to a faster tempo than I originally played it, and last night I played it at 1/4-note = 130, including that blessed 1/16-note octave run in the C part. At some point all of us who can play, in some form or other, The Entertainer should do a thread with all TE recordings, just to hear all the versions and interpretations.

I keep hearing about Dan Coates. Maybe I should put a book on my piano projects list. But wait - do I *really* need another piano project? laugh

Cathy
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#1699960 - 06/22/11 01:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Two pieces, not a single wrong note no worrying about it being a recital, I was actually charged by the audience. It let me play slightly better than I usually care to. The Bach needs more work with a metronome. I keep rushing. You can see it in the piano bar smile
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