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#2118396 - 07/16/13 05:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
lol... Giacomo..ok, you've got me there. (of course I could say that except for Sara, everyone else was in the same boat...but I won't smile )

I'm not beating myself up any more. I did the self torture routine pretty intensely for a while, but in the end I just don't have enough energy to keep that up--- and beside, when you get such great suggestions and encouragement and reality checks from people who really get what you are talking about ...well, it helps tremendously.

Originally Posted By: Exalted Wombat
One day, probably soon, you will have the experience of a performance just going "right" - your playing, to that audience, in that situation will transcend anything that could possibly have happened in a solitary rehearsal room. And that's why we do it. Isn't it?

(And the next day you'll play even better, but the stars will not align :-)


When the moon, is in the seventh house... and Jupiter aligns with Mars.... lol....

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm well on the road to recovery.

I played quite a bit today and made a date to have a friend over and play for her next week. I may even get someone in before that too.

I've also really been thinking about all the advice I've received and I want to come back to what Sand Tiger said about lowering expectations. ..... What strikes me is that yes, you're right ST. I'm in the group of people who can perform in front of others - maybe not as well as I would like, but I've done better in the past, and God willing, I will do even better in the future! I'm not afraid to play, to try, and I always set the bar very high for myself - and I think it is ok to have high expectations.....but here's the key... they also have to be measured, realistic, and the simple fact of the matter is that I don't have enough experience to be realistic about my immediate expectations. (or rather... I didn't. - - Now I think I do).. So in the short term - smaller bites, smaller steps, focus on the satisfaction therein and set the bar higher for farther down the road, not today or tomorrow.

So, I feel I'm ending the day basking in the glow of friendship and kindness that has been extended to me from - literally! - around the world.

Thanks a million to my AOTW buddies!!!!



If you guys put all the energy you expend on self-analysis into something useful like piano-playing...:-)

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#2118468 - 07/16/13 10:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
I wrote my little advice in the EPP thread. I always make mistakes. In fact never played without. However I do have experience of euphoric performances where I knew I played my my heart out. I was completely in the music with the music and with the moment. When it happens you know it and more importantly, your audience knows it. You get an applause and you know it in their face. Human faces are so dead honest. Some of them actually approaches you and tell you that they are moved and made them cry. To me that's the best feeling you can get in the whole world. In that moment my a few mistakes do not seem matter. I could have taken a moment before the attack there, touched the right note but the sound did not come out etc etc etc. Trying to play accurately is important when practice, but when perform it's more important to focus on the music you are making. In a way you need to get used to let go each mistake and focus on the next note and play the music the way you want. Do not stop. Do not dwell on it just focus on the beautiful place you want to show to your audience. This is something I tell myself all the time too.


Wow, FarmGirl, you've really got it. You're now major league!
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#2118479 - 07/16/13 10:35 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Plowboy]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
I wrote my little advice in the EPP thread. I always make mistakes. In fact never played without. However I do have experience of euphoric performances where I knew I played my my heart out. I was completely in the music with the music and with the moment. When it happens you know it and more importantly, your audience knows it. You get an applause and you know it in their face. Human faces are so dead honest. Some of them actually approaches you and tell you that they are moved and made them cry. To me that's the best feeling you can get in the whole world. In that moment my a few mistakes do not seem matter. I could have taken a moment before the attack there, touched the right note but the sound did not come out etc etc etc. Trying to play accurately is important when practice, but when perform it's more important to focus on the music you are making. In a way you need to get used to let go each mistake and focus on the next note and play the music the way you want. Do not stop. Do not dwell on it just focus on the beautiful place you want to show to your audience. This is something I tell myself all the time too.


Wow, FarmGirl, you've really got it. You're now major league!


Not quite. It does not happen so often. Usually mediocre performance. One thing I learned from the college performance class is that you can get over performance anxiety. It's like anything else. It can be learnt. Only small % of people need medical attention who has an uncontrollerable shakes sweat and other extreme symptoms.

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#2118481 - 07/16/13 10:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I also noticed that most of people make mistakes. Yes even professionals sometimes. Its just some are extremely good at covering up. In my performance class I often follow the performance with the score and amazed that I was not the only one who make mistakes or memory issues. Some people forgets a whole bar and still manage to pull out a moving performance.
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#2118536 - 07/16/13 12:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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I also noticed that most of people make mistakes. Yes even professionals sometimes. Its just some are extremely good at covering up.

This is so true, If I'm not familiar with a piece someone is playing or unless they hit a real stinker, I don't notice it if they recover well. One of the hardest things I had to learn to do early on was to just keep truckin right through them. I only ever had one real paralyzing brain lockup but I still remember it vividly each time I play for an audience of more than two or three and it happened in my first recital 2 years ago. ha
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#2118908 - 07/17/13 04:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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To Saranoya and Casinitaly - You both played much better at the EPP than you make it sound! And as Allard said, we all made mistakes and had restarts, memory lapses, etc. And, don't forget, Casinitaly, you did a great job on the duets with PatH!

I do not think any of us expected to play four or more pieces at the EPP. I will be better prepared next year! It was a great learning experience. After my piano party and this one, I discovered that I am learning to enjoy playing for others. It is like the payoff for all of the hard work. I made mistakes, but I shared my music, and that is what it is all about!

My AOTW (other than playing at the EPP!) was that I managed to find a piano to play at every hotel on my way to and from Brussels, so I maintained my MOYD! They were not the greatest, but they were pianos. The one in Luxemburg had a silent F4 and a weird damper pedal, and the one in Oberwesel had not seen a tuner for a while, but I could still hack out some practice!
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#2118965 - 07/17/13 08:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Welcome back SwissMS! (I have had to correct every time I've written you name in the last few posts as I've typed your real name first! oops!)

It's great that you were able to find pianos everywhere you went! ..odd ones perhaps, but still - functioning pianos!

Thanks for your feedback on the party. I know I have trouble keeping perspective. I let myself get overwhelmed by the last bit rather than focusing on the first and the duets (- that was SO MUCH FUN --Thank you Pat!!!!)

I had a coffee with my old teacher today and we talked about this and she had some tips for me, but basically I think it comes down to developing concentration skills.
I also emailed my current teacher to update him on what happened (he wanted me to do that) and to let him know I want to work on conquering the problems I had, when we re-start in Sept. He sent me a very nice reply and told me that he had already thought about working on performance standards and was really happy we were on the same wave length, so we can start with lots of positive energy ! I was very pleased.
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#2118994 - 07/17/13 09:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Greetings all
First a big congratulations to the Hound for passing your exam even with the problem areas. Good for you!!!

As I read all the conversation about the EPP I have several thoughts. First, I wish I could have joined you and met all of you and listened to your music. I'm confident that each of you added to the party. Second, on PW we're really part of a small proportion of people who say they "play the piano" who WANT to get over our fear of playing on strange pianos, for new people, in public. Most people are content to say it will never be. It must be normal to have the adrenaline rush that throws us off. The challenge is to harness that hormone for our benefit...to have it help us be more energetic and passionate about the music. Certainly can't say I've achieved it but I've glimpsed it. When we played the final performance at Summerkeys my Mozart was not the delightful graceful movement I had hoped for. I WAS able to stay focused on the music however and moved past each glitch without stops. THAT was improvement for me. I only beat myself up for a few minutes and THAT was an improvement too.
The only things that seem to work is play more more more in front of others and let it go go go as soon as the piece is done. http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/images/icons/default/smile.gif

Those who said that someday we might experience that magic moment where it stays together offer a great inspiration for us.

My AOTW (maybe the year) is that yes, indeed, I did pass the Level 5 exam even with my hands that shook so badly during the technical exercises. I don't have the comments yet but earned a pass with Honors. I passed the basic theory too. Don't know if I'll do another but learned from the experience of preparing for it. Thank you to all of you who supported that crazy venture.
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#2118997 - 07/17/13 09:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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This week, my teacher warned me on a challenge piece. It had heavy pedal incorporation which is fairly new for me still. (right when i get comfortable with stuff he gives me new things haha)
I was having a hard time making the foot even work while i played. got it down fine and the song had a Eb and I was most definitely was playing Db thinking man this is REALLY hard fingering and doesn't really make sense! then i really looked and slapped myself haha. tried it the correct way, super easy. haha i was glad to finish the song well.
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#2119006 - 07/17/13 10:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My efforts recently have all centered around the idea of rubato vs. underlying pulse. I'm in this Grieg thing with other ABFers. I chose a piece that seemed within my reach because it was slower and seemed to be "mostly chords" and I've been working on the motions for chords. Well, it's not an "easier" piece, because if you try to make slow music musical, everything you do sticks out. Grieg uses the same formulas over and over: the same chord progressions in different keys, and the same rhythms. There is no variety whatsoever. It has to be supplied by the musician. That's where the fun with rubato vs. pulse started.

I listened to three performers: Richter, Andsnes, Gilels. All of them did this bit of stretching of some notes, things that seemed so natural that you say "but of course". I even figured out how they were stretching - play the note just a titch after count 2, kind of thing. Feedback: it sounded rather nice at that spot, but the wholeness of the piece didn't "hang together". It was more like a patchwork of pretty selections that had nothing to do with each other. So I went back to listening to R,A&G - yup, there was an underlying pulse in what they did. Back to pulse and strict counting. Now it was correct, but back to boring. Cautiously adding in stretches here and there and trying to hear the pulse. New recording. Rinse, lather repeat. At one point I was coming in early for every beat 4. Work on that.

One achievement was this: When I did the old recording, I was sure that my rhythms were all spot on. I was counting and checking while doing it. But obviously they were not correct. Then I worked on the weaknesses that were pointed out and did a new recording. Then I thought "I'm going to listen again to the old recording, because there were some cool things there." Now I DID hear how the counts were off, and it was clear as day. So I knew I was hearing things I couldn't hear before. And that was one achievement.

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#2119016 - 07/17/13 10:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
My AOTW (maybe the year) is that yes, indeed, I did pass the Level 5 exam even with my hands that shook so badly during the technical exercises. I don't have the comments yet but earned a pass with Honors. I passed the basic theory too. Don't know if I'll do another but learned from the experience of preparing for it. Thank you to all of you who supported that crazy venture.


Woot! Congratulations. A gentlewoman and a scholar! I'm so glad to know this - I know you were worried. It's great!

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#2119051 - 07/17/13 12:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff

My AOTW (maybe the year) is that yes, indeed, I did pass the Level 5 exam even with my hands that shook so badly during the technical exercises. I don't have the comments yet but earned a pass with Honors. I passed the basic theory too. Don't know if I'll do another but learned from the experience of preparing for it. Thank you to all of you who supported that crazy venture.


Congratulations!

Always nice to read about others success smile
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#2119196 - 07/17/13 05:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wisebuff - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! That is a wonderful achievement! I'm so happy for you!

It would have been great to have you with us on the weekend at the EPP -- maybe next year, in Lisbon?

I appreciate your insights into managing performance stress. You're so right - we really DO want to play for others - so much so that we're willing to keep at it, thinking it has GOT to get better and easier!!! Sounds like you made some good progress in that direction at SummerKeys!


Sweet06 - bringing in the pedal can be quite a challenge. It is something I am just starting to get the hang of an enjoy - have fun experimenting with the new sounds.

Keystring that sounds like a very productive listening-recording-listening session! I always find it very exciting when I hear what is happening in a new, clearer way. I am looing forward to hearing your Grieg submission!
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#2119238 - 07/17/13 06:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Ok, guys, I'm in the finals. smile

For passing to finals, I earned a voucher to spend in travel agencies and, most important, the opportunity to do a professional video with my participation. So far so good!


I can't go to sleep without telling you my AOTW: I was making the video for the FINALS smile

Today I was performing for the production of the video. My day strated at 10AM and I was in a (real) sound studio to do a recording of my piece ("Indaco"). It was an incredible experience because I had never been in a studio before and all the people were very kind and professional. They helped me a lot.
I did 3 complete takes and the technicians said that it was "perfect". The rest of the time they were discussion some details about the sound/equalization, etc, etc.

At 01PM we left the studio and we drive to the Art Center of my company (it is were the piano is located).
I don't know how many times I played the piece... I don't know. I know that I played over the sound I did in the studio; it was a kind of playback.... They had several cameras, huge lights, and they also did a makeup in my face (!). I was 3 hours doing the video. They capture all the possible angles, perspectives, details, etc, etc.

Here are some pics:
PIC#1 - At the studio: I was listening the piece while Miguel was equalizing the sound:


PIC#2 - At the stage: Me playing while Ariana was capturing the moment:


PIC#3 - At the stage: Another take, another prespective.


PS1: I'm sorry but I'm too tired.. I promise I'll describe my experience with detail later.

PS2: I confess that I can not comment all AOTW individually. Sorry for that and congratulations to all for your achievements.
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#2119242 - 07/17/13 06:56 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
... - we really DO want to play for others - ...


I try to tell myself that's not for me. The closest I want to come to that is to do a really good demo. Then, I remember; That's what Carole King said.
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#2119252 - 07/17/13 07:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Carlos... this is just about the coolest thing ever.

It almost feels like winning isn't all that important after having all this wonderful experience. At least that's the sense I get, that you are enjoying this journey for its own sake. Congrats!
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#2119260 - 07/17/13 07:45 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Not quite. It does not happen so often. Usually mediocre performance.

FarmGirl's (self-described) mediocre performances are my aspiration.
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#2119266 - 07/17/13 07:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CarlosCC - that is wonderful. I love the pictures - I'm so glad you posted them. Have a great time the rest of the way!

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#2119293 - 07/17/13 09:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow, It's great to share your journey! With you in the ether!
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#2119295 - 07/17/13 09:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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We can all say we knew CarlosCC before he made the big time smile

That is incredible news. Good luck on the final judging, but as you said, by making it this far, you have already won a decent prize. That kind of video is something few people ever have the chance to do. Even the most accomplished life long amateur musicians and many gigging pros may never get that kind of opportunity. Way to go!
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#2119301 - 07/17/13 09:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congratulations Carlos.... Look forward to more.
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#2119305 - 07/17/13 09:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am so excited for everybody.
My AotW is to realize that I am just lazy!
Right. ...All those mistakes are things I choose to do because I CAN play them right.....
I talked about practise techniques in my lesson today. I have been overdoing it. that 7x's rule does not mean 'consecutive'! Dah! or all the way through.....
Overpactising is a real phenomena realized only by those who have done it!
I'm putting some pieces on the back burner and will start fresh with a fugue and a Nocturne - Chopin No 9 - I love it.
This week I have to keep a practise log and be 'consistent' and not binge on a favourite piece leaving others to languish.
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#2119319 - 07/17/13 09:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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SwissMS, that's cool that you have found a piano in every hotel. I like it very much when a hotel or restaurant has a piano to play on. Most of the times they have one, but the piano is so centered, it's difficult to play and not bother other guests unless you are kind of an expert.

Casinitaly, maybe you are right about the concentration. If you have too many thoughts, and too fast, bumping to each other, the brain waves would not help you to concentrate.

Wisebuff, congrats for passing your exam. Very difficult to play well with shaking hands as others and me have experienced that very well at the EPP recently.

Sweet06, pedalling makes the pieces a lot more beautiful. So I'm glad for you that you are learning the technique right now. It will make practise sound a lot nicer.

Keystring, I agree that slow pieces are not so easy. Slow pieces need precise (off-)timing and dynamics to bring the music to full spirit. So that your timing and hearing is improving, doesn't surprise me much.

CarlosCC, nice pictures! Your company is so cool to have an art center. When do we get your video to see? I hope soon!

Palmpirate, good advice. I should do that too. Thanks!
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#2119332 - 07/17/13 10:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Greetings all
First a big congratulations to the Hound for passing your exam even with the problem areas. Good for you!!!

As I read all the conversation about the EPP I have several thoughts. First, I wish I could have joined you and met all of you and listened to your music. I'm confident that each of you added to the party. Second, on PW we're really part of a small proportion of people who say they "play the piano" who WANT to get over our fear of playing on strange pianos, for new people, in public. Most people are content to say it will never be. It must be normal to have the adrenaline rush that throws us off. The challenge is to harness that hormone for our benefit...to have it help us be more energetic and passionate about the music. Certainly can't say I've achieved it but I've glimpsed it. When we played the final performance at Summerkeys my Mozart was not the delightful graceful movement I had hoped for. I WAS able to stay focused on the music however and moved past each glitch without stops. THAT was improvement for me. I only beat myself up for a few minutes and THAT was an improvement too.
The only things that seem to work is play more more more in front of others and let it go go go as soon as the piece is done. http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/images/icons/default/smile.gif

Those who said that someday we might experience that magic moment where it stays together offer a great inspiration for us.

My AOTW (maybe the year) is that yes, indeed, I did pass the Level 5 exam even with my hands that shook so badly during the technical exercises. I don't have the comments yet but earned a pass with Honors. I passed the basic theory too. Don't know if I'll do another but learned from the experience of preparing for it. Thank you to all of you who supported that crazy venture.


Didn't I tell you! I knew you'd pass. Congratulations for passing the significant milestone. I had no doubt about your passing. I heard you play beautifully in my house.

I am still preparing my 2 piano piece for Summer key. Decided to include a solo lesson too if they let me. You might have told us but please do tell us again which Mozart piece you studied in SummerKey. Any pictures?
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#2119334 - 07/17/13 10:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

Ok, guys, I'm in the finals. smile

For passing to finals, I earned a voucher to spend in travel agencies and, most important, the opportunity to do a professional video with my participation. So far so good!


I can't go to sleep without telling you my AOTW: I was making the video for the FINALS smile

Today I was performing for the production of the video. My day strated at 10AM and I was in a (real) sound studio to do a recording of my piece ("Indaco"). It was an incredible experience because I had never been in a studio before and all the people were very kind and professional. They helped me a lot.
I did 3 complete takes and the technicians said that it was "perfect". The rest of the time they were discussion some details about the sound/equalization, etc, etc.

At 01PM we left the studio and we drive to the Art Center of my company (it is were the piano is located).
I don't know how many times I played the piece... I don't know. I know that I played over the sound I did in the studio; it was a kind of playback.... They had several cameras, huge lights, and they also did a makeup in my face (!). I was 3 hours doing the video. They capture all the possible angles, perspectives, details, etc, etc.

Here are some pics:
PIC#1 - At the studio: I was listening the piece while Miguel was equalizing the sound:


PIC#2 - At the stage: Me playing while Ariana was capturing the moment:


PIC#3 - At the stage: Another take, another prespective.


PS1: I'm sorry but I'm too tired.. I promise I'll describe my experience with detail later.

PS2: I confess that I can not comment all AOTW individually. Sorry for that and congratulations to all for your achievements.


Carlos, it's so amazing. Congrats for taking the challenge and carrying out. I cannot wait to hear more about this
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Solo - Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Schumann Op 12 Warum, Grillen and a few short pieces by various composers
Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell and some duets


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#2119421 - 07/18/13 01:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos - that is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the pics --- I'm with the others in being really excited and happy for you!

It will be fantastic to see the video when it is ready!
What a great experience!


Palmpirate....it's funny you should say that the 7x rule doesn't mean consecutive. I generally work with 5x, and have always thought it meant consecutive!!!!!! I tend to use it for short tricky segments, and it seems to me only logical that you can't alternate between getting it right and getting it wrong - it has to be right every time.....doesn't it? Isn't that the point? I'd be very interested in hearing a bit more of what your teacher had to say on this.

Farmgirl - when are you heading to SummerKeys?

PaperClip - I can hear your voice as I read your post- very cool. In my case I don't usually have to many thoughts rushing into my head, - it might only be one thought that distracts me! But worse than random thoughts (for me) are the moments where my brain feels totally blank and empty - nothing happening at all! Total brain fog.

A friend of mine has a book for me --- he told me even before the EPP that he had it, we just have to meet up --- it is called "Keeping your Nerve". I'm looking forward to getting it!
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#2119439 - 07/18/13 02:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CarlosCC, how very cool! It sounds like an amazing experience!
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#2119454 - 07/18/13 03:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: tangleweeds]
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Wisebuff - Congratulations on you Grade 5 success! That is a major milestone!

CarlosCC- Wow! What an experience! You are now a professional performer! I love the pictures.
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#2119521 - 07/18/13 09:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl. I just checked my dates for SummerKeys. It's Aug 26-30.
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Solo - Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Schumann Op 12 Warum, Grillen and a few short pieces by various composers
Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell and some duets


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#2119533 - 07/18/13 09:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff

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Those who said that someday we might experience that magic moment where it stays together offer a great inspiration for us.

My AOTW (maybe the year) is that yes, indeed, I did pass the Level 5 exam even with my hands that shook so badly during the technical exercises. I don't have the comments yet but earned a pass with Honors. I passed the basic theory too. Don't know if I'll do another but learned from the experience of preparing for it. Thank you to all of you who supported that crazy venture.


Congratulations on the Grade 5 exam. Those that listen to my recital pieces likely have the same view that I have, that I am in the bottom 5% to 10% in terms of technical ability for those uploading for recital. Someone passing a Grade 5 exam is many years ahead of me on the piano skill ladder. While I have a lot of years of experience on other instruments, my technical skill is not that much greater on those instruments.

What I do have is some desire to share my music. Like I said, maybe 10% of the time do I feel like I approach my best. Simple odds mean the more I perform, the more chance of getting there.

Coming from wind instruments means that breathing and phrasing are linked. For pianists breathing seems so often ignored. For on stage, that would be one tip I would pass on to folks. Breathe with the flow of the music. Often times, a performer gets so excited that they forget to breathe, with the inevitable bad result after about a minute.

Bringing it back to CarlosCC, he has something special that lets him play with the ease of a life long musician after only three or four years. One judge at the preliminaries, asked him what conservatory he graduated from. I believe part of it is knowing the music so intimately, highlighted by his signature quote:
"Don't play what's there, play what's not there."

That's I see as the place of magic. After learning a piece, after knowing a piece so well that it sings in your heart.
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