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#2075562 - 05/02/13 02:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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SwissMS - gaining confidence in jumps is hard work - but so exciting once you've got it rolling.

Andy - congrats on getting that Nocturne submitted, I'm looking forward to hearing it! I listened to the Grieg piece you're going to do - it is a nice one indeed. I enjoyed hearing about your performances in the nursing home. I'm sure you brought a ray of sunshine into the place! I like the Clementi Op36 N2. We often hear N1 but 2 isn't played as much - you should have fun with it!

FarmGirl...or shall we call you PianoBomber...love it! I can't imagine why the felt you needed an escort. Get your boss to write you a permission slip to play the piano for next time! You must have been very Ticked off!!!

Saranoya: Great break through with the metronome. I've BTDT with "clicking" on something my teacher has been trying to get me to do for ages. I don't know why it takes so long sometimes, but it feels great when you finally get it, doesn't it?

ATallGuy: Reading from the sheetmusic without the piano and realizing what you're looking at is SO much fun! I remember the first time I did that, and it could very well have been the piece you're talking about - it was certainly Mozart.

hujidong: Nice progress on an interesting piece!

Teodor: How blissful to lose yourself in the music! I continue to follow your progress with great interest.

My AOT-middle-of-the-week, was to pretty well conquer the last tricky part in my Heller. I think I'll be ready to record this weekend.
Unfortunately the humidity has hit my acoustic in a nasty way and my fresh tuning already sounds significantly less than wonderful .:((((

rmaple: Nice dp! Blessed is the man who understands what his riches are!

Torquenale: A good lesson is a thing of joy! Sometimes it helps to have that little extra time, even though we hate missing a lesson.

Dulcetta ; congrats on finishing the book! It is great to have such a concrete sign of progress.
Sam Rose: ...and back to the books for you! Great idea to fill in some gaps in your training. You'll probably feel a bit frustrated with the simplicity compared to what you've been working on, but focusing on your technique is going to pay off big time in the longrun.
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#2075570 - 05/02/13 02:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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AoTW - made it back home safely, yay! I practiced my bach pieces and recorded them to see how I'm doing. Sadly it's not very musical. Very choppy. My fugue sounds like speech therapist's office. All my recurring theams arestuttering. This piece is one of the two double fugue in WTC. So it sounds quite confusing. I cannot believe I have to play these on Saturday evening in our recital. It shows that I did not practice for a while. Maybe because I'm sleepy. I took 6:30 am EST flight from NY that means ... I must've been up more than 24 hours. I go to bed now.
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#2075647 - 05/02/13 05:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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You really do have a busy schedule FarmGirl and boo to the silly security staff, what on earth were they thinking of ?

Thanks for the encouragement folks {hugs]

Saranoya; I can just imagine myself in your shoes and having that same attitude, listen to the teacher, smile and nod head and determine to do it your own way at home, that would so be me and has been me in comparable situations. Much as we need to learn to take advice though, I think when we discover the reality of something for ourselves, we learn it better.
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#2075650 - 05/02/13 06:04 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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1) I managed to play Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 with only two mistakes! And the two mistakes were because I psyched myself out - "Yes, THIS maybe the time I play it through without any errors..... <CLASH #1> .... Dang! ... <CLASH #22> <refocused>"

2) Learned another page of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1. Four-and-a-half pages in!

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#2075723 - 05/02/13 09:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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AOTW was submitting my first recital piece. Didn't come easy, there is sweat and blood in there. Good luck to everyone else practicing their pieces, man am I glad it's over, now I can get back to scales http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/images/icons/default/smirk.gif
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#2076228 - 05/02/13 10:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
...My fugue sounds like speech therapist's office...


LOL!
I am sure my office is much much worse sounding! Remember, slowing down is one of the tried and true treatments for stuttering.
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#2076234 - 05/02/13 10:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: maestro57]
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Originally Posted By: maestro57
1) I managed to play Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 with only two mistakes! And the two mistakes were because I psyched myself out - "Yes, THIS maybe the time I play it through without any errors..... <CLASH #1> .... Dang! ... <CLASH #22> <refocused>"

...? grin
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#2076282 - 05/02/13 11:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: maestro57]
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Originally Posted By: maestro57
1) I managed to play Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 with only two mistakes! And the two mistakes were because I psyched myself out - "Yes, THIS maybe the time I play it through without any errors..... <CLASH #1> .... Dang! ... <CLASH #22> <refocused>"


You'll love my recital piece laugh Syblings raised apart -

On one of my recital pieces awhile back the only glaring error I had was the last chord. No one mentioned it smile

Cathy
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#2076670 - 05/03/13 01:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]
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Originally Posted By: malkin
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
...My fugue sounds like speech therapist's office...


LOL!
I am sure my office is much much worse sounding! Remember, slowing down is one of the tried and true treatments for stuttering.


I am full of piano stutters LOL. Just had my first lesson in awhile as teacher was away. Showed him where I'm up to with the Bach minuet and played him my recordings as well.

Now I have to practise the whole page and play it slowly not the first bar up to speed which I c an do, but play it all slow and keep going instead of first bar correct speed, stop and the rest plod plod! He also told me to start at different bars and practise the measures I struggle with more. I know I ought to be doing that but I always start at the beginning. I sort of knew that I was playing the first bar by memory/ear and was no longer "sight reading" it. I do have a tendency to play by ear.
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#2076671 - 05/03/13 01:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: maestro57]
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Originally Posted By: maestro57
1) I managed to play Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 with only two mistakes! And the two mistakes were because I psyched myself out - "Yes, THIS maybe the time I play it through without any errors..... <CLASH #1> .... Dang! ... <CLASH #22> <refocused>"

2) Learned another page of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1. Four-and-a-half pages in!


Well done!
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#2076914 - 05/03/13 11:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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Yeah I just went to lesson and she told me the same thing, "Slow down". I think you all make good sense I will practice to play faster after the recital.
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#2076955 - 05/04/13 01:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sam Rose]
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Originally Posted By: Sam Rose
Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
I was actually reading music off a page, away from an instrument, in a meaningful way. Crazy! I would not have been able to do that six months ago.

That's fantastic!! I feel like I'll never get to that point. I'd love to be able to look at a piece of music and hear it, but right now it's just a dream. Have you done anything specific to hone that skill?

Sort of... I haven't had this as a goal, it just sort of happened, and I'm not convinced that I could replicate it consistently. Certainly, I don't think that whatever would be imagined in my head for a piece with which I was not familiar would bear anything but the vaguest resemblance to reality.

That said...

I would put credit on three factors:

1) When I listen to music on YouTube (which is my primary source of music when I'm not in the car) I try to seek out the versions that show the score. I try to follow along as best I can, it's tough on the fast pieces. The good news is that the page changes and then you know you're lost (or you reach the end of the page and realize you're ahead) and you get a chance to reset. Following on paper or PDF is harder for that reason, but I do that sometimes as well. For instance, I got a PDF of Chopin Preludes Opus 28 off of IMSLP the other day, then read it while listening. Very difficult in many spots to stay in synch, but educational -- subsconsciously perhaps foremost.

2) Sight Reading apps. Even the sight reading apps can help because they play the note, so you get the benefit of associating the sound with what you see on the page. Playing the piano does this for us too of course, but the rapid fire repetition and focus on just the tone, and how it relates to the position on the staff, is different in terms of not being distracted by any other aspects (like, the next note(s) to come, dynamics, touch, phrasing, blah blah blah).

3) Ear Training apps. I've tried a number of these, but my favorite by far (recommended by SandTiger) is Piano Ear Training. Even the free version is completely worthwhile and you can get a lot out of it. Unfortunately it has sound issues on my phone, which is driving me crazy -- nevertheless, I would highly recommend giving it a try. It has the best piano sound of any that I have tried, and the most reasonable balance and flexibility when dealing with the conundrum of trying to take an 88-key instrument and model it on a 4.5" screen.

Let us know how it goes...
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#2076966 - 05/04/13 02:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Not an AOTW per se, but...

My piano tech/tuner came today, tuned the spinet, and then took a trip with me to check out an old upright at my church that they want to get rid of. Key tops have been trashed, it's atrociously out of tune, and so on -- but -- it's a full sized upright. It has a fantastic tone... that unique old piano sound we were talking about recently, that just can't be duplicated in anything built in the last 50 years (maybe even the last 75 years).

Not sure if I mentioned this earlier in the thread when I first got this idea a few weeks ago? Anyway, I wanted him to evaluated if it was insane (or not) to get rid of my spinet and take this old pile of junk and rehab it.

Verdict: not insane.

It's a Hamilton, from the early 1900s. No cracks in the soundboard, no cracks in the bridge -- which he deemed "remarkable" for a piano of such advanced age. The original bridle straps/tapes have all been replaced (and "done very well"), various leather thingies (OK, I'm out of my depth on the terminology here) are also in very good shape, and the dampers are tolerable. The hammer felts are a wreck and the whole thing is terribly dirty, but that's about it. Oh yes, and it's been painted to match the room several times -- which is a travesty considering the antique finish that is under there -- but I really don't care about the cosmetics.

So, cleaning it up (not the finish, just the action), new key tops, and shaping & voicing of the hammers (there's enough felt there for now -- they'll need to be replaced eventually I think) looks like it would cost roughly about what my spinet is worth. I might be able to just swap them and come out none the poorer, except more tunings than I had planned on having otherwise.

Hmmm.... I have to clear this with you-know-who:
2hearts



...and...




...she...



grumbled...

and she groaned...

and asked clarifying questions...

and said "really? when we just paid to get it tuned?!?"...

and pointed out that I never wanted the thing in the first place when she bought it 10 years ago (true, that)...

and waxed poetical re: memories of the kids playing it...

and insinuated that nobody would want to buy a spinet anyway...

and wondered how on earth we were going to lug this other beast into the house...


These are all good signs... inklings of the beginnings of acquiescence. whome yippie
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#2076982 - 05/04/13 03:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Tallguy good for you. She must be thinking it could be worse. Jokes aside, piano is a very good hobby and she must love your music.
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#2077003 - 05/04/13 04:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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FarmGirl - you make me laugh. A speech therapist's office! Get some sleep girl!
And as for the slowing down....when oh WHEN do we ever learn to really listen to that
excellent advice?

Maestro - excellent progress on your Beethoven!

Earlofmar - congrats on your first submission! woohoo!

Cathy- that's very interesting you know....I never noticed the error (should I go back and check? Nah, I don't think so!).... But it is another example of something that really stands out to the performer, but to the audience is not at all obvious.

TallGuy: interesting you are considering getting rid of the spinet and picking up the to-be-refurbished piano. I think it would be cool to have a spinet, but I'd want the piano AS WELL, not instead! smile
As for reading the music and hearing it in your head, it is interesting to read how you've been developing this ability. Albeit not intentionally! Another thing that can help - if you really want to move in this direction - is to sing your pieces.

My tuner will come back to tweak the piano - but suggested we wait a bit. I think the weather is settling down so the humidity should drop. Unfortunately I'm not sure that her schedule and my schedule and the weather will all work out for an acoustic recording for the recital. I did a take last night (also battling with a new computer which doesn't want to cooperate!, so used the old one).... it is ok, but I think I can do better so I'll try again today.
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#2077193 - 05/04/13 02:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Yearly evaluation today run by the New Hampshire Music Teachers' Association. First time for me participating. We do performance, theory tests, etc. I chose only to do the performance part. I think I played very well. I got lots of positive comments. I played the Grande Valse Brilliante in A minor Op 34 no 2 by Chopin. The Bach D minor Invention. And the Chopin Nocturne Op 9 no 2 in E flat major. I think I got myself all worked up over nothing. The evaluator was very supportive not critical at all. Anyway, I think I was the only adult in the program who participated. I was told I was a "good sport" about stuff like this. Well, if I desire to perform, this program has the venues. I felt like I really accomplished something today.
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#2077308 - 05/04/13 06:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well done dynamobt terrific to be able to perform in front of others a music teachers association no less............a tough crowd if ever there was one
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#2077316 - 05/04/13 06:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well, not to mislead, it was only the "one" evaluator. Not a crowd by any stretch. Still, I feel it accomplishment worthy. My innards tell me I got all worked up over this!!!!!
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#2077339 - 05/04/13 07:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Way to go Dynamobt! That is a big accomplishment and should be very proud of yourself.
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#2077343 - 05/04/13 07:13 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: dynamobt]
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Congratulations, that is quite an AOTW.
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#2077344 - 05/04/13 07:13 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thank you earl and Elle. Since I'm experiencing a post event let down, I had gotten more worked up over this than I thought! LOL! I'm glad it's behind me!! On to the Grieg to play it for the first time in my lesson this week!
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#2077346 - 05/04/13 07:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Lol aTallGuyNH, looks like you've got more work to do with the Mrs than the Hamilton. Sounds like a rewarding project when it's rebuilt (assuming your wife approves). Good luck!

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH


Hmmm.... I have to clear this with you-know-who:
2hearts

...and...

...she...

grumbled...

and she groaned...

and asked clarifying questions...

and said "really? when we just paid to get it tuned?!?"...

and pointed out that I never wanted the thing in the first place when she bought it 10 years ago (true, that)...

and waxed poetical re: memories of the kids playing it...

and insinuated that nobody would want to buy a spinet anyway...

and wondered how on earth we were going to lug this other beast into the house...

These are all good signs... inklings of the beginnings of acquiescence. whome yippie
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#2077451 - 05/05/13 01:12 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: ElleC]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Tallguy good for you. She must be thinking it could be worse. Jokes aside, piano is a very good hobby and she must love your music.

True... once in a while I casually remind her of the contrasting hobbies and other attributes of me vs. her ex-husband. It helps, briefly. smile

Re: loving the music... She asked me the other day why I don't play for her more often (I've related a similar conversation in another post previously). My answer is always "I don't want you to get sick of it". So I said "I'll play something", and she said "not Clair de Lune please, I'm so sick of it"... Ah-haaa!! That's what I was working on during the phase when I didn't worry too much about whether she was around. No wonder it's the one thing she's sick of -- if I let her hear the other stuff, she'd be sick of that too (not blaming her, mind you).

So I played the intro to New York State of Mind, to which she said the beginning part (the part that is up to speed) was "hot". blush Woohoo!!

Sounds like confirmation of my "Spousal Avoidance Theory" and strategy, no?

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
TallGuy: interesting you are considering getting rid of the spinet and picking up the to-be-refurbished piano. I think it would be cool to have a spinet, but I'd want the piano AS WELL, not instead! smile

Why would you want both?

For me, they take up the same footprint, so I can swap them out with no impact to the space -- although we did have a discussion re: the confounded plants which the Mrs insists should sit on top of the piano. She doesn't like that the plants will be up so high on the upright. There is one that she has had for 15 years that only blooms one flower each year, and suddenly this year it has bloomed six. I'm getting the credit for this (for playing so much), but it's not helping with my long term goal to keep water away from the piano.

Anyway, any spinet is generally going to be inferior to any upright that is in reasonable condition. I like mine and it's served me well, but if I have a chance to trade up I wouldn't have any desire to hold onto the smaller one.

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
As for reading the music and hearing it in your head, it is interesting to read how you've been developing this ability. Albeit not intentionally! Another thing that can help - if you really want to move in this direction - is to sing your pieces.

I've heard others suggest that this helps with rhythm as well. I'm much too self-conscious to do this when others are around. Maybe I could hum instead, a la Glenn Gould? smile

Originally Posted By: ElleC
Lol aTallGuyNH, looks like you've got more work to do with the Mrs than the Hamilton. Sounds like a rewarding project when it's rebuilt (assuming your wife approves). Good luck!

Thanks... my wife does seem surprisingly on board, but this has given rise to an unanticipated (by me anyway) complication.

My 9 year-old (an innately musically talented girl, but a former piano student with only intermittent interest) does not like to let go of anything... like anything. I can't take her to the town transfer station (the dump, essentially) any more because she freaks out about anything we are throwing away -- she had a meltdown over some cardboard boxes one time.

She's a very tough cookie personality wise, but every once in a while she gets very sentimental and emotional -- seemingly out of the blue.

Anticipating this, my wife had a chat with her about our potential piano swaparoo... and it did not go well. Tears... major tears... how could we get rid of her piano? It's been here her entire life... and so on. My wife feels the same way -- there are many happy memories of the kids noodling around on it from the time they were old enough to climb onto the bench.

Me, I just want an upright. smile

Still -- this is the part that kills me... I was pulled into the conversation, and at the end of discussing it (the benefits of an upright re: superior sound, difficulty of keeping a spinet in tune, etc. were of no interest to my daughter, naturally) she says "what's the difference? You're just going to get rid of it anyway. You never listen to me when I care about keeping something."

Ouch.

She's prone to drama, has an amazing memory (like the Mrs), and quite possibly has a mental catalog of every discarded cardboard box, and views each one as a personal slight. But still --- ouch.

Not sure what will happen next on this. I'll probably lay low for a few days and see if she softens up a bit. After all, she did eventually get through the grieving process when we had to replace our minivan that we had since she was an infant. We'll see.
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#2077452 - 05/05/13 01:12 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: ElleC]
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The achievements being posted seem more impressive every week. Blindfolded multi-octave jumps? Sitting for a formal year-end review? Hearing the music while looking at the sheet music? All commendable. About half seem to have already posted their recital pieces. I'm sure there are a dozen more posts that I am forgetting.

Week 60: I attend a mini-concert by the Pantoum Trio, cello, violin, piano, playing Brahms. I am so poor at playing with other musicians, it is yet another thing to think about. Other than that, I keep doing my routine. I am at three pieces, the new original, Canon in D, and a simple arrangement of My Favorite Things. For the last, I find it difficult to play as fast as people usually sing it, even with the stripped down arrangement.

I am not all that happy with the state of any of the three pieces. However, I remember my own advice about the recital, that all a beginner has to do, is their best and let the chips fall where they may. Sure, I wish I were better, or could learn faster, but wishing doesn't get me there. I keep my focus on the task right in front of me, not the road ahead.
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#2077453 - 05/05/13 01:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: dynamobt]
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Originally Posted By: dynamobt
Yearly evaluation today run by the New Hampshire Music Teachers' Association. First time for me participating. We do performance, theory tests, etc. I chose only to do the performance part. I think I played very well. I got lots of positive comments. I played the Grande Valse Brilliante in A minor Op 34 no 2 by Chopin. The Bach D minor Invention. And the Chopin Nocturne Op 9 no 2 in E flat major. I think I got myself all worked up over nothing. The evaluator was very supportive not critical at all. Anyway, I think I was the only adult in the program who participated. I was told I was a "good sport" about stuff like this. Well, if I desire to perform, this program has the venues. I felt like I really accomplished something today.

Sounds pretty cool. Good for you!

Was this at the Academy? I was right there today, checking out the classic car show next door. It would have been fun to hear you perform!
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#2077461 - 05/05/13 02:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Originally Posted By: dynamobt
I played the Grande Valse Brilliante in A minor Op 34 no 2 by Chopin. The Bach D minor Invention. And the Chopin Nocturne Op 9 no 2 in E flat major.

I just looked these up, pretty impressive, especially on the two Chopin pieces.

You'll be doing Chopin Polonaises in no time...
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#2077483 - 05/05/13 03:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Just skimming through the last page of this thread, wow! people are really moving fast from the last time I was here. I've still been playing and continuing with my lessons, just very busy so no time for reading/posting. The good news: I've just about got the Gminor minuet down that my teacher has had me working on since I started back playing with both hands. The bad news: my ganglion cyst is rearing its ugly head again. I'll give it another week to heal, but if it's still there, back to the doctor I go.

Anyway... nice to see everyone is doing so well! I hope I'm less busy soon so I can keep up regularly with everyone's achievements!

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#2077503 - 05/05/13 05:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Dynambot - what a wonderful AOTW! Those are wonderful pieces anyone would be proud to have in their repertoire, and to play them so successfully for that particular audience...well, Way to Go! TallGuy - sounds like you've got some challenges in front of you. Good luck! Sand Tiger - You've got the right idea - we just have to keep working in a focused manner and accept that our rate of progress isn't always what we want it to be. I do believe though that over the next six months, if you keep at it the way you have been doing, you WILL see a change for the better. Don't forget how much you're trying to assimilate all at once! Playing with others is very tricky, especially if you're the "junior" member of the group. What I try to do when I get (inevitably) left behind, is to just keep pace with the music and play what I can manage- maybe just the right hand, maybe just the down beat in the left hand. It isn't really satisfying, but I'm still playing along to the best of my ability. **** Having submitted my Heller piece for the recital I'm putting it aside for a bit. I know I can do a bit better on it, but it is time to give priority to another piece and let this one percolate til I reach another level of ability. I think I could play it a bit faster, but that's not going to happen tomorrow or next week! I've started working on the very tricky bits of "First Loss" Schumann, also started his "Sicilienne". I've been working out the Grieg piece (Op12, N3- Watchman's Song) and I think I've got a way to manage the 32nd note arpeggios! .....I think I'd like to try to use two hands ...I wonder how my teacher will react to that! lol we shall see!
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#2077527 - 05/05/13 07:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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First loss is so pretty and sad. Good luck with it, casinitaly! I hope I can learn it HT sometime, but not the way things have been going lately.

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#2077625 - 05/05/13 12:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well Tallguy, unfortunately we were playing inside the individual studios. So, if you had come in, you would have had to listen outside the door. I think the major accomplishment that I haven't mentioned was that I strained my back the day before. I can hardly move about. I wouldn't have even thought of not doing this. And it probably wasn't the evaluation that has made my back so much worse. The mowing of the lawn when I got home is probably to blame for that!!! LOL!

The day was enough of an effort to qualify for pizza and beer celebration in the evening!!!
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