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#2062460 - 04/10/13 04:56 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
casinitaly Offline

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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
I wish this software would let me go back to previous pages so I can remember what the rest of you have contributed and achieved. CAS, how do you manage to note on everyone?


Um…well, actually, I take notes as I’m reading – or else I open a Word file and type then switch back to PW.

Do be careful about that tension --- you don't want to do yourself an injury!!!

Ragdoll – very sorry to hear that things are so rough for you right now – Best wishes for coping well and getting things to where you want them to be. Your new Ragtime book sounds delightful! Have fun with it!

Andy: Congrats on playing with the choir again – sounds like you’re going to probably be drafted in on a permanent basis soon!
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The Chopin Nocturne is coming along very nicely, extremely promising for the May ABF recital for those persons that person who are is interested!


lol… I believe that just may have been directed my way
And YES I’m very interested !
As for the Bach…. I think the music of that period is challenging in a different way than other music – but so much fun to play once you’ve got your head around it!

Ron/rnaple -- I don't deny that theory is useful - but I’m not sure that I agree it is the most important part.
Your teacher sounds interesting!
I think that after piano other instruments would be a piece of cake. Unfortunately the opposite is not true, otherwise after guitar, bass clarinet and clarinet, I’d be MUCH better on piano!

Torquenale – it must be hard having your husband working in a different country! But how very very civilized of his company to have a piano in the “restaurant”. Wow.

And now…I’ve got to squeeze in some piano time!!!
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#2062499 - 04/10/13 05:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Jim - I think your work on the lead sheets must be alot of fun. I still haven't made any progress on improvising with the left hand other than playing block chords


I'm not doing much with the left yet either. She wants me to first be able to play right hand chord inversions under the melody note in the pinky or other unused finger of RH. If you know the melody well its really a matter of getting to the changes quickly enough...still all RH. She has me just playing a block or simple pattern with it in the left, or even a single bass note. I think her gameplan is to later start redistributing some of those RH chordtones to the left, but I'm trying not to second guess and overanalyse it as I normally would.

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Um…well, actually, I take notes as I’m reading – or else I open a Word file and type then switch back to PW.


I usually just open a second PW browser window side by side so I can read and respond at the same time.
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#2062835 - 04/11/13 10:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm on my way back to Phoenix finally, writing this at Newark airport. All expense paid off trip with a hired black car to everywhere treatment cannot really compensate for the fact that I cannot touch a decent piano.

My achievement of last night was to get out of the corporate relationship building responsibilities (drinking with Senior exec's, eating expensive food and having to watch comedy / broadway show etc), was able to go to Carnegie for Jonathan Biss's chamber music performance. The performance was fantastic. It was completely in sync. Really enjoyed violin melody melt into piano. Anyway, i was talking with several old gentlemen around my seat (who all play the piano), discovered an interesting information - Jonathan came from really musical family. His grand mother and mother are both famous musicians. He also have an uncle who is a pianist and composer who teaches at SummerKeys. Yes, Summer Keys. So I looked up Sam's thread and realized that he was taught by Greg Biss, an uncle of Jonathan Biss. Further reading into other thread, I realized Jonathan goes over there sometimes to perform there. Sam, you were so lucky to have him as your teacher. I'm so looking forward to Summer Keys. Did Jonathan perform when you were there?
What a wonderful place.

Lastly I want to add that I was impressed with the crowd there. No one clapped their hands at the end of movements until the final movement is over.
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#2062857 - 04/11/13 11:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Wisebuff - Congrats on making measurable progress on you exam prep. The technical requirements take so much time. Getting those under your belt is a real accomplishment.

Andy - It sounds like you are really making rapid progress on the Nocturne. It is such a beautiful piece!

rnaple - Congratulations on finding a good teacher that you like. The right teacher makes such a difference!

Torquenale - Playing in a recital is a big step. Kudos for accepting the challenge. Duets with your kids should really be fun!

FarmGirl - the concert sounds like it was excellent. How lucky to sit next to other piano players!

I had an excellent lesson today. I have been having issues with a couple of spots in the nocturne at speed. My teacher pulled out her physiology text and we went over how the muscles in the hand work, and pinpointed the problem! Once I could see how the thumb muscles were opposing each other and restricting 2-3-4, I could solve the problem. We looked at each spot that I get tangled up in the fast section and untangled it. She was very pleased with my progress. I left feeling like I had real solutions and could now play the fast sections confidently. Yeah!

My second AOTW was fixing a slight uneveness in my 2's against 3's in the Arabesque. I learned to count either the triplets or the eighths in the polyrhythm, and switch back and forth without changing the rhythm. My teacher had me record it and listen for evenness. It worked.
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#2062966 - 04/11/13 02:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS


I had an excellent lesson today. I have been having issues with a couple of spots in the nocturne at speed. My teacher pulled out her physiology text and we went over how the muscles in the hand work, and pinpointed the problem! Once I could see how the thumb muscles were opposing each other and restricting 2-3-4, I could solve the problem. We looked at each spot that I get tangled up in the fast section and untangled it. She was very pleased with my progress. I left feeling like I had real solutions and could now play the fast sections confidently. Yeah!

My second AOTW was fixing a slight uneveness in my 2's against 3's in the Arabesque. I learned to count either the triplets or the eighths in the polyrhythm, and switch back and forth without changing the rhythm. My teacher had me record it and listen for evenness. It worked.


That is really cool. I never thought to look at the physiology aspect of piano playing when I run into a technical challenge, but it actually makes a lot of sense!

As far as polyrhythms go, that's a great achievement. I find polyrhythms to be one of my biggest challenges. I always end up with some unevenness, whether it's 4 against 3 (Fantaisie Impromptu) or 3 against 2 (such as in the section of the Chopin Aeolian Harp etude that I'm working on now). It's super frustrating, so congrats to you for figuring it out laugh
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#2063013 - 04/11/13 04:30 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Along way down the ladder in 'the process' but, got to Scherzo in my Alfred book and played it within a half hour, yes a very simple tune, but realisation of how far I had come from the start was very satisfying.

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#2063037 - 04/11/13 05:25 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Originally Posted By: JimF

I usually just open a second PW browser window side by side so I can read and respond at the same time.


Hmm, that made me thinking. I need a better way to respond. Before I did everything with a iPhone, which was very undoable (I've no computer). Now I've an iPad, which isn't great to respond in this thread either when lying in bed. But maybe now with a keyboard....

Saranoya, it would be fun if you come to Amsterdam and we could see each other. smile I suggest you visit the new renovated Rijksmuseum, which has been closed for 10 years.

Then across the museum, on the corner, next to the concert hall, and next to Broekmans & Van Poppel music sheets at the van Bearlestraat, there's a brasserie.

The brasserie is open all day, so if you come when it's not crowded (not at dinner or lunch time) , you'll have the best view at museum square with at the background the Rijksmuseum.

I would suggest you would have a cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie. PM me, when you visit your sister, I would like to meet. Sounds fun. smile

Succes on your second movement of moonlight sonata. That's such a beautiful piece.

Dynamobt, glad you have such fun playing in public. I've played in public just once, but that's because I play just for fun and relaxation.

Casinitaly, that your hubby likes the Heller piece, doesn't surprise me. Heller's compositions sounds very nice and harmonic.

Originally Posted By: Sam Rose
On Saturday night, for the first time, I tuned an entire piano in one sitting! It was an early 1980s Yamaha U1 that hadn't been tuned probably since the 1930s laugh


lol, congrats for having tuned your first piano.

Dulcetta, you're doing great at the scales!

torquenale, funny that you're the only adult in the recital. I have an old teacher. In the teachers recital, there was only one child, the rest were adults. I guess the students have grown up with her, haha. Your husband works at the university?

JimF, I have the book, the pianist's problems. And it's a very good book at first sight. It is adressing problems when practising in a simple manner. Not abstract, but very well written. Still up to date after all those years.

Farmgirl, you played Brahms with some mixed drinks? Haha, you are good!

Allard, there is no reason to read music when you have memorised it. Your a good reader and a good memoriser. I think your teacher would compliment you with both.

Wisebuff, I have now to screens open, one replying and one for scrolling, reading the topic. With a separate keyboard, it's doable on an iPad.

Ragdoll, I didn't know your nick was a cat breed. I saw recently the ragdoll. What a beautiful cat!

Andy, congrats on your progress of the chopin nocturne. Every step of conquering a nocturne of chopin should be celebrated. It's not easy at all.

rnaple, congrats on your new teacher. Sorry to hear skype lags. If i were a computer programmer, I would program video software just for remote teachers. But I'm not. Just trying to be a simple cook, heh. wink

SwissMS, sometimes is so hard to relax the thumb when playing fast spots. I try to relax the thumb when doing trillers now, but it's so difficult. And your slowing triads 2 against 3, I have the same problems with it and solve it recently. Guess we encouterd the same problems doing a nocturne.

Stephen300o, the steps down the ladder seems easy ones, but I consider them the biggest steps. Congrats on your play!

-- hmm, I like responding this thread with a separate keyboard on an iPad. Test succesful. --
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#2063123 - 04/11/13 08:54 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Made good progress on Chopin's Prelude in E minor. Having an acoustic with real pedal definitely helped! I couldn't for the love of me get into learning this piece when I was using my digital cause the pedal is flimsy and keeps moving around and it doesn't really hold sustain at all unless I keep it pushed. But that obviously doesn't work for this song. This is the first piece I ever had to learn that requires pedal so it's taking a while to get the foot, hands/fingers and my head to all coordinate at the right time. But my teacher said I did a lot better today than last week so I'm happy smile
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#2063145 - 04/11/13 09:50 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ragdoll – very sorry to hear that things are so rough for you right now – Best wishes for coping well and getting things to where you want them to be. Your new Ragtime book sounds delightful! Have fun with it!


Thank you CAS, I'll be OK. Not all our roads are paved but we have to travel them anyways.

Yes this new book is interesting. Right now I'm just playing around in it seeing what the pieces sound like. I still have quite a ways to go on the Canon in D and DBTSG so haven't taken any of them on for serious study as yet. They are a diverse lot too, lots of different composers besides Joplin and some are complicated (for me) arrangements. I've decided to buy it, like I NEED more music smile
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#2063148 - 04/11/13 09:56 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: PaperClip]
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Ragdoll, I didn't know your nick was a cat breed. I saw recently the ragdoll. What a beautiful cat!


I didn't either ha Nothing to do with my nick though. I've often wondered how people here get their nicknames. I do the same with vanity plates on cars.
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#2063393 - 04/12/13 10:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well, it's not much an achievement but I played for the first time in 3 months yesterday. I've been away from home since early January and only returned last Sunday. I'd been putting off sitting down at the piano because I knew how dreadfully I'd play but finally made myself last night. Nothing serious, just some scales played very slowly and a few Hanon exercises.

Back at it today.
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#2063411 - 04/12/13 10:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ragdoll - I think I completely missed on both your cat or your recent events. I cannot go back to previous pages on my phone. I am intrigued. I hope you will get out of.. situation you are in if it is not a good one. Hope the best for you. I love cat too by the way. My hubby is allergic to it and I cannot have it. I grew up with animals around me. Would love to see the pic of your cat.

Greg - congrats for starting after 3 months! It takes courage to take it up again. I was there many times. Sometimes I completely stopped it. Its easy to let it go after a long absence. And yes, long absence, we experience as an adult. Life happens. Sometimes those interruptions are as merry as vacations or weddings, but work (long term assignment etc) gets in our way too. Living is as precious as playing the piano, I guess I settled down to accepting the fact that interruptions (= stall progress) do occur and live with it.


Edited by FarmGirl (04/12/13 10:45 AM)
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#2063441 - 04/12/13 11:26 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: BB Player]
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Congrats! that's like me and going to the gym. except i haven't exactly gone back! Hope to hear you play soon.
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#2063463 - 04/12/13 12:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Greg - it's like riding a bicycle smile How great that you get to play again - there's so much joy in it, n'est ce pas?

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#2063561 - 04/12/13 03:41 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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PaperClip: the children-only recital is intimidating for me, I know there are a couple very gifted early-teens between the students and I hope I will not too much in the wrong place...
Ah, my husband works in Noordwijk an Zee (European Space Agency).

ElleC: I'm working on the same prelude, It looks easy to learn but it's sooo difficult to play it musically. I would like it to be one of the recital pieces, but it's so famous that maybe I should not dare it in public!

SwissMS: I never thought of using physiology to solve piano problems! You have a really great teacher!
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#2063577 - 04/12/13 03:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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Originally Posted By: jotur
Greg - it's like riding a bicycle smile How great that you get to play again - there's so much joy in it, n'est ce pas?

Cathy


There is indeed a great deal of joy in it - that's what keeps me coming back laugh

There are a surprising number of parallels between playing the piano and cycling:
  • They can both bring a great deal of happiness.
  • They're both hard work if you want to do them well.
  • They both require discipline.
  • They both benefit from regular practice.
  • If you take an extended time off from either - it shows.

I'm fortunate that my time away from the piano is for the most part spent doing things I want to do. It's a choice I've made to do other things on a regular basis through the year even though this means I'm away from the piano for periods of a few days (no big deal) to a few months. It used to bother me a lot how much my playing regressed during the extended absences but it's a reality caused by choices I've made so I've learned to accept it.

The frequent restarting is difficult though - there's nothing worse than a remembered skill! Also, if I measure my (lack of) progress against a hypothetical "how good could I be if I focussed only on the piano" the gap is pretty wide but I console myself that my life would be less diverse and therefore less rich so I'm OK not "being all I could be".

Life's full of tradeoffs!
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#2063605 - 04/12/13 04:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: BB Player]
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AOTW's:

1) I finally got into the habit of doing daily sight-reading exercises (something I'd been *saying* I wanted to do for quite a while now). I discovered that I can sight-read (and play prime vista) pretty well when it's one line at a time, whichever clef I'm trying to read. The problems start when I need to read two or more voices at a time. But I'm actually not all that bad at reading treble clef without thinking too much about it. So I've taken to singing the bass line as I play, note names and all. This helps me think about the music in terms of the actual notes it's composed of, instead of just automatically remembering the way it sounds, and going from there (never looking at the score again). Tomorrow, I'm going to go buy Alfred's level 1 for sight readoing practice.

2) I got my spark back! Playing the piano had lost some of its magic for me lately. I played 'old' pieces daily, but couldn't really motivate myself to sit down with new stuff and really work on it. Something was weighing me down. Yesterday I realized what it was. I've been playing the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata almost daily since December 22. That's nearly four months now, and they've been ... an interesting four months. I spent almost two hours before dawn this morning, writing down a list of emotionally draining things that have happened to me lately. I realized that all of those emotions are wrapped up in the Moonlight Sonata now. I need to stop playing it for a while. I almost wish May was here already. Then I could submit the thing for the ABF recital, and close that chapter for good. But even without that, I'm actually once again looking forward to playing the piano each morning before work, and each evening after I get home. It feels really good to have that back.

Originally Posted By: dynamobt
Dare I say, I actually enjoyed myself last Sunday. So, clearly playing in public is helping with playing in public!!!


Congrats on the successful public performance. Building a track record of positive experiences like the one you just had seems to be the key to overcoming performance anxiety, so if that is one of your personal goals, then this recital is definitely a major AOTW!

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
I'm looking forward to retirement, it's only 25-30 years away!


Well, mine is still nearly 40 years away. On the flip side, that means I still have a *lot* of time to get good at piano _before_ retirement (and maybe then, I'll be able to supplement my retirement income with tips and gigs). And so do you!

Originally Posted By: Dulcetta
I am content that my brain knows what my fingers are doing, what the notes look like on the stave, and where my fingers are on the keyboard, so brain is in control and aware of what is happening, rather than pure muscle memory taking over.


This is huge. I just recently got started doing daily sight reading exercises, which made me realize that in pretty much *all* of the pieces I can play, it's all muscle memory, and no actual recollection of what's in the score. I now sing the notes, by name, as I play them, and that helps tremendously. But you are definitely getting a head start, being that aware of what you're doing from the get-go! Have a nice holiday with your parents.

Originally Posted By: torquenale
today I had lesson, and I formally accepted to play in the recital a couple of solo pieces in addition to the duets with my children ... As I've already said, I will be the only adult.


W00t! This is great! And as *I*'ve already said: nobody will care, except for you, that you're the only adult. I'm willing to bet next month's pay that all reaction you get -- if any -- from people in the audience, will be positive. Half of them will be vaguely envious of you because they wish they had the courage to do what you're doing.

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I was so pleased that I didn't have to say "oh, I played it better at home!"


This is quite an achievement, indeed. What's the secret? I'm interested! wink

Originally Posted By: JimF
...picking a different song every day and then improvising chords and melody at the same time in the right hand...


Well, let's just say, this is still an aspirational skill of mine wink. My hat's off to you for actually doing it. And nightly, no less! Whew.

Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Anyway I kind of sort of practiced.


I sympathize with the 'kind of sort of'. That's what I did for most of February and March. But still, kudos to you for finding a piano (even if it was an out of tune one) in a not-so-likely place and time, and actually making productive use of it.

Originally Posted By: Allard
I don't think he likes how quickly I memorize everything and then stop reading.


Yep. I do that too, and I really think it's hindering my progress at this point. Sounds like you are getting over it. Anything special you've been doing with regards to that?

Originally Posted By: Ragdoll
he only benefit I got was a real work out of my RH 4th and 5th fingers.


Well, I always see people going on about how the fourth and fifth fingers are really the weakest in the hand. So yay for a good workout!

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
I accompanied the church's treble choir again this weekend. Definitely my most accomplished performance yet ... but also the simplest. Repetition that minimalists would be proud of.


I really do believe that the key to getting better at performing is building a track record of successful public performance experiences. If that means going a little below your actual level, so be it. Pat yourself on the back for a mission accomplished, instead of trying to find reasons to make it less of a big deal than it actually is!

Originally Posted By: rnaple
Excited I found a good new teacher in person.


A good teacher can make a *huge* difference. May this be the catalyst for many future AOTW's for you!

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
My teacher pulled out her physiology text and we went over how the muscles in the hand work, and pinpointed the problem! Once I could see how the thumb muscles were opposing each other and restricting 2-3-4, I could solve the problem. We looked at each spot that I get tangled up in the fast section and untangled it. She was very pleased with my progress. I left feeling like I had real solutions and could now play the fast sections confidently. Yeah!


This is exactly what it looks like, I think, when a good teacher does good work. A physiology textbook as a tool for better piano teaching. Interesting thought. She's a keeper, this one! But then I think I've said that before about your teacher ... In any case, I'm happy you found some real solutions!

Originally Posted By: Stephen300o
got to Scherzo in my Alfred book and played it within a half hour.


That must have been a great feeling. Definitely something to cherish! And, perhaps, mark as a milestone in your piano journey, too.

Originally Posted By: ElleC
But my teacher said I did a lot better today than last week so I'm happy.


That's all we can ask for, right? May this week be better than the last. And at the rate you're going (I listened to your SoundCloud recordings, and they're all pretty fabulous, especially given when you started), you'll be playing circles around most of us in another six months or so.

Originally Posted By: BB Player
Well, it's not much of an achievement, but I played for the first time in 3 months yesterday.


I disagree about that not being an achievement. After that long a hiatus, it would have been easy for you to just let it slip. But you didn't. For any piano-related achievement to happen, the 'conditio sine qua non' is that you're actually playing the piano regularly. As I've written a few times before in other contexts, it is the mother of all AOTW's. So congrats!

Originally Posted By: BB Player
Life's full of tradeoffs!


You can say that again! But it sounds like yours is a pretty happy balance. So good for you!
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#2063620 - 04/12/13 04:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: BB Player]
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Life's full of tradeoffs!


Amen, brother, amen smile

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#2063626 - 04/12/13 05:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Saranoya, four months is a long time to work on one piece, isn't it? With all those emotions boiling up whenever you play it - and playing it for quite some time every day - just has to be draining! Moonlight isn't exactly a happy piece either, to lose yourself in and forget everything for a while. I don't suppose you can record it early and have it ready for the recital next month?

Regarding reading vs memorising, I don't think it's a problem per se. Ideally I'll be able to do both: play some favourites from memory and be able to read the rest. For that, I need to learn to read better, especially while playing (not necessarily sightreading). I was assigned that Chopin Waltz in A Minor a while ago. I can read it just fine, but the piece is too difficult for me to play without looking where I land in those left hand jumps, as well as in some right hand passages.

This week I'm working primarily on Orbits by Einaudi. It's fairly simple, but requires reading ahead because you frequently cross left hand over the right. It's slow enough that I can look where I land, then check the next part of the score, etc. the beauty of Einaudi's music is that there is a lot of repetition. In the case of Orbits, I need just one glance to see the bass and right hand chord for a measure, and another glance to see which melody to play with the left hand. It's nice practice for a week smile
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#2063627 - 04/12/13 05:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Saranoya]
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Originally Posted By: Saranoya
I spent almost two hours before dawn this morning, writing down a list of emotionally draining things that have happened to me lately.

You got that done in only two hours??? smile

Originally Posted By: Saranoya
I almost wish May was here already. Then I could submit the thing for the ABF recital, and close that chapter for good.

No need to wait for May! Record today and submit on Monday! It opens on the 15th of the month prior.


I'm guessing with 40 years to go before retirement you may still be at the stage of life where you look forward to work and your career developing (in whatever fashion you might dream of). At the 22 year mark of my career, I'm at the tipping point of starting to get sick of it. smile
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#2063630 - 04/12/13 05:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Valencia, I'm really looking forward to hearing the Mendelsson piece! I know the "team" in RST has been working really hard on all of the songs without words. I think it has to be quite the learning experience. I would have liked to join in but the pieces were all beyond my skills! It sounds like it has been a stretch for you, but I applaud your determination and focus.


casinitaly, thanks so much for your encouragement! You posted this on page 133 but I've been meaning to come back to thank you. It's definitely been a stretch and my pieces still need lots of work. But I'll submit what I have warts and all. (I'm feeling more at peace with that). Hopefully there will be more themed recitals and you will be able to join in next time. It really has been fun and a great way to get exposure to some of Mendelssohn's pieces. Hopefully it will be for those who listen as well. smile

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#2063849 - 04/13/13 03:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]
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Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
No need to wait for May! Record today and submit on Monday! It opens on the 15th of the month prior.


Thanks for the tip! Didn't realize it was that close. Got my recording in the bag today. I even wrote the notes to go with it. If I'm not the first person to submit for this recital, well ... I'll probably be among the first five.

And that takes care of that. It is, indeed, something of a relief to know that I don't *have* to keep playing that piece now. Only if I want to ...
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#2063942 - 04/13/13 10:35 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I have been troubled for awhile and had no desire to play and just barely practiced. I sat at the piano for a few minutes just now, hands in my lap and considered what I could do to get out of this funk!
When I finally put hands to the keys I truly felt its promise of what sort of day this would be. I went through my practice with joy and played both my pieces (the parts I've learned at least) through a few times. I feel much better now so maybe the cloud is lifting off me.
It has been a horrible 12 days for me for sure and though it may be cliché it's true that "when the mind struggles, the body reacts". Not sure who said that but the quiet in my mind has started to relieve the rest of my struggle.
My piano and I are friends again smile. YAY!!
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#2063952 - 04/13/13 10:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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Originally Posted By: Ragdoll
I have been troubled for awhile and had no desire to play and just barely practiced. I sat at the piano for a few minutes just now, hands in my lap and considered what I could do to get out of this funk!
When I finally put hands to the keys I truly felt its promise of what sort of day this would be. I went through my practice with joy and played both my pieces (the parts I've learned at least) through a few times. I feel much better now so maybe the cloud is lifting off me.
It has been a horrible 12 days for me for sure and though it may be cliché it's true that "when the mind struggles, the body reacts". Not sure who said that but the quiet in my mind has started to relieve the rest of my struggle.
My piano and I are friends again smile. YAY!!

+1,000,000

Yay!!!

We're all rooting for you. cool
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#2064264 - 04/13/13 11:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sam Rose, tuning too? That is amazing. I believe you are the only beginner on the forum that has tuned a piano.

Jim F, lead sheets are something I want to learn.

Andy Platt, good work with the choir. It is an entirely different game playing for a choir, and not an easy one.

Saranoya, by ear transcription from a Youtube? That is quite the skill. It is something I am working towards.

SwissMS, polyrhythms are a higher hill to climb.

Everyone else, I enjoy reading all the reports and the stories.

Week 57: I find a lead sheet for Fire and Rain by James Taylor. I do not get very far with it, despite some effort and finding some Youtube versions. Another new project is to transcribe the melody from Verdi Cries by Natalie Merchant. It is slow going with many inaccuracies, but it is about as close as I can get for now. I tell myself that the next time it will be better. On the ear training app, there are a few notes that I have a hard time matching. When transcribing, the same thing happens. The pitch matching section of the app is much easier because it plays one note, and an exact match is always available. A real song has voice, melody, harmony and the three sometimes diverge or overlap. If the singer is off, there may not be an exact note match.

I spend a good deal of time this week improvising in the key of D, trying to find that next original piece. I give lip service to some of the older projects: Canon in D, River Flows in You, and my other legacy works. I play The Passage of Time on my brother's Baldwin upright, which has a light action and a bright sound. With the pedal full down, the volume is too much for me.

I order the book Rise Up Singing. The book is used by my local music group, Songmakers. It has chord progressions and lyrics to hundreds of pop and folk songs. No melodies. The bigger goals are to be able to play the melody lines to the familiar songs by ear, and to improvise off the chord progressions so that it sounds good with people singing.

Have a good week everyone.
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#2064270 - 04/13/13 11:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I managed to play two tricky measures of the lyrical section right before the climax of Rachmaninoff's B minor prelude op. 32 no. 10. Still needs a lot of help and work though!

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#2064328 - 04/14/13 02:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AoTW is that I wound up performing in a kids recital with a 2 hour notice after my studio class today. My teacher is a professor at a community college but she does teach talented kids. I was totally blown away. These little kids are playing stuff I'm playing right now, very musically. The reason I played there was because a couple of kids could not make it. I only played the prelude part of the Bach. Well 10 years old did the c major prelude from the WTC book I along with Clare De Lune, Chopin C# minor nocturn and 2nd movement of Pathetique. 8 year old kids did a simpler Chopin nocturne and Bach's little Prelude, cannot remember the opus. Another one played Debussy's piece (somthing.. Corner, I forgot). They are extremely talented. Many of the pieces the kids played I have played in the last few years. I still like my interpretation better though (hahaha!). I had a few memory issues but played it through and got out of the recital ok. I actually played better in the studio class preceding the recital. I played both prelude & fugue daily smoothly. My classmates and teacher told me that it was getting better & shaped well. But I need a few more weeks to memorize left hand part alone for both prelude and fugue. It's getting better but not secure enough to play on stage in front of people.

I practiced Mendelssohn piece. Yes I am cramming. I really did not have time work on this after getting the notes. I hope I can record it tomorrow.
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#2064349 - 04/14/13 04:36 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CORRECTION: Tall Guy/ Saranoya! – the recital does not open for submissions on the 15th of the month before the recital. The call for submission is on the 1st of the month, the recital opens for listening on the 15th.
(Obviously, you can record whenever you like smile


Farmgirl – sounds like your business trip had at least SOME wonderful musical moments, even though they weren’t piano-playing-related!
It is nice to attend a performance with folks who understand when to clap and when not to. (If I’m not sure, I just wait - Italians seem to be very well educated about when to clap and when not to.) Good for you for jumping in and participating in the kids’ recital. What a good sport you are! I think you are really enjoying your master classes – and how wonderful to get such encouraging feedback from others who are farther along in their piano journey!

SwissMS – How neat that your teacher specifically studies the physiology of hand positioning. I suppose many teachers do that , but it isn’t always so obvious to us as students. Congrats on getting the tricky rhythm on the Arabesque working for you! I can’t wait to hear it!

Stephen300o – It is always a thrill when we have a moment of recognizing our progress! Congratulations!

PaperClip – we visited Amsterdam a few years ago and just loved it – we were there in April, on an 11 day road trip from (near) Milan to - Cologne Amsterdam, Einkhausen, Waterloo and Paris. It is funny to think that we here in Europe are probably closer to each other than many of the folks in the USA. Maybe we should all meet up in Switzerland !

ElleC – I had the same problem with the pedal on my DP. I ended up bracing it against the wall – but it was not a pleasure to use. I couldn’t get the hang of using the pedal til I started to work on Chopin’s Waltz in Amin, (Post.) --- then it all started to come together. Another reason we like Chopin eh?

Ragdoll – of course you NEED it. The need for new music – even that which is above our current playing abilities – is never ending. That’s something no one ever warns you about when you take up piano. (I had no idea there were Ragdoll cats – I had to look them up! They are really sweet!) I’m glad to hear that you had a shift in perspective and mood – and that you seem to be getting your balance back somewhat after the trouble you’ve been coping with.

BBPlayer- Greg, how great that you sat yourself down and started to get those fingers working again ! I bet you’ll get up to speed in no time! Let us know how you’re doing! I just read your second post, and I think that taking time off from piano to do other things you like is called “balance”! Today I’m wobbling…go cycling, on the first day it is actually POSSIBLE to do so this year…or play? Hmmm. A little voice is telling me I can actually manage both!

Saranoya: What you did, writing down all that has been going on to figure out what was making you feel low, sounds like it really worked for you. 4 months is a long time for any piece especially for a “beginner” (we all know that there are shades of beginner-ness). Letting go of the piece may well be a good thing for you at this time.

SandTiger – ear training, transcribing, improvising, what a full, busy week you’ve had!
I have the Rise Up book! I got it years and years ago when I was involved with Girl Guides and used it for sing-a-longs with guitar. Now you’ve prompted me to pull it out and work on it with the piano!
(edited to add--- I just looked it up on Google and see this:
Rise Up Singing is a popular folk music fake book containing chords, lyrics, and sources. There are 1200 songs in the 2004 edition.....

I had no idea I'd been using fake books for so long! lol. I never even knew the words "fake book" til I joined PW!

I'm amused.


Dwscamel --- wow, you’re working on some pretty sophisticated pieces! Congrats on nailing a troublesome set of bars!

Allard- crossovers are tricky – but fun! I love having to do them- they make me laugh.

Valencia: the “big themed recital” launches next weekend I think? I see that it will come out in batches, which is a great idea! I will be watching for yours in particular!

SamRose – I have never heard the Aeolian Harp Etude – I do hope you’ll post a recording for us!

My AOTW is fixing the timing on part of my Heller, and working on improving the coordination of my right hand as I move through a part that is arpeggios. I have to go up 1,3,5, 8, then down and up again, 3,5, 8, 1, then 5, 8, 1 3 and so on….. I have a tendency to roll my hand and lift my thumb up in the air and am fighting to control that and move into the right position after playing the first note. I hope that by Tuesday this movement will be my AOTW!


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#2064369 - 04/14/13 07:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Ragdoll - I think I completely missed on both your cat or your recent events. I cannot go back to previous pages on my phone. I am intrigued. I hope you will get out of..


Thanks FarmGirl, most of the anguish I was troubled with is over and the circumstance can't be changed anyway, at least not by me.
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#2064371 - 04/14/13 08:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Saranoya]
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And that takes care of that. It is, indeed, something of a relief to know that I don't *have* to keep playing that piece now. Only if I want to ...


Congratulations Sara, I can't wait to hear it. Isn't it nice to have a piece finished where one only plays it because you want to play it. That's a great AOTW.
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