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#2110803 - 06/30/13 07:09 PM My Summerkeys 2013 Report
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Just back from my Summerkeys vacation and I had a great time again this year.

If you don't know what Summerkeys is, it's a music camp for adults in far northeastern Maine in a little town named Lubec. A good intro is my report from 2011: What I did on my Summerkeys vacation

This is my third year. It was a different experience this year because I went the third week in June, the very first week that is is open for the summer. It was a much smaller crowd of only 6 piano students and 8 cellists. I actually liked this much better than the larger classes in July. I got to talk to every piano student and hear them all play several times during the week, which really created a sense of a shared experience between us.

The skill levels varied from beginner to fairly advanced. The most advanced student was playing a Chopin Etude, but there was also Chopin, Bach and Satie among others. There were no popular/jazz players. Ages ranged from twenty-something to senior citizens.

The format was the same as previous years. There were three piano classes during the week that everyone attended as a group. We discussed theory, playing problems, and played for each other (no pressure!). We also had 2 performance classes with no faculty allowed where we could play for each other - that's always a lot of fun and much-needed practice for playing in front of people.

There were 2 faculty recitals. Richard McIntyre played an organ recital on the old pipe organ in the Church (a 1912 Moller) on Wednesday night. He played pieces by Mendelssohn, Halsey Stevens, Samuel Barber, Charles Stanford, Brahms, Buxtehude, Respighi, and Bach. Also an original composition. Very impressive. I took an "intro to organ" lesson from him and got to play on the big pipe organ, which was a lot of fun. I was terrible! Too many keyboards, plus pedals!

Then John Newell, one of the piano teachers, played a piano recital on Thursday night. His theme was "American Landscapes", and he played all American music by Barber, Ives, Feldman, Gershwin, Glass, Pace, Brickman, and an original composition which was variations on Amazing Grace. Another excellent recital. I was particularly impressed by the Barber (Excursions), and I know that the Gershwin preludes are playable by many here on the ABF.

Then on Friday night we had the "recital". I played Schumann's Arabeske, and it went better than it did at my teacher's recital. Not perfect, but I was happy with it. I used a mixture of memory and playing from the music this time, and that seemed to work much better for me.

My teacher this year, for the first time, was Bruce Potterton himself, the founder and inspiration behind the Summerkeys program. He is an excellent teacher, and he helped me with many things that were puzzling me about the Arabeske and a Chopin Nocturne I am working on.

So I had a great time. I hope I get to go again next summer, and if I do, I think June will be my first choice.

Here is the Summerkeys web site: summerkeys.com

And when I was done with Summerkeys, I went and hiked the 100 mile wilderness on the Appalachian trail in Maine. Yikes!

Sam

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#2110813 - 06/30/13 07:18 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thanks for the report!

Originally Posted By: Sam S
he helped me with many things that were puzzling me about the Arabeske and a Chopin Nocturne I am working on.

Can you say what are some of the things that were puzzling you? Not for details for me about how to play these pieces, but because I'm wondering what kinds of things puzzle a pianist who is at a level to be able to approach these.

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And when I was done with Summerkeys, I went and hiked the 100 mile wilderness on the Appalachian trail in Maine. Yikes!

Yikes indeed! That's amazing! Congratulations!
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#2110821 - 06/30/13 07:37 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sounds like a great time. Thanks for the report.
BTW: I understand the trails in the north east are rather rocky. Is it true where you went?
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#2110825 - 06/30/13 07:54 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thanks for the report! Glad you had a good time with good lessons and a positive recital!! During a year we don't have a major vacation planned, I really want to think about doing this.
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#2110994 - 07/01/13 05:49 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: PianoStudent88]
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Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
Thanks for the report!

Originally Posted By: Sam S
he helped me with many things that were puzzling me about the Arabeske and a Chopin Nocturne I am working on.

Can you say what are some of the things that were puzzling you? Not for details for me about how to play these pieces, but because I'm wondering what kinds of things puzzle a pianist who is at a level to be able to approach these.





This is one of the trouble spots in the Arabeske. It's difficult to make musical sense of this section. The top notes need to be connected (legato). That requires finger substitution - for instance, the first b is played with 5, but then, while holding it down, 4 is substituted for 5 so 5 can be free to play the following d. Then the c is played with 4 and 5 is substituted so 4 can play the b. And so forth. I also had difficulty playing the 16ths, usually making them into triplets.

Things like this are very subtle, and not obvious at first glance. It's much easier to just connect things with the pedal (which is what I was doing). In fact, it didn't really occur to me that I should connect the top line. This is something I need to learn to recognize for myself without a teacher pointing it out.

Sam

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#2111000 - 07/01/13 06:05 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
Sounds like a great time. Thanks for the report.
BTW: I understand the trails in the north east are rather rocky. Is it true where you went?


Yes, the trail in Maine is mostly roots and rocks. In places it's closer to rock scrambling than hiking. And then there are the bogs.

Can you find the trail in this picture? Notice the white blaze in the lower right corner!



Sam


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#2111011 - 07/01/13 06:43 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam S.
2 years ago your detailed story of the Summerkeys experience inspired me and intrigued me. I am here in Lubec at a rental home on Main Street (internet is really the only connection with the outside world--cell service is spotty here). Last night was the orientation for newbies. There are four of us this week. A couple from Vermont (she plays piano and he plays cello) and a woman from Boston who sounds like an advanced pianist. Two spouses (mine and Boston's) heard the orientation and realized that we will be VERY busy this week. We start today (Monday) with a piano class and then I have practice time in M6 and a lesson with John Newell in the middle of the practice time. Tonight we'll have a get together at the restaurant at the wharf...lasagna can you believe? We've been here since Tuesday and according to the natives this is unseasonably cold weather...52-60 degrees and with the humidity that feels bone chilling. So far this morning the fog is still heavy and I can hear the fog horn from West Quoddy Light warning the ships. I'm fascinated by high and low tide (I'm an inland girl from Colorado so tides are a novelty). The tides here in the Bay of Fundy are the highest in the world up to 20 feet change every 6 hours.

My fingers are anxious to have some piano time this morning. The adventure begins and I hope Jim finds something to do. :-)
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#2111020 - 07/01/13 07:11 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Sam S.

My fingers are anxious to have some piano time this morning. The adventure begins and I hope Jim finds something to do. :-)


Hope you have a wonderful time! Is Jim a walker? There is a public beach (a stony Maine beach) that you can walk to by going down Water Street on the other side of the bridge. And lots of trails over on Campobello Island and out at East Quoddy lighthouse. And a trip up to the lighthouse at the tip of Campobello is a must (at low tide, the only time you can walk out to it).

If you make it to Eastport, be sure to check out Ray's Mustard Mill - and buy some mustard.

Sam

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#2111413 - 07/02/13 08:00 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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We came last week to get to know a bit of Maine before my SummerKeys experience. Lubec is a very small town with warm, friendly people and this week a lot of chilly, wet, foggy weather. The house we're staying in is an old one with recent remodeling...hardwood floors, IKEA furnishings, and beautiful yard. It smells old...an unusual phenomenon for someone from Colorado where that is rare.

Sunday night I found myself anxious to get started. One of the SummerKeys folks pointed me to a piano I could play and that felt good after five days with no keys. The official week started yesterday at 9 am. We met at the main house and then split into two groups for Group Class: performance or theory. I chose performance and we walked over and up (lots of hills here) to the Summer Street house. SummerKeys owns a couple of houses in town and at the Summer Street house there is a grand in the living room, an upright in another room and a Baldwin grand in the kitchen. The kitchen is not used for cooking up anything but music. We introduced our backgrounds, our hopes and our fears and then played a bit for the instructor. There is a lot of opportunity to confront the nervousness about performing here and it is all very supportive..relaxed. After group class I went to the shed...like a TUFFshed with two piano practice rooms in it. Mine was a Yamaha grand and I practiced for two hours on the music I'd brought with me. In the middle of the session the sun came out for the first time since we've been here and I stood outside in the flower filled yard to enjoy the moment. Inside the house is a library of music available for use during the week but I think I'll be too focused on what I brought. My teacher, Mr. Newell, came for my one hour private lesson and he looked through my working music and wants me to play a movement from the Mozart Viennese Sonatina on Friday night. In the one hour he dissected the first two pages of the allegro and worked with me on tension, hand placement, aural awareness, with a goal of articulating Mozart more musically. It was intense but not intimidating. I had another hour of practice time and came back to the house tired and hungry. Today I'll make sure I take a cushion for the piano bench. :-) Hope I can absorb some of the wisdom into my playing


Edited by WiseBuff (07/02/13 08:02 AM)
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#2111434 - 07/02/13 09:00 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: WiseBuff]
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Thanks for the report Wisebuff - seems like I'm still there. I spent many hours on those pianos. One of the highlights for me of Summerkeys is playing on all the different instruments. As pianists we need to be able to cope with different actions and pedals and so forth. I think the Yamaha C7 at Summer Street has the most even action, although the pedal gave me some trouble. The Baldwin in the kitchen is nice too, but once again, I had to adapt to the pedal. Wait till you play the Steinway in the Church! It's loud...

Keep the reports coming!

Sam

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#2111592 - 07/02/13 01:24 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam and Wisebuff - thanks for sharing your experiences - it sounds like a wonderful place, with great programmes and teachers!

..and a beautiful location too!
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#2111594 - 07/02/13 01:26 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Sam and Wisebuff - thanks for sharing your experiences - it sounds like a wonderful place, with great programmes and teachers!

..and a beautiful location too!


Yes, thank you both!

I'll be going to Summerkeys for the first time in a couple of weeks; I can hardly wait!
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#2111596 - 07/02/13 01:28 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: ClsscLib]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Sam and Wisebuff - thanks for sharing your experiences - it sounds like a wonderful place, with great programmes and teachers!

..and a beautiful location too!


Yes, thank you both!

I'll be going to Summerkeys for the first time in a couple of weeks; I can hardly wait!


Maybe you'll see FarmGirl when you are there!
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#2111607 - 07/02/13 01:49 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: casinitaly]
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Maybe you'll see FarmGirl when you are there!


She'll be the one being chased around by security guards!
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#2111627 - 07/02/13 02:17 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: casinitaly]
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Sam and Wisebuff - thanks for sharing your experiences


I'll second that! It sounds like a great experience. I hope this thread stays active for awhile and everyone who attends will report on their fun and learning. Pictures would be a big + too grin
The EPP as well, on a different thread of course.
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#2111761 - 07/02/13 06:28 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Let me add my thanks to Sam and WiseBuff. Keep it up guys. thumb

Oh, yeah, FarmGirl is gonna tear that place up! grin
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#2111770 - 07/02/13 06:49 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sounds fantastic, Sam!

And, as someone who has heard you play in person, you were probably the most advanced player there! smile

Sam is modest, ya'll, but he's a great classical performer! And, his wife plays the flute like a pro! smile

And, to top it off, he's a great guy!

All the best!

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#2111852 - 07/02/13 10:24 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Rickster]
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I enjoyed reading this and I am intrigued about the possibility of going next summer.

Thanks for posting the report.
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#2111873 - 07/02/13 11:11 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: AZ_Astro]
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Thanks for the report Sam and Wise Buff. I was there last week with a friend, It was my second time and my friend's first. She loved Summerkeys as much as I do and we are hoping we may be able to come for the two weeks in June next year. We both had Bruce as our teacher. I had him last year and liked him so much that I requested him for us both this year. We live about 3 hours north of NYC where Bruce teaches during the year. She liked Bruce so much that she is thinking of going down to the city a few times during the year to take lessons with him. In her words, "He is the most inspiring and motivating teacher that I have ever had." One of the things that I really like about Bruce is how he can figure out what is causing you problems and then break it down and make exercises out of the part of the piece to help you get it. I asked Bruce what he suggested for technique and he said scales and Bach. I also need to improve my sight reading which is pretty bad. Bruce's suggestion was to play a lot of easy duets with my friend because you have to keep going when you play with someone else.

There was a range of skill levels from beginner to one student who was actually a piano and organ teacher. At the Friday night performance class, She played Brahm's Intermezzo in A. That is one of my dream pieces that I want to play before I die. I played a Chopin Waltz in b minor. Let's just say I was much happier with my performance of Consolation by Mendelssohn last year than I was this year. The waltz is not really a difficult piece but with the repeats it's about 7 pages long and I can't seem to keep my nerves under control that long. Sometimes I wonder why I keep trying to play in front of an audience. During the 2 performance practice classes, I played it just fine but during the performance on Friday, I messed up the chromatic part and had to start it over again. I know this piece so well but when I get nervous my memory goes out the window. During the spring, I was having my lesson and playing the waltz and I thought I heard someone else come in the room but I managed to keep my concentration and kept playing. When I finished, I looked up and a whole adult class and their teacher were standing there. My teacher said you did great concentrating but I thought you were going to have a heart attack when you saw everyone standing there clapping. Now if I could just have everyone go out in the hall until I get started and into the piece that would be great.

Bruce gave the faculty concert on Wednesday night. During the first half, he played pieces by Palmgreen, Mozart and Chopin.
The second half consisted of music by Debussy, Messiaen, and Poulenc. It was a great concert and I was so happy that I got to hear Bruce play.

Summerkeys is such a great experience. Everyone from the other students to the teachers to even the people who live in the town are so nice, We went to services at the Congregational Church before we left on Sunday and they were very welcoming.
We exchanged e-mails and phone numbers with a retired gentleman at the church and he called to see if we got home alright.

The weather was not very cooperative for outdoor activities but we did visit Acadia on the way up and then visited Campobello Island on Saturday. We did the tea with Eleanor. It is free and the ladies who did the presentation were amazing.

Everybody please keep the reports coming. It' great to read them and it is like being back there again. I often read them over again during last year to get my Summerkeys fix.

Judy

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#2112001 - 07/03/13 05:37 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Rickster]
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Thanks for the compliments Rick, I only wish I played as well as you think I do!

Sam

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#2112002 - 07/03/13 05:45 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: zillybug]
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Originally Posted By: zillybug

Everybody please keep the reports coming. It' great to read them and it is like being back there again. I often read them over again during last year to get my Summerkeys fix.

Judy




Thanks for the report Judy - sounds like you had a great time!

Bruce did the same thing at my lesson - immediately identifying the problem area and coming up with a way to practice it. That's one of the signs of a great teacher.

I have a love/hate relationship with playing in front of people too. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it's a disaster. I know I need to force myself to do it at every opportunity, it's just tough to face the anxiety.

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#2112030 - 07/03/13 07:22 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thank you for sharing your story Judy. I was amazed that SummerKeys has been going for 22 years with amateur (mostly) students coming and often year after year. So many of us have performance anxiety or tension that is a roadblock to sharing our music. Our performance class has one late beginner, two intermediates and one very advanced player. All were friendly and supportive.

Each student gets a schedule of practice time assigned to one of the many available spots in town. My schedule said 9:45 for Tuesday but they also said with fewer students (an advantage for the earlier week) there could be more available. I'm an earlier riser but on vacation I sleep in until 6 or so. :-). I asked if I could start at 7 but SummerKeys has a good relationship with the neighbors and wants to keep it that way. At 9 am I went over and looked for an urtext version of the Mozart Viennese sonatinas in the kitchen/library and found a 1945 edited version. There were many differences from my Palmer edited version. Hmmmm. It was tough not gathering up a great stack of music to explore. The practice time just goes so fast. Again, the day was rainy with heavy fog making the place seem surreal; foghorn sounding in the distance. My schedule assigned me to M1 for Tuesday practice on a Baldwin grand that feels much like my teacher's grand. I wish I could describe the touch like the pros do in comparing pianos. I started with scales and I played through a few simple pieces from a book from the library for brain warmup. Then my Grieg piece which I'm still studying section by section. The initial section by section work goes so slowly for me; I may never get to a long piece. Then I settled in on the Mozart trying to understand where the tension lurks in my body that shows itself when I play. I'm thinking I may need a music psychiatrist to uncover my fear of making mistakes in front of others. No lessons on Tuesday...just 3 hours of intimate time with the Baldwin. I might have played on for a few more hours but also wanted Jim to have some company. We drove over to Campobello island and had lunch at the golf course restaurant..my first crab roll was yummy. We drove to the East Quoddy Light but decided that our shoes wouldn't serve us well to walk across the slippery rocks and beach that are the trail to the lighthouse. It is only accessible during low tide so you can get stuck out there if you're not careful. In the evening, we drove to Machias (30-45 minutes) to enjoy a concert by a group called Four Strings and a Whistle (cello, violin, and flute). One of the pieces was composed by my teacher, John Newell a very contemporary piece that my husband said evoked Stephen King for him. I went to sleep last night with Mozart in my head in some chaotic order that may have been mixing some Debussy and Grieg in there.
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#2112112 - 07/03/13 10:44 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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I love reading these. It's much better for me to read about someone who loves having 3 hours to practice than to try to do it. I think I have ADHD or something - I don't think I could do three hours, even if I took some significant breaks to stretch, or something. I'll have to try it at home first smile

But what a wonderful opportunity. I liked it, Karen, when you said you were trying to find "where the tension lurks in my body" because that is so key for me, too. So much of the way you seem to problem solve resonates for me -

Thanks, Judy, for chiming in here, too - another perspective on Summerkeys just makes it sound all that much better.

Cathy
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#2112246 - 07/03/13 03:04 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: jotur]
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I love reading these. It's much better for me to read about someone who loves having 3 hours to practice than to try to do it. I think I have ADHD or something - I don't think I could do three hours, even if I took some significant breaks to stretch, or something. I'll have to try it at home first smile

But what a wonderful opportunity. I liked it, Karen, when you said you were trying to find "where the tension lurks in my body" because that is so key for me, too. So much of the way you seem to problem solve resonates for me -

Thanks, Judy, for chiming in here, too - another perspective on Summerkeys just makes it sound all that much better.

Cathy


IIRC, you can sign up for shorter practice "chunks." I signed up for 3 hours because I love the thought of being able to practice that long. I wish I could at home, but it's nearly impossible.
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#2112303 - 07/03/13 04:33 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thank you for your reports! It seems like a nice experience, and I don't know if here in Italy there is something comparable, where even beginners are welcome.
Both my my children are at a music camp these week, I envy them and you!!
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#2112304 - 07/03/13 04:34 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: torquenale]
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Thank you for your reports! It seems like a nice experience, and I don't know if here in Italy there is something comparable, where even beginners are welcome.
Both my my children are at a music camp these week, I envy them and you!!


I don't know of anything like this here for adults either. It would be wonderful !
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#2112349 - 07/03/13 06:14 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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I haven't read the thread yet. I will. I have been busy with fire extinguishing. I mean I was out a week and just got back on last Saturday. Sounds like everyone is having great time at SummerKeys. I cannot wait for mine.
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#2112656 - 07/04/13 07:04 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Wednesday came quickly because I couldn't sleep well and by 9AM I wanted to play piano (my schedule said 11:00). I found the Yamaha grand in the shed was open and sat down to work on the Gm scale for John. No sunshine yet; just the sounds of some beautiful music from the next room. The scale cannot go fast until and unless the thumb comes under the 2nd finger immediately as you play the 2nd finger. By slowing way down I could see that my thumb isn't coming under until the 3rd finger plays. We have some work to do to retrain my lazy thumb. The opening notes of the Mozart are clues to the relaxation issue. Half note octave chord; half note octave chord; half note octave chord; followed by staccato notes. Must move INTO the keys and then relax. Hmmmm. Multiple trys leave me frustrated. I closed my eyes and imagine the waves coming INTO the shore and then receding. Press; relax. That's better and I can feel it throughout my body. The two hours were evanescent...just gone before I knew it but I'd worked on Grieg; Debussy and a lot on Mozart. Time for group class in the Summer Street kitchen. Richard played a 21st century kind of dissonant piece for us and he is very talented. When asked my reaction I had to admit that I don't "understand" that genre of music and it doesn't connect well with my brain. That led to a fascinating dissection of the genre and specific piece of music which opened the listening experience for me. We learned finger stretching exercises to do before we start playing and listened to Bernito play his Sater piece...no time signature to the piece which led to another interesting discussion. Now time to go to the church parsonage for practice up the hill up the hill. The door is locked so I recheck my schedule and yup I'm in the right place at the right time but locked door. I start down the hill down the hill to the office and realize I'm starving and fortunately Jim is at the house. Choice here: play piano or eat lunch with husband. The fish sandwich was excellent and I felt much more ready to play again. There are no lunch breaks built in so sometimes one must make the priority decision. Jim and I found the back door to the parsonage open and I set up to play on a Mason Hamlin with lovely sound. John arrived an hour later (moving teachers rather than students is the procedure here) and listened to my progress on Mozart. LOVE the encouraging style here with small manageable steps to noticeable improvements. I move my fingers too far off the keys...we're talking small differences here but huge improvement when I capture what he means. I depress the keys crisply but don't release quickly so I must figure that out and I think it's related to tension. On Friday I'll play this allegro piece slowly to capture the articulation we're practicing. The last hour of practice was spent slowly reinforcing what John and I worked on.
The sun is out!! The sun is out!!! Jim and I enjoyed a walk down by the waterfront looking in the shops and reading the history.
At 5 I met up with a few of the other students and we played for one another. I played a River Rhapsody by Melody Bober that I really like but don't plan to perform here. I wasn't nervous because I had low expectations of myself on that piece...hmmm...learning more.
Dinner at the Wharf for fresh salmon. Another couple who are here at SummerKeys were staying at the Wharf Inn so we shared a table and lots of stories enjoying the social time before the Wednesday concert at the church. Gregory Biss played Beethoven and Chopin before intermission (I don't ask Jim to sit through the entire concert so we stay until intermission). Sleep sounds really good.
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#2113100 - 07/05/13 05:32 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: WiseBuff]
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Sounds like another great day Wisebuff. I never, even in July, had a problem finding a piano to practice on outside of my assigned hours. There's another practice shed behind the house next door to the main Summerkeys house with a Chickering grand in it too.

And I usually made a sandwich and took it with me for a quick lunch during a practice break.

Interesting fact about Gregory Biss - he is the uncle of concert pianist Jonathon Biss. He's been my teacher the last two times at Summerkeys in July.

If you sit down at the Jetty, and are lucky, you'll see the bald eagles nesting on that island between Lubec and Eastport. I've also seen harbor seals fishing at the jetty during tide changes.

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#2113577 - 07/06/13 06:25 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thursday and Friday the sun came out, the water glistened and the chilly practice rooms from earlier in the week suffered in the heat. And yet the piano time was still amazing. No interruptions. No thoughts of work. Just focus on the music. Each piano offered something to learn from. Thursday I had the concert grand Steinway in the church and it resonated in that big room built in early 1800s. Friday I had the Yamaha in the Summer Street house set in a room with a bay window and a view of the water. White lacey curtains floating from the breeze of the fan. Friday morning we had tragic news from home. Our dog, Della, died. No apparent cause and she was only 9. We are heartbroken and so is the rest of the family. The group was so supportive and that helped. Again in group lesson we talked about how to build sure fingers and speed with scales done with different rhythms and arpeggios. Don't stop on the technique...it becomes even more important as the music becomes more difficult. I played the Mozart Viennese sonatina movement 1 for the group but the errors and stops were significant. Still we focused on analyzing the piece and how to improve it. EVERYTHING is a work in progress is the motto here. We had lobster rolls for dinner at the Water Street Inn where two guitars and voices were adding life and song to the little place. I discovered that the husband of another SummerKey participant and I have some overlap in our scholarship interests. We shared emails for further conversation. At 730 the student recital began with the cellos alternating with piano performance. My piece went tolerably well (more right notes than wrong and many nice spots) and was given smiles and applause. Everyone's performance was appreciated and accepted. A reception with wine and snacks followed at the SummerStreet house. A whirlwind week all in all and I can see why people come for several weeks to absorb more from the attentive teachers and the remote environment that supports true concentration. Time to pack and head back west with a new list of music to try. I promised John email updates on any progress.
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#2113590 - 07/06/13 06:41 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam - thanks for the report - highly literate & informative - glad you had an even more enjoyable experience this year...

As one who has vacationed in Maine on several occasions I can appreciate the rugged beauty of the landscape there - did you hike to "trail's (north) end" at Mt. Katadin?
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#2113647 - 07/06/13 09:05 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: WiseBuff]
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Thanks for your informative and descriptive reports WiseBuff. This is the first thread I read each day and it never disappoints. Thanks for your report too Judy. The narratives are not as good as being there but they do give a good feeling of what it's like. Can't wait to see pics. smile

WiseBuff I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Della. It's so hard to lose them, especially when we can't be there with them. My deepest sympathy.
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#2113659 - 07/06/13 09:29 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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It's been interesting and informative to read this thread.
I'm headed to Summerkeys for the first time this year, going for both weeks of the Jazz Piano Workshop (last two weeks in July). Very much looking forward to it.

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#2113719 - 07/06/13 12:12 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: WiseBuff]
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Thanks Wisebuff for your daily reports. It sounds like you had a wondefule week. I'm so sorry about your dog.
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#2113752 - 07/06/13 01:20 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Wisebuff - I'm drinking in your descriptive passages about your time at SummerKeys - your writing is poetic! I feel that I'm there with you sharing the experience.


I'm very sorry about your loss - what a shock to lose your much-loved Della -- and even harder and more shocking when you are far away.
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#2113784 - 07/06/13 02:28 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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I'm sorry to hear about your loss of Della. Hard enough to begin with but all the more with the distance.

I love these reports. It's like reading a good book you just want to slip into and experience yourself. smile
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#2113785 - 07/06/13 02:29 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Enjoying these reports tremendously. Many thanks to the posters. Very sorry to hear of the death of your dog, Della Wisebuff. We have friends who also lost their Leonberger while they were away on vacation. Just tragic. We are away right now in Colorado with a house sitter taking care of our dog. I haven't worried about our house or how much the grass is growing. I worry about our dog. Anyway, so sorry for your loss.
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#2113798 - 07/06/13 02:50 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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WiseBuff, so sorry to hear about your dog. I lost my favorite dog ever a bit over a year ago, and I still miss her like crazy. They become part of the family, don't they?

I'm looking for advice from you Summerkeys vets as I approach my first visit at the end of the month.

My teacher thinks I should focus a lot of my energy on the Friday night recital and spend a lot of time polishing and memorizing some pieces I already know pretty well. I like and respect her a lot, but my inclination is more to spend most of my time and effort on pieces I don't know that well (or at all), and use my 20 or so hours of practicing/lesson time doing something different from what I do in my "routine" approach to piano.

What do you think, and what did you do?

Is the Friday recital a big deal? How about the other occasions when you play for fellow "campers"?

I'd like to think of this more as learning than being on stage, though I suppose there's nothing wrong with a bit of both.

All responses welcome!
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#2113812 - 07/06/13 03:11 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Sam - thanks for the report - highly literate & informative - glad you had an even more enjoyable experience this year...

As one who has vacationed in Maine on several occasions I can appreciate the rugged beauty of the landscape there - did you hike to "trail's (north) end" at Mt. Katadin?


No, I didn't climb Katahdin. I'm saving that for when I do my thru-hike - Maine to Georgia. (I really sound confident, don't I?).

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#2113819 - 07/06/13 03:27 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: ClsscLib]
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Originally Posted By: ClsscLib

I'm looking for advice from you Summerkeys vets as I approach my first visit at the end of the month.

My teacher thinks I should focus a lot of my energy on the Friday night recital and spend a lot of time polishing and memorizing some pieces I already know pretty well. I like and respect her a lot, but my inclination is more to spend most of my time and effort on pieces I don't know that well (or at all), and use my 20 or so hours of practicing/lesson time doing something different from what I do in my "routine" approach to piano.

What do you think, and what did you do?


I always take a lot of music with me, intending to get a lot done, and I always end up polishing one or two things and never look at the big stack of music. Last year I had five pieces that I could play in the lesson and get feedback on, and that was too many. This year I only played 2 pieces (the Arabeske and a Chopin Nocturne) and that was about perfect.

It's amazing how quickly that 3 hours of daily practice time goes by.

Originally Posted By: ClsscLib

Is the Friday recital a big deal? How about the other occasions when you play for fellow "campers"?

I'd like to think of this more as learning than being on stage, though I suppose there's nothing wrong with a bit of both.

All responses welcome!


The Friday "recital" is very informal. In fact, they avoid calling it a recital, instead it is a "Performance Class", to relieve some of the pressure associated with the name "recital".

There will be people of all skill levels at the recital, especially if there are other instruments there that week.

The student only (no faculty allowed) get togethers are called "performance practice", with the intent being that you play for each other without the pressure of a faculty person in attendance.

I really think it is a very good thing to play for the other students at every opportunity - it's one of the best things about the program - sharing your music with others.

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#2113828 - 07/06/13 03:38 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thanks, Sam. Very helpful comments.

God knows I could use some experience playing piano for other people.

It's a weird thing. In my field, I don't have the slightest qualms about speaking in front of a group of 200 or more trained, credentialed professionals. In fact, I look forward to it.

But ask me to sit down at the piano and play for four other adult beginners, and my hands start to shake.

Context is everything, I suppose.
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#2113864 - 07/06/13 05:32 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Thank you all for your kind words with our loss of Della...for sure a family member. Now I just want to get home to my family and other dogs but I'm stuck in the Bangor airport because our plane has difficulty...that means we won't make the Philly flight to Denver. We hope they don't cancel the flight.

I took about five pieces of music to work on and picked out a couple more in the SummerKeys library...could have enjoyed many more. My teacher and I worked on only two. We talked a lot during my lesson time about goals and technique. The intense time may be best to polish the pieces that are close to performance ready.


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#2120764 - 07/20/13 10:22 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Driving instructions: Just head northeast until you run out of United States. Lubec, Maine is the northeasternmost spot in the country.

When I left my driveway yesterday morning, the temp was already 96 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity to match. Upon arrival at Lubec tonight, the temp was 72.

I can work with this...
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#2121061 - 07/21/13 02:57 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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You all make this sound like so much fun! I would like to try to go in a year or two. It would be nice to get out of the New Orleans heat.

I saw that they also have a photography course.. something for the BillyO to do!

Looking forward to hearing about your trip, ClsscLib!

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#2121071 - 07/21/13 03:07 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: AimeeO]
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You all make this sound like so much fun! I would like to try to go in a year or two. It would be nice to get out of the New Orleans heat.

I saw that they also have a photography course.. something for the BillyO to do!

Looking forward to hearing about your trip, ClsscLib!


Thanks, AimeeO. Actually, my better half will be taking the photo class this week while I'm taking piano. We went into a Lubec gallery today that was showing photos taken by Summerkeys photo students. It was great work!
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#2121076 - 07/21/13 03:17 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: ClsscLib]
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Looking forward to more reports!

I've seen the slide shows of the photo class at the end of the week and they take some amazing photos in and around Lubec.

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#2121082 - 07/21/13 03:26 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Let me know how your better half likes the photo class! We are very curious.

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#2122724 - 07/25/13 10:19 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam or anyone else, have you had your spouse join the photography class? I think it's best to keep my husband engaged in something. He says he will bike around but I think it will get old doing it alone. If you have an experience, can you give me some practical information, cost, schedule etc. the website does not give so much information except some photos.
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#2122731 - 07/25/13 10:29 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Sam or anyone else, have you had your spouse join the photography class? I think it's best to keep my husband engaged in something. He says he will bike around but I think it will get old doing it alone. If you have an experience, can you give me some practical information, cost, schedule etc. the website does not give so much information except some photos.


I've never taken it, just been to the end of the week photo show. I hear that it is very popular, so it may be too late to get in. I do have the email address of the photographer that teaches the workshop - I'll send it to you in a PM.

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#2122746 - 07/25/13 10:58 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam thanks
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#2123132 - 07/26/13 02:49 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Farmgirl:
On this page it lists the price of $595 for the week : http://summerkeys.com/lubec-photo-workshop-2/

And here's an article by the teacher talking about his 2011 classes:
http://talkingphotography.com/archive/2010/BasicsinParadise.htm


Can't wait to hear how ClsscLib's other half liked the photo course!

My other half is being devoured by the photography bug lately. That scenery could be really great excuse to get me up there smile

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#2123142 - 07/26/13 03:29 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Unfortunately the class offering ends the week before my week. Well my husband really have to entertain himself. Poor planning on my part. Next year.
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#2123168 - 07/26/13 06:53 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: AimeeO]
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Farmgirl:
On this page it lists the price of $595 for the week : http://summerkeys.com/lubec-photo-workshop-2/

And here's an article by the teacher talking about his 2011 classes:
http://talkingphotography.com/archive/2010/BasicsinParadise.htm


Can't wait to hear how ClsscLib's other half liked the photo course!

My other half is being devoured by the photography bug lately. That scenery could be really great excuse to get me up there smile


We're through 4 of our 5 days, and I think I can say the photography class has been a great success.

My wife has taken a lot of photos over the years, but strictly as an untrained amateur: She has a decent camera but has almost always used it in "auto" mode.

The teachers here (a wonderful husband/wife team) get everyone in the class (beginner to pro) thinking quickly and clearly about both the technical and artistic elements of photography. Each day they go on outings to various of the many great local spots to shoot photos, and they all get lots of guided, hands-on experience. (It's a very full and active week for the photo students!)

Last night the teachers hosted a casual dinner at their lake house where the best work of the eight students was shown on a screen. Great stuff! I should also note that the class has created a lot of camaraderie among the eight students and the teachers, who have fostered that result.

I'm no photographer, but my sense is that every one of the eight people in the class is delighted with it.
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#2138998 - 08/25/13 10:38 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Hi I'm here now! I arrived here 9:30 pm. I cannot see anything yet but it looks like a great town. I seem to have a full schedule. I will try my best to keep up with the ABF tradition and report back to you as others did before me.

Sam, the cottage is wonderful. Thank you for your recommendation.
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#2139080 - 08/26/13 06:05 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Hi I'm here now! I arrived here 9:30 pm. I cannot see anything yet but it looks like a great town. I seem to have a full schedule. I will try my best to keep up with the ABF tradition and report back to you as others did before me.

Sam, the cottage is wonderful. Thank you for your recommendation.


Hope you have a great time!

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#2139098 - 08/26/13 07:50 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Have a great time Farmgirl. Hopefully Summerkeys can survive
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#2139339 - 08/26/13 06:04 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Day 1. My teacher is John Newell. I met with him in the congregation church. Interestingly piano was not facing toward the aiudience. I am not sure i like this. I would rather like to see the audience than my butt facing them. Oh well.

My teacher was supposedly be Bruce but changed to him at the last minute. I thought "good", maybe I don't need to press through with this. My Mozart piece is half cooked. He is a gentle mannered pianist. I liked him from the get go. However, gentleness did not mean pushover. I told him that I actually am a kind of beginner plus and don't really need to perform this on Friday. But he was determined. He did not take no for an answer. He said that i could do this, I was no beginner and we are going to perform this on Friday. I said "well i think i give myself a passing mark if i can play it through with you!". He said "No, no, no. You could do better than that!". Assigned me tons of things and left with a smile "I'm looking forward to hearing you how you worked on these points we worked on today". So..I practiced. I thought it was crazy to sit in front of the thing for 3 hours. But time passed really quickly. Wanted to practice othere pieces I brought with me but did not have time. Oh I was so extremely hungry. I will have to bring a sandwich tomorrow. I don't practice well on an empty stomach.

I did take a theory class from Bruice. I was told that we have a choice between performance and theory. I thought how much performance do I need. So stayed behind a guy who seems to be in his 60s. He did not know circle of 5th. So I was thinking oh crap, I should have gone with the performance crowd. But it was a good thing I did not. Bruice pulled out a score that I have never seen before. Composed by Diabelli. Just one pager. He asked us to identify the left hand chord and memorize it away from the piano. I quickly done that. And in the practice room I realized that I could play it well without practice. He is amazing. I never thought of doing that.
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#2139346 - 08/26/13 06:09 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: JimF]
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Have a great time Farmgirl. Hopefully Summerkeys can survive
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#2139404 - 08/26/13 08:58 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Day 1. My teacher is John Newell. I met with him in the congregation church. Interestingly piano was not facing toward the aiudience. I am not sure i like this. I would rather like to see the audience than my butt facing them. Oh well.

My teacher was supposedly be Bruce but changed to him at the last minute. I thought "good", maybe I don't need to press through with this. My Mozart piece is half cooked. He is a gentle mannered pianist. I liked him from the get go. However, gentleness did not mean pushover. I told him that I actually am a kind of beginner plus and don't really need to perform this on Friday. But he was determined. He did not take no for an answer. He said that i could do this, I was no beginner and we are going to perform this on Friday. I said "well i think i give myself a passing mark if i can play it through with you!". He said "No, no, no. You could do better than that!". Assigned me tons of things and left with a smile "I'm looking forward to hearing you how you worked on these points we worked on today". So..I practiced. I thought it was crazy to sit in front of the thing for 3 hours. But time passed really quickly. Wanted to practice othere pieces I brought with me but did not have time. Oh I was so extremely hungry. I will have to bring a sandwich tomorrow. I don't practice well on an empty stomach.

I did take a theory class from Bruice. I was told that we have a choice between performance and theory. I thought how much performance do I need. So stayed behind a guy who seems to be in his 60s. He did not know circle of 5th. So I was thinking oh crap, I should have gone with the performance crowd. But it was a good thing I did not. Bruice pulled out a score that I have never seen before. Composed by Diabelli. Just one pager. He asked us to identify the left hand chord and memorize it away from the piano. I quickly done that. And in the practice room I realized that I could play it well without practice. He is amazing. I never thought of doing that.


If this is your first time at Summerkeys, do NOT be intimidated by the Friday night event. It's incredibly low key, and there will be many people there at levels below yours and who will be "challenged" by new pieces. Whatever you play and however you play, you will find the people in the room supportive and encouraging. I did not play when I was up there earlier this summer, and that was a mistake I regret and will not make again. (And no one has worse recital anxiety than me!)

I also had lessons with John and the theory classes with Bruce, and both were a delight.

Enjoy your week!
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#2139463 - 08/27/13 12:27 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Farmgirl:

Thank you for your update and good luck with your piece! It's going to be a wonderful week for you.

I'm seriously thinking about attending next summer.

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#2139531 - 08/27/13 04:36 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Farmgirl, thanks for the update.
Have a nice week. Keep posting thumb
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#2139562 - 08/27/13 07:18 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Farmgirl
I also had John and learned a lot. Could have spent a couple more weeks with him. He'll make you attend to every Mozart detail. At our Friday night event we had performers who were barefoot and some who had to start over...all got thunderous applause. Good idea to bring something to eat to practice. Where do you practice today?
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#2139821 - 08/27/13 07:25 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Karen, I wish you were here. It would have been much more fun. I practiced on another grand piano in the downstairs of the Congregation church for my regular practice time. I also practiced additional hour for the chamber music. One violin and viola. So it is a trio. Cannot read the composers name. They were much better than me. I expected total amateur. Write more later
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#2140395 - 08/28/13 06:52 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Already Day 3! (Edited it from 2 to 3, I'm losing count)
I felt a little better with my piano violin viola trio piece - first day (yesterday) was horrible). Lets say I played more notes and kept up with them. Not very well done but finally kept up with them. In this little movement by Loeillet, every one has solo part. At least I could join the team today and really enjoyed it. I will seek other instrumentalists to play with in Arizona. It's actually a lot of fun. SummerKey is great for getting this sort of first time experience. I performed in a little students get together. It was fun. My teacher John had been asking me to change lots of stuff for my piano duet. I'm not sure if I can incorporate everything in the short amount of time. I will try. I will be performing Mozart sonata on D maj for two pianos, Bach F minor prelude from Book III of WTC and the Lieillet G major trio sonata on Friday. I will see how it goes. I have been hungry here. So difficult to grab things to eat.


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#2140567 - 08/29/13 06:40 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Amazing isn't it that even with 3 hours of practice today, you can only focus on small changes. The trio playing does seem fun and I just wish we were all there to hear you on Friday night. The group will cheer you. Did you have Wednesday evening concerts at the church? Don't forget the pictures. Have Don bring you food while you're practicing.
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#2140568 - 08/29/13 06:59 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Karen, thanks. Don is going around all the places (including Canada) on his bike and I cannot expect him to come back for me. I think it was not idea to bring him with me. Perhaps I should coordinate with you next time if our schedule allows for it. We went to the faculty concert last night. As others mentioned I was amazed of the turn out - so many people showed up and filled up the little church. All the faculty was there too. It was a cello performance. Peter Lewy played cello and Richard McIntyre acompanied him with the piano. Our teacher John was a page turner since he performed last week. Karen, I will recommend taking an ensemble class (chamber music) next time you go. This is a very unique opportunity that Summer Key provids to us all beginners. It turned out there is a way to get a score beforehand by writing to string teachers! It turned out I'm the only one sight reading it. I think Sam went through the same thing I did. But others told me that they wrote to string teachers and got the score beforehand. Ok I will post pics tonight.
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#2140578 - 08/29/13 07:57 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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FarmGirl, glad to hear you are surviving and having fun. The week does seem hectic when you are in the middle of it, especially if you are doing the chamber music portion. I did not know that you could get the music beforehand! I always thought they decided who would play what after your first lesson.

I heard John Newell in concert the week I was there. He played all American music - very impressive. The Wednesday evening concerts are always well attended - the locals from town come.

I always have high expectations of getting a lot done at Summerkeys with 3 hours of practice a day, but sadly, that doesn't happen for me. Maybe I'm just too old to make progress quickly!

Good luck on Friday!

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#2140591 - 08/29/13 08:32 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Just a quick note - yeah I heard it from a person returned to SummerKey. She wrote to string teachers for the score. The other one suggested what she wanted to play and they both got what they wanted. It is a very slow week and this tactic may not work all the time but worth trying. Better than sightreading at your first chamber music session!
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#2140633 - 08/29/13 10:25 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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I love this whole thread. It's fascinating to read about all your experiences, and it's motivating, too. I just don't think I could do it laugh

FarmGirl - thanks so much for the updates. It takes guts to play in that trio, and you're the perfect person for it!

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#2140678 - 08/29/13 11:56 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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It's great to get an opportunity to play chamber music.
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#2140946 - 08/29/13 08:20 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Here are some pics from Lubec

Me walking toward the school

The house we rented

Practice piano for the two piano piece


Inside the apartment


Before the faculty recital

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#2140993 - 08/29/13 10:04 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Wow, FarmGirl, great pictures! It's a lovely place. Enjoy!

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#2141022 - 08/29/13 11:20 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Interesting Steinway logo in the fourth picture. Any idea when that piano was made?

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#2141188 - 08/30/13 05:12 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Thanks for the pictures - it's like I'm still there! (I stayed in that rental house 2 years ago). Can't wait to go back...

FarmGirl, if you look in the backyard of that odd house next door - the one on the waterfront - there is a boat that has been converted to an apartment! You can see it from the bridge.

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#2141223 - 08/30/13 07:49 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Weather looks nice (it was cold and foggy the whole time I was there). The pictures make me feel like I'm back there again. It is quite the experience and I think the detailed focus helps me still although I STILL can't play the Mozart just right. Seriously, we should all plan to go the same week sometime...that would be fun.
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#2141497 - 08/30/13 06:25 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Hi Farm Girl,
Great pictures. It does make me feel like I'm back there. My friend and I stayed in that same house in June of this year. We are hoping to go for both weeks in June next year. I could not wait to go back after the first year I went. This was my second year. This also seems to be my year to travel. I have been saving for a long time and we are going to Scotland and Paris in 3 weeks. I actually do have a piano in the apartment that we are renting for 3 nights in Edinburgh but no piano for the other 14 days.
It does sound like quite a few people from the forum went to Summerkeys this year.
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#2141578 - 08/30/13 10:44 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam, Karen and Zillybug,
Thanks for your comments. This place has a way to grow into you. I am seriously thinking about coming back. I just finished our Friday performance. I played Mozart 2 piano piece with John. It went well. There was one spot I stammered but otherwise I call it a success. I was exhausted after played chamber music, my solo piece and Mozart. I felt physically ill. Have never been so exhausted in my life. People here are so gracious that many people came back to tell me that they loved the piece. Bruce said "good job, it sounded like a Mozart". John told me that's a compliment coming from him. I'm tired. So write more tomorrow.
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#2141959 - 08/31/13 08:06 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam, i saw the boat house today on the way back from the campobello island. It's neat. We will fly back home to Phoenix tomorrow.

By the way, my husband and I went all over the area today. This is really first day of my trip I did anything like a tourist. I was so looking forward to it. We went Eastport, campobello island for a lobster restaurant and walk around Lubec again.

Ahhh it was so bitter sweet. When we were looking around stores for something to take home, I realized I was crying. It surprised me. I did not think SummerKeys affected me so much until the point. I was completely focused on performance during the week and did not know how happy I actually was. I was only thinking about my Mozart piece which I could not learn before SummerKey in spite of my intention to do so. I did not want perform but John was firm on us going in. He told me I could so I agreed to do it. I have never read music like this under pressure in front of people. I got a page turner but it was over 8 minutes of pure reading and playing at allegro. During rehearsal it was 10 min but it was 8 and half min (my husband measured it). So we must played faster, haha it's probably me. I was so exhausted that I felt like collapsing. Strenuous it was, but I was actually living my dream life. Now I know I would be back here.
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#2141960 - 08/31/13 08:14 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Some more pics - not piano related. It's something one needs after a heavy performance in Maine:)


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#2141979 - 08/31/13 09:21 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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#2142121 - 09/01/13 05:20 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Whizbang]
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FarmGirl, I'm so glad that you had a good experience. Beware, Summerkeys can become addictive! Now that you know what to expect, next time will be even better...

It was great to see so many people from pianoworld go this year.
Right now I am planning to go back next year, probably the third week of June (if they keep the same schedule next year, that will be the first week of Summerkeys). Of course, a lot could happen between now and then, but that's my plan.

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#2142316 - 09/01/13 03:14 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Ok Sam I will keep that date in mind. I would like to coordinate with Karen too. One question. Was it crowded when you went there?

I'm sitting in Bangor airport after a few hours of fun at Bar Harbor Island, Maine. It looked like Southern California in a good way. I will plan to stay there a couple of days next time. B
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#2142321 - 09/01/13 03:31 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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Bar Harbor is interesting - it's pronounced "Bah Hahbuh" by the downeasters... Laurie and I spent a few days exploring around Acadia but we stayed in Ellsworth - much cheaper.

Summerkeys is not very crowded in June - the piano class was only 6 people this year when I went the third week in June.

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#2142332 - 09/01/13 04:01 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Enjoying these reports very much. I'm still on the fence about ever attending. I have a great piano teacher. And she teaches during the summer. A different teacher perspective would be nice. But I also suffer from chronic fatigue and wonder about my abilty to maintain the schedule up there. I almost never practice more than 2 hours at home because I get so tired. And I sure don't do it day after day. So, the practice schedule up there overwhelms me.

Still,I enjoy hearing how all who have gone have enjoyed the experience. It really is a wonderful opportunity to combine a vacation with your love of the piano!!
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#2142644 - 09/02/13 03:00 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Dynamobt - I think you can make your own schedule there. Not everyone performed there. I wanted concentrated experience and chance to work on Two piano piece using two pianos. My teacher did not mind it at all. In fact she prepared me for the experience. You will know when you are ready. It took me two years to get out there after I first read Sam's experience.

Sam - glad to hear it was not so crowded. I hope you, Karen, I and others can go together. I have to see violin workshop is available. My husband totally surprised me. He announced that he was going to start taking Viola lessons. He saw a few violinists and violists since I hung around with my chamber music people. He was very happy to see there were men (ex engineers) playing violins and violas. It made him strangely glad that they were not advanced. He told me "I figure I better do some instrument to keep the marriage". I call it Summerkeys miracle.
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#2142677 - 09/02/13 06:30 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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FarmGirl, has your husband had any experience on violin or viola, or otherwise in music?

There's an interesting book by the eminent English Lit scholar Wayne C Booth in which he recounts his thought process for selecting his first-ever, late-in-life, musical instrument. He ended up picking the 'cello, for reasons that I find persuasive, but of course no instruments are bad:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Amateuring-It...s=Wayne+c+booth

I came to the piano for the first time at age 58 after playing double bass for decades. I find piano more immediately rewarding than any string instrument -- it's much more forgiving to someone who needs a lot of mercy.

Good luck in all things to both of you!


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#2142678 - 09/02/13 06:33 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: FarmGirl]
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FarmGirl, yes they had strings in June this summer. There was one cello player that had been playing less than a year - he played at the recital with his wife on piano...

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#2142801 - 09/02/13 01:01 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Farmgirl:

I enjoyed your postings and am delighted you had such a wonderful time at Summerkeys. It sounds like a great experience.
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#2142817 - 09/02/13 01:39 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: ClsscLib]
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FarmGirl, has your husband had any experience on violin or viola, or otherwise in music?

There's an interesting book by the eminent English Lit scholar Wayne C Booth in which he recounts his thought process for selecting his first-ever, late-in-life, musical instrument. He ended up picking the 'cello, for reasons that I find persuasive, but of course no instruments are bad:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Amateuring-It...s=Wayne+c+booth

I came to the piano for the first time at age 58 after playing double bass for decades. I find piano more immediately rewarding than any string instrument -- it's much more forgiving to someone who needs a lot of mercy.

Good luck in all things to both of you!


He took up a clarinet in a band for a semester when he was in junior high. Did not learn to read music. So this is going to be his first attempt. He always liked strings. His mother played a little fiddle when she was young. But he did not grow up with my advantage. I was given piano, violin and painting lessons. Three people recommended him to take up cello but no. He has a bad knee and ankle from old football injuries. I will wind up carrying his instrument for him. I already carry heavy luggage for him. It has to be portable and something he likes.

I decided to do it with him so that he would continue. Maybe it is the Asian thing (tiger mom) but he seems to lack certain decouplins. Once it gets going, he will be fine but until then I think I have to spend some time with him on violin and viola.
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#2142820 - 09/02/13 01:44 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Sam - we had a first year violin student as well. It made it easier for him to approach violin / viola.

AZ Astro - thanks for reading and your kind comment.
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#2143282 - 09/03/13 07:02 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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That is great news Farmgirl that Don wants to pick up an instrument. Jim is willing to try photography. Maybe we can make this all happen during the same week next year. I'm so impressed with the work you accomplished during your Summerkeys experience. Increasingly, I realize that I don't play well in front of others and maybe I just don't enjoy sharing my music enough. And yet, I feel the need to push for it.
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#2143307 - 09/03/13 08:16 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Karen, it would be great to go out there together. We are both flexible when to go but it has to be a week they have violin workshop and ensemble coaching. Yes Photo workshop too!

You will get used to performing for others. The more you do the better you get. I notice that seemingly small things such as one wring note, finger slip and out of tune piano derail inexperienced performers regardless of their levels. Recommend a duet with your teacher next time. In duet you cannot stop and have to keep on playing since you are not playing alone. You will notice you don't have time to get nervous. Also learn you have to let go and not dwell on mistakes during performance.
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#2143311 - 09/03/13 08:22 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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The photo workshop is only offered one or two weeks a summer I think. The good news is that now that you've been to Summerkeys, you will probably get emails from the photo instructor announcing his workshops - at least I do, even though I don't have much interest in them smile

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#2143363 - 09/03/13 10:34 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Whizbang]
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Thanks for telling your story, FarmGirl.


Yes, thanks.

A friend recently took up cello. Her husband is working in Azerbaijian, and she needed something to keep her sane while living there!

She took a string workshop this summer and is doing quite well, she loves it.
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#2143485 - 09/03/13 02:44 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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This year the one-week photo workshop was offered during four separate weeks:

http://summerkeys.com/lubec-photo-workshop-2/

My wife took it in July and really loved it. We were both Summerkeys "newbies," and while I had a great time in the piano program, I think she had even more fun in the photo course. Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, the H/W team who team-teach that class, are accomplished pro photographers, great teachers, and marvelously warm and encouraging people.

By contrast, the 'cello and violin/viola courses appear open for all weeks.
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#2143503 - 09/03/13 03:47 PM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Just want write one more about Bruce's amazing theory class. In SummerKeys you would be given a choice between a performance class and theory. I opted for a theory class since I take piano performance class (studio class) at my teachers college. Performance class is taught by an amazing performer Charles Jones. You have to pick. It's a tough choice. He was my page turner. I can say now that I had a Julliard graduate turn the pages for me (lol). Anyway I am so glad that I had Bruce's theory. He went over triads to Seventh chords. The best explanation I had in this subject. He gave us assignment. We had to analyze the left hand chord progression of a Diabelli's piece. Its a small one page piece. Yeah it's the same guy upon whose waltz Beethoven wrote the famous variations based. We had never seem the score. He told us to analyze it and then memorize it away from the piano. On Friday he had us recite the chords, corrected them and gave us further explanation. Then he told us to play it on the piano. We did with our left hands. He then told us "try adding melody". Amazingly I could do that. He told me this something some performers known to do in the airplane. He demonstrated Chopin Nocturn 27-2, moonlight etc
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#2157246 - 09/25/13 05:05 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Is it too late to resurrect this thread for one more bit of info? Just got an email about the 2014 photo workshops at Summerkeys. They will be July 7-11; July 21-25; August 4-8; August 18-22.

So if you have a spouse that wants to go with you that doesn't play an instrument, make a note of the dates on your long-term calendar.

Sam

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#2157257 - 09/25/13 05:55 AM Re: My Summerkeys 2013 Report [Re: Sam S]
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Originally Posted By: Sam S
Is it too late to resurrect this thread for one more bit of info?

Sam


Summer has not even started yet down under so no it's not too late lol
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