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#2119659 - 07/18/13 01:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Great work, CarlosCC laugh You couldn't make it to the EPP, but this is even better! I look forward to seeing you play at the next party.

I actually have two achievements. Yesterday, my sister came over for dinner. After we finished, she asked me to play something relaxing on the piano. So I played Leaves on the Seine, which I've been working on for the last three weeks or so. She liked and said it sounds much better than the 'easy piano' version that was my first YouTube video a year ago. Progress laugh

And just now, I finished recording my piece for the upcoming recital. In one take. One!
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#2119678 - 07/18/13 02:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos, you are a star!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now gimme some skin...

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#2119757 - 07/18/13 06:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Allard: It is really something to be able to take note of your progress so clearly, isn't it? Good for you!

Jim: love the graphics - again!
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#2119788 - 07/18/13 07:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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aTallGuyNH, jotur, Palmpirate, rnaple, PaperClip, FarmGirl, casinitaly, tangleweeds, SwissMS, and Allard, thanks for your support and enthusiasm. I love you guys!

You're right: this is my prize. Of course winning a contest is always fine - at least the winner will increase his ego for a while -, but for me, with less that 4 years of experience, learning for myself, knowing nothing about music - I'm not a PRO! -, it's a great great experience and oportunity. And, of course, I'm enjoying and appreciating all the moments.
As far as I know the video will be ready in late August, so, we have to wait appr 1 month to see the result. Of course I'll try to share it with you as soon as possible. As you, I'm looking forward to see the final result...

Sand Tiger, I wanted to comment your kind words, but I don't know what to say. I only know that nothing is reachable without work, dedication and love. I just love to "pull" the music from the piano.

And Jim, what a funny hand! Of course I'll give you 5!!!!!!! (One more graphic for my signature!)
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#2119852 - 07/18/13 09:17 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CarlosCC, what an amazing experience to have! How was it with all of the cameras around? Was it distracting/difficult? It must have been a tiring (yet fascinating) experience.
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#2119875 - 07/18/13 10:00 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi Anne, and thank you.

To be honest, I did not feel intimidated in front of the cameras. The technical team was very kind and made me feel very comfortable. They said I have a big capacity of abstraction which turns the job easier; I just thought about getting the best sound of that beautiful piano.

I knew I had at least 3 cameras shooting every take, but the production team was almost "hidden" during the recording. At the end of every take they made a break of 10/15 minutes to verify the recording and to decide the next angles. During this time I played other pieces just to relax and to not lose my concentration (funny story: during the breaks there were some technicians who stopped work to listen the pieces, and the boss was very, very angry :))
So, I was 3 hours in front of the piano playing several pieces ("indaco" for the video and others during the breaks). It was a little tiring, yes, but it was a pleasure. I confess that I was surprised, but in fact, I didn't care about the cameras.

Note: I'll write some more details about this experience next week (when I come back from Brussels)
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#2119892 - 07/18/13 10:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Followup re: my "new" piano...

Here is my younger daughter playing Mabel:


My wife has declared that we're going to be a one piano family by end of the year, so I'm trying to get my daughter to warm up to Mabel and get over our 1978 Vose & Sons spinet that we have had her entire little life.

So, good news/bad news on this front...

She loves Mabel...


exactly


as


she


is...


"I want to keep her, but don't change anything."

She loves the honky-tonk sound, doesn't even want to get her tuned. Ugh.

So now I have not one but two dysfunctional pianos, a wife who is only willing to keep one, and a daughter who will be devastated if I sell her childhood memories, and will also be devastated if Mabel goes away -- and just between us, ain't nobody going to buy this piano, it's gonna get scrapped if I don't get it fixed up. Double Ugh!

At least I got Mabel into the house and saved her from the town dump (for now), so there is hope.

More info on Mabel and her many fine features, such as:

Genuine ivory key tops!: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_20130708_074438_406.jpg

Top notch refinishing craftsmanship: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_20130708_075151_259.jpg

Another shot of the loving care put into refinishing over the years. This is the top hinge: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_20130708_201006_062.jpg

Lightly worn hammers: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_20130708_201056_589.jpg

Finally, my favorite feature... an integrated note letter reference system: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/IMG_20130708_074454_992.jpg

She's a peach! "Great potential," says my tuner/tech. I believe him... it's a diamond, at least for my price range, in the rough -- very very rough.
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#2119953 - 07/19/13 12:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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JimF:

Add another achievement to your list. You just made me feel good about my old clunker. smile And congrats on getting Mabel. I hope you can work it out so everyone is happy.

Congrats to our exam passers. Just WOW guys.

CarlosC, another huge congrats! What a fabulous experience. Will we get to see the final cut? wink

And congrats to everyone else for their AOTW. You guys keep me in hope mode when I'm not doing well at the keys. smile
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#2120010 - 07/19/13 04:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I have to admit. I'm excited with my teacher. Without explaining in detail. She just keeps pointing out the simplicity of what I'm playing. The simplicity of music. She's teaching me understanding. Even though she uses a much more in depth complicated system of teaching. We're finishing out through my Alfred book. She keeps pointing out the wisdom of Alfred. How he's trying to get this and that out of me at this time.
She loves that I notice that this piece could have been written different. Even at this level. But it's that way to get me to do something. She just smiles at me.
She loves that I keep playing without looking at my hands. Going back and forth on chords and not looking. I only look when I get confused and wonder where the heck am I? She would comfort me and tell me about when she was being tested by a team of professors in college and she lost it mentally.
This because Alfred threw a curve ball at my autonomic mind/nervous system. Changed my hand position in C to have my thumb and little finger play two notes. I was completely lost mentally.
She'll go and play something in a higher octave. While I'll do it in a lower octave. Then she tells me to go to the right octave and play it.
She'll say: Look....this is the bottom note on your 7 chord...then the other two....melodically. Or this is the 4th note on this chord. Then the other's. All you're doing is playing your chords.
She's simplified Schindler's List to the point that I feel like I'm falling into playing all of it with both hands. I'm practically already there she says.
So on goes the battle. The battle with my autonomic mind/nervous system, not wanting to accept training. That's the only problem I have right now. The winning is slow. But I am winning the battle.
She notices everything. Teaching me understanding. The simplicity. Not letting me get confused thinking it's more complicated than it really is.
I'm lucky to have such a good teacher.
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#2120016 - 07/19/13 05:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos, that's fantastic!! You are a professional!
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#2120027 - 07/19/13 06:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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For the last 2-3 weeks I have been practising 1 to 1.5 hours every evening after work and several hours over the weekends! I struggled, was patient, and enjoyed every second of it! This has been the most discipline me ever! Let's keep it up!

Watch out teacher, here I come with my Chopin and Rachmaninov!


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#2120039 - 07/19/13 07:14 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Carlos, that is fantastic that you made the finals. The pictures make me feel like we can watch you as you record.

Tubbie0075, you are really working on some challenging music. So glad that you're enjoying the process.

Tallguy, the saga of Mabel just shows how personally we see our pianos. So the tech guy says refurbish her?

rmaple, the "little" things is what I'm working on now with my teacher and what I worked on at Summerkeys. Some of them are so difficult but make such a difference in the sound. When we start with Alfred, we learn it but don't always appreciate the elegance of what we're learning. Now years after Alfred, I'm discovering the magic and hope I can cement it to my playing technique.

And thanks to all of you who believed in me when I studied for the exam and your applause for passing it. Sometimes this whole process makes me feel like a young kid again...wanting the gold star. We must laugh at ourselves for that.
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#2120041 - 07/19/13 07:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Tubbie0075]
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Piano playing is one of the few things in everyday life that requires sustained, organized effort leading to a tangible, verifiable result. With other forms of art you can hide behind "Well, it wasn't MEANT to be figurative!". But a recording of your piano playing doesn't lie.

That's one reason why playing can be so satisfing.

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#2120190 - 07/19/13 02:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm reading on my phone all your amazing achivements. Congratulations to everybody, but especially to Saranoya who hosted a fantastic EPP, Wisebuff for passing so well her exam and Carlos for entering the finals in the contest and facing cameras and videomakers like a real pro!
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#2120660 - 07/20/13 06:54 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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cas, I read about the problems you had when performing live at the EPP. I have no good advice, but do understand. In a self-defense class I took, they talked about the effects of adrenaline on the body. These include loss of peripheral and near vision, reduced fine motor skills, time distortion, and changes in hearing. No wonder we have a hard time playing piano when that hormone kicks in!

Originally Posted By: Exalted Wombat
If you guys put all the energy you expend on self-analysis into something useful like piano-playing...:-)
But we do need to spend some time on self-analysis and reflection. Understanding yourself and how you work and learn can ultimately help us make better progress and become better players. (I wouldn't have said this five years ago, but my view has been expanding lately.)

Originally Posted By: keystring
I listened to three performers: Richter, Andsnes, Gilels. All of them did this bit of stretching of some notes, things that seemed so natural that you say "but of course". I even figured out how they were stretching - play the note just a titch after count 2, kind of thing. Feedback: it sounded rather nice at that spot, but the wholeness of the piece didn't "hang together". It was more like a patchwork of pretty selections that had nothing to do with each other. So I went back to listening to R,A&G - yup, there was an underlying pulse in what they did. Back to pulse and strict counting. Now it was correct, but back to boring. Cautiously adding in stretches here and there and trying to hear the pulse. New recording. Rinse, lather repeat.
What an interesting analysis, keystring. I too have been working on learning how to add expression through rubato. I think it's so difficult because it's not formulaic or prescribed. And it takes a lot of careful listening, experimentation, and in the end, trusting yourself.

Carlos -- wow, what an awesome experience that must have been. Looks like it was all very professional. It will be so fun to see the end result.

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
Finally, my favorite feature... an integrated note letter reference system
LOL! When we were little, we used to do this to our piano. We used pencil, so it erased very nicely.

rnaple -- I think that's one of the qualities of a good teacher. They can take something that seems so difficult to you and make it simple and easy to understand. You must have found a great teacher.

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I had mentioned back in December that I had won a set of three voice lessons at a silent auction benefit. Since I have had very few piano lessons this summer, I decided it would be a good time to "cash in" my certificate. What a fun and interesting experience it was.

Singing is so different from playing the piano. With piano, if you press the right key, you get the right note, and you don't really have to think about that part of it too much. But with the voice, you have to really be focused on what note you want to produce. Also because your voice is so individual, it seems more revealing, and therefore it's easy to feel self-conscious. There is also just so much to think about: the breathing, where the voice is placed, forming the vowel sounds, hitting the right note. I am now doubly impressed with those people who sing and play piano at the same time!

But I did learn a little over the past month, and even sang "Happy Birthday" quite boldly at my sister's party. I also learned that singing will never take priority over piano for me. Singing isn't something that just naturally springs forth from me, and practicing for my voice lessons was something that I had to remind myself to do. On the other hand, playing the piano is something I feel almost compelled to do; it's something that cannot be held back.
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#2120857 - 07/21/13 04:36 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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AOTW - nothing. The more I play the more things I notice. Mozart pieces seem to expose my weakness. I'm still struggling with Mozart 2 piano piece. Have to admit that it was not a great idea. This is the piece for SummerKeys because I signed up for 2 piano.

Not piano related. I managed to get a gig for my piano teacher. I recently joined a cultural organization that holds "salon" events, like home concerts (in a gigantic homes), visiting artists homes, listening to scientists and other interesting things. We invite local talent and ask them to play something interesting. She and I discussed the pieces today. It was very exciting. Since these folks are dilettantes, we decided to pick the pieces not played very much and interesting pieces. All totally difficult pieces for me. It must be nice to be able to put together an hour concert !
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#2120970 - 07/21/13 11:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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MaryBee, thanks for sharing the insights from your self-defence course - that was very interesting. And congrats on the singing. I'd love to do some voice lessons - I think that learning more about breathing techniques would be helpful on the piano too.

FarmGirl - ok, your Mozart is bringing out your weak areas but don't lose sight of where you HAVE made progress. Also work at being aware that you wouldn't even be working on these Mozart pieces with out that progress. And then think of how much progress you're going to make as you work through this AND you have the bonus of SummerKeys to get you over some rough spots.
It is normal to be frustrated, but if I'm not mistaken you haven't played a lot of Mozart in the last year or so, and so this is something new and you have to be a little more patient!
You'll get it. Maybe not as quickly as you'd like -but that's true for all of us, isn't it?

My AOTW is not piano related. We just got home from this year's longest bike ride - 35km. That may not be a lot for some, but it is a lot for me. Woohoo! It was so much fun.
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#2120998 - 07/21/13 01:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I think that learning more about breathing techniques would be helpful on the piano too.
I think that the biggest benefit is going to be helping with my ear training. You can't fake it when you're singing -- you either know what the interval sounds like, or you don't.

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My AOTW is not piano related. We just got home from this year's longest bike ride - 35km. That may not be a lot for some, but it is a lot for me. Woohoo! It was so much fun.
That's not an easy distance, so go ahead and woohoo. smile Years ago, I used to bike-commute to work often, but stopped when family circumstances changed. Just this summer, I've started it up again a few days a week. It's an exhilarating way to start the working day, and a nice wind-down at the end. It's only 6.5 miles away, though, so that doesn't compare to your distance.

FarmGirl, think how lucky you are, though, to have to opportunity to play Mozart with someone else! That's not something that's available to everyone. Enjoy your struggles and what you learn through them.
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#2121173 - 07/21/13 05:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl and Marybee
Thanks for your kind words. I will continue to work at it.
I hope I can play it half way decent by the time I go to SummerKey.
Anyway this piece made me realize that I better spend more time for classical repartor. I did not know I had this many technical issues
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#2121196 - 07/21/13 06:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well, I guess my AOTW is that I haven't been charged with treason for the way the Star Spangled Banner is sounding. Perhaps no one can take offense because it isn't even recognizable as such yet. I proudly butchered the tremolos as badly in my lesson as I do at home and came away with some specific and concrete instruction for a practice sequence.

35km is a respectable bike ride cas!
It is too hot here for me to ride, except indoors on the trainer.
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#2121230 - 07/21/13 07:40 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AotW of the week is sort of backwards, but I think it represents forward progress for me. After spends lots of time on my Grieg piece for the recital, I've begun to feel really bogged down by the whole thing. I realized it's because while I have the middle section going at a pretty good clip, it isn't as fast as the professional recordings of it. After driving myself crazy about this for a few weeks, I've decided to live with my speed and spend the next week putting some finishing touches on it and then record it. I'm not sure that mentally holding myself to the professional recording standards is helping!
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#2121425 - 07/22/13 09:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Anne H]
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Casinitaly - 35 kilometers is quite a long bike ride in my book! That is a great AOTW.

Allard - It is great to get feedback from someone who has heard you play over time. It sounds like your sister heard the progress!

ATallGuyNH - I love the picture of your daughter at the piano. She looks like she is concentrating on her work!

MaryBee - I hadn't thought about how singing could improve breathing while playing piano. It would be a good way to recognize how and when to breathe with music. My teacher in constantly trying to teach me how to plan breaths, and unfortunately to stop holding my breath when the going gets tough.

I am without a teacher until August 20, and I am going into withdrawal. It is amazing how dependent upon her guidance I have become. So, I am trying to be my own teacher and structure my practices with specific goals. I am trying to apply the Bernhard approach described in another thread.

I have two AOTW to report. First, I achieved a recording of the Arabesque for the AFB recital that I am satisfied with. Secondly, my Grieg pieces are both at the preliminary recording stage. They are memorized, and near my final tempo. Surprisingly the "easier" one, Melody 38 3, turned out to be harder one. The arpeggio runs jump all over the keyboard with 3 over 4 rhythm. It will be the harder to get up to my desired tempo. The Waltz, 47 1, is fast but less challenging. Just goes to show I still cannot gage difficulty level. I didn't think Bach Invention 6 would be a challenge for me. Hah!
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#2121536 - 07/22/13 02:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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MaryBee, I get to ride to work too, but it is generally not more than 3 km smile That's one of the things I love about work the past few years.

FarmGirl- we all learn from every piece - we even learn things we didn't expect to be learning - you're lucky that this piece coincides with Summer Keys!

Malkin- I think you are exaggerating a tad! It will be fun to hear your anthem when you've got it under control!

AnneH - that's giving yourself some good advice- we can only do the best we can do at this time. Don't make yourself crazy about it!

SwissMS- teacherless! You have my sympathy and empathy. Me too. Nice that your Griegs are coming along so well! And you recital piece done! wow.

I am just about ready to try to record for the recital and I had a bit of a breakthrough on the Grieg today - thank goodness. I was starting to think I would never be able to do it.
(well, no, I wasn't thinking "never"...I was thinking, "not in time for September!"

smile
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#2121564 - 07/22/13 03:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 09/20/11
Posts: 20
Loc: Leuven, Belgium
My AOTW...

I finally started playing !

About a year and a half ago, I was hanging around in the forums, hoping to get a piano one day. Instead, I got a mental breakdown that resulted in my quitting my job and going independent. It's been quite a ride. Somewhere along the way, I happened upon a great deal for a piano with memories attached. Another short trip down memory lane: here in Leuven (Belgium), there used to be a bar where the grumpy and beardy owner only played classical music. It had been running since 1983 and when the owner died in 2009, me and a couple of friends took over the bar and kept the classical music idea intact. We also installed an upright for live music. Recently, we had to close down the place because the owner of the building doubled the rent. So, I acquired the piano a few months ago.

Today, I sat down and said to myself: wasn't this what I wanted to do some time back ?

So I opened up YouTube, saw the PianoWorld videos and then loads of others. Finally, I really got going with Für Elise, the video by Furmanczyk. Well, one has to start somewhere. I have a bit of musical feeling, know about chords but not how to play each one. So I'll have plenty of practicing to do, and very little time.

But so far, it's great fun. Für Elise is actually quite rewarding: the simple tonality is quite beautiful. That's another part I'm looking forward to: understanding music in a much more direct way. I like modern music, too, but I don't feel I can understand what's so revolutionary about it without having had the experience of playing a few pieces myself.

If anybody has suggestions of where to go after Für Elise, bring it on smile

Peter.

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#2121585 - 07/22/13 04:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 12/09/11
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First off congrats to everyone on their accomplishments!

Peter, welcome aboard! Welcome to the wonderful world of piano! Have you checked into the methods (Alfreds and Faber to name a few?) There are many threads on them. (I believe they are stickied in the important topics.)

Also what about teachers? Live or skype ones?

Do we get a picture of your first love?
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#2121788 - 07/23/13 04:04 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1968
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Peter
Welcome to the forum.

Well I'm still working with Mozart's piece. Mozart and I don't have a great relationship. It doesn't matter now. I need to change my attitude.
I received the letter from SummerKey that there is no other student who signed up for 2 pianos. I guess everyone else was smarter than me. The letter said that I would be doing duet with Bruce Potterton. Aaaaahhhhh! I screamed. I thought I was gonna do it with one of the students. Nothing against him. It's actually quite an honor but I wasn't prepared for this. I immediately IM'd my teacher and wined. She IM'd me back "Practice, meditate and conquer". I guess it's gonna be my motto for a while.

I then checked Craiglist and found a free eclectic organ with full (32) pedal board. It says everything works. Someone donated it to a shelter and the people there want to move the damn thing out. So it's free as long as I take care of the move. I will go check it out tomorrow. I hope it's in a playable condition. It will help me tremendously since the church is extremely hot now (in Az it's tough to be in non AC'd room - takes a long time to cool the sanctuary).
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#2121818 - 07/23/13 08:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 805
Loc: Brighton Colorado
Farm Girl, you will love Bruce. He is so kind and so non-threatening with a wealth of experience as a teacher. Enjoy that opportunity.

Welcome Peter to the world of piano...some may say piano addiction but it's a pretty healthy one.

Just read a book titled "The secret piano" about a pianist (true story) who grew up in revolutionary China and her saga through cooperating with the revolution, being in work camp prison, and finding her way out of the repression back to classical music. Engaging story of the saving grace of music.

Since Summerkey and passing level 5 I'm on a new intensity to improve my technique. I work at least 30 minutes to master scales smoothly and evening...some progress but FAR from where I need to be. Greig is coming along and I've pulled out the Carreno I played for one recital (it seems to have escaped my memory) and relearning it. It's a joy to be at the piano.
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#2121838 - 07/23/13 09:04 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
sinophilia Offline

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Registered: 06/26/12
Posts: 977
Loc: Italy
Wisebuff, I read that book a few months ago, such a great combination of piano and Chinese history!
I just finished Play it Again and will move on to Grand Obsession very soon. Can't get enough of piano books!

La-la-la I have an achievement... I managed to learn my very first Bach piece, after struggling with several among the very basic ones! It's a G minor minuet, not the most famous one, and IMO easier than that. It took me two weeks to bring it up to 2/3 of the tempo and I thought I couldn't do better than that, then I gave it a try and yay, it just clicked within a couple of days. Time to start struggling with something else...


Edited by sinophilia (07/23/13 09:06 AM)
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#2122021 - 07/23/13 05:59 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: sinophilia]
JimF Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
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Loc: south florida
sinophilia,

Hey, that's a good accomplishment...getting your first Bach piece down. The good news is that Bach gets easier and easier (relatively speaking) with the second, third and fourth pieces...unless you reach a bit too far in the difficulty range.

Good job thumb
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#2122126 - 07/24/13 01:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
sinophilia Offline

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Registered: 06/26/12
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Originally Posted By: JimF
The good news is that Bach gets easier and easier (relatively speaking) with the second, third and fourth pieces...unless you reach a bit too far in the difficulty range.
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Oh I do hope so! We haven't had a good relationship until now...
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