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#2200641 - 12/20/13 12:02 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: TrapperJohn]
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Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: casinitaly

Started ball-room dance lessons with my sweetie.




Hope your husband doesn't find out! laugh

What - no new succulent Italian dishes concocted or delectable wine tasted?


28 years married and a few before that....my hubby is still my sweeetie smile

LOTS of recipes and wines....probably too many to list.
Tonight will be salmon and rucola risotto with a nice crisp White from Sicily smile
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#2201056 - 12/21/13 04:49 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Registered: 06/27/11
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Loc: Middle Georgia, USA
Unanticipated year here. End support on an ancient piece of software caused my most stressful work year of the last 11. I survive 70 hour weeks, but the resulting hit on piano studies has been most annoying.

At home front we're ending major renovations on our five-year project list and now get to clean out a metric cr@p-ton of accumulated saw/grinder/sander dust from every nook and cranny instead of "just wipe what guests can see". cry

Finally this week I was able to set a retirement date. Can't wait! Will be able study piano "for reals" starting next May instead of 15 minutes "whenever" grabbed from diurnal 2013 random space-time.

My best wishes for a bright 2014 to all.


Happy New Year!
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#2201062 - 12/21/13 04:55 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Great - I finally broke 80 by shooting a 77 and then later a 79...

You say in your signature that you have a very high handicap. So which is it? grin


Is there an equivalent term for "sandbagger" in piano? wink
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#2201070 - 12/21/13 05:24 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Wow, how interesting; lots of stories. And lots of achievements, too!
I really enjoyed! thumb
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#2201074 - 12/21/13 05:34 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: earlofmar]
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Originally Posted By: earlofmar
In 2013 I learned piano. Haven't decided what to do in 2014 yet!


Before I decided on piano last year, I was also thinking if taking guitar lessons but I didn't think I could manage both. So for 2014, I'm going to learn how to the play the guitar. A friend of mine is giving me his old guitar and since my teacher is officially on maternity leave, I asked if her husband can teach me guitar on the interim (her husband is a jazz guitarist and also gives lessons). I might be biting too much here but at least the guitar is free thumb
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#2201079 - 12/21/13 05:39 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: ElleC]
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Originally Posted By: ElleC
Before I decided on piano last year, I was also thinking if taking guitar lessons but I didn't think I could manage both. So for 2014, I'm going to learn how to the play the guitar. A friend of mine is giving me his old guitar and since my teacher is officially on maternity leave, I asked if her husband can teach me guitar on the interim (her husband is a jazz guitarist and also gives lessons). I might be biting too much here but at least the guitar is free thumb


ElleC, if your accomplishments on the piano so far are any indication, I'm sure you could learn to play an entire Jazz combo's worth of instruments all at once, and not even really break a sweat wink.

Just kidding, of course, but I'm sure you'll do great. Do not hesitate to post on SoundCloud when you manage to play something worth hearing on the guitar (which I'm sure will be soon)!
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#2201081 - 12/21/13 05:42 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: ElleC]
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Originally Posted By: ElleC
Originally Posted By: earlofmar
In 2013 I learned piano. Haven't decided what to do in 2014 yet!


Before I decided on piano last year, I was also thinking if taking guitar lessons but I didn't think I could manage both. So for 2014, I'm going to learn how to the play the guitar. A friend of mine is giving me his old guitar and since my teacher is officially on maternity leave, I asked if her husband can teach me guitar on the interim (her husband is a jazz guitarist and also gives lessons). I might be biting too much here but at least the guitar is free thumb


Do you believe I'm learning guitar? Yes, it's true. My kids are having guitar lessons, and they are teaching me... at home - which is always weird, but fun!-. With just 2 "lessons" I'm able to do the C, the E, and F. thumb
ElleC, try it!
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#2201085 - 12/21/13 05:47 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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2013 was my first full year back at taking lessons. I've really enjoyed lessons with this new teacher. Lessons are actually fun. I think she enjoys teaching me.

2013 was also the year I joined Piano World. Needless to say this has was a good decision. I've enjoyed the online recitals. I'm recording myself because I wanted to participate. And I know I wouldn't be otherwise.

All in all a good year.
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#2201093 - 12/21/13 06:14 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: casinitaly

Started ball-room dance lessons with my sweetie.




Hope your husband doesn't find out! laugh

What - no new succulent Italian dishes concocted or delectable wine tasted?


28 years married and a few before that....my hubby is still my sweeetie smile

LOTS of recipes and wines....probably too many to list.
Tonight will be salmon and rucola risotto with a nice crisp White from Sicily smile


Rucola? This time of year we have Lactuca virosa or wild lettuce in the yard. Saute it and relax without the wine.
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#2201095 - 12/21/13 06:15 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Loc: Georgia, USA
I had a busy year. I "retired" - actually went from full-time to half-time at work. But I don't seem to have more time for piano!

Four ABF quarterly Recitals:
1- Schumann Arabeske
2- Norton - PS, I Made This
3- Chopin Nocturne 37/1
4- Debussy Sunken Cathedral

Two pieces in the Mendelssohn Recital:
1- 38/6
2- 53/5

Three pieces in the Grieg Recital:
1- 57/2
2- 57/6
3- 62/2

One piece in the Chopin Mazurka Recital:
1- 6/1

Live recitals - I played the Arabeske twice:
1- teacher's recital in the Spring
2- Summerkeys in June

At our piano/Xmas party I played the Debussy Cathedral and the Chopin Mazurka. I also accompanied Laurie in two clarinet pieces - a Baermann piece and Elgar's Salut d'Amour.

So when I write it all down it does seem like a lot more than I remembered.

Next year? There's Joplin and Tchaikovsky that I already signed up for. Another Debussy prelude is in the works, and also another Schubert impromptu. And I'm going back to Summerkeys again!

Sam
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#2201119 - 12/21/13 07:15 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Wow Sam
I would be happy to complete so many wonderful pieces you did in 2014.
I would love to do an impromptu in g flat by Schubert as well. My teacher says I have to complete 2nd mvmnt of D 960 before I can move on to impromptu. Likewise I have to do Chopin op 25 no 1 before I can move on to op 10 no 3. So I donno when
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#2201134 - 12/21/13 08:10 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Saranoya you're too kind! Thank you and I shall dedicate my first guitar song to you smile

CarlosCC do you feel it's distracting to piano or just adds to your musicality? I mean, I'm still a beginner at piano so I am a bit cautious.
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#2201311 - 12/22/13 07:50 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Registered: 01/29/13
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Loc: Warsaw, Poland
Three major things in 2013:
1. My older daughter started her first year in Primary School,
2. I bought my first acoustic piano,
3. Started preparation for ABRSM Jazz Piano grade 1, after one year not really knowing which way I should develop my piano passion.

I hope 2014 will be as generous as 2013.

All the best!
Romek
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#2201346 - 12/22/13 10:37 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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2013 was a real mixed bag. Best thing of all was finding Piano World, well second best - I had just returned to piano at the end of 2012 so it only almost counts for this year! I signed up for the MOYD, third best thing. It meant I kept track of what was going on in my life. Lots of travel and time away from the keys , but without the vow I would have just 'let go' and not returned each time.
So I am no longer afraid of touching those black and white things under the lid, in fact I rarely close the lid anymore. I play nearly every time I go past the piano, even just a study.
I've regained confidence about playing. I know I've forgotten lots but strangely its slowly coming back. I did one of the Bach's very easy inventions to start, and looking through my old music, found it again - I'd learned it as a kid but only when I saw the old book did I remember it at all! Scarey!
Now I'm remembering theory lessons and chord sequences aren't so bad!
Sounds like I know a lot but not, 1, !V, V, is about it!
Then another magical thing was not stumbling around finding the keys anymore. They really are in the same place every time, its just my fingers that move around - fancy that! But lately they hit the right note when there's a big leap more often than they used to. So much less frustrating! I throw the books aside less and less frequently - do you ever fell like doing that!
I've found some great apps on the iPad which means I can take my music scores with me ' in case' I find a piano and can sneak in a play. I did photocopy stuff and brought it with me a few times , but that's too impossible to keep up carrying around on the 'off chance'!
I love reading the Forums, it's my therapy time. I admire you all so much.
I don't know anyone else other than my teacher who plays so you are important virtual friends in my life. Who leas really know what it is to learn master and eventually really play a piece than someone who has also tried.
I have the greatest respect for creative artists of all genres.
I listened to one of the on-line recitals to discover what it was all about. The November one.
Now I understand what Piano World is all about!
So next year I shall actually record something,probably on my iPad! Ecco Fatto Cafe, is one of my goals.
Personally, the year has been the depths of despair and yet soaring with the eagles.
You wine-lovers - celebrate with me, we have just heard, in New Year we will be announced as receivers of the Platinum Best of Show award for our white wine - don't know which one yet(!) - at the World Beverage Show in Geneva, the biggest competition in the world... beat out France and Argentina.....little ol' us in Kelowna B.C. Our labels got bronze as well. They got silver last year. One son is the winemaker and one son is the artist. So we thought this competition was just about labels!
What a way to end the year - guess we won't be selling up after all - and I can play Claire de Lune again!
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#2201350 - 12/22/13 10:56 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: Palmpirate]
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This year I had a change in my career, which meant a pretty horrible schedule and too little rest, but thankfully I didn't give up practicing daily. I've had moments of despair, but last month or so has made me think that I might actually be able to play properly one day. I've made a huge leap forward in the physical side of my playing. Learning pieces has been very slow, but maybe a demanding work is a good excuse for having mushy brain... smile

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#2201364 - 12/22/13 11:44 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Congratulations on your wine, Palmpirate!

And to everyone on their piano years.

Cathy
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#2201441 - 12/22/13 03:08 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Palmpirate I love wines! Message me with the names of your award winning vinos, I would love to try them out.

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#2201834 - 12/23/13 11:16 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: -Frycek
My Dad died. My parrot died. Our entire air conditioning system had to be replaced. The clutch went out on my truck and my computer caught fire.

Haven't had a very good year, have you? wink


I forgot to mention the ROOF ---- wink
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#2201895 - 12/23/13 01:32 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: ElleC]
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Originally Posted By: ElleC
CarlosCC do you feel it's distracting to piano or just adds to your musicality? I mean, I'm still a beginner at piano so I am a bit cautious.

No, no distracting at all. It's just another instrument with a different approach. I'm learning it just for fun smile
It's a good way to be a couple of hours with my kids talking about music thumb

Edit: Btw, I'm still a beginner, too!


Edited by CarlosCC (12/23/13 01:33 PM)
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#2201964 - 12/23/13 04:26 PM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: Saranoya]
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Originally Posted By: Saranoya

October: injured my back during a seizure; had to severely reduce my piano practice schedule for three weeks.

November: broke my collar bone during a seizure; had my medication changed; experienced some serious side effects; was in the hospital for three weeks, and had to stop playing the piano for four; almost died, but didn't.

December: third and final live recital of the year; did well; fought the principal of my music school for the right to sing with my fellow students in an on-stage concert, despite the wheelchair and the seizures; won the argument.

2013, in a word: victory! (or in my darker moments: f*ck you, universe).


Wow congratulations, but I don't envy you
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#2202100 - 12/24/13 12:41 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Kind of shitty--except for the piano part.

In February, my wife tells me she wants a divorce and we only just recently agreed on a settlement. Things were getting pretty ugly for a while there... What kept my sanity was piano! I started lessons for the first time in April. Piano was something I had always wanted to do, but I feared that I would have no musical talent and would just get frustrated. My experience has been quite the opposite! Piano is an absolute joy! I sat down the other day to noodle on some chord progressions "for a few minutes" and and hour vanished!

2014 is going to be my year. I'm already shopping for a grand piano...and a girlfriend!

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#2202122 - 12/24/13 01:41 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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You all learn music piece much faster than I do thats for sure. It takes me a lot of time to really learn one piece. Everyone has some really impressive material.


I have to say. I'm very thrilled with how this year went. I started off this year not knowing where middle C was. The yamaha p-155 my dad gifted me (after telling him i always wanted to learn, he was upgrading) had been sitting in the corner of my room for over a year.
March this year, I say [censored] looking at this thing. I emailed a teacher I found online met with him, did a first "free" lesson and have been going ever since, 1 hour weekly, haven't missed one. Probably the best decision I have made with my entire adult life (25). That kind of sounds sad, but I think its totally true. It has taught me discipline, it has taught me soooo much about myself and how I work. Really worth more than anything you could put a dollar sign to. Best of all I can look back at this year and say holy crap! I can kind of plunk away at the piano now! I can really say I did something constructive this year and something tangible even after this year.

I have learned video game songs that bring back incredible nostalgia and feels great to play. I have learned more about music this year alone than my entire life put together. I even used to play violin for almost TEN YEARS!!! I have learned two beatles songs, a pop song, an entire method book worth of material, how to improv (albeit not well), all my major, minor chords with all inversions, my maj7 chords (few inversions due to learning them on the fly via lead sheets), learned how to read lead sheets, can play an easy version of requiem for a dream, star wars. I learned how to read music really, it had ALSO been ten years since I played violin, and i wasn't very good @ violin, think small kid is big orchestra with not 1 hour of 1on1 teaching in my entire life. I can put some decent dynamics into my music, nothing impressive, but decent non the less. I'm really understanding what another member posted about sight reading: "I see the notes, not as notes but as words and my hands respond appropriately.". I'm starting to get that and I'm noticing im letting myself not think about things that don't matter, IE "that octave i just played is a G". Nope, I don't care, I see the octave, then my hand makes the octave "position" and I hit the note, who cares what the letter is while sight-reading.

Importants I've learned. The value of learning something and to always be learning something in my life. The value of getting real life reward for time put in. What it is to be dedicated to something and maintain consistency. Understanding this is a lifetime "hobby" with no REAL end goal.

Big revelations: keys are more than just a signature on the staff to make reading easier. they are tonal centers of a piece. Thats the big piece of knowledge I was missing in violin, I'd always get so annoyed, now I get it.


Ultimately, I'm just proud to say, this year I accomplished something very near and dear to me smile
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#2202201 - 12/24/13 06:14 AM Re: 2013 in review: how was yours? [Re: CarlosCC]
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A mixed bag, for me.

Family: this year we started again traveling all together, after several years. We had great fun.
The children are growing fast, they are nice little boys.
My husband is still working abroad and commuting on weekends, but since the kids are older it is easier for me to manage everything during the week like a single mother!

At work, not a very positive year (not so bad either, it could be much worse).

Piano: ups and downs and plateaus in my second year of my second piano life. Played in a children and teens recital, submitted in Ecco Fatto Cafè.
Learnt nice pieces, even if I'm still a slow learner.
MOYD gave me motivation for practicing more (thanks, Cheryl!), even when time is scarce and I'm really tired.
This year my piano passion is really grown, now I think it will be a lifelong affair.
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