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#2234672 - 02/20/14 04:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Tubbie0075]
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Hey, does persuading your siblings to consider staying at a friends place during half-term, as opposed to having them staying at home all the time classed as an achievement? rather difficult to practice with so many in the house at once, especially when the bed has to come out in the room with my synth frown

I don't really have an A.O.T.W right now, but given that I now have a rather peaceful timeslot, I plan to sort out my practice schedule and get things running smoother. if all goes well I should have something to post about laugh (that is if they don't come back in the next couple of days).


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#2234674 - 02/20/14 04:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I've a few achievements to report this week, which feels great!
Firstly, I managed to record a piece and submit it to the quarterly ABF recital. I wasn't entirely happy with my performance, a few flubs and a couple of unscripted hesitations, but overall it was great to do it.
Secondly, I had the sense/discipline to properly structure my practice on the Bach Invention #8 - all the obvious things: lots of HS practice, work small sections then connect them, slow HT practice. Still a way to go on this, I'm finding it harder to bring together than I had anticipated, but the structured approach is delivering very tangible results.
Thirdly, I dusted off Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca which I was working on before Christmas and it's coming back pretty quickly. I'm not back to the level I was when I parked it but progress is good and I'm feeling enthusiastic about it again.

Cas, so nice to read that you had a lovely, anxiety free session!
Great reading everyone's achievements, but time to go and do some real work here!

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#2234928 - 02/20/14 02:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Excited Im working on new material , including a couple of Bach inventions (first time to touch Bach thought it should be good for me although somewhat boring) but my concern is other pieces I thought I have sort of polished up are now back to fat-fingered and loss of technique play, since I have been concentrating on new material. Feels horrible.

How do you performers out there keep your whole repertoire polished and at your fingertips to play? Just trying to juggle 5 or six 'polished' pieces is like spinning plates to me.

Is it just continual practice and years of dedication and experience which allows one to keep a whole 30 or more pieces in repertoire at all times?
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#2234938 - 02/20/14 02:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: briansaddleback]
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Originally Posted By: briansaddleback
How do you performers out there keep your whole repertoire polished and at your fingertips to play? ...
Is it just continual practice and years of dedication and experience which allows one to keep a whole 30 or more pieces in repertoire at all times?


I do refresh them before a gig.

But the real trick, for me, is understanding them, and hearing them in my head. If I know the chord progressions and understand what they're doing then the piece "makes sense" and isn't just in memory. If I can hear it when I'm not playing, then when I'm at a gig I can just play along laugh

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#2235311 - 02/21/14 06:08 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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My achievement this week is getting a decent recording of Joplin's Chrsyanthemem. It has one major blooper, but at least no crash and burn. That puts me the the "now let's see what we can really do" mode, so I can relax and just try to play with feeling and record. It gives me hope I can get a good recording by the deadline! The section that has been giving fits flowed smoothly today for the first time. I guess I grew some new neurones overnight.
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#2235320 - 02/21/14 06:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi,

Not sure one can really call it an achievement.. But this week I was able to play a real Steinway grand at the music academy where I take my lessons. A very enjoyable instrument to play.

Wouter.

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#2235325 - 02/21/14 07:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry all...I'm still reading notes from early February.

Silverkeys: congratulations on your new MH...she will be a friend for life.

Casinitaly: so sorry that your musical mind is being stressed by a person not wanting to share the air space. Apt. living certainly must mean compromise for her as well as you. Best of luck...sound like your playing is advancing admirably

SwissMS Happy Birthday (late). Mine was Feb 11. Such fun to celebrate.

Jotur: I can't imagine you playing slow...you just think with a lively beat

Farmgirl: I'm so impressed that you and your husband and playing instruments together. how fun.

I've been working hard on a Beethoven sonata movement (14/1) and of course it has consumed a lot of energy. We had our piano party Monday night and all of us played a Beethoven. Mine went pretty well...never perfect but I'm proud of my music. It is a great group and we cheer each other on.
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#2235326 - 02/21/14 07:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Swiss MS. Sending you good energy for your Level 4 exam. I jumped in at Level 5 last year and found the exam more intimidating than I imagined ...after all I'm a big girl and have passed many life challenges. BUT my hands got shaky and I flubbed some scales and moments in my music. Still...I passed although I'd have loved a higher score. I don't NEED exams but wanted to do it as a milestone of some kind. I know you'll do great. I think if I'd do another one, I'd play the pieces and scales in front of as many groups as possible.
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#2235414 - 02/21/14 11:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Swiss MS. Sending you good energy for your Level 4 exam. I jumped in at Level 5 last year and found the exam more intimidating than I imagined ...after all I'm a big girl and have passed many life challenges. BUT my hands got shaky and I flubbed some scales and moments in my music. Still...I passed although I'd have loved a higher score. I don't NEED exams but wanted to do it as a milestone of some kind. I know you'll do great. I think if I'd do another one, I'd play the pieces and scales in front of as many groups as possible.


Thanks WiseBuff! I think the grade 4 ABRSM is similar to the grade 5 RCM, since ABRSM only has 8 levels. I am also doing this as milestones, and to make sure that I do not have any holes in my foundation work. I am not to worried about the pieces (listed in my signature) but the sight reading is more challenging than I expected, and the aural will take a bit of work. They also added sight singing this year. I am less than thrilled about that! ABRSM does not give many choices on pieces, but fortunately I really like all three that I will be playing.
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#2236190 - 02/23/14 12:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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SwissMS grade 4? I would have guessed a higher exam level for you after listening to your recordings. Perhaps I am underestimating the difficulty of exams, and you did mention the two different exam systems (one tops at 8, the other at 10). I'm sure you will prepare well and do fine on the exam.

Week 102: a quiet week. I continue to work on my Pancake song for the Berklee Coursera. The assignments are more derivative in nature and take less time (counting beats, highlighting stressed syllables). I am not sure how the song will come together. I am not looking forward to the weeks when voice recordings are mandatory.

I have music. I have lyrics. Both are in the sort of category, perhaps hoping for a genie (aka producer, if this were a commercial project) to bring it together in a good way. I am not much of a singer, and cobbling together a recording with voice can be a time intensive project. I can reassure myself that half of those taking the course have never written a song before. Many have never recorded their singing. Many don't have even basic equipment. For most, it will be a stretch of the comfort zone.

I talked to someone that I haven't seen in a while. I mentioned my adventures on piano. He said "I always wanted to learn to play piano." I told him about this forum, and that it is never too late even though he is well into his 80s. He used to ride bicycle quite a lot, but can no longer do that because of balance issues.

I encouraged him to try piano. I sent him an email detailing the two units I started with (Yamaha NP11 and Casio PX150), the likely cost of private lessons in his area, other possibilities for group lessons or self-teaching if the cost is prohibitive. We'll see.

In the other column, a neighbor recently gave away her digital piano. She didn't want to do Craigslist to sell it, and eventually decided just to donate it to a local church. Piano was much more difficult than she imagined. Again, giving up after a year or two years is average. So congrats to all that continue on their journey.

I often get discouraged by my limitations, my slow pace of learning, my difficulties with skills that many others learn in 1/4 the time or even quicker. And then there are times when I play and I get lost in the music.

It may be a small thing to some, but to write original music, to create, to perform live, these are magical things. Yes, for me progress feels inch worm in nature. However, many have never done, never will do, never believe they can do. So I can look at what talents and blessings I have, instead of the many limitations and difficulties.
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#2236233 - 02/23/14 05:04 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sand Tiger]
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Originally Posted By: Sand Tiger
SwissMS grade 4? I would have guessed a higher exam level for you after listening to your recordings.


Thanks Sand Tiger. Grade 4 is probably conservative, but I wanted to start at a level that I could be very confident about doing well. The pieces and technical exercises are easy enough, but the sight reading and aural testing are more challenging than I had expected. One of the reasons I want to do exams was to be a well rounded musician. In December I will take grade 5, and then 6 next year. Grade 6 is probably where I play now, but I do not have the technical capability (scales in thirds??) to try that level yet. So this exam is to get my feet wet, so to speak.
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#2236255 - 02/23/14 08:03 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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UKIkarus - hope your siblings leave you in peace! smile

Barbaram, getting your piece into the recital is an accomplishment! That red-dot syndrome can really do a number on our heads. Sounds like you're making great progress with your other pieces too!

Briansaddleback - Bach Inventions! wow.....Those are on my "yes, someday" list smile. I know what you mean about older pieces sounding awful now that you're not focusing on them. Be patient - stay with the new stuff and then be selective about which of the old stuff you want to keep. As you improve you'll be really (pleasantly) surprised at how quickly you can get them back under control.

Jotur/Cathy - I understand what you are talking about , and I've seen it in action with friends improvising (I even managed to take part a little...once...in the key of C smile ) But I find it hard to do. I think that being able to do it as well as you are doing really demonstrates the years of work you've put into your music and is an inspiration to those of us not as far along on the musical journey!

SwissMs - Glad you got a recording of Joplin's Chrysanthemum that you feel is decent - The themed recital is launching next month, right? That is going to be so much fun to listen to!

Wouter- playing a Steinway.... well, that must have been a joy! woohoo!

Wisebuff and SwissMS- I applaud you for your determination on the exams. That's something that I really wouldn't want to do for myself, though I do understand the motivation and appeal it holds for others. I feel it would just be an element of stress that would take away from the pleasure of playing - - to each her own! smile

SandTiger: If I may be permitted to cut and paste some quotes from your post..?

Originally Posted By: Sandtiger
.....giving up after a year or two years is average. So congrats to all that continue on their journey.

I often get discouraged by my limitations, my slow pace of learning, my difficulties with skills that many others learn in 1/4 the time or even quicker. And then there are times when I play and I get lost in the music.

It may be a small thing to some, but to write original music, to create, to perform live, these are magical things. Yes, for me progress feels inch worm in nature. However, many have never done, never will do, never believe they can do. So I can look at what talents and blessings I have, instead of the many limitations and difficulties.


A wonderful perspective - and something we really need to keep in mind on those days when we're feeling frustrated.


My ATOW ..well, having talked to my teacher I feel refreshed in spirit and things have gone really well this week. I made progress on 2 little Gurlitt compositions, a Handel Gavotte and Variations, refreshing a few older pieces, and ......working on the primo part of a Diabelli duet I'm going to play with a very special friend smile
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#2236766 - 02/24/14 12:04 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Not really an achievement but I've been looking for a used secondary piano for silent practice for a few days now. Specifically a Yamaha P85 since I did not want to spend more than 350 Euros on it but still have a decent key action. Just for fun I included the much pricier P155 and Roland FP-4 in my search.

To my astonishment, I found someone selling a P155 for 200 Euros (270 USD). I was skeptical of course but at that price I was ready to make the 3.5 hours trip. I asked the seller at least 3 times whether the price is correct. There must be a catch, right? Well, turns out that there wasn't and I'm now the proud owner of a Yamaha P155 in very good condition. The seller got it as a gift so maybe he simply didn't want to make money off it.

Since he lived near the coast of Normandy I stayed nearby for the weekend and visited the thermal baths with my girlfriend. A pianocentric, relaxing weekend was exactly what I needed, without knowing it. Now I'm ready to attack the Tchaikovsky themed recital...
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#2236837 - 02/24/14 03:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi,

Tomorrow will be my first recital or whtever one wants to call it when you have to play for an audience. I have to play the sixth piece from Béla bartňk's First term at the piano. Although it's asimple piece and takes less than a minute to play i'm still quite nervous about it. I know I can do it and I master it well enough. But still..

I hope I can really call it an achievement tomorrow.

Wish me luck!

Wouter.

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#2236842 - 02/24/14 03:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
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Originally Posted By: Wouter D'hoye

Wish me luck!


I wish you all the best for the recital. I cannot give any tips since I've rarely played in front of an audience. The only thing I know is that you should not forget to breathe during the performance.
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#2237248 - 02/25/14 07:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wouter...I'm wishing you just the perfect amount of anxiety to perform beautifully. Your audience will love it.
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#2237265 - 02/25/14 08:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Good luck on your first recital Wouter. It IS an achievement, no matter how well you actually perform. Well done thumb
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#2237277 - 02/25/14 09:10 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Mr. Pozor -congrats on your great find! Have lots of fun with it.

Wouter--- best wishes for your recital !
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#2237285 - 02/25/14 09:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry... Long time since I've been here...
Lots of achievements... I love to read all the news and stories.

Wouter - Can I give you an advice? The most important thing is: "HAVE FUN and ENJOY your playing". Do not get stressed with the audience; focus on you, and try to take out the best sound of the piano; listen each note as if you were playing for your own enjoyment; let the sound flow inside your head; feel the vibration of the chords. In fewer words: play FOR YOU. At least, this work for me smile

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#2237354 - 02/25/14 11:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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A little bit of shakey fingers are good thing for performance. Also many people get shakey fingers and play through it.

Ask three questions to yourself
"Do I know those people?"
"Do they care if you do well or not?"
"Do you really care about them (your audience) after the recital?"
Answers to the above usually no.
Just enjoy playing for your captive audience.
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#2237355 - 02/25/14 11:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Good luck, wouter! and make beautiful music!

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#2237506 - 02/25/14 03:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks for the support people! I believe it helped.

Had a flawless performance and my teacher was very happy. Said I played very clean and well controlled. I'm very happy that my first performance was a good one. The applause by the audience is certainly something I could get used to :-D

Wouter.

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#2237508 - 02/25/14 03:48 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
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Originally Posted By: Wouter D'hoye
Thanks for the support people! I believe it helped.

Had a flawless performance and my teacher was very happy. Said I played very clean and well controlled. I'm very happy that my first performance was a good one. The applause by the audience is certainly something I could get used to :-D

Wouter.


Well done.

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#2237565 - 02/25/14 05:50 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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my teacher is suggesting I start preparing for the next Cliburn for amateurs... he thinks is a good way to raise the bar of training. O_O;
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#2237858 - 02/26/14 09:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
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Originally Posted By: Wouter D'hoye
Thanks for the support people! I believe it helped.

Had a flawless performance and my teacher was very happy. Said I played very clean and well controlled. I'm very happy that my first performance was a good one. The applause by the audience is certainly something I could get used to :-D

Wouter.

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#2237867 - 02/26/14 09:46 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ataru074]
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my teacher is suggesting I start preparing for the next Cliburn for amateurs... he thinks is a good way to raise the bar of training. O_O;


My teacher keeps mentioning things like that. I look at her and say, "Have you actually watched their performances?"

"Oh, they aren't so good ... they do this and that and the other ..."

I have to laugh some times!!!
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#2237869 - 02/26/14 09:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW: About to finish the method my teacher uses for the basics. 6 books in 3.5 months, quite happy with it.
Will switch to "The Essential Keyboard Repertoire" of Freeman Olson.

@Wouter Congratulations! must be fun!


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#2237907 - 02/26/14 11:20 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
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Originally Posted By: Wouter D'hoye
Thanks for the support people! I believe it helped.

Had a flawless performance and my teacher was very happy. Said I played very clean and well controlled. I'm very happy that my first performance was a good one. The applause by the audience is certainly something I could get used to :-D

Wouter.


Woo hoo! Congratulations Wouter D'hoye! That is a great accomplishment, and should give you confidence for the next live performance. It sounds like you did really well!
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#2237980 - 02/26/14 02:00 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Wouter D'hoye]
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Originally Posted By: Wouter D'hoye
Thanks for the support people! I believe it helped.

Had a flawless performance and my teacher was very happy. Said I played very clean and well controlled. I'm very happy that my first performance was a good one. The applause by the audience is certainly something I could get used to :-D

Wouter.


Yay! congrats
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#2237981 - 02/26/14 02:03 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ataru074 - that's a nice compliment! Good for you!

Wimpiano - congrats on your progress!

Wouter ! What a wonderful successful first recital! I'm happy for you!
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