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#2216663 - 01/18/14 11:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Tallguy, the intermezzo is pretty bad. This is one of mine "do it at the last minute" recording. For a starter, if you look at the beginning of the score, what marking do you see? It says "P" doesn't it? It could "PP" I don't have the score right now with me. I was playing it like "MF". "Ahhhh! F***" is the beautiful word I uttered after listening to the recording. I did not have time to re-record, so I submit the one. I knew my friends at ABF won't chew me up for it. But recording did help me to nail down a bunch of flaws in my performance. I played the same one at my house piano party a few days later and I started the piece softly with the right dynamic. I also played the piece later in my recital as well, with additional improvement.

What I said about romantic piece is true. In my observation, my adult piano friends who started piano here seem to handle romantic pieces better and learn them quicker than Bach. So mine is the opposite.
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#2216738 - 01/18/14 03:14 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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Then we discussed some of the books I had (Her: "How come you have so many!?" Me: Shrug. "Can't pass them up.").

@Stubbie,
Boy that fired a synapse in my gourd. grin. I can play about 5% of the music I own. Glad to hear you found a teacher, be sure to let us know how it goes. I'm still looking.


I'm also a compulsive score buyer. Not only I buy too many of them, but I have several I will never be able to play. And a lot of downloads from IMSLP too...
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#2216744 - 01/18/14 03:33 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm also a collector of sheet music that I'm going to be able to play "really soon now" wink

I'm at peace with it though, because when I quit smoking a few years ago, I bribed myself with the promise that I could spend ALL that cigarette money on sheet music and yarn. So I now have lots of sheet music and yarn. smile And whenever I'm tempted to smoke again, I'm held back by the consideration of how smoking would decimate my sheet music & yarn addictions.

Oh, and to be on-topic, my achievement of the week is that I've started playing piano (and typing) again after having hurt my hand in early December (wrangling boxes in search of holiday supplies). I'm looking forward to having achievements to post. It's been surprisingly frustrating reading about everyone else's progress while I've been sidelined.
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#2217023 - 01/19/14 07:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: tangleweeds]
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Oh, and to be on-topic, my achievement of the week is that I've started playing piano (and typing) again after having hurt my hand in early December

That is really good news tangleweeds. Glad to hear your recovery has gone well. Yay!
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#2217024 - 01/19/14 07:32 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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I'm also a compulsive score buyer. Not only I buy too many of them, but I have several I will never be able to play. And a lot of downloads from IMSLP too...

My problem is that I see a book that has 1 or 2 pieces I want to learn and I am compelled to buy that book and never try the others that don't interest me (or are way above my ability). This is or rather was a terrible habit of mine. It was particularly bad during my first year but has settled into an occasional urge...not always gratified either grin.

I have returned to books though that I had purchased long ago that I can now enjoy, but certainly not all of them.
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#2217068 - 01/19/14 10:30 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]
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Week 97: I attend a concert featuring Dmitri Atapine on cello, and Hyeyeon Park on piano. They both hold doctorates in music, both teach at the University of Nevada Reno. It is surprising to learn that Dmitri was raised in Spain. The concert program has a Spanish flavor. The program includes Chopin, DeBussy, de Falla, Cassado, Marintu.

I have one burst of a good practice session. Where I practice one sentence of music, over and over, and the arrangement seems to make sense. Over and over trying to get it right, and the arrangement doesn't drift. Much more common is struggling through with mistakes, and the arrangement keeps drifting (I am doing my own arrangement).

The local music group is well attended. Attendance has been down, so it is nice to have a room with 25 people making music. Because there are so many people I get two turns. I perform my originals Wits End, and Tracks in the Snow. Tracks will be my February recital piece. I get compliments on both. I am getting more comfortable with the host's 1990 era Roland. Considering my spotty practice schedule, the live performances goes well.

I have started on another new piece. It is on the pentatonic scale of the five black keys. The new piece is beyond simple, yet with some dynamic and rhythm tricks, it sounds interesting enough to be considered a piece of music.

I continue auditing the Coursera Write Like Mozart. The assignments are more than I want to do. By watching the lectures, I am picking up bits of vocabulary, and some tricks, and that is plenty. Perhaps I can take some of what they are demonstrating and use it in my original work. Even if I only get one or two ideas, I see the six weeks as worthwhile. I sign up for another Coursera, Songwriting starting January 27. Songwriting with lyrics is more my cup of tea than writing like Mozart. Again, even if I only take away one or two ideas, I see it as time well spent.

The Songmaker hosts have discontinued their nascent cello and piano lessons. I did not ask why, but I suspect the usual reasons: slow progress, expense, time, practice time, other priorities (aka as real life), expectations, comparisons. All the above are likely factors.

All of you here continue on the beginner journey. Because of the forum, some might think that is normal behavior. Average, is people giving up, or finding something else to do. Sticking with it, especially with dedication and passion, is exceptional.
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#2217130 - 01/19/14 01:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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WiseBuff - So, have you decided about your repertoire?

Tubbie0075 - Playing in the bathroom??? LOL!

Casinitaly - Sometimes I'm finding myself lost with so many EPP details. Be prepared smile And, keep calm and do not worry about the adernalina... Sometimes I've the same problem.

barbaram - Welcome to PW! Nice to know you're playing jazz. Any record?

Ragdoll - What about your progress with the new teacher?

Stubbie - Good luck with your new teacher!

torquenale - Good progres!!!

aTallGuyNH - Singing while playing does not work for me. And I'm sorry you'll skip next recital...

FarmGirl - Piano and viola sounds great!


My AOTW: Last friday I was filming another take for the documentary. This time I went to a bar to have the first meeting with the other "musician". He has 29yo, he is a cello teacher and he's part of the Rodrigo Leão's ensemble group; So, he is "a" musician...
We talked for a while and we gave an interview together. He knows the music of Einaudi and I learned that his group leader (Rodrigo Leao) and Einaudi are friends. Therefore, our musical tastes were not different.

After that, the producer gave us a challenge: to play something in duet... So, I jumped to the piano - a grand Yamaha - and he took his cello. We had nothing prepared, so we agreed that he could "follow" me because it seemed the best option for filming.
I played some simple/original tunes while I was trying to understand his music. He did the same.
After a while I played Joana's Secrets - a piece that took his attention when he listened the first chords. He said: "That's good, I like this, Carlos. I want to try this one.". So, there I was, playing an original and being accompanied by an excellent musician.
The result was good, the interest of the piece was increased 1000 times. At the end the whole crew cheered and congratulated our participation. The producer said "I knew it! I knew it! You're great!.

So, it was a great experience. I loved it.


Edited by CarlosCC (01/19/14 05:50 PM)
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#2217132 - 01/19/14 01:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW was the purchase of a '69 Mason & Hamlin model A 5'8" which will be delivered tomorrow.

It isn't rebuilt but is in very nice condition, with a 5 yr dealer warranty. I can't wait!

That was the easy part - the other part of my New Year's resolution is to get some things memorized… THAT will be very difficult for me. frown
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#2217137 - 01/19/14 01:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I played well at my lesson!

Okay, to keep perspective, I also played a Martha Mier piece quite poorly, but not any worse than usual. The well played piece is was my current Alfred 3.
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#2217512 - 01/20/14 07:15 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Ragdoll - What about your progress with the new teacher?


Erm...I don't know what to do with that. I am still looking for a teacher Carlos. My last interview was a bust, short lessons, my home, etc. I'm still confident that I'll find one soon though.
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After that, the producer gave us a challenge: to play something in duet... So, I jumped to the piano - a grand Yamaha - and he took his cello. We had nothing prepared, so we agreed that he could "follow" me because it seemed the best option for filming.

wow That's so great Carlos, how very fortunate you got to play with him. Will this documentary be available to us here in the US when it airs? I sure hope so. smile You are an inspiration truly.
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#2217513 - 01/20/14 07:24 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Well crap. I answered this and only previewed it, then forgot to submit it.
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Ragdoll - What about your progress with the new teacher?

Still looking Carlos. My last interview was a bust due to various issues.
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After that, the producer gave us a challenge: to play something in duet... So, I jumped to the piano - a grand Yamaha - and he took his cello. We had nothing prepared, so we agreed that he could "follow" me because it seemed the best option for filming.

That's so great, Bravo! How fortunate you got to play with him... and vs. versa. I truly hope this documentary will be available to the US when it airs. smile
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#2217514 - 01/20/14 07:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thank you for asking CarlosCC. I'm trying to stay focused on just 10 pieces for now which is hard for me...I tend to find other books and pieces and never polish anything. So the repertoire is a combination of relatively easy pieces that need attention to expression and harder or longer ones. There are classical pieces and contemporary pieces for listeners of various interests. Wish I could do some ragtime like some of you but not must start somewhere. All of these pieces are enjoyable for me and many are quite challenging. Lot's of movement in the Chopin for instance requires trust of landing on the right chord. The Beethoven stretches chords to 10ths for pages. Anyway...even a month or two of focus should be good.

In Church Tchaikovsky
Winter morning Tchaikowsky
Sonata 14#1 Beethoven
Addie Maroney
Viennese Sonatina #1 Mozart
Grieg Solitary Traveler aka Lonely wanderer
My heart will go on from Titanic Horner
Waltz in A minor Chopin
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That's all I ask of you Webber

Your narrative of the documentary process is fascinating. Such a different world.



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#2217519 - 01/20/14 08:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow Carlos, that sounds fantastic. I hope the editors decide to use the duet footage. Would love to hear it. Your journey sure is remarkable..... great fun to watch it unfold. thumb
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#2217525 - 01/20/14 08:35 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sand Tiger - I love to read your stories.! Looking forward to listen your originals. And the last sentence: "Average, is people giving up, or finding something else to do. Sticking with it, especially with dedication and passion, is exceptional." it's absolutely true.

Oongawa - Wow, a '69 Mason & Hamlin model? I'm jealous... Congratulations, and have fun with your new piano.

malkin - Nice progress! thumb

Ragdoll - Of course you'll find a teacher and don't give up. Yes, I think the documentary will be available on the internet too. Thanks!

WiseBuff - What a nice list of pieces! And I agree with you about the combination of pieces in a repertoire. In every new piece I try to learn a new sound, trick or technique in order to get a consistent progress. I'm more concerned with a consistent than a fast progress, so I kept old pieces on my repertoire, too.
The documentary is fascinate, yes. Thanks.

JimF - Thanks! The result was good, yes. The producer really like the result so he's thinking of doing another session with us.


Edited by CarlosCC (01/20/14 08:42 AM)
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#2217568 - 01/20/14 10:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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This is such a great thread laugh A new piano! What a treat and a treasure! Good for you for doing it.

Ragdoll - I love your approach to life - and humor. And practical judgment. Thinkgs will work out for you, I'm sure.

I never tire of your documenting your journey, WiseBuff. I learn about learning from you, and I love it. I spent the last several months consolidating my repertoire, and paying attention, and it's paid off. Yesterday at a gig I had shaking hands, and played confidently anyway! I recognized landmarks in the music, knowing the music in more ways than one really helped to bring my focus back, I could make judgment calls about what I was playing and not foul up because I decided to cut something short, or not try a little piece in a way I was having trouble with and substitute something simpler. It was really satisfaction producing. I hope that turns out to be true for you, too.

CarlosCC - your saga is just really a pleasure to follow. And you seem like such a nice guy in the bargain laugh Your music is wonderful to listen to, and your basic decency just comes thru in every post and video. Bravo.

Cathy
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#2217761 - 01/20/14 04:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]
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Originally Posted By: CarlosCC

So, it was a great experience. I loved it.


Carlos! yippie Carlos! smokin Carlos! wow Carlos! smokin
You go Boy! thumb You go Boy! thumb You go Boy! thumb You go Boy! thumb
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#2217791 - 01/20/14 06:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Today I finished Chapter 10 of the e-Media Piano and Keyboard Method.
I started about 10 months ago; so the pace has been about one chapter per month. I looked ahead and found that there are only two chapters remaining, so I should be done before spring - then I will have to think about whether to continue with eMedia or something else.

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#2217834 - 01/20/14 07:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Everyone, so cool to hear so much progress made. I start my practice for tonight soon - had to work today.
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#2217877 - 01/20/14 09:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Malkin, congrats on the good lesson. thumb

Oongawa, congrats on the new piano. wow

Carlos, congrats on the duet. I was disappointed there wasn't a "Play" triangle in the middle of the photo. smile I was looking forward to hearing the duet. Maybe someday?

Wisebluff, I play two of the pieces on your list (the easier pieces, I think :)). One is Tchaikovsky's "In Church." This is such a nice piece. I have to knuckle down to get the dynamics right in measures 12 and 24, where the hairpins are. The second part, the bells ringing part, are still a challenge for me to get sounding nice.

The other piece from your list in Chopin's Waltz in A Minor. I started this one maybe a year and a half ago (?) and then put it away for a year and finally got back to it. The challenge for me was measure 21, the triplet-quintuplet-dotted eighth+sixteenth. I had a hard time hitting the right notes consistently. I was successful maybe 20% of the time unless I went very slowly. Well, I kept at it (think of one of those dogs whose jaws lock onto something they bite) and something clicked in the last week for so.

So, my AOTW--measure 21 finally came together and I'm at the 95% success level with it.
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#2217980 - 01/21/14 03:25 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW was being allowed to skip a part of the (lesson) book because I was able to sight-read it during the lesson.

@tangleweeds, good news!

@Oongawa, congratulations. Fantastic instrument!

@malkin, good job. Always hard to play well at a lesson, struggled for the first couple of months to play well in front of my teacher and I'm finally getting the hang of it.

@Wisebuff, nice selection. I like all of them except the Titanic song wink

@CarlosCC, that's amazing!
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#2218047 - 01/21/14 07:43 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'd like to congratulate you people. Success is sweet. Oongawa...congrats on the piano.
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#2218063 - 01/21/14 08:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Lots of progress being made by many this week, keep it up!

@Carlos, Wow... that must have been quite something smile

This week I have started to learn simple chord progressions in numerical terms, while progress is slow at the moment steady progress is being made. When I really get into experimenting I find at times I can really surprise myself but it seems to come and go in random spurts which, as of yet... I cannot seem to turn on or off at will. On the bright side I am now able to play many things I had learnt previously in a variety of keys simply by figuring out the progression and using the numerals to transpose the chords smile


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#2218066 - 01/21/14 08:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: eejake52]
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@eejake52

Hi Jake, I remember you from right around Christmastime. You posted "Angels We Have Heard On High" You inspired me to learn it over the holidays. Sounds like you're making pretty good progress with your piano studies. Yay! smile
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#2218067 - 01/21/14 08:56 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: UKIkarus]
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On the bright side I am now able to play many things I had learnt previously in a variety of keys simply by figuring out the progression and using the numerals to transpose the chords

@UKIarus

Isn't it fun when something like this happens out of the blue? keep at it, it's well worth the effort.
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#2218072 - 01/21/14 09:05 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: jotur]
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Ragdoll - I love your approach to life - and humor. And practical judgment. Thinkgs will work out for you, I'm sure.

Thanks Cathy, I refuse to rush into a teaching situation I'll regret `cause parting can be ugly... or hurtful. I had three good years with my last teacher. So yah, I'll hook a sucker teacher soon I hope. I miss the guidance and theory parts especially.

AFA my approach to life/my humor, thanks for that. Henry James said, “I don't want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.” grin
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#2218082 - 01/21/14 09:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sand Tiger I always love to read what you are up to and what your approach is. I especially felt encouraged by your last comment " All of you here continue on the beginner journey. Because of the forum, some might think that is normal behavior. Average, is people giving up, or finding something else to do. Sticking with it, especially with dedication and passion, is exceptional."

As I'm going through a challenging phase right now, I need to be reminded as often as possible that sometimes sticking with it IS the achievement of the week. Adding in a dash of dedication and passion is like having the whipped cream and cherry on top smile


Carlos: what a truly splendid experience - I do hope we'll get to see at least a sample of the documentary! (maybe there will be subtitles smile ) My Portuguese at the moment is limited to "thank you" "pleasure to meet you" "what's your name" smile

OOngawa - congrats on the piano purchase!!! Pictures please!

Malkin: Martha's pieces are fun -- which one are you working on ?

Wisebuff- I love that repertoire you are building and maintaining - what a superb collection of lovely music!

Eejake52 - what great, steady progress! Good for you! Don't forget if you'd like to post a recording you can go to the "Ecco Fatto Café" thread for your debut - or you can join in the upcoming ABF recital!

Stubbie: I know exactly which bars you're talking about in the waltz. Mastering them is a real AOTW...maybe of the season!

Wimpiano : now that must have been a very satisfying moment! I love those "yes, things are coming together" happenngs!

UKIkarus - that's a really useful thing to be able to do - and the more you do it the faster you'll get!

Well, I am perhaps premature in replying now... but I want to stay caught up.
My lesson is today... and I have no feel for how it will go. I'll report back later!
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#2218091 - 01/21/14 09:56 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Oongawa - congratulations. That's a great piano!

malkin - playing well in a lesson is very satisfying

Wisebuff - I gotta do that too. Quite a selection.

CarlosCC - I love it. You are my star. Too bad I cannot get out to the European piano party to see you in person.

Cheryl - good luck on your lesson.
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Solo - Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Schumann Op 12 Warum and Grillen and Mozart K 475 Fantasy C minor
Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell


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#2218092 - 01/21/14 09:57 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My achievement is now I can see avatars. Thanks to Kathy
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Solo - Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Schumann Op 12 Warum and Grillen and Mozart K 475 Fantasy C minor
Collaboration - Concerto in C for Oboe and orchestra attributed to Haydn edited by Evelyn Rosewell


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#2218131 - 01/21/14 11:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 09/06/13
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Thank you all for the nice welcomes, I don't think I'd realised when I jumped straight in that I hadn't posted here before.

My Achievements of the Weeks are basically the same as last week's, only better :-)

My jazz-ish piece is really almost there. I did a lot of work on fingering, on accents, and really focusing on short sections over and over and it has really paid off.
For those of you who were asking, it's probably not "really" jazz, it's a piece by Pam Wedgewood called "Tequila Sunrise". I have just been playing the music as written rather than following a lead sheet (is that the expression?). That may come, but for starters this was a great challenge for me as the rhythms and syncopation were so different than I'm used to.

I also spent a lot of time on the sections of the Moonlight Sonata that were weak, and that too has really progressed well.

I had a lesson yesterday and my teacher was very pleased with the improvement in both pieces (notwithstanding all the extra errors that creep in when I play for anyone, even my teacher).

This week I want to go back to the Rondo Alla Turca which I made huge progress on but have neglected for the last month or two. It'll need relearning at this stage, but I had pretty much got there with all but the final 2 (really difficult for me) pages. Need to follow my resolve and start and the end when bringing this one back I think!

I have loved reading about everyone else's achievements and I'm only sorry I don't have time to go back with individual comments. I will single out Carlos though, what an amazing opportunity for you - fantastic! And wishing you the very best with your new piano Oongwa - I'm dreaming of a new one myself, but I'll have to content myself with dreaming for a long time to come and plug on with my humble DP :-)

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#2218167 - 01/21/14 12:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]
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Registered: 09/16/06
Posts: 5637
Loc: Santa Fe, NM
Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
My achievement is now I can see avatars. Thanks to Kathy


laugh

Cathy
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