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#2224078 - 02/01/14 09:28 AM Wish me luck...recital tomorrow
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It's not a big recital. It's just me and my piano teacher's other students, all of whom are young and not terribly advanced.

Doesn't matter. I'm still terrified.

I thought being a grownup meant I no longer had these kinds of fears.
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#2224105 - 02/01/14 10:22 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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for me, it isn't the missed notes that I fear, it's the emotional exposure that has to be there in order to connect.

Recognize it, embrace it, accept it, and don't play safe.

oh... and good luck!

Forrest
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#2224125 - 02/01/14 11:10 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck TwoSnowflakes. I am sure you will play well.

I'm in a similar position. My teacher announced a recital for his adult students 2 weeks ago. It's tonight. My technique seems to have gone down the toilet and my playing has been horrid all week. I'll soldier on but ugh!
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#2224127 - 02/01/14 11:12 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck, T.S.!

I'm with woodog. Don't play it safe. Go for it with all of your being. The day after tomorrow is another day, and you will live to not play it safe another day, too! grin
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#2224150 - 02/01/14 11:52 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck!

Be "in the moment" with your music. Don't worry about the occasional wrong note; they are often inconsequential to the emotional message the music achieves.

I am sure you will play well at the recital.

AnneJ

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#2224157 - 02/01/14 12:04 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Play well!!
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#2224166 - 02/01/14 12:21 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck!

You know I did take lessons with a teacher for a bit and she would set up the same thing, a concert for all her students to play. I was the most advanced of the group, but I was always nervous regardless. In the end though, I was always able to hold the performance together somehow, subconsciously. It's a strange thing that happens when we perform, so I'm sure you'll be ok.
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#2224172 - 02/01/14 12:31 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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(Hey, if Radu Lupu can do it, you can do it, right?) grin

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#2224180 - 02/01/14 01:09 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
...I thought being a grownup meant I no longer had these kinds of fears.


The only reason grownups don't have these kinds of fears is because they aren't taking these kinds of risks. Go ahead and live!
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#2224186 - 02/01/14 01:21 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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#2224213 - 02/01/14 02:17 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck.
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#2224250 - 02/01/14 03:43 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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If you're afraid of messing it up, you'll probably do well wink.

It's obvious from your posts that you practice and play thoughtfully. We have faith in you. Good luck!

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#2224345 - 02/01/14 07:12 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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"Luck favors the prepared".

As you're obviously prepared, you'll have all the luck in the world thumb .

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#2224359 - 02/01/14 07:43 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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I pray for calm nerves and just appropriate adrenaline surge to work magics. Good luck!
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#2224365 - 02/01/14 08:00 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Best of Luck!
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#2224375 - 02/01/14 08:22 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Have fun!
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#2224393 - 02/01/14 09:12 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: jdw]
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Originally Posted By: jdw
Have fun!


Seems obvious but great advice. Don't forget to have fun! Just might help with the nerves but can't hurt either.

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#2224397 - 02/01/14 09:18 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good Luck Two Snowflakes,
I'm sure you will do well.I think I have one coming up in March.
They call it a gathering for the adults students but you are still playing in front of the other adult students and usually 4 other teachers.
Judy

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#2224424 - 02/01/14 10:51 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: Pathbreaker]
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Originally Posted By: Pathbreaker
Originally Posted By: jdw
Have fun!
Seems obvious but great advice. Don't forget to have fun! Just might help with the nerves but can't hurt either.

Darn right!!

For a while I used to write a note for myself the previous night -- HAVE FUN! -- so I wouldn't forget to remember. smile

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#2224426 - 02/01/14 10:56 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Good luck!
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#2224537 - 02/02/14 09:31 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Thanks, everybody! I hope it goes well. I really didn't feel confident doing my prelude, and I don't have the third movement of my Haydn up to performance standard, so rather than doing two out of three movements of a sonata, which seemed odd, at best, I'm doing the middle movement, a minuet and minor. I thought it actually would be sweet to do a minuet since my guess is at least half of them are probably doing some kind of little minuet. Heck, my own younger daughter is doing a little sonatina and a telemann gavotte.

I do, indeed, have to go for it. You're all correct; I really can't play it safe, and truth be told, I don't want to. But it's still scary. I'm not nearly as advanced as most of you, but at the same time, I'm still my teacher's most advanced student at the moment, and she's eager to show her younger students what lies ahead for them. The middle movement, while quite note-simple, has an enormous contrast in tone from the minuet to the minor, and she wants me to really bring that out, no holds barred. I agree it's what makes the movement interesting, but I'm feeling extremely timid at the moment. And while, like I said, the whole movement is not exactly note-complicated, it is one of those deceptively simple classical pieces that really just leaves you very exposed on all fronts and given that I'm still working on overall consistency, it's a daunting task. My trills are hit or miss and they are utterly out there here.

I'm sure the kids won't notice either way, but I want to represent my teacher well. And she knows what she's hearing. smile
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#2224539 - 02/02/14 09:36 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: gooddog]
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Originally Posted By: gooddog
Good luck TwoSnowflakes. I am sure you will play well.

I'm in a similar position. My teacher announced a recital for his adult students 2 weeks ago. It's tonight. My technique seems to have gone down the toilet and my playing has been horrid all week. I'll soldier on but ugh!


How did it go??!?!?
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Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
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#2224541 - 02/02/14 09:37 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: Mark_C]
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Originally Posted By: Mark_C

(Hey, if Radu Lupu can do it, you can do it, right?) grin


You're my new favorite person for finding a reason to put me in the same sentence with Radu Lupu. smile
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Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
With the pedal I love to meddle; When Paderewski comes this way... -Irving Berlin

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#2224577 - 02/02/14 11:00 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Have fun Two Snowflakes! I'm sure you'll do well. smile
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#2224616 - 02/02/14 12:24 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Thanks, everybody! I hope it goes well.

Break a leg!

(Ooops...I don't know if that's a good thing to say to a ballerina. grin)

But really, just go out there and enjoy yourself! Listen to yourself play and enjoy the sound you are making. I hope they'll have a lovely, freshly-tuned grand piano for you to play.
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#2224644 - 02/02/14 01:34 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: jazzyprof]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Thanks, everybody! I hope it goes well.

Break a leg!

(Ooops...I don't know if that's a good thing to say to a ballerina. grin)

But really, just go out there and enjoy yourself! Listen to yourself play and enjoy the sound you are making. I hope they'll have a lovely, freshly-tuned grand piano for you to play.


Well, if I do break a leg, let's make sure it's the left leg so I can still do most of my pedaling.

The piano? No great shakes. It's the piano at a local music store. I've played it before just to make sure of things before I buy some music. Not a lot. Either way, my home piano is a better piano. I had wanted to reserve the piano at our synagogue which is a big honking Steinway D that was fully restored in 2005 and was actually Samuel Barber's personal piano. But there was a conflict so I'll try again for the Spring recital. But today, the piano is not bad, but not good either. I may show up early and just play through once or twice before everybody gets there. In fact, yes, that's just what I'm going to do. I have an hour and a half until the recital.


Off I go!
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Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
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#2224775 - 02/02/14 05:49 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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So, it went ok.

Everybody seemed to like it, and the mistakes I was making due to starting too fast were not very noticeable. But I kept thinking, "oh no, you're rushing" and then I tripped up a couple of times that WERE noticeable. Overall, though, not bad.

Hopefully this gets easier and easier!

Edited to add:

But my daughter did FANTASTIC! She was worried she wasn't ready, but then when she sat down she killed it. Expression, nice posture and hands, controlled and even. I was SO PROUD of her!


Edited by TwoSnowflakes (02/02/14 05:52 PM)
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Bach, French Suites, No. 3 BWV 814
Brahms, Op. 118 No. 2 Intermezzo A major
Chopin, Mazurka Op. 67 No.4
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#2224788 - 02/02/14 06:15 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
So, it went ok.

Everybody seemed to like it, and the mistakes I was making due to starting too fast were not very noticeable. But I kept thinking, "oh no, you're rushing" and then I tripped up a couple of times that WERE noticeable. Overall, though, not bad.

Hopefully this gets easier and easier!

Edited to add:

But my daughter did FANTASTIC! She was worried she wasn't ready, but then when she sat down she killed it. Expression, nice posture and hands, controlled and even. I was SO PROUD of her!


Great, you really can't ask for more. Being the performer we're never going to be happy with it, but everyone else is.
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#2224789 - 02/02/14 06:16 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Originally Posted By: TwoSnowflakes
Hopefully this gets easier and easier!

It does!

At least usually anyway. grin

Quote:
Edited to add:
But my daughter did FANTASTIC! She was worried she wasn't ready, but then when she sat down she killed it. Expression, nice posture and hands, controlled and even. I was SO PROUD of her!

....and you probably care more about that than about how you did!!

Off the subj, but....a few years ago, at Yankee Stadium, I was sitting next to an older guy who seemed like he might have been a ballplayer himself back in the day. So I asked him, and it turned out he was. I started asking him all these questions about his career, but he kept changing the subject to his grandson who had just been picked for the major leagues. I kept trying to ask about himself, he kept changing it back to his grandson. And so it went. ha

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#2224793 - 02/02/14 06:24 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Yay TwoSnowflakes and little daughter smile smile

(And I'm sure you impressed the heck out of lots of little kids and inspired them)
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#2224839 - 02/02/14 08:11 PM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Congratulations for mission accomplished. What a wonderful mother you are! I think your daughter will learn a lot from you. High fives to both of you.
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#2224933 - 02/03/14 12:05 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Congrats to you, Two Snowflakes, and to Miss Mini Snowflakes. I know you were more thrilled with her performance than your own -- but I bet your daughter was just as proud of you as you were of her.

smile
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#2225039 - 02/03/14 08:14 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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Congratulations Two Snowflakes! It must be wonderful to have the benefit of sharing this experience with your daughter. Congratulations to both of you! smile
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#2225086 - 02/03/14 09:22 AM Re: Wish me luck...recital tomorrow [Re: TwoSnowflakes]
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It's been great sharing this with my daughter. We have, obviously, the same teacher, and while I'm certainly practicing different level repertoire, I think it's good that she sees me getting lots of corrections, too, and often the same types of corrections, even if they are expressed differently. She gets to see that learning music is an ongoing process and we get better incrementally and correction is not criticism but an essential part of the journey.
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