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#2246271 - 03/13/14 11:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS
So, my lesson today is going to be supervised practice.
I had one of those lessons once. And out of all my lessons over the past five years, it was one of the most consequential. I hope yours is just as helpful.

Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Good luck Brian with the Debussy...love his music. It looks SOOO much easier than it is to play well.
That's interesting; I've had the opposite experience with Debussy. I think his music is terribly hard to read. But once I get past that hurdle, the playing part is not as impossible as I had first thought.
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#2246330 - 03/14/14 03:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Originally Posted By: SwissMS
Well, my lesson today was wonderful. I played through my Kuhlau, and we spent the rest of the lesson on exercises to reinforce correct hand position, thumb crosses, and complete relaxation. And, she was not kidding about doing supervised practice. She was serious. So, we are setting up a Saturday for her to come to my home and do just that. Just the expectation of that should make me practice better. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity!


Your teacher is devoted to you! --- Very likely because you are such a dedicated and passionate student!

What a wonderful opportunity!
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#2246345 - 03/14/14 05:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: SwissMS
Well, my lesson today was wonderful. I played through my Kuhlau, and we spent the rest of the lesson on exercises to reinforce correct hand position, thumb crosses, and complete relaxation. And, she was not kidding about doing supervised practice. She was serious. So, we are setting up a Saturday for her to come to my home and do just that. Just the expectation of that should make me practice better. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity!


Your teacher is devoted to you! --- Very likely because you are such a dedicated and passionate student!

What a wonderful opportunity!


SwissMS, so happy to read that your lesson went so well after the frustration you had been feeling. And that is really something special that your teacher is setting up the supervised practice session. Hopefully it will prove as valuable to you as it did to MaryBee.

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#2246539 - 03/14/14 01:47 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By: rnaple
Congrats, SwissMS.... got a lot of courage doing those ABRSM exams.


Sooo? I wanna hear about Moonlight sonata and a friend of yours in question.
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#2246552 - 03/14/14 02:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: SwissMS
Well, my lesson today was wonderful. I played through my Kuhlau, and we spent the rest of the lesson on exercises to reinforce correct hand position, thumb crosses, and complete relaxation. And, she was not kidding about doing supervised practice. She was serious. So, we are setting up a Saturday for her to come to my home and do just that. Just the expectation of that should make me practice better. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity!


Your teacher is devoted to you! --- Very likely because you are such a dedicated and passionate student!

What a wonderful opportunity!


Nice! Mine is a good teacher but not so sweet as yours. Of course I'm not so good as you as a student. I don't listen to her many times as I should.

She routinely grabs my hand, says, "no, what are u doing! Wrong notes!" , etc. she also demonstrates (exaggratingly) with a smile, "see this is what you are doing" and this is how it should be played. She pisses me off a lit and seems to know that it works. I can do this partly because she is my personal friend.
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#2246620 - 03/14/14 04:48 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I don't know if this is an achievement, well it is...
I had lesson last Tuesday, and my teacher asked me if I want to play in the students recital at the end of May, all the other students being children and young teens (one of my sons also).
I said yes, last year I butchered one of my pieces but I survived. I don't like playing for people, but I know that I can learn something from the experience. And I'll have to play at EPP in July, so better to be prepared.

Now I feel brave, but in a couple of months I'll start to be really nervous...

Interesting thing, I'm not even sure on what I will play: Mozart or some dances from the French Suite I'm learning. And maybe a duet with my son (the teacher gave us the score yesterday for me to try, if I'm not able to learn it well she will play with him at the recital): it's an arrangement of Piazzolla's Libertango, notes looks easy but rhythm is not.
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#2246714 - 03/14/14 08:20 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Originally Posted By: rnaple
Congrats, SwissMS.... got a lot of courage doing those ABRSM exams.


Sooo? I wanna hear about Moonlight sonata and a friend of yours in question.


Okie Dokie? She told me she took tons of piano lessons as a child. But was rebellious and didn't follow through. She wants to hear me do it since I'm learning piano.


Originally Posted By: torquenale


Now I feel brave, but in a couple of months I'll start to be really nervous...
... maybe a duet with my son (the teacher gave us the score yesterday for me to try, if I'm not able to learn it well she will play with him at the recital): ...


Dejavue?
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#2247634 - 03/16/14 08:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Week 105: Two years and counting. Unlike my first anniversary, I don't have a lengthy progress report (link to old thread). It feels like I have a deeper understanding, but not that much forward movement.

My one-year anniversary project, The Passage of Time, feels at least as interesting and challenging as anything I have done in my second year. Does that mean that I did nothing in year two? Of course not. Like I said, deeper, not necessarily forward.

As for this week, I attend a concert featuring Samuel Nebyu on violin and Tania Fleisher on piano. Nebyu is an intenational contest winner. Fleisher is faculty at Loyola Marymount, Director of Chamber Ensembles. The composers are mostly unknown to me. Some of the music feels familiar, such as a piece from Bizet's Opera, Carmen Fantasia, by Franz Waxman. They are both quiet people and let their music do most of the talking. Wow.

I perform at Songmakers. I do a whistle tune, one on Irish flute, and another pass of my Pancake song on piano (on the old Roland synth). I do better with the pancake song, but still have some flaws.

I start on a new composition that has a spring feel. My "winter" project of a cover of the Zac Brown song, Colder Weather didn't make it in time. Oh well, so it goes. My spring project is my own work so has a better chance.

I upload my songwriting course project song Looking to Alaska to my blog. Here is a link to the piano track:
https://app.box.com/s/bwwj44wpq73af5c6umk4

It is simple by necessity. There was one week to compose, rehearse, record and do all the other work related to the song. The lyrics, some comments about the Coursera and a link to the version with vocals is at my blog.
http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/

Thank you all on this thread and on the wider Piano World, for all your stories, input, help, pushes, prodding, even the criticism and brick-bats on my continuing journey.


Edited by Sand Tiger (03/16/14 08:24 PM)
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#2247646 - 03/16/14 08:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Just really quick, since I am working today. I have to prepare for the meeting in UK. I will be on the road (or I should have said "in the air") from March 20 to March 28. Don't have so much achievement. I made one recording of nocturne which I can live with in spite of couple of mistakes and one hesitation. I don't have time to keep taking a video. I will try one more time on Wednesday, and that'll be it. Just chugging along with my Chopin etude and Bach fugue. My teacher looked at my etude book and said, " you might wanna do this too". WTF! I screamed. It 2 against 3 which is another one of the three sets etudes in the end of the etude book. I cannot believe it. Why do I have to do 2 against 3 after 3 against 4 when everyone else in her studio is doing good stuff like ballade, chopin sonata, rhapsody, etc. She said grinning (she is sure having fun", "I gave you Rachmaninoff elergie and you have been taking time to finish it. Its good for you to do this now. And look, it's very pretty". Yep. I had hard time with polyrhythm in that piece. She absolutely refused to make me play it through with incorrect rhythm. Anyway, I hope it will make me polyrhythm pro. Have wonderful week. I may not be able to write very much this week due to work next week.
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#2248118 - 03/17/14 09:22 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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I'm bored at the airport--c'mon people, post faster!--when I actually realized I have an achievement.

I put the ABF Joplin-themed recital to bed! I posted the threads, twisted my teacher's arm into performing Crush Collision, slaved over Rose Leaf, shanghaied my friends into helping with the audio recording, video recording, and editing, begged Sam S and Monica K for help successfully, and listened to 22 great performances from fellow ABF members! Feels good man.

But c'mon guyz, srsly, plz post faster!
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#2248121 - 03/17/14 09:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Whizbang]
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Originally Posted By: Whizbang
I'm bored at the airport--c'mon people, post faster!--when I actually realized I have an achievement.

I put the ABF Joplin-themed recital to bed! I posted the threads, twisted my teacher's arm into performing Crush Collision, slaved over Rose Leaf, shanghaied my friends into helping with the audio recording, video recording, and editing, begged Sam S and Monica K for help successfully, and listened to 22 great performances from fellow ABF members! Feels good man.

But c'mon guyz, srsly, plz post faster!


You did a bang up job Whizbang. Thank you for your efforts. I cant wait till the next one.

I will take your advice for when I try to polish up that piece later (now I put it on the shelf, it sort of over stayed its welcome). I got to work on my thirds technique or lack thereof, and work out better fingering. I always think that fingering for thirds should be something complicated , but as you have stated (and my mom said the same thing) the fingering is most usually just a plain old 13,24,35 and so forth


Accomplishment of the week..well nothing really. Other than I feel free now to try other stuff. I have been wanting to pick up rondo alla turca Mozart again so Im playing through that now.
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#2248129 - 03/17/14 10:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Whizbang]
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Originally Posted By: Whizbang
I'm bored at the airport--c'mon people, post faster!--when I actually realized I have an achievement.


Yup...those airport bars look attractive after a while.
You never did actually input anything on Zimmerman and Elite Syncopations. I was wondering more about that. Really really like how he did that. I'm guessing Zimmerman is supposed to have been one of the best players of Joplin?

Actually my AOTW also concerns that recital. It appears to me that I have been successful in playing the way I've been talking. In other words. Demonstrated that I not only talk the talk. But I walk the walk. No more people out there doubting what I say about making music and mistakes don't matter. I do admit though. I had the last few bars down pat. Then fell apart with the recorder. It was this beautiful "RIT" that got softer. I never did write down how I played it exactly. Just did it by feel and it was awesome. Then...recorded it a bunch of times and couldn't get the feeling right for the timing. Doh! At least I succeeded to others in walking my talk.

EDIT: I forgot to thank Whizbang....again for the recital. Doing that did a whole lot for me. I don't know what it is about Joplin. The rhythm? Syncopations? Something appealed to my nervous system to pull me through that adaptation. Did a ton to help me break through playing both hands. Was having a ton of trouble getting them to both play together. Then, this did it.


Edited by rnaple (03/17/14 10:20 PM)
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#2248254 - 03/18/14 08:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ron,

Congratulations on participating in your first recital. That is a major achievement.

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#2248264 - 03/18/14 09:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats Ron!
My AOTW:
Started using the pedal (As part of lessons, did some pedaling on my own but don't know whether that made very much sense ;)). I'm gonna spend a lot of attention to dynamics, accents and so on in the time to come according to my teacher. YEAH! (That's the part I enjoy the most though it's perhaps also the most difficult).


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#2248702 - 03/19/14 01:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks JimF and wimpiano... Gee...that is quite a cake.
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#2249226 - 03/20/14 04:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Chrisl]
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what excited me was....nah, I agree

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#2249664 - 03/20/14 07:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Two AOTW's this time:

(1) Got a thumbs up on my pedaling. The first week re-doing the pedaling wasn't good, but the second time I finally got it. Phew! My teacher is getting pickier, and this is good.

(2) I signed up for summer and fall semester (community college) piano lessons. The teacher I have now doesn't give lessons in the summer, so I signed up with the head honcho for summer lessons. Should be interesting (gulp).
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#2250382 - 03/22/14 09:03 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Good lesson this week (after several weeks off for a break). The Tchaikovsky (Winter morning) requires more work with pedaling. It is one of those deceptively simple looking pieces with many fine points to make it work. So..AOTW getting the notes to flow correctly. AOTW for the next two weeks...pedaling and more expression of the meanings. I'm with you Stubbie and Wimpiano on focus on pedaling and music quality.

Jim F...LOVE that cake. I want one...can't think of an occasion but want one.

Awesome Whizbang. applause! The Joplin recital was great.
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#2250476 - 03/22/14 01:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Originally Posted By: WiseBuff
Good lesson this week (after several weeks off for a break). The Tchaikovsky (Winter morning) requires more work with pedaling. It is one of those deceptively simple looking pieces with many fine points to make it work. So..AOTW getting the notes to flow correctly. AOTW for the next two weeks...pedaling and more expression of the meanings. I'm with you Stubbie and Wimpiano on focus on pedaling and music quality.

Jim F...LOVE that cake. I want one...can't think of an occasion but want one.

Awesome Whizbang. applause! The Joplin recital was great.



WiseBluff, thumbs up on a good lesson, and many more to come! "Deceptively simple [pieces] with many fine points..." nails it.

I can't say yet whether my pedaling is fixed for good, but I practiced pedaling on several other pieces to try to generalize my technique. But--my teacher reassigned the piece for my next lesson--I need to work on expression. On physical movement. It feels awkward and showy to me, frankly, but I'm trying to take to heart what Andy Platt said his teacher told him, "Too much movement is next year's problem." (If it wasn't Andy and that's not the quote, well, I like it anyway.)
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#2250503 - 03/22/14 02:13 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]
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Fortunately WiseBuff this is the AOTW thread. We don't need any reason better than having a good lesson to deserve some cake!!!

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#2250546 - 03/22/14 03:43 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ah Jim. What a perfect cake!! We're excited we got to the NCAA Tourney so this cake does have an occasion. Maybe next year we'll make it past the first round. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

My other team is Division II # 1 MSU Denver Roadrunners (I teach there--obviously not piano). Next game Mar 26.

Snowing here...great afternoon to sit at the piano. I'm really playing from my repertoire list...better each time.
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#2250625 - 03/22/14 06:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Week 106: a day of cold air in a conference room has my left hand complaining. So it is a light week on the Casio PX150. I find a nice motif for my new piece. [A motif or motive is a distinct musical figure that is subsequently altered, repeated, or sequenced throughout a piece or section of a piece of music.] It isn't all that easy to play, but that will likely come after another 100 hours or so of working on the new composition.
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#2250674 - 03/22/14 07:54 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I just created a thread with several pictures from our piano party that has just happened.
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#2250916 - 03/23/14 11:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I'm really awful at sight reading, even very simple pieces. So I decided I had to try my best to sight read something every day. It turned out I sight-read 10 minutes 3-4 times per week. Now, after 6 months I realized I'm better! Well, I'm less awful, but still I consider it an achievement, and the demonstration the it takes time but your work is never wasted.
One day I need to try myself with ear-training and singing, maybe when I'll be retired (about 25 years from now frown )or when the children will be grown up.
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#2250933 - 03/23/14 12:20 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well, my achievement was to play in front of folks without panicking or drawing a blank smile

Mind you....could I have been in a more supportive environment than playing in front of FarmGirl and SwissMS???? I ask you? smile
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#2251276 - 03/24/14 06:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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Originally Posted By: torquenale
I'm really awful at sight reading, even very simple pieces. So I decided I had to try my best to sight read something every day. It turned out I sight-read 10 minutes 3-4 times per week.


I am exactly the same, but about 5.5 months behind you! Hopefully in 6 mths time I too will be seeing the benefits!

So my main AOTW this week is that the Bach Invention #8 has all come together to the extent that now I'd consider it at the "polishing" stage. I can play the whole thing through from memory (the "from memory" bit is an accidental bad habit with me rather than an achievement). There are always some errors, and some sections are more error prone than others, so they definitely still need work. The whole thing needs to speed up a lot, and it's very obvious where the sticking points to tempo increases are, so again those areas especially need work. I'm doing a reasonable amount of HS work which is definitely helping - it's a bit of a struggle as I don't really like playing HS once I have HT going ok.
But despite that long catelogue of things that are wrong, it's really made a big jump forward :-)

I've parked the Mozart Alla Turca a bit, as my wrist was bothering me and the octave sections were bothering it. Wrist issue not caused by piano, and not aggravated by most playing, luckily, but the tension I was feeling from having my hand at full stretch for extended sections was definitely problematic. I'll get back to it when the time is right.

It seems at the moment that I can properly work on 2 pieces at a time - one is not enough, but more than 2 and I'm spread too thin. I can swap the pieces around from week to week, and another piece or two might get a bit of attention, but the right level in any given week is 2. This is a useful insight for me because I always try to bite off more than I can chew!
So as Mozart was taking a back seat this week, Einaudi's Nefeli was out for polishing - working on the areas where I tend to make errors or generally lack precision, speeding it up, working on dynamics, adding pedalling, and generally trying to make it sound more "Einaudi-ish" - relistening to his version only serves to emphasise how far from it my version is, but I'll just have to live with that.

Time to figure out what to work on next! I'm torn between Chopin, more Bach or another modern piece suggested by my teacher (in a vaguely similar vein to the one I did in the last ABF recital). My head says Chopin, as I haven't worked on anything of that style since returning to the piano last year (or ever, really), so it's good development. But my heart might be saying Bach as I'm enjoying this one so much.

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#2251380 - 03/24/14 12:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]
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"maybe when I'll be retired (about 25 years from now frown )or when the children will be grown up."

Retirement comes round quicker than you think! And when it does, life gets better; it also gets worse . . . grin
And this should be my 3000th posting . . .so I`ll end my verse!

3000 in 18 months? What am I turning into??? eek
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#2251396 - 03/24/14 01:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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This week I made up my very first little song. It's very very simple, with the right hand just doing some patterns going up and down the G Maj scale, with the left hand doing the four major chords in G.
It's very simplistic, but I like the sound of it and am proud of it because when I started I could barely put together a scale, let alone a little song.

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#2251725 - 03/25/14 01:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
ZeeZero Offline
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Registered: 12/26/13
Posts: 20
This week I accidentally achieved something by messing up!

I have been learning a new piece, using youtube material, then upon getting my hands on a copy of the sheet music for said piece, found the notes on the actual sheet music to be different to those from the youtube tutorials!

So I'm relearning a large chunk of what I had previously done, with the added bonus of my hands desprately wanting to go off & play the youtube material because I had learned the music well enough for my hands to just play it by themselves.

What I feel I achieved? Learned from a mistake that is being a pain to undo. From now on I will double check what I'm learning is EXACTLY what I want to play. It's a small achievement I know, but one none the less!

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#2251768 - 03/25/14 06:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1194
Loc: London UK
Don't beat yourself up over this! If it was a "classical" piece, it's a good idea to know the original version (though many of us take no shame in entertaining an audience with "easy" versions of a great melody). If it's a song, many versions may be equally valid.

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