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#2401173 - 03/22/15 03:14 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am now able to memorise a few simple pieces. I won't pretend it is easy but I am confident it will become easier as those particular neurons start firing.
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#2401177 - 03/22/15 03:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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And it can be an interesting journey...
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#2401187 - 03/22/15 04:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: RaggedKeyPresser]
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I had a good lesson last week and received a "pass" on Chopin Nocturne in C# minor and a "very nicely played". I still have some polishing to do, before I make a final recording, and this is one I definitely want to keep in my repertoire. It should be my May quarterly recital piece as well. I was pleased with the fact that this one came together faster than previous nocturnes, and that I can play it without looking away from the score, and also from memory. That is a first for me. In the past, I have always had to memorise and watch my hands, because of the the large jumps in most nocturnes. This one, I learned by keeping my eyes on the score, and it really paid off! I never lost touch with the score, never had a problem with getting lost. Learning that skill is my AOTW.

We are starting Sinfonia #11 in G minor next, which will be one of my exam pieces. It will be my first Sinfonia, and I absolutely love it. It should be fun!
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#2401308 - 03/22/15 02:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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PhilipInChina, congrats on getting some pieces into memory. It's a good skill to have in your toolbox.

SwissMS, nice work, getting a "pass" on the nocturne and working totally from the score. Another nice tool to have on hand.


My AOTW: We went shopping for an acoustic yesterday. We're aiming for a grand in the 5 1/2 to 6 foot range, based on budget and space considerations. There's a lot more shopping and playing to be done, but we took the necessary first step! I'm excited!
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#2401328 - 03/22/15 03:07 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Thanks all for your nice words, I appreciate it very much. @JimF, I wish your parents the very best. They're the age of my grandparents for whom it has also been a tremendous loss. My mother was only 57.

@Philip, good work! Memorizing is hard!
@SwissMs wow, a Chopin Nocturne!
@Stubby, hardly anything beats a new piano! Good luck and make sure you're well informed. the Piano Forum is a good resource ans so is PianoBuyer.
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#2401404 - 03/22/15 07:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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This was an exciting week for us, Friday we had a rental Yamaha P22 delivered. It's 25 years old but seems to be in pretty great shape, the dealer tuned & regulated it quite nicely.

I can't believe how nice it is to play on an acoustic at home!

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#2402697 - 03/26/15 04:11 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I keep you people in mind, always. Wish you all the best.
A little update on my health. It appears I'm in the process of rising from the grave again. Did it 11 years ago. Doing it again.
I don't think you all are interested in hearing my whining on all the details. Am starting to get back on piano. Can sit in a new chair with heating pad on my lower back. All in all. Am not doing great. But definitely better.
Just want to say Hi. I appreciate all the well wishes from the last time I posted. Yes, I did see them.
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#2402699 - 03/26/15 04:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Stubbie]
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"My AOTW: We went shopping for an acoustic yesterday. We're aiming for a grand in the 5 1/2 to 6 foot range, based on budget and space considerations. There's a lot more shopping and playing to be done, but we took the necessary first step! I'm excited!"

Not surprised! I reckon the size is perfect for sound and playability! Have fun!

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#2402711 - 03/26/15 05:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]
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Originally Posted By rnaple
I keep you people in mind, always. Wish you all the best.
A little update on my health. It appears I'm in the process of rising from the grave again. Did it 11 years ago. Doing it again.
I don't think you all are interested in hearing my whining on all the details. Am starting to get back on piano. Can sit in a new chair with heating pad on my lower back. All in all. Am not doing great. But definitely better.
Just want to say Hi. I appreciate all the well wishes from the last time I posted. Yes, I did see them.


wishing you all the best Ron, we are missing your distinctive voice in the forum so hope you do make a return one day.
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#2402771 - 03/26/15 10:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Ron - please do keep in touch. I'm sorry it's such a haul for you, but I'm glad you're still around smile Hope it gets better and better for you - I'm always interested in how the piano system is working.

Lots of good thoughts coming your way - you're certainly valued here -

Cathy
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#2403062 - 03/27/15 07:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Good to hear of your health and piano resurrection, Ron. Welcome home! thumb
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#2403170 - 03/27/15 12:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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I am glad to hear that your health is improving and you are playing piano again! Welcome back!
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#2403176 - 03/27/15 12:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Good to have you back Ron!
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#2403347 - 03/27/15 09:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: wimpiano]
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Falling behind on my newly assigned pieces. I'll try to do another "six hour challenge" this weekend to try to prepare for Monday's lesson.
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#2403544 - Yesterday at 12:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I started learning Ravel's 'Pavane pour une infante defunte' last night.

I absolutely love Ravel's music and this is my first attempt at learning something of his.

Very happy to get familiar with the first 5 bars smile I posted the audio on Soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/daveandrews82/maurice-ravel-pavane-pour-une-infante-defunte-bars-1-5

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#2403547 - Yesterday at 12:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: peterws]
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Wishing you well, Ron.

Originally Posted By peterws
"My AOTW: We went shopping for an acoustic yesterday. We're aiming for a grand in the 5 1/2 to 6 foot range, based on budget and space considerations. There's a lot more shopping and playing to be done, but we took the necessary first step! I'm excited!"
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What up wit dat? Though you were pro digital, Peter. I'm excited for ya too. Keep us posted eh.

Edit: Congratulations, Stubbie rather. Sorry peterws. Perhaps you will still get a grand one day though. smile




Edited by Greener (Yesterday at 01:05 PM)
Edit Reason: should have read further first .....

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#2403591 - Yesterday at 01:54 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Rnaple, good to see your pixels again.
Stubbie, a grand piano? Congrats on moving towards that upgrade.
Ben Boule, congrats on your new acoustic rental.

Sounds like a few folks have been going through a piano funk. I remain in a similar boat. What has changed is that I am no longer stressing about the reduced practice time. It is what it is.

During the past couple of weeks, I attend a concert featuring clarinet, piano and cello. At another event, the church coffehouse, there is a singer songwriter with two keyboards. She has to be her own roadie most of the time and has a 50 pound keyboard plus another 25 pound one. Yikes! I couldn't even do that part of being a musician (lifting a 50 pound keyboard), much less play, and sing.

On some songs she plays the bass part on the upper keyboard, the melody on the lower, sings, and keeps time with the percussion. Four things! Many of us beginners can barely handle the one thing. I think that some minds tend to be better at this multitasking than others.

I bought a tote bag from the singer-songwriter with her theme "Peace Through Music." The curious can hear some tracks at:
http://karie.com/
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#2403766 - Yesterday at 09:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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We organized and hosted a neighborhood recital today. Whew. Two of my kids played among other kids and I played among other adults. Didn't feel as nervous as the previous time, so there's definitely some improvement. Might also help that it was my piano smile

Highlight of the evening was my next door neighbor's daughter (she's a junior in HS) playing the Revolutionary Etude. Gave us all something to aspire to.
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