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#2338053 - 10/16/14 02:40 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#2338055 - 10/16/14 02:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cheryl, I know what you feel. It's normal to have lows... next time will be better!
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#2338064 - 10/16/14 03:13 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]
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Happy birthday Malkin! Found you a cake, but it had no fur....
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#2338254 - 10/17/14 04:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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#2338467 - 10/17/14 03:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW - I am working on a piece for my teacher that introduces the Alberti Bass pattern, and also incorporates scales.... but I don't really like that piece much. So (please remember, I'm a newbie, bear with my modest achievements):

achievement #1 was recognizing the Alberti bass - "hey, I've heard this before... Aha - it was used in the Aristocats 'Scales and Arpeggios'". (yes, I have little kids). Which coincidently enough not only has Alberti bass but also incorporates scales. I then went online and found an arrangement someone had posted of this piece using MuseScore

achievement #2 was realizing that the arrangement I downloaded was in the key of C, while the assigned practice piece was in F... and then transposing the downloaded piece on the fly while playing from C to F.

Ok, ok, I realize that transposing a piece like this is really just a matter of choosing a different starting point from which to base your intervals, and remembering that one of the notes is a flat. So it isn't really very tricky. But, hey, its my first time doing this in real-time so gave me a good-feeling buzz.

Thanks for listening!

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#2338476 - 10/17/14 04:37 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Donzo]
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Hey Don, don't sell your achievement short. Transposing on the fly is never easy. That is a great aotw....congrats. thumb
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#2338572 - 10/18/14 12:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Donzo]
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achievement #2 was realizing that the arrangement I downloaded was in the key of C, while the assigned practice piece was in F... and then transposing the downloaded piece on the fly while playing from C to F.


HOLY COW! Great!
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#2338579 - 10/18/14 12:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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JimF & Whizbang - thanks for the support! It means a lot! Transposing that song is pretty easy because the right hand has only 2nd or 3rd intervals in regular progression, and no chords, so like I said, you just need to start your thumb on the right note and it isn't hard to transpose... but I'll take all the misplaced support I can get!! smile

Thanks!
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#2338794 - 10/18/14 01:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Malkin, happy birthday week.

Donzo, transposing on the fly is a relatively high level of skill. I believe it becomes an optional part at grade level 6 or so on the exams. So be proud. It is something that only a very few beginners can do, and many will not attempt it, even when it becomes an option.

CasinItaly, sometimes I think that discouragement is my middle name. It was humbling when I flunked out of the online ear training course (Developing Your Musicianship) earlier this year. It made me question why I bother, when my sight reading aptitude is even worse than my ear. The experience did have me decide to give up on my singing. While my piano progress tends to feel glacial, it is a minor miracle that I can play piano at all. I thought I would be terrible at piano, because of my poor sight reading aptitude, lack of appreciation and understanding for harmony, repetitive stress issues in my hands, tinnitus in the ears.

I still find occasional moments of joy, of losing myself in the music when I play. I also have venues to perform at. Those are the things that keep me going despite what seems like a steep uphill climb in terms of progress.

Week 136: Still working on Killing Me Softly. For the upcoming recital, I have my original Between Raindrops well rehearsed. I go back to the sheet music pile and dig out My Favorite Things from the Sound of Music. I might play that at the November Songmakers meeting. My schedule tends to be busier into November and December, and that means less time and energy for piano practice.

Have a good week everyone. Cheers.
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#2339895 - 10/21/14 05:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Week 60:

Well things are in motion here in lower Delaware for my teacher's adult "Fall Musicale". I've selected a duet piece where I'm in the lead. Lots of work to do, and the timing must be exact. Plenty of time to perfect this, however.

Passed Faber's "Ride Of The Cossacks" which is the fastest piece I've yet attempted. Got nice compliments as well. I would love to record this for the online recital next month; we'll see how that goes...

Little things...
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#2339906 - 10/21/14 05:39 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Sand Tiger]
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Sand Tiger - Its those beautiful moments "in the music" that make the struggle worthwhile, isn't it? The fact that you have obstacles to overcome just makes those moments that much sweeter.

BrianDX - Whatever you choose, I'm sure you will give it a great effort. Looking forward to hearing it.


No real AOTW for me. Still got a lingering somethingorother bug that is interfering with things. The Debussy is about as done as it is going to get...will try for a recital recording next. My teacher and I have finished a second of the Ravel suite of duets (Beauty and the Beast) and we will start a third one next week. I have a new assignment this week... CPE Bach's Solfeggietto...one of those speed-freak pieces. Obviously this little helping of peas and carrots is intended to awaken my fingers from their usual lethargic state. Should be interesting to see how that goes.


Edited by JimF (10/21/14 05:40 PM)
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#2339920 - 10/21/14 06:26 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Jimf: Interesting post about your latest experience.

I know that in the 14 months since I've started, I've not yet been sick. We did have a three week hiatus during the holiday season, and it took a day or so to get back in the groove.

However since my wife and I are still comfortably in the elementery level, my guess is the more advanced you are, the longer it takes to get your mojo back after some "down time", whether it was planned or not?
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#2339940 - 10/21/14 07:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW is that I just spent the last 8 hours recording all 157 measures of my piece for the ABF Recital one measure at a time, repeating every measure many times. So all I have to do is now sort through 600 measures of stuff and pick out which ones I luck best to paste them all together! grin

Seriously, that's a joke, in case you believed it. In light of the discussion over on the other thread I couldn't help myself. smile What's actually true for AOTW, I did in fact finished recording. Didn't do a one-live-take and done thing like last time. Did about 4 takes. Will decide to pick one later or maybe none and record again later. Nah. I think I'm done.
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#2339946 - 10/21/14 07:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: 8 Octaves]
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Originally Posted By: 8 Octaves
My AOTW is that I just spent the last 8 hours recording all 157 measures of my piece for the ABF Recital one measure at a time, repeating every measure many times. So all I have to do is now sort through 600 measures of stuff and pick out which ones I luck best to paste them all together! grin


That sounds like more of a torture than listening to a recording of a bad performance!
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#2339948 - 10/21/14 07:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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8 Octaves - LOL -

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#2339952 - 10/21/14 07:31 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: 8 Octaves]
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Originally Posted By: 8 Octaves
My AOTW is that I just spent the last 8 hours recording all 157 measures of my piece for the ABF Recital one measure at a time, repeating every measure many times. So all I have to do is now sort through 600 measures of stuff and pick out which ones I luck best to paste them all together! grin

Seriously, that's a joke, in case you believed it. In light of the discussion over on the other thread I could help myself. smile What's actually true for AOTW, I did in fact finished recording. Didn't do a one-live-take and done thing like last time. Did about 4 takes. Will decide to pick one later or maybe none and record again later. Nah. I think I'm done.

I think that joke writes itself wink

Tonight I'm going to try to record my "reach for it" piece.
After four takes I'm done for the night, as with this piece, after 4 run-throughs my hands actually start to get tired...

Wish me luck, I'm going to need it
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#2339998 - 10/21/14 09:42 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I hurt my hands at the end of July and this week I am finally back making progress at the piano! I hurt myself biking (bruised bone in my wrist) and had to wear a splint for 4 weeks.. I managed to give myself tendonitis in both forearms while I was in the splint, mostly due to typing at work and trying to adapt to using the splint. I was in PT for about 6 weeks to work on the tendonitis.

I'm not back 100% for biking/exercising and I am still doing tons of PT exercises for my forearms which do leave my arms tired but I am pretty close to back to 100% at the piano which feels fantastic..

Currently working on a couple pieces from the Bastien book (level 1, almost finished) and Bach's Musette in D from Anna Magdalena's notebook. I think I will have the Musette coming along pretty well within the month.

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#2340032 - 10/22/14 12:09 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ben Boule]
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I managed to give myself tendonitis in both forearms while I was in the splint, mostly due to typing at work and trying to adapt to using the splint.


I hear ya! Good to hear you're bouncing back.
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#2340069 - 10/22/14 05:20 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Whizbang]
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8 Octaves - LOL, troublemaker! At least you didn't post that on the "one month to recital" thread :-)

BrianDX, my experience so far has been that when I've been away for a week or less I've got straight back into it, but when I was away for 3 weeks it took at least a week to get back to where I left off. In those cases though my enthusiasm was not dampened. Illness affected me slightly differently, as my energy levels were very low afterward and it took a while to get back to myself.

Ben Boule, glad to hear your recovery is progressing well, and JimF hope you are back to full health soon.

My AOTW is that I have taken some steps to arrange trial lessons with a couple of different teachers over the next while, and I have set up some practice time on an acoustic piano later this week (as I only have a digital).

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#2340109 - 10/22/14 09:38 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: 8 Octaves]
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My AOTW is that I just spent the last 8 hours recording all 157 measures of my piece for the ABF Recital one measure at a time, repeating every measure many times. So all I have to do is now sort through 600 measures of stuff and pick out which ones I luck best to paste them all together! grin


LOL. I recorded my just-assigned Solfeggietto speed-freak piece at 20 bmp for 1/16ths.... now I just have to set the editing software at some speed that's slow enough to sound like me on a good day. grin
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#2340115 - 10/22/14 09:58 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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BrianDX - Thanks to MOYD,I don't have a lot of experience with days off from piano practicing. Pretty sure you could count my 5-year total on two hands. My teacher has actually suggested I take more time away from it more than once.

Given the major physical challenges some on these boards have to overcome all the time, I don't really have the right to whine about my case of the sniffles. Mostly it just seems to affect my ability to focus.



Barbaram - Thanks for the good wishes. Good luck with those teacher interviews.



Edited by JimF (10/22/14 10:01 AM)
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#2340205 - 10/22/14 02:24 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Hi there,

I like to share the next story.

Last week at my school, I work as senior teacher, I decided to play piano in the musicroom for an hour. Suddenly the door opens and a junior pupil (13) enters the room. I ask......do you like pianoplaying? Yes, she says......I started pianolessons for two weeks. Then she says....What is your favorite piece? I took a piano sonate of Mozart, sight reading from my iPad..and played......
She says spontaneously suprised.......THOSE ARE A LOT OF NOTES......

Best regards,
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#2340248 - 10/22/14 04:04 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Johan B]
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She says spontaneously suprised.......THOSE ARE A LOT OF NOTES......


Lol, just like Amadeus the movie! Did you respond like Mozart and say, "there are exactly as many as required." smile
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#2340494 - 10/23/14 07:35 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Life continues to be very busy, but a bit more pleasantly so rather than frenetically so!

After the disappointment of last week, I had a much better lesson this week - I'm back on track.

Thanks again for all the encouragement!
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#2340628 - 10/23/14 02:44 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: 8 Octaves]
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Originally Posted By: 8 Octaves
Originally Posted By: Johan B
She says spontaneously suprised.......THOSE ARE A LOT OF NOTES......


Lol, just like Amadeus the movie! Did you respond like Mozart and say, "there are exactly as many as required." smile


Did not know this sentence..........nice....

Greetings
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