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#2315430 - 08/14/14 10:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Exalted Wombat Offline
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Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1195
Loc: London UK
Yup. Separate hands, SLOWLY. Any time you find your hand in a position where getting to the next note would cause a glitch, sort it out. Then play it over, and over ... and over. SLOWLY. It'll come.

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#2315480 - 08/14/14 12:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
JeanieA Offline
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Registered: 11/03/04
Posts: 503
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Not really MY achievement, but my old Chickering is getting - right at this very moment - a tuning, regulation, and hammer reshaping!!! I am so very excited; I had to save up a while for this and have looked forward to it like a 6-year-old looks forward to Christmas morning!

O.M.G. What a difference! Tech said he didn't know how I'd been playing on this, as far out of regulation and as sticky as it was. It sounds so nice and mellow now and the touch is a total revelation!

If anyone's looking for me the rest of the day, you know where I'll be! smile

Edited by JeanieA (08/14/14 03:21 PM)
Edit Reason: Update!
Collector of sheet music I can't play.

#2315908 - 08/15/14 11:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 07/22/12
Posts: 503
It's been quite a while since I've posted, I've been taking a bit of a break from the piano for various reasons.

Welcome to all the new folks, I've not been keeping up on reading all posts, but noticed that we have some new participants in the pre-retirement years, so kudos to you for taking on the piano. You've come to the right place for encouragement!

Two achievements, the 2nd of which is off-topic from the piano:

1) I can still play. I was able to play in my favorite venue again, although on a truly lousy grand, not the splendid Yamaha that is there only briefly each year. Everything sounds better with reverb, particularly something atmospheric like Clair de Lune. I have hope that in a couple years I may be able to actually play it tolerably well, if I continue to plug away it it from time to time.

2) I've been getting interested in audio engineering, it's a fascinating area. I just love learning new things, and there is an endless learning curve to this particular world. Sort of like piano in that regard, except physical abilities are not part of it, which is a good thing. It's just your ears, musical taste, and technical/acoustical knowledge.

I entered a mix contest, wherein a band makes their raw tracks available for anyone to have at it. This was a very rich/rewarding learning process, which I'm looking forward to applying to future piano recordings: mixed song I submitted

I have to get ~40-50 "likes" on SoundCloud in order to get into the finals (by Sunday), so it's a long shot. If you have a SoundCloud account and can "like", that would be great.

Here's the original, by way of comparison:

Edited by aTallGuyNH (08/15/14 03:30 PM)
Edit Reason: Added SoundCloud embed (thanks to kenjazz for letting me know how to do it!)
"...when you do practice properly, it seems to take no time at all. Just do it right five times or so, and then stop." -- JimF

Working on: my aversion to practicing in front of my wife

1978 Vose & Sons spinet "Rufus"
1914 Huntington upright "Mabel"


#2316601 - 08/17/14 04:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Sand Tiger Offline
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Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 1006
Loc: Southern California
Week 127: the recital is the big news on the forum. I uploaded my original Pixie Dust. I also updated my piano blog (signature link). There is a PDF of the sheet music for Pixie Dust on the blog. I transcribed it a few weeks ago, so there are minor changes from the upload.

I print out an arrangement of Simple Gifts by Aaron Copeland. I am struggling with it. It has been so long since I've done any sight reading at all and I was never much good at it. I did a few minutes of scales, and it has been a long time since I've done that as well. Dedicating half my limited piano time to composition has a significant cost.

I start taking Glucosamine pills to try and help with the many chronic aches and pains all over the body. It seems to be helping some, but it has only been a couple of days.
my piano uploads

#2316819 - 08/18/14 05:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
barbaram Online   content
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Registered: 09/06/13
Posts: 118
My achievement of the week: made a plan, and sort of stuck to it.

My first Schumann piece is coming together quite quickly, I only had HS on the plan for the week but got impatient and started HT on some sections. Gold star for starting at the end of the piece with this though!

Chopin progressing slowly, slowly. I broke down the task into simpler steps for the section I was getting stuck on, and that helped a lot.

SandTiger, hope the pills help
TallGuy, good luck with your mixing comp

#2316820 - 08/18/14 05:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
wimpiano Online   content
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Registered: 09/16/13
Posts: 1172
Loc: The Netherlands
@barbaram, that's good news for the Schumann recital smile

@SandTiger, that sucks, hope the pills help. I'll check out the pixie dust, seems fun.

@aTallGuyNH, sorry I was to late, I do have soundcloud but only read it after the deadline.

@JeanieA, I know what the feeling is of having a fresh tuned piano (I can't stop playing after the tuning) so I can imagine it must be wonderful to have all this work done!

My AOTW was actually taking part in the Recital. smile
I have been practicing the Op 68 no 14 for some time now. I can play it with the right dynamics and so on but not at the appropriate speed. Also tried to play Op 124 No 6, works well but again the speed and the dynamics. I suppose it's just out of my league and dynamics need a lot of practice.
Schimmel 116 S ..

#2316862 - 08/18/14 08:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: wimpiano]
SwissMS Online   content
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Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 710
Loc: Switzerland
I had my first lesson after a six week break (teacher vacation, my vacation), and my AOTW is that my teacher was very pleased with how I had progressed on my own with my three exam pieces. All three are at the polishing stage, and she liked what I had done so far. We just have some finessing to do. I guess that means that some of her "how to practice" lessons have sunk in!

Working on:
Handel - Allemande in A Minor
Bach - Inv. #14
Beethoven - Sonata #79 2nd mvmt
Kuhlau op. 88 - 3

#2316922 - 08/18/14 12:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
Donzo Offline
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Registered: 03/04/14
Posts: 47
Loc: British Columbia
@TallGuy - that venue looks amazing!

#2316963 - 08/18/14 02:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
briansaddleback Offline
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Registered: 01/27/14
Posts: 220
Loc: Irvine CA
Anybody in the south OC area (calif) interested in participating in a live recital? I talked to the activities director at a local Assisted-care center that has a yamaha grand piano in the lobby to see if I can play a recital for the residents there. She thought it was a wonderful idea and scheduled me in for Nov 15th in the morning for half hour.
After my delusions of grandeur passed and several weeks gone by practicing THREE NEW PIECES for this recital, I figured I will not be able to play all three. I dont know why I even thought I could. I am sure I can concentrate on one of the pieces and get it ready for a presentation that is respectable to the residents.

However that means I won't be able to fill the 30 min time slot. How is it going to be to do a one 3 minute piece for a recital? I am sure they won't mind but I won't like it.

So , if anyone nearby interested let me know. If you have a piece you're working on or can get ready by Nov 15th and interested in doing a live recital please contact me.
Nothing formal. this is all casually setup. No fee or anything. Just come with your piece play it, and then mingle and talk to the residents afterwards (they are very nice, they appreciate anyone playing piano for them, hardly anyone plays it).


Cloches a travers les feuilles

#2317240 - Yesterday at 09:10 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: briansaddleback]
JimF Offline
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Registered: 10/08/09
Posts: 1701
Loc: south florida
AOTW - I'm back at the bench with two hands again. thumb grin

Eased my left hand back in slowly starting on Friday. So far no pain, so it looks like a week off did the trick. Thanks for the support guys and gals...that one really had me worried.
La Fille aux cheveux de lin - Debussy
Ma Mere L'Oye - Ravel
Mozart Sonata K545

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#2317413 - Yesterday at 05:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
earlofmar Online   content
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Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 1487
Loc: Australia
Originally Posted By: JimF
AOTW - I'm back at the bench with two hands again. thumb grin

Eased my left hand back in slowly starting on Friday. So far no pain, so it looks like a week off did the trick. Thanks for the support guys and gals...that one really had me worried.

Yay! you have been very lucky to get back so soon. As an ex runner I had my fair share of injuries some lasting up to 6 months and now a permanent exclusion. Best to take it easy for a while and build back up.
I thought I understood endurance sport; then I took up piano

#2317530 - Yesterday at 11:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1948
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
I'm glad you are healing. Don't push it too hard.
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1

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