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#2557107 - 07/17/16 05:29 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Those are some wonderful achievements SwissMs!

Congratulations!
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#2557298 - 07/18/16 04:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well, they say learning and instrument, a new language, or giving up retirement keeps you young. I and still learning what feels like a new instrument every time I start practice, am linguistically challenged even in my mother tongue, but can attest to the third suggestion. Mind you there is another saying that I feel is appropriate - Never worked and never will. Although we have never worked harder in our lives, it remains a joy to be involved with what we have created. But to get back on topic, I had the best lesson ever last week. The first after about 8 weeks by now. I really had only played about 2 hrs after an extended absence so really wondered about even going and I am so glad I did. Beethoven's Sonata No15 is almost there. Into the last 10% was what my teacher proclaimed. Phew! Now for the fun bit.
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#2558882 - 07/26/16 03:41 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I started the Aria from the Goldburg Variations for a change of pace and was pretty pleased with my weeks work on it. A lesson helped simplify bars 21 and 23 with the really funny squiggles, which different people on Youtube play differently! But now I'm out of town so practice time is down. I know I could have nailed it this week. Will have to skip a lesson too so maybe I'll be back on track by then.
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#2559438 - 07/28/16 09:21 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW is resuming lessons after almost two months off. It's good to get back to lessons, though (sigh) they never get easier nerves-wise.
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#2560459 - 08/02/16 05:41 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I hear you Stubbie! I have THREE months off every year and it drives me absolutely insane. I won't get back to my teacher for another six weeks. frown

My AOTW was to see that my new pieces have not fallen apart after a week away from the piano (traveling for a little holiday). In fact they sounded pretty good.
I am pleased.

I have also found that these pieces are giving me more scope for being expressive - or maybe I've just picked up new skills that are letting me make the music sing in a fuller, more stirring way. Whatever the case, again, I am pleased.
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#2560465 - 08/02/16 06:05 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I's great that you're becoming more secure in your technique! But beware of playing OVER-expressively. There are examples on YouTube of concert pianists performing horribly over-wrought versions of a 'lollipop' like 'Minuet in G. They seem to find it hard to accept its simplicity. As we say when an actor is doing too much 'acting' - trust your material.

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#2560468 - 08/02/16 06:11 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
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Originally Posted By Exalted Wombat
I's great that you're becoming more secure in your technique! But beware of playing OVER-expressively. There are examples on YouTube of concert pianists performing horribly over-wrought versions of a 'lollipop' like 'Minuet in G. They seem to find it hard to accept its simplicity. As we say when an actor is doing too much 'acting' - trust your material.


Thanks! Your point is well taken. I've seen /heard some over-the-top performances too. I don't think I'm at risk for the moment simply because I am just starting to feel able to give a bit more smile For the future, I will trust that my own sense of good taste will keep me on track --- not to mention the fact that my teacher will be quick to set me straight should I even be tempted to get carried away!
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#2560469 - 08/02/16 06:12 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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oh, and btw... I'm actually working on 2 minuets in G smile (though they aren't my newest pieces).
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Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#2560485 - 08/02/16 07:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW is that on returning to the 40 piece challenge after neglecting it horribly between March and June, I've seen a dramatic improvement in my ability to get to grips with easier (for me) pieces.
Last year I took a bunch of my pieces for the challenge from Classics to Moderns Book 2, and they took me typically 1-2 weeks to get acceptable for the challenge.
This year I stepped up to Book 3, and over the last couple of weeks I've got a number of them to the "acceptable" point in 2-4 days, along with a couple of pieces from Faber Jazz & Blues Level 4 in a similar timeframe. Now admittedly I have also prioritised the challenge so the pieces are getting more time per day than the Book 2 pieces that were taking 1-2 weeks last year.
All the same, it's definitely the case that I'm taking material that's a bit more challenging, and I'm getting it basically playable more quickly, which is really encouraging.

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#2560527 - 08/02/16 10:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Excellent! Trust your musicianship, and trust the composer.

After all, you're hardly an 'adult beginner' any more. You've been posting here as long as I can remember. Time to graduate? :-)

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#2560638 - 08/02/16 05:09 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Exalted Wombat]
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Originally Posted By Exalted Wombat
Excellent! Trust your musicianship, and trust the composer.

After all, you're hardly an 'adult beginner' any more. You've been posting here as long as I can remember. Time to graduate? :-)


Well..... technically, having started to play as an adult, I will always be an adult beginner. smile

On the other hand, it is true, I am not at a beginner level anymore.

I am certainly not Pianist Corner material either.

I am just one of the many who will continue to hang out here because it is the friendliest place to be.
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Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#2560763 - 08/03/16 08:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Originally Posted By casinitaly


On the other hand, it is true, I am not at a beginner level anymore.

I am certainly not Pianist Corner material either.

I am just one of the many who will continue to hang out here because it is the friendliest place to be.




It is a comfort to know there are those of like mind out there!
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#2560766 - 08/03/16 08:38 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am off to my next lesson later today and I think things have changed quite dramatically lately. I am going with very specific questions for help in several pieces I am working on. It isn't just a weekly 'progress report' anymore and worrying about what Teacher thinks.
It's more about what I want to achieve and where I have got stuck. I probably can work through on my own but I know that he will immediately have a solution or suggestion that will make such a difference I'll hardly believe it. Guess that's why I pay the guy!
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#2561279 - 08/05/16 05:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Palmpirate I hear you! There's not always a good reason to struggle with figuring out something when you know that your teacher can sort you , and it, out in a flash.


My AOTW is that I played, for an audience.....and did really welll. I have NEVER played so well with someone listening.

It was my friend who helped me pick out my piano . We have decided to work on a duet, so he came over to work on it.

Before trying the duet he said he wanted to hear me play.

I played my Diabelli sonatina, 3 minuets, my 2 new pieces and Morning prayer.

I played so well that my husband came into the room to double-check who was playing. He said he'd never heard me play so well. (And he hasn't !)

My friend hadn't heard me play for about six months and he was impressed .

I am tickled pink. I feel this is a significant breakthrough.
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Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard. BobPickle
Performance anxiety: make it part of your daily routine and deal with it...Cope! zrtf90

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#2561300 - 08/05/16 06:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cas, that has got to feel just wonderful! Congratulations! That kind of experience is like a booster rocket that puts you in orbit. Enjoy!
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#2561327 - 08/05/16 08:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Wow! Cas, that's great!!!
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#2561362 - 08/06/16 02:11 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]
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Congratulations Casinitaly! That is quite a long program to play for an audience, and it sounds like you did fantastic!
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#2562654 - 08/12/16 12:45 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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CasinItaly, that made me smile very widely. Congratulations, that must be a great feeling!
What got me excited (like so many others here) is returning to lessons but even more than that, two things:
- with my teacher, a plan to work towards overcoming my performance anxiety
- and he has me moved me on to Grade 8 pieces :-) :-) :-)

The first is Mozart K309, starting with the Rondeau which I'm coping with very well.

So - I'm back to where I left off 38 years ago. Perhaps I will get to be good by the time I'm 60 after all.
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#2563404 - 08/15/16 01:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats C. thumb Sounds like you have really made a big transition in playing for other people. All those recitals and EPP's are paying off bigtime, as they should, in allowing you to relax and let your musicality come through. Sono molto felice per te!!

My AOTW is getting back to the bench after nearly three weeks away from the piano. Vacationed hiking and sightseeing across six western states. Had a fantastic time, culminating in my favorite niece's wedding in the Seattle area. It took a few days to get the Liszt and Bach pieces back to where they were, but the layoff has me hearing it better than before.... hoping that also translates into the playing as I resume work with my teacher this week.

I haven't contributed much around here lately, but I still read all of the posts.

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#2563797 - 08/17/16 07:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
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Three year pianoversary is today.

Boy those three years have gone by fast. Started at age 57, now I'm 60. Have probably played 500+ pieces of all sorts in that time frame.

Started with playing Mary Had a Little Lamb, just finished a Beethoven Sonatina in original form.

Goes to show what happens when you combine a great teacher, relentless work ethic, a great instrument, and spousal support.

And yes... The ABF has helped me along as well smile
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#2563905 - 08/17/16 03:32 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats Brian, it does seem like just yesterday when we were welcoming you to the board! Three years seems to be kind of a dividing line, to me anyway, where you often see people losing interest or motivation. I'm pretty sure you are not even remotely at risk. grin

Technical (microphone) problems aborted yesterday's skype lesson....argghhhh cry . But it was easily fixed and we did the lesson this morning. I knew she was going to have a new piece for me to start work on, but I had no idea it was going to be Ravel's Sonatine - Mvmt No.2 Menuet. Geeeez, that's what she played at our last recital. sick We spent the whole hour doing fingering just to the first repeat. She says it isn't that much of a stretch, but boy.... it sure looks like a finger-twister with all kinds of skills I don't yet have. Ah, well, nothing to do but get on with it I suppose. One thing I can say is that if I ever get to where I can play this, I will have figured out how to keep my hands very relaxed.

This guy plays some wonderfully expressive piano. I really like his interpretations.



here's the link in case the embedded function misfires Ravel's Sonatine: Menuet


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#2563926 - 08/17/16 04:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Brian, congratulations on your Year 3 anniversary!

Oh my goodness, yes, the time does go fast and yes, it is a lot of work, but you have the right teacher, the ability and desire to work hard, a good instrument, and the right spouse ( smile ). What blessings!

Now get back to practice. wink
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#2563929 - 08/17/16 05:05 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Stubbie]
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Congratulations Brian! Three years is quite a milestone, and you have progressed very well. Well done!
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#2564043 - 08/18/16 08:51 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]
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Thanks everyone! On to year 4... smile
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#2564710 - 08/21/16 12:11 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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There are two types of complements my teacher gives: Type 1: "That was good, but let's try......." or Type 2: "That was good. That was miles ahead of what you did last week. Good work."

My AOTW was getting a Type 2 compliment on one of my pieces and even getting a "pass" on it. I had worked hard on the piece with the metronome, and it paid off.
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#2564981 - 08/22/16 08:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Congrats BrianDX on your pianoversary! Great achievement - not just the 3 year timespan, but the attitude, the diligence, and the progress actually made in that time.

Well done too to Stubbie, Casinitaly, Cathryn, SWissMS - and anyone I've left out who's recently shared an AOTW smile

I'm putting a lot of focus on the 40 piece challenge this month, trying to catch up on lost ground. I'm hoping to be "only" a month behind by the end of Aug smile.
My small AOTW is that I'm accidentally tackling some trickier pieces within the challenge, and it's not a complete disaster smile
I picked a piece from what I *thought* was a selection of Gr 3-ish pieces. Thought it was awfully tough at the grade until I discovered it's on the ABRSM Gr 5 syllabus smile
I'm certainly not claiming to be playing the piece well after just a few days, but I am pleased at what progress I have made, especially as I found it hard to get to grips with initially (ie not just hard to play the notes, but hard to make sense of musically). There's good learning in it for me, for sure!

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