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#2436049 - 06/27/15 08:18 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Isabelle1949]
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Originally Posted By Isabelle1949
That's great Brian!!! How did the Bosendorfer feel?

Well the action was perfect as one might expect; just a bit of firmness and consistent across all of the keys.

I've always felt an action that is too firm is "pushing back at you", whereas too soft an action is "you pushing into the piano".
Just right feels like "you and the piano are one".

BTW: Apologies to Rich; His last name is Galassini; but then you knew that? smirk
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#2436063 - 06/27/15 09:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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[quote=casinitaly

My ATOW... well, there could be a few.

I also played my Tchaikovsky well, despite not having touched it for a week, due to travels....

which brings me to another set of ATO....week, and lifetime.
and of course we played some piano together.
It was great fun!
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I think that should be called a Wow of a Week!
Wonderful to hear you had such a great one!
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#2436951 - 06/30/15 09:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Sorry Farmgirl, does soaking your thumb in hot water help?

My aotw was trying an E major scale without any reference. I guessed every note correctly the first time. Perhaps I am developing a musical ear.
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#2436964 - 06/30/15 10:24 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Nice story and picture Cheryl!

My AOTW (or AOTY): I finished Essential Keyboard Repertoire Vol 1. laugh
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#2437213 - 07/01/15 06:44 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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I am so proud of myself!!!!!!

I met with my first teacher this morning, for a tea, and in the cafe, there was a piano!

I played my Clementi for her, with people talking and the radio blaring around me.
I went at a much faster clip than usual, but it worked out just fine.

I am thrilled.
What a confidence booster for the piano party this weekend!!!
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#2437226 - 07/01/15 08:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Woot! smile That is terrific, casinitaly.
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#2437235 - 07/01/15 08:54 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well done, Cheryl!
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#2437257 - 07/01/15 09:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: UKIkarus]
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Wow! You are on a role, Casinitaly! I am looking forward to hearing your Sonatina on Saturday. See you soon.
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#2437283 - 07/01/15 11:01 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Well done Casinitaly!
My AOTW is a leap forward in my planned August ABF piece. It needs plenty of polishing still but it's made one of those non-linear jumps of improvement which is most satisfying. That feeling when you go from "I'm never going to have this section really fluid at tempo" to thinking that, just perhaps, you will :-)

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#2437337 - 07/01/15 12:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Cas, nice going on playing for your first teacher--and doing it in a public place. thumb

Barbaram, going from the "I'm never going to get this" to the "maybe I can do it after all" stage is *such* a rewarding feeling. I think it's what keeps me going.


My AOTW is (1) the piano tuner came yesterday and tuned our new piano, which sounds wonderful again, and (2) at the least, I maintained where I was before with my pieces after nearly three weeks of vacation. It felt good to get back to the bench, especially with a freshly tuned piano.
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#2437530 - 07/01/15 04:26 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Loc: south florida
Have a great time in Switzerland you guys and gals that are going. I am 100% sure that SwissMs and her hubby will put on a great EPP. Maybe next year for me.



Jim
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#2437653 - 07/01/15 10:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: JimF]
BrianDX Offline
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Wow I'm jealous! Maybe folks on the Atlantic cost should organize our own get-together. Problem is, the tallest "mountain" here in Delaware is about 25 feet tall! shocked

My AOTW is finally getting the feel for both of my original form Beethoven pieces. Yesterday nothing was working. Today, things are working better. I'm devoting 10 hours between tonight and Monday's lesson to see if I can get the five pieces I'm currently working on in presentable form.

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#2437976 - 07/02/15 07:31 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Loc: British Columbia

My AOTW is to figure out the melody of a song that I want to play. A favorite tune for me in my guitar days was "At My Funeral" by the Crash Test Dummies. I have the guitar chords. I looked to see if I could buy the sheet music but apparently CTD music is not available. (I heard a rumor that due to disagreements between band members, some stuff is under dispute and sheet music is unlikely to ever be available.... not sure if it is true.)

Anyway, was thinking of trying to work out my own arrangement via the guitar chords... and after... I dunno how long but not that long, had the full melody (i.e. the "vocal" notes) worked out from start to finish including the bridge. Feel pretty chuffed! I know this is not that hard... but it is not something I've tried to do before - except for Yankee Doodle which doesn't count - so feels like a major achievement.

I played it for my wife and she even recognized the tune! Wow smile

Next I want to put it down on the staff using musescore software so that I can start playing with the supporting chords etc.

I have a long break from lessons because of my schedule and my teacher's schedule, so I'm hoping to surprise her with some unplanned independent investigation.

Don
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#2437978 - 07/02/15 07:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Registered: 04/18/09
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Loc: *sigh* Salt Lake City
ping ping ping ping ping ping ping

pung pung pung pung pung pung pung

*rockin' to the beat of the tuner*
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#2438043 - 07/02/15 10:38 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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Decided to get more lessons @ my son's year end recital, so I had my lesson #3 today.
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#2439260 - Today at 03:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]
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My AOTW, or maybe really of the year, was getting through my pieces at the European piano party.
The first party, in Brussels, I ran into troubles and couldn't recover.....total train wreck.it felt awful, even though everyone was very kind and encouraging.

The second party, in Lisbon, I did only marginally better. Folks were still encouraging, but I was so disappointed.

This year, Lucerne, I still had troubles, but I was able to keep playing. I know I can do better, but this year was a huge leap forward in dealing with nerves and even more importantly, I had fun and didn't feel horrible about my performance.

I am, of course, disappointed that I couldn't play as well as I know I can when I am alone, and I know my playing was nothing to write home about, but the fact that I could recover was very comforting. I now feel that there is a chance of doing better next time.
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