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#2128368 - 08/05/13 08:08 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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#2128371 - 08/05/13 08:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I recorded a Bach prelude for the recital. But no guarantee if I could figure out mp3 thing. I tried and spent 1 hour but could not even get it out of the Zoom. I put it in my company's laptop then there is no sound. It could be a control issue - they make it impossible for an employee to use it personally. My husband is on our family computer all day.

I vote for a big turkey dinner for your husband, then use his computer after he falls asleep.


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I achieved one of my quite technical pieces for my exam. However, I studied it more or less all day long yesterday having little breaks in between. I was eager to finish it (two pages long) and was determined to get to the end without much delay. Yes I did it, but I tired myself out too much and today I do not have the mental energy to do any piano as it tired me out.

I think I did it too quickly but I did not want to take too much time over it because I wanted to get it over and done with. So, I sat glued to the piano more or less for two solid days doing the piece. Now I think what is the point of the achievement if it tires you out so much you are not capable of anything else but sleep.

I was practicing it until midnight and only had two bars left to go and thought rather than sleep and carry on the following day, I would plod on because whats two bars. I actually stoped at 1am when I had completed the final two bars and then decided to play the whole of the second page which I was struggling with from start to finish.

The first page was easier to do.

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On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

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Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

???

What was this referring to?


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#2128399 - 08/05/13 09:25 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: aTallGuyNH]  
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On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

???

What was this referring to?


Translating Frere Jacques into English, particularly in a way that distorts and obscures the meaning.

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Today I was playing both of my Grieg pieces and attempting to record them. After I finished recording, Mr. SwissMS called from the other room in a surprised voice, "Those are sounding pretty good! I am really enjoying hearing you play." This is from someone who absolutely hated the pieces when I first started them. Well, that made my day and is my AOTW!

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Originally Posted by SwissMS
Today I was playing both of my Grieg pieces and attempting to record them. After I finished recording, Mr. SwissMS called from the other room in a surprised voice, "Those are sounding pretty good! I am really enjoying hearing you play." This is from someone who absolutely hated the pieces when I first started them. Well, that made my day and is my AOTW!


That IS an achievement! I look forward to hearing them too!


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
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Today I was playing both of my Grieg pieces and attempting to record them. After I finished recording, Mr. SwissMS called from the other room in a surprised voice, "Those are sounding pretty good! I am really enjoying hearing you play." This is from someone who absolutely hated the pieces when I first started them. Well, that made my day and is my AOTW!


That IS an achievement! I look forward to hearing them too!


I hope he was suitably rewarded :-)

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Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

???

What was this referring to?


Translating Frere Jacques into English, particularly in a way that distorts and obscures the meaning.
And here I thought "Are You Sleeping" was just a simple, innocent children's song that our grade-school music teachers thought would be good to use to help us learn how to sing in a round. How dare they!
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#2128734 - 08/06/13 12:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Originally Posted by FarmGirl

More papers on the piano. Orange marks show where my part is. Unlike 1 piano duet, for two piano duet, both parts shows up on the same page. I had been confusing the parts before I colored it in yellow.
It does look difficult to read. I understand that you want to see both parts, but it would maybe be nice if the other part was printed maybe in a gray color, so it would be easier to follow your part. Are you going to record this for us to hear?


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Originally Posted by MaryBee
Originally Posted by FarmGirl

More papers on the piano. Orange marks show where my part is. Unlike 1 piano duet, for two piano duet, both parts shows up on the same page. I had been confusing the parts before I colored it in yellow.
It does look difficult to read. I understand that you want to see both parts, but it would maybe be nice if the other part was printed maybe in a gray color, so it would be easier to follow your part. Are you going to record this for us to hear?


My husband is going to record me at the SummerKey as long as Mr. Potterton does not object. He won't picture him anyway. If he says, no I will record myself with my teacher in my October recital.


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FarmGirl I was reading posts from my phone yesterday and didn't see the picture, I couldn't figure out what was being talked about! As soon as I saw the photo.....wow.... I would definitely have to highlight my part if I had a score like that.
I wonder why it is written that way? There must be a reason, but it eludes me at the moment.

If you play in an orchestra you don't get all the parts of all the instruments on your music (well, the conductor does, but that's different), why would you need it for a piano duet?

(p.s. - I tried googling this but so far the only thing I've learned is that 2 people + 1 piano = duet, it seems that 2 people,+ 2 pianos = duo ) Live and learn.




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Originally Posted by casinitaly
FarmGirl I was reading posts from my phone yesterday and didn't see the picture, I couldn't figure out what was being talked about! As soon as I saw the photo.....wow.... I would definitely have to highlight my part if I had a score like that.
I wonder why it is written that way? There must be a reason, but it eludes me at the moment.

If you play in an orchestra you don't get all the parts of all the instruments on your music (well, the conductor does, but that's different), why would you need it for a piano duet?

(p.s. - I tried googling this but so far the only thing I've learned is that 2 people + 1 piano = duet, it seems that 2 people,+ 2 pianos = duo ) Live and learn.



My guess is that you need to see what other piano is doing. There are solo parts for each piano and I would miss when to come in if I just count it. Also it helps me get back on track when I get off. 1 piano 4 hands duet requires you to sit side by side, so it makes logical sense to print each part in each side of the score. But I really don't see a strong reason for it. Two piano scores come in a set of two for each piano. This must be a good question for Nicoras. I bet he knows.


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Originally Posted by MaryBee
Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

???

What was this referring to?


Translating Frere Jacques into English, particularly in a way that distorts and obscures the meaning.
And here I thought "Are You Sleeping" was just a simple, innocent children's song that our grade-school music teachers thought would be good to use to help us learn how to sing in a round. How dare they!
laugh


It's no big deal. But why not leave it in French? It opens doors.

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Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
On the basis "If you don't understand something, don't extend your understanding to cover it - get someone to dumb it down for you? OK. :-)

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What was this referring to?


Translating Frere Jacques into English, particularly in a way that distorts and obscures the meaning.


When I grew up in England we learned the French version. Now, whether us completely mashing up French words is really any better than a dodgy translation I can't say!

I do remember speaking to some Scandinavians at University who said their cartoons were never dubbed or subtitled. Whatever language they were in, that's what you got. Good move, though now I realize why so many Norwegians say "eat my shorts" wink


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Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat

It's no big deal. But why not leave it in French? It opens doors.


But surely Fra Martino campanaro is a much nicer guy than that Frère Jacques wink

Besides, I'm a translator... I don't want English speakers to learn any other language, okay? smokin


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It's no big deal. But why not leave it in French? It opens doors.


But surely Fra Martino campanaro is a much nicer guy than that Frère Jacques wink


Which is the whole point! He's a lazy s.o.b. Is he a metaphor for a whole class of clerics? For something else? Learning horizons widen...

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Originally Posted by sinophilia
Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat

It's no big deal. But why not leave it in French? It opens doors.


But surely Fra Martino campanaro is a much nicer guy than that Frère Jacques wink

Besides, I'm a translator... I don't want English speakers to learn any other language, okay? smokin


LOL!
At least in the US you're doing pretty well for the moment, anyway.


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Yesterday I went to my husband workplace; in the canteen there is a nice grand and I wanted to try it. It's a Yamaha C3 (so I was told), and I had a wonderful quarter of hour with it before the children started to get bored and to make noise. Next time I plan to drop them at the swimming pool before going to play...
Last year there was an even better Bechstein in the same place, but it was a loan because the Yamaha was under repair. What a fantastic experience is playing a nice grand!


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Next time I plan to drop them at the swimming pool before going to play...


Congrats...that is some experience. Personally, those children would be spending lots of time at the pool. smile


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MaryBee -your teacher's performance sounds very interesting - and so do your theory and experimentation lessons! I suspect we'll hear some original work from you in the future! Which Debussy are you working on?
The entire concert was interesting -- all works from modern composers, played in an intimate setting. As for my improvisation, I don't know if that will go anywhere, but it's fun to play with it. The Debussy is "Sarabande" from the set "Pour Le Piano". You can listen to a version here . My teacher suggested that I check out this piece, thinking that I might like to learn it. I actually didn't like it when I listened to it the first time. But then I printed out the music and sat down and played it, and I became entranced. Now the more I play it, the more I'm getting to love it; it is so rich and textured. (This seems to be a common problem with me and Debussy. I don't like listening to much of his music, but it is so interesting and beautiful to play!)


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Torquenale: that sounds like fun! Much more fun than your dp eh?
Good idea to drop off the kids at the pool first next time.

Marybee, I'm listening to the Sarabande as I type - what an interesting piece. I am hearing some similarities to the Grieg piece I am learning. I notice that this piece is over 5 minutes- you are doing so well with focus!

My Grieg piece is the longest I've tried so far. I believe that it will end up being about 3 - 3.5 minutes. That's double most of my pieces. smile

My AOTW is to have realized exactly how much I have to slow down to get things right in 2 pieces, and to have made good use of my metronome and my recordings.


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my aotw is finally getting some good practice in. i'm starting to really get better at practicing! also getting rid of silly little things i always do like they are rules when really, they aren't!! i just need to open my hand and find the obvious fingering instead of making it so gosh darn hard on myself like its a mystical puzzle, hint, its not! haha

i can't wait to hear these recital pieces you all submit!


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Originally Posted by MaryBee
Originally Posted by casinitaly
MaryBee -your teacher's performance sounds very interesting - and so do your theory and experimentation lessons! I suspect we'll hear some original work from you in the future! Which Debussy are you working on?
The entire concert was interesting -- all works from modern composers, played in an intimate setting. As for my improvisation, I don't know if that will go anywhere, but it's fun to play with it. The Debussy is "Sarabande" from the set "Pour Le Piano". You can listen to a version here . My teacher suggested that I check out this piece, thinking that I might like to learn it. I actually didn't like it when I listened to it the first time. But then I printed out the music and sat down and played it, and I became entranced. Now the more I play it, the more I'm getting to love it; it is so rich and textured. (This seems to be a common problem with me and Debussy. I don't like listening to much of his music, but it is so interesting and beautiful to play!)


I like your Debussy piece. It sounds deep, beautiful and complex. It will require a well developed musicianship. I think it's a perfect fit for you. It will be a while before I can try good stuff like this. I will have to take a few bscksteps now. The experience of working on Mozart piece convinced me that I would need to build more solid technique. I restart scales regiment along with classical period pieces. I don't like classical period works as much as other periods.


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MaryBee - I'm listening to Debussy Sarabande and think it is just a marvelous piece....words like rich and sonorous with many colors come to mind. Would love to hear how it sounds on my piano.

Sweet06 - Good for you refining your practice strategies. You are right, it isn't magic and doing what feels easy and natural is often the right approach (although not always).

My AOTW is finally getting over myself and going ahead with a submission to the quarterly recital. It is the same Scriabin recording I put in the piano bar....thanks to those of you who encouraged me to go ahead and submit it to the recital. Also, at my lesson yesterday I was able to play one of my best performances of the MacDowell piece. My teacher says she no longer needs to hear it, but I will keep working it...maybe a future submission. Oh, and I have a new piece to work on....the beautiful aria O Mio Babbino Caro, from Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi. It is one of the easier arrangements but features one of my weakest points...continuous legato arpeggios thoughout in the left hand...so will likely provide plenty of challenge.



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This is more like a AOTD. Yes, excited....
The Rally motivated lyrics for me....

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All excited
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His life will remain
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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Here in NH for our Motorcycle Week in Loudon there seems to be at least one fatality each year. I'm sure the lack of a helmet law here is a contributing factor... drives me crazy.


Look on the bright side! "Organ donors on wheels" the casualty doctors call them. We need a supply of young, fit spare parts.

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Originally Posted by Exalted Wombat
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Here in NH for our Motorcycle Week in Loudon there seems to be at least one fatality each year. I'm sure the lack of a helmet law here is a contributing factor... drives me crazy.


Look on the bright side! "Organ donors on wheels" the casualty doctors call them. We need a supply of young, fit spare parts.

Ha! However, the vast majority are neither young nor fit. smile


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