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#2703132 - 01/08/18 09:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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For the first time in a while, I feel musically organised!
I always enjoy the threads here around the end of the year where we look back on last year's goals and see how we did, and set goals for the year to come.
I didn't do too badly this year all told, but there are some familiar patterns all the same - certain things that every year I say will be a goal for the year to come and somehow I don't make them stick.
So I decided to put a reminder in my diary for the last weekend of each month to look over my piano goals for the year, and think about what I want to focus on for the month to come.
This naturally led to the idea that I should do the same for this month, and somehow or other I seem to have happened upon a really simple, low-maintenance practice notebook approach.

This is such a January-type achievement, lets see if it still holds up in May smile

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#2703160 - 01/08/18 11:26 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Skullie, welcome to PW and to the ABF. I second the recommendation for MOYD. It is so simple but for many of us remarkably effective and satisfying to keep up with.

Barbaram, a really simple, low maintenance practice notebook is another one of those satisfying--and helpful--aids some of us like to have at hand. Whether it's a quick glance at our goals or a short note about a measure that needs work, it serves to focus our minds and reinforce our intentions at the piano. By the way, you know you're going to have to report back in May on your success or failure.... laugh


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#2703303 - 01/08/18 07:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I bought a binder and clear sheet protectors hold my original sheet music on the pieces I'm working on. I currently have 7 that I have learned in the past two years, and adding another seven with a goal of finishing them in the next two. I've inserted notebook sheet tabs for everyday of the week with one maintenance piece and one new one for each day. I make my notes on the sheets with a permanent marker and use a magic rub eraser to make changes. I did this with the goal of maintaining, learning new pieces, and to get my MOYD for this year,

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#2703339 - 01/09/18 12:13 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I started focusing on Ravel’s jeaux d’eau. Have the first 12 bars sorted out and now turned the page and looked at the next 5 - that’ll do. Read through ahead a bit - real finger and hand gymnastics to figure out how to play those notes.
Oh, and decided to do the Debussy recital so will have to learn to make a decent recording and how to upload it!


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#2703594 - 01/10/18 02:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I had my first lesson of the new year yesterday.

i have been not-so dedicated over the holidays - some problems with work have left me feeling somewhat demoralized and without energy. I played every day but my concentration levels just weren't up to absorbing much.

Nonetheless my lesson was a good one. I talked to my teacher about working at trying to perform Traumerie and memorizing it - I played it for him and it was ...."so-so".... and we did a review - it was all good and definitely worthwhile.
So, despite not working too much over the holidays my music year is still off to a nice start.


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#2703615 - 01/10/18 05:40 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


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#2703676 - 01/10/18 10:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: dogperson]  
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Originally Posted by dogperson
Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


Exactly. My teacher can always make it worthwhile.
I only cancel or reschedule if I'm sick or out of town. I just confess if I haven't practiced sufficiently.


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#2703881 - 01/11/18 03:42 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]  
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by dogperson
Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


Exactly. My teacher can always make it worthwhile.
I only cancel or reschedule if I'm sick or out of town. I just confess if I haven't practiced sufficiently.


I fully agree.

Since I started lessons in 2010 I think I have missed 2 because I was sick. I never cancel for any other reason.


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#2703935 - 01/11/18 10:57 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Originally Posted by casinitaly
Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by dogperson
Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


Exactly. My teacher can always make it worthwhile.
I only cancel or reschedule if I'm sick or out of town. I just confess if I haven't practiced sufficiently.


I fully agree.

Since I started lessons in 2010 I think I have missed 2 because I was sick. I never cancel for any other reason.

Another +1. Frankly, I never feel fully prepared for a lesson, but that seems to have little bearing on how much I get out of a lesson.

I cancel only when I'm out of town (haven't been sick, knock on wood). My teacher reschedules for illness, travel, and occasionally when she has a concert coming up. I never play everything I'm working on at a lesson, anyway (not enough time), so for that lesson I can leave out the piece that I feel least prepared to play.


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#2703938 - 01/11/18 11:02 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin]  
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by dogperson
Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


Exactly. My teacher can always make it worthwhile.
I only cancel or reschedule if I'm sick or out of town. I just confess if I haven't practiced sufficiently.

I too always find lessons worthwhile. It’s important to have a good relationship with your teacher so it’s not a problem to ‘fess up to bad practice weeks. There’s always something to work on. I laugh if sometimes he finds something the first minute I start playing and tell him he’s earned his money already...... I complained in working on the Listzt Villa e’este Opening chord runs that I wished my 3rd and 4 the finishers were shorter because I just couldn’t play the left hand as smoothly as I liked at speed - it should be so easy..... (!) he has been round the side of the piano and just listening but said he had wondered what on earth I meant so he to come around to take a look when immediately he saw what the problem was. Flatten your hand - you have too much tension ! What a difference it was immediately so much easier... I had been brought up to keep my fingers relatively rounded even if elevated a little to do fast finger work. It take s a real pianist to understand the finer points of playing and so worth while finding your ‘guru’ with whom you can be comfortable enough to mention the littelist things about what you are trying to do. Wish I could have had such guidance in my youth but am so enjoying the discoveries now!


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#2703961 - 01/11/18 11:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Palmpirate]  
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Originally Posted by Palmpirate
Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by dogperson
Hi Casinitaly
It is s good feeling when you don’t feel prepared for a lesson but it still goes well. That is exactly why I never cancel a lesson: even when I don’t feel prepared or focused; there are still things to learn... and it seems to force me to be accountable


Exactly. My teacher can always make it worthwhile.
I only cancel or reschedule if I'm sick or out of town. I just confess if I haven't practiced sufficiently.

I too always find lessons worthwhile. It’s important to have a good relationship with your teacher so it’s not a problem to ‘fess up to bad practice weeks. There’s always something to work on. I laugh if sometimes he finds something the first minute I start playing and tell him he’s earned his money already...... I complained in working on the Listzt Villa e’este Opening chord runs that I wished my 3rd and 4 the finishers were shorter because I just couldn’t play the left hand as smoothly as I liked at speed - it should be so easy..... (!) he has been round the side of the piano and just listening but said he had wondered what on earth I meant so he to come around to take a look when immediately he saw what the problem was. Flatten your hand - you have too much tension ! What a difference it was immediately so much easier... I had been brought up to keep my fingers relatively rounded even if elevated a little to do fast finger work. It take s a real pianist to understand the finer points of playing and so worth while finding your ‘guru’ with whom you can be comfortable enough to mention the littelist things about what you are trying to do. Wish I could have had such guidance in my youth but am so enjoying the discoveries now!


I know exactly what you mean! I tell my teacher "I've been struggling with this all week- help!" - and in a flash, he has the solution!

Just one of these was a slight shifting of my wrist that allowed me to play an octave with a note in the middle. without rotating my wrist, it wasn't possible , and it just didn't occur to me to make that change (at that time). Last week I was looking at a new piece and there was a huge stretch with a note in the middle and I just played around until I found the right position to allow me to play all three notes at the same time. Once you know the trick you wonder why you didn't think of it on your own - but we just (or speaking for myself, anyway ) ... I just don't have the experience to think of these things. That's just one small thing that makes me apprecitate having a teacher - there are so many more!


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#2704321 - 01/12/18 03:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Hi All,

I just came back to the forums to sign up for MOYD for 2018. Last year's effort was successful, so I will hopefully duplicate it again this year. I haven't had a lot of time to read the forum; so much so, that I missed my annual piano anniversary post by several weeks; it has been four years now... and I am still at it!

I had my first piano lesson of the year on Wednesday. I did a pretty good job on the pieces I have been working on over the holiday break, that was encouraging. I continue to add pieces to my repertory; handy when I have a piano to play, but no music on hand.

I try to practice on the grand piano available at my church when I can, and I have received compliments from the pre-schoolers and stage hands that come upon my practice there, every now and then. Unfortunately, I was not able to play a Christmas carol for the pre-schoolers as requested by their teachers recently, so I guess I need to add some to my repertory by next season!

Thanks,

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#2706083 - Yesterday at 11:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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My AOTW was hearing from my teacher that my Beethoven made three weeks progress in one week! She was really impressed with how it had come together this week. That always feels good to hear! All of my exam pieces are now in the polishing stage.

I talked to her about the 40 piece challenge, but she had a new twist on it for me try. She wants to me do everything from a grade 1 piece through a grade 7. The idea would be that the grade 1-2 would take a day, grade 3-4 a couple of days, and then things would slow down until a grade 7 might take a couple of weeks. Then I start over at grade 1. In the mean time, I am continuing on my long term pieces, which are all exam choices for ABRSM 8. I added Chopin Prelude in Db (Raindrop) as my grade seven choice. It has been on my bucket list for a long time! I am excited to finally play it! Now piano is really becoming fun!

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I don't usually post here, but I was so relieved after my gig today - my recoveries were almost as good as they were 4 years ago! And I had people stay to listen for a full hour, instead of just 45 minutes! Maybe I'm finally catching up after 3 years of not getting to practice much. Whew!


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SwissMS, way to go with speed-learning the Beethoven. Not an easy task. Are you taking the 40 pieces challenge pieces from the ABRSM syllabus? I did the 'Raindrop' prelude a short time ago. It's a wonderful piece.

Jotur, congrats on the successful gig. You are back in the saddle.


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SwissMS, I think your teacher's version of the 40 piece challenge is the way the challenge was originally intended. I'll be looking forward to hearing your Raindrop Prelude.


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