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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2735684
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Casinitaly and monkeeys -- thanks for the best wishes. Looking forward to reporting in! Just need to put together a recording before the recital deadline smile


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2735691
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I had a great lesson yesterday. For once, all of my pieces went very well. My AOTW was playing my Beethoven Sonata (F minor op. 2 no. 1) much faster and pretty fluently. It is about final tempo now. That piece has really tested me over the last few months, and it came off quite well. So, all three of my ABRSM exam pieces are at an acceptable level - six months in advance! So, of course, I am going to learn an another alternate. All three of the pieces that I had chosen are fast, and technically challenging. I decided my final piece should be something calmer as a contrast. So, I am learning Brahms Intermezzo in A minor as an alternate C piece. I love this piece, and I do best with romantic music, so it should be a good piece to end on. With that, I have an A piece I am confident of, two learned Beethoven sonata movements to choose from, and two C pieces to choose from. So I am feeling more confident about a fall grade 8!

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That is quite an accomplishment SwissMS. That kind of dedication is truly inspiring. Great job.


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Originally Posted by SwissMS
I had a great lesson yesterday. For once, all of my pieces went very well. My AOTW was playing my Beethoven Sonata (F minor op. 2 no. 1) much faster and pretty fluently. It is about final tempo now. That piece has really tested me over the last few months, and it came off quite well. So, all three of my ABRSM exam pieces are at an acceptable level - six months in advance! So, of course, I am going to learn an another alternate. All three of the pieces that I had chosen are fast, and technically challenging. I decided my final piece should be something calmer as a contrast. So, I am learning Brahms Intermezzo in A minor as an alternate C piece. I love this piece, and I do best with romantic music, so it should be a good piece to end on. With that, I have an A piece I am confident of, two learned Beethoven sonata movements to choose from, and two C pieces to choose from. So I am feeling more confident about a fall grade 8!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2735894
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It's our ATOW thread's birthday - 8 years today!
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It's been a wonderful little nook to meet with so many of you and a real joy to read about everyone's progress.


It's the place I always feel I can come to post and I feel that I've made some truly wonderful friends as we've journeyed together these past few years. Some of these folks I've also had the great pleasure of meeting in person.

We've got the most replies of any thread in the ABF, which really tells you how much we want and need to share our baby-steps! - We're second in views only to the Chopin thread, but hey, he's in a category all by himself, isn't he?

Looking forward to another great year with all of you!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2735897
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Happy Birthday AOTW!! This has been a great thread for letting us recognize that we all enjoy our piano journey. We celebrate the victories, and commiserate over the bumps in the road. I too have met some wonderful people in this thread!

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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2735931
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Casinitaly, little did you know when you started this thread what kind of 'legs' it would have!

AOTW reflects what we go through when learning to play the piano--plenty of setbacks and flashes of discouragement, but then the glorious moments when something works and maybe we do a little fist-pump and say, "Yes!"


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Well I'm so glad I joined the party! Happy Birthday everyone.
My week was amazing. starting with a low because we were going to Calgary and I'm miss my lesson. Getting back Friday and having to struggle out again to the last of the season concert with our local Okanagan Symphony with the Griffon Trio playing Ludwig van Beethoven, Triple Concerto, Op. 56 in C Major. Too much effort, really, but - What a delight! and at the After Party meeting Jammie Parker, and lots of other wonderful people, only to realize I was his 'Grand Student' How's that you might wonder. Well he was my teacher's teacher... ! What a strange connection but very exciting to realize, and very very humbling!
Went to a master class he was holding the next day and again very humbled by the talent those young people exhibited.... just a young girl playing Chopin Concerto no 2....unbelievable. I'm off to open a bottle of something nice - Retirement is peachy right now!


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Passing my first exams today is my big achievement this week! laugh

It is inspiring to read you too!


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Originally Posted by Jouishy
Passing my first exams today is my big achievement this week! laugh

It is inspiring to read you too!


Bravo! That is quite an AOTW 😊


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Jouishy - Congratulation on passing your exam! that is quite an achievement!

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Happy 8 years to all you AOTWers!! Time sure flies when you're having this much fun.

And congrats on all your accomplishments, big and small. thumb

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Originally Posted by casinitaly
It's our ATOW thread's birthday - 8 years today!
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We've got the most replies of any thread in the ABF, which really tells you how much we want and need to share our baby-steps! - We're second in views only to the Chopin thread, but hey, he's in a category all by himself, isn't he?



There's no comparison to the Chopinistas. I've looked at that thread, and, there's hardly any achievements at all! So depressing. shocked Here, achievement is all we do! thumb

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Happy birthday to us! This is such a fab thread!

Well done Jouishy, great achievement on your exam result.
SwissMS, you are a model and an inspiration and you deserve to sail through your Grade 8!

My AOTW is just something small. It's the kind of week month where I have to think hard to identify the achievements - my focus is elsewhere and my piano is not getting a lot of my energy and attention! That said, I am working on a piece that I started years ago after leaving school and finishing lessons. I did not have the useful self learning tips I have picked up on this board back then, and there is so much about how I approached learning that piece that was terrible!
I devised some really awful fingering for one small section, which has stuck with me over the years and has led me to trip up in this spot every time. This week, I changed the fingering. It's not perfectly ingrained yet - if I'm not concentrating.,my fingers can still find themselves playing the old pattern. But it's much better and at a time when progress is very slow it's great to be able to look at this small section and feel that a problem has been tackled!

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That’s a great achievement to report, Barbaram! I think all of our progress is made up of these seemingly tiny moments of concentrated attention.


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My achievement of the week is NOT over-enthusiastically agreeing to “adopt” ($$) a 55-year-old baby grand that I don’t really have room for. The thought of having a real acoustic piano at home, and the lightness and joy the first time I tried playing it, gave me the bug... When I bought my Yamaha N1 last year, I didn’t really know what I was looking for, listening for, or feeling for—I based my decision in significant part on the opinions of others. It makes sense for me, where I live, and it’s a great digital piano. But something in me wants the complexity of a REAL piano!
Luckily, before I committed to rearranging my home and bank account to accommodate my friend’s daughter’s uncle’s baby grand piano, I got some good advice from Ed McMorrow and others. And then I braved my stage fright by trying out some pianos at a couple of the local dealers. There are other paths to pianistic nirvana: acoustic upright with a silent system, perhaps? I can enjoy the process of piano-hunting, and a year or more on the journey sounds like fun!


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Originally Posted by Ralphiano
shocked Here, achievement is all we do! thumb


Love it! Reminds me of my personal motto from my running/biking days: every step/mile a new personal record! There is always something to celebrate: wettest ride, shortest run, biggest mood-improvement....


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SwissMS that sounds like a whole fistfull of achievements! Way to go!


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My achievement of the week is the realization that I've actually gotten a bit better since I had stopped lessons around 9 years ago. I picked out a piece that I had hoped could be my ABF recital piece. Despite not getting it good enough for the recital, I was pleasantly surprised at how well and how quickly I was able to sight read it. My note recognition was noticeably better than before, and my hands just seemed to know appropriate fingering and automatically go to the right places.


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I was excited enough to submit a piece to the 50th ABF recital after receiving a PM advertising it. It's been a while since the previous time.


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Not sure what to claim as an AOTW this time. It’s great to hear about all those exam successes. I would be terrified at the prospect now, knowing so much more than I did way back when.... !
I played for my teacher - 3 weeks since last session - and although I seem to have done a lot I admitted to being ‘tired’ of them. I didn’t feel engaged with the music any more. His greatly reassuring comment was that that’s part of the cycle..... really ..... it’s normal to just want to throw the scores out after working so long and so hard with them! So I guess my achievement of the week is that I’m still here.


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I didn't have a piano lesson last week (boohoo) as my teacher was away, but I played with the Piano Performance Anxiety Group, and I did the Chopin Waltz (the same one I submitted to the 50th recital.
I have increased my speed from when I recorded it - and I played it (though I say so myself) quite well! The group applauded and one fellow said "wow, you didn't play it that well last time, you've really improved!".

That was a delightful moment, and I feel a great AOTW.


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
The group applauded and one fellow said "wow, you didn't play it that well last time, you've really improved!".



What a goose-bumpy moment! thumb Did you get them as well? laugh

Your group sounds so cool! cool

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Originally Posted by Ralphiano
Originally Posted by casinitaly
The group applauded and one fellow said "wow, you didn't play it that well last time, you've really improved!".



What a goose-bumpy moment! thumb Did you get them as well? laugh

Your group sounds so cool! cool

I didn’t get goose bumpy, but my heart was all warm and glowing 😁
They are a great group. We are all so much more confident in our playing now , after seven months of working and playing together.
I am really keen to see how we do at the recital in June.


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My achievement of the week would have to be the overwhelmingly positive reactions to my music in the ABF recital. I think family and friends view both me and my improvisation as going totally around the bend, you know, rather like Louis Wain and his cat paintings. There are times when I wonder about it myself, wonder at seventy if I should be thinking about money, house renovations, cars, overseas trips and being like everybody else. No, I think instead I shall grasp the creative nettle even more firmly and aim for a further thousand hour long improvisations before I suck the kumara.


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Another year! Another recital!
I played Three is a Magic Number by Bob Dorough and a duet arrangement of Lonely Goatherd.

Had fun, no one died and no blood was shed, so I'm game for another year!


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I am starting my 5th year of piano lessons. The owner where I go to school asked me to volunteer to help out, she rented an auditorium for her school's end of the year recital for kids. I was amazed that all the children memorized their pieces, I am lucky I can memorize a few lines. I realized how wonderful it is for those children to be introduced to music at an early age, and all those teachers who spend countless hours preparing the student. My achievement is that I have stuck with it and entering my 5th year. I thought if you practice you "get it." I find my self saying to my teacher, I practice it just does not sound like it.


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I just got back from my teacher's studio recital. It's mostly kids, including my two daughters, plus two adult students (and a parent who plays duets with his kids). I started participating almost 3 years ago once I started taking lessons with my daughters' teacher (I had played as a child and then later in my twenties, off and on). I've had some good performances, but overall I've struggled with performance anxiety at such recitals, even though I'm among the more advanced of her students. The 2017 December concert, for example, was a big blow to my confidence because I thought I had learned my pieces inside out but I messed them up pretty badly (at least one of them). This time I was playing the Scarlatti Sonata I'd submitted to the 50th online recital here (K466) and Mendelssohn's "Spring Song." I had also prepared a really fun duet with my older daughter. The Scarlatti was in a good shape but I was really worried about the "Spring Song," because it was not quite ready, and it fell apart before, when I played it for people (just two days ago, in fact). I was almost ready to cancel the Mendelssohn but my teacher said it's such a beautiful melody and if I relax and play it musically, even with some mistakes, people will still appreciate it. I decided to go for it, especially since it was the spring recital smile I actually played my two pieces decently today and didn't let my nerves get in the way too much. Then I relaxed, and the duet with my daughter went very well. Getting over my nerves is a big achievement for me, so I'm sharing.

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Yeah, dealing with the stress in a public performance can be hard. You have good reasons to be proud. smile


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- Tina's theme from FF VI piano collections
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