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#2113928 - 07/06/13 07:53 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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King Norre, I make a few errors when I fist start my morning practice. I may start with scales, Hanon or a current piece. Either way the fingers are not quite ready.

My ATOW hasn't happened yet but today I am going to brave the red dot and record for the July piano bar. If anything like the last few attempts this may take days not hours.


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#2114016 - 07/06/13 11:51 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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King Norre, yes, starting a practise session with errors is pretty normal.

A former violin teacher said to me that it is normal that a practise won't start at the high quality reached in the last practise session. But more or less at a few levels below capacity. Which would feel somewhat frustrating to starters, because it feels like what is learned is lost against the expectations of the starter. Don't let this feeling bug you.


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My AOTW: I hosted the first ever Piano Party for my teacher and her adult students Saturday! It went very well. We had four players, and everyone had fun. We recorded everyone's performance, so they could have a video of their first "recital". Everyone warmed up, then we had some refreshments, then we began playing and filming!

I played Debussy's Arabesque 1 and Chopin Nocturne in F minor back to back. This was 10 1/2 minutes of performance, and I sort of ran out of steam at the end. I did pretty well on the Arabesque, but I made some mistakes in the Piu mosso of the nocturne and blew the arpeggios at the end. Still, for a first "recital" since I was 11 years old, I was happy with it. Everyone was terrified of playing in front of the group and the camera, but everyone did very well! We plan to have another party in the fall. Several of my teacher's students are on vacation now, but have expressed interest in the fall party. I am so happy to have gotten this activity off the ground for my teacher and her students. Thanks to JimF for the idea!

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Originally Posted by PaperClip
King Norre, yes, starting a practise session with errors is pretty normal.

A former violin teacher said to me that it is normal that a practise won't start at the high quality reached in the last practise session. But more or less at a few levels below capacity. Which would feel somewhat frustrating to starters, because it feels like what is learned is lost against the expectations of the starter. Don't let this feeling bug you.


There's also the phenomenon of 'sleeping on it'. Practice a tricky passage assiduously at a slow tempo, resisting the temptation to go full speed with mistakes - at the NEXT practice session it will flow at the proper pace!

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Pleased to say after about 15 recording attempts (significantly less than the last two) I got my piece done.


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Originally Posted by SwissMS
My AOTW: I hosted the first ever Piano Party for my teacher and her adult students Saturday! It went very well. We had four players, and everyone had fun. We recorded everyone's performance, so they could have a video of their first "recital". Everyone warmed up, then we had some refreshments, then we began playing and filming!

I played Debussy's Arabesque 1 and Chopin Nocturne in F minor back to back. This was 10 1/2 minutes of performance, and I sort of ran out of steam at the end. I did pretty well on the Arabesque, but I made some mistakes in the Piu mosso of the nocturne and blew the arpeggios at the end. Still, for a first "recital" since I was 11 years old, I was happy with it. Everyone was terrified of playing in front of the group and the camera, but everyone did very well! We plan to have another party in the fall. Several of my teacher's students are on vacation now, but have expressed interest in the fall party. I am so happy to have gotten this activity off the ground for my teacher and her students. Thanks to JimF for the idea!


What a great event - and so helpful for the coming weekend!
I really hope to initiate something like this here after the summer.

Looking forward to meeting you in ...a few days!

Sand Tiger - thanks for the buon viaggio ! smile



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SwissMS,

Glad to hear it went well, and congrats on playing such an ambitious program your first time in the spotlight as an adult. Trying to play anything without goof ups for over ten minutes would be hard for me, even with just me and the dogs.

How was the social aspect of it? I found it interesting to hear about everybody's piano journey, trials and tribulations, etc..

Not to put you on the spot... grin Cheryl is gonna ask you anyway grin ...but are we going to see your video?


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Getting my "new" piano today... will post the obligatory quasi-pornographic glamour shots when I have a moment.

Since they are of similar vintage, I've been trying to think of a name that fits with EdwardianPiano's "Cecil B. dePiano". Maybe "Wilson", as in Woodrow, but that reminds me too much of Tom Hanks' volleyball in Castaway. I'm open to suggestions!


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Aww, Tom Hanks' Wilson was a great and sustaining friend (even if inanimate). Admirable qualities in a piano too, I think.


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#2114145 - 07/07/13 10:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]  
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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
... but that reminds me too much of ...


It seems you want a male name. So how about: Watson. As in Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
Could pick one of the villains from the James Bond movies. I like Dr. Kno. Spelled different on purpose. Or even: James.
How about a great performer or writer? Glenn? smile



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My AOTW: I hosted the first ever Piano Party for my teacher and her adult students Saturday! It went very well. ...

Congratulations. Sounds like a much better way to do a recital.


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Having successfully wielded contact glue spray and wobbled around on the top of a step ladder clutching eight (although not at the same time) four foot by two foot acoustic tiles, and having got them stuck to the ceiling, they haven't come crashing down on the instruments below yet! (Although I did just spot a string of dried contact glue dangling off the side of the snare drum.)

And the piano sounds nicer.

I hadn't the will-power or budget to tile the whole ceiling so I was trying to space out one boxful of tiles. Masking tape wasn't working but I came up with the idea of using postits to mark out the tile placements and an L-shaped bit of plywood to mask off the glue spray.


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Originally Posted by JimF
SwissMS,

Glad to hear it went well, and congrats on playing such an ambitious program your first time in the spotlight as an adult. Trying to play anything without goof ups for over ten minutes would be hard for me, even with just me and the dogs.

How was the social aspect of it? I found it interesting to hear about everybody's piano journey, trials and tribulations, etc..

Not to put you on the spot... grin Cheryl is gonna ask you anyway grin ...but are we going to see your video?


It turned into a great social event. All of the participants were English speakers, though from several different countries- Holland, Brazil, Romania, and the US! It was interesting hearing everyone's story. One participant had only been playing a couple of months, and had only learned the piece he played two weeks ago. He played it beautifully! Our teacher also played, which was absolutely wonderful. She really enjoyed the get together.

Will you see my video? Well, the Debussy will be my August ABF recital. I might use the party video- unless I get a better recording in the next week smirk . However, Cheryl will be seeing the "real thing" next week!!!

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Originally Posted by JimF

Not to put you on the spot... grin Cheryl is gonna ask you anyway grin ...but are we going to see your video?


Oh dear... I've become so predictable wink

And as SwissMS has just replied... I don't need the video...I'm getting a live performance ! woohoo! smile


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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Getting my "new" piano today... will post the obligatory quasi-pornographic glamour shots when I have a moment.

Since they are of similar vintage, I've been trying to think of a name that fits with EdwardianPiano's "Cecil B. dePiano". Maybe "Wilson", as in Woodrow, but that reminds me too much of Tom Hanks' volleyball in Castaway. I'm open to suggestions!


Congratulations. How about Woodrow? That name follows your instinct, and won't remind you as much of the movie.

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Originally Posted by rnaple
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
... but that reminds me too much of ...


It seems you want a male name. So how about: Watson. As in Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
Could pick one of the villains from the James Bond movies. I like Dr. Kno. Spelled different on purpose. Or even: James.
How about a great performer or writer? Glenn? smile

Hmmmmmm... doesn't have to be a male name necessarily. It would ideally evoke a sense of the era though. "Watson" fits the bill in that regard.

I checked the SSA list of popular names by decade, and "Mildred" jumped out at me as being distinctly of that era and not popular in any era since.

I've also ruled out single syllable names, they just don't have the pizzazz I'm looking for.

Sorry SandTiger, I'll pass on Woodrow... just seems a little too odd, and might be, errrrrr, misconstrued. smile

So, Watson and Mildred are the early favorites.


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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH

So, Watson and Mildred are the early favorites.


I really don't have any idea what era you're talking about. Even what kind of piano? Grand?

I would tend to name regular familiar names. I had a dog named: Julie. A cat named: Brian.

Watson is a side kick. A buddy. A helper. A friend. I hope you don't shoot it down because I actually got the name from a wonderful big ole New Foundland dog named Watson.


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King Norre, yes, starting a practise session with errors is pretty normal.

A former violin teacher said to me that it is normal that a practise won't start at the high quality reached in the last practise session. But more or less at a few levels below capacity. Which would feel somewhat frustrating to starters, because it feels like what is learned is lost against the expectations of the starter. Don't let this feeling bug you.


There's also the phenomenon of 'sleeping on it'. Practice a tricky passage assiduously at a slow tempo, resisting the temptation to go full speed with mistakes - at the NEXT practice session it will flow at the proper pace!


Aah, so thats how it works! A few days before a recital I practise not the whole piece, but only little passages and work them very slowly. It works wonderful to get rid of errors when there is no warming up and I have to perform without mistakes.



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SwissMS, congrats on your first hosted piano party! I'm very happy that I will hear it live from you THIS week.

TallGuy, congrats on your new piano. I'm very bad at naming though. If I would do suggestion, people would think it's the name of guinea pig pet instead of a piano, heh.

jdeacon, wow you have a lot of instruments in your room! Nice that your piano sounds better with those tiles.


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...waiting for pics of Mildred/Woodrow...

Woodred
Mildrow

Woody
Middy
Millie

?

I might have missed something ... which era is it?


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I can't believe it but for the last three days in a row I've played through - cold - all piece perfectly..... something has happened..... a new paradigm . i might even venture a recording!


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Originally Posted by Palmpirate
I can't believe it but for the last three days in a row I've played through - cold - all piece perfectly...


It's times like those that I start looking around for Rod Serling. smile
Seriously....congrats....


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SwissMS, congratulations for successful party. Good preparation for the European Piano party. I wish I could be there.

Tallguy - congrats for the new piano.

Others - My apologies, I cannot comment to all your posts. I wish I could see all your posts but I am writing this on a phone, so it's a little difficult.

My AOTW - i finally got back into my daily piano practice routines at home. It's hard to mix piano and business trips. My teacher assigned me a new Bach piece and Rach piece to do them on the side since Mozart is getting in shape (not good enough to start Chopin piece that is on hold). I've been struggling to play Mozart piece - its really fast and have to keep the precise time since i have to play this with another piano (piano 2). Never knew it was going to be so difficult. it was misleading since it was easy to read. I now have to practice with a CD that my teacher recorded Piano II part. After I play I feel like I run 5K. I will never pick a busy piece like this. It is for SummerKey. I just have to get it done.

I read through the newly assigned Prelude in the English Suite today. Fun to do something else beside this crazy Mozart piece! My teacher told me that I should be able to play at least the truncated version (jump to the similar section of the last page after the first 2 pages) in the studio class in 2 weeks. The reason why I'm making shorter version available is I am asked to play in my church during the summer (choir takes summer off) during communion. In Arizona we typically have smaller congregation during the summer - I guess it's too hot here. So I need to have a bunch of church appropriate 2 pagers. Ok, nuff for my rumbling. Wish everyone a wonderful piano week.


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I seem to have missed a couple of important posts!

Welcome back Edwardian Piano, and condolences on your loss. I'm not surprised you took some time away. I hope that getting back into your musical groove doesn't take as long as you think, and that it brings you some comfort.


TallGuy - congrats on the piano. I had to think about what period we were talking about and as Cecil B. Demille had quite a life span... I chose 1900 as a research point. The top names for men seem to be those common to the Royal Family --- William, George, Edward, Albert.... but there were others..

Elmer, Floyd, Lester, Edwin, Arthur, Edgar

And for the women, likewise, the first most popular are quite traditional: Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth....

But we also have gems like Beula, Lula, Cora, Norma, Mabel, Addie, Wilma, Stella, Estella, and Leola

We are (im)patiently waiting for pics smile


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I don't have an achievement every week, so this is probably more of an AotM. As I was poring over my books looking for a new piece to learn, I came across this little jewel from the Final Fantasy piano collections. The sheet music didn't look too dense, so I figured it might be playable. Eh... until I got to the third page with 2:3 and even some 3:4 rhythms. Comments on that YouTube video all seem to agree that it's such a difficult piece, especially "the triplets section".

So I started right in the middle. First step complete: I can clap the 2:3 rhythm at a reasonable speed, and after half an hour of practise managed a slow 2:3 scale. Watching my own hands move in two different rhythms is fascinating; almost like magic.


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Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Getting my "new" piano today... will post the obligatory quasi-pornographic glamour shots when I have a moment.

Since they are of similar vintage, I've been trying to think of a name that fits with EdwardianPiano's "Cecil B. dePiano". Maybe "Wilson", as in Woodrow, but that reminds me too much of Tom Hanks' volleyball in Castaway. I'm open to suggestions!


Maybe when we see your Piano's photos we will see what name suits- and is yours a he or a she? laugh
What age is the new piano aTallGuy? 1910s?

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Originally Posted by EdwardianPiano
Originally Posted by aTallGuyNH
Getting my "new" piano today... will post the obligatory quasi-pornographic glamour shots when I have a moment.

Since they are of similar vintage, I've been trying to think of a name that fits with EdwardianPiano's "Cecil B. dePiano". Maybe "Wilson", as in Woodrow, but that reminds me too much of Tom Hanks' volleyball in Castaway. I'm open to suggestions!


Maybe when we see your Piano's photos we will see what name suits- and is yours a he or a she? laugh
What age is the new piano aTallGuy? 1910s?

Yes, 1914 or 1915... I was thinking the same re: the pics providing inspiration. I have to run to work though, so maybe later this evening.

Re: he or she, I'm OK with either.


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Cheryl -- thanks for the research there! Lots of good ones to consider.


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aTallGuyNH congrats on your new piano. Can't wait to see pics and perhaps recording in a near future? As for names.... Clarence, Ernest, Theodore, Wallace?


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#2114570 - 07/08/13 09:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Allard]  
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Originally Posted by Allard
Watching my own hands move in two different rhythms is fascinating; almost like magic.


Haha, I feel the same way whenever I manage to play 2 separate rythms at the same time... they always seem to want to play at the same pace or mimic each other.


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Originally Posted by Allard
I don't have an achievement every week, so this is probably more of an AotM. As I was poring over my books looking for a new piece to learn, I came across this little jewel from the Final Fantasy piano collections. The sheet music didn't look too dense, so I figured it might be playable. Eh... until I got to the third page with 2:3 and even some 3:4 rhythms. Comments on that YouTube video all seem to agree that it's such a difficult piece, especially "the triplets section".

So I started right in the middle. First step complete: I can clap the 2:3 rhythm at a reasonable speed, and after half an hour of practise managed a slow 2:3 scale. Watching my own hands move in two different rhythms is fascinating; almost like magic.


"Almost like magic" --- I love it!!! This is a wonderful AOTW !


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