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#1853110 - 02/28/12 12:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Killing, murdering, butchering - we sound so savage!

I myself am merely torturing Chopin's Waltz in A minor (n19 btw - not the other one!)

I've got the first 16 bars memorized and within my grasp.
I'm fascinated to see how much faster my progress is with this piece and the large jumps (large for me) compared to Gypsy Legend.

Mind you, I just checked, and I realize a whole year has passed since I worked on that piece, so....thank GOODNESS I can feel a difference!! smile

I want to send a special thanks to Beechcraft409 who has been just super with helping me on this piece. I'm especially appreciative because I've missed 2 lessons with my teacher, and yet, I bet I've made as much progress as I would have, had we not missed the lessons. hmmm I think that would be a lovely sentence for my ESL students to examine smile





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#1853362 - 02/28/12 08:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Wow, cas, I can't wait until I'm learning things that quickly... right now I learn at a snails place, as the neurons are just not connected right...

But my AOTW is that I can actually play my sonatina through at pretty much full speed with only minimal flubs! The "groups and rhythms" thing has done wonders for the rough spots... still some work to go, but it actually sounds like music now. smile

So, I've got to pick out another piece to work on... not sure what my teacher is going to suggest, but I'm going to start on that Chopin prelude in Em, and baby it. I'm going to be so nice to it. Gentle. Yeah, that's the ticket.

In the meantime, over in the pianist corner I saw this link to a site with lots of theory exercises, which I share with you because just playing the treble "clef reading" quiz was really good for me (I'm not a quick reader yet)...

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/






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#1853487 - 02/29/12 02:30 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Bessel - it is all relative. I'm still not "fast" at learning new pieces, ...just "faster". smile

I have also put in a lot of hours (on just 16 bars!
mamma mia smile !)

I know my pedalling stinks, and I have basically not done anything with regard to the dynamics - so when I say "within my grasp" I mean that fairly literally - I can move through the "jumps" /leaps - and "grasp" the right keys smile

However, it is a start and I hope to move from torturing up to merely irritating Chopin in the near future.
Of course once I start on the next section I might be taking a step backwards to massaccring!

The link you provided looks like it has a lot over very useful information. I played some of the note recognition games when I started too - I could read treble clef, but not bass cleff and felt I needed some extra help!



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#1853523 - 02/29/12 05:06 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I'll take credit for having posted that teoria.com exercises page, just so I can say that it's my very favorite site for theory practice. It goes from basic note reading for beginners all the way through lotsa stuff in the back chapters my college theory textbooks that I haven't gotten to yet wink .

My achievement of the weeks is that I've been playing again after several months absence, and enjoying it hugely despite the large chunks of knowledge and skills which have fallen out of my brain. I've been doing a bunch of therapy and bodywork to reprocess some lousy events that happened long long ago, and there was a very distinct point of resolution after which my first thought was "It's time to start playing music again smile smile smile "

The other half of my achievement is that, that i've worked through all that stuff, I've found the sound of my music has totally changed, and in a very good way. It's much more expressive and musical, which makes it much more fun hear myself play, creating a very nice positive feedback loop.



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#1853593 - 02/29/12 08:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Thanks, tangleweeds, for that link! And it sounds like you're on a real positive slope, keep it up!


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tangleweeds - it's nice to see you back on the ABF forum. We hadn't heard from you in a while. Sounds like things are going well. thumb


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#1853999 - 02/29/12 11:55 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: bessel]  
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Originally Posted by bessel
In the meantime, over in the pianist corner I saw this link to a site with lots of theory exercises, which I share with you because just playing the treble "clef reading" quiz was really good for me (I'm not a quick reader yet)...

http://www.teoria.com/exercises/
Thanks, this is great! I just spent a half hour or so on there. I see some of the same exercises which we have been doing during lessons. It will be good to be able to try these at home.


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#1854067 - 03/01/12 04:22 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I finally have all of Ballade no 1 right hand memorized. I'm only missing the left in a few spots and I have a couple areas to get up to speed. I also will be polishing different areas of the piece which I didn't do well enough the first time around. It should be ready by next recital, but if I don't have a good recording setup or I don't feel it's good enough, I may sit out or submit something easier.

This was a (very) long term project and it's very exciting for me to see it getting so close to completion laugh


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#1854103 - 03/01/12 07:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Just wanted to say "hi". No major achievements...I think of achievements as things like earning the PhD or my dog taking Best of Breed or playing a Beethoven sonata. I'm thinking I need to change my definition and enjoy the steps to the achievements more. In that case I'm working on a Beethoven sonata (49#1) and working my way through the intro to Chopin book. I haven't achieved it yet but I'm working on getting my legato thirds in the Beethoven to express the music together. Every day it's a little better.

I'm awed and encouraged by all of your achievements...way to go PW members. Casinitaly...the risotto recipe would be great.


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#1854223 - 03/01/12 11:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: WiseBuff]  
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Wisebuff, I'm glad you readjusted your criterion for achievement! We're talking baby steps here!

My achievement was to convince my teacher that I will not get depressed if it takes me a long time to master my new Chopin piece smile

and here is the recipe!
First, general instructions on making a basic risotto, then the specifics of my pre-red-dot session Salmon,rucola and cream risotto.

Risotto – basic recipe

Remember: have lots of broth ready – you may need more than you originally planned for – it doesn’t hurt to have a bit extra.

Remember: you have to stir a lot – be sure to go around the edges and bring the rice from the edges of the pan into the centre to promote even cooking.

Ingredients:

5-6 cups chicken broth
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
(NOTE: if you prefer you can use a mixture of olive oil and butter, thus reducing the amount of butter)
1 small onion finely minced
3 cups Arborio rice (or Carnaroli)
1 cup white wine (if you don’t want to use wine, just use more broth – but note that if you do use wine, the alcohol is cooked off and you are left with flavour, not “booze”)

Instructions:
Heat the broth in a pot, and keep it warm over low heat.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan, over medium heat. Let the butter foam, but do not let it brown!

Add the onion and cook (stirring often) until the onion is pale and oft (3-4 minutes). Again, be careful not to brown the onions.

Add the rice and stir until it is well coated with butter and mixed with the onions.

Add 1 cup of wine and stir gently until the liquid is almost completely absorbed.

Add broth – just enough to cover the rice – and continue stirring.

Repeat adding broth and stirring.

After about 15 minutes check your rice (taste it).
YOu are aiming for it to be "al dente" pleasantly chewy.

Total cooking will take about 18 minutes

For a simple risotto you can simply add freshly grated parmiggiano cheese at the end.

If the rice seems a bit dry, toss in a tablespoon of butter at the end to moisten it and make it shiny and pretty. Actually the final lump of butter is a much-used technique here, I generally PLAN to add it in.


For my salmon and rucola (rocket, arugula) risotto, I use smoked salmon (about 4-6 ounces) and about the same of rucola. You may want to go lightly on the rucola if you aren’t used to it as it has a rather strong peppery flavour. And then a few ounces of cream.

Make the risotto as per the instructions above (but don’t add parmiggiano).
When the rice seems just about done – when you think you just have to add one more round of broth – use the cream instead of the broth.

As the cream is being cooked into the rice, add the smoked salmon, broken up into small chunks. When all is ready, stir in the rucola. It will wilt immediately.

Voila!

A nice sauvignon blanc or an unoaked chardonnay goes very nicely with this dish.


Buon appetito!

Other risottos:

You can make risotto with anything – even fruit!
What you have to do is coordinate the timing of adding your veggies, or the meat, or fish (or fruit) – so that the rice and the other ingredients are ready at the same time.

I often start cooking veggies directly in the broth and then add them to the rice as it cooks.

You can make an apple risotto – or a strawberry and champagne risotto!

One of my favourites is squash and creamy gorgonzola! (peel and cut the pepper squash into chunks, and boil it in the broth – some of it will dissolve, and that’s fine. ) – Add the broth to the rice – and at the end add the cheese and let it melt.

The variations are limited only to your imagination!





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#1854239 - 03/01/12 12:11 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Thank you for the recipe Cheryl. I made a delicious lentil/squash/coconut stew the other evening and have leftover squash!!! I will make your squash gorgonzola risotto tonight!!! YUM YUM!!!!

My achievement of the week is being able to play the first 8 measures of my Beethoven Bagatelle without looking at my hands. thumb I love this piece, but it has proven quite tricky!!!

I also discovered the music of Catherine Rollin. It is far too early for me to play any Debussy, but I LOVE impressionist music. I have been playing some Jennifer Linn pieces, but just found a delightful collection by Catherine Rollin too. In addition, I bought two titles called "Dancing on the Keys." The music is so beautiful, my husband who was sitting along side of me as I went back and forth regarding whether I should "click" to buy or not, said "Of course you have to buy that, I would love to hear you play it." 3hearts


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Yesterdays lesson went great. I managed to amaze both myself and my teacher when a trill came out exactly as I had hoped (but had never managed before). The rest of the piece was also much better than before, and my teacher got all excited, pointing out all the little stuff that he would usually not mention yet to someone at my level. I guess that's progress smile


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Congratulations on your "trilling" lesson Oudeis!!! I have yet to amaze my teacher (unless you count being amazingly bad :D).
What piece are you playing?


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@GlassLove: I'm playing the first of '3 dances for piano', by Jurriaan Andriessen, 3 little but fun pieces. A couple of posts back I included a video of someone playing all 3 dances in succession (this post).

In addition to Andriessen I'm working on some etudes by Heller, opus 47, nr 20 and 21 currently (21 is in maintenance mode, and I just started nr 20, but my teacher was already very happy with my progress).


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#1854340 - 03/01/12 03:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Originally Posted by casinitaly
Killing, murdering, butchering - we sound so savage!


Well, how do you think we made it to the top of the musical instrument food chain?? cool whistle


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Wow! Those are BEAUTIFUL. I especially like the first piece on the video. Congratulations for your progress.


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who knew you could get both good advice about piano playing and good recipes in the ABF? That risotto recipe is making my tummy rumble.

Congrats everyone on their AOTWs!

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Thanks Cheryl for the risotto recipe...can't wait to try it...yummmmmm

My achievement yesterday was to play the Bach Allemande one step closer to tempo with only two mistakes. Bach must sound light and effortless and as I've learned this one page piece it gets more relaxed and more Bach-ish.

One of my observations in watching a master class with Ann Schein was that the student played a nearly flawless and difficult piece. The master still had edits and suggestions to bring out particular passages for more musical performance. It has made my understanding of my own lesson more complete. Even if I do play it well, it's her role to find the passages that could be enhanced. So...the last few lessons have FELT better knowing that.


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#1854994 - 03/02/12 03:34 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Hi,

I have a PSR Yamaha GX 76 piano ...on nr. 5 it is a demo melodie called GrandPiano ....
It is beautiful , but i dont know how she named .Please help me to find how she called , it is very important to me.

Many thanks.


listen here : http://kiwi6.com/file/7wieyt1ort

#1855321 - 03/03/12 01:27 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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My AOTW is completed Beethoven Op129 on lesson and got the instruction from teacher about pedal and details. Going to try playing with pedal smile

Today learning two new pieces - Beethoven Op119 & Chopin Mazurkas Op17 no4. Happy to start new pieces!!

Have a nice weekend with Piano.  ʕु•̫͡•ʔुʔ•̫͡•ཻʕʕु•̫͡•ʔु


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gabi, I don't know on which thread you will see the answer, but this has been identified (by Mark_C and others) as Debussy's Arabesque #1.

My AOTW is that I have done something I have never done before: memorized a piece from playing it so much. This is structural memory, not muscle memory. The piece is Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie. I don't memorize easily, so this is utterly delightful to have this piece, which I like very much, in memory.


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CasinItaly, your risotto recipe sounds wunderbar! It sounded so good in fact that it drove me to our favorite Italian restaurant in town for Risotto with Shrimp, rucola, and cherry tomatoes. It was yum!

I had my first piano lesson in almost two months today, and it went well. My teacher loved my Chopin Waltz in B minor, so it can go into the maintenance mode. For her to say "Sehr schön" (Very beautiful) means I am a very happy girl! She assigned me yet another waltz- Chopin Waltz in C# minor. This one looks more challenging. The other AOTW was that we identified two key technique issues that I need to work on. First I tend to keep my hand too stretched out while playing, which causes tension. She showed me how to run scales with a pearled hand, and I could instantly feel the difference in the tendons in the back of my hand! The second is that I am not moving from the shoulder enough which causes me to just reach with my hand instead of moving the whole arm. Again this is causing tension in the tendons. Hopefully now that I recognize what I am doing wrong, I can fix it.

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Thanks for the recipe Cheryl. I've just made some stock from guinea fowl remnants, and this is exactly what I'll be doing with it tomorrow. Ta muchly.

AsOTW have been starting to understand the basics of figured bass (today), doing a slow first pass of Froberger's Lamentation ('faite sur la mort tres douloureuse de Sa Majeste Imperiale, Ferdinand le troisieme') in a form that was vaguely recognisable, and realising that I now play all the left-hand down to three ledger lines below the bass staff without thinking about the notes. (They are *very* satisfying to play on the harpsichord and Froberger has lots of them.)

I have fallen in love with the Lamentation, but it's pretty challenging, and will take a while to learn. Two months ago I rejected the idea out of hand, but now I've begun to get to grips with Froberger's suspension-rich style, I'm thinking it's maybe not out of reach.



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Christine - Glasslove- congrats on the Beethoven and thanks for the intro to Rollins. I have really enjoyed so much of the music you've introduced me to over the past couple of years!

Oudeis - sounds like a very very happy lesson! Good for you

Wisebuff - excellent progress on your Allemande! Good for you. I agree that it does help to know that even at such high levels of competency there is always something that can be improved or adjusted. Somehow it adds perspective and is both a reality check and an inspiration!

Yuki Kuki - I'm just starting to understand pedals recently. My teacher tried introducing me to the art over a year ago, but somehow.....it just didn't click til recently.

Pianostudent88- I know what you mean about "accidentally" memorizing. That happens to me too (mind you so far my pieces are pretty short, so memorizing isn't really that tricky!)

SwissMs you really are moving along with your Chopin!! Wonderful! and such a compliment from your teacher!

Eglantine, I am not familiar with Froberger - I've got homework to do! smile Sounds very interesting though, and I'm so intrigued that you're working on a harpsichord.

My AOTW is three-fold. I've made a bit of progress on the Chopin waltz, my pedalling technique seems to be improving - or to be more precise,....it is actually happening! I still have coordination issues, but now I really do understand how it works.

And finally - this is quite an achievement for me because it has been a LONG time coming. I managed to play my Franck "Doll's Complaint" with a very light left hand and a louder right hand. I've never managed to play stronger with one hand before for more than a bar or two. Now I can do it for the whole piece! I'm very chuffed!



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Originally Posted by casinitaly

And finally - this is quite an achievement for me because it has been a LONG time coming. I managed to play my Franck "Doll's Complaint" with a very light left hand and a louder right hand. I've never managed to play stronger with one hand before for more than a bar or two. Now I can do it for the whole piece! I'm very chuffed!


Congratulations! My left hand refuses to be tamed. It walks all over my right hand, and has so far refused any training. smile So I well appreciate the magnitude of your triumph!


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Originally Posted by bessel
Originally Posted by casinitaly

And finally - this is quite an achievement for me because it has been a LONG time coming. I managed to play my Franck "Doll's Complaint" with a very light left hand and a louder right hand. I've never managed to play stronger with one hand before for more than a bar or two. Now I can do it for the whole piece! I'm very chuffed!

Congratulations! My left hand refuses to be tamed. It walks all over my right hand, and has so far refused any training. smile So I well appreciate the magnitude of your triumph!

Yes, congratulations! That is huge! I'm still not there yet, but I'm working hard to get closer.


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#1863065 - 03/16/12 10:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: tangleweeds]  
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Whoa! This thread has slipped to page three! Lots of other action going on. It sounds like everyone is progressing well. My AOTW was finally mastering a four note trill at the end of of Chopin Nocturne in Eb Major. It starts out slowly, gets fast, slows back down and then gracefully unwinds. At least that is what it is supposed to do. smile I could never keep it even when I speeded it up. My teacher taught how to do it with a slight forward and backward movement and it worked. Yeah!

#1863089 - 03/16/12 11:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Hey guys,

it has been a long time since i last posted here. Since Christmas i have been pretty busy and was out a lot. I also had my interest decreasing a bit.

Last week though i had my first recital and i played Bach minuet in G major and Bach minuet in G minor. I was pretty scared as i am not a "in public" guy. I also was the only adult in there. My son played is first recital as well there so i couldn t leave him alone and decided to go for it.

The first minuet went pretty good but i had some mistakes on the second. At the end of the recital a parent came to me to congratulate me on learning the piano and how he would have love to do that himself while his daughters were learning. He said it was really good. Although i really think he was beeing kind with my playing the comment of this guy i didn t knew brought back so much motivation in me. I don't know why sometimes those "events" really help.

So i decided to get back to work after 2 choppy months. I will still work on clementi sonatina. I am starting to know the 1st movement but the speed is definitely not there. I still have to work on that. I would love to be able to play the whole sonatina as my first complete piece.

Also as a more challenging piece i decided to go with Kulhau Op 20 N1. I discovered this with my wife as we were listening to music and i love this piece so much. She asked me to learn it for her. How could i refuse this. I know it is beyond my ability level but i will take this as a longer term project.


Here are for the news guys smile

@Casinitaly : I think i will try that risotto smile

@ samrose : I am speechless with the way you play after little more than a year. It is awesome. Could you read music before starting? Did you have any kind of music background?




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#1863096 - 03/16/12 11:47 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Two small achievements for me this week.
First I passed my minor scales test, and second, I advanced to a new "sight reading" book. Keith Snell's Quiet Classic's.
Although when I looked through it, pretty much all of it is way too advanced for me to truly sight read, ie. play properly first time through. But there are a lot of fun pieces in there and im looking forward to learning them. smile

#1863136 - 03/16/12 12:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Burt59]  
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Originally Posted by Burt59


@ samrose : I am speechless with the way you play after little more than a year. It is awesome. Could you read music before starting? Did you have any kind of music background?



Thanks for the encouragement! I've been a bit burnt out lately.

To answer your questions, no and no. frown


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