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#1570387 - 12/04/10 11:15 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I managed to sight read, with very large bumps(!), McDowell's "To a wild Rose". It's a beautiful piece and, though I murdered big chunks on my way through, I did play some phrases pretty well. It would have taken me three times as long, with five times the errors, six months ago!


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#1570442 - 12/05/10 03:39 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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WiseBuff, that is great to hear! Inspirational!
Marybee - your family recital sounds lovely.
None of my family is nearby...... if they were I'd suggest we do this too! I'm hoping next summer I'll get to play with my nieces at least. And doesn't it feel good to sort things out during a lesson ? I think I always leave with greater enthusiasm after that sort of lesson.

Andy - good on you! ....and I think you'll have a special update for us soon?


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#1570867 - 12/05/10 07:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I had a recital today, and I managed to get through it without making a fool of myself, haha. It was mostly little kids and I was the second oldest there, so I wasn't all that nervous (at first...my hands started shaking halfway through.... DX). But it went alright though. I picked harder songs so that it would look like I've actually improved in the last 3 years laugh


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#1571039 - 12/06/10 02:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Triptych, congrats for your successful recital experience. It nice to come out of a recital feeling good about your performance. I am the oldest one in my teacher’s recital. She has lots of older students but so far I am the only one who does not mind making a complete fool out of herself.

My accomplishment today = I was actually practicing my next year’s recital piece. I am planning to play the 1st and 2nd movement of Beethoven Sonata Pathetique. I practiced the part that has been giving me hard time. It requires me to keep the inner voices soft while the outer voices crescendo with staccato. I played the outer voices only about 10 min. until I get the notes crescendo with staccato right. Then added the inner voices. After about an hour of struggle, I think I finally got it although I can only play them slower than it should.


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#1571119 - 12/06/10 07:37 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: GlassLove]  
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#1571254 - 12/06/10 12:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Originally Posted by casinitaly
Andy - good on you! ....and I think you'll have a special update for us soon?


Now I'm wondering what you are thinking about! If it's the recital then yup ... posted. If something else I'm not sure. Do I need to ask my wife any pointed questions?! wink


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#1571270 - 12/06/10 12:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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MostImprovedDog when is your recital? These sound like "big" pieces!
WiseBuff, this is the safest environment you could hope for, for presenting your playing- don't feel vulnerable!

Andy, I meant the recital! I will go and look for your post on it!


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Originally Posted by Andy Platt
Originally Posted by casinitaly
Andy - good on you! ....and I think you'll have a special update for us soon?


Now I'm wondering what you are thinking about! If it's the recital then yup ... posted. If something else I'm not sure. Do I need to ask my wife any pointed questions?! wink

Ha ha! I thought she meant you were expecting a baby soon. laugh

But congrats on the recital performance anyway. smile You need to add one of those pianos to your signature.


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#1571439 - 12/06/10 04:36 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Canonie]  
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Canonie. I have a notebook in which my teacher writes my assignments and any practice tips/commentary each week. In the back I keep a chronological list of all the pieces I've ever learned, and there's pages of notes I've made on some aspects of theory, a list of scales I've worked on, etc.

Your post gave me the idea to start writing on the assignment page each week. There is room for me to make an entry for each day's practice, which will be really helpful for remembering what was giving me problems the previous day, or where I need to start out the next day.

Cheryl. Its guilty admission time. You and I have the identical 50 Lounge Standards book by Coates. But <sheepish grin blush> I also went out and bought his book titled "best of the 1960's ", which is the one that has Sounds of Silence. Er...... ok, as long as I'm coming clean here... I also got his 1950's and 1930's "Decade of..." books. I did skip the 1940's book, so as you can see I have this addiction totally under control sick Whew, confession is good for the soul. I feel better already. cry


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#1571447 - 12/06/10 04:57 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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MaryBee.

We all have those lapses where we get sloppy in practice habits - at least I do. The worst is when you realize that you are banging away at some phrase or couple of measures for 30 minutes or an hour and not getting it right. Its at that point I usually hear a voice in my head saying "nice going, genius, now you've practiced in the wrong way to do it."

Thats why having a teacher is so helpful. The weaknesses come out at lesson time and a good teacher will zero in on the problem and get you to focus on solutions.

The acoustic search continues. I've looked at a 70's era Baldwin, a ten year old Boston, and been to five dealerships in the last three or four weeks. Played on all kinds of pianos including Steinways, Mason&Hamlin, Yamaha, Kawaii, Boston, and a few of the chinese brands. Nothing has really grabbed me yet. The used Boston was very nice and priced right, but it was their smallest model (5'1") and I really want something 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 to get a bigger bass and longer keys. I'm very interested in Masons, but the two I looked at were very old and in poor shape, poorly prepared, and overpriced. I am working with a really good technician who is also helping me find private sale candidates.

Sooner or later something is going to say buy me (I hope). thumb


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#1571474 - 12/06/10 05:30 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MaryBee]  
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Andy, I laughed so hard too. Wouldn't be funny if there was actually such update from your wife.


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My recital is in May 2011. Yeah, these are big pieces for me. It’s been taking while to learn them partly because I am busy and also I am lazy. I got myself a teacher so that someone else will put pressure on me. I’ve been with piano long enough that I know how to practice. It’s just “doing” is the hardest part. It’s much easier to play around Christmas songs than working on difficult 2 or 3 measures concentrating for a couple of hours trying to get it. My usual pattern is to start that sort of true practice the night before my lesson. My new year’s resolution is to include at least 3 days of real practice in my piano playing routines. Let’s see…


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#1571524 - 12/06/10 06:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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TMID: (your name is really long!!! )
I'm working on improving my practice sessions too -but I'm also making sure I do a bit more "playing" smile I've got to keep my hard-learned pieces in my memory bank! smile

MaryBee I was wondering if Andy was wondering if he was going to have more news! lol....

JimF...... "Hello, My name is Jim, and I'm a sheet-music addict." smile
I'm glad you straighted out the mystery! I was feeling my book wasn't up to snuff! I'm so tempted to get more of the Dan Coates books, but I really need to wait a bit. I've already got alot of material (much of it given to me as gifts) that I can't really play!!!

You must be having fun shopping for your piano! I think my hunt was simplified by my space and budget constraints! I got the best piano for me at this moment..."fairly" quickly. It has taken me about a month but I finally feel I'm "almost" used to it! There are still some moments when I'm very startled at how loud it is. However, I also find it very interesting that I have almost NO interest in using the silent feature. If I'm dying to play late at night, I will... but for the rest, I'd almost rather not play than use the head phones. The silent sound is decent enough... but it just isn't the same thing.

I seem to have rambled a bit there.... oh well, just feeling in a good mood and a bit chatty.


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#1571625 - 12/06/10 10:12 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Achievement of the week- today, I was able to play Chopin's Farewell Walrz from memory for the first time! That is big for me because memory is my weakest link. I like to memorize because even though I use sheet music when I play, I play much better when the piece is memorized.


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#1571690 - 12/07/10 12:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I've been working on a little prelude by J.S. Bach, BWV 930. Most of the sonatinas I work on consist of melodies made up of scales passages, familiar broken chords, and basic I, IV, and V harmonies. By contrast, the pieces by J.S. Bach that I've studied are filled with intervals that are not very familiar to me, and there is a lot of awkward (awkward to me, that is), moving "deeper" into the white keys (toward the fallboard) to be able to better reach black notes. The result is, whereas I need few fingerings written in for the sonatina literature I've studied, I usually write in fingerings for every single note for J.S. Bach's pieces.

Anyway, I recently came across a book on the history of keyboard technique. In this book, there is a photograph of BWV 930, written in Bach's own hand, with Bach's own fingering for practically every note. Supposedly, this is one of the few pieces still in existence with J.S. Bach's own fingering. I compared Bach's fingerings with what I had written in, and lo and behold, except for two notes, all of the fingerings matched! So, this was a long winded way of saying perhaps I'm getting a better intuition for good fingering (hopefully).

It's a small victory, but I'll take what I can get!

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Originally Posted by molto_agitato
Anyway, I recently came across a book on the history of keyboard technique. In this book, there is a photograph of BWV 930, written in Bach's own hand, with Bach's own fingering for practically every note. Supposedly, this is one of the few pieces still in existence with J.S. Bach's own fingering. I compared Bach's fingerings with what I had written in, and lo and behold, except for two notes, all of the fingerings matched! So, this was a long winded way of saying perhaps I'm getting a better intuition for good fingering (hopefully).

It's a small victory, but I'll take what I can get!
Thinking like Bach - that's an excellent achievement of the week! smile


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#1571900 - 12/07/10 10:07 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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How cool that you've got a photo of BWV 930 written in Bach's hand! and even better that your own fingering pretty much matches his!

In my Christmas book, there is a photo of the original handwritten Silent Night, which I thought was pretty nifty.


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#1571919 - 12/07/10 10:31 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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i took my grade 6 practical exam today and it went ok, no major slip-ups, just a couple of missed notes. So relieved it is over, think i did enough to pass, we shall see. My hand was shaking at one point but i managed to keep my cool! I'm looking forward now to taking a break and just playing new pieces.


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Martinu Columbine Sings
Chopin: Waltz 69 no.2
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#1571942 - 12/07/10 10:59 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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GTPI - I had to go look up Chopin's Farewell waltz... It is very pretty - are you going to record it for us?

Piano U1 - CONGRATS! Mastering your nerves in an exam is a tough thing to do - I bet you feel very pleased.

Have fun relaxing with new pieces!


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thankyou Cheryl.


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Beethoven Sonata Op10.no.1
Martinu Columbine Sings
Chopin: Waltz 69 no.2
Scott Joplin: Pineapple Rag




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#1572036 - 12/07/10 01:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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i am too computer illiterate and much too shy to post a recording. But I will post a recording someone made of the band I play flute in:

http://ptmvideo.blogspot.com/search/label/Family%20Events

We played Sunday night and I am in the second flute chair to the left of the director. I had to angle the flute out a little so I wouldn't hit the person next to me.




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Congratulations on your Level 6. I'm working on 5. Haven't done any of the exam process but that seemed like a good place to start. What repertoire pieces did you play?


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thanks WB.
beethovens bagatelle in d
jennifer linn - a lighthouse in the fog
kabalevsky - variations in d


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Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor
Beethoven Sonata Op10.no.1
Martinu Columbine Sings
Chopin: Waltz 69 no.2
Scott Joplin: Pineapple Rag




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Grade 1-5 theory (LCM)
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A small woooohooo laugh

My teacher liked the Chopin E minor AND the Khatchachurian piece at yesterday's lesson, so I won't be playing those for her any more. And she liked Sound of Silence too and wants me to keep working on it. She got me a book of jazzy Vince Guaraldi Christmas tunes that I'm going to work on too.

My name is Jim, and it has been 1 day since I bought sheet music

Oh, and I was right, it was too good to be true - turns out there are two Bach G-minor minuets and she wanted me to work on the harder one. Oh well, I'll finish up the easier one first, and then tackle the other. I guess you can never get too much Bach. She is also going to pick out something juicy for me to start in on next week.

Cheers

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QTPI (I just figured out your name!! lol).... What a fun video - nothing like playing in a concert band! I played bass clarinet for 5 years and learned so much. Thanks for posting it!

Jim, I agree, you can never get too much Bach. (And let us not forget there are several Bachs - his sons also composed!)
Congrats on being 1 day clean Jim, hang in there for day two. wink


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It is hard to believe how much music Bach was able to write in his lifetime!


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Thanks for sharing, Canonie! I love your ideas for the piano journal!! (Mine would read something like: Mon.- played all wrong notes, swore heavily. Tues.- played mostly wrong notes, but only swore twice. Wed.-got through entire practice without cursing. Thurs.- actually played the notes I supposed to play! Fri.- somehow 'forgot' the song again, back to square one, profuse cursing.


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NPGal ha That's a great start you've made on your journal wink In a real journal you could ask the very pertinent question of "what were you up to on thursday night eh?" Was wine involved perhaps? or rock-climbing? And there you go - Friday is explained smile


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#1573889 - 12/10/10 09:45 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Not really an achievement but I got my new repertoire piece this lesson. And that wasn't a surprise since we'd already talked about it. Anyway, I will now be torturing my family with
Chopin's Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Opus 69 no. 2.

My teacher has also told me she is going to "torture" me this coming semester to fix my technique wink And she's throwing some theory in ... I already have a good grasp but she wants to start from close to the beginning just in case I've missed / forgotten anything along the way. That doesn't bother me but it's amusing when I had to correct her on a chord she still wants me to start near the beginning. It's all good!


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  • Haydn - Sonata in Gm, Hob. XVI/44

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