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#2068555 - 04/22/13 10:17 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Yup. Anything the wife clutters the house up with is a necessity. Anything the husband is allowed to bring in is a concession.

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#2068578 - 04/22/13 10:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Wow so many achievements and news!
Maple - glad your new teacher is wonderful. I can feel your excitement spilled over through the written words. Indeed piano teachers are very important people to our lives.
On electric piano - yes I'm still on the look out. Haven't had time to shop.

This spring has been incredibly busy for work and music. I have three hours of choir practice every week and two concert in addition to Sunday service. Then my studio class. I never realized taking one half hour credit piano studio class can be so demanding. But it is. In addition to weekly performing in front of the class, I have to perform in front of the guests three times during the semester! Many are performing three pieces. I can only put together only two pieces this time. Last time i perfromed one piece for each performance. This time the Bach P&F and Mendelssohn piece (thanks to ABF, although it needs to be polished & memorized) I used to wish for more opportunity to perform until last year. Now it's overwhelming. I guess when it rains it pours. I guess I cannot complain since I prefer having oppotunity to perform than not. I had my organ lessons. I love it and believe its very good for sight reading. My church is telling me to practice on their organ. So it's another time management issue (sigh).



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2) Beethoven sonata g major 14 No. 2 (re do)
3) Chopin a flat major Ballade (schubert Impromptu A flat D935 No2)
4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
5) Bartok. 4 old tunes and Scherzo)
#2068631 - 04/22/13 12:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Farmgirl --- I admire your commitment! that's a lot of time indeed and talk about the pressure of having to perform in front of a class every week. Yikes! but I suppose after a while, you grow to be more comfortable at performing in front of a live audience. That's an achievement on its own.


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#2068688 - 04/22/13 02:28 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Gee Farmgirl...You sure are busy. How do you find the time to post on the internet? smile Hope you're having fun.
Thank you on my teacher. I couldn't be happier with her.

I'm sitting here itching to get out. Another bad snow day. Roads are bad. This is three weeks in a row. Snow, warm, ground is warm. So it makes for slick conditions. Not working, yet. It's my call. I don't want to get jammed again this week. I gotta get out there. Be careful. Get whatever I can done today. I'm too irritated to focus well on my music studies. I need to get things done so I can relax and concentrate on learning.

EDIT: A new saying... April showers bring snow plows.

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#2068713 - 04/22/13 02:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Farm girl: you have a very musical life!

rnaple: congratulations for the great teacher you found. Soon you'll see improvement in your playing.

Ragdoll: I would like to have a better practice method, and sometimes I try some of the good advices here in PW, but I'm not constant.

Saranoya: a few days ago you had no AOTW - now you are organizing a piano party in Europe: this is a very big achievement!

CarlosCC: good luck for your contest, you are really brave!

I had a lesson planned for today, but the teacher could not come so I have no feedback on my progress on the Chopin prelude and Scarlatti sonata; I'm a bit disappointed because I'm at a point where I need feedback - usually when I think I have made big improvements the teacher gives me useful advices and points out problems I had not noticed. So I have to wait until next Monday. I don't want to be misunderstood: we agreed to be flexible (on both sides) so I'm not complaining with her.


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#2069712 - 04/24/13 01:58 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Toastie – I bet you feel great getting back into a practice routine! And it’s a pretty neat moment when you realize your current materials feel easier to manage! Have fun at this new level of competency!

EarlofMar – playing all day --- FUN! But tiring! I don’t think my hands could hack it!

RMaple: Gramma and Grampa: Nonna and Nonno (the 2 “n”s are important otherwise you’re saying “nineth” in masculine and feminine forms), Paesan, from “paese” which technically means “country” but is just as often used to refer to one’s home town, hence a “paesan” is a fellow citizen of the same city ---and given that many Italian towns are very small, the threads of connection are very very strong, and meeting a “paesan” when far from home is a big deal!
Sounds like going to your lesson in your work close created quite a stir!

SandTiger: I find it helps to have several pieces on the go so that when my brain can’t take any more of one I slide on to the next. I do hope you’ll make it for the recital-Carp Casserole with greens on the side could be good smile

Wisebuff, congrats on your participation in the Mendelssohn thread (and now I can spell that surname smile I think being able to recognize that you’re able to do more in less time is very encouraging!

ElleC, Andy, EarlofMar – I kept my digital too –not that I play it much, but it is portable and every now and then it is nice to bring over to a friend’s place for some musical afternoons. My acoustic has a Silent system installed, so in effect I still regularly play “a” digital, I’ve got the best of both worlds. I think having the option for playing with headphones is wonderful – especially when you’re doing some focus practice which has the potential to drive anyone ‘round the bend!
Earlofmar: I got my acoustic after only 10 months on the dp…. Other folks have done it even sooner. You don’t necessarily have to wait til you’re better - you’ll get better as you work on your acoustic.

FarmGirl, I feel tired just reading your thread! Wow, you are busy--- and this is only your music life! I can hear that despite a little stress, you are very happy with what you are doing these days, and I’m happy for you. I think the organ lessons must be wonderful good fun!

Torquenale – I understand how disappointing it is (even with agreements and understanding on both sides) when you have to miss a lesson. I find sometimes that making a recording of my pieces shows me where my weak spots are, or else listening to a good recording while I read the score (after I’ve been playing the piece a bit) helps me hear what a professional is doing that I’m not.

My ATOW – I find I’m getting better at just relaxing and playing for my teacher, which means less flubbing. This is a major big deal. I’m very pleased. I played my Heller for him and he gave me more detailed feedback on my dynamics. He asked me if I wanted to play in the recital in June, but as there will only be kids (the oldest is 14), I declined. I’d just feel too out of place.


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Casinitaly --- congrats in your atow this week. But I encourage you to join the recital! Though I shared the same sentiment when my teacher asked me to participate. Took a few times for her to convince me. I was to perform with 15 kids from 5-11. It was probably the most nervous I had been...not even an important job interview trumped what I felt the moment I was about to play. Also added to the fact that it was my first recital ever. Anyway, I'm glad I did though. It was a proud moment for my mom, husband and myself. It was a different kind of achievement even though I screwed up the first 10 seconds and had to restart. I'm planning to join our fall recital...I'm hoping the anxiety eases down after the first one.


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ElleC, I'm happy to read about your experience in a children recital, because I agreed to participate in one in June and I feel really scared. It's a first time for me (just a very informal recital when I was 11), and I hope the next one will be easier... if I survive the first, of course.

Casinitily, think again about it!


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ElleC, I'm happy to read about your experience in a children recital, because I agreed to participate in one in June and I feel really scared. It's a first time for me (just a very informal recital when I was 11), and I hope the next one will be easier... if I survive the first, of course.

Casinitily, think again about it!


If your teacher has enough adults, persuade them to have an adults only recital. Though I could probably hang with the kids now ... wink


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My AOTW(s) is that I have come to an understanding with teacher about the direction of my lessons. I'll give it some time to see how it goes (been there before).

The second is, I thought eek, I had found a mistake in my lesson book. I was practicing a new lesson that just did not sound right. I tried what I thought sounded correct. I doubted myself initially thinking the harmony note G should really be a G#.

After looking at a tutorial for this piece on YouTube I was correct. I stopped it at the very point and sure enough he was playing a G#. The score was in front of him but he wasn't looking at it grin

This tells me my ear is improving and to not always second guess it.


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AOTW was tiny but maybe important. I learned to put some "give" in the wrists for chords some time ago, and thought by "uncurling" the fingers I'd solved a habit there too. But apparently I'd simply substituted curled unmoving fingers for straightish unmoving fingers - I guess like a newborn deer tottering about on stiff legs. This may make a couple of things a whole lot easier.

Ragdoll, that actually sounds huge!

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Thanks keystring, I can tell when something doesn't sound right but tend to rely on publisher of my books too much. I was pretty happy to see I was right about what the note should be and not just that it seemed wrong somehow.


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#2069874 - 04/24/13 10:21 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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ElleC, Torquenale and Andy - thanks for the encouragement.

Though I would enjoy participating in a recital, I really don't feel that this is the right atmosphere for me. I'd have my hubby, maybe, and then all the parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins of the other musicians - Italians really come out for these evernts. All of them sitting there expecting an adult to play well. Nope,it isn't going to happen.

If I were playing a duet with one of the kids,...maybe - and I can talk to the teacher about that for next year, but this just isn't the recital for me.

(There is only one other adult , and he doesn't want to play either).

Ragdoll - great ear improvement! Good for you!
Keystrings - clearly you're being very attentive to what is going on with your body as you play- excellent! You can nip problems in the bud!



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Casinitaly, I know what you are saying. "Atmosphere" is important for me too, and playing piano it's not just to press the keys. I think your decision is appropriate.


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I love reading all your AOTW's here, I have to resist putting one in every second day when something good happens.

Casinitaly, my wife was coerced into playing several live violin children recitals and even although she did no solo pieces I think the stress was unproductive.


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Casinitaly - I certainly understand how you feel about the kiddie recital - Now that I hear all of you talk about not wanting to do it for a bunch of kids and their relatives I know why I was so darn nervous that first time. Well, at least we usually have 3 or 4 adults to go with the dozen or so youngsters.

I've agreed to do it again this year and still have the same feeling of impending doom. Not quite like the first year, but it is still there.

My teacher has a new student (adult) this year who contacted me yesterday. She wants to host the piano get-together/pre-recital recital practice for adults that I hosted last year. I'm all for it and glad to have someone else take the reins while I focus on actually learning how to play my recital piece. smile

Here's a nice narrow little AOTW - yesterday at lesson I was having a devil of a time doing this little series of descending three note sequences from the Scarlati piece. They were supposed to be really fast 32's with a little pause between each group. I tried and tried, but my fingers just were not cooperating. Then I sat back, looked at my teacher, and asked her to demonstrate it. She leaned over and played it once. I thought, gee just use the weight of your hand. And that's just what I did and it was absolutely 100% better right away. I had been doing it with "finger muscle" and getting nowhere. If I just let my hand weight fall into the three notes they fell right into line at full speed. Bada bing. [insert headslap icon here] Sometimes this stuff is so much easier than I make it.


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#2070386 - 04/25/13 01:19 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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CarolsCC, Earlofmar, JimF --- you've all got it. It just isn't the right place, or worth the energy. I hope there will be another chance, but I'm willing to wait as long as it takes. I'm not particularly shy about performing - but this just doesn't sit right with me.

Jim- that sounds like a real Ah ha! moment -- lovely to see something you found challenging sorted out in a flash!


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I can sure understand you people not wanting to or attending a recital with children. I wouldn't. It's like you are automatically taken as not serious. The distractions multiply.
I myself don't really have any wish to post stuff here on a recital. The only way I even think of here is if I have something special. Something that turned out good. Entertaining for others. I'm a person who isn't much interested in performing for others. I can only think of it in a way of sharing an experience. That's all it is to me. If it isn't an experience worth sharing. I'm not interested. That's just me.
I appreciate the input on the Italian, Cas. I only know what I heard as a kid. Is interesting. Would like you all to know. Even though my Grandfather was from Sicily. He hated the Mafia with a passion. Said they were a bunch of punks. His favorite show on TV was Elliot Ness. Called it the Italian hour.
I have an AOTW coming up today. Will let you know.


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This thread lightens up any day for me. You all show such dedication and sensitivity. Every little brush stroke creates the masterpiece.

I'm wanting to have an AOTW but can't quite land on one. I'm ear training using an online site where I can set the intervals that I want to test. For the life of me I can't seem to consistently get the descending 3rd, 4th and 5th. It would be funny except that's part of the level 5 exam. Well...I'll study up til test day and it'll be whatever it is. Maybe my AOTW is not stressing too much over the whole thing while maintaining a study schedule. LOL. It's reaching, I know.


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So many achievements! Everyone is doing great. Congratulations to everyone.

Rnaple - I am happy for you for finding a good teacher. It is so important to find someone you can work with well.

Ragdoll - More effective practice is what it is all about!

Augustina - Congrats on completing Hungary. It sounds like a major piece!

Saranoya - Sorry to hear your Moonlight part 2 and Bürgmuller didn't cooperate this week. The two steps forward, one step back seems to often be part of this journey.

CarlosCC - Good luck on the office contest. That is really cool.

Toastie - Getting back on track with practice is always an achievement!

earlomar - A full day at the piano sounds like a wonderful way to spend a rainy Saturday.

Wisebuff - Congraulations on your Mendelssohnn submission. That was a major undertaking. I can't wait to hear it.

FarmGirl - You must have a lot of stamina with your packed schedule. I am duly impressed! You must be becoming quite comfortable with performing now. That is wonderful.

Casinitaly - Being able to relax and just play in front of your teacher is a monumental step. It took me a year with this teacher to relax enough to play reasonably well. Now he can give you better feedback because you are able to work on the real problems. I don't blame you for not playing in a children's recital. That would be very uncomfortable.

Ragdoll - It is good that you and your teacher are clear about the direction you want to go. It should make your lessons more fun and productive. It sounds like your ear is developing quite nicely too!

Keystring - This sounds similar to something my teacher has been working with me on as well. Figuring out how to blend relaxation with proper chord attack is quite a challenge.

JimF - It is great that you could see your teacher demonstrate a technique and then execute it. That is huge.

Well my AOTW was making a Youtube video of the Chopin Nocturne in F Minor and sending it my teacher for evaluation. As a result, we had a very productive lesson pinpointing where improvement was needed. She gave me an honest critique and I learned a lot. It was very energizing to get this kind of feedback to focus my efforts.

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Edwardian Piano: I don’t under stand the knack folks have for learning faster with youtube than with the score. I think that’s quite something to be able to do. I don’t have the patience to watch the slow-motion tutorials, even for pieces I dearly love. Nor can I figure out what to do just by listening. I do use youtube recordings to give me a feel for how my piece should sound, but that’s the extent (and sometimes finding a decent recording of a beginner piece is really not simple!!)


Really? I am using the score, watching the video ( it's slow so can see the fingering) and hearing it played so with all that it makes it easier I think. Bar 2 is coming together and I'm on bar 3 now. I even played a measure more smoothly today that I had fumbled over previously this afternoon when I was showing my friend how far I was up to on the Minuet. I must have played in total an hour today. And I even uploaded my first recording ( a little tune I made up on the spot). blush
Done ok considering I have a bit of a squiffy tummy today.

Well done to everyone's progress- read the posts- got behind on reading them.




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SwissMS, I look forward to hearing your post of Chopin Nocturne in F Minor


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My AOTW. I ruined my financial budget! Yay! I'm excited.
I was looky looing through CL. There was a Kawai M8000 Midi Controller on there. It's 20 years old and originally sold for $1500. Along with a midi synthesizer: a Korg 05R/W. He wanted $300 for it all. That's in line with what this is selling for.

I asked in the Digital forum. Answers were that this is a really good old midi controller (keyboard). Also look at other opinions via Google. Looked really good.

I wasn't expecting to buy anything. But from what I learned. This is one to not pass by.

So the guy said he was coming to Rapid today. I said I'm interested and want to look at it. Well...I bought it. These keys are definitely high quality. No entry level stuff here. Much higher quality mechanics of the movement of the keys. All kinds of adjustments on velocity, sensitivity, aftertouch and all. It does have weighted keys. So I'm happy as can be with my new keyboard.

Also...I finally got me a Kawai!

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My grand AOTW is my first recording on PW!!!!

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#2070968 - 04/25/13 09:03 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]  
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Originally Posted by rnaple
My AOTW. I ruined my financial budget! Yay! I'm excited.
I was looky looing through CL. There was a Kawai M8000 Midi Controller on there. It's 20 years old and originally sold for $1500. Along with a midi synthesizer: a Korg 05R/W. He wanted $300 for it all. That's in line with what this is selling for.


Also...I finally got me a Kawai!


Looks like a bargain have fun with your new gizmos


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#2070971 - 04/25/13 09:10 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: dynamobt]  
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Originally Posted by dynamobt
My grand AOTW is my first recording on PW!!!!


Congrats!! Though I can't seem to play it...it just keeps on loading for some reason frown but I'll try my computer later.


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#2071064 - 04/25/13 10:58 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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My ATOW – I find I’m getting better at just relaxing and playing for my teacher, which means less flubbing. This is a major big deal. I’m very pleased. I played my Heller for him and he gave me more detailed feedback on my dynamics. He asked me if I wanted to play in the recital in June, but as there will only be kids (the oldest is 14), I declined. I’d just feel too out of place.



That's cool you feel more relaxed playing in front of your teacher casinitaly. I'm flubbing all the time in front of mine- now I can let him hear my recordings which have less flubs LOL.

I know what you mean re the recital- I wouldn't be keen on that myself either.


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#2071070 - 04/25/13 11:02 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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ElleC, the music doesn't start until 19 seconds. I wasn't quite prepared for it to actually "RECORD" when I hit the record button!!


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#2071319 - 04/26/13 09:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: torquenale]  
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Ragdoll: I would like to have a better practice method, and sometimes I try some of the good advices here in PW, but I'm not constant.


Yep me too, sometimes when I don't see immediate results of a new method I try something else. Focused practice has really helped me a lot whatever method I use. I won't allow myself to just play at the piano until I have done at least 30 minutes of real practice.

I have found the practice suggestions of a few here ( I think it's referred to as "chunking" with limited repeats) very helpful lately in that the new piece I received at my lesson Tuesday I already have under my fingers and have started to polish it.

It's admittedly a short, simple piece but I'm enchanted by it because it's so musical and pretty. I guess that's my AOTW. Without my focused practice I'm sure this would have taken me at least 2 weeks to get this far with it. What's more, I picked it and not teacher which I think helps. grin

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#2071357 - 04/26/13 09:49 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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I am happy this morning. I don't have back to back business meetings starting at 7:00 am today for the first time this week. I can eat breakfast, practice a bit and go to work late (9:00 am). What a beautiful morning.



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4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
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