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#2105459 - 06/20/13 05:35 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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what a lovely husband you have!

Congratulations to your 28th wedding anniversary, hope you have a wonderful celebration!


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I made my first piano-step on June 2010.
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#2105465 - 06/20/13 06:00 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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He knows I practice (or just play smile ) every day - and we're going away on the weekend, just an overnight getaway (celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary!)...


Whoo Hoo cas,
28 years is quite an AOT~3decades. grin Hope your weekend is glamorous and magical.


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#2106201 - 06/22/13 11:58 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Ragdoll]  
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CarlosCC- Congratulations on making the finals! That is fantastic! We want to hear the recording from your finals performance!

Casinitaly- Enjoy your anniversary! 28 years is an accomplishment.

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Happy Anniversary CasinItaly. Congratulations on making the finals CarlosCC.

Week 67: I watch the movie Searching for Sugar Man. It is an inspirational story about a modern musician Sixto Rodriguez, that has part Don Quixote, part Bob Dylan, part biblical Job.

I upload my new song Wits End. It is my first piano song with original lyrics. The curious can listen to a MIDI:
https://www.box.com/s/7vabdrnq5cst1ztorhjy

or view the sheet music with lyrics:
https://www.box.com/s/anucdk1og2tm5wcprzc9

The story behind the song is posted at my blog:
http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/

Have a good week everyone. Cheers.

Lyrics follow:

Wits End

I am close to the edge of infinity
I am close to my wits end
Down on my luck, down on my life,
Turning my back on my friends.

I am close to the edge of infinity
I am close to my wits end
I can't think straight, I can't see straight,
I can't find my way home...

Three young muses sing me their songs,
Songs about love, songs about dreams,
Songs about going home...

Will I ever learn my lessons?
Will I ever dream in color?
Will I ever find my way home?

Three young muses sing me their songs,
Songs about love, songs about dreams,
Songs about going home...

I am close to the edge of infinity
I am close to my wits end

- end -

The title track to the Sugar Man movie has a line about dreaming in color, and I had already written mine. These small coincidences are interesting to me, I take them as a sign I am on the right track.

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#2106293 - 06/22/13 02:19 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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This week I have an achievement to share. I survived my first ever piano recital. Played two pieces, got through the first one with no big errors. The second one had one major mess, but I was able to keep it moving forward and back under control.

This is a lot better than I feared, as my practice during the days leading up to the recital was getting worse and worse, and the pre-recital dry run was a wreck.

I think the mood set in the recital by my teacher helped. She kept it from becoming formal and competitive. I'll probably do it again next year.

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Originally Posted by stumbler
This week I have an achievement to share. I survived my first ever piano recital. Played two pieces, got through the first one with no big errors. The second one had one major mess, but I was able to keep it moving forward and back under control.

This is a lot better than I feared, as my practice during the days leading up to the recital was getting worse and worse, and the pre-recital dry run was a wreck.

I think the mood set in the recital by my teacher helped. She kept it from becoming formal and competitive. I'll probably do it again next year.


Congratulations stumbler! After the experience of recording me for the first time for ecco fatto Café I can empathize how difficult it must be to perform in front of an audience without the possibility to push the stop-button… even thinking about it makes me scared! So be proud of yourself, well done!

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But the lyrics are great!


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#2106349 - 06/22/13 04:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Well I think I made a big step in my evolution this week: I accepted to try and play with someone else along, and the ocasional "audience" that were curious as to what I was doing (I was at work). I say "try to play" because it didn't turn out to be much in the way of recognizable music but hey, I broke the ice, and that's what mattered to me.

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#2106413 - 06/22/13 06:27 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS]  
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Originally Posted by SwissMS
CarlosCC- Congratulations on making the finals! That is fantastic! We want to hear the recording from your finals performance!

SwissMS - Thanks! I knew if I got to the finals I would have the opportunity to make a professional video. And I think that is extraordinary, because I will not have many chances in life to make a video like this. Sure I'll share it with you all.

Chery - 28th wedding anniversary is a huge achievement! Congratulations!

Sand Tiger- Thanks for sharing your music and lyrics.

stumbler - Congratulations on your first recital!

John_In_Montreal - That's the way, John. Don't be afraid to play for "others", that way you get more confident with your playing. Congrats!



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#2106419 - 06/22/13 06:46 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Cheryl - congratulations on your 28th anniversary. Not an easy thing.

Everyone else seems to be doing so well. I am a bit flush so I write more later



1) Bach c minor fantasy
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)
#2106450 - 06/22/13 08:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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My AOTW .... My teacher told me this week: I'm impressed that you're even taking on this piece. At this level. When we're at this point in learning. And you're doing it!
That along with her statement last week about my first 6 bars with the right hand on this.

She is causing me to face a fact. A fact that she is facing. A lady who has taught all instruments for 30 years. Piano is "her" instrument. She is taking me seriously. That I have real musical ability. That my intention of writing music is not a statement from a fool. I'm not out in right field. I'm not dreaming a fantasy.
This is spite of the fact that I'm no prodigy. It's difficult learning the technical aspects. I do not find it easy even with this one piece of picking it up and running through it the first time. Rather than running it's more like stumbling, falling, crawling, clawing my way through it. I really have to go through a bunch to get it down. Piano is not an easy instrument to learn. Also indications from her that the music store is distracting and she knows it. This is pushing her to all her abilities and wisdom to teach me to get it down. She is a really good teacher.
Actually, to get this piece down. I have to come home, all alone. Much of the time in the middle of the night. Work through it with all my heart. When I apply my heart it comes.


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#2106511 - 06/22/13 11:01 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: rnaple]  
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rnaple, you are very dedicated. I'm glad your teacher appreciates this and supports you.


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love this thread, everyone is involved and I look forward to reading others improvements. I had a quiet week with nothing spectacular but still think it was a great week with small but forward progress


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#2106563 - 06/23/13 03:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: earlofmar]  
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My achievement was that I did 2 extra pieces last week and when I had my lesson I managed to make an ok job of them. I was worried I might have been playing them wrong as I had worked on them on my own, but they were fine. A nice comment from the lesson was "you're going to be a really good pianist". This made me happy , as it's fun to imagine that I might be competent in future, when I'm at such a low level now. I really get a kick out of all the little bits of progress towards getting there. heart

I am going to do an extra piece this week too. The one I have to finish from the lesson is quite easy, so I will also tackle the next one in the book, which seems quite hard. But it's not an achievement if it's easy is it?? So I look forward to saying I have done it next week!!! Oh I remembered another nice comment was that I have learned to read the notes "really fast". I have decided I am going to write any positive comments here each week, so that I can remember them, because they just make my day. Love it all, love it all so much.


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Stumbler- Congratulations on your first recital, especially for getting over a rough patch and pressing on to the end. It will be easier next year, and easier still the year after that.


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#2106656 - 06/23/13 09:34 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: CarlosCC]  
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Ok, guys, I'm in the finals


That is super awesome! Although I missed you when last in Portugal but maybe see you on the big screen! You HAVE to post that video!


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#2106663 - 06/23/13 09:46 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Back at home with my piano, but only one day to report on. I played for 2x 2hr sessions and then did a 'live' play through before going out to dinner - didn't take time out to cook! My hubbie gave me a standing ovation! I can manage the mozart K545 at about 95 bpm so it's a bit on the slow side . Never mind that will come. It sounded great! - and I'm no longer arguing with Mrs Darcy - and I love the 'Bop Goes the Weasel' riff. I think it's unleashed another side of piano playing for me.


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Originally Posted by Toastie
Love it all, love it all so much.


It's so great to be doing something that really fills you like that.
Good luck with everything Cant' wait to read all your positive feedbacks!


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Congrats to everyone. First recital, getting nice comments and new recognition from a teacher. On the last note,

Maple what is the piece you are playing. Your passion is coming through the lines and it stoked my curiosity. I abandoned my hope to bite into big pieces this year. Too busy at work and I realized that many of those pieces are a bit beyond my reach right now. But I still have the hankering after certain pieces I would love to try someday.



1) Bach c minor fantasy
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)
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Originally Posted by FarmGirl

Maple what is the piece you are playing. Your passion is coming through the lines and it stoked my curiosity.


I apologize. I thought people knew from when Cas asked me.

It's the theme song from Schindler's List.

I just received the hardest version. My teacher wants me to look at it now. See where it goes from easy to hard. I look at it and think: Yes...yes.... I"m looking forward to it. For now, the easy version is all I can handle. It's probably 85% of the hard version? Hard just adds to the easy. They say the hard is "about" a level 5.

EDIT: I wanted to add. I'm confident this is the writing of John Williams. There is no arranger. I tracked this down through a fan site for John. It's linked from there to sheetmusicplus.

I hope you're feeling better. I saw another post. You mentioned you're down sick.

Last edited by rnaple; 06/23/13 10:43 AM. Reason: Old fool forgot to add.

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Wow Maple, sounds like very fun and challenging project. Keep us posted on your progress. If that's what we heard in the movie, it's incredibly beautiful. Transcriptions in general are difficult. You will be busy for a while. Enjoy!

Thanks for your kind words. Yeah my health is part of my limitation. I get sick a lot and my husband & doctors are telling me I need to slow down. Human body cannot be sustained 5 hours of sleep. Miss my 20's when I partied 2 consecutive nights and still manage to take college exams.



1) Bach c minor fantasy
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)
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Originally Posted by FarmGirl
... If that's what we heard in the movie, it's incredibly beautiful...


Yes, it's also incredibly beautiful to be able to play it.

Originally Posted by FarmGirl
Transcriptions in general are difficult. You will be busy for a while. Enjoy!


I'm not sure I understand transcription? I can understand taking it for granted the piano solo would be a transcription from the original? I chose this piece. I very much admire John's work. John composes music with a keyboard, paper, and pencil. That's all. The old fashioned way. No computers. John doesn't like technology. The original of all his work is on piano. All of his creativity is in his head, and heart. Where it counts.
Also, John thinks this is his most brilliant work. I thought his work on Close Encounters of the Third Kind was brilliant. John doesn't think much of that at all.

EDIT: Thought I'd mention. Besides the above. There is at least one place in the movie where this is played as a piano solo.


Please take care of yourself, FarmGirl. I used to have a sister. She was a real party animal. Party all night. Work all day. Go back out and do the same the next night. She could drink most anybody under the table. She died at 28 years old. Please take care of yourself.

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Ron, transcription is to turn the music composed for some instruments into some other instruments. Many of the classical guitar pieces are transcribed from original since there weren't modern guitar at that time. It's often more challenging because piano has to do something intended for other instruments. Think about doing trills forever to immitate the sound of string or flute or whatever. I heard your piece in strings. So that's why I made the comment.

Transcription also means providing more clarity or interpretation as in Busoni transcriptions besides literally providing musical notations.

Check it yourself. I only have enough amount of music theory to be dangerous.



1) Bach c minor fantasy
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)
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1) Bach c minor fantasy
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)
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mine is a small one but i learned to read the staff notes and the piano key notes i've got down. something just happened and clicked and i knew it all like instantly after trying to memorize it for a week or so... must be the after effect learning i've been reading about! once that happened i cruised thru this weeks assignments and am hoping to surprise my teacher tomorrow at lessons!


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~Casinitaly, learning a Cole Porter song, excellent idea. I have always wanted to learn to play one his songs after dancing to them for years. Your post has inspired me to go look through some of his sheet music to see if I can learn one of them now that I am further along with my studies of the piano.

My victory this week is trying to play Chopin's Waltz in A minor, at reasonable tempo, it dawned on me that I had been rushing the piece losing too much character in the process, so now I am trying to focuse on the beauty and not be such a slave to tempo. We shall see how this experiement works out. I was really quite happy today as I found a treasure trove of sheet music at my local library book sale, and I found a collection of RCM grade V sheet music, all this beautiful music by C.P.E. Bach, Schumann, Mozart and Beethoven, and there was not a mark in it. I was so pleased to find it but a little sad there was not one notation in it, like it had never been used. The lady at the desk said they only were asking a dollar for it, I felt a little bit guilty walking off with all these music for so little. I guess they weren't aware of this treasure they had.

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Carlos, what a great shot of you playing the lovely white piano! What fun!

Sand Tiger - Congrats on your new song! There's a lot of energy in it, and you have definitely created a mood. The lyrics match the music very well indeed.

Stumbler - Congrats on surviving your recital. Even though one piece didn't go as well as you liked, the important thing there is that you recovered! Everyone says it gets better the more often you play in front of folks - so on you go to the next on!

John - that sounds like the start of something that could turn out to be a lot of fun! Good for you!

Ron - what a great teacher - and what a great realization on your part. That's pretty thrilling to realize you're on the right path for something that's obviously very important to you!

Earlofmar - small steps is what it is all about - enjoy them!

Toastie - what wonderful encouragement!!!! woohoo! You are coming along well!


Palmpirate - welcome home, welcome back to your piano!

Ragdoll - this is going back a bit ...You said you didn't know how folks studied 5-6 pieces at a time. I don't think I've ever had that many on the go, but at the moment I'm working on 4..... The thing is that they are rarely ever at the same stage, nor are they the same length or level of difficulty. When I've got multiple pieces on the go I work on them a bit at a time - the ones that are farther along get checked out for weak spots and for corrections and improvements, the others are worked on for tricky bits and for getting the fingering set. I find that I have a certain level of tolerance for repeating a set number of bars, so when I get fed up with one piece it is nice to have another to slide in and still feel I'm being serious and dedicated to my practice (versus playing) time.

FarmGirl- I hope you are feeling better, especially as you are travelling. Buon viaggio!

Sweet06- that's one of the most important achievements you can make! Now your feet are really on the path for your piano adventures!

Irene - glad I inspired you -- and it was Ragdoll who inspired me--- can't beat a chain reaction of that sort! I love the waltz in Amin (I presume you mean the posthumous one?) I agree that many play it far too quickly - it is a pity because it doesn't need great speed to sound lovely. My first teacher told me that Chopin liked to play it for his friends- doesn't that just warm the cockles of your heart?
Your new sheet music sounds like a treasure chest of delights! Have fun with it!

I have no new AOTW, but we did have a fab anniversary getaway weekend. We were up at Lago di Garda, at a little town called Salò. There was a sailboat regatta, a vintage car rally, and a water parade of amphibious cars -too funny. The weather was gorgeous, the food delicious..... it was a wonderful celebration.
Thanks to all for your kind wishes and congrats!



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Cheryl, those "amphibious" vehicles were pretty funny - hm. Pretty homemade, too laugh It looks like when we used to describe our 1957 convertible as a "boat" we were right.

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Almost memorised the notes for Rach's G minor prelude. The piece is so fast my brain cannot catch up! Very very slow practice for now :-)


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Originally Posted by FarmGirl
...Transcription also means providing more clarity or interpretation as in Busoni transcriptions besides literally providing musical notations.

Check it yourself. I only have enough amount of music theory to be dangerous.


I think that goes for both of us.
I put this in terms of an Arranger. That's what he does.
Glad I'm learning more. Always learning. Never stop. Keeps us young.


Glad you had a good time this weekend, Cas. Those cars that go in the water. I remember those. So cool! When I was a little boy. My brother and I figured out that there were cars that went underwater. Those were the ones with the four covered up chrome exhaust on the fender. We figured out that they opened up when the car went under water for the exhaust. It was all a fantasy.

sweet06....Glad you're learning. Welcome to the forum.



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