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#2058274 - 04/02/13 11:44 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Quarkomatic]
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Yes, I have to agree with you. That is my concept of taking an exam rightnow, in addition to a good quality of exam pieces.

I have the problem in a descending scale, especially on the left hand side.

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#2185636 - 11/20/13 11:07 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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The result was submitted to me few days ago.
I just passed the sixth grade of Trinity with Merit.
This is beyond my expectation because I was very nervous at the time and made so many mistakes. By the way I am very relieved.

#2185671 - 11/20/13 12:09 PM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Congratz! thumb

#2185688 - 11/20/13 12:34 PM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Congratulations! Glad to hear they have the judgment to award merit in spite of mistakes.
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#2185737 - 11/20/13 01:47 PM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Congratulations! Great work! Clearly you are your own worst critic wink
Please step aside. You're standing in your own way.

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#2186104 - 11/21/13 04:17 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Congrats and "Thank you teacher of Tidal ;)"
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#2187193 - 11/23/13 07:18 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Thank you everyone. This is my first examination. I would take it as a first step of my piano journey. My dream is to be a fair amateur pianist. Possible or not, I will carry on. I am at mid-twenty now, my hands and arms are ergonomically poor and my profession does not allow much time and relaxation due to severe workload and mental stress.

#2187201 - 11/23/13 07:46 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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The Twinkle variations (Ah vous je dirais) aren't really that bad, except for the last variation. However, even with your practice time, I think you can be smart about it.

Practice the most difficult parts ONLY. Do not waste time playing the things you can already play. Get the hard parts up to the same level of ease as the easy parts. Play through the entire piece once every couple of days until it's all worked out. Then work with a metronome to gradually increase the tempo to where you need it (playing straight through the pieces now).

Also, you may want to try getting up earlier in the morning or staying up a little bit later - even an extra 15 minutes can make a difference here.

When at your lessons, ask your teacher for help in specifics on how to work out the issues you are having. For example, your LH being too loud, what can you do to make that softer? I have some suggestions, but it's much better if you go to your teacher for this.

I think this is a great opportunity for you. It's not a competition where there's a winner or loser, right? It's more just a personal goal to help jump start things a bit. I'm guessing your teacher sees a lot of potential in you, but it's unrealized because you're not as serious as you could be, and this is one way of getting you there. When you really stretch yourself, you can make great strides.

On a side note, not being able to play a scale doesn't necessarily mean you aren't good enough to play. You just probably haven't practiced scales enough to be good at them. It is worthwhile, however to be able to do and will help your Mozart pieces as there are scales all over the place. Use a scale as a warm-up and play through them hands separately at least once every day. If you mess up, start over and go slower until you can play it - no matter how slow. Then when separate is easy (however many weeks that takes), put hands together. You'll get there.

edited to add: well, this is embarrassing. I didn't realize this was an old thread. I'll leave the above up for some other poor soul in a similar situation though. Congrats on your results smile

Edited by Morodiene (11/23/13 08:04 AM)
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#2188590 - 11/26/13 11:00 AM Re: I must say thanks to my teacher ... but ... [Re: Tidal]
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Morodiene, you're very generous to give me the comment.
Thank you.

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