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#2315430 - 08/14/14 10:52 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Yup. Separate hands, SLOWLY. Any time you find your hand in a position where getting to the next note would cause a glitch, sort it out. Then play it over, and over ... and over. SLOWLY. It'll come.

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#2315480 - 08/14/14 12:49 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Not really MY achievement, but my old Chickering is getting - right at this very moment - a tuning, regulation, and hammer reshaping!!! I am so very excited; I had to save up a while for this and have looked forward to it like a 6-year-old looks forward to Christmas morning!

O.M.G. What a difference! Tech said he didn't know how I'd been playing on this, as far out of regulation and as sticky as it was. It sounds so nice and mellow now and the touch is a total revelation!

If anyone's looking for me the rest of the day, you know where I'll be! smile

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#2315908 - 08/15/14 11:53 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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It's been quite a while since I've posted, I've been taking a bit of a break from the piano for various reasons.

Welcome to all the new folks, I've not been keeping up on reading all posts, but noticed that we have some new participants in the pre-retirement years, so kudos to you for taking on the piano. You've come to the right place for encouragement!

Two achievements, the 2nd of which is off-topic from the piano:

1) I can still play. I was able to play in my favorite venue again, although on a truly lousy grand, not the splendid Yamaha that is there only briefly each year. Everything sounds better with reverb, particularly something atmospheric like Clair de Lune. I have hope that in a couple years I may be able to actually play it tolerably well, if I continue to plug away it it from time to time.

2) I've been getting interested in audio engineering, it's a fascinating area. I just love learning new things, and there is an endless learning curve to this particular world. Sort of like piano in that regard, except physical abilities are not part of it, which is a good thing. It's just your ears, musical taste, and technical/acoustical knowledge.

I entered a mix contest, wherein a band makes their raw tracks available for anyone to have at it. This was a very rich/rewarding learning process, which I'm looking forward to applying to future piano recordings: mixed song I submitted



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I have to get ~40-50 "likes" on SoundCloud in order to get into the finals (by Sunday), so it's a long shot. If you have a SoundCloud account and can "like", that would be great.

Here's the original, by way of comparison:
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Last edited by aTallGuyNH; 08/15/14 03:30 PM. Reason: Added SoundCloud embed (thanks to kenjazz for letting me know how to do it!)

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#2316601 - 08/17/14 04:06 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Week 127: the recital is the big news on the forum. I uploaded my original Pixie Dust. I also updated my piano blog (signature link). There is a PDF of the sheet music for Pixie Dust on the blog. I transcribed it a few weeks ago, so there are minor changes from the upload.

I print out an arrangement of Simple Gifts by Aaron Copeland. I am struggling with it. It has been so long since I've done any sight reading at all and I was never much good at it. I did a few minutes of scales, and it has been a long time since I've done that as well. Dedicating half my limited piano time to composition has a significant cost.

I start taking Glucosamine pills to try and help with the many chronic aches and pains all over the body. It seems to be helping some, but it has only been a couple of days.

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#2316819 - 08/18/14 05:16 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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My achievement of the week: made a plan, and sort of stuck to it.

My first Schumann piece is coming together quite quickly, I only had HS on the plan for the week but got impatient and started HT on some sections. Gold star for starting at the end of the piece with this though!

Chopin progressing slowly, slowly. I broke down the task into simpler steps for the section I was getting stuck on, and that helped a lot.

SandTiger, hope the pills help
TallGuy, good luck with your mixing comp

#2316820 - 08/18/14 05:28 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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@barbaram, that's good news for the Schumann recital smile

@SandTiger, that sucks, hope the pills help. I'll check out the pixie dust, seems fun.

@aTallGuyNH, sorry I was to late, I do have soundcloud but only read it after the deadline.

@JeanieA, I know what the feeling is of having a fresh tuned piano (I can't stop playing after the tuning) so I can imagine it must be wonderful to have all this work done!

My AOTW was actually taking part in the Recital. smile
I have been practicing the Op 68 no 14 for some time now. I can play it with the right dynamics and so on but not at the appropriate speed. Also tried to play Op 124 No 6, works well but again the speed and the dynamics. I suppose it's just out of my league and dynamics need a lot of practice.



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#2316862 - 08/18/14 08:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: wimpiano]  
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I had my first lesson after a six week break (teacher vacation, my vacation), and my AOTW is that my teacher was very pleased with how I had progressed on my own with my three exam pieces. All three are at the polishing stage, and she liked what I had done so far. We just have some finessing to do. I guess that means that some of her "how to practice" lessons have sunk in!

#2316922 - 08/18/14 12:23 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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@TallGuy - that venue looks amazing!


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#2316963 - 08/18/14 02:16 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Anybody in the south OC area (calif) interested in participating in a live recital? I talked to the activities director at a local Assisted-care center that has a yamaha grand piano in the lobby to see if I can play a recital for the residents there. She thought it was a wonderful idea and scheduled me in for Nov 15th in the morning for half hour.
After my delusions of grandeur passed and several weeks gone by practicing THREE NEW PIECES for this recital, I figured I will not be able to play all three. I dont know why I even thought I could. I am sure I can concentrate on one of the pieces and get it ready for a presentation that is respectable to the residents.

However that means I won't be able to fill the 30 min time slot. How is it going to be to do a one 3 minute piece for a recital? I am sure they won't mind but I won't like it.


So , if anyone nearby interested let me know. If you have a piece you're working on or can get ready by Nov 15th and interested in doing a live recital please contact me.
Nothing formal. this is all casually setup. No fee or anything. Just come with your piece play it, and then mingle and talk to the residents afterwards (they are very nice, they appreciate anyone playing piano for them, hardly anyone plays it).

Thanks


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#2317240 - 08/19/14 09:10 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: briansaddleback]  
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AOTW - I'm back at the bench with two hands again. thumb grin

Eased my left hand back in slowly starting on Friday. So far no pain, so it looks like a week off did the trick. Thanks for the support guys and gals...that one really had me worried.


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Originally Posted by JimF
AOTW - I'm back at the bench with two hands again. thumb grin

Eased my left hand back in slowly starting on Friday. So far no pain, so it looks like a week off did the trick. Thanks for the support guys and gals...that one really had me worried.


Yay! you have been very lucky to get back so soon. As an ex runner I had my fair share of injuries some lasting up to 6 months and now a permanent exclusion. Best to take it easy for a while and build back up.


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#2317530 - 08/19/14 11:52 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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#2317618 - 08/20/14 07:50 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: FarmGirl]  
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#2317941 - 08/20/14 11:18 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Coming along with my Diabelli Sonatina in F Major. Started this week of putting two hands together.... VERY slowly I took a new approach with learning my left all in chords.
It was suggested by my teacher to 'consider' also starting another piece along with this Sonatina. Something to think about.

I get very impatient with myself. My head knows what to do but my hands just won't cooperate. Im so envious of those that can just sit down and pull pieces out of the air... sorry Im rambling.


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#2318302 - 08/21/14 09:08 PM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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At week 53 started the Faber Piano Adventures Level 3A. Based on several sources this puts me at Elementary Level D. Pretty pumped about that.

As I did with Level 2 I made the minor mistake of looking ahead at the later performance pieces and thinking they were way too hard. However I eventually played those Level 2 pieces (and passed them) so I'm thinking 6-9 months from now I'll feel differently about the new stuff.


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Originally Posted by RGibson
I get very impatient with myself. My head knows what to do but my hands just won't cooperate. Im so envious of those that can just sit down and pull pieces out of the air... sorry Im rambling.

Ramble away; I know just how you feel. wink


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ATOW this week goes to my surgeon and the great staff at my local hospital, who had me in this morning (after I had done my morning scale session smile) and removed a benign lump on my arm. I was home again within four hours and may actually tickle the ivories later tonight. The achievement is they got the paperwork right and didn't remove anything they were not supposed to (except some dignity with those gowns they make you wear), nor tamper with the internal wiring so essential for piano playing.


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Good news earlofmar - but make sure you rest it enough while recovering!
BrianDX - good luck on your level 3 adventure, great progress

Not sure if mine is an achievement or the opposite, but being a glass half full kind of person I'll give it the positive spin:
One of the (very very many) things I enjoyed in the ABF recital was people playing music of their own country (Gandalf's Norwegian piece, Outo's Finnish submission). This inspired me to look for some Irish music to learn. Ireland has a rich musical heritage but piano wouldn't be one of the main instruments, and what's more it's very much a folk tradition, with a lot of improv and little reliance on sheet music. Melodies are easy to come by, but I found it very hard to locate piano sheet music arrangements in a style I wanted. I got sucked into the search and the idea, with the result that I found myself exploring chord progressions, harmonies and improvised ornamentation for some basic melodies I liked.
Since coming back to the piano last year I've learned exclusively from sheet music, so it's really something new for me to start experimenting in this way. Needless to say my efforts are very hit and miss, but as well as being a lot of fun I think it's really developing my ear and my musical understanding.

(Negative spin = I got sucked down the rabbit hole and didn't really stick to my plan for the week.).

My other achievement is that I recorded the piece I had wanted to record for the ABF recital. In general, it's a lot more polished than the piece I actually submitted BUT there are 2 or 3 sticking points, so I never get the whole way through without *something* going wrong.
Something goes wrong on this recording too but overall I'm happy with the effort. There's a long time until the next recital so I can reasonably hope to come up with a much better version, but if I was at submission deadline I'd be pretty happy to go with this, mistakes and all.


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Originally Posted by RGibson
I get very impatient with myself. My head knows what to do but my hands just won't cooperate. Im so envious of those that can just sit down and pull pieces out of the air... sorry Im rambling.

Ramble on... this is the place for it!


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barbaram How sweet is that? You've got your next recital submission already in the can while the current one is barely out of the blocks. thumb

earlofmar Glad to hear it went well. Some things in modern medicine are fantastic, but I always worry when they start hacking bits off here and there.


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#2319184 - 08/24/14 10:23 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Week 128: A milestone of a dubious nature, I am over 1000 posts on the forum. I say dubious because I tell other beginners that a little bit of Internet research time goes a long way. That most would do better allocating 80% of that Internet time to bench time. I can't because of chronic physical problems. The Glucosamine seems to be helping with joint pain. Before the pills I would often wake up in the morning and my fingers would be throbbing. If I didn't wear gloves that night it was almost a guarantee.

This week I go back a bit to free play and while the new stuff likely sounds like drivel, it is like a bird just flying around with no purpose as to food or flock, just enjoying the open sky. It is a good thing. Saranoya's thread opens up what can be a difficult topic, that perceived shameful lack of progress. In my case, it is quite sobering. One perspective is that the soaring bird enjoying the view and the day, doesn't worry about such things, so I will take after the bird.

Anyway, other than some free play, I am firming up the new composition Between Raindrops. It started as a self indulgent endeavor, something that I would like, but audiences might not, but it is developing. As always, the composer is often just guessing at what audiences will like. I doubt I will learn the arrangement of Simple of Gifts that I printed out. Seems like too much work for too little reward. So many beginners with less time than me could do so much better with it, than I will be able to. I might learn the main line melody and improvise off that. That I perhaps can do.

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Well no real achievement for me as such. My expectations of a regular twice monthly spot with my new teacher have been dashed. The two who were going to drop and attend college have changed their minds and want to take a year off before starting college. That leaves me still with a once monthly lesson and #2 spot on a waiting list.

I'm currently working through Book one of "Expressive Etudes" (her recommendation) to help with my reading and some technique issues. Once monthly is better than no lessons at all I guess. smile


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I'm going to have a bit of a shameless brag (not that it's anything to brag about!). I have been struggling with my Schumann piece Stuckchen. Yes I know that most of you probably laugh at that, but I've been finding it really hard. First of all because I stupidly didn't read the music properly and was playing the bottom treble clef as a bass clef and wondering why it sounded so awful. blush Then for the life of me I couldn't get the left hand working and when I did I got as far as the first sharp and everything fell to pieces. Well last night in my lesson we had 5 minutes left over so I dragged the music out and with the help of my teacher played the left hand through not once but twice. Then when I got home I was able to play the whole piece with 2 hands. I'm still terribly slow and have to pause in lots of places to remember the notes, but this is a huge accomplishment for me, especially when I first read the music I nearly gave myself a heart attack wondering what I had dobbed myself in for! shocked


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Originally Posted by MandyD
Yes I know that most of you probably laugh at that, but I've been finding it really hard.


Not at all, this is one of those golden moments I am sure many of us remember with pride the joy of learning our first alternating bass line with melody. This is a core component to many of the pieces you will play in the future and it will get easier.

Great stuff

BTW that's the whole purpose of this thread...bragging lol


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MandyD,

Playing the piano is a lifelong journey. As an intermediate piano player, I am beginning to understand the full meaning of this. The beauty of playing the piano and progressing is that there are moments of excitement all along the journey. It never ends. This is what makes Learning the piano so motivating. At least for me.

So enjoy the experience and I hope you never get used to it.

Last edited by Dennis in Canada; 08/26/14 08:25 PM. Reason: I was repeating myself and somewhat contradicting myself too.

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Originally Posted by MandyD
I'm going to have a bit of a shameless brag (not that it's anything to brag about!). I have been struggling with my Schumann piece Stuckchen. Yes I know that most of you probably laugh at that, but I've been finding it really hard. First of all because I stupidly didn't read the music properly and was playing the bottom treble clef as a bass clef and wondering why it sounded so awful. blush Then for the life of me I couldn't get the left hand working and when I did I got as far as the first sharp and everything fell to pieces. Well last night in my lesson we had 5 minutes left over so I dragged the music out and with the help of my teacher played the left hand through not once but twice. Then when I got home I was able to play the whole piece with 2 hands. I'm still terribly slow and have to pause in lots of places to remember the notes, but this is a huge accomplishment for me, especially when I first read the music I nearly gave myself a heart attack wondering what I had dobbed myself in for! shocked

Many congrats! smile

This was one of my first "ah-ha" moments, where I was able to play left and right hand independently of each other. Now after six more months I can get both working together more quickly. The process is still the same however. I learn the right hand first, then the left, then put both together slowly one section at a time.

After about 5-10 iterations I'm usually in the groove.


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#2320503 - 08/27/14 06:55 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Congrats, Mandy!
Quite the contrary of stupid. It reminds all of us of ourselves. We all had similar scenarios. They continue. Isn't it wonderful how the teacher can so easily and quickly help us with something?
That reminds me... I need to get my Schumann piece done by Labor Day. It will take me the remaining 6 1/2 months to get the kind of recording I really want.


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#2320509 - 08/27/14 07:33 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly]  
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Thanks so much for the kind words everyone, I don't feel quite as silly now lol. Yes rnaple it is totally amazing! I can't believe how I can be really really struggling with something totally foreign to me and if I bring it up in a lesson it suddenly is made to be so simple that I'm left wondering how I didn't get it in the first place?


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#2320548 - 08/27/14 09:00 AM Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: MandyD]  
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I think this way after EVERY piece I master enough to pass my teacher's muster. "Geez, what took so long for something that is obviously simple"?

In all seriousness, this type of thinking can be counter-productive to progress. I'm trying hard to eliminate this as much as I can after every completed piece.


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