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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Jeremy SA] #2289278
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I think you are wise in being picky with your teacher.
I am very happy with my teacher, I didn't do as much research as you are doing though.


Why thanks Jeremy SA,

It's a function of my "knowing" more now I think. When I first began lessons, I admired ANYONE who knew how to play piano and thought they were just great because I was of course, musically ignorant of most things to do with piano/music. While I'm still very much a learner vs. rank beginner I'm a bit more able to make a better assessment of another's abilities wrt what I'm willing to pay for. I hope that makes sense and doesn't sound too judgmental or "know-it-all" on my part. grin

In reviewing what I originally wrote and wimpiano asked about; I see that I referred to her as a good pianist myself. Poor choice of words.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2289281
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Epiphany of the week:
What I am thinking/feeling right now is the same thing I have always done with new music, specifically "I'll never be able to play this; this is as far as I'll ever get." The difference is that it is lasting longer, but probably only because the pieces are more difficult and are taking longer.

Then again, maybe this is the end of the line, but only if I give up.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin] #2289410
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Originally Posted by malkin
Epiphany of the week:
What I am thinking/feeling right now is the same thing I have always done with new music, specifically "I'll never be able to play this; this is as far as I'll ever get." The difference is that it is lasting longer, but probably only because the pieces are more difficult and are taking longer.

Then again, maybe this is the end of the line, but only if I give up.


Malkin, I go through the same mind game--"I'll never be able to do this, blah blah blah, moan moan moan" goes my Type 1 brain. My Type 2 brain (the rational one)* says, "Yes, you will. Now get back to work."

And I agree, it at least feels like it takes longer--and probably actually does--because more learning is going on. Hang in there.


Have you read Kahnemann's book "Thinking Fast and Slow?" I'm not sure if he calls them Type 1 and Type 2, but my Kindle battery is dead right now and I can't look it up.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2289572
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Took first exam!
(Actually, there was another one once, around 1978. My memory of that is vague, so I'm not counting it.)

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2289585
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Wow, congrats Marinelife! I'm still summoning up the courage to take a practical one as sight reading is still giving me lots of problems. :S

Non-piano related AOTW: went on a family holiday and recharged my batteries for the upcoming school term.

Piano related AOTW: found that my piano playing batteries were recharged as well and I enjoyed playing my piano more than ever after getting back! smile

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2289841
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Week 118: I make limited progress on my new projects: my new original in C minor, Between Raindrops, and the cover of Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly.

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: musicalinfinity] #2289979
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Originally Posted by musicalinfinity
Wow, congrats Marinelife! I'm still summoning up the courage to take a practical one as sight reading is still giving me lots of problems. :S

Non-piano related AOTW: went on a family holiday and recharged my batteries for the upcoming school term.

Piano related AOTW: found that my piano playing batteries were recharged as well and I enjoyed playing my piano more than ever after getting back! smile


You know, you can go away for a week or so, and when you get back, you have forgotten NOTHING on the piano. In fact, things flow much better than you thought possible; I`ve been having a pop at "The girl with the Flaxen Hair" amongst others and I`m nearly there . . . .just got back a few days ago. I wonder if you can overpractice new stuff?


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: Stubbie] #2290035
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Originally Posted by Stubbie
Originally Posted by malkin
Epiphany of the week:
What I am thinking/feeling right now is the same thing I have always done with new music, specifically "I'll never be able to play this; this is as far as I'll ever get." The difference is that it is lasting longer, but probably only because the pieces are more difficult and are taking longer.

Then again, maybe this is the end of the line, but only if I give up.


Malkin, I go through the same mind game--"I'll never be able to do this, blah blah blah, moan moan moan" goes my Type 1 brain. My Type 2 brain (the rational one)* says, "Yes, you will. Now get back to work."...


I don't really have that "Yes, you will..." voice. Mine is more like "Nevermind, be here now and play that section again."

I'm taking a look for the book you mentioned.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: malkin] #2290110
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Hello everyone. I have been following this forum, but have not had time to post for awhile, because all my free time has been occupied with practicing for my recital and studying for the theory exam. Congratulations to everyone that played in a recital, and good luck CarlosCC on this year's talent contest. I sure am you will do very well again.

This has been a big weekend for me! I sat the the ABRSM grade 5 theory exam on Saturday. It was two hours long, but I was pretty ready for it. The worst part was the composition question. They give you two bars of music and you have to complete an eight bar piece, without a piano and silently. That is is challenge. Still I think I did well enough to pass.

Then on Sunday I played in my teacher's spring recital, and it went very well. I was the last pianist before the voice student's recital. I made a minor error in both pieces, but I played as well as I could have hoped for. I was actually quite happy with my performance.

Finally, I receive the results from my ABRSM practical exam: 127, a high merit! I was absolutely thrilled. For my first exam with fairly short prep time and first-timer's nerves, I was very happy with the score. The examiner commented "with a little more finesse, this could be distinction", so I have incentive to work even harder for the next exam! All in all, it has been quite a weekend!

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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290141
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Congrats SwissMS!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290149
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SwissMs, that's wonderful! Congratulations!

We all knew you'd do well, and wow, you sure did!

What a spectacular achievement!



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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS] #2290154
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Originally Posted by SwissMS

Finally, I receive the results from my ABRSM practical exam: 127, a high merit! I was absolutely thrilled. For my first exam with fairly short prep time and first-timer's nerves, I has very happy with the score. The examiner commented "with a little my finesse, this could be distinction", so I have incentive to work even harder for the next exam! All in all, it has been quite a weekend!


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Congrats SwissMS!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290171
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Wow, SwissMS, that's great!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290177
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I have never posted on this particular forum. However, this week I sight read through a piece from beginning to end I never dreamed I would. I have been listening to Chopin's Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No. 4. I have fallen in love with it. I actually heard one of my Jazz heros perform it live - Chick Corea - and since then I have been listening to different performances of it. My favorite thus far is Vladimir Horowitz. I purchased the music and today I literally played it from beginning to end. Of course, I have work to do on the right hand runs, but, for the most part I did pretty good!

This has me very excited!

There's nothing like seeing the fruits of your practicing!

Thank you,


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS] #2290316
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Congrats SwissMS, well done and well deserved!

Unusually for me, I had a very unenthusiastic week or 10 days at the piano. In fairness, not *only* at the piano!
So my achievement, if you can call it that, is that I stuck with my MOYD and did some daily practice every day even despite not really wanting to. And by this weekend I was back to form and enjoying it again.

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Wimpiano...congratulations. Pedaling is a whole art in itself. I'm going back to pieces I learned and working to fine tune the pedaling to create better music. Challenging.

Sounds like everyone is busy and doing interesting things.

Between traveling to conferences this summer and caring for my husband who was in the hospital, my intense focus on piano has been diminished a lot. I have played most days when at home but not practiced much. Off to Toronto tomorrow for the Media Ecology Conference. My piano teacher has a piano party scheduled the day I get back...IF my flight gets in on time I'm supposed to play a piece by an American composer, Jennifer Linn. We'll see how that works out.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290408
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Congratulations SwissMs, you worked very hard for this and deserve the recognition . High Merit - sweet! thumb

AOTW...I didn't do much to cheer about last week but remembered something from the week before my recital...... I went to the assisted living facility my parents have moved into and played my recital piece and a few others for my folks and about a dozen strangers in the pre-dinner cocktail area. The small grand was out of tune and had sticky keys, but I got through it all okay, thanks to a warm up scotch rocks. It wasn't until today that I realized that was my first real public performance outside of organized recitals.

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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS] #2290432
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Originally Posted by SwissMS
Hello everyone. I have been following this forum, but have not had time to post for awhile, because all my free time has been occupied with practicing for my recital and studying for the theory exam. Congratulations to everyone that played in a recital, and good luck CarlosCC on this year's talent contest. I sure am you will do very well again.

This has been a big weekend for me! I sat the the ABRSM grade 5 theory exam on Saturday. It was two hours long, but I was pretty ready for it. The worst part was the composition question. They give you two bars of music and you have to complete an eight bar piece, without a piano and silently. That is is challenge. Still I think I did well enough to pass.

Then on Sunday I played in my teacher's spring recital, and it went very well. I was the last pianist before the voice student's recital. I made a minor error in both pieces, but I played as well as I could have hoped for. I was actually quite happy with my performance.

Finally, I receive the results from my ABRSM practical exam: 127, a high merit! I was absolutely thrilled. For my first exam with fairly short prep time and first-timer's nerves, I has very happy with the score. The examiner commented "with a little my finesse, this could be distinction", so I have incentive to work even harder for the next exam! All in all, it has been quite a weekend!


Congratulations! I just checked in to see if I see the note about your passing with honor of some kind. I was right. I am very happy for you. I'm so glad as a fellow adults learner of piano. For those who believe that old dogs cannot learn a new trick! Look at this! Congrats again.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2290438
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Yea SwissMS! This is terrific!

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