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Good job Ragdoll! I know the feeling... I don't post much because I never feel like I have nothing to report. BTW, my teacher has me doing "Dozen A Day" also. I'm about 1/2 way through book 3 and they do get harder!

Today, however I got an "excellent!" from my teacher on the new piece she assigned me last week: "O Polichinelo" by Heitor Villa-Lobos. (Aka the "Punch and Judy song"). I think I might have fun with that one!


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My achievement of the week was getting my recording uploaded for recital 37. I've been struggling with getting a decent recording, so getting something acceptable for the recital (read: that wasn't a total embarrassment) was a significant achievement for me.

My problem seems to be that I'm a space cadet (OK, I've always known that! smile ). I can play every part of the piece (Beethoven's Sonatina in G) perfectly, but playing it completely through with repeats and without a mistake proved elusive. Still is, in point of fact; my submission will provide testimony to that.

I've been working on that with my teachers (yep, plural) in addition to addressing technique. We've done some things that have helped, such as interleaved practice, but though it's getting better it's still a challenge. I take solace in knowing that glory lies in overcoming challenges! smile

Now for what will become an occasional clavichord construction project update, just for Jytte.

The casework is virtually complete, the soundboard has been fitted and the bridge has been shaped and is ready to be glued to the soundboard. Ribs on the underside of the soundboard come next.

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The little opening in the right cheek of the keyboard well is called, by tradition, the mouse hole. I decided to make mine more literal. You can barely see it in the preceding photograph, so here's a close-up:

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I'm hoping to have the soundboard ready to deliver to an artist friend next week so it can be decorated (an artist I'm not, at least when it comes to painting). Tradition for clavichords is that the soundboard is decorated with flowers and birds. Being from Colorado, we've chosen hummingbirds. While that's taking place, I'll be working on the keyboard. That's one of the most arduous and detail-oriented tasks in the entire project, so it will keep me (mostly) out of trouble for some time.


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Tom, thank you so much smile

Oh, this is gorgeous!! Are you a carpenter by profession, or just an extremely advanced hobbyist? That is a nice piece of work. I can't wait so see the hummingbirds, that is a neat tradition. Love the mouse too laugh


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My problem seems to be that I'm a space cadet (OK, I've always known that! smile ). I can play every part of the piece (Beethoven's Sonatina in G) perfectly, but playing it completely through with repeats and without a mistake proved elusive. Still is, in point of fact; my submission will provide testimony to that.


That was exactly how I got in trouble with Bach's Menuet in G (is there a hidden curse on G major??). I could play it any which way you wanted, EXCEPT the way it was supposed to be (2 halfs, each repeated). Was driving me nuts! I put it aside for a while, then returned to it. My problem was also being unable to keep the brain on the task at hand (for all of 2 minutes, how pathetic is that??). I finally managed to rein in the brain for the duration, keeping it focused on the next notes, then the next and so on. What a herculean task that was.

I have now learned that 'playing the piano' involves a whole lot more than just being able to play the notes laugh


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Originally Posted by Tom Christian
Now for what will become an occasional clavichord construction project update, just for Jytte.

The casework is virtually complete, the soundboard has been fitted and the bridge has been shaped and is ready to be glued to the soundboard. Ribs on the underside of the soundboard come next.

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Originally Posted by Jytte
Are you a carpenter by profession...

I'm an unemployed bum by profession -- formerly a mathematician and computer scientist for Hewlett-Packard's Research Labs. Come to think of it, I claim to be an itinerant flyfisherman in my LinkedIn profile. Take your pick! smile

I've done a bit of woodworking and really enjoy it. I built the harpsichord (see below) that I played in recital #35, a somewhat more complex project (though the clavichord has its own unique complexities). Building keyboard instruments sort of combines a love of Renaissance and Baroque music (and music in general) with woodworking. Can't go wrong.

You can imagine the Significant Glances that people exchange when I tell them that I built the harpsichord before I ever learned to play the piano. I've been playing piano for 15 months and built the harpsichord 36 years ago, so it's not even close. It seemed like a good idea at the time. smile

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My problem was also being unable to keep the brain on the task at hand

Whatever it is, I'm absolutely certain that ... whatever it was we were talking about is not age related. smile


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Tom, building a harpsichord, without being able to play, that's too funny laugh

It's a beautiful piece though. I'm so envious of your skills with wood (and a couple of the neat tools I saw in the background) !

Now I have to go have a listen to recital #35 again smile

Edit: Wow, that sounds great too. Really rich. I did consider setting my piano to 'harpsichord sound' for my Bach piece, but it wouldn't have sounded anywhere near as good as that. It must be fun to play, when you are doing a baroque piece.

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Just wait 'til you see her with keys!!!

Instead of a photograph, I'll have to provide a link with an advisory notice. wink


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I'm so envious of ... a couple of the neat tools I saw in the background)!

Yep, that's a Delta Unisaw, a table saw that any girl would love. Can't speak for your husband, though. grin


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Well, I am a piker... Working my way around the circle of Fifths. This week finally got F Major and B Flat Major two hands two octaves.


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well done pspicer I used to really struggle with F two hands two octave and I think most people do so good on you.


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The semester is in full swing again, so I don't have enough time to comment in detail on everyone's achievements. However, I will say this: keep it up, everyone! I'm still reading, and rooting for you all.

My AOTW is something my teacher said in my lesson this week: "I've learned from you again, today."

It seems like such a small thing. But it's big for me, because I often feel that my teacher gives me a lot (she's a guide on my piano journey, but by virtue of welcoming me with open arms in her lessons, despite my epilepsy and other drama in my life, she's also more than just that), and I will forever be unable to "repay" her in kind. This makes me think that maybe I *do* give something back, from time to time.

Also: I have the greatest admiration for any teacher who is willing and able to put their ego aside, and admit that a student has made them aware of something they didn't know before -- even if it's something that's supposed to be right up their alley.


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Good job Ragdoll! I know the feeling... I don't post much because I never feel like I have nothing to report. BTW, my teacher has me doing "Dozen A Day" also. I'm about 1/2 way through book 3 and they do get harder!

Yeah, this series of books has surprised me. I started these on recommendation requirement of my new teacher to address a "weak" left hand. I would never in a million years have chosen these for myself because they look so simple, are simple in fact, and all in C. I challenge myself to play them in others keys as well. My technique has improved in just the few weeks I've used them so far and my LH is definitely stronger and not so lazy.
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Today, however I got an "excellent!" from my teacher on the new piece she assigned me last week: "O Polichinelo" by Heitor Villa-Lobos. (Aka the "Punch and Judy song"). I think I might have fun with that one!

I'm not familiar with it but will find and listen. smile


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Week 153: I submit my recital piece Mockingbird. I take a day off from piano as my reward. I am having a hard time getting back into an hour long daily piano routine after my three months of 15-25 minute practice days. Because of the light practice schedule, progress has slowed, or come to a halt.

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Starting Chopin waltz in A min. from op. 34 today.
Such a big piece of real music for little me.


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Starting Chopin waltz in A min. from op. 34 today.
Such a big piece of real music for little me.


be interesting to hear your experience with it. Everything about it has been quite difficult for me.


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Starting Chopin waltz in A min. from op. 34 today.
Such a big piece of real music for little me.


be interesting to hear your experience with it. Everything about it has been quite difficult for me.


How long have you been working on it?

My teacher seems to think it is appropriate, and he knows way more about this stuff than I do. My assignment this week is the first theme, hands separate, so not too much so far.


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malkin, I have been working on it for seven months and still no where near finished or presentable. I quickly fell out of love with this piece and could not maintain enthusiasm to work on it everyday. I was about to drop it but my teacher suggested I keep it under my fingers and now I struggle to find the will to work on it every three days. However I may be turning a corner with it, as after a long time the bass jumps have started to become less foreign, almost second nature. For me this has been a move into a new style of playing and the learning curve has been akin to other new styles (alberti bass for example), however there have been other obstacles such as the grace notes, pedaling and arpeggios.

You may well be better prepared and knowing your progression I think your teacher is quite right to give you this piece. I really enjoy learning Chopin and I would love to be able to play this one well, so I will just keep on keeping on with it. Good luck with it.


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