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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited?
casinitaly #2388182 02/19/15 05:40 AM
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Yep, learning the notes was the easy part... I'm itching to sit down and play it over and over and get it totally ingrained. Then I can slowly work on those dynamics.
SwissMS has very kindly given me lots of advice already.

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I like this little girl's playing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Z2JGFOnFY



I saw this earlier but couldn't put my speakers on -- just had a listen now. What a charming piece (and what a sweet performer!)

It is easy to see there are some serious challenges in this piece - have fun with it - I bet you develop a lot of good technique learning it!


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My AOTW: I got a "much improved" from my teacher today after a week of practicing with the metronome. Last week was a disaster--this week I could play through my pieces without going off the tracks. Still more work to do, though.


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Nice job! This almost exact scenario has happened to me 50 times in 17 months. I generally don't like to automatically use a metronome when just learning the piece, but after playing it at my lesson, there are typically several adjustments with my timing, so that's what I have to do to improve the following week.


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I practiced for about an hour yesterday and for the first time it felt as if I was "Playing the Piano" and not learning the key names and where to place your hands.. it was great.


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Finally getting over really bad cold. I took total of four days off. It's a record for me. I was trying everything to get better last week especially for a home concert I planned for a cultural organization last night. Was able to carry it through and feeling relieved. Performer is my teacher with 30+ people in attendance.

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AOTW for me is that I got a barely adequate recording of my second piece for the Schumann recital (I already got the same for my first a while ago).
I hope to polish things and get it a lot better over the next couple of weeks, but I feel under a lot less pressure now that I have got *something*.


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My AOTW is that I can now play "Stardust" at a reasonable tempo in both hands. Not many hesitations but a few of course. Lucky for me it's slow anyways. smile. It surely needs a lot of polish yet. It's a simplified arrangement by Dan Coates but far from easy IMO for my level. So yay!

I'm embarrassed to say the one I mentioned I was on before, (The Anniversary Song) is, in fact, "Waves of The Danube" by Ivanovici although, again a simplified version from Alfred's Adult Book 2 that I skipped over in my trip through that book. The Anniversary Song was apparently taken from (plagiarized?) from this piece and I recognized the melody then assumed that's what it was called. I wish to play this at my in-laws party in April. whome Still on it too as I've missed the last lesson due to some medical tests last week, I'll make it up next week sometime.

That's about it, no big strides just steady progress and enjoyment of the journey. Glad I returned to Book 2 with supplemental pieces to keep me sane. wink


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So, we're travelling again, but I have my RD64 with me and haven't missed a day ! Yay!
I've suddenly realized what's the problem with the Debussy Bergamesque Prelude.
For those of you who are into specifics
Bar 31 fingering of RH
Slide the 2 to thumb on the G in the 2.5 beat and use 5,4 on the c and d or there’s trouble…,I had not been ‘sliding' on the G and playing 4,5 on the c,d
Finger gymnastics again. They always get me!
First time wrong is a mistake, second time round it's a choice, and boy is it sometimes really hard to find out where you've screwed up.I wish I made the right choices every time!
This week I conquered Bar 31.
I'm pretty much OK with the rest but have to slowly speed it up!


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My AOTW is that I can now play "Stardust" at a reasonable tempo in both hands. Not many hesitations but a few of course. Lucky for me it's slow anyways. smile. It surely needs a lot of polish yet. It's a simplified arrangement by Dan Coates but far from easy IMO for my level. So yay!


Good for you, Ragdoll. Stardust...what a great tune by Hoagy Carmichael. And those lyrics by William Parish are pretty special too....

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart

You wandered down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by


Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And every kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
of paradise where roses grew
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it always will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love's refrain





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After having an idea in my head and messing around with a theme for a long time I finally managed to finish the idea and create my very first composition!

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Good for you, Ragdoll. Stardust...what a great tune by Hoagy Carmichael. And those lyrics by William Parish are pretty special too....

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we're apart



Yep, that's the one, though I thought the lyricist was Mitchell Parish. <shrug>. This song has a special place it my memories of Mom and Dad dancing to it, and Mom playing it... not at the same time though. laugh ha


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Of course you are right william Mitchell Parish


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Start of month 18:

Pretty busy. Learned the D Major scale and one-handed arpeggios, as well as a few other minor skills.

Learned several nice pieces, one of which was submitted to the ABF recital. Also firmed up my 5 memorized pieces for the Piano Guild auditions in May.

Finished the Faber PA Level 3A books in just over 6 months, starting Level 3B this week, as well as the Faber Developing Artist Book 1, which has a few grade 2 pieces in it.

Boy things are starting to get pretty hard. At this point it is becoming increasingly harder to play "note perfect" at my weekly lesson, unless it is a simple exercise or something along those lines. Looks like no more stickers for me. frown


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No real AOTW last week, but the big remodelling projects are finally over...plus my piano is freshly tuned and sounds wonderful... Yay!!!


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Giacomo, what great new. I lived through some major renovations s few years back( fortunately pre-piano, I can't imagine how my piano would have survived the plaster dust...) What a relief to be done.

This week I seem to hav had a break through with the Tchaikovsky piece (Morning Prayer). Where it was blocky and chunky, I am starting to feel the flow and it is beginning to sound like music.

I am also making some very pleasing progress on the 3rd movement of Clementi, specifically with some very nice details in the dynamics.
I am still working on the first 2 movements and have got the speed up on both, and have been becoming more precise with little details in the second as well. I think I will be ready to record the whole thing in another few weeks!


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ATOW - not sure, my teacher is trying to talk me into to starting a grade 7 piece and I am resisting. Oh how the tide has turned.


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ATOW - not sure, my teacher is trying to talk me into to starting a grade 7 piece and I am resisting. Oh how the tide has turned.


Well??? Are you going to do it? What is the piece? smile (Yes, it is an AOTW, so congratulations.)


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At the church coffee house a 90-year old pianist plays a duet with her son. She needs a walker and a cane to get up to the bench, but her mind and voice are still clear as she announces the pieces, and playing still very good. Her son started learning cello at age 4 (on a viola on a stick, because they don't make tiny cellos).

Week 154/155: I have been trying to recapture some of the joy of piano, real or imagined. My hands sometimes act up too. I have been shirking the "work" aspects of piano and songwriting. I rationalize that they are of no use ot me, if I am nearing the burn out line. Teachers often observe that many beginners move on after two years. I'm slower than most, so as I approach my third piano anniversary, it feels like I am reaching that point.

So what are the antidotes? To spend more time on free play. Some will tell me that is a total waste of time, but it is what seems to bring me the most joy. I take the first two phrases for a pop song and improvise from there. I find some by ear amateur transcriptions of Con Te Partiro. I start on that. I might just do the familar part and then improvise from there. I know that some are shuddering as they read this, wtf is going on here? What about teachers and method books and learning all the scales, and sight reading practice, and songwriting process?

Like I said, I am trying to recapture the joy, and these other activities are where my muse is taking me. Perhaps it is a vain pursuit, that I am chasing an imagined blue bird of happiness, not a real one. As a composer and songwriter, I have learned to follow the muse. It will take me where I need to go.

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