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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Anne H] #2403779
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Thanks for the birthday wishes, Cathy and Judy. smile I had a great birthday.

Anita, I was able to click on that one. I like the piece, and you played it well. I don't know why the links don't show up lately. I was able to get them when I first joined this thread. Now I just see the text telling about the video, and a blank space. I like listening to all of you play your pieces, and I make notes of ones that I would like to play some day.

I have never recorded myself - one of these days I have to figure out how to do that. I'm hopeless with technology though.


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Weird. Wonder what that's about and if what you're experiencing showed up about the same time the select language box did.

I started out with a crappy cell phone (i.e. doesn't make calls or texts but can hook up to wifi) and a recording app and a SoundCloud account. Since I got this new computer this month I have a crappy web cam and a Guitar Hero usb microphone and can do videos now when I couldn't on the other computer (the audio got blown).

Takes time to figure out the recording. When I was doing it with my phone the app would glitch which would cause the recording to also have glitches so if you start off that way be mindful of that might happen.


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: jotur] #2403914
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Originally Posted by jotur
PianoStudent88 - as far as I can tell, and IMO, you can make those decisions yourself.

I don't see hard and fast rules here - what I see is an idea to help spur us to play more pieces so that we're not stuck on 5 or 6 hard pieces in a year. A way for us to get a lot more varied experience than perhaps folks who are being encouraged to do only exam pieces. A way to explore many pieces to a "pretty good" level rather than a competition level. A way to help our fundamental skills become more solid as a bass for working on more advanced ones. A way to build confidence and musicality in our playing, or reading, or in my case, my ear and arrangement skills and varying on the fly.

The challenge serves us, not us the challenge, to paraphrase someone laugh So I don't think, really, even the "40" in a year is quite the point. Whether you do 40 in a year, or 40 in 3/4 of a year, or 30 in 3/4 of a year, or 80 in a year as some folks might, is just a way to encourage playing more music.

Others might find the 40 sacred, but not me smile I think we're all in this for what it does for ourselves, and it's a happy thing to share with others.

Cathy


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I recorded #13 just waiting for the video to process. Meanwhile my cat is holding my left arm down for me for some reason. It's making it hard for me to type let alone get on to the next piece.

And here it is.



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

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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Anne H] #2403927
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A nice little piece, Anita. Maybe your cat just wants to play piano too. smile


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Anne H] #2403931
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Thanks smile Yeah once she turned around on my lap and sat on the keys and it scared her. I had nice little claw marks on my legs :p

She tends to jump up in my lap when I turn away from the keys for a moment. She's like "Oh you stopped now you can pet me for a bit instead of that keyboard you're always playing".

I spent some time and reorganized my binder. I put most of my done pieces in the back so I'm not leafing through those to find the ones I've not tried yet. I've got 15 left of the ones I've printed out and I'm going to try NOT to print any more until at least half of these are done. That's been a bad habit of mine print it, put it in the binder then never get to it wink


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Anne H] #2403960
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A bit late to the party, but I definitely want to give this a try smile
I'm not very good at completing pieces. Most of the time I learn parts of songs and leave it at that.

Hopefully this will motivate me to finally learn to play complete songs.

Whenever I have one finished, I'll record the end result.

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15. Minuet in F - Leopold Mozart

Of course, there is a kid on youtube who looks like he's about 4 years old playing it better than me. LOL!


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: BrianDX] #2404082
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Anne H: After some careful thought, please remove my entries from this list. Based on the difficulties of most of the pieces posted here, I can't in good conscience post my much simpler pieces.

Thanks,
Brian



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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: BrianDX] #2404098
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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Anne H: After some careful thought, please remove my entries from this list. Based on the difficulties of most of the pieces posted here, I can't in good conscience post my much simpler pieces.

Thanks,
Brian



Brian, your own 40 piece challenge is exactly that; your own challenge which cannot be compared to others. The only real rule of the challenge is to learn as many pieces per year as possible (the 40 is really arbitrary in my view). The bulk of those pieces are going to be what you consider relatively easy to learn, no matter what the grade. It is important they feel easy to learn as the objective is to stay engaged with the early learning process we lose quite quickly with our "main" pieces and gain the benefits from that. To that point the content/complexity or grade does not matter in the slightest. I would like to point out that all of the pieces I chose last year were preliminary grade pieces. While this year I am trying to chose mainly grade 1 pieces I will have to add some preliminary grade pieces for the outcomes I am trying to achieve.

Remember you do not even have to post your recordings here but if you do depart the club I hope you continue on with your own challenge.


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Reporting song #6 out of 40.

* https://soundcloud.com/mossy456/liu-tieshan-mao-yuan-long-drum-dance-of-the-yao-people-pianoteq5-d4

This is theme 1 of the Long Drum Dance of the Yao People. (My piano book does not have theme 2.) The Yao are an ethnic group living in GuiZhou in the GuangXi province of China. The following wikipedia link has more information on this song:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_of_the_Yao_People

This came together faster than I expected. Every so often, I gave this piece a try but it always felt awkward. Then two nights ago during a midnight sesson (headphones on, lights low, coffee buzz), I decided bombs-away and repeatedly played without letting mistakes stop me. The muscle memory took over fairly quickly after that. (Getting a good play-through for recording still took another two hours the next day.)

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6. Liu Tieshan 刘铁山, Mao Yuan 茅沅 - Dance of the Yao People 瑶族舞曲 -- https://soundcloud.com/mossy456/liu-tieshan-mao-yuan-long-drum-dance-of-the-yao-people-pianoteq5-d4
5. Ultima - Stones -- https://soundcloud.com/mossy456/ultima-stones-pianoteq5-kivir-erard
4. 恭喜恭喜 (Gong Xi, Gong Xi)
3. Sound of Music - Do-Re-Me
2. Les Miserables - Castle on a Cloud -- https://soundcloud.com/mossy456/les-miserables-castle-on-a-cloud-pianoteq5-pleyel
1. Andre Popp - Love is Blue -- https://soundcloud.com/mossy456/andre-popp-love-is-blue-pianoteq5-k2bass

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Originally Posted by BrianDX
Anne H: After some careful thought, please remove my entries from this list. Based on the difficulties of most of the pieces posted here, I can't in good conscience post my much simpler pieces.

Thanks,
Brian

I agree with earlofmar. This is not a competition, at least not against others. I have taught all my "students" that it is not productive to compare yourself to those around you. The only true standard is what you can accomplish. This forum is to provide encouragement, inspiration, and motivation to help you achieve your best. Everyone here will be a winner.

Set your standards high; namely, do the absolute best of which you are capable. Focus on running the race rather than winning it. Do those things necessary to bring forth your personal best and don't lose sleep worrying about [others]. -John Wooden


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@BrianDX I suppose you have failed to understand the purpose of the ABF if your write such a statement..


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Brian everyone is at different levels. I'm a grade 1 though I dabble a bit in two and three. I know I'm not that good at it but I try and I try to do my best. That's all you can ask yourself to do is to try and do your best. The other people and what they do and how far they are shouldn't matter one bit. But I do know where you're coming from. Wanting/wishing to do things others can and that it feels like you're not up to what everyone else is doing and that's frustrating. I feel that way too sometimes but I know if I try and work at it I might get there one day myself. I think it's more of a confidence issue than ability.

Just take a deep breath, step away for a few days and don't think about it and do something else for a bit. I took two weeks off to work on other things because I was getting frustrated with what I was working on for this challenge. I will get back to that piece but for right now I know it's over my head.

Take some time for yourself and come back (if you want to) when you're ready.

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Hi Brian, do stay in! I'm planning to work through some Faber Piano Adventures material for my challenge, and it will be nice to have company. As others said (they said it to me to, and convinced me): it's your challenge, for your own benefit and enjoyment.


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MossySF - how cool to play these! It's really refreshing to hear something I know almost nothing about. And thanks for the wiki link, too. Nicely done.

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Originally Posted by jotur
MossySF - how cool to play these! It's really refreshing to hear something I know almost nothing about. And thanks for the wiki link, too. Nicely done.


Thanks for the kind words.

I suspect this is a relatively standard instruction piece in China. My kids learned this at 10th month of lessons. Back then, the teacher only required them to press the right notes at the right time without following any other markings. The neighbor kid upstairs has a different teacher at a different school and I heard her also practicing it several months later (est ~24th months of lessons).

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Brian, On the wider scale of piano playing difficulty levels the pieces that I play are incredibly easy but, to me, they're a challenge. The pieces you're playing would certainly be a challenge to me too. I think that's all that matters. Forget about what others are doing, keep on doing your own thing and, most importantly, have fun!

I hope that you reconsider and stick around.


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BrianDX, I'll chime also with some encouragement also.

We're all just sloughing it through life. It's a rare few who can say there's absolutely nobody else better than they are in their domain (music, investing, sports, chess, etc). And as good as we can get after practicing whatever piece of music nonstop for months, you can find some little kid on Youtube/Youku playing it 10x better after mastering it in a week. (Some of those videos could be of my 7 year old daughter -- and she'd be even better with a little more self-motivation.) So really, avoid comparisons except to yourself. Having recordings are good if you look back months later -- those recordings will sound primitive as you'll think to yourself "wow, I totally didn't know how to do X or Y or Z back then".

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Come on, BrianDX, your pieces can't be as simple as the ones I am posting. LOL! the whole point of this is to learn easy pieces in between the harder ones that you are working on for your lessons. Please continue to post.

I will be away from my piano for several days while visiting my son and family over Easter. Wishing everyone who celebrates it a Happy Easter!


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And I'm up to 13 with this horrible piece by Lichner, which I think was meant to make beginners go crazy with all kinds of tricks and different articulations combined together. It's exactly the kind of quick fingerwork that I can't do, so I figured I had to try it! After ten days, here it is, mistakes and all.



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Originally Posted by wimpiano
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Here's a copy from the old thread:

Originally Posted by wimpiano
Ok, count me in.

From Januari 1 2015:

1. W.A. Mozart Minuet K6
2. W.A. Mozart Minuet K2
3. W.A.Mozart Allegro K3
4. W.A. Mozart Minuet and Trio K1
5. Christian Neefe Dance
6. Ignaz Pleyel Entree
7. Daniel Steibelt Adagio
8. Beethoven Op. 107 No 7 Russian Folk Song
9. Beethoven - Little Minka (Theme)
10. Beethoven - Ecossaise Woo 23
11. Beethoven - German Dance (unknown number, it's on Essential Keyboard Repertoire page 74)

All of the Above from : Essential Keyboard Repertoire.

From Diabelli - Melodious Exercises Op 149 (quatre mains):

12. Diabelli Op. 149 No 7.

And as part of theory lessons:

13. Working on 4 part harmonization of Psalm 146. (Upper voice here )


At my current tempo I average between 1 and 5 pieces a week depending on how difficult they are. Sometimes it's one piece in two weeks. 5 is the very maximum.



Now added:

14. Beethoven - German Dance (Essential Keyboard Repertoire page 75)
15. Beethoven - German Dance (Essential Keyboard Repertoire page 76)
16. Czerny - Allemande
17. Schumann - Nordisches Lied (Norse Song - Part of Album for the young Op 68).
18. Diabelli Opus 149 No 3 (Recorded for ABF Recital).
19. Schumann - Kleine Studie (Little Study - Part of Album for the young Op 68, my Schumann Recital piece).

Added some more:
20. Schubert - Ecosaisse (Essential Keyboard Repertoire page 78)
21. Schubert - Ecosaisse (Essential Keyboard Repertoire page 79)
22. Jean Baptiste Duvernoy - Etude, Op 176 No 24
23. Giuseppe Concone - Etude, Op 24 No 8
23. Johann Friedrich Burgmuller - Arabesque Op 100 No 2.
24. Schumann - Erster Verlust (Part of Album for the young Op 68).

25. Schumann - Soldiers March (Op 68 No 2)
26. Schumann - Melody (Op 68 No 1)
27. Schumann - The wild rider (Op 68 No 8) (struggling with the tempo in the left hand).

I will try to record some of the above some time as I see most of you do that here. Thanks for sharing all this beautiful music.


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Originally Posted by sinophilia
And I'm up to 13 with this horrible piece by Lichner, which I think was meant to make beginners go crazy with all kinds of tricks and different articulations combined together. It's exactly the kind of quick fingerwork that I can't do, so I figured I had to try it! After ten days, here it is, mistakes and all.



very brave of you to submit something so raw sinophilia although perfect submissions are not the point of the challenge. However I plan to outdo you in the mistakes dept when I get around to submitting some pieces over the weekend that simply must be put to rest.


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Song #7.

I'm at about 97% with Waldteufel Skaters Waltz (Reader's Digest Christmas Songbook version). The last 3% to get it recording-perfect, I don't have enough motivation as part 2 is a bit repetitive.

Plus I just browsed IMSLP for some other songs I'd rather work on.

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Is it too late to join? I have only just discovered Piano World (thanks to the book "Grand Obsession"), but love the concept!
Thanks!

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Song #1 completed: Satie - Gnossienes no. 1

Admittedly, not the longest or most difficult song, but considering my level (late beginner), I'm quite proud anyway ;-)

Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Chickering chick] #2405775
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Originally Posted by Chickering chick
Is it too late to join? I have only just discovered Piano World (thanks to the book "Grand Obsession"), but love the concept!
Thanks!
Of course it's not too late. At least I didn't see a sign up deadline yet. If you can crank out 40 pieces before the end of the year, welcome laugh

@Finch, congratulations, that's a beautiful piece!


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: WimPiano] #2405793
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Originally Posted by wimpiano
Originally Posted by Chickering chick
Is it too late to join?...
Of course it's not too late...If you can crank out 40 pieces before the end of the year...
Ha! Just average about a piece a week for your time and if you find yourself falling short read an easy piece or an extract for a week. Frequently exploring new material to keep your reading skills up is what this is really all about. Not the number, not finishing or recording, not the difficulty (Brian!), just the reading.



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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: Anne H] #2405826
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Brian, please don't quit! Your progress is really remarkable and very motivating for me, so I really hope you stick with it.

I've added four more (two Gliere and two Chopin preludes), although I still need to record them and another one. I'm hoping I'll have time next week.

I'm really enjoying listening to everyone's recordings - keep up the good work!


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Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op 23 No 4

Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2015 [Re: earlofmar] #2405945
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Originally Posted by earlofmar
very brave of you to submit something so raw sinophilia although perfect submissions are not the point of the challenge. However I plan to outdo you in the mistakes dept when I get around to submitting some pieces over the weekend that simply must be put to rest.


Is it so bad?? grin

You should have listened to the previous takes... but yes, this one had to be put to rest! Couldn't stand it any longer. It's weird how the grade 1-2 pieces that should be a breeze give me headaches. I'm coming to the conclusion that it's harder to make easy pieces sound good.


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