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#2700076 - 12/28/17 08:52 AM "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018  
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This is the official signup and participation thread for the 2018 "40 Pieces A Year Challenge"! We'll use this thread for signups, tracking progress, recordings (if you decide to share them) and discussion.

The Goal: To learn, perform and experience forty piano pieces in a year.

The Method: Pieces can include any genre (e.g., classical, jazz, rock, pop, arrangements). Most of these will be (should be) below your current skill level. These pieces do not have to be completed to a polished final standard. Ultimately, the pieces are for skill building, technique development, rhythm work, sight-reading, exploring new music and having fun.

The Rules: There are no rules. It is up to you on how to craft this challenge.

Tracking Your Progress: Please check in with this thread when you complete your pieces - we'll keep a running total for everyone at the top and edit it as needed. Please feel free to upload any recordings that you're making (this is not a requirement). We are a supportive group, so the more you participate and ask questions, the more you will get out of the challenge!

Some Notes About Skill Levels and Competition: We all have many different backgrounds and skill levels, so this challenge will look different for each one of us. Our goal is to support and foster people's drive to complete the challenge, no matter what skill level. Please be kind and refrain from bringing negative attitudes into the thread, whether towards yourself or towards others! This is about meeting the challenge (and the piano) where you are rather than comparing yourself to others.

For more details about the inspiration and source of this challenge, please read these pieces by Elissa Milne:

Where Did the 40 Piece Challenge Begin?

The Surprising Power Of Quantity

Suggestions for Getting Started



Resources and Recommended Books

40 PIECES A YEAR CLUBS FROM PRIOR YEARS
2017
2016
2015

PUBLIC DOMAIN SHEET MUSIC
IMSLP (classical) 
NYPL Archives (Tin Pan Alley) 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS
First Lessons in Bach
Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volumes 1-8 (Alfred Music)
Joy of First Classics, Books 1 & 2 - Denes Agay
Classics to Moderns Series - Denes Agay
Melodious Masterpieces Series - Jane Magrath
RCM Celebration Series
Lyric Moments Series - Catherine Rollin
Romantic Impressions Series – Martha Mier
Jazz, Rags and Blues Series - Martha Mier
Masterwork Classics Series (Alfred Music)
Nocturnes - Dave Brubeck
Solo Piano - Phillip Glass
Piano Works - Max Richter
The Best of Ludovico Einaudi: Piano Solo

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#2700077 - 12/28/17 08:52 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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2018 Participants (67)

Aliquis333
Allysia
Anita Potter - 1
apassionata - 1
barbaram - 1
Birdgolf - 3
BitSpirit
bSharp(C)yclist - 3
CameronD
classictragedy
colorofsound1 - 1
Courgette
Crocus
dancingfish
DanielCLM
DanielGoyo - 1
Danziato - 2
Davidonabus
DiggPlyV
Elmira
fishandchips - 1
gallantly - 1
gingko2
GoldmanT
Greta99
IllTemperedClavier - 1
jotur
Keselo
Kingfisher
LadyAcadia
lepetitchien - 3
Licister
lilystem2609 - 2
MarciajsR
*Marion* - 1
MDropout
Medden - 1
Medved1
mel_lem
Melchiorblade7 - 2
mom3gram - 2
NorwichTim
panka33
Paul109 - 1
Pavel.K - 1
Piano Celine
PinkPianist
PooKay
Princess Elsie - 1
QuinGold
Qwerty53
Ralphiano
Rubato67
Sadie Lady
scorpio
Soo
SpringNocturne - 1
squidbot - 1
Steven Carr - 1
SwissMS
Timmy J Size
tramy
TrevorM
WillTemps - 1
ZappaDanMan - 1
Zephyx - 2
ZoeCalgary

Last edited by scorpio; 01/11/18 07:09 AM.

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#2700099 - 12/28/17 09:48 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Thank you for managing the effort again, scorpio. I'm in!


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#2700101 - 12/28/17 09:59 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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*waves* Count me in again smile


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#2700202 - 12/28/17 04:29 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Sign me up! Thanks for doing this for another year, scorpio.


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Nothing is too easy is where I keep track of my progress.
#2700204 - 12/28/17 04:40 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I'll join too. Thanks, scorpio!!!


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#2700206 - 12/28/17 04:41 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Sign me up scorpio and thanks for running this again. smile


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#2700234 - 12/28/17 06:26 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I'll be up for this.

#2700236 - 12/28/17 06:28 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Thanks, Scorpio. I'm in again for 2018.


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#2700260 - 12/28/17 08:53 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I would love to join in again, this time for a full year. Thanks scorpio for doing this.


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#2700281 - 12/29/17 02:16 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Count me in again! I think this is one of the most valuable things I do for my piano journey.

#2700358 - 12/29/17 10:31 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I'm in again. I didn't make it this year (but I did the year before), but I enjoy the incentive!


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#2700441 - 12/29/17 02:58 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I failed twice in a row.
Clearly it's not for me! laugh

Best wishes to you all!


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#2700464 - 12/29/17 04:45 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: torquenale]  
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Originally Posted by torquenale
I failed twice in a row.
Clearly it's not for me! laugh

Best wishes to you all!


You didn't fail. Life throws things in the way, and sometimes it slows us down. I didn't complete 40 this year, either. But, it was not a failure. I did what I could, and, benefited from every bit of it. I'll bet you benefited as well. No regrets! smile


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#2700511 - 12/29/17 06:56 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: torquenale]  
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Originally Posted by torquenale
I failed twice in a row.
Clearly it's not for me! laugh

Best wishes to you all!

I agree. You did not fail! Piano is all about the journey. We are never ending students, working to get better everyday.

If this challenge can can help along the way, then it has served its purpose. This challenge is not about the number of pieces, it
is about bringing breadth to your learning experience.

FWIW, it did not hit 40 last year. I am moving on and looking forward.

Happy New Year!


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#2700516 - 12/29/17 07:23 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: torquenale]  
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Originally Posted by torquenale
I failed twice in a row.
Clearly it's not for me! laugh

Best wishes to you all!


I didn't reach the 40 piece goal 2 years in a row as well but I didn't let that get me down so don't let it get you down. I agree with Ralphiano and Scorpio that it's about the journey and not the numbers. 40 is just a target and everyone has different approaches to it and other things factor in as well like curve balls in life, how long a piece takes to learn and play, etc.


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#2700692 - 12/30/17 03:25 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Please add me to the list.

Thanks,

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#2700722 - 12/30/17 04:47 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Me too me too me too.


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Please sign me up for 2018!


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#2700824 - 12/31/17 12:18 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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I'm doing a piece a week book for my sight reading work so I might as well (I probably did 40 last year too but was bad about updating.)


Instruments: Yamaha CLP-685, Kawai ES110
Pieces In Progress:
  • Chopin Waltz in A minor Poshumous (almost performance ready)
  • Chopin Mazurka in B flat Major Op 7 (very much W.I.P.)
  • Beethoven "Easy Sonata" 20 No. 2 (just started)
#2700885 - 12/31/17 08:19 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Sign me up, please.
I guess it is a New Year's resolution. I have to start using all those sheet music books bought during last years :-)

#2700941 - 12/31/17 12:24 PM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Please sign me up again for year 2018!

Happy New Year Everyone!


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Sign me up!!


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I only managed 15 pieces in 2017.. but, count me in! That's 10 more than I would have done if I hadn't been a part of last year's effort. smile


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Count me in please and thank you for doing this.


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I will try it. Think it is a wonderful idea


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Count me in for 2018! I really enjoyed the challenge. In additional to continuing with classical, this year I'm going to teach myself some jazz piano, which I've never done before.


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Count me in too! I took a break from it last year but enjoyed it and got a lot from it the 2 years before that

#2701150 - 01/01/18 09:49 AM Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio]  
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Ralphiano, scorpio and Anita Potter: many thanks for your kind words. smile

I feel a real sense of being a community here, even if I seldom could partecipate last year.


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Count me in. I'll do the best I can. I appreciate the "There are no rules. It is up to you on how to craft this challenge." Last year was 28 pieces and I might feel comfortable with even fewer, but the important thing is to keep playing different music.

Thanks for your hard work on this, scorpio!

My post is right below yours, torquenale, so I want to say that certainly everyone welcomes you to join, even if you don't get to 40 pieces. PWF and ABF, in particular, are so supportive.


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