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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: JoBert] #2707269
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Originally Posted by JoBert
I was debating with myself if I should join this year's challenge again, seeing that I "modified" the 2017 challenge for myself into a "20 pieces challenge" and will likely have to do the same again this year, as I'm again interested in learning a few longer/more challenging pieces. But it was so much fun the last two years, so in the end, I thought why not! smile

So here are my first two:

1 Sonata No. 11 - Variation V from Movement 1 (KV 331, 300i) (no recording) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
2 Farewell to Cheyenne <Recording> (by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Jan Koláček)

The Ennio Morricone piece is the famous soundtrack from the movie "Once Upon a Time in the West" and given the unique character of the piece, I recorded it with two layered sounds: Grand piano and nylon guitar. I think it came out nicely! cool





Glad you are back JoBert, as I always enjoy hearing you play. You always pick interesting repertoire! I think 20 more challenging pieces is a fine goal.


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707359
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Totals have been updated. Everyone is making great progress. And as always it is very exciting to hear the recordings.

Five new members to welcome:
alenastar90
BrenRan
ChirpyPenguin
JoBert
- glad you decided to return. Farewell to Cheyenne was fantastic! Great listen.
Lynn8100



It is never too late to join, so tell your friends and neighbors, the more the merrier.


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: QuinGold] #2707361
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Originally Posted by DiggPlyV
Nice performance and cool combination of sounds, Thanks!

Originally Posted by QuinGold
Glad you are back JoBert, as I always enjoy hearing you play. You always pick interesting repertoire! I think 20 more challenging pieces is a fine goal.

Originally Posted by scorpio
JoBert - glad you decided to return. Farewell to Cheyenne was fantastic! Great listen.

Thanks for the kind words, all of you! blush That's very encouraging feedback, which makes an already very enjoyable hobby even more enjoyable. smile


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707374
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A new one for this week, Loch Lomond. I started this a few weeks ago. This and Danny Boy from Alfred's 2 are probably my two favorites.

Can I count Bouncing on My Bed in My Sexy Purple PJs from RCM Prep B? laugh I play it from time to time.

This week I'll probably focus more on RCM stuff.

1. Study in C (Op. 65, No. 3) - Albert Loeschhorn - Pianist Magazine
2. Écossaise (WoO 23) - Beethoven - Masterwork Classics Lvl 3 (RCM Level 2)
3. Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi - Essential Einaudi (Islands)
4. German Dance in G Major (WoO 42, No. 6) - Beethoven - Masterwork Classics Lvl 4
5. Loch Lomond - Traditional - Alfred's Vol 2


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707506
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Sadly today I`m not able to add any pieces to the list, because last week I didn`t finish anything frown Had a very busy week and couldn`t find the time to practice. It is frustrating when it happens but I hope to do better this week.

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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: ts06] #2707521
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Originally Posted by Timmy J Size
Song #02 - Ode to Joy
Time to play: 30 seconds
Time to learn: 1hr 55mins over 5 days.
Next up: Something.... open to suggestions.



I like your idea of calculating the time required to learn the piece! Very good information, I might try listing the learn time with a couple future pieces.

I recommend these two minuets as they are around the level of ode to joy, and are formative and fun to play. Feel free to ignore if you don't like these, but here are some free sheets if your interested. Happy playing!

Bach - Minuet
https://www.pianostreet.com/bach_minuet_in_g_114_psu.pdf
Mozart - Minuet in G
https://www.pianostreet.com/search/freesingle.php?id=887

Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707659
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3 Scarborough Fair

4 Yankee Doodle Dandy https://soundcloud.com/user-147891862/yankee-doodle-180123

Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707728
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First piece of 2018 (based on personal criteria) smile

1. Am Abend - Stimmungsbilder, Op.88, No. 2 by Heinrich Hofmann

Last edited by Kingfisher; 01/23/18 10:56 AM. Reason: Kept getting the spelling of the composer's name wrong

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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707759
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Paul Harris Piece A Week Grade 1

1. Pony Ride 1/1
2. Tick Tock 1/8
3. Floating Candles 1/15
4. Robots 1/22

I promised my son I'd do this along with him but it's testing my patience, they are maybe a bit too below my level smile But I'll keep at it. I think I may need to add something else though to keep me sane.



Currently learning: Beethoven "Easy" Sonata Op 49 No 2, JS Bach WTC Prelude No 2 in C minor, Grieg Lyric Pieces Book 1
Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707870
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Are we expected to upload recordings of our pieces or may we just list?


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There's no expectation of recordings smile so feel free to just list. That's what I do. I've uploaded recordings for the quarterly recitals, tho not lately, but just the physical hassle of recording is more than *I* want to deal with, so I don't. And my keyboard's audio out has gone kaput anyway, so I have to wait until I can get it fixed even before I play a recital again. Some day!

But at any rate, you don't have to record.


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707937
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Here’s my recordings for January, which I’ve posted on Soundcloud. This year I’m trying to focus on teaching myself beginner jazz & blues. I started with the Jazzin’ Americana Book 1 from Alfred. (I liked it better than the Jazz, Rags & Blues book from Martha Mier, which I found a bit predictable.)

I also learned a nice little waltz; I used it for sightreading one day and then really liked it!

PLAYLIST: [Soundcloud]

01. Samuil Maykapar – Waltz, Op. 28, No. 5 from Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 2 (Alfred Publishing) [Soundcloud]
02. Wynn-Anne Rossi – Super Stomp Rag (piano with SFX) (JA1) [Soundcloud]
03. Wynn-Anne Rossi – In the Hall of the Jazz Kings (JA1) [Soundcloud]
04. Wynn-Anne Rossi – Practice the Piano Blues (JA1) [Soundcloud]
05. Wynn-Anne Rossi – Bird in the Bebop (JA1) [Soundcloud]

JA1 = Jazzin’ Americana Book 1 (Alfred Publishing)

Just a thought having scanned the recent postings:
I notice we have many newcomers doing the challenge this year, which is great! But note that you don’t need to post every time you finish one song; last year most participants posted their list just once or twice a month. And you don't need to post if you didn't get pieces done!

The more streamlined we can make this thread, the easier it will be for Scorpio to keep the master list updated!

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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: scorpio] #2707982
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One thing I'm finding is that it's often better to take a month to learn four pieces simultaneously, rather than spending a week on each and learning them one after the other, particularly as pieces start to get longer/more difficult. I can see myself having a few that bubble under for a couple of months while I'm learning some shorter pieces at the same time. Sometimes it's not just time at the keyboard that counts, it's having thinking/sleeping time to let it mature.

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Originally Posted by GoldmanT
One thing I'm finding is that it's often better to take a month to learn four pieces simultaneously, rather than spending a week on each and learning them one after the other, particularly as pieces start to get longer/more difficult. I can see myself having a few that bubble under for a couple of months while I'm learning some shorter pieces at the same time. Sometimes it's not just time at the keyboard that counts, it's having thinking/sleeping time to let it mature.

I completely agree with this. Even an easy piece needs time to "gel". I generally have six pieces on the go. Three are long term pieces that are lengthy and a slight stretch. These are my ABRSM grade 8 pieces. The rest are rotating pieces that are at or below my level. When one of these pieces is recorded, I bring in a new piece. I would say pieces that are three grades below my standard still sometimes take more than one week to bring to the recording stage. That is with giving them 15-20 minutes a day.

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I do the same thing Goldman T. I generally work on about 4, and once one of them sounds "musical" and I feel I can play it through at tempo, I record it. Then I only have 3 to finish up, so I record the next one that sounds musical. I like to get them recorded so I can stop practicing them and keep moving on. Once that month's set is recorded and uploaded, it's fun to "reset". I don't start all the new ones on the same day; I keep a "rolling" rhythm so I may start just one new one each day.

If they are more difficult, some pieces will span more than one month. (I think I battled Beethoven's Rondo for four months!)

For those of you who don't want to bother recording, you should at least try a few of your favorite pieces, if nothing else it's nice to listen to them again! Plus, it teaches you to play with a little more concentration; nothing like a blinking red light to help you focus! If you can stick a USB drive in your piano, it's not difficult.

These days I find myself using Pianoteq on my laptop to record, and I like how it's always recording too. I then use an audio editing program to patch together sections if I can't be bothered playing it over and over to get one good take. As I'm playing, if I make a flub, I start again from wherever there was a good "rest" or starting point a little earlier, then just remove the excess. For a two-page piece, there's usually a natural dividing line between sections (ABA etc). If I feel I could do it better, I just start from the top and do another take, maybe two, sometimes of just the second page if the first page was good on the first take. I find it important not to record for too long as your playing goes downhill after so many minutes of intense concentration.


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Hi everyone, I decided to stray away from classical for my piece this week! The main theme from Interstellar posed some new, but welcome challenges for me.
For instance, learning and playing so many of the 10th arpeggios was (and still is) quite difficult. Additionally, the piece is much longer than most pieces I play so stamina has been a concern.

Does anyone have any tips for expanding hand span and increasing comfort when playing 9ths, 10ths, and large interval single-hand arpeggios in general?
I feel as if I tense up too much when I stretch far and when I play broken arpeggios at fast tempos.
I've been doing more octave scales as a warmup now but I am curious what others do to overcome these hurdles!

1. Prelude in A major (Op. 28 No. 7) - Chopin
2. Lustig und Traurig (WoO 54) - Beethoven
3. Interstellar Main Theme (Patrik Pietschmann Arrangement) - Hans Zimmer

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Originally Posted by Zephyx

3. Interstellar Main Theme (Patrik Pietschmann Arrangement) - Hans Zimmer


I saw that arrangement on MusicNotes and the corresponding YouTube video. I'd like to try that someday. Looks challenging - very hypnotic!


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I would love to join this challenge this year! I joined it last year but then I signed up for RCM grade 2 exam in Sept and played the SAME 4 pieces for 4 months. I started to hate piano and had multiple weeks where I couldn't practice even once. The exam was this week and my piano teacher and I decided 2 weeks ago to not attend as the stress wasn't worth it. It was a great choice because over the last week I started 2 new songs and have perfected them enough to move on this week.
So far in Janurary I have learned:

1) E Dorian with Modulation, RCM Grade 2
2) Colors of the Wind, Really Easy Piano

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Paul Harris Piece A Week Grade 1

1. Pony Ride 1/1
2. Tick Tock 1/8
3. Floating Candles 1/15
4. Robots 1/22
5. Burgmuller 25 Progressive Pieces Op 100 No. 1 "Sincerity" 1/24

I had to add something in a little more challenging. I was pretty pleased, I sight read the whole piece at about half tempo.



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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018 [Re: Zephyx] #2708288
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Originally Posted by Zephyx
Hi everyone, I decided to stray away from classical for my piece this week! The main theme from Interstellar posed some new, but welcome challenges for me.
For instance, learning and playing so many of the 10th arpeggios was (and still is) quite difficult. Additionally, the piece is much longer than most pieces I play so stamina has been a concern.

Does anyone have any tips for expanding hand span and increasing comfort when playing 9ths, 10ths, and large interval single-hand arpeggios in general?
I feel as if I tense up too much when I stretch far and when I play broken arpeggios at fast tempos.
I've been doing more octave scales as a warmup now but I am curious what others do to overcome these hurdles!
3. Interstellar Main Theme (Patrik Pietschmann Arrangement) - Hans Zimmer


First off, I'm no expert. Far from it - I started back playing in early 2016 after a long break. By last summer I was playing octaves with so much tension that I developed a pain running up the side of my hand, then trigger thumb - which ended in surgery (in November). Only AFTER I developed an issue did I start researching "how to play with less tension"... So please don't play if you feel any pain! Just don't!!!

I was not familiar with that piece but found it on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=166&v=4y33h81phKU

If you are talking about the section around the middle where the left hand is playing more than an octave, you'll notice the pianist "rolls" his hand; he's not trying to "stretch" to reach the notes that are far apart. Does that help? It's hard to know how to comment without seeing a video of you playing.

Another option is substituting hands; when playing Moonlight Sonata I play some of the right hand notes with my left hand.

Graham Fitch fro Pianist also has a good YouTube video on playing octaves with less tension - he does a little "release" between octaves; he sort of plays the notes then immediately releases tension. There are other threads on PianoWorld re tension too.

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