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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2717468
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Originally Posted by casinitaly
Originally Posted by LadyAcadia
I got the opportunity to play in church again before service started. Our choir typically performs a few songs as people gather. I was asked to perform one of my repertoire pieces first. I had the sheet music available and although I had a few scattering of errors here and there, I was able to keep playing and was overall pleased with this much improved second performance opportunity. :-)

I forgot to mention the piece. It's titled Jeux Interdits. The composer is listed as anonymous. Have a great day!


Wow! Good for you!
For me, playing for others is one of the most nerve wracking aspects of the piano journey. I'm working on changing that, but I can't imagine playing in front of a church congregation. Even a small church would have too many folks for me!

Brava!


I could maybe play at a big church with everyone talking and no one listening.

Good work Lady A!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2718347
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My AOTW is that I have my two waltzes recorded and the recital submissions don't open until tomorrow!
*And* these 2 take me to 7 pieces done for the 40-piece challenge in 2 months (more or less) so I'm nicely on track there.

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2719694
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Two achievements this week!

We had another get together of the Performance Anxiety Group this week and it went well.
I can see that all the participants are more relaxed.
It’s really working out well for everyone.

I had my lesson yesterday and worked through better fingering for some runs in the Nocturne I am working on and today I managed to play HT through page 2 for the first time!
Phew! That was a long time coming!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2719774
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casinitaly - Your Performance Anxiety Group sounds like it is helping everyone perform better. It also sounds like a lot of fun! I envy you. I miss my piano group from Switzerland.

I participated in another performance workshop Saturday, and it went pretty well. These are online meetings of my teacher's students from all over the world, so it is always interesting to see who I will be grouped with. Many of the the students are working on their ABRSM Diploma or grade 8, so there is a bit of camaraderie. This week we did exercises against the wall for arm strength and posture, and exercises at the piano for weight playing and control. It was really helpful. Then we played left hand only from memory from piece, followed by our weakest piece and our best piece. My Beethoven Sonata is my weakest piece, and it is far from ready, but I did OK. Overall I am very satisfied with my performance in the workshop and look forward to the next one!

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2720028
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My AsOTW are the following:

First, after struggling to record my Waltz Recital piece all weekend, I finally got a good take. I actually practiced it, in it's entirety, dozens of times, taking time to review certain sections that gave me trouble in between tries. By the end, I recorded two good takes (not perfect, but no glaring mistakes). I also found my fingers flowing more effortlessly on the keys throughout the piece. I found that I had unintentionally memorized it. Over the next two days, I played it once or twice per day, from memory, start to finish....this is a piece I'm happy to keep in my repertoire and hope to develop even further from a musicality standpoint, so I'm excited about this.

The second AOTW is that I picked up a new piece, Bach Adagio 974, after contemplating the potential Bach Recital. This is at a slightly lower level than those I've been playing, and I was actually able to play from the sheet. Again, slowly, not error free, and with a few pauses....it will take the typical month or two to get it down smoothly, but I'm finding I can hit notes more easily now, including three note chords in each hand, or octaves, without struggling to find the notes as much.

Finally, I'm coming along on my Debussy piece (GWTFH), and my Liszt Consolation is nearly completed. In fact, it is complete, albeit with some glitches that need to be more perfect before recording it.

Good week. Takes a lot of practice time though....


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2721574
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My achievement of the week is finding out that my sight-reading is better than I thought it was.

I still have a LONG way to go but short, simple pieces, hands-together are actually doable for me now! laugh

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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2721958
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I memorized the first section of the Allemande from Bach French Suite in G. A nice surprise: I closed my eyes to hear the music better in the opening measures, and found I didn't have to open them again until I'd reached the end of section 1. Yay! (music sounded alright too..)


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2722923
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I am a 48 year-old who started learning the piano about six years ago. However, I got very frustrated and gave up after a couple of months.

Then last September, my girlfriend (who got to grade 5 when she was at school) started playing again. Listening to her inspired me to try again. I found an excellent teacher and bought all the grade 1 books with the aim of doing the exam in March 2018.

I had the exam a couple of weeks ago (my first exam for 28 years!) and at the time it felt like it went pretty well. Over the next few days though, I kept thinking of things that I wasn't so happy with.

I had my first lesson after the exam on Saturday and my result had come in... I passed! :-) A pass was 100 points and a merit was 120 points and I got 115 so part of me was really happy but part of me was a little gutted because I was so close to a merit.

Looking at the marks I received, I only dropped a couple points in the technical parts (scales, broken chords, aural, etc.) which I was very happy about. Of the three pieces, I got 25/30 for Gypsy Song, 19/30 for When the Saints Go Marching In and 18/30 for La Donna e Mobile.

I've now started the grade 2 stuff and hope to take that in the next 6-12 months. This time I'm going to aim for a Merit by polishing the pieces a bit more... Fingers crossed:-)

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2722983
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Reaper, congratulations! Keep it up.

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2723049
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Last week I just got started with Liebstraum 3 from Liszt! That is very significative for me as I always wanted to play some liszt and now my teacher thinks I'm ready for it. Since then I started with the first few bars and learning the first cadenza as a technical exercise.

I have a looooong journey ahead!

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2723586
03/22/18 05:56 PM
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My AOTW is having my teacher say we had a wonderful lesson, despite the fact that I had been sick all week and had only touched the piano on two days, for very short sessions.
I had worked away from the piano to practice the rhythm of some very tricky bars ( tricky for me) and I had mentally worked on my pedaling.

Amazingly- it helped.

It was great that HE said it was such a good lesson. !

I am feeling better and today I managed hands together on that tricky part, for the first time!


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2723664
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I am glad to hear you are feeling better, Casinitaly! It sounds like you have had a rough time of it.

My AOTW is a bit of a surprise. The composer, Miguel Astor, commented on my "Adriana" Youtube video. It was just "Nice Job!", but it still gave me a thrill that he took the time to comment! I guess my interpretation was acceptable. So, the moral is, if you are playing modern music and the composer is still living, he just might be listening!

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SwissMs- that’s wonderful! What a delightful experience!
Mr Casinitaly thinks it’s pretty cool tool


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Wow SwissMs, that is fantastic!
Glad to hear you had a good lesson despite being sick during the week Cheryl, it's funny how that goes sometimes

My AOTW is that I have noticed some real progress on one of my bad habits, looking at my hands rather than at the music as I play. I've switched up my focus this year and I'm spending most of my time on "small pieces" rather than dedicating most of time time to big stretch pieces that take months to learn. The obvious consequence is that I have to follow the music as I play, and this is definitely more comfortable as a result.

Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: SwissMS] #2723678
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Originally Posted by SwissMS

My AOTW is a bit of a surprise. The composer, Miguel Astor, commented on my "Adriana" Youtube video. It was just "Nice Job!", but it still gave me a thrill that he took the time to comment! I guess my interpretation was acceptable. So, the moral is, if you are playing modern music and the composer is still living, he just might be listening!


Now, that is really so cool! wow

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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2727313
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I've been having a heck of a time with all three long trills in the Bach piece I'm playing. Lousy while practicing at home and lousy in my lesson this week. Lousy the day after the lesson. So I took a day off from the piece. When I practiced it today, I went slowly and concentrated and they came out okay (not wonderful, but okay). Repeated them twice more and still okay. We'll see how they go tomorrow......


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This week I used the Una Corda pedal for the first time. My teacher had me use it for a section in La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin, measures 24-25. It's a nice effect, allowing the chords to sustain without becoming overwhelming. Prior to this, I thought the pedal was just there for decoration smile.


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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited? [Re: casinitaly] #2727476
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I'm happy to see everyone seems to be making progress in leaps and bounds. For me it's so so. Is trying to come back to the forum an achievement? I hope so since I don't think I made so much progress in piano as others on the forum. I will try to post something for the 50th.

I have taken violin recently - for a couple of years. Only practicing 15 min a day but the progress I made is amazing. I started with zero experience. I started it because my husband bought the instrument and quit. I could not help liking the instrument. I'm happy of the progress made but feel depressed thinking why I cannot make the same level of progress on piano. Am I a one-line instrument musician? My ex-teacher used to disdain on those who drop piano and move to other instrument, saying "well he / she could only handle one- line".


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Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I'm happy to see everyone seems to be making progress in leaps and bounds. For me it's so so. Is trying to come back to the forum an achievement? I hope so since I don't think I made so much progress in piano as others on the forum. I will try to post something for the 50th.
Leaps and bounds? Not moi. cry

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I have taken violin recently - for a couple of years. Only practicing 15 min a day but the progress I made is amazing. I started with zero experience. I started it because my husband bought the instrument and quit. I could not help liking the instrument. I'm happy of the progress made but feel depressed thinking why I cannot make the same level of progress on piano. Am I a one-line instrument musician? My ex-teacher used to disdain on those who drop piano and move to other instrument, saying "well he / she could only handle one- line".

Maybe you're in the honeymoon period with your violin studies. Everything you learn is a big step forward. Your piano studies, on the other hand, have reached a certain state of maturity and you can't help but notice--and critique--every little thing. The dirty socks on the floor, the cap left off the toothpaste.....


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