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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited?
casinitaly #2767698 09/26/18 05:24 AM
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You, an interloper, PianogrlNW!!?? Never!! You may not be an AOTW regular, but you are a really supportive ABFer!
Glad to hear your chamber music session went well.
I've had only a few piano collaboration opportunities, but they have been such fun. Definitely something I'd like to try a bit more of (at some unspecified future date smile ha)

And congrats to you, Musicalinfinity, passing the ABRSM Gr 5 is a big achievement.


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Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
I don’t think I have contributed to this thread before and hope you don’t think I’m an interloper looking for kudos when I have offered none. This week I had my first chamber music rehearsal with me on piano, a violinist and cellist. I think this is going to be a very fun and satisfying experience. For those of you who have played with other musicians you know that you have a responsibility to the group to hold up your end of the bargain, which in this case ends up with everyone being prepared. I feel like all those solitary hours at the keyboard are beginning to pay off to create a collaborative musical experience.



That is GREAT! Congratulations!



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casinitaly #2768819 10/01/18 02:12 PM
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Being able to play along to a metronome. Big deal for me as I have never been able to do it before. Must be my advancing years...plus taking online classical guitar lessons helped, tho I may have to abandon those to focus on piano.


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I have a real AOTW this week - I have found a new teacher to work with. We are going to do a remedial programme, going back to easier pieces so we can work on filling in the technique gaps I've accumulated and to really focus on artistry/tone production etc.
While I did focus on working on these things when I last had a teacher, and made a lot of progress, I think the music we worked on was still too hard for me to really be able to focus on making it sound beautiful vs just playing the notes.
In particular, because the music was hard we worked on a v limited number pieces. We did work on making *those* sound great, but I think the lack of variety may have limited my ability to generalise those lessons beyond the specific pieces.
And I must be honest and say that my backsliding in this respect has been huge in the subsequent year without a teacher.
So I am really looking forward to getting to work!


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I realized last week, that I have been taking piano lessons for two years as of mid-September.
I can't believe I made it this far.
If you ask me I will tell you I can hardly play anything.
But, I know I am better than when I started out!


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Congratulations, casinitaly, on this wonderful breakthrough! I think you said a lot when you said you felt that you had “conveyed my love for my pieces to the listeners.” This just seems to me to be at the heart of playing for others, and each of us must find our way there. I am happy for you! My turn is coming in about a month. Can I play my Piazzolla well enough then that my teacher’s other students (all much more accomplished than I) will enjoy the music?? I hope so!


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You leaped directly to level 5? Brave! Bravo! Congratulations on your success, musicalinfinity!


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New worlds of music for you PianoGirlNW! I am lucky that my neighbor plays piano with a chamber group, and they rehearse weekly “just down the way.” It is a joy to hear music in the summertime, wafting across the patio from nearly-next-door. I am nowhere near being able to keep up with another musician (well, another neighbor and I do have one duet we amuse ourselves with...). I really admire the skills it takes to play with a chamber group. I hope you find that it is as much fun as I imagine!


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Great to have a new teacher who inspires you, barbaram! I am interested in your approach. This week I asked my teacher if we could work on a few easier pieces for a while, because, like Joe302, I feel like I can hardly play anything! I don’t want to play for anyone, when my message is just “see how not-quite-awful I can be”! I want to share something beautiful! But my pieces have been hard to master. I’ve been working hard on the same three pieces since I began with her in May (after a year with another teacher). I have learned a huge amount, and in August we added a piece I’m really excited about. But, like you, I have felt that I’m so concerned with getting the right fingers on the right keys that it has been hard to bring out musicality, color, control, dynamics.

So my AOTW is that, for a while, I am setting aside my challenging Bach and my two Schumann pieces that I never really loved, to focus on my newer challenging piece and a new (seemingly!) simpler Schumann. My teacher said, “you have been climbing a steep mountain. Perhaps now is a good time to stop, have a sandwich, and enjoy the view!” She wrote that in my book: “Enjoy the view.” I love my teacher!
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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
This week I asked my teacher if we could work on a few easier pieces for a while ... I don’t want to play for anyone, when my message is just “see how not-quite-awful I can be”! I want to share something beautiful!

Very well said!

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Originally Posted by barbaram
I have a real AOTW this week - I have found a new teacher to work with. We are going to do a remedial programme, going back to easier pieces so we can work on filling in the technique gaps I've accumulated and to really focus on artistry/tone production etc. !

That’s a great goal and plan of action. So many amateur pianinsts just want to play difficult pieces that are on the edge of their abilities. I think what happens is that their focus becomes more on the technical aspects which they struggle with rather than the artistry of playing musically.




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PianogirlNW and Qwerty53,
I have to jump in here.
I am going to create a separate post on playing by ear because it was such a good exercise for me.
My teacher showed me how to play Happy Birthday to You.
RH melody and LH chords.
He told me that anytime anyone in my family had a birthday to call them up and play the song for them.
Just for practice.

I was out one evening last month and there was a Kawai grand sitting around.
So when I thought no one was around, I sat and played HBTY.
Turns out a lot of people in the group I was with heard me and one them came and told me I sounded good!
She said it sounded very musical.
Now this was a person who really could play and had been since she was young.

I discussed this with my teacher and he said that the way I played this really simple piece was very musical and thus interesting to others.
So yay me.
This gave me a lot of confidence to continue to try to make simple pieces "my own".


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Joe302, Yay you is right!!



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Today I celebrate 2 years learning the piano! I never imagined when I started out that i'd be able to learn and play the music I wanted with such success! Granted, I have almost 45 years playing other musical instruments, practice about 2 hours a day, and tend to learn and memorize music quickly. I have participated in the 40/year challenge and some I keep to play regularly.
I went thru my solo piano repertoire today with minimal mistakes. Looking forward to many years more!
Moon Dance
Linus & Lucy
Uncle John’s Band
Going to California
Nights in White Satin

Wonderful Tonight
Against All Odds
Desperado
Whiter Shade of Pale
Last Date

Beer Polka Medley
We Are The Champions
Tiny Dancer
Dream On
Whole Lotta Shakin’

Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Rudy
Space Oddity
Love, Reign O’re me
My Way

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My AOTW is going back to a Czerny piece in the method book that I've played before, but this time playing with expression-where it says f I played it louder, where it said p I played quieter, and then there was the diminueto marks (I think thats right, gradually reducing volume across a bar), I managed to get those in too.


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Today I celebrate 2 years learning the piano! I never imagined when I started out that i'd be able to learn and play the music I wanted with such success! Granted, I have almost 45 years playing other musical instruments, practice about 2 hours a day, and tend to learn and memorize music quickly. I have participated in the 40/year challenge and some I keep to play regularly.
I went thru my solo piano repertoire today with minimal mistakes. Looking forward to many years more!


Very impressive! Congratulations!


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Originally Posted by Bobby Badd
Today I celebrate 2 years learning the piano! I never imagined when I started out that i'd be able to learn and play the music I wanted with such success! Granted, I have almost 45 years playing other musical instruments, practice about 2 hours a day, and tend to learn and memorize music quickly. I have participated in the 40/year challenge and some I keep to play regularly.
I went thru my solo piano repertoire today with minimal mistakes. Looking forward to many years more!
Moon Dance
Linus & Lucy
Uncle John’s Band
Going to California
Nights in White Satin

Wonderful Tonight
Against All Odds
Desperado
Whiter Shade of Pale
Last Date

Beer Polka Medley
We Are The Champions
Tiny Dancer
Dream On
Whole Lotta Shakin’

Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Rudy
Space Oddity
Love, Reign O’re me
My Way


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Originally Posted by Bobby Badd
Today I celebrate 2 years learning the piano! I never imagined when I started out that i'd be able to learn and play the music I wanted with such success! Granted, I have almost 45 years playing other musical instruments, practice about 2 hours a day, and tend to learn and memorize music quickly. I have participated in the 40/year challenge and some I keep to play regularly.
I went thru my solo piano repertoire today with minimal mistakes. Looking forward to many years more!
Moon Dance
Linus & Lucy
Uncle John’s Band
Going to California
Nights in White Satin

Wonderful Tonight
Against All Odds
Desperado
Whiter Shade of Pale
Last Date

Beer Polka Medley
We Are The Champions
Tiny Dancer
Dream On
Whole Lotta Shakin’

Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Rudy
Space Oddity
Love, Reign O’re me
My Way


Great list! Whiter Shade is one that inspired me to play but I haven’t yet tackled it in earnest.


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Originally Posted by Bobby Badd
Today I celebrate 2 years learning the piano! I never imagined when I started out that i'd be able to learn and play the music I wanted with such success! Granted, I have almost 45 years playing other musical instruments, practice about 2 hours a day, and tend to learn and memorize music quickly. I have participated in the 40/year challenge and some I keep to play regularly.
I went thru my solo piano repertoire today with minimal mistakes. Looking forward to many years more!
Moon Dance
Linus & Lucy
Uncle John’s Band
Going to California
Nights in White Satin

Wonderful Tonight
Against All Odds
Desperado
Whiter Shade of Pale
Last Date

Beer Polka Medley
We Are The Champions
Tiny Dancer
Dream On
Whole Lotta Shakin’

Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Rudy
Space Oddity
Love, Reign O’re me
My Way

Congratulations!! I bet Against All Odds sounds nice: I'll have to add that to my list!

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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! Much appreciated!

Things/thoughts that help:

Consistent effort over time

You have to enjoy the process

Thanks again!

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