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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited?
casinitaly #2770261 10/07/18 12:22 PM
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I have not posted here in a while, but today I have an AOTW worth celebrating. I did two Advanced Performance Workshops this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. These are get togethers of my teacher's grade 8 and deploma level students to play for each other and critique.I played the pieces I will play in my upcoming Grade 8 exam. On Saturday I played my Beethoven 1.2 Sonata in F Minor and Bach Gigue from French Suite V. Both went very well, and I received good positive feedback. However, my hands were trembling all the way through the Beethoven. The last time I played this piece in performance was the EPP in Germany and it did not go well. This time it was virtually error free! That was a big confidence booster. I played again on Sunday to a different group, and played the Beethoven again, as well as Astor's Adriana. The feedback was very positive, and I was calm- no shakiness. My teacher commented that the Beethoven sounded confident and it would have passed the exam (three weeks away eek) All in all a very confidence building weekend!

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I have not posted here in a while, but today I have an AOTW worth celebrating. I did two Advanced Performance Workshops this weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. These are get togethers of my teacher's grade 8 and deploma level students to play for each other and critique.I played the pieces I will play in my upcoming Grade 8 exam. On Saturday I played my Beethoven 1.2 Sonata in F Minor and Bach Gigue from French Suite V. Both went very well, and I received good positive feedback. However, my hands were trembling all the way through the Beethoven. The last time I played this piece in performance was the EPP in Germany and it did not go well. This time it was virtually error free! That was a big confidence booster. I played again on Sunday to a different group, and played the Beethoven again, as well as Astor's Adriana. The feedback was very positive, and I was calm- no shakiness. My teacher commented that the Beethoven sounded confident and it would have passed the exam (three weeks away eek) All in all a very confidence building weekend!


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Good for you, SwissMS! It sounds like you are well prepared to share your beautiful music with appreciative listeners!


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Good job Larry! I'm still working on the first few exercises in my Czerny book; there is so much to learn from them!


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It's been like 2 months that I'm less motivated, that I don't practice very much. I often go to my piano, play / practice for like 15 minutes, then quit without having achieved anything.

I had a lesson yesterday. I was a little bit ashamed by my lack of practice, so progress, in the past weeks.
Anyhow, my teacher was very generous of his time, extending the lesson by 30 minutes (1h15 normally, so 1h45 yesterday), because he will be out of town the next 3 weeks, so I won't have lessons. I was even more embarrassed that I haven't practice more.

He gave me some tips on how I should practice. So, today, I've started my practice with that in mind, instead of my usual... lack of method recently. I've refrained to let me disturb by the computer and practiced for 1h30, in an intelligent way. For once in many weeks, I feel like I've done something meaningful with my time at the piano. It is so relieving to feel this again!


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Originally Posted by CadenzaVvi
It's been like 2 months that I'm less motivated, that I don't practice very much. I often go to my piano, play / practice for like 15 minutes, then quit without having achieved anything.

I had a lesson yesterday. I was a little bit ashamed by my lack of practice, so progress, in the past weeks.
Anyhow, my teacher was very generous of his time, extending the lesson by 30 minutes (1h15 normally, so 1h45 yesterday), because he will be out of town the next 3 weeks, so I won't have lessons. I was even more embarrassed that I haven't practice more.

He gave me some tips on how I should practice. So, today, I've started my practice with that in mind, instead of my usual... lack of method recently. I've refrained to let me disturb by the computer and practiced for 1h30, in an intelligent way. For once in many weeks, I feel like I've done something meaningful with my time at the piano. It is so relieving to feel this again!


Way to go Jouishy!



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Originally Posted by CadenzaVvi
It's been like 2 months that I'm less motivated, that I don't practice very much. I often go to my piano, play / practice for like 15 minutes, then quit without having achieved anything.

I had a lesson yesterday. I was a little bit ashamed by my lack of practice, so progress, in the past weeks.
Anyhow, my teacher was very generous of his time, extending the lesson by 30 minutes (1h15 normally, so 1h45 yesterday), because he will be out of town the next 3 weeks, so I won't have lessons. I was even more embarrassed that I haven't practice more.

He gave me some tips on how I should practice. So, today, I've started my practice with that in mind, instead of my usual... lack of method recently. I've refrained to let me disturb by the computer and practiced for 1h30, in an intelligent way. For once in many weeks, I feel like I've done something meaningful with my time at the piano. It is so relieving to feel this again!


Glad you found a hook back in! You are quite talented for only a couple years along - Good Luck!


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casinitaly #2772249 10/13/18 09:54 PM
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Thanks to you two.

I've had a good progress over the past 2,5 years, but I have to continue practicing to keep improving! smile


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Pieces I'm working on :
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- Mozart, K545, 1st mov
- Chopin, nocturne op. posth. in C# minor
- Debussy, Golliwog's cakewalk
- Pozzoli, E.R. 427, etude no. 6
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Glad you're back, CadenzaVVi (Jouishy).

My achievement was surviving another recital, haha. I don't know why I torture myself and sign up. So much stress.

One thing that bugs me is that because I'm nervous, I feel like there is less blood flow to my hands, and therefore not as nimble.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
Glad you're back, CadenzaVVi (Jouishy).

My achievement was surviving another recital, haha. I don't know why I torture myself and sign up. So much stress.

One thing that bugs me is that because I'm nervous, I feel like there is less blood flow to my hands, and therefore not as nimble.


I have to remind myself to take deep breathes- before I begin to play, and also throughout the piece. Helps to oxygenate the body. 😊

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My achievement is participating in my first ABF recital and submitting my piece exactly 8 months to the day after I started my pianistic journey. This forum (and CadenzaVvi's progress videos on youtube grin) have kept me motivated. Thanks all! smile

BTW, I got last minute cold feet and thought I started my piece too late to be able polish it, and my teacher powered through (by strategically ignoring wink ) my reluctance, dragging foot, and hints that I wasn't going to make it. (Thanks Teach! thumb)


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Glad you're back, CadenzaVVi (Jouishy).

My achievement was surviving another recital, haha. I don't know why I torture myself and sign up. So much stress.

One thing that bugs me is that because I'm nervous, I feel like there is less blood flow to my hands, and therefore not as nimble.


I have to remind myself to take deep breathes- before I begin to play, and also throughout the piece. Helps to oxygenate the body. 😊


Maybe next time they will let me play with an oxygen tank and mask laugh


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casinitaly #2772533 10/14/18 10:41 PM
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PS - The recital I referred to was the one at the music school I take lessons at, not the Slavic recital here smile


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Amazing! You should be proud! Did you post it?

I have yet to do an actual live recital but my teacher is encouraging me to participate in the one here at the university (it’s for the local students, mostly kids, not the college students). He suggested the Nocturne I’m working on and the Liszt I finished months ago, with more polishing and memorization. I’m not so sure. It would be a lot of effort and stress.


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casinitaly #2772649 10/15/18 08:52 AM
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If there is something to post, I will. But I don't think the school had any video cameras rolling, at least I didn't see any. I think all they were doing was taking pictures. There will be another concert in January and then in June of next year they will have something at the Samueli Theatre of Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The event at Segerstrom is costly though, not sure if I want to spend that much for stress, but it is a nice venue. I'm guessing they will do video there.

In yesterday's time block, I was the only adult and played at the very end, so it was even more stressful sitting and waiting for my turn. It was fun watching the kids though. This one kid, maybe 5 or 6, just banged on the drum maybe 8 times. But he was so super excited and smiling the entire time. Probably the best performance smile


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Very small achievement compared to most here. However, I have been struggling a lot with a simple piece in "It's never too late to play piano" by Pam Wedgwood called Rock On!

It features a steady staccato rhythm of quarter notes (made up of fifths, with jumps every bar) in the left hand, and the rhythm of a mix of whole down to 8th notes in the right. I was struggling to maintain the steady rhythm in my left while it varies in my right.

However, my brain did that strange thing, where one day you can't do it. The next day it's all clicked into place.

It's quite astonishing what rest a nights sleep can do for your muscle memory and learning.

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This thread continues to be one of the best features of the ABF. It is always my go-to read whenever opening PW.... whether you are a thread vet or newbie, there is no better place to document, celebrate, and learn from our individual piano adventures. Thanks to each of you for sharing, and congrats on each of your AOTWs big and small.

After being pretty inactive here all year I finally have a real live AOTW... like Casinitaly's recent EPP performance, it is probably my AOTYear too.

I have wanted to play Debussy's Claire de Lune since my self taught rookie year in 2009. Indeed, I finally sought out a teacher after bogging down with Hugh Sung's CDL tutorial on pw at the end of that year. So, I was pretty excited last January when my teacher finally said it was time for me to have a crack at it.

So, I have worked on it all year, at times doubting it would ever come together even though I had all the notes down after several months. But slowly it started to sound like music...in parts.. Since I'm only practicing about an hour daily it wasn't clear to me it would ever sound any good to a listener, however. That changed about a month ago when my wife started making unsolicited compliments on it and my teacher started saying it was coming together. Then at this week's lesson she told me there isn't much more she can help with. She actually said it sounds "professional" and that I had taken it way further than she expected and way further than any other piece I've worked on. She wants me to record it for an ABF recital, which I will probably do at some point.

Needless to say, all of this has put quite a smile on my face! It makes it twice as nice having someone like all of you share my excitement with. Thanks for being here to everyone.

Jim


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Hi Jim
Congrats! Wow. This is quite an achievement that should put a permanent jog in your steo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Amazing, Jim! When are you going to perform it live? S FL isn't that big, I could probably make a trip smile.


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I have a couple AOTW's -

I finally began working on minor scales. Started with Amin, Emin, Bmin, and Dmin. I wrote out sheets on them on Musescore, and I'm playing all three. They're coming along nicely. Better than my broken chord practice, I'd say.

I have also finally started to work on reading / sight reading. My teacher gave me some beginner books of music (1 -2 page easy versions of pop songs), and I find this more difficult than I had imagined. But then I picked up some advanced pieces (eg intermediate classical pieces that have arpeggiated bass lines) that I am more used to, and these are strangely easier. I guess it's what I've become accustomed to playing.

Finally, at my teacher's request, I am trying to memorize some of my repertoire. I have Bach's Prelude in C, most of Liszt's Consolation in Db, and most of the Chopin Nocturne in C#min memorized.

A lot of work this week. smile Labor of Love!


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