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Re: Achievement of the week - what got you excited?
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Originally Posted by Reaper_FBB
I'm a 48 year-old who started learning piano in September 2017.... Very happy so onto Grade 3 now thumb

Congratulations! That is excellent progress. And I hope you will find, as I have, that it just gets more and more interesting. Happy playing!


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After a week of focussed practice with the metronome, playing the runs in Mozart's Rondo in D major faster than the goal my teacher set for me a couple of months ago. Now need to practice not being surprised when they work.....


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Originally Posted by Medved1
..... Now need to practice not being surprised when they work.....


Hahaha! Happens to me all the time.

Teacher: that was beautiful, why did you stop?

Me: it sounded so nice it surprised me!

Congrats on getting the fast runs down, Medved.


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Way to go, Medved1!


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I thought I have something to post myself, this week:

Well, it's not so much my own achievement, but I feel proud anyway. grin

This week, our son (7 1/2 years) had his first piano lesson. We are fortunate that we have a qualified full-time piano teacher in the immediate neighborhood (literally next door) who was able to find a slot for him in his otherwise busy schedule. So far, our son still likes it and is excited about it (showed off to friends and grandparents as if he already were a concert pianist wink). We'll see how it continues...
I made sure not to pressure him into it and to explain that it entails daily practice (that won't always be fun either whistle) and that if he starts now, he has to stick with it at least for a year. He still wanted to go ahead, so here we are.

It will be very interesting to see his progress. I can already say that the teaching methods now (starting on the black keys only) are very different to my own beginnings...

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Originally Posted by JoBert
I thought I have something to post myself, this week:

Well, it's not so much my own achievement, but I feel proud anyway. grin

This week, our son (7 1/2 years) had his first piano lesson. We are fortunate that we have a qualified full-time piano teacher in the immediate neighborhood (literally next door) who was able to find a slot for him in his otherwise busy schedule. So far, our son still likes it and is excited about it (showed off to friends and grandparents as if he already were a concert pianist wink). We'll see how it continues...
I made sure not to pressure him into it and to explain that it entails daily practice (that won't always be fun either whistle) and that if he starts now, he has to stick with it at least for a year. He still wanted to go ahead, so here we are.

It will be very interesting to see his progress. I can already say that the teaching methods now (starting on the black keys only) are very different to my own beginnings...

That is exciting news. A new, budding pianist in the making! thumb



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Working on a Beethoven sonata for four hands. Focus on trying to keep the secondo softer. Noticed thi week a sensation of buoyancy from the keys, it was really different, it felt good. And, the sound is softer. BTW the Sonata is Op6, rumored to have been written as a teaching piece and it certainly has many technical components. It’s not hard. My duet partner and I are loving the piece. It actually starts out with what sounds a lot like the opening of his 5th symphony and this idea is repeated often and at one point to what seems like a frenzy. The duet was written much earlier than the 5th and makes one wonder if this 5th opening was in his head for a very long time. There is a YouTube video of the piece, give it a listen.


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I played in my first live recital today. I was a little nervous, but decided not to bother with Beta blockers, and feeling that I was as prepared as I could possibly be, decided whatever happens, happens. I would not worry about it or make myself crazy.

I have been playing the piece (Chopin Nocturne 20 in C#min) from start to finish about 3 times per day for the past two weeks without stopping. This was after spending 3 months learning it. I’ve gotten it down, although I still make a mistake here and there. During the recital, I made several - way more than usual. Possibly exacerbated by nerves, or by a different feel to the piano (a Baldwin Grand, it had a light touch). But, I didn’t stop or pause. People said it was good but i know it wasn’t. I’d never post the video - not nearly good enough. But all in all I had fun and it was a nice morning, and I’m glad I did it.


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cmb13, good job! That takes a lot of guts, and I bet it was far better than you give yourself credit for. I have yet to play piano in public in any serious way, so I very much admire your courage!


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Thanks, TC, appreciate it. It really wasn't but it's okay, I'm okay with it. No-one but me will remember that detail. I'm going to try to record it for youtube to capture it at my best, then on to the next one. :cheers:


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Congrats, cmb13! It's the beginning to many more, right? smile


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Awesome, cmb13!

I commend you for stepping up to play, for declining the beta blockers, and for your pre-performance acceptance that whatever happens will be ok. I'm happy for you. Well done!


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Thanks, gents. Life’s a journey, b#, we’ll see....!


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Originally Posted by cmb13
I played in my first live recital today. I was a little nervous, but decided not to bother with Beta blockers, and feeling that I was as prepared as I could possibly be, decided whatever happens, happens. I would not worry about it or make myself crazy.

I have been playing the piece (Chopin Nocturne 20 in C#min) from start to finish about 3 times per day for the past two weeks without stopping. This was after spending 3 months learning it. I’ve gotten it down, although I still make a mistake here and there. During the recital, I made several - way more than usual. Possibly exacerbated by nerves, or by a different feel to the piano (a Baldwin Grand, it had a light touch). But, I didn’t stop or pause. People said it was good but i know it wasn’t. I’d never post the video - not nearly good enough. But all in all I had fun and it was a nice morning, and I’m glad I did it.


Good for you cmb13! I really believe it was much better than you think. It also takes guts to play in a live recital. My hat is off to you!



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Congrats, cmb13. Live recitals are tough. Great attitude (I tend to get hard on myself after a not-so- good recital, and I need to stop doing this). Mine is next Sunday...

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(I tend to get hard on myself after a not-so- good recital, and I need to stop doing this). Mine is next Sunday...


Agreed, you need to stop doing this! thumb

One of our more advanced members (I can't remember just who right now) likes to describe performing as sharing a gift with the audience, rather than as a referendum on the performer. I think this must be a good way to approach a recital. It seems to me that the members of the audience are without music if you do not perform. So anything you deliver, in any amount or quality, is a benefit to them. If you deliver a 100% performance, they receive 100% more than they had before. If you deliver a 60% performance, they receive 60% more than what they had before. Either way, the audience wins because of you.

Your are dumka1 now, and you will still be dumka1 after your give your gift. Everyone who loves you now will still love you afterwards. So, give your gift, and enjoy being the giver.

Have fun! smile


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Getting measures 6-9 of Arabesque no.1 somewhat smooth (even if quite slow yet) feels sooo satisfying, considering I just started with the piece and have been at those measures every day for over a week!
At first it felt that I would never get that 2 vs 3 together at all...

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(I tend to get hard on myself after a not-so- good recital, and I need to stop doing this). Mine is next Sunday...


Agreed, you need to stop doing this! thumb

One of our more advanced members (I can't remember just who right now) likes to describe performing as sharing a gift with the audience, rather than as a referendum on the performer. I think this must be a good way t
o approach a recital. It seems to me that the members of the audience are without music if you do not perform. So anything you deliver, in any amount or quality, is a benefit to them. If you deliver a 100% performance, they receive 100% more than they had before. If you deliver a 60% performance, they receive 60% more than what they had before. Either way, the audience wins because of you.

Your are dumka1 now, and you will still be dumka1 after your give your gift. Everyone who loves you now will still love you afterwards. So, give your gift, and enjoy being the giver.

Have fun! smile


Thanks so much, Ralphiano!

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At 6 months in - at my Teachers urging - I played my first "recital" to 6 of my neighbors. I have be working on 5 Christmas Songs (Level 1) and I also did 4 non-chrirstmas songs. That was a really cool experience. I exceeded my own expectations for sure. I missed notes here and there, and on one song that has been hardest for me I stopped and re-did the 2nd half of the song and nailed it on the second try. But on the others if I missed a note I was able to keep on going and recovered. There were 4 songs i did perfect. Everyone was impressed at my progress for only 6 months - a really great experience.


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Originally Posted by Progman
At 6 months in - at my Teachers urging - I played my first "recital" to 6 of my neighbors. I have be working on 5 Christmas Songs (Level 1) and I also did 4 non-chrirstmas songs. That was a really cool experience. I exceeded my own expectations for sure. I missed notes here and there, and on one song that has been hardest for me I stopped and re-did the 2nd half of the song and nailed it on the second try. But on the others if I missed a note I was able to keep on going and recovered. There were 4 songs i did perfect. Everyone was impressed at my progress for only 6 months - a really great experience.



Now that is a great accomplishment! Great job! thumb



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