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Re: A man must know his limitations.
David B #2994211 06/22/20 10:25 PM
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I think if I drank a few redbulls (maybe 5 cans) I can give her a run for her money smile

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Re: A man must know his limitations.
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Watching that Daggers video and I am so impressed. She is technically incredible!


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Re: A man must know his limitations.
David B #2994257 06/23/20 05:22 AM
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Have to wonder what it must be like to be so super-intelligent, so capable of such extraordinary things. Is she easy to talk to, or imperious? Does she ever wonder what it's like to be ordinary?
Wouldn't be so bad, but ladies like this are all so good looking. . . .


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The list of things that one will never be able to perform at top level is very long. I have always noticed amateurs in any activity dream and envy to be able to reach top level pros. Being able to play tennis or golf like Mr x, play piano like YW, sing like Callas, ..... seems like human nature wanting to have what we can't ....

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As my playing improves I keep alive the enjoyment of playing at my current level. I definitely have a desire to improve, but my expectation of the quality that provides enjoyment also unfortunately increases to match. I'm never going to be a top level player but seeing what they can do does help provide motivation for me to make the effort to improve. But there is always the balance of not getting caught up with comparing myself to others.

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First I heard the Revolutionary Etude (by Chopin) and also saw the sheet music, I claimed that I would never be able to learn it, not even if I worked for 100 years. Some years ago I checked it out again and worked a bit with it, and it was not that hard at all.

I said the same thing about the third movement of the Moonlight sonata (Beethoven) but I'm learning it now.

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Originally Posted by ghosthand
First I heard the Revolutionary Etude (by Chopin) and also saw the sheet music, I claimed that I would never be able to learn it, not even if I worked for 100 years. Some years ago I checked it out again and worked a bit with it, and it was not that hard at all.

I said the same thing about the third movement of the Moonlight sonata (Beethoven) but I'm learning it now.
I listened to some of your recordings ghosthand. Very nice playing and quite refined. I need much more work on refining my playing and technique. It's the discipline to staying on task that's been challenging for me. I promised myself that one of these days I will learn scales. I bought the book but haven't started working on it and it's been months. Like you, I used to look at some pieces as a daunting task but not anymore. I had Chopin's G minor ballade on my bucket list but with a proper teacher I finished reading through it in a few months after getting through half the piece in my twenties. Still needs a lot of polishing still if only I could find the time. When I chose Busoni's Chaconne I also thought it would take years to get through the piece given I own and run a busy health care practice and cannot not often devote the proper time for practice but I finished the piece in a little over a year's time. I have it at a believable tempo now, I just have to be able to play through it without mistakes. I look at pieces now with the attitude that I could do it if I put my mind to it, but I am picky at the types of music I choose. I can look at a piece at pretty much know whether or not I will be able to pull it off or not. If it requires playing scales at a breakneck pace I pretty much avoid those pieces. Damn those scales!

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I like to feel like I can keep on improving rather than reaching some high level. This is what keeps me going. I’d probably quit if I didn’t think I could improve

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There are so many great masterpieces that don't require virtuoso technique that I don't think there's reason to be upset if on doesn't have the technical skill to play a piece like the Mozart Volodos Rondo.

For Chopin, for example, I think a high level intermediate skill with solid technique could play about half the Preludes, around 6 of the Etudes, most of the Mazurkas, almost all the Waltzes, about half the Nocturnes, the Eccosaises, around 4 of the Polonaises,

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