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Originally Posted by Qwerty53
Looking back at my "2020 Vision" I think I did okay, not great, meeting my goals:

Play as many different pianos as I can; This was dented by lockdown, but spending so much time at home made me realize that I really wanted my "lifetime" piano now. Life is short; why wait? I made some financial adjustments, and this fall I ventured out carefully to appointments at piano dealers. My beautiful new Estonia makes me happy every day. .

wow wow That’s the best you did in 2020.......congratulations thumb thumb

Have fun with the instrument......kind regards,
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What were the ambitions and what did you realize?.......did you tell us already in this thread?

As I promised.....26th of december 2020......I remember you your musically goals of 2020......
Did you succeed?
Have you done everything you said?
In this year we had to handle with a complete different world because of all covid problems; may be your lessons stopped, your performances/convert were cancelled.....it was a bad year for all of us

In the following link you can see what you wrote in december last year

THIS IS WHAT YOU WROTE.......

Have a look and think about it....and have fun about it..

Kind regards and best wishes to all of you at ABF/PW,
Johan B

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I said, "Piano is getting all my attention. I need to play the violin more often!"

Unfortunately, piano took most of my 2020 too. Sorry violin. I'll try harder in 2021.


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2020 was a very strange year. After several years, during the summer I stopped logging my practice, because it was starting to spoil the fun, and I was too busy with other things. By then I had already learned or half-learned most of the pieces in my 2020 list, and I practised very little afterwards. I basically just did the bare minimum to avoid forgetting my "repertoire".

My 2020 pieces were:
Bach: Inventions no. 9 & no. 13 - practiced for a month each, but not brought up to tempo
Chopin: Nocturne no. 20 in C# minor op. posth. & Waltz in C# minor op. 64 no. 2 - both learned quite quickly, but not polished
Kapustin, Sonatina op. 100 - I had some fun with it and practiced the first two pages for a while, but it was definitely too much
Schumann: Scenes from Childhood no. 5 & no. 11 - basically learned
Mozart: Adagio from K. 282 & Adagio from K. 570 - okay

I didn't practice technique and I rarely recorded myself. I only got back to my city apartment and my acoustic piano at the end of November and I even skipped tuning due to COVID.

Now I'm kind of back into it. Trying to polish Chopin's Waltz, which was a surprise because, even if it isn't as difficult as it sounds, I thought was beyond my reach. I started another slow movement from a Mozart sonata (K. 283, easier than the previous ones) and I'm trying to do some reading here and there.

Overall it's not been a bad year, because I saw that I'm not going to "unlearn" everything any time soon. My poor technique probably got poorer, but I know that I will always feel "at home" at the piano even if I don't play for weeks, which is a great feeling.

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I'd hoped to engineer and maintain a play list. It proved harder than I thought; recently learned pieces took longer to recall than playing from new. Maybe because i didn't have a deadline or something.
Fortunately I picked songs I liked. But it's a bit of a b&gger when you can't remember songs you wrote yourself . . . . smile
And the bike has been superactive during COVID. Lungfuls of (allegedly) fresh air and all the cars I can handle!


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Johan I hope you have fully recovered. A friend who lives in another country and who I hadn’t spoken to in over ten years also told me this week he had and recovered from prostate cancer. Life throws such brutal challenges at us,thankfully there is music. Let’s all hope for a much better 2021!

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Thanks Johan B for keeping up this annual tradition for us. Sorry to hear about your health troubles, I hope the surgery was a full success and with you good health and happiness for 2021.

A pretty mixed year for me, like so many of us.

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This year, my goals are pretty simple. To help set myself up for success, these are mainly things I already do to a greater or lesser extent, but want to improve/increase/emphasise

1. MOYD - play every day I can Yes, and a much higher hit rate than in other years due to almost no travel
2. Follow the path my teacher sets No teacher since March, sadly
3. Focus on the details that will make my playing sound better (and in particular, the details my teacher is guiding me on, cf goal 2!) Overall no, partly because my lessons stopped but perhaps more because for a good part of the year once the pandemic took hold I quite intentionally took a lighter "just for fun and distraction" approach to piano. I had poor focus anyway, and wanted to just relax and enjoy my time at the piano without overlaying it with any sense of guilt or "should". All that said, I have benefited from what I have learned and can apply at least some of it some of the time
4. Make space in my practice for things that are not directly preparation for my next lesson - eg refreshing/relearning repertoire, fun pieces just for me, dare I say sight reading. Just "make space", this need not and should not conflict with goal 2 A bit too much of this I suppose!
5. Enjoy and have fun Yes, but a fair bit of the time I was pretty demotivated
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Hi Alans and Barabam,

Thank you for your good and hopefully words. We will do better in 2021......Best wishes for you.....

Kind regards,
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