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#917617 - 12/27/05 05:35 PM Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Post your non-piano Resolutions / Goals for 2006:

I will kick us off:
1) Get fitter
2) Take a cold shower each day (what a feeling!)
3) Dont spend so much money
4) Listen to a greater variety of music.
(That is something I'm fairly good at already. Today I bought two albums - Hammerfall [epic metal] and the soundtrack for Narnia [orchestral]. Myself and the shopkeeper had a wee laugh about that)
5) Eat breakfast each day (something I'm not good at!)

Over to you.....

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#917618 - 12/27/05 08:37 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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I was thinking of starting a topic like this..thanx for starting it......uhhhhhhh lemme think, i'll havta get back on this.


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#917619 - 12/29/05 11:10 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Euan,

Good hearing from you. Hubby and I took a trip to Scotland in 1999. Edinburgh was very nice. It was all part of a tour.

Anyhow, my goals for 2006 are:

To try to not be so nervous playing the piano in front of my teacher.

Continue to exercise

ILM

#917620 - 12/30/05 06:52 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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ILM,

Glad you liked Edinburgh! I like the city, but as with all places, there are some parts you really dont want to go to (the movie 'trainspotting' springs to mind!)

I stay in the region just north of edinburgh called Fife. I suppose that part is most famous for having St. Andrews in it.

Judging by your username, you must be pretty excited with all the Mozart Events taking place in 2006, with the 250th Anniversary!

All the best.

#917621 - 12/30/05 10:39 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Euan,
We were on a tour that included England and Wales. While in Edinburgh, we stayed at the Sheridan, so our touring was mainly around that area...seeing the castle.

Well, I was quickly trying to think of a user name, so I came up with the Ilikemozart, however, I also really like Beethoven and Schubert.

On another subject, maybe you can help me out -- I am looking for a Vienna Boys Christmas CD. Do you have any recommendations of a good one? It has to have Silent Night on it - in German of course.

Thank you, ILM

#917622 - 12/31/05 10:59 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Hi again,

Well i hope you got a good tour of the country. Believe it or not, although I only live 26 miles from Edinburgh, I have never been around the castle! Is it good??!!

Had a quick look around for some Vienna Boys Choir stuff. Their homepage has a couple of CD's, but the track 'Silent Night' is listed in English.

However, on Amazon.co.uk they have an album entitled 'Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht', so the track will be on there.

An even better option for you, on Amazon.com, they have a 3 disc box set of Christmans music for something like $13.99. Track 18 on CD1 is the track you are looking for - 'Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht'. Ships in 1-2 days. Will post the link here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/tracks/B00001U04L/103-0520432-5815012?%5Fencoding=UTF8#disc_1


Have you ever ordered from Amazon before? If not, I along with many other can highly recommend them. Very efficient, and the sheer variety of stuff available is incredible!

Hope this helps, and if it does, hope you enjoy the music!!

{i am not affiliated with amazon in any way, i just love their site!}

#917623 - 12/31/05 11:09 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Euan, Happy New Year! It must be 2006 over there.

You would think the tour would have taken us to St. Andrews! Instead, the tour started in Edinburgh, then it was a lot of the bus touring to Wales, with us seeing a lot of sheep. Yes, go check out the castle.

Thank you for the tip on the CD. I did see that one on Amazon, and yes, I have ordered things from Amazon.

What are you studying?

ILM

#917624 - 12/31/05 04:55 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Well, at the time of posting it is only 9.50pm, so we still have a couple of hours to go!

Although I would love to crack open some whisky and have a few drams, I have to drive early tomorrow, so I cant frown

I am surprised that your tour didn't go to St.Andrews, especially since it is one of the most famous landmarks in that area besides Edinburgh. Ah well, just have to come over again to check it out...!

Sorry I couldnt provide much additional help with the CD. I just did a basic search, and that one seemed to be a good deal, so I stopped the search then. I'm sure it will be good.

I would start by saying that I am not studying under a teacher / method books at the moment - I'm just sort of playing what I feel like. Right now:

Chopin - Nocturne in C#min
Amelie soundtrack - La Valse D'Amelie
Comptine un autre valse
Piano Soundtrack - THe Heart Asks PLeasure First

Starting next year, I will do another Nyman piece from 'The Piano' movie, and dip my toe into some more classical stuff. Maybe:

Mozart - Turkish March
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata
...and possible look into some Scottish stuff

All in all, plenty to be practising on!!!

How about you?

#917625 - 12/31/05 07:48 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Hello again,
Nice talking to someone from Scotland. I will remember how in the restaurants, we were not rushed through a meal. In fact, we had to chase down the waiter to get our bill. If you want, go to Tauck Tours and you will find our tour for the UK, though this was six years ago.

That is okay about the CD. I will probably order it.

My piano pieces (well, I guess we are off your new thread of non-piano goals 2006) is continuing with Clementi and Chopin.

I did some of Moonlight Sonata (the second movement I believe is easier than the first movement).

I thought you were a student and was wondering what you were studying other than piano music.

Happy New Year! ILM

#917626 - 12/31/05 08:14 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Ha ha - people coming to the thread to give their 'Non-piano goals of 2006' will have a surprise when they see our wee chat going on! Not exactly related to the topic at hand, but who cares really!

Yeah, restaurants are fairly casual about the time issue - especially the more rural you go.

Had a look at the site - i think you have seen more of the country than me now! As for the USA - I've only ever been to Detroit and upstate Michigan (Mackinaw Island?).

I have heard of Clementi - some people recommend some of his easier stuff as good starting points for classical piano. I had a look a while back, but I cant remember what I was checking out.

What Chopin are you playing? He's probably my fav. composer - bought a good few CD's of his music over the past year.

As for the 'student' thing. I graduated from University of Aberdeen in July (Geography). However, i'm sort of working a small job until I find something to call a 'career'. I just left my status as student because i didnt know what else i was!

(and its 2006 now! [for me])

#917627 - 12/31/05 08:21 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Okay, my main non-piano goal is to get promoted to full professor this summer. If that doesn't work, I may opt for Plan B, which is Resign From the University in Disgust and devote my life to playing the piano, er, stay-at-home mother status.

Euan, were you joking about taking a cold shower every day? Yikes! If our hot water heater goes out, I don't bathe. It's as simple as that. wink

Weight loss and more exercise would've been on my list, except I know from bitter and ample experience it would be a futile gesture.


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#917628 - 12/31/05 09:51 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Euan,

I will have to look at that Tauck website and see if anything has changed. Yes, a lot of sheep were seen on that tour.

Chopin Op 64 No 2 is what I am working on. Have you played that one?

It is 18:50 right now. Still a ways to go before 2006.

Are you still awake over there?

ILM

#917629 - 01/01/06 07:47 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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VA/MD/England...long story...
in priority:

1. be more disciplined, especially in my musical pursuits

2. continue to learn double bass, and practice it a lot (but i'll try not to practice it over piano!)

3. join the string orchestra next August

4. get better grades next semester and NOT freak out about sophomore promotionals and exams, like i was last semester....

5. practice piano a lot more, so i won't get a B- again....

6. develop a better time management strategy.

7. maybe lose 10 or 15 pounds, but if i don't i don't really care...depends on my time management skills....


That's right...I have the same birthday as Mozart. If only it meant something and I could have one thousandth of his genius...in my dreams, i suppose.
#917630 - 01/01/06 07:55 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Okay, my main non-piano goal is to get promoted to full professor this summer. If that doesn't work, I may opt for Plan B, which is Resign From the University in Disgust and devote my life to playing the piano, er, stay-at-home mother status.

Euan, were you joking about taking a cold shower every day? Yikes! If our hot water heater goes out, I don't bathe. It's as simple as that. wink

What's your area of academic study at University?

And yes, I'm being serious about the showers. I've read that they are good for you - something about helping the circulation. (and they are a good 'wake up' in the morning!)

And to ILM:
I'm afraid I've only been fully playing the piano for 2 1/2months, so I havent had a chance to look at op.64 (2). In fact, I even had to look up what it was - havent explored Chopin's Valses yet shocked

Just returned from a Scottish Chamber Orchestra performance. It was a Viennese New Year gig, so lots of Strauss. WIth a bit of Brahms thrown in. No piano, but it was really good!

Hope you all had a great new year too!!

#917631 - 01/01/06 08:22 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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ILM:
Oh dear - I feel so embaressed! It didn't click that 'Valse' and Waltz are one and the same! Apologies, I am an idiot!

Just (in shame) listening to the piece in question - sounds pretty tricky, ILM. How are you getting on with it?

My only excuse is that it is 1.25am, and.... nope. I'm a fool!

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Survive yet another year in my job
Groom my dogs
Keep my house cleaner
Actually keep the garden weeded


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#917633 - 01/02/06 12:41 AM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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Happy New Year Euan,

I haven't been playing the Chopin for a week now because I sprained a finger. Not a good thing to do when one is trying to be a decent pianist.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra must have been wonderful especially playing Strauss. When we took a trip to Vienna a couple years ago, I fell in love with Strauss music.

ILM

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ilikemozart:

Sorry to hear about the sprained finger frown how long will it take to heal? Are you still practising with the other hand, or are you taking some time off altogether?

The Concert was great. Not only the music, but the general atmosphere. Its not your typical 'high brow' sort of gig, its just a bit of fun, and everyone knows that. The conductor was quite playful, holding the first note of 'Blue Danube' for a painful length of time, as well as 'conducting' the audience to clap during some of the other pieces. Great stuff, and the way music should be - putting a smile on everyones face!

(at one point, he was getting us all clapping in time with the music, then cut short the piece [intentionally]. Of course, most people gave a clap or two more, not expecting the finish. The conductor quickyl turns round and points into the audience with the baton, as if it point our the people that made the 'error'. Brilliant!}

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Euan,

The concert sounds like so much fun. I wish we had stuff like that over here in the USA.

Let me guess, were you clapping to "Radetzky March"? That is so much fun.

Looking forward to another trip to Europe to get some fun and CULTURE.

To answer your question, I am still playing the piano, but maybe 5 minutes a day and it has just been scales. I've had this sprain for a month now. Healing takes longer when one is older.

It's raining here, probably the same out where you are as I remember (we were there the end of Sept.)

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Okay, my main non-piano goal is to get promoted to full professor this summer. If that doesn't work, I may opt for Plan B, which is Resign From the University in Disgust and devote my life to playing the piano, er, stay-at-home mother status.

Euan, were you joking about taking a cold shower every day? Yikes! If our hot water heater goes out, I don't bathe. It's as simple as that. wink

Weight loss and more exercise would've been on my list, except I know from bitter and ample experience it would be a futile gesture.
Good luck with your plans... Plan B might be fun at first, but do you think you can survive mentally by staying home.

Oh, don't worry about losing weight. Once you start practicing 6 hours a day you won't be eating much, and piano practice does a lot for burning off calories. wink

Happy New Year!

John


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Euan,

The concert sounds like so much fun. I wish we had stuff like that over here in the USA.

Let me guess, were you clapping to "Radetzky March"? That is so much fun.

Looking forward to another trip to Europe to get some fun and CULTURE.

To answer your question, I am still playing the piano, but maybe 5 minutes a day and it has just been scales. I've had this sprain for a month now. Healing takes longer when one is older.

It's raining here, probably the same out where you are as I remember (we were there the end of Sept.)

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eh, oops - was meant to write stuff below the quotation. Kids - dont drink beer, it makes you silly!

I had to look up the name of the piece, and yes, it was indeed the Radetzky March. I never actually knew the name of it although I have heard the piece many times. It was played as an encore, so it wasn't named in the programme either. Great fun, like you say!!

The weather over here has been pretty good recently. The snow has thawed and the temperature has been fairly good for the time of year.

As is common sense - take your time with the recovery (doesnt sound like you are 'pushing it', which is good), and you will be back playing your Chopin in no time!

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#917640 - 01/02/06 06:11 PM Re: Non-piano Goals 2006  
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My 2006 non-piano goals are:

1) Get a new job! My 15% cut in pay is killing me financially.

2) Finish my BS in Information Technology. I have about 9 or 10 classes to go. Oh so close, yet so far away.

John


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Good luck with your plans... Plan B might be fun at first, but do you think you can survive mentally by staying home.
[/QB][/QUOTE]

That's my big fear, actually. My husband would be delighted if I quit (he'd probably save money by not having to pay the nanny and he'd definitely enjoy not hearing me gripe about UK any more), but I do worry that I would go brain-dead, even if I did play piano all day.

Sorry to hear about your pay cut, John. As bad as things are at UK (years of 0-3% raises), at least we've never had to take a cut. Though I am not at all happy that we will be hiring a new social psychologist this year fresh out of grad school who will be making $10,000 more a year than I am now after 18 years at UK!! (It's things like that that make me want to quit...)

Euan, I teach psychology, with a focus in social psychology.


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My Goals for 2006:

1) Read more books
2) Keep a more consistent schedule at the gym
3) Be more organized (This is a perenial favorite of
mine, which probably says a lot in itself)
4) Feed my ears (Buy more music for my collection)
5) Finish my Master's Degree.
5) Learn to find happiness in everyday
accomplishments.

~pianocliff

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pianocliff:

1) What sort of books are you into, and what sort are you going to attempt to read more of?

2) And when you are 'feeding your ears', what sort of music do you like? Are you solely into classical / piano, or do you have varied taste?

3) "Learn to find happiness in everyday accomplishments." A very profound thought, and something we could all use. Its a very interesting idea...

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1) What sort of books are you into, and what sort are you going to attempt to read more of?
I like (meaningful) fiction and historical nonfiction with a little philosophy thrown in for good measure. I always intend to read certain books and get sidetracked or forget about it. This year I started a new trend of putting all the books I want to read in a pile. Whenever I have idle time or feel restless I grab a book off the top of the stack and read it...

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2) And when you are 'feeding your ears', what sort of music do you like? Are you solely into classical / piano, or do you have varied taste?
Pretty much anything with an interesting melody or harmonic movement... Right now I'm listening to Herbie Hancock (jazz), Radiohead (rock/alt) and some Debussy preludes(classical/impressionistic).

By the way, part of "feeding my ears" is related to trying to transcribing some solos by ear and self-teaching myself some jazz standards but this was suppossed to be "non-piano" related goals. ;-)

~pianocliff

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[b]
Good luck with your plans... Plan B might be fun at first, but do you think you can survive mentally by staying home.
[/b]
That's my big fear, actually. My husband would be delighted if I quit (he'd probably save money by not having to pay the nanny and he'd definitely enjoy not hearing me gripe about UK any more), but I do worry that I would go brain-dead, even if I did play piano all day.

Sorry to hear about your pay cut, John. As bad as things are at UK (years of 0-3% raises), at least we've never had to take a cut. Though I am not at all happy that we will be hiring a new social psychologist this year fresh out of grad school who will be making $10,000 more a year than I am now after 18 years at UK!! (It's things like that that make me want to quit...)

Euan, I teach psychology, with a focus in social psychology. [/QB][/QUOTE]


Working at home does have its benefits. I did it while working for a family business. I saved a ton in travel expenses even though I did the deliveries, and I didn't have to go anywhere when it snowed. Lunch and snacks were no more than 10 steps from the kitchen, and I could work with a cat or two in my lap.

The downside is, I went crazy because I missed the social interaction with other people besides my family. I ended up working a 2nd shift job until the company closed in addition to working for the family. I was a lot younger then, and the thought of working from 9am-6pm at home plus 7-12am 2nd shift didn't phase me at all. This didn't count going for piano lessons too!

Yeah my job sucks! It's more than just the pay cut, and I have definitely started the ball moving to get out of here. The thing is, not only did we all take a cut, but we are all doing more for a lot less. We haven't had any raises in three years, and then the cuts came so the morale is pretty bad.

I was thinking more about your post, as I am writing this. UK is hiring a new kid at a lot higher salary than you are making after nearly 20 years. This sounds like an age discrimination thing! If you want to push back a little, you might bring this up when things get heated.

Such is life I guess.

Take care and love your M&H laugh

John


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Euan,

Here is some fun listening:

Phil Coulter's Scottish Tranquility. Piano and Orchestra Classics. ISBN 16351 53092 9

ILM

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