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2009 Piano Resolutions #972983
12/30/08 10:35 PM
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My piano resolution for 2009 is to sight read for one hour every single day. (Yes, I have only half the ambition of Trombone Al.)

What is your piano resolution for '09?

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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972984
12/31/08 09:58 AM
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Hmm...mine is to practice everyday, and be sure to do my music theory. Kinda general, I realize, so I guess I'll refine those resolutions as I go.


Just beginning but lovin' every minute of it!
Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972985
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To continue playing despite whatever. New Year Greetings to all.

Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972986
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At least 4 hours/day of structured practice, return to the study of scales, revive and sustain some old pieces, develope a repetoire


Slow down and do it right.
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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972987
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1. Learn/polish enough pieces for a 4th annual compilation CD for my family.

2. Of those pieces, have at least 3 be challenging 'aspiration' pieces that would represent considerable effort on my part, e.g., Winston's "Kanon" or David Lanz's "Nights in White Satin." First step will be to finish up and record the mammoth 18-page "Ancora" by Einaudi.

3. Play at least four times for non-family members who are doing nothing but listening to me. I think I've nailed the ability to play without anxiety in front of other people who are occupied doing other things (one benefit of all the construction workers wandering about my house). What I need to work on now is mastering feelings of anxiety when there is somebody sitting on the couch for the explicit purpose listening to me play. help

Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972988
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Monica, that's a good one.... I'd like to do that but not sure if I can....

This year I sent a CD to my brother and inlaws in another province and one to my mom (she HAS to like it right?) My mom and brother were very complimentary (my inlaws have only just received them today) and it's given me the confidence to do another one for next year.

OT... Why does sharing my music feel like boasting when people always present others with home-made things they are proud of... my mom and her paintings and knitting, my step dad and his little boats, home made wine, etc.....

Back OT....So my goal is to do one Christmas piece every two months and to also revive all the studies my teacher has given me over the years and practice them and sightreading daily. Oh yes, I also have to find and learn a piece for Piano Camp in August.

Happy New Year!!


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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972989
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My resolution is to communicate to my teacher that I need more guidance, and structure, and suggestions of music to play to enhance my abilities in my weekly lessons, and also to somehow get out of this level 1 rut that I am in. And to start playing through my piles of music that ive printed off of the internet that some how has grown into a huge pile!!!!!

And good luck to everyone else on there New Years resolutions!!!!! May we all fulfill them...

KaylaX




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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972990
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Start and complete all Grade 3 pieces in the “Celebration Series Perspectives” by Frederick Harris Music to my teacher's satisfaction using a metronome which I have for Grade 1 and 2. It is probably going to be a year and a half but I am going to push for one year.

http://www.frederickharrismusic.com/FHMCsite/


"The true character of a man can be determined by witnessing what he does when no one is watching".

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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972991
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Wow Kayla - guidance, stucture, suggestions - aren't those exactly what you have every right to expect from a teacher unasked? Maybe your resolution should be to find a new teacher who is more involved.


"There are so many mornings that have not yet dawned." -- Rg Veda
Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972992
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Schubertian....

You are right!!!!!I need to make an effort to find a new teacher!!!!!

Which means further travel ( I live in a small town, there is no other teachers that I know of here) and more money, but I will look into it. Cause I tell ya what, I have gotten no-where in the last 8-months that ive been playing!!!!!!

KaylaX cool




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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972993
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1. Practice a minimum of one hour per day
2. Polish all previously learned songs
3. Learn and polish a few new songs

I'm not going to be too hard on myself this year, or set too many structures for myself, because we're possibly trying for #3 this year. If I do end up pregnant, I will undoubtedly get the first trimester exhaustion and the third trimester inability to fit at the piano! I do have one piece that I have a goal to complete this year, and it is Chopin Nocturne 62/1. Other than that, I really don't have much in mind, other than just to practice!


Pianist and mom to three awesome kids (and budding musicians).
Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972994
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1. Work harder and try to find time everyday for thorough practice.
2. Talk about my goals with my teacher to ensure that we are not skipping anything that could be highly beneficial for my playing.
3. Do some sightreading and learn more pieces "at my level" that I can do fairly quickly to broaden my repertoaire. It's getting annoying that I'm able to play only 2 - 4 new pieces through the year.

I would add - find more time for the violin, but it's Piano Resolutions thread, so I'll pass smile

That would do for me, perhaps smile
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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972995
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Build a repertoire,
I can't never play more than 2 pieces. When I know a piece I always move to a new one and forget about the old ones. There is so many song I want to learn.


Serge



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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972996
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Quote
Originally posted by Monica K.:
I think I've nailed the ability to play without anxiety in front of other people who are occupied doing other things (one benefit of all the construction workers wandering about my house). What I need to work on now is mastering feelings of anxiety when there is somebody sitting on the couch for the explicit purpose listening to me play. help
Yeah, I don't mind workmen listening. They can fight back. They can turn on power tools.


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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972997
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Having looked back at recordings and pieces I really struggled to play when I started in February and the pieces I'm now able to play. I've realised just how much progress I've actually made (and how much further I still have to go), even though it didn't feel like I was making any real progress at the time.

So my goals for 2009 are firstly to practice more than I did in 2008. I missed too many days when I could have practised at least a little, even just 20-30 minutes although my goal is 1 hour per day.

Secondly, to have one piece from the George Winston book I bought just before Christmas playable. Not sure I'll have reached a sufficient level to play it well, but it's a goal anyway smile


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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972998
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For me,

Learn some Zbigniew Preisner pieces for the recitals. I've been noodling around with them for ages, but haven't fully committed to learning them properly.

Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #972999
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My piano resolutions are to: 1.take my time to master music pieces,2. to go back to pieces that I have done to reinforce what i have learned,3. to continue to build up my confidence more so that I will be more comfortable playing in front of an audience. Best of all, to Have fun playing:-)


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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #973000
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My resolutions are to
1. Finish learning the piece "Aragonaise" that I've been working on for a couple of months and start on a couple of new pieces.
2. Reach a solid intermediate level of sight reading.
3. Learn a few pieces from the "Jazz, Rags, and Blues" level 3 book and learn more about jazz.
4. Most importantly, continue to enjoy playing piano as much or more than I have since I began lessons in June 2008.


"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!" J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997.

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Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #973001
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In 2009, I will:
1) Play publicly for the 1st time (am working on a Jingle Bells duet - 48 measures to master by December!)
2) Give myself permission to suck at playing the piano - I have reached the point of personal exhaustion with getting nervous even AT MY WEEKLY LESSONS because it's not "perfect", and
3) Just relax - it's music!

Re: 2009 Piano Resolutions #973002
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Quote
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Secondly, to have one piece from the George Winston book I bought just before Christmas playable. Not sure I'll have reached a sufficient level to play it well, but it's a goal anyway smile
Try "Walking in the Air," Gary. It's a beautiful melody with lots of repetition and not a complicated bass.

p.s. The most intimidating parts of the score are the 32nd notes, but if you play them as a rolled chord (and that's how they sound to me on Winston's recording) it's not bad.

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