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Originally Posted by SwissMS
...... so my focus on sight reading has really paid off!

.....so I have decided to change my expectations and just enjoy the journey. I have suspended lessons, and I am enjoying relearning pieces that I love that I have played in the past. I want to develop a repertoire of pieces I can just sit down and play. The pieces are like old friends. In the 10 years that I have been playing, I was always moving forward, and losing old pieces. Time to get them back!


Sorry to her you haven’t been so well this year!
I do relate to what you say 100%. I have had fun sight reading more too.
and I too am thinking of cutting back on lessons. I cannot squeeze enough time out of each week to do it justice. I thought perhaps twice a month might work, when I am at home long enough. Perhaps a realistic goal will be to make a recording of those old favorites once I’ve worked them up again! though I shall have to have a new something short to work on just to keep me challenged enough!


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Achievement of the week - I immersed myself with Piano World, left my first post, signed up for MOYD and 40 pieces a year.


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Originally Posted by Josh1770
Achievement of the week - I immersed myself with Piano World, left my first post, signed up for MOYD and 40 pieces a year.


Welcome to AOTW Josh. That is a great start to your new year. If you stick with it MOYD and 40 pieces is a very successful recipie for advancing your piano goals. Great Job!!!


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Welcome to AOTW Josh. That is a great start to your new year. If you stick with it MOYD and 40 pieces is a very successful recipie for advancing your piano goals. Great Job!!!


Thank you Jim. Everybody here has been very welcoming and helpful. Where else do we ever find such warmth?

Some impressions - I originally thought that maybe the 40 pieces thing was a one piece a week or two, depending on the level. But I only practice a piece for fifteen minutes (they are short, 15-20 bar pop pieces). So got a second piece going - even piano players can keep more than one thought in our heads.

I have a nice streak going for MOYD. I reread "No Zero Days" from reddit for inspiration. But I wondered if there could be a hidden downfall in it, for those days it gets to 11pm, I'm not in the mood, and I only play for five minutes just to check it off the list. So far that hasn't been an issue and my goal is to up my daily practice time.


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Originally Posted by SwissMS
....2019 was not a good year for me healthwise. My MS has started to really be a limiting factor in playing piano, and so I have decided to change my expectations and just enjoy the journey. I have suspended lessons, and I am enjoying relearning pieces that I love that I have played in the past. I want to develop a repertoire of pieces I can just sit down and play. The pieces are like old friends. In the 10 years that I have been playing, I was always moving forward, and losing old pieces. Time to get them back!
Sorry to hear that health is an issue. You may be giving up "always moving forward," but you are already at a place way ahead of most of us! Enjoy your old friends (that seems a very apt term for old favorites).

Wishing you better health in 2020!


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I participated in the Piano Marvel Christmas Challenge as to learning the most songs. I scored 430 - which made me 4th overall and 1st in Josh Wrights group, which I was in. The net result is that I put in over 5000 practice minutes in piano marvel in December - I was the only one to do so giving me rank No 1 from the 147000 or so Piano Marvel subscribers.


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Originally Posted by akc42
I participated in the Piano Marvel Christmas Challenge as to learning the most songs. I scored 430 - which made me 4th overall and 1st in Josh Wrights group, which I was in. The net result is that I put in over 5000 practice minutes in piano marvel in December - I was the only one to do so giving me rank No 1 from the 147000 or so Piano Marvel subscribers.

Superhuman pianist, akc42. I'm still in awe. 🙇‍♂️


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Originally Posted by akc42
I participated in the Piano Marvel Christmas Challenge as to learning the most songs. I scored 430 - which made me 4th overall and 1st in Josh Wrights group, which I was in. The net result is that I put in over 5000 practice minutes in piano marvel in December - I was the only one to do so giving me rank No 1 from the 147000 or so Piano Marvel subscribers.




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Originally Posted by SwissMS
I had a house full of family visitors for the holidays, and so piano kind of went on hold. For several people this was their first trip to Spain, so we were very busy. My achievement of the week for the holidays was playing Christmas carols while the family sang along. I could never have played the carols at proper tempo a year ago, so my focus on sight reading has really paid off!

2019 was not a good year for me healthwise. My MS has started to really be a limiting factor in playing piano, and so I have decided to change my expectations and just enjoy the journey. I have suspended lessons, and I am enjoying relearning pieces that I love that I have played in the past. I want to develop a repertoire of pieces I can just sit down and play. The pieces are like old friends. In the 10 years that I have been playing, I was always moving forward, and losing old pieces. Time to get them back!

I'm glad your sight reading focus paid off, especially for the holidays with friends smile

I'm very sorry to hear the rest of it. Just enjoying yourself sounds like a good plan, and one might hope for a better year? Wishing you all the best.


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I've had a step change in the last couple of days in improvement when playing and practising Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor post. I feel like I'm getting close to be able to do a recording.

I suspect I will now plateau at this new level for sometime and will become frustrated at the lack of progress again, so being able to record is probably further off in time than I'd like. But I really do need to acknowledge this feeling of satisfaction with my recent improvement. Also it is a joy playing against my VST Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D.

It has been too long since I've posted here, and I need to better acknowledge when my hard work gets results.

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Kevin, that's awesome! That C#min is a tremendous piece! It was my first nocturne (on second now), and took me quite a while. Keep it up!


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Kevin, that's awesome! That C#min is a tremendous piece! It was my first nocturne (on second now), and took me quite a while. Keep it up!


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I suspect I will now plateau at this new level for sometime and will become frustrated at the lack of progress again, so being able to record is probably further off in time than I'd like. But I really do need to acknowledge this feeling of satisfaction with my recent improvement. Also it is a joy playing against my VST Synthogy Ivory II American Concert D.

Such dedication! I have a tendency to want to move on when I feel like I've learned enough from a piece, so that dedication toward further refinement is really inspirational to see! thumb


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thumb Nice job on the nocturne KevinM.

I've let it slip away from my fingers temporarily, but will be bringing it back later this year.

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Originally Posted by KevinM
I've had a step change in the last couple of days in improvement when playing and practising Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor post. I feel like I'm getting close to be able to do a recording....
Excellent! It's such a buzz when things click!

I'm working on my first nocturne, the C minor posthumous. I've been trying very very hard to stick to working on phrases or just chunks and not to play through, and I think it has been paying off. Last night I did do a play through and it felt good. So maybe that's my AOTW.

Are you planning to do another Chopin nocturne after you finish the C# minor?


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C#Minor! wow... I'm not ready for that yet! But big congrats to those of you who are working on it/have worked on it.

I did the Cmin Posth. which still isn't up to performance level, but I just couldn't take it any more. I needed a break. I keep nibbling at it and trying to keep the very hard parts reasonably under control, but it's not a work to present yet by any means.

SwissMS, I'm glad you're finding an approach to piano that works for you - though the reason for your shift in direction is not one I'm happy to hear. Congrats on being able to play carols at a singing tempo, I still can't do that. Someday!

My AOTW is two-fold. I am making good headway on the Chopin Prelude in Bmin, and the other day I felt positively giddy as I caught a glimmer of what it could be under my hands. I felt a shift in perception and ability to "give" something to the keys to bring out the music. It was terribly exciting.

Second part - I started Beethoven Bagatelle, Op 119 N1 - inspired by a friend who played it for me over the holidays - and I am really pleased with how quickly the first part is coming together. I can see there are tricky patches ahead, but the inisital work has gone really well!


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Thanks for the support for my efforts on the C#Minor Chopin Nocturne.

I think my learning of Mendelssohn SWW 19.6, the first of the Venetian Gondellied has overtaken the C#Minor Nocturne in terms of getting to sounding how I want. My problems that I still need to resolve with SWW 19.6 and the Nocturne are so very different.

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Originally Posted by casinitaly

Second part - I started Beethoven Bagatelle, Op 119 N1 - inspired by a friend who played it for me over the holidays - and I am really pleased with how quickly the first part is coming together. I can see there are tricky patches ahead, but the inisital work has gone really well!


The Beethoven Bagatelle 119.4 I picked up surprisingly quickly and I really enjoy the piece, I have the music for N1 and I should add it to my queue of pieces I'd like to learn. N4 will be my submission for the Beethoven recital in April. I have a recording of it, but I've come to realize I think I can improve upon that recording so I am back to playing it again.

I really should let things go, but i struggle to do so, especially when I like the music.

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Originally Posted by KevinM
I really should let things go, but i struggle to do so, especially when I like the music.


The "perfect" version is always just a bit further away ... like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. smile But, possibly unlike pursuing that pot of gold, the quest for perfection can be delightful, no matter how far one has already been on it.


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Originally Posted by KevinM
I really should let things go, but i struggle to do so, especially when I like the music.

The music you like most of all, you can keep in an active repertoire and tweak to your heart's delight smile


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