NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!
Happy New Year to the whole tonebase Piano community!
As much we may love the piano, it’s not so easy to set goals and stay committed to realizing them over the course of a year… at least, it’s not so easy to do this alone, which is how I often try (and fail) to undertake such goals.
That’s why I’ve created this thread. Here is a place for anyone and everyone in the tonebase community to come up with your individual piano-related New Year’s resolutions and support each other in our efforts to realize them.
- Make a post below to announce your piano-goals for the new year,
- over the coming days, weeks, and months, use the sub-thread of your own post to keep us all updated us on your progress (videos encouraged!)
- and in the meantime, scroll through to read each other’s resolutions and click “reply” to offer advice or words of encouragement.
- Please try to keep conversations within sub-threads, and only make a single new post to share your resolutions. This will help keep the mega-thread clean so we can navigate more easily and check in on each other.
- Keep in mind that there are people of all ages and ability levels in the tonebase community, so if you’re one of the more advanced ones don’t gloat about it, and if you’re a novice don’t be shy.
- If you don’t want to share your goals, you’re still welcome to comment on other members’ thread.
SEE MORE SEYMOUR
- Watch the inspiring new video from Seymour Bernstein (see below) where he gives new year's advice to pianists from all walks of life. And, if you ever feel discouraged or stuck, this video is always there for you!
- I will go first! I’m supposed to play Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Concerto (henceforth: “Rach 2”) with an orchestra in the fall. I’m usually a terrible procrastinator with learning new music, so my resolutions will try to counteract that:
- I resolve to give a beautiful, original, and confident performance of Rach 2 this coming fall!
- I resolve to have the full piece learned by the summer, with the 1st movement memorized and in my fingers by February 1, the 2nd movement by April 1 (Rach’s birthday), and the 3rd movement by June 1.
- To get there, I resolve to practice the piece a minimum of 30 minutes every weekday, and 2 hours each on Saturday and Sunday.
- Finally, I commit to mindful practice, enjoying playing the piece slowly and carefully (it’s sounds great slow), and always listening.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! LET'S GO!
I have been so inspired reading about everyone's personal piano goals. I have not been in the habit of making new-year resolutions, so this topic required some reflection :)
If I had to choose only 1 thing, I will start small by stating my intention to learn Bach's Partita no. 6 in E minor, in its entirety. I have been dipping into it, whenever I felt a little bit strong and brave, but I would love to be able to play it in its entirety.
Overall, I have been thoroughly inspired by all the activities on tonebase as well as the wonderful and amazing teachers and pianists. In the coming year, I hope to continue on this journey and to learn many more wonderful piano pieces and participate in as many piano activities as possible.
The 1st resolution for me is to stop procrastinating and to finally record/submit my exam programme by end feb! Thereafter I‘ll have more time with TB and pursue some piano goals for 2023 :
I’ll start with the easier ones first 1) to revive/finish 2 pieces up to performance level eg Mozart sonata K 332, Bartok’s 6 Rumanian dances
More challenging ones 2) to revive/finish 2 difficult pieces to near performance level - Rach Prelude no 5 in G Minor, and Liszt Gretchen am Spinnrade KC
3) Most challenging - to ‘nail’ the final movement of the Brahm’s piano and cello sonata no.1 with my cellist neighbour and to complete Schumann's Fantasiestuck for cello/piano. We play together in my home soirées, and I have shied away from playing solo piano due to past ‘disasters’…
4) Hence the biggest challenge for 2023 is to perform a solo piece at each soiree and work to overcome nerves. Thanks to TB for introducing The Bullet Musician, I now feel there’s some hope for managing and overcoming performance anxiety.
Happy new year, everyone! I've just joined and I finding my way around the platform. I've found a liebestraum no3 course so that will be very helpful to one of my resolutions that is to finally learn Liebestraum No 3. Also I'd like to learn Chopin Nocturne Op 72 No 1. I think I came to the right place to make that happen.