WEEK THREE Updates: Main Thread - Wrapping up the party!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK THREE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between November 15-22nd I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
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Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- Waltz you worked on:
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Sample daily update:
- Waltz you worked on: No. 1
- One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
- One thing you found difficult: Shifting the Hands was a bit tricky to get smooth!
Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!
What I worked on: Waltzes 12-16
What was easy: participating in the Challenge moved me to FINALLY start learning the seemingly untouchable waltzes – 7, 8, 13, 14, 16.
What was difficult: striving to beat one of my most enduring dreadful habits – hesitating before the downbeat.
We practice and overcome one hurdle at the time, as in anything in life: learning the music, understanding a little something about the character of a piece, finding what it brings to Op. 39 that is different from other waltzes, finding the courage to connect it to the waltz before it and the one that follows…repeat…repeat…repeat, with each repeat bringing its own set of inestimable rewards. I am grateful.
Another week of distractions! I focused on No: 3, No: 5, No: 9 and No: 15, none of which is in a condition that is ready to share. I am using these challenges as a stimulus for scale and arpeggio practice, which I have evaded until now, to my detriment, so whatever the scale of the piece becomes part of my practice. I am at one with G# Minor presently.
Hey everyone! Just want to let you know that I was not able to practice Brahms this week. I suddenly got a few extra gigs coming up in short time that I need to focus on. So I will not be doing challenges for the next few weeks.
That being said, I will finish this project later and maybe post a video when it’s ready :)
I have enjoyed following everyone’s progress threw these waltzes, it’s been a great challenge and an awesome month Dominic has put together!
What I worked on: putting it all together.
What was easy: hearing so many great performances over these weeks was a huge motivation!
What was difficult: remembering which waltz follows which, and switching gears between waltzes. This is my first recording of the entire Op. 39, warts and all - apologies! - with my GoPro muffling the sound when it felt like it - more apologies! O well - it's the first time playing them through which is cause for gratitude and celebration ! From now on I will be able to practice with a much greater sense of perspective.
An unexpected family situation arose which took me away from the piano in these last days of the challenge. Therefore, I never got a chance to make a video of my progress. Now I am preparing for the holiday so unfortunately I will not be able to attend the watch party. Congratulations to everyone! Although I did not get a chance to complete the challenge, it has been my favorite so far because I just love this repertoire! I plan to keep working on it and hopefully will post more waltzes! Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate the holiday!