WEEK THREE Updates: Main Thread - Wrapping up the party!

Hello and welcome to the WEEK THREE Main Thread for this challenge! 馃ぉ

 


Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.    

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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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Brahms: 16 Waltzes op.39


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!

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    • Waltz you worked on: finally started 4
    • One thing you found easy: Tempo
    • One thing you found difficult: too many notes in general. I am not used to changing the key signature so often. Slow sight reading.

    Hopefully I can make it to 5 before the challenge ends.

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 8 mths ago
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      David Bermudez So nice to read about your progress threw the waltzes! 

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      David Bermudez What do you mean FINALLY! These are difficult pieces and I hope you're loving the process. Way to be! 

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    • Monika Tusnady Thank you. I absolutely love it. I just spent too much time in number 1 and no 2 (mostly playing them repeatedly instead of moving on to the next waltz). I鈥檒l probably keep playing even after the challenge ends 馃榾

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    • Sindre Skarelven thank u! Likewise.

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  • Brahms Waltz 2 - YouTube

    This is the best I can do for the moment!

    It's a lovely piece. The more I play it the harder it gets... Keeping the rhythm constant was the hardest part for me.

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    • Richard George Littlewood  It is such a pretty piece and I think you did very well . 

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Richard George Littlewood that is a fascinating interpretation of 3/4 time! Well done 馃憤!

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    • mariannejhampton Thank you Marianne.

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    • Monika Tusnady Thank you Monica. You made me laugh! I'm not sure if the way I played it is allowed1 I think I was stretching the beats at times.... anyway thank goodness this is not an exam!

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 8 mths ago
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      Richard George Littlewood Well done Richard! We are all glad it's no exam, it's just enjoying learning music together! 

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    • Richard George Littlewood No.2 was very difficult for me as well. Nice played btw!

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    • Richard George Littlewood I enjoyed the sweet lullaby sound you brought to this piece! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Richard George Littlewood Very nice playing, with the viennese sweetness, well done!

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  • Waltz you worked on: 1

    one thing you found easy: practicing 

    one thing you found difficult: keeping focus while attempting to make a video while playing from memory.

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    • Susan I enjoyed listening to that. It's a very good start.

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    • Richard George Littlewood thank you! Yes, i would like to get it a little bit faster and I need to keep working to get the second half more secure. I also need to record videos more often so I don鈥檛 get so distracted by it!

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Susan you chose to play the OCTAVES VERSION! Great performance of this first and most challenging waltz! The way you brought out the contrasting, lighthearted  middle section was very compelling. I鈥檓 sooo impressed! I wish this challenge lasted longer!

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    • Monika Tusnady Thank you so much for your encouraging words! 馃グ I wish the challenge was longer too. I Iove these pieces, this has been my favorite challenge so far!

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    • Susan gee very good. That鈥檚 a harder version!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Susan Well done, Susan! This waltz is misleading, it seems easy but it is not because of the up and down leaps from one side to the other of the keyboard. And you play it very well.

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    • David Bermudez thank you! Yes, the word 鈥渃hallenge鈥 really applies for me this time. 馃槀

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you! Indeed, it looked so sweet and innocent on that one little page before I started鈥

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Susan Exactly, how well you describe it!

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 8 mths ago
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      Susan Well done, Susan! Sounds great, and good job playing it from memory :)   

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