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: 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 Well done Susan for accomplishing the piano technique and the audio technology!

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thanks! Still having to think a little too hard in the second half. 

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    • Roy James-Pike thank you! I actually have been so busy lately I did not take my new mic that I ordered off Amazon out of its package yet鈥. I would like to try another recording soon with the mic and see how it compares. Not sure if I can find the time before this challenge ends. 馃

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    • Monika Tusnady
    • The Retired French Teacher
    • Monikainfrance
    • 8 mths ago
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    What I worked on: Waltzes 12-16

    What was easy: participating in the Challenge moved me to FINALLY start learning the seemingly untouchable waltzes 鈥 7, 8, 13, 14, 16.

    What was difficult: striving to beat one of my most enduring dreadful habits 鈥 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鈥epeat鈥epeat鈥epeat, with each repeat bringing its own set of inestimable rewards. I am grateful.  

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    • Monika Tusnady well done!! I like your smile at the end, a job well done. Nice voicing with each hand!

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    • Monika oh my! I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice in a row. So beautifully played and you definitely brought out the different character of each waltz. Your love of the music is clear.

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Susan O Susan, how kind of you! We work away at the music, don鈥檛 we, not knowing when or how we will reach a point of rest. Great expectations, as Dickens would say and worthwhile ones, too. 

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    • Monika Tusnady it鈥檚 so great! I didn鈥檛 hear any wrong note! Great level of concentration. May I ask, do you have any advice in order to not make any errors? No matter how much I practice I always hit 2-3 notes wrong 馃槕 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Monika Tusnady 隆隆Chapeau!! Monika. What an amazing work have you done with this challenge. You play absolutely musically. I enjoy and admire your playing very much. Only I can say: 隆隆Chapeau!

      Tomorrow I'll try to make a video with three o four waltzes, it has been impossible for me to learn more this time (I've had a lot of work at school...)

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      David Bermudez O David, you are so sweet! In fact, I play many wrong notes but try to focus on 1. the right ones and, most importantly, 2. the direction of the music, the end goal of every phrase, and the shape the phrase needs to have to get there. We鈥檙e human, aren鈥檛 we, and perfection cannot be our (realistic) goal; what we can do is be a better pianist and person today than we were yesterday. 

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    • Monika yes, very well said.

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 8 mths ago
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      Monika Tusnady Wonderful playing, Monika! Well done getting threw the entire set, chapeau! 

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Thank you, Sindre! Chewing my way through these waltzes has been unspeakably rewarding!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 8 mths ago
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      Monika Tusnady Simply gorgeous!  Your playing inspired me, sweet friend.

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Thank you! These challenges give me a reason to want to do well - which is a receding target, as we all know, but one that we see with increased clarity at every level of playing!

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  • Well done Monika!  You've inspired me to look at No 16!

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Roy James-Pike That鈥檚 interesting! No. 16 was a killer for me: though I understand it as 鈥渢he last waltz鈥 before the last adieu, perhaps, the ending seems like such a quick adieu i.e., there鈥檚 still something there that I鈥檓 missing! Isn鈥檛 there always?

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    • Monika Tusnady I agree that no.16 is the hardest! So contrapuntal and the right hand needs to have internal-hand independence!  Bravo!

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  • 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.

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      Roy James-Pike It seems that these 鈥渄istractions 鈥 are very positive in your case! 

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    • Roy James-Pike  That鈥檚 great that you鈥檙e still getting your practice in, even when you鈥檙e busy! 

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    • Sindre Skarelven
    • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
    • Sindre_Skarelven
    • 8 mths ago
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    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鈥檚 ready :) 

    I have enjoyed following everyone鈥檚 progress threw these waltzes, it鈥檚 been a great challenge and an awesome month Dominic has put together!  

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 8 mths ago
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      @Sindre Skarelven  I stand with you in thanking Dominic for the wonderful Gifts of a Month of Brahms!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Of course we will be waiting your video, as always, Sindre!

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 8 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite That's good to know! I will post a video then, when it's ready! 

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