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What are you working on? Share..your passions, your questions, frustrations, easy or tricky.

I found a great little exercise in the current Pianiste, it is light and runs fast. It's better to play faster as Alexandre Sorel in the Pianiste CD, not as in the vid.

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Old 18.09.2015, 00:40
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Something I always get back to since I was a kid, when I need to have my fingers obey.
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Old 18.09.2015, 06:42
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Thanks for those links, I've added them to my "Working on the car" playlist. This list started with the original Gould Goldberg recording... perfect for working on the car with all the outtakes, repetitions and banter it is _just_ like working on restoring my car.
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Old 18.09.2015, 18:21
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You know, all machines should be treated as instruments. Give them tlc, tune them, practice them..I don't know how to fix a car but will always know what's wrong with my sewing machines.

Which reminds me the cop who passed my driving license, saying "you have an unusually heavy foot for a girl"
I have to remind myself I am not on a piano nor sewing machine pedals.
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Old 18.09.2015, 18:54
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You know, all machines should be treated as instruments. Give them tlc, tune them, practice them..I don't know how to fix a car but will always know what's wrong with my sewing machines.

Which reminds me the cop who passed my driving license, saying "you have an unusually heavy foot for a girl"
I have to remind myself I am not on a piano nor sewing machine pedals.


Diagnosing faults is often easier with an attentive ear, on a watch or clock even more so than a car. I can usually hear a bearing going long before it shows wear outside of the allowable tolerance.


What I meant about the Gould recording is that it is the same frame of mind that I am often in. I am reassembling an antique car, many of the parts for which I ended up hand making. Fettling and Fitting these parts is very much like the recording, try it, decide it isn't just right, change some element, try it again, think about a similar mechanism for a bit, have a short conversation with someone, come back to it, get it _just_ right.


Although I would like to say working on my car is like playing the piano, I can't. On the one hand, although I use both hands, they are not doing completely different things as in playing the piano, on the other hand - I can't play the piano. I am in awe of pianists. (Pianos and Harpsichords are pretty cool as machines too!)
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Old 18.09.2015, 19:03
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Re: Today's Special Piece to Play

Can you sing while fixing? Try this.



That's what I do to keep up with choir performances, I know it is boring, but it makes a huge difference. I do have to do it when I am running around sometimes, the most fun is when putting make-up on...hahahah. Esp the trills. We did some deadly highs yesterday at the rehearsal, uf.

I totally agree with your audial diagnostics. I only learned to use stick when driving, by ear. Ears and vibrations.
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Piano is fun. I found sheet music for this in my pile, will take a while to nail it, but the process is lovely. Perfect Friday afternoon.



I don't think I will rip through like this amazing boy...how much heart, love and soul he puts in, wow. It's really not just about his stunningly perfect technique.


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This was so fun to sing today. This conductor is great, ours is good, too, but she works with her entire body, so nice to watch. I think we were a little more reserved.
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working on one of my favorite songs, Heart - Crazy on You

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Re: Today's Special Piece to Play

My 8/9 yr. old daughter* can play Richie's guitar rift and first few lines (up to first chorus) of Smoke on the Water, just after hearing it a couple pf times .... only on an acoustic, though.

*she's just turned 9, but was playing it long before her birthday.
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