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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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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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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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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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I have just finished learning this



It is light and easy, I keep it that way, though I like how this guy's left hand brings it down do earth.
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I started this...slowly working through this lovely piece and upping the pace. I will get there, little dose of Haydn every day



So summery.
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This, because I didn't know any blues



or if that doesn't work then


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That's a great tutorial..He is good. I will send it to my mom, she's been ignoring her guitar in favor of accordeon, she will like this! Lovely Tuesdays.

He does look like George W.

How about some jazz for Sunday night...I was listening to this today since I will learn the piano part, got the sheet music and CD with the piano part and Antoine Hervé as a couch.



Both Blues and Jazz are about the notes you do not play as opposed to classical (the notes one must sound). It is nice to mix it up.
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welcome to heaven, here's your harp.
Welcome to hell, here's your accordion.

Best description I read of jazz was
Pop music, three chords played to a thousand people
Jazz, a thousand chords played to three people.
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Accordion hell? Lol...have you noticed that with age we approach the instruments and vegetables we used to hate as kids? If that is true, I will certainly bump into clarinet, banjo and sax. I already got a uke, formely disliked, so am on my way .

I think jazz is more popular than it is thought..Brubeck got me all in. And Ibrahim Maalouf, he is great. (See, trumpet used to turn me off).
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I didn't dis the acc twas Gary Larson



I recently got an uke too, fun, silly thing, and a friend bought me a Persian setar (not to be confused with sitar) but I have no idea about that yet.

I went to see George Melly once, there were literally tens of people there...
(that was a lie, it was packed)
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Accordion hell? Lol...have you noticed that with age we approach the instruments and vegetables we used to hate as kids? If that is true, I will certainly bump into clarinet, banjo and sax. I already got a uke, formely disliked, so am on my way .

I think jazz is more popular than it is thought..Brubeck got me all in. And Ibrahim Maalouf, he is great. (See, trumpet used to turn me off).
I loved the accordion even as a kid (it all depends what you play on it), wanted to learn playing it, the answer was "an accordion will not enter this house"

How can any instrument be hated? Isn't that like shooting the messanger?
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Lol...depends on who's playing. There definitely are "in-your-face" instruments. I was never a big fan of accordion but understand why people like it, it is folky and "fun-timey". I recently heard tangoes on accordions, it was amazing. I am singing the same piece a capella in a big choir, will see how it comes out.

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Lol...depends on who's playing. There definitely are "in-your-face" instruments. I was never a big fan of accordion but understand why people like it, it is folky and "fun-timey". I recently heard tangoes on accordions, it was amazing. I am singing the same piece a capella in a big choir, will see how it comes out.

It's nice to be understood Loved your video.

there is so much one can do with an accordion than naf "Huddigäägeler" ....

The mixture between melancholy and levity in the French version ...
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