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Offline richardb

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Your piano goals for 2015
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:45:37 AM »
What are your piano goals for 2015?

Mine: (1) to play at least one Bach Sinfonia (3-part invention), and (2) to post at least one recording of mine to the Audition room.  I should be able to manage that so maybe I'll add some more goals later.  I'm just an amateur beginning/intermediate level player with a full time job and don't have a lot of time to devote to piano.  But I'd be curious to see what your goals are whether you're an absolute beginner or a professional advanced level player.

I'll check back in one year to see if you've met your goal(s)!  :)

Offline iansinclair

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #1 on: December 31, 2014, 02:04:56 AM »
Having suffered a severe hand injury recently -- I have one simple goal.  Get back to at least close to where I was.  I expect it will take all year... and involve relearning a lot of stuff!  Oh yes -- and another one is to learn to performance level at least one major piece for the left hand only.  I'm working on one now!
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Offline cwjalex

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #2 on: December 31, 2014, 02:19:53 AM »
-to be able to play la campanella
-to be able to play 3rd movement of moonlight sonata at 165+ bpm
-to be able to sight read lvl 4-5 pieces comfortably with very few errors
-develop a moderate to slightly advanced understanding of music theory
-attempt to develop perfect pitch

i'm an intermediate player with a full time job.  i don't have a music related job/education and just play the piano for fun but i practice a lot.

Offline indianajo

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014, 04:45:39 AM »
I want to be able to play The Great Gate of Kiev up to tempo with less than two mistakes.  I can already do the other movements of the Pictures at an Exhibition, although some movements are slower than Chicago Orch. under Fritz Rheiner took them on LP in 1958.
I want to learn one of the two piano parts of the original Rhapsody in Blue. I want to find someone within the TARC service area (Louisville bus line) who wants to play the other part for fun, not for pay as a teacher would.  I have two similar sounding pianos, and also a Hammond organ, so performing it in my house is doable, but nobody responds to my signs on the board at the university, here, etc.  I could learn the Ira Gerswin part even, to make the learning easier.  
I don't want to play two piano Rhapsody on a ******* Yamaha piano, it seems everybody competent has one, including every ******* teacher I know.  The teachers can hire *****ese men as students if they have that much money to send out of the country and on to Iran for the oil, I'm not paying for that experience.  
I want to fix the out of tune key on the Baldwin grand "plant stand" in the fellowship hall at a Presbyterian church in the next county, and play Pictures on it for the minister over there.  I tried out the first movement while waiting for a concert two years ago, and the minister was very interested and invited me back any day.  I went one time with my piano tools; they were having a meeting in the fellowship hall, and sorting brochures for mailing on the piano top.  So I need to call before I go the next time - it is a 1.2 hour bus ride plus a 15 block walk each way.  
I want to be able to slowly get through Lyapunov's Christmas Night by the end of next December.  I want to play it , all the carols I can play, all the pop Christmas songs I know, and George Winston's Holly and the Ivy I already know, at the charity dinner downtown on a Saturday before Christmas.  There is a nice sixties Baldwin Acrosonic console piano on stage.  I went this year, but the cook team had brought their own piano player, so I'll have to go earlier than 12/21 next year.  I did play the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but not Christmas music, just Pictures, the Thanksgiving hymns in the hymnal there (more than my home church), three Joplin rags,  and some simple jazz arrangement.  Nobody noticed, it was a pretty stress free performance.  
I want to play ten or twelve Sunday services at the little church near my country property 27 miles out of town in the good weather. I live out there in summer to avoid the ozone in town.   I want to make fewer mistakes.  The elderly ladies are very appreciative of hearing the old hymns that I like playing, and don't complain about the mistakes.  I hope the three of the ladies that like my playing are still there next year, they are in their eighties it seems.  I want to tune the top 15 notes of the piano I didn't get to last year because I didn't have lights on my bicycle and it got dusk before I finished.  

Offline outin

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #4 on: December 31, 2014, 04:52:20 AM »
To play a Scarlatti sonata to utmost perfection ;)

Oh, and get that grand of course!

Offline j_menz

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #5 on: December 31, 2014, 06:33:08 AM »
To have fun. Same as every year.
"What the world needs is more geniuses with humility. There are so few of us left" -- Oscar Levant

Offline Bob

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 01:06:52 PM »
Actually play some pieces.

But I don't quite mean it.  I still haven't figured it out yet.  Probably just not enough freaking time. 

The routine idea works.  But then I never actually get around to playing pieces.

And the pieces usually have something technical that goes beyond what I would do in a routine.  (Taking sections of pieces for the routine is one solution.)



Making a few routines, varying my routines is another thing I want to do. 
Favorite new teacher quote -- "You found the only possible wrong answer."

Offline amytsuda

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #7 on: December 31, 2014, 02:04:32 PM »
Figure out my job and how I make my living, so that I can create time to practice piano  ;D  I didn't improve my playing much in 2014, and if my work commitment doesn't change, I won't make much progress in 2015.... I want to be able to practice at least 21 hours every week on average in 2015. If I could figure this out, maybe, I can think about doing some performance in 2016.

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #8 on: December 31, 2014, 03:53:27 PM »
My goal is to restart piano lessons and give my grade 9 RCM exam by the end of 2015!

Offline verqueue

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Re: Your piano goals for 2015
«Reply #9 on: December 31, 2014, 06:37:28 PM »
My goals for the next year:
1) Finish my current repertoire
2) Build new repertoire in the second half of the year (some Bach, Mozart and Liszt or Medtner or Scriabin)
3) Be able to play the whole op. 10 by Chopin in middle tempo (5 etudes left so it's achievable).
4) Learn fast many small pieces.
5) Enjoy the ride.