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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Hi David, (and happy belated Thanksgiving! :) )

    I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote about sticking needles in my hammers. I must have been asleep or something.... :) I've watched my technician use a needle but he didn't poke into the felts, he just used the tip to scrape the grooves a little bit - fluff them up to take off some or the brightness. I think your idea of a brass brush would work well too. Thank you very much for the instruction on how to do it. :)
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, as did we. :)

    Whew! I'm glad you won't be undertaking voicing yourself.

    When you do have the tech in to do voicing, if he just takes sandpaper to the striking surfaces, the result of that will be very short lived indeed. He needs to needle the entire scale from top to bottom and to take care to make it all blend well. He might have to use some lacquer to undo a few and to redo those. Also it would help a lot if you could be present. Then you can give feedback on results. Good luck with that when the time comes!

    David
     
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    Hi Monica,

    I had a listen to your Chopin, I like it a lot! The ornaments sound executed by nimble fingers! I do not have the score to this piece, but I thought I heard a note that sounded slightly sour in the surrounding harmonic context. The time in the audio file is at 0:48, 1:51, 5:05 it sounds like you play an e flat, but to my ears it should be an e natural? I think I have heard something like this in Schumann's Fantasy pieces, so maybe it is not a mistake :oops: I liked the long pause between two sections at 2:46, and the slow roll at 4:09 returning to the first idea :) And a nice end on B.

    Look forward to more of your recordings

    ~Riley
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Hi Riley,
    Thank you for listening. :) No, it isn't a sour note; that's the way the music is written.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    I see! I listened back to your recording today and this minor 2nd dissonance does not sound so bad! I think it's growing on me :) I was able to get a copy of the score and everything looked good, just one little nitpick, seven measures from the end, there are two eighth notes (2nd beat in the right hand) and it sounded like you played them like a dotted figure, and a forgivable mistake as it seems most of the double notes beamed together in the piece are dotted. Besides that I did not notice anything in the score wrong against the performance.

    ~Riley
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Hi Riley,

    Throughout this nocturne Chopin flip-flopped those bars' rhythm everytime they occur, so it's very possible that I screwed up that one bar. Thank you for checking me on it - I need that because after awhile I just don't see every little dot or bar....
     
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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I just listened to the Nocturnes and you play then very well! Some day, I should try the father of the Nocturne genre myself.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Robert. Yes, you should play some Field nocturnes. We could definitely use more on the site! :)
     
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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Made a tweet...and grammar error...must be more careful next time.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Also a spelling error on my name, but that's okay no big deal. :) It's a hard one, I should have kept my maiden name... :wink:
     
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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Perhaps but three l...obviously not free from the flu yet.
     
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    I have to say I would not have noticed that. In the default Microsoft font, adjacent i's and l's are very hard to distinguish.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I did not notice it at first, either. Then later something caught my eye. But like I said, it's no big deal, nothing needs to be changed.
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Heck, of course it needs to be changed ! It's wrong :!: :lol:
     

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