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  1. 88man

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    Pianolady wrote:
    Hi Monica, you can't move up if you're looking down. Yes, there is an aggressive group of perpetual competitors, as some have ego's the size of Texas. Don't be intimidated these few who have to show off their "greatness" to others through incessant competitions - it's a form of insecurity. You're not like that. I say find the greatness within yourself by communicating your musical passion through your understanding and creative spirit. By now, don't worry about the notes or infinitesimal particulars of the music... Put it all behind you. Just focus your attention on the clarity of your musical voice/message. Find this voice, and you'll be surprised how many with which you will connect... Don't forget to smile! Good Luck! :D
     
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    Thank you Hye-Jin, Sarah, Theresa, and George. I appreciate your kind words very very much! :D

    @Hye-Jin - I play on Thursday June 24th at exactly 11:36 in the morning (my time :wink: ). If everybody could say a little prayer right then, that would be great!

    @Sarah - that's nice to know about that teacher. And yes - I aim to have fun (after I'm done playing on Thursday... :lol:)

    @Terez - your excuse will not fly. More than half of the competitors have piano performance degrees (see why I'm worried?).

    @George - what you said puts things in the right perspective, for sure! And I totally understand and feel those words very deeply. I just don't want to bomb and make a total fool of myself. But you can count on me smiling; at least I don't have to practice that! :wink:
     
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    All of the amateur competitions I have looked at said that a piano performance degree would disqualify you, but I have to admit I haven't looked into it that much.

    I don't pray but if I am awake at that hour I will play some Chopin for you. ;)
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Best wishes also from here -and I utterly second George's advice.

    Be yourself (it's not that bad!) :wink:
     
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    That is 6:36 pm in Germany! Ok, I'll say a prayer right then :D
     
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    I will be sure to say a prayer, too. I think it will be an hour earlier here since I'm in the southwest.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Alfonso. Just be myself - ok, I can do that. :)

    Hye-Jin and Sarah - you are like angels :) Thank you again!

    (can angels cure illness? I woke up this morning with a sore throat and fever. Of all the time! :x )
     
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    It usually happens that way; stress weakens the immune system. :(
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    True. I took a lot of vitamin C pills yesterday and today - also ibuprofen to knock my fever down. I'm still pretty achy all over - especially my arms. I doubt I can get any decent practicing done today. On the bright side, I lost 5 pounds! About three weeks ago I was dress shopping for this event and fell in love with a certain dress and bought it even though it was sort of tight around the stomach area. Now it's looser - I may actually be able to breathe while playing! :D
     
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    Hi Monica, this is an opportunistic malady at an inopportune time! I bet you're not getting your essential sleep?! If your sinuses are starting to become affected, I prescribe Augmentin 875/125 to patients, but ask your physician ASAP. Losing 5lbs might sound dandy to you, but not at the expense of becoming dehydrated. Besides losing electrolytes in the process, the body is also trying to clear all the extra vitamin C. So drink a lot of liquids and fruit juices! Again, quality sleep is the key to recovery... The angels have been summoned. :wink:

    Get Well Soon!
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    Does NyQuil sleep count as 'quality' sleep? :lol: That's what I do when I'm sick. NyQuil at night; Advil Cold & Sinus in the day.
     
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    Hi George and Theresa -

    Usually my sinuses are the first thing that get inflamed and infected when I'm sick. But this time my sinuses are fine. It's my throat that hurts. If I still have a fever when I wake up tomorrow, then I will for sure go to the doctor to get some Augmentin. And for some weird reason I cannot take over-the-counter cold medicines. If the label says "does not cause drowsiness" - then it does for me and vice-versa. And George - I agree that sleep is extremely important. I think I'll be able to sleep okay the next two nights; that will help my body fight off whatever I've got. I'm worried about Wednesday night, though. I doubt I will sleep at all and that's the night when I'll need it the most! Oh well...I'll live...

    Summoning the angels - I like that. :)

    p.s. does wine count as fruit juice? :lol: that's what I'm drinking right now. (really, it numbs me)
     
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    I hope you get well soon. Nobody deserves to fall ill at such a crucial moment.
     
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    Yes, the other competitors! :mrgreen:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    hhahaha - that's funny because I was sort of thinking that all the competitors will be sitting in the audience and mentally throwing poisoned darts at whomever is up on stage, so now we're even.

    The good news is that I don't have strep throat. I went to nearby clinic this morning to get a throat culture and it turned up negative. So what I have is simply a virus that has to run its coarse. I'm just thankful that I have it now and it should be gone by Thursday (at 11:36 :lol: ). There's always a bright to side everything! :)


    I do have a question to anyone who has an opinion: Do you think judges give 'extra points' if you play by memory, even if the rules say that you don't have to?
     
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    Hard to say! My advice is to not play any of your pieces by memory if you don't feel super safe doing so. The risk of playing worse because of (the fright of) a memory loss is much greater than the probability of winning extra points if the rules say that you won't if you perform by heart. Also, it's not time for small tactics, stay focused on giving the best of yourself instead. :D
     
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    The judges are supposed to be listening with their eyes closed. :D Seriously, it's my understanding that at most competitions where the competitors are allowed to play with their scores, the competitors are judged on the artistic merit of their performances only and not on whether they do without the music or not. However, I don't doubt a bit of prejudice might creep in every now and then (judges are human beings, after all). I do second Alfonso - if you're still uneasy playing without the score, you'll probably be less musical and secure in your playing and would be better off using the sheet music. That's my mantra, anyway. :wink:
     
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    I would play everything from memory, but that's because I hate scores. Once the piece is memorized (which is usually within a week or two of working on it) I hardly look at the score again, and I would find it nerve-wracking to try to perform with a score and turning pages and all. I like the freedom of being able to look at my hands and nothing else.
     
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    I'm very weak at memorizing the score, since I'm lacking of that sort of training.... Thus I would have the music in front of me at all events. But do you have a page turner, Monica?
    Anyway I want to suggest to decide for which piece you will use the score and for which not as soon as possible and to stick to it during every practice and rehearsal. Since also it requires extra pratice from you, to divide your concentration into seeing the score and seeing the your hands.
    Good luck wishes from one of your angels :wink:
     
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    Pianolady wrote:
    For me it does! 8)

    OK, if you're not having any sinus symptoms and if the cause is not post-nasal drip, then don't take Augmentin. Penicillin or erythromycin may be better if it's bacterial. However, if it's viral, time is the only cure and only a culture can confirm which it is.

    But in the meantime, honey or lemon tea is the best home remedy. Avoid sodas and caffeine - it will dehydrate you further. Warm salt water rinses are good too (1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup water). Honey lozenges can help soothe the throat too. I hope you're starting to feel better?!
     

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