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    #249988 - 09/04/22 02:25 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Eagle Mum]
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    Very nice! Looking forward to his original arrangements, when he gets a chance.
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    #249990 - 09/04/22 05:09 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    EagleMum - As someone who plays the piano myself, it was interesting to watch your son play. I used to follow Jarrod Radnich, so I have known about this arrangement of I Saw Three Ships ever since it came out. I can very much relate to your son, as I started out self-taught and used to garner appreciation for my covers of songs back in the day. Very often pianists who play "by the book" show respect for those who create arrangements and compose -- it almost felt like cheating to me sometimes lol, because I thought that they would be able to do the same with practice, but surprisingly enough it doesn't always seem to be the case. There is discipline and technical rigor, and there is musical insight, and they don't always go hand in hand, and I'd say most often you tend to see either one or the other.

    It's interesting to note similarities: there will be disciplined, dedicated professional piano aspirants who are better technically, who have often been practicing several hours a day since early childhood. But still, somehow, those who have a natural musical ear seem to shine through somehow, despite a relative lack of (equivalent) formal training. People pick up on this surprisingly often, and you somehow gain appreciation even from those who are technically better than you. I have seen others play the same arrangement on YouTube before, but it pretty much always lacked something. I think your son has managed to capture the essence of the original arrangement well, which is something I do not see often. Kudos to him. I also watched his other arrangements, and it takes technique and skill (perhaps compositional talent and an understanding of music is the best way I can explain it) to be able to bring across passion in a piano arrangement of a song -- you need to know when and how to swell and to draw back, at what precise moment to ramp up the intensity, and basically understand musical points of interest and accentuate them.

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    #249994 - 09/05/22 03:30 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Thank you Aeh & giftedamateur, for your kind & thoughtful comments.

    DS has said he is more interested in composition than performance. Fortunately, the digital age enables individuals with such a preference and YouTube is a good way to document/showcase both. When reading your posts in other threads, giftedamateur, I have often wondered how far you have delved into composition.

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    #250014 - 09/21/22 04:19 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    DS just received news that he has been nominated for Encore which is an annual showcase of the best HSC performances at the Sydney Opera House. A nomination does not equate to being selected but is an invitation to send an audition video which can be of one of the pieces played for the viva exam or any other piece. The nomination does give reassurance that he did well in the practical component of his HSC exams so itís good news in itself and because his viva performance was only for the mandatory core component of the music course and his elective component is composition (which hasnít been marked yet), he intends to submit a performance of one of his own arrangements or compositions. It would be an amazing opportunity if a completely self taught musician could perform his own piece at the SOP.🤞

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    #250015 - 09/21/22 05:29 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Eagle Mum]
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    Yes it would! Bravo!
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    #250016 - 09/21/22 09:28 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Thanks aeh!

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    #250023 - 09/27/22 12:16 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    The man child, now 16, made Eagle Scout rank last month!

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    #250024 - 09/27/22 01:15 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: frannieandejsmom]
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    Congrats! I've watched many young people strive toward that, and I know what an accomplishment it is to complete it.
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    #250025 - 09/27/22 03:47 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: frannieandejsmom]
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    Originally Posted By: frannieandejsmom
    The man child, now 16, made Eagle Scout rank last month!


    Congratulations to your DC!

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    #250026 - 09/30/22 04:05 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Kiddo (9) made her stage debut recently in a Broadway-equivalent show for the country we live in smile

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