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Welcome to Einaudi-addiction, Mohan! If you give us an idea of how long you've been playing and the kind of pieces you're playing now, we can probably give you better recommendations. Somewhere in this 44 page thread are some posts giving people's ranking of the difficulty of various Einaudi pieces. I think there's clear agreement that "Limbo" is the easiest. Nefeli is actually not that bad, with the exception of one 3-4 measure stretch that presents some hand independence challenges. I always recommend "I due fiumi" as one of the easier pieces that it also one of Einaudi's most beautiful compositions.
Amazing thread! I came to know of Einaudi through Anthony's recital! I've it running for the last 5 days in my work computer on repeat mode. I just cant get the song out of my head!
Now I soo want to start playing Einaudi! Can you suggest any songs to start with? I definitely want to play Nefeli! Think thats my favorite (thanks to Anthony). But is there any other easier songs that I should attempt first before looking at Nefeli?
Glad to know that I've managed to inspire somebody.
The good part about Einaudi pieces (and sometimes bad) is that there is quite a bit of repeating going on. This makes most of the pieces easier to learn.
I'll agree with Monica that the hardest parts of Nefeli to learn are towards the bottom of page one. It's the part where the thumb is an alternating note on a C. Then you've got a jump right after that section where both hands move away from each other (left goes down and right goes up) that can take some practice to get used to. Heck, even I still miss that one from time to time.
The only way to see if you can play a piece is to try it and see where you need improvement. I don't think it ever hurts to give it a try even if you do manage to hurt your ego a bit.
Ok I'll listen to Limbo and I due fiumi and see if I like it!
@Monica: For the question on what kind of pieces I'm playing. Well I was playing a lot of piano about 8 years ago in school. Then had a long break. Now i'm starting again at Alfred's Book 1. But I have been attempting to play tougher songs. I've been working on Hes a Pirate for quite some time and have got it running at 70% tempo without making any mistakes. I'm also working on My heart will go on!
@Anthony: Hehe.. Dont worry.. My Egos already been battered and bruised! It can survive a little more . And I can see what you mean by the jump. Somehow Monica makes it look simple on her vid! I'm somehow scared of picking up Nefeli and starting it. Because I dont give up on the song and I might just spend another 2 months banging away at it without a result! Anyway, I'll look at your suggestions first and then go ahead from there.
Thanks for the suggestions . And keep posting your awesome videos. Its our source of inspiration!
Here's another new performance I've just uploaded to YouTube.
Tracce from the album Le Onde.
I had started on this one quite a long time ago but never worked on the 2nd half of the piece. So this time around when I picked up the piece I worked from the ending towards the middle part. It isn't a terribly long piece at only 63 measures so it didn't take all that long to finish up memorizing either.
I actually enjoy this piece quite a lot now as it is somewhat different than many of the other pieces by Einaudi.
Sorry to say it is not spiral bound. Not a single Einaudi music book that I own is spiral bound either.
I've worked around the problem two ways. Either one does some photo copy work or I've also been known to typeset the pieces from the book into a music notation program to print out again. I did this process commonly in my early days of music which greatly helped me with my note reading skills anyways.
I think there might even be some people that had the book cut apart and spiral bound that way.
Personally, I never had much luck getting the book to stay open on the proper page while on my digital piano music rest. Of course, I do tend to memorize so that having the sheet music up is only an issue while learning a piece.
Mine doesn't stay open nicely on my music desk, either, 20thCenturyBoy. I photocopy the pieces I work on and deal with it that way. I have heard the same thing as Anthony of people who take their music books to Kinko's and have the binding cut off and spiral bound. I don't know how successful that is.
I have had very good luck with Kinkos. I did it (had it spiral bound by them) with my Classics to Moderns because it wouldn't stay open and after practicing a few pieces I was beginning to crack the binding. If I remember correctly, it was about 3-4 dollars to do it.
I haven't tried "La profondita del buio," 20thCenturyBoy, but it is pretty indeed. (Of course, I think they're ALL pretty!) It's on Le Onde, by the way. So you can learn Canzone popolare first and then fade directly into La profondita.
Still working on Le Onde here. In fact, most of the time I am sitting at the piano, I am working on Le Onde. I bet the family is tired of it by now, but they've got another 7 weeks of it before Public Recital Time.
It is where my ABF Recital pieces usually are when I turn them in... not the point where I can (or even have, once) played through error-free. But it is memorized, I am working on dynamics, and in particular, trying to attack the descending arpeggios, and build the ascending ones, to create that wavelike feel. I am finding the sheet music to be remarkably well annotated, and he seems to closely follow the dynamic and tempo markings in the studio version (IE, the one on the Le Onde CD). Or perhaps the other way 'round: maybe he played the piece, then added the dynamics to correspond with what he did. Either way, if I pay attention to what is written, and attack / build as I mentioned before, I am about 90% of the way there.
Question to y'all: what does "poco tratt." mean? In listening, it is hard to distinguish that from an "allargando", which, to my ears, is difficult to distinguish from your plain ole everyday ritardando.
Casio Ap-200 Almost midway thru Alfred's All-In-One Book Two Blogging my family's piano learning experiences: http://aw2pp.blogspot.com/
I have been considering giving new age music a try. I've only played classical thus far, so I'm ignorant with how one goes about selecting a piece to learn. Generally, I would choose a classical piece based on a combination of something I wanted to learn from it (technique etc.), and also from liking how it sounds. Is that how you guys approach Einaudi music? Thanks,
I decide which piece to tackle next really just based on two factors: (a) Do I like how it sounds? and (b) is it something within my grasp? The last factor probably could be broken down into two sub-questions, (b1) how much of a stretch would it be technically for me, and (b2) if it's a big stretch, how hard do I want to work on a piece right now?
But I'm not nearly disciplined enough to pick something deliberately because, say, I want to brush up on my 3-against-2's or anything like that. Though I certainly see the benefits in taking such an approach.
I stuck a couple of Einaudi albums on the ipod for my 10k run this morning. Una Mattina and I Giorni. I really like the former and the title track sounds like it may be within my grasp...but it's probably more complicated than it looks!
Yamaha DGX-630 Moving slowly through The Piano Handbook...up to Bach Prelude in C Major
Thanks Monica. Actually, that sounds more how I have approached classical as well; sometimes there is a specific technique, yet often it is just something around my level but perhaps slightly more challenging.
Depends on how far along you are, Waltz. Limbo is the easiest Einaudi piece, but I like I due fiumi as a not too challenging but incredibly pretty piece.
20thCenturyBoy, Una Mattina looks easier than it really is, as it's got some sneaky rhythmic challenges. I Giorni is not too bad at all, but it's long. There are also some big chords toward the end that I can't reach and had to re-arrange instead.
Although I haven't been here for awhile...I think this is a great idea!
I'm currently working on pieces from Einaudi's "Nightbook". What is frustrating is I can't get my hands on Einaudi's Nightbook CD through Amazon, so I resort to whatever is on youtube to hear what the pieces sound like.
It's great to hear from you again, Kawaigirl!! Any chance you'll be submitting something for the next recital (coming up May 15). Have you tackled "Reverie" yet? It's a bit harder than I feel up to tackling now, but I bet you would have little problem, and it's one of my favorite pieces on the album.
I bought my Nightbook CD as an import through the UK amazon.com, because I was too impatient to wait for the US release. It's also now on iTunes, if either of those places is easier for you to order from.
Txs Monica. My last resort is to go through amazon.uk as I like the actual CD and not a download via itunes. Okay...call me old fashion I was hoping that I get something learned in time for the next recital from Einaudi's Nightbook album. I find that the Nightbook pieces is much harder than his previous song books