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Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Frozenicicles] #1547243
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Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Frozenicicles] #1547251
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This is a little embarassing because I've noticed everyone practicing these intense advanced pieces... but hey everyone has to start somewhere right? Ive been working on 2 pieces from the Final Fantasy X Piano Collections (dont judge until you hear them, being from a video game doesnt stop them from being beautiful), Tidus' Theme and To Zanarkand. In the former it opens with these rapid arpeggios in the right hand that are going to take me a LONG time, but Ill get there eventually. The latter's climactic section has some unimaginably fast arpeggios in the left hand that I can do perfectly fine slowly, but I need to work them up to speed. Those two are my fun pieces, and for my teacher Im working on Prokofieff (is it a v at the end? Ive heard it both ways but my book says it with 2 fs) pieces for children, Opus 65. They dont look challenging but they present their own challenges. And they are all great fun or really beautiful!


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Ravel Concerto 3rd movement
Beethoven Waldstein 3rd movement
Mozart Sonata in D Major K 311 1st movement
Brahms Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 and 2

And to reward myself:
Read through Alkan's Nocturne in B Major Op. 22 a few times. It's actually easy sightreading (but of course, like anything, not so easy to polish and play well).

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Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Miles Martin] #1547310
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Originally Posted by Miles Martin
This is a little embarassing because I've noticed everyone practicing these intense advanced pieces... but hey everyone has to start somewhere right? Ive been working on 2 pieces from the Final Fantasy X Piano Collections (dont judge until you hear them, being from a video game doesnt stop them from being beautiful), Tidus' Theme and To Zanarkand. In the former it opens with these rapid arpeggios in the right hand that are going to take me a LONG time, but Ill get there eventually. The latter's climactic section has some unimaginably fast arpeggios in the left hand that I can do perfectly fine slowly, but I need to work them up to speed. Those two are my fun pieces, and for my teacher Im working on Prokofieff (is it a v at the end? Ive heard it both ways but my book says it with 2 fs) pieces for children, Opus 65. They dont look challenging but they present their own challenges. And they are all great fun or really beautiful!

As the OP of this thread - I'm glad you could join us. You're right, everyone does start somewhere and I hope more members will chime in with less advanced pieces. I'm actually more interested in everyone's practise habits than what they're practising.

Today I read through Mozart K. 283 a few times, overcame my laziness and wrote down some reasonable (to me!) fingerings for the second page and shared it on PW. Then, on to some actual work!

Mussorgsky: Did exercise drills on some tricky bars in Promenade and Gnomus. Played through The Old Castle. Played through Tuileries and did some exercise drills on many of the bars. Played through Unhatched Chicks and Polish Oxcart.
Mozart K457: Played through movements 1 and 2. Did exercise drills on various bars in movement 1 and 3. Worked on memorizing movement 2.
Debussy L'isle Joyeuse: Did some exercise drills on the arpeggios section.

Today's session felt like hitting my head against a brick wall repeatedly. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

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Relative to the last few days, today was a good day.

Did the technical/warm-up stuff. Did the groups of Mozskowski, Moscheles, and Persichetti etudes I am working on, plus the Medtner skazka I am treating as an etude. Worked on Beethoven op. 14., no. 1, movement 3, and the whole of op. 14, no. 2 (since the person who is listed as doing it for the Beethoven fest hasn't been here for a while, I got worried a day or two ago and decided I should maybe try to get the first movement in some sort of shape, just in case; I was playing around with just the last two movements up until now).

Had the time and energy to also read through Alkan op. 39, no. 1, Bach A major and minor preludes and fugues from both books of the WTC, a Prokofiev Vision Fugitive and his op. 59 Paysage, and a Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableaux (the a minor "sea and seagulls" one) and his Polka de WR (I am amazed that the latter is sort of getting under my fingers to the point where I can actually have fun with it musically - it sounds like a trivial little encore piece, but it is ridiculously difficult once you get to know it).


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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9
Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)
Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Frozenicicles] #1547512
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Yesterday I had a particularly well-focused practice session for ~4 hours.

1. Warmed up with 25 min. of sight reading (well, reading for the second time) some Mozart arias for baritone.
2. 1 hr of technical exercises: From Brahms 51, I practiced #1 for a long time (3 against 4 rhythm still giving me problems). I isolated some of the measures or beats by playing the measure/beat and stopping on the 1st note of the next. This is a better way to hear if everything is lining up properly. Brahms #25 - sliding each finger off a black key to the next white key while trying to make them the same volume. Much better than yesterday when I first started this one. 1st two Pischna, with all the preparatory exercises. In all these exercises, I focused on keeping as relaxed as possible, and limiting my finger motion to use only those muscles that were necessary to use.
3. Fantaisie-Impromptu - Chopin (1 hr): this piece has been frustrating me because the opening section I can sometimes play flawlessly, but I often get stuck. I THINK that if I actively hear the notes in my head just before I play them that I get stuck much less often. This way I should play what I want to hear. It seemed to work, but I couldn't always focus, and sometimes found myself doubting that it could work while playing it. Will have to try this more today.
-Also noticed that my arm tenses up on ms. 7-9, which definitely causes me to make more errors.
- practiced isolated spots in ms. 13-24 and also practiced these measures playing only the thumb of the RH with the LH accompaniment so that I could work on phrasing of the melody and be more fluid with repositioning the hand.
4. Danzas Argentinas, Ginastera: my plan was just to refresh what I worked on the previous day, but I got carried away again listening to the music and experimenting with different pedaling/accents/phrasing/voicing. Mostly worked on 1st & 3rd movements on the transitions from one section to the next.

Plan for next session: work on the pieces I skipped today, plus aim to complete Danzas Argentinas so that I can perform it in my studio class on Monday.
Summary: starting with the technical exercises (none of them were fast) and focusing on proper movement made me more aware of the quality of my movements on my repertoire. The bad thing about my practice session is that I didn't get to two of my other pieces, including one I've been avoiding because I'm afraid I can't do it. I love it when something I spent a lot of time on the previous day is much better the next day when I first come back to it.


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Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Frozenicicles] #1547533
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Mainly: Beethoven Op13 rondo; work work working, short segments HS up to and beyond speed to train those fingers into submission. Slow passes through whole reveal the red light areas. Doubt if I'll be ready for E-cital... I've had a lot of work for the string instrument recently - that's my excuse. I'm trying!
Some other pieces including shostakovich clockwork doll for a student - that is a mighty fun piece to play smile


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Today working my way through Chopin's Polonaise in E flat minor (Op. 26 No. 2), as well as one of Bach's Little Preludes (BWV935) and some Czerny technial exercises.


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Re: What did you practise today? [Re: Frozenicicles] #1548691
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Today I played several waltzes and mazurkas by Chopin to get some more inspiration for the Ballade (no.3) I currently working on.



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A very difficult piece for Saxophone and Piano.

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Beethoven, sonata in e, op.90/Escher Arcana/ Schmidek op.25/Ravel Alborada..


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Originally Posted by Cherub Rocker
A very difficult piece for Saxophone and Piano.

The Creston sonata by any chance? Wonderful piece.


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Sibelius Sonatine no. 3. Trying to figure out the pedalling and phrasing. Love the piece more and more. Really interesting.
Clementi Gradus ad Parnassum etude no 2


Studying: Corelli Variations - Rachmaninoff (for months now). Starting Mozart K284 Sonata in D Major.
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A Barcarolle by Shaffer, actually. I think I might have played a movement of the Creston sonata a while back though...very difficult it was!

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i am playing thru Scarlatti sonatas.. they are so nice. Also worked on the Adagio from the Pathetique.. (for my student who will learn it next week).


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Bach

Ah stores, don't keep us in suspense- what Bach were you practicing?


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Bach

Ah stores, don't keep us in suspense- what Bach were you practicing?


I bet it is some pieces from one of the two nice little books for a well tempered clavier..

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Mozart Sonata in D Major K. 311 first movement
Beethoven Waldstein
Brahms Ballades Op. 10 Nos. 1 and 2
Ravel Concerto 3rd movement

To reward myself: Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92 Second movement (arr. Liszt) Alkan Nocturne, Barcarolle from Op. 65, and Hamelin's Nokia Ringtone Waltz. wink

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King

To reward myself [...] Hamelin's Nokia Ringtone Waltz. wink

My copy of Hamelin's etudes arrived in the post last week. Several listenings and I'm hooked. Great stuff! Will comment when I have had more time to study them, though in one of the etudes I'm hearing Griffes's Barcarolle in the background.

Oh yes, a small package of value will be arriving in your post later this week!


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Originally Posted by Damon
Brahms Intermezzo op119 no3
Hey Damon, how is it coming? I think mine is finally beginning to come together. I'm still a bit hackneyed on the 3rd page - trying to work through it with small hands, but page two is finally settling down and I'm finding the overall expression I like. Do you find that last few measures hard? I can't get them down both quickly and accurately yet. The whole piece is not quite up to the tempo I want but it's really sounding better. When I finish #3, I'll have Op 119 # 1, 2 and 3 ready. (I may not tackle the Rhapsody because just reading it hurts my hands.)

Also reworking on Mozart K310 - first 2 movements - also sounding better.

My new teacher is wonderful!


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Today I did a lot of focused passage work, especially in accurately landing on huge jumps. I find myself wishing that I had about 5 eyes or at least a field of vision that spans the whole keyboard.

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Originally Posted by Damon
Brahms Intermezzo op119 no3
Hey Damon, how is it coming? I think mine is finally beginning to come together. I'm still a bit hackneyed on the 3rd page - trying to work through it with small hands, but page two is finally settling down and I'm finding the overall expression I like. Do you find that last few measures hard? I can't get them down both quickly and accurately yet. The whole piece is not quite up to the tempo I want but it's really sounding better. When I finish #3, I'll have Op 119 # 1, 2 and 3 ready. (I may not tackle the Rhapsody because just reading it hurts my hands.)

Also reworking on Mozart K310 - first 2 movements - also sounding better.

My new teacher is wonderful!


I'm fairly happy with it except for measures 30 through 34, which is the only part I practice anymore. Once I get that the way I like it, I'll just add the rest again. I wish I had the whole opus but I really only log a couple of hours a week for practice so my progress is pretty slow. frown

The last page is a little tricky because I'm pretty specific about what I want on measure 55 and the last arpeggio before the "finale" and it's hard to accent it that way, but I can play it how most others do. I bungle the second to the last chord a lot, so I'll work on that too.

By the last few, do you mean that ascending phrase with the repeated notes? I'm okay with that one now, but it was one of the first 'problems' I tackled.

I'm glad you like your new teacher. Your old one was making you sound a little depressed. smile

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Yesterday, as I haven't had time yet today, I played this:

1. Ran through some scales and Hanons to warm up.

2. Tried to polish up "Ich ruf zu dir." (Thanks Apple!!)

3. Wanted to play through all of Chopin's Mazurkas, but only got through 16 of them. Hope to finish the rest today. Most of these I am sight-reading.

4. Grieg's Nocturne Op. 54 no. 4. Trying to perfect the polyrhythms.

5. Revisiting Granados's Andaluza (Spanish Dance op.5) Attempting to make it sound more Spanish-y, more like de Larrocha plays it.

6. And, biting off more than I can chew, slowly playing through bits of La Campanella.

7. Also, as a memorizing exercise, finally (successfully!!) memorizing the very short and simple Chopin's Prelude in A major. I was afraid I could no longer memorize a piece, but this has given me a new confidence.

Laura


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