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#2430554 - 06/10/15 11:58 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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Today (lesson day!)...
"Rocket to the Moon," Jim Brickman;
"Notturno," Edvard Grieg;
"Moon River," Henry Mancini - this is my fake book exercise, I have to work out left-hand chords and patterns on my own;
"Polka," from Ballet Suite Number 1, Dmitri Shostakovich.

I'm "rhythmically challenged," to put it nicely, so lots of trying to get the right timing!



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Today Bach,Hanon #3, and Czerny #3.
Anna M. Bach won't get her Notebook back for quite a while.


Working through Czerny's first baby beginning steps for classical piano.
Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
#2430735 - 06/11/15 02:12 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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So far today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly.mtried to build a little speed but found spots,of hesitation, so will keep it slow for now. Have all on first page memorized, except for last line. Need to go through music and look for repeats. Some analyzing does help with memory recall. In performance you wouldn't be going through the analysis in your head, but by practicing slowly you can. 20+ years ago I would have said "pfft" to this idea of analyzing while learning.

Also, Telemann Overture No. 1, slowly, the rhythms challenge me, but that's good.

Later will review Scarlatti and work slowly to bring back the Bach Invention No. 14. It's been a long time!

BYW, told my husband I was glad he is working outside while I practice so he doesn't have to listen to the repititions. He said it doesn't bother him, just sounds like background noise!!! I know that's not an insult, just his way with words.

Happy piano playing!!!


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
#2430785 - 06/11/15 05:09 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: JeanieA]  
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Originally Posted by JeanieA
Today (lesson day!)...
"Rocket to the Moon," Jim Brickman;
"Notturno," Edvard Grieg;
"Moon River," Henry Mancini - this is my fake book exercise, I have to work out left-hand chords and patterns on my own;
"Polka," from Ballet Suite Number 1, Dmitri Shostakovich.

I'm "rhythmically challenged," to put it nicely, so lots of trying to get the right timing!



JeanieA,

Notturno.......I know that piece....nice......
Shostakovich........do you play the wellknown Waltz? My wife's favorite....

Kind regards,
Johan B


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#2430788 - 06/11/15 05:15 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Isabelle1949]  
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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
So far today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly.mtried to build a little speed but found spots,of hesitation, so will keep it slow for now. Have all on first page memorized, except for last line. Need to go through music and look for repeats. Some analyzing does help with memory recall. In performance you wouldn't be going through the analysis in your head, but by practicing slowly you can. 20+ years ago I would have said "pfft" to this idea of analyzing while learning.

Also, Telemann Overture No. 1, slowly, the rhythms challenge me, but that's good.

Later will review Scarlatti and work slowly to bring back the Bach Invention No. 14. It's been a long time!

BYW, told my husband I was glad he is working outside while I practice so he doesn't have to listen to the repititions. He said it doesn't bother him, just sounds like background noise!!! I know that's not an insult, just his way with words.

Happy piano playing!!!


Isabelle,

Backgroundnoise?........can he play even one note? shocked confused .......my wife always talking about 'gepingel'...also very respectfull

Kind regards
Johan B


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#2430789 - 06/11/15 05:22 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: RaggedKeyPresser]  
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Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Today Bach,Hanon #3, and Czerny #3.
Anna M. Bach won't get her Notebook back for quite a while.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Go on....and once you will play like Lang Lang...... thumb grin

Best regards,
Johan B

11 June

Today once more the guys from the Romantic period......two hours....Reinecke sonatines, Nicolai von Wilm, Mazurka and Melodie, and some intermediate Schumann....

Best regards
Johan B


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#2431045 - 06/12/15 01:51 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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Haha, Johan...but in a way you're right.
I can play one note exactly like him already!

Today, Czerny.
I like these little studies but the notes up high in the dusty area are rough on my ear.
And the C7 note cannot be played staccato, since there are no dampers up there on my Yamaha U7 piano.
So, I wired up my DX7 style TX-802 together with my KX88 keyboard, and used an electric piano voice with equalization to get staccato and manageable high tinkle.
Now I have 3 different practice areas in the house with a full-size 88-key keyboard.
Now where did I leave that sheet music...hmmm


Working through Czerny's first baby beginning steps for classical piano.
Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
#2431380 - 06/13/15 01:02 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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This morning, reviewed Scarlatti, played slowly. Started pg 2, marked phrases and worked on them in phrase form. Plan to try and put the phrases together tomorrow.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
#2431420 - 06/13/15 03:17 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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12 & 13 June

Played a lot these two days......among others:

Reinecke, Sonatines
Nicolai von Wilm, Mazurka and Melodie
Schumann, Waldszenen and other intermediate Schumann compositions
Händel, Keyboard suites
Grieg, some of Lyric pieces
Bach, third part of Pastorale BWV 590

Best regards,
Johan B

What did you play today?

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#2431748 - 06/14/15 05:24 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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More Czerny today...small easy to memorize pieces and mini studies zooming in on certain challenges.
So far anyway.


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Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
#2431771 - 06/14/15 06:48 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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14 June

This weekend my wife was not at home......so I was home alone from friday-evening till sunday-evening. For all...I love my wife......but had plenty of time to play piano......even played in the middle of the night....

This afternoon....Haydn, Sonatas 3hearts
Evening........Reinecke, Sonatines......
And a lot more........

Regards,
Johan B


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#2431799 - 06/14/15 08:38 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


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Started Czerny #4 today.
Great mini pieces for My purpose right now.
Memorized more or less in a day.
Then spend an extra day or a few to iron them out.


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Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
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Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.


Did you play the high end digitals of Kawai, CA97 or CS10 $3600-$4200.......you will like it! Give it a try.....you will be surprised....

Kind regards,
Johan B

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15 June

Afternoon playing: Telemann, ouvertures for keyboard....and some more...
Evening playing among others: Reinecke, sonatines, Schumann intermediate compositions.....and some parts of Waldszenen...

Best regards,
Johan B

What did you play today?


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Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.


Did you play the high end digitals of Kawai, CA97 or CS10 $3600-$4200.......you will like it! Give it a try.....you will be surprised....

Kind regards,
Johan B


Too old to spend that much on another keyboard. Will make sure ear plugs are well stocked.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
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Today more work on Scarlatti K 141 and Bach Invention. Slow going but still going.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
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Memorized the rest of Czerny phrase #4.
Back to the U7 piano, since no high register tinkle here.
I like the effect created in bars 3 & 4...a type of Mazurka.
Not sure if I will move on to the next phrase tomorrow.
Might relax with another Hanon.


Working through Czerny's first baby beginning steps for classical piano.
Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
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Today, Bach Invention two-part No. 14. Trying to get back, also good to loosen the fingers up.

Scarlatti K 141. Taking a different approach. Thinking that since it is to be played rather fast, practicing slowly requires faster key strokes, not faster playing. I hope this makes sense. Thought about it and with slow practice, the key strokes are also slow and longer than it would when it is played faster. In other words when playing faster key will be released much quicker. I think our brain takes in and memorizes everything, including how long we are on a particular key. Seems to have helped so far.


Always working to improve "Chopsticks". I'll never give up on it.
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16 June

This evening I played all kind of music from my iPad......about 10GB pdf-musicscores......my digital library........started in 2011...

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Johan B


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17 June

Played among others.......
Scarlatti, some Sonata parts
Reinecke, Sonatines

Not my best playing today, played many mistakes. Tonight my fingers don't want to cooperate.....after one and a half hour just stopped....arghhhh confused mad Bad piano-day......Tomorrow a new day, new chances......I hope grin

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Johan B

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Started out with Hanon and Czerny at 6.30 am for a few hrs and the day is still young.


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Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
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I was later than you RaggedKeyPresser, 7am Hanon 3 and Bach prelude in C .


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7 am is still impressive, Smurfette!
I started Hanon #4 yesterday. I find them all enjoyable to study so far.


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Hoping to graduate well within two years of study. Now at #75 of Opus 599 and behind schedule.
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Originally Posted by Smurfette
I was later than you RaggedKeyPresser, 7am Hanon 3 and Bach prelude in C .


Smurfette, you did a good job!........ thumb thumb

18 June

Came home early from work at 15.30h. Played among others before dinner......
Schumann, five parts of Waldszenen 3hearts
Mozart, Sonatas 279/2, 280/2, 281/2, 332/3, 333/3 3hearts

I will play more after dinner.......

Kind regards,
Johan B


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Very little practice this a.m., about 45 minutes. Worked Scarlatti 141, fixed a bug in a couple of descending arpeggios on pg 1, by better fingering. Just for fun, opened my Mozart and tried a little of his Sonata 4, K 282. This did not go well at all. I don't think I was focused enough. There is always tonight and many tomorrows.


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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
There is always tonight and many tomorrows.
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Faber Piano Adventures Pretime books.
Hanon 3
CGFDAEB major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios
Bach Prelude in C
K Wooding Vampire Blues


♥♪ ♥ ♫ I really shouldn't borrow tomorrow's troubles, but I like to plan ahead. ♥♪ ♥ ♫

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