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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: keysandpaws] #2527527
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Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Sadly, I was painting a CEILING....my least favorite thing to do! Painting pictures would be much more fun, though I might get more paint on MYSELF than on the canvas! LOL!!!!


Painting the ceiling.....mmmmm....arghhh...hel of a job

Kind regards
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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2527528
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Less time to play......only one hour working at the Partita of Bach......

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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2527710
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Today among others Bach...........Bach takes time......Partita A minor......

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Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.


Working my way through Alfred Premier Level 6 books (Core books plus pop, jazz, and Masterworks)
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Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.


BWV 999.........very nice to play...very nice to hear....

Kind regards,
Johan B

5 April 2016
Tonight I will work at the Partita of Bach.
JB

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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: keysandpaws] #2528022
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Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Sadly, I was painting a CEILING....my least favorite thing to do! Painting pictures would be much more fun, though I might get more paint on MYSELF than on the canvas! LOL!!!!


You should try painting on the computer. No mess, easy colour selection, its much better than either oils (yeeeuck) or poster paints (guache) and it costs nothing. . . no brushes to clean. . smile


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Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.


We must hear the Bruce Hornby offering. I have the music, but its been years since I tried (failed) that solo. . .

I wrote out a new song. Fiddling wi nice sounding arpeggios and harmonies. But it went badly out of control. And now I wrote it down, I realise how undisciplined I am when trying (l) to play the dam thing! How hard it is to play yer own songs. . snot fair!

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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2528251
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I spent most of my time today working out of my Alfred Premier Level 6 books. I have to admit that I love the music in my "kid" books and will be kind of sad to graduate from them someday since I think the sequencing and coordination of them gives some kind of structure to my practice. I really, really wish they'd make a Level 7.


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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2528272
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I guess I'll join this since it looks like fun to see what everyone else is practicing!

I'm really trying to work on a lot of pieces at the same time so sometimes it feels like I'm not progressing at all on some pieces.

April 5th

1. Mozart 12 Variations on Vous-Dirai Je Maman (but most ppl know it as the tune of twinkle twinkle little star).
- Ironing out many small aspects of phrasing and especially ornaments in the first 6 variations. I
- In the middle of learning to play the 7th variation smoothly and up to speed.
- Just beginning to learn the 8th variation, only practiced the first line of that one.

2. Balakirev The Lark
- I didn't play this piece for a while and I'm forgetting some of it.
- Worked on 1st page melody and especially left hand evenness, no dropping notes
- I'm somewhat stuck on the huge run of arpeggios and scales after the beginning melody. I've been working on this repeatedly, but need to consult my teacher since I don't feel much progress.
- The next section first 4 bars, especially right hand scale run, left hand melody bars

3. Art Tatum's arrangement of Tea for Two
- This piece is pretty hard for me.. I'm having trouble having to roll the 10th he uses so often while needing to hit a 4 note chord right after quickly
- Also stuck on the first run on the first page

4. Chopin Etude Op 10 No 3
- Just started this at the end of last day's practice just for fun since I know the melody well
- Played first page to try to learn the notes

I haven't had a lesson since January since my teacher had to take a leave of absence for some family stuff. My first lesson is going to be this Friday after the long break so I have to decide what to play for her this week! I really wish I had more lesson time so probably in the summer I'm going to propose 2 lessons a week to get comments on all my pieces.

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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2528596
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7 April 2016

Today re-polishing my Mozart ones.......played among others Variations 'Dieu d' amour'....so nice......worth to look after and play....
[b]Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour, KV352[/b]

Best regards,
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Originally Posted by Johan B
7 April 2016

Today re-polishing my Mozart ones.......played among others Variations 'Dieu d' amour'....so nice......worth to look after and play....
Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour, KV352[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B


I haven't heard this variation before so I went to listen to it online. I love it! If my next Mozart isn't already decided to be the K331 sonata I might consider learning this. I also really enjoy the Duport variations.

[b]April 7 2016

Balakirev The Lark
- practiced the first run more, I think I might be getting slightly better?
- Spent quite a long time trying to coordinate the right hand run with left hand melody

Mozart 12 Variations on Ah Dirai-je Vous Maman
- slow practice of variation 7's one section that I keep stumbling on
- still didn't get to finish learning variation 8 (urg!)

Chopin Etude Op 10 No 5
- working on first page and trying to really make melody stand out and sound beautiful despite the many inner chord notes for the right hand

Chopin Nocturne Op 55 no 1
- haven't practiced this piece in weeks.. now find myself not performing the trills with accuracy but worked on them
- still ironing out arpeggios at the end

By the way, it was mentioned in another thread there's an app called Music Journal that looks like a great way to log our practice sessions. I believe you can track time per piece by adding all the pieces into the app that you're learning and write notes on practice and such. I haven't downloaded the app yet, but I will today to try!


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Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B] #2528874
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8 April 2016

Tonight played some Buxtehude.......nice baroque music....try for example Canzonettes
Buxtehude

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Johan B


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Thought I'd upload a few videos from today. They're short 15-30 seconds each.

Balakirev The Lark

Still stuck on this section's right hand coordination with left land melody! Not satisfied with the right hand cleanness or left hand expression of melody, plus not up to speed.

[video:youtube]QlywCtlzLD4[/video]


Chopin Op 10 No 3

I just started this piece a few days ago although I've heard it many many times before and maybe that's helping me learn it. This is the first tiny snippet, I start to make mistakes after this line but I feel pretty good about this piece considering I've spent significantly less time on it than for example the Tatum.

[video:youtube]csXLS_zXHlc[/video]


Tatum Tea for Two

Argh! This is literally the hardest piece I've learnt I think. Maybe I'm not used to jazz runs and jumping huge 4-5 note chords but I've been practicing this page for at least 2 weeks intermittently and I'm still not doing very well! The run after was impossible for me to do it right to capture on video. I find it so much more difficult than the classical pieces I'm learning...

[video:youtube]eLFdogTP8JI[/video]



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Today spend about three hours at......Haydn Sonatas
Haydn, Sonatas

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Originally Posted by Johan B
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Today spend about three hours at......Haydn Sonatas
Haydn, Sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B


10 April 2016

Today continued the Haydn journey........

JB



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Haydn sonatas......beautiful......today polishing

Haydn, Sonata Hob XVI nr 24

...........part two, my favourite of the day......

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Originally Posted by Johan B
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Haydn sonatas......beautiful......today polishing

Haydn, Sonata Hob XVI nr 24

...........part two, my favourite of the day......

Best regards,
Johan B


12 & 13 April 2016

Still working on Haydn sonatas......

Best regards,
Johan B



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Silent Night. Well, I think it's someone's arrangement. The original is probably tougher with more chords.

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Tonight played some parts of The Great Suites of Händel......

Händel, Suites

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Fur Elise, Mozart fantasie in d minor, Bach Well Tempered Clavier. About 1 hour in total, not much time today.

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