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#2427344 - 05/31/15 04:56 PM What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily......  
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What did you play today? Maybe it's an idea for other pianists.....

30 & 31 May
It's weekend, so I played for about four hours during the saturday and two hours at sunday. Played among others......

Dvorak, Two mazurkas and Impromptu G minor (opus 52 / 1)
Borodin, Intermezzo
Bach, French suite nr 4/1 3hearts
Zipoli, Suite G minor
Mozart, Fantasie D minor, KV397
Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour KV352 3hearts
Kuhlau, Sonatinen
Clementi, Sonatinen
Jazz Standards, Hal Leonard

Perhaps some suggestions for others.....

What did you play today...........??

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#2427499 - 06/01/15 02:36 AM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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I had some more modest achievements.
Yesterday, I worked on the 1st Hannon exercise and 1st exercise of Passagen-Übungen.
Tried Hannon before but had no staying power with it.
And going through the whole book in 1 hr and every day, seems like a tough task. Not sure that is something for me...haha.
Thought I would have sore hands this morning, but didn't.
That seems positive.


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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Hanon is a tough slog. Not sure it's for me either. At the time Hanon wrote these exercises finger independence and strengthening was thought to be the key to virtuostic playing. Now the thinking is more of a whole body approach, using shoulders, arm weight, wrist rotation. If you're playing Hanon and feel any discomfort or pain - stop.

I worked on the tricky middle section of the Chopin Etude 10/3. I found a Paul Barton tutorial on YT which had some helpful practice ideas. Made some progress towards being able to play it for the first time for my teacher in a few weeks.

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#2427670 - 06/01/15 04:54 PM Re: What did you play today? Tip for other pianists? Daily...... [Re: Johan B]  
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1 June

Today I recieved twelve books from a music-library. I ordered the books because I want to prepare my organperformances in july and august. Most baroque and some from the romantic period

So I played this afternoon baroque........Böhm, Telemann, Zipoli, Zachau, Pachelbel........choralpartitas, choralvorspiele, preludia etc.

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Pieces from my First Bach Book. I am up through the first Bourré. (I am avoiding one of the marches.)

Clementi Sonatina, like I do every day. This time once slowly with a metronome. My goal is to get it up to tempo by next year.

Working on Chopin waltz in A minor which I learned about here. I "know" the first half now.

A Simple Life and White Horse by Brian Crain. Great beginner stuff with big arpeggios!

I Have Loved You from my church book, lead sheet style.

My evolving rendition of Blues for Big Scotia, in F.

The weather here has been wet and cloudy and I was in a bad mood, played terribly.


Oh! also Hanon 1-8. I don't know if it's helping or not.

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A bit of a Chopin Ballade and Étude and a bit of a Beethoven sonata. Not much because had the piano tuner here for a while. Need tuning and a "D" kept sticking. The sticking was cured when the pink crayon was removed from the action.

Found the second half of a diary I kept for years that I wrote about my experiences studying piano. I didn't remember half of the pieces I used to play. Looking them up to rework them.


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Back in 1979 or so, I worked for a club. One evening Louisiana's LaRoux was playing. They had a hit called New Orleans Ladies. I've always liked it. I went to Chordie and looked it up. Somebody posted some chords, so I jotted them down, with the lyrics. There was even a nice split chords thing; G G/F# Am C D etc.
It was so much like visiting an old friend. But finding out you are closer now than you were then.


Rhythm & Chords, it's what I do.
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Tried to get the feel back for Moskowski Étude G minor, also Chopin Étude (Aeolian).

It's been about 15 years since I played those.


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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Tried to get the feel back for Moskowski Étude G minor, also Chopin Étude (Aeolian).

It's been about 15 years since I played those.


Wow...Isabelle...that's long time ago....

One of my favorites since 2012.....Bach Pastorale part three 'Air' BWV590.......I played the first time in 1970 in an organrecital.......a break of 42 years grin

2 June

Played among others
Böhm, Keyboard Suite A minor and Choralpartitas 3hearts
Schumann, Waldszenen
Dvorak, Mazurkas and Impromptu
Borodin, Intermezzo

I will try to find on internet Isabellas Moskowski Étude G minor........

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Yes, Johann 15 years is a long time ago. I think I last tried the Chopin and Beethoven about 8 years ago and nothing worked, there was no recall at all. This time a good number of the notes were right under my fingers. That was a good feeling. The Chopin Étude is the one I am most enamored with. Thanks


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I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.


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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.


Michael,

Nice combi......Joplin and hyms.....I' am also playing religious, Bach, Beatles and jazz....

Today 3 june, playing among others......

Händel, keyboard suites, Chaconne G minor 3hearts
Böhm, Suite for harpsichord A minor
Schumann, Waldszenen
And...Abide with me...

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Worked on Chopin Étude Op. 25 No. 1, spent extra time on the arpeggios at the end of the piece. Trying to focus on using a very light touch without tension.

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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.


Michael, have you played any Louis Moreau Gottschalk?


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I have not! Any specific recommendations?


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A bit of Blue Moon and Sailing.

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I'm working up a small Bach chorale, but as a counterpoint I played Moon River as well!

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A little bit of Chopin Waltz Op 34 no 2, after Polyphonist found it for me. Then worked some on Beethoven Sonata Op 14 no 2, the section with 2 against 3 and then some of the beginning of the sonata. I really surprised myself with the 2 against 3. I was sure I would turn it into a hot mess, lol. Worked on some trills in the pieces I would like to get under my fingers again. Focusing on absence of tension. Trying to find the best height for the piano bench. I'm 5'2" so I think I am more comfortable with the bench in its lowest position.

Any suggestions much appreciated.


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Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

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Johan B

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Originally Posted by leel
I'm working up a small Bach chorale, but as a counterpoint I played Moon River as well!


Leel,

Bach and Moon river....nearly the same.....LOL grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B

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Originally Posted by Johan B
4 June

Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

Kind regards,
Johan B


The Telemann looks nice, but the counterpoint kills me


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Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I have not! Any specific recommendations?


Gottschalk: Le Bananier, Bamboula Danse de Negres, La Savane

Really, anything Gottschalk.

Gottschalk lived on N. Rampart St in New Orleans as a child. Bamboula was composed using his memory of the sounds coming from Congo Square, near his home. Congo Square was a meeting place for slaves and others of color, where they enjoyed making music and dancing, when they had a day off.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Square

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Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
4 June

Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

Kind regards,
Johan B


The Telemann looks nice, but the counterpoint kills me


Isabelle......it's worth to study these works.......it's so nice 3hearts .......have a try......wish you good luck and all the best......from the other side of the world...... grin

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Johann, yes I plan to challenge myself to with he Telemann. Oh but that counterpoint. You would think that would be easier than chords or other, but it's not. I wonder what it is about that?

So far today, 5 finger scales in each key, along the full keyboard. Inversions along the full keyboard. Arpeggiated in each key, full keyboard. These just for fun and to feel. Y way around again. A little sight reading with Mozart K 331, K 310, K 309 and K 283. Not the whole of the Mozarts, just enough to get the feel back for the topography of he keyboard, sort of a spatial sudy. Remember it's been 11+ years.

Looked up and copied Ginastera, Rondo on Argentine Children's Folk Tunes. Played this also,about 20 years ago. Hated it at first because of some of the dissonant sounds. It's a fun piece though.

Next round today will be Chopin Étude, Waltz and Beethoven Somata.

Long ago I worked as a nurse doing 12 hour night shifts every Fri, Sat, and Sun (did this for ten years)' so,that I would have most of the day to practice during the week while the house was empty. Retired now and would love to practice the day away, but would probably drive my husband nuts!!!

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Isabelle,

When I read your posts I think that you 're playing at advanced level. You also study structured, scales, chords etc.

About roommates........I made the choice for a good digital in my study at the first floor instead of a grand in the living. My wife is not really devoted to pianomusic. Mostly I play piano without headphones, the distance to the living is large enough......when I play in the night, sometimes, I use them of course....

I work part time, four days in the week. My profession teacher highschool. My weekend has three days, time enough to play. The other days I play about two hours a day. Retirement is still three years away......

Nice you share your daily practice.....

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Johann, I don't consider myself advanced. After my 11 years away from the piano, it is somewhat of a struggle to get the pieces back. But I am determined and I really don't think it's going too badly. It is frustrating to know that I had all of this music committed to memory and it is taking quite a bit of work to get them back.

The teacher I studied with taught music theory very heavily, plus scales, chords, inversions. He loved to torture me with solfege. He pushed students to the extreme level. I had a lot of time to practice,so I was able to keep up with most of his demands.

About 15 years ago I had a digital piano, but really didn't like the touch or sound I practiced on it only when necessary with headphones when people were in the house. Once I was practicing away with the headphones but they were not plugged in! My husband was about 10 feet away watching television!!! I, sure,he thought I was crazy.

Keep practicing! All we have to waste is time!


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Today played among others.....

Telemann, Ouvertures.....so nice..... 3hearts
Six ouvertures

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I had the house to myself so put in about 4 hours today!

Ravel Mother Goose Suite - for four hands
Chopin Etude 10/3
Brahms Intermezzo 117/2
Jacquest Ibert Histoires - also for four hands
Lowell Lieberman - Etudes on Songs by Robert Franz

Made a microgram of progress!

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PianogrlNW, a microgram here too, maybe even more like a picogram (I think that's a word).


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PianogrlNW, a microgram here too, maybe even more like a picogram (I think that's a word).


Good one, Isabelle! Nice to know others can relate to the enormous amount of effort it takes to makes some progress at the piano.



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