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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: AccidentalDavid] #2536247
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Originally Posted by AccidentalDavid
I just wanted to comment to let you know that I'll be watching your progress on this beautiful piece. Your deliberate practice is genuinely inspiring. I wouldn't have created an account JUST to post a reply if I wasn't motivated by you.

Thank you!


Thank you for following my journals. It gives me motivation to push on with this piece, which at times, can feel like a monster from a technical difficulty perspective.

Now that you've joined the forum, do roam around. There are some interesting topics waiting for your participation :-)



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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2536279
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Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Lesson No. 2:

Had a rather long discussion with teacher about performing and body movements, in my case, lack of. There are pianists that moves a lot and those that hardly do. In my case, it's important that my non-movement doesn't result to "freezing" inside.

Got some compliments and got some criticisms. Got some tips on how to practise some of the difficult passages. Got some better fingerings than those suggested in the book.

2 weeks to work on them before the next lesson. I think in the next lesson, I'll split it with one of my exam pieces to go over with my teacher.


Tubbie0075 we can tell you truly love this music. You comment on non-body movements. I used to move some to the music as I played and was struck down by my teacher. He was ugly about it. I know you can feel this music. Who can't feel the music of Chopin? That person would have to be dead inside. Let this music flow through every cell of your body, let it take you somewhere, go with it. Move with the passion you feel through this music. You can do it, just let go!!!

Looking forward to your music.


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Watched "The Pianist" last night. It was on right before I went to sleep. I couldn't stay up to watch the part where he plays the Ballade. I thought of you watching it for the first time. Music is everything!


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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2537381
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Week 8 (or is it week 9?): slacking on the Ballade the entire week. Practised Mozart K330 first and second movements instead. It is so difficult to play Mozart. In several aspects, it's more difficult than playing Chopin: even tone, articulation, left and right hand balance, phrasing etc. Several times I had to go back to practising scales before returning to the piece. All of the fingers have to be so alive to make it work.






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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2537446
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Took my violin out of its dusty case and 2 hours later I felt like I've never left it. Completely drown myself with vibrato, something I missed and not able to do on the piano. The feel of the arm in a bow change... oh I really miss that. Sustaining a note for as long as I want...

My piano teacher told me I should keep up with my violin playing. I'm glad I'm listening to him :-)

Perhaps tomorrow I will be ready to go back to the Ballade and pick up where I left off last week.



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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2539834
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Week 9:

Last week I said I was going back to the Ballade but I didn't. I got distracted with recording wedding music for my sister. Today's lesson spent mostly on Mozart Sonata K330 second movement (expression, tension, release and pulse), and about 10 minutes on the first movement (articulation and pedalling). At the end of the lesson, teacher asked what I plan for the next lesson. I felt obliged and answered "Chopin's Ballade?".

So I guess I better get back to it!



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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2540603
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Hi Tubbie,
Thank you for posting this. It is very inspiring indeed. I'll keep an eye on your progress as well. Keep it up!

Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Took my violin out of its dusty case and 2 hours later I felt like I've never left it. Completely drown myself with vibrato, something I missed and not able to do on the piano. The feel of the arm in a bow change... oh I really miss that. Sustaining a note for as long as I want...

Unfortunately, whenever I take my violin out of its dusty case I can never really make it to 2 hours because my intonation has become a joke and vibrato is slow and awkward. Sustaining a note forever does feel very good though smile


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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: PikaPianist] #2540738
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Originally Posted by PikaPianist

Unfortunately, whenever I take my violin out of its dusty case I can never really make it to 2 hours because my intonation has become a joke and vibrato is slow and awkward. Sustaining a note forever does feel very good though smile


I was recording Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod) on the violin for my sister's wedding yesterday and I injured my 2nd finger (violin) on the left hand. I got too carried away with the vibrato! My bow change and string crossing was terrible. In hindsight, I should have spent some time warming up first.





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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2541790
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Week 10:

Ok, I'm finally back to it. There are a couple of new fingerings I need to learn before the next lesson. I'm playing faster than I should and it sounds messy. I need to hold it back a little and try to play it clean and musical.

At the same time, I'm also relearning Rachmaninov G# minor prelude for a possible exam piece. It's been a while since I practise Bach's prelude & fugue in E. I should also explore what my teacher taught me on Mozart's K330 second movement during the previous lesson.

There's so much to do!



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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2542131
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Sore hands. Sore right hand in particular :-(



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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2542424
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I have less than 2 months before my 1-month Europe trip. So here's my short term goals for the next 5-6 weeks before the trip:

Target for this Sunday's lesson (Week 11):
- Play through fluently and musically for bars 1-105 (play under tempo where needed)
- Record a video for 1-105.

Target for the following lesson (Week 13):
- Play through fluently and musically for bars 1-202 (play under tempo where needed)
- Record a video, if not 1-202, then 106-202.

Target for the following lesson (Week 15):
- Play through fluently and musically for bars 1-260 (entire piece) (definitely play under tempo at Presto section)
- Record a video, if non 1-260, then 203-260.

So from now on it is practise for reliability, or as they, say practise until I cannot get it wrong (as opposed to practise until I get it right). I'm already feeling the pressure!




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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2542746
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Practising until I cannot get it wrong is very difficult!

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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2542862
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Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Practising until I cannot get it wrong is very difficult!


You probably have heard this before but you have to practice it "right" from the start. I would worry that if you're practicing until it is not "wrong" means you are playing it wrong more times than you are getting it right.

If you can't get it at a faster tempo then you need to go back to a slower one. You can maybe try an occasional sprint at a faster speed but you may consider then playing the section a few times slower again so you don't ingrain mistakes.

Just my $0.02 .. good luck!


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Tonight I was practising the Ballade as usual but just a moment ago, I played from Presto until the end of the piece, by memory, without mistakes! Of course I was playing quite slower, but I was playing as fast as my hands, my eyes and my memory could manage.

BY MEMORY!

WITHOUT MISTAKES!


YAY!!!!



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That's wonderful. I know that amazing feeling when it comes together.
Happy for you!


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Week 11:

I arrived to lesson and heard my teacher playing Bach. We spent about 5-10 minutes talking and admiring about his music, and I get to hear him play a prelude and fugue. I think it's C# major from book 1. He asked if I like Bach, and I reminded him that Bach is my number 1 favourite!

In today's lesson, I get to play from bar 82 to bar 177, which is quite a lot compared to previous lessons. During the lesson, my teacher focused on shapes and grouping in the passages in bars 130-133, 138-142, 144-146, 148-151. For bars 110 and 111, he spent some time on how to use less hand and more arm for the right hand octaves, and also use a bit of rotation towards the thumb for each of the octave while trying to play legato on the top notes with the 4th and 5th fingers.

Then he realised the edition I have has an error as I played it. Bar 168 last quaver note is print C-flat but he checked with another edition and confirmed it's a C. He also pointed out that I played all the A notes wrongly as A# in bars 152-153 (oops!), and the G note wrongly as F in the chord in the 2nd half of bar 172. That said, he has used the word "beautiful" several times during the lesson while I played. Near the end of the lesson, we get to go over the Presto section briefly on how to not stretch and collect the hands wherever possible.

I didn't get to make a video this weekend because I got distracted with shopping. Sorry. I loose all senses when I am surrounded with Boss Orange products.






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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2550381
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This must be week 13?

Today I'm preparing to play from bar 192 - 260, when the piece return to Meno Mosso all the way to the end. I've not had a chance to go through this section in my lessons. Hopefully today I will.

While I couldn't reach the fluency to make video recordings, just targeting for it made me practise more and improved. There is now now section in the entire piece that I fear, but there are still many sections where my playing isn't very reliable.

I would like to record the entire piece, even with mistakes, pauses, retakes, before I leave for Europe in mid-July. It's just very difficult to present something that is so imperfect to the public...



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Week 15:

Today was the last piano lesson before my 1-month trip to Europe. That makes it 1.5 month before my next piano lesson.

I am thoroughly happy to have played the entire Ballade in the lesson for the first time! There were numerous slips and several retakes of passages, but I managed to play the entire piece from start to end! I was also confident enough to play many of the difficult passages by memory, include the Presto section at the end. Frankly, there were so many notes it was the only way for me to get through it, by memory. The other reason I managed to get through it was that I didn't rush and took my time, especially in difficult passages. Even if it was just a fraction of a second here and there, it made a big difference.

My teacher was very pleased with my progress. With that in mind, he started to take me to the "next level" both technically and musically, which in some cases mean going back to the basics.

I have one more goal before I leave for Europe, that is to record my progress of the entire Ballade in a video and share it here. It's been difficult lately because there were so many things to plan and prepare for the trip. Next weekend is my last chance. I'll do my best.

And yes, I'll be bringing my music with me and will try find pianos to practice in Madrid, Brussels, Edinburgh, Prague, Rome and Barcelona. Anyone knows where I can rent piano practice studio by the hour in these cities?




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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2554491
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Week 15.5:

I tried to record some passages today but my hands felt really stiff. Today must be the 1 step backward of the 3 steps forward 1 step backward moment my teacher keeps saying.

Anywho, at the very least I managed to record the 2 most technically difficult sections of the entire piece, for me at least. I'm pleased to now be able to play them from memory so my eyes are free to be busy looking at the keyboard.

There's a chance I have some time this Sunday to have another go at other sections. At this rate, I don't think I can manage to record the entire piece at one go, nor breaking it up into 3 sections. So much for my short term goal before my trip *sigh*. I just hope I won't loose too much being away from the piano for a month.








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Week 16 (4 months):

Did a bit of practise today. Went slow on difficult sections as if I was re-learning the notes, fingerings, hand/arm positions, rotations etc. I think it's important to do that once in a while even after getting some proficiency. It's so convenient to practise without having to relying on music sheets all the time.

Unfortunately there's no time to make another video before my trip. There are so many things to organise and I'm meeting my high school teacher tomorrow. Apologies to those anticipating a video this weekend.

I wasn't sure if anyone was still following this journal. So since my last post, I noted down the number of views. I'm surprised to see that in 3 days there has been almost 200 views! Thank you for your invisible support :-)

I will miss my piano :-(




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Hello Tubbie smile

You are going to be very busy and won't have time for piano! laugh In Spain it is very hot now so it would probably better for you to find a swimming pool and not a piano, but I once tried to find pianos to rent in Madrid, and posted about it in this thread:

Madrid

I did now the same search for Barcelona and can see as one of the first entries this: Barcelona

But Madrid and Barcelona are quite big. Just getting to those places could take very long, so probably you'd only want to find somewhere close to your hotel. In Barcelona you can go to the sea. smile

I hope you have a great time in your trip, and with your family. When you are back you'll have now to tell us about it and not just your Chopin adventure. wink

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After all of your hard work, you deserve to take a break and enjoy all other aspects of life. Wether you post a video or not, I have been and will continue to follow your thread. It is very helpful to me and I am so very happy for your progress. Enjoy our time away!


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Thanks Albunea. This piano studio rental is very close to where I'll be staying and if my very limited Spanish is correct, it has a grand piano for rent for 10 euro per hour. That's very reasonable.

Alquiler De Aulas

Madrid is probably the only place I have time to practise piano. So that's fantastic news :-)





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Thanks Music Me.

As much as I'd like to leave the piano practise behind, I know I won't be able to. Several years ago when I was still learning the violin, I went on a holiday and left my violin at home. After a few days, my urge to play/practise was so bad I went and bought a $2000 violin!

Luckily this time, piano is not something I can just buy (due to size and $$$). I know I won't be able to enjoy my holiday fully if I am not able to touch a piano for an hour a day. Such is the joy and "curse" of music :-)




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Indeed!


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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2555598
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Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Thanks Albunea. This piano studio rental is very close to where I'll be staying and if my very limited Spanish is correct, it has a grand piano for rent for 10 euro per hour. That's very reasonable.

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Madrid is probably the only place I have time to practise piano. So that's fantastic news :-)




Yes, that's what it says there.

Great you could find one close to your place. smile

In Madrid and other cities you might like to visit some piano shops (tienda) in the city center. Those at least will have air conditioning for sure. laugh smile

Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2556727
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Week 17:

Bye bye piano. See you in a month. frown






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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2562981
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I'm back from Europe!

I didn't manage to practise piano much while in Europe except for:

Melbourne Airport:
There was a grand piano near the boarding gates. After waiting for a dad and his little girl tinkling on the keys, I braved up and started practising Chopin Ballade (from memory). I used the soft pedal throughout as I was very shy. Luckily there weren't many people sitting in front of the piano because it was 1 am in the morning. When I finished and walked past a young adult girl, she thanked me. :-)

Edinburgh
At Varsity Music Shop, The shopkeeper was very kind to let me practise on this piano at the back of the shop for 5 pounds per hour. I was in Edinburgh for 3 days but only discovered this shop on the 2nd day. So I only managed to practise an hour for 2 days. At the end of the 2nd day, after hearing that I was practising Chopin, the shopkeeper tried to sell me the complete Chopin music book of over 700 pages. As much as I'd like to buy it (at a very reasonable price of 35 pounds), I really have no space in my tiny suitcase. So I bought a used Chopin Sonata No. 2 instead.


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Prague
The only music shop I found was the Petrof piano shop. When I got there, a young pianist was testing out on a concert grand with several Chopin pieces. He was so impressive I just stood there listening to him. The piano shop was too small to accommodate me playing also.

On the next day, I went to a musical instrument museum. As everyone was busy visiting the castle and selfie-ing at Charles Bridge, no one was at the museum. There, I touch a piano played by Mozart!

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At the end of the visit, we were still the only visitor there. So I braved up to play for half an hour at the upright piano in the main hall (using the soft pedal throughout). Did some Chopin Ballade passages then ended up with the first half of first movement from Mozart Sonata K330 (the only bit I could play from memory) as a tribute to Mozart.

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Rome
There was a really good piano shop called Alfonzi Pianoforti near where we were staying. I went there and asked if they have a piano studio for rent. They didn't but allowed me to play on any one of the pianos at the basement for half an hour. They said it would be too noisy if I were to play at the ground floor, but I think part of the reason was that they didn't want me to touch any of their Steinways! Fair enough. At the basement, I chose this one:

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Madrid
During my last leg of the trip, I was determined to practise piano on a daily basis. So I went to 3 music schools that rented piano studios by the hour. All of them were closed for the entire August!


Now that I am home, I really should uncover my piano and start practising.




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Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2563200
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I am not surprised, Tubbie smile I didn't think of it, but being schools it is really normal they are closed the whole August (maybe July too).

Yeah! Playing time now! smile

Re: Learning Journal: Chopin Ballade No. 1 Op. 23 [Re: Tubbie0075] #2566294
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Week-1 (after lost count):

Resume lesson last Sunday. Played half of the ballade and got stopped by teacher. Teacher is liking the sound but not so much at some of the phrasings. Lesson focused on musicality and some technical aspects, especially the octave scales. Learning new techniques to lift it to the next level.

Planning to play the other half for tomorrow's lesson. Then it's teacher's turn to be away for a couple of weeks.




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