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Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2723061
03/20/18 09:34 PM
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Awesome performance, SiFi! You've really captured the beast. Congratulations!

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Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2727579
04/08/18 09:41 PM
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It's been a while so I decided to revive this thread with my latest recording. I have very mixed feelings about it because although I'm able to do (and see/hear) a few nice things I'm able to do, overall I don't think I'm making that much progress over 7 months of trying. It's also frustrating that I seem to have a hard time capturing on a recording the times I do play it better, but maybe I'll be able to do better with time, maybe a decade or two. In this particular recording, I feel I started too timidly, then got a bit more confident, but when I stumbled on the first set of quintuplets that rattled me and I can see the mistakes starting to creep in until my disastrous crash and burn on the G major "jota-esque" section with all the jumps, but after my exasperated sigh, I just plow through it badly, then eventually regain my footing. I do think that while the ending is far from perfect, I feel a bit more confident and secure, maybe because I've been focusing on it a lot more. At this point I'm not sure how much of this is simply performance anxiety and how much is simply poor technique. I do get some consolation knowing that this can grow with time and it just needs a lot of work, particularly for somebody like me that is self-teaching this piece with no benefit of teacher at the moment.
I'll play this tomorrow at a piano club meeting out of town, hopefully will get to try this at another club in a couple of weeks, then in May at the piano camp, whatever it takes to help me get through my performance anxiety. So, without further ado, here is my latest effort, warts and all, recorded with Samson CO1 mic and a Zoom H1 mic, mixed with Studio One 3. Thanks for any suggestions and feedback.
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Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2727581
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We had one of the pianists play this at the Young Artist Competition at my music club. I was not there for that one, so I do not know how it went, and it did not win, so I may never hear it.


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Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2728059
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Well, I survived my first live performance attempt in front of people. I think the most important thing is that I got through the whole thing, and managed to play several passages well. I even played the jota-esque leaps with little difficulty, go figure. I did have stumbles, both expected and unexpected, but at least I did a quarter-decent (not as good as a half-decent, but at least something) job. So, I think my focus needs to be on learning to perform, instead of being stuck on learning to play it. I CAN play this, done so several times in private, but when it comes to learning to perform it, I still have much to learn. I’ll try this again in a couple of weeks at a different club, and keep trying to perform for the camera, until I get to a comfortable performance that I’ll then upload, even though it may be a while. Hopefully someday...

Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: hbs60] #2728064
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Originally Posted by hbs60
Well, I survived my first live performance attempt in front of people.

Well done, Hector. Practice and performance are completely different animals, I know. The former may give you comfort and a sense of security, like a domestic cat in a good mood, while the latter can be an angry Siberian tiger that eats you alive. So just surviving is not insignificant. I am hoping I'll get a chance to play this for a private lesson at PianoTexas. I feel that the more you know about a piece, the more you really know it.

I still want to post a version on member recordings. Unfortunately I've been tied up learning other stuff recently.

Ciao!


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Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2728068
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Thanks, SiFi,
It’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it? I’m hoping to play this for my piano camp master class (unless I chicken out or not picked for the class) this coming May.

Any suggestions or observations on my recent video? Any glaring issues I need to address? I’m looking forward to yours but I know doing videos can be complicated and time consuming, so take your time.

I know what you mean about the domestic cat, being a cat owner myself, but being that I’m in FL, instead of tigers I think of alligators eating me, and this piece is infested with them under that beautiful surface, ready to jump out at unexpected moments, so I try to stay vigilant.
Hector

Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2728596
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Sorry to chime in again (I don't want to monopolize this thread), just wanted to share something weird.
I wonder if doing that sloppy performance out of town actually helped me in some way. I got back feeling very energized, reviewing every possible detail I could think of, practicing passages slow, hand separate, fast, backwards, metronome, etc, nothing really new I haven't done before, and all of a sudden it seems I'm breaking through some wall, because I've been able to play this much, much better, it feels easier and flows better. Too bad I couldn't capture it in video, but I wonder if the act of performing (no matter how poorly or sloppily) can actually help me play my music better. then again, who knows how I'll do tomorrow, but today I'll enjoy what I accomplished.

Re: Who Can Play Los Requiebros? [Re: SiFi] #2734907
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Here's my latest recording attempt. This time I'm using my new iPhone 8 plus with the Samson CO-1 condenser microphone attached via an iRig adapter. My self assessment is that I still have a long way to go, I would say I'm about 60% of where I wish I were (keep in mind I'm simply a self-taught amateur and currently I'm not having any lessons so I'm completely winging it). I notice I still have lots of hesitancy and tension, I believe that it may be because I'm too distracted by looking at the score and playing, this is the type of piece that I could play much better if I could have it completely memorized, but these days I don't trust my memory as much as I did. I'm trying to get this as ready as I can for my upcoming trip to piano camp later this month, hopefully over there I can get some adult supervision and maybe learn new, different ways of approaching it. Right now, it feels like whack-a-mole, I fix some technical issue, only to see a different one pop up somewhere else. But, why do I do it?....because it's there! Maybe some day I'll be able to climb this Everest all the way to the summit, in the meantime I'm at base camp...
Constructive and kind feedback and suggestions always welcome, thanks!
Hector

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