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Learning the minute waltz #2911124 11/12/19 10:51 AM
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So I'v been playing piano for about 4 months or so though I have studied piano for one year when I was younger but I was a kid so I really did not take it seriously. I'm almost done with Chopin's nocturne op 9 no 2 do you think I should try to learn the minute waltz?

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Re: Learning the minute waltz [Re: Elad Peleg] #2911136 11/12/19 11:13 AM
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If you're just playing for fun, you can try anything you like. You might enjoy the RH finger-twisting of Op.64/1, even if you can't manage it at the correct speed, especially with the ornaments.....

But if you want my opinion, I think you should try a much easier slower waltz first, like the two A minor ones (Op.posth and Op.34/2)


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Re: Learning the minute waltz [Re: Elad Peleg] #2911234 11/12/19 03:37 PM
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I agree with Bennevis.
But I'd add, I think it would be totally fine to try to play the "Minute Waltz" and you'd probably do fine with it, as long as you don't take the "minute" thing seriously (nobody should!) grin ....and in fact, I'd say, don't feel that you need to play it fast at all. It's more important to be musical.

I'm sure that many people would say "boo" to this, probably even some of our very smart people here ha .....but I'd say that even pretty slow playing of the piece would be fine -- I don't mean for performance, of course, but for oneself and, I'd go so far as to say, for the sake of music. smile

I can easily imagine pretty slow playing of the piece that would be superior to fast playing. In fact, it could easily be superior to most attempts to play it fast.
Just 'be musical' -- do your best to have it be an actual melody, feel every note -- and it'll be more than fine.

Re: Learning the minute waltz [Re: Elad Peleg] #2911249 11/12/19 04:08 PM
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Another fun thing I used to do with the piece is to play the left hand in different contrasting keys (like for example C) while still playing the RH in D-flat...

That waltz, and the nocturne mentioned, are a couple of those familiar/popular things that, collectively, can suck people into classical music until they're hooked -- and then they move on to explore less well-traveled (more like well-trampled) territory. Nothing wrong with that.


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