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Happy about my progress
#2918350 11/30/19 09:09 PM
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I just want to share. I'm not a great player at all. But i perceive my progress.
Studying Bach 3 parts inventions right now. Back in February it took me 3 weeks to play through number 6. I don't mean play it well, just go through all the bars. Today it took me about half an hour to sighread number 11 at first glance. So yeah i have some feeling of wow did i really do that? I still remember when 2 parts invention number 5 took me 6 months back in 2015. Im not going to play any concert now or never, but is rewarding when the long long practice hours for months and years finally show some outcome.

So do you have any beautiful experience on the same issue? I'm sure you do.

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That's great to hear. The inventions teach you things that will help you with all kinds of music.

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Wow, that's encouraging. I've been playing for 5-6 years, and just began the Inventions. I find them very tricky, and progress has been slow. About 2-4 weeks to play 1 and the same for 4. I failed at 8 and gave up because I didn't like it much, but now I'm working on 13. I'm still waiting to find them less difficult. I'm definitely not ready for 3 part Inventions yet.

Is there a trick to learning these? I have worked out fingering on 13, at least the first page, and I tried to identify chords and inversions where appropriate. I wonder, do you learn them HS or HT to begin with?


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It helps me a lot having a very good edition of the scores with a complete analysis and fingerings, and yes, hands separately. And practice very very slow, mixing legato with stacato. And remember to use the metronome. And practicing sight reading every day helps a lot. I use the childhood Mozart books for that purpose. Don't you think because they are childhood they are simple. Hundreds of little compositions affordable at first sight and very enjoyable.

Well those are mi tricks

Oh btw invention 13 is my favorite

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That's great, Snail! 2-part Inventions still kind of suck my will to live, so I'm definitely not ready for 3-part yet. smile

I worked on them for about 14 months straight, currently taking a break. I would say the last 2 were slightly faster to learn. Just enough to notice, but not jump up and down about.

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Is there a trick to learning these? I have worked out fingering on 13, at least the first page, and I tried to identify chords and inversions where appropriate. I wonder, do you learn them HS or HT to begin with?


If you learn the trick, please share! I typically break them up into 3 or 4 sections and work on HS until I have all the fingerings figured out and I can play through it fairly well. Then I start HT one measure at a time, and feel like a fawn standing up for the first time. It's soooo tedious!


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