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Pieces that make you feel like a beginner
#3029370 09/26/20 05:18 PM
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Sometimes there are pieces that are so frustrating they make you feel like a beginner again. My current nemesis is Grieg's Trolltog op. 54 no. 3. The 5-note glissando-like runs are just killing me. My fingers do not want to cooperate at all. To add insult to injury there are those large fast octave jumps but that problem seems a bit less intractable at the moment. My teacher says I can do it but YT performances seem so fast and impossible... cry

What are your current/past nemesis pieces?

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Glissandos & octave jumps? (gulp)

You don't sound like a beginner to me ! laugh

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I haven't really started it, but I have been tinkering with Bach's Italian Concerto in F Major (Presto). I can already tell it is going to be my new nemesis­čśÄ.


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I AM a beginners, I don't just feel like one. My nemesis pieces are those that require big hands.

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The Bach fugue that I am working on.


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Anything from Bartok's Mikrokosmos Vol. 6. Or Vol. 5, for that matter.

For the most part, Bartok writes one line of notes for each clef, but often each clef is in a different key (or no key) and the time signatures change frequently. They require intense concentration just to read the notes, let alone make sense of the rhythms and dynamics. Makes my brain hurt.


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Since I'm still a beginner.. they all make me feel like a beginner some just make me notice more than others. I think it's syncopated rhythms that make my head spin...

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Every Mozart sonata makes me feel like a beginner. They sound like children can easily play them but I sweat bullets when I get near them. They are just so unrelenting & unforgiving.


With new students Chopin was chiefly anxious to do away with any stiffness in, or cramped, or convulsive movement of the hand, thereby obtaining the first requisite of fine technique "souplesse" (suppleness). -- Carl Mikuli on Chopin the teacher.

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