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I want to learn "To Zanarkand". I just finished "Moon dance" which was fun and challenging and want to move on to this piece. Too hard? My teacher says it's "definitely doable" which was comforting but I don't know if he'd say anything else? I know there's some bomb ass piano players on this forum, wanted to get opinions.


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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard wink

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I know what you mean bob. What I'm talking about is I would never try a chopin nocturne right now... it would be a waste of my time. I could progress faster and much less frustrating by doing pieces closer to my level. I don't mind a challenge but I don't want it to be so hard it's wasting my time I could be spending on other things to help my progression. I want to progress as quick as possible and get on to playing the good stuff wink


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Moon Dance, as in this?



If you can do anything even close to that, I don't know why you're wondering whether you can do "To Zanarkand"! If I had a choice between those two, I'd definitely choose the latter, because I'm not sure I could do Moon Dance at this point.

ETA: I say this as someone who recently finished learning a Chopin Nocturne wink.

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Everything's too hard until you make it easy. Follow your teacher's instructions and practice wisely/much, and you'll soon wonder how you ever found it hard wink


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At around the one year experience mark you have quite a few of the tools to make your own decision. But your right to be cautious, look at the hardest measures in the score and try them out over a few days. Everything seems hard at first glance but if you can get any sort of a toe hold into a piece it's a start.


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Originally Posted by Sweet06
I could progress faster and much less frustrating by doing pieces closer to my level.


This is neither true nor false. Because how efficiently we operate depends on how motivated we are by something, this could go either way. Stop worrying, pick out things you would like to work to and present them to your teacher to help you with - this is what they're there for.


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I don't mind a challenge but I don't want it to be so hard it's wasting my time I could be spending on other things to help my progression. I want to progress as quick as possible and get on to playing the good stuff wink


The only way to progress as quick as possible is to follow a plan which is as regimented as it is motivating. The fact of the matter is that you don't know whether this involves pursuing a Chopin nocturne right now or not because of your inexperience, but what you can determine is how much you like/love the piece in question (going back to the motivation). This is, again, presumably why you hired a qualified professional to help guide you, so put your trust in said professional.

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I think you should go for it, especially as you feel motivated to do it - no-one else is putting pressure on you. In my experience - in general, not just piano, going 'beyond my current limits' can have unexpected results - it can either be surprisingly achievable and motivating, or it can show me that whilst I'm not ready - yet! - the desire to reach that stage in itself provides the momentum to do what needs to be done to reach that goal. Best wishes.

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Congrats on making it to 1 year! May there be many more years of music education in your future!
If you find the songs too difficult, you could always look for an easier version of the song. Sometimes one persons transcription of a song could be a lot easier to read than anothers.


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This is definitely my new project piece. bob is right as usual. I just need to trust my teacher and do it. so i will!


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Zanarkand should easily be doable for you. There's a couple of different versions out there. Try the one that's the FF X main theme(The one that plays in the opening sequence when they are around the campfire.) The version from the piano collections is harder.

Edit: Zanarkand was the piece that got me back into piano. I played as a kid but stopped for almost 20 years.

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