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Hi,

I'm at a bit of an impasse right now:
I recently played some Bach preludes (935, 935) and some Scarlatti (K99, K466 a while ago) and two of the easier Chopin Nocturnes. I work on the baroque stuff with my teacher (who is a harpsichordist) but I've suspended starting new pieces there for a while.

At this point what really blocks me from playing the pieces to a standard where I would like to listen to them myself are trills. They keep interrupting my tempo or preventing me from reaching the pace the piece is meant to be played at.
I really don't want to grow to resent the Scarlatti pieces by just keeping on playing them sub-standard and becoming frustrated... so...

My idea is to take a couple of weeks to let the pieces "settle down" and practice trill technique specifically. For that, I found some good resources for that and have my teacher.

Since I also want play some music but things like the Notenb├╝chlein, etc. bore me I'm looking for ideas here:

I really love the piano arrangement of Piazolla's Libertango https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNJTJrnpbjE&ab_channel=Kassia but I'm nowhere close technically.

What are some easy to play, catchy, non-trill-containing non-classical pieces that have a similar vibe to this?

I'm also open for other things to keep me busy, so suggest away...

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Keybender
I really love the piano arrangement of Piazolla's Libertango https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNJTJrnpbjE&ab_channel=Kassia but I'm nowhere close technically.

What are some easy to play, catchy, non-trill-containing non-classical pieces that have a similar vibe to this?

I'm also open for other things to keep me busy, so suggest away...
I can't help with with non-classical (with a small 'c'), but Ginastera's Argentinian Dance No.2 is (obviously) also Argentinian though non-tango, and is slow but fun, with some nice juicy big chords to sink your teeth (or fingers) into:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uemFFyQ2UW4&list=RDF0IQ_ToJAXo&index=2

Also have a look at Gershwin's 3 Preludes - No.2 should be easy enough for you, but the others might be approachable too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYst93FCuJg
(N.B. Lenny adds extra stuff of his own there. And you can also swing the rhythm, if you feel up to it - George doesn't mind.)


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