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I just had a piano lesson and wanted to share my experience.

https://blizzardpiano.wordpress.com/2021/05/14/day-14-on-dynamics-and-phrasing/

Please let me know what you think! I strive to be as accurate as possible, and I think that many of these ideas aren't talked about enough, so I thought it would be a good idea to write out my experiences and collect them in a single place. I hope people will find the explanations useful. This is something which I had been struggling with for quite a while now.

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I have read some of your posts. I find them interesting to read, as a testimony of an individual progression. It takes some courage to write all this down. On the content though, i find that you are waisting a lot of your practice time on things which are probably too difficult for you and that you learn little by doing this. Playing bits of different Chopin etudes every day wont make you progress that much. It seems like a more focused practice on specific simplier technical exercices would be more fruitful. It also seems like you are playing a lot of the same type of music, mostly romantic. Some diversity would be more helpful.

For the sight reading, reading occasionally difficult pieces is fine, but unlike what you seem to believe, to improve your sight reading, you would be better off choosing pieces way simplier which you should try to play well and at tempo.

My final thought here is that i understand you dream of playing La Campanella, but i think you should realize that if you get there, it will be in a number of years. In the meantime, your mid target goal should be to play musically pieces of average difficulty. Mastering properly articulation, hand coordination, dynamic, phrasing, tempo and expression while working also on your technical skills is already enough to fill out every day. Nothing exciting, but piano progress is a long path with small daily increments. If you post a recording of your nocturne here , people can give you an honnest feedback and some additional recommendations. Good luck to you.

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Thank you for your reply! I have certainly not chosen La Campanella! I just find that the first part falls naturally enough under the hand now (it wasn't when I started btw), and it's fun and addicting to play. Similarly with a few of the Chopin etudes -- I have attempted them in the past (with other teachers), but not with proper technique.

Much of my time is spent on easier pieces, as well as technique. However, while I understand that doing that for five hours each day might be a good idea, I probably don't have the discipline to go at it constantly in that manner, and I don't necessarily think it's the best idea. With concentrated effort like that, I find that diminishing returns start to set in after 2-3 hours.

When it comes to sight reading, I know that the general advice is to start slow. I started my attempts to sightread about 12 months ago, and I think I've now reached a point where it makes sense to try to branch out.

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