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all 4 pages for this piece from the studio ghibli elementary book, any areas i could work on for this piece and maybe my technique in general? what about the dynamics? any suggestions and tips are appreciated. smile

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By far my favourite Ghibli movie. I love the soundtrack too. In terms of dynamics I would say that the left hand is a little too loud (but that could just be the recording).

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you're right, LH is too loud. i'll have to work on that either later or another time.


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I am way more..... beginner than you, so I will comment only on the fact that I see extreme tension in your hands. Tension in any activity requiring fine motor skills is the worst enemy of said activity, so I am sure that you should first address this issue.

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i was nervous while recording, which measures are you referring to?


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is the LH hand fixed, or does it need more work? it's difficult for me to know what to work on since i'm at grade 2 but learning informally.


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Your hands look a bit static but I don't think there is "extreme tension". The most important thing is to have a flexible wrist. At first you can practice this making circles with your wrist but when playing you should minimize that motion.

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There is too much tension in your hands. And they are way too rigid all the time. Your wrist must be flexible. You are using too much your fingers only instead of using more the natural weight of your arm, which will also lower the tension. You will not play any better if your hands are tensed. As a consequence the sound you produce is percussive. you need to learn how to vary the touch to create a more smoother tone and also to better balance left and right hand.

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thx for letting me know! i will try doing that on a daily basis. smile


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Here is a video mentioned by Animisha in another thread recently.



I think it's an excellent video. Probably the best available in English now on that topic. You may want to watch it to get a better idea of the piano technique.

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nice! my teacher taught me to play the piano like i'm grabbing an orange without teaching this, so many gaps in my piano knowledge, i forget much too. smile


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how is the dynamic control? it's more difficult than i thought to play this piece properly! i'll keep persevering though.


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I feel your pain. I remember what it was like to be learning how to play with different dynamics in each hand. It is really difficult but don't give up! The left hand does sound softer but now you want to try to make sure the melody stands out. I agree with the other commenters that you look a little tense when you play. I think that is what you should be focusing on - playing in a loose and comfortable manner. For that you will need to be more familiar with the music. Get it in your hands, so to speak. Then, once it starts to feel more natural to play, you can begin focusing on the dynamics. Just IMHO.

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What I say might be heresy, but try this. Stop using the metronome, dont even count time, and just play the piece with only one objective, dynamics control. Play wrong notes, out of time, imorovise, do whatever, just concentrate on making something elegant and beautiful, exaggerate dynamic differences between notes, add some improvisation based on the piece's scales etc. The whole point is to be as relaxed as possible, as you are not trying to perform as written. Thats what I always did on classical guitar, just to make sure I would be under no stress to play the piece correctly, while I was concentrating in other aspects of playing. Well, its worth a try.

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This pianist is playing an advanced arrangement, but you could take reference from 1:00 to 2:00 how it should sound like


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