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What did you play today? Maybe it's an idea for other pianists.....

30 & 31 May
It's weekend, so I played for about four hours during the saturday and two hours at sunday. Played among others......

Dvorak, Two mazurkas and Impromptu G minor (opus 52 / 1)
Borodin, Intermezzo
Bach, French suite nr 4/1 3hearts
Zipoli, Suite G minor
Mozart, Fantasie D minor, KV397
Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour KV352 3hearts
Kuhlau, Sonatinen
Clementi, Sonatinen
Jazz Standards, Hal Leonard

Perhaps some suggestions for others.....

What did you play today...........??

Best regards,
Johan B
I had some more modest achievements.
Yesterday, I worked on the 1st Hannon exercise and 1st exercise of Passagen-Ãœbungen.
Tried Hannon before but had no staying power with it.
And going through the whole book in 1 hr and every day, seems like a tough task. Not sure that is something for me...haha.
Thought I would have sore hands this morning, but didn't.
That seems positive.
Hanon is a tough slog. Not sure it's for me either. At the time Hanon wrote these exercises finger independence and strengthening was thought to be the key to virtuostic playing. Now the thinking is more of a whole body approach, using shoulders, arm weight, wrist rotation. If you're playing Hanon and feel any discomfort or pain - stop.

I worked on the tricky middle section of the Chopin Etude 10/3. I found a Paul Barton tutorial on YT which had some helpful practice ideas. Made some progress towards being able to play it for the first time for my teacher in a few weeks.
1 June

Today I recieved twelve books from a music-library. I ordered the books because I want to prepare my organperformances in july and august. Most baroque and some from the romantic period

So I played this afternoon baroque........Böhm, Telemann, Zipoli, Zachau, Pachelbel........choralpartitas, choralvorspiele, preludia etc.

Best regards,
Johan B
Pieces from my First Bach Book. I am up through the first Bourré. (I am avoiding one of the marches.)

Clementi Sonatina, like I do every day. This time once slowly with a metronome. My goal is to get it up to tempo by next year.

Working on Chopin waltz in A minor which I learned about here. I "know" the first half now.

A Simple Life and White Horse by Brian Crain. Great beginner stuff with big arpeggios!

I Have Loved You from my church book, lead sheet style.

My evolving rendition of Blues for Big Scotia, in F.

The weather here has been wet and cloudy and I was in a bad mood, played terribly.


Oh! also Hanon 1-8. I don't know if it's helping or not.
A bit of a Chopin Ballade and Étude and a bit of a Beethoven sonata. Not much because had the piano tuner here for a while. Need tuning and a "D" kept sticking. The sticking was cured when the pink crayon was removed from the action.

Found the second half of a diary I kept for years that I wrote about my experiences studying piano. I didn't remember half of the pieces I used to play. Looking them up to rework them.
Back in 1979 or so, I worked for a club. One evening Louisiana's LaRoux was playing. They had a hit called New Orleans Ladies. I've always liked it. I went to Chordie and looked it up. Somebody posted some chords, so I jotted them down, with the lyrics. There was even a nice split chords thing; G G/F# Am C D etc.
It was so much like visiting an old friend. But finding out you are closer now than you were then.
Tried to get the feel back for Moskowski Étude G minor, also Chopin Étude (Aeolian).

It's been about 15 years since I played those.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Tried to get the feel back for Moskowski Étude G minor, also Chopin Étude (Aeolian).

It's been about 15 years since I played those.


Wow...Isabelle...that's long time ago....

One of my favorites since 2012.....Bach Pastorale part three 'Air' BWV590.......I played the first time in 1970 in an organrecital.......a break of 42 years grin

2 June

Played among others
Böhm, Keyboard Suite A minor and Choralpartitas 3hearts
Schumann, Waldszenen
Dvorak, Mazurkas and Impromptu
Borodin, Intermezzo

I will try to find on internet Isabellas Moskowski Étude G minor........

Best regards,
Johan B
Yes, Johann 15 years is a long time ago. I think I last tried the Chopin and Beethoven about 8 years ago and nothing worked, there was no recall at all. This time a good number of the notes were right under my fingers. That was a good feeling. The Chopin Étude is the one I am most enamored with. Thanks
I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.
Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.


Michael,

Nice combi......Joplin and hyms.....I' am also playing religious, Bach, Beatles and jazz....

Today 3 june, playing among others......

Händel, keyboard suites, Chaconne G minor 3hearts
Böhm, Suite for harpsichord A minor
Schumann, Waldszenen
And...Abide with me...

Best regards,
Johan B
Worked on Chopin Étude Op. 25 No. 1, spent extra time on the arpeggios at the end of the piece. Trying to focus on using a very light touch without tension.
Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I played Joplin Solace and a couple of hymns.....It is Well With My Soul and Precious Lord Take my Hand. I enjoy playing hymns.....easy to play plus I know the melodies quite well. I'm still a big Joplin fan.....but I need to find something different to play.


Michael, have you played any Louis Moreau Gottschalk?
I have not! Any specific recommendations?
A bit of Blue Moon and Sailing.
I'm working up a small Bach chorale, but as a counterpoint I played Moon River as well!
A little bit of Chopin Waltz Op 34 no 2, after Polyphonist found it for me. Then worked some on Beethoven Sonata Op 14 no 2, the section with 2 against 3 and then some of the beginning of the sonata. I really surprised myself with the 2 against 3. I was sure I would turn it into a hot mess, lol. Worked on some trills in the pieces I would like to get under my fingers again. Focusing on absence of tension. Trying to find the best height for the piano bench. I'm 5'2" so I think I am more comfortable with the bench in its lowest position.

Any suggestions much appreciated.
4 June

Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by leel
I'm working up a small Bach chorale, but as a counterpoint I played Moon River as well!


Leel,

Bach and Moon river....nearly the same.....LOL grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
4 June

Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

Kind regards,
Johan B


The Telemann looks nice, but the counterpoint kills me
Originally Posted by Michael Taylor
I have not! Any specific recommendations?


Gottschalk: Le Bananier, Bamboula Danse de Negres, La Savane

Really, anything Gottschalk.

Gottschalk lived on N. Rampart St in New Orleans as a child. Bamboula was composed using his memory of the sounds coming from Congo Square, near his home. Congo Square was a meeting place for slaves and others of color, where they enjoyed making music and dancing, when they had a day off.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congo_Square
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
4 June

Tonight I 'discovered' six very nice ouvertures of Telemann. TWV32: 5-10. 3hearts Real stuff for baroque lovers. I could not stop playing. My wife immediately went to my study and asked what music I was playing. She called it subtle and elegant, she was impressed!


Telemann Ouvertüren 3hearts

Try it........

What did you play tonight?

Kind regards,
Johan B


The Telemann looks nice, but the counterpoint kills me


Isabelle......it's worth to study these works.......it's so nice 3hearts .......have a try......wish you good luck and all the best......from the other side of the world...... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johann, yes I plan to challenge myself to with he Telemann. Oh but that counterpoint. You would think that would be easier than chords or other, but it's not. I wonder what it is about that?

So far today, 5 finger scales in each key, along the full keyboard. Inversions along the full keyboard. Arpeggiated in each key, full keyboard. These just for fun and to feel. Y way around again. A little sight reading with Mozart K 331, K 310, K 309 and K 283. Not the whole of the Mozarts, just enough to get the feel back for the topography of he keyboard, sort of a spatial sudy. Remember it's been 11+ years.

Looked up and copied Ginastera, Rondo on Argentine Children's Folk Tunes. Played this also,about 20 years ago. Hated it at first because of some of the dissonant sounds. It's a fun piece though.

Next round today will be Chopin Étude, Waltz and Beethoven Somata.

Long ago I worked as a nurse doing 12 hour night shifts every Fri, Sat, and Sun (did this for ten years)' so,that I would have most of the day to practice during the week while the house was empty. Retired now and would love to practice the day away, but would probably drive my husband nuts!!!
Isabelle,

When I read your posts I think that you 're playing at advanced level. You also study structured, scales, chords etc.

About roommates........I made the choice for a good digital in my study at the first floor instead of a grand in the living. My wife is not really devoted to pianomusic. Mostly I play piano without headphones, the distance to the living is large enough......when I play in the night, sometimes, I use them of course....

I work part time, four days in the week. My profession teacher highschool. My weekend has three days, time enough to play. The other days I play about two hours a day. Retirement is still three years away......

Nice you share your daily practice.....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johann, I don't consider myself advanced. After my 11 years away from the piano, it is somewhat of a struggle to get the pieces back. But I am determined and I really don't think it's going too badly. It is frustrating to know that I had all of this music committed to memory and it is taking quite a bit of work to get them back.

The teacher I studied with taught music theory very heavily, plus scales, chords, inversions. He loved to torture me with solfege. He pushed students to the extreme level. I had a lot of time to practice,so I was able to keep up with most of his demands.

About 15 years ago I had a digital piano, but really didn't like the touch or sound I practiced on it only when necessary with headphones when people were in the house. Once I was practicing away with the headphones but they were not plugged in! My husband was about 10 feet away watching television!!! I, sure,he thought I was crazy.

Keep practicing! All we have to waste is time!
5 June

Today played among others.....

Telemann, Ouvertures.....so nice..... 3hearts
Six ouvertures

Regards,
Johan B
I had the house to myself so put in about 4 hours today!

Ravel Mother Goose Suite - for four hands
Chopin Etude 10/3
Brahms Intermezzo 117/2
Jacquest Ibert Histoires - also for four hands
Lowell Lieberman - Etudes on Songs by Robert Franz

Made a microgram of progress!
PianogrlNW, a microgram here too, maybe even more like a picogram (I think that's a word).
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
PianogrlNW, a microgram here too, maybe even more like a picogram (I think that's a word).


Good one, Isabelle! Nice to know others can relate to the enormous amount of effort it takes to makes some progress at the piano.
Watched/listened to videos of Michelle Candotti. WOW!!! I think she is all of 19. Would love to know how many hours per week she practices? Also, how different her childhood must have been, because one of the videos featured her at 14 or 15. Amazing, but in the youngest video she didn't look too happy after her performance. Kind of sad. Makes me wonder.
Joplin - Solace
Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata #1 and #3 (very poorly!)
Hymn - How Great Thou Art

I've been working on pieces from the Young Pianist's Guide to J.S. Bach, arranged by Ylda Novik.
6 juni

Started this morning with
Schumann, Waldszenen
Borodin, Intermezzo
Dvorak, two mazurkas
Telemann, suites 3hearts
Bach, French suites nr 4 C minor

In the afternoon the Telemann suites again.....

By the way......do you know the cembalo works of Zipoli? (Part two)
Zipoli, Cembalowerke

What did you play today?

Best regards
Johan B

P.S. In the evening........
Again the Telemann ouvertures and some of the French Suites of Bach
I've played more Bach and Hannon, and will do another Czerny.
And every day I play 'Not Enough'...never fails.
This morning, Telemann Overture No. 1, half of first page, counting the rhythm like crazy. Beethoven Op 14 No 2, half off the first page slowly and the 2 against three (four measures).

This after noon, Telemann again. The melody I this piece is just so sweet!!! Chopin Étude (aeolian), first two to three lines. It's been a long time and I think my hands shrunk!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
This morning, Telemann Overture No. 1, half of first page, counting the rhythm like crazy. Beethoven Op 14 No 2, half off the first page slowly and the 2 against three (four measures).

This after noon, Telemann again. The melody I this piece is just so sweet!!! Chopin Étude (aeolian), first two to three lines. It's been a long time and I think my hands shrunk!


I know the problem Isabelle,.....my hands are too small for Chopin, Liszt etc.....so I made up my mind and play baroque and music of the classical period, like Haydn and Mozart and some Beethoven...the others.....?.....is good for Lang Lang and guys like that..... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Today, watched video on YouTube of Martha Argerich playing Scarlatti sonata 141. The rapid fire unisons!!! Pulled the piece up on the net and played with it a little. Not sure this one can happen in this lifetime. Eventually I will settle on something. At least my fingers have touched the keys every day now for at least 8 or 9 days straight after an almost 11 year hiatus. Need to start focusing on the music in terms of form, looking for similarities, sequences, scale runs,etc. This does make it easier, rather than note for note. Seem to frequently get caught up in the whole of itinstead of the parts which are more important.

This may sound crazy, but I may use an OTC med to improve focus and recall. Over 30 years ago I was taking a college class in endocrinology and at some point during that time I had a cold. One night I took sudafed then read the 60 or so pages assigned. The next morning I could repeat everything I had read the night before almost perfectly. I thought the Sudanese may have had an effect, but didn't really bother to research it. This weekend I did research the effect it has on focus and memory. Interesting. I'm not recommending this but just FYI interesting trivia.
Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
Hanon is a tough slog. Not sure it's for me either. At the time Hanon wrote these exercises finger independence and strengthening was thought to be the key to virtuostic playing. Now the thinking is more of a whole body approach, using shoulders, arm weight, wrist rotation. If you're playing Hanon and feel any discomfort or pain - stop.

I worked on the tricky middle section of the Chopin Etude 10/3. I found a Paul Barton tutorial on YT which had some helpful practice ideas. Made some progress towards being able to play it for the first time for my teacher in a few weeks.


I'm not sure where you are in your musical journey, but I thought I'd interject something real quick. While Hanon does seem to overemphasize the finger-centric elements to playing, even with perfect supporting movements, finger independence is crucial. I'm just saying this because, looking back, I wish I had taken Hanon more seriously.
Decided I should use a metronome. More accurate then my counting which is sometimes all over the place. Found a metronome by Steinway on the Internet for free download to phone or tablet. Glad I didn't go out and buy one.
Originally Posted by Nicholas Mihaila
Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
Hanon is a tough slog. Not sure it's for me either. At the time Hanon wrote these exercises finger independence and strengthening was thought to be the key to virtuostic playing. Now the thinking is more of a whole body approach, using shoulders, arm weight, wrist rotation. If you're playing Hanon and feel any discomfort or pain - stop.

I worked on the tricky middle section of the Chopin Etude 10/3. I found a Paul Barton tutorial on YT which had some helpful practice ideas. Made some progress towards being able to play it for the first time for my teacher in a few weeks.


I'm not sure where you are in your musical journey, but I thought I'd interject something real quick. While Hanon does seem to overemphasize the finger-centric elements to playing, even with perfect supporting movements, finger independence is crucial. I'm just saying this because, looking back, I wish I had taken Hanon more seriously.


Nicholas,......Hanon or not.....the most important is......enjoy music and playing piano....watched your youtube and saw you do...... thumb thumb

Kind regards,
Johan B
7 June

Played today only my favs from 22.40 - 23.20h.....arghhhh frown frown

Drove about 300 km to my adult daughter in another part of the country......my wife painted a wall for her...while I was sitting in the sunshine on my daughters roof terrace......not bad... grin
After that we had a nice dinner in some restaurant.......back home at 22.00h....

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Nicholas Mihaila
Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
Hanon is a tough slog. Not sure it's for me either. At the time Hanon wrote these exercises finger independence and strengthening was thought to be the key to virtuostic playing. Now the thinking is more of a whole body approach, using shoulders, arm weight, wrist rotation. If you're playing Hanon and feel any discomfort or pain - stop.

I worked on the tricky middle section of the Chopin Etude 10/3. I found a Paul Barton tutorial on YT which had some helpful practice ideas. Made some progress towards being able to play it for the first time for my teacher in a few weeks.


I'm not sure where you are in your musical journey, but I thought I'd interject something real quick. While Hanon does seem to overemphasize the finger-centric elements to playing, even with perfect supporting movements, finger independence is crucial. I'm just saying this because, looking back, I wish I had taken Hanon more seriously.


Nicholas,......Hanon or not.....the most important is......enjoy music and playing piano....watched your youtube and saw you do...... thumb thumb

Kind regards,
Johan B


Absolutely true. I couldn't argue with that. laugh
Yes, Hannon can be tough and dangerous if not listening to the body signals.
I'm being careful smile
Did about 5 hrs of Hannon and Czerny today, but not pushing it in tempo.
5 hrs ?? How on earth do you do that? I'm so proud when I manage to get in 3 hrs in one day, on a weekend (with plenty breaks in between).
Hi Jytte,
Yes,I had a good day today. The weather was cold and cloudy for this time of year and I also needed to rest up my muscles after many days of gardening/landscaping (lots of digging).
So, a perfect day for piano and I was able to zoom in on myself.
At peace today and need more days like that.
It's not always like that and not enough patience too often.
But I'm working on it!
And I still have more that I will do today smile
Not pushing the tempo at all though, mainly learning the moves.
RaggedKeyPresser,

You did a good job. It' so nice when you have time to play for hours...... thumb thumb

8 June

Today I took my books Keyboardsuites of Händel......so nice 3hearts 3hearts.... .....mmmmmmm...I can Händel it.......

Kind regards,
Johan b
Today, Telemann Overture No. 1. Still working the first page. Plan to print the rest of the Overtures later. Beethoven Op 14 No 2 first mvt first page. Working on correcting errors I am making in the same places, slowly and deliberately. Scarlatti Op 141, slowly, page 1. Started using the metronome on this one to prevent me from cutting myself too much slack. Best part is am enjoying returning to the piano. No tension while playing. I used to clench my jaws so hard that my jaws hurt after practicing.

When practicing I can almost feel my last piano teacher in the room with me. He passed away about 10 years ago.
I rarely use a metronome.....but when I do, the piece sounds so much better! But I still don't use it!
This a.m. worked on page 1 of Scarlatti K 141. Left hand arpeggios much improved, hands very relaxed and comfortable. Rolling chords in left hand getting easier with lighter touch. (My left hand has always been somewhat dumber than the right). Will work this later with metronome, not very fast, because I don't want to have to unlearn mistakes.

What have you practiced today?
Thanks, Johan B
Today easy Bach, and some more Hanon and Czerny #3
9 June

Today noTelemann, Bach or Händel........but.......

Reinecke, Sonatines and smaller works
Schumann, Waldszenen and Sonaten for the young

And in the afternoon......Jazzstandards, Budgetbooks (Hal Leonard), the Album Best songs ever and some stuff of André Rieu.....

Best regards,
Johan B
I normally have my practice session in the morning before I go to work, usually spending some 30 - 40 minutes. Much of this time I spend on new pieces, but sometimes I also do maintenance on old repertoire.

Today I worked on the following pieces:
Debussy, Reverie
Faure, Barcarolle no.1
Mendelssohn, three of the Songs Without Words

I try to keep 10 - 15 of Mendelsson's songs without words on my repertoire ready for performance at any time. I choose more or less randomly (or by mood) a couple of pieces for every practice session.

The Faure and Debussy pieces are relatively new to me and I work on details and memorization of them. The Faure is challenging technically and I need to have it completely memorized in order to be able to play it reasonably well. Therefore most of the time this morning was used on a few measures of the Barcarolle.
Astor Piazolla-Milonga del angel I discovered this piece in my daughter's piano book and wow - what a great piece. Here's a gorgeous performance of the piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6tWjLCpF4I
I’m re-practicing “Lullaby of the Bells” by Ed Ward, because it reminds me of a new piece (for me) by Rachmaninoff “ Rromance” opus something or other ---8 no 2-- …lol, that I’m studying.
Tip: there is value in playing old pieces you have learned esp in concordance with a new piece that you find similar.
Helps me in the sense I played something similar and it’s attainable… I hope.
Oh Pianogirl, work that piece. I am part Cuban and looked up the translation for the title. Could be dance or tale of the angel. It's a beautiful piece.
Ludovico Einaudi - Questa Notte

I have been playing for a year and a half and this will be my first "big" piece i learn.

It is very hard, but both me and my teacher thought i would be a nice piece to learn through the summer.

I like Einaudi alot, so im very happy i can startt o learn some of his work, though i suspect i it will take months

before i can play this piece to an ok standard wink

Today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly, pg 1. Explored page two a little, very slowly.

Next session will be Telemann Overture 1 and Bach Invemtion No. 14 (played this over 20 years ago, trying to get it back).

Happy Piano Playing!!!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly, pg 1. Explored page two a little, very slowly.

Next session will be Telemann Overture 1 and Bach Invemtion No. 14 (played this over 20 years ago, trying to get it back).

Happy Piano Playing!!!


Isabelle,
Happy that you're happy with the baroque composers......you did a good job..... thumb thumb

10 June

Today total other music.....came home from work about 16h with a terrible headache, took some pills and started playing with slow music...just to relax....I have the idea that I can play my headache away... wink found in my library easy little sonates of Schumann and small works of Reinecke and Nicolai von Wilm....played for one hour and after dinner at about 18h I realized my headache had gone....

In the evening I continued playing the romantic composers. Played for more than two hours. Among others I played nine Sonatines of Reinecke (opus 47) 3hearts 3hearts You can find them at IMSLP.ORG

Best regards,
Johan B

Will be analyzing and making notations on the Telemann and Scarlatti. I think this does help with learning. Never thought I would ever have said that. I wish I hadn't thrown out all of mt theory stuff.
Today (lesson day!)...
"Rocket to the Moon," Jim Brickman;
"Notturno," Edvard Grieg;
"Moon River," Henry Mancini - this is my fake book exercise, I have to work out left-hand chords and patterns on my own;
"Polka," from Ballet Suite Number 1, Dmitri Shostakovich.

I'm "rhythmically challenged," to put it nicely, so lots of trying to get the right timing!

Today Bach,Hanon #3, and Czerny #3.
Anna M. Bach won't get her Notebook back for quite a while.
So far today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly.mtried to build a little speed but found spots,of hesitation, so will keep it slow for now. Have all on first page memorized, except for last line. Need to go through music and look for repeats. Some analyzing does help with memory recall. In performance you wouldn't be going through the analysis in your head, but by practicing slowly you can. 20+ years ago I would have said "pfft" to this idea of analyzing while learning.

Also, Telemann Overture No. 1, slowly, the rhythms challenge me, but that's good.

Later will review Scarlatti and work slowly to bring back the Bach Invention No. 14. It's been a long time!

BYW, told my husband I was glad he is working outside while I practice so he doesn't have to listen to the repititions. He said it doesn't bother him, just sounds like background noise!!! I know that's not an insult, just his way with words.

Happy piano playing!!!
Originally Posted by JeanieA
Today (lesson day!)...
"Rocket to the Moon," Jim Brickman;
"Notturno," Edvard Grieg;
"Moon River," Henry Mancini - this is my fake book exercise, I have to work out left-hand chords and patterns on my own;
"Polka," from Ballet Suite Number 1, Dmitri Shostakovich.

I'm "rhythmically challenged," to put it nicely, so lots of trying to get the right timing!



JeanieA,

Notturno.......I know that piece....nice......
Shostakovich........do you play the wellknown Waltz? My wife's favorite....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
So far today, Scarlatti K 141, slowly.mtried to build a little speed but found spots,of hesitation, so will keep it slow for now. Have all on first page memorized, except for last line. Need to go through music and look for repeats. Some analyzing does help with memory recall. In performance you wouldn't be going through the analysis in your head, but by practicing slowly you can. 20+ years ago I would have said "pfft" to this idea of analyzing while learning.

Also, Telemann Overture No. 1, slowly, the rhythms challenge me, but that's good.

Later will review Scarlatti and work slowly to bring back the Bach Invention No. 14. It's been a long time!

BYW, told my husband I was glad he is working outside while I practice so he doesn't have to listen to the repititions. He said it doesn't bother him, just sounds like background noise!!! I know that's not an insult, just his way with words.

Happy piano playing!!!


Isabelle,

Backgroundnoise?........can he play even one note? shocked confused .......my wife always talking about 'gepingel'...also very respectfull

Kind regards
Johan B
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Today Bach,Hanon #3, and Czerny #3.
Anna M. Bach won't get her Notebook back for quite a while.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Go on....and once you will play like Lang Lang...... thumb grin

Best regards,
Johan B

11 June

Today once more the guys from the Romantic period......two hours....Reinecke sonatines, Nicolai von Wilm, Mazurka and Melodie, and some intermediate Schumann....

Best regards
Johan B
Haha, Johan...but in a way you're right.
I can play one note exactly like him already!

Today, Czerny.
I like these little studies but the notes up high in the dusty area are rough on my ear.
And the C7 note cannot be played staccato, since there are no dampers up there on my Yamaha U7 piano.
So, I wired up my DX7 style TX-802 together with my KX88 keyboard, and used an electric piano voice with equalization to get staccato and manageable high tinkle.
Now I have 3 different practice areas in the house with a full-size 88-key keyboard.
Now where did I leave that sheet music...hmmm
This morning, reviewed Scarlatti, played slowly. Started pg 2, marked phrases and worked on them in phrase form. Plan to try and put the phrases together tomorrow.
12 & 13 June

Played a lot these two days......among others:

Reinecke, Sonatines
Nicolai von Wilm, Mazurka and Melodie
Schumann, Waldszenen and other intermediate Schumann compositions
Händel, Keyboard suites
Grieg, some of Lyric pieces
Bach, third part of Pastorale BWV 590

Best regards,
Johan B

What did you play today?
More Czerny today...small easy to memorize pieces and mini studies zooming in on certain challenges.
So far anyway.
14 June

This weekend my wife was not at home......so I was home alone from friday-evening till sunday-evening. For all...I love my wife......but had plenty of time to play piano......even played in the middle of the night....

This afternoon....Haydn, Sonatas 3hearts
Evening........Reinecke, Sonatines......
And a lot more........

Regards,
Johan B
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Started Czerny #4 today.
Great mini pieces for My purpose right now.
Memorized more or less in a day.
Then spend an extra day or a few to iron them out.
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.


Did you play the high end digitals of Kawai, CA97 or CS10 $3600-$4200.......you will like it! Give it a try.....you will be surprised....

Kind regards,
Johan B
15 June

Afternoon playing: Telemann, ouvertures for keyboard....and some more...
Evening playing among others: Reinecke, sonatines, Schumann intermediate compositions.....and some parts of Waldszenen...

Best regards,
Johan B

What did you play today?
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, the best time for me is after 10 pm.

Practiced nothing yet today. Spent the day in French Quarter. Will practice late tonight. Learned I could remove the desk from the piano, close the top completely and this quiets the sound a lot. I will practice when my husband is on second floor with his ear plugs in.


Time for a silent system or a good digital piano?..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


I had a digital years ago, don't remember the brand, but think it cost about $1500. Didn't like the sound or the touch. Sold it for very little.


Did you play the high end digitals of Kawai, CA97 or CS10 $3600-$4200.......you will like it! Give it a try.....you will be surprised....

Kind regards,
Johan B


Too old to spend that much on another keyboard. Will make sure ear plugs are well stocked.
Today more work on Scarlatti K 141 and Bach Invention. Slow going but still going.
Memorized the rest of Czerny phrase #4.
Back to the U7 piano, since no high register tinkle here.
I like the effect created in bars 3 & 4...a type of Mazurka.
Not sure if I will move on to the next phrase tomorrow.
Might relax with another Hanon.
Today, Bach Invention two-part No. 14. Trying to get back, also good to loosen the fingers up.

Scarlatti K 141. Taking a different approach. Thinking that since it is to be played rather fast, practicing slowly requires faster key strokes, not faster playing. I hope this makes sense. Thought about it and with slow practice, the key strokes are also slow and longer than it would when it is played faster. In other words when playing faster key will be released much quicker. I think our brain takes in and memorizes everything, including how long we are on a particular key. Seems to have helped so far.
16 June

This evening I played all kind of music from my iPad......about 10GB pdf-musicscores......my digital library........started in 2011...

Best regards,
Johan B
17 June

Played among others.......
Scarlatti, some Sonata parts
Reinecke, Sonatines

Not my best playing today, played many mistakes. Tonight my fingers don't want to cooperate.....after one and a half hour just stopped....arghhhh confused mad Bad piano-day......Tomorrow a new day, new chances......I hope grin

Kind regards,
Johan B

What did you play today?
Started out with Hanon and Czerny at 6.30 am for a few hrs and the day is still young.
I was later than you RaggedKeyPresser, 7am Hanon 3 and Bach prelude in C .
7 am is still impressive, Smurfette!
I started Hanon #4 yesterday. I find them all enjoyable to study so far.
It is Well With My Soul
Solace
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Originally Posted by Smurfette
I was later than you RaggedKeyPresser, 7am Hanon 3 and Bach prelude in C .


Smurfette, you did a good job!........ thumb thumb

18 June

Came home early from work at 15.30h. Played among others before dinner......
Schumann, five parts of Waldszenen 3hearts
Mozart, Sonatas 279/2, 280/2, 281/2, 332/3, 333/3 3hearts

I will play more after dinner.......

Kind regards,
Johan B

Very little practice this a.m., about 45 minutes. Worked Scarlatti 141, fixed a bug in a couple of descending arpeggios on pg 1, by better fingering. Just for fun, opened my Mozart and tried a little of his Sonata 4, K 282. This did not go well at all. I don't think I was focused enough. There is always tonight and many tomorrows.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
There is always tonight and many tomorrows.
thumb


Faber Piano Adventures Pretime books.
Hanon 3
CGFDAEB major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios
Bach Prelude in C
K Wooding Vampire Blues
Hanon #5 and Czerny #6
And way too many hrs, as yesterday too.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today, Bach Invention two-part No. 14. Trying to get back, also good to loosen the fingers up.

Scarlatti K 141. Taking a different approach. Thinking that since it is to be played rather fast, practicing slowly requires faster key strokes, not faster playing. I hope this makes sense. Thought about it and with slow practice, the key strokes are also slow and longer than it would when it is played faster. In other words when playing faster key will be released much quicker. I think our brain takes in and memorizes everything, including how long we are on a particular key. Seems to have helped so far.


Isabella,

Invention nr14, Bmoll BWV785........ I like it...so nice 3hearts 3hearts

19 June

Today played among many others........

Haydn, The last seven words of Christ, pianosonatas
Haydn: The seven last words

Best regards,
Johan B
Scarlatti K 141, new material pg 2.
Mozart, picked through my Sonata and Fantasies book, sight read fragments here and there, some faster than others.
Bach Two-Part Invention No. 1, sight read hands alone then together, slowly, about 65 on metronome to quarter note.

Spent some time away from the keyboard,, reading the music, while fingering on arm rests, looking for patterns, steps, sequences.

It really does make a difference to read through the music, hearing it in your head and do some fingering away from the keyboard. Learned to read through very carefully (to pick apart the music) when I took Music Theory.

BTW, St. Scholastica College in Minnesota offers music courses that can be completed at home, by viewing lectures and completing assignments. At the time I took the courses, lectures were on VHS tapes that were mailed to your home. I completed 6 hours of Theory this way. It was great!!!

When I returned to the piano about 3 weeks ago, I had quite a time remembering how to tell what key a piece was in, names of chords, etc. one night I had trouble sleeping as my brain flooded with the information. I wasn't sure it would come back.

When picking through the Mozart today, I had some trouble controlling Alberti basses and found I had much more control with flatter fingers, giving more even tone. You might want to try out flatter fingers if you have a problem keeping a certain part even. Read where little finger may be too small in some people and flattened fingers give more control.

So,glad to know you all.
It is great the way the human brain works and stuff buried deep comes back.
I play the table a lot too, I was taught to play on my arm when learning guitar. It is a good habit to form.


Played some Scottish tunes today for fun.
Will do scales etc in the afternoon.
This morning worked new material in Scarlatti K 141 and practiced sections memorized. Backing up to precious section and play thru, doing this until starting at beginning and playing through all memorized parts.

Sight read some of Debussy's Clair d'Lune, starting with section where left hand does arpeggios. I remember many years ago I just couldn't read it fast enough to do it. I like piece with lots of black keys. LOL there are fewer black keys than white keys on the piano!!!

Moved my bench to the lowest position, ahhh, this was so comfortable.
Originally Posted by Smurfette
It is great the way the human brain works and stuff buried deep comes back.
I play the table a lot too, I was taught to play on my arm when learning guitar. It is a good habit to form.


Played some Scottish tunes today for fun.
Will do scales etc in the afternoon.


Smurfette,

There is nothing more interesting than the human brain. My son is a neuroscientist, he tells me a lot about it.......there are also a lot of studies about brain and music......among others
Satorre (he was one of the opponents at my sons PhD graduate...)

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
This morning worked new material in Scarlatti K 141 and practiced sections memorized. Backing up to precious section and play thru, doing this until starting at beginning and playing through all memorized parts.

Sight read some of Debussy's Clair d'Lune, starting with section where left hand does arpeggios. I remember many years ago I just couldn't read it fast enough to do it. I like piece with lots of black keys. LOL there are fewer black keys than white keys on the piano!!!

Moved my bench to the lowest position, ahhh, this was so comfortable.


Isabelle,

Debussy, I like to listen.....but playing.....that's a problem for me. In one way or another I do not manage to play these music.

20 June

Among others played today......
Händel, keyboard suites
Händel, Keyboard suites

Best regards,
Johan B
Johann, many years ago I played in a program called Piano X 4. This was four grand pianos on stage with one person at each piano, a quartet instead of a duet. We played a piece by Handel. I think it was from his Water Suite (I could be wrong about the name of the suite). It was a lot of fun. Love Handel's music.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, many years ago I played in a program called Piano X 4. This was four grand pianos on stage with one person at each piano, a quartet instead of a duet. We played a piece by Handel. I think it was from his Water Suite (I could be wrong about the name of the suite). It was a lot of fun. Love Handel's music.


Isabelle,

Two years ago I was inspired by Daria van den Bercken, a Dutch pianist who had a Händel promotion-project in The Netherlands and South Amerika. Now she does the same with the Sonatas of Mozart. Watch the movies of both projects on her website.
Daria

Kind regards,
Johan B
Today, I am letting the Scarlatti sleep, and maybe for a few more days. I have printed a few Baroque pieces that don't seem very hard, but I'm sure I have never heard them before and never played them. Maybe it's time to start fresh for a while. And, maybe it is a good idea to start at the beginning, or sort of as that is what I think of Baroque music. Thinking if I can get some of that in my fingers, progressing to later genres won't be as hard as it seems sometimes, considering we must crawl before we walk.
Isabelle,

'Crawl'.......funny... grin

21 June
After the suites of Händel yesterday......today some Suites of Böhm...... 3hearts

There is too much nice music to play in one life confused sick confused

Böhm

Best regards,
Johan B

Originally Posted by Johan B
Isabelle,

'Crawl'.......funny... grin

21 June
After the suites of Händel yesterday......today some Suites of Böhm...... 3hearts

There is too much nice music to play in one life confused sick confused

Böhm

Yes, Johann, crawl!!! I'm going to Havana, Cuba this December. My mother was born there. So, I have decided to research piano compositions by early Cuban composers. Maybe it's in my DNA!!!

Best regards,
Johan B

[b][/b]I have just discovered Ernesto Lecuona, a cuban composer, in my search for contemporary composers to play. Below is a link to his recording of Malaguana, which is not as daunting as it sounds.. but I love how it makes me want to learn flamenco dancing.Others in this Suite are on my 'to do' list as I am huge fan of Cuban music.

Yes, I practiced it today, as well the ubiquitous Mozart and Liszt "Romance" (s169).

Think my list won't change much for awhile, except to add some things I can play as church preludes. I have volunteered for one Sunday a month. Today, I worked on finding 15 minutes of patriotic solos for July 5, practiced them enough to know they will work. Will practice daily as well until the 5th. 15 minutes just feels daunting, since I don't have a huge repertoire and a lot is therefore new.

Johan, I am impressed you are working on this much .. my head would explode! I was working on a Bach piece but couldn't handle Bach and Mozart at the same time.

Lecuona

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ksNyyuViQ
Originally Posted by dogperson
I have just discovered Ernesto Lecuona, a cuban composer, in my search for contemporary composers to play. Below is a link to his recording of Malaguana, which is not as daunting as it sounds.. but I love how it makes me want to learn flamenco dancing.Others in this Suite are on my 'to do' list as I am huge fan of Cuban music.


What a fabulous piece, and sounds difficult. Please post a recording of this. I too am a fan of Spanish, South American, Cuban music. Today I've been working on Piazzolla's Milango del Angel.
My late son played Malagueña beautifully. It will forever be his music.

I have purchased and downloaded three pieces by Lecuona and plan to work on them.


What a fabulous piece, and sounds difficult. Please post a recording of this. I too am a fan of Spanish, South American, Cuban music. Today I've been working on Piazzolla's Milango del Angel. [/quote]

Sigh, I have just started on Malaguena, so a recording from me will be awhile coming.. Really, the music looks and sounds more daunting than it is: a lot of chord inversion that are repetitive. today I discovered Piazzollo's Angel Suite , and will start with Milango del Angel... eventually. It's great to know someone else is focused on it.

My piano teacher asked me to look at more modern music as I have been so focused on Mozart and Chopin (obsessed?). I am so glad I have found Lecuona and Piszzollo, as it will be a good compromise that will make both of us happy. Some modern music hurts my ears and makes me literally wince at the chord structure.

So much music.... so little time...my 'to do' list grows and grows
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Isabelle,

'Crawl'.......funny... grin

21 June
After the suites of Händel yesterday......today some Suites of Böhm...... 3hearts

There is too much nice music to play in one life confused sick confused

Böhm

Yes, Johann, crawl!!! I'm going to Havana, Cuba this December. My mother was born there. So, I have decided to research piano compositions by early Cuban composers. Maybe it's in my DNA!!!

Best regards,
Johan B



Isabelle, that is a really interesting thing to do and I wish I could do the same.
I've watched everything available in Cuban music on YouTube, and many of those videos several times.
They have, and have had incredible amateur musicians there and a way to communicate directly by singing to each other instead of speaking.
After the sanctions/oppression are lifted many of these unique things will become commercialized and change.
So I'd say, don't wait too long to go there and experience it.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Isabelle,

'Crawl'.......funny... grin

21 June
After the suites of Händel yesterday......today some Suites of Böhm...... 3hearts

There is too much nice music to play in one life confused sick confused

Böhm

Yes, Johann, crawl!!! I'm going to Havana, Cuba this December. My mother was born there. So, I have decided to research piano compositions by early Cuban composers. Maybe it's in my DNA!!!

Best regards,
Johan B



Isabelle, that is a really interesting thing to do and I wish I could do the same.
I've watched everything available in Cuban music on YouTube, and many of those videos several times.
They have, and have had incredible amateur musicians there and a way to communicate directly by singing to each other instead of speaking.
After the sanctions/oppression are lifted many of these unique things will become commercialized and change.
So I'd say, don't wait too long to go there and experience it.


I have been to Cuba twice, the last time was almost 60 years ago. We are going as a group with New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The band will be delivering music instruments to school children an will perform at the Havana Jazz Festival. Cost is a lot more than we would normally consider for a vacation, but if we wait it will be too late.
22 June

Today I listened in my car to a classic radiochannel playing some Keyboard sonata of Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, The Berlin Bach.....nice

Two hours of scrolling and playing the keyboard sonatas of CPE Bach nice but heavy.... CPE Bach

Kind regards,
Johan B

CPE Bach Solfeggietto many years ago! Today attempted Andalusia by Ernesto Lecuona. Not hard, but there is a five note group of 16ths between quarter notes and I am working on the best fingering since the highest is an F# and for any speed the thumb needs to play it . The grouping is similar to a turn. Also worked on a piece by Domenico Zipoli. That is a nice one.

Really want to branch out but it is hard to get away fro classical rhythms.
If people are interested in intermediate-level Latin-style pieces, don't forget Spanish composers - Albéniz's Tango and Asturias (really fun to play!), Granada's Valses poeticos, etc.

And Ginastera's Danza de la moza donosa from his 3 Argentinian Dances is lovely. For a Cuban composer, Ignácio Cervantes's Danzas Cubanas are worth looking at (most aren't too difficult).
Originally Posted by PianogrlNW
Originally Posted by dogperson
I have just discovered Ernesto Lecuona, a cuban composer, in my search for contemporary composers to play. Below is a link to his recording of Malaguana, which is not as daunting as it sounds.. but I love how it makes me want to learn flamenco dancing.Others in this Suite are on my 'to do' list as I am huge fan of Cuban music.


What a fabulous piece, and sounds difficult. Please post a recording of this. I too am a fan of Spanish, South American, Cuban music. Today I've been working on Piazzolla's Milango del Angel.

If you decide to try Malaguena, I suggest you not use the version available for download on the internet.. I did at first, but received the published, printed version today and found a few errors in the internet one. Better now than later. eek
Originally Posted by dogperson
[b][/b]I have just discovered Ernesto Lecuona, a cuban composer, in my search for contemporary composers to play. Below is a link to his recording of Malaguana, which is not as daunting as it sounds.. but I love how it makes me want to learn flamenco dancing.Others in this Suite are on my 'to do' list as I am huge fan of Cuban music.

Yes, I practiced it today, as well the ubiquitous Mozart and Liszt "Romance" (s169).

Think my list won't change much for awhile, except to add some things I can play as church preludes. I have volunteered for one Sunday a month. Today, I worked on finding 15 minutes of patriotic solos for July 5, practiced them enough to know they will work. Will practice daily as well until the 5th. 15 minutes just feels daunting, since I don't have a huge repertoire and a lot is therefore new.

Johan, I am impressed you are working on this much .. my head would explode! I was working on a Bach piece but couldn't handle Bach and Mozart at the same time.

Lecuona

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2ksNyyuViQ


Thanks for that link. Glad to hear Andalucia played by the composer. It opens with a quarter note, followed by (5) 16ths that make a turn, followed by a quarter note. When listening to his left hand I cannot hear the turn at all, sounds like a quick strummed arpeggio. Been working it myself and just doesn't sound right from the printed music. You can view the first page of this piece easily on yahoo, probably on google too.

Help anyone!!! Your input appreciated.
Originally Posted by bennevis
If people are interested in intermediate-level Latin-style pieces, don't forget Spanish composers - Albéniz's Tango and Asturias (really fun to play!), Granada's Valses poeticos, etc.

And Ginastera's Danza de la moza donosa from his 3 Argentinian Dances is lovely. For a Cuban composer, Ignácio Cervantes's Danzas Cubanas are worth looking at (most aren't too difficult).

Thanks for those! What about Astor Piazzola? Where would you put his pieces on terms of difficulty. I noticed there's a book out on his pieces and I've always wanted to play Libertango.
Just worked the left hand on Andalucia. I think I am getting it! Fingering of the (5) 16ths requires a thumb cross over before the turn. Practicing earlier was hard, as fingers were not wanting to move fast. This practice was much better. That little idea throughout the piece has a strumming quality.

Bach BWV Anh. 87 for sight reading. It's pretty easy no sounds nice.
Zipoli, Retirada del Emperor de Los Dominicos de Espana for sight reading. It is also pretty easy and has a good sound. Not marked Allegro or Andante, but based on the title that could do either way. Translated, the title is, the retreat of the emperor of Spain.
Originally Posted by Groove On
Originally Posted by bennevis
If people are interested in intermediate-level Latin-style pieces, don't forget Spanish composers - Albéniz's Tango and Asturias (really fun to play!), Granada's Valses poeticos, etc.

And Ginastera's Danza de la moza donosa from his 3 Argentinian Dances is lovely. For a Cuban composer, Ignácio Cervantes's Danzas Cubanas are worth looking at (most aren't too difficult).

Thanks for those! What about Astor Piazzola? Where would you put his pieces on terms of difficulty. I noticed there's a book out on his pieces and I've always wanted to play Libertango.


I am never good at assessing the difficulty level for someone else, because we all have individual strengths and weaknesses..
here is a link to a preview from Sheet Music Plus. Go for it! as methodically as you need to based on where you are

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/libertango-digital-sheet-music/20075380


Originally Posted by dogperson
Originally Posted by Groove On
Originally Posted by bennevis
If people are interested in intermediate-level Latin-style pieces, don't forget Spanish composers - Albéniz's Tango and Asturias (really fun to play!), Granada's Valses poeticos, etc.

And Ginastera's Danza de la moza donosa from his 3 Argentinian Dances is lovely. For a Cuban composer, Ignácio Cervantes's Danzas Cubanas are worth looking at (most aren't too difficult).

Thanks for those! What about Astor Piazzola? Where would you put his pieces on terms of difficulty. I noticed there's a book out on his pieces and I've always wanted to play Libertango.


I am never good at assessing the difficulty level for someone else, because we all have individual strengths and weaknesses..
here is a link to a preview from Sheet Music Plus. Go for it! as methodically as you need to based on where you are

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/libertango-digital-sheet-music/20075380



I don't think any of Piazzolla's tangos were composed for solo piano, so all the scores you see are arrangements - he himself played the bandoneon in his own tango quintet.

Therefore, the difficulty will depend on the actual arrangement you have. I'd say - if anything is too difficult in your score, just simplify it. (The composer was also an arranger....... wink )


P.S. Just realized that my laptop 'corrected' my spelling for the Spanish composer Granados to "Granada" last night...... cry
Last night I had thoughts about giving up the Andalucia. While trying to fall asleep I visualized the (2) 8ths against the (5) 16ths and finally remembered the syllable counting that my late teacher taught and could actually hear him in my head counting. I slowly tapped it out on my chest with the correct fingers and it worked!!! I despised those silly syllables, as he called them out across the room from me while I was playing. Tail now tucked between legs, I promise to count with those syllables from now on. Now to try it out on the keys!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Last night I had thoughts about giving up the Andalucia. While trying to fall asleep I visualized the (2) 8ths against the (5) 16ths and finally remembered the syllable counting that my late teacher taught and could actually hear him in my head counting. I slowly tapped it out on my chest with the correct fingers and it worked!!! I despised those silly syllables, as he called them out across the room from me while I was playing. Tail now tucked between legs, I promise to count with those syllables from now on. Now to try it out on the keys!


What syllables? Gosh, I never was taught a shortcut to marking up the music ! A tip can be an early Christmas present 3hearts
Dogperson, these are syllables for counting and they spare the throat. There is no "and" about it.

My late teacher had us count everything in a piece using syllables assigned to the smallest note value in that piece. For whole, half and quarter notes, the number of the beat is used, as 123 or 1234 etc.

For eighth notes the syllable "Tay" is used. 1 Tay, 2 Tay etc. this only if the smallest note value is an 8th note

For triplets, 1 la li, 2 la li etc
For 16ths, 1 Ta tay Ta , 2 Ta Tay Ta ( the a in Ta is soft), etc
For 32ns, 1 ka Ta ka Tay ka Ta ka, etc

This was for learning a piece. Once rhythm and notes are well learned, the whole numbers can be used or can be broken to smaller number of syllables , ex: counting 32ns as 16ths, playing two notes to one count each of, 1 Ta Tay Ta , etc.

Hope this makes sense and helps.
23 June

Yesterday 'rediscovered' Carl Philip Emanuel Bach.......today among others 45 minutes studied Sonata d-minor H.128 / W57.4......... 3hearts
Sonata D-minor H.128 / W57.4

CPE is the mix of Johan Sebastian Bach and Haydn/Mozart; think I'll study more of this composer.

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Dogperson, these are syllables for counting and they spare the throat. There is no "and" about it.

My late teacher had us count everything in a piece using syllables assigned to the smallest note value in that piece. For whole, half and quarter notes, the number of the beat is used, as 123 or 1234 etc.

For eighth notes the syllable "Tay" is used. 1 Tay, 2 Tay etc. this only if the smallest note value is an 8th note

For triplets, 1 la li, 2 la li etc
For 16ths, 1 Ta tay Ta , 2 Ta Tay Ta ( the a in Ta is soft), etc
For 32ns, 1 ka Ta ka Tay ka Ta ka, etc

This was for learning a piece. Once rhythm and notes are well learned, the whole numbers can be used or can be broken to smaller number of syllables , ex: counting 32ns as 16ths, playing two notes to one count each of, 1 Ta Tay Ta , etc.

Hope this makes sense and helps.


Think I got it but what I missing understanding how this helps in playing 3 vs 2, 5 vs 8 etc. I have used a pencil to mark how the notes interplay. Does assigning a syllable allow you to skip this step? Sorry if I am being dense, this is just a new concept... your patience is truly appreciated.
3 against 2. N Ta. La. Ta. Li

N La Li is the 3
First 8th with N, 2nd 8th with second Ta.
The first Ta keeps the triplet even

Never had 8 against 5, have to figure it out
Today, Bach's 2-part Inventions.
They are so well-composed!
Beautiful pieces.
Today, Lecuona's Andalucia, pg 1. Scarlatti k 141 1st two pages.

Not enough time. Need to find a way to make my SO not want to be home. Thought maybe some scales that didn't quite finish! Lol
25 June

Tonight.........two and a half hour.....playing:
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Keyboard Sonatas 3hearts
Reinecke, Sonatines

Regards,
Johan B
Bach seems to be popular a.t.m..
More work on a 2-part Invention again.
Putting in more effort into bringing sections up to tempo.
Really good LH practice. Not experiencing any difficulty doing LH, RH, or both together in any order as separate memory processes.
Will be able to listen to either voice or both together, and play what I hear.
I've studied this a long time ago, not completed, but it comes back and makes the re-learning easier.
Confirms my idea, for my playing anyway, that no worries about learning a piece then forgetting it while studying something else.
This morning did a look up of Baroque composers. Wikipedia had a list by genres. Found a composer, not baroque, named D. Magnus, and IMSLP has his piano music. Found a very pretty piece by him, not to hard. Nocturne #3 Op. 125 in key of B flat minor (love lots of black keys!!!). Give it a look and try it out. It really is very sweet.
Looks like you've been having some fun with your exploring, Isabelle1949. smile

When (and if) I advance, I think I'll also enjoy finding "lost" pieces.
26 & 27 June

These days playing a lot of......

Carl Philip Emanuel Bach......Sonatas 3hearts
Carl Reinecke......Sonatines

Also a lot Carl,....it's in the name.....mmmmm...Carls days grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
28 June

Today preparing my organ playing next wednesday in the St. Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen....in the north of the Netherlands. Studying work of Böhm, Bach, Pachelbel, Telemann and Lefébure (Romantic organperiod)

In the evening just playing Haydn, all kind of music, just for fun.

Regards,
Johan B
Enjoying the work on Bach's 2-part Inventions.
Need to work more on getting the trills fluent and easy.
It's still a challenge to combine everything at the same time...hearing each voice independently, how both work together, and play what I hear.
But the phrases and statements are very clear.
Still reading as a reminder at the start of each practice session.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Enjoying the work on Bach's 2-part Inventions.
Need to work more on getting the trills fluent and easy.
It's still a challenge to combine everything at the same time...hearing each voice independently, how both work together, and play what I hear.
But the phrases and statements are very clear.
Still reading as a reminder at the start of each practice session.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Bach's inventionen....I love them.....baroque has my special attention....Today played a lot of Choral Partitas of Böhm, Pachelbel and some of Telemann.

Kind regards,
Johan B
29 June

Today only one hour playtime........organworks of different composers (a.o.Dupuis) and after that some of the Ouvertures of Telemann

Wednesday playing the organ of the St.Willibrordchurch of Kloosterburen in the north of The Netherlands

The organ
The keyboard
The church

Regards,
Johan B
It must be wonderful to play in that organ and church, Johan B. smile
Johann, the church and organ are beautiful. Seeing the pipes reminded when pipes were delivered to my dad's workshop in long wood boxes filled with excelsior. My dad let me help a little in his shop, very little. Made me feel so big!!!
6/28 Chopin Étude Op 10 No 1, at a snails pace, well maybe an ant's pace. Have no intention of memorizing or learning the whole thing, just think it's a good, different exercise to expand my horizons.

Telemann Overture 1, site read 3 parts, slowly, but not as slow as first times. So pretty, why rush it?

Scarlatti K141, the first half is committed to memory, it's at a fair speed, I would say mid allegro. Once well memorized fully, speed will gradually be increased. It will never be at Mach 1.

Thinking of working on something for a Piano Master Class in 2016, which is a part of the New Orleans International Piano Competition.
1 July

Played the organ of the St.Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen for three hours. Mostly works of Bach (Prealudiums and Pastorale BWV590), Böhm and Pachelbell(Choralpartitas) and a lot of Fébure-Wely, because this music from the Romantic period fits perfect to this French-romantic organ. There were interested visitors who came up to the organkeyboard to have a look. Among others there was an woman from Rumania (South Europe) who made a trip through our country. She was a violin-teacher.
Next wednesday I will play again the organ for visitors of this church. Organ St.Willibrorduschurch Kloosterburen

In the evening played diferent pianopieces at home.

Regards,
Johan B
Congratulations, Johan!
It sounds like everything went really well.
Johann, your experience at the church sounds wonderful. (When I was young, my dad sometimes took me to a church where he had to work on the organ. I remember once he marked one of the organ keys with an "X" and told me to play and hold that key when he was ready. One key, it felt so good.)

This a.m. Sight read thru Bach two-part Invention No. 1, reviewed Scarlatti K 141.

Discovered Busoni editions of the Bach Inventions and Sinfonias with ornaments written out and fingering included. I will be working these now. I think these works will be very educational in many ways.
Hi
I played I Giorni by Ludovico Eiundudi a fantastic piece of music and a modern take on classical I find.
I am also practicing I want to know what love is on keyboards to accompany my choir at our concert on Saturday.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann, your experience at the church sounds wonderful. (When I was young, my dad sometimes took me to a church where he had to work on the organ. I remember once he marked one of the organ keys with an "X" and told me to play and hold that key when he was ready. One key, it felt so good.)

This a.m. Sight read thru Bach two-part Invention No. 1, reviewed Scarlatti K 141.

Discovered Busoni editions of the Bach Inventions and Sinfonias with ornaments written out and fingering included. I will be working these now. I think these works will be very educational in many ways.


Isabelle,

So......at young age you played 'trois mains'...... grin

Thank you and RaggedKeyPresser for your comments. Yes, indeed it was a very nice afternoon in the church. And cool...this week temperatures in West-Europe are about 35C (=95F)........so an big old church is nice to be...... grin

2 July
Tonight only played for one hour........
Mozart, Fantasy in D minor
Bach, Air (part3) from Pastorale BWV 590
Schumann, four Waldszenen
Händel, Keyboard suites G minor and E minor

Regards,
Johan B
3 july

My six weeks holidays starts...... grin thumb grin 3hearts.....home at about 15.00h....so I've enough time to play piano......

In the afternoon
Among others Händel, four complete Keyboardsuites

In the evening
Among others Schumann, Waldszenen, Träumerei, Arabesk, Theme and viariations
Mozart, Fantasy D minor, Sonatas 279/2, 280/2, 281/2, 333/3, Varationen Dieu d' amour
Bach part 3 of Pastorale BWV 590.........
Mmmmmmm......I love my holidays....no thinking of work......just music...

Regards,
Johan B
Johann that's great!

Traumerei is the first piece I played on my grand piano. It was a dream come true.

Today sight read some of a Bach Minuet (not sure which one), practiced the Scarlatti and gave the Beethoven Op. 14, no. 2, 1st mvt. A try. I think I am going to have to leave the Beethoven in the past and just move forward. So frustrating not being able to play what I knew before.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann that's great!

Traumerei is the first piece I played on my grand piano. It was a dream come true.

Today sight read some of a Bach Minuet (not sure which one), practiced the Scarlatti and gave the Beethoven Op. 14, no. 2, 1st mvt. A try. I think I am going to have to leave the Beethoven in the past and just move forward. So frustrating not being able to play what I knew before.


Isabelle,.....no frustration......think about this.......95% of humanity can not play piano.....that's one......second....just play for fun, just scroll through the piece you want to play, do not repeat every part.....just play.......tomorrow maybe better...the day after tomorrow better......etc.

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johann, I think you are right. I will sight read some of my old pieces, just to hear the combination of sounds that were so pleasing to me then.

Thanks.
4 July

Today first day of holidays.......mmmmmm......two hours playing in the morning.....two hours in the afternoon and one hour plus in the evening........
Temperature is high nowadays in this region....and the fan is next to the piano..... thumb 3hearts

What did I play today......a lot.......among others
Mozart, Sonatas, Fantasy D minor, variations Dieu d'amour
Händel, keyboard suites
Grieg, some Lyric pieces
Bordodin, Intermezzo
Dvorak, two mazurkas
Bach, Pastorale (3) Bwv 590
.......and some more..... grin my wife went crazy cry about this music-load......

Regards,
Johan B
Mostly the same for the entire year:

- Bach's prelude & fugue Fm (Book II)
- Mozart's sonata in A (first movement)
- Chopin's nocturne in Em (Op. 72 No. 1)
- Messiaen's prelude no. 1 (Dove)

All sorts of scales and arpeggios for C, Cm, E-flat, Am, B, G#m

3 more months to go before the exam. I can't want to pass it then move on to other music!
Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Mostly the same for the entire year:

- Bach's prelude & fugue Fm (Book II)
- Mozart's sonata in A (first movement)
- Chopin's nocturne in Em (Op. 72 No. 1)
- Messiaen's prelude no. 1 (Dove)

All sorts of scales and arpeggios for C, Cm, E-flat, Am, B, G#m

3 more months to go before the exam. I can't want to pass it then move on to other music!


Nice repertoire Tubbie thumb thumb

Good luck for your exam.....

Kind regards,
Johan B
5 July

Sunday played a lot.....among others.....polishing Mozart Sonata KV 457 and Four Versets of Zipoli. The last I will play wednesday at the organ of the St Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen.

Best regards,
Johan B
July 5 a.m. Session, Rosebud Rag and the Cascades by Scott Joplin and Golliwog's Cakewalk by Debussy. Studied and slowly sight read pg 1 of each, after I tapped out the rhythms away from the piano.

p.m session, Rosebud Rag and The Cascades. Pg 1 of Cascades memorized. (Let's see if it sticks over night). The 16th note run hands together, parallel ascending gave me a time, but I've got it.

Hopefully tomorrow will get back to the Scarlatti for a bit. The ragtime rhythms are infectious. Why didn't I do this years ago? Actually I tried ragtime but couldn't get the rhythm or feel of it. Seemed like there was way too much black ink splattered on the page!!!
Been practicing my arpeggios, HT, parallel motion. Major and minor triads, including all inversions, arpeggiated triad inversions with an added 8th (root, 1st inversion, 2nd, root, etc.), dominant 7th arpeggios, only root position, diminished 7th arpeggios, and some suspended and overlapping arpeggios. It's pretty excessive, but in doing this I feel like I can immediately play almost anything that would come up in a piece. I really recommend it.
Two songs from some easy song books I've started working on.

The Miner's Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubXseL-tc3k

Air On A G String https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHaYjrnWpx0

Going to keep on working on more songs from both those books.
Andrew, I checked out your you tube channel and listened to Miner's Blues. That was really good!!!
6 July

Played organliterature preparing my performance at the St.Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen (North of the Netherlands)

And...worked some hours at the Sonatas of Mozart........ 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by AndrewJCW
Two songs from some easy song books I've started working on.

The Miner's Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubXseL-tc3k

Air On A G String https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHaYjrnWpx0

Going to keep on working on more songs from both those books.


Well done, Andrew!....... thumb thumb

Regards,
Johan B
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGi2Unsud14

beyer exercise no 76..
Today reviewed Scarlatti K 141. Practiced Scott Joplin's, The Cascades and Rosebud Rag. Late last night slowly sight read Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk.
8 July

Today did my performance at the organ of the Willibrordus-church in Kloosterburen, playing a 'Bach-medley' and after that works from ' l'Office Catholique' of Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély and some other small works.

Kloosterburen

Regards,
Johan B




I can play Schubert. 0_o

Or at least ecossaise 4 from D421

http://imslp.org/wiki/6_Ecossaises,_D.421_(Schubert,_Franz)

charming little tune and funky hand moves... learned today
Originally Posted by Doritos Flavoured
I can play Schubert. 0_o

Or at least ecossaise 4 from D421

http://imslp.org/wiki/6_Ecossaises,_D.421_(Schubert,_Franz)

charming little tune and funky hand moves... learned today


Hi Doritos,
Nice that you work on Schubert, I saw the musicscores......good luck! thumb thumb

9 July

Today I worked among others at these Telemann 3hearts ouvertures and some Fuga's

Telemann Ouvertures TWV32:5-10

Regards,
Johan B
10 July
Today I woke up with terrible pain in my right shoulder and neck.......arghhhhh....must be something with bad posture or too much piano playing the day before...... mad confused sick

So it became a low-profile piano-day...just played a few Ouverture parts of Telemann in the morning and some parts of Mozart Sonatas in the afternoon.

Pray for a better day........tomorrow......

Regards,
Johan B
best regards, Johan

slow down that practice smile
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today reviewed Scarlatti K 141. Practiced Scott Joplin's, The Cascades and Rosebud Rag. Late last night slowly sight read Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk.

Have fun with those. Cascades is an awesome piece, I played that one for a senior home recital. Third section is way difficult just got to keep playing it endlessly till I got to speed. But still flubbed it way too much in the recital. But it is a totally rewarding piece.

The Golliwog cakewalk is such a fun piece. Love how Debussy figured out how to make those circus type sound inserts in the middle section w the appogiatura parts. I remember hearing that piece a long time ago, and I could never figure out how the pianist made that sound on the piano, I figured it was added somehow by another instrument. Until I saw the score later. Genius by Debussy.
11 & 12 & 13July

Played only about one hour a day.......shoulder and neck injury hurts......so I had to slow down.......bad days frown frown

Played from the albums
Best songs ever
Broadway songs (budgetbooks)

Regards,
Johan B
14 July

Also today less piano playing....half an hour.....

Worked on Bach, Symphonia's.....

Hope my shoulder and neck allows me to do my weekly summer organperformance tomorrow in Kloosterburen...... frown confused

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
14 July

Also today less piano playing....half an hour.....

Worked on Bach, Symphonia's.....

Hope my shoulder and neck allows me to do my weekly summer organperformance tomorrow in Kloosterburen...... frown confused

Regards,
Johan B


I'm concerned, certainly probably under a false assumption, that something in your body dynamics when you practice might be causing the pain. If you haven't eliminated this as a cause, maybe paying a really good teacher to observe and advise would be warranted. I was using my right shoulder and didn't realize I was doing this at all until pointed out by a new teacher.I was not having pain but I bet I would have eventually.
Originally Posted by dogperson
Originally Posted by Johan B
14 July

Also today less piano playing....half an hour.....

Worked on Bach, Symphonia's.....

Hope my shoulder and neck allows me to do my weekly summer organperformance tomorrow in Kloosterburen...... frown confused

Regards,
Johan B


I'm concerned, certainly probably under a false assumption, that something in your body dynamics when you practice might be causing the pain. If you haven't eliminated this as a cause, maybe paying a really good teacher to observe and advise would be warranted. I was using my right shoulder and didn't realize I was doing this at all until pointed out by a new teacher.I was not having pain but I bet I would have eventually.


Thanks for advices.....Dogperson.... I know my problem and try to to do something about.....

15 July

Today I did my weekly summer organperformance.......played among others

Bach, Preludia
Böhm, Telemann and Pachebel, Choralpartitas
Händel, Keyboard suites, also possible by organ (some adjustments)
Lefébure-Wely, l' Office Catholique

Regards,
Johan B
16 July

Today played a lot of the Keyboardsuites of Georg Böhm, very nice baroque..... 3hearts

Here's the link.....page 28 of the musicpart in this album

Böhm

Kind regards,
Johan B
17 & 18 July

Again playing and studying Keyboardsuites of Böhm.....so nice......let's say Sturdy Baroque... 3hearts 3hearts

In the evening some Mozart, Fantasy D minor, Variations Dieu d'amour and four parts of Schumann Waldszenen

Regards,
Johan B
Grinding away at the 2-part counterpoint.
But doing guitar and singing also, which is so much easier!
Even while playing lead guitar with arpeggios or patterns with bar chords.
19, 20 & 21 July

Played among others........

Böhm, Suites for harpsichord 3hearts and Choral partitas

Telemann, Six ouvertures for Clavier 3hearts

Telemann, Ouvertures

Regards,
Johan B
22 July

Today returned to........

Händel Keyboard Suites.....nice to play 3hearts

Händel; Keyboard suites
(Scroll down, last edition is full score)

Regards,
Johann B
Been dabbling in Chopin etude 10 . 2. ...it...hard.

sometimes I feel like I am about to have a 'slipped disc' in my fingers.
Originally Posted by debussychopin
Been dabbling in Chopin etude 10 . 2. ...it...hard.

sometimes I feel like I am about to have a 'slipped disc' in my fingers.


I know that feeling........... grin grin........ sometimes 3hearts....sometimes cursing sick

Kind regards,
Johan B
Exercises. Scales, chords, arpeggios. From Liszt's "Technical Exercises", a slew of finger independence exercises. I'm finally able to relax my hand doing these. Also, for exercise, I'm practicing bits of Chopin Op. 10 nos 1 and 2 and Prelude 1 from Blanchet's 64 Preludes, Op. 41. Although not up to speed, the arpeggios of Op 10 no. 1 finally feel natural to me--no hand tension, no stretching--they finally flow, which makes the piece feel possible to me, which is a new sensation.

For fun I sight-read (not at full tempo) Chopin's A minor posthumous Waltz, and I'm learning Bach's inventions 1 and 4 at a depressingly slow pace. I'm just getting to the point where I can sight read simple music, but Bach's polyphony, even with just two voices, feels like too much information to spontaneously process, so I'm memorizing it, for now.

Inspired by the Bach inventions, I also composed a little, a very chromatic duet in something of a hybrid F# minor C# major tonality, which sounds a little (in mood, not content) like Busoni's Notturno Prologo.

23, 24 & 25 July

This week my wife and my adult son, who lives elsewhere in our country made a trip to Lisboa in Portugal......so home alone and I had plenty of time to play. 3hearts Played these days about four hours a day.....

These days I worked mainly at baroque composers. There is a lot of nice keyboard suites of Händel, Telemann and Böhm.......

In the evening I played some small works of Schumann, just as alternation.......

Here you can find the scores of the Böhm suites....in Volume 1...very worth to have a look at. Böhm

Kind regards,
Johan B

26 July

Only played for one hour.........a few parts of Händel suites and some small works of Schumann.....

Regards,
Johan B
27 July

Played among others......

Böhm keyboard suites,
Schumann, smaller works,
Some parts of the Mozart Sonatas

Regards,
Johan B
28 july

Today played around in these albums.......Composers A-Z

Piano A-Z 3hearts

Editor Margarete Babinksy.......... Babinsky

Best regards,
Johan B
29 July

.......continued the Babinsky books............ 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
30 July

After about three days of a kind of piano-depression, days with many mistakes and musical disappointments ( I nearly thought I could never play well again) I played two Sonatas of Haydn succesfully.....hehe... 3hearts

You will know those days....perhaps..... grin....every ten notes one or two mistakes.... confused

Piano sonata D dur Hob XVI 33

Piano Sonata G dur Hob XVI 27


Sooooo.......if you are (piano) depressed.....take Haydn...... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B



There are many days I can't feel like I'm practicing well or have piano "depression". Lot of times it is my physical condition how late it is or right after a long day or driving. Lot of times the reason is unknown.
DebussyChopin,

These days it was caused by all kind of mental puzzles......the other feeling after a day of hard work......I know...

Kind regards,
Johan B
i hope those mental puzzles are the fun kind..not a stressful kind.
31 July

In the morning just to awake after some coffee.....playing

Best songs ever

In the afternoon studying.....Haydn Sonatas from Hob XVI (hyperlink in previous post)

Best regards,
Johan B
1 August

Not much time to play today, about one hour.....

Haydn piano sonatas from Hob XVI

Regards,
Johan B
Practicing now regularly the Chopin etude 10 2 (before I was just dabbling in it). Reason being I am being frustrated at all the performances I have heard of it on YouTube all from even professional pianists...for my taste, they play the piece too forte.

I imagine this piece being a description of flying fairies in an electric blue forest in the night. It needs to sound pp (I know Chopin marked it p throughout) for me to give me that imaginative effect. So now I partake in trying to learn this for the sake of hearing it quietly and mysterious sounding.

Also I noticed at the slower rate (the tempo I have to practice it at) brings out a slightly different suggestion in the melody and meaning behind the melody than the full tempo rapid one; it somehow overlays a different melody when heard up tempo to me.
Originally Posted by debussychopin
Practicing now regularly the Chopin etude 10 2 (before I was just dabbling in it). Reason being I am being frustrated at all the performances I have heard of it on YouTube all from even professional pianists...for my taste, they play the piece too forte.

I imagine this piece being a description of flying fairies in an electric blue forest in the night. It needs to sound pp (I know Chopin marked it p throughout) for me to give me that imaginative effect. So now I partake in trying to learn this for the sake of hearing it quietly and mysterious sounding.

Also I noticed at the slower rate (the tempo I have to practice it at) brings out a slightly different suggestion in the melody and meaning behind the melody than the full tempo rapid one; it somehow overlays a different melody when heard up tempo to me.


Hi DebussyChopin,

Don't be frustated about all kind of youtubes. You know, tempo and p, pp or mf etc are even so arbitrair as tempi. For example...how much discussion is there about tempi in the music of Bach.
Important is the essence, message and character of a composition!

2 August

This morning I started with some Sonatines of Carl Reinecke.....nice to play.

Did you know that Reinecke also made fine arangements of music of Corelli.......? 3hearts
Corelli / Reinecke

Kind regards,
Johan B
I just learnt how to play the No church in the wild by Jay z on the Keyboard via Online Sessions! i feel accomplished now!
Originally Posted by PRIMEKEYS
I just learnt how to play the No church in the wild by Jay z on the Keyboard via Online Sessions! i feel accomplished now!


Hi Pirmekeys,

Always nice feeling when you play a piece successfull....congrats thumb

Kind regards,
Johan B
There are just over three weeks until the fall semester begins at my university. I will have no time to work on technique until next summer (or maybe for a week in the winter, since I will be travelling for part of my break), so I am drilling myself as much as I can from now to then.

Today the drill consists of all scales staccato then legato, all arpeggios, and five finger exercises, staccato, up and down every key (fun when there is a mixture of black and white keys...). If I have time I'll do polyphonic scales with 345 finger triplets to fingers 1 and 2 alternating in quarter notes , since my weaker fingers lack the dexterity and velocity that I would like and I can only take so much of myself butchering Chopin Op. 10 no. 2 and Feux Follets for practice on my weaker fingers.

For fun I'm sightreading through the easier early Scriabin preludes (I'm in the mood for something softer after a lot of Bach, recently), and, time permitting, I'll polish up a Blanchet prelude from Op. 41.
Originally Posted by lautreamont
There are just over three weeks until the fall semester begins at my university. I will have no time to work on technique until next summer (or maybe for a week in the winter, since I will be travelling for part of my break), so I am drilling myself as much as I can from now to then.

Today the drill consists of all scales staccato then legato, all arpeggios, and five finger exercises, staccato, up and down every key (fun when there is a mixture of black and white keys...). If I have time I'll do polyphonic scales with 345 finger triplets to fingers 1 and 2 alternating in quarter notes , since my weaker fingers lack the dexterity and velocity that I would like and I can only take so much of myself butchering Chopin Op. 10 no. 2 and Feux Follets for practice on my weaker fingers.

For fun I'm sightreading through the easier early Scriabin preludes (I'm in the mood for something softer after a lot of Bach, recently), and, time permitting, I'll polish up a Blanchet prelude from Op. 41.


Lautreamont,

Sorry for you that you have only time in the holidays to 'work' at the keys.....

3 & 4 August

About four hours a day working at music of Böhm, Händel (Suites) and a lot of Haydn

Haydn, Sonaten

It's so much........ 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
Thanks, Johan. That kind of "work" is always a pleasure. I'm a science student, and I think that I will have to study somewhere in the 6-8 hour range per day in order to excel this coming semester. After commuting to and from school, that doesn't leave too much free time, but I'm hoping that I can squeeze in at least an hour a day to practice, somehow. It will be a welcome break from all the calculus and formulas.
5 August
Played for two and half hours in the church of Kloosterburen: Händel, Böhm and some Bach
St.Willibrorduschurch, Kloosterburen-The Netherlands 3hearts

6 August
Playing a lot of Haydn and visited a specialized musicscore store just fun-shopping new musicbooks 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
7 & 8 August

Just playing Haydn Sonatas........ 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
I've been going through a slump, too so today I played older repertoire, not the new stuff that is killing me. The only exception to old is "Milonga De Angel" which I now play well and love.

Tomorrow it is back to the lesson pieces.
Originally Posted by Johan B
7 & 8 August

Just playing Haydn Sonatas........ 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B

I have never known someone who knows this much Haydn. Which is great btw.

I know one classmate she has worked on ONE Haydn sonata ONE movement , for two semesters now and she plays it delightfully great, but even she said she is frustrated at her own consistent play of it.

I am playing Revolutionary now. Haha. Not really revolutionary but more like a "let's wait out the winter before we attack" sort of sloooow revolutionary.
Played today:

"The Nonpareil", Scott Joplin, meh

"Novelette in Fourths", George Gershwin. Went well. Not perfect but well.

"Heliotrope Bouquet", Scott Joplin/Louis Chauvin. Went pretty good.

Teach was there. Expect to hear some commentary next les.
Originally Posted by Whizbang
Played today:

"The Nonpareil", Scott Joplin, meh

"Novelette in Fourths", George Gershwin. Went well. Not perfect but well.

"Heliotrope Bouquet", Scott Joplin/Louis Chauvin. Went pretty good.

Teach was there. Expect to hear some commentary next les.


Whizbang,

Whatever you play......piano is fun. So much possibilities.....for me.....part of my life...

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by debussychopin
Originally Posted by Johan B
7 & 8 August

Just playing Haydn Sonatas........ 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B

I have never known someone who knows this much Haydn. Which is great btw.

I know one classmate she has worked on ONE Haydn sonata ONE movement , for two semesters now and she plays it delightfully great, but even she said she is frustrated at her own consistent play of it.

I am playing Revolutionary now. Haha. Not really revolutionary but more like a "let's wait out the winter before we attack" sort of sloooow revolutionary.


DebussyChopin,

Have a try....Haydn is so nice...... 3hearts
Haydn Sonatas

Kind regards,
Johan B
9 August

Today played 🎹 only about five minutes.......the rest of the day....visit our best friends.......without a piano.......😳😳

Best regards,
Johan B
Technique work. All major/minor scales, legato and staccato, plus the chromatic. Five finger work in all keys and the chromatic, staccato. Arpeggios in every key. Liszt exercises for finger independence (the double note exercises are pretty tough). More focus on my left hand than my right.

As for actual music, I'm sightreading Bach's Little Preludes, since my sight reading of the Inventions is painfully slow, and I need work on ornaments/grace notes in the left hand. I'm also sightreading several easier early Preludes by Scriabin, which all have in common a flowing left hand quaver motion under what are mostly right hand chords.
10 & 11 August

Played my favourites Sonaten of Haydn and Suites of Böhm......still discovering the beauty of some special parts.......

Regards,
Johan B
How many Haydn sonatas do you know Johan?
Been bad here. Haven't played in about two or three weeks. Will try to get back on track tomorrow.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Been bad here. Haven't played in about two or three weeks. Will try to get back on track tomorrow.


Isabelle,

Life is sweet, life is bitter.........tomorrow everything goes better thumb wink

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by debussychopin
How many Haydn sonatas do you know Johan?


Hi Debussychopin,

Play about twelve to fiftheen of these Sonaten.... Studying the others.......Haydn Hob. XVI......
And as usual always playing by sightreading.....I hardly never memorize music

12 August
Today I will play among others Bach, Böhm, Händel in this beautiful church...
St.Willibrorduschurch
This is the organ.....
The organ

Kind regards,
Johan B
A number of years ago I put a ton of work into Chopin's etude 10.3. I got it to the point I could play it all the way through but never...never... got it to where I could play some of those ascending and descending broken chords well. It always sounded like a train wreck. I've always loved the opening page of the piece, it just has to be one of the most lovely passages of all time, and returned to it last week (I think I can play it pretty well). But, the rest of it is still a train wreck. It's always so interesting to see how I can return to a piece and, being a terrible reader, will have to allow my subconscious take over to play it. It's almost like I have to sit back and watch this other person play just so "I" can figure out what I'm reading. I have gotten through the piece, again, mostly using my muscle memory or whatever it is, and now may try to see what I can do with the train wreck.
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by debussychopin
How many Haydn sonatas do you know Johan?


Hi Debussychopin,

Play about twelve to fiftheen of these Sonaten.... Studying the others.......Haydn Hob. XVI......
And as usual always playing by sightreading.....I hardly never memorize music

12 August
Today I will play among others Bach, Böhm, Händel in this beautiful church...
St.Willibrorduschurch
This is the organ.....
The organ

Kind regards,
Johan B


I should do this too. For some reason, I always never looked into sight reading through pieces and playing them /practicing them that way. I always aim to sight read first only the one that I am going to embark on as being memorized.....which leaves me at the end with not too many pieces known by me. Will try your method this year.
Originally Posted by Peyton
A number of years ago I put a ton of work into Chopin's etude 10.3. I got it to the point I could play it all the way through but never...never... got it to where I could play some of those ascending and descending broken chords well. It always sounded like a train wreck. I've always loved the opening page of the piece, it just has to be one of the most lovely passages of all time, and returned to it last week (I think I can play it pretty well). But, the rest of it is still a train wreck. It's always so interesting to see how I can return to a piece and, being a terrible reader, will have to allow my subconscious take over to play it. It's almost like I have to sit back and watch this other person play just so "I" can figure out what I'm reading. I have gotten through the piece, again, mostly using my muscle memory or whatever it is, and now may try to see what I can do with the train wreck.

I hear you. I love this etude. It is the first one I learned and reason being someone or some people said it was the easiest Chopin etude to learn... what!? not even close.

first of all, the outer melodic parts of the etude are hard in the fact you have to voice it correctly . you cant just play the notes. it doesnt work. I remember for a long time I couldnt figure out why my playing of that part never sounded like in the recordings i heard. ( i was thinking, is the one I learned a simplified version>?) i found later through my friend (piano teacher a s well) told me I was not voicing anything. (this was years ago).

second, that middle section one needs ton of technique. it is harder than the whole of other etudes I feel. I still cannot get it right mine sound like a train wreck too. and that is after properly learning how to go about it.

so my point is, kudos to you for learning this etude. and being honest about it. Tons of people here and other forums say how easy it is. very dishonest. ok let me hear you then. you know what i mean?
The middle section of Op. 10 no. 3 is terrifying! Double notes in contrary motion--it takes so much mental energy, practice, and confidence. Another thing to consider is that Chopin originally wrote the tempo as Vivace. Even though he changed it to Lento ma non troppo, it's important to keep in mind the 'ma non troppo' part, to keep it from being the languid piece that many people make it. I don't know about anyone else here, but it is one of those pieces where I am dissatisfied with most performances. It's really surprising that so few people make it cantabile in a really flowing, expressive bel canto with morbidezza kind of way. Maybe it is just that I have such a specific mental sonic image of what the piece should sound like, but very few performances really strike me as being as beautiful as possible.
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A somewhat lazy day today. My partner is visiting family, so I've got the house to myself. I thought that this would make me want to play more and with less inhibition, but I'm not motivated today. After focusing so much on technique lately, I'm just going to work at a couple of Szymanowski's more lyrical mazurkas. I prefer Op. 62, but I put those in that rarified class of pieces, like some of late Scriabin, where I am capable of getting the notes under my fingers, but I'm not yet capable of doing them justice. They are something like taboo to me...only when I know that I'm capable of incredible nuance will I approach them.

Is it just me, or do any of you ever feel afraid to approach certain pieces, because they are too beautiful, as if hearing yourself play them in any way subpar to some inner standard is like an act of desecration?

Originally Posted by lautreamont
The middle section of Op. 10 no. 3 is terrifying! Double notes in contrary motion--it takes so much mental energy, practice, and confidence. Another thing to consider is that Chopin originally wrote the tempo as Vivace. Even though he changed it to Lento ma non troppo, it's important to keep in mind the 'ma non troppo' part, to keep it from being the languid piece that many people make it. I don't know about anyone else here, but it is one of those pieces where I am dissatisfied with most performances. It's really surprising that so few people make it cantabile in a really flowing, expressive bel canto with morbidezza kind of way. Maybe it is just that I have such a specific mental sonic image of what the piece should sound like, but very few performances really strike me as being as beautiful as possible.
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I hear you. and I agree. not a lot of good interpretations of this piece .
Thanks for the feedback guys. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks the middle parts are over the top...

The last time I worked on this I recorded it and put it on boxnet. I think I can play the first part better now but the later parts are ...well...still train wrecks. At 1.39 the wheels loosen... at 2.02 they begin to come off... at 2.19 sparks are flying and at 2.39 the wheels are gone and the train is sliding sideways down the track...


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Originally Posted by debussychopin
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by debussychopin
How many Haydn sonatas do you know Johan?


Hi Debussychopin,

Play about twelve to fiftheen of these Sonaten.... Studying the others.......Haydn Hob. XVI......
And as usual always playing by sightreading.....I hardly never memorize music

12 August
Today I will play among others Bach, Böhm, Händel in this beautiful church...
St.Willibrorduschurch
This is the organ.....
The organ

Kind regards,
Johan B


I should do this too. For some reason, I always never looked into sight reading through pieces and playing them /practicing them that way. I always aim to sight read first only the one that I am going to embark on as being memorized.....which leaves me at the end with not too many pieces known by me. Will try your method this year.


DebussyChopin,

Perhaps I have to try memorising.....😀😀

13 August

After six week holidays I was at my work again.....mmmmm...arghh😳😤😳😤......went home at 13.00h......playing piano is better.....

Played today...among others:
Mozart, Fantasie D minor and Variations Dieu d'amour
Schumann, four parts of Waldszenen
Böhm, Suites
Haydn, Sonatas Hob XVI
Telemann, Pastorella from Ouverture VI
Ouverturen, Telemann

Regards,
Johan B
14 & 15 August

Studying Haydn Sonatas.....so nice 3hearts

Haydn Sonatas Hob XVI

Regards,
Johan B

Purcell's "Air" from Easy Piano Classics. I've only been playing for about 6 weeks, and I learned it in 1 week--does that seem like good progress? (I went through many pieces in Alfred's Book 1--my teacher suggested the EPC book since I only want to play classical pieces.) Next up is a Sarabande by Corelli.
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Purcell's "Air" from Easy Piano Classics. I've only been playing for about 6 weeks, and I learned it in 1 week--does that seem like good progress? (I went through many pieces in Alfred's Book 1--my teacher suggested the EPC book since I only want to play classical pieces.) Next up is a Sarabande by Corelli.


Fugue14,
You make good progress.......enjoy and celebrate it..... thumb

16 August
Today less time to play.....only half an hour this morning just easy playing.....
Best songs ever
The rest of the day shopping furniture in Amsterdam and had a nice dinner with my adult daughter, about 170km from here......

Regards,
Johan B
17 August

After a day of working hard with a lot of problems confused cry back home.......

Playing two and a half hour in the evening.....Haydn, Sonatas Hob XVI & Böhm, Suites..... 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
I am still playing/practicing etudes 10 4 and 10 5 .. .haha. Started working on (brought it back) pachelbel Canon in d. Stopped practicing that many months ago. Have to bring it back as I registered for the baroque recital next year and also started class which requires one baroque piece.
18 August

Played/studied Haydn Sonatas in the evening......

19 August

Did my weekly summer organ performance in Kloosterburen - The Netherlands
Willibrorduschurch Kloosterburen - The Netherlands

Played more than two hours a lot of Böhm, Pachelbel and Händel. 3hearts

Talked with visitors about the 🎹 organ and the technic of organplaying........a nice afternoon.

Best regards,
Johan B
Purcell's "Air" sounds pretty decent now, so I'm moving on to Corelli's "Sarabande." It's a little harder than the Purcell, but not a huge leap.

How difficult is the Aria from Bach's "Goldberg Variations"? I'm sure most of the variations will be years away before I could approach them, but I'm hoping the Aria might be within reach in a year or less.
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Purcell's "Air" sounds pretty decent now, so I'm moving on to Corelli's "Sarabande." It's a little harder than the Purcell, but not a huge leap.

How difficult is the Aria from Bach's "Goldberg Variations"? I'm sure most of the variations will be years away before I could approach them, but I'm hoping the Aria might be within reach in a year or less.


Fugue14,

Goldberg......... confused confused confused......for some reason I never succeeded.....very hard......

But be happy....there is a lot of other nice music...

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johan,

Even the Aria is hard? Is doesn't sound that bad.
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Johan,

Even the Aria is hard? Is doesn't sound that bad.


Technical....yes, hard. The right tempo and rythm, phrasing need to be right......hit the right keys is no problem...I play a lot of 'difficult' music, but this composition is a headache-thing.....Tried it many times...perhaps once........

Kind rergards,
Johan B
20 & 21 August

These days playing Haydn Piano sonatas.......the more I play this music....the more I love it. 3hearts 3hearts Even thinking that these Sonates are more interesting than the Mozart sonatas.......oeps...can I say this? blush blush

Haydn Piano Sonaten

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Johan,

Even the Aria is hard? Is doesn't sound that bad.


Technical....yes, hard. The right tempo and rythm, phrasing need to be right......hit the right keys is no problem...I play a lot of 'difficult' music, but this composition is a headache-thing.....Tried it many times...perhaps once........

Kind rergards,
Johan B


But well worth learning. Has to be one of the most lovely Bach melodies ever.
I spoke with my new teacher on the phone yesterday (first lesson is September 1), and she said the Aria is "easy"--of course, she has a PhD from Cornell and concertizes quite a bit, so naturally it's easy for her! She does know that I'm a beginner, though.
Originally Posted by Fugue14
I spoke with my new teacher on the phone yesterday (first lesson is September 1), and she said the Aria is "easy"--of course, she has a PhD from Cornell and concertizes quite a bit, so naturally it's easy for her! She does know that I'm a beginner, though.


Fugue14,

I think I know why your says the Aria is 'easy'. Yes, I agree. When it's only to hit the right keys...yes that's easy....but after that comes phrasing, interpretation etc....

Kind regards,
Johan B

22 August

Came home about 23h and played only about half an hour some Haydn Sonata parts.

Was busy to help my adult daughter, about 120km from here. She bought a lot IKEA funiture, so we had to fix three difficult cupboard/bookcases and a dinning-table and four chairs.....Daddy and brother/sister help always....... eek eek Children always need their parents, whether they are young or grown up... I love it and like it...... grin grin

Johan B
Johan,

Oh, I know. Hitting the notes is often the easy part in many pieces...making them sound good is another matter altogether!
23 August

Inspired by Alexandre Tharaud, playing Rameau at the famous annual 'Prinsengrachtconcert - Amsterdam'.....I found this nice music
Rameau

French composer Jean Francois Tapray, 1738-1810/1819?, made some beautiful variations......even more beautiful....
Tapray, Les sauvages

Played this music among others several times today.........worth to play!! 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Started Beethoven Les Adieux sonata yesterday and learned the exposition, which is not too bad, except for two measures (last two of the double notes passage) that plague me, but I'm ironing out and hope to get it under reasonable control in a couple of days...

In recent years I've been playing a lot of Bach (more like obsessed lol) and it has done wonders for my playing, musically and technically. I find that I learn pieces a lot faster and I am more "aware" of my left hand and listen to it much more intensely.
Originally Posted by deerfield
Started Beethoven Les Adieux sonata yesterday and learned the exposition, which is not too bad, except for two measures (last two of the double notes passage) that plague me, but I'm ironing out and hope to get it under reasonable control in a couple of days...

In recent years I've been playing a lot of Bach (more like obsessed lol) and it has done wonders for my playing, musically and technically. I find that I learn pieces a lot faster and I am more "aware" of my left hand and listen to it much more intensely.


Deerfield,

The first part......nice, but I looked also to the last part......hm....looks heavy......

Kind regards,
Johan B
24 August

Less time to play today.......

Haydn, two Sonatas
Böhm, Suite A minor
Rameau / Tapray, Rondo Les Indes galantes / variations Les sauvages
(See my post of 23 August)

Regards,
Johan B
I actually learnt the third movement of Les Adieux a long time ago (my favorite movement). It's tougher for sure but it's not so bad relearning it (I played through it to get a feel for it again). I never studied the first or second movement till now. Technically easier than the third but musically tougher. I think I'm ready to tackle them now after living life a bit. The ascending right hand chord junk measure is progressing nicely. I can play the piece at performance speed, it's the interpretation and phrasing I work on most of the time. I think about it often away from the piano and try it out during my next practice session. I'm not a beginner but a returning veteran to the piano. And it's great being back!
Originally Posted by deerfield
I actually learnt the third movement of Les Adieux a long time ago (my favorite movement). It's tougher for sure but it's not so bad relearning it (I played through it to get a feel for it again). I never studied the first or second movement till now. Technically easier than the third but musically tougher. I think I'm ready to tackle them now after living life a bit. The ascending right hand chord junk measure is progressing nicely. I can play the piece at performance speed, it's the interpretation and phrasing I work on most of the time. I think about it often away from the piano and try it out during my next practice session. I'm not a beginner but a returning veteran to the piano. And it's great being back!


Deerfield,

Returned to the piano......great! I know that. I stopped real activ playing in 1988, after leaving church as organist, and restarted in 2007, after a burn out, playing piano for one to three hours daily.......music became again a part of my life....

Kind regards,
Johan B

25 August

Played after my work about two hours......Händel, keyboard suites & Haydn, piano sonatas.........
26 August

Today did my weekly summerperformances at the organ 🎹🎹 of the St.Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen (Netherlands)for more than two hours. Played among others.....
Bach, small Preludes and chorals
Pachelbell, choral partitas and fugues
Händel, Suites
Zipoli, Offertorio, Post all' communio
Lefébure, l' Office catholique

My adult daughter 2hearts, living in another part of the country, came over to hear daddy playing the organ, even listening next to me on the bench......nice afternoon together with my wife and daughter...... thumb

Best regards,
Johan B
29 & 30 August

We stay at the house of my adult daughter in another part of the country this weekend.......no piano in the house......we did something wrong in her education..... grin

Best regards,
Johan B
31 August

Yesterday I heard Daria van den Bercken playing Sonata KV 282/3 a Classic FM...... Daria van den Bercken; Keys to Mozart .......so I knew what to play this morning.....

Before lunch: Mozart sonatas
After lunch: Haydn Sonatas
After dinner: Böhm, Keyboard suites

Best regards,
Johan B
1 september

Arghhhhh... frown frown cry cry ....less time to play today.......very busy day......only one Sonata of Haydn

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by debussychopin
Originally Posted by Peyton
A number of years ago I put a ton of work into Chopin's etude 10.3. I got it to the point I could play it all the way through but never...never... got it to where I could play some of those ascending and descending broken chords well. It always sounded like a train wreck. I've always loved the opening page of the piece, it just has to be one of the most lovely passages of all time, and returned to it last week (I think I can play it pretty well). But, the rest of it is still a train wreck. It's always so interesting to see how I can return to a piece and, being a terrible reader, will have to allow my subconscious take over to play it. It's almost like I have to sit back and watch this other person play just so "I" can figure out what I'm reading. I have gotten through the piece, again, mostly using my muscle memory or whatever it is, and now may try to see what I can do with the train wreck.

I hear you. I love this etude. It is the first one I learned and reason being someone or some people said it was the easiest Chopin etude to learn... what!? not even close.



first of all, the outer melodic parts of the etude are hard in the fact you have to voice it correctly . you cant just play the notes. it doesnt work. I remember for a long time I couldnt figure out why my playing of that part never sounded like in the recordings i heard. ( i was thinking, is the one I learned a simplified version>?) i found later through my friend (piano teacher a s well) told me I was not voicing anything. (this was years ago).

second, that middle section one needs ton of technique. it is harder than the whole of other etudes I feel. I still cannot get it right mine sound like a train wreck too. and that is after properly learning how to go about it.

so my point is, kudos to you for learning this etude. and being honest about it. Tons of people here and other forums say how easy it is. very dishonest. ok let me hear you then. you know what i mean?



I got somewhat intimidated by the middle part as well, I only learned the beginning then gave up on it to learn the schubert impromptu smile I might go back and attempt the middle part later.
I've been playing Beethoven's Sonata in G Op.49, No.2 the first 3 pages.
Possibly one of the easiest of his to learn.
At the end of the first 3 pages there is a repeat sign, so back to the beginning.
So for now I can play it ad infinitum if I so wish, until I tackle the remaining 10 pages.
Played Pathetique Sonata Movement 1 today. Was definitely out of practice but did OK. It took a long time for me to learn it as it is 7 or so pages. The passages with the eighth note octaves in the left hand and crazy right hand (2nd page on most sheets) require the metronome to get right. I was baffled at how to play it at full speed until I started really slow with the metronome and gradually worked my way up to full speed. It took a long time to get (almost) right, but totally worth it.
After technical works and exam pieces, I'm taking break and relearning Beetle's Michelle, and Love Story, Richard Clayderman's version :-P
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I've been playing Beethoven's Sonata in G Op.49, No.2 the first 3 pages.
Possibly one of the easiest of his to learn.
At the end of the first 3 pages there is a repeat sign, so back to the beginning.
So for now I can play it ad infinitum if I so wish, until I tackle the remaining 10 pages.


Good luck RaggedKeyPresser,......make a kind of loop...... grin.....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by LessonsOTW
Played Pathetique Sonata Movement 1 today. Was definitely out of practice but did OK. It took a long time for me to learn it as it is 7 or so pages. The passages with the eighth note octaves in the left hand and crazy right hand (2nd page on most sheets) require the metronome to get right. I was baffled at how to play it at full speed until I started really slow with the metronome and gradually worked my way up to full speed. It took a long time to get (almost) right, but totally worth it.


LessonsOTW,

Nice.....good idea thumb ...I played it last time for about one year ago......

Kind regards,
Johan B
2, 3 & 4 August

Just playing and studying the Sonatas of Haydn, so nice..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
2, 3 & 4 August

Just playing and studying the Sonatas of Haydn, so nice..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B


Had to be:...........2, 3 & 4 September.....of course ( oeps )

JB
5 September

Life is so boring........ grin grin grin

Sonatas of Mozart in the afternoon...... 3hearts
Sonatas of Haydn in the evening......... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
I'm quoting another member, Joe80, who was responding to a recording of the Caprice from Bach's Partita #2, a very difficult piece. The section about slow practice is very revealing. This from a very fine pianist!! bolding mine.

Originally Posted by joe80
You know something, I think the older take, take 2, is better. The breathing spaces have to be calculated in Bach, and are there because of the placement of the upbeats. In this movement, a lot of the up-beats are the last three semi-quavers before a downbeat. Think about it from that point of view and see what happens. Go back to very slow practice. In my experience, practising incredibly slowly is one of the most efficient ways to increase tempo, but use very small hand movements, minimum amount of movement necessary, and practise it pianissimo, feeling the balance of each key, and in very small sections.

Originally Posted by Forrest Halford
I'm quoting another member, Joe80, who was responding to a recording of the Caprice from Bach's Partita #2, a very difficult piece. The section about slow practice is very revealing. This from a very fine pianist!! bolding mine.

Originally Posted by joe80
You know something, I think the older take, take 2, is better. The breathing spaces have to be calculated in Bach, and are there because of the placement of the upbeats. In this movement, a lot of the up-beats are the last three semi-quavers before a downbeat. Think about it from that point of view and see what happens. Go back to very slow practice. In my experience, practising incredibly slowly is one of the most efficient ways to increase tempo, but use very small hand movements, minimum amount of movement necessary, and practise it pianissimo, feeling the balance of each key, and in very small sections.



Thanks Forrest (and joe) for this practice tip. Will give it a try today. I'm not sure what 'feeling the balance of each key' means, unless it is to make sure your fingers are solidly on each key?
6 September

Played a lot of Haydn Sonatas, and also......Suites of Georg Böhm
Böhm, Suites page 28
Nice baroque music..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
7 September

Playing and studying Haydn, Haydn, Haydn and Haydn......Sonatas.....for about four hours.... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
The last few days, going through a lot of Carl Czerny exercises.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
The last few days, going through a lot of Carl Czerny exercises.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Czerny......good for the fingers and velocity..... thumb thumb

Kind regards,
Johan B
8, 9 & 10 September

Playing Haydn Sonatas........and a lot of organ literature, Bach, Händel, Böhm, Zipoli, Lefébure and others........preparing for my annual performance during 'Open monumentendag', 12 September, every year one day opening of monumental churches in the Netherlands.

Open monumentendag 12 September 2015
H.Sint Willibrorduskerk, Kloosterburen-The Netherlands 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B

Thanks, Johan B.
I really find them interesting and pedagogical to work on.
If I manage to stick with them, my playing should rise to a new level.

And beautiful churches you have over there!
Good luck with your annual performance.
Working on Satie's Gnossienne #6. It is so weird and out in left field that Im really starting to like it. I played the 7th at a recital to a luke warm audience (One friend said it sounded like Satie was tuning his piano) and I'm guessing this one will meet an even more tepid response.
Originally Posted by Johan B
8, 9 & 10 September

Playing Haydn Sonatas........and a lot of organ literature, Bach, Händel, Böhm, Zipoli, Lefébure and others........preparing for my annual performance during 'Open monumentendag', 12 September, every year one day opening of monumental churches in the Netherlands.

Open monumentendag 12 September 2015
H.Sint Willibrorduskerk, Kloosterburen-The Netherlands 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B



11 September

Last 'finishing touch' for my annual performance.....12 September 10.00-17.00h.....at 'Open monumentendag' St.Willibrorduschurch - Kloosterburen - The Netherlands
Adema-organ, H.Willibrorduschurch

Regards,
Johan B
12 September

At my afternoon performance during 'Open monumentendag' some sixty visitors enjoyed Bach, Böhm, Pachelbel, Händel and Lefébure. Among them even five people from Sweden and a couple from Richmond-Texas. In the morning only five visitors were in the church. Had a nice day, playing the beautifull organ and also talking about the organ and music with visitors who came up to keyboard.......

Tomorrow just playing piano at home......perhaps some Haydn-Sonatas, grin grin... my favourites these days....

Adema organ at H.Willibrorduschurch, Kloosterburen-The Netherlands 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Thanks, Johan B.
I really find them interesting and pedagogical to work on.
If I manage to stick with them, my playing should rise to a new level.

And beautiful churches you have over there!
Good luck with your annual performance.


Thanks, RaggedKeyPresser, it was a nice day full of organmusic.......read my post before, normally I only play piano, but in the summerseason I play every wednesday afternoon in July and August and 'Open monumentendag' in September at this organ in Kloosterburen, organ is my old love, I was churchorganist from 1965 till 1989.........

Kind regards,
Johan B
My piano time is limited to a 30 minutes practice session before I go to work. Very often I spend most of the time polishing some short segments of different pieces, but on Mondays I usually play a selection of pieces to check the status and identify spots that need more polishing.

Today I started with Bach inventions no. 2, 12 and 13. Next Bach sinfonias (3-part inventions) no. 1, 3 and 7. Noticed improved flow in the last two which I really have struggled with.
Then I played Faure's first Barcarolle. This piece is incredibly difficult, and several parts of it needs more practice.
Next piece was Chopin's Rondo a la Mazur. Just playing through it takes more than 10 minutes. Some of the more difficult runs went surprisingly well, but other, "easier" parts need still more work. This is the most extensive single movement I ever studied and I don't think I'm going to study another composition of this format later.
After the rondo I had just 5 minutes left before I had to run to the bus and used this for one of Mendelssohn's songs without words.
Tomorrow I'm going to continue struggling with the weak points I spotted today.
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
My piano time is limited to a 30 minutes practice session before I go to work. Very often I spend most of the time polishing some short segments of different pieces, but on Mondays I usually play a selection of pieces to check the status and identify spots that need more polishing.

Today I started with Bach inventions no. 2, 12 and 13. Next Bach sinfonias (3-part inventions) no. 1, 3 and 7. Noticed improved flow in the last two which I really have struggled with.
Then I played Faure's first Barcarolle. This piece is incredibly difficult, and several parts of it needs more practice.
Next piece was Chopin's Rondo a la Mazur. Just playing through it takes more than 10 minutes. Some of the more difficult runs went surprisingly well, but other, "easier" parts need still more work. This is the most extensive single movement I ever studied and I don't think I'm going to study another composition of this format later.
After the rondo I had just 5 minutes left before I had to run to the bus and used this for one of Mendelssohn's songs without words.
Tomorrow I'm going to continue struggling with the weak points I spotted today.


Ganddalf,

I looked up the Barcarolle of Faure,......mmm..not my cup of tea....respect! It's a pity you have no more time to play....

Kind regards,
Johan B

13 & 14 September


Played the sundayafternoon most works of Haydn......

Monday, I reorganized my study and musicbook cupboard.......it was a mess.....now it's fine.....my wife is grateful..... thumb no books and musicsheets on the piano anymore....the piano is black grin

I struggled through a lot of Schumann sheets.........didn't know I had that much Schumann....among others....Dichterliebe 3hearts

JB
15 & 16 September

After my reorganisation of musicbooks and sheets played among others
Haydn, Sonatas
some Schumann......Dichterliebe
And started with some of Bach's Goldberg variations....mmmm...heavy confused

Best regards,
Johan B
17 September

Today working at Sonatas of Bach, BWV 963 & 964.

Long time ago I worked at these compositions.

Bach BWV 963-970

Best regards,
Johan B

18 September

Tonight again playing the Bach Sonatas.......

Best regards,
Johan B
"Air" by Purcell, "Sarabande" by Corelli, Hanon exercise No.1, and Bartok's Mikrokosmos 1-6 from Book 1 (my new teacher just started me on them.)
It's the second time my teacher suggested I return to this piece. This is a snapshot of the result after a week coming back...

19 September

Today....again a Haydn-day......Sonatas
Haydn Sonatas 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Czerny and Czerny and ...
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Czerny and Czerny and ...


And.........Czerny?.........😜😜😜.......the same to me.....Haydn, Haydn and did I mention......eh....Haydn? At 20 th september.

Best regards from the other site of the world,👋👋
Johan B
Les Cinq Doigts by Stravinsky (part 4 and 5) and the Elegie from Richard Wagner. Elegie, WWV 93

21 September

Today playing among others........Bach, Inventionen and Kleine Prealudien

Best regards,
Johan B
Gymnopodie number two (first third). Minuet in G.
laugh
(And no, not quite that far. North east of you and on the same tectonic plate)
More Czerny today!
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
laugh
(And no, not quite that far. North east of you and on the same tectonic plate)
More Czerny today!


RaggedKeyPresser,
Funny,....... grin grin for some reason I thought you're an American...there is no country in your profile....have fun with Czerny.....

Kind regards,
Johan B

22 September

In the afternoon some Bach, Inventionen and Prealudia.....Schumann, some of Dichterliebe.....

In the evening Händel, Keyboard suites for more than one hour....... 3hearts
Händel, Keyboard suites
JB
23, 24 & 25 September

Played these days among others........Bach, Pastorale F major, BWV 590. In particular, the third part is my favorite 3hearts Fine to play at the piano....more dynamics....

Played the whole suite the first time in 1972 during an organconcert at the Arp Schnitgerorgan in the AA-kerk-Groningen-The Netherlands.

Pastorale F major BWV 590
Arp Schnitgerorgan AA-kerk, Groningen-The Netherlands

Best regards,
Johan B

How great it is to sight read through everything. I'm still playing etudes 10 4 and 5.
I started op25 no2 so beautiful sounds like my better half scurrying along doing her work w her mind preoccupied. So soulful.
26 september

Today among others........

Händel, The Great Keyboard suites.....and Chaconne in G....mmmmmm 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
27 September

This morning heard Andras Schiff playing some part of the French suites of Bach.....so, I went to my piano and played a lot of these suites.....

In the afternoon playing Borodin Intermezzo, two mazurkas of Dvorak......and among others four sonatas of [b]Haydn, Die sieben letzten Worte.....[/b] mmmmm....religious drama.... 3hearts

Beste regards,
Johan B
28 September

Today lurking around in some albums in my music-cupboard I read the name of Constantin von Sternberg, Russian composer(Romantic period)..........afterwards I did some research at IMSLP.ORG and discovered three nice Sonatines...... 3hearts

Sonatines, Constantin von Sternberg

And there is more of this composer / editor at imslp.org.......have a trial.... grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B



29 & 30 September, 1october

Very busy at work......so only playing for half an hour a day........

And of course......my favorites......parts of Haydn Sonatas..... 3hearts
Haydn, Piano Sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I played something called Memphis Blues about 10 times, so far. I maybe will play another ten times.
Originally Posted by CurlyFries
Today I played something called Memphis Blues about 10 times, so far. I maybe will play another ten times.


Hey Curly
Are you learning the piano/vocal version or is there another one out there? This seems too fun not to play!
Quote
Hey Curly
Are you learning the piano/vocal version or is there another one out there? This seems too fun not to play!

The version I am learning has piano and vocals. It is a 5 page selection in a collection. It is just okay so far but was inspired by Johan's hearts to post.
3 october

Today among others....just to make my fingers smooth.....

Bertini, Etudes 3hearts

Lovely to play......

Best regards,
Johan B
Play = practice= play around with

Today has been a really, really bad work day.. so I have found solace in my old friend, the piano.
Liszt romance s169
Milonga de Angel - piazzolla
Chopin op 72 no 1
clair de Lune
Aeternam- Mozart

Chopin and Mozart were just fragments I am doing without hauling to my lesson. (right now)


I have been really discouraged that I am not making progress. so practicing vs playing has been difficult
The evening is young.. so I moving onto practice for my lesson: Mozart k570 and Malaguena by Lecuona. I just need to force myself to keep trudging on.. smile
4 October

Started in the morning with Georg Böhm, harpsichord Suites....

Afternoon ........ A lot of Haydn, Sonaten......part one edition Peters....... 3hearts mmmm...nice, and in the music-cupboard the other three books......

Best regards,
Johan B
5 October

Today started with......

C. Sternberg, sonatine 1 3hearts

Nice and easy to play.....Real Russian sentiment and drama..... grin grin play it soft, play it loud, let it growl, let it twinkle......

Have a nice day,
Johan B
6 - 9 October
Less time to play....only half an hour a day......only my most favorites....

10 October
In the afternoon playing Purcell...........
After dinner.........Sonatines of Johann Baptist Vanhal and Georg Anton Benda......nice and easy to play............ 3hearts 3hearts

Vanhal, Sonatines

Benda, Sonatines

Best regards,
Johan B



Originally Posted by Johan B
6 - 9 October
Less time to play....only half an hour a day......only my most favorites....

10 October
In the afternoon playing Purcell...........
After dinner.........Sonatines of Johann Baptist Vanhal and Georg Anton Benda......nice and easy to play............ 3hearts 3hearts

Vanhal, Sonatines

Benda, Sonatines

Best regards,
Johan B





11 October

Just continue Benda and Vanhal........ 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Been bad here. Haven't played in about two or three weeks. Will try to get back on track tomorrow.


Isabelle,

Life is sweet, life is bitter.........tomorrow everything goes better thumb wink

Kind regards,
Johan B


Here it is, October 11th and I still haven't touched the piano. Maybe this week.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Been bad here. Haven't played in about two or three weeks. Will try to get back on track tomorrow.


Isabelle,

Life is sweet, life is bitter.........tomorrow everything goes better thumb wink

Kind regards,
Johan B


Here it is, October 11th and I still haven't touched the piano. Maybe this week.


So you did not play for two months.........feel sorry for you. You think you can play this week again? Be careful......restart slowly....better a few times short playing......and pain=stop.
Although we love playing the piano, your health is more important! Hope for you better times.

Kind regards from the other site of the world,
Johan B
12 October

Played among others......a selection of Lyric pieces of Edvard Grieg.... 3hearts

Lyrische Stücke and also from part I

Also available at.....
Edvard Grieg at imslp.org

Nice music to play, sometimes a little gloomy......don't play it when you're depressed grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Worked on a 24 bar exercise with a lot of notes up in the last dusty octave for the RH.
Takes a while for my ears to get used to that. At first it sounded so out of tune, but OK now.
Part of the secret was to find a good layer of instruments.
Good to get some use of that part of the keyboard...sometimes feels like wasted real estate.
Will play this on the acoustic tomorrow.
And now I actually believe that I will be able to play these keyboard beasts soon.
Cheers!
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Worked on a 24 bar exercise with a lot of notes up in the last dusty octave for the RH.
Takes a while for my ears to get used to that. At first it sounded so out of tune, but OK now.
Part of the secret was to find a good layer of instruments.
Good to get some use of that part of the keyboard...sometimes feels like wasted real estate.
Will play this on the acoustic tomorrow.
And now I actually believe that I will be able to play these keyboard beasts soon.
Cheers!


Yes.......RaggedKeyPresser.......use all 88 keys......you paid for it........ grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
13 October

Today some Mozart again.......among others I played

Mozart KV 397; Fantasie D Minor

And.... Mozart KV 352; Variations Dieu d' amour 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
14 October

played some Lyric Pieces, Grieg and Sonatas, Haydn........

Haydn, Piano Sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B

15 & 16 October

Playing all kind of music.....Haydn, Sonatas........Händel, Suites......and my one of my favorites......Aria, part three of....... 3hearts (playing it like Andante Cantabile in 3/8)

Pastorale, Bach BWV 590

Best regards,
Johan B

17 & 18 October

Playing some hours........among others.......some of....

Grieg, Lyric pieces

Nice to play, don't play it when you're depressed..... grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
I'm learning Waltz of the Flowers, October 16 and probably thru next week.

Johan B, I like Papillon. But which piece do you warn against for the dark and heavy mind? Regards, cf
Originally Posted by curlyfries
I'm learning Waltz of the Flowers, October 16 and probably thru next week.

Johan B, I like Papillon. But which piece do you warn against for the dark and heavy mind? Regards, cf


Curlyfries,

Mmmmm...for example......I ballladetone, Hjemve, Elegie, Notturno, Forbi..... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johan B, thanks very much. cf
Today I played: Thinking phrases and playing them. Instead of playing notes.
This works for phrases containing faster scale passages i.e. 16th note fragments...finger memory...think the phrase and play it.
20 October

Played some Fugues 3hearts and Fantasias from Pachelbel and in the evening Mozart Sonates

Best regards,
Johan B
20 October

Searching for music of Pachelbel I discovered these Aria's & variations....very nice 3hearts

[b]Pachelbel; Hexachordum Apollinis, Aria's & variations[/b]

Worth playing when you like the baroque period.

Best regards,
Johan B
21 October

Today tried to polish my Mozart Sonatas......😳😤

Best regards,
Johan B
22, 23 & 24 October

Reorganising my sheetmusic-cupboard played all kind of music........

Found among others some nice arrangement of Pavanne of Fauré.......

Best regards,
Johan B
Today, I was able to pick up a simple and sweet melodic strain that I just learned and played in thirds. To hold it up to the light, turn and shape, and examine it every which way I liked. All while a steady ripple supported it from below. And I was able to do it fluently and at will.
It had no relevance how 'advanced' it was, written by whom, how accepted, what grade, or how well known it was. It just was it's own.
It's now that I am starting to play the piano, just before Christmas 2015. It's the secret that I've looked for so many years, and I finally found out how it works.
This is the essence of where it starts happening for me, and it's the point that I will return to if I ever lose my way later on.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Today, I was able to pick up a simple and sweet melodic strain that I just learned and played in thirds. To hold it up to the light, turn and shape, and examine it every which way I liked. All while a steady ripple supported it from below. And I was able to do it fluently and at will.
It had no relevance how 'advanced' it was, written by whom, how accepted, what grade, or how well known it was. It just was it's own.
It's now that I am starting to play the piano, just before Christmas 2015. It's the secret that I've looked for so many years, and I finally found out how it works.
This is the essence of where it starts happening for me, and it's the point that I will return to if I ever lose my way later on.



RaggedKeyPresser,

So you promised yourself something......... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Today, I was able to pick up a simple and sweet melodic strain that I just learned and played in thirds. To hold it up to the light, turn and shape, and examine it every which way I liked. All while a steady ripple supported it from below. And I was able to do it fluently and at will.
It had no relevance how 'advanced' it was, written by whom, how accepted, what grade, or how well known it was. It just was it's own.
It's now that I am starting to play the piano, just before Christmas 2015. It's the secret that I've looked for so many years, and I finally found out how it works.
This is the essence of where it starts happening for me, and it's the point that I will return to if I ever lose my way later on.



RaggedKeyPresser,

So you promised yourself something......... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Thanks, Johan B
Now it'll move along nicely. grin
25 & 26 October

Played among others 'real baroque'.....Buxtehude.....love it.... 3hearts

Buxtehude, keyboard suite BuxWV235
Buxtehude, keyboard suite BuxWV236

Best regards,
Johan B
I'm onto the next exercise again and working on Czerny's pet technique introduced even to the early beginner:
Using fingers 4 and 5 of the RH together, with a white key in-between, while playing the melody in thirds. Very logical because of what comes next.
And to make it more interesting, the same strand is played before this with a close fingering, but leading to something different and making that fingering also logical.
It keeps you on your toes.
27 & 28 October

Playing among others.......Mozart, Sonatas........and some albums with various composers....for example...this one

Classical Chill out

Best regards,
Johan B
29 October

Tonight....... Bach-family.....played among others:

Keyboard sonata opus XVII / no 2[/b] Johann Christian Friedrich Bach, son of J.S.

[b]Bach Fantasia BWV 904 papa Bach

Nice to play...... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B

30 October

Back to real baroque.......played this evening among others:

Buxtehude, keyboard suite

Tomorrow I'll have a look in the musicstore for this book.......
Buxtehude, Sämtliche Suiten

Best regards,
Johan B

Mozart Sonata KV330, all 3 movements, but mostly 1st and 3rd.
Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Mozart Sonata KV330, all 3 movements, but mostly 1st and 3rd.


Tubbie,

Mozart,.......Sonatas so nice..... 3hearts........the problem is....there is too much nice music to play.......can't fix that in the rest of my life..... frown...
Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, Händel, Haydn, Mozart.......arghhhhh....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Mozart Sonata KV330, all 3 movements, but mostly 1st and 3rd.


Tubbie,

Mozart,.......Sonatas so nice..... 3hearts........the problem is....there is too much nice music to play.......can't fix that in the rest of my life..... frown...
Bach, Böhm, Buxtehude, Händel, Haydn, Mozart.......arghhhhh....

Kind regards,
Johan B


This is my most favourite Mozart's sonata. Plus, I'm planning to choose this piece for my next exam. Although I don't plan to take another exam until at least 2 more years, it's never too early to prepare :-P

My teacher started me on Bach's Invention No.1--quite a step up from my other pieces, and quite a challenge for a beginner!
Originally Posted by Fugue14
My teacher started me on Bach's Invention No.1--quite a step up from my other pieces, and quite a challenge for a beginner!


Fugue14,

You will find the beauty of Bach........ 3hearts

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Fugue14
My teacher started me on Bach's Invention No.1--quite a step up from my other pieces, and quite a challenge for a beginner!


Fugue14,

You will find the beauty of Bach........ 3hearts

Kind regards,
Johan B


Oh, he's long been one of my favorite composers, so I know his beauty, but now I get to experience the beauty from a different perspective. My teacher had surgery a few weeks ago, so I've been wrestling with it on my own--the ornaments are giving me the most trouble so far--just trying to get the timing down.
Rachmaninov's prelude No. 4 in D.

Can't decide between this and his prelude No. 12 G# minor for the next exam. They are both my favourites. Maybe play both for the exam?

Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Rachmaninov's prelude No. 4 in D.

Can't decide between this and his prelude No. 12 G# minor for the next exam. They are both my favourites. Maybe play both for the exam?



Tubbie.....mix them........ grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
31 October

More baroque today........played a lot of

Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis[/b]

[b]Zipoli, Le Clavecin (part 2 of Organ & cembalo)

music that makes you cheerful, quiet, muted and reflective........ purifies your soul, almost religious...😇😇😇

Best regards,
Johan B

Moving along well on my Czerny exercises.
Now on #34 and a new technique introduced for me. But I'm a beginner.
Fingers 1 & 5 together playing a fixed interval up and down within a phrase consecutively, while the RH moves independently in sometimes other direction.
Tricky at first, but getting easier already.
Getting it fluent takes a bit of work, and this lets me see progress every day.
I'm amazed sometimes.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Moving along well on my Czerny exercises.
Now on #34 and a new technique introduced for me. But I'm a beginner.
Fingers 1 & 5 together playing a fixed interval up and down within a phrase consecutively, while the RH moves independently in sometimes other direction.
Tricky at first, but getting easier already.
Getting it fluent takes a bit of work, and this lets me see progress every day.
I'm amazed sometimes.


RaggedKeyPresser,

RH and LH in different directions......always nice.....hard work for the brain.... grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
1 November 2015

Today again working on the Baroque.........Pachelbel, Buxtehude and Zipoli(see older posts).........made my happy 3hearts.......Outside there's only a terrible fog...... smile

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
1 November 2015

Today again working on the Baroque.........Pachelbel, Buxtehude and Zipoli(see older posts).........made my happy 3hearts.......Outside there's only a terrible fog...... smile

Best regards,
Johan B

My teacher wrote her doctoral thesis on Zipoli and just recorded a CD of his music played on the harpsichord (she plays both piano and harpsichord.)
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Originally Posted by Johan B
1 November 2015

Today again working on the Baroque.........Pachelbel, Buxtehude and Zipoli(see older posts).........made my happy 3hearts.......Outside there's only a terrible fog...... smile

Best regards,
Johan B

My teacher wrote her doctoral thesis on Zipoli and just recorded a CD of his music played on the harpsichord (she plays both piano and harpsichord.)


Fugue14,

Is your teacher Susan Erickson?

Kind regards,
Johan B
Bach's prelude no. 9 from WTC Book 2. Working out the fingerings for this piece is a nightmare! The music is so beautiful it's worth it :-)




I would have liked the prelude a bit slower though.

Originally Posted by Johan B

Fugue14,

Is your teacher Susan Erickson?

Kind regards,
Johan B


Yes! Do you know her?
Originally Posted by Fugue14
Originally Posted by Johan B

Fugue14,

Is your teacher Susan Erickson?

Kind regards,
Johan B


Yes! Do you know her?


No, didn't hear of her. Because I'm interested in Zipoli, I google....thesis and Zipoli.......and found the book of Susan Erickson......wow, a big book of 1976. Only red the abstract.....
I looked for a website of her, but I think there isn't.

Kind regards,
Johan B
2 November 2015

Continuing my journey through the Baroque.....Pachelbel Suites......(need a real harpsichord grin grin)

Pachelbel, Suites 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
2 November 2015

Continuing my journey through the Baroque.....Pachelbel Suites......(need a real harpsichord grin grin)

Pachelbel, Suites 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B


Can you buy a harpsichord nowadays? I wonder where to buy and how much it costs...
Originally Posted by Tubbie0075
Originally Posted by Johan B
2 November 2015

Continuing my journey through the Baroque.....Pachelbel Suites......(need a real harpsichord grin grin)

Pachelbel, Suites 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B


Can you buy a harpsichord nowadays? I wonder where to buy and how much it costs...


Yes Tubbie....it's possible........ :grin .......go to Ebay.com and you will find them in all prices.

Kind regards,
Johan B
3 November 2015

Today continuing my baroque research........found two beautiful albums at IMSLP...more than 400 pages.......wow.....impressed! Played this evening again three hours......

[b]Beautiful baroque music...take a look...[/b] 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
4 november 2015

Still going on the baroque music.....so nice....see my post yesterday.....

Best regards,
Johan B
5 & 6 november

Still doing research about baroque music.........two books of Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres....also nice.... 3hearts

Chambonnieres

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I worked on Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Reed Flutes. I like these songs a lot. I also played something called Black Hole Sun. I have heard it before but it never registered for me. It was in a pop collection book. I played it 3 times or so and realized it is a tribute to a musician or composer but I will google that later and see if I'm right.
7 november 2015

Today playing among others......Georg Antonin Benda.....Sonatines.....from the Classical period.....nice to play....... 3hearts 3hearts

Benda, 34 Sonatines

Georg Anton Benda, wikipedia

Try it......it's worth to have a look......

Best regards,
Johan B


Johan B, Is the sonatines link on this page? I can afford to print out only one of them. smile
Okay, that link did not work for me. But, I chose one. Great.
Originally Posted by curlyfries
Johan B, Is the sonatines link on this page? I can afford to print out only one of them. smile
hold on..let me find link


Just take the link and you will see the musicscores. I just download it on my iPad and play from the iPad........

Kind regards,
Johan B
That link did not work for some reason here. But I found a choice. So great. I'll go play for awhile.
Originally Posted by curlyfries
That link did not work for some reason here. But I found a choice. So great. I'll go play for awhile.


On my iPad the link works normally..........

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
7 november 2015

Today playing among others......Georg Antonin Benda.....Sonatines.....from the Classical period.....nice to play....... 3hearts 3hearts

Benda, 34 Sonatines

Georg Anton Benda, wikipedia

Try it......it's worth to have a look......

Best regards,
Johan B




Benda......worth to play.......

Johan B
Johan B, Very nice. I picked four.
8 November 2015

Today.......Georg Muffat.......six partitas......actually Suites...the last one, no 6, is called E major but is written in E minor. The score says G major grin cry cry ......hahaha

Muffat, partitas

Nice to play..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
9 November 2015

Nice to have a look........Alte Meister des Klavierspiels......keyboard music of the 17th and 18th century....... thumb thumb

Alte Meister des Klavierspiels

Best regards,
Johan B
Had a few cracks on Chopin Op 74 no 2 now beginning to take a little shape ( sort of laugh ).

Probably the most accessible Chopin piece for beginners, not there is such thing as easy Chopin for beginners from what I can see, but it is grade 3 according to ABRSM.

Lovely piece indeed.

Alexnader Burro, Interesting, now I know there were words to Chopin's music. News to me. (ismlp) cf
Busy playing baroque, pop music and Christmas music.
Originally Posted by Alexander Borro
Had a few cracks on Chopin Op 74 no 2 now beginning to take a little shape ( sort of laugh ).

Probably the most accessible Chopin piece for beginners, not there is such thing as easy Chopin for beginners from what I can see, but it is grade 3 according to ABRSM.

Lovely piece indeed.



Alexander,....Chopin thumb thumb.....very nice...

Kind regards,
Johan B
10 November 2015

Played among others.....Suite 'Auf die Mayerin' of Froberger......nice 3hearts 3hearts......it's in Volume two of these albums

Alte Meister des Klavierspiels

Best regards,
Johan B
After struggling through some fairly intense (for me) pieces - Liszt, Mendelssohn, Beethoven - I played Satie's relatively austere Gymnopedies. They remind me that you don't need to play 11 notes at once at the speed of light with complicated timings and impossible fingerings to be swept away by the music. Pared back, understated, simple, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful. It's a nice reminder. :-)


http://imslp.org/wiki/3_Gymnop%C3%A9dies_(Satie,_Erik)
Originally Posted by cathryn999
After struggling through some fairly intense (for me) pieces - Liszt, Mendelssohn, Beethoven - I played Satie's relatively austere Gymnopedies. They remind me that you don't need to play 11 notes at once at the speed of light with complicated timings and impossible fingerings to be swept away by the music. Pared back, understated, simple, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful. It's a nice reminder. :-)


http://imslp.org/wiki/3_Gymnop%C3%A9dies_(Satie,_Erik)


Hi Cathryn--
Thanks for the reminder that music does not need to be technically daunting to be beautiful. Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' is one that comes to my mind...
Originally Posted by dogperson
Originally Posted by cathryn999
After struggling through some fairly intense (for me) pieces - Liszt, Mendelssohn, Beethoven - I played Satie's relatively austere Gymnopedies. They remind me that you don't need to play 11 notes at once at the speed of light with complicated timings and impossible fingerings to be swept away by the music. Pared back, understated, simple, elegant, and hauntingly beautiful. It's a nice reminder. :-)


http://imslp.org/wiki/3_Gymnop%C3%A9dies_(Satie,_Erik)


Hi Cathryn--
Thanks for the reminder that music does not need to be technically daunting to be beautiful. Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' is one that comes to my mind...


Samuel Barber.......Adagio...very nice in terms of melody and rythm.... 3hearts

Kind regards,
Johan B
11 November 2015

Less time to play today.....at home from work at 22.30h....arghhh

Played only half an hour......
My absolute favourite........Bach Pastorale part 3 3hearts
Bach Pastorale BWV 590

And some Sonatines of Vanhal, and some Fugues from Pachelbel

Best regards,
Johan B
12 November 2015

Played all kind of music.........among others Constantin von Sternberg Sonatines Russian composer from the romantic period.

Sonatines, Constatin von Sternberg

Best regards,
Johan B
13 november 2015

Today my wife's brother and his wife visited us.....played more than one hour for them.....all kind of music....nice evening

Baroque, Buxtehude and Böhm
Classicism, Benda, Vanhall
Romantic period, Constantin von Sternberg
All kind of jazz and best songs ever

Best regards,
Johan B
14 november 2015

Yesterday I bought an album of the complete Suites from Buxtehude....... 3hearts

Today 2x two hours......played it all grin grin

Buxtehude

Best regards,
Johan B
I've not started yet this piece yet, but had a quick chat with teacher for the year ahead during my previous lesson. I mentioned "Liszt" because I've never learned any of his pieces. He suggested Waldesrauschen (one of his concert etudes). Then I mentioned also his more popular piece, Liebestraume No. 3, and he also said yes. He said Liszt goes well with Bach, which I've started learning his P&F in E from WTC Book 2. Then he suggested I should also do Debussy but no pieces have been decided yet.

On top of that, there will be relearning/revisiting Mozart Sonata in C, KV330, Rachmaninov's preludes in D, Gm, and G#m and Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat. If I progress well, I will probably also revisit Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata.

So these are the piece I will be playing tomorrow, and 364 days that follow.

15 November 2015

Played today all kind of baroque from Dietrich Buxtehude....among others Suites E minor, Canzonetta's, Fugues......mmmmm...love baroque 3hearts see also older posts

Buxtehude IMSLP

Best regards,
Johan B
16 november 2015

Today again a day full of baroque.......played among others....

Georg Muffat........Partitas (say Suites) D-minor and E-minor (about the last one, no.6 : the site says E-major and the sheet says G-major....but trust me....it's E-minor... grin grin )

Partitas, Georg Muffat 3hearts

It's worth to play.......

Best regards
Johan B
I'm slowly working on Bach's Invention No.1 without the aid of my teacher (she's had two abdominal surgeries n the past month), and I have a question about measure 13. The last note of the 2nd beat is E above middle C in both staves--am I supposed to play the same note with two fingers? Doesn't make sense! Any help will be appreciated.
Originally Posted by Fugue14
I'm slowly working on Bach's Invention No.1 without the aid of my teacher (she's had two abdominal surgeries n the past month), and I have a question about measure 13. The last note of the 2nd beat is E above middle C in both staves--am I supposed to play the same note with two fingers? Doesn't make sense! Any help will be appreciated.


Fugue14,

The two ' E's ' from the two music-lines come toghether.......of course it doesn't make sense to play with two fingers.........
I play it with my right hand thumb.......why......I'll explain......
1. The second, third and fourth beat have the same musical pattern.......
2. The melody of the lefthand stave ends in this E......and the left hand starts to follow the pattern of the right hand in the third beat

Perhaps another musician has another idea.....but these for my two cents....

Kind regards,
Johan B
17 November 2015

Played Suites (Partitas) from Muffat, Suites from Buxtehude.....and some Sonatines by Benda

18 November 2015

Today played all Sonatines of Benda, nice music from the classical period...... 3hearts

Benda, 34 Sonatines

Worth to have a look, worth to play.........

Best regards,
Johan B
19 November 2015

Tonight playing a lot of Suites from Buxtehude.........last week I bought an album with all keyboardsuites....... 3hearts

At imslp.org only two of them......
Buxtehude, Keyboard suites BuxWV 235&236

Best regards,
Johan B
20 november 2015

Just like yesterday........playing Buxtehude Suites........I love baroque........Courantes, gigues, sarabandes......mmmmm......musicparty.... 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
21 & 22 November 2015

Played all kind of music from different periods.........among others.....

Classical chillout

Best regards,
Johan B
This morning I worked on a piece of Schubert. It is the second movement of Sonata Op.42 which is a "theme with variations" set. Schubert sonatas are generally not so often played. One of the reasons may be that many of them are quite long and technically difficult. And among the Schubert sonatas Op.42 is one of the less frequently played. This is a shame really, because the sonata - particularly the variation movement - is very beautiful.

I'm preparing this music for the "Theme with variations" themed recital under the "Pianist Corner". It is difficult, but I hope to manage to learn and memorize it before the deadline (which I actually set myself).
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
This morning I worked on a piece of Schubert. It is the second movement of Sonata Op.42 which is a "theme with variations" set. Schubert sonatas are generally not so often played. One of the reasons may be that many of them are quite long and technically difficult. And among the Schubert sonatas Op.42 is one of the less frequently played. This is a shame really, because the sonata - particularly the variation movement - is very beautiful.

I'm preparing this music for the "Theme with variations" themed recital under the "Pianist Corner". It is difficult, but I hope to manage to learn and memorize it before the deadline (which I actually set myself).


23 November 2015

Tried the Schumann piece you mentioned.......mmmmm....beautiful but not realy easy.......for me, mostly playing baroque and music from the classical period, quite another world.....So my morning pianomusic ended again with Buxtehude Suites......

Best regards,
Johan B

And a few hours later........say the whole afternoon.....Buxtehude, Suites & Aria's and variationen. You know, it's ment for harpsichord but playing it at the piano....it brings more.....using dynamic and more possibilities of phrasing.....legato versus staccato.....etc.....

JB
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
This morning I worked on a piece of Schubert. It is the second movement of Sonata Op.42 which is a "theme with variations" set. Schubert sonatas are generally not so often played. One of the reasons may be that many of them are quite long and technically difficult. And among the Schubert sonatas Op.42 is one of the less frequently played. This is a shame really, because the sonata - particularly the variation movement - is very beautiful.

I'm preparing this music for the "Theme with variations" themed recital under the "Pianist Corner". It is difficult, but I hope to manage to learn and memorize it before the deadline (which I actually set myself).


23 November 2015

Tried the Schumann piece you mentioned.......mmmmm....beautiful but not realy easy.......for me, mostly playing baroque and music from the classical period, quite another world.....So my morning pianomusic ended again with Buxtehude Suites......

Best regards,
Johan B


I assume you meant Schubert, not Schumann.

I'm not so sure that romantic music in general is more difficult to play than baroque. At least, if you want to play baroque music well, there are so many things to think about, like phrasing, voicing and embellishments. I play a lot of Bach and I love it. But already the two- and three-part inventions require considerable skills, and are much more difficult to play than simple Grieg pieces, some Chopin Mazurkas or other romantic stuff.
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
This morning I worked on a piece of Schubert. It is the second movement of Sonata Op.42 which is a "theme with variations" set. Schubert sonatas are generally not so often played. One of the reasons may be that many of them are quite long and technically difficult. And among the Schubert sonatas Op.42 is one of the less frequently played. This is a shame really, because the sonata - particularly the variation movement - is very beautiful.

I'm preparing this music for the "Theme with variations" themed recital under the "Pianist Corner". It is difficult, but I hope to manage to learn and memorize it before the deadline (which I actually set myself).


23 November 2015

Tried the Schumann piece you mentioned.......mmmmm....beautiful but not realy easy.......for me, mostly playing baroque and music from the classical period, quite another world.....So my morning pianomusic ended again with Buxtehude Suites......

Best regards,
Johan B


I assume you meant Schubert, not Schumann.

I'm not so sure that romantic music in general is more difficult to play than baroque. At least, if you want to play baroque music well, there are so many things to think about, like phrasing, voicing and embellishments. I play a lot of Bach and I love it. But already the two- and three-part inventions require considerable skills, and are much more difficult to play than simple Grieg pieces, some Chopin Mazurkas or other romantic stuff.


Of course I meant Schubert, little mistake.......I also play some easy Lyric pieces of Grieg, Waldscenen of Schumann, some Dvorak........some facsimile Chopins......
My problem is mostly the big chords I can't play with my small hand/fingers........ Don't know what kind of hands these guys had......arghhhh😳😳

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B


23 November 2015


Of course I meant Schubert, little mistake.......I also play some easy Lyric pieces of Grieg, Waldscenen of Schumann, some Dvorak........some facsimile Chopins......
My problem is mostly the big chords I can't play with my small hand/fingers........ Don't know what kind of hands these guys had......arghhhh😳😳

Kind regards,
Johan B

I have very small hands myself....
24 & 25 November 2015

Played a lot of Buxtehude suites, see other posts.....

26 November 2015
Today a long day at work, did many advice calls with students and their parents at my college till 22.00h, I am teacher and study advisor, but.........there is also a nice Yamaha in the house.......I took a break played for more than an hour from the albums of Margarete Babinsky. These books are in my office for the thrifty times.......

Margarete Babinsky, Klassieker A-Z

Nice to play........

Best regards,
Johan B

26 November 2015

After a day hard working, and having a terrible headache, played for a small half hour some of my favorites.......

Pastorale, part 3 BWV590 3hearts

Three melodies of Dichterliebe, Schumann and a Romance of his wife Clara..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
27 November 2015

Today started with some parts of the French Suites of Bach....after that Buxtehude, Suites and ended with an Adagio from a pianosonate of Haydn....

Best regards,
Johan B
29 November 2015

This afternoon.....realized that I have also two books with Suites of Händel

Händel, keyboard suites

Mmmmm.....lurk around and play them......so nice..... Cheerful baroque.... 3hearts 3hearts recommended!!

Best regards,
Johan B

30 November 2015

Today played among others four Sonatas.........Haydn....mmmmm...nice

Haydn, Keyboard Sonatas

Lurk around and recommended to play them........... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Okay, I'll admit it. Today I played Moonlight Sonata (1st mvmt only). And I know it's so overplayed but that's perhaps because it's so beautiful. And it made me feel all fuzzy and warm and joyous and in love with the world again. Thanks Ludwig!
Originally Posted by cathryn999
Okay, I'll admit it. Today I played Moonlight Sonata (1st mvmt only). And I know it's so overplayed but that's perhaps because it's so beautiful. And it made me feel all fuzzy and warm and joyous and in love with the world again. Thanks Ludwig!


Totally agree-- I don't care whether it is overplayed and abused... I drag it out periodically, which I think I will do today. Just like Clair de Lune for falling in love again.
1 December 2015

Just like yesterday........playing....

Haydn, Piano Sonatas

And some Suites of Buxtehude

[b]Buxtehude[/b], scroll down for two nices Suites E minor

Best regards,
Johan B
2 & 3 December 2015

Playing around in Buxtehude Suites and Haydn Pianosonatas.......

Tonight started with Mozart, Fantasy D-minor and Variationen Dieu d' Amour ❤️❤️

Mozart, Variations on 'Dieu d'amour' KV352/374c

Best regards,
Johan B
4 December 2015

Playing baroque...............Suites..... 3hearts 3hearts

Händel, keyboard suites

Mmmmm.....I can handle it.....

Best regards,
Johan B
5 December 2015

Today again baroque......played among others three nice Fugues of J.S.Bach....

Bach Fugue C major BWV 952
Bach Fugue C major BWV 953
Bach Fugue A minor BWV 958

Nice and worth to play...... 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B


6 December 2015

Today...sunday.....time to play.........played among others a number of the Inventionen of J.S.Bach

Inventionen, Bach

and and also afterwards some Suites of Buxtehude.........

Buxtehude, two suites E minor (scroll down)

And in the evening: four parts of Waldszenen / Schumann, a Romanze / Clara Schumann and five parts of the Lyric pieces / Grieg

Best regards,
Johan B

Clementi Sonatinas Op 36 No 6

My very old piano teacher took me on at age 5 after I had a tantrum when I realised my older brother and sister would get lessons but not me (I was considered too young). Despite her misgivings about my age I took to piano like a duck to water and the next year won the Eisteddfod playing Clementi's Sonatina in C (No 1).

Her name was Belle, a fitting name for a music teacher. I was a bit of a ... let's say strong willed ... student, always racing ahead on to pieces far too advanced for my age. I delighted in Fur Elise (which Belle gave in to and taught me); I also loved all the other Clementi Sonatinas and desperately tried to teach myself.

Time passes. Life happens. I'm now 53 and have just recently returned to lessons. I've decided to go back and do some exams again.

I'd forgotten all about Clementi until my teacher suggested No 6 for my exam. She played it and there was this memory somewhere, of long ago....

So I went home, dragged out my old (original!) Clementi Sonatinas, and there in lead pencil still in Belle's writing. DO NOT PLAY THIS CATHRYN!!! PRACTICE YOUR SCALES! Underscore underscore underscore!!

Ah, dear Belle, she was such a great teacher. I'm pretty sure she'd be happy with how I played it today (I did my scales as well!). And I'm pretty sure I ignored her advice back then "do not play this" because I learned it in 3 days, as if I'd done it before ..... Today was fun! :-)
Originally Posted by cathryn999
Clementi Sonatinas Op 36 No 6

My very old piano teacher took me on at age 5 after I had a tantrum when I realised my older brother and sister would get lessons but not me (I was considered too young). Despite her misgivings about my age I took to piano like a duck to water and the next year won the Eisteddfod playing Clementi's Sonatina in C (No 1).

Her name was Belle, a fitting name for a music teacher. I was a bit of a ... let's say strong willed ... student, always racing ahead on to pieces far too advanced for my age. I delighted in Fur Elise (which Belle gave in to and taught me); I also loved all the other Clementi Sonatinas and desperately tried to teach myself.

Time passes. Life happens. I'm now 53 and have just recently returned to lessons. I've decided to go back and do some exams again.

I'd forgotten all about Clementi until my teacher suggested No 6 for my exam. She played it and there was this memory somewhere, of long ago....

So I went home, dragged out my old (original!) Clementi Sonatinas, and there in lead pencil still in Belle's writing. DO NOT PLAY THIS CATHRYN!!! PRACTICE YOUR SCALES! Underscore underscore underscore!!

Ah, dear Belle, she was such a great teacher. I'm pretty sure she'd be happy with how I played it today (I did my scales as well!). And I'm pretty sure I ignored her advice back then "do not play this" because I learned it in 3 days, as if I'd done it before ..... Today was fun! :-)


Cathryn,

Nice to have good memories of your musicteacher....... I had a organlessons from 1966-1975 from a organist with the same name, Johan. He was strongly focussed on baroque music. The lessons were in a big old church at a beautiful Schnitger-organ. He learned me Böhm, Buxtehude, Bach, Pachelbel etc. Of course also other composers.... Next to my piano I stil have a picture of him, sitting with a big smile at his organ at home.......when I play Buxtehude Suites at my piano, I think about him......he would say.....well done Johan.....

Memories.....mmmmm

Best regards,
Johan B
7 December 2015

Played among others a lot of Händel Suites.....

Händel Suites 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
8 December 2015

Played this evening among others......
Borodin, Intermezzo
Dvorak, several pieces
Schumann, four parts of Waldszenen

Schumann, Waldszenen
Nice to play......Eintritt, Einsame Blume,.....lurk around and play.....

Best regards,
Johan B

I put the Nutcracker Suite away until next year-almost done. Working on other Christmas music. Johan B, thanks for posting all these links to the free catalog. Wonderful. That catalog is overwhelming.
Originally Posted by curlyfries
I put the Nutcracker Suite away until next year-almost done. Working on other Christmas music. Johan B, thanks for posting all these links to the free catalog. Wonderful. That catalog is overwhelming.


Yes, curlyfries,.....IMSLP.ORG is the best I found last years......

Kind regards,
Johan B

9 december 2015

Lots of work, so I only played one hour on the Yamaha in my college where I work......just for a break........at home at 23.00h

Played amond others.....some parts of Schumann, Dichterliebe.....

JB
10 December 2015

This evening played among others........
Six parts of Grieg, Lyric pieces
Buxtehude, Suite in D minor

Best regards,
Johan B
11 & 12 December 2015

These days played and studied several Pianosonatas of Haydn, so nice 3hearts 3hearts, you have to try some.......sometimes more interesting than the Mozart Sonatas, perhaps because they have some rudimentary influences of baroque......Haydn is sometimes more between baroque and classicism.....

Haydn, Pianosonatas

Next to that I played some parts of Schumann's Waldszenen.....

Schumann. Waldszenen

Have a musical weekend..........
Best regards,
Johan B

12/12: I played Mozart's Fantasy in D minor K 397. Almost got it there... I am almost 45 and have trouble with memorizing, unlike when I was a kid... :-( I was proud of myself when I made it through the first page without looking at the score! :-)

It seems about the right level for me. I really suck at Bach... other than a few inventions and preludes, I never managed to learn a Fugue. Not sure why I have such an issue with Bach... other than Bach is hard!! LOL I did teach my student Prelude in C earlier this year. :-) (She's working on Für Elise now, by Beethoven.)

I may pull out CPE Bach's Wurtemburg Sonata. I could never really get it in my fingers at the university level.

My biggest hinderance, is nerves. My significant other is a professional pianist... currently working on La Campanella (Paganini/Liszt) and the Emperor Concerto (Beethoven). He is a traditional jazz pianist by trade, but plays classical quite well. When I play in front of him, I clam up a lot. It's getting better now that I have a grand piano and the only way I get to play it is when he is home... haha... cure maybe??

The "new" Baldwin L gets tuned on Friday. HURRAY!!
Originally Posted by neciebugs
12/12: I played Mozart's Fantasy in D minor K 397. Almost got it there... I am almost 45 and have trouble with memorizing, unlike when I was a kid... :-( I was proud of myself when I made it through the first page without looking at the score! :-)

It seems about the right level for me. I really suck at Bach... other than a few inventions and preludes, I never managed to learn a Fugue. Not sure why I have such an issue with Bach... other than Bach is hard!! LOL I did teach my student Prelude in C earlier this year. :-) (She's working on Für Elise now, by Beethoven.)

I may pull out CPE Bach's Wurtemburg Sonata. I could never really get it in my fingers at the university level.

My biggest hinderance, is nerves. My significant other is a professional pianist... currently working on La Campanella (Paganini/Liszt) and the Emperor Concerto (Beethoven). He is a traditional jazz pianist by trade, but plays classical quite well. When I play in front of him, I clam up a lot. It's getting better now that I have a grand piano and the only way I get to play it is when he is home... haha... cure maybe??

The "new" Baldwin L gets tuned on Friday. HURRAY!!


Denise,
Congrats for your new grand Baldwin, saw it at PW....nice....now you can play pieces for two pianos grin

About Bach Fugues, try these.....they are not that heavy......
BWV 957
BWV 961
BWV 958

Or lurk around at IMSLP at this place
Bach, Fugues

Kind regards from the other half of the world,
Johan B


Today 13 December 2015
Played again a lot of Haydn Sonatas......and polishing some ChristmasJazz of Phillip van Keeveren

JB
14 December 2015

This morning played a lot of small works of Haydn, menuets, marches, pianotranscriptions from orchestra music......

The afternoon and evening played a nice album with works of various composers
[b]First Concert Pieces II Haydn-Beethoven (Agnes Lakos / Könemann music Budapest)[/b]
Worksfrom Haydn, Cimarosa, Clementi, Mozart, Andre, Hummel, Weber, Kuhlau, Czerny en Beethoven

Best regards,
Johan B
15 December 2015

After a day hard but nice work realizing how I love piano playing......... 3hearts

Played Kuhlau, Rondolettos, Czerny, Rondo, Beethoven Rondo's and Pachelbel, Fugues and Fantasy D minor

Kuhlau, Rondolettos
Beethoven WoO48
Beethoven WoO49

Perhaps.......something to try....... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B





Well, this morning I played Bach's two-part inventions no.12(A-major), 13(a-minor) and 14(B-major). Then I moved to three-part intention (Sinfonia) no.3(D-major) and no.13(a-minor).
None of these pieces are easy to play, and I spent some time on difficult passages, particularly in the two-part A-major.

Next I played through Bach' s Fantasia and Fuga in a-minor (BWV903). This is a great composition, the last movement being a four-part double fugue. Technically this piece can be anything from "intermediate" to "extremely hard" depending on how it is performed. Making out the themes in the fugue can be challenging, and since there are four parts, it isn't easy to phrase the themes equally every time they appear.

After Bach I spent some time on Schubert's sonata Op.42. I'm working on the second movement which is a "theme with variation" set that I'm going to submit for a themed recital under "Pianist corner". Actually I focused most on just a few measures in the most difficult variation where there are long sequences with 32nd notes in both hands. I don't intend to learn the whole sonata. The Schubert sonatas are very beautiful, but most of them are too long and difficult to be within my range.

I rounded off my session playing though three of Mendelssohn's songs without words (Op.38/6, 19/1 and 30/2). Then I had to leave for work.

16 December 2015

Some days ago Neciebugs (Denise, Thanks!! ) wrote about The Würtemburg Sonatas of Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach.

Tonight I lurked around at Imslp.org in the oeuvre of this composer. Very interesting.....

Perhaps these keyboard Sonatas are interesting for other pianoworld-members.....

Keyboard Sonatas, C.P.E.Bach

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
16 December 2015

Some days ago Neciebugs (Denise, Thanks!! ) wrote about The Würtemburg Sonatas of Carl Phillip Emmanuel Bach.

Tonight I lurked around at Imslp.org in the oeuvre of this composer. Very interesting.....

Perhaps these keyboard Sonatas are interesting for other pianoworld-members.....

Keyboard Sonatas, C.P.E.Bach

Best regards,
Johan B



:-) I had to analyze the A Minor one in Music Theory, and fell in love with it. I can play it a little. Still haven't gotten it back out in years... but have been meaning too. I showed it to my significant other and he put it on his senior recital concert. He really played it well, although it was extremely easy for him... his teacher had him add in a little improvisation on the repeats. (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jasonwanner2 not sure how long the track is, but it is also on iTunes)...

This week I have been focusing on polishing Mozart's Fantasy in D Minor. I also am working on WTC Book 1 (Bach) Prelude and Fugue in C minor... and all that fear about fugues... still there, but I can read through both after 4 days of practicing it over and over!! HAHA Now to bring out the voices and make it musical. (the hard part)

The Baldy gets tuned tomorrow!! FINALLY!!! :-)
17 & 18 December 2015

These days no Haydn, Buxtehude or CPE Bach........just polishing my Christmas(jazz)music.........tomorrow I want to record my annual digital X-mas greetings for family and friends........

Best regards,
Johan B
19 & 20 december 2015

Visited my wifes brother and his wife in another part of the country.......my brother-in-law has an electric classical high end organ, two manuals and full pedal......so we played a lot of Bach and Buxtehude......👍👍 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
21 december 2015

Two weeks holidays.....mmmm....much time to play......

Today made some seasons greetings for friends by mail.......
Xmas greetings

Played also a lot of Haydn and Buxtehude........ 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
season's greetings to you Johan B. curlyfries

Currently all over the map, enjoying pop music, Christmas music and Haydn.

..and also enjoyed silent night, ding dong merrily on high
Originally Posted by curlyfries
season's greetings to you Johan B. curlyfries

Currently all over the map, enjoying pop music, Christmas music and Haydn.

..and also enjoyed silent night, ding dong merrily on high


Thanks, Curlyfries......all the best to you.
Kind regards,
Johan B

22 December 2015

Today just playing all kind of Christmas music.......

JB
23 december 2015

After playing a lot of X-mas music returned to the baroque......mmmmmm...Buxtehude, Suites, love it........ 3hearts 3hearts

At imslp.org you van only find two Suites
Buxtehude, suites BuWV235&236, (scroll down)

But...there is more, when you really love the Buxtehude suites......purchase this album, it's really very nice...
Buxtehude, Sämtliche Suiten und Varationen

Best regards and Happy X-mas🎅🎄🎅🎄🎅🎄
Johan B
24 december 2015

Today a lot of Suites from Buxtehude........see my post yesterday....and of course some X-mas music.......

🎄🎄🎄🎄🎅🍷🎄🎅🍸🎄🎅🍺🎄🎄🎄🎄

Best regards,
Johan B
25 December 2015

Today spend the first Xmas-day at my youngest daughter in another part of the country. Very nice! Came home about 23.00h.....played for half an hour in my study, the place where my piano is........

Buxtehude, Suites

Best regards,
Johan B
Why of course I plaed White Christmas! Santa came to my house unexpectedly. I'm having a happy scream amongst many volumes of Christmas music. Many of my Christmas won't be white (I live in AZ) but not without Christmas music for sure. Thank you!
I also practiced Moszkowski's Spanish dance duet op12 no 2. I will have to play secundo with my piano club friend. The first session together. I just read through it last night. I did not want to add this to my pieces I already carry but she was so insistent. She has my tapper ware from the Christmas party that forgot to pick up from the party host. I have to pick up the tapper ware. It's a nice one. So I was thrust into the situation either play the duet or forget about tapper ware. oh we'll see how it goes.
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I also practiced Moszkowski's Spanish dance duet op12 no 2. I will have to play secundo with my piano club friend. The first session together. I just read through it last night. I did not want to add this to my pieces I already carry but she was so insistent. She has my tapper ware from the Christmas party that forgot to pick up from the party host. I have to pick up the tapper ware. It's a nice one. So I was thrust into the situation either play the duet or forget about tapper ware. oh we'll see how it goes.


Farmgirl.......you played with pianofriend the Spanish dance.....hmmm...respect!

Kind regards,
Johan B

26 december 2016

Played only some suites of Buxtehude..........for only one hour.......for the rest of this second Xmas days....family obligations.......diner with my adult children in some restaurant in the capital of my region. Was very nice....... 3hearts

Later on this week.....maybe some nice musical tips for orthers

Best regards,
Johan B
Today, I played two Chopin preludes and practiced the Mozart Viennese Sonatina #6 I'm learning.
I've put the Christmas music up for the year but I loved it the last two months.
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I also practiced Moszkowski's Spanish dance duet op12 no 2. I will have to play secundo with my piano club friend. The first session together. I just read through it last night. I did not want to add this to my pieces I already carry but she was so insistent. She has my tapper ware from the Christmas party that forgot to pick up from the party host. I have to pick up the tapper ware. It's a nice one. So I was thrust into the situation either play the duet or forget about tapper ware. oh we'll see how it goes.


The TapperWare Terrorists strike again. mad They're relentless! I'm glad you survived it. laugh
Sonata Theme - Mozart
Alouette - French/Canadian Folk Song
Linus & Lucy - Vince Guaraldi
Miami 2017 - Billy Joel
And I started learning the theme to Star Trek.

I played some more from my books but I can't remember the names and my heads killing me so I'm not going to get up and look right now lol

I have to say though, it really hit me today that it's hard to believe I've been playing for a year and where I'm at now. I remember when I first started started lessons, flipping through the book and thinking "I'll never get to this song"
Malaguena, by Lecouna, as in every other day. The double-octaves, descending, two-hands are finally getting better. Advice I received that is helping: be sure to keep my hands close to the ends of the black keys so that I do not have to move my hands vertically between the white and the black.

Secondly, to practice the LH alone so much that it becomes the 'leader'. i.e., stronger
Thirdly, to think of my hands as being joined together with an inflexible strap so the interval between the hands is absolutely consistent.


Getting much better but still needs work... it has been a great experience.

Practiced a little of the other repertoire, but Malaguena was the focus.
27 December 2015

Wisebuff, Raubucho, Moose776, Dogperson,....nice stories/tips for other members.....after all Christmas-music,.........I'm going back to my Buxtehude Suites study, two weeks holidays.....so...time enough...🎹🎹🎹🎹

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by raubucho
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I also practiced Moszkowski's Spanish dance duet op12 no 2. I will have to play secundo with my piano club friend. The first session together. I just read through it last night. I did not want to add this to my pieces I already carry but she was so insistent. She has my tapper ware from the Christmas party that forgot to pick up from the party host. I have to pick up the tapper ware. It's a nice one. So I was thrust into the situation either play the duet or forget about tapper ware. oh we'll see how it goes.


The TapperWare Terrorists strike again. mad They're relentless! I'm glad you survived it. laugh


I retrieved my tapper ware! Duet was ok. But, oh... she talkes and talks. All about her parties and rich friends. I got headache. I have a friend who happend to be rich but I really don't care to hang around rich people for their richness sake. As my folks say, you cannot get out here (life on earth) alive and you can't take anything with you when you go! We decided on the tempo and will practice one more time before actual performance in February or something like that.
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
Originally Posted by raubucho
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
I also practiced Moszkowski's Spanish dance duet op12 no 2. I will have to play secundo with my piano club friend. The first session together. I just read through it last night. I did not want to add this to my pieces I already carry but she was so insistent. She has my tapper ware from the Christmas party that forgot to pick up from the party host. I have to pick up the tapper ware. It's a nice one. So I was thrust into the situation either play the duet or forget about tapper ware. oh we'll see how it goes.


The TapperWare Terrorists strike again. mad They're relentless! I'm glad you survived it. laugh


I retrieved my tapper ware! Duet was ok. But, oh... she talkes and talks. All about her parties and rich friends. I got headache. I have a friend who happend to be rich but I really don't care to hang around rich people for their richness sake. As my folks say, you cannot get out here (life on earth) alive and you can't take anything with you when you go! We decided on the tempo and will practice one more time before actual performance in February or something like that.


Farmgirl.......I know........not everybody has the same interests.......😀😀😀

Regards,
Johan B
27 December 2015

This evening played some Lyric pieces, Grieg.......as an exception to the Buxtehude suites....😀😀

Lyric pieces, scroll down

Best regards,
Johan B



In addition to the pieces I'm doing, I was reading through Beethoven's early sonatas. No because I could play it but because someone posted in the PC difficulty rating of Beethoven sonatas. I was not sure what I did when I was a kid. It turns out I did Op 49-2 and 2-1. I'm doing 14-2 so there is not so much progress made here. I haven't gotten beyond early sonatas. Whatever people say, his sonatas are not easy for me. I also played a few more Christmas music.
28 December 2015

In addition to the message of Farm girl.........here is the sheetmusic.....

Beethoven, Piano sonate opus 14 nr 2

In case you think ..... what will I play today in the holidays.....😀😀😀

Best regards,
Johan B
28 December 2015

After reading the post of Farmgirl.......took Beethovens Sonata opus 14 nr 2 out of the cabinet and played it since very long time, I hardly never play Beethoven blush blush sorry........mmmmmm....something to polish, but after some times playing it will succeed. Farmgirl, thanks for the tip.....👍👍

Best regards,
Johan B
14-2 is pretty, isn't it? i struggled the 2 against 3 with stuccato starting from page 178 in your copy in the first movement. now reading through the first page of the second movement. staring from page 182 in your copy. its really pretty and not difficult.

among my new assignment, you can try the toccata since you are an organ player. i have been struggling to finger some section. my teacher told me to play without the pedals... said she. letmme know if you come up with a good one. i dont have the measure number with me but you will encounter soon after the second movement starts. you will see what i mean really quickly
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
14-2 is pretty, isn't it? i struggled the 2 against 3 with stuccato starting from page 178 in your copy in the first movement. now reading through the first page of the second movement. staring from page 182 in your copy. its really pretty and not difficult.

among my new assignment, you can try the toccata since you are an organ player. i have been struggling to finger some section. my teacher told me to play without the pedals... said she. letmme know if you come up with a good one. i dont have the measure number with me but you will encounter soon after the second movement starts. you will see what i mean really quickly


Thanks, you helped me back to Beethoven...... thumb

Regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
28 December 2015

In addition to the message of Farm girl.........here is the sheetmusic.....

Beethoven, Piano sonate opus 14 nr 2

In case you think ..... what will I play today in the holidays.....😀😀😀

Best regards,
Johan B


Ooops. . . just downloaded a Bethoven Sonzta.. .that could be fun. Print it out tomorrow.

Anyone want a simplified abridged version?. . . . Commin up. . !
29 December 2015

Today playing some albums with all kind of composers as Hummel, Zipoli, Muffat, Mozart, Kuhlau

In the evening I was lurking around tv-channels......saw Daniël Barenboim playing Mozart KV 330 in a classical music channel, Brava-tv. I was impressed of his performance of part two....wow..... 3hearts

After that I went to my pianoroom-study and played Mozart, Sonata-parts for one hour.

Classical radio- and tv-channels often are sources of inspiration to me......I hear some music that I like.....go to imslp.org.....and play....

TIP: listen to classical channels wink wink

Best regards,
Johan B
Played Scriabin's prelude, Mendelssohn's scherzo and Bach toccata. Scherzo is very hard to me. I'm progressing like snails. Bach is just finger twister but playable. I also indulged in Puccini three opera arias, a book I found in a second hand book store on Sunday. I also got Bartok's and a book called at the piano with Ravel for a dollar and a few changes. Cannot wait till Sunday to start reading them. Fun
I know I have to go to bed now but I saw a piece called Minuet in the name of Haydn in the Ravel book. It's crazy funny. Somehow he composed the piece using h a y d e n in the notes. [Linked Image]
Farmgirl,

Do not understand......a note called 'Y' or 'N'...? What scale or language? Must be funny but.... confused confused confused ...........or am I missing some music theory?

Best regards,
Johan B
If one can be called h, then why not y or n?
RaggedKeyPresser,

The 'H' is not strange to me.........I knew it from German scale......

C,D,E,F,G,.....H.....B,C.....

But the 'Y' and 'N'.......never heard about.....

Maybe some wiskid from PW knows.....we'll wait......

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
RaggedKeyPresser,

The 'H' is not strange to me.........I knew it from German scale......

C,D,E,F,G,.....H.....B,C.....

But the 'Y' and 'N'.......never heard about.....

Maybe some wiskid from PW knows.....we'll wait......

Kind regards,
Johan B


Once upon a time I also called it "h".
grin
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Originally Posted by Johan B
RaggedKeyPresser,

The 'H' is not strange to me.........I knew it from German scale......

C,D,E,F,G,.....H.....B,C.....

But the 'Y' and 'N'.......never heard about.....

Maybe some wiskid from PW knows.....we'll wait......

Kind regards,
Johan B


Once upon a time I also called it "h".
grin


RaggedKeyPresser,

Indeed, South-Sweden is near to Germany..... grin grin

Greetz...
Johan B
30 December 2015

Today is my baroque-day, I think..........In the morning an afternoon playing a lot of the Keyboard-Suites of Buxtehude.

I use this album....
Buxtehude, Complete Suites and Variations

At Imslp.org you will only find two Suites BuWV 325 & 326

Regards,
Johan B

I got the answer about the letters . Check out the pianist corner.
I just want to share... that I just played my Clementi Sonatina (Op 36 No 6) through in it's entirety, at tempo, without a single mistake. Twice! Now if only I can give the same performance in front of my teacher in a couple of hours.....

*Feeling chuffed*

(Oh and praise the Lord for digital pianos with headphones, because this was at 3am after waking up at ridiculous o'clock).
According to Catrhyn999......

Here are the scores

Clementi, Sonatines opus 36


And indeed....headphones......present from heaven......btw......3 A.M.......why?

Best regards and sleep well wink

Johan B
30 December 2015

Tonight played from the small Preludia and Fuga's of Bach.....BWV 872, 875, 899, 901, 957, 961 etc.......this succeeded because I was in the mood for the correct, what I call, Bach-beat 😀😀

let's say: the right heart rate.......This music requires serenity.....😇🎶😇🎶😇

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
According to Catrhyn999......

Here are the scores

Clementi, Sonatines opus 36


And indeed....headphones......present from heaven......btw......3 A.M.......why?

Best regards and sleep well wink

Johan B

Hi Johan, Thanks, I had a lovely nap :-)

It's such a pretty little piece isn't it? 3am was after an hour and a half of scales and slow/section practice. Sometimes (often) it just happens, I don't know why, I wake up around 1:30am and my body just goes "helloooo.... I'm awake!" Before I got my digital piano I would spend the hours reading, working, wasting time on the internet, whatever... frustrated that I couldn't practice because I'd wake the household (probably the neighbourhood) up. Now I can put those quiet hours to good work! And it happens often enough (once or twice a week) that my playing has improved immeasurably :-) I have a little nap between about 5am and 7am which seems to be enough and I guess it's good 'brain processing' time after a decent practice session.

And I did manage to play it pretty well for my teacher this morning, jelly fingers and all (nerves), no mistakes and just a few hesitations. And Bach Invention No. 14! Hooray for the wee hours!

You have yourself a lovely day,
Cathryn.
Happy birthday, FarmGirl!
Cathy,
Thank you.
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
Cathy,
Thank you.


Farmgirl......

🎹🍰🎶🍷🍸🍺HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎹🍰🎶🍷🍸🍺

Kind regards,
Johan B
30 december 2015

Played today a number of small Preludia and Fuga's of the other Johann (Sebastiaan Bach......he was better 😜😜😜)

And in the evening
Had just 3/4 hour for playing Suites of Händel.......D minor, E minor, G minor........

Kind regards and have a nice New year's Eve......🎶🍸🍷🍺🎶🍸🍷🎶 ......here about in three hours....

Johan B
Today I'm working on Schumman's Untitled Op. 68 No. 30 and starting on Villa-Lobos - Samba Lele

I started learning the Schumman piece on the day of the Great Ocean Road bushfires , Christmas Day 2015. As my own town was totally destroyed by a cyclone on Christmas Day 1975 , this piece is particularly poignant and reflective for me.

The Samba Lele, on the other hand, is a sweet and catchy little tune to start the new year on!

May you all have a very happy and tuneful New Year!
Originally Posted by Johan B
30 december 2015

Played today a number of small Preludia and Fuga's of the other Johann (Sebastiaan Bach......he was better 😜😜😜)

And in the evening
Had just 3/4 hour for playing Suites of Händel.......D minor, E minor, G minor........

Kind regards and have a nice New year's Eve......🎶🍸🍷🍺🎶🍸🍷🎶 ......here about in three hours....

Johan B


Last post must be 31 December 2015

1 January 2016

Not long time to play........just some Jazz Standards.....from this album

Jazz Standards, budgetbooks

Best regards,
Johan B
Been working on WTC book 1: Fugue in C minor. After 2 weeks of playing (nearly)... I can play it through. I am tweaking some of the fingerings though... Funny how Bach makes you run out of fingers, even more humorous,lots of baroque keyboard works were played without THUMBS! wow

Originally Posted by neciebugs
Been working on WTC book 1: Fugue in C minor. After 2 weeks of playing (nearly)... I can play it through. I am tweaking some of the fingerings though... Funny how Bach makes you run out of fingers, even more humorous,lots of baroque keyboard works were played without THUMBS! wow



Bach always surprises...... thumb grin

Cheers,
Johan B
Had a good practice day so far.
Did the classical piano slot first thing on a late morning.
Then memorized, played, and recorded the organ parts for the 1st and 2nd verse of The Girl From Ipanema.
I'm particularly glad that I memorized that RH part so quickly...about 10 minutes. It has various notes carried on through to other bars throughout. Acrobatic fingerings.
It's a Bill Irwin "Ad Lib Magic" arrangement.
And before this I made a Backing Track to it on the Maschine Studio.
Also learned and memorized the chords on guitar, and touched up playing the melody. All the off-beat note done perfectly, of course. I learned that ages ago. A nostalgic moment, I guess. But I will do some Latin songs for a while, I believe. I love those rhythms.
Also did the same song on trumpet.
Now I just need to learn it on the MIDI Wind Controller too...but...but.
Wouldn't it be nice with a beer right now?
And also, I'm supposed to be retired.
Wow......RaggedKeyPresser.....you started 2016 better than I did..... thumb

Kind regards,
Johan B
Yes, I practiced today.. the usual suspects for my lessons.. but what I also did differently today was that I also just PLAYED music from my past that I love to play. I' just play' so seldom because I am usually working so hard on practicing and improving.

It was so motivating: a natural 'spur me on' to practice more that I am committing to myself to just play at least one old chestnut once a day

Back to the piano shocked
Originally Posted by dogperson
Yes, I practiced today.. the usual suspects for my lessons.. but what I also did differently today was that I also just PLAYED music from my past that I love to play. I' just play' so seldom because I am usually working so hard on practicing and improving.

It was so motivating: a natural 'spur me on' to practice more that I am committing to myself to just play at least one old chestnut once a day

Back to the piano shocked


Dogperson,

So....you went back to your old music........ polishing your old repertoire.....I know that...when there is much repertoire, it's difficult to maintain it.

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by dogperson
Yes, I practiced today.. the usual suspects for my lessons.. but what I also did differently today was that I also just PLAYED music from my past that I love to play. I' just play' so seldom because I am usually working so hard on practicing and improving.

It was so motivating: a natural 'spur me on' to practice more that I am committing to myself to just play at least one old chestnut once a day

Back to the piano shocked


Dogperson,

So....you went back to your old music........ polishing your old repertoire.....I know that...when there is much repertoire, it's difficult to maintain it.

Kind regards,
Johan B


Hi Johan

No, I did not polish the old repertoire... in any attempt to correct, memorize or maintain... I just played it, with whatever warts were present, and it really felt good just to enjoy the feel and sound without work.

I played with the music and did not stop to polish. And no, I don't have a lot because I have only been back 18 months. Some of it was old music from my childhood, and some from the last 18 months, that I just played. A mini self-performance, so to speak. It felt wonderful to just play with no thought of correction, stopping or work. So motivating.
2 January 2016

Started this morning with Händel Keyboard suites....very nice baroque music

Händel, keyboard suites

Lurk around and play.....so nice....it's worth to try.......

Best regards,
Johan B
Just done my classical time-slot so far...and no problem...going pretty good.
Had a real late last night with bed at 4:30 am...topped off the day yesterday with about 3 hrs of singing and snare drumming. Lots of old Beatles songs and other bands.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Just done my classical time-slot so far...and no problem...going pretty good.
Had a real late last night with bed at 4:30 am...topped off the day yesterday with about 3 hrs of singing and snare drumming. Lots of old Beatles songs and other bands.


Wow.....RaggedKeyPresser.....so you had a lot of musical fun.....singing the oldies...nice!

Kind regards,
Johan B
2 January 2016

After a lot of Händel today, Suites and this evening also the Chaconne G major,......ended the day with Mozart.....just to get some rest.....

Andante cantabile KV 330/2
Adagio KV 332/2 3hearts 3hearts

Regards,
Johan B
I had a wonderfully indulgent day today, playing not practicing (thanks dogperson). All my scales/arpeggios/technical work between 4am - 5am. Then a nap. Then all my exam pieces between 10am - 12 noon (Bach Two Part Invention No 14, Clementi Sonatina Op 36 No 6, Schumman Untitled Op.68 No 30, Villa-Lobos Samba Lele, Martinu - Columbine Dances, and... er.. Fur Elise, yes I'm afraid so!).

Then Dogpersons post inspired me to drag out old pieces that I used to play 100 years ago. Between 3-4 pm I played the Mozart Sonata in C K545 - sadly my memory has faded so I needed the manuscript (and was rusty as heck) but that's okay. And Pathetique Movements 1 and 2, clunky but I didn't care.

And then I went completely mad and ordered the Henle Vertag Complete Mozart Sonatas, Beethoven Sonatas Volume 2, and JS Bach The Well Tempered Clavier!! They should be here in a month or so.... eeee!
3 January 2016

Today played and studied some Sonata parts of Beethoven. Normally Beethoven is not my cup of tea.......but today I liked it. Of course it was not perfect, maybe it will be someday.....

Grande Sonata Opus 7 part 1 & 2 3hearts and part 3 (only the Allegro major part)
Sonata Opus 10 nr 1 part 1

Piano sonatas Beethoven; scroll down

(Attention: IMSLP has a new policy; you can be member when you pay; non-members can still get ALL scores, but have to wait about 15 sec and they show you advertisements)

Best regards,
Johan B

After a lesson that wasn't so good, I went over my assignments. Bach toccata. I cannot believe I could not play well after two weeks. Also my Mendelssohn piece is still disjointed. A snails progress. I know I have lots of "effort" talent. But sometimes even that seems waning. Would I ever get better? Why do I do music? But as I work through the difficult area, I start to feel better. Cannot help it. I guess I like it. I have to focus on assignments until the weekend. The new issue of pianists magazine arrived. Cannot wait to reading and playing through. Have a good night everyone.
Originally Posted by cathryn999
I had a wonderfully indulgent day today, playing not practicing (thanks dogperson). All my scales/arpeggios/technical work between 4am - 5am. Then a nap. Then all my exam pieces between 10am - 12 noon (Bach Two Part Invention No 14, Clementi Sonatina Op 36 No 6, Schumman Untitled Op.68 No 30, Villa-Lobos Samba Lele, Martinu - Columbine Dances, and... er.. Fur Elise, yes I'm afraid so!).

Then Dogpersons post inspired me to drag out old pieces that I used to play 100 years ago. Between 3-4 pm I played the Mozart Sonata in C K545 - sadly my memory has faded so I needed the manuscript (and was rusty as heck) but that's okay. And Pathetique Movements 1 and 2, clunky but I didn't care.

And then I went completely mad and ordered the Henle Vertag Complete Mozart Sonatas, Beethoven Sonatas Volume 2, and JS Bach The Well Tempered Clavier!! They should be here in a month or so.... eeee!


Glad you were inspired wink I am adding 'just play' to my daily schedule. Now that the holidays are over, it may just be one piece with no attempt to polish or correct. Feels too good to give up.... I am using this as warm-up prior to the first practice of the day.
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
After a lesson that wasn't so good, I went over my assignments. Bach toccata. I cannot believe I could not play well after two weeks. Also my Mendelssohn piece is still disjointed. A snails progress. I know I have lots of "effort" talent. But sometimes even that seems waning. Would I ever get better? Why do I do music? But as I work through the difficult area, I start to feel better. Cannot help it. I guess I like it. I have to focus on assignments until the weekend. The new issue of pianists magazine arrived. Cannot wait to reading and playing through. Have a good night everyone.


Farmgirl,.....you are a little bit.....let's say,...too impatient.....😜😜😜
That will not help your progress......

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by FarmGirl
After a lesson that wasn't so good, I went over my assignments. Bach toccata. I cannot believe I could not play well after two weeks. Also my Mendelssohn piece is still disjointed. A snails progress. I know I have lots of "effort" talent. But sometimes even that seems waning. Would I ever get better? Why do I do music? But as I work through the difficult area, I start to feel better. Cannot help it. I guess I like it. I have to focus on assignments until the weekend. The new issue of pianists magazine arrived. Cannot wait to reading and playing through. Have a good night everyone.

FarmGirl, sorry you're bummed out about this. Yes you will get better. Remember good practice techniques: sections (small sections); don't start at the beginning; super slow and super forte and even super staccato (for the Bach, just to nail it); and Mendelssohn? As a friend of mine said "that guy was MAD!".
Enjoy the new issue, go easy on yourself, remember to play something that you love, and know that we're all in the same boat and you (and we) WILL get there!!
Hope this next lesson goes better for you.
cheers,
Cathryn.
Johan and Cathryn,
Thank you for your kind wards. No worries, i feel better now.
4 & 5 January 2016

Started two days ago to play......and still playing.......some Beethoven Sonata parts.....(see my post some days ago)

Interesting, sometimes........difficult,.......surprising,...... amazing......

No work to day.....closed related to weather alarm.......so time enough to play piano grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Scales and arpeggios, scales and arpeggios, scales and arpeggios. And then a few contrary motion scales and a few more arpeggios :-)
Am I the only one who enjoys the technical work? It's almost like meditation for me.
I also enjoy scales, arpeggios (and cadences). It's fun to get them to a certain level and then just pile stuff on top of them to see how far I can push myself. That's the thing I like best about them, I can incrementally push myself outside of my comfort zone. And It's also fun in repertoire when your hands already "know" what to do.

My scales are advancing very nicely (90% finished with the Scales Bootcamp book!). But I need to find more cool exercises for the arpeggios, broken chords and cadences.
Originally Posted by Groove On
But I need to find more cool exercises for the arpeggios, broken chords and cadences.

Glad I'm not alone Groove On, I was beginning to feel quite nerdy! There's some lovely cadences in Mozart Fantasia in D minor
http://imslp.org/wiki/File:TN-Mozart_Werke_Breitkopf_Serie_20_KV397.jpg and also in Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto - I don't think that's in the public domain yet but PM me and I might be able to help.

Playing yet? ... no, but began working on this Allen Toussaint tune "Southern Nights" by ear and watching his hands:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGAFOz5GA8I
6 January 2016

Today back from Beethoven to baroque.....had a nice book from a music-library......Buxtehude Keyboard works

Buxtehude, Harpsichord music

Best regards,
Johan B
Last night I only had very little time because my friend and I were figuring out itinerary for our next trip. This will be a girls trip visiting composers twin thing. We will go to London (to meet with a friend of ours, pianist writer and teacher), Germany and Vienna!

I played my assigned Bach toccata. Red through (slowly) the third movement Andante. It was more manageable than the 2nd movement and very beautiful.

Here's the link
burrito.whatbox.ca:15263/imglnks/usimg/1/1d/IMSLP03204-Bach_-_BGA_-_BWV_914.pdf
7 January 2016

Today played more melancholic music..........Edvard Grieg.......Lyric pieces....

Lyric pieces (scroll down)

Best regards,
Johan B
I played the first two and a half pages of Fantasy Impromptu (up to the key signature shift) for the first time in about 5 months. I had to get my keyboard repaired before the start of last semester, and there were a lot of setbacks, and I didn't play at all during the semester. Anyway, I was able to bring it back up to where it was before in just about an hour, so I was pretty happy about that. It's at about 80% speed right now, and I'm hoping to get it up to full speed over the next week.
8 January 2016

Today made a start with Partitas of Johann Sebastian.......BWV 825-830

Wow....he's still one of the greatest...........

Best regards,
Johan B
9 January 2016

Today again some hours working at the Bach partitas.......mmmm....heavy.... confused cry

For just pleasure I played afterwards some Suites and Varationen of Buxtehude (less complicated)
Buxtehude

Best regards,
Johan B
Okay today was totally random. Scales, arpeggios and more scales in the morning, Bach Invention 14 after that, I think I've got it nailed at least until my next lesson. And then a friend who's organising a flashdance choir asked if I could help with the SATB arrangement for their song (Will Pharrell, "Happy"). So hunting down music (found it) I also found an old google drive totally chockers full of popular music, which I haven't played for years. So this afternoon was so much fun! Nothing at all hard, mostly just improvising around the chords and vaguely following the melody, I played, amongst others:

You Give Me Something... (that makes me scared alright... de doo de doo de doo...)
Wasted Time (Eagles)
Time in A Bottle (Jim Croce)
Summer of 42 (Michel leGrand)
Where do I begin (Theme From Love Story - Francis Lai)
Autumn Leaves... drift by my wind-ow....those Autumn leaves... de doo de doo... (Johnny Mercer)
The First Time... Ever I Saw You Face.... (Ewan MacColl)
Sorry Seems to Be THe Hardest Word (Elton John, love this one, very excellent for improvising)
I Don't Want to... Talk About It... How You Broke My Heart.... (Danny Whitten)
Ain't no Sunshine (Bill Withers) - love this one too for just jazzin' around
This Year's Love (had better last).. David Gray (Oh Yes, it better!)
You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
Songbird (Christie McVie, as sung by Eva Cassidy)
Crazy.. for feelin' so lone....ly.. (Willie Nelson)
Baby I love your way (Peter Frampton)

So nice to just play stuff, improvise, jazz around, and not worry if it's "right"! I love my classical and I'm fully committed to passing my exams because I want to teach but gosh I had fun today!
Originally Posted by cathryn999
Okay today was totally random. Scales, arpeggios and more scales in the morning, Bach Invention 14 after that, I think I've got it nailed at least until my next lesson. And then a friend who's organising a flashdance choir asked if I could help with the SATB arrangement for their song (Will Pharrell, "Happy"). So hunting down music (found it) I also found an old google drive totally chockers full of popular music, which I haven't played for years. So this afternoon was so much fun! Nothing at all hard, mostly just improvising around the chords and vaguely following the melody, I played, amongst others:

You Give Me Something... (that makes me scared alright... de doo de doo de doo...)
Wasted Time (Eagles)
Time in A Bottle (Jim Croce)
Summer of 42 (Michel leGrand)
Where do I begin (Theme From Love Story - Francis Lai)
Autumn Leaves... drift by my wind-ow....those Autumn leaves... de doo de doo... (Johnny Mercer)
The First Time... Ever I Saw You Face.... (Ewan MacColl)
Sorry Seems to Be THe Hardest Word (Elton John, love this one, very excellent for improvising)
I Don't Want to... Talk About It... How You Broke My Heart.... (Danny Whitten)
Ain't no Sunshine (Bill Withers) - love this one too for just jazzin' around
This Year's Love (had better last).. David Gray (Oh Yes, it better!)
You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
Songbird (Christie McVie, as sung by Eva Cassidy)
Crazy.. for feelin' so lone....ly.. (Willie Nelson)
Baby I love your way (Peter Frampton)

So nice to just play stuff, improvise, jazz around, and not worry if it's "right"! I love my classical and I'm fully committed to passing my exams because I want to teach but gosh I had fun today!


Cathryn,

I know what you feel.....just easy playing around some standards/ever best songs and no worry if it's right.......

Sometimes I also do.....and put my Kawai in the piano-stringsmodus......just for fun grin wink grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
10 January 2016

Played today Haydn, several parts of Sonatas, and Suites of Händel.....

Haydn, Sonatas at imslp.org
Händel, Suites at imslp.org

Best regards,
Johan B
11 January 2016

This morning woke up in a bad mood for some strange reason.......(everybody will have some day I suppose....)

Sat down behind my piano....what willI play today?......to cheer me up I played
Jazz standards budgetbooks ......it worked.....

In the afternoon I played some Mozart, I downloaded some days ago.......Wiener Sonatinen, did not know these works......very nice, real Mozart....very beautiful in their simplicity...... 3hearts
Mozart, Wiener Sonatinen

So piano-playing cheers you up...... grin wink grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Sorry you woke up grumpy Johan. Thanks for the tip on the Viennese Sonatinas, I've been meaning to explore these for a while so have just downloaded and will play around with them today.

Yesterday I played everything in the known universe! I was naughty and took the day off work, scales and arpeggios and exam pieces in the morning, then everything I've touched since re-starting in August 2015.

Having exhausted my current repetoire, in the afternoon I dragged out some old pieces I used to be able to play and was surprised how much I remembered (some I haven't played in over 30 years). Some nice ones to consider:

CPE Bach - Solfeggietto - always satisfying, great for practicing technique when played slowly, great for impressing friends and family when played fast!
Handel Piano Suite IV in E minor - challenging but worthwhile, the Courante is lovely and lilting
Some Chopin Mazurkas - took me ages to find the right ones on IMSLP, he wrote so many!

Oh - and not forgetting the old standards, Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and Mozart - Fantasia in D minor

Today's a new day and sadly it will just be the necessary pieces as I really must go to the office!

Cheers, hope everyone has a tuneful day!
Cathryn.
Today I played "Let's dance" and "Under pressure". That was my tribute to David Bowie.
12 January 2016

Played about three hours - afternoon/evening - studied among others........Haydn, Piano Sonata E flat major Hob XVI:49.......Bach, Partita 1 B flat major BWV 825.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
I sight read through a Beethoven Sonatina, Bach minuets, Heller studies... took it easy. Trying to pick pieces for my student who has her lesson on Thursday.
Hi All,

I am a newbie and i am impressed with everything that you guys are playing !!!

I am also impressed with all the Scales, Arpeggios, and Cadence work. My teacher mentions that to me and I roll my eyes..... I am a returning beginner and I have been with my new teacher for just under a year. I love her !!! and yes, unlike my other teacher 7 years ago who never ever had me do scales, arpeggios, and cadences, this new one STRESSES it !!! and ow after reading your posts I realize how important they are.

I havent practiced yet today, but, I will get on my Scales, Apreggios, and cadences, along with my "Dozen a day" book, and my Fabers Accelerated book2 work smile

yes, I am a beginner and a newbie. I might not belong in this thread, but I just had to comment and thank you guys for making me realize how important the core work is. Keep up the good work everyone smile
Went back, played through the 3 listed above, then spend some time learning the A portion of Chopin's Waltz in B minor... So pretty! Funny, I remember when I was 14 my piano teacher gave me a Chopin Mazurka and it took weeks to learn... I am so grateful that I can sit down and actually read through and make something playable in a few days. Now committing to memory... that's a different story! LMAO!!

Total time at the steed, about 1.5 hours today.
Originally Posted by patH
Today I played "Let's dance" and "Under pressure". That was my tribute to David Bowie.

*like*
Hi.....fellow-pianolovers......you're doing well!

13 January 2016

Less time to play......too much work......only ten minutes played some Haydn......tomorrow more time.......

Best regards,
Johan B
14 January 2016

Studied my Haydn Sonata and the Partita nr 1 of Bach.......and after that.....as a kind of recompense......five Fuga's and the Fantasie D minor of Pachelbel and Characteristic Sonatine of the Russian composer Sternberg......

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
15 January 2016

Less time to play.....only playing some small compositions........tomorrow......weekend, new day....new opportunities

Best regards,
Johan B
16 January 2016

A lot of time to play today..... 3hearts 3hearts....outdoor snow and hailstones and my wife is at my youngest adult daughter......so....PLAY

Among others.......
Edvard Grieg, Lyric piecs (scroll down)
Händel, Keyboard suites
Constantin von Sternberg (Russian composer)

And some more.....
What did you play today

Best regards,
Johan B

17 January 2016

Played today among others Händel Suites and Bach Partita Bflat major.........just one step to Muffat Partitas.....

Georg Muffat, Six Partitas
Also very nice....... 3hearts

What did you play today ?

Best regards,
Johan B
Johan B, What did I play? I am working on Bach, BWV 971. I have maybe quite a ways to go, a little more study, but I am enjoying it. And, all the work I put into it, shows in everything else I play. smile
Ok, I played a lot today. My piano playing has not been focused on honing any particular piece, just read throughs.... I am trying to

I played today (what I can recall):

4 different 2 part inventions (Bach)
Sinfonia in C (Bach)
Fugue in C min (Bach WTC I been working on and honing for a couple of weeks)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) 1st movement
Bethana (Joplin)
Wurtemburg Sonata A minor (CPE Bach) 2nd movement
Waltz A flat Major (Brahms)
To a Wild Rose (Macdowell)
Speigel im Spiegel (Pärt) on 2 pianos (I played the violin part, sig other the piano part)
Fur Alina (Pärt)
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Disney's Whale of a Tale

I am sure there are a few other sight reads in there...

Yes... I was busy today.

Originally Posted by curlyfries
Johan B, What did I play? I am working on Bach, BWV 971. I have maybe quite a ways to go, a little more study, but I am enjoying it. And, all the work I put into it, shows in everything else I play. smile


I am finding Bach (who I DREAD playing) really improves my linear playing... I do really well with vertical reading... but linear counterpoint kills me... well not so badly these days. I am forcing myself to read through a lot of Bach, and it really is helpful all the way around!! So I totally hear you about showing in everything else you play!
Originally Posted by neciebugs
Ok, I played a lot today. My piano playing has not been focused on honing any particular piece, just read throughs.... I am trying to

I played today (what I can recall):

4 different 2 part inventions (Bach)
Sinfonia in C (Bach)
Fugue in C min (Bach WTC I been working on and honing for a couple of weeks)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) 1st movement
Bethana (Joplin)
Wurtemburg Sonata A minor (CPE Bach) 2nd movement
Waltz A flat Major (Brahms)
To a Wild Rose (Macdowell)
Speigel im Spiegel (Pärt) on 2 pianos (I played the violin part, sig other the piano part)
Fur Alina (Pärt)
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Disney's Whale of a Tale

I am sure there are a few other sight reads in there...

Yes... I was busy today.



Now therefore I started this thread......inspire eachother.....I know the Wurtemburg Sonatas of CPE Bach from an older post of you.....members can help eachother.... grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Quote
I am finding Bach (who I DREAD playing) really improves my linear playing... I do really well with vertical reading... but linear counterpoint kills me.

nbugs-It is like solving a puzzle to hear and practice sometimes and does take a certain mood. smile Bach must have been an extreme practical musician. cfries
18 & 19 January 2016

Less time to play....all kind of information meetings in the evening for students and their parents....played about only one hour......and among others one of my favorites....
Bach, Pastorale BWV 590 part 3 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B

Hi Everybody,

Few weeks ago I started to collect the best songs: http://best-songs-to-learn-on-piano.com/ I'm planning to extend with other genres, like jazz or blues smile I hope, you can find a good tips from the list.

Cheers,
Istvan
Originally Posted by kn3cht
Hi Everybody,

Few weeks ago I started to collect the best songs: http://best-songs-to-learn-on-piano.com/ I'm planning to extend with other genres, like jazz or blues smile I hope, you can find a good tips from the list.

Cheers,
Istvan


Just sent you a Private Message....
Originally Posted by kn3cht
Hi Everybody,

Few weeks ago I started to collect the best songs: http://best-songs-to-learn-on-piano.com/ I'm planning to extend with other genres, like jazz or blues smile I hope, you can find a good tips from the list.

Cheers,
Istvan


Kn3cht,

Thanks for sharing.......

Kind regards,
Johan B
20 january 2016

Only played half an hour...... cry cry.......among some others......

[b]Mozart, Variations on 'Dieu d'amour[/b]'

Best regards,
Johan B
Still working on Chopin's Fantasy Impromptu. Some parts I can play smoothly at 80% speed, and others I can play smoothly at 100% speed. Practicing this piece has been fun, but it's also extremely physically taxing. It's just so fast.
All mental technique.
Memorized 8 bars mostly played with the melody in 6ths for the RH, and interesting stuff for the LH.
One bar involves going from a 1-4 fingering to a 2-5 fingering on the same notes by slightly rotating the wrist. And of course doing something different in the LH at the same time.
Took me a while to get that, but prepared to re-learn it tomorrow again!
But having it memorized makes it a lot easier to re-work it again.
It sounds good with a layer of piano and strings.
The piano-forte method made me do some research on James Hook the composer/performer. Interesting stuff.
And I saw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPpAzTruwvQ with the score displayed.

Both hands locked in one position.
A simple and nice little composition that can be memorized and learned on ½ hr or less. No need to print it out. Parts that are not memorized can simply be played by ear. At about the level of "Go Tell Aunt Rhody".
A simple scale practice and can be brought up to speed almost right away by a Piano Scholar at the beginner's level.

I found it difficult to stay exactly with the way it's written...it takes me a moment to adjust.
Playing repeated notes with the same finger, and playing a repeated bass note instead of using the other notes of the chord. That felt strange and limited for me now.
I've played a lot of Czerny lately and nothing ever stays in the same hand position there without expanding out to either side, and very seldom repeated notes with the same finger.
It becomes a habit, I discovered.
22 January 2016

Played among others ' Suite auff die Mayerin' (Partitas) of Johann Jacob Froberger (1600-1667)

Froberger in Alte Meisters des Klavierspiels Volume 2 page 11

Very nice to play......

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Since my acoustic is getting new hammers, it will be out of commission for around three weeks... bought a 88 key DP, but certainly not high end, to fill in the gap... as not playing for three weeks did not seem fathomable. Today was the first day to play on it, and it was a huge adjustment for me.

Played the usual suspects: Malaguena, Mompou and Chopin... noodled around with Rach var 18, that I think will be my next victim.
23 January 2016

Played several hours today.....among others.....

Bach, Partita nr 1 B flat
Grieg, Lyric Pieces
Borodin, Intermezzo
Dvorak, smaller works
Händel, Suites
Händel, keyboard suites so nice...... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

24 January 2016

This morning playing for one hour some Mozart, several themata and variations, among others: 'Ein Weib is das herrlichste Ding'.....the of the day....visiting my youngest adult daughter in another part of the country.......birthdayparty......🍸🍰🍷🍺🍰🍷🍰

Best regards,
Johan B
25 January 2016

Today played around in these albums.....

[b]Die Klassiker, Margarete Babinsky[/b]

idem Cheap......

Margarete Babinsky (website)

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
26 January 2016

Very busy with work and evening meeting of the works council........... cry cry ....only half an hour playing three parts of Partita nr1 of Bach and three Fugues of Buxtehude.....

Best regards,
Johan B
Played a lot today...several hrs from morning to evening. Lots of breaks though.
A long session of just free improvisation exploring sound banks in the evening.
Makes me wonder if I do too much playing lately.
27 January 2016

Today only playing baroque.........

Buxtehude, among others Preludium and fuga Bux WV 163
Bux WV 163
Pachelbel, Fuga's and Fantasie d minor
Händel, Suites

Oh.....and some Jazz Standards.........
Jazz standards

What did you play today? Any ideas suggestions for other pianists?

Best regards,
Johan B
28 January 2016

Tonight worked again among others at Buxtehude Preludium G minor Bux WV 163, originally written for organ, but also beautiful playing it by harpsichord or piano.....
Strong entrada and nice twinkling fuga-work......very baroque 3hearts 3hearts

[b]Buxtehude Preludium Bux WV 163 [/b](in this pdf BuxWV 155-171)
(Yesterday I wrote another hyperlink that did not work, this link works)

Best regards,
Johan B
29 January 2016

Again studying the Buxtehude Preludium and the Bach Partita......see my earlier post....and of course playing some other music....

Best regards,
Johan B
30 January 2016

Played among others.........the Buxtehude Preludium Bux WV163 and some Sonata-parts of Haydn......

Buxtehude Preludium Bux WV 163 (book 3)

Best regards,
Johan B
31 January 2016

Today only play for an hour or so.......Some Sonata parts of Haydn......and some Lyric pieces of Edward Grieg......

Lyric pieces, Grieg (scroll down)

Best regards,
Johan B
1 February 2016

After a long time playing Mozart Sonatas........have to repolish them..... confused confused

KV 281/2 Andante amoroso and KV 281/3 Rondeau
KV 283 three parts
KV 311 three parts.....part 2 Andante con expressione 3hearts and part 3 Rondeau

Mozart 19 Piano Sonatas

Love it.....but after some months.....much work to do....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

Czerny, "Erster Lehrmeister". What else?
He always makes me feel like a real beginner every day.
So I'm confined to this room for a long time.
grin
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Czerny, "Erster Lehrmeister". What else?
He always makes me feel like a real beginner every day.
So I'm confined to this room for a long time.
grin


RaggedKeyPresser,

Czerny...........I dodge that man...... grin......

Kind regards,
Johan B

2 February 2016
Less time to play......only did some work on Buxtehude, Preludium.......
Tomorrow better.........

I hope.......
3 & 4 February 2016

Only playing Jazz Standards.....from this book and other sheets....

Jazz Standards

Best regards,
Johan B
Switched my attention to J.S. Bach's 2-part Invention 1.
Working on phrase speed with HS. After getting them up to a good speed they are memorized.

This is a great piece to play the phrases by ear. And every one is melodious and beautiful and ought to be sung at the same time.
I noticed and realized that all of this is the way Gould was doing it.
Verify an accurate fingering and stick to it.
Play the phrases as you hear it in your mind and learn to trust your ear.
The 2nd half of the piece has melodic phrases one after the other for both hands with little interleaving, so it's one phrase after the other alternating hands, and memorization is really just memorizing the melodic phrases in your mind. After that, play what you hear.
After getting in shape I will go for a maximum speed mixed with slow playing, all without tension of course.
5 February 2016

Tonight played a lot of contemporary music ( non classical )from all kind of sheets and from this book
Best songs ever 3hearts

Just for fun......

What did you play today?........

Best regards,
Johan B
6 February 2016

In the morning played a lot of Buxtehude.....among others Preludium Bux WV 163, original for organ but also beautiful on piano...... 3hearts

Buxtehude, Book 3

In the afternoon.......Haydn Sonatas....mmmmmm

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

7 February 2016

Today played among others Haydn sonatas.......love it...

Haydn, Sonatas

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Bach's 2-part Invention #1.
It's going to take me a month of daily drilling of esp. 2 bars to get the LH up to speed and performing like rippling water. 4-2-3-4-5-3-4-2-3-thumb under-2-3....nice. It feels like I've had a work-out after a lot of that.
Will likely dabble on other pieces in the same book also.
Phrases and fragments might be a good idea.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Bach's 2-part Invention #1.
It's going to take me a month of daily drilling of esp. 2 bars to get the LH up to speed and performing like rippling water. 4-2-3-4-5-3-4-2-3-thumb under-2-3....nice. It feels like I've had a work-out after a lot of that.
Will likely dabble on other pieces in the same book also.
Phrases and fragments might be a good idea.


RaggedKeypresser,

Nice music....the Inventionen of Bach......already feeling Glenn Gould? grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
8 February 2016

This morning started lurking around in my four Haydn Sonatas books. I purchased them last summer......so nice music. Studied Hob XVI nr 31/2 Allegro..... 3hearts

Look at Hob XVI nr 31 part 2 (wait 15 secs for download)

Played it a little 'Alla Breve'........will play it more times today grin

Best regards,
Johan B
9 February 2016

Today played among others some parts of Waldszenen of Schumann in the morning..... 3hearts

Schumann Waldszenen

Lovely Romantic music.....

In the afternoon.....played Pachelbel Hexachordum Apollinis 3hearts

[b]Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis[/b]

Lovely Baroque music........

What did you play today......

Best regards,
Johan B
10 February 2016

Tonight I continued my journey through the baroque.......I love it...... 3hearts

Georg Muffat, Partitas
Domenica Zipoli, Suites

Muffat, Partitas
Zipoli, Suites

Baroque....it's amazing.... grin

Best regards,
Johan B

Today I played for the first time Scarlatti K32 Aria, wonderful piece, it's a cracker laugh .

Well, I probably minced it being a stretch piece for me. Got it to sort of sound okay, the misses was impressed anyhow. smile

Had I started it earlier it may have taken a punt for the upcoming recital. Speaking of which, I should have been recording something else tonight, but I couldn't get away from K32 once I started on it, but there is loads of time ... 5 days laugh eek
..
The last 4 or 5 days.
I've been starting each practise session with Hanon exercises, and then gone on to practise Bach C minor prelude.

For Hanon I am working on getting the first 6 exercises up to 108 bpm (the book says they should be played from 60bpm and gradually speed up to 108 bpm), focusing on evenness.
I think it really helps to play them at varying dynamic levels (forte, and mezzo piano), as well as both staccato and legato. I also use different rhythms to practise them.


The C minor prelude is gradually becomming better. It's a bit trickier than I thought.
I also like to practise that a lot in staccato. I am far from playing it at full speed and do not aim at being able to do that for now. If I get up to 100 bpm I'll be happy for now, but the edition I have recommends 144 bpm.
11 February 2016

Tonight playing Sonatines of Georg Benda and Jan Kritl Vanhal

Sonatines Vanhal
Sonatines, Benda

Nice music from the classical period......... 3hearts

What did you play tonight?

Best regards,
Johan B
12 February 2016

Tonight played a lot of Suites of Buxtehude......love it..... 3hearts 3hearts

At imslp.org only two of them......
Two Suites Buxtehude[/b] (scroll down)

All suites of this composer in this book......
[b]Samtliche Suiten, Buxtehude

Worth to try........real baroque.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
13 february 2016

Today was Buxtehude-day.......see my post yesterday......

Buxtehude, nice baroque...... 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
I've been working on Bach's 2-part Invention #2.
The trills need a lot more work and I need to memorize the whole piece.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I've been working on Bach's 2-part Invention #2.
The trills need a lot more work and I need to memorize the whole piece.


Ragged Key,

Nice.....Bach. Inventions......some of the finest works of Johann Sebastian......by the way....I never memorise....always just sightreading....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I've been working on Bach's 2-part Invention #2.
The trills need a lot more work and I need to memorize the whole piece.


Ragged Key,

by the way....I never memorise....always just sightreading....

Kind regards,
Johan B


I know, Johan grin
With the volume of pieces you go through it would seem impossible to memorize all that!
I have a lot of technique to hone, though...so I stay longer with each piece.
14 February 2016

Sorry......nothing new......just played the same composer........

Buxtehude, Suiten und Variationen.......
Buxtehude


Best regards,
Johan B
15 February 2016

Today no news.......just studying Buxtehude.....

Best regards,
Johan B
16 February 2016

Today no Buxtehude...just another period.......

Mozart, some Sonatas
Kuhlau, Sonatines

[b]Kuhlau, Sonatines [/b](scroll down)

Worth to try.......

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Still on Bach's Invention 2 but will move on very soon.
Been derailed by having to clean up my old sheet music in Adobe Illustrator. The book is from the 70's and the light print is almost unreadable in some places. So, blow it up, re-draw, design and make new symbols from scratch in some cases.
Scales scales and more scales, and arpeggios, but using my newfound tricks (from my new teacher), it's amazing. Do everything block chords except the thumbs, to reinforce the thumb position.

And Bach Invention 14 with a new way of articulating (after old teacher said it's not okay, but new teacher says it's perfectly okay and that's the way he would do it). I can attest that it's easier to learn a piece the right way the first time than to unlearn and relearn.... but I'm having fun.

RaggedKeyPresser I have a confession: sometimes when I'm struggling with a piece I think of your name, and I say to myself "just press the keys, just press the keys". It works :-)

Maybe give your old sheet music a miss and just download some public domain stuff from IMSLP? (Unless you're emotionally attached to your 1970s copy, in which case I understand).
Originally Posted by cathryn999


RaggedKeyPresser I have a confession: sometimes when I'm struggling with a piece I think of your name, and I say to myself "just press the keys, just press the keys". It works :-)

Maybe give your old sheet music a miss and just download some public domain stuff from IMSLP? (Unless you're emotionally attached to your 1970s copy, in which case I understand).


Hi Cathryn,
Yes fundamentally it's what it's all about (Pressing those keys). Although it can be done in infinite ways. smile

What I like a lot about my 70's book is the carefully worked out fingerings. I still learn a lot from studying those as well as the harmony, structure, counterpoint and all the rest.
It also has many additional pages with a wealth of additional information in how to play ornamentation in Bach's music, based on extensive research.

Bach intended these pieces as educational material for the students to learn from and also later to be able to write their own compositions.

Quote by J.S.Bach:
"Sincere Instruction in which lovers of keyboard music, and especially those desiring to learn and play, are shown a clear way not only 1.) to learn to play cleanly in two parts, but also after further progress 2.) to proceed correctly and well with three obbligato parts, and at the same time not only to compose good inventions, but to develop them well; but most of all to achieve a cantabile style in playing, and to acquire a taste for the elements of composition."

And yes, I'm also emotionally attached to this and other music books I have. It seems like such a shame to have them deteriorate to the point where everything is not readable.
An extra bonus is that I also learn advanced techniques in using Illustrator and to put it to good use!
RaggedKeyPresser and Cathryn.......you're doing well.......

17 & 18 February 2016

Wednesday.....playing among others Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis
Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis

Thursday, only playing for an hour at my work. Very busy days.........but the college where I work has a musicroom with a nice Yamaha digital. And I have a lot of sheetmusic at my office. grin Just lurking around Die Klassiker.....Margarete Babinsky
Die Klassiker von A bis Z

Best regards,
Johan B
19 February 2016

Tonight just one hour playing around in this book......just for fun grin smokin grin

Best songs ever

Best regards,
Johan B
I'm learning Chopin, Fantasie Impromptu. I'm a little slow. I am also playing Gravity by John Mayer and I'm still enjoying Bach BWV 971. Italienisches Konzert, Italian Concerto.
Hmmmm, let's see...

• The Swan..........Camille Saint-Saëns
• Memories..........Egbert Van Alstyne
• My Buddy..........Walter Donaldson
• Mr. Lucky...........Henry Mancini
• Memories Of Green...........Vangelis (from Blade Runner)
• *O Tannenbaum................Vince Guaraldi (*Charlie Brown Christmas)
• *Christmas Time Is Here......Vince Guaraldi
• *The Christmas Song..........Vince Guaraldi
• Some jazz and mAdMuSiC compositions I wrote years ago
• Various improvisational pieces

All told, 'a few hours behind the wheel this morning. Have a great day everybody :^)

Regards,
Andy

20 february 2016

Played several hours today. Played, among others, nearly the whole book of Sonatinen....composers Johann Baptist Vanhal and Jiri Antonin Benda (18th century)
Könemann, Sonatinen II

A lot of these Sonatinen can be found at imslp.org......
Vanhal, Sonatinen
Benda, Sonatinen

Worth to have a look and play.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

21 february 2016

Today whole day at home, very rainy day.......so plenty of playtime.....played among others...

In the morning studied six Fugas for organ of Vanhal
Six fugas, Vanhal
In the afternoon some Lyric Pieces, Grieg
Lyric pieces, Grieg (scroll down)
In the evening some Sonata parts, Haydn
Piano sonatas, Haydn

What did you play today? Did you have also your piano-day?

Best regards
Johan B
The first movement of the Waldstein is getting finally together, the last two pages are a B%%%%.
The second movement is "done" and I started the third... that will be a lot of fun.

Out of curiosity I took the old Czerny op 740 book and finally I was able to play the #1 above the indicated metronome mark... the last time I did it was about 2 years ago and I did top out at 72.... today I was able to hit 96 after 3 warm up rounds.... apparently all the work on my left hand did pay back.
Ataru, yes, Fantasie Impromptu is way too quick. I will play it through a few times a day and then put it away until summer- work on my left hand and my study and see what happens. cf
22 february 2016

Played music from this book.....
[b]Favourite Piano Classics, Agnes Lakos, Könemann[/b]

Nice music, among others Purcell, Zipoli, Muffat, Galuppi, Cimarosa, J.C.Bach.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I practiced three pieces, and I'm pretty sure none of you ever heard about them. For the baroque recital Bach's Fantasia and Fuga BWV904. This is an awesome piece of music, but not extremely difficult technically.
For the "Theme with variations" recital I work on the second movement of Schubert sonata Op.42. Only this movement takes at least 10 minutes to play, and I don't even dream about learning the whole sonata. But this one like all Schubert sonatas is very beautiful.
I also started studying a new piece, Faure's third nocturne. It is a very delicate piece, and I hope that I can perform it at a recital for a live audience in the end of April. If not, I' ll have to find something else for that event.
Originally Posted by curlyfries
Ataru, yes, Fantasie Impromptu is way too quick. I will play it through a few times a day and then put it away until summer- work on my left hand and my study and see what happens. cf

I think it is a good idea, my problems were linked to the speed of the 454 back and forth in the whole etude, slowing me down considerably...
several months of thrill drills, the whole Isidor philipp volume 1, and a bunch of other etudes, apparently did the work.

I never felt than playing something through gave me any improvement in the technique necessary to get it done...
Originally Posted by Ganddalf
Today I practiced three pieces, and I'm pretty sure none of you ever heard about them. For the baroque recital Bach's Fantasia and Fuga BWV904. This is an awesome piece of music, but not extremely difficult technically.
For the "Theme with variations" recital I work on the second movement of Schubert sonata Op.42. Only this movement takes at least 10 minutes to play, and I don't even dream about learning the whole sonata. But this one like all Schubert sonatas is very beautiful.
I also started studying a new piece, Faure's third nocturne. It is a very delicate piece, and I hope that I can perform it at a recital for a live audience in the end of April. If not, I' ll have to find something else for that event.


Ganddalf.......thanks.....you inspired me!!

You brought me back me to Bach, you were talking about BWV904......I knew the Fantasia....so I took a look in my 'kind of organized library of sheet music' ( and there is a lot..... confused) and found another nice Fuga.....BWV947......same kind of work in a minor.

Kind regards,
Johan B

23 February 2016

Played among others.......Bach, Fuga BWV 947....... Real Bach!! 3hearts

Bach, Fuga BWV 947

What did you play today?
24 & 25 february 2016

Yesterday and today only about half an hour time to play.....very busy with my work

Some Buxtehude and of course my new favourite Bach Fuga bwv 947......

Only one day to go.......and there will be holidays for one week..... 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
For me, Czerny, 299, School of Velocity. I have to say, today.. heart heart
26 February 2016

Tonight playing various classic from the books of Margarete Babinsky, among others June Bacarole, Herbstlied of Tschaikowsky, music of Niels Gade, Beethoven etc.......

Die Klassiker von A bis Z

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
27 February 2016

Started this morning one hour playing around this book......
Best Songs Ever

In the afternoon played the book 'First Concert Pieces II', Haydn-Beethoven, Könemann
First Concert Pieces II, Könemann[/b]

In the evening played among others my actual favourite Fuga A minor, Bach BWV 947
[b]Fuga A minor, BWV947 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
28 february 2016

Today visited my my wife's brother and his wife in another part of the country......he has a classical digital organ, two manuals and full pedal........so I played for more hours Bach and Buxtehude......nice afternoon......

Best regards,
Johan B
29 February 2016

In the afternoon some friends visited us......so playing around all kind of music....

In the evening studied at three nice Bach pieces.....
Bach, Fantasie & Fuge BWV 904[/b] and.....
[b]Bach, Fuga BWV 947

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
I took a look at the music for the Fuga A Minor. It looks like three hands are required to play this piece.

I was able to read the music while following along with a video for maybe 10 seconds and then I was SO lost I had to look away.

:o))

Originally Posted by MooseNotes
I took a look at the music for the Fuga A Minor. It looks like three hands are required to play this piece.

I was able to read the music while following along with a video for maybe 10 seconds and then I was SO lost I had to look away.

:o))



Hi Moosenotes,

It's just to play with two hands....... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
1 March 2016

Today less time to play..........only studied for half an hour Fantasie & fuga A minor, Bach BWV 904

Best regards,
Johan B
2 March 2016

Perhaps an idea for you?.....played today a lot of the Keyboard Suites of Händel.....

Händel, Keyboard Suites

Very nice baroque suites...... 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
3 March 2016

Today got two books that I had ordered at the library........
J.S.Bach Sonaten
[b]J.S.Bach Suiten, Sonaten, Capriccios, Varationen[/b]

Especially the Sonaten BWV 964-966 are very nice.

A minor: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue, intermediate Bach and beautiful

D minor: Andante, beautiful, did not know this work, I was impressed.....play it a little cantabile......it's just like a nice story...... 3hearts

Look around in the next links......

BWV 964
BWV 965
BWV 966

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
3 March 2016

Today got two books that I had ordered at the library........
J.S.Bach Sonaten
J.S.Bach Suiten, Sonaten, Capriccios, Varationen[/b]

Especially the Sonaten BWV 964-966 are very nice.

A minor: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue, intermediate Bach and beautiful

D minor: Andante, beautiful, did not know this work, I was impressed.....play it a little cantabile......it's just like a nice story...... 3hearts

Look around in the next links......

BWV 964
BWV 965
BWV 966

Best regards,
Johan B


[b]4 March 2016

Today played Bach, Bach and Bach.....did I mention Bach......?

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
5 & 6 March 2016

Played again much Bach........today also some other baroque

Pachebel, Hexachordum Apollinis[/b]
[b]Muffat, Partitas

Worth to have a look at......

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Back to a steady diet of Czerny again for now.
Next break will likely be for Bach's 2-part Inv. #3.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
Back to a steady diet of Czerny again for now.
Next break will likely be for Bach's 2-part Inv. #3.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Bach's Inventions.......nice....

Kind regards,
Johan B
The other day I received my copy of 150 greatest songs ever. WAY too thick to manage. My dear friend and binder reinvented it for me into four color coded books with about 40 songs in each one. Some wonderful classic love songs and old popular stuff in there...just the kind my husband likes.

SO...I played a couple from there. I played by Bach Sarabande (and recorded it for first try). I played a baroque piece from the level 4 book...can't remember the composer (I call him Billy Bab). I played scales and chords and I worked on the Mozart Viennese Sonatina #6 that I will play way too soon with my teacher's piano group.

The time goes all too quickly
7 March 2016

Played among others........Buxtehude......

Buxtehude

Best regards,
Johan B
8 March 2016

Tonight two very different styles......Jazz and baroque....
Jazz standards
Buxtehude, Suites and more

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B


9 March 2016

Today less time to play......busy, busy, work, work......

Only played some Correli from this book
Corelli-album

Best regards,
Johan B
Spend the last two days learning a short piece from Grieg called Smatroll. The main difficulty is to quickly play RH fingers 1 then 2 then 3+5 then 2 then 1 in various keys. It's a fun exercise.
I'm playing one of the Gavottas for the Baroque recital. :o)
"Hit me with your best shot" for the coming pop recital. Its fun to pull it about a bit. . but not easy to remember what you finally decide upon. .
Originally Posted by peterws
"Hit me with your best shot" for the coming pop recital. Its fun to pull it about a bit. . but not easy to remember what you finally decide upon. .


You're teasing your hair for this, right?
Started on Waltz in A Minor, by that Polish bloke as a parallel piece.
Have memorized the 1st 4 bars.
Easy when you associate it with a step-wise bass motion, always moving up from the lowest note A.
A-D-G-C...For the chords Am-Dm-G7-C.
The melody can be played as heard in the musical memory.
Am:I C:II-V7-I (temporary modulation)
Harmonic movement sequentially up a perfect 4th each time. The strongest harmonic movement in music.
The perfect cadence V-I is a prime example.
Originally Posted by Whizbang
Originally Posted by peterws
"Hit me with your best shot" for the coming pop recital. Its fun to pull it about a bit. . but not easy to remember what you finally decide upon. .


You're teasing your hair for this, right?


My hairs a 2 and a 3. Razor cut, beloved by ole fellas. Cheap, youre in and out in a few minutes and. . .You never EVER need to comb it!.

Teasing is out of the question. . .
10 March 2016

Hard working today at my college........but took a brake and played the Yamaha digital piano in the musicroom for one hour from these books....

Die Klassiker von A bis Z
Editor:
Margarete Babinsky

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
11 March 2016

Today played among others parts of Waldszenen and some other small works of Robert Schumann

Waldszenen, Schumann

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
12 March 2016

Today, just as yesterday, played a lot of smaller Schumann' works.....

Best regards,
Johan B
13 & 14 March 2016

These days played among others Jazz standards and lurked around in the works of...
Music of Michel Le Grand

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
13 & 14 March 2016

These days played among others Jazz standards and lurked around in the works of...
Music of Michel Le Grand

Best regards,
Johan B


Umbrellas of Cherbourg! Les Demoiselles de Rochefort!
Vivid colors, vivid music. Thanks for the shout-out for a great composer.
Hope you are enjoying it.
15 March 2016

Today......back to Bach.......played a lot of the master.....among others studied

Fuga, J.S.Bach BWV947

Best regards,
Johan B
I had an (for me) intensive practice session.
Started a new piece today, this time a 32-bar long piece. A mixture of 16th note runs, and 16th note figures slurred and arpeggiated into staccato 8th notes, in some places to a span of an octave.
Developed a special turn of the wrist for this in order to play it rapidly.

Also plenty of scalar and arpeggiated 16th note runs for both L and R hand.
Did this on the acoustic piano, which felt very resistant an unresponsive at first. It's been in hibernation over the winter and the room is still chilly.

I grew to like the KX-88 that I've used most of the winter and the responsive string dampers of the software pianos.

I played through the whole piece BH several times, and worked on all sections individually up to tempo.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I had an (for me) intensive practice session.
Started a new piece today, this time a 32-bar long piece. A mixture of 16th note runs, and 16th note figures slurred and arpeggiated into staccato 8th notes, in some places to a span of an octave.
Developed a special turn of the wrist for this in order to play it rapidly.

Also plenty of scalar and arpeggiated 16th note runs for both L and R hand.
Did this on the acoustic piano, which felt very resistant an unresponsive at first. It's been in hibernation over the winter and the room is still chilly.

I grew to like the KX-88 that I've used most of the winter and the responsive string dampers of the software pianos.

I played through the whole piece BH several times, and worked on all sections individually up to tempo.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Please, tell us more.....what's the name and composer of the piece?

Kind regards,
Johan B
16 March 2016

Today played Fuga, Bach BWV 947 and BWV 907 and some Suites of Böhm, so nice to play, bachlike baroque music

Böhm, Volume 2 (look for Suites)

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
17 March 2016

Tonight played Bach.......especially paid attention at BWV 905, Fantasia & Fuga D minor......so nice...... 3hearts

[b]Bach, Fantasia & Fuga D minor BWV 905[/b]

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

I'm working on the Little Beggar, Op. 123, No. 2, Gretchaninoff smile
18 & 19 March 2016

Two days some hours working at Bach's Fantasias and Fugas

BWV 903-908

He's the master of baroque......

Best regards,
Johan B
20 March 2016

Some hours Bach......just like yesterday....

Best regards,
Johan B
Schönberg - Opus 19
Martinu - Columbine Dances
Debussy - Album leaf
I recorded this yesterday, very exciting ;0 hehe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJFymq911Ow

21 March 2016

Today played among others many Mozart Sonata parts........

And my Bach favourite........
Pastorale BWV 590 part 3

Best regards,
Johan B
22 March 2016

Today time to polish a number of Sonata parts of Haydn.....look for example the second part of Hob xvi 31, Allegreto......... 3hearts

Haydn Hob xvi 31

Very nice melody-line in the bass........the brush and palette of the maestro..

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
23 March 2016

Today back to Bach again.......

Bach BWV 903-908

Nice to give it a trial.......

What did you play today? Any suggestions for us?

Best regards,
Johan B
So I thought I would try something new and create a "Daily Something" YouTube playlist. The idea is to record something everyday, anything, related to playing the piano. I told myself it doesn't need to be perfect, just play something you're currently working on. There will be mistakes, hopefully little, but who cares, right? smile I'm hoping this will eliminate the near death experience of being recorded. I figure if you do it enough times, you eventually won't care.

To start, I recorded some work on Triad Inversions. Exciting, right?
Originally Posted by bSharp[C
yclist]So I thought I would try something new and create a "Daily Something" YouTube playlist. The idea is to record something everyday, anything, related to playing the piano. I told myself it doesn't need to be perfect, just play something you're currently working on. There will be mistakes, hopefully little, but who cares, right? smile I'm hoping this will eliminate the near death experience of being recorded. I figure if you do it enough times, you eventually won't care.

To start, I recorded some work on Triad Inversions. Exciting, right?


SharpCyclist.....everybody makes mistakes, I suppose.....I do not count them...hihi....LOL

Kind regards,
Johan B
24 March 2016

Tonight just played a few works of Schumann......among others....some parts of

Schumann, Waldszenen

Best regards,
Johan B
My attempt for the day. I don't think recording yourself gets easier. It seems it's harder now. Slipped up at the end, well, because, you know that the end is coming, your heart starts racing and you think the whole world is watching you, when in fact nobody really cares, lol. Maybe I need to stop drinking so much coffee.

After listening to it, I do need to slow it down - at least during recording mode. I'm pretty sure I play it at slower tempo when not recording myself.

[video:youtube]fKNPChqGwGw[/video]
This was assigned this past Saturday (from Alfred's Vol 2). I'll play it worse tomorrow at practice ;0

Originally Posted by bSharp[C
yclist]This was assigned this past Saturday (from Alfred's Vol 2). I'll play it worse tomorrow at practice ;0



You're doing well..... thumb....go on.....

Kind regards,
Johan B
25 & 26 March 2016

Playing baroque......among others.....

Muffat, Partitas

Best regards,
Johan B

Originally Posted by Johan B


You're doing well..... thumb....go on.....

Kind regards,
Johan B


Thanks smile The feedback I got today during practice was to pay attention to dynamics and there are areas that could be more legato.
27 March 2016

Played today among others.......Pachelbel....great composer.....can not stop loving baroque-music.... 3hearts

[b]Pachelbel, Hexachordum Apollinis[/b]

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
I haven't been playing for long (I'm about halfway through Alfred's adult beginner book 1) but I've been trying to learn Arietta (from the ABRSM grade 1 book). The song has is a lot harder to learn than I thought it'd be! Gonna keep practicing it for sure.
28 March 2016

This morning started Easter monday with.......

Zipoli, Suites mmmm.....nice.....

Interesting under-rated composer-Jesuit.......should have been a joyous priest..... grin grin
Bio Zipoli

Best regards,
Johan B
28 March 2016 (rest of the day)

After playing in the morning Zipoli Suites.....in the afternoon and evening only playing more of this fine baroque composer......

[b]Zipoli, Sonate d'intavolatura[/b] Verso's & Canzona's....mmmm

Just a Zipoli day....... grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B

Started to learn a Beethoven Russian Folk Song. I can play both parts separately but need to practice playing them together! Played some more of Arietta today too. I got the first 4 bars down to speed. Hoping to have it all done by the end of the week.
Working on some II-V voicings for Satin Doll. Also came across a super cool arrangement of Moonlight Sonata together with Cole Porter's Night and Day. Found this in a old issue of Keyboard Classics magazine. Also came across Brazilian Prelude based on Chopin's Prelude No. 4 in E minor. Pretty cool stuff and a blast to play.
Originally Posted by Azunyan
Started to learn a Beethoven Russian Folk Song. I can play both parts separately but need to practice playing them together! Played some more of Arietta today too. I got the first 4 bars down to speed. Hoping to have it all done by the end of the week.


Practiced these both some more today. Got half of the folk song down!
I played Little Richard's Tutti-Frutti in C major...

Of course, it ain't Tutti-Frutti unless you play it and sing it too; and, you have to get the "Wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bom-bom" just right.

Sometimes I change it around a bit to "wop-bop-a-doo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom", but either way it sounds nice.

It put a smile on my face and a gleam in my eye for a little while. smile

Rick
29 March - 1 April

Played a lot of baroque music these days......among others Keyboard Suites of Händel......very nice to play.....

Händel, Keyboard Suites

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
2 April 2016

Today again a baroque-day,....a lot of Händel and made a start at Bach Partita A minor BWV 827......not easy but beautiful.....

Bach Partita A Minor BWV 827

Will be continued tomorrow.....

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Sadly, I was painting a CEILING....my least favorite thing to do! Painting pictures would be much more fun, though I might get more paint on MYSELF than on the canvas! LOL!!!!
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Sadly, I was painting a CEILING....my least favorite thing to do! Painting pictures would be much more fun, though I might get more paint on MYSELF than on the canvas! LOL!!!!


Painting the ceiling.....mmmmm....arghhh...hel of a job

Kind regards
Johan B
3 April 2016

Less time to play......only one hour working at the Partita of Bach......

Best regards,
Johan B
4 April 2016

Today among others Bach...........Bach takes time......Partita A minor......

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.


BWV 999.........very nice to play...very nice to hear....

Kind regards,
Johan B

5 April 2016
Tonight I will work at the Partita of Bach.
JB
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I was working on the piano intro to Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is" in honor of its 30th birthday. I also played some scales, arpeggios, and cadences. My arm felt very tired after painting a lot this week, so I didn't play any of my classical stuff or other pop stuff.


Painting pictures or the house.....? Sometimes work interrupts music bothersome....lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B


Sadly, I was painting a CEILING....my least favorite thing to do! Painting pictures would be much more fun, though I might get more paint on MYSELF than on the canvas! LOL!!!!


You should try painting on the computer. No mess, easy colour selection, its much better than either oils (yeeeuck) or poster paints (guache) and it costs nothing. . . no brushes to clean. . smile
Originally Posted by keysandpaws
Today I spent some more time on "The Way It Is" and my Bach Little Prelude in C Minor BWV 999. I also sightread a Brahm's Ballade, and lightly played through my other somewhat easier songs from my Level 6 Alfred Premier books.


We must hear the Bruce Hornby offering. I have the music, but its been years since I tried (failed) that solo. . .

I wrote out a new song. Fiddling wi nice sounding arpeggios and harmonies. But it went badly out of control. And now I wrote it down, I realise how undisciplined I am when trying (l) to play the dam thing! How hard it is to play yer own songs. . snot fair!
I spent most of my time today working out of my Alfred Premier Level 6 books. I have to admit that I love the music in my "kid" books and will be kind of sad to graduate from them someday since I think the sequencing and coordination of them gives some kind of structure to my practice. I really, really wish they'd make a Level 7.
I guess I'll join this since it looks like fun to see what everyone else is practicing!

I'm really trying to work on a lot of pieces at the same time so sometimes it feels like I'm not progressing at all on some pieces.

April 5th

1. Mozart 12 Variations on Vous-Dirai Je Maman (but most ppl know it as the tune of twinkle twinkle little star).
- Ironing out many small aspects of phrasing and especially ornaments in the first 6 variations. I
- In the middle of learning to play the 7th variation smoothly and up to speed.
- Just beginning to learn the 8th variation, only practiced the first line of that one.

2. Balakirev The Lark
- I didn't play this piece for a while and I'm forgetting some of it.
- Worked on 1st page melody and especially left hand evenness, no dropping notes
- I'm somewhat stuck on the huge run of arpeggios and scales after the beginning melody. I've been working on this repeatedly, but need to consult my teacher since I don't feel much progress.
- The next section first 4 bars, especially right hand scale run, left hand melody bars

3. Art Tatum's arrangement of Tea for Two
- This piece is pretty hard for me.. I'm having trouble having to roll the 10th he uses so often while needing to hit a 4 note chord right after quickly
- Also stuck on the first run on the first page

4. Chopin Etude Op 10 No 3
- Just started this at the end of last day's practice just for fun since I know the melody well
- Played first page to try to learn the notes

I haven't had a lesson since January since my teacher had to take a leave of absence for some family stuff. My first lesson is going to be this Friday after the long break so I have to decide what to play for her this week! I really wish I had more lesson time so probably in the summer I'm going to propose 2 lessons a week to get comments on all my pieces.
7 April 2016

Today re-polishing my Mozart ones.......played among others Variations 'Dieu d' amour'....so nice......worth to look after and play....
[b]Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour, KV352[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
7 April 2016

Today re-polishing my Mozart ones.......played among others Variations 'Dieu d' amour'....so nice......worth to look after and play....
Mozart, Variations Dieu d'amour, KV352[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B


I haven't heard this variation before so I went to listen to it online. I love it! If my next Mozart isn't already decided to be the K331 sonata I might consider learning this. I also really enjoy the Duport variations.

[b]April 7 2016

Balakirev The Lark
- practiced the first run more, I think I might be getting slightly better?
- Spent quite a long time trying to coordinate the right hand run with left hand melody

Mozart 12 Variations on Ah Dirai-je Vous Maman
- slow practice of variation 7's one section that I keep stumbling on
- still didn't get to finish learning variation 8 (urg!)

Chopin Etude Op 10 No 5
- working on first page and trying to really make melody stand out and sound beautiful despite the many inner chord notes for the right hand

Chopin Nocturne Op 55 no 1
- haven't practiced this piece in weeks.. now find myself not performing the trills with accuracy but worked on them
- still ironing out arpeggios at the end

By the way, it was mentioned in another thread there's an app called Music Journal that looks like a great way to log our practice sessions. I believe you can track time per piece by adding all the pieces into the app that you're learning and write notes on practice and such. I haven't downloaded the app yet, but I will today to try!
8 April 2016

Tonight played some Buxtehude.......nice baroque music....try for example Canzonettes
Buxtehude

Best regards,
Johan B
April 8

Thought I'd upload a few videos from today. They're short 15-30 seconds each.

Balakirev The Lark

Still stuck on this section's right hand coordination with left land melody! Not satisfied with the right hand cleanness or left hand expression of melody, plus not up to speed.

[video:youtube]QlywCtlzLD4[/video]


Chopin Op 10 No 3

I just started this piece a few days ago although I've heard it many many times before and maybe that's helping me learn it. This is the first tiny snippet, I start to make mistakes after this line but I feel pretty good about this piece considering I've spent significantly less time on it than for example the Tatum.

[video:youtube]csXLS_zXHlc[/video]


Tatum Tea for Two

Argh! This is literally the hardest piece I've learnt I think. Maybe I'm not used to jazz runs and jumping huge 4-5 note chords but I've been practicing this page for at least 2 weeks intermittently and I'm still not doing very well! The run after was impossible for me to do it right to capture on video. I find it so much more difficult than the classical pieces I'm learning...

[video:youtube]eLFdogTP8JI[/video]

9 April 2016

Today spend about three hours at......Haydn Sonatas
Haydn, Sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
9 April 2016

Today spend about three hours at......Haydn Sonatas
Haydn, Sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B


10 April 2016

Today continued the Haydn journey........

JB

11 April 2016

Haydn sonatas......beautiful......today polishing

Haydn, Sonata Hob XVI nr 24

...........part two, my favourite of the day......

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
11 April 2016

Haydn sonatas......beautiful......today polishing

Haydn, Sonata Hob XVI nr 24

...........part two, my favourite of the day......

Best regards,
Johan B


12 & 13 April 2016

Still working on Haydn sonatas......

Best regards,
Johan B

Silent Night. Well, I think it's someone's arrangement. The original is probably tougher with more chords.
14 April 2016

Tonight played some parts of The Great Suites of Händel......

Händel, Suites

Best regards,
Johan B
14 April

Fur Elise, Mozart fantasie in d minor, Bach Well Tempered Clavier. About 1 hour in total, not much time today.

fluffy
Originally Posted by fluffy1
14 April

Fur Elise, Mozart fantasie in d minor, Bach Well Tempered Clavier. About 1 hour in total, not much time today.

fluffy


Fluffy.......well done........it's not the time or performance urge.......piano is fun, enjoy music....


15 April 2016

Just played some twenty minutes the H&H.........some Haydn and some Händel...

Best regards,
Johan B
I played a little Sonatina in C Major this afternoon, in preparation for tomorrow's lesson. I'm not going to touch it again until then smile

Just Saying I am going to be lauching Daily piano advice as mentioned.
Feel free to stick around on twitter to get the daily piano advice news feed. And let's start : Good luck and Great music to everyone !
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March - Chopin Ballade No. 1.
April - Chopin Ballade No. 1
May - Chopin Ballade No. 1
June - Chopin Ballade No. 1
July - Europe trip
August - Chopin Ballade No. 1
September - Chopin Ballade No. 1
October - Chopin Ballade No. 1?
November - Chopin Ballade No. 1?
December - Chopin Ballade No. 1?
January - Exam pieces: Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Ravel.
16 April 2016

Two hours playing.....
Haydn, Sonatas

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
17 April

well tempered clavier
eine kleine nachtmusik

I will master this last one, it is such fun to play and really lifts my spirits.

fluffy
x
17 April 2016

Played Händel Suites & Haydn Sonatas......my favourites these days......

Best regards,
Johan B
18 April 2016

Today played something totally different for me......this book from my bookcase....

Gershwin, Songs

Best regards,
Johan B
18 April

Well tempered clavier
Fur elise
Eine kleine nachtmusik

pleased with my progress on this last one today. Ordered scales and arpeggios book just to freshen up my finger work. Maybe tomorrow might play Solfegietti (sp?) I like it a lot.

fluffy
19 April 2016

Today very busy at my college, giving study advices to students and their parents. Between some conversations I visited the musicroom and played from these books (always at my office...hihi)

[b]Die Klassiker, Margarete Babinsky[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B
20 April 2016

Today working a few hours at the Partitas of Bach.....

Best regards,
Johan B
Wed 20th April

spent some time just studying phrasing, finger placement and timing on Eine kleine nacht musik, then actually about 40mins playing it.

Stole a quick look at Chopin minute walz, but decided it would require too much of my attention at the moment so will leave it for later.

A little play of Solfeggietto (very slowly) and well tempered clavier, Fur Elise just as a warm up.

My scales and arpeggio book should come today so I'm looking forward to that.

Fluffy
Yesterday I played a bit of Ray Charles' "I can't stop lovin you" in C major. I love all the Ray Charles tunes. I play my version of "Georgia on my mind" in F major. I believe that is the key it is written in. Of course, anything I play is either my version/cover, or my own arrangement/song. I wouldn't be ashamed to play either of those tunes in public if the opportunity ever arises.

I'm working on a new boogie-woogie/blues arrangement I'll call "contemporary boogie". It still needs a lot of polishing, but it's a bit different than anything I've heard, and it puts a smile on my face every time I play it. smile

Rick
I'm finally fully moved into my new apartment after a move from New York to Chicago. Over the past week, I've finally resettled into a practice routine.

I'm working on:

"Laura" - The Alfred's Book 1 version. Learned this nearly a year ago, but am currently relearning to just help get back in the swing of things. Plus I really like the warm sounding seventh chords in it.

"Loch Lomond" - Alfred's Book 2 version. I skipped way ahead in the book just because I like the tune. Not too tough to learn, and I've been practicing it off and on for about a month. Rededicated myself to it this week and have made a ton of progress. Have the whole thing note perfect and am now working on expressiveness and emotion.

"Autumn Leaves" - Found the study group in this very forum, so I've been working my way through. Playing jazz standards from a lead sheet is pretty much my holy grail for piano. This is giving me fits though. I found the only way I can learn is by treating it like a normal piece (approaching in small sections, repeating, moving on, then joining them up), and it's frustrating. Though one thing I've found for other pieces is the more I play it, the more I discover little chances for improvisation and messing with the rhythm. I'm doing this with Loch Lomond and it sound great. There comes a time when everything clicks, becomes automatic, and you can really add your own style and flair from there.

I keep coming back to one thing. Patience. Patience is king. Patience with discipline is everything in this hobby.
Originally Posted by joename
I'm finally fully moved into my new apartment after a move from New York to Chicago. Over the past week, I've finally resettled into a practice routine.

I'm working on:

"Laura" - The Alfred's Book 1 version. Learned this nearly a year ago, but am currently relearning to just help get back in the swing of things. Plus I really like the warm sounding seventh chords in it.

"Loch Lomond" - Alfred's Book 2 version. I skipped way ahead in the book just because I like the tune. Not too tough to learn, and I've been practicing it off and on for about a month. Rededicated myself to it this week and have made a ton of progress. Have the whole thing note perfect and am now working on expressiveness and emotion.

"Autumn Leaves" - Found the study group in this very forum, so I've been working my way through. Playing jazz standards from a lead sheet is pretty much my holy grail for piano. This is giving me fits though. I found the only way I can learn is by treating it like a normal piece (approaching in small sections, repeating, moving on, then joining them up), and it's frustrating. Though one thing I've found for other pieces is the more I play it, the more I discover little chances for improvisation and messing with the rhythm. I'm doing this with Loch Lomond and it sound great. There comes a time when everything clicks, becomes automatic, and you can really add your own style and flair from there.

I keep coming back to one thing. Patience. Patience is king. Patience with discipline is everything in this hobby.


Congrats to your new apartment........and yes.......Patience........scarce article for me grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B

21 April 2016

Very busy today........at 22.30 playing for half an hour.....some parts of Partitas of Bach.....and my favourite.....part three of J.S. Bach 'Pastorale'
Bach, Pastorale BWV 590

JB
Today I discovered that the library down the street from work has six piano practice rooms! I went straight away at lunch time and struggled my way through a practice session. I play on a digital at home with headphones on. Playing aloud without headphones on the acoustic caught me off guard and caused me to tense way up.

What did I play?

Bach's Prelude in C (a recital piece from a few months ago), Laura (Alfred's 1) and Loch Lomond (Alfred's 2).

Not discouraged. I'll be going back every lunch time to get over this fear of playing aloud.
Originally Posted by joename
Today I discovered that the library down the street from work has six piano practice rooms! I went straight away at lunch time and struggled my way through a practice session. I play on a digital at home with headphones on. Playing aloud without headphones on the acoustic caught me off guard and caused me to tense way up.

What did I play?

Bach's Prelude in C ( a recital piece for me a few months ago), Laura (Alfred's 1) and Loch Lomond (Alfred's 2).

Not discouraged. I'll be going back every lunch time to get over this fear of playing aloud.


Wow that's an unbelievable discovery!! In my city there's little to no practice rooms even for rent for the general public, the universities don't rent out practice rooms unless school is not in session. You're incredibly lucky!
Originally Posted by Michiyo-Fir
Originally Posted by joename
Today I discovered that the library down the street from work has six piano practice rooms! I went straight away at lunch time and struggled my way through a practice session. I play on a digital at home with headphones on. Playing aloud without headphones on the acoustic caught me off guard and caused me to tense way up.

What did I play?

Bach's Prelude in C ( a recital piece for me a few months ago), Laura (Alfred's 1) and Loch Lomond (Alfred's 2).

Not discouraged. I'll be going back every lunch time to get over this fear of playing aloud.


Wow that's an unbelievable discovery!! In my city there's little to no practice rooms even for rent for the general public, the universities don't rent out practice rooms unless school is not in session. You're incredibly lucky!


I was overjoyed when I found that it both existed, and was nearby! This will easily allow me to add another 30 minutes a day of practicing.
For the past two years up to January I stuck to a mind numbing routine of learning to sight read, without memorizing a single song because of lack of time for both. My sight reading got a little better but my playing got worse. I'm still not sure if it was worth it.

For the past 3 months I've been learning songs from George's Winston songbook: Walking in the Air, Lullaby. Lullaby is what I'm learning now. Perfect summer song.
Also: Saving Mr. Banks Chim Chim Cheree (east wind).
These songs are a bit simple, but a good warm up for me for my way going forward.

Planned for the rest of the year: Skating by Vince Guaraldi, and Carol of the Bells (also by George Winston). Yep, I'm learning at a rate timed for seasonal performances...for myself if no one else.
Originally Posted by DavidCox
For the past two years up to January I stuck to a mind numbing routine of learning to sight read, without memorizing a single song because of lack of time for both. My sight reading got a little better but my playing got worse. I'm still not sure if it was worth it.

For the past 3 months I've been learning songs from George's Winston songbook: Walking in the Air, Lullaby. Lullaby is what I'm learning now. Perfect summer song.
Also: Saving Mr. Banks Chim Chim Cheree (east wind).
These songs are a bit simple, but a good warm up for me for my way going forward.

Planned for the rest of the year: Skating by Vince Guaraldi, and Carol of the Bells (also by George Winston). Yep, I'm learning at a rate timed for seasonal performances...for myself if no one else.


Sightreading seems like one of those keys to progressing more quickly. I'm still very much a beginner, so being able to more easily read music is hugely appealing to me. The practice is such a slog though...
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Sightreading seems like one of those keys to progressing more quickly. I'm still very much a beginner, so being able to more easily read music is hugely appealing to me. The practice is such a slog though...

Learning how to sightread was exciting to me as well, especially with the carrot of shorter time to learn a song hanging in front of me. I did like the process of these lessons, but it sure is nice to be playing actual music again. I'm not sure, but I think that I can read the music a little easier now. The level two and below music isn't a problem now, but anything harder and I'm back to note by note practically. I did try every method under the sun to learn the sightreading.
23 April 2016

Started in the morning with Haydn Sonatas......
Haydn, Sonatas

And ended the evening with
[b]Böhm, Sammtliche werke: among others some nice Suites[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B
Unearthed that sickly sweet song "You Raise me Up" which I just love to hate.

I heard it played brilliantly. And so. . .

Here I go!! Hard work ahead, but I hope to learn from it. And from the performers who are half my age, nay. . even a quarter!

Wish me luck hahahaharder than most classics Ive tried to date. . . grin

We got a lot to thank Youtube for.
24 April 2016

Only playing for half an hour........Some Inventionen and two Simfoniettas, Bach.

Best regards,
Johan B
25 April 2016

Played among others........

[b]The complete piano player dinner jazz[/b]

........something totally different for me....normally playing classical........ grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
JohannB. I'm back from temp job. Where can I find more of Domemico Zipoli's works? Thanks
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
JohannB. I'm back from temp job. Where can I find more of Domemico Zipoli's works? Thanks


Hi Isabelle, look at part one organ and part two cembalo works.....nice to play at the piano....

Zipoli

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johan. Thanks
A little Bach, not very well though. His music tends to make me want to pull my hair out.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
A little Bach, not very well though. His music tends to make me want to pull my hair out.


Isabelle, by your question I played a lot of Zipoli's these days.......

Best regards,

Johan B

Johan, I'm planning to work through Zipoli's music. It is so very pleasing to the ear and heart!
29 April 2016

Today polishing my Jazz standards and all kind of contemporary music and evergreens.....

Jazz standards

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
29 April 2016

Today polishing my Jazz standards and all kind of contemporary music and evergreens.....

Jazz standards

Best regards,
Johan B


Johan, you keep polishing those Jazz standards. Before long we will be seeing you at New Orleans Jazz Fest on the Economy Hall Stage. That's where I spent most of today. Can't play Jazz, but love to listene to it.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
29 April 2016

Today polishing my Jazz standards and all kind of contemporary music and evergreens.....

Jazz standards

Best regards,
Johan B


Johan, you keep polishing those Jazz standards. Before long we will be seeing you at New Orleans Jazz Fest on the Economy Hall Stage. That's where I spent most of today. Can't play Jazz, but love to listene to it.


30 April 2016
Isabelle,

These Jazz Standards are not so hard to play.......today played a lot of simular books...

Kind regards,
Johan B
Today Telemann, and tried a little Leyenda by Albeniz. Heard that performed at Jazz Fest this week. Sounds hard, but it really isn't.
1 - 5 May 2016

Played all kind of baroque music Corelli, Bach........and also these nice variations of Rameau's Les Sauvages bij Jean Francois Tapray......very nice to play....

[b]Tapray, Variations Les Sauvages of Rameau[/b]

Worth to have a try......

What did you play to day?

Best regards,
Johan B
5/4: stuck on Mozart last few days. Sight reading, but definitely not at speed as allegro or presto, but enjoying the challenge.

5/5: plan to get back to Zipoli. Thanks to Johan B.
6 May 2016

Less time to play today....very busy at home doing all kind of house-things.....among others cleaned and polished our two cars since long times....

So in the evening only playing a few of my favourite suites of Händel, G minor, D minor....
Maybe next day more time to play...I hope

Best regards,
Johan B
5/6: Mozart bits of a sonata, here and there. Beethoven 5th piano concerto, second movement, a little here and there. I enjoyed the sounds, and the reading was challenging. Still not sure who I'll settle on.
5/7 a little Mozart, for about 30 minutes or so. Focused on bringing out the right hand. I can do that in the day time!!! Worked with metronome also.

Johan, are we the only ones who post here???
7 May 2016

Played a lot today....among others......

Sonatine, [b]Sternberg (Russian composer)[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B
9 May 2016

It seemed today that my fingers were cross on my hands......so I decided to play a serie of progressive Sonatines of Jan Krittel Vanhal and Georg Anton Benda. I use them more when I have a bad piano-day to recover..... grin grin
Sonatinen II

Some of them are also available at IMSLP
Vanhal
Benda

Best regards,
Johan B



10 May 2016

Tonight I played about twelve of my favourite Sonata parts of 'papa' Haydn, yes, the man with the pipe.....

Haydn, Sonatas

.....lurk around and play.....it's worth to try.....

Best regards,
Johan B
14 May 2016

Today played again more than three hours......Haydn Sonatas.......so nice.....sometimes I think his Sonatas are more interesting than those of Mozart (oeps.....can I say that loud blush blush)

Best regards,
Johan B
15 May 2016

Today a lot of time to play........among others......

Friedrich Kuhlau, Six Sonatines opus 55, nice to play........not very difficult.......the composer with one eye, lost his eye during skating....

Friedrich Kuhlau, Six Sonatines opus 55[/b]

And [b]John Field, Nocturne-The troubadour H.55 and Nocturne 8 E minor H46....they called him Drunk John, Irish composer and went to Russia,....from whiskey to wodka, died of too much wodka....

John Field

Also composers with a problem made nice music..... wink wink

Best regards,

Johan B
16 May 2016

Just like yesterday.......Kuhlau and Field.....but also a lot of Muzio Clementi, teacher of Field......

Best regards,
Johan B
18 May 2016

Today lurking around in this Educational Series of Russian Music

Russian Music

Nice to take a look......

Best regards,
Johan B
Decided last week to try and get back some pieces I learned 20 plus years ago. Focus now on Beethoven Op. 14, No 2. Months ago when I tried this it was a complete disaster. In my mind it was gone. Retrying and having more success. Separating problem areas with focused practice, trying to be more analytical about it. Maybe I will awaken the part of my brain that has my old music in storage. One can hope.
25 May 2016

Sorry, I did not post music ideas for several days........this evening I played a lot of Sonata parts of Joseph Haydn......so nice.....

You know there is enough to play..... grin grin

Sonatas, Haydn

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
so many obscure but great suggestions, Johan

keep it up, I always find something of interest in this thread smile
Originally Posted by Johan B

And John Field, Nocturne-The troubadour H.55 and Nocturne 8 E minor H46....they called him Drunk John, Irish composer and went to Russia,....from whiskey to wodka, died of too much wodka....

John Field

Also composers with a problem made nice music..... wink wink

Best regards,

Johan B


haha, good one

yes, the first time I listened to Fields nocturnes, I finally discovered Chopin's inspiration. Liszt wrote about them.

vodka is a vital necessity in those cold regions smile
Originally Posted by Doritos Flavoured
Originally Posted by Johan B

And John Field, Nocturne-The troubadour H.55 and Nocturne 8 E minor H46....they called him Drunk John, Irish composer and went to Russia,....from whiskey to wodka, died of too much wodka....

John Field

Also composers with a problem made nice music..... wink wink

Best regards,

Johan B


haha, good one

yes, the first time I listened to Fields nocturnes, I finally discovered Chopin's inspiration. Liszt wrote about them.

vodka is a vital necessity in those cold regions smile


LOL..... grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
It's just after midnight here and I just had a short practice, about 40 minutes. Worked on Beethoven op14 no 2. It really isn't too hard a piece of music. Focusing on keeping the Alberti bass quiet in the middle. I had an Ah Ha moment, while doing so. I've always felt a strain on the left hand for much of the Alberti bass and realized tonight that I have been playing the broken chords on the white keys deep into the black keys. Why? I don't know. Started backing my hand up when only on the white keys and moving into the black keys when needed. What a difference!!! Prior to this I was often losing the middle note or hitting part of a black key when playing the white, or the sounds of the notes as played was just not good, sort of loud on the bass note, barely sound on the middle and slightly loud on the top note of the Alberti, just a mess I couldn't seem to be able to control. I can't wait to get started tomorrow.

Oh, and the left hand was so very relaxed and comfortable. There was always tension in the fourth and fifth finger.

Thought I'd post this just in case anyone else noticed this problem, but thought it was just the way it was. I'm so stoked to get started in the am. Thanks.
28 May 2016

This morning awoke a little depressed for some reason......cheered up myself by playing.......Händel Suites.....so nice....(Yesterday I was glad of the thirty yellow roses I bought. ....)

Händel Keyboard suites

So.....a little depressed....play Händel.......or buy roses.... grin ...

Best regards,
Johan B
Johan B, did you buy cut roses or are you planting roses. Years ago we had 30+ rose bushes in the ground and in pots in our yard, plus a climbing rose that covered part of the roof with red roses. Now I have 1 rose bush in a pot.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johan B, did you buy cut roses or are you planting roses. Years ago we had 30+ rose bushes in the ground and in pots in our yard, plus a climbing rose that covered part of the roof with red roses. Now I have 1 rose bush in a pot.


Just cut roses.....once in two weeks I buy them at a market in the town where I'm working.....friday after my work at the college I bring them home for my wife (....and for me)

Kind regards,
Johan B
Johann that is so sweet!!! Yellow roses was my dad's favorite. I prefer the big cabbage roses or antique roses. Those roses are featured in artwork by Fantin LaTour. Check him out, beautiful!!!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johann that is so sweet!!! Yellow roses was my dad's favorite. I prefer the big cabbage roses or antique roses. Those roses are featured in artwork by Fantin LaTour. Check him out, beautiful!!!


Isabelle,

Saw the Fantin La Tour roses....I know them....beautiful......in most cases I buy the yellow of these... Roses are good during ten-twelve days....

Kimd regards,
Johan B
I have a small bush of wild roses at the back of the house.
Easy to look after!
And I've put loads of seeds from other wild rose plants in the ground around it, and all seeds don't germinate.
It takes a long time for them to grow up, though.
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I have a small bush of wild roses at the back of the house.
Easy to look after!
And I've put loads of seeds from other wild rose plants in the ground around it, and all seeds don't germinate.
It takes a long time for them to grow up, though.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Hope for you....they will grow...

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by RaggedKeyPresser
I have a small bush of wild roses at the back of the house.
Easy to look after!
And I've put loads of seeds from other wild rose plants in the ground around it, and all seeds don't germinate.
It takes a long time for them to grow up, though.


RaggedKeyPresser,

Hope for you....they will grow...

Kind regards,
Johan B


Thanks, Johan
30 May 2016

In the morning played among others 'Haydn: Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze'
Haydn, Hob XX.1

In the afternoon played a lot of Keyboard Suites of Buxtehude.....
Buxtehude, Suiten

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
1-6 June 2016

Last days I did my first investigations at the Partitas of J.S.Bach.......nice but heavy....

Best regards,
Johan B
Gus the Theater Cat, Mr Mistoffelees and Memory from the CATS musical (Lloyd-Webber). Thinking Out Loud (Sheeran), Nobody Does It Better (Hamlisch), Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits) smile All nice stuff.
Also-If you aren't the greatest patient poetry reader, the cat poems of TS Elliot come to life with music.
Today, a tiny bit of Shubert and a bit of Scarlatti, not fro memory for sure. Worked on my old Beethoven Op 14 no 2 and Mozart K331. One of these days I might be able to play the piano!!!
11 & 12 May 2016

Saturday...working on some Bach Partitas and Fugas........and today repolishing some Mozart Sonatas (played them last time about two months ago)

Best regards,
Johan B
20 June 2016

This weekend working at

Bach, Fuga's
Haydn, Sonatas


Sorry, I did not post since 11 & 12 June( and I wrote May.... confused confused arghhhh) Too busy? But still playing every day my piano......

Best regards,
Johan B
24 June 2016

Today working at Händel Suites....
Suites

I can handle it...... grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Was a number of days not at home......

Back home I played a lot of baroque music of different composers. I have to prepare my weekly summer organ playing (July/August) at the St.Williborduschurch in Kloosterburen, in the north of The Netherlands.

Among others: Matthew Camidge, Concerto for Organ G minor Op.13

Best regards,
Johan B
Good luck with that, Johan B.
I'm still gnawing away at Czerny. Feel saturated from learning all those pieces, and it feels tough starting a new one each time. And this is just the beginning stuff. Beethoven and him were some demanding cookies!
14 July 2016

Hi there,

This afternoon, driving home from work, heard at classical broadcasting Ronald Brautigam, Dutch pianist, talking about Beethovens Bagatelles. I became curious; normaly I'm playing music from the baroque and classical periode. Came home and did some research at IMSLP.
Mmmm.....some are nice and very good to play...........arghhhh......some are not so 'bagatelle'......but I'll go on study it.

[b]Beethoven, Bagatelles[/b] (scroll down)

Best regards,
Johan B
15 July 2016

Mmmmmmmm.........holidays start....six week no work 3hearts.....time to play!
Started this afternoon with a lot of 'papa' Haydn.......all kind of Sonata-parts....classical period...delicious 3hearts and there is enough grin

Haydn, Piano sonatas

Best regards,
Johan B
My practice tip for the day (from my own practice today). Really want to hear your weaknesses? Practice without the pedal. You will quickly discover where you have been masking the weak spots. It was an eye-opener! smile
Originally Posted by dogperson
My practice tip for the day (from my own practice today). Really want to hear your weaknesses? Practice without the pedal. You will quickly discover where you have been masking the weak spots. It was an eye-opener! smile


thumb thumb
Kind regards,
Johan B
Ah today out of my enormous stack of wannabe pieces I worked on:
Mozart Viennese Sonatina #6 the Allegro--wanting to relax enough for it to be faster
Cole Porter: Begin the Beguine--struggling with the rhythm but closer today
Etudes from level 6 book
Debussy- Reverie first 3 pages...progress on difficult page 2

Keep it up
Wisebuff
Originally Posted by WiseBuff
Ah today out of my enormous stack of wannabe pieces I worked on:
Mozart Viennese Sonatina #6 the Allegro--wanting to relax enough for it to be faster
Cole Porter: Begin the Beguine--struggling with the rhythm but closer today
Etudes from level 6 book
Debussy- Reverie first 3 pages...progress on difficult page 2

Keep it up
Wisebuff


Thanks Wisebuff, very nice these Mozart Sonatines 3hearts Downloaded at IMSLP amd play...

17 July 2016

This morning playing Jazz Standards and modern stuf....even Jim Brickman.....

In the afternoon Six Sonatines Mozart, Vienna......
Mozart 6 Sonatines Vienna

Best regards,
Johan B
18 July 2016

Today had fun with the Mozart Vienna Sonatines...... 3hearts

and preparing my weekly summer organ playing at the St Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen (North of the Netherlands) next wednesday....

Best regards,
Johan B
19 July 2016
This morning started with
Pachelbel: Fantasia D Minor and 4 Fughettes
Händel: Keyboard suites

And preparing my organ playing next wednesday: Lefébure, l' Office catholique

In the afternoon playing the Vienna Sonatines of Mozart, by the way, originally written for 3 Basset Horns

Mozart, Vienna Sonatinen

Händel, Keyboard suites

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
20 July 2016

Played again for nearly three hours in this beautiful church, St. Willibrordus church, Kloosterburen, in the North of the Netherlands
Willibrordus church Kloosterburen[/b] (sorry, it's Dutch)

Played [b]Händel, Zipoli, Böhm, Pachelbel, Lefébure, Cesar Frank

This is the organ
Organ[/b] ( sorry, it's Dutch again)

Tonight played all [b]Wiener Sonatinen of Mozart at home.

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
I worked on the Toccata from Bach's Toccata and Fugue transcribed by Cory Hall. I've only been playing for about a year, so I hope I'm not too far over my head! It seems to lie under the fingers pretty well, so it's mostly a matter of getting it up to speed.
What I worked on today:
At my last lesson, my teacher taped my playing. Today, I have been playing the audio to actually hear the measures/sections that I thought were 'good to go' but actually needed some spiffing up and working on those parts.

My tip: record yourself so you better know how you actually sound and what needs the concentrated practice. I have just gotten lazy about taping my own practice... I need to get over that as it really is a big help.
Originally Posted by dogperson

My tip: record yourself so you better know how you actually sound and what needs the concentrated practice. I have just gotten lazy about taping my own practice... I need to get over that as it really is a big help.

Good advice and so true. I'm working on the last piece of the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite for the Russian recital. I think it sounds pretty good until I record it. This is what I found: uneven tempo, notes accented that should not be accented, not bringing out the top note melody, limp dynamics, and more. Recording is not a substitute for a teacher, but I think it provides valuable feedback that can fill in the gaps between lessons.
26 July 2016

Hi there,

This week I was lurking around in a music-library and found Sieben Sonaten of Johann Joseph Fux for organ/cembalo. I took the book to scan but it didn't work.....I went to an employee and asked why I could not lend this book, .....sorry sir....we have this book not for lend anymore, we'll put to the carbage.......or do you want it for present.....
The book was hardly used and it's mine yet.....

Very nice baroque music 3hearts..... just for free grin grin
Present.....

Best regards,
Johan B



28 July 2016

Yesterday did my weekly summer organ playing at the organ of the St.Willibrorduschurch in Kloosterburen (North of the Netherlands)......

Did a little experiment by playing Mozart at the organ......The Wiener Sonatinen....made the pedal-part by myself.......originally written for three basset horns,.....sounded very nice at this organ from the romantic period.....the audience was enthusiastic.....

Wiener Sonatinen, Mozart

Mozart and organ....not heard very often...

Best regards,
Johan B
30 July 2016

Did a lot of work at Mozart, repolishing a number of Piano Sonatas and Sonatines.......but want to share next.......

A smaller piece of Mozart.....Andantino KV236.....so easy, so nice, so cute, so smooth, so relaxed......so Mozart...... 3hearts 3hearts

Andantino, KV 236

Have a look, play it......have fun.

Best regards,
Johan B
4 August 2016

For fans of Fugues.......today I played these six Fugues of Kellner

Six Fugues, J.C.Kellner

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I played Karganov's March of the Tin Soldiers :



Delightful little piece. I love it very much.
13 August 2016

Started this morning with some nice baroque music:
Pachelbel: Hexachordum Apollinis 3hearts

Hexachordum Apollinis, Pachelbel[/b]

Worth to give it a try........

After that in the afternoon something quite different: [b]Album for the young. Schumann
(My age just 63 grin grin never mind)

Best regards,
Johan B
13 and 14 August

Very naughty, spent most of the weekend playing piano apart from a long wonderous swim in the sea.

Mozart K309 Rondeau
Beethoven Pathetique Mvmts 1 and 2
Liszt Consolation No 4.
Schumann Album for the Young Untitled (No 30 I think)
Lots and lots and lots and lots of scales!
Elton John - Sorry seems to be the hardest word (just for something different!)
Chopin Prelude in E Minor (Op.68 No. 4)

Johan, I love Album for the young. And thanks for the Pachelbel tip, I have downloaded and will give these a go next weekend.

Have a great week!
Cathryn.
15 August 2016

Cathryn,

Yesterday played something real different........

Dinner Jazz, Keneth Baker

Kind regards,
Johan B
Today I played some Brazilian music :

Originally Posted by worov
Today I played some Brazilian music :



What's the name and composer of this music?

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
What's the name and composer of this music?

Kind regards,
Johan B


The composer is Alberto Nepomuceno, a brazilian composer of the early 20th century. The piece is called "Melodia". It is part a of set of pieces for left hand "5 Peças para Piano escritas para mão esquerda só".
You can listen to it here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2okk9iHoUI
Originally Posted by Johan B


Yesterday played something real different........

Dinner Jazz, Keneth Baker

Johan B


Johan - that's very different. I love the description "A superb collection of 10 “improvised” jazz arrangements".

Cheers
Cathryn
Originally Posted by cathryn999
Originally Posted by Johan B


Yesterday played something real different........

Dinner Jazz, Keneth Baker

Johan B


Johan - that's very different. I love the description "A superb collection of 10 “improvised” jazz arrangements".

Cheers
Cathryn


19 August 2016

This book is part of a complete serie 'The complete pianoplayer'. There are among others books about Latin and Blues etc. I ordered the whole serie at a musiclibrary. In that way I can see what is worth to buy.

Best regards,
Johan B
22 August 2016

Today played a lot of Zipoli and Händel and something quite different.......

[b]The complete pianoplayer Chart hits[/b]

Just easy playing around...... grin grin

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I played a little gavotte by James Hook :

Originally Posted by worov
Today I played a little gavotte by James Hook :




Well done..... thumb.....go on....

Kind regards,
Johan B
26 August 2016


These days played just for fun Pam Wedgewood Book 1 and 2.........
Worth to have a try......

Pam Wedgewood After hours

Best regards,
Johan B


Purcell is sadly neglected by pianists.
A Diabelli sonatina :

Nicole Bergerac : Marshmallow Sundae

Some Leopold Mozart (very good piece for hand crossing) :

Working on bach invention 13, with the metronome! HW this week is to play each hand, and both hand, at 80..realized my rhythm was off in a few places...finally realized that the metronome ISmy friend. .
Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, well the Toccata, is just too hard for me yet. Also, it's only slightly more musically interesting than a Hanon exercise when played slowly! So, I'm starting Chopin's Prelude No.20.

Has anyone else been disappointed in a piece after you dug into it?
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Bach's Tocc laugh ata and Fugue in D Minor, well the Toccata, is just too hard for me yet. Also, it's only slightly more musically interesting than a Hanon exercise when played slowly!


The question is why do you play Hanon in the first place ?

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Has anyone else been disappointed in a piece after you dug into it?


Nope. That never happened to me because I choose the right pieces. laugh laugh


Today I played some Pachelbel (yes, he wrote other things besides the canon in D major) :




Has anyone else been disappointed in a piece after you dug into it? [/quote]

Hmm, good Q, as I am still learning, not yet, as my teacher guides me. Collaborative effort on choosing pieces. We like to listen to them first as well as studying the score.
Disappointed is probably not the word I use, more like oooops, that might be a bit more technical than I am ready for...that has happened when I don't listen to my teacher 😅
More Karganov (I can't get enough of his pieces ) :

Originally Posted by worov
The question is why do you play Hanon in the first place ?


Because my teacher told me to! Don't most beginning/intermediate pianists learn them for finger independence and other crucial techniques?
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Because my teacher told me to!


Then I'm afraid you will have to play it.

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Don't most beginning/intermediate pianists learn them for finger independence and other crucial techniques?


Indeed, many teachers use it in their teaching. I must say I'm not fond of it. It's not beautiful to listen (and to play).

I mainly used J.S. Bach pieces to work on independence. Anna Magadalena little Notebook. Wilhelm Friedmann Notebook, little preludes and fughetta, inventions, sinfonias.

In Bach pieces, a finger plays a melody and another finger of the very same hand is busy playing something else. This situation is very frequent in Bach pieces. This can teach you finger independence. And don't forget the most important, this is beautiful music (which you can't say about Hanon).

But this is just me and my experience. But I'm no teacher or concert pianist. I'm just a guy who plays for his own enjoyment. Don't listen to me, listen to your teacher.
Originally Posted by worov
Indeed, many teachers use it in their teaching. I must say I'm not fond of it. It's not beautiful to listen (and to play).

I mainly used J.S. Bach pieces to work on independence. Anna Magadalena little Notebook. Wilhelm Friedmann Notebook, little preludes and fughetta, inventions, sinfonias.

In Bach pieces, a finger plays a melody and another finger of the very same hand is busy playing something else. This situation is very frequent in Bach pieces. This can teach you finger independence. And don't forget the most important, this is beautiful music (which you can't say about Hanon).

But this is just me and my experience. But I'm no teacher or concert pianist. I'm just a guy who play for his own enjoyment. Don't listen to me, listen to your teacher.


I think they should listen to you. thumb
Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you agree with me.

The point is the guy has a teacher. He pays the teacher for the lessons. Why should he pay someone if he doesn't listen to him ?
She's not forcing me: she just thinks they are good exercises. Oddly enough, she's not a fan of isolated scale practice--she thinks one should just practice scale-type passages in the pieces one is learning. She's trained in the Russian school (her father studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory), so I guess she knows a thing or two about playing the piano! grin
14 September 2016

Tonight I played Suites of Georg Böhm, very nice baroque music! Worth to try.....find the book at imslp.org

Böhm, among others Suites 3hearts

What did you play today ?

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Fugue14
She's not forcing me: she just thinks they are good exercises. Oddly enough, she's not a fan of isolated scale practice--she thinks one should just practice scale-type passages in the pieces one is learning. She's trained in the Russian school (her father studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory), so I guess she knows a thing or two about playing the piano! grin


I do agree with her about practise the scales in the pieces. Practising scales isn't for excercising and strengthening fingers (you can't strengthen the fingers because they don't have muscles). The goal of practising scales to understand the concept of tonality. You will understand it much better if you hear the scale in a musical context in a piece.

I do the same about everything about piano. I practise the whole technique in my pieces : scales, arpeggios, tremolos, trills, octaves, glissandi, polyrhythms, thirds, sixths...
Today I'm playing some Schubert :

And I'm playing Balakirev's The Lark.

For which I need a quick fix. My heads not up to it, nor my fingers.

But that brick walls gonna come crashing down. . though not this year methinks.. .
Basically I play/practise everyday the same for as long as needed. smile
Yesterday evening:
Moszkowski g minor etude
Bach WTC I prelude c minor
Beethoven sonata op 57 I and III mvmts
Lyadov prelude op11 no1
Lyadov Barcarolle
Bortiewicz prelude op33 no1
Gluck melodie from orfeo ed euridice. Transcription for piano and violin.
15 September 2016

Tonight.......Fugue night......played among others......

Kellner, Fugues

Händel, Fugues

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Today I played some Grechaninov :

I'm working on three pieces right now.

Minuet in G minor from First Lessons in Bach
A slight little Minuet in C major from Mozart
Toccatina by Kabalevsky: Having fun with this one, though struggling at not looking at my hands when I play. The piece is essentially a single pattern over and over again, but is normally played quite fast. I'm focusing on staying relaxed and not straining my arms and hands. Tough to do when the right hand doesn't really change shape for the entire piece! it's been interesting getting to work with the many accidentals in the second half of the piece.
20 September 2016

Worked an hour on Händel Suites......

Händel, Suites

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Some Bach :

30 September 2016

Just saying goodbye to September playing the small Preludiums and Fugas of Bach....and some Pachelbell... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
3 October 2016

Today played among others all Wiener Sonatinen of Mozart.....mmmm...nice... 3hearts

Mozart, Wiener Sonatinen

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Today, I am playing Hanon and Czerny Velocity Studies and... it is time to bring out the Nutcracker Suite. Tchaikovsky. So I am excited to see how much progress I have made, if any.
Lately, every time I tune a piano I play a condensed version Claire de Lune by Debussy, followed by Giant Steps by John Coltrane.

They are both in similar keys, use a lot of notes/chords, and have a lot of octaves so I can hear the quality of the stretch, especially the way I play it. I play the Giant Steps melody in octaves, and when I play Debussy, I pause on the octaves, left hand and right hand when they occur.
8 October 2016

So......started the morning......playing Haydn. Several parts of Piano Sonatas..... 3hearts.........I love this composer.....

By the way, in the morning my playing is better. Read in publications of neuro-scientists, my son is one of them, that the brain is the best in the morning. It's also my experience thumb

What did you play in the morning?

Best regards,
Johan B
My brain is best after the second cup of double espresso thumb
Today, spent a lot of time practicing fiorituras with my eyes closed so that I could concentrate on hearing that each note was clear and even, and as my piano teacher would remind me 'not bumped'.... thumb bumping on delicate passages is something I am working on.

Eyes closed helps me a lot to concentrate on hearing.

Also am spending a lot of time to make trills both even in quality and interesting in pattern...

the devil is in the details and it takes me forever.
Working on performance of Mendelssohn op 19.6..grand plans for weekend with working to bps @75 for Bach investion 13 for (upto measures 20), relearn page 1 of Beethoven moonlight 1, and scales!

Yup. Agreed, best piano practice is in the morning.
Originally Posted by Smurfette
My brain is best after the second cup of double espresso thumb


I never play before coffee........ grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B
Thank Bach!

After 2 year for learning his WTC1 book, I have finished the G major predule and fuga. My next piece is G minor predule. I want to play whole book asap.
20 October 2016

Sorry, didn't post my daily favorites for weeks......... blush

Today I was re-polishing my Mozart Sonatas......and ended the evening with one of my favorite pieces of Johann Sebastian.....part three of.....

Bach Pastorale BWV 590

Many years ago I played it during a organrecital......the third part 'tells a story'.....so nice 3hearts

What did you play today......?

Best regards,
Johan B
20 October 2016

Today a bad day, suffering of a terrible headache......

In the afternoon, in a better moment, a small hour (kind of.....) playing, Mozart, Sonatas, KV332, 333 and 570.....hope tomorrow is a better day...... cry sick cry

Best regards,
Johan B

Hoping the headache goes away too. smile
21 October 2016

Today played about three hours.......Sonatas, Mozart and..... 3hearts

Mozart, Wiener Sonatinen 3hearts

And.......

Benda, Sonatines

Played them all...... grin

Best regards,
Johan B
24 October 2016

Played a lot today.....among others.....

Vanhal, Sonatines

Beautiful in their simplicity...... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
I look at some of all the files you link to (thank you smile ) and your music looks quite advanced!

I am having a rest so not playing anything. I think something in my shoulders/arms/fingers needs a rest. smile
Originally Posted by Albunea
I look at some of all the files you link to (thank you smile ) and your music looks quite advanced!

I am having a rest so not playing anything. I think something in my shoulders/arms/fingers needs a rest. smile


Albunea,

So sorry for you! When you feel pain somewhere, stop playing. Retry to play a few times short playing......

For your fingers...you play a clp535. It's possible to change the touch to light....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B

For your fingers...you play a clp535. It's possible to change the touch to light....


Oh, I had no idea that existed...
Originally Posted by Albunea
Originally Posted by Johan B

For your fingers...you play a clp535. It's possible to change the touch to light....


Oh, I had no idea that existed...


Try to find it in the manual........

Kind regards,
Johan B
Yes, I will. I bought this piano because I wanted to exercise my fingers and it is supposed to have a "strong" action, but I'll now like to test a lighter one.
Found it! smile

There are 3 options: Medium, Soft 1 and Soft 2. It was in Medium and I've changed it to Soft 1 now.
Originally Posted by Albunea
Found it! smile

There are 3 options: Medium, Soft 1 and Soft 2. It was in Medium and I've changed it to Soft 1 now.


I found it too......English manual page 37 and. 90 wink


Kind regards,
Johan B
27 October 2016

Tonight played among others some nice baroque music. Zipoli, a undervalued composer, wrote beautiful Suites for cembalo....but also very nice at the piano, play it dynamic 3hearts

Zipoli, Suites

Give it a try...

Best regards,
Johan B
31 October 2016

Today played several parts of Haydn Sonates.....and some Suites of Georg Böhm

Böhm, Suites 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B


7 November 2016

Today played among others........suite G major 3hearts

French Suites J.S.Bach

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

25 november 2016

Sorry, I did't post for long time.......but every day my piano sings......

Today....played among others: French Suite D-minor BWV 812, all parts, only the Gigue is point of study......
BWV 812
Sooooo beautiful...... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Hope you are well Johan B. I haven't sat at the piano in a few months, it seems. Attended an organ concert of baroque music last night. It was held in a cathedral. Inspired me to get back to piano. Have decided i might start with easy baroque for piano. Maybe i will get over my sense that baroque music is so hard. Hope to hear from you soon.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Hope you are well Johan B. I haven't sat at the piano in a few months, it seems. Attended an organ concert of baroque music last night. It was held in a cathedral. Inspired me to get back to piano. Have decided i might start with easy baroque for piano. Maybe i will get over my sense that baroque music is so hard. Hope to hear from you soon.


16 December 2016

Hi Isabelle,

I did not post at ABF for long time, but I'm well. We did some renovation of the inside of our house. Three floors....wall papering, painting doors, ceilings etc, new curtains and carpeting floors....so some three weeks all kind of workmen in the house....
Hope it's finished before X-mas.....even no Christmastree in the house.....

But every day I played my piano, that's basic need....hihi

I see that you're inspired by an organrecital. It's good to hear.......listening to music inspires to play.......

Kind regards,
Johan B
16 December 2016

Played this evening just for fun.......Vivaldi, all kind of orchestral works (easy) arranged for piano 3hearts 3hearts

Vivaldi, arranged for piano

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
So good to see and read your post. Hope your house is finished very, very soon. Get that Christmas tree!!! Glad you are able to play with the work going on. Merry Christmas to you and yours and Happy New Year.
I'm going to look at that Vivaldi arranged for piano. Love Vivaldi.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
I'm going to look at that Vivaldi arranged for piano. Love Vivaldi.



Isabelle,
Merry Christmas from the other part of the world
🌲🌲🍷🍷🌲🎶🎹🌲🎶🍸🍸🌲🌲

Kind regards,
Johan B
My dear fello-ABF-members,

For all kind of reasons I did not post daily in this topic. Maybe it will be better in future.

Of cours I play the piano every day......today I played among others a lot of Sonatines of Vanhal and Benda, composers from the period of classicism.

Sonatines II

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Johan, Not today yet, but this week and later today I am playing from a book titled , The Best Gospel Songs. I play these in times when I need to find peace. My Nutcracker did get a lot better but next year, perfection. I have not had time to play much since around summer my neighbor started turning on his leaf blower when I practiced which told me I needed to improve my practice--makes sense to me. Non verbal cues are always so hard to process. And, I spend a lot of time on my life's first goal..meat and dairy free living and education. In the New Year, hopefully more piano!
Originally Posted by curlyfries
Johan, Not today yet, but this week and later today I am playing from a book titled , The Best Gospel Songs. I play these in times when I need to find peace. My Nutcracker did get a lot better but next year, perfection. I have not had time to play much since around summer my neighbor started turning on his leaf blower when I practiced which told me I needed to improve my practice--makes sense to me. Non verbal cues are always so hard to process. And, I spend a lot of time on my life's first goal..meat and dairy free living and education. In the New Year, hopefully more piano!


Don't tell my neighbors about the leaf blower! ha -- One neighbor across the street, has complained to others that 'I play the same things too much'... I keep on, keeping on until she learns the leaf-blower technique.
31 December 2016

This morning I started with the Keyboard Suites of Händel. D-minor, E-minor en G-minor, including the Passacaglia 3hearts
My adult son who visits us liked the music and I told him the name of the composer

Händel, Suites

Best regards,
Johan B
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-Don't tell my neighbors about the leaf blower! ha -- One neighbor across the street, has complained to others that 'I play the same things too much'... I keep on, keeping on until she learns the leaf-blower technique.


Dogperson-Youth is rude but honest often and so I took it to heart, I needed to play more within myself with more harmony. If I hear the leaf blower next summer, he will be in the wrong. :\


2 January 2016

Tonight played a lot of baroque, among others Partitas of Muffat.

Partitas Muffat

Very nice, above all the Partita D minor 3hearts

You know, about 45 years ago, my organ-teacher was a real baroque-lover. We played a lot of baroque and I still love it too. A picture of my teacher is still in my musicroom and make me smile.....and I cherish the sheet music with notes in his handwriting.....

After the Muffat partitas I played some Partitas of Buxtehude.

Best regards,
Johan B
Today, worked on Papillions by Schumann.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today, worked on Papillions by Schumann.


Papillons......nice piece.....

3 January 2016

Today playing this morning two hours and in the aftrenoon again two hours..........Buxtehude, Suites and partitas.....I love baroque.
From this book...... Buxtehude, Suites und Variationen

Some of them are here
[b]Buxtehude, Suites (scroll down)[/b]

Best regards,
Johan B

Last night I played on my new piano

Chopin 64-2 the C sharp minor walz and 17-4 mazurka (cannot remember the number but it's the last one in 17)
Chopin Ballard 3 - trying first two pages
Beethoven 4th movement of sonata op 14-2.


Originally Posted by FarmGirl
Last night I played on my new piano

Chopin 64-2 the C sharp minor walz and 17-4 mazurka (cannot remember the number but it's the last one in 17)
Chopin Ballard 3 - trying first two pages
Beethoven 4th movement of sonata op 14-2.




New piano......congrats!

Kind regards,
Johan B
5 & 6 January 2016

These days I worked on compositions of Johann Josef Fux, composer from the baroque period, lived 1660-1741. The 'Sieben Sonaten für Orgel / Cembalo'

Sonaten, Johann Josef Fux

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

FarmGirl: Congrats on your new piano! What did you buy??

I played/practiced
Haydn a menuet and trio Hob. XVI:3;
Ivan Sings Kachaturian (sp)
Bach Gavotte from French Suite 5
Chopin waltz 34 no 2

We're off to Hawaii for a week and I've found a store that will rent me a digital piano for the week. This is great because I'm supposed to perform the Chopin on Feb 1 and it needs all the work I can give it.
Aloha
8 January 2016

Today among others I lurked around in this book....nice to play

Vivaldi, Gold

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by WiseBuff
FarmGirl: Congrats on your new piano! What did you buy??

I played/practiced
Haydn a menuet and trio Hob. XVI:3;
Ivan Sings Kachaturian (sp)
Bach Gavotte from French Suite 5
Chopin waltz 34 no 2

We're off to Hawaii for a week and I've found a store that will rent me a digital piano for the week. This is great because I'm supposed to perform the Chopin on Feb 1 and it needs all the work I can give it.
Aloha


Thanks. I got Schimmel.
The night is still young here in AZ.

I practced 2 pages of Chopin Ballade 3 and 3 pages of Mozart A minor Rondo KV 511. The rondo has lots of turns and I spent most of the time trying to figure them out. I played Cnopin Waltz 64 #2. After Karen's post, I tried Chopin Op34 #2. Ohhhhh what a beautiful piece. I'm gonna play Mazurka 17-4 again and Beethoven sonata 14-2 the fourth movement. I don't think it was the finest piece he wrote but a funny piece. It reminds me Mozart's opera Marriage of figaro (spelling?). You know in the end they have the crazy chorus about the mix up, Tua Madre.. Mi Padre etc.
13 January 2016

Tonight played among others some Mozart
Fantasy D-minor and...... Varationen Dieu d' amour
Especially the minor varation is beautiful

Also made a first trial at his Fantasy in C

Best regards,
Johan B

16 January 2017

.......... When there is something like heaven.......I hope we play Baroque........

Today was my weekly day off......my wife is not at home for a week......I played today about four hours music from the Baroque-period........a lot of Suites of Händel and Böhm..... 3hearts 3hearts

Best regards
Johan B
I played Joplin Solace and David Lanz, Christofori's Dream.
27 January 2017

Hi there,

Tonight played for two and a half hour....just relaxing at the piano after a week of hard work....among others The six fugues of J.C.Kellner....I like it 3hearts

Six fugues J.C.Kellner

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
This week and today, working on pieces for duet playing. Mozart K 501, J.C.F. Bach Sonata in A Major and Beethoven Variations on a theme by Waldstein. Looking forward to working on these with my duet partner. Will be fun!!!
Isabelle,

Duet.....nice...have fun....

Kind regards,
Johan B
4 February 2017

Played for several hours........among others playing this book, the classics of Vivaldi...

Vivaldi, Gold essential collection 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B


Practiced 2 hours this morning and had a few 1 hour session after that. Worked on Beethoven's 8 variations on a Theme by Count Waldstein. This is a duet and I finally have a duet partner!!!
Originally Posted by Johan B
4 February 2017

Played for several hours........among others playing this book, the classics of Vivaldi...

Vivaldi, Gold essential collection 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

Johan, I think I want that Vivaldi book.


Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Originally Posted by Johan B
4 February 2017

Played for several hours........among others playing this book, the classics of Vivaldi...

Vivaldi, Gold essential collection 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B

Johan, I think I want that Vivaldi book.



Isabella,

It's worth it to purchase.....have fun....

Kind regards,
Johan B
Today, worked on my part of the duet. Started working parts of a later variation, not too bad, descending chords in triplets, but moves very fast, so will have to be memorized.

My duet partner and I worked to get her yesterday and it was great. Theme and first variation are starting to gel together. Lots of fun.
Started working on an intermediate version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It's way above my 'pay grade' but I'm a no guts, no glory kind of person so why not stretch a little. It will probably take a year or so to get it down.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today, worked on my part of the duet. Started working parts of a later variation, not too bad, descending chords in triplets, but moves very fast, so will have to be memorized.

My duet partner and I worked to get her yesterday and it was great. Theme and first variation are starting to gel together. Lots of fun.


Isabella,

Nice to hear......we want the movie😀😀

Kind regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Today, worked on my part of the duet. Started working parts of a later variation, not too bad, descending chords in triplets, but moves very fast, so will have to be memorized.

My duet partner and I worked to get her yesterday and it was great. Theme and first variation are starting to gel together. Lots of fun.


Isabella,

Nice to hear......we want the movie😀😀

Kind regards,
Johan B


LOL, Johan. It will be a while.
Originally Posted by xyzzyFL
Started working on an intermediate version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. It's way above my 'pay grade' but I'm a no guts, no glory kind of person so why not stretch a little. It will probably take a year or so to get it down.


I say, go for it!!! You never know what you are capable of if you don't just do it. If you really love that piece, as I do, you will succeed.
Just finished up another practice session with my duet partner and it was a blast!!! Must find time to practice now that I'm on another consulting job that will last 10 weeks.
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Just finished up another practice session with my duet partner and it was a blast!!! Must find time to practice now that I'm on another consulting job that will last 10 weeks.


Isabella,

10 weeks without piano?....hope you survive........ grin What kind of consultance? Financial, human resource?

This week I purchased in cheap bookshop 14 musicbooks of Könemann....they are all written in original notes...but much cheaper than, let's say edition Peters or Henle etc. Among others Bach English suites, three Beethovens, Sonatines, Mozart variations, Mozart Fantasys, Rondi etc.

14 books x €6 in stead of 14 x €30 ......mmmmm.....happy whome 3hearts

Best regards,
Johan B
Johan, consulting in the health care field. People at home will have to wear ear plugs, because I will practice from 10 pm to 1130-12 nightly. I don't want my duet partner to fire me!!!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Johan, consulting in the health care field. People at home will have to wear ear plugs, because I will practice from 10 pm to 1130-12 nightly. I don't want my duet partner to fire me!!!


Isabelle,

10 pm?......mmmmmm my regular routine.......lol grin grin

Kind regards,
Johan B

20 february 2016

Yesterday saw a Bruckner symfonie at Brava-tv. This morning playing some Preludes and Fantasy G major of this composer....mmmm.....I like it

JB

23 February 2017

Last week bought, among a lot of other books, the English Suites of Johann Sebastiaan.......

Today, a holiday-week, made a first discovery of Suite G major.....mmmm.....lot of work to do grin grin

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Started work on Yiruma's River flows in you..
Hope to get it down by next recital smile
6 March 2017

Today.......Beethoven afternoon.......some weeks ago I bought a lot new musicbooks and also Beethoven Variationen and Bagatelles.......

Playing among others 'Es war einmal ein alter Mann'
Beethoven, Es war einmal ein alter Mann
By the way......I'm 63..... grin grin

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Today...ЛЕБЕДИНОЕ ОЗЕРО. П.И. ЧАЙКОВСКИЙ
I have the Suite for Piano which is really nice.
I like this. Spring is almost here and I feel like playing piano.
I came across this little beauty today

Schoenberg op 19 no 6 ( from the six little pieces)

Actually it is in the piano handbook I own with detailed notes where I learned about it.

Perhaps not for everyone but I am very drawn to a bit of atonality and that type of music laugh though some go a bit far for my liking in that series but the 6th last one is a little gem for me.

Only half a page. Good test of soft playing dynamics and pedalling and interesting challenges.

https://youtu.be/sGLcUfbVF3k?t=3m38s

There is a link to the sheet as well.

What did you play today ?
Didn't practice as much as I usually do, but here's what I worked on:

Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca

Tarantella by Albert Pieczonka

Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor

Plus, some scales, Hanon and sight reading.
Playing a little piece out of an old grade 1 book called "Who'll Buy My Roses?" I almost have it but there's one bar that always messes me up every time.

I also haven't had any structure from when I started back in November 2015 I think it was with that little Yamaha. I figure now that I have my Casio I can work on all of the grade 1 pieces I have in my collection before moving on. The last couple of years I've been all over the place with the things I chose to learn to play. Now it's time to get some fundamentals so I can really progress.
19 March 2017

Normally playing baroque and classicism, today music of Samuel Maykapar, Russian composer from the end of the romantic period. Nice and easy to play...... 3hearts 3hearts

Wiki; Samuel Maykapar
Music; Samuel Maykapar

Worth to play.......

What did you play today?

Best reagrds,
Johan B
Sight read, slowly, a couple of Bach preludes, and part of nel cor piu non me sento variations. Must work the duet piece tonight.

Not sure what model it is, but will be picking up a Clavinova today. People who lived in my cousin's rental house didn't want it, so cousin called me. I said yes to the Clavinova. Can practice anytime now!!!

About 5 week to go on the temporary job that I committed to. It's got to end soon!!!
Originally Posted by Isabelle1949
Sight read, slowly, a couple of Bach preludes, and part of nel cor piu non me sento variations. Must work the duet piece tonight.

Not sure what model it is, but will be picking up a Clavinova today. People who lived in my cousin's rental house didn't want it, so cousin called me. I said yes to the Clavinova. Can practice anytime now!!!

About 5 week to go on the temporary job that I committed to. It's got to end soon!!!


Isabelle,

Always good to play.......Clavinova......I have a Kawai CA95 for three years.......but when there is a new release of Clavinova.......perhaps I visit my pianoshop..... grin eek

Kind regards,
Johan B
Yesterday worked with my duet partner on the Beethoven variation. Looking forward to setting up the Clavinova for night practice. Need a stand, but I think two identical end tables that are a good height will work in the meantime. Plan to set it up tonight. The Clavinova is a 1985 model, but it works and is it heavy!!!
26 March 2016

Today working at Mozart, Variations one of the books I bought some weeks ago. And at imslp.org Mozart, Variations
Some of them I knew.......now discovering more....I like it 3hearts 3hearts

What did you play today?

(by the way.....Isabella......good luck playing at the Clavinova grin

Best regards,
Johan B
31 March 2017

As you might know...... I love music from the Baroque-periode.....
In one of the books I bought I discovered a composition of Jean Francois Dandrieu....French composer at the court Louis XIV......

I did some research at imslp.org and look what I found....a lot of Suites etc.
Pièces de clavecin, three books full of nice Baroque It's fun to play around.......... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Haven't practiced all week. Stupid job interferes. Clavinova keyboard needs a good stand, working on that through a piano store and Yamaha. Need an absolutely solid and safe stand for it because it is very very heavy and I have pets that will run across it. I would die if one of them got hurt. Will practice like crazy tonight. Duet practice tomorrow? Can't wait till the job ends!!!
30 april 2017


I have not been here for long times......but do not worry....I play every day.....
This morning just started with some André Rieu music......just simply pumping 3/4 grin
In the afternoon I will play some more serious classics..... grin

Have a nice day....all you pianolovers....

Best regards,
Johan B
30 april 2017

This afternoon studied Bach fuga BWV 944.....

Fuga BWV 944

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Practiced Schumann's "The Merry Farmer" and Bach's March in D Major. They're almost ready to show to my teacher for my lesson later this week smile

Something clicked yesterday and it's the most progress I've had in a long time.
Practiced exam prep as usual- Lots of technical work, a bit of aural practice, and my pieces - Chopin - Nocture in C# minor #20, Scarlatti - Sonata in B minor K377, and Bonsor - Willy Wagglesticks Walkabout. I also spent some time with my newest piece - Granados Spanish Dance #2 Oriental. Then since it is Sunday I took a break from serious study and played some of my old favorites - Mendelssohn 30.6, Shui Cao Wu, When Rivers Flowed on Mars, plus Over the Rainbow. Sometimes it is nice to sit down and just play!
13 May 2017

Today more time to play.....about four hours......mmmm

Played a lot of baroque suites of Buxtehude and Böhm......
Buxtehude, Suites

Love the baroque-period...... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Dug out some of my old pieces today and just played in a non-critical way, not stopping for errors rework a phrase. Sight read a little and then worked on the repertoire for my lesson.

It felt really good just to get out some old stuff and just play around .... sometimes I get so busy practicing that I forget the whole point is just to be able to play
My first post here, may many follow.

My teacher has me working on Bartók's Mikrocosmos, first book. I'm very much a beginner, tried to self-teach which failed miserably, so now she is teaching me the basics with this beautiful collection by Bartók.

Played through the first 21 pieces without too much trouble, which I've practiced over the past two weeks. I want to record them, but I can't get the piano to make the exact sound that I want from it (so many keys are stuck, ugh, hopefully gets fixed next week), so for now it's just working on my technique without getting the perfect sound. I love bringing out musicality in these smaller, easy pieces. It's quite astounding how something so simple can sound so beautiful.

Then worked on number 22 and 23, which are getting along quite well. 22 is the first piece with counterpoint in the bundle, which is pretty hard, especially when reading the music instead of memorizing the piece.

Added 24 and 25 today. 24 is quite tricky because of the key (think it's A major, has 3 sharps), but it's going quite well. 25 is again with counterpoint, but that needs a lot of work still.
My teacher wants me to become Alicia de Larrocha laugh so I'm now learning Bach's Minuet in G and Burgmüller's Arabesque.
Originally Posted by Keselo

My teacher has me working on Bartók's Mikrocosmos, first book. I'm very much a beginner, tried to self-teach which failed miserably, so now she is teaching me the basics with this beautiful collection by Bartók.


My teacher and I are using these as sight reading exercises. I am on the third from the 2nd book, and like you I find these to be great learning pieces for either learning or sight reading. The later books do look to be quite difficult!

I have been playing piano for about 3 weeks or so, and got delivery of my new Yamaha GB1K last week. Last week I worked through and learned BWV Anh. 115 (Minuet in G-Minor) from Bach's Notebook, and am cleaning up some parts of it this week. This week I am also working on BWV Anh. 114. I am nearly done with the first half in the first 2 or so days or practice, and I should have it playable within the next 4 - 5 days give or take. On the side I have also been working on Clemente's Sonata in C Major, Movement 1, which I expect to take a bit longer to go through.

I have also been working on major and minor scales (I now know half of them, F, C, G, D, A, and E), and can play them two handed, one octave, clean at approximately 120BPM (eighth notes). My teacher has been having me focus on getting my fingers up for a more crisp attack on the keys, and playing balance between the hands (my playing was a bit muddy to start). I am hoping to have all the major and minor scales done in the next 6 months or so.

I have been playing 2ish hours most days (some days 2 hours then another hour or so later at night). My first 30 minutes I work on scales, hanon, and other warmups. The second 20 - 30 minutes I do sight reading on some days, others I look at some other pieces that I might have already read through, and give them a second or third reading (Mikrocosmos are a good example). The last hour or so I work on my current pieces, using notes from the previous day to pinpoint the sections I need to work on (for example, the 4th to last bar to the end in BWV 115). I will normally give them song a play through several times to pinpoint other issues, then continue from there. I normally end with something fun (I have been playing some star wars easy music for the past few days).

I have tons of previous woodwind and brass experience (Oboe, English Horn, and Baritone), and my hand technique has firmly started me at level 3 RCM material. I am probably higher in level, but I want to really take some time to work on my actual technique rather than just learning random higher level pieces.

So... that is what I am playing...
Originally Posted by my58vw


Last week I worked through and learned BWV Anh. 115 (Minuet in G-Minor) from Bach's Notebook, and am cleaning up some parts of it this week.


Cleaning up sounds bad to my ears. I had been learning a different version and had to fight with the changes. crazy

There are many different versions of that Minuet. I am doing one similar to this (sheet music in imslp) but now I can see it is not exactly the same either!
I am playing the URText version, which does not have dynamics, etc. I need to look at some of the other interpretations like the one you posted here.
Tackled first 8 measures of page 3 of Debussy arabesques 1..yeah, rest of the page was a breeze...now persevering with page 1 of jesu, joy of mans desiring...not feeling it for some reason...
Originally Posted by my58vw
I am playing the URText version, which does not have dynamics, etc. I need to look at some of the other interpretations like the one you posted here.


Hi my58vw,

In the period of Bach they did not use dynamics.......they were playing harpsichord; there were no pedals etc. Phrasing the musically sentences and melodylines is more important in baroque music. Nowadays we use dynamics. I think Bach c.s. would be enthousiastic.........

Best regards,
Johan B
I'm gradually playing more of what I "hear" in my current piece.
It takes a surprisingly long time, to "hear" all the notes at the same time, to hear that it's all correct, and to be able to listen to the LH and RH, individually or at the same time at will.
16 May 2017

Tonight worked on BWV 808 G minor, English Suites.......the Prelude is the biggest challenge......
Bach, Suite BWV808

After this I played Suite A minor of Georg Böhm, just to relax.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
28 May 2017

It's a sunny day overhere.....so....played a lot of cheerfully music for some hours....

Händel, Suites
Mozart, Wiener sonatinen

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
It's always sunny in Florida 😊 So today, I started on a piece written for the left-hand alone as my left hand is not living up to its responsibilities. It was a little disconcerting to have my right hand sitting in my lap, but I think some with Left handed Music will be good for me


Godowsky waltz poem 4



No piano yet today. The last 3-1/2 months have been hit and miss with practice because of a temporary job (I'm retired, but agreed to help a small company in trouble. Original agreement was 10 weeks, then extended to 3-1/2 months). Last day was this past Friday. Now I can focus on the piano. Still working with my duet partner on the Beethoven 8 variations on a Theme by Count Waldstein. Even though I had very little time for practice over the past months, it's really not so bad, not great, but not bad. The Clavinova keyboard still sits and waits for a stand. May make a move on that this week, because when the Beethoven is wrapped up, would like to start on the Bach Chaconne for two pianos.

Plans for today after volunteer job (1/2 day) is to work a few tricky sections in the Beethoven slowly with metronome. Looking forward to getting back on schedule.
11 June 2017

Not every day my report.....as I promised.....arghhh...oeps

But still every day going strong playing my Kawai......

This morning started practicing English Suites of Johann Sebastiaan..... 3hearts 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards from a sunny place in the Netherlands,
Johan B
24 June 2017

This week I bought a doctoral dissertation about my late organ teacher.....very interesting.....he was a real baroque lover.......
Thesis Johan van Meurs

So....I played a lot of baroque music to honor him.......among others BWV 808 English suites of the great Johann...... 3hearts

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Happy Birthday and Happy Saint Day, Johan! smile 3hearts
Enigszins laat, maar van harte gefeliciteerd Johan!

Today, I've played the usual suspects (Kunz canons, Bartok Mikrokosmos, Kabalevsky op. 39 and Gurlitt op. 117), but I've also started working on my first Beethoven piece, WoO 86, as well as starting with the second book of Mikrokosmos.
I finished Bach BVW Anh 114 - 115 - 116, and I am starting on 113 today. My sight reading is coming along better all the time, and to assist I picked up some more grade 1 - 3 sight reading material.

Better yet... I settled on a beautiful Yamaha G3 6'1" grand piano... I am hoping it gets delivered in the next week or two.
Bach C# Fugue BWV 848. There's no other way to start learning a fugue than to learn both hands separately. The 7 sharps and some double sharps are really doing my head in!
Live performance:

* Brejeiro
* Kinklets
* Sunburst Rag
* Cum-bac Rag
* Pastime Rag #2
21 July 2017

Oh dear......was not here for nearly a month......have been very busy but every day was a pianoday......

This week lurking around in the works of Edward Elgar.....perhaps a little bit strange for me, mostly playing baroque.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
24 august 2017

Yesterday I played it in church during my weekly playing for visitors....the Suites of Clerambault...very nice music of the baroque period.

Today I played one piece at my Kawai CA95....right hand organ flutes and on the leftside the solo in harpsichord modus.....perhaps a little too fast....

Basse de cromhorne, L.N.Clerambault

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
25 november 2017

Hi there,

I have not been heer for some months, too busy......however I'am partly retired and only working two days a week grin

Still playing my piano every day. Nowadays Buxtehude is my favorite composer. The keyboardsuites, very nice baroque music.

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Working on Mendelssohn Consolation in E maj....
and....Milongo del Angel by by Piazzolla.

Both are a little above my level. I keep promising myself to take it down a notch. Especially after The Girl With The Flaxen Hair proved to be so difficult. Can't tame a blonde. Lol
Originally Posted by Johan B
25 november 2017

Hi there,

I have not been heer for some months, too busy......however I'am partly retired and only working two days a week grin
H
Still playing my piano every day. Nowadays Buxtehude is my favorite composer. The keyboardsuites, very nice baroque music.

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B


Ooh I never thought to look for music by Buxtehude. Thanks. I am still faltering my way through the first page of Bach Small Prelude BWV 935 at a VERY SLOW speed :), still brushing up Schumann's humming song, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and various easy arrangements of Christmas Carols and songs. Struggling with chord theory and Hanon's 2nd exercise but regularity and persistence is the key, the 89th and probably the most important key of all wink
Originally Posted by Johan B
25 november 2017

Hi there,

I have not been heer for some months, too busy......however I'am partly retired and only working two days a week grin

Still playing my piano every day. Nowadays Buxtehude is my favorite composer. The keyboardsuites, very nice baroque music.

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B


Johan, about what grade level is the Buxtehude keyboard suites please? I am about grade 3 to 4 in general terms but do not have the exams or the theory behind me, I am working on theory. Maybe it is because I find the theory of chords and all the words/terms inversions and suchlike that I prefer playing polyphonic single-note music of the Baroque period such as the piece I am currently working on. Have always loved Bach.
So much music and can't seem to learn fast enough. BUT today, as everyday, I worked scales and chords from level 7 RCM. I sight read from both Celebrate Handel and Celebrate Scarlotti. I am taking the Prelude course on EdX that was mentioned in another thread and getting the Bach Prelude up to tempo. CMB13 mentioned "Girl with the flaxen hair"...that is the last prelude in that course. My teacher has already said it's too difficult for me but, at least I'll learn what the piece is.

Learning the Clementi sonatina 36 no 3 working in chunks and finding that's a good way to approach it. Watched a practice video yesterday that suggested working each chunk for a few minutes, moving to another chunk, and then another, and then repeating the process will increase the brain connection to the music pattern.

And of course it's time for Christmas music so did a fair amount of reading through the easier versions of my favorites. Christmas Angels arranged by Jennifer Linn is this year's solo piece. I doubt I'll make tempo at 100% but it's coming together for piano party in December. We also plan to accompany the group with at least one Christmas favorite. MUST get O Come o come Emmanuel up to tempo.
Originally Posted by WiseBuff
So much music and can't seem to learn fast enough. BUT today, as everyday, I worked scales and chords from level 7 RCM. I sight read from both Celebrate Handel and Celebrate Scarlotti. I am taking the Prelude course on EdX that was mentioned in another thread and getting the Bach Prelude up to tempo. CMB13 mentioned "Girl with the flaxen hair"...that is the last prelude in that course. My teacher has already said it's too difficult for me but, at least I'll learn what the piece is.

Learning the Clementi sonatina 36 no 3 working in chunks and finding that's a good way to approach it. Watched a practice video yesterday that suggested working each chunk for a few minutes, moving to another chunk, and then another, and then repeating the process will increase the brain connection to the music pattern.

And of course it's time for Christmas music so did a fair amount of reading through the easier versions of my favorites. Christmas Angels arranged by Jennifer Linn is this year's solo piece. I doubt I'll make tempo at 100% but it's coming together for piano party in December. We also plan to accompany the group with at least one Christmas favorite. MUST get O Come o come Emmanuel up to tempo.


hi Wisebuff,

You talk about Händel.......do you know his Keyboard Suites? Very nice and not too difficult to play......

Händel, Keyboard suites

A famous Dutch pianist Daria van den Berken did a nice job by playing these suites. Just google.....

Kind regards,
Johan B
26 november 2017

Today I heard something of Brahms in a classical radiostation. So I decided to take a Brahms-book from my music library......omg...what kind of hands this man had.....I can not play it by my small hands (thumb-pink 7,87 inch)....so max eight notes....

Played some facilitated versions of the Walzer opus 39.....and as I write this ..... I spill a drop of red wine on the pages of this book ... ...arghhh....sunday afternoon.......cheers....

Best regards,
Johan B
Originally Posted by Johan B
26 november 2017

Today I heard something of Brahms in a classical radiostation. So I decided to take a Brahms-book from my music library......omg...what kind of hands this man had.....I can not play it by my small hands (thumb-pink 7,87 inch)....so max eight notes....

Played some facilitated versions of the Walzer opus 39.....and as I write this ..... I spill a drop of red wine on the pages of this book ... ...arghhh....sunday afternoon.......cheers....

Best regards,
Johan B



Don't drink and strive lol smile
1 december 2017

Today played a lot of Haydn pianosonatas for three hours....... lurk around, there's enough....
Haydn, 34 sonatas

It's fun to play the works of 'papa' Haydn.....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
Ode to Joy. Not that hard I know but it’s my first Beethoven piece.
I am playing the Nutcracker Suite-as I do every Nov and December. It is about completely polished-Waltz of the Flowers. I do not celebrate Christmas so it is funny that I also am playing jazzy Christmas arrangements and Praise Solos for Christmas. I am revisiting scales in thirds and fingerings for those scales in the Hanon book. Shrug.
Being part of a music group we had a pre-Christmas performance a few nights ago. Got busy practicing some orchestra pieces. Otherwise getting ready for a church service after Christmas so today got out "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and repeated it 3x (the same as the # verses). Played a Bach Minuet yesterday & started practicing a movement out of a Beethoven sonata yesterday but today didn't feel like doing anything technical like Bach or Beethoven.

While the holidays is over 2 weeks away, starting practicing some seasonal tunes early to avoid last minute rush. 2 years ago several people in our music group played this piece with a church choir. Found the music uplifting with a bit of syncopation so decided to post my version online.


Originally Posted by thepianoplayer416
While the holidays is over 2 weeks away, starting practicing some seasonal tunes early to avoid last minute rush. 2 years ago several people in our music group played this piece with a church choir. Found the music uplifting with a bit of syncopation so decided to post my version online.


Originally Posted by thepianoplayer416
While the holidays is over 2 weeks away, starting practicing some seasonal tunes early to avoid last minute rush. 2 years ago several people in our music group played this piece with a church choir. Found the music uplifting with a bit of syncopation so decided to post my version online.



Well done, pianoplayer416👍🏻👍🏻
Kind regards,
Johan B
2 december 2017

After some Sonatas of Haydn back to the baroque........playing Keyboard Suites of Dietrich Buxtehude....

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
3 december 2017

Reading a newsletter about classical music I saw another interesting baroque / roccoco composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, frenchman 1689-1755. Looked it up at imslp.org. He made these four suites for clavecin.
Boismortier, Quatre suites
3hearts 3hearts

By the way........imslp.org.....very nice site to find sheetmusic!

What did you play today?

Best regards,
Johan B
The hymn, Who is He in Yonder Stall?..The title makes me laugh because I think of talking animals. Maybe I will play it from Alfred's Grand Carols of Christmas book.