QUOTE(clavicembalo @ Aug 9 2010, 07:40 PM)
QUOTE(corenfa @ Aug 9 2010, 07:18 PM)
QUOTE(corenfa @ Aug 2 2010, 10:19 PM)
Still working on P&F I and II from Book 1 of WTC. Still sounding... blah. I think I may have to leave off them for a bit, I'm getting stuck ina rut.
On the other hand, Debussy Toccata - made it through all the way the first time. At half speed. Hey, gotta start somewhere..
Still learning the same stuff, but it's not "going"
Just too tired to do any serious study. Work, moving house, etc, all a bit full-on at the moment.
No matter... I am sure this will change at some point.
Do you have your sights set on the whole of Pour le piano
I imagine that few folk who learn the Poulenc
Toccata, go on the learn the preceding two movements.
Not really... I just got obsessed with the Toccata and took it from there. It is possible that I might get obsessed with the Prelude and the Sarabande still, sometimes it takes a few years.
Oddly enough this has been a major factor in my musical improvement, getting obsessed with pieces - my entire effort playing French horn was to learn to play the Gliere concerto. I swear for those five years, it was never far from my mind - everything I practiced was with that ultimate aim in mind.
Come to think of it, obsession with stuff has been a major factor in my life. I've worked my way through concert band, art, chemistry, French horn, computer programming and now it's piano. When I'm in a "phase", I can't stop thinking about it and it intrudes into my consciousness at random times.
You would think that the amount of obsessed I am with this piece, I'd be playing it a lot better by now. Maybe it's that if I wasn't obsessed with it I would be able to play any of it at all.
Still got plenty of years and obsessions left.. wonder what's next.
QUOTE(MadMatt @ Aug 9 2010, 10:06 PM)
I've finally got to the end of Debussy's Arabesque 1.
Now it's time to practise it till it sounds decent. No idea how long that's going to take though.
Now the big question of what to try next. I've got an itch to try out the Maple Leaf Rag as I could do with an up tempo and bouncy tune. But I could be in waaay over my head with that, but then I was in a similar position with the Debussy.
P.S I would love to have the opportunity to play at a Grand, not actually having touched a real piano in years, so I am glad you made that choice
I can recommend being way over your head! If you really really really like the piece, you'll keep pushing through (obligatory disclaimer: so long as you practice constructively and don't wreck your technique) and this can open the door to great improvement. I have always found that my greatest musical progress has been when I'm trying something way over my head. It's because I like the piece so much that I'm willing to take the huge amount of time needed to learn it.
Erm, see my last post about being obsessed with pieces..........