So I'm finding my way around piano music again after a 25 year pause ...
So far, I'm managing to get through a Grade 1 piece after approx. 1-2 hours' practice, Grade 2 after about 4 hours .... except this one piece from a Grade 1 anthology which has a lot of big movements in the left hand (it's a Schubert piece called Landler, and it's in G Major). Anyway, after 2 hours I'm still struggling to play it even at less than half speed without either mistakes, large pauses to get the left hand in position, or both.
I guess everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, so maybe not everyone finds this so tough.
Any tips for moving on with this?
I find I'm looking down a lot at my left hand, and that it's impossible to get that right unless I do. Is that what more experienced pianists do too, or do people eventually get to such a level of proficiency that they never need to look? If I'm doing this, obviously I'm basically memorizing what the right hand has to do, rather than looking at the music, so I can focus on the left hand. Seems like I'm cheating if I do that.
Any tips, advice, helpful studies would be much appreciated.
I'm actually finding Mozart's D Minor Fantasy (from a Grade 6 book!) easier to learn than this wretched Schubert piece!!