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Postby johnmar78 on Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:44 pm

as I mentioned before, there is a gap between the digital piano-the good ones clp250 vs grand.

Or real piano. One you can played with your soul thru the sound produced. whereas on the digital one, you really can not FULLY released your soul and expression...
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Postby PJF on Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:17 am

juufa72 wrote:Thank you everyone. For a generous reply:

1) No I have not been playing Brahms. I like to listen to Brahms but to play it is a pain in the ___

2) I would like to take a long vacation from playing but I have a small recital in late november or early december. I was thinking of playing a Hungarian Rhapsodie....oh wait, THE ONLY hungarian rhapsodie I know how to play (somewhat): #5. Or Daniel G. Mason's "Variations on the theme of Yankee Doodle through the styles of various composers"

3) Are there any keyboard owners and players out there? I just have a small medium-grade keyboard (Roland ep-70, I believe) and I think the medium that I play on contributes to my lackluster playing and low motivation to play. Is it just me or when playing a real piano the self feels different and it is almost orgasmic (for the lack of a better word) :?:

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If a vacation is not feasible, (I completely understand) the anwer to your bad sessions may be as simple as practicing less days per week. Is your repertoire too ambitious? If so, take the difficulty level down a few clicks.

Just take it easy until you get your wits about you.


GOOD LUCK!


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Postby juufa72 on Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:04 am

PJF wrote: Is your repertoire too ambitious? If so, take the difficulty level down a few clicks.


How much easier can i get with pieces like:

Tchaikovsky's Album for the young - the sick doll, the doll's burial, german dance, In church, old french song

Liszt- Waltz in A minor (if you want to see the sheet music for this just PM with your email address. this piece is insanely "easy" but yet I cannot get it down)

???????????? :twisted:Maybe I just need to quit for a year or two. :?:
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Postby PJF on Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:28 pm

MindenBlues wrote:I notice, the older I get, the more I try to get the piano to "sing". That means, playing more dynamically, especially softer, is what takes more attention compared to my old teenager playing. I hope that's a good thing too. It took decades to realize that playing soft and even is what can win hearts but what is much more difficult than banging on the keys.

The technical most demanding combination in my opinion is playing fast, evenly, soft, staccato. It will take some more decades to get really good in that, but once mastered it sounds cool, there are some suitable Bach WTC preludes waiting for that combination ...



A piece that does very well with that technical combination is Chopin's etude 10/7.
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Postby PJF on Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:38 pm

juufa72 wrote:
PJF wrote: Is your repertoire too ambitious? If so, take the difficulty level down a few clicks.


How much easier can I get with pieces like:

Tchaikovsky's Album for the young - the sick doll, the doll's burial, german dance, In church, old french song

Liszt- Waltz in A minor (if you want to see the sheet music for this just PM with your email address. this piece is insanely "easy" but yet I cannot get it down)

???????????? :twisted:Maybe I just need to quit for a year or two. :?:



You may need some time off. Given your upcoming recital, a week off might be what you need. From what I've read, I think your practice habits could be holding you back. A good teacher is necessary, or at least very helpful to a pianist in your situation. Don't fret, just keep telling yourself, "There is a solution, I just haven't found it yet". You can do it.



How's your music theory?

Do you have a teacher?
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Postby juufa72 on Sun Aug 13, 2006 12:45 am

PJF wrote:
juufa72 wrote:
PJF wrote: Is your repertoire too ambitious? If so, take the difficulty level down a few clicks.


How much easier can I get with pieces like:

Tchaikovsky's Album for the young - the sick doll, the doll's burial, german dance, In church, old french song

Liszt- Waltz in A minor (if you want to see the sheet music for this just PM with your email address. this piece is insanely "easy" but yet I cannot get it down)

???????????? :twisted:Maybe I just need to quit for a year or two. :?:



You may need some time off. Given your upcoming recital, a week off might be what you need. From what I've read, I think your practice habits could be holding you back. A good teacher is necessary, or at least very helpful to a pianist in your situation. Don't fret, just keep telling yourself, "There is a solution, I just haven't found it yet". You can do it.



How's your music theory?

Do you have a teacher?


Music theory????

Teacher = none.
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Postby PJF on Sun Aug 13, 2006 2:13 am

juufa72 wrote:
PJF wrote:
juufa72 wrote:
PJF wrote: Is your repertoire too ambitious? If so, take the difficulty level down a few clicks.


How much easier can I get with pieces like:

Tchaikovsky's Album for the young - the sick doll, the doll's burial, german dance, In church, old french song

Liszt- Waltz in A minor (if you want to see the sheet music for this just PM with your email address. this piece is insanely "easy" but yet I cannot get it down)

???????????? :twisted:Maybe I just need to quit for a year or two. :?:



You may need some time off. Given your upcoming recital, a week off might be what you need. From what I've read, I think your practice habits could be holding you back. A good teacher is necessary, or at least very helpful to a pianist in your situation. Don't fret, just keep telling yourself, "There is a solution, I just haven't found it yet". You can do it.



How's your music theory?

Do you have a teacher?


Music theory????

Teacher = none.



To the pianist, music theory is what the alphabet, dictionary and thesaurus are to the writer.

Teacher is to student as steering wheel is to car.


After a little thought, I feel that you don't need a long break. What you do need is to learn what you don't know that you don't know. You would benefit greatly from the guidance of a teacher. I can help some, but forums are nice for chat, not so good for giving piano lessons.

I'll start a new topic about music theory somewhere else in this forum. Look for it. Now, go find a good teacher!
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