What are you playing now?
What's your current piano project?
jon-nyc last edited by
Rachmaninoff Etude Tableau Op 33/2 C major
Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op 13
My current piano project is motivating myself to sit on the bench and play something.
taiwan_girl last edited by
Like George, trying to get more motivated so choosing something fairly easy - "The Dance" by Garth Brooks
jon-nyc last edited by jon-nyc
I seem to have abandoned the Schumann for more Rach, at least for now.
Working on Rachmaninoff 23/1 F minor, 32/2 C major, 39/2 A minor.
George K last edited by George K
My finger seems to have recovered, for the most part, from the surgery I had in January to release the trigger finger. I was plagued with achy pains for months afterward, and then, in July, it stopped hurting, for the most part. It's not fully functional, in the sense that it doesn't extend as fully as the others.
Fortunately, full extension is not an issue for playing piano, and as long as there's no pain, I'm good to go.
I got in contact with one of my first teachers. She's pleasant and enthusiastic. Not as critical as can be, but she offers encouragement and structure (which is what I need).
Had my first lesson with her yesterday and we decided to work on these two pieces.
I had the b-minor Chopin mazurka under my fingers a while ago, so we thought we'd revisit some Chopin.
Opus 6 #1:Link to video
Mompou cancons i danses #5Link to video
The thing about Mompou is that, for my fingers, the chords and harmonies are so "unnatural." THey're lovely, of course, but they don't just "fit" like composers from a century earlier.
There's a lot of tricky stuff in the left hand as well...
Gonna be fun.
Mik last edited by
Glad you are back at it! I'm just playing around with improv in Cm scale. Can't play much this week as the basement waterproofing guys are here and they make a LOT of noise.
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Been playing guitar way more than piano lately. So much so that I am pretty damn rusty on the ol' ivories.
Just playing around with some bluesy, jazzy improvs mostly. I have been watching and listening to players such as Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, etc. I have the opening sequence to Deep River Blues and it has morphed into something that now just "borrows from it" vs. being a cover.
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George, that Chopin mazurka is delightful - a bit like something Scriabin might have written. And the Mompou should be fun - something is both engaging - but also not known by everyone.
I continue to grind in a few things that I was working on earlier in the year - trying to commit to my increasingly feeble memory - 3 Brahms intermezzi and the Chopin Scherzo #2 in B flat minor. I've liked that Scherzo since early childhood and for some reason have always shied away from it - maybe because I remember Rubinstein's performance? I started it a couple of months ago and was amazed at how well it falls into my fingers. AND, there's oodles of repetition. This is one of two pieces that Franz Liszt would not allow to be played in his studio - the other being his Hungarian Rhapsody #2. Apparently, the two works were so overplayed that he couldn't stand to hear to hear them butchered. He'd certainly feel that way if he heard me. I think I should probably have some folks who know the work listen to me - and make sure I don't cause Liszt and Chopin begin to roll over in their respective tombs. I may take a couple of virtual lessons, now that has become more feasible.
jon-nyc last edited by
I’ve been dusting off some Rachmaninoff from a couple years ago. Trying to decide if now’s the time to commit to a Chopin Ballade.
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Started to sit at the piano on a daily basis for the past week.
Revisiting the Chopin Prelude in Bm. I always liked this one. It sounds easy to play but it is actually quite tricky to get it to sound good.
Doctor Phibes last edited by Doctor Phibes
Started playing the tenor sax again after a mostly enforced break of about 4 years. A single-family home is a wonderful thing.
God, I've missed it. It's safe to say that nobody else has.
I'm a bit rusty to say the least.
Gonna call that Chopin mazurka complete and under my fingers (which means that I'll forget it in about a month, but easily resurrect-able).
Here's a guy talking about interpreting that mazurka.Link to video
The Mompou and Poulenc are coming along nicely, but much of the Mompou is demanding because of tricky left hand parts (as I mentioned).
In the meantime, gonna pick this up:Link to video
Not too difficult until you get up to speed, LOL.
Trying to re-learn the Toccata from Ravel’s ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin’. Lots of notes. Playing slowly and gradually increasing tempo. Need to solidify memorization.
That Kabalevsky is a TON of fun to play. There are a few YouTube videos out there, and all of them play it devilishly fast. Faster than I want/am able to.
This is more representative of my tempo:Link to video
I'm not sure if I'm all that fond of his interpretation - it's a bit "dry."
I also started working on (sigh) the Pathetique. I figured it's something I should learn while I'm still on the green side. I'd call the 1st movement about 50% done.
Another "big" project that I started a couple of weeks ago is the Italian Concerto. I'd forgotten how damn exacting Bach can be. It's good discipline.