Go figure....trying to pick up some rock and roll and after a month of frustration, my teacher decides my left hand is week and needs work. Got just the thing for you. Yeah, right. Said it would be worth 3 years of practice. I said yes, but it will take me 5 to learn it all if at all. Anyway I lost and here I am.
Just looking for some general feedback on what to look for and what not to do. Whether to learn one or both at the same time, any special fingering or anything that becomes obvious once you've learned it, but is not transparent starting out.
I am a grade 7 pianist but i have learned works above grade 8 if Un Sospiro is above grade 8. I therefore know that learning this piece would be achievable, however i have a concert in about a month and a half. I would like to add this piece in but i am not sure how difficult this piece is. I am also finishing other pieces for the concert and so if i learn it now i will be multi tasking with the other two pieces i am finishing.
Anyway i would be greatful if someone could tell me the difficulty of the piece, if anyone has studied it than could you tell me advice regarding learning it. Finally i would apreciate advice on whether i should learn it considering the fact that i have other things to finish before the concert. I wouldn't want to start this piece and realise it's dragging me down to much and have to stop it.
I'd really like to learn this piece, but I dont want to rush into things when im really not sure on the fingering. I don't want to have to wait til my next lesson to ask my teacher, so if anyone knows any good fingering techniques for this piece, please let me know
In November I will be taking the Grade 8 exam. One of the pieces I am learning for this exam is Bach's Fugue In C Minor from Book 1 of the WTC. What things do you think I need to know about this piece, in the event the examiner asks me questions about it? Remember its Grade 8, not Diploma level so I don't need to go to a really technical level. Any tips would be helpful.
PS. I already know about the analysis at this site: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~tas3/wtc.html but I think it is too in-depth for this grade, and I don't really understand what it's harping on about anyway!
I am playing the Fugue in C Minor (three voices), Book 1, WTC. Are there any tips for bringing out the middle voice? This is often played with the top voice in the right hand and it gets lost in my playing...
Based on a thoughtful comment I received in the Audition Room -- see http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,21317.0.html I'd appreciate suggestions for improving the synchronization of my hands in playing intricate or symmetrical passage work. My own thought has been to practice slowly, with different rhythms, and then with metronome at increasing speed. I also try HS, especially if I can tell which hand is lagging and needs to be solidified.
Suggestions for a more efficient or alternative approach? Thanks.
I am just starting to work at this, hands separate so far. The only part which concerns meis the presto section of the prelude - I dont know if I will succeed in playing it at double the speed of the previous part
Presto = twice as fast as the main section; translation: 2 bars in bars 1-27 = 1 bar in bars 28-33 Adagio = twice as slow as the main section; translation: 1 bar in bars 28-33 = 1 eighth-note in bar 34 Allegro = back to the original tempo translation: 1 eighth-note in bar 34 = 1 quarter-note in bars 35-38.
She suggests the alternative....
Another option assumes a 2:3 proportion between the outer sections on the one hand and the Presto–Adagio on the other hand. While this option does not maintain the balanced structure mentioned above, it allows a simpler transition into the fugue. (Approximate metronome settings: (a) beginning beat = 72, Presto = 144, Adagio = 36, Allegro = 72; (b) beginning beat = 88, Presto = 132, Adagio = 66, Allegro = 88.
Anyone have suggestions about this or any other issues in the piece?
Im sure the fugue will have its moments when i start to put hands together
My teacher is using a method I've never come up against before - I was wondering if this is a traditional way to teach this prelude.
After a couple or weeks of standard HS practice she told me to put the hands together - but with the metronome at 40 to the sixteenth note (that's a semiquaver to non-US folks)! Only once I can match this beat throughout the whole piece (and that's 38x16 = 608 beats = 15 minutes) will I be allowed to start to speed up. I'm having trouble staying awake, much less matching the metronome for 15 minutes straight.
Has anyone encountered this form of torture practice with this piece, or any other?
Trying to decide on a performance speed for Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Minor. Torn between fast, flowing and dramatic and Glen Gould's version which is slower, but, to my ear, really "tells a story".
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