Comments on memorising really struck home with me. I found it essential to become totally at home with every aspect of the E major chord for this piece. The 2 against 3 passages I found just had to be memorised in order to "switch" the brain from right to left while playing. And I still haven't got it exactly right....any tips on the old 2 against 3 problem? I find it particularly hard when in the last passage the 2's are in the right hand. As far as memorising -analysis of bars 34/5/6 and working out the quite straightforward pattern threw everything into focus. YES -focus, focus, focus, analyse - then - just play......Marina
Hi! I've been studying the piano for nearly nine months now, and I've decided to take a crack at this piece.
Basically, I'm wondering what kind of time is being used. The music is telling me it is in common, but it doesn't seem to work in it. For instance, in the first measure, there seems to be six beats, which I'm sure can't be right.
I appreciate any help given, and apologize ahead of time for my ignorance.
this was recorded way back about 1.5 years ago when i was preparing for my gr10 exam; i'm posting it up just to see how the audition room works (i'm fairly new a member here) Debussy is one of my favourite composers. feel free to comment please thanks
I have my first piano performance coming up since I was about 9 years old. I'm now in my third decade (yikes...!!! ). I'm not really ready for this... but I'll make a swing at it.. We'll see how it goes. I've had considerable stage experience with the violin. Somehow it feels different sitting in front of a huge instrument. I took piano lessons from about age 5 to 9, but not seriously, and didn't get very far. Piano teachers hated me. Thus I turned to violin because violin teachers loved me.
I'm going to be playing Debussy Arabesque #1 and I have it half-baked memorized. I have trouble with the section that has chords.. it's so similar to each other these chords that I get the parts mixed up. So much easier to memorize on the violin when there's only a few notes at a time to memorize.
Memory lapse is my biggest fear. I've been playing this piece for about 3 weeks... off and on mostly on the weekends. The performance is tomorrow. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated for someone who's getting back into piano. It really feels like it is my first piano performance in public, as I don't remember performing that much when I was younger.
Okay... I have a first performance on my piano (in almost 25 years) to try "today" at 2pm. I've been practicing this thing all night. Finally got it memorized.
Here's what I have so far, memorized.
Debussy Arabesque #1 (take one.. first time I've memorized it and recorded it.)
Jane, Thanks for posting this first... it inspired me to play it. That's the only reason I downloaded the sheet music from the internet (sheet music archive - no fingerings). So thank you very much Jane. I actually never remembered hearing this piece before (ignorant violinist before).
Okay guys and gals, bear with me. I'm posting this again because for the most part, I was disappointed with my previous posting of this piece. It is now about 1 month later. All memorized. My finger facility is improved and I'm a lot happier with this "recording."
Perhaps you can make comparisons to my previous postings of this piece. I'm actually going to play this in a masterclass coming up.
Still no real lessons, but a lot of chatting with all you wonderful people on the piano forum/street. That being said, okay now rip this playing apart. I'm getting closer to committing to lessons soon.
This is the second posting of this piece played by me on my Steinway B. And Recorded on my really hard to use PS04 Zoom walkman recorder.
Hello, I am going to do grade 8 exam in the autumn, and would appreciate comments on this. NB In particular, is the pedaling ok - given that this piece should be transparent I am not sure if I am using too much. Comments on other aspects welcomed also of course. Richard
I'm learning Debussy's Arabesque 1 and am having a hard time with the triplet phrases in the right hand over the eights in the left hand. I can't make them even. I've tried practicing them really slow but that doesn't help.
Please help - if I can't even practice them effectively I'm not sure if I can even do it. Any suggestions, techniques?
Hi there, I'm new to this site, and I thought I'd post a couple of my Piano videos from YouTube. I'm really sorry about the quality of the vids, but I couldn't get anything better than my mobile phone to record on. I will try and get better recordings though =)
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