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Topic: My two problems(for help!!!)  (Read 2740 times)

Offline SmileShadow

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My two problems(for help!!!)
on: October 29, 2002, 12:57:46 AM
Hi, every genius pianists...

I am a new comer here. I like here on the first sight.
I have playing piano for several years. I can only say that I made great improvement only at the first year. After that I made no improvement even if I kept on practicing every day because I can not solve my technical problems...And then I almost gave up. But in fact I like piano and muisc very very much

These days I think I should start it again. And I am intending to begin from the very beginning on CZERNY 849 and some simple pieces of bach...

My problems are concluded from me and my previous piano teacher. First , my figures and forearms always tense up (Maybe because my piano teacher is a very strict with me so each time when I am taking the piano lesson I am very nervous) .I know that each figure should relax right after it played one key..But I cannot do that unless I play extremely slowly in which situation I have to pay all my attention to each figure.

And I can not play fast ,either.I have played several sonatas of M.Clementi(op 36). I can play at low speed without errors, but when I speed up as the the teacher requested, I did it in a mess :((.

So how can I make my figures and arms comfortable and relax !!!! How can I speed up(not so fast as Liszt ,only can meet the need of czerny 849)!!! :'(..

Any help and suggestion will be very appreciated....

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Offline ludwig

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Re: My two problems(for help!!!)
Reply #1 on: October 29, 2002, 12:12:42 PM
Hi, SmileShadow,

welcome, I think for improvement, you'll have to have some strategies when you're practicing, are there any that you have been using? Because the biggest time waster on the piano is to play pieces over and over again... Also, I have a student who can play pretty well, but whenever I tell her to speed up, she ends up in a mess... To be able to do this, I think you should know the piece well, getting every detail comfortable at a very slow speed, then working your way up, I'm sure there are sections you could play fast, just not all of it... so practice the difficult parts using some strategies.

I'm sorry to hear that when you learnt with your previous teacher, you felt nervous because she was very strict, you should enjoy your lessons, and acquiring skills and ways of practice from a teacher. Find a teacher who you prefer, and tell them exactly what you want to acheive from learning the piano. Don't give up, and you'll progess along nicely.

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Offline Diabolos

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Re: My two problems(for help!!!)
Reply #2 on: November 01, 2002, 11:02:12 PM
Hi there.

First of all - talk to your teacher about your nervousness. That usually kills any relaxion in your forearms.

2nd, don't think that you have to be able to relax after every single tone while playing fast; the more advanced you are, the more easier it'll be. You should focus on playing pieces right now, because the worst thing to happen is to be stuck with a piece for a long time without advancing - at the level you are playing at right now.
You can improve your technique with Czerny, a good idea, I had to take that step a few years ago, too - so learn with Czerny and transfer it to your playing.

Speeding up is not a matter of nervousness - it's important to be really comfortable with that piece. If you play relaxed and slow, and get faster with the time, you won't have problems I think.

Good luck to you.


Offline benedict

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Re: My two problems(for help!!!)
Reply #3 on: November 02, 2002, 02:12:48 PM
You will find many ways to make things simple and manageable there :

Pressure and judgement can kill the most enthusiastic would be musician.

I wish you good luck

Offline SmileShadow

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Re: My two problems(for help!!!)
Reply #4 on: November 14, 2002, 02:06:34 AM
Thank you very much for replying.
I am also practicing Hanon everyday from very slowly to a little fast..
And I get a better feeling now.
My right hand seems to play comfortably, but the left hand is still out of my control and is easily to be tired.

Anyone has good suggestion on my strategy and Hanon practicing??

Thanks a lot

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