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Offline chechig

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #300 on: August 14, 2017, 08:34:37 PM »
Polishing Prelude op 28 n 13 by Chopin, soooo beautiful!!! Starting Scarlatti Sonata  k 466, super beautiful!! Also, the lyric waltz by Shostakovich, lots of fun. I'm thinking about the Intermezzo op 76 n 7 by Brahms, but not decided yet, it may be too difficult, i donīt know...

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #301 on: August 24, 2017, 05:37:51 AM »
Me,

- Chopin Etudes No. 5, 1, 2
(Learnt a bit of Op 25 No 11 but let it sit for a while because of time constraints)
- Liszt's La Campanella (Taking it slowly but surely)
- Chopin Scherzo Op 39 No 3
 and doing polish-work on the Ballade Op 23- still a bit of dynamic, pedal and an occasional wrong note.

-Beethoven Sonata No. 32 Op 111- really digging this piece, especially the second movement.

I really want to start a Chopin Polonaise once my schedule gets less cluttered, hopefully Op 44, 53, 61, or the Andante Spinato & Grande Polonaise Brilliante as those are my favorite by far.
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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #302 on: August 24, 2017, 07:34:45 AM »
Well, three months later ...

Practicing Bach Sinfonias 6, 7, and 15, looking at Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue.
Beethoven Sonatas 17, 23, and 26 (various movements from each).
Schubert Fantasie in F minor duet (primo).
Schumann Aufshwung.
Prokofiev Toccata.
Rachmaninoff Preludes Op. 32 No. 10 and 12.
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 (2nd movement).
Liszt Dante Sonata.
Trying to nail that dang coda on the Chopin 1st Ballade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Practicing:
Bach Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue
Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 1
Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34
Scriabin Etude Op. 2 No. 1
Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on BACH

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #303 on: September 08, 2017, 10:56:01 PM »
Herbie Hancock lines.
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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #304 on: September 09, 2017, 05:56:54 AM »
Just upcoming competition repertoire:

Schumann Kreisleriana Op.16
Scriabin Sonata No.4 op.30
Beethoven Op 2/2
Chopin Op 20, maybe op 47/38
Debussy Etude 7
Grieg Op 16
Want to do:
Chopin Concerti 1 and 2
Beethoven Waldstein
Ravel Miroirs

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #305 on: September 11, 2017, 12:13:39 AM »
Geza Zichy: Sonata for Left Hand Alone
Liszt: Petrarch Sonnet 104
Mozart: Sonata KV 547
Bernard Hermann: Concerto Macabre

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #306 on: September 12, 2017, 03:45:01 PM »
I'm a perennial student, I guess.  Still trying to be able to improvise jazz lines in thirds (split between the two hands), so I do some weird scales every day, like a diminished scale in thirds for three or four octaves, then down in major.

I got that idea of "switching" at the top of the scale from minor or diminished from the first bit of the last movement of Beethoven's Op. 27 no. 1. 

I don't know how long until I get bored of it, but I do like the sound of lines played in thirds, and lord knows my Chopin Op. 28 #3 (G) needs help, so I've got to work on my left hand.

ETA the other scale-oriented work focusing on LH I use as both music and as an excuse to do LH scales is the contrapunctus 9 from Ars fuga.  It's challenging to memorize all of it, so I'm devising some strategies to just deal with the first 60 bars.  Fortunately it's pretty amusing, so I'm not sick of it yet.

EETA I probably should add one of my little practice tricks I started doing a few weeks ago.  It's also a scale-practicing trick, but it keeps me amused.  So for a long time I've been doing various rhythm-changes heads (Anthropology, Oleo, Eternal Triangle, etc) in LH, so I just play a tune like "Parisian Thoroughfare" and switch mid-phrase from playing the melody iin RH to LH, and back and forth.  It's pretty tricky, and no one would mistake it for music, but it has the advantage of keeping my brain active, to some extent.
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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #307 on: September 27, 2017, 01:02:57 AM »
Have you done any study of the George Shearing style block chords/drop 2 voicings? They're a great way to play solo piano (and you can solo that way too, Bill Evans did on "Green Dolphin Street" and it sounded great)
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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #308 on: December 04, 2017, 12:45:38 PM »
im practicing chopin's fantaisie-impromptu now, the piece is very challenging, but very fun to play  ;D
btw what should i choose after mastering the fantaisie-impromptu?
Grande Valse Briliante or
Barcarolle (by Tchaikovsky)???

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #309 on: December 04, 2017, 09:01:20 PM »
I started Rach 39-1 last night...probably going to be occupied with that one for a while

Picked up Chopin's 4th ballade again. Might drop it since it's pretty hard LOL. Also, playing my own sonata, and just sightreading a bunch.

Trying to sightread orchestral scores - but found out that I suck at reading alto/tenor clef, and that transposing score is really hard to read because I can only read Bb transpositions quickly; the rest take time. Perhaps better than "trying" to read is "failing" to read.
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Offline beethovenfan01

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #310 on: December 04, 2017, 09:55:57 PM »
Now, again, after another 3 months ... quite a bit wiser as to what I can and can't play.

Learning:

Chopin Etudes Op. 10 No. 12 and Op. 25 No. 6.
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 (back on it yet again, might actually finish it this time!)
Schubert Fantasy in F minor (for duet).

Going to starting new repertoire soon. Looking at:

Debussy Pour le Piano
Liszt Wilde Jagd
Rachmaninoff Moment Musical No. 4 OR Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 4 (help me choose!)
Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 32 No. 13 (eventually)
Bach Prelude and Fugue WTC I No. 12
Haydn Sonata No. 52
Hamelin Paganini Variations OR Prokofiev Toccata
Practicing:
Bach Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue
Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 1
Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34
Scriabin Etude Op. 2 No. 1
Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on BACH

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #311 on: January 04, 2018, 07:08:11 PM »
Hi everyone! Brand new to Pianostreet. Looking forward to learning from everyone here.

I am learning the Chopin preludes. I am not sure that 8 (F# minor), 16 (B flat minor), 19 (E flat major), and 24 (D minor) are within my grasp, but the others seem doable. I also have my sights set on giving an hour-long concert in a year or so and have started Beethoven's "Les Adieux" sonata.

As a 20th century piece, I'm considering adding the Ravel Sonatine to this list. I've played the first movement (not to any level of polish) before and it's a beautiful work. Thinking this might be a nice "easier" piece to work on at the same time as Les Adieux...

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #312 on: February 13, 2018, 02:49:05 AM »
couple of Hummel sonatas

couple of Medtner Fairy tales


couple of Uematsu selections from Granblue Fantasy

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #313 on: March 15, 2018, 01:56:31 AM »
jazz arrangement by Hiroko Hasegawa of the Largo from Bach's keyboard concerto in f minor [2nd mov]
and also stuff I mentioned time too,  just adding this in for variety   and fun

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #314 on: March 16, 2018, 03:04:27 AM »
I'm doing a jazz gig probably within the next two months so...

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #315 on: March 20, 2018, 09:20:25 AM »
amadeus m. c minor fantasia k.475

small handful of l.v.b. bagatelles, one each from op. 33, 119, a couple from op. 126

fairly random and various preludes, fugues from vol. I wohltempierte klavier

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #316 on: June 04, 2018, 01:04:04 AM »
Mozart Sonata no 8, currently 1st mov, starting 2nd
Debussy Revery, soon La Fille aux Lin Cheveux
Bach Sinfonia 3 voices
Chopin Nocturne op 48 no 1
Armengol Cuban Dance no 3
Czerny op 299 exercise 3

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #317 on: June 05, 2018, 05:31:06 PM »
Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 No. 7
Beethoven Sonata Op. 53 (Waldstein)
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in G
Chopin Ballade Op. 47
Brahms Capriccio Op. 76

Trying to get into:

Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6
Bach Partita No. 2
Ravel Scarbo
Practicing:
Bach Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue
Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 1
Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34
Scriabin Etude Op. 2 No. 1
Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on BACH

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #318 on: January 22, 2020, 02:03:10 AM »
Have you done any study of the George Shearing style block chords/drop 2 voicings? They're a great way to play solo piano (and you can solo that way too, Bill Evans did on "Green Dolphin Street" and it sounded great)

This is maybe an unnecessary bump, but I didn't see this reply until just now.

Sure.  I don't like the formulaic nature of doing everything in, say, drop two, but months of listening to the same few Kenny Drew albums on cassette in the car made me reappreciate that it's a legitimate way to, at least, state the head melody in a trio context.  Of course it works fine for solo piano (not a big fan of doing Red Garland/Wynton Kelly style rootless voicings in solo — doesn't sound that good, to me, unless you get the roots and some coherent motion in the bass register, almost like a stride pianist).

I'm still a big fan of anchoring the harmony using a bass note, then working lines in thirds.

Or, using one of Bud Powell's tricks of using a quasi-ostinato bass pattern based around octaves.

For me now, I'm just still struggling to memorize a pretty good handful of tunes which I know, in theory.  As well as always reading through the WTC I & II and other oddments from Bach, among many other composers.
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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #319 on: January 22, 2020, 03:51:35 PM »
Beethoven's first piano sonata (not sonata number 1, which is different ,  doing actual first one in e flat major he did when he was 11 years old ,), assigned through school /lessons w my new super awesome piano Prof. #Beethoven250

Kapustin op 40 nos 1,2,3 but focus is on 1 for now to get it done in time for juries , others will follow

A Medtner fairy tale (one of the almost never played /hardly recorded ones )

A duet piano (2p4h) arrangement of a Mischa Levitsky waltz  (teacher will play secundo piano )


Select (x3 for now ) Brahms etudes from the 51 studies/exercises  set
Unofficially
Various Granblue Fantasy pieces ,

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #320 on: February 05, 2020, 05:52:31 AM »
  • Presto Agitato
  • Fantaisie impromptu
  • Journey from Destiny 2 game
  • Improving my sloppy technique


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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #321 on: February 11, 2020, 03:14:28 PM »
Beethoven's first piano sonata (not sonata number 1, which is different ,  doing actual first one in e flat major he did when he was 11 years old ,), assigned through school /lessons w my new super awesome piano Prof. #Beethoven250

Kapustin op 40 nos 1,2,3 but focus is on 1 for now to get it done in time for juries , others will follow

A Medtner fairy tale (one of the almost never played /hardly recorded ones )

A duet piano (2p4h) arrangement of a Mischa Levitsky waltz  (teacher will play secundo piano )


Select (x3 for now ) Brahms etudes from the 51 studies/exercises  set
Unofficially
Various Granblue Fantasy pieces ,
Began initial reading working basics for this prelude but as a long term project maybe a work for fall term since it's a bugger/bear if a piece , honestly the kapustin I'm wrestling with is "easier" to struggle through that this thing but it's such a cool piece

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #322 on: February 13, 2020, 05:06:57 PM »
I'm at a back to basics moment for the moment.   I'm working on Field Nocturnes and Bach Inventions and Sinfonias.   The idea is to simplify, work on counterpoint and lyrical voicing, with nuance, before tackling the sorts of works I'm more passionate about.

But I have a mini obsession with left hand works--the result has been that my left hand can do so much more.  I'm working my way through Godowsky's Waltz-Poems for the left hand.  I also give a little practice time to other left hand works to focus on specific things like 45 and 345 control and speed, rapid chords, double notes, and leaps.   My left hand can now do things my right hand can't dream of (like play La Campanella's right hand part).   I'm at a weird spot, because I'm getting to advanced technique with my left hand, so it's very exciting to add to that, but my right hand is still at beginner level, basically, and intricate work like counterpoint is still difficult for me.

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #323 on: March 13, 2020, 07:50:19 AM »
I'm exploring Beethoven nowadays. Currently I'm learning Op 109, and would play Pathetique or Pastoral for warmups.

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Re: What are you practicing?
«Reply #324 on: March 16, 2020, 11:48:12 PM »
A static routine still, and it's been cut down even more by life.  Something is wrong with the situation....
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