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Offline faa2010

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Stop being too choppy
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:15:56 PM »
Could you please give me some advice about how to being less choppy and more fluid with playing the piano?

Piano pieces and other suggestions are accepted.

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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #1 on: January 30, 2012, 04:56:27 PM »
Work on your rhythm. Use a metronome. If the notes don't sound when they are expected and are either too early or too late you will sound choppy.

Also try to play with an even volume through a phrase. Of course put the accents etc., in. Pick a volume and stay with it.

This will take some time. Be patient. 
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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 09:10:19 PM »
Could you please give me some advice about how to being less choppy and more fluid with playing the piano?

Piano pieces and other suggestions are accepted.

Not any real ones without seeing you play..  At this point all can be said is try not to play so choppy. You could work on soft gentle pieces that demand a gentle touch. I have no idea what your level is though..

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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 03:01:19 PM »
Not any real ones without seeing you play..  At this point all can be said is try not to play so choppy. You could work on soft gentle pieces that demand a gentle touch. I have no idea what your level is though..

Ok, here are old records of my playing:

http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=41960.0

http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=42085.0

In the first one, I record it two times (the one of the video is not mine).

I still owe to the site videos so my hands and fingering would be checked btw.

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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012, 04:42:37 PM »
After listening to your recordings, everything I said before stands. In addition you need to really have the piece down cold. First use the metronome to get the notes even, especially at that speed. Slow down until you can play the entire piece clean without hesitations.
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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 01:39:37 AM »
If you are practicing fast pieces you should practice the piece slowly 90 percent of the time spent on the piece. Do some rhythm practice too. I find that usually helps me in improving the speed of playing. Play softly all the way through, slowly and then quickly. Might also be a good idea to play loudly, slowly while at the same time trying to avoid tension in your fingers and hands.

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Re: Stop being too choppy
«Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 03:10:32 AM »
Ah I was going to say you need to flow between the notes, however, I think the bigger issue here is rhythm and lack of continuity. There are just places where the music seems to freeze. Rubato isn't freezing the music; it's stretching it. When you freeze like that it seems like you are unsure whether you know the notes or not. It stops the flow of the music while if you stretch it, it just slows down the flow a bit.

And continuity: which is probably another huge reason why it sounds choppy. There's too much empty space between taking off the pedal and putting it back. I think you are taking the pedals too literally. Although it says to take it off on the 3rd note of each beat, I think you should hold it longer just so that the sound is continuous.
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