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Topic: Best way to learn difficult songs?  (Read 3536 times)

Offline dante123113

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Best way to learn difficult songs?
on: June 21, 2015, 10:16:20 PM
Hello!
  I am an avid 16 year old pianist, at an intermediate skill level (I consider it to be intermediate, at least). I am looking for advice on the best way to learn an extremely difficult song. The hardest songs I currently know how to play are Taioo's version of the Skyrim theme, found on YouTube, of which the left handed appregios took a very long time to learn (although, I didn't actively try to learn it, as in practice everyday). The other song is called Kawaranai mono, from the anime movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which took me 3 months of practicing every weekday for 40 minutes straight, much to the annoyance of others.  :P

  The song I have been yearning to learn is called This Game from the anime No Game No Life. If you look it up on YouTube, I want to learn Animenz's version, of which the sheet music can be found here: https://sheethost.com/sheet/8sUORu . I understand that this piece has a drastic (understatement) difference in skill between the skill I have now, and the skill needed. This will, optimistically, take 1 year of solid practice for me to learn.

  I would like to know if anyone has any advice on the best approach to learning this song could be, or any difficult songs for the future. I already know to learn both hands TOGETHER from the start, as learning separately means you have to essentially relearn the song, but with both hands together.

  Thank you for reading this entire post, and for anyone who takes the time to comment!
  Sincerely,
Dante Fragapane

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 02:18:11 AM
Since this is a very specific question, do you mind if I PM you?

Offline dante123113

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #2 on: June 22, 2015, 05:07:58 AM
Not at all! Sorry about the super specific question!

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #3 on: June 22, 2015, 01:24:52 PM
pretty much how i approach all my difficult pieces.


break it down into the simplest bits and pieces you can handle then put them back together.  :)

Offline michael_sayers

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 04:39:16 PM
That isn't the way it worked out for Humpty Dumpty.




Mvh,
Michael

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 05:49:00 PM
That isn't the way it worked out for Humpty Dumpty.




Mvh,
Michael
always wondered where the egg came from,
fyi "
In children's books, Humpty Dumpty is portrayed as a large egg, usually dressed like a little boy. It's a sad story, as he gets busted up and nobody can fix him. However, the real story behind the rhyme dates back to the English Civil War. Humpty was a huge cannon mounted atop a high wall-like church tower. During the Siege of Colchester, The tower was hit by enemy cannon fire and Humpty suffered a great fall. There was no fixing the cannon or the tower, and the Humpty Dumpty rhyme was born. "

Offline michael_sayers

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #6 on: June 25, 2015, 09:17:02 AM
Hi Visitor,

Thanks for the background info!


Mvh,
Michael

Offline yellowcat12345

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #7 on: July 18, 2015, 07:40:11 AM
No Game No Life! I watched the anime (and I liked it!) but I don't know the song very well.
A piece of advice for practicing any difficult piece:
Start out at a slow tempo. Make sure you're comfortable with everything (notes, rhythm, etc.) before speeding up the tempo. When you speed up, do it gradually.
Good luck!  :)

Offline dcstudio

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Re: Best way to learn difficult songs?
Reply #8 on: July 18, 2015, 09:52:12 PM

best way to learn an extremely difficult song.



is to not think of it as extremely difficult... 


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