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Views on J. S. Bach – Interview with pianist Peter Hill

A recognised authority in 20th century and contemporary music, Peter Hill turns for the first time on disc to another of his lifelong preoccupations – the music of J. S. Bach. In this exclusive interview for Piano Street, Peter shares his ideas on the world of Johann Sebastian Bach. Read more >>

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« on: November 06, 2017, 10:27:59 AM »

Hi, I'm Daniel

I started piano lessons when I was 5 and have followed the ABRSM program. I took about a year per grade, so i studied 3 pieces per year with scales etc but nothing more. I finished grade 7 in 2015 and started grade 8. A few months later i started doing A levels at college so i wasn't practising as much and I never took the exam as the syllabus expired.

So I'm looking to get back into playing properly. I've got as much time as I need this year until uni starts in September, and I was hoping to get to a point where I could start grade 8 again when the new 2019-2020 syllabus is released. At the moment having a teacher is not feasible.

I was looking for a bit of advice on the best way to achieve this. I have the Hanon exercise series and Henle versions of Bach inventions and sinfonias (and the Italian Concerto), Chopin Preludes, Beethoven Bagatelles and Mozart Sonatas 10-18.

I was thinking something like: Work through Hanon then scale and arpeggios to build technique
                                            Bach 2 and 3 part inventions for learning counterpoint and hand
                                            Then Mozart K545 to get into the classical era stuff
                                            Beethoven bagatelles for the same reason
                                            Then some of the easier Chopin Preludes for the romantic stuff

Any thoughts or opinions/advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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