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Topic: Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody octave section  (Read 297 times)

Offline ranjit

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Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody octave section
on: December 23, 2022, 07:04:38 AM
I have always used this piece to benchmark some aspects of my progress, especially with octave passages and flexibility. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts.

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Offline frodo3

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Re: Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody octave section
Reply #1 on: December 23, 2022, 04:24:39 PM
I think it’s good to push the tempo of a piece beyond your ability (as you do here) IF it is done for only a very small portion of your total practice time for the piece.  Wouldn’t it be great to play this at your tempo with control!  I would like to hear 2 other performances:  1) At half temp with total control and 2) at 80% tempo with mostly very good control.

P.S. – You are making GREAT progress and I don’t want to discourage you – so ignore my preaching if it is irritating!  :-X   :)

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Re: Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody octave section
Reply #2 on: December 23, 2022, 07:27:28 PM
Thanks for your feedback! I think playing this at tempo with control is simply beyond my ability at this point, so I'm not even trying, working on easier pieces. I taught myself this piece three years ago, and once I realised I actually could do it, I was very surprised, and basically stood back and realised that I should take this seriously and get a teacher because I probably had some talent. Initially, I was discouraged because everyone said it was impossible to learn piano at my age, so I was like why waste money on a teacher when you'll never be able to play well anyway?

That said, if I were to work on this piece, I would definitely approach it differently. The best idea I have heard so far is to program in wrist relaxations with octave groupings in short bursts.

P.S. – You are making GREAT progress and I don’t want to discourage you – so ignore my preaching if it is irritating!  :-X   :)
Not at all, and thank you! We can be our own worst critics so it's great to hear that my playing is getting better at a good pace.
 

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