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stay away from the fugues!

What do you mean? Don't play them or don't listen to Barenboim play them?

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stay away from the fugues!

What do you mean? Don't play them or don't listen to Barenboim play them?


Both :!:

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Don't listen to him...fugues are awesome! :D

hehe....my roomie is a nursing major, and she's taking music appreciation. So, she's got this organ fugue that she's listening to, and I was trying to help her come up with stuff to say about it. lol...then I notice the title of the piece. It says "Organ Fugue in E Major". :lol: (It's the "Little Fugue" in G Minor...) So, either her teacher is dumb, or she just figured that a bunch of non-musicians would never know the difference...I let her listen to Olaf's recording, because her recording's organ sounds like a tin can.

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Taking a practicing break and feel like giving a progress report on my Bach piece. When my teacher first introduced me to it, I thought, ok – this is all right (the prelude). And it doesn’t look that hard. Now that I’ve been practicing it for a couple weeks, I think it is more than just all right. I like it – a lot! It definitely has grown on me. The way the hands have to be in sync and exact but still make it sound musical is a fun challenge. Can’t really explain it, but practicing at a slow tempo, sometimes my hands can actually do something right, and it’s very satisfying.

This particular prelude is beautiful in the beginning – the RH sings so gently a heart-wrenching melody. Then the faster section comes on and things are light and teasing, until the lower notes jump up the intensity. Then everything comes crashing down near the end and resolves on an E major chord. I love that!

Oh, and it certainly isn’t easy. Terez, I remember you talking about percussive playing in Bach. For now, because I cheat with the pedal sometimes, I’m not allowed to use it. My teacher wants me to develop more even playing between each finger and phrase. So I’m really playing in a more legato fashion, which sounds good to my ears.

I still have tons of work to do on the prelude. The fugue is in even earlier stages, but it is also getting to the point where I’m enjoying the intercourse between the voices. Not sure about playing a fugue with more than two voices, though. That might drive me crazy. Still, I can’t wait to see (hear) how far I can get with these pieces.

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Next update -

My Bach piece is getting worse, instead of better. I practice and practice and thought it wasn't half-bad a couple days ago. Today, it's terrible. What is going on? Maybe I'm just not cut out for Bach. All my fingers do now is trip over each other. :(

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If it's getting worse, then slow it down. I just went through that "getting worse" phase with my Bach piece. But I made it through. :D Try playing it with a metronome set on double time (so that you get more beat divisions) at a tempo you can handle with ease.

Also, you might just be having a bad day on it. Give it a rest for a day or two, and work on something else, and come back to it with a fresh attitude. ;)

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pianolady wrote:
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My Bach piece is getting worse, instead of better. I practice and practice and thought it wasn't half-bad a couple days ago. Today, it's terrible. What is going on? Maybe I'm just not cut out for Bach. All my fingers do now is trip over each other. :(


Theres always times when u practice piano, u feel really awkward and think that ur doing bad.
But u have to stick to it :D
Try playing slower, usually it takes few months to fully complete a difficult bach piece and well-tempered clavier is difficult.


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It's nice to have friends here who understand. Thanks to both of you for your support. I get a little 'down in the dumps' from time to time. It's so frustrating when you put in so much time at something and don't see any improvement.

The metronome is a good idea. I did use it some days ago, but I'm so impatient and think I can just sit down and play without hard, disciplined practice. I need reminding. And it's funny; I tell others to do these things all the time, yet I don't tell myself.

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usually it takes few months to fully complete a difficult bach piece and well-tempered clavier is difficult.


Argh! :lol:

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usually it takes few months to fully complete a difficult bach piece and well-tempered clavier is difficult.


Argh! :lol:



Yes, but the product is well worth the effort!

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pianolady wrote:
The metronome is a good idea. I did use it some days ago, but I'm so impatient and think I can just sit down and play without hard, disciplined practice. I need reminding. And it's funny; I tell others to do these things all the time, yet I don't tell myself.

I think the metronome is especially vital with Bach, because of the level of precision that is implicit in all of his music.

Good luck, Monica - I hope you make it over your hump soon. ;)

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Well...I think I'm over that hump. Today was a better day on the Prelude and Fugue. (still not done, though)

Except now I have developed a habit of clenching my teeth together so hard while I play that I end up with a huge headache. I never used to do this. Obviously, I'm doing it because of tension. I don't really feel like there is tension all the time in my hands, but there sure is in my mouth. Sheesh!
Does this happen to any of you?

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Except now I have developed a habit of clenching my teeth together so hard while I play that I end up with a huge headache.


Friday in the weightroom I saw a guy having a mouthguard in when he was doing Barbell Shoulder presses. Maybe you should goto your local sports store and buy a mouth guard (fitted to your size...being a woman, i recall, 5'3"-ish, it would be a "small") and wear it while you think you are clenching your jaws. See what happens with it in.

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I know you are trying to be helpful, but I tried playing through the fugue after I read this and started cracking up. I pictured myself sitting at the piano wearing some weird mouth contraption thingy, and now I don't know if I'll ever be able to play this with a straight face. But not only that, if I did get one of those things, I would only clench down on it instead of my teeth, so it probably wouldn't do any good. Still - thanks for a good laugh. ( :lol: :lol: me sitting at the piano looking like I'm ready to go into the boxing ring :lol: )

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Those things make you drool anyway. :lol:

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Those things make you drool anyway. :lol:


There is a technique of swallowing with a mouthguard in. I think I mastered it in my fifth year of football (I only played 6) :wink:

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Terez wrote:
Those things make you drool anyway. :lol:


Now there's a pretty picture! :lol: :lol:

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Hey Monica...I went to a doctoral piano recital this afternoon, and heard an arrangement of your prelude by Siloti (and also transposed to B minor). It was interesting...

This was her lineup:

Siloti/Bach Prelude
Mozart K 179 Variations on a minuet by Fisher
The Lark (Glinka song arranged by Balakirev)
Debussy L'isle joyeuse
intermission
Mussorgsky, Pictures

The first half of the program was awesome. Really, really awesome. Pictures disappointed, unfortunately...

EDIT: I just realized that it wasn't precisely your prelude that Siloti arranged. It was an earlier version that Bach later morphed into the WTC version. I was wondering why Siloti didn't do anything with the presto section, which is my favorite part. :lol:

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Hey Terez,

It's nice that you get to go to a lot of recitals.

It's been awhile since I have thought about Bach. I have plenty of other stuff I'm working on right now, but someday I should try out another Bach piece. I wouldn't mind another p/f and wonder if there are any slow ones? Although John R once suggested something else by Bach but I can't remember what. Oh, and I think you have suggested one or two or ten other pieces too! :lol:

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Hey Terez,

It's nice that you get to go to a lot of recitals.

Get to go, yes, but "have to go" is a lot more accurate. I've sat through a lot of stuff I otherwise wouldn't have sat through for recital credit. :lol:

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It's been awhile since I have thought about Bach. I have plenty of other stuff I'm working on right now, but someday I should try out another Bach piece. I wouldn't mind another p/f and wonder if there are any slow ones? Although John R once suggested something else by Bach but I can't remember what. Oh, and I think you have suggested one or two or ten other pieces too! :lol:

I remember the one John recommended cause it's the one I just played for an audition last spring - the WTC I-22 set in B-flat minor. You will luuuuuuuuuuuv the prelude (it's very romantic), and the fugue is that (relatively) easy 5-voice fugue I was telling you about. ;)

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