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Would you believe that I went up there, and there was a stupid horn player in the hall, sitting on the Steinway's bench and practicing? hmph...I'll be going back soon. :D

The measure is getting better, by the way. The one after it, with all the little notes, is near perfect now, and I never thought I'd get there. The chromatic run later in the piece still isn't there yet, but that's because I've barely worked on it at all. It's not as interesting:

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I've never had to play anything chromatic that fast, so it will just be a matter of repetition.

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Terez wrote:
Would you believe that I went up there, and there was a stupid horn player in the hall, sitting on the Steinway's bench and practicing? hmph...I'll be going back soon. :D

The measure is getting better, by the way. The one after it, with all the little notes, is near perfect now, and I never thought I'd get there. The chromatic run later in the piece still isn't there yet, but that's because I've barely worked on it at all. It's not as interesting:

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I've never had to play anything chromatic that fast, so it will just be a matter of repetition.


Stuff a dirty sock into his bell. :lol:

Glad it's getting better for you. I love that Etude, one of my favs from either Op 10 or Op 25. Never played it, but I sure love listening. Nothing like repetition to master those tough spots. ;) I've been doing the same with all my pieces. :D

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Horowitzian wrote:
Stuff a dirty sock into his bell. :lol:

Her. ;) :lol:

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Terez wrote:
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Stuff a dirty sock into his bell. :lol:

Her. ;) :lol:


Oops, my bad. :shock:

:lol:


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So, Terez, did you get any practice on the Steinways without errant horn players butting in? :lol:

On another note, I here there's supposed to be rough thunderstorms down your way today. Duck and take cover! :shock:

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haha, yes I did get tons of practicing in, but I started practicing other stuff besides that annoying measure. At least I've finally got fingerings I'm happy with for it. That's a good start - now I just need to add speed.

Because I know we're all bored...

Been mostly practicing the courante from the Bach e minor partita. It's got some tricky stuff in it that I'm finally almost able to play perfectly. Almost. This is at eighth note = about 144-160 (I think - not good at figuring out tempi in my head, don't pay attention to the numbers on the metronome, and I know I'm just playing it about as fast as it can possibly be played):

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On that one ^ I'm suspending bottom sixteenth note in the right hand, in the last measure of the first line, and etc. in the next two measures.

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Trying to suspend the pedal tone somehow in this one - right now, just with a touch of pedal on the downbeats, but I've thought about using the sostenuto pedal. :lol: In the second, third, and fourth measures of the first line, I just hold the descending bassline with my finger while playing the other notes (probably staccato).

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This one is fun to play, but tricky cause in that last measure on the top line, in the right hand, you have to do some rapid stuff with 4 and 5, and the RH first bit on the second line is STILL vexing me - the change of direction, I think.

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This is the trickiest bit in the whole piece, but I think I've finally got it down. I'm playing the right hand staccato through this one right now, just to make SURE I've got it, and it will probably be staccato-ish in performance.

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Same thing in a different key, but I'm suspending the top note of those same measures instead of the bottom one.

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Same thing in a different key, but this one's harder I think, because of the second measure. And the third.

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Wow. That looks hard. :shock: Glad it's coming together for you, though. ;) Those rhythms in some of those excerpts look downright scary. :lol:

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Meh, the rhythms themselves are easy for me. I played this for a master class the other day, and the lady running told me that I had a "good sense of rhythm" and that most people have a lot of difficulty with this courante because of its syncopations. But the syncopations don't bother me at all. Just the fast bits with awkward fingerings. :?

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Glad to hear it. ;)

I was mainly kidding. At least they fit together in some way, unlike a polyrhythm. :?

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Yeah, it's not really hard, unless the fingering is awkward. But it is so much fun to play. :D

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I played that courante in departmental recital class this morning (not a big deal - just for the piano majors/faculty) and managed to screw up every single excerpt I posted above. :lol:

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Back to the practice room. :lol:

I hope you can get it down to the point it's second nature, even in pressure situations. :D

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Yeah, I hope so. I'm really good at screwing things up though. :lol:

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I know the feeling. I totally screwed up the Rach Op. 3 no 5 that was in my sig at my teacher's studio recital a few weeks ago. I lost count of how many times I had played it through. I managed to improvise my way through it. :lol:

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