Hey, thanks for all the nice comments!
These are good. I have not really got anything to comment except perhaps they sound rather flat as far as dynamics go. Could be the instrument or the recording, but could also be your playing.
It's probably a combination of all those you've mentioned -- the camera's not great and for now, this POS keyboard is my excuse for everything, but I also realize I've got work to do.
Fantasic improvisations ! Can't believe you are just doing that on the spot.
Yeah, I can seriously do that for hours -- it's not even a challenge, there are some scales and patterns I've invented for myself over the years that I just put together -- but this type of playing, for me, is not nearly as satisfying as being able to play a piece written by someone else with any amount of finesse and beauty, such as the Chopin mazurkas. That's why lately I've turned to classical and romantic stuff, as the challenges and the learning experiences make playing the instrument at least interesting (if not force my body to curl up into the fetal position, weeping sadly into my pillows...).
Speaking of technique - you only play classical for a year and are taking on Liszt Etudes
Maybe not the wisest choice, but I figure if I think I can handle them, they're at least worth a shot. I certainly don't focus on them and don't take on anything I know I couldn't play very well (for example, I wouldn't touch Mazeppa or Feux Follets from his transcendental etudes, but I can handle the nameless No. 10 fairly well, with the exception of few bars here and there that I'm still working on). I just kinda work at them in my spare time for the challenge. I don't get really pissed off when I can't play them well as I know they take a long time to learn and I have a lot of technique to develop before then, but when I find that somehow I can suddenly play certain difficult passages with ease, it reminds me that I'm making progress and makes me feel good about my playing. After all, they call these pieces "etudes," you're supposed to learn something from them, right?
Perhaps a little strengthening of the hands' interossei muscles could be useful in 'arch' development and articulation
Can you tell me more about what that means? (I had to look up interossei muscles on wikipedia, haha). Sometimes my teacher tells me that I need to stand my hands up a bit more ("make an arch"), but I find myself only doing it for certain pieces (like Chopin's black key etude). My left hand is a lot weaker than my right hand, for sure. I never seem to have problems mastering new passages of music with my right hand, but I have problems with certain arpeggios and chords and so forth with my left hand. My teacher is working with me on solving most of these problems. Learning Chopin's revolutionary etude taught me a lot about how to use my left hand, although I'll be damned if I still can't play that piece without making a mistake or two.