Week 1: Status check! (also pick your piece!)
Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between January 23 - 30 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Here is this week's assignment!
1. Pick your piece!
2. If a new piece, post your sight-reading of it (never hurts to practice this valuable skill!) If it is an old piece, let's try and dust it off, and play through what we can, to evaluate its current condition. Let us know what your "piece status" is!
3. Optional: Tell us WHY you picked this piece that you love so much!
I have chosen the Liszt Sonata because of the depth of endurance required to play this piece... a marathon for the soul/spirit/body... I enjoy and love a challenge, because my experiences of transformation of my psyche enable me to understand other people's minds and assist them as they come to union with the God that created them. +
Beethoven Sonata 12 Opus 26 Andante with Variations
First submission of Variation 1
It does sound insufferably slow. Maybe that's not so bad at this stage, since it may condition me to accept that tempo while learning the more tricky variations 2, 4 and 5.
Will and Libby, thanks so much for your encouragement.
Help! Can anyone here who really knows how to read music look at this excerpt and tell me, in measure 80, should the right hand play an A or an A flat (the natural specified in the base cleff applies to the simultaneous note in the treble cleff)? Sounds pretty good to me playing A flat up there.
Hello everyone! I picked Chopin Ballade Nr. 4. Why - I have fallen in love with Chopin since the last Chopin Competition in Oct 2021.
Last year I played a lot - some Etudes, Nocturnes, 2 Scherzos.
My absolute favorite piece is Sonata Nr 3, but this piece is too long and really difficult. 2 weeks ago my teacher told me , I should play a Ballade now. I have played the first and third already and the second one is not my favorite piece. So it leaves the fourth. But in my whole piano time, I have never thought about this piece - not to play, even can’t remember I have listen to it, except the beginning. And anyway it’s only for professional pianists …. I decided to forget all fixed ideas about it and have a look at it. And after 3-4 hours practicing I have fallen in love with this piece. Can’t get out of my mind. Maybe is a bit over my level - doesn’t matter. I have practiced it now 15-20 hours. Couldn’t make the whole piece but the half one. My challenge is to get through it in the next three weeks.
Dominic thanks for this challenge!