Week Two: Joie de musique!

Hello and welcome to the WEEK TWO Main Thread for this challenge! 馃ぉ

 


Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.     

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Twice a week between May 16 - 23 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!     


Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):     

  • Piece you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!

Sample daily update:     

  • Piece you worked on: Ravel's Prelude
  • One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
  • One thing you found difficult: Shifting the Hands was a bit tricky to get smooth!

Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish! 

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  • Piece you worked on: Faure鈥檚 Romance Sans Paroles Op 17 No 3. Made it to the end of the piece this week (with a few blips of course). 

    One thing you found easy: Memorizing the piece. A lot of patterns (especially in the left hand). Also has very clear sections so it鈥檚 easier to learn in small parts.
    One thing you found difficult: Maintaining the tempo, especially in parts where it got louder.

     

    Next week hope to get more secure with the notes and incorporate better dynamics.

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thanks Sindre! I would have never known about Faure or this lovely piece without this month鈥檚 challenge.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you!

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    • Anthony Miyake
    • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
    • Anthony_Miyake
    • 2 mths ago
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    Finally got to record and upload my week 2 practice video. I haven't been able to practice piano as much as I'd like to as things have gotten really busy with work work and house work. But I love this month's theme and wanted to learn something new for this month's challenge.

    • Piece you worked on:  Debussy's Reverie (1890)
    • One thing you found easy: I've gotten a better flow on most of the piece now.  I especially enjoy playing the high G octave triplets (with the F and E held down) in measures 69-70.  It took me some focused practice, but once I got it, it became one of my favorite parts.
    • One thing you found difficult: Still working on measures 19-26 as I still take some time to search for the notes to play.  Also, need to learn to play measures 76-81 more smoothly.  These measures are marked with the LH crossing over, but I find it easier to play without the cross-over.  Just needs to be ironed out a bit.
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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Anthony Miyake Great job!  You are really getting the feel for this piece.

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
      • 2 mths ago
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      Gail Starr , thank you!  

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 2 mths ago
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      Anthony Miyake Well done! Very nice piece! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Anthony Miyake Very good job, Anthony! Very delicate piece!

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
      • 2 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven , thanks!  I've grown to really love this gem of a piece by Debussy.

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
      • 2 mths ago
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      Juan Carlos Olite , thank you!  

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    • Meiko
    • Meiko_Tabata
    • 2 mths ago
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      My week 3 Clair de lune practice upload. I learned this piece about 20 years ago, but since then, I had never played it until I  found the tonebase lesson by Jean Efflam Bavouzet. I decided to practice it again. I watched the lesson video repeatedly. It's wonderful, and I have learned a lot from his lesson. The more I practice, the more difficulty comes up, but I'm enjoying the music.  

    https://youtu.be/ij-2wnTXaFw

     

     
     

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    • Meiko Beautiful playing Meiko! Clair de lune never gets old no matter how many times you listen to it. Glad you decided to relearn it and share it with us.

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      • Meiko
      • Meiko_Tabata
      • 2 mths ago
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      Vidhya Bashyam Thank you! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Meiko Great playing Meiko, beautiful and intense!

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      • Meiko
      • Meiko_Tabata
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      Juan Carlos Olite Thank you! 

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