Week Two: Joie de musique!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK TWO Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
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!
I made a practice video of the first 2 pages of the etude today.
- Piece you worked on: Alkan Op 35. no 5
- One thing you found easy: The main theme is very catch after hearing it a few times and is easy to memorise
- One thing you found difficult: Taking a video of myself playing. I found it very distracting and added to my stage anxiety. LOL. I purposely played at a slower speed for the video recording but I still kept messing up the notes and found it hard not to accelerate as the piece progressed.
I apologize that I didn't get any work done this week; I had a wedding to play for today, and so that took a lot of time (I didn't play any French music for it... It was all German, now that I think about), and I also have to finish learning the prelude from the Bach prelude and fugue that I had shown during Bach month. I hope to work some on it next week. I've listened to some of the recordings this week, however, and you all are progressing very well! I'm looking forward to here the completions next week!
Piece you worked on: Faure’s 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’s 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.