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 don't know what is the secret of this music, since if you play it, you want to play it again and again; if you listen to it, you want to listen it more and more. It has the magic power of the ancient spells... It is very curious since it sounds beautiful with different tempi or dynamics. I have tried to play it with the less sustain pedal possible, but I feel that I am not sure yet how to do it. So, I am going to play it again and again...
- Piece you worked on: Clair de lune (Debussy)
- One thing you found easy: It's a well-known piece, so it’s easier to read the music compared to the other pieces I don’t know.
- One thing you found difficult: It is very difficult to play it while listening to each layer of sound. I chose Clair de lune because tonebase offers free lesson on this piece. The lesson is wonderful and I can learn a lot.
Well it's been a fabulous week for me, i've learnt so many things from this little piece:
- Piece you worked on: Ravel's Prelude in A minor
- One thing you found easy: The first 3 bars are quite easy, and the tempo slow, so I could luxuriate in the feeling of (relatively) instant success!
- One thing you found difficult: Bar 6, the stretch of the second chord (RH) is quite uncomfortable, and I initially started dividing the notes in to both hands.
Now, i'm adding another category here today, because i've experienced a personal musical revelation:
- Things i've learnt this week: I have never tried to memorise a piece of music before, but I decided to try with this particular piece. As part of the process, I listened again to Dominic play the piece during the "French" live stream. I listened several times, and began to create a story in my mind. The imagery was still vivid as I tried to recreate the music on my own piano. There was such a difference in my playing: my hands were more relaxed, I was able to reach octaves more easily, notes seem to synchronise without so much effort, and I had no prodding from my tyrannical "inner critic". This was such a wonderful experience, it felt like a dramatic turning point in my musical journey. It seems a bit silly trying to express it now, but I just wanted to acknowledge this "gift" in the hope that it isn't just a fleeting visitor!
I'm still continuing Ravel's Pavane.....hoping to have it memorized and performance ready by July. Not much practice time yet this week, so thought I would record the entire piece, so I can see where my trouble spots are. It's funny.....when I record myself, new trouble spots always seem to reveal themselves, just like playing for others! It's in a rondo form: A - B - A1 - C - A2.
Piece I worked on: Ravel's Pavane
Things that went well: I feel I have the A and B sections in pretty good shape. The B section requires the sound to be very distant, and I feel I have achieved that.
Things I need to work on: The A1 and A2 sections continue to give me trouble with the rolled chords and making those sections flow. The C section has some bumpy spots as well.