Dan's Practice Diary
Hello All! This is my first post to Tonebase, and I hope to be able to take part in the community concert. Like many others, I've been returning to classical piano during the pandemic. I am an intermediate player and would like to discover new, interesting pieces to play during this event. Suggestions are always welcome!
My current practice routine was adjusted recently after watching Dominic's recent practicing video. Currently, it is:
- Parallel scales: major, harmonic and melodic minors in unison, 3rds, 10ths, and 6ths,
- Russian scales in major, harmonic and melodic minors.
- Russian arpeggios in their 11 variants as learned about on Tonebase.
- Slow practice through Chopin Etudes Op 10, 1 & 2. These are way over my skill level, so they are not likely to be performable anytime soon.
- Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 no. 4 in D, around 75% memorized. This is my "stretch" piece and is very challenging for me, but I think it is beautiful.
- Chopin Waltz Op. 64 no. 2 in C#m: memorized.
- Chopin Nocturne Op. 72 no. 1 in Em: Memorization work, around 50%.
- Debussy Clair De Lune: still working on mechanics.
- Schubert Impromptu Op 90. no. 3 in Gb: also mechanical work, but getting there.
I also enjoy reharmonizing and arranging pop songs into interesting piano solos. If it's permitted, I hope to share two of these at the concert:
- Adele "Someone Like You"
- Billie Eilish "No Time To Die"