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Feedback on piano practise


I've been practising every day the piano, trying to follow the Piano practise method which I began on mid September (remember this article?)

The pieces I've practising are these ones, in chronological order:

Pieces I continued to practise "cold":

Mozart - Piano Sonata K 333 1st movement in Bb Major

I've got all in my head, but I always bump some notes somewhere, because I'm not as focused as I should be. It's very difficult to keep concentrated all the time, that's why sometimes I forget what to play. It's like I let my hands play all by themselves, but sometimes they need my brain to anticipate the next notes: if I'm absent at that time, hop, I fail.

For me, the most difficult part is the 2nd theme (in F major at the 1st exposition, in Bb major at the 2nd exposition):

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You have to be focused not to make a mistake, and stay regular.

The method I used was to repeat very fast hands separate the same pattern over and over. And then replay it hands together at the tempo. But nowadays I only play it from beginning to end, so I can't help myself make mistakes during the piece.

Schubert - Piano Sonata D959 4th movement (Rondo) in A Major

This piece is very long. I played it a lot, but there's always a part where I make a mistake. And the last quarter of the piece is somewhat difficult to memorize since I learnt it before learning the method. Not that it's difficult to plug the parts into the brain, it's because there are lots of measures to put together, and to complicate all of this, they look like each other.

For example, the part which begins like this:

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It takes 2 pages to get over it, I'm bored when I play it, so I often make a mistake.

I love the 2 themes in their completeness, so beautiful. I also like the way the 2 hands talk to each other. Thanks to Jonathan Biss and his course on Coursera, I learnt that Schubert was inspired by a Beethoven's Sonata where he used the same structure: 2 hands talking to each other, Cuts in the theme near the end, Presto at the coda.

1st theme:

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2nd theme: (in E major, 1st exposition)

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In fact I haven't played it for days now, I'm so focused on the Bach's inventions.

Schubert - Impromptu in F minor

I've learnt it a while ago, so didn't take so much time on it. Very pleasant to play, even if I don't really like the first theme in F minor.

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Bach - Inventions n°8 (F major), 1 (C major) and 13 (A minor)

I play them when I'm "cold", in order to test if I can play them without mistakes. Every now and them, I still make some, especially in the 13th one.

New pieces I learnt on the flow:

Bach - Invention n°2 (C minor)

It's a piece that I didn't like because of the melody which I don't think is beautiful. Anyway, the structure of the piece is awesome, since it's some kind of canon, Bach is really a genius.

So it's hard to play, and before, with I did sightreading, I was unable to play it correctly. Of course, you have to practise it hands separate (HS) before playing it hands together (HT)! (unless you have a IQ of 200!)

After practising a lot HS and memorizing each hand by heart, I was able to play it HT. Slowly at first, and then when I was at ease, I could go faster.

Anyway, to learn it by heart HS is easy, but learning HT on the fly, how hard it is... I think that's it's the best way to memorize the piece HT, because if I play HT while reading the score, I don't memorize. Because sight reading is easy for me if the piece is not too hard. I don't remember if it was written somewhere on the method if you have to try to play HT without the score, but it's a difficult part, poor brain!

I'm happy because now if I play this piece cold, I can play it without mistakes... 3 times on 4...

Bach - Invention n°3 (D major)

Tricky piece to memorize, still making some mistakes.

Bach - Invention n°15 (B minor)

I've played it a long time ago, it's some kind of revision.

Bach - Invention n°4 (D minor)


Bach - Invention n°6 (E major)


Mozart - Piano Sonata K333 2nd Movement in Eb Major

I'm very fond of this piece.

Mozart - Piano Sonata K333 3nd Movement in Bb Major

Tricky to memorize, but once you know how to play each part, and where is the repeated theme, it's a matter of time and practise.

Cesar Franck - Violin & Piano Sonata - 1st movement in A major

I play with a violonist friend, this whole sonata is wonderful. This movement is kind of hard to learn, it's mandatory to learn it by heart before playing some parts :)

Cesar Franck - Violin & Piano Sonata - 2nd movement in D minor

The most difficult movement of the sonata, but so good to play at real pace. I had to memorize nearly the whole piece in order to play it easily with the violin. It's so frustrating to play by sight reading, only focusing on the piano, and not listening to your partner playing the violin. The best is to listen while you're playing: it's some kind of reward to your practise.

Cesar Franck - Violin & Piano Sonata - 3rd movement in F# minor

The tricky part is the theme where the left hand jumps. 2 times. Learning this theme by heart is hard, because the chords sequence is not very easy to read.

Cesar Franck - Violin & Piano Sonata - 4th movement in A major

Very melodic movement, need to learn by heart nearly all the piece because of the jumps and the complexity of some parts.


I'm thinking of taking one piece and another to explain with details how I learnt it with the method. And even explain my own analysis of the piece, it may not be complete since I'm not a musicologist. But that takes a lot of time, so if you're interested in that (or something else I didn't thought of), could you let me know in the comments? Maybe I can try to make a video, but I always refrain to do one because of the mistakes, and also because I don't think it will be interesting for anyone.

So I go back to my training, see ya!



Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013 16:43  


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