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May
4
comment Sight reading (“two hands”) for one non-performers?
Find some sort of graded curriculum or anthology that you haven't yet played, and try sight-reading a few pieces to figure out what level of music you can currently sight-read to your own satisfaction. Work on sight-reading at that level for a while, then move up when you're ready. Once you get a sense of what scores at your level look like, you can download a lot more for free at imslp.org if you need extra material at a given level (which you will, since you can only sight-read a piece once). By the way, a good teacher should be willing to address a student's individual goals!
May
4
comment strange fingering in moonlight sonata
And finger 4 on D# or not, if you play 1 2 3 on those triplets and you're getting ready for the next 1 on E, you then have 1, 2 and 3 clustered together on E, F# and G#, which makes it hard to reach the E with 5 gracefully.
May
4
comment strange fingering in moonlight sonata
Sempre senza sordini means "use the pedal throughout the piece". It does not mean "leave the pedal down forever without changing."
Apr
5
comment Realistic long-term goals for an adult piano learner? (Limits of adult learning)
Hey Velvet Ghost, you seem to have a lot of questions about your own progress that might not fit within the highly structured format of stackexchange. Maybe you might try checking out some of the more forum-like classical music sites on the internet for answers to those questions. This one is really designed as a general-public Q&A and not so much intended for personal recommendations or conversation.
Apr
3
comment Realistic long-term goals for an adult piano learner? (Limits of adult learning)
The only limitation here is your practice time. At an hour a day, you probably won't be able to learn those "dream" pieces, at least not within a reasonable timeframe. As you start to play pieces that are more than 5-10 minutes in length you'll notice that it takes more practice time to absorb everything. That said, don't despair! If you can make more practice time, work hard, and enjoy learning, you can do it. Kids have simply logged more hours of practice time before they become working adults -- that's the biggest difference.
Mar
25
comment Fast octaves on the piano
The score on IMSLP shows 32nd notes...!
Feb
27
comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
About the two-part inventions: it's not so much the technical difficulty as it is the combination of technical issues and multiple melodic voices. It would not be fun to try to learn a two-part invention as the first-ever piece with multiple melodies. So that's why most students get the Anna Magdalena Bach minuets first--those are a much easier introduction to the idea of two voices at once. (By the way, Anna Magdalena Bach was J. S.'s wife, not a child ;)
Feb
27
comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
You're welcome! I have been teaching for about 5 years now and know that it can be tricky to go back and assess difficulty of pieces for students. That takes a new teacher some time to get used to (even a really great teacher). Hope your teacher doesn't mind you crowdsourcing for other people's recommendations ;) good luck! Oh, regarding the Grieg, he wrote several books of Lyric Pieces and the difficulty increases as the opus number goes up. So pay attention to opus numbers. Op. 12 are the easiest as I recall.
Feb
26
comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
I should add two or more of the Minuets from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. This book was put together by J.S. Bach. He wrote some of the pieces in it, Christian Petzold wrote others, and some are anonymous. They will seem easy now, but it's important to get used to playing music with 2 melodies at once before you dive into the Inventions or anything more complicated with multiple voices (simultaneous melodies).
Feb
26
comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
OK. Many people make a division between post-romantic (Debussy-Ravel-Rachmaninoff etc) and contemporary. Or between pre-1950 and post-1950.
Feb
25
comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
By post-romantic do you mean the Debussy-Ravel-Rachmaninoff era, or do you mean everything up to the present day?
Feb
17
comment When playing in a minor key, will the chords be minor as well?
Even a beginner should have a C# in their palette of D minor notes -- to allow for A major, the dominant of D minor!
Feb
9
comment What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music
+1 And don't be intimidated by the complexity of playing the piano. If you're learning in order to compose, your major goal is learning to pick out lines and try different kinds of things -- you're not trying to play a performance. (Unless of course you fall in love with the piano and start practicing a lot and performing!)
Jan
24
comment What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument?
You could try All for Strings (Anderson/Frost). My violinist spouse teaches from the beginner violin book which has 184 pieces that are all very short and tend to alternate between exercise-like and musically interesting. The viola book is probably similar.
Jan
3
comment Name for music that imitates speech
Peter Ablinger wrote some wonderful pieces that imitate the speech of famous people so closely that you can almost hear the words. youtube.com/watch?v=ZN_o6nKwY5U Then he went the extra mile and built an electronic player piano that transcribes voice to notes automatically. youtube.com/watch?v=muCPjK4nGY4
Dec
31
comment Need keyboard that sustains like an acoustic piano
Hi Slim, do you know of any actual instruments at a reasonable price point that have the synth capability you describe?
Dec
25
comment Limb independence for non-drummers
(Sorry, I missed how old this question was before I answered! Hope this is helpful to someone else.)
Nov
6
comment Goldberg Variation 28, right hand 4/5 trills
Why not play the trills 3/4 or even 2/3 if you have large enough hands to reach the other notes? Fingering is very individual and 4/5 is usually only for when you have no other option.