Pianistic Practice ’til 16-01-2021.

Alright, onto music!

In review for the new year, here are some objectives of what I plan to achieve this year with pianism and music in general. That is, between other obligations of mine… ’til the closing of this year:

  1. Memorize, and learn all 24 keys before the end of the year.
  2. Advance to second grade repertoire on piano.
  3. Advance to fifth grade theory.

In-between this, I’ve the intention of expanding more of my skillset in musicality, finger control, finger strength and so-fourth. I first began studying music some six months ago. Pianism was then studied three months after that. The journey has been a tremendous one, that I will indeed continue for many years to come. Progress may be delayed slightly, due to my PhD being due in early 2022. However, again, it doesn’t matter. The progress is of the utmost importance.

Pianistic Practice:

*Scales:

From my experience, when I first started taking lessons under my piano teacher… I was instructed to always practice scales–even she, at her level still practices with scales. I’ve found, in my practicing scales… they are perhaps the most beneficial way to acquire technical skill on the piano, past a sole reliance on repertoire. Many of the fundamental, and underlying skills (there are a lot of meta-skills–think, skills within skills, that a pianist must learn) can be acquired through scales.

Repertoire however, is still important for learning more micro-skills… just as well as articulation, rhythm, hand positions, different fingering, and so-fourth.

Scales have assisted in my becoming familiar with all 88 keys of the piano. Just as well: the amount of weight I ought to apply to register a better quality of sound (no thumping all the time); Finger independence, with finger switching; The position of hands on the keyboard, as well as the elevation of wrists above the keys–and my observation that the forearm, and wrists ought to be utilized past the fingers themselves. The fingers move to a minute degree, however, ‘power’ should not be sourced by the fingers alone.

As a pianist, economizing the use of energy throughout your playing is paramount. Especially since, there is more demanding repertoire to be learnt–and some pieces can extend over thirty minutes. With extensive octave leaps, and articulations… Rachmaninoff, I’ve heard is some of the most difficult repertoire to play. His, and of course… 20th century pieces.

LH & RH separate:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
Chromatic G Major & C Major (1 8ve)

Contrary motion both LH & RH:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)

Relative motion both LH & RH:
C Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
A Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
G Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
E Harmonic Minor (1 8ve & 2 8ve)
F Major (1 8ve & 2 8ve)

*Repertoire:

Skachka – Bi 15 from Dvadtstat Chetire Legkiye p’esi Op. 39.
Note:
Micro-slurs.
Dynamics. Piano. Forte.
Articulated notes.
Hands higher up on the keyboard.


Light blue from Piano Grooves I:
Note:
F Major.
Dynamics.
Deviations from key.


A little hush-song No. 5 from First Year Pieces:
Note:
Compound time signature.
Dynamics.
New Rhythm Pattern.

Some more practice composing:

Three flats in the key signature, BB~

The tonic is ‘Eb’, with the piece finishing on Eb–I made it more uniform by starting with Eb, also. Just a test really, with rhythm, articulations, and the sostenuto pedal. A piece truly doesn’t feel complete, unless one finishes a piece with the tonic… it appears to be an implicit rule within many compositions. The bass–or the left hand of the pianist with the triads reveals the time signature, also.

I had this left-over from 2020. It’s an edit of ‘Tender Confession’ From my Gaspard suite. Edited through Adobe audition to make it sound more ambient. Enjoy~

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