Practice

Today I don’t really want to finish writing the last post. I’ll do it when I’m not so dead and when I feel like it.

Piano. I don’t know how many hours I have spent on this in my life. Probably the single most time-consuming activity other than sleep.

Music and I have this kind of weird relationship. Actually more like practice and I. Don’t get me wrong, I love music. But the thought cycle goes like this: practice is a huge pain, but to get make something sound good, practice is necessary, but practice is a huge pain….

How to practice piano? Slow practice and rhythms, which is about as fun as it sounds. Slow practice means at half tempo for everything including slow pieces. At least. How slow is that? Okay. take your favorite piece of slow classical music, and hum to yourself at half tempo. And after that, go up the metronome little by little! Rhythms are for passages of runs. How to do? You stop every <insert number> of notes, and then switch the order.

Jumps are a pain to practice too, because in the end the result has to be you can play it in the dark. To achieve this end, you have to practice each jump separately. Yeah, every. SIngle. One. Funfunfun.

Obviously, just getting everything accurate isn’t enough, because that’s not music. But usually for me, the music part is the easy part (and the fun part). The accurate part is a pain.

I guess though, a lot of things are like piano. If you practice, you get better, if you don’t, no amount of anything will get you very far.

This post looks too short. Here are the pieces I’m playing right now:

  1. J. S. Bach – Italian Concerto (BWV 971)
  2. J. S. Bach – Concerto in cm for Two Keyboards (BWV 1060)
  3. Beethoven – Sonata Op. 53
  4. Chopin – Études Op. 10, No. 5; Op. 25, No. 2
  5. Chopin – Scherzo no 2 (Op. 31)
  6. Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto no. 2 in gm (Op. 22)
  7. Prokofiev – Scherzo Op 12, No. 10
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