Sounding worse to sound better; balancing freedom and control; dealing with sneaky negative thoughts; a ninja practice technique that has me drowning in office supplies. Also 25/7 from memory, bits of 25/11, 25/10, and 10/1. Listen to the end for a special hundredth episode bonus.
Thoughts on the Cortot edition of the Chopin etudes and on walking the line between caring lots and not at all about the composer’s intent, with snippets of 25/7 and 11.
Mostly talk, but some snippets; on making changes and not beating yourself up for mistakes (I’m working on it). Also some specifics about 25/9 and 10/10.
Hanging out on a ledge, partway up the mountain; simplified versions of the three “new” etudes.
A performing first, a new piano, and a newly quiet office (because of noise for now).
Plus snippets of all of Op. 10 and some Op. 25.
A mild epiphany about my learning patterns; summer begins; horrible crash-through renditions of 10/1 and 10/2.
A bittersweet, rainy day; the first nouvelle etude, simplified; practicing (and wondering about a note in) 25/10; a new way to think about listening, courtesy of
A brief encounter with an out-of-tune Erard piano (and another piano). Warning: questionable sound quality! horrible intonation!
Some breakthroughs and strategies in 10/8 and 10/10, and a plan for 25/10. By the way, on listening to the recording, I didn’t hate everything I did in 10/8 as predicted, but I definitely need to make the dynamics much clearer.
Here’s the Solomon recording I was talking about.
Making art in this world; maintenance practice vs. get better practice; score disagreements; improving my thumb support.
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