Archives for category: Chopin

Almost done reading through Beethoven sonatas, Volume 2; some thoughts on hearing auditions; ornamenting Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu (and a glass-half-full report on a lackluster performance of it); the most obvious epiphany in the world, involving a moment with Led Zeppelin, with a shout-out to @yogawithadriene

Thank you for being my practice buddy!




The podcast is starting up again! Featuring 25/11 and 10/2, with only a little screaming.

A report on a performance of Opus 10, including a rock star moment, and a plan for Op. 25.

A report on how practicing Chopin helped me play Brahms last week; some quotes from Chopin (and one from Chuck Close); thinking through my next performance (with a request for your ideas); snippets of all 24 etudes (I’m ignoring the other three for now); an impromptu play-through, with some yelling, of 10/5; how I’m practicing 10/11 (and a couple of minutes of actual practicing).

Thanks so much to listeners who have written reviews on iTunes. Unless I get 100 reviews by December 20–and it doesn’t yet look like I will–there will be only five more episodes of this podcast. Thanks for being my practice buddy!


Chopin 25/6 goes on the shelf; a weird practice week; the key to 10/6 (maybe); adding a new etude.


Practicing in the holidays; hope for Chopin op. 25 no. 3; thoughts on venues and audiences; op. 25 no. 5 with holes; a plan for op. 25 no. 6; yet another edition of these etudes.

You can hear the singalong song I talk about here.




Bits of a dozen etudes; some ruminating on art vs. craft, Apollo vs. Dionysus, and emoting vs. actually getting anything done. Plus an unapologetically (well, mostly unapologetic) cheezy improv.



Slowly getting better; a plan to get back on track; the first bar or few of 10/1, 10/2, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/8, 10/12; some small improvements; note-changing exercises; working on a supported thumb (see teeny video).

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