Archives for posts with tag: Artistic process

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.post it notes photo

92: Tin Pan Alley Preview

A report on last week’s recording session, including maintaining a feeling of gratitude while recording; a few Tin Pan Alley tunes;on returning to practicing Chopin.

Tunes played here include “Whippoorwill,” “My Little Ever Lovin’ Sugar Babe,” “He’d Have to Get Under–Get Out And Get Under (To Fix Up His Automobile),” and “Twilight.” To the best of my knowledge, they’re all public domain.

I’ll post a link here when the CD gets released.

91: Traction

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.

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 report on a performance of six of the etudes from Op. 10, with a little bit of coughing.

A mathy way of practicing 10/11; an interpretive conundrum in 10/3; a realization about my playing of 10/12;  tricky parts of 10/8; thinking about 25/2, 10/5, and 10/4; beginning to learn the game of 25/8.

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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!

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