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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!


Still mostly practicing right hand alone: small groups in 25/8 and bits of 10/1 and 10/2.


Way  too much detail about practicing with just the right hand, especially 25/8, 10/7, 10/10, and spots in 10/1 and 10/2.


A simplified version of 25/8; the begging dog hand position for 25/8 and 10/7;  resting points and some hope for 10/2; the left hand as helper in 10/; trying to play 10/8 in tempo (not necessarily at tempo) and with great articulation; organizing a practice session.


An episode of mostly talking and just a bit of playing. Lots to think about from last week’s lesson, and a plan for next week.


Listening to the inner cheerleader and judge; walking the line between freedom/expression and control/accuracy; remembering an inspiring lady; getting ready for a lesson; a triage order for the places in the etudes that need the most help, including a desperately wounded 10/2; a nice surprise about  25/3 and 25/3.


A goal for the summer and some ways to stay accountable; bits of most of the etudes.



Warning: this episode is more rambling than usual, and contains some fairly awful and geeky singing. The results of gardening; a pep talk to kids; trying to make the practice room feel like the stage, my lifelong quest to improve my focus; a strategy (from this book) to work on accuracy and rhythm in 25/4; a confession about scales; a plan about jazz involving a place and a book; some serious theory geekery, including how I teach sonata form (see above warning about the singing).


Trying to concentrate with a toddler; a couple of tricks from backstage; wrestling with articulation and pedal markings in 25/4; permission from Chopin’s TA.


Thinking about the thumbs in most of the Chopin etudes; moments of mindfulness; the tricky bits of 25/7.


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