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On crafting a summer schedule and delving into Chopin etudes 25/1,2,5, and 6, plus a really nice melody by Muczynski.

episode 14

In which:

A report on an informal house concert; why it’s hard to practice on vacation; last 10/7 before it goes on the shelf for a few weeks; early days in 10/11; the scariest measure in 10/10; beginning 10/8, and finding it strangely familiar.

Recorded March 19, 2011

 

episode 13

In which:

Part of a “before” version of 10/10, including a momentary foray into theory geekdom; a slightly improved version of 10/11;  just the sixteenths of 10/2; the danger in 25/12;  a new strategy for 10/7; a quote from Schumann; why I find these etudes so challenging; cheating on Chopin with Mozart and Haydn.

Recorded March 5, 2011

episode 12

In which:

The last 10/4 for a while; some good practice ideas for 10/2, and a realization about one reason I’ve been having trouble with it; finding out how well the Cortot exercise worked for 10/7; strange melodies in 25/12; some thoughts about memory and plateaus, which reminded me of a podcast I love; a reminder that the perfect is the enemy of the good.

Recorded February 26, 2011

episode 11

In which:

A failed version of 10/2 (and some thoughts about why); newly discovered notes in 25/12;  a new strategy for 10/7; 10/4 as a rhythm meta-etude; a painfully slow before version of 10/11; and a thought about balancing days.

Recorded February 19, 2011

episode 10

In which:

A lengthy quote about George Sand from Proust; getting irritated with jazzy skeletons; a play-through of 10/1 before letting it rest for a while; a thought about 25/12 from this podcast; a memorized skeleton of 10/7; a play-through of 10/4; a partial play-through of 10/2; starting 10/11; and a plan for the spring.

Recorded Sunday, 13. February, 2011

episode 9

In which:

Trying to make practice more like play; spots I love; partial jazzy versions of 10/4, 10/2 and 1/7; the measure I still hate the most in 10/1; clave-ish rhythms in 25/12; dreaming of cake.

Recorded February 7, 2011

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episode 8

https://playitagainswig.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/episode-8.mp3

In which:

The tricky parts of 10/2 and 10/4 in (possibly) excruciating detail; still muddling through 10/1 and 10/7; a before version of 25/12; a little tangent on Bach; a cheerful assignment.

Recorded January 30, 2011

episode 3

In which:

The most musical fun I’ve had in a long time; helpful skeletons; making the strange stranger, not more normal; slooooooow metronome clicks.

Recorded December 18, 2010

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In which:

The effects of sleep deprivation on effective practice; the six measures I hate the most in 10/1; a before version of 10/4; some slight improvements in 10/5 and 10/6; and a fun research task for the week ahead.

Recorded December 11, 2010

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