You know I also started playing in my mid teens but stopped when I got to University.
I only started again in my very early 30's. I would say I am pretty new to music and recording and playing Bach.
I do think though that any improvements I made was due to playing Bach, the inventions, the sinfonia's, sarabandes, aria's, the fugues, even the chorales. It really opened my eyes to a whole world of music. I think it taught me to read music at the piano, to memorize quickly, to shape the start and end of musical phrases if that makes any sense. It taught me the value of articulation, of legato playing, of playing with and without the pedal. It also taught me relaxed fingers and relaxed play as a whole if that makes any sense which I think is required for fast play although I was never a fast player.
Of course I realize all this is subjective and is really just my uneducated opinion
Hello all, i am very excited to find out this site exists! The resources here are outstanding!! I played piano for 12 years, from the age of 13 to about 24. Piano was my everything till i graduated from college and the real world kicked in. i have NOT played piano for 6 years !!
I finally bought the new yamaha nocturne grande and back to playing about 1 week now. i need some crucial advice as i want to approach things differently this time. and the advice is how do i go about strengthening my fingers back. I used to play a lot of hanon ...not czerny, but i have picked up both books just so i can mix and match them. i have also decided to not play actual pieces for about 2 months just play finger exercises..and when i do decide to play pieces, still continue to develop on playing scales, arpeggios, etc
In order to develop the best techniques, how should i be approaching playing piano this time around??