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Any quick ways to master many difficult songs?

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  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    SwanY, I believe you are only here to plug this free piano lesson stuff. Even posting quotes from that site.
    We do not like that kind of 'participating' here. Also I'm not sure you know or understand what this site is about.
    We are serious classical musicians here who mostly have no need or desire to learn chord progressions and pop stuff.
    Please take your business elsewhere.
     
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    Hi DebussyChopin,

    I believe you have something there. When I think back long ago when I was a kid, there were whizkids who seemingly could play anything, and if prestissimo so much the better for them. But their playing was mechanical, lifeless, devoid of any feelings. I remember that my teacher used to encourage more musicality from them, but to no avail. And if they had to learn and play lyrical music, it was as if they had been dropped onto a forbidden planet. Their one-sided capability couldn't recognize, never mind cope with the need for expressiveness. And insofar as prodigies are concerned, quite often they're a flash in the pan--they come on the scene, create a huge stir, but then drop out of sight never to be heard again. Me? Well, I wish I could play prestissimo, but I get a phobia much beyond moderato. :lol: But that's OK because when I play lyrical music, I believe I can always find the beauty dwelling there. I'll gladly take that any day!

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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Was this posted in the wrong forum ?
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Nope. Debussy Chopin's remarks to which I responded are over on page 1.

    David
     
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    Ah right. That was a post from august last year though.... and this user has not been back since then.
     
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    I guess I should have checked DebussyChopin's activity. On some sites, the "pseudonym" is in hypertext, and you can just click on it to see their profile and date of last posting. Here if you go to Members, it just gives the joining date. So where do you find that "last post date" info at Piano Society?

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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    You go as fast as that, David? I am afraid to play any faster than adagio!
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Click the small 'Profile' button under the post area to see those details. This person is a 'one-day poster' and I should remove him/her.
    In any case, if you feel the need to reply to such an old post it would make sense to check that the poster is still here.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for that. We learn something new every day. (Or if we don't, then it's a boring day.) I just assumed that was also the Member screen. Good to know it's more detailed.

    David
     
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    Hi Richard,

    :lol: Well, I'm really most comfortable in andante, but yes, to move above that comfort zone I must "psyche myself up" to reach that higher tempo. When I was young I could play Chopin's "Revolutionary" Etude and similar, but as time went on, it seemed more difficult and worrisome somehow. At fast tempos I fear uneven or even inaccurate playing. I do make it a point though to challenge myself once a year. For purposes of 2010 it was Catoire's "Etude-fantastique" marked allegro, which went over very well thankfully. So did that raise my confidence level about playing fast music? Nope!!! So how do I invoke and execute it? I heed Josef Hofmann's simple dictum: "Will it!"

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    Ah, the Chopin Etude... I could play that one too, but with my present piano there is not enough space for my fingers. I do not know, but the keys seem shorter than normal and when I have to turn my hand... Fingers on the fallboard or against the hindge of the lid! I Could try, but I might break my fingers in the process.
     

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