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Blumenfeld - Etude for the left hand alone

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  1. benjamink

    benjamink New Member

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    This has been a work in progress for a long time, and still has a ton more work to do. Regardless, I decided to make a recording last night. Feedback is welcome, but please try to find at least one thing positive to say :) - I am an amateur, piano is strictly a hobby for me at this time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy-YqcY3Oik

    Recording equipment was just a cheap camcorder, I don't have any dedicated audio recording equipment.
    Piano: Mason & Hamlin BB
     
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    Hi Benjamin, I'd like to reiterate what I said on pianostreet. Perfectly respectable playing, and the only aspects in which I think it could be improved are in the sense of fantasy and "presence". I also said there that I thought the dynamic range was a bit limited, and now that you've added that it's camcorder audio, that's almost certainly the cause. (Many camcorders, by default, boost low volumes and put a ceiling on excessively loud volume). Additionally, perhaps it's a little on the slow side, but the tempo didn't bother me. Nice to hear this rendition.
     
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    Andrew, thanks for the feedback! I completely agree with all of your feedback. I think it could use more "fantasy" or be more free especially in the cadenzas, which up to this point are fairly metronomic. I agree about the camera volume, it really dampens the dynamic range of the performance - someday I will invest in some nice microphones.

    Thanks again!
     
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    Very good indeed. I thought you are not an amateur in the customary sense of the word.
     
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    Hello Benjamin, welcome to Piano Society!

    Wow, I am very impressed! I don't think I could play this piece as well as you with both my hands!
     
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    Not at all bad! Though I think it usually goes quite a bit faster - how that is possible I do not know, it seems awkward enough at your tempo.

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    Wonderful rendition, and nice instrument too.
    I do audio only, so I cannot comment on the sound recording of camcorders, but I think that the others are right in thinking that something artificial is compressing your dynamics range. You certainly look like you're doing more with it than the recorder brought out.
     

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