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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 12:21 pm
by Stretto
What music are you currently working on or have learned this year? :cool:

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:08 pm
by 108-1121887355
At this point in my life, I am not working on anything for performance. I spend most of the time playing over music for my students. I have some old pieces I especially enjoy as Menselssohn's "Lost Happiness" and "Joyous Peasant", Kuhlau's Op Op 55 and 20, and I still enjoy "Fur Elise" and I play some popular music to sing. I do some Czerny some, to keep my fingers moving! I like all music and pick up pieces as motivated.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:27 am
by Stretto

Are the Mendelssohn, Kuhlau, Fur Elise, and pop music for singing what you play for your own personal enjoyment? Is there any other music you like to play through just for fun for personal enjoyment or for friends and family?

I've never played anything by Kuhlau. I guess I'll have to look into it.

I just barely, barely started learning J.S. Bach's English Suite III. I first learned of the piece in a listening assignment from a course I once took and I fell in love with it then. There's not a piece within the suite I don't like so I hope to learn the entire work. I don't have a lot of time to practice so I'll get back to you sometime next year as to how I am doing :laugh: !

I scratched the idea of learning another Bach Invention (to get an idea as to why, you can look at the "Bach Invention" thread at the exchange between Montana and I regarding not using one's time up on pieces that aren't personally enjoyable). I really like Bach 2-Pt. Inventions 13 and 14 and that's about it out of the 2 Pt. Inventions at least for "sound". Right now I just play for personal enjoyment so I have the liberty to pick and choose this way.

Some music I get out and play just for fun: easy piano Children's songs, easy piano Disney, easy piano praise and worship, Vince Guaraldi's Linus and Lucy, Stephen Foster arrangements, and a couple Classics to Moderns piano literature books that are easy to intermediate one and two pagers. I also like hymns really well but am not good at playing straight out of hymn books. (Funny my mom never took a lesson in her life and can't read beginner music but can play through a bunch of hymns from a church hymnal. I don't understand how that is). I enjoy old hymns, however, so I just sing them a lot so as not to forget them.

What is everyone else working on or playing just for fun? :cool:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:37 am
by Beckywy
I'm working on improvisations for Au Privave, Bye bye Blues, and how insensitive.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:50 am
by Stretto
Beckywy wrote:I'm working on improvisations for Au Privave, Bye bye Blues, and how insensitive.

What style are these pieces? I assume Bye by Blues is a Blues style. What is "how insenstive"? I hope you were referring to the name of a work :laugh: .

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:32 am
by Beckywy
How Insensitive is a latin-jazz piece

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:11 am
by Stretto
Beckywy wrote:How Insensitive is a latin-jazz piece

Oh good, I was assuming you meant the title of a work and not "how insensitive" as in my thread being insensitive, hee! hee! Anyway, I've read bits and pieces on the PEP board that indicate you have an interest in Jazz and Blues music. How did you get started in learning it? What would you recommend if a student had an interest in learning jazz and blues? How would they get started? Would they need to find a teacher that had extensive knowledge in these particular styles?

What pieces would you recommend to someone like me who has not much knowledge of it both to get a start just listening to Jazz and Blues or playing some more popular Jazz or Blues works? - Basically, some listening pieces and music suitable to dip one's feet in these styles.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:38 am
by Beckywy
Hi Stretto:

I started it initially to play something different - also when performing, I didn't want parents or other students to compare me to other students.

Learning Jazz I found - the terminology is completely different than classical. Yes, I believe the student will have to find a good teacher who specializes in playing jazz instead of Classical. I found there are very few cross overs - from jazz pianists to classical and vice versa. The only text book we use is a very good fake book.

to listen to - Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Charles Parker, Duke Ellington, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum.

Fats Waller was compared a lot to Art Tatum - they were both very good technically on the piano.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 12:13 pm
by Dr. Bill Leland
One of my favorite fun pieces is called "Boogie Woogie Etude", by Morton Gould--but it's HARD!

There's a great little piece by John Thompson--"Variations on Three Blind Mice"--that's a delight. It's mid-intermediate and was published by Schirmer, but I've never heard anybody else mention it. It's well worth looking up. I've used it for encores and it always makes a hit.

Oh, and just for me--please teach your students to say "fear ay-leesa", not "furra leese"!!

Bill L.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 4:55 pm
by 108-1121887355
Everyone was busy today.
I will start with Bill - YES, I do have and have played the "Variations on Three Blind MIce". It is in my variations pile! I offer my students variations at some time during the year and lately they have not gone over well. I like "Ah, Vous Dirai-je, Maman" and have some easier ones as "Happy Birthday", "Yankee Doodle, etc. I try to incorporate them when encouraging composing and imporvising. Seems they were popular with my students years ago.
Stretto - I think for beginners, you could teach some easy blues and jazz. I have several books and I use them as well as a rhythm book with Rumbas. etc. and books of Joplin Rags. There are a few with jazz bass patterns but it has not gone over - the kids prefer a piece.
I play a lot of music - now mostly Holiday. I play for the grandchildren and myself - not anyone else unless they ask me to play a certian piece for them. I play for Rita (87yo) occassionally, but she plays better than I do! I play Disney and Hymns and I am constanlty playing over music for my students , often to find a certain thing I am looking for and also to recall any trouble spots and fingering. I may find a book or a single piece that I dind't remember I had - so I play through it. If I am not at the computer, I am at the piano, looking through music or reading...lately more about the history of music. I found some books at Amazon for one or teo dollars and sent for them.
I do like to swim and play hand bells and go out to eat and see my children and grandchildren and garden in the good weather. I DO NOT like to shovel snow any more...neither does my back.
Sorry, Bach inventions do not do it for me - I like to hear them, but not play them. I guess I played enough through the years.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 10:56 am
by Stretto
Last night I went through all my music and made a huge stack of books on the piano containing all the pieces that I have learned or enjoy playing for fun. I decided if all the books were handy it wouldn't be so easy to forget about some of the books or pieces I have done or like to play. I don't have any repertoire built up where if someone ever said will you play something for us, I wouldn't have anything kept up to play. This has happened to me many times, an opportunity with nothing prepared. I've decided to combat this and "be prepared" by reviewing some of my old music and playing the one's out of easy piano books I like to play for fun. Hopefully, I can build my repertoire up that way. Especially sometimes I just want to walk over to the piano and play something for my own personal enjoyment, then I want some pieces I can do that with. So I have my work cut out for me.

I decided it wouldn't work well to have the "stack" sitting on my piano all the time so I rearranged my bookcase so I will have a special section designated for books with favorite music I can just pull out at will and play or review. I think it's been a big problem for me, "out of sight, out of mind" as far as keeping up pieces I've previously learned and forgot about. I'm also going to make a log on my computer of all the pieces I like to play so I don't "forget". I'm doing this for my students also - typing up a log of all the pieces they have done per skill level, so they have a visualization of how much they have accomplished and how much they have left to finish their current skill level.

So here I go with my "stack" . . . Am I crazy or what? :p

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 5:48 pm
by 108-1121887355
Go for it!
I periodically pull stacks of music out and go through for myself. I keep a special place on the shelf for "mine". I go through music every week for my students. Now after much holiday music, I will be looking through my notes to be sure to find what each one needs to begin in January. I already know some rhythm, fingering, and some Hanon are needed.
When in doubt, what I really want, I will play some Mendelssohn.
Have fun

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:53 pm
by Beckywy
I just ran through the Mozart Sonata K333 first movement. Fun and light piece.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:22 pm
by Dr. Bill Leland
I spent months, off and on, trying to locate an out-of-print set of pieces I had as a kid and that have great sentimental value for some reason. I had even reconstructed my favorite of the group from memory and used it for an encore many times (it always elicited comments). Well, I finally located a used copy recently in a store in England and ordered it through their website. The set is called "Wayside Pictures", by English composer Arthur Baynon. Anybody ever hear of it?
Delighful intermediate-level one-page solos.

Dr. B.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 4:47 pm
by 108-1121887355
Dr. Bill,
Sounds good - always looking for different pieces and at that level.What is the site? I have a good friend in England - maybe she can even find it for me.