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liszt85 - Chopin Valse in E minor: Message Board

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Recorded this yesterday on my Yamaha P22 studio upright (new to me). The recording quality again is horrible and I'd highly appreciate tips on recording (with freeware and laptop mics). There are obvious wrong notes in some places, especially at the end. I didn't bother rerecording because of time issues. I will upload a different version if I get the time. Thanks for listening!

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liszt85 2010-10-23 07:18:32 @Elene: Thank you for your kind comments. I didn't believe a piece like this could be learnt within a week either. I then went to Vienna for a research internship. What ended up happening was I spent all my earnings on piano lessons with an excellent piano teacher, Blazenka Arnic. She taught me memorization and learning methods that were highly efficient and she asked me if I wanted to do a 1 week summer school where she would spend around 2 hours per day with each student (distributed, of course). I practised diligently too that one week applying all the methods taught at the summer school. I was amazed when at the end of the week, I could (though just barely) play this waltz (see the video link in the comment below), a simple liszt beginner level etude, a little bit of a Chopin etude, and the first movement of the Beethoven tempest sonata (again barely). I never knew it was possible to memorize two such intermediate level pieces and parts of a few others within one week. The right teachers can do wonders for us!

I hope to get back to practicing regularly, applying all those techniques, and see where I get.. I cannot afford a teacher right now, unfortunately.
Elene 2010-10-22 12:11:18 Wait a second-- you originally learned this in a WEEK?? Even if it wasn't at top performance level? And then you recorded it after just spending another short time with it? I spend YEARS learning piano pieces, and I still haven't managed this one.
The recording quality seems OK to me.
liszt85 2010-10-20 17:58:03 @ab-ster: I learnt this piece in 2008 but I had spent just a week on it at a summer school and then had not played it until recently. I refinished it after I bought the new-to-me P22. I had performed this piece in 2008 at the summer school recital. Here's the video of my progress after 1 week of that summer school:

That video is full of wrong notes and screw ups ;) and I really didn't get a chance to play it after 2008, I just got back to playing a couple of weeks ago. So I had to spend a couple of days before I could record it for the ecital.
ab-ster 2010-10-19 21:05:15 Very nice job on this waltz, and congrats on your new P22. Did you just learn this piece? You did marvelous! I started learning this piece in February I think and I practiced every day until I submitted. This is one tricky piece to play.

I really like the staccato left hand that you do. I think I'm going to try to mimic that. Very well done.
CMohr 2010-10-18 16:33:06 Great job on this (I think) very difficult waltz! I enjoyed it immensely.
Inlanding 2010-10-18 14:33:36 Very excellent performance. I look at the sheet music in awe, still well outside of my skill-set. Thank you for sharing your skill. Bravo!
Strings&Wood 2010-10-18 09:30:22 Excellent performance!
Have you tried the Zoom's for recording? They do a pretty good job for the money and are most convenient for recording.
LisztAddict 2010-10-18 08:45:19 Recording quality is very acceptable. Playing is excellent. I like the tempo you chose.
AnotherSchmoe 2010-10-17 13:49:18 Basically what I said on your other recording, fantastic! I only hope someday to get to that level of playing, but I'm not very organized and am a pig about not playing/practicing much so it'll probably take me another decade or better. =P

Great work and thanks so much for sharing with us!