From My Mother's Vintage Collection
I loved looking at these pictures when I was little
and used to wonder: "How can I get to that place?"
Though it doesn't seem to be one of my natural gifts, I'm still practicing major scales, minor scales, and a little Bach every day, in hopes of making up for my misspent youth. My son Ben (excellent pianist, organist, and actuarial scientist) has suggested YouTube as an additional learning tool, so I google each new piece to see what I can find. This approach requires not being discouraged by all the tiny little children whose parents have video - taped them playing at top speed!
This time, I was lucky enough to find a couple of instructive and non - discouraging examples of my current assignments:
Schumann: Album für die Jugend Op. 68, No. 32 ("Sheherazade")
Bach: "Invention #14"
Ben pointed out that this pianist may not be going fast,
but he is going somewhere
~ a finer element that apparently I too should be working on!
Funny, my piano teacher told me the same thing!
For additional piano practice tips,
see my earlier post: Scales ~ September 8, 2009