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by Mark Heller
27 Oct 2008, 21:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've been give the choice of piano for a concert
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Thanks, it's only for pleasure, but you never know, one day!
by Mark Heller
27 Oct 2008, 19:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've been give the choice of piano for a concert
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Very interesting Joseph, look forward to hearing the finished CD! I know what you mean about recording vs playing live - live is more about capturing the mood, and a few duff notes/sounds don't matter so much, as they're (hopefully!) quickly forgotten. When it's recorded though, you may end up liste...
by Mark Heller
24 Oct 2008, 13:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've been give the choice of piano for a concert
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Just interested Joseph - do you ever record yourself playing, and if so, do you find it useful?

Mark
by Mark Heller
21 Oct 2008, 15:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've been give the choice of piano for a concert
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

Yes, very romantic!

Haven't played any of the pieces myself, but it sounds like quite a lot of work to get them all up and concert-ready - good luck!

Mark
by Mark Heller
17 Oct 2008, 13:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: I've been give the choice of piano for a concert
Replies: 21
Views: 6170

What will you be playing Joseph? (Or is that top-secret as well? :wink: )
by Mark Heller
14 Oct 2008, 14:34
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing piano, with or without your watch on??
Replies: 24
Views: 7751

Playing piano, with or without your watch on??

Had a bit of an odd experience last night - my left wrist was aching (too much Rach Op.23/5!) so I took my watch off. I couldn't believe the difference playing my pieces afterwards - my left arm felt like it was half the weight, and so agile around the keyboard (felt a bit like that old trick of pus...
by Mark Heller
15 Sep 2008, 15:28
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: 'Weaker' hand
Replies: 19
Views: 6587

I'm also left-handed Piano Angel, and while I would say my right hand is generally stronger - particularly playing fast runs, picking out subtle melodies, etc. - my left hand is definitely stronger when it comes to bashing out octaves. I'd guess that years of training each hand to do different thing...
by Mark Heller
12 Sep 2008, 09:52
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What are we all learning to play at the moment?
Replies: 50
Views: 16180

Piano Angel,

I started learning the Rachmaninov Prelude Op.23 No.5. this week too!! How are you getting on with it?

Mark
by Mark Heller
11 Sep 2008, 11:41
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Finding new pieces to learn
Replies: 27
Views: 11671

Thanks Joseph :)

Any other interesting pieces you'd suggest worth looking at?
by Mark Heller
10 Sep 2008, 14:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Finding new pieces to learn
Replies: 27
Views: 11671

I would have said Clair de Lune is around Grade VII standard - Lizst's Liebestraume No.3 is MUCH harder, and possibly too much of a jump at the moment? In a similar vein, the 2 Debussy Arabesques are lovely, and not too difficult, and you could also look at Mendelssohn's Spring Song, Beethoven's Ron...
by Mark Heller
10 Sep 2008, 14:09
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: short virtuosic romantic pieces
Replies: 8
Views: 4450

Liszt Liebestraume No.3? (Although it might stretch to 5 pages from memory...) Definitely Romantic AND intensive!

Alternatively Chopin's 4th Impromptu possibly?

Mark
by Mark Heller
10 Sep 2008, 13:59
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Finger Strengthening
Replies: 37
Views: 11765

Just out of interest, an old piano teacher of mine told me that the reason that it was so difficult to play the 3rd (ring) and 4th fingers independently, was that they shared one tendon - don't know if that's correct, but it certainly explains why it's so hard to separate them! :(

Mark
by Mark Heller
10 Sep 2008, 13:55
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is using a digital piano,bad for your fingers touch???
Replies: 24
Views: 17432

I'm also a Grade 8 pianist, and spent many years playing a top-of-the-range Yamaha Clavinova, on which I was very happy with the tone and dynamic range. However, 18 months ago I treated myself to a brand new Yamaha C3 grand piano, and the difference is more staggering than I ever thought it could be...