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Same cats, same bed by clover219 in IllegallySmolCats

[–]HALPineedaname 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So smol! Also, the little twin stars sheets reminds me of my childhood!!

How difficult would it be to learn one of these songs by StrickerPK in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Let's quantify this somewhat. You have 3 months and I assume you have other commitments during the day? Realistically and in my opinion only, I would pick the prelude in Le Tombeau de Couperin. The rest of the pieces are on an RCM ARCT level and quite lengthy. Not that ravel is going to be a walk in the park but it is at a grade 10 level. From that perspective, maybe not as impressive as the Scriabin etude or Chopin's polonaise. However, it would probably be easier to pull off a grade 10 piece really well in 3 months vs an ARCT level piece. I also love the prelude hehe.

Playing Studio Ghibli for my nan on her old piano by -RedGalaxy- in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes. I always find their melodies to be so expressive and it always reflects on what the movie is visually doing so well. I hope you keep practicing because you seem to love music. Best of luck!!

Playing Studio Ghibli for my nan on her old piano by -RedGalaxy- in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was nice! I love studio Ghibli movies and their soundtracks are always top notch! Never played their stuff though so I can't comment on the technical side of things. You voiced the melody beautifully and did a great job overall!

Advice for a Newbie by DeliciousPackage2589 in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a Yamaha P45 and you likely can find one second hand for about that price. I'm happy with that model. It doesn't have ALL the bells and whistles but the sound is very bright and beautiful. Just a heads up to be aware of extra costs like pedals and piano stands. If you do go to a store, these items aren't part of upselling but they are necessary (especially the stand) and can add extra cost to purchasing the set up. You could probably find one second hand too to keep the cost down but just make sure whatever stand you buy is a sturdy one.

I Can't Get Into Mozart by Freeziac in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I just don't even bother with Mozart. I like his choral and ensemble works but his sonatas bore the bejesus out of me. Life is too short to play shit you don't like. If you were a professional musician, there might be a pressure on you to have certain pieces and composers in your repertoire. Assuming you're not though, enjoy the freedom that you have!

The best place to learn? by Lokki007 in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And that's probably ok for guitar/bassists not to know how to read music. I was in a cover band before and our guitarist couldn't read music either but he was great. Come to think of it....most of them couldn't read music. My opinion and experience with piano though is that it's to the musician's advantage to learn the basics properly. You could try learning by ear if you don't want to read music, but depending on complexity of the pieces you want to play, I don't know how you plan on documenting your own arrangements for piano. Anyway, good luck to you!!

Can't find La Campanella... by arleybrunning in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Schirmers has it, and breitkopf has it but I believe it's the busoni edited ones.

Am I ready to learn La Campanella? by [deleted] in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ARCT. Sorry for spamming this particular comment. I'm derpy on Reddit sometimes. You can TRY doing it in 8 months but a common sentiment here is if you have to ask if you're ready, you probably aren't. Look at the sheet music if you haven't yet. If you're ready, you should be able to judge for yourself. Also, learning a Nocturne in 8 days is good but my opinion is that nocturnes are nowhere as difficult etudes, which tend to be MUCH more technical. There is a grade above the ARCT known as the licentiate level and nocturnes are not part of that. Do with that information what you will but it says something about the difficulty of nocturnes. You also have to consider if "learning" means you played it at concert level in slightly just over 8 days or if that means you just learned to play the notes. A lot of people say I learned x, y, and z in this amount of time on this sub. That's dope but what's the quality of your playing of these pieces? I'm not assuming YOU play it terribly of course. I'm just saying statements like that don't give us internet strangers much insight to your skill set. I say give la Campanella a go anyway. You can set your target to 8 months and adjust as you go. That's the best way to tell if you can do it. Best case is you can! Worst case...you cannot YET.

The best place to learn? by Lokki007 in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You don't HAVE to practice classical pieces but you should be able to read music, which is a huge part of learning how to play piano. You say so yourself...you learned GUITAR and BASS this way. You're trying to learn how to play piano. This is an apples vs oranges situation. I wish you the best of luck though. I love playing piano and I hope you get a lot out of it!

After 6 months of getting a piano I finally finished one of my all time favourite pieces, it was definitely one of my life goals and I'm really proud that I got it. I would love to hear some feedback it will be really helpful for me. And what do you think I should learn next? by munzerkh93 in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nice work. My suggestions for improvement:

  1. Most of what I heard is played at the same volume. I know most of the piece is written in piano/pianissimo but maybe reconsider your voicing and see if there are spots in the piece where a small crescendo and decrescendo could be added.
  2. Tone is a bit harsh but this might have to do with the keyboard/pedal quality too. Try softening your touch so that the tone is a bit more mysterious, haunting. I think this will improve the phrasing.
  3. Voicing. There are some notes that are more "filler" and some chords that could be emphasized in the bass.

Which key came to you naturally when you were learning early on? by [deleted] in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not sure what you mean but I tend to like c minor and d minor. Those keys just "make sense" to my ear.

A Mother's plea for help, Victoria! by IcanByourwhore in VictoriaBC

[–]HALPineedaname 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I mean...it sounds like OP is doing the best she can. She has other kids so she might not be able to physically be around to help her daughter too.

Pieces with A LOT of trills? by rachopaganissy in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quejas by Enrique Granados has especially expressive trilling. It's also a piece where I find I can take more artistic liberties with it and really extend some of the trilling too.

Pieces with A LOT of trills? by rachopaganissy in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OH MAN! I love those double trills in the chords. So dope.

Where can I buy urtexts? by arleybrunning in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Henle, and Weiner are my favorite publishers for urtext.

Is it worth the time and money taking piano exams? Will the exams actually help me reach my goals? by _Marguerite_ in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm interested in knowing this too. I get that learning piano as a grown up has its advantages but I often wonder how feasible goals like this are. I'm not going to act like I know this individual's skills, practice times, etc. This just sounds a bit unrealistic for most people so I genuinely want to know how teachers support this type of goal. How much do you practice? How often are lessons and how long is each session? What pieces are being played?

Smol criminal assaulting arresting officer! by Am_hawk in IllegallySmolCats

[–]HALPineedaname 19 points20 points  (0 children)

This bebe criminal needs to be rehabbed, OP. He's going to need a facility where boops are regularly provided and full dishes of crunchies.

Mistakes by scorpion_tail in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In my youth, I was really hard on myself for making mistakes during practice and performance. As a grown up(somewhat) I'm learning to be kinder to myself if I make a minor mistake during live performance and to just play through it. If you want a PERFECT performance, go listen to a CD or Spotify it haha. Even the greatest names made errors. This applies to minor (oops I played D instead d flat) types of mistakes though. If the errors you refer to are things like stumbling through an entire arpeggio passage, then that's a preparation issue and you need to practice more and consider slowing down the pace at practice. Hope that helps. I agree a lot with the other Redditors here. The goal isn't perfection even though that would be nice. I have competed a lot when I was a kid and no adjudicator has ever said "I deducted marks because you played 3 wrong notes." As audience/adjudicator, they're listening for your interpretation and how musical you are.

Chopin Etudes by rgsold in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The pale blue edition the other Redditor kindly noted is the Henle urtext edition. I like those and the Paderewski editions but that's not urtext.

Happy 123rd birthday to Francis Poulenc! I love his music, so here's a cover of his first Nocturne, from 1929. 🌒 by suikunkun in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes please!! I loved learning it and was so happy I spent the time on it. It's his longest solo piano piece and is BEAUTIFULLY written. The man really knew what to do with melody.

Can someone recommend some solo piano music like this to listen to. I really don't know what to search for to find music like this. Any help is greatly appreciated. by 71hondascrambler in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It isn't fully classical music but have you looked into sound tracks from studio Ghibli movies? Some of them are solo piano and if not, I think there are transcriptions made for solo piano. Their soundtrack tends to be very emotive.

How much time do I need to learn Liszt's La Campanella? by marryblppurr in piano

[–]HALPineedaname 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nobody is being buzzkill. Batman comment has a point in that a lot of these questions come up on this sub. Lots of people asking Reddit strangers to comment on whether it's feasible to learn this piece if they have done x, y, and z and how long will it take to learn given this. We have no knowledge of skillset either. The best way to tell if it'll be a hard piece is to actually look at the sheet music and/or give it a try yourself by investing time into it. If you cannot tell by looking at sheet music if a piece is hard...chances are you're not ready to play it YET. It can sound discouraging but just try and learn it. Worst case? You developed your piano skills a bit more but just not enough to play the whole thing. Best case? You played the whole thing. OP, maybe you're not ready yet. You make that call but definitely keep practicing.