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#1464348 - 06/28/10 01:03 PM Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE
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LINK


This is fascinating, she has a live stream of her practicing all this week.

Her usual 14 hours a day will be broadcast live!

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#1464349 - 06/28/10 01:06 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: abcdefgh]
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Amazing

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#1464356 - 06/28/10 01:24 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: GeorgeB]
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Wow! Thanks for posting. I always wondered HOW great ones practice!
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#1464365 - 06/28/10 01:35 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: GeorgeB]
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Thank you *so much* for this link. I've never seen anything like it, and I find it so entertaining and informative. This is one of my favorite internet things, ever.

-J
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#1464367 - 06/28/10 01:37 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: JGonzalezGUS]
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This is really cool!

She practices a lot different than I do - in the video I don't see any beer around whatsoever.
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#1464369 - 06/28/10 01:42 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: beet31425]
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All I keep thinking is: "Finish the piece already! And...stop mumbling to yourself..."

It's interesting, though. Not many people would feel comfortable being filmed like that, especially with people like me making silly comments the whole time.

It's too bad I had to keep clicking the X Button to get rid of those damned advertisements. Why does it seem that every single video site forces you to watch commercials? If they can't afford the site by putting them on the left and right, like every other single site in the world, they need to find a new and less annoying way.

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#1464377 - 06/28/10 01:49 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: BenPiano]
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You say one week. Will she take it down at the end of the week? If we e-mail her en mass and beg her to leave it up maybe she will.

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#1464385 - 06/28/10 01:58 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: John Joe Townley]
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Between work, school, and generally trying to be a normal 24 year old, if I get 14 hours of practice throughout the week, I'm happy. 13-14 hours a day, wow.
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#1464450 - 06/28/10 03:37 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: ChibiSF]
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Fascinating....

Perfection even in practicing.
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#1464531 - 06/28/10 05:58 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: lilylady]
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What is that... thing in her piano? Some kind of... rug?

-J
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#1464572 - 06/28/10 06:54 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: abcdefgh]
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From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.

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#1464603 - 06/28/10 07:48 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.


LOL
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#1464607 - 06/28/10 07:53 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: stores]
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Her hands look extremely relaxed. Isn't she sitting a little low?
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#1464609 - 06/28/10 07:59 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: gooddog]
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Is that pillow thing meant to dampen the sound to protect her ears?
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#1464613 - 06/28/10 08:02 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.


Are you serious?
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#1464617 - 06/28/10 08:16 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.


It's your opinion on whether you like a practice style or not; however, I think she is certainly doing a darn wonderful job (in her peformances) with that practice style you don't like lol grin.

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#1464620 - 06/28/10 08:38 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: BenPiano]
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Originally Posted By: BenPiano
This is really cool!

She practices a lot different than I do - in the video I don't see any beer around whatsoever.


lol grin

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#1464660 - 06/28/10 10:13 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: chopinizmyhomeboy]
MikeN Offline
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Well yea, because it works for her.

I didn't say she was practicing badly. I just said I personally do not like the style, and I wouldn't adopt it for myself.

What did you expect me to do, worship the ground that the great Valentina Lisitsa walks on. To me that's far more laughable than my personal comment. Seems some people are blind to the fact that their watching flesh and blood, talented flesh and blood, but flesh and blood none the less.

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#1464675 - 06/28/10 10:43 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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This is so cool! Thanks a bunch for sharing!! It's really interesting to observe a concert pianist practicing instead of performing. And WOW! How does she go on for so long..?

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#1464687 - 06/28/10 11:08 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.
I understand why you'd say that, but from where I stand (or sit,) I'm pretty sure she knows what she's doing... smile

-Daniel
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#1464689 - 06/28/10 11:09 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: whatevsyo]
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I've checked back on this periodically throughout the day... and she's been practicing every time. True dedication.

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#1464705 - 06/28/10 11:26 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: Butters109]
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I've enjoyed watching her today. I wonder how she can practice that long without doing some sort of injury to herself... apparently the long hours don't faze her! A lot to admire in the plucky woman.

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#1464706 - 06/28/10 11:26 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: abcdefgh]
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When I was watching Lisitsa earlier, she was practicing Chopin's E-flat waltz (Op. 18) in what to me was a surprising mode: she was playing it at pretty much full speed, but would frequently interrupt the flow to repeat a short phrase over and over - still at tempo - in the midst of it. For those who remember the LP era (or earlier), you could call it a needle-stuck-in-the-groove effect.

Up until now, I've always instinctively separated up-to-tempo playthroughs from the repetitous work of polishing rough spots, and in fact considered it a sign of immaturity to mix the two the way Lisitsa was doing (possibly because I've often heard young children play that way). However, now that I've heard a real artist do it I guess I'll have to reconsider that position.

Just out of curiosity, though, do others on the forum use this "stuck needle" practice mode?

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#1464719 - 06/28/10 11:42 PM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MathGuy]
sarah_elizabeth Offline
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I've done it before, but like you I prefer to separate playthroughs from segment practice. I quit the "stuck needle" method precisely because it would get stuck of its own accord at exactly the wrong moment. wink You have to use the method that works for you, though, and that way of practicing apparently works for her!

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#1464732 - 06/29/10 12:04 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: sarah_elizabeth]
BenPiano Offline
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I have to say I was inspired by this behind the scenes practice and had a fairly good (while short) practice tonight. Thanks for the peek, Val!
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#1464743 - 06/29/10 12:37 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: whatevsyo]
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This is really cool. Being able to chat with other viewers is also a great feature. I watched her go through the entire Chopin Op. 10 and 25 Etudes. I think she was reviewing the pieces, and not really practicing, but nonetheless was very informative. She even chatted with us after she was done playing, and answered some questions. I hope more concert pianists start doing this. =D

I need to start practicing more. blush

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#1464748 - 06/29/10 12:41 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: BenPiano]
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I chatted with Val and wished her goodnight! laugh

I've noticed she doesn't spend very much time on each piece. Of course, she has 55 pieces to work on...

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#1464789 - 06/29/10 02:24 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: whatevsyo]
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Loc: Houston, TX
Aww, I missed the chat at the end. I watched her go through the Chopin Op. 10 etudes, though, which was a treat. I actually fell asleep to them; that's why I wasn't there at the end. :P It's refreshing to see that she's as human as each of us, and that though her skill is very refined, she has to practice as well to keep it in top condition and improve herself. It gives inspiration to me seeing a professional go through similar steps to what I go through!

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#1464791 - 06/29/10 02:31 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
Well yea, because it works for her.

I didn't say she was practicing badly. I just said I personally do not like the style, and I wouldn't adopt it for myself.

What did you expect me to do, worship the ground that the great Valentina Lisitsa walks on. To me that's far more laughable than my personal comment. Seems some people are blind to the fact that their watching flesh and blood, talented flesh and blood, but flesh and blood none the less.


I understood exactly what you are saying; however, from your context of that last response you seem to be implying, from my perspective, that I overly "worship" Mrs. Lisitsa. I do not, however, I respect her and fancy some of her recordings of particular pieces. The reason why I replied to you in the first place is the fact that you left your comment a little "vague": "From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion." It could have been taken in any kind of way. I'm sorry I offended you or whatnot.

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#1464824 - 06/29/10 04:14 AM Re: Valentina Lisitsa in Practice.... LIVE [Re: MikeN]
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Originally Posted By: MikeN
From what I've seen I don't like the way she practices. It leaves to much room for mistakes in my opinion.


Can you, perhaps, expound upon your statement?
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