Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!
So my teacher assigned to me Debussy - Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
and I just looked it up and in RCM it is or used to be a piece for the grade 10 exam.
I have had a few lessons on this piece and it's finally started to come along but it has far too many different problems for me. It requires many different techniques that I never before even thought about using and at each lesson my teacher has something new to show me.
I think it's a great choice for learning those techniques since there aren't too many actually difficult passages but wow it's a lot of work, more than any other piece I've encountered.
I realize I might not be able to really get it finished to the point where it sounds good at the appropriate tempo BUT I am so excited to work on my first piece which has virtuoso elements in it.
Also I am even more excited because my piano professor is finally able to talk to me and show me how to actually play music rather than play the notes only. She showed me so many ways to make the different passages sound the way they were intend to and her explanations and demonstrations were so beautifully done. I am lucky to be studying with such an accomplished pianist and without paying anything at all. (unless we consider the tuition of 130$ per semester, almost nothing and it includes all the other music classes I take which are a dozen per semester)
I got one more month with it then I have to move on to an entire Haydn Sonata for my final. I just came back to playing from a really long break, I was feeling down for 2 months and now I'm finally alright and I am beginning to make progress once more.
I've been getting back to playing scales, here is where I'm at right now if anyone is interested. Some mistakes here and there but I was just beginning my warmup. I don't really know for sure if I finally play them properly, I want to stop making mistakes like this before I show them to my teacher which will take while. But I think I am on the right path here. I did play them non-legato for a month before I moved to other articulations. I am also adding arpeggios but I didn't record them here.
Thank you. I had problems with my teacher for months since the beginning of this second year at the academy but it turns out that those are problems with me not with her personally. Once I started expressing what bothers me and what problems I have with learning the pieces she started taking time every lesson to patiently work through my issues. She has been most patient and she is grading my exams based on progress made (having in mind my own abilities) rather than the overall progress on the particular pieces.
I will post it recorded on a nice grand but maybe in a few months when I feel comfortable. Some parts are still difficult and those that are now easy are not performed very musically but I am getting there.