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#2065332 - 04/16/13 03:02 AM don't be fooled
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
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...........don't be fooled

Don't be fooled by the staccato notes
as you crawl through the minefield of
notes at the expense of possible wrong
notes. Rhythm, timing, speed - are
secondary to accuracy - always - 'cause
if the notes are correct, timing will
place the correct notes down.

Edited by Michael_99 (04/16/13 03:10 AM)

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#2065405 - 04/16/13 08:52 AM Re: don't be fooled [Re: Michael_99]
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Sometimes the best way to practice staccato notes is to play them legato first to get the right timing and pitches, then add the staccato back in.
private piano/voice teacher FT

#2065674 - 04/16/13 06:30 PM Re: don't be fooled [Re: Morodiene]
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Morodiene, I have read your post, here:

Sometimes the best way to practice staccato notes is to play them legato first to get the right timing and pitches, then add the staccato back in.


Up to this point in my piano journey everything fell into place. What I learned was that, for me, reading the notes comes first and counting, of course, but that everything else including dynamics and embellishments and, for purposes of learning and playing, I include staccato notes, too - must be added last.

So you are, right, Morodiene.

It is quite funny learning to play the piano. I am working through the John Thompson method books and everytime I turn the page, or learn a new piece, John Thompson has me doing something new like:

new hand positions, key signatures, of course, playing two treble clefs or bass clefs, at the same time, broken chords, staccato, hand cross overs left and right, a one octave leap or jump, whatever the correct words are, here and there, a finger extention and, of course, thumb unders. And I am only halfway through book 1. When you watch someone playing the piano like in youtube, and you don't realize or see all the things that they are doing - I guess - because they are playing fast compared to me crawling through the measures. But the journey, is a joy. Even though I am only a beginner, playing these little tunes/pieces, it is difficult to believe that everyone does not want to play the piano - a doulble negative,

Thanks for your feedback and help.

Edited by Michael_99 (04/16/13 06:36 PM)


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