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#2068977 - 04/22/13 11:44 PM How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently?
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How many songs do you work on at any given time? By work on I mean pieces that you cannot play all the way through.

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#2068979 - 04/22/13 11:46 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Originally Posted By: Tides
How many songs do you work on at any given time?

None; I am a pianist.







It depends. Anywhere from 1 or 2 to dozens.
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#2069051 - 04/23/13 01:38 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Learning notes - normally 2-3. I'll also be working on polishing and phrasing 2 or 3 as well. So overall, like 4-6 at once.
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#2069066 - 04/23/13 01:58 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Depends on what genre I'm working in. If I'm reading it off the page (usually lead sheets, pop, jazz, rock, etc), as many as I can handle. If I'm learning for memorization, or playing classical, usually only one at a time. However, no matter what I'm doing, I make sure to always have something that I'm sight-reading in my routine.
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#2069079 - 04/23/13 02:17 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: Tides
How many songs do you work on at any given time?

None; I am a pianist.



1+

Normally I'm learning one piece at a time. It may not start out that way but usually whichever piece I get OCD about takes over for the duration. I'm usually polishing the last couple of pieces as well.
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#2069110 - 04/23/13 04:19 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: Tides
How many songs do you work on at any given time?

None; I am a pianist.

How many... pianists... do you work on at one time? grin
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#2069135 - 04/23/13 06:10 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Tides, I have read your post, here:

How many songs do you work on at any given time? By work on I mean pieces that you cannot play all the way through.

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I am not sure I understand the question. Usually, if you - I am learning a piece - I work through the piece to the end before starting another piece.

Some pieces that are learned and played by advanced pianists take many weeks, month, half-years and more to learn and/or get through but you have not stated anything specific - so like I said, I don't understand your question.

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#2069335 - 04/23/13 12:51 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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One at a time. Maybe I should do more.

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#2069843 - 04/24/13 09:30 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Michael_99]
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Originally Posted By: Michael_99
Tides, I have read your post, here:

How many songs do you work on at any given time? By work on I mean pieces that you cannot play all the way through.

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I am not sure I understand the question. Usually, if you - I am learning a piece - I work through the piece to the end before starting another piece.

Some pieces that are learned and played by advanced pianists take many weeks, month, half-years and more to learn and/or get through but you have not stated anything specific - so like I said, I don't understand your question.



Michael, it's just one way to work on a piece until it's done and then go to the next one, many people work in a different way. I have several pieces all the time under work, I occasionally drop (or "finish") one and take a new one. I could not think of just working on one thing at the time, I would go absolutely grazy smile

Each of the piece focuses on different things, and the reason it works so well is because there's a limit how much one thing I can absorb in one sitting/lesson.

Generally I have about 4-5, at the moment only 2, one romantic, one baroque. The classical period ones are the ones that usually get dropped pretty soon, because I just cannot stand them...I always decide to polish them, but never do...

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#2069872 - 04/24/13 10:19 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Too many.... too much collaborative crap lately. I mean, it's not crap. But it's just a bit of an overload at the moment with this STUPID recital in a month. I probably have a few hours worth of rep right now...... but only 1 hr is solo.
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#2069956 - 04/24/13 12:26 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: -Frycek]
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Originally Posted By: -Frycek

Normally I'm learning one piece at a time. It may not start out that way but usually whichever piece I get OCD about takes over for the duration. I'm usually polishing the last couple of pieces as well.
This really made me laugh because I completely identify with it! For me, it depends on the size of the pieces. When I was working on the Waldstein, that was enough to keep me completely occupied for months and months. Usually I'm polishing one, learning another and reviving a third.
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#2071259 - 04/26/13 06:31 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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>None; I am a pianist.

You can still work on songs without words, or on the piano part of songs
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#2071260 - 04/26/13 06:32 AM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Usually I work on 2 difficult pieces and a few simple pieces.
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#2075127 - 05/01/13 04:29 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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I like to keep a journal of my practice. This way I can set up pieces and figure out a practicing schedule that works for any coming deadlines that I need to meet. I'm currently working on 3 sets of 5 pieces, I figure that if I practice 4-6 hours a day I can at least finish one set a day and work on my pieces twice a week.

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#2075184 - 05/01/13 05:56 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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#2075187 - 05/01/13 05:58 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Only as many as I need - no more, and certainly no less.
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#2075193 - 05/01/13 06:10 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Damon]
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#2075322 - 05/01/13 10:44 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Hmmmm...this year I had two concerti, two solo programs (one "standard rep" program and one with more eclectic stuff; it's best to know what to play where) and twelve heaping tablespoons of chamber music and accompanying in my fingers. So, lots of stuff. It's fun.
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#2075323 - 05/01/13 10:45 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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I'm thinking about learning the complete Chopin mazurkas and recording them (a multi-year project). smile

In that case, I'd have quite a lot in my fingers, no? 60-odd pieces, 3 hours of music?
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#2075326 - 05/01/13 10:59 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Good luck! I would love to hear that. I have slowly grown on his shorter works. smile

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#2075327 - 05/01/13 11:00 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Now wait a minute, it's just an idea! ha

Don't expect the recording anytime soon! grin
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#2075328 - 05/01/13 11:02 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Haha, same with a lot of my ideas. I hope one day my ideas come to fruition. Even if they are by an "inferior" composer, such as Alkan. smile

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#2075329 - 05/01/13 11:03 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Just start with Op 39, then see where you're at. ha
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#2075334 - 05/01/13 11:11 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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I don't know if you mean Alkan's, or Choin's, or Rachmaninoff, so I will discuss all three. laugh

Chopin's Op. 39 is wonderful. I love the third Scherzo. I have read through it many times, and eventually will learn it.

Rachmaninoff's etudes Op. 39 are also amazing. I love every one of them. I will sight read through them this summer, and pray that one day I'll have the technique to play them.

And now, Alkan's Op. 39. The peculiar guy and his music. On the surface, I think it is fine music. Dig deeper: he does not explore harmonically like Chopin or Rachmaninoff (though R lived much later), but in the same way, his music has a "directness" and "freshness" that personally appeals well to me. I find "Comme le Vent" to be humorous (like Haydn and Prokofiev) and fun. It is hard to play, but so are Chopin's Etudes, Liszt's etudes, and Rachmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto (as well as other works of his).

Poly, I don't want to try to say Alkan is better than the other composers, because he isn't. He just isn't. But, I think I might be the biggest Alkan fan to frequent Piano World, and even though he is a second tier composer at best, I still love him!

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#2075336 - 05/01/13 11:13 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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And I did not even mention Ferrucio Busoni's piano concerto, Op. 39... Which may also be "nonstandard" and "inferior" music, but I still love and think is very good! wink

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#2075337 - 05/01/13 11:14 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: hujidong]
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Is this reply to me? The op originally said songs. I practice 43 songs which represents 3 hours of music that I'm contracted to play at most gigs. Classical pieces are more of a hobby for me and depending on my work load, those range from zero to 6 or so.
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#2075339 - 05/01/13 11:15 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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I was talking about Alkan's, because he was the one you mentioned in the last post.

That would be an interesting thread - best work with each opus number. Want to start it? ha
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#2075357 - 05/01/13 11:32 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Oh I saw 43 and was like daaaaaaaaaaayummmmm whaaaaaaaaaa. yeh!
that's cool too i guess.
*snobby nose rise*


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#2075371 - 05/01/13 11:43 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: Tides]
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Gnerally 20 minutes' piece(s) for every 2 weeks, I guess.

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#2076161 - 05/02/13 08:48 PM Re: How many pieces do you learn and practice concurrently? [Re: MiaoW]
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On another note, what percentage of playing time do you all allot towards scales, exercises, or other things of that nature?

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