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Loc: England, South East
So with the time of year being what it is currently I am going to have roughly a 3 week gap before my next lesson (can schedule one between if needed)
I was last working on basic sonatinas since my reading is not great and nowhere near my actual level of playing, I have been given the task of bringing this up to performance level for the new year along with another piece for fun.
Last night I watched "Howl's moving castle" and gave it a quick shot this morning by ear and it doesn't seem too difficult to pick up the foundations or improvise around, so I was wondering...
Should I get the proper sheets for the theme and try to read/work from them on the side? surely anything extra I can put into reading/playing (including more variety) is going to help in the long run?
Not only that but it is something which I genuinely want to learn to play properly so perhaps it would give me a motivational boost while at the same time improving my playing/reading?
Oh to add to this I am in no hurry to get it done, nor am I expecting miracles... so even if it takes 6 months to a year I can always come back to it
Logic tells me I am completely out of my mind as I would only manage a little a day... but another part of me says hey give it a go (nothing to lose like) =/
Loc: western MA, USA
I think you should learn it and have a wonderful time. If you get in over your head and it stops being fun, then you can always put it on hold and work on easier stuff for a while.
Heather W. Reichgott, piano http://heatherwreichgott.blogspot.com Working on: Beethoven, Op. 90 Harizanos, Spirits of the Lake Bach, Partita no. 3 reviewing some Fauré, Shostakovich, Coleridge-Taylor, Debussy, Chopin I love Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and new music
Loc: not in Japan anymore
Is that the Merry-go-round piece, the main theme, in 3/4 time, right? If I'm remembering right, I think it has lots of repeating sections, and although the actual page-length might be a little long, it isn't that much in terms of unique sections. I think you should give it a go, and as mentioned above, if it starts to seem like too much you can set it aside for later.
Loc: England, South East
It sure is, "Merry go round of life" taking a step back it is not what I'd call complicated ... just something I have never attempted before
I picked up a good 3-4 minutes rough copy of it by ear this morning so I think using the sheets as a guide to make sure I have it right and touch things up it shouldn't be too difficult, I just wonder how long this determination will last.