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#2200552 - 12/20/13 05:19 AM Should I give it a go?
UKIkarus Offline
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Hi Folks,

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 smile

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) =/

Edited by UKIkarus (12/20/13 05:53 AM)
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#2200575 - 12/20/13 09:01 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
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How to answer this...? With Ikarus as a handle, I would urge caution.

#2200578 - 12/20/13 09:09 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
UKIkarus Offline
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Haha, I was just thinking more along the lines of long term correction/learning it properly smile

I can always play it by ear but it won't be right... (it'll sound fine but won't be perfect) I suppose with the sheets I could compare and patch up/add any bits I got wrong/missed.

At least that's the plan.... using the sheets more as a guide

Edited by UKIkarus (12/20/13 09:12 AM)
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#2200582 - 12/20/13 09:16 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
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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
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#2200597 - 12/20/13 10:10 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
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Absolutely smile lots of music to choose from.
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#2200621 - 12/20/13 11:04 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
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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.
Started piano June 1999. My recordings at Box.Net:

#2200624 - 12/20/13 11:19 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
UKIkarus Offline
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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 smile

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.
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#2200919 - 12/21/13 10:41 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
joyoussong Offline
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Loc: Canada
In the words of my first teacher, "Of course. All music is good." I took this to mean, "There's no music that it's bad to work on. Just don't spend all your time on it."
(Started playing July 2008)

#2200944 - 12/21/13 11:31 AM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
CarlosCC Offline
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UKIkarus, play it as you like. The important is to have fun with it.
If you want to play "by-the-book", why not? Give it a try.

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Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

#2205775 - 12/31/13 03:21 PM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
Bobpickle Offline

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Somewhat related, here's a pretty contemporary arrangement of Sekai no Yakusoku, the closing music to Howl's Moving Castle.

It's at 1 hour 3 minutes 19 seconds

Several of the pieces in the video are very professionally arranged, this being one of my favorite.
Bernhard - Always Have a Plan

#2205777 - 12/31/13 03:26 PM Re: Should I give it a go? [Re: UKIkarus]
UKIkarus Offline
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Yes, I have listened to this smile as much as I'd love to play many of these pieces properly I cannot frown I only go by ear and that is not right ...
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