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The Piano Player, Issue #32 -- Build a Repertoire Portofolio
June 15, 2016
Build a Repertoire Portofolio
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The Piano Player E-zine
June 15 2016. Issue #32
In this issue:
What's New and Updated?
Piano Lessons for AdultsStarting piano lessons as an adult can be a wonderful journey of finally realizing a perhaps lifelong passion.
Contrary to what many think, beginning music lessons as an adult is never too late. Playing and learning the piano as an adult has several benefits and advantages, and most importantly; you are doing it because you want to, not because you have to!
Do you have any tips or ideas for determining fingerings for complicated passages?Sometimes editorial fingerings in music are helpful as far as they go, but other times there are no fingerings shown.
I have encountered some challenging passages that have me stuck and stumbling as I try to come up with a workable set of fingerings. Fingering can either make a passage playable or not.
Help!! I'd like to hear your thoughts and look forward to any tips, hints or suggestions you may have.
Learning How To Play PianoA lot of people try to teach themselves piano. Some may have taken lessons as a child, and now want to start again, others always dreamed of being able to play but were not able to earlier.
Even though the most recommended action would be to go to a dedicated piano teacher for lessons, this is not always possible.
So how do you go about it on your own?
Play Piano and Read MusicLearning how to play piano and read music at the same time can be a bit frustrating both for beginners and more advanced players.
As a piano teacher i see my students fall in either group; the students who easily read and play, but has some trouble memorizing, and the students who has a really hard time keeping their eyes on the notes, but easily memorizes.
But keep in mind that balance is good: you need to be both a good note reader and take the time to memorize and learn to play things by ear.
Piano Practice and Technique Tips & Tricks
Building a Portofolio of Piano Pieces
Why not build your own collection of piano repertoire as a portofolio?
Too often the usual route for piano students consists of learning a piece, perhaps even memorizing it, then forgetting all about it while learning a new piece, and so on.
This means you never have anything to play, really, since all you play are new pieces- not yet learned.
That's when it becomes frustrating when people ask you to play something for them, and you don't have anything ready to play. This is really sad, because one of the reasons to play the piano, for many, is to be able to share the music with other people!
To remedy this, you need to add another practice habit; To maintain a piano repertoire, or portofolio of favorite pieces.
To start, you need to select a few pieces that you have either learned or would like to learn. For this purpose it's best with "evergreen" pieces that will work for many occasions and are "social" in the sense that they are fun to listen to as well as to play.
Since you will keep these pieces for a long time on your repertoire, you don't want to pick pieces that you'll get bored with or that are the most "in" pieces that no one want to hear a year from now. I have compiled a list with piano pieces that work for many occasions here , use it as a starting list of repertoire ideas for your own repertoire.
Next, get yourself a nice dossier or binder to store your music. Keeping your music organized is not only practical but works on a psychological level as well. You can actually "see" your music, and hopefully your portofolio growing as you add other fine pieces to the collection.
What pieces go into the portofolio? Pieces that you have learned well, and that are ready to be performed. It's a good idea to practice recording them as well. If you can memorize them, even better! Here are some tips on how to memorize piano music. The pieces in the portofolio need constant maintenance. See it as your "garden"of music. You need to "water" them frequently (practicing), and even improve the "soil" or "fertilize" them, by listening to other performances of your pieces and getting new ideas on how to perform them, for example.
Finally, take any opportunity you can to perform your pieces again and again for friends and loved ones. The more you share your music the more rewarding it is!
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