Music from the Last Semester

21 05 2010

What I learned:

Ginastera – Prelude No. 12. This was a challenging piece.

Bach – Invention No. 6. A fun piece. I loved the sound.

Mark Hayes – He Is Exalted. A beautiful moving piece.

Chopin – Prelude No. 20. So common but I learned how to be more expressive from this piece.

Haydn – Sonata Hbk. 36 Mvt. 3. I think. This is a fun piece…never really got it done.

Can’t wait to see what I learn next semester.





Composers I Learned From

9 01 2010

Alberto Ginastera
What an amazing composer! I was introduced to his music at college this last semester. I thought I would hate it. He is a 20th Century composer. I truly thought I would hate his music.  But as I look back on it I feel he’s a genius. Maybe a little crazy but a genius none the less. His stuff might not be original, I wouldn’t know, but it’s amazing and fun to play. Different.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Well what can I say: “He’s a classic.” I know the college I go to, the teachers there LOVE Bach. I’ve only played his Inventions for the piano and one Concerto for the violin. His Inventions are works of pure genius. I wish I could compose genius stuff like Bach, well if I could I wouldn’t be writing this blog.

Fredrick Chopin

I can’t say much but that I don’t really enjoy his music. I love Bach because it’s basically emotionless and Ginastera because it’s crazy but to me Chopin is just beautiful. That’s just not enough to catch my attention.





What I Learned

21 12 2009

Here’s what I learned this last semester in private piano lessons:

Bach – Invention No. 8

Chopin – Prelude Op. 28 Nos. 4 and 11

Ginastera – Prelude 6

Hayes – Lord Be Glorified

Blomdahl – No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus

Here’s a run down. The Bach invention was relatively simple. It pushed my technical ability but in the end was my easiest piece. The two Chopin pieces gave me grief all semester. I just couldn’t really get them. I HATE Chopin. 😉 I don’t really but they were tough for me. I just didn’t get it. Ginastera was fun to learn. I did and still hate 20th Century music but that’s ok. This was SO much fun to play and learn. Hayes. I love reharmonization of regular stuff. It was fun to learn. This was the easiest piece to learn. The piece that gave me the most stress this semester was my hymn arrangement. It wasn’t fully mine. My piano teacher gave me most of it but I guess we’re calling it mine because I hand wrote it and slaved over it for hours and hours and hours and hours…well you get the picture.

What I’m learning next semester:

He didn’t give me everything for next semester he gave me the classical stuff:

Bach – Invention 6

Chopin – Prelude Op. 28 No. 15

Ginastera – Prelude 12

The Bach is back and harder. Haha! The Chopin isn’t too much harder it’s just longer. The Ginastera looks SO much easier but looks are deceiving I’ve found out. It’s relatively simple it’s just weird sounding…the EXACT reason I don’t like 20th Century music.  Well there’s what happened musically for me this last semester. 🙂

Also for those of you who heard some songs of my first cd especially from youtube, I’d like to announce that I’m planning on starting a new one soon…just working on getting the music together.





Recording Solution!?

2 12 2008

Well I’ve found a solution…kind of. I’ve decided not to record the files as midi then transfer them; instead i will record it through the microphone port in my laptop (which I found out has a better sound card than my dad’s computer! How weird) There’s only one set back….I can’t hear what I’m recording. For some reason the computer won’t let me hear what I’m recording live but it’s got perfect audio. So don’t attack me when the recordings aren’t just so…it’s because when you’ve tried it 30 times you lose patience. I spent probably an hour trying to record Chopin’s Prelude in B Minor. A one and a half minute song. Didn’t complete it. 😦 That’s ok I’ll try again tomorrow…or actually today. Well I better get some sleep I have lots of recording in front of me…yay.