Wow! Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video, and thank you for all the positive response!
I had no idea when people usually started this piece, so I'm particularly motivated by the fact that it seems I'm able to play it decently at this time.
Do you happen to play another instrument already?
I've been playing the djembe, an african drum, for about a year before I started piano, and I'd say I'm proficient at it. From age 17 to 19 I also played Stepmania for 5 hours a day and got pretty good at it, which *could* have something to do with finger control, and most definitely has something to do with understanding of rhythm.
Here's one thing to work on with this piece if you want to take it to the next level...
I think this would definitely make it sound more proficient, and I've had a couple of ideas where a louder left hand would be suitable. I love this piece, so I'll try this while working on other things!
Your explanation of time signatures is most definitely the one to use if one was to explain this to someone who doesn't know about time signatures. However, I didn't think about this and just wrote it in the simplest way I could think of. After all, the only importance time signatures have had to me so far is telling me how to count beats correctly.
Some pieces in 3/4 time are easy to identify, with a clear waltz-like pulse, other pieces in 3/4 time sounds just like a piece with 4/4 time to me. In the vivace in 3/8 time, I would never be able to tell what time signature it had if I didn't know. I guess the ability to deduce this comes with practice?
the only reason to use it is to get you used to count in eights instead of quarters
I then assume counting in quarters mean "one two three four", while counting in eights mean "one and two and three and four"?
However, in my piece, there are three beats per measure, and if there were three eight notes in a bar, I would still count them "one two three", even though they are eight notes, right?
Perhaps this time signature business will dawn on me with more experience, but at the moment it's a bit confusing.
you are WAY too stiff... wrist and pinky
I think I see what you mean when you refer to the last chord, where my fingers stretch out a bit. I *hope* this is due to the fact that I was super nervous at the end, because I had gotten so far without errors while filming.
As for tension in general, I understand this is something to avoid, but I'm not sure what to think as others in this thread seem to evaluate differently. I myself have never had any problems with pain, stiff joints after playing or similar problems. It might count for nothing, but I at least *feel* quite free after a few days of practicing a piece.
I'll have to pay attention to this as I progress and see how thing fare.
Again, thank you all for your encouraging words, it means a lot to me. You guys are actually the only reference point I have, and so your input is invaluable.