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Hi guys,

Judge my playing, what do you think of my playing? Thanks. Music includes stephen hough, robert miles and final fantasy. Adult amateur piano/music lover. all examples short but sweet.
i have a lesson once every 2 weeks and play everyday.









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You play very well -- in fact, far better than I expected of someone who's putting out the question quite how you are!
(Maybe it's just me but the way you put it out, I thought you were someone who's not at all advanced and doesn't have much of a clue about how well you play or not!)

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oh right, thanks very much, well i know how tough it is for this forum is to pleased with someones playing i guess.

how is my overall musicality and touch/sound production?
im no pro i only play at home you see.

and i play more modern choices now where my teacher is steeped in bach and mozart you see, very traditional method and i thought i need a change!


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Originally Posted by daoc2009
how is my overall musicality and touch/sound production?

I think excellent.

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Not too many of us are either!!

I think most everyone would say you play very well.

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Thanks for the reply, just have to keep going. What i would really love to do is teach beginners as i just love music, suppose thats what im semi working on to get to a level which i know enough about it to teach, need more confidence to go for it.


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What I find lacking in your playing, especially in those sections where there is a recognizable melody in the right hand, is a sense of phrasing. Every note seems to be played at the same volume which means that the melody has no direction; it's just a series of notes.

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right right, will take it on board, need to listen more intently perhaps to what im actually doing, thanks.


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It doesn't really sound like Robert miles anthem children. If you look it up on YouTube you should get several scores which sound similar. Good luck.

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You should work on rhythmic evenness. It's not about precision with tempo per se, but you have a tendency of rushing when you are aware of what comes next and slowing down when unsure, which gets built into your playing.

I agree with the other poster about phrasing -- think a bit more about how you would incorporate dynamics.

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I think if you want some tips about a piece it is better to post an entire video of one piece and not just fragments of lots. I thought your Schubert from your YouTube was very good. Also what is the Rach piece called?

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
I think if you want some tips about a piece it is better to post an entire video of one piece and not just fragments of lots. I thought your Schubert from your YouTube was very good. Also what is the Rach piece called?
It's the starting of the Rachmaninoff second concerto.

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I really enjoyed what you posted.

As well as echoing Bruce's thoughts on lack of direction, I'd also like to comment on Children. For me, as a dance song, I feel it's imperative you keep to a pulse, accenting the off-beat. Also, in the opening verse how about using the acoustic guitar pattern in the left-hand as you play the melody in the right?

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I'll only comment on you playing the Final Fantasy 7 tune cause that's the one I know best.

I second what other users have said about your phrasing/dynamics. Your right hand is very heavy, and every note is a heavy and hard. My piano instructor helped me finally "figure out" phrasing by asking me "how would it be sung?" when my left hand melodies were far too stiff. How would you sing that theme? It starts out kind of low and quiet, then crescendos up to that high peak of the fourth note, then it's quiet again, then crescendos again. The melody itself is an arch and phrasing wise it should be performed like an arch, too. Arches are very, very common structures in music...arches are everywhere if you look for them.

The tempo should be more consistent. I'm craving a more steady pulse.

Not much else to be said. You're clearly a competent pianist! These hangups over phrasing and tempo and just general feeling/emotion will be ironed out as you continue to play over years. They are not switches that get flipped and fixed by some forum-goers. But we can give you a good direction to go in.

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One technical comment. You have a tendency and probably a habit to hit the keys by letting your hand drop down from above. Like in the Rachmaninoff, but you do it also in Robert Miles. You also do it in slower pieces like the Final Fantasy. The effect is a rather constant percussive, not so nice sound. Instead you should let your hands closer to the keys and let the arm and hand push into the keys to deliver a more controlled volume but avoid the percussive sound to get to something more smoother.


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