Had a great piano lesson today. I love my piano teacher. If you're in the Asheville area and are looking for a good piano teacher, I highly recommend seeking out this talented woman.
I played the Mozart pretty well. It didn't sound as good as when I played it for friends last night, but it was still pretty good. Not long ago, I asked Deborah why she doesn't "make me memorize things." (Every now and then I start sounding like a nine-year-old piano student instead of a mature adult.) She said she'll never make me memorize anything.
Well. I suppose I can memorize things on my own, but if I'm not being made to do it ... I'm not going to make time for it. And a big reason I'm even taking piano is so that I can sit down at any old piano and start playing beautiful classical music. Without using the sheet music as a crutch. I want to build a by-memory repertoire outside of my old stand-by pieces (Maple Leaf Rag and the middle section of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu).
So I basically asked, "Please make me memorize things."
"Okay. No problem."
So now I'm to work on memorizing the Mozart.
Then we moved on to the Dett. Whew, but that piece is hard. I point-blank said, "I can learn to play the notes, but I need to know what's going on, theory-wise, in this piece. 'Cause it doesn't make a whole lot of sense right now. And I know it'll be easier once it makes sense theoretically."
So we went through the sticky sections of the Dett, measure by measure, analyzing it. So much fun! Deborah even dug out her comp study materials from when she was studying theory for her D.M.
And guess what.
The music has AUGMENTED SIXTHS in it!!
Woo-hoo! That's what I'm learning in theory! I love it when things overlap!!
I doubt that Deborah has ever seen a student get so excited about an augmented sixth before. I nearly jumped off the piano bench. I was just so happy to have a clue as to what was going on musically in this rather dissonant-sounding (at times) piece.
How often does a piano teacher have a student ASK them to make her memorize things? And then say, "I want to understand this theoretically instead of just blindly playing it." And then shouts, "Woo hoo!" when the topic of augmented sixths comes up?
I am such a nerd. N. E. R. D. Nerd.
And, um ... I'm ... proud of it. I think. (gulp)