I bought the music to "Standchen," a Liszt transcription of a Schubert song, several months ago. I've been so busy writing tests, planning lessons, and grading essays that I haven't practiced it, save for intense mini-practices here and there on the same five or six measures. Back in February or March, I went through the piece and divided it into 6- to 10- measure sections. Then, I ranked the sections from hardest to least challenging. Then, I got to work on the hardest section.
Whenever I'd sit down to practice, I'd go back to the hardest section again. I'd make a little bit of headway into it, but then I'd have to stop, and I wouldn't touch the piano again for a week or two.
It's been a very frustrating way to (not) progress, but I imagine it's not that unusual an experience for adult piano students.
Last night, I sat down to start on the hardest section again, scared that Liszt wouldn't "come back" and I'd have to re-learn that section all over again, from scratch--like I'd had to do every time for the last few months. But this time was different. This time, (1) I wasn't stressed, and (2) I had two wonderful hours ahead of me for practicing.
After an hour, I was playing the hardest section and the second-hardest section that followed, and it sounded GOOD. I recorded myself, just to make sure I wasn't hearing things, and it still sounded good!
I was in tears. Liszt had come back! All those mini-practices must have done some good. In only an hour, I had the entire last page and a half of the piece. And you have to hear this piece--it's so unbelievably beautiful.
When Hubster got home from camp, I played the whole piece for him. It's about seven pages long, so five and a half of those pages were sight-reading. Remember, I haven't practiced any of this piece in months, except for the hardest section.
It sounded gorgeous. Of course, the sight-reading section wasn't perfect, but it sounded pretty darn good for a sight-read. I skipped notes here and there and kept tempo. Hubster got all misty-eyed. What an old softy he is. But Liszt can do it even to the most hardened among us.
So, Liszt came back. Or maybe I did. Either way, it's good that we're both back. I'll see if Bach comes back today. I think he will.
Life is good.
It's 8:04 a.m. Normally at this time, I write in my journal for about an hour before starting my day. It's not the most exciting jou...
You wouldn't believe how many Google searches on "English translation of Ständchen" lead to this blog. So I'm going to to ...
Over Christmas, I was told that I was a "genius" and "brilliant" by friends and family who obviously like to carelessly ...
As a hard-of-hearing person, I really like the game " Mad Gab ." The whole idea is to hear something that sounds kind of like a co...