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Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 and Liszt La Campanella

Dimitar Dimitrov

Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 and Liszt La Campanella

Dimitar Dimitrov

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5 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 Part 1

    • 3. Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 Part 2

    • 4. La Campanella Part 1

    • 5. La Campanella Part 2

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About This Class

In this course I show you how it's best to approach learning a new piece. I give you general tips and exercises as well as specific tips on how to solve particular technical problems. In order to show you I'll be practicing part of Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 12 and Liszt La Campanella. 

I've uploaded the scores of both pieces in the project section so you'll be able to follow along with with me easily.

PS. Check out my MindCoach classes on Skillshare 

Self Awareness, Self Honesty, Consistency and Progress

and YouTube Channel with me practicing my own pieces


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My name is Dimitar Dimitrov and I'm a professional pianist, mind coach and an entrepreneur. I'm very excited and looking forward sharing these videos with you. I'm going to show you the processes I go through when learning and practicing piano pieces. 

I'm very open for any questions you have. Your level of skills does not matter at all, since all I care about is how me, you, and everyone else who is interested in piano can get their skills to a higher level and enjoy the wonderful music available to us.

Have fun watching and looking forward hearing back from you!

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1. Introduction: welcome everyone to my videos. My name is the Middle Dimitroff, and I'm a professional musician pianist. I decided to make these videos and share them with you with the idea that I wanted to select a few pieces that I've been wanting to play for a very long time. And now since I moved into a new house and this is going to be my new studio and I got completely out of shape because of all the work we had to do in the house. I decided to be a great moment to show you how I'm getting back in shape and how I'm learning new pieces. And I'm really excited about it because I selected a few pieces I really love and I really want to play. Plus, I'm going to share the process with you. I wish you a lot of pleasure watching these videos and feel free to ask me any questions you have 2. Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 Part 1: today, I'm going to work on the Chopin Etudes op 25. Number 12 is the first piece that I'm going to start taking myself back in shape after working so hard in our house. Now I'm completely out of shape, and I'm super excited to get back in shape and actually share with you my progress. So I have selected a few pieces that I'm going toe practice and record my progress for you in the coming weeks. I decided to start with the Chopin agent Opus 25. Number 12. I read a little bit through the peace, but I don't really know what yet. So I want to share with you my progress, what I do in my practice sessions, and hopefully you can benefit a lot from those videos as much as I will benefit. Because, of course, I'm going to get my shape back. Let's begin practicing this agent. I don't know how far we'll get with DIS agents today in this video, but my intention is first to look at the first section of the piece, which is, of course, from the beginning until Bar 23. That's the third page in the score that I uploaded for you. You will see bar numbers onto Bar 23. That's my first section. I'm going to go through it through this first part, one slowly, like I always do in my practice. And then after that, I'm going to see what's necessary to be done. Let's first get slowly to it. You might wonder why I'm stopping now and then. That's because I don't know if you noticed, but what extremely important to remember from me is that every time I make a little mistake and every time I'm even a little bit hesitant about the key, I'm pressing. I'm considering. That is a mistake. So that's why I'm repeating now. And then some of the bars. It happened to wonder. My advice to you would be always toe. Encourage fixing your mistake, no matter how big. No matter how small they are. Let's continue from bar number 11. I think this will be a section after Bar 23 for another video. Start your practice sections with whatever peace you you play. Start always with ones or two times slowly because then you can evaluate how you feel what has to be done and where you are approximately slope slow, complicated indicate a lot. My conclusion for myself. Of course, I know that I'm completely out of shape and my hands don't feel I don't feel safe when I'm playing. I know that I'm going to struggle. Once I start practicing the peace in a practice temple, I call it which is below the real speed, and it's just a little bit faster than the slow temple. But since I read through the piece and I can allow myself to practice in a practice temple a little bit faster Temple, I'm going to do that now and see what for the necessary to be done. But I expect that there will be a lot off work in the coming weeks until I get my shape back and I feel safe while I'm playing. Let's practice a little bit now in a faster temple Azzam Nazi. Now and then I'm having run not, and that confirms my initial conclusion, my initial feeling that I'm feeling really unstable, so what I have to do now is play a few times the peace in this temple and fix every time any wrong note that occurs 3. Chopin Etude op.25 no.12 Part 2: after I fixed a few of the wrong no time. Eight. I thought of an exercise that could help me additionally, improve stability and improve playing all the right notes and lending on all the right notes. So the exercises the four way I'm basically I'm looking just from the beginning of the peace, I'm basically going toe. You see, that piece goes from this note on This is the way. Wait, Go back. We'll land on and, you know, because we're going to have a different arpeggio, right? And that is difficulty. Our hands have toe always change from this position a new position position. So every time we're changing and I thought of on exercise that could help me additionally, and you can try the exercise and you will see how wonderfully work I'm going to do this. You know what? The exercises already? Just to be sure that you understand, I start the our page. Oh, I begin on the first note of each bar I stopped halfway through. I stopped on the highest note that I go back on. Guy stop. On the first vote of the next bar, I stopped in the middle halfway through the bar that I go back again and then I stop on the first note of the next bar. So I begin on the 1st 16th note of each bar, and I stopped halfway through. In this way, I'm ensuring that I have enough focus in me to be able to execute the first or page I'm going up and the second page going down, then the next one on and make sure that you're playing all the right notes because I hear sometimes I'm missing notes, and I hear sometimes I'm playing wrong notes. Both are considered mistakes. Missing notes. It says much of a mistake as playing the wrong note. If off course, you want to develop very well, so on. Going back going back usually is a little bit of a bigger problem than going up. This'll message. It's easier. So I'm not going to spend time there, so I'm continuing. This is the passage in bars seven and eight, So I'm going to skip that and go to bar night. This is approximately my temple, in which I feel comfortable. That doesn't mean that you or anyone else as toe imitate that exact temple. Imitate the exercise. Don't imitate the temple. Everybody's different. Everybody has a different shape. Everybody has a different level. So you don't need to imitate the speed I'm showing you. You need to imitate only the exercise. I'm continuing from part nine. This is annoying for me that I have to turn the pages. So what you can do when you're practicing? If you don't like that, just copy, of course, separate pages. So you can put them on the piano next to each other and then you don't have that problem. But for now, of course, it doesn't matter. Just in the future, I think for myself I'm going to copy because when you don't know the piece by heart and when you're working on the piece, uh, its initial stage, of course, you need to follow the score. That's Bari Level way, Jones. I would recommend something very important. When you're doing this exercise. Look at the bars. Let let's look at bar 14 because that's where I stopped this bar. That's page two system to the second bar Bar 14. Look at the bar and I want to give you a little piece of advice. A little something that would improve your skills and improve this piece. Additionally, when you go up, if everything goes OK, you're going to go down, right? Let's say when you go down, you hit the wrong note. My advice to you would be not to start if you hit a wrong note. If you play a role, no, don't start from the beginning of that bar from the beginning of Bar 14 starts in the group in their page or up or down wherever you have a wrong note. I'm having a wrong note when I'm going down from here. So if I hit the wrong note going down, I'm going toe play on Lee that her pager going down. I'm not going to start from here because this one going up went perfectly fine. I'm not going to waste time there, And it's not only wasting time first for you Western time, you're using up time for something that actually goes good. You want to use the time for something that doesn't go so well. So I'm playing immediately the troublesome our page of going down. And it's not only about time, but it's also about something else, and that's knowledge. You're starting. You're going to learn the peace even better if you start from here. It's much easier to start here because we're used to playing our Pedro down, going up and down. But we're not used to starting only from here. So you will learn the peace additional. You will gain additional confidence. Let me go through the rest of the peace way . This will be the special exercise for today and this will be actually the video for today. After you do this exercise for this for section or for the whole piece, whatever you prefer, then go back and try the peace against you. What happens if you happen to have any questions? I will be extremely happy to hear back from you, and I'll be extremely happy to answer your questions. Of course, in the next videos, I'm going to record different pieces. I'm going to show you my progress. Like I said in the beginning of the video, and at some point we're going to come back and I'm going to record again this agent for you and show you the progress of Nate and talk about different things. For me, recording this video was a great pleasure. And I will see you next time 4. La Campanella Part 1: in today's video. I'm going to continue getting into shape this time is going to be list La Campanella. You know, probably the piece. It's very famous, and it has been a dream of mine to play this piece. Of course, there's so many pieces to be played, and I never got to play this when I played many other pieces by list, but not this one. And now, since I started regularly practicing and recording for you, I thought it would be a great piece toe practice for myself as well as share with you. My progress with it. Let's begin. I'm starting with the first section, which is to bar 21 again. I will upload the score for you, the exact same score I'm using with bar numbers on the sheet music so you can follow very easily. Just open the score and you know what Bart went? One is, that's a first small section. I'm not going through the peace. Make sure that you always have a very good plan practice plan with the beautiful music we're playing. It's very easy and very tempting to just go through a lot of music. But in this way, you will never accomplish anything. And if you want to have good results and your technique to constantly improve, you need to have very clear schedule. Very clear. Plan off action with your practicing. Now start studying the peace and basically, I'm sure you're exactly what I do in my practice. In the videos we have, you can see part off my actual practice. I do. I'm going to start once very slowly so I can see the right notes and everything that's going on a job are 21. Now. You'll notice that I'm adjusting my speed. I'm not going to keep one in the same speed. When you don't know what piece you will notice observed that, well, I'm practicing that I'm constantly slowing down or easy off a little bit if it feels easier . It's very important when you don't know what peace that you are very flexible so you can play the right notes and learn the piece very well. - Do you know there's also something else? Do you notice that I'm not only slowing down, but specifically I'm taking enough time to break the courts in my left, and if you look at the first page. You see that from Bar six? We have her broken courts and I'm not trying to be on time. I'm not trying to do this. I'll play from Bar five and you can see in Bar six if I try to be on time. What happens? I have to bring the court much faster. I don't want to do that yet because I'm not at the stage that that's required for me. That's what I'm taking you through the process. And you see with every video that I'm doing different things, depending on how well I know the peace with this piece, I really need to take it easy and observe everything that it carefully. I always tell my students that it all depends on the stage off progress you are with the piece you're playing. So let's take it from bar number nine, and I continue further slowing down to play broken court way. Have a reverse jump. It's getting a little bit more than good here, so take your time. You see that I'm slowing down this much that's necessary. Now, Here, you can see that actually marked it in the score. Inbar, 17. I marked the upper north of the of the interval of the Latin. I marked with a sign, which means that I'm taking the upper note with my right hand because the court is very big and I don't want to break it. I want to play on time, everything together on that bar bar 70. And so I marked this. That's why, in the very beginning, you want to take the piece very slow. That's another proof of that. That's another confirmation that if you are playing too fast, you will miss on many details and then later on your piece will suffer. So let's take it from Bar 16 here. I took time to see the note that I have to pay. That's funny, and that will be a section the next section that that I'm going to practice for another video or for another time, I have to divide my attention. So what I'm seeing is that you bar 13 until this place where we get the reverse junks. It's a little bit easier on Do Bar 13 The peace for me. I know it a little bit better because it's a little bit simpler and then it becomes more complicated. So what I have to do is pay a little bit more attention in the section from BAR 13. So I'm going to go once more in from Bar 13 and I'm going to try to pull the speed tiny mid . I feel that I can read the piece to the extent well enough to be able to try push tiny bit the speed further. You have to be very careful to learn to know that sometimes if you play too soon, too fast, you can actually damage your progress. So watch out very carefully that was going to be bar 13. 5. La Campanella Part 2: Can you guess why I stopped? I stopped because I missed the melodic line. Do you notice that from if you follow from our 16 we have a melodic line Bar 17. Iker Doctor. I didn't hear actually, the melody. That's what we want. We want to follow the melody. That's that's one of the difficult things about this piece. It has enormous jumps, but at the same time it has a melody throughout the whole piece. That's what you need to follow. So if you look from Bar 16 this time, I'll try to emphasize the melody and you hear the end of the melody on the first note of Bar 17. That's that bar number 19 goes again. Not a good. That was a little bit better. Now I'm going to go through the whole section and see how how it goes in a little bit faster, Temple and you. So I played from Bar 30 and a little bit faster, and I were going to try to do the whole section a little bit faster, and I'm going to fix any mistake that comes on the way. I'm not going to play the first few bars because There is nothing for me right now to work on later on, when I'm more advanced with a piece, when I know it better, I'm going to work on musical things and then I'm going to play all kinds of places. I'm not going toe discriminate some places, but right now, because it's a learning process, I have to choose what's the best to be practiced. And that's why I choose to go with the more difficult section. So I start right there. - Can you hear that? I'm actually applying a little bit off Beddoe here. That's part of the learning process. I don't know right now if I'm actually going to use this type of paddle later on when I play the piece. But in order for me to find out, I need to experiment. But the only way to experiment with pedal and different interpretations is toe do it very gently and what I mean by very gently, depending on where you are, depending on how stable you feel right now, I felt a little bit more confidence in the peace. I felt like, Oh, not too much is going wrong. And so I failed that I had I had space in my head toe to try and fool around a little bit with the pedal and see what sounds good. I'm not convinced that I like this sort of interpretation. I think maybe I would prefer Mawr just a dry one, but that's going to be decided further later on. Right now, I'm just trying. I'll continue from Bar 13 again 14. That was not precise. That was not certain. - Azam , noticing. I'm trying toe pushed a little bit further in the temple. As you see Another was having quite class tempo already, and I started playing wrong notes, and I wanted to tell you something interesting about this piece. What I personally feel that applies generally for all the pieces you play. Don't allow yourself to move, have wrong notes because the more you allow yourself, the more wrong notes you're going toe play overall. But with this piece specifically, you have jumps, and if you allow yourself to hit the wrong notes, those jumps are going to be very difficult to conquer. So I'd recommend that you really control yourself so you can execute the jumps as precisely as you can. It's really important to play the right notes. I know that if I allow myself now and then to hit a wrong note, I'm going to start feeling very unstable, and I'm going to encourage playing the wrong jumps. So I push it a little bit with the temple. I'm I'm trying to search for how far I can go. But if I see that the wrong Notre becoming too many, I'm going to come down. I'll continue from Bar nine. That's going to be the oh, that will be a great exercise. By the way, I don't know if you felt what I did. I stopped. I slowed down before each big jump. And that's Inbar, 14 before the first note and before this one and then in Bar 15 before this one. Let me demonstrate once more, I'll play from Bar 13 and you can see when I'm slowing down. I'll also tell you here, here, here. So in this way don't for you were not ruing, ruining the peace. You are not making it worse. You're not going toe plate like this, but from my experience, what I learned is that it doesn't matter that you're taking time. Later on, when you play the piece faster, you're going to be able to play on time. But you're also going to play the right. No. So it's a little secret that you can use in the very beginning or when you're practicing. Just take the time to play the right. No to the big jump toe. Touch the right note and you are going to see after that that it's This exercise is very rewarding. Let me demonstrate a little bit of the exercise so you can remember what to do Are 13. Basically, I'm ready for the next group. Ah, Dane Booth. I want to go forward, but I'm not going to do that yet because, like I said in the very beginning, discipline you need to have a clear plan. That was that was my plan toe practice the first section with you and see what's difficult and see what I need. Toe improve. I started getting a little bit cocky, and I'm going to pay the price for that. I'm not going to do it. Sometimes It's nice to fool around a little bit and see how far you can get, but always go back to your practice plan. don't deviate too much. Have fun. But remember that a good plan affection is going to get great results. This is going to be all for my video for today. With list. We're definitely going to come back to this piece and have more of it. But for now, I'm just going to show a few of the different pieces I'm practicing and we'll get back to the ones we already talked about with different sports. Of course, there is so much I want to share with you. And what would be wonderful if you ask me questions? And if you also have requests for peace is if you have specific questions. If you want to send me videos, whatever questions you have, few Frito ask me, because then I can make different kinds of videos for you. For me, recording this video was a great pleasure, and I will see you in the next one