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    Was regularly keeping up with Ravel Jeux D'eau, but not lately. Actively, been working on Liszt La Campanella, Bach concerto, and Well tempered Clavier no. 2, 3, 4, preludes and fugues, Beethoven Tempest. Keep trying to refine emotively Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor., as well as a couple of other nocturnes.

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    Daily, working through each scale, major, and relative, harmonic minor and all arpeggios. I developed some exercises added in each key to develop dexterity. I am wondering if I am just spending all my practice time on these. Takes about an hour and a half. Then work on a warm up piece, Bach, prelude, fugue #2. chopin opus 10 no. 3. . .still having difficulty with the 6ths passage. This is life long isn't it? No piece is ever truly totally perfected... . sigh. . .

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    How do you work through your repertoire? I was wondering how long you typically practice. I have developed a repertoire and was practicing 30 hours a week, but am down now to about 15-20 hours, so some of pieces are sitting, developing negative habit strength with my reluctance to return to them. I am wondering how other people deal with this. Is it better to be structured or to go with your interests? Seems that motivation follows a path of its own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisaclassical View Post
    How do you work through your repertoire? I was wondering how long you typically practice . . .
    I start and end each of my practice sessions with a piece I know quite well and one that I can play confidently, and I do have a good number of pieces in my repertoire that are like that. For me it's better to end a session on a good note <groan> as opposed to leaving the session totally frustrated and worn out.

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    It seems that the journey into any area of expertise begins as simple, but like entering a forest, then exploring the forest, then living in the forest. . .learning what to avoid, what to approach, when to rest, what fauna is involve, it becomes more complex, but also interesting. Certainly playing Bach as a child and now many years later, there is a difference. And as one explores Bach, his music itself takes on a different perspective. I find with time. . . there is a greater flexibility in interpretation and playing. I have learned over the years, that there is a true necessity to abiding by technique, but then once there is some mastery, the piece takes on more of an artistic quality that is personal to the musician.

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