Archive for January, 2009

Week 16/97: Cavatina

January 22, 2009

This is the theme from the Movie The Deer Hunter, which features a surprisingly young Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Anyway, it was originally composed for the guitar. I started with a piano transcription but didn’t like it. The version here is a more faithful transcription, in that the notes are the same as those played in the guitar version (except for the parts where I possibly misread it… some parts don’t sound quite right…).

I would like to try to do a piece a week if at all possible. Next up is a Bach.

Week 15/97: Chopin Prelude Op 28 No 20

January 17, 2009

I hadn’t originally planned on starting a Chopin piece yet, but I started playing around with this piece and couldn’t stop. So, here we are…

The slight pause at the end of bar 8 is because I’m obsessed with getting some unacorda action into the last phrase of this piece…

I’ve figured out how to record directly to the laptop, bypassing the microphone and all of it’s noises. However, the audio from the program my webcam uses for recording is not as good as the audio from Audacity. Compare the video with this MP3. There is some kind of weird rolling sound underneath the music in the video. So I don’t know what the deal is with that, but I think it’s an improvement.

K545 still proves to be tres difficile. I am working on Cavatina instead. I didn’t think I was ready for this but it’s actually not so bad once you get into it. Arpeggios are harder than scales but 16th notes are more harder than 8th notes.