billy1 wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:57 am
I've only just joined and feel the O.P knows me. I guess it's hard to impress yourself so you're always moving on to something harder before you're ready for it - or playing too fast too soon and sacrificing the tone. Yeah, I can play simple stuff well as long as there's no rapid single note runs, but I'm starting to work on those.
I'm guilty of this too when I'm following methods. I play the pieces until they are 'reasonable' i.e. I think 'yes, I have the ability to play this well if I spent time perfecting it. But I won't because I want to storm ahead/finish the method etc.'.
It's not so much being hard to impress myself, unless you mean the piece of music itself is not impressive enough, it's more a case of trying to forge ahead as Rognvald originally postulated.
But I'm personally trying to use the technique of playing phrases x number of times (some say 5, some 10, some 20.. - see member Lare's posts and Hubert Kappel's book amongst others..) without faults before moving onto another phrase and then 'sticking' them together and doing the same again.
Having a goal of playing x no of times without fault (well, within a certain amount of tolerance depending on how much time you've got) is helping me on playing a piece well before moving on.
But I think it helps to have enjoyable pieces too. Then one might invest more time in playing them really well. Maybe that's why some learners want to forge ahead because they don't find the easier pieces enjoyable enough.
Reminds me of Lauro's La gatica which I enjoy more than El negrito (which I also like) and so I've unconsciously put more time into playing it.
Some members on a 'Let's play Sor...' thread seem to be really enjoying his pieces and are really getting stuck into them in that's it seems to be driving them on to really play the pieces well. (Sor, incidentally, has pieces that are reputable easy to play ok but difficult to play really well (like Mozart apparently) but this is a side note and I'm only reporting what others on this site have said.)