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Post by pathetic_pianist on Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:38 am

Hello Andrew,
I am planning to learn the inventions by Bach, starting with the easiest. Can you suggest any particular order in which this should be approached?
Thanks

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Post by chackyjazz on Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:24 pm

Hi P.Pianist.

I am also learning Bach invention No.1

How are you doing with that??

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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by pathetic_pianist on Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:04 pm

hey thanks for replying, as it is I have been travelling for a while and getting back on the piano (or keyboard) after three long weeks. Anyways, I am starting with nr 1. Looks a bit intimidating to play in proper tempo, but no hurry from my side.
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Post by Admin Andrew on Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:53 pm

With bach you should always start hands septerate ALWAYS, and go very slowly, try to pick out the melodies and play them seperately as well so your ear can hear all the complex things going on. Practise with the metronome at all times for the first few weeks of learning the song until you can play the piece as steady as you would with the metronome on.

After the rough work is done, it's time to add in a sharp staccato touch, also be on the look out for terraced dynamics. Which is a sudden change in dynamics like P to F or Mf to Mp etc, you must make the switch suddenly not smoothly as that's the style in this period Smile

I think that should help you start out!

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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by pathetic_pianist on Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:22 pm

Thanks Andrew. Hands separate, metronome, staccato touch, I will try to keep these in mind. Targeting to finish invention #1 in coming 3 - 4 months. BTW off topic, I was watching a few glenn gould videos on youtube, amazing the way he used to play Bach, though his expressions kind of looked funny :-)

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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by Thomandy on Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:50 pm

To shoot something in there as well^^
You should explore the emphasis on the Second beat instead of the first one in Bachs pieces! This Bach analyst I have talked to say this might have been what Bach wanted! Smile
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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by chackyjazz on Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:39 am

Well I have finished Invention No.1 ....!!!

Its my first classical piano song...so Im really happy. Now I am taking classes with a profesor, working in my technique and so on.

Now Im working in invention No. 2 It seems a little more complex than the first one. =D

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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by chackyjazz on Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:45 am

Just a Question...

What level of piano are concidered Bach Inventions No.1 and 2 ???

Beginners?
Intermediate?
Advanced?

Its just curiosity hehehe... =D

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Re: BACH Inventions

Post by pathetic_pianist on Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:55 am

Congrats. I am kind of half way through, by that I mean not half way musically, but half way technically, i.e I am able to play it at a very slow but steady tempo with metronome.

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Post by Thomandy on Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:20 am

pathetic_pianist wrote:Congrats. I am kind of half way through, by that I mean not half way musically, but half way technically, i.e I am able to play it at a very slow but steady tempo with metronome.

Thats Very good, then you will be there soon! ^^
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