Friday, July 6, 2007

All About Beethoven

All About Beethoven


Beethoven is known as one of the greatest composers of all time, and he is certainly ranked quite high on my list of favorite composers, partly because of the challenging and moody sounds of his music. Beethoven led quite a life, not a very happy one at that, his father was an alcoholic, he had small pox at a young age, and to top it off, he started going deaf in his twenties. Despite all of the setbacks in his life, he was able to compose some of the most brilliant music ever written, with sounds ranging from moody to depressing, and even majestic and heroic.

Beethoven wrote a lot of music for different instruments, but my personal favorite music that is written by him is for the piano. I think that his piano sonatas are the best works in his catalogue. I also think that the piano sonatas are a great addition to any music library and they are a definite challenge for any musician. These are some wonderful editions of Beethoven's sonata collections.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Sonatas in Two Volumes (Volume 2) Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano and Violin, volume I/II Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano sonatas, volume II


To get the full effect of Beethoven’s music, I also suggest listening to his symphonies, I just listened to the Fifth Symphony the other day again and I was reminded of just how amazing this music really is. I recommend

Beethoven Collection: Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Complete Recording (Box Set)
and Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas



Beethoven is one of the greatest masters of music in all of history and his music should not be ignored. Beethoven is a must in any library of music literature.




Billy

Friday, June 29, 2007

Learn to Play Piano Fast

Learn to Play Piano Fast


Hey you guys, if you want to play piano like a true virtuoso, you should take advice from me, being a music major in college. There are several different ways to get your skills up fast, with practice of course.

My personal favorite way to build up my agility is to practice Bach's Two-Part Inventions. These are a great way to learn to play piano fast because the majority of them are very fast paced works and they are great sight reading practice also. I suggest getting a book of Bach's Two and Three Part inventions because you may also want to look through the three part inventions even though they are almost impossible to play. I personally own the Alfred collection and I think that it would be a good way to go because it is not very pricey and it contains fingerings.

Take a look at a couple different versions that are out there. Just remebert that anything that comes from Bach will be a challenge, but it will be lots of fun. Take a look at some of my suggestions below.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias Johann Sebastian Bach: Inventions and sinfonias BWV 772-801 Johann Sebastian Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias - CD Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier, Complete




Another great book that has helped me learn to play piano fast and build my skills up through the years is The Virtuoso Pianist by Hanon. The Virtuoso Pianist has many exercises that will build up your agility and increase your playing speed. They are not that fun to play, but everyone needs practice and it is more of a book for beginners.

Charles-Louis Hanon: Virtuoso Pianist In 60 Exercises - Complete


Anyways, these are just a few suggestions I had, they have all helped me learn to play piano fast and they will help you too. Just remember to practice and practice and practice. One thing you should never forget is to have fun! Click on the pictures to learn more about the books.

Billy


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Wonderful Piano Composer website

Hey everyone, a couple weeks ago I stumbled on a great website called pianosociety.com. This site has many piano recordings availible for download, free downloadable sheet music, and bios of countless composers. I've recently been getting into Bach's Well Tempered Clavier collection and I have greatly enjoyed being able to listen to it as well as download it an play it.

Hope you enjoy,
Billy

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Virtuoso Pianist Begins

Hey everyone, thanks for taking the time to look at my new site! I'll tell you a little about myself, I'm a Christian who loves the Lord and I'm also a music major in college. I'll give you guys tips about piano playing and insight into my favorite artists and composers. My favorite composers are Bach and Beethoven and some of my favorite pop music artists and composers are Depeche Mode, The Cure, and Michael W. Smith. I also do enjoy contemporary piano artists like Elton John and Billy Joel. I hope you all enjoy my new site, make sure to leave comments and visit again soon as I will update quite regularly.

Billy