I'm glad to say that I'm getting my stride back. I could play for hours on end, but I just don't have the time. I spent a half an hour on just ONE phrase of the Debussy that I'm pulling out from 15 years ago and dusting off. Back when Lydia was little, and I NEVER had time to practice anymore, after being used to being expected to practice 4 hours a day and getting sick of it, then having no one breathing down my neck making me practice, and having a new baby or two or three, and feeling completely overwhelmed with that part of my life, anyway I let the piano go for a while, and I had a CD of this song which I worked had spent countless hours and hours mastering. Anyway after that huge long run on sentence, I used to cry when I heard that CD because I'd miss my piano and I felt like I was letting an important part of myself go. I did obviously start to play again eventually, but I've never had the strength of mind to pull out the Debussy, because I couldn't bare listening to myself butchering it to death. Anyway, today was the first time in nearly 15 years that I seriously tried to brush it up. My fingers still remember the basic gist of it, but there were old fingering mistakes that I used to make, that I've decided this time to correct. You don't know how devastating it is to have practiced something wrong a million times over and then try to do it right. It basically means you have to do it 28 million times right to undo the bad fingering. Yes, I was playing all the right notes, but with the wrong fingering, the phrases don't turn out as nicely. Anyway, I'm waxing long.
I spent a little bit of time on the Schubert that I'm learning, and just for the heck of it, I turned the metronome up to the slowest of the accepted normal speed for that piece, and to my GREAT delight, I could actually play some of it up to speed!!! WHOOT! WHOOT!
Anyway, I didn't do any scales or any sight reading, or any arranging/composing (which is another thing I want to work on). You see how much time this thing could consume... Oh well, I'll just do the best that I can.
If you are still reading this, and you care, here are some people playing the songs that I'm trying to learn, or relearn:
Just for fun, here's the Chopin that I guess I'm setting aside for a while? Maybe, but I don't want to. ACH! What to do? I don't want to give it up, but I just can't do it all! However, it will take me FOREVER to get this one down. Really any one of them will take me forever. Decisions, decisions, decisions. I can actually play pretty much this whole song, just not any where near up to speed. ARGH, the agony of decisions!
Alright, now I REALLY need to get some work done, and spend some time with my kids!