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September 21st, 2020
I made a mistake this weekend and continuously picked at my left thumbnail, which infected the side where it contacts my skin. The unfortunate result makes playing the piano a little distracting due to the dull pain that occurs when I play a note with my left thumb.
In spite of this I was still able to practice one of Chopin's Polonaises this morning for forty-five minutes. This past weekend I performed three of Chopin's Polonaises for a retirement home, giving me a better idea of what I need to work on during my practice sessions. I like performing for others because it puts me in a pressured state of mind which reveals another level of playing ability. Playing for others speeds up my learning time because it also takes me out of any practice rut I may have been stuck in.
This morning I focused on drilling four sections in Polonaise Op. 71 No. 3. The sections I practiced were those I stumbled through this weekend while performing. Besides those sections I do not have too much else to work on for this Polonaise. The speed I play it at is not too slow but also also not too fast. I notice in a lot of audio recordings this piece is played quite quickly, however my playing style is more introspective in tempo.
September 4th, 2020
This past week I have been focusing on practicing Polonaises Op. 71 No. 2 and No. 3. In my opinion I have been successful since my goals were to speed up the pieces to a performance tempo and I have been able to do so after a lot of drilling. There was an interesting moment of practice this past week where I drilled two particular lines for an hour so I could accurately play the notes without getting sloppy due to the tempo increase. I am happy with the results of my work and am also sure I will be able to perform these two Polonaises soon.
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