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Here is my new recording of etude number 5 with more emphasis on dynamics. Please excuse the room noise towards the end but I think my roommate was making food haha. Thanks again for the suggestions and please let me know what else I can do to improve.

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DrBobM55 Mon, 10/12/2009 - 19:52

Good job. Those etudes are terrific pieces to learn from. Advice: Don't tell people where you think you screwed up. Most won't know except if you're Professor Friedman. Keep going.

Bob Wesner

andrewnittoli Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:46

In reply to by DrBobM55

Thank you. I thought I posted it private but I guess I forgot to click that part haha. Thanks for the advice though, I'll remember it for the next time I put something up.

steve yeager Tue, 10/13/2009 - 08:36

i use these etudes every semester with all students, they are great pedagogy for the instrument
i stress on all of these etudes to follow dynamics and other markings in each piece before we move to the next
that's half the battle learning on these, being able to keep pedal, dampening, notes, dynamics, phrasing all happening
they become very musical etudes when all of the above are present
when i listened to this i did not hear the subito p, the crescendo at mm? , the ritard at the end??
i don't have my book in front of me but i know there should be a lot more going on... i would encourage you to do #5 again and repost the take with attention to detail
that would be a good learning thing for anyone here working on these and listening to your takes

hope that helps

andrewnittoli Tue, 10/13/2009 - 15:15

In reply to by tonymiceli

Thank you for the constructive criticism. I feel like I rushed through this yesterday because I'm trying to focus on too many things at once. I will redo it with all of the dynamics and put the new recording up asap.

steve yeager Thu, 10/15/2009 - 15:34

much better andrew, you followed the expression markings much better and it was more musical
(nobody will know about :50) : 0

you see, these pieces in my mind are very deep, and as you go through the book, all these skills that you are developing will become second nature, mindless, rote....natural and seemingly effortless

and that's what we want

David Friedman Fri, 10/16/2009 - 08:36

Hi Andrew,

One of the expressive advantages of dampening is the "slur" effect you get when you play the note you dampen TO softer as the one you dampen. So, try playing the notes you dampen TO much softer than the dampened note and you'll hear almost no attack. For instance, in the first measure, play the D natural Mf and the C# pp, C natural Mf and B natural pp. Do that through the whole piece and check out the slur effect. Put it up again, I'll listen to it and give you my comments.


andrewnittoli Fri, 10/16/2009 - 19:12

In reply to by David Friedman

Thank you very much for the advice. I will definitely record/post it again using this technique. It sounds really interesting.
Thanks again,