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    I play piano and I am currently on Grade 8. About two years ago I used to play Ragtime but now I only play classical music because it is much better and there is more classical music out there than Ragtime. Don’t forget to leave me comment, subscribe, add me as a friend and leave a message! This channel is videos of myself playing mostly classical music. I love to play the piano and I will never stop! If there is a piece you would lke me to upload please let me know! PIECES PLANNED FOR UPLOAD: Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 in E flat Major Beethoven Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 1st and 2nd Mov. Mozart Sonata K.280 3rd Mov. So please have a look around my music videos and blogs and subcribe to my YouTube channel “ClassicalMusicPiano”!
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Chopin Waltzes and John Field Nocturnes!

Today I bought John Field Nocturnes(Peters Edition) and Chopin Waltzes(ABRSM Edition) with the money I had over Christmas. Chopin would have to be one of my favorie composers as he was the inventor of the piano nocturne. I haven’t even started to practice a piece from the Field Nocturnes book as I like the Waltzes much more. So I started on Chopin Waltz No.10 in B Minor Op.69 No.2 and all is going very well! I have it all down and playing (very slowly!) hands together and to my surprise I’m delighted with the results. All I have to do for the next few days is to continue to practice this piece and add in the usual dynamics and try to speed up the tempo. After I complete this Waltz I will start on Minute Waltz as it is my favorite.

Performances of the completed Waltz(es) will be uploaded here and to my YouTube channel(ClassicalMusicPiano) as always so check the channel and this blog from time to time to see new uploads. If anyone has any advice of what Waltz to play next or how to approach/practice this above nocturne please comment below. Hope this interests you as much as it interests me! Thanks for viewing! See you all soon.

Chopin Prelude No.15 ‘Raindrop’ in D flat Major (1)

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This is one of my favorites of the Chopin Preludes because of it’s beauty and lyricism. I know it’s not one of my best performance but I have uploaded another version as well to see the differences in my playing.
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Summer time means more practising and learning new pieces!

It’s summer time now and it has only just begun. The weather here in Ireland (Dublin) has been horrible and cold for weeks and weeks, but it’s now July and the weather has certainly and finally picked up to a nice hot sunny summer for all of us to enjoy. As always with summer, I always have extra time to practice playing my piano as I don’t have school or homework/studying to worry about! I currently have a few pieces that I am going to learn over the next few weeks/months. Some are for my Grade 8 piano exam (Royal Irish Academy of Music) and some are just that I want to learn to play the pieces I like. And obviously the pieces or should I say, the style/period I like the most is Classical music. The pieces that I have planned are: Scarlatti Sonata in G Major, K.559 (Andante), Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor, K.1 (for my Grade 8 piano exam), which I will be doing sometime in the early 2012 year, Chopin Prelude No.15 in D flat Major “Raindrop” and Mozart Sonata K.280 3rd Mov. “Presto” (also for my Grade 8 piano exam). As I’m progressing more and more into the higher piano grades and the higher and difficult piano pieces, sight reading/ learning the music is getting a lot easier for me. I also am practising the usual scales and arpeggios/ cromatic scales for my piano exams and for my own use in helping me with the correct technique. I know, scales and arpeggios can be, and are boring but they just have to be done! Without them it would be difficult to play the piano.  Maybe after summer or even next year I will get more into playing Chopin because he is one of my favorite composers. I might even have a go at one of his Ballades or even a few of his preludes, plonaises or even a few nocturnes. I started playing the Raindrop Prelude a few days ago and now it’s one of my favorite Chopin pieces/ preludes. I got it from the book “50 greats for the Piano” which I got off my uncle (he is starting to play piano and got it free with his Yamaha Claviona Digital Piano). The book is brilliant and has pieces from the boroque period right up to classical and romantic periods. Pieces ranging from simple pieces like Bach Prelude in C Major to difficult, complex works like Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu! A brilliant book to have which has a few famous pieces in it and a lot to keep me practising. If anyone wants to buy this book for themselves, let me warn you that it’s not that easy to find in music stores or websites because it comes free with Yamaha Digital Pianos. You can buy the book online at Amazon at a dear enough price but it’s the worth the money becuase of the joys you will get out of playing the pieces.

I’m off to practice some more now so be sure to check back here and check my YouTube channel “ClassicalMusicPiano” for new video uploads and new piano blogs. Hope you all read this and leave any comments you may have in the comment box below.

Here is a brilliant video of Irish Concert pianist John O’Conor giving a masterclass on Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas: