I found this forum by trying to learn more about Topilin, and this forum was the only place that had some info.
Could I go to this forum to learn more about secrets to the piano. I know a lot of secrets, I found out a lot, but, there is even more I am missing.
I want to become like Cortot, Sofronitsky, Feinberg, Richter, Paderewski, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mozart, Hambourg, Anton Rubinstein, Hoffmann.
I am willing to train very hard, I have periods where I practice for about 8+ hours a day, and I can even do more, but, I also am studying CS and have to finish my degree and get a job in it. I plan on working for 1-2 years, then quitting to prepare for the Chopin Competition in 2030 with a teacher, and maybe I can make a name for myself if I get in.
I started during COVID, and I am largely self-taught, but had some lessons, I studied with a really good teacher for like 5 lessons, and then had maybe around 20 lessons between two teachers at college since I started. Now, I am starting weekly ones though, I have gotten some success from posting on piano forums, some good advice, but the ones that I’ve visited I can tell the people are pretty braindead boomers, but, you guys seem different, you have the powers of autism.
I can play Beethoven op 2 no 1 allegro, chopin preludes a major, c minor, italian and neopolitan song by tchaik, scriabin op 11 no 2, bach prelude c major, then a lot of pieces like sonatina romanze by beethoven, clementi sonatinas (i can sightread them now slow tempo no mistakes and keeping steady beat, and even get fast quick).
Then, I can play a lot of excerpts of stuff, and there is pieces I plan on finishing soon or working on.
Prelude G major chopin, op 25 1 chopin, op 10 2 (i only work on a measure or so a day for a bit), 10 1 (I can play the first measure pretty solid now, fast and even soft thumb, voicing pinky, legato no pedal), 25 6 (i only play the opening chords, but, I am starting to get them fast), opening phrase to op 3 no 2 by beethoven (I can play the double chords), finale to scriabin 4, maybe 4-6 measures (I can voice the melody though that is in the main theme while keeping inner quiet in rh), an arragnement i made of op 8 12, I can play the RH, bach inventions c major, dminor, b flat, a minor, f major (i know all notes hands together, but, haven’t fullypolished, some more than others), bach WTC c minor prelude (same thing, know all notes, can play it in all kinds of articulation and tempo, with evenness finally!!!), I’m learning some of poeme op 32 2 as well, I can finally read poem 32 no 1 by scriabin, and that’s basically as far as the stuff I practice everyday or most days, also I do a lot of scales, and am starting to do czerny a lot now, I working on a group of etudes, and am trying to get them really perfect, I can get them pretty good though in only like 30 minutes from czerny germer book.
Well yeah, there is everything basically, I also can do Hanon exercise 1 really nearly perfectly.
I know I still suck and have a long way to go, but, do you think it’s possible or worth it to try to pursue competition? I want to do piano forever, and my goal is just to play free like paderewski or Cortot (paderewski started the piano late btw too), and I think I know a good amount about the instrument, I already have one piano student that I teaching basics, and the lesons are going good, but, I want to become a true artist like my idols, and I am wondering on your guys thoughts.
Thank you for reading.
PS: I can also play the octaves of intro of liszt concert, some of tchaik concerts octaves main theme, hungarian 6 first phrase octaves (i will have a deeper tone slower tempo, less deep into keys wiht fast), and I can even do heroic polonaise octaves for a while… Keep in mind I started in summer of 2020, I had no idea how to play.
P.S.S: I meant to also say another pianist or idol I have is Heinrich Neuhaus, I feel like I can become like him or Paderewski would be my full potential, I do not think I will have the technical abilites, or maybe I will, maybe I’m lacking in brain, but, I don’t think I’ll be able to do superhuman things like PLetnev memorize all beethoven concertos in a weke, and im fine with that as much as I would wish I could, I just want to make sound paintings how cortot, neuhaus, paderewski did!