Practice advice?

I have to learn a bunch of new chamber stuff for a month’s time, and would appreciate some advice from you guys about practicing strategies. They’re all multiple movement works (a piano trio and quintet, and a violin sonata and a couple of cello sonatas). :open_mouth:

I’m feeling a bit daunted by the scale of the task - can anyone offer some tips on how to break it down and cover it in a month?


ahahahah chambah zhud only be ziteread

tiz unfair to da violin/cello/flute/oboe/mart horn/triangle mofoz if u prax yo part b4hand

haff zum honah :lib: :stop: 8)

:smiley: :smiling_imp:

That is very true… :dong: :dong: :dong:

I’ve got the first movements of all of them fairly well under my belt now, but I’m not sure what to tackle next - the hardest bits, or just work on one piece at a time?

u know u iz fucked when da 1st reply was from da zepp who harzhly sight read every sheeyat since he was born.

take it w/ a grain of zalt.

what are the pieces that you’re playing?

The ‘Trout’, Beethoven’s Trio Op. 1 No. 1, Cello Sonata Op. 102 No. 2 and Brahms’ Cello Sonata Op. 38 and Violin Sonata Op. 78.

hahaha juz rely on a concept noen az ‘zemimemo’

ziteread thro da sheeyatz rptdly n u vil gain familiarity n u vil noe which zpotz iz bazically unzitereadable at tempo

izolate dem n prax :lib:

juz cruize thro da rez :pimp:

dat’z lyk da firzt uzeful 88 tipz from da comme… in about 3 yrz

None of these are that difficult except the “Trout”, which has to be practiced with a lot of attention to technical smoothness. Be glad you’re not playing the Brahms 2cd cello sonata. I worked it through with Steven Kovacevich, and he admitted he always had to practice it constantly. The 1st is not so difficult if you have decent octaves.

haha daim tiz tru


Thanks, guys. Maintaining even-ness in the ‘Trout’ is going to take some time…

Hahaa… word. 8)

y wud u advice a sheeyat that u urself haven’t done it b-foh?

tiz logically inaccurate.


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I also played the brahms cello sonata. Playing it a lot together with the cello, was the best help for me! And you should study the last part very hard, it´s quit difficult!

Biggest problem of the last part (he’s right, it has to really be worked)
is balance. Playing this the first time is when I heard old line, “put a cello on top of a piano is good, put a piano on top of a cello, you won’t have a cello”. Bad joke, but it’s really a pain in the ass to not drown out the cello, unless that’s what you want to do.