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Good Piano Practice Yesterday!

I was really happy with my piano practice yesterday. I covered a lot of ground, so to speak.

Okay, what did I practice that made my piano rehearsal so great?

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Well, my attitude and approach was good. I was happy with that. I did go over some of my so-called standard pieces to warm up with:

  • 1. Mozart Sonata in C
  • 2. Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
  • 3. Black Orpheus
  • 4. It Could Happen To You
  • 5. The Shadow of your Smile
  • Actually, I had two separate piano rehearsals. One in the morning and one in the evening.

    After practicing my standard tunes, I went into some long improvisations. Fell into my rendition of Chick Corea’s “Spain”, then went into a long improvised montuno passage. And went through this whole improvisation working on both fast ostinato rhythms on left hand and fast soloing in the right hand.

    Earlier I played “The Windmills Of Your Mind”. Along with some pseudo classical and modern style improvisations.

    Improvisation is my main focus, and it is a part of living in the moment. Creating within the moment. To me this is Zen.



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    Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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