No story this month. Sorry. To make up for it, I'll give you two in February.
Instead, you get to hear what I'm currently working on in piano. (If anyone dare suggests boring, be warned that I'm an expert throttler. Piano isn't even compatible with the word boring. And you try teaching yourself Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Chopin, and hymn improv without a teacher.)
For hymn improv I'm currently working on: There Is A Fountain, At Calvary, Sweet Hour of Prayer, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel. At Calvary is the most fun at this point, since I'm doing a boogie bass. (Ahem. No, I'll probably never play it that way in church, but it's still fun.) And I like playing Sweet Hour of Prayer in a minor key, for the record.
Classical has me working on three pieces specfically: Consolationby Liszt (though I'm beginning to wonder why even the most simple pieces, such as this one, feel complicated;... guess it's just Liszt, huh?); Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by J.S. Bach (lovely, simple... and I get to perform it at a wedding this summer...); and Prelude in B Minor by Chopin (also simple... but I missed out on a lot of Chopin, so I'm making up for it now.) Technically, I'm also 'touching up' the Prelude in C Sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff, which is about as awesome as a piece can get.
And randomly, I'm learning this and this
for myself. (Yes, I'm going to force you to click the links to find out.)
And a random question for those who play the piano: what finger do you use for a glissando? I've always been taught to use my thumb nail, but recently I've been noticing people who use their index or middle finger, or a combination of the two. What is the correct way?