Our master college piano professor, like most others, assumed I could play. I auditioned with striking performances of my "go to" pieces, the Gershwin Preludes and also played some random Major Scales. That's why I'm sure it came as quite a shock to the professor when I couldn't get through sight reading the first page of a simple Beethoven Sonata on our first lesson. "What exactly did you want to Major in here?" The lesson had shattered my fragile ego but also reinvigorated my passion for wanting to become a better pianist.
I spent the next 4 years working through Hanon books, technical exercises and etudes. After graduation, I felt like my sight reading and fundamentals had greatly improved. Still, I was a long way from becoming a master of the instrument. I spent 2 years after graduating going through a series of rhythmic scale exercises written by Lennie Tristano. Much improved, but bored of my six year adventure in technique, I decided to start actually making music out of my daily technical practice.
I selected Bach's three easiest contrapuntal works, the Inventions, Sinfonias and Well Tempered Clavier as my goal pieces. After a little over a year, I have completed recording all the inventions and half of the sinfonias. The pieces have increased my technique and musicality much more than any technical exercise ever has.
I hope you enjoy my musical journey through J.S. Bach's music. More importantly, I hope you can see improvement through the course of this series. Please feel free to send any performance suggestions, leave a comment below or on the video. Thanks for watching!