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Rockin' With Rachmaninoff

I decided to start taking music seriously about two years ago, and I've been learning a few things at a leisurely (nay, glacial) pace. I only took regular piano lessons for a few weeks, and I've been on my own after my instructor decided not to teach piano anymore.

Last month, I noted that I was trying to learn part of Prelude in C# Minor. This is one of the three pieces that attracted me to piano playing in the first place, so I've had the will to learn it even though it's way way outside the difficulty range I should be tinkering with.

Today I finished learning the last third of it. Clarification: I finished learning the last third so I can play the last third; I've never attempted to learn the first two-thirds and don't plan to in the near future. The last third is what I've wanted to play. And now I can!

It needs some polish, but I'm happy with it already. I'll get around to doing a MIDI recording of it sometime in the next few weeks, and if you're lucky I'll render it to an MP3 and post it on the blog.

Of course, I'll do free live performances for beautiful women. 'Tis the gentlemanly thing to do.

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