This piece contains two sections, A Very Small Wish, which is like a mini Waltz, then comes the Monstrous Monstro (starting at 1:50) with extremely fast chord jumps. I consider this to be the most difficult piece to record in this album, much more so than Working Together, due to these fast octave jumps (especially onto white keys). I am severely disadvantaged due to my small hands, the margin for error is way too small. To be fair, I recorded this on the 4th day of learning the piece. The final 3 days were all focused on getting the jumps. Aside from that, after watching the very few videos available on YouTube, I haven’t seen anyone who got the pedal right for this section. Change that pedal!
I recorded the Field & Battle after the original Piano Collections. That was a great call because this album, to my surprise, is actually easier than the original Piano Collections. I usually associate “battle” with “fast” and “difficult”. Yes, some pieces are fast (i.e. A Very Small Wish – Monstrous Monstro), but the difficulty is much more manageable compared to the first album (i.e. Working Together, Hand in Hand, Riku were definitely more difficult by a good margin compared to the most difficult piece in this album, except for Monstrous Monstro in “A Very Small Wish). This album took me about 3 weeks from learning to recording. When my Yamaha N1X finally arrives (ordered in April, still not here today in mid-November!), I’m going to experiement with playing a single piece for 3 weeks instead of the full album in 3 weeks, which should result in professional-grade recording. I couldn’t do it now because my family would be driven CRAZY.
All of my videos are shot by the iPhone 12 Pro. Although it captures the sound fine without popping, etc, it does not capture dynamics well. Everything sounds pretty loud yet the bass does not sound louder when called for. So try to be forgiving on this poor man’s recordings. Also, it’s unfortunate that nothing I play is perfect, but should be pretty close and enjoyable otherwise.
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