I am ever so sorry that I have not been blogging regularly. My reason: piano. The Ohio University School of Music holds a concerto competition every year. Those who enter get out of their jury for winter quarter and the winner of the competition gets to play with the orchestra at a concert; which is a HUGE and cool opportunity for pianist… if they’re good enough.

I’m hoping to enter the concerto competition with a piece that I’ve been playing for 5 weeks. 5 weeks? You ask. My gosh. That’ll be easy peasy, right? You say. I say wrong. My track record with learning pieces has been ridiculous. I have been known to spend 6 months on a song that’s only 8 pages long. If you didn’t know, that’s a long time! So this is a brand new breakthrough in Amber’s music abilities; to be able to learn, memorize and perform a piece in less than 2 months…a 17 page piece to be exact. Needless to say I’m a little proud of myself at the moment, but hold on folks. We’re not done yet!

I plan to enter none other than J.S. Bach’s Piano concerto no1 in D minor. The competition is a little over a week away. I’ve been practicing the darned song every day so it can be sparkling clean by January 25th (the competition).

For those of you who are not familiar with the piece, or you just like to hear the genius that is Johann Sebastian Bach played by none other than the genius that is Glenn Gould. Please, if you are not accustomed to the awesome that is this video, do not press play.

Enjoy!!! (and wish me luck) ;D