Animenz’s Mikansei Stride is one of those songs that is easy on the ears, but actually has quite some thought put into it. How it remains at heart a breezy, flowy song despite its technical challenges is really quite remarkable! It’s probably those fluttery demisemiquavers, which require quite some finger speed, dexterity and clarity — NOT qualities I have any degree of proficiency over! Getting this to recording standard was tough, but I definitely enjoyed the ride~ I also ended up being rather liberal in my reading of the score and made a few adjustments, though I deliberately preserved the technical demand. I still ended up making many unintentional mistakes though, but I’ll leave it to you viewers to decide which ones weren’t deliberate 😉
Recorded on a Blackberry Torch 9860 in a public London hospital. My apologies for the bad camera angle!
Playing notes: As mentioned, an exercise in finger speed, dexterity and clarity. Unlike tehishter’s Alicemagic this one isn’t one for suggestions — make sure the notes are played crisp and clear (good fingering will help)! Focus on that first, then work on getting your hands loose and relaxed — being as heavy-handed as I am runs you the risk of mucking up your dynamics and rhythm. Also, take note of the hidden 3rd voice, which is usually the beginning note of each musical phrase in the LH (so in bar 5, E-F-G-then the accents). It makes for a most beautiful sound when paired with the contrast of the RH treble. Accent it for extra oomph!