Things take time, I know. But it bothers me that I feel so clunky, as if my knuckles are frozen, when I try to play very fast things. I just have to keep hammering, but I do want at least a small sense of lightness and bounce in my hands, which I really have to fight for. There are pianists out there with frictionless bearings for knuckles, and I am not one of them.

But I do need to get away from the heavy large chordal work that I tend to prefer, and at least try to broaden my technique so that I’m not writing to my shortcomings.