Abigail

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Goal for this week

  • scales: all exam standard
  • consistentcy very poor, see notes below on practice methods
  • listen to recordings

Long term goal

Do Grade 4 exam early 2021.

Abigail’s Amazing Aural Assessment Advice

Intervals

  • 2nd – scale
  • 3rd – o when saints
  • 4th – amazing grace
  • 5th – twinkle twinkle lil star
  • 6th – my bonnie
  • 7th – weird
  • 8th – somewhere over the rainbow

Notes 19 Apr

Scales

  • good quality!
  • similar motion: loud or soft
  • start chromatic, see three rules on paper
  • make sure you memorise all scales

Twilight

  • we need to hear melody a lot more all the time. LH must generally be really soft RH controls the dynamics
  • 21-24, all notes LH need to be fixed

New York

  • keep listening to recording
  • needs consistently desperately
    • practice slow
  • some notes are wrong past bar 30

Can you play:

  • slow?
  • hands seperate

Notes 29 Mar

Scales need to be

  • memorised
  • consistent
  • fast
  • correct fingering notes

Scales to check

  • both contrary motions
  • G melodic minor 4 in LH

Let the good times roll

  • still very inconsistent
    • start from the start of every two bars
    • slow practice
    • perfect 2x practice
    • seperate hand practice

New York

  • Listen to recording a bit more
  • be careful with dynamic barriers
  • STILL INCONSISTENT
    • start from the start of every two bars
    • slow practice
    • perfect 2x practice
    • seperate hand practice

Notes 22 Mar

Scales

  • ALL scales should be exam speed/standard
  • also must be from memory
  • all fingering must be memorised for fourth finger rule
  • arpeggios need improvement in general

Let the good times roll

  • time to carefully relearn stronger!
    • play slow
    • start from the middle
    • read carefully
      • each relearn will make it stronger
  • don’t jump so much. There are some notes that are not staccato, like accents >
  • needs dynamics

Notes 15 Mar

General Twilight notes

  • always more RH and less LH
  • consistency needs to be careful
    • slow practice
    • sectional practice
    • must be w
  • phrasing makes it expressive
  • try your best 🙂

Notes 8 Mar

Scales

  • still 4th finger rule
  • Arpeggios need to be 4 octaves

Twilight

  • balance between LH and RH needs to be lighter
  • do dynamics as well
  • for memory, LH should be able to played all by itself
  • for memory, slow practice
  • don’t do too much normal practice
  • try your best for performance

Notes 1 Mar

Scales

  • slowly improving, but still need lots of work
  • 4th finger rule is wrong in EVERY scale 😦
  • speed needs to be up in every scale
  • scales need two things
    • speed
    • accuracy

Twlight

  • severe fluency mistakes can be fixed by being hyper aware of mistakes, practicing in small clusters and
  • metronome practice is also recommended, at speed 70-80
  • balance between two hands is sometimes not great, LH has to be a lot softer

Notes 22 Feb

Scales

  • improved, but still need to speed up good scales
  • C# harmonic minor needs a lot of work
  • please, 4th finger rule

Twilight

  • bar 1-4, voice melody more by making LH softer
  • please stop for mistakes and read
  • for greater consistency, practice hands seperately
  • main issues here are speed, balance and consistency

Notes 15 Feb

Scales

  • well known and correct scales need to be played faster
  • scale to work on slow and seperate: G melodic minor
  • scale to work on slow: Bb contrary motion
  • SEVERE and URGENT practice required. Must be accurate

Let the Good Times Roll

  • Overall, speed needs to be more ‘slow and cool’
  • articulation is good
  • dynamics need to REALLY careful!
  • rhythm needs to be fixed slightly, but we’ll do that next time
  • for memory problems, practice slow! VERY slow. Read while going slow.
  • also helps to go hands seperately for memory

Twilight

Notes 8 Feb

Scales

  • need to be 77bpm per 4 notes
  • correct fingering, use 4th finger rule and don’t skip fingers
  • MUST be 4 octaves
  • refresh arpeggios

New York

  • bar 3 LH watch this note
  • legato bar 8, with correct fingering
  • clear diference in dynamics bar 13
  • 18, use pedal for legato
  • 24, legato
  • add pedal, helps with big sound and articulation
  • poco rall, getting a bit slower
  • molto rall, getting really slow

Notes 1 Feb

Twilight

  • watch pedalling carefully, don’t BLUR different chords
  • pedal exactly on the marking to make sure there is no gap
  • For the entire piece, we need to work on getting the speed all the same. Would help to listen to recording.
  • bar 7 check this note
  • bar 8, rhythm is TI TIKA
  • LH missing in bar 11?
  • 25, check if everything is in the correct spot, bar 27, check LH notes

Notes 15 Dec

Scales

  • 4TH FINGER RULE PLEASE
  • in general, need to increase speed as well
  • melodic minor, do brackets on the way down
  • scales are starting to become careless. please be careful this holiday!
  • if the scales are going to be careless, do not do them at all

Twilight

  • in general, very good. Keep practicing in small bits and READ that notes are correct. Present in good condition in 2021.

New York

  • STILL be careful about articulation, especially staccato.
  • after bar 30, for some reason there are suddenly a lot of wrong notes. See music for markings on page.
  • add pedal when marked

Let the Good Times Roll

  • bar 1-4, watch articulation
  • still, dynamics need greater exaggerated. accents are good though! rem
  • in 2021, we have a look at the detailed rhythms

Summary

  • in 2021, we will look at details. details and attention

Notes 7 Dec

Scales

  • generally, keep working on them

Twilight

  • last line, very similar to before but just check where you are.
  • bar 21, watch out for when LH stretches past 1 octave

Notes 30 Nov

Scales

  • overall need to check fingering on ALL scales. Quality of fingering is poor.
  • Present the three scales in the weekly goal next week with correct fingering!

Twilight

  • reading here is good, however again watch out for fingering.
  • bar 20 hands together, bar 24 hands sep

Notes 23 Nov

Scales

  • look carefully when doing Bb major arpeggio/contrary
  • E major fix fingering. 4th finger rule!
  • Scales might need to pick up pace

Twilight

  • all note learning today. See goal on weekly goal

New York

  • with articulation (dots and slurs), don’t get into bad habits. Try being very careful
  • Also be careful with dynamics, especially difficult ones
  • 1st page needs careful work, 2nd and 3rd pages are pretty easy