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Aural 4 Auray


  • Root: no gap
  • 1st inversion: gap at the top
  • 2nd inversion: gap at the bottom
  • the gap is amazing grace


Goal for this week

  • Scales up to F harmonic minor
  • Mozart see notes
  • Tarentelle, learn

Long term goal

  • Grade 7 someday

Notes 30 Mar


  • phrasing in first section is great
  • focus on pinky octaves
    • don’t lift too high
    • LH ‘rip’, don’t hold LH
    • use pedal on LH rip
  • 2nd page
    • should you use phrasing? how much?
  • 3rd page
    • focus on accuracy on the semiquavers bottom of page
  • 4th page
    • make sure transition of speeds is correct between semiquavers and quavers


  • in soft section, melody should sound legato

Notes 23 Mar


  • 4th finger rule
  • F melodic minor


  • LH articulation gaps need to be consistent
  • can be characterised better with in-depth phrasing ideas
  • for loud sections, lift RH higher. Get LH involved in dynamics
  • in octave section
    • LH don’t hold
    • use pedal on the broken. hold
  • for fast loud semiquavers
    • focus on velocity
  • to practice second page
    • correct repetitions
    • rhythm practice

Notes 16 Mar


  • stable then speed


Notes 9 Mar


  • F harmonic minor


  • hold first note in RH bar 1-6
  • 2 bar rest must be silent
  • first 8 bars, recommend rit
  • characterise RH by ‘wacky’ dynamics
  • brillante, brillant lots of pinky
  • new section
    • try to get top line legato
    • everything else very soft
    • dolce: setting a volume limit
    • cantabile: phrasing

Notes 2 Mar


  • LH rough, don’t hold down LH
  • crotchets long here
  • LH 2nd page, go down to keybed, don’t miss notes
  • sus res, sus is loud, res is soft


  • make it playful
  • low resolution phrasing


  • first 4

Notes 23 Feb


  • Bb melodic again


  • to further playfulness, lateral listening is required
  • shorter notes can help playfulness
  • bar 1 start really soft, LH jumpy, but not affected by dynamics.
  • soft chords, don’t lift off
  • playful dynamics are black and white
  • octaves, try delay on first octave
  • try phrasing less at start of the 2nd page
  • give a kick in RH on octaves with LH broken chord
  • loose wrist in octaves
  • make a mega broken chord last page. RH strong and rude

Notes 16 Feb


  • Bb melodic minor


  • don’t spend too much time hands seperate
  • dolce e cantabile, prioritise top line
  • this part is light and happy
  • rest must be silent at start
  • not too much pedal, keeps the lightness
  • accent on left hand important, keeps the beat
  • last step: epic phrasing


  • try to learn towards the end
  • think about ‘accent points’ which parts should be accented

Notes 9 Feb


  • Scales up to Bb harmonic minor again
  • practice 2-3 minutes per session


  • clear on these small notes
  • 2nd page, practice small sections at a time, repeated
  • octaves black notes, recommend 41


  • start ‘misterioso’ mush everything together. can half pedal. slight accent on RH accents
  • skipping articulation is critical for jumping feeling. slur lifts are nearly staccato
  • resolute on sempre cresc last line 1st page, determined cresc
  • brillant – lots of high stuff

Notes 2 Feb


  • When revising scales, remember 4th finger rule
  • All scales up to Bb harmonic minor


  • soft, hit notes quickly but soft
  • be careful on fast notes, spread them out
  • be careful on this bar
  • to be silly, have things that STAND out
  • on octaves, focus on thumb
  • when recovering 2nd page, focus on sections at a time and focus on accuracy


Notes 8 Dec


  • when octaves come in, feel free to use some pedal
  • 2nd page, soft part less phrasing, loud part more phrasing
  • push speed in 2nd page 4 bars at a time
  • in difficult split octave section, use rotation and relax wrist

Notes 1 Dec

Scale: Bb harmonic minor


  • work on ‘precise touch at all times’. soft bits must go down to the bottom of the key
  • watch this spot
  • try to match speed, nice and light.
  • 2nd page, 8 bars at a time, mistake free practice
  • clarity of 3rds important. also last note not loud please. Small notes not
  • make sure notes are clear even when soft
  • big forte then soft instantly
  • don’t hold LH too long here
  • soft 2nd page and dynamics in general

Notes 24 Nov

Scale: do Ab major


  • new sections, just be careful with fingering
  • phrase carefully, mostly in RH
  • end of phrases need
  • LH crisp and straightforward

Notes 17 Nov

  • half on, half off on rest
  • LH non legato, but we can change lengths depending on intensity
  • Don’t end phrases loudly
  • this section, play carefully and slow
  • this section is all about energy conservation. RH balance towards pinky. LH, only emphasise chords
  • check LH notes here

Notes 10 Nov

  • in general, watch for fingering, esp in right hand
  • pay attention to rests. Quavers are detatched.
  • balance heavily towards RH
  • hit peaks hard, but only temporarily, for ‘comedy’
  • 2nd page, two bars a day
  • Fingering don’t flip unless there is a finger there

Notes 3 Nov

  • Make sure LH articulation is consistent. When it is not slurred, do not connect
  • check LH here
  • is expression terraced or phrased?
  • Hot tips for octaves, don’t need to play them loud, play 4 on black note
  • 2nd page, watch for fingering carefully

Oct 27