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Goal for this week

  • Continue with thirds and sixths
  • good quality practice
  • List D focus maybe?

Long term goal

  • grade 8 somewhere someday

Aural HOT tips


  • where is the fourth?
  • root, 1st, 2nd/no, top, bottom
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7 April


  • try double minor thirds


  • self-relfection today: main takeaway is to do more rubato

Practice requirements

  • don’t go backwards, don’t make a mistake
  • 50/50 ratio between this practice and other types

Mar 25


  • start chromatics


  • more phrasing
  • make sure all quavers are even


  • three elements of a Nocturne
    • phrasing
    • balance
    • rubato
  • 1-4, make sure arm is relaxed to get all notes down. don’t play too soft. wait longer on emphasis
  • dolce, be careful
  • with rubato, make sure equal slowing down and speeding up
    • do more offset rubato
  • when can left hand get involved?
  • bar 15, E# LH
  • bar 16, phrase LH
  • 17-21, more rubato
  • pp softer. don’t have to voice melody. soft pedal
  • 34, make sure pedalling is clean here
    • make sure 1 2 3 beat is correct
  • 45, start a bit faster and louder for bigger morendo
  • 58, softer scale runs if possible. don’t rush the last two scales.

Mar 18


  • error in bar 10
  • mistake bar 88, don’t jump LH here as well
  • 94, more phrasing
  • suspensions, accented
  • smorzando: dying away
  • try to finish this week


  • expression comes from aggressive staccatos
    • approach from distance

Think about eisteddfod

Mar 11

List B

  • bar 34 still not speed matched with previous section
  • bar bar 47-48, wait on crotchets RH
  • dolce – can’t be past a certain volume level, but RH melody can still be heard
  • Focus of the week – coordination
  • try to finish this week maybe if not too busy

List D

  • split chords quickly, align with top note
  • voice melody

List A

  • phrase, but less in mp

Mar 4


  • 3rds/6ths, can exclusively focus on 4th fingers

List D

  • keep going with this one

List C

  • make sure first bars are counted properly

List B

  • volume limiting: will help tone to be appropriate here, especially
  • please practice new bars this week (skip to this spot)

Feb 25


  • legato – hold notes for longer
  • balance – top, bottom, middle. relax arm, but not fingers too much
  • synchronous – maybe just play stronger?


  • work on thirds and sixths


  • generally, we want all phrase endings to be soft
  • don’t feel limited by phrasing, think more in terms of gradient
  • more ‘struggle’ in forte sections can be done by lots of dynamics
  • pp let RH fade in with LH. Don’t rush in these sections, add HEAPS of rubato

Feb 18

Ex 8C

  • more phrasing
  • rhythmic accuracy

Lump thirds and sixth practice into one group

Break chromatics into 6s


  • balance of LH/RH can still be weighted more towards LH
  • melody should be 2 volumes above
  • when LH in melody, must be forced
  • 18 dolce, still have clarity while dolce
  • mf dolce, maybe just more phrasing
  • octave trick: voice top note


  • forte bits still need greater intensity

Feb 11

Ex 8B

  • big phrasing, emphasise top note only


  • thirds, keep 4th finger rule in mind
  • continue with 3rds


  • first chords, aim for bottom of key. don’t combine chords with pedal
  • bar 15, more con forza and in other similar places
  • when speeding up, make sure it’s balanced by equal slowing down
  • 59, slow down early to ease into tempo change

4 Feb

Ex 8A

  • strong touch for legato
  • balance towards top note


  • present thirds scales next week


  • ‘scientific’ accuracy of dynamics is required. this makes it more beautiful. This is more a general theory specific
  • watch notes bar 50
  • watch notes bar 54
  • persistent notes need to be less, more to create texture. Think about what is required
  • careful 66-67
  • 76, careful of rests
  • RH soft here, especially with pedal

16 Jan


  • get grand scales faster
  • start thirds


  • group into 4
  • use pedal


  • at the start count carefully, especially rests
  • coordination here
  • passion – melody strong, rubato
  • towards the end start winding down, use lots of rubato
  • gradually lift pedal off at the end

6 Jan


  • the higher we go, the louder we get


  • polyrhythm e major


  • increase speed bar by bar
  • pedal all the time except on LH staccato


  • coordination bar 11
  • check LH 18-20
  • in general watch out for triplets
  • use rubato as a tool for EMPHASIS
  • 35 onwards, watch pedalling
  • 49, missing E#
  • LH dodgy bar 54

List B

  • in general, plan crescendos. Don’t get too loud too early
  • bar 78 RH Ab
  • bar 80 RH B natural

17 Dec


  • bar by bar, careful for accurate playing


  • differences in interpretation, how aggressive or mellow do you want to be?
  • things to watch out for
  • rubato needs to move forward
  • phrasing still needs to present
  • here, no rubato, keep up rhythm. Also watch for pedalling
  • don’t rush poly rhythms, non-legato touch