Elizabeth

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All of the pieces in Grade 8

Google Drive

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Long term goal

  • grade 8 somewhere someday

Aural HOT tips

Inversions

  • where is the fourth?
  • root, 1st, 2nd/no, top, bottom
Cadences - Music Theory Academy - Perfect, plagal, imperfect, interrupted
  • imperfect – stopping in the middle of the song
  • interrupted – sad
  • perfect – grand finish
  • plagal – calm finish, closing in on itself

14 Oct

Etude

  • slow practice may be helpful for consistency

List D

  • economy of sound
    • allocate greater ranges if possible
    • good to have it planned
  • check key areas for rhythm
  • check notes at the ending

List C

7 Oct

List D

  • focus on rhythmic
    • triplet rhythms tight
    • steady beat
  • last page menacing chords
    • caused by minor 2nd and tritone
    • soft accents

List A

  • phrasing
    • emphasise the middle note
  • when doing soft, don’t make notes staccato
  • dim at end of middle section, start earlier
  • pedal can help cresc. assai at end

List B

16 Sep

List D

  • check rhythm, particularly of quavers
  • check articulation
  • check phrasing

9 Sep

Poulenc

  • accents, long, but separated
  • staccato refers to anti accents
  • loud RH double 8va
  • sf, do LH louder
  • slur endings soft

List A

  • practice sections
  • slow practice
    • mistake avoidance
    • it can only be memory mistakes
  • perfect runs
    • 2x?
    • 3x?
    • 5x?
    • 10x?
  • um
  • i’m done with my list yeet

2 Sep

Etude

  • just get faster

Firement

  • watch for micro-phrasing at all times. Overall ideas are already pretty good

Novlette

  • tres sec
    • RH agressive and sarcastic
  • romantic section
    • softer LH
    • phrased
  • absolutement part 2nd page
    • lighter texture

26 Aug

Toccata

  • first note octave higher
  • match speeds across piece
  • natural LH bounch here
  • check note here
  • seperate accents
  • pedal can dictate dynamics as well

List A

  • if no pedal, gradient of phrasing must be smooth
  • sequence phrasing, as it goes higher, get louder (7 8 9)
  • fingering is there for legato
  • start and end hairpins softer

19 Aug

List D

  • careful notes
  • careful articulation
  • slow practice
  • more bars

List C

  • same warnings as above

Khachaturian

  • see in email

12 Aug

8C

  • check note bar 1
  • check rhythm bar 4 and 7-8

Scales

  • check tempos for minor third chromatics
  • check tempo for chord progression
  • check tempo for arpeggios

List A

  • pedal must be used for dynamic variation
  • don’t overpedal in p section
  • to get cat attack sound, have to have soft softs
  • terraced dynamics possible
  • p return of main theme, phrasing or not?
  • chaos in this section, can be helped by dynamics and pedal
  • w

5 Aug

List d

  • slow practice
    • slow enough to stuff you up
  • skip straight to unknown sections
    • minimum 4 bars a week

List A

  • starts soft before going louder
  • pedal can

22 July

List B

  • delicate in slow sections
    • staccatos long
    • phrase troughs
    • ping top pinky

List D

  • phrasing expressive priority
    • plan phrasing out using discrete numbers
  • pedal, catch sff
  • absolutement sans ralentir
    • keep on going

15 July

Scales

  • actually pretty good
  • focus on arpeggios
    • check the speeds

List D

  • for accents, slightly longer pedal usage
  • check difference between quavers and triplets
  • tres sec, dry, use wrist flicks
  • use pedal here

List C

  • vary offset rubato
  • perfect phrasing
    • perfect LH, first note louder, next 3 softer
      • except when there LH is split into two parts

24 June

Scales

  • dimisnhed
  • Poulenc
    • direci

17 June

8A

  • go at a moderate speed, aim for coordination and beauty of tone

List B

  • be more safe
    • don’t jump too high
  • two categories of mistakes
    • risky mistakes
    • mistakes that happen all the time

10 June

Scales

  • dominant of 7th

8C

  • keep up phrasing for whole excercise
  • don’t forget Bb

Nocturne

  • good quality expression
  • use rubato note stability

Poulenc

  • check notes in key sections
  • framework for interpretation
    • high low or middle
    • loud middle or soft
    • can be random for playfulness
    • pp high, like jack in a box
    • mf before sff, normal before SURPRISE

3 June

Scales

  • Dominant 7th of Eb

Poulenc

  • see goal (3rd page, 2nd line, 2nd bar)

Nocturne

Sensitivity

  • more backwards rubato, towards of phrase
    • also works in tense sections
    • rubato also works between different moods
  • getting softer towards end of phrase
  • hypersoft LH
  • bar 21, make sure you don’t speed up
  • check LH mista

27 May

Scales

  • Dominant of E root this week

Poulenc

  • watch notes carefully
  • watch articulation carefully
  • learn new section

Nocturne

  • be precise with expression
  • check LH notes

Firement

  • check notes bar 10
  • bar 11, dip for buildup
  • bar 19, can apply sotto voce, RH blends into left
  • 34, be very careful with phrasing
  • hold crotchets for contrapuntal texture in bar 68

20 May

Scales

  • G minor scales
  • 2nd inversion arpeggios

Poulenc

  • hyperphrasing
  • can also invert phrasing
  • goal: finish first section

Moskowski

  • add pedal and phrasing

List B

  • 76, dotted practice
  • 106, keep octaves legato with fingers as much as possible
  • keep rhythm tight in in 144
  • utilise hairpins 134

13 May

Technical

  • Bb major scales
  • 1st inversions

List A

  • see 20/5 learning goal
  • aim, speed at 83, 4-8 bars

List B

  • softs softer
    • it represents volatility
  • please fix the note bar 13
  • note check 102-105
  • when pedalling LH octaves are legato
  • think of ff as maximum volatility

List C

  • missed opportunities for big dynamics
  • some missed opportunities for rubato

List D

  • 5-10 bars
  • reach learning goal

6 May

Scales

  • C# harmonic everything next

Arpeggios

  • all roots

Nocturne

  • don’t rush bar 34
  • con forza, not too early
  • dont need to rush these notes
  • slow down note by note

29 April

Chord progressions for scales this week

Nocturne

  • expression good this week
  • focus on LH seperate for mistake avoidance and note fixing

Novlette

  • learn at least 5-10 bars

22 April

8A

  • aim for clarity, balance and coordination, don’t have to play too fast

8B

  • on the right track

8C

  • more phrasing

Next week

  • choose your own scales
    • one from each scale type

List B

  • before phrasing up, dip all the phrases. peak later for effective peaks
  • start hazy on mp dolce sections
  • bar 63, A natural
  • 64 onwards, layer carefully
  • 98 check articulation
  • smorz means dying away

7 April

Scales

  • try double minor thirds

Nocturne

  • 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

Scales

  • start chromatics

8C

  • more phrasing
  • make sure all quavers are even

Nocturne

  • 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

Firement

  • 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

Poulenc

  • 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

Scales

  • 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

8A

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

Scales

  • work on thirds and sixths

Nocturne

  • 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

Firement

  • 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

Nocturne

  • forte bits still need greater intensity

Feb 11

Ex 8B

  • big phrasing, emphasise top note only

Scales

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

Nocturne

  • 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

Scales

  • present thirds scales next week

Firement

  • ‘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

Scales

  • get grand scales faster
  • start thirds

8B

  • group into 4
  • use pedal

Nocturne

  • 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

8C

  • the higher we go, the louder we get

Scales

  • polyrhythm e major

Czerny

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

Chopin

  • 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

Czerny

  • bar by bar, careful for accurate playing

Nocturne

  • 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