Eric

Long Term Goal

  • grade 3

4 Feb

Study

  • mostly accurate
  • as this is an extra piece, focus on just getting notes right first

Last extra: La poupee

Fable

  • watch left hand bar 6

Technical Work

3A

  • on the right track

3B

  • aim to do hands together this one, this is the main challenge of the exercise
  • watch for missing flats

17 Dec

Gavotte

  • practice of very poor quality this week, did you try to make sure that it was correct? was it slow and steady?
  • avoid careless practice!

10 Dec

For concert: Gavotte

  • speed unstable and too fast
    • causing a lot of mistakes
    • go at a comfortable speed
  • once we have stable notes, it will be easier to do dynamics
  • sectional practice AT STABLE SPEED
    • bar 7-8
    • bar 9-12
    • bar 15-16
  • piece taking longer to learn because of bad practice methods
  • 2nd page dynamic much softer. check dynamics carefully

Scales

3A

  • watch for E flats
  • wait on crotchets

3B

  • try to combine hands this week

3C: start this week

3 Dec

Banjo Tune

  • lift LH crotchet in bar 11
  • check bar 14 RH chord
  • generally good standard though

Fable

  • check LH bar 7-8
  • bar 9, LH should be perfectly legato
  • lift at the ends of slurs bar 1-8

New piece (extra list): Study

  • check ALL fingering for this one!
  • extra list are non-assessed pieces, but are desgined to have wider breadth of pieces

19 Nov

3B

  • focus on coordinating hands together, watch all fingerings, watch for flats in LH

3C

  • do hands together this week. focus on loose wrist and light pleasant sound. notes lightly seperated

3A

  • a little bit inaccurate today, watch for flats and fingering

Gavotte

  • first page needs slow and secure slow practice, becoming more inaccurate
  • likely to get worse with current practice. strong warning!
  • 2nd page be accurate with dynamics and staccato and slurs

Banjo Tune

  • for greater control in RH, have curved fingers
  • bar 11 staccatos
  • eric figured out half way that it needs to be more accurate, so he went slower by himself ๐Ÿ™‚
  • fingering LH bar 27

Fable

  • lift at the end of slus
  • bar 6-8 LH notes
  • bar 9, connect notes in slurs in LH

12 Nov

Scales

  • good progress, continue on same path more scales hands together
  • practice 3A, start 3B hands separately

Banjo tune

  • aim for absolute RH evenness, swing should always be the same
  • LH missing bar 9
  • bar 14 RH Db chord

Fable

  • articulation in RH

5 Nov

Gavotte

  • dynamics, to be accurate, plan them out (see marking on page)

Banjo Tune

  • ending, make sure there are no gaps
  • for stability try at a slower speed

Great progress through first two pieces. New piece: Fable.

Scales

  • good progress through scales

29 Oct

Gavotte

  • bar 9-12 a danger zone
    • keep quavers even
    • avoid mistakes in bar 11-12
    • staccato 11-12 LH

Banjo Tune

  • check LH bar 3
  • decent flow going on ๐Ÿ™‚
  • check Db right hand bar 14
  • are you doing the last note in bar 16 RH?
  • bar 26, triplets should come directly after one another
    • maybe try slower this week

Scales

  • fingering very dodgy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • just do hands seperate this week
  • even scales are when the notes come one after another. Is this even?

22 Oct

Gavotte

  • still make sure all staccatos are separated, not joined
  • watch rhythm bar 7-12. quavers should be even, should sound like they come equally after one another
  • second page, make sure slurs have gaps if they are seprated. is every staccato short?
  • lift at the end of every slur

Banjo Tune

  • first two lines solid forte
  • phrase LH parts based on how high the notes are (see LH hairpins)
  • try to finish this week

17 Sep

We got our final tick ๐Ÿ™‚

  • good effort, can focus on Gr 3 now ๐Ÿ™‚

Gavotte

  • first page all about articulation
    • dots staccato
    • lines, tenuto (long note)
    • slurs
  • watch articulation, fingering and key signature second page

New song to try on holidays: Banjo Tune

Scales: try as many as possible

10 Sep

Meandering

  • dynamics
  • tick today ๐Ÿ™‚

March

  • slow, then slowly increase
  • try for tick next week

New song: Gavotte

27 Aug

Meandering

  • when doing sectional, also try to do perfect runs, instead of just running through them
  • when trying for a tick, choose a medium speed rather than a fast one
  • maybe one more week!

March

  • this is really good!
  • just need a bit more work focusing on line 4 and 5
  • maybe next week as well :)?

20 Aug

Meandering

  • ti ti quavers at the end of lines too slow (bar 3-4, 7-8)
    • clap rhythm then play
  • bar 9 onwards, issue is technical, get rid of gaps
    • seems to be caused by left hand, practice separately
  • getting much better overall ๐Ÿ™‚ very close to being done

March

  • listen to which parts are going wrong, see below for self-reflection
  • are we going too fast?
  • what bits need to be practised separately? what bits are fine?