Eric

Long Term Goal

  • grade 3

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?

13 Aug

Allegro

  • more calm, not too fast!
  • ticked!

Meandering

  • phrase according to how high notes are (bar 3-4, notes are going up)
  • do general dynamics as well if you can
  • when practicing, practice in these sections
    • 9-16, 5x
    • 17-28, 3x
    • or something like that
  • don’t always start from the start

March

  • start at a more medium speed
  • try to make everything non-legato
  • line by line practice from 14 onwards helpful
    • 5x each line
  • this is close to a TICK ๐Ÿ™‚

6 Aug

Meandering Mazurka

  • 25 RH B flat
  • self-assessment for appropriate practice allocation is important\
    • which lines do you need to practice the most?
    • what makes a good line or a bad line?
      • not about speed, but mostly keep consistent with little gaps
  • see self-assessment below rating out of 10

Allegro

  • dynamics generally way too loud, this is meant to be light and fluffy. even mf not too loud!
  • this might be able to get a tick next week

30 July

Meandering Mazurka

  • this is really accurate!
  • increasing speed line by line, or 2 bars by 2 bars
    • start at medium speed
  • bar 25, Bb RH
  • bar 17, LH in the wrong spot
  • listen to recording!

Allegro

  • pretty good across the board but needs to be more consistent
  • can try metronome at 60 (also was not able to do consistently, so can try but if not, no worries)
  • more dynamics

March

  • don’t neglect!

23 July

Meandering Mazurka

  • watch where LH jumps to
  • easiest to combine in 2 bar chunks. this is hard!

Allegro

  • this is great ๐Ÿ™‚
  • needs DYNAMICS this week
  • but focus on meandering mazurka
  • bar 3 and 7, make sure hairpins are accurate

16 July

March

  • good notes ๐Ÿ™‚
  • make all LH crotchets non-legato (long, with a gap)
  • bar 3, crotchets shouldn’t slow down
  • minims are long

Allegro

  • check fingering in RH bar 1-2
  • fingering RH bar 16
  • non-legato LH in bar 9

25 Jun

Allegro

  • can speed up
  • watch articulation and dynamics
    • bar 3, louder and soft
    • bar 1 keep soft
  • bar 9, LH not connected
  • bar 9, RH staccato last note

Meandering Mazurka

  • need to check the spot that you’re playing
  • check clef
  • check key signature

Rainy Saturday

  • great if dynamics were correct

Allegro

  • generally too loud! Also check staccatos and slurs
  • very cute just like Eric

March

  • LH non legato, but still prioritise lien by line practice. You’re getting there!
  • don’t need to do hands sep practice if you are already getting notes correct

4 June

  • great progress on Allegro ๐Ÿ™‚
  • can do hands sep if struggling

New piece: Allegro List B, finish as much as you can. Should be easier than List A choice

28 May

  • finish page hands together
  • LH non legato when crotchets
  • new piece probably next week

For concert, play a Rainy Saturday

14 May

March

  • goals: bar 8 hands together
  • bar 16 hand separate
  • CHALLENGE!
  • can do even more if Eric is awesome!

7 May

Minuet

2 Apr

A rainy saturday

  • softer LH still
  • more dynamics

Summer Toccatina: pass

Minuet

26 Mar

A rainy Saturday

  • to create mood, softer overall, especially LH
  • don’t forget to lift off pedal

Minuet

  • sectional practice to improve flow
  • can be stronger (louder) overall

19 Mar

A rainy Saturday

  • can add pedal
    • pedal lifts must come on the first note of each bar
  • keep LH very soft, RH one level higher
  • good attempt at dynamics/phrasing

Minuet

  • still a few notes in LH connected that should be separated
  • bigger difference between mf and f
  • would be good to check fingering

Summer toccatina

  • can increase speed (metronome 75)

12 Mar

Minuet

  • make sure LH is not connected
  • all slurs have lift-off ending
  • articulation is main challenge
  • practice mostly hands together

A rainy saturday

  • can go slightly slower when combining
  • think before you play, AVOID REPEATS

Scales

  • similarly, don’t repeat when practicing, think and look at fingering before playing

Summer toccatina

  • softs softer
  • keep a constant faster speed
  • metronome 105 per quaver

5 Mar

Minuet

  • watch out for slurs
  • watch out for fingering

new song: a rainy saturday

Scale: G major hands together, can do more

19 Feb

Summer Toccata

  • start soft at the start of cresc
  • increase tempo

Minuet

  • RH to the end

Check scales next week