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  • Grade 7 2021

15 Jan

List C

  • exaggerated ‘salon’ expression
  • split chords and ornaments slowly

List A

  • continue to work on baroque balance, light touch, prioritise one melody at a time

17 Dec

List B

  • no notes due to hands on advice

10 Dec

List B

  • keep track of 4 beats
  • bar 8, see where 4 beats are
  • check notes
    • 4 RH
    • 10 RH
    • 11 LH
  • practice slow, but increase speed with evenness

List A

  • be conscious of held notes

3 Dec

List A

  • slow practice
  • watch fingering
  • check RH bar 3
  • check tension and resolution
  • hold long note bar 5


  • bar 16, fit all notes in quickly
  • bar 17, non legato
  • check rhythm at the end of 2nd page

26 Nov


  • watch articulation in LH and how it changes mood
    • no markings mean non-legato if it is slow enough
    • staccatos very short
  • build ups, always start soft. They often don’t go anywhere in Haydn


  • bar 25 LH strong
  • build ups, keep soft
  • but bar 38 can phrase a bit
  • keep

19 Nov


  • C# harmonic grand scale


  • for comedy
    • dynamics
    • articulation
  • turn has principle, above, principle, below, principle (5 notes total)


  • start from 3rd page more
  • slow practice
    • mistake avoidance
    • increasing memory

12 Nov


  • voice top line
  • listen for ideal balance, not too much of any one line

Start 8B


  • start E major


  • bar 25, sharp phrasing, LH very loud to voice
  • balance appropirate to whether in RH or LH
  • repeating motifs should receieve the same treatment in articulation and dynamics
  • bar 35, dominant 7th tension
  • bar 1 louder announcement
  • bar 4, tension

5 Nov


  • phrasing
  • articulation
  • voicing
  • beginning history of dynamics
  • LH crotchets detatched

Exercise 8A + a grand scale or two

29 Oct


  • could have more contrast f and p

List A

  • don’t rush the small notes


  • think about the phrasing logically

22 Oct


  • make sure that the ornaments are consistent and spaced out


  • slow practice and separate practice might help


  • watch pedalling carefully
  • don’t rush polyrhythms
  • think about rubato for emphasis of notes

Merry Andrew

  • can slow down a bit more in 40

15 Oct


  • metro at 120 to get flow
  • soft sections need to be softer


  • try adjusting pedal so texture is not too heavy
  • middle section less phrasing to keep it more calm


  • rubato doesn’t need to happen everywhere
  • slow down towards end, bar 36 rit to atempo
  • rit and dim and the end
  • discretion to do or not do expression important for next step

8 Oct

Le Tr

  • this could be a bit slower, rapid LH


  • be careful of LH rests, adds to character of lightness
  • all phrase endings should be soft, unless the phrase ending is a peak
  • rhythmic accuracy 100% for playfulness
  • can be a bit faster
  • watch articulaton in 3rd page
  • keep this section soft for sneakiness

23 Sep


  • don’t speed up towards end
  • last bar even
  • bar 33
    • exaggerated dynamics, but do
    • don’t speed up
  • bar 29, lots of polyrhythms!
  • bar 28, no delay into next beat


  • evenness
    • all notes are the same length
    • there aren’t any suddenly loud notes, the phrasing make sense
  • there needs to be space in between each note
  • middle section like ‘choir’
  • pedal is smooth, but fully refresh

10 Sep

Le Tric

  • fingers close to keys
  • long notes
  • to avoid missing notes
  • appogiaturas rushed to avoid change in time


  • must flow more, increase tempo, remove rubato
  • ‘careless’ tempo, faster, no rubato, not affected by anything
  • still have phrasing
  • balance in LH always soft

3 Sep

Merry (record this week)

  • bar 9 start softer, constant staccatos using flicking action. don’t lift high from piano, don’t create accents
  • bar 13, check where the softs are at the start of hairpins
  • bar 42, check pause at end, it should be a long note
  • metronome practice recommended 80-90


  • check where crescendos are
  • 5 against two, the LH note comes between the 3rd and 4th note
  • mf play a bit softer in bar 29

27 Aug

Les Tricoteuses

  • think balance related to mood
  • accents for bird call
  • softs softer end of 2nd page
  • last page, softer softs, rit at the end


  • ends of phrases soft
    • sneaky, no rubato
  • not loud here, focus on phrasing
  • are

20 Aug


  • adjust pedalling according to desired texture
    • frequently lifts?
    • half pedals?
  • middle sections, softer, lighter
    • adjust pedal
    • adjust dynamic
  • make sure that phrasing is accurate
  • evenness
    • most important think about evenness

Merry Andrew

  • slow practice for mental memory
  • should be done for all pieces anyway as well


  • balanced rubato WITHIN phrases, each phrase must have equal amounts slowing down and speed up (if you want momentum to go forward in that section)
  • polyrhythms, don’t rush RH, don’t need to worry about exact grouping

13 Aug


  • rubato, delay in entry,
    • can also be at the end of phrases
  • think of small notes attached to previous note
  • experiment with rubato as an expressive tool


  • look out for parts that are uneven
    • slow practice
    • rhythm practice
    • staccato practice
  • keep soft bits soft
  • avoid rubato excessively
    • use metronome 105-110

6 August

  • fast sections
    • doesn’t need to be overcalculated
    • as long as notes at both ends are coordinated
  • LH involvement important for dynamics
  • make sure pedal is correct (every four notes)

Merry Andrew

  • don’t add extra rests
    • bar 12
  • check rest here


  • last page, phrasing on the page only

23 July


  • focus on light sound, texutre
  • p only in bar 7, creates beautiful sound
  • staccato, just means light
  • 33 can be intense
  • 37, as soft possible
    • can use soft pedal
  • overall, just contrast strong sections with beautiful soft sections


  • we want forward momentum, slow rubato must be balanced with speeding rubato
  • pedal needs to be constant, to capture bass note
  • animato, get quicker
  • polyrhythm can be guessed, sufficiently good
  • check coordination here

16 July

Merry Andrew

  • detail in dynamics
  • strict rhythm from 34, strict rit
  • subito p, loud until subito p
  • don’t accel early
  • last two notes should be nearly next to each other


  • think of moods

Notes 13 Jan

Ex 5C

  • division of beats important


  • remember 4th finger rule
  • first page of scales up to Bb melodic minor

Alla polacca

  • keep quavers as quavers. When you see a quaver, make sure you don’t rush.

Wistful prelude

  • again, keep quavers quavers
  • strong touch and try a bit phrasing
  • full pedal down

Notes 16 Dec


  • personal interpration is encouraged
  • watch rhythm at
  • for constant speed, recommended metronome at 100

Alla Pollacca

  • 2nd page, slurs are important. rhythm has two parts, maths and listening. Listen to music.
  • phrasing needs to be careful. Has many rules, including end of slur must be soft

Notes 9 Dec

Technical homework

5B LH, Db major

Alla p

  • most important thing now is the articulation. Gives the piece character
  • don’t accent staccatos
  • after that, do phrasing
  • make sure that you plan out your phrasing. If you know you are getting louder, then start soft


  • starting from 2nd page until end, work on buildup

Notes 2 Dec

Ex 5A, even when rolling, make sure

Learn 5B this week

Scales: G# harmonic/melodic minor


  • RH still doesn’t need to be rolled. Can be direct. This will help with balancing LH/RH balance
  • make sure you don’t slow down for ornaments and getting softer.

Notes 25 Nov

Scale: B major

Excercise 5A


  • be careful of ornaments, see how they are divided into three notes. see sheet for guidelines
  • approach the touch with a dry and straight forward approach
  • balance should be