Jayden

Youtube Playlist

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxU_OGndc5q-jH26-96g39xF-RLx4hbgc

Google Drive

Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dWwG84LFuyn_X-PD_x9-mioV2YXi1h5-?usp=sharing

Intervals

  • 2nd – scale
  • 3rd – O when the saints
  • 4th – amazing grace
  • 5th – twinkle twinkle
  • 6th – my bonnie lies over the ocean
  • 7th – weird
  • 8th – somewhere over the rainbow

Goal for this week

  • Improve extra list
  • Improve tartan

Long term goal

Grade 4 exam mid-2021

Notes 19 Apr

Excercises

  • practice to be correct! Need a bit more care. On the right track though.

Let the good times roll

  • on the right track

new extra list today

Tartan

  • still some technical issues, but we can fix them ourselves using consistent and careful practice
  • start from second page
  • push as fast as possible while still being consistent

Allegro

  • more soft dynamic
  • metronome at 90-100aZ

Notes 7 Apr

4A

  • needs phrasing now

4B

  • needs phrasing
  • correct rhythm
  • slower overall

4C

  • good

Let the Good Times Roll

  • Added on Youtube playlist, listen to find rhythm

Allegro

  • needs slow practice for consistency
  • start from the middle practice
  • LH only practice
  • OVERALL can perform

Tartan

  • this just needs more practice

Notes 29 Mar

4A

  • needs to be better
  • practice bar by bar

Tartan

  • unacceptable that this is not done

Etude

  • all about evenness and coordination
    • slow practice, but perfectly even and coordinated
    • also helps us build mental memory

New song: Let the good times roll (extra list 1)

  • learn during holidays, one page

Notes 22 Mar

Please do ex 4A and 4B

Continue with scales

Tartan

  • must learn faster
    • don’t start from the start
    • practice in small sections
    • should always have DAILY goal in mind

Allegro

  • most ideas are there, must focus on continuity when practicing
    • choose a more medium speed
  • also focus on hands together
  • also focus on slurs
  • once you’ve identified trouble sections, practice slow and in sections

Notes 15 Mar

Ex 4A

  • this needs work!

Ex 4B

  • improve LH version

Tartan

  • staccatos need to be clear, so don’t jump toooo high
  • Finish this week

Allegro

  • some slurs are not connected
  • some dynamics are really wrong
    • for softs, use arm weight, don’t play on the surface. use arm weight to hit the bottom of the keys

Etude

  • some coordination is very dodgy
    • and evenness
      • slow practice
      • rhythm practice

Notes 1 Mar

Scales

  • generally okay, will improve more closer to the exam.

Tartan

  • needs improvement by drilling small sections at full speed
  • small sections but fast
  • more foucsed practice this week, but still goal bar 32

Allegro

  • last section still has lots of gaps. Don’t go faster, just be play stable
  • focus on bad parts, DO not start again

Notes 22 Feb

4B

  • rhythm
  • correct notes
  • dynamics

4A

  • needs to be faster and more phrasing

Scales

  • see goals of the week for which scales to present

Tartan

  • LH chords must be solid
  • focus on a consistent beat
  • same goal bar 32, but increase consistency

Allegro

  • aim for CLINICAL precision
  • last line no gaps
  • slurs pay attention
  • consistency in general pay attention

Notes 15 Feb

4A

  • second line still needs a bit more work.
  • Careful with fingering
  • do LOTS of phrasing

Scales

  • need to have fingers together
  • C# melodic minor, check if everything is right here.
  • F# harmonic minor contrary
  • In general, contrary needs work

Tartan

  • LH needs needs to be broken up between rests
  • fadeaway dynamic
  • goal is bar 32

Allegro

  • bar 3 is messy
  • dynamics are great, but technical still needs to be fixed. Go part by part and fix little by little.
  • Don’t panic!

Notes 8 Feb

Technical

  • Revise in general
  • Do ex 4A all
  • revise other excercises

Allegro

  • in mf, balance towards RH f, LH mp
  • do slur in bar 2-3
  • consistency in bar 9-12
  • entire middle sections is only quavers (ti ti), so it should keep on going. No gaps between
  • 2nd page, needs dynamics with consistency, especially if ti ti

Etude

  • coordination is a big issue

Notes 14 Dec

Scales: begin arpeggios, perfect contrary motions

4A: finish by 1 Feb

Etude

  • louder in 33
  • avoid gaps by making the beat go forward.
  • bar 17 make sure RH and LH come together
  • Curve fingers

Tartan

  • needs general work, keep learning notes

Allegro

  • funny dynamic contrast is needed for the ending

Notes 7 Dec

Ex 4A: first line pls

Scales

  • make sure they are together
  • finish all contrary motion by 14 Dec

Allegro

  • you need to check which notes are short and which are long
  • finish the piece this week

Tartan

  • fade on staccato
  • bar 9 rests are important in LH

Notes 30 Nov

Technical

  • Ex 4A, first line
  • chromatics
  • revise all scales

Allegro

  • Significant work still needs to be done. Aim for finish this week.

Notes 23 Nov

4B

  • practice bar by bar, become da master. Rhythm must be correct.

Scale: F# harmonic minor contrary

Allegro

  • Articulation and slurs are really important
  • dynamics are also really important
  • this is all to make it funny
  • bar 36 HT, ending hands sep.

Notes 16 Nov

Contrary: F# harmonic minor

Allocate about 5 mins to technical per practice.

Allegro

  • LH soft. Don’t jump. This creates the fluffy texture.
  • check this LH chord
  • this piece is all about whether it is chunky or not

Notes 9 Nov

Excercises

4B

  • keep going

Scales

  • F melodic minor, watch 4th finger
  • A major contrary motion

Allegro

  • listen to recording this week
  • watch for slurs OR staccatos across the piece
  • aim for first page hands together

Etude

  • bar 4 LH rhythm, should be consistent
  • bar 10 snappy semiquavers
  • curve fingers for greater accuracy
  • main aim is consistency in rhythm

Notes 2 Nov

Excercises

  • PLEASE DO EX 4B
  • make sure timing is right, quavers are 2 semis, crotchet is 4 semis. Practice bar by bar

4A

  • start if you have time. Remember flats BEAD

Scales

  • F melodic minor, fix F harmonic minor using 4th finger rule

Allegro

  • bar 9, F#
  • get up to 30 this week, mostly the same LH here. Make this a priority

Etude

  • bar 1-8, focus on rhythmic consistency
  • Bar 17 onwards, focus on ‘evenness’. Curving fingers helps
  • check notes in 45-47, make sure there are 4 of them
  • check notes 51

Notes 26 Oct

Ex 4B

  • please do LH this week
  • RH increase speed

Allegro

  • even at early learning stage, consider balance between LH and RH, RH needs to be louder
  • learning goal: bar 16, hands together

Etude

  • bar 1-8, hold LH notes
  • start dynamics in bar 17

  • check notes bar 51 RH

Notes 19 Oct 2020

Scales

  • f natural minor new scale
  • do LH 4B and increase speed in 4B overall

Etude

  • Ties in bar 1-8, only
  • start dynamics from 17 onwards
  • bar 24, check your LH chord. Fade away late

New piece: Allegro