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

Long term goal

Grade 4 exam mid-2021

11 Oct

Scales: C# harmonic minor

America

  • increase of speed important, transition to fast but stable is a critical stage to watch
  • bar 17, LH treble clef
  • goal bar 26 but good
  • flaws in learning
    • repeated errors
    • lack of urgency of rhythm

Fix You

  • polyrhythm follows T RLR pattern
  • learning goal: bar 15

4 Oct

See updated playlist

America

  • finish into second page

Scales

  • Eb major

13 Sep

Etude

  • bar 9-16 coordination
  • bar 17
    • LH a bit heavy
    • coordination off
  • bar 33
    • unsteady – leading to mistakes
    • always count in 3
  • ending
    • pretty okay
  • fixing coordination
    • paying more attention
    • 5% slower maybe?

Allegro

  • speed up a big problem
    • better notes
    • better dynamics
    • better balance?
  • LH a bit heavy

Tartan

  • super too fast

Let the Good Times Roll

  • probably needs to be slower
  • focus consistency
  • ‘cool’ speed
  • softer softs

6 Sep

Let the Good Times Roll

  • rhythm
    • has to be like perfect
  • articulation overall
    • soft staccatos
  • dynamics
    • just needs to be correct

Recording: 3 pieces

  • regulate speed
  • amp up dynamics
  • keep it even
  • Let the Good Times Roll Optional

Aug 30

Etude

  • slow practice
    • evenness
    • keeping a stable speed
    • dynamics okay, but not perfect

Allegro

  • check articulation
  • gap between bar 8 and 9
  • unstable speed
  • slow practice
  • quality of playing directly related to speed

Tartan

Aug 16

  • most technical is improving except contrary motion!

Tartan

  • reliability is a huge issue
  • slow practice
    • avoids mistakes
    • improves memory
  • go slower overall so you can focus on dynamics and correct notes
  • don’t really have much else to say

9 Aug

Excercises

  • slow practice

Scales

  • F minors in poor form
  • check all contrary motions
  • chromatic check that it’s 4 octaves
  • arpeggios stable speed

Tartan

  • usual issues with consistency
    • possible fix may be to go slower and stable
      • if can’t play fast

Allegro

  • slow practice

Etude

  • starting speed must be accurate to rest of piece.
  • awesome dynamics for all of piece.

2 Aug

4B

  • rhythm incorrect

Scales

  • known, but execution poor across the board

Kitten and Mousin

  • choose a stable speed

Tartan

  • needs to have a higher mistake threshold
  • some of the dynamics are not clear
  • add pedal in ff section

Allegro

  • accuracy
    • notes
    • articulation

26 July

4A

  • not even, needs to be stable

4B

  • rhythm is wrong, clap before playing

Scales

  • exam standard?
  • are fingers coming together at the same time

Tartan

  • practice in sections
  • practice slower
    • so you don’t make mistakes
  • when you make a mistake, play it correct a few times

Allegro

  • go overall slower
  • needs to be consistent quavers

Etude

  • evenness of quavers

19 July

Technical ex

  • okay today

Scales to watch

  • F# harmonic
  • are scales exam standard (start once only, correct first time)

Etude

  • way too fast, can’t get detail
    • can’t get even
  • divide constantly into 3
  • slow practice required

Allegro

  • consistency not great for amount of practice done
    • practice slow
    • practice correct
  • really up to you to produce a good performance at this point

Tartan

  • scrappy
  • same notes as above

Notes 12 July

Technical excercises

  • all about evenness
  • make everything clean
  • next week, scales from memory

Extra lists:

  • choose one speed for the entire piece
  • try all obvious dynamics

Main pieces

  • need to practice all 3 in a row

Etude

  • not rhythmically secure, must think of 2 lots of 3 beats in a bar
  • dynamics unclear
  • but at least all notes are correct
  • metronome 110

Allegro

  • same notes as above

Tartan

  • same notes as above

Notes 30 June

Exercises

  • need to be more stable
  • 4B, must wait long enough for the crotchet

Tartan

  • consistency improved but not perfect
    • section by section
      • try 8/10
      • need often more judgement
  • dynamics good but not great, work on it at home and also when

Allegro

  • are all notes accurate
  • are all dynamics accurate
  • articulation
    • staccatos all the same length

Notes 21 June

4A

  • keep a stable beat
  • don’t miss notes

4B

  • don’t miss notes
  • keep a stable beat
  • try swing practice

Scales

  • some scales still need 4th finger rule

Kitten and Mousin

  • get more stable

Let the Good Times Roll

  • take a slower speed, have a look at staccatos

Tartan

  • dynamics need to be much more clear and obvious
  • bar 33, don’t get faster
    • also needs to have much greater consistency here

Notes 7 June

Ex 4A

  • pretty good today

Scales

  • practice all scales, 3 a day

Tartan

  • prioritise not stopping over speed this week
  • consistency for whole piece

Etude

  • phrasing start soft
  • be very careful with coordination

Allegro

  • staccato sometimes dodgy and inconsistent

Notes 31 May

4A

  • focused practice on errors
  • really needs to be exam standard

Tartan

  • work done today sub standard
  • need to focus on goal, up to 40 performance standard

Etude

  • intentional dynamics
  • intentional stability of the tempo
  • practice at a slower tempo for details

Notes 24 May

Scales

  • similar motions revise
  • revise excercises

Tartan

  • avoid mistakes when learning (secret sauce)
  • complete tartan this week up to standard

Kitten

  • bar 16

Allegro

  • not too heavy
  • stay the same speed for whole piece
  • precision in some parts
    • are you smudging?
    • in chords, do you know what the notes are?

Notes 17 May

Scales

  • see scale to desuc

Tartan

  • needs to be stable
    • faster parts slow, slower past faster
  • all piece same speed (about)

Let the Good Times Roll

  • take it slower, and stable
  • add some dynamics

Notes 10 May

4A

  • on the right track

4B

  • steady speed

Run through scales occassionally

Tartan

  • expression is simply done into two elements
    • dynamics
    • articulation
  • subito
    • suddnely
    • instantly get soft
    • everything before is loud

Allegro

  • focus on accuracy over speed
    • 10% slower

Etude

  • same notes as allegro

devote some time to extra list, but tartan is priority

Notes 3 May

Scales to checked next week

Tartan

  • see message

Allegro

  • steady is number 1 priority
    • slower, but without stopping
  • dynamics is number 2 priority

Notes 26 Apr

Revise scales and excercises generally. Quality needs to improve

  • will check scales next week

Tartan

  • not up to quality

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