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Eisteddfod: 5th August

Aural test

Inversions

  • you need to find the fourth
    • the fourth is amazing grace
  • no fourth – root
  • top – 1st inversion
  • bottom – 2nd inversion

Goal for this week

  • focus on perfect haydn

Long Term Goal

  • Grade 8

July 24

Haydn

  • bar 19 rhythm
  • bar 37 note LH
  • missing D# LH 53
  • check notes bar 60
  • bar 73 A#
  1. may be a good idea to practice from the middle (standard, every 2 bars)
  • barrier notes need to be soft
  • rest in bar 4
  • bar 9 turn not loud
  • 28, LH non legato, and rests
  • 33, LH both short
  • don’t enter harshly 54

July 17

Haydn

  • how to practice for notes
    • prioritise consistency and correctness over speed

next week perfect performance

Scarlatti

  • speed needs to be standardised
  • check all staccatos

June 26

Scarlatti

  • expression is an open field
    • note lengths
    • articulation
    • modern dynamics

Haydn

  • speed matching still critical (match semiquavers)
  • metronome 140
  • discrete dynamics
    • don’t be afraid of more aggression

June 19

Haydn

  • standardised slow speed
    • for details
    • for phrasing to add
    • for articulation
  • bar 60 RH softer

June 12

Haydn

  • pay attention to rests
  • if no slur, can assume that note is detatched
  • missing note in 9 LH
  • dynamics need to be obvious
  • 14 LH A#
  • check notes 19
  • 37, no B#
  • 53 LH D#
  • p dolce get rid of jumps

Gershwin

5 June

Scales

  • scales

Haydn

  • cadenza can have greater freedom
    • start easing into the adagio section, get slower and softer
    • phrasing here
  • espressivo – more phrasing
  • implied rit at 35, to lead into pauses. don’t cresc early
  • explore harmonic meaing
  • m

29 May

Haydn

  • key sections with errors
    • enter ‘note fixing mode’ 50% of the time
    • other times apply extra
  • staccatos don’t jump too high if soft
  • check articulation in general carefully
  • bar 8 quicker rhythm at the end
  • turns not too loud bar 9
  • check the rhythm at the end of 2nd page
  • check rhythm here 23

Gershwin

  • don’t play start too loud, pedal sparingly

22 May

Scales

  • double thirds

Haydn

  • check ornament bar 1
  • make sure ten and res is loud then soft
  • check timing in bar 22.
  • 13, check RH articulation

Gershwin

  • well marked, most notes accented
  • certain sections need to be read more
  • 4 extra bars this week (see goal)

15 May

Gershwin

  • brush up existing area

Haydn

  • see goal

8 May

Haydn

  • more time to new sections

Gershwin

  • see goal

1 May

Haydn

  • intial f p needs to be shocking
  • tension resolution, louder then soft
  • watch out for some articulation
  • see learning goal

Gershwin

  • 8 bars
  • ultra concentrated practice

Chopin

24 Apr

Scales

  • double minor thirds

Haydn

  • watch articulation carefully
  • aim for 2nd page

Mar 27

Nocturne

  • still check LH notes here and there
    • might be handy to practice hands seperate
      • good for memory as well
  • rubato
    • speeding up slowing down
  • phrasing
    • tapering off phrases is the most important
  • balance

Allegro Moderato

  • push learning goals
    • first page learn
  • read hands together straight away

Mar 20

Nocturne

  • must fix more mistakes by carefully relearning
    • okay to play slowly
  • try to do more bars this week

Cadences

  • try to listen left hand bottom note. 4-1 or 5-1?

Scales

  • continue 6ths
  • 4th finger rule

Feb 27

8C

  • phrasing

Scales

  • thirds, make sure you end where you start
  • do sixths this week

Nocturne

  • bar 13 goal this week
  • focused practice is required if time tight
  • keep eyes up to check for wrong notes
  • ultra careful slow practice is beneficial for both performance and learning

Feb 20

Nocturne

  • phrasing
    • when going up, go louder, down is softer. taper off phrases
  • rubato
    • offset rubato
    • tempo rubato
    • personal choice a lot of the time
    • good to listen to others
  • balance
    • between LH and RH
    • this LH must be extra soft as there are many notes
  • espressivo: expressive
  • dolce: sweetly
    • RH doesn’t go into the realm of aggression
    • that means that LH needs to go a lot softer

8B

  • check LH notes
  • check pedal
  • ping the top note
  • no stops

8C

  • ‘try’ to slur slurs. first note of slur longer, slightly accented
  • more aggresive phrasing

Feb 13

8A

  • go faster

8B

  • strong on the way up, weak downwards
  • use pedal for phrasing

8C

  • octave lower
  • Phrasing, when it goes higher, get louder, softer when going down

Scales

  • polyrhythm scales, slow and accurate to start
  • 3rds scales, slow and accurate

Nocturne

  • for sight reading, good to write in flats
  • try top and bottom part seperate

Feb 6

Start all excercises + Grand scales