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Goal for this week

  • Beethoven – learn first section
  • Khachaturian

Long term goal

Performance evaluation end 2021

9 June


  • mysterious?
    • limit phrasing, but do some
    • LH soft
  • interpretation framework
    • what is it
    • how to play it?


  • see points in lesson

2 June


  • poor quality bar 37, focus on length

Interval chart?


  • middle section can have more rubato

26 May


  • break into crotchets
  • write rhythms, then clap them
  • use the stick method


  • see song chart


  • read a performance/song/piece review


  • learn bars incrementally


  • front section, short notes, not too short but impactful
    • be ‘flashy’
  • middle fast section should be ‘completely different mood’
  • middle slow section, fairly okay i guess

19 May


  • get bars


  • focus on consistency

12 May


  • learn first section


  • middle section, maybe not too loud on each peak (selective loudness)
  • coordination of this section
  • faster semiquavers here
  • faster here
  • be ‘airy’ with chords here, only pinkys loud. pedal smooth
  • make sure notes don’t overlap
  • fff maximal volume


21 Apr


  • combining polyrhythms
    • focus on correct combination

C major challenge this week

31 Mar


  • dynamic ideas in first page are poor, get good frequency response
  • consistency practice
    • slow
      • also improves evenness
    • seperate hands
    • can i start from anywhere?


  • can I play without stopping, don’t take stopping for granted
  • big jump in RH, keep rigid RH position

24 Mar

17 Mar


  • hands on work today, no notes

10 Mar


  • features need to be clear to avoid a ‘messy’ interpretation
  • ‘points scoring’ idea towards interpretation
  • keep clarity of mind through more thoughtful rubato


  • start this week

3 Mar

Beethoven 2nd

  • this is pure music, it can be done by just phrasing
  • keep notes notes long and legato
  • pedalling just in touches to connect things
  • finger pedal can be applied in LH
  • don’t go too fast on the small notes

24 Feb

Beethoven 3rd

  • semplice – interpretation should be simple
  • make sure fingering is learned right
  • keep learning this one

Beethoven 1st

  • coordination is still sometimes dodgy
  • speed of quavers must be standardised
  • melody must be heard. don’t do LH chords too loud
  • softs softer across the board
  • 80/82, make sure rests are counted correctly
  • 112 should be soft
  • don’t anticipate soft in 132
  • tr not too long, maybe 3 notes
  • last page needs to be nearly ‘manic’

17 Feb


  • 5% slower helps, or whatever speed is stable
  • mistakes must be fixed much more intelligently that just thinking raw speed
  • bar 12, check for extra note
  • variety is also key


  • taper off phrasing
  • keep quavers constant
  • ‘quick’ emotions must be kept up as if played slow, but executed fast

Notes 3 Feb

Beethoven 2nd mvt

  • LH should be lighter across the board
  • less reliance on pedal, therefore, RH fingering is critical
  • careful ‘operatic’ phrasing is required
  • sometimes there is random note missing
  • 4 is not a polyrhythm, don’t speed up here
  • ending, a crotchet is 4 semiquavers
  • this movement has a ‘regal’ character

1st mvt

  • this is actually quite good, but requires refinement through slow practice. keep quavers as quavers

Notes 9 Dec

  • bar 1, good that that’s light, but still need to hit strong points of phrases
  • LH chords, show restraint. In f sections, have big phrasing
  • bar 143, check C# octave

Notes 2 Dec

Radio: 105.9 ABC classical, 102.7 triple R


  • explore comedy through contrast

Notes 25 Nov


  • In f sections, still balance heavily towards RH melody. (bar 1)
  • coordination bar 16? also would be awesome if you grouped into 6s
  • bar 26, G natural LH
  • 32, ties in LH
  • bar 87, LH G
  • start from either bar 50 or last page this week

Notes 16 Nov


  • prio on melody in opening, phrasing as well when available
  • allegretto section, go a bit

Notes 9 Nov


  • first two lines, articulation. Taper off slurs
  • don’t speed up, break up into 6s bar 12
  • 2nd page in general, refine dynamics. divert Beethoven aggression into sf
  • bar 60, put sf in correct spot
  • don’t predict dynamics, don’t do cresc before f if it doesn’t say
  • bar 81 is straight up missing
  • do cresc in a straight line
  • this is straight up missing
  • check fingering

Notes 2 Nov


  1. Skip
  2. Big rubato


  • bar 1, make sure C# is loud, match speed in transition
  • only ping top note here
  • prioritise melody voicing bar 13
  • bar 23, take time to do rubato
  • bar 25, the softer the better, makes ff later better
  • get louder later, give the illusion that ‘there’s always more’
  • middle section, why and how do you do things?
  • 1st: normal, plain, statement. Listen to LH, keep LH stable. Make sure it is still phrased and voiced well
  • 2nd: more rubato softer. don’t need to voice. calm
  • 3rd: louder, even more rubato, blissful
  • 4th: softer, speed up. playful
  • softer, be careful of pedal is used in last page