Leah

Youtube Playlist

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Google Drive

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18raFKn41_mOfbG9DNRRFGrSOeA16p3A6?usp=sharing

Long Term Goal

  • Grade 7

16 Oct

List A

  • connection process between slow and fast practice missing
    • try ‘as fast as possible without mistakes practice’
    • final goal, full speed without mistakes

List B

  • semiquavers tend to be rushed
    • this causes mistakes
    • unchecked mistakes turn into errors

List C

  • quavers tend to be rushed
    • can i hear melody
    • can i hear the gaps between quavers
  • metro 108

List D

  • choose a slower a tempo
  • softs should be more acknowledged

List E

  • metronome 55 recommended
  • bar 32, group into 3s

9 Oct

Etude

  • keep a stable speed for practice and performance

Moonlight

  • keep a stable speed, think of dripping drops
  • pp triplet always soft
  • phrase top line slightly
  • bar 17, check notes
  • bar 19, check notes
  • bar 16-17, don’t speed up, but can do rubato
  • listen widely to different good recordings

Merry Andrew

  • benchmark speed bar 6
  • all p can be softer
  • watch all articulation

List C

  • louds a bit too loud
    • try to get ‘perfect balance’, not too much not too little
  • keep LH thumb softer, don’t have accent
    • keep your left hand loose
  • keep speed stable
    • 5% below comfortable stable speed may

2 Oct

List B

  • all quavers non-legato, unless slurred
  • slurs must be legato, with non legato last note
  • don’t speed up throughout performance. This is a priority
  • when there’s a rest in LH, don’t hold over rests
  • eye for detail is most important thing to develop, issues to be fixed all over piece
  • after detail is fixed, historically appropriate dynamics and slight increase of speed needed but will be discussed next lesson

Merry Andrew

  • choose a stable speed from the start
  • bar 8 rest
  • bar 17-18, rest, also, don’t speed up
  • bar 37-39, rest
  • molto piu lento a lot slower. Keep LH legato if possible

List C recording review

  • balance can be adjusted towards RH
  • keep a stable speed, don;t speed up
  • morendo at the end could slow down more

25 Sep

List A

  • phrase throughout
  • keep light texture
  • bar 17, watch notes carefully
  • bar 29
    • phrase using pedal
    • hold tenuto note down long bar 32
  • bar 45 pp
    • less phrasing
    • soft pedal

List E

  • watch notes bar 8
  • watch pedalling
  • watch for opportunities to phrase
  • check notes bar RH 17
  • keep middle as soft as possible
  • rubato, can be done before beat 1
  • bar 32, less phrasing
  • bar 36, check for sharps

List B

  • metronome 84
  • LH rest bar 19

11 Sep

List C

  • bar 3 and 11, voice inner melody by rotating wrist
  • bar 11, don’t rush
  • bar 21, don’t rush
  • check coordination bar 25
  • ppp, no phrasing from 27
  • maybe not too slow ending

List A

  • priority on fixing notes
    • slow practice good, but ‘bridge’ tempo needed as well
    • fastest tempo that can be correct

List D

  • don’t speed up bar 11
  • watch bar 13
    • rest bar 18 LH
    • articulation RH
    • haripins and articulation
    • think about the volume of each note
  • check 19 notes
  • bar 35, check timing. riten in bar 37, notes not too loud
  • sub. p – suddenly soft
  • check notes 40 LH
  • bar 65 more accel

4 Sep

List C

  • metronome bar 85
  • nuance
    • the ‘perfect’ balance is somewhere in between
  • be careful not to over balance towards the top
  • bar 11, minor, can use dark balance
  • bar 13,
  • bar 15, these notes are soft
  • bar 20, bottom notes soft. bar 21 no
  • in general, watch out for pedalling

Moonlight Sonata

  • pedalling
    • pedal when chord changes
    • adjust for texture
  • watch that there aren’t sudden loud notes in RH, especially thumb
  • you can do a difference between major and minor
  • bar 11 D in LH
  • bar 16, only LH gets louder if possible. can hold pedal for longer
  • see the gap between LH and RH bar 20, can do softer

Merry Andrew

  • watch pedalling in general

28 Aug

List C

  • morendo
    • fast when you’re there, but then slowing down
    • last 3 notes, keep counting in 6
  • tinkle top notes
    • should always be able to hear the top right hand notes first
  • bar 11 RH
  • bar 16, where is the melody?
  • to get echo, previous bar needs to be louder

List B

  • check notes in these places
  • check fingering bar 19 RH
  • watch for evenness in semiquavers
  • watch for slurs bar 28
  • check length of rest 43
  • bar 47, check notes

Beethoven

  • interpretation elements to think of
    • phrasing
      • as we get bigger, get slightly louder
  • as we get

21 Aug

Musical box

  • sourdine: soft pedal, sans, without
  • pp to ppp, do you need to change? depends on which section
  • LH balance, check fingering, don’t rush, don’t lift
  • RH balance, thumbs soft, other four fingers do melody
    • wrist rotation towards top note helps
    • when phrasing, only phrase top notes, thumb note soft
  • when practicing prioritise thinking about balance all the time
  • make sure pedal is correct (lift every bar)

Etude

  • expression is good
  • for memory, correct notes, coordination: slow practice

Allegro

  • All quavers not attached, be careful across the piece (unless slurred)
    • quavers not staccato however, just non legato (unless staccato)

14 Aug

Etude

  • focus on p texture, most important
    • mezzo staccato RH
    • pedal longer
    • LH as soft as possible
  • leggiero – light
  • maximise dynamics
  • be careful of notes from 20-23
  • 24, loud
  • 25-28, observe markings on page
  • 29 onwards, be careful of hairpins
    • also be careful of notes here!

List C

  • good expression!
  • but needs careful notes work
    • play hands sep slower
    • play with careful notes
    • play without pedal

List B

  • slow practice for
    • expression
    • memory
    • find wrong notes
    • cleanness