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Goal for this week

  • scales in general
  • pieces in general

Long term goal

  • Grade 7 achievements


  • espressivo in 92, a form of subversion
  • slow practice, good for many things

22 Feb


  • repeated A soft. RH legato with fingers, crescendo is small
  • mimic articulation of LH here bar 11
  • waltz needs to breathe, don’t cut at the end
  • leggiero – light, don’t phrase too much
  • dolce – sweet – melody is phrased but not pass point of aggression
    • this part should represent the emptiness of space
  • in loud sections, it should be the melody and the first bass note priority


  • this piece should be an excercise in freedom of interpretation

15 Feb


  • for difficult sections, may be more helpful to go hands together slowly
  • phrases, taper off phrases carefully. think about whether something needs to be phrased
  • leggiero means light. Less LH, RH sparkles
  • p dolce light, don’t rush


  • lighter
  • freedom on time
  • ‘technical rubato’ helps with difficult sections

8 Feb


  • legato first line, LH soft. LH gradually grows
  • taper off at the end of phrases, take a break. most important element of phrasing.
  • if doing staccato, don’t jump aggressively
  • LH chords must be light for a waltz
  • p dolce, RH slightly louder LH very soft, delicate
  • increase in volume evenly between hands here bar 53


  • start slower
  • beware of soft pedal overuse
  • can I hear melodic material, adjust overall texture

1 Feb


  • 4th finger rule, 4th finger only hapens once per octave
  • keep going with general practice


  • Technical challenges, practice slow
  • increases awareness
  • increases accuracy
  • lighter texture
  • add rubato at the start of bars

27 Jan

Continue similar motions


  • LH lighter to create texture
  • RH more for singing, phrase. think of peak in RH

Never Coming Back

  • experiment with rubato

Notes 20 Dec


  • all similar motions (first page)


  • once technical is done, just expression via phrasing and rubato

Never Coming Back

  • more phrasing of left hand shapes (inverse phrasing works well)
  • phrasing needs to be very carefully formed
  • legato fingering in bar 24
  • accent first beat of bar. octaves in 26 not too loud


  • think of lighter textures

Notes 14 Dec

Never Coming Back

  • for finer control, don’t bounce here
  • first line make sure you are counting
  • in general, play around with
  • chords in this section, play around with thick textures
  • slow down and get softer here


  • just watch out for extra LH notes
  • we will talk more about specifics next time

Notes 7 Dec

Notes to check

Rhythms to check

  • bar 29 RH
  • bar 43, pedal fully down watch LH texture
  • bar 35, everything soft except the accent. hold top note with the full bar pedal
  • bar 21, more phrasing. equal parts getting louder nad softer. Hands must be independent

Never Coming Back

Notes 30 Nov

Scale: Eb major


  • Opening is not pp, but mp. Can have full chord interaction.
  • Tendency to slow down bar 25
  • bar 30 LH Eb
  • pause and riten, exaggerated ‘pit stop’ bar 34
  • texture in final section, not too thick. less left hand
  • increasing pendulum motion is fine tuned. listen very carefully. we are not dealing with ‘quantified’

Violet Evergarden thing

  • balance RH melody, then phrase if possible

Notes 23 Nov


  • bar 3-4, pause, maybe rit? voice top
  • bar 21, don’t slow down
  • bar 30 Eb LH

Notes 16 Nov

Scale: B major


  • texture is critical and around the idea of what poco cresc and accel mean
  • LH can stay soft for nearly the entire piece.
  • bar 21, remember 12/8, divide into 4 lots of 3

Notes 9 Nov

Nuvole Bianche

  • broadly, just present as much as you can. Quality is not yet a big factor here.

Notes Nov 3


  • This piece is all about comedic expression. Generally exaggerated dynamics and really accurate articulation.