Owen

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Goal for this week

  • Exam quality scales, see list
  • improve all 3 pieces

Long term goal

  • Pass grade 6, move on to grade 7

29 Mar

Scales

  • 2 scales remaining

Goodbye

  • this will be passed if it is
    • consistent
    • phrased
      • phrasing must be according to frequency response

Fix You

  • consistency is not great
    • needs more slow practice
  • speed is not consistent

22 Mar

Scales

  • curved fingers
  • make sure 4th finger is correct C harmonic minor

Fix You

  • bar 5, count bar properly
  • pedal must be lifted fully
    • pedal lifts on the triangle
  • balance must include LH as soft as possible
  • RH must be phrased

Goodbye

  • some ties in second page are not correct
  • phrasing in general needs to be bigger
  • check octave lower bottom of 2nd page
  • check pedalling

15 Mar

Scales

  • aim for accuracy
  • G# melodic minor
  • C melodic minor
  • G# harmonic contrary

Goodbye for Now

  • phrasing needs to be greater
  • must be all legato
  • 17 all soft
  • 22, check LH chord
  • 32 LH octave lower
  • 40 LH, check LH position

Fix You (quick notes)

  • pedal
  • loud notes not too loud

8 Mar

Scale to improve

  • G# melodic minor
  • C melodic minor
  • G# harmonic contrary
  • Eb minor arpeggio

Make sure all scales are up to speed

Goodbye:

  • check timing bar 16
  • bar 18, check LH notes
  • bar 29, check all LH placements
  • phrasing
    • hit hard on main impacts, and fade quicker
  • 17-24, LH as soft as possible. bar 25, surprise in comparison
  • bar 29 is the loudest section
  • allargando, louder and slower, then slow towards to the end

Fix You

  • must have correct repetitions by either going slow, small sections or both

1 Mar

Scales

  • you know all the scales already, time to make them exam standard

Goodbye for Now

  • there ar
  • Owen’s ideas
    • RH louder
    • higher is louder
  • Isaac’s ideas
    • phrasing in and out
    • higher is louder sometimes, also considering where we are in the phrase
  • the softer you start phrases, the more careful and meticulous it sounds
  • phrases are marked by slurs

22 Feb

Scales

  • practice bad scales slowly
  • practice good scales fast
  • consistency

Goodbye

  • important to ‘taper’ off the end of phrases. End of phrases are end of slurs
  • check rhythm, make sure that each bar has 6 crotchets. watch out for dotted rhythms
  • bar 9 B natural LH
  • 15-16, check rhythm
  • phrasing is key. focus more on starting soft
  • be accurate on 8vb
  • check RH notes bar 29
  • 17, LH really soft and small phrasing to give angelic sound
  • allargando – getting broader
    • slower and thicker texture
  • ending should be peaceful

15 Feb

Scales

  • retry G# melodic minor, can do seperate hands.
  • be careful for 4 octaves

Nuvole

  • bar 5, very light, RH sparkles by itself
  • bar 21 onwards, must be counted in 12. big phrasing in both hands. texture not heavy
  • bar 30, should have LH different here
  • bar 43, LH less notes here
  • poco cresc: gradually getting louder a little bit throughout the whole piece
  • poco accel: gradually getting faster
  • bar 35, important to get intense, but only through upper notes. keep momentum going

2 Feb

Scales

  • a little bit of everything

Goodbye for Now

  • expression points
  • phrasing, focus on the fading away
  • balance, which hand has the priority, what texture does it create
  • Make sure there are no Bb
  • bar 12, fade into peak
  • watch this note bar 15
  • bar 17 onwards here, prioritise melody notes only. Watch notes here.

Fix You

  • Points to watch
  • phrasing
  • watch for texture

Notes 27 Jan

Scales

  • check C melodic minor fingering
  • 2nd page optional

Fix You

  • count bar 5 carefully, extra 2 beats
  • bar 25 octave higher
  • check note bar 46
  • overall texture needs to be much lighter

Notes 20 Jan

Scales: G# melodic minor

Fix You

  • first line pp, hold pedal the entire time
  • thin texture, focus on LH soft in bar 6
  • don’t rush this scale
  • polyrhythm patern here is T RLR
  • think about what is melody and prioritise it
  • don’t rush this scale
  • wait here
  • don’t double pedal
  • phrase this section
  • to bring melody out, play everything soft except tenuto notes

Nuvole

  • bar 4 pause longer
  • in general we want a thinner texture. It needs to build up gradually

Notes 13 Jan

Scales

  • 4th finger rule will help
  • G# harmonic minor

Nuvole

  • bar 1-4, go much slower (40). RH louder, try
  • for the entire piece, have 12/8 time signature standard in your head. make sure it is 4 lots of 3
  • bar 5-12, think about texture you are creating with pedal. can use soft pedal
  • bar 35, cresc, pedal down the whole way, accent getting bigger

Notes 6 Jan

Start Nuvole Bianche and Scales