Reina

9 Nov

Legend of Tanis

  • first page has some inaccuracy

Queen Alice

  • good notes, but LH softer
  • add phrasing
  • don’t change speed bar 12 and 16

2 Nov

Quatrieme

  • LH should be softer
  • dynamics in RH

Legend of Tanis

  • bar 7 soft, LH in wrong spot
  • bar 9 staccatos
  • bar 20 RH note wrong
  • bar 39 RH in the wrong spot

26 Oct

Quatrieme

  • LH speed changing
  • LH should be softer
  • dynamics in RH

Legend of Tanis

  • try to finish all this week (third page is the same as start)

19 Oct

Quatrieme

  • don’t change LH speed
  • keep LH softer at all times, do dynamics mostly in RH
  • try to make sure no gaps in LH
  • dynamics mostly in RH

Legend of Tanis

  • combine first page
  • combine 2nd page first two lines

Moonlight Serenade

  • LH crotchets need to be even

12 Oct

Quatrieme

  • all about dynamics today
  • riten as well if you can go slower that would be awesome

Legend of Tanis : new

  • try hands sep first
  • split up large chords in left hand
  • don’t forget F#

3 Oct

Queen Alice

  • dynamics generally ALWAYS should be softer
  • are you paying attention?

Quatrieme

  • LH fingering is wrong, otherwise, this is a good effort 🙂
  • try to finish this week

Moonlight Serenade

  • again, dynamics are not good

13 Sep

Quatrieme

  • all about reading slow and carefully

Moonlight Serenade

  • pedal
  • rhythm
  • notes
  • dynamics

5 Sep

Moonlight Serenade

  • LH bar 14
  • RH bar 17 C E F# A
  • bar 32 RH E G# C
  • all about phrasing + dynamics
  • LH needs to be consistently crotchets

Quatrieme Gnossiene

  • LH

30 Aug

Moonlight Serenade

  • bar 2 LH Ab
  • bar 3 Bb RH
  • bar 4 Bb LH
  • bar 10 completely wrong!
  • bar 11 RH wrong
  • bar 14 Bb LH
  • bar 18 LH in general
  • practice needs to be more accurate in general

Queen Alice

  • watch for missing C# in LH bar 27 LH
  • listen to recording for rhythm

23 Aug

Queen Alice

  • when pedalling, don’t lift off heel. don’t lift to the top of the pedal to create banging sound
  • bar 25, ti ti ti ti ti ti
  • bar 27, C# missing
  • bar 32, C# missing
  • generally too loud when you’ve added pedal. think about a ‘beautiful’ sound, not an ugly loud sound

Moonlight Serenade

  • some missing B flats here

New piece: Quatrieme Gnossiene

  • begin right hand

16 Aug

Queen Alice

  • notes are generally right 🙂
  • timing is not 😦
  • listen to recording!
  • will fix one by one with Isaac
  • add pedal
  • not too loud

Moonlight Serenade

  • crotchets left hand constant
  • finish piece this week

2 Aug

Queen Alice

  • watch LH rhythm, long short long short pattern
  • watch key signature from bar 25
  • bar 7, dotted rhythm
  • add pedal

Moonlight Serenade

26 Jul

Queen Alice

  • long short long short LH rhythm (listen to recording)
  • pedal
  • bar 9 LH even and all the same
  • do the middle part this week

Moonlight Serenade

  • B flat key signature
  • 3 lines hands together

19 Jul

  • AMAZING PROGRESS
  • try to finish this week

New piece: Moonlight Serenade

Scales: E major

  • don’t forget 4th fingering rule

12 Jul

New song: Queen Alice

  • goal, bar 24

9 Nov

Let the Good Times Roll

  • rhythm work
    • clap and play

New Scale: Bb major

New piece: Twilight

26 Oct

Toccata

  • metronome
    • 6 beats in a bar, 300
  • challenge is to get that correct with dynamics as well

Twilight

  • more boldly, louder
  • can phrase more
  • keep up with the rhythm in bar 9

Song of twilight

  • only use soft pedal for pp
  • can go more intense in bar 9

Spanish Dance

  • slurs slurs correctly
  • keep LH softer if possible

Keep LH soft overall softer

Rhythms

19 Oct

Toccata Ritmico

  • NO STOP TO THE TI TIS
  • EXAGGERATED DYNAMICS
    • difference between each dynamic much bigger

Ways to practice: slow

12 Oct

Toccata Ritmico

  • NO STOP TO THE TI TIS
  • EXAGGERATED DYNAMICS
    • difference between each dynamic much bigger
  • don’t get faster when getting louder

Twilight

  • a bit too much stops

Spanish Dance

Twilight

  • expression
    • phrasing
    • keeping mp soft and sensitive
    • following the ‘lightly’ markings
    • rall in bar 12, slow down
    • tenuto accents mean heavy

Song of Twilight

  • have no pedal gap in left hand

Homework: Have a recording for next week. See Recording Guidelines above for how to do it.

5 Oct

Toccata Ritmico

  • no gaps in the ti-ti
  • bigger dynamics

Twilight

  • bar 9 needs to be quicker (listen to recording for speed)
  • double check your left hand at the end
  • need some expression (next week)

Song of Twilight

  • bar 9 needs to be slightly faster

Spanish dance

  • again, fix rhythm by listening to recording

What to do before recording for our exam

  • have awesome dynamics (sorta already doing this :))
  • have correct rhythm (getting better, but not quite there yet. LISTEN TO RECORDING)
  • have expression (phrasing pretty much)
  • then u all g

29 Sep

Spanish Dance

  • check notes in coda
  • are notes staccato? are notes not staccato
  • do phrasing according to page
  • 2nd page, follow dynamics

Toccata Ritmico

  • dynamics just need to be strictly followed
  • keep all staccatos same length
  • are all quavers even like a clock (one after another)
  • bar 17, LH legato, RH staccato
  • use pedal in bar 19
  • bar 23-24, same RH

Song of Twilight

  • LH really really soft for light texture
  • don’t phrase too hard
  • but you can phrase more in bar 9

22 Sep

Spanish Dance

  • slower!
  • phrasing (follow hairpins)
  • are you doing slurs in RH correctly?
  • is rhythm 100% correct?
    • a bit more chill/relaxed

Song of Twilight

  • make sure rhythm is correct
  • phrasing
    • higher is louder, lower is softer
  • LH just as soft as possible!
    • to make it fluffy

14 Sep

Spanish Dance

  • bar 33, goes straight back to 2
  • rhythm in LH is important, listen to recording
  • LH articulation is important
  • C# RH bar 11

Song of Twilight

  • check coordination bar 9
  • bar 13 needs to be softer than the start
  • ritardando – slow down at the end

Twilight

  • needs to be just a bit faster

7 Sep

Song of Twilight

  • bar 7 F# RH
  • texture and balance still needs to be lighter
  • use left pedal to make things softer

Spanish Dance

  • articulation: slurs and staccatos
  • this is hard, fingering must be correct

Toccata Ritimico

  • position bar 17
  • bar 45 position
  • watch dynamics as well

31 Aug

Song of Twilight

  • pedal use all the time
  • balance, very soft left hand and a bit of right hand

Spanish Dance

  • learn this week, maybe finish first page

Twilight

  • heavy light contrast

24 Aug

Scales

  • 4th finger rule!
  • is the scale even?
  • new scale: G harmonic minor

Song of Twilight

  • sharps biggest issue
    • try circling each sharp for assistance
  • expected to get up to bar 8

Twilight

  • bar 28, go hands separate. you can split up the chord with the squiggles
  • phrasing, making the piece more expressive
    • go up is louder
    • go down is softer

17 Aug

Scales

  • be careful with Bb major fingering
  • make sure your scales are even
  • new scale: D harmonic minor

Twilight

  • combine all hands together this week
  • try to add pedal

Song of Twilight

  • C F G sharp

Toccata Spirito

  • check positions in bar 17
  • check fingering in bar 41

10 Aug

Twilight

  • broken chord, split apart notes
  • lines at bottom are for pedalling
  • many repeats, easy to learn
  • goal, put bar 1-8 hands together
  • 9-12, hands together bonus

Toccata

  • much better, but some notes still in the wrong spot
    • check positions starting from bar 17
    • check notes in bar 39-40
    • check position in bar 47 RH
  • try dynamics this week

Scales

  • Bb major

3 Aug

Toccata Ritmico

  • need to write mistakes down
  • staccatos need to be consistent
  • bar 27, RH notes
  • 35, check position
  • check fingering and extra note 41
  • check position and notes in 46
  • two main things
    • slurs and staccato
    • louds and softs

27 July

20 July

Toccata

  • check note bar 8 RH Eb
  • check positions bar 17, where is middle C?
  • we have learned all sections, have a go whole piece this week

13 July

Toccata

  • all about positions
  • homework: up to bar 28, bonus, go further than 28