Reina

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

  • 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