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Goal for this week

  • general preparation for exam

Long term goal

  • Grade 4 Exam Early 2021

Roy’s Aural Tips

  • 2nd – scale
  • 3rd – o when the saints
  • 4th – amazing grace
  • 5th – twinkle
  • 6th – my bonnie lies over ocean
  • 7th – weird
  • 8th – somewhere over the rainbow

Sing middle note

  • find bottom note, then sing upwards

4 May


  • phrase 9-16
  • 17-24, crescendo must be gradual
  • 33, f and p must be accurate
  • these points are simple, but are required for a solid performance result


  • don’t need

27 Apr


  • consistency of semiquavers

Scales Practice

  • separate hands
  • 5 second preparation
  • not in order


  • staccatos need to jump
    • jump off keys
  • bar 33 dynamics
  • think about dynamics
  • slow
    • motivated by memorising notes
    • motivated by dynamics
  • seperate hands


  • watch out for decrescendo
  • before any large decrescendo, get softer, ‘drop’
  • ff easy to hit with pedal, don’t need to play too hard with hands

20 Apr


  • extra list, manage the dynamics and speed yourself


  • staccatos need to be short and consistent. Should add to happy character
    • don’t jump too high on staccatos
  • 17 soft staccatos don’t lift. loud staccatos we can lift off
  • subito in bar 33 could be more precise
  • layer dynamics carefully 33-42


  • watch out of stops on second page
  • push speed, but concentrate on mistakes

14 Apr


  • semiquavers need to be even in all excercises
  • should be perfect


  • aim for evenness


  • bar 1-8, should hit the ‘floor of the keys’. slow practice. keep grounded
    • is it even?
      • slow practice
  • bar 9-16, not coordinated well
  • bar 18, shorter accent staccato. keep staccatos crisp
    • LH not loud
  • consistency issues in bar 33-60
    • metronome may help
  • make sure softs are soft, especially before <


23 Mar


  • how to get a piece performance ready
    • slow practice
      • helps mental memory
      • helps rhythmic stability
    • LH only
      • helps mental memory
    • recording practice
      • helps emulate pressure
      • helps self evaluation
    • starting from the middle
      • helps mental memory
      • if you get stuck, you can start from there


  • check notes 33


  • good dynamics
  • also practice for stability here

Notes 16 Mar


  • natural seperation, not too short

Scales: next week, at least one up to standard. Pick your own scales


  • goal finish this week
  • drill small parts to increase speed
    • first page


  • avoid stops
    • stop to find mistakes
    • start from the middle to help memory
  • critical to identify mistakes then fix, or else learning process could be long


  • dynamic range needs to increase
  • metronome 132

Notes 9 Mar


  • phrasing shouldn’t affect rhythm


  • last note octave lower
  • staccatos snappy but soft
  • dynamics need to be much clearer and direct
  • before hairpins, good trick is to ‘dip’
  • forte, LH still not overpowering
  • 31 check LH articulation
  • dim bar 46 bigger

Machines on the loose

  • first line an octave lower
  • must have layered dynamics
  • bar 28 goal

Notes 2 Mar


  • needs more phrasing in RH
  • speed needs to be stable


  • dynamics are not accurate now
  • subito
    • very loud just before, very soft, when you get there
  • ‘m’ dynamics, more focus on f or p, than the m
  • ff, doesn’t have to be too heavy focus on flow. pedal will make it loud
  • ending needs to be soft


  • chords
    • sing up from the bottom note
  • rhythm
    • stomp from side to side to find the whether it is triple or duple
    • duple is same, triple is different

Notes 16 Feb


  • keep increasing speed
  • keep practicing seperate, especially LH
  • scales must be successfully produced the first time


  • for accuracy, practice slow
  • perfect challenges
  • try dynamics before next lesson, we will talk about that next lesson


  • all semiquavers equally snappy, try to come into semiquaver later
  • no gap between 18-19 and 26-27.
  • gaps also need a clear difference between mf and p
  • still watch out for smorzando at the end

Notes 9 Feb


  • all in good in condition


  • at the start, be careful of many starts. Also needs to be softer.
  • bar 9, immediately louder start
  • 17 onwards, softs need to be softer so louds can feel loud
  • 33, don’t take breaks to get softer
  • Consistency is key


  • fadeaway dynamic needs to be consistent
  • bar 10, get LH involved with dynamics
  • subito – suddenly, before it is mf, then suddenly get softer
  • 17, keep it energetic
  • goal 45, bonus end of page


  • same advice as last week, careful with dynamics.

Notes 2 Feb

Ex 4A:

  • phrasing is there, but needs to be carefully made and obvious
  • check RH bar 4


  • Don’t practice in order
  • practice LH hands seperate
  • do arpeggios


  • bar8-9, sudden difference between p and mf
  • bar 17, not a sudden difference when doing <. start soft at the start of <
  • ending can be loud
  • bar 33, don’t rush dotted crotchets. Also helps dynamics


  • chord on beat 3, not too loud should be in background. note in beat 1 louder
  • bar 5, accent not too loud
  • bar 9, make sure mf goes thorugh the entire section
  • sf is only ‘temporary’
  • smorz, dying away, slower and softer

Notes 27 Jan


  • greater dynamic difference required. Still don’t lift fingers too high in
  • make sure semiquavers are the same here
  • bars 19 onwards, watch dynamics for interest, especially hairpins <>


  • technically difficult with speed, requires ‘perfect practice’


  • Attention to detail when practicing, other details are already established

Notes 20 Jan

4A: do more phrasing

4B: keep practicing

Chromatics and continue contrary


  • note directly after an accent, play lightly. Roll on second note.
  • bar 1-4, LH long
  • bar 5-8, LH long even with staccato. Staccato, don’t jump high

Start learning Tartan


  • to play this section soft, RH energetic, don’t lift RH
  • bar 53 keep soft

Notes 13 Jan


  • 4th finger rule is required
  • finish all contrary motions

Ex 4A continue learning

Ex 4B, aim for rhythm accuracy now.


  • syncopation, empasis on beat 2. anti-accent on beat 1 with staccato. Phrasing here applies
  • bar 5-8, mood shift to ‘sneaky’, smaller ideas
  • prepare something hands together


  • mf larger in bar 9
  • start metronome at 100, increase bit by bit. minimum 132, aim 150

Notes 6 Jan


  • use wiping technique
  • relax arm


  • phrasing using dynamics provided. Going higher, get louder, going down get down


  • fingering is really important
  • phrasing is important


  • A major and F# harmonic minor contrary


  • evenness of quavers number 1 priority, practice this slow
  • bar 9, mf, also, curve fingers
  • bar 22-24 phrasing is critical
  • bar 36, keep fingers close to the keys, especially for

Notes 1 Dec

Tambo Tango

  • precision: notes of chord must be lifted at the same time for cleanness
  • marcato: there must be a big difference between the melody and accompaniment
  • bar 13, arrive early to jump note so it’s quicker
  • bar 20, split between LH and RH (see what i’ve written)
  • rall: the gap between each note gets bigger


  • do Ex 4C and if done, 4B
  • do first page of scales
  • Learn Etude, good quality

Notes 17 Nov


  • to phrase big, start soft
  • crescendo needs to be gradual
  • 2nd pages, clear layers between dynamics
  • watch coordination bar 30-31

Scales: Try the scales sheet this week

Have a go at the new piece this week

Notes 3 Nov

Spanish Dance

Expressive ideas

  • slurs need to be legato. Also fingering needs to be correct to do that
  • dynamics are based on how high the melody is in this piece
  • try to also get the staccatos right
  • Learn the 2nd page by yourself to see how well you learn
  • You can have a go at noterush as well