Roy

Youtube Playlist

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Google Drive

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Aural test advice

  1. intervals, but it includes the minor scale
  2. inversions (new)
  3. sing the top or bottom
  4. cadences (new)
  • perfect (5-1)
    • grand sound
  • plagal (4-1)
    • calm sound

Pick Grade 6 this week

Long term goal

  • Grade 6

12 Oct

Homework: as much of Mission Impossible as possible. Finish off le coucou last page to good standard.

Technical

  • contrary motions need work
    • hands separate practice for difficult contraries
    • 4th finger rule

Homework

  • F# chromatic
  • chord progression
    • correct fingering

Cuckoo

  • bar 41 this note should be tied. also some notes are longer than others and should be held
  • consistency in quaver articulation, all quavers consecutive should be legato
  • textural adjustments to 1st page
    • LH slightly louder than RH. minimum volume needed to be heard
    • articulation
    • RH ‘wings’ light and soft. Softer the RH is, the more you can hear the LH

Fiesta

  • watch pedalling bar 43
  • soft dynamics often missing
  • 59-60 need to have 6 quaver beats
  • ending an example of missed pp
  • in essence, missed markings are letting down the performance (pedalling and dynamics)

5 Oct

Technical

  • finish 6A
  • finish all contrary motions
    • don’t forget 4th finger rule

Le Coucou

  • opening page needs to be lighter
  • tips for improving technique
    • dotted rhythm practice
    • staccato practice
  • lower E in LH bar 25
  • bar 33 keep semiquavers legato
  • bar 44, watch notes carefully here

Fiesta

  • bar 47 LH, octave lower
  • watch out for technique bar 39-42
    • these sections should be practiced separately due to increase of difficutly

We will start new piece next week. Have an option picked, can start learning

29 Sep

Cuckoo

  • LH articulation important. keep staccato light (soft)
    • articulation is improtant for cuckoo sound
  • keep first page soft
  • gradually increase speed
  • work on second page this week

Fiesta

  • only quaver gap between 14-15
  • dyanmics need to be clean, as in carefully following, don’t make up dynamics
  • bar 34, check spot
  • pedalling bar 35
  • bar 39-42, check notes carefully
  • bar 47 LH position
  • check notes at the end, must be octave higher

Scales

  • 4th finger rule for contrary
  • Homework: G# harmonic minor

23 Sep

6B

  • needs phrasing
  • needs pedal

6A: homework

  • all notes facing downwards are LH, all notes facing upwards are RH

Scales homework: B major and G# harmonic minor contrary

You can stop practicing Grade 5 pieces.

Fiesta

  • wrong note bar 36
  • wrong clef LH bar 39
  • bar 45-46, check large chords notes. broken chord is to be split
  • overall should be played soft

Homework: as much le coucou as possible

14 Sep

Technical

  • Eb major, check 4th finger rule
  • finish down the scale
  • in future, Roy sets his own homework

6C

  • can be faster

Homework: 6B

Fiesta

  • all dynamics exaggerated
  • sfz ‘shocking’
  • bar 11-14
    • rest in LH, gap between notes
    • no cresc. all soft
  • bar 15
    • RH in wrong position
    • circled note should be 10 quavers in total

Coucou

  • prescribed for this week to learn:
  • finger speed
  • articulation
  • dynamics

ALL GOALS TO BE SET BY YOU

7 Sep

Tarentelle

  • increase of speed priority
    • but maintain articulation
    • include phrasing
  • senza pedale
    • without pedal
  • dynamics

Fiesta

  • accuracy of fingering vital at start
  • accuracy of notes difficult to determine at the start
  • homework: first page (ideally hands together)

Technical

  • 6C homework
  • grand scales: Eb major and C minor
    • see format as written
  • Similar motion: F# major
    • all sharps except B

31 Aug

Jingpo

  • all about maintaining tempo
  • 3rd page, hit accents hard

Notes on Grade 6

  • need to know historical context
  • more difficult pieces
  • likely to take longer (est June-July 2022)
  • requires
    • scales and exercises
    • 6 pieces, 4 main, two extra list
    • sight reading
    • aural tests
    • general knowledge, but it is much harder than Grade 4

Skills assessment:

  • sight reading: C+
    • practice sight reading
    • the best sight reading practice it to challenge yourself on how fast you can learn pieces

24 Aug

Jingpo

  • bar 31 onwards, watch out for RH tie, long notes
  • dim bar 39, get softer
  • don’t slow down in bar 44, keep going
  • check for extra note in bar 45
  • bar 66, can hit sf and accents hard
  • bar 81, dim
  • bar 87, check LH notes
  • bar 86, cresc, start soft, end louder

17 Aug

Jingpo

  • make sure speed is maintained throughout
    • reference starting speed
  • make sure pedalling is accurate
  • check note bar 68
  • to reach the speed at 86, use patterned learning
    • also double check the position of notes
  • bar 43 is missing?
  • bar 38, small bump in dynamics to get dim

Legend of Tanis

  • tick received, but middle section not great
    • incorrect mood, wrong tempo, wrong dynamics
    • but it was fixed after

Spinliedchen

  • soft dynamic in some places (especially middle page) not ideal, must be focused and intentional soft

10 Aug

Jingpo

  • accent first beat slightly for extra impact
  • is pedalling correct?
  • are dynamics sufficiently contrasted
  • are accents sufficiently contrasted?
  • bar 23, is the pp as soft as possible, soft pedal
  • bar 31, mp a bit louder, because it just came after pp and there is a dim in 39
  • bar 46, accent on the first beat louder now, hold extra note for as long as possible
    • don’t slow down
    • loud in general
  • finish this one this week

Tanis

  • push speed of first page
  • bar 15, is all LH caught by pedal? put pedal down earlier
  • rall. must be a lot bigger. Wait two beats on bar 19
  • dynamics 35? needs to start softer
  • 23

3 Aug

Jingpo

  • 46 check fingering
  • 23 transition from previous bit, must be immediately soft
    • no change speed
  • 31, quick flick with accent
  • learn to the end

He’s a Pirate

  • accuracy in RH
    • practice slow
  • phrasing
    • must start softer if wanting to go louder
    • generally planning is already good, just need to do it

Spinliedchen

  • accent must be placed on the right chord
  • soft is a bit inconsistent
  • messy
    • slow practice

27 July

Jingpo

  • increase speed
    • main challenge comes from speed
  • complete 3rd page if possible

Tanis

  • middle section, like slow motion
    • usage of slowing down rubato critical
    • take an overall slower speed
  • riten, rall, molto rall, all slowing down
  • bar 15, a tempo critical so you can slow down more later
  • molto rit, you can

Pirates

  • expression is phrasing based, phrase based off the melody
    • softer softs, louder louds

20 July

Jingpo

  • follow all markings very carefully
    • it can already sound good just with that alone
    • LH soft and light from the start
    • watch out for accurate pedal
    • adhere to all dynamic changes
    • pp soft pedal

Legend of Tanis

  • contrast based dynamics
    • loud and soft
    • short and long
  • bar 1, faster LH chord broken
  • bar 4, softer
  • all staccatos short as possible
  • bar 15, bass note to be captured by pedal. also needs to be faster overall
  • middle section
    • sleepy
      • less phrasing
      • softer overall
      • gap rubato,
  • bar 31, less phrasing, keep lighter sound. mp maxiumum volume

13 July

Tanis

  • bar 10 LH in wrong in spot here
  • use this coordination method
  • 31, count in 3s
  • molto expressivo
    • lots of phrasing
    • can experiment
  • piu mosso – more movement
    • ending can be loud

Pirates

  • experiment with pedalling

Spinliedchen

  • don’t lose speed in the middle part
  • start softer before cresc.
  • start softer before p

7 July

Pirates

  • focus on RH seperate and get technique
  • 12/8, four groups of 3 quavers
    • always try to count in quavers

Legend of Tanis

  • broken chords, quicker
  • first page can be more ‘violent’
    • more accents and contrasts
    • staccatos aggressive and quick
  • bar 7-8, needs to be ultra soft
  • 15-19, softer and more expressive. molto rall slower, last note not loud
  • 2nd page
    • much more careful phrasing
      • start soft bits softer. plan phrasing carefully
    • LH much softer

Spinliedchen

  • keep technique + staccato crisp
  • keep softs soft

30 June

Spinliedchen

  • main question:
    • can you get faster, but maintain current expressive details
    • metronome at 100
      • for example, bar 11 can you plan a cresc. at 100?
      • poco riten at 100?
      • accuracy at 100
      • ultimate goals 112

Tanis

  • broken chord here needs to be faster (only slow broken chord later on)
  • molto expressivo
    • a lot of expression
      • phrasing
      • rubato (next time)
  • phrasing needs to start from a low point
  • 2nd page check LH
  • expression in this piece is based of drama, sudden changes and exaggerated decisions
  • first page and 3rd page are technique based
    • bar 15, drill hands seperaely, two bars at a time. aim for speed
    • this will develop muscle memory technique

22 June

Spinliedchen

  • start soft and keep fingers close to keys
    • aim for bottom of the keys
  • cresc. must be planned
    • p, mp, mf, f
    • accents extra loud
  • poco rit, the gap between each note gets bigger
  • 2nd page, louder LH by far. LH has a natural disadvantage
  • bar 40, dip, bar 42, suddenly get soft
  • don’t hold notes over rests
  • bar 43, hyper clear RH by very soft left hand
  • last page, start mp louder, get softer and slower according to markings

Legend of Tanis

  • broken chords, do seperately

15 June

Moonlight

  • balance considerations
  • phrasing considerations

Spinliedchen

  • softs need to be soft (difficult)

8 June

Machines on the loose

  • metronome at 300
  • no doubt about dynamics

Recording techniques

  • put the worst piece first so you don’t have to restart
  • what mistakes would require you to restart? what standard are you looking for
  • all dynamics need to be exaggerated to appear on a recording

Scales

25 May

  • play all forte
  • preparation and mental space
    • after a bad scale, it’s important to take a break

Etude

  • choose a speed slightly under maximum
    • think about the speed before you start
    • subdivide each beat into 3 in your head

Mazurka

  • make sure LH chords can be heard bar 5-8
  • accuracy in hairpins in the middle of the piece
    • especially the softs
  • smorz, slow down

Tartan

  • subito is not good
  • dynamics 33-41, not accurate

Brain games

  • don’t give yourself two chances
  • be always on the lookout for mistakes
  • lookout for details
  • practice your 3 pieces, exam styles

18 May

Excercises

  • more preparation time
    • focus on phrasing

4C – not too harsh, don’t lift from the keys

Etude

  • can hit accent harder bar 18, don’t roll
  • 33 onwards, softs mumble

Mazurka

  • bar 8, hairpin
  • following an accent, must get soft
  • generally, hairpins need to be more accurate
  • memory
    • hands seperately
    • start from anywhere
  • notes after an accent are soft
  • smorzando – be careful

Tartan

  • hairpin accuracy here as well, in first page
  • bar 46, more dim
  • tehcnical practice
    • slow
    • small sections

11 May

General knowledge given today

Machines

  • softs softer

Sonatina

  • on the right track

Learn one page of Moonlight Serenade

Etude

  • bar 8-9 transition more sudden mf. stay soft until change. first note of mf loud
  • phrasing 9-16
  • bar 17 p is not soft
    • focus on LH soft
    • phrasing
  • in general p is not soft
  • sounds flat, softs are not soft, louds are not loud

4 May

Etude

  • 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

Machines

  • don’t need

27 Apr

4A

  • consistency of semiquavers

Scales Practice

  • separate hands
  • 5 second preparation
  • not in order

Etude

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

Tartan

  • 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

Sonatina

  • extra list, manage the dynamics and speed yourself

Tartan

  • 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

Etude

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

14 Apr

Excercises

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

Scales

  • aim for evenness

Etude

  • 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 <

Tartan

23 Mar

Mazurka

  • 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

Machines

  • check notes 33

Tartan

  • good dynamics
  • also practice for stability here

Notes 16 Mar

4C

  • natural seperation, not too short

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

Machines

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

Tartan

  • 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

Etude

  • dynamic range needs to increase
  • metronome 132

Notes 9 Mar

4A

  • phrasing shouldn’t affect rhythm

Tartan

  • 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

4A

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

Tartan

  • 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

Aural

  • 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

Scales

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

Tartan

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

Mazurka

  • 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

Scales

  • all in good in condition

Etude

  • 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

Tartan

  • 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

Mazurka

  • 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

Scales

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

Etude

  • 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

Mazurka

  • 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

Mazurka

  • 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 <>
  • sf marks SURPRISING CHANGE

Tartan

  • technically difficult with speed, requires ‘perfect practice’

Etude

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

Notes 20 Jan

4A: do more phrasing

4B: keep practicing

Chromatics and continue contrary

Mazurka

  • 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

Etude

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

Notes 13 Jan

Scales

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

Ex 4A continue learning

Ex 4B, aim for rhythm accuracy now.

Mazurka

  • 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

Etude

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

Notes 6 Jan

4C

  • use wiping technique
  • relax arm

4B

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

4A

  • fingering is really important
  • phrasing is important

Scales

  • A major and F# harmonic minor contrary

Etude

  • 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

Technical

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

Notes 17 Nov

Spanish

  • 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