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Goal for this week

  • practice all scales
  • Rainbow Connection: up to the top of second page
  • Jingpo

Long term goal

  • Grade 5 exam, early 2021

Notes 24 Oct

America Review

  • Good: not stopping
  • Could be better: dynamics/some stops


  • continue to work on arpeggios and all scales, make sure arpeggios are 4 octaves


  • con pedale – with pedal, use your instincts
  • bar 8, watch out for tie
  • goal is up to the top of the second page


  • best thing to do this week is understand how these sections connect. Try slower, but all connected with same speed.
  • Sometimes there will be a metronome in your LH, use that to check
  • bar 50-52 is still incorrect RH

Notes 17 Oct


  • do contrary motion and all arpegios


  • do STOPS test, can I get through this part without STOPS
  • do DYNAMICS test, can I do the dynamics well? Don’t lift high on the soft bits. Do soft bits quick and soft and remember to go
  • If you can do both these things, then that is 90% is the work
  • bar 12, slur must be smooth with pedal.
  • bar 23, suprise, no cresc
  • After the recording, we will focus more on the other two pieces


  • LH softer in the background bar 1
  • Tika Tika Tika Ti rhythm bar 19. Make sure RH is under LH so you can do this.
  • There are still the same missing notes

Notes 10 Oct


  • C melodic minor LH, 4 on D
  • Contrary motion, try hands separate before putting them together
  • Try Eb major arpeggio as well, but focus on contrary motion


  • Still needs much more dynamics, especially soft bits. Think is this as soft as I can go?
  • Need to get it constant, follow these steps
  1. Think no gaps!
  2. Go slow, but with no gaps
  3. Try small sections
  • bar 35 RH octave higher
  • Recording for student of the week 24 Oct


  • bar 19, missing note RH
  • bar 47 make sure extra top notes are correct
  • we will have a look at more expression next week.