Tara

Youtube Playlist

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxU_OGndc5q8QVHeXikZIFKT2ooCoiyr8

Grade 6 Piano for Leisure Playlist

Google Drive

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cEkmadKBjoJMFesoe7waLEH-SZMhk3a4?usp=sharing

Goal for this week

  • Improve improvisation
  • come up with new piece to try

Long term goal

  • we’ll see

15 Feb

Sincerely

  • bar 1-8, taper of phrases, make sure LH is consistent articulation
  • bar 9 onwards, can vary up texture by balance changes
  • keep fingers on longer to get a legato

Improvisation

  • check notes here bar 15
  • phrasing critical. start soft is crtical, ending soft is critical
  • use instincts!

8 Feb

Improvisation

  • further exaggerate phrasing
  • practice sections at a time

Sincerely

  • hands on advice today

1 Feb

Improvisation

  • phrases are marked by <>
  • chromatic notes make it feel like it is rising

Sincerely

  • hands on advice today

Notes 27 Jan

Scales

  • first 3 scales

Improvisation

  • elements to watch out for:
  • phrasing
  • balance of different lines
  • it’s hard
  • combine ideally a bar at a time, slowly
  • feel free to do pedal

Sincerely

  • even in soft sections, balance towards melody strongly
  • keep ideas strong

Notes 20 Jan

Scales

  • more scales

Sincerely

  • RH legato bar 1-8
  • check rhythm in bar 7 RH
  • hand swap helps in 26
  • check rhythm bar 35
  • C#s, emphasise

Canon

  • inner sections here play quieter
  • when phrasing, softer lower sections to create a thinner section
  • don’t leave any stone unturned for phrasing

Notes 14 Dec

Sincerely

  • try ‘rhythm ruler’ technique if struggling
  • bar 1-8 softer LH, don’t lift high. M

Notes 7 Dec

Sincerely

  • other than speed, we can also practice smaller chunks. Good for developing speed
  • bar 9 more variability in RH phrasing

Canon

  • make sure notes are held down by pedal by holding the note for longer
  • bar 3-4, can be brave with hairpins
  • phrasing increases throughout Canon
  • bar 13, think about balance AND phrasing

Notes 30 Nov

Scales: G# harmonic minor. Fx is F double sharp or ‘G’

Sincerely

  • bar 23, slow with correct timing then build
  • bar 1-8, LH articulation should be uniform. What should it be?
  • bar 22, cresc into RH for falling effect

  • bar 17, echo in RH is soft
  • as a start, a more forceful approach would be good for expression

Canon

  • phrase ALL lines
  • bar 25 phrase inner LH

Notes 23 Nov

Scale: Eb major

Sincerely

  • phrase with character
  • add pedal past bar 9

Canon

  • bar 1-8, LH legato
  • differentiate melody from accomp
  • phrase melody

Notes 16 Nov

  • Melody legato perfectly in 1-8, RH can stand out
  • lift hands exactly together
  • Watch out for rhythm bar 7-8

Notes 9 Nov

Scales

  • Have a go at some of the scales

Sincerely

  • Technical aspects, have a go at them one by one to not overwhelm yourself

Notes 3 Nov

Canon

  • identification of individual lines is critical to a good performance