Vienna

Vienna’s Playlist

Goal

  • 3 pieces
  • all Grade 1 scales

24 Nov

Scales

  • curved fingers an area of focus during scales

Mazurka

  • check LH bar 8
  • fluency, are you hearing and setting the right expectations
  • bar 4, crush notes, try to curve fingers avoid accent
  • slow practice improves our brain memory
    • more likely to be consistent
    • more likely to be able to perform under pressure

Minuet

  • same practice methods as above
  • watch 9-12 LH, combine carefully

17 Nov

Scales

  • much better, aim for even scales now
  • see selected scales for new homework

Minuet

  • errors in 9-12, but fixed in lesson. try to get all fluent next week

Mazurka

  • phrasing per slur, graceful ending is important
  • RH melody over LH. LH light
  • watch for errors in last two lines

10 Nov

Scales

  • fingering concentration a hurdle
  • please have a good look at first two scales again 🙂

Minuet

  • decent progress but focus on hands together this week. Goal is bar 10 hands together

A rainy Saturday

  • phrasing, reacting to the height of melody
  • also following dynamic markings
  • to go loud, you must first start soft
  • can you hear how it made the music more expressive?

3 Nov

Scales

  • 4TH FINGER RULE, 4th finger must be correct, then the rest of the scale will be correct
  • DON’T DO 5th FINGER UNLESS AT THE START OR END OF THE SCALE
  • then your scale should be correct
  • don’t do hands together until seperate is correct

Mazurka

  • mostly correct notes
  • have a moderate speed with uninterrupted LH crotchets
  • bar 7 watch fingering RH
  • bar 9 dynamics, start soft

Minuet

  • bar 4 LH G#
  • goal

27 Oct

A rainy saturday

  • LH is still not right at the start 😦
  • this is a mostly quiet piece, LH is super quiet, RH is a bit quiet
  • main aim now, can you get it flowing and consistent. This means the LH has no gaps and always the same speed.
    • this is easier to do if you go slow

Mazurka

  • great first two lines
  • next two lines have LH wrong, read carefully
  • same as above piece, make sure that LH is consistent where you can
    • have a listen to this recording. We can hear big gaps right now!

Please do/bring scales!

New piece: Minuet List A

  • watch for ties! when there are ties

20 Oct

A rainy saturday

  • LH bar 1, check your first note
  • bar 5, watch RH position
  • remember, key to combining is to go slow, and in small sections (4 bars at a time)
  • should be finishable this week

Scales: please do them!

13 Oct

Mazurka

  • bar 9, we have repeated sharps
  • 3rd line we’ve circled notes that have important finger numbers
  • easiest to do hands separately and master before combining
  • bar 15-16 might need to be practiced RH seperate, hardest part!
  • bar 4 check left hand

Scales

  • scales are just getting the letter with the correct finger number
  • important to look up and check if you are doing it for the first time and no guessing!
  • do G major and E natural minor this week, hands seperate

Rainy Saturday

  • master LH first, then RH
  • careful reading of fingering would help
  • try hands separate this week

6 Oct

Mazurka

  • combine carefully this week
  • watch for finger numbers in right hand

New song: Rainy Saturday

28 Sep

Walzer

  • lesson to learn: how to fix things by yourself

Little flowe girl of paris

  • can you apply dynamics
  • can you find repeating sections that shouldn’t be repeated

Let’s Sing a Duet

  • can you apply dynamics
  • can you apply a steady rhythm

Theme

  • can you apply dynamics

15 Sep

Theme

  • general practice
    • avoidance of mistakes is most important
    • can adjust speed to get it right
    • once it is correct, feel free to go faster

Walzer

  • watch the last line, same attention to detail

Little flower girl of paris

Try to present all four pieces next lesson 🙂

8 Sep

Theme

  • try to say letters before playing if unsure
  • keep eye contact up, read before playing, especially when combining

Let’s Sing a Duet

  • bar 6 RH A

1 Sep

Let’s Sing a Duet

  • watch fingering in bar 4 and 12
  • articulation, how long or short a note is
    • staccato – dot, short and not attached
    • slur – line, connected together
  • dynamics, start soft, bar 9 loud
  • rhythm, needs to be constant quavers, start slower and then larger

New song:

18 Aug

Little flower girl of paris

  • make sure ties are not played twice
  • try some dynamics

New song: Let’s sing a duet

Goal: 3 ticks for three songs

11 Aug

Walzer

  • avoidance of mistakes key to quicker learning process
    • feeding brain correct notes like feeding healthy food
  • be careful in the seperate hands stage

Little flower girl

  • LH legato (smooth)
  • RH soft if possible
  • possible to finish this week

4 Aug

Walzer

  • don’t restart too much, always try to go forward
  • line by line, or smaller sections if needed

New: Little flower girl of Paris, try left hand up to bar 18

28 Jul

  • use note chart for reading
  • noterush app

Walzer

  • all F turn into F#
  • right hand, left hand, together

Scale: C major