Friday, April 17, 2015

Doing a practice practice session was moderately helpful. I know I'm not at all prepared musically for next week's practice performance. And my camera defaulted to 2:30 video, instead of 29:00, so I got nothing useful there, either.

Things to remember: hands ON lap, stand needs to be low enough to make eye contact with people, need harp dolly to move harp, need to arrange seating?, need to ask audience for feedback on how to place music stand and harp for best results, need to rearrange my set list.  Other things: maybe wear makeup and nicer clothes. Hair up or down is fine.

My harp sounds much nicer in my living room.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Need to listen to Pavane Fuga and Folk Song before doing any more work.

Edited more of Siciliano. Est. 2 more edits before ready for mastering.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Picking a repertoire is hard: I forgot all about the mechanics of page turns - what happens if the music falls off the stand, what to do in between songs so I'm not fumbling around for an uncomfortable amount of time.

I also found I get tired and start sighing, as well as decreased engagement with the music.

I need to record and listen to everything I will be playing. Everything.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fuga sounds best when phrasing starts quiet and slow, builds, then ends the same way. No real pauses, just breaths.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

I need to play Pavane with ALL the chords slowly broken.

Working on Fuga 2 lines at a time, did 6 today. Slowly and jumping 4 clicks from 54 to 126.

Last measure of Folk Song maybe needs a slow approach, too.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pavane chord work better when rolled more. May need to muffle some notes so pedal changes are covered. But I have to listen to the recording first to know for sure.

I'm modifying Folk Song to play single notes instead of octaves because I can't play it otherwise, due to elbow issues as well as my harp having no room in the upper registers for my huge hands.

Fuga needs constant work.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Listened to recording of Pavane.  It sounded better than I thought, but then there were other things I didn't notice, like I tend to speed up without the metronome, and don't take enough space between phrases.  I think it's a good thing I scheduled myself to record it 5x.

Sort of got another measure of Folk Song I.