Monday, March 2, 2015

Got all the pedal markings in O'Halloran's book.

I thought my elbow was healed, but I did something else to piss it off, so now it's hurting again.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Trying to relearn Solfeggeitto by KPE Bach and I'm getting now that it's just the same pattern repeated in different keys. I also need to play it more evenly. Do I need to make a practice sheet?

Also trying to work on the problem measures in Automne on 2nd page. Not sure why the transition from line to line is so difficult to have stick in my head. Got tired trying to play it 5x well and let myself not work on it as hard as I could have.

Got Dennis O'Halloran's book of piano solos and wrote in a lot of pedal changes.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prelud Intimes

I. Pay more attention to the space and relax on tempo.
II. RH can be quieter, it really carries over the lower strings. Pay more attention to LH melody.
III. Get quiter and slower at rits and decrescendo more evenly.
IV. Learn the notes!
V. Ok to leave out.

Friday, February 20, 2015

So I figured out what I can't do on the harp, which is very quick, loud 3-1-2 turn-arounds, which rules out Tambourin and Rigaudon until my tennis elbow is better, and pushes recording and performing off to... sometime in the future. I was pretty depressed today, probably a combination of the weather and the above, and other things.

But! I just remembered I delivered Zarabanda to my engineer for final editing and prettifying, so that's something.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Oh, and I thought of some advice for myself: the whole "polishing a piece" process is new to me, so it's probably going to take the same amount of time and concentration to get that process faster as it did to figure out how to learn pieces faster, ie a LOT.
My tennis elbow has turned into a hand problem now, too. My elbow hurts less.

Trying to play Tambourin with my eyes closed to see if I can get better accuracy. It's sort of working.

Memorizing Fuga is easier than expected, but it goes out of my memory quickly.

I figured I'd do a little work on Pavane, since I pretty much already know it, and get that out of the way recording-wise, but I need to be organized about my work in order to undo the bad version of the chords in my hands that was cemented there in my younger days.

Rigaudon is actually close to ready to record, too.  It would be great to get all those out of the way, then I'd only have two pieces left, and whatever redo's I want.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Upon reviewing the video of me, I mostly look very surprised to see music in front of me.  I need to relax my jaw and lips - maybe wear lipstick a few times as a reminder. I also need to pay more attention to the harp and the notes I'm playing - lean into them. I don't know how else to describe it. Ugh, no fake smiling, either.

Next time aim camera to get hands and move light more toward front.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Came up with a set list, finally, but I need to add about 10 minutes.

Also, video recorded myself. It is sobering.