Sunday, October 25, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

I think I may have overcome the mental hurdle I had regarding dynamics in Giga. I really buckled down yesterday and did some work one phrase at a time.  Almost note by note.  Which is what I did today, but my brain could only take 1/2 hour of that before it said "no more".  I need to do some cementing, possibly, after test recording tomorrow - with the right disc - of the dynamics in Giga, as well as the left hand in Berceuse. As well as metronome work with Prelude 2.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Recording was a wash today.  Need to work on Giga dynamics in tiny phrases slowly.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Prelude 2 - pause 2 sec, not 3. go over middle section - remember it's a melody.
Giga- really, really exaggerate phrases and remember it's a dance
Berceuse - left hand needs to be quieter but phrased, beginning in general needs to be quieter, pedal change at beginning A♭.
Recording these tomorrow, fingers crossed all goes well.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Picked random measures and worked on them. 3 in LGR. Then played different pieces to for fun but then to see what I had memorized.  I have a lot memorized, except for various lines in various pieces. So I don't have any one thing totally memorized.

Need to listen to the recordings I made because I made voice notes.
Giga is still boring.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Made practice charts for Chaconne and Prelude 4. And something else. It's hard to think with a headache.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

I've been working on little sections of Impromptu by Lex van Delden because I'm so sick of Giga.  I'm hoping it's a good thing that I'm "setting it aside" for a little while. Hopefully, all the dynamic and musical things will percolate and it will be perfect when I pick it back up again. 

I almost couldn't make myself play today, so I did the CBT thing of "try it for 5 minutes". I lasted longer than 5 minutes, but not by much.  I did play fiddle a little bit after that, and that was fun.  I'm still working on trying to play the notes in tune.

I also sight-read a little bit of Joaquin Turina's Tocata y Fuga arr. Nicanor Zabaleta (thank you, MultCoLib and Vassar College ILL depts) and will probably order it.  I like the pieces and they are arranged REALLY well.  I always wonder when that happens (Dewey Owens anyone?) if the arranger had the same size hands as me, or if they had really bendy fingers like me.