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Practice Log for 28/07/2009 at 22:18:53

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on July 28, 2009

Practice Log (version 1.1)

Total practice time for 28/07/2009 : 169 minutes

Number of tasks: 18

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
09:56 Warmup : Richard Meyrick’s 15 minute Finger Workouts :15 mins
10:09 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 1. in bar 31 :10 mins
11:55 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 2. in bar 34 :10 mins
12:10 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 3. in bar 49 :10 mins
12:28 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow Cold play through :6 mins
14:14 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 1. in bar 31 :10 mins
14:24 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 2. in bar 34 :10 mins
14:34 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 3. in bar 49 :10 mins
14:41 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow Cold play through :6 mins
14:51 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Hard Phrase – 1. in bar 31 :10 mins
15:30 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
15:48 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
16:45 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
16:58 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
17:34 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
17:46 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
19:25 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins
19:36 Pieces : Bach Busoni. Awake…. Slow (50%) play through :9 mins

Comment:
Finding it difficult to play through slowly. I keep going too fast. It seems to require effort to pace it properly with plenty of thinking time. But I keep finding that I’ve more than a minute to spare in a 6minute time slot. Guess I should increase the slot to 10 minutes and go for half-speed. I also started to hear voices today, this is a good thing, specifically the 3rd voice that rises out of the chordal harmonies.  If you search YouTube its much more obvious in the original organ version. In Busoni’s transcription, this is the hardest part of the piece IMHO. I started playing just this voice on its own, then trying to make it sing out from the rest (of the clatter in my case).   In some respects I feel I have only just started the piece!

In between intense sessions on the three broken bars I’ve been reading “Practicing Perfection memory and piano performance” by Roger Chaffin, Gabriela Imreh and Mary Crawford. Gabriela is a concert pianist whom Chaffin and his team did extensive study of the learning process with subsequent detailed analysis of video footage. This resulted in a number of academic publication and seems ultimately to have led to this book. The book is expensive, but its on Google books, where you can read a limited number of pages, but this seems to reset on a daily basis. There are very interesting discussions on deliberate practice, and methods concert pianists use to learn and memorise pieces.

Here’s a link:
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=cERugSKx4poC&pg=PP1&dq=gabriela+imreh

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