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Practice Log for 07/09/2010 at 22:18:56

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on September 7, 2010

Practice Log (version 1.1)

Total practice time for 07/09/2010 : 82 minutes

Number of tasks: 5

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
06:52 Sightread : Sight Reading for fun, Peter Lawson – Vol 4 Grade3 :10 mins
19:58 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) :10 mins
20:46 Scales&Arps : Scales 2 – Dmaj, Bmin,(2#), Amaj,F#min,(3# :17 mins
21:16 Pieces : Personal Je… whole piece slow play thrus :30 mins
21:58 Pieces : Personal Je… Bluesy break 4 over main riff :15 mins

A good practice session this evening: sight-reading, scales and the current piece. I’m enjoying the variety and the almost recuperative feeling sight-reading simpler pieces and method books provides. The scales are coming along as well, when I started back in May the metronome was at 60 and playing 60 and 120 notes per minute. Now I’m up to 108 and playing 108 and 216 notes a minute (2 notes per click). This seems to be gradually and gently improving my left hand dexterity in particular.

I printed off another copy of the score for Personal Jesus and divided it into thirds of around 25 bars each, which I’ve marked on the score. I played through at a metronome setting of 80 and marked sections where the notes aren’t correct. I increased the tempo in stages to 108 and marked further sections. I then had a 15 minute session on the almost rock and roll chord sequence (my learnt by-ear version has a -very- different left hand), drilling it to correct the left hand. So the target for the pieces is to get all the notes correct at 80 then start a process of polishing the joins and conjunctions between sections then increasing the tempo.

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