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Practice Log for 12/11/2010 at 21:47:44

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on November 12, 2010

Level1: Started a new Grade1/elementary collection….
Level2: Worked last weeks G2 piece…
Exercise: Developing an exercise for my Left Hand
Scales: Started cycle 25 around the circle of fifths at metronome setting of 70

Total practice time for 12/11/2010 : 85 minutes

Yesterday I completed sight-reading the 2011-2012 Grade 1 selected pieces. This finished on a whimper as I really did not like the last piece in the collection ("Vampire Blues"). I have another older book of ABRSM grade 1 selected pieces, but I decided to start on Dorothy Bradley’s first book of the "Hours with the Masters" and read and played through the first two, both simple Mozart pieces. A feeling of deja vu, I’m sure I did this book when I was nine or ten, many many decades ago 😉

The metronome is now up to 70 for the first set of the 25th cycle around the circle of fifths. I’ve also increased the task time to 25 minutes. The left hand remains weaker and 4th and 5th need more work. I looked through Czerny, but didn’t find anything suitable (I even flipped through the Chopin etudes looking for a suitable few bars or phrase). Anyhow, the best I found were Hanon’s Ex 5 & 5 (as shown on Lypur’s Youtube channel). But I started building my own exercise, first going up an octave or two in triplets using the same fingering 5,4,3, 5,4,3 etc. Then doing a sixth like the last part of a scale 3,1,2,3,4,5 moving the pattern up over an octave or two. At first the triplets were very tricky, but even one session saw some improvement. The triplet run is very similar to last week’s G2 piece. Whilst the scales are helping overall, in the left hand its 1,2,3,4 that get most, and 5 the least. I find that the last 5 notes of the left hand scales descending are weak and floppy. So this exercise should help, but need care and to not over do it!

Number of tasks: 7

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
17:16 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) – Grade1 :10 mins
17:39 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) – Grade1 :10 mins
18:51 Scales&Arps : Scales 1 – Cmaj, Amin,(0), Gmaj, Emin,(1# :25 mins
20:17 Sightread : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade2 201011 C1 :10 mins
20:27 Sightread : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade2 201011 C1 :10 mins
20:38 Sightread : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade2 201011 C1 :10 mins
20:48 Sightread : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade2 201011 C1 :10 mins

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