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Practice Log for 30/03/2011 at 22:07:31

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 30, 2011

I really enjoyed practice today! All seems to be going well. I increased the tempo of the Hanon and other exercises (although they remain listed as previously marked). The Hanon was tricky at 84, but the left hand exercise (largely ascending triplets using 5,4,3) was easily doable. As a result I will increase the task metronome settings for these.

The sight-reading was tricky, these pieces in "Making the Grade" (grade 2) get incrementally harder and 6 or so from the end it’s getting a little more tricky and I would not call it "fluent". But hey they are fun (Mike Batts ‘Bright eyes’ today).

I’m really enjoying the two ABRSM “contemporary” pieces. They were meant to take 1 week and 4 or so week respectivelys. They have had around 4 (for grade 2) and 6 (for grade 3) hours of practice, but spread over 3 months on just 16 days or so (largely because of my effectively taking two months off). So I guess the G3 is ahead whilst the G2 behind. I think they will both be ready for recording soon and then it’s time to move on to something new.

Afterwards (and not part of formal practice) I dug out a VIKAGoesWild transcription of Personal Jesus (by Depeche Mode, but a cover of Johnny Cash’s version). This just about killed me this time last year. But the scales, hanon and exercises, seem to be paying off, and having a go again tonight was great. The left hand riff pattern was so much better. The tricky Rock and Roll licks were much more solid. I think I’m going to do some more work on this one as for the first time it feels achievable!!

I think some of the improvement I feel I’m making lately is due to dumping my old CLP-350 and now practicing on a CP-33. I feel less tense (no sticky or broken keys) and it does feel more responsive to play…..

Total practice time for 30/03/2011 : 50 minutes
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Practice Log for 29/03/2011 at 21:34:14

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 29, 2011

The sight-reading piece from the graded book (Making the Grade) was a bit harder today, but fun any how. Stumbled a wee bit. Then after the study slot played through it several times.

The pieces went well and seem to really coming together now.

Total practice time for 29/03/2011 : 50 minutes
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Practice Log for 28/03/2011 at 21:20:00

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 28, 2011

Skipped scales (again), but pieces and other exercises progressing…

Total practice time for 28/03/2011 : 50 minutes
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Practice Log for 27/03/2011 at 22:06:27

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 27, 2011

Hanon went well…

Total practice time for 27/03/2011 : 15 minutes
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Practice Log for 26/03/2011 at 21:52:15

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 26, 2011

Spring seems to have arrived…

Total practice time for 26/03/2011 : 110 minutes
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Practice Log for 25/03/2011 at 22:28:27

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 25, 2011

Lots of fun with a simple sight-reading piece….

Total practice time for 25/03/2011 : 50 minutes
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Practice Log for 23/03/2011 at 22:10:18

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 23, 2011

Nice night’s practice…

Total practice time for 23/03/2011 : 65 minutes
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Practice Log for 22/03/2011 at 23:11:31

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 23, 2011

tricky rhythms….

Total practice time for 22/03/2011 : 65 minutes
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Practice Log for 21/03/2011 at 21:25:47

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 21, 2011

Second day’s practice on the new piano (CP-33)… awesome!

Total practice time for 21/03/2011 : 65 minutes
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Practice Log for 20/03/2011 at 21:29:57

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on March 20, 2011

Hi!

First practice session today on my new CP-33. Took the now dead CLP-350 appart and dumped it down the council recycling plant.

The practice went far better than anticipated and was a lot of fun with no sticking or broken keys to get in the way….

Total practice time for 20/03/2011 : 80 minutes
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