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Practice Log for 16/09/2011 at 22:06:24

Posted in Captain's Log by elwynrees on September 16, 2011

Really enjoyed all the practicing tonight.

I played through the Hanon Ex7 and it felt relaxed and seemed to flow nicely. Even though it is "only" at 52, I decided to move on to the next exercise No 8, which I also spent 5 minutes on, but at a slow tempo of 40. The Cmajor patterns (ascending triplets with 5,4,3 LH and mirrored descending with RH, which gets the weaker fingers moving. As they have both gone well recently I increased the tempo to 108 (I want them to feel relaxed, comfortable and easily achieved). Tonight I skipped the scales and focused on sight-reading and related tasks. However, there has been a great improvement during this week since my 2.5 month break and the left hand is now much improved.

The sight-reading piece was Bartok’s "Tramp", which was fun with that modal, minor key (?) typical Russian lilt to it. I (sensibly) set the metronome slow enough not to balls it up completely! When sight-reading, I really like finding things like this that are unexpectedly fun or interesting.

I equally enjoyed the Level 2 and Level 3 pieces. The Grieg lyric waltz continues to improve, but really could do with several 15minutes study slots a day.

Just checked the library and there’s several more collections of ABRSM graded pieces (grade 2) ready for collect (more sight-reading fodder), so it’s a trip down town sometime this weekend, I guess.

Total practice time for 16/09/2011 : 85 minutes

Number of tasks: 9

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
17:18 Study : Hanon Ex7 metronome 52 :5 mins
17:25 Study : Hanon Ex8 metronome 40 :5 mins
17:32 Warmup : C major focus patterns for left met108 :3 mins
17:35 Warmup : C major focus patterns for right met108 :3 mins
19:23 Sightread : Sight Reading For Today, Joan Last, Grade 1 :15 mins
19:35 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) – Grade2 – (Best of G2, Willia:12 mins
19:58 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) – Grade2 – (Best of G2, Willia:12 mins
20:33 Pieces : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade3 200506 A1 Passepied :15 mins
20:49 Pieces : Level 3 (Independant +2) ABRSM Grade4 200506 Waltz (alt B) :15 mins

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