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Practice Log for 29/09/2011 at 20:39:58

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

Hanon went well with a tempo increase to 52.

Sight reading: Ecossaise in G by Hassler. Another fun piece! Reading it through I could "hear" the music in my head. It all looked relatively simple (RH), but I didn’t focus enough on the left hand during the preliminary study. This jumps around a bit dropping an octave, but is mostly broken chords (which I didn’t notice during the pre study). That said, it was fun to play and the 12 mins study slot soon turned into a polishing exercise.

It had been a few days since playing the current Level 2 and Level 3 pieces. The Level 2 was rustier and full of mistakes. The Grieg lyric Waltz Op 12 No 2 seemed if anything to have improved.

It’s funny, the first Level 2 piece this time is proving to be tricky (it should only take a week). Today was day 12 of practice. It was full of note errors. But the trickier central section is better following recent focused practice. When starting the previous study cycle (Level 2 was G2 then), the first Level 2 piece was also awkward at first and took several weeks. Hopefully, when this one is done, the others at this level will flow better as happened last time. One of the problems is underestimating how much time they need. The Level 2 1-week piece needing a real focused approach to get it up to speed ASAP. Ideally, it needs an hour or so on the first weekend and several 15 minute study slots daily thereafter (rather than 15mins a day)….. I guess I’m kicking myself that I fell into this trap yet again!

Scales: Skipped again. But a weeks hols starts after tomorrow so hopefully I can get back into these then….

Total practice time for 29/09/2011 : 68 minutes

Number of tasks: 7

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
15:14 Study : Hanon Ex9 metronome 52 :5 mins
15:18 Warmup : C major focus patterns for left met112 :3 mins
15:21 Warmup : C major focus patterns for right met112 :3 mins
16:03 Sightread : Sight Reading For Today, Joan Last, Grade 3 :15 mins
16:38 Sightread : Level 1 (Independant Level) – Grade2 – (Best of G2, Willia:12 mins
17:24 Pieces : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Grade3 200506 A1 Passepied :15 mins
17:43 Pieces : Level 3 (Independant +2) ABRSM Grade4 200506 Waltz (alt B) :15 mins

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