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Practice Log for 28/12/2011 at 20:13:09

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

Started making some changes today. I’ve been focussed on ‘technique’ (well whatever that is really), but basically practicing lots of scales and Hanon, the target being to improve my left hand dexterity in particular, and speed overall. There has been progress since last September, but to the expense of just about everything else: sight reading and pieces.

So, I made some changes today. Lowered the tempo of scales. Although I’d just completed two cycles at mm=100, the 1/16th notes were very friable and unreliable. Some scales were very flaky at this tempo and should little progress on the second cycle. The net result being that I backed the tempo back off 100 to 84. I did some tests and found that the tricky scales were much more fluent at this tempo.

I also halved the number of scales in the study slot (down to 15 minutes). So today I made progress on some pieces and did some sight-reading from a method book.

A great session: further task details below….

Total practice time for 28/12/2011 : 76 minutes

Number of tasks: 13

Task details (Time finished, Type, Title, Duration):
16:10 Study : Hanon Ex5 metronome 69 :4 mins
16:15 Study : Hanon Ex6 metronome 69 :4 mins
16:19 Study : Hanon Ex9 metronome 60 * :4 mins
16:23 Warmup : C major focus patterns for left met132 :2 mins
16:25 Warmup : C major focus patterns for right met132 :2 mins
16:27 Study : RH thumb under 1, 2 & 3 fingers 1-to-1 MM=69 :2 mins
16:30 Study : LH thumb under 1, 2 & 3 fingers 1-to-1 MM=104 :2 mins
16:34 Scales&Arps : Chromatic Scales 2-octaves, beginning on C, HS only, 60 :4 mins
16:50 Scales&Arps:Scales 1a – Cmaj, Amin (0) met 84 :15 mins
17:37 Sightread : Sight Reading For Today, Joan Last, Grade 5 :6 mins
17:45 Sightread : Sight Reading For Today, Joan Last, Grade 5 :6 mins
18:01 Sightread : Level 2 (Independant +1) ABRSM Best of G2, Herbie Funky :10 mins
19:53 Pieces : Level 3 (Independant +2) ABRSM Grade4 200506 Waltz (alt B) :15 mins

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