Pianistic Practice 16-01-2021 to 30-01-2021.

Goals for 2021:

  • Begin studying musicianship (theory with an aural component).
  • Advance to 5th Grade Theory (AMEB).
  • Advance to 2nd Grade Repertoire (AMEB).
  • Memorizing all 24 keys (major and minors).

Objective for this week:
Practice staccatos: Brush the keys, with the tips of fingers–the flicking motion is utilized by the fore knuckle dragging toward you, the player.

Reduce tension for both hands. Equilibrate weight distributed between both. More flexibility.

Feedback:

Right hand: Skims the keys, as opposed to ‘sinking’ into them.
Left hand: Too ‘Rigid’, has lost discernible flexibility. Heavier then the right, due to it being over-strengthened.

Move your thumb over, as you play the next note–not straight away. It ruins the legato.

I must work on both hands, to ensure that the weight/heaviness of both are even and equilibrated. To resolve this, I am told to play very slowly and to sink into the bottom of the keys. Slowly, evenly to build up muscle-memory. Play slowly, and connect each note, slowly. All the while go playfully slow. The fore-knuckles of the finger, at the very tips is where the fingers curve.

I can now play past the black keys, as opposed to keeping at the edge–due to surpassing ‘beginners‘ status.

Technique is of utmost importance.


Misc. Notes:
Piano lunchtime concerts will be held again this April at The Conservatorium… and for that, I am excited. With these, I have also booked in advanced for Mahler, Eroica (Ero-ih-ca) of Beethoven, and a Jazz showcase. As well, there is also an oncoming competition for piano being spread across Australia, in a few cities–due to unforeseen circumstances, who knows if audiences could watch? I hope so. I miss watching pianists, live. ‘Deed I do.

There is also a Tchaikovsky concert coming up, sometime in April.

Music Theory:

+ Terms & definitions.
+ SATB (Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass): memorize.
+ Memorization of technical scale degree names.

Pianistic Practice:

Scales:


(1 8ve Single)
C Major
A Minor
A Harmonic Minor
G Major
E Minor
E Harmonic Minor
F Major
D Minor (The same fingering as C Major)
D Harmonic Minor (The same fingering as C Major)
C & G Major Chromatic scales.

(1/2 8ve Contrary Motion)
C Major
A Minor
A Harmonic Minor
G Major
E Minor
E Harmonic Minor


(1/2 8ve Similar Motion)
C Major
A Minor
A Harmonic Minor
G Major
E Minor
E Harmonic Minor

+Staccato scales.
+Gently Separate 4th and 5th fingers
(Ensure that you’re not playing two notes, at once).
+Move/shift weight whilst playing, for energy efficiency.

Repertoire:

  • Skatchka”
  • “Light Blue”: Hand position changes, and rhythm changes with triplets.
  • Czerny opus 599 & 299 (what many students practice from, at The Conservatorium).

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