My practice has gotten even SLOWER. I revisited some Jamie Andreas’s notes from “Principles of Correct Practice”. She recommends an exercise called “PLAY-2-3-TOUCH”, in which you:
- Set the metronome to 60.
- Lightly place your finger(s) on the first note. Say ‘TOUCH’ out loud.
- On the next beat, play the note and say ‘PLAY’ out loud.
- Count 2-3…
This looks really nice Mark, thanks for posting. I looked up a couple of the pieces on YouTube, here are some of them:
They seem to vary in style quite a bit. Looks like great fun.
Derek Mansen replied to the topic The Truth about the Pinkie – Your Not Gonna Like It in the forum Technique Questions 2 days, 16 hours ago
Hi Donna! I saw your note about Niki’s independence exercise. I decided to write her an email, because I’ve been practicing it for many months now. I’ve copied below, to show my testimonial for the effectiveness of the exercise…
It’s been too long. I saw Donna’s thread about the pinkie and she mentioned your independence exercise, and…
Thanks for posting, Robert! It’s nice to see the progress. We still play the earlier studies to warm up for practice, and the difference is huge.
Here’s to another year of DuoDelphia!
Thanks Donna! You’re clearly a good teacher, because you know how to say exactly what the student needs to hear!
Of course, I know all about slow practice, but I still need to be reminded…constantly! Last night I spent some time doing very slow practice on some measures of the Minuet with great results. The problem is, when I try to move the…[Read more]
Wow has it really been 3 months since posting in here?
Practice has been very slow. The Petzold Minuet is challenging for me – in a way that demonstrates some core issues with my left hand technique rather than just needing to spend time with the piece. Despite practicing daily, I wasn’t making much progress. This week I made a small adjustment…[Read more]
Great question Michael!
I should preface this with: I don’t go every month to our salon. It’s probably every 3rd month. With that said…
My advice (and my own strategy) is to play it by ear. I don’t think you should feel any hesitation about playing the same piece multiple times. We improve over time and it’s great to get to dig in on a piece.…[Read more]
Derek Mansen replied to the topic Robert Guerrero Grade 3 Submission — September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Flawless performance! You can obviously see the hard work that went into this, by how effortless and musical it is. Keep up the great work.
Feeling the pressure from not writing an update for so long. To mitigate that pressure, I’ll write this out quick!
I was on vacation for two weeks in August which made me miss most of the arpeggio challenge, though I did continue practicing those RH studies and the Tarrega Estudio. I feel pretty comfortable with that piece now and am moving on to…[Read more]
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