Final relfection

Hello, this entry will be the reflection of what I have done in this blog. First I will write my personal opinions on what I felt during the practice, and then I will comment on if my method of analysis was effective for mastering this piece or not.

Personally I enjoyed this project, because I was always thinking that being able to play an instrument was very cool. Also. I think that from this experience I was able to improve my other skills, such as doing something constantly in long term, which may become very useful in the future.

Now I will talk about if the analysis of the piece was effective or not. First the picture below shows how much time I used for each pages, compared to the plan I created before starting my practice.

Dates Which part I should practice How much I practiced
2016/10/31~ 2016/11/6 Page1 Page1
2016/11/7~ 2016/11/13 Page2 Page2
2016/11/14~ 2016/11/20 Page3 Page2
2016/11/21~ 2016/11/27 Page3 Page3
2016/11/28~ 2016/12/4 Page4 Page3
2016/12/5~ 2016/12/11 Page4 Page3&4
2016/12/12~ 2016/12/18 Page4 Page4
2016/12/19~ 2016/12/25 Page5 Page4&5
2016/12/26~ 2016/12/31 Any page if there are parts I have to practice more. Page5

As you guys can see from the table, compared to the plan I made page 2 and 3, especially page 3, took much more time than I expected. This was because for the first two lines, the tempo was very difficult, since it was different from other parts. But basically, I was able to complete the piece in almost two months following this analysis method, so I personally think that this method is quite effective. In addition, my rules are very easy to use for beginners, because you don’t need to know how to read the traditional notation and you can use it for other pieces too.

But of course, there are many other symbols in traditional notation, and are used in other music pieces. So, for some pieces you may want to create few more rules to analyze the piece more thoroughly.

Well this will be it for this entry, and this is also the last entry of this blog. I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, and I look forward that you guys try my method to practice.

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Practice of page 5 (2)

Hello, this entry will be on the practice of the last two lines of the page 5. As I said, I practiced the pedal first, so in this video I am playing the pedal.

As always I started practice on the right hand at first. The right hand included the grace notes, so it was quite hard to play it. However, I had a whole week to practice, and when I thought of it as a one note I was able to master it. The range of notes differences are big, so again you would have to be careful not to slip your fingers and play a different key.

Then I practiced the left hand. But it is just playing the two notes finitely, so it is just a matter of practice, to train the hand to not get tired. For the rest, I think that watching my video is the closest thing to mastering it, so

Video for P5BH3&4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aSz6MVsaSY

Next, this video shows all of the piece with the pedal, and even though it is not perfect I feel satisfied, and I am very glad that I was able to complete this project.

Video for ALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YiELDFGZpM

This will be it for this entry, and I will be doing a reflection in the next entry, so see you!

Practice of page 5

Hello this entry will be about the practice I did in this week for page 5.

First, the first two lines are the continued sets of basic shapes from the fourth page. I started practice on the right hand. The right hand was not too hard, because I mastered the basic shape of the melody completely. But similar to page 3, in the second line I had to play it expressively, so I had to be aware of that, even though in the video I forgot to do so.

For the left hand it was quite challenging, because the shape was quite different from the last page, and the range of notes was big. But the notes itself is simple, so if you don’t make mistakes on which notes to play, after some practice it should be fine.

Video for P5BH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLTvX9rZ8gA

This will be it for this entry, but as you guys may realize I haven’t done the last two lines. I was thinking about this before, but I thought that the last line would sound strange without the pedal, so for half of this week I was practicing the pedal. It may depend on people, but personally I didn’t have a hard time pressing the pedal for each measure. Also, in my own opinion I feel that it doesn’t need to be so accurate, and when you feel the sounds are mixed too much, just press the pedal one more time.

This will be it for this entry, and I will definitely finish the piece next week, so please allow me to practice one more week. See you!

Analysis of page 5

This entry will be the analysis of page 5. As always below show how the points are distributed:

screenshot.189.jpgThen I will list things that are new in this page:

–      meno mosso: Slower than before

–      Piano tremolo: You move your fingers very quickly between two notes

–      Grace note: Extra note added to a note and you have to play them very fast before playing the actual note.

This will be it for this entry, and from next week I will be starting practice on the last page of the piece! See you.

Practice of page 4 (2)

Hello this entry will be on the practice of page 4, continuing from last week.

 

Since I couldn’t practice the left hand last week, first this week I started practice on the left hand. The most challenging part was the first measure in line 3, because it is the only part where it is not a sets consecutive notes. Also the range you have to move your fingers are quite big. Also this part was hard when combining it with the right hand. But on the other hand for the rest, it wasn’t too challenging, because the tempo is very similar to the first two lines.

 

After practicing the left hand, I combined the right and left hand together. It wasn’t a hard thing to do, because mostly for one key of right hand there are also corresponding one key on the left hand. But as I said the first measure in line 3 was quite difficult because the left hand was a new shape.

Video for P4BH3&4&5&6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4T-yupMi-E

 

This will be it for this entry, and personally for the last two weeks I practiced more than normal since I had time, so for you guys it may be better to take one more week to practice page 4 to master it. Next entry will be the analysis of page 5, See you!

Practice of page 4

This entry will be about the practice of page 4. Compared to the look of it (There are so many notes drawn), it is just a problem of playing the same notes again and again.

 

First, I stared practice for the right hand. First I tried to remember the right hand, which for the first two lines,         is the consecutive notes in one measure. It was challenging to play the frequent notes, so first I just tried to remember the notes by just playing the first notes in the measure, counting the beats. When there is a change inside the measure, you would have to play that key once, counting the beats. After you remember the notes, you just have to play the same notes again and again.

Video for P4RH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnjYfHwuijA

 

Then I practiced the left hand for line 1 and 2. Again, all the notes are double chords, and you just have to play it eight times per one measure, so it isn’t so hard.

Video for P4LH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgMMGvhE6U4

I moved to the practice for line 3&4&5&6, which seemed quite challenging. Again the basic shape was the same as pages before, but there many chords. First I drew a line between the right hand key and left hand key, so that I can know when to play the left hand with the right hand in the line 4.

Then I started practice on the right hand. Because for lines 3,4,5, and 6 it is forte, which means to play hard, I had to be careful to play it energetic and strong. For the practice, at first I played it very slowly, and tried to remember the notes. Then I practiced it little faster. The part I found most challenging is the third measure in the last line, because of the transition between F to chords (B,D and F), because the speed is quite fast.

Video for P4RH3&4&5&: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYaj_MlmJdM

 

This will be it for this entry, and for the left hand I didn’t have enough times to practice, so I will continue practicing next week too. See you!

Analysis of page 4

Hello, this entry will be the analysis of page 4, which, according to my action plan this page was the most difficult among the five pages. As always below show how the points are distributed:

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Now I will list things that are new in this page:

–      a tempo: Going back to the tempo at first

–      f: forte, which means to play strong (Loud dynamics)

As some of you guys may realize, in this page there are not much new symbols compared to the other pages, so in terms of this fact this page may be easy, opposing the analysis.

 

This will be it for this entry, and next entry will be on the practice I will be doing this week. See you!

Practice of page 3 (2)

This entry will be about the practice I did for this week, which is the second week for the practice of page 3. According to the action plan I should have finished the practice in this week, but to go straight to the bottom line I couldn’t finish it, because I had to practice the new part and also practice the first two lines at the same time, to not forget.

 

Well but I was able to start practice on lines 3&4&5&6. Again the basic shape is the same as the second page, but there are many chords to the right hand. In the last line the keys you have to play is quite different, so it was hard to remember. Also be careful not to make mistake on flats and neutral symbols. But what challenged me the most was crescendo mark and piano. As I said in the 5th line you have to play a gradual upraise in the dynamics. This was hard because it is gradual, and had a hard time when to change the dynamic a little. In addition, the next line is piano, which means you have to play soft after you played strongly, and sometimes you forget these things. For solving this issue, I played the 3rd and 4th line little softer, too make the high dynamics stand out. Then for the last line I tried to think as going back to the dynamics of the 3rd and 2nd line, and only for the last measure, which is poco rit., I tried to do it very slow as if this part is the end of the piece.

Video for P3RH3&4&5&6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxk_f7s3ntA

 

Then I practiced the left hand. The left hand was not hard as the right hand, because there are four fourth notes in one measure, which makes it easier to practice. What you should be careful would be would be the little difference in the last line, but if you remember that part you will be able to do it.

Video for P3LH3&4&5&6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Nh7vMkasOk

 

For combining the right and left hand, it was doing the same thing as the second page, so it didn’t take a long time to do it.  But the last two measures were different and I had to remember when to play the left hand with the right hand carefully.

Video for P3BH3&4&5&6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ7Q2aNcccA (Sorry that the video is upside down)

 

This will be it for this entry, but again I couldn’t master page 3, so I would be continuing my practice next week too, even though it is against the action plan. See you!

Practice of page 3

This entry will be on the first week of practice for page 3. Personally, I kind of felt that this page may be the most challenging among the pages, even though this opposes the results of my point system. So, compared to other pages I took more videos so that you guys can practice easier and can understand the piece more.

 

First I decided to practice the first two lines, because they had a different shape compared to the rest of the page, which was similar to the basic shape in page 2. If you marked all the notes you would have noticed, but for these part you have to press the left hand keys in between two right hand keys, which makes the tempo unique and challenging. In addition, there are lots of ties so you have to be careful of the duration of each notes and also the transition, how you use the fingers.

Video for P3RH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EquN0oyTMBY

 

It took quite a long time to master the right hand, but I was able to practice left hand too. As I said, since you have to play a key between two keys for your left hand, it is not easy to just practice with only your left hand, so it would be easier to practice it together, slowly at first. But somehow I managed to record only left hand which will be in the video below:

Video for P3LH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8zZE_pSCp8

Video for P3BH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsoQcQLOLDM

 

This will be it for this entry, and it is kind of short but please forgive me, because this part was really challenging and I even asked my mum and friends to help me a little. See you!