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!

Analysis of page 3

This entry will be about the analysis of page 3. The below shows how the points are distributed through the page:

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Things that are new in this page would be:

–      Dotted fourth note (determines the duration of the note)

–      Tie (You have to keep pressing the note as long as it is included in the tie)

–      Cresc. Crescendo which means a gradual up rise in the volume of the line.

–      P- Piano which means soft, stronger than mp

–      Poco rit. You slowdown that part to make it stand out

This page uses quite a specific word to show what it necessary to play it, but once you remember them all I think it would be no problem!

Practice of page 2(2)

This entry will be about the practice I did continuing from last week. Personally the last three lines, especially the last two lines were quite challenging.

 

First as usual I started with the right hand. The fourth line was quite easy because the basic shape for both hands were similar to the first three lines. But for some people the little difference may be more challenging, so please be careful and remember them.

But what I had difficulty the most was the fifth and sixth line, because first there are many chords from measure 1, which makes the movement of the hand very complex. But on the other hand the fourth measure for the second last line is same as the line 1, and for the last line the shape changes, but there are no chords so it is easy.

 

Next I practiced the left hand. What changed the most is that for each measure there are four one-fourth notes, which changes the tempo. I think that this part was the most challenging part of page 2, and I advise you guys to practice hard on this part by just playing left hand before combining it with your right hand.

 

Finally, for combining right hand and the left hand again the last two lines were hard because the tempo is different, but after some practice and remember when to play the left hand with the right hand.

Video for P2BH4&5&6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EglwOUeWzj8

Video for P2BHALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OSHI5ml7k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ib0A_aO3q4

 

This will be it for this entry, and I think I am doing well following the action plan and I can feel that my musical skill is improving a lot. Please watch the video, and see you!

Practice of page 2

This entry will be about my practice of page 2 this week. According to my action plan I have two weeks of practice, so for this week I decided to only practice the first three lines of the page, which is half, and leave the rest for next week.

 

First I started with my right hand. For the right hand, I thought that the first measure was quite easy throughout the three lines, because it consisted of less chords compared to other measures. In addition, the basic shapes are same. But for the second and third measure it consisted of several chords and was quite challenging, so my advice would be to concentrate on these two measures for the practice. For the fourth measure, every time the shape is different, and there are chords where you need to press three keys at once, but the difference between the notes are not so big, so I didn’t find it very hard. However, the time you have to rest is different in the first and second line, so at first it may be good to count up the beats in your head or out loud.

 

Secondly I practiced the left hand, and I think the left hand was quite challenging compared to page 1, because it had combination of one fourth and whole note, so you have to keep playing the whole note while playing the one fourth note. This makes the use of fingers quite difficult. Thus, my video for only left hand absolutely ignores the tempo, and just plays the keys in order. But if you remember the order of keys and which keys to press on which part, you would be able to master it.

 

Combining the right and left hand was quite easy, because all of the keys in the left hand matches each of the keys on the right hand. For this page I felt that counting the beats in your head or out loud was quite effective during the practice, because the tempo changes from the first page and the number of notes in one measure is mostly constant.

Video for P2BH1&2&3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI-WfZiTXfU

 

Well this will be it for this entry and next entry will be about the practice I did for the rest of page 2. See you!

Analysis of page 2

This entry will be on the analysis of page 2 of “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Again, below are how the points are distributed:

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Most of the things that you have to know in order to practice page 2 is same with page 1, but there were some new things you would have to know:

–      Andante: Walking tempo

–      Dynamics: mp (mezzo piano) which is louder than pianissimo

–      Bass clef (The keys you press for each notes is different from treble clef, used for showing keys that are out of range of the normal notation). For detail see the website I used in analysis of page 1

–      Symbols for rest (see the website)

 

I guess this is all the things you need to know for starting practice for page 2, and see you!

 

Practice of page 1

This entry will be about the practice I did during this week. This page was quite easy compared to other pages according to my point system, and I agree that this page wasn’t too difficult.

 

First I marked every notes as C, D, E, F, G, A, B, with marking for which one is flat. I started practice on the right hand for first two lines. The basic shape is just playing keys it says in the notation, so after some practice I was able to master it. However, what you should be careful of would be the accent mark that is drawn above some notes. As I said in the last entry you should play these keys little stronger than other keys. I had a hard time remembering which keys has the accent on it, but after finding some pattern I was able to learn it.

Video for P1RH1&2 (Page 1, right hand, line 1&2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aGuveki77k

 

Then I practiced the left hand. Compared to other pages, my friend who can play piano said that first page is easy, because you only have to play your left hand one, or sometimes two times per one measure. This means that simply number of left hands is less, which makes it easy. In addition, for the first two lines the difference between the notes weren’t so big, so the transition was quite easy.

Video for P1LH1&2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMr0QDnE20A

 

Well after learning the first two lines, the right hand for the rest of it was not as challenging, except for the fact you have to play double notes in your right hand. However, the double notes are only between same notes on different octaves, so you have to only stretch your hand to reach the next octave.

Video for P1RH3&4&5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7dbUz_3ZTM

 

For the left hand it was quite challenging especially in the transition between measure 1 and two in the fourth line. This is because you have to change from a chord to chord with both of them you have to play four keys at once. This makes the transition very difficult, so I recommend you to practice only left hand for that part, watching my video.

Video for P1LHALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8hWxbOj_y8

Video for P1BHALL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g21j-G0nMpg

 

The basic shapes were the same throughout the first page in my opinion, but the last one measure consisted of a different shape. I can’t explain it in words, so please see the video and your musical notation and practice. It wasn’t that hard, but sometimes you will make mistakes on which keys to press for the left hand, so be careful.

 

This will be it for this entry, and please see my videos several times to see the details, or just get the overall flow of it! The next entry will be on the analysis of the second page. See you.