Monday, October 28, 2013

Final post

This blog was created as an ancillary to By Heart: how to memorize music. Since that blog is done for now, this blog is also done.

That doesn't mean that I've stopped practicing!

For more information on the purpose of this blog, click here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

10/25/13

Goals

  • 17.1-2 15' play only
  • 17.4 10:15 @84, lmks and find optimal
  • Bach III & IV 15:25 @70
  • Bell 15:5 (play first) all @60
  • chamber 15' #3
  • organ 10'
17.1&2
  • 18'
  • do again 15' before moving on
17.4
  • 84:60
  • next x 5:15
chamber
  • 15'
  • next time 3@75
  • and do 1&2
  • total 20'
organ 
  • as planned
Bell
  • played 20' (only)
  • do same next time, no mental wk
skipped Bach. Do tomorrow?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

10/23/13

Goals

  • Bach I & II, 15:25 @70
  • Bell play 15:5@60 all
  • 17.1 4:20 all
  • 17.4 10:10@84 lmks only
  • organ 10'
  • chamber 20'
Bach
  • 11:25 very good!
  • next time 15:25 III & IV
Bell
  • 15:5
  • do same again
Organ 10'

17.1
  • as planned
17.4
  • as planned
  • next time play 15:5 @89
next time: play 17.1 and 17.2 for 15'

Chamber
  • next time do 3rd 15'

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

10/22/13

Goals

  • pull back on Couperin; make sure 1 & 2 are settled before going on
  • 17.1 mental; play lmks; play tempo metro; play no metro 5:20
  • 17.2 same as 17.1 5:15
  • Bach IV 10:20@70
  • Bell p1 only 5:10
  • chamber 15'
  • organ 15'
Bach
  • 12:25
  • next time: I&II 15:25 @70
tune Postie

17.1
  • as planned, do same tomorrow
  • 39:52
17.2
  • 3.5:15
  • ok: give this a rest, go to 17.4 tomorrow
Bell
  • as planned @62
  • do all next time by lmks, play 15 then mental 5
Chamber 15'
  • #3@75
  • next time figure #1 first
Organ

next time: chamber 20'; organ 10'

Friday, October 18, 2013

10/18/13

Goals

  • 17.1 10:15@39, leap lmks
  • 17.2 play only, lmks@62, play 78, play, 15'
  • 17.4 5:10@84 leap lmks
  • Cto I:II 10:20@70
  • Bell 5:10, p1 only
17.2 as planned
  • next time: mental 5', lmks 78, play no metro 10'
17.1 as planned
  • next time: 5:20 mental@39; play lmks@39; play tempo metro; play no metro
17.4 as planned
  • next time do 10:10@84
Bach as planned
  • not perfect, but move to IV next time
skipped Bell

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/16/13

Goals

  • Bell 15:5@62
    • play, look at all lmks
  • Look at Couperin 1st edition
  • 17.1 10:15, all @39
  • 17.2 approx 10' mental/lmks/play tempo/play no metro
  • 17.4 start 10:10 find lmks, metro
  • Bach I: II @70 10:20
  • orch: play Bach, tune
Bell
  • as planned
  • next x p1 only 5:10
17.2
  • as planned, 11'
  • next x at inst only for phrasing and LH articulation
  • do lmks 62, play 78 then play, total 15'
17.4
  • 10:10
  • next x 5:10 @84
  • leap lmks only
Cto
  • as planned
  • need to do this again
17.1
  • as planned
  • do same again, but leap lmks

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10/15/13

Goals

  • Coup 17.1, 2nd 1/2
  • 17.2 finish
  • Cto I: III
  • Bell
  • chamber 20'
Coup 17.1
  • 8:15, B section @ 39
Bach I: III
  • 10:20@70
  • next time: do II
Amore
  • 20'
  • next time: metro #3; figure 1&2
Bell
  • 5:10@62
  • next time: start playing 1st, 15:5, add all lmks
17.2
  • 10:15@62:78
  • next time: 10' total
    • mental62
    • lmks62
    • play78
    • play no metro
  • & start 17.4
Next time: look at Couperin MS

Monday, October 14, 2013

10/14/13

Goals

  • Coup 17:1, 2 8:15 (see yesterday's goals)
  • Bell 5:10, but start w. playing, use metro
  • Cto I: I, 10:20
  • orch, approx 20'
Bell
  • played first (10:5)
  • @62
Cto I.I 19:18 @70
  • next time do III @70
17.2 10:15 @62
  • just about ready to go; do one more day
  • establish optimal tempo
17.1 8:15
  • tempo 39:44
  • next time do B only
Orch work: done; do chamber tomorrow

10/13/13

New repertoire/goals

  • Only one totally new (solo) piece at a time. There's plenty of previously learned, high-quality repertoire to put to memory.
  • Always one concerto at a time, but can be "new."
  • Couperin 17.1 & 17.2d 25';
  • Bell 2nd prelude 20'
  • Cto I (I) 30'
  • orch/chamber 30'
Goals
  • Couperin
    • two mvts, add lmks, tempo 10:15 each
  • Bell 10:10
  • Cto I: section I, 10:20
  • orch, if time
17.1 8:15
  • determined lmks, worked on A lmks starting pts
  • next time: A section only, est. metro
17.2 8:15
  • @62
  • worked all lmks; this will come easy
Bell 5:10
  • p2 lmks
  • next time, establish metronome

Saturday, October 5, 2013

10/5/13

Plan:

  • mental work by lmk/metro
  • play tempo/metro
  • doing in three 1-hour groups like yesterday, but start each group with harder pieces
10:30-11:30: part I
1-2: part III
3-4: part II

Friday, October 4, 2013

10/4/13

Did 3 one-hour sessions:

  • 9:30-10:30 (E Bach, Scar, Tic)
  • 11:15-12:15 (Handel)
  • 2:15-3:15 (Scar/Bach)
For each:
  • mental work w/metro
  • check landmarks or play slow lmks
  • play w/ metro
Do same tomorrow!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

10/3/13

Did as planned: played recital program, each half preceded by 5' meditation.

Issues:

  • tempo check in K513
  • attention lapses: C# fugues; Passacaglia; E fugue
  • real lapse: sarabande
  • note check: K461
  • K517 too fast? TicToc too fast?
Tomorrow
  • mental work all
  • quick lmk check
    • slow play lmks only on "fast" stuff
  • a tempo w/ metro

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

10/1/13

Did
  • quills
  • goals of yesterday
Scar/Bach 1.15
all Handel 1.05
Scar/Tic 1.00

Next time:
  • play recital informally
  • check tempi before playing
  • take good notes and make corrections

Monday, September 30, 2013

9/30/13

Did

  • play thru program
  • mental work Bach and the only trouble spot (Handel sarabande)
  • then played Bach
    • slow lmks
    • play metro tempo
Did a lot of work today, although untimed.

Tomorrow:
  • each piece
    • mental in order
    • slow lmks
    • play metro tempo
Fix quills

Friday, September 27, 2013

9/27/13

Goals

  • do all mental work straight thru in 40' intervals
  • then reassess
  • no playing today?
Did all of Pt1 in c.43'.
  • C# P&F, C Fugue difficult (mentally)
Did Pt 2 in 30'
  • E fugue same difficulty
Solution: go back to alternating A/B pattern of last week.

Then played all Bach slow metro/lmks only. 36'
Played thru C# P&F 10'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

9/25/13

Played through recital for guest. Moral of story is that the head needs to be unclouded before playing. Pre-performance conversation proved a distraction; this was not a problem in the 2nd half, as there was no distraction. All in all, very nice!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9/24/13

Goals

  • play thru program by segment
  • work each segment for problems
Scar/Tic 10'
  • tempo check, Scar pt. 1
  • Tic a little weak in starting couplets
Bach 24'
  • did some tempo work in C#
Hand 30'
  • good
  • did overture again to stabilize transitions and cadenza
  • did andante A again to stabilize endings
Harm/E 21'
  • played fugue 2x due to lapses
Scar 14'
  • ok
Then played entire program with 5' meditation before each half.

Friday, September 20, 2013

9/20/13

Took yesterday off. Continue this week's current pattern for next two sessions, then reassess.

Make one change: work mental start to finish (not by landmark).

Scar/Tic: 20' (play)
Bach: 43' (mental/play)
Handel 36'
Hrms/E 33'
Scar 18'

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

9/18/13

Play thru program w/ 15' intermission

small lapse in C# fugue
a little uneasiness in C fugue

All else pretty solid. Resume practice pattern tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

9/16/13

Goals

  • Sections to work
    • Scar/Tictoc
    • Bach
    • Handel
    • Harmonious/BachE
    • Scar
  • Change of plans from last week. Do:
    • A: mental/play no metro
    • B: slow lmks play/play tempo metro
Scar/Tictoc 19' B

Bach 41' A

Handel 36' B

Harm/Bach 32' A

Scar 20' B

Notes
  • Overture needs slower tempo
  • Bach E might need slower tempo
Tomorrow: do same, alternated.
Wednesday: play program

Friday, September 13, 2013

9/13/13


  • changed quill
  • Scarlatti: 38'
  • Bach: 50'
Planning for next week:
  • the problem: some pieces need to be played in relation to each other
  • but I'm still confirming tempo & technical
  • ...memory is very good, though
Next week:
  • alternating by sets of pieces
    • slow lmks/play metro tempo/play sans metro
    • mental work w/ metro
  • alternate by recital sections through full cycle
  • then reassess approach

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/12/13

Goals

  • woke up this morning wanting to do no mental work (unlike what I planned)
  • so:
    • play lmks slow
    • play metro tempo
    • play sans metro
  • see if I can get through entire program in order
Hour 1
  • Scar - Bach C, c, C# (minus sans metro)
Hour 2
  • C# sans metro, Handel
Hour 3
  • Harmonious, Bach E, Tic Toc
Next time
  • start by replacing E plectrum
  • then remaining Scarlatti, done the same way
  • develop practice format for the day and next week

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/13

Goals

  • finish Handel/Scarlatti
  • develop system for non-trouble works
Handel
  • Sarabande, Gigue, Passacaglia
  • 30'
Scarlatti: 45'

Not a very full practice day, but I'll be better for it tomorrow and Friday.

Continue through full, strong-focus cycle & reassess on Monday.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

9/14/13

Goals

  • continue through program
  • mark trouble movements
    • those will be done daily in full
    • non-trouble will be done less; system in development
Bach
  • C# & E, 1:05
Handel
  • Blksmth 17'
  • Overture, Andante, Allegro 30'
TicToc, 10"

Monday, September 9, 2013

9/9/13

Goals:
  • prep recital rep by:
    • mental lmks slow metro
    • play lmks slow metro
    • play optimal metro
Handel
  • remaining two from last time: Andante, Passacaglia
  • 30'
TicToc: 13'

Scarlatti: 50'

Bach
  • 45'
  • did all but C#, E
At end of session, did some free playing of movements.

Next time: continue, but start to mark problem movements

Friday, September 6, 2013

9/6/13

Back to the grind.

Goals

  • TicToc: mental lmks/metro & play 1x
  • 60' work recital Bach: mental/metro/play
  • Bell 5:10 last 2 lmks
  • Cto I section IV 7:15@70
  • c# fugues 10 (focus lmks):10 (play lmks): 10 (play)
Tictoc
  • as planned
  • good!
  • next time: metro play lmks & play for phrasing
Recital
  • this took 90'!!!
  • next time need to establish slow mental practice tempi
Based on the quality of the Bach and this recital coming down the pike, I need to revise today's goals.
  • focus only on recital for near future
Handel
  • 60'
  • did all but Andante/Passacaglia (do that next time)
  • established slow tempi for mental work
next time: finish Handel; do Scarlatti: bach to Bach

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Summer Summary

On the eve of a long weekend, here's what's what:

Memorized this summer:

  • D Major P&F WTC I
  • Bach d minor concerto: II & III
  • Couperin Tic Toc Choc
  • Couperin Les barricades
  • Bell: 3rd Prelude & Fugue
Still giving trouble:
  • c# fugue WTC I
Restarted
  • Bell 2nd Prelude
On Hold
  • c# prelude WTC I
All in all, not a bad summer.

Goals now:
  • Bell 1st & 2nd Preludes/Fugues
  • bring all of d minor concerto up to speed after October recital
    • then put to sleep and being another concerto
      • A major?
  • finish c# P&F
    • then start d minor
  • one or two more Couperin
    • then begin L. Couperin suite?
    • or Rameau pieces?

8/29/13

Goals

  • TicTic 2x
  • Cto I: IV 7:15@70
  • Cto II: 10:15:72
  • Bell: last 2 lmks 10' mental; play last lmk 5'; fingering penultimate lmk 5'
  • c# 15:15@46, focus mental on lmrk starts
  • recital: part I, reverse lmks w/ metro + 5:5 C Fugue slow
Cto I
  • as planned
  • do same next time
TicToc
  • as planned
  • next time: mental in reverse & play 1x
c#
  • as planned
  • next time: 10 mental lmks; 10 play lmks; 10 play 
  • all @46
Recital I
  • as planned, but skipped C Major study
  • need to rethink strategy
  • next time: 60'
    • mental all Bach lmks; play
    • then do all Handel
    • then all Scarlatti
Bell
  • good work
  • next time: 5:10, same sections
CtoII
  • as planned
  • Done for now!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

8/28/13

Goals:

  • Play TicToc 2x
  • recital: part IV w/metro
  • Cto I: part III 7:10@70, mental IV 10'
  • Cto II: 10:15@72
  • c#: 15:15@46
  • Bell Prelude 10:10
TicToc
  • as planned
  • do same next time
Cto I
  • as planned (no metro on IV)
  • next time: IV 7:15@70
Bell
  • did 5:5, last lmks only
  • next time: 5' mental last two lmks; 5' play last; 5' write fingering for penultimate lmk
Cto II
  • as planned
  • next time: last time!
  • do 10:15@72 again
Recital
  • as planned
  • next time do I w/ reverse lmks/metro
  • plan 5:5 for Bach C Fugue at slow tempo
c# fugue
  • as planned (played straight thru)
  • next time: mental lmks, focus on starting points & play 15:15 @46

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8/27/13

Goals

  • TicToc: play 20' + play at end of session + play for JAM today
  • Cto I: 7:20@72 (III)
  • Cto II: play 25@36, write m. #s, note problem spots
  • c#: play 30@46
  • recital: III w/ metro
Tic Tic
  • as planned
  • after playing for JAM today, just play daily & start Bell II
Cto II
  • as planned
  • @72 to quantify fast notes
  • very, very close: next time 10:15 @72
c#
  • as planned, went over 5'
  • next time: 15:15@46
Cto I
  • as planned
  • next time: 7:10@70 and add IV mental 
recital III
  • as planned
  • next time recital IV

Monday, August 26, 2013

8/26/13

Goals

  • Handel: play w/metro, c.30'
  • Cto I: 7:15@70, section III
  • Cto II: 20:10@46, focused mental study
  • c#fugue: 25' play only @46
  • TicToc: 7 lmks@86 : 15 play (no lmks); focus on IV's
Handel
  • as planned
  • next time do 3rd part of recital
Cto II
  • as planned, but @36
  • next time: 25' play, note problem measures @ 36
  • write in measure #s
c#fugue
  • as planned, went off-clock/metro to play again
  • next X: do 30' @ 46, just play
Cto I
  • as planned
  • next X: 7:20 @70
Tic Toc
  • awesome: play for JAM this week
  • next time: just play 20'

Friday, August 23, 2013

8/23/13

Goals

  • Cto I: section I 7:10@70 + section III mental 10'
  • Cto II: 10:20@46, focus on lmk starts
  • TicToc: 20' play lmks/play @86; look at primary sourse for repeats
  • Recital: c.30', settle encore, play 1st 1/4 w/ metro
  • c#: 10:10@ 45 (1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4) & 10' lmks in reverse
TicToc
  • as planned + played 1 more time
  • next time: 7:15@86, mental lmks; play no lmks
  • pay closer attention to subdominants
  • this will be the encore
Recital:
  • did as planned
  • C Fugue needs slow& mental work
  • next time: reverse lmks w/metro + mental C Fugue/slow
c#
  • as planned, but 15' reverse lmks
  • next time: play only 25'
  • get this damn thing together! whew.
Cto II
  • as planned
  • next time 20:10
  • landmarks need focused mental study
Cto I
  • as planned, but did only 7' on III
  • next time: 7:15 on III, metro 70

Thursday, August 22, 2013

8/22/13

Goals

  • Cto II: 10 (no metro):20@46, focus on lmks, starts & differences
  • TicToc 7:10@86 (lmk & play)
  • Cto I 10:20@70, section I
  • c# 10:15@45, 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4
  • recital: remaining works set optimal
Cto II
  • did as planned
  • do same again, but focus more on lmk starts
Cto I
  • did as planned
  • next time: section I 7:10
  • and add section III 10' mental only
TicToc
  • as planned
  • next time: play 20'
    • start w/lmks @86
    • then play for phrasing
  • check source for repeat signs
c#
  • did as planned
  • next time: do same 10:10 and then play lmks in reverse 10'
recital: established optimal for Scar, E P&F, Blksmth
  • next time: confirm encore, set optimal
  • play optimal first quarter of program

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

8/20/13

Goals

  • Cto II 10 no metro:20@46, add lmks
  • TicToc: no mental, 25' lmks/play 86
  • Cto I play by large section, note trouble spots, establish metro
  • c#fugues: play only, 30', add remaining 2 lmks
  • recital Bach: establish optimal
Cto II
10 no metro: 20@46
  • did as planned
  • took notes on form, added lmks
  • very close: do same again, keep analyzing
TicToc
  • did as planned
  • next time: 7:10 @86
  • keep working lmks
  • almost done!
CtoI
30'
  • didn't find particular trouble spots @60
  • did backwards lmks by big section @70
  • Plan: perfect each big section before moving on
  • next time: focus on section I
c# fugue
  • 30' by lmk @45
  • next time: 10:15@45 but only do 1.3, 1.4, 2.3, 2.4
Recital Bach
  • established optimal for C, c, C#
  • next time: Harmonious, E P&F, C Scarlatti

Monday, August 19, 2013

8/19/13

Goals

  • c#: 25@45 from lmks, play only
  • TicToc: 10@55 then wk @86 15'
  • Cto II: no mental play, play from lmks 25'
  • Cto I: 30', mental only, review last study
  • 30' start review of Handel Ste, find optimum performance tempi
Cto I
30'
  • reviewed noes from last year
  • reanalyzed, added letter lmks, outlined based on last year's work
  • did mental work @60
  • next time: play by section based on large outline, identify trouble spots
c# fugue
25'
  • did as planned
  • then played off clock
  • next time: add 2 remaining lmks, play only, 30'
TicToc
  • did as planned & played an addt'l 5'
  • next time: no mental work, 25' lmk/metro + play
  • almost ready to go
Handel
30'
  • found optimum tempi
  • next time: do recital Bach
Cto II
  • as planned, found optimal 46
  • start first with this next time
  • next time, start working away (no metro), add lmks, 10:20 (optimal)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

8/13/13

Goals

  • recital rep
  • scarlatti
  • tictoc 10:10 @ 55, play 1x @ 86
  • c# 12:15, rethink practice tempo
  • Cto II, 15@65 + optimal, add lmks
  • Cto I, if time/motivated
TicToc
  • 10:10 @ 55; focued on starting points
  • then played no metro/@86/then worked @86
  • next time: 10@55 then work @86
c# fugue
  • 14:15 half-note 45
  • next time: play only from lmks 25' @ 45
Scarlatti
  • played
recital rep
  • worked slowly
Cto II
  • 15 @65: 15 optional
  • added early lmks
  • next time: no mental, play only to work out different lmks
Scarlatti
  • played again, no mental work
*will continue to skip Cto I till recital is over

Monday, August 12, 2013

8/12/13

Goals

  • Scarlatti: play slow; mental work; play
  • TicToc 10:10 @ 55; play 3x
    • make sure to work landmark starting points
  • Cto II: 15@55; 15@ optimal; create mid-lmks
  • c# fugue: @65 12:15, focus 1.3 & 1.4
  • Cto I: 20' review last study; mental work only
TicToc as planned
  • 86 seems optimal
  • played 1x, too sloppy
  • next time 10:10 @ 55, play 1x @86
  • needs more lmk starting points
Scarlatti
  • played slow metro; played a tempo metro; mental metro
Cto II
  • 15@55 + 15 optimal
  • added more lmks, very helpful
  • next x add lmks to pre-ostinato front ends
c# fugue
  • 12:15 @ 65
  • needs faster tempo for mental/play; much too slow for reality
skipped: Cto I; with concert on Thurs, may not get to this till Friday...keep scheduling, though

Friday, August 9, 2013

8/9/13

Goals

  • 1. start w/ perform Scarlatti
  • c# fugue: wk unknown lmks 10' at keyboard; then 10:10 @ 65
  • Hovhaness 5'
  • Cto II 15:15 (55:65)
  • Cto III 40' A-Z mental @ 65; play @96...LAST DAY!
  • TicToc 10:10 @55, know start of each lmk
  • Scarlatti: mental & play lmks
Played Scarlatti

Hovhaness 5'

c# fugue: 
  • did as planned
  • next time focus on 1.3 & 1.4 (2.3 & 2.4 remain)
  • do 12:15 @65
TicToc
  • 10:10 @55, know start of each lmk
  • went overtime to play 1x
  • next time:
    • 7' mental, know start of each lmk @ 55
    • 10 @55, lmks
    • play 3x, no metro (find optimal) 5'
Cto II
  • 15:15 55:66
  • next time: mental 15 @55; play 15', find optimal
Cto III
  • as planned
  • DONE FOR NOW!
  • next time: start Cto I
    • review map/log from last time
    • mental lmks & play lmks (by group?)
Scarlatti
  • mental & played
  • next time: play slowly! landmarks!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

8/8/13

back from short vacation
GOALS

  • <30' Bach Vln Son; Handel
  • 50' Cto III, mental A-Z @ 65; play lnmks @ 75; play A-Z
  • 30' Cto II 15 @55: 15@65
  • <30' Scarlatti: mental 10', play lmks; play
  • 30' c# fugue 15:15 @ 65
  • 20' TicToc 10 @ 55 : 10 no metro/lmks
TicToc
  • 10 @ 55 :10 played lmks w/metro
  • could use some straight playing sessions
  • for now, get mental work to know lmks cold, then do some playing
CtoII
  • 15 @55: 15@65
  • c minor section a little weak
Cto III
  •  mental A-Z @ 65
  • lmks are solid, so played A-Z @ 75, then 92, then 96 (optimal tempo?)
  • review one more day, then put to sleep & start Cto I
Scarlatti, Handel, Bach Vln: as planned
  • tomorrow, no Bach/Handel, do Hovhaness (5')
c#fugue
  • as planned
  • next time work unknown lmks @ keyboard
  • then work mental
  • then play

Monday, August 5, 2013

8/5/13

short practice session today

Goals:

  • Cto III, 50', mental A-Z, play lmks
  • Scar, c.40', mental/play lmks/play no metro
  • Bach vln sonata: 1x slow w/ metro
Cto III
50'
  • mental A-z @ 65
  • the issue isn't the lmks; it's differentiating them
  • therefore, played A-Z @75
  • need to identify "wrong turn spots"
  • played A-Z again @ 85, wrote down wrong turns
    • E, J (running notes)
    • J, L (cadences
  • E & J have running notes in 2nd half; L does not
  • J is not deceptive/does have open cadence
  • L is deceptive/has closed cadence
  • then played one more time, no metro (optimal tempo?), off clock
  • really, really, really almost there!
Scarlatti
  • did as planned
Vln sonata
  • played slow w/o metro

Friday, August 2, 2013

8/2/13

Goals

  • play Scarlatti, work landmarks
  • TicToc 15 @ 55: 15 @ optimal tempo
  • c# fugue 5' mental work on unknown lmks
    • then 15:15 @65
  • Cto III play groups @75 then play thru, 50'
  • Cto II 15 @ 55 : 15 @ 65
Cto III
50'
  • groups @75, then play thru
  • having trouble getting from landmark to landmark
  • next time, do mental A to Z
  • then play landmarks @ 75
c# fugue
  • did as planned
  • then went off-clock to play thru
  • next time 15:15 and play thru at end
TicToc
  • 7:23 instead of goal
  • 7 @ 55
  • played landmarks @ 55
  • didn't find optimal, but worked at 80
Cto II
  • as planned
  • next time, play first, then do mental work
Scarlatti
  • played thru and checked metro
  • these are ready to go
  • next time do 10:15
*forgot to start other recital work; schedule this next time

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

7/31/13

Goals

  • Scarlatti: mental (lndmks/metro) then play (no lndmks, just start metro)
  • TicToc 15:15
  • c# 4:4 x 4
  • Cto II 15:10
  • Cto III play lmks/tempo 50'
Cto III
50'
  • groups @75
  • played thru @75
  • do same next time, then back to mental work
Cto II
  • 15 @55 ; 10 @ 65
  • next time 15:15
TicToc
  • 15:15 @ 55
  • next time 15 @55 : 15 @ actual tempo
c# fugue
  • 4:4 x 4 @ 65, up to latest landmark
  • then played off the clock
  • not a good system, better to do 16:16
  • next time do 5' unknown lmks
  • then 15:15 of known lmks
Scarlatti
  • mental (lndmks/metro)
  • play (no lndmks, just start metro)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

7/30/13

Goals

  • Scarlatti: untimed, mental work, a tempo
  • Tictoc 15:10
  • c# fugue 15:10
  • Cto II: 15-20', mental onlly
  • Cto III: 25:35
  • Friday: start remaining recital repertoire
Scarlatti
  • K 27: mental & play @ optimum by landmark
  • K 461: mental & play @100 by landmark
  • K 517: mental & play @ optimum by landmakr
  • then play all three, starting w/ metro just to check tempo
Cto I
  • 25 @ 65 : 35 @ 80
  • then played thru @104, probably too fast to be optimum, considering QRS
  • next time: no mental, just play landmarks 80 and play thru (pick faster tempo)
Cto II
  • 15' mental only
  • next time: mental & play 15:10
TicToc
  • 15:10 @ 55
  • then played off the clock a tempo
  • needs 15:15
c# fugue
  • 15 @60:10@65
  • next time do 4:4 by page, by landmark

Sunday, July 28, 2013

7/28/13

Short session today. Played through some memorized repertoire, several times, plus c# fugue.

Played Barricaded & Bell #3 for JAM. Went well, can be put to sleep for a while. (D P&F can as well.)


Saturday, July 27, 2013

7/27/13

Goals

  • Cto III 30:30
  • Cto II 20:0
  • TicToc 15:10
  • c# fugue 15:10
  • Scarlatti: find optimal tempi
  • if time: Bell #3
TicToc
15:10
  • continue like this one more time, then reassess
Cto III
25:30
  • 25 is enough mental work
  • mental/play by group
  • do same again, then reassess
c#fugue
15:10
  • mental @60
  • play @65
  • going strong!
  • did some mental work on 1.3 and 3.3
Cto II
20:00
  • @55
  • next time 15' should be enough
Scarlatti
  • K27 65 mental/play, optimal: 86
  • K461 90 mental.play, optimal 60
  • K517 80 mental/play, optimal 126
Didn't do: Bell, Barricades, D P&F

Friday, July 26, 2013

7/26/13


  • Goals:
  • separate mental work from playing work
    • 2:1 or 3:2 ratio
    • use timer
  • start Scarlatti for 8/15 recital
  • Suggestions;
    • c# fugue 15:10
    • Cto III 25:20
    • Cto II 20:10
    • TicToc 15:10
    • Bell #3 10:5
  • start each day with list of goals
c# fugue
15:10
  • 15: metro 60, only did "known" landmarks (1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2)
  • 10: @65
Cto II
20"
  • mental work only
  • did all landmarks
  • next time, mental only, work each landmark separately
  • don't bring this to the instrument until it is "heard"
Barricades
  • mental landmarks @75
  • played
  • still needs mental work
TicToc
15:10
  • @55
  • all three couplets
Cto III
25:
  • @65, by grouping
:20
  • @80, by grouping
  • this ended up taking 30'
  • next time, devote full hour to Cto III @ 30:30
Bell #3
fugue: mental & play
prelude 10:5

Scarlatti: all mental & play
  • K 27 @ 65
  • K 461 @ 90
  • K 517 @ 80
  • next time: establish optimal tempo for all
skipped D P&F


Monday, July 22, 2013

7/22/13

Juggling too much new repertoire right now, especially with a recital coming up. Reduce current learning list to Concerto II & III; Bell #3; c# fugue; Tic Toc. Keep playing-through Barricades & D P&F.

When Bell #3 is set, add it to play-through rotation. Don't resume other works till Concerto I, II, III is well underway. Deadline for concerto: 9/15.

played Barricades & D P&F

Concerto III
45'

  • logged times thru @ 80
Q 1; R 1; S 1; N1 1; N 1; K1 2; K 3; I1 1; I 1
A, D, F, G, J, L P, T: 1
B/C 1; E 2; O 3; P 1
H 2; M 3

Concerto II
30'
  • added all sections
  • visualize first before playing
TicToc
25'
  • @55; did 1st and 2nd couplets
Bell Fugue
5'
Bell Prelude
25'
  • very close; just work memory/play
c# fugue
very unfocused practice; needs serious visual work

Goal for next time on all pieces: separate visual work from play work with a 3:2 or 2:1 ratio.

Start Scarlatti (recital)

Friday, July 19, 2013

7/19/13

Concerto III
40'

  • groups @80, log times through
H 3x; M 3x
B/C 2x; E 2x; O 3x; P 1x
A 1x; D 1x; F 2x; G 2x; J 3x; L 2x; P 1x; T 1x
I1 1x; I 2x; K1 3x; K 3x; N1 1x; N 1x; S 1x; R 1x; Q 1x
  • do same next time
c# fugue
25'
  • work each landmark from memory then play
  • 2.1 1x; 1.1 1x; 3.1 2x; 4.1 2x; 1.2 1x; 2.2 2x; 3.2 2x; 4.2 3x+
  • do same again, starting with 3x+ landmarks
Barriacades
  • mem landmarks
  • play
  • repeat and end of session; play for JAM later today
DMaj P&F

Bell prelude 3
15'
  • worked each landmark from memory then played
  • going very well
Bell fugue 3
  • no metro, mem landmarks & play
Bell prelude 2
10'
  • ok, added final landmark
c# prelude
15'
  • work each landmark.play
  • 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
  • do same next time, add another landmark?
TicToc
20'
  • @55
  • did 1st and 2nd couplet, too unfocused
  • next time, assure the 1st couplet before moving on, slow & steady
Concerto II
10'
  • LH A&B
  • RH A&B
  • then together
  • good: add D next time
finished by playing Barricades

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7/16/13

Barricades
5'landmarks away
  • then played
  • do later in session
D P&F: played 2x (1st x was sloppy)

Concerto II
10'
  • Rit & B bass to start
  • then added RH
  • RH alone and together
  • do same next time
c# prelude
15'
  • 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3
  • do same again
Bell fugue
10'
  • 63 mem
  • play lmks 45 & 63
  • play no metro
  • do same tomorrow
Bell Prelude III
15'
  • away and at
  • next time: focus only on C till learned
  • sloppy; this should be learned by now!
Bell Prelude II
10'
  • work A again
  • be patient!
Tic Toc
20'
  • landmarks @ 55: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.3
  • next time: confirm same before going on
Barricades
  • played again 2x
Concerto III
47'
  • mapped sections
Group 1: A,D,F,G,J,L,P,T
Group 2: BC,E,O,P
Group 3: H, M
Episodes: I, I1, K, K1, N, N1, QRS
  • played groups @ 80
  • next time, do same, about 35' should do
  • log # of times for each, as done before

Concerto I
  • played to review; it's been a long time
SKIPPED: c# fugue

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

7/16/13

Tic Toc
20'

  • worked landmarks at inst @55
  • make sure you know each landmark before moving on
  • very easy to be impatient with this one
c# prelude
15'
  • 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, added 1.3
  • confirm these before moving on
c# fugues
30'
  • worked away w/o metro
  • then played landmarks @65
  • next time: work one landmark away then at; do this for each
Bell prelude III
12'
  • away & at
Bell prelude II
10'
  • established landmarks
  • fingering for phrasing
  • play evenly till notes learned
Barricades
12'
  • mental landmarks, then play
  • very good!
Played D P&F

Bell fugue 3
10'
  • 63 away and at
  • 45 played lndmrks
  • good to go
Concerto II
10'
  • did Rit, A, B
    • B is Rit in d minor
  • next time: do LH of Rit & B before adding RH
Concerto III
7.30'
  • K1, K, I1, I @ 60
18'
  • away: landmarks @ 60 in reverse
19'
  • played through @ 80
Next time: 
  • map out sections/variations at start and end of sections
  • rehearse this in groups, as opposed to landmarks
Day off tomorrow!



Monday, July 15, 2013

7/15/13

New repertoire: Bach d min concerto II; Bell 2nd Prelude

Bell Prelude
20'

  • ABCDE &F --all landmarks now underway
  • next time: 12' (only) away and at instrument
  • start prelude #2
Played D Maj P&F

Concerto III
30'
O 2x
N1 1x
N 1x
M 2x
L 1x
K1 2x
K 2x
I1 2x
I 2x
  • Did all 2+ from last time @60
  • then played entire mvt quickly w/o metro
  • next time:
    • play I, I1, K, K1 @60
    • work landmarks in reverse away from inst @60
    • play forward; choose faster tempo w/ metro
    • time session instead of setting timer
Concerto II
10'
  • chose landmarks and analyzed form roughly:
Rit (g) ; A (g-c) (bass line is same as Rit till final m.; B (c-d-Bb); C (sequence-c); D (sequence-g); Rit (g)

Barriacades
  • forgot to play for JAM yesterday
  • played 3x today
  • need to review landmarks away from inst before playing next time
c# prelude
15'
  • good...added another landmark
c# fugue
30'
  • worked away, metro 65
  • played w/ metro 65
  • added 3.3
  • two landmarks to go: 1.3 & 2.3
Bell fugue
10'
  • 63 away and at
  • then really slow w/o metro
  • do this again
Tic Toc
25'
  • work away, no metro
  • metro 55, play landmarks, added 1st couplet
  • played landmarks w/o metro to find patterns
  • next time need more committed discipline to learning landmarks

Saturday, July 13, 2013

7/13/13

Freeform practice, c. 20'

  • Played Barricades & Bell fugue multiple times
  • Bell: needs slow work away @ at next week, only 10'
  • Barricades: looked at 1st edition for repeat sign question
  • play Couperin for JAM tomorrow
Bell prelude
15'
  • ABCD, added E
Played D P&F

c# prelude
  • 1.1, 2.1
  • added 2.end
Tic Toc
15'
  • looked at 1st edition for 3eme couplet issue
  • 50 too slow; 60 too fast; try @55 next time
  • next time 25'
  • started 2nd couplet
  • next time start away & look at patterns in RH and LH
c# fugue
25'
  • metro 65
  • next time 30'
concerto
30'

S 1x
R 1x
Q 1x
P 1x
O 2x
N1 2x
N 1x
M 3x
L 2x
K1 3x
K 3x
J 1x
I1 2x
I 2x
  • next time 30' only
  • do all 2x+ 
  • then decide how to go on for the week, etc.

Friday, July 12, 2013

7/12/13

Bell Prelude
15'

  • ABCD
  • next time add E, maybe F (end)
Bell Fugue
15'
  • metro away 120 & play 120 landmarks
  • play 120 and a tempo (no metro)
  • excellent shape; next time just play for phrasing
D P&F
  • played 1x
Barricades
10'
  • just played, no mem work
  • play Couperin and Bell Fugue at end of today's session
Concerto
45'
S 1x
R 2x
Q 2x
P 1x
O 3x
N1 2x
N 2x
M 3x
L 3x
  • worked I1, I, K, K1; all going well
  • next time add I-K1 to rotation
TicToc
15'
  • didn't compare this to original ed.; do this next time w/ Barricades
  • @50 rondeau & all of third couplet
  • add another couplet next time
c# Prelude
15'
  • p1 and p2, top landmarks
  • add another next time?
c# Fugue
25'
  • metro 65 away and at
  • added 4.2
Reviewed
  • Bell fugue: not so good
  • Barricade: fine

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

7/9/13

D P&F
  • played, even though not planned
  • went well yesterday playing for JAM
  • will continue to review this to keep it in the fingers
Barricades
15'

  • will be ready to play for JAM this week
  • did as planned, do same next time:
    • landmarks w/ metro
    • play for phrasing
  • couplets need more expansiveness
Concerto
45'
S 1x
R 4x
Q 3x
P 1x
O 3x
N1 2x
N 2x
  • worked I, M, K
  • created I1 and K1
  • next time, add L & M to rotation
  • keep up same work till I, M, K fairly stable
Tic Toc
15'
  • metro 50
  • did rondeau, 3rd couplet
  • next time: refer to 1st edition for errors (barricades, too)
Bell Fugue
15'
  • did as planned
  • just about in the same place as Barricades
  • next time: 
    • a tempo metro away from inst
    • play slow landmarks metro
    • play slow metro
    • play tempo (no metro) 
c# Prelude
  • established some landmarks
  • work: top of p1 & top of p2 landmarks
c# Fugue
  • metro 55, solidify landmakrs
  • keep working on established sections till secure
  • try faster metro next time
Didn't get to: Bell Prelude

New Repertoire

Adding:

  • Couperin: Tic Toc Choc
  • Bach: c# prelude (WTC I)
Semi-retiring
  • Bach: D Major P&F (WTC I)

Monday, July 8, 2013

7/8/13

Concerto
45'
S 2x
R 4x
Q 3x
P 1x
O 2x
N1 4x
N 3x

  • then worked I, M, K
  • next time: do same
c# fugue
25'

  • worked landmarks away & at inst., metro 55
  • do same next time to solidify current landmarks
Bell prelude
15'
  • did A, B D, added C
  • good--review the same again, possibly add E
Bell fugue
15'
  • landmarks away & at instrument, metro 120
  • played with a tempo metro 2x and w/o metro 1x
  • next time: play (not away) w/ and w/o metro only
D P&F
25'
  • played 2x
  • then worked landmarks away w/ metro
  • played 2x
  • will play at end of today's session and later for JAM
Couperin
25'
  • did landmarks away & at, metro 85
  • worked to crystallize landmarks
  • next time: 15' only, away w/metro & play for phrasing
D P&F
  • played 2x

NEW PLAN for next time:
  • Barricades: only 15'
  • D Maj P&F: let rest next time, then bring back, just to review (no more than 10'/day)
  • add c# Prelude
  • add TicToc

Sunday, July 7, 2013

7/7/13

D Maj P&F
25'

  • metronome landmarks- away & at inst.
  • they played a few times for phrasing
  • will play this for JAM tomorrow and (hopefully) be done with it for a while
Couperin
25'
  • did as planned (landmarks away & at @ 85)
  • played 2x for phrasing/memory
  • landmarks & memory needs to crystallize
  • next time: do same thing
Concerto
45'
  • did as planned (played each landmark @60)
    • instead of grading each, made chart listing # of times played (higher number = less known)
T 1x
S 3x
R 4x
Q 2x
P 1x
O 4x
N1 3x
N 2x
H 2x
G 1x
F 1x
E 2x
A-D 1x
  • worked on M & I, introduced K
  • this week: 
    • solidify N-T
    • learn I, K, M
  • should be good to go by end of week
Bell Prelude
15'
  • worked A, B, D
  • add C next time
Bell Fugue
12'
  • landmarks away & at instrument, metro 120
  • played a bit, too
  • do same again
At this point, Bell Fugue & Couperin should be ready to play for JAM by start of next week.

c# Fugue
25'
  • worked landmarks away & at inst., metro 55
  • added 3.2
  • (current landmarks: 1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

7/3

I need a day off!

Couperin
20'

  • visualize w/ metro 85
  • play landmarks metro 85
  • do same next time
Bell fugue
12'
  • visualize w/ metro 120
  • play landmarks metro 120
  • do same next time
Concerto
45'
  • work B & C grads @ 60 (see last time), about 3x each
  • added LM, IJ w/o metro
  • next time, play each landmark in reverse
    • grade each one
    • repeat low grades
c# fugue
  • visualize
  • work landmarks
  • next time do with metro (away & keyboard)
Bell Prelude
15'
  • good progress
  • next time add another landmark or to
Skipped today: D Maj P&F

I need a day off (or two)!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

7/2/13

D Maj
20'

  • play landmarks w/ metro a tempo
  • no away from inst
  • then play for phrasing/interpretation
  • next time
    • do mem work away w/ a tempo metro
    • then play for phrasing
  • not quite ready to play for JAM
Couperin
25'
  • just played, no memory work
  • next time
    • back to visualization w/ metro
    • need to confirm landmarks away & at instrument
Concerto
35'
  • at 60, working landmarks in reverse order
section - times played - grade
T 2x A
S 3x C
R 3x B
Q 3x C
P 2x B
O 3x D
N1 3x C
N 3x B
H 3x B
G 3x B
F 2x A
E 3x C
D 2x A
C 2x A
B 2x A
A 1x A
  • next time, move to 45'
  • begin work on all C and B grades
  • add new section at each end
c# fugue
25'
  • started second landmarks on pp1 & 2
  • next time start away from score
Bell prelude
15'
  • began work
Bell fugue
10'
  • started away from inst
  • played landmarks @ 120

Monday, July 1, 2013

7/1/13

Goals this week:

  • perform D Maj P&F for JAM, then retire for a bit
  • finish Couperin & Bell fugue
Concerto
30'
  • started w/ O
  • N-end @ 60
  • reviewed (1x) A-H
  • no new sections till those are solid
  • next time: work landmarks in reverse w/ metro only
Bell
25'
  • started away from instrument
  • in really good shape
  • did 120 eighth note by landmark
  • next time: begin prelude
Couperin
25'
  • started away from instrument
  • played landmarks w/metro 85
  • then played
  • next time: work interpretation/phrasing only; just play, memory will come
c#Fugue
  • slow and steady, worked pp1-4 landmarks
  • almost ready to add more landmarks
D P&F
  • 68/68 seems to be optimal
  • worked memory and played landmarks w. metro 58
  • almost ready to go; keep playing for phrasing
Next time: 
  • minimize work on DMaj
  • add Bell prelude, 20'
  • Bell fugue, minimal as needed
  • add a new piece?

6/30/13

6/30/13
C# P&F

  • proportion: 72 (dotted quarter) to 72 (quarter)
  • played for church service; will now drop from practice
D Fugue
  • played for church service, went well


Friday, June 28, 2013

6/28/13

Bach c#
25'

  • continue as w/ yesterday; added p.4 landmark


Concerto
30'
metronome 60

  • A-H
  • P-end
  • both of above are fairly solid
  • just started work on O
Couperin
25'
  • pretty set
  • start away from instrument next time
  • next time: solidify everything
Bell
20'
  • started w/ middle section, in pretty good shape
  • next time: start away from instrument first
  • almost good to go
Bach D & C#
30'
  • metronome 60 away from instrument
  • metronome a tempo playing landmarks
  • C# needs new proportional tempo marking (quarter to quarter, instead of dotted quarter to quarter; this will allow faster prelude and slower fugue)
  • D tried 68/68
  • D is just about ready to go; finish early next week & play for JAM

Thursday, June 27, 2013

6/27/13

Concerto
30'

  • did everything with metro @60
  • PQRST
  • ABCDEF
  • started O
  • this is getting exciting! (working memory with metro is a really good idea)


Bell
25'

  • contact composer for correct metronome marking
  • worked landmarks 1-2-3 and last three; one section to go!
  • b minor section: should be one or two landmarks?


Couperin
25'

  • started away from instrument
  • checked first edition for repeat signs
  • worked entire piece/individual landmarks @ 50


Bach C# & D
30'

  • slow metro w/ landmarks
  • then play through with metro a tempo (see yesterday)
  • 70 works for the D Maj (especially w/o metro to allow phrases)
  • C# metric proportions may not be right
  • next time: work away from inst. w/ metro
Bach c#
  • p. 1: worked first two landmarks
  • p.2: created/worked first landmark
  • p.3: created first landmark, played a little



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

6/26/13

Couperin
25'
  • start with last couplet
  • next time, start by working away from the instrument
Bach: C# and D
set stopwatch to see how much time it takes: 54'
  • work landmarks away from inst
  • play landmarks w/metronome
    • C# Prel: 60; Fugue: 60
    • D Prel: 70; Fugue 8th note 70
  • Play a tempo w/metronome
    • rough tempo sketch:
      • C# Prel 65, Fugue 86
      • D: P & F @ 72 (fugue too fast? prelude too slow?)
  • note: proportional tempo formula for C#
    • 65/3 = 86/4
Bach c#
25'
  • see yesterday's notes
    • revert to two landmarks at opening, instead of one for all entrances
  • all initial subj/answ semi-learned
  • future work:
    • do top of each page to start learning, instead of start/end/start/end
Bell
25'

  • first two landmarks stabile; last two stabile
  • began third from end
note: maybe this is a reason to put letters on landmarks...although I know what I mean...

Bach Cto

  • ABCDEF
  • PQRST

Current repertoire


  • Couperin: Les barricades mysterieuses
  • Bach: D Major, WTC I
  • Bach: c# minor (fugue), WTC I
  • Bach: d minor concerto, 3rd mvt
  • Bell: 3rd Fugue
Review
  • Bach: C# Major, WTC I (for church service this weekend)