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