Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I've run across this concept in many discussions about learning music. I'm going to have to think about what sort of goals I could use; for example:
- Play through slowly and carefully, concentrating on rhythm, then concentrating on intonation.
- Identify one or two segments that I stumble over (every time, often, or even once in a while), and work on them (break it down into small discrete parts, play it through slowly, repeating many times, combine the parts, play several times at increasing tempo, etc.)
- Play the piece at slow-slow-slow tempo using a metronome.
- Focus on holding the longer duration notes (dotted quarters, halves, dotted halves, etc.) exactly.
- Start the piece at a random measure, play through to the end and from the beginning back to the start point.
- Imagine performing the piece on stage in front of an audience, making it "real", at tempo, not stopping (or grimacing) regardless of slips.
During our lessons we cover so much material, and talk about so many things, that it's only later that I recall a comment such as the topic of this post. I don't even remember how I answered her. I'd like to record our sessions, so I could go over everything later.
And, another thing: she suggested she would be willing to record the duet parts (and/or the main part itself) of the pieces I am working on, so I can play along at home. But she said all she has is a minidisc recorder; I don't have a minidisc player. I recently downloaded a music recording and editing program called Audacity (which I found through Jennifer's blog, Perfect Fifths). I need to research whether I can use it to record our sessions - and her duet parts - directly to my laptop computer and later save it on CDs, or whatever. I haven't explored the audacity functions yet, to know how to do this nor how much memory would be needed to save an hour's session.
Today we (Y and Z came along!) went to the Kenai Community Library for a Luncheon Concert by the Central Peninsula Youth Orchestra - seven or eight violins, a viola, and a cello - no woodwinds, horns, or percussions. The group played a handful of short pieces. The director commented that the group is actually called the Central Peninsula Youth and Community Orchestra, and that it was open to all ages and levels. The only requirement was that you have to be able to read music.... hmmm.... I wonder when I'll have enough confidence in my abilities to be able to join them. Several months ago, I ran across a fellow cello student, who commented that this group needed more cellists... I figure I might have been able to play half to 2/3 of the pieces (with a lot of practicing beforehand) that they covered today.
I find I often pretend I'm performing a piece, that's often my goal. And I take notes during my classes, otherwise I forget things.
Don't some of the Suzuki books have play along CDs? I don't use them, so I'm not sure, but I thought I saw that at the shop.
(thanks for the mention by the way!)
I plan to bring my laptop and microphone to my next lesson and try out Audacity.
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