Lesson 4:Guaraldi and Sight Reading

Dec. 14, 2015

Jeff sick, worked with Dirk for the first time.

Pieces Prepared

  • Guaraldi: O Tannenbaum, partly up to speed
  • Guaraldi: Linus and Lucy, up to speed
  • Bach: P&F, all of the Fugue

Pieces Covered and Feedback

Sight reading first from Guaraldi:

  • What Child is This?
  • Christmas is Coming
  • The Christmas Song

Made it through all 3 pieces, still rushing the half and dotted quarters.  Some triplet quarters rushed.

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Lesson 3: Guaraldi, Bach

Dec. 7, 2015

Pieces Prepared

  • Bach: P&F, Fugue, first 2 pages
  • Guaraldi: Christmas Time is Here, up to speed
  • Guaraldi: Skating, up to speed
  • Guaraldi: O Tannenbaum, half speed

 

Pieces Covered and Feedback

  • Christmas Time is Here: work on triplet quarters, keep half and dotted half notes for correct time, cutting too short
  • O Tannenbaum: first look at swinging the beat, bringing out the main voice.

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Lesson 2: Music Theory, George Winston, Liszt, Bach

Nov. 30, 2015

 

Music theory books to take a look at:

  • Music in Theory and Practice
  • Harmony and Voice Leading
  • Theory of Harmony

Pieces Prepared

  • George Winston: Joy
  • Elgar: Nimrod
  • Bach: P&F in C Minor, Prelude
  • Liszt: Un Sospiro
  • Debussy: Clair De Lune

Pieces Covered and Feedback

  • George Winston: better job this week at bringing out the melody
  • Bach: work on the tempo changes in the various sections.  Played at about 90 for first section.  Need to work on speed in last Presto section.
  • Debussy:

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Lesson 1: Play a bunch of pieces

Nov. 16, 2015

First lesson at the Piano institute.

Pieces Prepared

  • George Winston: Joy, first half, 3/4 speed
  • Debussy: Clair De Lune
  • Bach: First 2 pages of P&F in C minor
  • Liszt: Un Sospiro, first 4 pages
  • Elgar: Nimrod

Pieces Covered and Feedback

Mostly listening and observing for this first lesson.

  • Bach: bring out main notes
  • Liszt: Bring out the main upper voice notes over the rolling lower voice.
  • George Winston: bringing out the main theme
  • Elgar: bringing out the main theme, quieter left hand

Notice the pattern here 🙂

There is an adults only recital planned for the end of February, do you want to participate in it?

For Next Week

  • More Bach, George Winston

 

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Lesson 6: Gershwin and Chopin

Jan. 4, 2016

Pieces Prepared

  • Chopin: First Prelude in C
  • Chopin: Raindrop Prelude
  • Gershwin: Prelude 2 (Blue’s Lullaby)
  • Debussy: The Wine Gate
  • Liszt: Un Sospiro
  • Bach: P&F in C minor, Fugue
  • Camelot, If I would ever leave you
  • Debussy: Voiles

Pieces Covered and Feedback

For the three pieces, this was the first lesson covering them.

Gershwin: Prelude 2

Played all the way through a couple of times, up to speed.

  • In the second and fourth pages, need to hold the overlapping dotted quarters and quarters in the sections with 3 voices in the right hand.  Pretty much played them all as eighth notes.
  • In the third page, the hard measure with the triplet quarters with the leading grace notes, for the right hand quarter notes, these are not in time, and the last quarter is sounding like an eighth note.

Chopin: First Prelude in C

Played all the way through, a couple of times.  Almost up to speed.

  • Discussed the oddities around the way this music was written, with the triplets and the 5ths, with them aligning in measures.

Chopin: Raindrop Prelude

Played all the way through, played part of the middle section a second time.

  • Need to work on phrase shaping.
  • Need to work on dynamics in the thunder section.

 

For next week

  • Go over Raindrop Prelude again
  • Play Gershwin Prelude
  • Cover part of Liszt for the Adult recital scheduled for the end of February.

 

 

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