Lucy's Practice Diary
What I am practicing:
- Scales, chords, arpeggios
- Bach 1st Partita
- Numa Amei by Zhang Zhao (Chinese folk music)
- two etudes: Chopin 25-2; Rachmaninoff tableau 33-8
Why I want to play:
- 1&4 for RCM level 10 technical exam (aiming to complete in March 2022)
- 2&3 because they sound pretty
What I am struggling with:
- make the technical part(scale and stuff) into practice routine!
- octave scale, 7th chord with inversions, arpeggios
- speed (for Chopin 25-2 and the Chinese piece)
This week, I worked on Bach, Schubert, and Chopin.
Bach Partita1 Gigue: was practicing with right hand playing melody for a whole week, and then when I went to lesson, my teacher and I decided it is better to switch hands, and let the left hand be the flying hand. So it is now a new piece for me to learn.. (this tells me how important to think and try different approaches before spending more time in a piece), trying to play the whole Partita all together.
Chopin: etude, 10-11, it is a piece that I gave up when I first learned it, I thought it is too difficult because my hands are not big. But I eventually learned the whole thing, and benefit a lot from the practicing. I plan to bring to the community concert although it is not a finished product. But as my teacher once said, it is never a finished product.
Schubert: I listened to lots of Schubert and feel closer to him thanks to this community challenge. If I could donate some of my lifetime to Schubert, I would donate a little bit. I have been working on D664. This weekend, being in Schubert mood, my bf and I played D940, but he turned 1 extra page (we always make fun of his page flipping skill), so there's the interruption. Will try to record the whole thing next weekend.
Beside Schubert, I start to work on the rcm technical stuff. Here is the Chopin 25-2, one of the etudes I chose to play for the exam:
1. pedal: generally I can use less pedal, but I have to make sure the pedal covers the first big leap of left hand arpeggio in each measure.
2. wrist rotation: left hand is doing big rotation, right hand should do small rotation. Just by looking at the recording, I realize how much I rely on fingers instead of wrist movement with my right hand. Fingers too high preventing me to speed up.
mainly working on the 2 etudes for exam this week:
trying to move more naturally on wrist especially on right hand;
trying to feel right hand in triplets, instead of 4 note group, so forming a poly rhythm with left hand.
this etude is supposed to be the easiest of all Chopin's etudes, but the more i practice, the harder it gets!
Rachmaninoff etude tableau 33-8:
need to know the notes better, memorize it.
need to separate layers: play the arpeggios softer bring out melody more
rhythm at end of middle section still feels weird..
I haven't updated in the forum for 2 months. Just watched the community concert and reminded me how nice it is to practice with the community.
I was playing the some of the Goldberg Variations, Brahms Rhapsody Op. 79 no. 2, Robert Schumann blumenstuck Op. 19, and some of Clara Schumann. and I finally finished my RCM level 10!
So I am now working on my RCM ARCT, half of the repertoire decided, please welcome to give suggestions:
- List A: J.S. Bach BWV848 prelude and fugue in C sharp major
- List B: I am thinking one of Mozart's sonatas (might be one of D major K284, K311 or C minor K457)
- List C: Clara Schumann Romance op. 11 no. 2
- List D: no idea!
- List E: Marjan Mozetich three pieces for piano 2nd mv: Adagietto (it's pretty I hope to play it in tonebase community concert)
- 2 concert Etudes: Kapustin Op. 40 no.3 Toccatina, the other one not decided, maybe one of Chopin, or Dohnanyi Op. 28 no 5