Jackie's Practice diary

I am practicing Mozart D minor concerto, Bach Toccata in E minor BWV 914, Chopin B flat minor scherzo and Alkan Aesop's Feast at the moment. All of these pieces are at the early stages of learning at the moment, and I am so very excited to share my progress and my frustrations with you guys. Thank you Dominic and Tonebase for providing this wonderful new resource!!!!!

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    • Jackie
    • Jackie
    • 1 yr ago
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    This is learning and trying to memorise and push tempo the first section of the recap. The music is in the file below. I don't find Mozart hard to learn or memorise, so at this stage, the practice is quite productive. If anyone has any suggestions re technique/balance/phrasing/articulation, etc, I would greatly welcome knowing your thoughts. I haven't really given much thought to that yet, but, watching this, I did not like my approach to the LH when it was accompanying. 

      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 1 yr ago
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      You are speed learning this Mozart! Thank you for letting us into your head and into your learning process: it is enriching beyond words to watch and fills me with new ideas. 

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    • Will Green
    • Mystic/Musician
    • Will_Green
    • 1 yr ago
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    Ah, the Mozart! One of my favorites! Cannot wait to hear you play sometime in concert!

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    • Jackie
    • Jackie
    • 1 yr ago
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    Started learning 2nd theme of the B flat minor scherzo. First day was mainly figuring out how to play the left hand. 2nd day starting to sound like music, but very wild. Tomorrow I will try to get it more under control and think more about phrasing, votives that I want to bring out, etc.

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 1 yr ago
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      Jackie how did you do that? You are an inspiration!!!

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      • Tammy
      • TT2022
      • 1 yr ago
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      Jackie Whoa, it's amazing how you did all that in a day! Really incredible progress between the first and second videos.  

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    • Jackie
    • Jackie
    • 1 yr ago
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    Thank you Monika Tusnady and Tammy ! I am super lucky to have recently started zoom lessons with a teacher who makes progress easy by teaching in a very kinaesthetic way, with a strong focus on hand structure and awareness of the muscles of the hands/arms. I sent him the first video and he told me to orient the hand more towards the thumb with straighter fingers for now. I tried it and then it just changed. Working with Alan feels like magic - finally getting the answers I have sought for decades...

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
      • 1 yr ago
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      Jackie what a teacher! To see, understand, and know how to advise from a distance! You are a fortunate lady, Jackie!

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    • Jackie
    • Jackie
    • 1 yr ago
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    Here’s another Mozart concerto update. In this video I am practicing the exposition of the first movement. 

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      • Will Green
      • Mystic/Musician
      • Will_Green
      • 1 yr ago
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      Jackie Sounds great, Jackie! Keep up the amazing work. I can't wait to hear this! :) One of my favorite concertos. 

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    • Jackie
    • Jackie
    • 1 yr ago
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    I was pleased to have made some sudden progress with two short gestures in the Scherzo today… Took me by surprise, really.

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
    • Gail_Starr
    • 1 yr ago
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    I love seeing your practice methodology!  Very cool to feel like I am in the room with you.  Are you planning to do the concerto with an orchestra once Covid is over?

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      • Jackie
      • Jackie
      • 1 yr ago
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      Gail Starr thank you! I wish, but no, I will be happy to play it with my friend on 2nd piano. 

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    • Kerstin
    • Kerstin
    • 5 mths ago
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    Hi Jacki! I have listened to your Chopin Scherzo 2 - absolutely great. Are you a professional Pianist?
    I started with this Scherzo 4 weeks ago and would like to know some fingerings. Bar 554 the right hand and bar 564 the left hand. I don’t like to have the same finger on a fast repetition. 
    Thanks. LG Kerstin 🇩🇪 

      • Jackie
      • Jackie
      • 5 mths ago
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      Kerstin thank you so much! I am a teacher. I decided to challenge myself to really upgrade my piano skills and have been working with an amazing teacher for several months now. He has really taught me a whole new approach to technique. Re those two figures, I play 12432 in the rh as suggested, and I repeated the finger in the left. I think it all comes down to practice strategies. If you like, we can meet on zoom and I can tell you some of the strategies that worked for me in this piece.

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      • Kerstin
      • Kerstin
      • 5 mths ago
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      Jackie Thanks for your answer. I will try. Next 2 weeks I am working a lot, but after the 29.8. I have time. Maybe we can meet. Anyway I will use the diary to challenge my self a little bit. My teacher want to hear the Scherzo on 26.8. - isn’t possible at all. 😅 But it’s still time to working on it. So have a nice weekend. Time difference to Australia is 10 hours I think. It’s crazy. LG Kerstin 🇩🇪

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