Tammy's Practice Diary

Hi Everyone!

 

Thanks so much for setting this up, Dominic and Hilda. It really helps with the motivation! Here is my current practicing hot list. I categorized them into different buckets as I like flitting between different things; I find that the the variety helps. 

 

[updated March 14, 2022]


PERFORM IN APRIL

- Selected movements from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals

 

POLISH TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM IN MAY:

- Grieg Piano Concerto, entire first movement 

- Rameau: Gavotte et Six Doubles (nail contrasts in the repeats)

- Chopin: Mazurka in A minor opus 17 no. 4 

 

LEARN SOME NEW THINGS:

- Finish the Rach 2 first movement, back half (worked on the first half in a summer program last year)

- OR Stephen Hough's My Favorite Things (maybe? v. cool piece)

- OR Relearn Kapustin's Concert Etude 1 or 6 (learned these 2-3 years ago, not sure what condition they're in today... probably in a terrible state, I found these pieces surprisingly hard when learning them in 2019 and 2020) 

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  • GRIEG STATUS AND PRACTICE VIDEO: JAN 7, 2022

    (1) Animato Passage: Need to clean it up, and urrrrgh need to land the chromatic thirds. I get stuck halfway. 

    (2) Cadenza and Finale — the cadenza is sounding somewhat decent I think.  Need to make the melodic line of the tremolo part build more and sound less bumpy; am still messing up the notes in the low growly LH roar; and need to secure the big final octave passage. 

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    • Tammy Brava!

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    • Tammy Can't wait to hear your progress with this. It is already a solid beginning and the sound is definitely a powerful one for this massive cadenza. Brava! 

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      • Sindre Skarelven
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      Tammy Great video! Will be interesting to follow your progress. It's seems that you have very clear idea of what to work on, and it's already very good. Well done! 

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      Sindre Skarelven Thanks, Sindre! I feel I’m at the stage where I can play it, but not cleanly, consistently. I find this refinement part the hardest to keep at without losing interest or moving on to other things. Learning a brand new pieces is always more fun as I can see the results more quickly and more obviously. Refining is a different case — I find it takes twice the time for less obvious results! 😤

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      • Sindre Skarelven
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      Tammy So true, absolutely agree!  

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  • Tammy, I love this video. I love it because you let listeners into your head with your playing AND comments. It’s exactly what a practice video should sound like in my way thinking. Thank you for this!

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      Monika Tusnady Thanks Monika! Interestingly, I found it quite helpful to say things out loud while making the video — just the act of acknowledging “ok this part is messy/not secure” helped to narrow my focus on the few most important areas I need to practice.  (As opposed to trying to tackle everything all at once, which is so daunting!)

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  • It's so interesting to watch someone who is actually playing the piece, and self commentary at the same time. Thanks for sharing. 

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    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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    I simply love your commentary!  I would have the same technical challenges with this, so you are doing beautifully.

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  • Weekly update - Have not practiced much since last week’s video! ☠️🤡

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  • Week of Feb 7: Have been traveling and not practised at all in the last 3 weeks, eeks! But getting back on the wagon now …

     

    - Just started the first page of Stephen Hough’s My Favourite Things. Love it so much! 

    - Am finding refining the other pieces (Grieg concerto, Rameau’s Gavotte & Variations) a bit of a drag … this is always the hardest part with practising. I love learning new pieces but struggle with the refining stage. 

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  • Did some musical tinkering with the Chopin A minor Mazurka opus 17/4, here is the state of play.

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    • Tammy beautiful

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      Andrea Buckland Thank you! Working on the niggles… 

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    • Tammy LOVE!!! 

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  • I spent the last 2 weeks learning three movements from Saint-Saëns’ CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS. Here is the Royal March of the Lions, where I am accompanied by Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic (hehe!).  I'm not always in time with them...  

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    • Tammy Wonderful!

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