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Mon 21st Sep 2020

Scales

  • Grade 5 suggested scale speed is crotchet=80. Add G minors too – in melodic, map out your first octave’s finger placement before you start (esp. E and F#!).
  • Dim 7th – try to keep the whole thing at the same speed.

Andaluza

  • E minor warm-up – use a tuner to check the top 3 notes of the scale.
  • Remember that working with a metronome should help you feel more in control, not less! So if you are panicking, try a slower speed.
  • For the first page, play the metronome before you start and really listen to it, imagining the melody and internalising the beat. You can then turn it off.
  • From bar 20, feel the heaviness of the crotchets to help you hold them long enough.
  • Practice the Andantino section with the metronome. Place the bow on the string and count along with the metronome before you start – there’s no hurry, so start when you’re completely ready.
  • Careful of the G#s at the end of 44 and 45.

Fiocco

  • Warm up with a 2 octave G Major arpeggio.
  • Listen carefully for the tuning of your 1st and 2nd fingers.
  • In the middle section (the bit after the coda sign), start by practising it without the mordents. Then play it slowly with the mordents, trying not to let them disturb the rhythm of the semiquavers.

Mon 14th Sep 2020

Scales

  • Practice the shifts before you play the scales as a pre-warm-up, esp. in G major;
  • In E minor, when in 4th position, check tuning of 1st fingers with open strings;
  • G dim 7 – Start with 2 8ves to get the notes in your head. Then when shifting, imagine the notes before you play them. Playing it slowly will help give you time for this whilst keeping things rhythmic.

Andaluza

  • Practice this for tuning, plus 1 8ve higher:
  • Practice with a metronome. You’ll notice your semiquavers can relax a little but that long notes need counting carefully so as not to become too long!

Mon 7th Sep 2020

G Major scale – left elbow swing to help with 4th finger tuning on the way down.

Add G diminished 7th to your scale practice. Maybe start with one octave on your first day, then add the second octave when that’s solid, then the third.

Andaluza

  • Two semiquavers at the start of a bar (e.g. b. 5 and 8) should lead into the next note.
  • Remember to keep counting! This will help you hold long notes for long enough (e.g. bar 9) and help with the rhythm from bar 20.
  • Playing the semiquavers at the end of page 1 slower will calm down the pulse ready for the Andantino section.
  • Practice from b.32 carefully to centre the tuning – think more about the spacing between notes in places of uncertainty.
  • From b.4, observe the dynamics well but careful not to slow down too soon. Don’t forget the a tempo in the 1st time bar.

I’ll send you Fiocco’s Allegro now!

Wed 19th Jul 2017

Your first lesson with me! 😄🎻

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