Musician's Process Daily Journal

9/29/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, and B major grand scales, as well as with first 6 exercises of the Hanon Virtuoso Piano Book

Did some research on Piano history, types, models, etc... also did some unit 4 research

Changed fingering for a portion of the Riders on the Storm solo at the start, much smoother fingering

Played through Mozart's Fugue in D Minor, fixed a problem with the left hand at bars 42 and 43, worked on dynamics and fast runs, and altered tempo throughout to make it more accurate to the prescribed speeds

9/30/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 4 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Completed unit 4 assignment

Sight read about 25 pages from a Schubert voice and piano book - favorite piece: Erstarrung

practiced performance of Fugue in D Minor, made some minor mistakes at the end, solved left hand problem on last page during the fast part, almost ready for performance

played through Sonata in A minor

10/1/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Explored wikispace jazz piano section, did some more sight-reading from Schubert

10/5/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Practiced Mozart Fantasy in D Minor, watched videos of performance of the piece, started to change feeling of piece to more accurately represent the style of the time-period it was written, less pedal, less range between piano and forte, a little cleaner in general

looked through more of the jazz piano section

10/6/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Explored Unit 6 resources and links for most of the period

Practiced Fantasy some more, becoming more comfortable with the classical style instead of a more romantic / impressionist style like I normally play with

Began writing a new song in Bb Minor, figuring out a chord progression and basic voicings

10/7/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Practiced Fantasy, focusing on correctly voicing rests, metronome work on faster part at end

Sight reading from 100 Song by the Masters for High Voice

10/8/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Practiced Fantasy's faster runs in rhythms, finger independence and distinct voicing of each note, watched videos of performance of Fantasy and of Claire de Lune, focusing on seeing correct technique

Sight read more from 100 Song by the Masters for High Voice, focusing on steady tempo without slowing for anything

10/9/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Ran through Fantasy a few times

Learned 8 new bars in Claire de Lune, watched a video of Clair de Lune performance on youtube

10/13/09

Taiko drumming

10/14/09

Taiko drumming

10/15/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Prepared pieces for lesson in Bennington, ironed out some new problems in Fantasy, changed a few fingerings

Clair de Lune worked on a few stylistic problems, worked on rolls at end of first section and velocity through the melody

10/16/09

Out sick

10/19/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Completed Unit 5 assignment, worked on Fantasy with teacher's suggestions from previous lesson, note length, at fast left hand part at end have left hand serve as a "metronome", watched more videos of performance

Sight read from 100 Song by the Masters for High Voice pages 40-48

10/20/09

Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Learned another eight bars of Clair de Lune, changed a few fingerings in the runs on the left hand, less stretch more crossover because crossover is inevitable, worked on velocity in left hand with metronome

Sight read from 100 Songs by the Masters for High Voice 48-57

10/21/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Ran Fantasy about a dozen times, then worked on right hand upward chromatic scale with a metronome, focusing on connecting notes, velocity moving towards final note, playing each note distinctively, keeping fingers bent and in control and close to the keys, worked on adding more pedal changes and having a much shallower pedal, shorted sustain of notes

Sight read 57-67

Jazz jam on Blue Moon chords

10/22/09

School cancelled

10/23/09

School Cancelled

10/26/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Played through Fantasy, finally got most of problems sorted, correct style, focus on ACCURACY and CONSISTENCY

Most of time spent on Clair de Lune, very distinct change of style from how I was playing it before, more dreamlike, MUCH lighter, more free in rhythmic expression, making melody seem like one line instead of separated notes, auxiliary notes much less important, almost not distinctly voiced

Sight reading 67-74

10/27/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Played through Fantasy again, relaxing shoulders, straight back, straight forearms with curved fingers, FINGERS play notes instead of arm, press notes with finger strength

Clair de Lune learned another four measures, worked on speed with metronome, first 2 pages or so are good and accurate, still need to work on highlighting the melody more, one straight line, end of second page and third page need a LOT of work getting them up to tempo and fluid

Sight reading 74-80

10/28/09


Warmed up with C, G, D, A, E, B, and F major grand scales, and first 6 exercises from Hanon Virtuoso

Played through Fantasy and Clair de Lune up to point known, relaxed playing, MELODY

Sight read 80-95

10/29/09

Studied for AP Calculus Midterm. Sorry Julie! I was stressed.

10/30/09
Don't worry........be happy!
Plans for the future for 'independent study'.......
Include all 'gigs' in journal as well: calliope, etc.
Also, when the Debussy is ready let's plan on sharing it with the music history class.
Oh yeah, you should check out the musician's process unit 6 information and reflect on in this journal space. Good stuff.
And another thing........you should fill out rubrics that each student in the class created in their unit 2 portfolios. Good stuff.
THANKS-Julie