October Practice Reflections

I ask my students to write lesson notes and practice reflections.  I love seeing their comments in writing…

Working on making a beautiful sound in softer dynamics, air support, articulation
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During run through ask yourself “Am I doing this the easiest way possible”
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Let your body freely bridge the passage between your imagination and your lips
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Working on phrasing and bringing character to everything I play; pinwheel concept for breathing; focusing on having no breaks in my sound
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I think I need a clone… so I can multi-task more efficiently
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Still trying to accomplish basic principles we have discussed, and with overall practice, it has seen progress; although, I am still trying to divide my time to initiate better management of what I need to accomplish.
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Easier to play lip slur melodies and tbone craft etudes if I remind myself to look ahead. I think I am forgetting to do this sometimes.
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Getting the lips to be proactive vs reactive
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I found it easier to work on my material due to using this rotation method for practicing
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It’s been an excellent practice week. The idea of simplifying and focusing only on listening, while I’ve heard it before, seems to have helped me considerably this time.
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I think I learned to never underestimate how helpful mouthpiece buzzing can be. I always had an issue when slurring down to the lower register, I never liked the tone and the pitch was unsteady. I made the simple discovery that I was not buzzing the right pitch, I was always too high or too low.
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I managed to translate the last song in my Brahms cycle, and have also spent tons of time singing. Both the translation and the singing practice have been really helpful for developing my interpretation, and I’m hoping to continue that progress.
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