QUOTE(Solari @ Jul 4 2010, 11:52 PM)
Hi saxophile, I find your comments interesting - you seem to be on a similar study track to me, but you're going about it in a completely different way.
I'm avoiding scales and arpeggios like the plague, but tackling them in the pieces that I play in the form of runs and large spread chords/arps in context of the piece.
I have the Czerny book but haven't touched it. My teacher hasn't really suggested any more technical studies apart from the basic Hanon, and I'm beginning to wonder if she should be (not sure where the time to do them will come from if she does!).
I think my teacher's decision to try me on Czerny is a response to a number of factors peculiar to me:
- I suffer from an ingrained belief that I "can't" play fast [the belief stems from years of struggling with fast pieces as a child - I don't actually know whether it's correct or not, or whether I was simply never taught how to practise properly to attain higher tempi]. Since this is hindering my progress on both piano and sax, it clearly needs to be addressed as a priority. In contrast, I don't find expressive playing, dynamics etc, a problem, so these skills are more developed and can therefore be allowed to "tread water" for a while whilst my dexterity catches up.
- I don't particularly like trying to learn new / improved techniques in the context of a piece (or to put it another way, I want to learn a piece because I want to play it, and not because it'll be "good" for me). Possibly because of my lack of confidence in my ability to play at speed, I never seem to "want" to learn fast pieces
- I also find it easier to work on skills in isolation at first - so trying to up the velocity whilst also paying attention to dynamics, touch etc etc is less likely to be effective, because the other elements distract my attention from the motor movements needed to achieve the desired speed. Scales, arps and exercises don't have the same level of 'distraction', so whilst they're possibly a bit dull, they do the job.
Horses for courses, in short. Your way is probably just as effective, and a lot more fun, but I don't think it would work for me (it hasn't to date, let's put it that way