QUOTE(Hardying @ Jun 8 2011, 10:24 AM)
The Gloucester Adult Learners concert last Saturday was great fun. My pieces went very well & we all received written feedback from each member of the audience & the comments were so encouraging.
I want to frame them!
Well done, Hardying!
I would really like to have been able to make that event, especially as my Mum lives near Gloucester so when I am on leave in the UK I usually spend a good chunk of time there. I'd love to meet more Forumites from the area...
Who accompanied your pieces? I'm planning to play at the Stalybridge AL concert and am very lucky to have flobiano on the piano (
). I'm very nervous, though, and am wondering how we're going to get our act together with presumably a very short practice spot in the morning... Well, everyone who has been through this sort of experience seems to come out very happy with it so I suppose I should just stop worrying...
QUOTE(kerioboe @ Jun 8 2011, 01:26 PM)
And Katica, concerning memorising, I have always thought of myself as a hopeless memoriser but I noticed that when I supervise my daughters' practice I end up memorising their pieces without having played a single note. A couple of weeks before my exam I had a 4 hour invigilation in which we're not allowed to read books and so I usually get incredibly bored but I decided, as an experiment, to use the time to memorise the piece without the instrument. (I decided that no one would notice if I had the music open on the table as long as I wasn't looking at it all the time). I memorised it by singing the notes in my head and then by discreetly moving my fingers as well as singing in my head. I found that doing this forced me to analyse the music in much greater depth than I usually do (noticing when and how, in what look like repeated passages, there is one note different for example, or the relationship between the last note of one phrase and the first note of another). The following day when I got out the oboe I had successfully memorised the whole thing. It's something you could try the next time you are on a long flight somewhere.
That's funny, I had precisely that idea for the long haul flights too and from NZ. But I was so exhausted I knew I couldn't concentrate and ended up not even taking the music out of my hand luggage... UK trip coming up next month so I'll get a another chance...
I am still trying to find out how my memory works. I did have the rather odd experience a while a go when I was just warming up to find myself playing the first two or three lines of the third Schumann Romance, though I had in fact never actually studied it! I'd only ever run through it once or twice on my own but there it was, right in my head. As soon as I became really conscious of this, though, it faded completely!
Obviously far more registers in my sub-conscious than I realise but sometimes the conscious mind seems to be more of a hindrance than a help. I can never remember the first lines of anything (words or music) either, which is a serious impediment to karaoke and general party/jamming sessions. Though no doubt I'd find another pretext for getting out of those...
QUOTE(pushpull @ Jun 9 2011, 04:19 AM)
I'm finding that as I get better (honestly, I am
(I'm sure no-one here doubts it, though
with your exams, pianophrase and pushpull? When's your G6, pushpull? What pieces have you finally picked? (Or haven't you yet?)