QUOTE(MusicalNitWit @ May 2 2011, 10:38 AM)
So definite practice days when we can do everything are:
Saturday and Sunday
Defintite no practice days:
Monday and Tuesday
All other days ranging from 20-40mins but lets assume 20 mins so what should I focus on in the three 20 min slots.
All two octaves
13 scales - 80% there from memory and speed
aural - is once a week enough, so at the weekend?
3 pieces of which one is purfect, two just has one problem area and three - eek!
So I need the most efficient practice and one that will help him to remember his scales, especially the chroms, dims, arps etc.
Argh I have accidentally closed this window TWICE now!
I used to take 3 starting notes and play every possible scale, arp etc I could be asked on each of those notes, each morning between breakfast and school, when working for G8. About 10 mins a day. Given that DS has fewer to cover, I would suggest dividing them into 3 groups to be done on weekdays, and note the tricky ones for more work at the w/e (when I suggest that you pick a few at random for him as well). Again, for weekday practice, I would look at the dodgy bits in the imperfect pieces and get him to do 5 mins on each one. Then put in 5 mins sight reading. His aural should be pretty good given his choristering, but do check!!!
I'd do arpeggios and scales in the same keys consecutively - they're kind of reinforcing. so when I just give a key, that's scale AND arpeggio, and tongued AND slurred if time, otherwise alternate each one.
These scales seem harder than when I did my G5, by the way! How about this for groupings?
G maj, E maj, B min, chromatics, D dom
F, Bb, Bb dom, Eb, Ab, Fmin, C dom
A, A min, C# min, F#min, Bb min, diminished 7th
Which pieces is he doing, did you say?